Two teams from the international soccer world will meet tonight at Carter-Finley Stadium when Juventus Football Club squares off against CD Guadalajara in the Herbalife World Football Challenge.
The event is part of a 14-city North American tour sponsored by CAA Sports and Major League Soccer. The tour aims to build awareness and momentum for soccer in the U.S. Originating in 2009, it features six international teams and five MLS teams.
Chris Kingston, senior associate athletics director, says Wayne Day Family Field had to be slightly modified for tonight’s game. The outer artificial surface where the football coaches stand during games had to be re-sodded, and it will return to normal. The promoters were responsible for the costs of alterations.
With minimal changes, the event is a great way to put NC State front and center, Kingston says. “I think it’s a great opportunity to feature Carter-Finley and a piece of NC State,” he says. “It’s an opportunity to showcase a growing sport and what it means to the Triangle.”
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Mike McCreery ’88 watched in amazement as thousands of people gathered at Lake Benson Park in Garner in May to see his son perform. Scotty McCreery was a finalist onAmerican Idolat the time, but his dad was still surprised by the outpouring of support during a visit to their hometown.
“To know all of that is for your son, it’s pretty overwhelming,” Mike McCreery said. McCreery said his son had to run through a gauntlet of fans to get to the stage, and that one of the fans inadvertently scratched Scotty on the face.
“Good grief, it’s just my kid,” Mike McCreery said.
Such was the whirlwind that surrounded Scotty McCreery – and his family – as the Garner high school student went on to win American Idol and the adoration of fans across the country.
Now, as Scotty gets ready to perform Wednesday night at the RBC Center in Raleigh as part of theAmerican Idol tour, his dad talked with us about the wild ride his family has been on for the past few months and what the future may hold for his son.
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Part of that hometown visit in May included a stop at NC State, where Mike McCreery studied speech communications. The plan was to throw out the first pitch at an NC State baseball game, but a rainout led to some impromptu fun. Scotty McCreery was joined by members of the Wolfpack team as they slid across the wet tarp covering the field.
“I think he had more fun because the game got rained on then he would have if the game had gone on,” Mike McCreery said. “Just seeing him let loose and be a kid again after all the pressure of the show – it was just awesome.”
McCreery used up all his vacation from his job at Schneider Electric so he could be at most of the American Idol shows with his son. McCreery recalls the odd sight of seeing Lady Gaga coaching his son on performing and then watching his son pal around with judges Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler.
“Scotty was just sort of hanging out with them like I might hang out with my old baseball buddies,” he said. “It doesn’t phase him.”
One of the highlights for Mike McCreery was when Priscilla Presley approached him after one of the shows. “She said, ‘I just want you to know that Elvis would have loved your son’s music.’ That was one of the neatest things to have her say that to me.”
But the most enjoyable part of the experience for Mike McCreery was seeing how his son handled the sudden rise to fame.
“There are a lot of people who can sing,” he said, “but to go through that pressure and handle himself with the composure he did, that to me was the most satisfying part of it by far. I’m real proud of how he conducted himself on the show and off the show.”
McCreery said the American Idol tour is getting good reviews and that his son is enjoying the ride. As for the future, McCreery said he doubts his son will follow i n his footsteps and go to college at NC State. He said the family is looking at Belmont University in Nashville, where Scotty could go to school part-time while pursuing his singing career.
“It’s all part of God’s plan for him,” Mike McCreery said. “We’re just following the plan that’s been laid out.”
But McCreery says Scotty may still make it to NC State on occasion: “It doesn’t mean he can’t go to football game with his dad.”
As a kid growing up in the 1970s, Paul Bonesteel ’87 saw many variations to the American fabric woven through his television set. Watergate hearings. News footage from Vietnam. Scooby Doo. MASH.
“There was a lot on Captain Kangaroo that was pretty challenging to the mind,” he says.
Such influences helped set Bonesteel, now a documenary filmmaker, on the path to seek out the American experience. And his new film traces the life of a man Bonesteel says was seen “as American as it gets.”
Courtesy of Paul Bonesteel. The film will premiere Tuesday in Flat Rock, N.C.
1940s and 1950s and his disappearance from it in later years when academics deemed his work as simple and of no use. The film spends time dealing with the legacy of the writer’s early works and his identification as a “radical.” It has premiered at film festivals and special events around the country this year. On Tuesday, it will premiere in Flat Rock, N.C., where Sandburg moved to in 1945.
Bonesteel, who grew up close to the Carl Sandburg National Historic Site, says he had wanted to make the film for more than 20 years. “I felt like the time had come to reintroduce Sandburg and his work to a modern audience,” he says, adding that contemporary issues like immigration, trade and war show that the writer still resonates in 2011. “The Sandburg of 1915 was faced with a lot of the same things as we are now if you tune into the world.”
While researching and making the film for the past six years, Bonesteel says he came to appreciate Sandburg on two fronts. The first is what he calls the author’s “phenomenally diverse creative powers,” which yielded work as a poet, children’s author, biographer and journalist.
The second is how dangerous it was for a journalist like the three-time Pulitzer Prize winner to write radical, anti-establishment material in pre-World War I America. Bonesteel tells of an interview late in Sandburg’s life after he’d become mainstream when he was asked if he was still anti-establishment. Sandburg pronounced he would always be “with the rebels.”
The film marks Bonesteel’s eighth full-length feature documentary, a genre in which he says he feels entirely comfortable. “I can enjoy a fictional movie,” he says, “but when it comes to how I want to engage the world, it seems to be right to grounded in realism.”
Cullen Jones ’06 got off to a slow start this weekend in the 2011 FINA World Championships in Shanghai, China, failing to advance out of the preliminaries in the 50 butterfly.
But he got some attention on Sunday in The New York Times Magazine, which had a two-page spread on Jones. The story recounts Jones’ journey from a five-year-old who nearly drowned because he couldn’t swim to an Olympic champion who works with minority children to help them get comfortable in the pool.
Jones is still scheduled to compete in the 50 free in Shanghai.
Cullen Jones ’06 will once again represent the United States in the pool, this time at the 2011 FINA World Championships starting this weekend in Shanghai, China. It is one of the last significant international swim meets before the 2012 Olympics.
Jones, a 2006 NCAA champion and 2008 Olympic gold medalist, will compete in the 50 butterfly and the 50 freestyle. Prelims in the butterfly begin Sunday.
The Future Plans Survey was given to 3,121 graduating seniors. A total of 1,895 participated in the survey, a response rate of 61 percent. Participation in the survey varied by college, with a high of 95 percent in the Poole College of Management and a low of 47 percent in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.
When asked about their plans after graduation, 24 percent said they had accepted a position that would begin after graduation. Another 8 percent said they would continue working in a job they had prior to graduation and slightly more than 1 percent said they had started their own business. Another 4 percent said they would be working as an intern.
Meanwhile, 26 percent said they were still seeking employment and about 25 percent said they were planning to attend graduate or professional school. Slightly more than 1 percent said they planned to enter military service and another 1 percent said they had started or planned to start their own business.
Half of those who have landed a job said they only had one job offer. A more detailed breakdown of occupations found that almost 12 percent of those with jobs are in architecture or engineering, about 11 percent are in business or finance and about 10 percent are in sales or related occupations. About 9 percent are in computer or mathematical jobs.
About 60 NC State alumni gathered in Asheville last night to hear from Chancellor Randy Woodson and enjoy a special presentation by Dr. Ryan Boyles, the state climatologist.
Boyles, an NC State alumnus, talked to the Wolfpack crowd about North Carolina weather during the evening event at the Inn at Biltmore on the grounds of the Biltmore Estate. Chancellor Woodson gave the crowd an update on what’s happening at NC State.
It was the latest in an ongoing series of events hosted by the Alumni Association for Chancellor Woodson to meet with alumni throughout North Carolina and across the country.