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Back-to-School 2014

An interview with

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Summer concert with

Billy Currington

Best Sushi

Safety on Campus Two Fashion Shows

Fall Festivals

Are you safe on campus? Do you know how to prevent being “skimmed” at an ATM? See story on page 6.

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Table of Contents FEATURES Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill Back-to-School 2014 Volume 5, Issue 1



Stop, Thief! Staying Safe on Campus........................................................ 6 17th Annual AATS Fashion Expose............................................................ 8 Project Fashion: Eagles Edition................................................................ 12 Dress to Impress: Some Tips on Dressing for that Job Interview...........16 Fall Festivals Galore in the Triangle..........................................................22

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DEPARTMENTS DINING: Best Sushi.................................................................................... 18 MUSIC: Summer Concert with Billy Currington......................................20 MOVIE REVIEW: X-Men: Days of Future Past.........................................24 BOOK REVIEW: Blankets.......................................................................... 24 ARTS: The Chapel Hill Art Gallery: “Frank”ly Amazing...........................26 SPORTS: An interview with Brandon Gambucci.....................................28 COUPONS.................................................................................................. 29 Check us out online at www.uthemagazine.com for more great stories! U the Magazine is a college-lifestyle magazine published three times a school year, Back-to-School, Winter and Spring. Featuring articles, written by student interns and guests, from fashion and careers to relationships. Valuable coupons from local merchants are featured in the print version as well as the online version of the magazine. U the Magazine can be found on college campuses, apartment communities, retail stores and restaurants throughout the Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill areas.


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Do you know how to keep from getting “skimmed” at the ATM? Two UNC students; Andrieu, a senior, and Sally, a sophomore, pose for our cover shot at an ATM. See story on page 6. Photo by: Pamela Marsh


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Stop, thief!

Staying Safe on Campus By Casey Reep

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There’s a common misconception that crime is on a steady increase. That is not the case. College campus police departments have seen crime rates remain relatively the same over the years. And violent crime rates are low. Larceny, or simple theft, is the largest and most preventable type of crime on college campuses. Major David R. Kelly and Sergeant Timothy Hammonds of the NC State University police department shared some insights into student safety. Here are some of their tips for staying safe:


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1. Always report any suspicious people or activity IMMEDIATELY to the police. “This is a community, and we need the community’s assistance to help make this campus as crime-free as possible,” Sgt. Hammonds said. Though there are police officers patrolling the campus at all times, they can’t be everywhere at once. This is where you can help. “Anytime anybody sees something that they feel is unusual, suspicious, or they see a crime in progress, we need them to call us as soon as they can, as soon as it’s safe to do so. The quicker we get the word on it, the quicker we can respond and possibly catch that person that may be about to commit a crime or is committing a crime.” The sooner the call, the sooner campus police can take care of the situation. 2. Lock your room doors, especially if you are leaving or sleeping in your room. Sgt. Hammonds added that this was something he noticed when he attended NC State University as a student. “People have a false sense of security in a dorm,” he said. “They think that they’re back at home, they can sleep in the room with their door unlocked, and generally you’re probably fine.” However, he added, by leaving your door unlocked, you risk the possibility that a stranger can come in. 3. Don’t leave your belongings unattended in any public building for any length of time. This is one of the most preventable types of larcenies, Maj. Kelly explained, giving the example of students studying in the library with laptops, phones, or iPads sitting on the table. “They get up, they go to the restroom or they go to retrieve another book, come back—they had left their property unattended, now it’s gone.” Take your things with you if you need to go somewhere. 4. Be aware of your surroundings. Avoid using distracting items like phones and iPods so that you can be as alert as possible. Being aware of what’s going on around you will ensure your well-being, and you can do your part to pay attention and help someone else. “If everybody becomes invested in and takes part in helping our community become a safer place,” Sgt. Hammonds said, “it will work so much better for everyone.” 5. Use your school’s safety escort services. NC State is now offering a Gotcha Ride system for all students as an alternative to on-campus transportation. For people who are not comfortable or are not able to ride the Wolfline buses, Gotcha Ride is available as a taxi service. Campus police escorts

are also available, but they do not offer transportation like the Gotcha Ride system does. Other universities offer police escorts to students and faculty at certain hours; check your university’s police department website for available services. 6. Don’t leave your valuables in plain sight. If you are leaving your vehicle, put all your belongings in the glove box, under your seat, or in the trunk, and remove your GPS from your windshield. In addition, campus police advises you not to “advertise” your stereo systems—playing loud music or sporting stereo equipment stickers on your car can make your vehicle a target for larceny. If you are walking on campus, try to avoid using ATMs at night, and do not count money in the open. Watch out for ATM “skimming.” This type of theft steals debit/credit card information usually with a device illegally attached to the ATM machine. Choose ATM’s in well lit areas or inside a store. If something doesn’t look right, stop and alert the bank or store. Have your envelopes ready for your transaction. Avoid withdrawing large sums of money. Pay attention to your surroundings and monitor your bank account daily. 7. Use a U-bolt lock on your bicycle. Last year, 400 thefts were reported at NC State University. 100 of those thefts were bikes. Getting the proper bike lock is something that the NC State University police department is trying to promote. Yes, the cable locks are cheaper, but anyone can come along and snip them off with a small pair of bolt cutters. In comparison, Sgt. Hammonds said, “the U-bolt’s a little more expensive—you’ll pay probably about ten, fifteen more dollars for it; however, it’s better than having to replace a bike and pay full price for the bike later.” Already have a cable lock? Campus police recommends using both lock styles on your bike for extra security. 8. Register your bicycle with campus police or the university. Maj. Kelly advises everyone with a bike on campus to register it with campus police or the university’s department of transportation. “We have the ability to capture the make, model, serial number, and owner information into our database,” he said. “If for some chance that that bicycle is stolen, we have more information available to us, which can assist us in trying to recover that bicycle, whether it’s been pawned, stolen, or recovered somewhere else.” There are thousands of the same type of bicycle, Sgt. Hammonds added, and “unless that person can provide us that specific information about their bike, there’s very little chance we’ll be able to get that bike back

to them, even if it is recovered, because there’s nothing to tie them to that specific bike.” If your school does not offer bicycle registration, it will sometimes offer free engraving services. Have your name engraved on your bike so that you can easily identify it if it’s stolen and recovered. 9. Stick to well-lit, well-traveled areas. Most universities have low violent crime rates. But, said Sgt. Hammonds, “we encourage people to act in safe manners, regardless. We don’t want to see those rates increase due to people being negligent or not taking ownership of their own well-being.” If you are walking or parking your car on campus, stay safe by sticking to well-lit, well-traveled areas. And again, be aware of your surroundings. 10. If you are concerned about sexual assault on campus, there are training programs you can take with campus police. Thanks to a new law called the SAVE act— which is the Sexual Assault, Violence, and Education act—university law enforcement is required to come up with a more comprehensive plan to approach sexual assault through crime prevention. This includes RAD (Rape, Aggression, and Defensive) training, safety programs for individuals, and programs to address specific needs of organizations on campus. Maj. Kelly said that NC State’s police department works with fraternities, sororities, and athletics to educate all students—male or female—about sexual violence and how to prevent it. Sgt. Hammonds added that campus police aims “to change that culture that promotes sexual assaults or promotes the non-reporting or under-reporting of sexual assaults.” “The safety and security of all of our students, faculty, staff, and the visitors to this campus is our number one priority,” Maj. Kelly said. “Our goal is certainly to try to reduce the number of crimes that are reported each year through patrol, through crime prevention programs, and through continued partnership with the many organizations here on campus.” Remember, the number one most reported crime and the number one most preventable crime on college campuses is larceny. You can keep yourself safe and your belongings secure by attending to your things, taking advantage of campus police services, and immediately reporting any suspicious people or activities to the police. It takes everyone working together to continue to keep college campuses safe and make the environment excellent for learning.

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17th Annual African American Textile

Society Fashion Expose: Back to Black Story by Breana Jordan Photos by Page Harris This years’ African American Textile Society’s Fashion Expose held the 17th annual competition organized by North Carolina State University’s students. The friendly competition gave aspiring design students an opportunity to showcase their inspirational designs to a sold out audience in hopes to further their career and possibly win this years’ elite fashion expose. Upon arriving, I was immediately immersed in the world of fashion. Basing this years’ fashion show off of what inspired the designers and giving them an opportunity to use different themes for their pieces gave the show a sense of authenticity and individual creativity. “Back to Black” being the overall theme puts a greater emphasis on fashion design as an art to be experienced rather than seen as merely “trendy” and “commercialized.” Designers ranged from beginner to intermediate and beyond, making a total of 26 designers. Each designer in the beginner stage had three models while the intermediate and beyond had a range of five or more models, most of them being students. In speaking with NC State Senior, Emily Law, she explains what inspired her different pieces, stating, “Some of my models will have a floor length gown or a shirt and hood… there were many nights where I’d stay up till four in the morning working in preparation for the show”. She says, “My initial inspiration was a sort of an apocalyptic fantasy. I went off of a sort of huntress, strong women who are empowering figures. Most of my pieces fit into different characters within the looks”; hence the name of her collection, “Dystopian Dreams”. Uvana Doran, Senior in Fashion Merchandising at North Carolina A&T, 8

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won first place in this years’ competition within the Intermediate and Beyond category. Her designs show true dedication to the art and proved a sincere passion for her major. In the beginner category, North Carolina State Sophomore, Lisa Hong, came in first with her collection, “Sky Fall”. Second and third winners were also given a prize in both categories that showed dedication and hard work that was noticeable in their designs. The expose this year was held in NC State’s new building, the Talley Union Center, which gave the students an ample amount of space to set up for the show and have a backstage in which to get ready. The sponsors for this years’ event included: The N.C. State Inter-Residence Council, Union Activities Board, Belk, N.C. State Student Government and Tompkins Textile Student Council. They showed an immense amount

of support for the expose as well as professors and parents alike. In seeing the dedication that both winners and the other twenty-five designers displayed in the fashion expose I understood why this show was the first AATS Fashion Expose sold out over the past seventeen years. The pieces varied from casual outfits the day to day person could wear to extraordinary, intricate outfits made from not so ordinary materials. Not only did the designers show incredible output, but the organizations and help involved worked extremely hard in the production of this show. In entering the building, the back stage help really made it feel like a fashion expose you would see in New York. Everything from backstage passes to a red carpet photo opportunity made the expose more than just an event, but an affair that everyone wanted to go to.

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Project Fashion: By Shantasia Hamilton Photos by Shantasia Hamilton

Every spring the Department of Human Sciences and Fashion Inc. delivers a fashion show in the month of April at North Carolina Central University. This is the time that the student designers get to showcase their skills as they present their line to the NCCU community, family and friends. The theme of the show this year was “Project Fashion: Eagles Edition� with which designers will create their own pieces that fit the challenges assigned to them. The challenges were maroon and grey, recycled, condom couture, prints, self-expression, and black tie. The students had a choice in which categories they wanted to participate but they also had to complete at least five of them. Designer Ashanti Turner working on her pattern pieces for the show.

It took weeks to prepare for the show and the instructor, Mrs. Wadeeah Beyah planned and organized the list of events that would occur while also allowing students to help with the layout of the show. Designers also took this time to create their pieces, choose their models, add needed alterations, and present their line to a panel of judges. This show gave the student designers the opportunity to get their creative juices flowing and create garments that showed what type of designer they were. They displayed excellent draping skills, exquisite detailing, and great vision for their work. There were no limits to what they could do and these designers definitely showed their personality in their work. The department became chaotic and the pressure was on as the day of the fashion show grew closer. The students had to work on their line while also completing other assignments for the department and various classes. In the last few days before the fashion show, the student designers had to present their line to the judges for critiques which would lead to who would win the dif-

Designer Josetta Monk draping muslin on the mannequin before cutting her pattern pieces for her line. 12

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Eagles Edition ferent categories. Along with that, designers had to ensure that they had all their models in line, their hair and makeup were done and overall looked the way that the designer envisioned them. The show consisted of the fashion presentation of the guest designers, former student designers, fashionistas and the Fashion Inc. designers. The fashionistas are the students that are enrolled in the beginner’s level class in the department. They were required to make two pieces for that show that they had to wear and model themselves. Next year, they will be able to create and display their own line. There was a change in the introduction of the student designers this year as they were introduced to the audience before individually showcasing their designs. The models braced the runway as the commentators addressed what challenge it was and who the designer was. After each challenge, three designers were called back to the stage and told what place they held. For the maroon and grey challenge and also the black tie challenge, the winner was Stacey Holloway. For the recycled challenge Jawan Robinson received 1st place and for the prints challenge Keyana Wright won 1st place. For the self-expression challenge, Tiffany Jones was crowned 1st place. For the last challenge which was Condom Couture, the NCCU Project Safe organization was in charge of choosing the winner and they chose Victoria Campbell as the 1st place winner of the challenge. After all the challenges were done and all the continued on next page

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winners were announced, there was then a giving of separate awards for student designers who were most improved, best fabrics, best construction, most wearable, etc. The Department of Human Science and Fashion Inc. put on a wonderful and extravagant fashion show. It kept the attention of the audience and they made sure that there was never a dull moment. The presentation of the entire layout, the dinner, the gift bags and the rewards all added to the display of an excellent show. Ashanti Turner who was a student designer in the show stated, “Before the show I really didn’t think I had what it took to successfully create 5-6 garments on time and execute them the way that I wanted. After the show, I feel confident in my style and what I have produced and I want to take more risks and see what more I can come up with”. It was a whirlwind of chaos and blossoming designers over the weeks of preparing for the fashion show. Each student designer put their all into their designs to create the garments that they envisioned. I’m sure there were times that they all wantDesigner Keyana Wright, pictured (left) with her winning design after receiving 1st place in the prints challenge.

ed to call it quits but their passion for their work outweighed all stress. There were long nights and moments of frustration but seeing all your hard work pay off had to be a great feeling for them all. They are truly great designers and will make it far as they grow and effectively put their skills to great use.

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Dress to Impress: Some tips on dressing for that job interview. By Suzanne Libfraind Suzanne Libfraind is the owner of Wardrobe Consulting, a Raleigh-based firm that offers fashion expertise throughout the state. For more information, visit www.wardrobeconsulting.biz or call (919) 270-0250.

It’s easy enough to pull together something to wear to an interview or two, but what happens after you get your internship or first job? Making the right impression requires a little thought about your wardrobe. Whether you’re headed to work in a casual or conservative environment, what to wear is easily enough negotiated with a little planning and creative budgeting. In the current job market, face time with management is even more crucial to both getting and keeping a job, and it’s critical


to make a great impression on a consistent basis to make the conversion from intern to employee, or from newbie to seasoned veteran. It’s important to make sure your wardrobe is up to the task. Commonly, students or recent grads have a closet full of jeans, t-shirts, polos, or a navy sports jacket and a pair of khaki’s. While this works fine when hanging out with friends or for one or two interviews, it’s important to recognize your internship or first

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job, no matter how great it is and how well you fit in with everyone, is not like hanging out with friends and you can’t wear your interview clothes every day. Making the transition to a working wardrobe is a challenge. Be sure to set a budget unless you have magically or luckily been given the finances to buy a working wardrobe. What is required for your workplace requires prioritization in terms of buying clothes that give the most bang for your buck and buying the best quality you can while at the same

Hopefully, you’re planning ahead and have given some thought to what you should wear to work. If not, begin in your closet and look for the following: For women: a black, navy or dark grey dress, and a skirt that is at least 23 inches long, and is not totally a form fitting fabric. Look for a dress pant other than in cotton twill, like linen. Make sure you have a basic solid blouse or a shell in white, cream, light blue or a small print with a neckline that doesn’t plunge. Shoes should be comfortable enough to wear all day, and a dark pump no higher than three inches, ballerina flat or wedge are good choices. The heel should not look ragged around the edges and the toes should be polished/not scuffed. For men: Look for a navy blazer, dark suit or dark pant that are not torn or frayed on the seams of the collar, pant leg, seat or hemline. Pair these with a button-down in white, ecru or light blue, making sure it’s not too tight or loose and is not frayed at the neck or cuff or missing buttons. Ties are important if you are client facing, or working in a conservative office. Make sure the tie reflects who you are in a tasteful way. For a lot of offices, that might mean no skulls or cartoon characters. Make sure shoes are office appropriate, polished/not

scuffed, don’t look like sneakers, have a non-rubber sole and are either a lace-up or loafer style. After your brief closet evaluation give some thought to a few other things: • Is the job or internship in a casual or conservative atmosphere? • Consider the industry and research beforehand the work environment. If your internship or job is in another state, make sure your clothes are appropriate for the weather there. If needed, call the human resource office and ask if they have corporate guidelines. Remember, you always want to dress a little better than the people working there. • What budget do you have for work clothing? What items can I afford to buy versus make do?

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time dressing for your position. If you are client facing, chances are you will need a nice dress or slacks, a button-down and a coat. If you aren’t client facing, then those purchases can wait until you get a couple of paychecks under your belt.

from your work to your appearance! Make sure your nails are clean and manicured and if you choose to wear polish, make sure you maintain the manicure. Incredibly long nails frequently don’t work in an office. If you wear perfume, realize that many people don’t, and apply lightly. Hair should be clean, brushed and dry. Men should make sure nails are clean, their face is shaven and hair is groomed. Most companies don’t appreciate the 5 o’clock shadow look, regardless of who you are. Last two bits of advice. Dress for the job you aspire to and not the one you are starting with now. Make sure the very last thing you do before heading out is to look front and behind in a full length mirror. Look for food between your teeth, breakfast crumbs on your face, and stained or wrinkled clothing. Be sure and check the weather before you head out and grab an umbrella if there is any chance of rain, as that too will ruin a nice outfit. Have fun working at your new job or internship!

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I still remember my first experience with sushi; it happened when I was 10 years old and was invited to a friend’s birthday party. The festivities were taking place at a sushi bar, and, like most young children, I was not the biggest fan of any kind of cuisine that involved fish. So, I was, understandably, a little apprehensive when I looked at the menu and saw that it was entirely comprised of not only fish-related dishes, but fish dishes that were, in numerous cases, not cooked. Still, being the curious girl that I was (and, of course, being a guest who wanted to be polite toward the party’s hosts), I decided to give it a try; I’ve been hooked ever since. Fast forward to my university years. Granted, when most people think of college students’ favorite foods, sushi is probably not the first item that comes to mind. Still, during my time in college, whenever my friends and I were looking for a place to spend a night out, local sushi establishments were always at the top of the list. Just think about it: There’s a reason why unlike other popular American dishes, sushi is a favorite not only in this country, but all around the world. In fact, in a few situations, I was able to turn a couple of friends who had never even tried sushi before into self-proclaimed lifelong sushi lovers. Here, I’ll highlight a few of the places around the area that helped me to succeed in doing so.


Shiki Sushi 207 N Carolina 54 Durham, NC 27713 919.484.4108 And finally, since I absolutely can’t leave out the Blue Devil students and fans of the Triangle area, I certainly need to mention Shiki Sushi, conveniently located on High-

way 54 in Durham. Very deservedly, this local favorite was voted the Triangle area’s best sushi four years in a row. A number of their Triangle-renowned dishes are named after various regions of the United States— and, being a North Carolina resident for several years now, one of my favorites is the Cary roll, stuffed with avocado, blue crab, and a hint of thai sweet chili sauce. Another popular location-themed dish is the Alaskan roll, which features a delicious blend of smoked salmon and snow crab. But, perhaps just as enticing as the food itself at Shiki Sushi is their accommodations for large group parties. Whether you’re looking for the perfect place to go out to eat before a fraternity or sorority cocktail party, a venue to celebrate the end of midterms with friends, or simply somewhere to head with a big group on a Saturday night just for the fun of it, Shiki Sushi’s banquet-style rooms and setting provide an ideal setup.


Akai Hana Japanese Restaurant 206 W Main Street Carrboro, NC 27510 919.942.6848 If you’re a member of Tar Heel territory, you might want to head to gorgeous downtown Carrboro (which is literally walking distance from Chapel Hill) and try out Akai Hana, which is just steps from Carrboro Town Hall on Main Street. My personal favorite dish here is the Hurricane Roll, which is made up of cucumber, avocado, and smoked salmon. The lunch menu also includes a wide variety of sushi combos, all of which are served with a delicious side of miso soup. Numerous noodle soups are also a tasty option on the lunch menu if fish isn’t your thing. Or, if you’re a vegetarian, I would definitely

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If you’re closer to the domain of the Wolfpack, head to Raleigh’s Sushi O Bistro & Sushi Bar, with an ideal location in alwaysbuzzing Glenwood South on Glenwood Avenue; they’re open for lunch every school day and for dinner seven days a week. One of my favorite aspects of this place is the sushi sampler on the appetizer menu— it’s got a little bit of everything mixed in, including tuna, salmon and shrimp. Just be sure to save enough room for the main course, because this place has quite a few that are essentials to try out. It’s hard to choose just one, but if I had to pick, I would say either the aptly named North Carolina roll, which includes shrimp, avocado and spicy mayo, or the surf and turf roll—a perfect blend of shrimp, white fish and just a hint of cream cheese.

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Having been in college, I know sushi isn’t quite what you might think of if you’re looking for a crowd pleaser. Even so, that doesn’t make it any less of a tasty choice than pizza, burgers, or any other members of the typical college food family—not to mention the fact that many types of sushi are much healthier options. Here’s my challenge: Next time you ‘re trying to decide between various dining options, for just one day or night, put down the fork and spoon, leave the ketchup bottle in the fridge—and pick up a pair of chopsticks.

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Music: Summer Concert with Billy Currington

be setting up for the event, restaurants and businesses in the area that would be effected by the crowd and the fans of Billy themselves whom would be enjoying the concert. Beforehand, there was talk that the weather might not agree with the predominately outside venue. There was a forecast of thunderstorms for that evening, but for the most part it did not deter people from showing up in their concert-ready attire. The gates of the concert opened at 6:30 PM and people were quickly flooding the pavilion soon after. Before Billy performed, people gathered around to socialize, eat and drink with one another while they waited for the show to start. There were many beverage and food vendors in the lawn to occupy the patiently waiting guests. Around 8 some bad weather did occur. This postponed Currington’s arrival to the stage. There even became talk that the concert might end up getting rained out if the weather continued. However, the rain did lighten up and the show did go on. Billy came onto the stage around 9 PM and definitely did not let his crowd down. People in the lawn and under the amphitheater were thoroughly enjoying themselves while they listened, sang along and danced to the many numbers Currington performed. He sang many of his old and new hits, and even covered some other popular songs by other well-known country music singers. I was fortunately able to enjoy the show from the lawn, which I believe to be more enjoyable in

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Summer concerts are always fun times. This past summer I enjoyed one of the Harvest Jubilee Concert Series in Danville, VA, only an hour and a half away. It was successfully kicked off Friday night, June 20, 2014 with a lively show by Billy Currington and special guest, Sam Grow. The Harvest Jubilee Concert Series has been a tradition in Danville for over 30 years and Billy Currington was another of many renowned singers who has performed for it. Numerous musicians and artists have come to Danville to perform for thousands in the Danville area. These events are increasingly becoming more popular and drawing attention from fans all over. Billy Currington is an American country musician who has been singing and songwriting for about the past 11 years. Currington signed with Mercury Nashville Records in 2003 and has released five albums with them. He has had many popular hits including “Must Be Doin’ Somethin’ Right,” “Hey Girl” and his newest one, “We Are Tonight.” His last album, “We Are Tonight” was released in September 2013 so it could be considered by most to be fairly new, which is always nice when a musician is asked to perform at a venue. The crowd was eager to hear songs from his most recent album as well as his older ones that made him the famous artist he is today. The Harvest Jubilee Concert Series is held at the Carrington Pavilion, a wellknown venue in downtown Danville, VA. The Carrington Pavilion hosts many events in Danville including the Fridays at the Crossings and other local concerts and theater events. The Carrington Pavilion’s amphitheater includes 1,100 covered seats as well as 4,000 lawn seats. It is a common area where not just locals but also people from out of town gather together to enjoy one another’s company. Ticket prices for the lawn were $27 and for the reserved seating under the amphitheater they were $42. These prices increased by $5 on the day of the concert. According to an article from WSET.com, just days before the show about 2,000 tickets were sold, with expectations that more would be sold at the door. The whole town was getting ready for the concert, including the crews that would

some cases than under the amphitheater in the reserved section. I really enjoyed hanging out with everyone I came with to the concert as well as running into familiar faces, some of whom I had not seen in many years. Occasions like this are always great chances to catch up with long lost friends. I felt that Billy did an amazing job. I had never seen him in concert before but based off of how he performed that Friday night, I would definitely not mind going to another concert. He sounded amazing and I could really tell he was singing his heart out. It was evident that he did not want to disappoint those who came out that night to see him. Overall, the concert was one of the best that Danville has seen and I have been to quite a number in the past few summers. I also recommend going to more of the Harvest Jubilee Concert Series in Danville, VA. There is one more concert scheduled for this summer. Danielle Bradbery ends the series on August 29.


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Festivals Galore in the Triangle Fall festival season has arrived, and there are numerous entertaining festivals happening in the triangle during the next couple of months. Music, art, dance, film, and culture will be showcased at these diverse festivals that may help to add some excitement to your schedule this fall. Raleigh is a hub for music and culture and will be representing those qualities during the CaribMask Carnival, the Annual Festival of Raleigh, and Hopscotch music festival. Chapel Hill will be showcasing its artsy side during one of the biggest festivals in North Carolina, Festifall Arts Festival. Durham will also be representing the arts at their CenterFall Arts Festival during their North Carolina Gay + Lesbian Film Festival. All of these Festivals offer unique activities to spend your time taking part in.

Raleigh CaribMask is a flavorful Carnival that brings people together to celebrate the Afro-Caribbean culture, to promote diversity, equality, and a deeper appreciation for this culture. The Raleigh Durham AfroCaribbean Association started this carnival a couple of years ago in order to bring more Afro-Caribbean community events to the Raleigh Durham area and to share this tradition with the region. Parading through places with costumes and masks is a long-time tradition of Caribbean festivals. This culture believes that doing so will bring good fortune and help to heal problems. It is an African tradition to use natural objects such as feathers to put together a mask or costume, which serves as a symbol of the ability to rise above pains, heartbreaks, illnesses, and difficulties. This year, CaribMask will commence on August 23rd and last for about a week. This event is deemed to be appropriate for all ages. During this carnival everyone will be celebrating with music, dancing, food, and saucy costumes! Last year during the 2013 carnival, CaribMask hosted various captivating events during the week of the carnival including: a crowning ceremony of Miss CaribMask 2013, a Parade of Bands, an All-White Glow Party, a Zumba Challenge, a Flag Party, and an all-day Kids Outside Party. It is to be expected that this year will 22

have similar if not more electrifying events planned for this wild festival! Another worldly and acculturating experience is the 29th annual Festival of Raleigh, which is once again around the corner and is definitely something worth checking out! This worldly festival allows people to experience the culture of over 50 different countries. International Focus, a non-profit organization, is holding this event with the goal to support North Carolina’s international communities. They believe that they can bind people together through learning about the varying heritages that make up our varied community. They created this event in order to celebrate the diversity of the triangle, to bring people together, and to create a rich community within the triangle. The festival will occur from Friday September 19th through Sunday September 21st at the Raleigh Convention Center downtown. Attendees have the option to watch ethnic dancing from thirty different cultures, gander at the cultural exhibits in order to discover the history and tradition of each culture, indulge in many different types of cuisine, learn about the forms of art from international teachers, and listen to the music of distinct international bands. This festival also caters to kids, and there will be activities offered for them such as face painting, storytelling, and games. The Festival of Raleigh is a beneficial experience for all ages, and having the ability to absorb knowledge about the varying cultures that make up our society will prove to be a very fulfilling day. The Hopscotch Music Festival will be taking over downtown Raleigh from September 4th through the 6th. This will be the fifth anniversary of this festival featuring nearly 160 bands with a wide range of genres: rock, hip-hop, metal, folk, electronic, experimental, and more. The bands will be playing for three days spread out over thirteen different venues including: Raleigh City Plaza, Berkeley Café, Contemporary Art Museum, Deep South the Bar, Fletcher Opera Theater, The Hive at Busy Bee Café, Kennedy Theater, Kings Barcade, The Lincoln Theater, The Pour House, Slim’s, Tir na nOg, and Vintage Church. All of the venues except for the Raleigh City Plaza will either

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be 18+ or 21+. If you love live music and are over 18, buy your tickets soon!

Chapel Hill The 42nd annual Festifall Arts Festival will be taking place in downtown Chapel Hill on Sunday October 5th from noon to six. This is one of North Carolina’s longest running events and has been voted Chapel Hill’s best annual event by the readers of Chapel Hill Magazine for the last several years. This festival is perfect for any person who is interested in art, and it is also free for everyone! Festifall will be showcasing over eighty different artists, local and regional, with very wide ranges of medium used in their art. There will be various activities for people to take part in, such as “Art on the Move,” where people can build moveable art sculptures in the pop up exhibit of the Ackland Art Museum. If you love art, chances are you also love live music and dance, which will be another aspect of this artsy festival. The Virgin Family Band, Hindugrass’, and Tokyo Rosenthal are local bands that will be overcoming the three main stages at the festival. The genres of these eclectic bands are unique and diverse, so there should be a style of music for everyone to enjoy. But if you don’t like eccentric bands, there will also be an acapella group, Cognitive Resonance, which will be performing some of the top indie hits. The Dance Evolution Stage that will be at the festival will showcase the countless types of dance and their cultural and historical influence. The dances will range from historical to contemporary and everything in between. A number of miscellaneous activities will also be occurring during the Festifall festivities. An improvisation team from DSI Comedy Theater will be putting on an interactive comedy show. Walking tours of West Franklin will be offered in order to show people the history and culture of the area. A new addition, the Digital Bookmobile exhibit from the Chapel Hill Public Library, will allow people to learn about the library’s “virtual branch” including ebooks, audiobooks, and more. Festifall will be including endless amounts of activities to take part in that should promise a compelling and gratifying day at North Carolina’s premier arts festival.

Durham The second largest gay, lesbian, and transgender film festival in the Southeast, The North Carolina Gay + Lesbian Film Festival, will be occurring this August 15th through the 24th at the Carolina Theater in Durham. With its beginnings in 1995, this festival was created in order to showcase the lives of today’s gay and lesbian life worldwide. This festival received the high honor of being named a signature event for Durham by the Durham Convention and Visitors Bureau, which is the highest honor they can receive from this organization. The North Carolina Gay + Lesbian Film Festival features a variety of shorts, documentaries, and captivating feature films for the community. If you are interested in learning more about this topic, this may be the festival for you. Another artsy festival will be taking place this upcoming fall, which is the 40th annual CenterFest Arts Festival in Durham on September 20th and 21st. CenterFest is the largest arts and community festival in Durham with over 200 performing artists and 130 visual artists who will be showcasing and selling their handcrafted art of all mediums including: clay, drawing, fibers, glass, painting, photography, printmaking, wood, jewelry, mixed media, and sculpture. It will be free to enter, but there is a suggested donation of five dollars per person. There will be many activities to indulge in such as local and international food, music, and entertainment. This festival is also suitable for all ages, and will include two creative kid’s zones with hands-on entertainment, educational activities, and arts and crafts projects to stimulate their creativity. CenterFest is represented by the Durham Arts Council and showcases the importance of art within the Durham community. Fall is the best time of year in North Carolina, especially when it comes to weather and festivals. This fall is packed with thoughtprovoking, stimulating, and enjoyable festivals that will ensure a lack of boredom in the Triangle area. These festivals are perfect for families, college students, or anyone who wants to experience amusing occasions without spending a heap of money. If you are interested in art, music, culture, film, or dancing then these festivals are definitely something you should consider!

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Movie: X-Men: Days of Future Past

It’s that moment when Mystique nearly chokes the life of a chauvinistic militant with only her foot. It’s that moment when an entire stadium levitates above D.C. and drops like a cage around the White House. It’s when Professor X and Magneto grasp hands in the far off future or punch each other in the distant past. It’s all these collective moments in perfect pacing and story-telling glory, which pulled me like inexplicable gravity to see “X-Men: Days of Future Past” three times. Three times. Ah, summer blockbusters done right. Versions of history repeating itself and the devastation of human failure have always been a part of the X-Men ideology. Though, it’s never been quite so successfully poignant as in this installment. At the film’s beginnings, we are not in any recognizable world. Human-designed robotic “Sentinels” are able to detect and adapt mutant powers. Devastation, along with corralled and dead bodies hark us back to Magneto’s backstory from “First Class”, which was rooted in the horrors of Germany and the holocaust. The parallel is made again when Professor X tells us the Sentinels systematically wipe out all with the mutant gene or the potential to procreate one. It’s a foreseeable World War III. The X-Men concoct a plan to change this future they find themselves in, with the help of Kitty (Ellen Page) who can project consciousness into the past. The grand plan: send Wolverine’s indestructible consciousness all the way to 1973,

to the day Mystique kills Bolivar Trask (Peter Dinklage). Trask is the man behind the Sentinels and his death signifies to humanity the supposed reality of mutant cruelty. But as time often reveals, people are not who they once were. Regrets, decisions and defeat stack up and change a person. This is no different for Professor X. It was genius to have young Charles Xavier, played by James McAvoy, encounter the older, war-lorn professor (Patrick Stewart). The scene itself is one of the most beautiful ones in the film. When young, paisley-clad Charles is able to transport his subconscious vis-à-vis Wolverine’s subconscious into the future (yeah, I won’t try to solve that one), the resulting effect is akin to looking through a wavering candle. The warm colors of the future rebels’ hideout swim in the mind’s eye. Time almost seems to hang in suspension as Charles confronts himself. The conversation that follows is something truly surreal to grapple with. I mean, all apocalypse-save-theworld stuff aside, what would that mean to be able to speak with your future self? We’ve seen McAvoy take on many shades of human character – most often as the lovelorn man that props up the lead lady’s story (to his credit). But in “Days of Future Past”, in this moment, it’s almost like looking at the shell of a man; someone riddled with self-doubt and weighed down by a tremendous moral responsibility. He’s truly frightened of accepting his powers once again, of being the change and hope that everyone sees in him. “So much pain…” he

Book: Blankets

Craig Thompson’s prominent autobiography Blankets may seem like “just-another-comingof-age-graphic-novel.” But it transcends other graphic novels of the same genre in its impeccable honesty and artistic excellence. There’s something incredibly unique about Thompson’s way of illustrating his life with such intricacy and true talent. Although there is this whole other level to his drawings that holds onto the fact that they aren’t so detailed that they distract from the potency of the surrounding words of the story. It beautifully outlines the author’s life through a delicate, handmade timeline, featuring personal recreations of the author’s experiences through his art. Beginning with his childhood being raised by devout Christian parents, he and his brother challenge each other’s creativity and get themselves into innocent mischief. Flashbacks from his childhood pop up here and there throughout the story, showing that the author clings to his youth. As the story progresses, Craig starts to learn 24

By Lauren Vanderveen quavers to the professor, to himself. Importantly, this scene literalizes what “Days of Future Past” is all about: that the past, present, and future are always in dialogue with one another. History’s course is then altered by every choice we make. To create a future rooted in what’s good and what’s right, we have to consistently make good choices. But in the realm of “Days of Future Past”, Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence) is saddled with the most responsibility to be the good of the future but also the necessity of the present. Indeed, she is arguably the most important character, which is another facet that makes this film so great. She, like many women, is navigating a male-dominated world. Whenever she goes into Mystique mode, she largely possesses the faces of men in powerful positions. It’s strategic and smart. She needs information from Trask, so she takes on his appearance and gets it. She needs to rescue mutant soldiers from being shipped off as research, so she impersonates an important and grisly-looking militant to get through the red tape. The entire film is building to the final moment of what Mystique’s decision will be on shaping the future. “X-Men: Days of Future Past”, in a caliber I haven’t seen since “The Dark Knight”, is able to weave all these pluralities into a strangely beautiful and action-packed symphony. You will go for the action, stay for its heart and, if you’re like me, you’ll go two more times because it’s quality entertainment.

By Shannon Cuthrell what his Christian faith really means to him. Through the trying times of bullying and living a somewhat “redneck” lifestyle on a farm, he still holds to what he knows: that God is prevalent in his life. However, his parents and teachers somehow twisted the truth of the Gospel into a devastation. The “fire and brimstone” means of evangelism turned him further from Christianity. It grabbed hold of his mind and set up walls and barriers so he could never really see the truth in any situation. He just did what he was “supposed” to do and felt how he was “supposed” to feel. While the question of his faith’s strength comes about, he simultaneously meets and falls in love with Raina, a fellow Christian whom Craig meets at church camp. Though she did not directly pull him away from his faith, the way he felt about her influenced his decision to turn away from Christianity all-together. Long after Raina and Craig broke up, he left the comforts his family’s household and began to

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search for his own definition of God’s meaning to him personally. He explored the world around him with a worldview no longer tainted by the decisions of his parents, but he grasped a new mindset and held to it dearly. He read books he never would have read before and expanded his mind. The story sort of abruptly ends and the reader is left to gather what really happens to Craig, but it is implied that his life experiences aided in helping him find himself in such a beautiful, self-realizational way. I thought it was unique that the book never really concludes with a definite ending. So often we expect an organized ending to a novel, but there is no organized ending to phases in our lives, really. This handcrafted and raw story honestly encapulates the most delicate feelings of a teenager’s life: falling in love for the first time, being alone and facing the future.

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Jean LeCluyse, four-year member of the FRANK gallery, painted this work entitled “It’s All About the Hat,” which depicts her sister as she wears her favorite head garment. One of my favorite aspects of living within walking distance of downtown Chapel Hill is that there’s always somewhere to go and something to do just a few feet outside of my backyard; literally all you have to do is take a walk down the sidewalk, and you’re guaranteed to find a fun spot. During one of my recent trips downtown, I stumbled across one of those spots and made my first trip— but not my last—to the Franklin Street Arts Collective (FRANK) art gallery. The gallery, which is nestled in the heart of Franklin Street mere steps from the UNC campus, is home to the works of 22 members and 80 consigners. While a few of the consigners are based in other parts of the country (such as Virginia and Georgia, for instance), the members are comprised primarily of locals. “Being a member here is a great opportunity to let the people of the Triangle know just how many talented artists there are out there, especially since artists tend to work in isolation,” says Jean LeCluyse, who has been a member of the gallery since it was first established four years ago. Every 6-8 weeks, the show at the museum changes, and new works are put on display. One show taking place this fall (from September 9-October 5), for example, is entitled “Rubbish 2 Runway” and features dresses constructed entirely out of recycled materials.

During my visit, the show was titled “Graphics, Drawings, and Prints.” One of my favorite pieces in that show was a painting by LeCluyse titled “It’s All About the Hat.” The work depicts LeCluyse’s sister Marilyn, who enjoys collecting hats and has hundreds in her possession. She also enjoys collecting pins from the various destinations to which she travels. The painting shows her wearing her favorite hat in her entire collection, decorated by a variety of those pins. The show also featured a group of photographic pieces by John Rosenthal—notably a series of black and white pictures of his son (also named John) during various stages of his childhood. I was especially fascinated by the way the elder John was able to use various angles, light settings, and shades of grey to turn family photos into an artistic endeavor. Each photo in the collection was titled based on the year in which it was taken, so the viewer is able to get a glimpse into the child’s various stages of growing up. Another artist, Carmen Elliot, contributed a wide variety of fascinating pottery to the show. Her passion is depicting various types of birds in her work. My favorite piece of hers was entitled “Buddha With the Bird,” which shows a peaceful visual representation of the Buddhist deity with a colorful feathered bird resting on its head. Finally, I can’t go without mentioning the beautifully colored work of Gordon Jameson, who is a founding member of the gallery. Jameson is known to use different hues and symbols to create pieces that celebrate culture and life. One of his exquisite works entitled “Sari Raga” was inspired by the colorful sari dresses traditionally worn by Indian women. The FRANK galley is always looking for volunteers, including those who are college students around the Triangle. Their opportunities might serve as particularly useful resume boosters for those students who are looking to start careers in areas such as event planning and gallery management. For more information about how to get involved, stop by the gallery at 109 East Franklin Street. Or, for more information about the gallery’s current and upcoming shows, go to their website at http://www.frankisart.com/.

SPORTS: An interview with Brandon Gambucci

By Breana Jordan

Q: When did you graduate and what was your major? A: I graduated (from undergrad) last May with a BA in Sociology and minors in Religion and History. This next year I’ll be attending Duke’s Fuqua Business School and pursuing my Masters as well as wrestling my senior season. Q: What do you intend on doing with your major? A: Your guess is as good as mine. I really enjoy working in the tech industry, but am also drawn to the investing industry. I imagine I’ll be going into either sales, product management, or investment banking (but that could totally change). Q: How long have you been wrestling? A: I’ve been wrestling since elementary school but I actually didn’t win a single match for 7 years. Once I hit Junior High School I rededicated myself to the sport, so my path to college wrestling has been very different than a lot of people’s. Q: What do you think sets Duke University athletics apart from other colleges within Duke’s conference? A: At Duke we very much preach a culture of being both a student and an athlete. The academics are challenging, but prepare us really well for life after college athletics. We want to be the best at everything. Also, Duke’s athletic culture is awesome. Everyone at Duke loves sports and athletics and shows it. Q: How did you manage your workload and athletics during the school year? A: Through a lot of trial and error. It’s definitely not an easy (or fun) thing to do,


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but eventually you just figure it out. We also have really great resources at Duke to help us plan and manage everything from nutrition to tutors. It’s just about dedicating yourself to making it work. Q: How often did you work out a week/what was your diet like? A: Being a wrestler, this is a tough one as it changes so much. A normal week during season would be around two workouts per day Monday-Wednesday, and depending on your weight control, anywhere from 2 to 4 workouts per day on Thursday and Friday. On Saturday, we typically wrestle either a dual or a tournament which usually lasted all day. Sunday is our day off, so to speak, we usually just get a night workout in individually. As far as diet goes, I usually try to lean out around August or September (season is November to March) and that typically involves lowering your body fat through whatever means you would like to take. I’ve done everything from being a vegetarian to doing a Paleo diet. During season it is usually weight maintenance which basically means try to stay as light as possible, but a weight cut for me will usually involve losing around 13 or 14 pounds during the week for our match. This is just done by working out a lot, eating a low-sodium diet, and then cutting out water/certain foods closer to competition. Q: Any pre-match rituals? A: So many. My most important one is that I have to be the first wrestler on the “line” where you start wrestling. In my high school state finals there was actually a delay in starting, but I was too superstitious to move my foot off of the line, so I awkwardly stood there for 5 minutes.

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Brandon Gambucci, Duke University student athlete, lets us in on how he wrestled his way to the top. Coming into Duke his Freshman year as a two-time all American with a record of 151-35 he continued to uphold his reputation throughout his college undergraduate career and gives us some insight on his time at the University:

Q: What was your most memorable moment during your collegiate wrestling career? A: Probably last year in the ACC semi-finals. I was wrestling the number 1 seed in our weight (which was the toughest in the ACC’s) who was ranked 8th in the country. I upset him by a huge margin 12-2, and advanced into the ACC finals and procured a place at NCAA’s. It was a really awesome, awesome moment. Q: What would you say is your favorite tournament you’ve been in and why? A: Favorite: ACC’s and NCAA’s. I love the post-season atmosphere and pressure. Least Favorite: Southern Scuffle. I’ve ended up in the hospital the last three years I’ve competed there. Q: Any advice to student athletes? A: Just have fun. Be passionate and success will come, it always does. Brandon was voted team’s Most Outstanding Wrestler, All-ACC Academic Team selection, and on top of his accomplishments he earned his way towards being on the ACC Academic Honor Roll, and it’s easy to see why. Being on top of the game within athletics is as equally important in academics and Brandon has proven that within his college career and will only continue to prosper into graduate school.

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