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Plans advance for Centennial dorms Housing units will be geared to sophomores, upperclassmen Annie Albright Staff Writer


Genesis Atkins, junior in accounting, speaks during Wednesday night’s Student Senate meeting. “We are each individually responsible for both what we do and what we allow by doing nothing,� Atkins said. The Student Senate discussed the possibility of fast-tracking the Free Expression Tunnel Hate Crime Act, which calls for the expulsion of those students who painted racist messages in the tunnel last week.

Senate delays reading of hate crimes legislation


The Student Senate voted Wednesday not to fast-track a bill that called for the expulsion of the four students who painted racist messages in the Free Expression Tunnel last week targeting President-elect Barack Obama. Maritza Adonis, a junior in political science who wrote the bill, said the Senate’s response showed that “nobody cares,� and while some students have pushed for a University hate crimes policy, Adonis said these four students must be punished first. “I don’t want to be sitting next to them [in class],� she said. The Senate will reconvene for a special meeting next Wednesday to discuss the bill further, after it has been voted on by a committee. The messages left in the Free Expression Tunnel Nov. 5 came the morning after the election of Sen. Barack Obama, the United States’ first black president, and the University community has since been confronting racial issues. Rev. William Barber, president of the North Carolina chapter of the National Associa-

tion for the Advancement of Colored People, tion, said the incident has made her feel joined a meeting of student leaders last night, unsafe on campus. and has called for the students responsible “They don’t care about the safety of mito be expelled. nority students,� she said. Chancellor James Oblinger released anChalkings advertising a Ku Klux Klan other statement on the issue Tuesday. meeting caused similar concerns among “Many of you have asked what the Uni- students earlier this year, and James versity can do to stop hateHankins, a senior in filled speech on our campus,� political science, said the release stated. “There are the University must inlegal limits to our ability to vestigate if any students make rules against such mesare a part of the group. sages.� “There are students When explaining her oppoon this campus who are Maritza Adonis, a junior in legitimately afraid,� he sition to Adonis’ bill, Morgan political science Donnelly told the Senate the said. bill should move through Lock Whiteside, stucommittee before reaching dent chief justice and a vote. graduate student in political science, said “We cannot have a knee-jerk reaction to the even without the fast-tracking of the bill, events that happened last week,� Donnelly, a it will continue to be a focus of the Senjunior in political science, said. ate. Scott Kincaid, a junior in political science, “We have enough people in the comsaid the University should not punish the munity and in Student Government to students because the Free Expression Tunnel keep an eye on this to make sure it doesn’t should allow for free speech. go away,� he said. “We can’t kick out the problem we have to Whiteside pushed for a University hate address here at home,� he said. Antoinette Russell, a junior in communicaHATE continued page 3

“I don’t want to be sitting next to them [in class]�

University architects and University Housing settled on a location, building structure and a general time frame for the student housing project on Centennial Campus at a meeting Wednesday morning. “We know where it will be — inside ‘the oval,’ that it will house approximately 1,200 beds like Wolf Village and that it will be apartment style,� Tim Luckadoo, associate vice chancellor for Student Affairs, said. “They will be targeted towards sophomores and upperclassmen because even freshman engineering students have the majority of their classes on main campus.� According to Luckadoo, the University has conducted a study to address the need for student housing on Centennial Campus. “[University Housing] hired an architectural company to do a study based on the need for housing on West Campus, Centennial and Greek Village,� Luckadoo said. “We have to study what students want as well as other local projects. We have to make sure we are competitive because nobody has to live on campus, so we are doing a lot of background work right now and moving towards making some decisions in the spring- when, how much,


etc. In general terms we can look forward to seeing buildings up in 3 to 5 years.� Student housing on Centennial Campus would allow for students who normally commute from main campus to be within walking distance of all of their classes , Luckadoo said. “I think the proximity is what will really sell this project,� Luckadoo said. “I know students have a lot of late night assignments so being able to work late into the night and then being able to walk only a few feet home or to the new library would benefit many students.� Even students who are not involved with engineering or textiles will be able to benefit from the project, he said. “We are working with the living and learning villages to potentially host a few in the new buildings,� Luckadoo said. “There is the possibility of a partnership between the entrepreneurship program that currently works with our Engineering department, and the engineers for a village. We may also have a strictly engineering or textiles village.� Sammi Mandani, a freshman in English education said she would consider living on Centennial Campus regardless of the inconvenience of transportation. “I would live on Centennial Campus simply for the experience,� Mandani said. “As an education major having the opDORMS continued page 3

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Group joins against measures banning same-sex marriages Russ Witham Correspondent

Join the Impact, a group organizing around the country to protest for same-sex marriage and equality, will hold a rally in Raleigh Saturday. The group has joined against California Proposition 8, in which voters in the state voted to define marriage as between a man and a woman. Chapters of the group are holding rallies in every state Saturday between 1:30 and 3 p.m., and Will Elliot, a Raleigh resident, is organizing the Raleigh rally. Elliot said the goal is a “peaceful rally� that wants to “show

solidarity with California and not understand why Americans the rest of the nation.� are sensitive on an issue of civil Justine Hollingshead, director liberties like same-sex marof Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and riage. Transgender Center, called the “I was surprised to see Califorresults “a major setback [toward nia regress,� Hall said. same-sex equality].� There are more than 1,000 “I’m not sure what people are rights granted to heterosexual threatened by,� couples by the Hollingshead federal governsaid. ment not grantJim Neal, fored to same-sex mer candidate couples because for U.S. Senate, of inequality of Jimmy Creech, marriage status, Justine Hollingshead, direcwho performed accord i ng to the first civil tor of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual Hollingshead. and Transgender Center union in North Amber Carolina, and Meachem, a juSophia Bush, a GLBT advocate nior in history and GLBT ally and star of the CW’s One Tree who will participate in Saturday’s Hill are scheduled to speak at rally, said same-sex marriage has the rally. “become a civil rights issue.� Jeremy Hall, a junior in tech“This is a strike against everynology education, said he could one’s civil liberties,� Meachem

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said. The California Proposition was listed on the ballots as an elimination of the right of same-sex couples to marry, and similar measures were passed in Arizona and Florida. The three states joined 25 other states which have formally banned same-sex marriage in their state Constitutions. Twenty other states which have statutory laws in place in accordance with 1996’s Defense of Marriage Act, a federal law which provides that no state must allow a relationship between persons of the same-sex as marriage, even if that relationship is considered a marriage in another state.

2007’s Krispy Kreme Challenge winner Auburn Staples, a senior in engineering, finishes off his dozen doughnuts Jan. 26.

Registration open for KKC Chris Allred News Editor

Registration is open for the Krispy Kreme Challenge, a student-founded event that raised $20,000 for the North Carolina Children’s Hospital last school year. Since opening registration earlier this week, Jordan Pung, a junior in biomedical engineering and co-chair for the event, said organizers have gotten a strong response. Registration is $10 for observers and $16 for challengers and casual participants. Pung said many people choose to be observers if they want to

support the group but cannot come to the race. Racers will get to use technology new to the KKC, Pung said. “We’re putting in a chip timing system for challengers so they’ll wear a chip on their shoes that will more accurately record their time and make sure everything gets sorted out correctly,� he said. “It’s all provided in the registration costs.� More than 3,000 people attended last year’s event. To complete the Krispy Kreme Challenge, runners must run two miles from the Bell Tower to a Krispy Kreme on Peace Street, eat a dozen doughnuts, and run the two miles back.

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Ducks Unlimited to host banquet

The N.C. State chapter of Ducks Unlimited will be holding its annual fundraiser banquet Thursday Nov. 13. The doors will open at 5:30 p.m. with the event slated for 6:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. The fundraiser will help benefit the N.C. State chapter of the organization. The event will include dinner, annual membership, raffles and a live band. The event will also aim to provide information on the conservation of North America’s wetlands and wildlife.

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The Creative Writing Program and College of Humanities and Social Sciences are sponsoring a reading by Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award-winning poet Philip Levine in the Caldwell Lounge Nov. 13 from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Levine’s works include “They Feed They Lion,� “What Work Is,� “The Mercy,� and “Breath.� For more information, contact Dorianne Laux at

















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portunity to live around people who major in subjects so different from my own would benefit me in my future classroom. I will be teaching students of diverse interests and learning how to handle these social situations now would provide me with

more understanding of the science oriented or artistic mind in the classroom.” Diversit y of majors has been considered in the plans, Luckadoo said. “Engineering and Textile majors will naturally want to live here because of the proximity,” said Luckadoo. “It would probably be good if we had other majors living there as well. It would

give them more intellectual diversity.” Michael Wiggins, freshman in computer science, said he is enthusiastic to have dorms in a different part of campus. “It would be based a lot closer to the classrooms and the professors,” Wiggins said. “You would be able to access information a lot easier, and you would be surrounded by other engineering

majors making it easier to connect with your peers.” Wiggins also said that the proximity would weigh heavily on his decision to live on Centennial Campus. “Once your main engineering classes start I think it would be a lot more convenient, and it would make it a lot easier than traveling and catching a bus,” said Wiggins. “Right now we worry about a bus being off schedule or missing a bus and being late to class because of it. You can just walk and still make it to class.” Luckadoo said transportation was being considered as a result of this project. “The staff at the Department of Transportation are studying the long-range effects and understand that the bigger Centennial Campus gets the more shuttles we’ll need,” Luckadoo said. “They have created a plan so that the main shuttle will go through and make a stop in Greek Village. They are figuring out how to get students back and forth between classes.”


People have talked about the possibility of a monorail being built on Centennial Campus, but Luckadoo said for now that is far too expensive. “Until then we are improving our bus system to keep up with enrollment growth,” he said. There are other developments continuing around Centennial Campus, from the opening of the golf course in the spring to the construction of Hunt Library, said Luckadoo. “Our University has needed more library space for a while due to enrollment growth,” said Luckadoo. “It will be in the oval along with the housing and dining. There will be an open lawn in the center creating its own sort of small campus. There is even talk about putting in a few recreational fields. Centennial Campus is really being developed and it will become a really special place.”


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crimes policy last year, and he said with this bill, the Senate is repeating itself. Students look to their leaders to take action, he said, so the Senate needs to send a message it is trying to find solutions. Oblinger’s statement said Vice Chancellor Tom Stafford, Student Body President Jay Dawkins and Associate Vice Provost for Diversity and Inclusion Jose Picart will lead a task force to encourage continued dialogue on diversity issues. Stafford said Adonis’ bill is something the task force would consider when making decisions. The students who painted the racist messages will have to proceed through the Office of Student Conduct, which is conducting a review of University rules to see if the students broke any.

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Not fast-tracking hate speech bill fails students THE ISSUE:

Student senators voted not to fast-track a bill that would push the University to take action against those responsible for writing intimidating messages in the Free Expression Tunnel.


Not fast-tracking the bill hides the Senate’s debate on the issue and does nothing to assure worried students that something will be done.


The Senate should have fast-tracked the bill and made a strong stance to both concerned students.





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he Student Senate elected not to fast-track the Free Expression Tunnel Hate Crime Act Wednesday night, which urged the University to seek disciplinary action against the students responsible for writing intimidating threats on the Free Expression Tunnel. The Senate had no reason not to fast-track the legislation — it would have forced a timely, rational debate on the incident and pressured the administration to take action while media outlets across the state are watching. Per the Senate rules, a senator can fast-track legislation, meaning a bill can receive the two required readings at the same meeting. This is designed to force debate on important legislation on breaking matters and does not

worried about their safety who stood outside the doors of the Senate chamber and spoke to the legislative body in the opening minutes about their concerns. Not fast-tracking the bill is the wrong thing to do. The Senate had an opportunity to have a calm, spirited discussion about the incident in the Free Expression Tunnel. Fast-tracking legislation is not the same as voting on or preventing any further changes to the bill. What fast-tracking the Hate Crime Act would have done is given concerned students who went to the Senate meeting and those outside of the University who saw the incident in the Free


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Punish students responsible for racial slurs

I was just as dismayed as you were by the ignorant things that were written in the Free Expression tunnel a week ago — however, I took it as just that ignorant statements written by people who wanted a big reaction from the University. Guess what, N.C. State — those people got exactly what they wanted. Do you really think that these four people were going to harm Presidentelect Barack Obama? Not likely. I think that had you simply said that you do not condone what was said and moved on then we would all be in a much better place now. Instead you decided to drag the process out, have a unity rally, let the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People get involved and have forum to help us ‘deal’ with what was scrawled on the wall of our Free Expression tunnel. People keep saying that they are ashamed to be white or a student here and that everyone will now think that we are a bunch of white, racist scumbags. Guess what — you let that happen. You let those labels get slapped on yourself. I will not be lured into the ridiculous fallout of this lame situation. I am still proud to be white, still proud to be an NCSU student and will still proclaim this to be a fine institution of higher education, you can do whatever you like to further tarnish your image. I suggest that, like I have done, you drop the situation and move on. Andy Lanier junior Aerospace Engineering

Let me get this straight: Paul Cousins and the Office of Student Conduct need to look at the Code of Student Conduct to see if there was any wrongdoing or cause for expulsion concerning the recent events in the Free Expression Tunnel? Are you kidding me? From what I’ve observed so far, the University has seemed to be more concerned with being slapped with a First Amendment-based lawsuit than taking into account just how wrong the actions by these four students were. Mr. Cousins, it does not matter whether or not they broke any rule of the Code of Student Conduct. If there is no rule addressing hate speech, and there was none that I could find, then one should be made. There is no reason these students should be allowed to stay at this University. I know there are thousands of students who are just as academically qualified and who wouldn’t go about attempting to instill fear and hatred in this campus who would love to be a part of this University. It’s time four of those students be admitted. Charlie Burnett sophomore, First Year College

Imagine a legal system where criminals, from the first-time shoplifter to the serial killer with 10 murders under his belt, just got a good talking-to and then were sent happily on their way. Imagine the chaos that would ensue from such “punishment.” Some people seem to believe the four perpetrators of the racist remarks on the Free Expression Tunnel shouldn’t be punished for their crime. Do we really want N.C. State to be seen as the University that let four hate-mongers go free? Just think about it. As for Obama, I’m tired of everyone nitpicking at his race. Yes, he’s halfKenyan, half-white. Yet, if one looks at him, you see that he is black. He has assimilated into black culture. The “1/8th rule” might be gone from the legislature, but it has not disappeared from our minds. People insist that the “one drop rule” doesn’t count anymore. That it’s “offensive” to label him as such. Sorry, but when did being labeled a “mutt” become better than being labeled “black?” Asia Murphy freshman, wildlife sciences

mean the bill cannot be amended or struck down. Bills that are not fast-tracked are to be placed on the calendar for a second reading “for a meeting no more than four weeks following the committee’s authorization of the report.” This is a step backwards — today was an opportunity for the Senate to take a stand in front of television cameras, come out with a strong response to the incident and pressure administrators to take substantive action regarding the matter. Instead, by not fast-tracking the bill, the Senate chose to bury the discussion into a committee, away from the students who are

Expression Tunnel as an indication of what N.C. State students think a sense of official action. Instead, the Student Senate went through the motions of business, buried the debate on the legislation regarding the threatening remarks written on the Free Expression Tunnel and got to the important business after some of the television cameras left. Now, the Senate will discuss the issue in a select committee, which will meet at some later time without the notice and attention of Wednesday’s Senate meeting, and students may never know what the committee members may discuss. The Senate has failed students. It should reconsider its actions.


Stop hyping Free Expression Tunnel incident

Don’t let four perpetrators walk free

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Vegetarian food can help make dining sustainable I have a recommendation for University Dining in their quest to become sustainable: serve more vegetarian food. There is reasonable evidence to suggest that current meat consumption is unsustainable. Consider pollution and green house gases. According to a 2006 United Nations report, “the meat industry produces more greenhouse gases than all the SUVs, cars, trucks, planes and ships in the world combined. Those 1.5 billion cows and 2 billion pigs release a lot of methane and nitrous oxide, which cause more warming that CO2. Livestock are also the number one cause of land degradation, and they consume a substantial percentage of the world grain supply. Furthermore, livestock production is a massive consumer of water, and as North Carolinians are aware, a factory farm sewage spill can devastate a river. If something causes cancer in humans, it is probably bad for the environment. According to the American Institute for Cancer Research, red meat does just that. Granted, maybe it’s the preservatives, growth hormones or the filthy factory farm conditions. Still, the AICR recommends no more than 18 ounces per week and zero ounces of processed meat and suggests eating fish or poultry instead. But then the BBC has reported that the ocean fish stocks will be gone in 50 years — Americans eat six times as much meat today as they did in the sixties. If we ate less meat, we could raise our glasses to the planet’s and our health. Jesse Henderson graduate student, mechanical engineering


Should the University seek official punishment for the students involved in the incident in the Free Expression Tunnel? BY TIM O’BRIEN

Oh, PackTracks, I love you SO much. “I don’t think the University has the right to punish them. Even though it’s offensive, it’s still the student’s legal right to express themselves.”

Adam Winsor, junior in design

Anna Jackson freshman, engineering

Rally ‘round the flag


o, my first choice for president didn’t win last Tuesday and now, regardless of how inexperienced I felt he was during the general election, Sen. Barack Obama i s pre sident of the United States. He hasn’t been elected to s e r ve Benton Sawrey as presiSenior Staff Columnist dent of the Democratic Party, or to serve as President of the blue states — he’s President of all 300 million Americans, and has now assumed the role as the most powerful man in the world. As hard of a night as it was for the conservative movement, it’s time to move on, rally behind our new leader as he walks into one of the most convoluted periods of the American era. Our economy is moving toward a major recession and we need a major infrastructure facelift. We’re fighting two wars abroad, our population is aging and Social Security is on the verge of bankruptcy. Russia’s beginning to reassert itself on the national stage, and terrorists are still gunning for our national symbols. It’s not an easy situation to begin your first stint as an executive, but on his campaign

trail Obama offered Americans hope. Now its time for him to translate that hope into tangible results. Where does the Republican Party go from here? After losing 20 House seats and 6 Senate seats, the legislative losses almost grant the Democratic Party an unchallenged path to govern. Seats in once safe southern red states were lost, and there’s almost no Republican representation in the northeast. The party lacked a unified national message, and factions within the party are gearing up for an internal battle over the direction of whether social, fiscal or economic conservatives will drive the policy of the Republican Party in the next few years while gearing up for the 2012 midterm elections. Barry Goldwater inspired a change in Republican thought following his historic defeat in 1964, and although McCain probably personally won’t lead a revolution of Republican thought through his defeat, it will hopefully inspire a realignment of the priorities of the party and a reorientation of the party’s principles. There is hope for the Republican Party and the conservative movement, but it needs to define itself and move


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forward rather than taking the easy route and running as the “anti-” party. Regardless of the partisanship, I hope Obama follows through on his pledge of bipartisanship and delivers on his campaign surge. Although I’m sure I will take full advantage of my patriotic duty to turn a critical eye toward the government, I will be pulling for Obama to fix the problems facing our future because I’d rat her see America succeed than a par ticular political party. This has been a historic election that featured two classic American stories. Republicans need to retool for the future if they expect a shot at winning — but in the mean time, the United States needs to move on and support Obama’s presidency before re-evaluating in 2012.

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Scientists unveil artificial heart

French scientists have come out with a functional prototype of a completely artificial heart. The prototype is based on technology in satellites and airplanes. It functions much like an actual heart, using electronic sensors to regulate heart rate and blood flow. Sensors that measure air pressure and altitude in planes allow the fake heart to respond quickly to a patient needing more or less blood.

Did you see that? I’m fairly sure we just witnessed the first evidence of life on Mars.

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Obama changes Web presence

In an unprecedented move, president-elect Barack Obama’s campaign has created a Web site that documents Obama’s transition over the next few months, before he takes residence in the White House. His online presence, which was praised by Web critics during the election, increased less than 24 hours after he won the presidency. The Web site promises to be “your source for the latest news, events and announcements so that you can follow the setting up of the Obama administration.” Visitors can also apply for jobs through the Web site. SOURCE: CHANGE.GOV, CNN.COM

BLOGOSPHERE Organize your online reading list Susannah Brinkley Design Co-Editor There are so many blogs out there. I have a couple, and I read a lot of them. I used to fill up my tab capacity in order to read them all. Then, a couple of months ago, a friend of mine introduced me to Google Reader. I had stopped paying attention to the myriad of things Google offered. There were just so many. I have a Gmail account, and sometimes I used a few of Google’s other features, but I didn’t really know what Reader was. But it’s brilliant. Reader lets you subscribe to as many blogs as you want, and then puts them all in one place. It helps you organize and manage your reading material, from news sites to blogs. You just scroll down, and it marks entries as read as you go. If you see something you like, you can mark it as unread and save it for later. You can also star it (just like in Gmail). And if you want to show your friends what you’ve found, you can “share” it. Reader also lets you see what your friends have shared. To subscribe to blogs, you can either visit the site and click a link that says “RSS Feed,” or you can type the URL into Reader and it subscribes for you. Entries proliferate quickly, much like rabbits, but Reader helps you manage them. You can compile feeds into different categories, making it easier to read one type of thing at a time. For instance, you might want to keep your friends’ blogs separate from news sites’ updates. There are other readers out there, if you aren’t of the Google persuasion. Yahoo also offers a reader, and there are many others like Bloglines and FeedReader. You can also download desktop applications — like Mozilla Thunderbird — but those aren’t always free. What will you find in my Reader? A bunch of graphic design blogs, technology news, food and recipe feeds, and, of course, blogs about kittens.

Discovery makes life on Mars more plausible EVIDENCE OF WATER, MILLIONS OF YEARS OLD, COULD INDICATE MICROBIAL LIFE ON THE RED PLANET STORY BY ALISON HARMAN | PHOTO ILLUSTRATION BY CRAIG YATES After a recent discovery of hydrated mineral deposits on Mars’ surface, scientists like Robert Egler, a senior lecturer in physics, are almost sure water once flowed across the red planet’s surface. The discovery also brings those who believe there may be life on Mars — at least at the microbial level — one step closer to knowing the answer. “If we’re curious about the possibility of life in Mars, then knowing that it had water as liquid in its distant past is important,” Egler said. “Knowing that there was life on other planets would be a big deal. Not as big a deal as if they sent us a message, but knowing that they’re there would mean something.” Water on Mars isn’t a new concept. It’s one almost as old as telescopic images of the planet, which indicate ice caps at its tip. But the Mars Phoenix Lander, a robotic spacecraft, recently took a sample of Martian subsoil that contained phyllosilicate deposits. The mineral is one that, according to Guy Webster of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., contains water. Scientists have guessed water once occupied the planet’s seemingly dry lake and stream beds. “We’ve known there’s been a lot of water on Mars for a long time. We’ve seen polar ice caps and water vapor. Finding water frozen in subsoil is a big deal,” Egler said. “Most people would agree now that there was flowing water on Mars. From earlier spacecraft studies, most people would agree there was standing water.” But the Martian atmosphere as it is now is too thin to sustain water. So if water did exist a few million years ago, the Martian atmosphere had to change. “The atmosphere on Mars is not dense enough to allow water to stay as a liquid,” Egler said, compar-

ing the atmosphere’s effect on water to when solid carbon dioxide melts on Earth. “When the CO2 melts, it goes from being frozen to a gas. In Mars, water goes from being frozen to being a gas.” The atmosphere’s chang over time could also bring to light the “processes on a planetary scale,” which Webster said can resemble “the processes on Earth.” “It’s apparent from many things about Mars that it once had a denser atmosphere, it was warmer, and water could be more stable on the surface. It can’t do that with the atmosphere that’s there now,” he said. “Earth and Mars are very different, but some of the processes are comparable. It’s not like, ‘Oh, we see this process on another planet and that’s what’s going to happen on Earth.’” The Mars Phoenix Lander reached its destination five months ago, and it was set to cease communication between the red planet and NASA three months afterward, according to a NASA press release. But with its last communication to Earth on Nov. 2, it lasted two extra months. The lander was also the first robotic spacecraft to collect, sample and test Martian subsoil, Webster said. Previous rovers and satellites have given scientists a picture of what the terrain looks like, as well as sample loose soil, but have not dug below the surface. “The Mars Phoenix Lander put some samples of ice mixed with soil into instruments on the deck of the lander and was able to verify, indeed, it was water,” Webster said. “The lander has seen frost, but to be able to touch it and taste it, the Phoenix Lander was the first to do that.” Analysis from the on-site soil composition the MARS continued page 6


Minerals like opal are shown in white in this photo of Mars’ surface.

Mars’ surface pressure, in millibars

Atmosphere’s height, in kilometers

Total mass of atmosphere in kilograms SOURCE: NASA





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lander performed, Webster said, found carbonate minerals that are “again an indicator that the mineral has been affected by water.” And knowing the mineral exists on Mars, Egler said, has made most scientists believe water once flowed across the red planet. But he said for scientists to look for evidence of microbes — either ones that are alive or remnants what was once alive millions of years ago — the rover must send a sample back to Earth for tests. No such mission is scheduled, Webster said. “There are talks about how to design one and what it would take,” Webster said. “The next

mission will send a rover capable of assessing whether Mars’ habitats are capable of sustaining life.” Analysis of surface soil and subsoil samples help scientists decide where they should send the next rover — especially if it’s sending back a sample. “We have to determine under what kinds of conditions is it favorable for preserving the evidence of life, if there was life,” Webster said, adding that NASA has plans to send a science lab to Mars sometime next year. The lab will conduct more soil samples to find a better place for the rover to land. Egler said this step is important, since scientists cannot use one sample to determine whether there is life on Mars. “We’ve found life on Earth in

some places that are extremely inhospitable,” Egler said. Scientists have found life at the bottom of black, boiling-hot seas as well as imbedded thousands of feet within ice caps, he said. “The next step is to send something up that can specifically dig into some ice a meter below the surface,” Egler said, “to see if there’s life there.” Previous missions have sampled younger soil, which might contain fewer water-bearing minerals. “If we’re going to go send a mission to send out a sample and detect life on Mars, you wanna send it to the right place,” Webster said.


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or the last two years, there has been one constant in the Wolfpack’s backcourt—Shayla Fields. The senior from Salisbury has been the Wolfpack’s starting point guard since her sophomore year. Last season, Fields was a co-captain and one of only two upperclassmen on State’s roster. She averaged an ACC-leading 36.0 minutes per game and the team voted her the best offensive player and most outstanding leader. Technician staff writer Candice Kasischke sat down with Fields to discuss the 200809 season. Technician: What are you looking forward to this season? Fields: I’m really looking forward to a successful season with the team and giving best for my fans and coaches. Technician: Which game are you looking forward to? Fields: Of course our rival game, Carolina, is going to be a big [game]. I can’t wait for Clemson either since it’s senior night. Technician: Favorite feeling when you’re on the court: Fields: I love stepping onto the floor and hearing my name called. It’s rewarding to hear the fans cheer. I just love being with my team and having that chemistry—that camaraderie when we play together. We spend a lot of time together and know each other on and off the court—it’s going to be great. Technician: Do you feel working in the off-season prepared you and the team? Fields: [The] off-season prepared us a lot. We only had seven or eight bodies able to play due to injuries. It was best at the time because he had to work harder with what we had. It gave us an idea of what we would have going into the season. We had to have a confident mentality and that’s going to carry over to the season. Technician: How is the team different from last year? Fields: This team is going to battle more. We are not quitters and will fight through the thick and thin. We will also play more like a team, not one person doing this or that. Technician: How have you personally improved since last year? Fields: I have become a better leader. My stamina and conditioning has really improved over the

years. Also my work ethic has really changed—it comes with experience, confidence, and age. Technician: What are your goals and the goals of the team heading into the new season? Fields: We are focusing on going out and giving 100%. Yow won’t accept anything less than our best. Even with the numbers we have, we are going to go out and fight. Our opponents look us over, but they’re in for a surprise. My personal goals would be improving my game and making my teammates better. I want to be more of a vocal leader, that’s key for me since I’m the only senior. I am focusing on improving statistics from last year. I would consider all these to be a success for me. The team is a defensively-oriented team—we are going to get down and we’re going to grind. It’s our safe-hold because we play defense to get buckets. Coach Yow emphasizes rebounding and boxing out so we can set ourselves up to be offensively effective. She also wants me to work on taking care of the ball. Technician: Reflect on your past years at state as you enter your last season. Fields: It’s very emotional. It’s been a long road — we have been through a lot. It’s very exciting, but it’s going to be a bittersweet moment when it’s time for me to go. I have learned so much from the coaching staff and academically since I have been here. I mean, it’s been a long road and I am going to hate to see it end. Technician: What is the importance of fan support to you” Fields: This year will be more of a team atmosphere. We want the student body to come support us and cheer us on. It gives us extra push and more adrenaline. Coach Yow is battling every day and we want to show that we are battling for her and our fans. We aren’t going to hold back, just going to leave everything on the floor.

Shayla Fields runs the court during Sunday’s game in Reynolds, Jan. 13. Fields never came out of the game and put up 17 points, the most for the team. She returns as the star of the women’s team.


oach Kay Yow enters her 34th season with the Wolfpack — fighting through breast cancer and inspiring her players and fans alike. After guiding a young team last year, Yow hopes more experience, and talented players like Shayla Fields can help guide the women’s team back to their glory days and contend with the giants of the ACC.


Kristy Craig, a sophomore in political science, has coach Kay Yow sign her basketball poster during Ballin’ at the Old Barn last season. Coaches and players stayed and signed autographs 30 minutes after the event.


Kay Yow works closely with assistant coach Stephanie Glance who has taken over for Yow in her sickness absences.


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he hallowed ground of Reynolds Coliseum was the home of Wolfpack men’s basketball for half a century until the program’s move to the RBC Center (then the Entertainment and Sports Arena), which marked the end of an era in N.C. State basketball history. The team played a regular season game known as the “heritage game” in the “Old Barn” each year through 2006 until State hosted the second round of the NIT against Marist in late March of 2007 — it would be the last time Wolfpack men’s basketball played in Reynolds for over a year — until this season. “The games in Reynolds we’re really excited about,” Ferguson said. “When we played against Marist in the NIT a couple of years ago, it was crazy. I’ve never seen anything like that. I know we’re all really excited about those games in Reynolds. It’s just a historic place and we’re happy to get to play in there.” The men’s basketball team faced the Fort Valley Sate Wildcats for an exhibition game in Reynolds Coliseum early this season.


JUNE 1943 - nearly 1,000 tons of steel arrive on campus, and the framework of the Coliseum is erected before production is halted to focus on the war effort. 1946 - Chancellor J.W. Harrelson hires Everett Case to coach men’s basketball.

FEB 25, 1947 - Fire chief W.R. Butts cancels an N.C. State - North Carolina game in Thompson Gymnasium due to overcrowding. JANUARY 17, 1948 - The city building inspector condemns Thompson Gymnasium hours before a showdown with Duke due to improper fire exits. 1948-1949 - Wolfpack basketball relocates downtown to Raleigh’s Memorial Auditorium JUNE 12, 1948 - Governor R. Gregg Cherry authorized N.C. State officials to “proceed immediately” with the construction of Reynolds. DEC. 2, 1949 - First game in William Neal Reynolds Coliseum. Attendance at the inaugural game was 11,020 — the largest for any basketball game in the Southeast at the time. State defeated Washington and Lee 67-47.


1974 - Another addition to the Coliseum is made as Norm Sloan’s Wolfpack hangs the program’s first national championship banner in Reynolds. FEB. 28, 1981 - Mr. and Ms. Wuf are married in Reynolds Coliseum with the Wake Forest Demon Deacon presiding over the ceremony.

Seating capacity today

Men’s basketball all-time record in Reynolds

Men’s basketball all-time winning percentage in Reynolds

1983 - Jim Valvano’s Cardiac Pack bring home another national title to be displayed from the rafters of Reynolds. SEPT. 5, 1985 - Ronald Reagan appears at the Coliseum and receives a “Gipper” N.C. State basketball jersey from Mr. and Ms. Wuf.

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FEB. 24, 1999 - The men’s basketball team plays its last regular season home game in Reynolds Coliseum - a 71-63 win over Florida State. FEB. 16, 2007 - The Reynolds hardwood is named Kay Yow Court to honor longtime women’s basketball coach Kay Yow. The women’s team defeated No. 2 UNC-Chapel Hill 72-65.

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SEPTEMBER 17, 1960 - Sen. John F. Kennedy speaks in Reynolds to a crowd of 10,000. 1973 - Reynolds undergoes a $370,000 renovation to repair and replace seats, add a four-sided message scoreboard and a new roof. Air conditioning is planned to be installed, but it never happens.


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MARCH 16, 2007 - The men’s basketball team defeats Marist in the second round of the NIT tournament 69-62 before a capacity crowd. NOV. 22, 2008 - The Wolfpack men’s basketball team returns to Reynolds to take on High Point. COMPILED BY TY JOHNSON

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display of ink on Brandon Costner’s right arm indicates some of the things he values most: pride, family and integrity. And of the several mottos tattooed on his arm as motivational reminders, one seems particularly fitting for the men’s basketball team this season: “Defeat your enemies with success.” Perhaps more than any of his teammates, Costner has something to prove to his “enemies.” After a redshirt freshman year in which he led the team in scoring (16.8 points per game) and rebounding (7.3 per game), fans and media outlets alike expected Costner to pick up where he left off and emerge as one of the most dominant and versatile big men in the league in his redshirt sophomore season. Not only that, they expected him to lead State, as he did in the ACC Tournament in 2007, among the ACCís elite. But something wasn’t right.


Getting ready to give the inbound pass, Brandon Costner stands under the basket in the game against the Blue Devils last season at Cameron Indoor Stadium. Costner is hoping for a return to form to his freshman season this year.


Brandon Costner, a redshirt junior forward, drives to the basket during an exhibition game against Fort Valley State in Reynolds Coliseum Thursday night. Costner had seven points and three rebounds in the Wolfpack’s 94-65 victory over the Wildcats.

Plagued with injuries and an altered role, Costner struggled. He averaged only 8.5 points and 4.6 rebounds per game as his team, predicted to finish third in the ACC, fell to dead last in the conference. With his drop in production, the media and even his fans began criticizing the New Jersey native. Though Costner said he is not one to pay attention to the message boards and the negative publicity towards him, it became hard to ignore. “I put myself in the position to be judged and for people to talk about me, and I gladly accept that because I love basketball and I love what I do,” Costner said. “But yes, people do say stuff that is unwarranted and that people don’t know about.” The most hurtful comments, Costner said, would be when strangers would question his work ethic and commitment to the program. “When people say that I’m lazy and I don’t care about this institution, N.C. State, and playing hard for our basketball team, that’s probably the most hurtful thing because I’m far from lazy,” Costner said. “Anybody that knows me around here [knows] I’m far from lazy and I care tremendously about this institution. I’m getting my degree from here. If I didn’t care about this place, I could have left two years ago. I came back and I wanted to be here.” His lack of production, however, seemed to be a result of nagging injuries that he attempted to play through. After sitting out his true freshman season with a stress fracture in his leg, he injured his knee in the summer of 2006 and never fully allowed it to recover. As a result, his conditioning and his performance faltered as he “played hurt all year.”

“He was hurt, and as a result gained some weight and tried to continue to do the things he felt he was capable of doing, and he wasn’t the same player,” coach Sidney Lowe said. The other factor working against Costner was the addition of another McDonald’s All-American, J.J. Hickson. As Hickson led the team in scoring and rebounding, reports of what Gavin Grant called “inside the team issues” began circulating from the locker room. Though Hickson’s play earned him a first-round NBA selection after one year, he may have been the factor that altered the team’s chemistry. “J.J. was a great player and we were lucky to have him for the time that we did, but last year we may have been a little one-dimensional and a little easy for people to figure out, as opposed to two years ago when everybody was moving the ball and there was lot more continuity to the offense,” Costner said. Lowe, who named Costner one of three team captains, said he has been impressed with Costner’s work ethic — the work ethic that helped him lose 15 pounds of fat in the offseason. “I see someone who certainly took last year and he learned from it — not just the basketball side of it, but the physical side of it, the mental side of it — I saw a young man come back this summer ready to go, in great shape, but more than anything his mind was right,” Lowe said. “He knew that he had to get back into the shape he once was [in] and then to provide the leadership not just physically but mentally for this team.”

BREAKING DOWN THE ACC Rankings based on preseason rankings by ACC media.


The Tar Heels, picked number one by the media in the pre-season rankings, should be the team to beat throughout ACC play. With all five starters returning, the sky is the limit for Carolina.




Clemson, coming off its first ACC title game appearance since the 1960s, returns three starters and should be a tough match for any opponent. K.C. Rivers averaged almost 15 points per game in 2007, offense.



Entering 2008, the Pack will look to rebound from a disappointing 4-12 ACC record in 2007 which saw it lose its last nine games to finsih 15-16 overall. Courtney Fells and a healthy Brandon Costner should lead the State offense as Sidney Lowe enters his third season in Raleigh.


Greg Paulus led Blue Devils should once again be at the top of the conference and could compete with UNC for the ACC Regular Season title. Guard Gerald Henderson, could be poised for a breakout year

The loss of Deron Washington will most definitely impact the Hokies, but senior guard/forward A.D. Vasallo, who averaged nearly 17 points a game in 2007, looks ready to break out this season.

Florida State’s Toney Douglas, who averaged 15 points and nearly three steals per game in 2007 could have an all-ACC type year but replacing Jason Rich, Isaiah Swann and Ralph Mims will be extremely tough for the Seminoles.

The Demon Deacons return all five starters from a team that went 7-9 in conference play last year. Ish Smith, who averaged almost nine assists per game in 2007, will have the pleasure of distributing the ball to sophomores James Johnson and Jeff Teague, both of which were on the All-ACC freshman team.

Greivis Vasquez may very well be a household name in the ACC after this season. As a freshman in 2007, Vasquez averaged 17 points, almost 6 rebounds and 6.8 assists per game, good enough to earn him second-team All-ACC honors. Look for him to lead the Terps again, but it could be tough for Gary Williams to replace the interior tandem of James Gist and Bambale Osby.

The Eagles return three starters from a team which finished 4-12 in conference play last year. The loss of Tyrelle Blair will hurt the Eagles defense, but Pre-season All-ACC Team selection Tyrese Rice should lead BC again, coming off a season that saw him average 20 points per game.

The Hurricanes have put themselves in position to compete in the top half of the conference in 2008. With four returning starters, Miami will more than likely improve on its 2007 finish. Senior guard Jack McClinton, a pre-season All-ACC selection, will be the leader of what could be a high powered offense.

The Yellow Jackets may be one of the biggest unknowns heading into 2008 regular season play. After finishing 7-9 in conference play in 2007 and losing three key players in Anthony Morrow, Jeremis Smith and Matt Causey, it is hard to see the Yellow Jackets win total rising in 2008.

To succeed in 2008, the Cavaliers will have to attempt to replace three-time first-team All-ACC selection Sean Singletary. Replacing Singletary’s leadership on the hardwood may be the toughest part. There does not seem to be one particular player the Cavs can look to for what Singletary provided.






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edshirt junior point guard Farnold Degand had traveled a long road to finally play in a division I basketball game. As a high school all-star from Boston, Mass., Degand committed to play for coach Wayne Morgan at Iowa State. Morgan redshirted Degand for the 2005-06 season, but in March, 2006, Morgan was fired from Iowa State amidst accusations of recruiting violations. Following the coaching change, Degand transferred to N.C. State where he was forced to sit out the 2006-07 season due to NCAA rules. In the fall of 2007, Degand was finally where he wanted to be, the starting point guard of a big time Division I school. But on Dec. 23, Degand suffered a torn ACL in the second half of the game against Cincinnati and would be forced to spend another year on the sidelines. Degand said he tries not to let the memory of that game haunt him. Following the coaching change, Degand transferred to N.C. State where he was forced to sit out the 2006-07 season due to NCAA rules. In the fall of 2007, Degand was finally where he wanted to be, the starting point guard of a big time Division I school. But on Dec. 23, Degand suffered a torn ACL in the second half of the game against Cincinnati and would be forced to spend another year on the sidelines. Degand said he tries not to let the memory of that game haunt him. “I’ve watched it many times,” Degand said. “I’ve got the DVD in my room right now. I watch it all the time. I try to keep that in the past and focus on the future.” Javi Gonzalez, a true freshman at the time, filled in for Degand and would run the point guard position for the Pack for the rest of the season. While State was deep in the frontcourt in 2007-08, five players saw at least 10 minutes per game at forward or centeróthe backcourt was thin after the loss of Degand. Senior Courtney Fells anchored the shooting guard position, while most of the ballhandling responsibilities were given to Gonzalez and Marques Johnson. This season, the rotation at the point guard and shooting guard positions looks much different. Fells has moved from shooting guard to small forward, Johnson is no longer with the team, Degand returns and a host of newcomers all have the potential to be major contributors for the Pack. Coach Sidney Lowe said this is the deepest backcourt he has seen since he has been with State. “We have three to start off, which we haven’t had since I’ve been here. One [is] obviously coming off of an injury, but he’s going to be ready to go,” Lowe said. “I think [Gonzalez] really grew as the season went on and then Julius Mays. He’s just a really steady point guard. [He has] high basketball I.Q., doesn’t make a lot of mistakes. I feel really comfortable if we can stay healthy, but we need all three.” Gonzalez, who was the Pack’s go-to point guard last season, started in the exhibition opener on Nov. 6. He said he hopes to keep his starting role, but he knows he will see the court no matter what happens. “I’m looking forward to starting,” Gonzales said. “But if it doesn’t happen, it’s not a big deal. We’re all going to be playing the same minutes.” The wild card at the point guard position is true freshman Julius Mays. Mays was red-hot from behind the arc in the Pack’s preseason trip to Toronto in August. Forward Simon Harris, a graduate student, said Mays has been impressive in practice. “I was really surprised with Julius Mays. I saw him play in high school and I knew he was a good player, but he’s really getting it done for us right now,” Harris said. “In Toronto, he really got it done for us. He handles the ball well. He controls it, and makes great decisions. He’s a really great shooter.” While the point guard position seems to be a three-man competition between Degand, Gonzalez and Mays, the decision to move Fells from shooting guard to small forward has opened up even more opportunities. Redshirt junior Trevor Ferguson is among those competing for playing time at the shooting guard position. Ferguson averaged 11.2 minutes last year and was a major contributor toward the end of the season after leading the team with 17 points against Florida State, and nailing several three-pointers against Duke. “I think it gave me a lot of confidence,” Ferguson said. “I just see myself doing the same types of things I did at the end of last year. I just want to continue to work hard and knock down those threes.” True freshman C.J. Williams has emerged as the early choice to start at shooting guard. Williams was a fixture on the N.C. State sidelines last season as he attended many of the team’s games as a high school recruit. He was awarded the starting position for the exhibition game against Fort Valley State, but he said he can’t become complacent in the starter’s role. “We know that any given day, the next person could step in and that might be our last chance,” Williams said. “I feel that we have

Point guard Farnold Degand returns to point guard after sitting out most of last season with an injury.




Javier Gonzalez, a sophomore guard, looks for options down the lane during an exhibition game against Fort Valley State in Reynolds Coliseum Thursday night. Gonzalez had four points in the Wolfpack’s 94-65 victory over the Wildcats.

C.J. Williams and Julius Mays are State’s two freshmen basketball players and will join an already crowded backcourt this season as they fight for playing time.

Player GP-GS FG-FGA Pct 3FG-FGA Pct FT-FTA Pct Pts Avg Farnold Degand 10-10 24-51 .471 8-16 .500 13-26 .500 69 6.9 Javier Gonzalez 31-15 37-112 .330 23-81 .284 20-31 .645 117 3.8 Trevor Ferguson 17-0 18-47 .383 14-35 .400 11-13 .846 61 3.6 Courtney Fells* 31-31 114-245 .465 54-140 .386 48-59 .814 330 10.6 Marques Johnson^ 21-6 14-37 .378 5-16 .313 8-14 .571 41 2.0


*Moved from SG to SF ^No longer on roster

a lot of depth at [point guard] and [shooting guard] because we have a lot of guys that know how to play basketball. We’ve got a lot of basketball I.Q.” Ferguson said no position is set in stone, and he will continue to work to earn more minutes on the court. “Everyone wants to get those minutes,” Ferguson said. “The level of competition is definitely going to step up in practice. It’s exciting to be able to see all these players who do have a lot of opportunity for minutes. There is going to be some fierce practices but we’re all excited about it.” As the team’s season opener on Nov. 15 approaches, competition for playing time among the Wolfpack’s guards is only going to get fiercer. “It’s wild already. These guys are just battling each other,” Harris said. “We did this drill where we have six guys in the paint, and four guards who are above the free throw line, and [the guards]

Trevor Ferguson, redshirt junior



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MENâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S SOCCER

No. 1 Deacs knock Pack from ACC Tourney


State finishes its season with a .500 record. Sean Klemm Staff Writer

After a 3-1 victory over Virginia Tech in the opening round, N.C. State fell to No. 1 Wake Forest 4-1 in the quarterfinals of the ACC Tournament Wednesday in Cary. The Wolfpack finished the season 9-9-1 overall and 3-5-0 in ACC play. State took an early lead off a Ronnie Bouemboue goal in the 13th minute on an assist from junior Alan Sanchez. The goal was Bouemboueâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 14th of the season and Sanchezâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 10th assist. The two have combined to become a prolific scoring attack and were both named All-ACC second team. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just great communication between me and Alan weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been doing great this season. We found our stride late in the season,â&#x20AC;? Bouemboue said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just another day at work for both of us. There was nothing really special about it. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just hard work, focus, staying calm and putting it in.â&#x20AC;? However, Stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lead did not last long. Wakeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Jamie Franks scored off Cody Arnouxâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cross just ten minutes after Bouemboueâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s goal. The Demon Deacons would not stop there as Evan Brown scored in the 40th minute. Sanchez nearly equalized a minute before half time on a free kick, missing just wide. Wake would not stop the scoring, netting two goals just three minutes apart in the second half to seal the victory. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I thought the game was pretty equal for the first half, but they got a little more than we did in the end,â&#x20AC;? coach George Tarantini said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;No excuses. They beat us the right way.


Freshman libero Kelly Wood dives for the ball during the Nov. 12 game against Wake Forest. The Pack ended up losing to the Deacons.

Deacons down volleyball Team extends losing streak to 10 LUIS ZAPATA/TECHNICIAN

Redshirt junior forward, Ronnie Bouemboue, attempts to run past Wake Forest midfield, Sam Cronin, during the Wednesday ACC quarterfinals game. Bouemboue attempted four shots during the game. N.C. State lost to Wake Forest University 4-1.

They are a very tough team.â&#x20AC;? Despite the loss, the players and coaches are optimistic about next season. Only three players from the current squad will be graduating and State will return basically its entire starting lineup. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think we can feel bad the game is over. We need to start thinking about next year,â&#x20AC;? Tarantini said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Somebody just told me walking off the field â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;We can not wait to go start training again.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; Not many people will tell you that.â&#x20AC;? Bouemboue reiterated the optimism for the future and building on his personally successful scoring season. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was my first year coming off my injury


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â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not making any excuses, I have to perform,â&#x20AC;? Bouemboue said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Next year I am just hoping to come back even stronger.â&#x20AC;? And Tarantini knew, facing the number-one team in the nation, the game wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t going to be easy. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We gave everything we had today, we left it all out on the field,â&#x20AC;? Tarantini said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We had some opportunities. Wake Forest is one of the best teams I have seen in a long, long time. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m proud of every single member of this team.â&#x20AC;?


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The volleyball team lost in its first home match since Oct. 25 as N.C. State extended its overall losing streak to 10 matches with a 3-1 loss to Wake Forest Wednesday night. The Wolfpack (9-22, 3-13 ACC) have not defeated an in-state ACC rival since a win against Duke in 2000. The Pack grabbed the first five points of the match en route to taking the first set 25-19. Junior Arlee Tamietti, who had a teamhigh 14 kills, attributed the quick start to the teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s performance on the service line. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We got points in runs which is always a plus,â&#x20AC;? Tamietti said.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Because weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been coming off losing, we really wanted to do well and we had a lot of energy.â&#x20AC;? Despite recording a .343 hitting percentage in the first game, the Pack attackers posted a dismal .080 clip in the second set and had a .000 percentage in the third set. Wake won both sets 2515 and 25-20. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was us,â&#x20AC;? freshman libero Kelly Wood said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We gave them the points. I felt like we lightened up.â&#x20AC;? Stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s attackers combined for 20 kills on six errors to keep the match close in the fourth. Wake served for the match at 24-23 but the Pack found ways to extend the game as the final match saw 16 tied scores until a Tamietti kill sailed long. Wake ended the affair with a 31-29 win.


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I think it was just a matter of guys understanding, again, who I am and what this is all about for me. It’s just about N.C. State. It’s about winning. It’s about the team; it’s not about the individual...I think they just understood there is only one voice — and that’s my voice.


State’s backcourt has minutes up for grabs See page 10.


Costner looks to silence critics See page 9.

Reynolds timeline See page 8.

Q&A with Shayla Fields See page 7.


ntering the 2008-2009 basketball season, expectations surrounding Wolfpack basketball are modest. State is picked to finish ninth in conference by the ACC media and one would be hard pressed to find someone who is including the Pack in their preseason NCAA bracket. Rewind the clock one year and the situation looked much different. After leading State to a late-season run culminating in a trip the ACC Tournament championship game, coach Sidney Lowe seemed to have N.C. State basketball on its way back into the national spotlight. State was picked to finish third in the ACC, and even though its closest rivals, UNC-Chapel Hill and Duke, were picked one and two respectively, there was a consensus the balance of power in the Triangle was beginning to shift eastward. But then something happened. Or perhaps something never happened. Brandon Costner, the hero of the 2007 ACC tournament, showed up overweight and ineffective, never realizing his potential to be one of the nation’s best forwards. Heralded freshman J.J. Hickson was dominant, but his presence seemed to ruin the team’s chemistry and make the offense one-dimensional. Point guards Javi Gonzalez and Farnold Degand never materialized as the solution to replace Engin Atsur. The result: a 15-16 record, last place in the ACC, and a colossal disappointment for the most anticipated basketball season since the days of Chris Corchiani and Rodney Monroe. For Lowe, the memory of last season will motivate him for the rest of his career. “I won’t forget it,” Lowe said. “Every time we step out on that floor, I want to remind myself that we don’t want to go through that again. It’s over but it’s always there.” Senior Courtney Fells, who has moved from shooting guard to small forward this season, said something was missing last season. “I just think we didn’t play hard enough,” Fells said. “We didn’t want to win. When we played in Florida, we won. We wanted to win. We played well as a team. After that, we let little things get in the way.” After serving 15 years as an N.B.A. coach, Lowe admits he has more to learn to adjust to the college game. “As I said when I took this job, I’m going to learn every year, and I’m going to have

to make adjustments,” Lowe said. “I was somewhat spoiled in my first year because I had Engin Atsur, so I really didn’t have to say much or do much because he would say it. I think coming back that second year, I thought that our guys still had that. Well, they don’t. And that’s not a negative thing, but they don’t, so I’m Engin Atsur now, and that’s my role now from here on out.” Lowe and the Wolfpack enter this season seeking to redeem themselves and vault back into the conference’s elite teams. But there are question marks. State must replace its two leading scorers from last season — Gavin Grant and N.B.A. first round draft pick J.J. Hickson. The Pack is still looking for continuity at the point guard position after losing Atsur in 2007. Most importantly, how will the recruiting class of 200 — the trio who have been the core of State’s lineup since their second year on campus — respond to the critics and adversity? “I think this team is back to the sophomore team I was on, the first year that coach Lowe was here,” Fells said. “We’re under the radar. I like that. Everything will be a surprise to the people, but it won’t be a surprise to us because we know what we’re capable of. A lot of people aren’t holding us to high expectations, and sometimes that’s good. You can just go out there and play.” For his part, Lowe has resolved to hold a tighter grip on each player’s role this season. Last season, reports of troubles within the team began to surface surrounding chemistry issues with freshman standout J.J. Hickson. Lowe said State will never have those problems again. “They’re going to accept their roles and I think our guys know that. And if they don’t, then they don’t play. It’s real simple,” Lowe said. “J.J. [Hickson] came here one year. He got drafted 19th in the league. He’s out there playing his tail off, getting 22 minutes. It’s hard to argue with that.” As the Pack heads into its first game this weekend at New Orleans, the players understand 2008-09 is a pivotal season for the program. New Orleans, assistant coach Monte Towe’s former team, handed the Wolfpack its first loss last year. Which team will show up this season? Will it be the team that played its heart out at the 2007 ACC Tournament or the team whose untapped potential was the embarrassment of the conference. Redshirt junior forward Brandon Costner said the Wolfpack is determined to redeem themselves this year. “Everybody has the right attitude and is pretty focused on going into New Orleans and getting some redemption,” Costner said.



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