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Kicking off its second season, “Gourmet with Gabe” is NinerTV’s v first cooking show hosted by Gabriel Davis.

After signing their first recruiting class, the 49ers welcomed 250 fans for their first Football Signing Chalk Talk Reception.




Made for college students, Gabe only uses the most accessible ingredients for students.



Head coach Brad Lambert and his staff s highlighted the careers and playing styles of the inaugural class. p. 12

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Expectations set high for 49er baseball Travis Durkee TCDURKEE@UNCC.EDU

Expectations are high for a 49ers baseball team that finished the 2011 season with a 43-16 record, their fourth Atlantic-10 Conference title in five years and a trip to the NCAA tournament that ended with a loss to No. 19 Arkansas. Head Coach Loren Hibbs enters his 20th season at Charlotte with a team that was picked to repeat as conference champions by the A-10 Coaches Poll, an honor that Hibbs embraces but downplays. “We would rather be picked to finish first than finish last,” Hibbs joked. “It’s preseason and our guys understand that. We’re going to have to earn it on the field. It’s nice to be well thought of but that hasn’t won us any championships yet.”

With the approach of football in 2013 many Niners are wondering if UNC Charlotte will have a marching band. As of now the plans for a band are postponed, but one day the university will create a marching band to hype up the crowd during football games. MCT Campus Elizabeth Bartholf EBARTHO3@UNCC.EDU

As the first football kickoff draws nearer, something is still missing. Players? Check! Hyped 49er fans? Check! Marching band? Maybe later. “It was always our intention and still is our intention to have a marching band,” said Darin Spease, senior associate ahletic director for Business Affairs. Due to funding, however, UNC Charlotte will not have a marching band when football begins in Fall 2013. Until UNC Charlotte has its own marching band, other bands, including local high school marching bands, will be invited to play during halftime shows. Spease noted, “It’s part of the DNA of college football to have a marching band. [Marching bands] are part of why fans get to the game early—to watch them perform. They’re why fans stay in their seats—to watch them at halftime. Those are all things we want our fans to experience. In initial talks about bringing football to UNC Charlotte, marching band was part of the discussion. In 2007, Chancellor Philip Dubois commissioned a group, including UNC Charlotte faculty, students, Charlotte

community members and business owners, to assess the feasibility of adding a football program. In their 2008 recommendation to the chancellor, the UNC Charlotte Football Feasibility Committee listed football expenses, including funds for a marching band. The report states, “As a complement to football, the committee feels strongly that the addition of a marching band adds to school spirit and the recruitment of gifted student musicians to the university.” Chancellor Dubois assessed the recommendations from the committee and after further research, presented a plan to the UNC Charlotte Board of Trustees. As part of his statements, the chancellor said, “My proposal would defer the implementation of a marching band program for three or four years, perhaps fewer, depending upon what the budget will permit.” The board unanimously endorsed the chancellor’s recommendations on the football program. Spease recognized the importance of marching band to the entertainment and culture football games. “There’s an energy that a band brings, [without a band] there’s a void, something is missing.”

Associate Professor of Music and Director of Bands, Dr. Laurence Marks, had no comment for this article.

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the cult classic on Wednesday in the Student Union movie theater.


Is President Obama’s new financial plan good for UNC Charlotte students? p.5

Spreading his love for imagination JSCHENO@UNCC.EDU


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As a child, books provide escape. You become immersed in the magical world of Hogwarts or Narnia and fall in love with characters like Harry, Alice, Dorothy and Tom Sawyer. But after a certain age these books are deemed too childish and not fit for the adult world of high school and college. Yet, here on campus is an adult who fully embraces the adventure and freedom of children’s literature and hopes to inspire his students to love them as much as he does. Dr. Mark West, an English professor at UNC Charlotte, grew up as he says “on the side of a mountain” in Colorado, where his love for books grew from absolute isolation. “As a boy I read a lot, but I was not a good student. I grew up in a very rural area, as one of the things I turned to was books for a kind of company. It’s not like I could go next door and play with friends next door, there was no next door. It was just down the canyon. So I turned to reading as recreation,” said West. “But also, my father was very much against television, and we didn’t have television. What my father did was read aloud to us every night throughout my entire childhood right up through until I was in eighth grade.” Six nights a week his father would read aloud for over an hour sparking West’s love WEST p.4








Who will be the next

King and Queen

**Check out last Thursday’s issue of the Niner Times to see more of the Homecoming candidates!**

Julian Pridgen

for Homecoming King Favorite Show Growing Up: Power Rangers Favorite Color: Periwinkle Milk: Whole Favorite Food: Lasagna Hidden Talent: Drawing Proudest Moment: Coming to UNC Charlotte. Embarrassing Story: Being egged and floured as a senior year prank. Future Plans: Success!

Cathryn Krakie for Ms. Freshman

Favorite Show Growing Up: Rocket Power Favorite Color: Purple Milk: 2% Favorite Food: Pasta Hidden Talent: I can touch my nose with my tongue. Proudest Moment: Scoring my first HS field hockey goal. Embarrassing Story: I broke my leg ice skating when I was six. Future Plans: Become a commissioned U.S. Air Force Officer

Jessica Simpson

for Homecoming Queen

Kristi Williamson for Homecoming Queen

Favorite Show Growing Up: Bugs Bunny Favorite Color: Pink Milk: 1% Favorite Food: Spaghetti Hidden Talent: Influence on others. Proudest Moment: Receiving the Teaching Fellows Scholarship. Embarrassing Story: When I was in eighth grade, I tripped in front of the entire grade after a field trip, spilling soda all over myself while carrying about 10 pizza boxes full of left over pizza and soda. Future Plans: Upon graduation, I will obtain a teaching position, hopefully in Charlotte. One day, I know I am meant to teach in Africa. Eventually, I desire to get married and have children.

Raquel Bullock

for Homecoming Queen Favorite Show Growing Up: Charmed Favorite Color: Purple Milk: 2% Favorite Food: Sushi Hidden Talent: N/A Proudest Moment: Receiving my acceptance letter to UNC Charlotte. I am a first generation college student. Embarrassing Story: Getting splashed with mud by a truck that drove past me while waiting at the bus stop in the rain. Future Plans: Become a teacher in the Charlotte area and work on education reform policies.

Favorite Show Growing Up: Rugrats Favorite Color: Purple Milk: Skim Favorite Food: Any type of Mexican food. Hidden Talent: I can solve puzzles very fast. Proudest Moment: Maintaining a 4.0 GPA in college Embarrassing Story: My mother and I were in Media Play and she couldn’t find me in the store. She asked customer service to page me over the intercom and when they called “Jessica Simpson” to the front of the store everybody started freaking out because they thought the singer was in the store. Future Plans: Upon graduating from college, I plan on attending law school, studying corporate law and then practicing law for several years. I aspire to be the first female President of the United States.

Sametria Jones for Ms. Sophomore

Favorite Show Growing Up: Rugrats Favorite Color:I don’t have one Milk: Organic 2% Favorite Food: Chicken Caesar Salad Hidden Talent: I write really well. Proudest Moment: Graduating from high school. Embarrassing Story: There’s so many! I’m a clutz Future Plans: To graduate UNC Charlotte, get accepted into law school, graduate law school and become a corporate attorney, then later own a restaurant. I can’t cook though so we’ll see how that works out.


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• Glenwater Dr., officer assisted CMPD with a suicide call.

• Moore Hall, unknown subject removed property without permission.

Jan. 27

Jan. 28

• Kappa Alpha House, officer assisted CMPD in serving an outstanding warrant.

Jan. 29

• Mallard Creek Church Rd., officer responded to a call of a victim struck with a car.

Jan. 29

• Atkins Library, known subject was taking pictures and following victims.

Jan. 29

• University Club Apts., officer assisted CMPD with reports of shots fired which turned into a fight.

Jan. 30

• Miltimore Hall, resident assistance reported about a student over medicated in an attempt to sleep.

Jan. 31

Jan. 30 Jan. 31

• CAB Lane, unknown subject removed property without permission.


• Cone Deck, employee lost her footing when she stepped on an uneven piece of curbing.

DWI Feb. 1

• Cameron Blvd., subject was operating a motor vehicle while having consumed alcohol and being less than 21.


• Graduate Lane, assist CMPD with larceny from person, unknown subject removed property without permission.

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Jan. 29

• Fretwell, officer responded to a call concerning a naked male subject.


• Scott Hall, known subject was in possession of marijuana and fireworks.




• Cameron Blvd., known person attempted to drive off with a parking boot causing damage to the boot.

• Belk Gym, victim’s property was taken without permission.

Feb. 2

• Friday Bldg., officer responded to a call of an unconscious male that was transferred to CMC University.


• Lot 8, victim’s vehicle was damaged while parked and unattended.

Jan. 31

• Poplar Terrace Dr., victim’s vehicle was damaged while parked and unattended.

and passion for stories. “I became a good student in high school, but in elementary school I was thought to be mildly retarded. My passion for children’s literature and stories stems back to those days of my childhood, and as I went to college and whatnot I’ve still not lost my love of stories,” he said. West became a preschool teacher, certified in early childhood education. After working with kids he said he started looking into children’s literature and did what he calls “a ridiculous career choice” – he became a puppeteer. He carved his own marionettes and performed all over the state of Wisconsin. “The experience of performing for children really got me interested in the whole dimension of children’s’ culture,” he said. Focusing on childhood, he then went back to school for his master’s degree and PhD. He not only studied children’s literature, but the history of children’s television, plays and toys as well as the circus. When he started at UNC Charlotte in 1984, West was motivated by the rampant censorship of children’s literature at the time. He wrote a book called ‘Trust Your Children,” in which he interviewed several prominent children’s authors including Judy Blume and Norma Klein. He wished to give the authors a chance

Naked man arrested 23-year-old Austin McCabe was arrested on campus Jan. 29, 2012. His arrest took place after campus police found him naked near Fretwell. The arrest report says that McCabe was concealing a weapon. Two day after his arrest on campus, McCabe was arrested again for assault on a government official. McCabe is not a UNC Charlotte student. Eden Creamer

to speak out against censorship. “The authors weren’t being heard. So I thought to give them a chance to talk about why they wrote the things they wrote, and why they covered the things they covered,” said West. West has continued to teach in order to instill his love for children’s literature into the hearts of his students. “What I’m trying to do in teaching is to cultivate amongst my students a love of literature, a love of stories. I find that many of my students maybe started off being lovers of stories they loved to read when they were kids. And then they stopped reading,” he said. One teaching evaluation stuck out to him and constantly reminds him why he is teaching. The evaluation said, “I haven’t read a novel for years, but in your class I started reading novels again and now I can’t stop reading. And I remember what it was like to fall in love with a story.” He isn’t positive he can do that with all of his students, but when he read that evaluation he thought, “that’s what I’m trying to do. I’m trying to get my students to fall back in love with stories. To continue to read even after you’re done with college. And I hope they continue to read, and become teachers or even read stories to their own kids. It just makes life so much more interesting.”

Man busted on possession of drugs and fireworks Shaqueton Moore, a 23-year-old man from Graham, N.C., was arrested by university police Jan. 30, 2012. Moore was arrested in Scott Hall, around 9 p.m., for the possession of marijuana and fireworks. Both of these are felony charges. Moore is not a UNC Charlotte student. Eden Creamer




Obama Administration’s tuition plan may save students from debt Jordan McSwain J M C S WA 1 7 @ U N C C . E D U





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UNC Charlotte is expected to host 35,000 students and be the largest university in the UNC system by 2020. In the winter of 2011, the UNC Charlotte Board of Trustees approved a maximum 6.5 percent increase in tuition for the 2012-13 academic year. In a country where staying in the back for citizens is becoming harder and harder, a tuition increase is nothing less than a burden on families across the board. Higher education is becoming more of a luxury as the years increase and jobs decrease. As someone who does not agree with most of President Obama’s propositions, this one I fully support. With seemingly no other agenda, Obama is trying to save the middle class from being completely obliterated out of the university scene. With UNC Charlotte’s tuition increases, approximately $1.7 million were said to go to financial aid while the remaining $5 million were to offset budget decreases, which were possibly going to exceed $20 million. How will Obama’s new tuition plans affect UNC Charlotte, it’s funding and both the current and future students? Well as of right now, Americans are a little less than $2 billion more in debt through student loans than with credit card debt. Since this freshman class’s birth around 1994, tuition has almost been double from $9,719 to $17,131 in 2012. Through Obama’s plan, interest rates will be reduced on student loans but this requires state university’s cooperation. Although the interest could be lowered, the tuition could remain high and continue to

grow higher therefore cancelling any work done by the government. By Obama holding state funding just out of reach of schools, they are forced to lower prices to reach that and continue getting government funds in addition to regular tuition, community donations, patrons and other variations of income. Without Congress doing something soon, Stafford loans will undergo an increase from 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent in interest rates July 1, 2012. Families are going through layoffs, pay cuts and demotions across the country. This is not only causing stress on the workers of the households but the students and children as well. Dropouts are increasing, some work to help pay bills and of course the usual crowd of dropouts for varying reasons. If half of the 1.3 million high school dropouts from 2010 had graduated, they could have collectively raised $7.6 billion in a year. Though Obama’s education plans seem to be glistening with promise, one problem can be found. He aims to create a “1 program, 1 website, 1 path” campaign to turn practically all of education after high school into quick-and-easy technical schools. Obama says this will save resources, time and money. As much as I appreciate saving money on loans, I do not want my time at UNC Charlotte to be cut any shorter. I’m convinced four years here isn’t enough to take advantage of everything.

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Gabe demonstrates how to make pigs in a blanket in a special Super Bowl episode

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Kicking off its second season, “Gourmet with Gabe” is NinerTV’s very first cooking show hosted by mass communications major Gabriel Davis. Sporting a bow tie and button-up, you may have spotted Davis dancing around the UNC Charlotte campus from time to time. What you may not have known is that he is as well-versed in cooking as he is at dancing, and he has a Niner TV show to prove it. Made specifically for college students, “Gourmet with Gabe” only uses the most accessible ingredients and cooking utensils. Davis began shooting “Gourmet” last summer after a meeting with the cast of “Print Error.” According to Davis, the cast of the Niner sitcom gathered at cast member Camillia McKay’s apartment for a cast bonding. As Davis began shuffling through the apartment’s kitchen and pantry, he confessed his passion for cooking. Editor-in-Chief of NinerOnline, Erika Metzger, suggested he do a cooking show, and he eagerly agreed. While Davis has no professional experience cooking, he says that he has learned from the best. “[My mom] is a monster in the kitchen,” Davis said of his primary inspiration. “I never actually asked her what to do. I’d always just be in the kitchen watching what she would be doing. And that’s pretty much how I learned.” As any full-time college student already knows, finding the time to throw together a hot meal can be daunting. Despite Davis’ busy schedule, he consistently cooks for himself and others on a regular basis. “My roommates, they love it. I at least cook breakfast every day and meals for me and my roommates about every other day. I always cook enough so that we have leftovers for later,” he said. “I feel like it’s one of those things that especially in our society today, it’s [beneficial] to know how to do. Even if it’s something like Hamburger Helper, you at least kind of cook it. And it’s better for your body than a lot of the other things that we consume.” At first glance, “Gourmet with Gabe” may not seem very health-conscious, but as Davis explains, his recipes always include ingredients that he considers a step up from a typical college student diet. “With everything I cook, I make sure there is something green in it- on the side at least. We have a Gourmet with Gabe episode where we make fried chicken. Yes, we make fried chicken, but that’s not all we had, because that’s horrible for your body. It’s good to have some greasy foods occasionally, but I always have some sides of [vegetables].” In each episode, Davis walks viewers through a simple recipe that college students can do in their apartments or dorms, including fried chicken to chocolate crepes. In last Saturday’s special Super Bowl episode, Gabe demonstrated how to make three different recipes suitable for a Super Bowl party: pigs in a blanket, buffalo chicken dip and fried oreos. In addition to the health, social and economic benefits to being able to cook well, Davis ad-

mits that he has also experienced a boost in his romantic life. “[Girls] think I’m a gem,” he said before explaining that he feels that his culinary skills have provided him with a quality that helps him stand out from other college guys. Davis’ primary inspiration stems from his mother. Nevertheless, there are indications in “Gourmet with Gabe” that suggests that the series’ host is an avid viewer of network cooking programs. “It’s not even a cooking show, but it’s on the Food Network,” Davis said of his favorite cooking show. “It’s called ‘Unwrapped.’” “There are so many things in the world that we eat and enjoy, and they show you how to make it. And it’s so cool. “Another great show- ‘Paula Deen.’ I feel like she’s my grandma. I feel like I’m related to her somehow, because first of all she’s really country. And all the stuff she cooks is country.” Currently Gabriel Davis is in the mass communications undergraduate program. He plans on pursuing a career in broadcast entertainment in some fashion. “I was talking to someone the other day about maybe [being on or hosting] a cooking show on national status or maybe a sitcom or movie,” he said. “I would love to do it. I would love to do it all. I just don’t know what the first one would be. There is so much stuff I want to do.” Not unlike Paula Deen, faith continues to have a major impact on Davis’ motivation for pursuing a life in broadcast entertainment. “I love Jesus,” Davis said about hoping to find work in gospel entertainment. “I want to spread all the gifts that I have, while showing that it’s actually cool to be a Christian and be celibate and just chill and not do what everyone else is doing.” “Not at all,” Davis said when I pointed out that he is nothing like his character (Quig) in “Print Error.” “That’s why I love him. It’s not a challenge to do him, because I know a lot of people like him. I just watch the people around me and took all this stuff around me to make him. But I love Quig.”

With everything I cook, I make sure there is something green in it- on the side at least. It’s good to have some greasy foods occasionally, but I always have some sides of vegetables.

- Gabriel Davis

With an very distinctive yet polar opposite character already under his belt, “Gourmet with Gabe” features a side of Davis that you would not have known existed from just watching “Print Error.” “Gourmet with Gabe” airs every Monday night on Niner TV. Students can view episodes of the Niner TV sitcom “Print Error” which stars Gabriel Davis on the series’ YouTube channel.




‘Rocky Horror’ hits campus Ryan Pitkin RPITKIN@UNCC.EDU

People Recognizing Individual Diversity and Equality (PRIDE) is teaming up with the Student Health Center to showcase a shadow cast of the popular 1975 film “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” in the Student Union movie theater Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2012. A shadow cast involves an actual screening of the movie while performers act out the scenes in front of the screen. The actors in front of the screen are for the most part doing a pantomime of what is happening during the film. Boonie Green, president of PRIDE, organized the event after seeing similar performances at other Rocky Horror showings. “I’ve been an avid Rocky Horror fan my entire life and I am shocked that we’ve never had anything like that here.” PRIDE held a movie festival on campus last year and Green wanted to try something a little different this time. So she decided to put the wheels in motions. Last November, PRIDE held open auditions and tried to make it clear that anyone, whether affiliated with PRIDE or any other student organizations or not, could take part. The turnout was less than stellar. “We didn’t have a very good turnout at the auditions,” said Green. This didn’t hurt the shadow cast at all in Green’s opinion. “I am thrilled with the cast and everyone taking part is absolutely perfect for their roles.”

One of the people cast in the production was Scarlett Newman, who will be playing the lead female role; Janet.

“I am nervous, but I think that not many people have been exposed to [The Rocky Horror Picture Show] here on campus. It’s a cult classic so it will be good to expose that to more people,” said the 21-year-old junior. The festivities start at 7 p.m., when PRIDE will begin their version of “The

Virgin Games.” These small games, done for laughs, will be headed by a Mistress of Ceremonies. This idea, also borrowed from other Rocky Horror viewing parties around the city, revolves around the term (virgin) for people who have never

seen the movie. “It has nothing to do with sexual meanings of the word,” Green said. The idea behind most of the minigames, however, is very sexual in nature. Green is keeping the details of those games under wraps until game

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Rocky Horror isn’t the only movie involving the audience Repo! The Genetic Opera

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The film opened in limited cities, including Charlotte, in 2008. It has inspired shadow casts all around the country similar to the one being played out by PRIDE.

Dubbed by Entertainment Weekly as “the Citizen Kane of bad movies,” the horrible dialogue, meaningless frame shots and self-obsessed director/star has garnered a cult following.

This forthcoming science-fiction movie is experimenting with a new trend called “participatory cinema” in which an internet community of film enthusiasts pitch in with ideas.

The story revolves around a future in which widespread organ failure has left the population decimated and desperate. The director and cast members toured with the film for it’s openings.

Audience members gather at midnight showings to dress as their favorite characters, throw plastic spoons at the screen and toss footballs in the theater.

Other participatory cinema projects include “A Swarm of Angels,” in which producers hoped to fund the movie with $25 donations from 50,000 people.


M.I.A. “BAD GIRLS” Directed by: Romain Gavras Music’s coolest chick shows that videos aren’t dead.

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M.I.A.’s new video, released the first week of February, shows the Middle East in a way that I promise you have never seen it before. It’s hard to tell who would be more bothered by the scenes of women in saris driving luxury cars while robed men in keffiyehs get their gangster on in the background. The video, filmed in Morocco, shows the artist partying in the dusty streets while BMWs do donuts. She’s also seen riding on the side of a vehicle while it drives down the road on two wheels. You might want to focus if partaking in such behavior,

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but M.I.A. is rapping and filing her nails. The video was directed by Romain Gavras, the same man who directed her controversial gingerholocaust of a video for “Born Free.” This video and the accompanying song stay away from similar controversy. She seemed intent on just showing off the fact that she’s a badass, and it works.

night. The doors to the theater will open at 7:30 p.m. and the show will begin at 8 p.m. Props for the shadow cast are being provided by the Student Health Center. Green, who has worked on organizing the production by doing everything from directing it to designing the posters, is looking forward to a night of fun with such a creative expression of one of her favorite movies. “It’s really fun and informally entertaining,” she said. For those who don’t know, ‘The Rocky Horror Picture Show’ revolves around a couple named Janet and Brad (Susan Sarandon and Barry Bostwick, respectively) whose car breaks down, forcing them to pay a call to the residence of a bizarre scientist named Dr. Frank-N-Furter (Tim Curry) for help. The movie is credited with being Susan Sarandon’s breakthrough role. The newly-engaged couple is quickly swept up in an odd world where anything can (and will) happen. The movie, which is based on a British rock musical stage play, has the longest running theatrical release in film history. It became notorious in 1977 when moviegoers began participating with the movie in theaters. This is the root of the shadow cast adaptations of the film; the actual “Rocky Horror shows.” PRIDE’s shadow cast includes Newman as Janet, Jordan LeBron as Dr. Frank-N-Furter and Chris Leonard as Brad.




Where a Niner’s spare moments go CAMPUS TREND ALERT

Spring fever in February Haley Twist LIFESTYLE@NINERONLINE.COM

One of my journalism professors has been telling my class for the past two weeks that the reason why it is so sunny and warm in February instead of cold and snowing is because we are all wishing for spring. She’s right. I can’t speak for every UNC Charlotte student, but I for one am loving the recent warm weather. It has me fantasizing about floral prints, summery sandals and big floppy hats. So I open my wardrobe in my dorm room and realize that I do not have any of these items in my possession at the time. Why? Because it’s still winter. So what do I do? How do I dress for winter and spring at the same time? I have noticed that during my early morning classes people are dressed in their peacoats with boots and long sleeves. And then later in the day when the weather becomes insanely warm I see dresses, tank tops and yes, even shorts. Then it gets dark, and cold again. I have a lot of those moments when I address the weather and simply ask, “really?” As a busy student I do not have the time to change my outfit three times in one day. And I have yet to bring all my spring clothes back up to my dorm from my house where they are stored. So I’ve been asking myself all week how to get my winter wardrobe to accommodate warm streaks as well. And through experimentation I have figured out the basics do’s and don’ts. Do wear boots, don’t wear the furry ones Last week I attempted to get through the day wearing my go-to comfy winter boots. But not only are they thick and furry, they are also heavy. While they feel wonderful on cold or rainy days, in the sunny heat I felt like I was trudging through really thick mud. On the the other hand I felt perfectly comfortable in my suede and leather boots. Just say no to fur. Do wear long sleeves, don’t wear thick sweaters The great things about long sleeves is that you can always roll them up. This is simply all you need to do to get a long-sleeved shirt to transition into a more comfortable option for a warm day. Roll the sleeves back down when you get chilly. I made a classic mistake the other day though when I wore a wooly sweater to class. I wore it because the material is breathable. But as soon as that weather transitioned the sweater became a scratchy, sticky mess. Do roll up your jeans, don’t wear shorts A great way to make your jeans a little more comfortable in the heat is to roll up the bottoms a little bit and add a pair of ballet flats, sandals or even boots if your closet is still full of winter clothes like mine. Take this approach instead of wearing shorts. The jeans look great this way and still keep you warm during those chilly moments, while shorts cannot help you at all.


At the beginning of every semester, Housing and Residence Life gives on-campus UNC Charlotte residents a blank canvas, allowing students the opportunity to transform an empty block of space into a home. What each student does with the space is up to them.

Moore Hall 210 D eep inside the tower of Moore dwells the next Disney princess. Her royal quarters are fit for any girl who has ever loved the likes of Ariel, Belle and Cinderalla. Resident Advisor Katie Weaver has turned her 15’ x 10’ block into a dorm room fit for a queen. One of the perks of being an R.A. is having a double room, which includes two sets of furniture, to oneself. “Like [the princesses] I am fabulous and full of class. That sounded like something from the real housewives,” says Weaver jokingly. If you live on campus and believe your dorm room or apartment should be featured in the Lifestyle section, email Lee Pham at community@

Weaver arranges the beds in an L shape, designating one as the bed and the other as the couch.

The avid collector of Disney princess memorabilia accents her walls with a princess wallpaper border and Disney decals.

Underbed storage maximizes space.

Weaver resourcefully turns painted milk crates into a crafty bookshelf.

The express kitchen

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“I have had an obsession since birth and live and breathe the being of Princess Belle.” - Katie Weaver

Photos/ Katie Weaver

The appliance station includes two mini refrigerators, a microwave, a toaster oven and coffee maker.




49er Gentleman

stress management

Jordan McSwain

J M C S WA 1 7 @ U N C C . E D U

Practitioner of chivalry, well-dressed, well-mannered, confident and charming: a gentleman. The term has grown weaker over time with changes in pop culture, but instead of changing and leaving it, this is one thing that needs to stay constant in society. We are men. We like fighting and competition and facial hair and a huge assortment of things. We need to continue being gentlemen through it all. Through this column I want to discuss with you fashion, behavior, etiquette, movies, music and pop culture icons; a plethora of things that epitomize what is to be a gentlemen and how you can attain this status. People judge other people. Whether you mean to or not it is impossible to see someone without forming an opinion or impression of that person. Clothing covers most of a person’s body; therefore you are more apt to judge someone by what they are wearing because it is a way to express one’s self without speaking. A gentleman always looks like a gentleman, even without a coat and tie. Dressing well isn’t a matter of brand names or money; it’s about using what you have to attain class. Money does not buy class. We will discuss fashion at length with lots of variations with tips and tricks to look like a gentleman on a low budget. Behavior portrays who you are at one of the deepest levels. When you act low-class people think you are low-class. I’m not talking about your drunken mistakes, I mean turning and coughing on a colleague or letting a door shut on someone behind you without so much as a glance back. When you behave in a certain way people will always remember how you acted that one time and will lose respect for you quicker than you may think. Etiquette is how you deal with certain situations that require a behavior instead of just how you would act out of free will. Proper etiquette shows that as a gentleman you care enough about the people you are with to display manners of a certain caliber. Slurping the last bit of a drink out of a cup is showing everyone that no matter what they are doing, you are going to act like you are in the basement with the bros instead of meeting a girl’s parents. Gentlemen have raged through pop culture. People like Humphrey Bogart to Andy Griffith, to the more modern character, Don Draper from the television series “Mad Men.” All those have many things in common and a lot of things different about each one. When surveying these and countless others, dress and manners help display an aura of a true gentleman through acts of respect and politeness. As men we need to strive to impress. To show people that men aren’t pigs in recliners watching football at all times. Together we can start building a campus of gentlemen and then on from there. So until next time gentlemen, cheers.


A third year undergrad gives her veteran advice for coping with the responsibilities that college students are faced with. Michele Karr


It is the beginning of a new semester and hopefully most people are starting to get into the swing of things. According to the US College Admissions, students typically do better in the fall semester than in the spring. Maybe the taste of summer inching closer and closer makes it harder to concentrate, but there are many factors to this statistic. With all the good weather we’ve had recently, I know it has been tempting to ditch class and enjoy the pleasant climate. At the same time, many students are feeling the pressure of spring classes folding in. New teachers, new classrooms, maybe even new topics or ideas that you are not familiar with, whatever the case may be, there is always a solution. One thing my dad always told me that I got so sick of hearing is that “school is like a job.” You have to put in forty hours a week and so on and so forth. I know ideally this is the best way to approach college, but let’s get realistic, forty hours? That is close to six hours a day, and after being in class, plus work for many students, who has that much time to study? So what are the keys to having a successful semester?

The Sooner the Better Do not put things off. If you are the type of student that can wait until the last minute and get an “A” without stressing, then by all means keep up the work. Usually, though, when people procrastinate they turn in mediocre work and have to force themselves to do it at the last minute. This can lead to staying up all night, or having to cancel previous engagements, which no one enjoys doing. When you stay up all night, you usually can’t function as well and the next day will be a struggle. It is an unhealthy habit to form and could also have negative affects in the long run, such as irregular sleep patterns. The more you defer your work, the more likely it is to be on your mind. It may be difficult for some students to enjoy leisure activities when they know they have other obligations. Another thing to do quickly is to keep track of you are doing in each class. If you know you’re struggling in a class, talk to the teacher about how you can improve your grade. Most teachers will be happy to help you and will provide you with the resources to do so. Waiting until the end of the semester to see what extra credit you can do is simply a bad option. Usually, the teacher won’t have sympathy. Showing effort immediately, however, will give your instructor incentive to help you pass.

Relax Being worried about school can lead to high stress in a person’s life. When you are stressing out about schoolwork, other things in your life can be neglected such as work or personal relationships. People often feel that they have no time for things and are constantly busy with all their obligations. Not being able to relax will also cause strain on a person. It can throw you off so you don’t function as the best version of yourself that you can be. High stress also tends to weaken the immune system, putting you at higher risk of getting sick. This could cause you to miss class and get you behind, which can be even more stressful! Not to be hasty, but as you can tell it is a lot easier to get behind in your school work that to be on top of it. We all run into times when we have to miss class for necessary reasons. If you do, be sure you can get the notes for the class online. In case that you can’t ask a friend in the class for the notes or a classmate the next time you go. Shy people don’t have to worry either! Moodle enables you to email your classmates and someone will be happy to send you their notes! Keeping up with your class will make it easier for you not to worry about upcoming events in a class and will help you stay prepared, in turn making school less stressful.

Make a Schedule This is why it is so important to get the ball rolling! The most manageable way to a successful semester is to schedule out when you are going to do homework or study for each class. Set aside the specific time and stick to it week by week. Soon it will become a part of your routine and will seem as normal as going to class. This also makes studying for test easier because you are preparing for it little by little so it won’t seem as overwhelming when the time does come. Having a regimented schedule is an efficient solution to stay on top of your work and stress free. Also, you will notice you will enjoy your time to relax because you won’t be worried about your work. It will also seem like you have more free time, because you know ahead when you will be available. This enables you to make time for things you can enjoy for yourself. Don’t be a statistic this semester and let your grades drop. Get up and get going and make it a noteworthy semester!







Let’s Talk About It: Gender Student Union Rm 266


Robinson Hall Belk Theater $6 Student 8:00 pm


Balloon Bears

CBAP Exam Prep

11:00 am

9:00 am - 4:30 pm

Student Union Rotunda

5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Fresh Ink Music Series


February Open Mic Night Student Union Norm’s All Day

UNC Charlotte Center City

REAL MEN 49er BBall Challenge Halton Arena

5:30 pm - 6:30 pm



Valentine’s Orchid Sale McMillan Greenhouse 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Experiential Learning & PartTime Job Fair

Cone Center Lucas Room 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm


Homecoming Tailgating: Custom Car Flags Lot 19

11:00 am

Suite 49: Green and Gold Affair Student Union Multipurpose Room 8:00 pm

February 05, 1944 Beckwith convicted of killing Medgar Evers

February 06, 1952 Elizabeth becomes queen

February 07, 1964 Beatles arrive in New York

February 08, 1943 Americans secure Guadalcanal

February 09, 1971 Satchel Paige nominated to Baseball Hall of Fame

February 10, 1996 Kasparov loses chess game to computer




The Colored Museum Robinson Hall for the Performing Arts Black Box Theater 2:00 pm $6





BASEBALL from pg.1 With a team returning its entire starting rotation, consisting of a Collegiate Baseball News All-American (Andrew Smith) and three former freshmen All-Americans (Joe Yermal, Corey Roberts, and Tyler Barnette), Hibbs understand that coaches and fans alike anticipate success this from this program. “A lot of people will run and hide from high expectations, we don’t do that,” Hibbs said. “We tell our guys embrace it and welcome it. We want to be good.” The Niners will rely heavily on their starters, but do boast a deep bullpen full of left and right-handed relievers allowing Hibbs to change looks on the mound. “When you play good teams you’ve got to have as much balance and depth as possible pitching wise,” Hibbs said. It doesn’t hurt to have two veteran catchers behind the plate in Ross Steely and Miquel Rodriquez that have developed unquestioned continuity with the pitching staff. Hibbs knows what he has in his pitchers, catchers and other veteran players, but doesn’t know what impact his younger players will have on this team. “If any coach tells you in any sport that they know what’s going to with their young guys they’re lying to you,” Hibbs joked. “They have no idea.” “There’s going to be some that are going to be playing,” Hibbs said. “Some of them may be playing pretty significant roles before it’s all said and done.” One thing is for certain; Hibbs and the Niners baseball team will practice hard

Coach Hibbs and the Charlotte 49ers men’s baseball team return this season with high expectations after last season’s NCAA appearance. File Photo and hang their hats on playing defense and pitching. “The whole deal for us is about the daily process,” Hibbs said when asked about his expectations of this team. “If we can have six good days every week where we practice or play, the end result will be there.” Hibbs hopes that the end result will be another conference crown and a return trip to the NCAA tournament, only with a better ending. Hibbs attributes a lack of physicality for the downfall of his team at last year’s NCAA Regional in Tempe, Arizona. “We got on the road against legitimate top-ten caliber teams and we got exposed a little bit,” Hibbs said of last year’s trip to the NCAA tournament. “We were a little bit fatigued and we just weren’t physically strong enough to be able to play at that level.” Hibbs said the issue has been addressed and measures have been put in place to as-

sure that isn’t the issue again this year. “If we can continue to play at a fast place offensively and add a little bit of physicality to it we’ve got a chance to really play at a high level,” Hibbs said. Hibbs also learned lessons from the men’s soccer team who reached the NCAA Championship match this past December after losing in the conference tournament. “If our season doesn’t go great at times we need to keep playing and grinding because we can learn from what men’s soccer did,” Hibbs said in comparing the two teams. 49ers baseball is sure to produce a great product on the field and the Charlotte community has recognized their success. Season tickets for the lower bowl of Robert and Miriam Hayes Stadium have sold out for the third straight season. Hibbs said it best, “It’s a great place to watch a game.” First pitch of the 2012 season is set for

Feb. 17 at Hayes Stadium as the Niners take on Saint Peter’s in a four game weekend series.




Women’s Basketball

Men’s Basketball @ Dayton 11 a.m.

vs. U Mass.

Friday Track & Field @ Clemson Tiger Paw All Day Women’s Tennis @ Dayton 1 p.m.


Coach Loren Hibbs Played college baseball at Wichita State University. Charlotte Head Baseball Coach since 1993. Averages more than 30 wins per season at Charlotte. Has both coached and played in a College World Series Championship game. Has led the Niners to six regular-season conference championships, four conference tournament titles and made the NCAA tournament five times.


80-58 Men’s Basketball


@La Salle

69-62 Men’s Tennis




Men’s Basketball

Women’s Basketball


vs. Rhode Island








The first 25 Nathan Butler EMAIL@UNCC.EDU

Just a day after signing their first recruiting class, the Charlotte 49ers welcomed 250 fans for their first Football Signing Chalk Talk Reception. Head coach Brad Lambert and his staff spent the evening highlighting the careers and playing styles of all 25 members signed for the inaugural class. “What a tremendous crowd,” Lambert said. “It speaks to the excitement for the program. You guys have been just as im-

Coach Lambert shares how Alan Barnwell’s fax made him the first 49er football team member.

Offensive Coordinator Jeff Mullin briefs the audience on quarterbacks.

portant in our recruiting - our students, alums, and the community - the guys would talk about that excitement. They could feel it. They could see it.” Thursday’s event gave the audience a chance to meet and greet all of the coaches that make up the historic team set to take the field in late August of 2013. As each coach spoke about the players they would be coaching, a sense of excitement overfilled the room where applause could be heard. Who are some of the standouts? Alan Barnwell Barnwell was the first player to verbally commit to the 49ers program, as he was named the Mid-State 2A all-conference offensive player of the year and was an all-conference choice for the Cummings High School Cavaliers. Barnwell rushed for over 600 yards and 13 touchdowns, while adding over 200 receiving yards. “Alan is a very physical running back that has the ability to be a homerun every time he touches the ball,” said Charlotte 49ers head coach Brad Lambert.

Matt Johnson Johnson was the 65th ranked prospect in North Carolina, according to Johnson led his Maiden High School team to an 8-4 record and finished his career with approximately 3000 yards rushing and 4000 yards passing with over 70 total touchdowns. “Matt has the ability to step into a room and immediately become the center of attention, a leader. That’s a great quality to have in a quarterback,” said Lambert.

Over 250 alumni, faculty, students, and supporters of Charlotte 49ers football attended Chalk Talk last Thursday. Coach Brad Lambert and his coaching staff described the skills of each new recruit. Photos by Corbin Peters

Defensive Coordinatior Bruce Tall gives insight into several of the 49er recruits who plan to play defence in 2013.

Joe Tereshinski, the Inside Receivers Coach goes into several dual-threat recruits.

Casey Perry Perry was an all-area choice and the PAC 6 Lineman of the Year for Hillside’s State Championship team. As a junior lineman, Perry was ranked 167th in ESPN’s national rankings. Perry was also ranked as a three-star prospect by Rivals. com. “Casey continues the trend with bringing size to the program. He is another very athletic kid that also brings a ton of personality to the group,” said Lambert.

Jaquil Capel West Montgomery quarterback, Jaquil Capel, originally made a commitment to play football at Appalachian State, but decided to be a 49er. As a four year starter, Capel has been considered one of the most dynamic players in the state, finishing his high school career with over 100 touchdowns, rushing for 78 and passing for 35. He was also responsible for over 8,582 total yards during his tenure at West Montgomery High School.

Niner Times - February 7, 2012  

The February 7, 2012 issue of the Niner TImes

Niner Times - February 7, 2012  

The February 7, 2012 issue of the Niner TImes