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Social sciences fall behind in funding as NSF favors more profitable research Gabe DeCaro Correspondent

Last month, an amendment to the 2014 Consolidated Appropriations Bill (H.R. 3547) lifted the restrictions to National Science Foundation funding, which limited research in the field of political science research. These provisions limited NSF funding to only political science projects that directly related to national security and economic interests. Michael Cobb, an associate professor of political science, said Congress’s lack of funding to political science research is due to ”a fetishism for profitable outputs from science” Cobb said that on average, political science research does not generate sizable profits for companies. Mark Nance, an assistant professor of political science, said the funding cuts last year represent a “signal that political science is less worthy of funding than other fields” and “senators make very subjective decisions when they decide the direction of the funding.” Andriy Shymonyak, a junior in Political Science, said the field covers a spectrum from a humanistic and qualitative perspective to one that is more scientific in nature. Ac-

cording to Shymonyak, the latter quantitatively assesses human behavior through research such as exit polling and other forms of data collection. Shymonyak said he is currently working on research related to political-party identification in Ukraine. Shymonyak said his funding was directed toward financing a research trip to Ukraine in order to conduct interviews with a variety of individuals but also used published results to acquire data. “Congress’s lack of funding demonstrates a misplacement of values,” Shymonyak said. Cobb said the benefits of research don’t have to be “pragmatic payoffs.” “We benefit as a society from greater knowledge of self, and political science contributes to this,” Cobb said. Cobb said his research emphasizes “how people form opinions about emerging technologies like genetically modified mosquitos”. Supported by the National Science Foundation in an Integrative Graduate Research Education program, Cobb helps to train graduate students in addition to other

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Politicians across the country are suggesting K-12 schools increase the presence of computer science in its curriculum. Some politicians are even suggesting that computer programming should become a mandatory second-language requirement.

Finding coding’s proper place in the curriculum Jake Moser News Editor

There will be 1.4 million computer programming jobs by 2020, with only 400,000 American computer science students to fill those jobs, according to the America Can Code Act, a new piece of legislation which aims to make programming a mandatory foreign language requirement for K-12 students. Despite this projected job deficiency, some computer science professors at N.C. State disagree with this notion that programming is a necessary skill for everyone in the digital-age workforce. Rep. Tony Cárdenas of California introduced the bill in December 2013, which would delegate computer programming languages as “critical foreign languages” and provide incentives for state and local schools to teach more computer science courses, according to the U.S. House of Representatives webpage. “The very name of this law demonstrates that programming is simply another language,” Cárdenas said on the webpage. “Learning and communicating in a foreign language can have a tremendous impact on a student, both culturally and educationally. Computer programming creates a similar impact, while also provid-

Students leave their comfort zones for growing spring-break program Estefania Castro-Vazquez Staff Writer

The Alternative Spring Break program began in 1999 in response to Hurricane Mitch when a group from N.C. State partnered with Habitat for Humanity and traveled to Honduras. The former director for Center for Student Leadership Ethics and Public Service led the program for two years until it was changed to a more student-led model with advisor support, according to Adam

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Culley, faculty advisor and assistant director of the CSLEPS. Out of about 350 to 400 applicants, 250 students were chosen and 100 were wait listed for the Alternative Spring Break program, which is a greater number than past years, according to Adam Culley, faculty advisor and assistant director of CSLEPS.  Kurt Saenger-Heyl, a senior in electrical engineering and an ASB team leader, said the growth comes with the responsibility to ensure the

program continues satisfying its original purpose, to have students reflect and develop while working through social issues. “We want to take them out of their comfort zones and to create these good discussions while doing good for the world community,” Saenger-Heyl said.   Currently, there are about 20 trips that students can choose to partake that cover topics such as

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There may be a shortage of computer scientists by the year 2020, according to a new piece of legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives.

“Learning to program will never be as important as learning to write or speak.” Vincent Freeh, associate professor of computer science

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ing a critical skill in today’s global economy.” Some faculty members at N.C. State, including Associate Professor of computer science Tiffany Barnes and Assistant Professor of computer science Kristy Boyer, said it’s necessary for all students to be computer literate, but basic coding should be used as a tool to educate students about computers in general rather than the focal point. “I do believe everyone should have a computer science course that

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teaches you how to uses computers, and coding should be an aspect of that because everyone uses computers for their job,” Barnes said. Likewise, Boyer said she believes coding is a valuable part of this computer science education, which should be mandatory for K-12 students, but it’s not the only part. “I certainly believe that learning to code, which involves creating software or apps in a computer programming language, is one way to develop an understanding of how computers work and why they are important to society,” Boyer said. “I’m not sure if learning to code is the only way to accomplish these goals, but I think it’s a great place to start.” However, Barnes said making programming a required course for students could potentially lead to problems. “Any requirement for coding to count as second language is going to cause a lot of complications and confusion among departments,” Barnes said. “If you make something like computer science count for second language—it sounds crazy—but you’ll have people starting to say that foreign language teachers can teach this when it’s really complicated, has a lot of science involved and shouldn’t be in a foreign language department.” This trend to increase the prevalence of coding in K-12 classrooms isn’t limited to the Americans Can Code Act, either. According to House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, a Republican from Virginia, “becoming literate in code is as essential to being literate in language and math,” NPR reported. Vincent Freeh, associate professor of computer science, said there’s some truth

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to Cantor’s statement, but doesn’t think coding should be emphasized as much as language and math. “Programming can become more and more important, but you’ll be able to use computers with less sophistication and they’ll be easier to use [in the future],” Freeh said. “I wouldn’t put it on par with language; that has to be much more important than computer language. Math is also very important. Learning to program will never be as important as learning to write or speak.” The Americans Can Code Act also mentions programming in the context of science, technology, engineering and math education but not the humanities. According to Dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences and Professor of Psychology, Jeffery Braden, the legislation is “misplaced.” “The notion of requiring coding as a mechanism to boost your ability to participate in a STEM-focused economy is a misplaced idea for several reasons,” Braden said. Braden said coding practices change quickly and dramatically and the programming languages that existed when he first came to N.C. State are no longer used. Therefore, teaching students how to use specific coding languages would be futile. “It’s well intentioned but ultimately a bad idea and not just for CHASS students,” Braden said. “I wouldn’t make that a requirement for students in engineering either.” Freeh said he agreed with Braden that not all students need to learn how to program, but that program skills are useful even if you never actually code. “[My wife and I] are teaching our kids Latin, and we know they will never converse in Latin, but there is still much to gain from learning

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it,” Freeh said. Barnes and Boyer concurred with Freeh that although many students might not be able to apply coding directly, it still has the ability teach them other skills. “A programming language controls a computer; it encodes an algorithm,” Freeh said. “The computer does exactly what you tell it to do. If you don’t tell it exactly what to do, it doesn’t work, and you learn a lot from that. The organization and mental models you learn while developing computer languages are a very good skill to have, and the skill set that you learn to figure out how to write a program or debug a program is a valuable skill set and mental tool.” Barnes said learning to code, while it shouldn’t be required, can teach students how to solve logical problems. “When you learn how to code, you’re learning how to solve a problem and then break that problem down into pieces, then break that into pieces that a computer can understand,” Barnes said. “You’re getting a machine to do something for you, and once it does it for you once, it will do it every single time.” Furthermore, Freeh said the legislation is a bad idea because decisions about education should be made locally by the people “closest to the children.” “I don’t think anyone in Washington should make decisions about what students in North Carolina should learn,” Freeh said. “Those decisions are best made by the people closest to the children. [Legislators] shouldn’t be answering questions about any curriculum, whether that be English, math or computer science. When things are dictated out of Washington they don’t work, and that has nothing to do with computer science.”

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social justice, housing, world hunger, poverty, global health, water safety and education that occur in the fall, winter and spring that could take place both in the United States and abroad, according to Culley.  In order to attend an ASB trip, students must complete an application in which they rank their top three destinations and write an essay about why they chose these locations. Team leaders then review the applications through a blind-review process and make teams based on a variety of demographics,according to Culley.   According to Saenger-Heyl, the application opens early in September with acceptance notifications going out later that month. A ceremony is then scheduled where the accepted applicants are told where they will be traveling.  Once teams are set, students have about five months to fundraise and learn about their destination, According to Culley. They also must obtain passports and ensure they have the proper immunizations. Students are asked to pay for the trips themselves, which can range from $400 to $2,200. However, there are scholarships students can apply for ranging from $200 to $500, according to Culley.  Saenger-Heyl said his trip last year cost him $2,200, but with fundraising efforts, he was able to reduce the cost. Just through family donations he received after sending letters, he received about $700 in addition to money from a fundraiser at an area restaurant.   “The generosity is amazing,” Saenger-Heyl said. “Don’t doubt your family and friends.”  Alzebeth Roman, a senior in accounting and an ASB team leader, said she understands why some students may feel deterred by the cost as she comes from a lower-income family, but tthere is not a price that could be put on the experience.  Roman said because she is a trip leader, the program covers half of the trip expenses. However, Roman said she still fundraises for the other half and has only paid $200 dollars out of pocket for the three trips she has participated in.   Culley said most ASB programs partner with an organization within the community because they are often unfamiliar with the surroundings and don’t want to risk doing more harm than well.  Roman said her favorite experience was being able to allow students to reflect about how the trip had serviced them, how they could bring what they learned back home and how

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projects. Cobb said he has also worked with the NSA analytics lab here at N.C. State to study how people are influenced by irrational factors

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Alzebeth Roman, a senior in accounting and an ASB team leader poses for a picture with children from the Dominican Republic during a break from volunteering on an ASB trip.

they can best themselves.  “I think people are really important to the success of the world, and if they are not given the support to succeed, we are limiting the success of the world,” Roman said.  Roman said she has been a team leader for two years, taking teams to New Orleans in the spring of 2013 and to the Dominican Republic in the Winter of 2013 where ASB partnered with Outreach 360 to help disadvantaged youth learn the English language.   Saenger-Heyl said he became a team leader after receiving an email asking if he was interested in applying and after speaking with Adam Culley and going through the interview process, he was selected to become a team leader.  “My favorite part is being able to go to another country and see how people live down there,” Saenger-Heyl said. “I like to spend time with people who love life and everything about it, and they are completely happy. Look how blessed we are in the U.S. but how thankful they are.”   According to Roman, students are required to participate in guided and reflections sbout the day’s experiences every night in order to help them develop their skills.   A new trip will be offered this summer to Hawaii where ASB has partnered with a Hawaiian agency to deal with social justice and sovereignty. Participants will enroll in an academic course while there, Culley said.

on judgments such as information phrasing. Cobb said the cuts in federal funding did however delay the start of his research, but did not significantly affect the scope of his work. According to Nance, NSF grants are extremely difficult to come by due to their

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Students in the Alternative Spring Break program have the opportunity to travel exotic locations, such as the Dominican Republic (above).

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competitive and prestigious nature regardless of the field. Nance said he has not applied for NSF funds for his research in a variety of subjects from maritime piracy to free trade agreements and said most political scientists go their entire careers without applying to the NSF for funding.

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rom its get-go, publicity for Nymphomaniac, a movie starring Shia LaBeouf, was bou nd to make an impression. In December, the red band trailer played for a group Nicky of children Vaught Staff columnist attending DisneyPixar’s Frozen. At the Feb. 9 premier of the film in Berlin, LaBeouf appeared sporting a paper bag on his head. The bag, fitted with holes for his eyes, read: “I AM NOT FAMOUS ANYMORE.” LaBeouf expressed this sentiment before on his Twitter account for a few weeks. This stunt comes with his somewhat new habit of avoid-

ing answering interview and panel questions. LaBeouf cites his behavior as an attempt to distance himself from the public eye, according to a tweet on Jan. 10. It’s hard to blame the former Disney star. More and more, we hear about celebrities who hate or feel overwhelmed by their fans. Robert Pattinson of the Twilight series has said many times how much he hates his own movies, and that he finds his fans annoying. Kristen Stewart, of the same series, is ostensibly of the same mindset, just not as vocal about it. Miley Cyrus told Ronan Farrow of W Magazine that her excessive exposure to kids has left her with a strong disdain for her younger fans. It’s a good thing she’s directed

her publicity toward collegeaged people instead, lest her young fans decide to tear her to shreds. Severa l accounts have reported members of One Direction, a British boy band, having said they feel overwhelmed and unable to carry on any sort of personal life due to the excessiveness of their fans’ admiration. The boy band has said it is not above breaking up if the bubbling craze does not simmer down. Fans of the BBC television show Sherlock may be familiar with recent news about one of the actresses’ experience with overzealous fans. Amanda Abbington received several death threats for her role as Mary Watson, the wife of John Watson, played by Martin Freeman.

Fans were apparently upset because her onscreen relationship with Freeman ruined a “ship.” For those who are unfamiliar with the term, “shipping” refers to the belief that two non-fictional characters should be or secretly are engaged in a romantic relationship. The more intense fans who ship “John Lock” (a portmanteau of John Watson and Sherlock) felt as though Abbington’s onscreen marriage to Freeman ruined not only their interpretation of the two male protagonists’ relationship, but the show in its entirety. (Comparing their intensity to other shippers, I must ask: Can two men, or women for that matter, not show each other friendly af fection

without fans dubbing them secretly in love? Surprisingly enough, it’s a little homophobic to assume two people of the same gender cannot be close without being in love.) When Jack Gleeson, better known for his role as King Joffrey Baratheon on HBO’s Game of Thrones, spoke at the Oxford Union, he dedicated half an hour to an eloquent rejection of celebrity culture. His main point basically maintained that we, as fans, are far too concerned with the lives of people we hardly know, and our concern disrupts their freedom to live as people. And he’s right. Too often we treat celebrity culture as an actual culture. We read People magazine and talk about the most recent celebrity engagements and

breakups. We do our best to keep up with the Kardashians. But we rarely do it in a cultured way. We smudge our idols’ quality of life and, in doing so, our own. It is only natural to adore people, but the extent to which we do it has gotten mercilessly out of hand. To quote Gleeson: “Stargazing is one of the most profoundly human things one can do. But, perhaps, we must more frequently tear ourselves away from the mystery and beauty of the starry heavens above and rather inspect, admire and foster the moral law within.” Send your thoughts to Nicky at technician-viewpoint@ ncsu.edu.

The lack of diversity in American meat consumption F Erin Holloway, senior in English and anthropology

Abercrombie promotes low self-esteem

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bercrombie & Fitch seems to be plastered across every middleschool student’s T-shirts, in hopes it will magically allow them to hang out with the cool kids. Most people wou ld say, “Nah, it is just because they like the st yle,” but the owner of AbercromTaylor bie asser ts Quinn proudly and Assistant confirms that Features Editor being cool is somewhat of a requirement as well as a privilege to wear his brand. And we wonder why young kids have low self-esteem. Children are being ostracized from a young age. If the Abercrombie brand is too expensive for you, you can’t be a cool kid. If you can’t fit into Abercrombie jeans (the company only makes up to a size 10) then, nope, you can’t be cool. And in middle school, not being cool is based on very superficial requirements, and some who do not belong are often degraded and made fun of. So who is the monster behind this brand degrading the young and brainwashing the minds of many? His name is Mike Jeffries, and he has no

problem being honest about his destructive behavior. According to Elite Daily, Jeffries said, “Candidly, we go after the cool kids. We go after the attractive all-American kid with a great attitude and a lot of friends. A lot of people don’t belong [in our clothes], and they can’t belong.” If that doesn’t make you want to vomit, then I don’t know what will. Well, actu-

“All of this is disgusting, but what annoys me the most is his tactics are working ... ” ally, I have another quote for you to feast your eyes on. This one regards his customers. “I don’t want our core customers to see people who aren’t as hot as them wearing our clothing,” Jeffries said. It’s hard to believe, but he was being completely serious. That is the most shallow and ridiculous statement that I’ve probably ever heard. It must be so hard for these allegedly hot people to see not-so-hot people wearing

the same clothes as them. I feel so bad that they have to witness that. We are talking about pieces of material here. If you aren’t already convinced about how Jeffries is the scum of the earth, read what his comment said about the firestorm Abercrombie received for the provocative underwear it was marketingtoward little girls. “People said we were cynical, that we were sexualizing little girls,” Jeffries said. “But you know what? I still think those are cute underwear for little girls. And I think anybody who gets on a bandwagon about thongs for little girls is crazy. Just crazy! There’s so much craziness about sex in this country. It’s nuts! I can see getting upset about letting your girl hang out with a bunch of old pervs, but why would you let your girl hang out with a bunch of old pervs?” These statements justify Jeffries’ horrible reputation. All of this is disgusting, but what annoys me the most is that his tactics are working, and the people of the United States are buying into it like desperate slaves. It’s incredibly sad. Send your thoughts to Taylor at technician-viewpoint@ ncsu.edu.

ree market usually mea ns f luc tuat i ng prices for goods and services, thanks to the competition between firms. But when it comes to the market for meat and f ish, Ziyi Mai the United Staff Columnist States, priding itself as a free market economy, doesn’t have abundant options for consumers to pick. Grocery store butchers commonly offer beef, pork, chicken and turkey. Several different parts of the cow, such as sirloin and shank, might make the butcher department look a bit fancy. Seafood departments in grocery stores only offer large fish without lots of bonds, but large fish such as tuna contain high level of mercury. When speaking of poultry, usually the only options are chicken and turkey. But in other places in the world, meat and poultry are not only limited to beef, pork, chicken and turkey. In East Asia and Southeast Asia, for example, ducks and geese are put on dining tables just as regularly as chicken. In southern Europe, ducks and geese are available, though they are less common than chicken. The Chinese have even domesticated wild pigeons and quails as part of their poultry industry. Nutritionists have proven the meat of these birds have unique health benefits that chicken cannot offer. For example, duck breasts contain niacin, which helps with fat metabo-

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erence of consuming exotic meats to a large extent. The Food Safety and Inspection Service of USDA and FDA impose tough restrictions on domestic production of meat and poultry, and tougher rules of importation of them. For instance, U.S. government bans import of mooncakes, traditional Chinese pastries that contain cooked duck egg yolks or meat as fillings, fearing the outbreak of bird influenza. Without wide exposure to other poultry products in first place, demand from consumers is still low, and farmers have little incentive to breed the birds. Lack of recipes is probably the most common reason people don’t adopt exotic meats as part of their daily diets. Going back to history, among those who came to North America were mostly men. It’s believed these men had limited knowledge in cooking, so the original recipes for meat were only used with beef, pork and chicken. Thinking about the difference between how Texans and Carolinians barbecue might give you an idea how primitive method of cooking is still employed. But cooking duck or goose breast is actually very similar to cooking beef and veal, just with different herbs and sauces. Recipes would be feasible once the tastes of people change, and they will borrow and learn from other ethnic groups. Do not let the ignorance about food prevent us from being gourmet. Send your thoughts to Ziyi at technician-viewpoint@ncsu. edu.

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lism and cholesterol control. Duck meat is also abundant with iron, necessary for red blood cell function. As a nation built for immigrants, restaurants that provide cuisines from all over the world scatter around the country. But the degree of diverse meat consumption is still far from the one of race integration. Why has the U.S. developed a modernized poultry industry that excludes other edible birds such as ducks and geese? Very few in American history have ever answered this question through extensive research. Yet possible answers could still come from history, such as the history of how people domesticated turkey. Data from U.S. Department of Agriculture show that in 1970, the consumption for turkey carcass was 8.1 pounds per capita. But in 2012, the consumption jumped to 16 pounds per capita, doubling the consumption four decades ago. This indicates that turkey, which was eaten traditionally only during Thanksgiving and Christmas, has been becoming more popular in people’s daily diet. The change in people’s preference toward turkey has driven farmers to breed the bird and supply them not only limited to holidays. If domesticating wild turkey to become a commercial poultry is possible, the same could happen to ducks and geese. But people’s shift of preference takes a long time to evolve. Government regulations on food safety contribute to the stagnation of people’s pref-

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El jueves pa sado, u n camión de la red USA vino a N.C. State y se estacionó en el Brickyard. El camión fue cubierto con palabras como injusticia, sexismo, violencia y prejuicio. Estudiantes y facultad fueron invitados a participar en el programa “Yo no soportaré…” de USA. Participantes escogieron una palabra y entraron en el camión donde un fotógrafo sacó una foto. Entonces, los estudiantes recibieron una foto impresa con la frase “Yo no soportaré,” y la palabra que habían escogido. Al fin, marcaron una camiseta con un sello de su palabra, una declaración fuerte de lo que no soportarán. Según la productora de la gira de este año, Gina Stefani, el camión viajará a varias

universidades, y N.C. State es solamente la segunda parada de la gira. El propósito del programa es “darle al público una oportunidad de adoptar una postura hacia una injusticia que no soportará,” según Stefani. Las imágenes, incluyendo las fotos de participantes y vídeo grabado mientras que estaban en el camión, serán usados para crear una campaña de anuncios que demostrarán que nadie debe “mantenerse al margen al ver racismo, intimidación, intolerancia religiosa, sexismo, homofobia, discriminación hacia discapacitados, o cualquier otro tipo de discriminación.” El año pasado, el programa logró alcanzar a unos 16 millones de personas, pero la meta para este año es alcanzar a 25 millones. Otra meta de este programa es unir a todos en la lucha en

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contra de estas intolerancias. Entre otras celebridades, Macklemore, quién cantó recientemente una canción en favor de los derechos de los homosexuales es vocero para el movimiento. También, varios representantes del gobierno y atletas han dado su voz para apoyar el mensaje del programa. Por su parte, la productora dijo que los participantes en

el programa eran de “todos tipos, y de todas edades,” y al ver las fotos en el televisor y del sitio de web, se puede ver que es verdad. No hay ningunas pautas entre los participantes. Según la productora, cada participante “viene con un cuento o algo muy conmovedor,” y los estudiantes de N.C. State no eran distintos. Para Fatima Hadaji en su

segundo año de comunicaciones interpersonales, la parte más importante del programa es que “[los estudiantes] pudieron escoger una [palabra] que tiene relevancia en nuestras vidas.” Hadaji escogió no soportar la intolerancia religiosa. Hadaji dijo que aunque no está de acuerdo con muchas palabras de la lista, esa tenía un significado especial. “Todos nosotros apoyamos cosas diferentes,” dijo Hadaijo, “pero a la vez, podemos unirnos … y hacer una actividad como esta.” En general, los estudiantes que asistieron al evento estaban felices de ver que tantas personas habían participado, pero no era una sorpresa. Hadaji terminó con decir que “todos en el campus encontrarán algo en la lista que les pertenece a ellos.” Sin embargo, no todos están de acuerdo con las metas

del programa. En la parte de discusión del sitio de web, hay muchas personas que han dicho que que a ellos no les gusta el mensaje que el programa muestra sobre algunas cosas, notablemente la homosexualidad y el racismo. Algunos ven el movimiento como una amenaza hacia su estilo de vida y a pesar del mensaje en el vídeo del sitio de que “esto no es una cosa política,” han decidido empezar un debate de liberalismo y conservatismo. Parece que, como muchas cosas en los Estados Unidos, esto también será parte de la batalla constante entre los dos lados grandes de la política estadounidense. Para más información o para unirse al movimiento visite a http://www.charactersunite.com bajo iniciativas.

Convocatoria de Honores reconocen estudiantes talentosos Natalie Bohorquez Informe del personal

La Convocatoria de Honores para estudiantes de primer año se llevó a cabo el viernes 7 de febrero en el Witherspoon Student Center Cinema. El departamento de Multicultural Student Affairs reconoció a estudiantes de distintas nacionalidades y etnicidades por rendimiento académico. Todos aquellos que obtuvieron un promedio de 3.0 o más durante su primer semestre, recibieron un pequeño trofeo durante la ceremonia, acompañados de familiares y amigos. El orador de apertura del programa, fue el honorario Dr.

Michael Cuyjet quien ha publicado varios libros, y fue cabecilla del departamento de Educacion y Desarrollo Humano en la Universidad de Louisville del 2012 al 2013. El Dr. Cuyjet dio un discurso acerca de los estereotipos que existen acerca de todas las distintas razas y comunidades, y de lo importante que es demonstrar que aunque pueden que tales conjeturas se pueden aplicar a ciertas personas, no nos definen a nosotros como individuos. La convocatoria también reconoció a los colegios que más presumían de estudiantes honorarios y disperso premios a los directores respectivos. Los presentadores de los premios a los estudiantes fueron

Mary Medina, ayudante de cátedra, el nuevo director asistente de asuntos hispanos, Nelson Santiago y el director de Multicultural Student Affairs Rod Bradley. El reconocimiento de Top Scholars fue presidido por Jasmine Omorogbe. Utilizando W.E.B. Dubois, el famoso activista civil, como su ejemplo, Cuyjet dio un nuevo reto a la audiencia de alumnos: de ser el nuevo “talentoso decimo” y de demostrarle a mentes cerradas que si nos vemos como lo que somos, un grupo de eruditos, podemos alcanzar muchas metas impredecibles a pesar de nuestro género, raza, u orientación sexual. Las palabras de clausura fueron enunciadas por la Dr. Tracey Ray, asistente del vicerrector de la diversidad del alumnado.

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Can cats really make you crazy? Sara Awad Staff Writer

“A lot of people get nervous when they hear it’s a ‘cat parasite,’ but it should not be something to deter them from owning cats.” Karen Munana, professor of clinical science

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Every phrase has an origin story, and the term “crazy cat lady” is no different, but what if there was some truth to this ubiquitous term? A number of articles, such as “How A Cat-Borne Parasite Infects Humans” on National Geographic’s website, state a parasite found in cats known as Toxoplasma gondii can infect humans and potentially change the way we think. The article’s claims come from the findings of Czech evolutionary biologist Jaroslav Flegr, who the articles states discovered a high correlation between the parasite and a person’s risk of developing schizophrenia. According to Karen Munana, a professor of clinical science at the College of Veterinary Medicine, the parasite makes its way to its feline host through small animals the cat eats that contains the para-

site, such as birds and rats, and then multiplies by reproducing in the cat’s intestines. According to the National Geographic article, Swedish scientists learned the parasite then takes over the cat’s white blood cells in order to produce the neurotransmitter, GABA, which allows for the parasite to infect the body and has been “known to reduce fear and anxiety in rats—and in humans.” The article, though, leaves out some key pieces to the puzzle, according to Munana. “The study does not address how the parasite gets into the central nervous system and the signs that might be seen with infection of the brain,” Munana said. “There have been other studies that have demonstrated that experimental infection alters the behavior of rodents, and based on this work it has been theorized that infection of the brain might reduce fear and anxiety, or alter behavior in other ways in naturally infected individuals – but this has not been proven. The mechanism of infection with Toxoplasmosis is complex, and much still needs to be learned about this.” What we do know is the parasite forms cysts in tissues of the body, including the brain, according to Munana. Infection of the brain can cause encephalitis, or inflammation of the brain, and result in clinical evidence of disease in both humans and animals. The effects of the inflammation in dogs or cats can be variable, Munana said. “You can have problems walking or with vision, seizures, behavioral problems, balance; it depends on the area of the brain affected,” Munana said. Though Munana said she could not comment about the parasite’s

potential effects on people, the term “crazy cat lady” is often associated with mental illness, or at least that is the case with Eleanor Abernathy, a popular character on The Simpsons whose nickname is the “Crazy Cat Lady.” Besides making you laugh when she throws cats at people, Abernathy’s influence may even be partially responsible for the introduction of the phrase “crazy cat lady” into our vocabulary, according to Michael Adams, a lexicographer at Indiana University. Though Adams said he can’t say for certain that is where the term came from, his search on Google Books only showed entries of “crazy cat lady” that dated back to the 2000s, giving him a “rough picture” of when the phrase grew popular. Since Abernathy first appeared on The Simpsons in 1998, the apparent association between the phrase’s rise in popularity in the 2000s seems to support Adams’s theory. “It’s not to say that someone did not say ‘crazy cat lady’ in 1980 or in print, but it was just not a big deal then,” Adams said. “The Simpsons gave us an iconic figure and allowed us to visualize what the phrase refers to.” As such, The Simpsons seems to define the “crazy cat lady” character as an older woman who possesses a drunken stupor, an inability to communicate except through gibberish, a mental disorder and oh yes, her crazy obsession with all things feline. The oldest entry listed on urbandictionary.com for the phrase is only from 2005, where it defines “crazy cat lady” as: “An elderly suburban widow who lives alone and keeps dozens or more pet cats, usually many more than municipal code allows, in a small house, and refuses to give away

or sell them even for the sake of the safety of the cats or herself.” The phrase does not appear in the 2010 Green Dictionary of Slang, either, according to Adams. “If it had been an older slang term, it would’ve picked it up,” Adams said. With both the craziness associated with cat owners, as well as the possibility of contracting Toxoplasma gondii, the benefits of having a pet cat may seem small, though Munana said that should not be the case. “A lot of people get nervous when they hear it’s a ‘cat parasite,’ but it should not be something to deter them from owning cats,” Munana said. “In the United States, it is more likely to get Toxoplasma gondii from handling or ingesting raw or undercooked meat than from cats.” Many cats also host the parasite but don’t show signs of disease, according to Munana. Disease from the parasite is likelier in people with weaker immune systems, such as people with acquired immunodeficiency syndrome, and women infected during pregnancy can transmit the infection to their baby. When infected with the parasite, cats shed the organism for a short period of time (about two weeks) leaving Toxoplasma gondii in their feces, so cat owners should also wear gloves and scoop litter boxes on a daily basis, though the parasite does take one to five days to become infective, according to Munana. “You just need to take necessary precautions,” Munana said. Though a lot of research still needs to be done about the parasite, its potential effects on humans beg the question, “Were the writers of The Simpsons on to something when they created the character of the “crazy cat lady?”

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Rifle drops pair of matches to close out regular season

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The No. 14 N.C. State rifle team suffered two losses in dual matches against two of the nation’s top teams in West Point, N.Y., this past weekend. Matches against the No. 5 Nebraska Cornhuskers and the No. 6 Army Black Knights made up the fourth and fifth times that the Wolfpack faced a team from the Great American Rifle Conference, widely regarded as one of the top leagues in the sport. Despite putting up high numbers in both days of competition, State returned to Raleigh with two losses The first match for the Wolfpack was close in the opening rounds against Army Friday; however, in the final small-bore round, the Black Knights took a slim lead, 2,306 to 2,272. At the round’s end, freshman Lucas Kozeniesky was tied for the lead among shooters, with his second highest score for the season of 581. After the small-bore round, the Pack hoped to bounce back in the air rif le round with redshirt senior Amy Roderer, senior Madeline Pike

and sophomore Daniel Cliff who all shot a score of 580 out of a possible 600. Following closely behind was sophomore Alex Martin who shot 578 out of 600. The Wolfpack ended the round with a score of 2,318. However, out of 600 possible points, two seniors from Army, Richard Calvin and Joseph Todaro shot more than 590. The Wolfpack scores added up to 4,590, just shy of the Black Knights combined score of 4,662. In the second match for the weekend, The Wolfpack went head-to-head with Nebraska on Saturday looking to rebound from the loss with Army. In the opening smallbore round, Cliff paced the Pack with a score of 572; however, it wasn’t enough to hold the lead and the round ended with the Pack trailing the Cornhuskers, 2,331 to 2,261. In the air rifle portion of the competition, Roderer led the Pack with a total score of 578. But Nebraska had all five of its shooters shoot at least 584, with two of the Huskers shooting 593 out of 600. These superior scores helped push Nebraska to its total score of 4,690, with State

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closely behind at 4,561 for the match. Cliff finished fifth in the individual small-bore competition against Nebraska. Martin followed closely behind him coming in seventh. State struggled in the air rifle portion of the competition with Roderer and Pike having the highest scores among the Pack, placing them in 10th and 11th among individual

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Warren carries State past Deacons ACC names Mudge Player of the Week Junior Robbie Mudge of the No. 32 NC State men’s tennis team was named the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Men’s Tennis Player of the Week, the ACC announced Tuesday. Mudge is the second player on the squad to garner the award this season, as Austin Powell previously received the honor on Jan. 14. SOURCE: N.C. STATE ATHLETICS

Men’s soccer pulls in No. 3 recruiting class Top Drawer Soccer has named the 2014 N.C. State men’s soccer recruiting class No. 3 in the nation. Five newcomers will join a talented crop of four mid-year enrollees, bringing NC State soccer’s recruiting class to nine players total. The class includes Fuquay-Varina native Conor Donovan, the No. 28 overall recruit nationally. SOURCE: N.C. STATE ATHLETICS

Wolfpack women remain ranked in USA Today poll For the sixth straight week, the N.C. State women’s basketball team (21-3, 8-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) remains ranked in the USA Today top-25 poll. In the latest edition of the poll released on Tuesday afternoon, N.C. State was ranked No. 13 in the country with 390 points. This news comes one day after State improved four spots in the Associated Press top-25 poll, coming in at No. 10. SOURCE: N.C. STATE ATHLETICS

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QUOTE OF THE DAY “He just tells me to look up, I hit him and there’s two points.” Tyler Lewis, sophomore point guard

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Nearly a month after dropping a tight contest to Wake Forest in Winston-Salem, the N.C. State men’s basketball team took revenge on the Demon Deacons Tuesday night in an 82-67 victory at PNC Arena. Sophomore forward T.J. Warren lit up the box score for the Wolfpack, scoring a career-high 34 points on 15-for-26 and grabbing 10 boards for his first double-double of conference play. “[Warren] just scores so easily,” sophomore guard Tyler Lewis said. “He just tells me to look up, I hit him and there’s two points.” State (16-8 overall, 6-5 ACC) avoided what would have been a damaging loss to its NCAA resume. The Pack also won its ninth straight game against the Deacs (14-10 overall, 4-7 ACC) at PNC Arena. Lewis made an early impact in his second straight start ahead of freshman guard Anthony “Cat” Barber, scoring or assisting on four of State’s first six points. Warren had a hot start for the Pack, scoring 11 points in the first 10 minutes of action. His play was highlighted by a fast break dunk over a Deacon defender after stealing a pass to put State up by five with 14:26 remaining in the first. “He’s one of the best I’ve ever coached.” head coach Mark Gottfried said. State forced 10 turnovers in the first half, scoring 18 points off of Wake’s miscues. In comparison, the Pack managed to take care of the ball on offense in the first period, only turning the ball over four times in the first 20 minutes. With just more than nine minutes

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Redshirt junior guard Ralston Turner takes a shot during the game against Wake Forest in the PNC Arena Tuesday. Turner scored 16 points, second only to teammate T.J. Warren. The Wolfpack defeated rival Demon Deacons, 82-67.

left in the first, Wake switched to a 2-3 zone in an attempt to slow down State’s offense. The change in the game plan resulted in an 11-3 run by Wake, which gave the Deacons a 32-30 lead – the team’s first lead since 16:23. Three-pointers were a big part of the Deacons’ run, as Wake sank four of its five attempts from downtown in the first half against a Pack defense ranked third in the ACC in three-point defense. The Pack quickly responded with a 16-6 run to end the first half, highlighted by another dunk from Warren. Warren finished the half with 23 points on 10-for-14 shooting. At halftime, Warren had recorded half of State’s points and field goals.

“We’re getting more confident against a zone,” Gottfried said. “It’s not just that we’re hitting the three, we’re moving the ball better and getting the ball inside the zone.” Barber finished the first half in style for the Pack, scoring a buzzer beating layup to send State to the locker room with an eight-point lead. State carried its momentum into the second half, going on an 8-4 run in the first four minutes of the second half to extend its lead, 54-42. That lead eventually grew to 21 on a free throw by freshman forward BeeJay Anya with 8:30 left, and the Pack cruised from there. Wake Forest had a tough time shooting the ball in the second half,

shooting only 33 percent from the free-throw line and going one-forfive beyond the arc in the final 20 minutes. Gottfried attributed the Deacons’ slump in shooting to the fact that to his team began applying heavier on-ball pressure. “We talked about it at halftime,” Gottfried said. I thought they were comfortable in the first half. In the second half, we made them uncomfortable.” The Pack next has its toughest matchup of the regular season Saturday as it travels to take on No. 1 Syracuse, one of the two remaining undefeated teams in the nation. Tipoff at the Carrier Dome is slated for 3 p.m., and the game will be televised by the ACC Network.

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Club hockey nabs top seed for ACC Tournament Grant Rankin Correspondent

N.C. State’s club hockey team rattled off five straight wins in the fall to start its impressive season and is currently riding an eight-game win streak. Currently sitting with an impressive 19-6 record, the Pack has continued to dominate competition. This year’s team boasted an undefeated home record, a rare feat in any sport at any level. Notable wins included a 5-1 decision over rival UNC-Chapel Hill on Oct. 5 and a 10-1 thrashing of Duke on Feb. 1. “This season we’ve had much more success than in seasons past,” senior defenseman Tyler Cloutier said. “Going undefeated at home is very hard to do.” The ACC club tournament is set begin Friday. The Wolfpack is expected to be among the favorites, facing opponents such as Duke, George Washington, UNC, Elon, Georgetown and Wake Forest. Led by sophomore forward Garrett Sunda (16 goals, 14 assists), junior forwards Alec Engel (15 goals, 15 assists) and Mackie Hayman (14 goals and 14 assists), the Wolfpack will look to maintain its momentum and bring home an ACC club championship. The team will not be satisfied if it doesn’t bring home the trophy. “That’s what our goal has been this season,” Cloutier said. “Anything less than that will be a disappointment.” The Wolfpack’s regular season culminated in a thrilling shootout victory over George Washington last Saturday at Raleigh Center Ice. After two periods of play, the Pack trailed the Colonials 3-1 with the ACC regular-season title hanging in the balance. State struck back with

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Senior defenseman Tom Stryker carries the puck across the blue line in a 5-1 win over UNC-Chapel Hill on Oct. 5, 2013. The Wolfpack will be the No. 1 seed in this weekend’s ACC Tournament.

two goals in the final stanza. First, senior defenseman Nate Sprankle cut the deficit to one with a hard slapshot, then the Pack converted off of a turnover, with freshman forward Zach Cline beating the George Washington goaltender on a two-on-one breakaway to knot the score at three. Neither team scored again for the rest of regulation and even an overtime period was still not enough to separate the two teams. In the ensuing shootout, Engel and Chris Nelson scored on their attempts and junior goalkeeper Nick Kamaris stonewalled both Colonial attempts, prompting a Wolfpack mob on the ice in celebration of its ACC title and sending the announced crowd of 473 into a frenzy.

“Bringing home that shootout win kind of summed up our season,” Cloutier said. “Increasing our fan base this year has helped us tremendously.” N.C. State, which is the top seed in this weekend’s tournament, will open play on Friday against eighthseeded Duke. The Wolfpack has already mapped out an agenda for preparation, which includes watching some of the world’s best in their sport. “We have three practices this week on Olympic ice sheets,” Cloutier said. “We’re going to maintain focus on hockey and watch some of the Winter Olympics.” At many American colleges and universities, particularly in the Northeast and Great Lakes regions,

hockey is on par with football and basketball in terms of popularity. At State, however, the sport will almost certainly remain at club status for the foreseeable future. There simply aren’t enough varsity programs in the area for the Pack to take the next step. “The main issue with that is travel expenses,” Cloutier said. “Also, we like to be able to play our rival teams like UNC and Duke.” As it is, the Wolfpack will be looking for its first ACC Tournament title since the 2010-2011 season. Other first-round matchups on Friday include Wake Forest vs. George Washington, Elon vs. Navy and UNC vs. Georgetown.


Technician - February 12, 2014