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Parker declines second term, campaigns start soon Ravi Chittilla Assistant News Editor
Students interested in filing their candidacy for the position of Student Body President will have the chance to do so from Feb. 24 to March 3, according to Student Body President Alex Parker. Candidates can begin campaigning on March 17 and can continue to do so until the election, which will take place from noon on March 31 until noon on April 1.
Parker, who is a junior, announced his decision not to run for a second term earlier this month. Parker said although he remains fully-invested in serving the student body, he wanted someone else to have the opportunity to serve in the role. “I know a lot of people that are going to run and that are passionate and excited about serving N.C. State,” Parker said. Parker said though he is stepping down from the role, he plans to help with the transition
process. “It’ll be a great transition, and I’ll still be here advising the next president,” Parker said. Beginning this year, the candidacy for Student Government’s highest office will be contested by a two-person ticket consisting of a presidential and vice-presidential candidate. “I think it’s an exciting change, and hopefully it’ll get more students out to vote and get involved in Student Government,” Parker said. “I think this will allow campaigns to go
more places and reach more students and better represent the student body when they are elected.” The change will also prevent a repeat scenario of last year’s election, when former Student Body President Matthew Williams resigned, and Parker, who had originally been elected Student Senate President, succeeded him. Candidates running for any position in Student Government must attend an All Candidates’ meeting on March 5 or March 6.
Board of Elections meets behind closed doors, talks campaign-violation rules Aaron Thomas Correspondent
Student Government’s Board of Elections met Monday night to prepare for the upcoming student elections and to discuss policies regarding campaign rule violations. After holding two to three icebreakers and introducing the discussion topics for the meeting, Elections Commission Chair Simran Mann asked the press to leave. The following information was obtained after the meeting. Mann said she wants Student Government to discuss ways for handling candidate violations while addressing mistakes made by former Student Government members in the past. “Everything about the campaign violations will be uploaded to the website in 24 hours,” Mann said. “You can also look at statutes, anyone can see what’s going on there. That’s what we’re mandated to follow.” Composed of various committees emphasizing finances, publicity and rules and regulations, the Board of Elections is in its beginning stages of providing general guidelines for upcoming election. “Right now, we’re going over the rules just to make sure we’re all on the same page and using the same procedure for handling any violations,” said Maggie Lampe, a member of the Rules and Regulations Committee for Student Government. Additionally, the elections com-
mission acts as a moderator for student elections. “Our goal is to make sure the election goes fairly and smoothly and that candidates are informed on how to make that happen,” said Brian Parks, vice chair of the Board of Elections. Lampe and other members of the committee are responsible for reviewing rules from last year and figuring out ways to make them more effective for the following year. The discussion of the violation checklist was held in private. The election board, which is responsible for providing informative details about the election process to Student Government, meets weekly to ensure the members understand policies, rules and regulations. Parks mentioned some challenges the board will face this semester because half of them are new members and they will have to adapt to change quickly. As a fifth-year member of the Board of Elections, he has seen the board’s rules and standards change frequently. Though the Board of Elections is waiting to confirm official meeting dates from the Student Senate, Mann said the upcoming candidates are required to attend a meeting where Student Government leaders will make sure they are all aware of the rules and expectations. “We [will] go over all the rules with them, so it’s all about helping the candidates understand the process of what they can and can’t do,” Mann said.
University study finds N.C. voter law discriminatory Staff Report
North Carolina’s new election law has been criticized again, this time by researchers from Dartmouth and the University of Florida who say the law will disproportionately affect black voters. The law, House Bill 589, which reduced the time period for early voting, eliminated same-day voter registration during early voting and requires a photo ID to vote, was justified by Republican lawmakers as a way to decrease voter fraud. However, the United States Department of Justice sued North Carolina because the law discriminates against minorities, according to its website. The study found that AfricanAmerican voters disproportionately don’t have the required form of ID required to vote, citing information from the North Carolina DMV.
African-American voters were also found to vote and register to vote during the early voting period more compared to white voters. The new law eliminated preregistration for 16-and 17-year-olds. That demographic was also found to be disproportionately AfricanAmerican. The law, formerly known as House Bill 589, passed in July and Gov. Pat McCrory signed it into law in August. The study claims the law will suppress black voters, who make up 22 percent of the state’s population and typically vote for democratic candidates. The study didn’t examine other minority groups and only included statistics for white and AfricanAmerican voters.
Jennifer Antoniono, a sophomore in biomedical engineering, shows prospective N.C. State students around Lee Hall, the location of Women In Science and Engineering in the Living and Learning Village on Monday. High school students visited N.C. State to find out about WISE.
Women In Science and Engineering holds event for prospective students Brittany Bynum Staff Writer
The Engineering Ambassadors hosted information sessions and tours for the Women in Science and Engineering Visitation Day in the McKimmon Center Monday. About 60 prospective female students and parents attended the event in hopes of deciding whether N.C. State is the right school for them. Students previewed a college class by participating in Mock Engineering 101. Parents and students toured campus, including Lee Hall, where WISE members reside. The event also showcased different departments within the College of Engineering. Alice Forgety, director of Recruiting for College of Engineering, planned and coordinated the engineering part of the event. Forgety said her strategy was to showcase the University, WISE and the College of Engineering to parents and students. “This is a way that N.C. State sets
“It’s important to show women that we care about them being in science and engineering.” Jennifer Piercy, director of recruiting for paper science and engineering
itself apart from other colleges,” Forgety said. Forgety said she hopes the prospective students learned about the opportunities that N.C. State has to offer. She said WISE gives everyone a sense of inclusion and has useful resources for students. “The WISE program empowers women to do anything they need to do,” Forgety said. The WISE program has a retention rate of 50 percent, according to Lauren Kingston, an engineering
ambassador and junior in biological and agricultural engineering, who said most WISE students leave the learning village after their freshman year to live in other dorms, such as Bragraw Residence Hall or off-campus apartments. The program ends after a student’s sophomore year unless they want to return and be a mentor. Kingston also said the WISE program has grown in recent years. Kingston said it’s helpful to live around students taking similar course work as a freshman. She said study groups within WISE were helpful when she was told by professors that she was taking a “weed out” engineering class. “New experiences like WISE make it easier to transition into college because college can be nerve-wracking,” Kinsgton said. The College of Engineering has a total of 18 departments with many concentrations according to Kinston, and eight of them were
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New research from N.C. State professors suggests that the increased production and use of electric cars might not actually reduce harmful emissions. In fact, the N.C. State professors argue that the use of hybrid vehicles, electric vehicles and battery electric vehicles won’t significantly reduce levels of carbon dioxide, sulfur dioxide or nitrogen oxides. Electric drive vehicles and alternative energies and fuels are being researched to help stem the rising tide of emissions. President Barack Obama encouraged the Department of Energy to enact policies that would promote EDVs. These policies include tax credits and millions of dollars in funding. Though this research puts a dent in the validity of these plans, the N.C. State researchers said it doesn’t discourage the current progress being made, but simply suggested that reducing emissions will require a more holistic approach. Joseph DeCarolis, an assistant professor of civil, construction and environmental engineering, authored the paper with graduate student and research assistant Samaneh Babaee and former postdoctoral research assistant Ajay S. Nagpure. They examined five factors on future development of electric cars, including crude oil and natural gas prices, federal CO2 policy, a federal renewable portfolio
standard and EDV battery costs. All of these were combined in analysis to form 108 scenarios that encompassed numerous possible outcomes for the future of electric cars. In addition, the researchers used an energy-system model that measured the economic presence of EDVs in the U.S. market and changes this would have on CO2, SO2 and NOx emissions. Rather
“... it makes more sense to set emissions reductions goals.” Joseph DeCorolis, assistant professor of civil, construction and environment engineering
than simply projecting what the energ y distribution would be in the future, they were able to quantify it with greater accuracy to the year 2050, and thus derive the effects on emissions from the given data. The subsets of the model included a Model Generator using The Integrated MARKAL-EFOM System and the National U.S. TIMES Data Set. All five factors were used in this model, which optimized the multitudes of data simultaneously. The results varied according to which of the five variables were modified and in what sequence. Having caps for CO2 emissions would affect the EDV projection or future gas prices would adversely affect it. Taking all
these f luctuating variables into account, the results demonstrated that overall changes in emissions were not significant. “There are a number of reasons for this,” DeCarolis said. “In part, it’s because some of the benefits of EDVs are wiped out by higher emissions from power plants. Another factor is that passenger vehicles make up a relatively small share of total emissions, limiting the potential impact of EDVs in the first place. For example, passenger vehicles make up only 20 percent of carbon dioxide emissions.” DeCarolis said federal policy should emphasize reducing emissions as opposed to stressing specific technologies, such as cars. “From a policy standpoint, this study tells us that it makes more sense to set emissions reductions goals, rather than promoting specific vehicle technologies with the idea that they’ll solve the problem on their own,” DeCarolis said. DeCarolis also said certain caveats to the results found. For one, the research didn’t take into consideration the potential effects of relocating dense urban emissions from cars to more remote power plants, whose emissions can be more easily monitored and reduced. Another stipulation was the assumption that electric cars would be charged constantly throughout the day. Consumer choice and buying patterns could be a barrier to the development and expansion of electric cars.
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Tuition-free online school for WISE underprivledged gets accredited
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A tuition-free, online university designed for disadvantaged students around the world received accreditation Thursday and plans to expand in response. The University of the People, founded by Israeli entrepreneur Shai Reshef, expects to have 5,000 students by 2016, according to The New York Times. The school will only graduate seven students this spring and has a total enrollment of 700 students from more than 140 countries. Most of the students come from Africa and the United States. The university offers courses in
computer science and business management. Reshef said the University of the People uses text-based online work and lectures and is technically simple because students in developing countries don’t have access to the high speed internet necessary for video streaming, according to The New York Times. Though students don’t have to pay tuition, they have to pay an application fee depending on the wealth of the country they live in, and also test fees which are $100 each. However, there are scholarships available for people who can’t afford these fees. According to Reshef, the University of the People is
supported by the volunteer labor of about 100 professors, though about 3,000 have offered to help. The deans are volunteers from New York University and Columbia. So far, financial partners of the school include New York University, the Clinton Global Initiative, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the OpenCourseWare Consortium and several others, according to The New York Times. In addition, Microsoft agreed to provide scholarships and job opportunities to 1,000 African students who are enrolled at the school.
showcased at the event’s Department Info Fair. The departments included computer science, paper science and engineering, industrial, electrical, mechanical, aerospace, biomedical and material science. Representatives from the Career Development Center also educated prospective WISE students about internships and co-ops. Susan Matney, associate director of the co-op program, told the prospective students to plan ahead, and she hopes the event educated prospective students about a variety options in the field of engineering “We want students to start day one of their freshman
year in career searching,” Matney said. Jennifer Piercy, director of recruiting for paper science and engineering, referred to the event as a “yielded” event. All attendees have been accepted to the College of Engineering but not all students have made their final decisions. “It’s important to show women that we care about them being in science and engineering,” Piercy said. “We will go that extra mile for them.” Piercy said most women want to enter fields such as nursing or the nonprofit sector because they want to help people directly and will stray away from science and engineering majors due to its perceived challenges. However, many female students tend to gravitate toward
paper science, according to Piercy. “I think paper science engineering is a challenge, but we’re doing well,” Piercy said. Piercy said she wants prospective students to know the importance of science and engineering majors, and that the paper science and engineering department at N.C. State is the largest in the country and a top tier program. She said only four other colleges offer degrees in paper science and engineering. “This event was definitely worth it,” said Margaret Goetz, a prospective student from Memphis, Tennessee. Goetz said she is still deciding between Virginia Tech and N.C. State. Goetz said the tour of Centennial Campus was “phenomenal.”
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N.C. State researchers have discovered a way to store energy collected from solar panels for later use by converting it to hydrogen fuel instead of electricity. Before, the energy could only be harnessed during the day when the sun’s rays were the most intense. However, using this method, the energy can be used at all times, even during night, according
to Defense Tech Briefs. The new technique uses a dye-sensitized photoelectrosynthesis cell, and generates hydrogen fuel using energy from the sun. The energy is used to separate water into hydrogen and oxygen. Hydrogen is then is stored for power and the oxygen is released into the air. The design consists of a molecule, called a chromophore-catalyst assembly, which absorbs sunlight to
start the process of separating electrons away from water. Next, a nanoparticle is used to transport the hydrogen to where the fuel can be stored. This advancement uses very little external power and only generates water, as opposed to harmful greenhouse gases. Also, this new technique can be recreated using technology that already exists, which eliminates the cost of recreating new external hardware.
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Ellen Page’s message of hope O n Friday, Ellen Page, best known as an actress in films such as Juno, Inception and Whip It, took the stage at the Human Rights Campaign as a keynote spea ker for the LGBTQpositive organizaJustine tion’s f irstSchnitzler e v e r T i m e Staff Columnist to THRIVE e vent . T he Gala, a conference for LGBTQ-identified youth, was held in Las Vegas, with the aim of bringing together said youths and those who advocate for their rights. Her speech was about eight minutes long and concentrated mainly on congratulating those who tirelessly give their time and energy to the Human Rights Campaign, giving hope to LGBTQ-identified youth who often feel like they have no one to turn to. From her first words, it was obvious she was emotionally invested in the issues she was discussing, evident by the slight quake in her voice and fervor in her speech. Toward the end of the speech, according to Forbes, she paused slightly before stating, “I’m here today because I am gay. And because ... maybe I can make a difference.” Page came out in one of the most visible ways possible— but very much on her own
terms. Though an SNL sketch from 2008, in which she portrays a woman questioning her sexuality after attending a Melissa Etheridge concert, had raised questions from the mass media about her sexual orientation, by and large, her personal preferences have stayed out of the spotlight. Immediately following her announcement, amid claps and cheers from the audience, Page continued, saying she “was tired of lying by omission” and that she’d “suffered for years because [she] was scared to be out.” Her story is, unfortunately, not unique. Ellen DeGeneres, now one of the most prominent openly gay media figures, kept her sexuality hidden for years and said she feared she would be unable to break into Hollywood if she was honest about who she was. Similarly, Anderson Cooper, popular news anchor and investigative reporter for CNN, following years of rumors surrounding his sexuality, came out as gay July 2, 2012 and said, “being gay is a blessing.” Still, he acknowledged that it makes him “sad and frustrated that anyone has to ‘come out’ at all.” He felt pressured to get to a certain place in his career before allowing people to know him as gay, proving that although we have made progress as a society in accepting people for
who they are and the merits they have independently of whom they love, we have a long way to go. For every person in the spotlight who makes the brave decision to be open about whom he or she is attracted, the more normalized it becomes. Forbes elaborated eloquently: “The more prominent people in film, sports and music who are open about their sexuality, the less stigma there will be for young people who are struggling with their sexual identity.” For now, I join the Human Rights Campaign in congratulating Page on her brave decision to live her life openly. As more and more people come forth, society will begin to change. I can’t think of a more fitting sentiment to be expressed on Valentine’s Day. In Page’s words, “I’m standing here today with all of you on the other side of that pain, and I am young, yes, but what I have learned is that love, the beauty of it, the joy if it, yes, even the pain of it is the most incredible gift to give and to receive as a human being. And we deserve to experience love fully, equally, without shame and without compromise.” Send your thoughts to Justine at technician-viewpoint@ ncsu.edu.
Do what’s best, Pisgah High
he administration of Pisgah High School, a modestly sized public institution with about 1,000 students located in Canton, N.C ., ha s been under fire for what it likely viewed was a minute omission of a fringe sect of Tim Gorski students. The Staff Columnist inevitable and well-due controversy that has followed must be a real eye-opener. According to The Washington Post, when 17-year-old Ben Wilson asked his thenassistant principal Connie Weeks if he and other students could form their own chapter of the Secular Student Alliance, a national nonreligious organization with 379 chapters, he was eventually told that his group would not “fit in,” and there wouldn’t be a teacher available to sponsor such a group. Briefly glancing over Pisgah High School’s website reveals that it has more than 30 clubs, including the overtly religious Fellowship of Christian Athletes, whose mission statement as shown on the schools web-page is to “... see our school and community impacted for Jesus Christ through the influence of athletes and coaches.” That being said, the administration clearly doesn’t have a problem with clubs that have an agenda, so long as that agenda aligns with their personal convictions. Whether you are religious or not, it isn’t difficult to come to the conclusion that deliberately disavowing a group of students on the ba-
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sis of their religious beliefs (or lack thereof) is immoral; and it would be a shame if anyone would misuse the doctrines of Christianity to justify such discrimination. As often as secular advocates argue that religion should not be in schools, few argue that religious organizations such as Young Life or the FCA should not be allowed to exist. But the decision to not allow such a group to form is not only immoral, it’s illegal. The Equal Access Act, ironi-
“ ... deliberately disavowing a group of students on the basis of their religious beliefs ... is immoral.” cally signed into law by former President Ronald Regan in order to allow religious groups into schools, states that any school that receives federal funding, such as Pisgah High, is prohibited from stopping student groups to form on a “religious, political, or philosophical” basis. It also states that school administrators are required to provide a sponsor for such a group from their faculty. And I am not the only person who has noticed this: The ACLU, Freedom from Religion Foundation and the Secular Student Alliance have issued letters to both the principal of Pisgah and the superintendent of the Haywood County School System
denouncing their actions as discriminatory and illegal. A segment of the letter from the ACLU and FFRF reads, “Preventing Pisgah High students from forming an SSA group not only violates the law but is also bad policy. Nonreligious and non-Christian students within Pisgah High should have an equal opportunity to make their school a better place for themselves and their classmates.” The end of SSA’s letter threatened, “If we do not her back from you within ten days, we will confer with the affected students on whether they wish to refer the matter to public interest litigators we work with.” It is highly unlikely that, should the school continue its policy, the affected students won’t choose to go to court, considering they contacted the SSA and the FFRF about being discriminated against. It is even more unlikely that the school would win should the case go to court, as the law is obviously not on their side of the argument. If the school administrators know what is best for themselves and their students, they will promptly discontinue their discriminatory policy and appoint a faculty representative for the SSA’s 46th high school chapter at Pisgah High. But then again, if they really knew what was best for their students, the ACLU would have never written them a letter, and I never would have written this column. Send your thoughts to Tim at technician-viewpoint @ ncsu.edu.
What do you think of the new gender choices available on Facebook? BY HUNTER JOHNSON
“I’m totally for it! I think it’s a great thing Facebook is doing. It definitely gives a lot of options for people who don’t identify with a particular gender.” Haritha Malladi, graduate student, civil engineering
“I find it kind of weird and interesting. I guess it’s a way to not limit the peoples choice and continue to progress with the rest of the world. It’s definitely out of the normal, and I had no idea that this had even happened.” Torisha Dozier sophomore, political science
Universities should teach winter-weather safety
hope everyone survived the early spring holiday after Raleigh enjoyed a fresh 3-6 inches of apocalyptic snow that forced stores to close and kept people indoors. Not being from the Raleigh area, I found myself taking pictures of the bare bread aisles, empty beer sections and complete lack of bacon and meat. And though some of these aspects of the storm may have seemed funny to me, they enabled me to Tyler Gobin fully understand the cause Staff Columnist of the severity of a storm that might seem normal to someone from the Midwest or Northeast. It is well known that Southern states don’t have the resources to take care of the roads during a snowstorm, and someone unaccustomed to snow lacks the knowledge to take care of his or herself in this situation. But with N.C. State offering courses teaching everything from the basics of exercise to bee-
keeping, why doesn’t it offer a winter weather education class? This past weekend caused an incredible amount of unnecessary damage that would have been completely avoided by a society that is more educated about winter weather conditions. Yes, the snow accumulated on the roads, but there are some parts of the country that have snow-covered roads for the better half of winter, and their economies don’t come to a halt. And we can’t solely blame the lack of plows either, because even in the most snowaccustomed cities, trucks only plow the main roads. The roads would be drivable if everyone knew some basic snow driving guidelines. It doesn’t help that the media put an apocalyptic image in the heads of southerners and tell everyone to get home at the same time — which would have even gridlocked a normal weather day. An introductory class about the basics of driving, braking and other unspoken rules is all that would be required because I realize storms like this don’t happen very often.
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This may sound ridiculous, but I find it strange that universities require students to take health exercise classes to fulfill the graduation requirement. I am an extreme advocate for living an active lifestyle and eating healthy, but universities are not responsible for keeping kids off the couches if they are not responsible for educating the public about basic winter weather safety. By the time students enter college they are considered “adults,” and they are responsible for their own health and wellness. They should be able to take care of themselves and live a healthy life if they so choose. Universities should encourage physical exercise, but they don’t need to require it. The last time some students had a required physical fitness class may have been their freshman or sophomore year of high school, but they may have elected to participate in sports or exercise for the remaining years of high school. Requiring a physical fitness class takes me back to the days of the boring P.E. classes of elementary
school, and students don’t normally have a good association with something that is required. So instead of universities taking responsibility for the students’ level of activity, they should let the “adults” decide how they will spend their time. At some point they have to learn how to maintain a healthy lifestyle on their own, and a one-credit fitness walking class isn’t going to change their minds about how they are going to live their lives. This doesn’t mean colleges shouldn’t offer fitness classes, but rather that they should stop requiring them and instead allow students to choose. If universities don’t feel responsible for the safety of students, then why should they feel responsible for the health of students? Send your thoughts to Tyler at email@example.com.
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University Theatre gives the ‘razzle dazzle’ Katie Sanders Assistant Features Editor
University Theatre is going to have a hard time topping its production, Chicago, which runs from Feb. 13–24. The show was well done on every level, which explains why the musical is sold out. The play begins when Roxie Hart (Brett Williams), a down-on-her-luck chorus girl, murders her lover and tricks her husband Amos (Matthew Hogan) into taking the blame. However, when he discovers her ruse and turns her in, she’s sent to jail and left to her own devices to seek acquittal. Hart and her fellow “merry murderesses,” most notably Velma Kelly (Morgan Piner), compete for headlines, sympathies, lawyers and favors, hoping to make it out ahead —and, of course, alive. Like any good musical, N.C. State’s theater was a production, not just a play. Not just the actors shone—the entire crew of musicians, set and costume designers were on pointe. The crew constructed the set beautifully. They kept it simple and yet managed to pack it full of interesting features. The stage was a neat, raised, hardwood f loor arranged in levels, which were simple and perfect for a huge musical. Cast members were able to present scenes, and on the two lower side stages, singers could belt out their solos on the slightly raised center. The lower back stage was almost always occupied by the huge cast, whether they were singing backup in a musical number or acting as extras to place the scene. The role of the cast in the background kept the energy high and set the mood. The few details that were included were thoughtful and well done—elegant ironwork framed the set, and the bottom and sides of the stage included old-timey lights that might surround an actress’ make-up mirror, easily capturing the gritty, jazz-filled
Chicago of the ‘20s. The amount of costume changes that took place during the production was absolutely mind-boggling, as well as the amount of effort that must have gone into each costume. Secondary dancers were decked out with feathers and sequins, different colored suits and shoes, and every musical number had a new theme. The time-period was also captured in the dresses of the main characters, and the f lapper style wasn’t forgotten when it came to hair— each member of the cast was wearing a wig in order to give them a sleek bob. If I have any criticism of the play at all—and I use criticism very lightly in this case—it might be only the costumes used for the number “Cell Block Tango.” The whole play is rather raunchy and owns the characteristic well, but the leather and garters for that particular number didn’t fit the sarcastic, righteous, nose-in-the-air class it seemed to exude. That is not to say that they weren’t well put together or that the actresses didn’t look… alluring in them. The music was incorporated into the production flawlessly. As its being held in Titmus Theatre, which is rather small for a large production, I had wondered where the band would sit, and University Theatre handled that with seeming ease. The band pit was placed between the main and back stage, allowing the musicians to actually sit in the middle of the action (though slightly below it so they weren’t too distracting). This allowed every note to be heard and added the interesting experience of being able to watch the musicians as the play progressed. Not only is live music entertaining, several times while actors or actresses were able to sing to
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Andrew Enloe, a junior in communication, plays Billy Flynn and sings “We Both Reached for the Gun” to Brett Williams, a post baccalaur studies student, who plays Roxie Hart. In the song, Flynn explains to Hart how to make the murder she committed sound like self defense.
and interact with a particular band member. Unfortunately, the small space did limit the number of musicians. I would have loved for the production to be able to incorporate a larger band, but each musician that they did include played so well the production didn’t seem wanting at all, and all the songs felt full for such a small band. The actors and actresses brought it all together, especially the extras. The ensemble seemed to be onstage almost every scene, participating in huge, wonderfully choreographed dance numbers that took place on several stage levels and required every single actor. The cast filled up the space so energetically it was clear they were pulling from Broadway traditions. The main actors and actresses all did excellently, but Piner, a senior in marine and coastal natural resources, playing Velma Kelly, a nightclub singer who murdered her sister and boyfriend for having an affair, really stole the show. Piner’s singing was divine, and she always stayed snarky, sexy and in character. Andrew Enloe, a junior in communication playing the unscrupulous lawyer Billy Flynn, and Matthew Hogan,
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Matthew Hogan, a senior in English and film, plays Amos Hart and sings “Mister Cellophane” while looking down at his hands to make sure he is visable.
a senior in film studies playing Amos Hart, the steppedon husband of Roxie, were both wonderful as well, fill-
ing up the stage with opposite but equally entertaining characters. Overall, attention was
paid to every aspect of this production, and it certainly shows.
Blumenthal’s The Kiss stands out among genre Katie Liguori Correspondent
Though The Kiss, a novel by Scott Blumenthal, a triangle-area novelist, is one in a long line of Holocaust fiction, it tells a unique side of history that many others do not. Though stories set in this time are often morbid and depressing, this one truly stands out among the genre for its optimism. Though the Holocaust is
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a devastating point in history and the subject is often taboo, this novel shows how important it is to discuss the troubling time. The Kiss has an atypical approach to Holocaust fiction, which made reviewing it much easier. My initial impression of the book was that it was another
compilation of first-hand accounts of the events that took place during World War II. So, naturally I supplied myself with tissues and cuddled up close to my dog in preparation for the impending emotional havoc. To my surprise, the story took a different path entirely. The opening pages concentrated on several interviews with historians and survivors alike to answer one question: What was the Rovner Klezmorim?
“There is conflict and tragedy mingled with humor and romance.” During the height of Hitler’s reign there was a group composed of three musicians, referred to as the Rovner
Klezmorim, which traveled from place to place, putting on concerts for “crown heads and dignitaries” as well as whoever would listen. These three men, boys really, all came from Rovno, Poland and were remarkably gifted musicians. Those who were lucky enough to witness their performances said it was impossible not to be swept away by the music, because it was so beautiful and hypnotizing. As the group traveled throughout Europe, the epic took on a life of its own. People believed the Rovner Klezmorim was a gift from God, and its leader, Aron Beckman, was the Messiah. Though it might seem odd, at this point, the interviews stop and the novel transitions into a fictional story concentrating on how Beckman and his friends became a glimmer of hope for a suffering race. Beckman and his two companions were three relatable characters, and Blumenthal took the insights from his interviews and pieced together a fictional story. The tale follows Beckman through his life the unexpected events that led him to be a soughtafter musician and how he met the love of his life. The Kiss also takes the read-
er through the childhood of each band member, explaining how the three boys are eventually brought together to create music that changed the lives of many. Not every page was heartwrenching and emotional, but I was completely enticed by the entire story. I have a huge appreciation for authors who deter from typical writing style, and Blumenthal did just that. He took non-fiction and turned it into beautiful work of fiction. This story contains everything a reader could possibly hope for: There is conf lict and tragedy mingled with humor and romance. Readers are confronted with one of the most fear-inducing antagonists of all time, Hitler, as well as three heroes who kept me eager to turn the page. I would recommend this book to anyone. It is a compelling and educational story, and I cannot adequately express how much the last pages impacted me. I was left speechless, at the mercy of my own thoughts. I found myself rereading the final words, mystified that Blumenthal was able to do in words what the Rovner Klezmorim did with music — hypnotize the audience.
TUESDAY, FEB. 18, 2014 • PAGE 7
Wolfpack splits set of weekend meets, falls to 1-4 in ACC Zack Tanner Staff Writer
Spencer Ellis Correspondent
The N.C. State wrestling team finished its trip to the Washington, D.C. area with a record of 1-1, dropping its first match to Maryland 2314 on Friday and recovering with a dominant 25-12 victory over American University Sunday. Though the win over American was satisfying for the Wolfpack (136 overall, 1-4 ACC), Friday’s loss to Maryland marked State’s fourth conference loss of the season. It also marked the ninth straight loss to the Terrapins. Friday’s match started with a tough loss at the 197 weight class, 3-2. However, No. 6 redshirt sophomore Nick Gwiazdowski (285) picked up the slack with his biggest win of the season, as he defeated Maryland’s No. 8 Spencer Myers by a score of 11-8, tying the meet at 3-3. The Pack proceeded to drop matches at the 125, 133, 141 and 149 weight classes. The Terps took an insurmountable 18-3 lead after the four matches, three of which were decided by two points or less. “It was a little disappointing not having a guy step up when we needed just one guy to come through,” head coach Pat Popolizio said. “We weren’t able to pull out the close matches, and that was the difference between winning and losing.”
State tried to stage a comeback. Wins from No. 19 junior Tommy Gantt (165), senior Nijel Jones (165) and No. 19 freshman Pete Renda (174) decreased the Pack’s deficit to four. While the Pack had a chance to take the meet with a technical fall or pin in the last match of the evening, freshman Shayne Brady (184) couldn’t keep up with the topranked wrestler in the 184 weight class – No. 1 junior Jimmy Sheptock. Sheptock took the match by a technical fall, 16-0, and wrapped up the meet for his Terps. Looking to move on after an ugly loss on Friday, the Pack delivered in the nation’s capital with a comprehensive 13-point win over the Eagles. The win marked Popolizio’s 99th dual meet win in eight seasons as a collegiate head career. The Pack opened the match with two losses by decision at the 125 and 133 weight classes. However, State responded with five straight wins to gain a powerful 22-6 lead over the Eagles. Gantt, Jones and Renda all earned their second wins of the weekend, with Renda taking down his opponent by a technical fall and Jones earning his second straight win by major decision. After a stretch of six duals earlier in the season in which Jones was benched, the senior earned his starting position back, starting at 165 in the past five matches for the Pack. “I think it’s all starting to come
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back for me,” Jones said. The biggest surprise of Sunday’s match was the emergence of redshirt freshman Cohl Fulk (149), who earned his first ever start in an ACC meet. Fulk did not waste the opportunity, pinning his opponent in the first period. Along with Fulk and Brady on Friday, freshman Brendan Calas (125) also was given a rare start. Popolizio said at this point in the season, ev-
eryone is an option to start. “We need someone who wants to win right now,” Popolizio said. “There’s little time left before the ACC Championships, and we need to see who’s hungry and who wants to be in our lineup.” The Pack closed the match with losses at the 184 and 197 weight classes, but also with another big win from Gwiazdowski at the heavyweight position. With his
win over American’s No. 25 redshirt junior Blake Herrin, Gwiazdowski notched his 11th straight victory, with five of his last six coming against ranked opponents. State’s last two dual meets of the year will take place in Durham Saturday, as the Pack will take on Duke and No. 23 Northwestern in Card Gymnasium.
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• The N.C. State men’s basketball team hits the road to play Clemson at Littlejohn Coliseum tonight. Tip off is scheduled for 7 p.m.
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• Page 7: Wolfpack splits set of weekend meets, falls to 1-4 in ACC
Pack rebounds, routs Canisius Andrew Schuett Sports Editor
Grant Rankin Correspondent
Head coach Elliot Avent lit a fire under N.C. State’s baseball team after Canisius shut out his No. 5 Wolfpack Sunday. Avent’s tactics worked flawlessly, inspiring an 11-4 demolition of the Golden Griffins (1-1 overall) Monday afternoon at Doak Field. Junior catcher Brett Austin, batting in the leadoff position, went four-for-six Monday, with three RBIs and two runs scored. Austin said he looks to be aggressive in his at bats, a strategy that paid off for him in spades against the Golden Griffins. “When I’m leading off, I hunt first pitches,” Austin said. “If you get a good pitch, you [swing at it] and that first pitch might be the best one too.” This isn’t the first time in Austin’s career he has batted in the leadoff slot. Last season when the Pack’s regular leadoff batter, thensophomore shortstop Trea Turner, went down with an ankle injury, Austin took over Turner’s leadoff duties. Austin said he asked Turner last season if there was anything he should do differently when batting first in the order. “Last year when they put me in leadoff, I asked [Turner] ‘What do I do? Do I see pitches or do I swing
on the first pitch?’” Austin said. “[Turner] told me, ‘Just go up there and do whatever you want to do.’ I want to go up there and hunt the first pitch… That’s what I did today; just took the same approach, hunted pitches early and didn’t miss them.” Avent said the team’s performance improved from Sunday’s showing, in which the Pack was shut out and had two defensive errors. “Today [Monday] was better,” Avent said. “[Sunday] was terrible, but we were better today.” Austin said he and his teammates, including junior infielder Logan Ratledge, were eager to redeem themselves after losing on Sunday. “Logan and I were talking last night and he was like, ‘Man, I’m about to go hit in the cages right now.’” Austin said. “We were all ready to get back out here and prove ourselves, because yesterday [Sunday] was a little embarrassing.” But Avent picked out the performance of the Wolfpack’s battlehardened relief pitchers, specifically senior pitchers Andrew Woeck and D.J. Thomas, saying their efficiency allowed the Pack to conserve energy, which it used on offense. “Look at what Woeck did yesterday and what D.J. Thomas did today: they just came in and threw strikes,” Avent said. “We had quick innings and didn’t have to be on our feet for 20 minutes playing defense, and then try to come in and hit a little bit.” “If you do what D.J. and Woeck did, you’re going to be successful.
Junior outfielder Jake Fincher slides into home plate Monday against Canisius at Doak Field. The Wolfpack bounced back from a loss on Sunday to the Golden Griffins and defeated Canisius, 11-4, Monday afternoon.
They showed our staff what needs to be done. But D.J. and Woeck are a couple of seniors, so they’ve been around the block.” A notable change to the Wolfpack’s lineup saw Austin move to right field on defense, with sophomore catcher John Mangum taking over behind the plate. Austin said it was a nice change of pace to be in the outfield, at least for one game.
“It’s relaxing [to be in the outfield],” Austin said. “We don’t have to focus nearly as much and there’s not as much pressure. But it feels good to be out there and rest my legs a little bit, and Mangum did a heck of a job [at catcher] today.” Avent said tinkering with the lineup at the beginning of the season is standard operating procedure for every team around the country.
“No team that I know of, in basketball or baseball, knows what their lineup is at the start of the season,” Avent said. “You play yourself into your lineup. The old saying goes, ‘If you want to play more, play better,’ so we’re trying to give some guys an opportunity to see who plays well. [The players] decide who plays, [coaches] don’t decide that.”
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Gap narrows between Orange and Cavs Zack Ellerby Correspondent
ACC names Wolfpacker as Scholar Athlete of the Year Senior Andrew Colley was named the 2013 Cross Country Male Scholar Athlete of the Year by ACC Commissioner John Swofford on Monday. Colley, the 2012 and 2013 ACC Men’s Performer of the Year, won this third straight All-American honor after a seventh-place finish at the NCAA Championships, the highestever finish by an N.C. State athlete at the event. The Williamsburg, Va. native is also a three-time ACC AllAcademic team selection. SOURCE: N.C. STATE ATHLETICS
Six State players earn All-ACC Academic honors A total of six members of the 2013 N.C. State football team were selected to the All-ACC Academic Football Team Monday morning. The Wolfpack placed the secondmost players on the list, with Duke placing 21 of its players on the team. State’s total of six Academic All-ACC honorees is the most in Wolfpack history since the 1971 season. SOURCE: N.C. STATE ATHLETIC
Marchand still in contention in Puerto Rico Senior Brittany Marchand shot even par (72) at the second round of the Lady Puerto Rico Classic at Rio Mar Country Club. The senior is tied for fifth place after 36 holes in Rio Grande, Puerto Rico. Marchand is just four shots back of the current leader, junior Aurora Kan of Perdue University. As a team, N.C. State (+18) is tied with Iowa State for fifth in the team standings at the event. SOURCE: N.C. STATE ATHLETICS
Syracuse (25-0, 12-0 ACC) The nation’s No. 1 team almost took its first loss of the season Saturday against N.C. State. Syracuse managed to pull out a late one-point victory off a steal and a transition layup to keep its undefeated season alive. The Orange will face Boston College at home in the Carrier Dome Wednesday. Virginia (21-5, 12-1 ACC) The Cavaliers continued their excellent season by defeating the Clemson Tigers, 63-58, Saturday. This is the best start in the ACC by any Virginia team since the 19811982 season. On a team with underwhelming star power, Virginia continues to prove that balanced offense, hard-nosed defense and aggressive rebounding wins basketball games. The Cavaliers travel to Blacksburg, Va. Tuesday in what should be a cakewalk against their archrivals, the Virginia Tech Hokies. Duke (20-5, 9-3 ACC) Freshman forward Jabari Parker and the Blue Devils played an extremely competitive game against the Maryland Terrapins and came out on top, 69-67. The Terrapins had a chance to win the game in the final possession, but Duke managed to avoid the Terps’ upset bid. The Devils will play Georgia Tech on the road at McCamish Pavilion Tuesday. North Carolina (18-7, 8-4 ACC) North Carolina defeated No. 25 Pittsburgh on Saturday, thanks to a huge effort from junior forward James Michael McAdoo who scored 24 points. The Tar Heels are riding a seven game win streak after taking down Florida State in Tallahassee, Fla. If Carolina can win its delayed matchup with the Blue Devils Thursday night, it will be hard to make an argument for keeping the Heels out of the NCAA Tournament. Pittsburgh (20-6, 8-5 ACC) The Panthers were favored in
their matchup with North Carolina Saturday, but Pittsburgh struggled early and dropped its second game in a row. The Panthers will need to win their next game at home against Florida State on Sunday to prevent a devastating third straight loss. North Carolina State (16-9, 6-6 ACC) N.C. State was 14 seconds away from knocking off the No. 1 team in the nation. Unfortunately for the Wolfpack, late turnovers by junior guard Desmond Lee and freshman guard Anthony “Cat” Barber gave the game away to Syracuse. The Wolfpack will look to shrug off its loss Saturday as it travels to Littlejohn Coliseum Tuesday to take on the Clemson Tigers. Clemson (15-9, 6-6 ACC) Clemson was defeated in a tight encounter with No. 17 Virginia on Saturday, as the Tigers were unable to keep the game close in the final minutes of the second half. Clemson will get a shot at redemption as it takes on N.C. State at home Tuesday. Florida State (15-11, 6-8 ACC) The Seminoles defeated a struggling Wake Forest team on Saturday to move one game closer to .500 in the ACC. Senior guard Ian Miller had 25 points for the Seminoles against the Demon Deacons, but the ‘Noles were defeated by UNC on Monday after taking a slim lead into halftime. Maryland (14-12, 6-7 ACC) The Maryland Terrapins have had a rough time in their final season as members of the ACC. In its final regular season matchup as ACC opponents, Maryland came very close to defeating No. 8 Duke, but could not pull out the victory. The Terrapins take on Wake Forest Tuesday at home. Notre Dame (14-12, 5-8 ACC) Notre Dame defeated Boston College Sunday, 73-69. Notre Dame finds itself at the bottom of the ACC in their first year in the conference, but the Irish will have a chance to make amends as they travel to the BankUnited Center Wednesday to take on Miami (FL).
Junior guard Ralston Turner drives past a Wake Forest defender in State’s game against the Demon Deacons on Feb. 11 at the PNC Arena. Turner scored 16 points, helping the Wolfpack defeat the Deacs, 82-67.
Wake Forest (14-11, 4-8 ACC) Wake Forest suffered another loss to the Florida State Seminoles on Saturday. The Demon Deacons are dropping in the standings and desperately need a win to halt their five-game losing skid. Wake will go on the road Tuesday to take on the Maryland Terrapins. Georgia Tech (13-12, 4-8 ACC) Georgia Tech defeated Boston College Thursday on a last second three point shot by sophomore forward Marcus Georges-Hunt. The Yellows Jackets take on the No. 8 Duke Blue Devils Tuesday. Virginia Tech (9-15, 2-10 ACC) Virginia Tech defeated Miami
(FL) on Saturday, a rare bright spot for the Hokies in a season full of dismay. Next up for Tech is in-state rival No. 14 Virginia at home on Tuesday. Miami (FL) (12-13, 3-9 ACC) Miami took a disappointing loss at the hands of the Virginia Tech Hokies Saturday and will take on Notre Dame Wednesday. Boston College (6-19, 2-10 ACC) Boston College lost to ACC newcomer Notre Dame on Sunday. Things seem to only get worse for the Eagles, who will play the nation’s top team, Syracuse, Wednesday.