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BELL TOWER BRIEFS A North Carolina House Panel approved a bill Tuesday that would allow low-income students to attend private and religious schools, using taxpayer money. Supporters claim the bill is good for school choice, while opponents, like Rep. Rick Glazier, D-Cumberland, say the measure could decrease funding for public schools in the state, which already ranks 48th in the nation in that category. The controversial bill must be accepted by another committee, assessing its economic impact, before being debated in the N.C. House.

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has made improvements to beautify its campus during the last few years. “I think N.C. State has really come a long way in the past decade to become a more aesthetically pleasing campus,” MacNaughton said.

So & So Books, a bookstore that opened its doors in downtown Raleigh only a few weeks ago, is taking a new approach to the art of selling books. The independent bookstore is located in the front of the In Situ Studio architecture firm on Person Street. “We saw a hole in the dow ntow n landscape … [and] circumstances opened up for us to try something new,” Charles Wilkes, co-founder of So & So Books said. Chris Tonelli, a former English professor at N.C. State, is Wilkes’ partner in the endeavor. They say the secret to success in selling books is making a connection with the buyer and working with that person to suggest books that they will enjoy.

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Construction of the new Talley Student Center is on schedule even though heavy rains this spring threatened to delay the project. Phase I of construction will be completed early in the 2013 fall semester.

Construction projects continue despite cuts Jake Moser News Editor

N.C. State is of ten praised for its affordability or its College of Veterinary Medicine, but it is rarely recognized for having an aesthetically pleasing campus.

Many lists have been made to assess how attractive various college campuses are. Unfortunately however, N.C. State does not appear on such lists. Instead, the University has made its way onto several lists of the ugliest campuses, compiled by websites, such as Campus Squeeze and BroBible.com.

However, the Facilities Division and the rest of the N.C. State community are trying to change the University’s reputation as a visually unappealing campus despite a decrease in state funds. According to Kevin MacNaughton, associate vice chancellor of facilities at N.C. State, the University

Former state Rep. is accused of stealing federal funds Liz Moomey Staff Writer

The trial of former state Rep. Stephen LaRoque began May 20 in federal court. Prosecutors say Laroque took U.S. Department of Agriculture funds set aside to help struggling rural business owners as part of the Rural Business Enterprise Grant program. Assistant U.S. Attorney Dennis Duffy said Laroque used a complex scam to steal $300,000 in federal funds. Other charges include attempts to conceal theft and avoiding ta xes t hrough “sham loans,” according to The News & Observer. LaRoque has faced many accusations about the way he spent federal- and stateissued money in the past. In early 2011, some of LaRoque’s political rivals began questioning where his additional salary was coming from. That, in turn, prompted an investigation by N.C. Policy Watch. N.C. Policy Watch found that LaRoque allegedly pocketed some of the $582,000 which was supposed to go toward the Rural Grant Program. He allegedly used this money to cover his salary and gave some to friends. Investigators are also looking into his involvement with the East Carolina Development Company and Piedmont Development Company, two small economic

organizations. Laroque earned almost $195,000 a year heading the two non-profits. He then used the proceeds to loan public funds to close associates and political allies, according to the N.C. Policy Watch. Also under investigation is the Kinston-based forprofit LaRoque Management Group, owned by Laroque and his brother. Investigators say LaRoque used his company to funnel money from the nonprofits into his own pockets. Duffy said LaRoque has used various means to cover up his extra earnings, like failing to report his financial dealings on state ethics

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Researchers from N.C. State created a software algorithm that senses cyber attacks on networked control systems. These systems are used to organize transportation, power grids and other infrastructure around the country. They also tend to use wireless or internet connections, making them susceptible to cyber attacks. The software detects malicious software and isolates it so the system can continue to function properly. The project was funded by the Nation Science Foundation and was lead by Wente Zeng, a Ph.D. student at N.C. State.

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forms and hiding from the N.C Board of Elections that he had diverted loan money to his campaign. LaRoque has reportedly tried to defend himself on comment boards that accuse him of illegal handling of federal money. Under a Huffington Post story saying LaRoque had hired an unemployed worker to clean his yard, LaRoque wrote he had done a good deed for the lack of money he earns. “My wage rate as an NC Legislator is $6.71 an hour,” LaRoque wrote. “How many unemployed have you offered work to?” The comments of LaRoque and other commentators made Sarah Ovaska, an in-

vestigative reporter for N.C. Policy Watch, curious about LaRoque’s use of government money, according to The Huffington Post. She subsequently opened a two-month investigation. Michael Cobb, associate professor of public and international affairs who also studies scandals, said that LaRoque’s scandal isn’t likely to end his political career, because it was already over. Cobb noted that the last two times LaRoque has ran for public office he was defeated both times. Cobb said if the scandal was the only thing hindering his career as a politician, his

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A team of experts from the UNC System, including professors Mike Walden and Roby Sawyers of N.C. State, are working to analyze and predict the effects of a tax reform plan which is currently under consideration in the North Carolina Senate. Republ ic a n law ma kers have been trying to change the state tax code for years. This year, with Republicans in control of the House, the Senate and the governor’s office, Senate President Pro Tempore Phil Berger has proposed a plan known as the The Tax Fairness Act, which would cut the income tax from 7.75 percent to 4.5 percent. That would mean one billion dollars in cuts to state revenues over a period of three years. Berger described this cut to the Associated Press as the “largest tax cut in state histor y.” This plan comes amidst the Senate’s budget proposal to cut $48 mill ion f rom t he U NC s y s t e m n e x t y e a r. According to the Senate plan, much of the money lost in income tax would be made up by expanding the scope of the sales tax and increasing the number of services currently taxed by law. “The big picture of tax reform being considered in the General Assembly is to move the state’s tax system away from taxing

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income - both corporate and individual - to taxing spending,” Walden said. Some services that may be taxed under this plan include haircuts and car repairs. Many experts agree that the state tax code is in need of reform. According to the Tax Foundation, a nonpartisan tax research group, North Carolina ranks 44th in the nation in “business tax climate,” a figure determined by taxes which affect businesses, including sales tax, property tax, corporate tax and individual income tax. Ne ve r t h e l e s s , s h i f t i n g the burden of generating state tax revenue to sales ta x and away f rom income tax is controversial. “There are many issues involved with the proposal, including the impact on economic growth in the state, how taxes would change for households with different income levels, how particular sectors of the economy might be impacted if their services are now taxed or if their purchases cannot be included as tax deductions,

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“We are trying to guarantee that you’ll find something worth reading,” Wilkes said. “We are very interested in forming relationships with our customers and expanding their reading experience.” So & So Books’ genesis came at Groundwork, a monthly event started by Matt Konar, an N.C. State alum, where entrepreneurs gather to pitch ideas and compete for prize money. In November, Tonelli and Wilkes’ pitch won over the Groundwork audience and the grand prize money. Long before he began seriously considering the idea of opening a bookstore, Tonelli started a reading series, So And So, in Cambridge, Mass., for up-and-coming poets. The series moved to Raleigh in February of 2009, taking place every month at Morning Times, a local coffee shop on Hargett Street downtown. Wilkes, who also has experience with selling books, had managed a Borders Books and worked at numerous bookstores before branching out to start his own bookstore with Tonelli’s help. This interactive style of

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discussing literature and displaying local talent is just one of the ways that the series has grown into into a local bookstore in downtown Raleigh. Wilkes and Tonelli plan to host events such as reading clubs and lending the book space for those who want to use it for an event. “We want to provide as much experience as possible that you can’t get at Amazon,” Tonelli said. An important aspect of the bookstore is the carefully selected array of books in the store. The genres range from poetry to Pulitzer Prizewinning novels to children’s books, as well as a selection of local authors in the Triangle area. Wilkes and Tonelli will also be taking orders and suggestions from customers to create a customized, customer-friendly experience. “We want people to know that if you come down here to pick out a book and buy it, it will be great. We have hand-picked these books ourselves,” Tonelli said. Tonelli and Wilkes also plan to work with other Raleigh businesses and form a collaboration with Raleigh local businesses. For example, if Oak City Cycling were to suggest interesting cycling books to sell at the store, So

& So would sell those books. The initiative is to get local residents interested in all the local businesses in the area. “We want to make the downtown Raleigh experience one notch cooler,” Tonelli said. As So & So begins its journey, Tonelli and Wilkes agree that this is merely a “litmus test” to see how people respond to the bookstore. As they both currently have other jobs, they plan to be in the store on nights and weekends. When they are not in the bookstore, their friends in the architecture firm attached to the bookstore will tend to the customers. Wilkes summed up the store’s purpose as interactive experience between the store’s employees and its customers. “If you’re interested in discussing books with experts who will match your interests to great books, we can do that,” Wilkes said. “We want to be there for you.” Tonelli and Wilkes will be communicating to their customers through social media to let them know when they will be in the bookstore. So & So Books is at 704 N. Person St., next to Person Street Pharmacy.

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Last year 30,000 people attended Packapalooza, and this year, organizers want to make the event even bigger. Packapalooza will take place Saturday, Aug. 24 on Hillsborough Street and, like last year, it will include live music, demonstrations and events. The event will cap off Wolfpack Welcome Week and start off the academic year. According to Justine Hollingshead, director of the GLBT Center at N.C. State and one of the event’s organizers, last year’s Packapalooza was so successful that students, faculty and alumni wanted the University to host it again. “We believe people had a good time (at last year’s event),” Hollingshead said. “There were a lot of activities for all age groups and it was

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a great way to showcase the University.” Hollingshead said the upcoming Packapalooza will be similar to last year’s, except with different zones. The green zone will focus

on N.C. State’s commitment to sustainability and recycling, and the international zone will share the culture of students and faculty from around the world. The arts, sports and Wolf-

pack zones are also planned, and the headlining music performer will be announced later this summer. “I think the focus now is showcasing all the amazing things that happen at N.C.

State,” Hollingshead said. “We want to show worldclass students doing everything from winning the ACC championship to having academic accolades and things within the classroom to showcasing students groups performing.” Hollingshead summed up Packapalooza by describing it as a dynamic event where everyone can find something he or she is interested in. “Throug hout t he day there will be a lot of engaging things,” Hollingshead said. “If you like NASCAR or want to learn about robots or sustainable vehicles, or you want to listen to a good band there will be something for you. “Whether you come for a couple hours or all day there should be something for everyone.”

career might be salvageable. “Plenty of politicians can come back af ter scandals,” Cobb said. He added that it is likely that people eventually forget the wrongdoing. Cobb said it is not uncommon for politicians to “take advantage of a situation that you and I don’t have.” The case has become personal for LaRoque, because his brother, Walter LaRoque, testified against him on Tuesday. Walter LaRoque said he never saw or signed a contract dealing with his involvement with East Carolina Development Company, according to the Kinston Free-Press.

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“We’ve focused on making the spaces between buildings more inviting and eye appealing. I think that’s had a tremendous impact, and is something students feel good about. While facilities plays a crucial role in renovating old buildings and building new ones, construction projects are a campus wide effort that even extends to the Raleigh community, according to MacNaughton. First, the University creates a “master plan”, which is largely led by Chancellor Randy Woodson. Then, campus leaders also consider enrollment growth projections, and space inventory, which evaluate the campus as a whole. “It’s important to point out that facilities doesn’t really create the agenda for where N.C. State is headed (in terms of construction),” MacNaughton said. “We certainly facilitate and carry it out but it’s really a campuswide thing.” One of the most prominent projects undertaken by facilities in recent years, along with the James B. Hunt Library, is the new Talley Student Center. Phase I of Talley construction, which will include the

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and how the proposals might impact revenue availability for the state,” Walden said. “These are all complicated subjects on which a variety of different conclusions can be reached, so the debate will be important to follow.” Walden and Sawyers both said they are unable to discuss the specifics of their research, but Sawyers said the results would be reported in the very near future. According to the tax calculator on the website for the Tax Fairness Act (nctaxcut.com), a site run by the state Republican Party, a taxpayer making $30,000 per year with a dependent spouse and one child would pay almost $1,000 more in taxes each year under the plan. A taxpayer making $100,000 per year with a dependent spouse and one child would receive a tax cut of nearly $3,200 per year.

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Shawn Hoch, associate director of dining services, and Joanna Minett, marketing and communications manager, gave a tour of the On the Oval Culinary Creations, which is still under construction.

center’s food vendors, is on schedule and is set to open early in the Fall 2013 semester despite an abundance of rainy days this spring. MacNaughton said the project was likely to be delayed if not for the cooperation of the facilities department, construction contractors and designers. “We have a great team,” MacNaughton said. “Were really exited to have it open for students to enjoy next semester, its going to really create a great place.” The new Talley Center is expected to cost $120 million, and will be paid for by student fees, retail revenue and other sources, according to the N.C. State website. This represents a change in funding for University con-

struction projects, which was previously funded primarily through the state government. Referring to a University study in the 1990’s, MacNaughton said construction at N.C. State long term used to be funded about 60 percent by the state, and 40 percent from student fees and other sources. However, since 2008 the state government has cut its spending on the University, and now construction projects must get money elsewhere. “The state has really been in a major budget strain so the funding for projects that come from the state have really diminished to really nothing since then,” MacNaughton said.

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The new dining location on Centennial Campus will include various eateries that will serve salads, pizza and asian food. There will also be a diner that will be open early and stay open late.

Budget cuts have also led to vacant buildings and stalled projects. For example, Broughton Hall was supposed to be renovated for the chemistry department. However, there wasn’t enough funding for the project, and the building was vacated when engineering building III was built on Centennial campus, according to MacNaughton. While certain projects are being left in the background on main campus, there are several ventures underway on Centennial campus. A portion of undergraduate

student housing will be opening for the Fall 2013 semester, with the other part opening the following year. MacNaughton said this project has the potential to revolutionize student life on Centennial. “Right now Centennial isn’t a campus (undergraduate) students live at, they commute to it,” MacNaughton said. “This will be the first time we’re going to have residence halls for students on the campus, so it’s going to be more of a 24/7 type place than a 9-5 place, especially with the Hunt library.”

The facilities department is also focusing on things that aren’t obvious to students, like sustainability. According to MacNaughton, a project was started two years ago that attempted to create more efficient power sources. Part of the University’s sustainability efforts involved replacing 50-year-old water boilers, and that, along with other sustainability projects has, “totally paid for itself from energy it creates,” MacNaughton said.

Statistics like these have caused some Democrats in the Senate to speak out against the plan. “Those couples who have more than $100,000 taxable [income] really ought to pay more than a family making $30,000,” Democratic representative Paul Luebke told The News & Observer. “Flattening the income tax is not fair to the majority of North Carolinians.” According to �Public Policy Polling, a Raleigh-based polling firm, the tax proposals are unpopular among voters in North Carolina. Recent polls have indicated that 14 percent of voters support the Senate plan and 44 percent opposed it. Moreover, when key details such as increases in taxes on groceries are mentioned to the voters, 68 percent oppose it and only 13 percent support it. ARCHIVE/TECHNICIAN

Mike Walden, professor of economics at N.C. State poses with the Order of the Long Leaf Pine earlier this year. Walden, along with accounting professor, Roby Sawyers, advised the N.C. General Assembly on tax code reform this month.


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ov. Pat McCrory proposed slashing the UNC system by $139 million in his proposed budget. At the next level of proceedings, the North Carolina Senate has proposed a cut of “only” $48 million. This may seem like a win for our universities. But while it is definitely an improvement over McCrory’s proposed cut, it is far from perfect. The speculation is that to compensate for the reduced cut to the UNC system, public schools are instead getting the short end of the straw. For example, one known measure in the Senate’s proposed budget is an annual cut of $142 million to funding for teacher assistants in lower grades. The reasoning that K-12 schooling is less important to the state than higher education doesn’t make sense for students to succeed in higher education, they must first have successful schools. Offsetting the damage to the UNC system by sacrificing the schools will cause the same problems that cuts to higher education would, and it shouldn’t be done. Next, an interesting matter involving N.C. State is the advisory team from the UNC system that has been recruited at the request of

the General Assembly “to analyze and estimate the economic impact of the tax reform plan under consideration in the state Senate,” according to an N.C. State University news brief. Two faculty-members from N.C. State ― Roby Sawyers, professor in the Department of Accounting and Mike Walden, professor in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, are a part of this team of experts. So, here we have the G.A. coming up with schemes, and then recruiting a team of experts to help it understand the implications of these schemes. We had a feeling that the legislature doesn’t quite know what it’s doing, and these a posteriori consultations of theirs further our doubts. But the obvious question must be put in print: Is it a good sign that the G.A. has to call upon experts to shed light on steps it has already proposed to take? Furthermore, the irony is that these same professors that the state is hiring will be subject to a $48 million budget cut if the Senate’s budget is passed. That brings about the other question: Should the G.A. not reconsider cutting funding to the same institutions that it depends

upon, not just for the general prosperity of the state, but also for figuring out its own tax proposals? Finally, the fact remains that $48 million is also a substantial number, and is consistent with the general trend of cutbacks to public services and social safety nets. While a country such as Mexico, considerably less affluent than the U.S.A., can afford to provide its citizens with free public education, there is no reason why we shouldn’t expect the same from our government. After all, it is the same government which used to provide minimally expensive education — only some decades ago — when the country wasn’t as affluent as it is today. Thus, we at Technician call for no cuts to education. Especially in a state which depends so heavily on education, and the UNC System in particular, the legislature would be shooting itself in the foot with budget cuts to both public schools and the university system.

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edneck” is the term most often used to describe NASCAR fans. So if you have read my columns or met me in person, you would probably be surprised to learn I am a NASCAR fan. During middle school, Megan I went Ellisor t h rou g h a Deputy Viewpoint Editor phase I admittedly refer to as “desperate.” Everyone popular played on one of the school’s sports teams. To compensate for my lack of participation in school athletics, I decided it was necessary to learn the basic rules a nd tea ms of every major spor t. So when my NASCARfanatic aunt and uncle visited my family in 2005 to see the Charlotte races, I began studying the sport and the drivers. My aunt and uncle visit semi-annually to watch the October and May races with my dad and me. I’ve been to

more than 20 races, so I’m fairly familiar with Charlotte Motor Speedway, but until Saturday, I had never watched a race from the suites, which are above the grandstands on the front stretch. My mom’s hig her-ups treated her and her co-workers to tickets for the History 300 in the company suite. It was posh. It was nearly free of race car-induced noise. It was everything that I thought NASCAR was not. And while I thoroughly enjoyed the endless servings of free food and the VIP treatment, I somehow missed the gasoline-and-pizza-scented grandstands that I had learned to associate with the speedway.   Since the tickets were free, most of t he people in the suite knew little to nothing about NASCAR. They spent their time socializing, taking pictures and some even tried to play the hostess role. It was as if their attendance was a publicity stunt. They seemed more concerned about how they were perceived than they were about

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the outcome of the race. The experience in the grandstands is quite the opposite. There is no one to impress. In fact, with a pair of earplugs, the buzz of the race cars becomes peaceful white noise. The continuous hustle of the cars is ideal for naps (even NASCAR fans admit that 600-mile races get boring sometimes).  Besides being relaxing, the noise is so loud that it makes it impossible to talk, which is advantageous in that you don’t have to socialize or be conscious about what you say, as you would be in the suites.   A lthough I enjoyed being pampered in the luxury suites, true fans of any sport know that part of the experience is being among other fans. In the suites, you are protected from the wind and the sound created by the racing cars and the smell of carnival food. People tend to think if you spend large sums of money on something, you must love it. In the case of NASCAR, those who spend the money to stay in the suites spend it because they have it, not because they enjoy the sport.  

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n the wake of high unemployment rates throughout the nation, states have been looking for ways to attract new businesses. During the past few yea rs, legislatures in states where unemployment rates Ziyi Mai were higher Staff Collumnist than the national average had been urged to pass bills giving specific industries tax incentives in the hope of creating jobs for the local areas. The effectiveness of these tax programs is under fire. John McKimmon, blogger for The Wall Street Journal, wrote that “[a] new study by the Pew Center shows that some states are creating tax traps for themselves by setting up tax incentives for economic development that are open-ended or otherwise lack sufficient scrutiny.” According to the study, “tax incentives are unlike most forms of state spending. For priorities such as education and transportation, policy makers determine the specific level of funding they want to commit and review those allotments every one or two years.” For tax incentives, however, there often is no limit to how much they can cost. Since tax incentives are not forms of direct spending like education and transportation, they are easily neglected even they actually amount to a significant level of the state budget.   Some tax incentives essentially function as entitlement programs. Any business that meets the requirements laid out in law is entitled to the

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Lecturer finds his muse on campus Kaitlin Montgomery Staff Writer

A little more than a year ago, Mike Ligett, a lecturer in electrical and computer engineering, said he found the Free Expression Tunnel an extremely frustrating place. “I would stop and look, saying, ‘That’s really cool! I wish I had my camera,’” Ligett said. He became so enamored with the tunnel’s splattered collage of proclamations, murals, announcements, graffiti and street art that he began carrying his camera to class and taking pictures of the tunnel as it changed each day. SOURCE: MIKE LIGETT Since then, Ligett has taken Mike Ligett, a photographer and lecturer at N.C. State, has taken nearly 4,000 photos of the Free Expression Tunnel, including the photo above. nearly 4,000 photos of the tunnel. From those photos, gone.’’ morning.” Ligett chose 27 for an exhibiThat, Ligett said, was when Carrying his own lights at tion titled “Free Expression.” he began going to the tunnel night, Ligett illuminated the at Roundabout Art Collective on the weekends and shoot- tunnel so he could get the picoff Oberlin Road in April. ing photos in the middle of ture he wanted. Ligett said he Ligett said he used to pass the night. He said he soon found it problematic, at first, through the tunnel every found himself there “five, six, to set up and shoot something Tuesday and Thursday after- seven, eight times in a week.” during the day with students noon after teaching on Main Ligett said he was constant- flowing through the tunnel. Campus. Although he taught ly amazed at the changes he “The cool thing is there’s on Centenobserved af- this 90-minute rhythm that nial Campus ter even the we teach in,” Ligett said. “The immediately briefest of tunnel fills up with people, after, he still absences. and then it will be quiet for found him“I wou ld about 40 minutes or so. I self passing be there at learned to try and shoot picthrough the eight at night tures during that quiet time. I tunnel Mona nd shoot try to get pictures with people day through four or five in them sometimes, but some Thursday. things, and of the artwork I want to shoot Mike Ligett, lecturer and “I wou ld t h e n I ’ d on its own.” photographer still miss wake up at Ligett said despite his 40 some three in the years as a photographer, he’s things,” Ligett said. “I would morning and go back,” Ligett never found a subject quite SOURCE: MIKE LIGETT show up on a Monday and said. “Every single thing that I like the Free Expression Tun“Every once in a while you’d see this just-stunning piece– maybe it’s on the big wall, maybe it’s say, ‘Man I wish I was there, had shot at night was already on the south side or maybe somebody takes the time to really paint something unique on the PHOTOS continued page 6 inside,” Ligett said. that’s great, but now it’s half- painted over by three in the

“In the tunnel it does seem to be a culture of freer expression and open attitudes.”

Animazement shows growth, change Bryce Hart Correspondent

Eight-thousand-eighthundred people dressed up for Animazement last weekend, not only as their favorite characters, but in formal attire for the first time at the convention. The annual convention, founded by a handful of N.C. State students in 1998, is held in the Raleigh convention center. The convention’s attendance has grown significantly since then and now its landscape—full with a formal ball for the first time this year—is changing as well. The first convention, held in 1998, brought a modest 700 attendees compared to the 8,800 this year. Along with increased attendance increase during the last 15 years, the convention itself has evolved year-to-year. The all-volunteer staff of Animazement attempts to improve the convention each year via feedback on Facebook and otherwise online. The Animazement staff reacted to fans who asked for a formal-attire dance in addition to the Dealers Room and events related to Japanese

Comics draw new readers Kevin Schaefer Staff Writer

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The Dealers Room at Animazement attracts convention attendees with merchandise of all kinds, from Japanese snacks to figures of anime characters.

visual culture. The idea of the formal was to have slow ballroom dancing in fancy attire—not cosplay outfits of anime characters worn by most during the convention. Brooke Hellier attended her

sixth Animazement this year. She was one of the fans that asked for the formal, however like many that asked for the formal she was disappointed. “At other conventions they hire live bands and play clas-

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sical music” Hellier said. “This one played pop music . . . it was basically the same as the other dances rather than a formal ball.” In previous years arcade and other games were kept

in the north lobby. This year they were moved to make room for more artists’ stands and rooms for panels. The se-

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The comic book industry has, and continues to have, a prominent inf luence on pop-culture across the country. Yet with the rise of online comics and ordering on A mazon, many wonder whether comic book stores themselves are functional in the new age of technology. However, a comic book store on Hillsborough Street called Foundation’s Edge continues to operate. Founded in 1987 as an off-shoot of the Second Foundation Bookstore in Chapel Hill, the store offers a broad mix of comics, games, science fiction, fantasy books and other related items. Rick McGee, the store’s ma nager, of fered his views of these issues and how he’s seen the business

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nel. “At first I would just walk through the tunnel to get to class, and I have to admit, the first few times I wasn’t paying any attention to what was on the walls,” Ligett said. “Then every once in a while you’d see this just-stunning piece ­– maybe it’s on the big wall, maybe it’s on the south side, or maybe somebody takes the time to really paint something unique on the inside.” Ligett spoke of the talented artists he’s been fortunate enough to watch and talk to, artists like Dakota Bedell. “[Bedell] is just an incredible artist,” Ligett said. “I was there working one night after

being there in the afternoon, [and] he had been painting for four or five hours. I ended up combining about 14 or 15 shots in the final print. It’s about a five-foot-long print, and it’s got a dozen shots, maybe, of the piece of work and him. I super-imposed a shot that I took of him the afternoon before on top of it.” Ligett said he’s come to understand that the better work in the tunnel stays the longest. “Everyone who paints is an artist,” Ligett said. “They almost never paint over what we might consider a mistake or what they consider a mistake. It’s a great opportunity and a great medium to repaint, repaint and repaint to get it perfect. Most of the artists I see will just go at it once

and might step back saying, ‘OK, that’s not so good, but I’m going to keep going,’ and they just refine their technique as they go.” Ligett described a tunnel culture where the artists, techniques and actual pieces all intermingle and coexist together. “It has a very unique vibe and culture, and people seem to be freer,” Ligett said. “I’ll be in there, and obviously I’m a senior citizen, but the artists have no hesitation talking to me or opening up and answering questions. If I saw the same people walking down the street and tried to engage them in conversation, it might be different, but in the tunnel it does seem to be a culture of freer expression and open attitudes.”

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Ligett called the tunnel a “happenin’ place,” and has a number of stories about various encounters he’s had there. As one example, Ligett said he came across what he delicately described as the “extremes of the male – female relationship” as well as a marriage proposal. “I just want to make sure that we tell the story of the tunnel to anybody who has not had the opportunity to walk through it and taken the opportunity to really use it,” Ligett said. “The students who walk through it every day ... I just hope they’ll stop and really take a look at it.”�

SOURCE: MIKE LIGETT

Ligett said he found himself inextricably drawn to the Free Expression Tunnel when walking to and from lectures.

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change over the years. “The initial assumption was that online comics would hurt stores because it would give way to pirating,” McGee said. “In reality, shoplifting does more harm to stores. Digital sales actually help comic book sales rather than harm them.” When discussing the major changes of the industry both locally and nationwide, McGee said DC Comics’ “New 52,”a massive reboot project of DC’s major series that bega in 2011 has proven to be one of the most successful changes in the history of the medium. “DC’s New 52 has boosted our sales, which is exactly the opposite of what I anticipat-

ed,” McGee said. “I’ve been collecting since the 70s and have never seen anything as revolutionary as [New 52]. Our average age customer in 2011 was 34-35, now it’s about 25 and younger audiences are becoming more and more prevalent. There hasn’t been a boost like this since 1998.” In response to DC’s success, its chief competitor, Marvel Comics, also launched a reboot project within the last year. These new tactics have proven to be an effective way of drawing in younger audiences who are living in the modern age of comics. Coinciding with these movements, the widespread popularity of comic book movies has had a more obvious impact on the state of comic books. “Comic book films have

contributed to fueling our While Foundation’s Edge business,” McGee sa id. and other local stores contin“Especially with big name ue to run, other local shops characters like Batman, Spi- have been less fortunate. der-Man, etc., Hollywood In 2011, Foundation’s d o e s h e lp Edge’s forsomewhat mer competin bringing itor, Capitol in new fans.” Comics, was McGee forced to continued close down by say ing due to its t he mov ie lack of busiindustry ness. can be the In a 2011 Rick McGee, manager of determinWRAL story Foundation’s Edge comic store ing factor of titled “Rawhether or leigh comic not a series will be successful. book store closing after 24 “The big test will be if the years,” the store’s former release of Man of Steel this manager Russ Gar wood summer will increase sales commented on technology’s for DC’s upcoming new se- impact on comic books. ries, Superman: Unchained. “The current generation If not, the first issue will coming up is going to be the probably sell for a buck in smartest one there’s ever been about three months.” – until the electricity goes

“Digital sales actually help comic book sales rather than harm them.”

out,” Garwood said. ���I feel so sorry for these kids. What are they going to do?” Hence, the technological advancements of the 21st Century have not been as beneficial for some stores. Factors such as location, popularity and management each play a role in a comic book store’s success, as with any business. One of the biggest events in the industry is Free Comic Book Day, which takes place every year in May in every store across the nation. Foundation’s Edge alone had over 1,300 customers on the day this year alone. Ultimate Comics in Chapel Hill also had enormous success with the event this year. Alan Gill, the store’s manager, discussed the growing impact of his business. “Things like Free Comic

Book Day and other sales do wonders for us by bringing in a huge number of fans and introducing them to new series’”, Gill said. “I also attribute sales to comic book movies. I think we get new people off the street through them. Ever since Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man, people who had never picked up a comic in their life started flocking in to our store.” Yet unlike McGee, Gill and a host of others see the digital age of comics as a major drawback. “I’ve seen digital comics, but ultimately there’s nothing like holding an issue in your hands.”

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lection was also expanded to have an arcade game room that went 24/7 throughout the weekend, a console game room and a retro game room. The Dealers Room underwent changes this year as well. This room held various dealers who came from all over to sell personal items and companies like F.Y.E. that came to sell various DVDs and Blu-rays of anime. “I really liked how they let people take pictures of cosplays in the Dealers Room because that’s mainly where I get the most pictures taken,” said Crystal Holdefer, a thirdtime veteran of the convention. Others thought the Dealers Room lacked the amount and quality of vendors compared to previous years. “Seeing the Dealers Room only half full with vendors was a little disheartening,” Katie Peterson, also attending her third Animazement, said. Some saw a thinner focus in the Dealers Room as a potential plus for next year if utilized correctly. Users in official forums and the Animazement Facebook page posted suggestions utilizing the half of the room not occupi�ed to spread out the booths to allow more walking space. Kali Ebert, a junior in zoology and poultry science, felt constricted by the timing of panels and the hours of the Dealers room. “I would like to see less conflicting panels and just better hours for the Dealers Room.

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The special guests of Animazement say thank you to everyone involved in the convention, from organizers to attendees, during the convention’s closing ceremonies Sunday, May 26.

Panels overlapped and many of them were during the limited Dealers Room hours making it hard to go see what they were selling,” Ebert said. Passes are already available on the Animazement website for next year’s pre-registering and it is set for Memorial Day weekend at the convention center in 2014. To keep Animazement ever evolving to the interests of their fans the staff encourages people to add their input to the forums and Facebook groups throughout the year to help the convention grow and improve.

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Cosplayers and anime enthusiasts crowd the doors of the Raleigh Convention Center on Saturday, May 25.


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after that win, it was almost like I knew we were too giddy to get one win,” Rychcik said. “Later I find out [about the losing streak to Georgia Tech’], and now we had done something that has not been done.” “I think Georgia Tech may have been that moment where we realized we are something that we have not been.” State used the momentum from its win over Georgia

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Ratledge and Armstrong. The Pack would not score again until the top of the fifth when Adametz plated Clyde with a two-out single into right field. State struck again one inning later as Austin hit a sacrifice fly that scored Ratledge. State concluded its scoring in the top of the ninth when Adametz doubled to score senior center fielder Brett Williams. Rodon fans 14 as Pack falls

Tech to go on one of the best runs in school history. The recipient of two cornerstones to build around in 2012 ACC Freshman of the Year Renada Davis and 2013 Pitcher of the Year in Emily Weiman, Rychcik knew when he took the reins that it would still take a collective growth and effort from the entire team to exceed preseason expectations. “It was a heck of a challenge to go from seventh [place] to number one,” Rychcik said. “Those kids knew losing. Winning is sometimes hard to figure out. And they fig-

ured it out. They believed in me, and I believe in them.” Like all coaches, Rychcik also has an eye on the future of N.C. State softball and building a program that can not only reach success, but also sustain. “The softball world is pretty tough,” Rychcik said. “I think there are a lot of resources here. I think this school has a lot to offer ... We have a lot of work to do, but it can happen. N.C. State can get to the College World Series.”

to Heels in extras In what was the longest and most-attended game in ACC Tournament history, the Pack fell 2-1 to the Tar Heels in 18 innings. “It’s disappointing to lose,” Avent said. “I’m mostly proud of our guys. We had so many opportunities to win a baseball game in a game like this. To go out there emotionally and still be able to make plays, I just want to tip my cap to them.” Sophomore pitcher Carlos Rodon pitched a career-high 10 innings and struck out 14 batters, surpassing Matt Donohue’s single-season

school record of 147 strikeouts set in 1992. The sophomore southpaw also gave up an unearned run on one hit and two walks. “He’s pitched so many great games,” Avent said. “He always pitches on the biggest stage the best, and this game might have been the best I’ve ever seen him pitch.” Redshirt senior pitcher Grant Sasser, Wilkins and junior pitcher D.J. Thomas shut down UNC-CH for six and one-thirds innings, combining for seven strikeouts while giving up four hits and two walks. Senior pitcher Chris Over-

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senior first baseman Cody Stubbs dropped between Adametz, Williams and Turner as Tar Heel freshman designated hitter Landon Lassiter scored from third base. After Williams doubled to lead off the bottom of the 18th, the Pack was retired in order to end the game – and State’s chance to play for the ACC Championship.

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Wolfpack to host Raleigh Regional

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Women’s basketball opponents for 2013-14 season announced N.C. State’s 2013-14 ACC women’s basketball opponents were announced by the conference office on Wednesday.   The ACC will go back to a 16game regular season after playing 18 games during the 2012-13 season. The opponents were broken down as two permanent home/ away partners, six home games and six away contests. New conference members Notre Dame, Pittsburgh and Syracuse will begin play in 2013-14.   North Carolina and Wake Forest continue to be the Pack’s primary partners with home and away games featured during this upcoming season.   Boston College, Florida State, Maryland, Notre Dame, Syracuse and Virginia will visit Reynolds Coliseum in 2013-14. SOURCE: N.C. STATE ATHLETICS

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Today OLE MISS VS. WILLIAM & MARY Raleigh, Doak Field, 2 p.m. BINGHAMTON VS. N.C. STATE Raleigh, Daik Field, 7 p.m.

Friday NCAA REGIONAL Raleigh, Doak Field, 2 p.m. NCAA REGIONAL Raleigh, Doak Field , 7 p.m.

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For the second consecutive year, N.C. State will host an NCAA Baseball Regional at Doak Field. Along with State, Ole Miss, William & Mary and Binghamton will compete for a regional championship and for a spot in the NCAA Super-Regional. State defeated Vanderbilt in the regional final last season before advancing to the Gainsville, Fla. Super-Regional.

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Rychcik leads Pack to success in debut season Rob McLamb Staff Writer

On one side of the diamond were the Tennessee Volunteers, a team that had been a juggernaut in college softball, one that had played in the College World Series two of the last three seasons. On the other side was N.C. State, a school making only its third-ever appearance in the NCAA Tournament, a team coming off a losing season that resulted in the dismissal of its head coach. But for 11 innings, it was hard to tell the difference between the two schools. N.C. State softball underwent a remarkable metamorphosis during the 2013 campaign, shrugging off an eight-game losing streak to surge all the way to the program’s second ACC Championship and a berth in the NCAA Tournament for the

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The N.C. State softball team huddles up before taking the field during the second game of the three-game series against UNC April 13, 2013 at the Curtis & Jacqueline Dail Softball Stadium.

first time since 2007. When Wolfpack coach Shawn Rychcik was hired from Boston University after the 2012 season, the plan was

to ultimately build the N.C. State softball program into a conference and national leader. It may have happened

quicker than anyone could have imagined. Coming back from Fullerton, Calif., after being swept in the Judi Garman Classic,

it may have looked like the Wolfpack was poised for a second straight losing season. Rychcik, however, detected something completely different. “There was part of that we could not believe. We were 0-8 [from an eight-game losing streak]” Rychcik recalled. “But part of us were thinking we were so close.” “I kept preaching to them,” Rychick said. “I knew it was a very pivotal time. It will get better.” For the first-year coach, the perseverance paid off in an unlikely place for the Pack. No one on the squad had ever defeated Georgia Tech, as the last wins over the Yellow Jackets occurred during a sweep in the 2008 campaign. The Pack ended the losing skid emphatically with a 12-4 rout in the final contest of a three-game set in Atlanta. “I walked out in the outfield

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Pack comes up short in ACC tournament Daniel Wilson Staff Writer

No. 9 N.C. State (44-14) entered last weekend’s Atlantic Coast Conference tournament as the No. 4 seed and posted victories against the Clemson Tigers and Miami Hurricanes but fell short in the title game, falling to UNC-Chapel Hill on Saturday at Durham Bulls Athletic Park. Pack claws past Tigers� After sweeping Duke to wrap up the regular season, State used its momentum to bat its way past the Tigers last Wednesday. The final score was 6-3. “We played well a long time now, but through that you do not always bring your A game,” head coach Elliott Avent said. “We played well during that stretch, but we played really well against the Tigers.” Freshman pitcher Brad Stone started for the Pack and allowed two runs, one earned, on six hits and one walk while striking out three in five innings. Senior pitcher Josh Easley took over on the mound for

Stone and surrendered one run on two hits and struck out three in four innings. After Clemson took a 1-0 lead in the top of the second, senior third baseman Grant Clyde tied the score with a solo home run over the “Blue Monster” in left field. State took the lead in the next inning when sophomore designated hitter Jake Armstrong scored on a fielding error, but the Tigers would rally back in the sixth inning to tie the score once more. Sophomore right fielder Jake Fincher broke the tie in the bottom of the seventh with a bases-loaded single into left field that plated Armstrong and sophomore second baseman Logan Ratledge. Sophomore catcher Brett Austin followed with a two-RBI double as Fincher and sophomore shortstop Trea Turner crossed the plate to conclude the team’s scoring. “I think the biggest part of that inning was the leadoff guys getting on base,” Fincher said. v Pack storms past ‘Canes After a day of rest, the Pack picked up where it left off, de-

feating the Hurricanes 7-1 in the second of three games. Sophomore pitcher Logan Jernigan got the call to start and gave up one run on four hits and six walks while fanning two in four innings. “It’s just about getting ahead in the count,” Jernigan said. “When I do, good things happen. When I don’t, bad things happen. It was pretty cut and dried.” Junior pitcher Andrew Woeck took over on the hill and shut out Miami in three innings, striking out two and walking one. Sen ior pitchers Rya n Wilkins and Chris Overman pitched an inning each to contain the ‘Canes as the game came to a close. Wilkins struck out one, and Overman allowed one hit and also struck out another Miami batter. State jumped ahead in the top of the second inning with an RBI single by Armstrong that scored Clyde. Senior left fielder Bryan Adametz crossed the plate one play later on a ‘Canes throwing error. Turner batted two more runs in on a single that plated

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Sophomore starting pitcher Carlos Rodon throws a pitch against North Carolina Saturday, May 25, 2013 during the ACC Tournament at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park in Durham, NC. The Wolfpack fell to the Tar Heels 2-1 in 18 innings.


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