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Rep. Price meets with Raleigh voters Kevin Schaefer Staff Writer

While visiting constituents during a town hall meeting in Raleigh Monday, Democratic Congressman David Price called for bipartisan efforts in Congress — focusing on jobs and infrastructure, not the deficit — to improve the nation’s economy. William Peace University host-

ed the forum Monday evening in Kenan Recital Hall. Price’s talk addressed the implications of the budget sequester and upcoming legislation when the House reconvenes today after two weeks of constituent work weeks. The upcoming legislation Price expects to handle now includes bills ranging from comprehensive immigration overhaul, gun violence safety reform, an “overdue” farm

bill and a bill to improve highway infrastructure. “There is some uncertainty surrounding some of these measures,” Price said. “Many things have fallen victim to partisan division and polarization in Washington.” The most basic point of uncertainty Price mentioned was “the constant turmoil over the federal budget.” The U.S. House and Senate have

passed budget resolutions and President Barack Obama will submit his budget for deliberation this week. Though Price considers the budget an opportunity to decisively make plans and evaluate the nation’s resources, it is “too often superseded by lurching from crisis to crisis.” Price cited the Government Shutdown Crisis, the Debt Ceiling Crisis, Fiscal Cliff and the sequestration legislation as examples of unhealthy

leadership in the Republican-controlled House. “This is not the way the government of a great country does a budget,” Price said. Price represents most of the Triangle, including all of UNC-Chapel Hill and most of N.C. State, with his district’s line coming close to the boundary of Duke University’s

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Documentary predicts energy transition Brittany Bynum Staff Writer

The United States hit a low point with the economic recession in 2009. The conversation on energy conservation dwindled as Harry Lynch released a documentary titled Switch discussing just that. Four years later, the award-winning documentary is shown around the country to educate students about an inevitable world energy transition. Monday night it played at N.C. State. Switch displays that a transition from fossil fuels is a matter of when, not if. Information in the film is based on the scientific investigation and discovery of the practical realities of energy worldwide. Switch is showcased all around the world. The Switch Energy Project plans to change the use of energy through its film. Scott Tinker, director of the Bureau of Economic Geology at the University of Texas at Austin, was the film’s primary interviewer. He started his research on energy by observing his own use of it. Tinker noted in the documentary how much energy is used for daily activities like factory-made clothes shipped daily, the use of technological gadgets, power in people’s homes, car travel, heating, cooling and building. The documentary stated that coal provides half of the energy emission for the United States. Coal is globally used and easy to produce. Problems related to coal include the release of carbon dioxide in the air, which is harmful to the environment. Coal could probably be

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Freshman in textile engineering Lisa Hoang’s collection entitled “So Impolite” is showcased at the African American Textile Society Fashion Expose in the College of Textiles atrium Monday, April 8, 2013.

Fashion headlines Pan Afrikan Week Taylor O’Quinn Staff Writer

Seventeen N.C. State student designers competed in the African-American Textile Society’s 16th Annual Fashion Exposé Monday evening. Students ranging from freshmen to seniors showcased their designs in three different categories: exhibit, novice and intermediate. Exhibit designers showcased their work on mannequins, while novice and intermediate competitors took to the runway. “The AATS Fashion Exposé has served student designers

for the past 16 years as a true nonrestrictive outlet for creativity,” Fashion Exposé Coordinator Lisa Redfearn said. Seniors Joelle Purifoy, Alexis Bethea, Jasmine Rhodes and Elizabeth Croom said the show was a bittersweet “send-off ” from their undergraduate college career. Purifoy was the $100 grand prize winner in the intermediate category, incorporating a mixture of hand beading and authentic African mud cloth — thick material with geometric patterns — into her collection this year. She said she has also won the previous two AATS Fashion Exposé competitions. “My inspiration comes from

Dante’s Inferno,” Croom said. “Each of my garments represents the nine circles of hell.” Croom said each outfit represents specific features of its given circle, although they all share a certain destructed and worn look that represents the idea that “each model has been searching for something in hell.” Every outfit in Croom’s collection is burned and ripped in specific places to represent the darkness that Dante found himself in. Alexis Bethea said her “Continuum” collection in the intermediate category incorporates a hard and soft aspect and involves the mysterious and romantic elements of space.

Bethea is excited to finally showcase her designs after “living in the apparel labs” lately. This is her first collection. Rhodes entered her collection “Turks and Caicos” in the novice category. She said she wanted to go for a more “girly and flowy” approach to her collection. “In the middle of winter, all I could think about was summer,” Rhodes said. “This is why I was inspired by the colors of the islands of Turks and Caicos.” Charnessa Hamlett, a sophomore in fashion and textile management, won the $250 grand prize in the

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The farm at Black Mountain: Closed, but not forgotten Alex Kenney Staff Writer

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Students of Black Mountain College return to school barns after a day of farming.

Black Mountain College, one of the birthplaces of the Avant-garde movement, was founded in 1933 and closed in 1957. The Asheville liberal arts college had a small attendance but deep impact that still resonates within universities today. David Silver, an associate professor of urban agriculture at the University of San Francisco, is studying Black Mountain College. He spoke Monday at Hunt Library Auditorium about the college, particularly its farm. Students grew their own food

on the college’s farm. It provided a unique learning experience that some universities are imitating today. “During my research, I noticed that when the students talked most passionately about the school, they spoke about the farm,” Silver said. “When the farm was thriving, the school was thriving.” Silver said when the farm declined, it correlated directly with the school’s eventual closing. Students attempted to start a farm in the fall of 1933 when the school opened. By 1947, it was a full-scale farm that provided 65 percent of the vegetables eaten at the college.

Milk, cheese and meat were also produced on the farm. The farmers at Black Mountain College became experts in sustainable agriculture, which Silver says is crucial to the future of agriculture. It provided healthy food to a selfsustaining population. “Imagine if more colleges were like this. Imagine how much healthier our students would be and how much less we would waste,” Silver said. John Andrew Rice founded the college with the mission to educate

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citizens rather than scholars, according to Silver. The school was owned completely by faculty and there was no board of directors. The school educated Merce Cunningham, Ruth Asawa and Josef Albers, among other famous artists, poets and architects. In 1954, the college was too broke to continue the dining hall, and it closed. In this year, the last Black Mountain College farmer also left. The college officially closed in 1957, but cultural researchers and art historians still study the college today. “People still know Black Mountain College because it is arguably the most famous art college in U.S. higher education,” said Silver. “Aside from New York, it was the birth place of the Avant-garde movement.” This small, remote college

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UNIVERSITY THEATRE PRESENTS THE HELDI CHRONICLES Kennedy-Mcllwee Studio Thompson Hall, 7:30 p.m. Thursday RED, WHITE, AND BLACK WALKING TOUR Witherspoon Student Center, 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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aul Gonzalez, sophomore in mechanical engineering, models a clown nose Monday evening. Gonzalez is president of the NCSU Clown Nose Club. Founded in the fall semester of 2011, it is the first sister organization of and is modeled after the original club started at Penn State. When asked about the mission of the Clown Nose Club, Gonzalez said “We’re like a random acts of kindness club, getting people to interact with each other.”

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made clean, but it depends on whether the economy can afford it, according to the documentary. As the world population increases, the use of energy increases, which impacts the demand of oil in the United States. The world

uses an oil tanker every 13 minutes, according to the documentary. The issue of global warming was also brought up in the film. It showed how as the world burns energy, the world becomes more comfortable with it. The energy, environment and economy are closely linked to the changes in the use of energy. Energy solutions are chosen for their

helped birth an art move- knew about Black Mounment, but the college should tain College when he visbe known for more than that, ited to study the school’s according to Silver. archives. After renting out the local “I spoke with a man YMCA during its beginning from Black Mountain, and years, students built their he had no idea what the own campus. It was the ul- college was,” said Silver. timate hands-on learning Christopher Ackerexperience. And more than man, a junior in natural that, it was a growing expe- resources, had heard of rience. Black Mountain College, “Black but d id Mountain not know College was much a live a nd about it learn comwhen he munity. walked They learned into the by building, talk. and we have “I came much to into the learn from lecture it,” said Silknowing David Silver, an associate of ver. “It is im- the University of San Francisco little, but portant for I left with students and faculty from a new-found respect,” different disciplines to come Ackerman said. “The together. That is when cre- work of the students and ative work and research really faculty at Black Mountain get done.” College was astounding, Silver was surprised to see and the legacy they left how little North Carolinians was even greater.”

“Imagine how much healthier our students would be and how much less we would waste.”

affordability, reliability, availability and cleanliness. The end of the event featured the panel of Fiona Baker, junior in environmenta l science ; Ewa n Pritchard, advanced transportation energy center; Stephen Ka lland f rom North Carolina Solar Center; and Katie Shepherd from North Carolina Green Power. They answered questions from the audi-

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campus. North Carolina’s congressional districts were redrawn in 2010, leading to a new Fourth District that Price considers negatively gerrymandered. He said the silver lining in redistricting is his new representation in central Raleigh, which includes NCSU Main and Centennial campuses. David McLennan, a professor of political science at Peace, moderated the forum and fielded questions from the impact of the Affordable Care Act, for which Price voted, to college affordability. Price briefly talked about proposed budget cuts to the UNC System and higher education in North Carolina, and though these pertain to state and not federal politics, he said both have a responsibility to keep education strong and affordable. “Budget cuts can have a lot of negative effects on student bodies and university operations,” Price said. “There is a federal role, though not the dominant role, in support-

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ence and discussed the importance of changing everyday habits to save energy. “We will be a generation of movers and give to future generations,” Baker said. The panel reminded students that everyone can help with energy issues by doing something as simple as turning off a light or taking shorter showers.

MOVIE: GANGESTER SQUAD (2013) Witherspoon Student Center, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. UNIVERSITY THEATRE PRESENTS THE HELDI CHRONICLES Kennedy-Mcllwee Studio Thompson Hall, 7:30 p.m. MOVIE: THE HOBBIT (2012) Witherspoon Student Cinema, 9:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Friday POPULATION MEDICINE FORUM Veterinary School, 12:15 p.m. to 1:10 p.m. MOVIE: THE HOBBIT (2012) Witherspoon Student Cinema, 7 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. UNIVERSITY THEATRE PRESENTS THE HELDI CHRONICLES Kennedy-Mcllwee Studio Thompson Hall, 7:30 p.m.

ing higher education at this comprehensive fiscal plan in time. The first is student sup- the coming months, looking port — making student loans past partisanship. affordable — which we’ve re“The economy should be formed. the No. 1 issue,” Price said. “We’ve cut out the middle- “For people who are conman, so banks can’t sweep out cerned about reducing the the profits and so the money deficit, as we all ought to be, can go to the students. And the first lesson we need to then you have the research as- learn is the best way to get a pect. It’s been slammed and balanced budget is a healthy is getting slammed. Research economy. You’re never goscholars are very alarmed, ing to get there just by raisand it seems like many are ing taxes or just by cutting now coming to see me.” spending.” The UNC System may lose A heated debate nearly ena total of $106 million in fed- sued when a woman called eral funding “Obamdue to seacare” a questration, “tax” during according t he op e nto the Asfloor forum. sociation of While some Public and members of Land-grant the audience Universities. applauded Price also he r s t at e s a i d c u r - David Price, U.S. Congressman ment, others rent budget applauded debates i n CongressCongress ma n Pr ice may threaten Pell Grants. The for refuting it. congressman added that the In spite of the disagreestate government has to keep ments that resulted from up its end of the bargain in controversial issues raised, supporting education. this meeting was nonetheless “It’s fair to say that there a practical demonstration of are some emergency situa- democracy in action, McLentions — both in Raleigh and nan said. Washington — about the As an incentive for students future of higher education,” to attend, McLennan offered Price said. his students extra credit. He Outlining the Obama ad- is one of many professors who ministration’s plan for fiscal believes direct involvement in stability, Price presented evi- political affairs is a vital comdence of private-sector jobs ponent of a college student’s added since 2010, adding career. that recovery hasn’t been as “It’s important to see memfast and intense as he would bers of Congress and hear have liked. them directly,” McLennan Price said his hope was for said. “Even if you disagree both the Democratic and Re- with them, it’s important to publican parties to agree on a gain firsthand knowledge.”

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Clockwise from top: Junior in fashion and textile management Rachel Pace’s collection entitled “The Unconventional Housewife” is showcased at the African American Textile Society Fashion Expose in the College of Textiles atrium Monday, April 8, 2013. Senior in fashion and textile management Jasmine Rhodes collection entitled “Summer in Turks and Caicos” is showcased at the African American Textile Society Fashion Expose. Freshman in textile engineering Lisa Hoang’s collection entitled “So Impolite” is showcased at the African American Textile Society Fashion Expose.

show as if it were our job,” Redfearn said. “We work hard throughout the entire continued from page 1 school year, and we mold students into young profesnovice category for her col- sionals.” lection “Runaway Swan.” Belk, Maurice’s, the AATS Hamlett said Kanye West’s and many others sponsored song “Runaway” and the the fashion exposé to alaward-winning film “Black low the winners to receive Swan” inspired the collec- scholarships. After the show, tion. attendees went upstairs to Kent Hester, director of enjoy refreshments, view student and competitors’ career sercollections vices, said he and view and never missed purchase a show since student venit began 16 dors’ merye a rs ago. chandise. Hester said Molly he wants to Renaud, a encourage sophomore all students in tex ti le to b e i nengineering, volved re- Lisa Redfearn, Fashion Exposé sa id Maucoordinator gardless of rice’s donattheir majors. ed 350 gift “The annual fashion ex- bags for attendees to enjoy. posé is not only an outlet Renaud also said that all but for designers to express their 40 tickets were sold out before creativity, but also for other the show, including all of the students in respective fields online tickets. to gain experience,” Redfearn “This is the longest running said. continuous fashion show at Redfearn also said the fash- N.C. State,” Hester said. “I ion exposé gives opportunity look forward to it every year.” to students in many fields including post-production, socialtechnician directing, photography and filmmaking. Student-run clothing companies such as Cherry Dork, Wyl, Sophisticated Genius and Tahari B. displayed their The Student Media App: designs during the event’s intermission. Charlotte musician Nige Hood performed in the midst of the fashion show. “We honestly treat this

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Get ready for a rave, but we’re ready for more M 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.

Government should worry about. We ask our student officials to avoid making the mistakes of the Association of Student Governments, which ignores the big issues — such as tuition hikes and budget cuts — to focus on the far less impactful problems — such as paying for hotel rooms at leadership conferences. Yes, we remember last semester when Walsh went to bat for N.C. State students over the proposed change in drop/add dates. Before that, he was at the helm overhauling the athletic ticket system and helping University Communications and Campus Police update the WolfAlert System. And even before that, he attended hearings on Student Fee increases,

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lobbying for student interests. That is the Andy Walsh we want to see more of ­— especiall near the end of his term. Student Government is doing many good things, but why should its most visible accomplishment for our community be a party in the Brickyard? If we’re going to party, then at least let’s find a reason to celebrate. A successful May Day march to the capitol to protest against proposed budget cuts may be something to commemorate after the fact. But for now, let’s not party our brains out when we have bigger things that call for collective action. Next year, we will have a new Student Government. Its new members will have a chance

When: Thursday, 8:30 p.m. How long: One hour Where: Brickyard Why: Why not? Organization: Student Government

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to create a legacy for future N.C. State students, and we hope to one day see a legacy we can approve of — legacy of standing up to the the General Assembly and Board of Governors, and rallying behind students who disagree with the proposed budget cuts, developing more transparency and revitalizing the ASG. Then, we might have a reason to party. But for now ... not really. We’ll be out there, anyway, because we’re not the types to turn down a party.

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onday night you should have received a HOWL email from Student Body President Andy Walsh detailing the upcoming, hour-long Brickyard rave on Thursday night at 8:30 p.m. Sounds like fun, right? We think so too. This event is all good and fun — and that’s about it. Student Government is looking far too similar to a party-planning committee, in our eyes. While we think our Student Government should value student interests ­­— not “collegestudent” interests. This is not to say we’re complaining about the rave. We love a good party and have all secretly dreamed of dancing the night away in the Brickyard, perhaps even to the tune of Van Halen’s 1979 classic. But we think this falls under the duties of the Union Activities Board and that there are bigger things our Student

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t’s that time of year for class registration, but you won’t find this list of classes on your MyPackPortal scheduler. These three courses are the classes Technician’s editorial board wishes N.C. State offered. Political Science 101 “Continuing (or beginning) Education for the General Assembly” Twelve percent of the North Carolina state legislature has not attended college at any level, and another 10 percent lack a complete four-year college education, according to The Chronicle of Higher Education in 2011. (This data does not account for the 2013 class, however.) North Carolina is doing a good job with respect to the national average of state legislature education: The average percent of state congressmen and senators without a college education is 9 percent. But we can do better than that. N.C. State is a land-grant university that serves the interest of the state. Technician’s editorial board would like to argue that a college education for all our officials in state and federal government is of interest to the state. Imagine this: Civic leaders in our state with a basic understanding of civics. N.C. State could do a splendid job educating our law makers. We have a GLBT Center and an administration that values diversity (*cough cough* Amendment One). We host renowned natural resource and meteorological science programs that do great work in regard to climate change (*cough cough* House Bill 819 that ignores rising sea levels). A prime example for the importance of a crash course in common sense: The General Assembly just proposed

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Food Science 409 “North Carolina Vinegar-Based Barbecue Appreciation and Awareness” From an outsider’s perspective, North Carolina and vinegar-based barbecue go hand in hand. North Carolina can attract investors and out-ofstate students with delicious and fatty pork products, so let’s cash in when the getting is good. Pork is a huge staple for our state and swine research is a growing field for the University. But with the rise of domineering capitalist chains such as Starbucks and McDonalds, the traditional momand-pop restaurants are fast diminishing, along with the history and Southern charm they possess. We propose a class that will memorialize classic smoked, vinegar-based pork ‘cue, complete with history lessons, culinary practices and an end-of-semester debate between vinegar-based and tomato-based barbecue. Oh, and of course a weekly tasting — got to get that wellrounded education. And it stimulates the local economy. What’s to lose? We’ve seen N.C. State make several private partnerships. We’d love to see such a partnership take place between University Dining and downtown Raleigh’s The Pitt restaurant, a bastion of Southern charm. To encourage students to sign up for the class, we suggest N.C. State offer memberships to the North Carolina Barbecue Society, which has members swear an oath “to

Sociology 411 “Dealing with #FirstWorldProblems” It’s one hour until class starts. You have a term paper due, and it’s worth 15 percent of your final grade. All attempts to print this paper have failed because your printer is out of ink. What do you do? Imagine the benefits of a class dedicated to teaching students how to deal with problems such as these. While inconsequential in the long-run, students who have grown up care-free might find an inkless printer or lost phone charger severely traumatizing. According to a College Stress and Mental Health poll, 85 percent of college students feel stress on a daily basis. If N.C. State were to construct a class devoted to counteracting “First World Problems,” that number could be cut in half. Think of the increases in productivity. Think of the inner Zen you could finally find in the Brickyard rush. Grade distributions? They would all be 100 percent A’s. With across-the-board 4.0 GPAs, students would graduate into higher-paying jobs, and alumni donations would go up. We aren’t proposing a class in which students learn how to solve these problems, just ways to deal with them without using hashtags and alcohol. This interdisciplinary course would blend the disciplines of sociology, psychology, communication and aspects of the former courses Technician has proposed. Any classroom full of psychiatriststyle couches would be preferred. And perhaps a one-toone teacher-to-student ratio.

“I’m looking for farm work, or I’d like to do a mission trip sometime in the future.”

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cook and/or eat barbecue as often as possible.” Barbecue is an institution in North Carolina. Let’s keep it that way.

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House Bill 109, which would make helmet use for motorcyclists older than 21 optional. Perhaps the bill’s sponsors, Reps. John Torbett and Michael Speciale, suffer from a few brain injuries themselves.

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h e i nc re a s i n g absurdity of the bills that reach the North Carolina House sometimes makes me ashamed to live here. In it s most recent propoverty act, the Megan N.C. Ellisor House Deputy Viewpoint Editor Health & Hu man Services Committee voted last week to require criminal background checks on people seeking welfare and food stamps. It requires the Department of Social Services of each county to perform these checks on “people applying for the benefits or for renewing their application to keep receiving them,” according to The Associated Press. The bill passed on a vocal vote and will go to the House floor next. Food and Nutrition Services provides food stamps through an electronic debit card system. Work First is North Carolina’s welfare program — paid for by the federal Temporary Assistance to Needy Families — and provides financial assistance and job training. The current law permits DSS workers to conduct a criminal background check on those who apply to these programs, but they cannot give that information to law en-

forcement agencies. Under House Bill 392, DSS officers would be required to report applicants who have an outstanding warrant. Barry Saunders, columnist for The News & Observer, argues that the North Carolina legislature is all about the “right to privacy” when it comes to background checks for guns, yet says the opposite in regard to food stamps. Although I wouldn’t argue that recipients of welfare should be allowed privacy in regards to their criminal records, I agree with Saunders that it is unfair to say gunbuyers deserve privacy, but welfare applicants do not. Another big problem with this bill is that it’s rather easy for a police of f ic e r to issue an arrest warrant — it only requires that the arresting officer show probable cause. Rep. Nathan Baskerville (DVance) argued, “It’s a very thin burden for people to get arrest warrants. I can see how this would be abused.” It seems it’s becoming North Carolina law to do anything in our power to make impoverished life more difficult. But let’s pretend money is more important than people. If this is the case, the bill still doesn’t make sense because of the financial burden that performing background checks would place on the counties. Deborah Craig-Ray, assistant county manager for the

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Durham County Department of Social Services, said her office already has computer software in place, and that each background check costs $25. But for other counties it might be about $38. It’s not that much, except when you consider that nearly 822,000 North Carolinians received food stamps in February while about 21,400 received support from Work First, according to the state Department of Health and Human Services. Additionally, people seeking aid would have to be investigated and then recertified every six months. The legislation provides no money for the background checks. According to one headline f rom T he Washington Times, North Carolina is “[paving] the way for food stamp applicant background checks.” Not only are we paving a path that will make the impoverished even poorer, but we are also making it more difficult for college students to vote with Senate Bill 667 and imposing voter ID laws that will make voting more difficult for the poor and elderly. The North Carolina legislature is doing all it can to decrease the health, wealth and voices of those living in poverty.

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international students from similar backgrounds. Krishnan Ashwin, an Indian student pursuing a

graduate degree in industrial engineering, was also in attendance. Ashwin received his undergraduate degrees in India and started working toward his graduate degree at N.C. State one month ago. Ashwin said the most diffi-

He has even received a message tucked inside a sandwich he ordered for lunch that said, “Enjoy your last meal. I’m coming for you.” It’s all because of Raleigh Wars, a city-wide game of “Assassins” that henchman and administrator Heath describes as a “real-life gaming engine.” In the latest Assassins installment, which began Saturday, game administrators gave each of the 71 players a target. Until April 27, players will attempt to take out their targets with a water gun while avoiding being sprayed by their assassin. Should a player eliminate his target, he moves on to the victim’s target. Administrators keep track of “kills” on the Raleigh Wars website where people tell their stories and compete for the top prize: a coveted golden water gun. Awards are given for surviving the game, having the most kills and being the most ruthless, clever or honorable assassin. This version of Raleigh Wars was started eight years ago, but it was just one of many pen-and-paper role-playing games. “You would write everybody’s names down, and then you’d assign targets,” Heath said. “Then there would be one person who would manage all this stuff. Even with just twenty people it was still a big hassle.” However, finding that they had too many people that wanted to participate, the creators of Raleigh Wars set themselves apart their second year by creating what Heath described as a “very ugly website” that helped keep track of kills. After that, Heath said, they always wanted to take it to another level. Now Heath and the founders of Raleigh Wars have a much more functional website — they’ve started a business around their game-platform website called Subrosa. From there they host Raleigh Wars and other community-based games. The idea of the website was to allow anyone in the community to set up a variety of games like water gun tag or zombie tag, creating start and end times, updating rules and keeping score. Subrosa has organized games here in Raleigh, Chapel Hill, Missouri and is working on plans for a game to take place in South Korea. Heath said he also tries to integrate text messages. During Raleigh Wars, for example, administrators text players the location of checkpoints. Players must get a code at the checkpoints and text them back to keep playing. This forces players into a common play-space so they can interact. Heath said he is optimistic for future games and believes this form of social media will become easier to participate in as technology progresses. “These real-life interactive games that are powered by technology and websites will only become more and more popular,” Heath said. “Building these tools allows people to express themselves more creatively.” While Subrosa is a business, Heath said the goal was never to earn money. “Gaming builds teamwork,” Heath said. “It builds community. Helping with that has always been really rewarding — that’s kind of the long term goal. Short term has always been just to have fun.” Raleigh Wars is also sponsored by local businesses that want to strengthen the Raleigh community. Sponsors are providing prizes to the players that win the game. Moonlight Pizza, one of the sponsors, got involved because it had an employee play last year. “We’re a local establishment, so we see it happening,” Matt Watts, a server at Moonlight Pizza, said. Escazú, a gourmet chocolate factory, is also a sponsor. “I thought it was a really fun idea and kind of an interesting way to get a whole bunch of people that might not necessarily know each other involved in something communal,” said Hallot Parson, the cofounder of Escazú. He will also be participating for the first time this year. “I don’t anticipate that I’m going to survive very long,” Parson said, laughing. “I’m just doing it for the fun.”

cult part of the transition was adjusting to the culinary differences within the American culture. However, he also said there is a drastic educational difference between American and Indian culture. To bring together students

of different backgrounds to celebrate French culture, Mathilde Descamps, a SKEMA student in international business, organized much of the cultural showcase. She said that although getting used to American food was

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difficult, she enjoys getting to meet friendly people at events like the showcase. “Our main goal for this event is to make the general population of N.C. State students aware of the large number of French students on

campus and that there is this opportunity to learn about their culture,” said Katarina Pantic, a communication assistant in the OIS.


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OIS offers students a French experience Holden Broyhill Staff Writer

Many N.C. State students dream about going to France. But on Thursday some students brought France to them. French students worked with the Office of International Services to showcase aspects of French culture and offered a taste of what students might experience in France. To educate and excite program attendees, French volunteers offered French pastries to sample, display boards with information and the chance to learn a few French words. Ibra him Abuba kari, a graduate student in business,

helped some attendees with French pronunciation. Abubakari is one of 243 students at N.C. State from SKEMA, a French business school with campuses located around the world, and one of almost 300 students and faculty from France. He grew up in Ghana where he learned to speak English and later moved to France for his undergraduate degree. Abubakari described how he always wanted to experience the “American life” and when the school offered him the opportunity, he took it. “We jumped on board for school and to have fun, which sounds like the American way.” Abubakari said.

Abubakari said he was surprised to see how open American culture is. “It’s not easy to open up to different cultures as French people.” Abubakari said. However, while Abubakari found some aspects challenging, he noted the people he met were very friendly and welcoming. One aspect of American culture that was new to Abubakari is the abundance of sports and exercise facilities. He hopes to get a job in the human resources field after graduate school so he can stay in the United States. Gui Mateus, a Brazilian international student majoring in mechanical and aero-

space engineering, was one of about 100 attendees at the event. Mateus said he decided it would be beneficial to his future career to learn English and French. He attended the French culture showcase to support the French friends with whom he practices his

French. Michael Ramos, a senior in political science, has worked with OIS for three and a half years. As an ambassador, Ramos greets international students that arrive each semester. Roughly 1000 international students arrive

each fall and 200-300 in the spring. According to Ramos, many international students have a difficult time experiencing American culture. Many students tend to cling to other

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Sebastien Marsily, a senior at the SKEMA Business School, plays his guitar and harmonica during the France Cultural Showcase in Caldwell Lounge Thursday. Marsily said he likes to sing American music by artists such as john Denver, and also composes his own music. “I prefer to sing in English, I write my own songs in English because I love American music,” Marisly said.


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his game plan. According to junior forward Kody Burke, Moore plans on centering the offense around one dominant post player and setting up four shooters on the perimeter, similar to Harper’s strategy. With tradition and family intertwining in this hire for

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will help him get past the first line of defense and, depending on how well the offensive line opens holes for him, past the first-down marker or even into the end zone. State is destined for greatness and can become a threedimensional team, but it starts with the running game. The Pack can return as one of the ACC’s top contenders and even pose a threat to Florida State and Clemson once again.

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State, Debbie Yow said the woman who made Wolfpack women’s basketball what it is today would be satisfied with the direction of the program under Moore. “Of course it matters,” Debbie Yow said. “It matters to me because my sister did coach here for 34 years. So, I think she would be happy with this choice.”

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How did you become involved in track and field? I started track in middle school my eighth-grade year. I actually didn’t become a jumper until my junior year of high school. I was actually the only female jumper at my high school, so it was kind of like jumping with the guys, and I just so happened to be kind of good at it. What are some of your goals for after graduation? Everyone keeps asking me if I am going to go pro, especially since my marks are where they would need to be for me to go pro … you have to really want it. To go pro and to be a pro athlete is very serious, a lot of dedication and a lot of work. I already have internships set up with Disney and ESPN, so I am going to

Doeren’s current squad is heading in the right direction. Thornton will have to step up as a leader for the team to head in that direction. These words in newsprint are not just a blessing for the running game: They also serve as a warning. If Creecy is the starter in the backfield opening week, he either needs to step up as the senior leader or give way to Thornton. Thornton is the future of the team. It is up to Creecy whether he rises with the Pack or gets left in the past.

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place in the area to run besides the track? No, no I don’t actually. Most people think that we run for fun … I don’t. You will not catch me just running. If I didn’t do track, I wouldn’t run at all probably. Can you describe your teammates and what you have learned here? We are kind of split up into four main sections. You have your throwers, distance and cross country people, the jumpers and the sprinters. I am mostly always with my jumpers, and we are so close — we travel with each other, we go out together, we are roommates with each other and we support each other. We are such a strong-knit team and we work really well together, motivate each other. We play around, but we still compete against each other. No one wants to get beat by their teammate, so we are pretty good with all of that. I love my teammates and I am really going to miss them when it’s time for me to go. How has N.C. State helped develop you as an athlete and

be doing that right after I am done with Nationals, so do I want to go pro? No, it’s not in my plans right now. What would you be doing without track in your life? I don’t know. I would be doing some kind of sport … something. I have been doing sports my entire life. Coming to school and not playing a sport was never an option. What does your training consist of? Every thing. One thing people always assume is that since we are jumpers, we just come out and jump, and it’s not like that at all. We do hurdles stuff, we run a lot, we do sleds, jump on blocks with a lot of plyometric with strength and conditioning. We do so much more than what people think as far as training is concerned.” What is your motivation out on the track? My parents. I just want them to be proud of me in whatever I do. My team — they motivate me, my coach motivates me. They are my top motivators. Do you have a favorite

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Athletics announces game designations for 2013 football The N.C. State Department of Athletics has announced the game designations for the 2013 Wolfpack home football schedule. Military Appreciation Day will take place on Sept. 7 against Richmond. Its home contest against Central Michigan Sept. 28 will mark Parents and Families Day. A rivalry game against the North Carolina Tar Heels Nov. 2 will serve as the annual Homecoming game. SOURCE: N.C. STATE ATHLETICS

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Moore returns to the Pack Jeniece Jamison Sports Editor

In the recent surge of new coaches introduced to the N.C. State athletics programs, Director of Athletics Debbie Yow has looked to candidates focused on creating new traditions within the department. Men’s basketball Head Coach Mark Gottfried notably referred to beginning new traditions during the 2012 Sweet 16 run. But when the search for the next leader of the women’s basketball program began, Yow didn’t look toward setting a new standard. She pushed to get back to the old one, the one her late sister and former women’s basketball coach Kay Yow set over a 34-year career at State. Wes Moore, the new man on the bench for the Wolfpack Women, was a member of the coaching staff that helped build State into the women’s basketball power that it was. Moore was on the bench with Kay Yow from 1993-95. During his previous stint in Raleigh, State went 34-24 and reached the Sweet 16. There was no doubt in Moore’s mind that Kay Yow influenced his career and his decision to return to State. “You have some time to reflect on it a little bit and again. … If it wasn’t for coach Yow, without a doubt I wouldn’t be standing here today,” Moore said. “A lot of reasons. Coach Yow, she’s in every basketball hall of fame there

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New women’s basketball head coach Wes Moore speaks to the media in Vaughn Towers Monday. Moore returns to N.C. State, where he assisted coach Kay Yow in the 1990s, from Chattanooga.

is, but she is an even better person. She meant a lot to me throughout my career.” The hire felt like the program wasn’t necessarily getting a new coach, but rather just a new coach for a new generation of Wolfpack players, freshman guard Ashley Eli said. “He speaks very highly of coach Yow, as our University does,” Eli said. “I think what’s special is that he understands the tradition here and the Play 4 Kay stuff. Basically it’s like we’re not having a new coach – it’s a new coach for us – because he’s already been here. I think it’s special

that he’s been here and knows the tradition and what it takes to win.” Despite the affiliation with Kay Yow, Moore has carved out an impressive path of his own. Moore has coached on all three levels of collegiate basketball [Division I, II and III] and has succeeded in each position. He garnered conference Coach of the Year awards on each level. In his last stop at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, he led the Mocs to nine NCAA tournament appearances and won the Southern Conference Coach of the Year award six times. “I think that being the eighth

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all-time winningest coach in the history of the sport made a big difference for us,” Debbie Yow said. “Wherever he has coached at, he’s been successful. “As long as we’re able to provide the support in resources, I think we’re going to see the same thing happen here over time. It’s a challenge to come in here and do what he’s trying to do for us, but we think he’s the right person.” He is also drawing comparisons to the previous women’s basketball coach, Kellie Harper, in terms of

As the annual Kay Yow Spring Game quickly approaches, students and fans of the N.C. State football team will see how the team has grown under newly appointed Head Coach Dave Doeren. One aspect of last year’s program under former Head Coach Tom O’Brien was the stagnant running game that stemmed from Mustafa Greene’s dismissal from the team and season-ending injuries by junior running back James Washington and former offensive lineman Zach Allen. The mishaps left the Wolfpack with two underclassmen to rush the ball: redshirt junior Tony Creecy and sophomore Shadrach Thornton. When fans look to see who will be the starting running back on Aug. 31 against Louisiana Tech, the numbers do not lie. On paper, Thornton is the obvious choice to lead the Pack’s rushing attack. He has the agility and vision to make the best play. As the tailback with seniority, Creecy was O’Brien’s first choice once Washington and Greene were out. It was not until the Sept. 22 game against the Citadel that Thornton was able to show his true colors. Washington, Greene and Creecy were out of the lineup due to injuries, leaving O’Brien with Thornton and former running back Brandon Barnes as the only eligible backs. Thornton, who lost his redshirt for the season, took hold of the reins and began his college career with 171 total yards, including 145 on the ground and two touchdowns. After recovering from his injury, Creecy returned to the

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Freshman running back Shadrach Thornton runs the ball around around the Citadel defense during the ACC Military Appreciation Day football game in Carter-Finley Stadium Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012. Thornton, playing in his first collegiate football game, carried for 145 yards and two touchdowns, helping to lead the Wolfpack to a 52-14 victory over the Bulldogs.

starting lineup once again. The running attack struggled. The team cumulatively failed to rush for more than 100 yards four times within a six-game span with Creecy as the starting tailback. In the first game of that stretch, Creecy rushed for 120 yards in the Sept. 29 loss to Miami. However, it was Thornton who gained the most yards on the ground against Wake Forest five games later. The Hinesville, Ga. native rushed for 110 yards. Creecy, the starter, only managed to scrounge up 36 – four more than then-freshman backup quarterback Manny Stocker. Thornton earned the start for the

last two games of the regular season and gained 114 and 105 yards on the ground against Clemson and Boston College. The only game in which Creecy outran Thornton off the bench was the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl against Vanderbilt when Creecy’s 43 rushing yards outmatched Thornton’s 39. Despite the case against Creecy, this is not an all-out bash against him. Creecy’s style of rushing is better suited in third-down and red-zone situations. His strength

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In a couple of months, N.C. State Track and Field is going to miss a vital part of its team. Senior jumper and Chesapeake, Va. native Karimah Shepherd will be graduating. Shepherd has been a standout performer since arriving at State. She led the Pack in the long jump and triple jump her freshman year, beginning her collegiate career a leader. Yearly improvement saw Shepherd have a breakout season her senior year. She earned two second-team All-America honors in the horizontal jumps and was named the NCAA South Region Women's Field Athlete of the Year. She also won the ACC Championship in the long and triple jumps, was named the ACC Championships' Field MVP, broke the school record in the long jump (21'2.00") at the ACC Championships and recorded the second-best triple jump in program history (43'0.50") at the ACC Championships. “Karimah has done exactly what I expected, and what I recruited her for,” jumpers coach Chris Coleman said. “She jumped 20 feet and 40 feet-plus out of high school, so for her to hit the big marks 21 and 43 her senior year was pretty big.” However, the person that Shepherd has become stretches much further than the track. Technician had the opportunity to catch up with Shepherd about her time at State and her future beyond the track.

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