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Bascombe’s Town Hall clarifies platform for students

Thursday, student body president candidate, Kornelius Bascombe, held a town hall meeting to speak to students about his platform and clear up any misconceptions about his campaign. Bascombe is a sophomore is criminology and the chair of Black Students Board, an umbrella organization under Union Activities Board. Bascombe feels after serving on the Student Senate Board of Directors, and the judicial board, he is the most polished candidate for the position. Bascombe said, “In a way this is history… I am the first sophomore candidate for SBP in about 20 years.”

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Student Body President: Candidate Extended Interviews

Here,read the full detailed interviews Culture Reporter Art Goodson gave candidates Kornelius Bascombe, Andrew Swanson, and Jim Ceresnak, that did not make the printed edition. Interviews are in Q&A form.

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Unforgotten Women: Divine culture at its best: Event honors influential women in history

Students, faculty and staff gathered together in Talley Student Center Ballroom to witness students pay homage to women who have made a difference in the world, at the second annual “Unforgotten Women” program Monday evening. The program was filled with music, dance and acting performances, devoted to recognizing influential and pioneering women.

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The Race for Student Body President: Candidates discuss diversity, campus knowledge

As the end of the spring 2009 semester draws near, students will soon cast their vote for Student Government officers. This year six candidates are running for student body president, whose role on campus includes presiding over his/her cabinet, running the day-to-day operations of Student Government including 15 distinct commissions and departments, and delegating tasks to the executive branch. Additionally, the newly elected student body president is responsible for attending meetings and forum discussions, and be active in special interest committees such as the Campus Culture Task Force committee created just after the Nov. 5, 2008 tunnel incident. Here are what the candidates had to say about their platform and campaign.

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New Student Media leaders plan for year ahead

Each year, Student Media seeks applicants for editors of the primary mediums on campus, the daily newspaper, Technician, the weekly Nubian Message, the campus literary magazine, the Windhover and the Agromeck, the yearbook. They also sought applicants for the general manager of WKNC, the campus radio station and the student business manager. Applicants must go through a vigorous process of presenting their vision and goals before staff members and an interview before the Student Media board of directors, prior to being hired. These individuals have the power to change the direction and focus of campus as the representative of their respective media outlets. In their substantive position, how do they plan to ensure the minority population on campus is accurately represented in our student media? Here’s what the new student media leaders had to say.

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Examining our on campus African-American organizations

Many students have complained about the lack of participation from African-American students within the clubs and organizations in the African-American community. Some say that the underclassmen are lazy and do not care. Others say that it is too hard to balance school work and clubs, and since school should always come first, they do not participate in clubs.
However, the issue still remains that the African-American population here at North Carolina State is higher than ever and participation in organizations is at an all time low. Perhaps the reason for this problem is social dynamics of the African-American community. It is time to take a look inside the African-American community and ask if the students are failing the clubs, or if the clubs are actually failing the students. I have interviewed three students; all are African-Americans.

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Students: Make smarter choices when traveling

Spring Break has passed and students have come back with souvenirs and elaborate tales of their adventures. As long as I have been in college there are recurring problems in the stories of my friends’ Spring Break conquests. The problems include money, too much alcohol, lack of cell phones, unreliable friends and so on.

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The Day Hillsborough Froze: Hundreds of people attend Hillsborough Street Renaissance

The weather outlook for Saturday appeared to be rainy, cold and glum for most, especially for those that happened to be driving in and out of Raleigh. However, that did not stop hundreds of people from all over the city and Wake County from preparing for and attending the “Hillsborough Street Renaissance,” a green or environment friendly arts and music festival.

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History in the Madness: A historic game in review

To say that “March Madness” is not upon us now is a real misjudgment. It is that time of year when impossible is the normal and there is always something left to leave on the court and giving less than you’re all is unexcusable. It is the time when athletes have to push themselves and realize that every game can be their last. On March 12, 2009, a game went beyond these goals, when something so unforgettable, so outstanding, so physically mind-boggling occurred that most people would probably never believe that it actually happened unless they saw it in person. Get ready for heart-stopping voyage.

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Reality show “Candy Girls” explores the lives of the “first ladies of hip-hop”

Just when you thought there could not possibly be any more good ideas left to base a reality show on, Candy Girls premiered on March 8. America loves drama, and this is inevitable when seven head-strong video vixens are documented. Candy Girls is the name these women have been given because of their appearances as “eye candy” in videos from Jay-Z to Kanye West. Even though these women have been in their share of videos that often come along with negative connotations, there is a bigger picture. This new hip-hop documentary/drama aims to give insight into the music business aspect of these women’s lives, which I think is positive.

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Women on Weights: Strength training boosts more than just muscle

Weight rooms are places to find dumbbells, machines, mats and males in search of the perfect body. But, rarely are women found. Why?

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Expressions Both Sides of the Mirror: Event uses student talent to explore race, gender and culture

“We must come together and grow as one, regardless of race or gender. Expressions. Both Sides of the Mirror.”
Cierra Pearson, senior in Spanish and interpersonal communications spoke these motivational words during her “Who Am I?” introduction of Expressions. This event, which was an exploration and restoration of race, gender and class, was held last Thursday, by the Black Students Board and co-sponsor, the Eta Omicron Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Hosted by senior in biochemistry, and president of Eta Omicron, Lamar Crawford, this event consisted of nine incredible performances by students, followed by a marvelous performance by Jazz artists Galen Razzaq and Band. Before the performances identical twins Michelle Alvarez, a sophomore in microbiology and Leslie Alvarez, a sophomore in communication came together hand and hand, as looking into both sides of the mirror, to define the Expressions.

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Professor discusses issues in health care at annual Clark Lecture

Professor Dayna Matthew was this year’s Clark Lecture guest speaker. Matthew is the associate dean for academic affairs and professor of law at the University of Colorado-Boulder and specializes in evidence, health law. Her resume extends to the universities of Kentucky and Virginia instructing tort courses that focused on civil procedure, products liability and public health sections that were primarily devoted to bioethics and medical malpractice procedures. Professor Matthew has written articles on health and antitrust law topics which have appeared in the Virginia Law Review, Houston Law Review and the Wake Forest Law Review the Indiana Law Journal, the Kentucky Law Journal and the St. Louis University Law Journal, as well as the American Journal of Law and Medicine according to her biography on the University of Colorado Law site. Matthew has also written a number of articles to educate people about her plans to regulate America’s discriminatory health care system. This plan seeks to provide minority groups, in many cases underrepresented African-American populations, within the health care system by providing the patient with quality care at an affordable price.

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N.C. State students do respond to Campus Culture Task Force

November 5, 2008 will stay in the minds of N.C. State students as being a dark day in campus life. The hurtful messages that were displayed on the Free Expression Tunnel pulled at our heart strings and caused an uncomfortable feeling around campus. People got angry. Others began to question who their friends really were and their intentions. Who really are our friends and how do our classmates truly feel about us?

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Separate but equal Students are dividing themselves by race

People should take time out to look at the world around us and how divided it is. There are many divisions in the world such as class, race, and gender, but I would like to focus on the main division that has always had America in chaos: race. Think about it, when you walk into the Atrium you see people sitting with their ethnic group. This is something that I call “self-segregation,” because we tend to separate ourselves from others who look different than we do, choosing instead to sit with people who look just like us. It is not such a big deal to most people I guess because it comes so natural, but yet we are not taking advantage of the dream and hope of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and other equal rights activists. I know that we feel more comfortable talking to people who we believe can relate to our situation, but in reality we all have the same problems. Everyone is so much alike the only difference is our skin color and personality. We should not let these differences keep us divided, because deep down we all go through the same problems, such as exams, relationships, schedules, and classes.

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Students should be more proactive

In light of reactive responses to discrimination, lack of resources, and hate speech issues that occur on campus from year to year, people are beginning to wonder whether or not the infrastructure of this campus’ minority population are creating an uproar only after major events take place, rather than prior to its occurrence.

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