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And then there were 3


he provost bout is nearly finished. Almost six months after the Board of Trustees announced the national provost search for the University’s top academic officer, three contenders remain undefeated. The initial rounds of the search were closed to the public, and after a half-year endeavor, the 16 committee members produced three candidates. Robert McGrath, Warwick Arden and Cathryn Newton will each have separate on-campus interviews open to students beginning Nov. 9. Here’s a look at how they size up.

"Which provost candidiate do you think would be best for the job? Why or why not?"





Cathryn R. Newton

Warwick A. Arden ‘The Veterinarian’

Chris Smith freshman, science education

Robert T. McGrath

‘The Geologist’


“I would choose Warwick Arden to be the permanent provost. He is already in the position right now. There haven’t been any problems with him so far, so he should just continue to serve as the provost.”

‘The Engineer’


May 2009 – present Interim Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor, N.C. State University 2004 – 2009 – Dean and Professor of Clinical Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine, N.C. State University 2000 – 2004 – Professor and head, Department of Veterinary Clinical Medicine, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 1998 – 2000 – Associate Professor of Surgery and Physiology and Director, University of Kentucky 1993 – 1998 – Assistant Professor of Surgery and Assistant Professor of Physiology and Biophysics, University of Kentucky 1990 – 1993 – Senior Clinical Research Associate, University of Kentucky 1993 – Ph. D. Physiology and Biophysics, University of Kentucky 1989 – M.S. Physiology, Michigan State University 1981 – B.V. Sc., Veterinary Medicine, University of Sydney

2008 – present Dean Emerita and Professor of Interdisciplinary Sciences 2000 – 2008 – Dean, College of Arts and Sciences, Syracuse University 1993 – 2000 – Professor of Geology and Chair, Department of Earth Sciences Syracuse University 1992 – 1993 – Interim Associate Dean, College of Arts and Sciences, Syracuse University 1989 – 1993 – Associate Professor of Geology, Syracuse University 1983 – 1989 – Assistant Professor of Geology, Syracuse University 1983 – Ph. D. Earth Sciences, University of California, Santa Cruz 1979 – M.S. Geology, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill 1976 – B.A. Geology, Duke University, magna cum laude



April 2010 – present – Consultant with Battelle on National Laboratory/University Partnerships, STEM Education and Race to the Top initiatives February 2008 – March 2010 – Deputy Laboratory Director for Science & Tech at National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Consultant on acquisition of the NREL July 2004 – February 2008 – Senior Vice President for Research at Ohio State, facilitated Battelle/Ohio State partnerships November 1996 – June 2004 – Pennsylvania State University, Professor of Engineering Science September 1998 – June 2004 – Associate Vice President for Research, Director of Strategic & Interdisciplinary Initiatives, Director of the Marine Corps Research University July 1984 – February 1998 – Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, NM; Division Manger/ R&D Program Manager/ Research Scientist August 1980 – June 1984 – Assistant Professor of Engineering SOURCE: ROBERT T. MCGRATH’S CURRICULUM VITAE

“I would pick Cathryn Newton just because it looks like she has a little more experience than the other candidates, and some of her education is from North Carolina.” April Lamm freshman, agricultural education

“I would tend toward Warwick Arden because he is already here. He has done a good job with everything since he took over. If Arden was chosen as provost, there would be less turnover time than with a new provost coming in. Even before he was named interim provost, he had ties to the University.” Emerson Barker sophomore, political science

Republicans control U.S. House; Dems U.S. Senate After Tuesday’s preliminary election results, the Democrats maintain control of the U.S. Senate, but Republicans gained control of the U.S. House. Staff Report Heading into the midterm elections, Democrats held 255 of the 433 seats in the House. In the Senate, Democrats had 59 of the 100 seats.

North Carolina had one senate seat up for election. As of 10:30 p.m. Tuesday night, the unofficial results showed Richard Burr, the Republican incumbent, leading with 55 percent of the votes. Elaine Marshall conceided earlier on in the night. The 13 districts of the U.S. House of Representatives in North Carolina were up for election. Also, as of 10:30 p.m. Tuesday night, the unofficial results showed eight of the districts had Democrats winning the race.

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University Pre-Law Services hosted a law school fair Tuesday in Talley Student Center drawing in hundreds of students, law school representatives and members of the general public. According to Mary Tetro, university coordinator for pre-law services and chair elect of the Pre-Law Adviser’s National Council, the event consisted of a series of workshops, as well as a general law school fair, designed as a way to connect a diverse array of law schools with a wide range of potential law school applicants. “When we decided to organize this fair back in 2002, we especially wanted to be sure that this was an open event,” said Tetro. “We had been to other law

school fairs in the area, and we believe that having an open fair is beneficial to law schools since it allows them to talk to everyone.” Adam Barrett, assistant dean for enrollment management at McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento, CA, said this quality is one of the main reasons why so many schools attended the law school fair. “Our University, and many others from around the U.S., all go on a ‘swing’ about this time where we visit N.C. State and many other universities in the area,” said Barrett. “Diversity is something that is really important to our school in particular because we are one of the most diverse law schools in the nation.” Barrett, who is moving to North Carolina to continue expanding McGeorge’s recruitment along the east coast, said there is a lot of incentive for law schools in other parts of the nation to come to universities like N.C. State. “I have been a representative at this fair for many years,” said Barrett.


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Speaking with a representative of UNC law school, Katie Dowell, an alumna of N.C. State, gathers information at the Law School Fair. Dowell said the fair, held in the Talley ballroom on Tuesday, was "very informative." "It is much easier to walk from one table to another than trying to research all the information on your own," Dowell said. "I'm planning to apply in the Fall of next year, and [the fair] enables you to get more information in a shorter span of time."

“N.C. State is a great school, and we consistently find really well-qualified and diverse students.” According to Jessica Montes, Nova

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Law school fair promotes diversity ‘Diversity’ was the buzzword at the ninth annual Law School Fair, highlighting the search for a wider range of students.


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In Tuesday’s “The Pack backs Senator Burr, according to poll,” Beverly Perdue is the governor of North Carolina.

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Today CAMPUS FARMERS MARKET AT NCSU 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Brickyard


COOKING CLUB 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Wolves’ Den/Fourth Floor Kitchen in Talley


ACCESS 2007 LEVEL 1 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. McKimmon Center AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT 9 a.m. to noon Room 101, Administrative Services Building II


SMART-SHOP SERIES WORKSHOP: CAREER AND GRADUATE SCHOOL 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Blue Room, Talley Student Center

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ose Gonzalez, a freshman in French, plays a match of tennis on the courts behind Carmichael Gymnasium on Tuesday,. When asked about why he came out to play, Gonzalez said, “I needed to cool off and relieve stress because biology is killin’ me!”

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QUOTE OF THE DAY “National Novel Writing Month is all about the journey. If nothing else, it makes you sit down and start something. It’s about finding the time to do something you always hoped to do, and trying your best to finish.” Alok Baikadi, doctoral student in computer science

Talley Student Center renovations open house The architects for the Talley Student Center renovations will be holding an open house on Tuesday, Nov. 9 at 5:30 p.m. The architects firm, Duda/Paine, will allow visitors to gain a more comprehensive understanding of the design features of the new Talley Student Center, scheduled to open late 2014. This event is open to students, faculty and staff and transportation will be provided from Talley Student Center at 5 p.m. to Duda/Paine, located at 333 Liggett Street in Durham. Please RSVP to by Wednesday, Nov. 3. SOURCE: JENNIFER GILMORE, CAMPUS ENTERPRISES

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William Powers’ talk about sustainability On Thursday at 7 p.m., William Powers, author, conservation activist and Senior Fellow at the World Policy Institute, will be discussing his new book, Twelve by Twelve: A OneRoom Cabin Off the Grid and Beyond the American Dream in the Erdahl-Cloyd Theater in D.H. Hill Library. The talk is open to the general public, and will be of special interest to people interested in issues of sustainability, development and social and environmental justice. The talk will be followed by time for questions and discussion. SOURCE: SARAH BOWEN, NCSU LIBRARIES

orange:will kick-off On Sunday at 2 p.m., DiabetesSisters is officially kicking off the orange:will campaign with an event in downtown Raleigh. Diabetes Sisters created the national campaign orange:will to bring greater awareness to the unique challenges women with diabetes face and to encourage support and research


3:10 A.M. | MEDICAL ASSIST Wood Hall Units responded and transported student in need of medical assistance.

Oct. 31 12:27 A.M. | MEDICAL ASSIST-ALCOHOL Dan Allen Drive/Yarbrough Drive Fire Protection responded to intoxicated non-student. Subject was issued citation for underage consumption/ possession.

3:55 A.M. | MEDICAL ASSISTALCOHOL Lee Hall Units responded and transported student in need of medical assistance. Subject and second student were referred to University for alcohol violation.

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for everyone with diabetes. The event will take place at Gravy Restaurant ( at 135 South Wilmington Street and will include hors d’oeuvres, an art auction to benefit diabetes support and research programs. November is National Diabetes Awareness Month. SOURCE: BRANDY BARNES, FOUNDER/ SISTERS


French film showing in Apex

Prose committee meeting

Farinelli il Castrato, released in 1994 and rated R, will be shown Wednesday, Nov. 10 at 7 p.m. at the Halle Cultural Arts Center in Apex, N.C. The movie is about Farinelli (Stefano Dionisi), a famous castrato in the 18th century. Farinelli’s father declares he should only sing the songs of his brother Riccardo (Enrico LoVerso). While Farinelli’s fame gives Riccardo’s career a needed boost, the mediocrity of Riccardo’s compositions hold Farinelli back. When the singer is given the opportunity to work

The first meeting of the Windhover Prose Selection Committee is Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. in the Hill of Beans area of D.H. Hill library. Anyone who is interested in helping select and edit submissions (prose, audio, visual etc) for the 2011 edition of Windhover can email editor@windhover. Windhover is N.C. State’s annual literary magazine.

Raleigh Police Department monitored Hillsborough Street. No problems reported. 12:10 P.M. | FIRE ALARM Metcalf Hall Officers responded to alarm caused by cooking. 12:47 P.M. | ASSAULT Pi Lamda Phi Non-student reported being assaulted by student while attending party. Appropriate personnel notified. 4:12 P.M. | DAMAGE TO PROPERTY Dan Allen Deck Student reported vehicle damaged while parked in lot.

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with the great composer Handel (Jeroen Krabbe), his brother’s jealousy and Farinelli’s own poorly chosen career alliances stand in his way. Farinelli il Castrato received a Golden Globe award as Best Foreign Language Film of 1994 and an Academy Award nomination in the same category. Tickets are $2.




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UNIVERSITY BUDGET ADVISORY COMMITTEE MEETING 10:30 a.m. to noon Chancellor’s Conference Room

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5:02 P.M. | LARCENY Becton Hall Student reported bicycle stolen. 5:42 P.M. | MEDICAL ASSIST Carmichael Gym Units responded and transported student in need of medical assistance. 9:30 P.M. | FIRE ALARM EB I Units responded to alarm. Fire Marshall and Electronics notified. 9:37 P.M | CHECK PERSON Dan Allen Drive Report of subjects in costumes hold signs and getting too close to traffic. Subjects were advised to stay out of roadway.

tonight! A Piece of My Heart

Nov 3-6 at 7:30pm • Nov 6-7 at 2pm Kennedy-McIlwee Studio Theatre A powerful drama based on the stories of six women who served during the Vietnam War.

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Wednesday, November 3 at 7pm Stewart Theatre Arabesque by Samuel Hazo, plus music by Aaron Copland and Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov. $5 NCSU students


STUDENT POSTER SESSION 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Caldwell Lounge MEDIASITE: HOW TO CREATE ONLINE COURSE CONTENT Noon to 1 p.m. ITTC Labs 1A and1B UCCC MEETING 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Blue Room, Talley Student Center WACHOVIA EXECUTIVE LECTURE: DAVID SINGER, PRESIDENT & CEO, LANCE CORP. 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. 3400 Nelson Hall N.C. STATE LEADERSHIP SERIES: FBI SPECIAL AGENT CHARLES ORGBON, JR. 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Riddick Hall MOVIE: EARTHQUAKE 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Witherspoon Cinema NCSU WIND ENSEMBLE 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Stewart Theatre UNIVERSITY THEATRE PRESENTS A PIECE OF MY HEART 7:30 p.m. Thompson Theatre MOVIE: INCEPTION 9:30 p.m. Witherspoon Cinema Ongoing Events DELTA FALL WORKSHOPS AND SEMINARS REGISTRATION All Day Online BEN GALATA & EVAN LIGHTNER: HANDCRAFT IS CONTEMPORARY DESIGN Noon to 8 p.m. Gregg Museum of Art and Design SOUTHERN ROOTS OF MIDCENTURY MODERN Noon to 8 p.m. Gregg Museum of Art and Design

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Conference provides leadership skills to students PRELAW Saturday’s second annual Triangle Youth Leadership Conference aims to teach high school students the skills to become future leaders and bring about change. Kali Mallory Staff Writer

The second annual Triangle Youth Leadership Conference welcomes high school students across the state to develop leadership skills at its NCSU chapter. High school students will go through different leadership exercises led by University students, hear different speakers and interact with fellow students. The conference will be held Saturday, Nov. 6 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Talley Student Center. Adam Dunn, a junior in physics and co-founder of Triangle Youth Leadership Services, said the conference will show high school students how they can make a difference in society. “The purpose of the second annual Triangle Youth Leadership Conference is to equip North Carolina high school students with the tools and resources needed to create positive community change. Our goal is not just to teach, but to show that they, even as high school students, have the power to create huge changes,” Dunn said. Some students said leadership seminars and conferences should be provided at the end

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of the high school period and necessary to actually go out at the beginning of the college there and create change now,” era, because it’s a good age for Mazur said. According to Mazur, the conlearning these skills. Cameron Bevington, a senior ference will include a keynote in sports management, said the speaker, Tom Stafford, vice high school age group is a good chancellor of Student Affairs, target for leadership education. N.C. State student-led work“It’s never too soon to educate shops, small group discussions, people about leadership and and an NCSU student panel ways to improve their skills,” including students Barton Bevington said. “It definitely Strawn, Saul Flores and Kelly gives each group a prospective. Hook.” Riki Braentner, a freshman in High school students see what their future entails and college chemistry, said teaching today’s students make a difference and youth enhances their future. “It is important so youth share their knowledge and exi n t o d a y ’s periences.” societ y can Steven Malearn how to zur, a junior be producin chemical engineert ive people ing and coand responfou nder of sible adults Triangle in the future,” Youth LeadBraentner ership Sersaid. Cameron Bevington, senior v ic e s , s a id T h e Tr i participants angle Youth had to apply to attend the con- Leadership Conference is hostference. ed by Park Scholars. Dunn said “Applicants applied online all students are involved in the through our website, www. conference. and “TYLS is a completely stuanswered three free response dent-led organization, and questions relating to leader- thus all volunteers who help ship and their desire to learn. to plan and coordinate our Attendees were selected based youth leadership development on their answers to the three conferences at N.C. State are free response questions,” Ma- students at N.C. State, not just zur said. Park Scholars,” Dunn said. Mazur said this year’s conferAccording to Dunn, Triangle ence will focus on the ways to the organization is spreading to advocate for change, whereas other universities. last year’s conference defined “TYLS became affiliated with leadership. N.C. State through its status “[This year’s conference] will as a student organization and focus on providing participants sponsorship by the Park Scholwith the skills and inspiration arships,” said Dunn. “Since its

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inception in January, it has grown to include another university chapter at Georgia Tech.” Dunn said the conference allows should draw approximately 80 high school students and provides the opportunity for University students to interact with high school students on a state-wide level. “Additionally, this conference is an exceptional opportunity for current N.C. State students to develop their own leadership skills through coordination of this event. It is a way for N.C. State students to directly inf luence the betterment of their state-wide community. This conference is an investment from N.C. State University in the future of youth leadership.” According to Mazur, students can help out with various aspects of the program. “NCSU students can help out in many ways. If students want to participate in the conference itself, they can present an hour-long workshop, facilitate a small group discussion, or work with logistics,” Mazur said. “Students can also help by serving on different committees, such as the media or logistics committees that assist with more specific parts of the event.” Students interested in helping with next year’s event can e-mail

with much less diversity, such as Florida-based Nova, also looked to increase the diversity of their applicants. “We are a small private school, so we try to look for a diverse population of students,” said Montes. “We’d like to have a well-rounded set of students.” According to Montes, attending law school fairs in areas farther away from the university she represents encourages the recruitment of such individuals. “When you go to schools in other parts of the country, especially in areas like North Carolina, you see such a wide variety of students,” said Montes. “If we can recruit many types of students, it will improve the overall classroom experience because it will include many different cultures, traditions, and perspectives.” Tetro said this year’s law school fair aimed to correct the common misconception that

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pre-law events are beneficial only to CHASS students. “It is a common misnomer that most N.C. State students applying to law school are in CHASS,” said Tetro. “We’ve had students from every college on campus, with the exceptions of design and education, apply for law school. Percentagewise, there are more CHASS students. However, we have large numbers of students applying from the colleges of management, engineering, and textiles.” Rob Williams, a junior in political science, said even though he is in CHASS, he recommends this event and others like it to students in all majors and colleges. “This was a very well organized event, and it was a great opportunity for students to meet representatives from different law schools,” said Williams. “Even if you aren’t interested in attending law school, it is always interesting to see other options in the workforce. There was a lot of information available at this event that you maybe wouldn’t be able to find on their websites.”

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Cathryn Newton, Robert McGrath and current interim Provost Warwick Arden are the three final candidates for the provost position. The candidates will be on campus next week for interviews and to get acquainted with the campus.

OUR OPINION: The provost will affect them and their and future students’ experience at the University. There are so many aspects of the provost’s job, students cannot afford to let a random person make critical decisions about what directly affects them every day.

he provost search is finally drawing near the final stages. The Provost Search Committee narrowed down the search to Cathryn Newton, Robert McGrath and current interim Provost Warwick Arden. The provost position is more involved and important to students. Students need to attend the candidates’ interviews to get to know the candidates, because the hire will affect the direction of academics and funds at the University. The new provost will spearhead the University’s Strategic Plan process. This means he or she will monitor how all aspects of the University may change. Some of these changes will directly affect students. The new provost needs to be

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will be prioritizing programs. Students need to be aware of how each candidate feels about the services offered by the University, and make sure the provost is looking out for the programs students think are most important. Since the chancellor moved Student Affairs under the provost, the new hire will also affect students’ experiences while they are at the University. They will have “the opportunity to define the critical issues of undergraduate student life, both inside and outside the classroom,” according to the job description for the provost. Students’ experiences with the

trustworthy and students need to make sure the changes he or she proposes are in line with what’s best for students. If the candidate doesn’t hold the same priorities as a student, the student should voice his or her opinion so their voice is heard. With more tuition and fee increases on the horizon, students should be paying attention to the provost. While the University’s top academic advisor doesn’t determine tuition, he or she does allocate money to academic programs, including faculty research and special projects. This year is going to be tough on the University’s budget, so the provost

University will be changed by whomever is chosen. Students need to interact with the provost candidates while they are on campus and then provide the chancellor with feedback about the best candidate that will represent them. The candidate should maintain the integrity of the position and the University. This is a time for students to evaluate how their experience has been and how it can improve. The provost’s vision should be students’ main concern. Apathy is not an option when the student experience is on the line, but students have to take initiative and make their voice heard in this search.


H1N1 in 2010


e 2009 novel H1N1 inf luenza pandemic was historic, newsworthy and exciting. A vaccine had to be developed and was available too late for many of the more than 1,500 N.C. State students sickDr. Mary Bengtson ened i n t he Guest columnist first 14 weeks of fall semester 2009. The typical student sickened with flu missed class and usual activities three to five days. Fast-forward to fall 2010, and the upcoming flu season is boring by comparison. The flu vaccine is not in short supply in 2010. About 2,000 of the more than 30,000 students have received f lu vaccine at the fall 2010 vaccine clinics held on campus. A single dose of vaccine protects against three subtypes of flu and takes about two weeks to be protective. The next flu vaccine clinic is Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Talley Student Center Ballroom. No appointment is required. Vaccine is free with some insurance plans (Pearce & Pearce and BCBSNC) or $25 for others. Updates about vaccine opportunities will be posted at It cannot be predicted with certainty when the flu will arrive at the University in 2010. Sporadic flu activity is already

being reported in 22 states, including North Carolina (according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention). Subtypes causing illness include A(2009 H1N1), A(H3), and B. Flu activity typically increases in November and might continue into March. Coming down with f lu in November or December could impact Thanksgiving break plans, expose family members and interfere with the critical final weeks of the semester and final exams. So should students care about flu and getting vaccinated in 2010? Absolutely. Your semester might depend on it. Dr. Mar y Bengtson is currently the medical director at Student Health Services. Dr. Bengtson earned a BS in microbiology and her MD from Southern Illinois University. She completed her residency and became board certified in family practice at Deaconess Hospital in Evansville, Indiana. She worked as staff physician at Purdue University Student Health before coming to N.C. State.



“Do you plan to attend any of the interviews for the provost candidates? Why or why not?” BY ALEX NITT

“If I don’t have class, I plan on going because I want to see what it’s all about.”

“The Advising Cycle”

“It cannot be predicted with certainty when the flu will arrive at the University in 2010.”

Christian O’Neal, sophomore in mechanical engineering Joseph Garner junior, biochemistry




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Brazilian atmosphere perfect for cloud making I thought this was a great article. I feel it is necessary to point out that these terpenes produced by trees were once called out by Ronald Reagan and Secretary of the Interior James Watt as being pollutants. So when it was famously pointed out by the administration that trees cause more pollution than automobiles, essentially this was a correct statement, if your definition of pollution is clouds. It was the cloud-forming particles produced by trees that Reagan declared as being pollutants. As always with political statements, it is necessary to check what the definition of “is” is.

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“No, I will have class.” Deanna La freshman, First Year College

“I’m not going, because I did not know any of the interviews were going on.”

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Did you vote?


t’s the day after the polls closed. Did students vote? Maybe they did, but on average we doubt it. According to the Pack Poll, slightly more than 60 percent of students said they planned to vote. That’s unlikely for Dr. Cobb and several reaEmily Konides sons. First, Guest Columnists less than 60 percent of students said they voted in 2008. Presidential elections invariably bring out more voters than midterms, so why would a higher percentage of students plan to vote in 2010? Secondly, self-reports of voting intentions are notorious for

overestimating actual turnout. Students might have good intentions but fail to deliver, or they know they are supposed to say they plan to vote even if they know they won’t. The Pack Poll tried to increase turnout by embedding an experiment that encouraged students to vote. In the experiment, the Poll divided respondents into five random groups. Some students received a version of the poll that didn’t ask about the election, while others were asked questions about the election but were not encouraged to vote. The group asked about the election without being encouraged to vote

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the Vote, which relies heavily on celebrities asking young people to vote, are effective. We are not so sure this is accurate. The study allows us to measure the effectiveness of this strategy and to see if celebrities are any more effective than a credible fellow student asking you to vote. The results showed that being asked to vote created a backlash against voting. Looking only at registered voters, 82 percent of students said they would probably vote when they were not encouraged to vote. Yet, the percentage of likely student voters dropped to 68 percent when they saw Hook, Smith

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provided a baseline estimate of projected turnout. The remaining three groups of students saw either Student Body President Kelly Hook or celebrities Will Smith and Kanye West encouraging them to vote. Political scientists have been doing field experiments to see what promotes turnout for about a decade. The most effective way of increasing turnout is to send someone to your door to remind you it’s time to vote. The Pack Poll study is different by focusing specifically on student turnout, and also by looking at the role of celebrities. Many people believe organizations like Rock

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or West asking them to vote. Looking deeper, there was no evidence showing students responded differently to Hook than either Smith or West. Simply being told it is important to vote makes some students less likely to want to vote. Since North Carolina has early voting, the Poll also looked to see how unregistered students might respond to the appeals. The results showed the same pattern of responses. While 50 percent of unregistered voters thought they would still probably vote, the percentage of students intending to vote declined to 33 percent if they were encouraged to vote by

Hook, Smith or West. Of course, this single study is not the last word on the subject, but it points to the danger of naively thinking turnout can be increased simply by telling people to go vote. Many assume celebrities are persuasive and can get young people to vote, but maybe it’s time to rethink how we encourage students to vote. In fact, this strategy might even have the opposite effect, depending on the messenger. People need a substantive reason to vote. Hey, MTV: You’re doing it wrong.

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Is ‘Saturday Night Live’ still funny? Students and entertainment critics sound off on SNL’s humor and relevance, then and now. Brooke Shafranek Staff Writer

For decades, Saturday Night Live has been dominating the live comedy television show market with its legendary, ever-changing cast and writers. However, the “golden years” have passed and the show’s current comedic position has come into question. Is SNL still funny? The show has always had its ups and downs, but finding a balance is key to holding onto an audience. According to Bri Reino, webmaster of the Kristen Wiig fan website, it’s all a matter of opinion. “Every time Ken Tucker writes on about SNL,” Reino said, “the post is full of comments claiming ‘SNL is not funny anymore.’ But SNL has been deemed ‘unfunny’ for years by critics and fans. It all goes back to your perspective.” Reino added that one of the great things about SNL is that it changes from year to year. “I have to say I view SNL as a dynamic and changing entity,” Reino said. “It’s never static— it’s a long running institution. There have certainly been low parts and high parts. It’s constantly reinventing itself and breaking new ground.” SNL still has many loyal followers. Kevin Ford, director of WNBC stationed in New York City, said he thinks SNL is widely popular and culturally relevant. “I walk in to work around 3 a.m. and there are people still camped outside Friday morning,” Ford said. “And that’s not

even for show tickets, that’s just Roseanne Roseannadanna, for rehearsal.” etc. Hit-or-miss is inevitable Radio commentator, writer in a live show, and recurring and comedian Bob Harris has characters are actually necesa different take on SNL quality sary to the process.” over the years. Harris, who studied impro“I don’t think that SNL has visational comedy with Sec‘sucked’ the way it did in the ond City and Del Close’s Imlate 90s since Tina Fey became provOlympic, has performed head writer in 1999,” Har- live stand-up at over 400 clubs ris said. “You want suck? Try and colleges. He has written watching anything from 1981 episodes for CSI: Crime Scene or 1982. Those seasons were Investigation and Bones, and is truly unwatchable—so bad quite familiar with SNL’s writthat SNL had to fight to get its ing process. reputation back for a genera“I have friends who’ve writtion.” ten for the show,” Harris said, According to Reino, SNL “and the time pressure is bruneeds to stop playing to a tal.  It would be impossible to younger audience with guests create wholly new stuff every such as Taylor Lautner, Justin single week, without at least Bieber a nd some leanTaylor Swift. ing on reReino also curring suggested characters.”  that SNL “Maybe should stop it’s more a focusing on question of any actor who overdoing is hot right a middling now. character “Gabourey more than Sidibe hosted anything,” fresh off the Harris said. bu z z f rom “Virtually Precious and a l l sketch Alyssa Van Kollem, it was abyscharacters freshman in psychology mal,” Reino are essent ia l ly one said. “Big box office doesn’t necessarily equal joke played out in various ways – and if the one joke wasn’t all big laughs.” Reino said SNL’s presently that funny, you’re screwed.” According to Reino, this seareoccurring characters such as Gilly, Laser Cats and Blizzard son of SNL is a mixed bag. “For this current season, Man have been “grating.” But according to Harris, the focus I’m glad to see some diversity on characters may not be the finally, and more women,” Reino said. “I’m impressed with problem. “The original SNL had plenty Vanessa Bayer and another of recurring characters,” Har- newcomer, Taran Killam. SNL ris said, “and sketches that was relying on Kristen too were only mildly amusing–the much for female roles, and it Killer Bees, the ‘Cheeseburger made for either overkill on her Cheeseburger’ cooks, etc.–but part, or male-centric sketches.” Reino had some specific adalso had many that became fairly huge–the Land Shark, vice for the show as well.

“[SNL]used to be good. It’s just like, you’re watching a scene and you’re waiting for it to get funny, and it just ends.”

“[SNL should] utilize the women of the cast more, add more female writers, and add a black female performer,” Reino said. “And please scale back Kristen’s zany characters. I never want to see Gilly again.” Gilly’s latest skit was with host Jane Lynch from the hit television show Glee. According to Alyssa Van Kollem, a freshman in psychology, the skit was awful. “It was so out of character and Gilly completely ruined it,” Van Kollem said. “When SNL can’t even do a parody, something is wrong.” In 1996, Harris wrote an article called Why Saturday Night Live Sucks. The article dealt with SNL’s portrayal of the working and lower classes. Reflecting on his work, Harris said, “I stand by my conclusions but only as they were in 1996. Tina Fey as head writer seems to have changed such issues.” “After that, the show was rarely, if ever, as condescending on a class level as it had been,” Harris said. “Meanwhile, the digital shorts, etc., are often inspired, and it’s hard to argue that the show ever had more cultural and political influence than when Tina Fey portrayed Sarah Palin in 2008.” Van Kollem disagreed. “[The show] sucks ever since Tina Fey took over,” Van Kollem said. “It used to be good. It’s just like, you’re watching a scene and you’re waiting for it to get funny, and it just ends.” Ashley Conte, a freshman in psychology, is a big fan of the show in its current form. “Tina Fey is a gifted comedian and writer. I think she keeps it fresh,” Conte said.

Students bond over ‘Magic’ and ‘Betrayal’ The table top gaming club brings students together to play Magic: The Gathering, Betrayal at House on the Hill and other card and board games.

industrial engineering, has been a member for three years and is a fan of a few of the more abstract games. Two of his favorites are Bang! and Betrayal at House on the Hill. The goal of each game is to eliminate opponents through trickery and tactics. As with all board games and card games, players need a little bit of luck as well. Aaron Andersen Bang, Shields said, is a westStaff Writer ern themed game about shootN.C. State is home to outs. “Betrayal is a game based many clubs, ranging from off of the old stories where educational clubs to sports people have to stay in a hauntclubs and everything in ed house for a night in order between. There is even a to earn a large inheritance,” club for students who just Shields said. Shanna Wood, a sophomore want to play board and card in wildlife science, also enjoys games. The Table Top Gamers playing Betrayal. “There are 50 different outClub, which meets in Talley every Thursday from comes,” Wood said. “You never 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m., of- know what will happen.” The club fers a large has several library of special interga mes to est groups. its memOne of the bers, ranglarger ones ing f rom is the Magic: games like The GatherRi sk a nd Yahtzee to Yehor Fedchenko, sophomore in ing SIG led computer science b y Ye h o r Dungeons Fedchenko, & Dragons. The club’s $10 yearly dues a sophomore in computer sciallow members to check out ence. The group holds tournaany of the games and join ments and plays a variety of any tournaments that the multi-player versions of the game. club holds. “The club is great,” FedchenMike Roselli, who later formed the Collegiate As- ko said. “I come every week to sociation of Table Top play.” Rob Nunely, vice president Gamers, founded the club in 2006. He is currently of the club, is a sophomore in the executive director of creative writing. He keeps orthe association. The NCSU der in the meetings and helps Table Top Gamers Club is organize tournaments, such as the most reputable chapter the Magic tournament held this of this association. past Thursday. The club’s president, Derek Shields, a senior in GAMING continued page 6

“The club is great. I come every week to play.”

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NaNoWriMo inspires new generation of writers National Novel Writing Month encourages writers to write 50,000 words in the month of November. By Jordan Alsaqa Senior Staff Writer

In 1999, 21 writers in the San Francisco Bay area took part in a month-long challenge to write a novel of no less than 50,000 words. What started as a fun project for a group of friends has since grown into an event recognized internationally as National Novel Writing Month, and many students are getting involved. Chris Baty, who has helped the event grow into what it is today, founded national Novel Writing Month, or NaNo. While less than two dozen writers participated in the first event, about 170,000 people attempter the challenge in 2009. Collectively, they managed to write over 2.4 billion words. T he event’s popu la r it y

growth can be attributed to the loose, fun nature that Baty and his colleagues inject into NaNo. The event is left open to all genres and writing styles, including fan fiction and novels in poem format. The goal is simply to get writers writing. Michael Hubbard, a sophomore in electrical engineering, said that NaNo supplies him with some much-needed motivation. “It provides writers with the support a lot of us need to get past the first obstacles of writing a story,” Hubbard said. “It gives us encouragement through peer pressure and a sense of accomplishment for what we do.” In addition to giving writers the freedom to write what they want, NaNo also provides a strong community for participation. Authors can add one another as “writing buddies” and keep track of their progress. There is also a forum where writers can seek out advice, have parts of their novel

critiqued, or find a healthy distraction from their own writing for a little while. Alok Baikadi, a doctoral student in computer science, noted the importance of the community portion of the NaNo website. “The social aspects of NaNo provide a couple different things,” Baikadi said. “They provide encouragement, competition and support. Baikadi added that for competitive writers, there’s nothing better than a “word war,” a battle among friends to see who can write the most words in a given amount of time. Even if writers don’t reach the 50,000-word minimum within the month, they can still walk away with new connections to other writers. The friends made through NaNo often remain important in other writing opportunities, especially if a writer tries again the following year. Sujin Headrick, community manager for, a

database of NaNo information, has completed the event every year since 2002. “The NaNo communit y is the nicest group of people you’ll ever meet,” Headrick said. “Everyone there is so supportive and willing to celebrate even the smallest accomplishments, or, even better, give you the kick in the butt you need to write if you’re procrastinating.” The event’s popularity has also led to a massive expansion in the scope of events and opportunities available to writers. Pep talks from famous authors and participants are sent to the writers via email throughout the month, along with video posts designed to keep writers motivated. The site also features a Laptop Loaner program, which allows writers the ability to submit a $300 deposit and receive a laptop to use for the event’s duration. Other NaNo participants donate the laptops, which further emphasizes the overall sense of community.

Other events are also available during the year to inspire writing. The Office of Letters and Light, a non-profit organization initially founded to operate the NaNo competition, launched Script Frenzy in 2007. Script Frenzy is similar to NaNo, but takes place in April and focuses on writing a 100-page manuscript instead. Though not yet as popular as NaNo, the event shows a growing interest in writing challenges. National Novel Writing Month continues to grow in popularity and shows no signs of stopping in 2010. In its first day, this year’s event has already seen 55 million words written, and participants are still joining. As the month of November presses on, this may prove to be the biggest year in the event’s history. The overall goal remains for authors to continue writing, and enjoy every minute of it. “NaNo is all about the jour-

ney,” Baikadi said. “If nothing else, it makes you sit down and start something. It’s about finding the time to do something you always hoped to do, and trying your best to finish.”

ings,” Pulsipher said. “They are interactive; you have to find out how people react to them.” Pulsipher is a professor at continued from page 5 Fayetteville Technical ComAnother weekly participant munity College and is the first in the club’s activities is Lewis professor in North Carolina to teach game Pulsipher, a design on a game designcommunity er who is best college level. known for his Besides game, Britanplaying board nia. Pulsipher ga me s a nd br i ng s t he card games club ga mes li ke Magic : that he is in The Gatherthe process Derek Shields, senior in ing, the club of making in industrial engineering a lso helps order for the with chariplayers to test ties that help children in need. them. “This year, we will probably “Games are not like paint-

be donating to Child’s Play, which is a charity that provides games to children with terminal illnesses,” Shields said. “Last year, we donated money to a charity helping Haiti.” The club provides students a place to go where they can play games with their peers. It also allows for the formation of special interest groups like the current Magic SIG, where Magic players can get together and bond based solely on their unique interest in the game. In an era when technology has become increasingly important, the Table Top Gaming Club offers students a pared down experience where interaction takes center stage.


“Last year, we donated money to a charity helping Haiti.”


While playing "Betrayal at House on the Hill", Derek Shields, a senior in industrial engineering and president of NCSU Table Top Gamers Club, passes an item card to another player on Thursday. "'Betrayal' is a game that is based off old haunted house stories," Shields said. "One player wants the inheritance for himself and tries to defeat the other players."


For writers to stay on track to reach 50,000 words in November, they should write an average of 1,667 words daily. As of the first day of this year’s event, over 150,000 writers have signed up to participate. In 2005, NaNo launched the Young Writers program, providing the opportunity for K-12 students to participate in the event in the classroom. Chris Baty, the creator of NaNo, wrote No Plot, No Problem, a guideline for successfully completing the event. The official site has a scoreboard system, which ranks participation levels by both region and genre.





Sophomore aims for perfection grow into his own, but finished strong at the Great American Rif le Conference Championships Feb. 21. Though the Pack took seventh place in the tournament, Cross was first on the team with a total score of Kate Sureshot Shefte 1,147 and had the second highSenior Staff Writer est smallbore score of the year, In a sport where the tiniest a 570. Despite this, Cross said he fraction of an inch is the distance between victory and de- wanted to make greater strides. “I would have liked to have feat, nothing less than flawlessness will do. Rifle team stand- done better,” Cross said. “I’m out Bryan Cross, a sophomore probably always going to say in criminology, has taken that that, no matter how well I do. Towards the end of the year, mantra to heart. Teammate Martha Hall said I started getting more into a that once in a while, Cross’ groove and started doing a little perfectionist tendencies take better. This year, I’m hoping to make a mark.” her aback. Cross got off to a solid start “Occasionally, he gets a little bit crazy about his training, but this season, taking first place in it’s good,” Hall said. “He keeps the Pack’s first SEARC event in Milledgeville, the team on Ga., Oct. 2. edge.” Near the end Cross hails of his 2009from Higga2010 season nu m, Conto-do list are necticut, popwinning indiulation 1,761, vidual honors as of 2007. at SEARC and Though one scoring in the of the largest top eight at towns in the junior Martha Hall GARC in the state by size, spr i ng. A n according to NCAA berth Cros s , “no is unlikely, but not unattainone lives there.” “Everyone knows everyone, able. New assistant coach Jennifer pretty much,” Cross said. That meant he quickly felt Marshall, a 2007 graduate who right at home in the small and competed for the rifle team all close-knit rif le team, which four years she attended State, carries a roster of nine ath- said Cross holds himself to a letes. Only five of them travel higher standard than his teammates. to compete. “Bryan’s drive for perfection During his freshman campaign, Cross took some time to is the biggest on the team. I

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“Occasionally, he gets a little bit crazy about his training, but it’s good.”


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Keeping a steady eye on his target, Bryan Cross, a sophomore in criminology, takes aim at practice on Tuesday.

know no one who works harder than him. That’s what the whole sport is about – you have to be perfect,” Marshall said. “If I could clone him, I would.” Occasionally, she and head coach Keith Miller have had to rein him in. “He’s very disciplined and intense and he’s kind of tough on himself,” Marshall said. “We’re trying to get him to mellow just a little bit. Not to the point where he doesn’t care, but to the point where it doesn’t affect his shooting.” In the rare event that Cross is lacking motivation, teammate Will Teller will be there to push him to excel. Teller and Cross,

both sophomores, have been neck-in-neck in scoring since both arrived at State. Using the team’s brand-new, competition-grade electronic targets – a “parting gift” from former Athletic Director Lee Fowler, according to Miller – Cross and Teller will often banter during practice and engage in some friendly fire. “It’s fun to see them shoot, especially when they’re shooting next to each other,” Marshall said. “They’re very different as well. Will’s extroverted and goofy, and [Cross] is very serious. Their dynamic is funny.”


carried over into ACC play. Zuerner said the team was determined on attempting to win its first conference match up of the year versus a talented No. 5 ranked Virginia Cavaliers squad. “Virginia’s a great team,” Zuerner said. “It’s going to take another strong defensive effort to hold them at bay, but we’ll be ready.”  Other than Zuerner’s key play nearing the end of the first half, Tuesday’s game was mainly an exercise in patience as both teams sat back, conservatively playing the ball around the perimeter. With only one save having to be made on either side of the pitch, Coach Tarantini said it was a hard fought, physical win for his team.  “We need to show heart and determination in everything we do,” Tarantini said. “Today, believe it or not, it’s a hard win and we did whatever we needed to do to win.”  As senior night approaches, the long time Wolfpack head man said he realizes the importance of maintaining confidence heading into the ACC tournament. Not surprisingly, Tarantini also said he acknowledges that it will be an emotional night considering he has helped develop players like Lassiter and Zuerner over the past four years.  “It’s four years of your life,” Tarantini said. “It’s four years of sacrif ice, four years to give so many things. You have to come here with pride not only because you played here for four years, but because it’s NC State. It would be very

hard for me to see those four guys lose, they’re a part of our family.” A s t he t r ip to nea rby WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary looms next Tuesday, Tarantini said the message to his team will be very direct for Saturday night’s contest as State matches up with a ranked opponent for the seventh occasion this season. “We need to win,” Tarantini said. “That’s the only way to get confidence.” 


The stands were nearly empty. Apparently, 2 p.m. is too early for most soccer fans to make it to games due to things such as work and class. It is easy to forget the days when most games were held earlier in the day, back when Method Road was the home field,which did not have lights. Head Coach George Tarantini was making plenty of noise on the sideline, but the fans on the opposite side of the field were mostly silent. Many of the fans seemed too intimidated to be loud in such a small crowd. One voice stood out above the rest. A fan of all NCSU sports, selfproclaimed as “The Flash,” was making plenty of noise in the stands. He is best known for his trademark cheers “Hulk smash!” and “It’s clobberin’ time!” He got the crowd involved in the cheering by singing, “We want the ball, gotta have that ball,” every time the Pack lost possession. —JOSH HYATT


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Sheraton Raleigh Wolfpack Invitational game times finalized The game times for the Sheraton Raleigh Wolfpack Invitational, a tournament hosted by the women’s basketball team, have been announced. The tournament is a two day event and will be held in Reynolds Coliseum. Along with the Pack, Liberty, Creighton and the College of Charleston will also participate. On Nov. 12, State will take on the College of Charleston at noon, while Liberty and Creighton will square off at 2 p.m. The following day the Pack will take on either Liberty or Creighton at 8 p.m. SOURCE: N.C. STATE ATHLETICS

Wolfpack men’s golf ranked in top-25 The men’s golf team is currently ranked in all three major ranking systems with just two weeks to go in the fall season. Currently the team is ranked No. 19 in Golf Wold/Nike Golf, No. 20 in Golfweek and No. 22 by Golfstat. Leading the charge for the Pack are freshman Albin Choi and senior Brandon Detweiler who are ranked 30th and 40th in the Golfstat Cup Standings.


Senior wide reciever Owen Spencer attepmts to shake off a Boston College defender and fight for a few extra yards after making a catch. Spencer went on to catch eight balls for 70 yards and a touchdown, helping the Pack to rout the Eagles, 44-17, at Carter-Finely Stadium on Oct. 9.

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At six-foot three-inches tall, senior wide receiver Owen Spencer has the height to reach passes many of his defenders cannot. Over the past year, Spencer has developed into much more than a homerun threat, becoming the Pack’s top receiver, with 36 catches for 529 yards through the first eight games. In the final nine games of his senior year at North Brunswick High School, Spencer hauled in more than 500 yards receiving on 27 catches, 13 for touchdowns. “I was never known to drop balls in high school,” Spencer said.   “I always had quick feet to be so tall. I learned more about being a receiver than just running for the ball.” Spencer joined the Pack in the fall of 2007 and saw time in all 12 games.  Though he didn’t make a huge impact in his first season, he soon improved his hands and footwork.  His second year as a wide receiver, Spencer

pulled in 15 catches of 20 or more yards and set an ACC and Wolfpack single-season record with 22.3 yards per catch.  He emerged as an even more potent deep threat as a junior, leading the nation with 25.5 yards per catch. Spencer is his team’s leader in receiving yards and receptions in his fourth and final season. “He really took a big leadership role this year,” red shirt junior defensive tackle J.R. Sweezy said.  “He is a big leader on this team. He leads by example and gets all of his stuff done. I have never heard a complaint from Owen. He is a great guy and always gets all of his stuff done.” Spencer has shortened his routes in 2010, as many of his catches have gone for less yardage.  He has attempted more routes through the middle of the defense rather than going for the long ball. Spencer’s said he has gained 30 pounds since his freshman year, and the added bulk, along with his speed, has helped him become a threat between the hashes. “Underneath is when you have speed and momentum and are going against a linebacker,” Spencer said.  “Not a lot of linebackers are used to it.  They love it when they get a chance to hit but they don’t want to chase you.   Going across the middle means you’re going to get hit.” For his future plans, Spen-


State advances to 7-0 in home non-conference outings. Sean Fairholm

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Senior wide receiver, Owen Spencer, celebrates after N.C. State beat Florida State in Carter-Finley Stadium on Oct. 28. The Wolfpack beat the Seminoles 28-24 in a late victory.

feet,’” Spencer said. “Now that I’ve been in a pro offense, I’ve learned that footwork is very important. The first step in a route is the most important

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MEN’S BASKETBALL VS. ST. PAUL’S COLLEGE (EXH.) Reynolds Coliseum, 7 p.m.

Saturday RIFLE AT SEARC #4 Dahlonega, Ga., all day

cer looks forward to playing football on a professional level. He said he hopes his hard work through high school and college will pay off in the NFL.   Since coming to N.C. State, Spencer has improved his bench press from 185 to 260 pounds. To Spencer, speed is the killer, but strength is also important to making big plays. He said he hopes his combination of breakaway potential and toughness have impressed NFL scouts. “[The NFL] is the plan,” Spencer said.   “It’s what I dream for.   I work hard so that people will even consider me.  I’ve been blessed to make plays through this offense and be put in a position to be viewed by scouts.” Spencer’s big start to his senior year has come as a fitting conclusion to a productive career, as Spencer leads all active ACC receivers with more than 1,500 yards and 11 career touchdowns. A number of different teammates and coaches throughout Spencer’s stay in Raleigh have imparted wisdom upon him. But it is the words former Wolfpack great and Super Bowl winning wideout Torry Holt shared with him shortly after his arrival on campus that have stuck with him the most. “As a receiver you have to have good feet. I remember when I came in, Torry Holt, the first time he talked to me, he said, ‘take care of your

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Plowing past two Florida Atlantic players, Wolfpack senior defender Tyler Lassiter dribbles the ball towards the goal against the Owls on Tuesday at Dail Soccer Stadium. After an injury to his left ankle in the middle of the second half, Lassiter came back into the game and helped lead the team to victory against the Owls, 1-0.

Despite being out shot 8-6 in a defensive struggle, the Wolfpack defeated the Owls of Florida Atlantic 1-0 on Tuesday afternoon to run its record to 8-7-2. With only a senior night contest against Virginia remaining, State will wrap up the regular season Saturday

night against the Cavaliers before heading into the ACC Tournament. On a sunny, cool day in early November, Chris Zuerner struck home the match’s only goal past Owl keeper Jeremy Crumpton at the 37:20 mark. Zuerner collected a long pass from junior Zane Tharakan before dribbling through FAU’s defense and sliding in his sixth goal of the season. The score tied him for the team lead with fellow senior Tyler Lassiter.  “It was just one of those goals you wouldn’t expect,” Zuerner

said. “It was a good layoff by Tyler there in the midfield and I got some help by Craig (Sutherland). He kind of took one of the defenders away and I took the open space, beat a couple of guys, and was able to put it in the back of the net.” By recording the 1-0 shut out in a rare weekday matinee, State finished the year with a +14 goal differential while playing non-conference opponents at Dail Soccer Stadium. However, that success has not

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