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Daryn Williams, a sophomore in criminology and psycology, and Vincent Feucht, a sophomore in international studies, participate in the April Fool’s Day freeze held in the Brickyard. Logan Dawson, a sophomore in meterology, observes and tests how well Williams and Feucht can stay frozen. “How did you not move?” Dawson asked. “I just tried to tell my self, ‘It’s not funny’,” Feucht said.


Michael Giancola, the director of the Center for Student Leadership, Ethics and Public Service, and Justine Hollingshead, director of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Center, appear on the scene of the Brickyard Freeze to regulate a rogue Brickyard preacher. Gary, the regular Brickyard Preacher has a permit whereas this man does not, and he was taking advantage of the “frozen” students participating in the April Fool’s Day joke in which students had to stand still and not speak for five minutes.


Gary, the Brickyard preacher, freezes with a group of students, in the April Fool’s Day joke Zach Berman, a junior in biology, organized. Berman drew awareness of the event through a Facebook group. Students were “frozen” for a total of five minutes.



wo top Student Government offices were sworn in during Wednesday’s final meeting of the Student Senate of the school year. After running unopposed, both Kelli Rogers and Elmo Lamm claimed their positions last week and will take office effective today.

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Vice President Joe Biden toured small towns across eastern North Carolina Wednesday explaining to residents how President Barack Obama’s recovery act will help rural America. The vice president was joined by Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack as he visited Pikeville and Faison. Biden and Vilsack announced the U.S. Department of Agriculture had begun dispursing $10 billion in housing loans provided by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. When the vice president arrived in Faison to speak at the Goshen Medical Center, he focused mainly on health care and how a small-town model, like the one Faison residents followed, was what the nation’s universal health care should resemble. “This health clinic and health clinics across America, these are the future.” Biden said. “We’re here to try to make rural America stronger, and this is just one of many examples across this great nation.” Biden said he came to eastern North Carolina because Secretary Vilsack said it was a good example of an area where the stimulus package will help. Sara Cohen, a junior in food science, said Eastern North Carolina is a region that could benefit from the Recovery Act. “Universal health care will help people who need it,” Cohen said. “It’s an important topic for that area of North Carolina because there’s an increasing number of people without health insurance due to job losses.” Cohen also said she could see the benefit of using a smalltown model for health care throughout the nation, though she admitted she didn’t know the specifics of Obama’s health care plans. “Small clinics would provide more personal care for patients,” she said. “ Nick Young, a junior in civil engineering, said he could see why Biden and Vilsack would visit rural North Carolina. “The tobacco industry is important to N.C.,” Young said. “It’s an example of the administration trying to reach out to rural America.” FREEZE continued page 3

SBT GOALS Elmo Lamm, a freshman in management, took the oath of office as Student Body Treasurer Elmo Lamm 2009-2010 SBT Wednesday night. Lamm fills an office that has been abdicated in January by his two predecessors, but plans to serve his entire term while in-

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Kelli Rogers, a junior in political science, was sworn in Wednesday night to preside as senate president over the 89th session of the

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Participants freeze in Brickyard For the second time on campus, time stood still for five minutes in the Brickyard Wednesday at 12:15 p.m. A group of 400 to 500 students froze in place in an event that the improvisation troupe Improv Everywhere inspired, which Zack Berman, a junior in biology, organized. Some people stood still in a natural position, some pretended to be using their cell phones and others stopped in the middle of a high-five or a kiss. “I was bored one day and found the video from last year’s freeze online, and decided to do it again,” Berman said. Berman expected it to be more successful than last year’s freeze, which had about 100 participants. “Last year we started planning too early and the hype died down,” Berman said. “The date had to be pushed back, and it just lost steam.” Berman said the goal of the freeze was to have a good time and to encourage spontaneity. He said he did not want to make it stand for something that would be divisive and not everyone would want to participate. “It’s not something you can attach an agenda to,” Berman said. “It’s supposed to be fun, something in which anyone can participate.” Bailey Hayes, a freshman in computer science, said she chose to participate because it was something fun a lot of people would hear about. Hayes froze holding papers she received from a group on the Brickyard. “I just improvised my position. I do feel badly for people who are trying to walk through the Brickyard right now,” Hayes said. Though the freeze does not raise money or awareness for any causes, there were still many participants.




Jay Dawkins, student body president, talks to the Student Senate about the “Finish the Bell Tower” campaign. This meeting was the last Senate meeting for the semester.

SENATE MEETING The final meeting of the Student Senate focused mainly on approving next year’s budget, newly-elected Student Senate

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President Kelli Rogers said. The budget increase due to a rise in student fees led to around a one-third increase in the money for appropriations next year, she said.

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POLICE BLOTTER March 29 1:22 A.M. | ALCOHOL VIOLATION Hillsborough Lot West Student was referred for Open Container. 1:45 A.M. | ALCOHOL VIOLATION Patterson Hall Lot Student was referred for Underage Possession. 10:26 A.M. | FIRE ALARM Flex Research Lab Officers responded to alarm. System reset and electronics notified. 11:10 A.M. | DAMAGE TO PROPERTY Pi Kappa Phi Lot Two vehicles in lot were damaged, one was keyed and another had tire slashed. 12:48 A.M. | ALCOHOL VIOLATION Patterson Hall Lot Student was referred for Underage Possession. 2:10 A.M. | ALCOHOL VIOLATION Patterson Hall Lot Student was referred for Underage Possession. 2:46 A.M. | DAN ALLEN DECK Field Interview Officers conducted Field Interview with student. No action taken. 4:38 A.M. | SUSPICIOUS INCIDENT Alexander Hall Student advised unknown person had discharged fire extinguisher inside room. All fire extinguishers in the area were checked and fully charged. 8:43 A.M. | FIRE ALARM Sullivan Hall NCSU PD, FP, Housing and RFD responded to water flow alarm. Building was evacuated and water turned off. Facilities and Housekeeping are re-mediating the building. 1:59 P.M. | CHECK PERSON E.S. King Village Report of juveniles climbing up side of building. Subjects left prior to officer’s arrival. 10:41 P.M. | FIRE ALARM Wolf Village Alarm Units responded to alarm. Unknown person had pulled alarm. System reset. 11:58 P.M. | CONCERNED BEHAVIOR Public Safety Center Student advised officers of behavior noticed in another student. 12:21 P.M. | SPECIAL EVENT Doak Field Officers monitored baseball game. 9:03 P.M. | CONCERNED BEHAVIOR Turlington Hall Report of concern for student. Officers contacted student who spoke with on call counselor.

Nailing it down for Habitat PHOTO BY GINA VACCARO


im Stewart, a senior in mechanical engineering, and Monica Golike, a freshman in textile engineering, hammer components for a new house being built in Raleigh for Habitat for Humanity in the Brickyard Wednesday. “I got involved with Habitat freshman year,” Golike said. “It should be on the top of everyone’s things to do list before they graduate.”


Thomas Sayer work to be displayed

Thomas Sayer has a new display up today in the Gregg Museum of Art and Design. It will feature a sitespecific earth casting for the foundation gallery. Forms of tilted tree spades will be displayed in a way to allow the viewer to engage in the artwork in a novel way. The display will also feature carbon, pastels and iron oxide on Masonite paintings done in large scale.


Migrants in Libya escape the sea A boat carrying a group of more than 350 African migrants capsized Tuesday. The rescued migrants were brought to Tripoli, Libya where they were helped by the Libyan police. The last case of this included a capsized boat carrying 250 African migrants. More than 200 migrants are believed to be dead after the vessel capsized. 20 people have been confirmed dead and 23 have been rescued. According to Officials, hundreds of migrants are believed to have perished in the Mediterranean Sea in the past year. SOURCE: CNN

The display will be available today and Friday from noon to 8 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 2 to 8 p.m. Admission is free. SOURCE: NCSU

Symposium takes place Friday

An International scholarly symposium about Franz Kafka will be held on Friday from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. The event is being co-hosted by the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, Duke University, Chapel Hill and other schools. The attendees are celebrating Kafka’s 125th birthday exploring the ac-

Man driving barstool gets DUI in rural Ohio On Tuesday, Kile Wygle received a DUI for driving a barstool. According to Newark, Ohio police accident report, his contraption included a barstool, five-horsepower lawn mower engine, a lawn mower steering wheel and four wheels. Wygle plead not guilty, but admitted to consuming 15 beers. Police gave him the DUI after he crashed his barstool when attempting to make a U-turn while speeding down the street in front of his house.

complishments literary contributions to 20th century writing. There is a $125 conference registration fee, but the admission to lectures and roundtables is free to students with an ID. SOURCE: NCSU

Grains of Time to hold concert

Grains of Time, N.C. State’s premiere men’s a cappella group, will be presenting its 40th Anniversary concert Saturday in Stewart Theatre. Grains will be bringing back members from past groups to perform on stage with this year’s group. The 40th Anniversary concert

Wednesday to amend a ban aimed at preventing patrons from smoking in restaurants and bars. The amendment excluded cigar bars from the proposed legislation, which if passed would make it illegal to smoke in any restaurant or bar. Those pushing for the legislation to pass believe this ban could help eliminate the threat of secondhand smoke. Those opposing the legislation cite that it is up to individual business owners to develop a policy. The bill is still under consideration and will be looked at by state legislators throughout the rest of the week. SOURCE: WRAL

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will showcase the evolution of the group along with its wide array of song choices. Students in attendance will also have the opportunity to buy the groups latest album, “Goin’ Down Singin’,” and Grains of Time T-shirts. The show begins at 8 p.m. and is scheduled to last three hours. Student tickets cost $5 and general public admission is $10. For more information, contact Ticket Central or Lindsey Graham at SOURCE: NCSU.EDU/MUSIC

ties to see how stimulus package money is impacting rural America. One particular site Biden visited was a new firehouse in Wayne County which will give several people in the town of Pikeville jobs. Biden also spoke about how certain parts of the stimulus package will be used to help different areas of the country. U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that $10 billion in guaranteed housing loans has started being dished out to states. North Carolina will receive $322 million for these loans. The stimulus package money will also provide rural families with $1.76 billion in loan guarantees for home financing. Biden and Vilsack also visited Goshen Medical Center in Faison Wednesday, a facility which received $635, 876 in stimulus money.

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Seniors attend seminar Guest speaker Bill Yoest leads seminar to prepare outgoing undergrads to succeed in difficult job market Jessica Hall Staff Writer

The Senior Class Council, along with the Young Alumni Council and Alumni Association Ambassadors, held a personal finance seminar Wednesday with guest speaker Bill Yoest. The two-time All-American offensive guard, who earned an economics degree from N.C. State, spoke on the importance of personal finance knowledge, especially during the economic crisis. Senior Class President Adam Compton said the council was looking for a way to assist seniors as they move into the work force. “We were trying to think of different things we could do to help seniors out,” Compton said. “The idea of a financial seminar came up and Bill Yoest has been doing seminars for Alumni, so we approached him about this.” Compton said Yoest is a great speaker. “It worked out well,” Compton said. “Everybody there was taking notes and eager to learn.” Hank Howie, director for Students Today Alumni Tomorrow and one of the individuals involved in the planning of the event, echoed Compton. “It went really well. We had probably 25 people come out,” Howie said. “Bill Yoest opened the floor and people were asking questions for probably another 30 minutes after he was done speaking. He was very respectful of the questions and he was there to answer anything we had to ask.” Howie said this is a topic that hits close to home for everyone. “No matter how well off you

were before, or how well off you thought you might have been before, everybody’s getting hit hard,” Howie said. Compton said the seminar to helped answer common questions that result from transitioning from living off student loans, a part-time job, and money from parents into a workforce where money is no longer coming in. “Tough economic times are here for everybody, not just students, [and this] was just a good way to educate everyone because there are things we can certainly be doing even before we get out in the workforce,” Howie said. “It is important to start getting in that mindset, particular for the young alumni, people who have been in the workforce for one or two years, [as] there are things that they need to be doing especially now, when money is tight for everybody.” Compton agreed. “During this economic situation, finances are on a lot of people’s minds. And then also when the economy is doing well, you know, when you graduate, that is something a lot of people don’t know about because a financial seminar class is not required,” he said. “A lot of seniors or people that have just graduated, they get into the work force and they just don’t know.” Affirming both Howie and Compton’s statements that personal finances and planning are unknown topics to many students and bolstering their reasoning behind such programs, Christina Wilson, a senior in psychology, is taking a personal finance class in order to better ensure a financially secure future and acknowledges its positive effects. “I decided to take [the class] because I am about to graduate and felt like I really needed to get a better understanding of all the different financial obliga-

tions and pathways that need to be taken into account for current financial needs and future savings,” she said. “It has helped me tremendously to know and understand the different ways to invest money and save up for retirement and how important starting to save early really is.” Taking into account the leading factors of debt and contributors to the recession, Yoest discussed credit card debt and the importance of a budget. “The average American has $8,000 in credit card debt, so that is something that a lot of people really need to really start thinking about — getting those credit cards paid off, planning for the future when you are younger, et cetera,” Compton said. “One of the main points that he talks about was to make a budget. It’s something so simple – you get your first paycheck and you figure out exactly how much money you are going to be making and then you figure out the expenses that you have to absolutely pay and then from there you see what you have left over. Not living outside of your means is key,” Howie said. Overall the seminar was successful in educating people and attracting people with the main point, being to “start thinking about [your future] now and start to slowly put away some money. Don’t wait ‘til you are forty years old … The sooner you start, the better off you are going to be in the long run,” Compton said. With its success, some students said they hope to see similar programs become more popular and numerous.

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tive voice in the happenings of the Student Senate. “As co-chair of the fee committee with Vice Chancellor [Tom] Stafford, we’ll look closely at organizations’ budgets to makes sure they need it,” Rogers said. “We’ll make sure students’ voices are heard.” Rogers also said she’ll try to increase Student Government’s visibility on campus by having days on the Brickyard where members speak to students and listen to their ideas.


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creasing student respect for the position. “I want to restore integrity to the office,” Lamm said. “I also want to find ways the treasurer can become directly involved with students.” Lamm said he’ll be the first treasurer to hold office hours so students with questions about funding can find him. “Student organizations have come in the past with questions about finances and the treasurer couldn’t be found,” Lamm said.


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Rogers said the bulk of the fee increase excess went toward the appropriations, which distributes money to student organizations. The Senate also approved new positions to aid in fostering new ideas for the University through studying the way other universities operate. “We added positions to research other institutions for ideas on improvement,” Rogers

“I want to focus on giving back to students,” Rogers said. She plans to give back in tangible ways, as well, hinting that she’d like to give away free blue books, food, pens and other school necessities for students. Rogers said her first priority in office, though, would involve registration waitlists. “I want to move the end of the waitlist date to the last day students can add classes,” Rogers said. “It’ll help fill classes, plus it rewards students who sit through classes because they want them.”

Lamm also said he has a plan to prevent him from succumbing to the burnout and disinterest that has plagued the past two treasurers. “I have resigned all my other leadership roles to focus on this,” Lamm said. “I’m also seeking a comptroller to assist me and hold me accountable and keep me engaged. I also hope student feedback will keep me engaged.” Following through with regulations will also be a big part of Lamm’s term, he said. “It’s not that rules aren’t in place,” Lamm said. “It’s that they’re not enforced.” said. The latter part of the Senate meeting was dedicated to the swearing in of new officials within Student Government, including Rogers who was sworn in as student senate president. Elmo Lamm, a freshman in management, was sworn in as the student body treasurer. Other candidates elected to Student Government positions, including student body president, will be sworn in at a later date.

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“I chose to participate because it’s progressive art. It’s using body language to communicate,” Heidi Garrett, a sophomore in human biology, said. “I would definitely do it again if they have a freeze next year.” Students not participating in the freeze had mixed opinions of it. Jennifer Covington, a sophomore in civil engineering, wasn’t aware it was planned and did not know what was happening. “I was really confused,” Covington said. “It’s cool though, it doesn’t bother me.” Abbie Garcia, a freshman in civil engineering, said she was really glad she got to see the freeze and wished she had participated. “I might do it next year, but I have a hard time standing still,” Garcia said. “I would definitely want to freeze in a group instead of by myself.” Berman said she was very pleased with the success of this year’s freeze. He expected it to be bigger than last year’s freeze but was surprised by this year’s turnout. “From the film crews that were there, we’ve been told there were around 400 to 500 people. I only expected around 300 people,” Berman said. “I’m glad it didn’t rain, because I know that would have significantly reduced our numbers.” Berman said the crowd of frozen participants attracted attention from everyone on the Brickyard. “It was even better than I expected,” Berman said. “There was a crowd gathered around a preacher in the Brickyard, and even he stopped talking during the freeze.” Berman took an online poll on Tuesday night to find out if people still wanted to go on with the freeze even if it rained, and 70 percent said they wanted the freeze to continue, regardless of the weather. Most people who participated in this year’s freeze said they would participate in another one. Berman said he would probably be organizing a freeze again next year and might be doing more than just freezing the Brickyard. “We’re considering freezing people on the sidewalk and in stores on Hillsborough Street, so that anyone driving on Hillsborough Street can see the freeze,” Berman said.


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Young did have issues with the health care plan Biden detailed, though. “It’s one step closer to socialism,” Young said. “It’s both morally good and bad, because it’s very charitable but it’s also taking good money from taxpayers.” Young said he was against most legislation involving higher taxes. “I’m just against raising taxes,” Young said.

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he University is going to have full-time advisers as a temporary solution due to the budget deficit it is going to have next year, according to Undergraduate Programs Dean John Ambrose. The University has academic advisers, who are all professors, and full-time professional advisers. The University must be careful when cutting its services, especially ones like advising, but if it is done in the right way, it can make the University more efficient. Having all full-time advisers can be a good solution to the budget crisis in more ways than


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More ‘Playboy,’ less politics I would like to voice my support for the Technician in covering the recent Playboy auditions. It is an interesting story, one that draws in readers’ attentions and Playboy itself is a celebrated and respected men’s magazine. In response to the Kelsey Lambdin and Maria McDuffie, I think you are selling your male classmates short. Both of you seem to equate Playboy with rape, that seeing naked women leads to violent sexism, and I can tell this is just not true. For a mature, male, American college student, the sight of a female form evokes only pleasure, not a furious lust for sexual assault. I do not want to detract from the seriousness of rape, as a crime and a social issue, but this is Playboy. The student body of NCSU is mature enough to handle the issue of adult entertainment without transforming into pimps and male chauvinists. I am much more concerned over the Technician’s viewpoint piece on Election Day than their covering of naked women. I think our student newspaper showed a lack of professionalism in supporting one candidate over the other, on Election Day. By all means, the editorial staff is entitled to their opinion, but publish it a week or so in advance. As it was, the viewpoint piece appeared to be a ballot guide for lazy students. Editors, let us form our own decisions by providing more facts, and fewer endorsements. Joshua Dudley junior, history and creative writing

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he Technician recently prof iled the group Students Promoting Animal Rights Collectively or SPARC in the article “No meat please, we’re vegans.” In that article, one of t heir representatives claimed protests have never Zakk White been a foStaff Columnist cus of the group and that it is not as effective as other forms of advocacy. If this is the case, then it seems odd that the SPARC is protesting in front of Two Guy’s Restaurant April 12. Their Web site says they are demanding Two Guys take veal off of the menu. They claim Two Guys has “refused so far [to remove veal], refused to meet, and hinted at threatened us.” Odd grammar aside, is a protest the best way to have veal removed from a restaurant’s menu? In the case of veal — probably not. I am an unapologetic carnivore, but veal does have some serious moral problems. As most of you know, veal comes from calves who are not allowed to move very much to make the meat as tender as possible. This practice seems to inflict needless suffering upon an animal for a trivial dinner option. There has to be a better


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their suffering, and see to it that they have good lives. This view is known as animal welfare. If you believe we are superior it does not follow that humans have no obligation to other species. On the contrary, it shows we have an obligation to those weaker than us. Also, it is unreasonable to have the goal of relieving the suffering of all animals because if all animals were set free, a possible outcome would be that those who have a taste for meat would illegally hunt the larger animals to extinction. Through farming, we are able to control population and protect them. If we don’t need animals anymore for food and release them into “the wild” (or whatever that is), they will most likely die out without protection by humans. Who knows how much we have unwittingly changed the evolutionary process through our mastery of other animals, technology and the environment? There is no way to really know what is “natural” anymore.

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way of reducing veal consumption then protesting in front of a small Italian restaurant. SPARC supports a view of animal rights which is heavily influenced by Professor-Emeritus Tom Regan, one of the most important voices in the Animal Rights Movement. During Ag Week, SPARC passed out a flyer written by Regan on the 10 Reasons for Animal Rights. Part of his argument turns on the claim that being a “specieist,” a person who thinks humans are better than animals, is just as absurd a position as being a racist or a sexist. Regan claims that there are no “superior species” in the moral sense, only in the biological sense. If animals are equal to us, as Regan argues, then it follows that animals have rights. And if they have rights, then they should be given their freedom. Regan and others see the Animal Rights movement as the next logical step in the Civil Rights movement. It seems strange to argue that the equality between races and sexes is the same as the equality between a person and a bird. They are not equal to us in the biological and moral sense. Additionally, we should be allowed to use them for the end of sustenance; provided we treat them well, do our best to relieve

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A page and half spread about “When ‘Playboy’ came to town” for the March 25 paper. Really? At an institution of higher learning such as State, you find it worthwhile to devote 20 percent of the paper to talk about when a magazine comes to Raleigh, and not even State. This is something that affects very little of the student body and I doubt it actually “sparked words of support and disgust” since the only way you probably got comments on it was by individuals responding to your three days of covering this “major even.” Then on top of that you use a graphic for the article with words such as “tramp” and”slut”- so by that are you implying that the magazine is associated with those stereotypes or are you labeling the students who were a pictured filling out paperwork (very-exciting news) as such. If you’re going to devote this many resources, including an “undercover reporter,” to a topic why not make it something worthwhile that actually affects or has anything to do with N.C. State since after all that is what you’re supposed to be representing.

D. Aaron Wells graduate student, architecture


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At the risk of beating a dead horse, I thought that a man ought to weigh in on the issue of Playboy coming to town. The young ladies who have already written letters to the editor on the subject have made strong arguments, and the Technician ran the advertisements anyway. Our words apparently have no volume when compared to the shrill voice of the treasurer. I could say a lot concerning the psychology and sociology of such smut from a man’s perspective, but I truly believe that it is an argument young ladies must have amongst themselves first. After all, if they keep doing photo shoots, Playboy will keep printing. But for goodness’ sake, LISTEN to each other. It amazes me how much young women at universities talk about empowerment only to undermine one another in everything they do. The letter-writing ladies made some stellar points — their reasoning was far more forward-looking than the ad testimonial — but other young women participated anyway. I suspect the young ladies who pose for Playboy believe it is empowering because the creators TELL them it is (a bit of a conflict of interest considering their incomes depend on the success of their argument.) Your predecessors worked hard to win you the recognition as individuals — worthy, beautiful and intelligent — that you merit as women in this country. But it seems they ill estimated their progeny. Apparently, you WANT to be ogled and used rather than truly appreciated. Was their work really for nothing?

properly. Though full-time advisers may alleviate the workload on professors who also serve as advisers, each college must make sure advisers do not take on too much. Full-time advisers must be accessible to students, especially upperclassmen. They must also be knowledgeable of the programs for which they are advising. Also, students should use tools, such as the virtual adviser at Advising Central, to alleviate some of the traffic in advisers’ offices. Before the University considers

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I recently saw the Playboy ad in Technician and thought what an awesome experience this was. In fact, the ad does not bother me at all. What does bother me is the constant flow of letters to the Technician complaining about how they are ashamed and appalled that Technician advertised Playboy. For those who have written letters complaining about the ad, I don’t think your opinion is going to take the ad off the press — sorry. As for your rebuttal, it’s not strong at all. The common misinterpreted message that women need to be skinny, beautiful and big-breasted is ridiculous. All of you who believe this assumption must live a really bland life. I mean really, you must not watch television, read magazines, talk about celebrity gossip or associate yourselves with any media whatsoever. If there are girls who want to post up practically naked, then go for it. Be grateful for your hot bod. And for those who are so against it, then just don’t look at it.

Women, listen to women!

just saving money. It will allow academic advisers to have more time to teach classes and spend time with their students. Professors who were academic advisers could also have more time to do in-depth research and work with graduate students on their research. Also, students will be able to work closer with these professors, and professors would be more accessible to students. Having mostly full-time advisers can increase efficiency for both students and current academic advisors if it is done

having only full-time advisers as a permanent solution, it must see if it is a cost-effective solution and make sure this it is beneficial to students. As a way to make sure advisers are doing their jobs, students should be able to evaluate advisers in addition to class evaluations at the end of each semester. This can be a way to gauge whether having full-time advisers is effective and efficient. It is vital that this change in the advising system does not hurt students. The University must realize that even in rough times like these, it must keep students as a priority.


Playboy not harmful to women

Ronilyn Osborne freshman, public relations

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Working on a group lab report for their natural resources measurements class, juniors in natural resourses Liz Montgomery, Lee Anna Young and John Atkinson use the Natural Resources Library in Jordan Hall. “I’d rather come here than D.H. Hill because all the books and resources we need are in one spot, and it would take forever to find them over there,” Montgomery said.


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March 10 Faculty Senate meeting that, if the library does close, the space would be his to decide what to do with it, some students are worried the bookstacks won’t be the only things relocated. “I’d like to see it kept as a study hall,” Hausfather said. “It’s the

only place you can go and do tutoring on that side of campus. “The biggest thing is the distance. Not that it’s really far away, but it definitely takes at least half an hour of walking there and back if you have to go to Jordan.”

UNC and FSU play in the Georgia Dome durring the ACC tournament. This photo was taken with a Horseman 4x5 inch large format monorail camera.

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But the tools one would need to achieve the artistic qualities of photos from film range in price. Winstead said there are multiple levels of quality for paper to be used in dark rooms, for example. He also said there are options when it comes to cameras. Holga and Lomography brand cameras are two used for taking artistic photos with unique focus and lighting. Holgas, Winstead said, are made of plastic and run from $20. He said Lomos are slightly more expensive. Maruzzella said she enjoys using Polaroid cameras for artistic photos, although the manufacturers have stopped producing film. She also uses disposable cameras and her Nikon 40 D.

“People who truly want to be artists are going to pay for the quality they think they need.” Roger Winstead, University director of photography

“My dad gave me his camera from when he was in Vietnam. It was a Japanese type of camera,” she said. “That was the best camera I’ve ever had, and then it died. I couldn’t find anyone to fix it.” But digital cameras are ultimately the least expensive option, Winstead said. “I would much prefer shooting digital these days than film, because of the immediacy of knowing that [the pictures are] right,” he said. “The whole rea-

son more and more people are shooting pictures, more and more people are getting into photography business, is because digital is cheaper in the long run.“ To make digital photos look more artistic, Winstead said some computer programs can transform pictures to make them seem as though they were taken on a Holga-type camera.

sites on the list, McCorkle said the virus would still have 49,800 to choose from. “Because it checks so many, if we shut down 10 Web sites, then it wouldn’t get something from those 10 but would get something from others. We couldn’t possibly stop all the Web sites at once,” McCorkle said. When security officials find a virus, McCorkle said normal procedure is to find out what Web sites the virus will visit to get updates. But since Conficker’s list was so long, he said this process took many days. “With 50,000 sites, that’s too many for security professionals to do that,” McCorkle said, adding that the task was even harder since the list was encrypted. “It really tried to hide what it was doing better than other viruses out there, and because it was so difficult to figure out, it interested the security professionals more than other viruses did.” That didn’t stop OIT staff from monitoring antivirus programs for any sign of the virus on computers that either connected to NCSU Internet or the University servers, Martin said. “Our security team has been monitoring this particular virus,” Martin said. “They had been making sure that we were prepared for it if something were to take place.” Although he said reports of the virus have come in from students who love off campus, “it really has been very quiet.” Up-to-date patches and antivirus softwares, he said, should block the virus and explain the absence of mass reports. “It hasn’t lived up to what a lot of folks thought it would,” Martin said. “That doesn’t mean it couldn’t do something else.”




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freshman,” Henry said. “I knew that floor and vault were going to be potentially very strong for her, and that has been accurate. But balance beam has been a big surprise.” Coming into her freshman season, Barr’s goals were to make the lineup and in doing so help the team in any way. To do this, she knew she needed to build her confidence and learn to compete on the collegiate level. According to Barr, she had to get routines under her belt. “I just wanted to make sure that I made line up, and I was able to help the team as much as possible,” Barr said. “I had to get my confidence up, that was a major goal for me, to learn how to compete like a real gymnast at the collegiate level. It is a lot of numbers and once you get to the point where you are comfortable with things, it becomes quality over quantity.” According to assistant coach Karen Pleasants, Barr was able to receive help from her teammates when it came to her confidence level. Barr was able to take in what her teammates were saying and use it to boost her confidence. “She has been really good about absorbing what the team has encouraged her with,” Pleasants said. “She has used the tools


Freshman Brooke Barr does a flip during a floor exercise March 13. Barr tied for 3rd place during this portion of the meet against George Washington. State beat George Washington 195.475 to 193.050.

that her teammates have given her to give her confidence. Her teammates have really helped her along in that regard.” Barr has been able to use this confidence to perform on the mat, beam and vaulting table. She has the team’s second highest regional qualifying average on vault and the second highest on the floor. She has also been named the EAGL Rookie of the Week five of the 10 weeks this season.

Carrying all of this into next year, Barr will look to add bars to her repertoire making her an allaround competitor. According to Henry, with work thorough the off-season she can be solid on all four events. “She needs to keep doing what she is doing,” Henry said. “She has the potential to be really good on bars. And if she can get bars she is going to be a very strong all arounder.”


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“We left one right down the middle for him and he went with it,” Avent said. “He may not have had any home runs coming in, but when you make contact enough, you’re going to get a couple out.” Redshirt senior Joey Cutler (0-2) took the loss for State while starting pitcher Brad Mincey (6-1) picked up the win for ECU. “You can put the loss completely on my shoulders today,” Cutler said. “ECU is a good team, but I was falling behind in counts and I just didn’t execute today.” The Wolfpack’s first score came in the fifth inning when freshman Pratt Maynard doubled on a full count driving in freshman John Gianis. Later, in the sixth inning, center fielder Kyle Wilson made a diving attempt at a deep hit ball, but barely missed, allowing ECU to gain three more runs. State put together a short rally in the seventh inning when Andrew Ciencen doubled to left field driving in Drew Poulk and Kyle Wilson. “This team is never going to give up, not until the last pitch is thrown in the game, not until the last pitch is thrown of the season,” Cutler


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Let the hats fly

Andrew Ciencin threw his helmet in frustration in the bottom of the seventh when teammate Dallas Poulk flew out to shallow center field.

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Pat Ferguson had a brief, but heated word with the umpire when he was called out on a 3-2 count after he thought he had been walked. The umpire thought differently.

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said. “We were fighting all game, but some things just didn’t go our way.” On an infield fly in the eighth inning, Ciencen missed the easy out, allowing ECU to bring home two runners.

ball better. And all of this has to happen together. If one gets better and the others do not, the team will still lose. Sure, the Pack has a couple of hitters that are doing solid this year, but it does not matter when they are left standing on second or third at the end of the inning. For the pitchers, you have to get outs off of 0-2 and 1-2 counts. Make your pitches count. Have faith in the guys behind you, even if it is blind faith. Do not leave a 3-1 pitch over the middle of the plate as if it were batting practice. Be smart on the rubber. Now for you out on the diamond, back up your pitcher, earn that faith they are putting in you to make the play. Fiver error games, four error games, seriously? It is time for the team to put all of these together, work together, have faith in each other and have a little bit of heart and start living up to your fans’ expectations. You have the skills, and we all know this. Now put them to use and be proud to be wearing the RED and WHITE of the WOLFPACK!


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inning,â&#x20AC;? Avent said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There were a few things that happened, and the next thing you know, they exploded.â&#x20AC;? The Piratesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; bats stayed hot going into the fourth inning, as Whitehead slugged his second home run of the day. As the leadoff batter, he would finish the day 3-for-6 with five RBIs and three runs. Whiteheadâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s third inning home run was his first this season.

Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not going to lie, I was super stoked for baseball season to start this year. After hosting and winning a regional last year and nearly going to Omaha, Neb., I had pretty high expectations for this ball club. Needless to say, the team has fallen miserably short so JONATHAN B. far this seaLAUGHRUN son. Deputy Sports Editor Now these expectations that I formulated were not in the clouds, they were planted firmly on the infield grass, at least that is what I thought. I saw the team more or less dominating the non-conference schedule, beating up on the basement of the ACC and stealing a series or two from the creme de le creme of the conference. This would have set the team up with a nice ranking in the top 15 and given them a good shot at hosting another regional. Now judging by the lack of red and white in the stands after the sixth inning of last nightâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s massacre, I am not the only one who has been left in utter disappointment. And the fans should be disappointed. A 15-13 record is nothing to boast about-^itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the third worst in the ACC. Opening the season with two losses, dropping the home series to Maryland, the ACCâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s last place team, and several speckled losses to weekday non-conference opponents is not where this team should be. It is time for the Pack to get its act together in all aspects of the game if it even wants a glimmer of hope for post season ball. The offense needs to hit the ball, the pitchers need to throw the ball and the fielders need to field the

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Pirates pummel Wolfpack 14-4 Baseball uses 10 pitchers en route to loss to rival ECU



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The baseball team suffered a 14-4 loss at the hands of rival East Carolina Wednesday night at Doak Field. The Wolfpack (1513) allowed 11 hits, including a seven run third inning, which allowed the Pirates to gain the momentum. The Wolfpack would never recover as ECU (22-5) burnt through Stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bullpen. In total, the Pack used 10 pitchers during the night. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They obviously are swinging the bat very well,â&#x20AC;? coach Elliott Avent said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;With us going to Boston College this weekend, you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to work anybody

too much with a big conference series coming up.â&#x20AC;? Avent noted that the Pirates were utilizing every weapon in their arsenal to take down his team. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It looks like we saw a lot of their best arms tonight,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They threw some weekend guys out there in a game that was seemingly comfortable.â&#x20AC;? Left-handed pitcher John Lambert (1-1) got the start for the Wolfpack, but would only stay in the game for one inning before junior right-handed pitcher Sam Brown took the mound. After the Pirateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Jared Avchen was hit by a pitch and leftfielder Austin Homan singled to center, center fielder Trent Whitehead sent the ball sailing into the left center field scoreboard. Whiteheadâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s home run in the top of

â&#x20AC;&#x153;They threw some weekend guys out there in a game that was seemingly comfortable.â&#x20AC;? #OACH%LLIOTT!VENT the third put the Pirates ahead early 3-0. Brown walked the next batter, and sophomore Grant Sasser came into the game for the Wolfpack. The onslaught of scoring continued as Sasser allowed Stephen Batts to steal third and then score on a subsequent single by Schieber. Then, on a 1-2 count, the Pirates sent another threerun homer into left center field to boost the spread to 7-0 in the top of the third. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It got out of hand in the third


Freshman Brooke Barr makes immediate impact After earning First Team All-EAGL selections in both Vault and Floor, Brooke Barr is ready to lead the Pack to the NCAA Regionals

BROOKE BARR BY THE NUMBERS Times Barr has placed first in the Vault 4 in 2009 9.900

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Barrâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s highest score in the Vault competition. She has received this score three times

In only her first year with the Wolfpack, freshman Brooke Barr has been a major piece of the Gymnastics teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s run to the 2009 EAGL Championship this season. Completing 36 routines in competition, three events in all 12 meets, her consistency has helped keep the Pack be in contention throughout the year. According to assistant coach Todd Henry, Barrâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s reliability has made her invaluable to the team. â&#x20AC;&#x153;[Barr] has been our most consistent kid, and in my opinion she might be our most valuable kid this year. She has really stepped up as a freshman,â&#x20AC;? Henry said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;She has just been one of those go to kids and it has really worked out well for us.â&#x20AC;? As Barr was recruited, there was some concern about her consistency, but it was known she was an athlete with great possibilities. Coming out of high school the coaches knew they were getting an athlete who had great potential on vault and floor. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When I recruited her, I knew she was talented but I was a little worried about her consistency. You just never know what you are going to get sometimes with a


Times Barr has been on the podium (placed 1st, 2nd or 3rd in an event)-the second highest total on the team 5 EAGL Rookie of the Week honors Barr received in 2009


EAGL Rookie of the Week honors Barr


All-EAGL First Team awards Barr

received in 2009 received--One for Vault and the other for Floor routine SOURCE: N.C. STATE ATHLETICS


Freshman Brooke Barr successfully plants her vault routine at the Governorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cup Feb. 2, scoring a personal career high of 9.900. This season, Barr has been named the EAGL Rookie of the Week five times in addition to earning two first team All-EAGL awards.


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Microsoft Office may come to iPhone Stephen Elop, president of Microsoft Business Division, hinted in an interview that the iPhone may be getting Microsoft Office. Rumors have been circulating for more than a year about the possibility of having Office on the iPhone. The iPhone allows users to view Microsoft Word and Excel documents but the multi-functional phone/MP3 player does not currently have the capability to edit them. SOURCE: GIZMODO.COM

Popular Web sites pranked its users Wednesday for April Fools Day, along with Google, delivered their own April Fools Day pranks. YouTube also pranked its users last year for April Fools Day when it linked its videos to the “Never Gonna Give You Up” music video by Rick Astley, also known as “Rick-rolling. also pranked its users by offer “flights to Mars from only $99 ... Save over $3 trillion!” Yahoo refined its search engine to allow its users to select which ideology they would like to search with, SOURCE: GIZMODO.COM

Circuit City cards still accepted Circuit City may have officially closed all of its stored March 9, but those who have Circuit City credit cards are still in luck. Customers can still use Circuit City credit cards at Best Buy starting in May, according to a letter from Chase credit card company. Chase will send cardholders replacement Best Buy credit cards also in May to replace Circuit City cards. SOURCE: CONSUMERIST.COM

Pepsi looking to become greener PepsiCo Inc. is testing new technology for vending machines that use less electricity. New machines use 15 percent less energy, 5.08 kilowatt-hours of energy per day. Pepsi, which was created in eastern North Carolina but has since moved its headquarters up to New York, is one of the most popular soft drinks in the world, with 4 to 5 million vending machines worldwide.

Cheerleaders perform during a break in the ACC Championship game in the Georgia Dome. The photographer used a Horseman 4x5 inch large format monorail camera to take this shot.



verything about a digital camera is instantaneous. As soon as the shutter snaps, the image is there, ready to be deleted or kept, re-taken or printed to hang on the wall. But there is something to be said for the element of surprise that comes with the development of photos from film, according to Laura Maruzzella, a junior and amateur photographer. “It is more exciting to get photos developed or to develop them yourself,” she said. “I like surprises.” Maruzzella, who is studying art and design, said she took a photography course last semester and had access to the University’s dark room in the basement of Brooks Hall. Developing photos is a skill she learned in a high school class. University Director of Photography Roger Winstead said the atmosphere of the dark room is an attraction to some photographers. “[Some people like] the idea of still going into a dark room—the smells, the touch, the feel and the artistry involved,” he said. And Winstead said the quality of photos produced in a dark room is one that some are not ready to give up. “It’s probably for purely artistic reasons,” he said. “It is almost why people choose to ride a bike instead of taking their car. A car could get you there faster, and a digital [cam-

era] could get you there faster, but it’s more scenic if you take your bike.” This quality is the reason Abby Cranford, an undeclared junior, chooses to shoot film instead of relying on the immediacy of digital photos. “It’s totally worth my money because the quality is better,” she said. “Even though you can order prints of digital photos, I have found that the prints of photos from film look better.” Cranford uses a Canon Rebel, as well as her roommate’s fish eye camera to shoot photos of her friends, nature and on trips. Despite the state of the economy, Winstead said those like Cranford will fork over the extra money it takes to work with film. “People who will choose to use film are probably those who could afford it in the first place,” he said. “It’s like somebody who chooses to use different ingredients when making something — people who truly want to be artists are going to pay for the quality they think they need.” PHOTOS continued page 6

CAMERA COST Holga: Starting at $35 Fisheye: Regularly $75

FILM COST Holga (12 shots): About $3.50

35 mm (25/26 shots): About $7

DEVELOPING COST Holga film: About $7

33 mm film: About $7


Remember the Y2K virus? All computers were slated to deconstruct, elevators would fail, electricity grids would go dark and bank accounts would be nullified. Those were some of the theories floating around, at least. And when midnight arrived, only a few isolated incidents actually affected day-to-day operations. The same can be said for the Conficker virus, which was rumored to launch a mass attack on April 1. Conficker, which began targeting Microsoft systems in late 2008, was to remain dormant until Wednesday, when it would check 50,000 hacker-created Web sites for updates. The infected computer could then send out spam, infect other computers or just be a pain in the hard drive, depending on what a particular Web site instructed, according to Neal McCorkle, information security officer for the Office of Information Technology, said. But this virus had roughly the same effect as Y2K — the day ended without the virus living up to its hype. In fact, it’s hardly hit computers on campus, McCorkle said. “We didn’t really see that much on campus,” he said. “It appears that because there was such heavy research into this, Trend Micro and Symantec, which are antivirurs programs, knew what to look for in the virus and were able to remove it.” Much of the Conficker’s publicity was due to its well-crafted threats, according to Stan North Martin, director of outreach, communications and consulting for the Office of Information Technology. Encrypted into the virus is the list of 50,000 sites from which to get updates, he said. So even when security professionals broke the encryption and targeted what sites they needed to block to prevent the virus from updating, the list was too long for them to block each site. It’s a daunting task, since many viruses check one Web site from updates, McCorkle said. “Most viruses, when they get on your computer, periodically get updates, just like from software,” McCorkle said. “This one actually had an incredibly large list of places to get updates from, so the virus would be on your computer and then, when the proper date came, it would go and contact the Web sites itself.” In this way, even if security professionals blocked 200 Web VIRUS continued page 6


Cuts to CNR library would save money mainly in staffing, not operation costs If library consolidates with D.H. Hill, students hope it will remain a study space Alison Harman Science & Tech Editor

A proposal to eliminate the College of Natural Resources Library due to state- and University-wide budget cuts would only save money by nixing three full-time employees and eight student positions, Karen Ciccone, director of the CNR Library, said. Because the College of Natural Resources and the Department of Marine, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences cover the costs of the library’s location, equipment and books, Ciccone said relocating some of the library’s collection to D.H. Hill and storing others at Duke University will cut payroll expenses, not operational expenses. “That’s really the only cost, is the staffing,” she said. “What the library pays for is the people and the books. If they closed the library, they would still be paying for the books since someone

would still be selecting books for forestry, atmospheric science and geology. The place to save money would be not having staff.” Ciccone said the library already operates on a tight budget, and staffing is staggered “so we don’t have to have as many student assistants in the evening.” One of those student assistants is Jennifer Blue, a junior in history, who works at the library in the mornings. “If they close the library, I’ll be out of a job,” said Blue, who has been working as an assistant for about a year and a half. She said her mornings there are usually slow until “people start waking up and coming in around 9.” Although the library is open to anyone, Ciccone said most of the people who use the library are undergraduate and graduate students. “We do have people from the community who come here for the subject matter,” she said. “It’s mostly students, then faculty and occasionally staff who aren’t faculty.” And students like Lisa Hausfather, a senior in natural resources who uses


If the University shuts down the College of Natural Resources Library due to budget cuts, some books will be moved to D.H. Hill and others will be stored at Duke.

the CNR library between classes, said moving books from the library, which is nestled in Jordan Hall, to D.H. Hill would be inconvenient to those whose classes are all in Jordan Hall.

Students whose major classes are located in main campus classrooms have easier access to D.H. Hill Library than those whose classes are in Jordan Hall, which sits at the far end of main campus

near Western Boulevard. “It’s really hard to get over there if you don’t have at least an hour. It takes a while to get over there and walk back,” Hausfather said. “You’d have to have a big break between classes to walk over there and get your books.” Checking out maps, kits and books on reserve — many of which cannot leave library premises — would make the trip even longer, Ciccone said. Students like Hausfather who need the reserve kits for class projects would need to complete all work within D.H. Hill. “It’s really nice for the natural resource people to have a place to go on campus and everyone can get together,” Hausfather said. “In D.H. Hill there’s the commons, but it’s always so crowded and it’s hard to get a space for a big group.” If the library is cut from the budget, Ciccone said she hopes it will be turned into a study space for students. Although not all colleges have a library, most do have study spaces. And after Provost Larry Neilsen declared at a CNR continued page 6

Technician - April 2, 2009  
Technician - April 2, 2009  

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