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Students, faculty fight forest sale PROTESTS CONTINUE TO STOP THE SELLING OF THE HOFMANN FOREST
Sasha Afanasieva Correspondent
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N.C. State alumna Christina Hammock worked on field instruments in Antarctica before joining NASA as an astronaut.
Astronaut alumna trains for trip to ISS Ravi Chittilla Staff Writer
Last month, N.C. State alumna Christina Hammock received the shock of a lifetime when she discovered she had been named to the 21st class of NASA astronauts. Hammock earned a degree in electrical engineering in 2001, and degrees in physics and electrical engineering in 2002. Chosen from a field of more than 6,100 applicants, Hammock is part of the secondmost-competitive class ever. According to NASA administrator Charles Bolden, the new team of eight astronauts will lay the groundwork for NASA missions to an asteroid
in the 2020s and to Mars in the 2030s. Hammock is one of four women who make up half of the ground breaking astronaut class, the highest ratio on record. “The playing field is becoming more level, and women are now in a position to really excel and follow their own dreams,” Hammock said. Growing up in Jacksonville, N.C., Hammock said she could only dream of one day of attaining heights very few before her had accomplished. As a student at the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics, Hammock began to refine and follow her interest in the physical and
spatial sciences. It was her curiosity with spacef light that attracted the interest of Myra Halpin, a chemistry instructor who was a NASA Teacher in Space finalist in her own right. With Halpin’s support, Hammock began a seminar dealing with spaceflight and spatial sciences. During the class, Hammock and her classmates were even able to enter and compete in a science contest centered on constructing a mission to Mars. Upon arriving at N.C. State in 1997, Hammock was able to take advantage of the many research opportunities at the ASTRONAUT continued page 3
Student loan interest rate doubles, Sasha Afanasieva Correspondent
Federal lawmakers failed to reach a decision on Stafford student loan interest rates, causing them to double from 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent overnight on July 1, but the debate isn’t over. Federally subsidized student loans are a major source of financial aid across the nation with 7 million students expected to take out loans this year. At N.C. State, about 50 percent of all students who graduated in 2012 had student loans. The increase doesn’t apply to existing loans, but loans taken out after July 1 will be subject to the new rate. Krista Dominic, the director of the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid at N.C. State, said that being responsible with money can
help ease the burden of a loan. “Responsible borrowing is very important. Students need to borrow what they need and keep their balances as low as possible,” Dominic said. According to Dominic, the standard time it takes to pay off student loans is 10 years. The higher interest rate could increase that time by several years. Richard Wolfe, a junior in economics at N.C. State, will receive his first loan in August under the new rate. “Personally, when I graduate, I am still going to look for a job that fulfills my best interests whether it’s higher paying or not, “ Wolfe said. “Depending on the true value of the dollar, plans to buy a house or car could
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It’s no secret that employers look at social media sites like Facebook to screen job applicants. However a new N.C. State study indicates they might be looking at the wrong information when searching for reliable workers. The study, t it led “Big Five Personality Traits Ref lected in Jo b A p p l i cants’ Social Media Postings,” was published July 1 and tested 175 companies. Will Stoughton, a Ph.D. student at N.C. State, is the study’s lead author.
The study was co-authored by N.C. State psychology Professor, Lori Foster Thompson and Adam Meade, an associate professor of psychology at the University. Stoughton said they were i n spi red to study the
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employers’ side of screening process because most employees focus on the supposed wrongdoing of the applicants. “A lot of people look at the applicants side and warn them, ‘clean up your Facebook page’,” Stoughton said. “Facebook is a good place to make personality attributes that are vaguely accurate and (employers) are weeding people out for the wrong reason.” Their research tested employers to see what traits they look for in job appli-
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Students and professors alike gathered at the Raleigh Lake Alumni Center Wednesday to protest the proposed sale of the Hofmann Forest. The Hofmann Forest, located in southeastern North Carolina, consists of 80,000 acres of land, about one-fifth the size of Wake County. Fred Cubbage, a professor of Forestry and Natural Resources and Forest Economics at N.C. State, discussed the potential buyers. “We have heard rumors of buyers,” Cubbage said. “They are likely to be timber investment management organizations, which are companies that basically manage forests. They would manage the forest in a way that is not too different from the way we do, but they may take 10 to 15 percent of forest land and develop it for things like houses or crops.” Cubbage added that the other two potential buyers were rumored to be a real estate company with plans to develop the land and a farmer who may clear the forest entirely with the intent of raising crops.
The forest is a major resource for the forestry department at N.C. State, according to Cubbage. “It’s an educational research forest for the College of Natural Resources and N.C. State Department of Natural Resources,” Cubbage said. According to Dean Mary Watson, the University would be able to continue to use the land. However, opponents of the sale believe that the university and students will have diminished access to the forest over time. Sagar Patel, a junior in business administration, attended the protest yesterday along with other students. “The overall goal of the protest is to have the Board of Trustees hear our voice and that there are people who care for the forest and want it to stay,” Patel said. Currently, more than 1,000 people have signed the petition opposing the sale of the Hofmann Forest, many of them students and professors. While at the protest, demonstrators placed
Providing more outpatient treatment options for people with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder could not only help people in need, but also save the taxpayers’ money. Researchers from N.C. State, R.T.I. International and the University of South Florida have found that people who receive outpatient treatment and therapy for certain mental illnesses are less likely to be arrested. Additionally, the cost of providing this treatment was found to be less expensive for taxpayers than the long-term costs of sending these people through the legal system.
The research was conducted in Florida and focused on 4,056 people who had been hospitalized for schizophrenia or bipolar disorder. They were subsequently tracked from 2005 to 2012 to compare the rate of governmentfunded outpatient treatment they received to the rate of arrests. During that time, 1,263 of the participants were arrested a total of 5,477 times for a mix of misdemeanor and felony charges. Sarah Desmarais, a psychology professor at N.C. State, was among the researchers who worked on the project. “What we found was that those who re-
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500 baby pine trees in front of the Alumni Building where the board of trustees was meeting. The trees represented the loblolly pines growing at the Hofmann Forest N.C. State is not the only school with forest land that is used for revenue. “Ha r v a rd I nve s t ment Group invested in forests all over the world, even in places like Bolivia and Ecuador,” Cubbage said. “Harvard’s forestry makes excellent returns on their forest investments. Cubbage added that it is likely the sale may go through “I am hopeful they will recant and decide that this is a bad demonstration of sustainable development,” he said.
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ceived more treatment and had more consistent medication were indeed less likely to get arrested during that seven-year follow-up period,” Desmarais said. The researchers calculated the costs associated with providing treatment and compared those to the cost of the participants being involved in the criminal justice system. They found that it costs significantly more to incarcerate someone than treat them. During the study, the participants who were arrested cost the government an average of about $95,000 each. The people who received outpatient treatment cost an average of $68,000 each. “One of the really power-
ful findings for me is that it was actually cheaper to provide these medications and treatment in the long term compared to not providing this treatment and having these folks getting arrested,” Desmarais said. Michael Griffith, a former N.C. State student, was diagnosed with bipolar disorder four years ago at the age of 26. In his teenage years and early 20s, he did not understand why he struggled with his emotions so much. “I made crazy decisions when I wasn’t medicated, and I got in some trouble with the law,” Griffith said. “It sucked. I would never want to go back to being that person.” Despite being diagnosed several years ago, it still took Griffith some time to accept that he needed help—he just began taking medication last
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Israeli Settlements: Are They a Threat to Middle East Peace? The Palestinians refuse to join peace talks unless Israel stops building in Jerusalem and parts of the West Bank. But who “owns” the West Bank? And are settlements really the problem?
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occupied territory to the territory of the Occupying Power or that of any other country.” While many in the media refer to the West Bank as However, no Israelis are being transferred to the “Palestinian territories,” Palestinians in fact have settlements—all are moving to them voluntarily. Also, never actually possessed or controlled this land. the areas of the settlements are neither under the Beginning 3,000 years ago these territories between legitimate sovereignty of any state, nor on private Arab the Jordan River and Jerusalem were a part of the land. Most importantly, they have never displaced any Jewish kingdom known as Judea and Samaria. Jews legitimate Arab inhabitants. What’s more, any have lived on these lands continuously until the instances of illegal Israeli current day. For several in the West Bank have hundred years, through the “The only way to determine the homes been disallowed by the Israeli 19th century, Judea and Samaria were part of the final borders of Israel and those High Court and dismantled. Second, no Palestinian Ottoman Empire, where both of a future Palestine is through Arabs are being deported Arabs and Jews lived. In 1922, from their places of residence these lands became part of peaceful negotiations.” to any other place. Third, the the British Mandate, Geneva Convention applies to designated for partition into actions by a signatory “carried out on the territory of Jewish and Arab nations. The Arabs rejected this another.” However, the West Bank is not the territory partition, but in 1949, following Israel’s declaration of of a signatory power—since the Palestinians have independence, Jordan seized and occupied Judea and never had a state—but rather is an unallocated part of Samaria, which included such Jewish communities as the British Mandate. Hebron and the Jewish quarter in eastern Jerusalem. If Arabs can live in Israel, why can Jews not live in All Arab residents of these lands were declared citizens a future Palestinian state? Every effort by Israel and of Jordan. the United States to bring the Palestinians to peace Finally, in 1967, when Israel was attacked by Jordan, negotiations is met with refusal by the Palestinians, Egypt and Syria, Israel defeated these invading Arab who demand as a pre-condition that 1) Israel give up armies and again took control of Judea and Samaria, all rights to Judea and Samaria, including the then also called the West Bank. After the 1967 war, the settlements, and 2) that all Jewish settlement building United Nations decreed that unspecified parts of these cease. Given that the Arabs lost the war in 1967 and captured territories would be granted to the Arab that Palestinians have never possessed Judea and Palestinians as part of a negotiated peace. Indeed, Samaria (the West Bank), these preconditions seem Israel has demonstrated numerous times its overreaching and unreasonable. willingness to give up land for peace—for example, the Indeed, the Palestinians insist that their proposed Sinai Peninsula to Egypt, and Gaza to the Palestinians. new country be entirely free of Jewish residents, even But so far, the Palestinians have refused to accept a as 1.5 million Palestinian Arabs are permitted to live as peaceful settlement with Israel on ownership and fully enfranchised citizens in Israel. What’s more, the borders of Judea and Samaria. 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year. Griffith said he didn’t want to believe that he needed medication because he didn’t believe he was depressed. In hindsight, Griffith said he realized he didn’t know what depression felt like and that medication has helped him immensely. “The lows and the highs have really been balanced out,” Griffith said. “It brings me back to an even keel.” Griffith said therapy has helped a lot, too. “It’s nice to talk to somebody that listens and understands,” said Griffith. Griffith said he was encouraged by the new research but wanted to remind people that outpatient treatment will not only help taxpayers save money, it will also help those suffering from the illnesses, as well as their friends and family. “I feel like ever ybody
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be delayed.” For students who will be taking out loans under the new higher interest rates, there is chance for that to change. On July 10, the Senate tried to vote to extend the 3.4 percent rate by one year in an attempt to give lawmakers time to reach a decision. However, that failed to reach a 60 majority with the vote ending at 51 for and 49 against. Despite failing to extend the deadline by a year, Congress can still lower the subsidized federal loan interest rate even though the July 1
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cants, including conscientiousness, agreeableness and extraversion. Participants were then surveyed to see how they interpreted a candidate’s personality through their Facebook behavior. According to the study, a major reason employers screen a job applicant’s Facebook is to look for drug and alcohol use. If the applicant’s page contains this behavior, they are often seen as irresponsible or unconscientious.. But Stoughton says the research doesn’t indicate a correlation between having Facebook pictures with drinking, drugs or partying and being
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around me benefits from me not being a jerk the whole time. I’m still a jerk, but not a huge jerk. I wouldn’t stop taking the medicine at this point.” Despite the study’s encouraging results, Desmarais said there is still more work to be done. “One thing that we need is more research like this, it needs to be replicated,” Desmarais said. Desmarais said she always tells her students “money talks,” and money is what will be needed to fund more research of this kind. The hope is that the government will see this research as an opportunity to save money in the long run—and some agencies already have. “Effects of Outpatient Treatment on Risk of Arrest of Adults with Serious Mental Illness and Associated Costs”
was funded by the Florida Agency for Healthcare and Administration, an organization that oversees Medicaid in Florida. Researchers included Richard A. Van Dorn, John Petrila, Diane Haynes and Jay P. Singh.
deadline passed. “If Congress acts to retroactively set the subsidized federal direct loan interest rate to something other than 6.8 percent, that new interest rate would apply as long as the language used indicated that the new rate was applicable to loans disbursed after July 1,” Dominic said. If Congress extends the deadline or retroactively changes the rate, students taking loans under the new rates will be able to avoid the 6.8 percent rate. Currently, outstanding student loan debt in the U.S. is greater than $1 trillion. According to a survey from the American Institute of CPAs, student loans cause gradu-
ates to delay buying a house, buying a car and saving for retirement. Graduates from the class of 2012 at N.C. State on average had a federal loan debt of $23,697. Additionally, 60 percent of people in the survey said they felt some amount of regret for choosing to take out loans. Whatever Congress decides, it is likely that it will act soon. “Congress can still act to change the doubled rate, and they can do that in a retroactive action,” Dominic said. “It remains to be seen if they will make any change to the interest rate for subsidized loans.”
a bad employee. “Employers are weeding out highly conscientious people (due to his or her Facebook pictures)...which they would likely hire otherwise,” Stoughton said. “People with high conscientiousness are just as likely to post a picture of chugging a beer as people with low conscientiousness.” The study also found that extraverts were particularly prone to posting pictures involving alcohol and drug use. Because of this certain companies looking for personable employees, like marketing or sales firms, are limiting the talent they can bring in. The researchers did, however, find some Facebook behavior that does indicate someone will be a bad worker. According to the study someone who frequently “badmouths” people on Face-
book isn’t agreeable, making them a poor employee. Highly conscientious people were not found to participate in this badmouthing behavior. “If employers plan to keep using social media to screen job applicants, this study indicates they may want to focus on eliminating candidates who badmouth others – not necessarily those who post about drinking beer,” Stoughton said in an interview with the N.C. State Newsroom. Student are also concerned about how they are perceived by companies, including Zach Combs, a senior in chemistry. “I always hear that employers won’t hire people because of pictures on their Facebook,” Combs said. “I don’t why it matters unless you have something really inappropriate on your page.”
FACTS ABOUT THE MENTAL HEALTH STUDY Number of study participants: 1,263 Number of arrests*: 5,477 Cost per tax payer when arrested: $95,000 Cost per tax payer when arrested: $68,000 *For study participants with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder over seven years.
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University and interned in the astrophysics department through a National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates here at N.C. State., She later attended a program called NASA Academy at the Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland. Hammock said her dreams would never have materialized without support from professors such as Stephen Reynolds, professor of physics, and Cecilia Townsend, a lecturer in the engineering department. “I was nominated by Cecilia Townsend in the electrical engineering department for a scholarship funded by a foundation of astronauts,” said Hammock. “And through this program I was able to meet all kinds of people, including astronauts, and even members of the Apollo space c rews and travel to the Kennedy Space Center. This
scholarship allowed me to solidify my interest in the space program as well as allow me to meet my heroes.” Fresh out of college, Hammock returned to NASA’s Goddard Facility in Maryland to join the Laboratory for High Energy Astrophysics, where she began her career as a research scientist. After two years, Hammock saw her career progress away from that of a typical futureastronaut and instead her interests took her elsewhere– approximately 90 degrees south, 0 degrees west, the South Pole. “I quit my job at NASA to go work in Antarctica, and some people questioned that decision. But it turned out, in the end, my career in remote field instrumentation would give me the skill set that NASA was looking for in an astronaut,” Hammock said. Now the Station Chief for the NOAA station in American Samoa, Hammock has continued to refine many of the skills that will help her succeed as an astronaut. “I work at a climate and atmosphere observator y,” said Hammock. “We monitor the baseline q u a l i t i e s of the atmosphere that contribute to global climate models, so we’ve been running continuous monitoring of things like greenhouse gases and solar radiation in the ozone
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Hammock will remain the Station Chief for the NOAA research station in American Samoa until August.
layer.” “So what I do is the instrumentation side,” sa id Ha mmock. “I don’t deal with the data specifically, but I keep the instruments running. I basically do everything, I’m the only employee there besides the groundskeeper.”’
the way you want to live.
Her work will undoubtedly be an asset to the 21st class of NASA astronauts. “There are actually 150 experiments going on at any given time on the International Space Station. They focus on many different things,” said Hammock. One subject researchers focus on is materials science experiments. “Because of zero gravity, and [because] materials behave differently in zero gravity, there’s research on human physiology and life science, such as animal behavior.” Like her jobs in the Antarctic and American Samoa, Hammock and her team will be in charge of projects designed by other researchers, conducting experiments for all those who cannot make the journey into space. So what lies next for the first member of the Wolfpack going to space?
Hammock and her cohort will report to the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas in August to begin two years of intense training, The training includes learning Russian, as well as learning how to f ly planes, including a supersonic jet called the T-38 Talon. The two years will include plenty of survival training as well as specific training on how to maneuver the Russia’s Soyuz Rocket. Since the end of NASA’s shuttle program, the only way to and from the ISS is the Russian space-
craft. “Even though I wanted to be an astronaut my whole life, I did not go through the standard checklist of ‘I need to do A,B,C, to get myself there,’” Hammock said. “For me, I followed the route of my own dreams and do things that draw and excite me, and later in my career, if the skills I have accumulated would make a good astronaut, then I would consider applying.”
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Hammock is one of four women on the eight-person astronaut team.
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Do not sell the Hofmann Forest
ednesday, several students and faculty members gathered outside the Park Alumni Center to protest the sale of Hofmann Forest. The forest, covering 80,000 acres in Eastern North Carolina, is owned by N.C. State’s College of Natural Resources and controlled by the N.C. State Natural Resource Foundation — and is thus the property of the State of North Carolina. For the past half a year, it has been slated to be sold off to a private entity, with the money to be invested in a mixed portfolio of stocks and bonds. The Technician, too, is opposed to the sale of Hoffman Forest. As the Save Hoffman Forest campaign’s web description states, “Not only does it provide a steady stream of revenue from timber production [it generated $1.53 million in income for the CNR during
IN YOUR WORDS
How do you feel about the sale of the Hofmann Forest? BY CAIDE WOOTEN
“In the long term, it’s not fiscally responsible to sell the forest for a lump sum of money. There won’t be any turnover after it is sold.” Shah Arfeen freshman, bioprocessing science
“I don’t think it’s a good idea because it will take away from the environment.” Razan Abdallah senior, biochemistry
“Overall, I think it’s a bad thing because the people the forest is being sold to aren’t going to use it for research.” Wes Toler sophomore, physics
“It would be more useful to keep the forest and continue to conduct research.” Rubia Arfeen sophomore, human biology
“I think it’s a travesty that N.C. State would give up its foundational dedication to research for money.” Allison Clonch junior, ecology, evolution and conservation biology
The unsigned editorial is the opinion of the members of Technician’s editorial board, excluding the news department, and is the responsibility of the editor-in-chief. the last fiscal year, and for every acre cut, an acre is planted] but it also serves as an excellent teaching tool through countless research projects and class visits that are conducted on the forest.” The sale is motivated by large short-term profit, as compared to steady revenue. But even this profit is questionable — is investing in the stock market a good idea? Looking back at recent U.S. history, we think not. In any case, it is unknown what will happen to the forest once it is in private hands, regardless of the assurances on the part of the CNR. We could be looking at large portions of the forest being clear-cut or slowly being sold off
to developers for Burger Kings, strip malls and subdivisions named after the missing trees. The forest is not just an invaluable asset, but a living entity in its own right, and losing the forest could lead to environmental wreckage. It harbors the headwaters of the watersheds of the Trent, New and White Oak Rivers and is located just south of the pristine Croatan National Forest — in other words, it is right at the heart of the Eastern North Carolinian ecosystem. Moreover, as noted in The News & Observer Wednesday, the sale itself is a violation of the North Carolina constitution, which reads: “It shall be the policy of this State to conserve and
protect its lands and waters for the benefit of all its citizenry, and to this end it shall be a proper function of the State of North Carolina and its political subdivisions to acquire and preserve park, recreational and scenic areas.” Based on all of this, we stand by the concerns of those who protested (for the second time) the intended sale of Hofmann Forest yesterday. With them, our message to the Board of Trustees is to not let your lust for immediate profit rule the day. The worth of an 80,000acre forest cannot be put in words or quantified — it is an asset, and an invaluable one at that. But in spite of that, if it is sold, the Board of Trustees and all those who had a hand in this decision will have proven to be a letdown to the N.C. State community and the entire state of North Carolina.
Earth First! ... even before Snowden
he Edward Snowden affair has become the event of our moment in history. I do not remember living through a single political saga that was so much of a spectacle — in terms of Ishan Raval diplomatViewpoint Editor ic s pa rring and the comedy of errors from governments, publics and media in the “Where is he?” wild goose chase — that it could well have come out of a Hollywood movie. I’ve seen people from normally politically apathetic youth in India to ordinary people in Austria talking about Snowden, and I, too, have contributed to this hullabaloo. Some have pointed out that with all eyes on Snowden, his asylumseeking from the shadows, the U.S.’s search and the waltz of the international community around all of this, nothing substantial will happen in regard to the actual information he brought us about the National Security Agency and the PRISM surveillance program. That is a valid concern. However, I have another concern — the spectaclization of Snowden as a hero or a traitor, as the lone individual on the TV screens who may just have changed the world, runs the risk of painting an illusory picture of how mass change works. Drastic upheavals do not occur because of the actions of solo Supermen in the spotlight. Of course, what Snowden has done is extremely important. This Monday, protesters involved with the env ironmenta l group Croatan Earth First! (the Croatan chapter being the N.C. chapter among the larger nationwide Earth First! movement network) blockaded and shut down an industrial manufacturing facility owned by Momentive in Morganton, N.C., halting the delivery of fracking proponents. In this strong action they took against the fracking industry, 10 activists were arrested, with their bail set to an outrageous $23,000.
The N.C. Legislature has approved plans to begin fracking operations beginning March 2015, as a part of the broader bipartisan drive devoted to continuing our society’s fossil-fuel and naturalgas dependencies. Though touted as “clean carbon” by its industry proponents and their political allies, fracking is known to cause extreme water contamination, and research has also shown that even if its carbon dioxide output is better compared to other energy sources, the methane it releases could speed climate change faster than CO2 emissions. Environmental struggles worldwide are as important, if not more important, than resisting totalitarian surveillance. The actions of these protesters may not have put themselves in as much longterm harm as Snowden. However, the fight they are fighting is as much an affront to oppressive power structures as the PRISM leaks, even if the leaks, because of a single man taking on a single powerful state entity (along with, of course an entire industry), have gained more attention. Movements that do not and cannot be trigged by the heroic actions of lone individuals stand the risk of being overlooked when only such solitary acts of dissent are talked about. And the environmental movement is one such struggle, a gargantuan struggle made up of tremendously devoted people working collectively at grassroots levels. The effect of the cult of the individual isn’t just that the Earth First! activists and thousands like them aren’t given their due regard — that is secondary — it also causes the disregard of the movements themselves in the public eye. This, given the stakes of many such struggles–especially the environmental one–could be extremely costly. Hopefully, public pressure in the wake of the PRISM leaks will lead to a serious questioning of state power and action beyond that. Also, hopefully, the many other important political movements going on in the U.S. and around the world will not be ignored while dramatizing and obsessing over individuals, no matter how praiseworthy their actions. They didn’t do it for themselves, they did it for the world — a much more worthy object of focus than any one person.
Davis Leonard, senior in science education
How open is Open Source?
lot of computer software now comes for free. It is called open-source software. Most opensource software has online communities of software developers around them Naman who Muley collabStaff Columnist oratively write code. I always wondered who pays these people to work so hard and create such beautiful software and then give it away for free. Where do these people earn money? I was not surprised to find out that these were not conventional people bored with their desk jobs during the day who went home at night to write beautiful, intelligent computer software. The Internet is run by various technological protocols that computers follow. These protocols are standardized by various bodies like the Internet Engineering Task Force, International Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Internet Society, etc. Someone who comes up with a new, useful technology or protocol first creates a standards draft. This goes through a review process lasting six months to a year, and then it becomes a standard. These standards are then adhered to by the industry manufacturers, software developers and the whole industry. Who are these people? Who pays them to cre-
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ate and approve standards? The answers to all questions above are pretty much the same. These people are employees of companies like Google, VMWare, Microsoft, Cisco, along with university researchers funded by government funds and the companies mentioned. The open-source communities and standards bodies are a collection of companies creating software and standards that best suit their needs. Mind you, I do not blame them for maintaining an oligopoly. I would rather have companies do that for profit than governments do that for control. In the case of open-source communities, a major part of the code base is developed by employees of these companies. The code is then made available freely, and a community is developed around it. People who use that software, be it information technology professionals in other companies or conventional users like you and me, form the audience that these communities cater to. Documentation is created and mailing lists help spread the open software to the IT industry at large. In the case of standards, various companies are represented by their leading people among these consortiums. Each company lobbies for standards that will help make their products superior in the marketplace. No single company heads these consortiums. The qualities of standards that get accepted are the highest because the people who make up these consortiums are the most advanced in their area and understand their subject. As much as this sounds oli-
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gopolistic, it is a model that works. It works for various reasons. Linux is the most famous open-source operating system. Widely deployed on our own N.C. State campus, it is available free and is built by a community of developers led by Linus Torvalds, the creator of Linux. These developers now work for major IT companies, and the direction in which Linux as a software grows is heavily biased by the agenda of these companies. Many companies use Linux in their production environment and hence feel the need to optimize it to be most relevant to them. No wonder they plant their lobbyists among people who develop Linux. It also makes sense to plant your advocates among standard bodies like IETF, IEEE, etc. Firstly, if one is ahead of the rest in a field of technology, one cannot wait for others to catch up. Secondly, one must create new protocols and technologies that one needs and, in the process, further the industry. The presence of competitors and neutral audiences in these consortiums means that the most robust and advanced standards are passed. There are collateral effects to this ecosystem. Excellent proposals and software that are not in line with the current market and needs of these companies get squelched. The Internet and computer history is filled with examples of brilliant ideas that were produced at the wrong time and never saw light of the day. How open is today’s open source? Open enough to abstract diplomacy and bolster the growth of the IT industry.
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Jay-Z falls short in quest for ‘Holy Grail’ Magna Carta... Holy Grail
Jay-Z described himself better than any reviewer could when he rapped, “I’m not a businessman, I’m a business, man.” When you consider that classic quip in the context of Magna Carta… Holy Grail it really begins to make sense. Plain and simple, Magna Carta is a good album, but it doesn’t stand up against Jay’s previous efforts. Magna Carta may not have a smash hit like “Izzo” or a groundbreaking track like “Dead Presidents II,” but that doesn’t mean it’s a failure. Magna Carta was announced during Game 5 of the NBA Finals and dropped less than a month later. It follows in the tradition of Yeezus—it was finished and swiftly released to the world, foregoing the traditional album cycle that finds fans waiting months to hear music that’s been sitting on the shelf, building hype. Jay-Z sold 1 million copies of Magna Carta before
fans heard even a sliver of its music thanks to his lucrative deal with Samsung, a move that all but solidifies Jay’s status as a business, man. But when you’re the most successful hip-hop artist of all time, that isn’t something you have to do—you are your own built-in hype machine. However, even without a standard promotional cycle, Magna Carta…Holy Grail still feels over-hyped. Tracks like “Picasso Baby” showcase Jay-Z’s sheer lyrical finesse by weaving in and out of a stellar beat from Timbaland. He also showcases his cultural status by rapping about how his baby daughter can lean on lavish paintings because he simply lives like that. However, amid all of his luxury he still sounds hungry. While Jay is one of the most accomplished hip-hop artists in the world, he can’t help but yearn for more. He’s
not satisfied with nearly being a billionaire, he’s aiming for a trillion. However, while some of these songs echo the determination and drive found on his previous efforts, some just feel like Jay is riding on cruise control. The album is peppered with references to Mike Tyson and Frank Sinatra, but they’re old, recycled lines that feel like Jay is just phoning it in. In efforts to counteract these dated references he throws in nods to
Nirvana and R.E.M lyrics, but does so in a forced, contrived manner. But tracks like “Tom Ford” and “SomewhereinAmerica” highlight that this 43-yearold icon still has a few rounds left in him. “Tom Ford” finds Jay riding on top of a trapstyle beat and making references to hash-tags, Tumblr and popping mollies. “I don’t pop mollies/I rock Tom Ford” feels oddly similar to his Black Album line where he looks down on the jersey-
wearing culture in favor of “crisp jeans and button-ups.” Some of this is Jay-Z showing is age, and some of it is Jay-Z reminding us that he’s one of the most innovative hip-hop artists of our time. “SomewhereinAmerica” boasts a banger of a beat from Hit-Boy with triumphant horns and a sleek piano riff that Jay-Z ran laps on, boasting about his millions and Lambos while reminding us that “somewhere in America Miley Cyrus is still twerkin’.” All in all, Magna Carta… Holy Grail is a dichotomous album. For every standout track on the album there are two or three more that just feel forced. However, after considering this is Jay-Z’s 12th studio album, it’s understandable that they can’t all be winners. Those who compare Magna Carta…Holy Grail with Jay’s previous work will most likely be disappointed. It’s no Blue Print or Black Album, but it’s an album that makes sense for Jay-Z within his current lifestyle. Jay still loves to remind us of his drug-dealing-come-
up, but he has evolved into a luxury rap artist and, quite frank ly, there’s nothing wrong with that. However, the subject matter isn’t the disappointing side of this album, it’s the fact that we see little of Jay-Z’s personality shining through. Sure “Jay-Z Blue” is dadrap at its finest, showcasing Jay-Z’s struggle to be a good father while struggling with his fatherless childhood, but there simply aren’t enough moments like this. “Oceans” highlights African-American struggle within an enslaved past, but much of this album just feels like a victory lap for an already accomplished artist. Previous work aside, Magna Carta…Holy Grail contains some truly brilliant tracks, but more often than not it’s filled with recycled ideas and poorly executed tracks. But it will still go platinum, it will still produce chart-topping singles, and we will still see Jay-Z heralded as one of hip-hop’s finest. If JayZ is a business, then he has reached corporation status— he’s simply too big to fail.
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New brewery strives to stand out RALEIGH BREWING CO. WORKS TO SURVIVE AND SHINE IN THE TRIANGLE’S GROWING BREW SCENE STORY BY BRYCE HART | PHOTOS BY ALEX CAO
Atlantic Brew Supply, owned by Raleigh Brewing, sells brewing ingredients and supplies. It is located beside the tasting room in Raleigh Brewery’s warehouse.
Raleigh Brewing Company’s tasting room has a wide selection of beers. Root beer is brewed on site and sold as well as other non-alcoholic beverages.
The Triangle region boasted 15 breweries in June 2012, making it the most concentrated brewing scene in North Carolina. This March, the owners of Raleigh Brewing Company opened their doors off Hillsborough Street in hopes of setting the brewery apart from the rest. Raleigh Brewing Company’s 20,000-square-foot warehouse sports a brewing supply store and a tasting room in addition to its brewery—and the brewers think the beer isn’t half-bad either. Raleigh Brewing Company president and CEO Kristie Nystedt acknowledged the necessity of standing out in the Triangle’s growing craft beer scene. “With so many breweries popping up, in order to stay in the market you need to make sure you’re making consistently quality beer and making your [brewery] a little unique,” Nystedt said. Raleigh Brewing Company, owned by Kristie and her husband Patrik, was unique from the start. The couple owns Atlantic Brew Supply store, located in the brewery’s warehouse, which sells ingredients and accessories for home-brewers and largerscale breweries. “Through Atlantic Brew Supply we do sell supplies to
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several local craft breweries, so we are collaborating and working with those folks all the time,” Nystedt said. Using a used cooler from Bell Tower Mart on Hillsborough Street, they plan to expand Atlantic Brew Supply to stock products necessary for people to make yogurt, cheese and coffee. The company hopes the expansion will further set their business apart. “The same people who like to brew their own beer and make their own wine like to do these other things as well,” Nystedt said. Through Raleigh Brewing Company, head brewer John Federal creates quality beer. Federal is an N.C. State alumnus who worked at American Brewmaster, a homebrew and wine making supply store, for four-and-a-half years. Federal uses his experience in sales, marketing, brewing and team management to help both
A miniature chalkboard at Raleigh Brewery’s taproom displays beer-related quotes.
businesses. Raleigh Brewing Company is located in a prime spot. It sits between PNC Arena, Carter Finley, N.C. State and Meredith College. Although the Nystedts do not see many customers from N.C. State, they hope to see it grow over time with the atmosphere they are trying to create. “I can see where the folks from N.C. State and Meredith could use this as an offsite meet-up place for group study or hanging out,” Nystedt said. Hoping to avoid the clutter and mix of downtown but also have a central location, the Nystedts think they have found the perfect place. “We looked through many warehouses, but when we came in here we knew right away this was where we wanted it,” Nystedt said. Raleigh Brewing Company hopes to start canning its beers in the next six months. Currently their beers are only available on site or in growlers and kegs. After canning they hope to sell their beers in local grocery stores. As the Raleigh brewing scene continues to evolve, Raleigh Brewing Company’s employees hope their quality will set them apart from others. Some believe the scene is a passing fad, but Nystedt believes it is here to stay and thinks that the rapid growth is helpful. “It’s going to make everybody stronger, and it will strengthen the community because people won’t have to settle for whatever brewery just appears. The competition keeps the strongest breweries in business,” she said.
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sistency of the NCAA in doling out punishments. Sure, they’ll nail USC because Bush accepted a bunch of unauthorized gifts, but what happens when trouble arises in the classroom? Do I even need to mention the saga that went on at UNC-Chapel Hill that unfolded before our very eyes last year? For more than decade UNC-CH offered a plethora of no-show classes which helped athletes stay eligible. Connections were discovered between Julius Nyang’oro, the professor behind the classes, and people close to the Tar Heel football program. This wasn’t just a couple guys receiving tutoring--this was entire classes not happening, yet athletes and other students somehow getting A’s. A nd what d id NCA A president Mark Emmert do about it? He basically waved his arm like a cop directing traffic away from an accident and said, “Move along folks,
Redshirt junior tight end Asa Watson crashes to the ground, failing to gain control of a pass during the first half of the Chick-fil-A kickoff game against Tennessee in the Georgia Dome Friday, Aug. 31, 2012.
nothing to see here.” Compare that to N.C. State basketball getting a postseason ban in 1990 for players selling shoes, or more recently, Ohio State football getting a bowl ban for a few players trading memorabilia for tattoos. No academic cheating. Nobody is getting paid to come play for a cer-
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What’s not so obvious is what will happen to the next school that gets nabbed for violations. It could be serious, like Ohio State or USC, or it could be a light slap on the wrist, like with Oregon. You just never know with the NCAA.
Fourth year reserve Tobais Plamer runs the ball to the endzone for a 83-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Mike Glennon during the second quarter of the UNC game Saturday, October 27, 2012. Palmer had 119 receiving yards in the Wolfpack’s 43-35 loss to the Tar Heels at Kenan Stadium.
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Palmer on the prowl in Jacksonville Watson named to John Mackey Award watch list N.C.State tight end Asa Watson has been named to the 2013 John Mackey Award Preseason Watch List. Awarded annually to the most outstanding collegiate tight end, the award recipient is selected by vote of the John Mackey Award Selection Committee. Last season, Watson started five games when the Pack opened in a two tight end set. He finished with 22 catches for the season and one touchdown. Watson earned his degree in communication in December of 2012 and was named to the 2012 All-ACC Academic team. SOURCE: N.C. STATE ATHLETICS
Avent earns Atlantic Region Coach of the Year honors Head baseball coach Elliot Avent has been named the 2013 ABCA Atlantic Region Coach of the Year, the American Baseball Coaches Association announced Wednesday. In 2013, Avent guided the Wolfpack to its first 50-win season in program history and took N.C. State to its first College World Series since 1968. The Pack finished the year ranked No. 5 nationally, the highest final ranking for the baseball team since 1968. SOURCE: N.C. STATE ATHLETICS
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After finding himself left off the NFL draft board in April, former N.C. State wide receiver Tobais Palmer caught a break when the Jacksonville Jaguars signed him as a free agent. “As soon as the last pick was over, I was getting phone calls from every organization,” Palmer said. “I knew the Jaguars were interested in me whether they drafted me or brought me on as a free agent. After the draft was over, I got that phone call from them, and I thought I had that connection with their staff.” Now, the former Wolfpack wideout is opening the Jags’ organization’s eyes with his talents as he is setting his sights on making the final roster at the end of training camp. “My mindset was to be confident and compete,” Palmer said. “I’m here for a reason: to display my talent and show them the reason why they should have drafted me. Ever since then, I have been the guy with the chip on my shoulder, so I have to outwork everybody at my position so I can give them a reason to keep me.” After beginning his career at State as a defen-
Redshirt senior wide receiver Tobias Palmer blocks a Vanderbilt defender as he returns a punt return during the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl at LP Field, Nashville, Tenn. Monday, Dec. 31, 2012.
sive back, Palmer switched to wide receiver following his sophomore year and has made opposing teams’ defenses pay ever since. “The guys on the staff know that I haven’t been a true receiver yet,” Palmer said. “I’m still trying to get affiliated with the whole position change, but they will work me in depending on how deep they are at the receiver area, and I’ll still get some reps in so hopefully I can make a big impact for their program.”
Palmer joins a receiver corps headlined by fourthyear receiver Cecil Shorts III and former Oklahoma State standout and third-year receiver Justin Blackmon. Former Cleveland Browns wide out Mohamed Massaquoi is another Jacksonville newcomer in the receiver corps. Palmer is also in line to continue his success on special teams as he did before with the Pack. He could potentially join former Texas Longhorn Jordan Shipley as
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Gottfried addressed the concerns of NBA executives. “Calvin was all over the With time to reflect on the board,” Gottfried said. “I past season and a few months had some teams show interest to go before the next cam- and some teams show none. paign, N.C. State head bas- A lot of teams candidly had ketball coach Mark Gottfried concerns about how hard he met with the media on July 2 played. Some teams didn’t to share his views on the com- like him.” ings and goings of the men’s “I do believe Calvin can basketball program. be a really good NBA player. With the debacle that was I believe New York is going the NBA draft still fresh in to find he is a terrific young the minds of many who fol- person. I think he is going to low N.C. State basketball the make their roster and I actuhead coach, who is heading ally think he is going to play into his third season in Ra- for them this year.” leigh, did not mince words There are also questions when assessing the precipi- about next year’s team. With tous fall from grace of juniors the early departures of Brown Lorenzo Brown and C.J. Les- and Leslie, the graduation of lie along with outgoing senior Howell and Scott Wood along Richard Howell. with the transfer of freshman Brown was picked with the guard Rodney Purvis, it is second round, 52nd selection unclear what type of season overall, by the Minnesota N.C. State may have in 2013Timberwolves. Leslie and 14. But Gottfried does have Howell were not selected and something to build with. signed as free agents with the “First of all, you’ve got TyNew York Knicks and Denver ler [Lewis], T.J. [Warren] and Nuggets respectively. Jordan Vandenberg. Ralston “I was disappointed in Turner did not play last seathe draft,” Gottfried said. son but he was here,” Gott“I thought, quite frankly, fried said. “Those are the only that Lorenzo four guys wou ld have on scholbeen picked arship that higher. I was we are renot sure that turning. Richard would Those four be drafted. I guys colactually think lectively Richard is in a have been better position asked to be Mark Gottfried, head men’s to be honest.” leaders evbasketball coach With no ery day, in clear consenever y assus as to when or if he would pect of our program. So far, get picked, Leslie was as much they have done a very good of an enigma in the draft as job.” the mercurial forward was In terms of team leadership, during his collegiate career. Gottfried thinks Tyler Lewis Staff Writer
“ ... most people are going to consider us to be pretty bad this year.”
the team’s return specialists. “The whole wide receiver corps, even the new guys that haven’t been there, we all push each other,” Palmer said. “That’s a new thing that the coaches like about the corps. We go out and build a team relationship with each other. One of the main guys that keeps me on my toes is Cecil Shorts. He was their leading receiver last year, and he’s a guy that’s been around the organization.” The former State standout
made his impact with the team’s coaches and fellow players as soon as he got on the field for Jacksonville’s organized team activities, but he still knows he has a long way to go. “[The coaches] told me to just keep my foot on the gas and keep pushing it,” Palmer said. “They told me not to let up because right now, my shot to make the final roster is really high. I just have to learn
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Mark Gottfried speaks at his annual press conference on Tuesday July 2nd. The conference took place at the Dail Practice Facility.
may have what it takes. “I can see Tyler Lewis already beginning to emerge as a guy that is willing to step forward and be out in front,” Gottfried said. “I think it is important to Tyler.” There will be an abundance of incoming talent for Gottfried to work with next season. With freshmen BeeJay Anya, Cat Barber and Kyle Washington and junior college transfer Desmond Lee, the head coach is excited but uncertain what the future holds. “I think Desmond will come in ready to go,” Gottfried said. “He is an older person. He brings a maturity from that perspective to our team. As far as how much guys play and who is in what
role, it is way too early to tell for that. I would anticipate [Lee] being a big part of what happen this year with our team.” What is certain to Gottfried is next season’s squad will not have to deal with the lofty expectations that were placed on last year’s team. But he is bullish on what the Pack can do next season. “I think our guys understand that most people are going to consider us to be pretty bad this year,” Gottfried said. “I think they get that. They hear it. But I think we’ve got a real confident group of guys, too. Even though they’re young and somewhat naive, I believe they are confident.”
Recently, the University of Oregon became the latest major college athletic program to feel the wrath of the National Collegiate Athletic Association for violations committed by its football program. The Ducks and former coach Chip Kelly, who conveniently took the head coaching job with the National Football League’s Philadelphia Eagles in January, had come under fire for paying a Houston-based recruiting service which was connected to a recruit who had committed to play for Oregon. Any time money is involved under the table, the NCAA gets mad. This time, they got so mad that they slapped Oregon with a loss of a scholarship each of the next two seasons and three years probation. Boy, that’s really putting your foot down, isn’t it? Of course, the NCAA also put an eighteen-month showcase penalty on Kelly, meaning he cannot take a college coaching job during that time period. But now that Kelly is making millions in Philly, that show-cause is just about useless. This isn’t the first time a coach has bolted to escape sanctions (if you can call what the NCAA did to Oregon as such). In 2010, right around the time Southern California was about to get hit hard due to many serious violations involving running back Reggie Bush, then-head coach Pete Carroll was hired by the Seattle Seahawks. USC fell into mediocrity while Carroll is building a contender in Seattle. It just doesn’t feel right that a coach can leave and essentially get off scot-free while the players he recruited and mentored suffer. Unfortunately, there isn’t much anyone can do to stop them. The NCAA, NFL, and other sports leagues are private entities that conduct their own business. The NCAA can’t tell a team they can’t hire a coach because the NCAA thinks the coach did something wrong. Coaches are people too. They have families to support and bills to pay, so they’re going to do what’s in their best financial interest, fairly or unfairly. As long as that is so, there won’t be a practical solution to cases like Carroll and Kelly. I may have criticized former Wolfpack football head coach Tom O’Brien for the product on the field, but off the field, the man ran a clean program. And I have no doubts that Dave Doeren will do the same in his first year with the program. Meanwhile, people will continue to criticize the incon-
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Published on Jul 11, 2013