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Alternative admission process not likely for NCSU Rachel Coffman Correspondent
Bard College in Annandale-onHudson, N.Y., launched a new admissions process Oct. 1, involving online essay submission, by which applicants can replace standardized test scores. N.C. State, however, does not plan to imitate this process. Bard’s Entrance Examination, allows applicants to write four 2,500word research essays instead of submitting standardized test scores and other traditional application requirements. According to Bard admissions, the
intent of the exam is to give motivated applicants the equal opportunity to showcase their aptitude for success by completing work similar to actual college course assignments. Applicants who earn a B+ or higher on their essays will be admitted to the school. Thomas Griffin, director of admissions at N.C. State, said test scores will continue to be a factor at the University. Griffin said the submission of SAT and ACT scores provide valuable information, but it’s not emphasized above other aspects of the application. “Test scores alone are just a snap-
shot of a student at a particular point in time, and they are not as important as an applicant’s high school record,” Griffin said. “We want to have as much information as we can about our applicants, and SAT scores are another data point for reviewing applications.” Bard applicants who choose to take the entrance exam must research and write about topics from a list of 21 questions that are split into three categories: Arts and Humanities; Social Sciences, History, and Philosophy; and Science and Mathematics. Applicants are required to write one research essay from each
category, along with an additional fourth essay from any category of their choice. “The new entrance exam is certainly a different approach and it has had a tremendous amount of interest,” said Mark Primoff, director of communications at Bard College. Primoff said the new entrance exam site had between 160 and 200 logins during the first week of the application period. The college’s entrance exam challenges traditional components of college applications, particularly standardized testing. Bard College President Leon Bot-
stein said the current standardized testing process is flawed. “The tradition of high stakes examination, using multiple choice questions, has made the entire apparatus of high school and college entrance examinations bankrupt,” Bard College President Leon Botstein said in a press release. “Teachers, scientists and scholars must once again take charge of the way we test.” Bard was one of the first colleges to make standardized tests optional for admission. In North Carolina,
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Number of students taking gap years increases since 2011 Rachel Coffman Correspondent
National interest in structured programs for gap years has increased during the past six years. Students who take a gap year usually do so between high school and college or between college and some form of advanced studies, such as medical school. According to The New York Times, companies that offer structured gap year programs have grown in size. For example, USA Gap Years Fairs has augmented its program during the past five years from seven events to more than 30 events nationally. USAGYF, which hosts events that bring together students, program organizers, career counselors and gap year experts, recently expanded because of a higher percentage of students embarking on gap year travels. American Gap Association, an accreditation and standardssetting organization for gap year programs, reported that gap fair attendance increased from 2,000 to 3,500 students during the past two academic years. According to AGA, the top two reasons students take a gap year in between high school and college are to find out more about themselves or to take a break after the exhaustion of high school pressures. Emilie Mathura, a freshman in biology, took a gap year during which she interned at an orphanage for nine months. Mathura said she took a gap year because she didn’t know what she wanted to study but wanted to see what it was like to be out on her own. “I learned how to take care of myself,” Mathura said. “I learned Russian on my own, and I learned how to navigate a city using buses and a metro in another language.” Mathura said she also learned about herself, developing a sense of what it means to be grateful. “After spending time with kids who have nothing, I have a different understanding of what it means to be hungry or lonely,” Mathura said. While gap year activities can be costly, they generally cost less than college. Mathura spent about $6,500 for her travels. That is much lower than the price of in-state tuition and room and board at N.C. State, which currently add up to $22,184 per year. However, time off can affect a student’s college admis-
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Dancers from the Nanjing Normal University perform “Vine Branches,” a dance about the dependence of vines and branches in Titmus Theatre on Sunday.
Traveling group uses dance and music to teach Chinese culture Jake Moser News Editor
Students from the Nanjing Normal University School of Music demonstrated China’s folk culture through dance and music Sunday at Titmus Theatre. The group, which has traveled to Washington, D.C., New York City and other East Coast cities this year, used a
variety of traditional instruments, outfits and dances in its performance. Jiandong Miao, vice president of the NNU, said the performers chose to do a show at N.C. State because it’s a famous university. NNU partnered with the Confucius Institute, an oncampus organization that seeks to enhance intercultural understanding in the
United States by sponsoring Chinese language and culture programs. “Music [has played] a very important role in Chinese culture since ancient times,” Miao said. “It’s more of a spiritual pursuit than a material pursuit and is closely related to morality. Today’s show was mostly from traditional Chinese musical instruments, but it also ex-
pressed the modern Chinese musical view of the world.” A moderator introduced each instrument used in the performance and explained its purpose, history and evolution throughout time as an important cultural artifact. Musicians then used their instruments in brief solo performances before coming
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Nate Silver visits University, celebrating Fossil Free NCSU fights Bank 2013 as International Year of Statistics of America, investments in coal companies
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Nate Silver, a statistician and author of the Five Thirty Eight New York Times blog, spoke to more than 350 students, faculty and staff members Thursday in the Hunt Library on Centennial Campus. The N.C. State department of statistics and SAS, a Raleigh-based software company, hosted the lecture Celebrating Statistics: The Signal and the Noise, which covered how big data is influencing our society. Before Silver’s lecture began, JOSEPH HAVEY/TECHNICIAN
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Audiences listed to famed speaker and statistician Nate Silver on Thursday. Silver covered the increasing importance of statistics in the business world.
Six students from Fossil Free N.C. State, an environmental activist group that seeks to eliminate dependence on fossil fuels in the UNC-System, peacefully demonstrated against a Bank of America‘s inestment practices on Wednesday at an informational interview in Pullen Hall. Eric Polli, a sophomore in environmental engineering and Spanish, said the goal of the protest was to ask the bank to stop funding fossil fuels and redirect investments toward cleaner energy sources.
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“Banks need to wake up to the fact that we will not stand silently while their lending practices take a terrible toll on our community health, our planet and our future,” Polli said in a Fossil Free press release. This protest is part of a nationwide movement by environmental activists to target Bank of America and Citibank, which invest in coal companies, Polli said. According to Greenpeace, a worldwide environmental activist group, coal is the most polluting of all fossil fuels and the largest single source of global warming pollution in the
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world. “Students across the country are calling out banks that fuel climate change through their financing,” said Tanya Godsey, a senior in fisheries and wildlife sciences. According to Fossil Free, Bank of America has invested $128 billion in oil, gas and coal companies since 2010. Polli said if Bank of America invested less money in energy companies, it would encourage the utilization of cleaner
energy sources. Polli said it initially took a while to locate the Bank of America recruiter. However, once the group found him, Polli, who was wearing a business suit, introduced himself. “He asked if I was applying for a job,” Polli said. “I said ‘no, I’m here on behalf of the N.C. State students.’” Polli said the goal of Fossil Free before handing the recruiter a letter to take back to Bank of America. The letter detailed Fossil Free’s mission and requested that the bank stop financing climate chaos.
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“It is well past time for your bank to fund a livable future for our generation instead of the fossil fuel energy,” the letter said. Polli said the recruiter barely reacted, and that the entire conversation lasted about one minute. “He just read the letter and was like, ‘Okay, I’ll deliver it,’” Polli said. “We were kind of concerned.” Nevertheless, Polli got the recruiter’s business card and is planning on following up with him next week. He said if Bank of America sends additional representatives to N.C. State’s campus in the future, Fossil Free plans to protest there as well. Polli said Wednesday’s protest was organized in coordination with Rainforest Action Network, a San Fran-
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together in various combinations throughout the rest of the show. Solo performances reappeared toward the end of the show. However, these performances seemed to be intended to showcase the full spectrums of the instruments, rather than traditional uses by ancient peoples. Likewise, the musicians performed a final ensemble that combined all the fastpaced technical skills of the later solo performances into one piece. The event also featured a performance by two N.C. State students. Raleigh Smith, a junior in economics, and Yongjin Smith, a sophomore in accounting, are learning Chinese at the University and performed a traditional song with a guitar and a drum. “We played one song for our Chinese conversation class to just do something different,” Yongjin Smith said. “Our teacher was so im-
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A musician from the Ninjang Normal University performs a solo on a Pipa, a traditional Chinese stringed instrument on Sunday Oct 13. The event, which took place in Titmus Theatre, included a variety of Chinese music and dance performances.
pressed with us that she has invited us to several performances. We’ve been getting good responses, so that led us
being invited here.” They also said they were interested in Chinese culture and its unique appeal.
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“I tried Chinese because it was something I’ve never tried before,” Raleigh Smith said. “I had been studying other languages, like German, so I liked the challenging aspect of studying something new. Also, China itself is an interesting country because it’s so culturally distinct from ours.” Yongjin Smith studied French and Spanish in high school and also wanted to try speaking a different language. “I picked Chinese when I got to college, and I found it very rewarding so I’ve been sticking with it,” Yongjin Smith said. The show included traditional instruments, such as the sheng which has been used since 1100 B.C. The instrument consists of a series of tubes, a mouthpiece and trumpet-like buttons. The pipa, sometimes called the Chinese lute, was also played. According to the moderator, it was first used in Persia and “embodies cultural exchanges.”
TECHNICIAN Judge dismisses charges against two Moral Monday protesters on Friday Staff Report
A Wake County judge dismissed charges against two Moral Monday protesters on Friday. District Court Judge Joy Hamilton dismissed misdemeanor charges against Douglas Ryder, 61, and Vicki Ryder, 71, of Durham. The husband and wife are among more than 900 people who were arrested during the mass protests at the N.C. General Assembly this summer. Hamilton gave no reason for dismissing the charges, which were trespassing, failure to disperse and violating building rules. The Ryders, who were tried together on Friday, each took the stand and elaborated on why they were part of the demonstration in early May. Douglass Ryder, a Vietnam veteran who moved to North Carolina about two years ago with his wife, said he joined the demonstrators on May 6 because he was concerned about new policies and laws adopted by the Republican-led General Assembly. “I went to bring voice to the voiceless,” Ryder said, rejecting prosecution assertions that he went inside the Legislative Building on May 6 with the intention of being arrested. There are more than 900 people with charges still pending, potentially setting the stage for months of trials. Hamilton left retirement to help handle the massive load of cases, according to the Associated Press.
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higher education institutions such as Wake Forest University, have also de-emphasized standardized testing for admissions. N.C. State requires applicants to submit standardized test scores, but also gives applicants the option to submit a personal statement in the form of an essay on their application to give admissions a more in-depth look at the applicants themselves. However, this differs from the lengthy, research-based essays Bard applicants write.
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sions status. Mathura took a 3-credit hour European history course at Wake Technical Community College before leaving the country. She initially faced a possible refusal for admission to N.C State because her credit status meant she was technically no longer an incoming freshman. Gap years after college can cause similar setbacks. Woody Catoe, the associate director in Student Career Services at N.C. State, said students who take a year off before starting a career risk falling behind. “It’s important to realize that those who go straight
Griffin stated that a research essay admissions process is more feasible at Bard than N.C. State due to the smaller size of the institution. “The idea of having students submit research papers is an interesting concept, but it would be difficult to implement on a larger scale.” Griffin said. According to university data from the Office of Admissions, N.C. State received about 22,000 applications for the class of 2017 admissions, while Bard College received 5,760 applications. Bard applicants may still choose to submit a traditional application.
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the audience heard from Chancellor Randy Woodson, Montserrat Fuentes, the head of the statistics department, John Saul, the executive vice president of SAS, and Marie Davidian, the president of the American Statistical Association. “I feel very confident with Nate Silver here,” Woodson said. “I feel like we can predict anything.” Silver’s visit to N.C. State is part of a worldwide commemoration of 2013 as the International Year of Statistics, which is being celebrated by more than 2,100 organizations including the ASA. “This is the year to celebrate the field of statistics, a field that has grown increasingly important to our modern world,” Saul said in his opening remarks. Silver’s lecture started with some of the problems he sees in the increasing amount of big data available to businesses and political organizations. With an increasing amount of communication channels today, people have more options to watch slanted media. Only 1 percent of Rachel Maddow’s audience is Republican, Silver said. “More information ought to be good, but not when it gives you the ability to tell yourself what you want to hear,” Silver said. Silver also said as statisticians increase the volume of data, the complexity of relationships increases. This
Nate Silver listed several potential problems statisticians face. His talk served to commemorate 2013 as the International Year of Statistics, which is celebrated worldwide.
sometimes can lead to mistakenly viewing correlation as causation. As an example, Silver said many people once thought the Super Bowl outcome could predict Wall Street’s performance each fall. If a National Football Conference team won, Wall Street would perform well. However, if an Atlantic Football Conference team won, Wall Street would experience a bearish market. Yet in 2008, the New York Giants, an NFC team, won, and Wall Street experienced the worst performance since the Great Depression. “More data means we have a widening gap between what we really know and what we think we know,” Silver said. Silver said the second problem he sees is the false detection of meaning in random data. This leads to people creating algorithms, most often
into jobs after graduation will be ahead of you in experience, plus some of the information or skills you learned in the classroom might get a little rusty depending on your major,” Catoe said. Catoe said the intent of taking a gap year is important from a career perspective. Graduates will need to explain the time off to future employers on their resumes. “An important question to consider is, ‘What do I want to have happen as a result of this time off?’” Catoe said. Catoe suggested that any current student wishing to take a gap year first consult the Career Development Center on campus to research alternative options and to be intentional about the experience.
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for stock performances, with absolutely no meaning. “People have a tendency to hear patters in random noise,” Silver said. Silver said it’s important to add a human element to statistics. “Computers are really fast but dumb,” Silver said. “People are not as fast but intelligent. That’s why we need folks like to you work with our data to produce intelligent insights.” Silver said he thinks statisticians can employ several good habits when interpreting statistics. These include thinking probabilistically, recognizing history, staying aware of potential biases and continually trying despite possibility of failure. Statisticians have to think about margins of error, Silver said, using meteorologists as an example because they use
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probabilities to predict temperature patterns or hurricane paths. “We can’t understand the entire weather system all by ourselves,” Silver said. “But weathermen have gotten very good.” After his lecture, Silver responded to questions from the audience, commenting about statisticians’ roles in the media and giving advice to current statistics students. He said good statisticians should be aggressive and able to communicate well.
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hroughout recent years, a number of important legislative and administrative changes have had drastic effects on our education system. Many of these changes could have, and should have been subjected to widespread public scrutiny on the part of the student body. Nonetheless, as of late, students have been growing more apathetic and willing to sit back and accept things that are detrimental to their interests. This has led The Technician to call on students to organize, take action and make their voices heard. In the past many of these calls have gone unanswered. However, there are exceptions
to this growing trend of apathy. We commend the members of Fossil Free NCSU who recently organized to fight for their cause—reducing N.C. State’s dependence on fossil fuels—by joining the nationwide movement, protesting investors, such as Bank of America and Citibank, that are funneling money into industries that contribute to the degradation of the environment. We believe the members of Fossil Free NCSU have done more good than they may know. Not only did they work to advance their cause, they also set an example of how students should act in the face of anything they deem unjust or unacceptable.
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Is annoying airport security annoying enough?
9-year-old boy snuck onto a Delta flight by himself two weeks ago. The boy not only made it through airport security, but he also found a way to get through the boarding line and onto t he pla ne. And, apparently, he did it all without Megan a boarding Ellisor pass. Viewpoint Editor The f light crew finally became suspicious of the child’s circumstances during the flight from Minneapolis to Las Vegas, according to Patrick Hogan, a spokesman for Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. In a statement, Hogan said crew members turned the boy over to Child Protective Services in Las Vegas. But the boy, whose identity has not been released, has had other run-ins with the law. About a month ago, police arrested him for stealing a car. He once snuck into a Bloomington water park by slipping in behind large families. And the day before he found his way onto Delta Flight 1651, he surveyed the airport environment by pulling another trick. The boy stole luggage from baggage claim before eating at an airport restaurant. According to New York Daily News, he then asked the server to watch his luggage while he went to the restroom. He never returned to pay the bill.
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The boy is as youthful and scheming as Kevin McCallister from Home Alone and as conniving as Frank Abagnale Jr. from Catch Me If You Can. “I don’t have an angel, OK. I have a 9-year-old,” the boy’s father said. That’s one of the scariest parts about this whole scenario—the boy is only nine. But even scarier is the fact that he could sneak onto a flight at all. Airports, with their extensive securit y checks, seem like they should be some of the safest and most secure locations of all. Officials usually ask to see boarding passes both before the security check and before boarding the plane. The Transportation Security Administration said in a statement that the boy snuck through security with other passengers. It’s possible that the boy only got through security because of his age. TSA agents may have made the usually reasonable assumption that he, as a child, was part of a larger group. But regardless of his age, someone at the airport should have caught onto him before the flight took off. After he made it through security, he still had to find his way past another boarding pass check at the gate. According to Hogan, a surveillance video shows that the boy snuck in when the gate agent became distracted. And even after that, the flight crew is supposed to take a head count to ensure that
the number of passengers on board match up with the number of boarding passes scanned. That’s three opportunities that airport, airline and TSA staff missed. “All of this (security) since 9/11 has been to keep us safe. And it has, but we still have gaping holes, and this is a perfect example of it,” Terry Trippler of ThePlaneRules. com told KARE, a CNN affiliate. The TSA recently relaxed some of its rules. It now allows kids under the age of 12 to keep their shoes on while walking through the security check. And in March, the TSA revealed its plan to start allowing knives, toy bats, billiard cues, ski poles, hockey sticks and other currently prohibited items onto airplanes. This was met with protests, and the TSA has since dropped the effort. Still, both of these actions suggest that airports are so safe that they require less regulation than they currently enforce. This contradicts the incident with the 9-year-old boy, which demonstrates the imperfection of the TSA’s security measures. Sure, we should be grateful that the boy was a boy and not a terrorist. This particular event’s lack of violence doesn’t mean we can count on other events to not be violent—but I would hope that we could count on the TSA.
“I think it is a good concept, but I know that if I did it I would probably never come back.” Melissa Freudenberg freshman, biology
“I don’t think people should take a year off because my brothers did and once they went back to college it was very difficult for them to get back into school work.” Chase Shipp freshman, First Year College
Fear of Flying, 40 Years Later
his week marks the 40th anniversary of Erica Jong’s novel Fear of Flying, heralded as a defining milestone in feminist text and the free expression movement. Justine Within the Schnitzler book, Jong Guest Columnist ex plores a character who is emotionally damaged and trapped in a loveless marriage. The female protagonist manages to find liberation both sexually and mentally while traveling abroad, with a man who is not her husband. In marking the anniversary, the ramifications of the publication of such a sensational, brash declaration of sexual freedom are being evaluated by many in the literary critique field. Just this weekend, while home on break, I read an opinion piece in Star News that blamed Jong’s writing for the supposed downward slide of the moral standards of women across the U.S.. He spoke of Jong’s writing as a catalyst for the existence of the Kardashian sisters and Miley’s now infamous “twerk.” This particular columnist fails to realize that the most extreme example of fe-
male media portrayal is not the norm and is certainly not the byproduct of sexual liberation as described in Fear of Flying. Here’s the truth: Erica Jong did not invent sex, female desire and certainly not the female orgasm. The publication of her novel did not lead to millions of women making an exodus from their husbands to find affairs. She did not single-handedly cause pop culture to accept sub-par performance art, and she certainly did not facilitate the double standard of what is acceptable female or male behavior in media. Fear of Flying is not significant because it described sex with unrestricted language and tackled topics considered taboo for most of the last century (although those are noteworthy qualities of the text). Fear of Flying is significant because it was published at all. It was written by a women for women— not as an instruction manual, but to validate women being sexual creatures in any form: whether happily married, reserved, single or involved in non-traditional romantic pursuits. Jong didn’t declare
that her female readers had to follow the route to liberation and satisfaction her particular character did, she only insisted that they recognized what was best for themselves. So where are we now, 40 years past the initial publication? We have Kim Kardashian, Miley Cyrus and endless examples of over-sexualization, or at least sexual behavior in poor taste. But we also have women across the nation who are now unafraid of their own sexuality, in whatever manifestation that may take. TIME Magazine has labeled Fear of Flying as one of the “top 10 raciest novels of all time,” and in noting the anniversary, listed the most famous quotes from the novel. I will leave you with one: “The trouble is, if you don’t risk anything, you risk even more.” That quote in context may relate to diving into an affair, but it can also be applied to any scenario. The beauty this novel’s publication and existence is that your decisions regarding the principles contend therein are not spelled out to you — they are entirely yours to make.
“Yes. I went to an early college, and after I graduated with my high school diploma and associates degree, I took a year off and went to Seattle where I worked with this awesome company. I was a lead volunteer for the Seattle marathon, and with that on my resume, I have been able to generate interest from potential employers.” Anthony Williams freshman, engineering
“It depends on the person. I have friends who have taken gap years and have gotten real world experience that solidified what they wanted to do with their lives.” Dylan Welchman junior, undecided
“I think it can be okay to take a gap year between college and grad school because college is vigorous and a break could be good.” Hannah Lee sophomore, biology
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Fossil Free strives for a cleaner N.C. State Bryce Hart Correspondent
More than 10,000 students plan to gather in Pittsburgh Friday for Power Shift, a student conference geared to educate and discuss the merits of clean energy and dangers of fossil fuel dependence. Members of Fossil Free NCSU, a group whose aims align with Power Shift, will be in attendance. Fossil Free NCSU is a branch of a UNC-Systemwide effort to chip away at fossil fuel dependence in the U.S. The club works with other branches of Fossil Free to work on these goals. The club’s mission is to push the UNC-System to use 25 percent clean energy by 2025 and eventually be carbon neutral. The club also wants to spread awareness about renewable energy sources and to work with N.C. State and the UNCSystem to get Duke Energy to use more renewable energy sources. Fossil Free NCSU directs attention to the UNC-System but also hopes to make changes to N.C. State, according to Eric Polli, a “core member” of Fossil Fuel and sophomore in environmental engineering. “Right now we’re focused on Power Shift and trying to empower students to focus on their own leadership and go toward good power sources,” Polli said. So far, Fossil Free has recruited 26 people to attend the conference from various clubs and organizations at N.C. State such as Campus Farmer’s Market and Student’s for Solar and Sustainability Stewards. The group
Fossil Free students and friends discuss current events at their fundraising dinner on Tuesday. The students are raising money for a trip to Pittsburgh for this year’s Power Shift.
is still looking for funding from various companies and groups for the conference. “We’re asking over 150 groups for help funding including Greenpeace and the Sierra Club,” Polli said. The club’s discussions are currently about Power Shift, but members met with UNCSystem President Thomas Ross in January to help write a letter to Duke Energy. The letter urged Duke Energy to set a clean energy goal that would in turn work toward the UNC-System sustainability goal. Jaclyn Mills, a junior in soil science and member of Fossil Free NCSU, was part of the group that worked with Ross. “Our big goal is getting more renewable energy for the UNC-System and we did
a lot of work with that last semester talking to Thomas Ross,” Mills said. “We are going to continue working with the UNC System.” Leaders of the UNC-System have set a climate neutrality goal by the year 2050, and the members of the club believe cooperating with Duke Energy is required in order to meet it. However Mills admits it’s hard work to get those goals realized. “It’s hard, we’re trying to change something that is influenced by a lot more things than people realize at first glance,” Mills said. Polli said he encourages anyone interested in Fossil Free to come to weekly meetings on Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m. in Daniels 232. “We want to educate stu-
The Fossil Free club met Tuesday, in Daniels Hall. The members gathered to discuss Power Shift, the largest environmetal youth conference in the country.
dents and get people interested in a cause we support,”
Polli said. “Hopefully spreading awareness of the goal and
the club will do that.”
Muslim students celebrate Eid al-Adha today Sara Awad Staff Writer
An estimated 1.6 billion Muslims will celebrate Eid alAdha today, which begins on the 10th day of Dhul-Hijjah each year. Dhul-Hijjah is the last month of the Islamic lunar calendar, with the first 10 days being some of the holiest of the entire year, according to Islamic doctrine. Eid al-Adha marks the culmination of these 10 days and is preceded by the Day of Arafat. When Muslims pray on Mount Arafat during the Hajj, the obligatory pilgrimage Muslims must travel to Mecca at least once, Satan will see the extent of God’s forgiveness and be “belittled and humiliated more than any other day of the year,” according to a 1986 speech delivered by Islamic Center of Raleigh Imam Mohammed Baianonie. According to a recording by Imam Muslim, Prophet Muhammad recommended Muslims fast on this day be-
cause it “wipes off the sins of the last year and this year.” Eid al-Adha also commemorates the day God asked Abraham to sacrifice his son. As Abraham proceeded to perform the sacrifice of his willing son, God showed mercy and placed a sheep in the son’s place, according to the Quran. Muslims celebrate Eid alAdha by slaying a healthy lamb at least six months old, a goat that is at least one year old, a cow at least two years old or a camel at least five years old, according to the speech. Muslims then divide the slain animal for consumption among family members and the needy. For Muslims who did not want to slaughter an animal themselves, the Islamic Association of Raleigh IAR collected $80, the price of a goat, from each donating Muslim, according to IAR Vice Chair Atef Zaghloul. The donations were sent to Chad, one of the poorest countries in the world. The IAR will also hold Eid
prayer services today, with the first shift at 8 a.m. and the second shift at 10 a.m., according to Zaghloul. Participants can take advantage of a free shuttle service from the Blue Ridge Theater to the masjid. To add to the festivities, the IAR also planned a picnic for Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. at White Oak Recreation Area by Jordan Lake, Zaghloul said. The picnic will include cotton candy and family activities for all to enjoy, according to the IAR’s website. The Muslim Student Association at the University will also host a picnic at Pullen Park this Friday at 3 p.m., according to Fatima Hedadji, MSA president and sophomore in communication. “There won’t be any super religious talking, it’s just really a time for ... people to have fun and celebrate together,” Hedadji said. Other celebratory traditions include dressing up in new clothes, the exchanging of money or gifts, and visiting friends and relatives.
“Basically, the day is going to consist of cooking and eating together, especially from the meat that we get for the holiday,” Hedadji said. Her brother is also excited to slay the lamb this year for the first time, Hedadji said. “It’s just a special time of the year where you try to dedicate more of your time to worshipping Allah,” Zaghloul said. Hedadji said on the first day of Dhul-Hijjah she attended a seminar called the Prophet’s Smile, where she learned about Prophet Muhammad and his life. “Through the entire seminar, we just kind of learned a lot about details that we never noticed, that make us appreciate our faith more ... it kind of just also made me reanalyze myself as a Muslim a bit,” Hedadji said. Hedadji said the seminar inspired her to “make the most of the 10 days” by fasting with a friend and motivating each other. “I feel like I’m giving more meaning to a holiday that
sometimes I just take for granted and don’t really think about until the day it comes up,” Hedadji said. “People always ask me about what Muslim holidays are, and so I’m always explaining that. I’ve done that every year.” For those who wish to learn
more about Islam, MSA will hold an outreach fair Thursday at 7 p.m. in Riddick Hearth titled Muslims in America, which will explore a number of topics related to the faith, including Islamic holidays such as Eid al-Adha.
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UNC student launches social network STORY BY HOLDEN BROYHILL
Bevii, a social networking site currently exclusive to the Triangle’s big three research universities, launched today. Taylor Robinette, sophomore at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and founder and CEO of Bevii Inc., said he is confident in the venture but he isn’t going it alone. Bevii is starting with a team of eight investors and seven full-time developers to work on the program. “After we launch, we will begin bringing in more people, such as a CPO and other executive positions,” Robinette said. Robinette, a double major in business management and computer science, isn’t new to the social networking game. “For me personally, I have been working on this for a long time.” Robinette said. “It started back during my freshman year of high school. I developed a site called Lifeclickz, which was really simple. All you had to do was invite your friends to receive points and use those points to get physical prizes such as shirts or DVDs.” “I had this grand idea for a social network because I didn’t like what was currently out there.” Robinette said. “As a freshman in high school,
I didn’t really have the means to do what I’m doing now. It was a little site but within the first month we had 250,000 members and our servers kept crashing.” About a month after Robinette launched Lifeclickz, he received a cease and desist order from Lockerz claiming the sites started and ended in the same letters and had similar logos. According to Robinette, claims were dropped once directors at Lockerz realized he was a minor. “Lifeclickz is where the idea first started coming from.” Robinette said. “Over the next four years, I kept turning over the idea of what the perfect social networking site would be.” Robinette considered what social media users would like to see. Robinette said he kept considering “What would fit the need
right now?” Robinette saw that the needs of social media users were not being met by the current options and what he could do to provide that need. During Robinette’s junior and senior years of high school he considered moving to California and not pursuing a college degree. With some convincing from his family and meeting potential and current UNC-CH students during a scholarship interview, Robinette decided to attend UNC-CH. Robinette was plugged into an MBA course by one of his professors during his first year at UNC-CH. He competed in the Carolina Cha llenge and while he didn’t win, he met his first investor. Robinette received his initial investment in May and started development, which continued throughout the summer. “We got our first investment back in May for $75,000,” Robinette said. After the initial investment, a UNC-CH professor invested $25,000. Two of Robinette’s lawyers invested $5,000 each to total investments to $110,000 within a week. Since then, various investors have put another $190,000 into Bevii to total in $300,000 worth of seed money. Users sign up for Bevii with their school email address and are required to upload a profile picture and provide basic information. “If you want to add more you can go into your profile to select which details you want to include ... once you’re in the app though and it’s open, essentially you just keep Bevii open running in the background and go about
your daily life.” Robinette said. “What happens is that [Bevii] tracks your offline interactions with other Bevii users, and everybody you spend time with offline will automatically be added to your network.” “Essentially it’s this dynamic where people are constantly being added and dropped from your network.” Robinette said. “Not only does Bevii automatically add people to your network but also values them and based on that value assigns them a privacy level to determine how much of your profile they can see.” The network will keep track of the number of and the length of the interactions to determine what friendship value another user is at. “It takes out the pain of searching for specific people to send a friend request,” Robinette said. “Say you went to a party or a networking event, everyone that has Bevii running at that event will automatically be added to your network at base level.” “On your newsfeed there is an algorithm that works to keep the posts of your closest connections on up longer so that you’re seeing the people you want to see instead of pictures of food uploaded by someone you went to middle school with,” Robinette said. Friendship values are based from one to five, with one being the strongest connection and five being the weakest connection. While the network determines the friendship value initially, users can manually change those values for specific users. “Friendship values operate as a two way street.” Robinette said. “Two users can manually set different friendship values for each other that determine what they can see and how often they appear in each other’s newsfeed.” “Bevii is very sophisticated compared to Lifeclickz,” Robinette said. “We feel that we would be comfortable maintaining millions of users on our servers.”
Robinette said that while Bevii will start at UNC-CH, N.C. State and Duke, he plans to expand when possible. Bevii has an invitation system that will allow users to invite five people from any school per week. Robinette said he purposefully launched Bevii before his 20th birthday Oct. 28 so that he would still be considered a teen when it launched. He will get his wish, and all N.C. State students can download the application today.
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The women’s volleyball team celebrates winning a point during its match against Duke in Reynolds Coliseum on Sunday.
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they put up a big block,” said senior middle blocker Brie Merriwether. “We knew we weren’t going to be able to hit the ball straight down.” The Pack adjusted and made a run at the end of the first set to bring the score back within two points, but the Devils held on to take the first set. Carrying the momentum from the end of the first, State made a statement by opening the second set with a big lead and finished it off with a 10-4 run. “We started picking up momentum in the end of the first set,” said junior outside hitter Dariyan Hopper. “Even though it might have been too late, we knew what we needed to do to
finish this game.” State was able to win the third set without much problem but was challenged in the fourth set. There were 14 ties and three lead changes in the final set alone. Four service errors from the Pack kept things close in crucial moments, but Bunn said these mistakes are part of the game. “We serve aggressively,” Bunn said. “We had some misses, but we score points on our serve. That’s a good balance.” State kicks off a two-game road trip Friday against Virginia Tech, with a match at Virginia following on Saturday. “You can’t get a big head just because you beat a great team,” Aljoe said. “[Virginia Tech and Viginia are] going to be ready to take us on. We need to bring the same intensity that we did today, and we’ll be fine.”
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Terrell Hunt added 92 yards and a touchdown of his own. It was a stark contrast from last week’s loss to Wake, where the Pack was largely burned through the air. The Pack’s running game was kept in check by Syracuse’s defense. As a team, the Pack averaged just 2.9 yards per carry. In Doeren’s runfirst offense, that isn’t going to cut it. The Wolfpack committed just four penalties, a season low. Freshman cornerback Jack Tocho intercepted Hunt twice. State only turned the ball over once, down from three giveaways in the Wake game. But once again, other areas let the Wolfpack down. When State plays a complete game, such as the one it played against Central Mich-
Head coach Dave Doeren talks to his team during the football game against Syracuse on Saturday.
igan, the results are fantastic. Unfortunately, that has been the exception rather than the rule so far this season.
This is probably the best time for a bye week. Injured and reeling after a tough loss, the Pack has two weeks
and senior cornerback Jarvis Byrd were among others sitting out for the Pack on Saturday. In-game injuries were also a factor, as three players left the game after going down on the field. Among these was freshman cornerback Jack Tocho, who recorded two interceptions in the first quarter. Doeren said that injuries are just a part of the game. “The guys we have, we’re going to coach them as hard as we can,” Doeren said. “Would I like to have every guy in the lineup? Absolutely, but I don’t get to complain about that. I have to coach who’s there.” “We had a lot of injuries,” senior linebacker Robert Caldwell said, “but
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man tight end David Grinnage said. “It gives the quarterback a hard time when he’s trying to get the ball off.” Injuries also played a role in Saturday’s contest. Many of State’s players were inactive, including graduate quarterback Brandon Mitchell. “[The decision to play Mitchell] wasn’t close,” Doeren said. “I could’ve played him, and put him at risk, but I didn’t do that. We’ve shown this year that our quarterbacks are going to have to scramble at times, and I don’t want to put him in that position.” Senior wide receiver Rashard Smith
to prepare for a difficult trip to No. 5 Florida State on Oct. 26.
it shouldn’t affect us, if we do our jobs together as one, as a unit.” Saturday’s game was huge in terms of bowl eligibility for both teams. To be eligible for a shot at postseason play, a team must win at least six games, and with no easy wins left in the schedule, every game is a must win for the Pack. However, the team is confident that they can still make a run at a postseason appearance. “Everyone thinks we can still win out,” freshman quarterback Bryant Shirreffs said. “You expect to win every game.” The Pack has next week off, before travelling to Tallahassee to take on No. 5 Florida State on Oct. 26.
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The N.C. State men’s soccer team battled to a 1-1 overtime tie with Duke on Friday in Durham. The Wolfpack (4-3-4, 1-3-3 ACC) took a 1-0 lead in the 13th minute off an own goal from a Duke defender, but surrendered a 73rd minute equalizer to the Blue Devils. State has not lost in overtime this season, going 2-0-4 in its six contests. Source: N.C. STATE ATHLETICS
Baseball takes down Czech Republic N.C. State’s baseball team beat the Czech Republic 4-1 in a 10-inning scrimmage on Sunday at Doak Field at Dail Park in Raleigh. State’s pitchers combined for 14 strikeouts, while junior infielder Trea Turner went 2-4 with two runs and a stolen base. Junior college transfer Bubby Riley played well for the Wolfpack, going 2-3 with an RBI. Source: N.C. STATE ATHLETICS
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N.C. State fell to Syrac u se i n a con ference m atc hup S at u rd ay at Carter-Finley Stadium. The Wolfpack is winless in ACC play, after the loss. Saturday marked the first time the Orange had ever topped a State football team since the two teams first met in 1972. The alltime series now stands at 6-1-1 in favor of the Pack. State’s (3-3, 0-3 ACC) defense held strong through three quarters, holding Syracuse’s (3-3, 1-1 ACC) run-first offense to ten points. But in the fourth quarter, the game changed when Syracuse broke two runs through the middle of State’s defense for 57 and 48 yards, respectively. Both runs led to eventual touchdowns that put the Orange ahead by 14— a lead that State couldn’t recover from. “I was very happy with what we put on the field for three quarters,” head coach Dave Doeren said. “Obviously, we have to finish the game.” “[The run game] was the main focus of their offensive attack,” senior cornerback Dontae Johnson said. “We were able to contain it in the three quarters but were unable to buckle down and stop it when it mattered most.” Sy racuse’s run ga me was a daunting presence t hroug hout t he ga me, especially in the second
half. The Orange totaled 362 yards on the ground, the most State has allowed all year. This is in stark contrast from the average rushing yards allowed by the Pack through its first five games: 108.8. “[Syracuse is] a blue-collar running team,” sophomore defensive end Mike Rose said. “They did what they do best.” Syracuse running backs junior Jerome Smith and senior Prince-Tyson Gulley gained 140 and 132 yards, respectively. Sophomore quarterback Terrel Hunt also added 94 yards on the ground, 20 more than he gained through the air. The Orange also totaled three runs of 55 yards or more, all coming in the second half. “At the end, they wanted it more than we did,” Rose said. “That’s the only way you can explain big runs in the fourth quarter. That’s a big concern, definitely something we need to address in the locker room.” State’s offense couldn’t seem to f ind a rhy t hm throughout the contest. The Pack ran an enormous 95 offensive plays, but was only able to gain 355 yards, including merely 129 on the ground. Junior quarterback Pete Thomas completed less than 50 percent of his passes, with Syracuse’s pass rush playing a big factor in the Pack’s offensive dismay. “The pressure had quite a bit of an effect on us,” fresh-
Syracuse senior running back Prince-Tyson Gulley runs the ball down the field after senior linebacker D.J. Green missed a tackle during the football game against new ACC member Syracuse in Carter-Finley Stadium on Saturday. The Orange defeated the Wolfpack 24-10, dropping N.C. State to 0-3 in conference play.
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Syracuse sophomore quarterback Terrel Hunt runs the ball past junior linebacker Brandon Pittman during the football game against new ACC member Syracuse in Saturday’s game.
Loss to Syracuse presents a cause for concern
Senior middle blocker Meredith Richardson hits the ball across the net during the volleyball match against Duke in Reynolds Coliseum on Sunday. The Wolfpack beat the Blue Devils 3-1.
Pack hands Devils first ACC loss Zack Tanner Correspondent
The N.C. State volleyball team earned its biggest win of the season on Sunday against in-state rival Duke. This was the Blue Devils’ first loss this season to an ACC opponent. State entered Sunday’s contest coming off a win against another in-state rival, Wake Forest. The Pack took care of the Demon Deacons with ease, winning 3-0. Duke also had momentum entering the matchup in Raleigh, as they
shut out archrival UNC-Chapel Hill on Friday. The Wolfpack (14-4, 5-1 ACC) has won its last five games in ACC play and now sits fourth in the conference rankings. The loss drops the Devils (14-4, 5-1 ACC) to the number two slot, leaving Miami as the only team without a loss in ACC play. Duke started the game with ferocity and took the first set, but the Pack responded and started the second set with a great lead. State carried its momentum throughout the
rest of the match, leading to an eventual 3-1 victory. “We came out with a second energy in set two,” head coach Bryan Bunn said. “We had no energy, but we picked it up and that made all the difference.” State’s offense was on fire Sunday, with 10 players recording 10 or more kills. Junior outside hitter Dariyan Hopper led the attack with 18 kills and a 48.4 kill percentage. “[Hopper] was really locked in,” Bunn said. “She got a kill almost every time she swung from the right side.”
The offense flowed through sophomore setter Tanna Aljoe, who tallied a game-high 56 assists. Not only was she a force on offense, but she also shined on defense, leading the game with 16 digs. Duke jumped to an 8-2 lead in the first set mostly due to the outstanding blocking by a tall front line. In their previous match with UNCCH, the Devils recorded a season high 14 blocks. “Duke’s a big team, and
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n all three losses the N.C. State football team has suffered this season, the team’s performance has regressed. A 26-14 home loss to No.3 Clemson on Sept. 19 was understandable. Luke State’s loss Nadkarni a t Wa k e Staff Writer Forest on Oct. 5 was unexpected. And Saturday’s loss to Syracuse at Carter-Finley Stadium has seemingly incited panic in Wolfpack Nation. It’s hard to place the blame on just one facet of the game. I’m generally reluctant to question coaching decisions. I’ve never been and never will be a coach, but when head coach Dave Doeren elected to pass up a field goal on 4th-and-2 from the Syracuse eight-yard line in the second quarter, I scratched my head. In accordance with conventional w isdom, the team should always take the points; especially in a game where, at least for the first three quarters, points
were largely at a premium. I once again scratched my head when State faked a field goal from the Syracuse 31yard line trailing 10-7 toward the end of the third quarter. Junior kicker Niklas Sade had missed badly from 51 yards earlier in the period, but he has been mostly reliable this season, going 11-14 before Saturday. Granted, it was a rainy day, which isn’t the best atmosphere for kicking, but fans need to have faith in the kicker. Another reason it’s hard to question coaching decisions is because if a risky play works, the coach looks like a genius. If even one of Doeren’s gambles had paid off, everyone would be praising him. Though I don’t agree with either decision, there is no need to say that Doeren isn’t a good coach. Two plays alone don’t lose a game. That’s never the case. The Wolfpack was gashed by the Orange’s running back duo of junior Jerome Smith and senior Prince-Tyson Gulley, both of whom rushed for more than 100 yards and a touchdown. Quarterback
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