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Professor lectures about SCLC, race Jake Moser News Editor

Despite the legal successes of the civil rights movement and the fact that there is now a national holiday named after Martin Luther King Jr., one of the movement’s most prominent organizers, we are still a long way from racial equality, said Associate Professor of English Dick Reavis in a lecture Wednesday night. In his speech, titled “200 Days in the Civil Rights Movement,” Reavis recounted his time as a 19-year-old, white southerner working with the Southern Christian Leadership Conference in southwest Alabama during the ‘60s. It was a dangerous time in the Deep South, Reavis said, discussing how his view of race was shaped by the perils he and other civil rights organizers commonly faced, which included murder, kidnapping, police brutality and a racist criminaljustice system.

“ If Dr. King were here today, he’d still be raising hell.” Dick Reavis, associate professor of English

Though Reavis said Martin Luther King, Jr. and other civil rights leaders are glorified by politicians and the media today, there is still a lot that they don’t tell us. “When we passed Civil Rights legislation, I thought white people would observe these laws and black people would get jobs,” Reavis said. However, after almost 50 years since the Civil Rights Act of 1965 passed, African Americans are still being discriminated against economically, Reavis said. “About one-third to one-half of black people still live in what we would call the ghetto in the ‘60s,” Reavis said. “When black people

came [to the U.S.], they did the lowest and the dirtiest jobs that many of them still do now. White people thought that black folk just wanted to be in the same restaurant as them and go to the same schools as them, but what they really wanted was to have the money to sit in these restaurants. They didn’t care who they were sitting with.” Reavis said part of this problem lies in how the Civil Rights Movement is viewed today, and how the activist agenda in the 1960’s has been misinterpreted. According to Reavis, the Civil Rights Movement is praised for its non-violent protests and message of peace, while King’s economic message is largely ignored. King was a socialist who believed economic parity was one of the major ways to eliminate racism and racial inequality, Reavis said. “People today don’t regard Dr.

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Former Gov. visits N.C. State to launch educational nonprofit Staff Report

Former N.C. governor Bev Perdue made a visit to N.C. State Wednesday to launch an education based nonprofit she co-founded with a fellow former governor Jim Geringer of Wyoming. Perdue and Geringer released details of their new initiative and partnership, The Digital Learning Institute, just hours before they met with supporters at N.C. State for a


planning session. This is the former teacher’s first public stand on education since she left the governor’s office in 2012. The Digital Learning Center is an education initiative dedicated to spreading the benefits of electronic technology in education. Perdue told WRAL, “You know there’s some student on N.C. State’s campus right now who is on the computer figuring out the latest app.”

Social Work Department holds career, volunteer fair Brittany Bynum Staff Writer

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“The digital world is bringing us profound and rapid changes and it is revolutionizing education and the way we live,” Perdue said in her statement just before The Digital Learning Center launched. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation along with the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching have already pledged almost $500,000 to Perdue, according to WRAL.

Helping the world can be an overwhelming task, but the Social Work Department placed opportunities in the hands of students by hosting its Social Work Volunteer/Career Fair. The Social Work Department holds the fair every semester. A total of 32 organizations participated in the event from N.C. State, Raleigh and the Triangle Area, most of them offering students volunteer opportunities, along with a few internships. The Volunteer Fair hosted groups representing Wake County, Farm Workers Justice Association, Small Miracle, which helps with Autism patients, the YMCA, Feed the Pack and Green Chair Project, which helps the homeless transition into new homes. Students from all majors were welcome to attend, including those from other schools. Kathy Osborne, baccalaureate student social work

“I was able to see what the job entailed on a daily basis. I also learned that I didn’t want to go into clinical counseling.”


Talley construction workers gather at worksite near Cates Avenue after an accident injured three people. All three injured workers were taken to WakeMed. No students were injured in the accident.

Three workers injured in Talley contruction accident Staff Report

A construction accident at Talley Student Center caused three construction workers to suffer injuries Wednesday afternoon. A campus spokesman told WRAL that none of the men suffered life-threatening injuries. Mick Kulikowski, N.C. State’s Assistant Director for News and National Media Coordinator, told The News & Observer that one of the men reported a head injury, another reported a foot injury and one reported back and neck pain. All three men were taken to WakeMed in Raleigh for treatment, according to a

University spokesman. The men were working on the Cates Avenue side of Talley in a fenced-off area when the accident occurred at about 3:15 p.m. As the workers raised a steel beam, the platform they were standing on tilted, causing them to fall 8 feet, according to the WRAL report. As of press time, Ron Cohn, vice president of Rodgers Builders, the building contractor for Talley Student Center who had been taking all press inquiries about the accident, had not responded. No students were injured in the accident.


Araca Wadsworth, sophomore in social work

field director, said students from North Carolina Central University and Meredith College showed interested in attending the fair. The volunteer fair is held to help students majoring in social work meet their required volunteer hours. According to Osborne, social work majors take three courses that require 40 hours of volunteer work.

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Redshirt junior guard Ralston Turner stops a ball from going out of bounds during the game against Maryland in PNC Arena Monday.

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TECHNICIAN POLICE BLOTTER January 21 17:51 A.M.| TRAFFIC ACCIDENT Traffic Accident Police vehicle backed into low brick wall causing damage to bumper. No damage to wall.

In the article titled “Medical practices file lawsuit in response to NCTracks failure,” which ran in Wednesday’s issue of the Technician, North Carolina Democratic Party press secretary Micah Beasley was incorrectly stated to have said the office of Attorney General Roy Cooper is monitoring credit scores of families that had their information breached to make sure credit cards aren’t being taken out in their names. According to Beasley, Cooper’s office is calling on parents to monitor their credit scores because of the Department of Health and Human Service’s privacy breach of patient information. 

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reshman in electrical engineering, Chase Andries, and freshman in computer engineering, Kevin Lawless, play Fifa in front of an audience of suite mates. Though engineering students like math and science, they don’t spend all their time working problems related to those fields. Andries and Lawless are in the Engineering Village, a living learning community founded to help engineers get a good foundation. Members of the Engineering Village interact with each other on a daily basis creating an opportunity for strong relationships to build.



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A rac a Wad s wor t h, a sophomore majoring in social work, said she spent approximately 10 hours a week volunteering last semester. Wadsworth interned with the Triangle Family Services in the department of clinical counseling. The internship was not paid, but Wadsworth said she gained useful experience. “I was able to see what the job entailed on a daily basis.” Wadsworth said. “I also learned that I didn’t want to go into clinical counseling.” Wadsworth said the drawback of the volunteer placement was the job wasn’t set up as an internship and lacked in work assignments. During her internships, she did paperwork and other office tasks. According to Osborne, 21 students attended the social work study abroad program last summer. Over the span of seven weeks, students live with Mayan families around


Lake Atitlan. Students travel to Guatemala to take part in service learning. They get a chance to take part in service learning, according to Osborne, and it is one of the most inexpensive study abroad programs offered through the University. “It’s such a beautiful place with tragedy surrounding it.” Osborne said. Academic advising was also offered at the Social Work Volunteer Fair. The Institute for Nonprof its made an appearance to pull students into the nonprofit minor. Joanna Foss, graduate student in public administration, said the minor currently has 100 students enrolled. The minor is new to the academic selections, being only five years old. “The nonprofit minor is an odd bird.” Foss said. “We’re here to get more students interested.” Foss said nonprofit graduates have been successful. The nonprofits job field is on the move and growing in job opportunities, according to

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Foss. The Social Work Volunteer Fair also featured Dr. Silvia Cu, a rural public health doctor from Lake Atitlan Region in Guatemala. Cu served as the health care provider for the University’s study abroad program in Guatemala. She attended the event to recruit students for the program. She acts as the head of the service-learning placement for students interested in studying health care while in Guatemala. Jewel Wright, a senior in social work and president of BSSWA, said Cu became familiar with N.C. State students when giving them medical attention during their time in Guatemala. “I love being able to help people from all populations.” Wright said. Cu only speaks Spanish and travels with a translator. So far, she has talked to student groups within the Social Work Department about international social injustice and poverty in countries such as Guatemala.




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King as a leader of black people, they regard him as an American hero,” Reavis said. “All he was concerned about was the welfare of his people. He was martyred, but his economic message isn’t mentioned. The reason we still have race problem is because white people have been deceived by economic interests. If Dr. King were here today, he’d still be raising hell.” Furthermore, Reavis said King’s promotion of nonviolent protests and brotherhood has allowed public figures and politicians, such as Gov. Pat McCrory, to say they support the civil rights movement even though their policies contradict King’s preaching of the importance of economic equality. “Dr. King gets more ‘white’ every year in the sense that he becomes less black, less red, less socialist in the media’s portrayal,” Reavis said. “McCrory made comments supporting Dr. King, but King died defending the rights of garbage workers to unionize, but there are laws in North Carolina preventing unions.

McCrory is not with King, who was to the left of Obama and Clinton.” According to Reavis, economic equality is key for racial equality. “[All races] need extended unemployment and medicaid; the safety net is there for all of us, not just black folks,” Reavis said. “But white people don’t understand that. When we, as whites, start looking out for ourselves without thinking about race, black people will be better off themselves. If you look out for yourself, if you want tuition rates to decrease, naturally, it will benefit black people too, but by not looking out for yourself, you victimize all of us.” “The civil rights movement was a movement of human beings,” Reavis said. “But that’s part of what they don’t tell you.” Reavis spent his time with the SCLC in Morango County, Alabama, which, to this day, hasn’t elected an AfricanAmerican to public office. During his time there, Reavis was arrested seven times, jailed at least nine times and sentenced to six months of hard labor.

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Campbell partners with NCSU to help students earn law and business degrees Sasha Afanasieva Staff Writer

Campbell University representatives visited N.C. State Wednesday to talk about a partnership that allows students to complete both a JD and an MBA degree in four years. The partnership, which went into effect in fall 2011, allows graduate students to pursue a dual degree in law and business administration in eight semesters instead of ten. Because it’s a dual degree between universities, students interested would find themselves taking classes at two locations. “Physically, you would probably be at N.C. State for three of the eight semesters and at the law school five of the eight semesters,” said Timothy R. Zinnecker, associate dean for academic affairs and professor at Campbell University School of Law. However, despite having classes on two campuses, the location of the Campbell University Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law on Hillsborough Street is a convenient location for many students. Students in the program said the location was also a big reason why they chose Campbell University. Getting into the JD/MBA program is not a simple process and requires planning a year in advance. However, students in the program said it was worth it. “The only reason I got my BP job was because of my law degree with the MBA,” said Chris Reinhard, a N.C. State graduate student in the finance MBA program and Campbell’s JD program. In order to get into the program, students have to apply to both universities, take the LSAT and pass a background check. “If you received a speeding ticket, you

“The two programs complement each other very nicely.” Timothy R. Zinnecker, associate dean for academic affairs at Campbell University

must disclose it and provide documentation, even if it was dismissed,” said Jannelle Sumner, assistant director of admissions at Campbell University School of Law. “After graduation, the North Carolina Board of Law Examiners is going to do a very extensive background check, and they will pull up your law application. If there is something missing, it can be an unpleasant process, so we want to make sure your file is complete.” To make the application process a bit smoother, those that took the LSAT do not need to take the GMAT. Additionally, the work experience requirement for the MBA program is waived. “Nine times out of ten, you will be the youngest people in the class,” Reinhard said. “That’s one great thing about the JD/MBA program: they will waive the work experience.” However, despite the benefits, the program comes at a price. Currently, it costs $9,089 a semester at N.C. State to pursue an MBA degree and $36,500 a year at Campbell, putting the total for the program at about $118,517 for four years. According to Sumner, about 70 percent of students receive some sort of scholarship, although many end up taking additional loans. The median G.P.A. for current first year law students at Campbell school is a 3.3 and the median LSAT score is 152 with a lot of emphasis placed on it. “LSAT is king in receiving grants and

scholarships,” Sumner said. “A two or three point increase on the LSAT can save you tens of thousands of dollars in law school. It can be a pretty big deal and is worth a lot of time and multiple takes.” However, the program is still young and it remains to be seen how it works out for students. “We have had 11 total JD/MBAs, including three who are currently taking MBA classes,” said Jen Arthur, director of admissions at N.C. State’s Jenkins Graduate School. “The dual degree option just started in fall 2011, so there have not been any graduates yet.” According to Arthur, the admission rate is approximately 70 percent for students currently enrolled at Campbell law school. Despite the costs and the difficult process of getting in, current students in the program are happy with their decision. “All three of us started at Campbell first, but then we came to N.C. State,” said Ryan Callahan, an N.C. State graduate student in the MBA/JD program. “Most of us did the N.C. State program in 3 semesters and knocked out that portion of the degree and then came back to Campbell full-time. Many of the internships I applied for were interested because of the JD/MBA. I got an internship with Caterpillar last summer because of it.” Two students from N.C. State went to the session, both expressing serious interest in applying, asking questions about the application process and deadlines. “The two programs complement each other very nicely. Lawyers will be more successful if they have good business foundations and folks in business will make better decisions if they have some familiarity with the legal principles,” Zinnecker said.


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No matter what, Keystone XL must not be built


here is literally nothing more important in the world than Keystone XL. The proposed Keystone XL pipeline project, if approved and effectuated, will have the capacity to transport 830,000 barrels of crude oil from the tar sands of Ishan Raval A lber ta to the oil refinStaff Columnist eries at the Gulf Coast of Texas around Houston. The project is divided into two parts: One from Alberta to Steele City, Neb., which is already a hub for the already-existing TransCanada pipeline system connecting Illinois and Oklahoma with Alberta; and the second from Nebraska to Texas. Proponents see the pipeline as being the solution to making the United States

energ y-independent. Indeed, linking Alberta all the way to Texas will boost oil extraction in the Athabasca tar sands region of Alberta, which contains petroleum deposits made up of bituminous sands. Opponents, on the other hand, such as The New York Times’ editorial board member and former head of NASA’s Goddard Institute James Hansen, say that fully exploiting the tar sands will be “game over” for the climate. According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, “there is more than twice as much carbon in the tar sands oil.” The tar sands are the source of some of the dirtiest fuel possible on Earth. The production of oil from the tar sands (which would happen in Alberta) and subsequent refinement (in Texas) emit three to four times as much carbon dioxide than conven-

tional oil production does. Enough tar sands rest in Alberta to increase atmospheric CO2 from the current 400 parts-per-million (already above the upper safety limit of planetary CO2 of 350 ppm) by 200 ppm, an apocalyptic possibility that will happen if the Keystone XL is given the green light by President Barack Obama. The first application from TransCanada, having made its way through Canadian and U.S. legislation, was parried by Obama in January 2012. Following that, in March 2012, Obama gave the thumbs up to the southern (Nebraska to Texas) half of the pipeline. Now, it is time for Obama to give his final word on the pipeline. Apart from the climate consequences noted above, the extraction of tar sands oil requires both the waste and contamination of vast amounts of water, the tar

That other healthcare disaster


egardless of whatever political party one associates with these days, there is no denying that the Affordable Care Act— Obamacare—has become the main driver Wes Kyatt of the widenGuest Columnist ing partisan divide. Love it or hate it, President Barack Obama’s namesake legislation is under assault and will continue to stoke political fires through the midterm elections. There’s no doubt North Carolina Republicans will seize on the healthcare debate in November, but they shouldn’t be the only ones. Though the Obamacare rollout and initial implementation has been under constant attack from all sides, it’s wondrous why North Carolinians haven’t raised the same criticisms of Gov. Pat McCrory’s administration and its failed management at the Department of Health and Human Services. At the start of the month, news broke that DHHS had mailed more than 30,000 Medicaid cards to the wrong families. The scandal has opened the state up to potential lawsuits. Plus, the Department may have tried to cover up the story or at least keep it quiet. Some officials allegedly knew of the problem before the news broke. In just one year at DHHS, Secretary Aldona Wos has presided over an endless parade of scandals and stumbles. In the summer of 2013, she and her staff oversaw the implementation of NCTracks and NC FAST, com-


puter software systems that would deliver payments for Medicaid and SNAP benefits, respectively. But even two months after the launch, doctors remained unpaid and some went into the red to provide Medicaid services, which recipients have a federal right to. More appalling, thousands of families across the state—some estimates as high as 30,000—have been facing a backlog of nutritional benefits since the summer. The problem is so severe that the USDA has threatened to pull funding and sent a final notice on Dec. 11. If Wos’s problems were all practical, the situation wouldn’t be unreasonable. However, she’s facing political travails, too. For instance, The News & Observer reports that one Mr. John Hauck raked in $228,000 in eight months at DHHS. For perspective, Mr. Hauck made $28,500 per month, while the average family in N.C. makes just over $4,500 per month. Not to mention, the average N.C. worker most likely turns in a reasonable performance to keep that income—Mr. Hauck spent eight months advising what appears to be a failing system. Most appalling, this story broke after two other staffers were in the news for $80,000-a-year salaries for positions that many claimed they weren’t qualified for, yet both worked on then-candidate McCroy’s gubernatorial campaign. McCrory said that he feels Wos is a “mentor” to him. Democrats in the General Assembly have been raising

questions about the mismanagement at DHHS, but their small numbers in the legislature make it difficult to force any action. House Minority Leader Larry Hall (D-Durham) and the House Black Caucus have called for Wos’s resignation. The Secretary has testified before the Assembly twice, the most recent instance occurring last Tuesday. The GOP in the legislature generally awarded Wos the benefit of the doubt, as she claimed that the ACA was one of the main drivers of dysfunction at DHHS. The majority party has even convened a special panel to investigate the “true” effect of the ACA on North Carolina. The problem with that approach is that every state manages these programs and has to handle the ACA. Yet N.C. continues to perform dismally when it comes to healthcare. Wos said in her testimony Tuesday, she expects her department to “get things right 100 percent of the time.” Unfortunately, DHHS has gotten things right nearly 0 percent of the time. Technology problems are one thing, but wages and malpractice are cause for an internal investigation. However, McCrory continues to support the embattled Secretary, and the Republicanled General Assembly hasn’t taken any real steps to ameliorate the problem, either. Americans are right to criticize the federal government botched healthcare rollout. Isn’t it time North Carolina criticized the failure in its own backyard, too?


Regarding President Barack Obama’s visit Tha n k you, President Barack Obama, for taking the time to visit North Carolina and speak about research for energy-efficient technology. This is a great step forward in addressing energy issues, but I think a more pressing issue is global warming and its impacts, which are being felt at a rapidly increasing rate. I support your climate ac-

tion plan and the Environmental Protection Agency’s regulation of carbon pollution. The extreme weather here in Raleigh the past couple weeks has been a discouraging sign of what’s yet to come if something isn’t done. As a student at N.C. State, it is discouraging to see that the EPA is continually met with obstacles in North Carolina that limit their ability to move forward with an

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sands are located underneath Canada’s boreal forests (the world’s largest intact ecosystem) and the pipeline itself carries tremendous risks of spilling. Furthermore, there is good reason to believe that even economically, Keystone XL will not be a boon, whether in terms of creating permanent jobs or in terms of lower gas prices in the U.S. (Much of the refined oil will be exported.) Finally, and not in the least trivially, tar sand oil production is forcing indigenous communities off their lands in some areas and poisoning them in others. Despite all of this, it looks like Obama may well still approve it. In just the last month, Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird said it was time for Obama to make a decision, TransCanada CEO Russ Girling said he is “very confident” that Obama will approve the pipeline, and Thomas Donilon, Obama’s



Marlaina Maddux senior, sociology

today’s environmentalism, replace “moderate” with “liberal” or “progressive,” and you’ve struck gold. The environmental movement is there, but it is weak. Civil disobedience actions have been held in Washington, D.C. and various parts of the heartland, but more is needed, and not just in terms of quantity of resistance, but also in terms of quality. Against the inexorable power of capital, more aggressive, radical means are required. The Keystone XL must be stopped at all costs. And looking at the contemporary environmental movement, both the solution and our biggest, addressable obstacle are clear: militant action and wariness toward adopting it.

“While it is hard for me to make an infromed decision, I suppose it’d be better to help the current problems that are occuring in our economy.”

“Yes. Why wouldn’t you support helping the energy crisis?”

Michael Fourre freshman, computer science

Madison Dillard freshman, biology

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Do you support the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline? Why or why not? BY HUNTER JOHNSON

Fashion trends men love (and women should wear because we love them)


recent fad in online journalism features a host of articles listing what fashion trends men hate. To be clear, these are not men’s fashion trends, but women’s. The most popular come from prestigious Nicky Vaught journalism Staff Columnist outlets such as The Huffington Post, Beauty Riot and Complex. These types of articles catch a lot of flak. Some argue it’s because women can wear whatever they choose and should not have to deal with men’s scrutiny. Women do not dress for men, but for themselves. That’s a fair point, and it may be why these articles receive a lot of bad attention. But it’s more likely these articles come under fire because they do not offer any fashionable alternatives. Below are a few fashion choices women should consider if they really want to impress the fellas. •

important step of the climate action plan. I look to Sen. Kay Hagan to vote against legislative attempts to block initiatives addressing global warming. It is important that we begin to limit pollution now for the health and safety of future generations.

former national security adviser, said Obama would “probably” approve it as well. Where is the environmental movement in all this? Perhaps the words of Martin Luther King Jr., whose birthday we celebrated Monday, from his “Letter from a Birmingham Jail,” contain the truth about what’s curtailing the necessary action: “I have almost reached the regrettable conclusion that the Negro’s great stumbling block in his stride toward freedom is not the White Citizen’s Counciler or the Ku Klux Klanner, but the white moderate, who is more devoted to ‘order’ than to justice; who prefers a negative peace which is the absence of tension to a positive peace which is the presence of justice; who constantly says: ‘I agree with you in the goal you seek, but I cannot agree with your methods of direct action.’” Fit this to the context of


Men love tights. We especially love full-body tights. Preferably, you women have whole closets dedicated to tights of a single color or design. This way, you can wear the same outfit plenty of days in a row without having to worry about much wear and tear. However, getting some long-lasting, fireproof tights could save you plenty of money. Plus, the general public tends to recognize people better when they wear the same outfit day after day.

• Belts Ladies, if you really want to distract the sexually frustrated guys sitting next to you in class—because apparently that’s your fault—try wearing some belts. Unlike tights, you can mix and match belts on a day-to-day basis. They key to a good belt is mastering the art of simultaneous conspicuousness and subtlety. You want everyone to see how cool your belt is, but you don’t want anyone to see all the neat tools and weapons you’re concealing within. That way you can leave a little something to the imagination. • Armor of some sort Whether your tights are enough armor, or you sport some metal shoulder pads

“Women do not dress for men, but for themselves.” and chest plates, armor is essential. Most guys don’t like clothes that leave you open and exposed, as it is known to activate latent sexual desires within them on which they can’t help but act. The important thing about armor is that it matches your tights and that it is functional. You need to be able to run in it, and it needs to be able to defend you from bullets, explosions and creepy guys. • Headwear This one is pretty important. Headgear of some sort will be the most important

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article of clothing insofar as keeping the general public from discovering your true identity. Sometimes, headgear can be as simple as a tiara or some glassevs—but not nonprescription because men definitely hate those and will think you’re a total try-hard. Other times, headgear has to get a little more elaborate. Men love those black masks that just cover the eyes almost as much as they love replica Phantom of the Opera masks. Other notable headwear could be one of those horse masks that everyone seems to own or the classic, rubber Richard Nixon mask. Whichever piece of headwear you choose, it’s important to wear it every time you go out in public. • Capes Now, this one is just my personal opinion, and a lot of the fellas disagree with me on this, but: Real women wear capes. The cape can be the same color as the armor and tights or can be a complementary color. Either way, it has to f low elegantly and has to protect from fire and other attacks. Feel free to rip off the cape whenever confronted by an enemy, as it makes for some wonderful dramatic tension. Ladies, if you follow this advice, you’ll impress the men in no time. And, hopefully, they’ll stop thinking their preferences are so important and valued that they need to devote countless articles to telling you what to wear.

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Insect cyborgs could save your life Sara Awad Staff Writer


N.C. State researchers will conduct experiments with robots this semester to simulate how cockroaches might be able to help with search and rescue operations. If successful, the researchers will release cockroaches into areas such as collapsed buildings to map out the environment and locate victims. According to Alper Bozkurt, electrical and computer engineering assistant professor, the cockroaches are actually remotely controlled biobots ­— a combination of machinery and nature — because they carry an electronic board in the form of a small chip on their backs. The board, known as a backpack, contains a microcontroller (a simple form of a computer), a radio transmitter and electrodes inserted into the antennae. The radio, along with the future addition of microphone technology to the backpack, will allow victims of disasters to communicate with those on the outside through radio waves, Bozkurt said. The researchers plan to use a breed of cockroaches known as Madagascar hissing cockroaches for their experiments, which can reach a length of two to three inches long once fully grown. Their size allows them to support the weight of the backpack, said Edgar Lobaton, electrical and computer engineering assistant professor. Researchers can control the movement of the cockroaches by sending tiny pulses from remote controls to the insect tissue, which thereby forms an electric field which creates an action potential to interphase the nervous system, according to Bozkurt. “Basically you have these wires that go and connect directly to the antennae and remotely you send a signal…and then it gets interpreted by the backpack, and then it sends the right signals to the antennae,” Lobaton said. “You don’t really control each of their legs to move right or left, you just kind of make it feel like something is in front of them…it’s more of like a natural response to predators and things like that. It’s more like riding a horse than anything else.” Algorithms to translate the movement of the cockroaches into a map of the given area, as well as some hardware, are still under development, Lobaton said. The project originated from the idea of implanting medical technology into insects, according to Bozkurt. Bozkurt said he used moths at first, but they were difficult to control. “Cockroaches cannot only climb and move in small spaces, but they also move in an autonomous way. You don’t control them like robots,” Bozkurt said.


A researcher examines a Madagascar hissing cockroach with electrodes implanted into the roach’s antenna and cerci. The wires connect to a wireless interface “backpack,” which monitors the cockroach and sends signals to control its movement.

Mihail Sichitiu, electrical and computer engineering associate professor, is network systems expert and will be collaborating with Bozkurt and Lobaton on the research as well, according to Bozkurt. The interconnectivity of the cockroaches is key because if the insect is under a lot of rubble, the radio waves can bounce off walls and reach other insects nearer to the surface through a “sensor network,” which thereby magnifies the sound until it is heard by the closest first responder. “It would be like a game of telephone,” Bozkurt said. Experiments with the cockroaches will not take place for another year, but Wolf bots, which are robots designed by undergraduate students, will attempt to mimic the behavior of cockroaches in the field, according to Lobaton. “We try to understand these natural instincts and use them in our research,” Bozkurt said. This includes examining areas such as the times of day the insects are most active and how they react when experimenters turn the lights off. The manipulation of these insects, though, raises the time-old question of ethics. “The ethics of domestication has been out there,” Bozkurt said. “We have used dogs, bees, etc., for thousand of years, so having a partnership with animals is not a new thing.” In terms of harming the insect, Bozkurt said they do make some incisions in the antennae in order to attach the electrodes during the adult stage of

One article that will help you understand Buzzfeed, list making Kaitlin Montgomery Staff Writer

“20 Things Every Twentysomething Is Tired Of Hearing,” “Every Year Of Your Twenties, Ranked From Worst To Best” and “27 Things Every Girl In Her Twenties Should Really Have By Now.” The lists go on and on. Gracing the homepage of the are plenty of lists compiled in an effort to inform 20 year olds about various things. The lists consist of everything from “Why 20-year-olds wouldn’t survive in The Hunger Games” to “What It’s Like To Be A Twentysomething, As Told By Mean Girls, Bridesmaids, and Girls.” Rupert Nacoste, professor of psychology, explained that while it may seem like the 20-something generation is obsessed with lists, that’s not actually the case. According to Nacoste, social psychologists discovered, and are continuing to discover, that what motivates human social behavior is social comparison. This is also known as interpersonal behavior. “We do all kinds of social comparison,” Nacoste said, “Every time you or someone asks a classmate how they did on the exam, you are doing social comparison. Making list is just another way of doing social comparison to try to establish some form of social reality.”

Buzzfeed’s lists are compiled of advice such as: “An emergency ice cream tub in the freezer at all times, for when you’re feeling the #twentysomething blues,” “27 Things Every Girl In Her Twenties Should Really Have By Now,” “Life before the games was you lying in bed, binge-watching good shows on Netflix, so it’s safe to say that you’re severely out of shape” and “20 Reasons A Twentysomething Would Never Survive The Hunger Games” lists. These are just a few of the examples of the countless lists available online. It should also be noted that many of these lists are nearly identitcal with only slight variations. According to Nacoste, another motivation of the need for lists is the idea of “keeping it simple” in the motivation of human social life. “Social psychologists study what we call the ‘cognitive economic system,’” Nacoste said. “That system is made up of all the cognitive shortcuts we use to get through daily life, stereotypes, cognitive heuristics. We use those shortcuts to keep it simple. Lists are another way of keeping things in our social world simple.” Nacoste explained that these seemingly endless lists are made different by our current generation’s use of social media. “Your generation has a lot of different places to display lists,” Nacoste said. “So it looks like an obsession, because now these lists appear everywhere and every day. But it’s not an obsession. This has been going on since humans learned to express language in writing.”

development, but Lobaton said the procedure is not very “invasive.” Insects lack the pain receptors found in humans, which suggests they don’t perceive pain like we do, Bozkurt said. The electrodes can be removed once the experiments are complete, as well, and do not kill the insects, either, like some people do when they find cockroaches in their home. “All insects have a reason to be here, even a cockroach, which can be the most disgusting insect to humans, but we tell them, ‘Look, they could save your life,’” Bozkurt said. “We spend millions of dollars and cannot replicate them. These are amazing creatures so be respectful to them, especially in your homes.”


Appearance: shiny brown, oval shaped, no wings, one pair of antennae Males have large horns to look aggressive They make “hissing” noises, which are used in mating rituals and as a danger warning Their natural habitat is the forest floor They are herbivores They typically live two to five years in the wild. SOURCE: NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC

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Track and Field heads VA Tech for meet Zack Ellerby Correspondent

N.C. State’s outdoor track and field team will travel to Blacksburg, Va. on Friday to compete in the Hokie Invitational—it’s third meet of the season. The Wolfpack returns four All-Americans, 13 NCAA Qualifiers, and five All-ACC athletes this season as it looks to build off a successful 20122013 campaign under head coach Rollie Geiger. State began the indoor portion of the season Jan. 7, in Winston-Salem, competing in the JDL Fast Track Kick Off. The Pack came away with four first-place finishes and followed that by recording seven first-place finishes the following week in Chapel Hill at the Gene Anderson Invitational. Sophomore Alexis Perry competed in three events at the JDL Kick Off, finishing the day in fourth place in the

high jump at 5’ 3.75”, second in the long jump with a distance of 18’ 11.25” and 15th in the 60m-dash preliminary with a time of 7.88. Perry, a gold medalist at the 2013 Junior Pan-American Games, bounced back to win two events at the Gene Anderson Invitational. The Durham native took home first-place honors in both the 60m hurdles and the long jump, where she set a new personal best of 20’ 05”. Sophomore Jonathan Addison also competed in three events at the JDL Kick Off. Addison won first place in the high jump after posting a mark of 6’ 10.25” and finished fourth in both the 60m-dash and the long jump. The next week in Chapel Hill, Addison took home first-place again in the high jump, improving on his performance in Blacksburg by clearing the bar at an improved height of 6’10.75”. Addison also finished fourth


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with a distance of 47’ 3.75”. The Asheville native finished third in the weight throw at the Gene Anderson Invitational, two spots behind Chavis. Two-time second-team AllAmerican senior Nathaniel Williams finished fourth in the men’s weight throw in Winston-Salem, failing to defend his weight throw title from last season’s JDL Kick Off. Freshman Paisley Simmons claimed first-place finishes at both the JDL Kick Off and the Gene Anderson Invitational in the women’s 60m dash, running times of 7.57 and 7.54, respectively. Junior Jule Rich, senior El i z abet h Shu ma n a nd freshman Tiana Patillo all posted first-place finishes for the Wolfpack in Chapel Hill, winning the shot put, high jump and 200m dash, respectively.



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Women’s Basketball returns to action On Thursday, the N.C. State women’s basketball team will host Boston College at Reynolds Coliseum, with tipoff set for 7 p.m. The Wolfpack is currently 16-3 overall and 3-2 in the ACC. With a win, State would match its entire victory total from last season when the Pack went 17-17 and lost in the second round of the WNIT. SOURCE: N.C STATE ATHLETICS

Super Bowl-bound Pack With four of its former players (Russell Wilson, J.R. Sweezy and Steve Hauschka from the Seattle Seahawks and Nate Irving of the Denver Broncos) set to participate in the upcoming Super Bowl, N.C. State is second only to Tennessee (5) in number of players who will be at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. on Feb. 2. SOURCE: N.C. STATE ATHLETICS

Gottfried celebrates 50th birthday in style N.C. State men’s basketball coach Mark Gottfried celebrated his 50th birthday with a, 65-56, victory over Maryland at PNC Arena on Monday. With the win, Gottfried is now 5-2 all-time coaching on the anniversary of his birth. The Pack upended Clemson, 66-62, in Raleigh on his 49th birthday last season. SOURCE: N.C. STATE ATHLETICS

ACC releases 2014 football schedule On Wednesday, the ACC released the 2014 football schedule for all of its member schools. N.C. State will have seven home games at Carter-Finley Stadium in head coach Dave Doeren’s second season in charge, including five of its first seven games. The Pack will host defending-nationalchampion Florida State, Atlantic Division-foes Boston College and Wake Forest along with a cross-divisional homecoming tilt with Georgia Tech. State will conclude its regular season on Nov. 29 in Chapel Hill against rivals North Carolina at Kenan Stadium. Aug. 30

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As stretch run nears, Wolfpack seeks to perform consistently Luke Nadkarni Assistant Sports Editor

Day and night. Yin and yang. Caddyshack and Caddyshack II. Those are just a few of the ways to describe the difference in the N.C. State men’s basketball team’s past two performances, a road loss at Duke on Saturday afternoon and a home win against Maryland on Monday night. After getting thumped, 95-60, by the Blue Devils in Cameron Indoor Stadium, the Wolfpack bounced back 48 hours later and rallied past the Terrapins, 65-56, outscoring Maryland 45-27 in the second half. Making Monday’s effort all the more impressive was the absence of sophomore forward T. J. Warren, who averages 22.2 points per game and has carried the Pack in just about every game this season. State’s next-leading scorer is freshman guard Anthony “Cat” Barber, who puts up 11.4 points per game. A key for head coach Mark Gottfried’s bunch is finding someone to step up behind Warren and Barber. When someone does, the Pack usually wins. Case in point—in a 77-70 road win over Notre Dame on Jan. 7, junior guard Desmond Lee scored 12 points and senior center Jordan Vandenberg grabbed 11 rebounds. Lee also reached double figures in a Dec. 30 road win over Tennessee, contributing 10 points. On Saturday at Duke, Warren was the only State player to score in double figures. With him sidelined on Monday, the Pack needed to find someone to produce otherwise it faced dire consequences. That man was junior guard Ralston Turner. The transfer from LSU scored 23 points against the Terps to match his career high, sinking five three-pointers to spur the second-half comeback. He also finished with seven rebounds, which was the second highest for the game behind freshman forward Kyle Washington’s 10 boards. Washington’s effort on the glass also helped shore up a void created by Warren’s absence. Looking at the bigger picture, Monday’s win snapped a dismal


Junior guard Desmond Lee takes a shot during the game against Maryland in PNC Arena Monday.

three-game losing streak that had slowed the Pack out of the gates in ACC play. Three days before the loss at Duke, the Pack went on the road and dropped a heartbreaker to Wake Forest, allowing Wake’s Codi Miller-McIntyre to drive coast-tocoast with four seconds left in a, 70-69, loss. The good news for the Pack, which stands at 12-7 and 2-4 in the ACC, is that its next two games are at home, beginning Sunday afternoon against Georgia Tech, also 2-4 in the conference. Wednesday night

the Wolfpack will welcome Florida State, whose RPI currently stands at No. 20 in the nation and provides a golden opportunity for a NCAA resume-building win. It’s still fairly early in the conference season, but these next two home games are about as close to must-win as games can be at this stage. Not to look too far ahead, but on Feb. 1, the Pack travels to archrival UNC-Chapel Hill in a game most have circled on the calendar. With five of its first six games in February on the road, it is imperative that the

Pack holds strong against Georgia Tech and FSU. No official word has been given, but considering the relatively long layoff between games, Warren could be ready to go on Sunday. However, the point stands—someone other than him and Barber will have to sustain a high level of play for the rest of the season. If that doesn’t happen, it’s going to be a long month-and-a-half for Wolfpack Nation.


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So far in the 2014 season, Junior Tommy Gantt is 23-6 overall wrestling in the 157 weight class, including a 9-1 record in duals. The wrestler from Cahokia, Ill. finished third in the Atlantic Coast Conference championships in 2013 and was invited to the United States World Team Trials during the past summer. The Technician got a chance to speak with Gantt about his career with the Pack and what he expects from himself and his team going forward. Technician: You were born and raised in an Illinois suburb of Saint Louis [Cahokia]. How did you end up at State? Gantt: It was my senior year before the regional tournament. I got a call from Coach Carter Jordan, the coach before [current State head coach] Pat Popolizio, and he brought me in on a recruiting visit. I came down to Raleigh and liked it. Q: How did you first get into wrestling? A: It’s a funny story, actually. I

thought it was WWE wrestling in middle school when I signed up for it. Then I went to the meeting, and there was a coach by the name of Byron. When he told me it wasn’t WWE, I was shocked. He said,

“ I felt like I could help them, lead them and get the program where we need to be, maybe top 10 in the country.” Tommy Gantt, wrestler

‘Man, you got the wrong wrestling. This is real wrestling.’ I came back the next day, and I ended up liking it and got good at it. Q: During the summer, you finished second in the ASICS Junior Nationals and saw some good competition at the World Team Trials. How do you think those experiences

helped you improve on the mat? A: They helped me improve a lot more on my feet because in freestyle. You can’t really scramble as much as you do in collegiate wrestling. You have got to tie your loose ends right and finish your takedowns, so you don’t give up any freestyle points. Plus, you have got to be real solid on bottom, so that really helped me out a lot transitioning back into collegiate wrestling. Q: You have switched weight quite a bit in your career. How is 157 lbs. treating you? A: It’s great, man. I don’t even cut a lot of weight. I mean I get up to about five [pounds] over, and that’s pretty easy because you lose about four or five pounds in practice. This is probably the best fit for me. I think I’ll be finishing out my college career at 157, but we’ll see. Q: Right now, you’re 23-6, and you’ve gotten a nice win over a ranked opponent [No.19 freshman Austin Matthews of Clarion]. How do you feel about you season so far and going forward from an individual standpoint? A: I think I’ve been on track to reach my goals this year. I’ve had a

couple guys that I think I should’ve beat that I lost to. At the end of the day, it all comes down to Nationals though, so hopefully I can make it happen. Q: What did it mean to be named captain of your team as a junior? A: It was really special. In the preseason workouts, all the younger guys looked up to me and asked for advice because I’ve been around for a little bit. I felt like I could help them, lead them and get the program where we need to be, maybe top 10 in the country. Q: What do you think the team’s outlook is for the rest of the season? A: I would like to see us qualify at least six or seven guys in Nationals and place top-three in the ACC, and [for] me myself, win it. Q: How much has your family’s support helped you achieve what you have today? A: A tremendous amount. The support from my mom, dad, everybody keeps me wanting to strive to achieve my goals in everything. My mom’s a real big supporter, my biggest fan.

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