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Voters approve $810 million school bond Dan Martin Correspondent

Voters approved an $810 million school construction bond Tuesday to start one of the biggest construction projects in Wake County history. According to unoff icial totals, 58 percent of voters out of the more than 172 precincts that had finished voting as of 9 p.m. Tuesday supported the bond, The News & Observer reported. This bond will provide funding for 16 new schools in Wake County but will also raise property tax. Proponents of the bond said the additional debt comes at an appropriate time, with Wake County’s property tax already relatively low. Property tax in Wake County is 53.4 cents per $100 dollars, one of the lowest in the state, according to The N&O. “My view is that Wake County can afford the additional debt, particularly in anticipation of the rapid growth projected for the region,” said Michael Waldon, a professor of economics at N.C. State. He also said the interest rate on the debt will be locked in, and because interest rates are low, now is a good time to borrow. Proponents also said the improved educational system will bring more money to the area. Walden said there’s overwhelming evidence that high-quality education is crucial for economic improvement and that it attracts businesses to the area, causing eco-

nomic growth in the community and increasing the property value of homes in the area. However, opponents of the bond said they’re worried about the long-term economic effects of this added debt. The bond will cause a 10 percent property tax increase, which will cost the average homeowner in Wake County $145.72 per year. Also, the decision to build new schools rather than improve existing structures is causing skepticism, according to Bobby Puryear, an economics professor at N.C. State. “I am concerned about the amount of funds being requested and whether appropriate decisions are being made as to when it is prudent to renovate, versus engage in new construction,” Puryear said. Puryear also said that due to the number of variables associated with the issue it’s difficult to determine the long-term effects of this project, and the sheer size of the loan would raise the county’s debt substantially. Another concern about the bond is the effect it will have on the credit of Wake County, which is one of only 39 counties in the United States to hold an AAA Bond rating. Although financial analysts don’t seem to be worried about the credit rating, skeptics are quick to point out that this bond would raise the debt to more than $3 billion, according to The N&O. In June, The Wake County Board of Commissioners will consider a tax increase to pay for the bonds. If approved, the taxes will take effect the following year.


William C. Doey Jr., the certifying official of Veterans Education at Registration and Records, said benefits checks for military students will continue to be processed through the end of October. However, the funding for military students relies heavily on whether Congress raises the debt ceiling by Oct. 17.

Shutdown threatens benefits for students in the military Marty DeFrancesco Correspondent

The U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs continues to process education benefit claims for military students despite the United States government shutdown, but if Congress doesn’t raise the debt ceiling, funding for military students could soon be stalled across the country. North Carolina’s regional Veter-

ans Benefit Administration office issued a “Veterans Field Guide to Government Shutdown” on Monday, listing all services impacted by the shutdown as well as those that have not been affected. Based in Winston-Salem, the regional office serves as an intermediary between the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs and VA offices in North Carolina. Along with the field guide, the

regional office also issued a “VA Contingency Plan,” designating the agency’s operational procedures in case of a “short-term government shutdown.” The plan includes emergency funds and a schedule of nonessential operations that will be postponed in case of a shutdown. VBA Education Call Center operations have already been suspended

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New scholarship program aims for more STEM degrees Estefania Castro-Vazquez Correspondent


Jacob Lineberry, a freshman in physics, is one of five Scopes Scholars and a member of the inaugural scholarship class. The program is only offered to students in the College of Sciences.

N.C. State’s College of Sciences is attempting to attract high-achieving students with a new scholarship program. The Scope Scholarship is designed to attract and retain successful students hoping to receive STEM degrees, according Katherine TitusBecker, scholarship coordinator for the College of Sciences. Currently, five students are enrolled in the program, including Jacob Lineberry, a freshman in physics. Though it is new, participants said they have high hopes for the Scope Scholars program. “I think as the Scope program continues to grow, it’ll be similar in its impact on N.C. State as programs like the Park Scholars and Caldwell Fellows,” Lineberry said. Faculty advisors also see the po-

tential for success in the program. “It’s going to continue to expand in numbers and opportunities. Right now it’s still in the initial stages so we are learning and developing it as the year continues,” Titus-Becker said. Graduates of the Scope Scholars Program will be ready to face realworld adversities as the program intends to prepare participants with leadership and communication abilities, according to an article in Scope Magazine, which was previously run by the College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences. Scholars will have the opportunity to take advantage of dinners and private meetings with professors. Some scholars have also been able to meet with the author of the University’s Common Reading book, Thomas Hager. Some scholars also met with Dean Solomon of the College of

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Event attempts to limit online NCSU researchers attempt to security problems in wake of increase download speeds UNC information breach Jess Thomas Correspondent

Jacqueline Lee Correspondent

Assistant Director of the N.C. State Office of Information Technology Security Compliance unit John Baines presented “Plain English Data” on Tuesday at Scott Hall as part of October’s Cyber Security Awareness Month. The theme for the month is “Take Control,” which attempts to create dialogue about ways to increase awareness and prevention of online security problems. Baines explained methods of keeping data at N.C. State secure and protected and said data can be information from a credit card, research that has not been patented, health information, social security numbers and many other types of private information. “Sensitive data exists in various forms, and we need to approach different levels depending upon how sensitive it is and how much it costs to protect,” Baines said.

Baines classified types of information by how critical and sensitive the information is. The categories for each type were ultra, high, moderate, normal and unclassified sensitivity levels of information. Ultra sensitive information includes social security numbers, credit card numbers and credentials. Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act records, for example, are considered moderate. “There is a lot of sensitive data at the University and a lot of money and reputation involved,” Baines said. “We need to treat differently the data at different levels because the more you protect it, the more it costs to protect and the harder it is to get to.” Baines talked about the incident when a professor of radiology at UNC-Chapel Hill School of Medicine, Bonnie C. Yankaskas, had a data security breach on the university’s

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Researchers from N.C. State are developing a radio receiver system that will transfer greater amounts of data at a faster rate than current technology allows. The National Science Foundation is granting the University $1.08 million to fund the project. This research is being conducted in an attempt to integrate a receiver with the Multi-Input-Multi-Output method that enables a large transfer of data from a limited bandwidth, according to Brian Hughes, an electrical engineering professor and coinvestigator on the venture. In other words, MIMO technology is a way of sending multiple signals in the

same bandwidth, but MIMO requires multiple antennas spaced far apart without interaction in order to achieve the full benefits of data transfer. “Here we’re sending more information in the same bandwidth,” Hughes said. “We’re achieving the same result as increasing bandwidth without actually using more bandwidth, which is precious.” Download speeds could also increase significantly via MIMO processing. Jacob Adams, an electrical engineering professor, specializing in antenna design and the other co-investigator on the project, said MIMO could have great benefits. “In the ideal scenario, MIMO throughout will scale

linearly with the number of antennas,” Adams said. “That is, with two antennas, you could reduce your download time by half, [and] with four antennas you could cut your download time by 75 percent.” The researchers must also develop new technologies for the device’s creation. “We’re not going to be using the existing antennas that you see on tops of buildings,” Hughes said. “We’re going to try to use information theory and antenna design to design new antennas that extract the most information from the environment.” This technolog y could be integrated into various technologies and increase

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the amount of data being transferred. “What this technology would enable us to do is to have multiple antennas in very close proximity that would enable us to realize the benefits of MIMO in a very small space like a cellphone or a car,” Hughes said. “That could boost the

will design a system that will maximize the information being sent in a limited space. Each researcher teaches and researches different concentration within electrical engineering. The researchers will have a prototype by the beginning of 2015 that will incorporate their individual disciplines and potentially allow the group to build larger systems.


already been several cycles of payments sent to military students. Doey is said he is unsure of future military student benefits for the rest of the year, mainly after the next budget deadline on Oct. 17. “We can’t predict what will happen though, that’s for sure,” Doey said. “That would be like me saying ‘I understand what’s taking place in Washington, D.C. at this point in time.’” Civilian students receiving federal benefits from the government have not been affected by the shutdown, according to the N.C. State Office ofs Scholarships and Financial Aid.

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amount of data rate, reduce the amount of signal fading in the environment and more simultaneous users.” Moreover, this could also impact the technology at N.C. State by reducing the crash rates of sites such as MyPack or Moodle where the rates are limiting, Hughes said. The project is multi- disciplined because Hughes, Adams and Brian Floyd, an electrical engineering professor specializing in circuits,


ing is exhausted.” William Doey Jr., a veterans education certifying official at N.C. State, said benefit checks have been coming out as scheduled since the shutdown, but he also stressed the importance of timing in regards to military students receiving funding for education. “If this had taken place in the middle of August, or beginning of September, then all of these checks for tuition and fees that come in to N.C. State, as well as the monthly checks that go out to the students, would’ve been impacted right off the bat.” Since the shutdown occurred during the middle of the semester there have


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in each department recommended high-achieving students that had been admitted to the University. N.C. State alumni Cathy Sigal and Robert Hill donated money to establish the first two scholarships.The program is continuously looking for funding opportunities in order to continue and expand the opportunities offered to Scope Scholars.   Because the program is new, there is much leeway as to future opportunities, and participants are encouraged to come up with new forms of experiential learning. “The opportunities really are kind of endless,” Lineberry said.

curity. A quick analyzer will be run on each device to suggest to students what they should be doing to keep their data safe. Prizes will also be given to participants.


until further notice. The plan does not include appropriations for a longterm government shutdown, stating “a long-term shutdown will require further analysis and development.” “Claims processing and payments in the compensation, pension, education and vocational rehabilitation programs are anticipated to continue through late October,” the field guide said. “However, in the event of a prolonged shutdown, claims processing and payments in these programs would be suspended when available fund-

Titus-Becker. The program hopes to increase the prominence of the College of Sciences as a top-notch school for students hoping to major in the STEM fields not only from North Carolina, but across the nation, according to Scope Magazine. “The Scope Scholars Program will ensure that such students are able to nurture and develop these talents here at N.C. State University,” said Anita Stallings, associate dean of Advancement in the Scope article. Of the five current Scope Scholars, only one is an out-of-state student. This year’s Scope Scholars were chosen by the College of Sciences Scholarship Committee after faculty members

11 a.m. to 3 p.m. for students called, Mobile Security Device Checkpoint. Booth said, students can participate by bringing their mobile device, laptop or any type of device a student would like checked for se-

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security analyst for the OIT Security and Compliance at N.C. State, Cyber Security Awareness Month is an annual event with six presentations. There is an upcoming Brickyard event on Wednesday, Oct. 16,



the N.C. State community with guidelines for keeping data protected to keep sensitive information classified and to avoid costs for repairing a data breach. According to Deborah Booth,


Sciences and later enjoyed a performance of Arcadia, Titus-Becker said. The Scope Scholars Program offers financial support for scholars through a partial scholarship that can be renewed every academic year. Participants are assigned a professor as well as a student mentor in their individual fields of study in hopes of creating both work-orientated and personal relationships. An enrichment grant is also available for students wishing to participate in research or other experiential learning opportunities, according to

Source: N.C. State Office of Information Technology


Assistant Director of the N.C. State Office of Information Technology Security Compliance unit John Baines gives a presentation at Scott Hall Tuesday to raise awareness for data security breaches and how to avoid them. Baines explained which levels of encryption should be used for different types of information



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• Mobile Security for iPhone and Android Oct. 9, noon, 216 Scott Hall • Mobile Security Device Checkpoint Oct. 16, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Brickyard • Defining University IT Security Today & Tomorrow Oct. 22, noon, 112 Avent Ferry Technology Center • Social Networking Safety Check Oct. 23, noon, 216 Scott Hall • 10 Spooky Attacks Targeting You Oct. 31, noon, 126 Witherspoon Student Center


computer server. According to UNC News, personal and medical information of 180,000 women in Carolina Mammography Registry was leaked to a hacker. More than 100,000 social security numbers were also breached. Baines talked about the repercussions and costs of this incident at UNC-CH to emphasize the importance of data security. According to UNC News, there was a lack of communication between UNC-CH and Yankaskas, making the CMR server more vulnerable. “I work with computers and care about security, so I come to all of the events for this month and try to promote this with non-technical people in my department,” said Bruce Dean from the department of transportation. Anad I keep trying to get more of them to attend,” According to The News & Observer, the UNC-CH data breach cost the university an estimated $250,000. Baines aims to provide


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The mythology of virginity


bout a week ago, a friend and I sat in a Waffle House and watched as the only two other patrons in the building selected a song from the jukebox. The Nicky two remained Vaught standing and Deputy Features Editor started dancing as a live version of Betty Wright’s “Tonight is the Night” played. Being the live version, it felt as though Wright was calling everyone in the building to remember his or her first time, placing emphasis on her female audience, asking, “When did you become a woman?” And that’s when I decided I’m not a fan of Betty Wright. Her song and attitudes perpetuate the mythology surrounding virginity—a mythology that is entirely heteronormative and inherently sexist in design.

So here are five myths we often hear about virginity and explanations as to why they are, in fact, nothing more than cultural mythology. Myth one: Virginity is a thing. According to Everyday Feminism writer Melissa A. Fabello, “there is no medical or biological definition of virginity.” The only definition we have of virginity is the one in the dictionary that says it is “the state of never having had sexual intercourse.” There are a few things wrong with this definition. Namely, it excludes pretty much every type of sex other than penetrative, vaginal sex, which typically occurs between heterosexual couples. It does not account for our varying concepts of sex. For virginity to be all inclusive, it would have to rely on personal discretion. Varying

from person to person leaves little room for collective or social understanding. In essence, one person may consider him or herself a virgin, but another might disagree. When the meaning of a word is subject to such disagreement, that word is effectively useless. Myth two: There is anything to lose. People tend to think the measure of a woman’s virginity can be measured by whether her hymen is in tact. The hymen is a very thin wall blocking the entrance of the vagina. It can be broken in a number of ways, the most common not being sex but a combination of menarche and playing sports, according to Fabello. Thinking that a broken hymen somehow indicates having had sex completely excludes biological males (who cares about their virgin-

ity anyway?) and disregards basic and fundamental information about female physiology. Because virginity really can’t be quantified (as we learned from myth one), it seems likely that calling attention to the hymen is just an attempt to support a social construction with faux biology. This myth keeps women believing that the blood they might see when they lose their virginity is a result of the hymen breaking, when, according to Dr. Pisaster of Pajiba, it’s usually the result of vaginal tearing (due to inadequate lubrication and dryness). Myth three: The first time is special. Let’s be honest. The first time is rarely special. It’s more often awkward and uncomfortable. And that’s that. Myth four: Non-virgins

are not pure. This idea comes from the belief that men have the ability to change a woman’s life forever (as do many of these myths). Men want to feel like they’ve taken something from a woman, something she’ll never be able to get back. Chalking up someone’s degree of purity—another vague concept—to whether he or she has had sex is nothing more than an attempt to keep women from having sex, so guys will get to marry women with tight vaginas, which brings us to myth five. Myth five: Losing virginity loosens the vagina. A common belief among men (and women) is that vaginal looseness correlates positively with an increasing number of sexual partners (heterosexually speaking). On the flip side, tightness is

often paired with virginity. According to “The Rare Truth about ‘Tight’ and ‘Loose’ Women,” an article by Michael Castleman in Psychology Today, no amount of stretching the vagina will loosen it permanently—with the exception of tearing. In the same way that we can stretch our cheeks any number of times and still have them return to their original place, so can a vagina stretch and return. Castleman explains vaginal looseness as a result of sexual arousal. In other words, If a woman’s vagina feels tight, she is simply not aroused enough. (That’s right, guys. When you brag about how tight your most recent one-night stand was, you’re only bragging about how unappealing you are.)

Join the Meatless Monday movement Former President Bi l l Clinton, once known for his love of fast food, has made headlines for Kenny his recent diTorrella etary change. Guest He’s swapped Columnist the Big Macs, chicken nuggets and fried shrimp for veggie burgers, beans and fresh fruits and vegetables. After years of battling heart problems—even undergoing quadruple bypass surgery—Clinton took his doctor’s advice to reduce his meat consumption and increase his intake of plantbased foods. He reports that the results have been tremendous: Losing 24 pounds, feeling more energetic and seeing a welcome drop in cholesterol levels. Clinton isn’t the only one turning over a new leaf; from Usher, to Oprah Winfrey, to Ellen DeGeneres, to Kristen Bell, people everywhere are eating less meat. Even Mike Tyson, known for once biting off a human ear, is now limiting his ear consumption to those of the corn variety. The movement toward more plant-based meals is also taking root on college campuses, with more than 200 universities leading the charge with “Meatless Monday” campaigns in their dining halls. Nationally acclaimed food writers, such as The New York Times’ Mark Bittman and The Washington Post’s Joe Yonan are helping the nation discover meat-free dishes that will leave people impatient for their next meal. Eating

your vegetables? If you don’t know the possibilities that phrase encompasses in 2013, you are missing out. There has never been a more exciting time to expand our dining horizons. Skipping meat one day a week is not a sacrifice but an adventure. And this is reflected in the choices students are making. According to a study conducted by Technomic, more than 20 percent of college students are reducing their meat consumption, and for good reasons. One of those reasons is concern for the nine billion chickens, pigs and other animals raised for food each year, most of which suffer in factory farms. For example, mother pigs in the pork industry are typically confined in tiny crates barely larger than their own bodies for virtually their entire lives. Unable to even turn around, these sensitive, intelligent animals—all of whom have their own personalities and preferences—experience tremendous physical and psychological pain. Most egg-laying hens suffer a similar fate, as they’re crammed into tiny cages, each bird granted less space than the screen of an iPad on which to live for her entire life. By choosing meat-free options just one day a week, we can all help prevent an enormous amount of cruelty to animals. Human health and the health of the planet also benefit. A report issued by Envi-

ronmental Working Group put it simply: “Producing all this meat and dairy requires large amounts of pesticides, chemical fertilizer, fuel, feed and water. It also generates greenhouse gases and great amounts of toxic manure and wastewater that pollute groundwater, rivers, streams and, ultimately, the ocean.” Increasing numbers of family farmers are also voicing their support for Meatless Mondays as a means to achieve a more sustainable, community-based agricultural system before it’s too late. Our current rate of meat consumption is simply unsustainable. By reducing the total number of animals raised for food, we place greater value about humane sustainable agriculture in which animal welfare is a priority. Thankfully, eating meatless doesn’t mean less at all. It means more, as in more choices. It means better, as in better living—both for us and for animals. From chain restaurants such as Chipotle and Denny’s serving up hearty vegetarian fare, to Indian, Thai, Chinese and Mexican cuisine which regularly incorporate delicious meat-free items, the options are endless. Bon appétit! Kenny Torrella is the food policy coordinator for the Humane Society of the United States and can be reached at KTorrella@

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Clothes and musicians don’t mesh


anic! at the Disco recently released a music video for its new song “Girls/Girls/Boys.” It features lead singer Brendon Urie mouthing along to the lyrics of his song, such as lead singers do in any other music video. Oh, but he’s also naked. Taylor Don’t Quinn Staff Columnist worry; this new music video is not any form of porn. The camera does not go below the belt but you can definitely see a lot of him and can infer that his bottom half is as nude as his top. As I was sitting at my computer with a few friends, viewing the video for about the 10th time (give or take— well, give—a few views), a thought entered my brain that I could not shake. If a female released a music video similar to this one, all hell would break loose. Feminists would riot in the streets. The same teenage

girls who comment “He’s so dreamy” on Panic!’s video would hypocritically author comments such as, “Wow I can’t believe how little selfrespect she has. What a (insert word choice here).” This is exemplified in the comments section of Miley Cyrus’ newest video for her song “Wrecking Ball.” Some of the YouTube commenters called Cyrus derogatory names. Other commenters feigned concern, asking “What happened to her?” or talked about how she will impact young viewers. The point is, few comments actually related to the song itself. Conversely, many comments about Panic!’s new video are complimentary toward Urie. Commenters go on about how much they love and want to marry him. But these comments are at least more evenly mixed with comments about the content of the song, its lyrics and its melody. The top comment on Panic!’s video surprised me in a good way. “Can’t wait till the media concern trolls

him for sexualizing himself. Oh wait, we only do that to women,” it said. This is sad but true. Cyrus was at least sometimes wearing clothes in her video. Sure, clothing may have been scarce, but she was covered. Urie was wearing absolutely no clothing, but I don’t see any headlines about how he is changing for the worse or f lying off the handle. Commenters as a whole seem to view Panic!’s video as art and Cyrus’ as a cry for attention. What makes the two so different that they receive such a wide range of opposing reactions? The music industry is supposed to primarily judge musicians based on their voices and talents, not on what they do or do not wear. And if we are going to judge based on clothing or lack thereof, it’s only fair to judge men and women the same. Artists should be judged based on the difference in their vocal chords, not the difference of their external organs.

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Esquina de Comida: Espiga Bakery Natalie Bohórquez Corresponsal

Encontrar auténtica comida hispana es un reto para muchos latinoamericanos en los Estados Unidos. Aunque hay más de mil restaurantes que ofrecen una variedad de comidas étnicas en el área de Raleigh Durham, muchas personas se encuentran todavía en una pérdida cuando se trata de encontrar comida para satisfacer su paladar. Espiga Ba ker y es una

pequeña cafetería y empresa de catering ubicada en unos 20 minutos en carro del campus en 6320 Capital Blvd. Con pan recién hecho, empanadas, almuerzos y platos típicos todos los fines de semana, Espiga Bakery se jacta de todas las maravillas que la cocina ecuatoriana tiene para ofrecer. Desde su inauguración en el 2009, los propietarios, Corina Belonga e Iván López han incrementado el tamaño de su negocio ya que le han

dado la bienvenida a una variedad de clientes – entre ellos el Dr. Louis A. MartinVega, Decano de la Facultad de Ingeniería. Incluso antes de haber dejado su trabajo anterior, López, había profundizado en la idea de comenzar un negocio en compañía, y había pensado en el nombre y el logotipo de su futuro negocio, en un viaje a Ecuador. Su prima, Belonga, quien en ese momento ocupaba un puesto de trabajo para Wake County, accedió a


La panadería ofrece muchas opciones de postres, pastelitos y galletas, junto con su gran variedad de pan, todo hecho a mano el mismo día.

su oferta. “Nos hemos modificado, para irnos introduciendo al mercado americano porque nuestros clientes eran americanos desde el principio…ellos nos apoyaron,” dijo López. Siendo un negocio de catering, participaron en el 28th International Festival of Raleigh que se produjo de Octubre 4 al 6 en el Raleigh Convention Center, tomando parte en la representación de Ecuador por primera vez desde la inauguración del evento hace 28 años y deleitando a los participantes con la gran variedad de pasteles ecuatorianos. También han atendido a varios eventos dentro de N.C. State, y en toda la ciudad, vendiendo postres típicos, desde las ricas empanadas de carne y pollo y los pequeños pan de yuca a ponqués para ocasiones especiales. Los dos platos favoritos de los propietarios son: la fritada—compuesta de carne de cerdo frito con mote, plátano dulce, maíz hervido, cebolla, empanadillas de papa, y mazorca. Así como el “seco de chivo” que es la carne de cabra cocida en guiso, junto con plátanos fritos, arroz amarillo, y aguacate. El menú incluye una amplia variedad de platos típicos de diferentes regiones del Ecuador, así como algunos platos


Espiga Bakery, una cafetería ecuatoriana, está ubicada en una plaza comercial en Raleigh del norte, 20 minutos de campus.

de acompañamiento de estilo americano – como la ensalada de col – para los menos aventureros. También se anima a los visitantes a seguir la página de Facebook de Espiga Bakery si desean ponerse al día. Una visita el lunes puede proporcionarle una encocado de camarón, un plato compuesto por camarones cocidos en coco, leche y especias , acompañado con arroz y un poco de ensalada. O puede también sorprenderle con ceviche de pescado, guatita—mondongo cocinado en salsa de mantequilla de maní acompañado con rodajas de cebolla, arroz y tomate opcional—e incluso una bandera , una combinación de pescado y ceviche de camarón picante

, con guatita y arroz—un plato típico que trae las mejores cocciones del Ecuador a un plato. Por otra parte, Espiga Bakery también sirve un brebaje dulce para acompañar cualquier comida, llamado colada morada; cuando se sirve caliente puede servir como una bebida y postre. Su nombre se deriva de la harina de maíz morado que se utiliza para darle su aspecto característico, la colada también contiene pedazos de fruta fresca, como piña, fresas y arándanos. La comida no solo es exquisita y auténtica, el servicio también es rápido y comedido, lo cual hace que los 20 minutos en carro ni siquiera se sientan.

Español en el extranjero: Estudiando en América Latina Paula Gordon Editor Asistente de Bienvenidos Traducido por

Kenneth Smith-López Editor Asistente de Bienvenidos

El español es la lengua foránea más enseñada en escuelas y universidades en Estados Unidos. Por lo que no debe de ser sorpresa entonces, que estudiantes de N.C. State estén escogiendo completar los requisitos de sus carreras en Latino América. El professor de antropología Tim Wallace ha estado liderando un Programa de verano en Guatemala por 20 años. El programa de seis semanas está basado en el área popular de Lago Atitlán, en el Altiplano Occidental de Guatemala, y cada estudiante pasa tiempo trabajando con la

gente del lugar mientras completan su proyecto de investigación. Al final del programa, los estudiantes vuelven con dos cursos con créditos de N.C. State y una cantidad de habilidades que pueden ayudarles en campos que van más allá de la antropología. En particular, los estudiantes son entrenados en cómo manejar el tiempo, cómo entrevistar personas y aprender las diferencias entre culturas y cómo esto influencia la conducta. “Espero que cuando los estudiantes vuelvan hayan desarrollado muchas habilidades importantes y que se sientan cómodos de trabajar en cualquier ambiente en el futuro”, dijo Wallace. Mientras que Barcelona o Sevilla (España) son los lugares tradicionales para quienes estudian español, hay lugares en Latino América


Las ruinas que visitaron estudiantes del programa de estudio en Peru. Machu Picchu es unos de los siete maravillas del mundo.

que ofrecen una diversidad de programas. Para el estudiante de quinto año Wyatt Medlin, quien viajó fuera del país por primera vez en el verano de 2011 con un programa de N.C. State, Costa Rica es un lugar ideal. “Siento que muchos estudiantes deciden ir a España por una gran experiencia, pero Costa Rica, es un lugar pequeño, un país pequeño, pero al mismo tiempo está lleno de historias y experiencias… Quería ir a un lugar que no fuera España, pero que me permitiera sumergirme en museos y la vida de una gran ciudad”, dijo Medlin. Medlin continua manteniéndose en contacto con la familia de Costa Rica que le alojó por seis semanas. Un verano en Sudamérica es el tiempo perfecto para que estudiantes ocupados puedan trabajar en un minor y expandir sus horizontes sin quedarse atrás durante el semestre. Para Tanner Baxley, estudiante de tercer año en medicina biomédica con un minor en español, El Study Abroad de Perú en el verano le permitió tener experiencias en otra cultura, trabajar en su minor, y mantenerse al tanto en sus cursos de ingeniería. El programa de Perú es ideal por permitir a los estudiantes tener una variedad de experiencias diversas mientras completan los créditos de sus cursos. Liderados por los profesores de N.C. State Kay y Leonardo


Estudiantes de N.C. State después de subir Waynapicchu en Machu Picchu, Peru.

Villa-García, el programa inicia con un viaje de 12 días para la capital Inca, Cuzco y Machu Pichu, una de las Siete Maravillas del Mundo y declarado Patrimonio de la Humanidad por la UNESCO. El grupo luego pasa un mes en Lima, la capital de Perú, donde viven con familias peruanas y toman cursos de N.C. State en español. Estudiar fuera del país es especialmente importante para estudiantes tomando cursos de idiomas foráneos porque les permite rodearse del lenguaje, en este caso, el español, lo que permite aprender el

idioma más rápido. “Al comienzo fue un poco abrumador, estás inmerso completamente pero al final, me sentí muy cómodo comunicándome”, dijo Baxley. ¿Te perdiste la feria de estudios en el exterior la semana pasada? Para planear tu viaje, el portal Web de NCSU Study Abroad es una increíble fuente de información. Para más información en el programa de Perú, contactar a Dr. Kay VillaGarcía o asiste a la próxima sesión de información el Martes 15 de Octubre a las 7:30 p.m. en Withers 140.

Datos curiosos de América Latina COMPILADO POR KATHLEEN OLIVER 1) En Costa Rica las sodas son muy populares y son parte de la cultura nativa. Una soda es lo que la gente llama un restaurante pequeño e informal. En esas sodas, se sirven comidas típicas.

5) Peter Gene Hernández, también conocido como Bruno Mars, es un hombre bien conocido. Pero muchos no saben que Mars proviene de ascendencia hispana. De su padre, él tiene ascendencia puertorriqueña y tiene ascendencia española de su madre.

2) Venezuela es el hogar del Salto Ángel, las cataratas más altas de todo el mundo. El punto más alto mide 3,230 pies. Las cataratas tienen al parque nacional de Canaima como su hogar. Este parque también es el parque nacional más grande en Venezuela.

6) Harry Shum Jr. reconocido por su personaje de “Mike Chang” en el programa de televisión “Glee.” Sin embargo, muchos no saben que Shum es un “tico.” Tico es el palabra que se usa para la gente de nacimiento en Costa Rica. Shum, de padres chinos, nació en Puerto Limón, Costa Rica.

3) En Perú, Cuy es una comida tradicional. Cuy es lo que la gente llama una cobaya que ha sido asada. Incluye las extremidades y la cabeza.

7) Ecuador es uno de los países que se divide en dos hemisferios. En un mapa, la línea ecuatorial es justo por encima de Quito, la capital del país.

4) Para muchos mexicanos indígenas, las muelas de juicio no aparecen. Este caso se llama “agénesis,” o la ausencia de un parte del cuerpo. En los mexicanos indígenas, la ausencia de las muelas de juicio es casi de un cien por ciento.

8) La primera calle pavimentada en el nuevo mundo tiene a Puerto Rico como su hogar. Se llama “Calle del Cristo.” Está situada en El Viejo San Juan y tiene los adoquines originales.


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Gravity: An out-of-this-world experience Gravity

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I went to interstellar space on Thursday night and the journey nearly brought me to tears. It wasn’t a dream, but that’s the best way to describe Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity: a beautiful and terrif ying dream. Not only does the film display some of the most groundbreaking special effects in recent memory, it also tells a truly original narrative through a powerful female lead. S a nd r a Bu l lo c k— a l lAmerican and almighty— takes the reins of this mostly one-woman show as medical engineer Dr. Ryan Stone. Though it’s apparent she is extremely intelligent, Stone visibly stifles under pressure and seems nervous, especially in comparison to her light-

hearted pilot Matt Kowalski (George Clooney). Stone and Kowalski work as part of a team that attempts to install Stone’s own technology on the Explorer space shuttle, but the mission is aborted when both discover a chain reaction of satellite debris will threaten their lives. With the destruction of the Explorer, one of the film’s most intense scenes, Stone is cast off into the immensity of space. Rightfully panicked, Stone is lost and alone with depleting oxygen within her suit. Gravity taps into the anxiety of Space travel that is indifferent and greatly unknown to humanity. For proof, in one shot, we see Stone obscured by darkness as she spins uncontrollably away. As she floats farther she becomes a faint voice within the vast nothingness of space. Don’t imagine, however, that the film tiredly repeats the same angles with the same ominous space backdrops. Every shot is sweep-


Sandra Bullock leads as Dr. Ryan Stone in Gravity. Stone copes with being lost in space after the Explorer satellite she works on explodes unexpectedly.

ingly breath-taking and realistic. Amidst Stone’s terrifying and relentless dilemmas is the majesty of Earth from several vantage points. If you ever feel small and insignificant just looking from Earth to the night sky, Gravity will make you feel completely irrelevant in the universe’s grand scheme. Galaxies mutely gaze from light-years away, the Aurora Borealis swirls over the atmosphere and thousands of lights shine from the earth’s surface, representing each

human life—safe and unaware of the ordeal taking place above. Meticulous attention to the detail of each frame, undoubtedly, can be credited to Cuarón’s steadfast direction and editing assisted by Mark Sanger. Gravity does craft a nearperfect visual for audiences but its sound at work is also crucial to inciting clenches of fear and gasps of disbelief. While the Explorer becomes useless hunks of metal in space, the music begins to

steadily grow in pitch and pace until it reaches a loud point, then abruptly stops. Appropriately, the sound generates the sense of being swallowed by a vortex. Other distinct sound effects were successful in putting audience members into the minds of the endangered astronauts. A slight breath or the thud of contact with a surface captures the audience in its minuteness. Bullock ’s performance as Stone is nothing short of magnificent. She navigates the complexities of her persona with complete concentration and utter skill. Without giving too much away, a shot of Bullock following a great deal of tense action embodies all the greatness of this movie. Bullock is curved into an almost childlike position as the gravity holds her afloat. Though the shot only lasts seconds, the effect renders an immediate sense of relief and perfect calm that can be felt in the audience. Stone herself is a fighter to

say the least, with an enemy that can in no-way-shape-orform be taken out or avoided. It’s do-or-die, sink or swim. Stone’s struggle to remain alive is complicated further in the form of a daughter, as we come to understand just how broken she was before the mission even started. In this regard, the excessive sentimentality that borders on cheesy—the only true fault that can be found in Gravity—could have been written more subtly. The moral and heart of the story boils down to not who can survive, but who wants to survive – who has the integrity and willpower to stick out life even when the alternative seems preferable. Walking out of the theater, I was glad for being alive. Glad to be alive in a time when I can see a paramount movie such as this in all its grandeur on the big screen. Don’t wait to see Gravity on DVD, on a smartphone or computer in the future. See it now and witness supreme movie-making.

Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival begins Thursday Grant Golden Staff Writer

Twice a year, the quaint, quiet corner of North Carolina known as Chatham County becomes home to one of our state’s finest and most diverse festivals. Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival of Music & Dance is a biannual festival in Pittsboro, N.C. that intersperses some of the region’s finest talent with internationally acclaimed acts from all over the world.

Thousands of festivalgoers are expected to fill the 75-acre farm on Henderson Tanyard Road for the fall installment of Shakori Hills from Thursday to Sunday. Shakori Hills is a festival unlike many others—it’s almost a dichotomous experience between day and night. This family friendly festival provides instrument workshops, yoga classes and kidfriendly activities during the day, while its nightlife represents an entirely different


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A community is really the only way to describe Shakori. Though Potts said about 10,000 people attend the festival, festivalgoers greet each other with cheerful smiles and a “happy Shakori,” regardless of whether they’re passing a stranger or a dear friend. The fact that the festival runs with the assistance of hundreds of volunteers helps contribute to family feels on the farmland. “We couldn’t do this without our volunteers,” Potts


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NCSU hosts ACC-newcomer Syracuse in Raleigh Divers earn weekly ACC awards

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Sophomore Kristin Connors and freshman Grant Saale of the N.C. State swimming & diving team garnered ACC weekly awards for their standout performances at the All-North Carolina Invitational, as announced by the ACC office Tuesday afternoon. Saale had a strong debut during the weekend, earning ACC Male Diver of the Week accolades. The freshman posted a first-place finish on the onemeter springboard with a total of 287.25. Saale finished the competition more than 70 points better than the event’s second-place finisher, who totaled a score of 217.00. SOURCE: N.C. STATE ATHLETICS


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QUOTE OF THE DAY “We’ve got to eliminate the roughing the kickers, the pre-snaps, the illegal formation type things.” Dave Doeren, head football coach

N.C. State will look for its first victory of the season in conference play as it hosts the Syracuse Orange on Saturday at Carter-Findley Stadium. This will be the Wolfpack’s last home game until Nov. 2, when archrival UNC-Chapel Hill comes to Raleigh. State (3-2, 0-2 ACC) will try to rebound from Saturday’s tough loss against in-state-riva l Wake Forest. This was a huge step back for the Pack in terms of momentum and contention for an ACC title. Still winless in conference play, a win against Syracuse would get things back on track for the Wolfpack. ACC-newcomer Syracuse (2-3, 0-1) was not welcomed to the ACC gently, as the first conference matchup for the Orange was Saturday’s 49-14 loss at against Clemson. Saturday’s game will mark the second road game for Syracuse. The first was a 21-point loss aga inst t hen No. 19 ranked Northwestern. State is 6-0 all-time against Syracuse, but the two teams have not played each other since 1998. Despite the rarity of games between the teams, Orange head coach Scott Shafer and Wolfpack offensive coordinator Matt Canada share a common bond. Both were members of the Northern Illinois coaching staff from 1998-2003. The biggest story for State heading into the


Freshman wide receiver Johnathan Alston is tackled by a host of Wake Forest defenders Saturday at BB&T Field. The Demon Deacons defeated the Wolfpack 28-13.

Saturday’s matchup is players returning from injury. Head coach Dave Doeren told Pack Pride that he expects freshman running back Matt Dayes and freshman wide receiver Marquez ValdesScantling back on Saturday. Dayes sat out against Wake Forest with an ankle injury but made quite a splash for the Pack in the first four games, totaling 180 yards and four touchdowns—three of which came in the opener against Louisiana Tech. Valdes-Scantling has sat the past two games with hamstring issues, but will look to build on his 201 yard total for the season. The spotlight, however, is on graduate student quarterback Brandon Mitchell. After suffering a broken foot

in State’s season-opener, he “I think you got to make sure has been sidelined and—un- he’s back to where he needs til last week—in a walking to be.” boot. During Sunday’s pracW hile redshir t junior tice, Mitchell was throwing quarterback Pete Thomas w it hout a has kept the boot, but any team af loat quick-paced in place of motion, such Mitchell, as running the backup or changing already has direction, seven interwa s m i n iceptions this mal. His season. retu r n for “I t h i n k Dave Doeren, this week ’s he’s playing head football coach contest with really hard, Syracuse a nd to be looks hopeful, but Doeren honest with you, I think he is has made it clear that he does giving us everything he has,” not want to rush the process. Doeren said. “Is it as perfect “To put [Mitchell] out too as people would like it to be? early is not in anyone’s best Probably not, but he is doing interest,” Doeren said in a lot. I’m proud of his effort.” Monday’s press conference. Saturday, against Wake

“To put [Mitchell] out too early is not in anyone’s best interest.”

Forest, the Pack totaled eight penalties for 74 yards, four which resulted in first downs for the Demon Deacons. Doeren said that he has made the reduction of penalties a priority in this week’s practice. “To be honest that comes down to the players getting that off the tape,” Doeren said. “We got to eliminate the roughing the kickers, the pre-snaps, the illegal formation type things and we will. Hopefully we’ll see that this week.” Saturday’s game against Syracuse will be State’s annual breast cancer awareness game, so expect the Pack to break out some pink. Kickoff is scheduled for 3:30 p.m and will be televised on the Regional Sports Network.


Powell looks to lead the Pack again in third year Luke Nadkarni Staff Writer

The NCAA tennis season doesn’t get underway until January, but that doesn’t mean N.C. State players aren’t competing in tournaments. Junior Austin Powell carried the f lag for the Wolfpack at the ITA AllAmerican Tournament in Tulsa, Okla., last week. Powell came through the qualifying draw and advanced to the round of 16 before falling to Guillermo Alcorta of Oklahoma 6-4, 6-1. “We got down there and had a couple good days to prepare, and as I approached my first match I felt really confident,” Powell said. “I was able to carry that confidence over the course of the week.” Two of Powell’s teammates, senior Sean Weber and freshman Nick Horton, competed in the doubles portion of the tournament. Weber and Horton also came through the qualification rounds, dropping a tough match in the first round of main draw play to Mikelis Libetis and Hunter Reese of Tennessee 8-6.

“[Nick and Sean] played some really good matches as well,” Powell said. “Overall it was a really good tournament for us. We like to use the fall to get better and work on things and prepare for the team season in the spring.” Powell said the difference between the fall season, which places and emphasis on individual tournament play, and the spring more doubles tournaments. “It’s much lower key,” Powell said. “You don’t have guys behind the fence trying to get under your skin,” “It’s a lot more under control than a team match.” A native of Muscle Shoals, Ala., Powell trained with former Wolfpack All-American Jay Weinacker at the Smith Stearns Tennis Academy. He credits Weinacker as a strong influence in his tennis career and does not regret leaving his home state for Raleigh. “When I was 17, I got involved with [Weinacker],” Powell said. “He introduced me to N.C. State and showed me what team tennis was all about. I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else.” Through his f irst two seasons, Powell amassed 46 singles victories in both fall and spring play. His 21 singles wins as a sophomore

were the most for the team, and he teamed with fellow junior Beck Bond to collect nine doubles wins last season. For good measure, he was named to the 2013 All-ACC Academic Team as well. Last season, Powell was part of a Pack team that advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament, winning its first postseason match since 2007. Powell said he expects the Wolfpack to be even hungrier this time around. “Last year we were pretty young, and now we’ve got a lot of upperclassmen,” Powell said. “We also have a talented group of underclassmen. I think this is the strongest team we’ve had in quite a long time, and hopefully we’ll have the best season we’ve had in a while.” Such as many college athletes, Powell said he enjoys watching professional tennis players on television in his spare time. He has several favorite players among the world’s best. “Novak Djokovic is probably my number-one favorite player,” Powell said. “But If I could meet one pro, it would be Roger Federer because of the person that he is.”


Junior Austin Powell returns the ball against Clemson April 26, 2013. The Wolfpack fell to the Tigers 4-2 during round two of the ACC Tournament at Cary Tennis Park.

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