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Resignations leave Senate seats open Nine senators resign from the Student Senate following start of new semester
Meeting minutes Here are the bills and resolutions discussed at the Jan. 13 Student Senate meeting:
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The Jan. 13 meeting of the Student Senate saw nine students resign from their positions as senators. The Senate now has 44 seats filled of the 64 seats available. Sen. Stephen Kouba said the primary reason for the resignations is conflict with each individual’s academic priorities. “With a new semester comes new challenges for students,” he said. “We are students first and foremost. It doesn’t reflect on the Senate, people are just ready to go. According to Kouba, a number of senators were ready to leave Student Government last semester but could not be confirmed until the Jan. 13 meeting. These senators may have influenced others who were undecided on whether they wanted to stay or go. “It simply happened on an individual case by case basis and a domino effect followed,” Kouba said. “It leaves the Senate somewhat lighter in terms of number of people but we still have 44 senators. The colleges are still represented as a whole but it always hurts when you lose people.” Morgan Donnelly, one of the resigning senators, said she left because of the amount of time the Senate demands. “It is great this semester because SG and the Senate are starting to do a lot more, but it has caused [Senate] to become a bigger time commitment,” she said. “I couldn’t be sitting in Senate meetings for six to seven hours.” Donnelly said the larger time com-
First reading Government Bill 52 - Resignation Statute Clarification Act Resolution 53 - Sign Language Acceptance Act Resolution 54 - Dining Hall Hours Extension Act Resolution 55 - Family/Unisex Restroom Act Resolution 56 - Efficient Lighting Act Second Reading Resolution 37 - Price Music Center Legislative Funds Act For more information about these bills, visit the Student Government Web site at students.ncsu.edu
mitment combined with the start of the new semester gave many senators reason to leave. “A lot of senators are involved in other things and people realize they just don’t have the time to give.” The Senate, meant to represent the student body with 64 senators, was already understaffed with 53 senators. The loss of another nine senators has raised concerns on whether or not the Senate properly represents the student body. “If you don’t have a full Senate it definitely has an effect on representation,” Donnelly said. “[SG] might not have all the student voices heard in the correct ration. It will definitely take a couple of weeks before the seats are filled again.”
CHASS Senator Jordan Hammond askes a question of Tony Rand, majority leader of the N.C. Senate, in the Student Senate Chambers in Witherspoon Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2009. During the meeting Rand spoke about issues including sustainability, education expenses and health care.
Student Senate President Kelli Rogers said there should not be a problem filling the lost seats and she expects to have them filled by the Senate meeting on Jan. 27. The other empty seats represent graduate students, which are inherently difficult to fill. According to Rogers, no student group lost a significant amount of representation as the resignations were fairly equal across all colleges. Seven students are already prepared to take their places. “Change is what government is all about and this will allow us to get
different voices and opinions and pull new members into SG,” she said. “Senate has a good turnover rate and this ensures all current senators are committed to representing students.” Rogers said many of the resigning senators left the Senate to keep their academics as their highest priority. “They probably felt others could better fill the position and provide the commitment necessary,” she said. “Some people may not have been happy with how they did [in classes] last semester. Putting academics first is important.”
Students interested in filling a Senate seat apply through a form on the SG Web site. Additionally, all previous applicants are considered for seats and e-mails are sent to leadership groups to solicit more candidates. Rogers nominates the candidates and they are approved by a Senate vote based on their willingness to serve the student body. “Candidates must be committed to representing their constituents,” Rogers said. “As long as someone is excited about the commitment, they are welcome in the Senate and SG.”
Red terror transit altered for Duke game Changes affect transportation to RBC Center for big ACC games
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Dorian Solot, sex and relationship educator, talked in a room of almost 500 people in the Campus Cinema Monday night with her husband Marshall Miller, also a sex and relationship educator.
‘I Heart Female Orgasm’ returns to campus at larger venue Popularity of last year’s program attracts more students to attend program Joanna Banegas Staff Writer
The Union Activities Board and Inter-Residence Council are once again bringing the “I Heart Female Orgasm” program to campus. The program will be held in Stewart Theatre Thursday at 7 p.m. “I Heart Female Orgasm” is a sexual education and women’s empowerment program that includes an opportunity to talk openly in same-gender groups and obtain answers to the most com-
mon questions about orgasms. Alex Huffman, a junior in accounting and a member of the UAB Issues and Ideas Committee, said attendees will learn about sexuality in the media, the female anatomy and the best possible sexual decisions for themselves. “This isn’t your typical sex talk,” Huffman said. “This is going to be different. It’s going to be interesting.” Sex educators Marshall Miller and Dorian Solot have given more than 450 presentations at colleges and universities, businesses, regional and national conferences and adult education centers. The IRC and the UAB Issues and
I Heart Female Orgasm will be held in Stewart Theater Thursday at 7 p.m.
Ideas Committee first brought the program to the University last year. Due to the turnout at Witherspoon Student Cinema, which exceeded the seating capacity, the event has been moved to Stewart Theatre. Huffman said students were turned away last year as the theater reached capacity. “It really didn’t work out last year,” Huffman said. “We’re hoping to fill out all the seats this year.”
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When N.C. State takes on Duke on Wednesday, students relying on the Red Terror transit system will find some changes in the trip. In a collaboration between Student Government and Transportation, a new drop-off point has been chosen. Phillip Christofferson, the campus safety committee chair, said many of the details regarding Red Terror transit will be the same but there are some changes students should pay attention to. “The path to games is the same as football games, but the drop-off and pick-up sites after the game are different,” he said. Although students still get on the Red Terror at the Cates Avenue side of Talley or Witherspoon Student Center, the drop-off at the RBC Center is the new change. Christofferson said the new drop-off location will be in between the RBC Center and CarterFinley Stadium. “The new location where students will be dropped off is behind the main scoreboard,” he said.
Pick-up on Campus: Witherspoon and the Cates Avenue side of Talley Drop-off at RBC Center: Point behind main scoreboard Pick-up at RBC Center: same as drop-off Transit runs for 90 minutes prior to and after the game Source: Phillip Christofferson
This will also be the location where students will be picked up after the game. “The drop-off and pick-up locations at the RBC Center will be the same,” Christofferson said. “Students will be dropped off there and to return to campus will meet back at the same point behind the main scoreboard.” The service will begin to run 90 minutes before the game and will run for 90 minutes after the game is over. “Service will be continuous, so students can leave the game early if they wish,” he said. This change in Red Terror transportation will be implemented for the Duke game and will continue for the UNC-Chapel Hill and Wake Forest games. Christofferson said there should
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Thursday, January 21 FACES AND MAZES Talley Student Center, 12 to 8 p.m.
WITH LATHE AND CHISEL: N.C. WOOD TURNERS AND CARVERS Talley Student Center, 12 to 8 p.m
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im Phillips and Emily Walsh, freshmen in paper science and engineering, show their school spirit by making anti-Duke shirts for the upcoming basketball game. Phillips said, “I think Duke is going to puke from intimidation; also, making shirts is my way of showing support.” Walsh said, “I think by making a shirt, we have a greater chance of winning.” N.C. State will play Duke at 9 p.m. Wednesday in the RBC Center.
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Walt Wolfram, a professor in the English department, will speak Thursday at noon in Withers Hall room 331 on the role of language variation in society. The event is called “Integrating Social Science and Humanities in the Research Paradigm.” The deadline to RSVP is Jan. 14 and lunch will be provided for the first 12 registrants. The event is part of the “Meet the Researchers” series hosted by the CHASS Office of Research. Contact Joyce Jones for more information.
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Haiti’s earthquake: Dangers aren’t over The deadly earthquake that felled much of Haiti’s capital last week broke 250 years of strain _ a tension that had built slowly across the nearby fault as it resisted the inexorable tug of drifting tectonic plates. Geologists who have studied the complicated fault system in the area say more quakes could follow last week’s disaster, which killed an estimated 50,000 to 100,000, according to the Pan
QUOTE OF THE DAY “We are students first and foremost. It doesn’t reflect on the Senate, people are just ready to go.” Sen. Stephen Kouba on the large number of resignations announced by student senators at last Wednesday’s meeting
Philosophy and Religious Studies hosts lecture
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2:28 AM | ASSIST ANOTHER AGENCY Cates Ave/Jensen Dr Officer stood by while RPD conducted traffic stop.
Rüdiger Bittner from the University of Bielefeld and the National Humanities Center will deliver a lecture titled “Some Naturalisms in Ethics” Thursday at 4:30 p.m. in Withers 344. The event is hosted by the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies and all are invited to attend.
The University’s Institute for Nonprofits will hold an informational meeting about graduate student research awards Friday from noon until 1:30 p.m. at 219 Oberlin Rd. The awards provide up to $1,500 to doctoral students conducting research related to nonprofit or nongovernmental organizations. Parking is free and pizza will be provided. To attend, send an RSVP to the Institute for Nonprofits.
Jan. 13 3:36 PM | SAFETY PROGRAM Lee Hall Officers presented safety program on deterring theft.
6:31 AM | MEDICAL ASSIST Fountain Dining Units responded to student in need of medical assistance. Student was transported.
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American Health Organization. Often quakes such as this trigger others nearby in a domino effect, the experts say. SOURCE: MCT CAMPUS
Taliban suicide bombers attack Kabul shopping mall Taliban suicide bombers attacked a Kabul shopping mall near the Afghan Presidential Palace on Monday, setting the building on fire and causing civilian and security force casualties. There were also scattered small-arms attacks on several government ministries, a Kabul police official said.
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Butterflies struggling with climate change, development It doesn’t take much to send a butterfly fleeing. Just a several-degree rise in average temperatures over three decades led to a dive in the number of the colorful, fluttering insects thriving in the brisk environs of the high Sierra Nevada, according to a new study from the University of California Davis.
Donations made by texting may take time to reach Haiti In the rush to donate money to charities aiding victims of the Haitian earthquake, cell phone users have been texting keywords such as HAITI and YELE to five- or six-digit numbers. But the roughly $27 million in donations made by text so far may not travel to the devastated Caribbean nation nearly as fast as your message. SOURCE: MCT CAMPUS
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5:52 PM | B&E BUILDING Bragaw Hall Officer issued non-student a citation for Breaking and Entering and a Trespass Warning for NCSU property. 6:58 PM | CONCERNED BEHAVIOR McKimmon Center Report of subject asking for money. Officers transported non-student to Wake County Crisis Center for evaluation. Appropriate contacts made. Jan. 14 1:47 AM | SUSPICIOUS PERSON Syme Hall Report of intoxicated subject. Officers checked are but did not locate subject.
12:26 PM | MEDICAL ASSIST Student Health Svcs Units responded to student in need of medical assistance. Student was transported. 2:22 PM | BREAKING & ENTERING Centennial Utility Plant Staff reported theft of copper wire from storage. Investigation ongoing. 3:01 PM | FIRE ALARM Sigma Phi Epsilon FP responded to alarm caused by an earlier fire drill. System reset. Jan. 15 12:08 AM | MEDICAL-ALCOHOL Carroll Hall Units responded to student intoxicated and in need of assistance. Student was transported.
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With Lathe and Chisel: North Carolina Wood Turners and Carvers This exhibition showcases the current state of the art in the world of woodturning, featuring objects selected by curator Dale Nish from active woodturners and from the Gregg’s permanent collection.
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In Lia Cook’s most recent series of weavings, she uses an electronic Jacquard hand loom to weave faces that dissolve into continuously changing maze-like patterns. Cook uses a detail, often rephotographed, layered and re-woven in oversize scale, to intensify an emotional and/or sensual encounter.
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The program will be free and open to faculty, students and staff. Hayat Shawwa, a sophomore in psychology, said it is going to be interesting to learn about how woman deal with sex. “By attending the program I gain a greater sense of what I am as a woman in this society,” she said. Shawwa said it would be interesting to hear what the presenters have to say about sex. “This is different from other programs I’ve been to because this is geared towards woman,” she said Shawwa said some people are going to be against the program because they might have grown up in a sheltered household as she did. “From a religious standing point you’re not supposed to talk about your body and sexuality so people gear away from talking about it so openly and pub-
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be two buses running but that is not something he can guarantee. “Hopefully two buses will be running and they will be continuous, but when they arrive at specific points all depends on traffic; as
Average length of time it takes a woman to have an orgasm: 20 minutes. Average length of time it takes a man: two to five minutes. Half of girls have had an orgasm by the time they’re 16 years old. 44 percent of en say their female partner always have orgasms when they have sex. 22 percent of women say they always have orgasms when they have sex. About one percent of women are able to achieve orgasm solely through breast stimulation. 63 percent of college women say they’ve had multiple orgasms. The G-spot is named after Dr. Ernst Grafenberg, the first modern doctor to write about it. Source: ilovefemaleorgasm. com
licly,” she said. “But I think a lot of women are going to show up because it talks about women’s empowerment and how to deal with these problems. I think this is a problem that affects almost every college female.”
we’ve worked with Transportation to develop a route, we’ve tried to make sure it will run as smoothly as possible as to avoid traffic,” he said. Student Government appreciates the help Transportation has contributed to the program, Christofferson said. “Transportation has been really helpful, and if for some reason this route doesn’t run
Huffman said there was a lot controversy at last year’s program. “Parents were calling and saying that they didn’t think it was appropriate for the University to sponsor an event that was all about sex,” Huffman said. She also said the program isn’t about abstinence. “In most areas they do not teach about contraceptive sex. They teach to say no,” Huffman said. “People are engaging in sexual activity and they want to talk about it.” Huffman said by attending the program people will think about whether or not they want to have sex and learn about safe sex and preventing sexually transmitted diseases. “It’s a chance to see sex from a different point of view and it is also important to be open about sex,” Huffman said. “These people have a degree in sexual education. If anybody has questions about it they need to come and ask.”
well we can continue to talk and develop new routes for future games,” he said. “We have tried to provide a service to students and have done the best we can in terms of finding the best ways to most benefit the students and help them get to games.”
Jordan Bunce, sophomore in business management, comes up short getting the rebound against Matt Barham, sophomore in chemical engineering. Carmichael’s outdoor courts were busy on Monday evening, with many students enjoying both their day off and beautiful weather.
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The UNC Association of Student Governments is petitioning against the $200 tuition increase included in the state budget for the 2010-2011 fiscal year.
This petition seems like a grand, futile gesture designed to improve the image of student leaders. A concerted phone campaign or series of well-organized protests would better serve this cause.
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o you want to spend $200 more on tuition? We didn’t think so. That simple message is the gist of the UNC Association of Student Government’s petition calling for the repeal of a $200 increase in tuition, particularly since the universities will get a lousy return on their money. Based on the figures from 2009-2010 on the North Carolina Office of State Budget and Management Web site, the UNC System looks to get 14 percent of the state general fund — this would equate to a net loss of $172. And it’s almost impossible to make any justification for such an increase in the face of a shrinking number of available courses and skyrocketing class sizes, especially if financial aid will not help
those who already need help paying for college. But this may indeed be a lost cause, and this petition seems like an opulent, over-the-top gesture in the face of something that will likely happen unless constituents rally en masse against this increase. It is odd that Student Government is against this tuition increase on the basis that the money will not go back to supporting the core mission of the university system: providing affordable education to students. The Talley renovation indebtedness fee certainly did not contribute in any obvious way to improving the quality
of education at an affordable cost. Yet the Student Senate considered this fee to be a reasonable increase that students should support. Consistency would be a nice thing for students to expect from their peer representatives, particularly when it comes to fee and tuition increases in the wake of a terrible economic recession. If this petition is to work, it needs to make a more concerted, multi-pronged effort to fight this tuition increase. A petition with 15,000 signatures certainly carries a lot of weight, but if students are truly dedicated to ensuring they pay only for the best education the
UNC System can provide, the organizers should coordinate an extensive phone or e-mail campaign and have people directly speak to the legislators. Such a move indicates students aren’t simply rightfully upset about a tuition increase and took a few seconds to sign a piece of paper or electronic document. A more intensive campaign to have students take time out of their days to contact their state congresspeople would show legislators this tuition increase is an unfair economic burden on students. It’s good to see student leaders standing up against unnecessary tuition increases, but they must understand that this tuition increase will have the same negative impact on students that the Talley fee will.
Don’t just fight to ban smoking “I don’t like smoking and eating at the same time. I can see how that would bother other people, so I’m OK with the rule.” This N.C. State staff member had been smoking for decades, so it surprised me to hear her say this about the recent restaurant smoking ban. She admitted it would be Jay Goel Staff Columnist nice if they had maintained separate sections for smokers rather than banning them outright but didn’t feel adamantly about it. “Ask me about the 25-foot rule,” she said, “and I might have a different opinion.” She was talking about the NCSU rule that people must stand 25 feet away from any building in order to smoke. And that’s where our conversation became interesting. Smok ing is seen as a nefarious activity by society and we have become obsessed with tr y ing to eradicate the h a bi t . B u t let’s not forget t hat smokers (a word which has become pejorative) have the right to smoke. Our dismissive stance towards people who do is unhelpful and unethical; smoking is not a criminal activity and there is no reason to forget about basic decency when we see people smoking. “When I first started working 30 years ago, we were allowed to take smoke breaks in the front of the building. But that’s where visitors entered, and nobody wants to see people smoking in front of the door when they approach.” This made sense to her, and smokers were fine with moving to the side of the building. At least they had a covered place to smoke. Soon, however, people who used the side entrance “started coughing and hacking” when they walked by. Smoking was moved to the back of the building – where there was no cover. “When it was a nice day, we had no prob-
lem, but it was awfully difficult when it was raining or snowing out there.” And that’s pretty much what happens today. Smoking by doors or windows gives undue (and dangerous) smoke exposure to passers-by. But the exaggerated fits of coughing and rudeness are a bit much. Smokers generally don’t try to blow smoke in people’s faces, and there’s nothing wrong about mentioning it to the smoker — sometimes people don’t realize that their smoking is making someone uncomfortable. “We just need to respect each other.” I’m not saying that smoking is a good thing; smoking is unhealthy, addicting and expensive. But people currently have the right to put smoke in their body if they choose to and society and the legislature ought to be spending their efforts on better causes. People who smoke have to jump through all sorts of hoops nowadays, be it changing their clothes in different company, standing out in the cold or ra i n or garage when they take a br e a k a n d dealing with judgmental and confrontational people when they pull out a cigarette. While it’s nice to tell people they “ought to kick the habit,” I suspect that these people have never really had to overcome an addiction. It crosses a line when we are dismissive of our friends, neighbors, teachers and advisers because of their habit. Smoking might be obnoxious, but enacting legislation to prevent “obnoxiousness” is not a good direction to go in. If we are going to do that, then we must also examine eating habits, drinking habits and grooming habits and anything else that might possibly affect our own health or the comfort of the people around us. It is strange we have singled out smoking as the one vice for which we can openly criticize people.
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Globalization is not bad for liberty In response to Wednesday’s column, “Globalization’s sovereign folly.” Columnist Chad Rhoades warns that greater globalization, particularly at a political level, will decrease individuals’ divinely bestowed rights and create more division between world political and cultural groups. Instead of greater globalization, Mr. Rhoades advocates that nations should work to better understand and gain mutual respect for each other through means other than global institutions. However, if we look at the stated fears of political globalization, we see that global institutions don’t generate these situations, but actually ameliorate them. Through some type of global government, the political clout of its citizens is more evenly distributed, not lessened on the whole. Admittedly, as Americans we have more potent voices than citizens of poorer countries since we elect the most powerful officials on the global stage. However, this is not necessarily a good thing. We as Americans have a vested interest in the world status quo since we have it much better off than other
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peoples, while the peoples of the third world have an interest in a bit more of their rights being met. Surely we can agree that humans in absolute poverty should have their rights advocated on the global stage. With world institutions, this is possible. Moreover, international forms only enhance understanding between nations and peoples through exposure to other cultures, not lessen it. Furthermore, with global institutions we find an alternative to war for promoting the moral course, communication. Andrew Crothers freshmen, chemical engineering
Wilson’s opinions on sex provide appealing new view I really liked Marlena Wilson’s column in Friday’s Technician. It’s refreshing to hear opinions that oppose the college mob mentality, for once. There are two trends that relate to this issue in society today. First, as you’ve said, the stated social norm in college is to have lots of sex. I’ve heard friends say things like “I haven’t had sex in a week,” as if that’s a long time. The media is all about “some sex,” as you mentioned in the article. Another trend is that the divorce rate is through the roof, and climbing. In our country,
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if you are normal, you can expect at least one divorce and a mid-life crisis by the time you are over the hill. I’m not saying that there is necessarily a cause-effect relationship between the two, but it seems that these days it is not wise to follow the norm. And another thing, the most common reason I hear for people to have sex without making a long term commitment is that “I don’t see a reason not to.” Strangely enough, of all the people that say this, most of them have been hurt by sex. I don’t mean pregnancy or disease. I mean the emotional destruction that happens when someone gets cheated on, or when a relationship involving sex simply doesn’t work out. People change their entire outlook on life when they get that close to someone and then lose them. I’m lucky enough not to have experienced that first hand, but second hand is enough to know that there are some things that we just don’t understand until it’s too late. So maybe the reason is that a relationship should be based on something deeper than “free love.” Or maybe it’s that casual sex is desensitizing. Whatever the case, virginity is not something to be made fun of. To do so is both arrogant and foolish, and the reasoning behind it consists mostly of insecurity and lack of selfcontrol; too-often justified by mob mentality. Kyle Wissing junior, mechanical engineering
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Smoking ban reduces health risks North carolina outlaws smoking in dining establishments Story By Christine Urbowicz | photo illustration by luis zapata
n Jan. 2 a law previously passed by the General Assembly went into effect banning smoking in all restaurants and bars. Gov. Bev Perdue signed the bill May 19, 2009, making North Carolina the first southeastern state to outlaw smoking in dining establishments.
At the start of the new year, this bill eliminated a major health issue in restaurants across the state. Deep-fried, high-calorie foods are still on the menu, rich desserts continue to be served and beer is still available at the bar, but there is one health risk customers no longer have to worry about: secondhand smoke. Secondhand smoke has been considered a public health issue in the United States for a number of years. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Office of the Surgeon General, secondhand smoke is comprised of side stream and mainstream smoke. Sidestream smoke is released on the burning end of a cigarette, while mainstream smoke is the smoke
exhaled by the smoker. Both types of smoke have detrimental health effects. Christopher Austin, the assistant director of Health Promotion and Substance Abuse Prevention at the University, said there are many health dangers caused by exposure to secondhand smoke. “Tobacco has carcinogens. The lit end of a cigarette has no filter and emits secondhand smoke,” Austin said. “Smokers inhale mainstream and side stream smoke. Others are still in danger when they inhale the unfiltered smoke.” Secondhand smoke poses health risks for people spending time in enclosed public spaces, such as the workplace, shopping centers, restaurants and schools.
“Restaurants and bars have dual ventilation systems. The smoking and non-smoking sections usually have different ventilation but it’s hard to separate cigarette smoke in enclosed spaces, even with these features,” Austin said. “Secondhand smoke is a problem in any enclosed space.” In a 2006 report, the U.S. Surgeon General, Richard H. Carmona, said, “There is no risk-free level of exposure to secondhand smoke”. There are more than 50 cancercausing chemicals in secondhand smoke, 11 of which have been identified by the International Agency on Cancer as Group 1 carcinogens. Group 1 carcinogens are defined as substances or exposures that the IAC has found indisputably to be a cause of cancer in humans. Carmona concluded in his report that secondhand smoke is a known cause of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, respiratory problems, ear infections and asthma attacks.
According to the Tobacco Prevention and Control Branch, secondhand smoke can also cause other serious health problems, including heart disease, heart attacks, lung disease and lung cancer. Before smoking in restaurants was outlawed, students worried about their health when dining out. Chon Fawn Wang, a freshman in management, said he would stay away from secondhand smoke to lessen his chances of getting lung cancer. “I’m a very health-conscious person and I can’t stand the smell of smoke,” he said. “I’ve always told people I was allergic to smoke so that they take a step back or wait until I’m not around to smoke.” North Carolina is the number one tobacco producing state in the nation and houses the headquarters of R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company, the second-largest tobacco company in the United States.
What’s in a cigarette? Tobacco-specific N-nitrosamines (TSNAs) Benzene Pesticides Formaldehyde Arsenic Cadmium Radioactive cigarette smoke Ammonia Carbon monoxide Hydrogen cyanide Nicotine source: Quitsmoking.about.com
Even major tobacco companies such as R.J. Reynolds acknowledge the health risks of smoking. In a policy statement R.J. Reynolds said, “Adults who smoke should avoid exposing minors to secondhand smoke, and adult smokers should comply with rules and regulations designed to respect the rights of other adults.”
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Engineers Without Borders focuses on sustainability Student organization works on international, local projects to help communities. Laura Wilkinson Life & Style Editor
The University’s chapter of Engineers Without Borders promotes sustainability in foreign countries through research and hands-on projects and locally through service projects. Clint Gibson, the president of the University’s chapter, said EWB students are working on developing better water sanitation and renewable energy for disadvantaged countries. “We try to create sustainable engineering projects in third world countries,” Gibson said. “The country has to apply to have a project done. We’ve had three projects going on since 2006.” Gibson, a senior in physics and aerospace engineering, said two of those projects are focused on creating better water and energy options for Sierra Leone, and one project is directed towards water sanitation in Bolivia. “We have two in Sierra Leone, Africa. One is dealing with renewable energy,” Gibson said. “We are trying to put up fans in the school so the students can study during the day, because it’s so hot there, and also attach lights so the women and
children can study at night. lection because the problem is In addition, we work on water the amount; they don’t have sanitation; figuring out the enough,” Gibson said. “They’ve simplest and the best methods been to Bolivia twice and they for treating unsanitary water.” went back this summer to put Sarah Peterson, the club’s in a collection tank. They’re secretary, said the new proto- planning another trip this type wind turbine that EWB summer to put in another coldesigned and set up Friday af- lection tank.” The EWB-USA Web site says ternoon on campus is part of a it is important for the commuSierra Leone project. “It was the second time we nities being helped to be input the wind turbine up,” Pe- volved in the programs so that terson, a junior in biomedical when the projects are finished, engineering and textile en- the communities can contingineering, said. “We’re using ue to take care of everything themselves. multiple set“Throughups to see out the what went program, rig ht a nd community what went members rewrong in orceive training der to deteron the mainm i ne w h at tenance and we need to operation of c h a nge for their infraSierra Leone. structure and When we’re Clint Gibson, president of a f ina ncia l done w it h Engineering Without Borders mechanism [the setups] is established we are going to donate the solar panels to to ensure long term economic a high school in North Caro- sustainability,” the Web site says. lina.” Peterson said her favorite She said they want students to be able to learn a little about thing so far has been working engineering from the panels with the solar panels planned for Sierra Leone. before entering college. “We work to help other counGibson said the committee for the Bolivian water project tries. It’s hands-on, once you has traveled to the country a get the research done,” Petercouple of times and hopes to son said. “Last year I worked a lot with the solar panels. It was go again this summer. “We’re looking at water col- the first thing I’d really done
“We try to create sustainable engineering projects in third world countries.”
Engineers Without Borders members Sarah Peterson, junior in biomedical engineering, Clint Gibson, senior in physics and aerospace, and Bryan Peele, sophomore in mechanical engineering, finish setting up their homemade wind turbine.
that was hands-on. We got to unpack the solar panels and figure out how we were going to do everything and how to cut the board.” Jake Sanders, a freshman in computer science and the Web Master for Engineers Without Borders, said he has not gotten to do much so far, but has done a little hands-on work. “One day I worked on the wind turbine when it was just parts,” Sanders said. “I’ve also used Bondo which seals holes
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Sarah Peterson, junior in biomedical engineering, Clint Gibson, senior in physics and aerospace, Bryan Peele, sophomore in mechanical engineering, and Joseph Heil, graduate student in material science, hoist their homemade wind turbine.
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nanobytes Ten One Design announces Trackpad tablet for MacBook A new application for MacBooks produced by Ten One Design allows users to practice their drawing skills at a much lower cost than traditional drawing tablets. The Inklet features adjustable pressure sensitivity, fully customizable workspace size and shape, handwriting recognition and compatibility with Photoshop and other common drawing programs. The program is available to download online at tenonedesign.com for $24.95. Source: Http://www.tenonedesign. com/inklet
Text messages lead the way in Haiti donations As of Monday, Americans have donated $19 million towards Haitian relief through mobile text messages to the Red Cross alone. This sets an unprecedented record for donations by mobile phone. Sprint, T-mobile, AT&T and Verizon Wireless, the four major mobile phone companies, are all supporting the Mobile Giving Foundation by allowing customers to send text messages for donations free of charge. source: www.msnbc.msn.com
“No matter what the wait, I would always wait for a continued from page 5 no smoking section when I went out to eat. Now I Although some restau- don’t have to be uncomrants worry about losing fortable and worry about business, many restaurants my health because of the are pleased with the clean, risk of secondhand smoke,” smoke-free air resulting Wang said. “And I can leave without from the the smoky new legissmell lation. on my Julie clothes.” Crenshaw, Restauone of the rant ownmanagers ers are not at Players’ showing Retreat on concern Oberlin about losRoad, said ing cusshe gladly tomers welcomes because t he new Chawn Fawn Wang, freshman in of the law. law. management Richard “I a m DeMartivery no, owner pleased. The owner of the restau- of Cameron Bar and Grill rant is a big advocate for no in Cameron Village, said he smoking in restaurants,” knows his customers will Crenshaw said. “It is nice to still come. “At the beginning, people have the clean air. Customers are happier because they wanted to rebel. Smokers have one more place to hang were angry and decided to stay at home,” DeMarout without the smoke.” There are restaurant-go- tino said. “But it is like a ers who feel more comfort- snow day. Smokers will feel able eating in a smoke-free trapped in their houses and atmosphere and appreciate they will want to go out. They will be back.” the effects of this bill.
“Now I don’t have to...worry about my health because of the risk of secondhand smoke.”
Engineers Without Borders members admire their newly built homemade wind turbine outside of the Applied Energy Research Lab Friday. Their end goal was to power a village learning center in Sierra Leone with wind and solar power. “It was a team of us working on it, it’s a lot of figuring it out as you go,” Peele said. “The blades are made from an eight-inch PVC pipe; everything was made with things you can buy from a hardware store.”
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in plastics and boats. It’s very sticky. I think I still have some in my hair.” Gibson said the club also works locally in communities and is currently fundraising
with a charity golf tournament. “We’ve had an ongoing golf fundraiser going on,” Gibson said. “Helping strengthen community ties has been really fun.” The national chapter of EWB began in 2002 and now reaches over 300 chapters, 180 of which are on university campuses. “Because of its strong univer-
sity presence, EWB-USA is the catalyst for a new movement to educate the next generation of socially conscious engineers deeply aware of the needs of the rest of the world,” the EWBUSA Web site says. The University’s chapter is having an interest meeting on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. Location is to be determined.
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Pack drops game to No. 16 FSU in Tallahassee, 74-71 State lets late lead slip away with scoring drought in final 4:35 Staff Report ACC Rookie of the Week Marissa Kastanek led the Pack in scoring for the fifth time this season with 18 points while the Seminoles’ Alysha Harvin paced her team with 21. Sophomore forward Bonae Holston had an uncharacteristically low scoring night and finished
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rienced team, playing two matches could be difficult, yet the scores proved otherwise. The team only dropped two sets the entire day. “In this situation you wonder where the pops and leaks are going to come, but it didn’t really happen,” Choboy said. “This team may be the most cohesive I’ve ever had.” As the most veteran leaders on the team, doubles duo Frideric Prandecki and Rob Lowe dominated Gardner-Webb 8-1 at the No. 2 spot and NCCU 8-4 at the No. 1 spot. “Rob and Freddy are our two oldest guys and they played like that,” Choboy said. “They did a real good job in doubles especially. Their talent was matched by good decision-making, something the newer guys still need to learn.” The real story of the day
outside the top four in points. State benefitted from 22 Seminole turnovers but still found itself down with 11 seconds left. FSU’s Cierra Bravard hit a layup and then sank a free throw to give FSU its only lead of the second half. A scoreless streak through the final four and a half minutes of play sank the Pack down the stretch. After Bravard put the Seminoles up, redshirt junior guard Amber White was whistled for a foul as she tried to tie it up. State couldn’t respond in
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the waning seconds. NC State (11-7, 1-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) had a chance to tie it, but Christian Hunnicut intercepted a pass at half-court for FSU (16-3, 3-1) to preserve the win. The Pack returns to Reyn-
olds Coliseum for two big ACC match-ups this weekend, hosting Wake Forest Friday night before facing UNC-Chapel Hill Monday, Jan. 25.
came from sophomore Domi- and fortunately it was enough nic Hodgson. Hodgson joined to win.” Hodgson’s match was a the team last January yet had to sit out before he was eligible standout performance for to compete for the Wolfpack. the entire day, according to Sunday’s match marked his Choboy. “I k ne w first for N.C. t his cou ld State, somebe a really thing he has go o d t e s t been waiting for h i m ,” 14 months to Choboy do. said. “He’s a “I’ve been good player. waiting a long He was nertime to play for vou s , but State,” Hodgcoach Jon Choboy he handled son said. “I himself well. couldn’t wait What was impressive about to dig my teeth in it.” Hodgson’s first match at No. him was he had to win by com1 singles against Evgeny Sle- peting. He just hung in there sarev of Gardner-Webb ended and [his game] came around.” Not only did State’s record with a loss, 0-6. Hodgson came back, however, to win improve to 2-0 on Sunday, so did its roster. Rafael Paez, a the match 6-4, 6-4. “I was nervous to say the Brazil native, joined the team least,” Hodgson said. “It took last week. After only being in me a while to get going. I got the United States for a few days, my strokes back in the second Paez was on the court compet[set] and ran with it in the third ing for the Wolfpack.
Paez managed to win both of his singles matches, defeating Rafael Altmayer of Gardner-Webb 6-3, 6-3 at the No. 4 spot and Alejandro Espitia of NCCU 6-2, 6-1. “I was a bit nervous and [my opponents] were good,” Paez said. “So I had to dig deep mentally, and I had the pressure of the team too. But the guys have given me all the support needed to win.” The Pack will swing back into action on Friday at 4 p.m. as it takes on Vanderbilt and on Sunday it takes on Michigan. “Next week we have two very important matches,” Hodgson said. “And these wins help to build confidence.”
“This team may be the most cohesive I’ve ever had.”
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Degand said. “He converted in the post, which was something that we needed. He made it a difficult time for them on the defensive end. He’s a big body and he’s a strong kid for a freshman, and he really helped us out tonight.” Lowe did not call out any players by name, but the way he distributed playing time during the second half comeback was certainly notable. For the second game in a
row after sophomore forward C.J. Williams started each of the first 16 games of the season, Degand got the start at shooting guard. Lowe kept Williams on the bench for all but five minutes of the second half, and played junior guard Javier Gonzalez just two minutes in the second half. Lowe also played senior forward Dennis Horner for only three minutes in the second half. On the other hand, he rewarded the production of Mays, Degand, and Howell by playing them 31, 34 and 26 minutes respectively.
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• Page 7: Continuations of the men’s basketball and men’s tennis stories and a recap of the women’s basketball game vs. Florida State.
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Freshman guard earns ACC Rookie of the Week Marissa Kastanek received the honor for the period ending Jan. 17 after leading the Pack with 18 points in a three-point loss to No. 16 Florida State. Kastanek, from Lincoln, Neb., is leading the conference in three-pointers with 31 on the season. She is currently averaging nearly 11 points per game and has already scored at least 10 points in 10 of her team’s first 18 games of the season. Source: N.C. State Athletics
Wood’s outburst in Tallahassee garners same honor After going off for a careerhigh 31 points in last week’s road win over the then No. 25 Seminoles, Wood has also been named ACC Rookie of the Week. Wood followed up his breakout effort Wednesday night with 11 points in Saturday’s loss to the No. 24 Clemson Tigers. Wood is averaging 9 points per game and has been on fire lately, with 26 of his 37 made threes this season coming in the last seven games. Source: N.C. State Athletics
Injuries hinder wrestling in loss to Ohio The Pack’s trip to Ohio University Sunday afternoon resulted in a 33-7 loss. State was undermanned, with four of 10 starters out of the lineup due to injury and six freshmen seeing action. Bobby Ward posted a 13-4 major decision at 149 pounds to give his team four points, and Quinton Godley’s 8-3 victory at 174 gave his team its final three points of the match. Source: N.C. State Athletics
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shooting from the f loor and also turned the ball over only twice in 31 minutes of playing time. Even more impressively, he ran the point for the Pack’s offense for 18 minutes in the Tyler Everett second half with only one Deputy Sports Editor turnover, despite Clemson’s Of sophomore guard Ju- full court press. With Mays lius Mays, redshirt senior and Degand handling the ball guard Farnold Degand and for much of the game, State freshman forward Richard committed just 11 turnovers Howell, only Degand start- against a Clemson defense that ed Saturday’s tilt with the took the ball away from UNC Clemson Tigers. But after 26 times in its last game. “With turnovers, I thought those three players’ efforts keyed a second half turn- we did a good job really takaround that nearly ended ing care of the ball for the most in an improbable comeback part,” coach Sidney Lowe said. win, Saturday’s loss could “They’re forcing 19 turnovers be the last time for a while a game and we had 11.” Lowe said those he was parplayers ticularly start the pleased with game on the play of the bench. Degand, who Mays, finished with Degand 11 points. and How“Farnold ell com[Degand] bined to played great.” score 28 L owe s a id . of State’s coach Sidney Lowe “He played 42 secjust like he ond half points, and it was Degand did against Florida State, beand Mays who came out of ing aggressive, getting to the the locker room at halftime basket, creating things and with hot shooting hands. defending. He has been playWith Degand and Mays ing well for us.” While Mays and Degand breaking Clemson’s full court pressure and assert- helped the Pack take control ing themselves offensively, of the game on the perimeter, a 17 point halftime deficit Howell recorded his first career was cut to six when a layup double-double with 13 points by Mays with 12:17 to play and 12 rebounds, five of them made the score 54-48. Of on the offensive glass. The the 20 points State put up vast majority of his producin that span of 7:43, Mays tion came in the second half, and Degand were respon- when he scored nine points and pulled down 10 rebounds. sible for 13. “Richard was huge for us,” Mays finished the game with a season-high 17 points on four for nine clemson continued page 7
Breakout performances highlight failed comeback attempt
“With turnovers, I thought we did a good job really taking care of the ball.”
Freshman forward Richard Howell attempts to block Clemson’s Andre Young during the first half of Saturday’s home game against the Tigers. The Pack fell to the Tigers 70-73.
Tennis swings past opposition Gymnastics starts 2010 in spring season home opener with narrow victory
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Wednesday Women’s Swimming and Diving vs. East Carolina Casey Natatorium, 5 p.m. Men’s Swimming and Diving vs. East Carolina Casey Natatorium, 5 p.m. Wrestling at Gardner-Webb Boiling Springs, 5 p.m. Wrestling vs. Appalachian State Boiling Springs, 7 p.m. Men’s Basketball vs. Duke RBC Center, 9 p.m. Friday Men’s Tennis vs. Vanderbilt J.W. Isenhour Tennis Center, 4 p.m. Women’s Basketball vs. Wake Forest Reynolds Coliseum, 6:30 p.m.
Senior Taylor Seaman leads team to victory in first action of 2010
The men’s tennis team shut out GardnerWebb and N.C. Central University on Sunday to open the season
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The opener of the spring season for the men’s tennis team proved very successful for the Wolfpack. In Sunday’s back-to-back matches at the J.W. Isenhour Tennis Center State, swept both Gardner Webb and N.C. Central University, 7-0. The entire team was excited to kick off its spring match season, especially with the positive outcome. It was nice to finally see how the predominantly young team performed during matches, according to coach Jon Choboy. “It went well,” Choboy said. “It’s one thing to see it in practice, but it’s another to see it in action and it looked good.” With such an inexpe-
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Dominic Hodgson, a sophomore on the men’s tennis team, plays doubles with freshman Dave Thomson during Sunday night’s match against N.C. Central.
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The women’s gymnastics team started the 2010 season with a win against the Scarlet Knights from Rutgers by a score of 193.825-188.100. Senior Taylor Seaman scored a 39.100 in the all-around to lead all gymnasts, winning three out of four events on the evening. Sophomore Brooke Barr also had a strong evening, scoring a 39.000 in the all-around and winning the vault. A big reason for the pre-season optimism is the number of returning routines for the Wolfpack. Coach Mark Stevenson said the opening win is important for a young team that has high expectations for the year. “We really feel like we have a much better team at this point than we had last year,” Stevenson said. “The five or six freshmen from 2009 now have a year of experience and are doing a very good job for us.” Seaman is the catalyst for the team’s success. She won
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the floor with a 9.875, on the beam with a 9.825 and on the bars with a 9.8, but she finished sixth on the vault. Barr placed first in the vault with a 9.825. She came in second on the beam with a 9.750, second on the floor with a 9.825 and second in the all-around competition with a 39.000. She finished sixth on the bars. Freshman Rachel Fincham and senior Lauren Deuser tied for second on bars with a 9.775. As a team, State won all four events against Rutgers with a 48.525 on vault, a 48.675 on bars, a 48.600 on beam and a 48.025 on floor. Seaman brings invaluable experience to the team from her stint in the NCAA tournament last season. “This year she has a great chance to go back and possibly in the all-around if we don’t make it as a team,” Stevenson said. The team will hit the gym against the Mountaineers from West Virginia on Sunday, Jan. 24 and will participate in the Metroplex Challenge with Oklahoma, Alaska and Texas in Dallas, Texas on Saturday, Jan. 30.
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