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Haiti, campus organizations unite to provide relief Student Government rallies student leaders to supply aid to victims of Haiti earthquake Nick Tran Deputy News Editor
Student leaders and faculty came together Wednesday to plan their response to the earthquake which struck Haiti Tuesday. The magnitude 7.0 earthquake struck the nation’s capital, Port-au-Prince, and is estimated by the Red Cross to have killed more than 50,000 people. The meeting, led by Student Body President Jim Ceresnak, is the first step in what is expected to become a unilateral campuswide front to give aid to those affected by the earthquake. “The scope of the tragedy is what captured me,” Ceresnak said. “Over 100,000 people have been affected. In times of crisis the [NCSU] community has stepped up to provide relief and we need to do our part to help those in need.” Ceresnak said SG has been in close contact with the leaders of other groups on campus, which is important as the success of this movement hinges on how much participation is received from student groups. “We want a unified and focused effort. All major successful philanthropic groups are well organized,” he said. “We hope to collect all the money raised by student groups into one pot to give and show what the collective N.C. State community can do.” The movement has been named Howl for Haiti and will be raising funds for Stop Hunger Now, the University’s traditional philanthropy partner, which will supply the relief. Stop Hunger Now is a local philanthropy
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While some residents of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, search for survivors in the rubble, others have gathered belongings and are attempting to leave the earthquake-ravaged area Thursday.
group which has been working with the University since 2004. The group has prioritized aid to Haiti and hopes to raise at least $50,000 for immediate relief. According to Ceresnak, the plan is to allow student groups to proceed with their relief events independently, but pool the money into one aid bundle. The first large-scale united effort will be a collection and awareness event at the upcoming Duke basketball game.
Petition aims to thwart $200 increase Student Government officials collaborating with UNC Association of Student Governments, other university student governments to solicit support for repealing $200 tuition increase Ty Johnson Editor-in-Chief
The UNC Association of Student Governments is collaborating with student governments at all 17 universities in an effort to repeal what the groups are calling a $200 “tax on students” that is included in the 201011 state budget. Each campus is circulating a petition and soliciting signatures from students who oppose the $200 increase in tuition.
According to Student Senate President Kelli Rogers, what makes the increase so objectionable lies in where the funds will go. “None of the funding goes back to the universities,” Rogers said. “Not only is it making students pay $200 more, it’s not improving their education at the same time. We’re fighting it because it’s wrong.” N.C. State’s student government is aiming to collect 15,000 student signatures to send to the UNC Board of Governors, the governing body of the UNC System, and the state legislature. Rogers said students should care about the increase simply because of the additional financial burden it places on wallets without benefiting those who pay it.
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“We’ve partnered with Athletes and the Student Athletic Council to have volunteers at the game. People want to do something but don’t know how so we’re providing an organized effort for people to contribute to,” Ceresnak said. There are also plans to place donation buckets around campus and hold events in the Brickyard to raise awareness. Mike Giancola, the director of CSLEPS, ap-
proached Ceresnak with the idea to gather resources from across campus into a united effort. “At the meeting we talked about how as a campus community we could come together to provide support for Haiti,” he said. “After a disaster of this magnitude the easiest way to help is to donate money.” According to Giancola, NCSU has a long history responding to disasters like 9/11, the Indonesia tsunami and hurricane Katrina in conjuncture with Stop Hunger Now. “We’re hoping to challenge members of the campus community to come up with events on their own to donate money to the effort and provide aid to areas of need.” Paige Millar, a junior in international studies, said she thought this was a good idea to bring awareness to Haiti and the situation of similar countries. According to Millar, Haiti was criticized for not preparing for an event like this when in reality they do not have the means to do so. “Haiti is so impoverished, they had no programs to prevent such disasters,” she said. “It’s good [the University] is sending as much aid as possible and bringing awareness to other countries.” Millar said the amount raised by Howl for Haiti will be significant despite the ailing economy. “I think we could make a good amount of money. Even though everyone is pinching pennies because of the economy, people will at least try.” Syrena Huynh, a freshman in aerospace
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Classmates Brett Williams and Briana Taylor spin together in a mating ritual in their ecology class, while fleeing from the “Big Bad Wolf” Tuesday afternoon. The experiment was designed to give students insight into the everyday tasks animals must perform. Taylor, a senior in biological science, and Williams, a freshman in zoology, had started “mating” when the wolf, played by Will Lopez, a senior in biological science, came to attack them.
Senior class fundraising given significant boost ‘The ball is in our court,’ says class president Kate Shefte Sports Editor
Several months ago, the Pack’s senior class approved plans to place a bell inside the University’s long-vacant tower as its parting present. Then began the compiling of funds to donate a $35,000 engraved bell through a fundraisng drive Senior Class President Jay Dawkins called “unprecedented.” Thursday afternoon, Dawkins announced a $17,000 donation from the Athletic Department allowed fundraising efforts to sail past the halfway point overnight. “The Athletic Department’s involvement is something we didn’t have to make a whole lot of effort on as students,” Dawkins said. “Associate Athletic Director Dick Christy is the one who was really heading that up. They
saw the opportunity.” According to Dawkins, the contributions came directly from ticket sales at the Pack’s Homecoming football game against Maryland and season finale against UNC-Chapel Hill, both wins. In addition, Jack McDonald, CEO of McDonald York Corporations – a local construction company – offered a challenge match of $5,000. If donors can raise $5,000 on their own, McDonald-York will match it evenly. If matched, the company will donate the sum on behalf of Smedes York, a former Raleigh mayor and chairman of York Properties. He earned his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from State and was honored with a Doctor of Humane Letters degree last December. During his speech, Dawkins reminded how important it was for the seniors to give back to the University that has provided them with both an education and invaluable life experi-
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Senior Class President Jay Dawkins and Chancellor James Woodward converse after speaking at the senior class gift spring kickoff at the Bell Tower Thursday.
ence. Katie Sullivan, a senior in political science, echoed those sentiments. “I love N.C. State. I love the Bell Tower,” Sullivan said. “I’m so excited to give back to this University that has given so much.”
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Sullivan, who heard about the announcement via Facebook invitation, said she appreciated the boost in funding.
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Examining the politics of Avatar See page 4 .
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In Thursday’s page 1 story, “Civil rights attorney speaks on MLK,” Niambi Hall-Campbell’s name was misspelled.
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ent Green, a senior in nuclear engineering, slacklines in the brickyard thursday evening with his friends Jonathan Chapman, a freshman in engineering, and Patrick Mapile, a senior in biochemistry. “Slacklining is walking across a one-inch webbing”, said Green, “This is my third time.” Chapman said, “The closer you get to the center the harder it is. So if you get a longer line it gets harder.”
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Deadly bombings strike Corpses pile Iraqi holy city of up outside packed hospital; Najaf Three bombs exploded in damage stymies quick succession after sunset in the southern holy Thursday relief in Haiti city of Najaf, killing up to 25 In Port Au-Prince, Haiti the dead overwhelmed the General Hospital morgue, and the injured outnumbered doctors and nurses Thursday as rescue workers from across the globe struggled to reach the shattered island and distribute much-needed food, water and medical supplies. At the morgue, police, civilians and private contractors clearing rubble were forced to leave corpses in piles outside the facility, where survivors searched among the dead for their loved ones.
people and wounding scores of others, Iraqi Interior Ministry officials said. The blasts occurred in a crowded open-air fish and vegetable market near the landmark Imam Ali shrine, a popular pilgrimage destination for Shiite Muslims from around the world. The bombings shattered a yearlong lull in violence in Najaf that had allowed the religious tourism industry to flourish, with new hotels and restaurants packed most nights with pilgrims mostly from neighboring Iran. Source: MCT Campus
In the know No classes in observance of holiday The University will be closed Jan. 18 in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Classes will resume Jan. 19. Source: ncsu.edu
CHASS professor to discuss language, society Walt Wolfram, a professor in the English department, will speak Jan. 21 at noon in Withers Hall room 331 on the role of language variation in society. The event is called “Integrating Social Science and Humanities in the Research Paradigm.” The deadline to RSVP is Jan. 14 and lunch will be provided for the first 12 registrants. The event is part of the “Meet the Researchers” series hosted by the CHASS Office of Research. Contact Joyce Jones for more information. Source: CHASS Dean’s Office
Philosophy and Religious Studies hosts lecture Rüdiger Bittner from the University of Bielefeld and the National Humanities Center will deliver a lecture titled “Some Naturalisms in Ethics” Jan. 21 at 4:30 p.m. in Withers 344. The event is hosted by the department of philosophy and religious studies and all are invited to attend. Source: CHASS Dean’s Office
Institute for Nonprofits to hold info session The University’s Institute for Nonprofits will hold an informational meeting about graduate student research awards Jan. 22 from noon until 1:30 p.m. at 219 Oberlin Rd. The awards provide up to $1,500 to doctoral students conducting research related to nonprofit or non-governmental organizations. Parking is free and pizza will be provided. To attend, send an RSVP to the Institute for Nonprofits. Source: CHASS Dean’s Office
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Quote of the day “Not only is it making students pay $200 more, it’s not improving their education at the same time” Student Senate President Kelli Rogers on the $200 tuition increase the General Assembly has in the 2010-11 state budget.
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engineering, echoed Millar’s prediction of success. “[The earthquake] was so dramatic it’ll make at least some people give to the cause,” she said. “Maybe it won’t be as much as they would like, but it will still be a good effort.” Huynh said the crisis should make people more aware of the situations less fortunate countries are in. “This is a good idea, but people always wait until something bad happens to put something like this together. We should have been raising money beforehand to prepare less fortunate countries for these events.”
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out just how insane Chance’s methods are. McBride’s performance is passable, but certainly not memorable. His presence adequately fills the father figure role, but it doesn’t do anything more than that. Overall, “Human Target” is a fun thrill-ride of a TV show that will surely inject a shot of adrenaline into FOX’s spring lineup. While I was watching it, I kept having flashes of “Burn Notice,” a show I like a lot better. Both shows execute on the modern-day spy genre adeptly, but “Burn Notice” has a certain charm that transcends a somewhat tired genre. “Burn Notice” also has those addictive “spy tips” that keep me coming back for more, and I’m still a little unsure of just what hook “Human Target” is going to have. That said, I expect the show to do quite well, especially given the strong P.R. campaign that FOX is placing behind it. So far it’s no “Burn Notice,” but I didn’t love that show after the first episode either. I recommend that fans of action shows give “Human Target” a shot this Sunday.
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Jennifer Godson, senior in mechanical engineering, Victoria Bailiff, senior in history, and Eddie Mack, senior in mechanical, explore the Bell Tower up close Thursday. The event was the senior class gift spring kickoff and featured a speech from senior class president Jay Dawkins and chancellor James Woodward. “We’ve never really been this close to be honest,” Mack said of the Bell Tower. “The last time I was this close was freshman year when we beat Carolina in basketball.”
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“It’s awesome that they did that. It was nice of them and it helps out a lot,” Sullivan said. “It means a lot to see the community reaching out to N.C. State.” Interim Chancellor James Woodward praised the fundraising efforts, stating that student involvement would help them to “remain connected emotionally to their alma mater.” “I could not think of a better senior class gift. This
tower is the icon of N.C. State,” Woodward said. “On Web sites, advertisements – the tower is always there. We have to complete this symbol of N.C. State.” Woodward and his wife offered up a $500 personal donation toward the Bell Tower gift. Sullivan laughed off a friend’s offer that she increase his offer tenfold. “Maybe in like a hundred years, when I actually have money,” Sullivan said.
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in doing so he sacrificed a great opportunity for complexity. What if Unobtanium was needed to power a dying Earth? This would have forced the viewer to make a difficult moral choice and would have added muchneeded layers to the story. The depiction “Avatar” provides of the noble savage a nd t h e f i l m’s d ist r ust of modern society has very strong connections to the writings of French philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau. In Rousseau’s “On the Origin of Inequality,” he argues that man in his savage state is pure, virtuous and free but that this “noble savage” has been corrupted by civil society. “Avatar” borrows heavily from the mythology that Rousseau propagates. As many anthropologists have pointed out, man in his savage state is extremely violent and existence is harsh. This nostalgia for a simpler time where man was in touch with nature is backwards and
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counterproductive. According to Cameron, what are we supposed to do in our own lives? This is a fair question to ask because the political nature of the film implies a positive political and social agenda. According to “Avatar,” are we to try our darndest to become something that we are not, in a place that is not our own? In my opinion, we should respect other cultures and be tolera nt but not to the poi nt to where we lose ou r ow n national, cultural or personal identities. On this point, “Avatar” seems to advocate that we throw off our jobs, friends and capitalist modern society to commune with nature, in order to be more authentic people. Remember, all of these lessons are coming from a man who just made over a billion dollars off of a film which could only be made in a capitalist and entrepreneurial society.
“As many anthropologists have pointed out, man in his savage state is extremely violent and existence is harsh.”
We, the undersigned students of North Carolina State University, oppose the mandatory $200.00 tuition increase currently included in the 2010-2011 state budget. We call upon our legislators in the North Carolina General Assembly to repeal this tax on students, and to replace it with a tuition rate set by the UNC Board of Governors that keeps 100% of the funding raised within our University. To print out your own petition to share with students, and for more information, visit tuitionpetition.org or contact Student Body President Jim Ceresnak at email@example.com. Source: tuitionpetition.org
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“I don’t want to pay $200 more,” Rogers said, emphasizing the discrepancy between class cuts and tuition increases. “We lost so much money, the University did, last year and this year to budget cuts. Our university is almost overpopulated. For us to pay even more and not have any improvement still, it violates the core mission of the University system: to provide affordable education to students.” Rogers said she was especially concerned for seniors who weren’t able to register for classes due to cuts and now are unsure about graduation this May. “Some students aren’t going to be able to graduate on time because of the funding that we have already cut from our University, so we’ve already paid in a lot of ways.” Rogers said another concern is that financial aid won’t cover the increase in many instances, while an increase mandated by the University, which would benefit the University directly, would be 50 percent covered. Rogers said while the petition is only directed at students, another one is in the works that will be sent to parents to solicit their input.
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RICH’S QUICK PICKS Mario and Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story
Nintendo DS If you like Mario games or RPG’s, you’ll love this fun mash-up of video game genres. This is the third game in a series of portable Mario adventure games, and it is by far the most refined. You play as Mario and Luigi at the same time, leading the duo around as they run, jump and explore their way through an adorable and humorous Nintendo world. The new addition here is that you can also play as Bowser, breathing fire and stomping baddies with reckless abandon. Three times is a charm for developer AlphaDream, which has hit this Koopa shell out of the park.
Xbox 360/Playstation 3 For years gamers have clamored for a dark, mature themed version of Nintendo’s classic “Legend of Zelda” franchise. “Twilight Princess” was a step in this direction, but it took “Darksiders,” a non-Zelda game, to give these fans what they’ve been wanting. Take the combat of “God of War,” add in the portal gun from “Portal” and the exploration and open world setting from “Ocarina of Time,” and you have a game that is extremely fun, if not particularly original. You play as War, one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, and the earth is in tatters. Good Luck!
The Book of Eli
In Theatres Jan 15th Denzel Washington, Gary Oldman and Mila Kunis of “That 70’s Show” star in this post-apocalyptic western about a man sworn to protect a sacred book of secrets that might just save the world from destruction. The hype surrounding this film tells a story of dedication – Washington reportedly shed a lot of weight to look more grizzled and post-apocalyptic, writer Greg Whitta left a lucrative career in videogames to be a starving screenwriter – so let’s hope the hard work paid off.
CBS Thursdays at 10P.M. This show has consistently brought in good ratings, which is surprising because people seem to actually really like it. Simon Baker plays a former con-man spiritualist who had a personal revelation about his evil ways when a serial killer murdered his wife and child. Now he uses his skills in interpersonal manipulation to solve tough police cases and generally astonish onlookers. The show is driven by compelling, fun-to-watch performances from its primary cast, including Robin Tunney and Amanda Righetti. If you can’t watch it live, DVR it – everyone else is.
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‘Human Target’ worth a shot The Human Target Twentieth Century Fox
Rich Lepore Arts & Entertainment Editor
FOX will air the pilot of an exciting new show Sunday at 8 p.m. called “The Human Target,” and based on the first episode, I expect that the show will do moderately well. The basic premise isn’t entirely unique — there is a man with a checkered and dangerous past who only knows how to live on the wild side and is always getting into life and death situations to save the innocent – but there is a twist. This man, the titular “Human Target,” takes on clients whose lives are in danger, and impersonates someone important in the client’s life to get close. Then he attempts to draw the fire of whoever wants to kill the client, in essence becoming a human bulletproof vest to protect them from harm. “The Human Target,” aka Christopher Chance, debuted as a character in “Action Comics” in 1972, and since then he has been getting around. He has appeared on and off in various DC series since, and most recently as the title character in the DC/Vertigo series “Human Target” written by Peter Milligan. Chance has been the subject of a television series once before, played by Rick Springfield in 1992, but this Sunday, the character goes higher profile than ever before in his own FOX television series. In the 2010 series, Christopher Chance is played by Mark Valley, who has had roles on numerous television shows throughout the past decade. Recently, he starred in FOX’s hit show “Fringe,” as well as “Boston Legal” and “Keen Eddie.” Valley’s take on Christopher Chance is refreshingly non-stereotypical, and his performance is one of the few bright spots that save the show from being rote and by the numbers. Although it is not revealed in this first episode, Chance’s past is hinted at on multiple occasions, and I predict that this first season will primarily address the question, “What makes a man put himself in this kind of danger?” This is a good thing, because episodic television
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is always so much better when there is continuity from episode to episode. The main focus of each episode, however, will be a single case for Chance to solve which introduces a new client to protect each week. In the premiere, the client is an attractive super t ra i n eng i neer who is about to u nvei l a n $ 80 million project to the world before someone tries to blow her up with a car bomb. The episode, which is about forty minutes i n ac tua l length, can be split roughly into three parts. The first ten minutes or so serve to introduce us to our main protagonist, showing Chance disarming a hostage situation with significant style and swagger. Chance is sharply sarcastic, as well as smoothly operational, demonstrating the duality of personality necessary to be effective under fire. The next ten minutes set up the cur-
rent case, introducing the client and her predicament. Chance then assumes his new role, which, in this case, is as a translator. Chance spouts Japanese with impossible skill, and when his client asks him if he knew Japanese before this case, he says no. I understand the need to show Cha nce as superhuman in his abilities, but his speaking perfect Japanese off the cuff stretches disbelief too far. This steals credibility from the scene, and in a show like this, credibility is all-important. The remainder of the show fares a bit better, showing Chance unmasking the killer and defusing an explosive situation. I didn’t guess the killer’s identity before it was revealed, and in a primetime television show, this is a rare and desirable occurrence. The action scenes are top notch and fully believable, and are the best thing about the show. We see Chance going
“The action scenes are top notch and fully believable, and are the best thing about the show. ”
way beyond the call of duty, betraying both his own body and the laws of gravity to get the job done. The explosions are big, the fights are fast and furious and each moment is more thrilling than the last. The show continually ups the ante throughout its duration, making the climax of the action ridiculously intense and crowd-pleasing. The supporting cast is average so far, but this may change as they are more fully fleshed out in upcoming episodes. Jackie Earle Haley—who I absolutely loved in “Watchmen” last year—plays Guerrero, a bad-guy-recently-turnedgood who ends up in Chance’s employ. So far Guerrero seems rather wimpy, but according to an interview with Haley, this wimpy exterior is a front intended to throw the bad guys off guard. This remains to be seen, but Haley’s performance in this episode left a lot to be desired. Chi McBride rounds out the regular supporting cast playing Winston, the conservative straight man in Chance’s world. Winston is there to keep the show grounded in reality, constantly pointing
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Examining the politics of Avatar James Cameron’s ‘Avatar’ is the latest in a tradition of gigantic films
BY CAITLIN CONWAY
What did you think of James Cameron's movie Avatar?
Zakk White Assistant Viewpoint Editor
Director Cameron has built a career on advancing special effects technology and using it tastefully. “Terminator,” “Aliens,” “Terminator 2: Judgment Day” and “Titanic” are all films which, underneath the mechanics and technology, have very simple and effective stories. Cor porate greed has played a role in his past films, but the vast amount of political and social commentary present in “Avatar” is new for Cameron. He is at his best in “Avatar” as a visual stylist. When using motion-capture technology, he brings nine-foot-tall blue creatures to life, which is no easy feat. Thanks in part to the shoddy actors playing the human characters, the aliens seem more real than the rest of the cast. When discussing “Avatar,” it seems more apt to compare it to a roller coaster or a thrill ride. It would be weird to complain about the storyline of a ride – which usually consists of a simple plaque with a description like “a runaway train ride.” Instead, you focus on the thrill and satisfaction you feel during and after the ride. This is where “Avatar” succeeds. As a visceral and visual experience, it
"Best movie ever. Especially in 3D... It's revolutionary." Jack Trefftzs freshman, biochemistry
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has no peer. The breathtaking CGI creates not only a wholly believable alien world, but also strong native characters who inhabit the planet. But once you start to dig below the glossy surface, you find yourself staring into an intellectual abyss – pun intended. Where the film/ride fails miserably is in its screenplay. One of the many lessons of the movie seems to be that the paramilitary squad and its corporate masters are bad people because they take a simplistic and stereotyped view of the natives of Pandora. Ironically, this is exactly the stance that Cameron takes regarding his human characters. For instance, Col. Miles Quaritch is a combination of the worst aspects of Gen. Douglas
MacArthur and Chip Hazard from “Small Soldiers.” Cameron obviously wants to make him out to be an understandable villain, but why do all of his troops have to be ignorant meatheads? In real life, the military is made up of diverse and complex people with different ideas, v iews and opinions. For evidence of Cameron’s simple-minded personal prejudice, here is an actual portion of the uncut screenplay that can be found online at the Fox studios Web site (props to BigHollywood.com and Aintitcoolnews.com for pointing this out) that displays Cameron’s real views: “Cut To: Interior Armor Bay … The miners lock and load like the red-blooded redneck NRA supporters they
“The breathtaking CGI creates a wholly believable alien world.”
are.” Imagine if he had written something similarly simple-minded about the natives. He would be derided as a racist. The “Avatar” script also missed the boat on political depth. The reason that the corporation in the film is on Pandora is to mine a valuable substance named “Unobtanium.” Lazy name aside, the film never explains what is so valuable about Unobtanium. T he cor porate goon played by Giovanni Ribisi – who is aptly named “Parker Selfridge” – says early in the film that “this little gray rock sells for twenty million a kilo.” Exactly why is Unobtanium so valuable? It seems that Cameron was trying to make a point about mindless corporate greed and capitalism but
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“It was very different, but interesting... I liked it. It’s hard to describe.” Alan Evans freshman, engineering
“I thought it was a stunning new invention of the camera. The movie was incredibly visually appealing. It also sent a quality environmental and moral messages intertwined with the love story.” Brian Freeman sophomore, mechanical engineering
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We’re having an academic crisis D
Despite record enrollment, the University has cut many class seats and sections in the wake of budgetary pressure.
Budget cuts are a difficult beast to tame. But the University, as a whole, needs to reassess its priorities as many students review their disappointing schedules on the last day to add classes for the spring semester in MyPack.
uring the summer, N.C. State had a tough run. The scandals surrounding the former governor and those who know him turned the University upside down. In the long run, though, students probably won’t remember Easley and Oblinger. What they will remember is the classes they couldn’t get into, the sections that were full and the extra year they had to spend at the University — not out of lack of effort, but due to faulty administration. The 10-percent budget cut the University experienced this summer was more impactful to the University than every resignation combined. It has wreaked havoc on the number of seats and sections the University can offer as well as its
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ability to hire new faculty. If students want evidence, open up MyPack. The number of seats and sections dramatically fell this semester. The University is offering thousands fewer seats than this time last year. Few students have been able to enroll in half the classes they wanted, and in some cases, needed to graduate. The University, through its actions, seems to have made an implicit decision that the fouryear plan is no longer the norm. Quite frankly, the inability to enroll in classes for students at all levels has left many students with unfulfilling schedules or will forcibly cause them to de-
lay their graduation. How many teachers this semester have said they’re teaching more students per class than they’ve ever had? How many classes have you seen where students have to sit on the floor or drag desks and chairs in from other rooms? If the University is still a fouryear educational institution, it is experiencing an identity crisis. The budget reversions this year have left Chancellor James Woodward and the University budget crew with few options, and students understand that some cuts will be necessary in the present and as the Univer-
sity moves into the future. But during this final day of enrollment for the spring semester, and when thousands of students are scrambling to find classes today in anticipation of when the MyPack waitlists drop at midnight, students should ask themselves how many more sections and seats can the University cut before the institution becomes dysfunctional. Dozens of faculty positions — if not more — were left vacant this semester; many adjunct faculty members did not have their contracts extended, all in the name of cost cutting. We’re having an academic crisis.
The true meaning: underwear
e’ve all heard about the thwarted terrorist attack by the infamous “underwear bomber.” And we are all well aware of the new, over-thetop screening measures the Transportation Security Administrat ion i mplemented as a Paul response. But we’ve missed McCauley the real point Senior Staff of the attack. Columist The terrorist clearly wasn’t trying to make us more afraid of terrorism. For the most part — judging by the paranoia of most of the public officials and talking heads in the media — it’s clear that if our troops don’t invade another country by week’s end, the extremists will murder us all in our sleep and gain control of the sun. I’ve heard Roger Ailes, the president of Fox News, has a mini convoy of guards in sport utility vehicles and a camera watching the area outside his office, presumably so he has people to shoot the ubiquitous terrorists and can see exactly when to activate the super-secret security system in his office upon seeing an extremist (or person he just doesn’t like). No, the real point of the underwear bomber’s attack is this: our underwear is the freedom extremists hate most. Think about it; extremists want all women to cover every inch of their skin, head-to-toe, save for their eyes. Do you really think they went through all that trouble just to let some woman wear a thong under all of that? Or, heaven forbid, forgo underwear entirely and leave the bra at home? Here in America, we are clearly blessed with the freedom to wear whatever underwear we choose: boxers, briefs, boxer-briefs, brief-boxers, broxers, boxefs and bikini briefs for men and granny panties, non-granny-panties, thongs and several other undergarments which probably have a name I’m not sure I want to know for women. And
in this proud United States, if we wake up the morning after and can’t find all the articles of clothing we had on the night before, darn it all if we can’t just walk home with whatever clothes and underwear we can find. Further, sometimes underwear is so damned inconvenient, particularly if one chooses to wear a rather formfitting garment — it is a Godgiven right that we have the option between dignity and the unsightly lines others might see if we don underwear. Of all the freedoms we have, the right to choose what underwear to put on when we roll out of bed is one every American can appreciate. Privacy is a nebulous concept, negated by the fact that whatever insanely stupid crap we might do will probably end up on YouTube or CollegeHumor the next day. And the abortion debate involves doctors and religious fundamentalists, two groups of people I prefer to see on television, whether it be in “House” or on some Sunday morning televangelist program. Your underwear, on the other hand, is right on your body — unless, as mentioned earlier, you choose to forgo wearing it. Clearly, the Frame r s of t he Constitution k new what t hey were doing when they called it the “elastic” clause, as we are entitled to wear our underwear, preferably with some sort of elastic to make sure it stays on (unless otherwise designed). And for the record, I’d like this column to serve as notice. I’m pretty sure this plot line would be great for a terrible porn film, where the porn stars pretend to be government agents in protecting our thongs. If anyone happens to see such a new porn of this nature, let me know so I can contact my attorneys. And again, God Bless the Underwear States of America, where we can CHOOSE what goes on underneath our clothes.
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Like a virgin
he fact of the matter is that virginity is a very sensitive subject. Even though some people think of virgins as if they were Steve Carrell, marching around an apartment blaring a trumpet. T he me dia does a Marlena wonderful Wilson job at makStaff Columist ing people who have yet to swipe their V-Card out as ridiculously awkward or annoying. Any socially conscious human being would realize that this is simply not true. Being a virgin is nothing to be ashamed of. In high school, the topics of sex and sexuality are touched on a bit. But once college begins you are basically on your own. As an adult, people expect you to act like an adult. Unless you are connected to a religious group that values virginity you will receive minimal, if any, reliable help. I find this disappointing. For many of us, sex is like a “right of passage” or a “stepping stone “ into our adult lives. When people start sharing stories, sometimes it’s hard not having anything to add. It has been my experience that females are more accepting of the idea of vir-
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ginity than males. I am not attempting to generalize the entire population, but I imagine male virgins get more anguish from their same-sex peers than females. They are taunted for having not “hit that” yet. On the f lipside, women can be seen as “teases” or “prudes” for not having sex. Either way, someone’s decision to abstain or “wait for the right one” should be respected, not ridiculed. The general public most likely sees college as nothing but drinking and sex. Shows like ABC Family’s “Greek” have done a fabulous job heightening this stereotype. The people that live the extreme lives (like the fictional characters on television) always get the most attention and this makes for a false representation of the majority. Then there are those people that do a lot of talking, but have nothing to show for it; I believe most of the sexual rendezvous they speak of are lies, nothing more. A not her misconcept ion about sex is that it’s the most fabulous thing next to sliced bread. This is a lie. Doves are not released, there are no fireworks and there is no beautiful orchestra in the background to celebrate your sexual intercourse (Although, I’m sure as long as you share this special
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moment with a special person all the bumps and mistakes will be worth it). If you choose to stay a virgin, hold your head up high. Virginity is not as lame as the Jonas Brothers make it seem. You don’t have to go around making an elaborate scene of your piety with purity rings and “Little Miss Virgin” T-shirts. It can be something you personally uphold. If y ou a r e one who is dying to lose your virginity, you might want to wait. You could actually find someone you like versus that random person at the bar with the weird tick. No matter what age you are, it’s better to wait for someone worthwhile instead of settling for something you know is going to end badly. You can only lose your virginity once; make the most of it. If the 40-year-old virgin can be happy, so can you.
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ners, jumpers and throwers to help the team compete for the ACC title. However, Geiger does not foresee a problem with continued from page 8 the freshmen transitioning into ACC competition. “I have very high expectato compete for the ACC title as always, but it is not their tions for the freshmen coming only focus. The team hopes in. We have some younger guys, especially in to not only the distance, perform but with the well on cross-count he f ield try in the fall, but to also t hey have become gained some closer as a experience,” group and Geiger said. become “A nd w it h more like said by Rollie Geiger t h i s bei ng a f a m i ly their second than just semester in college, they have a team. “As a team, I want us to had time to get used to college compete in the ACC’s and life.” Coming into the season, I would love to finish on top,” Henry said. “But I the men’s biggest strength is want the whole team to do the overall depth as team, eswell. I just want everyone to pecially with the distance runhave a good time and do the ners and its spiriting group, best they can. We are try- anchored by seniors A’Tolani ing to be more like a family Akinkuotu and Reggie Reese. “We are very strong in the and encourage each other. We need to have everyone sprints this year; we have a wanting to do their best for lot of our main group coming not only themselves but for back, so that is definitely one of our stronger areas,” Geiger the team.” Henry anchors the stron- said. “Also, with the strength gest group for the women’s of our cross country program, team: the throwers. Besides our middle and distance runHenry, the group includes ners are very deep as well.” With a deep pool of talent on Jessica Sanders and Brittany McCain, who both expect to display at the upcoming meet play important roles in ei- in Blacksburg, both teams hope ther the shot put or weight to get a good look the level of competition this year. In adthrow. “Lawanda Henry is not dition, they will use the expeonly a conference champ, rience to find out where they but an NCAA athlete. She need to be in order to compete should be All-American for the ACC Championship this year,” Geiger said. “As title in February. “There will be a lot of ACC a whole, we have outstandschools there and it will be ing throwers.” With 19 freshmen on the good for the team to see what men’s squad this year, the the competition is going to be team will rely heavily on like early on,” Henry said. young inexperienced run-
“I have very high expectations for the freshman coming in.”
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Amber White, which inspired the team to play well and not throw in the towel as the game wore on. “Our seniors, especially Amber, always tell us that when you’re ahead, don’t let up. When you’re down, don’t give up. That has pretty much been our thing during halftime,” Kastanek said. As State goes into ACC play, including its next game at Florida State, players believe they will have the upper hand when it comes to the scouting report. This is Harper’s first year here and she has been working to
implement her system. “At this point, most teams have done a good job with the scouting report, and probably feel like they know what we’re [going to] do. We still don’t have everything in, so we can show something new later in the year that might surprise some ACC coaches,” Harper said. Kastanek said the team has not learned every aspect of Harper’s system. She said that in a strange way, that could be advantageous. “I think [with] new system, we’re kind of confusing people because they don’t really know everything we have. We don’t know everything we have,” Kastanek said. “We haven’t learned it all yet.”
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Jordan Vandenberg. “It’s big,” Wood said. “Julius came in and did a good job. He continued from page 8 contributed real well. Vandenberg and Howell did a real good going to have to play 40 min- job coming in and rebounding and taking the ball out. I think utes against him.” In its last game, the Pack that’s going to get overlooked defeated Florida State de- a little bit. But he took the ball spite two of the team’s top out and replaced me for taking three scorers, junior forward the ball out so I could get to the Tracy Smith and junior free throw line a little bit more. That was a point guard big part of Javier Gonour success zalez, comlast night.” bi n i ng to Mays was score just 12 not the only points. State one who prevailed made his thanks free throws. to f reshState came ma n forinto t he ward Scott game shootWood, who — ing 64.8 permore than cent f rom doubled the line, but his season shot 83 perand careercent f rom high of 15 t he c h a rpoints with it y s t r ip e a 31 point against the outburst on Seminoles, seven for 11 going 29 for three-pointFreshman Scott Wood 35 from the er shooting. free throw While line. Wood “It’s just confidence and picked up the scoring slack, the ball-handling and free- concentration,” Wood said. throw shooting of sopho- “Tracy knocked them down. more guard Julius Mays, I think I missed two, which who made all 10 of his free is a little bit disappointing on throws — all with less than my part. But Julius hit ten of two minutes remaining — them, I believe. Just getting to allowed the Pack to hang on the free throw line and knockwith Gonzalez, its primary ing them down and getting that ball handler, on the bench confidence — that will help us after fouling out with more big time throughout the rest of the ACC.” than four minutes to play. Wood said Mays was just one of a number of players who stepped up to play a big role in the victory over FSU. He also cited the play of a pair of freshmen, forward Richard Howell and center
“Just getting to the free throw line and knocking them down and getting that confidence that will help us big time throughout the rest of the ACC.”
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Aiyegbusi drafted by Kansas City Wizards
Former Pack soccer player Korede Aiyegbusi, a defenseman, was drafted by the Kansas City Wizards in the second round of the 2010 MLS Draft yesterday. The 5’5, 155-pound London native was the 20th pick overall and first Pack player to be selected. He gained international experience at the World University Games in Belgrade, Serbia, this past summer. Source: espn
Former Pack golfer to make PGA debut
2002 All-ACC and All-American golfer Garth Mulroy will make his debut as a PGA Tour professional this weekend at the Sony Open in Honolulu, Hawaii. Mulroy was one of 25 Nationwide Tour members awarded a PGA tour card after his performance last season. He won a tournament and finished in the top-five three additional times. He joins former Wolfpack alumni Tim Clark, Carl Peterson and Mark Turnesa on the PGA tour. Source: N.C. State Athletics
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Pack looks to build on first ACC victory Basketball team will try to make it two conference wins in a row against Clemson
freshmen get their first ACC win. For our freshmen to play like they did in that game, I think they’re finally getting the speed down, and also the physical play of the ACC.” But the Wolfpack will not be the Tyler Everett only team on the court coming off a Deputy Sports Editor big win, as the Tigers will come into State will have a chance to post Raleigh fresh off an 83-64 romp consecutive victories over ranked Wednesday night over Carolina. Horner said the key to the game opponents when it hosts the No. 19 Clemson Tigers Saturday at noon at will be how the Pack handles the Tithe RBC Center. With No. 7 Duke gers’ full-court pressure defense, a coming to Raleigh Wednesday, Sat- scheme that forced 26 Tar Heel turnurday’s game will be the second con- overs and allowed Clemson to build secutive of three in a row and four a 23-point first half lead. “We know they’re going to press us of five in which State will square off like they did to UNC and try to force with a nationally ranked ACC foe. The Pack travels to Maryland an up tempo style of game,” Horner said. “We just Saturday before have to ta ke returning to Racare of the ball leigh to take on and not turn it the No. 13 Tar over. By doing Heels Tuesday, that, that’s not Jan. 26. going to allow As it prepares Dennis Horner, on what a win against them to get the for the teeth of Clemson would do for his team easy fast breaks its schedule, the they want and confidence the the fast-paced team would get from another win over a ranked op- style they want.” Clemson is led by senior forward ponent would be crucial, according Trevor Booker, a pre-season Naito senior Dennis Horner. “A win would be huge for us Sat- smith Trophy candidate and the urday,” Horner said. “It would be ACC’s active leader in both rebounds a huge confidence booster. People and blocked shots. “We know what type of player he will maybe start taking us seriously again. As a team, that will build that is,” Horner said. “He’s athletic and swagger. Getting a win against an- he’s a big guy. He’s quick in the post; other ranked opponent is definitely he’s very physical and strong, and he crashes the boards, so we have something we need to do.” State is looking to build on an 88- to keep him off the boards. We’re 81 win Tuesday night over No. 25 not really positive how we’re going to guard him yet but it’s going to be Florida State. “I think that’s a huge confidence either me or Tracy [Smith] who is booster,” Horner said. “We had our
“People will maybe start taking us seriously again.”
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Men’s, women’s track and field teams seek strong start to season as they head to Virginia Tech Taylor Barbour Deputy Sports Editor
In his 30th season as State’s track and field coach, Rollie Geiger has prepared both the men’s and women’s
teams for a successful indoor track season as they head into the first meet of the season this weekend at Virginia Tech. Geiger has high expectations for both teams this season. In his eyes, the men’s team may be one of the most balanced teams he has coached, while the women’s team is led by star athletes such as ACC Champion shot put thrower Lawanda Henry, who is only a sophomore. “We should have one of our
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better track and field teams this year,” Geiger said. “We have a lot of balance, we have sprinters, we have throwers, jumpers and distance runners. The women don’t have quite the balance on the team as a whole that the men have, but we have some very good athletes.” As a team, the women hope
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Emili Tasler and Marissa Kastanek, the team’s collective lack of energy has contributed to its mishaps. “Honestly, our energy just wasn’t there from the beginJeniece Jamison ning of the game,” Tasler said. Senior Staff Writer “We started off slow. I don’t As the women’s basketball know if towards the end of the team prepares for the grind game we’re like, ‘Oh, [we have of the ACC season, coaches to] pick it up,’ and so we start and players alike recognize making surges. We now know there is still work to be our energy has to be there from done. One of the problems the beginning and we have to that has plagued the team play the whole game, the whole so far has been the slow forty minutes.” Kastanek starts to the believes that f irst half, the lack of several of energy was which have a result of su n k t he t he team Pack early. becoming I n it s complacent latest loss with its play. to AC C Redshirt sophomore guard Emili “We were opponent Tasler watching Boston film on the College, Boston ColState found itself trailing by 15 points lege game and we were not even until it broke out on a 19-6 close to the same energy level run before halftime. But it we had in the Maryland game,” proved to be too little, as the Kastanek said. “If we just come Eagles surged to defeat the out wanting to win and wanting to play hard every game Pack 83-66. “We did not start the then I think we could have game shooting the ball well. easily prevented the first half We did not have the same of the Boston College game.” Kastanek also pointed to energy that we had in previous games,” head coach the leadership of senior guard Kellie Harper said. According to guards starts continued page 7
“We now know our energy has to be there from the beginning...”