Cmdr. David Lemly ’88 isn’t all that interested in keeping his head above water. The commanding officer of the U.S. Navy’s Deep Submergence Unit (DSU), he leads an organization that provides submarine rescue services for the U.S. and foreign navies. We interviewed him for the spring issue of NC State magazine, and the folks at DSU sent us these photos of Lemly in a JIM suit during a training session.
Today is the final blog post by NC State magazine intern Susannah Brinkley. A junior in the College of Design, she blogged for us from her Alternative Spring Break (ASB) trip to Hoonah, Alaska. ASB provides students a chance to take a vacation and complete service projects with other students. In Hoonah, Susannah’s team worked in local schools, with the Head Start and Boys & Girls Club programs, and with the Senior Center and the Hoonah Indian Association. They also learned about the Tlingit Indians’ culture, customs and language. You can see Susannah’s photos here, read all her posts here and check out the blogs of her teammates and other NC State students on ASB here. Technician wrote about ASB in this morning’s edition.
It’s been an exhausting last few days, filled with smiles and tears as the children in the local schools prepared for spring break and as we got ready to end ours and head home. Thursday was the last day at Head Start, which ended a day earlier than the public schools. Two of my teammates and I helped the teachers with a walk to the beach. We found all kinds of things: baby crabs, moon snail eggs, starfish and barnacles. The amount of appreciation for nature in Alaska amazes me. One of the little girls kindly reminded me not to step on the barnacles. I asked her why, and her matter-of-fact response was, “They are living things!” I’m not sure that I was that environmentally aware when I was three years old!
A couple of the kids started calling me and my teammates “teacher,” a sign that we were beginning to gain their respect. In fact, they were fighting over us. One child, Jozlyn, got upset that another child, Leah, wanted me to take her picture and not Jozlyn’s. Crying, Jozlyn yelled, “Don’t stand close to Teacher because I am close to Teacher!” It has been really meaningful to see these kids get attached, but it only made the goodbyes harder. The kids didn’t seem to understand that we’d probably never see them again, which was harder on us. We blinked back tears as we hugged the “wee babes” goodbye. (more…)
Monday morning update: The NC State women’s basketball team’s season ended Sunday night as the Wolfpack fell to UCLA 74-54 in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament in Minneapolis. Go to GoPack.com for a game recap and box score. Below is video from the team’s third day at the NCAA Tournament, including video highlights from the UCLA game.
Sunday update: The NC State women’s basketball team will face UCLA tonight at 9:30 p.m. EST in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. If you’re not in Minneapolis for the game, watch it on ESPN2 or listen on WKNC. As part of our ongoing series “A Coach’s First Season,” we’ve interviewed every player. After the jump are the last two getting-to-know-you player interviews in the series. They are with freshmen Kelsie Lliteras and Lakeesa Daniel; both joined the team in mid-season.
Up first are two videos of the team’s adventures during the NCAA Tournament so far shot by video coordinator Jason Rasnake.
NC State magazine intern Susannah Brinkley, a junior in the College of Design, is blogging for us from her Alternative Spring Break (ASB) trip to Hoonah, Alaska. ASB provides students a chance to take a vacation and complete service projects with other students. In Hoonah, Susannah’s team is working in local schools, with the Head Start and Boys & Girls Club programs, and with the Senior Center and the Hoonah Indian Association. They’re also learning about the Tlingit Indians’ culture, customs and language. You can see Susannah’s photos here and read the blogs of her teammates and other NC State students on ASB here.
Service work in Hoonah is full of surprises. When I told people I was doing a service trip in Alaska, they’d ask why. I’d say, “To work in the schools.” They would nod, but they didn’t seem to understand. It’s interesting to see the trip finally come to fruition.
Monday, we received our assignments for the week. I began at Head Start, the pre-K program. There are about 15 kids between the ages of three and five. Most of them are Tlingit, and they are all adorable. We’ve been told many of them come from unstable homes.
After a morning of Play-Doh, books and music, I headed over to the senior center with a few other students. Most of the seniors are Tlingit tribe elders. They’re gruff, but with a little effort, they’re easy to talk to. Some like to spend their time working jigsaw puzzles. My teammates and I socialized with them, then served lunch and talked more. The stories they tell are fascinating. One man of the Eagle Clan told me to ask a member of the Raven clan about how the sun came into the sky. I asked him why he couldn’t tell me, and he explained that Eagles cannot tell Ravens’ stories, and vice versa. He also said that Eagles and Ravens coexist well, and that Ravens may only marry Eagles because many people within clans are related. (more…)
As part of our story on campus dining in the Spring 2010 issue of NC State magazine, we asked the university’s executive chef, Bill Brizzolara, to put together a menu using ingredients that have an NC State connection, including scallops, pork, cheese and sweet potatoes. Here’s what he came up with, and here’s how you can make it at home:
Seared Scallop Medallion Salad with Warm Bacon Vinaigrette
slices bacon, thin sliced
2 tablespoons shallots, minced
1/2 cup cider vinegar
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
2 to 3 tablespoons or more of olive oil, divided
2 tablespoons finely chopped parsley
salt and pepper, to taste
1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste
1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
18 large scallop medallions
salt and white pepper to taste
1 lb. fresh spinach, washed and any coarse stems removed
2 tomatoes, washed and each cut into 8 wedges
1. Cook bacon until crisp. Remove from pan and set aside. Drain most of the bacon fat from the pan leaving only two tablespoons. (more…)
Beautiful dresses, big hats and baseball. For more than 50 years, the Easter Monday baseball game between Wake Forest and NC State was an event unlike any other on the schools’ athletics schedules. Women of all ages turned out wearing eloquent dresses, fancy hats and beautiful corsages. People from all over the state — including legislators and governors — dressed in their Sunday best to attend the game and the annual NC State Pi Kappa Alpha (PKA) ball, which by the 1920s was attracting as many as 6,000 guests.
NC State plays Wake Forest this weekend in Winston-Salem, and we thought it would be a good time to look back at this chapter in NC State sports history. Robert “Hank” Utley ’50, a Concord native, played third base for NC State in the late 1940s and participated in four Easter Monday games after returning from military service. The author of two books on baseball, he has researched Easter Monday and talks here to NC State magazine intern Kelly McDonough.
How did the tradition begin?
It all started in 1899 when NC State played a military school from Mebane. The thing that made Easter Monday so big in North Carolina happened in 1906. A.B. Duke, [the son of one of Duke University’s founders], had guests down from New York and Yale University, and it was all over the social pages. They drove those dirty roads from Durham to Raleigh, in two cars loaded with [northerners], to see this Easter Monday ballgame in Raleigh.
The second thing that happened in 1906 was Pi Kappa Alpha started having its [ball] on Monday night. That Easter Monday dance was the biggest thing. It spirited on with A.B. Duke traveling over, and the Easter Monday game became a “go-see-and-be-seen” event.
The legislature, as early as 1900, adjourned to go to the ballgame. They took out special buggies, and their wives went with them. [The legislators’ wives] noticed that all these college girls from Meredith, St. Mary’s and Peace were attending the ballgame wearing their Easter dresses, hats and corsages. That influenced [them] to start doing the same thing.
It was 1906 that created the social significance of this game, and it continued to grow. And instead of having different teams come in, they ended up just playing Wake Forest. The two railroads brought in several thousand fans and made it that much bigger for the state.
NC State magazine intern Susannah Brinkley, a junior in the College of Design, is blogging for us from her Alternative Spring Break (ASB) trip to Hoonah, Alaska. ASB provides students a chance to take a vacation and complete service projects with other students. In Hoonah, Susannah’s team is working in local schools, with the Head Start and Boys & Girls Club programs, and with the Senior Center and the Hoonah Indian Association. They’ll also learn about the Tlingit Indians’ culture, customs and language. You can see Susannah’s photos here and read the blogs of her teammates and other NC State students on ASB here.
After a long three days of traveling, our group finally made it to Hoonah. We left in the wee hours of the morning on Friday, my 21st birthday. Elissa Trotman, one of my two team leaders, made me wear an “It’s my birthday” badge all day long. Kind of embarrassing, but it was a sweet gesture.
We flew from Raleigh to Chicago to Seattle. Once we got to Seattle, we met up with the other group, and practically the entire terminal sang me “Happy Birthday.” Embarrassing, but very sweet! Shortly after, my group’s flight was canceled, we were moved to another flight. We were settling down at our new gate when someone said “Look! It’s Apolo Ohno!” The Olympic speed skater was giving Hawaiian leis to people flying to Hawaii. The other girls in my group and I swooned over him while taking pictures. And one of them yelled out to him like she was his best friend: “HEY APOLO! It’s her birthday! Will you take a picture with her?” And he said. “Sure! Of course!” And came over to us. It was awesome — I’ll remember that forever. (more…)
The NC State women’s basketball team learned last night it will be a No. 9 seed in the Kansas City regional in the NCAA Women’s Tournament and take on No. 8 seed UCLA Sunday at about 9:30 p.m. EST in Williams Arena in Minneapolis, Minn. Check out the above photos that Peggy Boone of NC State Student Media took of last night’s event at the Backyard Bistro where the team and fans watched the Selection Show. Below is video of first-year Wolfpack coach Kellie Harper’s responses to media questions after the Selection Show. As part of our “A Coach’s First Season” series, we also caught up with Coach Harper last night for a short Q&A. Comments from senior guard Nikitta Gartrell follow, too.
Q&A with Coach Kellie Harper after NCAA Tournament Selection Show
You looked nervous when the Selection Show started. Were you?
I was nervous — maybe for the first time all season. I had some nerves, and I think probably because 100 percent of it was outside of my control. And it wasn’t about whether we were going to get in [the NCAA Tournament]. I felt pretty good that we were going to get in. But what seed and where you’re going to — there are just so many unknowns.
3/16 update: Check out Save Technician, a web site where alumni and others can share ideas about the future of the student newspaper.
If you haven’t heard, NC State’s student newspaper, Technician, is going through some very tough times. It lost its editor and managing editor earlier this semester and last week published a dire editorial asking students to step up to help fill the leadership void. “The paper needs your help, regardless of age or experience,” editors wrote. “Without student support, the paper could cease publication at the end of the semester.” A committee headed by a former Technician editor is examining the newspaper’s future and will make recommendations.
The News & Observer followed up:
Editors, former editors and the university staff adviser who oversees the paper cited a host of issues that have made it harder to fill key jobs, including the long work hours required and a general sense that, given widespread layoffs in the journalism industry, perhaps students’ time would be better spent doing something else.
Among other things, the new committee will make recommendations about retooling the editor’s job to make it more attractive. Options include reigning in the mandatory hours from 35 a week and spreading the duties around, said Bradley Wilson, coordinator for student media advising and the university’s adviser to the newspaper staff.
Tyler Dukes ’08, another former Technician editor, has written about the newspaper on his blog and is soliciting feedback from alumni on how Technician can move forward.