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Leaders promote campus unity Alternate New Student Orientation options considered to solve campus divisions Rachel Port Staff Writer

The Chancellor’s Liaison meeting, held Wednesday afternoon at Talley Student Center, began with a discussion about how to change the collegecentric culture of N.C. State. According to Kelly Hook, student chief of staff, the Chancellor’s Liaison meeting is an opportunity for Student Government, University faculty and student organizations to bring their concerns before the Chancellor. Neither Chancellor Randy Woodson nor Interim Provost Warwick Arden were present at the meeting and Jim Ceresnak, student body president, said both would instead be able to watch footage of the meeting, filmed by WolfBYTES, and would comment at a later time.  Kimberly Rochester/Technician Developing a University-wide value statement and improving New Student Chancellor’s Liason meeting wednesday. Jim Ceresnak, student body president, started off the meeting which focused Orientation were the two most dis- on instilling a strong connection to the N.C. State community among students. New Student Orientation and Wolfpack Welcome Weel were dicussed among other topics. cussed items.  “What is the University’s message?” value statement to encompass all of ent ways at New Student Orientation Wolfpack Welcome Week and Hook Ceresnak asked at one point.  Vice Provost Louis Hunt said he NCSU might be too great a challenge once a message is defined. Orienta- suggested hiring students or profesliked the idea of a value statement but, and instead suggested asking what the tion counselors, college faculty and sionals from outside the University if used at New Student Orientation,  it common set of experiences students resident advisers are all influential to make New Student Orientation would just be more talking at students take away from NCSU are and pre- parts of a new student’s orientation presentations more exciting.  Developing cross-college programs instead of generating excitement about senting those to incoming students.  experience.  Director of Campus Activities Deb and working with individual colleges Gabe Wical, director of New Student the University.  Vice Chancellor Nevin Kessler said Orientation, said a consistent mes- Luckadoo suggested coordinating to change the University’s collegedeveloping a coherent, meaningful sage could be delivered lots of differ- New Student Orientation with the centric culture were also issued dis-

Senate considers reapportionment New method for distributing Senate seats presented to better represent students

Office of Equal Opportunity address racial issues Diversity, Discrimination and Affirmative Action workshop educates students on persisting race divisions

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Student Senate is considering a bill which will change the way in which students are represented by reapportioning the number of seats each college receives. Reapportionment generally occurs every three years in order to maintain a balance in student representation according to the size of each college, with the First Year College and graduate program awarded their own set of seats.  The previous method was purely proportional, with solely the size of the college dictating the number of seats the college received in Senate.  The new method is designed so each senator represents a relatively identical population of the student body.  Previously, smaller colleges would be awarded very few senators while larger colleges were given more.  The result was an individual Senator from the smaller college would be carrying a larger population.   The new method awards each Senate seat a mean number of students relative to the entire population and distributes seats to colleges based this mean and the population of the individual college. This makes the number of students represented per senator more equal.  The bill also calls for the First Year College and graduate college seats to be relegated to the general population seats.  Sen. Stephen said he saw this new approach as inventive and innovative.  “In the past it was done solely by

numbers with the intent to provide proportional representation to the student population,” he said. “Now we are making Senate more accessible.” According to Kouba, because each senator will be representing a smaller fraction of the population in certain colleges, it makes the overall representation more equal.  “I see a need to look into apportionment,” Kouba said. “Previously smaller colleges were underrepresented, but now representing the smaller colleges will be at the expense of larger ones.”  Some of the larger colleges will lose seats in order to distribute the representation more evenly among students.  Sen. Bethany Hrischuk said the bill takes representation away from the larger colleges who otherwise represent a larger part of the student body.  “I feel this would take away from the larger colleges like the College of Engineering,” she said. “I don’t want to see students from a larger college not have the proper representation.” 

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Jonathon Smith from CALS addresses the N.C. State Student Senate Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2010 in Witherspoon Student Center.

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According to Hrischuk, the new bill would give the COE and the College of Agricultural and Live Sciences the same number of seats despite COE having 1,000 more students. “I think the student body should have a voice in this,” she said.  Sen. Madison Green, however, said she thought it gave smaller colleges much needed representation.  Previously, it became such that a single senator from a smaller college would be representing more than 1,000 students while a larger college would have more senators with each representing marginally less students.  “I don’t like feeling like I’m not in Senate,” Green, a senator for the College of Natural Resources, said. “I want support representing my college and to feel like I have some other people to lean on within Senate.”

cusssed. Sen. Arialle Crabtree said individual colleges don’t set a good example for students. Jefferson Scholars and Franklin Scholars are both crosscollege programs and they are rivals and compete with each other all the time, she said.  To get colleges to change their modus operandi, more evidence collegecentrism is a bigger issue than stagnant Alumni Association numbers will be needed, Wical said.   It would be a “restructuring of [NCSU’s] culture … That’s what we’re talking about,” he said.  Representatives from Student Government, Office of the Chancellor, Office of the Provost, the Alumni Association and various student organizations who had raised concerns at the presidents’ round table last week attended.  Cody Williams, assistant director of marketing and business relations, said students need something else to buy into. Athletics, over long periods of time, are not consistent and students from different years don’t share the same experience.  “We want to continue to make this clear to the new administration,” Kelli Rogers, Student Senate president, said. “They need to know that students care about this problem [of campus unity].”

The Office for Equal Opportunity hosted the Diversity, Discrimination and Affirmative Action workshop Wednesday at Talley Student Center. The purpose of this workshop was to inform participants about affirmative action and related concepts. The Equal Opportunity Institute is a program designed to provide the University’s faculty, staff, students and the general public with a means for developing a comprehensive understanding of equal opportunity issues. Beverly Williams, coordinator of outreach and education for Office for Equal Opportunity, said the purpose of the office is to offer people information so they can help establish an environment at the University that welcomes all peoples. “People will feel welcome and feel comfortable interacting with others that are different from them,” Williams said. “The office is making sure that people are not being harassed or discriminated against and making sure people have equal opportunities.” According to the EOI Web site, EOI is a certificate program offered by the University Office for Equal Opportunity in collaboration with Human Resources and the Center for Student Leadership, Ethics and Public Service. EOI participants develop an individualized education plan enabling them to increase their knowledge about equal opportunity issues. Williams said living in a diverse environment sometimes causes difficulty and misunderstanding for people.  “We have these workshops where people can gain knowledge and information, interact effectively and have productive conversations in the work environment,” she said. Vincent Joiner, an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) trainer, conducted the Diversity, Discrimination and Affirmative Action workshop. Joiner said people should participate

in this program because they have been miss-educated about race and there are problems associated with race even today in our society. “Race is the number one problem keeping America from its true greatness,” Joiner said. “I want them to be aware of the race problem and be aware of how they relate to other Americans.” Shawnette Jenkins-Price-Luca, a senior in communication, said her goal is to get an EOI certification so it will help her in the work environment. “I believe that education is very important and if you don’t know what you can and cannot do at the work place then you are subject to make a lot of mistakes,” Jenkins-Price-Luca said. Jenkins-Price-Luca said another one of her goals is to educate and be a trainer in the natural resources department. “I think we all want to see change,” she said. “We hope things will change but if we don’t educate ourselves and don’t educate others then how can anything change?” Jenkins-Price-Luca also said she learned a lot from the workshops. “I have learned that we all have some biased or prejudice judgments but we have to learn how to work through them,” Jenkins-Price-Luca said. Jenkins-Price-Luca said the classes have taught her a lot about herself and how “we” judge people. “I think it makes you realize how much you need to change and how much we judge others,” she said. “Once you realize that, you can move that element and tell yourself ‘I am doing this because it’s the right thing to do or am I doing this because I have some prejudice or bias towards that person.’  There is a great deal of power that comes into the classes.” Joiner said most of the time people will not have a true discussion about race. “They avoid it and don’t feel comfortable with it,” Joiner said. “But when you come to EOI you get to discuss those issues in a comfortable environment with other people that hopefully have a goal of impacting their work areas.”


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World & Nation

Guantanamo prisoners relocated to Spain Four detainees previously held at the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba have been transferred to Albania and Spain. Saleh Bin Hadi Asasi, Sharif Fati Ali al Mishad and Abdul Rauf Omar Mohammad Abu al Qusin, all from North Africa, were relocated to Albania while a fourth man was moved to Spain. There are still 188 prisoners at the Guantanamo facility, despite President Barack Obama’s pledge to close it due to the possibility anti-American militants have used it to attract recruits. Obama’s efforts have been obstructed by legal and political obstacles. Since Obama took office, 48 detainees have been transferred to various locations around the world while 32 detainees have won release from the prison through habeas corpus petitions in court.  Source: Reuters 
 

Bashir declares Darfur war is over President of Sudan Omar al-Bashir said Wednesday the seven-year conflict in the Darfur region was over. Speaking in the North Darfur capital of El Fasher, Bashir said the war and crisis are “finished” and the war for development has begun. Bashir’s government signed a ceasefire Tuesday with Darfur’s most powerful rebel group, the Justice and Equality Movement, which calls for a final peace agreement to be reached by March 15. Other smaller rebel groups have declined to sign the agreement. Sudanese authorities released 57 JEM fighters imprisoned in connection with the rebel group and Bashir has agreed to cancel the death sentences against the rebels as part of the agreement.  Source: Voice of America 
 

GM’s Hummer sale to China falls through The future of General Motors Co.’s Hummer line of SUVs is uncertain after the deal to sell the brand to a Chinese manufacturer fell through. The prospective buyer, Sichuan Tengzhong Heavy Industrial Machinery Co. said Wednesday GM did not win the approval of Chinese regulators. GM said it will begin to phase out the Hummer line, which a couple of years ago was one of the company’s most profitable lines and was expected to be bought for $150 million. The deal with China fell through after Tengzhong’s efforts to get clearance to buy the line became entangled in China’s complicated regulations. GM said while it would begin to wind down Hummer operations, Hummer warranties would still be honored.  Source: Wall Street Journal

Shooting hoops in Talley photo By Luis Zapata

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n Talley, Trey McDuffie, a junior in business, plays an arcade basketball game that was part of a National Guard promotional event. Students could win a free T-shirt if they scored more than 32 points. “I missed the bus so I have 30 minutes till it comes back,” McDuffie said. “They usually have Sports Center on.” The National Guard had a table set up to inform the student body about a free basketball tournament it is holding in Carmichael Gym on Saturday, Feb. 27.

In the know

Understanding Health Disparities Dr. Roland Thorpe will be speaking in the Walnut Room of Talley Student Center on his research in health disparities among different races. His presentation, entitled “Unraveling Raveling Race, Socioeconomic Status and Residential Segregation: Moving Closer to Understanding Health Disparities,” will examine issues of race, social, and environmental issues and access to healthcare. Thorpe’s studies provide an example of the ways in which research can further the cause of social justice in healthcare. The event will be held today from 3 to 4 p.m.  Source: NCSU Campus Calendar 
 

Communicating in Teams Joann Keyton will be leading an event designed to help participants improve their skills working with others on a team. According to the event

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Feb. 22 1:55 AM | Assist Another Agency Avent Ferry Rd./Varsity Dr. State Capital Police requested assistance in reference to subject involved in traffic accident running from scene.    11:37 AM | Medical Assist D.H. Hill Library  FP responded to staff member in need of medical assistance.    9:27 AM | Medical Assist Bragaw Hall  Units responded to student in need of medical assistance. Student refused transport.    12:35 PM | Suspicious Vehicle EGRC Deck  Officers investigated vehicle at this location. Referred to Department of Transportation for corrective action.    3:13 PM | Damage to Property Owen Hall  Officers investigated report of damage to wall and equipment in restroom.

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4:31 PM | Medical Assist Poe Hall Units responded to student in need of medical assistance. Student refused transport.    5:29 PM | Concerned Behavior Off Campus  Report of concerned behavior regarding staff member.   6:26 PM | Safety Program Sullivan Hall  Officer conducted program for Housing staff.    6:53 PM | Suspicious Person Talley Student Center  Report of subject sleeping in restroom stall. Officer located nonstudent. All file checks were negative. Subject was trespassed from University property.

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Today Hold on to Your Hats! D.H. Hill Library, East Wing All day Access 2007 Queries McKimmon Center 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  Are You Linkedln? Social Networking 101 Talley Student Center, Blue Room 9 to 10:30 a.m.  Project Level 2 McKimmon Center 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  Chinese New Year Scavenger Hunt Talley Student Center 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Adviser’s Roundtable –  Cooperating Raleigh Colleges Talley Student Center, Room 3118 Noon to 1:30 p.m.  Chinese Language Corner McKimmon Center, Corner Cafe Noon to 1 p.m.  Faces and Mazes Gregg Museum of Art & Design Noon to 8 p.m.  With Lath and Chisel: North Carolina Wood Turners and Carvers Gregg Museum of Art & Design Noon to 8 p.m.  39th Henry M. Shaw Lecture 216 Mann Hall 1:30 to 3 p.m.  SMART – Shop Series Workshop: Effective Communication Talley Student Center 3 to 4 p.m. 

description, teams present special communication challenges. Situations include: working in a lab, at a job or for a class project. Finding ways to communicate respectfully with teammates is important and can contribute to maximizing productivity. Keyton previously wrote a textbook on group communications. The event will be held in room 2405 of Williams Hall Friday from noon to 1:30 p.m. Source: NCSU Campus Calendar 
 

Comedy in the Middle East The Middle East Studies Program will be holding its sixth annual Middle East Film Festival in room 232 of Withers Hall. It will be free and open to the public. The film festival will be composed of a series of films from a number of countries in the Middle East: “Caramel” from Lebanon, “Terrorism and Kebab” from Egypt, “Ceasefire” from Iran and “The Band’s Visit” from Israel. The first film, “Caramel,” will be shown Friday from 7 to 9 p.m.  Source: NCSU Campus Calendar

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The Facts:

The University has had three live mascots in the past; the last of which, Lobo III, was actually a coyote.

Our Opinion:

A live mascot is an excellent idea for a University in desperate need of something to cheer about on the court and field. Student Government must ensure, though, that the wolf-like dog would be well cared for and students approve of this allocation of student fee money.

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n years gone by, the American Red Wolf was a dominant feature of the southeastern United States. The packs occupied large swaths of pre-industrial North Carolina and are the namesake for the University’s Wolfpack. The name “Wolfpack” itself was derived from a letter to the editor in 1921, which spoke to the off-field antics and unstable coaching of the football team — like a pack of wolves. In the past, the University kept two wolves — Lobo I and II — and a coyote — Lobo III — to serve as living mascots. Unfortunately, the tradition died more than 30 years ago and has not been revived.

Remember the reasons you’re at school

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onald Riggio’s “Introduction to IndustrialOrganizational Psychology” theorizes motivation as two parts — hygienes and motivators. In situations w it hout hygienes, which are necessary factors for doing work, people fail to Jake Goldbas self-motivate. You can’t moStaff Columnist tivate yourself to read a book if the book is five hundred miles away. Therefore, I propose an old “hygiene” called belief. The theologian Augustine wrote, “If you do not believe something, you will not understand.” Consider if you do not believe in nuclear physics, you would not be able to learn nuclear physics. You wou ld lock yourself out of potential truth. We see this on campus. If the kid in class nex t to you does not t hink the class is worthwhile, she is texting in class. If you were to poke them on the shoulder, they wouldn’t notice. If you ask them what they thought was important about last night’s reading, they could not tell you because they have not done the reading. It’s not because they can’t think or even that they don’t want to. They probably have very complex thoughts about Tetris, javanoid and what their friends are doing for dinner tonight. For the readings, however, these students can’t comment on what they don’t know. They can’t learn what they don’t think is important enough to learn. There are relevant, important truths we do not know about — this goes for everyone. If you do not believe it; you will not understand. If you do not think all this school stuff can be relevant; it will not be. This is why Henry Ford, whose compa ny was t he only one of the Big Three to come out alive last year, said,

“Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you are right.” This applies to every bit of knowledge that you do not already know. You might not have all of your values yet. How could you? That’s part of the reason we are at school. This is how an informed reaction really works. Immanuel Kant wrote, “Concepts without intuitions are empty and intuitions without concepts are blind.” This means if you do not know anything about economics (concepts), you can’t comment on a giant data sheet of economic data from China (intuitions). One can see how a person processes this information — it’s only because they have the concepts to process the information. What should you expect? On one hand you should expect everything — expect the unexpected. In the way of this method, you shou ld bel ieve ever y t hing is potentially important. The understanding part is where you rule it out. American ingenuity is known for this sort of enthusiasm. Thomas Edison in all of his pictures — to me at least — looks like he’s tired. He must have been working so hard when they took the pictures. It is an American virtue to be enthusiastic about invention and to be realistic about learning. All of the greatest American businessmen and scientists always seem to have this unbridled joy. The joy that without this entrypoint they could not even get into their field of knowledge.

“You might not have all of your values yet. How could you? That’s part of the reason we are at school.”

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A plan under consideration by Student Government would bring a new living mascot — presumably Lobo IV — to the University. In lieu of actual red wolves, which are considered critically endangered and would be unfeasible to handle, the arrangement would involve Student Government purchasing a Tamaskan dog and bringing it to campus. The Tamaskan, which is a very wolf-like looking breed, would supplement Mr. and Mrs. Wuf, adding another component to the University’s Wolfpack.

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in your words

Would you support a living mascot? Why or why not?

I HATE live mascots!

by Jose Tapia

Wuf!

Wuf! Wuf! BAAaaa...

“No, to have a live mascot would be animal cruelty. I personally wouldn’t support it.”

This might work out after all.

David Delgado Jr. sophomore, first year college

Conrad Plyler, sophomore in political science

‘Family Guy’ takes a swing

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he popular TV show “Fa mi ly Guy” is known for its fearlessness to poke fun at society’s celebrities, cliques and social groups. The program, which is popular among young adults, Emily Kelly cleverly Staff Columnist portrays America’s modern average family and its “average Joe” neighbors. One of the latest episodes to air was particularly interesting. Chris, the main character’s son, decides he wants to ask out a girl from school, but this girl is “special;” she has Down syndrome. In the episode, the girl agrees to a date with Chris, but throughout the show, the viewer finds she is rude, demanding and spoiled. While the characters are eating dinner, Chris asks her what her parents do. She says, “My father is an accountant, and my mother is the former governor of Alaska.” This would seem like a normal joke for a “Family Guy” episode, but here they crossed the line just a little too much. It does not matter whether you are a Palin fan or not; the girl’s behavior in the episode gave a brash generalization of the mentally disabled. It implied that all people with this disability

are rude and spoiled. Attacking someone who cannot fight back or defend themselves is classless and cowardly. You may be creative or hysterically funny, but if you cannot come up with anything better, it would probably be wise to rethink your creativity. There is already speculation that Palin will run in the 2012 election for president, which adds to the uproar it caused among major news stations. Attacking her family, especially her youngest son, went below the belt. Making fun of someone’s political party is one thing — you choose to become associated with that party — but a small child does not choose to have Down syndrome. Major news media organizations, such as Fox News, were particularly sensitive to the comment and made no bones about their distaste for the comment. Others defended the comment, saying it was simply sarcasm. What some may not know is that the actress who played the character’s voice actually has Down Syndrome. The show made an obvious attempt to attack the Palin family, as they are already unpopular in the mainstream media. Had the Palin family not been so offended, the episode may have f lown un-

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the idea, especially considering the seemingly low costs, but Student Government should still let students vote on the The idea would bring back proposal with its expected an old tradition and would costs in a referendum. doubtlessly excite students in The care is the primary conthe pre-game festivities before cern, though, and Student major athletic events. Government must have set The only concern is whether plans before the living mascot the dog would be properly can be considered. The concared for. A proud emblem for cerns of housing, care taking the University should not sit in and funding must all be ada cage at the Vet school or be dressed before it can move forrelegated to a life with any sort ward. of poor care. Otherwise, the concept of Likewise, the funding for Lobo IV is solid and would the wolf-like dog would come help build dwindling school from student fees by way of spirit concerning athletics. Student Government. Most students would likely support

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der the radar. On the other hand, had Sarah Palin and her daughter not defended their son and brother, they may have been reprimanded as insensitive. The Palin family has taken numerous blows, both politically and personally. It has had to defend itself against many comments such as these, but when you cater to a large audience, you do not want to turn away a large part of your viewers. Republicans and Democrats may have widely different views, but anyone can see t hat t his went too far. America is a country founded by rebels and outcasts; the elite did not immigrate here. The U.S. Constitution rules by majority while protecting minorities. As citizens, we are unified to protect those who cannot protect themselves. In this case, the mentally disabled cannot protect themselves. One could actually argue that Seth MacFarlane is regrettably “unAmerican.”

“Palin fan or not ... the episode gave a brash generalization of the mentally disabled.”

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“It might not be a bad idea. Why not? If Carolina does it, why not us?” Zhizhou Liao junior, applied mathematics

“If they buy a domesticated animal then I will support it; but if they buy a wild animal, then no, I will not support it. But to have it run across the football field or a basketball court would excite people better.” Morgan Wolf freshman, first year college

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To live on campus or off? Students are faced with the decision of living close to their classes or farther from authority

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Rants & raves I am annoyed at how people, when lining up for coffee at the library’s Hill of Beans, have to stand directly in front of the main staircase blocking everyone going up and coming down. This causes an unnecessary traffic jam and massive amounts of confusion. Is it really that hard to line up between the staircase and sitting area of Hill of Beans? Let’s use some common sense and NOT line up in front of the busiest part of our already crowded D.H. Hill. Thank you, coffee-hungry members of our Wolfpack!

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With nearly 33,000 students enrolled at the University, finding a good place to live during school can often times be a challenge for students. Luckily, the N.C. State area offers many options in housing, both on campus and off. There are many benefits and disadvantages to both on-campus and off-campus living, and the options are worth exploring. Because really, aren’t housing experiences a big part of the “college experience?” One of the biggest concerns with off-campus housing is the issue of transportation. Brittni Moore, a freshman in biomedical engineering, sees this as a big factor in her decision to live on campus. “I’d say that a con to living off campus would be transportation because I don’t have my car here in Raleigh,” Moore said. However, according to Chelsey Barkley, a representative at Campus Edge Apartments, transportation accommodations are being worked on and are already improving. “We’ve been trying to have the Wolfline stop here. We have the CAT bus that stops here and goes to the gym on Cates and Morill, and it’s free for all students to ride that,” Barkley said. Applying for housing through the University could be an easy fix, but it does exclude the students from the opportunities that involve living off campus in a complex affiliated with, but not owned by, N.C. State. “At Campus Edge you have your own patio; I was very excited about that. We also have nine-foot ceilings, and you can cook your own food; you don’t always have to eat cafeteria food,” Barkley said. “I feel like it’s just a lot cleaner. The biggest thing is not having to share everything.” Most apartment complexes affiliated with N.C. State offer the choice of a one, two or three bedroom apartment. And in each option, every student gets his or her own room. “I like living on campus because of everything that is going on, but I think I would prefer to live off campus because the dorm rooms are so small,” Moore said. Now, there might be something to be said about living on campus. Living in the dorms provides you with close, accessible resources on campus, just in walking distance. There are 20 residence halls and three apartment complexes owned and offered by the University for student living. Jennifer Miles, a freshman in chemical engineering, understands this aspect of living on campus. “It’s convenient. My classes are close so I can take naps in between classes,” Miles said. But the argument still stands: is it better to give up comfort, or give up convenience? Campus Edge argues that its apartments can be the perfect fix. “It’s pretty competitive with living on campus, considering how much you get, with the tremendous amenities,” Barkley said. If you take a look at some of the Web sites for the off-campus apartments, they are definitely impressive in what they offer. On the Wolf Creek Apartments Web site, the photos and layout are

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Skinny ties with Southern flair Lumina Clothing Company created by students, for students Jessica Neville Science & Tech Editor

In the midst of bad economic times where even professional businessmen and women are suffering losses, students may not feel like they have a chance to be successful in the business realm. Seniors Barton Strawn, Jordan Pung and Justin Carey, however, have ignored the naysayers and started their own brand, Lumina Clothing Company, which markets skinny ties and bow ties toward young adults. The entrepreneurs thought of the idea for the company after realizing they were all tired of buying bulky, large ties that didn’t mesh with the overall look they wanted to convey. “We were joking around one day, talking about how we could make ties that would look the way we wanted them to,” Strawn, a senior in architecture, said. “I decided to try to sew a tie and it actually turned out pretty good. We decided to go for it from there.” The students’ brand, Lumina Clothing Company, sells skinny ties and bow ties in a variety of designs and colors. Strawn has given up his job as chief tailor, but the ties are still hand-sewn in Raleigh. Strawn said the majority of the company’s ties are sold online, although it sells its products in one store in Cameron Village, Wardrobbe, and it hopes to expand to more stores this spring. “We try to sell nice products at a price cheaper than other people sell them for,” Strawn said. “Our ties sell for $68 plus shipping and handling, while other companies are selling similar products for $120 and up.” Lumina plans to launch a new campaign this spring with the goal of persuading more stores to sell their products. “It’s hard in the current business climate — you have to put in a little extra effort,” Pung, a senior in biomedical engineering, said. “But our products are not really like anything else out there right now.” One of Lumina’s goals is to remain a North Carolina based company by having the products made in the state, Strawn said. The company hopes to be a philanthropic business by partnering with non-profits on local, state and national levels. “Barton and I have been co-chairs of the Krispy Kreme Challenge for the past two years, so we hope to partner with the KKC’s philanthropic partner, the N.C. Children’s Hospital, in the future,” Pung said. “We would like to do something for non-profit organizations in a non-traditional way.” The company is unique in that it mixes Southern and Northern fashion, according to Strawn. “Fashion in the South is progressing, maybe not extremely quickly, but still progressing,” Strawn said. “Lumina mixes the idea of skinny ties, which are usually worn in the North, with Southern designs and colors.” The students both said balancing a business and school was a challenging but rewarding experience. Being chairs of the Krispy Kreme Challenge improved their team building, organizational and leadership skills, according to Pung. “The KKC helped give us a business mindset and give us a taste of what dealing with companies and people is like,” Pung said. “We have found that although you can learn a lot from business classes, there’s nothing that beats trial-and-error, getting real experience.” Lewis Sheats, adjunct lecturer in management, innovation and entrepreneurship, said a down economy could be a perfect time for entrepreneurs to capitalize on new opportunities. “Opportunities come to the forefront in a poor economy,” Sheats said. “Entrepreneurs who are willing to take risks have a good chance of being successful in the future if they take advantage of this time.” Sheats said students who want to start their own businesses should try to gain experience, develop a concept and plan ahead of time. Other students are following suit and embracing the entrepreneurial spirit. Johnaustin Chapman, a senior in business with a concentration in entrepreneurship, started his own business, Lussuoso Custom Jewelry, to make jewelry suited to individual tastes. “I’ve been making jewelry for myself since 2001, and one day I figured, why not share with others?” Chapman said. Chapman describes being an entrepreneur as “being a self-motivated visionary that only finds failure in not trying.” He gives these words of advice to students thinking about starting a business: “trust your gut” and “the harder you work, the luckier you get.” The Lumina founders encourage University students to try entrepreneurship ventures even in bad economic times. Strawn said there are a lot of factors to consider in starting a business, many of which he didn’t originally anticipate. Promotion, design, management, image and product materials all play into the company’s day-to-day operations. “Don’t be naïve about the success rates — four out of 10 entrepreneurial companies fail — but my best advice is to go for it,” Strawn said. “It takes work and time, but if you are committed you will get something out of it, whether it’s success or business skills you can use in the future.”

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Olsen all stated they would never coach the men after continued from page 8 working with women so long. “I wouldn’t trade coaching colors and personalities that I the girls for the guys,” Steliked. The guys were black and venson said. “They are hardworking, great students and white.” Gymnastics coach Mark Ste- have set goals they are working venson started his coaching ca- towards.” In many sports, women reer with men and happened to fall into the women’s coaching coaches are scarce. But that world. Stevenson began coach- doesn’t mean women don’t ing at State as the men’s gym- make great coaches. Before nastic assistant coach 30 years joining the Wolfpack family, ago. In his second year, he was Springthorpe worked as the brought on as head coach with assistant coach at the Univerthe condition that he create a sity of Florida under Becky Burleigh, who is the only women’s gymnastics team. Stevenson said there’s a women’s head soccer coach with national special apchampionship proach under her belt. when it “There are c om e s t o some great fecoaching male coaches women. o u t t h e r e ,” “There Springthrope is a lit t le said. “There more fea r volleyball coach Bryan Bunn just aren’t that involved many of them. i n coaching women,” Stevenson said. It all revolves around your suc“The girls you have to drill cess and if you are respected and work through skills more. from your players.” According to Lee, there are It’s overcoming the fear with confidence by number more several advantages to having than anything. Males have the females as head coaches. “Any time you can set an attitude of let’s just get it done.” Stevenson said the most im- example of a female in a posiportant thing to remember in tion of power or accomplishing any sport is realizing women things, that sets a positive role model,” Lee said. are athletes first. It all boils down to whether “The big part about men coaching women’s sports is the a person has what it takes to male coach can’t look at them coach and coach well, new volas women,” Stevenson said. leyball coach Bryan Bunn said. “Some players perform bet“You have to look at them as athletes. As long as you look at ter for female coaches, some them as athletes, you’ll treat for males,” Bunn said. “I don’t them as athletes. I think that believe it’s a gender thing — it’s is extremely important. If you how you run your program. pamper them and don’t push If you’re male or female, it them, then they are not going doesn’t matter if you run a to get the level they want to be.” good program.” Stevenson, Springthorpe and

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Pack goes from bottom to top in just one week Rifle finishes GARC seventh of seven but seeks fourth SEARC victory

nance at the Southeast Air Rifle Conference, which starts this Saturday in Anniston, Ala. “We’re by far the strongest team in that conference,” coach Keith Miller said. “Barring some major unforeseen event, we should easily win conference for the fourth year in a row, which is really important to our seniors.” Rif le does not have the benefit of benches and interchangeable players. The team must declare its representatives before shooting begins. Senior Kat Seigert said there’s a goodnatured but “pretty intense” rivalry between her teammates to see who will earn the right to compete in SEARCs. Picking the right group of shooters is tricky business. Miller said if the coaching staff had figured out who was at the top of their game last weekend, the team might have fared better. “It’s nice to peak at the right time, and that happens sometimes, but you can’t always count on it,” Miller said. “If you look at it from that perspective, you can’t be disappointed.” Seigert said several teams in the SEARC take the competition less seriously than State does, though that is quickly changing.

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Last weekend, Pack rifle faced a daunting challenge at the Great American Rifle Conference. State took on some of the best teams in the country in Oxford, Miss. and shot a 2,297 in air-rifle and 2,248 in smallbore, which was only good for seventh of seven teams. Two freshmen led the way for State at GARC. Bryan Cross led the team in smallbore and compiled a total score of 1,147, his best output of the year. William Teller was close behind with 1,134. West Virginia, last year’s NCAA champs, finished first in the tournament. The Mountaineers’ Nicco Campriani, a junior who represented Italy at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and took 12th in air rifle, swept the individual competitions. State goes from being the unquestioned underdog to “playing against themselves” for divisional domi-

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“This is fun for them, while this is a passion for us,” Seigert said. “Plus, they don’t shoot smallbore, which is an advantage for us. Smallbore exaggerates a lot of the problems you have in air, which you never would have seen if you just shoot air.” It’s anyone’s guess who will step up big for the Pack this weekend. No one athlete has dominated competition this year, with a new shooter leading the team each week. According to Miller, senior Seigert set a school record in air rif le earlier this year, which freshman Teller later broke. Shortly after that, Seigert broke

it again. Some combination of youth and veterans will be on the hunt for the school’s fourth straight SEARC title. State’s closest competitor is The Citadel, but Miller said State is “safely the favorite.” “It’s always been sort of a disappointment, in a way, that they aren’t close to us and pushing us. I guess it’s the way the people in GARC feels about our team,” Seigert said. “There are teams coming up in SEARC and doing very well. We may have competition in the next few years.”

ed about the arrival next season of freshmen Ryan Harrow and Lorenzo Brown after sharing the court with them during pickup games last off-season. “I can’t wait,” Smith said. “I played with them over the

summer. We played pickup basketball in the gym and shot around. Ryan Harrow’s a good kid. Him and Lorenzo, I’m definitely looking forward to playing with them next year.”

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Five soccer players earned All-ACC Academic honors Senior Christopher Widman, junior Chris Zuerner and sophomore Kris Byrd from the men’s soccer team have all been named to the 2009 All-ACC Academic team for the second consecutive year. From the women’s soccer team, freshman Kara Blosser and sophomore Tanya Cain have been added to the All-ACC Academic team. In order to gain the honors, athletes must earn a 3.0 GPA for the previous semester as well as maintain a 3.0 cumulative average. SOURCE: N.C. STATE ATHLETICS

Men’s swimming opened ACC competition Wednesday The men’s swimming team completed in its first day of the ACC Championships on Wednesday night, swimming its top time on the season in the 200-medley relay. Gaites Brown, Dan Forsythe, Matt Voell and Conor Brennan worked together for a 1:30.14 in the medley, marking the fastest swim in the event this year on the team and took eighth overall. SOURCE: N.C. STATE ATHLETICS

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QUOTE OF THE DAY “The male coach can’t look at them as women... you have to look at them as athletes..” Mark Stevenson, gymnastics coach

An in-depth look at the effects the gender of coaches plays on the team dynamic Jen Hankin Deputy Sports Editor

Studies show women have a different mindset, different physical make-up and different emotions. Men spend less time thinking and more time doing. Yet men largely coach women’s sports. The question then becomes: can men coach women effectively? According to softball coach Lisa Navas, the answer is simple. “Obviously,” she said. “A coach is a coach.” Men and women evoke d i f ferent qu a l it ie s within their teams. It takes a certain type of person to coach women, just as it takes a certain type of person to become a schoolteacher and yet another type to be a mechanical engineer. At N.C. State the only women’s sports coached by females are basketball, softball, track and field and golf, compared to tennis, soccer, gymnastics, swimming and diving, rifle and volleyball, which have male head coaches. According to Athletic Director Lee Fowler, there are no regulations stating that there needs to be a woman on the coaching staff of a women’s sports team, yet he recommends it. “If you have a male coach on a women’s sports team, we encourage bringing on a female assistant,” Fowler said. “I don’t think we have any sports that haven’t done that. I would prefer for there to be diversity on staff unless there is a really good reason [to have it be] otherwise.” Associate Athletics Director for Compliance and Senior Woman Administra-

tor Michelle Lee echoes Fowler’s recommendation. She said it is important for female athletes to have a positive role model. “Having someone who you feel comfortable talking to is important,” Lee said. “There are women’s issues that you might not feel conformable talking to a man about. The athletes want to have the feeling that they want to play for their coach — have that bond, that relationship — and sometimes you find that in a male coach, sometimes a fema le coach. It’s important to just have that diversity.” Before any new coach is hired, the Athletic Department talks to the team and figures out what specifically it wants in a coach. Soccer coach Steve Springthorpe completed his inaugural season with the Wolfpack after taking over for Laura Kerrigan, who coached the team for 11 years. Springthorpe finished the season with a 8-9-2 overall record, which was the best season for the program in four years. According to Lee, hiring a male coach and switching genders was important to the soccer team. “They expressed to us that they wanted a male head coach,” Lee said. “Sometimes student athletes are looking for something different.” In the soccer world, men coach most of the club and youth teams, and many players get used to a male mentality. Sophomore forward Paige Dugal said she has played for both men and women coaches and prefers a man’s perspective. “It was nice to have a women’s coach with Kerrigan because she understands us a little better, but girls didn’t respect her as much after a while,” Dugal said. “I only had one female coach growing up and that was for a year. The rest were male, so that’s what I’m used to and I like it.” The decision to hire a male or a female isn’t a main concern, Lee said. The decision to hire a coach depends largely on how effective he or she is with coaching women. “It comes down to less about gender and more about personality, “ Lee said. “I think sometimes the disadvantage is perception. Maybe females aren’t ‘good enough’ to coach. But I know when we go through the hiring process it’s about the best qualified coach.” Hans Olsen, the women’s tennis head coach, has experience coaching both genders. He said his personality is better suited for coaching women. “I think my expertises fit well with coaching women,” Olsen said. “It was the different layers and

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Smith stands through Pack’s struggles told his talented power forward he would be best-suited to spend another season in college improving his NBA draft stock. “Coming from coach Lowe, I know he will tell me all the right things,” Smith said. “He told me that I should come back and play one more year and put myself in a better situTyler Everett ation, get my conditioning up Deputy Sports Editor and get my body better so I can Even if N.C. State fails to be an even higher [draft pick] qualify for any postseason than I would be this year.” The fact that Smith spent play beyond the upcoming conference tournament, this time Wednesday afternoon year’s ACC tourney will not entertaining questions about be the last Pack fans see of making an early jump to the junior forward Tracy Smith NBA is a testament to the proin Wolfpack red and white. found improvement the Pack’s Smith said Wednesday he star big man made between his has no intentions of going sophomore and junior seasons. pro until after next season. A year after starting in a little “I will definitely be back more than a third of his team’s next year,” Smith said. “I 30 games, Smith has emerged heard they changed up [the as one of the leaders of not only the Pack, but process of the ACC. of declarT he ju n ior ing for the f rom Dedraft] this troit, Mich. year and I is shooting heard it’s an ACC-best a difficult .549 from the process, f loor, is the so I probconference’s ably won’t Smith, junior forward sixth leading even take scorer with a chance 17.1 poi nts at messing something up. I’m just per game and is eighth in regoing to wait for my turn bounds with 7.9 boards per until next year and just try game. Smith is among the conferto graduate.” Smith will take the advice ence’s top scorers despite reof coach Sidney Lowe, who ceiving the immediate atten-

Tracy Smith, who said he will play for State next season, is among the ACC’s top frontcourt players a year after starting in just 12 of 30 games

“[Lowe] told me I should come back and play one more year.”

tion of at least two defenders almost every time he gets the ball. He faced no shortage of double teams prior to the win over Duke Jan. 20. But after torching the Blue Devils with 23 points on 10 for 12 shooting while being defended for long stretches with only one player, it appears unlikely that any opposing coach will assign the task of defending Smith to a single player. “Most people’s scouting reports say double team Tracy Smith, you can’t play him one-on-one,” Smith said. “Every game, night in and night out, I look for the double team and I just have to be ready to make the right decision. It’s pretty frustrating, but that’s what happens when you’re the best player. Other teams want to take you out of it. They don’t want you to beat them inside.” His offensive production this season has been a constant for a struggling Wolfpack team sitting in last place in the ACC with a record of 15-13 overall and 3-10 in ACC play. Smith was suspended for the Arizona game, but has finished in double figures in 25 of the 27 games he has played in, with 20 or more points in 11 of those games. The junior forward has also led his team in scoring in 19 of 27 games this season. “Tracy has basically been the one consistent thing that we have had going on every single day, every day we play the game,” redshirt senior shooting guard Farnold Degand said.

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Forward Tracy Smith shoots a basket during the N.C. Central University game in the RBC Center Jan. 30.

The offensive struggles the Pack has experienced have occurred despite tremendous play from Smith, according to freshman forward Scott Wood. “He’s a beast and he’s going to get paid a lot of money some day,” Wood said. “He is carrying the team on his back. I’m sure he probably has back

spasms real bad right now. If I could give him the ball every time on the block, then I would do it. He’s a great player and he runs our team. If we can just give him a little bit of support each night, I think we will be

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