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Campout for rivalry tickets approaches Students prepare for annual Campout’s return to Reynolds Caroline Barfield Staff Writer
Basketball season has arrived and with the home rivalry game against the Tar Heels fast approaching, securing a ticket to this game takes more effort than just requesting a ticket online; students have to camp out. The Campout for tickets to the Carolina-State game is one of the biggest on-campus events of the year and, according to the Campout Web site, 80 percent of the tickets allotted to students go to the campers. Arialle Crabtree, campus community chair, said she is expecting about 2,000 campers this year and said the Union Activities Board and Student Government have lots of fun activities and surprises planned. “UAB has done an excellent job coordinating with Student Government — we are planning to have music throughout the night, a student basketball game, we’re showing a movie, painting the tunnel and setting cornhole up. Plus, we have a lot of fun surprises for the students,” Crabtree said. Wessley McKnight, a junior in biochemistry, said he is looking forward to the Campout this year; he just hopes it’s not as cold as last year. “We had a group of about 15 last year and it was freezing. A buddy of mine and I stayed the entire time, but others left to get food or warm up,” he said. “Regardless we had a good time. We basically played around, watched old basketball games and movies on our laptops. Being in that environment is great — everybody is there talking and having fun.” Crabtree said not as many showed last year due to the frigid weather. “Last year we had around 2,000 to register, but not all showed due to the cold weather.” Last year’s weather didn’t hinder Tyler Scales, a sophomore in biological sciences, from going out and having fun. “There were free drinks, lots of open
Campus recreation, student government team up to invite students to downtown tree lighting Adair-Hayes Crane Staff Writer
Andrew Roberts, a junior in aerospace, Kristin Mangun, a graduate in accounting, and Branson Holt, a freshman in mechanical engineering, play cards and eat pizza to pass the time at the Campout. Students camped out for tickets to the UNC basketball game on Lee Field. “We thought about playing coke pong later, which is like beer pong but without alcohol,” Roberts said.
space and plenty of good friends; we forced organizers to move the event. played football and poker then chilled This year they decided to move the Campout back to its out and ate pizoriginal location. za,” Scales said. “We like to think “Camping out to that the Campout get tickets and is equivalent to the actually going to presidential inauguthe game was fun ration. It wouldn’t but come on, Ben be the same if the McCauley getting president gave his that last hit was first speech someawesome.” where like Alaska, Accord i ng to just like it’s not the Crabtree, Camsame as having the pout, which was Arialle Crabtree, campus Campout on Lee held at Lee Field community chair f ields,” Crabt ree in past years, was said. “Reynolds is at traditionally held at Reynolds, but issues about safety the heart of N.C. State and we want to and the ability to control crowds honor Wolfpack heritage and restore
“... we want to honor Wolfpack heritage and restore the Campout tradition to its original location.”
Campus security aims to combat increasing bicycle larcenies Rising bike theft rates prompt response from campus safety elements Nick Tran
Friday, Dec. 4th 12pm to 8pm
Oblinger won’t take post in New Mexico Staff Report
The News & Observer reported Monday that James Oblinger, former N.C. State chancellor, was not chosen as the president for New Mexico State University. Oblinger, who stepped down earlier this year amongst the Mary Easley hiring and pay scandal, was announced as a finalist for the job in late October. Barbara Couture, the senior vice chancellor for academic affairs at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln, was awarded the new job.
Bike permit decal good for the lifetime of the bike Free engraving of driver’s license number Deters potential thieves Campus Police can easily contact you if your bike is stolen and recovered Source: Campus Police
and easy to sell for small amounts of money. Captain Jon Barnwell of campus police said the cause of the increase is the University being a target rich environment and students not using adequate protective measures. “We continue to encourage students to use U-bolt locks and to register their bikes with transportation,” he said. “Registering your bike increases the chances that campus police will be able to recover it if it’s stolen.” Registering a bike with transportation allows the owner to engrave their drivers license number on their bike which is also enters into a database for future reference. “We are constantly performing surveillance and checking pawn shops but it is difficult without a registered number,” Barnwell said. “These measures promote target
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Student Government and Campus Recreation invited students to join them on Friday to attend the AT&T Raleigh Winterfest Ice Rink Opening Celebration in downtown Raleigh. Student leaders from both Student Government and Campus Recreation will be serving hot chocolate and iceskating on the rink during the event, which focuses on the natural ice skating rink that is opening. According to Jeffrey Johnson, a junior in business administration and a member of Student Government, Campus Recreation has bought 50 skate passes to hand out to the first 50 students who show up to skate. Otherwise, skating will cost $6 a person, including the skate rental. “I was talking with Campus Rec on a lot of different things and this came up that they were doing this. We thought this would be something cool to do,” Johnson said. “A big part of being a student is experiencing the community as well as the University.” According to the Downtown Raleigh web site, Winterfest is a twomonth long extravaganza featuring an outdoor skating rink with natural ice. The event marks the opening of the ice rink and the lighting of the Christmas tree in the new City Plaza. There will also be a performance by the University’s own Jazz Band, singer Michelle Branch, a visit from Santa Claus, a reading by Theatre in the Park’s Christmas Carol Star David Ira Wood III and other activities. The event, which lasts from 5 p.m. until 11 p.m., is expected to draw
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Wednesday night in the Honors Village Commons, sophomore in biochemistry Zili Shi plays in a Magic the Gathering tournament. “[The game] gives me even more of a headache after a long day, but still is a great game,” Zili said. After a break of several years, he has recently gotten back into the game since coming to N.C. State. The Tournament was hosted by the Honor Quad’s Magic Club, the first such tournament hosted this semester.
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Bike thefts have risen to abnormal levels in the last weeks of the semester and both campus police and the Student Government Campus Safety Commission are taking efforts to ensure students are well protected. Phillip Christofferson, the chairman of the Campus Safety Commission, said there were over 100 reported bike thefts over the semester, a notable increase compared to last year, and educating students is the best way to ensure such incidents are prevented. “The Commission is working on new fliers to encourage students to make use of proper safety measures,” he said. “We want to inform students this is happening.” According to Christofferson, thefts generally occur between 11 A.M. and 7 P.M., in broad daylight, and a majority of thefts occur on east campus near the honors village. “We encourage students to spend a little extra money and buy a U-bolt lock and to call the police if they see anything suspicious,” Christofferson said. “The police have been very helpful. They are doing everything they can to help prevent theft.” Christofferson attributed the sudden hike in theft to the declining economy, saying bikes are easy to steal
the Campout tradition to its original location.” Scales said he, too, is glad the Campout is at Reynolds. “Last year it was on Lee fields, but this year it’s at Reynolds, where it should be.” Crabtree said there will be 475 campsites at Reynolds and all campers will be in mulch area, extending from near the Bookstore to the Colliseum parking lot. Students will receive at least one 10’x10’ space per six people and have the option of renting camping equipment from the Rec Center. Scott Schneider, coordinator of Outdoor Adventures, said Cam-
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Corrections & Clarifications
Through Caitlin’s lens
Wednesday’s page 5 story, “Student leader to graduate in December,” misidentified Adam Compton as the president of Delta Upsilon. He was president of the fraternity last year.
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The photo of Compton was also unattributed. It was by Luis Zapata.
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Sociology club a ‘connection between many organizations’ photo By Caitlin Conway
. Russell Herman, Jr. speaks to members of the Taylor Sociology Club Wednesday. Herman has been working full time for the past sixteen years on building the movement. He said the movement is not an organization, but a connection between many organizations. “What I do is try to connect these groups together ... bring them together in coalitions,” Herman said at the meeting.
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Grains of Time perform in special fall performance
On Saturday, the all-male a cappella group, the Grains of Time, will host a special fall concert. The Grains of Time have been a long standing tradition on campus and perform a wide variety of music with only the voices of the eight members. The concert will be held in Stewart Theatre and tickets are $5 for students with a student ID. Tickets can be purchased at Ticket Central located in Talley Student Center.
Libraries use technology to branch out
Any person with a web-enabled phone can now access a wide variety of library information. The new ‘app’ allows students to search for books and articles, see computer availability, and view webcams of various places throughout the libraries, including the Hunt Library construction. Next semester they plan to expand the program to include the ability to reserve study rooms and put books on hold. N.C. State is now one of only a half-dozen universities to have a program available.
Classes out of session Monday, Tuesday Dec. 7 and 8 will be the University’s first Reading Days. On these two days, classes will not be in session and there will be no exams. These two days were put in place by the University to give students an additional opportunity to study and give faculty time to hold review sessions. source: ncsu.edu
Quote of the day “A big part of being a student is experiencing the community as well as the University.” Jeffrey Johnson, junior in business administration
World & Nation
Clinton, Gates defend Afghan plan President Barack Obama’s military and diplomatic team on Wednesday defended his decision to send another 30,000 U.S. troops to Afghanistan, telling lawmakers the escalation is needed to prevent a Taliban takeover of the country, which could provide a sanctuary for al-Qaida. Testifying before the Senate Armed Services Committee, Defense Secretary Robert Gates, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Adm.
Michael Mullen, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, painted a dangerous and dire picture if Obama’s plan isn’t pursued.
“I have let my family down and I regret those transgressions with all of my heart,” Woods said in the statement.
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Woods apologizes Efforts to to his family reduce global Tigers Woods acknowledged Wednesday morning that he let warming ‘not down his family, saying he regrets “those transgressions with all of enough’ my heart.” Woods penned a statement Wednesday that he put on his Web site, offering his “profound apology” to his family and friends. UsWeekly magazine published a cover story that says a cocktail waitress in Los Angeles carried on a 31-month affair with the married Woods, the world’s top-ranked golfer.
The promises by the United States and other industrialized countries to cut the emissions causing global warming are insufficient to avoid the worst effects of climate change, the U.N.’s top climate negotiator said Wednesday. Yvo de Boer also said the upcoming talks in Denmark will focus on how much rich nations and major developing ones like China should reduce emissions, and how developed countries will help the poorest ones cope with climate change and develop with cleaner energy source: mctdirect.com
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Technician system as, even with bike registration, there are so many bikes on campus that it’s impractical to try and say whose bike is whose. continued from page 1 Will Rush, a sophomore in against theft. We are constantly business management, said rethinking ways to address this he felt the campus was not as problem and send a message accessible to bike users as it could be. that this campus is secure.” “It seems like there’s a lack Campus police are hoping of places to to reach a chain up your point where bike,” he said. the commu“It takes more nity realizes effort to take the campus is it’s locked up safe so wouldto something be thieves are solid. There’s less motivatdefinitely ed to target room for imstudents. provement.” Dakota EvAccordans, a freshing to Rush man in mart he U-b olt keting, said Captain Jon Barnwell of lock was not he had doubts campus police as essential as to how well compared to campus security is addressing this problem. other possible measures both “If these efforts are in place the University and students and bike theft is still on the rise could be taking. “Just make sure to use some then the system must not be too effective,” Evans said. “Campus kind of chain. I also take the security should increase the seat off my bike because then it police force or have some des- would be hard to ride off with ignated bike parking areas and it even if they broke the chain,” have them under surveillance.” Rush said. “It would be great Evans said a more active sys- to have personal locators but I tem would make thieves easier guess no one’s going to do that to catch than with the current with a bike.” hardening to secure bikes
“Registering your bike increases the chances that campus police will be able to recover it if it’s stolen.”
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pout days in the past proved to be the Rec Center’s busiest rental day of the year. “Last year we rented out every single tent, sleeping bag, pad and even brought out our travel equipment to rent because of the high demand,” he said. “This year is going to be a challenge since the Campout is before school starts but we will still be open that Friday.” Schneider said OA is offering a drop-off and pick-up service, where staff members take equipment to Reynolds, have students show a receipt to get equipment, then return to pick equipment up so students don’t have to bring it back. Tents can be reserved online or in person at Campus Recreation prior to the last day of school.
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around 20,000 people from all over Raleigh. Johnson said due to the expected crowds, parking downtown may be difficult. He encourages students that want to come out to carpool or take the Wolf Prowl, which will be running to and from the event. Samantha Leibowitz, a junior in communication, is hoping to make it out to the event. She received a Facebook event invitation that Campus Recreation and Student Government created to bring attention of the event to students. “I hope I can go and I’m really excited to go if I get the chance,” Leibowitz said. “It’s nice that they are planning something, especially around the holidays.” Students who want to go out to the event Friday, but cannot make it, need not worry. According to Johnson, there will be two times in January that the ice rink
10 year-old Michael Sheslow of Chapel Hill ice skates at the new outdoor ice skating rink in Briar Creek Commons. “It is cool because it is for a good cause,” Sheslow said. The rink is open until Dec. 10 and a portion of all proceeds will benefit Raleigh Rescue Mission to help Raleigh’s homeless children and families in need.
will be rented out specifically for students. Morgan Kelly, a senior in psychology, said she wants to go out Friday, but will not be able to attend. “It sounds like a lot of fun to go ice skating and see the
Christmas tree lighting. I’m sad I can’t go Friday, I grew up watching Ira David Wood in a Christmas Carol and I’m a big fan,” Kelly said. “I hope I get to make it out to the rink in January.” Johnson said that this is a way
for students to enjoy each other before a week of exams. “It’s the last day of class before exams start,” Johnson said. “It’s a way to go out and have a good time in the city of Raleigh at this big event and just have fun with each other.”
Puppies help to lighten load
When’s the deadline? Registration for the Campout is from now until Jan. 3. Source: Arialle Crabtree
Schneider also said if reserved camping items aren’t picked up by 5 p.m. that Friday, students can come in and grab anything unclaimed. Crabtree is looking forward to the event and encourages everyone to come out and have fun. “The Campout is a great way to get excited about basketball season and kick off the semester,” she said.
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Jessica Garland, a junior in business administration, attempts to make a Christmas card with glitter at STAT’s Lighten Your Load event for members Wednesday. AASAP Student Ambassadors volunteered and ran the event. “I am apart of AASAP but I brought my roommates because they have been stressed out,” said Garland. “And who doesn’t love puppies?”
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Students have until Dec. 9 to finish class evaluations, in which they have the opportunity to rate their classes and instructors while providing additional comments beyond the basic survey.
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Ceresnak stealing political benefit from existing changes In regards to the congratulating of our Student Body President Jim Ceresnak on changing the dates of Spring Break this upcoming year, I would like to also give some thanks. A warmer Spring Break was much needed and it sounds like Jim Ceresnak executed flawlessly on delivering his promise of changing the dates for this holiday. In fact, the entire process went so smoothly, and Ceresnak lubricated the decision so soundly that it would seem like the decision to change the dates for Spring Break was already in progress before this became a political matter. It is strange that at the end of this past summer break, the academic calendars already showed Spring Break being held on later dates for 2010 when the decision was only made a month ago. Stranger, even, that other potential candidates for the previous race for SBP were informing voters that the plans for changing the dates for Spring Break were already in progress and the motion was likely to pass even that early on in the planning. Strange events. These events not being fictitious, it would seem either both or one of two things happened in this ordeal: either Technician reported on this whole issue criminally late in the process (an occurrence I wouldn’t deem rare) or some misplaced congratulations have been dealt out and certain parties are sticking their hands in pots that they shouldn’t be and licking their fingers clean of the political gain. If the latter’s true, I have some pretty revolutionary ideas for a platform to run on next race about renovating some buildings around campus. Bryan Maxwell junior in civil engineering
Athletics DOES need to lose the loser mentality I want to thank you for editorializing exactly how I have come to feel about Athletics. I was at N.C. State from 1976 to 1980, and it was the most fun four years of my life. I met so many people that became life-long friends, and a common thread amongst us all was Athletics, mainly football and basketball, of course. I went to many games with my friends, and we lived and died with how the Wolfpack fared in each game. I was there after the 1974 Championship, but the culture was there. I missed being on campus for the 1983 Championship, but you can
ith Dead Week coming to a close and exams around the corner, students already have quite a bit to worry about. Class evaluations seem to be low on the list. This is the wrong attitude for students to take. In spite of all the other burdens they face this time of the semester, students need to take these class evaluations seriously — these evaluations provide students the one opportunity to make their feelings about the quality of instruction at this University clear. If students put months of their lives into working to pass a class, then they should and need to
believe I was the loudest voice in New Orleans (where I lived at the time) the night (and next day!) Jimmy V and the boys won it all. I absolutely lived and breathed basketball. Now, I‘ve become apathetic to the point where I don’t care about any of it. I watched the Northwestern game last night and I just laugh at how our team performs. I love Sidney Lowe, but I don’t see a bright future with him. But you know what, I really don’t care. I can’t care because I have cared A LOT for the last 30 years, and now, since it appears that the powers that be don’t, and haven’t, cared for the last 20 years, I can’t afford to invest any more emotional energy into Athletics. The saddest thing is that I have two sons who attended NCSU. One is a junior. He lives and breathes N.C. State, but his only experience of Athletics’ success was when Darrion Caldwell won the NCAA Wrestling Championship last spring. But that’s it. I really believe that he regrets that he ever went to NCSU, just because of the absolute loser mentality that pervades the entire Athletics Department. I know that I shouldn’t place so much importance on games played by young people. But that’s a total cop out. The only consistent publicity that comes out of any University is the athletic program. It is the de facto face of the University, like it or not. If the administration would embrace athletic success, they might be surprised at the associated good things that start to happen elsewhere. I’m sorry for the rant, but your column struck a chord with me. I think something like the student newspaper is the only way to galvanize any collective support for making the changes necessary to begin the climb towards athletic respectability. But don’t worry — I really don’t expect much to change. Kevin Murray Custom Steel, Inc.
Compton should not get special graduation treatment As a student graduating in December, I am appalled at the special treatment Adam Compton seems to be receiving. Every other graduate will be wearing a black robe. He will completely stick out in his red robe and I feel a formal setting is not the place for this. It is one thing to be the lone shirtless fan painted up on Game Day when it is 30 degrees outside; it is a completely different matter when the attire for an occasion is specifically set out. Why does he get to be the special one? If he wants to wear a red robe, he should wait until May to graduate. Amber Bruk senior, paper science and engineering
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take advantage of the opportunity to take a few extra minutes and give valuable feedback regarding the course. Naturally, evaluations tend to be polarizing, completed mostly by students who either adore or detest the course or instructor. Yet even if students do not have such strong opinions, they still should complete the evaluations and try to address a few concerns or suggestions regarding the minor aspects of the class that could have made the class more interesting or engaging.
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“Yes, because I think they are beneficial to improve the teaching methods employed. I can understand how useful they can be.”
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TXT me L8R — I’m driving
ith the ban on text messaging whi le d r iv i ng now being enforced, there’s plenty of talk among the Crackberry fanatics and other text-happy students about the need or e v e n e ffectiveness of this new law. While s o me of Jessie u s a rg ue Jeppsson that we’ve Staff Columnist grown up with cell phones and feel comfortable sending text messages behind the wheel, this mindset doesn’t always prove itself true when actually measured. Yu lan Liang and Yu Zhang are doctoral students interested in ergonomics research related to driver performance. Their studies are geared towards using a three-screen driving simulator (think of a hightech version of a Need for Speed-esque video game) to assess driver distractions in two different categories: visual and cognitive. According to Liang, a visual distraction is anything that takes the driver’s eyes away from the road, and a cognitive distraction (such as a cell phone call) makes the driver less perceptive of his or her surroundings. Research on more experienced
drivers reveals how people are able to adapt to most cognitive distractions because driving has become second nature. Although both types of distractions are the culprits for changes in performance metrics such as reaction time and lane deviation, Liang cites the most risk with visual distractions because there is no way to adapt to not having your eyes on road. In terms of text messaging, the most distinct and dangerous difference between talking on a cell phone a nd texting is the added visual distraction of lo ok i ng away to read the message. Both talking and texting are hazardous because of the cognitive distraction of having to comprehend and respond to an added load of information, but with texting one or both hands are involved, leaving the driver to awkwardly steer with knees or elbows while also taking his or her eyes off the road. The scare of being caught and having to pay the $100 fine and court costs of a citation should not be the sole or even primary reason to obey the new law. Road-related accidents and even fatalities occur when drivers are not paying atten-
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tion, such as when they are sending a text message and research conducted right here on campus proves it. Will this law always be such a problem for the textobsessed who are bummed about only being able to tap out messages at stop lights now? Probably not, considering phone manufacturers came out with headsets when talking on phones while driving was made illegal in several states. Several phones are already equipped w it h sophisticate d te x tto-speech converters, such as DriveSafe.ly which can be activated to read received messages aloud and automatically reply stating that the recipient is busy driving. Until all cell phone users utilize such applications, tell your BFF Jill that texting while driving is not something to LOL about. Being a safe, alert driver is FTW.
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Townsend ‘god in world of music’ Pick
of the week
The Devin Townsend Project HevyDevy
Jonathan Newman WKNC DJ
Devin Townsend is a god in the world of music. He has had a music career spanning 24 albums, first beginning with his vocal work for Steve Vai on his “Sex and Religion” album in 1993. He has released albums under his own name, as well as with his band Strapping Young Lad. Having disbanded both bands, he took
some time off to discover his roots and sober up. During this period of soul-searching, he wrote 60 or so songs, each with four distinct styles of music. He decided to create a four album series, under the moniker of the Devin Townsend Project, and came back with the very deep and very heavy “Ki” album, which was the first album, and
also set the stage for what was to come. Six moths later, he released “Addicted,” which is a return to form of sorts, with more accessible songs. “Addicted” starts out with a simple but heavy riff and the lines “Hey! You’re awake,” possibly an allusion that his last album put some people to sleep, which keeps in with the tongue-in-cheek lyrics you normally find in his songs. But under these normally silly lyrics, there is a deeper message of the pain and power drugs and alcohol had on him. The songs on this album may be heavier, but they also have a poppy feel to them as well, a very popmetal album if you will, which is probably why these heavier lyrics could not be taken as seriously. But it’s hard to miss the point when you hear a
slow riff, with Devin wailing “I don’t want to save my soul now. I don’t want to lose control. And even if it takes a lifetime to learn ... I’ll learn.” It’s very melancholic, showing us he’ll try to write sober music, but it still is catchy. But really, the crown jewels of the album are the last three songs, “The Way Home!” “Numbered!” and “Awake!” My favorite track, and quite possibly one of the catchiest and most beautiful songs ever written, “The Way Home!” starts off soft with a whisper, slowly building power and rescinding into a powerful and moving track about wasting time being high. “Numbered!” opens with vocalist Anneke van Giersbergen singing slowly and beautifully about how we are numbered over a heavy guitar
riff, with the song building then suddenly dropping off to a cappella of herself. This leaves us with the track “Awake!” which opens with the same opening line as the first song. The song sends us on a trip of all of his musical styles, until finally climaxing the whole album into a slow descent into tranquility after a heavy section very reminiscent of “Strapping Young Lad,” making this seriously one of the best albums of 2009 and one of the best Devin Townsend albums to be put alongside “Ocean Machine: Biomech” and “Accelerated Evolution.” This album will have you addicted.
Puppies come to campus relieve stress from exams Story By Saja Hindi | photos By amanda wilkins
Students Today Alumni Tomorrow held the “Light Your Load” event for members in the Walnut room of Talley Student Center from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Wednesday. Attendees could take advantage of free food, video games, massages and the opportunity to pet puppies. Students who are not members of STAT could join at the door — membership dues are $20 per year or $75 for all four years.
NewReleases Live radio play debuts University Theatre is recreating the beloved holiday movie classic ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ as a live 1940’s radio broadcast. The play will feature audience musical interaction and live sound effects as well as an appearance by Santa. The story of George Bailey and Bedford Falls will be alternated with authentic radio commercials from the era. The last sessions run Dec. 3 to 5 at 8 p.m. and Dec. 6 at 3 p.m. Tickets are available at Ticket Central or by calling (919) 515-1100. SOURCE: Arts N.C. State
All male a Cappella group presents fall performance The Grains of Time, the University’s premiere all-male a Cappella group, has a fall concert Saturday at 8 p.m. in Stewart Theatre. Eight men make up this group of performers that incorporate contemporary collegiate a Cappella with music from professional groups. Tickets are $10 for the public, $8 for senior citizens, and University faculty and staff, and $5 for University students with ID cards. Tickets can be purchased at Ticket Central or by calling (919) 515-1100. SOURCE: Arts N.C. State
‘Everybody’s Fine’ premiers Friday A widower tries to reconnect with his grown kids by taking them on a road trip when his wife dies in the dramatic comedy ‘Everybody’s Fine’, in theaters Friday. The movie features a well-known cast including Robert De Niro, Kate Beckinsale, Drew Barrymore and Sam Rockwell. SOURCE: rottentomatoes.com
‘Brothers’ in theaters Friday Bullwinkle, black and white, and Punkin, black with green and red collar, sat in another room and were available for students to come and play with them during STAT’s Lighten Your Load relaxation event on Wednesday.
Matt Galownia, a freshman in professional golf management, holds Raleigh’s paw as he pets his stomach at STAT’s Lighten Your Load relaxation event on Wednesday.
Stress Buster Events during Exam Week Friday, Dec. 4 Bookstore Final Madness Sale, 12 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 8 Campus Rec Exam Jam, Carmichael Gym, 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 9 Pizza on the Brickyard, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Pet-a-Pooch, Talley Ballroom, 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 10 Pizza on Centennial, Breezeway between EB1 & EB2, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Goonies, Campus Cinema, 7 & 9:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 11 Jingle Bell Jog, Derr Track, Check in at Carmichael Breezeway 11:00 a.m., starting line noon. Monday, Dec. 14 Space Jam, Campus Cinema, 7 and 9 p.m. Night Owl Meals Fountain Dining Hall, 9 to 11 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 8: Karaoke and Board Games Wednesday, Dec. 9: Insect Café and Guitarist Kenny Shore Thursday, Dec. 10: Bingo with Vice Chancellor Tom Stafford SOURCE: Campus Activities
Jake Gyllenhaal and Tobey Maguire star as two brothers who are complete opposites in the war drama ‘Brothers’. Maguire portrays a decorated Marine who goes missing overseas, forcing his younger brother (Gyllenhaal) to take care of his wife and children at home. The brother’s roles become reversed during the time the Marine is gone, and everything changes when the Marine is found and returns home. The film is in theaters Friday. SOURCE: rottentomatoes.com
Cirque Dreams Holidaze comes to Raleigh The Broadway show Cirque Dreams Holidaze is a Christmas celebration that combines contortionists, acrobats, jugglers, musicians and performers in a spectacular visual ensemble. See it at the Progress Energy Center Raleigh Memorial Auditorium Dec. 2 to 4 at 8 p.m., Dec. 5 at 2 and 8 p.m., and Dec. 6 at 2 and 7 p.m. Tickets are on sale now. SOURCE: mybroadwayreview. com
Local Shows in the Triangle Tonight Mike Posner will perform at Cat’s Cradle in Carboro tonight with Big Sean, 2AM Club and Chiddy Bang. Tickets are $15 and doors open at 8 p.m. In Chapel Hill, Cave will feature Brandon Herndon, John Pardue, John Harrison, Brittain Ashford, and Billy Sugarfix. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. Local 506 is hosting a Project Dinah Benefit Concert featuring Radio Silent Auction, John Doe & The Runners, and Mary Johnson Rockers. The show is free and starts at 9:30 p.m. Pinhook in Durham will showcase Maple Stave and Broken Letters today at 9:00 p.m. SOURCE: wknc.org/rockreport
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Design senior creates skirts with school spirit Student uses original design to start apparel label Ann Polk Staff Writer
Charlotte Guice, created an original skirt five years ago in her senior year of high school when she was preparing for her interview at the College of Design. Guice, now a senior in design, said she decided to make something to wear to her interview that would allow students to show school pride and still be stylish during games and tailgates. She embroidered her own version of Mr. Wuff’s head on the front of the skirt, along with the words ‘Wolf ’ on the front and ‘Pack’ on the back. Five years later, she is now designing the skirt she wore to her interview for her own apparel label. “When one of my brothers moved in his freshman year, I was sitting at his desk watching while he organized, and I picked up some colored pencils and started sketching. I sketched my own version of Mr. Wuff off of a sticker he had and he wound up keeping the sketch,” Guice said. “I thought it would be great to have ‘Wolf’ on the front and ‘Pack’ on the back, and then [I] decided to use the wolf head.” High-wasted and of a classic design, Guice’s original skirt appeals to female fans of all ages. She said they are unique because they are based off of her personal style. Making the skirts, Guice said, is time intensive because they are hand-sewn from a pattern she designed. And because demand has increased for the skirts, she said she has started looking for mills to produce them because she can’t make enough on her
Where to get your olly oxen apparel: Guice’s skirts come in black, red, and white. They are available on her Web site, www.ollyoxen.com, and come in sizes 0 through 14. Orders can also be emailed directly to firstname.lastname@example.org. Students can sign up for Guices’ mailing list on her Web site to be updated about sales, discounts, where she will be at games, and other information about her label. Students can also become a fan of her page on Facebook by searching for Olly Oxen.
own. Claire Davis, a sophomore in fashion textile management, said she was impressed with the amount of dedication Guice puts into making the skirts. “I’m sure it takes a lot of time and effort to make the skirts, especially for a full time student,” Davis said. The best aspect of the skirts, according to Guice, is their versatility. They are nice enough to be worn to an event, and in cold weather, they look great paired with boots and tights. Guice started selling the skirts after overwhelming compliments and inquiries when
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she wore her original. After getting into the University, she wore it to football games, tailgates and basketball games. “A lot of people asked where I got my skirt, but I was hesitant to start selling them,” Guice said. “I’ve always wanted to have my own business and this
one naturally developed.” Guice said she wants to add other products to her line and offer other schools in the ACC and SEC collections. She plans on adding women’s scarves with the Mr. Wuff logo, men’s barbeque aprons that are stain resistant, a children’s line and
a men’s line to her label. Guice said the process of adding other schools is slow due to the licensing process. The children’s line is likely to be her next endeavor. Adrienne Johnston, a sophomore in art and design and textile technology, said Guice’s
work is inspiring to design students. “It’s motivating to see one of my peers be able to expand their design into a business, especially a design that has school spirit,” Johnston said.
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Insect Café and Guitarist Kenny Shore
Hosted by Dr. John Ambrose, First-Year College, and DUAP Get a taste of chocolate-covered crickets, mealworm hushpuppies and wax-moth krispies while rocking out to guitarist/humorist Kenny Shore, who has performed regionally over the past 20 years. Menu: Gyro Station, Potato Bar, Pasta Bar, Hot Dogs (reg and veg), Burgers, Fries, Salad Bar, Cereal Bar, Fruit Bar
Blind Side exceptional, thought-provoking Meredith Faggart Life & Style Editor
While this “rags to riches” storyline isn’t new in the world of Hollywood, it definitely redefines values that have somewhat been lost in our 21st century society. This film is based on the true story of Michael Oher, who was featured in Michael Lewis’ book The Blind Side: Evolution of the Game. While the screenwriter of The Blind Side, John Lee Hancock, probably took some artistic liberty to make these factual events more heart stirring, whatever the changes may have been, I believe that The Blind Side still remains true to the reality. After watching the preview, you already know what is going to happen in the movie; however, the movie truly brings to life Michael Oher’s story and goes into depth to show the relationship between Oher and the Touhys. The opening scene of Blind Side shows a playback of Lawrence Taylor snapping Joe Theismann’s leg in 1985. Leigh Anne Touhy, played by Sandra Bullock, narrates this scene as she talks about the importance of the tackle position in football to the molding of Michael Oher and his astounding protective instincts. Oher was born to a drug-
addicted mother, he had over a dozen siblings and was homeless for years. The Touhys took Oher, who is played by Quinton Aaron, under their wings and helped him grow into an incredible athlete. For me, there were two incredibly moving scenes. The first was when Oher told Mrs. Touhy he’s never had his own bed before and the second was when Oher called Mrs. Touhy “Momma” for the first time. At the closing credits, newspaper accounts of young men from Oher’s part of Memphis that were killed by gang violence were f lashed on the screen. There are so many people in this world that are like Michael Oher before he joined the Touhy family. Where might Micheal Oher be today without the help of the Touhys? So, even though you already know how the story ends, The Blind Side is still worth seeing for both the exceptional acting and the moving story of Michael Oher’s life. It’s not just the story of Oher’s life though, but it is also a thought-provoking movie that shows that there is still good will in this world despite the violence and hatred we see every day.
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have to work hard to keep up, but there’s definitely more positives than negatives. continued from page 8 Since her schedule will student first,” Hofmann said. change next semester, she “I really emphasize sleep, at knows it’ll be much easier, esleast this semester. Being an pecially since the spring marks athlete, you really do need at the start of her regular golf sealeast eight hours of sleep. If I’m son. “This semester I had 16 getting sleep that tells me I’m hours, but I really had 18 bebalancing my time.” Caroline Ellington, a fresh- cause of the seminar, so it’s just man majoring in textile en- an extra time requirement,” gineering, is one of three of Ellington said. “We also have the golf team’s newest mem- outside work for that, and other bers. Upon receiving the Park obligations and functions outside of norScholarship, mal responshe came to sibilities.” N.C. State afBeing a ter originally Park Scholar committing not only takes to and rega toll on the i s t e r i ng at students’ acanother colademic and lege. Si nc e said by Allison Hoffmann athletic lives, she registered though. It’s later than her a l s o t a ke n teammates, she had a different schedule measures on the social aspect from the rest of her team “every of their college experiences. day, five days a week.” Though Hofmann, while busy, believes this was due to her unique situ- that she “close to perfected” her ation, it has made her transi- social life during her senior tion a little bit more difficult year of high school. “I just realized that life is so due to the poorly structured much more than a GPA,” Hoftime. “It’s definitely taken some mann said. “Sometimes if there adjusting, but I’m so fortunate is an ultimate Frisbee game or a because I have the best of ev- midnight football game going ery world,” Ellington said. “You on, I’ll do that even if I have a
“I just realized that life is so much more than a GPA”
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little bit more studying to do. I just realize that right now the friends you make mean a lot. Those little times will be big memories in the future.” Chris Goodell, a junior double majoring in biology and French, is in his third year as a Park Scholar and his second year of being the beloved mascot Mr. Wuf. Though he isn’t a varsity athlete, his schedule as a mascot alone is very time consuming. “It’s not as big as being a fulltime athlete, but we travel to all different games,” Goodell said. “We also go to elementary schools and carnivals and focus on giving back to the community.” While Goodell has found his athletic and academic niche, the freshman Park Scholars are still transitioning to the lifestyle of being a student athlete as well as a Park Scholar. While Ellington said it has been a drastic change for her, riddled with many obligations and academic responsibility, she said she realizes what a privilege it is to represent N.C. State as both a service-oriented Scholar and an athlete. “When I get bogged down, I just remember that I’m in a really good spot and there are people who would really like to be where I am,” Ellington said.
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and in my opinion that year was this year. So look, we can keep hoping and waiting for next year and maybe next year is that year. As a whole the recruiting class looks above average, players will return from injuries and if Wilson stays and continues to play football, next year could be that year. But until then, let’s forget about thinking about next year and focus on understand and fixing the problems of this year.
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Mr. and Ms. Wuf listen to the National Anthem at a football game earlier this season. Chris Goodell, a junior in biology, is a Park Scholar in addition to performing as Mr. Wuf at Raleigh events.
a difficult season. “It doesn’t really make up, but it does a lot for our program,” Baker said. “Going into the offseason, it’s a great feeling to beat your rival. That was a good Carolina team. Just to come out with a win like we did is big for coach O’Brien and our program, and the fans, especially.”
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Sports Head swimming and diving coach Brooks Teal and staff have announced the addition of nine incoming student-athletes to next year’s program. The Pack welcomes Ian Bishop, Maxim Litvinov, Barrett Miesfeld and Matt Thomas to the men’s team, in addition to Casey cooper, Zina Grogg, Kaitlin Mills, Jordan Paavola and Bailey Woodling to the women’s team. Several of the incoming recruits competed in and placed at junior and senior national competitions and will bring tremendous talent to the Wolfpack. SOURCE: N.C. STATE ATHLETICS
Women’s basketball to hold book drive
The women’s basketball team will hold a book drive at Sunday’s 2 p.m. game against Texas Christian. Any fan wants to participate can bring a brand new or gently used book to the game. Anyone who does bring books, which will be donated to local non-profit organizations, will receive $3 off their admission ticket. In addition, three of the players will be available in a postgame autograph session. It is the first of four autograph days this season. SOURCE: N.C. STATE ATHLETICS
ATHLETIC SCHEDULE December 2009 Su
Today WOMEN’S BASKETBALL VS. WISCONSIN IN THE ACC/BIG TEN CHALLENGE Reynolds Coliseum, 7 P.M.
Players, coach provide reasons why lofty preseason expectations proved so inaccurate
Just wait ‘till next year. (Maybe).
Pack looking to explain 5-7 In a game many fans and members of the media expected the Pack to play in before the season, Clemson will take on Georgia Tech Saturday in the 2009 Dr. Pepper ACC Championship game. The 2009 ACC Football Kickoff predicted the Pack to finish in third place in the Atlantic Division. 10 of 87 voters selected coach Tom O’Brien’s team as winners of the Atlantic, and two of those chose the Pack as their favorite to win the ACC title. But having just completed the season with a 5-7 record and 2-6 mark in conference play, fans, coaches and players alike will now spend the offseason wondering what went wrong. The trying nature of the season left O’Brien with a unique outlook after Saturday’s season-ending victory over the Tar Heels, which ended the Pack’s season without a trip to a bowl game. “This is the hardest year I’ve ever been through coaching,” O’Brien said. “It’s a disaster right now. Thank God it’s over. I don’t think we could go play in a bowl if we had to.” The Pack ’s problems started more than a month before the Sept. 3 season opener against South Carolina. The June 28 car wreck that broke redshirt junior linebacker Nate Irving’s leg and collapsed one of his lungs began an onslaught of injuries to vital Pack players, especially on the defensive side of the ball. “You start off with your
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crastinating because that just gets you stuck.” A l l ison Hof ma nn, a freshman majoring in nutrition science, is a member of the cross country team as well as the indoor and outdoor track teams. Hofmann takes a different approach to managing her time between academics, athletics, and being a Park Scholar. “Right now, just being a freshman, I’m really kind of doing the bare minimum, [remembering] that I’m a
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Okay, so the season for the N.C. State football team did not go as planned. The team struggled to a 5-7 record, far from the expectations the team had coming to the year, when many people in the media predicted the Pack to be in contention for the AtTaylor lantic Division crow n. But it Barbour didn’t happen Deputy Sports t hat way a nd Editor State fans have to go through another disappointing season. State had everything it needed -- an easy schedule, where we did not have to play the top two ACC teams in Georgia Tech and Miami, a returning all-ACC quarterback and a defense that returned seven of its top ten tacklers from a season ago. But karma did not see it that way, and the Pack literally limped to a losing record. But even with the struggles of the team, Wolfpack nation keeps to its favorite phrase, ‘wait till next year.’ And the win against Carolina will only fuel their fires. The team finished on a positive note and just like the two previous years, in which the team finished strong, there is hope for next year. Another excuse at the Pack’s disposal is the fact that the team was marred by injuries throughout the season, even more so than the previous two years. But these two examples are only two of the dozens of excuses State fans have made to make a subpar season seem okay. Allow me to slip into the perspective of a fan, as I was for the first 18 years of my life. Why do we accept only using the ‘wait till next year’ excuse? Why do we seem to be satisfied with mediocre play throughout the year always banking that the next year is going to be the one that puts us into the nation spotlight? Why not instead of looking towards the future and hoping for ‘next year’ focus on the present and understand what is wrong? We need wins, not words of comfort about future seasons. It seems as though we build up expectations every year before the season starts, only to come out and under perform. I know injuries are a big reason for this, but it is not an excuse; football is a very rough contact sport. People are going to get injured and injuries are going to happen to every team -- even though State took more than its share this year. As a whole after so many years of mediocrity we as fans of the Pack have become complacent and almost excepting of subpar years in football. We have found excuse after excuse to use for every season, whether it be the team had a ton of injuries or a new quarterback, or it’s a young squad or a new coach. Finding excuses for why the team is bad has become second nature to fans and we have become enthralled with the concept of waiting until next year. With the ‘wait till next year’ excuse, a problem eventually arises. That problem is eventually, it has to be that next year,
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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 the teams’ 2009 contest. Bryan picked up six receptions for 79 yards and a touchdown against the Demon Deacons in N.C. State’s 30-24 loss.
best football player on defense [Irving] almost kills himself in the summer,” O’Brien said. “You end the year with your offensive coordinator in the hospital with cancer. You go through; we lost a couple more guys. … We went through with 16 or 17 season-ending injuries. That’s unheard of, for a football program to have to go through what these kids go through.” Without Irving, whose 84 tackles and three interceptions as a sophomore earned him All-ACC honors, the defense struggled mightily. Several other injuries and an abundance of inexperience, particularly in the secondary and linebacking core, were largely responsible for the problems on the defensive side of the ball, where State surrendered 31.5 points per game. At least two freshmen started in the defensive backfield in nine of the Wolfpack’s 12 games. On the year, the Pack used eight different starting lineups in the secondary, with three freshmen, two true and one redshirt, starting at three of the four positions in each of the final three games. “There’s many times this
thing could have folded and gone south,” O’Brien said. “We’re like a M*A*S*H unit out there. Every play, somebody breaks this or hurts that.” That the team persevered through all the adversity it faced and finished with a victory over North Carolina was a credit to the work ethic of the seniors, redshirt sophomore quarterback Russell Wilson said. “The seniors came out hard and they’ve been coming out hard the whole year and fighting hard,” Wilson said. “We’ve come up short a lot of times, but coming out today and winning that game was big for us. It meant a lot. The seniors have been so dedicated, coming out early in the winters, coming out early in the summer, working their butts off.” Redshirt senior running back Toney Baker did not deny that ending the season with an upset victory over a UNC team that entered the game ranked No. 24 meant a lot to his team, but said the win didn’t completely soothe the pain of such
RECORDS SET AGAINST PACK State underachieved, but ACC opponents took advantage
Riley Skinner Personal best in passing yards with 361 yards. Touchdown pass at the beginning of the fourth quarter was the 45th of his career - a new Wake Forest record. Thaddeus Lewis School record 40-of-50 passes for a career-high 459 yards Six touchdowns tied the Duke single-game record CJ Spiller First Clemson player to score off a touchdown pass, catch and run all in the same game Broke the single-season school record for allpurpose yards on a 16yard touchdown run in the third quarter.
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Parks scholars compete away from classroom Kate Barnes Staff Writer
Every college student will feel bogged down from time to time. Being a full-time student with numerous obligations will always be a stressful occupation in itself. Add to that the unique lifestyle of a student athlete, and then, in addition to that, consider a highly competitive and prestigious scholarship. Five students at N.C. State have the honor of representing the University both academically and athletically. The Park Scholarship is a four-year award that covers tuition and other fees, lodging, and books. In addition to these stipends, there is heavy emphasis on academic achievement, and an enrichment program is enforced for the scholars to receive the full award. Approximately 1,000 students apply for the scholarship yearly, and only about 50 students per year are selected after an extensive process of nominations,
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applications, and multiple interviews. Being a Park Scholar has interfered with the athletic life of soccer player Kelly Cox, a freshman majoring in zoology, on more than one occasion. Every Wednesday, Cox had to leave practice an hour early to attend weekly seminars for Park Scholars, and also had to miss part of this year’s preseason. “During preseason I had to miss a couple days, which is rough because our preseason is really difficult,” Cox said. “We have this extensive, exhausting week or so of just working for soccer. It was rough, but my
team was really supportive.” In order to manage her dayto-day schedule, she plans her days out hourly. In addition to taking regular classes as well as attending the Park seminar, she also has to allot time for study hall hours, pregame meals, and freshman duties for soccer. She believes it’s just “all about planning.” “[Balance] is challenging. Soccer’s a very big commitment, and so is Park,” Cox said. “But I swear by time management. It’s all about time management -- planning things out, being prepared, doing stuff ahead of time – and not pro-
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