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FOCUS OF UNIVERSITY UPDATES CENTERS ON TALLEY STUDENT CENTER Correspondent

The University is still in the planning phase of making major changes to many of the buildings on campus to improve overall student life. The main focus of the renovations is Talley Student Center. The umbrella for these projects is called the Student Life Master Plan (SLMP). According to Peter Barnes, the student centers

president, the SLMP will revitalize student facilities at the University during the next 15 years. The plan includes renovating Talley Student Center, the Atrium, D.H. Hill Library, Witherspoon Student Center, Harris Field and will improve parking on campus. Currently, the University is making a big push to build a new student center. “The Chancellor said as long as students are on board he will fight to build the new center,”

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Barnes said. According to the planning committee, the project is in the conceptualizing phase of the operation at this point. “The current idea is to tear down the bookstore and to make major additions and changes to the current building,” Barnes said. The tentative plan also includes a pedestrian bridge from the new student center over the train tracks that will end between Broughton Hall and Mann hall.

Barnes also said that “another one of the main goals of the new student center is to make student organizations and offices more prominent and accessible in the building.” University Architect Tom Skolnicki said that the committee has been testing ideas about the space and exploring all of their options. “Nothing is set in stone yet,” Skolnicki said. “But we have reSLMP continued page 3

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Banner stolen from softball complex Program suffers second instance of larceny in last year

recent theft is the second time a larceny has been committed in the softball complex. Last season, a wolf in the corner of the stadium was stolen. “We tried to do some things to Derek Medlin Managing Editor spruce the stadium up,” Navas said. “We purchased two wolves A banner placed in the out- to go in the corner and the sign field of the softball field at the for the outfield. When one of Curtis and Jacqueline Dail the wolves was stolen last year, Softball Complex was stolen we took the other one down. The last week, according to soft- sign made it through the season.” ball coach Lisa Navas. Navas said the theft of the sign The sig n, which read this season is unfortunate. “NCSU Wolfpack Softball,” “It’s disheartening when you’re was ripped off the fence be- trying to do some things to tween Thursday evening and keep up appearances,” she said. Friday morning, Navas said. “When something like this theft “It was there Thursday happens it makes you not want to night and then Friday morn- do those types of things.” ing it was gone,” Navas said. Barnwell said the two inci“Somebody jumped the fence, dents do not appear to represent got into our facility, ripped a trend. the sign off and took it.” “It’s coincidental,” he said. Navas said whoever stole the “There are issues all over with sign made a “conscious effort things disappearing. I don’t to jump over think it’s indicathe fence” betive of the envihind the staronment around dium, leaving the complex.” footprints. Barnwell also Capt. Jon s a id Fr id ay ’s Barnwell said theft is not part Campus Poof a collection of lice officials crimes. investigated “It’s happened the incident softball coach, Lisa Navas a few times beafter it was fore but it’s not reported by Facilities staff like this is indicative of a rash of from the softball complex. crimes.” Barnwell said the investigaAccording to the police report tion of the theft is ongoing de- filed Friday morning, the banner spite the chances for finding was worth $700. the banner being small. Navas said the theft of the “Once the scene is inves- banner makes it tough to justify tigated and there is nothing decorating the complex in the there it’s tough,” Barnwell future. said. “Unless it turns up in “It’s just difficult in the hard somebody’s apartment or times we’re going through,” she someone reports seeing it, it said. “We spend money to spruce will be tough to find. It’s not up the facility and then this an unsolvable case.” happens. Now, it changes our Navas said she and her thought process. It’s unfortunate coaching staff have told the to have that negative thought but team to look out for the ban- that’s how it is.” ner. Navas also questioned whether “We’ve talked with the team or not the banner, or other decto keep a look out for it,” she orations around the complex, said. “You can’t even put it would be replaced. up in a house. It’s too big to “If we put up other signs or go anywhere unless they cut banners, how long are they goit up.” ing to stay up?” she said. Navas also said the most

“It’s unfortunate to have that negative thought but that’s how it is.”

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Bill Price, a graduate student in biological and agricultural engineering, and Craig Hymel, a senior in electrical engineering, discuss their strategy for decriminalizing carrying handguns on college campuses Tuesday at I ♥NY Pizza on Hillsborough Street. “You’re allowed to carry them in public, what makes college campuses so special?” Hymel said.

Dawkins vetoes election legislation Dawkins says ‘we can do better’ and shouldn’t raise candidate spending limits in elections Ty Johnson News Editor

Student Body President Jay Dawkins has vetoed Government Bill 37, the 2009 Elections Reform Act, a proposal in response to spending limits placed on candidates running for Student Government positions. The bill allowed for campaign spending limits for Student Government candidates to be increased, raising the possible expenses for a student body president candidate from $450 to $750. Candidates can agree to decrease or increase the limits with a unanimous decision from all those running, but the $300 increase is too much, according to Dawkins. “It was more based on the few wants of the people who have run

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Travis Varner, a senior in extension education, participates in a debate about campaign spending limits for Student Government Jan. 28. Varner opposed a proposed bill that would remove the limits, but others want them removed because they believe they are unenforced.

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posed alternative to the $300 increase to senators, as the student body president advocated for an increase derived from combining enrollment growth statistics and inflation. “In the case of GB37, great strides have been made to increase campaign expense accountability and transparency,” Dawkins said in his memo. “But I know we can do better and therefore I owe it to you and to our constituents to veto this bill. “ Senate President Greg Doucette lamented that he understands Dawkins’ concern over the bill, but felt differently about the proposed legislation. “If his issue was predominately with spending limits those could have been changed instead of vetoing the bill,” Doucette said. “But he knows [the legislative process] as well as I do and the

Dawkins forwarded his veto memorandum along with a pro-

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IN THE KNOW Panel to discuss Lincoln A panel style discussion in honor of Abraham Lincoln’s 200th birthday will be held Thursday from 4 to 6 p.m. in Caldwell Lounge. The interdisciplinary panel will include professors from the political science, history and English departments. The panel will also include refreshments and a birthday cake in honor of Lincoln, the 16th president of the United States. The panel is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Sanford Kessler and skessler@ncsu.edu. SOURCE: NCSU CALENDAR

Author to speak in Poe Hall Dan Ariely, author of “Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces that Shape our Decisions,� will speak this Thursday in Poe Hall from 7 to 8:30 p.m. The discussion, which will take place in room 216, will be slanted toward students with an interest in pre-law, sociology, business and education. Ariely will discuss his book and allow time for student questions. Following the talk Ariely will be available for a book signing. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Rick Gardner at Rick_Gardner@ncsu.edu. SOURCE: UAB

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11:23 A.M. | FIRE HAZARD E.S. King Village FP referred student to University for ongoing housing violations.

12:29 P.M. | MEDICAL ASSIST Weisiger-Brown Athletic Center Units responded to student in need of medical assistance.

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8:07 A.M. | FIRE ALARM Pulp/Paper Labs Units responded to alarm caused by break in chiller line. Electronics notified. 9:44 A.M. | MEDICAL ASSIST Talley Student Center Units responded to report of student in need of assistance. Canvass of area failed to produce anyone in need. 1:25 P.M. | MEDICAL ASSIST Bragaw Hall Units responded to staff member in need of medical assistance. 11:07 P.M. | DAMAGE TO PROPERTY Avent Ferry Complex Student reported unknown person had damaged door and door frame. Investigation ongoing.

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for the strains of flu that actually circulated. The vaccine was reformulated for 2008-2009 and is thought to be a better match Jessica Hall Correspondent for the strains of flu circulating this season.” The annual three month peAlthough numbers are mild in riod where more people seem to comparison to last year, that does be sick, known by most as “flu not necessarily indicate that this season,” is now in full swing, year’s flu is any less potent. according to staff from Student “Just because there appears to Health Services. be a less active flu season this This year’s season officially year than last year, it does not began on Dec. 3 last year, when mean that students should let the first confirmed case was re- down their guard,” Bengston ported, according to Dr. Mary said. “Students who are getting Bengston, medical director of the flu average about a week of Student Health Services. feeling too ill to study, complete “[We] have had a number of assignments, or be as productive confirmed cases in January and as usual academically. In addiFebruary 2009,” Bengston said. tion, cough and fatigue some“Cases [have increased] the last times continue on a couple adcouple of weeks in January and ditional weeks.” continuing now into February.” Daniel Farrell, a sophomore The flu virus, or influenza as in biomedical engineering and it is technically one of t his named, is a reyear’s flu vicspiratory illness tims, said she with three main agrees. subgroups or“I s t a r te d ganized in defe el i ng bad scending order Saturday, then of virulence. the next night “Student - Super Bowl Health has seen Sunday - I had influenza B and Daniel Farrell, sophomore in a fever of 103,” both strains of Farrell said. “I biomedical engineering influenza A this was just comflu season,” she said. “Influenza pletely out of it for the next week A and B strains are included in practically and I am still not back each year’s flu vaccine.” to normal.” Despite the fact that about Flu season typically peaks in 3,000 students were inoculated February, according to Bengswith the vaccine by Student ton, thus it is important to reHealth Services in both fall 2007 main diligent in prevention and and 2008, Bengston said there to go to the doctor as soon as the have been far fewer f lu cases symptoms set in. this year. “I tried to avoid going to the “Comparison of January 2008 doctor. I thought I could tough and January 2009 shows that it out, but when I woke up Tuesthere were more than three times day pouring sweat and unable to the number of cases in 2008 than stand, I had no choice,” Farrell in 2009,” she said. “The 2007- said. “Had I gone to the doc2008 vaccine was a poor match tor sooner, I would have gotten

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ceived overwhelming positive feedback from students regarding the possibility of a pedestrian bridge from Talley to North Campus. We will do all we can to make it possible.” Skolnicki also said that the University is searching for a designer for the project. “Once we find a designer, we will probably start designing the building indepth this summer,” he said. Skolnicki also said the student center will be built in phases. “The first thing students will see is the construction of a front addition to Talley,” he said.

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odds of being able to change just that one piece would be slim.” Dawkins’ main issues with the bill weren’t originally part of the legislation when it was first proposed but were added while it was being discussed in the Student Senate. “On the f loor of the Senate, they added [some pieces I didn’t approve of,” Dawkins said. “Rather than going on hard facts, they just threw it together.” Doucette agreed that the Senate’s amendments could have been hasty but identified it as a problem that has plagued the Senate for quite some time. “The bigger issue is a long standing problem the Senate has when people don’t go to committee meetings on legislations that they have a strong opinion about and everyone wants to offer their

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During the construction of the addition, the current building will remain open to accommodate student needs. “When the addition is finished, we will then extensively renovate the current building,” Skolnicki said. Art White, associate vice chancellor of student affairs from University Dining, said the group has been researching many options for Talley. “We have looked at many other student centers from nearby universities to get an idea of what would fit our campus,” White said. Concerning dining in the new student center, White said students will see one or two up-

scale dining operations and that “there is a possibility of organic options, depending on the space and money.” White also said that the task force will spend the next few months “letting students know what could be possible in terms of a new student center.” Many students have expressed dissatisfaction with the current student center. “It is too crowded. It is really hard to get a seat during lunch time. The whole building desperately needs to be updated,” David Stewart, a sophomore in engineering, said. “Just throwing a couple of flat screen TVs in there is not going to fix the problem.”

own amendments [during senate sessions,]” Doucette said. “There are folks that feel like if you’re a senator you should have the right to amend something on the floor.” Doucette said the amending of bills on the floor is a messy process. “[W hen amendments are added during meetings], you [end up with] legislation that looks like a piece of sausage,” Doucette said. “You take all the bits of meat that no one eats and throw it into a grinder and you end up with sausage.” Dawkins proposed a bill be written to be fast-tracked at the Senate’s next meeting Feb. 25, so it can be passed before this year’s elections, and while Doucette admitted it was feasible, he also felt that there were better ways to go about changing the legislation. “It’s certainly doable,” Doucette said of getting the bill approved in time for this year’s

elections. “It’s just a less than ideal way of handling it.” As far as tonight’s Senate meeting is concerned, however, the bill’s supporters will still be looking to override Dawkins’ veto, according to Sen. Kenneth Webb, one of the bill’s sponsors. “I’m going to propose to override the veto,” Webb said. “I’m confident in the bill.” But Doucette said the final version of the bill is no longer the same legislation that Webb first proposed. “We were there for hours amending bits and pieces of it and what we ended up with is what we ended up with,” Doucette said. Dawkins agreed. “It just boils down to the fact that the bill that passed was significantly different from what the committee was recommending,” Dawkins said. “The details weren’t hashed out in the committee, [they] were hastily put out on the floor of the Senate.”


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“Quantity, not quality.” How many times has that phrase been uttered? In the current recession, shoppers seem to have adopted the phrase as a mantra. Consumers are sticking more to what they know and love rather than taking a risk on something with which they are not familiar. This extends to consumers’ Valentine’s Day shopping. There is a return to familiarity and comfort in this time of economic strife. And what better than the classic comfort food, chocolate? “I see chocolate as an attainable luxury, unlike a house or car,” said Neisha Gourley, associate manager of Godiva Chocolatier on Glenwood Avenue. Gourley also said that all of the sales for Valentine’s Day have gone up, although there are not as many pre-sales this year. Gourley said that overall sales have been up just a little, and the store is mostly maintaining its sales. “There’s not a massive increase, but there is an increase upward,” Gourley said. According to Gourley, items that were popular last year are selling at around the same rate this year. “People want what they know they’ll like,” Gourley said. “They’re going more for the classic collections and one new truffle collection

is still selling well from being introduced last year.” Gourley also said that Godiva brought back its Valentine’s Day collection from last year, since there had been demand for it, and that it has been selling well. The more affluent customers, as well as those who like to splurge, were the ones who tended to purchase more expensive goods such as the G Collection. The G Collection features assorted chocolates with exotic fillings, like Bananas Foster and Caramel Macchiato. The G Collection is more of a novelty item than a classic, and appeals to more adventurous consumers who have the money to spend on it, Gourley said. The Godiva Web site is also catering to the customer on a budget, prominently advertising gifts less than $30 as well as its Valentine’s Day collection of sweets. Many of the items in this section come in a bright pink, heartshaped box. Not all chocolate stores are fairing the same, however. “The recession has definitely hurt business,” said Laura Antonelli, owner of Peche de Chocolat on South Blount Street. “Customers are making smaller purchases, buying a half pound of chocolate instead of one pound.” Antonelli said customers are viewing chocolate as a treat for special occasions, instead of something special for themselves on which to splurge. “I have a dedicated clientele, and most of them will cut back on spending,” Antonelli said. “Sixty percent of my revenue is from Valentine’s Day, so it definitely helps out the first quarter of the year.”

Antonelli predicts that she will get just thirty percent of her revenue from Valentine’s Day this year, but the exact amount is yet to be known, since most of her customers purchase chocolate on the last day before the holiday. Antonelli said that she is selling more dark chocolate than usual. The store carries more high-quality dark chocolate because of customer demand. “People’s perception of chocolate has changed. It’s not just a candy, it has health benefits,” Antonelli said. Florists in the area have also experienced effects from the recession. “We have definitely seen a decline over the last year, and we are doing everything we can to accommodate it,” Frank Campisi, manager of Fallon’s Creative Flowers on St. Mary’s Street, said. This has included offering specials and creating incentives, such as offering free delivery to customers who order online, in an attempt to stimulate sales. Campisi said that he has planned for the holiday to have lower sales, since it is bookended by Friday the thirteenth and President’s Day. Consumers also seem to be sticking with the preferred flower for the holiday. Campisi said that since Valentine’s Day is a rose holiday, they are pushing roses at different price points. These range f r om a

dozen wrapped roses for $30 to 100 roses for $400. Fallon’s Web site advertises that custom orders start at $100. Most arrangements are red or pink roses, but some arrangements incorporate carnations, chrysanthemums and gerbera daisies. The recession has even extended to the Valentine’s Day staple of sexy underthings. “There’s definitely been a decline,” Jessica Cobb, co-manager of Victoria’s Secret on Glenwood Avenue, said. “Regular customers have decreased in number, and everyone has been using coupons. If the customers don’t have a coupon, they don’t buy anything.” Cobb said her store has been doing well, and that Valentine’s Day apparently trumps the recession. Customers are buying the same items, but in less quantity, according to Cobb. “If a customer would once buy a bra in every color, now they only buy one or two. If a regular customer used to spend $150 at one time to purchase five bras, they’re now buying only one bra,” Cobb said. Even in the midst of an economic recession, consumers will continue to spend for their loved ones on special occasions, albeit a bit more conservatively.

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the main point of the holiday. The girlfriend who doesn’t get a box of chocolates is sure to feel slighted. Even the boyfriend who “doesn’t care” may have his feelings hurt without a Valentine’s gift. And even then, a box of candy hearts sometimes isn’t enough -- you have to take him or her out to eat to really prove the two of you are in love. No it’s not all about money, it’s about time too. And that’s why spending time together, flirting over

Stocks fell sharply Tuesday after Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner announced some details of the new bank bailout plan. The Dow fell 200 points, settling below 8000 points at noon. The trouble on Wall Street is blamed on Geithner’s approach to the news. Instead of talking to investors, he talked to regular Joes. Skepticism about the plan is widespread. The Dow finished Tuesday down 381.99 points or 4.62 percent. SOURCE: CNBC.COM

Here come the furloughs

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alentine’s Day is one of those “holidays” that is shrouded in commercial suspicion. Did Saint Valentine really want Americans to run around shopping for chocolate and flowers and spending hundreds of dollars on steak and champagne?

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dinner or walking down to the ice cream shop, is one of the best ways to show your love. The good thing is, there is a special Valentines Day dinner, drink or dessert at every price point. From popsicles you could pay for with coins from the crack of your couch to “What recession?” prix fixe menus at $200 a couple, each of these eateries has something to put a smile on your sweetheart’s face.

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has sued California’s Democratic controller to force furloughs on another 15,000 government workers. The furloughs -- mandatory unpaid days off of work -- are intended to help recover part of the state’s $42 billion deficit. The University of North Carolina system is also considering furloughs for some faculty and staff in order to preserve more jobs. SOURCE: INTERNATIONAL HERALD TRIBUNE, THE NEWS AND OBSERVER

Supersize my sales

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McDonald’s sales in January were up 7.1 percent worldwide. It seems that the restaurant’s cheap prices have been an oasis of sorts for people in need of an inexpensive meal. This year’s rise follows a 5.7 percent rise last year. In January alone, sales rose 2.6 percent. SOURCE: FINANCE.YAHOO.COM

LOCOPOPS

KRISPY KREME

1908 Hillsborough Street ilovelocopops.com 919-286-3500

549 N. Person Street krispykreme.com 919-833-3682

2116 Hillsborough Street myspace.com/ sadlacksheroes 919-828-9190

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Valentine’s Day hours: noon - 6 p.m. Locopops always has something sweet for your sweetie, like plum, black currant or Mexican chocolate popsicles, but Valentine’s day, this popsicle shop is serving up something extra special and affordable. Just for Cupid’s day, Locopops is serving a special malted milk ball Valentine’s day locopop for $2.25.

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Krispy Kreme has already started their special Valentine doughnut pre orders. Order a dozen heart shaped, chocolate- and sprinklecovered doughnuts for $6.99 or stop in for just a couple at 99 cents each. Those who purchase a dozen will get a coupon for a free donut for any extra Valentines you might have — like your mom.

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Valentines Day hours: 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. Sadlack’s isn’t doing any specials on food, but that’s not why you’ll take your girlfriend there anyway. Couples wanting to get a little sloppy while listening to some great music can get Busch Light for $1.50 all night. The European beer-snob can opt for Stella Artois — it’s not on special, but the first purchase comes with a free glass. Music Valentine’s night comes two ways. Brent Wilson and Rosa Martin will be playing, but it’s also an open mike night for aspiring singers, songwriters and cover band wannabes.

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RED HOT & BLUE

PORTER’S TAVERN

1900 Hillsborough Street redhotandblue.com 919-755-9699

2412 Hillsborough Street porterstavern.com 919-821-2133

Valentine’s Day hours: 11 a.m. - midnight

Valentine’s Day hours: 5 p.m. - 11 p.m.

If Valentine’s Day red means barbecue sauce, Red, Hot & Blue’s couple’s special may be just what the doctor ordered. The special includes an onion loaf, two salads, two baked potatoes and a full rack of ribs served sweet, wet or with a dry rub and finished with a fruit cobbler of your choice. The special costs $29.99 per couple or $39.99 to add a bottle of the restaurant’s house merlot or chardonnay.

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Along with their regular menu, the folks at Porter’s will be serving up a few specials including a $9 oyster appetizer, a $21 fresh catch halibut dish and a pan roasted filet mignon with crab meat for $28. In honor of the day, Porter’s bar will be serving up a house-made raspberry flirtini for $8.00. If a flirtini doesn’t work, what will?

FOSTER’S

SULLIVAN’S

THE MELTING POT

521 Daniels Street fostersamericangrille.com 919-821-5969

414 Glenwood Ave #103 sullivanssteakhouse.com 919-833-2888

3100 Wake Forest Road meltingpot.com 919-878-0477

Valentine’s Day hours: 4 p.m. - 11 p.m.

It’s at the top part of the mid-range section, but Foster’s Valentine’s day menu is a good deal. For $35 per person, you and your significant other can choose a three course meal from a menu of three salads, six entrées and three desserts. If an iceberg wedge salad, black angus prime rib entree and dueling chocolate bombs are sure to make him or her smile, make reservations now.

For the big spender, there is Sullivan’s Steakhouse, where it isn’t hard to run up a $500 tab. Luckily, the Valentine’s Day menu is priced a little lower. For $80, each couple can choose two salads, two entrees and two desserts. If you or your lover want to spice things up a bit, add-ons like whole lobster and crab legs are also available for a bit extra. Martinis and cigars are not included though, so make sure to calculate those steakhouse necessities in. Sullivan’s is another one where reservations are running out quickly, so act fast.

Corning: 3,500 worldwide Wal-Mart Stores: 700-800 General Motors: 10,000 Allergen: 460 Bloomberg: 100 Panasonic: 15,000 Time Warner Cable: 1,250 Talbots: 370 Elizabeth Arden: unknown Estee Lauder: 2,000 Wall Street Journal: 25 FedEx: 900 Nissan: 20,000 worldwide National... Job openings fell 35 percent since mid-2007 Layoffs are up 58 percent Unemployment rate is 7.6 percent, or 11.6 million people January jobs lost totaled 598,000 2008 job loss totaled 2.8 million SOURCES: CNNMONEY.COM, U.S. BUREAU OF LABOR STATISTICS, WSJ.COM

Officials worry about next year’s budget Figures released on Tuesday show that the recession will leave the city of Raleigh with $5.1 million less in revenue for the 08-09 year than budgeted. Sharp declines in sales tax revenue and inspection fees offset the small gains from property tax and license fees. City officials still hope to end the fiscal year in June with a $6.9 million surplus after cutting $34 million in expenses. Though a hiring freeze and cuts in spending will help the city balance out this year’s budget, city officials are already worrying about what next year will bring. Officials said revenues will likely be off for the next year as the economy continues to slide. The City Council will begin discussions on the budget next month. SOURCE: WRAL

Ticketmaster, Live Nation talk of merger

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Valentine’s Day hours: 11 a.m. - 10 p.m.

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Valentine’s Day hours: noon - 11 p.m. The Melting Pot has a reputation for being a date spot, but the restaurant’s Valentine’s specials seal the deal. The Melting Pot is offering two special packages Saturday. Both include a cheese fondue, salad, entree fondue and chocolate fondue. The Sweetheart package costs $75.00 per person and includes a sparkling wine toast, a souvenir photo, gift bags and a rose. For $99.00 per person, you and your date can get the VIP Romance package with comes with a half bottle of champagne, gift bags, a souvenir photo, and a dozen roses. The Melting Pot is already full for Saturday, but the same great specials are available Friday and Sunday as well. So if you’re working the late shift on Valentine’s Day, you can still celebrate with a Sweetheart package for the discounted price of $60.

Ticketing organization Ticketmaster Entertainment Inc. and concert promoter Live Nation Inc. announced their plans to merge on Tuesday. The new company, which will be chairmanned by Ticketmaster Chairman Barry Diller, will be called Live Nation Entertainment. Under the deal, each Ticketmaster share would be replaced by 1.384 Live Nation shares. Live Nation shareholders would amount to 49.99 percent while Ticketmaster shareholders would own 50.01 percent. The companies said the deal would help them save about $40 million annually. The estimated combined business value reaches $2.5 billion. Some, however, fear that the merger would lead to a near-monopoly situation in concert ticketing, giving the new company “unrivaled power over concertgoers and the prices they pay to see their favorite artists and bands,” Sen. Charles Schumer said. More than 80 percent of the major arenas and stadiums in the U.S. sell tickets through Ticketmaster. Live Nation is the world’s No. 1 concert promoter and owns more than 140 venues. SOURCE: WWW.NEWSOBSERVER.COM


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Take advantage of communication with leaders THE ISSUE:

Students are not taking advantage of opportunities to give their recommendations to the Campus Culture Task Force.

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Students must be proactive and use resources of communication to reach our leaders.

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Students should post recommendations on the task force’s Web site and attend Student Government’s town hall forum to let the University’s leaders know where they stand.

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he Campus Culture Task Force, a committee in charge of determining how to improve campus climate, examines student conduct practices and improves Free Expression Tunnel and Brickyard practices and is seeking opinions about the aforementioned issues via online submission forms, but it has an underwhelming number of recommendations on its Web site, only about 50 so far. One of the most prominent issues the task force will discuss is the University’s new policies concerning the tunnel, and it will “examine and articulate what boundaries, if any, should be imposed on the Free Expression Tunnel,” Chancellor James Oblinger stated in a letter to the

task force Nov. 18. Some of the most hotly debated issues on campus have been about the Brickyard or the Free Expression Tunnel, especially with this year’s events. When the N.C. State Chapter of National Association for the Advancement of Colored People hosted a discussion about the threatening and racist comments four students wrote in the Free Expression Tunnel Nov. 5 about President Barack Obama in Witherspoon Student Center, the room was packed. But why aren’t nearly as many students giving recommenda-

tions to the task force? Why isn’t there the same enthusiasm and passion on campus as there was four months ago when the incident occurred? Vice Provost for Diversity and Inclusion Jose Picart said the committee will take these student suggestions into consideration before making final recommendations. Town hall forums are also a good opportunity to speak out about prominent issues, and Student Government is holding one in the Senate Chambers Thursday. If you care about these issues

and want to create change, encourage other students to voice opinions. You can’t complain if you didn’t try to do anything about it. The only way to impact what decisions the University will make is to use these resources. Feb. 16 is the deadline to give feedback, and the only way the task force can come up with a solution that fits the University is to know the opinions of students. Please visit www.ncsu.edu/ student_affairs/cctf/form.html and let the task force know where you stand about the committee’s preliminary suggestions from its Jan. 16 meeting.

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o we’re in a recession. I know last semester I was in denial but that was my optimism (or ignorance) kicking in and hoping that the slow down would be conf ined to f inancia l markets, but unfortunately the contraction has trickled through Benton Sawrey t he rest of Senior Staff Columnist the economy from banks to retailers to builders and to manufacturers. What to do now? Do we let the economy be and hope that the recession goes away on its own or does government take a stand in the matter? Free ma rket purists claim in theory that recessions will correct t hemselves in due time with no government intervention, but the unknown element is how painfully long will it take for the economy to naturally bottom out before it goes on the upswing again. Realistically, the government isn’t going to sit back and let economic events take their course considering economic prosperity is related to political mandates and I doubt Obama’s ready to give his up quite yet. That leaves two camps on how government can realistically intervene and prevent this from spiraling out of control. “Keynesians” believe government should be a counter-cyclical force to balance out the economy during the good times and the bad. Unfortunately, most times Keynesian economics is used to justify indebted spending regardless of economic prosperity. Supply-side economists believe tax cuts to the wealthiest brackets will lead to more private investment in business thus creat-

ing more jobs. Obama’s plan, while noble, misses out on some big opportunities and seems to do nothing more than serve his presidential agenda. Too many of the provisions are long term investments that don’t have the immediate impact needed. Investment in research and development is fine but how much bang for the buck is that going to get when we’re looking for maximum impact in terms of jobs? Obama missed a golden opportunity to repair failing American infrastructure that, according to American Society for Civil Engineers, could use a $2.2 trillion facelift. Some of our roads are the same ones that were created by Eisenhower in the 1950’s and I think the conditions of our levees during Hurricane Kat r i na a nd the collapse of the bridge in Minnesota nearly two years ago highlight the urgency for infrastructure repair. Call me a “supply-side Keynesian.” There needs to be a proper non-partisan stimulus plan to get us out of this mess that balances tax credits to business, creating jobs and government spending that targets shovel ready projects like schools, buildings, universities and roads. Excess environmental expenditures and reforms to the medical system are all extremely important objectives but those items on Obama’s agenda need to take a backseat until our economy is stable again. We need stimulus, not spending, if the taxpayers are going to commit to spending another $812 billion to correct a financial crisis that’s already seen $8.7 trillion in aid or pledged help from the federal government.

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What kind of policy changes, if any, would you like to see in the Free Expression Tunnel? BY PEGGY BOONE

Women rack up on presents on Valentine’s Day while men feel left out.

Mack Garrison, junior in art and design

Red versus Blue

According to U.S. News‚ “the nation’s most prominent college ranking agency‚“ NCSU has the 30th best graduate engineering department in the country. Along with a n outstanding engineering department, our university exc el s i n Russell Witham veterinary Senior Staff Columnist medicine, architecture, agriculture and a whole host of physical and mathematical sciences. I don’t mean to downplay the humanities or any of the other spectacular colleges here, but based on rankings alone, the University’s strengths lie in fields of accuracy. In designing a bridge, one percent error could mean the difference between safety and the Tacoma Narrows. In Webassign, one decimal place off can be the difference between right and wrong. For technically inclined students at the University, precision is a reality. UNC-Chapel Hill, on the other hand, is famous for its

liberal arts. While UNC’s intellectuals sit and meditate about Proust, Hemingway, Van Gogh and Liberace, State’s scientists solve the world’s problems. Have you ever wondered why this paradox exists, N.C. State, accurate and scientific, UNC, creative and lacking in purpose? A recent survey conducted by the University of British Columbia has found a surprisingly strong correlation between color and cognitive performance. In the study of 600 people, participants were given tests in blue or red lettering. The participants who took red tests scored much better in recall and attention to detail. The other, participants who took blue tests, did better on sections involving imagination. Perhaps this color rationale applies to UNC and N.C. State. Carolina blue causes UNC’s students to respond to creativity and imagination, while N.C. State students are more accurate and precise. Still, it is difficult to definitively say than one color is superior to another. Creativity and imagination are not completely useless. Philosophy, for example, is doubtlessly a fundamental part of the future. In 20 years, America will need philosophy teachers to teach philosophy to the next philosophy teachers.

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The war of the colors carries onto the sports pitch as well. In another study at Durham University in northeast England, researchers found that in competitions between evenly matched opponents at the 2004 Olympic Games, athletes wearing red defeated those wearing blue 60 percent of the time. Before I get stoned as a hypocrite, I do realize that the University’s all-time records in men’s basketball and football do not support a 60 percent spread. Think of it this way: the statistics should give our sports some hope for the future. Maybe, just maybe, the Wolfpack will win the next 40 or so against UNC and bring that number into fruition. At least an optimist can hope. One final study, led by the University of Rochester, published a result that most State men already are fully aware of. Men shown photographs of women wearing red consistently find those women more attractive than those wearing other colors. We already knew that NCSU ladies are the best in the world. Now we know the color doesn’t hurt either.

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“It should be regulated. This is a school and with freshman and sophomores just starting to come here, they could get the wrong impression. Especially with drug and alcohol themes, some students aren’t mature enough to handle that. Also, I don’t like the smell of the paint because it stays in there for so long. “ Sungmin Baik junior, biomedical engineering

“Everyone is entitled to their own opinion but when it affects someone’s life that we care about it’s not right. Authorities should have the right to moderate the tunnel if curse words are used. When it offends someone we all care about, that’s crossing the line.” Maria Menjivar sophomore, industrial engineering

“It’s the Free Expression Tunnel, so I don’t think it should be regulated. People should have a sense of respect and not go overboard and offend anyone, but the school shouldn’t regulate the tunnel.” Stephanie Griffin junior, biochemistry and microbiology

“They should just get rid of the Free Expression Tunnel altogether because it causes so many problems. Unfortunately, people take it for granted and some people just shouldn’t have the right to free speech.” Elizabeth Fryer sophomore, textiles

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The Senate passed the stimulus bill Monday, but not without billions of dollars worth of changes. Here’s the breakdown of how the Senate’s version differs from the House’s version, and what would change if the House accepts it. New Health Rules “Every individual in the United States� will have his or her health tracked electronically, so that errors are made less often. However, doctors will be monitored by the government to ensure that they are only giving the care that is needed. This could be a problem for atypical cases and patients who need experimental treatment. Sen. Tom Daschle said he would like to see the U.S. more willing to give “hopeless diagnoses� and to “forgo experimental treatments.� Elderly patients, Daschle said, will have to get used to the medial conditions that come along with getting older instead of treating them.

Taxes The alternative minimum tax break, a $70 billion cost, will keep middle-class Americans from paying the alternative minimum tax. Purchasers of new homes will be eligible for a credit of up to $15,000 or 10 percent of the purchase price. New car buyers could claim the state excise tax on their purchase off their taxes. The bill also includes a 10 percent tax credit for electric motor scooters. The Senate adjusted the worker tax relief credit to save $2 billion. Now, individuals earning more than $70,000 and couples earning more than $140,000 a year will not be able to claim the credit. Also, the Senate bill would make the first $2,400 of unemployment benefits taxfree. Infrastructure The two versions propose about the same amount of money to address transportation concerns — $46 billion by the Senate and $47 by the House. Direct Cash One-time payments of $300 to Social Security recipients, veterens on disability and those

on Supplemental Security Income was written in the the bill by the Senate. The amendment totals $17 billion, $9 billion more than the House’s plan to give $450 to elderly and disabled people in Supplemental Security Income. Energy The Senate plan includes $8.5 billion to subsidized loans for renewable energy projets, $6.4 billion for cleaning up former nuclear weapons production facilities and $11 billion to create a “smart electricity grid.� The Senate’s total energy spending comes in at $10.2 billion more than the House’s provisions. Other Spending The House’s $13.7 billion for tax credits for college expenses has been reduced to $13 billion by the Senate, which cut the amount that can be refunded to low-income families. The Senate has also scrapped the $14 billion set aside by the House for school construction and repair. SOURCE: CNBC.COM, NYTIMES.COM

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In 1984, the first and only ACC championships were held for gymnastics. The Wolfpack scored a 175.250 beating out Carolina, Maryland, and Duke for the crown. After that season Duke dropped their gymnastics program which left the conference with only three schools that supported the sport. With only three teams in the conference, the ACC did not recognize a conference championship. “We didn’t have enough teams in the ACC,� coach Mark Stevenson said. “In ‘83-’84 we beat Duke for the one and only ACC championship and two weeks or three weeks after we beat them, they dropped the program, which is pretty pathetic on Duke’s part.� The Wolfpack and the rest of the ACC schools that sponsored a gymnastics team were left without a conference that would recognize them. Similar things happened in the Big East which DREIER CARR/TECHNICIAN had only three schools that sponsored programs as well as in the Freshman Jess Panza performs a routine on the balance beam in hisAmerican East which was left toric Reynolds Coliseum earlier this season. Panza won EAGL Rookie of the Week in the first week of the season before injuring her ankle with two schools. warming up for the second meet at Michigan. According to Stevenson, West Virginia gymnastics coach Linda Burdette and himself first came pionship.� After the local planning was N.C. STATE AND EAGL up with the idea of combining the conferences into a league complete, the coaches pleaded EAGL Championships their case to a that could have (2007, 00, 1999) higher authority. a championship. Coach of the “We then sent “From ‘85 unYear Honors for all that into the til we formed (2008,07,06, 1998) NCA A so we EAGL in ‘96 we Gymnast of the Year could be listed had no conferHonors as a competitive ence affiliation (1996) league by NCAA as far as a chamOutstanding Senior [standards],� pionship goes,� Gymnast Honors Stevenson said. Stevenson said. (2008, 1996) “That all went “Linda Burdette Rookie of the Year t hroug h, so and I sort of got Honors it all started. Ev(2008, 2005, 1998) said by gymnastics coach we formed the EAGL champierybody [came] Scholar-Athlete Mark Stevenson onship.� i n [a nd] we Honors According to hammered out, SOURCE: EAGL in two days, all of the articles UNC-CH gymnastics coach for the league, came back to our Derek Galvin, the teams from Nelligan, the major gymnastics athletic directors, got confirma- the ACC would rather have an conferences are easily accessible tion they would recognize us as a ACC championship, but are will- to the public, and in order to league so we could have a cham- ing to work with what they have. compete you have to offer the “We would love to have an student athletes what they want ACC championship, and I know in a program. Mark feels the same way and I “It definitely helps you with know Bob Nelligan of Maryland recruiting because if you look at feels the same way,� Galvin said. the big conferences around the “We would all love to have an country - the SEC, PAC 10, Big ACC championship, but there 10 - Big 10 has a great TV show, aren’t enough teams in the ACC you can watch them every night, that sponsor gymnastics, so this SEC has their own TV network, is the next best thing for us.� so what we needed to do was to Galvin also noted that the find a unique way of staying in EAGL championship sets the that game,� Nelligan said. programs up for success in the Nelligan also noted that the postseason. level of competition and oppor“It gives us an opportunity to tunities for improvement play a get hot at the end of the season, major role in an athlete’s college to have a completion similar to decision. NCAA format,� Galvin said. “It “Athletes are going to come to is another way to prepare our schools where they think they teams for the postseason tour- are going to get big scores,� Nelnament, and it is good for brag- ligan said. “They know they are ging rights.� going to travel, they know there EAGL helps the teams that is going to be good competition, are members compete with the and they know they have a conteams of other major conferences ference championship.� in terms of recruits as well. According to Maryland coach Bob

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really looking to be in the newspaper,� Caldwell said. “He likes to do everything quietly. He is productive, but quiet.� Indeed, Hamrah quickly and emphatically said the lack of publicity has never once bothered him, and that he, in fact, enjoys watching his teammates wrestle. “There is no envy or anything like that, those guys are great and they deserve everything,� Hamrah said. “They work hard for it, and we’re all just happy for each other for any success we have.� Hamrah’s 26-7 record this season is nothing new for the veteran wrestler. In 2006, Hamrah won the ACC championship and won 14 of his last 16 matches as a junior. In addition, he has been able to thrive in good health after ailing through an ankle sprain, knee injuries, and a broken hand during his sophomore and junior campaigns. Hamrah said he decided before this season that he was not going to let any injury, regardless of the pain it would cause him, limit him in his fifth and final season with the team.

“I kind of figured I am going to be wrestling this year, and that it really does not matter if I get injured here or get injured there,� Hamrah said. “It is my last year, and I am not going to sit out.� According to Caldwell, Hamrah has been much more than a talented wrestler this season, as the effort he has provided as the team’s only fifth-year senior has made him a role model for his teammates. “A lot of guys look up to him, because he never stops working hard, and no matter how tired he is, Kody’s always giving 100 percent,� Caldwell said. “Being a fifth-year senior and performing the way he is really gives the younger guys that extra boost.� For Hamrah, the upcoming ACC tournament will be a culmination of all of his past victories in conference matches throughout his career. Hamrah holds a 28-3 career record in conference matches, and says that he is determined to win his second ACC championship after multiple disappointing finishes in the finals in past years. “I have been in the finals every year and two years I’ve lost to kids I’ve previously beaten, so I have got to go all the way. I’ve got to win the thing,� Hamrah said. According to Jordan, Ham-

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rah has a good chance to win the ACC Championships, which will be held March 7 in Blacksburg, Va., and experience success in the March 19 NCAA Tournament. “Obviously he would be the favorite to win it [the ACC Championship],� Jordan said. “He is capable of winning the whole thing [the NCAA tournament], because you only have to beat five guys, and he is a streaky wrestler. When he gets on a roll he is very difficult to beat.�

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At the college level, an offensive set can only do so much. A team must have playmakers that can create shots in order to compete at an elite level. But most of State’s biggest playmakers have only a handful of games left in their college careers. Redshirt junior Brandon Costner and senior Ben McCauley, the leading scorers and rebounders on this year’s team, will not return for the 2009-10 season. Though Costner has a year of eligibility left, he will be graduating this spring and has indicated he is not interested in sticking around. Senior Courtney Fells, the team’s third-leading scorer and its best shooter, will run out of eligibility and should test his talents at the professional levels. But the most ominous sign for Lowe is the growing discontent among the fanbase. At the time of publication, the Sidney Lowe credibility watch on thewolfweb.com had reached 89 pages, 4,447 replies and 102,976 views. There is not yet a consensus on Lowe, but in forums like this one, the big question is being debated. The signs are not all bad though. Lowe has proved him-

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self to be a capable recruiter. His 2009 class is already good and has the potential to be great. Sophomore Tracy Smith, one of the highlights of Lowe’s first true recruiting effort, has proven he has the potential to become one of the conference’s best inside scorers. Maybe, just maybe, all Lowe needs is time. After all, a coach can only do so much. Perhaps we should keep our faith and give this man the time he needs to bring in top talent. And to be fair, Lowe is in just his third season working the nation’s toughest coaching assignment. He knows the expectations and embraces them. At a press conference two days before the Jan. 31 matchup against UNC-CH, Lowe acknowledged the pressures of being the men’s basketball coach at State. “That’s this job. [The fans] love N.C. State. They want N.C. State to do well,� Lowe said. “You can’t blame the players, so you got to blame the coach. That’s the job, that’s the life I chose, and I deal with it.� But as we watch the Pack play Wake Forest tonight, even if we score a stunning upset of a top10 team, the big question will lurk in the back of our minds; is Lowe the man to restore N.C. State to the top of Atlantic Coast Conference basketball?

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[against Virginia Tech], playing well and pushing the ball down the court,� Lowe said. However, Lowe indicated the need for consistency as State closes out down the stretch. “The game really comes down to that last five minutes of the ball game,� he said. “You have to have a guy that’s going to be able to take control out there and make a play. You can’t afford to make mistakes.� Although Lowe admits that his lineup may not contain any pure athletes such as UNC-Chapel Hill’s Ty Lawson or Boston College’s Tyrese Rice, the guards he has all have the potential to effectively run the offense. “If you go to the NBA and talk about Larry Bird, he wasn’t a great athlete - wasn’t quick, wasn’t fast, but he just knew how to play the game,� Lowe said. “Obviously he was talented because he could shoot the ball and pass, but because he was so smart that’s what made him such a great player.�

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After suffering an overtime loss to Virginia Tech last Saturday, the men’s basketball team will be looking for their third ACC victory in one of the oldest matchups in college basketball history. N.C. State (12-9, 2-6 ACC) holds the alltime series against the Demon Deacons (18-3, 5-3 ACC) in the rivalry 130-97 dating back to the 1910-11 season. “It’s definitely a rivalry, and a big game against a very good ball club,� coach Sidney Lowe said in his weekly press conference. “We go back to the times when we used to play in the Big Four Tournament. Those were always great games and nothing has changed.� Last weekend, the Wolfpack blew an 18-point lead and ultimately lost 91-87 as they committed 12 turnovers in the final 13 minutes against the Hokies. “I thought we played well for most of the ball game, but we just didn’t make the plays down the stretch and lost a tough one,� Lowe said. Meanwhile, No. 7 Wake Forest is coming off of a 9376 win against Boston College after suffering back-to-back

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Brandon Costner, a redshirt junior forward, works around Georgia Tech’s Zachery Peacock during the game Saturday in the RBC Center. Costner had 22 points and 7 rebounds in the Wolfpack’s first ACC win of the season. The Wolfpack beat the Yellow Jackets 76-71 and are now 10-5 on the season.

losses on the road against Georgia Tech and Miami. “Our kids played a very spirited, high-energy game,� Wake Forest coach Dino Gaudio said. “Our defense was the difference in the game, holding them to zero 3-point field goals in the second half.� Last year in the RBC Center, senior Ben McCauley dunked in a missed Gavin Grant 3-pointer as time expired to give the Pack a 67-65 win. “Ben McCauley made a great

effort play when he tipped in the winning shot,� Gaudio said. “We have great respect for them in this very heated rivalry.� Demon Deacons guard Jeff Teague, who ranks second in the ACC in scoring (20.9 ppg) and steals (2.1), may be the biggest concern for the Pack, who are averaging 67.6 points allowed per game. “He’s very explosive,� Lowe said. “He’s quick, he can come down and pull up with a shot, he can get to the basket, he’s a

good ball-handler and he just plays hard.â€? While the Demon Deacons boast one of the league’s stellar guards, Lowe indicated that State’s point guard situation still remains up in the air for tonight’s game. Lowe did, however, praise Javier Gonzalez’s performance in the team’s last outing. “Javi did a great job for us WAKE DPOUJOVFEQBHF

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Though “The Duo� of senior 141-pounder Joe Caramanica and No. 3 Darrion Caldwell comes to mind when thinking of the stars of the wrestling team, redshirt senior 157-pounder Kody Hamrah is quietly enjoying

a finish to a career that will leave his name in the wrestling record books. Hamrah, with his 74 career wins, ranks 16th in the school record books for career wins. Having already won 26 bouts this year Hamrah has an opportunity to surpass several wrestlers before this season is over. “He will wrestle at least eight more matches,� coach Carter Jordan said. “And I think it is safe to say, worst-case scenario, he’s going to win six.� Should he finish with the “worst-case scenario� predicted by Jordan, Hamrah will rank

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ere we go again. Tonight, the men’s basketball team will face another highly ranked big four opponent. Another in-state matchup that should be a publicized conte st for the top of the AC C . B u t , once again, we find ourselves in a position Taylor Auten of irrelevance, Sports Editor absent f rom any NCAA bracket predictions and just hoping we can avoid a losing record in order to make some kind of post-season play. Tonight will be a night of soulsearching for the Wolfpack nation. For in addition to playing the No. 7 Demon Deacons’ program that has seemingly passed us by in recent years, UNC-Chapel Hill will travel to Cameron Indoor Stadium to face Duke in a nationally televised game at 9 p.m. That rivalry, the Tar Heels versus the Blue Devils, is perhaps the most painful symbol of the decline of N.C. State basketball in the past two decades. There is no denying that it is a game of national importance, but it is also a reminder of how State seems to have been left behind. When the Wolfpack won its last ACC Championship in 1987, State’s basketball tradition was on par with Carolina and lightyears ahead of Duke and Wake Forest. Since that year, the Tar Heels have won seven ACC championships and two national titles. Almost more frustrating is that we have watched Duke basketball become a national brand name, winning nine ACC championships and all three of its NCAA titles in that span. At 2-6 in the conference and 12-9 overall, we must ask ourselves two things: “What is wrong and how do we fix it?â€? It is this thought process that leads us to the big question. The one that many State fans are reluctant to say aloud quite yet, but many others are already screaming at the top of their lungs. It is the question of coach Sidney Lowe. Have our failures in the Lowe era been the inevitable result of some flaw in Lowe’s system or approach, or is it simply a lack of the correct personnel, and Lowe will be vindicated if he is just given more time? Most State fans at least want to believe the latter. We want to experience the same euphoria of that victory against Carolina Feb. 3, 2007, or the deep run into the ACC tournament. Lowe reminds us of the glories of N.C. State’s basketball past. He is one of us. He knows where N.C. State has been and believes we can return. But all the nostalgic appeal of Lowe fades before the devastating mediocrity of where the program currently is. There are some indicators that suggest State basketball is headed for a resurrection, but many that suggest we are not. Last weekend’s epic meltdown against Virginia Tech seems to be a microcosm of Lowe’s career up to this point. It reminds me of the fractal theory in Michael Crichton’s Jurassic Park in which every component of a geometric shape resembles the whole at any level of magnification. The missed free throws at the end of Sunday’s game resemble the evaporation of a doubledigit lead. And the overtime loss as a whole resembles the roller coaster ride of the Lowe era up to this point; high expectations and early results leading into disappointment and pessimism. AUTEN DPOUJOVFEQBHF

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