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SG candidates debate diversity Estefania Castro-Vazquez Assistant News Editor
Students gathered last night to hear student government candidates debate topics concerning issues of diversity at N.C. State. The candidates are as follow. Student Body President: Rusty Mau, junior in economics, with running mate Devan Riley, junior in accounting; Alanna Propst, junior in political science, with running mate Grant Do, junior in business administration. Student Senate President: Alex Yadon, junior in electrical engineering; Alex Grindstaff, junior in biological sciences. Student Body Treasurer: Carson Shepherd, sophomore in political science; Megan Wright, junior in accounting. Senior Class President: Molly Basdeo, junior in middle grades; Shreye Saxena, junior in computer science. To begin, candidates were asked to introduce themselves and were then asked a series of questions pertaining to women, the Hispanic community, the queer community, students with disabilities, African Americans and Native Americans. Mau said his goal was to put students first and to ask the question,
Student Body President candidates, Alanna Propst and Rusty Mau, debate issues of diversity to a crowd of fellow student body candidates, faculty members and students.
“why not care about diversity?” Propst said her campaign would focus on research done to represent and advocate student issues, ensuring the transparency of Student Government and putting in place leaders who are passionate about leaving an impact and legacy
behind. Mau said it was important to get more young females involved in STEM areas and that N.C. State could play a role in this, as the biggest challenge is for women to understand they have a place in the STEM fields.
Grant said the Women Center should not only be a place to seek protection and expert advice, but also a place that fosters opportunities. Regarding the recent resolution that will include a space for students to enter their sexual orienta-
tion when applying, Propst said it is unfair for these students to feel like they are not welcome at their home and fixing this starts with making students aware and educated. Both Grindstaff and Yaden said the University must take into consideration the standings of the businesses they partner with, namely Chick-fil-a, to ensure there are not gaps in what the institutions support regarding same-sex marriage. Wright said it was important to take into consideration how not allowing same-sex marriage affects people financially. Carson said she didn’t feel samesex marriage should even be a political question and that it is a problem that these people are not viewed as equals in our community. Mau said to increase visibility and awareness of the Native American community, it is necessary to spread awareness of current events and then expand these events to work with all tribes. Propst spoke on the topic of verbal or physical abuse experienced by people with disabilities, saying that in order to stop this abuse, one had to start with educating people. Propst said the current chair of the
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Egyptian cultural showcase Hunt awarded for shares traditions with NCSU innovative design Staff Report
Susan Johnson Correspondent
Attendee’s dressed in traditional Egyptian clothing, wrote their names in Arabic and sampled ethnic delicacies at the Egyptian Showcase sponsored by the Office of International Services Thursday from noon to 2 p.m. in Caldwell Lounge. The Egyptian Student Association organized the event to share Egyptian culture with students. Ahmed Gomaa, president of the Egyptian Student Association at N.C. State, said he hoped the event would help students learn more about Egyptian culture. “People tend to hear things about Egypt but not from Egyptians, and most of these things tend to be false,” Gomaa said. “We are trying to show people what actual Egyptian culture is and what actual Egyptian people believe in.” Gomaa also discussed the impor-
Engy Osama, a prospective student, helps serve an “essential oriental plate” with rice and macaroni in it at the Egyptian Cultural Showcase., Thursday. The event was hosted by the Egyptian Student Association and consisted of information, music, food, photos and a raffle in the Caldwell Lounge.
tance of being culturally diverse. “I would personally be interested in learning about other cultures,” Gomaa said.
The event began with a short presentation about Egypt, after which
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The James B. Hunt Jr. Library was awarded the 2014 Stanford Prize for Innovation in Research Libraries for its high-tech features, striking design and emphasis on collaboration and reflection. Thr Hunt Library was one of nine libraries from all over the world competing for the prize. Other notable entries included the Korea Institute of Ocean Science & Technology’s Ocean Science Library, the National Library of Spain and the Harvard Law Library. Established last year by Stanford Libraries, the award showcases influential library projects and services that benefit library users in unique ways. According to an N.C. State newsletter, the Hunt Libarary’s visually interesting and comfortable lounges, state-of-the-art visualization labs and bookBot system helped create the library’s image
as a world-class research library. Vice Provost and Director of Libraries at N.C. State Susan Nutter, said the university was honored to be recognized for its leadership in educational innovation. “Our vision was to give N.C. State a signature library that would help us recruit the very best students and the very best faculty and to serve the community as an inspiring place of excellence and passion and ideas and vision,” Nutter said. According to Stanford University Libraries, the winning library must encourage effective and sustainable innovation, but the innovation does not necessarily have to be based solely in technology. However, efforts must produce a measurable impact on the library’s community. Stanford Libraries also awarded commendations of merit to current projects at the Harvard Law Library and the National Institute for Informatics.
Seminar to open NCSU research could help sea on Saturday night bass population sustainability Staff Report
University Theater’s next performance, Seminar, will open Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at the Kennedy-McIlwee Theatre in Thompson Hall. The performance will follow the story of four young, aspiring novelists who, under the recklessly brilliant and unorthodox instruction of an international literary figure, either thrive or flounder in this sharp Broadway comedy. In this critically
acclaimed show, sex is used as a weapon, lines are blurred between innocence and experience and alliances are formed and broken, according to ARTS NC State. This show features adult language and themes. Seminar will run from March 28 until April 13. Tickets are available for purchase through Ticket Central. Tickets are $18 full price and $5 for students.
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Researchers at N.C. State have found, contrary to previous understanding, black sea bass have high survival rates after experiencing the trauma of being brought to the ocean surface too rapidly. This finding has the potential to better inform federal stock assessments that ensure the population of black sea bass stays at a sustainable level.
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“We started this research because there was a need for accurate estimates of how many fish die when they are released back into the water after they are caught by either recreational or commercial fishing,” said Jeff Buckel, professor of applied ecology and co-author of the study. According to Buckel, a stock assessment uses a variety of data to model a population of fish. The National Marine Fisheries Service does stock assessments of black sea
bass to determine if any changes are needed, given the size and mortality rate of the fish population, or “stock,” Buckel said. To collect new data on the black sea bass population, Buckel and his team caught and tagged fish with “spaghetti tags,” which look like pieces of spaghetti. The researchers captured, tagged and released some of the fish on the bottom of the
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arah Ray, a junior in chemistry, navigates a tricky rope bridge hanging over 30 feet above the ground. She along with about 15 other members from Alpha Chi Sigma, a professional chemistry fraternity here on campus, were challenging the high ropes course run by University Recreation Saturday. Groups from school are welcome use the high ropes course owned by the University in Schenck forest near the Umstead state park.
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students sang the Egyptian national anthem. Tables displaying different aspects of Egyptian culture were featured throughout the lounge. The first table showcased main tourism spots in Egypt, such as the pyramids, the White Desert safari tour and Hurghada diving. Hurghada is the third largest city in Egypt and a major tourist destination due to its location on the
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disability commission did an amazing job in implementing Wolfpack Pickup. Mau, who helped fund $1,000 toward the service, added he heard students say that the service stopped them from dropping out of the University. Mau said, as SBP,
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Red Sea. The second table, titled “The Faces of Egypt,” was operated by Mohamad Midani, a fiber and polymer science graduate. This table displayed different Egyptian communities, such as Bedouins and Nubians, as well as the main occupations Egyptian people partake in, such as farming and fishing. “There are very common stereotypes about Egypt, like Egyptian communities are still living in the desert and riding camels,” Midani said. “It’s actually very different, so what I am showing here are the local communities living in Egypt
he hopes to expand the service to Centennial Campus. Sheyre said in order to stop abuse against students with disabilities it was necessary to take a stand when inappropriate comments are made as it often the case that those making the comments are not bad people, but people who haven’t had a moment of clarity. Without undocumented
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and the diversity of the communities based on the geographic regions. What I am trying to do is show the faces of Egypt, like what the people really look like and their daily lives.” The third table offered information about the Egyptian language. Attendees were able to have their names written in Arabic, the country’s official language. The fourth table displayed facts about the religion. In Egypt, 90 percent of the people are Muslim, 9 percent are Orthodox Christian and the remaining 1 percent of the people are other types of Christian, according to the display.
students, Propst said, the University would not be as diverse as it could be and that programs like the Dream Act and DACA were not enough if they did not allow students the possibility of coming to campus and seeing other students like them. Riley said he did not approve of the Dream Act because, as he personally witnessed undocumented stu-
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ocean. These fish didn’t experience any sort of trauma, and this group of fish was the control group. The researchers assumed a 100 percent survival rate, Buckel said. According to Buckel, the researchers caught other fish and brought them to the surface of the ocean before tagging and releasing them. “One type of trauma associated with being brought to the surface results from the rapid change in pressure,” Buckel said. “During the ascent through the water column, the fish’s swim bladder will expand rapidly and can damage internal organs.” This pressure trauma, also known as “barotrauma,” can lead to a fish’s stomach stick-
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The table also displayed facts about ancient Egypt’s religious practices, such as the various gods the people worshipped. Each Egyptian city had its own god. The main gods were Osiris, the king of afterlife; Isis, the god of motherhood, magic and fertility; Anubis, the protector of the dead; and Horus, the god of vengeance, sky and war. There were several tables set up that exhibited traditional Egyptian clothing and instruments. Attendees of the event were allowed to play the instruments and take pictures with the clothing. Homemade food was provided.
dents working hard in high school, he sees it as unfair to ask them to serve in the military if they are not inclined to do so. Do added that UNC-CH recently had an undocumented student run for student government, proving that these students can be leaders on campuses. Regarding possible tuition increase for out-of-state students, Propst said it was the in-person interaction with officials she felt would help
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The event featured signature cultural dishes, such as Egyptian desserts and chickpeas boiled in water with added flavors. Miranda Tjelta, a freshman in middle grades language arts and social studies, said it is important to learn about various cultures other than one’s own. “I think it’s really important to learn about different cultures, because it can help you understand your own culture better by seeing how other people view your culture,” Tjelta said.
the most. As a student who personally struggled financially, Propst said she did not want to put herself apart from any student that would suffer from tuition increases. Basdeo said that an increase in tuition would mean fewer alumni would feel the desire to give back to the University. Shreye said that when people complain about tuition increases it is a sign that they are unhappy with the education they are receiving and that these increases should
only be made when necessary to ensure the school remains a valuable and competitive entity. Shepherd said as treasurer, she would help clarify how the appropriations process works while highlighting smaller groups. Wright said it was her goal to be fair and unbiased and to make sure organizations were not punished by the actions of previous presidents.
ing out of its mouth, Buckel said. In addition to barotrauma, researchers tagged fish that suffered from hook trauma, fish with stomach or gill injuries from fishing hooks and fish that were floating. According to Buckel, during the next year, the researchers caught the tagged black sea bass or received tags from captured tagged fish. “We compared the tag return rate of fish in compromised conditions to the tag return rate of fish in the control group to estimate survival of fish in compromised conditions,” Buckel said. “Going into this project, we assumed that the fish with barotrauma would have a low survival rate, but it turns out that a majority of those fish lived.”
According to Buckel, the researchers found that approximately 90 percent of the fish in the experimental group with visible barotrauma survived. This was about the same survival rate as for fish that exhibited no visible injury at all. Fish with hook trauma had a survival rate of 36 percent, while floaters had a 16 percent survival rate. “In previous work, estimates of discard mortality were limited to time periods soon after release,” said Paul Rudershausen, a research associate at N.C. State’s Center for Marine Sciences and Technology and lead author of a paper describing the research. “By tagging a control group, we were able to estimate the long-term effects of injuries associated with fishing.”
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AG Week PHOTOS BY JOSEPH PHILLIPS
Cows, pigs and other various farm animals laid on the Brickyard all week. Ag Week took place on the Brickyard Monday through Friday to celebrate National Ag Day. National Ag Day is held on March 19 to help raise awareness about agriculture. Alpha Zeta,a professional fraternity for students and industry professionals in the agriculture and natural resources fields, helped run AG Week and hosted various events throughout the week.
Senior in environmental sciences Yadavan Varatharajah and sophomore in animal science Carly Ciociola rub a calf as he tries to stay warm through the wind. Carly and Yadavan helped work AG Week on the Brickyard to celebrate National Ag Day. National Ag Day is held on March 19 to help raise awareness.
Carla Cave , a senior in plant and soil science, and Yadavan Varatharajah, senior in environmental sciences, try to talk to the sleeping piglets. Cave and Varatharajah helped with AG Week taking shifts along with other workers Wednesday.
Senior in economics and Student Body President candidate Rusty Mau and junior in accounting and Student Body Vice President candidate Devan Riley kiss Murphy Lee Bacon Junior. Rusty and Devan competed in Alpha Zeta agricultural fraternityâ€™s sponsored competition. The contestants with the most cash in his or her collection jar got to kiss a pig on the Brickyard Thursday.
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Going up the river: solving social problems
nvision a town hundreds of years ago located right beside a riverbank of freshwater. As a small, rural town, the townsfolk depend greatly on this river to drink, cook, wash a nd clean. One day, as the p e ople go about their business, Josiah l a r g e bi t s Keilson of mud and Contributing gunk beColumnist gin to come down the river, contaminating the lifeblood of the community and endangering the town’s way of life. Immediately, large groups from the town gather by the bank and in the river, working to remove the contaminant as it flows toward them. Some of the mud and gunk is removed, but much continues downstream, congregating along the banks in pools and causing even greater problems for the next town along the river. Suddenly, one man leaves the effort and sprints up the riverbank. Those in the midst of trying to stop
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the contaminant angrily yell after him, questioning why he has given up the effort. He responds as he runs, “I’m not giving up! I’m going to see where the contaminant is coming from!” Why did I tell this story? Unfortunately, this story is analogous, in various ways, to the many social policies present in the United States and in North Carolina that are working to alleviate social problems. Almost all of the townsfolk paid attention to the contaminant coming down the river and harming their immediate way of life. Likewise, this country often sees only the immediacy of trying to expel harmful issues that are hurting our society. There is failure in today’s society to ask the key question that the man running up the riverbank asked: “Where are the problems affecting my society truly coming from?” For this man, the question was one that emphasized how a contaminant got in his town’s water supply. For our society to go figuratively “up the riverbank,” similar questions need to be asked about the root causes and origins of
the issues our society faces today. This means asking questions that lead to the heart of the matter. For example, why are poverty levels so high in the U.S.? The poverty rate in 2010 was the highest poverty rate since 1993, according to the National Poverty Center. Why are the federal prisons facing significant capacity issues? The population of federal prisoners grew 14 percent between 2006 and 2012, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. Consider the rampant use of illicit drugs in our culture, especially among the impoverished. Many other countries work to understand problems like this at their core, leading them to view drug addiction as a public health issue instead of a criminal issue. Instead of looking to deal with these problems appropriately during the last few decades, the U.S. has wasted enormous sums criminalizing nonviolent drug offenders. This course of action leads to a disproportionate amount of convictions for drug possession in minority groups. Instead of attacking such is-
Is chivalry dead? If so, should it stay dead? If not, is it threatened? BY JOANNAH IRVIN
“I don’t think it’s dead. I just think it is not taught to young men, but then again women have high expectations and guys can’t live up to them anymore.”
“I guess in our society it has faded away a little bit but not in my own personal life, no. I’m pretty chivalrous I’d like to think. “
Lauren Harris freshman, business administration
Greg Fields sophomore, civil engineering
someone is guilty or using it as a reason why someone was framed. “Hmmm.. an african american [sic] democrat politician involved in corruption...boy am I surprised!” said OrionElectra in the comments section of the ABC News article. Whether there is a lesser, equal or greater population of black politicians involved in corruption has nothing to do with their skin color. MontrellJ commented, “The white man set the mayor up—im tired of this—he need to get some money from african american leaders to fight this racism—white people do this all the time and dont get caught—the mayor framed [sic].” But white politicians do get caught: Former Arizona State Rep. Richard Miranda, former San Diego Mayor Bob Filner, former California State Sen. Roy Ashburn, former Colorado State Rep. Douglas Bruce and former Connecticut State Sen. Thomas Gaffey are all white politicians who have been caught in corruption scandals. Besides the fact that these two comments are ignorant and almost comical, they are simply sad.
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sues at the root, these policies only further hurt communities. Advocacy groups such as The Sentencing Project report that 1 in 3 black men in the U.S. will be incarcerated at some point in their lives and that 1 in every 15 African-American children has a parent who is currently in either prison or jail. In this case, the political attempt to relieve the dangers of drug
availability and use on the streets only deepens the cycle of poverty. When it comes to the social woes of today’s culture, concentrating on treatment of the immediate symptoms has become a common model. There is a tendency to point fingers and, in turn, resources toward the exposed surface of many deeper social injustices. Sadly, this shortsightedness is
often the result of failing to effectively identify and target the root causes of critical social concerns. This country and state will only continue to struggle until we go “up the river” by asking the right questions that lead to the root of the matter. Send your thoughts to Josiah at technician-viewpoint@ ncsu.edu.
The death of chivalry
Corruption doesn’t discriminate in politics nother politician was allegedly caught being corrupt Wednesday. Patrick Cannon, the now former mayor of Charlotte, N.C., faces federal theft a nd br i b ery charges. ABC News reported Cannon Taylor Quinn “solicited Staff Columnist a n d accepted more than $48,000 in cash, airline tickets, a hotel room and the use of a luxury apartment as bribes, according to a criminal complaint.” If convicted, Cannon would face 20 years in prison and more than $1 million in fines, according to ABC News. A politician being corrupt? Say it ain’t so! It seems as though being corrupt is part of the job description of “politician,” so this story comes as no shock. What is shocking, though, is that the comments under the ABC article, and under almost all of the other articles regarding this subject, had to do with the fact that Cannon is black. One would think that as a country, we would be civilized enough to not use skin color as either a reason why
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When are people going to get it through their heads that color has absolutely nothing to do with how a person acts? Skin color is merely a piece of one’s appearance that we as a people somehow linked a meaning with. I doubt that anyone would say someone did or didn’t commit an illegal act because he or she has green eyes, so why should having dark skin have to do with anything? And unfortunately, judging on the basis of skin color doesn’t just go for white and black people. All skin colors are stereotyped in some way or another, and these stereotypes have been used as a reason for proving innocence or guilt among American citizens. The bottom line is that if Cannon was being corrupt, he should have to suffer the consequences. Not because he is black. Not because his eyes are brown or his teeth are white, but because, if he accepted more than $1 million worth in bribes, he knew what he was doing and deserves to go to prison. Send your thoughts to Taylor at technician-viewpoint@ ncsu.edu.
o those who worry t hat ch iva l r y i s dead, that we live in a hook-up culture, to those special snowflake men who think they’re the last of a dying breed: I’ve written you an epitaph. “Chivalry has been dead and buried, but it’s looking like the hand Nicky of Carrie.” Vaught Here’s Staff Columnist look i ng at you , Joh n Picciuto of Elite Daily. Picciuto authored a column, “Why chivalry is dead, from a man’s perspective,” late in the summer of 2013. He basically rants about the decline in courtship etiquette and dating culture, because they contribute to the rise of hook-up culture. “I think I’m the only single guy I know that actually takes a girl out to a restaurant on a first date,” Picciuto writes. Well, isn’t that nice of you. Really, his column is an eloquent complaint that he isn’t getting any because his value system seems outdated—and it is. This apparently friendzoned man-child had an ostensibly fail-proof formula his parents told him would have women swooning left and right. He comes across disgruntled that relationships are more than rewards for hypothetical date tokens. Picciuto lets his true colors show, as he asserts in the final paragraph that ultimately all men want is sex. Surprisingly enough, some men want relationships. We are not lone beasts who thrive on solitude and humping. Sex is a driving force in dating, sure, but it’s not the only driving force. Women and men and everyone in
between, for the most part, like and crave sex. It’s part of what keeps our species going. To make it even better, Picciuto blames women for their supposed mistreatment, saying, “I feel that women will wise up and start asking for the things that they deserve….” According to this nice-guycolumnist, women deserve having their seats pulled out for them, their doors opened for them and dinners paid for them—as if every woman in the world needs or even wants this sort of treatment. Paying for dinner, for instance, came about when women were not allowed or expected to work and could not pay for their own meals. Sure, nowadays women make 75 cents to every dollar men
“Perhaps try getting to know people before you decide the best way to date them.” make, but that doesn’t mean men should continue paying for every single meal. Picciuto asserts that chivalry and respect for women come hand-in-hand. Nothing says respect quite like assuming they’re all the same, right? A conversation I have had too many times with friends and peers is the debate about whether or not it is sexist to hold a door open for a woman. The short answer: yes. The long answer: Holding the door open for anyone is a common courtesy. It’s fine to do it for everyone. However, rushing ahead of a stranger to hold the door open for her sends the message that
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she is unable to do so herself or that she deserves special treatment based on nothing other than her gender. These sorts of chivalrous micro-interactions indicate a system that both puts women down in a physical and competency sense and places them upon a pedestal, forcing upon them unachievable standards of perfection that supposedly warrant special treatment. Chivalry systems don’t account for anyone outside of the gender binary, nor do they account for women (and men) who would prefer unconventional dating and courting methods. Many will react to the feminist denial of chivalry with arguments such as, “but it’s how I was raised to treat a woman.” Sorry to break it to you, but that’s an insufficient understanding of how relationships work. There is no single way to treat a woman (or anyone for that matter), as—surprise—we are a varied species with a wide range of preferences as to how we would like to be treated. Picciuto and supporters, your values are outdated. Perhaps try getting to know people before you decide the best way to date them. Chivalry is dead. Let’s keep it buried under six feet of concrete and mark it with a mortsafe. Send your thoughts to Nicky at technician-viewpoint@ ncsu.edu.
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Students test potential of Google Glass Kaitlin Montgomery Assistant Features Editor
Google Glass has come to N.C. State’s library. Sina Bahram and Arpan Chakraborty, computer science graduate students, were the first to witness the possibilities and expectations of Glass. Google Glass is a wearable computer with an optical head-mounted display. Priced at $1,500, Glass is only available to consumers who are participating in the Google Glass Explorer Program. “What we want to do and said we would accomplish because we didn’t have Glass for more than a week, was to come up with a framework,” Bahram said. “We wanted a framework for folks to do programming that would make things cooler and easier.” Bahram and Chakraborty are part of a lab group within the computer science department called the Knowledge Discovery Lab. Chakraborty said this lab concentrates on humancomputer interaction applications, as well as accessibility within the domain. They write applications and create tools with a strong attention for people with different levels of visual impairment, according to Chakraborty. “We’re focused on how we can help them,” Chakraborty said. According to Bahram, one of the first applications the lab developed was a talking compass application, which was written by Chakraborty. Bahram said it was a straightforward process in which it would announce the direction he was facing. “One of the things with the talking compass application was that it could be used in an
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Sina Bahram (shown above) and Arpan Chakraborty, computer science graduates, were the first at N.C. State to try out Google Glass, a wearable computer. Not only did they want to discover some of the possibilities of the new technology, but they also want to impact the new technology through programming as well.
accessibility space in a navigational role,” Chakraborty said. Chakraborty said using Google Glass, in regards to an application like the one he created, could be taken a step further. “[Google Glass can be used] if you are learning some skill and you need both of your hands for manipulation, but you’re not an expert yet, and there is some expert somewhere else sitting in a different part of the world, you can ask them live for tips and guidelines,” Chakraborty said. “They can potentially see your video screen, look at what you’re looking at and even mark on your display
with things that they want you to pay attention to.” Bahram and Chakraborty both said the placement of information on the Google Glass screen was done in a very thoughtful manner. “[The information] is not going to distract you from your task,” Chakraborty said. “You can still do normal things while referencing it.” According to Bahram, the beta Google Glass they worked with seems like only a first step for what Google Glass can become. “This is an area where you have a lot of explosive growth in the beginning and then it kind of flattens out,” Bahram said. “There’s a lot of initial
advancement left to go with Google Glass.” Chakraborty said he thinks Google itself is not exactly sure how to promote Glass as a usable device. “They have a page where they say that even though you feel the urge to continuously use it all the time, don’t do that because it is not designed for that,” Chakraborty said. “Their point of view is that it’s meant for short bursts of interaction, which will help you to get back to what you were doing in your real life.” Bahram and Chakraborty both agreed, from their interaction with Google Glass, the voice-based interactions need to be further developed.
According to Chakraborty, Glass still has a long way to go. “An important thing that I feel needs to be mentioned is that it’s not that easy to use if you’re blind,” Bahram said. “People might think that it’s an odd statement to make, though, because it’s a very visual thing.” According to Bahram, if Google Glass had access to a program called Talk Back, a screen reader, someone who is visually impaired wouldn’t require the assistance of someone else to help them use it or navigate the screens. “They could start programming the device…to help them with their everyday
life,” Bahram said. “Let’s say they create a color reader or a Google image search for a dollar bill to figure out what currency it is. There are all sorts of applications that you could immediately think of that could be assistive.” However, the two agreed that with Google Glass being Android based, the platform for such advancements is there. “They [Google] are promoting t he voice-based interactions a lot more,” Chakraborty said. “Although they have a lot of things to sort out, I think they’re going in the right direction.”
This inconsistent weather in N.C. is normal Chelsey Winstead Correspondent
The saying, “March comes in like a lion, but leaves like a lamb,’’ is a perfect phrase to describe the weather this year. Although the calendar says winter has ended, arctic air and winter weather have kept the long sleeves on and the shorts in the drawer. Kenneth Kunkel, a research professor in the Department of Marine, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, said the harsh storms and low temperatures are not uncommon for March but are considered common for the seasonal transition. “It is not unprecedented to get this kind of cold weather this time of year,” Kunkel said. “Marches can sometimes be rather cold and windy, and this one was not necessarily bad.” Many Raleigh residents have become irritated at the f luctuating temperatures and have coined the phrase, “North Carolina: where you can experience every season in one week.” Kunkel does not share this theory. “It is not uncommon during early spring, especially with the transition of season going on,” Kunkel said. “We still have episodes of cold air coming down from Canada and the Arctic. The air is warming to the south of us, so when the winds shift around, it can be warmer and bring sunny days. This is fairly typical of March, and
The Bell Tower stands in the snow Feb. 12, 2014 during a day off due to snow. The weather in North Carolina has changed frequently during the past few weeks. N.C. State has seen many delays due to snow and ice as well as a few spring days.
at this point, it is not very unusual.” In comparison to the past two winters, North Carolina has experienced an influx in snow and ice this year. Kunkel said to understand the cold conditions, the weather patterns throughout the country in the later part of the winter need to be observed. “It has been in the news a lot about the cold and snow in the eastern part of the country,” Kunkel said. “We have been in a pattern that does happen from time to time, where the weather patterns are stagnant and do not move very much. The jet stream gets into a stagnant pattern where the weather does not change. The jet stream has made a big dip southward over the eastern U.S.” According to Kunkel, this
pattern is bringing air directly down from the Arctic Circle and into the eastern U.S., giving this area cold conditions and strong storms to the north. “It has been very persistent and has broken up a little bit, but we have gotten another shot of cold air,” Kunkel said. Kunkel also said warm temperatures and droughts are occurring in the western part of the U.S., particularly California, and credited the change to shifts in the jet stream. “Storms that normally track into the West Coast have been shot into the north and are hitting Alaska and northern Canada instead of coming southward over the Western Rockies,” Kunkel said. “This pattern has caused the storms to shift,
and usually you have variation, but this year the storms have all shot northward due to the shift in the jet stream. There have been storms in the Pacific but just have not hit California.” Accompanying the drought and warmth in California are warmer temperatures in Alaska. According to Kunkel, temperatures reached rare 30-40 degrees Fahrenheit this January in Fairbank, Alaska, and the change is due to the jet stream shift affecting the rest of the nation. Globally, Europe and Asia have experienced warmer winters this year while we have been hit with the cold air. Nationally, the last winter to follow a similar structure to the present 2013-2014 season was the winter of 1977. “January and February
of 1977 were very cold and stormy and there was extreme drought over the western U.S., and the jet stream was locked in place over a long period of time that winter,” Kunkel said. Often, North Carolina will have winters with little to no activity followed by hardhitting weather the next year. Kunkel has lived in North Carolina for three-and-a-half years and said he has seen a possible pattern. “Two winters to note would be 2009-2010, which was very snowy, and 2010-2011, the very next winter, had a lot of storms,” Kunkel said. “That was followed up by two years of virtually nothing, and here we are again with another winter, which was really severe. What can we expect in the future? We have not
investigated the fact of one extreme going to another.” A popular culprit to blame for the Arctic shift is global warming, and though little has been proven, Kunkel shared one possible theory being studied at the time. “One hypothesis is the Arctic has been warming faster than the rest of the world in the past 30-40 years,” Kunkel said. “The cold air in the Arctic is what keeps the jet stream locked in place, and when you weaken that, the jet stream can become more amplified. Places where it shifts north will shift even further north, and places where it shifts to south will shift even further south.” Kunkel said global warming is not the only reason, since this pattern occurred before, but it is an area of active research to see if global warming can be the main reason. “A lot of the warming has happened since 1977, because it [global warming] started about that time,” Kunkel said. “It goes to show you that this pattern can and has happened naturally.” With the extreme winter come questions as to what the summer will hold. According to the National Weather Service, we have a better than average chance of a warm summer. Since we are still in transition from winter to spring, it may be a hopeful dream that in a week, April will bring some sunny days among the characteristic showers.
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Researchers study biology of bedbugs Page Harris Correspondent
Most people would probably prefer not to think about the possibility of tiny critters infesting their cozy beds; however, Coby Schal, a professor of entomology, along with other researchers at N.C. State, said they developed a curiosity in bedbugs and took one for the team by performing a ground-breaking study on these pesky pests. “Bedbugs drew us into it,” Schal said. “My group has worked on cockroaches for eons, and we tend to work on things that the public is concerned about in homes especially. About 15 years ago, no one cared about bedbugs, but now this massive, global resurgence that’s taking place is really the reason why we started working on them.” Schal explained that working with and studying bedbugs is a tedious and timeconsuming procedure. He said roaches are much easier to maintain because, unlike bedbugs, they do not need blood to survive. “When I say we started working on them, the first step is to rear them,” Schal said. “Bedbugs are difficult to raise. Bedbugs suck blood like mosquitos do, except there is a huge difference between the two. First of all, with mosquitos, the babies are larvae, they live in water and they don’t bite. Also, only the female portion of the population
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Along with other N.C. State researchers, Coby Schal, entomology professor, began to study the lives and characteristics of bedbugs. Throughout this research, Schal volunteered himself as a feeding source for the bedbugs while they were being studied.
bites. With bedbugs, every single member of that population bites so as the population grows, every single one becomes problematic.” This demand for blood caused a bump in the road for Schal and his team. They needed to figure out how they were going to supply the bedbugs with their source of nutrition. Schal said bedbugs have to be fed about every seven days. “This problem with bedbugs drew us into studying them,” Schal said. “The first obstacle is to develop a process where we can raise bedbugs.” Schal and his team responded to this problem with a trial and error approach. He
said they concluded that ultimately there are three ways to feed and raise bedbugs. First, Schal said he volunteered himself as the main feeding source by actually placing the bedbugs on his own flesh for them to attack. He said this worked for about two weeks at which point his body started to develop an allergic reaction to the bites. The second approach Schal discussed was the possibility of bringing animals such as guinea pigs or rabbits into the lab and letting the bedbugs latch and feed off of them. “Using live animals can be controversial because there are so many law regulations and we don’t want vertebrate animals in our laboratory,”
Schal said. “So that was the second approach that we never pursued.” Schal and his teams’ third and final approach was putting together a system to feed them off blood that does not require animals. “We buy rabbit blood, and we put it into a sort of waterjacketed object, and we warm the water up,” Schal said. “To the bedbugs it’s like a human.” Schal said once he and his team found this to be successful, they could go on with their research and maintain and watch the bedbugs. “It’s critical not only to maintain them but to have vast colonies,” Schal said. “We have 100s of 1,000s of
bedbugs in the lab. We also collect bedbugs of peoples’ homes. We bring them into the lab and we culture them so that we can study their biology because bedbugs in different homes have different characteristics, even though they’re the same species.” Schal said most of he and his teams’ projects have to do with questioning and finding out about the origin of bedbugs. “We take what’s called a population genetics approach where we do genetic tests on bedbugs just like paternity tests for humans,” Schal said. “The beginning of our work was to try to understand why suddenly we have this huge inundation of bedbugs throughout society. We looked at the population genetics of bedbug collections from all over the United States. Our conclusion is they are coming in from other countries because the genetic diversity that we see in the U.S. is huge due to all the internationalization and travel going on in the world.” Schal said while all this research was being discovered, his team was still culturing bedbugs in the laboratory, but before all this, he said they had done a lot of work with cockroaches which would help prep them for their encounter with the bedbugs. “With cockroaches, we had done this type of work for about two decades now, showing that cockroaches in
groups grow faster than cockroaches in isolation,” Schal said. “So we hypothesized based on the cockroach work that the same thing would be the case for bedbugs. The idea was insects that live in groups should facilitate each other’s growth, whereas insects that live in isolation should not care much about being in a group.” Schal explained that insects like bedbugs and cockroaches tend to live in groups because they have aggregation pheromones. “Pheromones are these chemica ls that promote communication within a species,” Schal said. “Aggregation pheromones attract members of the same species to an aggregation. The aggregation actually facilitates their development.” Schal noted that all of this is actually the work of a graduate student at N.C. State. Schal said they hope to get a better understanding of the physiological pathway that is involved. “We want to know how the bedbug senses that it’s in a group,” Schal said. “Is it through chemicals that are produced in the group, is it through vision or is it through contact or a tactile type of stimulation? In cockroaches, we have solved that problem and we have shown that it is tactile.”
Smashburger delights customers, taste buds Holden Broyhill Features Editor
An N.C. State alumnus, Ketan Patel, opened an establishment in Durham aiming to be fueled by the Duke University population’s economic prowess - and he’s doing it the tastiest way possible Smashburger is another installment of a seemingly regular burger joint, trying to add a bit of taste to the fast food experience, both figuratively and literally. The location of this restaurant is kind of strange; Smashburger is housed in what was once a GameStop. The layout makes it rather obvious it wasn’t designed to be a restaurant, with half of the seating in a weird hallway in the back. Despite the awkward and scarce seating, Smashburger accommodates a fair amount of customers, even if it does put the patrons eating inside the restaurant in close proximity to other customers. Smashburger offers a variety of options for both burgers and chicken sandwiches, including an avocado club. There are also some more traditional style burgers and sandwiches, such as the Classic Smashburger, the BBQ and the bacon & cheddar Smashchicken sandwich. For
those looking for healthier options, Smashburger offers a spinach, cucumber & goat cheese sandwich as well as salads. Their salad options are the generic harvest and Cobb, but they also have a baja Cobb. Smashburger offers avocado ranch, veggie and black-bean burgers for their vegetarian patrons. One of Smashburger’s signature sides are the garlic fries, dubbed Smashfries. These Smashfries are thinly cut french fries with olive oil and garlic seasoning. They were so good that my table bought another order to split before we left. In addition to the Smashfries, there are a variety of options for customers to choose from. The sweet potato fries and the haystack onions (essentially a blooming onion, similar to that found at Outback Steak house) are good examples of how Smashburger is more than a typical, quick burger joint. The truffle mushroom Swiss burger and chicken sandwich also testify to Smashburger’s efforts to break through the mainstream. If it is physically possible to have dessert after the meal, Smashburger offers hand-spun shakes that demonstrate the level of quality Smashburger provides. In ad-
Smashburger, located at 2608 Erwin Road in Durham, is the franchise’s second location in North Carolina. It sells burgers inspired by each location’s city or state, like the Carolina Chili Burger and the BBQ, Bacon and Cheddar burger. It also has signature items like Smashfries and the Butterfinger milkshake.
dition to the standard vanilla, chocolate and strawberry options, Smashburger also offer options such as a butterfinger or salted caramel shake. Simply put, these shakes were great and my salted caramel shake was by far the creamiest milkshake I’ve ever had. Smashburger provided a tasty meal at a reasonable price. The burgers were made
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with 100% angus beef. The restaurant offered various sizes of burgers. The large burger was in fact large, half the patty didn’t fit on the bun. While it was a generous serving provided in a fashion that differs from the traditional single or double options, it was a tad awkward to actually eat. The first half of the burger was essentially
hamburger steak. Though it was very tasty, a burger that doesn’t fit in its bun is frustrating. My largest complaint with Smashburger is how far away it is. Smashburger is roughly 20-30 minutes away from campus. It really isn’t worth the drive, especially considering the plethora of options surrounding State’s campus
that are just as good. The food is good but don’t make the drive just for the food. Make it to show support to a member of the Wolfpack who is running a friendly establishment that serves good food.
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Pack finishes ninth in S.C. Colin Phibbs Correspondent
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still in preseason, but guys are competing for spots and trying to win, so I think the
game will be very competitive.” N.C. State’s game against the Railhawks will kick off at 9:30 a.m. at WakeMed Soccer Park.
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N.C. State had two golfers finish in the top 30 of the individual competition at the Hootie at Bulls Bay tournament, but finished ninth in the team standings. Senior Logan Harrell and sophomore David Cooke both shot four strokes over par (+4), tied as the leading scorer among the Wolfpack. The Pack finished the tournament, played in Awendaw, S.C., with a combined score of 881 (+17), beating ACC rivals Duke and UNC-Chapel Hill by 17 and 23 strokes, respectively. Head coach Richard Sykes said Harrell played well all week, shooting 73, 74 and 73 over the course of the threeday tournament.
“Logan played much better than his score,” Sykes said. “He just didn’t seem to make the right putt at the right time. When he needed something to get him going, he never seemed to get it in.” Cooke set a new careerbest, shooting 69 (-3) on the tournament’s first and third days, tied for the lowest among all State players for the tournament. “David is one of the few people I have ever seen who shot four over for the tournament and never had a round in the 70s,” Sykes said. The Pack started off with a solid score, finishing the first day in eighth place with a combined total of 287 (-1). Cooke led all State players with a 69 (-3), followed by redshirt freshman Stanhope Johnson, who shot even par (72). Harrell and sophomore Carter Page tied with a 73
(+1). Redshirt junior James Chapman ended the first round recording a 76 (+4). After the first round, Cooke was tied for fourth among all players in the tournament. The second day proved to be a challenge for every team in the tournament, as harsh weather conditions made the course “much faster,” according to Harrell. The Pack shot 12 birdies, while recording 28 bogeys and five double bogeys. However, Chapman and Harrell helped keep the Pack’s team total down, shooting 72 (E) and 74 (+2), respectively. At the end of the day, Harrell was tied for 21st place among all players with a combined score of 147 (+3), with Chapman close behind in a tie for 25th (148, +4). The Pack rebounded on the third day after a rough second round, ending the day at
even-par 288. Cooke tied his tournament low, 69 (-3), after recording six birdies and three bogeys. Harrell, Chapman and Page all tallied scores of 73 (+1), with Johnson close on their heels with a 74 (+1). Chapman f inished the tournament at 221 (+5), landing him in 34th place. Page ended up tied for 46th place with a final tally of 225 (+9), and Johnson ended the tournament tied for 52nd place with a combined total of 227 (+11). N.C. State’s next tournament is on April 7th and 8th, as the Pack travels to University Place, Wash. to play in the Redhawk Invitational. After that, State will play in its only home tournament of the season, the Wolfpack Spring Open, at Lonnie Pool Golf Course on April 19th and 20th.
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• N.C. State’s baseball team plays Miami (Fl) today at 6 p.m. at Doak Field in Raleigh. Junior pitcher Carlos Rodon (2-4, 2.18 ERA) is projected to start on the mound for the Wolfpack.
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Wolfpacker to participate in 3-point contest Senior guard Myisha GoodwinColeman will compete in the Buick Women’s 3-Point Championship at the 26th annual State Farm College Slam Dunk & 3-Point Championships April 3 on Southern Methodist University’s campus. The contest will be broadcasted live on ESPN. Goodwin-Coleman was consistently ranked within the NCAA’s top-25 in 3-pointers made per game and also led State with a 2.4 assist-to-turnover ratio before she suffered an ACL injury Feb. 20 at Duke. SOURCE: N.C. STATE ATHLETICS
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Tennis, likely more so than other sports at the collegiate level, features players from all over the world. N.C. State’s men’s team has players from distant lands such as Australia, Sweden, Germany and Spain, and most Division I teams have at least one foreign player on the roster. But the Wolfpack didn’t have to look far to find one of its best players. Junior Robbie Mudge, a native of Winston-Salem and graduate of R.J. Reynolds High School, had an easy time making the relatively short trip to Raleigh to continue his tennis career and has been a mainstay on head coach Jon Choboy’s ladder since he arrived. “[Proximity] was one of the main reasons why I came to State,” Mudge said. “But I thought no matter where I was from, [State] would be the best fit based on the coaching staff and facilities.” Choboy and his staff had been looking at Mudge for a long time before he even set foot on campus. Coming out of high school in 2011, Mudge was the top-ranked recruit in North Carolina and ranked 40th nationally in a class that also included Wolfpack teammates Beck Bond and Austin Powell, with the latter currently ranked No. 41 in the nation. “We knew Robbie had a really good track record and was one of the top players in the South and nationally,” Choboy said. “He had a very good junior career.”
Junior Robbie Mudge hits a backhand in his singles match against junior Randy Phillips from UNC-Greensboro Jan. 19. Mudge defeated Phillips, 6-3, 6-1, and also won his doubles match with freshman Ian Dempster, defeating their opponents, 6-2. Mudge’s pair of wins helped N.C. State defeat the Spartans, 7-0.
Mudge made an instant impact his freshman year, totaling 20 dualmatch wins in singles play. He also racked up 13 doubles wins with former teammate Jaime Pulgar, who was the Pack’s top player that season. As a sophomore, Mudge posted 10 singles wins and teamed with thenfreshmen Thomas Weigel to register nine doubles victories in the spring season. This year, Mudge has 18 singles
victories in tournament and dualmatch play, good for second on the team behind Powell and boasts a 15-1 dual-match record in doubles with freshman Ian Dempster. Mudge said he credits Choboy and his staff with helping him perform at an even higher level than when he was recruited. “They helped me mature as a player and as a man, on and off the court,” Mudge said. “My serve and forehand both needed work coming
in, and they did a great job developing that.” Mudge has been in pressure situations many times during his career, notably earlier this season in a home match against South Carolina on Feb. 9. After dropping the first set to USC’s junior Kyle Koch, Mudge was a game from defeat in the second set, but bounced back and forced a third, which he won in a tight tiebreaker. It ended up being the win the Wolfpack needed to clinch the match. “There’s no other feeling like competing on match day,” Mudge said. “That’s what you train for, and that’s what it comes down to.” The Pack is currently on a fourmatch losing streak after three consecutive 4-3 losses to ACC opponents. It’s up to Mudge and the core of experienced players on State’s team to turn things around and lead the Pack to its third consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance. “It’s extremely important, especially with where we’re at right now with a couple guys banged up, to have that experience,” Choboy said. “We knew those guys would be the nucleus of this team for a long time. They can lean on each other and help the younger guys out.” Mudge and the rest of the Wolfpack will return to action Saturday afternoon against ACC foe Clemson. Match time at the J.W. Isenhour Tennis Center is set for noon.
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TRACK AT RALEIGH RELAYS Raleigh, N.C., all day
Another game, another test for the N.C. State men’s soccer team this week, as it takes on the North American Soccer League’s Carolina Railhawks at WakeMed Soccer Park Friday morning. The Wolfpack kicked off its preseason with a 1-0 win over the Charlotte Eagles Saturday, and will look to build on a strong defensive showing in the second friendly match of its spring season. Head coach Kelly Findley highlighted the need for continuous improvement in State’s second consecutive game against professional opposition. “We’re always looking to get better at our process,” Findley said. “We’re working on group defending and on our ability to play in pressure and out of pressure. I also think our attacking needs to be a little bit sharper, which will come with time, but that’s definitely something we’re trying to improve.” In these early days of preparation for its regular season in the fall, Findley said his team is also trying to increase its conditioning. “Usually we use this spring spell of games as a mini-season,” Findley said. “We recovered on Monday, did fitness with the ball on Tuesday, made sure our attacking shape was good Wednesday and then tried to clean up our defending as a group on Thursday. We did some restarts and that will prepare us for Friday.” Nothing can replicate the value of game experience. With the Railhawks literally right down the road, N.C. State has a barometer against which to measure progress; a barometer consisting of professional athletes that will test the Wolfpack’s mettle. “Professional players are usually a little bit smarter, more mature and experienced so you have to deal with their ability to concentrate and transition,” Findley said. “One
MEN’S SWIMMING AND DIVING NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS Austin, T.X., all day WOMEN’S GOLF AT BRYAN NATIONAL COLLEGIATE Browns Summit, N.C., all day MEN’S TENNIS V. CLEMSON Raleigh, N.C., 12:00 p.m. SOFTBALL AT MARYLAND College Park, M.D., 1:00 p.m. SOFTBALL AT MARYLAND College Park, M.D., 3:00 p.m. Sunday WOMEN’S GOLF AT BRYAN NATIONAL COLLEGIATE Browns Summit, N.C., all day MEN’S TENNIS V. GEORGIA TECH Raleigh, N.C., 12:00 p.m. WOMEN’S TENNIS V. GEORGIA TECH Atlanta, G.A., 12:00 p.m. BASEBALL V. MIAMI Raleigh, N.C.., 1:00 p.m. SOFTBALL AT MARYLAND College Park, M.D., 1:00 p.m.
QUOTE OF THE DAY “But I thought no matter where I was from, [State] would be the best fit based on the coaching staff and facilities.” Robbie Mudge, junior men’s tennis player
Senior forward Nick Surkamp fights to gain possession of the ball in N.C. State’s preseason friendly against UNCWilmington Aug. 24, 2013. The Wolfpack tied the Seahawks 1-1 during its exhibition match at Dail Soccer Stadium.
of the ways they test us is with pressure. They press a little bit higher and everything’s a little bit faster, so you have to stay concentrated.” That means senior right back Ryan Metts, senior center backs Moss Jackson-Atogi and Clement Simonin, and junior left back Reed Norton must stay disciplined and organized at the back. Furthermore, the Wolfpack’s must find its goalkeeper of the future, be it junior Alex McCauley or junior Joe Mills, in the wake of losing former starting goalkeeper Fabian Otte. With the professional nature of the opponent in mind, Findley will look to his veteran core and top
young players to control the game and create chances while maintaining defensive strength by pressuring the Railhawks high up the field. “Our plan is to press with three players,” Findley said. “That helps dictate where we win the ball. Our goal is trying to get a little more organized defensively, give our opponent a little bit different look with how we press. Ultimately, how we transition is always important and that’s something you can always get out of playing pro teams.” In Findley’s 4-2-3-1 formation, the in-vogue system in modern soccer, of particular importance and difficulty is the interplay between the lone striker, senior forward Nick
Surkamp, and the attacking trio in support behind him. For Surkamp, tomorrow represents and opportunity to get on the score sheet, which he failed to do Saturday, albeit against professional opposition. As the team’s leading scorer last season, Surkamp finished the fall 2013 campaign with eight goals in 16 matches and will use his speed to make surging runs in-behind the Railhawks’ defense. “Their speed of play will be high,” Findley said. “They’re probably not going to be as organized as they usually are later in the season as they’re
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