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N.C. could turn from red to blue COMPILED BY CHRIS ALLRED | PHOTO BY MICHELE CHANDLER | GRAPHICS BY SUSANNAH BRINKLEY

HOW NORTH CAROLINA VOTED IN THE LAST 25 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS:

NORTH CAROLINA COULD TURN BLUE North Carolina has the potential to vote for a Democratic presidential candidate for the first time since 1976, and Andrew Taylor, professor and chair of political science, said it’s about a fifty-fifty chance. “It’s hard to tell either way,� he said. There are many other states, such as Ohio, Florida, Virginia and Colorado, that voted for George Bush in 2000 too but have the potential to vote for democratic nominee Barack Obama this year. North Carolina has the benefit of college towns as well as high numbers of blacks and citizens who have come from other parts of the country, Taylor said. One reason Taylor said Obama has had such a boost in North Carolina was his strong showing in the Democratic primary in April. “It helped him get his name across,� he said. “He had an organization [established], a network of supporters. Time spent creating that campaign organization has been good for him.� According to Pollster.com, its latest poll of polls has Obama leading Republican rival John McCain 48.7 percent to 46.9

REPUBLICANS PLAY DEFENSE While Democrats try to sway North Carolina from red to blue, Republicans are playing defense to keep a conservative in the White House. Ches McDowell, chair of Students for McCain and sophomore in political science, said an Obama win is a possibility in North Carolina. “Anything’s possible, but I think in the end, North Carolinians are too smart to go to a blue state,� he said. There is strong support for Pat McCrory, the republican candidate for governor, and McDowell said that could mean bad news for democrats running in this year’s election. “I’m pretty sure we’re going to have a Republican governor,� he said. “I just don’t think it’s the year for the Democrats.� Typically North Carolinians support Democrats that are more conservative than Obama, McDowell said. Before Obama started gaining in the polls in states like Virginia and North Carolina, Republicans had taken the state for granted, he said. “If more [candidates] lose in North Carolina and it becomes mixed up, the red starts to disappear a little bit,� he said.

John Cengel, a senior in business administration, talks with his friend Sarah Herndon, a Raleigh resident, outside the Pullen Arts Center’s early voting site. “Young people are a lot more energized in this election,� he said.

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EARLY VOTING About 1,000 voters, including many students, turned out to the Pullen Arts Center Thursday for North Carolina’s first day of early voting, site supervisor William Britt said. “Usually on the first day, it’s quite crowded,� he said. “Saturday, Nov. 1 is going to be as busy as it can be.� Stephanie Crenk, a junior in biochemistry, and her friend, Jessica King, a junior in chemistry, voted Thursday. Crank said the state of economy has made this election more important for students. “I’ve never really been interested in politics until now,� Crank said. Crank and King are both looking to graduate soon, and after applying to numerous outlets, they said they have not found jobs yet. Crank said the classes of 2009 and 2010 will likely feel the heaviest effects of the economy, and “the country’s never really been like this.� Britt has worked in voting sites for about 15 years, he said, and he said this election doesn’t seem to be too different from others with turnout. Twenty eight people are on staff at the Pullen Arts Center, and Britt said they could handle any surges in voters.

DEMOCRATS COME FROM HARVARD TO CAMPAIGN Since North Carolina entered its swing-state status, Democrats from all over the country are wanting to campaign in the state to turn it blue. But they’re not doing it without help. In one example, the Harvard College Democrats at Harvard University are organizing a trip for up to 275 students to campaign in North Carolina, Georgia and Indiana, with one group coming to Raleigh. Sam Novey, communications director for the group, said it is working through TravelForChange.org. “The way the site works, you have volunteers like us who don’t live in swing states, and Travel for Change allows people who don’t have the money to buy a plane ticket to a swing state, [by connecting] them with volunteers who have the money,� he said. Americans in Italy for Obama is the group supporting the Harvard Democrats on their trip, according to President Jarret Zafran, and the campaigners will come to their assigned state by Nov. 1, to motivate voters to get to the polls. Zafran said campaigning could also help boost voter return for U.S. Senate candidate Kay Hagan, and other Democratic hopefuls that could overturn Republican incumbents. “These races that weren’t considered as competitive are now our golden ticket to reach 60 in the Senate,� he said. These students have had practice campaigning almost every weekend in New Hampshire, a swing state that only requires an hour-long trip, Novey said.

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Thompson Theatre renovations extended Crews have changed the date of the project’s completion after finding unexpected problems in the structure James Layman Deputy News Editor

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Susan Fishel, a senior in environmental technology, works her aunt and uncle’s “Miss Debbies Specialty Apples� booth at the N.C State Fair. Fischel is a veteran of the booth. This is her fourth year selling the custom, colorful treats, as she’s helped out since her freshman year at N.C State. “My favorite ones are the Caramel Apple Pie and the Reese’s peanut butter cup,� said Fishcel.

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ates to the State Fair opened Thursday, and organizers like Steve Troxler, commissioner of Agriculture, are expecting this year’s turnout to exceed that of last year’s fair, which brought 859,000 people to the fairgrounds off Blue Ridge Road. Troxler, a 1979 alumnus, said he hopes 1 million people walk through those gates, helping fund renovations and projects — like the Expo building — on the fairgrounds. That’s despite an economic downturn that has caused some to save their money more carefully. Tickets are $7 at the gates and $5 in advance.

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The opening of Thompson Theatre has been delayed six weeks due to problems in the building’s structure, Alex Miller, associate vice chancellor for Student Affairs, said. The 82-year-old building was expected to be completed sometime in late December, but as renovations continued, crews found problems that Miller said are not uncommon in old buildings. “We had always anticipated the schedule would stretch out,� Miller said. “You run into things you don’t know about. We call those unforeseen circumstances. If you’re building something brand new, you don’t have that. You know exactly what you’re getting. If you go into an 82year-old building that has been converted from a gym, you’re going to have things surprise you.�

Assessment The crews went around the building and assessed it, giving it good reports, while students and faculty still continued to use it. “Without tearing down the walls, we tried to determine the status of the building,� Miller said. “We had contractors come in and assess it and almost every category of the assessments said the building was in really great shape for being so old, which made our jobs easier. But still, with such an old building, you have to expect to find surprises.� These surprises included problems with the old floor and the structures supporting the building, Miller said. Before it became Thompson Theatre in 1963, the building housed Thompson Gymnasium. The gymnasium was originally established to give students a chance to have a scheduled fitness routine since military drills were no longer required after WWI. “Since it was a gym, it had the typical gym floor, which we had to take up,� Miller said. “Once the crews took up one layer of flooring, the THOMPSON continued page 3

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ORIENTATION COUNSELOR INFORMATION SESSION Talley Student Center, room 3118 10:30 to 11 a.m. NCSU DEPARTMENT OF STATISTICS SEMINAR Riddick Hall, room 321 3:35 to 4:15 p.m.

66/53 Temperatures begin to cool off with a 50 percent chance of showers.

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at Nivanh, a 2006 alumnus in chemistry, climbs across the bouldering course outside of Carmichael Gymnasium Thursday. “It’s challenging — you’re using every muscle in your body,� Nivanh said. “The best part is being outside. I just appreciate nature more.�

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my children from remaining sources of airborne lead.� SOURCE: CNN.COM

Sex offenders “With what EPA lowers identified for they’ve done lead limit in air Halloween in the amount The Environmental Protection is lowering the amount Sex offenders in Maryland are of time they’ve Agency of lead allowed in the air by 90 required to post paper signs at percent. EPA officials were under their doors that alert parents head, the end a federal court order to set a new to stay away. The signs feature by midnight Wednes- a pumpkin and the word “No result is going to standard day. candy at this residence.� If sex The EPA said the new limit will refuse to post these be amazing and better protect people’s health, offenders signs, they will be in violation people definitely especially that of children. Ex- of their parole. posure to lead, even at low conThe signs began arriving at the need to come and centrations, can affect a child’s homes of about 1,200 violent and memory, IQ and ability to learn child-sex offenders last week. check it out.� “Our nation’s air is cleaner toIn addition to posting to signs, Cameron Laws, sophomore in English on the Thompson Theatre renovations

day than just a generation ago, and last night I built upon this progress by signing the strongest air quality standards for lead in our nation’s history,� Stephen Johnson, the EPA administrator, said.�Thanks to this stronger standard, EPA will protect

offenders must stay at their home, turn off all outside lights and not answer the door on Halloween night. SOURCE: WBALTV.COM

Nogales, Mexico added to travel alerts The U.S. State Department has added the city of Nogales to its list of places in Mexico where American travelers should be wary due to increased violence The State Department attributes the violence to fighting among Mexican drug cartels ing routes.

IN THE KNOW

University hosts open house

The Office of Undergraduate Admissions is hosting an open house for prospective students Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Office of Undergraduate Admissions and several academic departments will hold information sessions throughout the day for both prospective freshmen as well as transfer students. Colleges and departments will have display booths in Talley Student Center and Carmichael Gymnasium and faculty, staff and student representatives from each college will be available to answer questions. Interested visitors can take student-led campus tours, which are offered throughout the day, and tour a model residence hall room. Musical ensembles will also perform throughout the day. Visit ncsu.edu/openhouse for more information. SOURCE: OFFICE OF UNDERGRADUATE ADMISSIONS

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NCSU CENTER STAGE PRESENTS SUSAN WERNER Stewart Theater 8 p.m. THE INCREDIBLE HULK Witherspoon Cinema 9:30 to 11:30 p.m. SEX AND THE CITY Witherspoon Cinema 11:59 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. Saturday PADDLING DAY TRIP Carmichael Recreation Center Parking Lot 9:45 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.

POLICE BLOTTER

2:38 P.M. | SPECIAL EVENT Talley Student Center Officer provided security for Millennium Seminar.

1:57 P.M. | MEDICAL ASSIST Student Health Center Units responded to student in need of medical assistance.

Coming out week comes to a close

4:01 P.M. | FIRE ALARM Owen Hall FP responded to alarm caused by steam from bathroom. System reset. 4:59 P.M. | FIRE ALARM Weisiger-Brown FP responded to alarm caused by dust and humidity. System reset. 5:56 P.M. | LARCENY Wood Hall Student reported stolen bicycle. 6:42 P.M. | DAMAGE TO PROPERTY Coliseum Deck Student reported damage to vehicle by keying while parked. 7:10 P.M. | SPECIAL EVENT Talley Student Center Officers participated in RBI project. 10:40 P.M. | DRUG VIOLATION Owen Hall Four students were issued citations and referred to the University for consumption and possession of a controlled substance.

tions. Contact Ken Satterwhite at 513-6173 for any questions. SOURCE: CHRISTINE KLEIN, TRANSPORATION SPECIALIST

Today is the final day of Coming Out Week which is sponsored by the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Center. The center held events each day this week from a “Coming Out Support� Tee shirt giveaway to a discussion about sexual violence issues within the GLBT community. Friday’s event is “Wear Blue Jeans� Day. GLBT students and their supporters are encouraged to wear blue jeans. This year’s Coming Out Week was the first celebrated since the GLBT center opened in Talley Student Center in January. SOURCE: GLBT CENTER

Construction reduces limited parking space

Construction at the College of Veterinary Medicine has reduced the number of parking spaces available to the public. TO ensure that CVM faculty, students and staff have parking available to conduct CVM business, all cars must display a C permit during regular enforcement hours. Personnel must also present a CVM identification at all times during State Fair opera-

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ROCK CLIMBING BASICS Carmichael Recreation Center 5 to 8 p.m.

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$ 8pm, Stewart Theatre

Susan Werner

Effortlessly sliding between folk, jazz and pop, Susan Werner’s songs are delivered with a sassy wit and classic Midwestern charm. www.ncsu.edu/arts Ticket Central: 515.1100 2nd Floor, Talley Student Center

Roads closed for Open House

In order to accommodate pedestrian traffic during Open House this weekend, the portion of Cates Avenue from Morrill Drive to Alexander Residence Hall will be closed to traffic and parking from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Guests are being directed to park in the Coliseum Deck, Dan Allen Deck, and West Lot. For questions about parking and traffic, contact Carl McGill at 515-1600. SOURCE: TERESA PETERS-SNEED, PAYROLL COORDINATOR FOR STUDENT CENTERS

Live webcam shows Brickyard The Technician is now featuring a live webcam of the Brickyard at technicianonline.com. Be sure to tune in everyday to see the crazy antics of N.C. State during class change.

Campus Rec offers free climbing lessons The Outdoor Adventures staff will be hosting a lesson teaching the basics of rock climbing. The lesson will include and introduction to rock climbing equipment, knots, climbing techniques, safety issues, and minimum impact techniques. Participants will be given plenty of time to to practice on the rock wall at Carmichael Gymnasium. This workshop is free and all equipment will be provided by Outdoor Adventures staff. SOURCE: CAMPUS RECREATION


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Apex Steel employees Emanuel Tabron, Richard Menard, Juan Chavez and Timothy Parrish work on the main theater seats in the Thompson Theater renovation Aug. 22. “It is going to be a nice renovation. It is well worth the money they put into it,” Parrish said.

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CAMPAIGN SUMMARY Capital Expansion and Renovations: $15,000,000 Provided by Student Fees: $10,000,000

f loor underneath looked like ripples of an ocean current and no one could have predicted that. CAMPAIGN GOALS Having to design a new plan so Total Private Support Needed: that the f loor was level was a $5,000,000 large issue that pushed back our deadline.” ARTS NC STATE also wishes to After the renovation team tackbuild a $1 million endowment to provide for the ongoing upkeep led the flooring, they moved to of the renovated Thompson the raft Center to begin renovaBuilding. tions there. Miller said the team wanted to examine the steel supSOURCE: THE CAMPAIGN FOR ports for the building which were THOMPSON THEATRE housed in concrete. “We had to tear away the lay- making a lot of technological ers of concrete around the struc- advances to it so people can extures, which took some time,” perience it better. There’s going he said. “Once we actually got to be LED lighting and flat screen to the steel structures, we found TVs that see into the Craft Centhat most of the steel on most of ter and sometimes the theater.” the support structures had corThe architect is an alumnus roded.” and Laws said he wants to imDespite delays in the plan, prove the building but still preMiller said he feels the renova- serve its historical integrity. tion team tackled every issue that Laws said the new renovations came up. w i l l prov ide “It’s been dealt opportunities with pretty darn for d if ferent quickly and the art programs contractors to share ideas, have handled which will crethe unforeseen ate a stronger circumstances community of very well,” he ar t students. said. “First of She also said all, the original she hopes the date for complebuilding’s rention was schedovations will uled for the end draw in more of December. students to the [The new date] arts program. is now Feb. 19, “It’ll be nice Alex Miller, associate vice which is about chancellor for Student Affairs to have t he six weeks after c r a f t c e nt e r our initial tarand the theater get date. While there is some there,” she said. “It’ll be really delay, it’s not particularly long convenient. I’m hoping with it for renovations on an 82-year- being new that people will have old building.” more chances to participate in After renovations on the build- the arts.” ing are completed, Miller said Jason Cooper, a freshman in it will take another six to eight the transition program, said the weeks to install all the lighting renovations will allow the theater and audiovisual equipment. to put on more performances. “They can put on more shows Expectations more often,” Cooper said. “StewCameron Laws, a sophomore art Theatre is always packed bein English who accompanies cause a lot of stuff goes on and Arts Village residents on tours people are always trying to get of Thompson, said she feels the into it. Thompson has two thenew technological advances will aters and two shows could go on add to the character of the the- at the same time. Students get atre without taking attention more exposure from different away from the history of the groups.” building. Laws said she is excited about “Even in the past few months the renovations and hopes many the transformations have been students will come out to enjoy amazing,” Laws said. “They’re the building.

“If you go into an 82-year-old building that has been converted from a gym, you’re going to have things surprise you.”

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“Drubner” paints the Free Expression Tunnel as co-host Kristen Aldridge talks to the camera while filming a segment for ESPN’s “Road Trip” before the game against Florida State Thursday. The show, which runs on ESPN.com, is in its first season. “Every week they send us to the best college football game in the country,” Drubner said.

Pack the Polls short almost 80% of goal Group registered 1,000 voters, with goal of 10,000 James Cox Staff Writer

The recent efforts of Pack the Polls, a student-run initiative to register students to vote, have led to 1,000 new registrations, chair Ches McDowell said. This is 9,000 less than Pack the Poll’s original goal, but Student Body President Jay Dawkins said that number

“I really think every voter who’s going to vote is already registered,” said Ches McDowell, a sophomore in political science and one of the organizers of Pack the Polls. “Or they’re just going to do the one stop voting.” Seventy-eight percent of students responded that they are registered to vote. McDowell said that the organization had made some brochures to place on Wolfline buses. These brochures, he said, tell voters the time of voting and what each voter needs in order to vote. In addition to brochures, Pack

WHAT IS PACK THE POLLS? Pack the Polls is a voting initiative to register new voters. Student volunteers within Pack the Polls go to classrooms to register other students, as it may be easier to get more registrations complete while students are stationary. SOURCE: CHES MCDOWELL, CHAIR AND SOPHOMORE IN POLITICAL SCIENCE

did not include registration from aiding groups, which he estimates registered around several hundred more students.

the Polls is going to be stationing vans around campus on election day to transport students to polling centers. “We’re going to have one going to [the voting center on] Method road, and two or three going to Pullen Park,” McDowell said. Pack the Polls helped Aja Daniels, a sophomore in business management, change her voting district, Daniels said. According to McDowell, the influence of students trying to register others has a limit, as those who do not want to vote won’t want to register.

ACORN’s registrations under suspicion of fraud Organization employees falsify registration forms James Layman Deputy News Editor

The community activist group Associations of Community Organizations for Reform Now is currently under investigation by the FBI for suspicion of fraud. ACORN employees are falsifying voter registration forms, signing the same name several times or signing the names of popular Disney characters. Statewide, more than 100 fake forms — 30 in Wake County and 104 in Durham County — are the focus of the state investigation. Erika Pobee-Mensah, a freshman in English, said she thinks this kind of behavior

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“These people should face federal prosecution from the FBI for lying on a federal document.”

TOP TEN STATES FOR ACORN VOTER REGISTRATION Ohio: 247,335 Michigan: 215,470 Pennsylvania: 153,898 Florida: 151,812 Nevade: 87,968 New Mexico: 77,432 Colorado: 65,969 Montana: 47,362 Texas: 42,695 Minnesota: 42,581 SOURCE: ACORN.ORG

tagged and officials examine them further before processing the registration. Any employee found falsifying registration forms is fired, but Pobee-Mensah said stricter punishments should be put in place. “Obviously firing people isn’t working because people are still doing it,” she said. “These people should face federal prosecution from the FBI for lying on a federal document.”

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{OUR VIEW}

THE ISSUE:

The State Fair opened its admission gates Thursday.

OUR OPINION:

Even with the weak economy, the State Fair is a nearby source of entertainment and a North Carolina tradition.

THE SOLUTION:

Students should go to the fair, support the state and the economy and enjoy some fried food and rides.

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Go enjoy the State Fair

t’s the time of year for a North Carolina tradition: the State Fair. Fair organizers have high expectations for attendance, despite the slowing economy impacting fairgoers and vendors alike. But the State Fair is a tradition, and students need to support both the economy and North Carolina and attend the fair. The State Fair was originally an agricultural exposition, and as N.C. State was founded as a land-grant institution with a tradition of agricultural education, the fair is part of our history. While the University has expanded upon its original mission, the State Fair, with its ag-

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ricultural roots and proximity to campus, is still an annual fall tradition. Karlie Justus, a public affairs assistant for the N.C. Department of Agriculture and former student, said agriculture is still important to the state. Justus said agricultural production accounts for about $71 billion of North Carolina’s economic output each year. She also said students contribute significantly to the fair. Agriculture students are heavily involved, working at some of the agricultural exhibits and running the NCSU Ice Cream

stand. Public affairs is also working with the University’s chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America to send several students around the fair and blog about their experiences with a unique perspective. Yet the State Fair isn’t just next to campus and part of history — this year, the fair will host an exhibit called Green N.C., which will give North Carolinians access to ways to be eco-friendly. This ties in with the University’s “Year of Energy.” Of course, for the casual fairgoer, there are the rides and

fried food. Justus said the N.C. State Fairgrounds boasts one of the largest midways in the country, with 114 rides this year. There’s also the fried food. Over the past few years, students have seen a number of foods being dipped in batter and fried for their enjoyment. This year, fried pecan pie and macaroni and cheese are the new fried treats students have to look forward to. The State Fair is a symbol of North Carolina’s history of agriculture and a tradition of entertainment for students. And while the economy continues its decline, students should go to the fair, enjoy themselves and keep a tradition alive.

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ednesday’s presidential debate was arguably one of t he more substantive debates of the year. For the most part, Sens. Barack Obama and John McCain stuck to policy arguments. Ye t I s t i l l don’t see why people think t h is system works. For one, Paul McCauley t he re’s not Viewpoint Editor a whole lot of analysis. After the debate, I listened to the analysts on National Public Radio talk about each candidate’s performance and watched a bit of the latenight news on MSNBC. But the “analysis” was not a detailed evaluation of the policy — the talking heads spent a lot of time discussing who “won” the debate and what the actual identity of “Joe the Plumber” was. Seriously? We’re obsessing over who Joe the Plumber is? By Jove, the search for Rosie the Riveter, Bob the Builder and Larry the Cable Guy is ON! Forget an actual discussion of health care plans, energy policies and tax reforms. There’s a dude named Joe, he’s a plumber and John McCain talked about him on a nationally televised debate. As it turns out, the news networks and newspapers did find the real Joe the Plumber, Joe Wurzelbacher. And, according to The New York Times, he was scared at Obama’s “kind of socialist viewpoint” on “spreading the wealth around.” Obviously, Joe’s profound insight into the election marks a massive electoral shift, and we can expect to see a close race Nov. 4. Thanks Joe. Of course, the presidential debate overshadowed North C a r o l i n a’s g u b e r n at or i a l debate, despite the fact that the gubernatorial race is far more

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What is your biggest reason for going to the State Fair and why? BY TIM O’BRIEN

In the election over the State Labor Commissioner, the N.C. Democratic chairman doesn’t realize that both sides are using corporate dollars.

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or those of you who don’t know, and I’m sure there are many, this week is Coming Out Week for the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community. The GLBT Center’s Everyone Welcome Here seeks to promote acceptance and understanding Catie Pike between Staff Columnist gay a nd straight populations on campus. Coming Out Week is no exception, and is a specific way for not only individuals who identify themselves as GLBT to come out, but also for their straight allies to step up and express their support for the community. I know that some people dismiss the conflicts and trials of the gay community as self-inflicted because they feel it is a choice to be gay. T h e a r g u m e nt h e r e , however, is not whether choice or biology is involved, but it is about treating your fellow human beings with respect regardless of how they conduct their lives. For example, I don’t agree with people who dye their hair unnatural colors, but I do not stare at them in public, whisper degrading names as they pass, or protest in their hair color section of the supermarket.

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I let them live in peace with their bionic blue locks, and I continue to be blonde. This, my dear readers, is called live and let live. I felt compelled to write this column for the simple fact that no one else is talking about it. For a campus that non-profit organization Minority Access recently lauded as one of the top diversity institutions in the country, I find it a bit ironic that other than the GLBT Center’s own advertising, to my knowledge, no other campus news source has picked up the story. A note to the University might read, “diversity d o e s n’t j u s t apply to race.” Although N.C. State does have a small network of very supportive faculty and staff w ho m e nt or GLBT students through Project SAFE, there are many more silent, straight allies who make an impression by standing up against discrimination and hate. In acknowledgment of that, today is Blue Jeans Day on the Coming Out Week calendar, which asks those who identify and acknowledge the GLBT community to wear blue jeans on campus as a subtle, visual show of support through anonymity.

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Now, were it me, I would have chosen something a little less universal, considering jeans are a rather popular clothing item. If you had Blue Jeans day in August, I think the true advocates would be a little more obvious, but I get the idea. I am well aware of the c ont rover s y t he GL BT Center’s appearance on campus caused. I’m not going to beat that dead horse with a stick any longer because another slanderous debate is not what I am looking for. What I am looking for is for those people who had a gay friend in high school, a family member c ome out or si mply those who sympathize with being different to become allies or at t he ver y least, vocally tolerant of a f ledgling community on campus that adds to the diversity, quality and amount of acceptance on campus.

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“Probably the food. I love the deep fried Snickers, corn dogs and funnel cakes. I didn’t go last year, but I think I am this year. The rides are not so much fun after you’ve eaten.” Chris Smith senior, Spanish

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“It was my friends that convinced me to go, — that’s the biggest reason. This will be my first time going to the fair [and] I want to ride a lot of rides.” Anas Alsabagh sophomore, biology

“Because I’ve never been, and I’ve heard it’s awesome. All the food gives you a heart attack. You see all sorts of people from all different classes, and you waste your money on some Southern goodness.” Brian Ingram senior, biological engineering

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Democratic volunteer for campaigns plays an ‘important role’ in election This is the first installment of a weekly series on students working for political campaigns. Look in next Friday’s Campus & Capital section for a profile on a student working for Republican candidates. Student volunteers for Obama, Hagan, Miller campaigns

Social Sciences and the College of Engineering. Hester said he first became interested in politics at a young age because of his father. Laney Tipton “My father as always been inStaff Writer terested in politics and American history, and got me interested,” Some students like to spend Hester said. their free time playing sports. Hester has been working with Others like to go to parties or Miller’s campaign team for about hang out with t wo mont h s friends. now. It’s different Mi l ler is a for Zack HesDemocrat repter, a junior in resenting North engineering and Carolina’s 13th political science. district. Hester spends “I like how he some of his free votes on most U.S. House Representative issues,” Hester time volunteerBrad Miller ing for his fasaid. vorite political Miller is also figures — including U.S. Sen. on the House Science TechnoloBarack Obama, U.S. Rep. Brad gy committee, which Hester said Miller and N.C. Sen. Kay Hagan, appeals to his own interests. candidate for U.S. Senate. “I want to be involved where I “I’m interested in science, tech- can help,” Hester said. nology and public policy,” Hester In a typical day, Hester helps said. make and deliver yard signs, He is also a Benjamin Frank- calls voters in Miller’s district lin Scholar, a scholar program and does other odd jobs for four which is designed to help stu- or five hours a week. dents achieve a duel degree in “They need someone to do the the College of Humanities and work I do,” Hester said. “I do

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Zack Hester, a sophomore in aerospace engineering and political science, works for the Brad Miller campaign. Brad Miller is a U.S. House representative and is part of the House Financial Services Committee.

things that everyone else is too busy to do.” And Miller said Hester’s work is appreciated. “I count on those yard signs as a visible show of support from voters in every campaign I’ve ever run,” Miller said.

“Volunteers like Zack play an important role in field work, and I’m thankful he is choosing to spend his free time to help reelect me to Congress.” Volunteering now may prove beneficial for Hester, who could see himself in politics some day.

It provides him with experience and connections that could help him in the future. “You never know what opportunity is going to come up,” Hester said. Volunteering has also been a learning experience for Hester.

Coming to NCSU from Marion, S.C., he said he was not familiar with the Raleigh area. “This campaign has allowed me to travel in and around the city, while getting to know local leaders and learning about my new community,” Hester said. Hester said the best part about volunteering is having a United States congressman so easily accessible to answer questions about national issues. He also experiences how the campaign decides to advertise and has stood watch during a photo shoot with Miller. When not volunteering for his favorite politicians, Hester said enjoys exercising, playing tennis or socializing with friends. Hester said he would encourage students who support candidates running in this November’s election to volunteer for their campaigns. “Volunteering lets you connect in a real way,” he said. “If you are passionate about issues and there are candidates that support those issues, you should help them.”


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James Taylor coming to Raleigh to endorse Obama Music artist James Taylor will make an appearance in downtown Raleigh to show his support for Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama on Tuesday, Oct. 21. Taylor will play five shows in North Carolina, including ones in Charlotte, Asheville, Chapel Hill and Wilmington. source: newraleigh.com

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Oct. 18 BASS TOURNAMENT Location: Lake Johnson, 4601 Avent Ferry Road Time: 7 a.m. OCTOBER ON THE NEUSE Bring family and friends and find out what City of Raleigh Facilities and Programs have to offer. Activities include games, informational booths, music and food. For more information call 831-6640. Location: 20 Anderson Point Drive Time: 11 a.m. Oct. 20 PARKS, RECREATION AND GREENWAY ADVISORY BOARD AD HOC MEETING Location: 2405 Wade Ave. Time: 6 p.m. Oct. 21 RALEIGH HISTORIC DISTRICTS COMMISSION Location: 222 West Hargett St., Room 305 Time: 7:30 a.m. CITY COUNCIL MEETING Location: 222 West Hargett St., Council Chambers Time: 1 p.m. ISABELLA CANNON PARK MASTER PLAN COMMITTEE Location: 2405 Wade Ave. Time: 7 p.m. Oct. 24 ANNUAL HALLOWEEN TRAIL Hike along the Halloween Trail to encounter costumed characters performing family-friendly nature based skits. Participate in a hayride, campfire, arts, crafts and more. Come out from Oct. 24 to the 25. For more information call 870-2871. Location: Durant Nature Park, 8305 Camp Durant Road Time: 6 p.m.

CAMPUS SPOTLIGHT Study links sleep to memory problems in elderly black population A study by N.C. State researchers shows elderly black men and women who have difficulty falling asleep have a high risk of having memory problems. The study raised the question that it may be possible to identify and treat sleep difficulties to preserve cognitive function. source: ncsu.edu

CAPITOL WATCH Coyotes encroach on residential areas Davidson County residents have started to notice a growing problem with coyotes — even in the more heavily populated areas in the north part of the county. According to Extension Livestock Agent Carl McKnight, the coyotes have started turning to pets and livestock for their main source of food since there is not as much natural food sources for coyotes to choose from. Coyotes, which are native to North Carolina, have been reported about 400 times in the county. They will eat anything from cats and other small pets to calves. McKnight said there was a report of a pack of coyotes taking down a horse. Coyotes also carry with them a risk of transmitting rabies to those they attack, but some think they pose more of a risk to wild animals that live in residential areas. source: news14.com

Kyle Frederick, a sophomore in accounting, and Josh Johnson, a junior in civil engineering, enjoy a ride on the ferris wheel at the N.C State Fair. Johnson said the ferris wheel is his favorite ride and he never misses out on an good funnel cake. Frederick said he preferred the pirate ship paired with a corn dog.

State Fair opens, organizers predict 1 million people will attend STEVE TROXLER, COMMISSIONER OF AGRICULTURE WHO IS RUNNING FOR HIS SECOND TERM, HAS MOVED HIS OFFICE TO THE FAIRGROUNDS STORY BY ALISON HARMAN | PHOTOS BY CHRISTIN HARDY

The State Fairgrounds were anything but FAST FACTS FOR THE STATE FAIR quiet Thursday night. Vendors shouted from their booths, cajoling passers-by to play games, Ticket prices are $7 for adults, $2 for children, and board rides or take a look at a woman who, as free for seniors 65 and older and children younger a sign outside the booth says, is half woman than 5. and half snake. The 2008 N.C. State Fair runs Thursday through SunWolf howls from Thursday night’s game day, Oct. 26. Location: 1025 Blue Ridge Road against Florida State University echo from the Dates: Gates are open from 9 a.m. to midnight. ExCarter-Finley Stadium. hibit halls are open 9 a.m. to 9:45 p.m. Midway rides Inside, on the second floor of the Gov. Kerr and games open 10 a.m. to midnight. Ticket sales end Scott Building, Commissioner of Agriculture at 10 p.m. Only people with advance tickets can enter between 10 p.m. and midnight. Steve Troxler sat at his desk, his window overSOURCE: STATE FAIR WEB SITE looking the lights outside. And downstairs, amid the white and chocolate milk that members of the Agriculture Institute So he’s counting on volunteers like Larry Doub, Club are selling, the student art and the vendor a tobacco, soy bean and small grain farmer from booths selling household items like mops and East Bend, N.C., to carry out that campaign on the dish towels, the upcoming election is almost floor below him. palpable. “I campaign for him because I’m a farmer and Troxler, who manages the N.C. State Fair and he’s a farmer,” Doub said, holding up a yellow tracis running for his second term as Commissioner tor sticker carrying Troxler’s name. of Agriculture, will work from this desk for the Doub, standing near a wooden wagon that he said next 10 days. He’s relocated his office — and urges people to remember “what it was that made staff — from their office downtown across from this country strong.” Doub met Troxler about 20 the Capitol Building. years ago when the latter “This is one of the organized a coalition of beauties of Commis500 North Carolina farmsioner of Agriculture,” ers to protest legislation Troxler said. “This is a that kept tobacco profits big part of my responfrom the farmers. sibility,” he said, mo“We met out here at the tioning toward the fair fairgrounds,” Doub said. behind him. “I said, I don’t even know And he expects this Steve Troxler, but we’re doyear’s turnout will top ing this and we’re going. last year’s 859,000 visi“We were just a bunch tors — despite the ecoof young fools then. It felt Steve Troxler, commissioner of Agriculture good, though.” nomic downturn that’s and 1979 alumnus causing many North Since then, Doub said he Carolinians to cut exhas become good friends cess spending where with Troxler, who also they can. helped get a student of Troxler said his goal for this fair is to have 1 Doub’s Hunter’s Safety Team through to the Air million people pass through the fair’s gates. Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo. “This is the first year that we’ve opened the “One of these days, he’ll be a general,” Doub said State Fair on a Thursday,” Troxler said. “The of the student. State Fair is weather dependent — it’s hard to But the atmosphere isn’t just about November’s predict what the turnout will be. But compar- election. Beside Doub’s station, four members from ing last year’s advanced ticket sales to this year, the Agricultural Institute Club are vending white we’re actually ahead.” and chocolate milk for 75 cents. The fair sold more advanced tickets Wednes“We work both weekends every year,” Kayce Sheday than they did last year, Troxler said, and han, a second year Agricultural Institute student those numbers had set a record high last Oc- in livestock and poultry management, said. “It’s tober. going good. It’s been steady today.” He attributes the preliminary success to peoThe club has been selling Maola milk at the ple who need a $7 relief from the economy’s State Fair for 20 years, according to club member burdens. Thomas Cobb, a sophomore in livestock and poul“This is the best entertainment value in the try management and agricultural business. state,” he said. “Where else in North Carolina “It’s a typical day at the fair,” Cobb, who said he can you go to something like this with that kind has come to the fair for about 10 years, said. of money?” The Dairy Council gives the club a portion of But because Troxler is overseeing the fair’s op- their profits, Shehan said. Cobb said they will use eration, he’s had to put part of his campaigning those profits for club activities. on hold — at least personal campaigning.

“This is the best entertainment value in the state. Where else in North Carolina can you go to something like this with that kind of money?”

One of the ferris wheels at the fair at midway, opened at 4 p.m. Thursday and will be open from 10 a.m. to midnight for the remainder of the fair.

Thomas Cobb, a sophomore in livestock and poultry management, general agriculture and agriculture business, works the Dairy Foundation booth located in the Scott Building at the N.C State Fair for the Agriculture Institute Club. The club had members sign up for volunteering at the booth, selling plain or chocolate milk cartons for seventy-five cents a piece. “The money raised helps support our student and in-club activities,” Cobb said.


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The womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s soccer team will take the field tonight at 7 p.m. in one of its biggest games of the season against No. 2 North Carolina, the tobacco road rival. The Tar Heels have lost only one game and tied another while winning 13 this season. Junior forward and defender Gia Cipollini said while UNC is the only team in the ACC that plays a 34-3 defensive set, she feels the Wolfpack will be able to cause some problems. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been working on attack with their defensive 3-back,â&#x20AC;? Cipollini said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re just learning how to attack out of the back, get the ball in transition on our forwards and hopefully capitalize on that.â&#x20AC;? In Stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s last game against No. 14 Boston College, goalie Rachel Barnette had seven saves in a 1-0 loss. Cipollini insists that not as many shots will be taken on goal this game. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hopefully they wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to do that much because our defenders will not let them get any

shots off,â&#x20AC;? Cipollini said.â&#x20AC;&#x153;If that does happen, our goalie is going to have to be big for us. These girls are really good and if they get shots off, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re gonna want [the goalie] to save them.â&#x20AC;? Stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s change in system was due to the amount of injuries suffered at the start of the season, according to coach Laura Kerrigan. The new system, which is now the 4-4-2, was used for the players that the team had available. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a system that works for our players and the players that we have on the field right now,â&#x20AC;? Kerrigan said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve gotten some players back in the last couple of games that we didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have available before. We were really excited about the way we played against BC and we really believe that weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re hitting our stride here.â&#x20AC;? With the game looming, junior forward Briana Cunningham said the upperclassmen have talked to the freshmen about the rivalry. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Be ready, theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re big, theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re strong and theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re the rival,â&#x20AC;? Cunningham told the young players. â&#x20AC;&#x153;And we just want to come out on top this year.â&#x20AC;?

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Michael Cash who constantly hounded â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Noles quarterback Christian Ponder, and linebacker Nate Irving, who re-aggravated his ankle in the second quarter. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Everybody was pretty confident when they knew we all were coming back,â&#x20AC;? Cash said. Florida State took the lead in the third quarter with a 27-yard touchdown run from Antone Smith. But on the first play of the fourth quarter, Wilson hit Spencer for a 67-yard pass for a touchdown, putting State on top 17-13. The Seminoles immediately answered on an 11-play drive, ending in a 17-yard touchdown pass from Ponder to receiver Bert Reed to give FSU a 20-17 lead with just under 10:40 remaining in the game. Ponder was 10-for17 on third down conversions, finding receivers even when penalties and Stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s defense backed him up. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It came down to third downs,â&#x20AC;? coach Tom Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Brien said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We had to stay on the field and we couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t. I think itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the third week in a row that weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re playing more defense than we are offense. We have to get back to the drawing board.â&#x20AC;? A pair of Graham Gano field goals put the game out of reach for the Pack, as the Noles (5-1, 21 ACC) held off the Pack in former coach Chuck Amatoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first return to Carter-Finley since his firing two seasons ago.

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fine with that. But I feel that what Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve done is something continued from page 8 that can be a model for others,â&#x20AC;? Jones said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tiger Woods of 3:08.24. has done it, Jackie Robinsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;It feels great to be home. done it and Michael Jordanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve seen faces that I havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t done it. In this position, it seen in years,â&#x20AC;? Jones said. would be wrong of me to not â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s people here that were spread the word to kids to in the stands, cheering me on, understand the importance that swam before me.â&#x20AC;? of swimming.â&#x20AC;? Returning to Raleigh has Jones has been experiencing given Jones a moment to the whirlwind of interviews relax and enjoy being back and appearances that come home. He has been able to with a gold medal. So he has see old and new faces, and taken advantage of his short catch up with coaches and time back home in Raleigh. former teammates â&#x20AC;&#x153;I travel way at State. too much. I â&#x20AC;&#x153;State is a very hate being on great and ver y airplanes. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a large reason in job now, I travel putting me where a lot, and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m I am now, and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m used to airline thankful for that. food,â&#x20AC;? Jone s C oach Brook s said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But I still [Teal] is like a fahave my house ther to me,â&#x20AC;? Jones in Raleigh, I said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;And itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s still call that been absolutely home. I try not amazing to have to call the Marisuch a core netott home.â&#x20AC;? Cullen Jones work of family While travelhere.â&#x20AC;? ing has been Jones is only one of the bigthe third African-American gest changes in Jonesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; life to make the U.S. swim team, these days, his contact with and one of the few to earn fans and young swimmers has a gold medal in swimming been one of the highlights of event. Although he is proud returning from Beijing. of that fact, it has not served But the fame isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t going to as his main motivation, but go to his head, and Jones will rather, just another reason to be using his star status in a influence young swimmers. positive way â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve had a lot of people tell â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a pedestal that I will not me that Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m in the limelight be abusing,â&#x20AC;? Jones said. because Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m African American, and you know what, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;Recently he was ruled good for a sixth year of eligibility,â&#x20AC;? coach Rollie Geiger said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If you look at the NCAA rules and regulations it was very clear that he would qualify.â&#x20AC;? The addition of Mack comes as exciting news for the Pack who are in an otherwise discouraging situation. Redshirt senior Gavin Coombs suffered a heel injury during a training last week. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He attempted to do a workout on Thursday of last week and we werenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t sure if he had a plantar or what, but he couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t finish the workout,â&#x20AC;? Geiger said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He is starting back running, but to protect him for later competitions it made more sense for him not to travel this weekend.â&#x20AC;? The team remains optimistic that heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be back in time for the ACC Championships on Nov. 1. The No. 18 womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s team will also be looking to receive criteria points towards qualifying for the National Championships when they travel to Terre Haute, Ind. with the No. 15 men. With the top six womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s teams in the nation racing at this event, the young State teams will face their toughest challenge to date. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re all pretty nervous because there are a lot of freshmen running, but Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m excited to be running in a really big race,â&#x20AC;? freshman Caroline Kirby said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This meetâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s atmosphere is going to be different because there will be so many runners from good teams.â&#x20AC;?

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FOOTBALL

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Top high school prospects to visit Saturday According to recruiting site Scout. com, Derrick Favors, the nation’s top high school senior basketball player will visit N.C. State’s open practice Saturday at noon at Reynolds Coliseum. The Georgia native is considering State along with a host of other schools and will be making his official visit Saturday. The nation’s top point guard prospect, Raleigh native John Wall, is also said to be heading to Reynolds Saturday. Wall visited Thursday night’s football game against Florida State and could be joining Favors for the open practice. Fans are permitted to come to the practice, not only to grab a first glimpse of this year’s basketball team, but also to show support for the high school prospects.

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Today: WOMEN’S SOCCER VS UNC 7 p.m., N.C. State Soccer Stadium MEN’S SOCCER @ CLEMSON 7 p.m., Clemson, S.C.

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Senior halfback Andre Brown rushes the ball during the first half of the game aginst Florida State University. Brown had a total of 50 yards rushing on the day, with most coming in the first half. State’s rushing attack died down in the second half, as the team lost 26-17.

FSU WEARS OUT PACK ‘Nole attack too much

VOLLEYBALL @ MIAMI 7 p.m., Coral Gables, Fla.

Langdon Morris

Saturday: CROSS COUNTRY @ NCAA PRENATIONALS Terre Haute, Ind.

The spotlight of a nationally televised Thursday night game wasn’t enough for the football team to carry a halftime lead into a victory over Florida State. Instead, the Wolfpack (2-5, 0-3 ACC) dropped its third straight home contest in a 26-17 loss and set itself in an improbable position to reach a bowl game with five conference games remaining. “We feel down as individuals,” sophomore receiver Owen Spencer said. “But as a team we must keep our head up. That’s a big part of this team. We don’t want to stay down on ourselves.” The Wolfpack fed off the sold-out Carter-Finley crowd in the first half, forcing a Florida State punt on the first possession and getting on the board first with a 24-yard field goal from redshirt sophomore Josh Czajkowski, set up by several big running plays from backs Andre Brown and Jamelle Eugene. The Pack then took a 10-0 lead at the beginning of the

VOLLEYBALL @ FLORIDA STATE 7 p.m., Tallahassee, Fla.

BLOGOSPHERE

Featured today: Check out coverage of last night’s football game against Florida State, as writers Langdon Morris and Lindsey Hall blogged live from the press box. Check out Technician’s other blogs at technicianonline.com.

WHO TO WATCH FOR Senior forward Lindsay Vera faces her stiffest test of the season tonight when the Wolfpack host rival UNC at the N.C. State Soccer Stadium. Vera is tied for fourth in the conference with 21 points -- eight goals and five assists.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “He’s coming back for one of the biggest races of the year. We’re really excited for cross country seeing as how it is a team effort.”

Deputy Sports Editor

GAME NOTES Florida State 26 17

N.C. State

Why N.C. State lost: Despite moving the ball on the ground well in the first half, the offense couldn’t find a consistent attack. Too many three-and-outs led to a tired Wolfpack defense and a secondary that missed tackles and got picked apart just as it did last week. Wolfpack game ball: Willie Young, defensive end. After a slow start to the year, Young may have had his coming out party against Florida State. Young had 10 tackles and two for loss and was one of the only State players to really contain Ponder. COMPILED BY: JOSH HARRELL

second quarter with a 20-yard pass from redshirt freshman quarterback Russell Wilson to tight end Anthony Hill, a redshirt senior who missed most of this season with a chest injury. On defense, injured players returned, such as Alan-

Olympic swimmers Jones, Velez return to State Lindsey Hall Staff Writer

U.S. Olympic gold medalist Cullen Jones and Puerto Rican Olympian Dan Velez, both former Wolfpack swimmers, were honored at Thursday’s football game. During a break in play in the first quarter of the game, Jones and Velez walked out on the field, receiving a thunderous standing

ovation from the Carter-Finley faithful. Jones’ gold medal hung from his neck, shining under the lights. Before the game, both athletes were honored in a reception at the Murphy Center. Jones set a world record as a member of the 400 meter free-relay team with a time OLYMPIAN continued page 7

CROSS COUNTRY

XC fields unexpected lineup for pre-nationals Coombs out with injury, Mack returns to program Daniel Ellis Deputy News Editor

Cross country redshirt junior John Martinez on the return of sixth-year runner Bobby Mack for this weekend’s Pre-Nationals in Terre Haute, Ind.

COMING SOON

Monday: Look for coverage of all of the weekend’s action, including the results and reactions from the women’s soccer match against UNC.

DANIEL TANAKA/TECHNICIAN

Gold medal swimmer Cullen Jones, does the victory push-ups after an N.C. State touchdown.The former Wolfpack swimmer was honored at Thurday’s game during the first half.

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Jason Morgan, a redshirt sophomore in engineering, starts his watch and his run down Miller fields during the men’s cross country practice the morning of Sep. 9.

Earlier this week, the men’s cross country team announced it will be bringing in an additional runner to the lineup when the team takes the field at the PreNational meet this Saturday. The additional talent will come from Bobby Mack, who is returning to running for the first time since 2004. “He is going to be huge,” redshirt junior John Martinez said. “He’s coming back for one of the biggest races of the year. We’re really excited for cross country seeing as how it is a team effort.” Mack, who earned All-America status at the National Championships in 2004, will add to the already depleted lineup that suffered the loss of six seniors following last season. The team has already begun to benefit, not only from the ad-

ditional player, but also from the inspiration that Mack provides for many of the younger runners. “He has the experience, the ability, the talent — he has everything,” Martinez said. “When you have someone like that, a lot of the younger guys kind of gravitate towards him.” Martinez admits that at the beginning of the season, team wasn’t certain if Mack would return to the program. Thus the players wanted to keep the information under the radar. “We didn’t really want to let the cat out of the bag because he had a lot of doubt whether he wanted to come back,” Martinez, said. “He is in graduate school and works part-time, so he has had a lot on his plate.” After making the commitment to come back, Mack had no difficulty securing another year of eligibility. MACK continued page 7

As a freshman in high school, I sat in the RBC Center to watch the men’s basketball Red/White game and found myself among the masses chanting the name “Julius Hodge” in hopes to lure the New York native to play basketball at N.C. State. Though I knew little of Hodge at the Langdon Morris time, I felt Deputy Sports Editor like I took a share in his recruitment, and I don’t think there’s a State fan who would not argue he has been the best player in our program in the last decade. Students will have a similar opportunity to influence recruitment this Saturday at Reynolds Coliseum, as the men’s basketball team will hold an open practice from noon to 2 p.m.— a practice at which two of the nation’s top players from the class of 2009 will be in attendance. Derrick Favors, a center ranked the No. 1 overall player in the class of 2009 by Scout.com, will be making his first official visit to State this weekend and will be in attendance Saturday for the open practice. This is the third official visit for Favors, who has already checked out Georgia Tech and Georgia, both in his home state. Though the message boards and recruiting sites seem to suggest he may stay close to home, Favors, and even coach Sidney Lowe have suggested State is very much in the running, as the Pack is on his final list of five teams. His size and athleticism are sure to immediately impact whatever program he graces with his commitment. “When you bring in the top player, roles can change,” Lowe said at State’s media day Tuesday. “Next year, we can bring in the top player in the country. Roles are going to change.” The Pack could potentially bring in the top point guard in the nation as well in John Wall, a Raleigh native who plays for Word of God. Wall’s quickness is unmatched at the high school level and he makes defenders look silly with his ability to blow by them and get to the rim. Wall has no official visits slated for N.C. State, but because he lives so close, he can unofficially visit rather frequently, and State remains on his list. Wall reportedly attended the N.C. State football game Thursday and will also be in attendance for the open practice Saturday. It’s no secret where I’m going with this. It’s a no brainer. Shake the hangover from Friday night, and get your tail to Reynolds Coliseum Saturday to let these guys know we want them at State. Bring signs, make shirts, chant their names, sing their praises, do whatever you can to let them know you are there for them. Make them feel wanted and at home. Though the recruitment ultimately falls on the coaching staff, you can be a major player. It is no understatement to say that if these two players joined the recruiting class already committed from 2009, it would not only be the best class in the nation, but the best in N.C. State history. We’re talking the top two players in the country in Reynolds Saturday — do I really need to say more? Will you be attending the open practice to show your support of the high school prospects? Let Langdon know by emailing him at sports@technicianonline.com

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