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Niner Garden Guide Today marks the first day of spring at UNC Charlotte. With flowers blooming and warm weather take advantage of the scenery by walking through one of the several campus gardens.


NINERTIMES Tuesday, March 20, 2011

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Niners tie the Charlotte Eagles

Campus prepared in case of tornado Christina Mullen CMULLEN6@UNCC.EDU

Freshman Giuseppe Gentile scored twice against the Charlotte Eagles in the game Saturday, March 17, 2012. Photo by Michael Stennett. Michael Brennan


The Charlotte 49ers Men’s Soccer team took the field on Saturday in the hopes of defeating the Charlotte Eagles of the USL (United Soccer League), during the second spring exhibition game of the season. “We love playing the Eagles.” said Charlotte head coach Kevin Langan. “They’re our neighbor, so I guess you could just call it the ‘Battle of Charlotte’. Whoever wins this gets bragging rights for being the best team in Charlotte.” The 49ers contested the Eagles efforts and stretched the field in a game that featured an offensive showcase from No. 11 freshman forward, Giuseppe Gentile. Charlotte’s aggressive play was matched by their opponent in every minute of the match and eventually led the 49ers to fall behind the Eagles. Gentile, with the help of Jennings Rex, allowed the 49ers to find success and equalize the score at 2-2. After five penalty kicks from both sides that were successful for the 49ers and Eagles, the match was called a draw. Saturdays match against the Eagles proved to be no small task for the men’s soccer team; from the get-go you could anticipate the heat of the match. Charlotte’s efforts in the first 45-minutes of the match was marked by possession and scoring

opportunities. The 49ers were storming out of the gate and proved to be too much early on for the experienced USL club. Gentile was the first to tally a score after beating his marker and placing a left-footed shot on the inside post just past the keeper.


I think the expectations are there for everyone to see how we’ve been doing over the last three years. Our record over the last three years has been fantastic. -Coach Langan

Charlotte took the 1-0 lead early on but would have no answer for the ensuing Eagles possession. The Charlotte Eagles would score just before the half to carry their momentum into the break and begin to threaten the 49ers with their high motor offense. The Eagles then exploited the 49ers


defensive miscues and capitalized, making the score 2-1 in the 53 minute. Charlotte then countered with their own explosive offense, when Gentile bested the Eagles keeper for the second time. “He had two fantastic goals,” said head coach Kevin Langan. “One [goal] with his left foot, he just drove past the defender and drilled it into the hole, and one just by being alert in the box. He picked up a loose ball and drilled it with his right foot.” The offensive run put on by the 49ers was enough to get by against the Eagles until the match came to a close. With the match squared up at two, both teams took five penalty kicks and did not miss any of them. The expectations placed on this squad are rather high, but that doesn’t cause reason for concern. “I think the expectations are there for everyone to see how we’ve been doing over the last three years. Our record over the last three years has been fantastic.” As the team continues to look forward into the 2012 season, they can only hope to see the same success that they earned in the previous one making their debut in the College Cup Finals.




Campus Trend Alert: Denim shorts are everywhere this season with several styles poping up around campus.

The Niners fought in rain and shine this weekend but fell short of a win

Spring Fashion: Check out

against Dallas Baptist.

UNC Charlotte students and what they are wearing.

Hookah: A social experience that flourishes on a college campus. p.8-9

Niner Baseball’s Corbin Shive hit a


homerun in game game three.



Saturday March 3, 2012, an EF-2 tornado touched down in Harrisburg, N.C. around 2:34 a.m. With winds of about 135 mph and destruction 3.2 miles long, 192 homes were damaged as the storm tore through Mecklenburg and Cabarrus counties. The tornado was four miles away from UNC Charlotte. Joshua Allen, the Business Continuity Analyst at UNC Charlotte, is one of the individuals responsible for developing a tornado plan on campus. In regards to the tornado on March 3 Allen said, “We sent out a severe weather advisory on the second. We were seeing an unusual prediction of severe tornado threats.” Alerts are sent out based on three tiers of threat level: high threat, medium threat and threat. “We fell in between the third tier and the second tier so at the time, and given the difference in weather we are experiencing now, we made the decision based on the national weather service to send out a severe weather advisory,” said Allen. TORNADO p.4

Honoring women at annual event Elizabeth Bartholf

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This week UNC Charlotte will join countries worldwide in celebrating the achievements and contributions of women in its seventh annual International Women’s Day. The event is free and open to all UNC Charlotte students, faculty and staff and will be held Thursday, March 22, at 3:30 p.m. in the Student Union Multipurpose Room. “I thought bringing International Women’s Day [to UNC Charlotte] would be a nice unification for women across all cultures on our campus because it’s designed to incorporate students, faculty and staff both from the U.S. and around the world,” said Denise Medeiros, Assistant Director at UNC Charlotte’s International Student/ Scholar Office (ISSO). Medeiros previously worked in Cornell University’s ISSO and helped start Cornell’s own celebration of International Women’s Day before founding celebrations at UNC Charlotte. The celebration will include a reception with refreshments and recognition ceremony to honor U.S. and international female students, faculty and staff nominated by peers for supporting international and women’s initiatives and community service. WOMEN p.4




SGA Senate candidates: With elections coming up the Student Government Association’s Senate candidates let students know why they decided to run for office. Part two will be in Thursday’s issue of the Niner Times. Candidates without photographs requested simply text or did not provide photos.






WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO RUN? “I decided to run for Senator of the Belk College of Business because I want to be a direct bridge from students to the senate.”



“I chose to run for candidacy because I have always had a strong will to give back to my community and my current community is my school.”


French and International Studies/English


“I decided to run for the senate position in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, for I am a political and social enthusiast and as a senator I would like to be more involved in the Student Government decisions in order to safeguard my fellow students’ interests, satisfy at my best their concerns and try to ameliorate the interaction between faculty and students.”



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Finance and Management



“I decided to run for candidacy because I want to make an impact on UNC Charlotte before I graduate. If elected I want to help better SGA along with helping other students and organizations see how SGA can benefit them.”

MAJOR/MINOR: Economics


“I am running for senate to liven the interaction between the structural side of the Belk College and open it up for student input.”






“I am running because I love the student government here at UNC Charlotte.”

MAJOR/MINOR: Political Science and Finance


“I decided to run for the office of SGA Senator because I wanted to get involved in our school to make the educational experience for fellow students at UNC Charlotte a more positive one.”



Africana Studies/American Studies


“I am interested in being the voice for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. I am also very interested in politics and believe that serving on SGA would be a great opportunity to learn government related responsibilities and organizational structure.”



Exercise Science and Political Science/History

WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO RUN? “Because I want to be a part of positive change in the university.”



Pre-Business/Software Information Systems


“I decided to re-run for senate because it has helped me get involved with certain issues on campus, and it has made me more outgoing, and also I feel being in senate I can help out other constituents of mine with any problems they have and be a voice for them.”




“I decided to run for Student Senate because I have served this past year for the first time, and I throughly enjoy serving my constituents.”




TORNADO from p.1

seamless were shocked to learn that a tornado had hit in early March. “I remember Students who stayed at school for spring the storm moving over my house at approxbreak may have heard the testing of this si- imately 3 a.m. because it woke me up,” said ren Tuesday, March 6, 2012. Allen was able Allen. “I looked at my phone just to see if to hear it from his office in the Police and I had gotten any emails from the National Public Safety (PPS) building. Various tor- Weather Service.” nado exercises were carried out to ensure Allen noticed that he had not received that things run smoothly in the event of a any information so he assumed that the tornado on campus. university area was safe. It wasn’t until he In the event of a tornado striking cam- was on his way to work that he realized the pus, students will need to seek shelter im- gravity of the situation. mediately. Students are asked to move “Had we seen an alert from them about away from windows and to seek shelter at a tornado warning for the university area, the interior of the building on the first floor we would have immediately activated our away from glass. Students are to remain emergency alert system and those who are there until PPS gives the all-clear to move. signed up would have received a text mes“Most of these buildings will hold up for sage. Everyone on campus would have an EF-2 because of the institutional build- known because the siren would have gone ing codes,” said Allen. off,” said Allen. Housing and Residence Life released a Since the miscommunication from the statement on their webpage to “Stay away National Weather Service Allen and several from the top floors of the halls and any ar- other staff members have been looking to eas with exterior glass windows. Go to the formulate a more accurate way to deterlowest floor in the building.” mine severe weather threats to campus. Allen also mentions that the university “We started looking into other options for uses a text message based system to alert weather services so that our telecommunistudents of inclement weather. “We do cations center, which is the life node of any have a system called Public Information emergency on this campus, is always aware and Emergency Response (PIER),” said of what other radars are showing, what Allen. The PIER system is also used by the other information is out there,” said Allen. Coast guard and was Allen says that instrumental to sucthere are two main cess during the BP things they have In case of a tornado Oil Spill. learned from the 1- Seek shelter indoors “For our use we recent tornado. encourage students 2- Move away from windows “We’ve decided to to enroll,” said Aldo two things. In3- Stay on the first floor len. It is currently vestigate what adan opt-in sign-up so ditional weather students who are inrelated services are terested can visit www.unccharlottealerts. out there in order to enhance our capability com or go to the Business Continuity Plan- to make effective response decisions,” said ning page at for more Allen. “And foster a working relationship information. with our meteorology department to gather UNC Charlotte has numerous other more information about severe weather.” ways to keep students informed. The most PPS along with multiple other offices basic of which is a yellow and red bar that and individuals have made student safety will be visible across the top of the UNC their top priority. With tornado season in Charlotte homepage. action Allen and the rest of his team are Allen and several of the other staff in- working to make sure that the student body volved in making severe weather response stays as informed as they can be.

WOMEN from p.1

Participants of the 2011 International Women’s Day pose together for a group shot. Photo courtesy of the UNC Charlotte Office of International Programs.

All nominees are recognized equally and there is currently no limit on the number of accepted nominations. This year 35 UNC Charlotte women will be recognized. “We have lots of amazing women on our campus. To see new women recognized and to hear their stories is inspiring. I am proud to be able to provide the venue for this,” said Medeiros. Previous years’ nominees include active students demonstrating leadership qualities, award-winning professors and dedicated staff members. One student collected funds to build a house for a family of 11 living under a bridge in her hometown in Brazil. The same year a faculty member was recognized for work establishing a hospital-based domestic violence response program. A custodian was recognized for welcoming all at UNC Charlotte equally. International Women’s Day grew from the 1900s movement supporting women’s right to work, vote and hold public office. Today it is an official holiday in many countries, including Afghanistan, Cambodia, China, Cuba, Kazakhstan, Russia, Uganda, Ukraine, Vietnam and Zambia. In Russia, men traditionally give flowers to the significant women in their lives and even women they pass on the street. In

China, female government workers may get a half-day paid leave. The United Nations recognizes International Women’s Day and has held several global conferences to coordinate support for women’s rights. “[At Charlotte’s event] the emphasis is on reminding and educating about [women’s] history, taking a look the present and looking forward to the future,” said Medeiros. The International Women’s Day Planning Committee, chaired by Medeiros, includes students, faculty and staff working to promote the event. The Multicultural Resource Center is the event’s co-sponsor. The event also includes a performance by Women’s Glee, UNC Charlotte’s all female choir. “We hope men will feel welcome to come as well,” she said. Both men and women on campus have participated in past events. “It’s not intended to be a divisive day. It’s a day to call attention to the plight of women,” said Medeiros. Medeiros hopes to see another successful celebration this year and continued future growth. “We would like as many people as possible on our campus to enjoy [International Women’s Day].”




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Imagine walking into a Starbucks only to realize that beer and wine are now on the menu. Sounds bizarre, right? Well, in California it’s only a matter of months until customers will have to specify what kind of shots they want. California is known for being a trend setter but what we are all curious to know is how long until Charlotte is serving up ice cold beers at your local coffee shop. California is always the first to try new things and that’s what makes you either love it or hate it. When I was in high school every summer I’d take a trip to Los Angeles. I always came back with the coolest clothes and stories of all the famous people I’d seen. While I was there, I made sure to go to my favorite frozen yogurt place, Pinkberry, as much as I could. However, I was shocked when I saw that Phillips Place near Southpark was opening its very own Pinkberry not too long ago. Maybe we will have to wait and see how it goes in California but marijuana is still not legal here so we may be waiting a while. Burger King and Sonic are also experimenting with alcohol sales in the US. When I first heard about this situation,

I was obviously excited. Caffeine, alcohol, and friends in a public setting sounds like a lot of fun. However, the more I thought about it, the more I thought of how Starbucks was helpful to me as a high school students and still is helpful to me as a college student. Teenagers are constantly dying for a way to get out of their house and Starbucks is the perfect place for peace and quiet. Less studying for teens isn’t the only disadvantage to Starbucks selling alcohol. Many issues such as underage drinking or drinking and driving may arise from such ease of attaining alcohol. “Since I work at a bar, I know the crowd that accompanies selling alcohol and while some might want it, I’d prefer to keep my Starbucks adventures with only homework, friends and a quick caffeine-only pick me up.” said Sara Hambright, a sophomore here at UNC Charlotte. I can’t imagine reminding my friend to grab their ID before we head off to Starbucks but only time will tell if we will ever have this experience. Although, at first, it might sound awesome to the typical college student to imagine drinking beers with friends at Starbucks, in the end we love Starbucks because it’s an escape from the loud, obnoxious world and into the world of schoolwork.

Your new Facebook stalker is your boss Jack Harding JHARDI37@UNCC.EDU

Here is a classic scenario that we are all going to eventually be going through, probably for summer jobs and when we finally have to start a career. If you are applying for a job, should you consider how you are being portrayed on the internet? More importantly should you worry about your potential boss looking at the ‘real you’ on Facebook? A couple of semesters ago I did some research into Facebook, I wanted to understand why people wanted to let the whole world know what is going on in their lives. I discovered that more than half of your ‘friends’ on Facebook are people you wouldn’t even stop and talk to if you passed them on the street. In doing this people are making their lives very public and are probably unaware of how much information they are sharing with strangers. This allows people to get the wrong impression of you and making assumptions based on what you chose to share on the World Wide Web. This leads me to asking the question “Are you 100% sure who can see your online self and how much information is available to these people?” I would say probably not. So this leads to the question “Should we worry about potential employers seeing the ‘real’ us online and do they have the right to practically stalk us? As this is an opinion article I am going to say no, my social life is my social life and my work life is my work life. There is an old saying that I live by and that is, if you work hard you can play hard. My work life and my own personal life

should never mix and what I do in my own time is my own business. Obviously I am not going to want my potential boss seeing a photo of me passed out in my own vomit next to a half naked girl. This is something I wouldn’t want my own mother to see, in that case it wont be available for anybody to see, so I’m still in charge of portraying someone I’m not if I want to. Then again there might be a picture of me and my friends at a party where we have all had a little too much to drink because of one night out. Looking at this photo one might assume that I do this on a regular basis and base an opinion on that information, therefore it’s going to be easy to misunderstand somebody by looking at his or her Facebook for good and bad reasons. In my opinion, if a boss needs background information they need to talk to people that know me, for example old teachers or employers and friends and check my criminal background at the appropriate level for the job. I have nothing to hide about myself but looking at something that is about my personal life is something that my friends and I mold for fun interaction online, nothing more. If you are concerned about employers wanting to meet the online version of you then I would consider these few tips: Have a profile picture that shows you in a sensible light, use proper sentence structure in status updates, avoid getting into online disputes, do not post anything negative about your job interview, employer and most importantly avoid posting about anything that may offend people for example religion, race, gender or sexuality.


Dear Norm,

Dear Norm, I am taking a really difficult class right now that I am only allowed to take twice because of university rules. I am worried about failing this class. Should I drop? How do I drop? What will a droped class look like on my transcript? You’re the best Norm, Failing Niner Dear Failing Niner, That is a wonderful question that I’m sure is beginning to burn in the minds of many students around this time of the semester. Any decision such as the decision of dropping a class or not has the potential of being daunting if not properly informed. The number one advice I can give is to communicate with the professor. I cannot give a cut and dry answer to your question because it is so dependent upon the particular class, professor and the situation overall. First things first, shoot your professor an email and just be honest. Ask something to this effect: “At this point in the semester is it possible for my grade in this class to be brought up significantly?” If you want a hint to what the answer will be, take a quick peak at your syllabus way back from day one of the semester. The syllabus probably has the grade breakdown of the class. For example, if the tests are eighty percent of the grade, and you have already taken two out of three tests with a failing or near failing grade, then you probably won’t be able to bring the grade back up to the level that you would wish for. Depending on the professor, he or she may give you an opportunity for extra credit but don’t necessarily count on that, especially if you wait until the end of the semester. If the professor advises you to stay in the class, then seek tutoring at UCAE (University Center for Academic Excellence) and maybe seek help from someone who is doing well in the class. If you do choose to drop the class based on professor recommendation, then there will be a “W” on your transcript and you can take the class again over the summer or next semester. If you decide to take the class next semester, try to find a friend who is taking the same class so you can study together and check to make sure you have a good professor teaching the class. If you have the potential to raise your grade though, avoid dropping the class and just devote more time to the class to raise the grade. It is not a good habit to drop classes when they are difficult because that delays graduation and ultimately wastes your time and money. I hope this helps you and I wish you the best of luck in your class and in your decision. If you decide to stay in the class and need any advice on study tips, let me know. And remember that first thing’s first; contact your professor! Sincerely, Norm Got something to ask Norm? Send it to




UPCOMING EVENTS IN THE BOTANICAL GARDENS Birds: Spring Behavior Saturday March 23-24/ McMillan Greenhouse Cost: $81, pre-registration required

Creating a Certified Backyard Habitat Sunday March 29-31/ McMillan Greenhouse Cost: $81, registration required

Niner Guide: Touring the Botanical Gardens B Y B A R RY FA L L S J R / / P H O T O G R A P H S B Y B A R RY FA L L S J R A N D H O L L I G A R R I D O

Susie Harwood Garden Susie Harwood Garden is three acres of branching stone paths and a collection of ornamental trees and shrubs. A visit to this garden will give Niners a new appreciation for botanical aesthetics.

“Welcome to the Garden,” reads the stone in the corner of the Asian garden (pictured to the right). The Moon Gate archway (pictured to the left) features a colorful stone scape and bright botany that succeeds in fusing Korean, Chinese and Japanese cultural expression of yin-meets-yang harmony. The Asian garden is a welcoming step into Oriental culture.

With pre-spring blooms that carry into late fall, Susie Harwood is a picturesque garden full of diversity and color. Take a short trek around this three-acre garden and it’s not hard to find your favorite spot. The gorgeous kaleidoscope of wildflowers, azaleas, bulbs and flowering shrubs and trees make each visit to the Harwood Garden a new experience as the season changes. A small sign reads, “Little Crowder’s Mountain” on a small patch of landscape (pictured to the left). With stones and plants from the beloved State Mountain, this little plot of land serves as a small piece of home for Niners from Gastonia or King’s Mountain. A small pond (pictured to the right) is centered in the Susie Harwood Gardens with a large orientalstyled gazebo over-looking it. Though just a short distance from Mary Alexander Road, the Susie Harwood Garden is almost completely silent with the trinkling sound of the waterfall in the center pond and the chirps of the garden’s ariel wild life.

Van Landingham Glen Founded by biology Professor Herbert Hechenbleikner in 1966, the Glen contains over 1,000 native species of trees, shrubs, wildflowers and ferns from all over the Carolinas. The gazebo entrance (pictured to the right) leads directly to the grave of Bonnie Cone, the founder of UNC Charlotte. Bonnie Cone and Dr. Hechenbleikner believed that a university campus was not complete without the educational and cultural resource of a well-managed garden. The UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens promises “a natural calm and contemplative atmosphere of a mountain woods- a retreat right on campus.” Van Landingham Glen is just that. After 46 years of existence, Van Landingham Glen continues to be the home of the most diverse collections of rhododendron, like the one pictured to the left. Beginning in the spring and then peaking into the summer, wild flowers are the highlight of the Van Landingham Glen Gardens. An old log cabin is located near the side entrance, adding character to the seven-acre woodlands. The cabin was built in the 1970s.




McMillan Greenhouse Eight rooms displayed in the figure to the right make up the McMillan Greenhouse each with its own unique character. Walking through the connecting doors is like walking into an entirely different ecosystem with different types of plants and changing degrees of temperature and humidity. The garden presents a sense of exoticism and diversity with influences from around the world- small microcosms of places many Niners would not otherwise be able to experience. a. Seasonal Room The seasonal room is home to different perennials and annuals that the staff has accumulated from other botanical gardens, commercial greenhouses and nurseries and other plant professionals.





d. Tropical Rainforest Conservatory The tropical rainforest conservatory contrains a small waterfall pictured to the right as well as several species of rainforest botany. e. Tropical Room A big favorite among garden visitors, the tropical room contains a variety of spice and fruit plants such as the pineapple pictured to the right as well as other odd edibles. f. Cactus Room The Cactus Room is full of desert succultents year round. Aloe leaves, living stones and an assortment of potted cacti are also spread around the cactus room. Visitors can purchase small succulents for ten dollars. Succulents are resilient plants that require bright light and good drainage. g. Dinosaur’s Garden A steel Deinonychus is centered in the middle of the Dinosaur Garden. The Dino Garden showcases some of the more primitive plants from around the world. For over 50 years, the McMillan Greenhouse has continued to serve as a living, growing classroom for biology students and non-biology students alike. Much like the other gardens of the park, visitors can find hard-working staff who regularly maintain the gardens who are willing to answer any questions you might have about the plants. A donation box is attached to the visitor’s desk at the entrance of the greenhouse. Before leaving the garden, be sure to drop a few dollars to help the garden continue to grow.

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c. The Nishi Jamgotch, Jr. Orchid Room The gardens will have their spring garden sale April 20-21st where visitors can find wildflowers, trees and shrubs, perennials, carnivorous plants, orchids, tropicals and indoor plants as well as experts to answer any of your questions about the plants.


East entrance

b. Research Room Carnivorous plants are the garden director Dr. Larry Mellichamp’s speciality. It should come to no surprise that the research room is full of venus fly traps, bogs and pitcher plants. Small signs (like the one in picture of ‘f’ to the right) indicate that the plant was featured in Mellichamp’s book “Bizarre Botanicals.” Small venus fly traps are available for purchase for eight dollars each, although they do require more maintainance than typical house plants.


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Dr. Larry Mellichamp on the botanical gardens

How many of the plants are native to North Carolina? In the Vanlandingham Glen, which is a garden of Carolina natives, we have over 1,000 species of trees, shrubs wildflowers andf ferns from the Carolinas. There are about 3,500 species in the wild, including weeds, grasses and many plants we cannot grow (from cooler high mountains or totally wrong habitats here) or do not want to grow (too large, not showy enough). What is the history of the cabin in Van Landingham Glen? Has it ever served any particular purpose? It was built first in 1972 as a tool house. Dr. Hechenbleikner was a professor of biology, who founded the gardens. He built it from old barn logs. It was repaired in 1987 and re-roofed and repaired again in 2011. Presently it is a focal point for childrens programs and merely a rustic feature of the garden. What is your favorite place in the gardens? Many favorites, but i like the views from the trail that are parallel from Mary Alexander Rd. So I send visitors there first. We have nice short loop trails that start at the log cabin and go through many spring wildflower areas in the gardens. See sign and brochure.

Dr. Mellichamp at the east entrance of the greenhouse tending to some potted venus fly traps. What plants have been added most recently? Native wildflowers in theglen to give a bigger show– foamflower, ferns, virginia bluebells, to name a few. How much daily, hands-on accommodation do the plants in the greenhouse need? Every plant in the greenhouse needs checking every day. Some need daily water, some weekly. Pruning and repotting is done as needed; pest control is done weekly.

Do you have your own personal garden? I do grow many plants in my small city lot at home. Many shrubs and wildflowers, as experiments to see what wil grow and as seed sources for plants to start for the gardens here. Bizarre Botanicals was published in late 2010. Do you have any intentions on writing another book? I am working on a book called “Native Plants of the Southeast and Their Landscape Uses.” It will come out in 2013. With the endless building expansions on campus, do you ever feel limited by the space that the UNC Charlotte campus provides? We have 10 acres which we cannot expand. I hope it will always be safe, but we never know.

You can find UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens Director Dr. Larry Mellichamp and Assistant Director Paula Gross’ acclaimed book “Bizarre Botanicals: How to Grow String-of-Hearts, Jack-in-the-Pulpit, Panda Ginger, and Other Weird and Wonderful Plants” through Timber Press, Amazon or at the McMillan Greenhouse.




Where a Niner’s spare moments go




Jean-short guide Haley Twist LIFESTYLE@NINERONLINE.COM

The weather seems to have finally made up it’s mind in the Charlotte area, allowing everyone on campus to whip out their spring and sum-

mer clothes. This means bright colors, floppy hats, pretty sandals and yes, classic jean shorts that seem to never go out of style. But the best thing about jean shorts is the fact that they aren’t so classic anymore. They come in a variety of washes, styles, colors, details and lengths. While in the past I have stuck to the short-short look in about four or five colors, I never really found a pair that I loved. I simply wore them because they were comfortable and kept me cool in the summer hear. So this year I have decided to play with the different lengths and styles until I find my perfect pair of jean shorts. And what many lengths I have to choose from! Super short shorts Some love them, some hate them. While they are normally my go-to summer staple, I drifted away from them a bit in 2011 and feel the same way now. But they do still have their uses. They are great to throw over a bathing suit or for a day of lounging around campus. They look great with relaxed t-shirts and tank-tops, but my complaint is that with the increasing long shirt trend, some shorts are not long enough to be seen under the long tops. Classic cut-offs I love denim shorts that are a bit longer and have the fringy cut-off look. Now that is a timeless pair of shorts. The longer length can give one a better variety of shirt choices than the short shorts while still looking cute and comfortable. One could pair them with a tucked-in buttondown for a preppy put-together look or go the opposite direction with an edgier t-shirt or tank top. The countless options are the best things about cut-offs. Longer lengths I’ve been going into many stores lately that advertise their “four-inch shorts,” which I didn’t see last year. The length is ideal for those who want to make their shorts look more puttogether and even professional. Many of these four-inch shorts have a cuff at the bottoms which is a trend I’ve seen all over campus. After trying them on at a local Charlotte Russe I could definitely see myself sporting them this summer. Boyfriend/bermudas For those who want a bit more coverage, this could not be a better year for bermuda shorts. They could look chic with pretty sheer clouses or oversized t-shirts. Boyfriend shorts, which are similar to bermudas in length, are another option for those who like longer shorts. Menswear is probably my favorite 2012 trend so far, so pairing a baggier pair of boyfriend shorts with a feminine blouse or tank top could be an amazing summer look.

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LOOKBOOK Scarlett Newman


You may have noticed in the past few weeks that students on campus have stripped their coats, tossed away their scarves and ditched their winter boots. 49ers have since been spotted in tank tops and shorts rocking bright prints and colors with a variety of sandals and flats. This beautiful weather that students have been basking in can automatically put them in a positive mood, making them inclined to bring out their best spring fashions. If you’ve walked around the Lynch and Laurel courtyards then you’ve probably

seen students laying out in their vibrant bikinis with their wayfarer and aviatorstyle sunglasses doing their best to to take advantage of this weather before it gets unbearably hot. Since spring is a bit more comfortable than a frigid winter, students tend to get creative when it comes to dressing up Apart from the bright colors and the prints, many students take more risks with their wardrobe. Jumpsuits, platforms and high-waisted jean shorts (all which are very reminiscent of the 1970s) have become popular within the past year and are staple

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pieces in lots of female wardrobes. For the guys slightly cropped trousers (of all colors), jean jackets, bow ties, printed shirts and oxford shoes have been prominent in spring fashion. You don’t have to follow these trends though. This spring take risks with what you wear. Who knows, maybe you’ll even be able to be able to draw inspiration from your fellow 49ers. Below are some stylish students who are ready to embrace spring

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Why some smoke the pipe

49er Gentleman: Daily Chivalry Jordan McSwain


Regardless how many people claim that chivalry is dying, it isn’t nor should it. By definition chivalry is composed of:

1. Courtesy 2. Generosity 3. Valor 4. Dexterity

Many students smoke shisa at various lounges around Charlotte. Photo/ Asha Roper Asha Roper


Hookah. What do you think of when you first hear this word? Many UNC Charlotte students consider smoking the popular tobacco water pipe a bonding experience. It’s a way for people to come together and socialize in a relaxed atmosphere. “I’ve smoked it before. I have two friends that own their own hookah. For me it was something to try especially since my grandfather is from India so to smoke hookah is kind of expected,” said student Khalia Chandra. The popularity of the hookah has grown worldwide, especially on college campuses. Instead of getting in trouble by doing illegal drugs or smoking cigarettes, hookah has been used as outlet for stress. “It’s cool. I think people do it to make a past time to hang out with people. And for people who smoke regularly it’s a stress reliever it is something for people to do so they can relax,“ said Freshman Jessica Ryan. But this still doesn’t explain the fun of smoking out of a pipe. Many students who do smoke hookah do not know some of the harmful effects that it causes. They are not as extreme as drinking alcohol or smoking cigarettes but hookah still involves tobacco, which is harmful to the body. Regular users need to be careful not to abuse it. “I’ve never done hookah. I don’t like the idea of putting something into my lungs other than air,” said student Paul Willoughby. Another motive for hookah lovers is the

flavored tobacco called shisha. Flavors can range from passion fruit for people who want something exotic to mint for people who are looking for a strong menthol-feeling flavor. Many first time users discover hookah at parties or other social gatherings. Most report smoking the pipe because he or she either felt pressured to smoke or thought it was something new to try. Some of them have become causal hookah smokers today. “When I first smoked [shisa] I saw no point to it but the smoke tasted good. The act of smoking is fun when you have a group of friends around and you can chill and have good conversation,” said student Ben Fawcett. Whether or not you are a frequent smoker, hookah can be a good way to socialize with people as well as a way to relax. Just going to the hookah bar to experience what it is like for the first time is something that everyone should try.

The head of the hookah, called the bowl, holds the tobacco which is heated by charcoal. Photo/

Asha Roper


INGREDIENTS: • 3 ounces of coconut cream • 6 ounces of pineapple juice • 1½ ounces of white rum

DIRECTIONS: 1. Blend ingredients with two cups of crushed ice. 2. Serve with fresh fruit.

Photo/ MCT Campus


Of course these characteristics first applied to medieval knights but I see no reason why each of them cannot still apply today. Each are virtues that remain relevant to leading a life worth living. Many people would take chivalry as simply holding the door open for someone behind you and while this is important, it is not all that chivalry encompasses. Manners and being polite fall under the first, courtesy. When walking through a doorway, the modern gentleman should always check behind him and if someone is within a reasonable distance stop and hold the door. Although you may not realize it there are a lot of ways to open a door and it’s important that plenty of room is being left for whomever the door is open to pass through. Along with holding the door, offering a blessing after someone around you sneezes is also a courteous act and will make you appear respectful. The second virtue is generosity. To be a generous person is pretty simple, if you have it and someone else

doesn’t, give it away. This can be everything from someone needing a pencil or paper in class or even running into someone in need in Uptown. A deed that will always brighten someone’s day is paying for someone’s drink in front of you at Starbucks or anywhere on campus. Doing this anonymously may be hard because of the ordering process but it is still worth doing. Generosity simply shows the goodness of a gentlemen’s heart and should be practiced daily. Valor is probably one of the toughest to execute at our age only because to me, there aren’t a plethora of situations that call for it. Valor now would be seeing someone be bullied in person or online, the more constant of the two, and standing up for that person in some way. Instigating any physical action is not the gentlemen’s way and should be the very last resort. Dexterity is a little used word in our generation but to put it into current terms, it’s pretty much honing a skill and using it to better yourself or better the lives of those around you. Dexterity normally would mean a skill with the hands but today, being studious or having a job or even playing an instrument would be an example of utilizing dexterity. Basically, do something. Do not be the person who isn’t known for anything but instead find something you know how to do and perfect that in yourself. Chivalry is not dead and as a gentleman, you should do your part to not let it die. Everyday try to find ways to employ each of the virtues of chivalry in your life.

Gentlemen’s tip of the week: Everyone was raised with their parent’s opinions but it is important for a gentleman to educate himself so that he can form his own to debate. In many situations things will come up on which your opinion will be asked, make sure you can argue it with logic and facts. Cheers, gentlemen.






Let’s Talk About It: Body Image Student Union Rm 266

5:30pm - 6:30pm

Talk by Christine Salkin Davis

J. Murrey Atkins Library Halton Reading Room 6:15pm - 8:30pm



Acoustic Hour

Cone University Center After Hours 12:00pm

Health Informatics PSM Open House Cone University Center Rm 268 6:30pm





SGA Student Senate MTV’s MADE General Assembly Casting Call Student Union Meeting Student Union Rm 200

5:00pm - 7:00pm

Battle of the Bands Cone University Center After Hours 7:00pm

Dear Norm,

Got something to ask Norm or need some advise? Send it to

Rm 266

12:00pm - 5:00pm

Union Take Over Student Union

8:00pm - 11:45pm



Explore | Open House Barnhardt Student Activity Center 9:00am - 9:30am

Casino Night

Student Union Multipurpose Room 7:00pm



March Madness 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament TBA


C4 Charlotte

Crosspoint Worship Center 9116 University City Blvd 7:00pm - 8:30pm



Niners swept by Dallas Baptist Travis Durkee

@ T R AV I S D U R K E E

The Dallas Baptist Patriots (13-6) came into their weekend series against Charlotte (10-10) with an 0-5 record on the road. After three games at Hayes Stadium they left with a 3-5 road record after sweeping the Niners by finals of 3-0, 6-4, and 8-3. Game 1: In game one Thursday night the Niners sent preseason All-American Andrew Smith to the mound. Smith allowed only one run on four hits in his seven innings of work. Patriots starter, Cy Sneed, threw six scoreless innings and allowed just four hits. Rain and lightning suspended the game in the bottom of the seventh inning forcing the end of the game to be played on Friday. The extra night of rest didn’t help the Niners as they fell 3-0 after the Patriots adding runs in the seventh and ninth inning to claim the game one victory. Game 2: Friday’s regularly scheduled game two also went to the Patriots in a 6-4 final that snapped Charlotte’s streak of 20-straight home series victories which began in the

Corbin Shive hit a home run in gane three against Dallas Baptist. Photo by Chris Crews



Tuesday Women’s Tennis @ UMass 10 a.m.

Wednesday Men’s Tennis vs. App. State 2:30 p.m. Baseball vs. Winthrop 6 p.m.

Friday Justin Roland and Derek Gallello work to tag out Dallas Baptist’s Boomer Collins in game two. Photo by Chris Crews.

2009 season. Dallas Baptist took a 4-0 lead into the bottom of the third inning when the Niners attempted to mount a comeback. Shortstop Justin Roland walked, stole second, and then scored on a two-out single from center fielder Shane Brown to shrink the lead 4-1. Charlotte scored two more in the fourth with back-to-back doubles from Shane Brown and Tony Montalbano. Montalbano scored later in the inning on an RBI single from freshman second baseman Derek Gallello. The Niners tied the contest in the fifth when Brown took the game into his own hands, or feet to be more accurate. Brown led off the inning with a single, stole second, advanced to third on a groundout and scored on a wild pitch. The Patriots wasted not time reclaiming the lead in the top of the sixth. Three singles and a hit batter led to two runs and the final score of 6-4. Charlotte reliever Chad Rothlin took his first loss of the season. The Niners got two hits apiece from four different players. Game 3: Not even the Luck of the Irish could help the green-clad 49ers on St. Patrick’s day as the Patriots swept the series with an 8-3 victory . Dallas Baptist put three runs on the board in the opening frame off of Charlotte starter Corey Roberts. All things considered, it could have been much worse

as the Patriots left three runners on base at the end of the first. A home run from Charlotte first baseman Corbin Shive in the bottom of the second inning cut the lead to 3-1 but the Patriots posted two more runs in the top half of the third and another in the fourth to stretch the lead to 6-1. Charlotte had their best chance to close the gap in the bottom of the fifth inning. Justin Roland and Miguel Rodriguez led off with back-to-back singles and a double steal put both runners in scoring position. J.J Elseser walked to load the basses for the Niners with just one out. Basen walked to score Roland but that was all the Niners managed in the inning as two consecutive fielder’s choices ended the Charlotte threat with the bases loaded. The Patriots added two more runs in the sixth giving them an 8-2 advantage. An RBI double by single by Brown in the eighth brought the game to the 8-3 final. The Niners used six different pitchers in the contest. Charlotte has dropped seven of their last eight games to fall to 10-10 on the year. Charlotte is back in action Wednesday, Mar. 21 at 6 p.m. as they take on the Winthrop Eagles at Hayes Stadium for their final game before Atlantic 10 play begins.

Niners fall to Wake Forest in WNIT Nathan Butler

@ N AT H A N _ B U T L E R 9 2

The Charlotte 49er women (16-14; 8-6 A-10) took on the Wake Forest Demon Deacons (20-13; 7-9 ACC) in the opening round of the 2012 NIT Tournament, Thursday night, with hopes of advancing into the second round of play. Those hopes came to a screeching halt, as Charlotte fell to the Demon Deacons 61-72, ending their 16game winning season. "I was proud of the character and resilience that our team showed," said Charlotte 49ers head coach Cara Consuegra. Things didn't start off well for the 49er women, committing 9 turnovers during the first 13 minutes of play. Plagued by both turnovers and lack of decent shots, Charlotte looked to be dead in the water for most of the first half. Trailing by nearly 18, which was Wake’s largest lead of the game, Halton Arena grew silent. With just about 5 minutes to play in the first half, Charlotte finally got the wheels moving, gathering 10-0 run, but that was quickly challenged by a 6-0 Wake Forest run. Wake Forest came out with an uptempo style, which is the kind of matchup Consuegra likes to see, as the 49ers


Charlotte forward Amanda Dowe had 15 points and 19 rebounds in Charlotte's 72-61 loss to Wake Forest. Photo by Chris Crews typically match that style of play. As for Thursday night, that wasn’t necessarily the case. Charlotte was outscored 18-8 on fast break points during the entire 40-minutes of regulation.

Thankfully, Charlotte would only trail the Demon Deacons 29-39 to end the first half. Charlotte Junior Forward, Amanda Dowe, racked up a double-double during Thursday night’s contest, scoring 15 points and racking up 19 of Charlotte’s 47 rebounds during the game. After a late game run, Charlotte cut the Wake Forest lead to one with only a few minutes left, but a Lakevia Boykin 3-point basket sparked yet another Demon Deacon run. “We did have a habit earlier in the year of getting down earlier in games and not fighting back,” said Consuegra in a post game interview for the Charlotte 49ers athletic website. This obviously wasn’t one of those ‘early season’ games. Even though Charlotte was able to win 16 games during the regular season, the expectations Consuegra has placed on her team is much higher. “Sixteen wins is not something we want to be a staple of this program. We want to be a 20-win team. We want to be in the hunt for an NCAA tournament birth and that’s what we are going to do.” “I’m excited about the future. We’ve learned a lot and I think we’ve gained a lot of valuable experience.”

Softball vs. Temple 4 p.m. Baseball @ Rhode Island 3 p.m.



vs. Western Carolina




@ Furman

6-1, 2-1 Women’s Basketball


Wake Forest

72-61 Baseball


Dallas Baptist

4-6 0-3 3-8

Men’s Tennis


Western Michigan





Niner Times- March 20th, 2012  

The March 20th, 2012 issue of the Niner Times.

Niner Times- March 20th, 2012  

The March 20th, 2012 issue of the Niner Times.