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he University’s troubles stemming from the 2005 hiring of then-first lady Mary Easley continued this week as the University released documents that tied Chancellor James Oblinger to Easley’s hiring. Chancellor resigns The controversy surrounding Mary Easley claimed another top University position Monday, as UNC President Erskine Bowles accepted the resignation of former Chancellor James Oblinger. Former Provost Larry Nielsen resigned May 22 because of the controversy linking him to her hire. “Jim Oblinger has shared with me his decision to resign as chancellor of North Carolina State University, effective immediately,” Bowles said in a memo he sent out to the UNC Board of Governors. “I have accepted that decision with considerable sadness, but agree fully with Jim’s conclusion that it would be in the best interest of N.C. State and the entire University for him to step down as chancellor and return to the faculty.” In his memo, Bowles said that Oblinger will be granted a sixmonth leave at his current salary before returning to the faculty as a professor of food science.

Oblinger’s resignation came the same day that e-mails linking him to the Easley hire were released to the public. Oblinger said in a press conference this May that he could not recall having had conversations with McQueen Campbell about the hiring of Easley. Oblinger said in a written statement released on the University’s Web site that he chose to resign “because that is what leaders do when the institutions they lead come under distracting and undue public scrutiny.” He also said he hoped his resignation would serve as an example to Easley. “The only reason I am announcing my resignation is that I am applying to myself the same standards I have asked Mrs. Easley to apply to herself: I am doing it because it is in the best interests of N.C. State University,” Oblinger said in the statement.



“Today’s announcements are the appropriate steps to enable the University to keep its eye on the prize -- education, collaboration, discovery and leadership,” Perdue said in a statement. “Recent events have become a distraction from the core mission of N.C. State faculty, staff, and students. I’m confident in Chancellor Emeritus Woodward’s ability to lead the University on an interim basis and to maintain its focus on excellence in education and innovation.”

qntmfred: ncsu chancellor oblinger resigned today. can we somehow tie lee fowler to the mary easley scandal too?


BOT ends Easley’s contract Former first lady Mary Easley was fired from her post as executivein-residence Monday during an emergency meeting of the Board of Trustees. Board of Trustees members voted unanimously in favor of terminating Easley’s $170,000 contract. “I believe we now have to move forward. I think to do so we have got to do everything we can to bring sunlight to this issue. I have therefore fully supported the BOT recommendation that we terminate our relationship with Mrs. Easley,” Bowles said in a press conference following the meeting. Bowles said he did not know how much it would cost the University to terminate Easley’s contract and that no talks with her lawyer had been conducted. He said he saw the e-mails dealing with the hiring of Easley on Friday

while at N.C. State. “They were delivered to me on Friday afternoon. Those e-mails made me feel sick. I had believed the chancellor,” Bowles said. After the provost’s resignation, Oblinger said he did not remember the specifics surrounding the hiring of Easley. He continued to assert that until the e-mails were made public. Board of Trustees Chairman Bob Jordan said the media was “nitpicking,” especially since, in his opinion, there has been no criminal evidence surrounding the controversy. “Knowing what I know, I still don’t believe there was anything wrong in those e-mails,” Jordan said. “I haven’t seen anything except maybe somebody didn’t use good judgement [that was wrong],” Jordan said.

mammalpants: Breaking News: NCSU closes doors forever over Mary Easley scandal. Considers offering Corruption major. ginnyhuff: NO MORE OBLINGER!!! Now if only Fowler will resign too. woozypoo: NCSU chancellor resigned today...Thanks again Mike & Mary! jswh: Gotta believe Russell Wilson is next in line for Chancellor. Trustees should just make it happen (Right guys? Sports reference?......right?) Kyle_B_Judah: @NCSUTJ Sounds like some hectic business going on at NCSU! Went through a similar situation at UMass Amherst tubafrenzy: Wow, never thought Sidney Lowe would outlast Oblinger at NCSU. SwampMerchant: Oblinger resigns. Great job News and Observer and Andy Curliss! Our university system is a feather bed for the connected. Get real jobs! amandala: @nsj Yes, I’m an NCSU alum as well and I hope that today’s news will finally be the end to all the drama nsj: @bethanyvsmith No kidding. It’s sad for us alums -- and leaves me seeing red. Righteous indignation! bethanyvsmith: @nsj I wonder who will be next to leave at NCSU - or is there anyone left.... frontstack: @frijole it took the chancellor, provost and BoT chair resigning in order to get that bitch fired. i’m embarrassed to be agraduate of NCSU.

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Interim Chancellor Jim Woodward meets with Student Body President Jim Ceresnak and Student Senate President Kelli Rogers on Wednesday. Woodward took over following James Oblinger’s resignation Monday.

Woodward settles in

Former professor takes interim role John Cooper Elias Senior staff writer

After serving as chancellor of UNC-Charlotte for 16 years, Jim Woodward said he had not intended to come out of retirement, let alone to become interim chancellor of N.C. State and fill the spot James Oblinger left vacant after he submitted his resignation Sunday. “I had no aspirations to have a full-time job again,” Woodward said in a phone interview before he left Charlotte Monday afternoon. “It was nice to have the freedom and flexibility of retirement. These are jobs that require full attention.” UNC System President Erskine Bowles said he was “ex-

tremely grateful” that Woodward accepted the appointment on short notice in a memo announcing the news Monday. At a press conference later in the day, he said Woodward would be given full control during the transition. “I have asked Jim Woodward to become chancellor on an interim basis. Not interim chancellor but chancellor, and be fully in charge on an interim basis,” Bowles said at the press conference. Woodward said Oblinger did a “superb” job while leading the University, and that his performance was why he felt comfortable stepping in for

Budget, chancellor search on agenda John Cooper Elias Senior staff writer

In his first official meeting with Student Body President Jim Ceresnak and Student Senate President Kelli Rogers, Interim Chancellor Jim Woodward spoke about the impending budget cuts and the immediate search for a new chancellor. Woodward said his focus will be to help guide the unprecedented cuts with as little disruption to the core of the University as possible. “We want to minimize the impact on the education of our students,” he said. “But, there are other missions for this institution. We have an extension service, a research program. We have other things we have to do, so you want to minimize the damage to all these core activities and

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A severance package that allows former Provost Larry Nielsen to continue to earn his $298,700 yearly salary over the next six months while “he is preparing himself to resume his faculty responsibilities” has brought more scrutiny to Holladay Hall as the Board of Governors, Board of Trustees, and a State Representative are seeking to change the way these academic deals are struck. BOT chairman asks for review of Nielsen package Board of Trustees Chairman Bob Jordan has asked the University to review Nielsen’s contract due to public scrutiny of his severance package while the University is facing 18-percent budget cuts. The contract would continue to pay Nielsen at his provost salary while he is on study leave. Nielsen will teach one class beginning in January. “This type of transition package is widely used in academia,” Jordan said, “but these are extraordinary budgetary times. I am asking the chancellor to review the contract to ensure compliance with university policies, rules and regulations.” Oblinger sweetened deal before Nielsen’s resignation went into effect The University hastily called an emergency Board of Trustees conference call in Holladay Hall Sunday


night, where the Board approved the release of personal documents in relation to the hiring and resignation of former provost Larry Nielsen. The documents released were two letters addressed to Nielsen from former Chancellor James Oblinger. The letters showed Nielsen’s original severance package and how it was altered before his resignation in late May. 13, 2009 outlining “the transition of your salary in accordance with the terms of your initial appointment as provost” and a letter from Oblinger to Nielsen dated June 22, 2005 informing Nielsen he had been selected as permanent provost. Oblinger told the News & Observer last week Nielsen would receive his provost salary until Nov. before it was reduced to that of a tenured professor. The documents show the package will actually step down Nielsen’s salary over the next three years. Interim Provost Warwick Arden could not be reached for comment. Arden is in Australia until June 18. N.C. Republican House leader aims to strike down “golden parachutes” Rep. Paul Stam has drafted an amendment to Senate Bill 202 which would end what has become referred to as “golden parachutes” for high-ranking officials who resign from their posts. A statement released Tuesday said the recent publicity of universities giving outgoing officials hefty severance packages is irresponsible as budget cuts threaten education. “Recent revelations of pay retention for NCSU Provost Larry Nielson and now for Chancellor James Oblinger cannot stand as historically tight budgets for education and other essential human services go


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Gracin and Wicks to headline Friday Fest 2009


New students learn campus

As summer session I comes to a close, New Student Orientation will be getting ready to introduce new students to the N.C. State community. Orientation Counselors will start preparations on June 20. Starting June 29, the campus will be buzzing with new members of the Wolfpack. The last orientation session will wrap up on July 31.


Holocaust Museum shooting led to guard’s death

On the morning of June 10, a gunman identified as an eighty-eight year-old white supremacist named James von Brunn entered the museum and immediately shot a guard. The gunman was then shot and subdued by other guards. The museum released a statement saying that the victim, Tyrone Johns, died heroically in the line of duty. After the shots were fired, the museum was evacuated and closed for the remainder of the day.

Country music artists Josh Gracin and Chuck Wicks will headline the annual Friday Fest event sponsored by the Union Activities Board. The event will take place on Lee Field from 5 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Aug. 21. Admission is free for students and $25 for the general public.




Quilts displayed University in Gregg Art announces Museum Dean’s list Starting Thursday, June 11, the Gregg Museum of Art and Design will feature a selection of over forty quilts. The quilts range from patriotic themes to rich silk, and antique quilts. Each quilt is said to display graphic design elements found in quilt making. The Gregg Museum of Art and Design is open from 10 am to 5 pm on all weekdays and is free to students.

U.N. will enforce tougher North Korean sanctions

Following North Korea’s long-range missile testing from earlier this year and its plans to test another one in the near future, the United Nations Security Council has agreed to toughen sanctions on North Korea. The United States’ goal is that the increased sanctions will force North Korea to return to “six-party talks.” These talks, between the United States, China, South Korea, Japan, and Russia, include nuclear negotiations. The Security Council will take a final vote on the matter at the end of the week.

6,253 undergraduate students were named to the spring semester Dean’s List, the University announced Wednesday. Students must earn an academic grade point average of 3.25 or higher if they are carrying 15 or more hours of course work, or a 3.5 GPA if they are carrying 12 to 14 hours. Students with a perfect 4.0 average are noted on the list.



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wanting,” the release reads. Stam, the primary sponsor of the amendment, said tax dollars should be going toward education instead of into former administrator’s pockets. “At a time when we are experiencing unprecedented reductions in state program spending, teachers and other employees are losing their jobs, and tuition for college students is being significantly increased, we cannot allow this irresponsible waste of taxpayers’ dollars to continue,” Stam said in a statement. Sen. Phil Berger said the amendment would make it illegal for severance packages that continue to pay administrators at their administrative salaries while they remain on the faculty. “It would be contrary to state law for there to be a severance package of that sort—a golden parachute is the generic term for it,” Berger said. Berger said the recent controversies involving NCSU have brought these packages into light, but that there could be many others taxpayers have paid for

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the time being. “N.C. State is an extraordinarily important University,” Woodward said Monday. “It is not a troubled University.” After arriving in Raleigh Tuesday morning, Woodward immediately began meeting with administrators and faculty leaders. Wednesday, he met with Student Body President Jim Ceresnak and Student Senate President Kelli Rogers. Between those meetings, he kept his promise of being “open and honest” with the media and stayed busy with a whirlwind of interviews. “I have enjoyed meeting with people throughout the University. I have actually enjoyed meeting with the media because I think there is such a great story

and not known about. “Apparently a practice exists wherein an administrator in the University system, if they lose their job—and it seems like for whatever reason the administrator has left the job—continues to receive his or her salary for a period of time,” Berger said. “And that just strikes us as wrong.” Berger said severance packages are understandable, but that there should be regulation to protect taxpayers from paying former administrators higher salaries while they take on lower-paying jobs. “I don’t think anybody would begrudge someone who loses their job having a two-week’s pay or something of that nature but what we’re seeing is that, for instance in the Oblinger circumstance, he was a tenured professor so once he resigned as chancellor he goes back to being a professor but the salary that he receives is his chancellor’s salary which is significantly higher than the professor salary,” Berger said. “The taxpayers are ending up on the hook for these things and most people don’t think that’s right.”

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principles.” Woodward told Ceresnak and Rogers that cuts would not be made without consulting the appropriate people at the right hierarchy levels within the University structure. He did warn that students will see the cuts impact the University, primarily with class offerings. “You can’t deal with a budget cut that large without impacting the core mission,” he said. “You can’t deal with it by making cuts on the margin, so the impact will be seen by the students in that there won’t be as many classes offered. I worry a lot about that.” Ceresnak and Rogers expressed their concern that students be included in the budget cut process, and following the meeting, Ceresnak said he was encouraged by the chancellor’s willingness to communicate openly with the student body. “I was encouraged that he was very willing to include students in the conversation. That was really my first

to tell,” he said. Woodward married his high-school Early in his career, Woodward taught sweetheart and the two have been toengineering classes at NCSU. He said gether for 53 years. the return to the University has been He said a sense of responsibility to the “heartwarming.” students and the University is what will “I’ve seen and confirmed what I be- motivate him to come to work each day. lieved before I got here and that is that this is The interim role a great University that “My role is to be will get past this curthe chief executive rent trouble,” he said. of f icer of Nor t h “I would not have acCarolina State Unicepted this appointversity,” Woodward ment unless I felt that said when asked what . I could do this job his main job is as the Interim Chancellor and unless I felt as if I fourth interim chanJim Woodward would commit the time cellor in the history and energy necessary of the University. to do the job well. This is a worthwhile He said he knows the UNC system, thing to do, and it’s important.” the North Carolina government and Although he was willing to accept the many of the supporters of the Univerinterim position, Woodward said the sity. What he said he doesn’t know is the hardest part of being here is “personal.” campus itself. “It’s being separated from my wife and “The learning is mainly on the inside my dogs, and in that order,” he said. of the campus,” he said. “One of my first

“It was nice to have the freedom and flexibility of retirement ”

concern,” Ceresnak said. a strong and diverse search committee. The student leaders also questioned “If it’s a closed search, the search comWoodward about the process for finding mittee must have the voices of the key a permanent replacement for chancel- constituents represented,” he said. “If lor. Woodward said until he meets with you are a student on the search comthe Board of Trustees, mittee, it is important nothing is set in stone. early on that they talk However, he did exto students and compress his preference municate about what to the search being they want in a new closed and confidenchancellor, and then tial. you bring that back “This is a distinto the full committee. guished University Those views are then Student Body President that will attract the sought and welcome Jim Ceresnak interest of successful by the full commitsitting presidents and tee.” chancellors,” Woodward said. “Unless Woodward said to expect a search you are at a third-rate university, you committee to be formed by early in the will not let your name go into an open fall semester, and he expects a search search. If you do, you destroy your cred- firm to be used to contact potential canibility. If you want to get really good didates. He said it is unlikely a candidate candidates, you have got to have a closed would be announced until the end of and confidential search.” the academic year next May because He said he understands that a closed a candidate would not want to leave a search goes against the transparency he university in the middle of a year. He did believes in the University having, but he say that it is possible to find a former acsaid the benefits outweigh that negative ademic professional working in a senior aspect. He said one way he will combat governmental agency and that could rethat problem is by focusing on selecting sult in a decision coming sooner.

“He was very willing to include students in the conversation.”

tasks is to get to know the campus.” Dean Emeritus Robert Barnhardt, who served as interim chancellor in 2004 after the departure of former Chancellor Marye Anne Fox, said the normal role of an interim chancellor is to keep any positive momentum going that the University has. “You need somebody who can keep driving the University in a positive direction,” Barnhardt said. “You don’t want to lose any grounds. You want to make sure you leave the place better than what you found it.” Barnhardt called Woodward “a quick learner” and said other issues like the budget — which has been a topic discussed at most of Woodward’s initial meetings — are more important than the negative publicity the University received the past month. “He knows exactly what has to be done,” Barnhardt said. “That has to receive a tremendous amount of attention.”

Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Tom Stafford said the appointment of Woodward brought a positive and optimistic outlook to the campus because “he conveys a high sense of confidence and he conveys a very positive tone.” Woodward said the internal public relations efforts are important, especially in the message he conveys to students. “What I want the students to know is the reasons you came to North Carolina State are still the reasons you should be a student here, and that is the faculty and staff,” he said. On the other hand, Woodward said he would focus on external public relations in an attempt to make the inner workings of the University more transparent. He said the lack of transparency is what so often gets elected and appointed officials in trouble. “I can promise you that during the time I am here, I will do something stupid,” he said. “But I won’t try to cover it up.”



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The former chancellor and provost are set to receive plush severance packages following their resignations. The University will have to pay out hundreds of thousands of dollars to officials who have left this institution with a blemished reputation.


Oblinger and Nielsen should voluntarily give back their severance pay packages as a sign of good will toward the University.


Nielsen, JLO, give it back The unsigned editorial is the opinion of the members of Technician’s editorial board excluding the news department and is the responsibility of the editor-in-chief.

he University is in the midst of one of the most challenging times in its history. A potential 18-percent budget cut sits like a set of spikes on the road before us, and the resignations surrounding the Mary Easley scandal litter the road behind. It makes our autobahn of innovation look like the New Jersey Turnpike. And despite former Chancellor James Oblinger and former Provost Larry Nielsen’s supposed efforts to do what is best for the University, the two have once again embroiled us in scandal. The controversy and bad publicity has now extended to the severance packages they are purported to receive after leaving their executive positions. Oblinger’s contract, due to his

duration as chancellor, entitles him to full pay at $420,000 for 12 months before returning to his faculty pay grade. Although, this will probably be reduced to six months due to pressure from UNC system President Erskine Bowles. Nielsen’s deal calls for full pay at $298,700 for six months before returning to faculty salary. According to sources, including Hannah Gage, chairwoman of the Board of Governors, this sort of policy is standard amongst university administrations and was enacted in 2005 as a way to stay competitive in the market for executive candidates. This situation gets more bizarre. At the time of Nielsen’s

resignation, the severance deal was sweetened so that Nielsen’s pay would be progressively tiered down to his base salary over three years. That additional benefit does not alter the six-month period in which Nielsen will continue to receive full pay. Thankfully, the NCSU Board of Trustees has not yet accepted the additional three-year provision. If the board members have any sense of self-preservation they won’t allow it. While these relatively small sums are truly incomparable to a budget cut of $93 million, they represent another stab in the back from our former campus leaders. The contracts that support

these pay outs were written during a completely different economic time. They are hardly relevant during today’s economic crises. Additionally, what causes our former leaders to think they deserve “study leave” while they “retreat” back to teaching positions? Oblinger and Nielsen each spent a lifetime teaching. Why should it cost the students and other members of this University hundreds of thousands of dollars to brush off the cobwebs? If Oblinger and Nielsen have any sort of honor, they will give back that money and save the jobs of others that will otherwise be cut due to budgetary constraints.


Welcome to Easleygate — don’t stay for too long


adies and gentlemen, let me welcome you to the corrupt world of Easleygate. We’ve got insider, back-room deals, corrupt administrators, and the parade of disgraced resignations that accompa ny e ve r y scandal. O u r Un iversit y is Paul McCauley bogged down Senior Staff Columnist in a quagmire with this budget. Administrators have to cut 18 percent of the budget, a $92,622,776 reduction, while attempting to maintain the quality and breadth of our education. So naturally, we worry about Mary Easley’s five year, $850,000 contract. Screw worrying about $92 million and change — let’s focus on her .917 percent of that budget cut! All we need now is for investigators to find a record i ng of former Chancellor Oblinger with 18.5 minutes suspiciously missing when discussing Mary Easley and her new position as executive-in-residence. Ah, but subpoenaed e-mail records from April and May 2005 indicate that former Gov. Mike Easley helped facilitate his wife’s hiring with former Chancellor James Oblinger, former Provost Larry Nielsen, and former Chairman of the Board of Trustees McQueen Campbell. Here’s a particularly juicy email Campbell sent to Nielsen May 19, 2005 regarding Mary Easley: “Great! The meeting obviously went well and I chatted with the Gov late last week and he says she’s very excited about it and he said if we take this seriously, which I assured him we were, this could really be a great program for everyone involved. I think she can really take this program to a new level! Thanks for all your help to make this happen!” This is just a small sample of the sort of cozy, insider deals that helped Mary Easley land her position at the University. The rest

of the correspondence released in response to the federal subpoena is even more damning. The e-mails released include a bevy of angry messages from various people calling for Easley’s resignation and talking points justifying her initial employment and subsequent raise. My favorite part? The part of Mrs. Easley’s hiring packet that covered nepotism and the big checkmark in the box indicating that no, the applicant did not use family ties to secure the job. Still, while these e-mails indicate an excessively cozy relationship between the administrators at the highest level of the University and the former governor, it is all but a layer of slime that rests atop the rotting heap of our institution’s problems. Yes, Mrs. Easley is getting $850,000 over the next five years and legislators have cut funding for more than half of her stated responsibilities. Yes, former Provost Larry Nielsen got a sweetheart deal for his resignation. And yes, former Chancellor Oblinger happened to resign on the same day that subpoenaed emails revealed former governor Mike Easley’s direct influence in his wife’s employment at the University. But the big issue remains: $92,622,776. The Easleys may have pulled a fast one on all of us, but now we have to face a budget crisis that makes alchemy look easy. Instead of turning common metals into gold, we have to find a way to keep the value of an N.C. State degree and education up while cutting away 18 percent of our budget. I’m not saying Easley should have stayed — she needed to quit before she could cause further damage to the University’s reputation. But we need to get down to the real business: the budget.

“Yes, former Provost Larry Nielsen got a sweetheart deal for his resignation.”

Send your thoughts on Easley and the University budget crisis to letters@technicianonline. com.


Do James Oblinger and Larry Nielsen deserve their severance pay? BY AMANDA KARST

“No. It’s nice to get a retirement bonus or something, but not that much.”

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Golden parachutes breed cynicism


he saga of Mary Easley and her job at the University continues to get more and more muddied by the day. Even after her departure she continues to drag N.C. State through the dirt in the realm of public relations. The situation jetted past a point where a clean solution could easi ly be determined as bad memBenton Sawrey ories and Senior Staff Columnist confusing contract policies create more distrust between the University community and its leaders. With the recent revelation of Larry Nielsen’s proverbial three-yearlong golden parachute, it adds another twist to the debate in regards to waste at the University. First, we’re paying Mary Easley an exorbitant sum to run a non-existent center and now we’re paying a tiered provost salary for three years to someone on tap to teach one class and do some research. As per the pattern of the Easley situation, no one in the administration seems to know why Nielsen is getting a three-year retirement package.


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The pay agreement between Nielsen and the University would be bad enough under normal circumstances. In these tough economic times, the agreement is magnified even more by the fact that the University is staring an 18-percent f unding cut square in the face. Granted, Nielsen’s extra pay won’t cover the whole gap in funding, but I bet it’d buy supplies needed for s c ie nc e courses to meet or cover the cost of a few class sections that have been cut in various colleges. What’s scarier is the unknown in this situation. I shudder to think about what each and every administrative contract entails in terms of benefits and pay should one step down or be fired. On top of that, it is truly amazing how no one seems to have clarity on contractual issues such as Nielsen’s. This breeds cynicism from students, faculty, and alumni alike. When students are asked to pony up more in tuition, how eager will they be with the prospect that it’ll be funding the golden parachute of a fired administrator? When alumni are asked for

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donations, how many more second thoughts do you think will be given in lieu of the recent mismanagement of personnel? Students though, don’t have a choice on whether or not to donate funds to the university. This situation has and will continue to reverberate through t he ent i re system and hopefully it’ll result in some people reconsidering the way things are run at this school. It is my hope that the University will develop a bottom line and that Nielsen and Oblinger don’t become scapegoats – but rather serve as a wake up call for a detrimentally wasteful policy. I hope that the entire system of doing things is changed and that the University can begin the long painful process of cleaning up after this disaster.

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TRIATHLON brings friends closer Jackson Autry and Greg Arrington participated in the Gary Kirby Triathlon last Saturday Jen Hankin Features Editor

Since their freshman year of high school, Jackson Autry and Greg Arrington have been friends, graduated from N.C. State together and are now triathletes. Last Saturday morning, Autry and Arrington participated in the fourth annual Gary Kirby Triathlon for Cancer Research at the Bedford Falls River Recreation Center in Raleigh. The Gary Kirby Triathlon consisted of a 300-yard swim, a 12mile bike ride, and a 5k run. According to Scott Kirby, the race ‘s creator, this triathlon is a tribute to his late father Gary Kirby. “My father and I did triathlons together for about 10 years,” Kirby said. “In 2003, he was diagnosed with cancer and we couldn’t do races together any-

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Greg Arrington, a 2009 alumnus, bikes his third of four laps during the biking leg of the triathlon Friday in North Raleigh. He started with swimming, followed by the bike ride, and ended with the running portion. “We should have practiced running with bikes, I started running one way and my bike went the other then my chain fell off,” Arrington said. “It took me about 5 minutes to get back together.”

more. We came up with an idea to put on a triathlon to give back to the people who treated him.” Gary Kirby passed away in 2006, and the Kirby family decided to make his dream a reality. Since the triathlon’s creation in June 2006, the triathlon has raised over $60,000 to Duke Comprehensive Cancer Center, where Kirby was treated. According to Autry, participating in a charity triathlon was an added bonus. “My uncle is a cancer survivor,” Autry, who served as chapter president for Chi Psi Fraternity, said. “I just really enjoy doing stuff for charity and giving back.” With this triathlon, Autry will have competed three triathlons. He started training over a year ago and hopes to continue. “I typically have double workouts everyday, working on biking, running and swimming three times a week,” Autry, who graduated with a degree in mechanical engineering, said. “Greg and I decided to do this when we graduated as an end of college goal.” Like many participants in the Gary Kirby Triathlon, this was Arrington’s first triathlon. According to Kirby, the intention of the triathlon was to bring in beginners. “The idea is to get people introduced to the sport,” Kirby said. Almost 40 percent of our participants are first timers.” Arrington struggled with most of the triathlon, participating while injured. He hurt his knee


Jackson Autry, 2009 Alumnus, does the swimming portion of the triathlon in North Raleigh on Saturday. Autry has competed in three other triathlons before this including one. “The swim was my worst part, I didn’t really care about my time in the pool I just wanted to get out as far as possible,” Autry said.

“I didn’t know how to swim competitively until about two weeks ago.” Greg Arrington, a 2009 alum, on his preparation for the race while training about a month ago and his only goal for Saturday was to finish the race, which he did. “I struggled with the swim, I didn’t know how to swim competitively until about two weeks ago,” Arrington, a mechanical engineering graduate, said. On the other hand, Autry had high expectations for finishing his triathlon. “I really wanted to break an hour and 20 minutes and I did

it in an hour and 15.” Autry said. “I’m happy, I don’t really think I could have done much better.” Finishing college together, training together, and finishing a triathlon together was a great way to end a chapter in Autry’s life. “It has been a great experience,” Autry said. “Greg and I have been friends for nine years, and we have been training together everyday for the past year.”

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University creates ‘Frankenswine’ heart NCSU students and faculty revive dead pig hearts Eleanor Spicer



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The French quartet’s fourth studio album rips off not only Mozart’s namesake, but also his unadulterated style. Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix is a composition of catchy ballads, orchestrated with dance-pop ditties and heavy synths. The throwback to German romantic composers is the sort of puckish impudence that moves a limb or two, as it should. Arguably, the album’s opener, “Lisztomania� is this summer’s belting roll-down-the-car-window hit for the Vampire Weekend crowd. “Darling, I’m down and lonely� Phoenix’s front man, Thomas Mars croons in his everdisaffected manner. Gloriously infectious, it is this kind of melodious case of the travesties that defy (or perhaps reinforce?) “The Strokes� comparisons. It only takes one spin to know why. The use of falsettos (none more prevalent than in “Fences�) doesn’t seem to hurt either. They seem to be very popular in recent indie releases (think MGMT, Passion Pit). Still, they didn’t just land on SNL on high octaves alone. “1901� and “Rome� add to the ridiculously vivid guitar melodies. Both warrant continu-



ous plays: the first, grandeur of hooks and likely successor to the season jam; the second, complete with snare hits and a riveting outro. So encouraging, it almost seems a shame not to live it up. But the album’s best hit yet is “Lasso�. From a whole album devoted to the eternally lovelorn, this one tears a new heartache. “Where would you go with a lasso?� Mars inquires, “Could you go and run into me?� Is he wooing a cowgirl? No matter, the nostalgia is enough to encourage any silly old unpretentious fool to try his hand at love—only to be left listless and unfulfilled. “Love Like a Sunset� has a reminiscent Air-like quality, which not surprising since it was Mars who was the voice behind “Playground Love�. (Incidentally, the song was used in The Virgin

Suicides, directed by Thomas’s domestic companion and baby momma, Sofia Coppola). Over three-quarters through, the song diverges into a dreamy territory, though it is quite satisfying. It’s actually the sultriest bit of fun to come from the French since Charlotte Gainsbourg. Dance me, Amadeus. Though Phoenix has been a staple in indie rock for quite some time, Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix is an innocently new beat, and is a craft in its own right, having been already labeled by many as one of the best records of the year. Reports of their death have been greatly exaggerated. This Phoenix refuses to die.

An NCSU student is bringing pig hearts back to life. No, it’s not a description of a scene from the new “Terminator� movie. Andrew Richards, graduate student in mechanical engineering, actually has designed a machine that gets defunct swine tickers ticking again. His machine is not as crazy as it first seems. “It basically pumps a solution through the valves of the heart in a life-like way,� Richards says of the Dynamic Heart System, which is helping to improve heart surgery tools and techniques by providing a “living� heart for research. The pig heart is suspended between a series of pumps and valves that are connected to a computer. Pig hearts are anatomically similar to human hearts, and most prototypes for

cardiac surgery tools are developed using live animals for testing. Using hearts from deceased pigs saves many live pigs the fate of being victims of research in addition to saving money. “You can easily spend $2,500 per animal when using live animals,� says project director Dr. Greg Buckner, “With the Dynamic Heart System, we buy hearts from the meat processor for about $5, and we have the added benefit of being able to precisely control heart rate and blood pressure.� Reviving pig hearts has not always been Richards’ plan. Richards grew up in the small town of Irmo, South Carolina, and received his undergraduate degree in computer engineering from Clemson University. “I got a computer engineering job doing mostly programming stuff out of college,� he says. “It wasn’t a bad job, but it wasn’t what I wanted to do every day, so I decided to go to grad school.� Richards first learned of N. C. State because his brother came here for undergraduate work. Richards was admitted into the biomedical engineering graduate program, and during his Masters’ work, he first stumbled on the idea of the Dynamic Heart System. “It just kind of makes sense to have a system like this,� asserts Richards. As for his role in developing the heart: “I basically just started from scratch and built the whole thing,� he says. Now working on his Ph.D. in mechanical engineering, Richards develops prototypes of machines like the Dynamic Heart that can aid in biomedical research. He plans to continue developing medical devices for his career. The potential of this machine is not lost on students here at N.C. State. “It is interesting how this heart from a dead pig is saving live pigs and can save people too,� says Parks and Rec major Michael Green. “Richards’ work is an amazing achievement.�

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WKNC takes runner-up honors from INDY ‘Independent Weekly’ names campus station as finalist for Best of Triangle Bobby Earle Art and Entertainment Editor

[Editor’s note: WKNC is a division of Student Media.] Wednesday morning, John Martino, a representative of Independent Weekly, entered WKNC 88.1 FM’s suite on the third floor of the Witherspoon Student Center. There he met with Kyle Robb, the former general manager of WKNC during the 2008-2009 year, to present the radio station with an award for being named a finalist in the annual “Best of the Triangle� reader survey. While on the air during his radio program, Robb interviewed Martino, who commended WKNC for their great effort and for going up against some of the Triangle’s heavyweights like G105, 96 Rock, and QDR. Independent Weekly has awarded WKNC with Best Radio Station award back in 2006, 2007, and 2008. Before that, Independent Weekly awarded WKNC with Best College Radio in 2004 and 2005, as well as Best Radio for Music in 2005. This year WUNC 91.5 FM, the NPR-affiliated station from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, earned the top award while WKNC was a finalist alongside with G105 and Mix 101.5. Along with the honor of being a finalist for the

Best Radio Station in the Triangle, Kelly Reid, who graduated with a creative writing degree back in December 2008, won a finalist award in Best Radio DJ alongside Kitty Kinnin of 100.7 The River, and Salt & Demetri the Greek of 96rock. Independent Weekly awarded Bob and the Showgram of G105 with the top award. When asked about WKNC receiving the honors of being a finalist, Kyle Robb, a chemistry alum, said, “We are disappointed that we didn’t win but in the grand scheme of things we are satisfied that our fans came out and voted.� Jamie Lynn Gibert, WKNC’s station adviser, attributed some of the fault for WKNC not being awarded the top award to the fact that WKNC had its transmitter’s power reduced to 10 percent. She said, “It’s unfortunate that we reduced our audience during the voting period because of the transmitter issues but we are back to 25,000 watts and rockin’ the Triangle.� The current general manger, Mike Alston, a senior in civil engineering, was disappointed for not winning the award for Best Radio Station for this past year. He said, “We obviously don’t have the resources as other radio stations, but we pride ourselves in our listener base.� Alston invites all listeners to visit and send any and all feedback to him or his staff. Listeners can also follow WKNC on twitter or they can request songs on AIM: wkncrequests or call the request lines.

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field said. “The field will drain 13 inches an hour, and if we drain [more than] 13 inches an hour, we’re going to be somewhere other than playing football.” The field will also continue to be covered during thunderstorms before games. “When we played William & Mary, it rained solidly up until about noon before the game. We covered it with a tarp, and we will still do that,” O’Brien said. Carter-Finley Stadium is also being fitted with a synthetic sideline consisting of a layer of gravel, a rug, and a sand-andrubber surface. “I think it’s a good move because that’s where the most wear-

and-tear is, along the sideline,” “The synthetic will meet the O’Brien said of the synthetic grass all the time exactly the surface. same. They’ll “That never notice.” withstands The cont he traf f ic struction startmuch better ed April 20 and than a noris expected to mal grass be completed field would.” August 1. The transi“I think betion between cause of our t he grass access to the f ield and turf managesynthetic ment school sideline will here, which is not be notinu mber one Ray Brincefield , cable to fans, in the country, and will have assistant athletics director for we’ll probably outdoor facilities not effect on have the best players rungrass field in ning out of bounds, according to the ACC,” O’Brien said. Brincefield. “I don’t think anybody will notice anything,” he said.

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eighty sessions spanning a variety of classes, from handto-hand combat to meditation and massage techniques. “This is one representation of why our style is called Cuong Nhu,” Parsons said. “[Cuong Nhu] literally translated from Vietnamese means ‘hard-soft’.” Since the first IATC was held at the University of Florida in Gainesville under the Redwood Dojo in 1994, attendance has increased annually, matching and surpassing its record numbers while held in Raleigh. “What brings people to training camp from all over the world and has kept me coming back for nine training camps now is to reconnect with our Cuong Nhu family,” Parsons said. According to Parsons, the friendly and familiar faces of training camp have a tendency to leave a greater impact on students than any physical training. “While there are classes offered from masters and instructors from a variety of martial disciplines, I learned new joint locks, new katas, new weapons, [and] sparred people from all over the world,” Parsons said. “Each Training Camp is like a family reunion… those friendships will last a lifetime.”



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Contruction continues at Carter-Finley stadium, as shown here on June 9. The 2 1/2 foot crown of the field is being removed and a synthetic sideline is being installed. The new sidelines will withstand the wear and tear of a long regular season better than the ones previously in place.

Football facilities finally on level playing field Carter-Finley turf construction set to be completed by August Brent Kitchen Staff Writer

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When Wolfpack football returns to Carter-Finley Stadium in the fall, a familiar feature will be missing. The 2 1/2 foot crown which helped with drainage will be gone,

replaced by a completely flat field. The $1 million project is the first rebuilding of the stadium field in Carter-Finleyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 43-year history. Crowned fields have been favored by many coaches of the option offense because it allows the ball-carrier to be running downhill towards the sideline. While fans of the option offense may miss the crowned field, the new flatter field should aide

N.C. Stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s aerial attack. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Certainly the biggest change will be for our quarterbacks,â&#x20AC;? coach Tom Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Brien said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;One of the things we wanted to do is make sure the game-field reflected the same gradient that our practice-field has so that everytime we throw a ball on the practice-field, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the same as when we step into the stadium to throw a pass.â&#x20AC;?

The new field will comply with USGA specifications for golf greens it and will have a synthetic sideline. And for those worried about how a flat field could cause trouble on a rainy Saturday, Assistant Athletics Director for Outdoor Facilities Ray Brincefield says not to be concerned. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t notice it at all,â&#x20AC;? BrinceFINLEY continued page 7



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Track athletes advance to Outdoor Championships Daniel Ellis Sports Editor Emeritus

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The Cuong Nhu International Annual Training Camp is a place for students of the martial art Cuong Nhu to come together in peace, friendship, and combat. Specialized instruction in Shotokan, Judo, Aikido, Chung, Tai Chi, Vovinam, Grappling, Yoga, Pressure Points, Kendo, and training in Kung Fu weapons were featured from May 22-25 in Raleigh. T houg h u ncont rol led martial arts could be used for vicious brutality, it has become something else entirely through intertwining the philosophical teachings of Cuong Nhu with the philosophies of martial arts as a whole. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We train hard all weekend, learning techniques that, if applied incorrectly, could cause serious injury,â&#x20AC;? State martial arts club sensei Cameron Parsons said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The weekend itself is the epitome of friendship and camaraderie.â&#x20AC;? This year, despite the draining effects of an economic downturn, the 2009 IATC saw an increase in atten-


Daniel Joe, senior in biology, and Mike Shoup, senior in mathematics, warm up with other members of the Martial Arts Club in September.

dance. Students traveled from all over the continental United States and from as far away as Germany. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This year we had around 350 attendees with representation from forty-seven [dojos],â&#x20AC;? Parsons said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;[This is huge] given that even with the severe decline

of the economy we had a dramatic increase in participants.â&#x20AC;? The training camp gave students the opportunity to receive hands-on training from the most distinguished masters of Cuong Nhu in the world, with over DOJO continued page 7

Three womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s track and field athletes are currently competing in the NCAA Outdoor Track & FielAd Championships at the John McDonnell Field in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Redshirt senior Angelina Blackmon and redshirt junior Brittany Tinsley received qualifying bids to the meet on June 1 and are joined by freshman Lawanda Henry. Henry automatically qualified for the event, that began yesterday, with her performance at the NCAA Outdoor Regionals. Henry added a third place finish in the shot put at the regional level, with a distance of 52â&#x20AC;&#x2122;08.75â&#x20AC;?, to her list of accomplishments this season. Henry is seeded 18th going into the multi-day national meet. In addition to her success at the regional meet, Henry boasts four school throwing records in her first year. Meanwhile, veteran runner Angelina Blackmon will run in the fourth heat of the preliminaries as the 14th seed in the 800m run. Blackmon is no stranger to the spotlight, having competed on the na-

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tional level in cross country and at the USA Championships during the indoor season. The Rock Hill, SC native also broke the school record in the 800m at the 2009 Reebok Raleigh Relays last spring with a time of 2:07.58. The previous school record of 2:07.66 was set by Mary Ann Carraher in 1989. Blackmon went on to improve her time by nearly two seconds at the UNC Elite Meet where she finished in first with a time of 2:05.78. Blackmon returned as a leading runner after sitting out during the indoor season due to a lack of eligibility. Blackmon redshirted during the 2008 outdoor season, which allowed her to return for a fifth year of running. A ll-ACC runner Brittany Tinsley will participate in the 10,000m run as the 21st seed after hitting a provisional qualifying mark and career-best of 34:22.25 at the Cardinal Invite in early May. TRACK continued page 7

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