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  • Black Excellence 4 for web
    Apr 27 2016

    An Illustration of Black Excellence: The Class of 2016

    Quianne’ Holmes | Staff Writer

    Breanna Powell, social work

    If you could tell your “freshman self” something what would it be and why? If I could tell Freshman Bre anything, it would be to eliminate the idea that everyone has your best interest at heart because they don’t.

    If you could have an overall message for an undergraduate student, what would it be? Be patient with yourself and enjoy the process. Because at the end of the day, the only person who  needs to be satisfied with what you do is YOU.

    Please provide any future plans that you have

    I will be returning back to NC State in August to begin the Masters of Social Work program.

    Kiarra Hicks, sports management

    When you arrived to NC State, what were the goals and expectations that you had for yourself?

    I wanted to succeed academically, socially, and spiritually. I wanted to allow myself to step out of my comfort zone and try new things

    If you could have an overall message for an undergraduate student, what would it be?

    Grades are not everything or the only thing. Do not allow the urge to be a perfectionist to make you physically and mentally sick. It’s all about the experiences. Please treasure every single day on campus and don’t allow the stress of college to overpower you.

    Marcus Zeigler, textile technology

    If you can describe your NC State experience in one word, what would it be?

    Complete, because I have done everything I wanted to do and accomplished alot. I feel like I have nothing left to give to the school or the community but laughs and a good time

    If you could have an overall message for an undergraduate student, what would it be?

    I would say get involved and figure out who you are. Because everyone is not meant to be greek but that doesn’t mean you can’t make a difference.

    Jasmine Cannon, women and gender studies

    When you arrived to NC State, what were the goals and expectations that you had for yourself? I honestly just wanted to get acclimated to campus. I had no idea what my potential was.

    What is one of your favorite memories at NC State? Pan-Afrikan Week 2015

    If you could give the incoming freshmen a piece of advice, what would it be and why? The same advice I would give to my freshman self: Get involved; Meet new people; Learn about yourself; Be brave.

  • BWsharefish
    Apr 27 2016

    New Sharefish App Helps You Plan a Night Out

    Threa Almontaser | Staff Writer

    NC State now has an app that lets users plan their entire night out before the night even begins.

    Through Sharefish, a subscribed user is able to have all the bar specials displayed, über integration, as well as the male to female ratio and the number of people in the bar at that time. This can help each person find the right scene that suits them for the night, along with the lowest prices available, age demographics, and news feed.

    The Apple app came to life after one average day where Stevie Thompson Jr., a junior studying business administration, called Paul “Traemani” Hawkins, a sophomore studying engineering, and told him that he had a new opportunity for an app to work on. They had worked on two different apps in the past, so this was not unusual. He then told Hawkins that the idea was Sharefish, and that it wasn’t exactly his idea. Hawkins met with Oliver Walsh for an interview which started the development of the app.

    Thompson Jr.  says, “We all have a strong passion for entrepreneurship and creating new and innovative technology and we are willing to do anything it takes to take ShareFish to the top! Our ultimate goal is to bring people together and to improve the way you can plan your night.”

    Currently, the founders of this app, which include Thompson Jr., Hawkins and Oliver Walsh a junior studying electrical engineering, Bryan Patrick Rishe a junior studying computer engineering, John Malatras, a sophomore studying electrical engineering, and  have 1000 users and around 20 bars in Raleigh. It continues to grow each day.

    Sharefish will soon evolve with new updates that will include features such as “fishbowls.” These fishbowls will enable people to add their own parties into the app. From there, it’s as easy as inviting people into your gathering, or fishbowl among other things. These updates are currently in the works and will be released throughout the summer. There is also an android version that they plan to release in the future.

    The group’s biggest difficulty has been finding ways to fund themselves so that they can keep the equity in house. Thankfully, Walsh and his parents, along with a few grants, have been able to fund them thus far, until they can start up a constant revenue. They are currently figuring out a way to enable themselves to work full time on Sharefish this summer “in order to continue developing it into something amazing,” says Hawkins.

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    Apr 27 2016

    New App Made by NC State Engineers Allows Students to Debate and Rate

    Jillian Smith | Editor-in-Chief

    Everyone likes to argue. Whether it’s about which colors a dress is or which candidate should be president, young people, especially on a college campus, love debates.

    Now, there’s an app that you can use to bring your debate to a wider audience. Yaheard is a competitive arguing app designed by five NC State students that allows other users to rate the argument and determine a winner.

    “You basically make a statement, people can agree or disagree, and also they have the option to argue with you,” said Robert Dates, a 2015 NC State graduate now and a CEO/developer of Yaheard, LLC. “That is a one-on-one argument that’s displayed to everyone, but no one knows who the opposing person in the argument is until it’s finished,”

    In this sense, the app allows for a level of anonymity until the argument is actually over. “That reveal, when you figure out who you’re arguing with,” is Dates’ favorite part of the app, he said.

    “Early on it was just us five on the app so you knew, but now as the app is growing you just don’t know who you’re arguing with so it’s interesting,” said Dates.

    The idea for the app came from CEO and developer Josh Puente, a senior studying electrical engineering. While watching the ESPN show First Take, a show where hosts debate issues in sports, Puente got the idea to bring arguments like these to your cell phone.

    “He drew out everything and called us all together one night and we all met up. He told us the idea and we all thought it was genius so we just ran with it,” said Marcus Spruill, director of communications, software consultant and a senior studying business administration.

    Spruill, along with CMO DomiNick Downing, a junior studying social work handle the promotional and marketing side of the app’s business. They can often be spotted on campus, handing out fliers, hanging signs and talking to people about the features of the app.

    “When you say it’s an app and when you say it was created by a couple of NC State students, they want to know more about it,” Spruill said.

    Creating this app was no short process, taking about 15 months from start to finish according to Dates. They were working on this venture in the midst of school, internships and full-time jobs, so the process was somewhat lengthened by that. The other issue that slowed them down was code bugs.

    “When you’re writing the code you think it’s going to run perfect and then, no, you just encounter these major obstacles, these bugs and you don’t know what it is and then you have to start the whole process of debugging,” said Dates.

    The guys also had to go through the process of becoming an LLC, a limited liability corporation.  They had to submit legal documents and become a legitimate business before they could register their app with the Apple store. “It got rejected, what, three times?” Spruill said. “But we just kept at it,” Dates finished.

    After making a series of changes, the app was finally accepted. They have even put out an update, Yaheard 2.2, with even more new improvements.

    Since its March 8 release, the app has garnered 1,600 downloads and about 1,300 active users, according to Jeremiah Ufot, software engineer and a senior studying agricultural and environmental technology.

    No one knows how far the app will go, but this group of guys illustrate the amazing potential of the NC State community.

  • All of the Intermediate & Beyond Designers stand on the stage during the naming of the winner of the African American Textile Society Fashion Expose, Thursday Evening, April 7, 2016. This was the 19th annual show and 16 designers participated in the show this year.
    Apr 13 2016

    AATS 19th Annual Fashion Expose

    Nyna Nickelson | Correspondent

    The 19th Annual Fashion Expose went big this year exceeding all the hopes and expectations of all who attended. The event is hostedd by The African American Textile Society.

    The fashion show featured eighteen designers, half in the novice category and the other in the category of intermediate and beyond. The judges rated each design for construction, concept and runway presence.

    This years  theme: “Modern Model,”  focused on simple and classic designs with a twist. The theme incorporated cohesive monochromatic details accompanied with a refreshing take that only a younger generation of thinkers and designers could give.

    The 19th Annual Fashion Expose was set up in the Talley Ballroom with approximately 200 people in attendance.  The Talley Ballroom added a sophisticated flare to an already fabulous production.

    The novice duo of Kaitlin Schreiner and Lauren Rosenwinkel created the winning collection: Crash. Kaitlin Schreiner is majoring in fashion textile design with a concentration in textiles. Lauren Rosenwinkel is majoring in fashion textile design with a concentration in fashion design.

    Schreiner, the designer of the textile prints, states “ they [the prints] were inspired by marble, ocean waves and shattered glass. That’s where the name “Crash” came from.

    “I designed the silhouettes,” said Rosenwinkel, “and since we had kind of busier textile patterns we wanted to go with simple silhouette.” The collection focused on loose fits, deep v’s and cut-out shapes. The outfits combined cool grays and light pinks reminiscent of speckled granite.

    After the competition the duo is concentrating on finishing out the semester strong and traveling during the summer.

    In the intermediate and beyond category Jiayin Li took the win. Her collection included styles for both male and females. She incorporated graphic cartoon prints into modern pieces like jumpsuits and chinos.

    “I am from China, so I am thinking about putting some variation of traditional elements into the modern styles,” says Li.

    She comments that her patterns were very inspired by ancient Chinese books. Each of her designs featured an embroidered animal face.

    “The animals on their backs are six of the twelve of animals found in the Chinese Zodiac,” says Li.  Her models brought attitude and grace to an already well-conceived line.

    Li is a senior, who will be graduating in the summer of 2016 and has plans to stay in the United States and search for a job.