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NINERTIMES November 3, 2011


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UNC Charlotte junior Jenny Salgado joined an exclusive list of only 12 national recipients for a scholarship that stems from President Barack Obama’s Nobel Peace Prize money, which he won in 2009. Obama made a $125,000 donation to the Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF) shortly after winning the prize, and they decided to invest it in scholarships for students in the science, technology, engineering and math fields. The HSF is among 10 charities that Obama donated all of his $1.4 million cash award to. Other charities benefiting from donations include the United Negro College Fund, the Appalachian Leadership and Education Foundation and the Clinton-Bush Haiti Fund. In a statement released by the White House in March 2010, shortly after he divided the money between the 10 charities, Obama said, “These organizations do extraordinary work in the United States and abroad helping students, veterans and countless others in need. I’m proud to support their work.” This is the second class of 12 participants, of which Salgado is the only student from the Carolinas. She has received $2,500 of the money already and will receive the same amount for her senior year as long as her GPA stays above 3.0. Salgado, vice president of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE), applied for a scholarship from the HSF and OBAMA p.4

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When the recession hit in late 2007 and early 2008, UNC Charlotte administration knew they had to pull together to devise a plan to get the university through the recession in one piece. The plan involved coordination with the various colleges in the university, and appropriation of government and student funds. According to Beth Hardin, the vice

chancellor for Business Affairs, the plan has been successful. “We knew in 2008 that this year was going to be the worst year because we knew this was going to be the year that the federal government took the stimulus money out of the states. We created a plan in 2009 to get us through the recession, we hoped, and it largely has,” said Hardin. Out of all universities in the UNC system, UNC Charlotte was the second most cut university with a cut of 16.3 percent, second to UNC Chapel Hill. However, UNC

Chapel Hill received a donation from UNC Healthcare for $20 million, making UNC Charlotte the university with the most cuts proportionally, according to Hardin. An estimated total budget of $599.8 million for the current school year, which is significantly less than the $631.2 million from last fiscal year, has caused the university to make cutbacks in many areas. Out of the total budget only $303 million comes from state appropriations and student fees this year, and this money is what funds academics. The general fund, which is what comes from state appropriations and student fees, cannot be used to fund housing, food, the Student Union fee, the Barnes and Noble bookstore, etc. This idea of not just having one bank account that pays for everything is something that Hardin says most people don’t understand, even the new legislature members that were added in the past election. “General funds dollars have lots of restrictions on them. We can’t just say, ‘Oh we’ll take some of this $300 million over here and we’ll go feed this engine. Now, by the way, this is not something that is commonly understood,” said Hardin. “There are a lot of legislators to who this was new information because they were recently elected people. They thought well we can’t just take the money from the bookstore, money from apartments, money from whatever and go pay the English department. You can’t do it for a host of reasons.” One reason for this restriction is the need to make sure students are not paying for more than just the items that they are purchasing, such as books from the bookBUDGET p.5

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Do we deal with courage on a regular basis? Do we understand when we

Touring Shakespeare:

are being brave, or more importantly do we understand when others are?





Five actors, three shows, one week. Actors from the London Stage will perform William Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” for three consecutive days as part of a weeklong residency at UNC Charlotte. p. 7

The Multicultural Resource Center (MRC) will hold a poverty simulation in Student Union multipurpose room 340 Friday, Nov. 4, 2011, beginning at 1:30 p.m. “This simulation is designed to expose participants not only to the reality of poverty in our community, but will provide an insight into the complex world of government services and commercial enterprises that impact the poverty circle,” according to their website. The room will be set up with tables with volunteers and faculty members representing different government entities. As each student arrives, he or she will be assigned to a certain family. The activities of that participant will vary during the simulation based on what member of a given family they are. “You may have a single father with four children who is unemployed or a mother who is responsible for very young children and must make sure they are taken care of,” said Vidal Dickerson, director of the MRC. “The families will have to complete the simulation having to maintain their responsibilities, meaning if they’re the children they have to go to school and if they’re unemployed they need to go to the unemployment office.” The simulation is broken into four “months” which last 15 minutes each. POVERTY p.3





Police Blotter LARCENY Oct. 21

Belk Track, property removed that was unsecure.

Oct. 26

Charlotte Research Institute, parking permit removed from unsecured vehicle.


Car window busted out.

Oct. 26

College of Health and Human Services, graffiti drawn on bathroom wall.


West Deck, unknown subject removed vehicle without permission.


Cone Deck, unknown subject paid parking fees with counterfeit $10.


Moore Hall, unsecure room entered and property removed.


Craver Rd., unwanted sexual advances both physically and verbally.



POVERTY from p.1 Students who attend school will be taught a lesson for a month and students who need to file unemployment need to wait in line and file for it during that time, said Dickerson. “The event is designed through a very specific diagram to allow families to pursue agendas over the months.” At the end of the hour, participants will process the pieces of what they’ve learned, including what strategies they used to get through the simulation. “Believe it or not, some families resort to crime and we have a simulated role for police and public safety. Students may skip school. There are so many different scenarios,” said Dickerson. Dickerson, who has worked with the MRC at UNC Charlotte for seven years, implemented the poverty simulation six years ago after running the same program at Fontbonne University in St. Louis, Mo., where he was director of multicultural affairs. He created a partnership with the Crisis Assistance Ministry in Charlotte, which helps put on the simulation. It became so popular at UNC Charlotte that a second session has been offered for the past four years. Although it is free to participate in, students must reserve a spot in one of the sessions. Reservations stop at 80 participants per session and this number will more than likely be reached for each session, said Dickerson. The reaction from most students who go through the simulation is to say “I didn’t know,” said Dickerson. “It’s really just a part of breaking into an awareness. When most young people picture poverty they imagine what’s presented to them, particularly in the media.” What students don’t realize is that they have a lot in common with many people

Asa Yoel and another participant of last year’s Poverty Simulation experience what it is like to be an impovershed family in present-day United States. Photo courtsey of Vidal Dickerson.

struggling with poverty on a daily basis, said Dickerson. “They see people on the streets and holding up signs without realizing that individuals struggling with serious poverty can actually have a home, they have cell phones, believe it or not.” Students also leave feeling more informed about the monotony of poverty. “You can’t just walk up to a building and say ‘I need food stamps,’ there is paperwork involved. When they have children and have to deal with social services there are lengthy processes that are involved,” said Dickerson. The simulation goes into the processes that relate to all of these problems, even with barriers. “Language can be a barrier, time can be a barrier. There are so many situations

which create unique needs in a family’s situation and students are able to live that out. It’s very eye-opening for them,” she said. The diagram that depicts the simulation’s setup shows the extent to which the role-playing has been thought out. Big Dave’s Pawn Shop is located next to the police station, with a jail connected. A mortgage and realty company is directly across the “street” from the homeless shelter, with a warning to have six extra chairs ready at the shelter in case people are struggling. “It’s very important to get into the stories of the poor. I’m not saying we can ever get a full understanding unless we’ve lived it, but we need some sort of perspective if we are to be allies in providing some level of support,” said Dickerson.




OBAMA from p.1 received an acceptance letter while she was in Seattle over the summer participating in a co-op program for The Boeing Company. “I had no idea about the Nobel prize money. I just thought the scholarship was named after [Obama].” Salgado said she was just extremely happy to be able to pay for this semester without going into debt, but when she received her check in early October it became clear that this scholarship was special. “I received a few phone calls from media outlets on one Monday. I thought it was odd because I have gotten other scholarships before and it wasn’t like this.” After receiving a call from La Noticia, Charlotte’s Spanish-speaking newspaper, and the Charlotte Observer, her parents checked it out online. That is when she realized that she had joined an exclusive club of recipients and received money that once belonged to Obama. “This is all sort of sudden for me. There was no background information in the application so I didn’t know what I had received,” she said. Salgado is happy that Obama is investing in the Hispanic community and the HSF in particular. “It shows that Obama has faith in their organization having the right priorities as far as helping the Hispanic youth,” she said. “I’m glad that he wants to help the Hispanic community. There is a gap where

Hispanic students should be in the science and engineering fields. As vice president of [SHPE] I notice how hard it is to recruit and there is a definite need for support.” Salgado was born in Colombia and moved to Charlotte when she was eight years old. She is the first person in her family to go to college in the United States. She played a big role in rebuilding the SHPE when she arrived here after graduating from South Meck High School in 2009. “I checked out all of the organizations and SHPE sounded great, but there were no members.” So she teamed up with Jose Paniagua, a Hispanic engineering student who graduated in May, to recruit and at least fill the officer positions over the summer of 2010. When they returned that fall, there were between 30 and 40 members beyond just the officers. This year UNC Charlotte’s chapter of SHPE will be sending two representatives to the national convention in Anaheim, CA. It will be the first time a student from this school’s organization attends. “It’s a great achievement,” said Alonzo Diaz de Leon, president of SHPE and one of the planned attendees. “It shows that we are interested and that we are contributing to the organization.” Salgado, who will take over as president next year, recruited de Leon last year to become an ambassador in the organization. “[Jenny] is so open. She sees someone walking on campus and approaches them and starts a conversation,” de Leon said. “She is very determined in life. She has a goal in line and she goes after it.” Salgado believes that becoming an “Obama Scholar” will help increase that determination. “This puts more responsibility on me and gives me more desire,” she said. “I have always had a huge desire to help the community. Not only the Hispanic community but the overall community.” Salgado believes that this award emphasizes her goal of using her engineering edu-

(Above) The Society for Hispanic Professional Engineers pose for a group photo. Second from the right is Jenny Salgado, the recipient of President Obama’s Nobel Peace Prize money, which will be used for her UNC Charlotte tuition. (Below) Salgado, Alonzo Diaz de Leon and another member of SHPE pose at an event. Photos

courtsey of Jenny Salgado.

cation to help people in need. “Most people just want to find a job when they graduate but I feel so differently. I really just want to work in the communities that really need help,” she said. Although Salgado has always wanted to do projects overseas or in her home country of Colombia, where she visits every three years, she knows there is a huge need here. Although she has already worked with Duke Energy and Boeing in the past, her plans are more humble. “With engineering you can do things.

Civil engineers can solve most problems that communities have whether it’s getting water, roads, bridges, etc. Finding a job is not about the money or how big a company is, it is about who is focused on helping people.” Her goal for the next three years is to find companies that focus strictly on helping communities. “That way I can get a head start on working with or getting to know these companies and I won’t have to settle for whatever I find when I graduate,” she said.


BUDGET from p.1 of revenue, however, can be used to go toward scholarships for UNC Charlotte students. So where does the cut hit the most if it doesn’t affect housing and food? Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, Joan Lorden, says it’s a number of things but mainly faculty positions. In determining the budget for the university, a number of areas are looked at but fulfilling faculty salaries is at the top of the list. If a big chunk of the state appropriations are going to faculty salaries and it’s cut like it was recently, then faculty positions will have to be cut back as well to accommodate. Of course, each of the seven colleges at UNC Charlotte has their own budget as well which is determined by how many faculty positions are necessary. To determine that, Lorden says they look at each individual college’s growth among other variables such as average faculty salaries. “If you track a college over time, for example, a few years ago the College of Computing Informatics was growing very rapidly and then there were questions about the employability of people in that industry,” said Lorden. “So, you know, it dropped and it dropped nationally. Now it’s coming back. So there are patterns like that. If college enrollment is growing you’ll want to add faculty there.” When there was a major cut to the university’s budget from the state, that money had to reimbursed from somewhere else. Therefore, tuition was raised. The university had initially requested $4 million from the state to put mostly toward new faculty hires to accommodate the growth in enrollment, but was instead cut $33 million. “We’d had a lot of growth, and we’d had to return almost all the money we’d gotten for that growth,” said Lorden. “Then, we got an even bigger cut in tuition this year. So, we basically never got to use all that increase in tuition.” In foretelling if there will be another


raise in tuition, Lorden says it’s quite possible. “I think what I hear across the system is that probably tuition will go up in all the institutions,” said Lorden. “And that’s a really hard thing right now because the state cut both financial aid and support to the universities. So it’s really an unfortunate convergence for the students because we have to keep the lights on the course being offered but on the other hand it’s a time when students have fewer resources and less access to financial aid.” The inability to increase faculty also results in the inability to admit new students to the university each year. While the area around campus grows, the number of students at UNC Charlotte is unable to grow with it, due to lack of funding for faculty, says Hardin. Faculty positions that the university needed to continue its growth were cut. Three hundred needed positions were taken out of the university, says Hardin. “We continued to centralize the positions. Different divisions did it different ways. We used the money over the multiyear process to get us ready for the worst year, which is this year.” While these cuts were made, individuals already with jobs at the university were removed in concentrated amounts. In 2009, 15 staff members at the university were laid off, which Hardin says is an achievement, and shows the plans that university officials implemented to save faculty. Some growth could not be restrained, as the university has articulation agreements with community colleges, such as Central Piedmont Community College. Students in the transfer program are guaranteed acceptance into the university, so growth cuts made need to take this expected growth into account. “There are some of those students whose admission we can’t particularly control,” said Hardin. “The articulation agreements say if you take these courses they are going to transfer, and if you take these courses and you

get these grades you are going to be able to transfer to UNC Charlotte.” To deal with the growth that could not be helped, the university has enlarged class sizes, depending on the college and discipline of the course, says Hardin. New technologies have come about at UNC Charlotte to help teachers cope with larger classes, such as clickers and Moodle. The recession’s effects on the university’s budget give Hardin reason to be concerned for the economic futures of students. As the available financial aid decreases,


students are forced to find other means of paying for their educations. “An ideal outcome for students is to graduate from college with no debt, and not everybody understands that,” said Hardin. As students make their way through college and the years after, Hardin encourages students to be weary of what they take out loans for. Students may never know how much they can handle paying back until it is too late. “Be thoughtful about what you really need debt for,” said Hardin.




OPINION Coupling or just plain hooking up?

It’s no lie that many people have sex on their first dates or even before that. These days, most college relationships start at a party with a “random” hook-up. Is this leading to bad relationships or no lasting relationships at all? While some may argue it’s just another way to meet friends, others may only be trying to get sex. According to a Chicago Health and Social Life survey at the University of Iowa, it was concluded that becoming sexually involved earlier in a non-romantic context (hook-ups, friends-with-benefits, just sex) tended to report lower quality relationships. Been there, done that. Yes, sad but true, my own relationship was fueled with alcohol. This relationship has, despite research, been going strong for over three and half years. As a young teen, this drunken fling seemed like the coolest thing I had ever done in my life, but in different circumstances I could have ended up getting raped or even worse, pregnant. But luckily it did not end up that way. What I thought was a one night stand turned into a long-term relationship. I don’t regret my actions and I would do it again, or at least with my lover, that is. The research according to Kathleen Bogle states that a “hook-up” can lead to “hanging out,” and eventually an exclusive relationship. Maybe in the 21st century the style of dating is just different. Over the weekend, I went to a Halloween party with a male friend of mine. I was dressed as a lifeguard with sunglasses and bathing suit included. It was a really good time, but towards the end of the night he started getting closer and closer. The music grew louder and the crowd grew thinner. We sat down just to chat. After a few minutes he began to pull me in for a kiss. First he kissed me on the neck then his kisses grew closer to my lips. I thought to myself, ‘Is this cheating?’ Yeah, I decided, it was. I felt pretty bad but he was really sexy and pretty dreamy, too. To make things worse, at 3 a.m. my long-time boyfriend called and said he was coming to pick me up. I thought to myself, here I am kissing this other guy, and I wondered if he had a thing for me this whole time or was he just drunk? Let’s just say when I questioned him about the situation the next day he claimed it was all initiated by me. He said that it was pretty much all in my head and, honestly, it hurt a little bit that he would say that. After the conversation, I felt pretty naïve because I had let him lead me on. Granted, it was a party and everyone was a little intoxicated, but I still felt upset. I quickly realized I had been taken advantage but not in a bad way (if that’s possible). If I didn’t want him to kiss me after the first gesture, I would have gotten up and left but I didn’t. I thought he was totally into me, but this was false. I am not sure where my relationship or friendship is going at this point but only time may tell. -Naughty Niner A.

Where is your courage? Jack Harding EDITORIALIST

Courage is what makes someone face a fear or combat something dangerous. Do we deal with courage on a regular basis? Do we understand when we are being brave, or more importantly do we understand when others are? When you walk to class, you see hundreds of people heading in different directions, all heading somewhere to accomplish something. Most of us push ourselves to achieve as much as possible, taking on massive workloads, studying all night, pushing for that higher grade. It has been about 11 weeks now since the semester began and everybody has settled in. For the freshmen among us, a little over two months ago you took one of the biggest steps in your life, leaving home, becoming independent and vowing to take care of yourself while working towards accomplishing your dreams. You said goodbye to close friends at home that you have built relationships with for quite a long time and you’ve had to make new friends, introduce yourself to somebody that you are about to sleep in the same room as for the next two semesters. Sticking with your roommates for the first few days, sitting at Crown Commons eating with them, exploring campus with them and confiding all of your fears and concerns in them. To say that we as students have courage is a massive understatement. So we are here for four years and when we graduate we have the whole world to take on. This is very scary and requires a lot of courage and whether we like it or not, that day is coming for all of us. For myself, I will be graduating in the summer of 2013. Some days I find myself sitting and thinking, ‘What the Hell am I going to do when I leave college?’ I have no confirmed job, no leads as to what my future will hold, no plan on what job I want to pursue and I sure as Hell don’t know what to expect when I leave my college life behind me. I assume we all have these questions, or questions similar to them in nature, and what it is going to take to find the answers

is courage. A friend of mine introduced me to a video on YouTube last week and it hit home hard for me. The video is called “How bad do you want it speech.” This video is nearly six minutes long, and consists of a man in a baseball cap giving an inspirational speech to an audience, with a slow background beat as accompaniment. This video has been uploaded numerous times to YouTube by various users. Throughout all of these uploads, the video has received over a million views. To say that something like this can inspire any individual to have courage is ridculous…until you hear and see this motivational video. My advice for those of you who are having a hard time facing your fears in

Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts. -Winston Churchill

life is to watch this video. I guarantee that you will not regret this decision. This month, we will celebrate V-Day. On this day, Nov. 11, the allied troops of Europe and the United States of America celebrated the victory which came at the end of World War II in 1945. Throughout the course of this war, 416,000 U.S. soldiers died, all in the name of helping fellow nations and their fellow man. This is what courage is. Can we compare ourselves to these soldiers? In small ways, yes we can. On the other hand, how could we possibly compare ourselves to such heroes? Those who went over to Europe to fight for people they did not know, being fully aware that there was a very high chance of death waiting in that foreign territory. We all carry courage in our own way, the only thing that makes a difference is how we use it.

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AROUND CHARLOTTE: NC Music Factory Dinner Crawl Friday, Nov. 4 6:30 p.m. NC Music Factory Uptown Charlotte


International Coffee Hour Thursday, Nov. 3 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. Prospector Faculty/Staff Dining Room


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Fashion Jeff Hahne’s compilation for a cause promotes local music Scarlett Newman

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Charlotte’s music scene is not exactly best known for people who are eager to rock the boat. But if we had more people like Jeff Hahne, it would be. In 2007, Hahne released the first volume of a new series of compilations called “Jeff Hahne’s Homebrew”, a CD featuring the best new music the Queen City had to offer. This Friday, Hahne will release “Jeff Hahne’s Homebrew Volume 5” with a release party at Neighborhood Theatre. Hahne was kind enough to talk to me a little about the origins of the series as well as how he hopes to use it to bring more attention to the Charlotte music scene. “I came up with the idea shortly after I became music editor for Creative Loafing,” said Hahne. “I’ve had friends over the years who were in bands, and I’m well aware of the struggles that musicians have in getting their music out to people. People just aren’t willing to pay $5 for a band they’ve never heard before — even though they’ll quickly spend $5 for a cover band or even for a beer. By putting together a free music compilation and handing it out around town, we can get more of local music heard by more people who might not ordinarily check it out.” “If we can build a great local scene, more regional and national bands will want to play here because they will know the community supports local music.” -Jeff Hahne

Sponsored by Neighborhood Theatre, Buffalo Exchange and Rock University, “Jeff Hahne’s Homebrew Volume 5” showcases both released and previously unreleased new Charlotte-based music from a variety of genres. With country, jazz, party rock and surf acts featured on the mixed album, Hahne admits that diversity plays a big role in how the songs are chosen. The process of putting together the album does a good job of weeding out the stuff that does not belong on the album. “I request submissions from anyone who has released music since the last one,” Hahne said of the process of selecting the

music to be featured on the compilation. “I also make a note if a local band puts out a new CD independently and I think they’d be a good fit for the Homebrew series.” “It winds up being a mix of bands that I’ve gone after to include and bands that have sent music in. I usually get about 4050 submissions which are narrowed down by quality of recording first and then quality of the song.”

The cover of Jeff Hahne’s newest compilation CD, Jeff Hahne’s Homebrew Volume 5. Photo

courtesy of Jess Hahne

Speaking with bands around the Charlotte area, you will likely find a common sense of frustration with the lackluster support from Charlotte music fans. While many blame the poor transportation or the economy, it could be said that college students do not have as much interest in localized music in the Charlotte area. While Hahne feels this might be a contributing factor, he admits that it probably is not the primary reason. “Lack of college support may have something to do with it, but it’s also just a lack of interest, sadly. There are more than a million people in the Charlotte area with easily more than enough to support a local music scene. I think the problem is that people aren’t checking out new music — and I hope the Homebrew will help with that.” “People hear the words ‘local band’ and picture four kids playing off-beat rock in their garage. That’s not what these bands are at all. These are really talented musicians who tour regionally and sometimes nationally and just don’t get big label deals or play the biggest venues. It doesn’t mean their songs aren’t as good as the stuff you hear on radio or TV. Sometimes it’s even

better.” For those who want a sample of Charlotte’s best new music without having to sift through music blogs to find it, “Jeff Hahne’s Homebrew: Volume 5” will be available to all for free. The release show will be on the same day at Neighborhood Theatre. Indie jazz rock group Side By Side is opening the set. Shortly following the release of the band’s debut album, Side by Side won Billboard Music’s best unsigned act in the southeast. Led by 39-year-old Charlotte native Bruce Hazel, Temperance League is also performing at the show with their standalone single “The Kids,” featured on the tangible album. Lucky Five, inspired by baroque rock and jazz groups, is also performing. 2011 has been a big year for Charlotte’s The Bear Romantic and Cement Stars, who are also performing at the show. Both have gone through major band member changes this year and have released new albums: the Bear Romantic’s debut album “Firewood” and Cement Stars’ sophomore album “Form & Temper.” The Bear Romantic also won AP’s 2011 indie acts to keep an eye on. Both bands will also be touring together extensively along the east coast into 2012. Starting earlier this year, Hahne began a monthly concert series called “Off The Record.” Much like VH1’s Storytellers, Hahne interviews local musicians on stage as they play acoustic version of their songs. Much like his Homebrew series, Off The Record is something that Hahne intends on doing indefinitely. However, with the Homebrew series, expect a digital download card to eventually replace the tangible album. With the dedication that goes into shows like Jeff Hahne’s Homebrew release parties and his Off The Record shows, it is clear that Hahne is not working for the pay checks; he genuinely cares about local art. It is these kinds of projects that make Charlotte one of the potentially big, up-andcoming cities in the American music scene. “Being based in Charlotte, I feel a responsibility to help promote the local music scene and keep the Homebrew to bands within 30 miles of the city. If we can build a great local scene, more regional and national bands will want to play here because they will know the community supports original music.”


On Nov. 4, Pink Soles, a production of Miss Black Queen City USA, and the head of Ivey Production Management, Ivey Moore, will be presenting a charity event benefitting Susan G. Komen for the Cure. This event will debut at the new Foundation for the Carolina’s building in uptown Charlotte and will feature a runway show with Charlotte’s most prestigious boutique designs. A designer showcase will also be a part of the benefit called “Shades of Pink” where the designers will be able to show off their original designs. Susan G. Komen for the Cure is a well known breast cancer awareness foundation that supports research, education, screenings and treatment programs in the fight to end breast cancer forever. Designers involved in this event include Miikelle DeFo, Candace Frieden, Odelia Rouse, Tracie Mackins Jones and Silk Falsetto. General admission tickets are $25 while V.IP. tickets are $45 and include a gift bag, priority seating and an invitation to the pre-show mixer. Tickets can be purchased at the event website There is also an option on the website to make a donation and it is ensured that 100 percent of all donations will go to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure to benefit breast cancer research. On the contact section of the website one is able to share experiences, or a loved one’s experience, with breast cancer, allowing them to be honored on the night of the event. Lacking experience or knowledge with or about breast cancer does not stop attendees. The event will be an opportunity to learn more about the Susan G. Komen foundation along with some of Charlotte’s fashion designers.


What: Charity fashion event for

breast cancer awareness

When: Friday, Nov. 4 at 6:30 p.m.

Where: Foundation for the

Carolina’s building in Uptown Charlotte Prices: $25 General admission $45 V.I.P.


TROLLHUNTER Directed by: André Øvredal Otto Jespersen, Glenn Erland Tosterud

✭✭✭✭✭ Barry Falls Shot documentary-style, “TrollHunter” tells the story of a small group of college film students who investigate a series of strange occurrences the mountain of Norway. They soon begin to unravel a long-running government conspiracy. “TrollHunter” was the very first film screen by Charlotte Film Society’s Back Alley Film series, almost selling out. Praised for its ability to be both creepy and satirical, the film opened to a welcoming audience.

Photo coutesy of Maget Releases

“TrollHunter” features realistic characters and plot twists, a satisfying climax and an eerie conclusion that is sure to satisfy dark fantasy fans who are not turned off by need to read the captions, although it can be viewed in English. It deserves 4 out of 5 stars and is definitely worth watching.




Folk band Holy Ghost Tent Revival played in After Hours last week. Photo/ Ryan Pitkin

“Last Tuesday Concert” unwelcoming for HGTR Ryan Pitkin RPITKIN@UNCC.EDU

As I settled into my table at After Hours on the night of Oct. 25, 2011 to see a band play that I had seen many times before in much bigger venues, only one thought was going through my mind, “This isn’t right.” The band was Holy Ghost Tent Revival (HGTR), a folk rock band that plays a genre-bending mix of bluegrass and the popular rock that has made bands like The Avett Brothers and Old Crowe Medicine Show so popular. The best way I have heard it described is “newgrass.” HGTR, hailing from Greensboro, has made quite a name for themselves over the last few years with their mix of banjos, a trombone and electric guitars. I have seen them twice in NoDa over the past year alone and whether they were playing at The Evening Muse or Neighbor Theatre, the house was packed. The word was buzzing around the neighborhood for at least a week before they showed. This is what was so unsettling as I sat down in After Hours that night as one of the only 20 or so people in the room. It soon became clear that nobody else was coming. Where was the promotion? The first flyer I saw for this concert was when I went to the bathroom in After Hours during the show. A flyer stared me in the face, struggling to hold on to the wall but doomed to inevitably fall into the urinal I was using. A search of the UNC Charlotte website for a mention of the concert tells students to attend a cool night of folk and bluegrass on the West Quad “as we wel-

come Holy Ghost Tent Revival!” “Welcomed” was hardly the way HGTR guitarist and lead vocalist Stephen Murray described the way he felt about the concert over the phone the next day as his band headed for West Virginia. “We have played college shows with a lot of hype and great turnouts before and that’s what you hope for when you show up at a show like that,” he said. As far as the preceding night’s show? “Yeah, you definitely hope to play less of those.” The set up in After Hours doomed the gig from the beginning as the worst venues I’ve come across in a long time. The dizzying, rainbow-colored disco lights over a checkerboard dance floor made it feel like I was chaperoning a middle school dance instead of waiting for a band to play. There were two opening acts. The first was a respectable folk singer who travels with the group and the second was a local band consisting of three young teenagers, including an overexcited, banjo-playing lead vocalist and a small female guitarist with a showstealing voice, destined for some sort of future in music. Between each set the default music came blasting back on. It was inescapably ill-fitting pop music that belonged as far from a show like this as it could get. The crowd, what totaled to be a maximum of 30 people, was made up mostly of parents, aunts, uncles and grandparents of the opening act. “Besides the fact that basically nobody showed up and there was horrible pop music blasting at every stop, I would say it was a pretty good practice,” said Murray. From a selfish standpoint, that stood well with me.

As someone who has seen HGTR in crowded venues involving lots of drinking and dancing, it’s not so bad to sit back and watch a really good band experiment and play songs that they admittedly have hardly even played together at all yet. The set lasted a little over an hour and included some of their old songs but also some new tracks such as “Po’ Jenny,” a song that was written two days before the show, and “Walk You Home” which makes you want to swing-dance by starting with a riff reminiscent of Beach Boys then moves faster into a ska-like song. “[We need to] find a better place to play next time we come to UNCC.” -Stephen Murray

Throughout the show the guys of HGTR were good sports about the low turnout. As they tuned for their set a couple of them broke into jigs and played guitar along to an earsplitting Britney Spears, Nicki Minaj and Ke$ha collaboration that was blasting over the speakers. As uninspiring as the night was, Murray hasn’t given up on UNC Charlotte. “We only found out [the day of the concert] that it was switched indoors. We sometimes have someone involved with promotion ahead of us before shows like that. We need to maybe find a way to do that and find a better place to play next time we are at UNCC,” said Murray. My question is, how many times can this happen before bands start giving up on our campus?

Touring Shakespeare company visits campus Lee Pham


Five actors, three shows, one week. Actors from the London Stage (AFTLS) will perform William Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” for three consecutive days as part of a weeklong residency at UNC Charlotte. AFTLS is a touring Shakespeare company based in London and the University of Notre Dame in Indiana. The troupe began 35 years ago by renowned English actor Patrick Stewart. The troupe consists of five skillfully trained players. For one week the actors will visit classrooms to help hone students’ acting craft, as well as prepare for the group’s showcase, beginning Thursday. Lon Bumgarner, assistant professor from the Department of Theater at UNC Charlotte, recalls AFTLS as a joy to have in the classroom when they spent a week on the Charlotte campus in 2006. He describes them as “patient, passionate and amazingly skilled.” AFTLS performed “The Merchant of

Actors from the London Stage performing Act II of “The Tempest.” Photo courtesy of Peter


Venice” last time around with five actors and minimal scenery. Similarly, “The Tempest” will focus on the actors’ abilities rather than elaborate visuals. “The Tempest” centers on Prospero, the Duke of Milan, and his daughter Miranda. Prospero’s jealous brother Antonio exiles the duke and Miranda to an island. With the help of the spirit Ariel, Prospero draws Antonio and others whom are to blame for the exile to the

island. Love, jealousy and loyalty, common Shakespearean motifs, come into question throughout the drama. The actors are challenged by the task of playing multiple roles, resulting in double and triple casting, except for Jennifer Kidd who will take on four roles, including Miranda and Ariel. Some males will play females and vice versa. The players are trained to execute their roles well enough for the audience to discern between the characters. Academic Director of AFTLS Peter Holland said, “You get the fact that when an actor shifts a bit of costume, changes the angle of the body, alters the voice - suddenly he or she is someone else.” UNC Charlotte is the second to last university for the fall 2011 AFTLS tour. The three nights of performances begins Thursday, Nov. 3 at 8:00 p.m. in the Robinson Hall Lab Theater. For box office information, visit






Gender Wars Student Union Rm 340 GHI 7:00pm

Boys vs. girls debate about controversial gender topics. Should the guy always pay for the first date? Everyone is welcome to attend for free.



What’s on Your Plate? Fretwell Rm 310 12:30pm

Have academic issues? Come out to What’s on Your Plate and ask your questions and get some helpful advice!



Fall Stroll for Epilepsy

Irwin Belk Track and Field 9:00am - 11:30am Walk around the track and show support for those with Epilepsy. Registration is free however donations are welcomed.



The Tempest

Robinson Hall Black Box Theater 8:00pm A Shakespherian Play availible for students and the public to attend. $6 students, $9 faculty/staff, $14 general admission.




Mayday! Mayday! I’m Stressed! Fretwell Rm 310 2:00pm - 3:00pm

Come by Fretwell and learn about why we are stressed and how to minimize it in our daily lives.


What’s in Your Wallet? Becoming a Money Manager Fretwell Rm 310 12:30pm - 1:30pm

Learn about budgeting, how credit cards work and how to graduate with minimal debt.


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Men’s Basketball vs Belmont Abby Women’s Volleyball vs St. Louis Thur. 7pm, Charlotte, NC

Women’s Volleyball vs Duquesne

Men’s Soccer vs St. Louis

Fri. 7pm, Charlotte, NC

Sat. 8pm, St. Louis, MO

Women’s Basketball vs JCSU

Women’s Soccer vs A-10 Champ.

Sat. 7pm, Charlotte, NC

Thur. 7:30pm, Dayton, OH

Charlotte tops Atlantic Ten

With a win over Dayton Sunday afternoon, the Niners move into 1st place in the Atlantic-10


Niner seniors were honored after the 1-0 win over Dayton Photo by Chris Crews Only shortly after in the 78th minute was the goal the 49ers had been looking for off the foot of Tyler Gibson from inside the box was easily put away, after a wonderful pass from T.J. Beaulieu. Dayton was forced to play a defensive game due to the press of the 49ers who dominated every aspect of the game. Charlotte’s defense didn’t allow a shot on goal until the final minute of the game. Senior defenseman Charles Rodriguez said, “It feels good to get the shutout, everybody was working hard as a team.” Charlotte’s nine seniors: Isaac Cowles,

Charles Rodriguez, T.J. Beaulieu, Evan James, Matt Wallace, Jason Hawes, Gavin Dawson, Tyler Duncan and Paul Willoughby were honored today in their final regular season home game. Gunn said, “Rather than looking at it as if the very last home game, were looking at is as one step closer to bringing more soccer here, playoff soccer.” Charlotte finished the regular season unbeaten at Transamerica Field with a 7-0-0 record. Charlotte concludes the regular season on the road at St. Louis Saturday at 8 p.m.

Donnie Smith’s overtime goal on a damp night at Transamerica Field propelled Charlotte past Xavier. Photos by Chris Crews

Niners beat Xavier in the rain Kevin Utx


The first half was dominated by the Niners on both ends of the pitch. The 49ers had opportunity after opportunity with corners, but failed to convert. Shortly after a corner occurred in 27th minute. The ball landed at the feet of Guiseppe Gentile, who put a strike on the ball from inside the box only to hit the top crossbar and bounce straight down not crossing the goal line. Many players celebrated but to no avail, as the referee waived off the goal. Xavier played a defensive counter attacking style, but their offense was smothered by a veteran defensive backline for Charlotte. The Musketeers didn’t manage to get their first shot on goal until the 32nd minute of the game. At half, the stats didn’t lie about who dominated, with Charlotte controlling shots on goal with nine compared to the Musketeers two.

49ers are sixth place in the A-10 Brian Chan

Kevin Utz


The No.16 ranked Charlotte 49ers took care of business today improving their record to 12-3-2 overall by beating Dayton 1-0 in a defensive battle. The win is the first ever for Charlotte 49ers against the Dayton Flyers, who came into the game with a series record of 3-0-2. Charlotte controlled the game throughout, but again struggled to find the back of the net. A solid chance in the first half became controversial when Dayton keeper Alec Storm caught the ball off a header from Charlotte defenseman Charles Rodriguez but proceeded to fall back into the net and bring it back out. Referees called no goal. Charlotte Coach Jeremy Gunn said, “Friday night we have one that crossed the line, but the referee couldn’t see it, but we don’t get it. And then today the keeper has it at the back of the net and then brings it back out and we don’t get it again. Just wondering what we have to do to get a decision at the moment.” In the 70th minute Charlotte appeared to break through with a goal by T.J. Beaulieu on a brilliant strike from 25 yards away, but an offside call on the 49ers nullified the goal.

Sun. 1pm, Charlotte, NC

Charlotte was in control, but with steady rain, it appeared that the opportunity could be slipping away. In the 72nd minute Xavier had their best chance of the game, on a counter attack with a long through ball to forward Luke Spencer, who broke away but missed the shot left. On the counter attack, Charlotte had a strong chance off a cross, but the Xavier keeper Justin Marshall made a wonderful save on the shot by Aiden Kirkbride. Marshall kept Xavier in the game all night long with tremendous saves. He ended the half having stopped Charlotte from scoring on 17 shots and 12 corners, compared to Xavier only getting four shots and two corners all game. Head Coach Jeremy Gunn said “the defense was rock solid.” With the heavy rain and cold conditions, many fans had found their ways to cover, but all were still watching the fierce matchup on the pitch as overtime

continued. It appeared to be headed into a second overtime even after three corners for Charlotte. All until a scramble in the box, when the ball popped to the top left of the box directly to Donnie Smith who placed the ball perfectly in the left of the net. The stadium erupted in celebration as Smith got his 2nd game winning goal of the season. “We really pushed for the win through the second and overtime periods. It’s a tough time of year and we kept our composure.” said Gunn. Coming into the game No.16 Charlotte desperately needed a win to solidify their position in the national rankings and the upcoming A-10 tournament. A hard earned victory by the Niners was put in words by coach Gunn, “a huge win, but just as important as every game all season.” The win boosted Charlotte’s record to 11-3-2 on the season as they continue their winning ways at home. They hold a 6-0-0

The Charlotte 49ers women’s volleyball team overcame 13 attack errors in the first set to sweep the La Salle Explorers on Sunday afternoon (25-23, 25-13, 25-18). Charlotte (10-13, 4-7) swept the season series against La Salle (5-23, 1-10), winning the earlier matchup also in three sets a week ago. The Niners improved to 5-4 at Halton Arena and moved into a tie for sixth place with the Rhode Island Rams in the Atlantic-10. The Rams were swept by the Xavier Musketeers on Sunday, but still hold the tiebreak advantage over the Niners. Coming off a brutal three-setter in which the Niners lost by a total of 35 points to the Dayton Flyers on Friday, Charlotte had a sluggish start on Sunday, committing a total of 13 errors in the opening set. “We had a road trip at the beginning of the weekend, and it was the only homeand-away split weekend we had,” said Head Coach Chris Redding. “I felt that we were pretty sluggish coming out in game 1. I wasn’t pleased with it, and I know that [the team] wasn’t pleased with it. I just talked about playing with some intensity. We just weren’t playing very intense together, but we stepped it up in game 2.” La Salle, on the other hand, came into the match with some motivation, losing a tough five-setter to the Temple Owls on Friday. The Explorers jumped out to a 7-2 lead after a service ace from junior defensive specialist Breanna Mazalewski. La Salle remained ahead at 20-16 until Charlotte launched its attack with four consecutive points to tie the game at 20-all. “The key part was pushing through our rough spot, where we started in Game 1, and making sure that we didn’t just roll over,” said senior setter Sheri Davis. Junior outside hitter Bianca Rouse, who recorded her 10th double-double of the season with 12 kills and 12 digs, had a pivotal kill to give the Niners a set point at 24-23, and Charlotte sealed the first-set victory after an attack error from senior middle hitter Jacquelyn Mitrovich. “We started pretty slow, but we all talked about it and got it together in the second game,” said Rouse. Charlotte was more efficient in the second set, posting a sideout rate of 84 percent and a .367 attack percentage on 15 kills and just four attack errors. Charlotte was especially more effective in the block attack than they had been on Friday and in the first set on Sunday. After failing to record a block for the first time as a member of the A-10 in the loss to Dayton, Charlotte managed two blocks in the second set. “When our block does the right thing and gets a block, our defense and our energy just spikes way up,” said Davis. Rouse and freshman middle blocker Savannah Gaster teamed up for the team’s first block of the match to give the Niners an 8-5 lead. Rouse provided a solo block as the Niners extended their lead to 11-6. Charlotte eased to a 25-13 win in the middle set, scoring seven of the last 10 points. Charlotte had another solid showing in the third set, posting a 68 percent sideout rate and a .212 attack percentage. The Niners finished with a .208 attack percentage, marking the eighth time this season the team had a .200 hitting percentage.



Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson (left) and former Bank of America CEO Hugh McColl (right), express their gratitude for obtaining the naming rights to the 49ers’ football field. (center) Photos by Matt Murrow

49ers award football field naming rights to major Charlotte businessmen Ed Niser


Two prominent Charlotte business leaders have inked a deal that will put their names on the future 49ers football field. Bank of America CEO Hugh McCall and Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson have teamed up with the 49ers by purchasing naming rights to the field. Charlotte’s playing surface will be formally referred to as McCall-Richardson Field. Construction equipment was clanging in the background as Chancellor Phillip Dubois and Athletic Director Judy Rose delivered the formal announcement at Tuesday’s press conference. Chancellor Dubois commented on the partnership: “ We have the architect of modern Charlotte and the architect of the Panthers NFL team joining forces on behalf of the university. Today’s announcement celebrates two community leaders whose names are synonymous with football in Charlotte and with the great progress this city has made over the past 30 years.” McColl and Richardson are long time friends and have had

discussion about what football would mean to a university like Charlotte and how the entire community in the city would be brought together. “ I had one of the nicest days of my life Saturday. I had my number retired at Wofford College. Someday this university will have that experience and you will have that experience and provide that for someone, don’t be deterred by money, you’re investing in something that will be worthwhile for the city of Charlotte and the Carolinas.” said Richardson Richardson said he has great expectations for the 49ers’ football program, which is the reason he is putting his name on the field. During the press conference Richardson mentioned that he was impressed with how the university has evolved over the years, commenting on the fancy herringbone pattern brick sidewalks around campus. McCall jokingly challenged Mayor Anthony Foxx to speed up the construction on the light rail to campus, hoping to make 49ers football more accessible to the Charlotte community: “ I hope this has put undue pressure on Mayor Foxx, we expect to ride out here on the train.”


Charlotte Football Timeline 11/08




UNC Charlotte Board of Trustees approve Niner Football for 2013 Football Seat Lisences are made available for the Niner fans to purchase Brad Lambert is named head coach of the 49ers and begins to add staff Charlotte 49ers break ground on the 15,000 seat football stadium


Construction workers begin to fill the massive ditch with concrete


Hugh McColl and Jerry Richardson purchase naming rights to the new field




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