Professors and students create winning virtual learning environment. Justin Rose Staff Writer
For the past six years, computer science professor James Lester and a team of computer scientists and educational researchers have been working to create an intelligent, game-based learning environment for middle school students. The game, called Crystal Island, puts players in the shoes of a researcher on an island plagued by disease. The player must solve the mystery of why everyone is getting sick, learning about microbiology in the process. The game uses Valve Software’s Source Engine, which also powers blockbuster video games like HalfLife 2 and Left 4 Dead. Crystal Island lets the user perform experiments in the lab, interact with other characters, read “virtual books” to obtain background information on diseases and collect data about the food recently eaten by the members of the research team. The game also offers some freeroaming exploration, allowing the user to walk around the island and visit the infirmary, lab, dining hall and living quarters of each member of the team. As of now, there are 20 goals to achieve and 300 unique actions across 50 in-game locations. Lester, an associate professor in computer science, said he thinks Crystal Island has great potential as a learning tool given the power of narrative-driven games. “It’s really promising. There’s something very attractive to people after looking at the sales of commercial
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Making strides in biomechanics
Biomedical researchers discover lowerbody mechanisms for movement and balance. See page 6.
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Fake antivirus software a concern Students should be on the look-out for malicious software claiming to be protective. Justin Rose Staff Writer
With their realistic appearance and scan animations, the latest antivirus Trojans — destructive programs that pretend to be benign applications — are more difficult for students and faculty to distinguish from the real antivirus software. N.C. State’s Office of Information Technology (OIT) has detected a total of 561 variants of antivirus Trojans on campus computers within the past three years and now removes about 1,000 infections each month. According to Tim Gurganus, IT
security officer, antivirus Trojans are OIT Security and Compliance (S&C) a growing problem on campus, but detected more than 400 Trojans or not any more than for the rest of the other malicious viruses — all originating from fake antivirus programs. world. The S & C staff “More people found a total of than you might more than 1,000 imagine are inmalicious viruses volved in this in April 2010. lucrative crimi“Fake antivirus nal enterprise, scammers maand it’s grownipulate public ing,” Gurganus trusted Web sites said. “The first such as Facebook professionallyto frighten usproduced fakes Tim Gurganus, IT security officer ers with pop-up were detected messages warnin January 2005. Back then there were two to five new ing that supposed scans have found versions of fake antivirus software per malicious software on their computmonth. The number of new variants ers,” Gurganus said. “The scammers per month has been growing since generate these pop-up screens to sell then and topped 30 new variants in programs to fix the alleged problems, but when users click to accept the ofMarch 2011.” Within the first 12 days of May 2010, fer, malware code is installed on their
“More people than you might imagine are involved in this lucrative criminal enterprise.”
Number of versions of fake antivirus software detected by N.C. State OIT: 2005: 2-5 2009: 12 2010: 20 2011: 30 OIT detects and removes about 1,000 infections each month. Source: TIM gurganus
computers.” Gurganus said many users fall victim to these attacks, which infect their computers with all kinds of malware viruses, purchase useless antivirus software, and then provide their credit card information as payment to the scammers. Google Inc. has also confirmed the
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Research community continues science forum Decades-old academic discussion series survives in Raleigh. John Wall Staff Writer
The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences continued a tradition begun in the late 1990s at the Irregardless Café Tuesday evening. Duncan Dallas spoke on philosophy in British cafes until his death. The talks, called Café Philosophique, aimed to spread the study of philosophy to the general public by hosting prominent philosophy speakers in British eateries. Scientists caught wind of the idea and began hosting scientific talks across Europe. Café Scientifique took hold in the United States in the early 2000s, taking on the name Science Café. The museum in downtown Raleigh started hosting Science Café talks in 2006. Their events, held monthly at either Irregardless or Tir Na Nog Pub and Restaurant, cover a wide range of topics. “We do all different topics in science. They are cool topics; we can go anywhere with it,” event organizer Katey Ahmann said. Jeffrey Stumpf, a Ph.D. in genetics and postdoctoral researcher at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, spoke to an audience of 130 at the Irregardless Café on Martin St. about genetic research in the 21st century. Stumpf kicked off the event with an overview of how researchers came about understanding DNA structure and replication. Opening remarks were short, though, since all café events are meant to have a question-and-answer focus. Attendees asked Stumpf complex and intricate genetics questions
Closed session of Board of Trustees to focus on personnel—not the budget. John Wall Staff Writer
Basler battles to get back in the water
Winston-Salem native endures “long road” following injury. See page 8.
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Jeffrey Stumpf, a Ph.D. in genetics, speaks at the Irregardless Café in downtown Raleigh Tuesday, June 21. Stumpf discussed genetic mutations and concluded with the idea that "in the 21st century, the most important technology will be the ability to sequence genomes." Time was also provided for Q&A from members of the audience.
once given the opportunity. Irregardless’s staff hustled to serve the packed restaurant. “The restaurant is rarely this crowded on a Tuesday evening,” Irregardless employee Jessica Kleekamp said. Families and scientist-types ate and drank throughout the event. The bar was wet, and the kitchen doors swung wildly as servers scurried in and out while waiting tables. Museum marketing coordinator Steve Bopson said café talks have a large following.
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2011 Science Cafe Topics: May The Stealth Pathogen: Bartonella: Edward Breitschwerdt, professor of internal medicine April Black Holes - Relentless Attraction of Gravity: John Blondin, alumbi distinguished professor of physics March Security in the Digital Age – Are We Safe?: Douglas Reeves, professor of computer science
February Prevention of Heart Disease: Managing Risk Factors: Deepak Pasi, cardiologist and member of Rex Heart and Vascular Specialists in Raleigh January Rain Forests: Going, Going, Gone?: Meg Lowman, research professor and director of the Nature Research Center for the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences
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University trustees meet behind closed doors
New rules take away groups; list stricter “no-show” policies. See page 8.
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Kids learn microbiology with the aid of computer game
The University’s Board of Trustees will meet Thursday, but rather than discussing critical issues surrounding the recently passed state budget, they will focus on unidentified “personnel” issues. According to Keith Nichols, director of news and communication, personnel issues are required to be discussed in closed meetings. Nichols said he could not expand
on what issues are slated to be dis- 4 p.m., she was unaware of the meetcussed, but said the secrecy should ing entirely. “I would be invited to a regular not be construed to be ominous. meeting, but not to “This is a routine this one,” Thompson meeting,” Nichols said. said. “There is no While the implibig news that’s gocations of the state’s ing to come out of budget for the UNC this meeting.” system and the UniSince the meetversity are controing is closed session, versial topics, the only the executive Keith Nichols, director of news Board of Trustees is committee is inand communication currently incapable vited. Student Body of making necesPresident Chandler Thompson has a seat on the Board of sary decisions for the University since Trustees but is not on the executive it must wait on the decisions of the committee, and therefore cannot at- Board of Governors — an organizatend the meeting. As of Wednesday at tion overseeing the entire UNC sys-
“There is no big news that’s going to come out of this meeting.”
tem. The Board of Governors must first allocate funds to each of the 17 UNC campuses. Once the Board of Trustees knows the funds appropriated to N.C. State, it can then proceed with spreading the dollars across University units. “There is a step or two steps between now and the time that we know what our budget looks like for each unit going forward,” Nichols said. The Board of Governors is set to meet in early July, Nichols said. Although the Board of Governors will not discuss the budget Thursday, the Tuition Review Advisory Committee released its tuition increase rec-
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Today Paul Witherspoon Cinema 7:00–9:00 p.m. 10:00 p.m.–12:00 a.m. Nick Frost and Simon Pegg star as two British comic-book geeks traveling across the U.S. encounter an alien outside Area 51.
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Saturday Swan Lake at Symphony Lake Koka Booth Amphitheatre 7:30–9:30 p.m. Majesty and a little mystery cap an evening dedicated to one of music’s most beloved composers. William Henry Curry leads the orchestra in selections from Tchaikovsky’s evocative Swan Lake. Then hear Tchaikovsky’s iconic Piano Concerto, performed for the very first time in Koka Booth Amphitheatre by 16-yearold music phenom Conrad Tao.
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Monday Transfer Orientation Talley Student Center 8:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. Transfer Orientation for new students entering in the Summer or Fall 2011.
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Tuesday New Student Orientation Session 1 Talley Student Center 8:00 a.m. [two day event] New Student Orientation for firstyear students entering Summer/ Fall 2011 for the following college: First Year College.
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bby Rife, senior in animal science, feeds fish embryos at the N.C. State Veterinary Lab on Hillsborough Street for research relating to immunology. “There are so many to keep track of at such a small size,” Rife said.
POLICe BlOTTER June 16 9:58 A.M. | Traffic Stop Dan Allen Deck Student was issued citation for stop light violation and failing to stop for lights and sirens.
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4:22 P.M. | Fire Alarm Hillsborough Street FP responded to alarm caused by room freshener. June 18 7:44 A.M. | Damage to Property West Lot Officer found graffiti on vehicles and parking signs. June 19 1:33 A.M. | Suspicious Person Dan Allen Drive/Sullivan Drive Officer stopped non-student riding bicycle without headlight. Subject was advised of the law and allowed to continue. 11:37 P.M. | Policy Violation Off Campus Student was arrested by Apex PD for drug violations. Follow-up pending. June 20 11:25 P.M. | Suspicious Vehicle Fraternity Court Report of suspicious vehicle. Officers located student training.
All file checks were negative. No further action taken. 4:22 P.M. | Suspicious Person Fox Science Building Staff member reported subject hiding under desk. Subject had fled the building prior to officers’ arrival. June 21 2:55 P.M. | Damage to Property Dail Stadium Staff member reported vehicle window smashed out. 3:59 P.M. | Skateboard Violation Thomas Hall Staff member reported three juvenile skateboarders damaging landscaping with tricks. Officers responded and located three non-students. Skateboards were seized and subjects were trespassed from NCSU property. 4:47 P.M. | Larceny CVM Terry Center Staff member reported camcorder stolen from this location. 5:53 P.M. | Larceny Dan Allen Deck Student reported unknown person had attempted to steal motorcycle while parked in deck.
Lunch & Learn: “iPhone Photography and Videography” 216 Scott Hall 12:00 p.m.–1:00 p.m. The iPhone 4 features a much improved camera that rivals and perhaps surpasses the quality of entry-level digital cameras. Hal Meeks of OIT New Media Consulting will provide a brief overview of alternative photo and video applications that allow you to squeeze even more functionality out of your iPhone’s camera. You will learn how to take better photos, how to take a variety of pictures beyond the iPhone default application and how to emulate traditional film cameras. Take your iPhone 4 camera from a decent point-andshoot camera to a truly useful device for artistic expression. To register for this workshop, visit Classmate. Rango Witherspoon Cinema 7:00–9:00 p.m. Rango is an ordinary chameleon who accidentally winds up in the town of Dirt, a lawless outpost in the Wild West in desperate need of a new sheriff. Wednesday New Student Orientation Session 1 Talley Student Center 8:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m. New Student Orientation for firstyear students entering Summer/ Fall 2011 for the following college: First Year College. New Student Orientation Session 2 Talley Student Center 8:00 a.m. [two-day event] New Student Orientation for firstyear students entering Summer/ Fall 2011 for the following colleges: First Year College and Transition Program.
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faces.” Although Science Café organizers have yet to hold an oncampus event, they are hoping to do so soon. The next event is scheduled for July 19 at Tir Na Nog. Orrin Pilkey will speak and answer questions about global climate
change. The full schedule of Science Café events is available at the Museum of Natural Sciences website. Fire is the topic up for discussion in August, according to Ahmann.
ates; $600 (11.2 percent) for in-state graduates; and $600 (3.4 percent) for out-of-state graduates. Nichols said further tuition increases are not planned and will not be recommended today at the trustees meeting. That will have to wait for July. Based on the board’s laws and stipulations, executives cannot
discuss the budget in closed session. But since the doors are closed, it would be difficult to determine what exactly they discuss—and if the budget comes up in conversation. Follow the Technician as we provide updates on the University’s approach to this budget as information becomes available.
senior research fellow at the Friday Institute who has also been working on the game, continued from page 1 said the team is developing a games,” Lester said. “They problem-solving approach to create very engaging experi- learning the science content. ences. If we can leverage the She also said the teachers and engaging aspects of games for students at A.B. Combs Eleducational purposes, we can ementary School in Raleigh, give a child the opportunity where the game has been testto learn more about a subject ed, have been very helpful. “They have given us input outside of the classroom in an every step of the way,” Spires entertaining way.” The game has been freely dis- said. “It’s important to develtributed to classrooms for test- op a game that students enjoy ing, and about 1,500 students playing and one that also accomplished have played the intended the game. learning According to goals.” Lester, studLester said ies—one with there are also individual plans to instudent sestroduce difsions and the ferent educaot her w it h tional content groups of four Hiller Spires, professor and senior research fellow for Cr ystal students— Island. The have demongame’s narstrated that it helps students achieve signifi- rative works as a template or framework, and the gameplay cant learning gains. However, Lester said the de- can be tweaked according to a velopment process hasn’t been curriculum’s needs. Over the next year, Lester and his team easy. “Creating games that embed will work on introducing liteducational content in a natu- eracy education content in ral and engaging manner has addition to the science-based been the most significant chal- content. There is more work to be lenge,” Lester said. Hiller Spires, professor and done, however. The same stud-
ies that showed Crystal Island’s educational potential also revealed what the eighth-grade students think needs to be improved, including a plot with more conflicts and twists, more expressive and active characters, and more diverse and dynamic environments. Crystal Island has received support over the past few years from the National Science Foundation, a government agency that supports research and education in the non-medical fields of science and engineering. Now, Next Generation Learning Challenges (NGLC), an initiative aimed at promoting promising education technology programs, will be funding the professional development for Crystal Island — the version to include literacy content — for middle school classrooms starting July 1. In addition, part of the grant money will go toward training teachers how to use the software. The project will be aimed at rural middle school classrooms of low socio-economic status in eastern N.C. and will run for 15 months. According to NGLC, the funding, which went to Lester and 18 other projects, reached a combined total of $7 million.
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“We have more than 50 percent new people tonight, and that’s a good thing,” Bopson said. “Our crowd is loyal, but it’s nice to see so many new
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ommendations for the 2011-12 school year this past November. They recommended tuition increases as follows: $300 (6.2 percent) for in-state undergraduates; $600 (3.5 percent) for out-of-state undergradu-
“It’s important to develop a game that students enjoy playing.”
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threat is increasing in prevalence in a recent analysis. It found that from April 2009 to April 2010, out of 240 million Web pages scanned, antivirus programs accounted for 15 percent of all malicious software detected. Mac users shouldn’t ignore the threat either. “Some fakes are targeting OS X on the Apple computers now. I’ve seen a fake recently called Apple Security Center that was very convincing; the Trojans have the look and feel of Apple software,” Gurganus said. Some names of fake antivirus software that students and faculty should look out for are: AVG-Antivirus, AntiVira and Internet Security Essentials, which target the Windows platform, and MacDender, Mac Protector and MacGuard,
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Chemistry professor runs for Wake County school board Jim Martin declares his candidacy for the District 5 Wake County School Board.
which target the Mac OS X the University requires students, faculty and staff conplatform. To protect against these necting to the campus network threats, OIT recommends to have a University-approved immediately closing the Web antivirus program installed browser whenever a pop up and kept up-to-date. The University also proabout antivirus issues occurs anywhere other than relating to vides free antivirus protection a personally-installed security — Trend Micro OfficeScan for Microsoft program. Windows and “WhatIntego Virusever you do, Barrier X5 for don’t cl ick Mac OS X — OK to install to the campus something community. when you see T hese proa warning,” grams can be Gurganus downloaded s a id . “A nd from the N.C. since many of these ma- Tim Gurganus, IT security officer State Antivirus Resources licious web pages are exploiting Java, web Web site. Gurganus said annual revbrowser bugs, Acrobat Reader and Flash Player, another piece enues from the fake antivirus of advice is to install secu- business is in the hundreds of rity patches from the software millions of dollars range and maker so the exploits won’t show no signs of stopping. work.” For all incoming freshmen,
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Jim Martin, a chemistry professor, will be on the ballot October 11 when Wake County elects its school board this fall. Anne McLaurin, the current district chair, gave her statement June 8 on candidacy for the Wake County School Board, saying she will not run for re-election, leaving the position open. “There’s no one reason,” Martin said, regarding his choice to run. “I’ve been very interested and passionate about education. Working as a professor here at N.C. State, I see the impact of students coming out of the public school systems and recognize that if we want a strong university you need a strong photo courtesy of jimmartin4schools.com K-12.” Martin said he has been working with the his activities within the University and switch school systems as a volunteer for many years them to focusing on the K-12 school systems. “N.C. State is in District 5, so not only am I a and has tried to be an advocate for good govprofessor, but I will also represent the district ernance. “At some level you can sit back and be a where N.C. State is,” Martin said. Philip Brown, director of undergraduate commentator or you can step up and try to studies in the chemistry deprovide leadership, and partment, said he has known I’ve decided that now’s the Martin for about 10 years and time to try to make a difsupports his decision to camference,” Martin said. paign. He said he would like “I read about his decision to have three main imto run for public office in the pacts on the Wake County News & Observer and supschool system: good goverport this new role,” Brown nance, fiscal leadership and said. high-quality education. Martin held leadership Martin, a strong advopositions at NCSU and has cate for teachers, said exJim Martin, chemistry professor a history of strong commitperienced educators are ment to North Carolina Pubneeded to make policy. “You need to know something about educa- lic Schools, according to Brown. “He is a pragmatic individual who should tion to enforce it,” Martin said. “And I know what it costs to have quality education and be able to effectively find solutions to educawhat it brings to the entire community, not tional problems even though North Carolina and Wake County are facing significant budget just to the students. “Because most of the campaigning and issues,” Brown said. “He’s very knowledgeable meetings are in late afternoons and evenings, about what is needed for students to be successful and competitive.” it will not have an impact on my teaching.” However, he said this will change a lot of
“I know what it costs to have quality education and what it brings to the entire community.”
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No group tickets, no problem The Facts:
N.C. State athletics’ new ticketing policy revoked the group system and framed a new system that rewards individual loyalty for dedicated students.
The new ticketing system rewards students with the most loyalty points, not just those that bandwagon by joining large groups.
Despite the fact that the group system has been abolished, more tickets will be will allocated for men’s football and basketball games. With the new system, 10,000 seats will be available to students for football games and 4,500 tickets will be available to students for men’s basketball games. Advocates of the group system should not worry though, because the increase in tickets allows for more students to attend games. Abolishing the group system rewards seniority and prevents underclassmen from snatching tickets from other upperclassmen. Large group organizations are often comprised of members from all grade levels, and in previous years they have
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prevented other seniors from receiving tickets. With some groups being so large and consisting of so many members, its top loyalty-points member could have allocated tickets to all of the members, regardless of individuals’ specific point count. Large organizations can devour so many tickets that other seniors are not given a chance to receive their own tickets. The new ticketing policy prevents this conflict and instead allocates tickets based on individual loyalty. The new every-student-forhimself method prevents unfairness and allows seniors and
dedicated fans to hold priority in being rewarded tickets. Even though the group system has been revoked, students can still sit with their friends, due to general admissions. One enters the stadium and is assigned to a section, but the sections are large enough that students can move around. Entering with one’s friends guarantees them seats within close proximity of each other. Since the new system rewards seniority, underclassmen might be inclined to join the Student Wolfpack Club in order to increase their loyalty points. The non-profit organization grants students loyalty
points to attend non-revenue sports. If more students join the Student Wolfpack Club, non-revenue sports will increase their audience, therefore increasing N.C. State athletic support, while also rewarding dedicated students with loyalty points. With the new ticketing system, the group system will no longer be an issue. The perks of the old system will remain, such as being able to sit with friends and being rewarded for showing athletic commitment. Students now will be rewarded for individual loyalty and dedication, creating a system that solves issues of the past while positioning new ideas for the future.
Spying on sex scandals
ecently the press has been on a rampage covering public figure sex scandals. From Anthony Weiner to John Edwards, political figures have been the center of national attention — and we just can’t get enough of it. The media loves a political sex scandal story. Lies, beThomas trayal, coverAdams ups, naughty Staff Columnist photo s a nd prostitutes — the stories are pristine products of yellow journalism. The media loves exaggerating and magnifying sex scandals, inappropriately diving into the personal lives of others for the sake of expanding their viewership. Recent political figures like Anthony Weiner serve as victims for the media’s prying nature. Over the course of a few years, Weiner communicated with several woman and sent provocative photos, engaged in phone sex and sent sexual text messages. Just a few weeks ago, he was caught for his behavior and plastered on every news site i n t he country. Yes, Weiner sent provocative photos of himself to other woman and engaged in dirty talk over the phone while still married, but does that make him any less capable of being an effective politician? His behavior could possibly ref lect his ethical character, but unless you live under a rock, you know that all politicians lie — it’s merely part of the game. As a politician, you simply don’t win unless you cheat a bit. For political figures, sex scandals are not even cheating; rather, they are a break from the game and represent the figure pursuing something personally satisfying. Instead of working for you, he is doing something for himself. If you want to awkwardly arrest yourself in your politicians’ lives and know who they are having sex with, that is your own business, but nonetheless it does not reflect their position as an effective politician. Even though Anthony Weiner has resigned from the House of Representatives, most people believe he should have stayed.
Marist College conducted a poll and recorded that 51 percent believed Anthony Weiner should stayed, while another poll by NY1-Marist discovered that 56 percent of registered voters in Weiner’s Congressional District wanted him to stay in Congress. The majority of voters said that although he might have acted unethically, what he did was not illegal. Despite the fact that the media inappropriately dives and destroys the images of political figures in sex scandals, people ultimately concur politics is demonstrating what one can do, not one’s moral character. Not even President Barack Obama mirrors the “perfect” ethical figure. He has stated that in high school he drank alcohol, smoked weed and snorted cocaine. Despite what he called his “biggest moral failure,” this did not destroy his image or personify some unethical detail of him. As a teenager, it is what he did for fun — just like how political figures sometimes have unethical sex lives. Imagine that you someway found out that your male profe s s or w a s “inappropriately” texting a woman he met online, despite t he fact he was married. You think to yourself: does this make him any less better of a professor? No, it does not. What professors do in their free time is what they do in their free time; it is personal and none of your business, and you have no right to know. You might be curious, and you might awkwardly wonder who your professor sleeps with at night, but it does not serve as a impediment to their job. When they walk into the classroom they have a duty, and that is to teach. Luckily, professors have it easy because they are out of the public eye and do not appear on news sites across the world when they send sexually explicit texts. Therefore, judge someone on how effectively they pursue their job, not on their moral, ethical or social characteristics.
“Not even President Barack Obama mirrors the ‘perfect’ ethical figure.”
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What do you think about the Student Ticketing Policy doing away with groups? by Patrick Easters
Rachel Jordan, sophomore in architecture
“It wouldn’t be pleasant to go to a game without your friends and this will probably make it a lot harder to get tickets together.”
Abort this law
Brennan Johnson senior, chemical engineering
bill was passed June 15 in the North C a rol i na Senate that aims to drastically alter abortion procedures in North Carolina. Its constituents have dubbed the bi l l t he “Women’s R ig ht to Know Act” and its swift and modest Josh Lucas proposal requires Staff Columnist that women, upon expressing intent for an abortion, must wait 24 hours and have an ultrasound performed or listen to a fetal heartbeat. The bill is expected be struck down with a veto from Governor Beverly Perdue; however, she can do nothing to remove the mindset of those who put forth this morally reprehensible piece of legislature. The sheer audacity of this bill is deplorable. It interferes in one of the most trying times of a woman’s life. Pregnant women do not wake up one morning and fancy themselves to get an abortion; it is a decision that is never made f lippantly. It is a decision where the rational reasons to terminate a pregnancy must be so great to overcome the life-enduring and crippling emotional costs that must be weighed when considering an abortion. This bill makes the triumph of rea-
son all but impossible. Senator Warren Daniel, a proponent of the bill, has said “We know statistically that this type of legislation helps make abortions more rare.” This idea is shocking, as the requirement of hearing a fetal heartbeat or having an ultrasound performed creates a previously unfounded level of emotional attachment for the parents of the unborn. This newfound attachment, when mandated that it fester for 24 hours, makes it highly unlikely that rationality overcomes emotionality for a second time. This bill, with its pro-life base, will indeed prevent many abortions; however, the problem with the basis is that many times it forces one to sacrifice their own. The demographics of those having abortions performed do not coincide those who are ready to start a family. According to the CDC, the most common demographic of women having abortions are unmarried (82 percent), white (55 percent) and less than 25 years of age (51 percent). This sect will be hard-pressed to just scrounge together the $350 $500 for an abortion or in the future provide the CNN-estimated $222,360 it takes to raise a child from birth to age 17. As one of the only industrialized countries without a system for supporting the birth and care of children, career advancement is reserved for those without children and men, and a young, unmarried woman raising a child can forget about financial security. That is to say nothing about the health risks
involved with carrying a child to term — CDC estimates live-births maternalmortality rates to be seven times that of legal abortions in the U.S. A woman has to be ready for a child, and even then a child is not for everyone. CNN reports that one-fifth of women now leave their childbearing years without having a child, up 100 percent from 1970. Harvard psychology professor Daniel Gilbert found that parents are finding more happiness in eating, watching television and exercising than interacting with their children. It’s puzzling that in the “Women’s Right to Know Act,” none of this information is provided. The emotional weight that this bill imposes will impede the life-course of many women. The bill will direct their life where it has no business going. I propose a new policy to counteract the bill: If a pregnant woman has concluded not to subject herself to childbearing or care-taking and has exhausted the consideration of all other options, then do not prey upon her with a law ratified for a talking point in one’s 2012 soapbox speech. She is in one of the most trying points of her life, so act accordingly. Send Josh Lucas your thoughts on abortion laws to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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in your words
“I’m probably not going to get many tickets this year, because I normally get in with a group.” Erica Anderson junior, animal science
“I’ve had trouble getting tickets this past year, and I don’t think this will help my chances now.” Jihan Cole senior, mathematics
“I usually get in because I am in the band, but I did go in with a group one time and it was convenient to get in with my friends.” Oswaldo Chavez junior, chemical engineering
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Design and engineering students PLAN Fantasia ATTRACTION THAT PUTS RIDERS IN THE FILM. Story By MARK HERRING | graphic By luis zapata
dam Newton was walking through the Epcot theme park of Disney World while on vacation and saw a child pretending to conduct the characteristic Disney music coming out of the speakers of the park. An idea sprouted in his mind—that would be a great ride. Newton, now a senior in industrial engineering, returned to N.C. State to start the fall semester his freshman year in 2008, and one day he got a Facebook message from a stranger complimenting him on his musical taste via shared Itunes music libraries. Patrick Carroll, senior in electrical engineering, frequently listened to Newton’s music and noticed Newton’s large list of Disney music. “It may sound really weird, but I heard about the Disney Imangineer’s ImagiNations Competition in which you design your own ride, so I messaged Adam to see if he was interested,” Carroll said. Newton, along with his suitemates, “to
various stories of the movie. keep come company and “People can control parts security,” met Carroll in of the ride with a response Fountain Dining Hall, technology similar to the where Carroll explained sensory technology of the Xhis interest in the comBox Kinect,” Newton said. petition. “This is the primary differ“I was thinking, ‘I never ence between other ‘rides.’ met this kid,’” Netwon The ride also includes firesaid. “But once he told works, sparks and lights, me about the competiand of course, music.” tion in Glendale, I was Patrick Carroll, senior in According to Newton, the intrigued.” electrical engineering technology allows people on Newton and his friends the ride to use their hands to Jay Brown and Michael Delaney, recent graduates from the College conduct the musical symphony, much like of Design, soon became part of the team, the young child he saw at Epcot. “The attraction is a dark ride, like a conand they started working on designing a proposal for a ride depicting the magical cert hall, through which the visitors pass,” and musical world of Disney’s “Fantasia.” Carroll said. The competition limited teams to four Winner of the 1995 ImagiNations competition and former University professor students but does not discriminate against Elena Page gave guidance to the students to non-technical majors. “We have two engineers and two artists,” focus their goal, which they have developed Brown said. “We really had to branch out for the past four years. The N.C. State team developed the Fan- big time to make sure we were all on the tasia attraction as an interactive ride for same page and that we collaborated since Disney visitors to experience the story of we came from different disciplines.” According to Delaney, the competition “Fantasia,” letting people go through the
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was a good way to gain experience in the industrial field of design and engineering. “It really promoted the idea to collaborate and communicate between designers and engineers,” Delaney said. “In the real world, industry operates like a team. Teamwork and the project are bigger than you.” Brown said the project allowed him to work outside of the “academic bubble,” and take advantage of resources the University offers. Nominated to compete in the final selection of the contest, the team spent a week in Glendale, Calif., visiting the production and engineering studios of Disneyland. “We got to spend a lot of time with professionals in the company,” Carroll said. “They were like celebrities in the theme park world.” Along with prize money and work experience, the competitors interviewed for intern positions with Disney in fields like technology, architecture, costumes and attractions development. “I had never been to Disneyland or Disney World, and the week was a whirlwind of an experience,” Delaney said.
The mixed emotions of personal statements Good GPAs and test scores may be the keys to grad school, but the personal statement weighs in, too.
lexical variety throughout their essays – thesaurus.com became their best friends – and just the way the paper looks. Many of them looked to their friends, advisers and the writing center for revisions, criticism and adSelma Abdulhai vice when it concerned the flow Staff Writer and content of the actual paper. According to Lindsay GenAs the clock winds down for graduate school applications to tile, director of admissions of be submitted, seniors in D.H. the graduate school at N.C. Hill are sweating to finish their State, every graduate program final essays. For those seniors rates the personal statement at who have chosen non-English different levels, so one would related majors, the personal have to speak with different statement, which is meant to departments to understand increase their chances of get- the weight of the personal ting an interview with graduate statement. “Certainly the personal stateschools, has instead become the ment gives us a view of the stusubject of their concern. “I think it is one of the hard- dent and allows them to tell us est papers I’ve had to write,” what is special about them, but Anas Al-Sabbagh, senior in the interview is what matters biochemistry, said. “[As bio- more,” said Earl Maxwell, the chemistry majors], we are used biochemistry graduate school to writing technical papers in program director. “The student third person and so switching does have to have [the personal statement] into first perwell written son and writbecause a lot ing about myof science self proved to requires be extremely commudifficult.” nication. Ma ny seIn the end n ior s h ave though, it is found it difnot the deficult to write termining these personfactor of adal statements Earl Maxwell, biochemistry because they graduate school program director missions.” Although are trained to the personview papers in a technical way. They would al statement has often proven pay extreme attention to the itself to be a difficult topic for structure, the transitions, the some, it is meant to give each
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Making strides in biomechanics Biomedical researchers discover lower-body mechanisms for movement and balance. Ken Cheng Staff Writer
Able-bodied research: The findings from the research of the sources of lower-limb mechanical power yield many practical applications many could benefit from. Currently, there are three main target areas for applying the research findings to build assistive devices.
When it comes to movement, the shear amount of power that the musPermanent Mobility Aid: For people cles must exert to get around often who have had permanent nerve or goes unrecognized. At N.C. State, muscle damage and can’t walk or run properly. the Human Physiology of Wearable Clinical Tool: For post-injured Robotics (PoWeR) laboratory on individuals that could recover with Centennial Campus is currently reassisted practice. searching the lower half of the human Performance Augmentation: body’s energy output when walking For those who desire performance and running. enhancement to become more The research is geared towards dispowerful or efficient. covering the links between the mechanics and energy of locomotion, Source: Dr. Gregory Sawicki with a particular focus on the highly efficient ankle muscle-tendons and the large amounts of power they can exert. “The big message is the power out- muscle-tendons.” According to Farris, running allows put from the ankle joints is very important when walking,” Dominic Far- the muscles in the ankle to contract ris, a postdoctoral researcher in bio- slower, yielding high forces that can medical engineering, said. “When we stretch the Achilles tendon, storing switch to running from walking, the and returning energy. Sophisticated technology has alankle becomes even more important.” According to Farris, the ankle joint lowed the PoWeR laboratory to is of keen interest because of its role in thoroughly study rapid body movements and the way movement, stabilizathe human lowertion and the support limb joints perform of the body’s entire during walking and weight. running in both Gregory Sawicki, healthy and clinical assistant professor populations. in biomedical en“We have an ingineering, said the strumental treadhuman body is set mill that allows us up for efficiency, and to pin-point where his research focuses the mechanical outon the physiologiput comes from in a cal mechanisms reperson’s limbs,” said sponsible for that Farris. efficiency. Sawicki and his “ Pe o p l e m o v e Dominic Farris, graduate student, where they tend to postdoctoral researcher Bruce Wiggin, are spend the least encurrently developergy,” said Sawicki, director of the PoWeR laboratory. ing a prototype for a device that can “In order to increase walking speed, store and return energy in an ankle people tend to rely more and more on spring, just like the Achilles tendon, so energy from their hips, but at a criti- that people can move more efficiently. cal speed this is no longer as efficient, They plan to begin testing the device and they switch to running and pro- with stroke patients near the end of duce power mainly from their ankle the summer.
“Many robots are biologically inspired and are designed to mimic human and animal movement.”
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Dominic Farris tests the Human Physiology of Wearable Robotics (PoWeR) laboratory equipment to investigate the role the hips and ankles play in movement and stability. The PoWeR Lab has discovered new devices that can store and return energy like muscle tendons, which can be used in prosthetic limbs.
“The goal of the lab is to build a device that can help people walk and run,” Sawicki said. “Our latest device is an ankle exoskeleton that contains springs that acts as tendons to recycle energy. The energy is stored in the springs, which recoil and push the person forward. And it doesn’t require any batteries or outside power source, which makes it a lightweight and unlimited source of assistance.” According to Farris, the research can help enhance the design of prosthetic
limbs. He also said the research has potential in the field of robotics. “Many robots are biologically inspired and are designed to mimic human and animal movement,” Farris said. “Designing a robot that could optimally run and walk would require knowledge of where the mechanical power output should come from for different speeds and gaits.” If robotics and prosthetics is not a big enough appeal to the private sector, the researchers still have other al-
ternative options. With such technology on hand, there is an increasingly feasible potential to have shoes that can allow athletes to efficiently utilize their fullest amount of energy. Additionally, Sawicki said the same technology could be applied to help soldiers on the battlefield who have to carry large pack loads and want to conserve energy.
Experts can’t rule out cell-phone cancer link A report by World Health Organization says radiation from cell phones may pose cancer threat. Nasir Khatri Staff Writer
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Students, now more than ever, have their cell phones on them at all times, and with smart-phones becoming increasingly popular, cell phones are letting us do a lot more than what they used to just a few years ago. However, a report issued by the World Health Organization in early June highlights the potential risk of cell phone radiation and its association with brain tumors. The announcement gained significant media attention, but health experts worry it is just hype. The report came following a comprehensive literature search by a team of 31 scientists from 14 countries around the world, including the U.S. Specifically, the researchers found some evidence to label it a “possible carcinogen,” but said more research is needed. The researchers have not concluded certainty regarding the study and the WHO did not conduct their own research— they gathered data from other studies. A significant reason why cell phone radiation studies have not been definitive yet is that most environmental factors take decades of exposure before consequences appear. Because cell phone use has only become popular in the past 15 years, it will take time for more conclusive studies to emerge. Dr. Anita Flick, director of Health Professions Advising, isn’t convinced by the study.
According to her own research chemistry, said he isn’t affected on the report, Flick said “…the by all the media attention surpanel that reviewed this actu- rounding the report. “Everything causes cancer ally was torn between labeling cell phone radiation as a ‘possi- these days,” Saleh said. “If ble carcinogen’ or saying there we stopped using everything was ‘insufficient evidence.’ that they say causes cancer, we They were actually more on wouldn’t be able to function as the insufficient evidence end.” normal individuals in today’s Flick said airing on the side of society. Cell phones play too caution is a good idea with just vital a role these days to just give them up because they are common sense. “With respect to how we ‘potentially carcinogenic.’” Tareq Said, a senior in busishould proceed, just use common sense. We have, as a soci- ness administration, said he ety, become way too dependent shares the same sentiment as on our phones for access and Saleh. “Everyone uses a cell phone, we should proceed with comespecially in mon sense in the business reasonable f ield,” Sa id moderation. said. “When I However, as graduate and we now text go out in the more t h a n real world, I call, we are will rely heavprobably alily on my cell ready limitphone and I ing expodon’t t hink sure.” The Federal Dr. Anita Flick, director of Health t here’s a ny way to get CommunicaProfessions Advising around that. tions ComIt’s a commission still does not advise any precautions petitive world out there and for cell phone use despite cell not using a cell phone, or even phone manufacturers doing limiting its use, would put me so. Cell phone giants such as at a disadvantage.” Not everyone on campus sees Apple and Blackberry indicate in their instruction manuals to it that way, though. Kaaenaat hold the phone about an inch Mustafa, a senior in business away from the ear. Further, the management, said she doesn’t FCC limit on the amount of ra- think the advisory will get diation allowed to be expelled people to stop using their cell by a cell phone is based on the phones. “Maybe it’ll get people to seek assumption the phone will be held about an inch away from alternatives,” Mustafa said. the ear, and not directly held “Texting, using a wired headset, or holding your cell phone on the ear. The further the phone is away all seem to be good ways to defrom the head, the less expo- crease radiation exposure. By sure to radiation. This is great using these methods, I’ll have news for those who use phones my phone and my health.” primarily for texting. Yoseph Saleh, a senior in bio-
“We have, as a society, become way too dependent on our phones for access.”
men’s basketball games will be permanently banned from signing up for tickets for that continued from page 8 given sport. “If you’re consistently asklose their eligibility to sign up for future games during that ing for tickets and not showing up, we didn’t feel that was season. “If we are doing as much as fair to the rest of the student we can to benefit seniors to get body who are still below you,” tickets and they don’t show Walsh said. “That’s why we up to games, the system will implemented the new system. We w a n t correct itself people in the through the sta nds a nd no-show polcheering for icy,” Walsh our studentsa id. “If a athletes, not student acpeople who crues a cera re t a k i ng tain amount tickets away of no-shows, f rom ot her it will deduct Andy Walsh, students and points from junior in political science not showthem and ing up to the greatly bengames.” efit an underIn addition to these changes, classman who may be showing up to games early and earning student tickets at the RBC Center will be general admission loyalty points.” A new cumulative policy was rather than being assigned a also implemented, stating that specific section. If students enstudents who have five career ter with one another, they will no-shows to football games be able to sit with each other. or eight career no-shows to
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know that if you don’t go to Carolina your life isn’t over. That was kind of the mindset of about 80 percent of the people I knew in high school. “It’s just awesome to come from Winston-Salem, go to Raleigh and represent the school.” Basler will be searching to re-
gain his 2009-2010 form, which landed him on the ACC Honor Roll. Mostly competing in butterfly and backstroke events, Basler will lead the Pack when the first regular season meet takes place in Christiansburg, Va. on Oct. 15.
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Pack Oregon bound for Nationals The N.C. State Track and Field Program has high hopes going into Eugene. Jeniece Jamison Senior Staff Writer
Starting Friday, the N.C. State Wolfpack began its quest to make its mark at the U.S. Outdoor Junior and Senior Nationals at the University of Oregon in Eugene, Ore. The Pack will bring a young but well represented group to the event, bringing eleven current and former members of the track to Eugene. One individual that will be heavily focused on the men’s side of the senior event is sophomore distance runner Ryan Hill, who is definitely no stranger to this event. During last year’s event he set the school record in the 1,500-meter run and finished ninth overall in that event. He will also be looking to continue his hot streak, as he is coming off being named an honorable mention All-American at the NCAA Championships in the 5,000-meter run. “I know last year Ryan went to nationals, and he did really awesome,” junior Andie Cozzarelli said. “He’s been having a great season, so I’m sure he’ll do well.” The Pack will also be bringing Andrew Colley to the Senior Nationals, who finished 17th at the
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Junior in engineering Andie Cozzarelli races at the Wolfpack Invitational at Wake Med Soccer Park Friday, Sept. 17, 2010.
NCAA Championships in the school record in the 800-meter event at the NCAA National 5,000-meter run. The Pack will also bring some Championships and becoming of the best athletes in the nation a member of the All-American f i rs t te a m. to the Junior That marked Championthe first time ships. It will that any male be lead by or fema le freshman KeAndie Cozzarelli, junior track athlete nyetta Iyevat N.C. State bele, who will compete in the 800-meter run. has earned an All-American Iyevbele has had an outstand- honor in that event. “She was excited, and I expect ing first year so far, setting the
“He’s been having a great season.”
that she’ll run very well as she has this whole season,” Cozzarelli said. “I’m really proud of her, and I know she’ll place really high up there.” Iyevbele will be joined by freshman Bryan Spreitzer and Matt Schick, who are both from the Raleigh area. Tremanisha Taylor and Jule Rich will compete in the discus events. This event will mark each of their first times competing in the Junior Nationals event, but they are still very confident in their abilities despite their inexperience. “We haven’t really talked about my strategy too much in depth yet,” Iyevbele said. “It’ll be different form the previous races at regionals and nationals. I’m definitely confident. I’m excited, and I feel very ready.” N.C. State alumni will also be representatives of the Pack during this event – current Wolfpack volunteer track and cross country coach Bobby Mack will compete. Mack also attended N.C. State, where he earned AllAmerican and All-ACC honors. He is also the defending national champion in the 8,000-meter run. Five-time All-American Julia Lucas will also compete, as well as Krista Vegh. The event will run until June 26 and all of the results from each event will be viewable at www.flashresults.com.
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Baker named to AllACC Academic Team for second straight year
Brooke Baker, a senior golfer, earned All-ACC Academic honors after leading the Wolfpack women’s golf team in top-20 finishes. The senior earned the award for the second straight year and was joined by sophomore Amanda Baker and freshman Brittany Marchand as members of the 23-member team. The three members by N.C. State was second in the ACC to Duke with five. SOURCE: N.C. STATE ATHLETICS
Abbott, Desbois named to All-ACC Academic team
Seniors Alicia Abbott and Bridget Desbois were named to the AllACC Academic softball team on Tuesday. Abbott, a first baseman and outfielder throughout the season, was ranked as the 56th toughest batter in the nation to strike out in her final campaign for the Wolfpack. Desbois, a third baseman, led the Pack in batting average, hits, doubles and triples along with 76 assist and only ten errors throughout the season. Desbois was also named a Division I All-Region second team player by Louisville Slugger/ NFCA. SOURCE: N.C. STATE ATHLETICS
Choi needs playoff to win amateur event
Freshman golfer Albin Choi went to a playoff at the 71st annual Monroe Invitational Championship on Saturday and putted his way to victory. Going to the 18th hole, Choi sat at 8-under and junior Chase Wright of Indiana sat at 10-under, but with Wright bogeying the final hole Choi made a 20-foot putt to force a playoff with Wright. The 2011 ACC Freshman of the Year finished the tournament with a short putt to claim the title. Sophomore Mitchell Sutton tied for fifth in the event at 4-under after shooting a 66 on Saturday where he recorded six birdies.
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Student Ticketing Changes
changes for student ticketing policies were announced on monday; technician takes a look at the good, bad of new policies. New rules take away groups; list stricter “no-show” policies. Cory Smith
By the Numbers of extra tickets 1,000 number given to students for football games
750 given to students for With new student ticketing polibasketball games cies being implemented Monday by the Student Government Athletics point difference between 3 Commission, more students will classes of students have a chance to enjoy tailgating and minutes that a student 45 attending football games and men’s needs to arrive early to basketball games. earn one extra loyalty Students will be allotted 10,000 point tickets to football games, filling football games that a 5 roughly one-sixth of Carter-Finley student can “no-show” Stadium. The RBC Center — if that before they lose eligibility is the arena’s name in the fall — will Source: Student Government athletic have nearly one-fourth of the seats commission filled with students with 4,500 of the 19,700 tickets available distributed will begin with seven points and sophoto students. Executive Traditions Commis- mores and freshmen will open with five sion Chair Andy Walsh, a junior in points and three points, respectively. Throughout the season, students will political science, said the decision to add more tickets was not just to be able to earn one loyalty point by signmake students happy, but also had ing up for events and attending games. to do with a growing population of Students will also be awarded one additional loyalty point for showing up 45 students at the University. “I think the athletics department minutes before a game begins. With the loyalty points system beviews the attendance of students as ing a tough battle for an essential key for incoming freshmen, on-the-field sucWalsh had a few words cess,” Walsh said. of advice for those “Them giving us who might be wormore tickets is not ried about not earnonly appreciating ing enough points to us wanting to go get seats. to these events, but Andy Walsh, junior in political science “There are several also understandoptions all around ing that we have rather than just the to accommodate a growing fan base here at State, which student ticketing system,” Walsh said. “New students need to look at all their is great.” At the beginning of the year, stu- options, and I hope that they will trust dents are awarded loyalty points that they will eventually get a ticket. The according to their standing as an Student Wolfpack Club is a serious posupperclassman or underclassman. sibility for them to earn a good ticket if Seniors and graduate students start they can’t get tickets through the lottery the season with nine points, juniors process.” number of extra tickets
“We had a bit of a problem with the group policy.”
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Students wait outside Reynolds Coliseum Wednesday, Sept. 29, 2010 for a final round of student ticket distribution for the football game vs. Virginia Tech. The student ticket shortage came as a result of parents' weekend and the team's first 4-0 start since the Phillip Rivers era.
The SGAC decided to completely do away with the group policy. Students will now only be able to sign up for tickets individually and will earn tickets according to their standing rather than the highest amount of loyalty points in the given group. “We had a bit of a problem with the group policy,” Walsh said. “At first it seemed like a good problem to have with a lot higher ticket requests. But what we realized was that seniors, loyal senior students, were missing out on going to games because one loyal fan was a group leader over a lot of freshmen and sophomores. “So, we saw it in the best interests of the students to review it and we felt that eliminating the group policy and moving toward something more individually-based would be best.” While Walsh saw the group policy as a problem, Jay Linderman, a Bible study
leader for the large organization Campus Crusade for Christ, does not view the elimination of the group policy as a move in the right direction. “I think that really hurts us as a ministry,” Linderman said, “because the group ticketing process was a way for us to get to know each other. We do large tailgates and charge $2 a plate and it attracts more students to our organization.” The no-show policy was also amongst the changes to be implemented next season. In the past, students who did not show up to a game before halftime were simply deducted a loyalty point. With the new policy, if a student misses more than two games during the football season or more than three during the basketball season in which he or she received a ticket, he or she will
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Basler battles to get back in the water Winston-Salem native endures “long road” following injury. Sean Fairholm
With the new student ticketing policy, students will now fill roughly one-sixth of the stands at Carter-Finley Stadium and nearly one-fourth of the RBC Center in the fall.
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Seniors Chad Day and Mark McMillen earned a spot on the All-ACC Academic team Tuesday. Both players are business administration majors who excelled in and out of the classroom. McMillen compiled a career-best 74.8 scoring average while competing in 11 of 13 tournaments for the Wolfpack. Day also scored a career-best with an average of 74.1 in 12 events. To be eligible for the ACC Academic team, a student-athlete must have a 3.0 grade point average or higher during the season.
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Basler’s best times by event: 100-meter butterfly: 50.11 200-meter butterfly: 1:53.44 200-meter IM: 1:52.51 200-meter backstroke: 1:53.29
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Results are often measured exclusively by an individual’s performance within his or her respective arena. For red shirt senior swimmer Daniel Basler, a criminology major, the arena for measuring persistence will soon be recognized by frenzied crowds and remarkable finishes. Basler’s difficult journey to reach his senior season traces its way back to a longboard accident, which occurred shortly after the team’s final meet last August. In the past nine months, Basler has spent countless hours strengthening several extremities and muscles crucial to a swimmer’s body. “I was just riding down the street on one of those longboard skateboards and got caught up on a curb,” Basler said. “I ended up breaking my hand and separating my shoulder. I had to get surgery on my hand, so I was out of the water for a couple months. “At that point, I talked to a couple of coaches and decided to red-shirt.”
The medical red-shirt, despite providing ample time for recovery, could only aid Basler’s rehab several months after surgery. Although his injured shoulder fortunately avoided intense medical attention, the R.J. Reynolds High School graduate said he went all of five months without full range of motion. “It took about two months Luis Zapata/Technician before I could touch my Swimmer Daniel Basler poses at the start of a lane at the Willis R. Casey Aquatic Center. Basler sat thumb to my pinky,” Basler out last season due to a longboard injury to his shoulder and hand. Basler is using the summer to said. “The shoulder took about get back to practicing with the swim team. five months to get back before One of the many reasons I could get to full range of While the regimen may appear and you swim until 8. Some motion without any pain. It’s unworldly to some onlookers, kids head off to school, then we Basler puts his dogged work been a long road, but the main Basler said he never takes the come back around 1 to work on ethic to use is so he can reprea b i l i t y t o weightlifting. Then you swim sent N.C. State and his homething was train with a after that until 4 p.m., go to town of Winston-Salem. With stretching healthy body work or do homework, go to only six North Carolinians and strengthsleep, and then start all over on the men’s swimming rosfor granted. ening my “We break again. I would say we are work- ter, Basler said coming to Rashoulder and up on Mon- ing just as hard in the summer leigh gives him a tremendous hand to get d a y s a n d as we are in the season because amount of pride. them back to Red shirt senior swimmer “In Winston-Salem a lot of of the different things we have Thursdays where t hey Daniel Basler people are Carolina fans, so a nd e s sen- to accomplish. needed to be.” “It was difficult watching it’s important to come back and t i a l ly have That process to get back into prime form three workouts,” Basler said. when everyone else was swim- represent N.C. State,” Basler includes one of the most rigor- “The day starts, you wake up ming or in the weight room. said. “It really lets everyone ous off-season training sched- around 5 o’clock in the morn- You just want to be there with ules in N.C. State athletics. ing, you’re in the water at 5:30, everyone else.” H2o continued page 7
“You just want to be there with everyone else.”