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Brickyard vigil kicks off Howl for Haiti Student Government challenges students to support Stop Hunger Now pledge Alanna Howard

The Beronette sisters are a pair of twins of Haitian descent who will compliment the other speaker, DanToday the Howl for Haiti drive un- son Ceneus, a Haiti resident. Ceneus officially kicks off to commemorate will speak for about five minutes to the Haitian victims, starting with share the experience of what is going the vigil being held in the Brickyard on down there. “Mr. Ceneus will give a personal acfrom 12:30 p.m. to 12:50 p.m. It will feature Tom Stafford, the vice chan- count of what is going on, and will tie it to N.C. State to cellor for Student give us a connecAffairs, as well as tion to the devthe Haitian muastation dow n sic group, the t here,” A i ken Beronette sisters. said. “Hopefully The goal of the he will describe drive is to raise what the people $50,000 on beEricka Aiken need most down half of the Unithere.” versity to donate Wednesday night at the men’s basto Stop Hunger Now. Ericka Aiken, the chair of the Stu- ketball game against Duke there will dent Government community service be a donation drive for students to commission, said the point is to show begin raising the $50,000 needed to respect for the people that lost their meet the SG challenge. Jim Ceresnak, student body presilives. “What we want most is to honor dent, said the purpose of Howl for the victims of this horrible event,” Haiti is to create a campus-wide movement to contribute to this cause. she said. Deputy News Editor

“What we want most is to honor the victims of this horrible event,”

Pre-Health Club reminisce visit to Haiti Club members feel need to return to help rebuild Arth Pandya Staff Writer

The 7.0 magnitude earthquake in Haiti last Tuesday devastated the entire country. According to Dr. Anita Flick, Director of Health Professions Advising, the hospitals and homes where 15 individuals from the University had volunteered with Hearts with Haiti, are all gone. The group, consisting of pre-medical students and adults, are reviewing the area in which they served. “The five main areas we worked in received critical damage,” said Dr. Flick. Matt Hunt, a sophomore in biomedical engineering who volunteered in Haiti, said he didn’t realize the extent of the damages until he turned on his television.  “I didn’t realize how bad it was until I turned on the news,” said Hunt.  “Knowing the state Haiti was already in, and the infrastructure that was in place, it was hard to realize the damage caused.” St. Joseph’s Home for Boys, located on the outskirts of Port-au-Prince, was completely destroyed.  “St. Joseph’s provided a place for former child slaves and street children to obtain an education and to improve their living conditions,” said Dr. Flick. The group has special ties to the homes they worked with while in country. “We have had a long standing relationship with these homes [such as St. Joseph’s].  We’ve lived with them, ate meals with them, their members became family,” she said. “You think about the babies we held in the hospitals, and then the disaster, and where they are now.  For every single one of us, it’s like being kicked in the gut.” Alyse Flick, a freshman in human biology and Dr. Flick’s daughter, also volunteered in Haiti and said her first reaction was to contact those she knew in Haiti to make sure they were OK.


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Haitian woman prays alongside the destroyed National Cathedral in Port-auPrince, Haiti, Tuesday.

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Flick said the group had developed a bond with the boys at the St. Joseph’s Home, which made the hardships they were suffering relatable. “We stayed at St. Joseph’s Home and got to interact with the boys that lived there,” said Flick. “Even though we didn’t speak Creole, it was so easy to adjust and interact with them.” According to Dr. Flick, one of her goals since becoming involved in the Pre-Health Club was to develop awareness about Haiti.  Since traveling to Haiti 30 years ago, she has been involved in the Haitian population ever since.  “What you find when you talk with Haitian people, is their spirit and perseverance.  Just spending a week in that environment was far more uplifting and powerful than anything,” said Dr. Flick.  As a result of the success from the first trip, Dr. Flick had made preparations for a second trip.  However, the earthquake struck a day after she finalized the second trip.  “Last May was the first trip.  I wanted to establish one to two trips a year, one during the winter and one during the summer,” said Dr. Flick.  “On Monday, I had finalized the trip, and then on Tuesday, the earthquake happened.” Cheryl Proctor, chair of the board of directors for Hearts with Haiti, a local non-profit organization in Raleigh, said the group’s primary goal is to raise as much awareness as possible.  “We are moving from a crisis-mode to a planning-mode,” said Proctor.  Hunt said students must continue to support organizations.  “The [University] response has been great, from selecting Stop Hunger Now to channel all the funds, to promoting awareness through candlelight vigils,” said Hunt. Dr. Flick said the group may be able to go to Haiti during May to do some construction work.  “I will not give up.  I do plan to take students back for the rebuild. I do hope to get them involved.”

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“Our job is to aid in this crisis, and we pledge to do so by contributing $50,000 to Stop Hunger Now,” he said. Stop Hunger Now is the partner the University has chosen to help bridge the relief money with those that need it the most. The amount is easy to break down Ceresnak said, if every student does their part. “Even if every student contributes two dollars, we can more than meet our goal,” he said. Ceresnak and Aiken both said the success of this movement depends on the students. “We can more than meet this goal, but the success of us helping the victims of Haiti hinges on student groups stepping up, holding fundraisers, finding company matching programs, anything to help us reach our goal,” Ceresnak said. SG said all groups that contribute to the Howl for Haiti cause will be appropriately recognized for their efforts. More information can be found at the Web site

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Office of Information Technology continues to expand interactive classroom response system Nick Tran Deputy News Editor

April 28 Office of Information Technology issued a memorandum declaring NCSU’s adoption of TurningPoint’s interactive classroom response system as the campus standard. With the start of the new semester, more and more classes have begun to adopt the system. According to OIT, 50 more classrooms will soon be ready to facilitate clicker technology. The clickers are small, handheld devices programmed to correspond to the student using it and offers a number of utilities to a clicker-enabled classroom. Students’ attendance is automatically recorded and they are allowed to respond to questions presented by the professor through the system. While this represents an advancement in classroom technology, the cost has curbed student excitement. Though some professors offer a class set of clickers, Kimberly Rochester/Technician most students have to buy them Jenny Tang, a freshman in animal science, works on a problem and answers through the school. using her clicker in her chemistry 101 class tuesday afternoon. “They help the Jonathan Coburn, a freshman class become more interactive and they’re easy to use” said Tang. in nuclear engineering, said he felt the utility was not worth the the response system to TurningPoint’s give anonymous feedback. The more [students] get to engage and interact technology. extra cost. The memorandum, issued by Marc the better the understanding.” “It gives us the impression that Kohlmyer said it might be better to we have to spend more money on Hoit, Vice Chancellor for Informacollege,” he said. “It doesn’t help tion Technology, said, “TurningPoint change the fee structure of how stuyou learn more information, it just clickers would in general be student- dents obtained the clickers, suggesting makes things easier for the profes- owned and maintained and if a fac- applying Education and Technology ulty member or department wished fees to cover them. sor.” “It might also be better to have more to use a different Coburn clicker technol- classes using them to allow students said the clickogy, the faculty to make more use of them,” he said. ers could help member’s de- “Over the next few years, usage should for larger partment would grow and standardize. I know I can’t classes, but be responsible run my class without them.” traditional Bryan Alligood, a freshman in biofor prov id i ng methods of clickers for their logical engineering, however, said the teaching will clickers were unnecessary and tradistudents.” always be betsaid by Bryan Alligood According to tional methods worked fine before. ter. “It makes it easier to keep up with the memoran“Traditiond u m , i m p l e - larger class sizes, not necessarily ima l met hods are better for students and al- menting the system was in an effort prove teaching,” he said. “Yes, I found lows more interaction,” Coburn to best serve the needs of students and it to be useful, but overall it is not said. “At least we can use them faculty with the most cost-effective worth the $50.” According to Alligood, some classes for multiple classes, but having a purchasing and support model. Matthew Kohlmyer, a physics pro- provide a class set of clickers to help class set would be better than buyfessor using the clicker system, said it with costs and otherwise it would be ing them.” The clickers can be bought from has been used in some introductory better to offer them to students for the bookstore for $50 but can be courses for a number of years and it rent. “They’re easy to use and are pretty helps instructors get feedback on stusold back for only $20. nice, and they do what they’re sup“The cost just doesn’t seem nec- dent progress in class. “In large, 100 plus classes, it can posed to do, but there are simpler and essary,” Coburn said. Requiring students to buy click- be intimidating to ask questions,” he cheaper ways,” Alligood said. ers is due to campus standardizing said. “This system allows students to

“They do what they’re supposed to do, but there are simpler and cheaper ways.”

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Students help raise funds for Haiti Story By Alanna Howard | photos By Tim O’Brien & Amanda Wilkins


tudents unite to show support for the Howl for Haiti campaign. The goal is to raise $50,000 to donate to Stop Hunger Now. Student government is sponsoring the drive and information can be found on the Web site

 As she waited in line at the Howl for Haitit meeting Tuesday, Allison Hofmann, a freshman in nutrition science, showed her arm that was marked with “Haiti” to display her support for the Haitians’ cause in the wake of the earthquake last Tuesday. Although she came to help at the Duke game, Hofmann is really concerned about the Haitians’ health. “I am really passionate about food security and I know it will be a real issue with Haiti,” Hofmann explained. The Howl for Haiti meeting discussed the events that Student Government has planned to raise their goal of $50,000 for Haiti and the Brickyard vigil.

 Frank Wu, junior in biomedical engineering, and Christopher Kilgore, junior in chemical engineering, sign up to volunteer with Howl for Haiti in the Student Government office in Witherspoon Student Center Tuesday. The student organization, headed by Ericka Aiken, senior in polymer science, had a goal to raise $50,000 by the end of the week. “I got an email from the pre-health club and I wanted to help,” Wu said. “I’m really surprised that there’s so many people,” Kilgore said.

 ’Howl for Haiti’ signs are displayed in the Student Government office at the kickoff meeting for the Howl for Haiti movement Tuesday. After the meeting was over, students were given stacks to hand out to people to make them aware of the unified effort and the vigil that is being held Wednesday.

Chris Clark, sophomore in biology, talks about carpooling help with the chair of the community service committee, Ericka Aiken, at the Howl for Haiti volunteer meeting in the Student Government office in Witherspoon Student Center Tuesday. The student organization, headed by Aiken, had a goal to raise $50,000 by the end of the week. “I used to be in the 82nd airborne division,” Clark said. “I saw that they were down there and I wanted to help out too. I figured this was the best avenue of help I had.”

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Student Senate plays a major role in social life on campus and University affairs. Only 25 of its theoretical approximate voting corps of 64 were popularly elected by students.


Students and student leaders alike, must see the importance of elected representation to Student Senate legitimacy. The current make-up of the University’s “elected body” of student leaders is unacceptable.

tudent Senate plays a fundamental and vital role on campus. It drafts legislation on campus problems, lobbies on students’ behalf to University and external governing bodies and plays a role in fund appropriation — especially in regard to student organizations. Therefore, many students would guess that its members — an elected body — represent a broad range of colleges, disciplines and academic classification. Under perfect conditions, in which students run for every available seat, the Student Senate should hold about 64 members. In reality, the Senate has nowhere close to that number of Senators and less than half of

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them are elected. Most of the body is thus composed of appointed senators — a system, which honestly executed or not, reeks of patronage. At the last Student Senate meeting — its first of the semester — nine students dropped out of the body. Those resignations left the Senate — according to the information posted on the Senate Web site — with 41 voting members. Of those members, only 25 were popularly elected and hold voting seats. Without even accounting for the number amongst that group who ran unopposed, the remaining voting body had 16 appointees. As the Senate attempts to generate a more col-

lected caucus, the number of Senators appointed by Student Senate President Kelli Rogers is likely to climb even more. As was previously mentioned, the Senate does valuable work and many of its members commit countless hours to the University with little or no appreciation. But it would be imprudent to ignore the manner in which Senate is staffed. It should cause students to ask if the members are truly representative of the campus. In reality, many of its members represent a constituency they are not students in and presumably do not understand the needs of. For instance, Sen-

ate has a sophomore in education representing lifelong education and another sophomore in political science representing the College of Natural Resources. Constituencies are established on the basis of proximity and contact. If senators no longer meet those requirements, as seems to be the case with many senators, they cannot possibly represent those constituents’ interests and Student Senate has lost the claim of popular authority and consent. Students must get more involved in Student Government, that’s as obvious solution. But Student Senate must reassess the basis of its authority and how constituencies are assigned, regardless of traditions.


America’s hangover


s college students, we have to set priorities. To go to class on time and possibly get in early to get some extra reading done, or to stay in bed and catch up on rest since college students d on’t s l e e p du r i ng t he hours most everyone else in the same time Paul zone is getting McCauley t heir daily Senior Staff dose of REM Columnist sleep, t hat is the question. Or the everubiquitous question: to party or not to party, because that 15page paper is due at 4:30 p.m. tomorrow. As a whole, however, it seems we as a University and nation have set the wrong priorities. In the terms of college students, we turned off the alarm, slept in till 3 p.m. — through the two classes we had in the morning — and decided to go out and drink until six the next morning. T h e e xa mple t hat hits closest to home is undoubtedly t he budget crisis. We’ve all seen the impacts the recession and consequent state-ordered budget cuts have had on academics: fewer classes with more students in every section. And with textbook prices remaining at ridiculous levels and tuition and fees slated to rise, students are getting the double whammy. Amazingly, despite all the passionate rhetoric regarding the importance of education —particularly for pursuing a higher degree in the increasingly competitive job market — we don’t do anywhere near enough to help make a higher education affordable. To be honest, though, this is not truly a fault of the University or the state per se, as it’s a bit tough to find any funds readily available in the state budget to put towards public universities without discussing a potential “evil” — tax increases. And the University is still getting us all to class on time even with a drastically smaller amount of resources (assuming we decide not to sleep in). At this point, we have to question if there are larger institutions that could help

alleviate the financial pains of trying to get the college degree everyone tells us we need in the new global economy. In the public domain, that leaves the federal government, which has regrettably set the wrong set of priorities. Education is one forgotten priority, as is the simple notion of helping a neighbor when in need. Disaster doesn’t even begin to explain the aftermath of a lethal earthquake in Haiti. Yet our relief efforts are undoubtedly hampered by legitimate fears of American imperialism. In part, this is due to the complex history of Haiti as a nation; however, the situation is compounded by the hawkish foreign policy America pursues in its execution of the War on Terror. It’s easy to be wary of U.S. troops when in the past nine years America has invaded Afghanistan and Iraq and threatens incursions into Pakistan, Iran and Yemen. We’ve focused on fighting wars instead of looking to fight the image of America as the unholy invader and occupier, ignoring t h e p ow e r and utility of helping nations build infrastructures and develop sustainable economies. I ’m n o t even going to go into detail on the domestic issues America has dropped the ball on. But given the debate on health care reform, which degraded into demagoguery about death panels and socialism, and the lack of quick, decisive action in putting rules in effect to prevent another speculative economic disaster built upon bankers’ pipe dream schemes to sell securities no one can understand, what else would you expect? Like many a college student, our institutions went out and partied last night. Now we have to help them nurse the hangover. Great.

“Like many a college student, our institutions went out and partied last night.”

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How should Senate seats be filled? Why? BY KIMBERLY ROCHESTER

“There should be another election. I don’t think people should want to get in and just get in. It’s not fair for somebody to just be let in.”

It’s the first “help wanted” sign we’ve seen in awhile.

Brooke Wilson sophomore, animal science

Christian O’Neal, freshman in mechanical engineering

Hope for the NBA?


s the years have passed, I have lost a great amount of respect for the National Basketball Association. I grew up in the Michael Jordan era, which introduced me to Dennis Rodman. Chad Rodman Rhoades looked like Staff Columnist a clown; he had multicolored hair, many tattoos and even more piercings. He was notorious for scandals, from his alleged affair with Madonna to choice in dresses. It was nearly impossible to take this guy seriously, as he looked and acted like a fool. NBA players have also been infamous for acts of violence. Latrell Sprewell once chocked his head coach and then proceeded to punch him a few minutes later. He punched his coach for doing his job; the coach was coaching. If you are a sports fan, I’m sure you recall the infamous Detroit Pistons and Indiana Pacers brawl that involved not only players but also observing fans. The stands were half empty as it was, then players decide to get physically involved with hecklers. Recently, we have yet another incident to add to the mayhem. Washington Wizards teammates Gilbert Arenas and teammate Javaris Crit-

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tenton drew handguns on one another over a gambling debt. I understand that competition can lead to high tempers and aggressive game play, but the on-court and off-court behavior of some of these athletes is ridiculous. It hurts the players who act appropriately; it hurts the fans and hurts respect for the game. It is disturbing that these athletes get paid as much money as they do and then proceed to act li ke they are in pre-school. However, I have discovered a light in the dark; maybe there is some hope. Wit h t he devastating earthquake that hit Haiti over a week ago, several NBA players are taking the initiative to give aid to those in need. Former Miami heat player Alonzo Mourning and present Heat superstar Dwyane Wade have called upon professional athletes to give money for the less fortunate in Haiti. Some of the athletes who have pledged money include Lebron James, Chris Paul and Kevin Durant. These athletes have all pledged over $100,000 each towards the effort. They have also been able to reach out to other members of the professional sports community and have received over $800,000 in pledges. This kind of behavior should be the norm for all athletes, not the exception. Athletes

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are gifted; they have talent that most every kid dreams of having. They have the assets and the capacity to give back both on foreign and domestic causes. Some of them are actively involved, but more should follow. We as Americans love sport and competition. We should be able to say that we respect the players that are involved in professional competition as well. As Americans, we take a lot for granted and it’s a sha me that it takes a tragic event for us to realize this. The world is full of problems, but there is always something that can be done to help. Happily, I can say that we should be acting like these professional athletes. They are presenting themselves as model citizens and I respect them for it. Now we just have to get them to play defense in a non-playoff game.

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TECHNICIAN GOLDEN GLOBE RUNDOWN By Rich Lepore The 2010 Golden Globe Awards were held on Sunday night, and there were at least a few surprises. Sandra Bullock, for example, beat out shoe-in Gabourey Sidibe, the newcomer star of “Precious.” Awards are voted on by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, which is comprised of journalists who cover American movies for publications in other countries. The Golden Globes are often called the “Drunk Oscars,” as the stars in the audience can be seen throughout the show drinking champagne and loosening up a bit. The choice of Ricky Gervais to host the festivities added to this vibe, and his irreverent humor proved a good fit. ”Avatar” was awarded best picture, possibly for its visual accomplishments as opposed to its abysmal plot. The Cecil B. Demille Lifetime Achievement Award was given justly to Martin Scorcese, who Leonardo DiCaprio compared to Shakespeare in his presentation speech. Here are some of the winners: Best Motion Picture – Drama “Avatar” Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama Sandra Bullock in “The Blind Side” Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama Jeff Bridges in “Crazy Heart” Best Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical “The Hangover” Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical Meryl Streep in “Julie and Julia” Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical Robert Downey Jr. in “Sherlock Holmes” Best Director – Motion Picture James Cameron in “Avatar” Best Television Series “Mad Men” For a complete list of winners, check out nominations SOURCE: GOLDENGLOBES.ORG/ NOMINATIONS

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‘Team CoCo’ or ‘Team Leno?’ January they would be reshuffling the lineup, to the disappointment of many fans. There are still many questions in the air, but for some, the matter is not important. Alanna Howard Farris Barakat, a sophomore Deputy News Editor in civil engineering, said lateLast September, in a late- night shows are not his first night lineup shuffle, NBC choice in TV watching. “If nothing else is on, I’ll Studios gave the helm of “The Tonight Show” to watch them, but normally Conan O’Brien. This deci- I don’t really like watching sion moved Jay Leno into them,” he said. For those who do feel pasthe prime time slot with his own show entitled “The Jay sionately about the issue, there are still many unknowns. Leno Show.” According to the Web site, In a move to reverse this decision, NBC executives insidetv, NBC was expected to announce the result of the announced terms of both comedians’ contracts yesterday, but as yet nothing has surfaced. To further complicate matters, this is in the midst of the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver, which NBC also has the rights to. Therefore, the result of the new late-night lineup will not be implemented until after the Olympics are over. Brad Moses, general director of NBC-17, said a lot will not fall completely into place until after the Olympics are over. “R at i ng s a re too low and audience flow was bad, but [NBC] can’t fix this until after the Olympics are over and they c a n f ig u re out advertising for the new lineup,” he said. W hat wou ld the new lineup include? In a report by, NBC executives are expected to cancel COURTESY OF MTC CAMPUS “The Jay Leno Show” and

With rumors in the air students react to Leno/ O’Brien shake-up

move Leno back to “The Tonight Show.” This would remove O’Brien from the mix until they can figure out whether he would take the 12:05 a.m. slot, the slot he used to fill. If O’Brien and Leno fall into their former places, this would push the “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” show to 1:05 a.m. Where will O’Brien end up? There are rumors from Web sites such as insidetv, msnbc and other media outlets that O’Brien will switch to Fox once the ink is dry on his NBC buyout. In efforts to qualm rumors that O’Brien and Leno are being pressured one way or the other, NBC issued a statement showing support for both comedians. “We have the best comedy team in the business. We remain committed to keeping Conan O’Brien on NBC. He is a valued part of our late-night lineup, and has been for 16 years and is one of the most respected entertainers on television,” NBC said. If nothing else, NBC has confirmed something that has become apparent during this whole drama. According to “Team CoCo,” O’Brien is “one of the most respected entertainers on television.” Tristan Manduley, a junior in electrical engineering, couldn’t say enough about Conan O’Brien. “I’m a member of Team CoCo and really don’t like the current talks. I want him moved to 11:35, so I don’t have to stay up too late to watch him,” he said. “Being a host of a late night comedy show is like being the night-time Oprah. This is devastating that everyone is getting moved around, and lots of people at NBC, like


Do you watch late-night talk shows? Do you prefer Jay Leno or Conan O’Brien?

“I prefer Leno because I have never watched Conan.” Jade Jack senior, mechanical engineering


SNL [referring to the comedy show on NBC] are showing their support for Conan.” Will fans follow Leno to his new slot? According to a New York Times article released last Wednesday, the initial support for O’Brien was large, with only a few fans Tweeting for Leno. While “support for Mr. Leno was evident online, it was in much smaller portions,” according to the article. Although Team CoCo has numerous groups on Facebook with the potential to reach many more of the younger demographic O’Brien targets, Team Leno does not have an

“I’m Team Conan. Conan’s jokes are more mature and Leno’s are more catty.” Spencer Guy freshman, First Year College

“I prefer Conan because I find his show more entertaining.” Taylor Fick freshman, biology

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‘Murderer’ stalks comic book shelves ‘Murderer’ by Robert Kirkman kicks off new ‘Pilot Season’ in comics Rich Lepore Arts & Entertainment Editor

Have you ever wished that you could read people’s minds? It’s certainly a fascinating thing to think about. Would it be great to know what others are thinking about you, or would it literally drive you crazy? This is the premise behind the new comic book one-shot “Murderer,” written by Robert Kirkman. “Murderer” is the story of Ja son Sparks, a man cursed w it h t he ability to hea r t he thoughts of everyone around him. Sparks walks around with a dour look on his face, and he is always wearing a trademark blue jacket. He is generally a nice guy, but his secret haunts him. The book starts off with Sparks waking up to face the day, and being bombarded by h i s g ra nd mot her’s thoughts about him. Sparks lives in Grandma’s house, and she thinks Sparks is worthless, pays no rent and contributed to his mother’s death by causing her stress. These would ordinarily be harmless thoughts, not intended to hurt anyone, but in this book, thoughts can lead to some serious consequences.

Sparks then leaves for what he calls “work,” which entails him walking around and listening to people’s thoughts. The goal is to find someone who is thinking about doing something really bad and stop them from doing it. It isn’t long before trouble presents itself, and Sparks has to face off with both a mugger and a wife abuser before the night is over. Sparks as a character has a great deal of style. He is disaffected in a “Rebel Without a Cause” sort of way, and he even resembles James Dean in both appearance and posture. The coolest thing about Sparks is the fact that his jacket – which appears harmless at f irst glance – is actually home to an arsenal of weapons for punishing those Sparks deems to be “ bad people.” There are saws, knives, sais, stun guns and twin Colt .45’s in there, all lying in wait to punish the guilty. The question this raises is, “Do people really deserve to die just for thinking murderous thoughts?” Sparks has no choice but to hear these horrible thoughts, but once he does, is it his duty to act? As it turns out, Sparks has another more sinister motive for killing. At one point, Sparks says, “It’s hard to think over everyone’s thoughts … my mind is scattered. Killing … focusing on a person’s thoughts as they fade into death … turns it off.” This complicates matters greatly, for it calls into question the nobility of Sparks’ actions and makes for a compelling read

“Sparks as a character has a great deal of style. He is disaffected in a ‘Rebel Without a Cause’ sort of way...”


from start to finish. It’s a great book on its own, but it is also the start of something greater. “Murderer” is the first in a series of five single-issue comic books collectively called “Pilot Season.” The series, published by Top Cow Productions, is

based upon a television model of choosing new shows. Television companies often make pilot episodes of new series to see how well they will do before ordering the production of a whole season. Uniquely, Top Cow is applying this con-

cept to comic books, with a little help from some industry heavyweights. This is the third year of Top Cow’s “Pilot Season” campaign, but things are different

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this time around. In previous seasons, each of the five single issues were written by a different author and illustrator. This season, however, independent comics writer Kirkman is helming each of the five projects. Kirkman is the author of some of independent comics’ bestselling titles, including “The Walking Dead” and “Invincible,” both published by Image Comics. Last year, Kirkman became a full partner at Image, and subsequently released a manifesto stating his opinion on the state of comics. Kirkman’s manifesto said that big companies like Marvel and D.C. Comics should focus on enticing younger readers to ensure the future of the comic book medium. Additionally, he urged big name comic book writers to step away from big name franchises like “Spider-Man” and “X-Men” and focus on their own, creator-owned work. He believes the best and brightest of the comics world shouldn’t waste their talent on established corporate properties, and should instead develop the characters and franchises of tomorrow. With the release of “Murderer,” along with four other new intellectual properties, Kirkman is certainly putting his money where his mouth is. Kirkman’s main collaborator on all five projects is Marc Silvestri, who has worked on “Witchblade,” “The Darkness” and “Cyber-Force,” among other notable works. Silvestri will act as the creative director on the projects, not actually draw-


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Robert Kirkman, author of “The Walking Dead” and “Murderer,” offers a fist bump to a fellow comic book fan.

ing the books, but guiding their vision with concept sketches and over-arching ideas. Upcoming “Pilot Season” titles include “Demonic,” which is about a possessed man who is forced to kill, “Stealth,” which explores a father-son relationship complicated by masked vigilantism and “Hardcore,” which is about assassins who brainwash others into doing their killing for them. Each “Pilot Season” book will have a different artist han-

dling penciling duties, and on “Murderer,” the artist is Nelson Blake II. Blake is a relative newcomer, but his art is clean and evocative. Each comic panel is well thought out and complements the evolving story. “Murderer” is an excellent first issue, which bodes well for the rest of the “Pilot Season” series. After all five books are released, power will shift to comics readers to vote on which of them is turned into a full miniseries.

official Web site and does not have much organization beyond some calls to NBC. When one enters in a browser, a giant banner comes up demanding, “You’re seriously on Team Leno? Don’t you understand comedy? Go to Team Conan” with a link to the site. To sum up his feelings about Leno remaining on the air, Manduley had one comment to make. “Doesn’t the man have enough cars already?” he said. Maleya Davis, a junior in zoology, said he is not affected by this toss up. “I don’t watch either of them, so it doesn’t matter to me what happens,” she said. How much will the fallout hurt NBC? As a result of a letter written by O’Brien discussing his “very public predicament” with the “people of earth,” online responses turned from pro O’Brien to anti-NBC, according to a report in the New York Times article. If nothing else, audiences increased Tuesday night, both O’Brien and Leno’s ratings went up and in an attempt to bring humor to the situation, Leno said, “Hey, NBC said they wanted drama at 10. Now they’ve got it.” NBC has the public’s attention. WIll late-night will ever be the same?

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has been recruiting Paez for some time now; it was just a matter of the logistics. “We have been working on him for a while,” Choboy said. “We knew he was going to have to be January all along. The big battle was winning the recruiting battle with Auburn which we did and we’re happy we did.” Paez showcased his skills on Sunday at the team’s home season opener. Playing No. 4 singles, he took down Rafael Altmayer of Gardner Webb 6-3, 6-3 and continued his streak as he defeated Alejandro Espitia of North Carolina Central 6-2, 6-1. “He did a great job,” Choboy said. “He got better as the day when along. He did just get here but he’s a mature guy.” According to Paez, he’s still trying to get the hang of his American tennis game and life. “I’m getting used to it. I played well [on Sunday] but I think I can get better,” Paez said. “Everything’s different — the court’s different, the ball’s different, the championship is different. So I need a little bit of time to get used to it.” Sophomore teammate Dominic Hodgson said Paez has already found a spot on the team and his English is improving each day. “He’s a really great guy and he fit straight into the team,” Hodgson said. “He’s adapted so well with classes and on the court. You can tell by the matches he won, two for two, that he’s going to complement us well.”

ward has shown this year. The freshman is fourth on the team in rebounds, steals and blocks, and has only committed 19 total turnovers in 530 minutes of play. “Being a good defender is simply knowing what your opponent likes to do and not allowing him to do it,” Lowe said. “He is just a smart, smart basketball player, and that is on both ends. You can find guys that are quicker, faster and stronger but they won’t be great defenders because they do not think, and he thinks it.”


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get behind to really work, you don’t wait to get behind to get aggressive. It’s something we have to get better at. “The unfortunate part is that just about every other team in our conference is like that. They play that way, they come out that way. We need to play that way, we need to get tougher and get a little more swagger to us.” With high shooting percentages, top offensive players, senior guard Jon Scheyer, junior guard Nolan Smith, and junior forward Kyle Singler, continually lead Duke in field goal points and behind the free throw line. All three players are averaging over 15 points per game and help lead a Blue Devil attack that is first in the ACC in points per game. “Those guys are the heart

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Rafael Paez prepares to receive the ball against Rafael Altmayer of Gardner-Webb on Jan. 16. Paez won 6-3, 6-3.

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Hometown: Atibaia, Brazil

Born January 7, 1991

Class: Freshman

Major: Mechanical engineering

Record at N.C. State: 2-0

Top rank: Second in Brazil when he was 14


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Men’s basketball

Wrestling takes on Appalachian State and Gardner-Webb in doubleheader The Pack will look to get back to .500 today as it takes on Appalachian State and GardnerWebb in a doubleheader dual match. The team, which is 4-6, is looking to get back onto the winning track after suffering a crushing defeat at the hands of Ohio University, losing 33-7. Source: n.c. state athletics

Transfer kicker commits to State Billy Bennett, a former Boston College kicker, has committed to the Wolfpack. Bennett will have two years of eligibility left to play with the Pack, and will be able to play this upcoming season without having to sit out after he attended Mira Costa junior college this past season. Source: N.C. State Athletics

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Today Women’s Swimming and Diving vs. East Carolina Casey Natatorium, 5 p.m. Men’s Swimming and Diving vs. East Carolina Casey Natatorium, 5 p.m.

Don’t knock on Scott Wood Freshman forward brings offensive threat to Pack

the three-point line, Wood has shown that ability is for real. In only his second game of his ACC career on the road against No. 25 Florida State University, Wood went off scoring Taylor Barbour 31 points on 10-15 shooting, Deputy Sports Editor including 7-11 from the three In his initial recruitment point line, helping to lead the freshman forward Scott Pack to its first ACC victory. “Getting those first two open Wood did not know what to expect in his first sea- looks and knocking those down son at State. The freshman gave me real confidence,” from Marion, Ind. was a Wood said. “Once you start three-star recruit accord- knocking down a couple more, ing to most recruiting sites it feels like your night and nobody can rea nd wa s a l ly g u a rd known for you.” his ability Wit h h i s to shoot. game against Now Florida almost State and his ha lf way 11-point efthrough fort against h i s f i rst Clemson the season, following Wood has game, Wood played a was named vital role ACC rookie w it h t he of the week team, for the first Scott Wood, freshman forward starttime this seaing all 18 son. games this Being mostly a shooter, season and averaging 29.4 minutes per game, the sec- stretches come during the game and even over a series ond most on the team. “Coming in I just wanted of games when it seems as to work hard and whatever though nothing will fall, but minutes I could get and fight Wood has learned to just put for, was what I was going to each shot behind him and to take,” Wood said. “Whether keep on shooting. “I have been taught shooters it was 10 minutes a game or 40 minutes a game I was shoot, all through high school,” just going to come in and Wood said. “And when you miss one, you just have to let work hard.” Known for his ability to it go and know the next one is shoot, especially behind going in.”

“Coming in I just wanted to work hard and whatever minutes I could get and fight for, was what I was going to take.”

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Scott Wood, freshman forward, puts in two against Georgia Southern in Reynolds Coliseum, Dec. 12, 2009. The Wolfpack beat the Eagles 75-57.

With Wood’s unique ability to shoot at such a high level, a form of trust has been established between himself and coach Sidney Lowe, one Lowe does not give to most players. “Scott can shoot the ball from whereever he wants with me,”

Men’s Basketball

Brazilian makes transition to Wolfpack

Wrestling vs. Appalachian State Boiling Springs, 7 p.m.

Freshman arrived in Raleigh last week as the newest member to team

Men’s Basketball vs. Duke RBC Center, 9 p.m. Friday Men’s Tennis vs. Vanderbilt J.W. Isenhour Tennis Center, 4 p.m. Women’s Basketball vs. Wake Forest Reynolds Coliseum, 6:30 p.m.

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Men’s tennis

Wrestling at Gardner-Webb Boiling Springs, 5 p.m.

“I have been in the gym and watched him shoot free throws and make 75 in a row and shoot threes and make like 30 out of 32...”

Lowe said. “Some players have that privilege. I would tell Scott to take good shoots, but when I say anywhere ... even him on a break.” Lowe credits the trust and pr ivilege that Wood has achieved to what he has shown

his coach in high school, practice and in games this season. “I have seen Scott. I have seen him shoot in high school and go on rolls like he did at Florida State,” Lowe said. “I have been in the gym and watched him shoot free throws and make 75 in a row and shoot threes and make like 30 out of 32 and I have had the confidence from then.” This confidence that developed between Lowe and Wood was the reason Lowe continued to play Wood early on in the season, even when the freshman was struggling to find his shot. “When he got here and he struggled I never wavered. I just said he will come through it,” Lowe said. “I know he is a good shooter and has good range. Shooters like that, you have to give them the freedom to feel comfortable to take pretty much any shot and he will be smart enough to know when to take them.” That same confidence in Wood was shown by his teammates as well during his rough time early in the season. “At the very beginning of the season he was not shooting the ball very well, but we knew that was going to change,” senior Dennis Horner said. “I think he is one off the purest shooters in the NCAA.” Even with Wood’s offensive abilities on display this season, his defensive play may be the most impressive thing the for-

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Sophomore guard Julius Mays looks to get past Clemson’s Andre Young during the second half Saturdays home game against the Tigers. The Pack lost 73-70.

Pack looks to upset Blue Devils Team looks to get back on winning track against No. 7 Duke Samantha Collier Staff Writer

The Tobacco Road rivalry starts up again tonight as the Pack takes on the No. 7 Duke Blue Devils at the RBC center. This game will mark the third straight game in which the Pack takes on a ranked ACC opponent. The team will look to reverse the past seasons’ trend against Duke, as the Devils have won 28 of the last 32 games.

Only halfway through the season, the Pack has already experienced its share of heartbreaking losses, including the last-second wins by both Florida and Arizona. But the team continues to play in high spirits even after hard, emotional losses, such as the loss to then No. 24 Clemson after a 21-point comeback from a first half deficit, which showed that the team could compete against anyone in the ACC. “They find a way to get back,” coach Sidney Lowe said. “It shows that they are together, they believe in each other, they understand that we needed to do one more thing better in

that ball game and maybe we could have won that game. With losses like the ones seen in the Florida and Clemson games where State had come back from a large point deficit falling just short, State is going to need to go into its next game coming out just as strong as they finish. “If we come out early with the same energy that we played with when we were coming back then we will be fine, that’s that growing process and understanding how you have to come out and play the game,” Lowe said. “You don’t wait to

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“He’s with an bunch of guys that he really doesn’t know that well but he’s an easy-going guy and he fits in well,” Choboy said. “They like him and welJen Hankin comed him so that made it Deputy Sports Editor easier.” Paez’s journey to the WolfAs everyone on campus continues to adjust back to pack tennis team started at the semester routine, some age nine, when he decided to have a little more transi- pick up a racquet and quickly gained international success. tioning to do. Last week the men’s ten- By the time he was 14, Paez nis team gained its newest had already competed in a member, straight from Bra- South American junior chamzil. Freshman Rafael Paez pionship. “I went to South American joined the team only six short days ago and already Championship where the best players from has a few every counWolfpack try go,” Paez wins unsa id. “We der his won the Nabelt. tional ChamTranpionship and sitionwent to the ing to life World Cup.“ at S t at e Yet that was has been n o t P a e z ’s smoother f i ne s t mo t han exment. Later pected for that year, he Paez. Rafael Paez, freshman played in a “It’s tournament been easier than I thought because in the Czech Republic and was the guys on the team have second overall for Brazil. Paez decided he wanted to been very good,” Paez said. “I’m getting used to the travel to the United States to weather, because Brazil play tennis and gain a mewas like 90-95 and it’s a chanical engineering degree. “I want to get better with little cold here. Everything [tennis] and to go to a good is new.” According to coach Jon college too,” Paez said. According to Choboy, State Choboy the team has accepted him, which helps him deal with his culture shock. TENNIS continued page 7

“Everything’s different — the court’s different, the ball’s different, the championship is different.”

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