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Election campaigning begins Monday The burden is on the candidates to get out and reach students around campus Rachel Port Staff Writer
Candidates for next year’s Student Government are allowed to campaign for student votes starting Monday and ending with student body elections on April 6. This year, there are more than 70 candidates running, including seven for student body president, three for student senate president, three for student body treasurer and two for chief justice. “There are a lot of really well-qualified candidates this time around,” Jim Ceresnak, student body president, said. According to Lindsey Pullum, chair of the Elections Commission, candidates have spent spring break planning and budgeting for the next two weeks; putting a lot of effort into developing campaign strategies that will reach students from all parts of campus. “We’re really excited to see what every candidate has to offer and we’re hoping to have a good, clean race,” Pullum said. Pullum said that all seven of the student body president candidates are running unique campaigns. “Two or three candidates are really bent on getting power back into students’ hands,” Pullum said.
Kelli Rogers, Student Senate president, said that while the elections would be very similar to past elections, there should be a lot more campaigning this year because there is a higher number of ambitious candidates. “This year has more potential than any year I’ve seen to be extremely competitive,” said Rogers. Pullum said that the race for Student Senate president should be particularly exciting because all of the candidates are strong members of the Senate. It will be interesting to see how the candidates reach out to the student body, Pullum said. Only candidates for student body president are advertising their platforms and reaching out to students through Web sites and Facebook groups right now. Rogers explained that candidates for Senate president, treasurer and chief justice also probably have specific platforms on which they are running, but that their platforms will be more about ethics and leadership due to the pre-determined responsibilities that await them once they arrive in office. “You’ll see less concrete things about what the candidates want to accomplish and more talk about ensuring students are represented and money
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Jim Ceresnak, Student Body President, talks with Stew Harsant, a senior in Spanish language and literature, at the Atrium March 11, 2009. Ceresnak donated his shoes to the ATO fraternity campaign for disadvantaged children in Kenya earlier that day. “I had an old pair of tennis shoes and I thought ‘why not?’ and donated the shoes off my feet,” Ceresnak said.
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Eric Kao, junior in business management, plays poker in Bragaw Activity Room Sunday evening with his friends. “I’ve been playing Texas Hold ‘Em for five years and enjoy doing it,” Kao said. Kao and his buddies play once or twice a week. “We met sophomore year and have been playing ever since,” he said.
Alternative spring break leaders satisfied with results of trips Leaders return with positive outlook on completed trips and look forward to future experiences Annie Albright News Editor
Leaders of several alternative spring breaks programs expressed their satisfaction with their traveling experiences this past week. Mary Burroughs, junior in chemical engineering, said she lead a program through CSLEPS to New Mexico. “I led the New Mexico Navajo Nation trip. Two issues we focused on were Navaho culture and education,” Burroughs said. “We alternated learning about culture through guest speakers and visiting cultural and historical sites with working in the schools.” Burroughs said she highly recommended an alternative service trip to
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future students. “If they are trying to decide whether or not to do it, they need to know it is a lot more than just a service experience,” Burroughs said. “It changes your life whether you realize it at the time or not. It’s one of those things you won’t get to do after college. You can volunteer all you want but you’ll never get to go with a group of your peers that all want to help, so it’s a big experience to pass up.” Alternative service breaks define service in an unconventional way, opening participants’ minds to learning about social issues, Burroughs said. “The most valuable part of the experience is realizing how much there is to learn about social issues around you, as well as how much you can learn from your peers and just being aware that it gives you a different outlook on life,” Burroughs said. “That is valuable
as far as service is concerned for your own personal knowledge.” She said the trip immersed the participants in the local culture while giving them plenty of service opportunities. “We stayed in homesteads with families while we were there,” Burroughs said. “We were based in Crown Point, New Mexico which is based in the Navajo reservation. In addition to learning about culture we also learned about issues other than education that were affecting the Native American people, some including environmental justice issues as well as Native American rights.” Saul Flores, a junior in graphic design and business marketing, said he lead a trip for Caldwell Fellows to Puebla and Atencingo, Mexico. He said his trip also combined a focus of
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Sigma Alpha Epsilon will hold a barbecue sale Wednesday in sup• port of its philanthropy, Mothers Against Drunk Driving. Source: Beau corey, SAE Its goal, according to Beau Corey, former vice president and senior in accounting, is to reinvent its image the most members, we have clearly met that goal.” on campus. Wayland Simmons, president of SAE “We lost our recognition by the University in 2003 for bad conduct and a junior in economics, said he fuland we came back as a colony in ly supported the chapter’s expansion. “Since I have been a part of the or2007,” Corey said. “After a year of that we were fully chartered and ganization I have seen it come full were recognized by both the school circle,” Simmons said. “We have our alumni involved with our philanthroand national organization.” py, we are in good Corey said sta nding w it h he was i nGreek life and we volved with are just in a good the re-estabspot right now lishment of with this barbeSAE. cue fundraiser.” “It was reCorey said he ally slow at Beau Corey, senior in accounting founded the idea first but we of an annual benare actually the biggest men’s fraternity on efit barbecue last year. “The reason I thought about it is campus with about 80 active memthat I knew people like to eat barbebers,” Corey said. Hosting philanthropy events cue here and people like to help out and becoming more sociable will with good causes,” Corey said. “So, help rebuild the fraternity to what I just put two and two together and it once was, Corey said. SAE is created this idea.” Corey said the fraternity raised working hard to reinvent its image by pushing for better academic, $1,000 at the barbecue last year and social and philanthropic standing, hopes to double it this year. He said it will become an annual event. he said. “I am excited to see if we can raise “We are really trying to reintegrate ourselves into the Greek com- more money than we did last year,” munity and I think we are doing a Corey said. “People love barbecue pretty good job at it,” Corey said. “I think us being the fraternity with SAE continued page 3
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candidate who wins is not necessarily the one with the most signs but is the candidate who talks to the most students and focuses on issues that students care about. “The campaign finance rules are not a challenge or a setback,” Ceresnak said. “The spending limits are there for a reason.” According to Pullum, about 6,000 students voted in elections last year. “I hope that all of the candidates for every race are out there working, but I also hope that they all remember that they’re students first,” said Rogers. The complete list of candidates and their Web sites and Facebook pages can be found online at students. ncsu.edu/vote.
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is appropriated correctly,” said Rogers. This is particularly true for the Senate president, Rogers said, because the Senate president is in charge of running the Senate; making sure all the Senate seats are filled, knowing all of the rules of the Senate and ensuring Senate meetings are run smoothly and fairly without unduly inf luencing the outcome. The Student Senate president isn’t widely recognized by the student body, she said. However, “it is important for all of the candidates, even for the smaller races, to reach out.” Student campaigns are mostly funded out-of-pocket and there is no public financing option. Candidates can spend up to $625 of their own money and can accept up to $312.50 of donations for campaign purposes. According to Ceresnak, the
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around here and MADD is a great organization.” Simmons said the fraternity will also continue to host its annual golf tournament in the upcoming months. This year he said the tournament will be held at the Lonnie Poole Golf Course. “This is a good example of how we are working to be recognized as a positive organization that not only serves its community but is a strong brotherhood,” Simmons said. Matthew Hubbard, president of the UNC-Wilmington chapter of SAE, said it is excited to have another strong chapter of SAE in the state. “We definitely support them being put back on campus and being recognized again,” Hubbard said. “It is great to be able to have more chapters in the state. It is great news for the fraternity and the national fraternity as well.”
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and gaining something from said. “It seemed like a beautiful the experience; the leadership place to visit and I knew there was only a part of the difficul- were education and alcohol problems just from seeing it on ties she faced. “The hardest part was realiz- the television, etc. It was actuing how underrepresented the ally a great trip.” Flores said his involvement Navajo people are in policies that go forth and how over- with the Caldwell Fellows trip looked they are and how little was his way to give back to the I had personally done to fix that program. “My mother is actually an out of ignorance per say,” Burroughs said. “It was just the re- immigrant from Atenchingo alization that all this was going and most of my mother’s side on without my knowledge was still lives there, pretty much all of my family is still in Atencha really hard pill to swallow.” Madeem Melborno, a junior ingo,” Flores said. “Everyone is in business management, par- different in Caldwell Fellows ticipated in another service trip and we all have something to ISO 12647-7 Digital Control Strip to Hoonah, Alaska. He said he offer to the program, everyone 84915K was assigned the location by a is unique. I thought that showCSLEPS leader and was asked ing them my family, showing if he would like to participate. them where I grew up, would “I thought Alaska would be be how I could give back to my a great place to go,” Melborno program.” T:10.5”
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culture and service. “We went to Puebla which is the metropolitan of Mexico and is known for its architecture and culture. They call it the New York City of Mexico,” Flores said. “There is a lot of tourism and it’s also known for its focus on religion. Our visit to Puebla had nothing to do with service while Atencingo was the majority of our trip which was service.” Flores said the cultural side of their trip in Puebla allowed them to watch lucha libre, Mexican wrestling, as well as soccer. While Burroughs said she spent a good portion of the trip focusing on whether her group was having a good time
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Campaigning for spring elections is upon the University once more, and students have the opportunity to push for the candidates they support.
Students should take this opportunity to get involved, either by working in a candidate’s campaign or simply taking the time to vote April 6.
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ith seven candidates running for student body president, there is already a lot of student involvement for people vying to represent the student body. Students should seek to match the enthusiasm of the candidates and get involved with campaigns. The student body president is of particular importance, especially since he or she will represent the student body at Chancellor’s Liaison meetings and on the Board of Trustees. Students deserve representation at these meetings, lest they allow a group of people with little idea of campus life to make major
decisions affecting those who are at the University day in and day out. Further, as Student Government is responsible for dispensing tens of thousands of dollars of student fee money for appropriations, students have a financial incentive to get involved in elections. While the decisions may not be as important as those made by the Board of Trustees, they certainly involve the use of student money. If students care how their fee monies are dispensed,
they should get involved and campaign for whomever they feel will best represent them in all Student Government’s actions. Regardless, the only way to actively work towards advancing the causes one believes in or getting the candidates one supports into office is to get involved. And unlike larger elections, students can easily access and work with candidates instead of simply running around and trying to register voters or raise meager funding for
candidates’ campaigns. In the end, students should at least take the time to vote. There will be a significant amount of coverage on campus regarding the various candidates’ platforms, and online voting removes the hassle of going to a sanctioned polling station to cast a ballot. It will take five to 10 minutes —with the fees under Student Government control and the representation of the student body at major policymaking boards at stake, it’s a few minutes well-spent.
Removing the taboo from suicide
hile you were away, two suspected cases of suicide at Cornell University were confirmed by a Tompkins County medical examiner in upstate New York — near Ithaca. They were the fifth and sixth deaths in the past year. Likewise, another N.C. State student Russell — the second Witham of the semesExecutive Editor t e r — d i e d i n a n o f fcampus incident last week. What were the rest of us doing? Frolicking in the first days of spring, perhaps. It can’t possibly be described as anything but disturbing. We are having a full-blown mental health crisis — a suicide crisis. Far too often, the word itself has become taboo. It’s ironic though, because it’s impossible to overcome societal problems without addressing them publicly. Concealing it like an ugly sister is a tact which will only lead to the unnecessary death of many more students unless universities are willing to address the issue as Cornell’s president, David Skorton, has. “If you learn anything at Cornell, please learn to ask for help. It is a sign of wisdom and strength,” Skorton said. It’s the right approach; it’s the necessary approach. As a culture we must learn to identify and treat suicide like other mental illnesses. The question then is how? As of fall 2009, Cornell had 20,633 students enrolled — roughly two-thirds the student population of NCSU. During the past academic year, six of those students died in the nationally reported string of confirmed suicides. With the prior acknowledgment that Cornell is an aggravated case and not necessarily indicative of the entire American college system, its suicide rate is more than three times the national average. The amazing part — to me, at least — is that these are Ivy League students. One would think they are some of the bestequipped and least suicide-
prone Americans. How can students there be so prone to the sort of overwhelming depression and mental illness that lead people to end their lives? A best-selling author and New Yorker staff writer, Malcolm Gladwell, offers a possible explanation in his book The Tipping Point. Gladwell, a well-known pop-sociologist hypothesizes that the problem is actually viral. The death of one student, especially at a prestigious Ivy League school, makes it acceptable — palpable really — for other students to commit suicide. In a sort of vicious cycle, more and more people — hypothetically, at least — will commit suicide. The scenario certainly seems to be playing out at Cornell. I could spend hours breaking down each suicide on a case-by-case basis, but the reality is not overly complicated. Gladwell is right to suppose that we are facing an epidemic. The problem to me isn’t the ubiquity of suicide, though; it’s the lack thereof. Newspapers w ill report on suicide to a limited extent a nd students will bemoan its ills, but how many people will sit down with their friends and have a frank discussion about mental health? We can’t possibly hope to defeat an illness if it’s closeted — much the way AIDS was. Students must demand more administrators take Skorton’s approach and tackle the issue head on, actively reminding students of campus support networks and refusing to stay silent on a sensitive subject. Only by pushing the issue can students ensure it’s categorically defeated — on campuses or otherwise. Suicide is a reality, and students must make themselves aware of it.
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ongress will (finally) cast a decisive vote on health care this week. Whoop-dee-doo. I have something students will actually care about having a debate on: video games. For the most part, all those political debates involve ideas t hat wou ld Paul bore a college McCauley student: uniSenior Staff versal healthColumnist care mandates, Medicare/Medicaid expansions, complex multi-tiered tax deductable savings account insurance, etc. And debates on financial reform are probably worse, involving many complicated terms, multi-colored charts, acronyms out the wazoo and math. But video games — for the most part — are simple: score more points than the other team, kill the evil Communist Nazi terrorist zombies and save — or conquer — the world. There is a firestorm brewing in the video game universe, which will soon hit the justice system and have massive effects on game consoles and computers around the world. Simply put, it’s capitalism versus awesome video games, and any student who wants more awesome video games must pay attention. In short, Activision, the big gaming company behind Infinity Ward, the developers of
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, is being sued after they fired the studio. The corporate bigwig at Activision fired the heads of the game development studio, alleging the two breached contract. The former heads sued, claiming Activision is being greedy and trying to cheat the developers out of royalties they are owed. The game, while not my cup of tea, certainly is one of the more epic shooters of the time, with a variety of modern weapons, huge multiplayer opportunities and —in the latest release of the game —Modern Warfare 2, the opportunity to deliver a giant “screw you” in a multiplayer match by allowing players to drop a tactical nuke on the map, ending a match. The awesomeness of the game aside, this is relatively simple compared to a discussion of the gigantic health-care omnibus bill. Did Activision unlawfully terminate a contract with Infinity Ward? And are the former studio heads entitled to royalties to one of the most successful video games ever? As someone who likes good video games, this case is HUGE. Will a massive, impersonal company be able to craft a brilliant storyline, a robust game engine and a compelling experience and put it all in a video game? Given my experiences with video games, the answer is a definite and emphatic NO. These giant companies only care about the bottom line, and would likely sacrifice the minute details and careful
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writing that characterize the great video games, which I consider to be a mortal sin. And if students share my passion for awesome video games that don’t sacrifice gameplay, story, graphics or any other element for the sake of a bottom line, then this case matters. And more importantly, unlike other major issues of our times, we can do something about this. Consider health care or financial reform. Can we boycott our doctors when we can get sick any time? Isn’t it tough to organize a protest against the institutions that make it possible for us to simply pay with a debit card instead of fumbling around with cash and coin? And does anyone even do stuff like take to the streets in protest and anger when seeking political change? On the other hand, it’s rather easy to boycott a major company that cheats video game studios and customers out of the most awesome video games ever —we just don’t buy games with their labels and logos on them. So friends, countrymen, lend me your ears and controllers: let us pay heed to this Activision case and prepare for dire action should the evil company succeed. The heroes in our video games would not sit idly about —why should we?
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BOG standardizes language in UNC Conduct Codes
New policy outlines system-wide stance on discriminatory behavior Jessica Neville Science & Tech Editor
America has always prided itself on being a nation that offers freedoms to its citizens that are not as easily found throughout the rest of the world. The freedoms of speech, assembly, press, religion and petition are highly valued by the American people. But what happens when a person uses their freedoms to infringe upon the rights of others? What happens when free speech becomes hate speech? On Nov. 5, 2008, the N.C. State community was forced to address this very question when a group of four students spray-painted discriminatory comments regarding then President-elect Barack Obama in the Free Expression Tunnel. For weeks on end, members of the community engaged in dialogue centering around the incident itself and what punishments should be rendered for the involved students. A couple of weeks after the incident, the perpetrators submitted an anonymous written apology. Despite this, many members of the community voiced their concerns and desires for the students to be expelled. University officials, however, said that disciplinary action would not be revealed as it would be a violation of the Family Educational Rights and
behaviors that could lead to Privacy Act. For this reason, and many disciplinary action by schools, others the UNC Board of although it leaves the decision Governors sought to create a for what actions should be new University-wide policy to taken to be determined by state address such occurrences on and national laws and school policy. UNC campuses. According to the policy, no The Board of Governors passed a resolution last month student shall “threaten, coerce, that recognizes the need to ad- harass or intimidate another dress student behaviors that person or identifiable group are negative towards other of persons in a manner that is unlawful.” students. AlIt also states t houg h t he t h at t he s e resolution actions must contains no o c c u r “on disciplinary University guidelines, it premises or outlines lanat Universig u a ge t h at ty-sponsored will soon be activities.” included in all The courts, UNC system according schools’ stuto Cousins, dent conduct have struck codes. dow n u n iDirector versities of St ud e nt t hat have Conduct Paul Cousins said Paul Cousins, director of Student attempted to establish this resoluConduct c iv i l it y or tion is signifispeech codes cant for the BOG because the body “usually in the past. Cousins also noted that the doesn’t micromanage conduct issues within university cam- policy does not include the term “hate crimes” but instead puses.” “The general administra- “focuses specifically on behavtion thinks this issue is a big iors.” Hate crimes are defined enough deal that it is calling for as criminal offenses, while discentralized and coordinated criminatory behavior may or language within all universi- may not be unlawful. Justine Hollingshead, Dities’ student conduct codes,” Cousins said. “The goal is to rector of the GLBT Center, take a more unified approach said this policy is important within the system to establish to the GLBT Center because it standard expectations for stu- includes sexual orientation as a source of discrimination. dent behavior.” “Many resolutions that adThe policy outlines specific
“The goal is to take a more unified approach within the system to establish standard expectations for student behavior.”
The UNC Board of Governors meets in the board room of the Spangler Center, Nov. 15, 2009.
dress behavior often do not include the GLBT community, but this policy gives protection to our students,” Hollingshead said. Hollingshead also recognized that this issue goes back to where the line is drawn between free speech and infringement on the rights of others. “When one student’s behavior starts to interfere with another student’s academic pursuit, or a student is feeling unsafe or unwelcome, that is when a conversation needs to be started,” Hollingshead said. “It may not be a hate crime, but the student causing the discrimination needs to be shown that what they are saying impacts other people.” Students in the GLBT community are subjected to discrimination on the University campus, according to Hollingshead. “Sexual orientation and gen-
der identity are the last frontier where it’s still considered OK to discriminate,” Hollingshead remarked. “Hopefully this type of policy, if it is put into action, will at least give support to the community.” Jo-Ann Robinson, Vice Provost for Diversity, said the University has an obligation to uphold free speech in accordance with the North Carolina Constitution. At the same time, she said students have a responsibility to maintain a healthy learning environment. “We respond differently to different situations and look at everyone on an individual basis,” Robinson said. “There is not one single entity that responds to these issues on campus – the Chancellor, Provost, faculty, staff and students all respond together.” Robinson said her office is working on the 2010 Institutional Climate Survey, which
will give students a chance to share how they feel about the campus culture. “It helps us decide if there are specific areas we need to focus our attention,” Robinson said. In addition, Robinson said she looks forward to the arrival of Chancellor Woodson to provide additional leadership in addressing issues regarding diversity and discrimination. Just because a student says something mean or offensive does not necessarily mean it is illegal, according to Cousins. “The University should look at this as an opportunity to move forward with discussions and arguments in a civil manner,” Cousins said. “It will take a while for our community to understand where lines should be drawn. It is a continuous educational process.”
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A farewell for Chancellor Woodward On Tuesday, the University will host a farewell reception to honor Chancellor Jim Woodward and his service and leadership to N.C. State. The free event is open to all faculty, staff, students and alumni and will begin at 4 p.m. in Talley Student Center’s 2ndfloor lobby. SOURCE: NCSU.edu
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Events leading up to policy implementation Nov. 8, 2007
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N.C. State Campus Police found a noose made of toilet paper in a restroom stall in Sullivan Shops Building. Nearly a week later, student leaders called for a campus policy on hate crimes as they unanimously passed the Racism and Hatred Incident Act.
Student Senate adopted R 67, Hate Crime Committee Act, a resolution to formally call upon Chancellor James Oblinger to appoint a committee to develop and implement a campus-wide hate crime policy.
In an update on the Free Expression Tunnel incident, Oblinger informed members of the community that he extended an invitation to various high-ranking campus leaders to lead a task force to make recommendations for policy changes for future incidents of this nature.
After months of discussion and debate, the UNC Board of Governors adopted Policy 700.4.2, an amendment to the previously existing policy on Student Conduct that outlined the procedures for handling hate crimes on a Universitywide basis.
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A little more than a week after the “noose incident,” a sign was spotted on the door of an Avent Ferry Complex apartment, which read, “No Blacks allowed. White Room Only, Blacks next door.” The incident was referred to the University for “disorderly conduct and racial harassment.”
Following the election of Barack Obama, four students painted racist remarks in the Free Expression Tunnel.
UNC President Erskine Bowles appoints the UNC Study Commission to Review Student Codes of Conduct as They Relate to Hate Crimes to investigate hate crimes on the UNC campuses.
The commission recommended that a University-wide policy on hate crimes and intimidation be developed and adopted by the UNC Board of Governors.
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Mazzoni had one of his best performances of his career on the mound Saturday. The sophomore picked up his first ACC win of the season, pitched seven strong innings for the Pack and limited the Demon Deacons to only three runs on four hits while striking out seven. “I felt good today. I had all my pitches working and got into a little bit of a groove there. I gave up a couple home runs on some mistakes but otherwise I felt good,” Mazzoni said. “I kept my pitch count low the whole game and coming out of the seventh inning I still felt like it was the second or third inning, stamina wise.” The Demon Deacons struck first in the bottom of the first inning when center fielder Stephen Brooks launched a ball over the left field wall off of Mazzoni, giving the Deacons a 1-0 lead. However, the Pack tied it back up in the top of the second inning when redshirt junior catcher Chris Schaeffer drilled a solo opposite field home run, tying the game at
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the first half and committing a string of nine turnovers in the first 12 minutes. UAB led 37-17 at halftime. “I didn’t see that coming. “I really didn’t see us coming out the way we did,” Lowe said.
one. The Pack threatened to run away with it in the top of the fourth inning when it was able to load the bases after backto-back singles by freshman Danny Canela and junior Russell Wilson and a walk by freshman Tarran Senay. But a diving stop by Wake second baseman Shane Kroker on a ball hit up the middle by freshman shortstop Chris Diaz ended the Deacons’ discomfort. Wake retook the lead in the bottom of the fourth inning when Carlos Lopez scored Brooks from third on a sacrifice fly. The lead was short-lived as the Pack answered in the top of the next inning and scored four runs. Two of them came off of the bat of senior right fielder Drew Poulk when he drove a ball deep into the left field trees. Poulk, who had five hits in the series, credited his success to changes he has made at the plate, which he said helped him to see the ball a bit longer. “I have tried to change a couple of things up the past couple of games,” Drew Poulk said. “The first 16 games I haven’t been seeing the ball as well. After talking with my coaches
and my brother, I changed some things up, which has allowed me to slow some things down and see the ball longer.” Mazzoni ran into trouble in the bottom of the sixth inning when Pat Blair of the Deacons led the inning off with a home run, taking the score to 5-3. Mazzoni then walked backto-back hitters, but was able to pitch out of trouble, limiting Wake to only one run. “That guy had great stuff tonight,” coach Elliott Avent said. “He got out of the sixth with great stuff. He was in a jam with runners on second and third, but he made some great pitches and got out of it. Then in the seventh, he was lights out.” The Wolfpack had a scary moment midway through the game when Mazzoni was struck in the hip by a ball of the bat of Wake hitter Mike Murray. But Mazzoni remained in the game and continued on the mound. “It hurt a little bit,” Mazzoni said. “But it was numb for most of the game. It’s starting to tighten up now, though.”
Lowe hinted that there were some worries coming into the game, however he wouldn’t comment on exactly who or what was the problem, but hinted that it dealt with injuries. Regardless, the Pack looked frustrated early on as leading scorer Tracy Smith failed to convert on his first four shots from the field. Smith ended the
night with six points on 3-of-12 shooting. UAB dominated the paint, working the ball inside to both junior Elijah Millsap and senior Howard Crawford, who posted 27 and 12 points, respectively. “They really beat us up in the post - and I don’t mean that in a bad way. I just thought they were very physical,” Lowe said.
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said. The team did exactly what we asked them do to.” Seaman and Panza stepped up and both secured first on the event with a 9.875. The team recorded no falls. After the third rotation the Wolfpack led the Tribe 146.925143.225. “It was good to pull ourselves together for this meet after having a slow warm up to begin the night,” Seaman said. The seniors ended their final home meet on floor exercise and went out with a bang. The show circled around Taylor Seaman, who performed one of the best floor routines of her career as she was rewarded with a 9.95 on the event. After her performance, the crowd shouted requests for a perfect ten. “It is always hard to lose our seniors because you get to know them so well,” Stevenson said. “This group of seniors is some of the best we have ever had. They never stopped working because they knew what they wanted.” Sophomore Brooke Barr earned second in the event with a 9.925, and Panza finished third with her score of 9.85. Seaman ended her night to remember in Reynolds Coliseum, taking home all-around champion with a score of 39.475, fourth highest in school history. It was the 16 th time she had achieved an all-around score over 39, a new school record. Fellow senior Deuser, who joined the team as a walk-on and became a
Lowe also credited the UAB defense for forcing 17 State turnovers and causing poor shot selection, resulting in a pair of 3-point shot attempts that flew through the air out of bounds to the right of the goal. “They played a very aggressive, physical game,” Lowe said. “UAB did a great job of pressuring all the positions, and we were just doing everything
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Taylor Seaman gets high fives from her teammates after competing on the beam in the Sweetheart Invitational at Reynolds Coliseum Saturday, Feb. 20.
two-event starter for the Pack during her senior year, was honored as well. The Wolfpack will travel to Durham, New Hampshire to compete in the EAGL Championships this weekend and looks to capture its fourth conference title.
a little too fast. We didn’t slow down and set solid screens and face up.” Lowe voiced his frustration with the officiating of the game and received a technical foul after arguing with a call on sophomore C.J. Williams midway through the second half. However, the real moment of the game for the Blazers came when Millsap dunked the ball
off of a high pass to excite the crowd with 11:42 left in the second half. From there, State never got closer than 16 as UAB went on to claim its second NIT win and set the stage for a matchup with UNC-Chapel Hill in the third round.
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Lowe says season not a disappointment Sweezy charged, suspended indefinitely
Despite 72-52 loss to UAB to end season, Lowe optimistic about progress
Coach Tom O’Brien suspended junior defensive tackle J.R. Sweezy after he got into a late night fight with a shuttle bus driver in Mooresville, N.C. Sweezy was charged with misdemeanor assault and misdemeanor larceny, according to the Mooresville Police Department, after getting into a physical altercation with 65-year-old David Scott Magnuson and Nicholas Kaplan. Sweezy was asked to leave the shuttle by Kaplan, the driver, at 2:37 a.m. March 18 for acting “loud and obnoxious,” according to a press release by the Mooresville Police Department. The release later states Magnuson’s tip jar was knocked over by Sweezy as he exited the bus, after which the altercation turned violent. Drinking was reportedly a factor. Source: News 14 Carolina
Henry wins shot put championship Senior Lawanda Henry won another shot put title at the 49er Classic in Charlotte with a 51’09.00. Others finishes from the classic included Danielle Adams, who placed third in the high jump with a 5’01.00, and Marika Walker, who clocked a 2:16:69 in the 800m run, giving her a fourth place finish. Paige Eley was sixth in the 200m, running a 25.25.
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Following a 72-52 loss in the second round of the NIT to the UAB Blazers, coach Sidney Lowe said fans shouldn’t view the season as a disappointment. “For us to be picked to finish dead last in the ACC and finish tied for ninth says something,” Lowe said. “These guys have done a great job up to this point of playing well and winning tough ball games.” State snuck past South Florida Tuesday night in the first round of the NIT when freshman forward Richard Howell made a lay up with eight seconds left to make the score 58-57. The Wolfpack (20-16) then faltered in the second round of the NIT against UAB (25-8), the No. 2 seed
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Junior point guard Javi Gonzalez creates an extra possession for State under the basket March 13 in Greensboro. Gonzalez had nine points and five rebounds in the 57-54 loss to Georgia Tech, which eliminated State from the ACC Tournament.
State takes two of three from Wake Strong pitching performance from Mazzoni helps lead State past Wake, 5-3
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the Deacons in 10 innings on Sunday. With the two wins over the weekend, the team moves to 14-6 (2-4 in ACC.)
State’s offense sputtered against UCLA Sunday night in Minneapolis, resulting in a 74-54 loss and an early exit from the NCAA Tournament. Jasmine Dixon paced the Bruins with 12 points and 11 rebounds. Eight-seed UCLA pulled away down the stretch as nine-seed State (20-14) often fell into the scoring slumps that plagued the team all season. Freshman Marissa Kastanek was tops on her team with 21 points and senior Nikitta Gartrell had 13 points in her final appearance with the Wolfpack. The Pack committed turnover after turnover and allowed the Bruins to go on a 14-0 run that stretched from the end of the first half into the second. State found itself down by 21 points with just over four minutes remaining and couldn’t close the gap.
Gymnastics Senior Taylor Seaman breaks school record in final home meet of the season, earns 9.95 on floor exercise
Taylor Barbour While the rest of N.C. State’s students were off on vacation, the Wolfpack baseball team stayed busy, playing eight games during the break. But after losing four of its first five games since spring break started, the Pack bounced back and picked up its first ACC series win of the season as it took down the Wake Forest Demon Deacons in Winston-Salem. “It is really big win,” senior right fielder Drew Poulk said. “After getting swept at Clemson it was really big coming out last night and getting a big win and then come out here knowing they were going to want to get after us today.” After beating up on the Deacons in the first game of the series in a 17-6 win, the Pack had a tougher game Saturday, but the team was able to escape with a 5-3 victory. Sophomore starting pitcher Corey Mazzoni (3-1) picked up the win for
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in the Mississippi State division. Nonetheless, Lowe praised the players for their performance during the season as a whole. “Our play in the ACC tournament and postseason shows that these guys are working,” Lowe said. “No one would’ve thought that we would end with a 20-win season.” The Pack ended the season by winning six of its eight last games and advancing to the semifinals in the ACC tournament after losing five straight halfway through the season. “It’s a sad moment right now. It’s my last game with these guys, and I’m proud of the team,” senior Dennis Horner, who led the team with 23 points, said. “We went through a stretch during the middle of the season where we weren’t playing too well, but the guys never quit.” In the loss to UAB, State came out of the gates struggling, shooting a season-low 24 percent from the field in
It was a night to remember for the State gymnastics team as the Wolfpack squad not only celebrated the careers of the senior class but also defeated EAGL foe William and Mary Friday night, 196.150-190.100 in Reynolds Coliseum. “We wanted to count a good meet and wanted to enjoy the last meet here in Reynolds for the season,” senior Lauren Deuser said. The Pack returned home to Reynolds Coliseum after competing in three straight away meets. Home seemed to be just what the team needed to get off its two-meet slide as the Pack posted its highest team score of the season and its highest overall team score since 2004. In the first rotation of the evening, the Pack came out of the gate ready to reverse the outcome of recent meets in New Hampshire and Georgia. “We have been working on acting like a team since that road trip,” Deuser said. In State‚ first event on vault,
no single gymnast scored lower than a 9.775. In addition, every competitor for the Pack scored higher than the top gymnast from William and Mary on vault. Team leaders included senior Taylor Seaman, sophomore Brooke Barr and junior Brittany Vontz. On the other side of the gym, William and Mary began its meet on the uneven bars. The Tribe had just gymnast score over a 9.7 to begin the meet. The Pack continued its success found in the first rotation as it moved to the uneven bars and saw all gymnasts score above a 9.7 again. Freshman Rachel Fincham took first on her team with a score of 9.875. Seaman and sophomore Jess Panza took second and third place on the event respectively. During the recent road trip to New Hampshire and Georgia, the Pack struggled on the beam as the team had to count a few falls on the event. The trend did not continue against William and Mary. The team performed its routines with a purpose and accumulated a score of 48.975 on the event. “I think our best event was beam because our team built up confidence on the event,” head coach Mark Stevenson
the Pack and Tim Cooney was credited with the loss, while freshman Felix Roque notched his first career save closing out the final two innings. State could not complete the sweep however, as it fell 4-3 to
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Published on Mar 22, 2010
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