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Raleigh, North Carolina


Board moves to curb drunk drivers Jason Katz Correspondent


Senior first baseman Tarran Senay hugs head coach Elliot Avent after N.C. State’s 17-inning 5-4 victory on Sunday, June 9. The win gave the Wolfpack its first College World Series appearance since 1968.

Internships offer more than a paycheck Tim Gorski Deputy News Editor

Given the 7.6 percent unemployment rate in the United States, being out of work is a harsh reality for some college graduates. And although those statistics are discouraging, they are worse for young people in their early ‘20s, with more than 13 percent of that demographic jobless. However, college graduates often utilize something that could put them on the fast track to employment—internships. For many, internships and work-study programs are the edge that students need to set themselves apart from their competitors in the field, many of whom likely have job experience.  Students who perform well in an internship frequently end up with a job offer.  This was the case for 2013 gradu-

ates Brandon Luck and Caroline Funkhouser, who studied biomedical engineering and communication respectively. Luck, living up to his surname, got an internship with Cisco systems by chance as he was attending a business career fair with his girlfriend and more-or-less stumbled across the company he gave his resume. Much to his surprise, Luck got a call from a representative for the company who was interested in an interview shortly after the career fair. Luck said the experience he gained throughout the internship as a data analyst both equipped him for the job he currently has with Cisco and helped prove to the company that he may be the right person for the job. According to Luck, many companies use internships as a trial period in which man-

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agement and human resource workers find workers they are more interested in based on factors such productivity, ease to work with and willingness to follow orders. Luck pointed out that students should view the internship process as an extended interview rather than an opportunity to get a paycheck and add a couple points to your resume. Of the tips Luck had for potential interns, he emphasized that students should maintain a positive attitude and always be open minded about what they are doing— regardless of the task they are assigned. Judging the importance of certain duties, Luck said, is not an intern’s place. Rather, Luck recommended that when you are presented

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The National Transportation Safety Board is urging lawmakers to reevaluate how much alcohol a person may consume and legally operate a motor vehicle. The NTSB says lowering the legal blood-alcohol content will decrease highway deaths, but some say the proposal could make criminals out of drivers who consume very small amounts of alcohol at bars and sporting events. Currently, motorists in North Carolina must have a BAC of less than .08 percent to legally drive. The NTSB voted in May to recommend lowering the limit to .05 percent. A change like this hasn’t occurred in North Carolina since 1993, when the BAC limit was lowered from .10 percent. About 10,000 people die in alcohol-related crashes every year in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That number has decreased since the BAC was last lowered nationwide, but it has remained constant for several years now. That’s why the NTSB says it is time for another reduction. “This is critical because impaired driving remains one of the biggest killers in the United States,” NTSB chairman Deborah Hersman said in a May 14th press release. According to research conducted by The University of North Carolina Highway Safety Research Center, it is possible that


some motor skills are degraded at a BAC as low as .04 percent. After a person reaches a BAC level of .08, the chances of an automobile accident dramatically increase. Because many students go to bars, sporting events and parties around campus, drunk driving is a perennial concern here at N.C. State. Lt. David Kelly, N.C. State’s Public Information Officer, said many things can influence somebody’s ability to drive, and it’s not always just about the number.

According to Kelly, drivers can be impaired by substances other than alcohol, and student drivers can be charged with a DWI even if their BAC is below .08 percent. Regardless, Kelly said the University Police Department will enforce state law, whether the BAC limit is .05 or .08 percent. The NTSB’s proposal has met pushback from some

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The North Carolina House debated for seven hours before approving their state budget plan Wednesday night in the first of two votes. The house voted in favor of the proposal 77-41 and the next vote is expected today, according to the Associated Press. The House proposal, like the Senate’s plan released three weeks ago, manages $20.6 billion over two years. Now both chambers must compromise with Gov. Pat McCrory to form a collab-

orative budget by the end of the month. The House’s budget plan could harm college students, as it would cut the University of North Carolina system’s funding more than the Senate’s proposal. However, the House’s plan would allocate more money for public schools. Of that $20.6 billion, the House wants to set aside $400 million for budget emergencies and government building repairs.

The N.C. Symphony gathered June 7th at the Meymadi Concert Hall to play music from popular video games. It was a first for the orchestra and Raleigh alike. The production featured a combination of works from many video games spanning decades, including Legend of Zelda, Donkey Kong, Skyrim, WarCraft, and Tetris. Tommy Tallarico, the program’s composer, spent several years touring the world with the Video Games Live show since the its debut in 2005. Tallarico worked composing music for more than 300 different games and garnered almost 50 awards in the industry. “I want to show how culturally significant video games and video game music is today,” Tallarico said. “I want to show that it’s not just bleeps and bloops.” The program started at 8 p.m. and lasted for two and a half hours. The symphony played 16 different pieces accompanied by images or videos to compliment the tracks. The program also included a member of the audience playing Guitar Hero live while the N.C. Symphony performed


Award-winning producer, Tommy Tallarico, teams up with the N.C. Symphony.

the music. Other songs came from the Chrono Trigger and Final Fantasy 7 soundtracks. The N.C. Symphony was founded 80 years ago. Although the symphony is an established act, going from playing classical pieces to video game music was a major transition for the orchestra. While the N.C. Symphony performed well, the show in general had some noticeable problems. The light show setup included one light that would frequently point at the audi-

ence, blinding them. Also, the crowd was often encouraged to vocalize their passion for the music, making some pieces very difficult to hear over the shouting. While Young adults and teenagers dominated the crowd, although some N.C. State faculty also attended, including Robert Golub, a Physics professor at N.C. State. Golub said the show was fascinating, but he noticed some shortcomings. “The light show was mostly nice but they spoiled it by

shining the lights directly into the eyes of the audience for long periods of time so that you could not see the video accompanying the music, which was sometimes interesting,” Golub said. Tallarico participated in some of the performances by playing his electric guitar. The performance was skillful, but during some parts the guitar was not fully in tune with the sound system resulting in an unprofessional sounding pieces.

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The N.C. State Turfgrass Field Laboratory is one of many units that make up the Lake Wheeler Field Laboratory. The nearly 1500-acre complex is mainly used by the departments within the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS).

Little-known field lab is ‘too valuable’ to sell Jake Moser News Editor

While N.C. State plans on selling its largest property, the 80,000 acre Hoffman Forest, one piece of University-owned land might be too valuable and close to campus for a price tag. The Lake Wheeler Road Field Laboratory, located minutes away from main campus, is almost 1,500 acres of land owned by the N.C. State. The field lab caters to students in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, especially those studying animal science, biological and agricultural engineering, entomology and food bioprocessing and nutrition


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quarters. In a May 14th interview with the New York Times, Sarah Longwell, managing director of the American Beverage Institute, said the proposal would inhibit people from enjoying the social aspects of drinking, “Moving from .08 percent to .05 percent would criminalize perfectly responsible behavior,” Longwell said. “Further restricting the moderate consumption of alcohol by responsible adults prior to driving does nothing to stop hard-core drunk drivers from getting behind the wheel.” According to ABI, which represents more than 8,000 restaurants nationwide, more than 70 percent of all past alcohol-related deaths occurred when a person was impaired with a BAC above .15 percent. Local bartender Lisa Lewis agrees that the NTSB’s proposal is excessive. Lewis has been a bartender at Mitch’s


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sciences. According to Superintendent of the LWRFL, Curtis Powell, the facility is used for research, but another focus is to give students hands-on experience. The field lab is essentially a fully functioning farm to give students access to livestock— including pigs, chickens and cows for education and research. In addition, the facility contains gardens and a soil and water technology center. “We do some research, but our main priority is teaching,” Powell said. “Handson labs for CALS are also taught here, but students from other colleges benefit too. One group of engineering students was here testing

an air cannon, for example.” According to Assistant Director of the LWRFL, Reid Evans, the field lab is also used for extending research and the complex’s facilities to students from other schools, as well as farmers, making it a statewide agricultural initiative. “We have a lot of extension activities where groups come in learn about the latest research going on here. For example, experts visited to hear about research we’ve been doing on intensive grazing,” Evans said. “We bring in high school students and do the same thing for them. We’re interacting directly with farmers across the state, and sometimes they’ll come to these events.

Tavern on Hillsborough Street for the past 13 year. She said lowering the legal BAC limit is not the right way to stop drunk driving. She believes the people who are really causing the problem are driving without any regard for the law at all and are often way over the legal limit. “There are degrees of drunkenness, and I feel like the people that are killing people are blowing like a .19,” Lewis said. Lewis was bartending the last time the BAC level was lowered from .10 percent 20 years ago. She acknowledged that it did seem to raise consciousness among responsible drinkers. Although that may happen again, Lewis said that if the new law is passed it will only harm the social drinkers—and they’re not the problem. While many organizations are backing the NTSB’s proposal, there is one notable group absent from that list. Mothers Against Drunk

Driving, the largest nonprofit in the country that works to protect people from drunk driving, has said that while they would not be opposed to a lower legal BAC, they want to focus their efforts in other areas. MADD believes the most effective way to prevent drunk driving is to punish previous offenders and implement technology to keep those drivers off the road, according to May 14th article by The New York Times. These measures include mandatory breathalyzers and steering locks after the first offense. With these units installed, a convicted drunkendriver would not be allowed to start their car if they had been drinking. If the BAC level is ultimately reduced, history suggests that the change may not come quickly. The NTSB originally suggested lowering the legal BAC limit to .08 in 1982, and it wasn’t until 2004 that all of the states made the change.

with a task by one of your manager you should, “get your nose in the dirt and get it done.”

Funkhouser, who has been officially working for News14 Carolina since May, said her practical experiences as an intern undoubtedly increased her chances at getting her current job.  “The practical experience I had made me a better candidate,” Funkhouser said. “I don’t know how many people this applies to, but not many of the other [job applicants] were fluent in [News14’s] editing program.” For Funkhouser, the intern-

In addition to studies on intensive grazing, experts at LWRFL are also doing nutritional research on animals’ diets, and how certain nutrients stimulate or hinder performance. Evans also mentioned the construction of a new facility that measures air quality. Evans discussed the field lab’s history, and how the University previously owned severa l sma l ler properties similar to the LWRFL. However, as N.C. State has expanded, farms have been consolidated to make room for other construction projects. “[The LWRLF] started in the mid sixties. Before that time the University had different farms, they just weren’t

as unified as the field lab,” Evans said. “Historically since the University was started, the farms were operated on lease land. Student apartments used to be dairy farms, for example. Things have changed as N.C. State has grown and other farms became consolidated at Lake Wheeler.” Evans also said the field lab functions like an internship, where students can get practical, real-world experience in their major to determine if they want to pursue a particular career. “Different units will hire students and get them to routinely do work here and get them used to research, whether that be crop or animal research,” Evans said.

“Interns can interact handson, and doing that daily gives people an understanding of what they get with that type of job.” While the University plans on selling the University’s largest piece of land, the Hoffman Forest, in response to budget cuts and the recession, Powell thinks the LWRFL is too valuable to sell. “I don’t get the feeling that the Lake Wheeler Lab will be sold,” Powell said. “This isn’t the only farm we have, but I think this one is too valuable with all the experience we give students and all the livestock we have on hand.”

Environmental bill delays the inevitable region known as the Triassic basin--less than an hour from Raleigh. The fracking process begins with drilling a hole several thousand feet into the ground. The hole is filled with water, sand and chemicals under pressure, forcing the natural gas into a single pocket. A second hole is then drilled to vacuum up the natural gas. However, in between the ground surface and the shale rock layer is the aquifer, also known as the water table. Since the mixture of water, sand, and chemicals cannot be fully controlled when under pressure, some of it ends up in the aquifer, potentially contaminating drinking water. The water contamination is a major source of controversy in the fracking process. Critics and environmentalists argue that fracking causes pollution making tap water

flammable due to methane leaks--and usually unsafe to drink. A shale rock formation that extends to Sanford, N.C., less than a one-hour drive from Raleigh known as Triassic Basin, would be targeted for natural gas extraction should the N.C. House and Senate decide to allow fracking. According to a source cited by Robert Bruck, an environmental science professor at N.C. State, fracking can also affect the water used to irrigate crops. There are about 2,100 farms and 220,000 acres across the state at risk of losing their crops due to fracking—which would not only be a loss of food, but a loss of revenue. About 2.4 million people may be affected in the piedmont and coastal areas should the bill pass, as mentioned by the press release

ship experience was handsShe wanted students conon and educational. She did sidering an internship to not do menial jobs such as know that, “there is no way filing paperto know how work or getto do everyting people t hing t hey coffee, which expect,” beshe heard incause much terns comof the promonly do. cess of being “T he i nan intern is Caroline Funkhouser, ternship pregaining the N.C. State alumna pared me for job experithe feeling of ence you working with live news pro- can’t learn in a classroom duction,” Funkhouser said. firsthand.

That in mind, Funkhouser stressed that interns should not reject something you are asked to do on the job just because you are unfamiliar with it, comparing this learning process to a baptism by fire. “Don’t feel like you have to know the answer to every question because you won’t, and you don’t know the ins and outs of their business-that’s what your there to learn,” Funkhouser said.

Sasha Afanasieva Staff Writer

The North Carolina House approved a bill June 7 that would put fracking on hiatus until March 2015 while simultaneously including several environmental safeguards. Fracking, also known as hydraulic fracturing, is a controversial process used to extract gas from shale rock deposits. Shale rock formations are underground layered rock formations filled with natural gas, a fossil fuel. The eastern United States currently has one of the largest shale rock deposits that span multiple states, ranging from Pennsylvania to North Carolina. One of those deposits can be found in a Chatham County in a

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published by Environment of North Carolina.The bill also includes offshore drilling, which isn’t currently allowed in North Carolina. Robert Bruck, Ph.D in environmental science, also pointed out some other major issues with fracking. Bruck said fracking has even caused minor earthquakes in Pennsylvania, Texas and Kentucky. “By injecting all this stuff under pressure, you are actually moving the ground. In other words, we don’t fully understand what we are doing,” he

said. Bruck said the chemicals injected into the ground were also problematic. “The chemica ls ca n amount up to three percent of the volume of mixture injected,” Bruck said. “These chemicals can get into the drinking ground water. You are basically talking about a liquid waste that is left behind by the fracking process.” It is currently unclear what chemicals are used during hydraulic fracturing since it is a trade secret, adding to the controversy. Even so, Bruck acknowledged that natural gas was an important part of satisfying the country’s demand for fossil fuels. “The U.S. needs energy,”

Bruck said. “The kind of energy we are talking about is natural gas, which, of the three fossil fuels–coal, oil and gas–is the cleanest, Bruck said. “On the other hand, it is a fossil a fuel, which means when we burn it for energy, it emits CO2.” Bruck noted that 14,800 North Carolinians currently worked in the sustainable energy field. According to Department of Environment and Natural Resource, fracking would create an estimated 400 jobs. “Chatham County Schools offer more jobs than fracking will,” Bruck said. Another estimate by Michael Walden, an economics professor at N.C. State, suggests that during the

construction phase of the project, approximately 500 jobs will be created in addition to 80 million of annual income--4.9 million of which would be public revenue. In the same estimate, during a projected 20 year energy production period, the project would bring in an additional 9.6 million dollars in public annual revenue and sustain another 1,406 jobs. The fracking bill still faces several obstacles in the General Assembly. First, the N.C. House and Senate must come to a compromise. Currently the Senate version also approves a a lift on the fracking ban starting 2015--but with different environmental safeguards.

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Currently, no one is certain how fracking would affect North Carolina. Bruck said there have been some cases where fracking has had zero environmental impact and others where it has left ground water completely unusable. “We are in a conundrum, and that is we need energy and we need jobs,” Bruck said. “Fracking is one way to create a certain amount of jobs and energy. However, the process is inherently dangerous of which we don’t know the potential outcome.”


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The N.C. Symphony also featured a full choir who performed themes from the WarCraft series, Skyrim and minor parts of games. Tallarico hasn’t announced future plans to bring Video Games Live back to Raleigh, but says he intends to continue touring and may return in the future.



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Speaking skills reach beyond the lectern Will E. Brooks Features Editor

Public speaking is an art as much as it is a tool for George Vincent, a 29-year-old graduate student in industrial engineering. N.C. State’s chapter of Toastmasters, the world’s largest public speaking forum, houses students, faculty and others from around the world looking to improve their public speaking skills— their gains often exceed these skills. “In my case [Toastmasters] transfers into my student life and my social life,” Vincent said. “It isn’t just about public speaking, it’s about the confidence you get from public speaking.” Vincent, a native of India who recently moved to Raleigh for graduate school, won the state-level Toastmasters competition, and will be competing in the Toastmasters Worldwide Competition for Public Speaking in Cincinnati this August. Vincent, an English speaker most of his life, is among a variety of foreign and American-born citizens who attend weekly Toastmasters meetings. Some join to improve their English, others join to gain work-related skills and others simply want to learn how to tell a good story. Tigran Mirzoev, an alumnus and member of Toastmasters, was born and raised in Uzbekistan, where mainly Russian was spoken. Mirzoev said he heard about Toastmasters from a co-worker after receiving his masters from N.C. State. “I wish I would have

joined when I was at N.C. State,” Mirzoev said. Angkana Bode, club treasurer of toastmasters and facilities architect at N.C. State, said she originally joined Toastmasters in 2003 while working at UNC–Chapel Hill. She continued through N.C. State’s chapter of Toastmasters in 2009 when she became a facilities operator at the University. Bode said her decade-long relationship with Toastmasters has improved her English and her confidence. “At this club when you go up to talk people pay attention, they look at you, they hear you and they want to understand you and cheer you on,” Bode said. After 10 years of attending meetings, Bode said she doesn’t think she will ever leave Toastmasters. “I believe I will be a Toastmaster for life,” Bode said. “It is such a wonderful and giving environment where we support each other.” Vincent, who said he will likely be the president of N.C. State’s chapter next year, began attending Toastmasters meetings in India in 2008. His employer, an information technology company in India, suggested joining Toastmasters to hone his communication skills. “I just went to a session out of curiosit y a nd I liked the way it


George Vinoj Vincent serves as toastmaster during the NCSU Campus Toastmasters club meeting June 12 in Kilgore Hall. Vincent won the North Carolina Toastmasters public speaking competition, and will be competing in the Toastmasters World Championship of Public Speaking this August in Cincinnati, Ohio.

was conducted,” Vincent said. “I joined and I’ve been a member for about four years now.” Since then he placed third in the Toastmasters regional competition for Southern India in 2012, before winning the North Carolina regional this year.


Angkana Bode, a facilities architect, speaks at a Toastmasters meeting Wednesday, June 12.

Technician’s Pet of the Week A “Pet of the Week” photo will be chosen from pictures submitted by students and will be posted to Student Media’s Instagram each Monday (June thru August). Pet related businesses who advertise in the Technician that week will also be mentioned in the caption of the posted photo.

Vincent has had no trouble speakers—save the “table communicating with others topics” section of meetings since he moved to North where randomly selected Carolina. He attributes this members go up to talk about partially any subto To a s tject masters. on the “It did help spot. me that I was a Toastmaster because Angkana Bode, club treasurer for I was a betToastmasters t e r c ommunicaWhen tor a nd a preparing a story, Toastmasbetter reader,” Vincent said. ters speakers keep in mind “It made me more confident how to connect with the auwhen I was communicating dience. with [North Carolinians].” “I like speaking about subCompetitions run some- jects that inspire and motiwhat like Toastmasters meet- vate the audience,” Vincent ings. A speaker presents a said. “You cannot connect story—typically a personal with the audience unless you anecdote or informative have a personal story.” tale—of their choice while Vincent’s current story for the speaker is judged and competition involves a failtimed. All speeches are met ure he experienced while in with applause from fellow school in India. Toastmasters. “The The difmesference sage between was meetings simand comple— petitions is never that comgiving petition has up,” winners VinTed Feitshans, extension and losers, cent associate professor and meetsaid. ings are for Ted personal improvement. Feitshans, profes“It is about taking a speech sor in agricultural and fine tuning it over and and re- source over again,” Vincent said. economics, was “[The competition] is basi- a f o u n d i n g cally a contest where you can member of the speak about any subject for club in 1989. seven minutes.” He said the The subjects of speeches N.C. State at either venue are up to the chapter was

“I believe I will be a Toastmaster for life.”

“[The] goal when founding it was for us all to become better speakers ... ”

originally founded for the University’s extension faculty, who presented and communicated with people around the state. “[The] goal when founding it was for us all to become better speakers, and I think that’s happened,” Feitshans said. Although the demographic of the group has shifted the past 25 years, its focus has only strengthened, according to Feitshans. The skills Toastmasters provides for participants transfer beyond presenting a story, according to Vincent, who said Toastmasters has made him more confident in his studies, work and social interaction. “Toastmasters isn’t just about communication, it’s about leadership,” Vincent said. A nd publ ic spe a k i ng doesn’t come easy for most people, even those who mustered the courage for their first Toastmasters meeting. “Most people aren’t natural speakers,” Vincent said. Toastmasters is screening SPEAK, a documentary about the art of public speaking and the Toastmasters World Championship of Public Speaking at the D.H. Hill auditorium on Saturday June 22 at 1:30 p.m. The screening is open to the public.


Ted Feitshans, a founding member of N.C. State’s Toastmasters, speaks at Wednesday’s meeting.


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Director alumnus debuts TV pilot Kevin Schaefer Staff Writer

Rob Underhill was thrilled to see the premiere of his newest TV pilot The Agent at Zinda in downtown Raleigh Friday night.  The Agent  is among many directing credits for Underhill, an award winning filmmaker and N.C. State alumnus. The screening was a huge success and garnered the praise of several critics. When Underhill began working on the project a couple years ago, he was in the process of completing his fourth film, titled The Deal. He and screenwriters Al and Paul Julian met through a Facebook group that was geared towards writers and filmmakers. “I had always been interested in filmmaking, and took several film courses while I was working on my English degree at State,” Underhill said. “When I met Al, he had been developing the idea for this show for some time. It caught my attention pretty quickly.” The pilot is part of a developing series entitled  Fever Dreams that plays along the lines of the Tales from the Crypt  and Creep Show. When asked about what sparked his interest in it, Underhill said the script had a lot to offer. “A lot of my material tends to be pretty different,” Underhill said. “I’ve done a lot of drama and tend to incorporate various social issues into my films. With this show, the action and thriller components really intrigued me.” Writer, producer and actor Al Julian discussed the screenwriting process and what inspired him to tell this story. “I’m an old dog, a retired lawyer and clinical psychologist,” Julian said. “About two years ago, I started getting into acting and screenwriting. I knew that since I was just starting out it’d be more feasible and practical to write


Alumnus Rob Underhill directed The Agent, the pilot for a planned series titled, Fever Dreams.


The Agent follows a Los Angeles hustler, Don Reynolds, an alcoholic TV screenwriter who accepts a script from a homeless man.

teleplays than full length screenplays.” The show features a hustler in Los Angeles named Don Reynolds (played by Donald Sill), who struggles to write scripts for a local TV show. A homeless man offers a screenplay to Reynolds, who is a burned out alcoholic. Upon reading it, Reynolds discovers the script follows his life everywhere he goes. Similar twists provide a basis for the show’s plot. “I was always into Hitch-

cock and Twilight Zone type material,” Julian said. “That sort of suspense and storytelling comes across in this series.” Julian co-wrote the script with his son Paul, a Junior at UNC-Chapel Hill. He also portrays a character named Saul in the show, and serves as executive producer. Once they had a script, the team began casting the show. “It was a pretty exhaustive casting process,” Underhill said. “In some of my other


If picked up by a media source, Fever Dreams will run similar to The Twilight Zone, with a new story and characters in each episode.

films I was able to work with friends and other people I knew. For this one, we did a mix of video auditions as well as meeting face to face with potential cast members.” Once the show was casted and the production process began rolling, Underhill contacted various agencies to market his product. “It’s always an ongoing process, because you’re continually meeting new contacts,” Underhill said. Friday’s screening was for media and critics only. De-

spite the monsoon weather that evening, the cast and crew were pleased to see a great turnout from people all over the area. “I was invited by the Carolina Style Magazine to be the featured filmmaker of their inaugural film series event,” Underhill said. “It was the perfect time to unveil this pilot, and we wanted to keep the doors open for critics.” The team is now taking the pilot to an assortment of film festivals over the next few months, and Underhill

plans to have the second episode premiere in August. Julian has the script for it, and is currently working on the one for episode three. “I’m late in life, but I finally found a career I enjoy” Julian said. Underhill couldn’t be more proud of the work he and his crew have accomplished. “It’s a great experience connecting with other people in the film making community,” Underhill said. “I love what I do.”

Boards of Canada ‘harvest’ after seven years of growth Grant Golden Staff Writer

Boards of Canada is a band that has been elusive as it has been prolific throughout its long and illustrious career. While the group’s productivity took a swift decline after its 2005 album, The Campfire Headphase, its presence still reverberated throughout the electronic music world. It is hard to find an electronic act that isn’t somehow influenced by the warm, organic sounds produced by this beloved Scottish duo. Tomorrow’s Harvest is a return to glory for this highly acclaimed duo. Tomorrow’s Harvest is filled with immense sonic exploration and it places equal importance on strong rhythms and heady atmospheres. The group distorts obscure vocal samples and layers them tightly within expansive analog instrumentation, allowing plain speeches to take form as an enriching addition to melodies that often remain relatively static.  While the songs on Tomorrow’s Harvest  are dynamic arrangements, they tend to unravel more than they develop. Percussive loops duck in and out, often repeating simplistic phrases, while

the instrumentation sticks relatively close to the grain. Once a song has given way to a distinct refrain it tends to stay in that domain, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Tracks like the six-anda-half-minute “Jacquard Causeway” are a perfect example of this. “Causeway” begins with a minimalistic drumbeat that gives way to arpeggiated synths, but the track gradually strips away its layers to create a downtempo atmospheric aura, only to build it back up to the clicks and whirrs that gave the song such presence in the first place. While it may seem a bit tedious upon first listen to hear simplistic refrains making up the duration of longer songs like this, it’s terribly easy to lose yourself in this chilled out amalgamation of shimmering synths and snappy percussion. Tomorrow’s Harvest plays out more like a soundtrack than anything else though— although it’s roughly an hour in length it has a strong sense of deterministic purpose. Perhaps it’s the overly downtempo tunes that makes it feel so cinematic and extravagant, but either way these fuzzed out aural incantations tend to breath with a life of their

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 own. “Collapse” feels like it’s building up to a grandiose release of tension, but instead bleeds into silence and slowly fades into the slow-churning head-bobber “Palace Posy,” a track that explores primal percussive rhythms with warm, encompassing synth lines. Brief tracks like “Uritual” and “Telepath” feel like bridges for far-reaching ideas, but still have enough depth and gusto to stand-alone as short sonic explorations.  While  Tomorrow’s Harvest is a gorgeous album on its surface, the real beauty lies in its details. Donning a pair of headphones and catching all of the subtleties that lie within these dense tracks is the best way to consume these extravagant pieces. The sound of distant lasers, chirping birds and electronic blips and buzzes pepper the depths of this album and creates an insatiable desire to go back and explore how deep the rabbit hole truly goes.  Tomorrow’s Harvest is arguably Boards of Canada’s


Tomorrow’s Harvest by Boards of Canada was released on Tuesday, June 11 via Warp Records. The album can be purchased at Schoolkids Records on Hillsborough Street or online.

most tightly-packed album to date. With brilliant use of restraint and release this group has fallen right back into the niche that they built for themselves in the early 2000s. Boards of Canada grasp the inherent qualities

of music that can control a listener’s emotions and induce nostalgia. Tomorrow’s Harvest takes listeners on an adventure through the confines of their own mind, and whether the destination is someplace new and innova-

tive is irrelevant because the twists and turns are what makes this album—and the rest of Boards of Canada’s albums—the joyful listening experience that it is.



State to play Heels in Omaha Rob McLamb Staff Writer

Buoyed by two come-frombehind wins in the Raleigh Super Regional last weekend, N.C. State is going to a place it has not been in 45 years and competing for a title the Wolfpack have never won. But in the first game, things will be quite familiar. N.C. State will return to the College World Series for the first time since 1968 when the Pack faces its bitter rival, the UNC-Chapel Hill Tar Heels. The two schools have played three games this season, with the Pack and Heels splitting its regular season matchup in Doak Field at Dail Park in late-April. Two weeks ago at the ACC Tournament in Durham, State lost a heartbreaker, 2-1, in 18 innings to spoil an astounding 10 inning, one-hit performance from sophomore Carlos Rodon. The lefthander from Holly Springs has gone winless despite posting terrific numbers in the postseason against North Carolina over the past two years, but will undoubtedly feel that a win on Sunday would ease the sting of previous no-decisions against the

Tar Heels. N.C. State manager Elliott Avent has benefitted greatly of late from his seniors. First baseman Tarran Senay was named Most Outstanding Player of the Raleigh Regional and centerfielder Brett Williams drove in the super regional-winning run in the top of the 17th inning to defeat Rice on Sunday. T h e Ta r Heels won t he AC C Tournament a f te r su rv iv ing t he marathon against the Pack. Carolina is led by ACC Player of the Year, third baseman junior Colin Moran, selected by the Miami Marlins with the sixth pick in the MLB draft, and ACC Pitcher of the year, lefthander Kent Emmanuel—who picked up his first collegiate save on Tuesday in the super regional-clinching win over the South Carolina Gamecocks in Chapel Hill on Tuesday. One of the key matchups on the other end of the bracket will be another rivalry matchup featuring the Indi-

ana Hoosiers against, futureACC member, the Louisville Cardinals. Indiana broke a barren spell for Big Ten baseball, with no school from the conference reaching the College World Series since the Michigan Wolverines accomplished the feat in 1984. Led by sophomore catcher Kyle Schwarber, a Freshman All-American last season, Indiana is 48-14 going into its first ever trip to Omaha and earned berth with a twogame sweep over Florida State in Tallahassee. Louisville also swept its way into the College World Series on the road, taking two straight from the Vanderbilt Commodores in Nashville. The Cardinals entered the postseason winners of 16 straight—including a victory over Indiana. The Hoosiers defeated the Cardinals in the first game of the season in February. After losing two straight in the Big East Tournament, Louisville has won all five of its games in region-

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al and super regional play. N.C. State, fourth place in the ACC in 2013, is a team peaking at the right time. The Pack have won 31 of its last 35 games and have shown a remarkable resiliency in postseason play, with both of its wins over Rice in the Raleigh Super Regional coming after State trailed going into the ninth inning. The other schools that advanced to Omaha are UCLA, Mississippi State, Kansas State and LSU. Avent was effusive in his praise for those who set the table for this year’s team to blossom. From the success of the 1968 team, previous head coaches Sam Esposito and Ray Tanner, past sports information directors and anyone else that contributed to N.C. State baseball over the years. In Omaha, the Wolfpack will look to replicate the collective will that has been present over the 110 years of varsity baseball and bring back to Raleigh the school’s first national championship since Debbie Yow was named director of athletics in 2010.


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eventual Regional-clinching 4-1 victory that sent the Pack to Omaha. “Mike and Carlos have two completely different styles, but they both share one thing—competitiveness,” Cheek said. “They’re incredible competitors” Speed in the field and around the bases is an obvious strength of the current team. Led by sophomore shortstop Trea Turner, sophomore outfielder Jake Fincher and senior outfielder Brett Williams, the quickness of the 2013 squad is a challenge for any team in the country. Francis Combs, a junior catcher on the ‘68 team, said his team wasn’t a power hitting team and relied on “small ball” to pick up wins. “We didn’t hit anything but about 12 home runs, and this team isn’t a home-runhitting team,” Combs said. “We relied on our speed, defense and manufacturing runs. This team seems to be the same way.” Led by third basemen Chris Cammack and outfielder Steve Martin, who both earned First Team All-ACC and All-American honors, the Pack used its “small ball” and tactical offense to combat its competition in the first rounds of the 1968 College

World Series before falling in the semifinals to the No. 1 seed and eventual champion, Southern California, 4-3. Like the ‘68 team, the 2013 team features two All-Americans, Rodon and Tuner. Rodon finished the season with an 8-2 record and 151 strikeouts. Turner finished with a .376 batting average, 40 RBIs, six home runs and 24 stolen bases. Cheek and Combs both said many members of the 1968 team remain in close contact, attend many of the team’s home games and will travel to Omaha. Cheek said he and few teammates “watched every pitch” of both the 18-inning loss to UNC-Chapel Hill in the ACC Tournament semifinals and the 17-inning Super-Regional-championshipclinching game against Rice. “Seeing this year’s team has been a real thrill,” Cheek said. “We’re happy for them and have tried to stay as close as possible over the year as far as getting to know the guys, saying hello and giving them encouragement.” Combs said he thinks the 2013 squad has what it takes to go a step further than he, Cheek and the 1968 team did in Omaha. “Just getting to Omaha is a huge feat in itself,” Cheek said. “If you play them a game at a time, you can’t look ahead. You’ve always got a shot if you have a game left.”


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Pack prevails in Super Regional Daniel Wilson Staff Writer

A f ter t wo late-inning comebacks during last weekend’s Raleigh Super Regional, N.C. State (49-14) defeated the Rice Owls (44-20) to clinch its first College World Series berth since 1968.

GAME 1 After the Owls broke a 2-2 tie in the top of the ninth inning, the Wolfpack rallied for two runs in the bottom half of the frame to walk off with the 4-3 victory Saturday �afternoon. “I am so very proud of our players,” head coach Elliott Avent said. “They have gone through so much to get to this point, and it’s exciting for them.” Sophomore pitcher Carlos Rodon threw 133 pitches in 8.1 innings, gave up three runs on 11 hits and two walks, and struck out nine Rice batters. “I obviously didn’t have everything in my arsenal,” Rodon said. “I struggled with the slider early, and later on I got back to where my command was good. The defense

picked me up a lot throughout the game.” Redshirt senior pitcher Grant Sasser and senior pitcher Josh Easley (7-2) pitched the last two outs for State. Sasser gave up a hit and struck out one while Easley, a recent Miami Marlins draftee, forced a pop out to end the top of the ninth. Easley picked up the win. The Pack jumped on the scoreboard early when senior first baseman Tarran Senay grounded out to second base as sophomore shortstop Trea Turner, who led off the inning with a double, crossed the plate. Sophomore right fielder Jake Fincher would score on a wild pitch to increase the lead to 2-0. After cutting the deficit to one in the fourth, Rice would tie the game one inning later with a solo home run by Owl senior second baseman Christian Stringer. Rice would take its first lead of the game in the top of the ninth when Stringer smacked a double down the right field line to plate sophomore pinch runner John Williamson. State tied the game when senior center fielder Brett Williams scored on an RBI

squeeze play hit by sophomore second baseman Logan Ratledge after Williams walked to lead off the inning, stole second and reached third on a failed pickoff attempt. “After the first attempt failed, I knew [Rice’s defense] was going to be ready for it, so I tried to get the best jump I could,” Williams said. “I played the catcher a little bit because he was out in front of the plate, so I slid to the outside and snuck my hand in while I was sliding.” Fincher would drive in the game-winning run two plays later with a single into left field that plated sophomore designated hitter Jake Armstrong. “The whole day, I was kind of behind,” Fincher said. “I was just getting ready to hit any pitch and be early. [Rice sophomore pitcher Zech Lemond] threw me the same curveball on the second pitch as he did the first pitch, and that’s all I was looking for.”


GAME 2 Through a 77-minute rain delay, the longest NCAA Super Regional contest since the best-of-three format was implemented in 1999, the Pack defeated Rice in 17 innings, 5-4. “This game was a very humbling game,” Avent said. “The only thing this game will do to you if you complain, don’t work hard and cry is tear you up, but if you work hard and persevere, then occasionally it will give something back, and when it does, it’s the sweetest thing there is. It gave us something back, and we appreciate it.” Sophomore pitcher Logan Jernigan got the start and gave up one run on two hits and two walks while striking out two in five innings. Junior pitchers D.J. Thomas and Andrew Woeck succeed-

ed Jernigan and combined to give up three runs on four hits and one walk in 3.1 innings on the mound. Freshman pitcher Will Gilbert, sophomore pitcher Dillon Frye, senior pitcher Ryan Wilkins and Sasser threw for a combined 1.2 innings but held the Owls to two hits and two walks. Senior pitchers Chris Overman and Ethan Ogburn (53) finished out the game for the Pack. Overman threw three innings, walked one and struck out two. Ogburn picked up the win after hurling five shutout innings while giving up three hits and striking out six. Stringer belted two home runs, one in the first inning and one in the sixth, to give the Owls a 2-0 lead, but the Pack finally got on the scoreboard in the top of the sev-

enth when Fincher plated Armstrong with an RBI fielder’s choice. After Rice increased the lead to three runs heading into the top of the ninth, Fincher cut the deficit to one with an RBI double into right field that scored Ratledge and Turner. Senay tied the game with another double into right that plated Fincher. After seven scoreless innings and the rain delay, Williams broke the tie in the top of the 17th with an RBI double as Senay scored the run that sent the Pack to Omaha. “It’s definitely special,” Senay said. “There have definitely been a lot of good teams, and this team is special. It has a place in my heart.” The Pack will play its first game against rival UNCChapel Hill on Saturday, June 15, exactly 45 years and one day since the team’s last appearance in Omaha.

Wolfpack ends 45-year drought with CWS berth Jonathan Stout Senior Staff Writer

For nearly half a century N.C. State baseball has been on the outside looking in during the College World Series. This season the 2013 squad wrote its own history, clinching its ticket to Omaha for the first time since 1968. That 1968 team has been on the players’ minds a lot in recent days. Before the team’s Super Regional-clinching game against Rice, each player had “1968” and a message taped to their locker, and the code to enter the locker room was “1968.” Led by former head coach Sammy Esposito, the last Wolfpack team to play in Omaha went 25-9 and finished first in the conference. Current head coach Elliott Avent’s 2013 Super Regional

championship squad finished the season with a 49-14 record, defeating Rice twice to advance to Omaha. According to former pitcher and ‘68 team member Alex Cheek, there are many similarities between the two teams—most notably strong pitching, speed and team defense. Cheek said the ‘68 team mainly relied on only three pitchers, but he singled out freshman lefthander Mike Caldwell as playing a particularly significant role in the team’s pitching success. “He [Caldwell] really asserted himself early,” Cheek said. “And, of course, this team has Carlos [Rodon], so you had two pretty dominant left-handed pitchers.” Caldwell got the start against Florida State in the

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The Wolfpack is heading to the College World Series for the first time since the 1968 team (seen above) competed there 45 years ago.

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