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SG bill adds vice president to ballot Brittany Bynum Staff Writer

1 in 5 female students is sexually assulted while only 1 in 8 student victims report it


Obama task force to address sexual assault on campuses Jacqueline Lee Staff Writer

The Obama administration has already addressed sexual assault in the military and now it wants to tackle this problem on college campuses, where 1 in 5 students are reportedly assaulted or raped. In January, President Barack Obama created a task force of administrative officials in an attempt to increase federal enforcement in the prevention of sexual assault at colleges and universities. The report said the task force hopes to help university police forces that aren’t trained adequately enough to handle these cases. Though this is a prevalent problem on college campuses across the country, another issue is that victims tend not to report these crimes. According to a memorandum by the White House Council on Women and Girls, 1 in 5 college students have been assaulted and only 12 percent of them reported violence. The task force has about three months to determine

the best ways for colleges and universities to deal with these crimes. Obama asked them to make sure federal agencies step in when campuses do not effectively address sexual assault. At N.C. State, there were 11 reported sexual offenses in 2011 and six reported offenses in 2012, according to the annual N.C. State Security and Fire Safety Report. Campus Police Chief Jack Moorman said despite the council’s report, N.C. State is proactive about dealing with sexual assault on campus. “Sexual assault is an issue that N.C. State University takes very seriously and that we work very diligently to address,” Moorman said. According to Moorman, the campus police department has several Rape Aggression Defense classes. One class the department offers is specifically designed to train women in intense self-defense skills so that they can better defend themselves. There is also a class for men to raise awareness of the

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Tenure-ending law sparks controversy

Student Government had a rift in its line of succession last year when the former student body president stepped down during his term. In response, Student Government passed a new bill that established the student body vice president position. Student Government Bill 69 was enacted to prevent the problems that arose when former Student Body President Matthew Williams resigned and to lessen the workload of the Student Body President position, according to AJ Rackl, press secretary for Student Government and junior in aerospace engineering. Rackl said prior to the bill, the line of succession went from student body president to student senate president and then to the student senate pro tempore. Most Student Government members agreed that this line of succession wasn’t an ideal situation and decided to change things, according to Rackl. Rackl said although Parker has done a “fantastic” job as president, he had no experience working with the Executive Branch of Student Government. Rackl said Parker stepped into an executive team that he didn’t choose. Though the team didn’t share the same goals as Parker, it was willing to work with him. “The introduction of a student body vice president will lessen the chance of this discontinuity within the Executive Branch, should a succession like this happens again,” Rackl said. The SBVP will be elected using a joint ticket with the student body president. SBVP candidates required to have served at either half of Executive Cabinet meetings or half of Student Senate meetings in a given session, according to Student Government Bill 69.


Student Body President Alex Parker listens as chancellor Randy Woodson addresses the class of 2017 at convocation.

Carson Shepherd, College of Humanities and Social Science Senator and sophomore in political science, said the Student Senate passed the bill on Jan. 22 and will be enacted immediately, meaning the SBVP will become an official position on the ballot for the spring 2014 election. “Having two candidates running together will change campaign dynamics and how the candidates will work to appeal to the general population of students,” Shepherd said. “It will definitely add both more competition and excitement to the campaigns.” The position also alleviates internal duties of the Executive Branch for the student body president so the president has more time to deal with his external responsibilities, such as attending Board of Trustees and university functions, being

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Estefania Castro-Vazquez Staff Writer

The North Carolina Board of Education’s struggle to implement new rules for tenure for K-12 schools has caused a lot of controversy, according to Wake County School Board members. The North Carolina General Assembly passed legislation requiring school principals to select the top 25 percent of teachers, in terms of performance in their schools. Principals will then offer those teachers a contract giving them a $500 raise every year for four years. The catch is, if the offer is accepted, the teacher must give up his or her tenure. Only teachers who have been teaching for at least three years will be eligible, according to Jim Martin, a chemistry professor at N.C. State and a member of the Wake Country School Board. The new legislation is part of a broader set of state-education laws which includes Read to Achieve and the masters pay policy, according to Michael Maher, assistant dean for professional education and accreditation. Maher said this series rules proposed by the legislative rules are considering teachers to be somewhat similar to technicians rather than professionals because they will only be allowed to sign one, two or four

year contracts. Martin said rather than helping teachers, the new laws are hindering them. “They’re just counterproductive,” Martin said. “If you want the best people going into teaching, you have to make it an honest-to-goodness profession.” Kevin Hill, assistant social-studies program coordinator who previously served as a school principal for 14 years, said he doesn’t agree with most of the legislation, and many supporters are just ill-informed about what tenure actually provides for a teacher. “People are misguided and think we have a lot of lazy and crummy teachers, and that this is a way we can get rid of them, but that’s not the case,” Hill said. “All that tenure ensures is that a teacher who is dismissed has the right to appeal.” After talking to several teachers, Hill said he hasn’t spoken with many that want anything to do with the contracts. Martin said he felt the legislation arbitrarily makes the assumption that only 25 percent of teachers are doing a good job while there is no data to support this.  Once a principal chooses a teacher, that teacher must then be approved

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Charles Parrish, a senior in biological engineering, practices the finer points of his Mars One training in full technical gear at the Mars Desert Research Station.

Hunt ranks high on ‘beautiful’ library list Mona Bazzaz Staff Writer

The James B. Hunt Jr. Library is the 14th-most-beautiful library in the world, according to It is the only library from North Carolina to make the top-50 list, and it outranked famous libraries in Germany, Sweden and Japan. David Hiscoe, director of communication strategies and external relations of N.C. State libraries, said he

and other N.C. State faculty members were surprised the library has received the level of international attention that it has. “Word about Hunt has gone international,” Hiscoe said. “We did a lot of marketing to spread the word about Hunt Library, and one of its purposes was to raise the profile of N.C. State, which it has indeed accomplished, but we never know when something wonderful like this is going to show up in the press.” Judges ranked the libraries using

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several categories, and they looked not only at external and internal appearance but at the amenities available, surrounding environment and history of the building. Though its clean, sleek and contemporary appearance was noted in the ranking, it was also praised for its eco-friendly design. “Thirty-one percent of the materials used in the library’s construction are recycled in origin, light-

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February 1 3:00 A.M. | TRAFFIC VIOLATION Dan Allen Dr/Hillsborough St Student was cited for stop light violation.

In the article “N.C. State researchers make breakthrough in nanowire,” which was published Monday, we said that Yong Zhu is an assistant professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering. Zhu is actually an associate professor.

February 1 3:03 A.M. | TRAFFIC VIOLATION Dan Allen Dr/Sullivan Dr Student was cited for stop light violation.

In the article titled “Housing staff: a portrait of global diversity,” which was published Friday, we said Hazael Andrew, the assistant director of southeast campus for University Housing, worked at Arizona State prior to working at N.C. State. Andrew actually worked at the University of Arizona.

February 2 1:13 A.M. | SUSPICIOUS PERSON Kappa Delta Report of two subjects banging on door. Officers did not locate anyone. 10:18 A.M. | ASSIST PERSON Wolf Village Intoxicated student was found on bench. EMS assessed and released to family member.

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The true victims of vandalism PHOTO BY JOSEPH PHILLIPS


.C. State workers clean the vandalized wolves in Wolf Plaza. Before the game aginst N.C. State Saturday, UNC fans painted the Free Expression Tunnel. After the game, several N.C. State fans painted the UNC Dean Dome. This act was followed in retaliation by UNC fans painting the three wolves.


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12:33 A.M. | DRUG VIOLATION Turlington Hall Report of possible drug violation. Five students were referred for odor of marijuana and underage possession of alcohol. Two non-students were trespassed from NCSU property. 7:17 A.M. | FIRE ALARM Doak Field House & Tennis Complex Units responded to alarms at both locations. No problems were found. Systems reset. 3:43 P.M. | HIT & RUN Motor Pool Facility Report of damage to NCSU van caused by non-student. February 3 3:53 A.M. | VANDALISM South Plaza Officer found graffiti on wolf statues and free expression tunnel. Facilities was notified for clean up. 4:54 A.M. | MEDICAL ASSIST Fox Science Labs Units responded and transported staff member in need of medical assistance.

Award-winning film director visits campus Aaron Thomas Correspondent

Award-Winning Film Director Visits Campus The Department of Communication at N.C. State hosted award-winning film director Alonso Alvarez Barreda Monday night to screen several of his short films. W hen Anita Galindo Croasmaun, founder of Praxis Music Film Festival, noticed his short film, Crescendo, at the independent film festival held annually in Goldsboro, N.C., she was eager to show it on campus. “He sent me an email that said I’m at your service,” Croasmaun said. Audience members viewed three of his short films, including Historia de un Letrero, El Descubrimiento, or The Finding, and his most recent work, Crescendo. After a brief question and answer session, Barreda showed Catch. The screening featured scenes dealing with a wide ar-


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by the board of education that reserves the right to veto the teacher for any reason. Officials aren’t sure of how the quality of a teacher will be decided, however, there will be a rubric and student test scores may play a role, according to Hill. While there are no firm deadlines, it is likely that the decision concerning how the teachers are chosen will be

ray of subject matter, including the dramatic relationship between a young boy and his abusive father in El Descrubrimiento, a businessman who transforms the life of a blind man in Historia de un Letrero and the pro-life message in Crescendo. Barreda has won several international awards, including Best Short Film at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival for Historia de un Letreto and more than 16 international awards for Crescendo. Barreda discussed his career and how difficult it was to become an accomplished film maker. “The hardest thing I encountered was finding the right story to get people excited,” Barreda said. “I didn’t know if I was a filmmaker.” Originally from Mexico, Barreda’s background is different from most notable film directors. He was rejected from several film schools, which made it difficult to build a solid foundation for creating a successful film.

“I didn’t have the technical background,” Barreda said. “The first film [Historia de un Letreto] was shot with cables and a wheelchair to move the camera.” In addition to this hardship, he began his career in an area where the film industry was small. “There are more opportunities in Mexico now than there were before,” Barreda said. Barreda jokingly compares his start in the short-film industry to getting into a mafia. “I didn’t know who to turn to, especially when no one was willing to give me a chance,” Barreda said. Audience members were receptive to the Barreda’s work. Aaron Cook, a senior studying film studies, said he was impressed by Barreda presentation, and that he enjoyed the aesthetic appeal of each film, especially Crescendo. “One of the most interesting things I noticed was the stylistic changes in his films

from a beginning filmmaker to where he is now,” Cook said. As an aspiring filmmaker, Cook said he was captivated by the way Barreda develops his stories for a project. Barreda now lives in Los Angeles and has been there for six years. He is in the process of writing a feature film entitled The Wing Walker, a suspense film that follows a 30-something year old Latino wing walker who faces deportation right after his daughter is approved for surgery. During the question and answer session, Barreda happily went into detail for any questions the audience had, ranging from the inspiration of his films to finding good people for networking purposes. He contributed much of his inspiration and success to Alejandro Monteverde, a man that encouraged him to shoot his first film when others weren’t willing to give him a chance.

made this month, according to Martin. It does not seem like the increase in pay, $2000 more than a teacher’s base pay, would be a permanent change, Hill said. He said it’s more of a bonus that would only happen once because the offer will be extended one time. Hill said the legislation is underfunded, as only $10 million was set apart to implement the law. This sum would only cover the first year of raises, meaning that

if something were to happen and the money could not be provided by the state government, it is unclear where the money would come from in later years. Hill said he also had a problem with the fact that this set of laws would make cooperation between teachers strained like it did when merit pay was implemented in the past. “If people are going to be evaluated for being a better teacher there is less incentive to share with your col-

leagues,” Hill said. Even though some of the school board members are calling the law unconstitutional, according to Martin, they must abide by it. T he Gu i lford Cou nt y Board of Education has decided to hold a poll on Feb. 11 to decide whether or not they will be enforcing the new law. While board members said they are not sure what will happen, they are willing to find out, according to the News & Record.   According to Hill, the

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Film director Alonso Alvarez Barreda came to N.C. State to show his three short films and answer questions. Among the films screened was Crescendo, which was nominated for an Oscar and won 16 international awards.

North Carolina Association of Educators filed a suit in December against the legislation and is currently awaiting the outcome. Concerns regarding how the new set of laws is going to affect North Carolina’s pool of teachers are also arising. “We are losing a lot of teachers,” Hill said. “You can go to Virginia, Tennessee or South Carolina and easily make more money.”  Maher said he is concerned about how this is going to affect students who are inter-

ested in becoming teachers. “Not only here at N.C. State, but across the state and across the nation we are seeing a smaller number of education majors,” Maher said. “The more negative the environment becomes, the harder it gets to recruit students.” According to Martin, law states that by the year 2018, no career status teachers will remain in the North Carolina K-12 school system.

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The James B. Hunt Jr. Library is a fully modern, LEED-certified library with cutting edge technology. It was named the 14th most beautiful library by


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ing is natural or solar energy-based, and the majority of the timber was taken from sustainable forests,” according to the bestvalueschools. com ranking. Some students have said


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utive of the Executive branch and the chief representative of the student body, according Student Body President Alex Parker. “The president will now

they are proud of the ranking and admire the library’s modern architecture. Josh Helms, a junior in paper science and engineering, said he enjoys the library’s physical aesthetic and agreed with’s notion that there are other beautiful aspects of the library that aren’t related to appearance.

“Personally, I agree with the ranking,” Helms said. However, I also believe that beauty is opinionated and more than just appearance. I also love the open space and the fact that it is not a confined area. Hunt Library has a very cozy feel that I really appreciate.” Compared to other libraries, Hunt is way ahead as far as technology and modernity,

Helms said. “We have a lot of resources available here that other libraries in the area do not have available to them,” Helms said. “I have seen several students from neighboring schools come to Hunt to use the resources and technology that their school libraries lack.” Arjun Aravindan, a junior

in computer science, said he also liked the openness of Hunt Library, as well as all the multimedia rooms available. “I am very impressed with Hunt,” Aravindan said. “I love the transparency and all the open rooms. Hunt has the features of a typical library, but it also has means of entertainment, game rooms,

art studios, music recording rooms and others features.” Aravindan said he believes that having such a nice facility available to students will encourage and enable them to do better in school, as well attract more hard-working students to the institution in the future.

be able to focus on being a trustee and an effective representative of the student body,” Parker said. According to Government Bill 69, the Student Senate called for referendum in the fall of 2013 to change the Constitution. The bill passed unanimously which amended the first article of the Univer-

sity Body Constitution. N.C. State students not affiliated with Student Government also had a voice in the University’s constitution change. Out of the 380 students who voted during the referendum bill ballot during fall 2013 elections, 325 approved of it. The SBVP will serve as the

internal leader and coordinator of the Executive Branch and it’s suggested that he or she attends Senate meetings, but it’s not required. In addition to various duties, the SBVP will also have the responsibility of collaborating with the Student Senate Leadership Development Chair for planning both the

fall and Spring Student Government Retreats. The Student Body Vice President’s role is to take over some of the SBP’s Executive responsibilities and be sort of the Executive “overseer” as to allow the SBP to focus more on outreach, according to Rackl. The N.C. State Student Senate is still discussing the

terms of pay for the SBVP. According to Government Bill 69, current Student Body Statutes do not contain upto-date information about the recent Student Body Vice President role and will need further editing.


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impacts of aggressive behavior and how they can help reduce violence and aggression. Pepper-spray training is also offered to learn proper usage. “We are constantly working to educate the campus community about the availability of these courses and other resources,” Moorman said. Moorman said the Counseling Center, Women’s Center, GLBT Center and the Office of Student Conduct work together with campus police to educate the community about sexual assault, prevent these crimes, support survivors and hold perpetrators accountable for their actions. “We have been working for a long time to raise awareness of the issue of sexual assault on college campuses. It’s great that the president has taken the time to make this a priority,” said Jenn Scott, assistant director of the interpersonal violence services at the Women’s Center. According to Scott, the women’s center is currently working on new training for staff members and a new curriculum for students. “As chancellor, I assure you that N.C. State will not tolerate these offenses by any member of the campus community,” Chancellor Randy Woodson said in a memorandum to students, faculty members and staff in September 2013. According to the memorandum, any form of sexual misconduct, stalking and other forms are punishable by expulsion or dismissal and can also lead to criminal prosecution. Currently, the Office of Student Conduct determines whether charges are filed against a student for sexual misconduct. In cases of inter-



Though the blue-light system on campus is an effective way to combat rape and sexual assault on campus, President Barack Obama announced a nationwide initiative to curb these crimes at colleges and universities.

personal violence, a student is allowed to be represented by an attorney. Woodson became a cochair of the UNC-System Campus Security Initiative that has a main goal of coming up with the best ways to prevent sexual assault on college campuses across North Carolina schools. “We are currently working very hard in collaboration with some other campus units to make sure we are doing everything outlined in the task force and everything asked of campuses in the new 2014 Violence Against Women Act to be over and above compliance with that,” Scott said. N.C. State’s Women’s Center oversees the Alliance for Sexual Assault, a group that’s trying to prevent genderbased violence and any form of sexual assault on campus. They also hold the annual

event “Take Back the Night” where victims of sexual violence speak out about their stories. Scott said the women’s center provides emotional support, information about how victims can pursue reporting and seek medical treatment. Advocates also can accompany students to any appointments. All services are free to students. Victims of sexual violence have access to the Relationship and Sexual Violence Phone Line, at the number (919) 618-7273. According to Scott, confidential advocates are available for students to talk to by coming into the Women’s Center or by calling the RSVP line. There are also workshops provided for dating violence, healthy relationships and sexual assault.


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School rivalries shouldn’t turn fans into criminals


n the days preceding the Wolfpack’s basketball game against the Tar Heels Saturday, UNC-Chapel Hill fans painted our Free Expression Tunnel Carolina blue. In apparent retaliation, vandals, who we assume to be N.C. State fans, spray painted several structures in Chapel Hill. The fans painted the block S logo on the Dean Smith Center. State fans also painted “NCSU Go Pack” on Chapel Hill’s town sign, which isn’t located on UNC’s campus. By Monday morning, Tar Heel fans had painted “UNC” on the wolves in Wolf Plaza using baby-blue paint. The Free Expression Tunnel

The unsigned editorial is the opinion of the majority of the Technician’s editorial board. It is the responsibility of the editor-in-chief. exists to combat graffiti on campus. Just because UNC doesn’t have an equivalent designated space on its campus doesn’t give N.C. State fans the right to paint UNC buildings or signs. Similarly, UNC fans shouldn’t have vandalized the wolves when there is a tunnel designated for free expression within 100 feet of them. Students from both universities have taken to social media to voice their complaints about the classlessness of the other, encouraging revenge in the name of rivalry. The paint war is childish, and we should realize that we

are both in the wrong. The vandalism has simply burdened the universities’ facilities workers who had to clean up the mess caused by a handful of immature actors. Nothing beneficial can come from this paint war. Such vandalism is juvenile and inconsiderate. Tar Heels and members of the Wolfpack should be embarrassed by the actions of their (assumed) fellow students, not encouraging further vandalism. It goes without saying overwhelming school pride shouldn’t turn us into criminals. Moreover, school spirit shouldn’t make us forget our

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morals. Pride for one’s own school isn’t to be mistaken for hatred of one’s rival school. There’s an old adage that says something to the effect of “maturity is seeking to understand the circumstances that led somebody to hurt you. It is not seeking to hurt him or her back.” Rather than defacing historic landmarks in an attempt to get back at whoever painted our Free Expression Tunnel blue, we should’ve taken that act for what it was—a confirmation of the rivalry that is so often denied by Tar Heel fans. Send your thoughts to the editorial board at

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e Americans are lovers of the underdog story. The very conception of our nation is a classic example of our quest to Neel Mandavilli prove Guest Columnist wrong the detractors of our visions and dreams for a better existence. Since our revolution, the idea of “pulling oneself up by their bootstraps,”—of achieving the unthinkable through sheer willpower— has permeated our national ethos, galvanizing our greatest accomplishments and defining our most valiant defeats. The notion that exceptionalism drives success is a compelling one, brought to the attention of our national dialogue as recently as last weekend in The New York Times’ Sunday review. But while the outcomes of many-a-story and victorious conquest leave little doubt to the necessity of unrelenting obstinacy for achieving greatness, the belief that we may all achieve our most treasured fantasies threatens not only our self-esteem, but our ability to redefine greatness as something within the reach of any human being. One need not look further

than today’s generation of college students, the millennial generation, to comprehend the implications of an unwavering belief in the possible. The millennial generation faces the unique difficulty of being caught between the lofty promises of their youth and the unfortunate circumstances of today’s economic reality. Told that they could be “anything they wanted to be” by parents and caretakers from a baby-boomer generation that experienced the empowering economic upturn of the late 1990s, millennials were given the seeds of inspiration to not only follow their dreams—but also to genuinely believe that their dreams would materialize when given enough perseverance and dedication to their pursuits. The limitations of today’s job market remind us that such possibility is far removed from our American convictions of an unbound self-determination. An undergraduate diploma is no longer enough to secure the beginnings of a promising and stable career for young graduates. The Pew Research Center reports that since 2010, the share of

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young adults ages 18 to 24 who are currently employed has been its lowest since t he gover n ment bega n collecting this data in 1948. Forbes echoes this sentiment, noting that some 36 percent of young adults between 18 and 31 are still living at home with their parents. Numbers like these foretell a dismal job market for undergraduates, dashing remaining hopes of following dreams in lieu of pursuing studies that guarantee more realistic job prospects. NDN Fellow Mike Hais observed the consequences of students’ vision for the future in a recent USA Today article, acknowledging that “younger people do tend to be more stressed than older people do...they just don’t know where they’re going in life.” Without much economic certainty on the horizon (as if there ever was), collegiate millennials must come to terms with the increasingly unrealizable expectations of their former youth, or face the anxieties of falling short of their many aspirations for greatness. While I would never be one to tell a friend that they aren’t special, a dose of humility can prove useful in recognizing


the limited extent to which one can actually achieve their dreams of becoming president—especially if they lack an interest in political participation. Accepting some limitations as reasonable barriers to envisioned successes can be empowering if done in the correct light. Every road that we choose to forego is one less road to worry about when charting a course for the future, even if it means renouncing certain childhood dreams. The stereotype of defying all odds to achieve greatness is inspirational, but not relatable to most of our everyday lives. Many of us can achieve our own versions of greatness if we define the concept of success as something other than celebrity or limitless aff luence. While college is a sacred time to think big about one’s possibilities in the world, completing today’s small tasks proficiently—like being kind to one another— secures an immediate greatness that is foundational to continued future success. Send Neel your thoughts at technician-viewpoint@ncsu. edu.


ho is the most hated person on the Internet? It may seem like a ridiculous question, given the k nowledge t hat the Internet contains vast multitudes of identities and people too Justine numerous to Schnitzler count, with Assistant a never-endOpinion Editor ing parade of good and bad. If you type “Hunter Moore” into an online search engine, the phrase “most hated person on the Internet” comes up immediately. Moore is 27 years old and has had quite the impressive run thus far in terms of establishing himself as a fearsome online presence. If you haven’t heard of Moore, you are probably wondering what exactly he has done to earn his notorious title. In short, Moore has spent the last three years of his life capitalizing on women forced into horrendously compromising positions. As the socalled “revenge porn king,” he made his living taking submissions of nude photographs of former lovers from angry ex-boyfriends. Moore didn’t just post the photos—he made sure the women’s lives were ruined. He collected home addresses, personal phone numbers, work information and social media information. He ensured the photos would come up if anyone searched for the names of the women online, making it possible for reputations to be destroyed in a matter of hours. Rolling Stone reported that at its peak, Moore’s website,, received nearly 350,000 hits a day. The website’s proud slogan, “Pure Evil,” was certainly not undeserved. The problem, of course, was that it was extremely difficult to legally charge Moore for his actions. While he did not hide his identity, revenge porn is not, amazingly, il-

“Laws must be changed to protect people from ... becoming victims of revenge porn. ” legal. So long as the images were submitted by someone else, a legal loophole existed that allowed to operate. Moore was careful to make sure those depicted in the submissions to the website were older than 18. Once he legally cleared that hurdle, he was free to upload the images for the mockery of those who prowl the lowest depths of the Internet. Those who discovered their nude images more often than not attempted to sue Moore, to no avail. At the very least, most victims wanted their photos off the website. Though some were successful, it often did

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little to erase the damage done by the images being available for however long kept them live and linked to all major contact information. From 2011 to the end of 2012, Moore systematically netted nearly $13,000 in profit per month from the website while earning a reputation as a man with no morals. In April, was shut down and sold to an anti-bullying website. This bizarre end of the revenge porn website was not founded in a change of heart or anything of the sort; Moore sold the website with the intent of drawing in more publicity while planning the eventual reboot. In a recent interview with Vice, Moore stated that his planned reopening of, tentatively called IAU2, will be infinitely worse than its predecessor. “Basically, it’s going to change the Internet, it’s going to make the Internet very, very scary,” Moore said. During the week of Jan. 15, Moore was arrested for hacking. It came to light that some of the nude photos posted to were not submitted by a spiteful ex-lover at all—Moore had figured out a way to hack personal computers and take saved images directly from the sources themselves, which is a violation of federal law. While it is fair to say in this day and age that it is simply not safe to take nude photographs of yourself, for personal or shared use, in these cases, the photos never even left these women’s computers. Kayla Law, a victim who helped lead the legal battle with the FBI against Moore that has finally led to his recent arrest, recalled that the photos she found of herself online were taken personally for modeling portfolio purposes, stored into her laptop’s database and unopened for months. It was only after receiving a frantic phone call from her mother, who had searched her daughter’s name for benign purposes and discovered she was naked on the Internet, that Law discovered her computer had been hacked. As of today, according to The New Yorker, Moore is free on bail, awaiting trial in the spring. He is not allowed access to a computer in the meantime, and reportedly is staying with his parents for fear of his life. It is likely his hacking crimes will earn him time in prison, hopefully meaning his dream of launching IAU2 will never come into being. But Moore’s case, in this age of the Internet, will not be unique. If Moore is unable to re-launch, someone else will do something similar. Laws must be changed to protect people from losing their credibility and becoming victims of revenge porn. Until then, people who will follow Moore will continue to thrive in the dark underbelly of the Internet. Send Justine your thoughts at technician-viewpoint@

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Raleigh comic project inspires collaboration Dane Hall Correspondent

Comics have a way of bringing people together. They provide a common ground that allows otherwise very different people to share in their enthusiasm for this medium. Just look at the global phenomenon that is Comic-Con, which attracts lovers of comic books from all around the world and from all walks of life. There are, of course, many places for comic lovers to meet and do things together, other than dress up as their favorite characters and add to their collections. For instance, if a group of friends is enthusiastic enough about comics, they may even create comics of their own. This is precisely what a group of primarily N.C. State alumni is doing. This group of writers and artists work together to produce a collection of comics which they call Quinate Anthology, and they are currently working diligently on their first publication. N.C. State and the Technician alumnus Jordan Alsaqa shared his thoughts about being a member of Quinate Anthology. “It was never my goal to write comic books, specifically,” Alsaqa said. “I just wanted to write.” Alsaqa joined Anthology several years ago when he was still studying creative writing at N.C. State. Editors Derrick Freeland and Max Miller Dowdle, who were also State students at the time, approached Alsaqa with the idea, and he accepted. The group meets at the Royal Bean

coffee shop on Hillsborough Street several times a month. Every time they meet, there are two separate events. The first is open to everybody who cares to come and talk about writing or drawing for comic books. During this meeting, there are often panel activities, which involve breaking off into smaller groups and starting with a blank sheet of paper. One person creates a single panel with whatever characters and dialogue they want. The rest of the group then takes turns drawing panels until the page is full. The second meeting is specifically for members working on the anthology itself. Their first publication will feature five unique stories, each with a common theme. “These are sci-fi stories that challenge modern ideas and question how technology will affect our lives,” Alsaqa said. Most of the details about each story are up to the author and artist, except for the underlying theme. All stories penned for Anthology belong to a genre known as speculative fiction, a rather broad genre. For Anthology, it can mean anything from putting your consciousness in a robot and talking dogs and portals, to anything that gives a glimpse into a possible future for mankind. Alsaqa’s story, entitled “Terminal Protocol,” is about a robot specialist attempting to save her dying husband. The other stories being featured in the first publication are named “Invited,” “Greasemonkey,” “Correctolin” and “No Dog Before Dog.”

“Inspiration is a weird thing,” Alsaqa said. “It can come from so many different places, especially when it comes to sci-fi, since there are so many different ways to spin ideas.” As a long-time comic book and sci-fi lover, Alsaqa discussed the genesis of this story. “I just thought it would be cool to explore the idea of uploading your consciousness into a robot and the weirdness that comes from not being yourself anymore.” Alsaqa also said collaboration between writers and artists is essential in the comic book business. “While I was writing Terminal Protocol, I intentionally left it kind of vague to give Derrick some creative freedom with the illustrations,” Alsaqa said. Alsaqa said feedback and constructive criticism was very important in publishing the books. “Starting out, I wrote a lot, and I was willing to change,” Alsaqa said. “So many writers view their own work as scripture, but suggestions are a huge part of this, and being willing to accept edits from other people is a necessity.” According to Alsaqa, the plan is to have each of the five stories published alone, and then collect them all into one package later. Finishing touches are being applied and a publisher is being lined up, which means that the first runs should be reaching shelves in the near future. For more information about this group, visit the Quinate Anthology website at www.quinateanthology.


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Professor recalls comical mistakes, experiences Taylor Quinn Staff Writer

Whether Mary Schweitzer is peering into a microscope in the lab or speaking in front of a class of graduate students, this N.C. State professor of marine earth and atmospheric sciences is continually contributing to the University and her field. Schweitzer made a discovery that turned the field of paleontology upside down when she found soft tissue inside a Tyrannosaurus rex bone. There is no doubt Schweitzer has made a huge mark on the world of science, but what many people likely don’t know is how many funny mistakes she has made or how open she is about them. “I study a lot of different aspects of dinosaur biology, but I’m pretty much interested in how they functioned in their world,” Schweitzer said. “I look at how they are preserved and their transition from the biosphere to living on the geosphere. It’s kind of well-known on some levels, but at that really tiny molecular level, we don’t really understand how something becomes a fossil – and so that’s really interesting to me.” To study the material that Schweitzer does, she said she spends many hours in the lab each week. She teaches a three-hour graduate course one day per week and said she is in the lab most other days. “In the lab, we take the minerals out of bone, both modern and fossil bones because bone is a composite tissue of both organic and mineral materials,” Schweitzer said. She said if you take away the mineral in a living person, they can get diseases, such as rickets, because the collagen is not rigid enough to support the weight, and if you take away the protein, they can get brittle bone disease. “So you need both, and, like in a fossil from a dinosaur, it was always assumed that the organic components rot away and so purely by accident we discovered that probably is not the case,” Schweitzer said. “So now we are looking at exactly what is preserved in the dinosaur bone and exactly how it might be preserved, and from those things I hope that we


Mary Schweitzer is kown, in her field, for discovering soft-tissue in a Tyrannosaurus rex bone. Though Schweitzer has made her mark in her field and made a name for herself in world of science she admits that she has made her share of mistakes. Schweitzer highlights the importance of having a good attitude in the face of adversity and claims that many scientific discoveries are the results of mistakes that have been made.

can expand to other considerations like human diseases, evolutionary relationship or the speed of molecular evolution.” Though this science-talk sounds serious and solemn, Schweitzer’s stories about some mistakes she has made were anything but. “Way back in graduate school I was learning my methods, and technology has changed a lot since then, but we used to have to pour our own protein gels,” Schweitzer said, “which is kind of a complicated process, or at least it was back then.” According to Schweitzer, in order to make protein gel, she had to mix chemicals and other ingredients together to make a solution that looked like Jell-O. Then, she poured the substance into a really thin space between two glass plates. After that, she added a polymerizing agent. She said when proteins are loaded on the gel, and an electric current runs through it, the proteins move at different rates depending on size. To determine all of the size

fragments requires a high electrical current going through the fluid box. “Well, I didn’t get everything screwed down tightly enough, and so it ran out of fluid, so we had this really high electrical current that melted the gel and the gel rig and almost started the lab on fire,” Schweitzer said. “So that was interesting – my supervisor at the time didn’t like me very much.” After that story was told, Schweitzer excitedly said, “I got another one.” The experiment she was doing was to see if an eggshell would change based on whether or not the animal inside it was rotted or whether the eggshell was broken. “So I had chicken eggs that still had the embryos in them, so I let it rot in the lab for probably three months. So I picked up the eggshell and it was real white so I thought everything was gone,” Schweitzer said. “I thought everything was dried up so I took a teeny tiny needle because I wanted to save almost all of the eggshell and as soon as I punctured

the shell, it exploded.” She continued her story by providing some imagery for peak story telling. “I had all of this rotten egg-goo all over my hair, running down my face and it sounded like a gunshot,” Schweitzer said. “The gases were all mixed up and it was under a lot of pressure so as soon as I hit that needle through, it just exploded, it was so gross.” Schweitzer then related her most embarrassing story, one that involved a long fall. She explained that she joined a friend of hers to lead some high school teachers in a ‘pay to dig’ dinosaur bones type activity for her friend’s thesis work. She went on to say that it had rained the previous night in the area they were digging and explained that when the soils get wet, they stick to the bottom of your shoes so you are walking around on about a foot of clay. “So we decided that we should have just not gone, but the teachers

were there and they gave money and we wanted to lead them,” Schweitzer said. “So again, I am kind of spacey so I wasn’t looking where I was going and I was leading a group of teachers and I slipped and went face first down this slope at a very steep angle: I mean it was a long fall.” According to Schweitzer, it was very embarrassing and she was covered in mud. As she went on to conclude her stories, she thought of yet another instance of embarrassment that was almost dire. “So in both the field and the lab I have had, well actually I have almost killed myself in the field -- getting stuck in quicksand, again in front of a whole bunch of people,” Schweitzer said. “They were laughing quite hard at me, so yeah, that was interesting.” According to Schweitzer, she doesn’t take herself too seriously because when you do, it’s easy to make mistakes. “If you take yourself too seriously, then it’s a disaster, but it’s also not like Indiana Jones either,” Schweitzer said. “You end up eating dirt in your sandwiches or sitting on snakes in the outhouse, which I have also done. Now that was really embarrassing but it’s a lot of fun.” She said mistakes are healthy, especially in the field of science. “You learn more from a mistake or an experiment that doesn’t turn out then you ever do when it goes the way it was predicted,” Schweitzer said. “In fact, a lot of major scientific discoveries have come about as a result of things going wrong, like penicillin for example.” According to Schweitzer, the most important thing she has learned was not formulated in a lab. “There isn’t a single outcome of any science more important than human relationships,” Scheitzer said. “I would never risk a paper or a discovery at the expense of a relationship,” Schweitzer said. “You’re never going to end up on your deathbed wishing you would have spent another day in the lab, now spending one more day with your kids—20that’s important.”


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Space is one of the most mysterious places imaginable, and we’ve only just begun to unravel its secrets. However, in 2024, there will be a small group selected by a nonprofit organization, Mars One, scheduled to journey to our neighboring planet and develop the first human settlement there. Charles H. Parrish II, a senior in biological engineering, is in the running to be one of those lucky people. Parrish has been narrowed into a group of 1,000 out of 200,000 applicants from around the world and is now in the final stages of selection for this journey. As the selection process moves forward, he considers the possibility of his acceptance and what that would mean for his future and the future of humanity. “It will be interesting to see how a new society arises,” Parrish said. “There will be an entirely new opportunity for governments and new laws or lack of laws. Will there be money? How will economics work? Will there be interplanetary trades?” Parrish also said he believes learning about the Martian environment and the sustainable practices he and his fellow astronauts implement there will be inf luential in how we treat our own environment on Earth. “I would love to be able to demonstrate on kind of a global scale, since it will be televised, a way of living minimally and doing the most that we can with the little resources that we bring with us and living in a way that is self-sustaining and respecting the Martian environment,” Parrish said. However, Parrish said he recognizes how different the Martian environment is from Earth’s. “It’s an atmosphere that we can’t breathe,” Parrish said. “It’s thinner than ours and a different composition. So just existing within that framework is going to be an interesting experiment to see how the human body and psyche adapts to that.” Not only is the experience of Mars’s terrain something Parrish looks forward to, but the potential for discovering life there is also fas-

“I’ve applied for this knowing there is no guarantee, and I’m coming to terms with that.” CHARLES PARRISH, senior in biological engineering

cinating. This mission is the first of its kind and its success could determine the future of space exploration. “That’s a very important question,” Parrish said. “Is there or is there not life elsewhere in the solar system or the universe? Either answer to that question is going to be humbling and empowering.” To many people the idea of boarding a spacecraft set to rip through our atmosphere and never return is frightening, but these potential technical difficulties are the least of Parrish’s worries. The risks of travelling and living on Mars include more than just physical hazards, but also psychological. If selected, he will be set to live on Mars with a group of people for what could likely be the rest of his life. “The most important thing is being able to communicate well and build trust with one another and being able to operate in a way that you can be comfortable with one another and stay friends by the end of it,” Parrish said. “That’s going to be the biggest thing is psychological compatibility, and I’m more concerned with that than I am with physical harm because I trust the engineers.” Parrish said he realizes the scale of this trip and the change his life will go through as he settles down on the red planet. Parrish is knowingly leaving behind his opportunity for a normal life in the name of scientific advancement. “It is a one way mission with no guarantee of return, and I am optimistic that within my lifetime we will develop the capacity to make the return mission,” Parrish said. “I’ve applied for this knowing there is no guarantee, and I’m coming to terms with that.” For now, the selection process continues, and even Parrish questions the paths he should be tak-

ing before the process is complete. Should he continue his life as he normally would, or should the possibility of his acceptance be taken into consideration? “I’ve wanted to go to graduate school for a long time, and the final selection will be done by mid-2015,” Parrish said. “Do I go ahead and set myself in motion to get into graduate school and start the program there and start pursuing my Ph.D., or do I keep that as a backup until I’m sure I get into this?” If Parrish is selected after all it is undeniable that his life will take a drastic change, even before he is due to lift off millions of kilometers into space. The future he has in his education and career will rest on his acceptance into Mars One’s team of astronauts. “Were I ultimately selected, I would soon after become a fulltime employee of Mars One as an astronaut,” Parrish said. “I would undergo training and preparation involving education and mission simulations at analogue research stations and likely in virtual reality.” Parrish said, if he is not selected, he will attend graduate school for biological engineering and intends to apply to the NASA Astronaut Corps. So, if he is selected, what will Parrish do for the next 10 years when he is not participating in the training and educational programs of being an astronaut of Mars One? His answer is rather down-to-Earth in comparison to his larger-than-life aspirations. “Enjoying the little things,” Parrish said. “Being able to go outside and not be in spacesuits. Just being able to go pick fresh food and eat it, spending time with friends and family and just living.”

Charles Parrish, a senior in biological engineering, (left) and Hiroyuki Miyajima (right) practice collecting soil at the Mars Desert Research Station in Utah. Their training is designed to familiarize the canidates with the environment they will be working in and the equipment they will be working with.

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Syracuse, Duke remain atop latest power rankings Grant Rankin Correspondent

Syracuse (21-0 overall, 9-0 ACC) The No. 1 Orange’s dominance in the ACC continued Saturday night in a thrilling overtime victory, knocking off conference heavyweight Duke. ‘Cuse has the look of a justifiable national title contender, as it jumped over Arizona in the AP Poll to become the top-ranked team in the country. Duke (17-5, 6-3 ACC) With arguably one of the most talented rosters in the country, Duke continues to force feed its uber-talented forwards, freshman Jabari Parker and sophomore Rodney Hood. However, the lack of a legitimate post presence is a cause for concern down the road. But for now, Duke continues to limit its turnovers, make three pointers and win games. Virginia (17-5, 8-1 ACC) Surprisingly, UVA continues to fly under the radar in the ACC, but the Cavaliers’ thrilling win over then-No. 18 Pittsburgh at the buzzer

Sunday may have quieted many doubters. Virginia has now won five straight games and is alone in second place in the ACC behind Syracuse. Led by pre-season first team All-ACC Joe Harris, the Cavs appear to be legitimate contenders in the ACC tournament and beyond. Pittsburgh (18-4, 6-3 ACC) Led by the steady play of sophomore guard James Robinson, Pittsburgh continues to play unselfish basketball, ranking 12th in the nation in assists per game. With a balanced scoring attack (five players averaging eight points per game or higher), the Panthers are not only looking to make the NCAA tournament, but to make some serious noise in it. UNC-Chapel Hill (14-7, 4-4, ACC) The Tar Heels are an enigma, with signature wins over Michigan State, Louisville and Kentucky diminished by losses to Belmont and UAB. But Carolina has taken advantage of beneficial scheduling over the last week, rattling off three straight wins against Clemson, Georgia Tech, and


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N.C. State after starting the ACC season with a 1-4 record. N.C. State (14-8, 4-5 ACC) N.C. State has experienced growing pains this year, as can be expected with a young, inexperienced roster. Sophomore forward T.J. Warren was invisible offensively for much of State’s loss to the Tar Heels Saturday, but gritty wins over Georgia Tech and Florida State in Raleigh will give Pack fans hope for a bright future. Wake Forest (14-8, 4-5 ACC) Wake Forest has slowly risen out of mediocrity; in large part due to the improvement of sophomore guard Codi Miller-McIntyre and sophomore forward Devin Thomas. But consecutive losses to Syracuse and Georgia Tech, along with the loss of MillerMcIntyre to an ankle injury against the Yellow Jackets, see the Deacons currently trending downward at the worst possible time, with difficult road trips to Durham, Raleigh and Chapel Hill looming in the not-too-distant future. Florida State (13-8, 4-5

ACC) Florida State continues to do what it does best: recruit tall, long athletes that can play hard-nosed defense. An ankle injury to its leading scorer, senior guard Ian Miller, is a big setback for the Seminoles, but two-time ACC Coach of the Year Leonard Hamilton will find a way shuffle the rotation in Miller’s short absence. Clemson (14-6, 5-3 ACC) Coming off a big win at Florida State Saturday, this Tigers team is currently enjoying a rare period of success. Led by junior forward K.J. McDaniels, the Tigers have built a respectable team this year, boasting a win over Duke Jan. 11. But the Tigers have their work cut out for themselves with upcoming games against No. 1 Syracuse and No. 20 Virginia. Maryland (13-9, 5-4 ACC) Maryland’s final season in the ACC has been somewhat of a disappointment. Junior guard Dez Wells continues to propel the Terps with his scoring (15 points per game), but Maryland’s NCAA tournament hopes could be dwin-


dling after recent losses to N.C. State, Pittsburgh and Florida State. Notre Dame (12-11, 3-7 ACC) Head coach Mike Brey’s squad has not had a strong start to its first season in the ACC. But despite the loss of senior guard Jerian Grant, the team’s leader in points and assists, the Fighting Irish is a scrappy team that could challenge the ACC’s contenders with its three-point shooting. Georgia Tech (12-10, 3-6 ACC) Georgia Tech continues to struggle without freshman forward Robert Carter. However, a surprising victory Saturday against Wake Forest provided a glimpse of hope for the Yellow Jackets moving forward. Miami (11-10, 2-6 ACC) Miami lost 90 percent of its offensive output from last season, as its top six scorers from last years’ ACC Championship and Sweet 16 team are gone. This year is a rebuilding season in Coral Gables, Fla., but under head coach Jim Larranaga, the 2012-2013 AP Coach of the

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• Two days until the N.C. State women’s basketball team plays Wake Forest Thursday night at Reynolds Coliseum

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• Page 7: Syracuse, Duke remain atop latest power rankings



Respect for rivals is Pack’s undoing Rob McLamb

Latest AP Poll ranks women’s basketball team 14th in the nation N.C. State (19-3 overall, 6-2 ACC) has been ranked inside the top 25 for the fifth consecutive week, leaping up four slots from last week’s ranking in the latest AP Poll released Monday. State’s No. 14 ranking is the program’s highest since December 2001, when the Wolfpack was ranked No. 10 in the country. The Pack, which is fresh off a win against then-No. 8 Maryland, plays against Wake Forest Thursday at Reynolds Coliseum. SOURCE: N.C. STATE ATHLETICS

ESPN, The Sporting News name former Wolfpacker ACC Legend Former men’s basketball player Julius Hodge, the 2003-2004 ACC Player of the Year, was named an ACC Legend on Monday, and he will be honored at the 2014 ACC Tournament in March at the Greensboro Coliseum. Hodge, named a first-team All-American by ESPN and The Sporting News in the same season, led State to four straight NCAA Tournament berths, and finished his career at third on N.C. State’s all-time scoring list. SOURCE: N.C. STATE ATHLETICS

ACC coaches project State softball to finish second in conference An ACC preseason poll of the conference’s 11 head coaches, released Monday, picked the Wolfpack to finish second in the league. State received three first-place votes and collected 87 total points to finish second in the voting only to Florida State’s 98 points. N.C. State won its second ACC Championship in program history last season, defeating Florida State in the ACC Championship game, 1-0. SOURCE: N.C. STATE ATHLETICS










































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Another trip to Chapel Hill ended bitterly for N.C. State Saturday, coming just two weeks after the Wolfpack was blown out by Duke in Durham. Such excursions within the Triangle have been brutal for State in recent years, with an 11-game losing streak in the Dean Smith Center and 16 straight in Cameron Indoor Stadium, respectively. The Wolfpack, offensively confused and appearing reverent of the tepid Smith Center crowd, initially found its niche in Chapel Hill with dribble penetration—particularly from junior guard Desmond Lee. N.C. State shot almost 66 percent in the second half, yet still lost by 14 points. That was an improvement of sorts, as State wilted in Durham and received a 35-point drubbing. The loss to Carolina dropped State to 14-8 overall and 4-5 in the ACC. Some might suggest that the Wolfpack lost to its rivals because N.C. State is a young team in the process of building. That belief has merit. However, the current Tar Heel team is not the Dean Smith-coached juggernaut that romped through the ACC and hoarded time-outs on the rare occasion the game was still in doubt in the final minutes. This year’s UNC team has seven losses and is an inconsistent squad that does not shoot well. North Carolina and Duke have bludgeoned the Wolfpack since the early 1990s when the N.C. State basketball program was placed on probation, and the University punished itself out of a chance to be competitive. UNC has won 38 of the last 47 meetings with State and the Blue Devils have taken 40 of the last 48. Both proudly tout their statistical dominance over N.C. State whenever the Pack comes to town. From the fans, State gets it worse. On Saturday in Chapel Hill, UNC students mocked N.C. State with

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the “Not our rivals” chant that has become a staple in its arsenal of quips, conveniently oblivious to the fact North Carolina has separated itself from State on the hardwood during a time when it reportedly fielded some athletes who were not encumbered by the rigors of academic study. The lack of self-awareness also extends to Durham, where the students gave its tried-and-untrue “If you can’t go to college, go to State” cheer two weeks ago. They also whipped out their traditional “culture, agriculture” comparison of Duke versus N.C. State, blissfully forgetting that the game came only days after President Obama made a visit to State’s campus in Raleigh to announce the University will lead the $140 million Next Generation Power Electronics National Manufacturing Innovation Institute, which is completely unrelated to cow-tipping. It is a common misconception among basketball followers that prior to N.C. State’s woes after Jim Valvano’s tenure, the Wolfpack was on level terms with its neighbors. This is only half-true. With two

national championships, along with a slew of Southern Conference and ACC titles, State was indeed comparable with North Carolina but was actually better than Duke, which had yet to claim a single national title at that point. Duke has since claimed four national championships and UNC has countered by winning three. For good measure, the Tar Heels also include a mythical title from 1924, before the inception of the NCAA Tournament in 1939, in its vain attempt to stay ahead of the Blue Devils in the race to hang the most banners. During that same time after Valvano’s tenure, N.C. State’s efforts to change the perception of its studentathletes have provided the school with only two trips to the Sweet Sixteen NCAA tournament. Both Triangle ACC schools west of Raleigh have also had off-thecourt issues in recent years. North Carolina remains defiant in its perpetual struggle against the infinite number of rogues that have sullied its reputation during an academic scandal. Even Duke had two former players, Corey Maggette and Lance

Thomas, who may have or actually did receive some form of impermissible benefits. The investigation of UNC is limited to news outlets, and the probe into Duke’s players just seemed to fade away without a conclusion or, for that matter, even a search for one. When facing its potential violations, neither had the fortitude to forsake athletic glory for a noble cause, which is ironic since Carolina had the gumption to do so in the 1960s, when it named Dean Smith its head coach after being placed on probation by the NCAA. At least the N.C. State basketball program, for all of its struggles against its neighbors in recent years, still has its dignity. The aura of perceived superiority from Durham and Chapel Hill has seeped into State’s psyche. But when the time comes for State to travel to Chapel Hill or Durham, the Wolfpack would do well not to give its Triangle neighbors any added reverence. Perception is relative, and if N.C. State truly starts to believe it is equal to or better than Duke and UNC, then it will be.


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Head coach Mark Gottfried observes play against UNC-Chapel Hill on Saturday at the Dean Smith Center in Chapel Hill. The Wolfpack fell to the Tar Heels, 84-70, after the State failed to recover from a 17-point deficit at the end of the first half.

The N.C. State women’s gymnastics team defeated the Missouri Tigers 194.675 to 194.525 Saturday to earn its fifth win of the season and continue its push toward an Eastern Atlantic Gymnastics League Title in 2014. Sophomore Brittni Watkins led the Wolfpack, posting a 39.425 overall in the all-around competition, a career high for the Albany, N.Y. native. “I felt really good,” Watkins said. “I just did me. Once I stuck that vault, I knew that the rest of the night was going to be great.” N.C. State quickly jumped in front of the Tigers with an impressive performance on the vault, posting a season high 49.025 score. Watkins earned second overall with a score of 9.825, while seniors Diahanna Ham and Stephanie Ouellette tied for third with scores of 9.800. The Pack extended its lead in the uneven parallel bars, with Watkins and Ouellette finishing tied for first with scores of 9.850 and freshman Courtney Bisbe posting a 9.800, good for a third place finish. Another bright spot for the Wolfpack was the return of sophomore Michaela Woodford, the EAGL rookie of the year in 2012-2013 in the uneven parallel bars. Woodford, who was out with an injury until Saturday’s meet, posted a 9.675 in

her 2014 season debut. N.C. State junior Lane Jarred earned the top overall score on the balance beam with a 9.825, while Watkins continued to shine by posting a 9.800. The Wolfpack secured a total score of 48.900 on the beam and continued to lead Missouri entering the final event: floor exercise. State’s success from the first three events did not carry over to the floor exercise. Bisbe, Ham and senior Hannah Fallanca all posted subpar scores to put State in danger of losing the meet to the Tigers. But Watkins came to the rescue, posting an incredible 9.900 on the f loor, the top score in the event. Jarred and senior Kristen Harabedian both posted scores of 9.825 and finished tied for second place. “We worked really hard to give that meet away,” head coach Mark Stevenson said. “Thankfully we didn’t thanks to the last three kids who went up there. We were ahead going into the final event and all we had to do was do our job, and we didn’t.” Watkins all-around score of 39.425 lands her at 10th on State’s all-time record books. “[Watkins] is having a phenomenal year,” Stevenson said. “She has had four meets now with over a 39.400, and that is awesome. She is doing everything we ask her to do and doing it at a high level. We are really proud of her.”


Sophomore Aubrey Hine performs a flip on the balance beam at the Beauty and the Beast meet in Reynolds Coliseum Jan. 24. N.C. State beat Missouri Saturday afternoon, 194.675 to 194.525.

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