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Students face obstacles of student loans


Josue Molina Staff Writer

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C. State’s Student Government holds an hour-long rave in the Brickyard on Thursday April 11, 2013. The first 500 students to attend were promised glow sticks to illuminate the brickyard.

Graduation day is nearing for the Class of 2013 and some students will begin life after college with a burden of student loan debt. Students across the country depend on financial aid to pursue their education at universities such as N.C. State, but student loans are becoming a significant liability for a growing number of Americans. According to data from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, 37 million people share $1 trillion worth of student loan debt. Student loan debt is the only form of debt to grow since the peak of the consumer debt crisis of 2008. Student loan balances have also surpassed car loans, credit card loans and mortgages, according to a report aired by National Public Radio. The New York FED released a Household Debt and Credit Report that has a special section on student loans which gives an analysis on the increase of debt financed education. “Higher education is crucial to

improving the skill level of American workers, especially in the face of rising skill premiums and a relatively unfavorable labor market for less skilled workers,” the report stated. “Due to increasing enrollment and the rising cost of higher education, student loans play an increasingly important role in financing higher education, and student debt is the only kind of household debt that continued to rise through the Great Recession.” Fifty-five percent of the N.C. State class of 2011 graduated with an average debt of $17,317. The cost of tuition has risen since then and from this year to the next the expected cost of attendance will change from $20,644 to $22,184, thus student debt will be expected to rise in future years. Richard Wolfe, a sophomore in economics, will begin to bear the burden of student loans to pay for his education starting next semester. “The obvious thought is hopefully I

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Supreme Court tackles affirmative action Sara Awad Staff Writer

The Supreme Court recently announced the addition of Schuette v. Coalition to its growing list of affirmative action cases. Schuette v. Coalition developed in response to a Michigan state law prohibiting the inclusion of race as a factor in the college admissions process, The New York Times stated. The United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit in Cincinnati deemed the law unconstitutional due to its incompliance with the equal protection clause. The Supreme Court will decide whether to uphold or reject the ruling. The case will be argued in addition to Fisher v. University of Texas, which gained national attention when the University of Texas at Austin denied Abigail Fisher and Rachel Michalewicz, both in-state applicants, admission to the University in 2008. The women claimed the decision was on account of their race, but the United States District Court backed the University’s admissions criteria since it did not violate the 2003 Grutter v. Bollinger affirmative action case. Michalewicz removed herself from the case proceedings in 2011.

Melvin Thomas, associate professor of sociology, said he was not confident the Supreme Court will uphold the rulings. “The Supreme Court I guess in recent years has been has been weakening affirmative action… from the Bakke decision in ‘78 on to the present, so I am not optimistic of a positive ruling from them,” Thomas said. Part of affirmative action’s negative connotation has to do with miscommunication, according to Thomas. “Affirmative action is opposed by most white Americans and a lot of African Americans because they don’t understand the extent of racism that currently exists, of discrimination that currently exists, as well as the impact of past discrimination. Because of that, affirmative action doesn’t seem to make sense because it seems to contradict the norms of meritocracy. In that context, it’s tough for affirmative action to survive, because the reasons for affirmative action are poorly understood.” Thomas said he found the Fisher v. University of Texas case interesting because the University still would not have admitted Fisher had race not been one of the factors in the decision. Louisiana State University

later accepted Fisher, so she did not have much ground for damages. Shirley Wilcher, executive director of the American Association of Affirmative Action, said the Supreme Court’s aggressiveness in the case was surprising. “I hope the court is far more insightful about the nature of the impact it has on the nation in the future. The Supreme Court has progressively made it more difficult to defend descendants of slavery. It’s time for the Supreme Court to take a look at the historical reasons for the Fourteenth Amendment.” Schuette v. Coalition probably will not have a lot of impact nationwide because it is confined to a state law, Wilcher said. The Fisher v. University of Texas will likely have a broader impact because it could outlaw the use of race in the admissions process on a federal level. Thomas Griffin, director of undergraduate admissions, said if the Supreme Court decides a state law banning affirmative action is constitutional, that might set the precedent for other states like North Carolina to ban affirmative action as well.

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N.C. Science Festival embraces innovation Alden Early Staff Writer

The North Carolina Science Festival came to N.C. State Thursday when the Institute for Emerging Issues hosted the inaugural North Carolina Science Summit at the James B. Hunt Jr. Library. Science and technology leaders and advocates gathered from across the state for the event to identify and discuss the challenges facing the future of the innovative science, technology, engineering and math program. The Institute for Emerging Issues is one of the North Carolina Pathways Partnership members who helped organize the science and technology festival. James Moeser, chancellor emeritus of the University of North Caro-

lina at Chapel Hill and chair of the growth: health, education, economNorth Carolina Science Festival, ic development and job creation, said, “This is something that should arts, culture and tourism, and the rise above partisanship. We want to quality of life and the environment. have a science festi“The most imval within 30 minportant thing we utes of everyone in can do for ecothe state.” nomic growth is Bla nton G odprepare our chilfrey, dean of N.C. dren,” Decker said. State’s College of Decker, a naTextiles and chair tive of Rutherford of the Board of SciCounty, referenced Blanton Godfrey, dean of ence and TechnolC h i m ne y Ro c k College of Textiles ogy, said, “I hope State Park when she we never forget the told the audience fascination of science.” about the importance of tourism Speakers also stressed the critical to the state. nature of science and its relation “Over 200,000 jobs in this state to a strong, vital economy. Sharon come from tourism.” Decker, North Carolina’s secretary A brief video was shown during of commerce, told the audience the morning session about Anson about her five tenants of economic New Technology High School. The

“I hope we never forget the fascination of science”

rural high school, which is located in Wadesboro, N.C., is a STEM program success story. Craig Giffi, vice chairman and U.S. consumer and industrial products industry leader of Deloitte LLP, said, “The globalization we know today began about 20 years ago.” He told the audience about the emergence of the globalization era and the onset of “digital technology infrastructure.” Giffi said he thought very few regional trade agreements existed around the world before 1980. He said Brazil, China, Germany, India, Japan and the United States were the six, original regional powers. Giffi used the example of a

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Craig Giffi, vice chairman of Deloitte LLP, speaks about the importance of globalization at the North Carolina Science Summit, Thursday, April 10, 2013. The Summit was part of the annual N.C. Science Festival, and was a day-long event with talks emphasizing North Carolina’s competitive role in science and technology advancements.


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Boeing-787 dream liner jet when he told the audience about the disaggregation of parts by major companies. He also showed a blueprint image of the jet during his speech to label the parts and their point of origin. The jet he showed was comprised of parts that were supplied from several countries in-

cluding the United Kingdom, India, Sweden, Australia and the United States. According to the Institute for Emerging Issues website, the North Carolina Pathways Partnership “currently consists of 26 organizations working on different aspects of the science and technology pipeline.” The partnership has the common vision of creating “an annual opportunity to collectively capture the public’s attention and influence policy and decision making at the state and local

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can pay these back comfortably,” Wolfe said. “I don’t like the idea of taking loans, but I know it’s necessary.” Are N.C. State students naive when it comes to student loans? Wolfe says he understands the terms of his loans, but it is impossible to generalize if all N.C. State students understand all the terms and complications involved with their loans such as the repayment options that are available and what current interest rates are. However, N.C. State gradu-

Wednesday NC STATE EARTH DAY CELEBRATION Brickyard, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. EARTH DAY MOVIE: “FRESH” Witherspoon Campus Cinema, 7:00 p.m. to 9 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.

Thursday NC STATE EARTH DAY: FARM FEAST Fountain Dining Hall, 4:30 to 8:30 p.m.

NCSU CENTER STAGE PRESENTS FRANK VIGNOLA Titmus Theatre - Thompson Hall, 8 p.m.

MOVIE: SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK (2012) Witherspoon Student Cinema, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

MOVIE: GANGESTER SQUAD (2013) Witherspoon Student Center, 10:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Saturday SCOPE ACADEMY SAS Hall, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. EASTER SEALS WALK WITH ME Centennial Campus, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. NC STATE EARTH DAY: PLANTING MY ROOTS GROUNDBREAKING EVENT Agroecology Education Farm, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

WIND ENSEMBLE/CONCERT BAND Talley Student Center Ballroom, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. UNIVERSITY THEATRE PRESENTS THE HELDI CHRONICLES Kennedy-Mcllwee Studio Thompson Hall, 2 p.m. MOVIE: SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK (2012) Witherspoon Student Cinema, 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. WIND ENSEMBLE/CONCERT BAND Talley Ballroom, Talley Student Center, 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. UNIVERSITY THEATRE PRESENTS THE HELDI CHRONICLES Kennedy-Mcllwee Studio Thompson Hall, 7:30 p.m. MOVIE: THE AVENGERS (2012) Witherspoon Student Cinema, 9:30 p.m. - 11:59 p.m.

NCSU CENTER STAGE PRESENTS FRANK VIGNOLA Titmus Theatre - Thompson Hall, 8 p.m.

Friday POPULATION MEDICINE FORUM Veterinary School, 12:15 p.m. to 1:10 p.m.

MOVIE: GANGESTER SQUAD (2013) Witherspoon Student Center, 10:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.

MOVIE: WALL-E (2008) FREE Witherspoon Student Cinema, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.


NORMAN BORIAUG LECTURE Hunt Library, 3 p.m. to 5 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.

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MOVIE: GANGESTER SQUAD (2013) Witherspoon Student Center, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

7:43 P.M. | FIELD INTERVIEW Bragraw Hall Officer made contact with nonstudent loitering in the area. Subject was waiting for ride. All file checks were negative.

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Sunday UNIVERSITY THEATRE PRESENTS THE HELDI CHRONICLES Kennedy-Mcllwee Studio Thompson Hall, 2 p.m.

12:07 P.M. | HIT & RUN Public Safety Center Two students were involved in traffic accident.



UNIVERSITY THEATRE PRESENTS THE HELDI CHRONICLES Kennedy-Mcllwee Studio Thompson Hall, 7:30 p.m.

Monday 7:43 A.M. | SAFETY PROGRAM CVM Building Officer presented Active Shooter presentation.

9:43 P.M. | DISPUTE Atrium Food Court Employee reported disputed with another employee.

Tuesday WHAT’S NEW IN MOODLE 2 D.H. Hill ITTC Labs 1A and 1B, 12 to 1 p.m.

MOVIE: THE HOBBIT (2012) Witherspoon Student Cinema, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.


8:45 P.M. | INFORMATION UNIVERSITY Bragaw Hall Student reported receiving “Phishing” email.

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Friday POPULATION MEDICINE FORUM Veterinary School, 12:15 p.m. to 1:10 p.m.


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TALK ON THE COLOR OF CHRIST IN TWENTIETH CENTURY AMERICA 218 Daniels, 4:30 p.m. 2013 WILLIAM C. FRIDAY AWARD PRESENTATION Hunt Library, 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday CAMPUS ENTERPRISES BLOCK PARTY Brickyard, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. NCSU CENTER STAGE PRESENTS FRANK VIGNOLA Titmus Theatre - Thompson Hall,

ates have a 3.2 percent default rate which is far lower than the national average of 13.4 percent. Krista R. Domnick, Director of the Office of Scholarship and Financial Aid, used student loans to finance her own higher education and she has advice for students that have student loan debt. “Be careful with your borrowing decision and borrow the minimum amount that you need, so you can enjoy the fruits of your education later in life without burden of a lengthy student loan repayment.” The Office of Scholarship and Financial Aid can provide help to students who are seeking more informa-

UNIVERSITY THEATRE PRESENTS THE HELDI CHRONICLES Kennedy-Mcllwee Studio Thompson Hall, 7:30 p.m. MOVIE: SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK (2012) Witherspoon Student Cinema, 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. MOVIE: THE AVENGERS Witherspoon Student Cinema, 11:59 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. Saturday PANCREATIC CANCER ACTION NETWORK 2013 PURPLE STRIDE Centennial Campus, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. MOVIE: WALL-E (2008) FREE Witherspoon Student Cinema, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. UNIVERSITY THEATRE PRESENTS THE HELDI CHRONICLES Kennedy-Mcllwee Studio Thompson Hall, 7:30 p.m. MOVIE: SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK (2012) Witherspoon Student Cinema, 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday WALK TO END LUPUS NOW Centennial Campus, 1:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

tion about loans and looking to learn about different repayment options they have. Domnick said students need to be informed and it is important to read and understand the fine print when taking out a loan. Subsidized Stafford Loans are expected to double beginning July 1 to 6.8 percent unless legislation is passed against the increase. Some lawmakers have made efforts to cap the loans at 3.4 percent interest and have even come up with some loan forgiveness measures such as the student loan fairness act which has been referred to committees within the U.S. House of Representatives.



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Professor targets language diversity Tim Gorski Staff Title

Walt Wolfram, the William C. Friday distinguished university professor, spoke Thursday evening at the Caldwell Lounge about language diversity and its effects in society as the inaugural lecturer in the CHASS Teaching About Diversity lecture series. Wolfram is a leader and bountiful author in the field of sociolinguistics. He has authored over twenty different books, three hundred articles, ten documentaries and the first state-based curriculum in the country on the subject of language diversity. These accomplishments paved the way to his positions as president of the Linguistic Society of America and the American Dialect Society. Within his lecture, Wolfram described the origins and variety of complexity which

pervades vernacular dialects, as well as the effects which such speech entails. According to Wolfram, the diversity of language is as widespread as the discrimination which accompanies different dialects. The importance of diversity is therefore not hard to see. “Social linguistics is everywhere,” said Wolfram. He moved on to point out the dichotomy between the view that there is a standard way of communication in English and the view that rigid enforcement of formalized grammatical rules is racist and oppressive. Whether or not you agree with either of these views, one thing is clear: discrimination on the basis of dialect is found everywhere. With regard to the effects of linguistic diversity, Wolfram said, “Attitudes and behavior are neither concurrent nor trivial and have immense implications in both

academics and societ y.” Whether a potential employee trying to get a new job or a student is trying to ask a question in class, one may have to consider the way people will perceive him or her. According to Wolfram, the idea that certain means of communication are inferior to others is a myth that often leads to linguistic profiling, which “the commonality of is staggering.” Wolfram moved on to point out that other “commonsense notions really shouldn’t be trusted” about patterns in communication. Two of the myths discussed were that dialects are not illfavored forms of standard English, and that there is little reason to learn about diversity of language apart from innate curiosity. Dialects contain complex grammatical rules which are based in the structure of the English language. “Is not against the

rationale of teaching standard English,” said Wolfram. Rather, he finds it necessary to incorporate the subject of dialect diversity into the curriculum. On the point that language diversity is not vitally important, Wolfram said, “There are significant linguistic, scientific and historical reasons to study language diversity.” These developments on how language evolved, the effects of language barriers and how it relates to human psychology and sociology, are critically important to understanding human and cultural development. Wolfram’s presentation was well received. Mary Wyer, associate professor of Psychology in the Public Interest, said, “I think seeing his talk was a fascinating opportunity that made visible to me issues that I had never considered.”


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“If this is a limitation that the court puts on [N.C. State] by not allowing us to use race or ethnicity in the admissions process,” Griffin said, “then I think it will mean we have one less tool to try to create a diverse student body.” The University currently uses a holistic approach, with race and


Walt Wolfram, William C. Friday Distinguished University Professor of English, speaks to students and faculty about American dialects April 11, 2013 in Caldwell Hall. His presentation included the development and attrition of these dialects during the past century and how they are perceived in university settings.

ethnicity one of many factors in the admissions process as mandated by the federal government. Many people oppose affirmative action because they believe race is the deciding factor, though affirmative action does not employ a quota system. “These forms of preferences are as old as the nation, and when it comes to race there is resentment,” Wilcher said. “What would happen if the door was closed to opportu-

nities?” Wilcher asserted that outlawing affirmative action in the admissions process would overturn what Sandra Day O’ Conner fought so hard to achieve in Grutter v. Bollinger. Associate Vice Provost for Equal Opportunity Amy Circosta said, “It’s important for individuals to educate themselves on what affirmative action really is.”


N.C. State students follow program coordinator of the African American Cultural Office, Toni Thorpe and, Walter Jackson, associate history professor, on the Red, White, and Black Tour, which features historial sites that contribute to the de-segregation of NC State.

Tour engages black history Liz Moomey Staff Writer

Students engaged with the historical roots of their campus through the Red, White and Black Walking Tour Thursday afternoon. The tour gave students a chance to capture a glimpse of African American influence on N.C. State’s campus. Created in 2011, the tour is held every semester, typically in November and April. The tour started at the University’s oldest building, Holiday Hall, and ended in Witherspoon Student Center with a reflection. Walter Jackson, associate professor of history, and Toni Thorpe, program coordinator of the African American Cultural Center, led the tour. Fred Millhiser, an alumnus who studied at N.C. State in the early 1960s, followed along the tour and spoke to the group at the conclusion of the tour. Millhiser helped desegregate Hillsborough Street when he was a student. Jackson said he was impressed by Millhiser’s actions as a student. “I’m from the South, and I know it took some nerve to do that,” said Jackson. Millhiser said it was interesting to see a bigger picture, besides what he learned when he was a student. “I just had a little sliver of exposure and involvement, and it is nice to get grander view and I really appreciated it.” Thorpe said the tour is one of her favorite aspects of

working at the African American Cultural Center, as she is able to witness the reactions of students. “My favorite part of the tour is those ah-ha moments, when you see students go ‘ah, cool’ or you see them really stopping and what I precede that they are thinking about what other people went through,” Thorpe said. Elizabeth Eastep, a senior in agricultural studies, said an ah-ha moment made her think about what she and others could do today to prevent discrimination. A story was told about people moving out of their dorms, because one roommate didn’t like the other race. “That thing still happens today,” Eastep said. “So how can we, as a student body, still make people, no matter what their color, culture or background, feel welcomed?” Eastep said she enjoyed listening about the drive the African American students had to get a college degree. “[I liked] hearing personal stories and courageous people that decided they were going to pursue higher education no matter what the standards were.” The tour stopped at various places on campus, like Brook Hall, Thompson Theater and the brick sidewalk with Greek letters of African American fraternities and sororities. Brooks Hall was the first African American Cultural Center before it burned down. Zuqorah Williamson, a senior in psychology, said it was her favorite stop on the

tour because of the center’s influence on the University now. The West Dunn Building, though it wasn’t on the tour, was addressed, which was the previous house of the African American Cultural Center. It was called the “sweatbox” and “the ghetto.” These negative connotations were the launching point for Witherspoon, according to Thorpe. Jackson said he enjoys when people like Millhiser help fill the gaps of his knowledge about the civil rights movement on campus. “It was just a wonderful serendipity that Fred Millhiser turned up, because what I know about this subject comes from my student’s research papers that they have done in the archives and there are a lot of patches that I don’t know about.” Williamson said the tour was eye opening and made her think about the progress the University has made and where it stands today. “I feel like a lot of times we live in now and not appreciate history, so just knowing that a lot of people paved the way for me to be here today.” Thorpe said in the future she hopes Walter Holmes and Edward Carson, the first African Americans admitted to N.C. State in 1956, will join the tour and share their own experiences. Thorpe also said she would like a panel of various people from every decade that helped desegregate the University and created equality on campus.

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‘Healthy’: It’s relative


sn’t it funny when fast food restaurants try to provide “healthy” options to mask their crimes? Recently, big-name establishments have advertised new entree opt ions as Tyler Gobin “healthy,” Staff Columnist b u t the proper word is “healthier.” The new entrees are truly healthier than burgers and fries, but nothing can take back the damage fast food restaurants have already done. Burger King’s attempt includes veggie burgers and turkey burgers. At a glance, one might believe Burger King is acting in the inter-



Letter to the Editor


In response to the “Room to Run” article, I wonder what information lead to Braford becoming a vegan? There is so much propaganda out there, especially groups like PETA or the Humane Society for the United States (which uses cute puppies as means of funding, but gives less than 1 percent to animal shelters and are not to be confused with local Humane Societies). It would be interesting to see what you have. As for Andrew Branch, the staff writer, I’m curious how you could post an article with so much false information at a leading agriculture university.


est of its customers, but under the surface each has its downfalls. The turkey burger’s calorie count may come up short of the Whopper’s by 100 calories, but its sodium count is higher than that of the Whopper’s by 230 milligrams. The turkey burger delivers more than half the daily limit of sodium: a total of 1210 milligrams. The turkey meat used for the burger is white and dark meat, making the total fat count 26 grams. The Whopper, at 630 calories and 35 grams of fat, isn’t sounding too bad anymore, is it? Well the salads at McDonald’s must be healthy, right? Grilled chicken might make the cut if you keep the dressing light, but a salad with crispy chicken is a con-

tradiction. The crispy chicken increases the fat and sodium count, completely undermining the nutritious vegetables. And you might as well skip t he Caesar dressing, wh ich contributes 500 milligrams of sod iu m per packet. I quietly applaud t he re s t aurants for their attempts, but I w ish they understood the long-term effects of what they are encouraging. But I can’t get mad at only fast food restaurants – there are other culprits in the processed foods industry. How many of us can list every in-

gredient that went into this morning’s breakfast? I guess a good starting point is learning how to pronounce the “ingredients” on whatever box we pour our cerea l from. That’s what puts the “processed” in “processed foods industry.” The products contain additives, chemicals, dyes and preservatives, to name a few. McDonald’s and Burger King’s new entrees may lower the fat and calorie counts, but to what end? Is it possible that long-term effects of additives, chemicals and dyes haven’t

“Is it possible that longterm effects of additives... haven’t been discovered yet?”

been discovered yet because it hasn’t been long enough? Each piece of processed food we consume contains small amounts of additives, but those minuscule amounts will add up over time in our bodies. For example, it’s legal for nutrition labels to read “0 grams trans-fat” if it contains less than .5 grams trans-fat. If a food label can say the contents of its box (can, whatever…) has 0 g trans-fat per serving when it actually has .25 grams of trans-fat per serving, then eight servings of that item would bring the total to 2 g trans-fat. In terms of a compound linked to massive risk of heart disease, that’s a lot. To get you thinking about processed food in a different way, consider this: Everyone

has seen the charts depicting exponential growth of technology, and it is what enables us to make processed food. Now remember the theory of evolution and how slowly our bodies evolve over time? Our teeth, digestive systems and other bodily systems are conditioned for raw, whole and clean food. Technology enables us to produce food that our bodies aren’t made for quite yet. Nobody knows the implications this may have in the long run, because only time will tell. Fast food restaurants can try to make themselves feel better by supplying “healthier” options, but really it’s up to us to do something about our own long-term health.

Everything summer

his is my first spring in the United States. Spring has already graduated into summer and was followed by my nostalgia. Spring has always meant blooming flowers, even in India. Regard less of where one is in India, one will be celNaman ebrating the Muley regional New Staff Columnist Yea r. T hat might mean one’s own New Year, or that of the neighbors. Spring in North Carolina has been beautiful. From the color-confused leaves to bright yellow sunlight, it has been nothing short of breathtaking, natural beauty. Spring in Raleigh has been like a walk in the majestic garden compared to a roller coaster of celebrations in India. India is like a boiling pot of religions, each with its own new year, adding more flavors. All of them mark their calendars new with the onset of spring. Some celebrate the harvest season and some rejoice the




are these subtle joys that other places remain deprived of. When the sun forces the mother to call the child inside, board games take up the mantle. Monopoly and Scrabble are almost summer personified. With the Hunt Library offering the game lab, I wonder if I have found a substitute. Only time will tell. Everything from the serene mornings to the late evenings, with its bright yellow sunlight, begs for more attention. One questions if projects and assignments were included when nature sought out to balance the elements of life. I find resonance in a sociologist’s words. To quote Shiv Visvanathan, “We need to see time not as something to be filled up or planned but as a rit�ual to be lived out.” Summer is a realization of the same. It beckons me to revive the child in me Yet some days I wonder whether all the seasons are cheering for spring as it defeats the child in me.

It baffles me, really. “Factory Farming” is another propaganda slogan to demonize the animal agriculture industry. Two-hundred fifty words aren’t nearly enough to get my point across, so I’ll stick with dairy for now. Many dairy cattle in North Carolina have access to pastures. Actually, even N.C. State’s dairy cows lay in sand bedding during inclement weather and are out on pasture when possible, not concrete stalls. Cows are not on “timed” machines but actually have sensors which detect a drop in flow and automatically remove to prevent over-milking. Antibiotics are used sparingly as a means of prevention and treatment of illness. Any lactating cow being treated is pulled from the supply until all residue is gone. Americans enjoy the safest food supply in the world, but false

information and outright lies are going to regulate our industry to other countries where we will then have NO control of how our food is raised.

“Working at a job, like fast food, I don’t want to be doing that but it’s what I would be going if I wasn’t in school.”

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break of the cold spell. Yet spring brings more joy than just the one-day public holidays in India. If football and basketball draw crowds in the U.S., cricket draws humongous riots in India ― enough to cause shifts in the economy. Spring also means a cricket-crazy nation wakes up to the biggest cricketing extravaganzas of the Indian Premier League and, every fourth year, the Cricket World Cup. The mercury is rising, unabated. As the contrast of shadows of green leaves with the sunlit ground grows, my mind rolls over to lazy summer afternoons spent doing nothing. Doing nothing is rarely on schedule now – I decide to fight with my priorities to give laziness its previous berth in my schedule, right at the top, but I know a lost cause when I see one. Rising temperatures meant juicy yellow mangoes. Every summer, holidays and mangoes spelled heaven. The mango requires torrid temperatures. Although India is infamous for its heat, there

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My plea to the Republican Party


n America, we are given the opportunity to make and voice our own opinions, wherever and whenever. This allows us a lot of flexibility to simultaneously enrage a nd enLauren lighten Noriega people all Staff Columnist at once, causing a potentially sticky situation. In my personal experience, I can see where my political beliefs have been rooted. Growing up, my parents never suggested or hinted at any party or public figure that they supported or detested. However, with time I have been able to slyly uncover their beliefs, but only after I started to form opinions of my own. If anything, I believe that the circumstances of my upbringing had more influence on my political standing than my parents’ spoken words. Sometime early in high school, I started to lean more on the conservative side of the fence. I started to side more with the economic policies and the traditional belief in less government interference in citizens’ lives. The tricky thing about politics is that it is so incredibly hard to side with

one side completely, at least for me it is. I have personally found that the easiest topics for me to understand and question are the ones regarding social justice issues. In the past, I have shown my support for gay rights in a myriad of ways, including the ever-so-silly Facebook profile picture. There is no hiding the fact that I am a strong believer in marriage equality, as well as being pro-choice. Therefore, it may come to a shock to some of how I tend to stand and identify politically. As my beloved (a nd f ictional) Will McAvoy once said on the acclaimed HBO Series, ‘Newsroom,’ “I’m a registered republican; I only seem liberal because I believe that hurricanes are caused by high barometric pressure, and not gay marriage.” After Mr. McAvoy made that comment, I couldn’t help but laugh and adopt it as my own personal motto. What is the goal of the Republican Party these days? Because more often than not, I feel as though it is targeted as being the party of closedminded traditionalists too stuck in their old (and often religious) ways. Why can we not just adjust our views on marriage equality and devi-

“So here’s my big plea to the Republican Party – please tone it down a bit.”

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ate from any and all religious beliefs that we might associate with it? Furthermore, what happened to the basic definition of the Republican Party, which states that they believe in less government interaction? Because if I remember correctly, that’s what I found most attractive about the party. So here’s my big plea to the Republican Party – please tone it down a bit. Start to pick your battles to be ones that are less of fensive to the public as a whole. Step away f rom the adored church and your devout beliefs, because religion should not have a say in the majority of the matters that have been clogging our favorite News apps. Go back to the old beliefs in limited interaction, meaning limited rules and regulations that inhibit a citizen’s freedom of choice. Because the way I see it, changes are inevitable and the longer they stand blocking the door on such trivial issues, the more distasteful we will look in the future. Send your thoughts to

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Soil science student researches erosion controlling chemical Holden Broyhill Staff Writer

Tyler Sowers, still only a junior, has already made discoveries that have been recognized world-wide. Sowers is studying soil science and has been working on research that will help control erosion. He developed a method to detect the levels of polyacrylamide (PAM) in an aqueous solution. PAM is used in erosion control — it is put on soil to keep the land from eroding away on construction sites and farm land. “PAM works by attaching itself to the soil and causes it to f locculate, or to bind together and to drop out of the water [that is eroding the land],” Sowers said. However,

there was no portable way to measure how much PAM is in a given solution. “Tyler has been working on a way to quantify polyacrylamides (PAM), which is a polymer in water treatment and erosion control,” said Owen Duckworth, an assistant professor of soil biogeochemistry in the department of soil science. Sowers has been working with Duckworth for a year and a half. Sowers used an older method, which was previously used in water treatment and paper processing, and adapted it to detect the amount of PAM in a water system. He took a portable turbidity meter, which measures how misty a solution is, and instead discovered a way

to use it on site to measure PAM levels in water. “This allows researchers to analyze the amount of runoff,” Duckworth said. “It’s important from a regulatory perspective for understanding how PAM is moving in the environment.” Sowers began his research on PAM last summer. Like many researchers, Sowers worked with various methods before finding the correct one. Initially, Sowers was using the same type of turbidity meter to measure the amounts of PAM bound to the soil, instead of in the water. However, this wasn’t working well. Eventually, Sowers realized that he could apply the same method to measure PAM levels within

the water with much greater success. Sowers’ research has the potential to widen the use of PAM not only in the research setting but the private sector as well. This will be beneficial for the environment because while there are many other chemicals that perform similar functions to PAM, many of them are much more toxic. Sowers presented his findings for the Soil Science Society of N.C. in January and received first place in the poster competition. He also won second place when he presented at the International Erosion Control Association conference in San Diego. On Wednesday, Sowers presented for the Undergraduate Research Symposium here at

N.C. State. Despite all of the attention that this discovery has brought Sowers, he still gives credit to Duckworth for the opportunity to join in on the research. Sowers is from the small town of Peletier, NC, and according to Duckworth, is very humble. In fact, Sowers described one of the most exciting parts of his research was the chance to travel to San Diego. “Tyler is a very excited and dedicated student,” Duckworth said. Duckworth emphasized the importance of student research and how beneficial it can be to undergraduate students. “Tyler plans to go to grad school and this research

experience will be very important for him as he moves forward.” Sowers’ achievement during his undergraduate career serves a great example for fellow N.C. State students. There are many opportunities for students to get involved in very important research, and while they may still be undergrads their research could lead to a very promising discovery. “Student research is a great platform for anything students want to do,” Duckworth said. Even students who do not plan to continue into graduate school can benefit from participating in research.

Living in small spaces leads to innovative solutions Taylor Quinn Staff Writer

Less is more. Students have to figure out how to maximize what they have, especially when it comes to living environments. Not everybody can live in castles and mansions, but if you decorate your own small space properly, such as by using space-maximizing furniture and colors, it can sure feel that way. Steve Hong, the owner of N.C. Modern Furniture, a store that sells IKEA brand furniture in the Triangle area, has seen a lot of different furniture designs and knows which types of furniture are best for small spaces. He recommended that students equip their room with furniture that could pull double duty, uses frequently wasted space or could be stored out of the way. Furniture that can be used for multiple purposes is especially important, according to Hong, and if used creatively, can make a space seem much larger. “Chairs can be hung on wall hooks to use the seat surfaces as shelving,” Hong said. “Take them off the wall when you need more seating.” Hong said that students should also keep furniture such as futons, sofa beds and drop-leaf and extendable tables in mind when decorating their living space. “[Drop-leaf and extendable tables] create as much or as little surface area as you need

and can be used for work and if people need to sleep on it, dining. Some even come with but we can keep it like a chair built in storage.” so we have kind of like a little More times than not, stu- living room.” dents don’t realize when they Out-of-the-box thinking waste space in their rooms. coupled with smart furniFor example, they could ture can go a long way for a make use of vertical space dorm or small apartment, but or the space next to sloping Lasater also has a few tips on walls. how color coordination can “Loft beds make use of ver- create the optical illusion of tical space and allow placing extra space. a desk or sofa underneath in According to Lasater, althe same footprint. Ekby Ri- tering the colors in a room set bracket mounts shelves on can invigorate its entire atsloping walls, like in convert- mosphere. For example, coled attics or top floor dorm ors close to white do a good rooms in job opening older buildup a room ings.” and making Accordit seem as ing to Hong, though it is furniture bigger. such as “I t h i n k nesting cofthat white is fee tables, one of those compact colors that dining sets just opens Steve Hong owner of N.C. State and folding up a room,” Modern Furniture cha i rs a re Lasater important said. “If you because they are pieces that have darker colors, the light can be easily moved out of the doesn’t seem like it’s going in way. He also recommended as far.” adding casters, or wheels on Bright colors also make platforms, to make furniture rooms feel more positive. easier to rearrange. “I also have bright colors Sarah Lasater, a sophomore too,” Lasater said. “I have in landscape architecture, a bright red blanket and a agreed that mobile and ver- bright blue futon — it just satile furniture are impor- makes it interesting.” tant staples to have in a dorm With a little creative thinkroom. ing, smart furniture purchas“In our room we have a ing, an eye for color and some futon so it can fold out into luck, even a student can feel a mattress, we can push it like the king or queen of a where we want and it’s really castle. easy to move. We can pull out

“Chairs can be hung on wall hooks to use the seat surfaces as shelving.”


Senior in plant biology Allison Durham lives in a tiny apartment attached to the N.C. State greenhouses on Method Rd. Her apartment has one room and a bathroom. The main room is comprised of a lofted bed with a living space underneath, a desk and a small kitchen. Durham doesn’t mind living in such a small space because it is adjacent to the 22 greenhouses she takes care of. Her only complaint is that her oven is so small she can’t fit a pizza pan inside it.




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Housekeeping gone green Andrea M. Danchi Staff Writer

For years, N.C. State’s housekeeping equipment and products were stuck in the status quo — they were all heavy chemical-based cleaners and inefficient tools. But about eight years ago, the University started to implement a program of greener housekeeping aimed at keeping their cleaning products more effective and environmentally friendly. As it has developed, the new products that housekeepers are using have helped to create a cleaner and healthier school environment. Shirley Harris, the zone one housekeeping manager, has worked at N.C. State for twenty-five years. She and her staff of 16 housekeepers manage the upkeep of more than eleven buildings on North campus. She recalls the old mops and buckets, strong-smelling chemicals and loud vacuums that did little more than spread dust around the buildings. “With the old chemicals,” Harris said, “we spent a lot of time cleaning everything, but

then we had to spend just as much time later removing the buildup from those cleaners.” With the new concern for creating a healthier and more responsible campus, there has been a significant effort to update cleaning products and processes. One of the most innovative new products is the Orbio water spray bottle. The cleaner uses a simple combination of water, salt and electricity and cleans nearly 99% of all germs. This single, electricallycharged all-purpose cleaner can be used for almost any surface, according to Harris. Its applications include shampooing carpets, mopping, and cleaning windows, walls and furniture. The result is a healthier school environment for the faculty, students and for our housekeepers as well. “We have cleaner buildings,” Harris said, “and people don’t complain about the strong smells and such anymore.” Housekeepers that had dermatological allergies to the old strong chemicals or who have asthma and dust allergies have benefited from the

changes as well. The new, quieter vacuums no longer blow dust around the buildings. The reduced noise allows the housekeepers to work during classes instead of rushing to finish everything early in the morning before classes start. Many of the new and improved products are still being created. Harris said she doesn’t see the new technology reaching an innovative plateau in the near future. “We’re getting it as it comes out, and I think it’s probably going to continue to change,” Harris said. The housekeepers put each new product through a rigorous test period to determine if it is effective. That test period can last as long as five months. The sustainability office provides a list of the new products being used. Some of them are HEPA filtration vacuum systems, Green Seal cleaning products like a green stripper for the floors, microfiber mops, and recycled content paper products. N.C. State’s program received the excellence in cleaning award from the Association of Physical Plant


Administrators. The campus, overall, has the association’s APPA level II rating, the highest it can achieve. The green program has reduced the amount of cleaning supplies the university

has to buy and the storage space required for them. Because of changes like these, Randy Reed, the deputy assistant director of University Housekeeping, said that the program saves the school

$48,000 per year. “I love people happy and seeing my buildings clean,” Harris said. “Work smarter, not harder: that’s our motto.”

Toxic algae poisons marine wildlife and humans Young Lee Associate Features Editor


Algae like these can accumulate in huge numbers, producing a toxin called domoic acid. This acid enters the food web and harms many species of marine animals, including manatees and sea lions. It can also taint shellfish and cause sickness in humans.

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Astrid Schnetzer, an associate professor in marine earth and atmospheric sciences, would occasionally see sea lions along the coast of California where she did some of her post-doctoral studies. But sometimes the sea lions she would see would be sprawled out along piers, exhibiting erratic behavior or completely unresponsive — all signs of domoic acid poisoning. Domoic acid is one of several toxins some algae can produce when they accumulate in large numbers — a phenomenon often referred to as a red tide or an algal bloom. Schnetzer has spent much of her time studying Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs) and is scheduled to talk about the growing concern over their increasing impact and frequency Saturday at the College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences Scope Academy. So many algae bloom that ocean waters often become discolored between spring and early summer, when red tides are most common, and yet algae blooms remain unnoticed by the general public. However, Schnetzer thinks more people should be aware of the importance of algae and its place in the ecosystem. “Algae are the most important primary producers in marine environments,” Schnetzer said. “They are the equivalent of grass in terrestrial systems. That’s where everything builds from and they are a vital part in that food web. If they were to go away, the web would collapse.” It is because of this central role that algae play in the aquatic food web that many aquatic animals are affected when algae turn toxic. “We’ve learned that there are probably between 30 and 40 [algal] species that can be-

come toxic and they can have said. “They have a shortcut of a detrimental impact because reproducing, and that means those toxins are cumulated you can have a couple per lithrough the food web.” ter to millions per liter within And California is not three or four days. You just the only area in the United throw all that food at them States that have had wildlife and they explode in regard to suffer from symptoms re- how well they’re doing.” lated to poisoning caused by Schnetzer said that finding these harmful algal blooms. ways to address harmful alThis year, toxins that algae gal blooms is one reason why produce during red tides, she was interested in studying have killed more than 240 of microbial organisms such as Florida’s 5,000 manatees, ac- the algae associated in red cording to an article in The tides. New York Times. “The ultimate reason why Humans can also suffer people get into HAB research from poisoning due to these is to find a way to mitigate toxins when they eat seafood. them and predict when they According to Schnetzer, when might come so you can save people eat shellfish tainted by some people,” Schnetzer said. toxic algae, they can suffer However, Schetzer also from sympsaid she adtoms rangm i red t he ing f rom little pests. diarrhea “[These alto t rouble gae] are also breathing. beautiful Schnetzer organisms. sa id t he se If you look problems t h roug h a could conmicroscope, tinue to int hey look crease due l i k e l it t l e to the impact jewels.” people have Schnetzer Astrid Schnetzer on coasta l is not alone areas. at N.C. State “A lot of these blooms have in studying harmful algal been associated with eutro- blooms. In March, Damian phication which is a term that Shea, a professor of biology, describes a nutrient overload Donnie Hardison, a graduate in coastal waters,” Schnetzer in zoology and Richard Litasaid. “Eutrophication is an ker, an associate professor in increasing problem with in- the department of clinical creasing usage of coastal ar- sciences, published their reeas and with sewage outflows search on the Karenia brevis and with industrialization ... algae with William Sunda, all this stuff goes into the sys- a researcher at the National tem and ultimately makes its Oceanic and Atmospheric way into the ocean.” Administration. Much of what f lows into According to a press rethe oceans due to increased lease, the study showed that usage of coastal areas, acts as the Karenia brevis algae, can food for several algal species, become two to seven times which is why many species of more toxic during phosphate algae have started to bloom limited growth. more often, Schnetzer said. “We believe the findings “[Algae] can reproduce will be useful to help model so quickly because they can future toxic algal blooms just divide and they don’t and how harmful they’ll be,” need to necessarily need to Hardison said in the press redo that sexually,” Schnetzer lease.

“They can have a detrimental impact because those toxins are cumulated through the food web.”




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petition. The Lincoln, Neb. native scored 17 points in the second round, qualifying her to compete in the final round against Indiana’s Aulani Sinclair. However, Sinclair’s 20 points in the final round overcame Kastanek’s 17. Despite losing in the individual competition, there is no denying the legacy both players left at N.C. State. Wood, an All-ACC honorable mention selection this season, set a new school record of 334 threepointers made in his four years with the Pack, including 104 in the

2012-13 season. The Marion, Ind. native will exit the collegiate stage in fifth place in made 3-pointers in Atlantic Coast Conference history. Wood also holds the school record for career starts with 136 and also for free throw percentage with .886. Wood is 18th in school history in career points with 1,467. Kastanek, the last recruit of legendary former women’s basketball coach Kay Yow, ended her career at State with 239 baskets beyond the arc, second only to Tammy Gibson’s 315 from 1993-97. Her 1,655 points are the eighth most in school history. Aside from all of the statistics, there are so many more dynamics to what makes these athletes so ac-


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complished. On multiple occasions during the 2012-13 campaign, head coach Mark Gottfried called on Wood to ma ke the big play, which he delivered. One of the more resou nd i ng examples comes on Feb. 10 on the road against Clemson, where the 6-foot-6 forward drained a three with one second remaining on the clock to win the game for the Pack. As for Kastanek, her values off of

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the court have consistently translated onto the court. As a twotime Academic All-American and the psychology valedictorian upon graduation, Kastanek knows the importance of determination and doing what it takes to reach success. On the court, she always does what she can to help the team attain victory. She is always the first player on the court and the last one off. As the academic year winds down,

“This duo will leave behind a longlasting legacy that many will dream of eclipsing and that few could achieve.”


Wood’s and Kastanek’s time as members of the Pack do as well. This duo will leave behind a long-lasting legacy that many will dream of eclipsing and that few could achieve. There will come a day in the future where all will know the magnitude of their presences at this prestigious university. There will come a day where the names Scott Wood and Marissa Kastanek will be synonymous with excellence for generations to come. I believe there will also come a day where the number 15 will hang proudly off the rafters at PNC Arena and the number 23 will drape prominently in Reynolds Coliseum.


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•8 days until N.C. State football plays its annual spring game at Carter-Finley Stadium on Saturday, April 20 at 1:30 p.m.

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Money and the NCAA: A perfect marriage? Luke Nadkarni Staff Writer

I always scoff at those who claim that they enjoy college sports more than the professional sports because “it’s not about the money.” If it’s not about the money, then why are schools kicking tradition, rivalries and geographical sensibility to the curb in favor of more lucrative television deals? If it’s not about the money, then why is the

NCAA playing the Final Four and even some other tournament games in domed football stadiums that can hold perhaps four or five times as many people as the average college arena? Bigger isn’t always better — would you want to sit in the upper level of the Georgia Dome for the national championship game, not being able to tell who’s who, when you could be watching comfortably at home with a plate of nachos and a 12-pack of Pepsi?

According to the association’s official website, the NCAA — a nonprofit organization — is projected to make $797 million for the 2012-13 academic year. Approximately $700 million of that is based off of their television agreement with CBS and Turner Sports, who split coverage of the men’s basketball tournament. You can’t stop that gravy train. Still think it isn’t about the money? And the student-athletes who play





in these games, the people every fan in the building pays to see, get their hands on absolutely none of that money. That is not to say the players aren’t taken care of come tournament time. The NCAA picks up travel, meal, and lodging expenses for all tournament participants, a duty performed by the schools themselves during regular-season play. But it is still curious that the NCAA ma kes so much money off of its student-athletes while the studentathletes can’t get any of it. Af ter Louisville’s Kevin Ware suffered his freak broken leg in the Cardinals Elite Eight game, Adidas, who supplies L ou isv i l le w it h their uniforms, released t-shirts with the slogan “Rise to the Occasion” printed on the front, with Ware’s jersey number “5” replacing the “S” in the first word. It seems like a nice gesture on the surface, but no doubt Adidas made a pretty profit off of those shirts. Adidas has since stopped selling them, but the point remains. Making money off of a college kid who suffered a very unfortunate injury just doesn’t seem right to me. Then again, I’m not a corporation. The other side of the argument is that athletes get an education for free solely based off of their athletic prowess, and that should be enough. College sure isn’t cheap. I’m sure every kid in America, not to mention their parents, wishes they could go to school for free.

But what about walk-ons athletes, or athletes on partial scholarships? What about teams that aren’t completely made up of scholarship athletes? What about athletes in conferences such as the Ivy League that don’t even offer athletic scholarships? To say that “scholarships are enough” just isn’t fair when you consider these groups. Schools and conferences make ungodly amounts of money off advertising sales, ticket revenue and television contracts, among other things. When you bought that cool-looking black No. 5 Wolf pack basketball jersey at the bookstore, C.J. Leslie wasn’t getting a penny. But heaven forbid an athlete accepts a $50 check or a dinner from a booster. Moreover, college athletes are prohibited by the NCAA from endorsing third-party products like many professional athletes do. That’s why you never saw Lorenzo Brown in UPS commercials saying, “What can I do for you?” Get it? Additional stipends and other sources of income for studentathletes have been a point of debate for some time now. If they were allowed, there is still the possibility for the money to be misused. Will it be misused any more than when the NCAA illegally obtained information during its investigation of the University of Miami? Who knows? But I suppose the NCAA just doesn’t trust its student-athletes. Frankly, I wouldn’t be surprised if it were the other way around as well.

“But it is still curious that the NCAA makes so much money off of its studentathlets while the student-athletes can’t get any of it.”

Gratitude for State’s sharpshooters Daniel Wilson Staff Writer



There are very few players in men’s or women’s basketball that come close to matching the three-point shooting accuracy of the forward Scott Wood or guard Marissa Kastanek. Both of the prolific seniors are set to graduate from N.C. State this May after finishing their four years of eligibility with Wolfpack athletics. Both of State’s sharpshooters were selected to compete in the State Farm College Slam Dunk and Three-Point Championships, held

on April 4 in Atlanta, Ga. Wood posted the highest first round score of all men’s competitors with 21 points out of 30 possible but failed to qualify for the finals after making only 18 in the semifinal round. Virginia Commonwealth University’s Troy Daniels went on to win the competition for the men. K a st a nek, t he Kay Yow scholarathlete of the year, also shot well early in the competition, posting a score of 24 points in the first round of the women’s com-

“The Lincoln, Neb. native scored 17 points in the second round, qualifying her to compte in the final round”

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