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University Dining takes steps to avoid future controversy Estefania Castro-Vasquez Assistant News Editor
Thousands of Moral Monday protestors line up to enter the N.C. General Assembly’s Legislative Building Monday. They walked through the building silently with tape over their mouths.
Moral Monday demonstrators protest legislation in silence Ravi K. Chittilla Editor-in-Chief
Protesters gathered for the first Moral Monday of the 2014 Legislative session Monday evening in front of the N.C. General Assembly to continue to fight against many of the laws passed in last year’s session and to continue to show their support for many social and
political causes. Led by Rev. William Barber II, president of the North Carolina chapter of the NAACP and leader of the Moral Monday movement, protestors taped their mouths shut to illustrate dissatisfaction with new rules passed by the Legislative Services Commission last week.
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New programs seek to raise scores of students living in rural counties Chris Hart-Williams Staff Writer
N.C. State has implemented new college preparation programs in counties throughout rural North Carolina to help students from nonurban areas better compete for university admission. Richard Linton, dean of N.C. State’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, said it has become increasingly challenging for students from rural areas to compete with students from non-rural areas. Studies show that high school students in rural counties score lower on college entrance exams and are less likely to purse higher education. “We know that in many cases students from rural communities
around the state of North Carolina have a more difficult time competing,” Linton said. In March, a Raleigh couple gave the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences a $3 million endowment for programs designed to prepare high school students from rural areas for college. Linton said the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences aims to develop programs that will help provide the often underrepresented students from rural areas a four-year degree in agriculture and life sciences. “We’re doing this in two ways: We are creating programs in high school, and then we’re also creat-
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After a Cinco de Mayo event sparked controversy regarding racial insensitivity, University Dining has decided to involve more students in the planning and coordinating of future events, according to Jennifer Gilmore, director of marketing and communication for Campus Enterprises. Tracey Ray, assistant vice provost for student diversity in the Office for Institutional Equity and Diversity, said there have been a few meetings since the event, including one between University Dining and students. At the meeting, students were asked to reflect on their perception of University Dining’s Cinco de Mayo event, what they felt was offensive and the steps University Dining should take toward successfully hosting Hispanic- or Latino-based cultural events. Ray said she anticipates several conversations will take place be-
tween Multicultural Student Affairs and University Dining, especially over the summer as University Dining begins to plan and hopefully expand the number of events held throughout the school year. However, Ray said, it isn’t the goal of Multicultural Student Affairs to be involved in every event planned by University Dining. “If they can get it through students, that’s great,” Ray said. “When needed, as requested, we are more than happy to be available.” The importance of how such cultural events could be used as educational tools for expanding student knowledge and awareness was heavily discussed at University Dining’s meeting with Multicultural Student Affairs, according to Ray. “Our hope is that, in the future, University Dining will continue to celebrate culture, while also providing educational opportunities as it pertains to food and the work they
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Sustainability Fund grants $30,000 Katherine Kehoe News Editor
The N.C. State Sustainability Fund Advisory Board has chosen to fund five student-submitted project proposals, equaling $30,000 in funds, which aim to promote and improve campus sustainability during the 20142015 academic year. All five of the projects are set to be completed within one year and will begin on July 1, according to Nate Pedder, chairman of the board for the 2014-2015 cycle and a senior in mechanical engineering and political science. The funded projects will include the purchasing of new bikes for bike-sharing programs that will include mobile app-controlled locks; an N.C. State chapter of the Food Recovery Network, which delivers uneaten dining hall food to nearby nonprofits; the develop-
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A new bike sharing program featuring app controlled locks, funded by the Sustainability Fund, will make its way to campus before summer 2015.
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University renovates Harris Field PHOTO BY CAIDE WOOTEN
.C. State Facilities is in the process of renovating Harris Field, the grassy lawn in front of the Witherspoon Student Center, in an effort to maximize the area’s usable space, according to Lynn Swank, a Facilities project manager. The amount allocated for the project was $36,000, Swank said. Omar Candela(above), a worker for Landscape Technology, Inc., makes adjustments to a newly
installed sprinkler system. After the construction, the field will drain more efficiently as well as have higher quality turf and new trees, Swank said. The overall plan for the field includes removing diseased sycamore trees, regrading the field, installing an underdrain and irrigation system, placing new sod and planting a total of eight street trees, according to Swank. The renovation is set to be completed by June 13.
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ummer has finally arrived and honeybees like the ones seen here are working tirelessly collecting nectar and building their colonies. N.C. State offers a variety of beekeeping classes, including ENT 203 (An Introduction to the Honeybee and Beekeeping), and has its own apiary off Lake Wheeler Road. For more information about N.C. State’s apiculture program visit www.cals.ncsu.edu/entomology/apiculture.
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do,” Ray said. “The goal is that you will see more of these kind of events and that the planning will pull in greater types of expertise.” At the Cinco de Mayo event, which took place in Case Dining Hall, students were given chocolate mustaches and sombreros and were served what was intended to be Mexican food. Gilmore said she admits that because the event was one occurring late in the school year, there was not as much participation and oversight as there should have been in coordinating the event. According to Gilmore, it didn’t take long for students to point out the insensitivity of how the event was organized through several different outlets, including the
Wolfpack Students Facebook page, Multicultural Student Affairs and personal contact with University Dining officials. Gilmore said that although people had seen the chocolate mustaches and sombreros in the University Dining office, no one really considered how these things would come together to create an inappropriate image. “There was no heightened sense of awareness,” Gilmore said. “We never put it together that way until someone mentioned it and it made sense and we were like, ‘Oh my gosh, how were we so insensitive?’” Even after receiving such bad attention, Gilmore said it was an enlightening learning experience for University Dining, and this will not prevent University Dining from continuing to organize events to celebrate diversity. Ray said she felt the issue was dealt with properly on
both ends. “I think University Dining did a great job responding overall to student concerns,” Ray said. “University Dining was very timely with their response, and the students did a great job articulating their issues with the administration.” Gilmore said that moving forward, University Dining will strive to get input from knowledgeable sources to make University Dining events more successful. “There has to be dialogue about what is okay and what is not,” Gilmore said. “There are organizations here at State that embrace and celebrate diversity, and this will create new opportunities to work with new groups we haven’t worked with before.”
Larry Blanton, the director of the University Honors Program, is stepping down from his position. A committee made up of students and faculty members is current interviewing candidates to replace him.
Committee seeks to replace director of Honors Program Staff Report Larry Blanton, director of the N.C. State University Honors Program, will transition back to his former position working entirely in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences this summer, and a search committee is actively seeking a replacement. The search committee has identified three candidates for the position. Each can-
didate must give a public presentation and Q&A session, which students are encouraged to attend. The last of these presentations will take place May 28 when Brian Railsback, a professor of English and dean of the honors college at Western Carolina University, will discuss his vision for academic -enhancement programs at N.C. State. The presentation is scheduled to take place from 9 to 10
a.m. in 1404 Williams Hall. The chosen candidate will oversee the Honors Program, Scholars, Fellowships and Undergraduate Research programs. The other candidates, who have already made their presentations, include Maria Oliver-Hoyo, a professor of chemistry and EHR/DUE program director for the National Science Foundation, and Kevin Knudson, director of the Honors Program at the
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Although the old rules required visitors not to disturb the legislature, Barber and his supporters said the new rules remain vague and are intended to censor a citizen’s right to speak. By the end of last summer’s demonstrations, 945 people were arrested for singing, chanting, holding placards and refusing to leave the premises of the State Legislature. However, no protestors were arrested Monday. Before rallying in front of the State Legislature, Barber and his supporters gathered at the First Baptist Church on Wilmington Street where they met with supporters, many from the clergy, to set the tone for their plans for this and future Moral Mondays and to respond to the new rules. “We know what Dr. King said in 1968,” Barber said. “Silence is betrayal. We will not betray the poor. We will not betray our children. We will not betray the sick. We will not betray labor rights. We will not betray the sick. We will not betray the LGBT community. We will not betray women. We will not betray the immigrant. We will not betray our forebears and foremothers and fathers. We will not betray our future. You get one time for us to show you how crazy that is, and after that, it’s over, baby!” During Monday’s protest, demonstrators didn’t practice civil disobedience and instead walked in pairs through
Thousands of protestors gather at the Bicentennial Mall outside of the N.C. State Legislative Building in Raleigh Monday for the first Moral Monday protest of 2014. Leaders of the movement continue to vie for the repeal of several laws passsed in recent years by the majority Republican General Assembly.
the rotunda. Most of them walked silently while holding their placards whichstated various messages regarding healthcare, teacher tenure and general dissatisfaction with current legislation, to show members of the General Assembly their voices would still be heard. “This is the only time we’re going to do this,” Barber said. “We’re going to put a piece of paper over our mouths to show the nation what democracy would look like if Thom Tilllis was in charge.” Like the previous Moral Monday movement and the HKonJ march in February, the spectrum of demonstrators represented people of different races, religions and socioeconomic statuses.
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ing programs just as they enter college,” Linton said. An initiative that will attempt to raise rural students’ ACT scores called ASPIRE, or ACT Supplemental Preparation in Rural Education, is one the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences’ programs that will benefit from the $3 million gift. The ASPIRE program, working
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ment of a community garden, solar greenhouse and apiary next to the College of Veterinary Medicine; the installation of a sculptural solar energy-producing system on Centennial Campus; and a pilot project that will test the effectiveness and efficacy of using solar trash compacters on campus. “Looking at the projects we have coming up next year, I am really excited because we’re covering such a wide array of sustainability,” Pedder said. “I think each will do so much for campus to increase University sustainability goals.” The Sustainability Fund, which is paid for by the entire student body through a $1.50 student fee, is a project created to fund projects that promote sustainability on campus, according to Pedder. Two years ago, a petition gaining about 2,000 signatures circulated campus urging the University to set up the Sustainability Fund in order to keep up with the campus’ increasing need to develop more environmentally sustainable practices. Last year was the first operational year for the Sustain-
Capitol police estimated the crowd to include about 1,500 people. NAACP representatives put the crowd size closer to 5,000, the News & Observer reported. Protesters also engaged in what they called a Love Feast, which involved breaking bread with the attendees to demonstrate all residents of North Carolina should share in “one loaf, and no one should try to take the whole piece and leave crumbs for everyone else.” Barber also announced that he and his supporters would return Tuesday to attempt to meet with Republican legislators to repent for the harm their laws have caused North Carolinians, repeal the most extreme of those laws and
through a cooperative extension service in 32 North Carolina counties, helps high school students increase their college entrance exams scores. ASPIRE consists of educational programs that are developed to tutor high school students in math and English so students are well prepared to take both the SAT and ACT, according to Linton. “The average SAT score in many counties has been raised by 120 to 150 points,” Linton said. “That large
ability Fund, and these projects were the first five to be funded by the system. Jake Phillips, a sophomore in environmental science, said he thinks it’s important that N.C. State join the national effort college campuses are making to be more sustainable. “Being an engineeringdominant campus, I’m really excited to see modern and futuristic innovation worked into environmentally friendly practices,” Phillips said. The city of Raleigh has already added solar trash compactors to Hillsborough Street, which made them an obvious choice for a project to try at N.C. State, according to Pedder. “That just seems like such a smart thing to do, using energy that is already available to decrease the amount of times you have to empty a trash bin and decreasing the amount of trash that is going into landfills,” Pedder said. Although he said most of the projects have incredible potential and will be beneficial to the University, Phillips said he is a bit skeptical of the bike-share program. “I’ve seen these in big cities, and while they’re pretty neat, I’ve often found them to be impractical,” Phillips
restore North Carolina to its status of a moderate, bipartisan state. The “Three R’s” were a repeated theme throughout Monday’s event, cited by many speakers. This act of civil disobedience, which Barber called the People’s Lobby, will be held at 9 a.m. on May 27. Barber and other speakers repeatedly called the Republican legislators “extremist, not Republican” during their addresses to the audience, citing the progressive work of political figures such as Theodore Roosevelt and Dwight D. Eisenhower as real Republicans. VICTORIA CROCKER/TECHNICIAN
Rev. William Barber II, president of the North Carolina State Conference of the NAACP, leads a silent march through the N.C. Legislative Building Monday.
of a difference can make a difference in somebody getting accepted into N.C. State or someone who might not.” The majority of the students in the program have an interest in agriculture and life sciences, but the program’s main goal is to prepare students for the SAT and ACT so they have a better choice about where they can go to school, Linton said. “Many of the students are coming from rural communities and have
said. “The locking locations are usually never where you need them to be, and it’s hard to track down an available bike when there isn’t a large abundance of them.” Phillips said he was most excited about the solar programs that are going to be constructed. “Solar energy is a fantastic technology that needs to be experimented and implemented more,” Phillips said. “I also like the idea of having a functional garden on campus. It makes a lot of sense, given the agricultural history of this institution.” Phillips said only $30,000 in grants were awarded this year because the Sustainability Fund only had one semester worth of funds and some of the funds must be kept in reserve. Next year, however, the Sustainability Fund plans to fund somewhere along the lines of $70,000 worth of grants, Pedder said. “It will really make a huge dif ference, because this year we had about $200,000 worth of applications, which is a huge number for a grant application that is in its first year,” Pedder said. “We imagine that number will only continue to grow.”
this interest in agriculture and life sciences, but certainly there are likely students that have other interests as well,” Linton said. The College of Engineering also has programs that appeal to rural students, according to Bill Fortney, Director of N.C. State Engineering at Craven Community College. The mechanical engineering systems program and engineering transfer program is a collaboration between N.C. State and Craven Community College which began
in 2004. Students in the four-year mechanical engineering program earn a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering with a concentration in mechanical engineering systems from N.C. State without ever leaving Craven Community College. “They don’t have to come to Raleigh, they don’t have to pay room and board,” Fortney said.
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Monica Lewinsky’s timely statement
iming is everything. As the countdown to the 2016 presidential campaign ticks closer, those rumored to be in the running are painstakingly maintaining a clean public i m a ge for their respective parties a nd t ig htening their political associations. Justine Hillary Schnitzler Clinton is Staff at the foreColumnist front of the potential nominations for the Democratic Party, and as such, is working hard to highlight her achievements as Secretary of State and former senator, rather than the tragedy of the Benghazi scandal and her time spent as the First Lady during an infidelity trial on the world stage. Earlier this week, Monica Lewinsky, the young intern of Bill Clinton’s presidency with whom he engaged in nine acts of inappropriate extramarital sexual contact, resurfaced in the media, in the form of a personal essay in Vanity Fair in which she discusses her belief that feminism failed her. In particular, she mentions her unwillingness to call herself a feminist “with a capital F,” stating that “The movement’s leaders failed in articulating a position that was not essentially anti-woman during the witch hunt of 1998. In the case of the New York Supergals, it should not have been that hard for them to swoon over the president without attacking and shaming me. Instead, they joined the humiliation derby.” Lewinsky makes several very important points. In the case of leaders of the feminist
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movement f locking to the president in his defense, she is completely justified in the criticism of such hypocritical, one-sided ignorance. Once the onslaught of slut shaming aimed at Lewinsky began, she didn’t deserve to be the sole bearer of the burden brought on by the media’s response to the affair. The “witch hunt” of the late 1990s made Lewinsky out to be a “narcissistic loony toon,” according to Hillary Clinton, when it is known that the relationship, regardless of how inappropriate, was consensual. Both parties were willing and knew the implications. However, it was also unfair of Lewinsky to have expected support for her actions. Could she have expected support for her against unfair, biased media angles? Absolutely. Support for infidelity? Not so much. With regard to the possibility of Hillary Clinton running for president, a woman similarly lampooned by the country during the scandal as a wife who couldn’t keep her husband interested, the likelihood of her aiming for the presidency must be considered. Why did Lewinsky choose now to make such a bold statement about feminism, and what broader implications does it have? Most prominently, those in the gender studies field point to Lewinsky, among other prominent female figures in mainstream media for an example of the general attitude about feminism. Women who should have known better jumped on Lewinsky, and professionals of the field cite the consistent tear-down of women by other women as an example of just how terribly patriarchal norms have altered how society operates.
Anna Holmes, the founder of the alternative feminist news circuit website Jezebel, countered Lewinsky’s belief that “feminism with a capital F” failed her, saying, “I am uncomfortable with the idea that ‘feminists’ failed Lewinsky. I am far more comfortable with the idea that certain high-profile activists, intellectuals and writers who’d exhibited a measure of sophistication and sensitivity with regards to gender politics failed her, and failed her big time.” There is no question that Lewinsky was pushed aside and left to the media hounds. But, if anything, this stands as testament to the necessity of feminism. Women attacking women and having little grasp of the importance of building together rather than tearing down prove that there exist few cohesive bonds amongst womanhood in the United States. With 2016 drawing closer, it is entirely possible Lewinsky either wanted to undercut Hillary Clinton by reminding the public of the infidelity scandal, or attempt to get the inevitable discussion of the event out of the way before the election season. Either way, Lewinsky has brought feminism as a societal force to the public eye once more, giving every American a chance to reevaluate how the media treats women and what broader implications this has for feminism as an idea on the whole. Feminism didn’t fail Lewinsky. Feminists did.
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“I don’t think it should cover the expense because it’s kind of like a drug and it has its effects. It gets you high, so I don’t think so.” Charlene Wamban, non-degree student
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Social media bridges coverage gap
o r e t h a n 200 Nigerian schoolgirls were kid-‐ napped April 14, and it has taken weeks for the tragic news to make headlines. It would seem the abduction Sophie has gained pub-‐ lic attention pri-‐ Nelson marily through Staff the efforts of Columnist celebrities and t h e # B r i n g -‐ BackOurGirls campaign, which generated one mil-‐ lion t weets by May 7. Needless to say, the ϐ is essential, but why have media outlets hesitated to report this act of terror-‐ ism? Even the most trusted media outlets, includ-‐ ing The New York Times and CNN, devoted minimal attention to the issue. They seemed more concerned with the Donald Sterling’s racial rants, proving an ironic and discriminatory bias toward what these outlets deem newswor-‐ thy. This leads to the con-‐ clusion t hat black people who are not entertainers, Ǧϐ ϐ-‐ cant to many mainstream outlets. We have seen t he upheaval that is caused when just one white girl goes missing, so the chaos that would ensue for the safety of hundreds is un-‐ imaginable. The Nigerian govern-‐ ment reported t hat Boko Haram, an Islamic terror-‐ ist group, abducted the young girls from their
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boarding school in Chibok and subsequently drove them into t he forest, where nearly 30 abductees es-‐ caped. T he remaining g irls haven’t been heard from since the attack, and the media’s silence about t heir predicament is uncomfort-‐ ably loud. With regards to foreign affairs, the United States ϐ Russia’s oc-‐ cupation of Crimea with proposals to invade Russia. However, there has been no national call requiring t hat the U.S. government inter-‐ vene in Nigeria, which evi-‐ dently is in desperate need of help negotiating t he safe return of t he g irls. The Nigerian newspa-‐ per Daily Trust stated that on April 10 t he majority of the schoolgirls in captiv-‐ ity had been transported t o neig hbor i ng cou n-‐ tries Chad and Camer-‐ oon after being married off to sect members for a price equivalent to $12.43. Now is not the time for the U.S. to be cautious of its involve-‐ ment in foreign affairs. More than ever, there is a need for the mass surveil-‐ lance technology the U.S. government loves to make use of domestically, to aid in t he search for t hose g irls in Nigeria, Chad and Cam-‐ eroon. The media outlets should be putting pressure on the government to pursue action and involvement in Nigeria, instead of underreporting and showing a reluctance to raise awareness. There is an increasing need for media coverage of these kidnappings which emphasizes that
while certain crimes dominate international headlines, others receive very little attention. Undoubtedly this media bias makes it difficult to trust what is reported in the news. It is an unfortunate truth that if the mass abduction occurred on any continent but Africa, there would certainly be a lot more pressure to report on the case and prompt international action. This incident goes to show the real power of social media. The #BringBackOurGirls campaign finally seems to have the world watching, or at least aware. Hundreds of thousands of people, including First Lady Michelle Obama, have posted photos of themselves holding pieces of paper reading “#BringBackOurGirls” to Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Obviously, it is naive to believe that hashtags will result in social change. However, the campaign can lead to more people speaking up and placing real pressure on the government to take action, which could yield great results. Social media has become the most shareable worldwide collection of voices the world has ever seen—one that is increasingly difficult to ignore. It has successfully done what the news outlets have not and put the missing girls in the spotlight. Now that the story is gaining the attention it deserves, it is time for the government of Nigeria and supporting nations to play their roles and help get those girls home. Send your thoughts to Sophie at technician-viewpoint@ ncsu.edu.
Insurance should cover medical marijuana, if anything
nfortunately, marijuana is still seen among many as only a hippie drug that is killing the drive of our youth. Many fail to see marijuana’s ability to save our lives or m a ke l i fe less painful for people w ho h ave severe i l lnesses. Taylor This is Quinn why medical Assistant marijuana Features Editor shou ld be covered by insurance. First off, why wouldn’t it be? Medical marijuana is far less dangerous than the over-
the-counter drugs that are being thrown at people today, and it can be more effective. Let’s compare marijuana, which can treat seizures, to common treatments for seizures such as the drug Klono pin. According to WebMD, the side effects for Klonopin are as follows: drowsiness, dizziness, tiredness, loss of coordination, increased salvia production, depression, suicidal thoughts, easy bruising or bleeding, rash, swelling, severe dizziness and trouble breathing. WebMD also says, “This is not a complete list of possible side effects.” The side effects for medical marijuana according to the Southwest Medical Mari-
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juana Evaluation Center are as follows: drowsiness, thirst, giddiness, hunger, insomnia, red eyes, respiratory issues, short-term memory loss and uneasiness. If it were up to me, people would have cases of red eye and excessive thirst long before depression and bleeding easily. In addition, according to Pharmacy.about.com, medical marijuana takes less of a toll on the kidneys than prescription drugs do. Not to mention the issue of addiction. One cannot get addicted to marijuana, plain and simple. Yes, people can develop a dependency, but according to Scientific American’s “Experts Tell The Truth about Pot,” ad-
diction isn’t possible. Klonopin, on the other hand, is an extremely addictive drug. According to the Citizens Commission on Human Rights International, singer Stevie Nicks told Fox News that Klonopin ruined her life. Her psychiatrist prescribed her the pills to get over her cocaine addiction, and she ended up having to go to rehab for the drug. Nicks described the detox as being as though “somebody opened up a door and pushed [her] into hell.” So, why would it be OK for insurance companies only to cover the drugs that push people into a figurative hell of a detox when there is a drug that is just as effective and will not cause addiction?
It’s not OK. According to marijuanadispensaryinsurance.com, insurance companies will cover the marijuana dispensaries’ properties, but not the distribution of the medicine to those who need it. That is not fair at all. They are waving a life-saving medication in front of these patients’ faces but are not allowing them to have it. Most people can’t afford drugs that aren’t covered by insurance because the cost is simply too high. Insurance companies are essentially forcing children to take drugs such as Klonopin because their parents have no other option. It just doesn’t make sense. These doctors hand out pre-
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Wolves in Sharp Clothing: Going adventurous this summer CAIDE WOOTEN/TECHNICIAN
(From left to right) Jordan Lassiter, junior in public health at Meredith College, models palazzo pants. Kenslee Daughtridge, junior in a agricultural business management at N.C. State, models a maxi dress. Susanna Worsley, junior in communication at N.C. State, models a romper.
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In the world of summer clothing, the majority of us fall into the regular pattern of wearing our favorite tees and tanks with a simple pair of
shorts. Though these are easy to throw on, there are tons of other ways to bring more diversity to your wardrobe. As you begin internships or classes, make sure you take a look at these summer clothing alternatives.
I have found that, on occasion, when suggesting wearing a romper to someone, they will say, “Oh, those just don’t work on me.” I respond saying they haven’t tried enough of them. Rompers, and even jump-
suits, are a nice alternative to summer dresses, without the hassle of having to hold the fabric down when the wind blows or when you bend over. There are a variety of rompers, with the waists varying from low to high, so
you can pick and choose depending on your body type. The sleeves range from long to spaghetti straps, which, again, you can choose based on your body type. My advice is to try on rompers until you find one
that works for you. I love a patterned romper or one with an embellished neckline. Rompers are now easier to find in all your favorite stores as they are becoming
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Monsters director brings Godzilla back to life Godzilla
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As comic book movies continue to dominate the movie industry, Gareth Edwards’ version of Godzilla demonstrates an attempt from Hollywood to provide some amount of variety within its roster of summer flicks. The remake offers a fresh and exciting cinematic experience, as it reawakens the age of classic monster movies. Following an opening montage of news reels and TV reports depicting sightings of the iconic creature, the movie’s exposition then centers on workaholic scientist Joe Brody (Bryan Cranston), who forgets his own birthday. Brody is obsessed with investigating mysterious seismic activity at the Janjira nuclear plant where he works.
Desperate to maintain the stability of this facility and its surrounding area, the chief engineer will do anything to prevent a disaster from occurring. But before he can warn anyone, a massive meltdown takes place, devastating both the plant and his family. The movie then jumps ahead 15 years, when Brody’s son, Ford (Aaron TaylorJohnson), a U.S. Navy technician, is returning home from his tour. But after receiving a call saying his conspiracy theorist father has been arrested, Ford must return to Japan to bail him out. As Brody refuses to terminate his mission, his research leads his son and him son deeper and deeper into an ancient mystery which spells certain doom for humanity. Following the atrocity that is Roland Emmerich’s 1998 version of Godzilla, Edwards, who wrote and directed the 2010 cult sci-fi film Monsters, proves in tis film that he has learned from the mistakes of his predecessors. Rather than
provide a two-hour display of CGI fight sequences, Edwards demonstrates a proper balance between action and character drama. One of the most effective aspects of the film is its cast. Though he’s not in it for long, Cranston brings an irrefutable level of fervor to his character, making his scenes all the more engaging. The “Breaking Bad” star has been given plenty of cameos in previous works, and he manages to utilize every minute of screen time here. Similarly, Taylor-Johnson keeps audiences engaged with his performance. Emphasizing the distance between Ford and his father, this approach provides a nice dynamic for the movie’s first act. And although the equally talented Elizabeth Olsen is solid as Ford’s wife, Elle, she has a rather limited amount of screen time. Once the action gets going and she and Ford are separated, her character only appears sporadically throughout the movie.
Other supporting cast members include Ken Watanabe as Dr. Ichiro Serizawa and The Bourne Ultimatum star David Strathairn as submarine Admiral William Stenz. Though these characters do little more than advance the plot, they are made less one-dimensional by the actors portraying them. Fans of the original 1954 film will appreciate a number of nods to it in this film, both through the script as
well as t hroug h Edwards’ style. Seeing Godzilla battle various monsters in a dystopian Tokyo environment will no doubt evoke a feeling of nostalgia among hardcore cinephiles. Though the monster movie isn’t as common today as
it was in the 1950s, this and other films which have come out in recent years prove that it still has its place in the 21st Century. Back in 2005, Peter Jackson’s version of King Kong was met with both widespread and critical acclaim, earning a total of three Academy Awards. Just last year, Guillermo del Toro demonstrated his love for anime and Japanese cinema with his sci-fi monster flick Pacific Rim.
Edwards’ film does a nice job of making the legendary King of the Monsters relevant to modern audiences while also providing a movie that older audiences can enjoy just as much. With a solid display of emotional themes, heart-pounding action, a visually aesthetic experience, and well-balanced character drama, this summer’s Godzilla just may be the starting point for a new age of monster-based blockbusters.
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A capella groups develop new audition method Emma Cathell Staff Writer
There is more to a university than the intramural sports teams, student organizations and study group sessions. At N.C. State, there are characteristics specific to the University such as Packapalooza, The Power Sound of the South and the multiple a cappella groups here. N.C. State has four unique a cappella groups. Grains of Time is the premier men’s a cappella group and has existed since 1966. Ladies in Red is the premiere women’s group and has been at the University since 1993. Acappology is a co-ed a cappella group which has been at the University since 1994, and Wolfgang is a co-ed a cappella group from 1997. With albums, awards and performances, these groups have been successful in the past and are looking forward to a bright future. However, something rather drastic is changing this year: the audition process. Each group has always had its own separate audition during both semesters in the past. Inspired by the film Pitch Perfect and initiated by Luke Miller, a senior in psychology and the choreographer of Grains of Time, the four a cappella groups are holding one, unified audition that includes all groups this fall. According to Joshua Apke, a junior in computer engineering and the president of Grains of Time, there had been some conflict with students choosing their very first group in the past with the original style of auditions. “Some people audition for the first group, get in and later down the road think, ‘That other group might be a better fit for me,’” Apke said. “Or it caused a lot of problems for people trying to audition for multiple groups. They felt like whichever group they auditioned for, if they got in, they were in that group. We just wanted something to make it a little easier for people coming in to audition.” Miller also said he believes this new audition style will fix this problem. “It will increase membership loyalty to each group because you will know for sure that they are in the group they want to be in,” Miller said. “It will also increase group-to-group interaction and bonding, which in turn, will get us closer to an Acafamily at State instead of four separated groups.” Once Miller pitched the idea to other members in the four groups, they started holding conversations and throwing ideas around. “We created the A Cappella Council Board of N.C. State,” Apke said. “That’s what we’ve been calling ourselves. Basically, there are four members from every group and the main time we’ve met was to
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more prominent in the fashion scene. Multiple celebrities, from the Kardashians to Beyoncé, have been seen wearing them. The jumpsuit is more along the lines of my next summer alternative, the flowy pant. This pant falls under many names from palazzo pant to wide-leg trousers, but I’m
hammer out the details for the audition process to see if it was possible, if all the groups could agree on it, and if it was going to be something we actually wanted to do.” Miller said the new audition style will make the four groups more unified next year, but the unification process has already begun. “We’ve already bonded a lot more just because we’ve all communicated through this board,” said Kenzie Richards, junior in Natural Resources and co-director of Acappology. “We’re now sharing our events on the board and the groups are sharing other groups’ events, too. We’re forming a network we haven’t had before, which I don’t know why we haven’t.” The new audition style will be a multi-step, Sunday-toSunday process, according to Apke. The audition room will be split into two sections. “There’s going to be one main section, which will be open auditions,” Apke said. “All but one or two members from every group will be sitting in that room watching the people come audition on stage, which may seem intimidating, but that’s why we made them ‘open’ auditions, so they can bring friends and support.” During the technical part of the audition, the students will do a skills test, pitch recognition and a range test, according to Apke. Then they will perform the solo of their choice. After these Sunday auditions, each group will meet individually and choose which singers they want for callbacks. After these meetings, the A Cappella Council Board will hold a meeting right after where they send a unified email to all those who auditioned and inform them of the news. For those who received a callback opportunity, the email will list the groups who would like them to come for callbacks. “Callbacks mean that in those 10 minutes where we saw you, we like you enough that we want to hear more from you,” Apke said. “You get personal time, sing another solo, you get to sing with the group, which is where we first get to hear if you blend with the group. The callbacks are really where we get to see if someone is going to be a good fit.” During the week after the first Sunday audition, each day will be a different groups’ callback day. By Thursday night, all of the callbacks will be finished, and the A Cappella Board will meet and discuss the people the groups are interested in. “Each group will compile a list of the people they want in their group,” Apke said, “and then we’ll send out an email saying these are the groups that want you. Now we want you to rank what groups you would prefer to be in.” Now, the finalists get the
just referring to a breathable fabric pant that doesn’t cling to your leg. Even though skinny jeans or leggings are the norm around here, there are countless ways to wear flowy pants. Both heels and flat sandals work, though my favorite would be pairing it with a wedge. This style screams summer vacation. Again, you might want to try a print with this trend. Solids tend to make these
N.C. State’s only all-male a capella group, The Grains of Time, perform at the Homecoming Pep Rally Pack Howl Concert on Nov. 1. They sung a couple songs in Reynolds Coliseum after the performances by N.C. State’s band, cheerleaders and dance team.
Acapellafest, hosted by Mu Beta Psi, took place in the Talley Ballroom April 10. A capella groups performed to raise money for the VH1 Save the Music Foundation.
opportunity to choose which group they want to be in the most and the least. “We’ll get all those emails back on Friday, and then the A Cappella board members meet again,” Apke said. “We’ll look through the list and if a group is listed as someone’s first choice, then that group has first pick. They can say, ‘yes we want that person,’ but if they don’t, the second group has the next priority if they want to take them. We’ll go through each person.” Apke said the groups will be finalized Saturday and all the groups will come together and do some type of a celebratory party including the new people (similar to Pitch Perfect). Apke said the attitude between the four N.C. State a cappella groups was noticeably different during his freshman year. “There was this underlining tension between all four groups of who’s the best group and gets the most fans at their shows,” Apke said. “And that was difficult to watch, considering that we
are all trying to do the same thing, trying to make great music and show. I think that’s when it finally hit home: If we’re working against each other and our groups are trying to be the best at this school, then it’s just going to tear our groups apart, and we won’t look united or progress forward.” However, one purpose of this new process is to make the groups united. Apke said incoming freshmen will feel more welcome to audition
and make other friends in different groups because of the groups’ friendship. Alexis Carson, a sophomore in computer science and the business manager of Ladies in Red, agrees. “I’m really glad that we’ll be able to be seen more as a community from an outside perspective,” Carson said. John Ritter, a junior in chemical engineering and the music director of Wolfgang, said the four N.C. State a cappella groups are hoping for a
great event and are excited for the new audition process. “I think this event will be a huge success and hopefully will become an N.C. State tradition. I think we will have more auditionees than ever,” Ritter said. “We are one big a cappella family here at State. Who wouldn’t want to join in on all the fun?”
pants look like the awkward gauchos we all thought were cool in 4th grade. For shirts, try to keep your proportions right; nothing too big on top. You can do a flowy camisole top, but you can also do something simpler, such as a v-neck t-shirt tucked in. To be even more adventurous this summer, try overalls (also known as dungarees). It may sound a bit crazy at first, but this trend is really coming
back around. For the summer weather, wear “shortalls,” overalls with shorts instead of pants, and you can carry this trend into the fall with the longer pant-length overalls. Because overalls are generally classified as unappealing, I think it’s nice to balance them out by showing a bit more skin. This will keep you cool in the summer. The best shoes for overalls are sandals or Converse sneakers.
Also trending are varieties of shorts. Of course you have the typical high-waisted jean short, which you can see in practically every Instagram photo. However, there are other short trends to be had during summer. Try out lace, or, again, a nice, flowy fabric. Both of these options add a little more than your typical plain-colored short. You can pair them with a cami and a cardigan; or, just like your old shorts, with your favorite tee
or tank. So with school out, make sure you head to your mall to get your hands on these trends. Be adventurous during the summer in both your style and your life. Try something new and decide what you like so you can put your best fashion foot forward come next semester.
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Changes in the shot clock right in time TRACK
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Zack Tanner Sports Editor
For the first time since 1994, the ACC will experiment with a 30-second shot. The change is long overdue. Over the recent years, the college basketball landscape has changed. Gone are the days of four-year stars, battling season after season to win a title for their university. The one-and-done era of college basketball is in full swing. As more and more players elect to leave college early for the fame and fortune that comes along with a big NBA contract, the college game has become little more than a second D-League, where NBA executives can
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Solo homeruns from freshman outfielder Molly Hutchison and sophomore third baseman Lana Van Dyken gave State the lead, and after senior Leah Jones drew a walk with the bases loaded, the Wolfpack went up 3-2. A two-RBI double from Van Dyken in the seventh gave State insurance, and although the Bulldogs fought back, ju-
scout the top high school talent for a year before swiping the 19-year-olds and dropping them into the toughest basketball league on the planet. What has the college game done to reflect this change? Very little. Instead of preparing its players for the fast pace and grueling length of the NBA season, the college game has almost slowed its tempo. Recent NCAA Championship games show a slow in the tempo of the game: three of the past five championship games have had a combined score of less than 120 points. In the 60 years before that, only five games have had a score below that mark. To compensate for the drop in scoring, the NCAA made a
concerted effort to call fouls more closely. However, the change in officiating failed to solve the problem and only aggravated fans and players alike with questionable and inconsistent foul calls. The 30-second shot clock offers a solution to each of the above problems. The shorter time will drastically increase the pace of the game, boosting the score while also preparing the college players for the 24-second clock in the NBA. ACC coaches seem to be on board with the changes. ESPN reports that the Pittsburgh men’s basketball coach Jamie Dixon said the lowered shot clock was a much-needed improvement to the game. “That’s where the game is
headed,” Dixon said. “We want to be ahead of the game. We want to provide data and see what it’s like.” T he 30 -second shot clock will be featured during exhibition games before the start of the ACC regular season. Following the games, the ACC will report to the NCAA men’s basketball rules committee. Though the NCAA may be a long way away from a permanent decrease in the shot clock, it seems as if the answer to the league’s scoring issues may be right under its nose.
nior pitcher Emily Weiman secured the win. “I thought we had really good performances all the way around,” Rychcik said. “I thought Lana van Dyken and Renada Davis had really nice weekends and Emily competed like crazy on the mound. She had a really good game against UAB and then beat Georgia the next day. I thought she did a really good job competing for us.” After a weather delay on Sunday, the Wolfpack again faced Georgia, but despite
junior Renada Davis setting a school record with her 50th career homerun, State fell 9-1 to the Bulldogs. In the second game on the same day for the two sides, Georgia’s dominance came through, and the host school ended the Wolfpack’s season with a mercy-rule victory, 8-0. For Rychcik, the loss was disappointing, but the second-year head coach had nothing but respect for the tough Georgia team which eventually outmatched his
vastly improved Wolfpack group. “Georgia is one of the better teams in the country,” Rychcik said. “Their intensity, how tightly-knit a group of girls they are and their control of the strike zone are all impressive. They really made it hard on our hitting staff to only swing at strikes. They’re really a complete team and it seems they’re on a mission to get to the World Series right now.” Looking ahead to next season, Rychcik said he values
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quoia Watkins in second (157’11’’), redshirt sophomore Nicole Chavis in third (153’8’’), and redshirt freshman Alyssa Dunn in fifth (134’5’’). Freshman jumper Amara Bell closed out the field events for the day in the women’s triple jump. Bell leapt 37’04.00” feet to earn second place. With the NCAA regionals approaching at the end of the month, State has some time to prepare for the three-day event. “We’re probably going to turn down the caliber of our training now and rest more than we usually do to get ready for Regionals,”
the experience gained from playing such a high-quality opponent, and said he learned quite a bit about where his team must improve. “I think we’re going to try to become a better hitting team even though we hit 67 homeruns this year and 88 last year,” Rychcik said. “But the pressure Georgia put on us at the plate by controlling the strike zone, the way their lineup stacked together, and how they worked as a unit was something to learn from. It would be nice to see our
Perry said. “I’ve been anticipating it [Regionals] for a long time now.” Coming into the regional competition, a few notable Wolfpack athletes will be a force to contend with. Redshirt senior Treminisha Taylor is currently ranked third in the nation in women’s shot put, sophomore Joanna Thompson 16th in the women’s 10,000-meter and Shuman 18th in women’s high jump. In addition, redshirt senior Andrew Colley holds a promising 12th place ranking in the men’s 1,500-meter, as well as the 21st spot in the 5,000-meter and 40th in the 10,000-meter. Redshir t sophomore thrower SeQuoia Watkins, who recently broke Taylor’s school record in women’s discus, is ranked 15th in the event. Taylor herself is close behind in the 20th spot.
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Four N.C. State baseball players earn All-ACC honors Buried in the disappointment of the 2014 season, three Wolfpack baseball players were named to the All-ACC first team: pitcher Carlos Rodon, catcher Brett Austin and shortstop Trea Turner. The three first-team selections marked the first time that State had three players named to the All-ACC first team since 2005. With his selection, Rodon became the seventh member of the Wolfpack to earn three All-ACC first team honors. Freshman third baseman Andrew Knizner also garnered an All-ACC third team selection. SOURCE: N.C. STATE ATHLETICS
ACC changes men’s basketball tournament format The ACC announced a change to its men’s basketball tournament on May 13. The new format will feature the final game on Saturday, changing from its traditional Sunday finale for the first time since 1981. ESPN will air all 14 matches of the ACC Tournament, including the semifinal and final games, which will occur Friday at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. and Saturday at 8:30 p.m. The tournament will take place in Greensboro for the 26th time in 62 years, but will leave the state of North Carolina for the following three years. SOURCE: N.C. STATE ATHLETICS
Men’s National U-20 Team hosting camp at NCSU From May 17–25, the U.S. Men’s U-20 soccer team will participate in a camp at N.C. State. The National team features three current members of the Wolfpack, including star sophomore forward Travis Wannemuehler and incoming freshmen Conor Donovan and Caleb Duvernay. SOURCE: N.C. STATE ATHLETICS
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N.C. State’s second baseman Logan Ratledge (6) (right) covers his face with a towel after teammate Andrew Knizner flied out in the ninth inning.
Controversial call prematurely ends Pack’s ACC Tournament Jake Lange Correspondent
The N.C. State baseball team’s season came to an end in the first round of the ACC tournament, as the Wolfpack fell to the UNC-Chapel Hill Tar Heels in a 4-3 nail-biter. The teams faced off on Tuesday at 11 a.m. at NewBridge Bank Park in Greensboro. Tuesday’s game marked the 287th meeting between Carolina and N.C. State in a series that dates back to 1895. State (32-23 overall , 13-17 ACC) struck first, taking an early 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning. Junior shortstop Trea Turner knocked a triple to left centerfield, and then was sent home after junior catcher Brett Austin hit an RBI single to center. “Our at bats were so good all day,” head coach Elliott Avent said.
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allowed Austin and freshman third baseman Andrew Knizner to score from second and third, tightening the Heels’ lead to 4-3. The following innings in the matchup were characterized by missed opportunities from the Pack. N.C. State failed to score with loaded bases in the fifth and eighth innings. A notable play that received a strong backlash was Turner’s attempted steal at home, which was called as an out by the umpire. Avent and the rest of the State coaching staff argued that Turner had touched the plate before the tag by the catcher, but the call stood. “I thought I was safe,” Turner said. “I saw the catcher put his head down and lob the ball back to the pitcher, and with two outs I thought I could take a chance. I thought I had a good shot at it. I read it good and did everything like I wanted to; the call just didn’t go my way.”
Neither team scored after the fourth inning. After three fly outs in a row in the ninth inning by the Pack, Carolina took the win and advanced to the next round to play Florida State. “For me personally, it’s mixed feelings,” Austin said. “Frustrating that we obviously lost today but we’re going to be optimistic about it and hopefully we can get a regional bid and make a run in the playoffs.” The Wolfpack used a five-man pitching rotation in the game, but the loss was credited to junior pitcher Eric Peterson (4-4, 3.68 ERA) who pitched 2.2 innings and dealt three strikeouts, allowing five hits and four earned runs. The loss may mark the end of the N.C. State baseball season. There is a chance that State gets a bid to the NCAA Tournament, as the Pack anticipates the NCAA Selection Show on Monday, May 26.
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“Couldn’t have played any better. Could have happened differently but we probably couldn’t have played any better.” UNC-CH (33-22 overall, 15-15 ACC) answered in the bottom of the second when sophomore centerfielder Skye Bolt drilled a homerun over the right field fence. The Heels’ batting order caught fire in the third inning. Junior shortstop Michael Russell hit an RBI triple to left centerfield to drive a runner in. Russell was sent home directly after with a single to left field from freshman second baseman Wood Myers. Myers scored after a sac fly to right field from Bolt, bumping Carolina’s lead to 4-1. With the bases loaded in the fourth inning, a single to centerfield from junior left fielder Bubby Riley breathed life into the Pack. A throwing error on the play from Bolt in centerfield
The N.C. State softball team ended its season in the finals of the NCAA Regional Championship with a loss to No. 4 Georgia on Sunday in Athens, Ga. After defeating UAB by a score of 4-0, the Wolfpack edged the Bulldogs, 5-4, on Saturday. In Sunday’s rematch, Georgia forced a third game with a 9-1 victory over State, and then proceeded to shut out the Pack, 8-0, in the final. “I thought we played pretty well,” Wolfpack head coach Shawn Rychcik said. “We ran into a really good team, the No. 4 seed in the country. We happened to get by them once, but they made a bunch of adjustments and woke up. I think they might have taken us for granted
in the first game but played us a lot harder in the second two games.” The four-team regional tournament featured UAB, Chattanooga and Georgia, along with N.C. State, which opened play against the Blazers. Against UAB, State scored three runs through freshman pinch runner Nadia Kemp and seniors first baseman Leah Jones and outfielder Scout Albertson in the bottom of the third to take an early 3-0 lead. Junior shortstop Renada Davis notched her 49th career homerun with a solo shot in the bottom of the sixth to give the Wolfpack the eventual win at 4-0. The following day, the Wolfpack made history by becoming the first softball team in school history to win the first two games of Regionals with a 5-4 win over Georgia.
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N.C. State particiaptes in the NCAA Softball Regionals at Jack Turner Stadium Sunday in Athens, Ga.
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Five State athletes earn gold medals at Last Chance Qualifier Chris Nobblitt Correspondent
N.C. State gave one of its best performances of the year Friday, boasting five first-place finishes at its annual Wolfpack Last Chance Qualifier, aptly named for being the last chance the athletes have to qualify for the upcoming NCAA Regional competitions. “We should have a number of individuals that have the regionals and the ability to advance,” head
coach Rollie Geiger said. From the time that the 17-team event began, it was clear that the Pack meant business. State made its presence known early by clenching two gold medals in men’s and women’s long jump. Sophomores Jonathan Addison and Alexis Perry each blasted their competition out of the water with marks of 24’02.50” and 20’09.25,” respectively. As of Tuesday, Addison is ranked 35th and Perry fifth in the nation. Addison also led the Pack in the
men’s 100-meter dash with a fifthplace time of 10.60. Freshmen sprinters Paisley Simmons (11.86) and J’den Williams (12.26) clenched third place and fifth place in the women’s 100-meter, respectively. Perry returned to the track later to dominate the 100-meter hurdles, taking first place with a time of 13.32. Another N.C. State first-place finish came from senior jumper Elizabeth Shuman. The Timonium, Md. native cleared her competition with
a 5’07.25’’ jump. In the women’s 800-meter, redshirt senior Ryanna Henderson ran a personal best time of 2:08.82 to grab second place. Redshirt senior Matt Sonnenfeldt rightfully clenched first place in the men’s 5,000-meter with a time of 14:05.84. Sonnenfeldt beat out the other runners by a large 32-second gap. Also in the distance events, redshirt senior Erin Mercer placed second in the women’s 1,500-meter with a personal best time of 4:24.03.
Redshirt sophomore Olivia Enright also boasted a personal best time with a third-place 10:55.71 finish in the women’s 3,000-meter steeplechase, beating her old time by nearly two minutes. On the field, senior Nathaniel Williams easily took first in men’s discus with a whopping throw of 179’00.’’ The Wolfpack narrowly missed sweeping the women’s discus, with redshirt sophomore Se-
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