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Dinner raises poverty awareness Students experience culture shock, acquire understanding of starvation Jasmine Willis Staff Writer

Jan. 27 students got to experience different hierarchies of a typical third-world nation in the Walnut Room of Talley. As students entered the door, they chose a colored slip of paper determining their social class. The main purpose of Hunger Dinner: A Taste of World Hunger was to give students a better understanding of the starvation around the world. The starvation was mainly displayed in the lower class. The students’ meal consisted of a shared pan of rice and a pitcher of water. There was no silverware so people ate with their hands. The middle class received plastic silverware and their meal was limited to rice, beans and green beans and juice or water. The upper class received Sterling Silver utensils and unlimited refills of drinks, a salad, spaghetti, lemon, butter, bread

“The program was great in bringing awareness about poverty. The money it takes to make one missile can fund a school for five years.” Ethan Grimmer, a sophomore in psychology

and all the above. Ali McDaniel, executive director of the Service Leadership team, said he felt the main purpose of the program was to educate people about hunger and issues globally. “Often people do not realize the distinctions in social status in everyday life,” McDaniel said, “People are typically with a group in the same social class.” To McDaniel, the program challenged the statistics about the social status of people in a typical country. The majority of people fall into the poverty range, making up 60 percent of the population. These people make less than $2.50 a day. 14 percent make up the extremely impoverished people. 16 percent

make up the diminishing middle class and about 10 percent are in the upper class, making over $9,000 in a year. “Seeing how other people have to live and how easily the lower middle class can switch to extreme poverty had a great impact on the students,” McDaniel said. Various individuals are born into a low sector not by choice and it is extremely hard to get out of the situation, he said. Some people feel they cannot make a difference. People were talking about giving their food to another. Every single person doing something can make a difference. To Christine Nguyen, director of Hunger and Homelessness, the high attendance and the high quality of the group

made the program effective. “I never realized how committed students were to the issue,” Nguyen said. Many students wanted to participate, had really good comments and were really interested in the topics. “Actually seeing the disparity in the lower, middle class and upper class hit home for a lot of people,” Nguyen said. Numerous students took the program as a learning experience as oppose to taking their particular rank personally. Nguyen said,” I was surprised in how much humility there was when people offered their utensils and food to the lower class.” Ethan Grimmer, a sophomore in psychology feels there should be more programs about hunger awareness. “Walking into the door, we had to choose a piece of colored construction paper without looking and based on the color we were randomly categorized into a social class,” Grimmer said. The number

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Conservative women’s club hosts Mary Katharine Ham Ham encourages women to find empowerment without government intervention Jessica Neville Science & Tech Editor

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Corinne Dumonceau, junior in civil engineering, milks a used bag into a compost can as Lauren Morris, junior in biomedical engineering, tosses plastic into the adjacent bin for the From the Landfill to the Landscape event on west campus Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2009. The crew of volunteers hand sorted the trash from all of Fountain Dining Hall’s trash from the previous day to demonstrate how much was compostable.

University Dining begins waste reduction process University Waste Reduction and Recycling office, University Dining team up for composting program Joanna Banegas Staff Writer

Students got down and dirty Wednesday during a waste audit from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m between Bragaw and Sullivan residence halls. University Dining hosted the waste audit in collaboration with the University’s Waste Reduction and Recycling office with the purpose of establishing a composting program for campus dining halls. Student volunteers spent four hours sorting through the contents from a Fountain Dining Hall dumpster.  Analis Fulghum, education and outreach coordinator at Waste Reduction and Recycling, said as part of their commitment they are looking at composting at all of the dining halls. “The first step to moving in that direction is auditing their waste dumpsters,” Fulghum said.  “We are doing this to see how much could be com-

Fulghum said they collected data posted and what kind of impact that would have towards the campus being once they were done with the program. more sustainable.” “We are weighing the items and then 15 volunteers sifted through the we will be reporting waste searching for [the results],” she items that could said. “Every thing have been recycled that we are taking and potential conin today is going to taminants to the be composted.” recycling program. Ariel Fugate, a Fulghum said last sophomore in fishyear the University’s ery and wildlife and Waste Reduction an intern at the Uniand Recycling proversity Waste Reducgram did a waste tion and Recycling audit outside Lee office, said she got residence hall. involved in conser“We tried to see vation as freshman how residence halls when she wondered were doing w it h Analis Fulghum, education and where all the dorms’ conser vation but outreach coordinator trash went. this year we are tar “A lot of it goes to geting the dining the landfill,” Fugate halls,” she said. The audit site consisted of bins set said. “That is kind of disappointing up for organic items, recycling items to me so it’s always been a dream of and trash. After sorting through the mine to do something about it. Now items, the volunteers separated the it’s happening and I’m here to help.” waste and the items to be composted.

“The University has set a goal to divert their waste. As of now we divert about 45 percent of our waste.”

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More Info For more information about NeW at N.C. State, check out the Facebook group page: “NeW at N.C. State”. You can also find contact info for Taylor McLamb on this page. The next NeW meeting will be Sunday, Jan. 31 at 7:30 p.m. in the D.H. Hill presentation room.

Fox News contributor and author Mary Katharine Ham, who’s work has appeared on www.townhall. com and The Weekly Standard, spoke last night at Meredith Col- ily roles to clothing to women in the lege. The event, entitled “NeW workplace.” Ham opened by saying it is posWave Feminism: Girl Power without Government” was hosted by sible for women to be conservative or Meredith’s chapter of Network of in the Republican Party and still be enlightened Women, the nation’s feminists. “Liberal women’s organizations say premier club for conservative unithat if you’re a woman, you have to be versity women. According to Jessica Custer, state liberal, or you aren’t really a woman,” Ham said. “That idea chairwoman for is oppressive in itself. NeW in North Our past women’s Carolina, NeW rights proponents began in 2004 at worked so that we the University of could have a choice Virginia and has i n ou r pol it ic a l since expanded views.” to 25 campuses Ham encouraged nationwide. female students to North Carothink outside of the lina current ly box about feminism, has three NeW political parties and chapters. Those how they supported three are at the Fox News contributor and one another. Un iver sit y of author Mary Katharine Ham “There’s a stereoNorth Carolina type that if you’re a at Chapel Hill, Meredith College and, most re- woman, you are in the Democratic Party,” Ham said. “But women who cently, N.C. State. According to Anna Beavon are independents are actually listened Gravely, president of Meredith’s to more. It’s not good for women to NeW chapter, NeW is true femi- get stuck in a certain voting block.” Another of Ham’s main points nism because it encourages women to think critically and avoid one- circulated around her opinion that government can be a detriment to sided debate. “NeW encourages intellectual women rather than the answer to evdiversity through a book club set- ery problem. She gave an example of ting with face-to-face discussions,” the banning of fish pedicures in four Gravely said. “We talk about issues that pertain to women, from famwomen continued page 3

“There’s a stereotype that if you’re a woman, you are in the Democratic Party.”


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Infamous Iraqi war criminal executed

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After being captured August 2003, Ali Hassan al-Majid was executed Monday after receiving four separate death sentences for his crimes under Saddam Hussien’s regime. Al-Majid was Hussein’s cousin and gained notoriety for his liberal use of poison gas to crush Hussien’s opposition, earning him the nickname “Chemical Ali.” Al-Majid’s most well known crime was his use of mustard and sarin gas to subjugate the Kurdish minority in 1988, where more than 5,000 died. Al-Majid was sentenced to death by hanging but was not subjected to the abuse present during Hussien’s execution.

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North and South Korea exchange fire

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pencer Little, a freshman in First Year College, looks in the center of an untitled piece made from maple by Anatoly Tsiris on Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2010. “This is my favorite piece here because of its shape,” Little said. The exhibit is entitled “With Lathe and Chisel: North Carolina Wood Turners and Carvers” and will be in the Gregg Museum of Art & Design from Jan. 21 through May 15, 2010.

In the know

Complexions Contemporary Ballet

Stewart Theatre will host Dwight Rhoden and Desmond Richardson, considered by New York Magazine as “two of the most gorgeous virtuosos ever to emerge from Ailey Land,”

on Jan. 28. The performance is a mix of contemporary ballet, classic and modern dance, forming a genre of dance that combines the best of athleticism, lyricism and technical training. A pre-show discussion will be held by Pamela M. Green at 6:45 p.m. at the Gregg Museum of Art and Design. Source: NCSU Campus Calendar

Professional Etiquette: The Interview and Beyond Speaker Sharon Hill will be holding a seminar Jan. 29 in the Walnut Room of Talley Student Center on professional etiquette in the various processes of acquiring a job. Hill will offer strategies for handling interviews in par-

A brief exchange of artillery fire took place Wednesday between North and South Korea in a disputed region of the Yellow Sea. A few hours after the state media released a warning for the military exercise the North launched a barrage southward, though the shots landed off the coast. The North is estimated to have around 10,000 artillery pieces pointed south which are capable of leveling the South capital of Seoul in a matter of hours. South Korea’s Defense Ministry was reported to have said this was an unnecessary act to stress tensions. The South returned fire from their coastal artillery emplacements. Source: Reuters

ticular, including how to demonstrate proper etiquette during the interview, meeting new people, dining with your prospective boss, and communicating your thanks afterwards. The seminar will be held from noon to 1:30 p.m. Source: NCSU Campus Calendar

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Thursday FACES AND MAZES Gregg Museum of Art & Design, noon to 8 p.m. WITH LATHE AND CHISEL: N.C. WOOD TURNERS AND CARVERS Gregg Museum of Art & Design, noon to 8 p.m. TAI CHI COURSE Court of North Carolina, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. KEITH COLLINS: RESPONDING TO A DATA TSUNAMI Engineering Building II Room 1231, 6 to 7 p.m. ZOMBIELAND Witherspoon Cinema, 7 to 8:30 p.m. COMPLEXIONS CONTEMPORARY BALLET Stewart Theatre 8 p.m. ZOMBIELAND Witherspoon Cinema, 9 to 10:30 p.m. Friday FACES AND MAZES Gregg Museum of Art & Design, noon to 8 p.m. PROFESSIONAL ETIQUETTE: THE INTERVIEW AND BEYOND Talley Student Center Walnut Room, noon to 1:30 p.m. WITH LATHE AND CHISEL: N.C. WOOD TURNERS AND CARVERS Gregg Museum of Art & Design, noon to 8 p.m. FIRST YEAR COLLEGE VISITATION PROGRAM 1:30 to 3 p.m. ZOMBIELAND Witherspoon Cinema, 7 to 8:30 p.m. ZOMBIELAND Witherspoon Cinema, 9 to 10:30 p.m. ZOMBIELAND (MULTI-DAY EVENT) Witherspoon Cinema, 11:59 p.m.




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Fugate said it’s really important for the environment to be conserved because that’s what we depend on to live.   “I think everybody pushes it to the side, not realizing there are going to be future generations and they need land and they need resources,” Fugate said. Ingrid Tucker, an administrative support associate for University Housing Administration, was one of the volunteers for the event. Tucker said she thinks the planet can only hold so much garbage. “We need to learn how to compost and how to recycle better,” Tucker said. “We all need to take in the responsibility of doing that.”  Tucker also said every university needs to be passionate about composting. “We need to get on the band wagon to sustainability. I think N.C. State is doing a great job of being green and there seems to be a lot of enthusiasm for it.” Tucker said she wants to look at her own recycling habits so she feels better about the choices she makes. “I want to participate in these kinds of events and become as green as I can be for myself and for my family.” According to a press release the project has been support-

ed by University Dining’s “continued commitment to sustainability and waste reduction and can help the campus reach a substantial waste-reduction goal.” It said food waste can comprise as much as 12 percent of the overall solid waste stream. Removing the food waste material for composting can have an impact on the amount of waste being produced on campus.  Waste Reduction and Recycling planned a goal of a 60 percent diversion rate by 2015. “University Dining doing this is going to help us move towards that goal,” Flughum said.  “The University has set a goal to divert their waste. As of now we divert about 45 percent of our waste.” According to a press release, Randy Lait, director of University Dining, said it is committed to reducing waste to the fullest extent possible. “We have already decreased water usage through our trayless dining program, implemented an oil recycling program and have nearly eliminated plastic disposables,” Lait said.  “Composting of our organic food waste is the next most obvious step.” 

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Mary Katharine Ham, staff writer for The Weekly Standard, noted blogger and reoccurring guest on “The O’Reilly Factor,” gave a speech at Meredith College. The program was put on by the Network of englightened Women, NeW, to discuss how conservative women can still be feminists. Ham said, “Most people think that you have to be a liberal to be a feminist, but that is not the case.”


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states. According to Ham, the fish pedicure was a source of income for many women in these states. “Women ent repreneu rs make up a third of the nation’s small business owners,” Ham said. “During a recession the last thing we need is government regulations that prevent women from obtaining their own income.” Christie Shilling, a junior in psychology, went to hear Ham speak after reading a post on


Ham’s Twitter about the event. “I enjoyed her videos on the Internet and I agree with a lot of her opinions, so I wanted to hear her speak,” Shilling said. “I absolutely loved her presentation.” Shilling said she hadn’t heard of NeW before, but wanted to look into the new chapter starting on the University’s campus. Taylor McLamb, a freshman in political science, is the founder and president of NeW at N.C. State. “I heard about NeW at a College Republicans meeting and got in touch with the state chair to see about starting a club at State,” McLamb said. “Our University is male-dominated in many ways, and I felt like there wasn’t an organization that spoke specifically to conservative women.”

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of people in each hierarchy was based of realistic information. “The program was great in bringing awareness about pov-

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“I don’t begrudge liberals for having their own organizations, but I am glad there is another option for women on college campuses.” Fox News contributor and author Mary Katharine Ham

McLamb said NeW is different from other feminist organizations because it doesn’t have anti-men tendencies and doesn’t believe government is the answer to women’s problems. In a personal interview, Ham said NeW provides a niche women often don’t have on college campuses. “I don’t begrudge liberals for having their own organi-

zations, but I am glad there is another option for women on college campuses,” Ham said. “So often universities are liberal institutions, and conservatives feel that they have a stigma attached to their name. It is healthy for college students to get past the labels and spend time talking about actual issues.”

erty,” Grimmer said. A sign at the event said, “The money it takes to make one missile can fund a school for five years.” “We should be grateful in what we have and not apathetic. If we all could unite a

we could all make a difference together,” Grimmer said.


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{Our view}

The Facts:

President Barack Obama gave his first State of the Union address Wednesday evening. He addressed the economy, health care and the state of the American political system.

Our Opinion:

Obama’s words ring true for all Americans, including students. Students at the University must take this semester and urge the changes they wish to see at the University.


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Extremists are not the principle problem Chad Rhoades argues, “Religion does not cause violence, extremists do.” While this is true, these extremists did not come into power by their own doing -- religion allowed them to come into that position. Hence, the problem with religion: religion allows certain people to sculpt the minds of entire congregations, for better or for worse. This is a tremendous power; and where there is power, there is abuse of that power. That is the nature of humanity, religion or not. Many followers of religion do not recognize this danger, mostly because religious teaching begins at an early age, before their ability to think freely. This is the danger of religion that Bill Maher, Richard Dawkins and other notable atheists allude to, not the few extremists out there. So, by all means, be a follower of religion. There is much to be gained through its practice. Remember, though, your thoughts should be your own,
not someone else’s.

 Alex Woody
 junior, chemistry

Religion teaches false truths I have a few comments on your article “Religion is not the bad guy.” Although some religious traditions support morality, your generalization that “religion promotes peace and understanding” may not be true for all religious beliefs in our world. In fact, throughout history, Christianity has often slowed (and continues to slow) the progress of new ideas from the heliocentric universe and evolution to the latest theories on the beginning of the universe. It certainly fails to promote “understanding.” However, the majority of your article implies that without religion (the belief in the supernatural), society would crumble by the lack of morality, respect, etc. In fact, religion serves as a unifying belief that gives people a sense of community for those who do not wish to understand the truth of science and instead believe on faith, an excuse for ignoring the necessity of proof. It happens that along with this belief, morality and respect -- the ingredients for a stable society -- are also taught. However, these aspects of maintaining a peaceful and understanding society also


Words for all Americans

resident Barack Obama gave his first State of the Union address Wednesday evening. The president capped off the end of his first year in office by addressing a joint session of Congress on the problems facing the nation. Principally, the president talked about the economy, but also alluded to the importance of continuing work on health care reform and removing the mysterious clout of the “Beltway gang.” Obama proposed a spending freeze on most discretionary governmental spending that would take effect in 2011. He also used the opportunity to address the anxieties that plague America. He quipped at one point

that, “change has not come fast enough.” It’s a strong message — one which should not be lost on Americans and the students in the University community. Students continually complain about class sizes, the lack of administrative responsiveness, the construction on Hillsborough Street and the availability of parking on campus. Make the change happen. Students should talk to the student senator for their college and ask what he or she is doing to address students’ concerns. Call the director of Transportation, the University registrar

or the chancellor’s office and let them know how you feel. The University is not a democracy; all of students’ problems aren’t going to be addressed with a phone call or two. But the foundation those comments and concerns create has a palpable impact on University policy. The chancellor, student body president and many other student and University leaders are receptive to new, fresh ideas. Those innovative ideas have come slowly, though. The only way the University’s problems, budgetary or otherwise, are going to get solved is through the

help of ordinary students. The same senators and administrators who have addressed our problems in the past are not going to solve them into the future without the help of the entire student body. If students see problems around them, they must address them; the burden is on everyone. Students ought to do what is necessary and work together to change campus for the better in the coming semester. The University must heed the president’s words as it welcomes the Woodson administration and work to create a better University and community.


EDITOR’S NOTE Letters to the editor are the individual opinions of the author and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the Technician staff or N.C. State University. All writers must include their full names and, if applicable, their affiliations, including years and majors for students and professional titles for University employees. For verification purposes, the writers must also include their phone numbers, which will not be published.

What is the excuse for the poor management of the parking situation at the RBC Center after the Carolina basketball game? Coming into the game, students were greeted with a maze of orange cones, flashing blue lights and RBC Center parking attendants waving orange cones. After being corralled into the worst designed parking lot in history, we get to hike to the RBC Center and wait in more lines. But my real gripe comes from the post-game debacle I experienced. I sat motionless in traffic for 45 minutes. When I finally broached the gates onto Trinity road, guess what I saw? That’s right, no cones, no police cars and no attendants. In fact, no one in the main RBC parking lot at all. Only the 100 or more cars left behind me in the student lot and those students who had beaten me to the gate.

Is it really fair to block the students in, then remove all methods of traffic direction, resulting in a free-for-all car-sized game of chicken? I mean, you guys were efficient enough to clean up all the cones and squad cars before I got out of the gate.  Surely one or two officers could have helped direct traffic in the student lot.

I would welcome a response from any of the groups I mentioned. Why must we be subjected to this at midnight on a school night?

 Joseph Elliott
 senior, mechanical engineering

Kelby Stockstill freshman, physics

Conrad Plyler, sophomore in political science

Not quite adulthood


he United States has prided itself on the protection of its citizens’ freedom to enjoy life and pursue it on their behalf. UnEmily Kelly fortunately, Staff Columnist we are one of only five nations around the world – excluding those where alcohol is banned — whose legal drinking age is still 21. Almost all nations of the world have a legal drinking age of 18. So why is the United States still lagging? Being 18 years old in the United States is no small matter. At 18 years old, plenty of people attend their first year of college; they have had a full-provisional license in North Carolina for two years; they can join the military — fighting and dying for your country. Yet an 18-year-old soldier in the United States cannot sit down legally in a bar with his buddies and have a beer. You can claim independence from your parents, smoke and take on every adult responsibility necessary for your needs. Yet here we are, waiting three more years before the threat of an underage-drinking ticket becomes obsolete. Some would argue that changing this law would only give way to an increase in drunk drivers and degrading behavior. I have to disagree; if the legal drinking age were lowered,

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perhaps students and teenagers would not think it so enticing to break the law and it would not be such a big deal. Drinking a beer might even be seen as just as innocent as drinking a soda out of a vending machine. Alcohol is just like everything else you consume; you have to do it in moderation. The premise behind this argument is that the responsibility of adulthood also assumes that you have enough self control not to drink an entire bottle of wine and drive home. You are treated l i ke a n adult in every other aspect; why not this one? The negativit y associated w ith a lcohol is somewhat overrepresented. Alcohol is a key factor in our culture for social gatherings, as well as many other cultures around the world. It is advertised with much more emphasis on the social scene, but anyone who has ever had a hangover can tell you it is not as luxurious as the TV ads make it out to be. Not all cultures drink alcohol just to “get messed up” or “get crazy.” It is just a way to relax and unwind while socializing with others. Spaniards typically drink wine with every meal, simply because they believe it is

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good for their health. There is nothing wrong with this; it is simply an expression of culture. Maybe it is not too much to say that we should “loosen up” a bit. However, in no way is a message being conveyed that our generation should simply rebel and refuse any instruction to safely consuming alcohol. It is only being suggested that being a n adu lt should t r u ly be treated as s u c h . It is our responsibility to take care of ourselves a nd ou r dut y to conduct ourselves i n a responsible manner. Once that sinks in, maybe the phrases “that is your responsibility” and “welcome to adulthood” will make a lasting impression on that age group. Thank you, congratulations to me, now where is my beer?

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“I guess if I catch it on TV. If I agree or disagree with his views, I’ll probably post my opinion about it on Facebook.” Ravyn Tyndall freshman, communication

“I don’t really follow politics. All those protestors are not really accomplishing anything. The dudes inside can’t hear their screams. Whatever decisions they’re gonna make ...they’re gonna make.” Brian Tudor sophomore, English


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in your words

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belong to the culture of science. Science transcends religions, government and all culture traditions, in that it simply seeks the answers that are contained in our universe – it has the power to unite all people, as anyone is welcome to participate in its adventure. Many will fail to see this because of pride and the inability to critically question their “faith.” So why is religion the “bad guy?” It teaches people to believe in false truths just by the authority of a sacred book or by the authorities of the leaders of the religion.

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Features Life & style


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Daily exercise a lifestyle choice for many For some, hitting the gym or the sidewalk is more than a New Year’s resolution.

with a guy I really like, I have to think about if I have a long run that day or not. My life revolves around my runs, and I love it.” The same is true for students who spend a considerable Lauren Shute amount of time in the gym, Staff Writer like Colby Benfield, a junior in What is your daily routine sports management and a forafter school? Grab a snack, mer University football player. check Facebook, check e-mail, Spending about two hours in glance at your backpack, check the gym every day, five days a Facebook again, decide to put week certainly takes time away off homework for a couple of from his social life, Benfield hours then settle down to relax. said, but he believes the benIf you are like Brittany Smith, efits far outweigh the negatives. “I would definitely say I have a sophomore in mathematics, relaxing is out of the picture. It planned my social life around is off to Umstead Park to run working out because for me, about 20 miles, then back home working out in the gym is into rest and eat as much as pos- credibly important,” Benfield sible to make up for lost calo- said. “I need to stay motivated ries. Going out to a party is not to keep fit and keep working considered; Smith said she rests hard to get the body I’ve always as much as possible so she will wanted.” Students like Smith and Benbe ready to wake up early and field may have run again. different moSuch is tivations for the life of a making exerstudent who cise a lifestyle bases life choice, but around exone thing that ercise. These they can agree students are on is proper not si mply nutrition. going to the Smith, for g y m for a instance, has few hours a chosen to beweek ; t hey Colby Benfield, junior in sports come a vegan, are going evmanagement a person who ery single day does not confor multiple hours at a time. They are not sume any animal products such going for a quick jog around as meat or dairy. Unlike other campus; they are running for students who might choose to up to five hours per day. For go vegan because of animal these students, exercise simply rights, Smith changed her entire diet in order to better suit becomes their life. “It can be difficult to plan her exercise needs. “I make sure I eat raw vega social life around my workouts,” Smith said. “If I want etables every day because what to do something like hang out you eat the day before affects

“I need to stay motivated to keep fit and keep working hard to get the body I’ve always wanted.”

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Joe Whaley, a sophomore in biochemistry, works out with friends at Carmichael Gym on Wednesday night. “I usually work out three times a week, including weight training, cardio and ab work outs,” Whaley said.

how you run in the next few days,” Smith said. “That’s why I don’t eat dairy or meat, because I run slower when I do.” It is clear for these students, exercise is more than a pastime. But could it be harmful? Natalie Freeland, assistant director of fitness with Campus Recreation, said too much exercise can be a bad thing. “It’s a fine line between working towards a realistic goal and becoming obsessed with working out,” Freeland said. “If you’re sacrificing other healthy habits to lose weight or train for

mune system and affect sleep habits, mental concentration, focus and overall wellness. So when does exercise become too much? “If you’re having fun and it’s not affecting your health in a bad way then you’re pretty much OK. Cross-training is

a sport, there should definitely be a concern.” According to Freeland, if a student is not healthy while putting a significant amount of strain on the body, many adverse conditions can result. Working out too much can cause stress, lower one’s im-

definitely a good way to go because then you’re not putting stress on the same joints or areas of the body all the time,” Freeland said. “It’s all about balance.”

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Roommates: the honeymoon is over, let the battle begin Second semester brings ruination to some relationships

with their roommate, they don’t talk to their roommate, they don’t have meals with their roommate, they never invite their roommate to the party they are Oindree Banerjee going to and pretty much always leave Correspondent their roommate alone. Thomas Nicole (name changed), a During their first semester together, roommates often form a bond of freshman in physics, said he did not friendship while adjusting to each oth- have much in common with his roomers’ habits, likes and dislikes. Whether mate who was in marching band and chemical engineering. it is a favorite pair of He said his roommate socks, loud snoring or was not ready to be a tendency to party on friends. the weekends, room“He would never mates learn to live want to go have meals with the idea of shartogether or anything. ing personal space for I put forth the effort an entire year. but if it wasn’t going to When second sework, I wouldn’t push mester rolls around, Thomas Nicole, it,” Nicole said. however, when second freshman in physics And then one day (at semester rolls around, the end of semester), some habits turn into nightmares, some quirks into annoy- “He left me a note on the desk saying ances and some roommates into en- that he was moving,” Nicole said. Commonly, people drift apart from emies. Victoria Riggs, a freshman in bio- their roommate after realizing the difmedical engineering and animal sci- ferences in each other’s academics and ence, said she and her roommate, who level of schoolwork. In spite of everything, at the end recently moved out, had trouble adjustof the day it might just be ing to each other’s schedules. “Now that I don’t have a roommate I a good idea to try and actually wake up better because I can be close to the person listen to music and not wake her up,” that is closest to you, at least in terms of Riggs said. With a roommate gone, those little space. things that seemed impossible before, such as rearranging the desk and bed, having extra space or having some time for oneself, are suddenly possible. “I put the two beds together, so I have a really big bed – I don’t really sleep on both of them but it’s nice to study on and spread out everything,” Riggs said. Sometimes, it might be that people are just not friends

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“He left me a note on the desk saying that he was moving.”

Speak to your roommate directly. Review and discuss the Roommate Agreement you and your roommate completed. State issues neutrally, relate feelings, offer resolutions and be prepared to listen. Are you willing to compromise? Ask the RA on your floor to intervene by meeting with both of you. His/her role is that of a neutral mediator as you both try to resolve the problem. Set up a meeting with a Residence Director or Assistant Director. The RD or AD may serve as arbitrator in resolving the conflict. Roommates may be asked to sign additional behavior or room environment contracts. If agreements cannot be reached, room transfers may be arranged. For more information, visit the NC State housing website for tips on building a good roommate relationship, and the Roommate Bill of Rights and Responsibilities. Source: University housing web site

“It was nice having someone to talk to in the room,” Riggs said. “I’d much rather have a roommate than not have one.”

Katie Mallard, a freshman in chemical engineering, brightens a classic outfit with a red sweater and yellow scarf. “I like things with color and things that not everyone wears, like, eccentric stuff,” Mallard said. “I look at people’s outfits, but I don’t go based on trends. I just buy what I like.” Favorite Store: Delia’s Shoes: Delia’s, $50 Jeans: Dillard’s, $50 Shirt: Forever 21, $4 Sweater: Forever 21, $15 Scarf: Forever 21, $5

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Brown easily meshed with the team, according to Briggs, and became the focal point of its offense. “The biggest growth has probably been is his ability to become the center point of the team rather than an individual player,” Briggs said. “Because really we do run just about our entire offense through him just about every time down pool.” According to Briggs, Brown’s leadership skills are what set him apart from the rest of the team. “He has really, in the last year and a half, stepped up as a leader on the team,” Briggs said. “He has the ability to take over a game and look for the open person, almost like a point guard in basketball. He directs the pace, direct the style of play, direct what is going on with other players in the water and just makes sure things don’t get static.” As a senior, this is Briggs’ last season, but he said he is not worried about the future water polo team at all; he knows it is in good hands with Brown. “I feel really comfortable graduating and moving on, knowing that [Brown] is there and is able to take over. He will continue the progression and help it become one of the top teams in the conference,” Briggs said.

scholarship athletes. Samantha Bullard, a senior rifle captain who has known Miller for just under four years, said his constant striving to get the team everything it deserves is nothing new. “He puts a lot into this team — I think that’s pretty obvious with 20 years of coaching,” Bullard said. “This means a lot to him and we as a team mean a lot to him. He’s just a genius with everything.” On a personal level, Bullard said whenever she is having trouble with anything, Miller is quick to help. “He’ll sit there and listen to me ramble on about my shooting for five minutes and then lay me out with one word bomb,” Bullard said. “Suddenly he’ll make sense of everything and fix everything — I don’t know how he does it. I guess in 20 years of coaching, there’s nothing he hasn’t heard, nothing he hasn’t seen. And so far, nothing he can’t fix.” Katie Siegert, also a senior and the team’s current MVP, likened the team to her family and her teammates to her “10 extra siblings.” She said Miller is instrumental in keeping this band of athletes positive. “[Miller] gets a lot of trouble with me because I get sick a lot, so he’s always checking with me, making sure I’m OK,” Siegert said. “I came here from out of state, so I don’t get to go home a lot. Having that one person who’s worried about me is really nice and comforting.” Miller’s helpful nature may have something to do with the sport he’s dedicated his life to. According to Bullard, the shooting world is just different from any other competi-

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tive sport. Many members tend to value good sportsmanship and personal growth over winning, an aspect that’s hard to find in college athletics. “We were at a competition earlier this year at the Citadel and shooting against Mississippi,” Bullard said. “One of their shooters had problems with her rif le. Coach Keith fixed her rifle before she shot so she could try for her best score. That sums up how great this sport is because that happens all over the place.” State’s small contributers to the “shooting world” gather together every spring for a banquet. Until recently, a pair of shooters and State graduates who fought in World War II took part in the festivities. The group holds an alumni versus varsity competition each year, with the alumni taking the most recent victory. “They’re all incredibly interested in the team,” Bullard said. “Apparently it’s not something you forget about after you leave college.” Scanning the crowd of State rifle alums each March and watching the program he has become such an important part of grow and develop, Miller says he has no doubts that it has been worth it. “Would I do anything different? I don’t know,” Miller said. “People always ask those kinds of questions. The way I look at it, all the things you do good or bad, contribute to make you who you are. That knowledge you may have paid dearly for, but it’s valuable. I’ve done stupid things, absolutely, but I’m sure I learned a lot for them. “Sometimes you say, ‘Why do you do this?’ But I’ve never just said it’s the wrong thing to do. It’s always been difficult, sometimes painful, but it’s always been worth it.”



Keith Miller talks with then-junior Samantha Bullard Nov. 5, 2008. “He’ll make sense of everything and fix everything - I don’t know how he does it,” Bullard said of Miller, State’s longtime rifle coach.



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• Page 7: A continuation of the story on rifle coach Keith Miller




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Softball fifth in preseason poll The N.C. State softball team was picked fifth in the ACC preseason poll by a collaboration of ACC coaches. The team has 17 returning letter winners and five new members. The Pack will swing into action on Feb. 12 at the FIU Combat Classic in Miami, Fla. SOURCE: N.C. STATE ATHLETICS

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Keith Miller, head coach of the rifle team, looks back on his 20 years working with the team Kate Shefte Sports Editor

Tucked deep within the cavernous, museum-like twists and turns of the Reynolds Coliseum basement, one of State’s longesttenured coaches is building a legacy. Keith Miller has coached State’s rif le team for 20 years, but most have never heard of him. M i l ler’s relat ionsh ip with the Pack rif le team has spanned several decades. When he was nine years old in the January of 1972, his father discovered the “Wolflets” Junior Rifle Club, which held practice once a week in what was the Thompson Gymnasium. Miller competed with them through high school and competed for former coach John Reynolds from 1981 to 1985. After graduation, Miller worked for a few years in Japan before returning to the States and volunteering. He was brought back to the program as an assistant coach to eventually take over for Reynolds. He finally became a paid head coach in 2002. “I wasn’t exactly hired,” Miller said. “At the time, coaching positions were all volunteer and there was this miniscule little budget. At that point, it was about giving to other people the same opportunities that had been given to me. That was the way to keep things going.”


Keith Miller, the head coach of the varsity rifle team, talks with his athletes at practice Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2008. The practice was held at the Wake County Firearms Education and Training Center in Apex.

As a player and coach, Miller has seen several athletic directors, countless practice facilities and multiple attempts to abolish the program completely. When Reynolds was head coach, the team had to practice in his own basement for a time. The Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks created even more complications w ith practice facilities. Member retention has been a serious concern for several years. The team is still without a suitable

practice facility on campus and is unable to host tournaments. Through all of this, Miller is thankful things have improved. “We always have problems, but those are good problems to have compared to the problems we had,” Miller said. In the ‘80s, as Miller put it, those in the rifle program were solely focused on “keeping to the present and surviving.” Since he took the helm, he has focused on making small im-

provements. “We’re competitive, which is good, and we need to move up,” Miller said. “But the big weakness is our facilities and that’s limiting everything.” Few in the Athletic Department are willing to meet him halfway. “There are tons of people out there saying, ‘Yeah, that makes sense,’ but there’s no one out there championing for me,” Miller said. “I kind of have to push that process along. Once

we’re done with this busy part of the season, that’s where the focus will go.” Meanwhile, the rif le team has become a major contender in the Southeastern Air Rifle Conference each year and is slowly gaining notoriety in the Great American Rif le Conference. The team is the only squad at N.C. State with a 1000 ARP, the NCAA’s way of monitoring the grades of its

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QUOTE OF THE DAY “ It’s always been difficult, sometimes painful, but it’s always been worth it.” Keith Miller, rifle coach


Friday: A feature on gymnast Brooke Barr Monday: A recap of the men’s basketball game against North Carolina Central



Pack falls to Virginia, 73-60

Water polo player earns top honors

The women’s basketball lost its fourth ACC match-up on the road Wednesday night

Junior Kamau Brown becomes State’s first AllConference water polo player in over five years

Staff Report After suffering a 69-81 loss to UNC on Monday night, the women’s basketball team traveled to Charlottesville, Va. only to fall again to No. 21 Virginia. N.C. State’s Bonae Holston and Nikitta Gartrell racked up a combined 37 points while Virginia’s Monica Wright scored 26 points to lead the Cavaliers to a 7360 victory. It was the Wolfpack’s third ACC game in the past six days. The Pack, now 12-9 overall, (2-4 ACC,) closed the gap to just three points with less than six minutes to go, yet it wasn’t enough as Virginia’s Whitney Edwards sank back-to-back threepointers to secure the win. The game was a fight to the end as Virginia (15-5, 4-2 ACC) led 51-41 with a nine straight point scoring streak after what was a one-point game from Emili Tasler’s three-pointer with 12:50 left. State scrambled for one last run, scoring 10 of the next 13 points and closing the gap to just three with 5:50 to play. During the final five minutes the Cavaliers dominated and the Pack never got within seven points. Virginia immediately took a five-point lead at the start of the game. The Pack was then able to capitalize on a 15-2 run, retaking the lead, 20-12. State’s defense shut out Virginia for 5:28, which resulted in the extended run. With its largest

same time you get out of it what you put into it,” Brown said. “So if you put 110 percent into it, you are going have a lot of fun, you’re going learn the game really well, and you’re going to grow and progress as Will Privette a player.” Staff Writer Though Brown has a backKamau Brown came to ground in water polo, he didn’t State three years ago with quite know what he was getting the hopes of being a walk- into when he signed up. “Honestly, when I first signed on to the University’s swim team. Brown swam all up I had no idea what to exthrough high school, split- pect,” Brown said. “My goal ting time between swim- after I signed was to be an imming and water polo for St. mediate impact on the team Benedict’s in Newark, N.J. and just give the team as much However, he gave up the lat- of a boost as I could.” Fast forward three years. ter during his senior year to focus solely on swimming. Brown has been announced to Brown didn’t make State’s be on the 2009 ACC All-Conteam and remembered he ference team, the first NCSU student to get saw NCSU t hat honor had a club since 2003. water polo Club presiteam. He dent Joe decided Br ig g s h ad t hat he a feeling the wanted to recognition continue was coming. to be comKamau Brown, junior “Honestly, petitive in I was really t he pool and ultimately joined the expecting that he got all-conference, it would kind of been club. “I wasn’t quite good a joke if he hadn’t because he enough to make the swim was one of the top players in the team here,” Brown said. league, even though we were an “That’s when I found out average team,” Briggs said. Briggs also praised the New [NCSU] had a water polo club team. I definitely love Jersey native on his ability in water polo and I want to and outside the natatorium. “Kamau, when he came in continue with it so I signed up and joined the e-mail as a freshman, he was already list and it’s been going well one of the most talented people on the team physically,” Briggs since then.” Despite not making the said. “That’s largely because he swim team, Brown has no had played several years in high regrets in his decision to school in New Jersey before he continue with his love for came to school here, where most of our new people had water sports. “I’m very happy. It’s nice, started from scratch.” it’s laid back [but] at the

“Honestly, when I first signed up I had no idea what to expect.”


Guard Amber White drives to the basket during a women’s basketball scrimmage Monday, Nov. 2 in Reynolds Colosseum.

lead of the half, the Pack was up by eight with 7:06 remaining in the half. UVA responded with a run of its own, scoring 10 straight points to regain a 22-20 lead. The game was tied during the final minutes of the first half until Gartrell’s three-pointer with 16 seconds sent the Pack to the locker room up 29-26. Though the Pack had 15 turnovers during the first half, it

was still able to hang on to the advantage. Wright, a National Player of the Year candidate and Virginia’s all-time leading scorer, had her 13th 20-point game. For the Pack, Holston led with 20 points, followed closely by Gartrell with 17. The Pack will continue its road swing as it takes on its forth ACC foe in a row, Clemson, Sunday at 2 p.m.

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