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When you think of NC State’s greatest victories, the image of of Jim Valvano running around for someone to hug after the 1983 NCAA basketball championship is an easy go-to. Or the 1974 upset of UCLA in the national semifinals.
There’s more, sure. The march to the 1968 College World Series. The Wolfpack’s win over Houston on the gridiron in 1967.
But NC State was home to a different kind of triumph in the early 1940s, and it’s one that stacks up to the others nonetheless.
With America approaching its first full year of involvement in World War II, there was a national movement afoot in 1942 to help in any way possible on the home front. And one of the ways U.S. citizens tried to help was by salvaging their metal, rubber and other waste that could be used to make weapons and machinery.
So it was on this day 72 years ago that NC State students collected a scrap metal pile that totaled more than 150,000 pounds in less than three hours during what they called the “Battle of Scrap.”
“One purpose of their round-up was to demonstrate the tremendous possibilities for salvage on the average campus and to prove that hard work will pay big dividends in boosting the war effort by scrap metal thus collected,” The Technician reported.
The effort was so impressive that it started to attract national headlines, according to The Technician. “The story of [the students'] stupendous effort was sent throughout the nation on press association wires, with attention called to the students’ challenge to other schools to surpass the State College collection.”
The NC State student body tailored a message for the Axis powers to accompany their collected scrap metal. Photo courtesy of NCSU Libraries.
The students were so swept up in the scrap frenzy that they saw it important to place what The Technician termed “a personal message to the Axis” on top of the pile with a banner reading, “To HITLER & CO. FROM N.C. STATE COLLEGE.”
The Department of English at NC State is looking for stories. Do you have one you would like to share?
The department is sponsoring the 2014 NC State Short Story Contest, and they have put out a call for entries. They are looking for unpublished short stories by writers or would-be writers who live in North Carolina. There are two categories, one for short fiction (5,000 words or less) and one for what they call “short-short fiction (1,200 words).
There are a few rules to the contest, but essentially you are free to enter unless you are a tenure-track professor in the university system or a writer with a published book. The contest will be judged by best-selling author Wiley Cash.
But you don’t have much time – the deadline for entries is Oct. 13.
Rajendra K. Pachauri, an NC State alumnus who is chairman of the 2007 Nobel Prize-winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and CEO of The Energy and Resources Institute, delivered a lecture on campus Monday about the panel’s latest findings on climate change research.
“We know now with a substantial amount of precision how much the earth has warmed, and how much of that is from human activity,” Pachauri said in his talk to students, faculty and alumni at the Talley Student Union.
Pachauri stressed the need for action at local and institutional levels. “Whatever we do, we need to be sure we’re not leaving future generations at a disadvantage,” he said. Pachauri cited rising sea levels and the increasing number of extreme weather events across the globe as evidence of the impact of global climate change.
“The good news is that we now have knowledge of the future risks,” he said, “and we can embark on a path to avoid those risks.”
Before the lecture, RedandWhiteForLife.com had a chance to ask Pachauri about his ties to NC State. He earned a master’s in industrial engineering at NC State in 1972 and a doctorate in industrial engineering and economics in 1974. Here’s a portion of the interview:
How often do you get to come back to NC State, and is there a favorite spot of yours? Well, actually, I came back in 2009 after a long break. I didn’t have a chance to come back for a long time before that. Frankly, there’s never enough time for me to go to a favorite spot on campus. I get tied up with several activities and events on campus, and all of my trips have been barely a day long. I’d much rather reach out and address groups of faculty, which is what I’ve been doing. I haven’t had the ability to go sit somewhere under the shade of a tree like I’d like to. But the campus is looking better and better, and there are so many places I’d like to go visit. I recently went to the new [Hunt] library, and that was a wonderful experience.
You co-majored in industrial engineering and economics. How did the different aspects of your education at NC State influence your career? I’ve found it of great value to have a background in both fields, and I’m really grateful to NC State for opening my eyes and allowing me to move into a field that I was not really familiar with in economics. When I started working on issues of energy policy, to have a background with clear familiarity of technology in engineering, as well as economics, has been a big help for me. You need to understand both, really, when you’re dealing with climate change, and when you’re thinking about technological solutions. It’s not merely the technology part, nor is it just the economics of the whole system. You need to look at both to be able to assess the merits of the options you’re evaluating.
When did you realize you were interested in climate change? And did that motivation come at NC State? I think my interest in climate change and my eagerness to get involved in it came a few years after I graduated from NC State. When I was working on energy policy, I realized the environmental implications of energy decisions and the energy cycle were very serious. So, while I was studying that, I came across the whole science of climate change. I studied that in considerable depth, and NC State gave me the means by which I could analyze this very complex issue.
What are some things that you do, and that you recommend other people should do, to reduce energy consumption? A lot of my efforts are more organizational, with the IPCC and my institution in India, so I rarely have opportunities to preach to people, so to speak. But if people ask me specifically how they can reduce greenhouse gases, then of course I’ll give them advice on how to save electricity by turning their lights off, or how to set their thermostats correctly. Using public transportation and walking where it’s feasible are two things we don’t do enough of. Basically, one has to be conscious in one’s life about the impacts actions have on the ecosystems on this planet. It’s a personal choice, really. If you believe in the mission and want to reduce your footprint, I think you’ll find a way to do so.
– Will Watkins
Pachauri was featured in the Winter 2007 issue of NC State alumni magazine. Click here to read our previous interview with Pachauri.
It may be surprising to some current students, but there was a time in the not-so-distant past that beer was served on campus at NC State.
In fact, it was in early September 1971 when beer was first served in the Erdahl-Cloyd Student Union at an acoustic concert where the alcohol was “all-you-can-drink.” And it was free.
But a Technician account from that performance reveals that the free beer was problematic:
“The Coffee House crowd sat near the front, interested in the music, while the beer drinkers circled the beer tap. Noise from the back was so loud at one time that [the performer] had to ask for quiet so he could continue his performance. … His fine guitar work and excellent voice lost their impact in the competition with the sudsippers to the rear.”
There was one subsequent attempt to marry free beer and folk music before the debauchery drowned out the ditties. At the second coffee house, the Technician reported that less than 300 people drained 10 kegs of beer. “That’s about a gallon apiece,” said the president of the student union.
So it was on this day 43 years ago that NC State ended the practice of bottomless brew cups.
“From now on,” a representative from the entertainment board said, “the beer idea will be more of a happy hour. Free beer will be supplied for about an hour before the entertainment begins, then the service will be closed and the music can start.”
Shack-A-Thon is in its 23rd year at NC State, and the Caldwell Fellows are as eager as ever to continue their efforts to raise money and awareness for Habitat for Humanity’s week-long event.
Starting today, the shacks in the Brickyard will temporarily house participating Caldwell Fellows and members of other organizations. The Caldwell Fellows, an intensive leadership-development program, surpassed their goal of $4,000 in donations last year, raising more than $5,500 by the week’s end.
Rajan Singh, a sophomore in biomedical engineering, says the group hopes to raise at least $5,000 again this year. “Last year’s goal was pretty conservative, and we crushed it,” he says. “We want to do the same thing this year.”
The Caldwell Fellows are one of the smaller organizations participating in Shack-A-Thon, but they still managed a second-place finish last year behind the Poole College of Management, which raised more than $6,600 in donations.
Singh credits alumni support for the group’s success in the event, and he expects alumni donations to increase this year.
“I think it’s a real testament to our alumni network for a 75-person organization to do so well,” he says. “I was in the shack last year and a couple graduates stopped by because they knew we would be out there. That was cool to see.”
In addition to raising money through in-person and online donations, the group has raffled off donated gift cards and coupons from local restaurants and bars. In recent years, the group has done one complete raffle that encompasses both students and alumni.
But this year, Singh says they’ll have several different raffles. “This year we wanted to separate the raffles and prizes between students and alumni. I think that will increase involvement with both groups,” he says.
Shack-A-Thon rules dictate that each organization’s shack must be manned by at least one person at all times, and the shack cannot exceed 12-by-12 feet.
Singh, who is heading the raffle, says he’s looking forward to spending as much time as he can in the shack. “It’s just a great way to hang out and catch up with friends,” he says. “In the end, it’s a good cause supported by a bunch of like-minded organizations.”
Click here to contribute to Habitat for Humanity through the Caldwell Fellows.
The Caldwell Fellows program is an intensive leadership-development scholarship program that was created by the Alumni Association to honor the legacy of Chancellor John T. Caldwell.
There’s an endless list of rock ‘n’ roll and country music legends who roared through Reynolds Coliseum over the years and left the crowds wowed by their performances.
The Rolling Stones in ’65. Elton John in ’80. Van Halen in ’82. And who can forget Conway Twitty closing his show with “Three Times a Lady” and “It’s Only Make Believe” in 1984?
That succession of music memories ended temporarily on this day in 1984, however, when university officials announced Reynolds Coliseum would no longer host rock concerts.
“Reynolds Coliseum will not be booking any future rock concerts,” read the first line in the Technician‘s lead story that day.
That statement, as reported in the same article, was the only statement released by Richard Farrell, business manager of Reynolds Coliseum at the time. It seemed to be a response to a request from Jim Edwards, chairman of the Union Activities Board‘s entertainment committee. He had written a letter to Athletics Director Willis Casey earlier that August asking for approval to invite such acts as ZZ Top, Bruce Springsteen and Prince to play inside Reynolds.
Instead of receiving a response from Casey, Edwards got the one-sentence statement from Farrell, according to the Technician.
“I personally feel the administration has made this decision because most of the crowd (at rock concerts) are non students, and because they don’t like the type of crowd that rock ‘n’ roll concerts draw,” Edwards told the paper. “For Friends of the College events, I feel that student attendance is lower than at rock ‘n’ roll concerts such as Van Halen. …To me they’re segregating the types of music.”
The policy by NC State administrators turned out to be only a temporary injunction on fun at the coliseum, as acts like the Charlie Daniels Band, Alabama and Aerosmith went on to rock out Reynolds in the late 1980s.
For years it had become an annual August custom for students to stand in the lines on Reynolds Coliseum’s floor and sweat it out — literally and figuratively.
They waited for hours to see if they could drop the course with the professor who was a harsh grader and get into a class that might offer them a more comfortable academic setting or might allow them to sleep in on weekdays.
But all of that ended on this day in 1988 as NC State held the last-ever registration/change day in Reynolds.
“The day is a finale for a university-old tradition,” the Technician reported, “and the signs and posters mean a new easier process of registration is on the way.”
This scene in Reynolds Coliseum became a thing of the past in 1988, when NC State held its last-ever change day.
The signs and posters were advertising TRACS, or Telephonic Registration Access in Computerized Scheduling. It was described as a “high tech” and efficient system that enabled students to get into that one business class they needed before graduation by simply picking up the phone and dialing a number.
NC State was the first university in the state to go telephonic, according to the Technician. “We’re on the cutting edge in technology,” an NC State official told the paper. “Only 30 to 35 schools in the nation have this system.”
The system allowed for the use of 12 telephone lines for a 22 day period that started Oct. 30, 1988. Each student was assigned a certain window in which he or she could call.
Jason Jefferies grew up finding a story anywhere he could. He consumed comic books daily and saw video games as storytelling devices. That led him to study English and literature. He fell in love with the works of authors such as James Joyce and T.S. Eliot, appreciating the authors as people and reading about their lives.
Jason Jefferies promotes the 2014 N.C. Literary Festival at a radio station.
So it makes complete sense that Jefferies, a former library supervisor at NC State who earned a master’s degree in English in 2008, has a job that’s all about his love of authors.
He’s the programming coordinator for the 2014 N.C. Literary Festival, which kicks off today and runs until Sunday at the James B. Hunt Jr. Library on Centennial Campus.
Jefferies, 33, says that his job consists of securing authors, developing the programs, raising money, handling the press and managing volunteers.
And he is most proud of this year’s festival location: the Hunt Library. In fact, when the festival, which rotates between Duke, UNC-Chapel Hill, North Carolina Central and NC State, was set to come to Raleigh after the 2009 event, organizers postponed it until this year when they knew that the Hunt Library would be open and ready to take center stage.
“The best part of the job is really just coming back to the campus where I received my master’s degree,” says Jefferies. “I’ve been able to work very closely with the creative writing program.”
So how did he decide to bring in literary heavyweights such as Richard Ford and Junot Diaz? You might say Jefferies figured out what was “socially” acceptable. He conducted social media polls and talked to local booksellers.
The choices he made were good ones. The response to the festival has been outstanding and underscores that there are more readers than ever out there.
“Society is more literate,” Jefferies says. “People are reading blogs. And they’re reading and writing more than they were 20 years ago. With the Kindle and other devices, folks are buying books that they normally wouldn’t have.”
One of the more scandalous would-be visitors in NC State’s history was Playboy model June Wilkinson. The pin-up girl was set to appear on campus in 1962, but the appearance was axed on this day 52 years ago.
The reason why was never totally revealed. According to The Technician, Wilkinson’s appearance was canceled due to one of two reasons. Either school administrators feared she would create too much “havoc” with the anticipated number of young men that would come to see her, or there simply was not room given that Gov. Terry Sanford was scheduled to appear on the same day.
Some even implied it might have been a matter of one not measuring up to the other. “June Wilkinson, allegedly 42-21-39 (?), lost the chance to appear on the State College campus Saturday to Governor Sanford (measurements unknown),” read the lead in The Technician‘s article about Wilkinson’s failed appearance.
However, Wilkinson kept her promise to appear and showed up at the Western Lanes bowling alley for autographs the following Saturday.
Adlai Stevenson was born with aspirations in his blood to one day live in the White House. His father, also named Adlai Stevenson, was Grover Cleveland’s vice president from 1893 to 1897.
So Stevenson the second spent much of his adult life trying to reach the highest levels of U.S. politics. He built on a successful career as a lawyer and served as assistants to the secretary of the Navy and to the secretary of state. He was elected governor in Illinois, serving a four-year term beginning in 1949.
And he ran for president as the Democratic candidate in 1952 and 1956, losing to Republican Dwight D. Eisenhower both times.
After those losses, President John F. Kennedy appointed Stevenson to be ambassador and chief of the U.S. delegation to the United Nations in 1961.
Stevenson was serving in that capacity on this day in 1962 when he kicked off a new series of speakers, known as the Harrelson Lectures, at NC State.
For much of his talk, Stevenson found himself having to defend the role the United Nations played in the world. He conceded that the United Nations lacked some power but that it was not a weak body. He also said the U.N. was “full of conflicts and contradictions,” according to The Technician, but that is “what the U.N. was built for — to overcome conflict, to keep from exploding into war, and ultimately to tame it into something like a true community.”