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RESPONSE TO TUNNEL INCIDENT CONTINUES â€˜FROM THE STUDENT WHO WROTE THE MOST OFFENSIVE WORDS IN THE FREE EXPRESSION TUNNEL:â€™ This letter is written as an apology to the Free Expression Tunnel incident. Myself and 3 others were responsible for the acts committed in the Tunnel. The statements written in the Tunnel were written with political intentions in mind. I am aware that racial differences were brought into play by my words, but I want to ensure the university that no physical harm was intended. My intentions were simply to express my views on the outcome of the election, but went too far. I am very sorry for my actions and for the anger and fear brought to NC State. I am also ashamed of the bad light spread on this prestigious university. In addition to my apology, I want to assure the campus that there is no threat to anyoneâ€™s safety. I understand that my language was hateful and I am sorry for the distress I created. In order to restore peace to this university, I have decided, under my own initiative, to attend several workshops dealing with race relations and accepting diversity. I have realized that some of my preconceived ideas were prejudicial and wrong but I am trying to overcome these. I have also decided to participate in some community service activities. I hope peace and friendship can be restored on this campus and in the surrounding community.
â€˜FROM THE OTHER THREE STUDENTS WHO WERE WITH THE STUDENT WHO WROTE THE MOST OFFENSIVE WORDS:â€™ In addition to the previous statement, the three of us would also like to express our heartfelt remorse for our participation in the Tunnel acts. While we did not paint the controversial material, we still regret taking any part in this incident that has offended and upset this campus and community. Our intentions were not to do anything of the sort, and we understand that our actions were hurtful to many. In conclusion, the four of us would like to ask for forgiveness from this university and its student body.
Student Senate President Greg Doucette looks over an amendment proposal by Sen. Maritza Adonis while former senator James Hankins speaks to the rest of the Senate. Adonis, a junior in political science and author of the bill, spent the whole night trying to amend it to include provisions providing for the expulsion or suspension of the four students who wrote threatening and racially charged messages on the Free Expression Tunnel Nov. 5. The unaltered bill eventually passed 48 to 1, Adonis being the only senator in opposition.
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Four students apologize for Free Expression Tunnel
MEETING ON HATE CRIME BILL
The Student Senate adopted Resolution 36 by a 48-to-one vote at their Special Meeting Wednesday regarding the hate crime bill. The bill calls for the individuals who wrote the racist remarks on the Free Expression Tunnel after Election Day to aware of and learn from their actions no matter how the University handles the situation, according to Kelli Rogers, Student Senate pro-tempore and junior in political science. The bill went to Rogersâ€™ committee, the Senate Select Committee on Hate Crimes, after the Senate rejected fast-tracking it at the last Senate meeting. â€œStudents will also be affected because I will not let this be put to rest until all of our policies have been seriously criticized and reevaluated â€” especially the harassment policy,â€? Rogers said. â€œItâ€™s so vague now that
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The four students responsible for painting the racist remarks in the Free Expression Tunnel the morning after Election Day issued a formal statement Wednesday apologizing for their actions and asking for the forgiveness of the campus. The statement contained two parts and included an apology from a male student who wrote the offensive messages about Presidentelect Barack Obama and an apology from the other three students for their involvement in the incident. In the main portion of the statement, the student responsible for writing the messages said he wrote the messages with â€œpolitical intentions in mind.â€? â€œMy intentions were simply to express my views on the outcome of the election but went too far,â€? the statement said. â€œI am very sorry for my actions and for the anger and fear brought to N.C. State.â€? The student also expressed interest in taking part in community service and said he hoped the campus could heal.
Resolution 36 addressing the recent Hate Crimes was adopted on a 48 to 1 vote. Kelli Rogers, Senate pro-tempore, said the bill would affect students by ensuring that those involved would learn their lesson regardless of the Universityâ€™s decision for punishment.
it is not that it does not cover these sorts of things, but that students do not understand what it covers and what the outcome of the actions and consequences are.â€? The bill the Senate passed was not the original bill filed, but was instead the bill from the committee meeting. â€œThe bill was sent to the committee and it was changed completely,â€? Sen. Maritza Adonis, the orginal billâ€™s sponsor and junior in political science, said. â€œWhat we saw tonight was not my bill.â€? Although Adonis originally sponsored the bill, she said she voted against it to represent the 600 signa-
tures and those present who supported the original bill. The students who signed the petition were not provided with both the original and alternate forms of the bill said both Rogers and Adonis. After a motion to strike the alternate resolve clause and replace it with the original, Rogers said that the intent of the alternate was to strengthen the original bill. Senators Rogers and Adonis both reminded the senators to vote not for personal beliefs but for the students and groups they represented. Although the Student Senate fairs alright, Adonis said she did not think
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The Withers Bell, which sat atop Withers Hall for the last 70 years, was officially returned to the city of Raleigh Wednesday in a ceremony downtown. Matt Robbins, a graduate student in architecture who found the bell on top of Withers Hall two years ago, said he was glad to see the bell returned to the city. â€œIt was a relief to get the bell back where it belongs â€” in the hands of the city and the Raleigh Fire Department,â€? Robbins said. â€œTo have it returned was very gratifying.â€? Robbins and the University decided to give the bell â€” which the city originally owned â€” back after discovering it could not be used in the rennovation of the Bell Tower.
Channel 11 News interviews Matt Robbins, a graduate student in architecture, after the presentation ceremony for the Metropolitan bell to the fire department Wednesday. â€œThis represents the founding of the Raleigh Fire Department in 1914,â€? Robbins said.
â€œIn the beginning, the idea was to put the bell in the Bell Tower,â€? Robbins said. â€œWhen we discovered the bell was untuned and didnâ€™t sound good, we decided to try and give it back to the city.â€? Robbins said the bell being
back with the city will allow citizens to learn about its historical nature. â€œIâ€™m very excited this story culminated itself and that it ended in such a passionate ceremony,â€? Robbins said. â€œThe response
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from the city, the public and the community has been overwhemingly positive. A piece of history has been put back in its rightful place and can now be learned from.â€? With the Withers Bell not being an option for the Bell Tower rennovation, scheduled to begin in early 2009, options for how to get a real bell in the Bell Tower are underway. Robbins, who serves as the chair of the Student Government Traditions Commission, said the commission is continuing work to try and get a real bell or several bells in the Bell Tower. â€œI have been assured that if a bell project is approved, the bells will be able to pass through during the rennovation of the Bell Tower,â€? Robbins said. â€œNow, weâ€™re trying to explore the money and fundraising part of things.â€?
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â€œAbout 100 people are coming off the waitlist per night,â€? Hunt said. The number of students that can be waitlisted for each section Courtney Bolin is calculated according to the Staff Writer size of the class. This way larger classes will have larger waitlists The number of students wait- available to students than the listed this semester has increased, smaller classes. unlike last year, Vice Provost Hannah LaRoe, a sophomore and University in textiles, said RegistrarLouis she has waitlisted Hunt said. a class for the upThree thoucoming semester. sand eight hunâ€œIâ€™m pretty confidred and sevendent that I will get ty-one students into the class that Hannah LaRoe, a have waitlisted I have waitlisted,â€? sophomore in textiles at least one class LaRoe said. for the spring She has already semester. Of these students 1,842 moved up two spots since she are freshmen, 1,233 are sopho- waitlisted the class. mores, 955 are juniors and 511 LaRoe said she thinks the waitare seniors, Hunt said. WAITLIST continued page 3
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hris Spach, a senior in polymer and color chemistry, and Jared Evans, a senior in mechanical engineering, prepare for pies in the face by Brad Clements, a senior in meteorology, and Tyler Heilig, a senior in electrical engineering, on Miller Field Wednesday as part of their semester change of command ceremony. The temperature high for the day was 42 degrees and the seniors couldnâ€™t get pie on their uniforms, so they wore their undershirts. And â€œ[the pie] wasnâ€™t thawed out all the way,â€? Evans said. â€œThat was the first time Iâ€™d ever been pied.â€? Despite the cold, Even said â€œit was a fun experience and a good morale booster for the cadets.â€?
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POLICE BLOTTER 12:22 A.M. | ASSAULT ON FEMALE Student Health Lot Dispute between student and nonstudent. No charges were pressed. Assessment was conducted and information was made available. Student was referred to University. 6:07 A.M. | SPECIAL EVENT Wendell Murphy Football Center Units reported for duty assignments during Football Game.
There were 25 ejections, 27 trespass warnings and 14 University referrals.
bance. Subject left prior to officerâ€™s arrival.
11:10 P.M. | SUSPICIOUS INCIDENT Yarbrough Drive Report of suspicious incident. Officers located subjects and found no problems.
1:58 A.M. | SUSPICIOUS INCIDENT Wolf Village Student advised officer on foot patrol of possible medical situation. Area was checked but no one in need of medical assistance was located.
11:20 P.M. | SUSPICIOUS INCIDENT Railroad Tracks Report of subjects on top of train. Officers spoke with nonstudents and contacted CSX. No further action taken by this department. 7:12 P.M. | SUSPICIOUS INCIDENT D.H. Hill Library Report of subject causing distur-
11:06 A.M. | WELFARE CHECK Metcalf Hall NCSU PD checked on welfare of student. 11:13 A.M. | SPECIAL EVENT Reynolds Coliseum Officers reported to monitor Womenâ€™s Basketball Tournament. 12:01 A.M. | DAMAGE TO PROPERTY Dan Allen Drive/Fraternity Court Vehicle stopped where barriers were knocked down. Nonstudent had pickup order for license. License was confiscated. No further action at this time. 4:41 A.M. | CHECK PERSON North Hall Report of subject wanting to enter building. Officers checked the area but were unable to locate subject. 7:00 A.M. | FIRE ALARM Yarbrough Steam Plant Units responded to alarm. Cause unknown.
9:46 A.M. | SPECIAL EVENT Derr Track WCS reported to monitor event at this location. 10:01 P.M. | SUSPICIOUS INCIDENT D.H. Hill Library Report of suspicious subject. Subject left prior to officerâ€™s arrival. 10:15 P.M. | CHECK PERSON DH Hill Library Report of subject trying to enter library after hours. Subject left prior to officerâ€™s arrival. 2:22 P.M. | CHECK PERSON Wendell Murphy Football Center Units responded to report of subject in dumpster refusing to leave. Subject left prior to officeâ€™s arrival. 2:51 P.M. | CONCERNED BEHAVIOr Public Safety Center Student reported ongoing off campus harassment and simple assault by another student. Report filed. 4:56 P.M. | CONCERNED BEHAVIOR REPORT Owen Hall Students involved in ongoing dispute. Appropriate personnel notified.
QUOTE OF THE DAY â€œMy intentions were simply to express my views on the outcome of the election but went too far. I am very sorry for my actions and for the anger and fear brought to N.C. State.â€? one of the students who painted the racist comments on the Free Expression Tunnel
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In honor of the game against North Carolina football Saturday, the Ram Roast will take place today starting at 7:10 p.m. Students will come out and stay all night, guarding the Free Expression Tunnel from being painted Carolina blue. The pep rally will involve trivia, performances from the marching band, varsity cheerleading and the dance team, as well as speeches by coach Tom Oâ€™Brien and some players. After the pep rally, barbecue will be provided and students can participate in an eating contests and painting of the tunnel. The Alumni Association, Senior Class Council, the Alumni Association Student Ambassador Program, Student Government, University Athletics and the Wolfpack Club are sponsoring the event. SOURCE: WOLFPACK WIRE
Gym to hold womenâ€™s rock climbing workshop Carmichael Gym is holding a rock climbing workshop for women in conjunction with Outdoor Adventuresâ€™ female instructors. The workshop runs from 5 to 8 p.m. on Nov. 21 and will cover equipment, knots, safety commands and climbing technique. Several routes on the Carmichael rock wall will be open for the session. For more information, contact Bill James at bill_james@ncsu. edu. SOURCE: NCSU CALENDAR
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that they collectively represent the student population. One student said in the meeting that she appreciated the time the Student Senate gave to modifying the bill but that the time was not what they were looking for. She said students were looking for stronger action but that the Senate was not to blame. Sen. Jason Lindsay, a senior in political science, said in the meeting that the issue at the Senate meeting was not a legal debate. “There is no legal basis for the expulsion of the students,” Lindsay said. “It is not a legal case. If the University oversteps its boundaries by expelling students, then the University would face a lawsuit.” Adonis said she believes this experience has proved how much she needs to continue to stay involved in the Senate. “I can go to bed peacefully for the first time in an awfully long time,” Adonis said. “At the time of the incident, I was not affected personally. However, students came up to me asking as a senator what I was going to do about it.” Chris Coleman, assistant men’s track and field coach and recruiter for N.C. State, said that the results of the meeting affected more than just the University. “The entire nation is waiting to see what will happen here tonight,” Coleman said. He said as a recruiter, the status of the University’s harassment policy would directly affect him. “The first question I get is ‘Is the University safe?’” Coleman said. “I want my students to be able to answer ‘yes’ and know that if a situation like this happens, then something would be done.”
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Kelli Rogers, Senate president pro-tempore and chair of the Student Senate Select Committee on Hate Crimes, speaks to the media Wednesday following the almost unanimous vote to approve the bill of which she was instrumental in the creation.
list system works well and benefits students. “The waitlist system is pretty efficient,” LaRoe said. “I like being able to see what number I am on MyPack Portal.” Laroe said being in the College of Textiles has been helpful to her because the college tries to open seats in classes that are already full to the students that need the class. Brian Sain, a sophomore in nutrition science, has waitlisted several classes for the spring semester as well. “I’m having trouble getting into the classes that I need, because I’m switching majors,” Sain said. “ Most of my trouble comes from being waitlisted in classes that I should have had as a freshman.” Sain said he thinks that there needs to be more spaces available in the classes. “The classes that I’ve been waitlisted for have too many students
trying to get in to the class,” Sain said. “There just aren’t enough spaces to meet the demand.” Hunt suggested that students that really need a class should talk to the staff. The staff is always willing to help, Hunt said, students need to take the opportunities they got to talk with them about their classes. Being on a waitlist doesn’t guarantee students a spot in the class, though. “Having a backup plan is a excellent idea, just in case the waitlist never clears for a class,” Hunt said. But, the students on waitlists shouldn’t be discouraged because they have a good chance to get into the classes they have waitlisted, Hunt said. When students do not pay their tuition, their schedules will be dropped. This opens a lot of seats in classes that are giving to the students on waitlist. Students can remain on a waitlist for any class until the first day of the semester, but after the first day the waitlists are dropped.
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Include diversity education in existing classes THE ISSUE:
Student Senate passed a bill pushing for the Chancellor’s Task Force on Diversity to reform University policy on threatening speech and pushed for diversity education for at least the four students involved in the incident.
Students need to stay involved with the task force’s decisions regarding diversity education classes.
The University should use existing general education requirement classes to teach diversity and add optional diversity courses for those interested in learning more.
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Editor’s note: the length restriction on forum letters has been waived. University response entirely appropriate We live on a new racial frontier. In deep-South Louisiana, I grew up when Jim Crow still lived. All of my early education through high school (1957-1969) was racially segregated from whites. So in my life time, we have gone from segregation-by-law to desegregation-by-law to having an African-American (actually biracial) president-elect. Those dramatic, swift changes are why when the election results came in, some Americans celebrated in joy, and some Americans cringed in fear. The morning after the election I ran into Tom Stafford, who told me about the racial graffiti that threatened the person of president-elect Obama. Stafford was shaken, but went on with handling that business. In that moment, I was thinking about my “interpersonal relationships and race” class the next day. In view of all that was happening, I decided to improvise. I would have my students talk about the interracial event of the election. I would also lead a discussion about the racial graffiti. All semester, you see, I have been introducing my racially-mixed class to social psychological concepts that helped them to understand the forces of racial-transition acting on interracial interactions. My students now understand why it is that people become anxious in interracial encounters. It was during my service in the Navy (1972-1976) that I first began to do work on diversity issues. Since joining the N.C. State faculty in 1988, I have been a consultant on diversity to the Department of Defense, and was NCSU’s first vice provost for diversity and African-American affairs. So I watch what the administration does with a careful eye. By my judgment, the University’s response to the racial slur and threat to president-elect Obama was swift and unambiguous. A strong letter from the chancellor denouncing the behavior; an immediate investigation in cooperation with the Secret Service came quickly. Also coming quickly was a strong editorial from the student newspaper (along with a column on racial prejudice), and a student sponsored rally. Racism is always institutional — does the institution support and encourage bigotry? Clearly our institution does not. Yes, what those four students did was reprehensible. But the institution responded appropriately, vigorously, to the full extent of the law. What the institution cannot do is guarantee that there are no students here who harbor racial, religious, or gender, biases in their hearts. No employer
tudent Senate passed a Free Expression Tunnel Response Act Wednesday night. It condemned the actions of the four students responsible for the incident in the Free Expression Tunnel Nov. 5 and pushed for reform of University regulations regarding threatening speech. It also called for the University to punish and educate the four students with cross-cultural community service, counseling and diversity education, which ties in with Vice Provost for Diversity and Inclusion Jose Picart’s plan for required courses in diversity. While diversity education is important and may prevent incidents like the one in the Free Expression Tunnel on Election Day, adding diversity courses
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may not be effective. The incident in the Free Expression Tunnel demonstrated how far we have to go to deal with prejudice and threatening speech on campus. We cannot ignore these events and hope the problem goes away. As the University is already cutting existing classes due to budget cuts and students are already required to take a number of general education courses, expanding existing required courses to include more diversity education and offering optional courses on the subject would make more sense than making them requirements in students’ general education requirements. The final bill did not advo-
cate for suspension or expulsion and only supported punishing the students responsible for the threats they wrote in the Free Expression Tunnel with diversity education and counseling. This doesn’t solve the problem. The University is right to seek to educate both the students responsible and future students in diversity awareness. But simply adding classes is impractical. How does the University intend to pay for the new diversity classes when it is already in the process of cutting courses? Further, how does it expect the classes to have an impact without student feedback? Students already view some of the general education require-
ment courses as a hurdle the University throws in front of them in order to graduate. And diversity is not something students can learn in the classroom — it is a product of interacting with people from other backgrounds. The chancellor’s task force needs to keep this in mind as it debates policy changes — getting student involvement should be a top priority, as they are the ones who will see the biggest changes from any policy changes. The task force should consider making the diversity programs like the AlcoholEDU online course all incoming students are required to take. It should also use existing resources to provide diversity education and include more extensive diversity programs in current general education classes.
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Racist incidents reflect poorly on University In my day, Sen. Jesse Helms and occasionally football coach Tom Reed were cursed in the Free Expression Tunnel. Our worst language was reserved for Duke and Carolina teams and fans. A coworker showed me an article in the newspaper regarding an increase of racist incidents since Sen. Barack Obama was elected president of the United States. It was not when I saw N.C. State mentioned that I was shocked — it was when I read what thought had been expressed so freely. Ignorant, naive, insensitive, hateful and dangerous — these four and all who think as they do are a threat to the African-Americans with whom they share the NCSU community. I am embarrassed, and I am sorry to say the very occurrence of this incident does indeed reflect on the University very poorly. While NCSU’s response will have more meaning on campus, that will likely not get the national attention of the original hateful act. Suspend these students for the semester and forfeit their tuition and fees. Set up a combination of community service and diversity awareness training. Only when successfully completed should they be allowed back into the school, with conduct restrictions. I will return to follow this story and I hope to see that these four receive significant punishment. I guess I will have to read more news stories to find out why they have not been arrested. Nathan Karnes alumnus, class of 1988
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Here’s to not taking the Ram Roast too literally. “I expect them to really think about both sides of the situation and ask for a lot of opinions from the students and faculty.”
Phil Hursey, junior in biochemistry
Knock the Tar Heels down a peg
f there’s something I love more than beating UNCChapel Hill on a regular basis, it’s beating them when they’ve got something going for them. Unfortunately, Maryland already stole the big thunder for us this past weekend by Benton Sawrey na i l i ng a Senior Staff Columnist last-second field goal at home and effectively knocking the Tar Heels out of the running for the ACC Championship game. But I’d love to knock them even further down the standings ladder and relegate them to the blue turf in Boise, Idaho for their Christmas break. Ever since Butch Davis has taken over the helm down the road, the Tar Heels feel they’ve resurrected themselves to some sort of a semblance of a national power. They have a coach with national prominence and paid him an efficient $425,000 per win last year after coaching Miami to national prominence and then failing miserably in the NFL. They’ve recruited hyped up star power across the board, and this year they’ve managed to trounce national powerhouses like big, bad Notre Dame and the Big East perennial powers Rutgers and University of Connecticut. They shot up the polls, and
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at one point, some sports Web sites were predicting they’d be the ACC’s representative in the Orange Bowl. The UNC football team has even gotten so good that coach Davis has decided that Carolina Blue as a color isn’t good enough for their new national image — he’s changed their uniform colors from light blue to a color that oddly resembles Duke blue. Take that, tradition — Tom O’Brien would be run out of town if he tried to change our u n i for m s to some sort of maroon color l i ke h i s old team’s uniforms up in Boston. But then again, when UNC only has 48,000 in attendance for a game against a top 25 opponent when competing for an ACC Division title in a stadium that seats 60,000, I guess people won’t really notice the difference in uniforms. We’ve got the best fans in the ACC. Even though we’re last in our division and have been rebuilding our program for the last few years, we consistently sell out home games and show up in droves at away games, regardless of how badly we were beaten the week before. We’ve got momentum on our side, the resources to make it happen and the support to create what could resemble a home game on Saturday much Sports Editor
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like it was last weekend at Duke. A win this weekend is another step in the rebuilding process and a sign of how far our team has come since the beginning of the season. A win this Saturday will signal that we are in fact the best team in the state of North Carolina. Football will always be second fiddle to basketball in Chapel Hill — some people speculate that’s the reason Mack Brown i s n ow a coach with a nat iona l title under his belt at Tex a s a nd not at the University of North Carolina. And as much as the fa n s f rom Chapel Hill will whine about how they don’t care about football or they’re only basketball fans — beating them on Saturday will give N.C. State alumni, students and fans a year-long pass to rub it in their face that the lowly Wolfpack went to Chapel Hill and rained on their parade of star-studded entitlement. Go Pack!
“A win this weekend is another step in the rebuilding process and a sign of how far our team has come.”
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Scientists find Furby look-a-like Scientists working at Lore Lindu National Park on Sulawesi, an island in Indonesia, caught and released three pygmy tarsiers, an animal that some thought had been extinct for a long period of time. The animals resemble the Furby, an electronic toy that spoke in its own language and was released in the 1990s. The creature has wide eyes, large ears and can fit in the palm of a hand. During a two-month Texas A&Mled expedition, the scientists found two males and one female. They also saw a fourth sitting high in a tree canopy, but were not able to retrieve it. The species has not been seen alive in more than 80 years — ever since they were collected for a museum in 1921. Scientists had believed them extinct until eight years ago, when two scientists who were trapping rats in Sulawesi trapped and killed one on accident. The animal weights about 1.7 ounces, has dense fur and humanlike feet. Unlike other primates, the creature has claws — not nails — on its fingers.
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When Stuart Sanderson was gossiping to her best friend about the latest scandals Monday night, she didn’t know that, while she was playing she said she was also participating in the human equivalent of “social grooming,” the method primates use to communicate. Sanderson, a freshman in communication, isn’t the only one spending her time talking idly about the personal affairs of those she knows — or doesn’t know, in cases like whether Jen-
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nifer Aniston really said that to Angelina Jolie or how Spencer Pratt really called Heidi Montag his employee. The act is natural. We all do it, but why? Some psychologists and sociologists argue that gossiping is not just a past time, its human nature. Relationships have always been important in every society and culture. Primates used to groom each other to establish relationships, but according to professor of psychology David Martin, “Our society has gotten too big for that.”
In today’s society, people cannot just go around grooming one another, Martin said. Instead, humans have developed a form of “verbal grooming” they rely upon to form the social networks that operate within societies. Psychologist Robin Dunbar examined gossip as a human instinct. “Gossip is part of our social hardwiring,” Dunbar said. “Language evolved to allow us to gossip [and] replace the physical mutual grooming, because physical grooming became too time-consuming for the larger human social networks.”
Groups of primates usually consist of 50 to 55 primates. In this relatively intimate environment, it is easy for primates to groom most of the other primates, Dunbar has said. In a group of hundreds or thousands of people, it would be impossible to physically groom everyone in a timely manner. To make up for this loss in communication, language evolved. Now humans use language to talk to and about each other to form the same social bonds that grooming forms. GOSSIP continued page 6
Sprint loses 1.3M customers in 3Q Some attribute the loss to swapping plans, carriers for new phones Alison Harman Features Editor
It could be the iPhone. That’s one theory Jonathan Stephens said could explain why Sprint-Nextel lost 1.3 million customers in its third quarter, including 1.1 post-paid customers — those who, upon signing up for or renewing their services with Sprint-Nextel, paid fees to drop their plans. “Lots of people switched to that,” Stephens, a sophomore in graphic design, said. Stephens said he has had Sprint-Nextel service for about four years. And he said he’s had few problems with the carrier, with the
exception of reoccurring billing errors. “There have been quite a few mess ups with our bills,” he said. “Being charged too much for things that we didn’t do or don’t have, or we upgraded and got charged if we had it upgraded.” When Stephens’ family upgraded his plan to include unlimited text messaging, he said Sprint-Nextel charged him per text message. Sprint-Nextel’s signal, he said, has been “alright, except for going into certain buildings” that block most cellular signal. But the company’s loss might be attributed to more than just the iPhone, which was first released on June 29, 2007, followed by the iPhone 3G on July 11, 2007. At the end of last year’s third quarter, which would have
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reflected the iPhone’s arrival, Sprint-Nextel reported a profit of $64 million. The company lost $326 million — 11 cents a share — at the end of this year’s third quarter. Emily Konides, a sophomore in political science, attributes this loss to a phone-swapping
trend. A lt houg h Spr i nt-Nex tel played up its release of the Samsung Dare, Konides said the phone — like everything else the company released this year — was forgetful. And people, she said, aren’t willing to swap carriers for a
no-name phone. Other wireless carriers, including AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile, have released new versions of the BlackBerry and other PDAs, the Sidekick and the Google-accompanied G1. SPRINT continued page 6
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Konides said she has seen people upgrading their phones each time a new, more attractive one comes out “a lot lately,” but that the action isn’t something new. “I find it a young, more modern way of keeping up with the Joneses, where the Joneses are your peers,” she said. “It’s kind of superficial. The iPhone, I could see people doing. Not so much the Sprint
thing. Companies that don’t have such big names on their newer phones, people don’t switch carriers for.” She said although her friend purchased a new Sprint phone two weeks ago, she couldn’t remember its name. It was the Samsung Dare, her roommate reminded her. Stephens said he would stay on with Sprint-Nextel for “as long as my parents pay for it.”
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“That theory is a little bizarre, but it makes sense,” Peyton McDaniel, a freshman in agricultural business, said. “People do communicate to form bonds, and gossip is definitely a form of communication.” Not all psychologists see gossip as a form of grooming, but still consider it a human instinct. According to James Kalat, a professor of psychology, living in a society is all about reciprocation. It’s a “you scratch my back, I’ll scratch yours‚“ deal. People exchange favors. “In order for that system to work, people keep track of who is returning favors and who is taking favors without returning them,” Kalat said. “Gossiping allows us to do that.” Logan Kaznowski, a freshman in chemistry, said gossiping is natural because “people are always looking to gain something.” “Gossiping allows them to figure out who the best source is for personal gain,” Kaznowski said. Whether it is to get ahead or to form relationships with people, gossip is everywhere. Everyone is involved with it, whether they are doing the gossiping or they are the subject of the gossip. “I didn’t realize that every time I talked about someone I was picking bugs out of their hair in a way,” Sanderson said.
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Cheerleading Weight for flyers used to be the most important deciding factor when choosing the co-ed cheerleading squad. However, rules have changed recently for just how much weight can be considered in the sport. Casey Hinson, a junior on the co-ed cheerleading team, she described the flyers to typically weigh between 95 and 125 pounds. â€œIn the past, weight meant a lot,â€? Hinson said â€œThey have rules now where our coaches canâ€™t limit our weight or even really monitor it. You obviously want to look good in the uniform, though, when youâ€™re in front of so many people. Itâ€™s obviously easier for the guys to stunt with smaller girls.â€? Hinson is a â€œtop girlâ€? in their stunts and pyramids. She said it is because of her weight that she gets to be on-top. Even if there are no rules for weighing a certain amount, Hinson said there have been comments made to cheerleaders in the past. â€œThey weigh us in the very beginning of the year, but thatâ€™s just for physicals,â€? she said. â€œThere have been a few instances when a coach has talked to some girls about their weight because he thought they had gained some.â€?
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Darion Caldwell pins his opponent during the Wolfpack Invitational wrestling match in Reynolds Coliseum Nov. 8. Wrestlers may have to monitor their weight more than any other kind of athlete, as they make sure they make weight for each match.
The role of sports medicine While pressures to lose, gain or maintain weight can be intense in college athletics, Charles Rozanski, associate director of sports medicine, said he has not spoken to an athlete who has thought he or she
was doing something unhealthy since he has been at N.C. State. â€œ[The sports medicine staff] would be in the decision-making process if someone believed there was a medical issue involved or if there was a potential eating disorder or if someone felt very strongly that they were being asked to do something they didnâ€™t think was healthy,â€? Rozanski said.
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According to Rozanski, health issues surrounding weight loss, particularly in wrestling, were an issue a decade ago, but NCAA regulations have eliminated the problem. Rozanski believes there is no magic weight certain athletes should strive for. â€œ[We] make sure the person is in an optimum position to maximize their athletic ability and minimize their risk of energy,â€?
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figure it out, the season is over. Itâ€™s a ton of fun, I just wish the season was longer.â€? Danielle Read, a senior in international studies, voiced similar sentiments. â€œI think the season should be longer,â€? Read said. â€œBut it was still a lot of fun.â€? Even though the season is short, competition does not suffer. The Menâ€™s Open league featured the most players with over 30 teams while the Fraternity League featured seven teams. The sport has been widely accepted though by those who have played. â€œI play softball during the spring so this sport is something fun to throw into the fall semester,â€? Watkins said. â€œBut not only is it fun, itâ€™s competitive. Me and my teammates are out to win.â€? Watkins is glad the new intramural sport has been offered and hopes to see wiffleball next year. â€œI hope that they let us play again next year,â€? Watkins said. â€œIt was definitely something different and I like that. Itâ€™s good to keep things new and fresh.â€?
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Wiffleball moves into playoffs
Men’s golf brings in top Canadian talent Coach Richard Sykes signed Mitchell Sutton, the 2008 Canadian Junior National Champion, to a letter of intent for next season. Sutton won the tournament by three strokes and finished twenty-third at the Canadian Men’s Amateur Championships. Sykes has consistently used Ontario to find talent, already having grabbed two golfers from the area who are currently on the team — sophomore Matt Hill, currently the No. 1 player in the NCAA, and junior Brad Revell.
New intramural sport gets rave reviews from participants A.G. Walton Staff Writer
Volleyball signs another for 2009 Volleyball coach Charita Stubbs announced the signing Wednesday of Kelly Burns, a senior at Jackson Hole High School in Wyoming. Burns is a two-time all-state and three-time all-conference player in Jackson Hole, and is currently a Wendy’s High School Heisman finalist. She will join the Wolfpack next year.
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QUOTE OF THE DAY “I’ve never had that experience at N.C. State, where someone has thought they were being asked to do something unhealthy.” Charles Rozanski, associate director of sports medicine, on athletes monitoring their weights
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>> Whether it’s football players looking to add muscle mass before they hit the gridiron or a wrestler hoping to make weight as he steps onto the scale before a match, weight is an important and a consistently monitored part of college athletics. While college students worry about the dreaded “freshmen 15,” the University’s sports medicine staff is working with each athlete, making sure that he or she is sticking with each coach’s weight program to be in peak shape for competition. Here’s a breakdown of how different sports work to monitor their weight and either bulk up or slim down before the next big game. Football’s offensive linemen In an already heavy sport, nowhere is weight more important than along the offensive line. Redshirt junior lineman Julian Williams and the rest of the line work during the season to keep muscle mass up, lifting regularly so that muscles don’t deteriorate. “We weigh in once a week, every Sunday, to make sure we keep an eye on it,” Williams said. After the season, the coaches hand out weight programs for each player to follow. Williams said he’ll weigh himself every day in the offseason, making sure his weight is in accordance with the
program, and in accordance with other standards. “Everybody wants to try to look good, get that beach body,” Williams said. “That’s more of a personal thing — try to get right.” Wrestling Wrestling is a sport that is all about numbers — number of pins, number of points and number of pounds. The pounds are the most difficult for college students, and for college wrestlers it’s no different. According to wrestling coach Carter Jordan, wrestling today is healthier than when he wrestled. “It’s light years from where it was when I was in college,” Jordan said. “These guys are monitored not by the coaching staff, but by the athletic trainers.”
Today, the NCAA sets guidelines and rules and the training staff takes a lean body fat test of each wrestler to determine the minimum weight that each individual can wrestle. To get to that minimum weight, the wrestler can only lose 1.5 percent of his body fat per week. “Some guys do cheat, but it’s really easy to spot,” Jordan said. “After the first minute, they’re done, weak.” According to assistant athletic trainer Scott Armstrong, the wrestlers have help every step of the way. “We have nutritionists on staff, as well as keep an eye on these guys every day,” Armstrong said. “Especially the freshmen, we make sure they are on track before their first match, checking their hydration.” WEIGHT continued page 7
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Wiff leball, one of Campus Recreation’s newest intramural sports, is set for the playoffs. Played along the same lines as softball, wiffleball employs similar rules but uses a small plastic ball with holes. Now after its inaugural season, the playoffs are in full swing. Early in the season, there was some confusion about how to play the sport. “We weren’t really sure how to play or how the game was going to go,” Matt Cross, a senior in sociology, said. “Once we figured out it was like softball, it was a piece of cake.” The rules are basically the same as softball with a few minor differences. The teams feature five players on the field but can have as many as six batters per team. Also, teams are allowed to pitch to each other. “Some of the pitchers during the games are bringing heat,” Cross said. “You can tell they have played baseball before. I pitched during one of our games and was throwing all kinds of stuff like curveballs and knuckleballs. I was also trying to throw gas.” One of the biggest differences between softball and wiffleball is when and where the games are played. Wiffleball takes place indoors in Carmichael Gymnasium, which gives the sport a different feel according to Bailey Watkins, a junior in civil engineering. “Because we play inside, the playing field is cut down,” Watkins said. “You can absolutely crush balls and even hit home runs. It’s definitely got a different feel than any other sport I’ve played just because it’s like baseball but indoors.” The playoffs got underway this week after a short two-game season. The finals of the Men’s Open is scheduled to play Thursday night while the other leagues finished up earlier in the week. Cross, who is a member of a Men’s Open team as well as corec team said there are a couple things he would change about the format. “Two games just isn’t enough,” he said. “Right when you start to WIFFLE continued page 7
Hill finishes fall season ranked number one nationally Talented sophomore Matt Hill has high hopes for spring season after an impressive fall showing
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Matt Hill has earned a number-one ranking in the NCAA playing for the Pack.
Matt Hill may not be up for giving lessons any time soon with his busy schedule. But during the fall season, the sophomore from Brights Grove, Ontario, did some schooling of his own. Hill posted a 69.4 average score, earning himself the NCAA’s no. 1 ranking. “I had a good fall — our team did pretty well at the same time, so I was just really pleased with the way it went,” Hill said. “I was really happy to see that I was number one.” After finishing last season with the lowest stroke average on the team, Hill had some pretty lofty goals for his sophomore campaign. But even he was taken aback by the national ranking.
“I was a little surprised at the start,” Hill said. “I knew coming in I had some pretty high goals of being first team AllAmerican, but being no. 1 right now is pretty cool.” Coach Richard Sykes attributed much of Hill’s success to some of the intangible aspects of golf. “He’s a very mature player,” Sykes said. “He’s very accurate. He does a lot of things that young players don’t do. He hits the ball the right distance, and he’s in pretty good control of his emotions, which are some things that usually take time to develop. So he’s a little more mature than most of the college players starting out, but he’s a very talented player.” In the offseason, Hill adjusted some minor details in his golf game but credited his success this fall to a new level of confidence in his game and a higher degree of comfort with the program. “I worked with my coach on some more specific things in my swing,” Hill said.
“Since last year I’ve gotten a lot more confident in my game. I know what I’m doing, and I just know where I am. Last year I didn’t really know what to expect, and this year I do and I know some of the courses a little bit better.” Although Hill is in the limelight of the golf nation, he is very excited to see what the team is capable of doing this year and hopes to help make the team more competitive. He said one of the main focuses for the team is to make match play at the NCAA tournament, something that last year’s team failed to do. “We work pretty hard,” Hill said. “We have a good time. We have a lot of talent on our team.” “I really think we can do big things this year and we have another really good recruit coming in next year. So, I think our team is going to be really good for the next three or four years from what I’ve seen. It’s really exciting.”
Published on Nov 20, 2008
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