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Raleigh considers parking-deck fees Katherine Waller Correspondent

R a leig h Cit y C ou nci l members expressed interest in beginning to charge a $5 flat rate fee to park in several downtown decks on nights and weekends. The Wilmington Station, Moore Square, Cabarrus, City Center and Municipal parking decks, which are currently free for use during weekdays from 7 p.m. to 7

a.m. and over the weekend, are the most feasible to charge for parking because of their high levels of use during these times. However, the fee may be applied to any deck used by the City of Raleigh. The Raleigh City Council met June 2 to discuss city budget issues when the idea for adding parking deck fees for nights and weekends was brought to its attention. According to an analysis of the potential revenue from

the prospective new parking fees, these decks could produce a projected revenue of around $1 million per year, according to the minutes of the June 2 council meeting. Data confirms that from Thursday to Saturday nights the city parking decks are close to capacity if not completely full with downtown visitors, according to the meeting minutes. City of Raleigh records show most vandalism and

criminal activity in the decks occur during the nights and weekends. The city has also received complaints about the cleanliness of the decks on Monday morning when people return to work and use the decks, according to the meeting minutes. Several council members said they believe that the elimination of free parking will help cut down on the rise in criminal activity during these hours in the decks.

However, definitely adding fees to these parking decks is not currently on the agenda but is just an idea under consideration, according to City of Raleigh spokeswoman Jayne Kirkpatrick. The fees under consideration will only be in effect for parking decks used by the City of Raleigh, which is most of them, Kirkpatrick said. The parking decks owned by the City of Raleigh are managed by McLaurin Parking,

and the company will only assist in collecting these charges if the suggestion is eventually accepted. Installing equipment that would accept the payments electronically would cost $358,474, and using these machines would save $41,340 for staffing reductions with the introduction of the electronic pay-to-exit machines, the minutes stated.

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University Housing to open Wolf Ridge phase two in August Sarah Catherine Smith Design Editor


(Above) The Maker Faire, that was hosted on Saturday June 7 at the North Carolina Fair Grounds, served as an opportunity for the community to showcase invention and innovation, including many NC State students. (Below) Man stands in 3D photobooth, photo courstey of William Galliher.

Maker Faire event showcases creativity, N.C. innovation Katherine Kehoe News Editor

Hundreds of visitors created personalized keepsakes and viewed homemade contraptions at the N.C. State sponsored Maker Faire North Carolina exhibition at the State Fairgrounds Saturday. Maker Faire, now in its fifth year,

is a hands on exhibition part of a network of more than 100 fairs nationwide geared towards celebrating all things made, from Lego masterpieces to pumpkin-throwing catapults and, in the case of a group of student creators from N.C. State, a 3-D printing photo booth.

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Wolf Ridge Apartments complex will open its second phase of accommodations to N.C. State students in August. The apartment complex, located on Centennial Campus is comprised of six separate buildings, only three of which are currently open to students. University Housing made half of the 550,446 square foot project available to students in August 2013, despite construction setbacks and delays. The three remaining buildings are on schedule to open for the fall 2014 semester. “Once all of the buildings are occupied we will have over 1200 bed spaces,” said Shannon Plummer-White, the administrative associate for Wolf Ridge Apartments complex. “We are trying to finalize some fun projects for the grounds of the complex to open along with the rest of phase two. We are looking at a few student initiated projects, such as the possibility of a student community garden.” Innovation Hall, home to the Andy and Jane Albright Entrepreneurs Living Learning Village, is

one of the three new buildings in the complex scheduled to open in August. It will be home to the headquarters of the Entrepreneurship Initiative, the Entrepreneur Living Learning Village and other general residents of the Wolf Ridge Apartments complex. The first two f loors of Innovation hall will belong to the Entrepreneurship Initiative. The staff offices will be located on the first floor of the building along with the new Entrepreneur’s Garage. The space will be more than double the size of the EI’s current 2,000 square foot garage. “It will really be ground zero for student entrepreneurship at N.C. State,” said Megan Greer, director of communications and outreach for the Entrepreneurship Initiative. “It is a space for students to work on prototyping, new ventures and new ideas. Our staff offices will be located next to the Entrepreneur’s Garage as another resource for students to utilize.” The Entrepreneur’s Garage will include 24-hour access to 3-D printers, laser cutters, soldering tools and other devices for members of

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The Hopscotch Music Festival announces its full 2014 line-up Staff Report



Researcher seeks to increase science appeal.

Early failure results in dismal season for Pack baseball

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Cookie chain opens new store on Hillsborough street.

Why this is no longer Our State

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The Hopscotch Music Festival, which is celebrating its fifth anniversary Sept. 4 – 6, announced its full 2014 lineup Wednesday. The event will feature more than 160 bands including Spoon, St. Vincent, Mastodon, De La Soul and Sun Kil Moon, according to its website. As a new advertising executive at Indy Week (then known as Independent Weekly), Greg Lowenhagen pitched the idea for a Raleigh music festival in 2009. Fourteen months later, 10 Raleigh venues hosted more than 130 bands for the inaugural Hopscotch Music Festival, according to Indy Week. The


(Above) DJ Paypal takes a smoke break on stage with an electronic cigarette at the 2013 Hopscotch Music Festival. (Below) Local Natives perform in Memorial Auditorium during the 2013 Hopscotch Music Festival.



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The Technician incorrectly reported last week that “New student organization areas will be completed later this summer. Campus groups that will be housed in the areas can expect to use the facilities beginning next semester.” The student organization areas will not be completed this summer. They will be completed in Spring 2015 with the completion of Phase 2. Send all clarifications and corrections to Editor-in-Chief Ravi K. Chittilla at

11:20 A.M. | SAFETY PROGRAM Hunt Library Officer conducted program for new employees. 8:07 A.M. | FIRE ALARM Off Campus ECC received report of activation in Columbia, SC. Contact was made with facility and determined alarm was caused by cooking. 8:14 A.M. | B&E - VEHICLE Morrill Drive Student reported unsecured vehicle had been entered and GPS taken.


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he outer banks offer N.C. State students opportunities to visit the beach and see nature preserves within only a few hours’ drive of Raleigh. Bald Head Island offers luxurious beachfront houses available for rent, and can only be accessed by ferry.

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The anticipated revenue would go to cleaning up the debris that accumulates in downtown Raleigh’s streets due to the growing popularity and inf lux of visitors, Kirkpatrick said. Kirkpatrick said that this fee would be a way to pay for cleaning up the city streets without raising taxes. It is unclear if these proposed fees will affect business in the downtown area, but discussion at the City Council meeting about a potential partnership with business owners whose employees work night and weekend shifts explored the idea of offering a discounted parking rate to some employees. Kirkpatrick called these proposed parking fees “user fee” for the visitors of downtown Raleigh. “Paying for parking is part of the urban experience of any city,” Kirkpatrick said. Kirkpatrick said the parking fee under consideration is part of the reality of the City of Raleigh’s necessary upkeep. City Council minutes stated the majority of cities in the U.S. charge for parking during evenings and weekends. Several North Carolina cities, such as Charlotte, Wilmington and Asheville already charge at parking decks during the nights and weekends.



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the EI to use. The Administration Area will be located adjacent to the Entrepreneur’s Garage, and will be comprised of closed and open staff offices and two conference rooms available for student use. “We have the conference rooms available so everyone come together and bring individual talents to create a great product,” Greer said. “It is also a space where students can meet with potential investors or clients to show off their prototypes from the garage.” The second floor of Innovation Hall will house the residents of The Andy and Jane Albright Entrepreneurs Living Learning Village. The remaining floors will hold general Wolf Ridge residents. “One day we hope to take up the whole building,” Greer said. “We would like to absorb more floors of the building as our program grows.” Along with the complex being N.C. State’s first residential living complex on Centennial Campus, it will also hold N.C. State’s first pri-


Construction of the Wolf Ridge at Centennial apartment complex continues Wednesday, June 4, 2014. Work is largely complete, with only minor landscape, interior, and sidewalk work remaining.

vately funding living and learning village. The News & Observer reported

a $500,000 grant from the Albrights allowing the EI to build the village

inside Innovation Hall.


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festival has since become known for featuring in-state performers and bands representing nearly every genre

of music. In addition to its annual music festival, Hopscotch has partnered with New Kind, the Raleigh-based design and community-building firm, to host the inaugural Hopscotch Design Festival. The

event will take place Sept. 3 – 4 in various downtown Raleigh venues and will “gather distinguished national talent and notable local contributors to share ideas and foster conversation about how design is shaping the future,” according


to the Hopscotch website. The festival will offer more than 25 interactive sessions, workshops and parties with presenters who work in disciplines from graphic design and architecture to food and film.

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Researcher seeks to increase science appeal Viggy Kumaresan Correspondent

Gail Jones, a professor of science education at N.C. State’s College of Education, is discovering more about what motivates people to pursue science, both as a career and as a hobby. Her goal is to encourage the next generation to care about science and its role in society. For Jones, this involves preparing better teachers, helping schools and helping to prepare the next generation for the jobs of the future. Her current student research involves four partnership middle schools and aims to help students and teachers understand scale as it relates to nanotechnology, according to Jones. Scale has been identified as one of the big measures that crosses different fields, which is why it is so important for the next generation to understand, Jones said. Jones is tracking the students over a span of multiple years to see if there is a change in their understanding of scale. Haptic devices, devices which allow users to interact with a computer by receiving tangible and kinesthetic feedback, have also been a significant part of Jones’ research geared towards increasing scientific interest. In one study, Jones allowed students to use a tool known as the NanoManipulator, which combined the functions of an Atomic Force Microscope with those of the PHANTOM, a device made by


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As part of a senior design project, William Galliher, a graduate student in electrical and computer engineering, and his teammates created a 3-D scanner booth that acted as a 3-D photo booth open to all the visitors of Maker Faire. Those who participated in the booth demonstration would approach the interface and get on a spinning platform where they were given a 10-second countdown. Then, in about 90-seconds using three cameras with sensors, it spun them around and created a 3-D model based on the person, according to Galliher. After the model was created, participants got a file that was ready to print at the Makerspace in Hunt Library or another 3-D printer where they could print out a little figurine of the initial photo. “This project was part of the first group in electrical and computer engineering to be a two semester project,” Galliher said. Galliher said the fall 2013 semester was spent primarily planning the 3-D photo booth, and then the team, which consisted of Galliher as well as recent grads, Austin Carpenter, Jonathan Gregory and Dennis Penn, spent the spring semester putting the plan into action. The final booth took about two months from beginning to completion to build and make ready to be presented at Maker Faire. Galliher said the most fun parts about Maker Faire were seeing the number and variety of people who were interested in trying out the 3-D photo booth and getting the opportunity to interact with them. “We had over an hour long line the entire time that Maker Faire was open,” Galliher said. “We even had a team of singing pirates come through

SensAble Technologies that allows users to touch and feel virtual objects. With this hands-on approach, students were able to feel viruses and other nanosized materials to get an idea about how they are built and how they function. Jones said she has been studying how haptic technology can be used in tandem with 3-D cell technology, which would allow middle school students to gain a better understanding of the way that the animal cell works. Haptic devices can be used to teach STEM concepts to students in a fun, interactive way while also helping them gain a better understanding of the difficult topics, Jones said. The other part of Jones’ research is geared towards hobbyists and why they choose not to enter into a career in science. According to Jones, these people have the knowledge, expertise and interest but choose to spend time on hobbies instead of a career. Her current study, funded by the National Science Foundation, looks at career choices that science hobbyists have made and how science hobbies develop over time. In addition, the study analyzes how science hobbyists network and how they participate with scientists, as in citizen scientist programs where hobbyists collect data for scientists, for example. “We want to find what motivates people, what sustains people, and whether there were other people who encouraged them to be scientists,” Jones said. Jones said she is also interested in

and all get scanned. It was a lot of fun.” The booth scanned a total of 158 times by the end of Maker Faire, according to Galliher. Galliher said the booth will be available in Hunt Library for public use, he hopes within the next few weeks. “Once it is in the library it will be free for anybody to come in and use,” Galliher said. “They can get themselves scanned, and they can print out a little figurine of themselves if they want.” The team decided to keep the booth’s design relatively low-key and easy to use in order to keep people excited about the concept and to draw attention to 3-D printing and its possibilities. “It’s not necessarily a scientific tool,” Galliher said. “We could make it higher detail if we wanted to, but we didn’t want people to get bored by using it.” N.C. State’s sponsorship of the event helped give students such as Galliher and his teammates the opportunity to present their work to the public in an interesting and interactive way, Galliher said. “Maker Faire is a really neat place where anybody who has an idea, and decides that they actually want to make that idea, go ahead and do it,” Galliher said. T he Nor t h Ca rol i na Maker Faire event is a scaled-down version of larger fairs in New York and California. Executive producer Jon Danforth of Maker Faire N.C. told the N&O the event is 70 percent “show and tell,” 30 percent “show and sell,” and was always meant to be hands-on and family oriented. “We really want it to be a carnival and a celebration,” Danforth said. “We aren’t a nonprofit, but we want to make sure people aren’t overwhelmed by it being a sales-oriented event.”


Gail Jones shows College of Education students how to work with hands-on materials.

why there are a lot of science hobbies without high levels of women and minorities participating in them. This could be happening because the women’s and minorities’ environments do not support these hobbies, according to Jones. That fact, however, can be changed, Jones said. Her current work aims to find out how to promote people of all different backgrounds to pursue science hobbies, both for their personal fulfillment and for an increase in science citizenship. The ultimate goal of this research is to encourage the next generation

of hobbyists, Jones said. “Research suggests that science hobbyists tend to be more aware of political issues pertaining to science and to participate in public debates about science,” Jones said. “They are generally more aware of the role of science in society, and are reporting to be active participants when it comes to science. We want this for all of our future citizens.” Jones said she has always been interested in educating people and has always had a love for science. Jones said she always loved to be outdoors, whether it was to look at

A 3-D printer sits on display at Maker Faire Saturday.

wildflowers, go bird-watching, or identify plants. This interest in science eventually led her to become attracted to science education. Jones is a graduate of N.C. State University. She spent some time at UNC-Chapel Hill before returning to N.C. State, where she has been for more than 10 years. “N.C. State is an awesome place to be a science instructor because it focuses strongly on how to help the people of North Carolina,” Jones said.


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Investing in Higher Education

Julie Smitka, junior in Physics and Philosophy

Abuse of freedoms in the USA On Monday, an extremist couple in Las Vegas shot two police officers and one civilian. The wife ended the rampage by shooting her significant other, then herself. The reason is not clear as to why this even Taylor occurred but Quinn CNN specuStaff Columnist lates it is because they had extreme, antilaw-enforcement views. There comes a point when too much freedom can be dangerous. There comes a point when the government needs to put its foot down. People need to come together to rethink the definition of freedom. Some things need to be regulated in a tighter fashion to maintain Americans’ well-being. Three innocent people died because two people did not like law enforcement and because they obtained the guns to carry out the tragedy with ease. To clarify, this is not a column on gun control but a commentary on the abuse of freedom. If freedom for one person can harm others if it is abused, then we must consider taking that freedom away. For example, take the pro-



posed freedom to smoke marijuana. If everyone goes out and buys weed, nobody is going to be harmed because of it. Our country may be redeyed and relaxed, but that’s about as far as the harm goes. Or take the freedom of marriage, more specifically the issue of marriage equality. If all the gay couples in America go get married right now, nobody will be hurt in any emotional or physical way. If the Second Amendment freedom is abused, people get hurt. It’s a fact people can and often do die if they are shot. People who kill for any unjustified reason have already abused this freedom countless times. A good number of people in our country believe it is their right to own a gun to protect themselves, but if nobody has a gun than what’s the point of having your own? I’m sure people would say that confiscating all guns would not be possible, or would just create an unwanted revolution against the government, but I think that the United States needs a timeout. Maybe confiscating all guns would be extreme, but too many innocent people have died by gunfire for the sake of protecting the triggerhappy. I don’t think it is fair for

Americans to be subjected to these killers who own guns and run the risk of being shot every time they leave their houses. To me, having to fear being killed by an unknown shooter is the opposite of what it feels to be free. The woman who was killed by the Las Vegas shooters was simply standing in front of a Wal-Mart. She had no connection to law enforcement, which was the speculated reason for the shooting in the first place, and was going about her day normally. Even if this innocent woman had a gun on hand, she would not have been able to defend herself, considering how fast the event took place. She had no idea that she was about to get shot, but it happened and we cannot get her life back. As an American, we are lucky to have so much freedom, and of course, we abuse it. The popular phrase, “This is why we can’t have nice things” applies here wonderfully. We shouldn’t be able to have freedom for everything we wish if we are just going to use it for evil. So, get it together, United States. Let’s not abuse the freedom that makes us who we are so we can keep what we were built on.

“I feel like we should because most people that are in need of healthcare can’t afford it. The people who can help should take the responsibility for it.”

“It depends. In theory, yeah, it would be great. At the same time it depends on the costs it would create for our economy.”

Katherine Brown senior, communications

Rana Odeh senior, accounting and political science

“Yes, because everyone deserves a fair opportunity for healthcare.” Meredith Stull junior, environmental technology

“No, because I think if people aren’t insured, there’s probably a reason behind it- maybe they have a lot of health issues. If they can’t take care of themselves I don’t think they should have Medicaid.” Kyle Bain junior, bioprocessing science


Should North Carolina expand Medicaid to its more than 500,000 uninsured residents? Why or why not? BY CAIDE WOOTEN AND BEN SALAMA

“I’m split between both. I’m trying to become a doctor right now, so expanding Medicaid means less money for me. Humanely, yes, I’d like to see it, but if I’m going to pay $300,000 to go to medical school I don’t want to make $100,000 a year.” Hamid Sedaghat, senior, biological sciences

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Article IX, Section 9, of the North Carolina State Constitution reads, “The General Assembly shall provide that the benefits of The University of North Carolina and other public institutions of higher education, as far as practicable, be extended to the people of the State free of expense.” The General Assembly’s commitment to this mandate is the reason North Carolina has always been a national leader in providing affordable higher education to its citizens. The state’s two flagship universities, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and N.C. State University, rank number one and four, respectively, on The Princeton Review’s list of “Best Value Colleges.” These research universities provide low-cost, high-value education while stimulating North Carolina’s economy. N.C. State, for example, generates $1.7 billion in direct economic impact each year, and returns $8 into the economy for every $1 received in state funding. Despite these staggering numbers, North Carolina is on a trend toward disinvestment in its higher education system. In the five-year period of 2008

to 2013, the average tuition rate at North Carolina’s public colleges and universities rose 44 percent. Over the same period, the state’s per student spending levels fell by 13 percent, shifting an additional burden onto families and students across North Carolina. Our state will no longer be a leader in providing affordable higher education to its citizens if we continue down this path. As an N.C. State student and the son of a former UNCsystem professor, I recognize the positive impact the system has on North Carolina. Western Carolina University, for example, is home to over 10,000 students and is the largest employer in Jackson County. From Cullowhee to Elizabeth City, communities across North Carolina benefit from the contributions made to our state by the UNC system. North Carolina’s investment in higher education is a commitment to the longterm success of its citizens and economy. Ensuring this commitment requires North Carolinians to continue to prioritize affordable higher education. I encourage students, alumni and citizens throughout the state to tell their elected officials, discuss in their communities and remember during elections the importance of affordable higher education in North Carolina. We boast

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the best public higher education system in the country because we take higher education seriously. Investing in higher education in North Carolina is an issue larger than right versus left, UNC versus State, or Eastern versus Western barbecue. It requires all North Carolinians to look beyond what makes us different and work together to protect the great asset that brings us all together: affordable, high quality, public education.

Rusty Mau Student Body President, N.C. State University

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Raising the minimum wage is no solution


inimum wage is something many college students know quite well. Students work as barTravis Toth ristas, librarGuest ians and othColumnist er positions for only $7.25 an hour, the federal minimum, wage. College students only account for a small percentage of the 35 million Americans struggling to live on less than $10.55 an hour, according to the Raise the Minimum Wage campaign. It only makes sense to raise minimum wage to increase this standard of living, right? Wrong. The minimum-wage system looks good on paper, but doesn’t work quite so well when applied. Think of it this way, if you were running a pizza shop paying your 10 employees $7.50 an hour and minimum wage increased to, say, $15 an hour, would you even consider hiring more employees? That would be illogical. You can’t expect a businessperson to hire more employees at a higher minimum wage out of the goodness of his or her heart. It simply doesn’t make sense. As it happens, since an employee now costs you double the previous rate, you start to realize that you could save some money by laying off your

cashiers and running the register, managing the front-end and answering the phone in between cooking pizzas. Maybe you could fire the janitor too. You did get into the pizza-making industry to clean toilets, right? People are striving for higher wages that will undoubtedly lead to an even smaller work force working even harder for its money. The afformentioned $15 an hour wasn’t a random number. The city of Seattle is planning on increasing its minimum wage to $15 an hour as part of the “Fight for 15” campaign, according to The American Prospect. Raising an arbitrary standard will lead to prices increasing to balance the economy. This change then necessitates an even higher minimum wage. It’s a viscious cycle, really. This a ll goes w ithout mentioning the discriminatory nature of the minimum wage program. The Fair Labor Standards Act provides teenagers and disabled citizens with the opportunity to work for less than the minimum wage, at the so-called sub-minimum wage, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. Am I the only one infuriated by this terminology? First off, there is nothing below a minimum. That’s the point of a minimum. And to think, whoever coined this term is making legal decisions in our country.

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Then there’s the fact that someone had the audacity to call this piece of legislature the Fair Labor Standards Act. How can a standard that doesn’t apply equally to all citizens be fair in the slightest? This type of regulation implies that disabled citizens and teenagers aren’t worthy of receiving even the minimum standard of living as the rest of us. And this is supposed to be fair. Does this mean that because these people are allowed to work for a sub-minimum amount that they are somehow lesser? I certainly don’t think so, but that appears to be the case with the minimum wage system. Really, the whole concept of a minimum wage puts far too much emphasis on guaranteeing a basic standard of living through gainful employment. To me, that’s something we should be providing for everyone regardless of their employment standing. I’m a firm believer in the basic income program. Essentially, the government would pay citizens a monthly stipend, perhaps equivalent to our current minimum wage, purely for being citizens. Then, everyone would be free to explore their field of interest without having to worry about keeping a roof over their head and food on the table.

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Mr. Wuf: the man beneath the costume Kaitlin Montgomery Staff Writer

What started out for Cory Taylor, a junior in business administration, in high school, as a joke became a furry reality once Taylor received his acceptance letter into N.C. State. Taylor said his high school had a theatre program bursting with talented chorus, theatre and art programs. A member of the hip-hop dance team, Taylor, said it was only a matter of time before cheer team members were asking him to join their team. “The cheer coach decided to put together a mascot for me so I could do something,” Taylor said. “They got me a suit and just let me run with it. I was goofing around and thought it was funny – it’s my personality. It turned out I wasn’t half bad at it.” His unique talent, Taylor said, caught the eye of his guidance counselor, an avid N.C. State supporter and fan. Noticing how similar Taylor looked to the Mr. Wuf at the time, his counselor, without his knowledge, signed him up to try out for the part. “I showed up to a gym full of cheerleaders that intimidated me beyond all compare as a senior in high school,” Taylor said. “I tired out, made the team and have loved it ever since.” Taylor said the job of Mr.

Wuf is physically demanding. A mix of cardio, learning to deal with the heat of the suit and stamina, Taylor said, the job of Mr. Wuf is to just keep going. “It’s hot [the suit] and about 40 pounds of weight if I’m not wearing shoulder pads underneath which add a bit more,” Taylor said. “Overall it looks like a onesie with a zipper down the back. It cuts off at my wrists and ankles and then I have gloves and boots that meet up with the suit. The helmet underneath is the hardest part.” Taylor said it’s not just the suit that he had to get used to. There’s also the demand of time. “Especially during the beginning of every semester, it’s very time consuming,” Taylor said. “It’s a lot of coordination. Anything publicity wise we’re there. It’s a lot of time but it’s worth it.”

“Football, basketball, baseball, you name it – I’m at it” Cory Taylor, junior in business administration

According to Taylor, Mr. Wuf really does attend almost every event.


Mr. Wuf works the crowd during the men’s basketball game against Boston College.

“Football, basketball, baseball, you name it – I’m at it,” Taylor said. “I go to gymnastic, swim and wrestling meets. I’ve attended more wedding receptions than anyone could ever imagine.” Taylor said that Mr. and Mrs. Wuf are requested at numerous private events such as weddings throughout the year. “I’ve cut the cake for a bride and groom,” Taylor said. “It’s incredible how passionate people are about N.C. State. I’ve even danced with

the bride during the fatherdaughter dance. We get some crazy opportunities and we never know where we may go.” Taylor said that those who decided to become college mascot are, in a way, attention hogs in any social situation. “We are always in the limelight,” Taylor said. “It’s just the way our personalities are. We like to be looked at and we like to make people laugh.” According to Taylor, the ability to thrive in the spot-

light has created connections for him he never would have dreamt of. “The connections that I make are invaluable,” Taylor said. “Having that common ground with any N.C. State alumni or any alumni of any college that I come in contact with is a great way to connect with others. Everyone, except for the few who are afraid of them, loves a mascot.” Taylor said that although his coaches, campus police and campus security have reprimanded Mr. Wuf

for crowd surfing, there’s a certain electric feeling that comes from the experience. “When I was taken from the bottom of the student section, of a football game, to the top and back down again, not even wanting to, it was uncontrolled and insane,” Taylor said. “You feed off of everyone else’s emotions. The crowd is so excited and you’re there and you’re doing something with them – it takes your breath away. It’s insane to have so many people have such a great time with you.”

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In its opening montage, Edge of Tomorrow seems like a rehashing of Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim. Meteors come to Earth, aliens invade, the world is at war and humanity’s response is of course bigger and better weapons. I also saw both movies in the same theater, so you can imagine how I felt a little déjà vu. Fortunately, the opening scene and the trailer are merely devices used to fool audiences into thinking that this is a movie designed for the mindless, big bang, shoot ‘em up crowd. In an age where the term science fiction film has been reduced to space battles and headache inducing displays of CGI action, Edge of Tomorrow proves to be truly deserving of this title. Tom Cruise plays Major William Cage, a role which manages to remind viewers of a number of characters whom the Hollywood icon has portrayed over the years. Did the screenwriters and director Doug Liman have Cruise in mind from the beginning? I would not be surprised if they did. Cage is ordered by British General Brigham (Brendan Gleeson) to fight alongside his troops, right as the military is on the verge of an invasion of France. With no prior combat training, Cage is more like Jerry Maguire at first, seeking the most comfortable lifestyle possible. It takes time before Cruise turns him into the Ethan Hunt type persona which moviegoers are more familiar with. Needless to say, Cage is annihilated by his alien opponents moments after the battle unfolds. This point in the film is where the science fiction element comes into play. Cage awakens the day before the battle. Sound like Groundhog Day? That is what everyone is comparing it to.

Unlike the iconic Harold Ramis comedy, Edge of Tomorrow uses this aspect of a bewildering time fixation to build upon a larger narrative. Here, it will take more than big guns and robots for Tom Cruise to save mankind, yet again. After living the same day over and over again, and experiencing a brutal death over and over again, Cage finally meets someone who has gone through the same thing he has. This is Rita Vrataski (Emily Blunt), a tough soldier Cage encounters on the battlefield. With the help of scientist Dr. Carter (Noah Taylor), who is deemed a crack-head by his superiors for his outlandish theories, Cage and Vrataski must locate and destroy the source of this fractured timeline and end the war, before it’s too late. It is a common rule in screenwriting to avoid making the log line of a movie “this movie meets this movie.” At first, the only way I thought I could describe Edge of Tomorrow was Groundhog Day meets The Bourne Identity meets Halo. And it is no coincidence that Doug Liman is also the director of the aforementioned Bourne film. Yet as the movie progresses, particularly with the multiple layers of its plot, it proves to contradict this description. While it no doubt presents itself in a way that is similar to these movies and many others, the way it meshes those familiar elements together effectively is what makes it original. Liman and his screenwriters play on audience expectations and there is a wealth of cleverness embedded into the structure and presentation of the story. It is an accomplishment when a film feels more like an experience than a movie. There are only two movies I’ve seen this year that are deserving of that description: Edge of Tomorrow and Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel. At times I was exhausted watching this film, but in a good way. It meant that Liman managed to suck me into this story world and journey with its characters. The more the narrative progressed, the more engaged I was. Much like the first Iron Man has


Tom Cruise (left) and Emily Blunt (right) play Major William Cage and Rita Vrataski, respectively, in Edge of Tomorrow. Main poster below.

been described as a metaphor for the career of its star Robert Downey Jr., Edge of Tomorrow is likewise being called by critics a metaphor for Cruise’s. Richard Roeper said in his review, “You can’t kill this guy, he’ll just keep coming!” Matt Zoller Seitz from described the film as “being about the predicament of a real actor trying to stay relevant in a Hollywood universe that’s addicted to computer-generated monsters, robots and explosions.” Despite strong performances from Cruise and Blunt and an overall well-structured narrative, there is still an excess of sci-fi mumbo jumbo in this movie. While I did enjoy the ending, I’m still not sure I can believe it. You’ll understand when you see it. Then again, even Spielberg’s Minority Report, another blockbuster with Cruise in the lead role and one of my favorite science fiction thrillers, suffers from this problem. Fortunately, Liman gives viewers enough reasons to like this film to the point where its flaws are easier to overlook. It should also be noted that a defining aspect of this film is the top-notch cinematography by Dion Beebe. The imagery he displays is what makes the battle scenes so intense and engaging.


There is, no doubt, a string of mindless blockbusters coming at us in the next few months. So before Michael Bay gives moviegoers migraines with Transformers: Age of Extinction and the Teenage Mutant

Ninja Turtles reboot, give Edge of Tomorrow a shot if you’re looking for a more memorable cinematic experience.


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Cookie chain opens new store on Hillsborough Street Katherine Waller Correspondent

The newest addition to Hillsborough Street fulfills students’ late-night cravings of college students everywhere with its freshly baked cookies and delivery services. Insomnia Cookies was founded in 2003 by Seth Berkowitz. While living in his dorm room at the University of Pennsylvania, Berkowitz began a business of baking and delivering warm cookies to fellow students on campus late at night. From this initial idea, Insomnia Cookies became a business that has been growing in popularity since its birth. There are now more than 40 store locations all over the country. The latest addition to the chain has recently opened on Hillsborough Street, next to Bruegger’s Bagels. Many N.C. State students are familiar with Insomnia Cookies because of its second location in Chapel Hill. Megan Brock, senior director of marketing at Insomnia Cookies, said that Raleigh was the obvious choice for the chain’s next location. “There really is no age limit on people who love cookies, but many of our fans tend to be college students and guests who are looking for a late night snack,” Brock said. “When opening new stores, we look for exciting, thriving cities and Raleigh fit both of those things - - home to N.C. State and being the capital of North Carolina. It really was and is already a perfect fit.”

Insomnia offers a menu fit for a sweet-tooth, with varieties of cookies, deluxe cookies, brownies and ice cream. All of these menu items are advertised to be delivered “fresh baked & delicious” until 3 a.m. with a pint of cold milk, also available to order. Insomnia Cookies primarily aimed to serve college students and a younger late-night crowd. However, Insomnia Cookies additionally offer nationwide gifting options and a catering menu for business, parties and other events. Brock said that Insomnia Cookies will open its 50th store this summer in New York City. “We continue to look for markets that make sense for us to grow with,” Brock said. Insomnia Cookies seems to be making a lot sense with the college market in Raleigh. Carter Allison, a sophomore in communication, expressed his excitement for the new culinary option on Hillsborough Street. “Delivering cookies to college kids at 3 a.m. is such a genius idea,” Carter said. “It is so convenient, and I’m absolutely excited about taking advantage of it.” Insomnia Cookies definitely adds a unique flare to late night delivery. “Insomnia Cook ies is unique in all of our markets in that we are a bakery that also delivers our warm, delicious cookies until 3 a.m., and yes they will arrive warm,” Brock said. “While


Located on Hillsborough Street, Insomnia Cookies offers thirteen types of cookies and six types of ice cream to the surrounding Raleigh community. The store has walk-in services and delivery services.

many companies deliver and some deliver even late, the fact that you can get cookies, brownies, ice cream, cookie cakes and even milk delivered until 3 a.m. is exceptional!” Customers can enjoy many deals offered by Insomnia Cookies. Weekly deals are posted on its website,, and special deals are offered to members of its E-club. For example, for Father’s Day, Insomnia Cookies is offering $15 cookie cakes through 3 a.m. on Monday morning.

Brock expressed her enthusiasm about the chain’s Raleigh location, saying, “We also have a lot of parents and grandparents that live far away from their kids or grandchildren and want to send them something affordable, and we can help them do that!”

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Yow and the Athletics department pounced, setting up billboards across the state, putting North Carolinians on notice. This was their time. This was the age of the Wolfpack. The only problem was it wasn’t. As soon as the billboards were set up, former Tar Heel and current Cincinnati Bengals running back Giovani Bernard took offense, and rightly so. However, though he was coming off his first 1,000-yard season, the UNCCH star had little ground to stand on as he publicly bashed the “junk” that State was putting forth. Bernard’s Heels team had recently lost in the Independence Bowl to Missouri while the Pack had taken care of Louisville in the Belk Bowl. The next season, things


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way possible.” Earnshaw played collegiate tennis at Georgia College & State University. In each of his four years in the program, his team reached top 10 national rankings. Earnshaw earned his Bachelor’s of Science in chemistry in 1996 and his Masters of Education in health and physical education

seemed to be heading up for State faithful. Heading into its highly-anticipated matchup with Carolina, the Pack was 5-2 with a huge upset win over ACC-favorite Florida State. On Oct. 27, 2012, however, the state of N.C. State’s athletics began to go down the toilet. Bernard, still salty from the Pack’s claim over his home state, single-handedly broke the hearts of every State fan in attendance by returning a game-winning 73-yard punt to give his Heels their first victory over the Pack in five years. From t here, t he Pack dropped three of its last five contests, including its matchup with Vanderbilt in the Music City Bowl, leading to the firing of then-head coach Tom O’Brien. Things only got worse from there. The men’s basketball team, ranked ahead of UNCCH and Duke at No. 5 in the nation, plummeted out of the

top 25, resulting in an early exit in the NCAA Tournament’s opening round. Though a trip to the College World Series from the baseball team sparked life into State fans, their spirits were quickly crushed when the football team ended with a 3-9 record and a goose egg in its ACC win column. The low point of the campaign came during the 2013 football season after a loss to East Carolina on Nov. 23. After being down by 28 at one point, the Pack fell to its old rival, 42-28. The following day, the Pirates had a billboard of their own, reading “ARRRRR State”. From that point on, State fans could not escape the criticism. After every loss to an in-state school, snide comments would be aimed at State fans. Making matters worse, the losses came often. Since adopting the slogan, the Pack has struggled might-

two years later. In 1998, Earnshaw was hired as the assistant coach to the men’s and women’s tennis teams at Armstrong Atlantic. He became head coach a year later and made history in his decade and a half with the school. When accruing his nine national championships, the teams appeared in 12 NCAA Division II finals, 16 Final Fours, and 21 NCAA quarterfinals.

While with the AASU Pirates, Earnshaw accumulated an overall 411-35 record with the women’s program (.922) and an overall 336-83 record with the men’s team (.802) for a total head coaching record of 747-118 (.864). Earnshaw is known as a coach who is a catalyst in making players better. “You must create an environment where they’re all trying to make each other better and your trying to hold


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Freshman forward Jennifer Mathurin pauses before getting up after falling during the game against North Carolina in Chapel Hill Jan. 9, 2014.

ily against other schools in the state of North Carolina. Since the infamous claim was made, the Pack has posted records of 1-5 and 10-9 against in-state schools in football and men’s basketball. If nonACC schools are removed from the men’s basketball record, State falls to a dreadful 4-8. With this being said, the “Our State” slogan needed to go. By no means did the decision come too late. Ditch-

ing it in the middle of the season would have been a huge admission of defeat on the part of the State Athletics department. But if the slogan is ever used again, as Yow said in an email that it may be, the game must be a guaranteed win. For the sake of N.C. State fans across the state, another Carolina fan making an “Our State” joke after a State loss might set them over the edge.

them to a certain standard,” Earnshaw said. “I have pretty high expectations for the players. If you hold them to that standard and can communicate through that, and get them to aspire through that everyday, in the right manner, it sets them up for an opportunity for success.” Earnshaw envisions that State’s women’s program will compete at the highest level in the near future. “Absolutely we need to be

in the tournament,” Earnshaw said. “We need to get up there in competing with UNC-Chapel Hill and Duke. We need to reach the top of the ACC.” After the team endured an 8-14 overall record this past season, Earnshaw said he believes that the program has the potential to bounce back and be a dominant force in the ACC in the coming years.


year. Perhaps the rest of the team leaned too heavily on Rodon. Maybe team cohesiveness was lacking, or the team just couldn’t recover from its early stumbles. Despite the bleak outlook, there is still hope for a successful 2015 season. Avent has coached long enough to realize that this year’s team was a poster mark for what not to do. Even though Rodon and junior catcher Brett Austin have packed their bags for Chicago, and Turner for San Diego, solid talent remains in Raleigh. Knizner in particular, whom was recently awarded a Freshman AllAmerican selection from Louisville Slugger, will be the next big name for State. His outstanding ability to perform consistently, even throughout the team’s slump, should be a tell-tale sign of his future success. 2014 was a humbling year for State, going from College World Series contenders to the punching bag of the ACC in one year. Now is a potential turning point for the school’s baseball program. Whatever State does next season, the Pack must learn that digging itself an early hole is a sure recipe for disaster.


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Why this is no longer “Our State” Rodon and Turner make history at MLB Draft

Zach Tanner

At the conclusion of the MLB Draft on Saturday, seven members of the Wolfpack baseball team had been selected by MLB teams. Leading the way for the Pack was left-handed pitcher Carlos Rodon, taken with the third overall pick by the Chicago White Sox. State fans did not have to wait long to hear the next player’s name called. Shortstop Trea Turner was snagged at No. 13 by the San Diego Padres. With their first-round selections, Rodon and Turner became only the fourth and fifth players in school history to be taken in the first round. The duo also became the two highest draft picks in N.C. State history, having broken the previous record of No. 26 when Dan Plesac was taken at that spot in 1983. With Rodon and Turner both off the board, N.C. State was the only college to have multiple players selected in the first round of the Draft.

Last week, N.C. State athletic director Debbie Yow announced that the school will be retiring its “This is Our State” slogan at the beginning of the fall semester. All I can say is: it’s about time. The “Our State” campaign was a disaster from the start. N.C. State has been accused of stealing ideas multiple times during the 201314 academic year: the outline of North Carolina at the 50-yard line looked a bit too much like the one at East Carolina’s field, and the “Wolfpack Way” warm-ups worn during the NCAA Tournament strongly resembled the “Badger Way” shooting shirts of Wisconsin. All of this started, however, with the borrowing of ideas from Mississippi State. In 2010, the Bulldogs posted signs reading “Welcome to Our State.” From that concept, N.C State’s new slogan was born. Admittedly, the idea seemed like a good one when the first bill-

Start time for Reynolds renovation announced On Friday, N.C. State announced that the renovation on Reynolds Coliseum would commence in March 2015. The project, currently scheduled for completion in August 2016, will be the first major renovation to the arena since 1949. While still considered to be a historical spot on the N.C. State campus, Reynolds will be upgraded to a state of the art facility, including a center-hung video board, LED display throughout the building and most importantly, air conditioning. After the completion of the project, Reynolds will be used as a central hub for student gatherings, such as graduation, concerts and shows. SOURCE: N.C. STATE ATHLETICS

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On Monday, the National Fastpitch Coaches Association released its final poll for NCAA softball standings. Though N.C. State failed to make the top 25, the Pack was only four votes out at No. 29 and ended with the third highest ranking among ACC schools, behind No. 7 Florida State and No. 23 Notre Dame. State (36-18 overall, 16-8 ACC) made history in the 2014 season, setting school records in team batting average (.275) and on-base percentage (.357). The Pack also set a new program record in home wins at 22, and boasted a win percentage of .880 at Dail Stadium. The State team became the first program in the state of North Carolina to advance to a NCAA Regional final undefeated after winning its first two games of the competition.

The N.C. State baseball team’s 2014 campaign was a whirlwind of excitement, frustration, anger and confusion. The nation’s preseason No. 5 team was anticipated to be one of the most promising that State has seen in recent history, but the Pack failed to find much – if any – success this spring. The Wolfpack had great promise heading into the 2014 season. Junior left-hand pitcher Carlos Rodon was supposed to shut down opposing batters. With junior short-stop Trea Turner leading the offensive charge, the Pack was supposed to make fools of other team’s defense. Third baseman Andrew Knizner, the freshman from Glen Valley, Va. started at the hot corner with already high expectations. State was supposed to ride on the momentum from last year, to take it all the way back to the College World Series and follow through this time around. They were supposed to. Where did things go sour? How could head coach Elliott Avent’s dream team end with a disappointing 13-17 conference record? If someone had told me in February that Rodon would have a losing season at 6-7, I would have brushed them off as crazy. “Not Rodon, he’s leading the way to Omaha like he did last year.” Many Pack fans will point back to the mid-March series against the Florida State, and rightfully so. N.C. State arrived in Tallahassee with a 14-2 overall record, riding on incredibly promising performances. However, the weekend series was swept by the Seminoles, who maintained a national ranking in the top 10 over the majority of the season. The last game that weekend was one of the most impactful contests of the whole season. After 13 emotionally-charged innings, FSU hammered two runs in the final inning to snatch the lead away from State, leaving the Wolfpack bewildered. After that momentum-crushing game, State returned to Raleigh with an intangible difference in vits gameplay. When news of an-

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Early failure results in dismal Getting to know season for Pack baseball Chris Nobblitt


boards were erected in the spring of 2012. The Wolfpack had topped its arch-rival UNC-Chapel Hill on the gridiron each of the past five years, and the men’s basketball team was coming off of its first NCAA Tour-


Final softball rankings announced



Carolina junior tight end Eric Ebron celebrates a touchdown during the homecoming football game against North Carolina in Carter-Finley Stadium Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013 (above.) Redshirt junior guard Ralston Turner rests his hands on his head during the game against North Carolina in PNC Arena Feb. 26, 2014 (below.)

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program. All effort after the triple series debacle was in vain for the Pack. Not even Rodon could pull his teammates back to the top after the irreversible damage was done – that is, if his teammates actually backed him up. Honestly, there should be no reason why a pitcher taken with the third overall pick in the MLB draft should have a losing record in his last year of college. Now, eliminated from the ACC tournament and not invited to the College World Series, the Pack faithful can only sit back and wonder what was done wrong this

On May 30, N.C. State announced the hiring of Simon Earnshaw as head coach of the women’s tennis team. Earnshaw coached the men’s and women’s tennis programs at Armstrong Atlantic State University for 15 successful years and won nine Division II national championships in his tenure at the school. After becoming the head coach of the Pirates’ men’s and women’s programs in 1999, Earnshaw developed an exquisite resume by transforming AASU into a tennis powerhouse. Earnshaw led the women’s team to win six national championships (2005, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013) and won three with the men’s team (2008, 2009, 2012). E a r n s h aw h a d n’t a l w ay s dreamed of filling trophy halls and winning championships. At a young age, the Holmfirth, England native had aspirations other than tennis. “My father was involved in motor racing,” Earnshaw said. “One thing I would’ve liked to do in my life was work for a Formula One team. I didn’t really pick up tennis until quite a bit later; not until I was 12 or 13 years old.” Once discovering his abilities in tennis as a teenager, Earnshaw discovered a true appreciation for the sport. He idolized several European players, such as Mats Wilander and Tim Henman, and by applying his blue-collar work ethic to tennis, he relentlessly worked at his game and continually improved. “You’re going to get out of something what you put into it,” Earnshaw said. “It’s a question of earning your way, whether that be through an accumulation or just an ability to get experience and a chance to apply that in the best

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Head coach Elliot Avent argues a call during the 3-0 victory over Michigan February 28 at Doak Field.

other winless series in Maryland arrived, fans were left with a sick feeling – two in a row? Although the outcome was disheartening, there was still hope for a turnaround at any time. And then they lost the third series to Miami. At that point, N.C. State had lost nine consecutive games against ACC opponents. Halfway through the season, the team was one conference loss away from its total in 2013. Supporters pointed out how the team had dug itself in a hole last year and managed to get out. This year, however, the hole was a little too deep and the walls were a little too steep. This was rock bottom for the 2014 Wolfpack baseball

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