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State leader advises Student Senate N.C. Senate majority leader discusses issues, politics with student leaders Jessica Neville Staff Writer

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Student Body President Jim Ceresnak asks a question during a question and answer session with Tony Rand, majority leader of the N.C. Senate, in the Student Senate Chambers in Witherspoon Student Center Wednesday. During the meeting Rand spoke about issues including sustainability, education expenses and health care.

Wednesday, Student Senate heard from the North Carolina Senate majority leader Tony Rand about the joys and trials of working in government at the state level. Senators were able to ask Rand questions pertaining to four pre-selected topics, as well as other current issues. The main topics discussed were the UNC-System tuition rate increases, Sen. Rand’s role as a majority leader, the new bottle ban law and how senators could work with media and students effectively. Rand has served 22 years in the Senate representing Bladen and Cumberland Counties, and has served as the

Democratic majority leader for 11 years. Sarah Center, sophomore in science education, serves as the public affairs chair of the Senate and led the planning team that invited Rand to speak. “We have been planning this event for a while,” Center said. “It didn’t take Sen. Rand very long at all to respond and we were very excited that he took the time to speak to us.” Rand spent much of his allotted time speaking about the University tuition increase that the General Assembly passed in its last session that will come into effect next year. The bill made $162 million worth of permanent cuts and $132 million worth of one-time cuts from higher education. “This past session of the legislature

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we were in the worst economic situation I have ever seen,” Rand said. “We regretted having to make budget cuts to the universities but we had to contend with a $4 billion deficit. We are fortunate to live in a state that values education as much as North Carolina does, and we will continue to support our universities.” Student Body President Ji m Ceresnak personally thanked Rand on behalf of students that have enjoyed higher education in N.C. for the visionary leadership he has shown in making higher education affordable for students in the state. Rand also recognized the importance the University plays to the state as a research institution.

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Greenville police expect large crowds for Halloween Some students flock to party town, others shy away.

Students still adjusting to the new enrollment process makes class registration a difficult task

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Registration for Spring 2010 began in the past weeks, but not without student complaints. Some students have expressed frustration with the different aspects of registration which must be overcome before they can enter a class. Chad Alligood, a freshman in biological engineering, said he had little idea of how to navigate the process. “I have no idea what I’m doing,” he said. “I have no experience with registration and no one has told us anything about how to go about doing it. Last semester [the University] pretty much signed us up for what they thought we needed.” Alligood said he felt the advising lock existed more to give upperclassmen and priority groups first picks on classes. “[The lock] is a necessary evil,” he said. “It is so special programs can select classes first and so the University can maintain control over registration.” According to the University calendar, seniors have the highest priority with registration that opened Oct. 16. Registration for the honors program also opened around that time. Registration for juniors opened Oct. 21, for sophomores Oct. 27 and for freshmen it will open Nov. 2. Jonathan Coburn, a freshman in engineering, said the registration process took some getting used to. “It was difficult trying to figure out how everything worked,” Coburn said. “After playing around with it it’s not too bad; it could use some improvement and better formatting.” Coburn said he saw both positive and negative aspects to the advising lock. “Forcing people to meet with their adviser is important, especially for freshmen,” he said. “But it was frustrating because I had to wait two weeks to meet with my adviser. I felt by the time I was able to register, all the good classes would be taken.” Louis Hunt, the vice provost of the University Registrar, said the current registration process was implemented last February as part of an evolving MyPack Portal, which began its overhaul in the year 2000. The new portal is a version of a system being implemented at universities worldwide.

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Thomas Richardson, a graduate student in operations research, engages in a debate on micro- and macroevolution with pastor Tom Short in the Brickyard. “The way he was talking, it kind of warranted someone to argue with him,” Richardson said. With library books in hand, Richardson made his point to Short face-to-face. “It’s not like I have it memorized. I’ll find sources.”

Brickyard preacher attracts crowds, interacts, debates with passers-by Pastor visits campus to reason with students Heidi Klumpe Staff Writer

Tom Short preached on the Brickyard Wednesday afternoon for the first time this semester before holding a question-andanswer session in Tucker Residence Hall. Berk Wilson, a pastor at Grace Community Church which meets on campus, brought Short to campus to present a new kind of speaker. “So many other [campus] preachers are kind of bizarre,” he said. “They don’t interact. They just yell at the students.” By midafternoon, Short had attracted a crowd of students, many of whom appreciated his different approach. “I like him,” Madavia Johnson, a sophomore in political science, said. “He states that he is openmined. If he’s wrong and you prove him wrong, he’ll change.” Zach Kezios, a junior in zoology and biochemistry, has heard Short speak before. “He’s a nice guy. I’m an atheist, but I like him,” he said. “Although he’s very adamant, he’s willing to accept that other people won’t believe the same thing. He won’t be shaken, but he’s willing to listen and help people think.”

According to students, Short’s one person is worth his day, at least strong point is talking to his lis- to him,” Taylor said. According to Halpern, Short’s teners. “He’s more interactive,” said reception is similar to that of his Jenn Halpern, a sophomore in colleagues. Halpern said that the majority psychology. “He’s a little crazy, but I respect his desire to stand of that reaction, whether vocal or not, is because and preach.” he’s loud. Wi lson at“Sometimes tributed Short’s abrasive people differentiation tend to attack,” to something she said. else. Kezios said “ T he re ’s a t he reac t ion different spirit comes from the about him, Jenn Halpern, sophomore in apparent simithe real spirit psychology larity of any of Christ,” he spea ker who said. However, his novel approach comes to talk about his religion. “[The other guys] call people may not change his ability to reach out. They’re just asking for anpeople. “[His message] is only effective tagonism,” he said. “It’s difficult if people want to hear it,” Halpern to tell the difference between him and the other guys.” said. According to Wilson, people’s Levi Taylor, a sophomore in brief opportunity to listen causes computer science, disagrees. “His way is much more effec- misunderstandings, especially tive,” he said. “Sometimes it’s a when students walk past in the debate too much, and people try middle of Short’s dialogue with a to argue semantics. [Short] focuses student. “People haven’t heard the whole on the central message and how conversation,” he said, “so they people can be saved.” “He challenges people to give jump to conclusions. That’s one of their whole life to Christ and tries the downsides when people don’t to have people think,” Wilson said. stay to interact.” “The possibility of him saving

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“[His message] is only effective if people want to hear it.”

For those students who vacate Raleigh during Halloween in favor of other college towns, Greenville is a popular destination. Marshall Fowle, a junior in accounting, is going to a string of parties at an off-campus apartment complex in Greenville with his friend Robert Whitley, a junior in financing. “All our friends are going,” Fowle said. “A good friend of ours is having a party. Well, it’s two or three parties at one time. Come and go as you please. We stayed in Raleigh last year and it kind of sucked.” Paul O’Leary, a freshman in management, is taking his first trip to ECU this year with a friend to celebrate the holiday. “It’s something new to experience,” O’Leary said. “I’ve heard the parties there are sick-nasty. I plan on dressing provocatively as Waldo.” Lisa Lehnan, a junior in English education, said she will not go to ECU for Halloween for several reasons, the main one being safety. “I’ve heard crazy stories about ECU from friends,” Lehnan said. “It’s too far away and it’s not the safest place for a group of girls to go.” Instead, Lehnan said she has opted to go to Franklin Street at UNC in years past. Major Frank Knight of the ECU Campus Police said the entire police department works that day and the force gets help from the Greenville police as well. “We’ve divided the campus into

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Corrections & Clarifications Wednesday’s page 6 photo should have been attributed as a file photo. Technician regrets the error. Send all clarifications and corrections to Editor-inChief Ty Johnson at editor@ technicianonline.com.

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The newly renovated William Rand Kenan Jr. Library of Veterinary Medicine will host an open house today, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Those who attend will have a chance to mingle with colleagues, see the new spaces both inside and outside of the library, and enjoy light refreshments. Guests shou ld enter through the IAMS entrance to the library.

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Homecoming festivities kick-off Nov. 2. Ever yday during t he week, students that wear red in the Brickyard, starting at 11 a.m., will receive free food. Food will be provided throughout the week by many organizations including Wing Zone, Domino’s Pizza, Moe’s Southwest Grill, and many others.

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Law school fair There will be a law school fair on Nov. 3 starting at 12:30 p.m. in Talley Student Center. Students will be able to visit with admission representatives from schools across the country. There are 85 registered schools that will be in attendance. Workshops that coincide with the fair will begin at 11 a.m.

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atie Trozzo, senior in environmental technology, picks out a bobby pin as Elin Arnaudin, senior in environmental technology, prepares to pay. The pins, which were two for a dollar, were part of a fundraiser for The Movement in the Brickyard Wednesday morning. “We really came for the farmers market, we came to look at the food” said Trozzo. The friends said they were glad to help out The movement, which brings awareness to interpersonal violence.

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Republicans finding party at crossroads Silvan Johnson is a Sarah Palin fan, belongs to a conservative discussion group and fumes at President Barack Obama’s spending policies. But when it comes to picking a new representative in

Congress for her upstate New York district, she is in no mood to help the Republican Party. In fact, Johnson and many other conservatives want to use a Nov. 3 special election to teach the GOP a lesson about sticking to conservative values — even though that likely will mean the party loses a House seat it has held for decades. The conservatives are backing a third-party candidate, in essence splitting the Republican vote and giving the Democrat a lead in recent opinion polls. The conservative rebellion in northern New York is showing that the anger among disaffected voters, which became so prominent this summer during the “Tea Party” anti-spending rally in Washington and at town hall meetings on health care, has become a baffling political force even Republicans are having a hard time harnessing. source: mctdirect.com

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three sections, grouping the residence halls into three groups. We have patrols for each section,” Knight said. “We have two main bus stops… we have officers assigned to those two main bus areas. We have several parking lots in the downtown area and we will have officers patrolling those lots.” Jesse Davi, a junior in electrical engineering, said he went to ECU as a freshman but will not go back this year because it’s the same old thing every year, everywhere. “Been there, done that,” Davi said. “If you didn’t get to the bars early, you didn’t get in. It was straight packed, hot as crap, and everyone looked like an idiot. We went to some apartment off-campus. Everyone’s wasted. There were a few

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According to Hunt, the reason the system is a bit confusing is because it was built to serve multiple campuses instead of being tailored for the University. “We’re all getting used to it,” he said. “But it’s probably the best system on the market and we’re ahead of the nation in its integration.” Some new features of this system are the wish list, the ability to swap classes instead of dropping and reenrolling and to pair different lecture and lab sections. Hunt said planned improvements include streamlining the process and utilities to virtualize tasks previously requiring excessive paperwork like grade changes. As for pre-registration ad-

fights.” Dustin Myers, a junior in agribusiness management, said he has gone to ECU in the past but is staying in Raleigh this year to focus on school more. “All my friends from home go there every Halloween. It’s known as a town-wide party,” Myers said. “We stayed downtown bar-hopping most of the time. It’s just like any other big party, everyone having a good time.” Knight said it is tradition for students to go downtown for a Halloween celebration, especially at the clubs, so safety precautions are taken very seriously there. “The downtown area will be sealed off. There will be no auto traffic,” Knight said. “There will be several entrances into the downtown area. You will have to be inspected, and no Halloween props will be allowed that depict weapons. Individuals refusing to be in-

spected will not be allowed in to the downtown area.” He also said there will be cameras on some rooftops of the downtown businesses designed to catch evidence of any fights that may break out. Knight said he has high hopes that everything will go well this year, but the department is expecting larger than normal crowds due to the holiday falling on a weekend. “Our patrols are set in place; there is additional security,” Knight said. “This is a big county-wide event. We’ll have a large mix of students and non students. If a student from another university gets in trouble, we will take the appropriate action and refer them to their university.”

vising, Hunt said advising has always been mandatory, but the advising lock is being handled differently with the new system. Previously, students would receive a PIN following advising and were required to enter that PIN to enroll. Now it is the responsibility of the adviser to lift the lock after the advising session. Jewel Williams, a senior in English literature, said there were perks and downfalls with the new system. “I like the wish list because it lets you organize your classes and you can just submit it when enrollment opens,” she said. “But it gets confusing sometimes. If you don’t know your way around a computer you won’t know what to do. The old system was simpler, but the wish list does make this one better,” Williams said. Joseph Keel, a senior in environmental engineering, said

the new enrollment system was an improvement compared to his experience with the old system. “Anything that’s new will be difficult to understand, but it’s actually quite easy,” Keel said. “It’s not any more difficult than the old system.” Keel said there are some glitches in the new system, as well as problems like class restrictions locking out students who meet the requirements. Lisa Marshall, academic adviser for the department of nuclear engineering, said the system is always in review. “The quirks within it are being worked out,” she said. “Other advisers are always coming together to improve on the system and address issues to determine what is and isn’t working.”

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Members of the mens Wolfpack Rowing Team practice their form on Lake Wheeler Wednesday afternoon. Danny Heater, stroke seat on the boat and a senior in industrial and systems engineering, said he enjoys rowing because it nice to watch and fun to do, “it’s never like you’re just coming out here wasting your time” he said.

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“We recognize that your University plays an integral part in the growth of our economic system,” Rand said. “The work you do in agriculture, textiles and engineering is vital to our state.” Senators asked questions about many current issues such as the national and state healthcare systems, illegal immigration as it applies to the University System, recycling and equal marriage rights. Sen. Stephen Kouba, a junior in political science, brought the recent controversies surrounding the Talley Student Center fee increase to Rand’s attention. “We have had to deal with some contentious issues on our campus recently,” Kouba said. “In your experience, what

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is the best way to respond when people are very upset about a decision?” Rand encouraged the senators to be as transparent as possible and always put out information surrounding issues that are voted on. “But when the vote is over, you have to move on,” Rand said. The best advice Rand had for the senators was to find something they enjoyed and give it their best so it won’t be work. Student Senate passed a resolution to recognize and commend Rand at the end of the meeting. The resolution stated Rand was consistently ranked as one of N.C. Senate’s most effective members and recognized that he fought to ensure that higher education was held as unharmed as possible during the budget crisis. The resolution also resolved that Rand had provided service to the University and shown

support of higher education in the state of North Carolina. William Lahti, doctoral student in computer science, serves as a representative of graduate students on the Student Senate and was pleased with the meeting. “This was a big night for us,” Lahti said. “It was an honor for us to have the Senate majority leader here.” Likewise, Jonathon Smith, freshman in agricultural education, said that Sen. Rand’s words were inspiring. “Sen. Rand is a great leader in our state,” Smith said. “He showed us that our state senators are concerned about higher education and believe that we are the future for our state.”


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THE FACTS:

This week the Student Athletic Advisory Committee and Student Government allowed students in the brickyard to dunk them for charity.

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OUR OPINION:

Events like the dunk tank are great exposure not only for charities, but also for the student organizations that sponsor them.

The unsigned editorial is the opinion of the members of Technician’s editorial board excluding the news department and is the responsibility of the Editor-in-Chief.

onday, the Student Athletic Advisory Committee provided students the chance to support local charities and display their embarrassing ball-throwing skills. Students who made a donation were given a chance to submerge N.C. State athletic coaches and Athletic Director Lee Fowler in frigid water. They used a contraption commonly referred to as a “dunk tank.” The SAAC hosted the event for a good cause, the Raleighbased charity Imagine No Hunger. Imagine No Hunger regularly provides lunches for the Raleigh homeless.

Wednesday, Student Government took multiple plunges in its dunk tank. Its tank was cosponsored by AT&T, who also pledged to match the money raised by SG. It was a great way for students to meet their student leaders while supporting Urban Ministries of Raleigh. Student Body President Jim Ceresnak said the tank is a great way to show that N.C. State students care about the surrounding community. Urban Ministries of Raleigh is a charity that provides urgent assistance for community’s needy. It also provides

a means for them to become self-sufficient in addition to housing, medical care, food assistance and many other services. Fun, charitable activities like dunk tanks are great for the whole community. Students need them psychologically as much as charities need them financially. Hopefully, activities like the dunk tanks will be rolled out many times in the future. Helping out a charity on your way to class is convenient and fun. Also, causing your peers to fall into a watery abyss never gets old.

In addition to dunking, it would be great if students took time out of their daily blocks of video gaming and beer guzzling to volunteer at one of the above-mentioned charities or any others in the area. Not for job and graduate school applications, but out of actual concern for the needy. It is great to support charitable organizations that “teach a man to fish” to help them avoid the welfare cycle. Take SAAC and SG’s examples to heart and give some of your time to charity to help those in the local community.

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hen you w r ite for any publication, especially a student newspaper, all your friends — and I mean all of them — want to give you advice. Most of the comments are along the lines of staff illiteracy and idiocy — people like to complain. Despite the well-meaning Russell remarks, they Witham are rarely Viewpoint Editor somet hing I haven’t heard and I press onward relatively unaffected. There is only one piece of advice — from my friends at least — that has ever caused me serious contemplation. A classmate of mine, Greg, remarked that he missed the First Amendment on the Viewpoint page. For those of you who don’t know, the First Amendment used to be printed next to the staff box on the Viewpoint page. I’ve thought back on that comment often this semester as my First Amendment right to Freedom of the Press has gotten tangled amongst the University bureaucracy. Almost all of the senior level administrators at the University will spare a couple minutes of their day for Technician. The paper and its staff attempts to give their message a fair and open forum, it makes sense for them to talk to us — regardless of the fact that a “no comment” looks bad in print. The problems come in when you try to talk to lower-level administrators, especially resident advisors and resident directors, who are under some sort of hypnosis that has led them to believe they can’t talk to the press. Despite assurances from University Housing Director Susan Grant that there is no University Housing policy prohibiting them from talking to the press, I have repeatedly been told by RDs and RAs that they can’t talk without Director Grant’s permission. Further elaboration: at the start of the semester I attempted to talk to several RAs at Bragaw Hall about their thoughts on the hall renovations. I successfully talked to a couple, who apparently didn’t know “the rules,” before I was

told to leave by the residence director. The First Amendment should have protected my rights as a member of the press to freely interview students about their thoughts on the renovations; the RD didn’t see it the same way. A couple months later I attempted to interview RDs and RAs for an editorial about sex in dorms. None of the RDs I contacted would talk to me, citing University Housing policy — there is no policy to that extent. Instead I was referred to Housing’s assistant directors who had no first-hand knowledge on the topic. I was unable to fully report on the good work Housing has done to reduce roommate problems because RAs and RDs — University students — were unwilling to talk about their personal experiences. I finally lost my sanity when I heard the story of Tim Chapman, the editor in chief of The Breeze, James Madison University’s student newspaper. JMU’s judicial services issued charges of trespassing, disorderly conduct and noncompliance with an official order for failing to leave a dorm while he was reporting on a Peeping Tom incident. Chapman was with a dorm resident as a guest, as the university requires, and followed the instructions — t h ou g h moronic — of the RA and RD. He was exercising his First Amendment rights and is being prosecuted because of it. When I talked with Chapman, he told me the issue comes back to access and University administrators, in this case an RA and RD, not knowing their own policies. He has been fouled and so has every other journalist. JMU and many other universities, including N.C. State, seem to think the First Amendment shouldn’t apply on campus. Administrators have a right not to talk, but no policy, official or unofficial, should limit the right to Freedom of Speech by administrators or Freedom of the Press to student journalists. Universities need a wakeup call.

“He has been fouled and so has every other journalist.”

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Hold Kappa Alpha to high standards I appreciate your editorial Thursday and I completely agree with your position. As President of Kappa Alpha Order I understand we need to prove ourselves to the University, the community and the national organization. We are working hard to be the gentlemen our Order strives to build. At our first Executive Committee meeting, the second order of business was to decide on our first philanthropy event — not a tailgate, not a mixer or even t-shirts. We are hosting a chicken stew in the Brickyard Nov. 10 and 11 (Veteran’s Day is the 11th). Also, one of the first committees we set up was the philanthropy committee. The chair of that committee has been assigned the task of finding the group a service project one day every two weeks. We have discussed Meals on Wheels, Habitat for Humanity, soup kitchens and tutoring. We take service very seriously and realize we have big shoes to fill on campus. However, we have big plans to repaint our image at N.C. State. I expect the students, Greek community, the University and even Technician to hold us to the highest standards. Kappa Alpha Order is a great organization and

deserves no less from the brothers of the Alpha Omega Chapter. Ches McDowell sophomore, political science

Rethink turfgrass on Miller Field While it is true that Miller Field does not drain well and is surrounded by trees, both these situations could be improved and keep natural grass. A synthetic surface would not necessarily be safer in the rain — although it would probably dry quicker. Also, one should not mention field safety without mentioning heat. On sunny days, a “Journal of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation” article has shown that temperatures can reach up to 140 degrees Fahrenheit higher on synthetic turf than natural grass. This is a significant safety issue worthy of discussion. Taylor Barbour mentioned there would be less maintenance with a synthetic field. A task force put together by the National Sports Turf Managers Association addressed maintenance issues in its lengthy Nov. 2008 report. Based on its findings, a typical cost to maintain an average synthetic field was approximately $6,000 per year in material costs (not including equipment) and requires 375 man-hours per year to maintain. To maintain a uniform surface with an infill system the field will need to be swept and dragged on a regular basis. Depending on use, this may be required once a week to once a month. Infill material (required with new synthetic turfs) will also need to be added on an annual basis. A field will need 1 to 7 tons of rubber added yearly. Topdressing equipment will be necessary in the reapplication of crumb rubber. Vacuums and leaf blowers can be helpful to remove some debris (sunflower seeds and peanut shells, for example), but in many cases, debris may need to be removed by hand since these implements may also remove or move infill.

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The most common postinstallation service needed is due to seam failure. Seam failure not only can worsen quickly with use, it can also result in athlete injures — timely repair is essential. Someone trained to use special adhesives and application equipment as well as a sewing kit will be necessary. If lines are not permanently sewn into the field, markings will need to be painted. With an outdoor field, the lines may need to be painted several times a year. Taylor mentioned synthetic fields require just a “one time fee”. Current suggestions say to budget approximately $8.00 per square foot for the disposal and resurfacing of a synthetic field after about 10 years of use. While Super Bowls and BCS Championship games have been played on synthetic turfgrass, it should be pointed out that all BCS bowls except the Sugar Bowl are played on natural grass. The top six teams in the final 2009 BCS standings all play on natural grass. Only a quarter of the final top 25 teams in 2009 played on synthetic turf. Also, since the Bowl Championship Series was formed, all 11 national champions played their home games on natural grass. Nine of the 11 teams play on Bermuda grass, which is the same as Miller Field (also the same as Carter-Finley Stadium). Of course there are very strong arguments for using synthetic turfgrass — the strongest being its need for indoor stadiums. But the debate should be approached with more than just conjecture. Grady Miller professor, turfgrass science

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The Martians are coming Famed radio play makes WKNC Halloween debut  Sarah Ewald Staff Writer 

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Reid Johnson from Schooner performs in the WKNC Double Barrel Benefit Feb. 6. The band will be performing at the Oct. 31 Fridays on the Lawn on-campus series on Harris Field.

Concert series features Max Indian, Schooner WKNC’s second installment of Fridays on the Lawn, its free on-campus concert series, will take place this Friday at 6 p.m. on Harris Field. Max Indian and Schooner will be performing. The Union Activities Board, Student Government and the Inter-Residence Council are collaborating with WKNC to put on the event. According to WKNC General Manager Mike Alston, he wanted to put on an on-campus concert series and WKNC Librarian and DJ Chris Cioffi suggested the idea to Alston in May. So, Alston and Cioffi went through the WKNC library and, according to Alston, picked out bands that would appeal to college students, that were favorites of WKNC DJs and perform well live. Last month’s Friday on the

Lawn got rained out and organizers moved the event to the Wolves’ Den but still more than 150 people turned out to the event. “I thought it went really well,” Alston said. “The people that came had a great time.” I Was Totally Destroying it and Luego performed at the last concert. Alston said he thinks having the concert in Harris Field will attract more people because it will be more accessible to foot traffic and the weather should be great. The last concert of the series will take place Nov. 20. Kooley High and The Beast will be performing. Kooley High will also be performing at this Friday’s Design School Bash. For more information on the event, check out wknc.org/blog.

“Isn’t there anyone on the air?” On Halloween night at 7 p.m., “War of the Worlds” will be performed for the first time on WKNC 88.1 FM. Based off of H.G. Wells’ novel of the same name, the radio play imagines an alien invasion taking over New York, interrupting a broadcast in the process. Damian Maddalena, doctoral student in forestry and WKNC disc jockey, first had the idea to produce the show about a year ago. He saw a live broadcast a Los Angeles traveling troupe performed on campus and it triggered the idea. “I’ve been in radio since ’97, and I thought, ‘This isn’t how I should be [experiencing] this,’” Maddalena said. He said he wanted to stage the play as it was originally intended to be heard. The radio play also holds special familial significance for Maddalena. His grandmother was a telephone operator and worked the switchboard on the night of the 1938 original broadcast. “[The broadcast] incited mass panic, and there was a flood of phone calls to the telephone operators. It took them awhile to inform [the public what was happening],” Maddalena said. When Maddalena broached the topic of presenting Wel ls’ famous broadcast with Jamie Gilbert, WKNC adviser, he said she only had one request: that he contact the police beforehand.   “I can’t imagine how anyone living in our 24hour news cycle would get confused,” Maddalena said. He noted that he e-mailed Campus Police the previous week alerting them to the event. Maddalena pitched the

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idea to WKNC in August. After getting the go-ahead, he began inviting collaborators. He first spoke with Jacob Downey, a fellow WKNC DJ. “[I asked Jacob] because he likes sci-fi and movies,” Maddalena said. Skip Elsheimer became involved when Maddalena interviewed him for Maddalena’s Mystery Roach radio show several months ago. Maddalena mentioned that he was doing a live version of “The War of the Worlds” broadcast.   Elsheimer had a copy of the script as a child, and he used to record the lines on his tape recorder. “I essentially begged Damian to do the show, and I would take any part or job that he would give me,” Elsheimer said. Elshei mer plays Orson Welles, reading his beginning and ending monologues. He also plays a large role behind the scenes. He helped scout out some of the sound effects. “We have to think about layering the sound in a way that isn’t overpowering the listener and creating scenes with sound is always a challenge,” Elsheimer said. Elsheimer helped in getting the rights to use the play. He first surfed around the Internet to see who owned the rights. Maddalena said he was surprised to find out the play was still under copyright. “We had to negotiate with an attorney, who represented the woman who owned the rights,” Maddalena said. The group had to pay a fee based on the station’s broadcast range to use the material. Brandon Whitesell, keyboard player for local band The Magic Babies, first heard of the project after finishing set-up for a show with Starmount. He was talking with Maddalena and Starmount drummer Brian Donohoe when Maddalena mentioned he was looking for more people to help with his “War of The Worlds” radio play. “The more he talked about it, the more excited I became. It took me a few minutes to collect myself enough to offer a very calm and respectful ‘I’d like to help.’ I must have impressed him with my stoicism, because he cast me as the crazy guy,” Whitesell said. Whitesell said he had read the book last winter. He was familiar with the real story but not the 1930s adaptation.  “I have been something of a prankster my whole life, so it’s fair to say that I’ve known about the radio play for quite some time,” Whitesell said. But he hadn’t listened to the play until the cast began prepping for their first rehearsal. Though Whitesell has performed on stage in theater and in bands for the large majority of his life, he said performing for the radio is definitely different.

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“I don’t have to wear pants if I don’t want to, for instance. The band has been really patient with me in that regard,” Whitesell said. Whitesell said he was definitely prepared going in.  “But I surprised myself at how ready I was to do this particular project,” Whitesell said. “Heading into the first read-through, I was more than eager to be involved in a project with most of my favorite things in life, [those being] science fiction, friends, the pants-less option and Starmount.” Whitesell said there have been scheduling conflicts, but the cast has overcome each obstacle. And the rehearsal process, he said, has been exciting. He said with each readthrough, the production gets better and better. “As an ensemble we work very well together. Everyone has been very easy to work with,” Whitesell said. “Damian really keeps us reigned in and seems to have a firm grasp on the hundreds of things he’s got to be thinking about simultaneously.” In addition to acting, Maddalena is also directing. The group meets weekly at Maddalena’s residence for readthroughs. Working together for two to three months, they test different voice inflections. In the beginning rehearsals, they decided who would speak which part. The only person who never

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changed parts was Dave Fallest, doctoral student in physics. “I was listening to him talk over coffee at Global Village, and [it struck me that] his voice is worthy of an Orson Welles character,” Maddalena said. Fallest plays the main character, which is the same part Welles himself voiced. Halloween night will mark Fallest’s radio debut. Script updates include references to technology and conversational diction. “The original [play] was very formal, written as if newscasters were talking. The new version [involves] friends chatting on cell phones,” Maddalena said. The play’s location has also been moved. Originally taking place in New York and New Jersey, the action now takes place in the Triangle. “[Our audience couldn’t necessarily] picture New York and New Jersey. We thought [Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill] would be fun and easier to picture,” Maddalena said.   The group is entering the broadcast’s production week. The cast will run through the material twice on Saturday before setting up for the broadcast at 7 p.m.

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Carolina Ballet’s ‘Picasso’ a work of art New ballet features vignettes inspired by master’s works  Sarah Ewald

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Inspiration can happen anywhere.  Just ask Carolina Ballet’s artistic director Robert Weiss. He saw the Nasher Museum’s exhibit “Picasso and the Allure of Language” and saw an opportunity. He decided to build a new ballet around themes in Picasso’s various works. Choreographed by Weiss and principal dancer Attila Bongar, the ballet is broken into four sections. J. Mark Searce, director of the University’s music department, was tapped to compose original scores for “Guernica” and “Song of the Dead.” “Salome” opens the ballet. Modeled on the Biblical tale, four characters populate the stage. Salome (Randi Osetek) flirts with Herod (Attila Bongar) after receiving her wish. Herod flirts right back, to the consternation of his wife (Rossana Nesta Gahagan). Salome dances a pas de trois with the king and his slave (Eugene Barnes) merely to show off her seductive skills. The quartet work well together and give a sense of the emotions bubbling over behind the usual sanitized version. “Guernica” settles somberly over the stage. Jagged set design references the famed painting, and a pinprick spotlight illuminates a female dancer (Lara O’Brien) laying downstage. Five male dancers sit with their back to her before moving towards and dancing around her. The men’s movements are strong and aggressive, while those of the woman are writhing and delicate. The piano overlays an ominous discordant tone, and Bongar’s choreography allows movements that encompass violence and hopelessness. The third section, “Picasso’s Harlequins,” draws on commedia dell-arte tropes. Two couple intertwine and break apart, demonstrating jealousy, love and forgiveness while acting to the back row. The twisting, every-changing relationships paralleled those of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” The couples, Harlequin (Gabor Kapin) and Columbine (Margaret Severin-Hansen) and Pierrot (Pablo Javier Perez) and Pierrette (Erica Sabatini), make the interactions thoroughly entertaining to watch. This section was my favorite. It brought comedy and provided a light counterpoint to the previous piece. Anyone who says there’s no acting in dancing would change their mind after viewing this sequence. In between the foursome’s trials, other harlequins provide interludes. Clad in white bodysuits decorated with dark lines, both men and women danced, jumped and performed cartwheels. Occasionally, one of the aforementioned principals ran through

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Junior in fashion and textile management Lara O’Brien dances in the dress rehersal for Picasso with fellow company member, Oliver Beres. Lara is a soloist in Guernica, the second dance in the ballet. Carolina Ballet put on the performance Oct. 15 in the Fletcher Opera Theater. The performance will run until Nov. 1.

the scene. The dancers generally paired off to dance in unison or within a straight line. These scenes were joyous and energetic. “The Song of the Dead” closes out the program. The company opens by marching back and forth in rows, wearing brown costumes with handwriting details on garment panels. Midway through, the principal couple is introduced, dancing in white costumes decorated with hot pink scribbles. The company pairs did much lifting and partnering. A melancholy pas de trois was danced slowly and pensively. Piano, violin and woodwinds proved musical accompaniment. A pas de deux near the middle features a male and female dancer, each of whom were of the general company. The pushpull interaction of the two became evident when the girl mimed a scream and the man attempted to protect her. Later, she rolled on the floor towards downstage while the

man curled around her, needing her. At various times, the two would separate and dance apart, but eventually get back together. I was very impressed with the way Carolina Ballet interpreted Picasso’s themes. Weiss managed to convey the deeper meaning of Picasso’s work through movement. These movements accurately depict the artist’s intentions of provoking dialogue. I also liked the juxtaposition of the pieces. “Guernica” was appropriately somber, given the subject matter, while the following piece involving harlequins was much more upbeat and fun. The tones flew from reverent to bleak despair, then segueing into frivolity and then mourning. Carolina Ballet’s “Picasso” encompasses themes from Picasso’s works, and conveys a genuine gamut of emotion in doing so.

Imagine a first person shooter with role-playing elements built into the core game mechanics. That is the premise on which Gearbox Entertainment’s newest video game title, Borderlands, is built on. The game promised to be an innovative role-playing shooter, to have dynamic cooperative game play, and to offer “bazillions of guns.” For the most part, Borderlands delivers everything it was hyped up to be.   Both Gearbox and fans were excited about the prospect of having role-playing and first person shooter elements together in a hybrid mix, but others were skeptical at the concept. Games like Fallout 3 have implemented some FPS (first person shooter) elements into its RPG (roleplaying game) game play, but most other endeavors at this combination have rarely been wholly successful. Borderlands attempts to change this. While FPS gamers may find the inventory management and other role-playing elements to be refreshing and offer extra depth, RPG gamers will find the leveling system to be simplistic and limited. Players only have four character templates available, with each having only one active skill. However, these are minor gripes in an overall excellent game. In addition, a stronger leveling system would have benefitted the game, but the action is a still thrilling and leveling up is highly rewarding.  Also, any gamer who is excited about the idea of gathering loot from fallen enemies is not going to be disappointed. When killed, enemies will drop money, health packs, and many types of weapons. Though not literally featuring a “bazillion” guns, Borderlands

does contain hundreds of guns. Most of the variety offered in the weaponry is based on the stats system. Many guns found will simply be newer models of guns found earlier, with slight tweaks in their stats. Having so many guns in the game was an exciting notion that Gearbox pitched, but it really is just one part in the ‘shoot and loot’ game play. It is still just as rewarding as the leveling system, and it is satisfying to find a gun set that feels just right.   Halfway through the game’s development, Gearbox Studios overhauled the game’s art style and direction so that the graphics resembled a graphic novel rather than making an attempt at realism. This was a very smart decision on the developers’ part because it keeps the gamers focused on the high volume of action and humor, instead of a gripping and realistic story. This is ironic given that the opening cut scene begins with an exuberant “Have I got a story for you!” from the narrator. Brian Li, a freshman in computer science also played the game for this review. “The story is a let down, especially after watching the vibrant intro cut scene,” which tells the tale of a mystical alien vault containing riches and powerful weapons, Li said. “And then being dumped into the wasteland with little more than a map and a list of quests to complete without any further advancement in the story line for the next several hours of game time.”  Check out technicianonline.com for more of this review.

Festival ends with mixed feelings Raleigh Wide Open in downtown presented music, food

from Raleigh that usually wouldn’t be able to hear us.” Samantha White, senior in food science and another member of Ladies In Red, also said the experience was enjoyable. Laura Wilkinson “It was super fun,” White Staff Writer  said. “It was a good opportuRaleigh Wide Open’s fourth nity to reach people who norannual festival ended Saturday mally wouldn’t hear us and under cloudy skies and rain, meet different performing but students and the general groups.”  public still flocked out to exThis year Raleigh Wide Open perience the wide array of food, also included the second anmusic, art and other activities nual Cherry Bounce Festival, downtown Raleigh had to offer.  a music festival that lasted all The University’s Ladies In week, with bands performing Red a cappella group ventured at different area locations such out to perform two sets, the as Deep South, the Raleigh group’s first time participat- Times, Busy Bee Café and Tir na nOg. Cherry Bounce culmiing in the festival. One of the group members, nated on Saturday in front of Grace Nowell, a junior in sci- the Raleigh Times bar, featurence, technology and society, ing bands like The Hood Intersaid she was unaware of the net and Man Man.  festival before being invited.  Tir na nOg, a location of “I had never heard about it Cherry Bounce and a participant in Rauntil the busileigh Wide ness manager Open, had for Ladies In three bands Red told us scheduled about it. It’s a to play, the bunch of orevent hostganizations ed by t he that come out WKNC 88.1. and show what Grace Nowell, junior in science, However, they have to technology and society Annie Nice, offer,” Nowell the general said.  manager of Nowell said she had a good time walking the Irish pub, was very disaparound and eating, enjoying pointed with the festival overthe festival’s activities, despite all, claiming a lack of marketthe bad weather.  ing was to blame.  “I thought it was great. It was “It was not advertised well. an awesome thing for Raleigh It was a last minute job,” Nice and for all the many different said. “Nobody really knew types of people that keep our about it until the day of. There community going,” Nowell should have been posters and said. “My favorite part was brochures. It was primarily a probably being able to perform big food thing. They could have for a diverse group of people had bigger signs. It was a huge

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disappointment compared to other years.” Other than the issue of marketing, Nice said she would like to see the events extend out to more than just one main street downtown. “It was Fayetteville Street Wide Open, not Raleigh Wide Open,” Nice said. “Widen the whole thing up.” David “Woody” Lockwood, co-owner of the Busy Bee Cafe, said while his business mainly dealt with Cherry Bounce, it benefited from both festivals. “I thought it was a great success. Honestly, I would say [the festivals] could have been different dates,” Lockwood said. “It brought a lot of people downtown, it was obvious with the foot traffic and the auto traffic.” Lockwood said he will participate in next year’s events. “It exposes people that don’t normally come downtown to what’s down here,” Lockwood said.

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 “Once you’re out there working hard as a unit, you work hard on the field,” Spencer said.  Williams said during the bye week, the team has gone “back to school” as the receivers have focused a lot of attention on film study.   “We went to the film and looked at all the plays we could have capitalized on,” Williams said. “We know nobody’s perfect but we want to be as close as we can and catch every ball.”  Williams said the receivers will take to the field in Tallahassee, Fla. Saturday with a fresh approach to the game.  “We’re going to come in with a clean state of mind for the game,” he said.  Williams said making catches was important to forge a trusting relationship between the quarterback and his receivers as well.   “[The quarterbacks will] feel more comfortable coming to you when they don’t have no other choice and just throw it up,” Williams said.

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that,” Springthorpe said. “She’s a very vocal player — speaks her mind. She’s a fantastic soccer player and I’m happy I got a chance to know her and coach her.” As highly as Springthorpe speaks about Cipollini, she has credited him with her biggest growth and improvements throughout her career with the

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George Bryan, redshirt sophomore tight end, tries to lunge for a pass while being taken down by a Wake Forest defender during this season’s contest at Wake Forest.

  Eugene, who had several open-field passes go through his hands in Chestnut Hill, said the running backs haven’t worked on their hands. He said his drops were mostly flukes.  “That was out of character for me to drop a ball,” Eugene said, adding he doesn’t forget the balls he lets slip to the ground. “I take it personally - I mean, I’m not known for dropping balls. I’ve got some of the better hands on the team. and, if I drop a ball that sends a message to the rest of the team.”  Eugene said he always catch-

es extra balls at practices, but said he hasn’t upped his training since the BC game. He said the drops won’t impact Wilson and Mike Glennon’s throws.  “We’ve not exactly been catching every ball since they’ve been at the helm so they just keep going on about their reads,” Eugene said. “They’re going to throw it to whoever’s open regardless of whether they dropped a pass the play before or the game before.”

Wolfpack. “[Springthorpe] has really taught me a lot,” Cipollini said. “I have learned the most this year with him.” As Cipollini’s senior soccer season is quickly coming to an end, she said it’s a bittersweet time. “I’m just going to miss the relationships I’ve made with these girls,” Cipollini said. “My best memories have been with my five seniors, growing up in Avent Ferry together. We have one week left together and it’s

sad.” The future for Cipollini is still up in the air. A sports management major, she said she plans to continue in the sports world, though soccer may not be in the cards.  “Soccer has been my life so I’m going to have to pick up a new hobby,” Cipollini said. “Hopefully I will find something that sparks my interest since I don’t see myself playing soccer anymore.”

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State’s Sailing Club, one of the oldest club sports on campus, has been around since the 1950’s. The team is both a recreational and competitive outlet for its members year-round. The club provides people who have sailed with the opportunity to continue their passion. But it is also an outlet for people who have never sailed, according to April Alix, commodore for the team and a senior in zoology. “For people who are inexperienced, people who have never seen a boat, touched a boat, or don’t even know what a sailboat does, you can join the club,” Alix said. “We have these classroom series on things like how to tie a knot, which way to sail, how to read the wind and those types of things.” The team heads out to Lake Wheeler three times a week, which provides them with a hands-on experience. The team provides the equipment and facilities to its members. “That’s when you get to physically work with somebody to

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teach you how to sail,” Alix said. “It can be a social event too, a whole bunch of people having lots of fun. You get certified by going through a series of steps. Once you’re certified, we let you take the boats out whenever you want. ” Henryk Orlik, a senior in international studies, said he never sailed in his life before he joined the club. “I just came to one of the meetings they had every week on Thursday on campus,” Orlik said. “They asked if I wanted to go sailing the next day and I was hooked instantly. If you take a class to learn how to sail, you don’t get nearly as much hands-on experience or the chance to take the range of boats that we have.” The club does pay dues once a semester, which adds up to $110 a year. “The average cost of three lessons for about an hour is $75 to $95, just for those three,” Alix said. “[The $110] insures that you can use the boats all fall semester and spring semester and over the summer.” The club allows its member to learn at their own pace and ensures they will be more comfortable. “You show up to a sail day and you say ‘Last week I learned

how to tie knots but I’m still not sure about what I need to learn next,’ so we say we can teach you docking,” Alix said. “Even if it takes you seven days to learn how to do docking then it takes seven days. Nobody is rushed to learn something.” For those who are competitive, the club does have a racing team, which competes all over the southeast, according to Alyssa Benfield, a sophomore in business administration. “We compete against schools like College of Charleston,” Benfield said. “They are actually No. 1 in the nation and for them it’s a varsity sport. We also compete against Tennessee, University of South Carolina, Clemson and Georgia Tech.” The club takes a number of trips throughout the year to give members more experience in different waters, including Lake Norman, the Neuse River and Cape Lookout. The club also travels to the Bahamas on Spring Breaks for one of its biggest trips of the year. For students who are looking to try something new, Benfield said it is a great opportunity. “We have a full sailing school that will teach you from the basics,” Benfield said. We offer a lot of opportunities.”

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• Page 7: A story on State’s sailing club

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Former Pack golfer earns PGA Tour card Garth Mulroy, a former N.C. State All-American, was one of 25 Nationwide Tour players to secure a 2010 PGA Tour card this past weekend in the Nationwide Tour Championship, which closed out the season. Mulroy finished 14th of the top-25 money winners on the Nationwide Tour. He was a member of the State golf team from 2000-2001, earning All-American and AllACC honors. Mulroy becomes the fourth former member of the Pack to qualify for the 2010 tour, alongside Tim Clark, Carl Pettersson and Marc Turnesa.

ally where my role on the team picked up. I started and played every game from then on,” Cipollini said. “I have really grown as a person and especially as a soccer player.” In her junior and senior years, Cipollini has become a key member of the team, tallying goals and assists as well as keeping up the team spirit through tougher times, according to Parrilla. “As a person, she’s just goofy,” Parrilla said. “It really helps especially when were down. Like this week, we just found out that even if everything goes our way we won’t make it to the ACC [tournament] and she’s out there working her hardest and has a smile on her face.”  Cipollini’s attitude is something that coach Steve Springthorpe said he has noticed and admired during his short tenure working with her.    “I’ve only known her for the pass nine months, but when I met with her she had a true desire for this team to improve and you could see

After giving up 30, 49 and 52 points in the Pack’s last three games, all losses, much of the blame for the losing streak of the team has been placed upon the defense. In some ways this is deserved, as you can’t reasonably expect Tyler any offense to score that many Everett points week in Deputy Sports and week out. Editor Even with a star quarterback like Russell Wilson throwing to outstanding wide receivers, this would be difficult. But with receivers playing like State’s have over the past couple weeks, Wilson and the offense’s task becomes infinitely more difficult. As bad as the pass defense has been since the start of conference play, the receivers have struggled to get open and catch the ball as much as the corners and safeties have struggled to prevent the opposition from doing so. Exact stats tracking dropped passes are hard to come by, but it seems safe to say the receivers have dropped at least five or six balls a game over the past couple games. It is one thing to drop the ball because of a jarring hit or a great defensive play, but quite another when, with no defender in their vicinity, receivers simply fail to bring in uncontested throws. Unfortunately, the drops I am referring to fall into the latter category. The number of drops per game over the past few weeks would probably be in the double digits if failed attempts to pull in contested jump balls were considered drops. The abundance of passes that have gone through the hands of open receivers is even harder to tolerate considering the game experience of those players. Jarvis Williams, Owen Spencer and Darrell Davis are all juniors, and redshirt sophomore tight end George Bryan has more than 10 career starts. Players with that much experience should drop no more than a few balls a season. There is no justifying veteran receivers dropping at least one wide open pass every game. And regularly failing to make easy catches is not the only problem. It blows my mind how so many times, after Wilson has avoided three or four tackles and reversed field a couple times, he has to throw the ball away because there is still no one open.  Defenses typically only expect their secondary to cover receivers for four or five seconds, as it is unreasonable to expect a corner to be stride for stride with a receiver after they’ve made two or three cuts. But with our receivers, defenders seem to have little difficulty shadowing them for close to ten seconds or until Wilson finally gives up and either takes off to run or throws the ball away.  Receivers are, or should be, taught to come back to the line of scrimmage and give their quarterback a target after he breaks the pocket.

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Men’s soccer rises through national ranks

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The men’s soccer team has moved into the No. 8 spot in the RPI, which was released by the NCAA this week. The standings are updated three times each season, with the final RPI being announced prior to the NCAA Tournament. Four of the top nine teams were from the ACC. The team is ranked in all four national polls for the eighth consecutive week, including No. 11 in Soccer America’s Top 25 and No. 13 in the NSCAA Poll, CollegeSoccerNews. com and Soccer Times. The team currently holds an 11-3-1 record. Source: N.C. State Athletics

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During the second half of the game against Boston College, redshirt senior halfback Jamelle Eugene drops a pass from redshirt sophomore quarterback Russell Wilson. The Pack out-passed the Eagles with 315 yards as compared to Boston College’s 187, but Wolfpack’s inability to stop the Eagle’s rushing led to a 20-52 loss.

‘Wasted plays’ hurt Pack Receivers look to make catches, get offense back on track Ty Johnson Editor-in-Chief

 

Just east of Carter-Finley Stadium on the plot of grass known as the Dail Practice Field is a tower, and while it’s not as aesthetically pleasing as the Richard Vaughn Towers in the distance, the players who practice in its shadow will tell you it’s just as functional because it keeps them on schedule.  Beyond giving coaches a bird’s eye view of practice, the tower has a digital clock display that keeps track of the periods of practice, counting down the minutes as the team moves through its schedule.   Coach Tom O’Brien is big into schedules, and running back Jamelle

Eugene said dropped passes over the past to the turf of Alumni Stadium.  But Spencer insists the receivers are few games have kept the team from staying on its long-term schedule for success. capable of making big plays and catches.   “We wouldn’t be here unless we   “Coach O’Brien always talks about had good hands. being on schedule That’s how we got and dropped passes here,” Spencer said. don’t help us stay on “Drops are a matter schedule,” Eugene of lack of concensaid. “[A dropped tration.” pass] kills the drive.”   Spencer, whose   Junior wide recatching abilities ceiver Owen SpenJunior wide reciever Owen Spencer were questioned by cer said drops were the media during game-changers.  “A dropped pass is just like a sack or a midseason last year, said the receiving tackle for loss,” Spencer said. “It’s a wasted corps practiced catching with distraction drills this week. He said he and play.”  And wasted plays were plentiful the last redshirt junior wide receiver Jarvis Wiltime the team took the field against Bos- liams are trying to get the receivers on ton College Oct. 17.  Redshirt sophomore the same page. quarterback Russell Wilson threw 17 incompletions in the contest, with several FOOTBALL continued page 8 hitting receivers in the hands before falling

“Drops are a matter of a lack of concentration.”

Women’s soccer

Bittersweet end for senior defender Jen Hankin Deputy Sports Editor   

As one of the five seniors on the women’s soccer team, Gia Cipollini is known by her teammates for her dedication and laughter. According to senior teammate Meredith Parrilla, Cipollini is the funniest of the bunch. “Gia always has the most laug hs,” Parri l la, who roomed with Cipollini in Avent Ferry Complex freshman year, said. “She makes every story a little funnier.” On the soccer field, Cipollini was originally recruited to play outside midfield during her freshman season. However, as she grew as a player, she progressed down the field and moved to outside back, taking on more of a defensive role. “I’ve really been pushed back in the defensive line,” Cipollini said. “But I think I have really found my spot as a defender — I like that the best.” Parrilla, who plays center midfield, said she feels safe having Cipollini covering her back. “When Gia steps out on

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Senior defender Gia Cipollini tries to kick the ball away from Wake Forest. N.C. State lost, 2-0, on Oct. 15.

the field she will claw, scratch, bite — do whatever it takes – to get that ball,” Parrialla said. “It’s really good to know that she’s behind me and that if I make a mistake, she’s going to be there to make up for it.”

Cipollini has always played a central role on the team. During her freshman season she started in seven games, scored one game-winning goal and played significant minutes. “Yet, sophomore year is re-

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