Looking to leave a legacy THREE YEARS AFTER ARRIVING AT N.C. STATE, WOODSON APPROACHES $1 BILLION ENDOWMENT GOAL
Joseph Havey Deputy News Editor
One of Chancellor Randy Woodson’s main goals has been to increase N.C. State’s endowment. Since arriving in 2010, he has since been on track.
dowment. Laurie Reinhardt-Plotnik, associate vice chancellor for development at N.C. State, said building N.C. State’s endowment is a chief institutional priority. “As state and federal funding for public higher education decreases, private support must increase,”
Reinhardt-Plotnik said. “A large endowment is key, because this provides a regular source of financial support for the university.” Woodson also highlighted the importance of a large endowment. “During this challenging eco-
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New enrollment phase of Affordable Care Act starts today, some students to benefit Staff Report
Enrollment for the Affordable Care Act, signed into law by President Barack Obama in 2010 begins today. People who sign up for insurance will begin receiving coverage Jan. 1, 2014. Dr. Elizabeth Miller, medical director at Student Health Services, said the changes implemented today are unlikely to significantly affect most students at N.C. State because of the previously implemented requirement that full-time students purchase health insurance. However, Miller said that it could affect part-time students who aren’t eligible for the University-sponsored
insurance. “It will allow [part-time students] to purchase reduced cost insurance,” Miller said. Miller said there are a few specific benefits to students. For example, parents can now keep their children on their insurance until age 26, students with pre-existing conditions will not be denied coverage, and insurance companies will not be able to drop patients with expensive illnesses. According to Healthcare. gov, a federal government website managed by the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, 15 preventative services will be available
N.C. State met its admissions goals this fall, while more than three-fourths of all public universities had difficulty filling their classrooms. The annual Survey of College and University Admission Directors reported that about 77 percent of public colleges and 59 percent of private colleges were unable to fill their enrollment goals for freshman. Conversely, Thomas Griffin, the director of undergraduate admissions at N.C. State, said the freshman enrollment goals at N.C. State are being adequately met. “We’re right on target for fall of 2013. Out of our target of 4,200, the preliminary census figure was 4,187, so we’re within 1 percent of our target with freshman,” Griffin said. Griffin said that most colleges should be within a similar one percent margin. “When you set a goal, you want to
free of charge, regardless of whether or not a patient has already met his or her deductible. These include depression screening, diet counseling, alcohol misuse screening and immunizations for Influenza, Meningitis and Human Papillomavirus. Healthcare.gov also lists 22 preventative services specifically to women, which will also be free of charge. This includes Food and Drug Administration-approved contraceptive methods, an item still hotly debated by Congress. According to the U.S.
A new law goes into effect today that expands the list of locations where concealed carry permit holders are allowed to carry guns. This list now includes restaurants, bars, schools and university campuses. The bill, signed into law by Gov. Pat McCrory, allows permit holders to bring guns into restaurants where alcohol is served as long as they do not consume alcohol. The bill also lets permit holders transport their weapon in locked vehicles while on school campuses. Jack Moorman, the N.C. State chief of police, said that he and some of the other police chiefs in the UNC-System were concerned about the impact this legislation would have on university campuses. Moorman said that, now that the bill has passed, Campus Police will try to educate students about the law. “We want to make sure that everyone understands that only concealed carry permit holders can have their handguns in their vehicles.,” Moorman said in an email. “It is a violation of the law for any-
one who is not a concealed weapon permit holder to have their handgun in their vehicle on campus.” According to Moorman, the law does not allow anyone other than concealed carry permit holders to carry guns on campus. He also said that the law applies only to handguns, not to rifles or shotguns. “[The law] does not allow individuals to carry concealed weapons on campus, other than to allow individuals who have concealed carry permits to leave their handguns in a closed container in a locked vehicle while they are on campus,” Moorman said. Moorman said that there is an Active Shooter Training video available on the Campus Police Moodle site. There is a link to the video on the University police’s website: www.ncsu.edu/police. Campus Police still encourages students to pay attention to weapon sightings on campus regardless of the new law. “Our Campus Community should know that if they see anyone with a weapon on campus, they should still contact campus police immediately,” Moorman said.
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The Del McCoury Band performs at the International Bluegrass Music Association’s annual awards show at the Lincoln Theatre on Cabarrus Street last Thursday. The band performed alongside the Gibson Brothers, and Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers.
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be close to that goal, you don’t want to go over because if you enroll hundreds of students beyond what you expected you’ll run into problems with course availability and housing,” Griffin said. Griffin said that a college should not be significantly less than its target goal for enrollment because having a lower amount of students could also cause additional setbacks. According to Griffin, the Office of Undergraduate Admissions works with the University to recruit students. Its mission is to encourage students to apply and to be welcoming to potential applicants. “We also have to adapt to the current pool of applicants, to try to reach them through various types of communication channels,” Griffin said. “We’ve also been fairly stable here in our administrative and recruiting areas, which add to our ability to meet our goals.” Griffin said that N.C. State helps students by giving them assistance with financial difficulties, and that also helps
attract new applicants. At Wake Technical Community College, admission rates are rapidly increasing according to Laurie Clowers, the college’s director of public relations. Clowers said that Wake Tech enrollment rates have increased by 50 percent during the last five years, and that the college is expecting them to increase by another 50 percent during the next five years. “We’re growing because we are located in a growing county, so we need to grow to meet the needs of the community,” Clowers said. “The other reason we’re growing is because of the economic downturn, so a lot more people are coming to community colleges to learn skills for jobs.” According to Griffin, many of the colleges that do not meet their enrollment goals may not be employing the proper strategies. “One reason that these colleges may not be meeting their enrollment goals is
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Department of justice to sue N.C. due to controversial voter ID law Staff Report
The Department of Justice announced Monday it is suing North Carolina regarding the state’s new voting law, which Gov. Pat McCrory signed in August. According to The News & Observer, the lawsuit will take aim at the provisions that shorten early voting periods and require a government-issued photo ID. The DOJ alleges that this is an illegal form of discrimination against minorities. McCrory said the lawsuit was an overreach and was without merit in a press conference held Monday afternoon.
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NCSU defies national declining enrollment trend ... barely Jess Thomas
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In 2010, Chancellor Randy Woodson announced one of his goals for N.C. State was to raise the endowment to $1 billion. Since then, he has stayed on track to meet that goal. According to Mary PeloquinDodd, associate vice chancellor for finance and business, in three years since the chancellor arrived at N.C. State, the endowment has increased from less than $400 million to $764.9 million, as of June 30, 2013. Friday’s massive $50 million grant from the Park Foundation should only increase that number. “Through its exceptional generosity, the Park Foundation has demonstrated its passion for higher education, ensuring that the life-changing gift of an N.C. State education will be available to promising young men and women now and well into the future,” Chancellor Randy Woodson said in a press release Friday. Last year, donors added a recordbreaking $129.6 million to the en-
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“I firmly believe we’ve done the right thing,” McCrory said. “I believe this is a good law, and I strongly disagree with the action that the attorney general has taken.” Senate President Pro Tempore Phil Berger, a Republican from Rockingham County, and House Speaker Thom Tillis, a Republican from Mecklenburg County, issued a joint statement on Monday. “The Obama Justice Department’s baseless claims about North Carolina’s election reform law are nothing more than an obvious attempt to quash the will of the
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CORRECTIONS & THROUGH SAM’S LENS CLARIFICATIONS
In the article titled “Shacka-Thon,” which ran Monday, we said students constructed the shacks on Sept. 23. The construction actually took place the day before on Sept. 22. Send all clarifications and corrections to Editor-in-Chief Sam DeGrave at editor@ technicianonline.com
WEATHER WISE Today:
Follow the “Cherry Brick Road”
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atherine Bartholf, a junior in animal science, and Kristine Nesslinger, a junior in chemistry try out the new Howling Cow flavor “Cherry Brick Road.” Free samples of the ice cream were available all afternoon in the brickyard on Sept. 30.
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Wednesday CAMPUS SUSTAINABILITY DAY: ALTERNATIVE VEHICLE SHOWCASE 11 a.m. - 2 p.m., Brickyard JAMES H. SPEED, JR.: WELLS FARGO EXECUTIVE SERIES 4:30-5:30 p.m., Nelson Hall TEACHING TO RETAIN AND
RECRUIT NEO-DIVERSITY WITH DR. RUPERT NACOSTE 5:30-7 p.m., Caldwell Lounge UNIVERSITY THEATRE PRESENTS ARCADIA BY TOM STOPPARD 7:30 p.m., Titmus Theatre Thurday WHAT’S NEW IN MOODLE 2 12-1 p.m., D.H. Hill Library MAJOR EXPLORATION SERIES 3-5:45 p.m., Witherspoon Student Center
RESPONSIBILITY, MORAL AND OTHERWISE 4:30 p.m., Withers Hall UNIVERSITY THEATRE PRESENTS ARCADIA BY TOM STOPPARD 7:30 p.m., Titmus Theatre CYBER SECURITY AWARENESS MONTH: HOW TO TAKE CONTROL OF YOUR DIGITAL LIFE 12-1 p.m., witherspoon student center
Sept. 29 1:20 A.M. | TRAFFIC VIOLATION Dan Allen Dr/Sullivan Dr Student was cited for stop sign violation. 12:06 A.M. | TRAFFIC VIOLATION Sullivan Dr/Varsity Dr Student was cited for stop sign violation. 12:51 A.M. | MEDICAL ASSIST Lee Hall Units responded to student in need of assistance. Transport was refused. 2:07 A.M. | MEDICAL ASSIST ALCOHOL Bowen Hall Units responded to intoxicated student. Transport was refused. Student was referred for underage violation. 3:03 A.M. | TRAFFIC VIOLATION Dan Allen Dr/Sullivan Dr Student was cited for stop sign violation. 5:14 A.M. | ASSIST PERSON Motor Pool Dr/Sullivan Dr Officer encountered student in apparent distress. Student stated she had hailed cab who drove her away from campus and touched her leg. Driver eventually let her out at unknown location. Student did not want to speak with RPD and declined other services offered. 9:08 A.M. | TRAFFIC ACCIDENT Owen Hall Student struck another student vehicle while parking. 9:52 A.M. | TRAFFIC VIOLATION Sullivan Dr/Varsity Dr Non-student was cited for expired registration tag.
Scholars program announces fall line up, open to public Staff Report
All presentations will begin at 3 p.m. in the Witherspoon Campus Cinema. All events in the series are free and open to the public. Upcoming dates, guests and topics include: • Monday, Oct. 7, and Tuesday, Oct. 8 – Pastor Leon Dorleans, executive director of Haiti Outreach Ministries, will discuss HOM’s efforts since the 2010 earthquake.
• Monday, Oct. 14 – Bishop Gene Robinson will present “God Believes In Love: Straight Talk About Gay Marriage.” Robinson is the first openly gay bishop in the Episcopal Church, an author and a civil rights advocate. His presentation will be sponsored by the N.C. State GLBT Center. • Tuesday, Oct. 15 – University Scholars alumnus Elizabeth Long will present “Death by Dust? The Curious Case of the Disappearing
Bee.” It will outline the risks posed to non-target organisms (such as honey bees) by the use of pesticides on a massive scale. • Monday, Oct. 21, and Tuesday, Oct. 22 – Jay Erskine Leutze, the author of Stand Up That Mountain, will talk about the true story of one mountain community’s efforts to save treasured land from being destroyed. • Monday, Oct. 28, and Tuesday, Oct. 29 – Broadway veteran Lisa Jol-
ley (Hairspray) will bring her onewoman cabaret show to the Scholars Forum for an hour of music and comedy. • Monday, Nov. 4, and Tuesday, Nov. 5 – Shane Harris is an awardwinning journalist and the author of The Rise of America’s Surveillance State. He is currently senior writer at Foreign Policy magazine, where he covers intelligence, national security and cyber security. • Monday, Nov. 11, and Tuesday,
Nov. 12 – During Hurricane Sandy, the replica tall ship HMS Bounty capsized off the coast of North Carolina. Journalist Matthew Shaer will reconstruct the ship’s final voyage and the investigation that followed. • Monday, Nov. 18, and Tuesday, Nov. 19– Virtuoso violinist Jennifer Curtis will perform, blending classical with traditional music from around the world. For more information, please visit scholars.dasa.ncsu.edu.
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nomic time when our university has experienced significant budget cuts, this [Park Foundation] gift is especially meaningful,” Woodson said in a press release Friday. Reinhardt-Plotnick said a university endowment consists of money donated to the University by various groups or people which is then invested. The endowment itself is not spent, but a small percentage is available each year, taken as investment income. “All great universities have endowments,” said Reinhardt-Plotnik. “Think of a savings account with interest – just the interest is spent, not the savings.” Peloquin-Dodd said there are two things that grow an endowment: fundraising and investment performance. “Since the chancellor came, a concerted effort was made on the chancellor’s part to try and improve the endowment,” Peloquin-Dodd
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said. “Since the fiscal crisis, in some years, the investment performance has not been so good. A large part of the growth has been the chancellor’s efforts to improve fundraising.” Reinhardt-Plotnik said the income provided by the endowment investments each year is used to support key university priorities. “Our chancellor, provost, and academic and administrative leaders help to identify these priorities,” Reinhardt-Plotnik said. Peloquin-Dodd said donors can also choose to direct their gifts to specific purposes. Common designations for endowments are scholarships and fellowships for students, faculty positions, research projects and academic programs such as study abroad. The Park Foundation restricted its $50 million gift on Friday to the Park Scholarship program. “The vast majority of our endowment is restricted,” Peloquin-Dodd said. “The $764.9 million we gave … are all the aggregated endowments from across the university.” Peloquin-Dodd said endowment
College of Sciences career fair to take place Oct. 3 at McKimmon Center Staff Report
The Career Development Center will host a career fair especially for students in the College of Sciences Thursday, Oct. 3 from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the McKimmon Center. Employers at the fair will include BASF Corp., Fujifilm Diosynth Biotechnologies, LabCorp, the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, Quintiles and Teach for America.
A full list of employers is available at ncsu.edu/epack. Shuttle buses will run to and from the McKimmon Center all day. While the event is open to all students, registered employers will be looking specifically for College of Sciences majors. For more information, contact Jenna Hartwell, the CDC’s College of Sciences career counselor, at jrhartwe@ ncsu.edu or (919) 515-1506. SOURCE: Career Development Center
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Department of Health and Human Services’ website, North Carolina has received $87,357,315 in grants for research, planning, information technology development and implementation of its Health Insurance Marketplace. In the end, Miller has a good outlook about the upcoming changes. “Overall, students will benefit,” Miller said.
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size has very little to do with graduation rates. “The universities with the biggest endowments generally have the best alumni giving rates and what’s called participation rates – not just class participation – but participation of alumni across the university,” Peloquin-Dodd said.
New set of abortion-related laws takes effect today of performing abortion procedures. The bill also prohibits sexselective abortions, requires physicians to be present for the entire abortion procedure and sets new standards that abortion clinics must meet in order to continue operation. According to WRAL, the required clinic upgrades are similar to those required of ambulatory surgical centers. Several of North Carolina’s 16 abortion clinics will need to make costly upgrades
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that their goal is aspirational and is not a realistic number because they set the goal too high,” Griffin said. “Another could be that their recruitment effort and admissions process are not as robust as some schools.” He also said the changing demographic of applicants could be a problem, because colleges have to find new appropriate ways to communicate.
New North Carolina laws regarding abortion are effective today, as well as 55 other laws that were recently passed by the state Legislature. Senate Bill 353 restricts insurance coverage of abortions except in cases of rape, incest or medical emergency for any employee with a health plan under the Affordable Care Act. It also allows any health care worker, not just doctors or nurses, to opt out
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to bring facilities up to the new standard or be forced to close. These laws have sparked controversy t hroughout North Carolina, and opponents claim the laws were specially designed to make it harder for women to receive abortions. The Legislature ensures that the restrictions and mandatory upgrades are for nothing but the health and safety of women.
“Universities with the biggest endowments also generally have the highest alumni participation rates.” Still, Reinhardt-Plotnik said she is optimistic about the future of the endowment, based on donors’ changing behavior since Woodson’s arrival. “We are having regular discus-
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voters and hinder a hugely popular voter ID requirement,” the Republican lawmakers said in their statement. “The law was designed to improve consistency, clarity and uniformity at the polls and it brings North Carolina’s election system in line with a majority of other states. We are confident it protects the right of all voters, as required by the U.S. and North Carolina Constitutions.” The Rev. William Barber II, president of the North Carolina NAACP chapter, which has filed suits in state and federal court challenging the election law changes, also issued a statement on Monday. “The southern strategy of the well-funded, nationally-coordinated ultra-right believes
sions with our donors about the importance of gifts to endowment,” Reinhardt-Plotnik said. “And donors are stepping up, giving increasingly to endowment priorities across campus.”
and has convinced many who purport a narrow and extreme political agenda that the only way they can hold onto their political power in Washington, and the South, is to drastically suppress voting rights for minorities,” Barber said. “We need every resource, including the U.S. government, to help us expose the national conspiracy behind this movement to suppress targeted constituencies in the new southern electorate.” The Justice Department lawsuit comes four months after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a key section of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, which required a handful of mostly Southern states to obtain approval from the Justice Department before making changes to voting laws. Forty counties in North Carolina had been covered by the regulation. North Carolina had the 11th highest voter turnout in the country last year.
CDC to host graduate program fair Oct. 8 Staff Report
The N.C. State Career Development Center will host a Graduate Programs Fair on Tuesday, Oct. 8, from 6-8 p.m. at the McKimmon Center. A variety of schools and
programs will be there, including University of North Carolina at Wilmington, East Carolina University, University of South Carolina, Wake Forest University, Meredith College, N.C. State, and University of North Carolina at Greensboro just to name a
few. Students can see a full list of attending programs on ePACK’s website. The event will be an opportunity for graduate school representatives to meet and interact with potential students. For more information,
contact Kelly Laraway, the CDC’s pre-law advisor, at email@example.com or (919) 513-1370. SOURCE: CAREER DEVELOPMENT CENTER
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North Carolina’s declining popularity
n 2010, Public Policy Poll ranked North Carolina as one of the top 10 most favorable states. But after a year and a half of Gov. Pat McCrory’s governorship, and the publication of several unfavorable columns in nationally recognized newspapers, North Carolina’s favorability has decreased. Sadly, we can’t say we’re surprised. PPP, a left-leaning polling firm based in Raleigh, took a sample of 803 voters from all 50 states and asked them to rate their favorability of each state. In the past two years, North Carolina’s favorability declined from 40 percent to 30 percent while voters who found the state unfavorable more than doubled, from 11 percent to 23 percent. The PPP said this can be attributed to three things: The unpopularity of the Republicancontrolled legislature, the decline in McCrory’s approval ratings and the weakness of the
IN YOUR WORDS
What was your favorite part about Parents and Families Weekend? BY SAM WHITLOCK
“Seeing my parents.” Elizabeth Gilbert freshman, engineering
“I didn’t have to pay for anything. They drove me to the game so I didn’t have to take the bus.” Chris Kelly freshman, engineering
“My parents came to the second half of Parents Weekend, but I really enjoyed my sorority brunch.” Mataya Maggio, freshman, First Year College
“I enjoyed cheering on the Wolfpack with my family by my side.” Stephen Tedder freshman, religious studies
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. incumbent Republican state senators. It is also likely that the attention North Carolina received from national publications including The New York Times and The Washington Post influenced the opinions of other states’ residents. In July, The New York Times published an editorial titled “The Decline of North Carolina.” In it, the editorial board said the North Carolina government has become “a demolition derby, tearing down years of progress in public education, tax policy, racial equality in the courtroom and access to the ballot.” North Carolina spends less on education now than it did in 2007, despite its rapid population growth. In fact, it ranks 46th in the nation in per-capita education dollars.
The importance of Parents Weekend
oms, dads, brot hers a nd sisters f looded the campus this past weekend during Parents & Families Weekend. They joined their sons a nd daughters in the fairgrounds Tyler before t he footGobin ball game Staff columnist against Central Michigan and even found their way to some fraternity and sorority houses. Unfortunately, the weekend ended, and it left students feeling worse than they did when their families left at the beginning of the semester. Upperclassmen have come to respect the cliché phrase, “You don’t know how important it is until it’s gone,” while many freshmen are learning for the first time how important family time is. The initial goodbye at the beginning of the semester is different from the goodbye at the end of Parents & Families Weekend. At the beginning of the semester, students are filled with excitement and energy, but family members who have been in their shoes know what is to come—three or four weeks into the semester, the college hype fades and students start thinking about what they left behind. Suddenly, they add their moms on Facebook after months of letting her friend request sit idling. Or maybe they call their brothers or sisters with whom they haven’t had a conversation since what feels like the dawn of time. Parents & Families Weekend seemed to come at the perfect time— late enough in the semester for new students to see the effects of the time spent away, but not so late that students fell into depression before their arrival. Never having looked forward to seeing our parents
LETTER TO THE EDITOR
On the anti-ACA advertisement: I can’t be the only person who felt violated by the Koch brothers’ latest attempt to frighten Americans into opting out of the Affordable Care
Act (“Obamacare”). The ad features a woman visiting a gynecologist, only to find once her feet are in the stirrups that it won’t be a doctor examining her, but rather a demonic, animated Uncle
so much, students canceled plans on Friday night in favor of a family dinner—something many of us would have had a harder time doing during our senior years of high school. And the first sight of loved ones after time spent apart is like you’re seeing them as completely different people—somehow our families became cool in the past six weeks. Who would have thought grocery trips with mom could be enjoyable again or that sibling rivalries could disappear? Unfortunately, all visits must come to an end and the post-families-weekend goodbye stings more than it did at the beginning of the semester. Freshmen feel the burn for the first time while upperclassmen absorb the impact of another tough goodbye. Time apart has a funny way of doing this not only to relationships, but also to anything that has meaning in our lives. If we take something out of our lives and don’t replace it, we suddenly realize why that person or thing was important to us. A first semester in college takes away a lot from our old lives and we have to be able to evaluate the important things. Sure, there are a lot of random material necessities that many of us miss while we are at school, but the intangible aspects are what mean the most. And it’s not easy trying to replace these either so don’t be in a rush. Parents & Family Weekend might have just given you a little help in the process because, suddenly, some of these intangible qualities were back for a weekend to reflect on what you’ve been missing. Fortunately, with fall break around the corner, we don’t have to wait long to see our families again. Hopefully we took more from Parents and Families weekend than free food and a full tank of gas.
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Most recently in tax-related legislation, McCrory signed House Bill 998. The bill will increase the tax on food while decreasing personal and corporate income tax. By taxing food, a necessity, in lieu of decreasing income taxes, the state legislature has shown that wealthy people are its priority. And the Justice Department plans to sue North Carolina over its voter ID law, according to ABC News. The law has been accused of suppressing voter rights and being discriminatory. North Carolina’s reputation is not just important for our own pride. As Anne Fristoe, president of the N.C. State College Democrats, suggested, the state’s poor reputation may push businesses away. As these statistics
demonstrate, North Carolina is certainly in need of change. Fortunately, the PPP survey shows that many North Carolinians feel this way—McCrory’s approval ratings have suffered a swift decline even in districts that he won overwhelmingly in 2012. “Based on our polling, we find two districts where Democrats have a clear advantage for next year and another six that can be classified as tossups based on what we’re seeing right now,” PPP said in its official report regarding this poll. In only a few years, the Republicans of the North Carolina state legislature have helped our state to fit in better with the rest of the ignorant South by passing laws that demonstrate intolerance, little value for education and high value for wealth.
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U.N. report makes global warming critics sweat
lobal warming is real. Scientists have k now n t h i s for years, but have been unable to say with certainty whether it is or is not a naturally occurring phenomenon. A recent report from the United NaMegan tions found Ellisor that climate Viewpoint Editor scientists are 95 percent certain that humans are responsible for at least half of the observed increase in global average surface temperatures since the 1950s. This is the most confident scientists have ever been. The report shows a 5 percent increase in confidence since 2007 and a drastic increase from the 2001 report in which scientists said they were only 66 percent sure of the same conclusion. The U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change releases a report every six years that CNN referred to as the benchmark about the topic. The report involved more than 800 authors and 50 editors from dozens of countries. A summary for policymakers was released Friday and the panel posted the full, nearly 2,500-page
report online on Monday. According to the summary, 1983-2012 was “likely the warmest 30-year period of the last 1,400 years” in the Northern Hemisphere. What’s even scarier is that atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide are at levels, “unprecedented in at least the last 800,000 years.” Our reliance on fossil fuels has led to ocean acidification. Natural disasters will become increasingly common. The report says it is very likely that extreme precipitation events over wet tropical regions will become “more intense and more frequent by the end of this century.” And the Arctic ice cap could melt nearly completely during summer months, according to CNN. Despite the report, some still refuse to believe the global warming trend. Others recognize global warming as a trend but fail to see it as a pressing issue. Many critics cite the wrongful predictions made by scientists in the 1970s who said Earth was approaching another ice age as reason to withhold belief or not take diplomatic action. One of the most cited wrongful predictions comes from ecologist Kenneth Watt. “If present trends continue,
the world will be about four degrees colder for the global mean temperature in 1990 but 11 degrees colder in the year 2000. This is about twice what it would take to put us into an ice age,” Watt said on Earth Day in 1970. In hindsight, this prediction is ludicrous. And sure, it proves that experts can be wrong, but it does not prove that all climate change predictions are faulty. When the evidence is so strong that it is nearly conclusive, we need to look at the predictions as if they are true. The report says we need substantial and sustained reductions of greenhouse gas emissions if we want to limit climate change. But even this will not solve the problem any time soon. “Many aspects of climate change will persist for many centuries even if emissions of CO2 are stopped,” the summary states. “This represents a multi-century climate change commitment created by past, present and future emissions of CO2 .” Our skepticism and complacency both led us to this state. Many of the problems we have created are too far gone for us to improve upon in our lifetimes. Others are so severe that CNN said they may prove irreversible.
What the Koch brothers fail to realize is the irony of bashing the ACA in the name of protecting women’s healthcare. I fear a mandatory vaginal ultrasound probe should I seek an abortion more than I fear an imaginary Uncle Sam in my examinations. I fear my insurance rejecting claims relating to reproductive can-
cer issues, because having a uterus is a preexisting condition, not government-sponsored care. The ad’s attempt to make me believe that the opposition to the ACA has my interests as a woman in mind is downright evil. They have the nerve to demand “smaller government” while they seek governmental con-
trol of women. The House has voted again to delay the ACA, meaning a slew of services for women are on hold. This ad reminds me to double my efforts to ensure people like the Koch brothers don’t get to make healthcare decisions. Justine Schnitzler freshman, international studies
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Flying blind, broadening horizons Emory Cabaniss Staff Writer
Stephen West can f ly a plane blind, using only the dials and controls in the cockpit, and he can teach you how. West, a senior in aerospace engineering, spends his weekdays buried under a full academic course load and his weekends teaching triangle residents how to fly planes. West teaches at FlightGest, a small school at RaleighDurham International Airport in Morrisville, teaching the basics of flying single-engine and multi-engine planes. West, who grew up in Raleigh, said his time training at FlightGest during high school is a big part of why he decided to attend N.C. State. West said it was ultimately his family’s involvement in flying that got him hooked on the hobby. “My grandfather flew. He started an airline,” West said. “My uncles f lew, my aunts were flight attendants, my mother worked as a dispatcher. It’s part of my heritage … [for] as long as I can remember.” West helps students learn
how to f ly mostly singleengine planes, such as the Cessna Skyhawk. Singleengine planes are easier to fly, especially since students often come in with little to no f light experience. West has his own secondary set of controls for the plane, which will override the student’s controls, much like cars made for student drivers. “Of course, I want to avoid using those controls as much as possible, because I want the student to learn to use them,” West said. “A lot of the training in becoming an instructor is trying to find that line, because you want students to make mistakes — that’s how they learn — but, at the same time, you have to keep it safe.” West is certified to f ly blindly, which means he can navigate the skies using only the dials and instruments in the dashboard of the plane, and has taught others to fly the same way. According to West, f lying blindly is the only way to fly through thick clouds. West also has experience with multi-engine planes, and if he had more flying hours could apply for a pilot’s position at some of
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Stephen West, a senior in aerospace engineering, has made a hobby out of flying single-engine airplanes. West also instructs future fliers at FlightGest in Raleigh.
the larger airlines in North Carolina. “The thing about Raleigh is we have a bunch of outlying airports, about six within driving distance,” West said. “We’re in a really rich aviation community.” West said he still plans to pursue a career in aerospace engineering, as he worries he might lose his love of flying should he use it as a career. West said there was ultimately only one thing about engineering that made him decide to design planes instead of fly them. “The potential to change the world,” West said. “Being in aviation is incredible. You really begin to see how engineering impacts people’s
day-to-day lives.” West is also a Park Scholarship recipient, and cites the scholarship as one of the reasons he is able to hold both his position at FlightGest as well as maintain his grades at N.C. State. Flight training is not the only kind of flying that West does, nor is it why he flies. He recalled a particularly fantastic moment, watching the sunrise above the clouds while flying early one morning, by himself. “It was perfect,” West said. “Just perfect.” West said that wherever he goes from here, he promises to keep his eyes out on the horizon.
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The International Bluegrass Music Association’s first weeklong stay in downtown Raleigh was a success. The IBMA struck gold with its move to Raleigh, and tens of thousands of attendees filled the streets to check out variety of traditional roots music. The past few years have seen a marked increase in bluegrass music’s mainstream market. Acts such as the Avett Brothers and Mumford & Sons have livened up the traditional sound and opened up the doors for countless new listeners to immerse themselves in the ageold genre. Last week’s festival was an excellent display of this newfound success for the genre, as downtown Raleigh was bustling with new and old fans of bluegrass music. Twelve thousand fans attended two sold-out shows at the Red Hat Amphitheater on Friday and Saturday. Once you factor in all of the festivalgoers that trekked through downtown for the two-day street festival and the weeklong Bluegrass Ramble events, IBMA was one of
the finest events downtown Raleigh has held in recent memory. As I was darting in and out of Fayetteville Street, I couldn’t help but feel like the IBMA was serving as a brilliant intersection of two entirely different cultures. According the 2010 census, about 20 percent of Raleigh’s population is comprised of people that are between 20 and 30 years old, but bluegrass isn’t the typical genre of choice for these young folks. However, the picture painted by the IBMA has the power to prove otherwise. Venues such as the Lincoln Theatre, Tir Na Nog Irish pub and the Longview Center were filled with just as many greyhaired attendees as there were 20-year-olds. While there was a notably older presence throughout the festival, it was refreshing to see these generations melding together to appreciate a genre that has yet to lose its spark. On Thursday night, the festival got into full swing with the annual awards show, which took place before a
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Climate change poses potential risk for wild hares Holden Broyhill Staff Writer
Scott Mills, an N.C. State alumnus, has returned from the University of Montana to conduct research at N.C. State about the effects of climate change on hare populations. Mills said 11 different species of known animals change from brown to white during the fall and winter and back to brown during the spring. According to Mills, these animals do this to match their environment and avoid becoming prey. “The trigger for them to do that is based on day length. Over time that’s a really good signal for the hares to match snow being there,” Mills said. “Typically, when the days get shorter in the fall, snow comes and when days get longer is when snow goes away. That’s been a good signal for the seasonal changing animals to track the presence or absence of snow.” Mills said there are a lot of variables that inf luence climate change in specific regions. Some areas are hotter while others are wetter, but the reduction of snow is a consistent factor. “Seasonal places all over the world that get seasonal snow are getting fewer and fewer days of snow,” Mills said. “These hares encounter the shorter days in the fall and the longer days in the spring and they do their molt but find themselves mismatched against the background. They find themselves turning white and there is no snow.” After two years of research, Mills said he believes that the reduction of snow is causing a mismatch. According to Mills, the mismatched hares die at a greater rate than those that blend with their environment. While mismatch is occurring, Mills said there has yet to be any noticeable decline in their populations. “There is potential for evolution to change the timing of their molt, so [the hares] better track the presence and absence of snow,” Mills said. “While this mismatch is occurring,
there is no noticeable decline in the hare population or in the populations of predators that rely on the hare.” A c c ord i n g t o M i l l s , mismatch has been noted before but this is the first time coat color mismatch can be linked to climate change. “We don’t really have any baseline to go back to and say ‘How does it compare now to 30 or 40 years ago?’ People were not thinking about climate change back then,” Mills said. “One of the interesting things about this trait is that in some places animals have evolved to just stay brown. This is evidence that nature has done a pretty good job shaping animals to their local environment.” Mills said he is unsure whether or not the hares’ natural adaptations can keep up with the “superfast c ond it ion s of c l i m at e change.” Mills began this research at the University of Montana and expects to continue this line of research at N.C. State. “We have international connections to expand this work around the world,” Mills said. “We asked ‘Is mismatch happening,’ ‘Is mismatch more likely to increase in the future,’ and ‘Might there be a potential for animals to adapt to prevent mismatch?’” Mills said he is interested in seeing how common the issue is around the world, and hopes to examine whether or not evolution can rescue the animals being mismatched. Mills said the research requires him to connect field data to an understanding of the genetic mechanism that causes animals to change color seasonally. “We are studying that genetic mechanism with genetic tools also we are building a facility that will let us raise animals in very cont rol led cond it ions,” Mills said. “This will help us understand the evolution of the ability of animals to change to their conditions.”
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sold-out crowd at Memorial Auditorium. The legendary Tony Rice, now a North Carolina resident, took the stage to accept his entrance to the IBMA Hall of Fame. Fans were treated to a surreal moment as Rice — despite his severely damaged vocal cords
— performed live for the first time in about 20 years. “I couldn’t believe it,” said Eric Dungy, a Raleigh resident who attended the show. “It was so moving. I had tears in my eyes as Rice was playing. Never in a million years did I think I’d get to see that.” But R ice’s accepta nce speech was only the beginning of a weekend filled with marvelous surprises and per-
The Gibson Brothers perfom Thursday night at the Lincoln Theatre on Cabarrus Street. The Gibson Brothers also won the IBMA Entertainers of the Year Award on Thursday night at Memorial Auditorium.
formances such as this one. The Gibson Brothers, the IBMA Entertainers of the Year, dazzled fans throughout the weekend despite lead vocalist Leigh Gibson’s bronchitis. “He sounds pretty good to me,” said band mate Eric Gibson. Eric was right. The band wowed the audience at the Lincoln Theatre on Thursday. Despite Leigh’s coughing between songs, it was difficult to tell he was struggling through the performance. The Gibson Brothers made their jaw-dropping talent look effortless, a feat that can’t possibly be overstated. But the highlight of this festival wasn’t necessarily the performers, but how fantastically the crowd interacted with the entire event. Welcome banners lined shop and restaurant windows throughout downtown Raleigh and fans echoed those sentiments — friendly vibes were abundant despite the close quarters at many of these events.
Samantha Snyder of The Snyder Family Band performs on the Martin Street Stage during the Wide Open Bluegrass festival on Saturday. The festival took place Sept. 27-28 in downtown Raleigh.
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The Apple Chill Cloggers dance as The Kickin Grass Band plays at the Dance Tent on Saturday during Wide Open Bluegrass festival. The festival was held by the International Bluegrass Music Association during the weekend in downtown Raleigh.
Regardless of where you found yourself throughout the weekend, be it a packed venue or a crowded street corner, you were liable to be met with a smile and a warm welcome. It’s rare that festivals of this size can harbor such a strong sense of community, but the bluegrass community is most certainly a welcoming one. Die-hard fans and newcomers alike stood side-byside for legendary acts such as Del McCoury, superstars such as Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers, and beloved locals like The Barefoot Movement and Kickin’ Grass Band. As attendees walked past the Sir Walter Raleigh statue outside the convention center they gawked at the banjo slung over his shoulder. But this visual image is what solidifies this experience for me, because for the better part of a week this hip, young city was completely
entrenched in the throes of bluegrass. While some may have balked at last year’s announcement that the IBMA would be coming to Raleigh for the next three years, this past week has surely silenced
any detractors. Last year’s question may have been how can this work, but this year the thought on everyone’s minds is how can next year possibly get any better?”
The Raleigh Convention Center’s Sir Walter Raleigh statue got into the bluegrass mod with the perfect accessory — a banjo.
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Men’s basketball prepares for season of new expectations Staff Report
Head basketball coach Mark Gottfried and members of the 2013-2014 men’s basketball program met with media Monday to discuss the upcoming season, one day before opening up fall camp. With the departures of Calvin Leslie, Scott Wood, Richard Howell and Tyler Purvis, the Pack will only return one starter this upcoming season—sophomore forward T.J. Warren. The sophomore swingman averaged 12.1 points, 4.2 rebounds and 27 minutes in his freshman campaign with State. “I think T.J. [Warren] has spent the spring, summer and fall working extremely hard,” Gottfried said. “He’s been in the gym as much as anybody. He’s been with our strength coach Bob Alejo as much as anybody, and he’s a very dedicated guy that wants to have a great year.” Along with Warren, sophomore guard Tyler Lewis and redshirt senior center Jordan Vandenberg will return to the Wolfpack lineup. Lewis played in 34 games, starting two and averaged 12.4 minutes of play. Vandenberg averaged 0.7 points and 0.7 rebounds per contest last season. After sitting out last season
due to NCAA transfer regulations, redshirt junior forward Ralston Turner will see his first action for the Red and White this season. Turner started 32 games in his final season with Louisiana State University, averaging 9.1 points, 3 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game. State landed three fourstar recruits, Anthony “Cat” Barber, Beejay Anya and Kyle Washington, one three-start, Lennard Freeman, and transfers, Desmond Lee and Trevor Lacey during the off-season. Lacey, a transfer from Alabama, will sit out during the upcoming season due to NCAA transfer regulations. “The young guys are eager, anxious and they’ve worked really hard to this point,” Gottfried said. “I think our team can learn how to become a good defensive team. We’ve got a lot of young guys that have to really understand what it takes at this level and how to defend at this level.” Coming off a season where the program was picked to finish atop the ACC and in the top-10 nationally, the upcoming season’s expectations will be vastly different. Gottfried said despite the low expectations for this year’s squad, the team has embraced the role. “I think they like the fact,
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Head coach Mark Gottfried speaks with the press during the men’s basketball media day in the Dail Basketball Center on Monday.
and that they hear and read, the expectations for them not to be very good,” Gottfried said. “Quite frankly, they like the challenge behind that.” State will showcase its talent Oct. 18 at the annual Primetime with the Pack game at PNC Arena before taking on UNC-Pembroke in the team’s first exhibition match, in historical Reynolds Coliseum. The team’s first regular season matchup will come against Appalachian State at PNC Arena on Nov. 8. “We do have a young team, an inexperienced team,” Gottfried said. “My goal is to find some way to get to the NCAA tournament.”
Sophomore guard Tyler Lewis speaks with the media during media day.
State’s remaining games are ACC contests, beginning with Saturday’s game at in-state foe Wake Forest. And the only remaining non-conference opponent, East Carolina, blew out UNC-Chapel Hill on Saturday 55-31. T he Demon De ac on s might be coming off a 56-7 loss to Clemson on Saturday and they may have suffered a home loss to LouisianaMonroe earlier this season, but there’s no looking past anyone in the ACC, especially on the road. Moreover, BB&T Field has been a house of horrors for State in recent years, with the Pack’s last win at Wake coming all the way back in 2001. So if you’re already penciling Saturday’s game into the win column, think again. All things considered, I think that the Wolfpack is right where everyone expected them to be going into the month of October. They’ve beaten who they were supposed to beat and lost to one of the best teams in the country. The next order of business is to keep the momentum from the Central Michigan game going into WinstonSalem on Saturday—easier said than done.
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QUOTE OF THE DAY “The young guys are eager, anxious and they’ve worked really hard.” Mark Gottfried, Head basketball coach
The N.C. State football team came out on Saturday against visiting Central Michigan and wa llop e d t he Chippewas 48-14. Luke The WolfNadkarni pack scored Staff Writer touchdowns on offense, defense and special teams in the win. What a difference a week makes. But perhaps just more impressive than the lopsided score and the variety of ways that the Pack reached the end zone was the fact that they were able to improve on many aspects of its game that they didn’t do so well against Clemson. State committed only six penalties against Central Michigan for 45 yards, down from nine for 57 yards against the Tigers. Against Clemson, the Pack was plagued by pre-snap penalties which killed drives before they even gained steam. They committed five false starts against Clemson, but cut that number to just one against the Chippewas. Another facet of the offense
N.C. State freshman linebacker Drew Davis, junior defensive end Art Norman and junior defensive tackle T. Y. McGill tackle Central Michigan running back Saylor Lavallii during NCSU’s 45-14 victory at Carter-Finley Stadium on Saturday.
that showed improvement was the Wolfpack’s third down efficiency. The Pack offense converted seven of 17 third downs on Saturday, a much better showing than the 3-for-16 figure posted against Clemson. Granted, the Chippewa defense didn’t match the talent that Clemson had; but frankly, the offense had nowhere to go but up after Clemson. Even redshirt junior quar-
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terback Pete Thomas got a monkey off his back on Saturday, throwing his first touchdown pass of the season in the fourth quarter. Thomas hit junior receiver Bryan Underwood on an 80yard bomb for the Pack’s final touchdown. The one red flag of the Central Michigan game was the defensive performance at the beginning of the fourth quarter. With the game safely in
hand at 38-0, the Pack seemingly got complacent and allowed the Chippewas to score consecutive touchdown. Central Michigan had the ball in State territory with a chance to cut into the lead even further, but an interception by backup safety Josh Stanley stalled the Chippewas’ minirally. Even if a team is ahead by a hundred points, it’s never a good thing to let up on de-
fense. Both head coach Dave Doeren and members of the defense, though thrilled with the win, expressed concern over the lapse in the fourth quarter. But other than that, the Wolfpack defense played perhaps its best game of the season. It sounds cliché, but it only gets more difficult from this point forward. All but one of
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Honorable mentions David Amerson Cornerback, Washington Redskins: one tackle, one interception for TD
Washington Redskins rookie cornerback David Amerson recorded both his first interception and his first touchdown in a 24-14 win over the Oakland Raiders. With the Redskins trailing 14-3 in the second quarter, Amerson stepped in front of a pass by Oakland quarterback Matt Flynn and took it 45 yards for a score. Amerson, a second-round pick by the Redskins in April’s draft, took three picks back for touchdowns in his Wolfpack career.
Quarterback, San Diego Chargers: 35-of-42 for 401 yards and 3 TDs Former Wolfpack quarterback Philip Rivers—now a member of the San Diego Chargers—had the most productive day of the three, evoking memories from 2001-2003, throwing for 401 yards and three touchdowns. Rivers completed 35-of-42 passes and led the Chargers to a 30-21 victory over the Dallas Cowboys at home. Rivers has more than the 400-yard mark for the second time this season. Rivers threw for 419 yards in a victory against the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 2.
Russell Wilson Quarterback, Seattle Seahawks: 12-of-23 for 123 yards, one interception and 77 yards on 10 attempts
Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, who starred for the Wolfpack from 2009-10, had a modest showing in a 23-20 overtime road win over the Houston Texans. Wilson completed 12-of-23 passes for 123 yards and an interception; he also added to the Seattle offense with his legs as he rushed for 77 yards on 10 carries as the Seahawks improved to 4-0 for the first time in franchise history.
PLAY OF THE WEEK • Former Wolfpack kicker Steven Hauschka made three field goals on Sunday, the last a 46-yard game winner in overtime to defeat the Houston Texans. • With the win, the Seahawks remain unbeaten with a 4-0 record. SOURCE: WIKIMEDIA COMMONS
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