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Entrepreneurs succeed in tough economy Students take initiative to build own businesses despite economic downturn.

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Several N.C. State students are working to overcome the low economy and successfully build their business alongside keeping up with their studies. Ryan Walsh, a sophomore in turfgrass science, said his business, Capital City Groundskeeping, has been very successful.   “I do full maintenance and install on commercial and residential properties,” Walsh said. “I started out by mowing lawns for my neighbors about eight years ago and have expanded to where I can support multiple employees.”  Walsh said the business is growing at an exponential rate, doubling in size and income each year.   Despite the low economy, Walsh said, there are still willing customers who may cut back on other household or leisurely expenses in order to maintain their property.   “In my opinion there is still a lot of money to be made out there,” Walsh said. “You just have to find your niche.”  Walsh said he also works for an advertising company and has started an additional, small retail business.   “I attribute a lot of my success to quality work, advertising and word of mouth from customers,” Walsh said. “My fraternity, Delta Sigma Phi, has been another excel-



Ryan Walsh, owner of Capital City Groundskeeping LLC. and Daniel Walser, owner of YardScape Services Inc. work out of their trucks managing their respective landscaping companies, which operate in the Raleigh area. Walsh has seen increasing numbers in clientele, saying “even though we are in a bad economy, we already did double what we did last year.” The two have been friends since high school, and though Walsh and Walser say their companies are relatively new, they have been working in the landscaping business for a long time. “My oldest customer... I’ve been mowing her yard for eight and a half, nine years,” Walsh said.

lent resource for business contacts, employment and it helps to have a place to go to relax at the end of the day.” Taylor Kiker, a sophomore in business administration and a brother of Delta Sigma Phi, said he does everything from landscaping to planting trees for the company.  “Walsh has been a great mentor in helping me to learn the insides of running your own personal business,” Kiker said. “I am considering a concentration in entrepreneurship.”  Daniel Walser, a freshman in

business administration, said he began his business, YardScape Services, about four years ago. “It’s in the expansion process,” Walser said. “This year has been on fire. Sales for mulch and pine straw installs have been much better than 2009.”  Walser said his gross numbers for 2010 are more than twice what they were for the entire year of 2009.   “Many do-it-yourself homeowners are starting to let up on their penny-pinching habits and money is starting to circulate again,” Walser said.

Walser said he hopes to triple his gross profits for 2010 and is on track to reach this goal. “I’ve started out by mowing a few neighbors lawns in the neighborhood and I have expanded into both commercial and residential maintenance,” Walser said. “I’ve found throughout the years, customers are always willing to spend money as long as I can deliver my services on time and to the customer’s satisfaction. I find that doing a good job is the best way to advertise because it is the best way to get word of mouth advertising.” 

While his business is a high priority, Walsh said academics are also very important to his success. “I have commitments on both ends that need to be met,” Walsh said. “My opinion is they are both equal; I can’t put one over the other.”  Walsh said he even schedules his course schedule so he can work on his business in the afternoon.   “It has gotten so big, I need to hire a full time crew,” Walsh said. “Basically, while I’m in school I stay about a week and a half to two weeks behind on business projects. My regular customers take priority for general maintenance, so when we’re busy, it’s hard to schedule in big side projects.”  Capital City, Walsh said, covers mowing, fertilizing, pesticides, mulching and much more. He said the company is capable of completing almost any project a customer requests.   “I think it’s important to do the administrative work of the business, like focus on your accounting, books and having a good software program,” Walsh said. “That way you can track sales and focus on where the money is going.” 

Athletes With Talent lights up the stage Annual charity show featured nine performances from individuals of different sports teams to benefit Kids Café program

proceeds for this year will be since the location of the event changed from last year, when the show was held to a sold-out crowd in Witherspoon Student Cinema. “We absorbed all the finances for the show so 100 percent of the proceeds from all the sales will go straight to Laura Wilkinson Kids Café,” Angel said. Life & Style Editor As part of the women’s volleyball Monday night at 7:30 in Reynolds team, Angel said she was proud of Coliseum, the annual Athletes With freshmen Kelly Burns and Sarah Talent Charity Show featured mem- Griggs, who stepped up and came up bers of several University sports teams with their team’s idea of synchronized performing various talents, from a swimming – without the water. “We all got together and choreoscantily-clad Thriller dance to synchronized “swimming” to a cello solo. graphed it, and I’m just really proud of the girls that Jana Angel, a they all decided junior in interto pa r t icipate national studies a nd put t heir and coordinae gos away to tor of this year’s raise money for talent show, said children who rea l l proceeds ally do need some from the event help,” Angel said. will benefit Kids Taylor Café, a program Pritchard, a judesigned to supnior in nutrition por t ch i ld ren Taylor Pritchard, junior in nutrition science and also who do not get science a member of the enough to eat women’s volleyevery day. “Kids Café is an after-school pro- ball team, said the experience was gram that provides meals and snacks fun, especially since the event helps for children who don’t have those those in need. “It’s always fun to take part in someopportunities at home,” Angel said. “Actually, recently their funding has thing like this because no matter the gone down and they’ve only been able outcome it’s for a good cause. So even to provide snacks and not full meals, if you fall, it’s fine,” Pritchard said. Pritchard also said the event coordiso we’re hoping that our contribution can help them push funding back to nators invites student athletes to bond providing full meals for those children as a team and to show students a difthat are in need.” Angel said she is not sure what the TALENT continued page 3

“It’s always fun to take part in something like this because no matter the outcome it’s for a good cause.”



Peter Domenig, a cheerleader and junior in biomedical engineering, plays an original composition at the Athletes With Talent Charity Show in Reynolds Coliseum Monday night.

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riel Fugate, a sophomore in fisheries and wildlife science, accepts an Earthwise award for her work in starting the Campus Farmer’s Market from John Palmour, executive vice president of advanced devices at Cree, Inc. “It was an honor to be awarded something that has been established for people who have left a legacy at N.C. State University,” Fugate said. Cree is a company that specializes in energy-efficient LED lighting.

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Earth Week Dining Hall Lunch Specialty Bar On Friday, April 23 beginning at 11 a.m. in Fountain Dining Hall there will be an Earth Day specialty bar. Chicken on the grill made with House of Raeford grilled chicken, local bacon, lettuce, tomatoes, cheese, BBQ sauce, Boom Boom sauce, and Neomande™ bread. For more information contact Jennifer GIlmore at 515-3017. Source: NCSU Campus Calendar

Diversity Film Series: “Last Chance for Eden” On April 23 at 12:15 p.m. the viewing and facilitated discussion of diversity issues raised by “Last Chance for Eden,” Part II will be held in MRC 313 or also by remote participation available via the DELTA MediaSite: http:// online/Viewer/?peid=de93d6d 6aead4377bdd0d2dc79f34734. For more information contact Lisa Fiedor at 513-4616. Source: NCSU Campus Calendar

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Volcanic ash lingers, but European airports begin to reopen
 London - Stranded travelers began having hope Monday with the reopening of scattered European airports and the announcement that one of Europe’s biggest airlines would resume some intercontinental flights. Despite lingering ash in the skies from the Icelandic volcano, aviation authorities said that gaps in the cloud of grit in some places would allow for some movement in the skies and travelers could begin to expect flights being on schedule. Source:

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ferent side of themselves. “It’s always a good teambonding thing because you get to spend time making up your [act] and just showing the audience that you’re more than football, volleyball, swimming, whatever.” Angel said this year’s lack of a regular student body turnout was probably due to a deficient amount of publicity for the event. “We were hoping that a lot more non-student-athletes would show up. Unfortunately this year, I don’t think there was nearly as much publicity about the event,” Angel said. She also mentioned that

aside from a venue change, think we’re going to have a the date of the event had also great turnout and a great donation to Kids Café.” dramatically changed. The event featured nine acts “Normally, [the Charity Show] is hosted in the fall, and with athletes from the basketthis year we actually weren’t ball, volleyball, swimming, gymnastics, going to be cheerleading able to do a nd sof tba l l it unt i l a teams. The month ago,” w inner for Angel said. Most Talented Still, Anwent to pianist gel said the Peter Domenig, show went a junior in biowell and is medical engioptimistic neer i ng a nd about t he a member of proceeds for Jana Angel, junior in men’s cheerthe charity. international studies leading. The “I t hink award for Most it went really well from the time and Entertaining went to the womthe planning that we had, ev- en’s softball team for their reneryone really jumped on board dition of Extreme Makeover: and bought in,” Angel said. “I Coaches Edition.

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The Board of Trustees regulates the University’s 24-hour visitation policy. All other ACC schools, including N.C. State’s Tobacco Road neighbors, have policies allowing non same-sex visitors after 2 a.m.


It’s time the BOT relinquishes direct control on this controversial issue and allows students and administrators on the ground to help determine updated policy.

It’s time to visit


dressed until the July 15 meeting, when most students will be away — silencing many of their voices. organization of many similar Sweeping it under the table schools — that doesn’t allow again in July, or failing to ac24-hour visitation. quiesce, would do students a It seems incredibly out of disservice and would herald touch that the trustees would images of the sort of unrecontinue to hang on to this sponsiveness the University policy when the University’s community witnessed with Triangle brethren have given it McQueen Campbell last sumup. Such a controversial issue mer. must be taken up by students Doing the right thing is and administrators, not by a simple: give the control to the group of trustees who don’t students and educated adminunderstand the true dynamics istrators — where it belongs of the situation. The Univer- — and move on to the visionsity already has institutions in ary issues the BOT should adplace that can give students the dress, like the methodologies proper forum for discussion for controlling class sizes. on this topic and it’s ridiculous the BOT isn’t utilizing them. Sadly, the issue won’t be ad-

The unsigned editorial is the opinion of the members of Technician’s editorial board excluding the news department and is the responsibility of the Executive Editors.

ost students’ first college experiences are formed by their experiences in dormitories. The people, the situations and their resident advisors play a huge role in the way they form those memories and remember the University. In essence, it’s a student experience. And the University has set up organizations like the Inter-Residence Council to ensure that students get to help shape those experiences along with the administrators in University Housing. Both organizations incorporate active student involvement and University employees who are on the ground with students and can hopefully understand their concerns, helping to mold those in binding

rules and policies. Despite the effectiveness of this system, the University’s Board of Trustees has continued to regulate an element of resident policy: visitation. The Board still holds students in dormitories to an archaic 24hour visitation policy where only same-sex visitors are allowed after 2 a.m. Enforcement on visitation is already a farce, allowing IRC and University Housing to regulate policy to recognize societal changes is a logical way to keep the policies realistic. In fact, N.C. State is now the only school in the Atlantic Coast Conference — an


A revelation: everyone is crazy


od has given me a revelation — I think. Last week, I wrote that people were idiots. As it turns out, some divine force has told me I was wrong. T he s i mple truth is a little more digestible: people are simply crazy. Ta k e , f o r instance, the Paul unfolding McCauley drama of the Senior Staff modern Tea Columnist Party movement. These are the people, as noted in a New York Times article, who think President Barack Obama is a socialist Muslim who is leading the country into the Apocalypse, as predicted by the Mayans — a people, who, mind you, are definitely NOT good Christians — in 2012. Unfortunately, this prediction did lead to something terrible: the movie “2012,” which I have been told only to see if I would like to pour acid on my eyes or allow something to slowly eat my brain. However, as calm, non-crazy people have pointed out, the likelihood of the Mayans being able to see thousands of years into the future to predict the end of time is virtually impossible. Though to be fair to the conspiracy theorists, I believe the Mayans may have been able to correctly predict that the movie based on the end of their calendar would, in fact, ruin John Cusack’s career. But let’s not live in the past. Let’s look forward, not backward, and return to looking at the craziness known as the Tea Party. Despite the Tea Party’s animosity towards socialist programs, members tend to support things like Social Security and Medicare, believe they pay a fair share of taxes and send their children to public schools, as shown in the New York Times. By the force of logical rigor and the equation Einstein famously derived (Esquared equals mass squared times the speed of light to the fourth power), the Tea Party must annihilate whenever it encounters socialist programs, like Social Security, Medicare

and public schools. Think about it: if we assume the Tea Party and its members are the opposite of socialism and socialist programs, then they are analogous to matter and antimatter as predicted by Einstein. If these two ever meet, they must annihilate each other and produce an amount of energy as predicted by the above equation. Thus, since we live in a crazy world, I am obligated to point out that I may have discovered a brilliant solution to the impending energy crisis and, by necessity, the global warming associated with the excessive use of fossil fuels that fuels the crisis. All we need now is to find a way to use the energy created in these various annihilations to create electricity. Couple that with a way to find a constant way to create Tea Parties and force them to encounter socialism and we shall have a limitless supply of energy. Someone call Stockholm and have t he m m a i l me my Nobel Prize, please. But I jest, of course — such a plan is so very unethical it would somehow be linked by one of my fellow crazy Americans to abortion or class warfare, or some other “hot-button” issue mainstream Republicans would detest. And here’s the saddest part: I’ve just briefly discussed the crazy surrounding the Tea Parties. I haven’t even mentioned their crazy attempts to start armed militias to protect us from the evil — the evergrowing federal government! Forget the fact that such a justification for an armed militia is the very thing that inspired Timothy McVeigh to detonate a truck bomb in front of the Alfred P. Murrah Building 15 years ago — NRA! Guns! Sarah Palin calling for us to reload! And there you have it, folks. A teaspoon of crazy from the vast ocean of wingnut America. Just wait till I get to supermarket tabloids…

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“I’d say University Housing should; Or a student organization. I feel like it’d probably be more efficient through Housing than if students ran it.”

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Do you believe in doomsday?


f you aren’t already st ressed out about pending assignments and exams, why not add the Apocalypse to your list? Doomsday has been on the minds of people who lived long before us such as Nostradamus Marlena and was Wilson predicted Staff Columnist in ma ny Christian religions. This “end of days” phenomenon has been preached for years on end. Is it just a bunch of poppycock or is it something to pay attention to? One of the major predictors of the end of days is the melting of the glaciers. Some say that this is not due to global warming, but due to the shifting of the earth’s magnetic poles. As these poles continue to shift, we may see huge pieces of ice begin to break away. The breakage will cause the earth to tilt and then realign its axis once the pole shift is completed. This shifting of poles is predicted to mix up the earth’s landmasses biologically — the deserts could turn into lush tropical rainforests! 2012 would not be complete without volcanic erup-

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tions. Volcanoes around the world — active and dormant — are supposed to erupt. The Yellowstone Caldera is the biggest volcano on American soil. Researchers say the bottom of Yellowstone Lake has risen more than 100 feet in the last 50 years. In that area, the earth’s crust is not very stable. If Yellowstone Caldera were to erupt, the shock wave caused by the blast would move at a speed of about 400 mph and the blast would devastate the surrounding area within 1,600 miles. This is not even including the ash that will overtake the air and the potential for a volcanic winter (similar to a nuclear winter). Earthquakes are another predictor that logically falls with the 2012 catastrophe. This year has been full of devastating earthquakes in Haiti and Chile, with another recent one in China. They most certainly have not been little tremors either! There are also predictions of economic downfalls all over the world, but how justifiable is this information. The Crash of 1929 that led to the Great Depression could have also been a sign of the end of days. I am almost positive there was someone trying to make money off of myth-ridden tabloids on the street during the Depression; the general public will eat anything up. Popular religious texts, such

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as the Bible, also speak of the impending doomsday. God’s wrath is supposed to come like a “thief in the night” to destroy worldly people and all material things. But if God is all-seeing and all-knowing, would it really be right to say that he would pick a day like December 21, 2012 to destroy the world? A day thought of by humans? I think not. It’s too predictable and hardly thieflike. There are other ideas about 2012. These include the Catholic prophecy that there is only one more Pope after Benedict the 16th and that President Barack Obama is the anti-Christ. In short, I find the idea of the 2012 Day of Destruction to be a load of bologna. Everyone was all hyped up for Y2K and nothing happened. Plus, Hollywood will escalate anything to make a profit. The current “2012” movie may make you wish it were the end of days because of how bad it is, but it is hardly a predictor of doomsday. So, sit back and breathe. The only impending doom we should be bothered with is that of approaching exams.

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“The [resident advisors] and whoever runs the dorms should have a larger force in deciding the visitation policy.”

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hat do you normally associate with springtime? For the optimists among us it means pastel colors, baseball and the first weekend down at the coast. For others it means enough tissues and final exams to level an entire forest. Regardless, thunderstorms are a fact of life and something we should all come to expect as the temperJohn Boyer atures warm. It’s easy to Staff Columnist forget about tornadoes until a warm and lazy spring evening turns darker and the radio suddenly f lashes a warning for a faraway county. Afterward you may think, “There are always so many warnings, but nothing ever happens. If it does, it’s normally some mobile home in Johnston County getting tossed around. They always make such a huge deal out of these tornadoes.” Statistically, there is some basis to the idea that tornadoes are a high-profile but low-risk phenomenon. According to information from the Storm Prediction Center, the annual probability for a tornado at any given location in Central North Carolina is 0.027 percent, or one per every 1,672 square miles. Put another way, if you camped out for an eternity at, say, the Bell Tower — in Hillsborough Street construction traffic, no less — you would experience a tornado every 3,647 years on average. Those seem like remote odds,

but consider the entire region at once and it becomes a virtual certainty that some unfortunate community encounters a tornado each year. Besides, nature doesn’t always behave in a predictable fashion; tell that to the folks on the corner of Carlisle and Iowa Street in Southern Pines, who experienced two tornadoes in 14-month’s time. The National Climatic Data Center has records of 1,165 tornadoes in North Carolina since 1950. With improving radar technology and a public armed with camera phones, it’s no surprise that half of all those reports are from the past 14 years! Albeit, only about 7 percent are classified as major (EF-3 and greater) on the Enhanced Fujita Scale, which is a measure of streng t h based on damage. Additionally, North Carolina has never recorded an EF-5, the highest on the scale. In a typical year, there are 33 tornadoes statewide, but that number has ranged from 11 to 70 in recent years. On average, nine of those tornadoes are formed by hurricanes coming ashore, but those are almost always weak and fleeting — Hurricane Floyd caused 17 alone. Tornadoes can form in any month of the year, but are much more likely in the spring

and fall months when cold and warm air clash. They can come at any time of day or night, but most frequently occur during the late afternoon and evening. In the past 60 years, 100 people died and about 2,000 were injured by tornadoes, though 97 percent of all tornadoes are non-fatal. As public awareness improves, an average year sees about one tornado death and 16 tornado injuries. Unfortunately, an often-cited statistic is that North Carolina leads the U.S. in the percentage of tornado fatalities that occur at night. The most recent deaths occurred in Wilson in November 2008 — not surprisingly, at 3 a.m. Just as students who park at Su l l iva n Hall need to worry about f ou l b a s e ba l l s sh attering their windshields, tornado risk varies by location. Ashe and Mitchell counties, high in the mountains, have no official record of a tornado. In the same timeframe, Carteret County — near Cape Lookout — had 58. Locally, Wake County had 29 reports. As the map (INSERT DIRECTION HERE) demonstrates, the Appalachian Mountains rarely see a tornado, while the

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counties bordering the Atlantic Coast are practically ground zero. Most of the tornadoes that form near the ocean are weak, but account for nearly half of all tornadoes statewide. Nearly all of North Carolina’s strong and deadly tornadoes took place inland along the Piedmont, Sand Hills or I-95 corridor. Consider that old expression about a tree falling in the forest; the same goes for tornadoes, which likely go unnoticed in places like the swamps of Hyde County or Uwharrie National Forest. The most important myth to debunk is that tornadoes do not affect urban areas. The most recent series of tornadoes on March 28 should have proved this false. After the longest offseason in modern history, several tornadoes touched down in places including High Point and Thomasville. Other historical examples include the quarterbillion dollar 1988 tornado in North Raleigh and a 1990 touchdown mere feet from where Bank of America Stadium now stands in Charlotte. Closer to home, a tornado nearly formed over N.C. State and downtown Raleigh on May 5, 2009. Despite the fact that tornadoes are relatively uncommon, it still pays to be prepared and alert. To learn more about safety tips and North Carolina’s history of extreme weather, visit the Web page of the Raleigh office of the National Weather Service (which is also located here on Centennial Campus!) at gov/rah.

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Obama sets goals for future space travel Amid accusations that he was trying to end NASA’s human spaceflight program, President Obama has come forth with goals for astronauts to reach an asteroid after 2025 and Mars by the mid2030s. The President stated that the program’s goal should no longer be “just a destination to reach”, but should focus on finding ways for people to live, work and learn beyond planet Earth. In addition, Obama called for the private sector to provide innovation for the nation to reach Mars. Source:

iPad can’t connect at college campuses Apple’s iPad is having network stability issues at George Washington University, Princeton University and Cornell University. Higher education insiders are also worried that the iBookstore application may not contain enough educational content to replace physical textbooks. Princeton has already block about 20% of the devices from its network after noticing malfunctions that can affect the school’s entire computer system. Source:

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cause I have the tools to be here,” Baker said. “As far as the injury, I took a blow, and it took two years to come back from because it was not the type of injury that takes one year, so I just had to give it time. But once I healed up, I had a pretty good year and it was time for me to go.” Though two seasons spent healing from an injury make Baker a running back some scouts will have reservations about, he said he has a lot to

offer to whichever team may draft him, regardless of the offense they run. “I have all the tools needed to be a good NFL running back,” Baker said. “I have leverage. I run low to the ground and I have tremendous power, a good burst, speed, and good hands out of the backfield. I am a pretty all-around back, but definitely for teams that need a big, strong inside runner, I would be able to fill their needs. Some teams just need a bruiser, period. Some struggle on third and short or in the red zone, and I can fill all those phases.” Larsen is generally a little less


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under their belts. “We want to make a name for ourselves and get better,” Wilson said. “We’re still looked at as the weak link of the defense, so we have that chip on our shoulder right now.” Defensive backs for both squads played as though they had a chip on their shoulder during the spring game. Wolfpack defensive backs combined for three interceptions and several pass

well-known among Pack fans, but he, like Baker, has also spent the past few months in preparation for a professional career he hopes will start with Thursday’s draft. Larsen was one of 14 ACC seniors who participated in the 2010 Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala. He said playing against and alongside the nation’s best was a great opportunity, one he felt like he took full advantage of. “To play with those guys, not only was it a good test, it was a good experience to work with four other offensive linemen that are extremely good players,” Larsen said. “It was

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definitely a good taste of what it will be like at the next level. The difference between that and at N.C. State is that every drill, everything you do is a competition. It’s a battle, so you win some and you lose some. But I definitely won more than not and that was definitely the goal.” The Senior Bowl annually attracts the top players in the nation, as nine participants in the 2009 game were first round draft picks. “You look at the players that have been there in the past, not just from State, but throughout the nation, and it’s a big honor,”

Larsen said. Larsen said he has also spent the months since his last game with the Pack preparing for the nature of NFL offensive lines, where versatility is vital. “To play offensive line in the NFL, you have to be a multiposition guy and when I was down in Mobile, I played right and left guard,” Larsen said. “In the NFL, they only travel with six or seven offensive linemen, which means that you have to be able to play multiple positions. I would be willing to do that, and I feel like I have the size and athleticism to do it. I am going in as a center, but


left by the departures of seven defensive starters. Wilson said he is enthusiastic about the potential of the defense and has high expectations for the 2010 season. “We have the potential to be one of the best defenses in the ACC,” Wilson said. “If we put our minds to it, become better students of the game, and keep working on our technique, along with the great coaching staff we have, we can be the one of the best in the ACC.”

break-ups. Coach Tom O’Brien was optimistic about the performance of the young players in the secondary following the game, particularly about their tackling. “We intercepted some passes today,” O’Brien said. “We have to continue to do that and keep working hard. I also think we tackled better today and that’s an improvement.” O’Brien and defensive coordinator Mike Archer will lean heavily on young players to try and fill the void


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“They’re mostly there to support the team and in case someone gets injured.” Several players have already moved on. A few former Pack players are behind the scenes, working on grades, and Zuerner said some are scattered around the world looking to play professionally. Defenseman Korede Aiyegbusi, who


I am probably going to play a little bit of guard.” Regardless of which position he ends up playing as a professional, Larsen said he is ecstatic about the chance to represent his school as a professional football player. “I’m extremely excited for the opportunity,” Larsen said. “It would be awesome because when I first got here, there were a ton of guys that got drafted that I had played with, and the opportunity to join that even more elite fraternity of guys from State that have played in the league, I am very excited about that.”

just graduated, was drafted by the Kansas City Wizards in January. He made his professional debut against D.C. United March 27 in the opening game of Kansas’ 2010 MLS season. “If there’s one person who deserves to be at that level, it’s ‘K’,” Zuerner said. “He’s such a hard worker. I know he’s doing well up there in Kansas City and he’s getting some playing time. He’s got to earn his respect and pay his dues, so to speak.”


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• Page 7: Continuations of the stories on underclassmen in the spring game, the NFL Draft and the soccer team


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Buchanan is ACC Pitcher of the Week Junior righthander Jake Buchanan’s six-hitter Friday night in College Park, Md., earned him the title of ACC Pitcher of the Week. Buchanan threw 99 pitches in the complete game victory and improved to 4-3 with a 4.01 ERA for the season. Maryland scored runs in the fourth and fifth innings but fell, 4-2. State swept the Terrapins in the three-game series. Source: N.C. State Athletics

Kastanek named Freshman AllAmerican Marissa Kastanek, a freshman on the women’s basketball team, was named to the 2010 Full Court Press Freshman All-America team Friday. She was selected by a panel of correspondents from across the United States to be one of 15 Div. I freshmen on the team. Kastanek, who has already locked down ACC Freshman of the Year honors, averaged 10.9 points and 3.6 rebounds this season. Her 369 points were the eighth most by a freshman at NC State, while her 65 three-point field goals were just short of a school record. Source: N.C. State Athletics

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Redshirt freshman tailback Travis Leggett runs through the White defense at the Kay Yow Spring Football Game Saturday. Leggett carried the ball 21 times for 129 yards.


































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With a total of 20 players unavailable, N.C State’s Kay Yow Spring Football game presented the opportunity for many young players to take center stage and show what they could do. A crowd of 25,372 spectators witnessed impressive performances by many underclassmen vying for playing time as the start of the football season

approaches. Perhaps the most surprising performance of the game came from redshirt freshman walk-on running back Travis Leggett, whose 21 carries for 129 yards was a game-high. With an unsettled situation at the running back position, Leggett did everything he could this spring to draw the attention of the coaching staff and show he is capable of carrying the football for the Wolfpack. “Even though I’m a walk-on, I can be just as effective,” Leggett said. “I’ve been waiting for the opportunity to show what I can do for a while. I had expectations of doing well, but not that well.”

Sophomore tight end Asa Watson was a key ingredient in the Red team’s passing attack, catching two passes for a team-high 101 yards and one touchdown. Watson’s big day will certainly help the sophomore’s chance of getting more playing time during the upcoming season, as well as add depth to the tight end position behind redshirt junior and returning starter George Bryan. On the defensive side of the ball, State fans can be pleased with the performances of the young players in the linebacker corps. Redshirt sophomore Terrell Manning led the Red team in tackles with seven and also had one sack. Although Man-

ning played an important role last season as a reserve, he will be asked to play a bigger one this season. Inconsistent secondary play last season plagued the Pack and has been an area of emphasis during the spring. Sophomore returning starters Brandan Bishop, at safety, and C.J. Wilson, at corner, have the most experience in the young Wolfpack secondary. Both Bishop and Wilson played in every game as freshmen for the Pack and will look to provide muchneeded consistency for the secondary after having a year of experience

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Baseball vs. East Carolina Greenville, N.C., 6 p.m. Thursday Women’s track and field at the Penn Relays Philadelphia, Pa., all day Men’s track and field at the Penn Relays Philadelphia, Pa., all day Men’s tennis in the ACC Tournament Cary, N.C., all day Women’s tennis in the ACC Tournament Cary, N.C., all day Gymnastics in the NCAA National Championship Gainesville, Fla., 7 p.m.

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The football team’s 28-27 season-ending victory against UNC last Nov. 28 marked the last time fans will see the team’s seniors in action at Carter-Finley Stadium. While many of the Wolfpack players responsible for that victory have since turned their attention toward life after football, running back Toney Baker and center Ted Larsen have spent the months since the conclusion of their college career preparing for Thursday’s NFL Draft. Baker decided in January that five years with the Pack were enough, forgoing the potential sixth year of eligibility the NCAA had decided to grant him after injuries sidelined him for all of 2007 and 2008. His return to the gridiron for his fifth and final year saw him at his statistical best, as he set or tied new season highs in 2009 with 773 yards and six touchdowns on the ground and 355 yards on 28 receptions. Those numbers also were among the best in the ACC, as Baker finished sixth in the conference with 64.4 yards per game rushing and ninth in touchdowns with nine, six rushing and three receiving. For his efforts, the ACC awarded him with the 2009 Brian Piccolo Award, which has gone to the ACC’s “most courageous” player each year since 1972. The award is named for the late Piccolo, who died of cancer after being named the ACC’s Athlete of the Year in

The spring has come with its own unique set of challenges for the men’s soccer team. The Pack is learning to cope largely without its departed senior class. State lost nine seniors, including a significant chunk of its scoring, after the fall and is counting on a large incoming freshman class to come in and compete for playing time. However, don’t call 2010 a rebuilding year. At least not where rising senior midfielder Chris Zuerner can hear it. “We did lose a lot of seniors, but by no means is this a rebuilding year,” Zuerner said. “It’s a different group of guys. A lot of people get to step up in the spring and show what they’re made of.” The remaining players are busy at work preparing for the fall season, hitting the weight room twice a week in addition to practices each weekday. They have also scrimmaged a handful of in-state teams, with mixed results.

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Senior running back Toney Baker looks on during the Pack’s win over Pittsburgh. Baker gained 81 yards on 18 carries and caught a 38 yard touchdown pass Russell Wilson.

1965 before moving on to play for the Chicago Bears. Baker said he remained confident in his abilities and potential to continue to play at a high level throughout his two year hiatus. “I expected to be here, to be honest, be-

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State won its first spring game, a 2-0 decision at UNCWilmington. After that, Zuerner said the team was handed a decisive loss by the Carolina RailHawks, a professional soccer club based a few miles away from campus. “It was a tough match. We wound up losing it, but you know, that’s kind of their job,” Zuerner said. “It’s been a busy spring season, definitely the busiest since I’ve been here. It’s been just as long as the fall season, just not as many games.” The team split close games with Elon and UNC-Greensboro and will finish up practice this week. But before players disperse for the summer, they will take on the Under-21 Mexican National team Friday at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary. “We don’t get an opportunity very often to play a national team,” Zuerner said. “For them to come to Raleigh and for us to schedule that game, it’s really exciting. We’re getting all the preparation we need to and we’ll be ready to play.” A few seniors stuck around for spring games and practices. Zuerner said they are infrequently called upon. “We only play them if we absolutely need to,” Zuerner said.

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