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Inside this issue: Highs and lows of 49er football

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‘Othello’ comes to Robinson Hall The Actors of London perform a unique rendition of Shakespeare’s classic, Oct. 16 through 19. p. 12




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UNC Charlotte’s first-ever football homecoming combined traditional elements of a Niner Nation homecoming with new ways to celebrate being a 49er.

Cheer Nation was one organization that participated in the 2013 Lights Parade. Immediately following the parade, the team performed at the pep rally. All photos with this article by Chris Crews


The first-ever football homecoming combined elements of previous UNC Charlotte homecomings and added touches to make the week of events completely new. Throughout the week, various organizations, many from the Greek community, competed in the Homecoming Cup. This annual tradition allowed the organizations to compete in various activities for points. At the end of the week, the team with the most points was to be awarded the Homecoming Cup. In previous years, this competition had all organizations, regardless of membership size, competing for the same cup. For the first time this year, organizations were split into two levels, the White and the Green Divisions, based on membership size.


Events in the Homecoming Cup competition included the annual banner contest, a UNC Charlotte trivia event and the Lights Parade, among other activities. The Lights Parade took place on Friday, Oct. 11 this year and began in Lot 5. The parade stretched through campus, making its way down Craver Road and ending at Lot 19. Floats, trucks and walking groups made up the parade, many of which were decorated with lights, Greek letters, crazed students and Niner gear. Performances during the parade included three high school marching bands and the UNC Charlotte drumline. “My favorite part was the bands that came and played. I think [the Homecoming Committee] did a great job considering they had never planned OCT. 15 - OCT. 21, 2013

something like that,” said Madison Poovey, a Kinesiology major at the university. Directly following the Lights Parade was the pep rally, held on the bricked area in front of the Student Union. Cheer Nation came out with 49er chants and dances to raise the spirits of the crowd, and guests in attendance at the rally were Athletic Director Judy Rose and Charlotte 49ers Football Head Coach Brad Lambert. During the pep rally, students were given the opportunity to see the football team, hear rousing speeches from guests and experience a new Niner tradition. The Union Takeover began at 9 p.m. that night and lasted until midnight. This takeover was similar to the ones usually planned and organized


by the Campus Activities Board, but had a football twist to continue the homecoming feel. During the takeover, organizations creatively showed their spirit and held activities for onlookers. Judges for the Homecoming Cup took this time to rate the activities hosted by the groups participating in the Cup competition. Some of the events organizations put on were hawk blasting, karaoke and mini golf. On the main level of the Union there were dances performed by UNC Charlotte dance groups. Even miscellaneous dancers got up and danced for fun. That night, the 2013 Homecoming Prince and Princess were announced. Both of these spots on the Royal Court had three UNC Charlotte students vying for the position, all of whom were sophomores and juniors. Andronicus Craig and Serena Greene were announced as the 2013 Homecoming Prince and Princess. Craig is a junior majoring in Communication studies with a minor in Film studies and Greene is a junior, majoring in both Psychology and Business.


Charlotte 49ers Football Head Coach Brad Lambert at the pep rally.

2013 Homecoming Prince and Princess, Andronicus Craig and Serena Greene.

Mr. and Miss UNC Charlotte for 2013, Carlo Moore and Ashley Kelly.

The 2013 Mr. and Miss UNC Charlotte were announced Saturday, Oct. 12 during the halftime for the first-ever football homecoming game against the UNC Pembroke Braves. Seven women and six men, all seniors at the university, were hoping the student body would elect them as the Homecoming King and Queen. Carlo Moore and Ashley Kelly ultimately received the crowns.

Moore is majoring in Psychology with a minor in Sociology and Kelly is majoring in Psychology with a minor in Public Health. The Habitat for Humanity 2013 Homecoming Build house was also presented to the family it would serve during the halftime of the football game. Sigma Phi Epsilon and the Gold Dusters won the Homecoming Cup

for the Green Division and the Swim Club and Triathlon Club won the cup for the White Division, as announced during halftime at the game. The Charlotte 49ers lost Saturday’s football game, 45-22, ending the 2013 Homecoming week.

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For photo slideshows from all of the 2013 Homecoming events, visit


Habitat project leaves university, goes to Charlotte family NEWS EDITOR

Habitat for Humanity came together to build a one-story house in celebration of Homecoming at UNC Charlotte. Volunteers started building on Tuesday, Oct. 1, and ended on Friday, Oct. 11. There were 20 to 25 volunteers who participated each day. “I’m just happy to be a part of the history of UNC Charlotte. I think it’s really great that we’re having a Homecoming Build, and hopefully we can continue that,” said volunteer Danielle Porter, a sophomore transfer student at UNC Charlotte. There was a schedule for each day and arrangement of jobs. Jobs ranged from putting shingles on the roof, to putting up windows, to hammering nails. “For an 11-day build, it’s kind of shocking to see that the house is already here,” said Porter. “Everything is up and running so it’s pretty cool.” In front of the house hung a massive sign that proudly read, “Celebrating 30 years of building homes, communities and hope.” The finished house was moved to Reid Park off of West Boulevard, where nearly 30 other Habitat houses are located. This has had a positive effect on the neighborhood. “This is one of the few houses that we’re building off of site and will be moved,” said Cody Shores, one of the head builders for the project.

Shores is a member of Americore, which is “basically a domestic peace corp,” said Shores. Americore has various facets, however Habitat is one of their main focuses. After attending UNC Charlotte himself, he realized he wanted to do something with construction because he enjoyed working with his hands. From there, he applied for Americore and has been a part of it ever since. The cost of the house is about $75,000. The aspect that makes it




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• Darryl McCall Circle, driver of vehicle one struck vehicle two backing out of a space.





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so cheap is that it is non-profit. “I think Habitat is a very unique nonprofit [organization]. I think the reason why a lot of people can’t afford decent housing is just because of corporate greed,” said Shores. The plan for the project is new. “Basically we’re building up to siding and shingles. We’re not doing any interior, drywall, anything like that,” described Shores. The Homecoming Build will be an annual event for Niner Nation.

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• Student Union, driver of vehicle one struck vehicle two.


• Mary Alexander Road, an officer responded to a reported assault. Further investigation on the scene resulted in a subject’s arrest for failure to carry a concealed weapon permit.


• Chuck Wagon Court, officer assisted Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department regarding a burglary off campus.


• Alumni Way, unknown subject removed property that was left unattended and unsecured.

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The completed house was presented to a family in need at the Saturday, Oct. 12 Charlotte 49ers football game against the UNC Pembroke Braves. Photo by Chris Crews



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• Cameron Blvd., unknown subject removed property that was left unattended and unsecured. • Alumni Way, unknown subject removed property that was left unattended and unsecured.


• Darryl McCall Circle, unknown subject forcibly entered room damaging door lock. For more information on Mecklenburg County arrests, visit


HIGHS AND LOWS The Charlotte 49ers football team’s inaugural season has been nothing short of a roller coaster ride. Has the team managed to live up to Niner Nation’s high expectations?

The Charlotte 49ers football team huddle up during a timeout in the Oct. 12 homecoming game against UNC Pembroke. Photo by Ben Coon


ASST. SPORTS EDITOR The Charlotte 49ers inaugural football season has resembled a roller coaster ride and this young but talented group of players have successfully navigated the ups and downs en route to a 4-3 record after the first seven games in program history. It’s been a season trademarked by huge wins, blowout losses and one of the most remarkable comebacks in recent memory. If nothing else the 49ers have gained some extremely valuable experience throughout their first season of college football. Charlotte looked like world-beaters after two substantially lopsided wins against the Campbell Camels and Chowan Hawks in their first two contests. The 49ers shocked everybody when they embarrassed the Camels 52-7 in their first live


action and then the hype reached an all-time high after a 47-7 drubbing of the Hawks in week two. The 49ers were brought back down to earth the following week when the N.C. Central Eagles came to Charlotte and delivered a 40-13 beat down, serving the inexperienced 49ers a slice of humble pie. Things didn’t get any easier for Charlotte when they left the comfortable confines of Jerry Richardson Stadium for the first time as they traveled to Virginia to take on the James Madison Dukes. The Dukes handed the 49ers a 34-7 thrashing in a rain-soaked contest that left Charlotte searching for a lot of answers. The 49ers remained resilient in the face of adversity and got back to their winning ways in week five when they picked up their first road OCT. 15 - OCT. 21, 2013

victory in program history over the Presbyterian Blue Hose. The Charlotte offense marched up and down the field on the afternoon and pulled out a 45-21 win at the end of the day. Charlotte returned home in week six and welcomed in the 24th-ranked Gardner-Webb Runnin’ Bulldogs for what turned out to be a wild 53-51 comeback victory for the 49ers. Charlotte entered the fourth quarter of the contest trailing by 21 points, but a series of explosive plays from the offense and some big stops by the defense allowed the 49ers to mount one of the most sensational comebacks many have ever seen. Unfortunately for 49ers fans, Charlotte was unable to build momentum following the Gardner-Webb win as they dropped their first-


ever homecoming game to UNC Pembroke by a score of 45-22 the following week. The story for the 49ers this season on both sides of the ball has been turnovers. The 2013 version of the Charlotte 49ers defense has been a terror for opposing offenses throughout the entire season. The 49ers have forced a total of 23 turnovers, 12 fumble recoveries and 11 interceptions, which ranks first nationally amongst all Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) programs this year. The opportunistic Charlotte defense has been led this season by cornerback Terrence Winchester and linebacker Caleb Clayton-Molby. Winchester, a redshirt freshman, has been the 49ers best cover corner and he has already picked up three interceptions on the season to lead all Charlotte players. Clayton-Molby, a junior college transfer, has been a nightmare for opponents as he has forced and recovered three fumbles this year despite missing a game after suffering a concussion. The 49ers defense has also benefited from some veteran leadership provided by Martay Mattox and Mark Hogan who both transferred to Charlotte after playing at other schools. Mattox, a former South Carolina Gamecock, is the 49ers leader with 56 total tackles thus far on the season and Hogan isn’t far behind with 44 tackles of his own plus two interceptions.


The problem for the 49ers has been giving the ball back to the opponent through multiple turnovers of their own. Charlotte has turned the ball over 18 times on the season, including 10 lost fumbles and eight interceptions thrown. These turnovers have been extremely prevalent in the 49ers losses as it’s tough to win games when you don’t take care of the football. Charlotte redshirt freshman quarterback Matt Johnson, much like the rest of the team, has seen his share of highs and lows throughout his first college football season. Johnson has put up huge numbers this year, throwing for 1,860 yards to go along with 19 touchdown passes. Unfortunately, Johnson has also tossed eight interceptions on the season, including five in the blowout loss to the NCCU Eagles. Johnson has plenty of weapons on this team at the wide receiver position and the most notable of those is slot receiver Austin Duke. Duke leads the 49ers receivers in just about every major statistical category. Through just seven games Duke already has 41 catches for 504 yards and six touchdown catches. The 49ers offense has been quite a show to watch this year when they can maintain possession of the football. Charlotte averages 34.1 points per game and they also rack up 456.4 total yards per contest.

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Charlotte is stacked with speed and talent across the board at the skill positions offensively. The only thing holding them back right now is inexperience. The 49ers have an impressive tandem of young running backs in the backfield with redshirt freshman Alan Barnwell and true freshman Kalif Phillips. Barnwell and Phillips split time pretty evenly in Jeff Mullen’s offensive system. Barnwell has carried the ball 88 times this season for a total of 431 yards rushing to go along with three touchdowns. Phillips has just 80 carries on the year with 382 rushing yards and team-high four rushing touchdowns. Charlotte has four games remaining in their inaugural season, including three road games, as they look to finish the year on a high note and continue building this program for the future. The 49ers will not be playing this weekend as they’re on a bye week, which will surely be used to prepare for two huge upcoming contests on the road against the Charleston Southern Buccaneers on Oct. 26 and the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers on Nov. 2. The 49ers will then return to Charlotte for their final home game of the season against Wesley College on Nov. 9 before capping the year on the road against the Morehead State Eagles on Nov. 16.


ON THE FIELD WITH MONICA TRICKETT With injuries plaguing the Charlotte 49ers women’s soccer team, a few have emerged as new leaders on the team. Sophomore Monica Trickett was recently named a new team captain as her team looks to fight on despite the setbacks. SCOTT GORDON STAFF WRITER

The Charlotte 49ers women’s soccer team has been plagued with injuries over the last couple weeks during a season with high hopes and expectations. The team already relies heavily on a core crew of sophomores and juniors, but has now lost senior leaders in forward SarahAnn Waugh and goalkeeper Alex Kubrick. Kubrick, however, returned to the goal on Sunday after a short hiatus from the game. With all the injuries, Head Coach John Cullen has been forced to make a few lineup changes. One of those changes includes the need for a new captain on the team. This responsibility has landed on the shoulders of sophomore defender Monica Trickett. Trickett has started all 12 games this year for the 49ers and has been a key part of the defensive unit, which has totaled six shutouts thus far on the season. She also started in eight of the 13 games she played in last year, and was


able to produce some offense including two goals and an assist. Several players have switched positions to join Trickett on defense this year including Dakota Olson, Caitlin Donovan and Nicole Anderson. “All of them have contributed to our backline. To come back in that position so quickly and be able to do well is huge for us, and I think a lot of our players are really good in several positions,” said Trickett of her fellow defenders. Defense has been the main focus all year for Trickett and the 49ers. “I think the major key would be communication,” said Trickett. “That would be what keeps us organized, and I think organization is key for success at any part of the field.” With the loss of senior leaders, the communication will need to be even better down the stretch as conference play continues and becomes more challenging leading up to postseason play.

“We actually do drills that stress that,” Trickett said. “Defense was definitely a theme in preseason and I think [Cullen] definitely stresses getting into tackles and playing hard for your teammates.” Despite all the injuries, the 49ers find themselves leading the Conference USA East Division with eight points as of Sunday, Oct. 13 prior to the 1 p.m. game against North Texas. This is due to the excellent play from the younger players that have stepped up in the challenging matches. Trickett and the rest of the team will need to continue the strong defense if they want to retain their lead. The new found captain is used to the responsibility as she was elected co-captain of both her high school team and club team before coming to play in Charlotte. The emerging leader will have to keep up the communication and keep her teammates organized for the success to continue.

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Sophomore defender Monica Trickett during a game against College of Charleston. Photo by Ryan Sarles


Diminishing the e-cig stigma University policy considers e-cigarette use equal to traditional smoking, despite it being exceedingly less harmful JORDAN SNYDER OPINION EDITOR

You may have noticed people puffing on e-cigarettes, or “vaping,” around campus. The thin, shiny cylinders, some of which light up upon inhalation, are hard to miss; they look as if they’re straight out of a sci-fi movie. As a non-smoker, I applaud these vapers for replacing the harmful traditional cigarettes with this futuristic, comparatively safer alternative. But, as of Aug. 2, 2013, university policy on smoking was revised to equate e-cigarette use with traditional tobacco smoking. “The revised policy clarifies that ‘e-cigarettes’ and other similar nicotine vapor inhalers are included in the definition of ‘smoking,’ and such inhalers are therefore subject to the provisions of the policy applicable to other lighted tobacco products,” according to the university. This means that e-cigarette use is prohibited everywhere on campus, except for specifically designated smoking areas, despite the fact that they lack toxic secondhand smoke. Unfortunately, this policy forces vapers to maintain the stigma of smoking, when, in reality, they are actively trying to reduce or kick their harmful habit. E-cigarettes use battery power to heat liquid nicotine or flavors, turning it into a vapor, which the user inhales. These devices allow smokers to bypass the thousands of dangerous chemicals that come with conventional cigarettes. According to New York Times

article “A Tool to Quit Smoking Has Some Unlikely Critics,” by John Tierney, the Food and Drug Administration issued an unfounded warning about the potentially toxic chemicals in e-cig vapor. Tierney writes, “But the agency has never presented evidence that the trace amounts actually cause any harm, and it has neglected to mention that similar traces of these chemicals have been found in other F.D.A.-approved products, including nicotine patches and gum.” Of course, research on e-cigarettes should continue, but until there is evidence to suggest that they are notably harmful, we should welcome their use as a reduction or quitting tool for smokers. In fact, clinical trials have already shown that e-cigs can significantly reduce a regular smoker’s frequency of cigarette use. A research article by Riccardo Polosa et al., published on BioMed Central Public Health, monitored 40 regular smokers who were deemed “unwilling to quit.” By week 24 of the experiment, nearly a third of the participants reduced their number of cigarettes per day by 50 percent, and almost a quarter had quit traditional cigarettes altogether. The authors concluded, “By replacing tobacco cigarettes, the e-cigarette can only save lives. Here we show for the first time that e-Cigarettes can substantially decrease cigarette consumption without causing significant side effects in smokers not intending to quit.”

EDITORIAL POLICY Niner Times is written and produced by students at UNC Charlotte. All unsigned editorials are the expressed opinion of the editorial board and do not represent the views of the University. Views expressed in signed editorials are solely those of the author. Niner Times is published on Tuesdays during the regular academic year except during holidays and exam periods.


While we can’t yet be completely sure of all the effects of e-cigarettes, two things are clear: they help smokers transition from conventional cigarettes, and they are much safer to puff on, in comparison. Students who are attempting to

better themselves in this regard deserve support, not condemnation. If you ask me, the logic is clear. Vapers around campus shouldn’t be confined to the designated smoking areas when they produce no smoke.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR Dear editor, I was so disappointed with attendance at [the Oct. 5] football game against Gardner-Webb University. When I got to my seat just before kickoff and realized half of the stadium was empty, I just couldn’t believe it. For now, students get a pass. I understand the program is new, the last home game was a blow out, and this one fell in the middle of Fall Break. But the Niners’ marketing team really dropped the ball. They missed a huge opportunity to fill the stands with the alumni and community members who will be key in making the football program a success. It’s this group – those interested in Charlotte football but not yet committed enough yet to buy season tickets – that we need to attract. [The Oct. 5] game was the most exciting yet. And I promise you that anyone who stayed and saw that amazing comeback will themselves come back to [McColl-Richardson] Field for more! Because of all the media coverage surrounding our first sellout game, most alumni and community supporters think they can’t buy individual game tickets. Clearly, tickets to [the Oct. 5] game were plentiful. But unless someone just happened to know the students were on break, they would have assumed tickets were hard to come by. The marketing team missed a huge opportunity to fill the stadium with newcomers. I feel certain a few radio and print ads would have done the trick: “College football has come to Charlotte and with the students away, this is your chance to get in on the excitement!” The tickets would have sold. The university would have profited. And thousands of new Niner football fans would have been born. Our players and coachers did their job on Saturday. But they can’t build the program alone. - Melissa Treadaway, class of ‘93

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Many students view learning a foreign language as an obstacle. If learning a foreign language is not already a part of their major, students will not usually continue past the academic requirement. Despite however long students may have studied a foreign language, I want to assure students that they have not wasted their time going through the embarrassment of spelling or pronouncing a word incorrectly and closely studying their textbooks. Learning a foreign language actually has multiple benefits for the brain. In a New York Times article, “Why Bilinguals are Smarter,” Yudhijit Bhattacharjee cites a 2004 study conducted by psychologists Ellen Bialystok and Michelle Martin-Rhee. The study tested the problem-solving skills of bilingual and monolingual preschoolers through psychological exercises. “The collective evidence from a number of such studies suggests that the bilingual experience improves the brain’s so-called executive function — a command system that directs the attention processes that we use for planning, solving problems and performing various other mentally demanding tasks,” according to the article. Sure, having more than one linguistic background may give the brain a nice mental workout. In addition, I discovered that when learning a foreign language, sitting through lectures and studying my textbook might not be enough to acquire the skills I need to fully comprehend the language. I started learning German in my first year of college. I was always top of my class and getting high grades on my exams. One would think I had the language figured out for the most part, but when I traveled to Hamburg this summer, my world was completely shaken up. While riding a train from Frankfurt to Hamburg, I had a conversation with a young German man named Eric. Among other things, I learned from Eric that in Hamburg they use the greeting “Moin,” often used in Northern Germany. There are small things about language that we often write off as common sense, yet underesti-


mate. For example, it clearly escaped my mind that, much like my own language, German would have its own regional dialects, slang and other cultural forces that influence how German speakers communicate with one another. If I had not learned more about Hamburg’s customs from Eric, the culture shock I experienced would probably have been even greater. This sort of knowledge is extremely crucial when traveling. Aside from airport layovers, going through customs and long flights, traveling is a thrilling experience – however, traveling abroad is also often taken for granted. It is not atypical for Americans to travel to other countries while knowing little about the country’s culture or language. English is taking over the international market and becoming a strong asset in the international business and tourism worlds. Although it is possible to find someone who speaks English on every continent, it is still important to be educated. Most bookstores sell inexpensive pocket travel guides and phrase books. Any traveler, especially if traveling to a country for the first time, should know basic phrases, vocabulary and greetings, as well as the cultural norms and the laws of the area. You may be surprised by what you find. Even if you do not travel abroad or pursue learning a foreign language for a profession, learning a foreign language does not have to be miserable, challenging or time-consuming. Students can still learn a foreign language for enjoyment and at their own pace. Whether students are learning foreign languages for the sake of knowledge or for an academic requirement, I recommend that students download Duolingo. Duolingo is a free mobile app that offers linguistic practice through listening, speaking, writing and matching exercises from basic to advanced skill levels. The languages available through the app are Spanish, English, French, German, Portuguese OCT. 15 - OCT. 21, 2013

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and Italian. Although I am an intermediate level German student, I still use the app to brush up on the basics, which can easily be forgotten. Above all, students should remember that they are a lot smarter than they think they are. Do not underestimate your capabilities or be intimidated by trying new, unfamiliar things. It is easy to get used to daily routines and not wanting to step outside of comfort zones. Never be shy to explore and be more aware of the things happening around you. To quote “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”: “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” Viel Glück!


BREWZ FEST A local organizations’ first festival brings bands, beer and art to Charlotte, N.C.


Twelve hours of band after band, rocking out, dancing your cares away. A perfect release for UNC Charlotte students’ post midterm stress. Charlotte welcomes brewery season with CLTure, RockHouse Events, NC Music Factory and the organizers of AWOL Charlotte’s first annual Brewz Music and Arts Festival. Offering something for music lovers of all genres, Brewz Fest brings a diverse selection of artists, including musicians and bands like The Whigs, Of Montreal, The Love Language, Dangermuffin, The New Familiars, Mr. Invisible and Ancient Cities. Justin Fedor, lead singer of The New Familiars, jumped at the opportunity of a cohesive music festival for the Charlotte area. Fedor describes the North Carolina based group as a heavy IPA beer, high gravity, high energy and hefty vibes. With influences ranging from The Rolling Stones, to The Beatles to Adelle McCurry, their style is nothing short of assorted, which Fedor believes aids the band in bridging generation gaps. “We try not to pinhole ourselves in having one specific sound,” Fedor said. “We started out as an acoustic living room sort of thing. Out of that we started adding in more and more sounds. We have songs where we’re totally electric. There’s some where we’re completely acoustic…We’ve got a sound, because it’s so eclectic, I think we’re actually able to bridge the gap between young and old pret-


ty easily.” No stranger to beer festivals, having performed at October Fest and Philadelphia’s Brewz Fest, Fedor still looks forward to the supporters. “Usually when you go to music festivals, people are there because they want to see the band and they want to be a part of the whole festival experience, that total emersion thing,” Fedor said. Fedor, also Ancient Cities’ bassist, sees the festival as an opportunity to showcase, reach out to those who haven’t heard of the band, catch up with old friends and enjoy his love for hip hop. “Once we get to a music festival, it’s not only a time to get to play, but we also get to be a fan and go see all the other bands as well,” he said. Fedor anticipates a high energy performance that will get the crowd dancing. “We’re not going to bore you with slow songs. We’re not going to try and make you do a waltz... we’re bringing you 100 percent. You should expect us to be drenched with sweat when we come off stage,” Fedor said. Like Fedor, local painter Lindsay Kosma views the festival as a chance for artists of all backgrounds to showcase their talents, swaying her to be a Brewz Fest vendor. “I like how it was all inclusive, offering music and art. It’s going to draw a more diverse crowd out,” Kosma said. In her ability to capture emotion and expression with her use of color, Kosma has yet to see anything in the area similar to her work. The artist will display her modern impressionism style with a tree series.

“Impressionism focuses on light and capturing shapes and movement. I use a lot of colors. It’s modern in that I don’t do typical Picasso landscapes… I do more of emotion, I do a lot of caricatures. I really try to put a lot of thought into that and make it speak,” Kosma said. Celebrating diversity in music, art and culture, Brewz Fest aims to create the ultimate all-day music festival experience while giving back to selected charities. A portion of ticket proceeds will benefit The Jimmy V Foundation. The festival will showcase some of North Carolina’s finest regional breweries such as Noda Brewing, Olde Mecklenburg, Heist Brewery, Triple C Brewing and Birdsong Brewing. “Expect a great time… experience Charlotte as a whole and see everything we have to offer as a city. You can come and get one big synopsis,” said CLTure liaison, Kurt Shackelford. Shackelford believes the event is just what Charlotte needs to unite area talents and businesses. “I feel like Charlotte is very separated… you have all these areas that are kind of competing with each other and the artists as well. It’s kind of hard to get a good crowd of people to come to certain things. So we’re putting all that together so you can experience everything,” Shackelford said. Brewz Fest will be held in the lot next to Silver Hammer Studios and The Fillmore Charlotte parking lot from noon to 11 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 19, with free parking. Tickets are now on sale for $25.

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Photos of The New Familiars, of Montreal and Dangermuffin are courtesy of the bands’ Facebook pages.


Actors from the London Stage bringing ‘Othello’ to Charlotte KEVIN GRANADOS INTERN

A Moorish general in the Venetian army, his wife, his lieutenant and his trusted ensign – all part of a tale involving themes of love, jealousy, lust, revenge and betrayal. These themes echo with familiarity, but Shakespeare’s “Othello” shines a brightly calamitous light on the dangers of these matters. It explores the tragedy of a forbidden love, exemplifies the corrupt nature of jealousy and defines one of the most wicked villains in Shakespearian history – all brought to life by the Actors from the London Stage here at UNC Charlotte. Opening at Robinson Hall on Oct. 16, the Actors from the London Stage bring “Othello” to provide students with an enriched Shakespearian experience for a fraction of the price of a regular theatre ticket. At only $6 for entry with a student ID, it is one of the most inexpensive shows on campus. The five classically trained actors, coming from prestigious companies like the Royal Shakespeare Company, Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre and the Royal National Theatre of Great Britain, put on a show worth far more than the cost of admission. Students can expect to see these five actors play two or three roles on stage simultaneously. By using small costume props, stepping sideways or constantly changing the direction they are facing, the actors instantaneously and seamlessly transition from one character to the next, effectively demonstrating the talent and passionate dedication these actors bring to the stage. Lon Bumgarner, assistant professor of acting at UNC Charlotte, explains that audiences in the past have found this to be the most awe-inducing feature of the play,


CROSSWORD PUZZLE 57 Like some biblical boarders 58 Play areas 59 Directs

The cast of “Othello.” Photo courtesy of the


College of Arts and Architecture

often gaining the respect of the viewers for the flawless execution of such a difficult feat. Bumgarner admits that it might take a moment or two for the audience to get used to the acting. “The commitment this company has to that style of work quickly brushes aside all confusion and possible uncomfortableness, opening the imagination of the audience in a way most members have not experienced,” Bumgarner says. “Plus it’s fun.” Students can immerse themselves in a culturally rich experience, full of tragedy and vengeance, which is sure to deliver more than an evening of Netflix could. Shakespeare’s “Othello,” performed by the Actors from the London Stage, plays on Wednesday, Oct. 16 through Saturday, Oct. 19 in Robinson Hall at 7:30 p.m. each night. Pricing includes $18 for general admission, $9 for UNC Charlotte faculty and staff and $6 for all students. Visit or call (704) 687-1849 for ticket information and purchase.

ACROSS 1 Home to Iran’s Iron Age Museum 7 Like some closet findings? 15 Time’s 1986 Woman of the Year 16 Float, in a way 17 Mix up 18 The Joker or The Penguin 19 Steep-angle shot 20 Kuala Lumpur native 21 Sailor’s direction 22 Hero who first appeared in 1912 24 Needle point? 25 Hustles 27 Card, e.g. 28 Shorten, maybe

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30 Jellyfish relatives 32 Year in Nero’s reign 33 University of Wyoming city 34 Guatemalan currency, or the colorful bird it’s named for 38 Capital of 35-Down 39 Ratatouille ingredient 40 Quaker in the woods 43 Next in line 44 Revival figs. 45 STARZ competitor 46 Tapped trees 48 Risk 49 Waits 52 Bit of wisdom 54 How World Series winners celebrate 55 Jazz pianist Hancock 56 Not anymore

1 Monument on the Yamuna River 2 Maker of FlavorSplash beverages 3 Piece of crummy advice 4 Kids 5 Sound, maybe 6 Ballet-dancing Muppet 7 Lowlifes 8 Defensive fiber 9 2-Down alternative 10 Water __ 11 LAX listings 12 One seeking the way? 13 Not tense 14 “Camelot” lyricist 20 1957 R&B chart-topper inspired by a schoolteacher 23 Hall of fame 26 Urban air problem 28 Paris preposition 29 Graceful 31 It might be a warning 32 Money 34 Bee output 35 Hwange National Park setting 36 Preceding 37 Dragging 39 Gentle breezes 40 Agreement 41 1862 battle site 42 Distillery waste 43 1980s middleweight champ 46 One in a humming swarm 47 Beat 50 Column-lined walkway 51 Fair sight 53 Deco pseudonym 55 Presley’s “__ Latest Flame”


Review: Revlon Colorstay Longwear Enamel ERIN REHLEY INTERN

Being a lover of neutral and pale tones when it comes to nail polishes for most of my life, it is a rare occasion when I will paint on anything out of the ordinary. When I was walking the aisles of Target one day, a glittery, metallic nail polish caught my eye. Revlon Colorstay Longwear Nail Enamel in the color Fall Mood gets me excited for colder weather and bolder colors just with the name alone. This polish is best described as a bronze color with gold and silver glitter, which creates a different look depending on the lights and angle it is viewed in. Revlon Colorstay Longwear Nail Enamel in Fall Mood is definitely anything but boring. Revlon claims that this line of nail polish lasts up to “11 days of lasting color” with no chipping or fading when used in conjunction with the Revlon base and top coats. I used this nail polish with the Revlon Quick Dry Base Coat and did notice that it lasted longer than other brands of nail polish that I have tried, but I would not say it was any longer than the 11 days they suggest and lasted an average amount of time in my opinion. The Revlon Colorstay Longwear Nail Enamel line retails for $4.99 at Target, Walmart and many other drugstores. They have around 30 gorgeous colors in the line, and Fall Mood definitely stands out from the rest as being a unique and multi-dimensional shade. It is the perfect color to have for the fall season.


We all have those websites that we can spend hours on even though we should be doing homework and studying. This list of websites will help you to procrastinate even more than you probably already are.

AMANDA DUKE STAFF WRITER is most definitely the worst website to go on if you want to be productive, though it is also great if you have nothing else to do. Buzzfeed has articles that are easy to read and are usually very funny. Sometimes they post lists

This website is just like Buzzfeed, but has slightly more articles that are relevant to everyday life. They can teach you how to

such as “The 25 Whitest Things That Have Ever Happened” and if you had ever wondered if Karen from Mean Girls had an Instagram, this is what it would be like. You will spend hours on Buzzfeed so make sure you have nothing else to do.

Have you ever seen people making out in public? Well these guys take pictures with them while they are making out. There are so many pictures and each one is hysterical in its own way. Hopefully after visiting this Tumblr page, you and your significant other will be more aware of your surroundings so you do not end up on here yourselves.

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travel while being broke and things everyone needs to have before they turn 25. While they do have some more serious articles, they do post

This website’s URL speaks for itself. This website post pictures, GIFs and memes that will make you laugh. There are multiple tabs you can click on such as what the what? and top videos.

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funny ones, such as “What Goes Through My Mind Every Time I Get Frozen Yogurt” and believe me you will relate.

Under the about us tab it says, “Note: For magic, hover your mouse over the site mast” and when you do that, there is magic so you should do that.


Knowing your body type is the first step to rocking fall fashion.

ASHLEIGH JAMES STAFF WRITER APPLE SHAPE The apple shape has fewer curves and is more top heavy with a larger bust and stomach. If you are apple shaped, try to avoid form-fitting tops that may cling to your waist; you want the attention on your slimmer legs. The perfect tops to accentuate your shape are tunics because they aren’t too tight around your midsection. Tops that have an empire waist help hide your stomach and make your chest look narrow. Darker colors make you look slimmer. To help spice up dark tops, look for something that may have a simple design or even a cute top with a longer shirttail. The perfect way to make your torso look longer and slimmer is V-necks. Don’t forget about finding the perfect jacket for this fall. Jackets that fall below the waist somewhere as far as the mid-thigh are the best for apple shapes. The apple shape gives you more flexibility with pants, jeans and skirts. Dresses are perfect for showing off your legs. When it comes to finding the perfect jeans you have to make sure you feel and look great. To give your backside a boost, try jeans with flaps or pockets. For a more balanced look you can pair boot cut or wide leg jeans with a blouse to take attention away from your waist. Lastly, try denim with color. Wear darker colors on top and play with lighter colors on the bottom


PEAR SHAPE A pear shaped woman is bottom heavy with wider hips and thighs and a more narrow chest and shoulders. Those with pear shapes should find pieces that make your figure look elongated and avoid outfits that draw attention to your bottom half. Skinny jeans are not made for this body shape. Try tops that have wider necklines, such as a boat neck, because it helps broaden the shoulders that can then balance out with your hips or diminish how full they look. In addition, tops that are fitted and fall to the hips will accentuate your slim waist. Play around with tops that have different patterns, which will make your upper half the center of attention. A little black dress or anything in a darker shade can be overlaid with a cardigan that has a lighter color to avoid your bottom half being the main attraction. If you are in a dressier mood and want to wear a skirt, stay away from short, tight skirts because it draws too much attention to the lower body. Try an A-line skirt or anything loose. An important tip for this body shape is light colors should be worn on the top and darker colors on the bottom for a slimming effect. Comfortable pants and jeans are probably the most difficult thing to find. To make your hips and thighs look lean and long, try pants with a wider leg. Darker denim is the way to go. Try shades like blue, black and dark grey.

HOURGLASS A woman with an hourglass figure can be described as having curvier hips, a full chest and a waist that is slim and defined. When finding an outfit to compliment an hourglass shape, look for clothes that can enhance your curves. Stay away from anything that is oversized, styles that make you look boxy or aren’t form-fitting. Throw away your baby doll dresses and patterns that do nothing for your body, such as horizontal stripes. The perfect tops to accentuate your shape are close-fitting blouses and tops that have V-neck or a scoop neckline, as open necklines help flatter your curves. Fitted jackets overlaying a dress or skirt with a cute top will emphasize your figure because it draws attention to your slim waist. Pants that are high waisted are perfect for an hourglass shape. A-line skirts and pencil skirts work wonders for your figure because your hips will no longer be the main attraction. A belt is the perfect accessory if you decide to wear a cardigan sweater or tops that may be looser. You can help define your figure by placing the belt on top of the loose material where your waistline is the smallest. Pants and trousers that have a wider leg, waist cut jeans, stretch denim, tailored jeans or even wide leg, boot cut or flared jeans would work best. RECTANGLE SHAPE If your hips, bust and shoulders are approximately the same width and

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your waistline is not well defined, your body type is considered a rectangle, either slim or stocky. Rectangle shaped ladies have the ability to pull off a little more than women with other shapes, but there are a few tips that will help enhance different body features. V-neck or scoop tops accentuate your bust and help make your waist look narrower. Tops that have a high neckline, such as turtlenecks, makes your chest seem fuller. Any tops that are cropped, draped, pleated or have frills will look great, but stay away from tunics and oversized tops. If you decide to overlay your tops, go with a more fitted jacket, small cardigan or a flared blazer to accentuate your waist. Dresses that are fitted at the waist are perfect because they give an hourglass look. You could even rock a cute maxi dress. If you are a slimmer rectangle shape, try to incorporate horizontal stripes into your fall wardrobe. If you are a stockier rectangle, stay away from horizontal stripes and go for more bright colored tops paired with bootleg jeans. When it comes to your bottom half, as stated before, you have the ability to pull off just about anything, from pencil skirts to maxi skirts. For a curvier look, try pants that are boot-cut or slightly flared. Your shape is perfect for leggings, jeggings and skinny jeans paired with a new pair of riding boots. Photos courtesy of MCT Campus


Learning to live with long distance lovin’ Long distance relationships can be troubling, especially in college. One student explains how she’s done it and why it’s worth it.


If someone asked me in the senior year of my high school career what I believed college was for, I am fairly certain of the answer I would have given. Apart from the politically correct response of education, the betterment of the mind and whatever else any parent might like to hear, I would have included meeting people. The idea of being thrown into a pool of new and fresh faces with whom one might share moments worthy of remembering is nearly the only aspect of college life that excites. Why miss out on all of that? Why commit yourself to something that proves itself daily to be far more difficult than you ever expected it to be? The answer is as old and tired as time itself. Love. I entered a rela-


tionship a few days following my graduation, to the dismay of most of my friends. The idea of becoming someone’s girlfriend when I did was the same as deciding to order the familiar chicken Caesar salad before even being shown the menu. It did not help our case that the two of us could not be more opposite. To me none of this mattered, because I knew what I wanted, and for the first time, I let that be enough. The friends who had my best interest at heart and tried to convince me of what a stupid decision I had made were right about one thing: being in a long distance relationship while in college is well, hard. The word ‘hard’ does not do it justice. I have learned that it’s heavy, wearying and even breaking at times.

When you embark on this frustrating endeavor with the right person you are given an opportunity. In these two years of my young adult life, I have been given a view into the deepest parts of my own determination. After a long day of class and all the other stresses that school brings, a voice on a receiver isn’t the most comforting thing in the world, but it’s something. I refuse to let something whither away that throughout history was maintained through only letters when I have the miracle of FaceTime at my disposal. It takes work, but don’t the best things in life require the most out of us? The time that I am able to share with him makes weekends and holidays all the more sweeter. I have learned how to love and be loved and

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that is something that I will never lose. All that my friends were concerned about me missing out on has not been missed at all; I have been able to have it all. I have made a life for myself and within myself here at UNC Charlotte without the crutch that a relationship can become, all while maintaining a love that enriches my life and has made me a better listener and far more patient person. Some people might believe that being as young as we are, it’s far too soon to be committed to just one person. To that I have to say that each of us have our own story that will play out and teach us what we are meant to learn. My age is of no concern because a love like this is always right on time.


After a week of annual Homecoming Cup activities, the weekend brought UNC Charlotte’s firstever football homecoming to a close with the Parade of Lights, pep rally, tailgating, Charlotte 49ers football game against the UNC Pembroke Braves and the crowning of the 2013-14 Royal Court.

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