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Clinton calls for community action FORMER PRESIDENT ASKS STUDENTS TO BECOME INVOLVED IN SOLVING WORLD’S PROBLEMS James Cox

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Students, faculty and local citizens visited Reynolds Coliseum Monday morning to hear former President Bill Clinton speak as part of the Millennium Seminar Series, a collection of presentations designed to engage and inspire students. Clinton’s speech, entitled “The Way Forward,” focused on getting students and citizens to act on topics such as climate change, health care, recycling, and hunger. Retta Clemons, an executive assistant for Provost Larry Nielsen, said a crowd of 6,000 gathered to listen to the former president’s speech. Clinton urged students to take action in his speech. “We need doers,” he said. The president also asked students to think about this moment in history. “What kind of world are we in and what can we do to make it better?” he asked. Clinton called interdependence the fundamental fact of the 21st century. “We should be trying to build up the positive forces of national and international interdepence,” he said. Clinton explained the interdependent economy of the U.S. took more people out of poverty in the last 20 years than had before in history. “Then, in five months, we saw $27 trillion in wealth disappear,” he said. Clinton reiterated America’s importance in the interdependent economy. “That [$27 trillion] is twice America’s annual GDP and since we are 22 to 24 percent of the world’s income, that means that the world lost about half of it entire annual income,” the president said. He explained instability in the world as well. Clinton told the audience the worlds largest democracy, India, shares the sub-continent with Pakistan. “You have the terrorist attack in Mumbi, and you sit and hold your breath hoping these two nuclear powers don’t fight each other over what happened,” Clinton said. In his speech, he also touched on the closing of the U.S. pris-

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“I wish there were more people in his position saying that [we should be active].” William Henderson sophomore, engineering

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Former President Bill Clinton challenges the audience and students to aid John Coggin, a senior in communication, in his efforts to fight world hunger. Coggin was the first to receive the newly created President William Jefferson Clinton Hunger Leadership Award, which will become an annual presentation to an N.C. State student who is dedicated to promoting global awareness and support through action. Coggin has been involved with community programs such as Stop Hunger Now during his time at the University.

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be easily retaliated against and can make this unstable system more unstable,” Clinton said. The former president adRead more of James Cox’s story about dressed the cost of education in former President Bill Clinton’s visit to Reynold’s Coliseum Monday online at America. www.technicianonline.com. “The cost of education is above inflation, and the median wage is on in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, below inflation,” he said. something President Barack Clinton spoke about climate Obama has pledged to do early change. in his administration. “Most people recognize that “We le a r n we put enough now t h at a g r e e n h ou s e very high pergases in the air centage of the and we need to people released do something after being deabout it,” he tained as sussaid. pected terrorClinton said ists turn out he spent a lot of Former President Bill Clinton time thinking to have been terrorists, and about this topic. they have gone back signed up “We just can’t keep doing this and put themselves in countries folks,” he said. of operation in the hope of blowClinton said the health care ing up innocent civilians,” Clin- crisis needs a solution. ton said. “The President is going to have He stressed terrorists pose a the chance to solve the problem very real threat to stability. that American citizens have run “These faithless actors cannot away from, and that other coun-

“ I had a Congress that denied there was a health care crisis quote.”

SIGHTS AND SOUNDS: MILLENNIUM SEMINAR WITH FORMER PRESIDENT BILL CLINTON “Go State!”

The Pep Band played the Fight Song just before Chancellor James Oblinger introduced formerPresident Bill Clinton.

Can you hear me now?

Seeing spots

Pink shirts and sweaters dotted the crowd, in memory of the late women’s basketball coach Kay Yow.

Genevieve Pike junior, paper science and engineering

A pin drop

Oblinger asked the crowd to take a moment of silence to honor Yow.

Good choice!

Clinton said he approved President Barack Obama’s pick for secretary of state who is Clinton’s wife, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Mary Easley stood up to ask the crowd to turn off their cell phones.

tries have already figured out: how to provide affordable health care to all Americans,” he said. The president said Obama won’t face the same problems he did. “I had a Congress that denied there was a health care crisis,” Clinton said. He said the American people are spending 16 percent of our income on health care, and no other country we compete with spends more than 11, and they have better care than we do. “So what will we do? Cover ev-

“He made me think, ‘How?’ And why we should [act] instead of sitting on our butts and playing video games.”

erybody and spend 19 per cent? Getting this right is very important,” he said. The former president has a lofty goal: to close every landfill in every major city in the world. “Landfills should be a relic of the past, there should be no more of them in North Carolina anywhere in the world,” he said. After Clinton’s speech, John Coggin, a senior in communication, received Stop Hunger Now’s President William Jefferson Clinton Hunger Leadership Award.

“I thought [the speech] was really informative. He’s a really good speaker. I made me wan to look into [food organizations]. I’m glad I skipped two classes to go.” Ed Mason sophomore, biology

“It’s our job, Clinton says it’s up to us to fix things,” Coggin said. After Coggin’s acceptance speech, Clinton took the stage again to talk about hunger. “Sixty-five percent of all people eligible for food stamps don’t use them,” he said.

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Commission to analyze UNC system’s policy on hate speech met Monday

HATE CRIME COMMISSION

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Next meeting: Feb. 9, open to the public to solicit more opinions and feedback on the policy

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The 11-member commission investigating further hate speech legislation for UNC system schools held its third meeting Monday to continue the discussion on the policies. The commission met for the first time on Dec. 17, 2008. The idea of placing restrictions on speech has some students worried about the future and what will be restricted. “It is a real dangerous road to go down. You can restrict one thing like the [Ku Klux]

Klan or any kind of hate speech and the next thing you know you are restricting another kind of speech, and then another kind of speech. Then eventually you don’t have free speech anymore,” Ches McDowell, a sophomore in political science, said. “The University restricting [speech]. that is just dangerous. It is walking up the same path as George Orwell’s ‘1984’ when you have the thought police that run around and every time they think you are thinking something racist or something stupid you’re going to

be in trouble for it.” rent policies of the 16 universities At the same time, other stu- and the polices in effect in other dents said they feel strongly that states. something needs to be done to “For the most part, we went limit the hate speech on campus. deeper in each school’s code of “I think certain steps are nec- conduct,” Hunter said. “And [we] essar y,” Brad also looked at Frenier, a senior examples from in business adother states.” ministration The amount said. “Anything of money and really threatenother resources ing — actually that have been threatening funneled into somebody’s this commissafety is where I s ion i s u n Brad Frenier, senior in could visualize k now n a s a business administration actually drawrepresentative ing the line.” refused to comAccording to Geoffrey Hunter, ment on the subject. Regardless a member of the commission and of the amount, McDowell said N.C. State University alumnus, in the current economic state, a the commission used Monday’s commission like this should not meeting to investigate the cur- be a priority.

“Certain steps are necessary [to prevent hate speech].”

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“[The North Carolina government] could care less about economic times, they could care less about what the North Carolina tax payer is going through, they could care less about what they are spending our tax dollars on,” McDowell said. “Nine times out of ten when they spend our money on stupid crap like this, it is just to make the people think they are actually doing something when they’re really not.” McDowell also said that the current budget crisis facing the UNC system is more important than the potential changed the commission could recommend. “When we’re facing a really large deficit the University [has] to cut classes, cut professors’ salaries, do all kinds of crap like this because we don’t have enough money.”

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Badminton registration coming up

In Monday’s Kay Yow special insert, the quote surrounding the photos of Kay Yow were quotes from Kay Yow. Send all clarifications and corrections to Editor-in-Chief Saja Hindi at editor@ technicianonline.com.

Registration for intramural badminton and softball is coming up on Feb. 2. Students can register online at http://www.ncsu.edu/ campus_rec or by going to the Carmichael Recreation Center 1st floor. Right now, intramural racquetball registration is already underway. 4-on-4 flag football registration will begin on Feb. 9.

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The Gregg Museum of Art and Design will have Thomas Sayre: New Work on display from now until May 10 every Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Sayre is recognized for his earth casting, but also has large scale paintings at the Gregg Museum as well. Sayre utilizes carbon, iron oxide and pastels on a material know as masonite to create unique work. Admission is free. The museum is open from noon to 8 p.m. on weekdays, and 2 to 8 p.m. on weekends.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY “We need doers.” Bill Clinton on the need for citizens to be willing to help society

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Remembering a role model PHOTO BY MICHELE CHANDLER

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mber Joyner, a senior in political science, signs a poster in honor of late women’s basketball coach Kay Yow near the Atrium Monday. “It was really hard for me because she’s been a great role model for my entire life,” Joyner said. Members of Student Government handed out pink ribbons in Yow’s memory in the Brickyard from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Monday.

WORLD & NATION

Home Depot to cut 7,000 jobs

Promoter crushed at monster truck rally A monster truck show promoter, George Eisenhart, died Saturday night after one of his monster trucks crushed him during a show in Madison, Wis. Oddly enough, Eisenhart had just touted his show’s safety record a few days earlier. “Saturday’s incident... was a freak accident,” Dave Mahoney, the Dane County sheriff, said Sunday. Eisenhart apparently stepped in front of the truck unknowingly in a way that made it impossible for the driver to react. This is the second monster truck fatality in a little over a week. On Jan. 16, a 6-year-old boy was killed by flying debris in Tacoma, Wa. The shows were by different performers.

Home Depot, the No. 1 home improvement retailer, made public its plans to end its EXPO business and release many support staff Monday. Both moves combined will cause a release of about 7,000 employees. The company said the cuts will impact two percent of employees. “Exiting our EXPO business is a difficult decision, particularly given the hard work and dedication of our associates in that business and the support of our loyal customers,” Frank Blake, the CEO of Home Depot, said in a statement. “At the same time, it is a necessary decision that will strengthen our core Home Depot business.” Blake also said that the housing market will be key for businesses like Home Depot or Lowe’s Home Improvement. He said if the housing market doesn’t make a change, retailers will have to cut back on expenses. SOURCE: CNN

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Blagojevich maintains innocence Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s impeachment trial is scheduled to begin Monday. However, Blagojevich maintains he is innocent of the allegations he tried to sell the Senate seat left open by President Barack Obama, and plans to skip the proceedings to defend himself on several television programs. He has already appeared on ABC’s programs “Good Morning America” and “The View.” When Blagojevich was on GMA, he said he had considered appointing Oprah Winfrey for the open Senate position. “She seems to be someone who had helped Barack Obama in a significant way become president. She was obviously someone with a much broader bully pulpit than other senators,” Blagojevich said. Eventually, Blagojevich selected former Illinois Attorney General Roland Burris, one of the other candidates he was considering. Blagojevich will appear on CNN’s “Larry King Live” Monday in his first prime-time interview. SOURCE: CNN

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Today 2009 TURFGRASS AND SHOW North Raleigh Hilton, all day NORM SCHULMAN: A LIFE IN CLAY Gregg Museum of Art and Design, noon to 8 p.m. STUDY ABROAD (SUMMER 2009 CHINA TRIP)INFORMATION MEETING Page Hall 109, 7:30 to 9 p.m. Wednesday THOMAS SAYRE: NEW YORK Gregg Museum of Art and Design, all day 2009 TURFGRASS CONFERENCE AND SHOW North Raleigh Hilton, all day NORM SCHULMAN: A LIFE IN CLAY Gregg Museum of Art and Design, noon to 8 p.m. WINTER SKILLS WORKSHOP Carmichael Recreation Center, 7 to 9 p.m. FYC CONVOCATION Stewart Theatre, 7:30 to 9 p.m. Thursday 2009 TURFGRASS CONFERENCE AND SHOW North Raleigh Hilton, all day NORM SCHULMAN: A LIFE IN CLAY Gregg Museum of Art and Design, noon to 8 p.m. “SPIRIT, STRUCTURE AND FLESH” BOOK SIGNING 1911 Building, 4:30 to 6 p.m. LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE LECTURE: ROBIN MOORE Burns Auditorium in Kamphoefner Hall, 6:15 to 8 p.m. CHANGELING Witherspoon Student Cinema, 7 to 9:30 p.m. NICK AND NORAH’S INFINITE PLAYLIST Witherspoon Student Cinema, 10 to 11:30 p.m.

POLICE BLOTTER Jan. 23 1:05 A.M. | CHECK PERSON Cates Avenue Report of suspicious subjects in the area. Officer canvassed area but did not locate any problems. 9:51 A.M. | CYBERSTALKING Talley Student Center Student reported being harassed by e-mails from nonstudent. 11:12 A.M. | LARCENY Williams Hall Faculty member reported currency taken from unsecured office.

The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences will conduct a soil science seminar on Jan. 28. Emily Dell, a research specialist in the University’s Department of Soil Science, will be speaking. The lecture, entitled “Anaerobic Ammonium Oxidizing Bacteria in Anthropogenic Nitrogen-Loaded Systems: Potential Competitors to Denitrification,” will be held from 3:40 to 4:40 p.m. in the Williams Hall Auditorium (Room 2215).

1:34 P.M. | LARCENY Carmichael Gym Student reported theft of boots from locker.

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1:23 P.M. | TRAFFIC ACCIDENT Reynolds Coliseum Deck Officers investigated traffic accident. Some damage to vehicles occurred.

1:42 P.M. | CHECK PERSON Veterinary School Report of suspicious subject. Officers canvassed area but found no problems. 10:37 P.M. | SIMPLE ASSAULT Wolf Village Dispute between students. One student was referred to the University. Appropriate personnel notified. 10:51 P.M. | TRAFFIC STOP Morrill Drive Nonstudent was issued citation for No Operators License. Jan. 24 12:16 A.M. | CHECK PERSON David Clark Labs Report of subject sleeping near loading dock. Officer located highly intoxicated nonstudent. EMS notified. Subject refused transport. 2:36 A.M. | LARCENY Varsity Drive Construction Site Report of group of subjects removing sign from site. Investigation pending. 2:39 A.M. | TRAFFIC STOP Dan Allen Drive Non-student was issued citation for speeding.

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The Campus Recreation Outdoor Adventures staff is teaching students how to rock climb on Jan. 30. The staff will teach participants about rock climbing equipment, climbing techniques, safety issues and important knots. The clinic is free to all students, and beginners are welcome. CampusRec will provide all of the equipment necessary. After a lecture teaching the basic skills, time will be provided to learn hands-on skills on the Carmichael Gymnasium rock wall.

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11:45 A.M. | DISTURBANCE Reynolds Coliseum Units responded to unruly fan at wrestling event. Officers spoke with nonstudent. Subject complied to leave the area. No further action was taken.


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BUDGET CUTS HINDER LEARNING REVERSIONS AND CUTS MAKE SERVING STUDENTS MORE DIFFICULT STORY BY DEREK MEDLIN | PHOTO ILLUSTRATION BY LUIS ZAPATA

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s the U.S. economy slips deeper into a recession during the first few weeks of 2009, University officials have been working on plans in preparation to cut the University budget.

Chancellor James Oblinger released a statement Jan. 15 concerning the budget and said the University would work with the state to help balance the budget but would attempt not to forfeit the quality of education students receive. “We are working with President [Erskine] Bowles to help make the case that cuts to higher education have a dual effect on the state’s economy by not only limiting academic

programs but also slowing our ability to fuel North Carolina’s economic health,” he said. When the state releases the 200910 budget in July, University officials will know exactly what has to be trimmed from the University budget for the next fiscal year. Until then, the University can only plan potential cuts, something vice chancellor for Student Affairs Tom Stafford said is very difficult.

“The impact of all those reversions were felt some in the fall semester and are now being felt in a much more significant way across the campus,” Stafford said. The first round of budget cuts, announced during the fall semester, forced the University to give budgeted money back to the state through a series of reversions. “Over the course of the fall up until a couple weeks ago, the previous governor asked people around the state to revert a certain amount from the 2008-2009 budget,” he said. “As we went through the fall, the revenues from taxes have been running well below what was projected when the

“The revenues from taxes have been running well below what was projected when the budget was approved.” Tom Stafford, vice chancellor for student affairs

budget was approved.” The newest projections for the 2009-2010 budget have once again made the University prepare for more potential cuts, according to Stafford. Stafford said the budget for 20092010 could be anywhere from three to seven percent less than the original 2008-2009 budget, before the fall semester reversions. “The part we are really concerned about is what the General Assembly will do for our budget in 2009-2010,” Stafford said. “If they cut our budget by a significant amount, it’s going to

Cutting the budget Before cutting classes, cut pay

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Senior staff columnist

34,000,000. That’s approximately the amount that the North Carolina state government wants back from the University from its annual appropriations. I can’t say that it’s too smart of a move on the state’s part considering it is siphoning money away from an institution that has produced 70 start-up companies, has been awarded 147 patents over the past three years and has completed SAWREY continued page 4

Budgeting past, present and future

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Chemistry professor and Faculty Senate Chair

ow is the budget situation affecting the Faculty and the University? A question simply posed by the Technician in requesting my Viewpoint opinion, but hardly a simple one to answer. In my role as Chair of the Faculty I have listened to faculty, staff and students across campus and have participated in countless meetings grappling with the reality of coming up with $28 million in cuts to the Academic Affairs budget. That is the core budget for all University MARTIN continued page 4

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he University implemented a 6-percent budget cut last semester, cutting jobs and causing a frenzy to try and save money wherever possible. On top of that, the University is considering another budget cut of up to 7-percent for the 2009-10 year, starting in July. A 7-percent cut for the University equates to about $36 million. To put that into perspective, $36 million could purchase more than 19.5 million gallons of gasoline. That is enough gas to drive a Honda Civic going “highway speed” around the world 26,714 times. Chancellor James Oblinger said in a statement that the University will be as transparent as possible when dealing with the budget cuts, but this doesn’t seem applicable to the opinions of staff and faculty. When we asked a member of a college council to contribute to the Technician about how the budget cuts have affected its program, she initially said she was interested but later declined, saying that the college might have issues with her discussing it. It’s understandable for the University to want to want to hide flaws in its program, especially since the lack of funding is not its fault. But it’s imEDITORIAL continued page 4

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Jim Ceresnak

junior, political science

ncreased class sizes, higher tuition and shorter library hours are just a few changes students may see in the coming months as the global economic meltdown affects the University. Just as families and businesses have had to tighten their belts with the coming of hard financial times, the University will also have to review its budget and make cuts to compensate for a predicted 10 percent state budget shortfall. There is no question that the UniverCERESNAK continued page 4

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Tria Metzler

junior, animal science

s a College of Animal and Life Sciences student, the recent budget cuts have certainly not gone unnoticed. I’ve felt reverberations of the recent funding adjustments throughout all extracurricular activities in which I am involved. I got my first real idea of the seriousness of the situation as I talked with my CALS Ambassador advisor last fall. She informed our team that due to lack METZLER continued page 4


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portant to realize that the only way to solve a problem is to recognize that it is there. If the University and the community don’t openly recognize where the mistakes are, then we can never patch them. We also hope the N.C. General Assembly will be more careful with the allocation of funds in the future. This crisis may not have been as severe had the General Assembly been more careful and prepared for an economic situation like the one we find ourselves in now, and the University been more diligent

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research that supported the creation of 13,000 jobs. So where does the money come from to make up the loss? As a land grant University, our mission is to serve the students with undergraduate, graduate, doctoral and research programs and to serve the state of North Carolina through extension and engagement. Cutting class sections, eliminating positions for professors and scaling back our presence in the community should be the last things touched when the University is looking for areas to cut waste. Layoffs aren’t practical because they’d have a dramatic impact on the quality of service the University can provide to the students and to the state. But what about marginal pay cuts to employees? The University employs more than 8,000 people and spends $684,157,288.00 on salary and benefits for its employees - about 62% of the University’s expenditures in 2008. The unnerving bit is the proportion of these employees which are classified as administrative versus those that are classified as instructors. The University employed 6,024 people in 2008 that were classified as administrative in comparison to the 2,103 employees that were classified as instructors.

and prepared. And if the University is going to cut classes, then we must be smart and keep what is most important and keep core classes a priority. If the University must, then cutting extracurricular classes and activities, though regretfully, may be the only way to stay afloat. If the University expects to grow, then it must focus on academics. 2008 was a tough year for the economy, which in turn affects the University. We hope the General Assembly plan for situations like this in the future. We also hope the University focuses on education and keep it a priority.

Since 2005, the University has added only 300 more faculty members but 866 new administrative employees. In the same time frame, salary and benefits for employees has jumped $130,147,249. Am I advocating cutting the University down to the bare bones? No, most certainly not. I’m not even advocating for the loss of anyone’s job, especially in this economy. But our school is a $1,100,000,000 annual enterprise that’s become bogged down in administrative and peripheral largess. Rather than cutting sections and graduate prog r a m s , a five percent pay cut across the board wou ld save jobs, save class sections, save research programs and make up the $34,000,000 the state is asking back. If it isn’t in the best interest of the University to cut pay for professors because they start looking for jobs elsewhere, cut pay to the disproportionately large number of administrative employees until the magic number has been achieved. It’s better than the alternative of throwing out services to the students and the state, and it shouldn’t be too much to ask in an economic environment when a lot of our parents are not only staring down even larger pay cuts in the face but the potential for lost jobs and failed businesses altogether.

A five percent pay cut across the board would save jobs, class sections and research programs.

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sity system, like all government entities, should sacrifice as the state confronts this money crisis. However, the General Assembly and University system leaders’ lack of foresight to prepare for situations like this is as much to blame for the lowered quality of education students will receive as a result of proposed budget cuts as any other scapegoats presented to take the heat. Though the true severity of the economic downturn may not have been known at the close of business for the General Assembly last August, surely there was no question that hard times were on the horizon. Yet, in classic political fashion, the powers at be chose to ignore coming problems in order to keep political promises in an election year. Students will be forced to pay for the legislature’s incompetence. Newly elected governor, Bev Perdue has just ordered an overall 7 percent cut of all state agencies’ budgets. This means

that the University must relinquish more than $30 million it was originally promised by the General Assembly. Our University has been preparing for these cuts, and has been proactively seeking ways to trim the budget, increase efficiency, and eliminate waste to make this process as painless as possible. Yet in many cases, these “trimming� efforts are not enough, and students will inevitably suffer directly from these cuts. Again, while the anticipation and efforts are applaudable, why can’t efforts streamline our budgets be an ongoing process? Recession isn’t the only time to improve cost-effectiveness and common-sense budgeting. It is inexcusable that our elected officials refuse to put the people first. Broken promises come as a result of political patronage often in politics, yet in times like these, there effects are amplified and we will all suffer for it. Smart budgeting at the state and university level should always be a top priority. Not just when dire economic circumstances leave us with no other choice.

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be a really negative impact on our students.� Jeffrey Braden, interim dean of the College of the Humanities and Social Sciences, said the budget reversion in the fall forced CHASS to eliminate positions and class sections for this semester. “We lost a few permanent positions in non-teaching staff and we had a few people leave and didn’t fill those positions,� he said. “We also lost some class sections for spring. Our class size went up but our number of sections went down.� Braden said the potential for further cuts will continue to hurt CHASS and other colleges across campus. He also said the plans being discussed in CHASS center on trying not to harm the ability of students to make progress toward their degrees. “The first priority is to save any direct services that impact student,� he said. “But we can’t lose that much of the budget without impacting instruction. Students will have more trouble getting the courses they want.� Provost Larry Nielsen, who oversees the appointment, promotion and compensation of faculty, said that plans for potential cuts are not yet final despite the poor outlook for the state budget. “It’s going to be quite some time yet,� he said of the University having finalized plans. “We’ve got lots of people engaged in this but it will be

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of funding, we will be cutting back everything from the activities we plan for visitation days to how many paperclips can be used at our weekly meetings. This year, our Outreach Advisor team is also branching out to incorporate several committees, an endeavor that unfortunately coincided with the effects of major budget adjustments. As the group leader of our fledgling Service Committee, I can personally attest to the fact that our committee had difficulty with creating projects in which we could reach out to the community, but with zero to limited funding to back the projects. I am also personally involved in undergraduate research, a nd si nc e t he summer before my f reshman year, I have been involved in an on-campus poultry genomics lab. The experience all began with an HHMI Rise Summer Research Internship, and it has since been invaluable in allowing me to make the most of my years as an NCSU undergraduate. I fear that programs like the Rise Program, as well as all other undergraduate research awards, will be experiencing some of the largest budget cuts in the coming year, which will then deny many incoming undergrads the same priceless experience I was fortunate enough to have. Graduate programs are also suffering intensely from budget cuts. According to

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several months before we make any final decisions.� Nielsen said that difficult decisions about the University’s budget will have to be made. “These are hard times for the state and we’re going to have to tighten our belts even more,� he said. Stafford said any budget cut for the 2009-2010 year will impact the University directly. “If we get a seven percent cut we’re going to have to let some people go,� he said. “We’re going to have to tell people who are now employed that they no longer have a job at N.C. State.� Stafford also said students need to be concerned about budget cuts because they will also be impacted by the cuts. “There is a possibility that programs we have now for students not directly connected to degree programs could be eliminated or significantly reduced,� he said. “This is the number one issue students need to be concerned about.�

another peer working in an undergraduate research lab, there is a great amount of anxiety that researchers and professors will not have enough funding to hire an adequate number graduates in the coming academic year. Though I am personally pursuing a career in veterinary medicine and hope to gain admission to the vet school within the next couple years, many of my peers in animal science are interested in going to graduate school instead, making funding restrictions a topic of real concern for them. The pre-veterinary club is another extracurricular in which I am heavily involved. On a semester basis, we award one service organization a $500 donation. We also donate $100 each fall to the Service N.C. State project, as well as a $100 scholarship to one of our most scholastically competitive active club members. As a professional club, we are largely responsible for raising whatever funding is necessary for the year. However, we a re a lso dependent on an annual stipend from the Agri-Life Council. Our club’s budget proposal is due within the next month, and officers are already preparing to receive a smaller budget than that which we received just a year ago. As a land-grant institution, our university and college are intensely dependent on state funding. When these budgets are cut to the degree we have witnessed within the last year, there is no student or faculty member who will remain unaffected. Though it may take some groups, such as student clubs, longer to feel the real impact, I believe it is safe to assume that all aspects of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences will feel the effects nonetheless.

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functions, not just the budget for ‘academics.’ The number increases to $36 million if you include the Ag. Research Service and Cooperative Extension Service. The magnitude of this cut is staggering. As a point of reference, eliminating the entire college of Ag and Life Sciences (something that should not even be considered), with its academic affairs budget of $23 million would not cover this cut. Addressing the current budget crisis is made only more complicated by the fact that in 19 of the past 22 years, the University has faced cuts to its academic affairs budget. Even in good economic years with ‘good budgets,’ we have seen cuts to the core funding of the University. Last year for example, before the economic collapse, the celebrated increase in funds for enrollment growth and dedicated appropriations was matched nearly dollar for dollar with cuts in general budget areas. This pattern of funding has resulted in a variety of new centers, programs and institutes while core programs have been cut year after year. Thus, even before this current budget crisis we have seen section sizes in many core classes increase dramatically. In spite of enrollment growth, the number of faculty has remained stagnant. There has been a substantial increase in hiring significantly lower paid non-tenure track faculty. Research facilities and technical support have been significantly pared back. I have been told of departments where as many as five faculty were assigned to share a single office. And of all things, our communication department does not have funds to provide telephones for each of its faculty. It is on top of this situation, years in the making, that we must make an additional $28 million in cuts. The major difference in dealing with the budget cut now, compared to many of the previous cuts, is that today cuts will not so easily be masked by a celebration of some new center or initiative that received a special appropriation. Every sector of the University will be impacted by this cut. Class sizes will continue to grow. Sections will be cut. More faculty will continue to forgo grant-funded summer salary in order to pay salaries of technicians and graduate students. Extension faculty will severely curtail travel required to interface with the community. Critical infrastructure will not be built and repairs and renovation will continue to be postponed. People will lose their jobs. Quality will erode. However, even if budgets were restored tomorrow, we

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should not go back to the same manner of operation that led us to this point, any more than the financial sector should continue its past mode of operation if the tax-payer funded bail-outs in fact work. We need to seriously address the University funding model that requires enrollment growth as the primary way to obtain new appropriations. Selling enrollment growth when the physical and personnel infrastructure cannot accommodate the increased enrollment is eerily similar to a Ponzi scheme, promising investment returns that cannot be realized. It is not sustainable to continue to build new programs without insuring that the foundation is kept strong. A research university simply cannot run on an enrollment-growth based funding model. We have also heard a lot about using a ‘business model’ for the operation of the University. But how careful are we in choosing the businesses to model? Enron, Bear Ster ns, etc. are not good models. By contrast, in the 80s companies such as Toyota recognized excessive growth in middle management and that management had become increasingly out of touch with the reality of the business. Reorganization, resulting in a model which required managers to be on the shop f loor, got many managers out of their offices and into the plants and elevated many ‘workers’ giving them managerial responsibility. But most importantly quality and efficiency improved by ensuring that management was intimately connected to what was really going on at all levels of the company. Such a model translated into a University setting will require many faculty to take on some more administrative responsibility, while expecting every administrator/director/‌ to be in the classroom and/or research laboratory. Such a serious reorganization of ‘middle management’ could not only provide substantial cost savings, but I suspect would also result in quickly abolishing unnecessary reporting, assessments, policies, etc. We might also discover we do not need to create a new center or new program requiring a director and staff for every new initiative. Such an organizational model integrating management and the shop floor, in fact approaches the collegiate organizational model, born out of centuries of academic traditions. Maybe this budget crisis can serve as a wake-up call to rediscover what it means to be a University.

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Artist: Bruce Springsteen Album: Working on a Dream Label: Columbia Artist: Various Artists Album: Grammy Nominees 2009 Label: Rhino Artist: Pat Green Album: What I’m For Label: BNA Artist: Various Artists Album: WWE: The Music Label: Columbia Artist: Hoobastank Album: Fornever Label: Island Artist: Katt “Money Mike” Williams Album: It’s Pimpin’ Pimpin’ Label: Warner Bros. Artist: Rihanna Album: Good Girl Gone Bad: The Remixes Label: Def Jam SOURCE: FYE.COM

Video Games Jan. 26 MLB Front Office Manager (XBOX 360, PS3, PC) Ultimate Shooting Collection (Wii) AC-130 (PC) Jan. 27 Afro Samurai (XBOX 360, PS3) DJ Max Fever (PSP) SimAnimals (DS) Coraline (DS, Wii, PS2) Nobunaga’s Ambition: Iron Triangle (PS2) Jan. 28 Rygar: The Battle of Argus (Wii) SOURCE: GAMESPOT.COM

Movies (Opening Jan. 30) New In Town Studio: Lions Gate Films Synopsis: A buisnesswoman used to living in Miami is sent to a small town and finds something that the big city couldn’t offer her. Taken Studio: 20th Century Fox Synopsis: Liam Neeson plays an exCIA operative who retired to spend more time with his teenage daughter. When his daughter leaves for Paris with her friend, he is understandably apprehensive of the prospects of her traveling abroad. He finds his fears to be very real when the pair are abducted upon their arrival in France. The Uninvited Studio: DreamWorks Distribution LLC Synopsis: A remake of Kim JeeWoon’s Korean horror film CHANGHWA HONGRYON about a young woman who is moves in with her father after her mother dies. She finds that the woman to whom her father is engaged is not as innocent as she may appear. SOURCE: ROTTENTOMATOES.COM

At The Pour House Jan. 27 Burning Rays doors: 8 p.m. show: 9 p.m. Jan. 28 Mantras doors: 8 p.m. show: 10 p.m. Jan. 29 Destroy All Sweaters (Weezer Tribute w/ Swingin’ Johnsons) doors: 8 p.m. show: 9 p.m. Jan. 30 Purple School Bus & DJ Williams Projekt and Shotgun Romance doors: 8 p.m. show: 9 p.m. SOURCE: THE-POUR-HOUSE.COM

At The Lincoln Theatre Jan. 28 Ballas Hough Band featuring: Mark Ballas and Derek Hough as seen on Dancing With The Stars w/ Vic Kingsley Layden / Jason Adamo doors: 9 p.m. show: 9:30 p..m. Jan. 29 Leon Russell w/ Jive Mother Mary doors: 7 p.m. show: 8 p.m. Jan. 30 The Breakfast Club (The Ultimate 80’s Party Band) w/ TBA SOURCE: LINCOLNTHEATRE.COM

Mediocrity abounds, but in 3-D STORY BY MORGAN MCCORMICK | PHOTO ILLUSTRATION BY LUIS ZAPATA

By Morgan McCormick Senior Staff Writer

I hate horror movies. There, my secret’s out, I’ve emerged from the cheezily gory, teen sex-infused, poorly plotted, frustratingly popular closet. My animosity emerges partly from the disheartening standardization of the genre, where it’s actually accepted as funny that they’re all exactly the same, giving studio execs license to happily vomit the same tripe into our mouths ad infinitum like some wicked mother bird trying to silence her bratty, flightless children. They also make me mad because some of them are actually scary, like, I have to call someone when I get home and all the lights are off, because if whatever terror is really waiting there to get me I want someone to notify Scooby and the gang so they have somewhere to start looking for the body. Assuming they can lay off the cannabis long enough to remember where they parked the Mystery Machine. Some of my cynicism has dissipated with the realization that last year’s Quarantine, a handicam zombie movie set in an LA apartment complex, was the second best movie of 2008. It was a fun, pants-wetting, moody, visceral experience worth far more than the ticket price. Having attained a slightly stronger stomach for horror films, I reluctantly followed a group of friends into My Bloody Valentine 3D, a remake of the cult 1981 Canadian slasher about a series of murders on Valentine’s Day committed by someone dressed in a coal miner’s get-up, complete with a Darth Vader-esque breathing apparatus and a seemingly limitless supply of randomly-manifesting pickaxes. The original really drove home that these murders took place on Valentine’s Day, murders about lost love with a healthy helping of psychotic rage to really get the serial killer pasta pot boiling. This remake is mainly an episode of One Tree Hill attended by the spawn of some unholy threesome between BTK, Son of Sam and the Boston Strangler, with dialogue written at the caliber of a Beverly Hills 90210 fanfiction site. I told you so, responds my readers, it’s exactly how we said it would be. Well pardon me for having a little hope, I say. Though oddly enough this movie was a little harder to score than I thought it would be. One would think that if I can easily hand out a one-star score for Benjamin Button then I should be fast approaching negative infinity with a movie that has a scene with a dwarf getting impaled on a pickax and electrified by a Motel 6 light fixture. However, it is a movie that is designed to be this stupid in every way technically a failure? Okay, yes, it is. That being said, it’s a fairly decent stupid in every way technical failure. Did you laugh a little when I mentioned that one scene where a person gets cleaved and electrocuted? If so, you

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might want to check this movie out. I know I was in the minority of people in the theater giggling the entire time, but it’s so finely crafted in its sheer intellectual ineptitude, so carefully measured in its degree of ridiculous wholesale slaughter. You really have to appreciate a movie that is basically a re-cap of the last 20 years of horror flicks, almost like a lost copy of Scary Movie 5 that takes itself way, way too seriously. It’s also a great movie to share with others, for while I gleefully pedaled my legs in mid-air at a woman’s head getting split in half by a square point gardening shovel I was also slowly losing blood circulation in my right hand as my female companion in the adjacent seat broke my fingers in what can only be described as a death grip.

Admittedly, though, she was as terrified by a man with a gas mask for a face as much as she had been of a movie trailer for an evil basement not 20 minutes earlier, so take that as you will. The other big selling point of this film has been the IN THREE DIMENSIONS subtitle that has was unabashedly slapped onto the face of every poster made, and this is a double-edged sword, too. Yes, it is very funny when a human eye pops out on the blunted metal tip of a pickax that currently resides in the corpus callosum of a human skull right in your face, but it is also extremely silly. I don’t actually think the directors intended the movie to be this silly, because everything looks so real, so pop-up-book-ish that there is no moment in the movie I could

ever even begin to consider being remotely afraid. And while sometimes it all seems to be about the spectacle of just throwing warm body parts at you, the middle of the film is just a bunch of people talking to each other about their feelings and no one even considers sticking things like golf clubs in our face to go “ooh, look at what I can do!” It seems like a waste to not keep the stupid train running all the way through. It’s stupid, it’s funny, it is violent, it’s bad and it’s $10 if you want to see it in 3D at night for student prices, and bear in mind only a few theaters offer the film in 3D so check in advance. Also, I’m putting it clear and in writing, yes, My Bloody Valentine 3D is a better movie than Benjamin Button.

Cesar Comanche’s new sound on ABB Records Yamil Camacho Senior Staff Writer

The Technician’s Yamil Camacho sat with Cesar Comanche in his Missy Ann Studio.

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It’s amazing that two students recording songs in North Hall would lead to a future that includes tours across Europe, TV appearances, award-winning music videos and four albums. Cesar Comanche and 9th Wonder, along with the Justus League, forged a solid career. Now Cesar Comanche will release his new project, Die In Your Lap. Fifteen tracks combine to make a soulful album of gritty North Carolina Hip Hop. Die In Your Lap (the title comes from a Shakespearean quote from Much Ado

About Nothing) follows the old school Hip Hop philosophy of making albums, not singles. It contains interludes (featuring NCSU Alumni and international rappers) that connect the album together and carry you from song to song. Like a true veteran, Comanche places the songs and interludes in a certain order in order to enhance the experience. Once you start playing the album, Cesar’s poetic lyricism (“Ghetto World,” “Mercy”) and inventive beats (such as the energetic “Guf 2,” “Everything”) will grip you and you will not have to skip a track. “Everything” contains a soul sample like many Cesar Comanche’s songs but this one stands since it has a synth and other instruments adding a rich and fuller sound that is common throughout the album, even in the interludes. The album serves as a celebration of Cesar’s progress. The record has a therapeutic nature, as seen on the songs “What’s

Wrong” and “Lamb To Lion 2.” On the latter song, a sequel to a song found on Cesar’s 2002 Paper Gods, Cesar takes a more serious tone that is superbly matched with his own production. Cesar seems more focused on this album, and rightfully so, since the only guests are in the interludes. That is not to say that the album become monotonous since it only contains one vocalist. Die In Your Lap is a very personal album so there are no dull moments. Even the instrumentals are varied. The album features production from Khrysis, Lord Quest, 9th Wonder, Apple Juice Kid, Marvelous Beats, Science O’Mega and Comanche himself. The album flows like a movie — it has a very dynamic and cinematic sound. Die In Your Lap rises in tension with certain songs and then transitions to cheerful, straightforward and humble songs. If this were a soundtrack to a movie, viewers would certainly not be disap-

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pointed by the score. Cesar Comanche plans to tour in support for the album. He hopes to perform in North Carolina before heading out and performing across the world.

The video for the first single “Hands High” is on youtube. com and cesarcomanche.com. Die In Your Lap will be in stores Feb. 24, but it will be available on iTunes on Jan. 27.


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Innovation and creativity are two of the elements to look for when listening to a new band, and the new Colourmusic album has both in spades. The ear candy that one can expect while listening to Colourmusic’s first full length album is almost overwhelming at times. Whimsical, charming music is a guilty pleasure of mine, and f, monday, orange, february, venus, lunatic, 1 or 13 is as whimsical and charming as they come. Their poppy sounds and beautiful song-craft make listening to this album an exciting experience. Conceptually, the band has tried to fashion songs that evoke feelings specific to an individual color. On previous EPs, for instance, they have tried to evoke the color red, but this time around, orange is the focal point. This eccentric

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fact wasn’t immediately obvious and came from researching the album, but on subsequent listens the orange vibe in their songs does in fact seem to come through. One could believe that picking a single color would be limiting a band’s sound, but Colourmusic is able to transcend those limitations and puts forth thirteen beautiful tracks that not only stand individually as extremely catchy tunes, but flow as a com-

plete and solid album. When listening to this album, you will catch yourself involuntarily singing along to the catchy songs such as “Put in a Little Gas,� and my personal favorite, “Winter Song.� Eccentricity is their trademark, and Colourmusic has built an engaging mythology around their blend of performance art and publicity stunts. On many occasions, the band has been known to stage the death and

subsequent resuscitation of band member Nick Turner on stage. They have also been known to hypnotize particularly appealing members of the audience in failed attempts to con them into sleeping with them. Sometimes all four band members dress alike, grow similar beards, and even date the same girl merging themselves into one stage personality, whom they call Roy G. Biv. According to Wikipedia, “another publicly-known interest of the band is going to local malls while on tour and pulling the old “dollar on the end of a string� trick. Generally, one member will act as string-puller while the others crouch behind a potted tropical plant with their FisherPrice PXL-2000 video camera, attempting to acquire footage for the video of one of their latest songs titled, “Don’t Hollah fo That Dollah You Di-int Get�.� Colourmusic has put out one of the better albums released recently. The experience is definitely worth a trip down to the local record store to check out this eccentric entry. Who knows, you might find your new favorite band!

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Underworld appears very tame Andrew Johnson Senior Staff Writer

Do you like vampires? What about werewolves? If so, then supposedly you’re frothing at the mouth to see Underworld: Rise of the Lycans, the latest film in the franchise about a war between the two mythical species. Unfortunately, you’re better off staying at home, because not only does it fail to live up to the previous installments, it’s just an awful film in general. The first two Underworld films, while not fantastic, at least felt like they were trying to achieve something. Characters were multi-layered, there were various dimensions to their motivations, and the mythology was more creative and richer than most fantasy films. Unfortunately, this prequel feels like it was made with no thought in mind except to make some more money for the studio. Forget about making a good film. The film takes place hundreds of years before the original. Vampires and Lycans (werewolves) are at war with each other, and the leader of the vampire coven, Viktor (Bill Nighy), decides to enslave the Lycans and use their unique abilities to his advantage. Unfortunately for him, his daughter Sonja (Rhona Mitra) is having an affair with Lucian (Michael Sheen), the first of a new breed of Lycan who has the ability to transform at will. One thing leads to another, and it isn’t long before Lucian is leading a Lycan uprising. Anyone who’s seen the first movie already knows this basic origin story. Fortunately, Viktor and Lucian are the two most intriguing characters of the entire franchise. Viktor’s arrogance and ability to manipulate others makes him a sinister villain, yet the first film also hinted at a more sympathetic side beneath the surface. Lucian also had complex motivations for his actions, driven in large part by Sonja’s ultimate fate. There’s enormous potential for a prequel to dissect these characters in more depth. But instead of exploring these dynamics further, this latest entry disregards them entirely. Whereas the gothic tone

and black color palette perfectly complemented the moral grayness of the first film, this one deals in absolutes. Lucian is the archetypal hero, incapable of wrongdoing. Viktor is pure evil, with no hint of a conscience whatsoever. To make matters worse, the writers seem to acknowledge this apparent contradiction. The film ends with the opening scene of the first film, as Kate Beckinsale peers out over a desolate city. The last word of her voiceover – “Lies� – appears to imply that the writers were intentionally trying to distort our original perception of these characters. Unfortunately, taking complex relationships and making them simpler is the wrong way to go about making them more intriguing. The problem with Underworld: Rise of the Lycans is that it commits the cardinal sin of prequel filmmaking: Don’t just show the audience what it already knows happened. If it already knows that A leads to B, throw in elements C and D. Or, just make A and B so incredibly exciting that it’s impossible to look away. Unfortunately, this film does neither, and as a result feels boring and unnecessary. This marks the directorial debut of Patrick Tatopoulos, who designed the creature effects for the first two films. That in and of itself is the perfect example of how the movie emphasizes effects over story, and visuals over characters. The film’s few action scenes feel so uninspired that after the climactic battle at the end I thought there was an entire act of the film left to go – after all, surely this couldn’t be all there was? Credit must be given, however, to Michael Sheen and Bill Nighy. Despite the lackluster script and bland direction, they give it their all, and come close to making it a tolerable time at the movies. Sheen in particular adds some emotional teeth to scenes that are otherwise formulaic and dull. Unfortunately, however, the actors can’t carry the entire weight of the film on their shoulders, and the poor quality of everything else proves too much for me to recommend it.

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Fall Out Boy brings new style to album Laura Fausch Senior Staff Writer

Say what you will about Fall Out Boy, but this Chicagobased band can write catchy songs that are alternative yet friendly enough to please a wide variety of music listeners. The latest album from Fall Out Boy, Folie a’ Deux, continues in the band’s somewhat notorious style of power chords and major sound — only something seems to be missing. The missing link lies in the album’s lyrics. Fall Out Boy is known for their kitschy, clever lyrics that are oftentimes obscure and ambiguous, and that’s exactly what they’re going for. But Fall Out Boy may be too wrapped up in their own fame and what’s “expected� of them that they’ve lost sight of who they are as a band and the style of song writing that made them famous in the first place. A few of the songs on the album come off as almost a mockery of themselves. In Fall Out Boy’s earlier music, they were great at imagery, painting pictures through their lyrics, and not showing all their cards at once. This album does not have that clever insight. For example, the song “America’s Suitehearts� has radio staying power, but it doesn’t have the irony and wit that many fans love about this band. There’s something nagging, even annoying about the song, as if the band is confused about who they are. They seem to be in this weird place between

taking themselves too seriously and not taking themselves seriously enough. That’s not to say that Folie a’ Deux isn’t a decent album. In fact, it’s not half bad. The album begins with the strong “Disloyal Order of Water Buffaloes� that is reminiscent of The Who’s “Baba O’Riley�. The song “I Don’t Care� is instrumentally great, but the piece showcases the band’s egocentrism with lyrics like ‘I don’t care what you think as long as it’s about me.’ There are some highlights on the album, in particular, g uest si ngers like Elvis Costello, Debbie Harry from Blondie, Lil ’ Way ne, and Brendon Ur i e f r o m Panic at the Disco. “What a Catch, Donnie� which features both Costello and Urie amongst others, has bluesy undertones and a low-key vibe that really works. If you listen closely, you’ll hear remnants of the song that made Fall Out Boy famous, “Sugar We’re Going Down Swinging.� Unfortunately, these great guest singers oftentimes get drowned out and lost in the music. “W.A.M.S� is another great song on the album. It’s classic Fall Out Boy: catchy with a splash of teen angst. The end of the song features a smoky acapella rendition of the song’s chorus. Fall Out Boy’s Folie a’ Deux won’t necessarily recruit any new fans. It has that classic Fall Out Boy sound, the lyrics are a disappointment, especially with the band’s tradition of well-written songs.

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Campus Rec hosts basketball tournament Bragging Rights basketball tournament brings out students on campus A.G. Walton Staff Writer

Featuring a Men’s Residence Hall division and a CoRec division, students competed last weekend in the three-day Bragging Rights basketball tournament beginning Friday evening and concluding with the finals and semifinals Sunday. The tournament was limited to those who live in Residence Halls only, in order to encourage participation on the part of students who live on campus. According to Mitch Talley, program assistant for Campus Recreation and Intramural Sports, it gives students who live on campus an event to create camaraderie with other students they live with. “We designed this to give these students something more than just a regular basketball season,” Talley said. “These students showed an interest in the tournament and asked us to put it on for them.” Justin James, a sophomore in elementary education and member of the Syme Residence Hall team, said he liked that the tour-

nament was limited to those who Ray considered this tournalived in the dorms. ment good preparation for the “All the guys on my team live upcoming intramural season. on my hall, and we are all pretty “We are actually using this tight,” James said. “We are tak- same team for intramural ing this pretty seriously. We lost basketball,” Ray said. “We are yesterday but then we went out learning a lot about what we and starting having fun and be- can and can’t do.” ing loose. That is how we have James said the Bragging got to play.” Rights tournament was critiJeff Ray, a resident advisor and cal to his team’s chances in member of the Wood Residence intramural play. Hall team, said it was a great op“We needed this,” James, portunity to be involved and do who will be competing in something with the guys on his CoRec and Men’s Residence hall. Hall intramu“This is a good ral basketball, way to bring our said. “I think residents out and that playing stay involved,” in this tourRay, a junior in nament will civil engineering, get my team said. right.” According to The f ina l Talley, many of game of the the participants Junior Resident Advisor Men’s tournawill also compete ment featured Jeff Ray i n i nt ra mu ra l the men from basketball play Sy me a nd and have comWood ha l l s peted in this tournament in the with Syme Hall prevailing in past. the end. By most accounts, “A lot of the guys out here are the participants enjoyed the the same ones from last year,” tournament and were glad to Talley said. “You’re not going have played. to see any of the extraordinary “It was a good way to spend teams like you would during the weekend and be with the the regular intramural season guys on my hall,” Ray said. though.”

“This is a good way to bring our residents out and stay involved.”

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Head Coach Sidney Lowe talks to freshman guard Julius Mays the game against Georgia Tech in the RBC Center Saturday. The Wolfpack beat the Yellow Jackets 76-71 and are now 10-5 on the season.

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night, so it’s very tough out there.” Mays said he has grown as the season has progressed. He was admittedly ‘really nervous’ for the Wolfpack’s first exhibition game in Reynolds Coliseum, but he is now comfortable with the college game.

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As a high school athlete and now a freshman on the men’s basketball team, Julius Mays has plenty of brothers. He has his teammates with whom he practices, travels and competes. But growing up in Marion, Ind., it was a completely different story. Mays grew up with his five sisters and mother — no brothers, no father. Mays said his upbringing has shaped who he is today. “Growing up with four older sisters was not bad, but I can tell you I learned a lot about women,� Mays said. “It bettered me. I learned how to respect women a lot. My mom was my mom and my dad, so I think I just learned a lot growing up in a setting of all women.� According to Shirley Butler, Mays’ mother, she and Mays’ father were divorced before his third birthday. When he was a child, he was not interested in sports. But he grew up watching his older sisters, now aged 29, 24, 23 and 21, playing basketball and volleyball. “I really wasn’t into basketball when I was younger,� Mays said. “I would watch my sisters play, but it really wasn’t my favorite thing to do. I was a mama’s boy. I would rather be laying in bed or watching movies and cartoons with my mama.� As Mays grew older, he began to follow his sisters’ examples by playing basketball. Shirley Butler’s brother, Jimmy, would work with him on his ball-handling skills and

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Freshman Julius Mays is playing more than 15 minutes per game this season. He grew up practing against his four older sisters.

take him to AAU tournaments. Mays’ sister Tanika, 21, said he seemed to thrive in a house with five females. “I think it was hard, because all boys want a dad,� Tanika Mays, who is a forward on Toledo’s women’s basketball team, said. “But over time, it got easier because he got used to having five women in the house with him.� According to Shirley Butler, Mays did not hit a growth spurt until high school. She said he and Tanika would battle playing one-on-one basketball, but it was not until ninth grade when Julius could win. “[Julius and Tanika] went round and round,� Butler said. “All my girls were tall, and Julius didn’t start growing until after

he was in high school. I would say, ‘please don’t tell me I’ve got four girls, and my son was going to be really short while my girls would be treetop high.’� Mays enters tonight’s game against Miami averaging 4.5 points and more than 15 minutes per game. With sophomore point guard Javi Gonzalez hampered by injury since the Dec. 20 matchup against Lipscomb, Mays has seen significant playing time and even started three games. He broke out for a careerhigh 13 points against Florida State Jan. 13. Mays said the opportunity to play early was a big draw to come to State. “Coming into it, I felt like I would play a lot,� Mays said. “State had been lacking in

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depth at the point guard position for some years now, and that’s what I was looking at. I figured I would want to go somewhere where I could play right away.� Coach Sidney Lowe said Mays is getting the valuable experience of playing against the nation’s best point guards in the ACC.

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ESPN to cover Krispy Kreme Challenge Race will be featured on ESPN’s SportsCenter Kate Shefte Senior Staff Writer

N.C. State’s upcoming Krispy Kreme Challenge, which rose from humble beginnings and is rapidly becoming one of N.C. State’s most recognizable events, has swelled in size and coverage over the last several years. Carrie McMillan, the public relations chair for the student-run event and a senior in history, said one of the most exciting developments thus far has been ESPN’s commitment to feature the event on SportsCenter. “They’re going to be filming the race and doing a lot of coverage,� McMillan said. “It’s exciting for N.C. State students because they might get a picture of you shoving doughnuts into your face.� Scott Harves, the producer from ESPN assigned to the feature, said since the Krispy Kreme Challenge is still several weeks away, the details are subject to change. However, he and his co-workers are throwing several ideas around. “We are definitely kicking around a lot of thoughts, but the race will speak for itself,�

Harves said. “We could probably just roll tape for an hour and come up with some pretty good stuff.� Harves said one of ESPN’s producers in the features unit caught wind of the story through a press release sent out by McMillan and her team, and since then, they have been thinking up interesting ways to cover the race. “We’re also toying with the thought of having one of our own reporters run the race,� Harves said. He offered no hint as to who that reporter might be. Harves said one of the aforementioned ‘thoughts’ included putting a camera crew on a golf cart so viewers could follow the action. “It will probably be some sort of organized chaos out there,� Harves said. “I’ve covered one marathon before and found that it helps to be mobile when trying to shoot it all.� Barton Strawn, a senior in architecture who serves as a co-chair for the Krispy Kreme Challenge, said the goal is to follow the progress of the more than five thousand participants expected to attend. “They’re trying to cover all aspects of the race and get as full of a picture as they can,� Strawn said. ESPN’s coverage is just the latest development in the Krispy

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At the sound of start, more than 3,000 people begin to race the two miles to the Krispy Kreme on Peace Street last year. This year’s race will be featured on ESPN’s SportsCenter Feb. 7.

Kreme Challenge’s rise into national awareness. In 2007, event was No. 85 on the list of “102 More Things You Gotta Do Before You Graduate,� complied by Sports Illustrated: College Edition. “We were thinking that we should be in the top-5, but maybe after this year it will be,� Justin Carey, one of the event’s co-chairs and a senior in nuclear

engineering, said. McMillan said in addition to ESPN, several local channels and radio stations will be on hand to witness the sugar-filled funfest. “People are coming from out of town. This is becoming an event that people are coming to Raleigh for,� McMillan said. “It’s a huge deal for N.C. State and a huge deal for this organization.� Though the Krispy Kreme

Challenge is unique compared to the events typically covered at the SportsCenter desk, Harves said events like this occasionally leap out at the ESPN staff. “We like to take risks outside of the mainstream sometimes, and this would fall into that category,� Harves said.


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