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Woodson: Arden the ‘best selection’

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After serving as the interim provost since May 2009, Warwick Arden has officially been named the provost.

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The University turned a new page and put an end to the Mary Easley saga Dec. 3, when Chancellor Randy Woodson introduced Warwick Arden as the new provost. According to Woodson, the hiring cemented an already held sentiment at the University. “My view is the University had already moved past [the Mary Easley scandal],” Woodson said. “This is the last position we’re filling after the scandal. After an outstanding national search, we decided that Arden was the best selection for us.” Arden had been interim provost since May 14, 2009, when Larry Nielsen stepped down amid the scandal surrounding the hiring of former Lee Daniello/File photo first lady Mary Easley. Arden served Interim Provost Warwick Arden assists Chancellor Randy Woodson familiarize faculty, administrators and students as dean of the College of Veterinary with the strategic planning layout in Titmus Theatre Sept. 13. Strategic planning is an effort to create an ideal Medicine for almost five years, before atmosphere at N.C. State, over the course of the next five to seven years, by implementing four main goals: providing being named interim provost. Arden’s scholarship and grants that meet the needs of the 21 century, achieving a culture of innovation, inducing an environment that values incusiveness and diversity, and generate an efficient operational enterprise. salary will be $315,000 a year. In his first interview since his hiring “It was a great selection and he is an to complete the job of provost as he at a special meeting of the Academic About Warwick Affairs and Personnel Committee, outstanding academic leader,” Wood- always has. “I have been approaching the job as Arden said he’s excited about the op- son said. “He’s done an outstanding Arden: job with managing though I wasn’t interim,” Arden said. portunities. t he Universit y’s “You can’t approach it as an interim “I feel like this is AGE: 53 CITIZENSHIP: Austrialian, difficult budget,” and get anything done. That being great University that permanent resident of U.S. said, I’ll continue to do the job with Woodson said. has a great future,” WIFE: Barbara Loeffler The provost posi- no major changes.” Arden said. “I’m exCHILDREN: Matt, Andy, Kate, Ben Arden was a part of the initial stration has remained cited to be a part of OFFICE: 109 Holladay Hall in transition since tegic planning layout since Woodson it.” PHONE: (919) 515-2195 the 2009 scandal arrived at the University in April of Immediately after Chancellor Randy Woodson EMAIL: warwick_arden@ncsu.edu a ssociated w it h this year. announcing Arden as “Now that I know I’m the permaMary Easley’s hire the provost, Woodson spoke with the Technician and said at the University. All other positions nent choice, I have more stability and Source: Provost’s Office Arden’s conduct during his time in the vacated following the scandal have can do more long range planning,” temporary post convinced him of the already been filled. Arden said he intends to continue decision. Arden continued page 4

“We decided Arden was the best selection for us.”

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Cathryn Newton visits campus for interview

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A Look back on the hiring of the provost

The North Carolina Alcohol Beverage Control Commission removed the final two 190-proof alcoholic drinks in an attempt to limit alcohol poisoning on college campuses. According to Mike Herring, chief administrator of the commission, 190-proof Everclear and Diesel will no longer be available Dec. 1 to the general public, and Everclear will be replaced by a lower proof. “We aren’t banning Everclear, we are simply replacing it with a 151 proof,” said Herring. “Most of the items listed in the N.C. ABC system are 80, 90 and 100 proofs, so this lower proof of Everclear should still be efficient for punches, which is why college students want it in the first place. But we wanted to deter those who wished to use the 190-proof for such purposes because of its strength.” Nathan Lauer, a freshman in biochemistry, said he believes removing drinks with the highest alcohol content will prove beneficial, especially for students who take drinking to the extreme. “This is definitely a good idea. Some students here at N.C. State are young or new to alcohol, so they are not careful when it comes to what they drink and how much of it they’re drinking. Because of this, they often end up consuming too much,” said Lauer. “I think that with students unable to buy drinks with extremely high alcohol contents, fewer students will get sick, or in more serious cases die.” But according to Capt. Jon Barnwell of Campus Police, this measure may not actually solve the University’s alcohol poisoning problem, although he applauded their effort. “That’s a significant amount of alcohol for one bottle of liquor, so banning it is not a bad thing. I do appreciate their attempt to lower the amount of alcohol in a specific drink,” said Barnwell. “But I’m not sure that it will have a significant impact, since when we see students getting in trouble with excess, they aren’t drinking Everclear. They’re

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The new Atrium, coming in the spring, will feature five dining options and spacious seating to appease hungry students’ appetites. It will include Chic-fila-A Express, featuring the spicy chicken sandwich and the long-awaited return of waffle fries; Zen Blossom, an Asian eatery; Brickyard Pizza and Pasta, campus’ own Italian cuisine venue; Delirious, a refreshing option specializing in fresh-made wraps and salads; and WolfPack To Go, a quick option for students in a hurry.

Dining prepares Atrium for sneak peak and opening in January University dining is preparing the atrium for a grand opening Jan. 10 and a sneak peak Jan. 9. Chelsey Francis Deputy News Editor

The waffle fries are returning. But now, there’s going to be even more choices in the Brickyard for hungry students. When students return to campus from winter break, the Atrium will

function in a different manner. The serving area will open as planned on Jan. 10 for breakfast. However, for a few students, there will be a sneak preview on Jan. 9, where they will be allowed to taste everything except Chick-fil-A. Students who win a Golden Ticket from one of the C-stores will be able to bring a friend with them to the sneak preview on Jan. 9. The rest of the student body and anyone else interested in the new Atrium will have to wait until 7 a.m. Jan. 10 before entering.

The Atrium will be open until 4:30 p.m. through May. Students will be able to taste food from Delirious, which will serve wraps and salads; Zen Blossom, serving Asian food; Brickyard Pizza and Pasta, which will have a rotating pasta menu; and Wolfpack-to-Go, which will have more options, according to Kitty Lewis, University food service director. “We are really excited for this part of the Atrium to open up,” Lewis said. “It’s taken about two years of planning

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to be at this stage.” The Atrium will be larger to accommodate the higher population of the University, according to Lewis. “There’s going to be an expanded Chick-fil-A,” Lewis said. “There’s going to be two serving stations, and both are going to have waffle fries. When we reopen, we’re also going to have the spicy chicken sandwich.” The new Dining choices are a result of a campus wide survey conducted prior to the beginning of the Atrium renovation. All the dining locations in

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the Atrium are University owned, except Chick-fil-A, so dining can change the menus based on student response, according to Lewis. Lewis said Zen Blossom will have fresh sushi and three stable menu items every day. The other items will rotate with all the University owned locations in the Atrium, the rotating menus will be swap out a weekly basis.

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POLICe BlOTTER

student was trespassed from NCSU property and arrested for outstanding warrant.

Aug. 19 10:09 P.M. |Traffic Accident North Hall Student struck brick wall backing out of parking space. 6:32 P.M. |Policy Violation Off Campus Student was arrested for DWI by State Capital Police. Student was referred to University for DWI, Inflict/Threat of Bodily Injury and issued Welfare Referral. 8:22 P.M. |Assist Other Agency Off Campus Student was issued citation by Wake ABC for Underage Possession of Alcohol. NCSU PD referred for same. Investigation pending regarding student who had purchased alcohol. Aug 26 2:51 A.M. |Suspicious Person Jeter Drive Report of subjects climbing trees. Officers located two students who were advised not to climb trees. No action taken.

Sept. 4 10:42 P.M. |Investigation Pi Kappa Phi Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity was referred to the University for Providing Alcohol to Underage Persons and Threat of Bodily Harm. Nov. 3 1:14 A.M. |Damage to Property Fraternity Court Student reported rear windshield of four vehicles had been egged. Nov. 10 11:05 P.M. |Indecent Exposure/Assault D.H. Hill Library Staff reported nude subject running through library pulling books off shelves and pushing people out of the way. Student was located and EMS transported for evaluation. Concerned Behavior Report was filed. Student was trespassed from NCSU property and issued citation for simple assault and indecent exposure. Appropriate personnel notified. 11:36 P.M. | False Police Report Lee Hall Student reported receiving threatening text messages and later admitted incidents had not happened. Student was referred

Aug 27 1:21 A.M. |Fight Talley Student Center Talley Party was shut down and pepper spray was used due to fight. Student was referred for disorderly conduct. Non-

December in History

as a tribute to John Lennon, who was murdered the previous week.

On December 10 in 1962, Governor Sanford got booed after an N.C. State-Wake Forest basketball game in Reynolds Coliseum by students protesting the possible name change of the University from North Carolina State College to the University of North Carolina at Raleigh. On December 14 in 1964, a groundbreaking ceremony took place for the construction of Carter Stadium. In 1980, WKNC broadcast silence for ten minutes

On December 15 in 1922, the State College cross country team won the Cross Country-All State Championship. On December 18 in 1953, the new building housing the School of Forestry and the Department of Horticulture was formally dedicated as Kilgore Hall, named in honor of the late Dr. Benjamin Wesley Kilgore, former Dean of Agriculture, Director of the Agricultural Experiment Station, and the first head of North Carolina’s Agricultural Extension Service.

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to the university for filing false police report. Nov. 14 7:04 A.M. |Assist Another Agency WRAL TV Station Raleigh Police Department reported student banging on windows at station. Student was trespassed from WRAL property and referred to the University for Drunk & Disruptive. Nov. 20 5:12 A.M. |Suspicious Person Bragaw Hall Housing reported subject in coat and underwear wandering in the area. Officers located nonstudent who had forgotten which building. Officers assisted subject in locating destination. Nov. 24 10:33 A.M. |Suspicious Incident North Shore Condos Officers received report that nonstudent had guns inside garage. Officers met with non-student and determined guns were replicas of firearms and airsoft guns. It was recommended that they be moved to inside of home. 11:22 A.M. |Breaking & Entering - Vehicle Wolf Village Way Student report hearing crash and discovered large rock had been thrown through driver’s window and GPS stolen.

On December 19 in 1984, North Carolina Governor and N.C. State alumnus, James B. Hunt, Jr., alloted the initial 355-acre parcel of land for the University’s Centennial Campus. On December 21 in 1968, the Apollo VIII spacecraft launched, becoming the first human spaceflight mission to escape Earth’s gravitational field; many N.C. State alumni and faculty played a role in both the development and launch of the spacecraft.

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Amidst the early December snowfall Saturday in Tucker Beach, Chris Schaffner, a freshman in management, leaps for the beach ball thrown by his friend, Josh Gardner, a freshman in First Year College, and manages to catch it. When asked if diving for the beach ball in just a bathing suit was worth it, Schaffner said, “ Yes, absolutely!”

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Arden said. Student Body President Kelly Hook said the University is fortunate to have Arden as the provost. “Since he was involved in the strategic planning, he can continue that with no transition period,” Hook said. Arden said he is grateful for the welcoming atmosphere the student body and campus has provided since he began serving as interim provost. “I appreciate Chancellor Woodson’s confidence in what I’m doing,” Arden said. “I believe the chancellor has put together a very good team, and he has a clear vision of what he wants accomplished.” Hook served on the provost search committee that recommended the three finalists to the chancellor. “I preferred two of the candidates over the third,” Hook said, “But I’m pleased with the decision to hire Warwick Arden. He’s awesome.” With the move the Division of Student Affairs under the provost, there is still a learning curve for what that means

The provost and executive vice chancellor for the University is the chief academic officer under the chancellor. As provost, Arden’s responsibilities will include: reviewing and approving all academic programs and policies and the appointment, promotion and compensation of the faculty. Source: NCSU Office of the Provost

for University administration, Hook said. “There needs to be more of a presence of the provost among students,” Hook said. The meeting to announce Arden as provost was held as soon as possible, according to Woodson.

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Sullivan Hall residents leave smallest campus-wide carbon ‘paw print’ Residence halls face off in energy-saving competition. Shivalik Daga Staff Writer

It’s official: Sullivan Residence Hall houses the most energy-efficient students on campus. In the eight-week long “Do it in the Dark”’ competition held between 13 residence halls on campus, Sullivan emerged as the winner, beating competition from Lee and Carroll halls--which finished second and third, respectively-among other halls. The University Sustainability Office organized the competition, with the Inter-Residence Council’s Sustainability Commission playing a proactive role in distributing publicity and assisting the Sustainability Office. David Dean, outreach coordinator at the University Sustainability Office, said Sullivan Hall’s performance

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has earned it an enhancement for its common area; the specific prize, however, will be announced after the holiday break. Dean said that the total energy consumption, measured in kilowatt hours (kWh), was divided by the number of occupants in each residence hall to determine the winner. “The result is the total kWh per person. Sullivan won with 194.25 kWh per person, with Lee coming in second at 203.19 kWh per person; Carroll was third with 22.01,” said Dean. According to IRC sustainability committee chair Matthew Peterson, chair of the IRC Sustainability Committee, the IRC helped spread awareness by putting up numerous flyers and stickers in the halls. It also advised the Sustainability Office on selecting the prize for the winner. “IRC took an assisting role in regard to this campaign. We actively encouraged IRC hall representatives to get their hall councils involved in the competition,” Peterson said. “We did what we could to inform

them [sustainability office] 2009 and 2010 data in order to about ways to reach students, gauge how much money was as well as assisting in generat- saved over the course of the ing possible prize ideas for the competition. We will be able to make that announcement end of the competition.” Peterson said that this con- after the holiday break,” Dean test will take place again next said. “We hope to engage an semester, with increased par- even greater portion of campus ticipation from other residence in the competition during the halls. He said the committee is next semester.” According to Dean, the comcommitted to such initiatives, and said it would like to play petition helped to raise awarea greater role in such activities ness of how residents can Do One Thing to reduce their the next time. “I feel it necessary to be sure energy consumption. Resithat IRC does take a more ac- dents learned that if they Hit tive role next semester,” Peter- the Switch, Pull the Plug and son said. “Next semester, it is “Shut It”--meaning windowsmy intention to truly step up -they would make a big impact the IRC Sustainability Com- at N.C. State. “The N.C. mittee, now St ate comt h at we ’ve munit y has got ten ou r shown it will footing this come together first semesto overcome ter. We want resource to be more challenges,” active, now De a n s a id . t h at we ’ve “Since 2002 gotten a feel our campus for how our reduced our committee David Dean, Sustainability’s water usage runs.” outreach coordinator 4 percent. Reiterating However, we the signif ist i l l face a cance of such campaigns, Dean said the challenge with our energy use. broader goal of these cam- Friendly competitions such as paigns is to reduce the Univer- ‘Do it in the Dark’ help to edusity’s electrical consumption by cate our students, faculty and 5 percent, which will result in staff of the need for us all to do savings of $1 million. He said our part to conserve energy and after carefully reviewing this help reduce our carbon ‘paw competition, there will be a print.’” similar campaign in the next semester. “We are currently comparing

“We are excited to announce that Sullivan Hall is the campus winner.”


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class in the department of political science conducted Pack Poll, prior to the midterm elections, a survey of more than 1,000 students about various political issues. Michael Cobb, an associate professor in public and international studies, said he conducted the poll to measure student opinions and to give his class polling experience. Becki Facteau, a junior in “It is representative polling of the student body. It is meant political science, is another to reflect what N.C. State un- student from Cobb’s class who dergraduates think about at helped with the poll. “[The poll] was asking stuthat moment in time,” Cobb said. “I also thought that giv- dents if they knew about [caning smart, motivated students didates for the Senate’s] stance practical, hands-on experience on the issues,” Facteau said. “It was interesting, because would be helpful.” The theme of this Pack Poll when people were able to guess was midterm elections and what party the candidate was campaigns. Cobb also conduct- in, they could guess what their ed a statewide poll of adults us- stance would be,” Facteau said. However, this trend only aping some of the same Pack Poll questions. He said students plied to widely debated topics. showed the same patterns as The political stances of Republican North Carolina Sen. the state at large. One pattern the poll showed Richard Burr, who defeated was the relationship between Democrat Elaine Marshall in party identification and voting. November, were less under“If they weren’t likely to vote, stood by those polled. “In a question like free trade, they were more favoring Democrats. The ones that were like- where it is not clear what party ly to vote were more strongly ID means for a position, 90 in favor of Republicans, which percent of people had no idea helps explain the midterm elec- where either Burr or Marshall stood,” Cobb said. tions,” Cobb said. AccordThe poll also ing to Cobb, t ried to dethis ignotermine what rance conshows on Fox tributed to News are most voting patpopular among terns. N.C. State stu“Ironicaldents. ly, at least at “[We were] the state levtrying to figel, the more ure out when opposed people say, ‘We Becki Facteau, a junior in a person w a t c h F ox ,’ political science was to free what are they trade, t he actually watchmore likely they were to suping?” Cobb said. Cobb said the poll shows that port Burr, who [was] the more infotainment programs were pro-free trade candidate ... students who were more opposed the most highly watched. “The two hardest news shows to free trade were more likely to are the two least-watched shows support Burr,” Cobb said. Cobb plans to run a Pack Poll amongst those students who say they watch Fox. Hannity every semester for the foreseeand Beck and O’Reilly are the able future. “We are asking a set of core most highly watched shows,” questions at least once a year. Cobb said. Lauren Forbes, a senior in We’ll be doing this every year environmental science and going forward to create longipolitical science, helped write tudinal trends,” Cobb said. Future polls will not be idenquestions for the Pack Poll. Her questions focused on religious tical, however. “In spring, it will be a little tolerance. Forbes said the varying level different, because, without the of religious tolerance on cam- election, the topics can be more varied depending on what we pus was interesting. “On all of the measures I think would be interesting,” looked at, the student body as Householder said. a whole is much more tolerant than the general public,” Forbes said.

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Should marijuana be legal? 41% yes 21% yes, but only for medical reasons 26% no 11% no opinion

Should the U.S. be involved in Afghanistan now? 36% Doing the right thing 47% Should not be involved 7% no opinion

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45% of stude nts polle d in gener said, al, thing in the U. s S . a heading re in the

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Do you favor or oppose the health care law that was enacted in March?

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in favor 34% opposed 44% no opinion 22% n = 995

Should people who are openly gay or lesbian be allowed to serve in the military? in favor 60% opposed 20% no opinion 20% n = 1,008

Should gays and lesbians be allowed to get married legally? in favor 56% opposed 32% no opinion 13% n = 1,001

47% I don’t have a job 16% Less than 10 25% 10 to 20 hours 11% More than 20 n = 1,149

In general, do you think of yourself to be: 48% Republican 8% Independent 43% Democrat n = 893

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lthough the campus community may be more optimistic about the country’s direction than a recent national poll indicates, some students remain worried about the future. According to a Nov. 18 survey by PollingReport. com, 61 percent of Americans feel the country is going in the wrong direction, the highest percentage since October 2008. A recent Pack Poll survey shows 55 percent of students believe the country is headed the wrong way. Kirsten Yelton, a sophomore better,” Velez said. “I just feel in mathematics and math edu- like every time, when a new cation, said she believes an un- president [comes into office], certain job market led students everyone blames everything on them. Obama came into office to respond accordingly. Yelton said she’s interested not at the greatest time with the in teaching, but said she’s not war and the [bad economy].” Jordan Ford, a senior in biosure—even with a double major—that positions will be chemistry, said he’s not sure if the Obama administration has available after graduation. “What happens after under- affected the economy, but the grad school? Am I going to be problem remains. “We’re not really going in the able to pay for grad school?” she asked. “I’m hoping by stu- right direction. I’m not sure if dent teaching, I’ll be able to get the president has anything to do with it, but there are proba job after school.” Yelton is not the only one on lems with the economy,” Ford campus who feels students re- said. “Nobody’s hiring. I have sponded accurately to the poll. friends that graduated last Amber Williams, a sophomore year and they’re working at in industrial engineering, said the mall.” Zach Thomas, a freshman in it’s no surprise students feel environmental engineering, this way. also said he “We’re in a didn’t agree recession, [we w ith the have a] $13 poll’s contrillion deficit, clusion. [and] our gov“I don’t ernment’s not think necwork i ng to essarily [the gether. It’s gocountry’s] ing downhill,” going in Williams said. the wrong “I’m worried direction,” about not getZach Thomas, freshman in Thomas ting a job when environmental engineeering said. “We’re I’m paying this in a rough much in tuspot right ition.” Laura Edwards, a first-year now. Most people say, it gets graduate student in biochem- tough before it gets better.” According to Thomas, risistry, said the country’s downward slope has led to paranoia. ing tuition is one of the main “It’s going in the wrong di- reasons students believe the rection. As I’ve gotten older, country is being mismanaged. “With tuition increases [beI’ve gotten more paranoid,” coming more frequent], it’s Edwards said. “The economy isn’t good, but frustrating going to a public it’s not the president’s fault. I’m school and things getting more worried I won’t be financially expensive,” Thomas said. Some students think the secure or I won’t make enough to raise a family. That’s pretty economy is the underlying facscary,” Edwards said. “Jobs are tor behind students’ negative going downhill and you never responses. Bridget Lozano, a sophomore know what’s going to happen.” Other students also said the in political science, said the president isn’t at fault for stu- poll’s results may be related to students’ concerns about the dents’ views on the country. Jasmine Velez, a senior in post-graduation job market. “[I’m concerned] about the microbiology, said she thinks the country is on the rise and economy, and having a job and student’s responses ref lected how the job field is going to be displeasure with the president. when we graduate,” Lozano “I feel like things are getting said.

“We’re in a rough spot right now. Most people say it gets tough before it gets better.”

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Students offer differing views on poll data

In general, do you consider yourself to be: 30% conservative 36% moderate 27% liberal n = 981

Do you consider N.C. State’s student body to be: 36% conservative 32% moderate 16% liberal n = 981

How do you get most of your news?

What networks do you get news from?

33% television 7% newspapers 6% radio 39% internet (mainstream) 9% internet (alternative) 6% other n = 984

35% broadcast networks 16% CNN 14% Fox News 4% MSNBC 8% other 24% none n = 984

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tunnel events shook our campus, making the campus community reconsider what diversity means illustration By susannah brinkley

THE ISSUE:

On Nov. 3, a group of students blocked the Free Expression Tunnel all night to protest a painting in the tunnel the Monday before. The African American Student Activity Council called an emergency meeting Nov. 7 to discuss the issue of hate speech and the tunnel. On Nov. 10, Catheryn Moody and Jordan Washington lead the “Paint Me As I Am” event to paint the tunnel with hopeful messages. On Nov. 11, the Society for Collegiate Journalists organized the “Tunnelvision” panel discussion prior to the President’s Roundtable meeting. On Dec. 1, the Chancellor’s Liaison meeting discussed solutions for the tunnel paintings.

Our Opinion:

The hateful, offensive paintings in the Free Expression Tunnel happen more often than students realize. While this is true, discussing and addressing it then moving on is how to deal with it. Diversity is still important, but moving past issues and embracing those around us will help us all better handle them. The Technician Editorial Board shares their views on diversity below: The unsigned editorial is the opinion of the members of Technician’s editorial board, excluding the news department, and is the responsibility of the editor-in-chief. Diversity is the blender that mixes together the cultures of our society. It’s extremely important and we need to learn how to put aside our differences and work together.

As long as no two people are the same, dealing with diversity — having the ability to coexist with people unlike yourself — will be crucial. Diversity will cease to hold relevance when humans lose individuality — and I can’t see that ever happening.

Without diversity, our society wouldn’t be where it is today. Learning from other peoples’ experiences and outlooks on the world is invaluable and always will be.

Diversity is important because its it involves all people. It allows for everyone to experience other cultures and grow together as a University.

People with diverse backgrounds bring to the University different ways of thinking, diverse cultural views and differing opinions on key issues. The culmination of everyone’s differences adds to both head and heart knowledge. Diversity should spring up organically from your soul, as a curiosity for all of the wonders the world has to offer.

Stop using diversity as a buzzword. It isn’t part of the problem, or part of the solution, in every case.

Diversity is what makes the world interesting. It would be so boring if I only had friends who had the same life experiences as me and looked the same as I do. I’m so grateful for what I have learned from those different than me, not only just about their cultures but also about myself.

We, by being at N.C. State, define “diversity.” Diversity occurs, whether people realize it or not. We experience it every day, so it shouldn’t surprise us when someone suddenly points out we are working with someone from a different group than our own.

Do better at communicating On Wednesday Nov. 3, I received an e-mail from a recent NCSU graduate. She wrote, “I...wanted to email you to ask if you knew of the “BlackoutAgainst-Racism” event on Facebook that Rupert is exploding Nacoste with reactions Guest Columnist and tensions relating to the Obama Free Expression Tunnel incident?” I had not heard anything. I investigated. What I learned disturbed me. But that was about the lack of information on our campus. The next day in my Interpersonal Relationships and Race course, I led an impromptu discussion about the new Free Expression Tunnel racial graffiti. “How many of you have heard about the recent racial

graffiti in the Free Expression Tunnel?” Twenty-eight out of the racial, ethnic and gender mix of sixty students had heard anything. “What have you heard? ” One answer was, “there was a picture of Obama doing indecent things and the N-word was written.” “How did you hear?”  Students first heard about this through calls from family whose sources included the Washington Post, States Fan Nation, the Facebook event and the News and Observer. Most surprising is one grandmother had seen a report on Good Morning Americaand called her grandson. That pattern made one student ask, “...why do people outside of the University know more than the people

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vague and it doesn’t confront anything directly.” Following that, another student said, “the people that did this will just read this statement and laugh and feel as though they can do this again and get away with it.” Angry, another said, “the chancellor’s job is to speak on behalf of NCSU, but he is addressing others and not informing ‘us.’” We have got to do better. Chancellor Woodson was right when he wrote that “...we still have work to do.”  But, I mean that the University has to better communicate with students about important diversity matters. If something happens that is important enough for the Chancellor to release a statement on his portion of the NCSU website, then communication with students should

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within it?” So what about information from our campus sources? Even as I conducted that Thursday in-class discussion, nothing had appeared in the Technician. With disgust, one student said that “...student leaders and student media outlets got an email about this incident; the University was very selective about who they shared this info with.” Even that communication was not informative. One student said, “...there is still a lot of confusion. Nobody wants to say or tell about what was really written in the tunnel.” Until I gave each a copy, none of my 60 students had seen the statement the Chancellor had released.  Reading that statement, students felt that “...this [statement] is nothing but

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be direct and timely. Without direct communication, misinformation and rumors will spread throughout our community. Students will develop their own ideas about what has happened and what to do about it. One student said, “if students aren’t guided by the administration, they’ll fill the vacuum with their own ideas of how to react.” Into that vacuum, intergroup tension will rise up. “If they’re going to do a blackout, I’ll wear white,” was a statement overheard by one of my students. Other problems will also crop up. Lack of direct communication with our student citizens about a diversity incident will lead to all kinds of interpretations of the agenda of the University. Reading the chan-

cellor’s statement, one student said that given its tone, “[the chancellor’s] political agenda is now called into question.” My students were angry because as one put it, “...we feel like children when not informed. Speak to us like adults.” Rupert Nacoste is a professor of social psychology and is an Alumni Distinguished Undergraduate Professor. Nacoste’s areas of research are the psychology of affirmative action, the perception of power in interpersonal relationships, intergroup behavior and procedural justice.

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24 hours in D.H. Hill Library With Dead Week in full swing, 22 Technician writers and photographers spent 24 hours in D.H. Hill Library during Dead Week to discover what really happens throughout the day in the library.

10:00 A.M. a.m .

Sitting in a comfy chair, Carlos Vega, a freshmen in management, studies for his exams on the first floor of the library during Dead Week. “I wouldn’t change very much about the library,” Vega said. “It’s what it’s supposed to be and that’s quiet.”

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At 10 a.m., though there were many people at the computers finishing homework and studying for finals, the only audible noises were the whirring of coffee machines from Hill of Beans and the soft murmurs of small study groups. There was no endless line at Hill of Beans. In fact, there were only a few small groups working in the seating area. Many of the students seen around the library choose to purchase coffee or a snack from Hill of Beans during their study break. As 11 a.m. approached, nearly all of the provided computers were taken In the Learning Commons, and some students were sitting on a couch nearby working on their own computers.

01:20 p.M.

“I come to the library maybe four times a week. My favorite thing about the library is the brown comfy chairs on the second floor. Take the video games out of the commons, they’re really loud.” Kelly Vernon, junior in business administration

11:00 P.m .

Not all students use the library to study. For Sterling Cave, a freshman in biology, and Emma Temple, a freshman in First Year College, use it as a meeting place. “We normally come in between classes,” Temple said while playing on the Microsoft Surface. “It is nice to get away from the dorm.” There is technology to help students study better. Tom McManus, a senior in political science, discovered the library scanner. “I have never used the library scanner before,” McManus said. “I’ve got a Congressional Oversight paper due this weekend. It is such a Dead Week for me.”

04:37 p.M.

Studying for finals on the 6th floor stacks, Samantha Xu, a freshman in international studies, relaxes in a beanbag chair as Huan Xu, a graduate student in biomedical engineering, sits in the desk beside her. Samantha and Huan usually come to the library once a day, usually on the 6th floor stacks. “We’re just used to it, I think,” Huan said.

03:0 0 P.m .

Throughout the stacks, most people had been there for awhile, working on various projects, papers and other assignments. Most students enjoyed the quiet of the library in order to get their work done. According to Josh Wilson, a reference librarian for Physical and Mathematical Sciences, the staff gets strange requests for information at all times of the night. The <i>Technician</ i> talked to equal amounts of people who were planning on staying until late or who were going to leave soon, having already stayed long enough to complete their work. Almost everyone had a computer or was working on a library computer, usually a PC.

09:00 p.M.

Answering an online library chat from a student, Rebecca Caudle, a library support staff member, said, “I am here Saturday through Tuesday and sometimes people will write in the Chat Now when they are bored.” Caudle said that she answers chats and helps people with questions about finding and citing articles. Caudle said, “I really enjoy my positon here and D.H. Hill is nationally know in ‘Library Land.’”

The final two hours of the day at the library before midnight begins with a hustle of students coming in and going out before finally slowing down around midnight. Beginning at 10 p.m., the security guards begin asking for student identification cards when entering the library, closing off the library and its services to the general public and limiting it to students of the University only. The security guards also begin making rounds every two hours for the rest of the night to check for suspicious persons, making head counts of the students who are in the library and just generally keeping tabs on any activities, unusual or not, that may be occurring in the library. Students who have been in the library before 10 p.m. either get focused as the time passes or begin packing up. The business and activity in the library begins to slow down and die out towards midnight.

02:00 P.m.

01:50 a.M.

Terence Hamilton, a freshman in First Year College, bites into his cookies and cream ice cream cone. “Cookies and cream is where it’s at,” Hamilton said. Hamilton also shared his ice cream with his friend, Philip Bradley, a freshman in mechanical engineering, who got a cookies and cream milkshake.

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12:30 a.m. - Niyati Mody, a graduate student in mechanical engineering, and Angela Kashyap, a senior in biological sciences, study hard in the library. “We’re studying for GN 312 and we’ve been here for almost seven hours. Our exam is tomorrow,” Mody said. 11 p.m. - Andrew Schuett, a freshman in sports management, and David Gallo, a freshman in architecture, put questions and answers on a poster board for an English project in the Learning Commons. Their project is based around the game Trivia Pursuit on the topic of television. They were hoping to be done by 1 a.m. 3 p.m. - Katherine Bass, a senior in horticulture, finishes a final project for entomology by pinning and labeling various insects. “I liked one of the insects - a scarab beetle - so much that I fed and kept for one two weeks until I worked up the nerve to freeze it,” Bass said. Bass collected 50 insects for her project due at 4 p.m. that afternoon. 2 p.m. - Ellis Edwards, a freshman in environmental engineering, reaches for a drink ordered from the Creamery in D. H. Hill Library 2:00pm, Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2010. “I’m coming to the library. I have a break in between classes, I’m wasting time. I come about once a week. It’s quite, but there could be more study rooms,” Edwards said.

Need a break? Top 3 ice cream flavors at the Creamery

Top 3 drinks at the Hill of Beans

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Cookies and cream Chancellor’s choice Chocolate/Cookie dough

Source: Mariam Yassin, Creamery worker and senior in animal science

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Source: James Taylor, Hill of Beans worker and senior in education

Writers that contributed to this report include: Jessica Neville, Sagar Sane, Zachary Diezel, Elizabeth Ayscue, Mark Herring, Phillip Lin, Brooke Wallig, Nasir Khatri, Chelsey Francis, Shivalik Daga, Allison Saito Photographers that Contributed to this report include: Jordan Moore, Josh Beilick, Lee Daniello, Danielle Neujhar, Luis Zapata, Michelle Fidelia, Kent Mahoney, Natalie Claunch, Renee Baker, Kim Rochester, Hannah Jaffee

Early Wednesday morning during Dead Week, the library and book stacks are almost deserted. Hill of Beans and the Creamery have been closed at least an hour, so students are beginning to drag. On each floor, there are very few people. Students on the 5th floor of the library were using library computers to complete final projects and go over PowerPoints to begin studying for exams. For the most part, the stacks were quiet, except for the areas where student groups were studying. Student groups were either studying or just goofing off and relaxing. In the book stacks, some students were also asleep on the bean bags. The custodial staff, however, is in full force during this time period. Custodians are cleaning bathrooms, emptying trash and mopping floors. Even the floors of the elevator are being mopped. A security guard makes his rounds approximately every two hours in the book stacks of D.H. Hill library.

04:30 a.M.

After work and a night of studying, Robby Padia, a sophomore in communication media, studies in the learning commons. Padia worked in the digital media lab the day prior, and had been studying on and off through the night and planned to leave at 7 a.m. The Learning Commons feels like a mausoleum at 6 a.m. It is inhabited by less than a dozen people. Their faces are glazed over and only coffee or ‘5 Hour Energy’ keeps them awake. The only movement is the nervous tick of the man staring at the multiple open windows on his Mac. The only sounds are light tapping on keyboards and the monotonous whoosh of the air system. The stacks are equally tomb-like. In three floors, the Technician meet six people. Two of them are asleep in separate corners. The other six are glued to their laptops. Closer to 8 a.m., people start moving around. A short line forms at Hill of Beans, and a man watches CNN as he sips his coffee. Although it is not eerily deserted, it still lacks the vibrancy that students will bring around lunch time, or even midnight.


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The ‘Roaring 20s’ returns to Raleigh The University Scholars Program’s Semiformal event offered dancing, food and socializing with a ‘Roaring 20s’ theme.

try, said. “I’m in [the University] Scholars [Program] and I love dancing and I love dressing up for semiformals, so it was a logical decision,” Winter said. “I came for fun times and great dancing,” Alexandra Zachary Diezel Morrison, a freshman in wildStaff Writer life biology, said. “[I’m] not Billed as “a night of dance, particularly [into the 1920s music and fun,” the annual theme], but who doesn’t love University Scholar’s Semifor- Audrey Hepburn?” The event began at 8:00 p.m. mal took place Saturday night in the Talley Ballroom. The The first half dozen students theme of the “Roaring 20s,” ventured on to the black and manifested in the décor, served white, balloon-covered dance as a backdrop for students to floor as the DJ began blasting dance the night away. Appetiz- the music. By 8:40, the dance ers and mocktails (non-alco- floor was in full swing as more holic beverages) rounded out students arrived. As the night wore on students danced, the 1920s motif. nibbled hors Hosted by d’oeuvres the Univerand downed sit y Scholmocktails. ars Council, The last song Semiformal played at had an appeal 11:00 p.m. for students “It’s been of d iverse wondermajors and ful,” Michael years. Nickelson, a “It’s great. sophomore The food is Tatum Crews, junior in chemical in chemical really good, engineering engineering, the music is said. good, the DJ Miranda is great,” Erin Winter, a freshman in human Conway, a sophomore in psychology, agreed. “It’s been rebiology, said. “I think it was excellent — ally fun,” Conway said. According to Tatum Crews, a the entire thing,” Katie Watterson, a senior in communi- junior in chemical engineering cation, said. “I liked the drinks and chairman of the Scholar’s that they had. They were really Council, the 1920s theme was selected with enthusiasm by creative.” Ben Richardson, a senior Scholars Council. “Usually the theme is more in mechanical engineering, of a guideline,” Crews said. agreed. “I liked the drinks too, and “Sometimes people get really the dancing was fun,” Richard- into it, and other times people just like to dance. When we son said. The semiformal, co-spon- provide a theme, we go along sored by the Sullivan Hall Ac- with food and decorations and tivities Council, the Lee Hall stuff like that so that people feel Council and the Bragaw Board like they want to get into the of Governors, was open to all theme they can, but it’s not University students. Tickets necessarily a requirement.” Stephen Odom, a freshman were sold in advance for $3 during dead week, and $5 at in electrical engineering, found the evening enjoyable. the door. “I think it’s fun,” Odom said. “I heard it was going to be fun,” Tyler Pickett, a freshman “The 1920s was a good idea — in polymer and color chemis- especially their [period] car

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“Sometimes people get really into it, and other times people just like to dance.”

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Kathryn Loyd, a freshman in chemisty, and Kenneth Howell Jr., a sophomore in international studies, are one of the first to hit the dance floor to bring back the “Roaring 20s.” “I haven’t studied much for my exams, but I wanted to come out and have fun instead of just stressing,” Loyd said.

[decoration]. But I think it wasn’t very publicized.” According to Carol Speir, a senior in business administration and chairwoman of the event, there was some confusion about the date of semiformal. As a result, publicity was distributed later than planned. “This year was difficult to plan because the ACC championship was going to be today if we got in,” Speir said. “That made it frustrating to plan. The [semiformal] happened on Saturday because of the Maryland game.” “I think it went really well,” Crews said afterward. “I think everyone really enjoyed themselves. People enjoyed the

food, definitely enjoyed the mock-tales and just had a really fun time overall.” The final turnout was 100 students, according to Scholars Council members. While this was somewhat lower than Crews’ hopes, he remained optimistic. “It was definitely more than enough for everyone to have a really great time and provide an excellent atmosphere,” Crews said.

The U.S. Department of the Interior has selected the University to be the location of a new Climate Science Center, one of eight to be established regionally throughout the country. The center will facilitate climate change research for the southeastern region of the United States. The facilities are responsible for conducting research on the impact of climate change on each region of the United States, according to a DOI press release. The Climate Science Centers “will assess the impacts of climate change… and identify strategies to ensure that resources across landscapes are resilient,” the press release states. The DOI gave several reasons for choosing the University, citing the diversity and expertise of the University’s departments and faculty. “North Carolina State University brings major expertise in biology, climate change and applied conservation and management to deal with the threat of rising sea levels and increased stress on freshwater resources in the Southeast,” the press release states. “The University has connections to farmers, resource managers, business people and citizens across the Southeast. It also brings an array of science and research partnerships, creating a region-wide expertise network,” it states. Along with the center, the University received a $1.5 million grant for initial costs, and about a dozen grants for federal employees. An additional $4 million per year will be granted to the University, according to Damian Shea, biology department head. Shea applied for the grant and will be the Climate Science Center’s head administrator. “We’ve already begun to receive money, and an additional $4 million will go directly to fund graduate student research,” Shea said. At least 12 graduate students will be involved in research funded and facilitated by the Climate Science Center, but

that number could grow to as much as 25 or 30, Shea said. According to Shea, operations should begin very soon and research could begin as soon as January 2011. The grant will also support some undergraduate research, Shea added. One of the goals of the project is to create a minor in climate science. Eight research centers will be established in all, each one responsible for a different region of the country. The purpose of these Climate Science Centers is to provide scientific research on the effects of climate change on regional wildlife, plant life and resources, according to the DOI website. “The Climate Science Center will primarily look at the ecological response to climate change,” Shea said. “They will focus specifically on the effects on ecosystems.” Being chosen by the DOI as the host for the Climate Science Center is an honor for the University, according to Shea. “Being awarded the center has really put us on the map,” Shea said. It will be highly interdisciplinary, and has already begun to unify the different branches of the University. Six of the 10 colleges of the University will be involved with the center, Shea said. According to DOI Order No. 3289 — the document announcing the creation of the climate centers — these research centers are “regional hubs of the National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center.” The National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center is a subsidiary of the U.S. Geological Survey. DOI Order No. 3289 states the regional science centers will “provide climate change impact data and analysis geared to the needs of fish and wildlife managers as they develop adaptation strategies in response to climate change.” Though there may be controversy over the reason for global warming, Shea said, there is little doubt that it is happening. The creation of the Climate Science Centers is to provide scientific, quantitative data on the effects of rising temperatures on ecosystems, so that resource managers, such the Department of Natural Resources and the Fish and Wildlife Management Service, can make informed decisions on how to handle these changes.

community to be educated about this condition. “We definitely have issues with alcohol poisoning here, continued from page 1 with about one medical indrinking 12, 14, even 18 beers cident involving alcohol per or a fifth of liquor. We also have week,” said Barnwell. “We a large problem with the alco- have our community educated about the signs and sympholic energy drinks.” Megan Alvord, a freshman toms of this. We want them to in science education, said she know we are focused more on also believes the delisting of the students looking out for each 190-proof Everclear will not other and providing care for have an effect on the Universi- those who need it than catchty’s overconsumption problem. ing people drinking under age.” Barnwell said regardless of “I don’t really understand what students how this drink, they w i l l he lp,” should take said Alvord. measures to “Personally, ensure their I don’t even own safety. t hink a lco“T hat ’s a hol shou ld lot of alcohol be a l lowe d for one drink, on c a mpu s but alcohol is because it is alcohol. You too easy for cou ld have underage an 80-proof students to Megan Alvord, freshman in item, but if abuse it, but science education y ou d r i n k I understand too much of those who are of age can do what they like. it it’ll be just as dangerous,” However, as far as I know, said Barnwell. “It is important it’s not really what you drink for our students to think about that is a problem as much as consuming responsibly. Don’t it is how much of it you drink. drink if you’re underage beAnd the problem is that many cause it’s against the law, but people here tend to drink too if you are of age and want to drink, be responsible.” much of anything.” According to Barnwell, the University’s main concern is student safety in incidences involving alcohol poisoning, and Campus Police wants the

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Conan O’Brien’s TBS debut rakes in ratings The late-night talk show host says ‘good-bye’ to NBC and ‘hello’ to TBS. Lana Layton Staff Writer

Well folks, Conan O’Brien is back. A few weeks ago, O’Brien debuted his new late-night talk show on the basic cable channel TBS. With a total of 4.2 million viewers, O’Brien’s show — titled “Conan” — surpassed former NBC colleague Jay Leno’s “Tonight Show,” which had 3.5 million viewers, David Letterman’s 3.4 million viewers and even John Stewart’s 1.3 million viewers, according to MTV’s website. While it is unpredictable if the new “Conan” show will remain at the top of the charts, it certainly experienced a successful debut. Students had several opinions regarding the new “Conan.” Jody Oakley, a senior in psychology, said she misses the old show but has enjoyed the new show so far. “I really liked Conan O’Brien on the old [NBC] show. I wished he’d stayed on longer,” Oakley said. Oakley also commented on the way O’Brien’s NBC show aimed to pull in a young, col-

lose some viewers due to the lege generation. “I thought Conan was really fact his show no longer airs on funny. I liked him better than regular television. “Because he’s now on cable the other shows because he catered to a younger audience. and not regular television, he’ll For me, it was a lot funnier. It lose some viewers because there was definitely aimed towards a are a lot of people who do not younger crowd than Jay Leno have cable. But I think he’s funny enough that he can pull was,” Oakley remarked. As far as O’Brien’s new late the viewers in pretty much anynight show, Oakley said she where,” Oakley said. It’s a give and take situation would like to watch it more but encounters difficulty because in the end, according to Oakley. she does not have cable. “He’s gaining some viewers “I’ve only [been able to see] because peoit a couple of ple followed times… [but] him through I think it’s t he f ia sco, pretty funny. but he’s also I haven’t seen going to lose it as often as I some viewers watched the because now old one, but I [his show is] think they’re only on cadoing a good ble,” Oakley job,” Oakley said. said. Max StrickOakley said land, a senior TBS is pushin economics, i ng C on a n Jody Oakley, had similar more so than senior in psychology things to say when he was regarding the on NBC. “They’re definitely trying to potential loss of “Conan” viewpush the “Conan” brand now. ership. “I’m sure there will be some You see him everywhere. He’s on Facebook, he did a comedy effect. Any international autour and he went to the Bonn- dience will have a harder aroo Music Festival,” Oakley time watching him, and I’m sure there are people who just said. Oakley also said O’Brien will don’t watch TBS. Maybe Conan

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Conan O’Brien, comedian and talk show host, racked up 4.2 million viewers during his debut on the basic cable channel TBS a few weeks ago. Jody Oakley, a senior in psychology, said Conan’s return to late-night was a success and NBC shouldn’t have given him up in the first place. “I think he’s funny enough that he can pull the viewers in pretty much anywhere,” Oakley said.

will change everyone’s mind though,” Strickland said. Strickland also remarked on how he thought O’Brien’s move to TBS was a necessary decision, considering the drama surrounding O’Brien, Leno and NBC. “Leno wanted that spot [and Conan] wanted that spot. The network had to make a decision on what was best for them, [so Conan] had to make the decision that was best for him,” Strickland said. Oakley, on the other hand, felt the final decision of letting O’Brien go from NBC was an incorrect move. Oakley commented, “I think it was really stupid. They made a really big deal about it and I don’t think [Conan] should have been pushed to leave. Because he was given that slot, he

should have been given more time than he was to get the [higher] ratings. And it’s kind of Jay Leno’s fault for being a baby.” While Oakley was upset, Jon Galbreath, a senior in agricultural business management, was neutral toward the overall O’Brien situation and O’Brien’s new show. “I’ll watch it sometimes, but usually the only time I watch it is when I’m over at a friend’s house and they have it on,” Galbreath said. In comparison to O’Brien’s old NBC late night show and his new TBS night slot, Oakley said “Conan” resembled the old show while using a wider range of comedic material. “I think he definitely brought some of the old comedy with him,” Oakley said, “but I

[also] think TBS is embracing the younger generation more so than NBC did. [NBC] was trying to hold a middle ground, but with TBS he can do what he wants to…he has full reign.” Strickland showed similar emotions of optimism in wishing O’Brien success with his new show. “I like the [new] set and I think the guests are okay so far. He had good audience interaction, so I liked that and thought it was pretty cool,” Strickland said. “I do think he’s one of the more interesting guys out there right now. I’d like to see if he goes anywhere new with it and I hope this works out for him.”


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The Joy of Gaming in 2010: a look at the 7 best video games of the year Story By Rich Lepore

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Mass Effect 2 Bioware Xbox 360

Bioware exceeded all expectations with this one. The first Mass Effect was a tour de force of cinematic storytelling, combined with one part action and two parts RPG. For Mass Effect 2, the developers took the strongest aspects of the first game – the story and the shooting – and turned them both up to 11. As a result, many RPG elements present in the first game were eschewed, such as a complicated weapons and armor system, but it only made for a more frenetic and engaging experience. One standout feature of ME2 is the plot structure, which revolved around main character Shephard building an away team to accompany him on a suicide mission. The more care players took to get to know the members of their team and their unique skills, the more members of the team would survive the suicide mission at the game’s culmination. This made every moment of the game feel important and personal. But the game’s crowning achievement was the sense of exploration and discovery it delivered. Each planet was unique and endlessly fascinating, and filled with colorful characters, making the ME2 experience one to savor.

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Mario and Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story Alpha Dream Nintendo DS

This was one of the best games for Nintendo DS in this or any year. Bowser’s Inside Story is the third title in the always compelling Mario and Luigi series, which takes the best platforming elements from the Mario games, and combines them with the best aspects of a role playing game, including leveling, character customization and world exploration. The adventure was long and endlessly engaging, and it allowed gamers to play as Bowser in a meaningful way for the first time in any Mario game. An investment of 10 or more hours in this title will not go unrewarded, as there are memories to take away from the experience that will stay with you for a long time.

Donkey Kong Country Returns / Kirby’s Epic Yarn Retro Studios / Good Feel and HAL Laboratories Nintendo Wii

Rockstar San Diego Xbox 360 / Playstation 3

Leave it to Rockstar games to remind us of how fun an open-world/sandbox gaming experience can be. In recent years, the Grand Theft Auto formula had been getting increasingly stale, as imitators continued to release games like The Godfather 2, The Saboteur, Saint’s Row 2 and even Crackdown 2. But when Red Dead Redemption was released in mid-2010, there was no question that the king was back. Red Dead featured an entirely new setting for open world games, taking the action back to the wild west of the early 1900s, and introduced a very likable character named John Marston. Rockstar kept the game fresh by introducing new elements such as hunting for game and an addictive buying and selling mechanic, and delivered a world that was vast in scope and significantly larger than in any of their previous titles. Aside from these additions and a more engaging story, however, RDR still stayed very true to the GTA formula. But somehow, this game was more than the sum of its parts. The setting, characters and seemingly limitless things to do, coupled with sharp writing and a memorable cast of non-stereotypical Wild West characters, made it a joy to play. And yes, there was multiplayer, DLC and all of the other features you’d expect from a game of this caliber. But what stood out the most was the adventurous feeling you got while riding your horse back and forth across the U.S. and Mexico, uncovering new locations and mingling with the colorful country folk. It was fun, engaging and felt thoroughly authentic, and for that, it deserves a spot on this list.

Both Donkey Kong Country and Kirby made a triumphant return to consoles this year, with titles that both recaptured their previous glory and redefined what it is that makes platforming fun. Playing the new DKC game after a 14 year hiatus felt like a breath of fresh air, as it took the solid gameplay of its predecessors and added beautiful graphics and some new mechanics to the mix. It also reintroduced genuinely challenging gameplay into a genre that had gotten progressively more kid-friendly over the years. There were some sequences that were extremely tricky in DKCR, including sections that introduce a new rocket barrel mechanic, but they rarely if ever seemed unfair. Kirby’s Epic Yarn also rejuvenated the platforming game space, but in a different way. Unlike DKCR, Kirby’s new game is never particularly challenging, but what it lacks in difficulty, it makes up for in clever level design and a wide variety of activities and gameplay styles. This time, instead of sucking up enemies to gain their abilities, Kirby transformed into tanks, four-wheelers, trains and drills, among other things, making each level a completely new experience. And although Kirby couldn’t die in this game, there was still plenty of challenge to be found in collecting enough gems to complete each level with a gold rating. Together, DKCR and KEY showed gamers that platforming is alive and well in 2010. But even more importantly, these games gave hardcore gamers a reason to dust off their Wiis and remember how much fun a great Nintendo game could be.

Heavy Rain Quantic Dream Playstation 3

If a game’s success were judged solely upon innovation and uniqueness, Heavy Rain would beat out all the competition in a landslide. It is not so much a game as it is an interactive film, but certainly not in a bad way. Heavy Rain is a murder mystery at its core, and the story is told from the perspective of its four main characters. The player controls each character as they try to unravel the case from their own perspective, and different clues to the identity of the Origami killer are uncovered by each throughout the experience. Gameplay is similar to old school adventure games like the Secret of Monkey Island or Myst, but also adds quick time events into the mix. Success at these button-pressing mini-games means that the character would win, and get to continue solving the case, but here’s the awesome part — failing too many times could mean that one or multiple main characters die permanently. The story still continues, and there will still be an ending, but which scenes a player sees and who is still alive at the end are all up in the air. This means that everyone has a unique experience playing Heavy Rain, and that is truly revolutionary. Add in the fact that the story is incredible, with a twist so surprising that it puts all other twists in all other games to shame, and you have a must-play gaming experience.

Final Fantasy XIII Square Enix Xbox 360 / Playstation 3

Although FFXIII took about two years too long to finally come out, it didn’t disappoint gamers when it finally hit store shelves early this year. This first entry in the Fabula Nova Crystallis series of games, set in a world of crystals and effeminate character archetypes, did an excellent job of creating a beautiful world that inspired wonder at every turn. At many times, the game made you just want to turn the camera around 360 degrees to take in all of the sights and sounds, and be one with the experience. And although FFXIII’s graphics and art design were universally well-received, the game’s battle and leveling systems were a bit more controversial. It is often said that during each console generation, other RPG developers simply wait to see what Square Enix does to redefine the RPG genre, and then copy their mechanics wholesale. And as expected, in FFXIII Square took their usual gamble with the battle system. Employing an entirely new concept of “Paradigms,” Square Enix allowed players to control the overall flow of battles, as opposed to micromanaging each individual attack or action. It took some time to learn, but after a few hours, the paradigm system really took flight, and delivered the most compelling turn-based RPG battles of the year. The game did have a few shortcomings – the general linearity of the environments, the complete lack of towns – but the overall experience didn’t suffer dramatically as a result. In the end, gamers were treated to some breathtaking visuals, a solid story and a revolutionary new way to experience a classic genre.

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At the Wolfpack Invitational on Sept. 17, the men’s cross country team walked away with its first victory of the season. Senior Sandy Roberts won the race for the Pack. to the winning program is evident in the widespread success and it is their commitment to each other that has driven them to victory as a team this season. “When you are a top 20 team that means you have a pretty solid program,” coach Geiger said. compiled by Jon Goodman

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The women’s soccer team struggled this season scoring goals and it showed in the final standings. The women finished near the bottom of the ACC, winning only seven total games on the season.

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he Pack (20-8, 18-3 SEARC, 0-4 GARC) continues to bottom out the Great American Rifle Conference and excel in the SEARC, the conference in which it has four consecutive titles. However, coach Keith Miller’s squad had trouble with conference rival The Citadel this fall. State finished behind the Bulldogs three times before earning its first conference win Nov. 13 in Spartanburg, S.C. Most recently, the Pack fell to No. 1 West Virginia and No. 9 Nebraska Nov. 1920, as expected. But standout freshman Madeline Pike set a personal best against the top-ranked team in the country and sophomore William Teller broke the school record in smallbore (574) and tied the team’s all-time high for individual total (1,154.) Rifle will return Jan. 15, 2011 against Army and the Citadel. While not putting forth a great showing in the first half of its season, the team lost a large portion of its scoring to graduation and the young shooters have shown slow, but steady, improvement.

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Keeping a steady eye on his target, Bryan Cross, a junior in criminology, practices with the rifle team Nov. 2. The Pack dominated during the season in SEARC, but was unable to capture a win in the Great American Rifle Confrence.

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Always watching, redshirt senior lineback Nate Irving was named All-ACC this year, after recording 88 tackles, 20.5 for loss and six sacks for the season.

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The games against Georgia Tech and Wake Forest earlier this season highlighted Irving’s spectacular season. He set an NCAA single-game record for tackles for loss with eight in the Pack’s blowout victory against the Deacons. He also set a single-game career-high in tackles by notching 16 against the Yellow Jackets en route to being named the Walter Camp National Defensive Player of the Week. In addition to earning All-ACC firstteam honors, Irving was the 2010 Brian Piccolo Award recipient, given annually to the most courageous football player in the ACC. Wolfpack fans were glad to see No. 56 back on the gridiron, but nobody was happier than Irving himself.

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rue freshman Laura Hoer won four of the six competitions she competed in this season, finishing her historic season as an All-American with a 21st place finish in the women’s 6k race at the NCAA Championships Nov. 22. She is the 41st All-American in the history of NC State’s women’s cross country program and only the 10th to do so as a freshman. After beginning the season with two consecutive wins, Hoer finished fifth in the NCAA Pre-Nationals, only five seconds behind the leader. She followed that by becoming the third N.C. State freshman in the last 12 years to win the ACC title and only the second ever to win a NCAA regional championship. “It’s really rare for a runner, especially a freshman to come in so prepare,” junior Emily Pritt, 2009 All-ACC, All-NCAA Regional and All-American runner, said. “Her preparation, training, attitude and maturity made her able to.” Hoer has a close relationship with the other members on the team and focuses more on the success of the program than her own. The NC State women finished 24th at nationals, marking the 24th top-25 finish by the women in the 30 years since the NCAA began crowning a women’s national cross country champion in 1981. “She is going to be a great team leader and she’s going to be a great part of this program and there is no limit to what is next for her,” Pritt said. “I’m really happy she chose our program and really happy she is my teammate. The sky is the limit for this program over the next number of years.”

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Freshman Laura Hoer races to the finish in the Wolfpack Invitational. Hoer won the women’s 5K, setting a course record of 17:00.8. She went on to win three other races in her first season, en route to being named AllAmerican.

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Redshirt junior quarterback, Russell Wilson, pushes a Boston College defenseman off during as he breaks a tackle. Wilson was a key player this season for the Pack, using both his arm and his legs. Wilson accounted for 35 total touchdowns, helping the Pack to an 8-4 season.

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n the first season under head coach Bryan Bunn, the team did the one thing it was expected to do improve. With a roster featuring 10 new faces, the team accumulated the most wins the program has seen since 1999 (16-19, 5-11 ACC). One area of concern next season for the Wolfpack will be attacking. While the team only hit .192 on the season, according to Bunn, the goal each match is hitting at a .250 mark. But with the top three kill earners returning in junior outside hitter Luciana Shafer, junior middle blocker Margaret Salata and junior outside hitter Becah Fogle, who missed the final 14 games of the season due to injury, the team will look to put the year of experience together to good use. And while chemistry was an issue at times, with a new face at setter - redshirt sophomore and University of Colorado transfer Megan Cyr - the year of playing together will help. The Pack is also returning its top three blockers in Salata, Cyr and freshman middle blocker Brie Merriwether. After one season under the new coach, the team has shown good improvement and seems poised to continue to make strides next year.

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Junior outside hitter Becah Fogle spikes the ball over two Mercer blockers Sept. 11, in Reynolds Coliseum. In coach Brian Bunn’s first season he showed signs of improvment winning 16 games, including five in the ACC.

Men’s soccer

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lenty of fans right now are still pissed off after the debacle in College Park two weeks ago, but putting that aside and looking at the whole season objectively, it’s hard not to see this grade is well-deserved. This was, hands down, Tom O’Brien’s best season thus far. The Pack could have, and arguably should have won every game this season – but that is the difference between good teams and great teams. Great teams win games they put themselves into positions to win. The Wolfpack controlled its own destiny, and played for a shot at the ACC title game for the first time in years. State was in and out of the top 25 three times. The Wolfpack will also have the opportunity to win nine games if it can take care of busniess against West Virginia in the Champs Sports Bowl in Orlando, Fla. on Dec. 28th Obviously, everyone who roots for the red and white isn’t entirely satisfied with the season, but winning eight games is above average, and far succeeds anything State has done since Phillip Rivers was under center.

Junior forward, Craig Sutherland, takes a shot on the goal during the first half of the N.C. State – Duke soccer game at Dail Field on Oct. 9. Sutherland and the Pack sturggled throughout ACC play, winning only a sinlge game in ACC play.

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he Pack finished the 2010 season with a record of 10-8-2 (1-5-2 ACC). The strong point of the soccer team was its impressive home win streak against non-conference opponents. At Dail Soccer Field, the team finished undefeated in seven matches against nonconference foes. Senior Tyler Lassiter, freshman Sonny Mukungu, and junior Craig Sutherland all earned ACC Honors this season. The team also earned an NCSAA award for its academic performance. The biggest story in men’s soccer was the retirement of head coach George Tarantini, who announced the decision shortly after the season’s conclusion. He had served for 29 years as member of Wolfpack soccer. Tarantini was the schools all-time leader in wins and his absence creates a large void in the soccer team as it returns next season. But with a highly-touted freshmen class now a year more experienced and all-conference worthy players, like Mukungu and Sutherland returning,there is good reason to believe that this season was a sign of great things to come for a team looking for a new coach.

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