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Sebastian offers after-hours help NECOLE JACKSON

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Students at N.C. A&T will now be able to access free after-hour health coverage. Sebastian Health Care Center and UNC Health Link teamed together to offer registered nurses to assist students on the phone for medical advice. Health Link is offered at eight universities in North Carolina. The solution was first sought after from the Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs, Melanie Pierce. A solution like HeathLink was looked into prior to the decision, but they could not find a reason to use it. Sebastian Health Center is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. to assist

students with medical concerns. After hours, students have gone to the emergency room where they have paid an excessive bill for conditions that are considered a “nonemergency problem.” Freshman Jok rdan Leggett, a sports and leisure studies major from Dunn, N.C., thinks this service is a great idea. “I think it is good because if something happens at night and I need help, this will be a good place to provide it. This is a service I will use if I need help.” The service is only available for currently enrolled students. The nurses practice nationally recognized medical guidelines for their advice. Advice will be giv-

en whether the students needs medical attention, antibiotics or can seek help the next day during Sebastian’s hours. It also practices confidentiality by not discussing any information outside of Sebastian and taking minimal information when given. Students cannot call on behalf of other students keeping up with confidentiality. Parents will not be offered any record unless the student is underage. After the student has called, a record will be made to Sebastian so they can continue treatment with the student if necessary. A mandatory follow-up will also be performed. “This is the next

best thing for students,” said Yvonne Parks, the nursing director. “Students may not know

save money. Students run up bills because they are afraid. This gives them the accessibility for free.” Executive director Linda Wilson agrees with Parks. “Healthlink is that support when we are not open. Sebastian’s goal is to meet the needs of our students and provide total heath care. Health link will help implement that goal.” Students can call UNC HealthLink at (888) 2673675 or the locally at (919) 966-3820.

what to do. They feel like it’s an emergency and it may not be serious. If they had someone to call for advice or direct them, they could

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Students get a chance to meet and greet SGA hopefuls LILIANE LONG Contributor

It was an evening of cheer, good food, and interesting ideas as the candidates vying to become the next members of the Student Government Association (SGA) gathered in Exhibit for the Meet-the-Candidates night on Mar 14. After introductions from Denise Iverson-Payne, the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Student Development, individuals were able to see the personalities behind the fliers and learn of positions on issues such as campus unity and overall student involvement. “It’s an incredible opportunity for candidates to mingle with students in order to showcase their platforms and what they hope to accomplish in the upcoming year,” said Michael Griffin a senior economics major from High Point and current chief of staff for the executive board. The meet and greet was the first held in the history of student government elections on N.C. A&T’s campus. Among those in attendance were current SGA executive

board members and candidates Reginald Johnson, Catherine Hamlet, Rhyan Marcus, Darrell Anderson, Michele Delgado, Cheri Farrior, Sascha Gibson,Tiffany Carson, Jonte Douglas, Desiree Simmons, Dorian Davis, Timothy Exum, Devonta Woods, Jawari Boyd, and Allahquan Tate. The event not only gave students the opportunity to meet the candidates, but it also allowed them to share what they, as students, would like to see from their governing body. “I want to see SGA reach out to us more,” said Rachel Bivens a sophomore a supply chain management major from Charlotte. “ That opposed to us coming to them, I want to see them be more active about trying to get the general student body involved.” Candidate for senior class president Sasha Gibson seemed to agree. “The same spirit that we have trying to get people to vote for us is the same we should keep through out the year in getting individuals involved,” said Gibson. “It’s all about following through.”

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MADISON GIBBS talking to fellow students to vote for her in the upcoming election for Miss Sophmore on Wednesday March 14, 2012.

The candidates, many of whom have previous experience on their class executive boards, hope that previous experiences will help them, if

elected, run their desired positions. Individuals can vote for the candidates of their choice on Mar. 28 in Exhibit hall and

online. -lrlong@ncat.edu and follow us on Twitter @ATRegister

GE exec and Aggie alum to speak at spring commencement STAFF REPORT Register

The board of trustees has announced the keynote speaker for spring commencement. Dmitri Stockton, president and chief executive officer of GE Asset Management, a leading global investment firm, will deliver her speech to the spring 2012 on May 12, at the Greensboro Coliseum. The ceremony will begin at 8:30 a.m. More

than 1,000 students amongst the nine schools and colleges are set to graduate this year. Stockton As a 1986 A&T graduate, Stockton is a 25-year GE veteran and has served as president and CEO of GE Capital’s global banking unit in London

and Switzerland. Currently, he serves as a senior vice president of GE Company and is a member of the company’s Corporate Executive Council. Stockton is also a member of the Pension Managers Advisory Committee, the Executive Advisory Council at A&T’s School of Business and Economics and is on the board of directors for the GE Foundation, A Better Chance and the Thurgood Marshall College

Fund. He has been selected by Savoy magazine as one of the Top 100 Most Influential Blacks in Corporate America. In the past, Stockton has been selected as one of Black Enterprise magazine’s 100 Most Powerful in Corporate America in 2009 and 75 Most Powerful on Wall Street in 2011. Stockton is also an inductee in the National Black College Hall of Fame and has been

recognized by the Beta Alpha Psi honor society as the Business Information Professional of the Year in 2005 and Beta Gamma Sigma with the Business Achievement Award in 2007. Stockton holds a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from A&T and currently lives in Raleigh, N.C., with his wife Renee and two daughters.

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New policy enforced JENELL MCMILLION Register Reporter

Last fall, the N.C. A&T’s faculty senate approved a policy change that many students are not yet aware of. This rule states that a student must pass Math 101 with a C or better to go onto Math 102. This policy is effective for all levels of students, no matter the major. From recent years, many students have been failing, overriding or had to withdrawal from Math 101 and this has become a problem within the College of Arts and Sciences. The Math department informed David Aldridge, associate dean for research and graduate studies that in 2010, there was a 59 percent failure rate for students. This rate is determined by the amount of students who receive grades of D, F, withdrawal or incomplete. Last year, with the addition to supplemental instruction administered mainly by graduate students and teacher’s assistants from the college of engineering, that percentage dropped to 35. “As parents you want your students to succeed…it’s a course of action and we just want to ensure the success rate of the students,” stated Aldridge. Each department has complete control over its curriculum as long as they send it their dean. Aldridge saw this policy and knew this could only increase the students’ success and it was approved. Students are having mixed feelings about this policy change because it is helping them to succeed but for others it is slowing their process to graduate. “I don’t think it’s that bad because a C is average and therefore you are learning and passing,” stated Gregory Smith a junior visual media and design student. “However, other students felt shocked and disappointed with this policy.” “It has not affected me but many of my friends that are seniors and took Math 101 now have to go back and take it because they received a D. This is really hard on them because they have to start all over. Many of us know that it is hard to start over and learn things all over again. I feel bad for them and it really sucks,” stated Brad Parker a junior criminal justice student. It is understandable that this policy will benefit students and the success of this institution but to apply it to all levels after they received credit can make the policy shaky. Many teachers in the Math department had no comments except for Edward Washington a Math 101 teacher. “It really makes sense,” said Washington. “Are you really learning the material if you get a D in the course. This change of policy is beneficial for all students.” The success rates for A&T are up to its students. Math 101 and 102 are just the beginning; many other courses will begin the same policy soon. -jnmcmill@ncat.edu and follow us on Twitter @ATRegister

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A&T honors achievement of students Register Reporter

N.C. A&T took time out to honor the achievements of its students last week. The Honors Day Convocation was held Mar. 15 in Harrison Auditorium to honor both students and faculty. Chancellor Harold Martin welcomed and encouraged the students to, “reach out and to reach back as an example to your peers and to inspire them to likewise achieve on recognition. This was not a message just to students. It was also meant to encourage faculty members to keep enriching their students’ education and critical thinking. As discovery driven learners, encourage them to cultivate strong study habits, participate in distinctive learning opportunities and engage in community collaboration”. The address was delivered by ’69 alumna Sandra Daye Hughes. Today, Hughes serves in the department of journalism

of mass communication at N.C. A&T as the student outreach coordinator and lecturer. She has broken many barriers in journalism as the first AfricanAmerican woman in the Piedmont area to broadcast her own show and has worked for the local news channel WFMY for many years. However, she says she takes great pride in honoring students who have accomplished the many goals they achieve for themselves in an academic setting. In Hughes’ address, she defined an honor student as, “a critical thinker [who] loves to explore problem solving. An honor student always assists in understanding not just memorizing. An honor student does not expect to be spoon fed required information they are self motivated…honor students are down and simple go-getters. They don’t wait for you to give it to them, they go and get it.” Over time it has been learned that students have had a great

teacher to get them to where they are today. Six teachers were honored with the Outstanding Teacher Award which include: Teresa Styles in the College of Arts and Sciences, Steven Xiaochun Jiang in the College of Engineering, Kenrett Y. Jefferson-Moore in the School of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences, Lisa Gueldenzoph Snyder in the School of Business and Economics, Robin Liles in the School of Education and DeWayne Randolph Brown in the School of Technology. Also, Lemuria Carter in the School of Business and Economics along with Sonya Draper in the School Photo by KENNETH L. HAWKINS, JR. • THE A&TREGISTER of Technology were honored with the Junior Faculty SANDRA HUGHES was the keynote speaker for this year’s Honors Day Convocation. She is a professor in the Teaching Excellence Award. journalism department. “It’s a great feeling to be honored,” said Liles. “I was business economics student ily we all know each other and very humble by what my stu- said, “the honors program has we all strive for excellence and dents were saying. They are the given me many perks. I just got greatness.” ones that make sense for me. back from Africa yesterday and Beautiful.” went to Singapore, Malaysia -jnmcmill@ncat.edu and follow Mitchell Brown, a senior two years ago. It’s like a fam- us on Twitter @ATRegister

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Graduate studies hires A&T Honda campus Allnew director Stars ready to compete Dr. Dean Campbell has been named the director of the Student Transition and Retention (STAR) program. Campbell comes to N.C. A&T, after working as a graduate recruitment specialist at Morgan State University in Baltimore. Morgan State received the 2011-12 Council of Historically Black Graduate Schools (CHBGS) award for innovation in graduate recruitment and admissions during Campbell’s tenure there. Before Morgan State, Camp-

bell served on a committee with Educational Testing Service and with the National Association of Graduate Admissions Professionals. Under Campbell’s new position, he will report to the assistant dean and participate in leadership and management of the school of graduate studies with a focus on developing strategic direction and managing the implementation of assigned projects to meet strategic services provided to the students.

Reading is fundamental . . . . . . and so is writing. The A&T Register holds contributors meetings every Wednesday @ 5 p.m. in GCB A328.

N.C. A&T students will be participating in the Honda Campus All-Stars Challenge quiz bowl championship March 30-April 4. The team consists of four members, three juniors and one senior: Franklin Foster (captain), Mitchell Brown, Macey Morgan, and Megan Morgan. 48 teams from colleges and uni-

versities will be competing in the bowl. Teams are broken down into eight divisions and play bracket style until there is a winner. The winning team gets a $50,000 grant from Honda for their school. Teams that place second through eighth place teams will also win cash prizes.

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Africana Committee Annual Filmshowing GCB Auditorium 3 p.m.

NABJ Short Course Opening Ceremony GCB Auditorum 7 p.m.

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Annual Spring Blood Drive

4:45 p.m.- Student Union PVA- Injury to personal property - further investigation

NSBE General Body Meeting

March 17 12:10 a.m.- Moore Gym - Alcohol Violation - Closed/Arrest

Exhibit Hall 8 a.m. to 4 p.m

McNair Auditorium 6 p.m.

NY/NJ Full Body Meeting Marteena Hall Room 312 7:30 p.m.

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Black Family Technology Awareness Day McNair Auditorium 9 a.m.

Music Industry Entreprenuer workshop Stallings 9 a.m.

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Serial shootings amount to terrorism, prosecutor says KIMBERLY HEFLING

AP Education Reporter

PARIS — A shooter who has killed seven people in France including three children at a Jewish school could be charged with terrorism, a federal prosecutor said Tuesday, amid reports that the gunman still on the loose may have filmed his most recent attack. “It indeed appears that the circumstances of these three killings have caused a serious breach of the peace through in-

timidation or terror and can be characterized as acts of terrorism in the sense of the definition contained in our penal code,” Francois Molins said. He pointed to the premeditated and systematic nature of the attacks all the victims were shot point-blank “in the area of the head,” Molins told reporters. The incidents may also have racist and anti-Semitic aspects, he said. All the victims belonged to ethnic or religious minorities.

Speculation has been rife in the media that the attacker is a neo-Nazi with a military background. But Interior Minister Claude Gueant warned against excessive guesswork. “We still don’t know who he is. We haven’t gotten that far,” he said of the suspect. Molins said all leads were being explored, noting that thousands of hours of video surveillance footage still have to be reviewed. One witness told police that

American soldier alleged killings seen as an act of retaliation, villagers say DEB RIECHMANN

Associated Press

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan— Residents of an Afghan village near where an American soldier is alleged to have killed 16 civilians are convinced that the slayings were in retaliation for a roadside bomb attack on U.S. forces in the same area a few days earlier. In accounts to The Associated Press and to Afghan government officials, the residents allege that U.S. troops lined up men from the village of Mokhoyan against a wall after the bombing on either March 7 or 8, and told them they would pay a price for the attack. The lawyer for Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, who is accused in the March 11 killings of the 16 civilians, has said that his client was upset because a buddy had lost a leg in an explosion on March 9.

It’s unclear if the bombing cited by attorney John Henry Browne was the same as the one described by the villagers that prompted the alleged threats. After a meeting at a military prison in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, Browne said Bales told him a roadside bomb blew off the leg of one of his friends two days before the shootings occurred. A spokesman for the U.S. military declined to give any information on the bombing or even confirm that it occurred, citing the investigation of the shootings. He also declined to comment on the allegation that U.S. troops threatened retaliation. “The shooting incident as well as any possibilities that led up to it or might be associated with it will be investigated,” Lt. Col. Jimmie Cummings, a spokesman for U.S. forces in Afghanistan, said Tuesday.

Bales, 38, is suspected of leaving a U.S. base in Panjwai district of Kandahar province, entering homes and gunning down nine children, four men and three women before dawn on March 11 in the villages of Balandi and Alkozai. Mokhoyan is about 500 yards (meters) east of the base. The shootings have further strained ties between the U.S. government and President Hamid Karzai who has accused the U.S. military of not cooperating with a delegation he appointed to investigate the killings. Karzai’s investigative team is not convinced that one soldier could have single-handedly left his base, walked to the two villages, and carried out the killings and set fire to some of the victims’ bodies. The identity of the soldier who allegedly threatened the villagers is not known.

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the attacker had a mini camera strapped to his chest when he started shooting at the Ozar Hatarah school in the southwestern city of Toulouse on Monday. Investigators have scoured the Internet for any corresponding video of the shooting but have yet to find anything, Gueant said. Surveillance video shows that the suspect was wearing a “band” across his chest, Molins acknowledged, but said that the presence of a camera is “at this

moment only a hypothesis and nothing more.” “It is clear that we are dealing with an individual who is extremely determined, who knows that he is hunted, who is capable of striking again,” he told reporters in Paris. President Nicolas Sarkozy has placed the southwestern region on the highest threat level of scarlet, denoting the risk of an imminent attack. Molins noted that the incidents so far which also left two

people seriously injured have each happened four days apart. The same semi-automatic Colt handgun was used in all three attacks. The suspect is also reported to have used similar looking scooters in several of the attacks, but Molins rejected reports that the police had information on matching registration plates. Jewish and Muslim organizations are planning to close ranks on Sunday by holding a joint silent march in Paris.

Syrian rebels continue to fight despite military setbacks tim johnson

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GORENTAS, Turkey — Syrian rebel commander Ahmad Mihbzt and his ragtag fighters grabbed their aging rifles to fight Syrian troops advancing on their village, but soon fled under a rain of exploding artillery shells. “We will fight until our last drop of blood,” Mihbzt declared a week later in this village across the Turkish border. “We just withdrew because we ran out of ammunition.” Like Mihbzt’s men, rebels across Syria fighting to topple President Bashar Assad lack the weapons that can pose a serious challenge to the regime’s large, professional army. Some rebel units have more fighters than guns, forcing them to take turns fighting. Because of ammunition shortages, some fire automatic rifles one shot at a time,

counting each bullet. Rebel leaders and anti-regime activists say rising gun prices and more tightly controlled borders are making it harder for them to acquire arms and smuggle them into Syria. This could tip the already unbalanced military equation of Syria’s year-old uprising further in the regime’s favor. The opposition has suffered a series of military setbacks as regime forces have repeatedly routed them in their strongholds, most recently the eastern city of Deir al-Zour on Tuesday. The weapons shortage has grown so acute that the opposition’s disorganized leadership say only military aid can stop Assad’s forces. Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Libya have spoken positively of the idea, but no country is known to be arming the rebels. The United States and many European countries have rejected sending weapons,

fearing that it would fuel a civil war. The weapons problems reflect the fractured, haphazard nature of the rebel movement. The uprising began a year ago with peaceful protests demanding political reform, inspired by the successful revolts in Tunisia and Egypt. Since then, Assad has waged a withering crackdown. In response, some in the opposition began to take up arms to defend their towns and attack government troops. The local militias and breakaway units from the Syrian army mostly identify with the Free Syrian Army, a loose-knit umbrella group, but they operate independent of each other. The groups, numbering anywhere from a few dozen to a few hundred men, are largely on their own in finding weapons and supplies.


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Feds join investigatation of teenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s shooting death MIKE SCHNEIDER

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ORLANDO, Fla. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Following a day of protests calling for the arrest of a Florida neighborhood watch captain who fatally shot an unarmed black teen, the U.S. Justice Department announced late Monday it will investigate the case. George Zimmerman, 28, claims he shot 17-year-old Trayvon Martin last month in self-defense during a confrontation in a gated community in Sanford, Fla. Police have described Zimmerman as white; his family says he is Hispanic and not racist. Zimmerman spotted Martin

as he was patrolling his neighborhood on a rainy evening last month and called 911 to report a suspicious person. Against the advice of the 911 dispatcher, Zimmerman then followed Martin, who was walking home from a convenience store with a bag of Skittles in his pocket. The Justice Department said in a statement late Monday that the FBI and the U.S. Attorneyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s OfďŹ ce will join in the agencyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s investigation. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The department will conduct a thorough and independent review of all the evidence and take appropriate action at the conclusion of the investigation,â&#x20AC;? the agency said. The case has garnered national attention. Civil rights

activist Al Sharpton is expected to join Sanford city leaders in a Tuesday evening town hall meeting to discuss with residents how the investigation is being handled. The Justice Department said its community relations service also will be in Sanford this week to meet with authorities, community ofďŹ cials and civil rights leaders â&#x20AC;&#x153;to address tension in the community.â&#x20AC;? Earlier Monday, students held rallies on the campus of Florida A&M University in Tallahassee and outside the Seminole County Criminal Justice Center, where prosecutors are reviewing the case to determine if charges should be ďŹ led.

Clashes rock Syrian capital amid insurgency fears BASSEM MROUE

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BEIRUT â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Syrian rebels battled regime forces Monday in a heavily protected, upscale area of Damascus, activists said, in a sign that the countryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s outgunned opposition is increasingly turning to insurgent tactics. At least three people were killed in the ďŹ reďŹ ght, which was the most serious clash in the Syrian capital since the uprising began a year ago. The battle with machine guns and automatic riďŹ&#x201A;es brought the countryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s violent conďŹ&#x201A;ict to the streets of

a neighborhood that houses embassies and senior government ofďŹ cials. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which has a network of activists throughout the country, said 18 government troops were wounded in the ďŹ ghting and two later were believed to have died. Rami Abdul-Rahman, who heads the Observatory, described the clash â&#x20AC;&#x153;as the most violent of its kind and closest to security centers in Damascus since the revolution began.â&#x20AC;? He said several â&#x20AC;&#x153;armed groups of defectorsâ&#x20AC;? came from one of the suburbs and ďŹ red a rocket-

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2012-2013 SGA Candidates

2012-2013 SGA Canidates ★Voters guide★

Miss NC A&T candidate

In order to help the student body during their voting experience we have provided a breakdown of the candidates running for some of the biggest SGA executive board positions and their platforms. — Compiled & Designed by Sylvia Obell, Photos by Kenneth L. Hawkins

Junior, JOMC - Broadcast, Jacksonville, NC Platform: Empowering the Lady Aggie: Bradley plans on implementing a five part program entitled “The Renaissance Woman” it will compile of different programs focusing on the business woman, the educated woman, the political woman, the service woman, and the phenomenal woman which, will be a graduation/ ball of sorts for all those who have participated.

SGA President candidate Senior, JOMC - Public Relations/Psychology Major , Charlotte, NC Platform: Internal objective is to take President Robinson’s “One Aggie” and turn it into “One SGA.” Wants to unite the different entities of SGA (E-board, Court, Class Presidents) in order to produce a stronger presence. “We can’t help the campus if we’re not united.” External objective is to prepare Aggies to compete on a global level upon graduation.

Davonta

wood

Precious J.

SGA President canidate Junior, Architecture Engineering Major, Fayetteville, NC Platform: Reviving the Pride One Aggie at a Time & Governance You Can Depend On: “People are always saying Aggie Pride is dead, it just needs to be revamped.” Tate plans to do that by highlighting academic achievements and more.

SGA Experience: Freshman Class Parliamentarian, Senator, Senior Class President Why you should vote for him: “I don’t make false promises. I’m dependable, reliable, and I have good track record.”

Bradley

Tate

Catherine

Hamlin

Sophomore, Agricultural Business/Marketing, Waverly, Va.

Naeemah

Sims

Platform: Rebuilding the DREAM (Daring to Reinvent Everyone’s Ability to Move): Turner wants to prove that her generation isn’t as lackadaisical as it’s often perceived. “We can move in classroom, in senate, in the schools & colleges, financially in the Dowdy Building, etc.” She also wants to move towards a more proactive SGA constitution.

Why you should vote for her: Her experience stretches beyond A&T’s SGA. She is a member of North Caroliana’s Association of Student Governments, which includes leaders from all 17 UNC schools.

Canisha C.

Turner SGA VP-external affairs candidate

Platform: Maintaining the Aggie Brand by building relationships in the community, creating strong bond between campus organizations, networking, and assertive communication. Farrior also wants to work to make students active in the upcoming presidential elections.

farrior

SGA VP-external affairs candidate

Ryan

Marcus class candidates:

Secretary

Senior Class President

Patrick Malichi Danielle Smart

Treasurer

Desiree Simmons Editor-In-Chief, Jonathan Erik Veal Karmen Robinson

Sascha Gibson Alisha Fairfax

Miss Senior

Alexandria Pouncy Stanita Thomas Ryale Grier

Senior, JOMC - Electronic Media, Bloomfield, NJ Platform: Let’s Get Down to Business: The platform includes different components that exude service, education, a more pleasant environment for learning and more. It’s more interactive than others. A lot more social programs that students care about such as basketball tournaments, double dutch, etc. to keep students on campus.

Kibibi

Hawkins

Megan

Why you should vote for him: “I’ve seen what Robinson did his year and worked closely with Wade this year so I’ve experienced what goes into creating GHOE and Aggie Fest.”

Platform: Johnson feels understanding A&T’s history is the answer to “our current insanity.” He believes students lack of knowledge of the universities vast achievements is why they lack pride. He plans on bringing tasteful pride back to A&T and bridging the gap of communication between the student body and SGA

Johnson

Tiffany Carson Tyler Newkirk Marcela Fidelis Gabriele Stuart

Junior Class King, Mr. Junior Gitory Bartell Timothy Exum Darrell Anderson Jonte Douglas

Sophomore Class President Jawari Boyd

Sophomore Class Vice President Deborah Goddard Ambrose Wallace

Sophomore Class Treasurer Asha Brown

Mr. Sophomore Dorian Davis

SGA Experience: Mr. Freshman, Mr. Sophomore Why you should vote for him: “I was there for the establishment of this position. I was the very first Mr. Freshman and worked with the first Mr. A&T Austin James.”

Junior, JOMC - Broadcast, San Jose, Calif. Platform: More Results, More Pride, More Service: Moore wants to enhance the campus experience by getting students more involved with the goings-on of campus including classes, campus organizations, programs, and more. SGA Experience: Other experience

Cameron

Moore

Why you should vote for him: Moore says he is personable, down to earth, and always concerned about the needs of his fellow Aggies.

Voting will take place Wed. March 28 in Exhibit Hall 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. ★ Runoff April 4, 2012 ★

Senate candidates: Miss Junior

Why you should vote for her: “I’m a friendly person. I often get complimented on my personality. I’m approachable and that’s something I’ve heard student’s don’t feel as though they get from past Miss A&T’s. I want to give the students what they ask for.”

Junior, Professional Theater, Greensboro, NC

Why you should vote for her: “Integrity I’m a zealous person. Service is the core of my values. Also because I want to uphold Aggie excellence.”

Mr. NC A&T candidate

SGA Experience: Other experience

Mr. NC A&T candidate

SGA Experience: Other experience

Platform: Marcus is all about continuing the legacy that the past two VPEA’s have begun. He wants to maintain a well balanced street team to let people know about events a ahead of time. He also wants to focus on service by getting people involved with the upcoming presidential elections. “I plan on bringing big names to campus.” SGA Experience: Interned with current VPEA Chris Wade.

Why you should vote for her: “I have experience on the court. I’ve spent the year shadowing Miss A&T, I know what goes on behind the scenes.” Delgado also feels she is approachable and a well rounded student which, would make her a good representation of the student body.

Miss NC A&T candidate

SGA Experience: Freshman Class Parliamentarian, Interned with current Miss A&T Jasmine Gurley

Platform: S.E.R.V.I.C.E (Student Encourages Responsible Values In Communication Enrichment): “I feel like service is a big part of being in college. It should be a huge part of what Miss A&T does.” Mills wants service to become an innate action versus a chore.

Sophomore, Economics Marketing, Durham, NC

Why you should vote for her: Farrior feels her major in public relations major has given her the necessary skills to execute the job. She also believes her strong love for the university sets her apart.

Other SGA candidates:

Michele

Reginald

SGA Experience: Senator

Cheri

Platform: P.E.A.C.E. (Positive, Energy, Activates, Constant, Elevation): Hamlin is all about creating a positive campus environment for students. Lifting spirits to create a better day. She wants to create programs talking about self worth, service, and more. “Life during college can often call for the need of uplifting. When you create a positive atmosphere the only way to go is up.”

Junior, Speech Language Pathology, WinstonSalem, NC

Mills

Junior, JOMC - Public Relations, Newport News, Va.

SGA Experience: Miss Junior

Miss NC A&T candidate

SGA Experience: Executive Assistant to Past SGA President Wayne Kimball, Jr., Senator. Why you should vote for her: Turner doesn’t consider herself a politician but a stateswoman. “It’s not about popularity for me, it’s about my fellow students.”

Why you should vote for her: Bradley feels she is down to earth and more relatable to students. “I’m an ordinary person trying to make an extraordinary change.”

Why you should vote for her: Hamlin feels her positive energy is what sets her apart in addition to, “My genuineness, passion for service, and love for my Aggie family.”

SGA VP-Internal affairs candidate

SGA Experience: Senator for two years.

SGA Experience: Senator

Junior, JOMC - Electronic Media, Winston-Salem, NC

Junior, Criminal Justice Major, Weddington, NC Platform: Project REACH: reaching out to the students by changing the linear flow of communication into a circle that the student body is an important part of.

Platform: Play Your Cards Right, Vote for the Queen of H.E.A.R.T.S (Helping, Each, Aggie, Reach, Total, Success): Delgado plans to have programs/initiatives throughout the year that tackle different aspects of college life such as transitioning from college into the real world.

Miss NC A&T candidate

Why you should vote for him: “There isn’t another student that cares about this university as much as I do. If there is, they aren’t stepping up to do he things I want to do.”

SGA VP-Internal affairs candidate

Junior, JOMC - Public Relations, Hartford, CT

Delgado

SGA Experience: Freshman Class President, Senator

Allahquan

Miss NC A&T candidate

Senate District #1College of Arts and Sciences Khalyn Jones

Senate District #2School of Business and Economics Tevin Milton Peter Akinleye Danielle Peterson Randolph Brown

Senate District #3School of Education Isiah Guinyard Melanie Thompson Taya Gaskins-Scott

Senate District #4College of Engineering Allison Townes

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Rice and Klein tries to change educational system KIMBERLY HEFLING

AP Education Reporter

WASHINGTON — The nation’s security and economic prosperity are at risk if America’s schools don’t improve, warns a task force led by former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Joel Klein, the former chancellor of New York City’s school system. The report, obtained by The Associated Press, cautions that far too many schools fail to adequately prepare students. “The

dominant power of the 21st century will depend on human capital,” it said. “The failure to produce that capital will undermine American security.” The task force said the State Department and U.S. intelligence agencies face critical shortfalls in the number of foreign language speakers, and that fields such as science, defense and aerospace are at particular risk because a shortage of skilled workers is expected to worsen as baby boomers retire. According to the panel, 75

percent of young adults don’t qualify to serve in the military because they are physically unfit, have criminal records or inadequate levels of education. That’s in part because 1 in 4 students fails to graduate from high school in four years, and a high school diploma or the equivalent is needed to join the military. But another 30 percent of high school graduates don’t do well enough in math, science and English on an aptitude test to serve in the military, the report said.

The task force, consisting of 30 members with backgrounds in areas such as education and foreign affairs, was organized by the Council on Foreign Relations, a New York-based research and policy organization focused on international issues. The report was scheduled to be released Tuesday. Too many Americans are deficient in both global awareness and knowledge that is “essential for understanding America’s allies and its adversaries,” the report concludes.

“Leaving large swaths of the population unprepared also threatens to divide Americans and undermines the country’s cohesion, confidence, and ability to serve as a global leader,” the report said. Rice and Klein said in interviews that they are encouraged by efforts to improve schools such as the adoption of “common core” standards set in reading and math in a vast majority of states and the Obama administration’s “Race to the Top” competition, in which states

compete for federal money in exchange for more meaningful teacher evaluations. But, they added, the pace to improve America’s schools must accelerate. “The rest of the world is not sitting by while we, in a rather deliberate fashion, reform the education system,” Rice said. Klein said he hopes the findings will prompt discussions beyond the education community that engage those in the defense and foreign policy establishments.

Obama and Romney express health- Apple distributes money to open up ownership for higher stock price care plans via Nixon’s structure CALVIN WOODWARD Associated Press

WASHINGTON — Now here’s a tag team for the ages: Richard Nixon, Mitt Romney, Barack Obama. The arc of history joins all three in the cause of universal health care, a goal promoted by Nixon four decades ago and advanced in laws enacted by Romney and Obama in turn. So where are the high fives between the president and the former Massachusetts governor? The most significant health care law since Medicare gets barely a shout-out from Obama. And when Romney must talk about the law he won in Massachusetts, it’s because someone’s got him on the defensive in the Republican presidential primary campaign. “Big health care reform turns out not to be very popular — and actually unhealthy for the candidates who did it,” says Robert Blendon, a Harvard professor who tracks public opinion on the subject. The Supreme Court will decide if the new federal health

care overhaul or any part of it is unconstitutional after arguments next week. If the law that Republican opponents call “Obamacare” survives, “Romneycare” will stand in the history books as a guidepost for it, hardly the first time a state has served as a laboratory for national social policy. The federal and Massachusetts laws share much, including a requirement that individuals carry health insurance, a provision that taxpayers provide help for those who can’t afford it and protections against denial of coverage. And ObamaRomneycare shares more with Nixon’s neverimplemented approach — an insurance system anchored in the private market with a hefty government safety net — than with the Clinton administration initiative that collapsed in the 1990s under the weight of its own complexity and reach. Obama and Romney are not overly modest men, but you might think so when it comes to this subject. Health care got two sentences in Obama’s State of the Union speech, one more than he devoted to an unfair-trade case

against Chinese tires. Romney sticks to the Republican line that Obama’s law must be repealed, and gives so-so reviews of his own law. “Some things worked, some things didn’t, and some things I’d change,” he says when pressed. Stuart Altman has been in the thick of it all as a health policy economist who advised Nixon in the 1970s and four more presidents of both parties since. He also co-chaired a Massachusetts task force on health policy in the prelude to Romney’s initiative. “Poor Romney, he has to run away from it,” Altman said, simply because Republicans have made it their refrain that “Obamacare” must go, and Romney’s plan can’t easily be divorced from it. Nixon declared: “The time is at hand this year to bring comprehensive, high-quality health care within the reach of every American.” With the Watergate scandal soon to destroy Nixon’s presidency, health care was surely a topic he preferred to talk about. It’s just not one that Romney or Obama wants to talk about now.

PETER SVENSSON

AP Technical Writer

NEW YORK — Apple is finally acknowledging that it has more money than it needs. But don’t expect it to cut prices on iPhones and iPads. Instead, the company said on Monday that it will reward its shareholders with a dividend and a stock buyback program. Apple, the world’s most valuable publicly traded company, sits on $97.6 billion in cash and securities. The company has stockpiled the cash through a combination of great ideas and prudence. Apple spends money, to be sure, building data centers, buying parts for its products and pursuing ambitious projects such as a new 2.8-million-square-foot headquarters that has been likened to a spaceship. It also invests in the research and development of new technology and negotiates an occasional acquisition. But Apple simply hasn’t managed to spend its earnings faster than people are lining up to buy its iPads, iPhones and other gadgets. The decision to return some

of that money to investors is a clear signal that Apple is taking a different approach in the postJobs era. Former CEO Steve Jobs resisted calls to issue dividends for years. He argued that the money was better used to give Apple maneuvering room to acquire other companies, for instance. Apple did pay a quarterly dividend between 1987 and 1995, but Jobs was not involved with the company at the time. Jobs died in October after a long fight with cancer. Since then, pressure had been mounting on new CEO Tim Cook. Apple’s ever-growing pile of cash was earning a paltry amount of interest and the fact that it was sitting there unused could have left the company open to charges of mismanagement and possible shareholder lawsuits. On Monday, Cook said that, with as much cash as Apple has on hand, a dividend won’t restrain the company’s options. “These decisions will not close any doors for us,” he told analysts and reporters on a conference call. Indeed, Apple can afford it. The dividend, which should

placate shareholders, will cost about $10 billion the first year. Apple generated $31 billion in cash in the fiscal year that ended in September and analysts expect it to add another $70 billion to $85 billion this year. Apple said it will pay a quarterly dividend of $2.65 per share, starting in its fiscal fourth quarter, which begins July 1. The dividend works out to $10.60 annually, or 1.8 percent of the current stock price. Although Microsoft Corp., pays 2.5 percent of its stock price in dividends, and Hewlett-Packard Co. pays 2 percent, analyst Tavis McCourt at Morgan Keegan said Apple’s dividend is relatively generous for a large technology company. Apple is reluctant to bring back overseas profits. In addition to being taxed in their respective countries, those profits would be subject to the 35 percent U.S. corporate tax rate. The dividend opens up ownership of Apple shares to a wider range of stock mutual funds, potentially boosting the stock price in the long term. Many “value-oriented” stock funds are not allowed to buy stocks that don’t pay dividends.


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It’s Romney and the un-Romney Party in 2012 MCT CAMPUS Contributor

In the seemingly interminable campaign for the 2012 Republican nomination, one result after another has been called “definitive” or a “breakthrough,” only for those superlatives to be dusted off again after the next round of voting. But the outcome of Tues-

day’s primaries in Alabama and Mississippi does seem to mark a milestone: the beginning of a two-candidate race between Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum. True, Newt Gingrich, who finished second to Santorum in both states, says he isn’t going anywhere and even attempted to portray himself and Santorum as an anti-Romney tag team.

That doesn’t alter the fact that, based not only on Tuesday’s results but also on his earlier showings, Santorum has established himself as the “unRomney” to whom the frontrunner must pay special attention. The result could be an edifying sharpening of the debate as Romney is forced to engage a single opponent on the issues,

in the process defining himself more clearly not just for Republicans but for the general electorate. Such a play-it-safe approach might work, even if Gingrich changed his mind and withdrew. Romney still seems to be on what Los Angeles Times staff writer Mark Z. Barabak called “a slow, steady march to the

party’s nomination,” one that in the next several weeks will pass through states more hospitable to Romney than Alabama and Mississippi were. Why change course? One reason is that defining his differences with Santorum might redound to Romney’s advantage in more moderate states such as Illinois and Pennsylvania.

A failure to distinguish himself from Santorum in the coming weeks could hurt Romney with voters in the fall. With no disrespect to Gingrich or Ron Paul, the Republican race is down to two serious contenders. Republicans aren’t the only ones who deserve to know, and in detail, how they differ.

Do titles really change the nature of a relationship?

other on Twitter or be friends on Facebook, but I do think it is important for the two of you to not stalk each other and read every single comment or wall post.

How will it finally end in the war in Afghanistan? SANDY GALL

MCT Campus

This has been one of the worst fortnights in the increasingly unhappy 10{-year Afghan war for NATO and, above all, the United States and its ally, Britain. First there was the burning of the Korans at Bagram air base, which unleashed a wave of religious fury and revenge killings of U.S. troops. Then came the deaths of six British soldiers, incinerated by a giant Taliban bomb last week, which pushed the British death toll in the war over the symbolic 400 mark. Support in Britain for an increasingly unpopular war further deteriorated. Now comes the shooting in Kandahar of 16 Afghan villagers many of them women and children allegedly by a rogue American soldier. All this can only have increased the determination of Prime Minister David Cameron and President Obama, his host for talks in Washington this week, to speed up their exit strategies. But for the majority of Afghans, distressing as these events are, there are perhaps more pressing concerns. What will happen when the Americans and the rest of NATO pull out? Afghans already feel that electoral considerations are more important to the West than the key question of whether the raw, new Afghan National Army and the Afghan National Police will be up to the task of

guaranteeing the country’s security, especially if Pakistan’s intelligence agency, the ISI, continues to back the Taliban. Although the U.S.-led surge at the end of 2010 reversed the military balance in the Talibaninfested, drug-rich Kandahar and Helmand provinces, the Taliban has since retaliated by extending its grip in the previously secure north. Now, hardly a week goes by without some prominent government official, police or army chief being ambushed or blown up in Kunduz, Mazar-i-Sharif or even Kabul. The hemorrhaging IED and suicide-bomb attacks like the assassination in September of Karzai’s top peace negotiator, former Afghan President Burhanuddin Rabbani, by a supposed peace envoy with a bomb hidden in his turban has generated a climate of fear and pessimism. The assassin is said to have been dispatched by the Taliban, who, with its backers, the ISI, are probably the only optimists in Afghanistan. The ISI sees its long-term strategy of manipulating the Taliban insurgency to install a pro-Pakistan government in Kabul as finally paying off. For this observer, a foreign correspondent for Reuters and Independent Television News for nearly 40 years, the situation conjures up memories of the end of the Vietnam War. National security advisor (and later Secretary of State) Henry Kissinger had to negotiate with his North Vietnamese adversar-

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Will Hunger Games Conquer ERIK VEAL

Online Editor

The world was exposed to J.K. Rowling’s “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” in 2001 and Stephanie Meyers’ “Twilight” in 2008. Both have received tremendous revenue, record breaking box office numbers on opening week and have been named as two of the most profitable movie franchises in history. But a new franchise known as “The Hunger Games” is forming in 2012. Does anyone know anything about this movie? “The Hunger Games” is the story of a girl who volunteers herself as tribute in her younger sister’s place to enter a game of twisted punishment for a past uprising and ongoing government intimidation tactics. Each teenage boy and girl plays survival of the fittest, as they must fight one another until one survivor remains. I’m not so much a fan off the gate. Let’s be honest, the world of wizardry at Hogwarts and the vampires residence in Forks has pulled in so many individuals that people are not ready for a new film interfering with their Harry Potter and the love of Bella and Edward…and Jacob. But on the other side, “The Hunger Games” has books, memorabilia and a massive global following. The first novel of the trilogy sold over 26 million copies in the US and spent

180 consecutive weeks on The New York Times bestseller list since publication in 2008. I see it is following the path “Harry Potter” and “Twilight” took so who knows what “The Hunger Games” will do within its three book rotation. Are we foreseeing three films to accommodate three books? Who knows, but if “The Hunger Games” wants the same reaction and possibly a #TeamHungerGames group to compete with #TeamTwilight or #TeamHarryPotter, it needs to have a sold out crowd among theaters worldwide. Though Harry Potter is finished, they are still getting awards and revenue. But “The Hunger Games” has to deal with the release of the final Twilight film, “Breaking Dawn Part 2” in November. With Twilight conquering the award season year after year, ‘”The Hunger Games” will be a friendly competitor but generally they will lose. The start of a new franchise is erupting and starts this Friday as “The Hunger Games” comes to theaters. So will leading lady, Katniss Everdeen of “The Hunger Games” survive among the rest or will Twilight’s Bella Swan take the throne once again? The battle of the movie franchises has begun again with a newcomer. Which team you on, #TeamTwilight or #TeamHungerGames? -jeveal1@ncat.edu And follow him on Twitter @_erikveal

ies from a position of weakness that not even he could disguise. By then all American combat troops were long gone. I watched the North Vietnamese march into Saigon on April 30, 1975; they not only took over the old capital but the whole of the south as well. Is that what will happen in Afghanistan? Will the Taliban move to fill a vacuum, with Pakistani and ISI backing? One hopes not, and of course it would not happen in one fell swoop as it did in South Vietnam. Many Afghans and nonAfghans fear a Taliban takeover could well lead to civil war. Whatever happens in the Pashtun south and its capital, Kandahar, the Tajik and Uzbek north will almost certainly fight rather than submit to another Taliban dictatorship. Memories of the massacres that accompanied Taliban rule from 1996 until 2001 are still too vivid for any northerner, and many southerners, to want to see the militants back in power. Ahmed Shah Massoud, the Northern Alliance leader who was assassinated by al Qaida suicide bombers two days before9/11, managed to defy the Taliban for five long years despite receiving precious little support from the United States. He left behind plenty of disciples, and many of his old mujahedin commanders are said to be stockpiling arms. One such commander, Masoud’s successor, Marshal Mohammed Qassim Fahim, is Karzai’s senior vice president. Whereas Fa-

him, reputedly a multimillionaire, could always take refuge abroad, many ordinary former mujahedin would see little option but to stay and fight, no doubt supported by Russia and Iran, which don’t want to see another Taliban government in power in Kabul. Nor do the former Soviet republics to the north. But short of civil war, is an extremist Islamic state, jeopardizing Western-inspired achievements in education and women’s rights, inevitable? Gen. David Richards, chief of the British defense staff who commanded coalition troops in Afghanistan in 2006-07, does not think so. “I don’t think we are losing, by the way,” he told me. “We are just not succeeding in the time frame that suits and is acceptable to Afghanistan or Afghans and is acceptable to our population and our politicians. So what can we do? Well, since we have only now got the resources to do this correctly, I think we have got to give ourselves more time. People talk about a bit more strategic patience.” He added: “I believe where we have got the balance right, we are already turning the corner in practical terms.... Which is why, I think, give us a bit longer; 2015 is probably doable, for example. We have just started to get it right, and we might yet succeed.” But will the politicians give the generals that long? In the light of recent developments, it is doubtful.

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Guy #1- I used to think it didn’t. However, I also use to lie to myself. I think officially putting a title on a relationship shows that everything between you and me are exclusive and there’s no other person. If titles didn’t mean anything then explain why people get married. Why not just stay in a relationship, save money on a wedding, and go steady for 60 years? You get married because that wife title is more important than girlfriend, just like girlfriend is more important than boo thing. Titles are, and have always been, very important. Guy #2- Sometimes it can. I think a lot of guys try to avoid the title because guys are just naturally afraid to commit. However, lately we have seen more and more girls start to do the same thing. I feel that titles help define a relationship a lot better, however a lot of people have issues because they avoid the titles. You remain in a weird area of “I like you, I don’t want you to talk to anyone else, but I have freedom to do whatever I want and you can’t complain, and if you do complain then you need to chill out because you’re not really my girl.” Guy #3- Not really. If you are with someone then it doesn’t matter what their title is. They are with you, you are with them, and as long as the two of you have an understanding about what’s going on then I don’t see the purpose to mess that up with titles. Titles actually confuse relationships more than they help them. Do you think you should follow your significant other on a social network? Guy #1- I think so. I think it is important to know what is going on in each other lives. I don’t support stalking by any means. But I don’t see what is wrong with having access to them. I think if you block yourself from that, then you are potentially setting yourself up for failure. I don’t think you should stalk them, but you should have access to it. Guy #2- There needs to be a level of privacy in every relationship. I don’t think it is that big of a deal to follow each

Guy #3- Absolutely not. If you follow your significant other on Twitter then you are opening yourself up to nothing but jealousy and misunderstandings. I followed a few of my girls on Twitter and now I regret it because I always know what they are doing even when they are not with me. This makes things complicated because now I’m wondering who she is doing it with, why didn’t she invite me, etc. I think it makes life easier if you just didn’t follow each other. Do you think it is a big deal to put “In a Relationship” on Facebook? Guy #1- It absolutely is. People try to down play Facebook and Twitter, yet we all have one and we all put information up there. So to put some stuff up there and not your relationship status, pictures of your significant other, or anything, just shows that you don’t want the rest of the world to know you are in a serious relationship. Some people say it is not that big of a deal. However if it’s not that big of a deal, then why not just put it out there? Guy #2- Facebook is not that serious. I don’t even have one. My girlfriend might have us listed but if she doesn’t then I really could care less. I think it would only be a problem if I was insecure in our relationship. Just because we are together doesn’t mean the whole world has to know to make it legit. I think that is one of the major problems with our society. We put too much private information out for the world to look at and criticize. Guy #3- I think if you are in a relationship then there is nothing wrong with letting people know. This way you can show people you are serious about your relationship. It may just be Facebook but these social networks are important. So to make it official up there makes it official to everyone, even the people you don’t know. So I don’t see the harm in just making it official for the cyber world and letting everybody know that you are no longer on the market.

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After an historic first night when one team (Western Kentucky) overcame the largest last five-minute deficit (16 points) and another (Brigham Young) came back from the largest deficit (25 points) to win, followed by a Friday that included the unprecedented exacta of 15 over two that took out Missouri and Duke, rationality returned to the NCAA Tournament Saturday and Sunday.

By the time Sunday night’s games ended, the Sweet 16 included 14 teams from five of the power conferences and along with the Atlantic 10’s Xavier, a team that finally got it right after a season of getting it wrong and Ohio, a team from the long forgotten Mid-American Conference. The Big Ten dominated, getting four through with a record of 9-2. The Big East is 11-5 after Cincinnati topped Florida State, 62-56. The champions of the two leagues (Michigan State and Louisville) are still

playing along with Wisconsin, Indiana, Ohio State, Marquette and Syracuse. The other power teams are Kentucky (what seed would they get in the NBA’s Eastern Conference?), North Carolina, Baylor, North Carolina State, Florida, Kansas and Cincinnati. The SEC is 5-2 and the ACC fell to 5-3 after Cincinnati beat Florida State. BEST TEAM Still, Kentucky. That 10-minute run against Iowa State in Louisville? It was 42-42. Then,

Eaves fired as head coach of men’s basketball team erik veal

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Jerry Eaves has been removed from his duties as the head coach of the men’s basketball team. Director of Athletics Earl M. Hilton made this announcement in a press release Eaves Mar. 13. Eaves’ contract was intially set to expire on May 30, 2013. “I thought our men’s basketball program needed a new direction,” said Hilton. Taking over a one-win program of the men’s basketball team in 2003, Eaves accomplished major wins in his coaching career leading the Aggies to wins over SMU, DePaul, Middle Tennessee State and 2-0 winning streak against cross

town rival UNC Greensboro. He finished his time at A&T with a 99-120 record over his nine-year tenure. He is the third coach to be on the program’s all-time wins list. Shooting guard Roger “RJ” Buck was caught by surprise as were the rest of his teammates when the news of Eaves’ release was announced to the team. “We were upset and it caught us off guard and something we were not expecting,” said the junior criminal justice major. “For the junior class, we have been playing for coach Eaves for the last three years and now we are just thinking who will be the next coach to come in?” Assistant coach, Scott Bollwage will serve as interim head coach until a permanent replacement is hired. Bollwage was not available for comment. “It would be nice to keep a coach that everyone is familiar with, he does a great job as an assistant and we know he will do a great job taking over,” said Buck.

The Aggies finished the 2011-12 season 12-20 overall after losing to Howard 51-50 as the seventh seed in the first round of the MEAC Basketball Tournament at Lawrence Joel Coliseum in Winston-Salem, N.C., on Mar. 6. “I want it to be known that I have a tremendous amount of respect for Jerry Eaves and what he did for this program,” he continued in a press release. “He has blessed the lives of so many young men through his associations with them as a mentor and as a positive male role model. Eaves’ integrity as a man, a father, a husband, a coach and a professional are immensely impressive. I truly wish him the best in his future endeavors.” A nationwide search for Eaves’ replacement will begin immediately. -jeveal1@ncat.edu and follow him on Twitter @_erikveal

UK scored 36 points in the next 10 minutes and won comfortably. It was devastating. If this team makes jump shots, nobody has a chance. In two games, UK is 61for-110 (55.4 percent) from the field. If that keeps up, it is over. UNLUCKIEST TEAM Has to be Missouri. Since the three-point shot came to the tournament in 1987, every team that has shot 50 percent or more, made 10 threes and had fewer than 10 turnovers has won _ until Mizzou did that in its 8684 loss to Norfolk State, a 21

{-point underdog. The key play down the stretch was a Norfolk State airball that resulted in a three-point play. Norfolk State, a 31 percent three-point shooting team, was 10-for-19 from the arc. Norfolk State, which did not even win the MEAC regular season and lost, 68-36, at Illinois State on Dec. 18 while shooting 21.7 percent, absolutely deserved to win. The Spartans played a beautiful game with great heart, but you have to feel a little sorry for Mizzou, a team that got caught up in something

that was unprecedented. MOST IRRITATING TEAM Has to be Wisconsin. The Badgers drove Vanderbilt crazy in a three-point win, taking charges, running the shot clock down, taking 33 threes, chasing down the misses and refusing to let the Commodores get any offensive rhythm. The only team Bo Ryan probably does not want to play is his alma mater, Chester (Pa.) High, which has won 56 straight. Instead, the Badgers get an easy one Thursday in Boston against No. 1 seed Syracuse.


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whet your appetite for ‘the hunger games’ Ashley Vaughn Scene Editor

In case you have not been watching television or have not been paying attention to the New York Times Bestseller’s list, “The Hunger Games” is about to take over the world. What many may not know is, this film is based off of a book trilogy. Just like the latest novel/ movie hits “Twilight” and “Harry Potter,” this movie is set to

break records at the box office this weekend. “The Hunger Games” which cost $80 million to make is set to be a four-movie franchise and is projected to make over $90 million its opening weekend. If those numbers become a reality, this movie will beat the numbers from the first “Twilight” movie. For some it may seem like the popularity of this movie came out of nowhere, but more than 24 million copies of “The

Hunger Games” trilogy are in print in the United States alone. The first book stayed on the New York Times bestseller for 180 consecutive weeks. About 9.6 million copies were in circulation domestically when the movie’s marketing campaign intensified last summer. The success of this franchise has been a long time coming, with the early promotion for the film began in 2009. Though the film has few big name established actors, it is ap-

Character list: Katniss Everdeen Jennifer Lawrence plays the main character Katniss Everdeen in the film. She lives in District 12with her mother and her sister, Primrose. Her father passed away when she was 11. Katniss provides for her family by illegally hunting outside the district fence and by trading at the Hob, a black market. The movie takes off when Primrose is picked for the 74th annual Hunger Games and Katniss takes her place.

Peeta Mellark Josh Hutcherson brings Peeta Mellark to life in the film. Mellark is also from District 12, but from the Merchant area. His parents are bakers, and he once purposely burned bread so he could give it to Katniss and her family, who were on the verge of starvation. It is evident to everyone but Katniss that Mellark has a long time crush on her.

Gale Hawthorne Liam Hemsworth plays Gale Hawthorne, Katniss’ best friend in District 12, Gale lost his father in the same mining accident that killed Katniss’ father. He illegally hunts with Katniss and provides for his mother and younger siblings. He vows to protect and care for Katniss’ family when she goes to the Hunger Games.

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parent big names are not always needed to make a movie a success. Young names Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth play the main characters in this film who bring the story to life. This film is sure to boost those young names’ careers in the movie realm. Regardless of who is in the film, the buzz behind this movie is worth going to see, just to make sure the buzz is credible.

If you are a fast reader, try to read the first novel of the series to compare and contrast the book with the film. If not see the movie and then read the book. Whichever you chose, it is time to build up your appetite for “The Hunger Games.”

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Once a year, every district child ages 12 to 18 has his or her name placed in a lottery. One boy and one girl are chosen from each district in a televised ceremony. Those selected are known as tributes. Some children, known as careers, train their whole lives for the Hunger Games. But poorer children are most likely to be chosen because adding your name more than once to the drawing nets you a tessera — a stingy supply of grain and oil. A teen may do this for each of their family members as well, and the entries are cumulative.

Once a child is chosen, they are given just a few minutes to say goodbye to family and friends. They are then swept off to the Capitol via train, where they are given a makeover and introduced to the country by television. Those who gain favor from wealthy viewers can receive sponsorships of food, supplies or medicine during the survival game. The Hunger Games are played in an outdoor arena, of sorts, but the landscape varies each year. It’s part of the challenge presented by the head gamemaker. Cameras capture tributes’ every move so the whole nation can watch as the children fight for their lives.

on screen hunger games is finally coming to a big screen near you. After being a big hit on the bookshelves, “Hunger Games” is now being released in movie form. Though the film does not feature big name actors, it is worth going to see. In the film, Katniss Everdeen, a 16-year old from a poor territory that was once Appalachia, becomes a gladiator in a reality-show that is a battle to the death against other teens from the 12 districts of the former United States.

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Welcome to panem Panem is what is left of North America, years after droughts, storms and rising sea levels devastated the food supply. Battles for what remained resulted in an authoritarian government based in the Capitol, in an area presumed to be near the Rocky Mountains, with 13 districts spread out from there. About 75 years before the first novel begins, a rebellion known as the Dark Days took place. The districts rose up against the Capitol, but they were unsuccessful, and District 13 was reportedly wiped out completely. All the districts are surrounded by fences, and residents are not permitted to travel between them. Following the Dark Days, the Hunger Games were established as both a punishment and a warning to never again rebel.

Primrose Everdeen: Katniss’s younger sister Effie Trinket: the official escort for the

on stage Latoya luckett will be on campus next Thursday at 7p.m. This event is being hosted by S.U.A.B. It will be held in the Harrison Auditorium. If you are a fan of the ex-Destiny Child singer, you will have a chance to meet her during a meet and greet earlier that day. The location for this event has not yet been finalized. Be sure to follow SUAB on Twitter @SUAB11_12.

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Haymitch Abernathyt: District 12’s only living Hunger Games victor. President Snow: The evil leader of Panem Cinna: The assigned stylist for District 12 who becomes a trusted friend and ally to Katniss

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1. Are you still blaming it on “Spring Break”? 2. You know that was over two weeks ago ? 3. Did you know Spring began yesterday? 4. Did you know cuffing season is over? 5. Do you find yourself all of a sudden listening to a lot of Adele? 6. Have you seen your girlfriend going to class half-naked? 7. Do you attend “Wild Out Wednesday”? 8. Do you not know what that is either? 9. Would you take your man to the strip club? 10. Are girls still going to class in their club attire? 11. How many non-students have you seen on campus? 12. How many of you are depressed over your March Madness brackets? 13. Duke fans still on suicide watch? 14. How many grown women were screaming for Diggy Simmons in the cafe? 15. Seniors, how many of you are suffering from senioritis? 16. Do you even want a cure? 17. Did you know probates are outside this year? 18. Was that supposed to be a secret? 19. Are you concerned about this year’s SGA ballot? 20. Are you even going to vote?

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