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Few students show for forum Turnout at Student Senate’s open forum not as high compared to last week’s anti-Talley activism  Nick Tran  Staff Writer 

The Student Senate held an open forum Wednesday night in response to the protest the Rally Against Talley Facebook group conducted last week. The open forum was a continuation of last week’s opportunity to allow students to voice their opinions. A total of eight students appeared at some point during last night’s forum, along with about half of the Senate. The eight students primarily consisted of those central to the Rally Against Talley protest, including Vidya Sankar, one of the movement’s organizers.  Despite the reduced student turnout compared to the more than fifty people who appeared last week, the Senate held the open forum as promised. It was organized to promote discussion, intentionally informal, and students were allowed to address the Senate as a whole or speak to individual senators.  Eugene Yap, a senior in chemistry, said he felt the open forum was a good idea, allowing students to have their voices heard.  “It’s just a shame not that many students showed up,” he said. “The Senate is handling the discussion pretty

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Students and Student Government members voice their concerns and opinions at the Student Government forum on the reconstruction of Talley Student Center. Kyle O’Donnell, a sophomore in nuclear engineering and representative for seniors in the College of Engineering, holds up “The Rationale Behind the Talley Decision” to convey how the decision is in the best interest for current and future students in regards to fees. “If we look at all of the questions on the referendum, students want the Talley Student Center in principle,” O’Donnell said.

well. They’re trying to be as democratic as possible.” Yap said there could have been a number of reasons why so few people showed up, because not enough students knew about the event.  “I heard about it through my friends. Not enough students were adequately informed about this,” Yap said. “Also

some students may have given up. They tried to protest at the first one but it didn’t work out for them.” Sen. Sarah Lindh agreed the event could have been better advertised, but said more opportunities would be available in the future.  “The reason students didn’t come was the event was not publicized

‘Balanced Man’ fraternity aims to take down ‘frat boy image’ SigEp recruitment attempts to recreate fraternity stereotype Annie Albright Staff Writer

Sigma Phi Epsilon will unveil a new approach for the upcoming recruitment period. Jeff Horan, vice president of Recruitment and junior in business administration, said the fraternity will be seeking members that want to balance the social aspects of a fraternity while learning values that will prepare them for the real world.   “SigEp focuses on destroying the ‘frat boy’ image while still holding on to the fundamental principles that the fraternity was founded upon,” Horan

said. “We are looking for men who are trying to get more out of their college career, those who are not looking to join a typical ‘frat’.” The difference between SigEp and other fraternities, according to the president, Brennon Fuqua, is the elimination of pledging.   “We run the Balanced Man program, which is a four-year development program, instead of a pledge program, which is an approximately eight-week period,” Fuqua, a senior in civil engineering, said. “We extended it over four years and made the Balanced Man program pertinent to where you are in your college career.”  Horan said the program has been set up to work at the pace of the incoming member.  

much. The more people know about it generally the more people will show up,” Lindh said. “I love the idea. I want the discussion to continue and let students speak freely. The open forum was a step in the right direction, although I wish the conversation could have been more debatable so more student feelings could be expressed.” Stuart Bernholc, a freshman in first year college, said the forum was held to both inform and pacify students.  “The Senate was surprised by the discontent expressed last week. The open forum was held to satisfy the active student body,” he said. “But it does show they are moving forward on the issue.”  “The Senate handled the forum fine, although a small number of responses did not exactly answer the question,” Bernholc said. “But that is because they want to answer every question and indirect responses were due to miscommunication.”  Bernholc said the reason the turnout was smaller last night was a majority of the protesters last week left when they thought the discussion was over, before the open forum was announced. 

Fair officials work to prevent spread H1N1 Fair features sinks, flu shot booths to keep fairgoers healthy Adair-Hayes Crane Staff Writer

State Fair officials have taken extra measures toward preventing the spread of the flu at this year’s event due to the emergence of the H1N1 virus. Every year, residents from all over the state come to ride the rides, eat the food and see the exhibits. All of these hands-on activities make the fair a potential breeding ground for viruses, including the seasonal flu and H1N1.  Not only are fair officials trying to prevent the spread of H1N1 from person to person, but also from humans to the animals featured in exhibits and competitions. In an attempt to keep the animals safe from the virus, there are hand sinks next to most of the animal exhibits for people to wash their hands before and after handling them. 

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“Our challenge program is focused on being goal-oriented so that we are always working towards accomplishing something to improve ourselves and on keeping it self-paced,” Horan said. “Incoming members will be able to go as slow or fast as they like so it won’t interfere with guys who want to study abroad or have rigorous class schedules.” The program, according to Horan, is the idea SigEp will use to replace the pledging system.   “We do not pledge at all,” Horan said. “Once you join you are fullfledged members. You can vote,

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Economy creates job uncertainty Students concerned about finding job opportunities after college in downed economy Nick Tran  Staff Writer 

With the media propagating statistics on layoffs, bankruptcies, and job to job-seeker ratios, students have many reasons to be concerned about where their futures are heading in this recession. Additionally, the Department of Labor Statistics reports national unemployment rates are at 9.5 percent, more than double last year’s rate. The unemployment rate for North Carolina is above the national average at 10.7 percent.  Many students have already felt the effects of the failing economy and are anxious about their own prospective careers.  Sara Taorrmina, a sophomore in math education, said the future is very uncertain. Her father recently lost his job after 10 years of employment.  “It definitely hits home for students to know even higher positions or more experienced employees have no job security,” Taorrmina said. Students like Taylor Nelson, a sophomore in international studies, are worried about having to exit col-

lege and enter the job market in such poor economic times. “It’s worrisome that we’re in college during this poor economy,” Nelson said. “It’s stressful trying to figure out what to do with your life after college. There aren’t a lot of opportunities, especially with lots of people already losing their jobs.”  Nelson said the best idea for students to try and beat the poor economy is to make sure they are active in pursuing their career opportunities.  “Networking helps the most,” Nelson said. “Let people know you’re out there. The more people you meet the easier it is to find a job.”  Ashley Hibbard, an alumna in post bachelor studies, entered her career through an internship before the economy began fall.   “It wasn’t very hard [back then] but now students are going to have a hard time finding a job,” Hibbard said. “Not a lot of people are hiring and it’s hard to say if it’s going to improve, especially since people are still getting laid off.”  Other students are not as concerned because of the specific sectors they plan to enter after college.  Chris Mattox, a freshman in environmental engineering, said there is enough demand for his job area for him not to be worried and if all else

fails the government is always hiring. Mattox did recognize the situation other students may be in.  “Students will be in trouble if they can’t find a career, especially if they’re in a lot of debt,” he said. “That’s not to say it’s hopeless, it depends on how prepared people are. There’s always a turnaround in industry and whoever is at the top will get the job.”  Carol Schroeder, director of the University Career Center, encourages students not to be intimidated by the downed economy.  “Nothing is recession-proof,” Schroeder said. “But it’s not what’s happening to others that’s important, it’s what’s happening to you and what you do to prepare yourself.”  Schroeder said it was misleading to say there are no jobs out there for students and students should always try to pursue what they are passionate about.  “We know retail is down but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t go in to retail,” Schroeder said. “People retire and employers need to fill future gaps in a process called succession planning. Employers are always looking for new talent.”

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At Spirit Halloween in Townridge shopping center, Samantha Gilbert, a senior in English, tries on a pair of gold metallic heels as she looks for a potential costume. “I’m trying to pay for school. I’m not going to be able to pay for a $70 costume,” Gilbert said. As Oct. 31 gets closer, many students are making Halloween plans. “I’ll probably go to a party or go on Hillsborough.”


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Today Hang It Up! Gregg Museum of Art & Design, noon to 8 p.m. Recent Gifts of Native American Art from the Collection of Drs. Norman and Gilda Greenberg Gregg Museum of Art & Design, noon to 8 p.m.

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howing off a pen made of corn, Lindsay Batchelor, sustainability program coordinator, talks with Derek McGuar, freshman in botany in the Brickyard Wednesday. The booth featured the free corn pens, clocks that ran on water, frisbees made of recycled plastic and walking maps of campus. “It was busy, I’ve been talking to people all day,” Batchelor said. “I have two pages of sign ups for our e-mail listserv.”

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Theresa Payton speaks to students Theresa Payton, a former White House CIO, will address students as part of the Fidelity Investments “Leadership in Technology” Executive Speaker Series. Payton’s speech will be titled “Do You Want to be a Cyber Warrior?” and will be at 6 p.m. today in Engineering Building II. The series provides students of all disciplines with a look into leadership in technology by featuring accomplished and highly recognized entrepreneurs, as well as executives. source:

Gregg Museum focuses on student work Beginning today t he Gregg Museum of Art & Design will present “Hang it Up!” The open showcase will feature work from the N.C. State community. Participants were invited to submit up to two pieces of art work, including photography, paintings, ceramics and installation art. The exhibit will expose the creative talents of students, faculty, staff and alumni. source:

University Theater presents “Blue” University Theatre will be presenting “Blue” Oct. 21 to 25 and Oct. 28 to Nov. 1. The musical showcases the music of jazz signer Blue Williams while telling the story of an affluent African American family and the secrets it keeps. The event will be held in Titmus Theatre in Thompson Hall, and is $5 for students. source:

World & Nation

Boston-area man charged in alleged terror plot Federal authorities on Wednesday charged a Boston-area man with conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists as part of a plot to ``kill, kidnap, maim or injure’’persons — including a U.S. national-in a foreign country. The complaint alleges that from 2001 to 2008, Tarek Mehanna, 27, of Sudbury, Mass., and Ahmad Abousamra were central to a conspiracy that focused on fighting a jihad, or Islamist holy war overseas, possibly in Somalia. source:

House Judiciary Committee approves repeal Efforts to strip the health insurance industry of its antitrust protection got significant boosts Wednesday, as a House of Representatives committee voted to end the 64-year-old exemption and Senate Democratic leaders moved swiftly to act. The House Judiciary Committee approved by a 20-9 vote legislation to repeal the health insurers’ exemption. They would lose current protections if they were engaged in price fixing or similar behavior. In the Senate, ,Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., said he would offer an antitrust exemption repeal as part of the health care overhaul bill once the Senate begins debate, probably in the next few weeks. source:

Theresa Payton: Do You Want to Be a Cyber Warrior? Engineering Building Room 1231, 6 to 7 p.m. University Theatre presents Blue Thompson Hall, 8 p.m. Public Enemies Witherspoon Cinema, 9 to 11:30 p.m.

Experts say Swine flu vaccines are safe


Untested? No. Rushed into production? Not really. Full of substances that do harm? Hardly, and especially not compared to the dangers of the H1N1 flu virus. That is the retort of researchers, scientists, federal health authorities and others familiar with how swine flu vaccine is being made, as they listen — at times with disbelief — to the debate about it unfolding around kitchen tables and over the Internet. They hear the arguments — about what’s in the vaccine, whether it was made too fast, whether there are side effects — all the while frustrated that decades of experience in making effective flu vaccines hasn’t resulted in more public confidence that they got this one right, too.

Oct. 19 10:30 A.M. | Check Person Talley Student Center Officer investigated non-student reported to be annoying. Records check provided negative results and subject complied to cease inquiries.


Doctors’ fees an issue in health care overhaul Doctors’ Medicare fees would be cut 21 percent January 1 unless some change is approved, and quick. And while reversing the policy would seem easy in a political environment where seniors’ concerns are given the highest priority, efforts to boost doctors’ payments have run smack into some unique 2009-vintage health care politics. source:

1:19 P.M. | Policy Violation Free Expression Tunnel Report of non-student handing out pamphlets without permit. Subject complied to leave the area. 10:45 P.M.| Suspicious Incident Lee Hall Student reported incident. Investigation revealed incident had not occurred. Student was offered services of on-call counselor. 4:03 P.M. | Concerned Behavior Off Campus Officers responded to concerned behavior report. Student was issued welfare referral and trespassed from the University. 4:05 P.M. | Assist Other Agency Off Campus Campus Police assisted RPD with traffic flow after accident. 6:13 P.M. | Safety Program Off Campus Officer provided student with safety plan after off-campus incident. 6:19 P.M. | Medical Assist Fountain Dining Hall Units responded to student in need of medical assistance. 6:29 P.M. | Fire Alarm Vet School Units responded to alarm caused by dirty duct detector. Alarm reset. 8:00 P.M. | Fire Alarm North Hall Units responded to alarm caused by cooking. 8:39 P.M. | Medical Assist Upper Miller Field Units responded to student in need of medical assistance.

TODAY from 6-8pm Gregg Museum

Opening Reception for two exhibitions:

Recent Gifts of Native American Art Hang it Up! TODAY at 8pm Titmus Theatre

University Theatre presents Blue





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In addition to the hand sinks, there are signs placed around the exhibits reading: “Attention, our animals are healthy. Are you?” The bottom of the signs ask people to please refrain from entering the exhibit if they are sick, or have been in the last seven days. State veterinarian David Marshall told WRAL that he felt like the hand-washing stations were effective.   “[The sinks] are above industry standards and quite effective in minimizing the risk,” Marshall said.   Fair officials, as well as doctors, have encouraged people who are sick, or who have been sick in the past seven days, to stay home and not go to the fair. People are also encouraged to use the hand-washing stations and to carry hand sani-

tizer or hand wipes with them. Although many people are worried about the H1N1 virus, but seasonal flu is still a threat. The hand-washing stations are set up to prevent H1N1 as well as other types of viruses people can pick up at the fair, like the seasonal influenza, fair officials said. This year, there is also a booth where fairgoers can get their seasonal flu vaccine while they’re visiting the fair.   While the threat of becoming infected with H1N1 may make some people think twice about visiting the fair, others, such as Mike Anderson, a sophomore in agricultural business, are not hesitating to go.   “I’m not worried about contracting the H1N1 virus. I’ve had a flu shot and I still plan on going to the fair with my friends,” Anderson said. 


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“The Senate did an adequate job letting people know this was happening. If [the protesters] had waited, they would have heard about it.” Kelli Rogers, Student Senate president, said the Senate took the necessary steps to inform the students. A possible explanation for low turnout was the Senate meetings are simply more public than forums.  “We talked to other student leaders as well as mentioned it at the senate meeting last week. We went through Facebook groups and the Technician, the major sources which drew people to last week’s protest.”  Rogers said the open forum was an opportunity to

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continue the discussion from There was a lot of productive last week’s protest and said she debate; not heated debate befelt [the Senate] got a lot from it cause the original decision was made as a result of facts despite the low turnout. “There was a good represen- and reasoning,” Rogers said. “Everyone tation of the left learning student voice something present at the and able to forum,” she m o v e f o rsaid. “T he ward.”  Senate and Vidya Sanstudent leadkar said she ers at the fofelt the forum rum gained did a decent a lot f rom Vidya Sanker job le t t i ng student input people speak, and are coming closer to an understanding but did not really answer queson the concerns brought by tions.  “A lot of the answers were students.”  Rogers said the Senate did a rather roundabout,” she said. good job explaining to students “The answers seemed to be how the decisions on the fee exact regurgitations of what referendum were made, which we heard earlier, without real was what a lot of the questions justification.”  Sankar said she felt the low were on.  “The discussion was focused turnout was due to the lack on change and making an im- of advertising by the Student pact instead of just argument. Government. 

“I believe the low turnout was because the forum was very lightly publicized, there very little knowledge provided, and very little exposure to the students. The students were uninformed,” she said. Sankar said informing students was important because student involvement is very important.  “The purpose of the forum is to foster student participation. It is important because we also need to start holding administration accountable,” she said. “The Senate should attempt to restore student trust by being more vocal with criticisms of the administration on major issues in the future.”  Sankar said improving trust and transparency should be the next step for the SG. The next step for her and student activists will be a protest being held in the Brickyard this Friday at noon.

plishments, the Beta chapter is proud of its athletics, Horan said. “We love athletics. We came in second last year in intramurals and out of 600 points total we lost to Pi Kappa Phi by 15,” Horan said. “We participate in every intramural event: ping pong, softball, flag football, soccer, volleyball, badminton, wiffleball, basketball, etc.”  According to Fuqua, SigEp is the largest fraternity in the nation and has earned the highest GPA, preparing men for networking and entering adulthood.   “We challenge our members to make them grow, mature and prepare them for the real world,” Fuqua said. “We challenge you through your whole four years and really strive to make a better man and to make people better for being SigEp. We think our program is unlike

any other, and the strongest in the country.” Horan said the chapter participates in a large range of activities, ranging from etiquette dinner date functions to wine tastings. Many of their events are educational seminars held by alumni that may not seem relevant at the moment, but will help men out their adult lives.   “We have a few events in the works,” Horan said. “We have an alumni, who is a professional accountant, coming to teach us how to do taxes, and another who is a real estate agent giving us tips on how to buy a house.”  Unlike other fraternities, SigEp has solved many of the problems some men face when joining a fraternity, including cost and time management, Hogan said.

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serve on a committee and go to any and all events. I often tell guys, ‘You can theoretically join and then run for president the next day. There are no limits on our new members’ privileges’.” Michael Gannon, senior in economics, said the pledging process has been proven unnecessary through their experience in recruiting the right individuals.   “We like to think of our recruiting as similar to an athletic team,” Gannon said. “We weed out the bad eggs before they join rather than requiring a period for potential members to prove themselves with meaningless tasks.”  Among their many accom-

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{Our view}

Greek actions will speak louder than words A The Facts:

The Kappa Alpha Order, Alpha Omega Chapter is returning to N.C. State after disbanding five years ago due to poor conduct, academics and leadership.

Our Opinion:

If Kappa Alpha leaders wish to restore their organization’s reputation, they must focus on real service and set a strong example for the rest of Greek Life to follow.


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Pack Howl will deliver best show for less As usual Technician has taken its standard approach in critiquing some element of Homecoming and more specifically the Pack Howl Pep Rally and Concert. It is easy to say ECU brought this or another University brought this group for their Homecoming concert. However, Technician is not comparing apples to apples.  The Student Activities Board at ECU receives around $400,000 in student fees. At N.C. State, Homecoming receives no money through a guaranteed student fee.  Homecoming is 100 percent funded through the Alumni Association and through sponsors like Student Government, Dining, Wolfpack Club, Athletics, N.C. State Bookstores, Housing and several more. As I stated several times in my interview with the Technician, the goal of the Pack Howl Concert is to keep it as inexpensive as possible for students and to bring the largest number of students out.  When looking for an act for Pack Howl not many groups want to perform on our terms.  This means our specific date, our specific venue, our specific budget and our specific requirements (as inexpensive as possible for students).  Also, if you find an act that is not touring in the area to do an off tour act it can cost an additional $10,000 or more to have them fly in. So, why the comedy act?  When looking at all of our different options we made the call to bring the CollegeHumor Tour.  We believe it will bring the most students compared to other alternatives.   CollegeHumor is a common name in the residence halls and most college students’ computers. We also added a local music option. This is in addition to the student organizations that will perform.  We believe with the combination of these three elements Pack Howl will reach the most students possible. So, why not the caliber Common and N.E.R.D. type act?  It basically boils down to risk.  These acts were a huge risk in the past.  The risk was taken to bring these acts and hope that ticket sales would cover the cost, but student and general public ticket sales did not turn out to allow these acts to break even. I am confident that we have made the best decision based on our goals of attracting the most students at the lowest cost to them to.  As always, we welcome students to get involved in

fter five years, the Kappa Alpha Order, Alpha Omega Chapter is on its way to returning to the University. Considering Kappa Alpha was disbanded due to academic problems, weak leadership and allegations of general misconduct, the leaders of the new chapter of Kappa Alpha should take a careful look at the goals of their organization and make a strong effort to promote good conduct, academics and philanthropy. Kappa Alpha leaders should also endeavor to become an example for any Greek organization facing current or potential problems regarding poor conduct, grades and service efforts. Thus far, leaders of the new

Kappa Alpha have said the right things and promoted the right ideas: looking to find quality members who value academics, excellent conduct and in general are “Southern gentlemen.” This is an admirable goal, but chapter leaders should look at Kappa Alpha’s return to N.C. State as if the organization was starting a brand new chapter at the University. No tradition is too timeless, and no goal is too important – anything that may contribute to detrimental conduct or detract from the service efforts of the organization should be cast


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The recent article about the ban of plastic bottles and other items from landfills, encouraging recycling of these items, overlooks some crucial aspects about how benefits are passed along through the economy. Scott Mouw is quoted as saying that the ban will benefit the economy by supplying new jobs in the recycling and re-manufacturing business. Obviously with the N.C. unemployment rate over 10 percent, jobs are welcome. But are the costs of these jobs taken into account? Unfortunately, no. Too often people believe that legislation creating new jobs is good for the economy. This only looks at the benefits and not costs. It could merely transfer jobs from one part of the economy to another. The jobs Mouw references will come from businesses that process new materials at a cheaper rate than most recycled materials (aluminum being the notable exception) and go to government provided recycling services. The cost to you is your taxpayer dollars financing these jobs. To demonstrate this ban benefits the economy, you would have to show that the net costs of the ban are less than the net costs of trashing recyclables. This may be true, but is certainly hard to demonstrate. What is true is that recycling is not as cost-efficient as many eco-groups would have you believe. If it were, no government mandate would be necessary, as business would be seeking these materials to reduce their own costs. So this ban may add jobs, but it may also eliminate jobs and raise costs as well.


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What sort of scrutiny should Greek Life organizations seeking to return to campus face?

Homecoming. I am confident that this years’ Homecoming 2009, “Terminate the Terps,” will be the best yet. I encourage everyone to come out and get involved!   Let’s show our team we are behind them and our alumni that we have the same pride they had during their days on the bricks of N.C. State.


Ashley Adams freshman, biology

What is a true American?

his past year I have noticed many Americans talking about the “true American” and what it should mean. Depending on what political background and life experiences you have had, Marlena your defiWilson nition may Staff Columnist vary from someone else’s. A “true American” should value progress, though for some, this is not the case. The ideology of this country was based on change. Our nation would not exist if people were satisfied with the old ways. This past year has been a beacon of progression — our president is a perfect example of progress and all the ways we as a people have come together. What makes someone a true American is the intention of making changes that are best for our society and having your country’s best interest at heart. I know some people with different beliefs tend to have problems with diversity. They think the idea of diversity and all the policies that go along with it are giving out free rides; this is false. As an African-American, being stigmatized is an everyday thing for me. If the civil rights activists along with the government hadn’t stepped in to create change in this country, African-

Americans as well as others would not be able to pursue their lives as to their fullest potential. The debate about big government versus small government is never ending, but without some government input, many people would be more disadvantaged than they are today. A true American should realize this. Also, being from a minority group is in no way a ticket to success. Just because people recognize I am black doesn’t mean I get any type of special treatment. I did get into this University because of it, but haven’t received a “Hey, you’re a disadvantaged minority! Here’s a million dollars!” check in the mail. W hat matters is that the anti-discrimination policies are here to make sure everyone is given a fair chance. But at the same time, t hese ac t ions to eliminate discrimination have caused even more animosity, which creates a whole new set of negative issues. True Americans should advocate for freedom and progress. Women work just as hard as men, so there should be equal pay. Women should have the final say when it comes to abortion. Let’s face it, men get the easy (and fun) part of making a baby, but women get stuck with the heavier burdens, and the more rights you give the fetus the more you take away from the mother. I am not sug-

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already doing so, continue the good work and keep supporting the community. For the Greek organizations who aside. If Kappa Alpha truly wishes preach service, yet tend to hold to redeem its reputation at this more fundraisers and do less to University, then they should go out and work in the comfocus on working closely with munity, re-evaluate your orgathe community with real ser- nization’s goals and the plans vice instead of attempting to to meet them. Actions speak louder than gild a wild party as a philanwords, and if Kappa Alpha thropic fundraiser. In general, fraternities and and other Greek organizations sororities should evaluate their wish to change their image on standards of service and phi- campus, their actions should lanthropy – holding a party, be the first order of business. calling it a mixer and donating the proceeds to charity is good, but going out and doing actual community service has merit in and of itself. For the Greek organizations

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gesting the mass killing of the unborn, but women should legally be able to have a choice in whether to continue with a pregnancy. The same goes for samesex marriage. Members of the LGBT community are American citizens as well — they should be able to marry who they please. To me, this is progress. A true American should realize society cannot be stagnant or it will die. As the years change, so do the people. No matter what your belief system may be, you should think about America and what it really stands for. Traditions are here for a reason, but t hat does not mean they cannot be modified. Before you point the finger a nd ca l l someone out for not being a true American, look at your own life. True Americans look out for the well-being of their country and also embrace the change that comes along with it.

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Bull City band an ‘academic super group’ Pick

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Silence Fiction The Beast Chakra Con Music/ Robust Records

Mike Alston WKNC General Manager

I always say that if you’re going to be a nerd, you shouldn’t apologize. Be proud! Herein lies my justification for being unapologetically nerdy about some things.  I suppose the same applies for being a band: if you’re going to be socially conscious, be unabashedly so.  Judging by their first full-

length release, “Silence Fiction,” Durham-based band The Beast must agree. Almost every track is infused with laments, celebrations, and everything in between concerning matters of religion, race, politics, Bojangles, and other matters of pertinence.  And there’s no vacillating on some of these issues. The Beast is in your face about words like freedom and about race issues.  It’s no wonder, then,

that emcee Pierce Freelon is a visiting professor in the political science department at the UNC-Chapel Hill and the founder of the blog Additionally, The Beast’s recorded lyrics are less the product of writing than freestyling, so Freelon’s messages are genuine, if a little overbearing at times. But if issues don’t get you excited about music, then that’s okay too. The Beast is anything but a one-trick pony. I’ll get to that shortly, but their formative process is a prerequisite to understanding their sound. The Beast could be called an academic super group. Freelon — whose mother is Grammynominated jazz singer Nnenna Freelon — needed a backing band for his thesis work in Pan African Studies at Syracuse University. He went asking at his alma mater, UNC-CH, and came back with three musicians all studying jazz.  While Freelon, Eric Hirsh, Pete Kimosh and Stephen Coffman were scoring the music for a film relating to the thesis work, they decided to stick together longer than originally intended. The result has been two EPs and an imminent LP that are refreshingly unique. This distinctive sound is what, in my mind, makes The Beast noteworthy.  The band members are all students of jazz and manage to mix a vast array of musical influences. Their MySpace page will tell you they fit into the

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“Hip Hop/Jazz/Soul“ genre, but that is a bit disingenuous. The song “Translation” illustrates this point perfectly. It begins with an intense beat with Freelon rapping, but around t he one-minute mark the ba nd turns the song into what sounds like a salsa number, with some of the accompanying lyricism in Spanish.  Such a tightly executed change of pace indicates quality musicianship and great production — courtesy of Sound Pure Studios.  The entire album is full of

surprises similar to this one, as well as several points during which Freelon’s contagious energy culminates with a chant of “Whoo!” Messages, inf luences, a nd production aside, this album is carried by its songs, each a unique story — some of them approaching didactic. Each song adds something new to the list of the things that The Beast does well, which in turn gives the album great replay value. “Silence Fiction” is long awaited but worth that very wait.

“The Beast is in your face about words like freedom and about race issues.”

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students up to attend this game. In a further effort to make sure the stands are filled and to help out with the Senior Class gift — a 2010 bell in the Bell Tower — Athletics is selling the rest of the student seats, about 1,500 seats, as individual tickets, open to the public, with some of the proceeds going to helping the Finish the Bell Tower campaign. According to Dawkins, the last time Athletics helped the senior class with its gift was in 1947, “when ironically enough, they were fundraising to pull bells in the tower.” D u r i n g t h a t y e a r, Dawkins said, the student body gave up their tickets for the game against Davidson to fundraise for the tower. Bot h Joh nson a nd Dawkins stressed the importance of student involvement in pre-game prep whether it’s guarding the Free Expression Tunnel or attending the pep rally or just requesting tickets to the UNC game. “Athletics has given us more seats than usual with the expectation that we hype this up and drive attendance,” Dawkins said. The available tickets will be in the north end zone, according to Dawkins.

playing well. I’m pretty proud of where I’m at right now, but there’s always room to improve. This week we’re off, trying to get rested for FSU next week. We’ll be in the weight room and on the practice field a few times, just working on fundamentals. I’m excited to get out there and work on some things. We’re going to go in this week and try and get some things figured out and practice hard. We’re going to get rested and get everybody healthy. I just got a flu shot earlier this week, as did the rest of the team, so we should hopefully be healthy for the foreseeable future. In the meantime, word is out that Coach O’Brien is petitioning for a sixth year of eligibility for me. I have no idea about what the process involves. I don’t think I can hear anything or even look at the application until after the season,

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work” and “good spirits.” “[The team is] very focused,” Syed said. “Last year we lost in semifinals. We pretty much decided that this season we want to go all the way.” While the club cricket team is proud of its accomplishments, its main motive is to promote the sport across campus and increase


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so right now I’m just playing like this is my senior year. I’d like to have the option to come back, but we’ll see how this season goes. I think it’s fantastic that they want me back. It’s great to have opportunities to show what you can do, especially in college, and it’s what a lot of people wish they had - more time. I have no idea what’s going to happen, though. Looking to the more immediate future, Florida State is another one of those teams that hasn’t performed the way everyone thought it would. Both teams feel like we need to get back on that winning streak. This is an important game and it’s down in Florida next week, so we’re going to have to play extra hard. It’ll be weird not playing football this Saturday. I’ll probably sit back and watch some college ball on TV and get ready for next week. -As told to Kate Shefte

its popularity in the States. “We know we are a new team and that it will take time, but it would be good if the university could foster it,” Syed said. “We are trying to reach to all sorts of people who are interested in playing Cricket. [The sport] is catching up in the United States.” The cricket team will be hosting its own championship match on Oct. 31 on Lee Fields at 10:00 a.m.

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Redshirt sophomore midfielder Kris Byrd dribbles the ball towards the goal in a game against High Point Wednesday. Byrd had two shots on goal during the match. The Pack won 2-1 in the last nineteen seconds thanks to a shot by senior midfielder Alan Sanchez.


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scoring opportunity on a free kick, but missed the goal just wide. The first goal of the contest came in the 73rd minute when junior midfielder Chris Zuerner netted a cross feed from senior defenseman Korede Aiyegbusi. The goal propelled the Pack’s attack and offensive play increased even more on both sides of the field. With five minutes to play in the contest, State was nursing a 1-0 lead and looking to keep the shutout alive. High Point began its attack and made multiple shots on goal. In the 85th minute, High Point freshman


forward Shawn Sloan scored the tying goal with less than five minutes to play. “We were looking for the shutout. We came out last game [against Wake Forest] and didn’t get the result we wanted,” junior defenseman Tyler Lassiter said. After the equalizer was netted, the play intensified even more as both teams looked to net a winner in regulation time. The intense play led to a foul being called with 20 seconds left, setting up senior midfielder Alan Sanchez with a free kick. Sanchez lifted the ball over the wall of High Point defenders and into the back of the net for the game winner. “I really wanted to take [the free kick] and things worked

out for us tonight,” Sanchez said. The solid defensive unit was on display again tonight as State outshot High point 15-6. “We have a good defensive unit, but we need to build up our midfielders and forwards a little more,” Popik said. The No. 14-ranked Pack will play host to Centenary on Tuesday, Oct. 13 at Dail Soccer Stadium. Look for the Pack to create more offensive opportunities against Centenary as that will be a main point of emphasis in their next practice, according to Popik. “We’ve got to work hard to make the NCAA tournament and work harder than the other team,” Sanchez said.


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• Page 7: Continuation of Baker’s column, the ticketing feature and soccer recap


Page 8 • thursday, october 22, 2009


Ticketing to support senior gift Baseball recruiting class ranked No. 11

Athletics commission discuss lottery point system, ticketing changes

Baseball America released its annual national rankings of collegiate recruiting class this week. The publication, which is based out of Durham, ranked the incoming class No. 11 in the nation. The 15 incoming players include several that will be competitive for playing time when the season begins in the spring. Last year’s rankings placed State at No. 23. ACC rivals UNC and Virginia are the only other teams to appear on the list, coming in at No.7 and No. 9, respectively. Source: N.C. State Athletics

Cycling Club to host races this weekend The N.C. State Cycling Club will be hosting Atlantic Collegiate Cycling Conference cyclocross races this weekend. Collegiate races will be held at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday, with Saturday’s events stationed at Bond Park in Cary and Sunday’s events occurring at Lions Park in Raleigh. Schools such as Virginia Tech, Duke, Appalachian State and others are all expected to take part in the conferencewide event. Source: N.C. State Cycling Club

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With the football season over halfway complete and the upcoming game against UNC-Chapel Hill occuring during Thanksgiving break, the Athletics Commission for the executive branch of Student Government is working on suggestions for next year’s ticketing. According to Athletics Commission Chairman Jeffrey Johnson, one of the changes the commission discussed was in regards to group lottery points. “Some st udent s feel groups place an unfair advantage, so the solution to that would be to average the lottery points,” Johnson, a junior in business management, said. The way group tickets work right now is if everyone in the group’s chance of receiving a ticket to the game is dependent on the group leader’s lottery points. However, the commission is suggesting that everyone in the group’s lottery points be averaged toget her to determine whether the entire group gets tickets to the game. “So even if you had a freshman piggybacking on a senior group, the points

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Daniel Bradley, a freshman in aerospace engineering, and Justin Ray, a sophomore in mechanical engineering, cheer on the Wolfpack at the Homecoming football game Oct. 4, 2008.

will be averaged together,” Johnson said. Additionally, Johnson said, the lotter y points system caused some miscommunication between Athletics and Student Government and the

student body at the beginning of the season. “With the South Carolina game, with it being such a huge game opening up, there was a little bit of lack of communication,” he said.

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Freshmen start the season with one loyalty point, whereas seniors start with five. “Students didn’t exactly understand it, and once they started understanding it, they got frustrated because they didn’t know earlier how it worked,” Johnson said. And according to Johnson, the commission discussed some of the ticketing changes planned for the game against UNC, which Senior Class President Jay Dawkins is spearheading. Because the game is during Thanksgiving break and games during breaks usually have lower attendance rates, Dawkins said Athletics is working with Student Government and the Senior Class Council to make sure people fill the stands. Dawkins said when attendance is low, Athletics has to work to spread students out in the stands. But, because the game is versus UNC, Dawkins said the expectation for attendance is more than regular games during break. “So, this year, Athletics allotted 6,400 tickets for student seats, which is nearly double the highest turnout for a Thanksgiving break game,” he said. He said Student Government and the Senior Class Council is trying to hype

TICKET continued page 7

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o this is where we’re at right now. The trip to Boston College was good; the city was pretty. The way back, though... not so much. That was one win we really did need on the road, but we just didn’t get it done. Really, I’m just trying to keep everybody on the team posiToney Baker tive. We’re not going to quit. Pack Halfback We’re going to keep going and try and turn this thing around. Some people on the team are down and disappointed in the way we’re playing right now. But on the other hand, there are people who know that we’ve been here before. We’ve turned it around in the past. It’s really important to us as players - some people may not realize that. Even when it looks like we are down and out, we take it as hard or harder than the people in the stands. Here we are, with a losing record at the bye week, just like last year. We’re waiting until the last minute yet again. All we have to do is get it going. Personally, I feel like I’m giving it everything I have. The running back coach has told me I’m getting better. The effort’s there and I feel like I’m

BAKER continued page 7

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WOMEN’S SOCCER vs. MIAMI Miami, Fla., 7 p.m.

“We have a good defensive unit, but we need to build up our midfielders and forwards a little more.”

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Senior midfielder Alan Sanchez runs down the field toward fans with teammates after scoring a goal off a free kick, putting N.C. State ahead 2-1 with 20 seconds left in the game, which was the final score.

No. 14 Pack defeats High Point in final seconds, 2-1 Alan Sanchez nets the game winner with 20 seconds left for the victory Chadwick O’Connell Staff Writer

The N.C. State men’s soccer team defeated High Point by a score of 2-1 on a clear, cool Wednesday night at Dail Soccer Stadium, earning its tenth win of the year and bringing its overall record to 10-3-1 on the season. The contest began with back-and-forth offensive attacks from both squads. High Point got some early

chances at the goal from consecutive corner kicks, but State’s defense was up to the task of stopping the rush by allowing only one shot on goal the entire first half of the game. “High Point beat us last year so the guys were motivated for the victory,” assistant coach Dan Popik said, With thirty minutes left in the first period of play, State’s offensive game started to heat up as redshirt sophomore midfielder Kris Byrd and senior midfielder Alan Sanchez made multiple shot attempts from within the offensive zone. The result, however, was not there as sophomore goalkeeper Michael Chesler made a few key

stops for High Point to keep the score even. With five minutes to go until halftime, High Point took advantage of a foul call and had an opportunity to net the first goal on a free kick. The defense was able to shut down the play and preserve the 0-0 tie going into halftime. “We started off pretty good in the first half and really stepped it up in the second half,” senior midfielder Alan Sanchez said. State started the second half off strong on the offensive side of the field. Redshirt senior forward Ronnie Bouemboue had a

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N.C. State’s club cricket team has come a long way since its formation 12 years ago. In the past few years alone, its recognition and success have greatly progressed, leading to its No. 1 conference seeding. Samiuddin Syed came to N.C. State from India in July 2006 as a graduate student receiving his doctorate in civil engineering and joined the team soon after his arrival. Now he is the team’s president. Given his experience with the team, he has been able to see how much it has changed and has helped the program to grow by attending tournaments and recruiting students to play for the Pack. “I’ve seen gradual progress since joining the club,” Syed said. “When I joined, there was mostly returning players, so we started looking out for people who were very good at cricket. We basically scouted for N.C. State’s cricket club.” The team certainly has become more successful in its conference, the Mid-

Atlantic Cricket Conference, or MACC. In 2006, the team was ranked 29th. In 2007, it made its way up to 8th place. In 2008, the team was 9th. Now, since the season’s beginning in May of this year, the team is in the No. 1 seed. The club team is mainly composed of international students who are native players of the sport. However, the team tries to promote its sport to everyone. Swapnil Gupta, a second year student earning his PhD in mechanical engineering, is competing in his second season since his arrival from Mumbai, India, and has been playing the sport since 7 to ten years ago. Gupta emphasized the prominence of the sport in India, stating that in his culture, most people begin playing from as early as fifth grade. “When I joined the club, there were people from Bangladesh, India, and Pakistan,” Syed said. Since then, he has also seen members from Sri Lanka, South Africa, England and the Caribbean – “Mostly from nations who play cricket,” he said. Syed seeks to inform students of the cultural importance of the sport abroad. “If we wanted to have fun, we’d go out and play cricket,” Syed said. “It’d be like baseball or any other sport for the U.S.” Syed accredits the team’s 11-1 season record to “sheer hard

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