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NCSU researchers study relationship of music, advertising Jess Thomas Staff Writer


Lauren Coats, a freshman in communication, speaks about same-sex marriage rights in North Carolina at the Wolfpack Speaks public-speaking contest held in Williams Hall, Tuesday. Coats won third place. Amanda Renfroe, a senior in communication won first place and spoke about homelessness on campus.

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Students used rhetoric, wit and delivery in a public speaking contest Tuesday that included the best orators from the department of communications. The 2014 Wolfpack Speaks competition featured students from the COM 301 Advanced Presentational Speaking class. Amanda Renfroe, a senior in public and interpersonal communica-

“These are issues we can help solve and that we have the resources to solve.” Amanda Renfroe, senior in communication and winner of the 2014 Wolfpack Speaks contest

tion, won the competition. Renfroe’s speech was titled “Nasser’s Story: Addressing Homelessness

and Poverty at NCSU” and focused on the issue of homelessness. “The main point I am trying to get across is that homelessness and poverty exists in colleges and universities,” Renfroe said. “These are issues we can help solve and that we have the resources to solve.” Renfroe also discussed the importance of public speaking in general. “I think it’s important to be able

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Music is an effective method of communication for advertisers, and researchers at N.C. State have compiled a study examining themes that can be employed by advertisers in marketing strategies. Researchers at N.C. State performed an analysis of hit songs from the last 50 years to determine the musical trends that appeal most to customers. Due to an increased demand by advertisers to investigate the role of music in marketing, the researchers analyzed music from 1960-2009. The researchers will be publishing the paper entitled “All You Need is Love? Communication Insights from Pop Music’s Number-One Hits” in the Journal of Advertising Research. David Henard, a professor in business management, said he was intrigued by the role that music has played in advertising, and he wanted to see whether there were specific themes in music that were successful. “We can look to music to see if there were communication themes among highly successful songs that were consistently used. We then looked at the number one hits from Billboard for the past 50 years and conducted a textual

analysis of them,” Henard said. The basis for the study is to conclude whether there is a set of themes present in music that can be used to break through the various types of advertising and grab people’s attention, Henard said. The study found that themes typically varied during the course of the 50-year-period, with themes such as rebellion, angst and pain being a large part of the 1960s, Henard also said. “I think we can use popular music as an advanced barometer of what’s going on in society, what people are thinking about, what they’re looking at. And it gives us a clue on what’s going on in people’s lives right now,” Henard said. In addition, Henard said that going into the study, the anticipation was to find themes such as love and war. However, the results showed themes that were closer to a nuanced form of love or war. “Relationship breakups were one of the themes, and the interesting thing about breakups is that it was seen consistently throughout all 50 years, and the theme is a constant that is always present in music,” Henard said. Henard said the study has generated interest in the scientific community, where science reporters are trying to explain why certain types

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Resident CHASS career fair receives mixed reviews poet talks about time in Vietnam Sara Awad Staff Writer

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Poetry’s pervasiveness in Vietnamese culture is much deeper than that of the United States. Since 1999, an N.C. State professor has been documenting these Eastern poems, which revolve around rhymes, syntax and tones. John Balaban, poet-in-residence and professor of the English, shed light on some of those poems to a small group of students and faculty members on Tuesday. His presentation came after years of research in the Southeast Asian country, dating all the way back to 1967, when Balaban left his studies at Harvard University to travel to Vietnam and teach English. “[Then Secretary of Defense] Robert McNamara came and spoke to our class about the [Vietnam] War, and I thought he was so arrogant and evasive, I decided to go see for myself,” Balaban said. While in Vietnam, Balaban developed an interest in Vietnamese poetry, most of which has never been written down. “When I went to Vietnam, I

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Even though the College of Humanities and Social Sciences Career Fair had a record number of employers attend, not all students found what they were looking for at the McKimmon Center Monday. After two previous weather cancellations, Woody Catoe, CHASS associate director for the Career Development Center said he was pleased the fair happened at all. “We were very fortunate that they actually had a space over here that we could even do it,” Catoe said. “It’s the latest we’ve ever done a fair.” The Eastern North Carolina Career Alliance, a consortium of eight participating universities, sponsored the fair, which Catoe said helped attract the 78 employers because it pooled students from surrounding colleges and provided attendees with a “bigger advantage.” “I was thinking it was going to be pretty big, and what I saw was that it was pretty small, it wasn’t that diverse and most of it was related to healthcare and business,” said Sachin Gaikwad, a student at Methodist University studying computer science. “I mean, I did find something, but there weren’t too many. At a certain level it was good, but at other points, I think it could’ve been better.” Meredith Vertrees, a sophomore in communication media, also

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said she noticed a lack of variety at the fair. “It was cellphones, finance, and no-name graduate schools,” Vertrees said. Michelle Gardner, a senior in public policy, said although she enjoyed the “face-to-face interaction” with employers and learned things she couldn’t find on employers’ websites, she said she was disappointed to see so many corporate and sales representatives at the fair because she wanted to find a job in government. “I thought it was kind of strange also that there were a lot of I.T. jobs here for a CHASS fair,” Gardner said. According to Catoe, colleges within the consortium include business within their liberal-arts programs, causing finance, corporate and sales employers to flock to the fair. “This is a common complaint, because you have such a large variety within CHASS itself,” Catoe said. “The other side of that, though, is this really is a nice advantage for CHASS students, as well. What I tell students typically is, even though a company may be a financial-services company, they may very well likely need people in marketing, or public relations, or communication.” Those looking for opportunities with businesses such as Lemuel Nicholls, a student at Methodist University majoring in computer information technology with a concentration in business administration, did give a more positive reviews.



Jane Matthews, a career counselor, talks with a student at the 2014 CHASS Career Fair held in the McKimmon Center Monday. The third-annual career fair featured 80 companies, including Caterpillar, Fidelity Investments and the Peace Corp. In addition, the fair had representatives from local graduate school programs including Elon and Campbell universities. The fair attracted many other students outside of N.C. State including Meredith and Peace.

“To a certain extent, I did find it helpful,” Nicholls said. “I decided on whether to go to the workforce or go back to school, so it’s given me a lot of options in both aspects and given me a lot to think about.”

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Calais Johnson, a senior in environmental sustainabilit y at Meredith College, said she took advantage of the fair’s networking

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of music are being listened to, and the differences during the course of time. “Love was a big theme throughout the ‘60s and ‘70s, but in the ‘90s and 2000s it almost disappeared and was replaced by harsher, more painful things,” Henard said, “Many scientific reporters are making cultural commentaries on

the reasons behind it.” Henard said in order to be more successful, advertisers need to find themes that resonate with the emotional aspects of people’s lives, and utilize that theme throughout their marketing. Christian Rossetti, a professor of operations and supply chain management and co-author of the paper, said doing the project was very enjoyable and looking at songs from the past 50 years was very interesting.

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to be articulate and confident and be able to express your ideas and persuade people when you need to,” Renfroe said. The runner-up was Lauren Coats, a freshman in communication media. Her speech, titled “Same-Sex Marriage in North Carolina,” discussed the importance of accepting same-sex marriage. The second runner-up was Rachael James-Beverly, a sophomore in political science and communication. Her presentation was about the significance of voting rights in North Carolina. Beverly Benitez, a senior in public and interpersonal communication, won fourth place with her presentation about sex trafficking titled, “Remembering Hope”. Fifth and sixth place were held respectively by David Thompson, a junior double majoring in business administration and communication, and Robin Collis, a senior in public and interpersonal communication. Thompson spoke about the importance of critical thinking. Collis presented his views for the argument on whether or not believing in God is rational. Elizabeth Nelson, a director in the communication department, led the event and discussed how this event highlighted the importance of public speaking. “One of the things that was nice was that people got to talk about things that are important to them, and that’s what we want to be doing,” Nelson said. “We want to make sure that as a college community we are constantly communicating with each other about what is important.” Wolfpack Speaks is meant to push students to do rigorous research, apply high-quality writing and have excellent delivery throughout their public speaking aspirations, according to Nelson. “This competition is meant to showcase public speaking,” Nelson said. “It’s meant in part to showcase all of the hard work that goes on in this department. A lot of majors require public speaking, so this is an opportunity to see how it works at a higher level, and also to communicate the message that people wanted to share.” The competition, presented by the Department of Communication, took place in Williams Hall auditorium.

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opportunities. “My goal after I graduate is to work for a corporation and help them reduce their impact on the environment, so I was kind of talking to a little bit of everybody,” Johnson said. “I think this has been a great experience. I’ve been to career fairs here before, and I think the organization of this one has been way better and way more fluid than fairs I’ve been to in the past.” Melvin Hidalgo, a senior in computer information technolog y at Methodist University, also said he talked to many employers, but while he said some were “thorough” others lacked knowledge of their own companies. “There was this one company that was about software development, but the two guys who were representing the company didn’t know anything about the IT side of the company and about the software development,” Hidalgo said. “They were more finance and sales, which was really disappointing because the profile of the company made it look really interesting, especially in my field since I’m a software developer.” Overall, Catoe said attendees should not judge the career fair by whether they found the job they were looking for, because finding that first job requires a combination of factors, such as the resume, networking, job searching and talking to people about your “career story.” “All of that comes into play and the career fair is just one more component of that larger package,” Catoe said. “If they come just expecting it to deliver the absolute job, they’ll probably come away disappointed.”

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John Balaban, poet-in-residence, traveled to Vietnam during the 1960s to learn about Vietnamese culture and poetry.

entered a culture in which everyone knows poetry,” Balaban said. Length of the poem or social status wasn’t a factor: Balaban said many peasants could recite a poem that was more than 3,000 lines long. Balaban spent many nights in Vietnam asking citizens to sing their favorite poem. Because Vietnamese is a tonal language, it’s nearly impossible to recite a poem without adding some sort of melody, Balaban said. Attendees to Balaban’s lecture heard recordings of Vietnamese people reciting the poems and listened to them have Balaban read several English translations. Sounds of gunshots and mortars rang out in the background of one of the recordings. “No one ever stopped singing because of the war noises,” Balaban said. “It was like crickets to them. It went on all the time.” After Balaban left Vietnam, he put aside his interest in poetry until 1999, when he started the Vietnamese Nôm Preservation Foundation. Today, this foundation works to


document more than 1,000 years of the poems. “I was still interested in the poetry and the translating process,” Balaban said. “That’s why I went back. Now I go back once a year.” V NPF employees f irst worked to digitize ancient Vietnamese poems. Now, the organization has branched out to digitize nearly everything in the country, including writing on the side of Buddhist temples. “If we could digitize libraries, we decided we could digitize whole cultural places,” Balaban said. In addition to hearing about Balaban’s work, attendees also learned about the characteristics of Vietnamese poems. Despite having a melody, poems are not sung to music. Melodic incantations are specific to the person reciting the poem. “I asked a group of schoolchildren to sing a poem to me, and I could tell they learned it in school,” Balaban said. “They just recited it.” Today, Vietnamese poetry is still flourishing, but television, radio and American pop music are threatening its future, Balban said. In addition to running the VNPF, Balaban has written 12 books of poetry and prose, including four volumes,

that, together, have won The Academy of American Poets’ Lamont prize. Agnes Bolonyai, an associate professor of English, said it was

“impossible to do justice to his fascinating life” in the minutes she spent introducing him.

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Students should receive the same treatment as athletes


el l, ‘ t i s t he season as the sports fans say. This time of year, I always end up feeling out of the loop. You know, going to bars and being surprised when I see basketball on every television. Before we get started, let me be clear, there’s absolutely nothi ng w rong with sports, Travis Toth nor watchContributing ing them nor Columnist pouring your blood, sweat and tears into rooting for your team. They just aren’t really my thing. However, giving student athletes special treatment and equating them with the rest of us students is a problem. For instance, every time March Madness rolls around, NCAA basketball players are flown around the country to compete. Do you think these student athletes are paying for their plane tickets? Let me tell you, they’re not. In 2008, N.C. State spent about $2.8 million on team travel, according to an ESPN report on college athletic expenses. So, as a student, writer and an avid traveler, I have to ask: Where’s my plane ticket? I would love to be treated like a student athlete. Could you even imagine? An incredible fan base supporting you on every test you take, advertisements around campus promoting the hard work that you’ve done, fans all over the country watching you perform from the edges of their bar stools and sofas, hanging on your every move. Imagine clothing, various swag, even video game characters with your name on them. Oh, and you also get unlimited access to Case Dining Hall. To be fair, most of the benefits I mentioned are more specific to student athletes playing revenue-generating sports, aside from the Case



could’ve saved my parents a big chunk of change by picking up sports. They should’ve just bought me a nice pair of sneakers and made me practice all day, every day. Okay, maybe that was a bit out of line. But the fact is, student athletes don’t get paid for the hard work they do and sometimes they don’t even receive the education their scholarship promised. Instead, they’re effectively being used to make money for the university without being properly rewarded for their efforts. Let me reiterate, much of this criticism pertains to the university’s treatment of revenue-generating sports. That said, I’m willing to bet that a decent portion of N.C. State’s $43.8 million total athletic expenses in 2008 went toward these revenuegenerating sports. Sure, they made about a $1.8 million profit, but that isn’t too impressive considering the amount of money they’re spending. On top of that, the sheer fact that some sports are regarded as revenue-generating, and are given special privileges accordingly, balances the playing field. If all collegiate sports were treated as separate business entities, each sport would be offered an equal opportunity for exposure. I wonder what would happen. Perhaps football and basketball would no longer be the most popular collegiate sports. What if the women’s volleyball team had a better promotions manager than the football team? Maybe we’d be all gathered around our televisions watching them play instead. Maybe I’d get back into sports. N.C. State, something has to give. Either offer the rest of us the same benefits as these so-called student athletes or make collegiate athletics an entirely different entity altogether. Alright, I have to get back to my homework because I’m paying to be here. Go ahead, the ball’s in your court.

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Dining Hall privileges, the advertising and, I’d imagine, the plane tickets. But how are they going to equate student athletes with the rest of us and not offer these benefits to all students? Instead, we should treat collegiate sports as the business entities they’ve become. Like stocking shelves at the library or f lipping chicken patties at the Atrium, playing college sports should be treated the same as any other campus job, just with better perks. Although, all of this goes without mentioning scholarships. N.C. State spent about $5.8 million on student athletes’ tuitions and fees in 2008. Coincidentally, that’s in the same ballpark as the amount of money spent on yearly maintenance for the Wolfline, a service that provides 14,000 average weekday boardings. But, that’s aside from the point. Don’t get me wrong, I can certainly appreciate the hard work and dedication these athletes put in so that they are able to be a part of the team. It’s just concerning that sometimes these student athletes don’t even receive the education they deserve. Take, for instance, the recent one-paragraph written by a UNC-Chapel Hill athlete that’s been circulating on the Internet. I know everyone likes to pick on UNCCH, and they’ve been doing some shady things recently, but I’d speculate that this type of incident happens all over the country. The ones we hear about are only the ones that get caught. Rewarding an essay of this caliber with higher marks than I received on the last economics essay I slaved over just doesn’t seem fair. Though I would also appreciate a downsized workload, that’s not really my point either. These “fluff” classes effectively rob student athletes of their education. At the same time, it makes other students seem like they are wasting their time. And then there’s the money. I

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ashington would have been hanged for treason if the revolution had failed.” So declared American labor activist August Spies, addressing the Chicago court that sentenced him and seven collaborating radicals to hang for their alleged leadership in the 1886 Haymarket Riot. While history is decidedly uncertain whether Spies actually conspired to ignite the upheaval that killed seven and Neel Mandavilli injured many more, his incisive words continue to resonate Contributing Columnist with modern significance, at ironic odds with contemporary understandings of the sacrifices revolutionary leadership requires. Today’s leadership lessons are drawn from an entrepreneurial class that defines itself with a universal company language that prizes innovative solutions and the perpetually unreachable next big thing. Deep within this corporate rhetoric exists an unfounded belief in the feasibility to simultaneously nurture one’s cause and one’s reputation for radical change. This belief asserts the possibility of starting revolutions without breaking standards of professionalism that might tarnish one’s standing in public opinion. History and Spies indicate otherwise. The ease with which so many romanticize the American Revolution betrays the significant reputational and personal risks patriots like George Washington assumed in denouncing the British crown and striving for a just democratic republic. Washington physically wrote his own death sentence by signing the Declaration of Independence, his life hedged on a bet favoring a slim margin for American victory. The original Commander-in-Chief knew this selflessness to be necessary, if he were to ever expect a sacrifice even remotely similar from the people under his leadership. By noon today, our University will have selected its next Student Body President, the

next visionary to guide our school against expected tuition increases and our yearly helping of legislature-induced budget cuts. The ambition and direction of our newly elected campus leader will be critical to determining whether these financial obstructions to education further solidify into established norms, or whether we students rightfully demand more from our administration and lawmakers. The unfortunate precedent set by recent Student Body Presidents has been abysmally superficial and exceedingly apolitical. But present plights pave roads to future potential, and the opportunity to exercise our collective student voice remains within reach for the student leader willing to risk failure in pursuit of a student mobilization the likes of which hasn’t been seen since football season. Thus, my question to our new Student Body President is: Are you willing to sacrifice your reputation; are you willing to lay down your resume to fight for your student body? Are you willing to be figuratively hanged by both administration and alumni to treasonously ensure our school puts academics ahead of athletics just long enough to consider diverting a portion of our financial and moral exaltations from coaches to professors? If indeed conductors must turn their back to the audience to lead the orchestra, let us hope that our next Student Body President might turn against the waves of popular student sentiment to satisfy an agenda that actually puts students first. It begins with challenging students to challenge themselves as well as those around them, an idea that shouldn’t be too novel at a university. It continues with eschewing the bread and circuses of our wants to better address our legitimate needs for affordable tuition and comprehensive education. This sort of revolution won’t found a country, but it might help us find something worth caring about.

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ith March Madness coming to an end, the debate regarding whether college athletes should be paid has inevitably been provoked once more. Kantar Media reported that the TV ads for last year’s NCAA men’s college basketball tournament generated more than $1 billion in revenue, exceeding the total revenue for the NFL postseason. In the 2012 post-season, the NFL generated $976 million Sophie in ad revenue, the NBA playoffs Nelson made $536 million, Major League Contributing Baseball’s playoffs and World SeColumnist ries pulled in $354 million and the NHL Stanley Cup playoffs collected $101 million. These numbers provide a compelling argument that student athletes deserve some form of payment for the service they provide for their schools. However, the people arguing that student athletes should be paid seem to be unaware of the fact that athletes are already being subsidized. Those receiving athletic scholarships are effectively being paid due to the free tuition, room, meal plans and money for books and miscellaneous expenses that they receive. In addition to these benefits, athletes also receive academic counseling, tutoring, life skill training and even nutritional advice. Not to mention the free professional coaching, strength and fitness training, and support from athletic trainers and physical therapists that athletes are provided with in a plentiful amount. As a student athlete, I can appreciate how easy it is to take for granted the services that are accessible to us in such high quantities in return for our extensive commitment of time and energy to our sport. However, the athlete population must remember that when signing a letter of intent, we received our payment and an education is priceless. Not only are athletes compensated enough as it is, but paying athletes is highly impractical. Athletic programs function similarly to health insurance as the healthy subsidize the treatment of the sick. The sports, primarily football and men’s basketball, that produce money from merchandise, ticket sales and television rights, subsidize everything else. If pay-for-play regulations are put in to place, there will be no opportunities remaining for

the money-losing sports, such as tennis, to be continued. Then there are the structural technicalities that would inevitably occur in the process of compensating student athletes. It raises several questions: Do star players that attract more publicity, and therefore generate more money for the school, receive a higher salary? Do injured players receive compensation? Who determines these answers? There are too many predicaments with the pay-for-play notion, and the bottom line is student athletes don’t need a salary. Instead of tempting them with proposals of money, institutions need to do a better job of encouraging them to finish their degrees and utilize the educational opportunities in front of them. This lack of educational encouragement could not be more evident than in the most recent UNC-Chapel Hill scandal to hit the headlines regarding fake paper-writing classes. A whistleblower at the UNC-CH revealed a typo-riddled, 146-word term paper that earned a football player an A- in a bogus course meant to boost his GPA and keep him eligible for sports. This appalling revelation is becoming all too familiar in the world of college athletics. However, there are exceptions when considering the story of Matt Elam, a former University of Florida football player. After earning a seven-figure salary in the NFL, Elam returned to Gainesville during the offseason to continue his degree. In addition to this, he took a low-paying job at a sporting goods store to gain a superior understanding inside the business he wants to pursue following his NFL career. Elam, unlike many of his NFL peers, seems to acknowledge the fact that his football career could be very short, and he needs a college education to succeed in the business world. Athletic careers amount to a small portion of an athlete’s life and can be full of unpredictability. If people recognize the good influence of Matt Elams, maybe thousands of other student athletes will stay in school and earn degrees to equip themselves with the tools to succeed both on and off the field. Money is only temporary, but an education is for a lifetime.

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El sábado 29 de marzo, aproxi mad a mente 72 organizaciones afiliadas a N.C. State se reunieron en Carmichael Gym a las 7:45 de la mañana para celebrar el comienzo de Service Raleigh 2014. Au n q u e f u e u n d í a nublado y con una llovizna constante, más de 2,000 voluntarios proviniendo de distintas comunidades de Raleigh se esparcieron por toda la ciudad a colaborar en varias instituciones. Este año, se rompió el record de voluntarios desde que el programa fue inaugurado por el Gobierno Estudiantil de N.C. State y por los Park Scholars en el 1998. A p r o x i m a d a m e n t e 81 organizaciones ayudaron a hacer este evento posible. YMCA, Adopt a Highway, Raleigh Parks and Recreations y N.C. Museum of Natural Science, colaboraron con la comunidad. Dent ro de N.C. State distintas organizaciones crearon sus propios equipos. Mientras que unos consumieron su tiempo afuera, recogiendo basura, construyendo estructuras o ayudando a embellecer distintos parques, algunos participaron en actividades dentro de varios colegios de primaria alrededor de Raleigh. Ashton Dobbins, estudiante de primer año en el colegio de textiles, fue a Brentwood Boys and Girls Club por su trabajo comunitario. “Fui a Brentwood Boys and Girls Club, mi trabajo fue ayudar a una niña de seis años con comprensión [de Ingles ya que era su segundo lenguaje] y con matemáticas, no todos los días se puede prestar ayuda a alguien y fue agradable poder asistir a alguien que se encuentra en la misma posición en la que tu alguna vez te encontraste,” dijo Dobbins. El concejo griego multicultural trabajó con NCSU transportation, Sustainability, University Recreation y Waste Reduction and Recycling. Unos miembros del grupo montaron bicicletas mientras otros recorrieron a pie todo el campus. Recogieron basura y la sortearon para reciclaje, para composta o para el vertedero. De esa manera ayudaron a repartir el mensaje por conservacionista de N.C. State por la comunidad de Raleigh. Silla de la Comunidad para Mi Familia y estudiante de primer año, Cristian Del Valle, creó el grupo, NCSU Est a mos pa r a Ay ud a r, representando a gran parte de la comunidad hispana. “Pienso que fue genial, lo disfruté mucho, y creo que la mejor parte de esto es que estás ayudando a las organizaciones. Fue sorprendente pensar lo fácil que es ayudar,” dijo Del Valle. “Fue agradable ver a tantas personas colaborando porque fácilmente puedes tener a una persona ayudando pero existe un límite en lo que solo una persona puede hacer. Demostramos que nosotros como estudiantes también queremos ayudar a las comunidades que nos rodean,” dijo Del Valle.


Cesar Chavez informs but fails to impress Paula Gordon Bienvenidos Editor

Cesar Chavez is a biographical film that tells the story of one of the founders of the United Farm Workers group, which led a grape boycott and organized a 300-mile march from Delano to the state capital in Sacramento, Calif. Cesar Chavez was born in 1927 in Arizona, and he began working as a farm worker after his family lost its farm in the Great Depression. Struck by the poor wages and working conditions of a group of laborers that didn’t have a right to form unions, Chavez fought to change that by helping to form the National Farm Workers Association, formerly known as the UFW. In early scenes, Chavez, as played by Michael Peña, is portrayed as a driven man, eager to get the movement started. When his efforts as an educated, city-dwelling Chicano fail to get farm workers to stand against the owners, he moves his large family to Delano, Calif., and once again begins working picking grapes to earn the people’s trust. With the help of Dolores Huerta, the co-founder of UFW played by Rosario Dawson, and his wife, played


by America Ferrera, Chavez organizes a credit union to lend farm workers money and earn the ire of local law enforcement. The characterization of the farm workers as entirely good and the owners as racist and bigoted creates a pattern that is almost boring to watch, making it seem less like actual struggles of real people

Tunnel of Oppression spreads awareness Ciara Del Valle Staff Writer

The Department of Multicultural Student Affairs, University Recreation and the Office for Institutional Equality and Diversity sponsored the Tunnel of Oppression event on March 26 and 27. The event was created to help spread awareness about different forms of oppression that occur every day on our campus and throughout our lives. In the tunnel, visitors experience dramatizations of different forms of oppression and at the end discussed how the dramatizations made them feel. Groups also discuss how to end and move past this kind of oppression. The concept is the tunnel represents darkness, ignorance and oppression but there is always a light at the end of the tunnel where we find empowerment and truth. Jasmine Omorogbe, assistant director of the Department of Multicultural Student Affairs Office said the event is very important in terms of raising awareness about privilege, oppression and power. “Most people aren’t mindful of the oppression they inf lict on others and the tunnel opens their eyes to

it,” Omorogbe said. In previous years, it highlighted many controversial issues including sexual violence, race and issues faced by the LGBT community. Along with these issues, religion, welfare and socioeconomic status were portrayed. Tyler Allen, a senior in molecular biology and a tour guide for the event, said the racism portion had the greatest impact on him. “Hearing the racial slurs being yelled out and seeing the actor’s powerful reaction to them really affected me,” Allen said. Allen said he would like to see the topic of immigration added to the tunnel event. “It’s a very big issue that affects many students on our campus and I think it is something that everyone should be aware of,” Allen said. PJ Adams, a staff psychologist for the Counseling Center and part of the committee who helped create the Tunnel of Oppression this year, said “the purpose of this event is to highlight privilege and oppression, but above all people just want to be understood and an event like this helps us understand each other better.” Omorogbe said more than 300 people attended.



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and more like Hollywood. One of the more chilling scenes depicted Chavez and his wife leading a protest on a road outside a farm when two large machines circle the group and spray pesticides on them. It was chilling to see the policemen watch the scene unfold and drive away. It showed the value of the movement. There would be

no justice for these people until farm workers won rights in their state legislature and were recognized by the owners of the farms. The scenes depicting violence and racism towards the farm workers could have been more shocking, and could have delved further into the conditions experienced by farm workers. It all felt like a typical game in which the poor and good triumph over the rich bad property owners. The historical events surrounding the beginning of the farm workers movement were all accurately displayed, but the scenes depicting them were uninspiring. While the scenes involving Robert F. Kennedy (played by Jack Holmes) were moving because of his words, they were anticlimactic at best. The grape boycott became a national issue and was portrayed well in the film. The protests outside of grocery stores and the heated conversations between winery owners showed the scale of the impact that the movement was making, but lacked historical details or news coverage that supported it. By the end of the film, Peña’s portrayal of Chavez was strikingly bland and uninspiring, and lacked the drive that made him memorable

in the beginning of the film. While the film did a reasonable job showing the faults and successes of Chavez as a leader, it didn’t spend enough time on the organizations that helped the movement grow and spread. Diego Luna, the director

“It felt like a typical game in which the poor, good triumph over the rich, bad property owners.” known for his work in Milk, could have focused less on Chavez’s hunger strike, which dragged on and added little to the film. The movie did not show many scenes about the other organizations that worked with UFW. Furthermore, it might have added to the film showing Chavez as a youth, working in the fields and experiencing the same injustices that he fought so hard against later in his life. With only three million tickets sold in its opening weekend, the film wasn’t as popular as anticipated.

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Bike-share program rides its way into Raleigh Emma Cathell Assistant Features Editor

Biking is not only a good activity to do during a nice spring day, but it can also be a great tool to utilize for transportation as well. Biking is faster than walking and can be easier than driving a car. Across the world, there is a system called bike share which is used in some cities as a means of transportation. A bike-share system has several different located docking stations throughout the community with bicycles that can be used by system subscribers. A subscriber can use a bi-

cycle at any docking station, bike to another location and park the bike at his or her destination. The first 30 minutes of any trip are free, and the subscriptions are typically cheap and range from one day to annual. The City of Raleigh’s Office of Transportation Planning wants to explore the effectiveness of having a bike- share system in Raleigh. Jennifer Baldwin, Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator of OTP, said bike share can make a difference in the community. “Nationally, bike share programs are getting more people on bikes and more

people on the road, so the more riders we have, the more investment the city could make to be making facilities and streets safer for cyclists,” Baldwin said. Before establishing a bike share right away, Raleigh wants planning, testing and evaluating to be complete to ensure the effectiveness and need of the bike share system. Raleigh is administering a study consisting of two phases. The first phase is to prepare a feasibility study for a bike share in Raleigh. “[The City of Raleigh] contracted with Toole Design Group to do a two-phased

implementation and feasibility study,” Baldwin said. “So we’re going to review the feasibility of bike share in Raleigh, look at three to four different cities that have a bike share implemented already, do some case studies to evaluate what worked and what didn’t and then to look at all of our data.” Some of the data that will be reviewed consist of the population, infrastructure, policies, economics and destinations. Baldwin said phase one will also have a heat map showing what locations are really hot for a bike share and what locations are not, and the City of Raleigh will also look at different models of bike-share systems. “Bike share, nationally, has several different business models,” Baldwin said. “Some are funded completely privately with no city funds. Some are funded completely publicly and becomes a public transportation system. So we’re going to analyze all the different models and, ultimately, work with the public and with City Council to develop a model that could work in Raleigh.” Phase one should be complete by the beginning of June. If feasible, based on the data gathering and data evaluation, the City of Raleigh will move into the second phase, which is the implementation plan, according to Baldwin. She said during this phase, a lot more questions will need to be answered. “We have all the reviews of


Eric Lamb, transportation planning manager of the City of Raleigh Office of Transportation Planning is at the forefront of Raleigh’s bikeshare program. Raleigh is developing a service that enables residents to rent bikes on an hourly basis to make short trips easier.

the different models, and we have an idea of what we think will work, but then we’ll get into the details,” Baldwin said. “What kind of phasing plan? How many stations are we talking about? Where will the stations be? And then the financial model is going to be the big question. How’s it going to get paid? Does the city have funds? Do we have an

appetite in the city of Raleigh to be able to put public funds toward it? Do we have potential stakeholders from the private sector that will be able and interested to help fund and partner with us on it?”



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SailPack continues strong performance into spring season Chris Nobblitt Correspondent

The N.C. State sailing club has been at full speed this year, acquisitioning third place overall in the North Division of the Atlantic Interscholastic Sailing Association. The racing team, also known as SailPack, has attended over 20 regattas during the fall and spring seasons, bringing bragging rights back to Raleigh with two first place finishes and three second and third place finishes apiece. “This is a program that’s on the rise, and is starting to be recognized by others in the college sailing community as an up and coming program,” head coach Dana Magliola said. “The enthusiasm and commitment that our students and sailors put forth is really paying off. They’re positive when they go to regattas, they have great sportsmanship and they’re competing well.” The club has approximately 60 members, 25 of whom participate in competitive races. The officers have been more than happy with the strong turnout this year. “We’re all about teaching,


Senior skipper Paulina Spencer and junior crew Jill Tucker round the windward mark at SAISA North Points No. 2 Regatta at Clemson University

and we’re all about bringing new people into the sport and showing them what it is,” junior race-team captain David Rogers said. “With the [racing] team, we really don’t mind if you haven’t sailed before either. Most of us have sailed at least a little bit before, but we just want someone that is committed and athletic and we’re happy to teach you.”


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The club is well known for their comprehensive Learn to Sail program, consisting of classroom teachings and hands on practice with the club’s 19-foot dinghies. Club president Dustin Simons began his sailing career as a sophomore after transferring to N.C. State. Having qualified for the conference championships six consecutive seasons, the

SailPack is noticeably gaining traction in the collegiate sailing scene. Over a few years, SailPack has improved from No. 12 in the division to the current No. 3, behind College of Charleston and Clemson. Surprisingly, nearly half of SailPack this season is comprised of freshmen, with enthusiasm among members being the main cause of its success.


“The level of commitment that our team has shown, especially with this year, compared to a lot of teams that we go up against, is really staggering,” Simons said. “We want to be the best, we don’t want to ‘kind-of ’ qualify. We love to go [to conference regattas] because we want to be there.” But not all the success should be attributed to the young and eager faces. “Communication is big for us. As officers this year I think we really nailed that down,” said Simons. “We’ve got great student leadership,” Magliola said. “The program really runs on the backs of the student leadership, the commodore from the club, or our race team captain or our women’s teams captains. Our students drive the ship so to speak.” One of the most persistent problems the club faces is raising money. “Funding is always a challenge for a sports program, especially one involving boats. Boats are expensive,” Magliola said. Every sailing organization has to keep equipment such as rigging, sails and the boats

themselves in tip-top shape for safety and maximum performance. According to Rogers, most organizations replace their sails every two years and the boats every five. The SailPack boats are at least 25 years old and its sails are almost 20. A recent effort from Magliola and the club members to start independent fundraising projects on the side has marked a noticeable presence in the community for the rising club. “We get involved with the city, we’ve been advocating for improved facilities at Lake Wheeler, where we practice and sail,” Magliola said. “We’re also involved with other sailing groups in the area like the Carolina Sailing Club.” The club meets on Thursdays at 7:30 in Carmichael Gym. More can be read about SailPack on www.sailpack. org and on the club’s Facebook page. “We’d love to have anyone join, we don’t care about how much experience you already have, we just love teaching and showing people this sport,” Rogers said.


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Pack outlasts Camels in extras Jake Lange Correspondent

Gwiadzowski named ACC Wrestler of the Year N.C. State sophomore heavyweight Nick Gwiazdowski, who captured the conference’s first individual national wrestling championship since 2009, was named the Atlantic Coast Conference Wrestler of the Year on Tuesday. Gwiadzowski finished the year with a 42-2 dual-match record, winning the ACC title as well as the national championship. He is the third Wolfpack wrestler in school history to win the honor. SOURCE: N.C. STATE ATHLETICS

Perry and Colley named ACC Performers of the Week N.C. State sophomore Alexis Perry earned ACC Women’s Track and Field Performer of the Week honors while Wolfpack senior Andrew Colley was named the ACC Men’s Track and Field Co-Performer of the Week as announced by the Atlantic Coast Conference on Tuesday. Perry posted marks that rank among the nation’s top 15 in the long jump and 100m hurdles during last weekend’s Raleigh Relays. Colley set a personal best in the men’s 1,500 meters with a time of 3:44.21. SOURCE: N.C. STATE ATHLETICS








































Today BASEBALL VS. EAST CAROLINA Raleigh, 6 p.m. SOFTBALL VS. CAMPBELL Raleigh, 6 p.m.



The N.C. State baseball team fought hard to come out with a win in extra innings Tuesday night against the Campbell Fighting Camels, using a seven-run 12th inning to take home a 9-2 victory. The early part of the matchup was marked by tough defense, as both teams went three and out in the first inning. Among the Pack’s defensive plays, freshman third baseman Andrew Knizner threw an underhanded bouncer to first, testing out freshman first baseman Preston Palmeiro, who had his second start in the matchup. Palmeiro also caught an over the wall foul catch in the bottom of the second. With the bases loaded in the second inning with one out, the Camels (19-10) were prepped to score. A quick field by Palmeiro and a throw home, as well as a fly out caught by junior center fielder Jake Fincher prevented Campbell from scoring and pumped life into the quiet Pack. N.C. State (16-11) scored its first run in the top of the third off an RBI triple to center field from Fincher. The hit sent Palmeiro home to give the Pack a 1-0 lead. The Fighting Camels achieved a double play directly after, when junior shortstop Trea Turner hit a fielded grounder to third, then Fincher was caught and tagged attempting to take home off the hit. After back-to-back strikeouts from junior pitcher Patrick Peterson to end the third inning, the Wolfpack batting order continued its fresh hitting in the fourth. Logan Ratledge, who totaled only two home runs last year, led off the inning by drilling the ball over the left


Junior shortstop Trea Turner starts to run to first base during Sunday’s game against Miami. Turner and the Wolfpack defeated Campbell, 9-2, in 12 innings Tuesday night in Buies Creek, N.C.

field fence, which marked his fourth homer of the season. The Fighting Camels went on the attack in the bottom of the seventh. With one out and runners on first and third, freshman left fielder Danny Pardo knocked an RBI single to left field to put Campbell on the board. The next batter, sophomore catcher Steven Leonard, tied up the ballgame 2-2 after sending another runner home off a safety squeeze bunt. “It’s natural to think were snakebit,” head coach Elliot Avent said. “We’ve been in a little bit of a rough stretch. Campbell tied it up and this place was going crazy.” Both defenses commanded the play in the next few innings, highlighted by a full extension layout by Turner at the left field foul line in the eighth. The dominant play

was matched by the Camels in the next inning when Pardo laid out to take away a would be single to left field from junior designated hitter Rodon. The ballgame was sent to extra innings after a double play fielded by junior second baseman Ratledge. After an intense pair of extra innings, the Pack finally closed out the game after scoring seven runs in the 12th inning. Two separate breaking balls in the dirt from senior pitcher Hector Cedano sent Turner and Ratledge home to break the Pack’s eight-inning scoring drought. Knizner proceeded to pop an RBI single to centerfield to advance the Pack’s lead to 5-2. After Riley was walked home, the scoring streak continued with a three run triple from Turner, who knocked the ball to the center field wall for the final

margin. “I don’t really think we had any different approach in the 12th,” Fincher said. “We just got some hits, worked it out together and ended up getting a couple runs. We kept our same plan.” Junior Eric Peterson (1.72 ERA) put on a dominant pitching performance in the last five innings. He allowed four hits, no runs and dished out one strikeout. Campbell rotated seven pitchers throughout the game. “If any player stood up its Eric Peterson,” Avent said. “Our players react when they see a guy competing like he did tonight.” The Wolfpack returns to action Wednesday when it hosts East Carolina. First pitch at Doak Field is scheduled for 6 p.m.


State versus N.C. State: The debate continues Rob McLamb Assistant Sports Editor

N.C. State athletics has had its ebbs and flows over the years. It is a program that has reached some of the greatest heights in NCAA history, with moments that are celebrated to this day. However, through thick and thin, there has been one conundrum that the University and its sports teams have never quite figured out: Are we State or are we N.C. State? The University faces a delicate balance in choosing how it wishes to be identified. As a school nestled in the capital city of North Carolina, and aspiring to broaden and solidify its appeal from the Atlantic Ocean to the Appalachian Mountains, the moniker “State” is both sensible and has its tradition. Whether in Albemarle or Asheville, there is no conjecture in North Carolina when the name “State” is mentioned. Time marches on and society will always evolve. As the University looks to expand its name recognition, both athletically and academically, there has always been a compelling need to remind people that it is, in fact, “N.C. State.” That distinction can be important, especially when it is time to alert people that the president of the United States chose it as the school to open an energy institute. With national and international-related moments of recognition come special considerations. Traditionalists and alumni often lament seeing N.C. State teams wearing anything other than the red or white jerseys that say ‘State’ across the chest. They are correct, as it is a legacy that should never die. The 1974 and 1983 men’s basketball national championship teams both provided some of the most seminal moments in NCAA Tournament history in classic uniforms that


Former Wolfpack guard Rodney Purvis (left) goes up for a layup during a game in the 2012-13 season. Junior guard Desmond Lee (right( attempts a layup between two Maryland defenders during a game on Jan. 20.

said simply “State.” If that was good enough for those legendary teams then it should be good enough for every other Wolfpack team as well. The University and the Department of Athletics has to move forward with the times. Any approach that is stuck in the past would have detrimental long-term effects. Recently the men’s basketball team was rated No. 12 in the NCAA in its total worth by Forbes magazine, so there has been growth in recent years. Looking ahead, there is a great opportunity to expand on that improvement. N.C. State, with its younger-than-average teams in revenue-producing sports, along with the renovations of Reynolds Coliseum, is in a unique position. Added to that is its place both within the state and in one of the pre-eminent conferences in the nation.

There has been a trend in the NCAA for schools to introduce alternate color schemes and logos, along with helmets in football. State has a chance, with its mascot and varying colors it has used to join in on the fun and extend its brand. The different wolf logos, the Belltower, the Dick Sheridan diamond logo and even the bricks all should be on the table. State has the potential for several different looks, but seems stuck in the mud compared to other programs. The basketball team wore uniforms that included gray stripes. Why not have gray alternate uniforms for nationally prominent home games or expand the use of the existing alternate black uniform that features “N.C. State?” Then the teams could retain the home-white and road-red outfits that say simply

‘State’ as a nod to the great tradition for other contests, including those with in-state rivals. The football team, entering the 2014 season with an astounding 51 freshmen, can also incorporate these changes. The potential for the young Wolfpack to do well in a couple of years as most of its players gain experience is real. A variety of looks and improved play can aid in the quest to take the program to a level it has not reached both in the ACC and the nation. Paying attention to State’s past while also looking to the future, though not easy, is the correct approach. State should be willing to move forward with new ideas, even if it means striking out with unitards or midfield logos. Are we State or are we N.C. State? The answer is simple: We are both.

Technician - April 2, 2014  

Public-speaking contest features hot-button issues

Technician - April 2, 2014  

Public-speaking contest features hot-button issues