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Horner said many alumni who give $1,000 or more to N.C. State become a member of the Chancellor’s Circle, which includes a mix of faculty members, staff and alumni. According to the Chancellor’s Circle webpage, members get invited to special events for the year that they donate in. Members can become fellows or partners by donating $2,500 or $5,000 respectively. Carlo Laurore, the associate director of gift planning, said he works to secure legacy gifts, which typically involve endowments that help the University during a long period of time. “Planned giving involves gifts

The snow may be gone, and the ice may be melted, but that doesn’t mean the two snowstorms that shutdown campus earlier this month are finished causing problems for students, professors and administrators alike. In an attempt to make up for the three full days and three additional partial days lost due to snow, university officials announced Monday that the drop date will be pushed back one week. The last day to drop a course without penalty will now be March 10. This will also be the last day to change a course from credit to audit at all levels and the last day to change to credit only. “Sometimes faculty have to postpone midterms or other major assignments, so we decided to allow a few extra days,” said Vice Provost and University Registrar Louis Hunt. Hunt said the Faculty Senate, Provost Warwick Arden and faculty members from Registration and Records decided to make this change, which is now reflected on the official academic calendar. However, the adjustments to the academic schedule don’t end there.

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Source: 2013 NCSU Annual Financial Report, University Advancement

The numbers behind the numbers What made 2013 the most successful year in university history for giving Jess Thomas Staff Writer

N.C. State raised nearly $200 million in gifts for 2013, beating the total for 2012 by 78 percent. According to a University Advancement report, the school collected $198,214,355, with a goal of a $1 billion endowment by 2019. Through smaller gifts, the Annual Giving office raised $1,604,166 from alumni, parents, students and friends in 2013. A total of 13,351 donors gave an average of $139, according to Ann Horner, the executive director of the N.C. State Annual Fund. In 2013, the University received three eight-figure gifts and pledges, according to University Advance-

ment. Prestage Farms was one of three such donors, and its gift endowed the Department of Poultry Science. Horner said there are two types of gifts: major gifts and minor gifts. Minor gifts are usually paid in a lump sum while the major gift requires a more serious commitment, such as the Park Scholarship. Horner said annual giving helps to pay for new lab equipment, recreating curriculum and hiring new faculty members. “Since N.C. State is a research university, it is critical that we are cutting edge and state of the art, and that’s very costly,” Horner said. Horner said one of the main reasons that giving is at a record high is because people are becoming com-

fortable with the economy and the job market. “I would say the feeling of giving in our country is in a better place; the conversation about jobs across the state and nationwide factors in, and it gives people a feeling of plenty. People feel comfortable sharing,” Horner said. Horner said the annual giving office stresses reaching out to alumni individually according to additional factors such as age and the activities they were involved in while attending the University. “We treat our younger alumni differently than someone who is celebrating their 50th anniversary,” Horner said. “It’s called segmentation; we want to talk to audiences in a way that’s pertinent to them.”

Student fees to help fund sustainability Rizwan Dard Correspondent

N.C. State recently established a Sustainability Fund through a student-led campaign that is expected to produce $85,000 per year. A sustainability fee of $3 a year will fund the initiative, vesting N.C. State in a push for sustainability. According to Kyle Barth, Chair of the 2013 -2014 Sustainability Fund Board, the fund was designed to give students a voice. “I’m excited to be involved in the inaugural year and give students an opportunity to have a seat at the table to develop N.C. State sustainability,” Barth said. “This initiative has been started across peer institutions with the collective goal to improve sustainability. This fund has the potential to empower students.” The fund is accepting proposals

until March 17 for short-term projects that produce immediate impact or long-term projects that would grow in funding and size over time. Barth said sustainability is a hard term to define, and as a result, the board could select proposals relating to a variety of disciplines. “The board is excited to take in a large variety of proposals that range from education, outreach, infrastructure, seminars and technology,” Barth said. “The aim is to change the standard specific discipline that sustainability is. Sustainability could be a part of anything.” The board also consists of alumnus Matt Melillo, Nathan Pedder, a senior in mechanical engineering, and Joe Murray, a senior in mathematics. In addition, there are three faculty members including Derek


Kyle Barth (left), senior in electrical engineering, Nathan Pedder (middle), senior in mechanical engineering and Joe Murray (right), senior in mathematics are members of the Sustainability Fund Board.

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Merit of unpaid internships still up for debate Jacqueline Lee Staff Writer

When a federal district court judge ruled in June that Fox Searchlight Pictures should have compensated two unpaid interns during the filming of Black Swan, several other lawsuits emerged challenging the prevalent practice of unpaid internships, Businessweek reported. The lawsuit against FSP claimed

that the two interns did menial tasks for their employer, such as taking out the trash and getting coffee, and didn’t get the work experience to offset working for free. The story of the Black Swan interns and others who have been taken advantage of by their employers is something recent graduate Cassia Lewis can relate to. Lewis graduated from the College of Textiles in December of 2013 and

is now a product and sales coordinator for the International Textile Group in Greensboro. Though Lewis said she actually received valuable experience for an unpaid internship, she was doing work that a paid employee would do. “I did a lot of work as an intern that they should have hired somebody to do,” Lewis said about her internship with retailer Shawlsmith London. “I still do love that compa-




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ny and I had great experiences that definitely benefited me not only in the position I’m in now, but also in other aspects of my life.” Lewis did get class credit for the internship and assisted the company with social media maintenance, shipped packages and assisted with planning and organization for the office. Lewis said the problem with unpaid internships, in her opinion, is

that many companies in general do abuse the internship process because an internship is supposed to be an educational experience where you shadow professionals. “To me it felt like I was doing a job somebody should’ve been getting paid for,” Lewis said. “It was like a part-time job working over twenty hours a week.”

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February 23 2:16 A.M. | ASSIST OTHER AGENCY Off Campus Officers assisted RPD with loud party complaint. Two students were referred for Aid & Abet Minors with Alcohol. Third student was arrested by RPD for RDO and referred for same. Fourth student was transported due to intoxication and will be referred at a later date. Fifth student was referred for underage consumption.


February 22 1:45 A.M. | SUSPICIOUS PERSON Bostian Hall While conducting search officers located non-student sleeping in stairwell. Subject was trespassed from NCSU property.

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andolin Orange, a Raleigh-based bluegrass duo consisting of Emily Frantz and Andrew Marlin, perform at the Witherspoon Cinema Monday. The duo sang a selection of songs, consisting of both original songs and traditional folk tunes. The instruments they played included the guitar, fiddle and Marlin’s favorite, the mandolin. It was also Marlin’s birthday and at the end of the performance, the crowd sang the “Happy Birthday” to him. The duo said it is inspired by a variety of sources when writing songs ranging from The Lord of the Rings films to a bird regurgitating a worm.




Thursday CHARGE MEETING: DEAN OF THE COLLEGE OF TEXTILES SEARCH COMMITTEE Poulton Innovation Center 10:30 A.M.-11:45 P.M. SEX, FLIES AND VIDEOTAPE; EXPLAINING SCIENCE IN OLD AND NEW WAYS David Clark Labs 3:30 P.M.-4:30P.M. MOVIE: THOR: THE DARK WORLD Campus Cinema Witherspoon Student Center 10:00 P.M.-11:59 P.M.

9:21 P.M. | LOST PROPERTY Wolf Village Student advised losing purse, possibly on campus. February 21 10:15 A.M. | ALCOHOL VIOLATION Doak Field House Non-student was trespassed from this location for having liquor at sporting event. 10:15 A.M. | FIRE ALARM Sigma Nu FP responded to alarm. Roof hatch had apparently blown off. Contractor was notified. 12: 29 P.M. |Trespassing Dr. Bill Gilbert Way Report of subject fishing in university pond. Officer responded but did not locate subject. 10:28 P.M. | LARCENY Wolf Village Student report wallet stolen.


N.C. State Student Media will soon interview students vying for its top leadership positions in 2014-2015. The applicants, who have all submitted applications and position packages in support of their candidacies, will first be interviewed by members of N.C. State Student Media’s Newspaper, Annual Publications and Student Business Office advisory boards. Those boards will then make their recommendations to the full Student Media Board of Directors, which will make the final hiring decisions. The interviews are open to the public. The dates, times and candidates are as follows: • Newspaper Advisory Board - Tuesday, Feb. 25, 6 p.m., African American Cultural Center Gallery conference room - Technician Editor In Chief candidate Ravi Chittilla and Nubian Message Editor In Chief candidate Christopher Hart-Williams • Student Business Office Advisory Board - Wednesday, Feb. 26, 6 p.m., African American Cultural Center Gallery conference room - Student Business Office Manager candidate Mark Tate • Annual Publications Advisory Board - Wednesday, Feb. 26, 6 p.m., Student Media conference room (3rd floor, Witherspoon Student Center) - Agromeck Editor candidate Elizabeth Moomey and Windhover Editor candidate Ajita Banerjea Members of the Student Media Board of Directors will hear the advisory boards’ recommendations and make its final decisions at its regular meeting on Tuesday, March 4 at 7 p.m. in Room 356 of the African American Cultural Center, which is located on the third floor of the Witherspoon Student Center. For more information, contact Director of Student Media Advising Patrick Neal at or (919) 515-1515.



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School Board sues N.C. over teacher tenure law Estefania Castro-Vazquez Assitant News Editor

Earlier this month, the Guilford County Board of Education voted unanimously to file a lawsuit against the state regarding a new tenure law passed, according to Darlene Garrett, a member of the Guilford County Board of Education. The law in question offers the top 25 percent best performing teachers an increase in pay for four years if they give up their tenure. Jon Hardister, a North Carolina General Assembly representative for Guilford County, said the law was enacted to hold teachers accountable for job performance.  “This contract system will still provide teachers with a reasonable measure of job security, while making it easier to promote account-


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Aday, associate professor of applied ecology, Thomas Kolnicki and Tracy Dixon, director of the University Sustainability Office. “The Sustainability Fund is a great opportunity to improve the campus by creating a way for students to directly apply their talents as creatives, researchers and leaders,” Murray said. “In this respect, I hope the fund serves as a resource for students to find a passion for sustainability and a means to explore that passion.” The origin of the fund can be traced to an early initiative called “Think Outside the Brick,” which was led by the student government. This fund, about $2000 annually, financed projects that included community gardens on Centennial Campus and in the Honors Quad. The student government sustainability commission soon realized that a $2000 budget was not big enough to enact meaningful projects. One of the


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However, Woody Catoe, an assistant director at the University Career Center said students should know beforehand what tasks they will be doing and how many hours a week they’re expected to work. According to Catoe, using the UCC’s services can help students develop a strategy for searching for internships and to figure out what type of work employer expect for an internship. “A student going into an internship should be ready to ask very specific questions about expectations, hours working and opportunities to learn new skills,” Catoe said. According to an article by the New York Times article, many students across the country are also getting stuck with unpaid internships that don’t lead to paying jobs. The article mentioned an aspiring record executive, Tenneh Ogbemudia, 23, who applies for hundreds of paid jobs a month, but hasn’t landed a job yet. However, she’s frequently contacted by employers after inquiring about unpaid internships. Catoe said it seems like Ogbemudia and others interviewed for the article were expecting the internship to

ability amongst educators,” Hardister said. Members of the Guilford County School Board passed a resolution that requested changes be made to the law before its implementation, according to Garrett. He said the board would not take steps to comply with the law until then. Hardister said the Guilford County School Board reserves the right to challenge the state law, but it’s also the citizens’ duty to respect and abide by the law. “If we disagree with a law, then we seek to change it legislatively, or we can challenge it in the courts, which the school board is doing,” Hardister said. “But it is wrong to deliberately disregard a law simply because you don’t agree with it. This applies to all citizens and also to governmental bodies, such as the school board.”

Because the law requires tenured teachers to defer their career status, the board feels it is unfair to take this vested right away, according to Garrett. “It’s unprecedented. Other states have ended tenure, but no other state has done it retroactively,” Garrett said. “That’s a major part of it. In our opinion, it’s taking away someone’s constitutional right.” Hardister said he agreed that teachers already tenured should be able to maintain that status. In addition to the legal issues the board has with the law, Garrett said there are general discrepancies, like the vagueness of how teachers are to qualify for the raise and who is considered a classroom teacher.  According to Garrett, in the eyes of the public, counselors, social workers, academic

original founders of the new Sustainability Fund, Caroline Hansley, a senior in interdisciplinary studies, pushed for a student fee to fund sustainability on campus, according to the fund’s webpage. Though the sustainability fund is relatively new compared to other universities, Barth said the University is now on par with Texas A&M University regarding their $3 student fee rate. However, other in-state institutions with a longer history of similar funds are generating more money. Other universities include UNC-Chapel Hill with an $ 8 per year per-student fund and Appalachian State University with an annual $10 per-student fund. The University of Illinois has set the bar with $28 a year per student fund that generates roughly $6 million for sustainability. Many other universities have succeeded in increasing funding, and N.C. State could soon be among them, Barth said. “NCSU is very well suited for such a fund,” Barth said. “We have a great faculty and

growth all over campus in sustainability including agriculture, research and other areas. The president visited and brought with him the manufacturing initiative in which green energy and sustainability can play a big role.” The University of Illinois has been a success story in terms of sustainability funding. The university completed a project which installed occupancy sensors across its campus in classrooms, restrooms, offices and other areas. This caused the electricity consumption to decrease, saving $11,000 and cutting 88,000 lbs of CO2 over its lifespan. If the University of Illinois can do it, N.C. State can do it better, Barth said. “Because this initiative is funded through a student fee, students will be given top priority. If you are a student who has a project in mind, the best way to help your case would be to work with a faculty or staff member to submit it,” Barth said.

“magically” lead to a paying job when an internship is one tool among many students should be using in an active job search. “People need to not only see your resume, but they want to hear your career story,” Catoe said. “They want to see your face and talk to you and engage you.” Catoe said old, clichéd networking is useful and makes a huge difference when trying to find a job. According to Catoe, the UCC screens internships posted on the ePack website to make sure they are legitimate and true opportunities for students to grow professionally and career wise. “There’s almost an expectation that an internship experience will be on a resume,” Catoe said. “I typically tell most students that it’s not an option anymore if you want to be serious about your job search.” Catoe said internships aren’t just about building credibility; they also help the student gain clarity about their career path, which you can’t beat hands-on experience for doing that. “Having that internship experience is definitely something employers expect,” Lewis said. “It’s not just an added bonus that you have on your resume anymore, they expect it.” A student can also figure

out if they’re suited for that career path by doing an internship. Catoe said the UCC can be extremely valuable for students to help them develop a strategy for searching for good internships and figuring out which questions to ask employers when weighing their options. According to Catoe, sometimes students have an opportunity to do a paid internship, but they largely involve answering a phone and doing office work. “An unpaid internship may be a better opportunity to get hands on experience to gain skill sets that can be marketable later on in a job search,” Catoe said. “You have to look at the value of what you’re going to bring out of that instead of just monetary value.” By law, according to the U.S. Department of Labor, “If an employer uses interns as substitutes for regular workers or to augment its existing workforce during specific time periods, these interns should be paid at least the minimum wage and overtime compensation for hours worked over forty in a workweek.” “There’s certain criteria that need to be met in order for an internship to be justifiably called an unpaid internship,” Catoe said.

coaches and curriculum facilitators are generally considered teachers. Depending on how the law classifies who is or is not a teacher, there may not be enough money in the budget to cover the first year of raises. “We are supposed to offer these contracts, yet the legislation is only funded for one year,” Garrett said. “That makes us legally responsible for the rest of the money if the general assembly doesn’t fully fund it.” The new legislation would prevent teachers from working with one another, becoming more concerned with competition rather than collaboration, according to Garrett. He said the process of choosing the top 25 percent is hard because some teachers don’t have evaluations. “It’s putting the board of education in a very precarious situation because we have


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that are a bit more complicated than receiving cash outright.” Laurore said. “It provides donors the opportunity to create endowments and give to impact the future of N.C. State.” One of the main factors that increased the amount is emphasizing to donors how the gifts affect students and the N.C. State community, Laurore said. “Alumni and donors really care about the students, and they want to know how the gifts have impacted the students,” Laurore said. “We’ve taken a keen focus on highlighting legacy gifts,


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According to Hunt, this semester’s reading days,

to offer these contracts and determine these teachers,” Garrett said. “It puts us in a position to be sued by our teachers.” Hardister said there has been talk about raising the percentage of selected teachers from 25 percent to 40 percent and that it’s a topic he plans to discuss with his colleagues when they convene in the short session this year. There is no set date for when the board will hear back about whether or not they will be granted an injunction, but the board is hoping the resolution is in before the June 30 deadline, according to Garrett. Garrett said Senator Phil Berger has expressed his disappointment with the board and has sent them several letters expressing his concern with the board defying the law.According to an article in the News & Record, Berger

called the board’s action an “attempt to manufacture legal arguments to derail policy directives,” which he called “even more underhanded than openly refusing to follow the law.” Berger said the law was enacted to recognize and reward excellent teachers and that he is troubled by the board’s actions, according to the News & Record. “Like the rest of us, local officials cannot pick and choose which laws to follow,” Berger said in the News & Record. “Such action would give them an unconstitutional veto over the laws enacted by elected representatives in the General Assembly.” Because the board’s actions do not rise to the corruption level, Garrett said their attorney does not anticipate their being thrown out of office as it is unlikely to happen.

and we increased the marketing to share just how good our students are.” Laurore also said another strategy the Office of Gift Planning has employed is getting involved in activities around the campus. “One of the other things we’ve done is we’ve engaged in some of the programmatic things that are going on around campus so we can shake hands and get to know our students, so that when we talk to donors, we actually have real stories on students that are doing great things,” Laurore said. Laurore said the Office of Gift Planning helps to increase the endowment of the University and hopefully increases the number of student

scholarships in the future. Annual giving to the University is typically generated from the disposable income of the givers, Horner said. “This is the type of giving that you write out of your checkbook, usually disposable income, if you’ve got extra money and you provide loyal support for mostly expendable items at the University such as funding an academic enterprise, or possibly a new scholarship,” Horner said. The sum of donations to colleges has increased substantially in the past year, with most of the money going toward funding student academics and enterprises, according to the Chronicle of Higher Education.

which are currently scheduled for April 24 and 25, are on now on the chopping block and may be turned into class days. The Faculty Senate and

Provost Warwick Arden are among those who will ultimately decide the fate of the reading days, Hunt said, but he is unsure when this decision will be made.

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Expanding Medicaid is the responsible move It’s no secret that today’s politics are hyperpartisan and inherently divisive—and despite all of the sound bites and catchphrases, rarely does a single iota of useful information make it to the ears of voters. Issues are boiled down to a duality that often oversimplifies the interconnected nature of policy disputes, leading people to hop on one side or the other without really understanding Wes Kyatt the debate. North Carolina’s Guest Columnist refusal to expand Medicaid is a textbook example of this phenomenon. The most common framing of the Medicaid debate is centered on a liberal argument for insuring those who are poor and can’t afford coverage on their own, and a conservative argument about cost and redistribution of wealth. Such a premise is flawed, and doesn’t do justice to either the intellect of voters or the complexity of health policy. North Carolina still has one of the highest unemployment rates in the nation—a hangover from the 2008 financial crisis. As employ-

ers laid off workers, some workers eventually lost their coverage, boosting the ranks of the uninsured in North Carolina indirectly. The number currently stands at approximately 1.5 million people, or about 1 in 5 North Carolinians. The Medicaid expansion extends coverage to those who don’t have children and are single—a group likely to include many men, the demographic hit worst by the recession. That means if North Carolina accepted the expansion rules for Medicaid, an additional 150,000-300,000 people who might not otherwise purchase insurance could eventually end up with it. Conservatives protest that helping the uninsured is all well and good, but not at the expense of taxpayers and the fiscal health of the state. It’s true that North Carolina spends more on Medicaid than many other states with similarly sized programs, but reports from the State Auditor show that these costs are associated with administrative overhead, not medical payments. In other words, it’s bureaucrats at the Department of Health and Human Services soaking the states’ Medicaid program in red ink, not recipients. Two for-

mer staffers for Gov. Pat McCrory’s campaign received $80,000 salaries after taking positions at DHHS. The department’s Medicaid director resigned last year amid the troubled rollout of the program’s payment system, and she was making $220,000. Her replacement could end up taking home as much as $800,000. Plus, the federal government has agreed to pick up the tab for expansion in the first three years, and pay 90 percent annually after that. In North Carolina, the feds already cover an average 65 percent of the Medicaid program’s annual cost. There’s a practical economic argument for expanding Medicaid, too. If a person suffers from a chronic medical condition that goes untreated, the odds are slim she’ll make it to work every day, or turn in a satisfactory performance when she does. That creates a cycle in which if a person with no insurance gets sick, she’s more likely to lose her job, and treatment becomes an even more remote possibility. Because those who would qualify for Medicaid typically work in low wage positions and their employers experience high turnover rates already, the result is that the business

owner finds it harder to hire and keep good employees. The state is left with a stubbornly stagnant economy and unemployment numbers that doesn’t differentiate between those who don’t want to work and those who can’t . It’s time to face the facts. Politics is inherently pro-business, otherwise both parties wouldn’t make jobs the center point of their rhetoric. Conservatives who are against a Medicaid expansion aren’t opposed to the policy because of fiscal concerns, or they would take meaningful action against the corruption at DHHS. Conservatives aren’t opposed on the grounds of job creation, either, as an internal report from the not-soliberal stronghold of Kentucky says expansion there could add 17,000 jobs and a beneficial economic impact of $15.6 billion. Conservatives oppose the expansion on the basis of principle. They recognize no imperative to care for the disadvantaged in society. Now, the First Amendment says it’s OK to use false rhetoric to antagonize political trepidation about the poor—but that behavior sheds a new light on who deserves accusations of inciting class warfare. 

The Olympics should motivate viewers During the past two weeks of Winter Olympic coverage I watched my fair share of winter sports ranging from skeleton to snowboard slalom. Tyler Gobin T h o u g h I c a n’t s a y Staff Columnist the same for everyone else, I hope you’ve tuned in for some of the Olympic coverage. I’m not going to hold anything against you for missing a spectacle that only occurs every four years, but your health might have benefitted from a little TV time. I’m not referring to the hour or so of sedentary time spent on your rear end, but instead to what happens after a little time spent watching athletes compete at a high level. And even though we’re watching the events from halfway around the world, it has the same effects. Watching athletic competition motivates the average person to be a better athlete. I’m not saying people jump off the couch and go to an area ice skating rink or move to a cold weather location, but they simply put more effort into their own health. I grew up playing soccer and the summers of the World Cup always seemed to cause

a spike in training. You don’t have to be watching the same sport that you practice yourself, but the general energy from competition seems to transcend through the TV. They are putting their heart, soul and four years of training into these competitions, and we wonder what is keeping us from being healthy and signing up for the next 5k. Don’t let the Olympic athletes superiority make you feel insignificant and hopeless, but let it motivate you to do something about it. Don’t push for an Olympic gold, but instead push for a personal best. These effects might not be as obvious among a college crowd, but listen to the younger generations talk about the Olympics. They watch the Olympics and are suddenly eager for their karate classes and swimming sessions. I coach kids at a nearby recreation center and have never seen the effort like it’s been the past two weeks during the Olympics. They watch athletes sometimes twice their own age and buzz about their next competition. But for several kids who truly enjoy their sport, there might be one who might be forced to be there. I bring this up because part of me questions the fact a 15 year old just finished compet-

ing in the Winter Olympics for the Russian figure skating team. The book Outliers references the number 10,000 as the number of practice hours needed to master something which also equals about 1.15 years. To possibly have reached this number by age 15 requires incredible dedication and compromise and when does too much training take away from the enjoyment I referred to earlier as simply besting yourself? When does sport become work and not desire or enjoyment? Too many times I hear about people who grew up eating, breathing, and sleeping for a single sport, but as soon as the competition is done they quit cold turkey. Unfortunately, I am guilty and haven’t touched a soccer ball for years after a lifetime of practice and training. Don’t let whatever you do now for enjoyment turn into work. You can enjoy keeping yourself healthy; you just have to find the right way to go about it. Unfortunately, the Olympics are over and we have to wait another 4 years for a similar wintertime spectacle, but don’t let the desire fade and put it into something you truly enjoy.

{ LETTER TO THE EDITOR } On Friday, the Technician released an article about the ongoing student effort calling upon Duke Energy to increase the amount of renewable energy provided for the university. As the largest energy provider in the nation, Duke Energy should be heading the efforts to bring more renewable energy onto the grid. However, the company only generates 1 percent renewable energy and plans to raise that number to a measly 3 percent in the next 20 years. After the recent coal ash spill in the Dan River, Duke Energy announced its plan to double the amount of solar in North Carolina, who was second in the nation last year for solar energy growth. However, this plan excludes universities from having the ability to participate, and with the UNC-System being one of its largest customers in the state,

this seems unfair. The company also launched an attack on solar power and the net metering system, which allows solar consumers to benefit from extra energy it puts on to the grid. Duke’s president of North Carolina operations, Paul Newton, claims that solar customers who benefit from net metering “aren’t paying their fair share” to the company. As one of the largest energy providers in the world, Duke Energy should step up and be a global leader by taking advantage of the opportunities that lie in the growth of renewable energy rather than feebly attempt to save a business model that has proved itself insufficient in our changing world.

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McCrory: careless about climate change? John Kerry compared the threat of climate change to that of the largest weapon of mass destruction on Feb. 16 as he addressed college students in Jakarta, Indonesia. The secretary of state mocked those who deny its existence Sophie or question Nelson it s c auses, Guest Columnist comparing them to people who insist the Earth is flat. And who could deny its existence considering the recent extreme weather in the U.S. with blizzards in the East and drought in the West? Seemingly, Gov. Pat McCrory can. McCrory appeared on two national talk shows Sunday to talk about climate change and the winter storms that have affected the state in the past two weeks. On both Face the Nation and This Week with George Stephanopoulos, McCror y was asked about his notorious statement that he doesn’t get involved in the global warming debate because he thinks it’s in God’s hands. He sidestepped the topic of global warming to discuss the main issue at hand of cleaning up the environment—even this he cannot seem to successfully do. It

was bewildering to watch him discuss cleaning the environment whilst his old company, Duke Energy, is fouling a river and his awareness of the disaster is being put into question. McCrory avoided discussing his position about climate change and questioned how much of this change is actually man-made or naturally occurring. It is alarming that the governor continues to deny reality and dismiss the facts. According to NASA, 97 percent of climate scientists agree that climate-warming trends throughout the past century are most likely due to human activities. Regarding extreme weather events such as Hurricane Sandy or bad droughts, experts say there is still some uncertainty in absolutely linking them to global warming, but the vast majority of scientists attribute climate change and the increase in extreme weather to human activity. In order for there to be any kind of genuine change in saving our environment, we need the people in power to recognize the severity of the issue. There needs to be legislation put in place to reduce CO2 emissions, control lev-

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els of pollution and enforce methods of sustainable energy. We need our leaders, such as McCrory, to act on this matter and not deny that it is happening. As the governor of North Carolina, he is especially required to take action as it is in a hotspot for sea-level rising related to global warming. Observations from the State Climate Office of North Carolina indicate that the sea level on North Carolina’s coast has risen approximately one foot since studies began in the 1930s, and this is correlated to broader global warming. Certainly as a coastal state with a dynamic coastline and large estuarine system, North Carolina is sensitive to a rising sea level. Future climate forecasts suggest the sea level may increase by another 2-3 feet over the next 100 years. McCrory should be listening closely to the words of Kerry and follow his lead of placing climate change at the top of his priorities. With a topic so time sensitive, he should be eager to implement changes that can benefit the environment. Spring will eventually come for North Carolina, but it seems McCrory will remain in a deep freeze of denial.

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Endless Love couldn’t end soon enough Endless Love Bluegrass Films

Lauren Vanderveen Staff Writer

Endless Love is everything that is wrong with romance movies these days: no original effort and a total reliance on an essentially sexist blueprint. It is boy meets girl story. Girl has some personality, boy has the most back-story, then sex, run-of-the-mill conf lict, and then the end. It’s tired, played-out and, honestly, a little insulting. Audiences have been fed this formula again and again for years. It comes as no surprise, too, that Valentine’s Day weekend was chosen for its release. We are expected to take our dose of love during the holiday, forget it afterward and go see the same movie with a different title next year. But really, who wants to accept this track as the norm anymore? The acting is perfunctory

and f lat. The structure is similar to some idyllic music video with bouts of unchecked violence. The best that can be said is that every shot is near perfectly acceptable. Everything is captured neatly and fluidly, such as the montage sequence of Jade (Gabriella Wilde) and David’s (Alex Pettyfer) perfect last 10 days before she must, sadly, leave for an internship. All their mad rushes of love during this time­— kissing, playing, going to music festivals—plays out in a whirlwind, while the colors and people gleam by as if from a dream. Even though the sequence is faultless by all technical means, it’s still like staring into a summer blast-themed snow globe. As with the rest of the film, we peer into something beautiful, blank and meaningless. Endless Love is then the textbook definition of style with no substance—and even the style is not wholly imaginative. Genuine exploration is what’s lacking from these blockbuster movies about young love. The story’s creators seem satisfied to throw

conflicts at Jade and David, while meagerly studying the depths that intensify between two people falling in love. In short, Endless Love forces one to watch fixed, two-dimensional characters that beg smore questions than answers. David is handsome and content with middle-class work life. He also claims that he would be content with just the right girl by his side. It’s telling then that he ends up with the quiet girl he watched and idealized from afar for four years in high school. The result is affirmation by the main male character that if you build up a girl long enough in your mind, something will happen. Jade is a difficult female character to accept or be complacent with. Many will probably say that she’s a good enough female character because at least she actively seeks her own sexuality and love life after 17 years of following her oppressive—yet still loving, the film makes very clear to say—father’s footsteps. Her sexual agency is without doubt a fact, yet Jade and

the only two other female characters in this world are put into very specific models. Jade is sculpted as the innocent and naïve girl who does exactly what her father says and only really changes when she meets a guy. Even the side story of her late brother seems more to substantiate her father’s actions than her own. Then the perfect mother but unhappy wife falls to Anne Butterfield (Joely Richardson). Jenny (Emma Rigby) plays the typical mean girl and ex-girlfriend who is, of course, jealous and hell-bent on meddling in Jade and David’s relationship. Somehow she does this with saying probably less than 50 words in the entire film. In Endless Love, there are no women of passionate and fiery nature, only bland archetypes. This was getting really old, really fast, 10 years ago. Now, it’s just inexcusable. What is expected to happen at the end of this mediocrity, are audiences supposed to accept the moral that your first love as a teenager will probably be with a terrific, nice guy that will last forever? No, it just confirms the ex-


Endless Love offers its audience little more than mediocre acting accompanying a story that fails to captivate.

pectation that girls are still waiting for a fairy tale to


Let’s talk About Last Night and how bad it is About Last Night Screen Gems

 Chelsey Winstead Correspondent

About Last Night, a romantic comedy named for a phrase often uttered after a sexual rendezvous seemed like the perfect compromise of a sappy love story and crude humor to open on Valentine’s Day. Director Steve Pink leaned on rising star Kevin Hart to draw in a crowd, hoping the comedian’s signature improvisation would stand out from the subpar acting of the B-list cast. Sadly, the audience came up severely disappointed. TV promos aired the best knee-slapping moments with the other one-liners only producing a small chuckle. The trailer showed an awesome comedy about a not-soone-night stand resulting in

the formation of two couples. In the opening scene, wisecracking Bernie (Hart) and loudmouthed Joan (Regina Hall) recount the sexual encounter to wingman Danny (Michael Ealy) and best friend Debbie (Joy Bryant) before meeting up for a double date. It’s common for several romantic comedies to have similar plotlines causing the audience to experience déjà vu. About Last Night goes a bit further—it is a remake of the 1986 film About Last Night. The majority of the script was paraphrased from the original screenplay. The original all white cast was made up of James Belushi as Bernie, Rob Lowe as Danny, Demi Moore as Debbie and Elizabeth Perkins as Joan. The lack of diversity in both casts makes the only difference in films being that the older version was set in Chicago and the recent in Los Angeles. But the remakes do


About Last Night is an example of a remake that fails to stand out and leaves viewers disappointed overall.

not stop there. The 1986 film was based on the 1974 play Sexual Perversity in Chicago.

Much like the corny pick-up lines used by the leading men, originality was in short sup-

ply. In the true fashion of a hookup, the film began upbeat and quick-witted, but soon the thrill was spoiled and the clock revealed the happiness of leading couple Danny and Debbie lasted a grand 45 minutes of the 107 minute film. Wit h what l it t le wa s changed from the original script, some of the writing was dated and what was changed lacked dimension for the actors to use in performing. The comic relationship of supporting couple Bernie and Joan was the highlight of the movie, but with limited screen time the audience had to slog through the boring and drawn out relationship of two actors who did not have experience being in title roles. Despite the appearance of Happy Gilmore star Christopher McDonald and Brooklyn Nine-Nine’s Joe Lo Truglio, the talents of the supporting cast could not save the

drawn out film or keep me from wondering when my relationship with this film would end. As expected, the ending was sappy and heartwarming to stay true to the RomCom genre. With the recent film success of Kevin Hart, I expected more than a 2-star film to associate with his name. Remaking movies from previous decades is common, but this copy of the original should not have been produced. In spite of the stalled plot line and insignificant conflict, About Last Night followed The Lego Movie to top the box office on the double holiday weekend. Beating out opening date night movies Endless Love and Winter’s Tale, it can be argued this remake was successful. The eye candy of Michael Ealy made watching the movie bearable, but much like a disappointing hookup, I left the theatrical encounter unsatisfied and ready to move on.

Raleigh-area band aims for the ‘stars’ with new EP Jacqueline Lee Staff Writer

With its first EP just released, the Raleigh band Star Studies has plans to perform often this spring. The band, with a sound it refers to as “blues-tinged rock,” formed in 2012 and has played at several Triangle locations, such as Local 506, The Keg, 2nd Wind and Kings Barcade. Star Studies was f irst known as “Band of Fools,” but instead wanted a name that wasn’t already taken and was more original. The band members joked about how tedious a process it was to come up with the right name and almost every one they came up with or friends suggested had already been taken. “We wanted a name where if we happened to grow musically, maybe it could come along with us,” said Barry Plemmons, lead guitarist and studio engineer. Plemmons is a senior in

business administration. Garren Plemmons, Barry’s brother, is a senior in communications and a Sigma Pi brother. Sigma Pi was the first place the band played together and they perform at least once a semester at their functions. “That’s always a lot of fun playing for them because in situations like that there are a lot of people with the intention of having a good time,” Barry Plemmons said. Both brothers said they really enjoy being in the band together. “We have our ups and downs working together but we always find the best way to go about things and it’s been really fun,” Barry Plemmons said. Colin Iwanski is the lead singer and currently doing research at UNC-Chapel Hill, though he plans on making the band his full-time job by July. James Giarelli is the band’s drummer and graduated from N.C. State last se-

mester with a degree in mechanical engineering. “People ask if I work and I consider this a full time job,” Garren said. Barry built a recording studio in his home and all of the band members have made investments in both equipment and putting together the EP. Barry said when they started making so many investments in the band, it became more of a profession and business. “It started as a hobby, as just a fun thing to do, but then it got serious when we quit playing so many covers and started writing our own stuff,” Garren said. After working on the EP for over a year, they are excited to play many shows this spring. The EP titled “Star Studies” has six of their original songs and has been released on iTunes and Spotify. They started their first track for the CD in March of 2013 and it was mastered this January. After recording for such a long time, they are now very

eager to play live and introduce their new music. “Since our EP is out, we’re excited to get people in Raleigh to know we’re here,” Garren Plemmons said. Star Studies also has performed covers of artists such as Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Radiohead, Tom Petty and many more. “We want to be a touch point for people to know our shows are a good place to go for a really good time and we want to get our music out there,” Barry Plemmons said. They recently performed at Tir Na Nog Irish Pub and Restaurant in downtown Raleigh on Febuary 13th. For their show on Valentine’s Day at 2nd Wind in Carrboro, the bar featured a special beer for the occasion made by Foothills Brewery called “Sexual Chocolate.” The band’s music and news about upcoming shows can be found at


Colin Iwanski (right) and James Giarelli (left) show how a small Raleigh area band performs and enjoys it.


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One big step for ants Sara Awad Staff Writer

Yuri Gagaran made history in 1961 after he took the first trip ever into outer space. Now, ants from N.C. State are doing the same. The ants traveled aboard the rocket—coincidentally named Antares—last January, making the International Space Station their new home. According to Clint Penick, a biological sciences postdoctoral research scholar, a total of 600 ants will be going to space—which Penick collected. The last time ants journeyed to space they got blown to pieces after the space shuttle Discovery exploded. The ants’ current space ad-

venture, though, occurred by chance, Penick said. It all started in Spruce Pine, a small town north of Asheville, where Penick was gathering pavement ants in order to study the urban heat island effect and climate change. According to Penick, the ants love to live under warm concrete, where they can incubate their larvae. After doing a few experiments in his lab on campus, Penick said he received an email from Eleanor Rice, a temporary research technician, concerning NASA’s need for pavement ants. As the season changed, finding pavement ants—the most common type of ant in the world—became difficult for NASA, according

to Penick. Penick followed up with the email and said he was glad to give the ants a “second life” now that he had finished his own experiments. In fact, the ants had to struggle for their survival due to delays in the rocket launch, which was originally scheduled to occur before Christmas, according to Penick. “I got these panic emails from NASA saying things like, ‘We don’t know how to keep them alive,’” Penick said. Penick sent NASA a recipe for an egg omelet that would keep the ants alive. The project, called Ants in Space, emphasizes the effects zero gravity has on the ants’ movement, according to Penick.

On Earth, ants first try to determine how crowded a particular space is by looking at the rate in which they bump into other ants, according to an interview by Ants in Space principal investigator Deborah Gordon on the project’s website. Fewer ants in a given area cause them to spread out in straight lines, whereas areas with a large amount of ants use twists and turns to cover a smaller portion of the space, according to the website. “Ants don’t just move around randomly like loose molecules. They exchange a little information,” Penick said. However, the ants’ ordered system of navigation may fall to pieces in outer space,

since microgravity can distort how ants meet each other, thereby giving them a false sense of density, Gordon said in the interview. Another focus of the project consists of educational outreach, Penick said. While video cameras record the ants in space, students and teachers in K-12 schools across the United States will observe other pavement ants on Earth during similar experiments. “What’s cool about this for schools in general is that the ants are common, don’t sting and are pretty friendly,” Penick said. Teachers go out with students to collect the ants, with some even building nests for the critters, according to Penick. Penick said re-

searchers are also interested in seeing how the ants react when they return to Earth. For example, when they sent jumping spiders to space, the spiders forgot how to jump under regular gravity conditions after returning to Earth, causing them to slip and fall, Penick said. While Penick said he mainly studies how ants respond to climate change, he is also interested in how human behaviors affect ants. This includes the impact of how food waste affects ant nutrition, as well as how the social behavior of ants can affect humans. “The society of ants are very complex and we can use them as metaphors to understand humans, as well,” Penick said.

Bob Garner has written the book on BBQ, literally Brittany Shore Correspondent

Bob Garner, minister of barbecue culture at The Pit and the barbecue master of North Carolina, hasn’t always been so involved in the barbecue scene. Garner started his career as a journalist and worked in television for most of his life. In the mid ‘90s, Garner said he cooked pigs for fun, but it was just a hobby. Because he enjoyed barbecue and its culture so much, he received a job assignment to profile famous barbecue restaurants.

After working on this project for a while, Garner, at the age of 50, changed his career. His career in barbecue took off, and he began reviewing almost every restaurant in North Carolina that sells barbecue. Garner’s most current project is serving as the minister of barbecue culture at The Pit, located in the heart of downtown Raleigh. According to Garner, The Pit is not your grandma’s barbecue joint, but the food is cooked traditionally. The restaurant serves microbrews and offers valet parking. Garner stum-

bled into the role by reputation and has been working alongside the staff ever since. “My job [as minister of culture] is much more cultural than it is technical,” Garner said. “I do everything from developing new variations of recipes from the original menu, to training staff and taking plates out to the table. Customers faces are shocked to see me and it gives me a conversation starter that allows me to do what I love the most, interact with customers.” Accord i ng to Ga rner, spending time talking to

customers is a major part of his job because he is such a recognizable figure in the industry. Garner’s current work at The Pit in Raleigh has recently expanded to Durham, where he said he has been working to develop new menu items for the upcoming business. Garner said he feels right at home in Durham. Actually being in the kitchen and coming up with new, original sauces and recipes has been a refreshing change for him, according to Garner. Garner said he is getting back to his roots and doing

what he has always loved, which got him into the industry in the first place. He said he is looking to incorporate the southern charm of The Pit into the new space and turn it into a rooftop bar that embodies the cultural experience that you get in the restaurant. The rooftop bar will feature fun barbecue appetizers and, according to Garner, will hopefully appeal to the young and hip in Durham. Now in his 60s, Garner is still going strong and a leading contributor about restaurants for NC Weekend, a TV

show on UNC-TV. Garner said he is also working on a new book about foods that make you “say MMM,” which features foods often loved in North Carolina, including fried fish, oysters and collard greens. Garner’s latest work will be out next fall. Garner said he had success in a career he never saw coming. According to Garner, his life took a drastic turn, but he wouldn’t change it. Educating people about what barbecue is supposed to be is what Garner says he plans to do for the rest of his life.



TUESDAY, FEB. 25, 2014 • PAGE 7

Popolizio earns 100th career win as Pack takes down Devils Zack Tanner Staff Writer

The N.C. State wrestling team finished 1-1 after a Saturday trip to Durham to take on Duke and No. 23 Northwestern, giving Wolfpack head coach Pat Popolizio his 100th win as a collegiate head coach. State (14-7 overall, 2-4 ACC) blew by the Blue Devils (6-15 overall, 0-6 ACC), 2513, but fell short against the Wildcats (9-7 overall, 1-7 Big Ten) by a score of 24-15. Seeking revenge from last season’s 9-22 loss to Duke, State entered the first dual meet of the day with a chip on its shoulder. Saturday’s match marked the 60th meeting between the two programs, with the Pack leading 48-12 after the victory. Following a loss in the first match of the meet at 197, No. 6 redshirt sophomore Nick Gwiazdowski (285) made short work of his Blue Devil opponent, earning his 15th pin of the season in the first period. With the win, the State heavyweight finished his first regular season in the ACC with a perfect 6-0 record. “No matter if you’re home or away, it’s about just going out there and competing,” Gwiazdowski said. With Gwiazdowski’s pin and a forfeit from Duke in the

125 weight class, the Pack led 12-4 after three. State continued to extend its lead, recording three straight decision victories from freshman Chris Wilkes (133), No. 26 sophomore Sam Speno (141) and No. 31 freshman Brian Hamann (149). After five matches, the Pack led 21-4. No. 19 Tommy Gantt (157) put an exclamation point on State’s run, defeating Duke’s No. 22 redshirt junior Immanuel Kerr-Brown by a dominant score of 11-2. Following Gantt’s meetclinching victory, the Pack took its foot off the gas and started tapping the break. State finished the meet by losing its last three matches by decisions at the 165, 174 and 184 weight classes. Despite the rocky f inish, Popolizio said that he thought the match was a good indicator of how far the team had come. “We knew we had to come in here and compete,” Popolizio said. “It was all about the new guys staying focused.” In its second match of the day, the Pack faced Northwestern. A member of the Big Ten, which includes nine top25 teams, the Wildcats had lost six of its last seven meets entering Saturday’s contest. No. 14 junior Alex Polizzi started the match strong for the Wildcats, handing red-


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Head coach Pat Popolizio watches as freshman Tyler Hunt is held against the mat against Duke Feb. 20, 2013. Hunt wrestled in the 141 weight class in the Wolfpack’s 22-9 loss to the Blue Devils at Reynolds Coliseum last year.

shirt senior KaRonne Jones his fifth consecutive loss. Gw iazdowsk i followed up on his dominant victory against the Devils with his biggest win of the season, defeating Northwestern’s No. 1 junior Michael McMullan, 5-3 by a sudden victory takedown in overtime. “He’s really come a long way,” Popolizio said. “To

come out here and beat the No. 1 guy in the country, that shows that you’re wrestling your best.” After the match, Gwiazdowski said he felt that he was really close to where he needed to be for Nationals in March. State proceeded to drop its next two matches, widening its deficit to six. However,


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1. Virginia: The Cavaliers just find ways to win games. Pushed to the brink by archrival Virginia Tech a week ago, they pulled that one out and broke open a close game against Notre Dame on Saturday. Assuming they get past Miami at home on Wednesday, they can lock up the conference title next Saturday against Syracuse in what is likely to be the biggest game in John Paul Jones Arena’s eightyear history. 2. Duke: Say what you will about the Blue Devils getting the calls in its own building, but the Blue Devils played well enough on Saturday night to outlast Syracuse and jump ahead of the Orange this week. Early losses to Clemson and Notre Dame hurt it’s chances at a regular-season title, but still, Duke is Duke. 3. Syracuse: The Orange is no longer ranked No. 1 after a tough week that included a home loss to lowly Boston College in addition to Saturday’s instant classic in Durham. ‘Cuse had been playing with fire in close wins and finally got burned, but Jim Boeheim’s club can still get the top seed in the ACC Tournament by winning out. Never sleep on Syracuse’s zone defense. 4. UNC-Chapel Hill: The conference’s hottest team edged Duke on Thursday and throttled Wake Forest on Saturday to push its win streak to nine games and inch closer to locking up an NCAA Tournament bid. Next up for the Tar Heels— a visit to PNC Arena on Wednesday to take on N.C. State in a game that means more to the Wolfpack than to them, at least as far as postseason plans go. The Tar Heels will face a hostile arena, but they won at Michigan State earlier this season. 5. Clemson: The Tigers have been a tough team to figure out this season. Their record looks okay, but an

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RPI of 68 is far too high for a tournament bid. They beat N.C. State on Tuesday in a matchup of fringe bubble teams and took care of business against Georgia Tech on Saturday, but Clemson still has plenty of work to do. 6. Pittsburgh: The Panthers played a horrible nonconference schedule and are paying the price, having lost three straight games and five of seven after a hot start to ACC play. A home loss to Florida State on Sunday was not a good sign, but Pitt still represents the ACC’s best chance for an at-large bid after Carolina with an RPI of 33. They’ll be favored in this week’s games against Boston College and Notre Dame.

7. Florida State: In a game it absolutely had to have on Sunday, the Seminoles went on the road to Pitt and came out with a 71-66 win to stay on the NCAA Tournament radar. A strong non-conference schedule will help the Seminoles on Selection Sunday, but they need more wins. They have a huge chance on Mar. 9 when Syracuse visits—until then, they can’t afford to slip up. 8. N.C. State: A loss at Virginia Tech would have almost certainly doomed the Wolfpack to the NIT, but State got the job done in Blacksburg to keep its head above water for the moment. Beat UNC on Wednesday and it’s right back into the thick of the bubble—lose to

the Heels and it’s likely curtains for the Pack, which has a total of zero wins against the RPI top 50. 9. Maryland: The Terrapins are similar to the Wolfpack in that they’ve beaten who they should beat in conference and lost the big games. Mark Turgeon’s team missed a huge opportunity at Duke, and duplicated the feat at home versus Syracuse. Maryland has only itself to blame for its situation. 10. Miami: In a rebuilding year, the Hurricanes have done just that—built for the future. It would have been tough to see a team that replaced its entire starting five from last season contend in the powerful ACC,

Softball sweeps double-header on Sunday Rob McLamb Assistant Sports Editor

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Junior guard Desmond Lee jumps to block a shot during the game against Virginia on Jan. 11, 2014. The Wolfpack fell to the Cavaliers, 76-45, in its worst ever loss in PNC Arena.

but Miami still plays good defense and has won three of four going into Wednesday’s trip to Charlottesville. Postseason play is unlikely, however. 11. Notre Dame : The Fighting Irish put a scare into Virginia on Saturday, hanging with the ‘Hoos for three-quarters of the game before its much stronger opponent turned up the defense and lef t Notre Dame in the dust. It’s been a bumpy ride since losing leading scorer Jerian Grant to an academic issue in December. Other than beating Duke in its first ACC game, the Irish haven’t had much luck this season. 12. Georgia Tech: The struggles continued for the Yellow Jackets this week, as they got pummeled by Duke and beaten by Clemson at home. With nothing but pride on the line, the Jackets can play spoiler by knocking FSU off the bubble this weekend. 13. Boston College: Not much had gone right for the Eagles this season until they came out of nowhere to upset Syracuse at the Carrier Dome on Wednesday. It’s a nice win, but it probably won’t be enough to save head coach Steve Donahue’s job. 14. Wake Forest: A conference-opening win over UNC in Winston-Salem seems like a fuzzy distant memory for Wake. The Demon Deacons have lost seven straight games and will also likely be looking for a new coach this offseason, though head man Jeff Bzdelik’s cushy relationship with the athletic department may keep him in charge for another year 15. Virginia Tech: The Hokies gave its all in their Super Bowl against UVa a week ago but came fell short and followed that up with a loss to N.C. State on Saturday in which they never led. There’s a lot of young talent on this team, notably freshman point guard Devin Wilson, but in the ACC, youth seldom fares well.

The N.C. State softball team took three of four games in the Citrus Classic in Kissimmee, Fla., culminated by a two-game sweep by the Wolfpack against Indiana University-Purdue Universit y Fort Way ne and Albany on Sunday. The Wolfpack defeated the Mastodons 5-0 and closed out the doubleheader with a 2-0 victory over Great Danes in the nightcap. Last season’s ACC Pitcher of the Year, Emily Weiman settled down in the final two games of the tournament after yielding seven runs in three innings against No. 17 Georgia in the Wolfpack’s opener on Friday. “It’s good to get two wins,” head coach Shawn Rychcik said. “Emily [Weiman] had a good day in the circle. The heat tired her out a little in the second game, but she kept battling and making the key pitch when she needed to, so I thought it was a pretty gutsy performance by her.”

N.C. State responded to the loss to the Bulldogs on Friday by winning a tight contest over Lehigh 4-3 in its second game of the day to begin its three-game winning streak after opening the season with losses in six of its first seven games. The Wolfpack entered the twinbill on Sunday having scored 13 runs in its first games. State pushed seven runs across the plate against IPFW and Albany to improve its record to 4-6 for the campaign. For Rychcik, the offensive outburst was a welcome change. “We put some runs on the board today and maybe left a few extra on base in the second game, but it’s good to get on a winning streak,” Rychcik said. The scoring barrage for the Wolfpack began in the fourth inning on Sunday against IPFW when sophomore Hanna Sommer led off the frame by belting a home run over the left field wall. Junior Renada Davis followed suit by blasting a long ball with one out in the fifth inning, the first of five

straight hits for State. Sommer returned to the plate in the fifth and laced a double to left field. Freshman Hannah Yeager finished the Pack’s scoring against the Mastodons with a fielder’s choice to push across the fifth run of the game. Davis finished two-forfour at the plate against Albany in the second game of the day. Yeager also chipped in, singling in the fourth against the Great Danes. N.C. State will play its home opener on Tuesday when the Pack host St. Bonaventure at Dail Park in the final game before league play begins on March 1 at home against Virginia. State will play its next 11 games in Raleigh. The Bonnies will visit the state capital with a 1-8 record after earning its first win in its last outing against Cleveland State on Sunday. “Hopefully, we can open up at home and get things rolling again,” Rychcik said. “We’re getting better and that was the point of playing in this tournament.”


Then-sophomore pitcher Emily Weiman rockets a pitch toward the plate during second game of a double-header against UNC-Charlotte April 3, 2013. The Wolfpack defeated the ‘49ers 2-0 in game one and 10-3 in game two, taking them to 17-16-1 on the season.

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