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Kathryn Glaser & John Wall Staff Writers

A massive fire destroyed one apartment building containing twelve units at Gorman Crossing Tuesday afternoon as fire fighters worked to contain the blaze. Raleigh Fire Department arrived at the complex, located at the corner of Avent  Ferry Road and Gorman Street, just before 5:30 p.m., according to Jim Sughrue, director of public affairs for Raleigh Police Department. At 6:30 p.m., the fire had already affected a dozen units. “The fire started on the first floor and quickly moved to the second floor,” John McGrath, Raleigh Fire chief, said. No injuries were reported, but seven N.C. State students were displaced, according to Capt. Jon Barnwell of University police. Campus police were on the scene – not in a law enforcement capacity, but to assist any students involved. “We responded to that incident because of the proximity to campus, and with the knowledge that complex may have some student residents,” Barnwell said. Together with the American Red Cross, apartment complex owners arranged for those affected to have a place to stay. “It’s still a work in progress. Of course those who were involved lost everything, pretty much,” Barnwell said. Miriam Morton, an alumna and resident of the apartment complex who arrived home during the fire, said that the buildings affected by the fire collapsed. “[When I first walked in] I saw smoke and helicopters before I could turn into the apartment complex,” Morton said in a phone interview Tuesday afternoon. “There was a lot of traffic because roads were closed just outside of the complex.” Morton said there were swarms of

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Firefighters prepare a hose in their efforts to contain the blaze at the Gorman Crossing apartment complex Tuesday, July 19.

emotional residents in the community when she first arrived as residents evacuated from at least 11 units in the complex. “There were about 100 people outside,” Morton said. “A lot of people came running through and crying trying to get to their house and check on things inside their homes.”

A dense crowd -- residents and otherwise -- surrounded the fire. One resident who lived in a building that burned to the ground cried from behind police tape as she observed the devastation. A manda Frank lin stood and watched firefighters scramble around the scene. She arrived at the fire when

it first started around 4:30 p.m. She lives in a building no further than 30 feet from a building that at 6:30 p.m. had been totally destroyed. “The trees and bushes right next to my apartment caught fire, but firefighters put them out,” Franklin said. “It spread quickly.” A fire started in the kitchen of a Gorman Crossing apartment about the same time last year, according to seven-year resident Cheryl El-Haimeur.  “I run a business out of my apartment, and I was worried today -- as I was last year -- that my apartment and all of my possessions would go up in flames,” ElHaimeur said. Last year’s fire occurred in the building directly across the street from the building that burned down Wednesday. Someone had left the stove on, and smoke began to bellow from the apartment. No major damage occurred as firefighters quickly contained that previous incident, El-Haimeur said. In an attempt to alleviate the hardship of those affected, ElHaimeur offered the use of her apartment to an American Red Cross representative for any of those left homeless. As of Tuesday evening, the fire was mostly contained. Small flames jumped up from smoldered sections of affected areas, but they were promptly extinguished by firefighters. Firefighters remained on the scene overnight until Wednesday morning to ensure that the fire was fully extinguished. Once crews determined the scene was safe, they handed the property over to complex management. Residents were then allowed to “salvage what they could,” Whitley said.


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Fire destroys student apartments


Students bring flair to city park Twelve graduate architecture students designed and built a space to spruce up Durham Central Park. Brooke Wallig News Editor

As part of a Design Build studio project, 12 graduate studies from the College of Design’s School of Architecture worked this summer to add a functional yet creative addition performance space for Durham Central Park. According to Ellen Cassilly, project advisor and president of Ellen Cassilly Architect, Inc. , this type of project provides an alternative type of learning—one that gives students the opportunity to get out of the classroom and into real-world experiences. “When I went to school what you did was between you and the instructor or Scantron creator. It was a very private matter if you did poorly or did well on something. But here there’s a certain ego that’s on the line. But when design students design something and hang it on the wall, people are going to see it,” Cassilly said. “But if they design something and build it in the middle of a park, a lot of people are watching, they want it to be really good. They want to take pictures of it and put it in their portfolio. So I think there’s a wonderful dose of ego—I think in the very best way—that’s involved here and I think it’s a really good motivational factor.” While Cassilly said the project got its start with $12,000 donation from Duke Energy, more than half of the project will be funded by the community through the use of a website called This site allows potential project organizers to submit a proposal online for public viewing,

design continued page 3


Bellybutton provides refuge for bacteria, interest for research

The Bellybutton Biodiversity team studies the hundreds of bacteria strains that live on us daily. See page 5.

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A bulldowzer tears down the bookstore as part of the Talley Renovation project. The antcipated completition is in 2014. The finished Talley will have the bookstore included in the building.

As summer heats up, so does Talley renovation Student center construction progresses quickly as summer nears its end. John Wall Staff Writer

Although the Talley Student Center remains open and operational, construction surrounds the building that will soon take on a new façade. The two-story building behind Talley that once housed the bookstore and C-Store was demolished, and the roadway in front of Talley is closed to through traffic. Physical changes to the student center itself have yet to begin.

Students who walk by the site will struction,” said Tim Hogan, director see a flurry of activity on a day-to-day of University student centers operations. basis. Now that the Project planners bookstore building said they do not has been torn down, want construction construction is curto inconvenience rently focused on those traveling  on underground work foot, and left gaps that must first be in fencing around accomplished before the site to allow any structural work foot traffic to reach can begin. Talley, Carmichael “Primarily we’re Tim Hogan, director of gym and other deswork i ng on t he University Student Centers tinations around site work including operations campus. In the last chilled water lines, week, the pathway steam lines, electrical and data work underground and has been consolidated to one walkclearing the site to prepare it for con- way through the construction rather

“Hopefully people will be cognizant that we are doing the best that we can...”

than two paths. “It’s a construction site, and we’re attempting to accommodate as many people as possible knowing that we are going to have detours along the way,” Hogan said. “Hopefully people will be cognizant that we are doing the best that we can to accommodate all our students on campus.” Incoming freshmen and returning students alike must deal with the obstruction. Orientation attendee Evan Hartshorn  said construction has caused a large inconvenience in his orientation experience, especially since many

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A new era for the Last Frontier

The end of the shuttle program does not mark the end of U.S. space exploration. See page 6.

Gottfried ready for rebuilding

Men’s basketball coach feels the program has a ‘long way to go’. See page 8.

viewpoint features classifieds sports

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Corrections & Clarifications


Through Luis’ lens

POLICe BlOTTER July 14 11:12 | Breaking & Entering Daniels Hall Officer responded to report of suspicious subject spending the night in secured room.

In July 14’s story “The eyeopening irony of tear gas,” Benjamin Quigley’s name was misspelled in the photo captions.

 The July 14 edition’s story “Racial slur in ‘The Brick’ raises ire,” contained several mistakes.

7:57 a.m. | Medical Assist Carmichael Gym Response to drowning alarm accidentally activated.

Although the representatives of Student Media did meet July 8 to discuss “The Brick,” they reached a compromise on the sticker July 11, not July 8 as originally reported.

11:36 a.m. | Skateboard Violation Terry Center Five non-students were found skateboarding behind building. Subjects were advised of policy and complied to leave the area.

Tracey Ray’s title was incorrect. Her actual title is assistant vice provost for student diversity.

The Brick is 128 pages, not 129 as originally reported.

 The July 14 story “University forced to bear millions in cuts,” incorrectly reported that deans would have to cut 10 percent from each college. They will actually have to cut 7 percent. In the Nov. 8, 2010 edition, the feature photo “Remember, remember, the fifth of November,” was altered to obscure a racial slur in the Free Expression Tunnel, violating Student Media’s code of ethics, which prohibits photo editors from manipulating images in a way that would mislead viewers or misrepresent subjects. Send all clarifications and corrections to Editor-in-Chief Mark Herring at editor@technicianonline. com

Weather Wise Today:

July 15 12:19 a.m. | Suspicious Person Wood Hall Report of suspicious subject begging for money. Officer checked area but did not locate anyone.

A Dobby hobby


itting in her living room, Sara Bernardini, a senior in arts application, adjusts her Dobby ears so she can take a photo to put up on facebook. She started making the costume around 6 p.m. after getting out of work with researching how the ears looked and cutting the shape out of thick paper. Both of Bernardini’s roommates also dressed up for the midnight of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2.

Conference looks to future of transportation National conference showcases the future of electronic transportation. Alanna Howard Windhover Editor-in-Chief

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With the average price for gas in the Raleigh area at $3.69 per gallon and the nation-wide average just one cent less, all eyes at the Plug-In 2011 conference were focused on the future of transportation, specifically on moving away from gasoline-powered vehicles. The four day conference at the Raleigh Convention Center focused on uniting electric car manufacturers, area energy companies and companies behind homecharging stations with educational tools to inform public and private businesses about the benefits of these new technologies. Christina Motley, a recent Raleigh transplant, said she thought it was important that conference organizers invited more than the car companies.

“People with either embrace merits of the electric car initiathis new technology, and un- tive, and how to coordinate the derstand how it can fit into implementation of a national their lifestyle, or they won’t buy charging grid to phase out gas these cars, and the electric car stations. According to Katie Michel, will fail,” Motley said. “I think it shows great things for the city a representative for Blink, of Raleigh to have gotten to one of the vehicle charging station comhost this conpanies, they ference. I’m a r e w o r ksure it was up i ng to put against some c a r c h a rgother tough ing stations cities on the in accessible eastern seaareas. Michel board.” said Blink is Some of the currently in companies t a l k s w it h represented Cracker Barare Nissan, rel to include Ford, GE, Siecharging stamens Energy, Christina Motley, Raleigh tions at inLeviton and resident terstate locaUmicore Battions across t e r y Re c ycling. In total, five car manu- the country. “Our philosophy is to put a facturers will showcase their hybrid and electric fleets, and charging station where somedozens of car charging systems one would naturally want to will be showcased. During the stop. When you stop to eat, conference, which ends today, your car can be charging,” companies participated in Michel said. “We also want to workshops centered around include them at places like lielectric vehicle readiness, edu- braries, sports arenas, and othcating younger generations on er major infrastructure areas

“I think it shows great things for the city of Raleigh to have gotten to host this conference.”

The Technician staff is always looking for new members to write, design or take photos. Visit www. for more information.

where people are naturally already resting.” Part of the conference’s public appeal was the July 19 public night where visitors could view the showroom f loor, sit in cars, and speak with companies about specifics for a home charging station. Energy companies were available for discussion about charging for energy usage at night (during off-peak hours) and making their garage charger socket-friendly. John Garrison, a junior in computer science, said this would be one the most interesting parts of the conference. “I’d like to be able to discuss how much my energy company will be charging me to charge my vehicle. Although it might be cheaper than gas, you have to add a charging station, and that won’t pay for itself immediately,” Garrison said. “I’ll also like to know how much these electric vehicles will cost me.”

July 16 1:30 a.m. | Concerning Behavior Off Campus Student was arrested by Wakulla County Sheriff’s Office drug violation from earlier event. Campus Police referred student for drug/paraphernalia violations, larceny, resisting arrest and for student’s welfare. 2:42 a.m. | Suspicious Person Off Campus Report of subject urinating along Hillsborough Street. Officers located non-student. All file checks were negative and subject was warned against such activity and permitted to leave.

July 17 7:12 p.m. | Suspicious Person Jackson Street and Method Road Officer observed non-student pushing bicycle. All file checks were negative. July 18 12:27 a.m. | Suspicious Vehicle College View Ave/Marcom St Officer located and investigated vehicle with partially opened door and found non-student sleeping. All file checks were negative. Subject was warned as to hazards. 9:21 a.m. | Suspicious Person D.H. Hill Library Officer observed subject wanted for laptop left. Subject was arrested and trespassed for larceny. Second non-student was trespassed from N.C. State property.

July 19 2:22 p.m. | Medical Assist Pullen Hall Units responded to student in need of medical assistance. Transport was refused.

Technician was there. You can be too.



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Left: Fred Starkey holds his daughter Connie, a graduate in history, after a fire broke out at the Gorman Crossing apartment complex on Gorman Street Tuesday, July 19, 2011. The fire destroyed Starkey’s apartment, but there were no reports of injuries. Below: Fire marshall Harrington talk to Connie Starkey, alumnus, and her dad while the fire department goes in to look for her cat, Sissy. A few minutes later, the firefighters carried the cat out to her. They advised that Starkey to bring the cat to the vet afterwards.

Fire victim holds on to her threatened companions Story By mark herring | photos By brent kitchen, luis zapata, and patrick easters

N.C. State graduate experienced the angst of losing her home and possibly her pets. Connie Starkey, an N.C. State alumna in history, returned home to the surprise of a fire blazing through her apartment at Gorman Crossing complex. She watched as flames envelop her residence panicking that her pets were stuck inside. Ignoring the orders from fire marshals, Starkey’s friend rushed into the burning complex and rescued her dog,

Titan. However, still inside her burning home were her two cats: Sissy and Lula. While most firemen worked to extinguish the fire that a faulty electric box sparked July 19, a team of firefighters rushed into Starkey’s now destroyed apartment to save the cats. Firemen managed to find Sissy—who was still wet from water sprayed from the fire truck. “I really didn’t expect to see her again,” Starkey said after the firemen rescued Sissy. “They are lifesavers.”

The firemen proceeded to give Sissy oxygen from their gas masks to bring Sissy back to normality. However, in the aftermath of the fire, Starkey lost nearly everything—her home was completely lost. And Lula was missing. The next day, amongst the rubble and ash, many expected to only find despair and remorse. But Starkey found Lula, who returned to her former home. Despite the loss of her residence and possessions, Starkey still has Titan, Sissy and Lula.

Above: Connie Starkey, a 2010 gradute in history, holds her cat, Sissy, while the cat is taken off of a respirator. Right: Starkey sorts through remaining possessions after her apartment was destroyed in a fire the day before. “I salvaged some of my things. Most of my important stuff was upstairs, so it’s all gone,” Starkey said. Starkey is handling the stress with “a lot of sarcasm” at the moment. “I think it will hit harder over the next couple weeks as I realize exactly what I don’t have,” Starkey said. “I’m in a surprisingly good mood today.” Far right: All twelve units in the 3102 building at Gorman Crossing were damaged by the flames, with nine deemed a total loss.



a result of the hard work of the graduate architecture students. “The 12 graduate students are continued from page 1 phenomenal, the design is dewhich will describe their proj- lightful and I think it does what ect, funding needs along with they want it to do—providing a deadline to receive the fund- a place for shade and a stage ing. Rewards are also used to and is something that will be a encourage people to “back” beautiful building in the landscape as well,” Lanou said. “I their project. One unique aspect of this site genuinely like this project and is its “all-or-nothing” funding, what the students have done.” But Lanou also said this meaning that if the fundraising goal isn’t met by its deadline, project has not gone without the project receives none of the several of its own challenges. “The big challenge is always pledged money. According to Randy Lanou, time. You’re trying to condense president of BuildSense and an- a project that you have a subplan review, other project the full deadvisor, there sign process, has been a publ ic a nd lot of comcommunity munity suprev iew a nd port that has approval, been further and getting enhanced by t h e bu i l d the project’s i ng per m it Kickstarter all in about page, which 11 weeks. To allows suppull that off por ters to Randy Lanou, president of requires a ask questions BuildSense and project advisor near miracle,” about t he Lannou said. project and allows organizers to give up- “One of the reasons this is such a great educational experience dates on its progress. “If the tremendous sup- is that rather than doing someport we’ve seen on the Kick- thing theoretical, they are havstarter website and publicly ing to jump through the hoops and with the Durham Central that come along with the conPark Board and local Durham struction process.” According to Cassilly, the community are any indication, it’ll be very well received. When project’s design was one of the you do a project like this—and major reasons why the project we do this kind of work pro- was able to progress so quickly. “We knew [the project] fessionally as well—one that’s delightful but different, they would be really fast track. Nordon’t breed apathy,” Lanou mally site plan approval takes said. “Everyone has a reaction four to six months, and ours to it. But so far the overwhelm- took four to six weeks, which ing reaction to it has been posi- was really good,” Cassilly said. tive, and I expect that to con- “We specifically designed it in a way so it wouldn’t be comtinue.” Lanou said the project has plicated.” The project reached its Kickbeen more than successful as

“So far the overwhelming reaction to it has been positive, and I expect that to continue.”

talleyTHEATRE UNIVERSITY continued from page 3

“I’m sure students in the future will appreciate [the new Talley],” Charles said. “Students now are either indifferent or they hate it.” Although Charles will not be able to reap the full benefits of the new student center, she said she understood that her student fees would go toward the project. If past students had protested paying for building projects, then “nothing would have gotten done.”

GREGG MUSEUM OF ART & DESIGN events are held in Talley. “It’s a long distance to get back to Bowen where I would be staying, or to get back to the parking lot over by Sullivan. Check-in, dining halls, everything—you have to walk around everything,” Hartshorn said. The $120 million project, which Chancellor Woodson said is paid for by student fees, is on schedule, according to Hogan. Sophomore in biological science Melodi Charles will graduate before the project is completed in late 2014.




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Graduate architecture students transport materials for “The Leaf,” a structure designed and built by N.C. State students for Durham Central Park to provide a shaded area that can also serve as a performance area and stage. To save time, the students built a lot of the materials at the University rather than on-s

kickstarter campaign $13,331 Public donations 166 $1

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starter fundraising goal 10 days before its deadline, which is July 23. But Cassilly said the project is far from over, and more support is needed to ensure the project’s long-term success. “One of the things we did to make the approval process go more quickly is we made it so there is no power in this structure—no lighting. We knew that going in and we put a conduit in for later, so when students were done we’d launch a second phase of the project,” Cassilly said. “That’s why we’d really like to surpass our Kickstarter fundraising goal.”


choreography • musicals wardrobe • crafts • jazz WOODWORKING • CHORUS • ACTING • WEAVING • EXHIBITIONS


design • symphony • weaving • painting • comedy Pleasesinging visit us at the Arts NC State table at the Orientation Info Fair! Learnchamber more about auditions, performances, classes crew and exhibitions. music • tech wind ensemble • sculpture DRAMA • MARCHING BAND • DANCE • SET BUILDING • CONCERTS

piano • chorus • pottery

world music • woodworking a cappella • acting • dance


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{Our view}

Student Media will publish the truth The Facts:

The Brick is a student publication highlighting traditions at N.C. State presented to first-year students at New Student Orientation each year. This summer, the Brick unintentionally published a photo of the free expression tunnel that contained a racial slur. It altered the photo before distributing the rest of its copies.

Our Opinion:

The Brick issue brought up the issue of photojournalism ethics. We believe that the Brick made the right decision by altering the photo before redistributing the publication. However, as an objective news source, Technician would not have done the same.



he Brick, publication delivered to freshman at orientation this summer, sparked controversy among students and administration about a particular photo selection. However, there was a different issue presented to Student Media. We were presented with a tangible scenario concerning photojournalism ethics, and as journalists, we take ethics very seriously. In November 2011, the same photo under scrutiny was printed in the Technician. However, someone in Student Media had altered the photo to blur out the racial slur. Brick editors did not know that the photo had been altered, and Technician editors were also unaware. When the photo was reused in the Brick this summer, the

Campus Forum

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Sarah Grantham Senior in Sociology

in your words


If a photo is offensive, should a newspaper alter it before publication? by maria white

Only the offended can say what is offensive Dear Brent, I am responding to your letter about equality, if that’s what you were aiming for, in the Technician. I first would like to say thank you for your opinion about this situation. There are some flaws in what you have written, however. You have titled the article “Dear black community, embrace the hate,” but you really should have entitled it “Dear Dr. Tracy Ray, embrace the hate”. It seems as though the majority of what you have written was directed to Dr. Ray instead of the black community. One thing you failed to acknowledge in the article is that Dr. Ray represents the black community and you did not address it that way but in a way to pick on only Dr. Ray. Towards the rest of the article, I think that the comment, “It is precisely this knee-jerk reaction by both the black community and the administration that is holding back race relations in America and specifically at this University,” is a contradiction to the situation at hand. Basically you are saying the ones who are offended are the ones that are preventing this University from prospering, but that’s not exactly the big fuss of the matter. It’s the ones, as yourself, who want to accept all this hateful messages that are keeping things from progressing. It’s always the people who go against change that cause the most problems. Most times, the ones who cause the hate messages try and get a reaction from people. You mentioned equality at this school but of course the races that are not targeted would feel as though this school would be equal if the black community would accept racism. But what if the script flipped? What if someone wrote something offensive about you, your race, your family or something personal and valuable in your life? Would you accept the same message you sent the black community, to accept the hatefulness? No! You wouldn’t accept disrespect. So I think as long as you are not the one being offended then you cannot suggest for us to just get over the situation easily. Kelvin Carter junior, computer engineer

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for Student Diversity Tracey Ray made the right decision in pulling this publication until the photo was altered. The case is entirely different for Technician. We should have published the photo in November unaltered because any other action goes against our Code of Ethics. Our Code of Ethics states: “The goal of any journalist - whether a reporter, a photojournalist, a designer or an editor - is to seek truth and publish it.” Journalism is an institution of truth. It strives to be objective, factual and honest and present the public with valid and relevant information. The news is supposed to de-


Letters to the editor are the individual opinions of the author and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the Technician staff or N.C. State University. All writers must include their full names and, if applicable, their affiliations, including years and majors for students and professional titles for University emplovayees. For verification purposes, the writers must also include their phone numbers, which will not be published.

After reading Brent Kitchen’s editorial, I am not sure what I found most disconcerting: the author’s social ignorance or his failure to see the implications of the issue at hand. In protesting the publication of an offensive photograph, Dr. Tracey Ray did not choose to inhibit freedom of speech. She chose to take a stand against hatred and racism. The photo containing the image of this racial slur was to be included in a publication that, according to Kitchen, is intended to “introduce students to the traditions at State.” Racism is not, and should never be, advertised as part of N.C. State’s legacy and tradition. As an N.C. State student, I would be ashamed and disgusted to be portrayed as a supporter of inequality and racial oppression. I’m sure that I am not alone. Furthermore, it is ridiculous to suggest that the refusal to accommodate racial injustice and intolerance hinders race relations within our country and our university. If all injustices were simply accepted, where would we be today? Crucial social movements within the United States, including, but not limited to, the Civil Rights movement and the Women’s Rights movement, would never have occurred unless disadvantaged groups refused to “embrace the hate.” I would recommend that Mr. Kitchen spend a day in the shoes of one of his African-American peers. Maybe then Dr. Ray’s reaction would seem less “insane.”

editors failed to notice the racial slur, which was not the subject of the photo. The photo depicted two individuals wearing Guy Fawkes masks painting in the tunnel on November 5, 2010. Many at the Brick said that they would have not published the picture had they noticed the slur. At Student Media, our conclusion was the exact opposite. This is because Technician is a news source and the Brick is a different type of publication it is promotional by nature and advertises for the University. As a representative of the University, the depiction of a racial slur in the Brick is inappropriate and Assistant Vice Provost

pict reality for its readers. Altering the image or choosing to hold it because it may be offensive goes against everything journalists attempt to do. The reality at N.C. State may not always be pretty, but it is the truth. As journalists we must publish what will best illustrate our stories, and more than that, we must make sure that what we are presenting is true. Our job is to document reality. We don’t intend to promote the ideas represented by what we report. We merely report the world before us. It is the job of the community to interpret what we report and take appropriate action. This is why the Brick and Dr. Ray’s measures were appropriate, but for the purposes of our publication, we cannot say that we would have done the same.



Letter to the Editor: Refusing to “Embrace the Hate”

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.

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Perhaps no two print sources are exactly alike when it comes to appropriate content...

“No because news is news. If you want accurate information then I would not change it.” Nathan Hawell senior, fisheries and wildlife science

Matthew Clark, junior in arts applications

Brick pulled, racial slur loses power


would like begin this response by stating that this will be based on my personal opinions and beliefs. It is impossible for me to share the thoughts of an entire race. Writing a letter targeted towards an entire commuCordera nity proves Guion t he fact Guest Columnist that there Editor-in-Chief, might be a Nubian Message high level of ig no rance on this campus if one believes that all people of the same race think and act the same way. As far as “The Brick” incident is concerned, I feel that New Student Orientation made the right decision to pull copies of the publication in order to encourage the student editors of “The Brick” to make alterations where they were needed. Even though I am a part of Student Media and realize that the First Amendment right is important, fellow staff members also must realize that the project was a joint effort with various organizations whose main intent was to highlight the best of the University. In the initial student/administrator meeting to discuss this situation, many of the student attendees mentioned that they would not have put this picture in the

publication if they realized there was a racial slur at the top. It has been stated by many people that it is an unethical decision to alter a picture, unless it is altered with a cropping tool. It must also be stated that if you look in the code of ethics for Student Media you will see that media outlets are not encouraged to use profanity, obscene language nor racial slurs. To my knowledge, since day one the standard at this institution is that everyone is welcome no matter their race, gender or sexual orientation. Allowing such a photo to run in a publication is a direct contradiction of words listed in the Student Media Code of Ethics, as well as of the morals and values set by the University. It is no longer viewed as just a student publication when you decide to place this in New Student Orientation packets. You say that you are protecting the First Amendment rights of the students and faculty of this University, but you are guilty of the same censorship when you try to discourage students from speaking out against this issue, because it makes you uncomfortable to realize that race is still an issue in this country. I believe that some students who don’t recognize the importance of this issue would more than likely agree with the statement included in last week’s Technician by Jonathan Miller who stated, “Personally it doesn’t offend me, so I don’t really worry about it.” If someone went into the Free Expression Tunnel and wrote

offensive language towards America, would they have the same reaction? I would predict that they would. The reason this is not a big issue to the majority of the campus is because for the most part, the majority of the students here have not been targeted nor have had racial slurs directed at them in a public place such as the tunnel. Many students say that they do not agree with the offensive language in the tunnel, but yet they decide to stay silent about the issue and hope that we push it back under the rug. We also continue to say that these are just words, but no matter what you choose to believe, words can be very dangerous. If we are going to get rid of the problem this has to be a united effort. You don’t have to be a member of the African American community in order to educate others about aspects of the community. I will not continue to let this word have power. When people write this on the wall, they do not put their name next to it, so they are hardly a threat. However, these people must realize that we earned the right to be here and that we will stay here, so they should get used to that as well.   S e n d C ord e ra yo u r thoughts on “The Brick” to

Editor-in-Chief Mark Herring

News Editor Brooke Wallig

Sports Editor R. Cory Smith

Design Editor Leanna Osisek

Advertising Manager Andrea Mason

Managing Editor

Features Editor

Photo Editor Brent Kitchen

Viewpoint Editor Anokhi Shah

“It depends on the situation. With very graphic topics, such as rape or war, the image should be altered so that the victim’s identity will be concealed.” Tahiti Choudhury junior, biology

“I think that if it is offensive to many people they should alter it. When people are offended they can cause violence and this is not something we value on campus.” Ahmed Farawi sophomore, biomedical engineering

“The most important thing is for the article to present the truth. If the picture can be informative it should be presented as unaltered.” Lola Okanlawah junior, biology

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Bellybutton provides refuge for bacteria, interest for research The Bellybutton Biodiversity team studies the hundreds of bacteria strains that live on us daily. Mark Herring Editor-in-Chief


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Everyone, even the most ardent of “germophobes,” have hundreds of bacteria teaming on their bodies—eating products secreted by pores and other microbes. But according to the Bellybutton Biodiversity research team of the biology department, this is not bad or gross, but actually normal and healthy. “It has taken some time for a lot of people to actually understand how vast of an environment our bodies are for bacteria,” Jiri Hulcr, postdoctoral researcher in biology, said. “I was even surprised at first.” Stemming from previous research on the biodiversity of bacteria that grows on insects and an idea to do biologyeducation community outreach, the bellybutton project

started in January and has grown in popularity. “A lot of people take interest in their bellybuttons—they have a really funny, timid relationship with it,” Hulcr said. “So what we do is take samples of their bellybuttons with q-tips, then we put that in a biological buffer, spread that buffer on media dish and then let the bacteria culture.” The researchers have tested over 1,500 people and of the first 95 have sequenced the DNA of the cultured bacteria. “We have fou nd 1,40 0 unique strains of bacteria in this sequencing,” Hulcr said. “I was taken aback at first. But it makes sense. We have a lot of skin. We ooze a lot of things that bacteria feast on.” And it’s good for us. Hulcr said if not, we would be overrun with our own skin secretions. “These bacteria clean up all the stuff we produce on our skin,” Hulcr said. “Also, they keep each other in check. A diverse community of bacteria makes us safer and less prone to

Bellybutton biodiversity research Breakdown: - 1400 unique strands of bacteria have been sequenced, 660 of which are unidentifiable - Most common bacteria on the human epidermis: Corynebacteria and Actinobacteria. “These are very diverse with many strains,” Jiri Hulcr, postdoctoral researcher in biology, said. - To promote healthy skin, avoid the overuse of antibacterial soaps and products. - Over 1,500 people have been sampled. Source: Jiri hulcr`

infection.” The skin is an ecosystem, and like the macro-biomes we are familiar with, diversity ensures balance. “If one bacteria dominates, then the immune system is prone to infection and the likelihood of a bad bacteria taking over is increased,” Hulcr said. “If you do something to your immune system, then you get the weedy kinds to grow, causing infection. You can also get yeasts growing on your skin— which is not pleasant.” More bacteria is actually

better than very little, Hulcr said. However, not all bacteria is benign. “Are some of these bacteria pathogens? Absolutely. The reason why they are not eating us alive is due to this diversity,” Hulcr said. Nina Rountree, recent graduate in biological sciences and biochemistry, said the biodiversity issue is comparable to hunting season. “You don’t want to kill off all the deer in a forest,” Rountree said. “You wouldn’t want to do the same with bacteria on your body. It’s all about symbiosis.” Hulcr and Rountree said the purpose of their research is not to only document and study the bacteria growing on the human body, but also to educate the importance of bacteria to human health. “We have a very bad image of bacteria,” Rountree said. “Gross—germs. Sure, bacteria is not a desirable thing, but we shouldn’t go on a bacteria tirade.” This brings up a point Rob Dunn, assistant professor in biology, wrote a b out i n Scientific American, a natural sciences magazine. Dunn is also involved in the Bellybutton Biodiversity project. According to Dunn’s research, antibiotic wipes and hand sanitizer gels are harmful to bacterial biodiversity. “T he rea l ly i nt r ig u i ng news — a k i nd of brea kthrough—is that the main compounds in antibiotic wipes, creams and soaps, triclosan and or the chemically similar

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Nina Rountree, 2011 graduate in biological sciences and biochemistry, takes photographs of the bacteria that grow in people’s bellybuttons July 7. The research aims to better understand the symbiotic relationship between humans and the organisms that live on them.

triclocarban, have also been wiping out bacteria colonies sprinkled around our lives with antibiotics can cause an more generally,” Dunn wrote. imbalance, according to Dunn. Bacteria multiple very quickHis article in Scientif ic American cites the danger of ly and with that comes frequent the overuse of antibacterial gene mutation, Hulcr said. The bacteria that live through the attitudes. antibiotic hoRountree locaust surpointed out vive to reprotwo types of duce, “a nd bacteria— they become natives and resistant to tourists. The us.” natives, acInstead c ord i ng to of dou si ng Rountree, are oneself with harmless. The Jiri Hulcr, postdoctoral antibacterial tourists, howresearcher in biology soaps and usever, can be ing antibiotic troublesome. “What is desirable products, Hulcr said to stay kill the tourists who have just clean but not to over worry. “We’ve been living with these turned up but not yet established, or at least the danger- microbes for the thousands of ous among those newly arrived years we’ve been around,” Hulspecies,” Dunn wrote. “Kill the cr said. “We’ve survived and we tourists is a reasonable hand are doing well with them. We do need them, so we shouldn’t washing motto.” Kill the tourists but keep eradicate them all.” the natives—that is possible through hand washing, but

“We have a lot of skin. We ooze a lot of things that bacteria feast on.”

JP Morgan Chase pays up for illegal actions JP Morgan Chase pays settlement for bid-rigging actions to N.C. State and others

one of obtaining information that was supposed to be held secret during the bidding process. By obtaining information on what their competitors were bidding, JP Morgan Chase was Young Lee able to bid just high enough to Correspondent  win the right to manage the According to a statement bonds but not as high as they released by the North Caro- would have bid had they not lina Department of Justice, known what their competitors N.C. State, Wake County and were bidding. This is a particularly serious Charlotte will collectively receive $126,326 from JP Mor- offense because as Attorney gan Chase as part of a settle- General Roy Cooper said in a written statement for its ment, “At a bid-rigging t i me w he n actions dure ve r y d o ling a period la r cou nt s, of time spanthis scheme n i ng f rom unfairly kept the late 1990s money from to 2005.  N.C. local governState became me nt s a nd involved in schools.”  this incident Bid rigging because the is both unUniversity law f u l a nd has a conunethical actract under cording to the a municipal Roy Cooper, attorney general N.C. Judge asbond t hat sociation of was managed judicial judges, but JP Morgan by JP Morgan Chase.   JP Morgan Chase cheated to Chase is voluntarily coming win the right to manage the forth to settle the issue. However, the bond issue reNorth Carolina municipal bond at a low financial cost lating to N.C. State is just one during what was supposed to of nearly 100 cases of rigging be a competitive bidding pro- municipal bond auctions. To settle this incident JP cess. As economics professor Douglas Pearce explains, the Morgan owes money to the type of bid rigging that JP Mor- Securities and Exchange Comgan Chase has admitted to is mission, the Office of Comp-

“At a time when every dollar counts, this scheme unfairly kept money from local governments and schools.”

troller of Currency, the Internal Revenue Service and various municipalities of which the $126,326 for N.C. State, Wake County and Charlotte is just a small part. In total, JP Morgan Chase will pay $228 million. However Pearce said this is still a relatively small incident for big organizations like JP Morgan Chase. In fact, according to the Wall Street Journal, the investigation on JP Morgan Chase’s anti-competitive activity focused on “a small desk that was discontinued.”  Despite the seriousness of the bid rigging actions JP Morgan Chase was involved in, this incident will not likely cause great harm to company’s future ventures. While N.C. State and others involved in this matter will receive this money, according to Provost Arden’s Executive Assistant Sarah Cohen, the N.C. Department of Justice is still handling the money. According N.C. Depart of Justice Public Information Officer Noelle Talley, as of July 15th, “the exact amount of money that Wake County, N.C. State and Charlotte will receive is still being determined.” For now it seems all parties involved will have to wait just a little longer for this matter to be resolved.


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A new era for the Last Frontier The future of space

travel 2011 Commissioning of the MultiPurpose Crew vehicle for the future of deep space exploration.

2015 New shuttle designed by United States for lower Earth orbits and the Internatonal Space Station.

2020 Earliest International Space Station retirement date

2025 Humans on a near-Earth asteroid with Multi-Purpose Control Vehicle.

MID 2030s Human on Mars with MultiPurpose Control Vehicle

The end of the shuttle program does not mark the end of U.S. space exploration. Andrew Branch Staff Writer

U.S. astronaut Sandy Magnus wiped away tears as she and the Atlantis crew prepared to depart the International Space Station for the last time. “What a generation can accomplish is a great thing,” shuttle commander Chris Ferguson said Tuesday after undocking from the space station. “It’s got a right to stand back and for just a moment admire and take pride in its work.” It can’t stand still long, however, because with the shuttle hopefully landing safely at Kennedy Space Center around 6 a.m. Thursday, NASA and its N.C. State partners in space exploration are turning their focus to going further than ever. According to NASA spokesperson Kelly Humphries, Congress and the Bush administration in 2004 decided that once the ISS was completed, it was time for a change. “We had done a lot of things with the space shuttle, but it was a dangerous vehicle to fly in some ways because of the way it was designed and it was ready to be retired,” Humphries said. The decision wasn’t popular with some, with former Johnson Space Center Director George Abbey pointing out the shuttle’s vastly superior cargo capacity and its sole ability to carry large pieces of the ISS in the event of large-scale repairs. “If you stop the shuttle you are really severely impacting not only our ability to take Americans and people into orbit, but also you are making it

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difficult to support logistically the space station,” Abbey said. “We certainly will miss the capabilities of the space shuttle to bring large pieces of cargo to the International Space Station,” Humphries responded, “but we believe we have a plan in place that will allow us to sustain the station for the remainder of its life.” That plan includes, according to N.C. Space Grant director Chris Brown, buying seats on the smaller Russian Soyuz and back in the U.S., using competing private companies to develop a replacement shuttle system that reduces cost as well as sending cargo-only flights in the meantime. Fred DeJarnette, mechanical and aerospace engineering professor, said the new lower earth orbit system will be two vehicles. “They would have a separate launch with the materials and supplies and that vehicle doesn’t have to be built from a safety point of view as much as the second that would be carrying astronauts,” DeJarnette said. Kirsten Grantham, spokesman for SpaceX, the farthest


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The multi-purpose crew vehicle NASA has created. NASA hopes to eventually send humans on this vehicle to an asteroid and Mars by the mid 2030s once adaptations are completed.

along in the competition, said NASA made the right decision to encourage competition. “With many companies competing for these contracts, the companies will have to compete on capability, reliability, and on affordability,” Grantham said. “And that means a better deal for the U.S. tax payers.” SpaceX claims its Dragon crew vehicle will be well under a third of the cost of the shuttle and has created a rocket it claims can carry twice the paycourtesy of spacex load at 1/3 the cost of the closest SpaceX’s Dragon is currently a cargo-only capsule, but they are counterpart. Blue Origin, an- working to adapt it to carry astronauts. other competitor, hopes to create a spacecraft that can reuse activities like a shuttle,” Ab- leader. “Astronauts on a misboosters to further reduce cost. bey said. “So it really has a lot sion to Mars will have around Abbey said he remained of limitations, and it doesn’t 10 months of microgravity exgive you any real capability posure in transit each way,” skeptical. Humans will also need life“Design and development that would even compare to a support systems to sustain always ends up taking more space shuttle.” NASA, however, along with life on long-term missions. money and takes more time than you predicted that it many at N.C. State, hopes the Imara Perera and her team of MPCV will be 10 times safer researchers, including underwould take,” Abbey said. If commercial plans live up to than the shuttle and Univer- graduates, have an experiment the hype, it will come in handy sity researchers are working to on the ISS researching affects of since the struggling Federal develop technology necessary microgravity on plant growth government cut NASA’s bud- to sustain life on long missions. at the molecular level—essenDeJarnette is working on new tial to being able to grow plants get recently by more than $1.6 thermal technology to protect in space in the future. billion, according to Brown. “Mars has an atmosphere While companies compete the MPCV when it reenters f r o m d e e p but it is carbon dioxide but at a for interests space at more much lower pressure than what i n N A S A’s than 25,000 we experience here on earth,” lower earth DeJarnette said, “so it would mph. orbit endeav“The new take some adjustments for or s , NA SA humans in various cases and technoland its N.C. o g y wou l d would need to have a signifiState partners prov ide for cant amount of life support sysare looking greater ther- tem that they take with them.” to create a Astronauts on Mars will also mal protecnew vehicle t i o n a n d need water. As part of an aeroa nd rocket higher struc- space and textile engineering that can go tural loads as senior capstone research projwell beyond well as lighter ect headed by Warren Jasper Earth’s orbit. material,” De- that took on the challenges of AccordJarnette said. living on Mars with radiation ing to and meteorites, the existing Another Humphries, Kelly Humphries, problem fac- Sabatier reactor—which uses President NASA spokesperson ing astronauts carbon dioxide and hydrogen Barack is their loss of to make water and methane— Obama’s efforts are focused on sending three percent of their bone was redesigned the nickel catahumans to a near earth asteroid mass each month in micrograv- lyst to allow the reactor to be and eventually Mars in the next ity—something they will never smaller and more portable for 30 years. NASA and its partners fully recover, according to the a long mission. While the team did not win are hard at work building the N.C. State news release. A team Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle with the Joint Department of the contest they entered, Jasper (MPCV) and Space Launch Biomedical Engineering with said it was profitable. “We made some contacts System (SLS), a vehicle and UNC Chapel Hill just sent 30 rocket system that can be used mice to ISS to look at the affect with NASA which was more not only with the ISS, but for of microgravity on bone mass important for me,” Jasper said. “They were kind of intrigued at the molecular level. taking humans to deep space. “The gravity on mars is 0.36 with the idea. Abbey criticized the Apollog (36% that of Earth’s),” said like capsule as backtracking. “It can’t do extravehicular Dr. Ted Bateman, the team’s

“We certainly will miss the capabilities of the space shuttle to bring large pieces of cargo to the International Space Station.”

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playing with the team. The common theme between all of these violations: one player started each one of them. Mar vin Austin of UNC tweeted about his excursions with agents, Cam Newton had a greedy father who was getting paid while he played for Auburn, Terrell Pryor was getting inked up and driving around several expensive whips before he and his coach left Ohio State and Georgia Tech had one player, Demaryus Thomas, received $312 worth of clothing that turned into a $100,000 fine, amongst other penalties. With all of this in mind, Graham’s comments meant much more than just to say that N.C.

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long recruiting trip for the coach that will continue once again in the coming weeks. Recruiting may be one of Gottfried’s focal points right now, but he also said that having talent at every position is not the only thing that a team needs to make it to the NCAA tournament. Scheduling the right opponents to earn a strong RPI is also a valuable component to a nationally ranked team. “At the end of the day, the

State plays as a team, but they to play. This is all thanks to a also know that one person vio- compliance department that lating NCAA rules can mean has ranked at the top nationthe demolition of an entire ally consistently in the last few years. A weak compliance program. department While the can lead to Pack have problems in not been on the program stages such and an NCAA a s pl a y i n g investigation. for the ACC For examchampionple, the comship or a napliance detional title, it partment and was a comhonor court petitive team at UNC did this past year, not pay close finishing 9-4 T.J. Graham, enough attenafter winning junior wide receiver tion to footthe Champs ba l l player Sports Bowl. And it was able to do all of Michael McAdoo’s plagiarism, this while staying clean and which led to his dismissal from keeping their noses out of the team. With the knowledge instilled deals with agents or being paid

“Selfish acts like the ones that happened at UNC don’t happen here because we are a team.”

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in players like Graham and other student-athletes that the compliance department is watching over them every move they make, they know that they are a team that should not make the same mistakes that several other college programs have made over the past year. Overall, one thing that the University’s compliance department should keep in mind is that one misstep can lead to a tragic fall for an entire program. Last year around this time, Auburn had one of the highest ranked compliance departments in the South Eastern Conference. This year – they are last.

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goal is to put yourself in position to be in the NCAA Tournament, every year,” Gottfried said. “You may not be good enough in certain years sometimes, but if your team can end up playing well and you get in a position what you don’t want to happen is that your schedule keep you out. We don’t want that to happen.” While Gottfried clearly believes that the Pack has a long battle to get to the top of the ACC, he has the players to compete in the conference this year. Players like Brown, Leslie and senior guard C.J. Williams continue to make progress in


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summer league basketball games and other players are transforming their games by changing their lifestyle. Richard Howell, a junior forward, weighed 271 pounds when he first met Gottfried. The Georgia native has already cut down to 250 pounds and continues to impress his new coach. “He looks different,” Gottfried said. “He has gained selfdiscipline.” Gottfried knows that the future of the program lies in the recruits that he is able to bring in for upcoming seasons, but he said in order to answer all of

the questions that fans have for him he will have to keep the players at the school and change their mindset to a winning personality. “The players returning want to win, and they want somebody to help them get where they want to go, which is the NCAA Tournament,” Gottfried said. “What our staff has tried to do is make sure we spend a lot of time with our players and get to know them better. That was something we tried to as a staff.”


John Gianis runs to second base in the game against UNC Wilmington on April 13, 2011. The Wolfpack lost 9-1 in this nonconference game.

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of the MLB June Amateur draft by the Angels and has chosen to participate in the league to continue progressing while working out a contract and making the decision about whether he will return to the Pack or play for the Angels. For now, Gianis plays in the outfield for the Chatham Anglers. Overman said getting the chance to face players like

Gianis was fun “I got to face Gianis the other night,” Overman said. “That was really fun. I get to face those guys during batting practice and stuff like that, but facing him during a game was completely different. It’s things like that which make this a completely different experience than what I’m going to get anywhere else.”


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• 44 days until the football team’s season opener against Liberty.

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• Page 7: A continuation of the story about men’s basketball coach Mark Gottfried’s press conference.


men’s basketball

Gottfried ready for rebuilding

Tight end nominated for Good Works Team Wolfpack junior tight end Asa Watson was announced as a nominee for the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team on Tuesday. The Rock Hill, S.C., native also received the ACC’s Top Six for Service award earlier in the month and participated in a clothing drive for the homeless last year. The award is in its 20th year and is awarded to a player who volunteers and contributes in community service. The athletes named to the 2011 team will be announced in late September. SOURCE: N.C. STATE ATHLETICS

Lewis transfers to Oak Hill 2012 commit Tyler Lewis has decided that he will transfer to Oak Hill Academy for his senior season. The Academy has produced several NBA players, such as Ty Lawson, Brandon Jennings and Rajon Rondo, just to name a few. The point guard transferred after averaging 27.2 points and 7.4 assists last season for Forsyth Country Day in Lewisville, N.C. Lewis leaves the school as the career leading scorer with 1,927 points. SOURCE: NEWS AND OBSERVER

Cole named to Butkus watch list 6-foot-5, 239-lb. redshirt senior linebacker Audie Cole was moved to the middle linebacker position this spring. Linebackers coach Jon Tenuta has always put his smartest linebacker in the middle position and appears that the Butkus award watch list has noticed Cole’s play as well. It was announced last Thursday that the Monroe, Michigan native would be on the 2011 watch list for the Butkus award. Semi-finalists for the award will be named Oct. 24, finalists on Nov. 22 and the winners will be notified on Dec. 7. SOURCE: N.C. STATE ATHLETICS

Men’s basketball coach feels the program has a ‘long way to go.’

and recruit players who fit into the system. Thus far, Gottfried has been able to do both since his hire. With players like Ryan Harrow leavR. Cory Smith ing the school, the Pack was left slim Sports Editor at the point guard position. Luckily, When Mark Gottfried first took Gottfried was able to find a player who the job of men’s basketball coach for is able to distribute and averaged 13.3 the Wolfpack, a lot of questions were points for Cal State Bakersfield. Alex Johnson might not be the starter asked -- by fans and players. “Guys want to know how they for the 2011-12 season, but having depth are going to fit in and they want to at the point guard position will be crubelieve that we can win,” Gottfried cial for Gottfried and co. in the ACC. “After Ryan [Harrow] left, we felt said. “That was our job with these the need to get another ball handling guys. We’ll see how it works out.” Gottfried took on a job that had guard,” Gottfried said. “We wanted to a lot of good players, such as for- find a player that had graduated with ward C.J. Leslie and guard Lorenzo the rules the way they are. He’s a great Brown, but they were not able to put young guy, he’s a college graduate, he’s it together last season and finished got maturity. He’s quick, he shoots it with a disappointing losing record well and he’s got good leadership skills.” Thomas de Thaey, behind Sidney a 6’8” 235 lb. power Lowe. forward will also be Even with all of joining the Pack. The the players on the c om m it ave r a ge d roster having po18.4 points and 6.8 tential, the former rebounds per game Alabama coach bethis past season for lieves that the team the Belgium under-20 will still be looking national team. up at teams like “Both guys, ThomUNC-Chapel Hill as [De Thaey] and and Duke this upAlex Johnson, both coming season. can contribute this “The way I get Mark Gottfried, year,” Gottfried said. it, we were 5-11 in men’s basketball head coach “Thomas is a 20-yearthe ACC and 10th old freshman. He’s a overall. Long way to go,” Gottfried said. “We’re at the physical guy who can really shoot it. bottom of the mountain looking up We’re excited about him. Thomas had in my opinion. And that’s okay to a lot of options, we were excited to get be there. That’s where we are now. him. He can be a contributor.” While he does not believe the 2011-12 When I say it’s a long way to go and our guys have taken some positive season will have any incoming freshsteps, I’m not just talking about a man coming in that immediately jump off of the page with their stats or size, guy’s ability to make a foul shot. “I’m talking about a mindset that the future looks bright. Two high profile recruits have already they begin to understand day in and day out what it takes to be success- committed to the Pack in four-star point guard Tyler Lewis and five-star ful.” The first step many coaches take to shooting guard Torian Graham. Lewis change the perception of the Univer- has decided to transfer to Oak Hill for sity to outsiders is to recruit heavily his senior season to hone his skills at

“Guys want to know how they are going to fit in and they want to believe that we can win.”

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Mark Gottfried speaks at the summer basketball press conference held on Tuesday. Gottfried addressed concerns over recruiting, the strength of the ACC and the team’s chances next season.

the point position and Graham will continue with Word of God Christian Academy. Many coaches would be content with two standout players at the guard positions, but Gottfried knows that it will take a lot more high profile recruits to compete with the talent in the triangle. “Obviously we’re not allowed to talk


Pack blossoming in summer leagues Well done,


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“At the end of the day, the goal is to put yourself in position to be in the NCAA Tournament, every year.” Mark Gottfried, men’s basketball head coach

Did You know? Former quarterback Russell Wilson was named to the preseason watch list for the Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award. The award is given to college football’s best quarterback. Other nominees include Andrew Luck of Stanford, Kellen Moore of Boise State and Case Keenum of Houston.

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Overman, Mathews and Gianis use summer ball to improve.

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about those players that we are recruiting,” Gottfried said. “But it’s a high priority for us to recruit great players who are great people that fit into N.C. State.” N.C. State Athletics held the press conference immediately following a

Summer league baseball is a place where collegiate players can hone their skills and play against some of the best amateur players in the country. Ryan Mathews, a rising redshirt senior, has done just that during his time roaming the outfield for the Wilson Tobs of the Coastal Plain League. The Orlando, Fla. native played well enough so far to be named a starter for the All-Star game. “The experience has been awesome alex sanchez/Technician archive photo thus far,” Mathews said. “I was chosen as a starter for the All-Star game, Sophomore pitcher Chris Overman delivers a pitch on Doak Field in the game which shows that I’ve had a good sum- against ECU April 5. Overman struck out 4 and allowed 2 hits in 2.1 innings. The Wolfpack won 4-2. mer, I guess.” The Cape Cod League is often reMathews summer has been a stellar the Coastal Plain League has helped him one as he has compiled a .300 batting to gain confidence that he hopes will earn ferred to as the highest level of colaverage, 27 RBIs, eight steals and his him a starting role this upcoming season. legiate summer baseball because of 11 home runs led the league before Chris Overman, a junior reliever, on the the level of players that are invited the All-Star game. Mathews also had other hand has been attempting to move to play in the league. While the players might be some of the best in the a 13-game hitting streak at the begin- to a different position this year. The junior earned the role of a late-in- nation, Overman said the fields are ning of the season that helped him earn a starting role after hitting a .408 ning reliever or shut down closer this past nothing special compared to the staseason, but says he hopes that he will be diums he plays at in the ACC. average. “Where we play After being named an All-Star start- able to earn a spot as a at in the ACC is a er for the National team, Mathews starter during the 2012 stadium that can be was also given a chance to partici- season. filled with 4,000“When I came down pate in the home run derby. Unlike plus fans on any the normal format of the MLB home here I really wanted g iven weekend,” run derby, the CPL home run derby to command a fourth Overma n sa id. consisted of 16 participants who went pitch,” Overman said. “Here in the Cape through three rounds in which every “I really wanted to get League it’s typically home run hit rolled over to the next command of a chana lot of families and round. Mathews finished in 3rd, com- geup and try to get a scouts that come out ing just one home run short of mak- feel for that. I started a to watch you play. couple of games in my ing it to the finals. It’s a really cool atWhile the experience for him is freshman year and I mosphere and it valuable, Mathews said he hopes that guess, well, I hope that’s Ryan Mathews, kind of puts me in his numbers in the summer league what they want me to rising redshirt senior outfielder a relaxed mood and will continue during the regular sea- do this year. lets me think about “So there is definitely son in the Spring with the Wolfpack. “I really hope that my numbers here a lot of potential there. I think they are just the game of baseball.” Overman got the chance to face translate a lot,” Mathews said. “I’ve going to want to gear the fall towards me another State player while playing in been glad to get a lot of at-bats during stepping into a starting role.” Overman has compiled a staggering the Cape Cod League when he pitched my time here and really hope that I get that opportunity in school as well. 0.52 ERA through 21 1/3 innings over to senior outfielder John Gianis this Hopefully I can come back and really the course of 14 appearances and has al- past week. Gianis was chosen in the 26th round help the Pack get where we want to be lowed just six hits while striking out 20 batters for the Harwich Mariners of the next year.” Mathews said that his time spent in Cape Cod League. summer continued page 7

“Hopefully I can come back and really help the Pack get where we want to be next year.”

Someone once infamously said, “If you ain’t cheating, you ain’t trying.” In recent years, this quote has surfaced in sports such as stock car racing and major league baseball, but this year it can translate to several issues in college football. A few weeks ago, I sat down with seR. Cory Smith nior wide receiver Sports Editor T.J. Graham to discuss social media rules at N.C. State and how the University’s compliance department deals with the players. During this interview, Graham disclosed his own personal opinion about why the Wolfpack don’t seem to have as many problems as some of the other programs nationwide. “Selfish acts like the ones that happened at UNC don’t happen here because we are a team,” Graham said. “And we know that one person can take down a program.” While this statement was clearly targeted towards UNC-Chapel Hill, the statement rings true for several other programs, football and basketball, that have taken a tumble over the course of this past year. For starters, The University of Southern California Trojans probably took the biggest hit thus far when it was discovered that Reggie Bush, a starting running back, was receiving improper benefits. The Bush investigation led to the stripping of his Heisman Trophy, the team’s BCS National Championship from 2004 and a two-year ban of bowl games proactive to the penalties. Since this retribution was handed down, several other BCS schools have been under investigation including: UNC, Auburn and Ohio State. Most recently, Georgia Tech has been stripped of its 2010 ACC title and put on two years of probation for having an illegible player

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