Incoming freshmen boast higher GPAs, SATs
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Plans to cut Cates parking discussed Cates Avenue Plan will decrease parking spaces and increase sidewalks in an effort to make the road a campus main street. Staff Writer
APPLIED: 17,686 ACCEPTED: 10,270
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APPLIED: 19,161 SAT Score 1176
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Top 10% of high school GPA 41%
New Student Orientation is a day and a half program that is required for all first-year students. According to the Office of New Student Orientation, the goal of orientation is to “help [incoming freshmen] transition into college life as well as the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead – intellectually, emotionally, academically and socially.” Orientation lasts from late June through the end of July requiring incoming freshmen to attend the session that corresponds with the college they are entering. There will also be one last session held right before school starts, after move-in day occurs. Upperclassmen Amanda Brooks, sophomore in FYC, and Kacy Buchanan, junior in science education and meteorology, had differing orientation experiences. “I thought orientation was okay,” said Brooks. “The only thing I was
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he incoming first-year students statistically have higher weighted GPA’s, higher SAT scores, and higher class ranks than the incoming first-year students in fall 2009 and fall 2008. Weighted GPA’s have increased from 4.13 to 4.21 from 2008 until 2010. The SAT scores, from the total of the critical reading and math scores, increased from 1176 in 2008 to 1187 in 2010. There is also a higher percentage of students that graduated in the top 10 percent of their high school class attending the University in the fall. Overall, these statistics show a rise in applications have led to a more competitive freshmen pool.
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Upperclassmen and incoming freshmen take time to explain their experiences at New Student Orientation.
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Orientation draws various views
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Top 10% of high school GPA 42.3%
A meeting was held July 1 between Duda/Paine Architects, University administration and Student Body President Kelly Hook to discuss concerns regarding the architects’ Cates Avenue Master Plan. The Cates Avenue proposal is part of the 2008 Student Life Master Plan (SLMP). This proposal includes several different projects, such as: Cates Plaza, New West Dunn Building, Student Health addition, Thompson Theatre addition, a pedestrian bridge and renovations to Talley Student Center. According to Marycobb Randall, president of the University Student Centers Board of Directors, the construction for these projects will be staggered and gradually implemented over time. “Some construction has already been completed. Obviously, more is to come as each project component is approved to begin construction,” said Randall. Kelly Hook said one of main concerns with the Duda/Paine
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source: office of admissions
EBIII gets the University’s second green roof The new Engineering Building III will be open for the fall semester and will bring a new look to Centennial Campus.
A September 25 celebratory kickoff will honor the end of Hillsborough Street renovations.
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The new Engineering Building III on Centennial Campus features a “green roof,” which has benefits such as the natural absorption of heat and water by the grass and greenery growing on it.
The roof is also part of a campuswide campaign to reduce greenhouse emissions. According to an Office of Sustainability press release, all new buildings will be built to a minimum
of Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver standards.
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Deck construction to eliminate hundreds of student, staff parking spaces in West Lot A major building project affecting State students and staff that park in the West Lot began this week. Chris Boucher Correspondent
Crews started construction of the West Lot Parking Deck July 7. “The deck is scheduled for completion around June 21, 2011. It should be ready for parking at the same time,”said Steve Bostian, design project manager in the NCSU Capital Project Management Department Facilities Division. Students and staff will lose 480 West Lot parking spaces while the deck is being completed. West Work Will Displace Many Parkers The deck site occupies a large portion of the current West Lot, on Dan
Allen Drive just north of Butler Communication Services building and Grinnells Animal Health Laboratories. The structure will contain five levels for parking, which will accommodate 847 cars via two entrances. Some parkers will get a chance at a West Lot permit, as there are still some spaces unaffected by construction. A limited number of ìWî parking permits went on sale July 6 for graduate students; students with 75 or more credits can buy on July 8, and all other students can apply for a permit on July 12. Space in the West Lot, and sale of permits, will be severely reduced, however. The deck construction will force some students to go to parking plan B if they used the West Lot in the past. One alternative is purchasing a ìVî commuter permit, said Christine Klein, information and communica-
HOw to apply
To apply for a campus parking permit online, go to: www2.acs.ncsu.edu/ trans/. Source: university transportation
tion specialist in the NCSU Transportation Department. A “V” permit allows students to park in the Varsity lot near McKimmon Center and take the Wolfline to main campus. Klein recommended that commuting students also explore other parking options along the Wolfline during West Deck construction. Also, construction will close the Westlot/Varsity Wolfine stop by the end of July, Klein said. Commuters used to grabbing the bus at that spot can access the Wolfline at either the Wolf Village or the West Lot/Sullivan stops.
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Street revamp one of the smoothest projects heís been involved with. The Hillsborough Street Project will hold a celebratory kickoff event Sept. 25, Sudano confirmed. The Hillsborough Street renovation completion is a relief to students and Chris Boucher staff, who have had to navigate conCorrespondent struction obstacles since the project Students and staff wondering began on May 11, 2009. The cityís vision for the refurwhen the Hillsborough Street renovation project will be com- bishment of Hillsborough Street was “changing the plete got good street itself from a news this week, four-lane, congested as project manstreet, to a two-lane agers reported avenue moving veconstruction hicular and pedeswill be essentrian traffic more tially f inished Silvio Sestito, safely and efficientthis month. owner of Sylvia’s Pizza ly,” according to the The busy camHillsborough Street pus buffer will Redesign website. b e “s u b s t a nDriving on Hillsborough Street has tially completed by July 20,” said Tim Sudano, project engineer in been markedly easier in the completed the Raleigh Public Works Depart- areas, said Neal Timpe, a graduate ment. The scheduled completion student in technical communication, who praised the use of roundabouts. date was Sept. 3. “The traffic circle at Pullen and HillSudano said that after July 20, contractor Hamlett Associates sborough really speeds up traffic at the Inc. will only have to complete intersection. I used to feel like I sat at some small tasks, but the bulk of that light forever,” he said. Curran Hoffman was surprised to the work will be done within the learn of the July completion date. next two weeks. ìI thought it was going to take until “We added some stuff [to the project] since they were ahead of fall semester for them to finish. It defischedule. Weíre very happy with nitely looks better.î said Hoffman, a their performance,” Sudano said of hboro continued page 3 Hamlett, calling the Hillsborough
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Nathan Hardin The University will take another step toward innovation and sustainability this month with the opening of the campus’ second green roofed building. The 3,780-square-foot roof is located on part of the new Engineering Building III on Centennial Campus. The green roof is made up of 10 different drought resistant plants and, according to a University press release, will save the University an estimated 25 to 50 percent on heating and cooling costs. The roof will retain more rainfall and eliminate the need for weed control, reducing the need to use chemicals for maintenance.
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Today New Student Orientation Session 5 (Multi-Day Event) Talley Student Center End Time 1 p.m.
New Student Orientation Session 6 (Multi-Day Event) Talley Student Center 8 a.m.
Electronic Thesis & Dissertation (ETD) Workshop D.H. Hill Library 1:30 p.m. - 4 p.m.
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On Sunday, July 11 at 2:30 p.m. the final game of the 2010 World Cup will be featured in Witherspoon Cinema free of charge thanks to the Office of International Services and the Union Activities Board. Coverage begins at 2 p.m. For more information contact Thomas Greene at 515-2961. Source: NCSU Campus Calendar
Taste Carolina Gourmet Food Tour: Capitol to Glenwood On Saturday July 10 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. in downtown Raleigh. The capital of North
Carolina is home to some of the most dynamic restaurants in the country. Visitors will enjoy the opportunity to talk with chefs and owners who are serving innovative ethnic and southern cuisine, house-made chocolate, authentic barbecue, beautiful and delicious cupcakes, local beer, and organic wine. The cost is $39.50 per person ($41.49 with registration service fee). Registration can be completed in advance at https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/71428. Parking is available in a downtown lot near Fayetteville or Wilmington Sts. in the 100 or 200 S. blocks. Meet at Dos Taquitos Centro, 106 S. Wilmington St., at 1:45. To dress for the tour, wear comfortable shoes; this tour is between 2 and 3 miles of walking and will happen rain or shine. Source: tastecarolina.net
2010 Lego Summer Mobile Tour On Friday July 16 through Sunday July 18 at Moore Square from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. the LEGO Games summer tour invites families to play games in a new way. LEGO Games are the world’s first constructible board games, allowing families to literally create and customize their own gaming experiences. Build the game, switch up the dice and change the rules to make each game experience new and different. Participate in life-sized adapted versions of favorite LEGO Games. Build the robot, BE the robot! Guess the number of bricks in the over 6-foot tall LEGO Minotaur model for a chance to win a trip to LEGOLAND California, discover all 10 new LEGO Games! Source: Lego.com
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10:49 P.M. | Traffic Stop Current Dr/Lampe Dr Student was issued citation for driving wrong way on one way street. 2:36 P.M. | Fire Alarm Swanannoah 4H Center Units responded to alarm received for off campus site. Cause unknown. System reset.
5:17 P.M. | Suspicious Person Derr Track Staff member was walking on track while closed. Subject agreed to leave the area.
5:47 P.M. | Skateboard Violation SAS Hall Student was referred for violation of skateboard policy. July 6 1:51 P.M. | Suspicious Person Poe Hall Report of suspicious subject in the building. Subject left prior to officer’s arrival. Surrounding area searched with negative results. 11:01 P.M. | Suspicious Person Cox Hall Two non-students were observed outside building. All file checks were negative. Both subjects complied to leave the area.
2:23 P.M. | Concerned Behavior Assistance Off Campus Student was arrested on outstanding warrant from Mecklenburg County for earlier incident. No action at this time.
4:06 P.M. | Traffic Accident Dunn Ave/Jeter Ave Traffic accident involving Wolfline bus and non-student. No injuries reported.
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June 30 in which they identified 10 zones with current issues to pedestrians. These 10 zones are continued from page 1 areas they are looking to solve in their master plan. According to the Cates Avpresentation was the loss of parking along Cates. However, enue master plan, there are Hook said University Trans- 275 parking spaces along Cates portation assured all attending Avenue. The proposed changes the meeting that parking would would reduce parking to 86 spaces. not be an issue. Marycobb Randall described “I don’t think, at this time, the scope of [Cates Avt he overa l l enue] needs project as a to be more long range depedestrian sign concept friendly,” reconfiguring said Hook. “I the ‘Student think there Main Street’ are severa l as a pedestrithings that an-friendly should, and campus w ill, ta ke street while precedence. Matthew Lanouette, senior in still providAt this time, parks, recreation, and tourism ing access for I don’t think management bicycles, serwe need to be vice vehicles, messing with Cates Avenue. I don’t think transit, deliveries, and other the University feels that way general vehicular circulation and parking. either.” “This study will inform deDuda/Paine Architects published a year-long study on sign solutions for Cates Avenue
and Dunn Avenue related to the Talley Student Center Addition and Renovations project,” said Randall. “The traffic f low along Cates would decrease as Cates becomes more pedestrian friendly. Dan Allen Drive would remain active, as is. Morrill Drive will also remain as is, to my knowledge.” Matthew Lanouette, a senior in parks, recreations and tourism management, said he already feels Cates Avenue is pedestrian friendly. “There’s a lot of parking problems along Cates Avenue right now,” said Lanouette. “Any place that students could be around and hang out, I think is a good thing. Other than the few tables at Talley and the Atrium, there’s really no place to sit down, chat and hang out with friends.” One place Lanouette said he sees as a problem is at Cates Avenue on the Carmichael Gym side. “I think at the gym, the sidewalk is really narrow, so increasing the size would be helpful,” said Lanouette.
after the fall, whether or not it [the renovation] helps,” he said. Sestito added that heíd like to see the new Hillsborough Street turn into a more popular night spot, much like Glenwood South. “I hope that happens; at night, it’s dead out hereî said Sestito. “But it’s going to be a challenge.”
“...at the gym, the sidewalk is really narrow, so increasing the size would be helpful.”
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senior in anthropology and an employee at Planet Smoothie on Hillsborough Street. “I’m excited that traffic is going to be flowing smoothly through here again.” Merchants up and down the Hillsborough Street corridor
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According to the U.S. Green Building Council’s website, a Silver certification can be awarded by obtaining 50 to 59 points out of a potential 100 base points with six additional points being awarded for innovation in design and four additional points for regional priority points. Rudy Lopez, project manager of EBIII, explained the roof will be relatively maintenance-free after the first year. “For the first year it will need irrigation, after that it won’t need any more maintenance,” Lopez said. Grounds management crews installed 152 rolls of vegetation mat, weighing approximately 70 to 80 pounds each. According to Lopez, the annex building of EBIII, which is completely covered by the green roof, will house two
have been affected by the renovation. “Business has been terrible during construction. Itís killing me,” said Silvio Sestito, owner of Sylvia’s Pizza. He was relieved to learn that the project was set to finish ahead of schedule. And despite the loss of business during construction, Sestito has high hopes for the new-look thoroughfare. “We’ll have to wait and see
wind tunnels and an anechoic tainability is coming at a chamber – which prevents any time when other instituoutside sound interference for tions are struggling to retain their status as sustainability research purposes. Engineering Building III leaders. On July is expected 1, 15 into open this stitutions summer and were rewill encommoved pass the Defrom the partment of American Mechanical College & a nd Ae ro University space EngiRudy Lopez, project manager Presidents’ neering and of EBIII Climate t he NCSU/ CommitU NC Joi nt ment list Department of Biomedica l Eng ineer- for not following through ing which are moving from on their reporting requireBroughton Hall and Burling- ments. The list indicates ton Nuclear Engineering Labo- institutions that pursue climate neutrality through ratories, respectively. The James B. Hunt Library, a series of concrete, selfwhich is under construction, reported steps, according is slated to open in 2012 and to an education of sustainis next on the list to receive a ability press release. The University’s f irst green roof. The library’s roof project will be much larger green roof is located at the Ruby C. McSwain Eduthan EBIII’s installation. The University’s commit- cation Center at the J.C. ment to innovation and sus- Raulston Arboretum.
“After [the first year] it won’t need any more maintenance.”
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A pedestrian waits for the cars driving along Cates Avenue to pass before crossing via the crosswalk between Carmichael Gym and central campus. Though the cars did not stop for him at the crosswalk, most pedestrians Wednesday afternoon were able to cross the street without delay.
Another concern for Lanouette is the landscaping of Cates Avenue. “I think if they’re going to expand the sidewalks, they should add in spots for trees
and ferns, or at least remodel what is already there,” said Lanouette. “Cates Avenue needs to look more like the rest of campus, instead of some street in the middle of a city.”
Hook said the next meeting to discuss plans for Cates Avenue will be in August.
Megan Lee, a sophomore in biological sciences, walks and engages in conversation with a group of incoming freshmen to Fountain Dining Hall during New Student Orientation. The orientation session was held for freshmen who are enrolled in the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences.
FRESHMEN continued from page 1
unhappy about was that no one really explained how to sign up for classes.” Kacy Buchanan said she found orientation to be fun. “Orientation was fun, but I feel like there could have been a lot more done to familiarize new students with the campus,” said Buchanan. “Since the school is so big, the first few weeks on campus can be very overwhelming, especially if you don’t have a map or friends that can show you around.”
Incoming freshmen Danielle how best to get around.” In FYC, students are assigned Carozza and Eric Gardner both said they were very satisfied an advisor and take a class with with their orientation experi- them both semesters (USC 101 ence. Carozza and Gardner are and 102). Carozza said her adboth entering the University in visor, Kathy Ziga, was helpful. “My adviFYC. sor was very “My favorhelpful when ite pa r t of I signed up orientation for classes. was meeting She took new people. the time to It was great ex plain my to make some options and friends before t he cla s se s starting off t hat wou ld school,” said Danielle Carozza, freshman in best suit me,” Carozza. First Year College Said Carozza. Carozza “The presenand Gardner tation on how both said they found the lengthy lecture-like to sign up for classes online presentations to be their least was very detailed and helpful as well.” favorite. Gardner said he was most in“I was not thrilled with the more lecture-like portions of terested in the parts about what New Student Orientation,” said to do on campus. “I was most interested in Gardner. Carozza said she feels more the portions devoted to tellcomfortable with campus after ing us what there was to do on campus, mainly the portions orientation. “I can say that I do feel more regarding clubs and such,” said comfortable with campus af- Gardner. Incoming first-year students ter orientation; however, I do still feel pretty nervous,” said stay overnight in Lee Hall and Carozza. “Overall, student ori- eat three meals in Fountain entation was definitely worth Dining Hall during their New going to and made me feel Student Orientation experimuch more comfortable about ence. According to Gabe Wical, attending NCSU.” Gardner said after orienta- director of new student orition that he finds the University entation, typically, between 98 to 99 percent of incoming to be a nice place. “N.C. State is a pretty nice students attend New Student place,” said Gardner. “It’ll just Orientation. take me a little while to learn
“It was great to make some friends before starting off school.”
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The fate of Cates THE Facts:
Duda/Paine Architects published a year-long study on June 30 in which they identified 10 zones with current issues to pedestrians. According to the Cates Avenue master plan, there are 275 parking spaces along Cates and the proposed changes would reduce parking to 86 spaces.
Cates Avenue does not pose any serious problems to pedestrians. There are more important things to be considering right now, instead of decreasing parking in a crucial area along Cates.
couple of streets are essential to any student trying to get his or her bearings. Our roads offer cardinal directions, parking spots, and driving area. Dan Allen, Cates, and Hillsborough are our main three roads, and one of them might be undergoing some major changes. The University administration, Kelly Hook, and Duda/ Paine Architects have been talking about a potential expansion to the pedestrian routes of Cates Avenue. In the architects’ proposal, the sidewalks would be expanded and the parking spots would be decreased. Some other changes were proposed to the buildings along Cates Avenue but the obviously controversial part of the proposal was a decrease in the parking spots from 275 to 86 spots. Even more than the impact of decreased spots, those particular spots are some of the most coveted on all of campus adding more
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weight to the parking cuts. After all, they’re all right next to the central campus residence halls. Some of the spots that are near Case Dining Hall are C parking spots, but I doubt that faculty spots are seriously under consideration for removal. We have two issues with this proposal. We don’t even feel that Cates Avenue has a pedestrian problem. Student Body President Kelly Hook should be commended for voicing this opinion when she said this isn’t the time to make Cates Avenue more pedestrian friendly. And secondly, we think everyone who has lived on campus understands the importance of keeping those particular parking spots untouched. There are already sidewalks along almost all of Cates, and it’s really easy to walk down. Walking along and across
Cates isn’t a big issue. There are seven crosswalks on Cates. Two of these have lights with full sound capabilities for the blind. In our opinion, crossing Cates Avenue is reasonably safe for the average pedestrian. Speed bumps also prevent the cars going across Cates from being too fast. The FYC Commons and Talley have both speed bump locations. The busiest point on Cates is at Talley where the buses pick up students, but the busses have a functioning port that gets them off of the street. The alleyway right down the side of Alexander Hall and Price Hall averts the potential hubbub of turning the busses around on Cates. If the busses really have trouble, they can go completely down the alley where the girth is able to hold a wide turn. That alleviates any major congestion around Carmichael Gym.
If the administration is worried about the quality of Cates, they should make sure that no one touches those parking spots. For students living in the central campus residence halls and farther into east campus those parking spots are key for convenient parking. If students didn’t have those parking spots, they would have to park all the way in the expensive coliseum parking deck, or Dan Allen Deck. With an increasing student body and the recent decrease of RW parking in the Bragaw lot, an additional decrease in prime parking will result in bitter emotions. When the University is considering new projects to spend our money, we would prefer to see parking increased. Although we acknowledge that our campus is very pedestrian based, the convenient use of our cars is also essential. We don’t want to park far away from our dorms just for some wider sidewalks.
The idols of soccer and basketball Every four years our televisions offer complete coverage of 32 counTalmadge tries competFarringer ing for t he Staff columnist top prize in international soccer, and a lot of Triangle residents ju s t d on’t care. Most modern nations expose their citizens to the game of soccer since birth, si m i l a r to how basketball has monopolized the lives of triangle sport fanatics. When students have the fall sports seasons roll around in September, the prospects of Carter-Finley filling is a bit higher than the soccer stands. Current sport icons make a large impact on what potential athletes choose to play, and we need a substantial amount of soccer icons. Watching a top player dominate at the professional level draws and inspires thousands of youth to attempt to attain similar success. Most young amateur sport players have had a cultural icon to look up to, and try to emulate their icon’s success. Michael Jordan undoubtedly increased basketball’s popularity in our generation by influencing youth across the country to pick up basketball. Although harder for North Carolina residents to conceptualize, soccer follows these same principles in other parts of the world. Players in this year’s World Cup are attempting to achieve mirrored success of their revered alumni. The great players use their childhood idols to reach the higher skill level that their icons represent. This mentality is reflected in the way global fans view their players. Ossie Ardiles of the UK newspaper Telegraph epitomized the constant comparison of current players and past players in his analysis between Lionel Messi from Argentina and the legendary Argentinean soccer player Diego Maradona. The performance of players today
in the World Cup has a large impact on how the next generation of their fans will be performing in soccer. Only as our nation becomes relatively better at soccer will our citizens start to acknowledge it as one of the mainstream spor ts of the countr y. Even though Argentineans can appreciate their athletes, it will be diff icult for Americans to relate to their soccer stars until we can enter into the culture with our own soccer stars. American interest in soccer is tiny compared to our other mainstream sports. Interest this year has been increasing, on account the national team performed above expectations. If in coming World Cups the team could advance even farther, national interest could rise to greater heights. Raising American interest in soccer, however, will not come from watching other nations play. But seeing our own countrymen performing well against other countries is guaranteed to increase national interest. The goal of the international soccer team should be to inspire and set an example for the next generation and fans. One of the national team players must step up and dominate the game in mainstream athletic competition, so that our N.C. State soccer tryouts and stands are filled. It would be nice for our students to have some common interest with athletic fans across the world.
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Career Center help worth the money I promise not to respond to every article you write in the future, but you seem to be getting several questions that are career related. The latest one with the 1990 alumnus is interesting. I would encourage you to continue to direct similar requests to the University Career Center or, in his case, to the Alumni Career Services. The Director of Alumni Career Services is Sue Simonds, and she is an excellent career counselor. Although he expressed concerns about the cost, I hope he realizes that access to the same professional services in the open market would cost him $300-500 easily. The fee he mentions gives him access to the alumni directory which can be an excellent networking resource in addition to other services. Total cost, including personal counseling, is $70. It may be helpful to know that career services to recent grads used to be just one semester following graduation. In light of the current economy, we extended the that to one full year starting in 2008. Your writer may need comprehensive assistance that goes beyond just posting resumes. I hope he will seek help and use the resources still available to him through the alumni office.
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Nicholas Miano’s column (“The War Within,” June 10, 2010) about his experiences as a soldier in Iraq includes a poignant moment that is real-life-as-parable: Miano found a nine-year-old boy on a rooftop asleep holding an AK47. Miano gently took the gun from the boy’s hands and woke him up, then held is hand as the two joined Miano’s unit. The boy was spared a terrible experience, and Miano’s action did more to end the war and protect his fellow soldiers than a violent course of action could have. We have opportunities to choose mercy over justice every day. Miano offers a parable we all can follow no matter where we are.
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“I don’t think it’s really safe. The students don’t really pay attention. I know two people that have gotten hit by cars. I guess it’s a city thing.” Preston County sophomore, political science
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THURSDAY, JULY 8, 2010 • PAGE 5
‘Airbender’ fails to translate to big screen The Last Airbender Paramount Pictures
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The Last Airbender franchise has always sort of baffled me. The original cartoon, titled Avatar: The Last Airbender, seems, ostensibly, to be a Japanese anime series redubbed in English for the Nickelodeon audience. But this is not the case. The series was created by Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko, two American artistic types who were inspired by Japanese mythology and style. The show was an instant success, but it appealed to far more than the originally intended Nickelodeon little kid demographic. Since its debut in 2005, the show has gained a massive following, enjoying both popular and cult status. Many fans of genuine Japanese anime hopped aboard during
the show’s three season run, an estimated $280 million to and one of these fans was produce and market), only famed film director M. Night brought in a paltry $16 million Shyamalan. He watched Ava- in its opening weekend. In Shyamalan’s defense, this tar with his kids as the show’s world evolved and became must have been a difficult film something he considered film- to make. The source material is difficult to put your finger worthy. In 2007, Paramount Pictures on, being neither fully eastern nor western in and Nickelorigin and conodeon stutent. In addidios began tion, the story’s developmain character, ment of a Aang, is nearly planned impossible to t ri log y of cast. Airbender Aang is the films, each t it u l a r L a s t helmed by A irbender, a Shyamalan boy who has a nd e a c h the power to covering Rich Lepore save the world one season but who would of material rather have fun f r om t h e cartoon series. The first of these and be young instead of facing films was released last Thurs- his immense responsibilities. day, and the reception has not In the TV show, Aang was a been particularly warm. Roger perfect combination of childEbert notably gave the film a like wonder, goofiness and half star out of five, stating the dyed-in-the-wool ass-kicking film did nothing well. In ad- prowess. This combination was dition, the film (which costed adeptly executed in the series,
“I actually found myself wishing I could take off the annoying glasses and just watch the film in 2-D.”
but bringing such a cartoony character into the real world is a difficult feat. Noah Ringer, who plays Aang, takes on this task admirably well, but even so, as I was watching him near the beginning of the film, he just seemed so odd and unreal. As the film progresses, you get used to this weirdness, but it is always there in the background, poking at you, saying “something just doesn’t feel right here.” And the whole film is like this. In the process of turning the cartoon into a live-action film, the humor and quirkiness simply didn’t translate. I feel Shyamalan probably did all he could with the casting – and most of it is pretty good – but Avatar: The Last Airbender just might not be source material that’s meant for a non-cartoon treatment. On the upside, the world of the film is beautiful and there are many captivating vistas and set pieces to take in over the
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lumna Brook Powers, a finalist in the Pepsi Refresh Project, dreams of opening a mental wellness center for women called Blissful Mind Wellness Group. The Pepsi Refresh Project is awarding millions of dollars to individuals who propose ideas to “refresh” their community and Powers is working to win one of those grants worth $250,000. Supporters vote online every month for ideas in the categories of health, arts and culture, food and shelter, the planet, neighborhoods and education. Powers’ Blissful Mind Wellness Group aims to “open and sustain an integrated women’s mental wellness center,” with the help of the Pepsi Refresh grant.
Technician: Can you tell me a little bit about the Pepsi Refresh Challenge? Powers: Pepsi is giving away 1.3 million dollars every month to ideas that refresh your community. What they’re looking for are these grassroots projects and efforts to make a change, to make a positive impact. In order to win the money, they have four different financial tiers – I’m in the top tier which is 250,000 dollars – and I have to be in the top two in order to get the money. Technician: Tell me a little bit about your idea, Blissful Mind Wellness. Powers: Blissful Mind Wellness Group is a concept that I’ve had for some time now. The concept is to integrate healthcare location, targeting mental health. We’ve seen some ideas out there as far as integrating healthcare under one roof, but typically it’s to target your physical health or medical health. What I’d like to see is counseling, therapy (group therapy, individual therapy, relationship therapy), medication management (typically done through a psychiatrist or somebody who can do physical health exams, such as a nurse practitioner or a physician’s assistant), and then also things like exercise, nutrition, consultation. There’s so much room for growth after that too, as far as diving into complementary alternatives medicine, any sort of massage, something like that. And also providing childcare – that’s something I haven’t mentioned yet. The program is just for women; we’re targeting women’s health.
Technician: Is there a specific reason you’re targeting women’s health? Powers: Research demonstrates that women are more likely to seek treatment for themselves and for their families; they’re more likely to receive psychotropic medication, receive mental health diagnoses. The evidence shows the women are the primary ones out there seeking treatment. I feel when you make a positive impact on women’s health, since they’re the ones out there, they’re the ones who are going to advocate for more change and everybody else’s health. Also, this model fits women’s health better because women develop socially by building relationships with other people. This program for my wellness group is a concept that allows women to build relationships with their healthcare providers, so they don’t have to go seek treatment, tell their story ten different times, and be seen for four minutes and then they’re out the door. It’s an opportunity for them to really build a relationship with a practice. Technician: So you’re combining the psychological part of health with the psychiatric side? Powers: The research shows that the best method out there for treating mental illness is with the combination of psychotropic medication and with therapy. Psychotropic medication isn’t for everyone, but we do want to provide that aspect and have it there. Pretty much any psychiatrist will tell you, and agree with us, that medication can demonstrate improvement with your symptoms, but
without mental health therapy you’re not really going to see the long-term improvement. A lot of practices will provide the basics of mental health, which will
include therapy a s wel l a s psychiatr y, but there are not a lot of places that will also address the physical health and the medical health. You’re one person. So if you’re experiencing something medically, it’s going to affect you psychologically. So we want to be able to address all of the concerns under one roof. [around 6:00] Technician: What was the process like for entering the Pepsi Refresh Challenge? Powers: The process was actually one of the more simple processes that I’ve gone through, other than having to stay up until midnight and at 12:01 hit send. I had to enter a minor budget, kind of just a rough budget of how the money would be spent. Pepsi is really reaching out to social networks
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course of Aang’s journey. Most of the areas Aang and friends visit have a decidedly blue hue to them, but that plays into the theme of the film – water – rather well. It all looks very otherworldly in an endearing way, and as I watched the film I felt excitement in anticipating where the adventure would lead next. Another standout feature of the film is the performance of Dev Patel as the disgraced Prince Zuko of the Fire Nation. Patel was the star of last year’s
Oscar darling “Slumdog Millionaire,” and as soon as he appeared onscreen, I felt an affinity towards him as an actor. He has that s t rong pre s ence—that certain “x” factor— that makes some actors tru ly compelling to watch, no
matter what role they play. Casting Patel was a stroke of brilliance on Shyamalan’s part, because audiences already view him as an underdog-type character from seeing him in “Slumdog.” All actors come with baggage – it’s just a reality of human nature. People will never
as far as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, so we created a video. We have two videos that are out there on YouTube, a Facebook account, a Tw it t e r a ccount, etcetera, etcetera. It
Powers: Still in the voting stages. Basically what happens is once you’ve been submitted into the Refresh Challenge, then you publicize your idea and get people to vote for you. If you’re in the top 100, then you fall over into the next month. I actually started the Refresh Challenge in May and this is my third month. It resets every month, so I’ve been in the top 100 each month, and each month I’ve come a little bit farther, but I’m ready to win! We’re in the 20s right now and we need to be in the top two by the end of the month.
Technician: How’s the voting going? Do you really think you’ll be able to move forward was with this and win it? mostPowers: I sure as heck hope ly about so. That’s the goal. If anything, t h e m e n - it’s definitely a platform for my couraging you idea and I’ve gotten a lot of posto promote your ideaFEBRUARY itive feedback. I’ve tried to conPAGE 4 • MONDAY, 4, 2008 through all of these different tact everyone I know and I’ve tried to get the word out there outlets. to encourage people to vote. A Technician: Have you won lot of people have latched on to the top spot or are you still in the idea. The goal is definitely the voting stages? to win.
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Technician: If you don’t end up winning, are you still going to get some money out of it, or will you just not get the top prize or will other people see what you’re doing and pick up on it? What happens if you don’t necessarily win? Powers: Well, I won’t get anything from Pepsi, but like I said, it’s a platform for my idea, which is wonderful. I’ve gotten a lot of positive feedback, including people who have just poked around at the idea of wanting to fund it because they think it’s a phenomenal idea. But other people in local grants have said “please get in touch with me, we think it’s a wonderful idea.” I will eventually open this. I will do it. But it might just be bits and pieces, starting with a private practice for mental health, then building from there. If I don’t end up winning the Pepsi Refresh Challenge then I don’t win any money from them. *To vote visit www.refresheverything.com/blissfulmindwellness
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be able to see Johnny Depp and not think about pirate Captain Jack Sparrow for at least a second. But Shyamalan’s choice of Patel plays right into the character of Zuko and adds instant depth to the character when he appears onscreen. The film’s story does a decent job of telling a protracted version of season one of the show and it touches on most of the important events. The film does an OK job of keeping up its momentum, and only occasionally becomes a bit boring. The characters make you care about them a little bit, but not enough to really grab you and make you feel something when
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The Last Airbender is an avdisaster befalls them. The fight scenes were exciting, but also erage fantasy adventure film, uninspired. All in all, the film based upon a television series is always looking that is staﬀ far better. Roger Ebertfor new members is just really average. The Technician ridiculous giving this And then there is the 3-D, or is being take photos. Visit www.ncsu.edu/sma for rather, the lack thereof. When film a half star, as it deserves a you pay almost twice as much perfectly average score. That is, for “3-D” admission, you ex- unless you’re a huge fan of the pect to be blown away, but all I original cartoon, in which case, noticed was a little bit of added you and Ebert might agree. dimension in certain scenes. There is absolutely nothing remarkable here. In fact, the Coca-Cola adver tisement before the film was far more three-dimensional than the entirety of the film. I actually found myself wishing I could take off the annoying glasses and just watch the film in 2-D. The Technician staﬀ is always looking fo
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I’m all in. After eating with her and speaking to her a little bit and talking to people that know her, I’m ecstatic. It was a brilliant hire. It was out of the box, but if you look at it, she can hit the ground running. She knows what it takes to win and she knows what it takes to win in the ACC.
because there is, after all, only place to go from the bottom: up. Another reason for optimism comes in the form of our new athletic director’s track record at Maryland, one that indicates that such futility is something she will not tolerate. In 16 years with the Terps, she guided Maryland to 20 national championships. State fans can find consolation for their program’s lowly national standing in recent Directors’ Cups by looking closer to the top of those same standings, where Yow kept Maryland for the last five years. Over the past five years, State’s average rank was No. 59 and Maryland’s was No. 35. No one, especially not State fans, expects Yow to kickstart a meteoric rise to the top of these standings. But at the very worst, her track record shows we will be closer to a single-digit ranking than a triple-digit one.
then you can attack every aspect of your program. I think she will do everything in her power to give us what we need. It may not be there right now, so it will depend on what resources are avail- Technician: She is a winner. 20 able. Her track record is to national championships, what give the programs the re- else do you have to say? What she said, the sources thing I clued they need in on was that to be sucshe undercessful, stands that and then you have to demand have the reresults. sources to be And that competitive. is why we That’s cerare in this tainly somebusiness. thing that we That is Carter Jordan, wrestling coach have all been why kids struggling compete at this level. To be competitive with here. They won their first conferat a national level, you have to be at a position financial- ence championship in more ly, with staff and budgets, than 30 years in 2008. Pat Santo be able to recruit the way toro was the coach, and then you need to recruit, to man- he left. Then the following age a team the way you need year, they finished 10th in the to manage it, and to have a country and we finished 18th. staff to put the man hours Last year they were ranked in the Top 10 all year long, and in to be successful. just didn’t have a very good Technician: Overall, how national tournament, and do you feel about Yow and finished about 20th. They went the decision to make her from nowhere to tenth in the country in seven or eight years. State’s athletic director? Jordan: I fully expect that They had the full complement she is a woman that says of staff and budgets and all that what she does, does what stuff for the last 10 years. She she says and will give us the did a phenomenal job. She asbest opportunity that we sessed it, attacked it and hired could possibly imagine to the right people. She gave them be successful. That might what they needed. You can tell be in increments, I don’t how excited I am. know. But I tell you what,
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“I was blown away when I met her. She was just electric at the luncheon.”
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area that we really thought fish were in, but we couldn’t get them to bite. We stayed there and pounded them until we made them bite. This year, we’ve actually been able to catch fish in practice, but it’s been in a lot of different areas.” White said it was too early to tell whether this was a good sign. “It could end up being good for us, but it could end up being bad because we can’t get one pattern,” White said. “Everything could change, or just completely turn on for us.” Bringing home consecutive titles will be tricky, but as representatives of one of the largest and winningest collegiate bass fishing teams in the country, White says the good times will continue to roll for the BassPack. “We’ve got sponsors calling us every day. We’re getting televised monthly,” White said. “Everything is going as good as it could be for BassPack.” Wood said they’re keeping their expectations reasonable.
Kyle Hodgin, a senior in business management, smiles as he unhooks the fish he caught on Falls Lake.
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THOUGHTS ON YOW
Assistant men’s tennis coach lands head job at UTSA The University of Texas at San Antonio announced Wednesday that Jeff Kader, who arrived at State as an assistant to head coach Jon Choboy in 2007, has been hired as the head coach of UTSA’s men’s tennis team. Kader was on the Wolfpack sideline for a total of 60 wins. His best season was his first in Raleigh, when he helped lead the Pack to the NCAA Elite Eight and a No. 19 ranking in the final ITA poll of 2007.
Nowhere to go but up
In each of the next several editions of Technician, a different varsity head coach will discuss newly appointed athletic director Debbie Yow’s anticipated impact on his or her team. In the first installment of this series, wrestling coach Carter Jordan voiced his enthusiasm regarding the new athletic director.
Wood and White will have a camera boat following them throughout the first day. ESPNU will broadcast the footage as part of their coverage in late July or August. “They might have to edit some parts out,” Wood said. Despite these concerns, White said they’re somewhat calmed by the fact that their pre-fishing has gone better than last year’s. “Last year, we had a terrible practice,” White said. “We just ended up being stubborn in one
Here’s to hoping the collective performance of our Athletic Department has finally bottomed out. To those who refuse to believe things have gotten as bad as many so-called pessimists often insist they have, avoid the annual Learfield Tyler Sports Everett Directors’ Cup Final Sports Editor Standings, updated Tuesday, at all costs. A quick glance at it will explain just how bad things have gotten around the program newly appointed Athletic Director Debbie Yow will take over July 15. The annual Directors’ Cup standings rank athletic programs by assigning points based on where teams finish nationally in as many as 20 sports. The rankings take into account the performances of each school’s 10 best men’s and women’s teams, with 100 points awarded for each sport that finishes first in the nation. A year ago, N.C. State was ranked No. 74 with 265.30 points, and finished with a better ranking than only one ACC school, Boston College, which was ranked No. 75. This year’s rankings are even worse for the Pack faithful, with State No. 89 with 203.88 points, easily the lowest point total of any ACC school. Fans looking for a positive twist on the new rankings may point out that being one of the top 90 programs on a list including more than 280 is not so bad. But comparing us with other ACC teams makes this list that much uglier. It’s bad enough that a program with a history that includes two national championships in men’s basketball is ranked behind schools such as Texas-El Paso and Middle Tennessee State, among other schools rarely associated with athletic excellence. Making matters worse is the fact that of the 12 teams in the ACC, only four are ranked outside of the top 50. Furthermore, N.C. State is the only public university of the four schools-Boston College, Miami, Wake Forest and State-ranked between 50 and 90. And it’s not as though, according to these rankings, we were right on the heels of the competition. Four conference rivals, Virgina, North Carolina, Duke and Florida State, are among the Top 10. After State, the lowest ranked team in these standings is Boston College at No. 63 But on a very necessary positive note, things might be looking brighter
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Sophomore takes Women’s 2010 MidIsland Amateur Amanda Baker, who just completed her first season with the women’s golf team, won her home town of Nanaimo’s major annual women’s tournament Wednesday. With a score of 71 on the second day of action, she took home the tournament title by a comfortable five strokes. She put herself in position to compete for the victory with a 79 on the tournament’s first day. Source: N.C. State Athletics
Quote of the day “It was a brilliant hire. It was out of the box, but if you look at it, she can hit the ground running.” Carter Jordan, wrestling coach
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Technician: What were your thoughts when you first heard Debbie Yow was N.C. State’s new Athletic Director? Jordan: The only thing I knew was that Maryland had more support from their athletic department for their wrestling program than any other team in the conference. I was pleasantly surprised at the announcement and excited about the attitude she would bring down here. Technician : Describe your first interaction with her and how you felt after meeting her Jordan: I was blown away when I met her. She was just electric at the luncheon. You could tell the presence she had and the command she had with everyone there. Her ability to work the room and talk to everybody there was very, very impressive.
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Head Coach Carter Jordan watches on as the Wolfpack grapplers fall to the Navy Midshipmen in Reynolds Coliseum Saturday night, Jan. 24 2009.
When we met, the first thing out of her mouth was “I love wrestling.” She said that three times. I counted. I can promise you that is the first time I have ever heard that at N.C. State. Technician: What have you learned about her from conversations with people who have worked for her? Jordan: The first thing I did was I called up Pat Santoro, the coach at Lehigh. He left Maryland three or four years ago. He was the guy she went out and hired to come turn their program around. He told me he almost did not take the wrestling job at Lehigh because of Debbie Yow. The Lehigh wrestling job is almost like the Notre Dame
football job. Pat Santoro is one of the most respected coaches in the country in our sport and he could not say enough good things about her. Technician: Talk a little bit about what Yow did for Maryland’s wrestling program. Jordan: They went from nowhere to 10th in the country in seven or eight years. They had the full complement of staff and budgets and all that stuff for the last 10 years. She did a phenomenal job. She assessed it, attacked it and hired the right people. She gave them what they needed. They won their first conference championship in more than 30 years in 2008. Pat Santoro was the
coach, and then he left. Then the following year, they finished 10th in the country and we finished 18th. Last year they were ranked in the Top 10 all year long, and just didn’t have a very good national tournament, and finished about 20th. Technician: How excited are you about the impact you anticipate her having on your program? Jordan: This will be the first time in the history of N.C. State wrestling that we will have a full complement of staff. When you have the budget you need and the complement of stuff,
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BassPack pursues third championship Tandem of Chris Wood, Will White battling Arkansas River in preparation for weekend tournament. Kate Shefte Senior Staff Writer
The College Bass National Championship, which begins Thursday at 7 a.m., will feature 43 collegiate teams seeking to dethrone Chris Wood, a senior in textile technology, and Will White, a senior in fisheries and wildlife science, the defending national champions. They will fish for two days with a five-fish limit of largemouth and spotted bass. The weights will then be zeroed and the top five teams will advance to Saturday’s final round. The tournament begins in the Riverview Park in North Little Rock, Ark. Wood and White returned earlier this week to practice in the same waters that produced a winning haul for them a year ago only to find that their baits weren’t working and the fish weren’t biting. “Conditions have changed a lot,” Wood said. “We’ve fished a lot of the same areas we fished last year and they’re not there. There are a lot of guys who are having
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David Register, a freshman in turfgrass science, talks to fishermen on another boat while he fishes in a BassPack tournement held at Falls Lake November 16, 2008.
trouble catching fish, period. have only practiced there this We had to go to a bunch of new week, but Wood said there’s a ‘definite possibility’ they could stuff.” fish on a difIn addition, ferent la ke recent floods t he second in Oklahoma day and yet w ill likely a not her on cause water Saturday, if levels in Little they advance. Rock to rise It’s a tense this weekend, situation for which could any competicreate disruptor, and will tions in the Will White, senior in fisheries be made more tournament’s and wildlife science stressful by location. the fact that Wo o d a n d White fished the same body of they will be filmed the entire water all three days in 2009 and time. As returning champions,
“We’ve got sponsors calling us every day. We’re getting televised monthly.”
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