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Hurricane sandy update

Hurricane Sandy brings havoc to upper east coast erin mcclam & katie zezima Associated Press

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times square shuts down city with barricades and service alerts during the storm of Hurricane Sandy

NEW YORK (AP) — Superstorm Sandy slammed into the New Jersey coastline with 80 mph winds Monday night and hurled an unprecedented 13-foot surge of seawater at New York City, flooding its tunnels, subway stations and the electrical system that powers Wall Street. At least 16 U.S. deaths were blamed on the storm, which brought the presidential campaign to a halt a week before Election Day. For New York City at least, Sandy was not the dayslong onslaught many had feared, and the wind and rain that sent water sloshing into Manhattan from three sides began dying down within hours. Still, the power was out for hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers and an estimated 6.2 million people altogether across the East. The full extent of the storm’s damage across the region was unclear, and unlikely to be known until daybreak. Stock trading will be closed in the U.S. for a second day Tuesday the first time the New York Stock Exchange will be closed for two consecutive days

due to weather since 1888, when a blizzard struck the city. Heavy rain and further flooding remain major threats for the next couple of days as the storm makes its way into Pennsylvania and up into New York State. The center of the storm was just outside Philadelphia near midnight, and its winds were down to 75 mph, just barely hurricane strength. “It was nerve-racking for a while, before the storm hit. Everything was rattling,” said Don Schweikert, who owns a bed-and-breakfast in Cape May, N.J., near where Sandy roared ashore. “I don’t see anything wrong, but I won’t see everything until morning.” As the storm closed in, it converged with a cold-weather system that turned it into a superstorm, a monstrous hybrid consisting not only of rain and high wind but snow in West Virginia and other mountainous areas inland. It smacked the boarded-up big cities of the Northeast corridor Washington, Baltimore, Philadelphia, New York and Boston with stinging rain and gusts of more than 85 mph. Just before Sandy reached

land, forecasters stripped it of hurricane status, but the distinction was purely technical, based on its shape and internal temperature. It still packed hurricane-force wind, and forecasters were careful to say it was still dangerous to the tens of millions in its path. Sandy made landfall at 8 p.m. near Atlantic City, which was already mostly under water and saw an old, 50-foot piece of its world-famous Boardwalk washed away earlier in the day. Authorities reported a record surge 13 feet high at the Battery at the southern tip of Manhattan, from the storm and high tide combined. In an attempt to lessen damage from saltwater to the subway system and the electrical network beneath the city’s financial district, New York City’s main utility cut power to about 6,500 customers in lower Manhattan. But a far wider swath of the city was hit with blackouts caused by flooding and transformer explosions. About 670,000 customers were without power late Monday in the city and suburbanu See SANDY on Page 3

Salaries of female faculty differ from males kimberly fields Staff Reporter Women faculty members make, on average, 80.6 percent of what their male counterparts make within all ranks as reported by The Chronicle of Higher Education. The report showed salaries of full-time faculty members for the 2011-2012 fiscal year. It noted in the past year, the biggest salary increase, “went to faculty members working at doctoral institutions,” which have the greatest difference between men’s and women’s pay. In the second Presidential debate of 2012, the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act was mentioned in regards to women making 72 cents on the dollar of what men make. According to The Library of Congress, this law allows women to sue their employer for up to two years of back pay. This is money they are entitled to but did not receive due to inequitable pay. Despite the passing of the bill in 2009, employers continue to distribute unequal pay according to gender. The National Women’s Law Center released its North Carolina State Equal Pay Fact Sheet in April 2012. “The typical North Carolina woman who has received an associate’s degree or completes some college still isn’t paid as much as the typical North Caro-

lina man who only graduated from high school,” it noted. There could be many reasons for inequitable pay between men and women. Linda McAbee, vice chancellor for Human Resources at N.C. A&T, explained that certain criteria account for the differences in pay. The criteria could include faculty rank, status, discipline, and experience. Rank refers to whether a teacher is classified as a professor, associate professor, assistant professor, lecturer, adjunct professor. Status indicates if a professor has tenure or not. Their discipline is what they teach, and experience can be how long they have taught and what and where they have previously taught. Though certain criteria justify differences in pay, The American Association of University Professors (AAUP) said, “The overall salary disadvantage for women is a combination of two primary factors: women are more likely to have positions at institutions that pay lower salaries, and they are less likely to hold senior faculty rank.” Though the research and data tables reflect these two differences, it also shows that women usually earn lower salaries even when they hold

greatest homecoming on earth 2012 recap Above Left: Comedian Bruce Bruce entertains students in Corbett Sports Center. Above Right: Model poses in the fashion show at the Carolina Theatre. Far Left: Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc. lays down in a table formation during their winning performance at the stepshow. Left: Singers perform at the 2012 gospel show featuring Donald Lawrence. For all homecoming photos and vidoes you can go to:

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Despite the rough economy, individuals push through to stay financially stable.

As the presidential election close in, analysts view President Obama’s policies enerous and logical.

Fans doubted the Aggie football team to repeat homecoming win, but the Aggies prevailed. PAGE 7

Performers were late and the event lasted past midnight, but the homecoming concert was worth the money. PAGE 8



WEATHER wednesday

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Westchester County. “This will be one for the record books,” said John Miksad, senior vice president for electric operations at ConEdison. “This will be the largest storm-related outage in our history.” New York’s transit agency said water surged into two major commuter tunnels, the Queens Midtown and the Brooklyn-Battery, and it cut power to some subway tunnels in lower Manhattan after water flowed into the stations and onto the tracks. The subway system was shut down Sunday night, and the stock markets never opened Monday and are likely to be closed Tuesday as well. Schools were closed and Broadway theaters were dark. “We knew that this was going to be a very dangerous storm, and the storm has met our expectations,” Mayor Michael Bloomberg said. “This is a once-in-a-long-time storm.” More than 200 patients — including 20 infants from neonatal intensive care — were moved from New York University’s Tisch Hospital after its power went out and a backup generator failed. The patients, some on respirators operating on battery power, were taken to other hospitals. A construction crane atop a luxury high-rise collapsed in the high winds and dangled precariously 74 floors above the street. Forecasters said the wind at the top the building may have been close to 95 mph. The facade of a four-story building in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood crumbled and collapsed, leaving the lights, couches, cabinets and desks inside visible from the street. No one was hurt. As the storm approached the Northeast over the weekend, airlines canceled more than 12,000 flights in the region. Storm damage was projected at $10 billion to $20 billion, meaning it could prove to be one of the costliest natural disasters in U.S. history.

Sixteen deaths were reported in New Jersey, New York, Maryland, North Carolina, West Virginia, Pennsylvania and Connecticut. Some of the victims were killed by falling trees. At least one death was blamed on the storm in Canada. President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney canceled their campaign appearances at the very height of the race, with just over a week to go before Election Day. The president pledged the government’s help and made a direct plea from the White House to those in the storm’s path. “When they tell you to evacuate, you need to evacuate,” he said. “Don’t delay, don’t pause, don’t question the instructions that are being given, because this is a powerful storm.” Sandy, which killed 69 people in the Caribbean before making its way up the Atlantic, began to hook left at midday toward the New Jersey coast. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said people were stranded in Atlantic City, which sits on a barrier island. He accused the mayor of allowing them to stay there. With the hurricane roaring through, Christie warned it was no longer safe for rescuers, and advised people who didn’t evacuate the coast to “hunker down” until morning. While the hurricane’s 90 mph winds registered as only a Category 1 on a scale of five, it packed “astoundingly low” barometric pressure, giving it terrific energy to push water inland, said Kerry Emanuel, a professor of meteorology at MIT. And the New York metropolitan area apparently got the worst of it, because it was on the dangerous northeastern wall of the storm. “We are looking at the highest storm surges ever recorded” in the Northeast, said Jeff Masters, meteorology director for Weather Underground, a private forecasting service. “The energy of the storm surge is off the charts, basically.” Hours before landfall, there

was graphic evidence of the storm’s power. Off North Carolina, a replica of the 18th-century sailing ship HMS Bounty that was built for the 1962 Marlon Brando movie “Mutiny on the Bounty” went down in the storm, and 14 crew members were rescued by helicopter from rubber lifeboats bobbing in 18-foot seas. Another crew member was found hours afterward but was later pronounced dead at a hospital. The captain was missing. At Cape May, water sloshed over the seawall, and it punched through dunes in other seaside communities. “When I think about how much water is already in the streets, and how much more is going to come with high tide tonight, this is going to be devastating,” said Bob McDevitt, president of the main Atlantic City casino workers union. “I think this is going to be a really bad situation tonight.” In Maryland, at least 100 feet of a fishing pier at the beach resort of Ocean City was destroyed. At least half a million people along the East Coast had been ordered to evacuate, including 375,000 from lowlying parts of New York City. Sheila Gladden left her home in Philadelphia’s floodprone Eastwick neighborhood, which took on 5½ feet of water during Hurricane Floyd in 1999, and headed for a hotel. “I’m not going through this again,” she said. Those who stayed behind had few ways to get out. Not only was the New York subway shut down, but the Holland Tunnel connecting New York to New Jersey was closed, as was a tunnel between Brooklyn and Manhattan. The Brooklyn Bridge, the George Washington Bridge, the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge and several other spans were closed because of high winds. –Email us theatregister@gmail. com and follow us on Twitter: @ATRegister

theBLOTTER October 18 1 p.m. Moore Gym PVA Vehicle Accident Closed/Cleared October 19 1 a.m. Off Campus Drug Violation Closed/Arrest 3 a.m East Market Street DWI Closed/Arrest 12 p.m. Off Campus Call for Service Closed/Info 10:30 p.m. Carver Hall Found Property Closed/Info 11:44 a.m. Benbow Road Expired Registration Citation October 20 8:45 p.m. Moore Gym PVA Personal Injury Closed/Info 10:45 p.m. Moore Gym pVA Alcohol Violation Closed/Arrest 10:31 p.m. Moore Gym PVA Disorderly Conduct Closed/Arrest October 22 12:15 p.m. Corbett Sports Center Larceny Further Investigation 2:17 p.m. Moore Gym PVA Vehicle Accident Closed/Cleared 3:01 p.m. New Fitness Center Larceny Further Investigation1:30 p.m. Craig Hall Vehicle Accident Closed/Cleared 7:20 p.m. Corbett Sports Center Personal Injury Inactive 8:10 p.m. Moore Gym Court Larceny Further Investigation 11:15 p.m. Aggie Suites E Disorderly Conduct/Personal Injury Closed/Student Referral

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fallen trees in Brower Park in Brooklyn cover the streets after Hurricane Sandy passes through New York.


aries even when they hold the same rank as men. The AAUP Faculty Gender Equity Indicators 2006 by Martha A. West and John W. Curtis, said, “Women hold only 24 percent of full professor positions in the U.S., despite the overwhelming presence of women students on campus for the past twentyfive years. Women are obtaining doctoral degrees at record rates, but their representation in the ranks of tenured faculty remains below expectations...Women face more obstacles as faculty in higher education than they do as managers and directors in corporate America.” Some employers may understand the importance, but with women having smaller salaries than men at the same rank, there may be disparities for students to look forward to. AAUP said “In 2005-06, across all ranks and all institutions, the average salary for women faculty was 81 percent of the amount earned

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by men. This comparison has remained virtually unchanged since the AAUP began collecting separate salary data for women and men faculty in the late 1970s.” All employers understand the importance of compliance, but not all are afraid of consequences. “There is no evidence of inequitable pay based on gender here at A&T and currently, there is no evidence of inequitable pay based on any protected classes here at the University.” She went on to explain if there were evidence of inequitable pay and an investigation proved the validity of it, adjustments would be made,” McAbee said. Patrila Hardy, a junior from Greenville studying elementary education believes her fight will be greater than she thought. In her mind, she will be going against teachers who she feels are not as good as she is. Hardy believes that the Peter Principle, which states that a person is hired to his or her highest level of incompetence, still exists. She said that it is

like a tenured teacher going against a first year teacher, “Just because a teacher has experience (years) does not mean they are a good teacher. They could have taught for 20 years and have been a horrible teacher for 18 of those years,” Hardy said. “The way our society is set up irritates me. We are still stuck.” Hardy said as she relates unequal pay to racism. “You’d think it would be dead at this point. It’s against the law to hire or fire someone based on race. Is it not the same case with equal pay? Is that not discrimination?” she said. Dr. Brian Simms, A&T’s faculty senate president, recently requested a faculty compensation review, which the university has committed to complete. –Email us theatregister@gmail. com and follow us on Twitter: @ATRegister

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Citation 2 p.m. Charles Drew Drive Vehicle Accident Closed/Cleared 10 p.m. Aggie Village Disorderly Conduct Closed/Arrest 11:30 p.m. Parking Deck Durg Violation Closed/Arrest October 25 8:15 a.m. East Market Street Expired Registration Citation 12 p.m. Pride Hall Larceny Further Investigation



4 p.m. Benbow Road Vehicle Accident Closed/Cleared

SUAB Costume Party

5:25 p.m. Curtis Hall Personal Injury Closed/Info

Exhibit Hall 8 p.m.- Midnight

October 26 12:58 p.m. Bluford Street No Oprerator’s License Citation 11 p.m. Luther Street Drug Violation Closed/Arrest October 27 12:40 a.n. East Market Street Service of Warrants Closed/Arrest 12:45 a.m. Aggie Suites F Affray Prosecution Declined


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1 a.m. Aggie Village 3 Call for Service Closed/Info 12:30 p.m. Aggie Village 4 Larceny Further Investigation 4:20 p.m. Unknown Call for Service Closed/Leads Exhausted 7:45 p.m. Aggie Village 4 Breaking/Entering/Larceny Further Investigation 9:46 p.m. Barbee Hall PVA Drug Violation/Weapon Violaton Closed/Arrest

October 23 9:15 a.m. East Market Street Vehicle Accident Further Investigation

October 28 12:30 a.m. Vanstory Hall Personal Injury Closed/Info

1:45 p.m. Lindsay Street Service of Warrants Closed/Arrest

3:42 a.m Arthur Headen Drive DWI Closed/Arrest

2:25 p.m. Aggie Suites E Vandalism Closed/Leads Exhausted

1:05 p.m. Lindsay Street Sick Call Closed/Info

4:41 p.m. Aggie Suites F Attempted Suicide Closed/Cleared

2:08 p.m. Aggie Terrance Call for Service Closed/Info

7:40 p.m. Academic Classroom Larceny Further Investigation

2:40 p.m. Aggie Suites E Larceny Further Investigation 4:43 p.m. Laurel Street Robery Further Investigation October 29 1:51 a.m Morrow Hall Sexual Assault Further Investigation

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Basketball vs Fayetteville State

11:01 p.m. Aggies Suites E Fire Alarm Further Investigation

11:30 a.m. Wimbush Way Traffic Violation


8: 10 p.m. Corbett Sports Center Lost Property Further Investigation

11:35 p.m. Barbee Hall (outside) Drug Violation Closed/Student Referral

October 24 1:50 a.m. Benbow Road Expired Registration Citation



Football vs. FAMU


Aggie Stadium 1:30 p.m.

Blue & Gold Game Basketball Game Corbett Sports Center 6:30 p.m.

Basektball vs. Barber Scotia Exhibition Game Corbett Sports Center 5 p.m.


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A state-by-state look at Hurricane Sandy effects Associated Press

Hurricane Sandy is churning off the East Coast and is expected to join up with two other weather systems to create a huge and problematic storm affecting 50 million people. Here’s a snapshot of what is happening or expected, state by state. CAROLINAS The storm lashed barrier islands off North Carolina and rendered several homes and businesses nearly inaccessible. About 90 miles off the coast, a tall ship carrying 17 people was in distress; the Coast Guard was monitoring. CONNECTICUT The number of power outages increased quickly in a state where utilities’ response to past weather-related failures has become a political issue. Connecticut Light & Power says hundreds of customers are without power. Gov. Dannel P. Malloy asked

a task force to ensure fuel suppliers are fully stocked. Many residents along Long Island Sound heeded warnings and evacuated. DELAWARE Hundreds of people fled to shelters as rough surf pounded the coast. Water covered some roads. KENTUCKY Snow is expected in mountainous areas. MAINE Officials predict coastal flooding and beach erosion, and utility crews have been brought in from Canada to handle anticipated power failures. MARYLAND Hurricane Sandy inflicted considerable damage overnight to a large, iconic ocean pier in the Maryland beach resort of Ocean City. In mountainous western Maryland, a blizzard warning was issued for sections of Garrett County

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for Monday night into Tuesday morning. MASSACHUSETTS Utilities brought in crews from as far away as Texas and the Midwest to cope with anticipated power failures. Most schools and colleges have canceled classes. The Boston transit authority said it would continue to operate as long it was safe. NEW HAMPSHIRE Gov. John Lynch put 100 National Guard soldiers on active duty to help with preparations. Two shelters are being set up, and some schools have closed. NEW JERSEY Much stronger winds, rain and flooding marked the approach Monday of Hurricane Sandy, on its way to a predicted direct hit on New Jersey. Tidal waters crossed the main oceanfront drive in the south end of Cape May, and streets near the Atlantic City Boardwalk began to flood. Officials

closed a section of the Garden State Parkway because of flooding. NEW YORK Many residents left lowlying flood evacuation zones, and the subway system shut down Sunday night. A storm surge of 11 feet is possible, the highest of all coastal areas being hit by Sandy. The New York Stock Exchange and other U.S. financial markets shut down for at least the day. Thousands of flights were canceled at the city’s major airports. OHIO Residents of low-lying areas and along Lake Erie were told to watch for flooding; utilities are anticipating high winds that could blow down trees and poles. Snow is forecast in some areas. PENNSYLVANIA Many schools closed. Philadelphia shut down its mass transit system, and hundreds of flights were canceled at the

city’s airport. Dozens of people took shelter at evacuation centers. Thousands of members of the National Guard have been told to be ready for deployment. RHODE ISLAND Officials are concerned about wind driving water north up Narragansett Bay, which could create flooding in low-lying areas of the upper bay, including Providence, Warwick and Cranston. About 2,600 National Grid customers were without power, mostly in Barrington and other parts of Bristol County. TENNESSEE Snow is expected in higher elevations, where a freeze warning has been issued. High winds are expected in many areas. VERMONT Gov. Peter Shumlin declared a state of emergency to provide access to National Guard troops in a state still recovering from the devastat-

ing effects of the remnants of Hurricane Irene. Culverts and storm drainage basins in some spots have been cleared of debris. VIRGINIA About 4,800 customers lacked power, and a utility said as many as 1 million could ultimately lose electricity. Many residents of Chincoteague Island, popular with tourists, shrugged off the idea of evacuation. WASHINGTON, D.C. The capital area’s transit system shut down rail service for the first time since 2003, and the Smithsonian Institution closed for the day. WEST VIRGINIA As much as 2 to 3 feet of snow was forecast in mountainous areas, and flooding was possible in some areas. At least 14 counties are under a blizzard warning Monday as high winds and heavy, wet snow moves through the state.


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An uneasy economy, and those living through it CALVIN WOODARD & MITCH WEISS Associated Press

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Here was Chas Kaufmann’s life before the Great Recession: $28,000 in restaurant tabs in a year, cruises, house parties with fireworks. His Mr. Gutter business was booming in the Pennsylvania Poconos. Now: “We mainly shop at Sam’s Club and portion out our meals. We spend $4 to $5 a night on eating.” He and his wife use space heaters in their elegant house and leave parts of it cold. The Hummer is gone, and he drives a 2005 pickup. On Nov. 6, Kaufman is voting for Mitt Romney. Lower down the ladder, the recession put Simone Ludlow’s life in a full circle. Laid off by an Atlanta hotel company in 2009, Ludlow, 32, bounced from job to job for two years, got by with a “very generous mother,” still makes do by renting a room in a house owned by friends, and is back working for the company that had let her go. She’s voting for President Barack Obama. For four years, the bumpy economy cut an uneasy path. It raked small towns and big cities, knocked liberals and conservatives on their backs, plagued Republicans and Democrats alike. It was the worst economic setback since the Depression, and it didn’t take sides. Polls consistently find that the economy is the top concern of voters, and Romney tends to get an edge over Obama when people are asked who might do better with it. Whether that truly drives how Americans vote is a crucial question for Election Day. Other factors often came into play with the people who talked to AP. Republicans

didn’t buy the Romney campaign’s portrayal of Obama as a one-man wrecking crew in economic affairs. Democrats didn’t see him as a savior. They all realize life is more complicated than that. Beth Ashby, 38, an artist and freelance photographer in North Hollywood, Calif., is a registered Democrat who thinks Obama is bad for her savings. If he’s re-elected, she said, “I think I’m going to be less likely to set money aside in my investments. I might be safer just storing it in the shoe box under the bed.” Romney, she said, “seems to have a head for business.” But he’s turned her off on environmental issues, abortion and “some of his comments involving women.” Obama or a third-party unknown will get her vote. Dave Hinnaland, 51, a fourth-generation sheep and cattle rancher who co-owns the family’s 17,000 working acres outside Circle, Mont., simply seems hard-wired to vote for a Republican president. As the national economy sank, the local economy shot ahead thanks to booming oil production in the Bakken oil fields to the east. The days of $300-a-month house rentals, when people’s pickups were more expensive than their homes, are over. “When this area was settled 100 or more years ago, there were people who took a chance and moved out here,” he said. “They worked hard and were able to build something for themselves and their families.” So his message to all in Washington: “Let us have the means and options to chart our own path. Don’t hamstring us with rules and regulations. And let people that are willing to go out to work take a chance, let them have the opportunity to do it. We don’t need a big hand hovering over our head telling us what we can and cannot do.” If the recession spared oil and gas lands, Kaufmann, of Kunkletown, Pa., saw it coming in the gutter trade, specifically when he started noticing that nearly all of his customers’ checks were drawn on home equity credit lines. “How long do you think this is going to last?” he recalled asking his wife. “I said, ‘I just

did a homeowner, the wife lost her job, and without her job, he can’t afford the mortgage.’ That’s when we started buckling down. I said, ‘You know what? It’s time.’ “What happened is, the banks overextended all these people. People were buying clothes, putting in in-ground pools, putting gutters up where they didn’t need to be replaced. I was putting gutters up when people didn’t need gutters. I would tell them. But they wanted to change the colors. You ride by those houses now and they either have three feet of grass or the windows are boarded up.” His gross income has been halved since 2006 and 2007. No cruises since he turned 60 five years ago. “It could have gotten worse, but it got better because my mom got a job, my sister got a job and then later in high school, I got a job,” he said. “It has gotten better, but I think it’s just because more of us are working. Some of us pay one bill. The other one pays another.” In Atlanta, where she serves as event manager for her hotel, Ludlow puts no faith in Romney’s ability to make the economy sound and offers less than ringing praise for the candidate she supports. “He may not personally be the smartest guy about the economy,” she says of Obama, “but what I do appreciate is the fact that he knows when to listen to smarter people.” Her economic worries transcend politics of the moment. She ticks them off: “The long shift that we’ve had with the globalizing world, going from a manufacturing to a service economy. From a service economy to just a consumer economy, period, that buys more than it produces. And everybody having a job that can be done by a human being, but it’s just more cost-effective to do it with a computer. “All of those factors float around my head and keep me up some nights,” she said. “The economy is (in) an incredible state of transition that we’ve never seen before. And nobody has any idea what it’s going to look like. When the smoke clears, what are we going to be living in? And nobody seems to have an answer to that. Nobody knows. All

you can do is put on a couple of Band-Aids here and try something there, and see what happens. And that makes me nervous.” If the recession played no favorites among the rich, the poor and those in between, the recovery did. Lost jobs and homes may not have come back but the stock market did, favoring those whose wealth resided in investments. Carol Clemens, a 66-yearold retiree from Edmond, Okla., and member of the local chapter of an investing club, put money into Ford shares near the bottom of the market in 2009, sold some and has seen the value of the rest grow fivefold. That eased her rough patch. “In short, we’re not better off than we were in 2007, but neither are we destitute, for which we give thanks,” she said. She’s leaning toward Romney. But investments and politics ebb and flow. Of more concern is the nation’s future. She’s the mother of grown children who “are not as conscious of saving as we were at their ages,” and of grandchildren who are entering higher education. She laments class divisions played up in the campaign — the stigmatization of the poor, the dissing of the rich — and thinks the country needs a deeper fix than any one leader can achieve. “Americans have got to start taking full responsibility for our messes,” she said. “We vote in ineffective politicians, we tolerate second-rate educational systems, we envy those who have worked to have more and resent those who burden our social services because they have great needs. “I would hope that the next president would have the guts to call us on our blindness and narrow visions,” said Clemens. “We have to regain our ability to stop, consider and give a damn if we are going to change things.”






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President Obama’s policies are more generous MCT CAMPUS

The Miami Herald

Given the avalanche of mudslinging in the presidential race, voters can easily forget that both President Obama and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney have positive stories to tell about themselves and their records. For President Obama, it includes ending the war in Iraq, which seemed like mission impossible when he took office. It includes beginning the winddown of U.S. involvement in Afghanistan that began when today’s high school seniors entered first grade. He made a gutsy call to get Osama bin Laden. Saving the car industry was an equally tough call, and a good one. And the much-maligned Affordable Care Act ensures that Americans won’t go broke just because they get sick. He found two well-qualified women for the Supreme Court and got them confirmed without too much fuss. No one’s happy with the pace of the recovery, but the president deserves credit for starting to turn the economy around. Instead of losing 800,000 jobs a month, workplaces have added 5 million jobs. Winning cooperation from Congress would have yielded better results, though it must be said that Sen. Mitch McConnell, the Republican leader whose stated priority is to send Mr. Obama packing, is no one’s idea of a great dance partner.

Similarly, Gov. Romney has an affirmative record to run on. His success in the business world is undeniable. Rescuing the Salt Lake City Olympics demonstrated the kind of toughminded competence it will take to fix this nation’s finances. As governor, he worked with Democrats to close a budget deficit of $3 billion without raising taxes or borrowing money. He passed a model health-care reform program and burnished his bipartisan credentials by inviting Ted Kennedy, the U.S. Senate’s leading liberal, to share the spotlight at the signing ceremony. That’s the good Romney, the one we had in mind when we noted favorably earlier this year that he was the closest thing in the Florida primary to a mainstream candidate. He went on to win that race, but in the ensuing primaries he tacked so far to the right that at one point he managed to paint Texas Gov. Rick Perry a hardline conservative by anyone’s definition as a bleeding heart because of his more enlightened stance on immigration. Goodbye, Mr. Moderate. Hello, Mr. Severe Conservative. Voters rightly complain that they don’t know what the candidates would do in office. Both the president and the former governor are big on rhetoric and stingy on details. But for Mr. Romney, the problem goes deeper, raising doubts about what he stands for and what he believes. He has taken so many con-

tradictory positions on important issues abortion, immigration, even Obamacare (first he said he would repeal it; then he said he would keep the parts most people like) that he could take any action he chooses once in office and claim that it fulfills a campaign promise he made at one point or another. He has run on his record, and he has run from his record. That’s not an issue for the president. Not all Americans like what he stands for, but they know who he is. He has championed the middle class and has a larger, more tolerant notion of America that includes closing the inequality gap and evening the playing field, as exemplified by making an equal-payfor-women bill the first law he signed. He has fought for the DREAM Act on behalf of the immigrant youths brought here by their parents, and he wants a Supreme Court that will continue to support Roe v. Wade. That’s crucial. Like Mr. Romney, he has not said which tax loopholes he would close or how he would go about balancing the budget. But he has insisted on a balanced approach and shared sacrifice cuts in spending, tax increases for the wealthiest. Mr. Romney, meanwhile wants to cut taxes, reduce the deficit and increase military spending. That’s magic, not real math. And it’s hard to see how any candidate who keeps much of his wealth stashed overseas like Mr. Romney could credibly ask Americans for sacrifice. If he wins a second term,

the president must get serious about reforming entitlements and mopping up the ocean of red ink. If spending money to avoid a second Depression was a priority in the first term, balancing the books should be his goal in a second one. To do it, he will have to take a more active role in working with Congress. The Affordable Care Act was a long overdue achievement. But leaving the details to Congress

to work out the specifics was the wrong way to go about it. Indeed, one of the more perplexing aspects of Mr. Obama’s campaign has been the failure to stump for a more reasonable Congress. Whether he gets one or not, if he’s reelected he must summon the skills necessary to persuade lawmakers to meet him halfway. That’s the kind of leader Americans want in the White House.

In the end, Mr. Obama’s policies across the board the environment, social policy, taxes and immigration offer a more generous vision for America. The issues he has fought for, coupled with the lingering doubts about Mr. Romney’s persona and his true intentions, make this a clear choice. In the race for president, The Miami Herald recommends Barack Obama.

What is your deepest fear?

the ministry. I used to celebrate as a kid. I remember dressing up as Michael Myers and scaring the crap out of my younger sister when she got out the shower.

First Lady Obama and Ann Romney make strides in fashion arena KOURTNEY POPE Contributor

If there is anyone who First Lady Michelle Obama resembles in her style of dress, it would certainly be Jackie O. As time has progressed each First Lady has attempted to embody Jackie O’s essence in some way. Jackie O was a fashion pioneer not because she mimicked all the latest trends but rather because she was the trend. Her style was timeless. What woman doesn’t seek to look effortlessly chic and sophisticated? Even though this campaign trail is about securing the future of America, people still want to know what the women behind these great men are wearing. These two women have suddenly become powerful fashion icons. We got our first glimpse in 2009 when First Lady Michelle Obama arrived at her husband’s swearing-in-ceremony in an elegant yellow-green sheath dress with a matching coat designed by Isabel Toledo. The same night she sported a cream one

shoulder Jason Wu gown at the Inaugural Ball. Whether it is Jason Wu or T.J. Maxx, Michelle Obama sticks to what she knows. Her style can be summarized as classic pieces with a twist. Her go-to look is a sheath dress layered with a cardigan which labels her mode of operation as rather modest. The factors that provide her style with so much appeal are vibrant color choices, vintage textures, and the pattern in which she chooses to wear these items. Her rotation of outfits keeps these unchanging pieces vibrant and current. Her hair is always intact, opting for a well-groomed and care-free bob that frames her face. She is a woman who is not afraid to push the envelope while remaining true to her style preference. The term effortless comes to mind when you think of the first lady’s mode of operation. On the other side you have Ann Romney. Color is her calling card. She knows what complements her skin and her body and she executes it flawlessly. Her use of color keeps her con-

servative look from reading as doughty and dated. Her outfit choices always give a nod to the past. She is often photographed in fit and flare skirts that flounce as she walks complimented by a pointed-toe pump. It is rather easy to see that Ann Romney is conscious of the current fashion trends and is not afraid to experiment and show youthfulness. Such youthfulness was apparent when she appeared on “The Tonight Show” with Jay Leno in a spicy leather number. The look was complete with a leather biker jacket, laser-cut leather skirt, and strappy high stilettos. Overall, as the presidential campaign has continued Ann continues to find her voice in fashion. Some things work and others could be improved. She is constantly going back to the drawing board and it is evident in her style. When she gets it right, it is phenomenal. Even when it is not right, you can always commend her for trying. Overall, Ann certainly meets the credentials of an experimenter. Whether you support #Team-

Michelle or #TeamAnn, both these women have wardrobes that can be recreated for less. Perhaps one of the most memorable looks for both ladies is the second night of the presidential debates where both were photographed in hot pink ensembles. Michelle chose a Michael Kors sheath dress while Ann opted for a cap-sleeve Oscar de la Renta knee length dress. Both looks can be recreated for less. For $22 at you can purchase a Liz Claiborne sheath dress in the same vibrant hue. A great pair of nude pumps and a string of pearls is all you need to execute this look. To recreate Ann’s look there is this great pink cap sleeve dress in a shorter option for $35 at metroparkusa. com. A green beaded necklace gives this look its youthful flair. Whatever look you decide to do make it your own and have fun. When all else fails keep it chic! -email us at theatregister@gmail and follow us on Twitter @ATRegister

Romney aims to terminate women’s right to choose JASMYN JOHNSON Contributor

I always believed one of the great aspects being a United States citizen is having the right to make your own choices in life. The U.S. prides itself on being a democracy, with a government for the people and by the people. Women in the United States have a number of rights that women in other countries would die to have. For years, women have fought for the same rights as men. These rights include the

ability to vote, equal pay in the workplace, and even the fight to make decisions concerning their bodies. In the landmark case Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court ruled a woman has a constitutional right to decide whether or not to terminate her pregnancy. Governer Mitt Romney apparently has a different view on abortions. Romney wants to overturn the final verdict of the Roe vs. Wade case. Romney is an avid supporter of the Hyde Amendment, which bars the use of federal funds for abortion. Romney

has stated if elected President, plans to eliminate all funding of Planned Parenthood and other organizations that provide similar services. Planned Parenthood does not exclusively perform abortions, they also provide other forms of vital healthcare for women. Personally, I enjoy having a say so when it comes to my body. I support having the option of utilizing birth control for preventing a pregnancy that I’m not prepared for mentally or financially. Romney is entitled to his own opinion regarding abortion

and pro-life. However, that’s all it should be an opinion. No one can predict the outcome of this year’s presidential election, but each candidate has made their views and values clear. Romney does not h Jackie O was a fashion pioneer. ave women’s best interest at heart. With so many elements of our future hanging in the balance, one question remains. Who will you vote for? -email us at theatregister@gmail and follow us on Twitter @ATRegister

Guy #1 Probably Obama losing to Romney next week. I just hope they actually count all of the ballots correctly. Because you know everything is computerized so everybody is not capable of casting their vote perfectly. Especially older people and senior citizens. Computers are part of the new generation. Guy #2 Complacency. I never want to feel content or satisfied with the work I do. I always have to do better than I did the last time. When I start getting complacent I fall behind on everything and teachers notice. It always seems to be towards the end of the semester. Guy #3 I fear dying. Like seriously the whole dying thing never clicked with me. Like what’s next? I enjoy this life so I’m like why should I have to spend it wondering where the next stop is or if one really exists. Well, I guess my fear isn’t dying, it’s the fear of not knowing. What are your plans for Halloween? Guy #1 Well I’m not doing anything on Halloween, but I took my lady to the woods of terror like two weeks ago. It went alright, I just hate the fact that my new white shoes ended up camoflagued after I got done. But other than that I mean we had fun, she was complaining because it was freezing outside but that’s expected. Guy #2 I don’t really celebrate Halloween formally. My church family doesn’t support the day of the devil so we have a service set up for kids to come eat candy and play games with

Guy #3 I think I’m going to hit up a video store to rent some horror movies to watch with my girl. I’m too old to trick or treat so I can’t do that. Plus my dental insurance suspect as it is. I’ll probably still hit up Wal-Mart or somewhere and pick up a bag of that mixed candy. Dang! You got me wanting some candy corn now. What do you expect to happen on election night? Guy #1 I expect a very close race. I see President Obama winning by a slim margin. I mean this Romney character has put on a good show. He’s got so many people believing his foolishness. I mean why in the world would someone vote for this guy. Let’s just hope that Florida keeps it’s integrity this year. Guy #2 I want Obama to win, but I feel like having a black President in back to back terms is unlikely. I mean I don’t like his positions but you have to admit Mitt Romney looks like the typical president. But if Romney does win, everybody in the hood is going to have a sour taste in they mouth. Guy #3 Obama is going to win. Simple as that. It’s a simple decision vote for good or vote for bad. I mean regular people should be voting for the president. “Big Mitt” trying to take them stamps and Medicaid. Everybody doesn’t see that. But the bottom line is that black people no matter where they are have to go out and vote.

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AGGIES RUNDOWN FOOTBALL TEAM Bethune Cookman Delaware State North Carolina Central Howard Florida A&M South Carolina State North Carolina A&T Morgan State Hampton Savannah State Norfolk State

MEAC 5-0 4-1 4-1 4-2 3-2 3-3 2-3 2-3 2-3 0-5 0-6

OVR. 6-2 5-3 5-3 5-3 3-5 4-5 4-4 3-5 2-5 1-7 2-7

THIS WEEK’S GAME: Saturday vs. Florida A&M Aggie Stadium 1:30 p.m. NEXT WEEK’S GAME: Saturday vs. S.C. State Aggie Stadium 1:30 p.m.

Mission impossible to mission accomplished PAUL SMITH


After winning last year’s homecoming game the N.C. A&T football team left the Aggie Nation with big expectations for this year’s game. Many didn’t think the Aggies could do it two years in a row. They answered the call with a big win defeating the Trojans of Norfolk State 30-9 last Saturday. This was the first time the Aggie football team has won two consecutive homecomings since 2000 and 2001. It has been rare for Aggie fans and alumni to watch a victorious homecoming game due to the seven-year game-losing streak the team was on prior to last season. The Aggies are now 16-16 in homecoming games played at Aggie Stadium. “This was only one game, but homecoming is a lot better when you come away with the win,” coach Rod Broadway commented after the game. The game began like most predicted with both teams struggling on offense as they have been for the last couple of games this season. The Aggie defense held the Trojans to three field goals in the first half but was unable to generate any points for themselves on offense. The biggest play of the game was from junior return special-

ist and cornerback D’Vonte Graham who returned a missed 47-yard field goal by Norfolk kicker Everett Goldberg, for a 100-yard touchdown. “We implemented that in our practice regime after the same thing happened to us a couple of weeks ago in the Morgan State game,” said Broadway. “When you have a guy like him who makes plays, you’ve got to try it.” Defense dominated the whole game with four interceptions, forcing two fumbles that kept the Trojans on their heels. “We knew coming in that they (NSU) were turnover prone and coach preached to us all week about capitalizing on opportunities,” said Graham. Graham went on to be named MEAC Special Teams Player of the Week on Monday. Some of the changes that Broadway alluded to after last week’s loss to Delaware State took effect this week. After struggling for most of the first half on offense, Broadway decided to bench starting junior Quarterback Lewis Kindle for the second half of the game and gave freshmen Kwashaun Quick a chance to step up. On the first drive of the second half Quick led the Aggies to their first scoring drive of the game with a 29-yard scamper for a touchdown. Quick kept a lot of plays alive and most im-

portantly he did not turn the ball over. Quick, who started in the first game of the season against Coastal Carolina due to Kindle’s suspension, performed well in front of a crowd of 20,356. “Kindle is a great player with a slump and don’t see him giving up now because every week is competition for a spot,” said Broadway during Monday’s press conference. Broadway is not sure if the quarterback change will be permanent. Both quarterbacks will continue to compete for the starting job. “I go out every week and tell Lewis I’m going to challenge him,” said Quick. “We compete at everything. We compete on every throw.” A&T improved to 16-3 at home against Norfolk State. The Aggies are 7-3 against the Spartans when playing at Aggie Stadium. A&T has won six of the last seven meetings against the Spartans at Aggie Stadium. The Aggies, now 2-3 in the conference and 4-4 overall, will face the Rattlers of Florida A&M (3-2, 3-5) for the second to last home game of the season this Saturday at 1:30 p.m. FAMU leads the series between the two teams 44-13 and has won the last seven meetings. The Aggies last win over FAMU at Aggie Stadium was in 2003.


RB RICKY LEWIS (ABOVE) ran a 19-yard touchdown in Saturday’s game. REVEREND JESSIE JACKSON (LEFT) played quarterback for the Aggies in the early 1960’s and spoke to the team about preparation before heading onto the field for a homecoming victory. CB AYODEJI OLATOYE (BELOW) had a fumble recovery and an interception in Saturday’s game against NSU.


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dribble and space people." The Tide was last in the Southeastern Conference in 3-point percentage and 3-pointers made last season. Alabama still played stout defense and managed to make the NCAA tournament for the first time in six years despite late-season suspensions of Green, Mitchell, Steele and Releford for at least one game. Now, Alabama has only one signee, highly rated forward Devonta Pollard from Porterville, Miss., plus redshirt freshman point guard Retin Obasohan from Belgium. Gone are Green and Mitchell, the team's top two scorers and rebounders each of the past two seasons. Mitchell left the team after missing the final 11 games on suspension, including the first-round NCAA loss to Creighton. Backup guards Charles Hankerson and Ben Eblen opted to transfer after the season, leaving coach Anthony Grant

with only 10 scholarship players. "JaMychal Green's departure leaves a big void to fill on the interior," said Grant, whose team has won 46 games the past two seasons. "He did so many things for our team from a scoring standpoint, rebounding, defensively. Those will be some big shoes to fill. When you look on the interior we'll be extremely inexperienced." The backcourt is more seasoned but mostly in supporting roles. Releford started 66 games the last two seasons while Steele is a fifth-year senior who has been a key reserve. The 6-foot Releford was second in the SEC in steals last season and is the only returning double-digit scorer after averaging 12.0 points a game. "I'm confident that we've got a basketball team that has a lot of diversity in terms of the skills that we can put on the floor, and I feel like we'll be a better shooting team."


Northern MD Eastern Shore 8-0 Norfolk State 6-2 Hampton 6-3 Coppin State 4-4 Morgan State 3-6 Delaware State 2-6 Howard 0-8 Southern Florida A&M 7-0 North Carolina Central 4-2 South Carolina State 4-3 Bethune Cookman 4-3 North Carolina A&T 1-5 Savannah State 0-7

OVR. 22-4 10-18 15-13 9-11 4-19 5-17 0-20 9-9 6-19 7-13 4-24 1-27 0-28

THIS WEEK’S GAME: Friday at Florida A&M Tallahassee, Fla. 7 p.m. Sunday at Bethune-Cookman Daytona Beach, Fla. 1 p.m. NEXT WEEK’S GAME: Friday vs. Savannah State Moore Gymnasium 6 p.m.


Driven focus prepares Aggie men’s basketball for start of season

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Alabama will have mostly the same players but a significantly different look this season. The Crimson Tide won't have four-year starter JaMychal Green patrolling the post or Tony Mitchell slashing through the lane for dunks. Instead, Alabama will rely on point guard Trevor Releford, four sophomores who showed promise last season and several inexperienced big men. "I think last year when we had someone like JaMychal down low, we focused a lot of our offense on him, which was understandable because he was such a dominant threat," guard Andrew Steele said. "I think when you look at our team this year, our biggest strength will be opening up the court a little bit more and I think we'll be a little more perimeter oriented. We still have confidence in our bigs, but our strength will be how we attack people off the


Sunday vs. S.C. State Moore Gymnasium 1 p.m.

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Alabama basketball to be lead by a young team


With a new coaching staff, five new players, and nine returning players, the Aggie men’s basketball team will finally get to show fans the hard work they have been putting in for the new season. Earlier in the month Aggie Madness kicked off the start of winter sports, specifically the official start of the 2012-2013 basketball season. Since madness, the team has been able to practice for long periods of time almost everyday focusing on offensive and defensive principles, which will be key during their season. “Preparation wise we have been focusing on playing good defense and most of all just playing hard and playing together,” said senior Forward Adrian Powell. The team enters this season differently than last with playing tougher and harder than before, constantly preparing, being confident, and most importantly determination. “The biggest difference from last year and this year is going to be our approach to the game and our mentality,” said senior Forward/Guard Austin Witter. The team’s schedule this year includes 12 home games as well as non-conference games in states including Nevada, Ohio, New Jersey, Georgia, Texas, and California. “It’s a very challenging schedule,” said head coach

Ty Alexander. “Our non-conference schedule is really going to test us early on. That’s going to be a good thing because there are so many quality teams in the MEAC. I’m hoping our nonconference schedule prepares us for the rigors of the MEAC.” Powell as well as senior Guard R.J. Buck like the schedule and believe the team will be able to win a lot of games. Along with collecting wins the team is looking forward to traveling together, having fun, playing ball, and claiming the MEAC title. The Alexander era will begin this Thursday at 7 p.m. in Corbett Sports Center with an exhibition game against Fayetteville State. “We are taking these games really seriously because they set the tone for our season,” said Buck. In addition to being prepared and working hard the players have also been making selfimprovements. “I would say that I improved in all aspects of my game. My mentality to the game has definitely changed as well as my skills,” said Witter. “I’ve improved my outside shot tremendously this year,” said Buck. The team’s main focus for the season is playing hard, smart, and together with the ultimate goal of contending for the MEAC title and winning the tournament. – and follow her on Twitter @LifeCreating

STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — A complete overhaul has rendered Mississippi State’s basketball program barely recognizable from a year ago. Longtime coach Rick Stansbury is gone. So are all five starters and a big chunk of the bench production. In their place is first-year coach Rick Ray and a band of Bulldogs that are mostly inexperienced, undersized or both. From the outside looking in, it appears Mississippi State might be in store for a long season. “The one thing I do know is we have willing workers,” Ray said. “There hasn’t been a day we’ve been on the court where I had to push guys to work hard.” Still, the road back to respectability appears to be steep. Stansbury had a largely successful 14-year run at Mississippi State his 293 career wins are a school record — but he left a program in disarray following a February collapse that left the Bulldogs out of the NCAA tournament. Though seniors Dee Bost and Brian Bryant exhausted their eligibility, Arnett Moultrie and Renardo Sidney left early to pursue a professional career while budding star Rodney Hood transferred to Duke. Moultrie’s loss was expected the 6-foot-11 forward was taken in the first round of the NBA draft by the Philadelphia 76ers. Ray has Midwestern roots and spent time as an assistant at Indiana State and Purdue before heading to Clemson. That bluecollar background has followed him throughout his career, and he’s trying to make Mississippi State a more disciplined team on defense while incorporating a motion-style offense. Ray said his adjustment to being a head coach has been smooth and he has been pleased with the results so far.


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Homecoming Concert Recap NECOLE JACKSON Scene Editor


YOUNG JEEZY gets the crowd hype headlining the Homecoming Concert Saturday at the Greensboro Coliseum.


TREY SONGZ dove into his performance making all the ladies scream and dance.

The Student Government Association and Student University Activities Board shut down homecoming this year with an all-star line up including Elle Varner, Big Sean, 2 Chainz, Trey Songz and Young Jeezy. With late arrivals delaying the show, Elle Varner was the first to hit the stage. Other than hit songs, “Refill” and “I Don’t Care,” Varner also sang some of her personal favorites. “The banger on the CD is ‘Not Tonight’,” said Varner. “It’s a power ballad that we haven’t seen in a long time. It’s just such an emotional epic song.” The rookie soulstress featured big name artists on her CD, among them, N.C. native J Cole. She also has other hopefuls in mind for her next CD. “I would love to work with Andre 3000,” said Varner. “He is different and so is his body of work from Outkast and his solo albums. I channeled him a little on “WTF” on my mixtape.” After sharing her beautiful vocals, next on the stage was Big Sean, member of Kanye West’s group G.O.O.D. Music. The group recently released an album, “Cruel Summer,” which mostly features the artist. He performed one Homecoming anthem for this school year, “Clique” and other favorites. Big Sean was also down to earth hanging out backstage, greeting fans and listening to the other performers. 2 Chainz appeared next, coming on stage wearing an Aggie hoodie, more than 2 chains and an undisclosed cup. When performing “Bandz a make her Dance” and “Birthday Song,” fans stood up screaming making the rapper even more hype. Unlike some of the performers, 2 Chainz played all his solo hits and also tracks he featured. Trey Songz was next to the stage making his third Homecoming appearance. Songz took it back to

“Neighbors Know My Name” while also playing his new song “Dive In,” switching the lyrics up. When Songz asked if anyone wanted his shirt, fans bombarded each other grabbing the sweat infested shirt he used to wipe off his chest and forehead. He sped his tempo back up performing the explicit version of “Ladies and Drinks.” Young Jeezy, the headliner, came on last to shut down the stage and made all the trap boys go crazy. He made his second Homecoming performance with favorites like “Put On” and “SupaFreak.” Jeezy proved that he deserved to headline the concert. These artists can serve as inspiration for students. Varner gave advice for young people chasing their dreams. “When you get out of college, you will have the biggest reality check,” said Varner. “You have to fight literally like your life depends on it for whatever you want. Don’t limit yourself to anything because you can have the world, but you have to work hard for it.” Even though the concert lasted past midnight, it was well worth the money. and also follow your Scene Editor on Twitter at @NecoleRitchie

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Nxlevel controversy causes Twitter uproar; entertainment group tells its side NECOLE JACKSON Scene Editor

Imagine scrolling down your Twitter timeline to see everyone bashing your company and brand you have worked so hard for. Newton Dennis, chief operating officer of Nxlevel Entertainment and Aggie alum experienced what every business owner dreads, customer dissatisfaction. “We started off exceptionally well,” said Dennis. Catering to its elite clientele, Nxlevel offered 10 parties for 18+, 21+ and 25+. Parties, like the Day Party at Greene Street and Triple Crown at the Dynacon Center which occurred Friday Oct. 26, brought big crowds and much anticipation for Saturday’s event. The 21+ night party at the



Dynacon on Sat. Oct. 27, did not turn out as successful as the night before. The Dynacon was not new to Nxlevel, serving as a venue for previous events and having established great relations with them. This night, however, business with the two companies went sour. Many customers complained that Nxlevel oversold 200 tickets to this party, leaving individuals who prepaid outside upset. Dennis said this is not true. “I need people to understand that Nxlevel did not oversell any tickets. This is something we would never do.” Dyncaon had a meeting without any Nxlevel staff and decided to put a cap of 600 on the party resulting in leaving a big number of people outside. “We walked into an am-

bush,” said Dennis. “I had no idea until some of my team began texting me the situation and looking at dissatisfied tweets.” The founder and CEO of Nxlevel and also Aggie alum, Hercules Conway II, was upset with how things happened. “I didn’t even get a phone call all day Saturday from Dynacon,” said Conway. “They knew we pre-sold tickets because it was in our contract, but still did not inform us on this 600 gap.” Dissatisfied customers also saw people paying at the door for this ticketed event, which upset them even more. Neither was aware of this and said that this was not a Nxlevel representative who did this. Those security guards had no affiliation to Nxlevel and no one saw the profit they took at

the door. Nxlevel is currently investigating this situation. Although customers were upset, Newt and Hercules have been hustling to accommodate those customers. On that Saturday night, customers were allowed to use their 21+ Dynacon tickets to attend other Nxlevel parties, like 18+ Phrozen Ivies. They are also refunding money or crediting customers to other parties. This is the first discrepancy Nxlevel has experienced and they are learning from their mistakes. “Saturday made people upset. I agree with our customers 100%,” said Dennis. “We are very sorry for anyone who was inconvenienced. This is something we will take full responsibility for, even though we were ambushed.”

Although homecoming is over, the company is currently moving into its next big party, the Black Party “Tickets will be up most likely by the end of this week,” said Newt. “We will be having a lot more early birds available for people and we want to use new vendors too.” If you were dissatisfied with your Nxlevel experience, contact Newton Dennis at 336-324-2276 or You can also contact Hercules Conway at 336-253-0328 or e-mail at Hercules.conway@ and follow her on Twitter at @NecoleRitchie

1. So who was threatening Nxlevel over Twitter because of the packed 21+ party? 2. Are you mad? 3. Or are you really mad? 4. Did they really ruin your homecoming, or was it the fact that you had no friends to chill with after that that made you mad? 5. Who said it was their last Nxlevel party, but will be first in line at the Black Party making sure they get in? 6. Who was the guy that passed out at the Day Party? 7. Were you trying to have a Travis Jackson experience? 8. How many girls saw someone else wearing their outfits at the day party? 9. Can we even call the Step Show an actual step show? 10. Did the Deltas even need to compete? 11. Does showing your face in the Greek step show and not being Greek make you a groupie? 12. How many people felt like the Alphas should have won? 13. Why was that host so wack? 14. Did Kenny have his shining moment in the step show? 15. How old is he anyway? 16. Who decided to shut down all the streets on campus? 17. Are you dumb? 18. Or were you on that homecoming molly? 19. How many people are going to buy, “You going to jail now!” uppercut shirts? 20. Since Hurricane Sandy is here, and they shut down most cities, would you declare it official cuddling season?




Oct. 31 to Nov. 6 The A&T Register’s guide to the best scary movies this Halloween.

ON DVD SCREAM series has been out in the Hallowen game for a while and still never gets old. Sidney Lawson, played by Neve Campbell, is targeted by a man in a costume who kills all her friends. In each movie, a new killer arises that comes after her because of her promiscuous mother. The unforgettable Scream mask has been haunting people for years in the movies and on Halloween night. This is the perfect series to throw in or watch on Netflix for entertainment during Halloween.

ON DVD IT is every viewer’s worst nightmare. The movie is based on a clown that turns into people’s worst fears. It might start out innocent, but don’t let it fool you. Can they stop the clown before it’s too late? Halloween is known for it’s scary and crazy clowns. Make sure you watch this with the light on.

ON DVD INSIDIOUS, a horror film released last year, had everyone on the edge of their seats. A family moves into a new house where strange happenings begin to occur. Their son falls into a deep coma and no one knew how to help him. A woman tells the family their son is trapped into another world, and the father is the only person who can save him. Even though this movie is new to the horror film game, viewers can still get as scared as with old ones.

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