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Former President of the United States Jimmy Carter signs books Wednesday at Quail Ridge Books in Raleigh. Carter visited Raleigh as a part of a book signing tour to promote his new book, A Call to Action: Women, Religion, Violence, and Power.

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President Jimmy Carter, who served as the 39th president of the United States, stopped in Raleigh on a book tour Wednesday. Promoting his most recent book, A Call to Action: Women, Religion, Violence, and Power, Carter sat down from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. at Quail Ridge Books & Music to sign copies and greet supporters. Those who did not come to the store with a pre-purchased copy of A Call to Action waited in a line outside to buy one before going in. “No taking selfies with the president,” one bookstore employee said only half-jokingly, as she ushered patrons along. The book became available March 25 and recounts

some of his experiences growing up with religion and women. It explores how societies worldwide abuse various religions to oppress women. In A Call to Action, Carter wrote about conversations he and his wife, former first lady of the United States Rosalynn Carter, held with religious leaders of the world about their view regarding numerous topics such as religion, the oppression of women and violence. As the title suggests, the book is a call to action, as Carter urges readers to make a concerted effort toward reducing the glorification of violence and toward improving women’s quality of life both nation- and worldwide. Since stepping down as President, Carter has written 30 books, starting with the publication of Why Not the Best? in 1975. Carter and his wife co-wrote Everything to Gain: Making the Most of the Rest of Your Life in 1995.

Federal agencies probe Hofmann Forest managers about wetlands Staff Report

Federal agencies are investigating the managers of the Universityowned Hofmann Forest to see if the wetlands were illegally drained. The Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers are leading an investigation to see if Hofmann’s drainage ditches violated the Clean Water Act. Representatives of the ACE examined the ditches in January, and, according to Mickey Sugg, a regulator with the Corps’ Wilmington office, at least some of the drainage work

appeared to be illegal, The News & Observer reported. However, the Clean Water Act does allow some ditch draining, according to Sugg. A spokesperson for the EPA didn’t discuss possible penalties for violating the act, but its website indicates that the improper draining of wetlands could culminate in a six-figure fine. According to Brad Bohlander, a University spokesperson, N.C. State and its Natural Resources Foundation are cooperating with the investigation.

“The Foundation has always strived to conduct its forest management operations in accordance with the Clean Water Act and has carefully adhered to the North Carolina Forestry Best Management Practices as originally drafted and adopted in collaboration with the Corps of Engineers,” Bohlander said in a statement. Bohlander said Hofmann Forest LLC and the University are still planning to close the deal despite the ongoing investigations, The N&O reported.

The Center for Bio-Ethical Reform, a secular institution against abortion, set up a large display with many graphic images of aborted fetuses juxtaposed with pictures of lynchings and genocides in the Brickyard Wednesday and will continue today. The display, however, was met by a counter prostest of about 25 students. The CBR travels to college campuses across the country and recently paid a visit to UNC-Chapel Hill. The Students for Life, a prolife group on campus, sponsored the CBR’s presentation. Bobby O’Brien, a senior in mathematics

and member of Students for Life, said, “We wanted to make sure our voice would be heard in a way that couldn’t be ignored.” Students in opposition brought signs and posters and formed a wall in front of the display facing the atrium. “I disagree with their political views, but that’s secondary to my offense at these images being displayed on our campus,” said Jacquelyn Fitzgerald, a sophomore in biological sciences. “I don’t think that they’re appropriate, they create an unsafe campus environment and it is bad publicity for our

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Results may have been announced today, but Student Government elections are still not over. Due to a problem with ballot-filter settings, elections for the senior class president and College of Agriculture and Life Science senate seats have to be re-run, according to Brian Parks, a senior in accounting and vice chair of the Student Government Board of Elections. Before polling begins, Student Government advisors apply filters to the online voting system, which allow certain groups of students to vote for their specific class and college representatives. Students then

test the voting system in weeks leading up to the election. Both groups missed mistakes on the ballot that caused voter groups ineligible to vote in those races to accidentally be marked as eligible to vote, according to Parks. Polls will be open Monday and Tuesday for a re-vote on these positions, Parks said. The N.C. State Elections Commission announced the winners of the remaining positions that were correctly polled the Talley Governance Chambers Wednesday. Candidates Rusty Mau, a senior in economics, and Devan Riley, a junior in accounting, received 53

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Pan-Afrikan Week concert canceled, students to rally Staff Report

A concert scheduled for Friday as a part of Pan-Afrikan Week in Talley Ballroom has been canceled due to concern following an incident involving the headlining act, Migos. Migos, an Atlanta-based hip-hop group, was reportedly involved in

a highway shooting in Miami last Friday, according to a University press release. “We are disappointed that the hard work our students put into planning this event has ended in this way. However, safety is our main

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UHP receives record number of applicants Gabe DeCaro Correspondent

A record number of incoming freshmen applied to join the University Honors Program this fall. Of the 4,250 students who were accepted into N.C. State this spring, 946 students submitted applications to the University Honors Program—an “unprecedented number” in the program’s history, according to Carolyn Veale, assistant director of the UHP. “The UHP is not just a program for the academically gifted students,” Veale said. “Our mission lies in research, scholarship and multidisciplinary appreciation.” On Tuesday, 350 of the 946 applicants were offered a spot in the UHP. Of all of those accepted, Veale said she expects 185 students to join the program. The majority of the students who decline to enroll in the program elect to attend another institution, according to Veale. Others decide to enroll in other programs such as the University Scholars Program. “We would like to grow in terms of the caliber of students who are applying to N.C. State and getting accepted, but we are just in a position right now where we can’t really increase the number of students that we accept based on what we give them, namely the Honors seminars,” Veale said. Veale said this year was the first time the program added a third question to its application. The three questions dealt with past and present Honors seminars, the students’ preparation to be model UHP students, and the students’ selection of a major and what they hope to gain from their course of study. “We’re really excited in terms of what we’re getting

back from the question regarding Honors seminars,” Veale said. According to Veale, students must have an appreciation for reading and writing in order to be successful in the program. “If a math major comes in and says that they only want to do math, then we tend to see those types of students struggle most,” Veale said. Students in the Honors program are required to take 12 credit hours worth of Honors seminars during their undergraduate careers. “Honors seminars are the heart and core of our program,” Veale said. These specialized classes are intended to keep the class sizes small (about 20 students in each) and reflect the program’s mission of embracing an interdisciplinary perspective. Seminars range from “A Global History of American Food” and “South African Literature Before, During and After Apartheid” to “Self, Schooling and the Social Order” which is taught by Aaron Stoller, associate director of the UHP. According to Veale, the limitations in the class size of the UHP stems from the inherently small size of the Honors seminars. Most of the courses, especially for the eight sections of the introductory Honors 202 courses which most freshmen take, are contracted out, which means faculty members are paid by the program to teach a seminar in order to compensate for their lost teaching time in their own department. The UHP Academy is a program that allows students, under the guidance of a faculty mentor and the advising of a UHP professional staff member, to conduct

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Tomer Shvueli, a senior in computer science and Arjun Aravindan, a junior also in computer science stand in front of Arjun’s car parked at the back of the Atrium Tuesday. They started a sober-rides service, known as Cruizer, “for students by students.”

Students create service to combat drunk driving Jess Thomas Staff Writer

Two N.C. State students have created a new service intended to allow students to travel around campus safely. Tomer Shvueli, a senior in computer science, and Arjun Aravindan, a junior in computer science, started NCSU CampusCruizer to help students stay safe while traveling campus late at night.

“We mainly created this service to help students get across campus late at night and avoid major safety issues, such as drinking and driving or muggings,” Aravindan said. Shvueli said CampusCruizer generally runs from Wednesday to Sunday night and is the busiest during the weekends. According to Aravindan, CampusCruizer works by having driv-

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research about a particular topic and teach a one-credit hour course. Because of the addition of the UHPA courses, there

is some pressure from the program to hire out other faculty members while simultaneously developing the students’ capacity for knowledge generation, Veale said. The UHPA seminars are about specialized topics that the students are interested

in teaching about, such as next semester’s course titled “Blood Sweat and Tears: Modern Genocide and Prevention,” which will be taught by Isaac Warren, a freshman in engineering, in the fall. Retention of students in the UHP has been increas-


ing over time, according to Veale. Dwayne Barnes, an administrative support specialist for the UHP, said the primary factor in attrition is a fall in GPA. Once a student drops below the GPA requirement of 3.25, they are placed on academic probation. This


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ers purchase a Cruizer Coin, which puts them into the directory so they can receive calls from people who need a ride. “Drivers purchase a Cruizer Coin from us, and what that does is put the driver information into the system, where we put them into contact with people who need rides,” Aravindan said. Aravindan said the drivers receive three Cruizer Coins for free on a trial basis, and each coin lasts for eight hours; however, if the drivers get no calls during that period, they get their coin back. “Once the trial period ends, the driver can decide whether they want to continue with the service, and then they start paying CampusCruizer for the Cruizer Coins,” Aravindan said. Shvueli said when a customer calls CampusCruizer, he or she is directed through a dispatcher system to the next

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schools. There are campus tour groups moving through here, and if I were a student on this campus, I would not want to come here if they allowed offensive and inappropriate images like this to be on campus. There are images of people being lynched and comparisons that are racially charged; I do not feel

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probation allows the students the flexibility to both stay in the program and work toward improving their grades, according to Barnes. The UHP administration uses several other tools in order to retain students from year to year.

“The Honors Village is vital in UHP retention due to so much community involvement,” Barnes said. The administration of the UHP uses semester surveys to determine living and academic situations of the program’s participants.

available driver. “The way it works is that we have a dispatcher system that contacts the drivers, and you can also request a specific driver when you call,” Shvueli said. Aravindan said drivers assume full responsibility for their car and have the right to decide who they let into the car. According to Shvueli, drivers make money based off tips they receive from students, and there are suggested tip amounts depending on the distance to the destination. “Typically, the suggested tip amount per person is $3 if it is a short distance, and $4 if the destination is somewhere farther, such as downtown,” Shvueli said. Shvueli said drivers can make a significant amount of money through CampusCruizer, and several drivers have made more than $100 in a single night. Shvueli also said, as of right now, CampusCruizer has a total of 10 registered drivers and 180 registered users.

The main purpose of the project was to offer cheap and friendly rides to students across campus, according to Aravindan. “Using CampusCruizer is cheaper than cabs, where the drivers make some money, and people can get to campus safely,” Aravindan said. “Essentially it’s a service for students by students.” Shvueli said the business venture took off this summer when he began development on the website, and Aravindan created an iPhone app that also could be used to register users. Shvueli said he initially got the idea from a similar system that is used at Appalachian State University, but CampusCruizer expanded on the idea by making it significantly easier for drivers and customers to be in contact. Aravindnan said CampusCruizer plans on adding another aspect to the project by allowing customers to pay through the iPhone application.

safe with this imagery on campus.” John Dees, a senior in English literature, expressed a slightly different perspective on his reasons for protesting. “My primary motivation is information,” Dees said. “Whatever you feel about abortion, you should make up your mind after gathering information from both sides. This display does not do this; it scares you into an opinion. They are robbing people from

making informed decisions.” David Hallen, a freshman in business, said, “Who wants to eat lunch while looking at this? It’s just wrong.” Hallen represented the N.C. State chapter of National Abortion and Reproductive Rights Action League, or NARAL, which is a national organization that advocates for and provides comprehensive information on reproductive rights.

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concern,” said Mike Giancola, associate vice provost of Student Leadership & Engagement in the press release. “We want to encourage the campus community to participate in the other events celebrating Pan-Afrikan Week.” Campus officials said their top priority was to maintain a safe campus environment and thus decided to cancel the concert, the press release said. As a result of the cancellation, members of the UAB Black Student Board are rallying at Talley Student Center Friday at 6 p.m. to meet with administrators to hold a question and answer session addressing all concerns from students. According to an email sent by Lauryn Collier, a senior in animal science and president of the N.C. State chapter of the NAACP, reasons that the concert was canceled included the incident involving Migos, as well as the “gangaffiliation” of the other performer, Pusha-T. There are no plans to reschedule the concert, according to the University press release.




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percent of the vote for the student body president and vice president team, beating presidential candidate Alanna Propst, a junior in political science, and vice presidential candidate Grant Do, a junior in business administration, by about 153 votes. Alex Grindstaff, a senior in biological sciences, was elected student senate president with a total of 51 percent of the vote. He defeated Alex Yadon, a senior in electrical engineering, by about 61 votes. Voter participation for the election was lower than expected with 3,067 total votes collected, which accounts for 9 percent of N.C. State’s total enrollment, according to Student Body President Alex Parker. Participation has been declining since 2010, when voter participation was about 5,600 students, or about 17 percent of the total enrollment, according to Parker. Parker said he thought the addition of a vice president to the ballot would increase the number of voters because the candidates would be able to reach more students and en-

courage them to vote. “I was expecting the number to go up almost dramatically, but it actually went down,” Parker said. This year’s ballot was the first to feature a student body vice president position. Candidate’s for student body president chose running mates, and the pairs ran on a single ticket. Riley will serve as student body vice president aside his running mate Mau. Riley said he is excited to set the precedent for this position and give back the student body that elected him. “You know, in the past there has been a lot of negative sentiment toward student government,” Riley said. “I’ve heard a lot of words like pointless, worthless, stupid—that’s over with. That’s over with the second we get to work.” Mau said he was overwhelmed and speechless after he received the news of his election. “We couldn’t have done this without the support of our friends, our peers, but this is just a testament to how far we have to go,” Mau said. “There is a lot to be done, and we’re ready to start working.” Propst declined to comment.


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Student Body President and Vice President: Rusty Mau and Devan Riley Student Senate President: Alex Grindstaff Student Body Treasurer: Megan Alice Wright Student Body Chief Justice: Jordan Gregory UAB President: Kelly Cravener Student Centers Board President: Aaron Sugar Student Centers Board of Directors: Shanlyn Wagoner Student Senate Division of Academic and Student Affairs: Nate Bridgers Student Senate College of Engineering: Mitchell Moravec, Michael Scipione, Mark Bartel, John R. Frazier, Kimberly Watson, Tyler Hatch, Arianna Nasser Student Senate College of Natural Resources: Ivey Jae Carroll, Anthony Moore Student Senate CHASS Seniors: Chamberlain E. Collier, Alex Hardesty, Josh Copus Student Senate CHASS


Student Body President Elect Rusty Mau and Student Body Vice President Elect Devan Riley embrace after learning of their victory in the 2014 Student Body Elections.

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Juniors: Zackary King, April Parker, Kelly Elder Student Senate CHASS Sophomore: Sydney Grice, Cody Long Student Senate Poole College of Management: Josh Teder, Josh Kilpatrick, Mitchell Cook, Jackson Fischer, Lee McAvoy Student Senate College

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of Sciences: Karli A. Moore, Matt Kemp, Alex Brown, Andrew Martin, Tim Neal Student Senate College of Textiles: Jake Froelich Student Senate Graduate Seats: Nithyananthan Poosamani, Matthew Melillo, Natalie M. Rollan, Cody K. Addington, Marika Camper, Brandon Mallard




Hunt Library’s hours, N.C. Lit Fest and class struggle


ames B. Hunt Jr. Library is the scene of some interesting happenings these days. This weekend, it will host the North Carolina Literary Festival. The theme of this year’s conference is “The Future of Reading.” A long w it h engaging with traditional Ishan Raval f o r m s o f Staff Columnist reading and literature, the festival will also “explore the new, often technology-based ways readers are encountering, experiencing and interacting with literature.” On the festival’s website, Hunt Library has been described as having “generated international attention for its stunning modern architecture, its ubiquitous technologies and its many simulation

and large-scale visualization rooms.” The library is meant to be a centerpiece of the festival by “inspiring conversations about the future of reading and reading-based technologies.” Ironica lly, these same days, on entering this lauded library, one can see a donation box reading “Help Support Hunt.” A student campaign (www.savehuntlibrary. com) is currently underway to prevent Hunt Library’s hours from being cut, due to the $1.3 million (5 percent) budget cuts this year to the NCSU Libraries. As of March 27, more than 5,000 students, equivalent to about 16 percent of N.C. State’s entire student body, had signed the petition to prevent having the library close on weeknights at 11 p.m. Now, the only proposed cut in hours to D.H. Hill Library

is for Sunday night. What could be the reason that it’s the acclaimed Hunt Library that’s facing cuts and not D.H. Hill? Both Hunt’s acclaim and predicament stem from the same reason. Hunt Library was only ever meant to be a spectacle, something that put N.C. State on the map. More than just a library, it was meant to be the place where N.C. State could host literary festivals, and people could be awed by it. And these kinds of attention-getting events and people only come during the daytime. D.H. Hill, on the other hand, never lost its function of being a library, rather than being a futuristic glass spawn of a battering ram and the Dorton Arena. So it’s Hunt whose hours are being cut, and many students don’t want that to happen. Though it’s beautiful to

see students come together to rally for a cause, the precise reason as to why students don’t want Hunt’s hours to be cut should be examined. On the surface, it’s clear— and true—that cutting library hours will, to some small or significant extent, affect students’ studying. Save Hunt Library’s homepage says the purpose of the campaign is “to keep both libraries at N.C. State adequately funded such that the academic endeavors of all students are not inhibited.” But that begs the question, why are academic endeavors important? For finding jobs or for learning? Neither answer would be true for all students, nor can I speak for all students, but I suspect that more students care about their education as a means to a career. We rally for Hunt Library to stay open, but only because

we fear that our GPAs may fall if it doesn’t. But in the backdrop of the Literature Festival, a third possibility for looking at learning and its artifacts arises, beyond learning being regarded as a process with value in itself, or “learning” as a means to money. Besides Hunt Library itself, anything happening at Hunt, by virtue of its context, is to some extent a spectacle. This includes the Festival. And with that, naturally, also the subject of the Festival: literature. Which brings up the final question: If the greatest interest of the University, both in terms of prestige, and following that, financially, lies in turning literature into a spectacle—and universalizing literature, turning learning, intellectualism, culture, etc. into a spectacle—then isn’t the struggle over Hunt Li-

brary fundamentally a form of class struggle? On one side, there’s the administration, seeking to create profit through making a spectacle of culture and intellectualism and cutting back on aspects that don’t lead to profit. On the other side is the student body, manifesting its material aspirations through turning culture and intellectualism into means of mobility. Literature festivals may be small sparks of genuine engagement with culture, but let us not forget that behind their cover, profound economic battles are raging. And until those battles are resolved, such festivals will only constitute cultural events, rather than representing culture living autonomously of the workings of capital.

Virtual currency gains popularity, legality


ungible is a peculiar economic term. A fungible good is one that is mutually interchangeable with another of the same specimen. If you buy a pound of sugar, it doesn’t matter which pack you pick up from the Naman shelf. Sugar is Muley Staff Columnist fungible. The same cannot be said of art pieces. An art piece gains value by its own inherent characteristics. In essence, if we had to trade, sugar would be an easier, more frugal mode of barter exchange than art pieces. A fair exchange would have demanded art pieces to be evaluated separately to understand their value and then use them in exchange of something equally valuable. Keeping that analogy in mind, Bitcoin is now to be treated as art pieces instead of sugar. The United States government came up with the first legal ruling regarding Bitcoin, the cryptocurrency created by a programmer, or a group of programmers, known only by the pseudonym Satoshi Nakamoto. It will treat Bitcoin as property for tax purposes instead of as currency. This IRS ruling came before April 15, which means all Bitcoin trading that results in profit has to be reported as capital gains, and a tax will be levied on it. Bitcoin was the first successful solution from decades of research in cryptography.



termine the capital gain on each Bitcoin transaction, takes away the fungible nature of a Bitcoin. Bitcoins then differ from each other based on the time at which each of them was transacted. Being a digital currency solution is not easy. Holding money in digital form means hackers are on the lookout. Mt. Gox, the world’s biggest Bitcoin exchange, lost $500 million worth of bitcoins to hackers. Yet, Bitcoin is getting wider acceptance by the day. Stripe, the mobile and online payments startup valued at $1.7 billion, gives smaller businesses an alternative to Paypal for their monetar y transactions. Stripe is now looking into giving its clients the bitcoin alternative of accepting payments. Khan Academy, the online-classroom company, now has courses that explain the concept of a Bitcoin and how to make transactions in Bitcoin. As more governments recognize and legalize Bitcoin, it is expected to stabilize. Although many are calling for applications to integrate the usage of Bitcoin, it remains to be seen how the currency will permeate into daily economics. Bitcoin is a revolution of the cadre of the Internet. If it permeates the economy, it will change the way humans live. This leads to questions of what steps the government will take to increase knowledge of bitcoins among the general populace.

“I’d have to see the new enrollment numbers. As long as the number of people that are enrolled is greater than the number of people that lost insurance because of it, I think it’s okay.”

“To be honest, I have no idea what’s going on with it, so I don’t really have an opinion at all. I haven’t watched TV or anything in a while. I heard it’s hard to sign up for.”

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Bitcoin is based on the existence of an Internet-wide distributed ledger in the form of a chain of blocks. These blocks are bitcoins themselves. Hence, when a person buys a bitcoin, he or she is essentially buying a slot into the ledger. Because this ledger is cryptographically encrypted and distributed, no one person can disrupt it. This news brought about a mixed bag of feelings. Bitcoin traders are encouraged by the first legal recognition of Bitcoin but also believe declaring Bitcoin as property will destroy its frugal nature and limit its widespread usage. According to the IRS ruling, if a person buys one bitcoin for $300 and sells it for $400 after the price appreciates, he or she must disclose $100 of capital gains during tax filing. It is the buyer’s responsibility to keep track of the price at which a bitcoin transaction is made. Bitcoins can also be generated in a phenomenon called “mining.” Because it is a cryptocurrency, no single entity is in charge of generating bitcoins. Instead, anyone who can contribute computational power can create bitcoins. The maximum number of bitcoins in existence is limited to 21 million by cryptographic technology. All income generated from this practice is also taxable, and an entity indulging in “mining” as a trade or a business is liable to pay selfemployment tax. The fact that Bitcoin rates appreciate and depreciate, coupled with the new rules with which the IRS shall de-

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The ACA: Mission accomplished?

ast week on Fox News Sunday, Independent Sen. Angus King from Maine made a smart observation that has escaped almost all other politically minded Americans: “There is no such thing as Obamacare.” King was pointing out the Affordable Care Act is a bundle of reforms, not one type of insurance plan. One of the reforms mandates that people have insurance or be subjected to a fine. That deadWes Kyatt line passed Contributing on Monday. Columnist With the first open enrollment period now closed, it seems like an opportune time to evaluate the ACA thus far. The best approach to policy evaluation is to first decide if the law is doing what it aimed to do: lower the rate of the uninsured. According to Gallup, the uninsured rate peaked in 2011 at 17.5 percent. Now, the uninsured rate is 15.9 percent. Opponents of the law point to uncertainty regarding whether the newly insured have benefitted directly from the ACA. It’s possible that some lost their plans after the rollout began and are not newly insured. There’s a flipside to that argument conservatives ignore. The signup figures count applications—actual plans will in many cases cover more than one person. So, the actual number of people getting insured because of the ACA should be

higher than the enrollment figures project. Plus, there’s the fact that some states have refused to expand Medicaid, an essential feature of the law. It’s unclear how many people who enrolled in the program would otherwise go uninsured, or how many are missing out on coverage because of noncompliance. Others criticize the drop in the uninsured rate as a result of the slow, steady economic recovery. Since the recession peaked in 2010, those who are newly insured might be benefitting from better employment opportunities thanks to the recovery. If that’s true, the ACA must not be as costly as these critics suggest. It’s either due to the ACA or the improving economy—both pluses for the administration. In his 2015 budget, unveiled yesterday, Rep. Paul Ryan (RWis.) cites a CBO report suggesting the ACA will reduce productivity, punishing higher incomes with lower insurance subsidies. This approach ignores the divorce between practicality and policy. CEOs don’t make decisions to hire based on the fact they might get some obscure tax credit if they do—and people don’t plan salaries around a few hundred dollars in a subsidy. At the margins, maybe there is some possibility they do. It is, however, highly unlikely people will make decisions based on that calculation. Problems with the law do exist, and Democrats are under pressure to address concerns. For one, it’s unknown

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how many of the seven million or so enrollees have paid their first bill, activating coverage. Lowball figures put the number between four million and six million. This excludes the coattail factor described earlier, in which single plans cover multiple people. The most legitimate concern remains the demographics of enrollees, which could cause insurers to raise premiums in 2015. That would pose real threats to the economy and the law. At this point though, these claims are all speculative—the evidence is about as indisputable as what happened to MH flight 370. The ACA has been a success, and not just because the uninsured rate is dropping. The real reason is because, no matter what, the United States isn’t going to go back to the way things were. Many parts of the ACA, such as staying on parents’ health plans until age 26, are extraordinarily popular, as are other provisions in the law. These things are here to stay, and any Republican alternative will have to respect that. Now, the messier details of the law could be subject to change—obviously the administration has seen fit to adjust the law 38 times on its own. Changing, though, isn’t the same as repealing. Healthcare reform is here to stay—and if the goal was reform, then in the words of another controversial U.S. president, “Mission accomplished.”

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Wolves in sharp clothing: floral fashion Megan Stitt Staff Writer

“F lora ls ? For spr i ng ? Groundbreaking,” said Miranda Priestly, the editor-inchief of a top fashion magazine, sarcastically in the movie The Devil Wears Prada. Obviously, florals are not a new trend for the spring season. They appear on the fashion scene at this time every year, just like the flowers blooming outside our windows. But f lorals are starting to gain new ground, appearing on pants and shoes instead of only dresses and skirts. That being said, it is well worth your money to have at least one floral skirt in your closet. The circle skirt, or skater skirt, adorned with flowers is a classic for the summer and spring; it’s a versatile piece you can pair with buttondowns, tees, tanks and even crop tops. But if you want something a bit different and maybe even more professional, try

a floral pencil skirt or even a midi skirt. Floral patterns are a fresh take on the normally dark and dull pencil skirt. Bright colors and pretty prints will add originality to your look! However, my favorite trend for floral bottoms is pants. For this trend, you will want a cigarette pant or another pant that cuts off above the ankle so as not to be overwhelmed or absorbed by the print. Occasionally a harem pant, or another pant with a loose fit, will work too. You just have to be careful that you are wearing the print and that the print isn’t wearing you. As always, a fixation of mine is shoes, and florals are not an exception. Luckily, there is a wide range of floral-printed shoes. Summer, slip-on sneakers are adorable covered in flowers, and they are functional for walking around campus in the heat. If you are looking for some-

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Florals may not be the most exciting or the newest trend, but year after year, the style emerges during the first few warm days of spring. There are tried-and-true floral fashions that are a go-to option this time of year. The new floral trends are taking the basic pattern and applying it to various clothing items. Floral pants are among the list of new floral trends.

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Brooke Sudano, a freshman in engineering, models a floral dress in Pullen Park. With spring in the air and flowers starting to bloom, floral prints can be seen more frequently on campus. This top is a classic staple of floral fashion.


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thing a bit more edgy, or at least as edgy as florals can be, try floral-print combat boots, specifically Dr. Martens. A shoe that’s harder to master would be heel completely controlled by f loral. Often both chunky and funky, they are a great substitution for your summer wedges, perfect for a night out in a pretty dress or your favorite white jeans. For floral tops this spring, try floral lace. Some tops are on the heavier lace side, but

some have a more sheer fabric incorporated. What you wear underneath depends on the weather: In the springtime, it can be a tank, and in the blazing summer, you can wear a bandeau. And let’s not forget accessories. Floral patterns translate onto almost any accessory you can imagine. Scarves, phone cases, sunglasses and headbands alike fall into the floral agenda. I think the best floral print bags are clutches; they have so many colors and styles ready for any occasion! In jewelry, florals take a bit of a different route, becoming simple f lowers instead

of a pattern. Big bulky flowers tend to look the best, as statement jewelry is definitely in style right now. Whether these flowers appear on your bracelet, necklace or earrings is up to you--however, try not to wear all three at once. As you take note of the flowers on your way to class, draw inspiration for florals in your closet. Though not new, florals are a classic trend of the season and should not be left out of your summer and spring style choices. Move over gloomy patterns of winter; spring has finally sprung.

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Q&A Thursday: Tim Santoro Jordan Beck Correspondent

In his second year at the helm of the N.C. State women’s soccer team, head coach Tim Santoro has set lofty goals for a group that spent most of last season rebuilding. The Wolfpack, which went 7-12-0 in 2013, has a new philosophy under the tutelage of former Wake Forest associate head coach. The Technician got the chance to sit down with Santoro, who opened up on his time at N.C. State so far. Technician: What originally drew you to coaching? Santoro: “I’d say my playing career. There weren’t many post-collegiate options when I was a player because there wasn’t a real professional league. If you wanted to stay in the game, you had to go into coaching. I always enjoyed the game, the X’s and O’s, so it was a logical progression for me.” Q: Do you have any coaching role models? A: “I don’t know if there are specific role models. I follow a lot of coaches at all levels. I’m always watching what they do, both in training sessions and in game-management, and I read what they say about managing players. In all of coaching, you always take ideas from other people. You have your own philosophy, but everyone’s philosophy is a combination of ideas from other people. Not just those in soccer, either. Multiple coaches in multiple sports have ideas and

philosophies that relate.” Q: What are your favorite parts about being the head coach at N.C. State? A: “It’s a great school, it’s a program with potential and, obviously, it’s in the ACC. Those three things are big. The school itself, what we can achieve and have achieved and we’re in the best conference for our sport. Women’s soccer in the ACC is dominant. We had three in the final four, six in the final eight, and ten were ranked in the top 25. So year after year, it’s the top of the NCAA. There are many benefits to having a job in the ACC, and with the school being in Raleigh, this is one of the more attractive jobs in the conference.” Q: One year in, how do you feel you’ve grown as a coach? A: “I’ve grown a lot. When you spend a lot of time in this profession as an assistant, you get a lot of ideas, a lot of things you want to do and implement and change. But when you go through it for the first time, as the head coach, you learn what’s right, what’s wrong, what you want to add, subtract and what you want to change. And it also reinforces -- it makes you realize what things are and aren’t correct. It’s been a great 15 months here. I think I have grown and learned, and to be honest, I think every coach learns every year. I definitely have in my first one.” Q: What are the biggest things you’ve learned so far from your preseason scrimmages? A: “We have a very hard-working and committed group. They want to elevate and improve this program as much as


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I do. What concerns you as a coach is if you have players that don’t buy-in, but our players have bought in. They want to achieve. Now it’s just a matter of taking that desire to work hard, that commitment, and adding in more talent, which comes by way of recruiting. Once we get that piece, combined with the team’s desire to succeed, we’re going to be onto something.” Q: Looking ahead, what are your goals for the fall season? A: “We want to make the NCAA tournament. Most people think that it’s a longer term project, maybe three or four years down the road. I don’t believe that. I think that with what we have returning and what we have coming in, we have the capability to make the tournament. It’s not a guarantee, and with the tough schedule that we have it will be difficult, but we have to set our goals high. I don’t think you can set mediocre goals and expect to achieve things.” Q: When not coaching, what are you doing? A: “I’m a big hockey fan. I watch a lot of hockey, and I’m a big Philadelphia Flyers fan. I do watch plenty of soccer from around the world too, and I’m always studying the game. It’s not just a job for me. It’s a passion. So I spend a lot of time around the game even when I’m not with the team. I’m always researching, watching and pulling out ideas. But if that’s too much like my job, then I’d have to say being a hockey fan and spending time with my three dogs.”



Junior pitcher Logan Jernigan throws the ball before the 3-2 win over East Carolina. The win improved N.C. State’s record to 17-11. The team will play this weekend at Clemson.


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N.C. State returns to ACC play Saturday, when the Pack travels to Clemson for

a three-game set. State, losers of nine straight games in the ACC, will look to extend its modest two-game winning streak while also ending its longest run without a victory in conference play since 2002.


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N.C. State senior center Markeisha Gatling earned an All-American honorable mention by the Associated Press Wednesday. With the selection, Gatling becomes the first member of the Wolfpack to receive such an honor from the AP since former State forward Carisse Moody was given the honor in 2001. Gatling led the NCAA in field goal percentage for over half of the 2014 season at .663 and led the Pack in points and rebounds per game with 17.4 and 7.2, respectively. SOURCE: N.C. STATE ATHLETICS

#Pack15 reels in its second commitment Philip Walton, a junior offensive lineman at Charlotte Christian School, verbally committed to N.C. State Tuesday via Twitter. The 6’7”, 265-pound junior has recorded a 4.9 40-yard dash and a max bench press weight of 295. Walton became the second player to commit to the Pack for the 2015 season, joining fellow North Carolina native Malik Douglas, a junior athlete from South Brunswick High School. SOURCE: RIVALS, BACKING THE PACK








































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QUOTE OF THE DAY “You keep grinding and making one play at a time.” Elliott Avent, head baseball coach

N.C. State held off East Carolina, 3-2, Wednesday at Doak Field to improve to 17-11 on the season. The Wolfpack, looking to improve its fortunes in April after slumping in March, seemed set to cruise to a comfortable victory over its in-state rival before things got tense in the final inning. The Pack opened up the scoring in the bottom of the third inning. Freshman first baseman Preston Palmeiro led off the frame with a triple to the deepest part of center field. After a groundout, junior catcher Brett Austin hit a sacrifice fly to bring Palmeiro home and put N.C. State on top. One inning later, it was Palmeiro again who caused damage. Junior left fielder Bubby Riley advanced to third base when freshman third baseman Andrew Knizner singled on a hit-and-run. After a ground out, junior Carlos Rodon - in the contest as the designated hitter - hit into a fielder’s choice, with Riley getting thrown out at home. Palmeiro then stepped to the plate and lined a two-out single to left, driving in Knizner for the game’s second run. Entering the game, Palmeiro had only five hits on the season. However, the freshman finished the contest 3-for-3 to improve his average to .400. “I felt pretty comfortable, especially after [Tuesday’s game against Campbell] where I got a start,” Palmeiro said. “That gave me some confidence. The first at bat, after that hit, I was relaxed tonight.” Freshman pitcher Ryan Williamson earned his first collegiate victory in his fourth appearance for N.C. State. The lefty was sen-


Junior right fielder Jake Armstrong throws the ball during the N.C. State win over East Carolina April 2. The 3-2 win improved the team’s record to 17-11. State travels to Clemson this week for a three-game series.

sational in relief of junior starting pitcher Logan Jernigan. Williamson went 4.1 innings, allowing only one hit while striking out seven and walking none. East Carolina starting pitcher Tyler Bolton allowed two runs on four hits in three innings, taking the loss and falling to 1-3 on the season.

“It felt great. I came out there and threw strikes and pounded the ball in the zone,” Williamson said. “I had great command of all three of my pitches tonight.” The Pack added another insurance run in the bottom of the seventh, one that would turn out to be vital for the State team, when Austin

crushed a pitch to left. The Charlotte native also threw out a base runner in the second inning to prevent East Carolina, which had six hits in the first three innings, from pushing an early run across the plate. “Brett Austin making that pick off at second, I thought was the play of the game,” N.C. State head coach Elliott Avent said. “You keep grinding and make one play at a time. We made plays tonight. We found ways to make plays. The hustle he showed excited the crowd. That’s the way N.C. State plays.” After Avent inserted senior pitcher Andrew Woeck into the game in the top of the ninth, East Carolina got three straight hits to draw within two runs with one out in the inning. Woeck was removed as the score shrunk to 3-2, and sophomore pitcher Will Gilbert entered the contest. The lefty struck out the first hitter he faced before plunking ECU’s senior designated hitter Drew Reynolds to load the bases. Senior third baseman Zach Houchins stepped to the plate for the Pirates with the bases loaded and two out in the ninth. Houchins laced a 0-2 pitch to center field where junior Jake Fincher made a spectacular diving grab to prevent at least two runs scoring and secure the win for the Pack. With the win, State improved to 17-11 on the season, marking the first back-to-back victories for the Pack since it had its six-game winning streak snapped on March 14 at Florida State. After starting its 2014 campaign 14-2, N.C. State, which defeated Campbell in extra innings on Tuesday, had lost nine of its past 10 games prior to its trip to Buies Creek, falling out of the national rankings.

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State continues dominance at home Preston Ellis Correspondent

The N.C. State softball team pulled off a close victory at home Wednesday, as the Wolfpack topped the Campbell Camels (2218 overall, 8-4 Big South), 4-2, at Dail Stadium. With the win, State improved its home record to 17-1. The Pack (21-10 overall, 10-4 ACC) came into the contest riding a two-game home winning streak and was looked to extend the run to three. State had been on fire offensively, as the team put up 13 runs in its last contest, defeating Elon by eight in only five innings. The Pack jumped out to an early lead when junior shortstop Renada Davis and senior right fielder Kirsty Grant teamed up to hit back-toback home runs in the first inning. Davis’ blast over the fence was her 10 th of the season, while Grant’s homer was her first. The two shots gave the Pack an early 3-0 lead against its in-state opponent. “We came into the game like it’s a rivalry, so it’s a little bit more intense,” Grant said. “I think that’s what changed our mindset in the game.” State’s bats cooled off after the first inning, only managing to scrap across one more run for the rest of the game. The Pack held the Camels at bay, though, by leaning heavily on its junior pitcher Emily Weiman and its defense to hold off Campbell’s efforts on offense. Weiman was able to pitch a complete game, which made the win even sweeter for the talented right-hander. “I was just making some pitches here and there,” Weiman said. “We just worked the game plan, I was

hitting some spots, and defense was making some plays today. They really picked me up.” Weiman only gave up one earned run and managed to strike out four batters on the night. Though she found herself in jams at times, head coach Shawn Rychcik said he never lost faith in the junior and let her finish what she started. “She was in pretty good control,” Rychcik said. “If you watch her throw game one, game two and game three, she’s probably best at game three because she gets sharper and sharper.” The members of the State team were quick to give praise to their

“It feels nice to get out here and get the win again and just get ready for the weekend.” Emily Weiman, junior pitcher

defense as the key to the win. Though the Pack did have one error on the night, it turned multiple double plays and made timely stops to shoot down any chance that the Camels had at a rally. Rychcik said the team’s strong defense gave him faith that his team could hold its lead through the remainder of the game. “They made some pitching changes and some adjustments, and it turned into a pretty defensive game,” Rychcik said. “I feel pretty good about that. Usually if we have a lead, we can defend it pretty well.” With the win, Weiman extended her win-streak to five and improved


Freshman left-fielder Hannah Yeager throws the ball during warm ups at the N. C. State win over Elon University March 26. The 13-5 win improved the Wolfpack’s record to 20-10. The team’s next home appearance will occur April 9 against East Carolina.

her season record to 18-8 overall. After resting for 10 days, Weiman said she was pleased to get the work and have her team have her back. “It feels good since it’s been a little over a week since I have thrown in a game,” Weiman said. “It feels nice to get out here and get the win again

and just get ready for the weekend. I needed this to prepare for the weekend.” The Pack hopes to keep up its stingy defense, as the team prepares for a road trip to Syracuse on Saturday. The Orange will face State for the first time as a member of the ACC.

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