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College students can be a fickle lot, and picking out a Christmas present for them can be a complicated exercise nowadays. Parents may not necessarily know about all the latest gadgets and technology or be up to date on the latest fashions.
But in 1961, students’ wants were more black-and-white, as a simple extended holiday break was at the top of their Christmas lists.
According to an article in The Technician, a petition signed by 3,503 students was submitted to the administration asking that winter break begin on Dec. 16 instead of on Dec. 19, the original start date.
Student government supported the petition, and student body president Norris Tolson said he would present the petition to the dean of student affairs, who would then take it up with the chancellor.
But on this day 52 years ago, the administration acted as the Grinch and said no to the students’ request. The decision was based on the fact that NC State already had more holidays than UNC and that the university’s academic calendar should be more closely aligned with the other universities in the consolidated system.
Tolson vowed to appoint a committee to study the idea further and saluted student solidarity in the matter.
“I commend you for your united effort to express your opinions about the issue,” he said in The Technician. “It is commendable that you were diplomatic and discreet in your disapproval. Your voice has been heard and, though, of no value to you this Christmas, I can assure you that all possible steps will be taken to alleviate the situation next year.”
Reynolds Coliseum has seen its share of great performances, from the rock ‘n’ roll stylings of the Rolling Stones to David Thompson’s leaps over opponents.
But on this day in 1961, the arena was treated to something just as enticing as Thompson’s acrobatics when the Bayanihan Philippine National Folk Dance Company performed there.
The performance, which was a part of the Friends of the College series, was presented in five parts to illustrate the cultural heritage of the Philippines.
One of those parts included the Maginlatik (above). The Technician described the all-male dance as one “characterized by horse-play and the beating of a staccato tattoo on sets of coconut shells positioned on the thighs, hips, chests, and backs of dancers. The dance has its origins in a mock fight for latik, which is the coconut meat residue after the oil has been pressed from it.”
The Bayanihan visit would be a precursor to another dance troupe’s performance at NC State several weeks later. In another performance in the Friends of the College Series, the Polish Mazowsze (below), not to be outdone, wowed another Reynolds’ audience.
E.T. hit movie theaters in 1982, chronicling a boy’s friendship with an kind alien from outer space.
But on this day almost two decades earlier, NC State was home to its own alien invasion. According to a 1961 article in The Technician, a crowd gathered to see — and welcome – the extraterrestrial, which had landed his spacecraft on top of Harrelson Hall.
“Hundreds of students, mistaking him for the Great Pumpkin, surrounded the flying saucer where they knelt in silent reverence and presented offerings of candy, popcorn, and one unfortunate professor,” the article read.
But, according to The Technician‘s report, once students realized it was an alien, he was vaporized: “It was not until the invader said, ‘Take me to the College Union’ that the students realized he was from outer space. He was immediately disintegrated by an [electrical engineering] major with a modified slide rule.”
We weren’t there, but we’re guessing this was an ”unreal” experience for the students who saw it.
Student organizations flooded the Brickyard with hundreds of homemade cupcakes of all shapes, sizes and flavors Wednesday for the Cupcake War, a two-hour event that raised money for the Kay Yow Cancer Fund and included a competition judged by professors.
“Talk about one of the best things you could do,” says Anita Flick, a biology professor serving as one of the judges. “It’s great to see all these organizations out here. And there’s cupcakes! What’s not to like?”
With two criteria for judging — taste and incorporation of the “Red, White and Wolfpack” Homecoming theme — Sigma Alpha Omega sorority and Beta Upsilon Chi fraternity hoped their Cheerwine cupcakes would help them secure their second consecutive first-place finish.
“It’s my mom’s recipe,” says Brittany Hall, Sigma Alpha Omega president and senior in biology from Raleigh. Hall and her fellow sorority members spent more than six hours baking and decorating 300 cupcakes for the event. The group also made empty Cheerwine cans into decorative displays for the cupcakes.
A short walk from last year’s winners, Alpha Phi Omega service fraternity served up three varieties of cupcakes: Red, White and Wolftracks. The red: a red velvet cupcake topped with an almond cream cheese frosting. The white: a white chocolate latte cupcake with buttercream icing and a caramel drizzle, garnished with a small straw. The Wolftracks: a chocolate cupcake with ganache inside, peanut butter frosting on top and a chocolate drizzle.
Set up in front of DH Hill Library, the Impact Leadership Village sold chocolate and vanilla cupcakes with red and white icing decorated with footballs and wolves.
Anna Sossaman, an Alumni Association student ambassador and sophomore in accounting from Raleigh, organized the event and says she was glad to be a part of a new NC State tradition. “It’s helping the Kay Yow fund and gets students involved on campus, which is great,” she says.
Contest winners will be announced at the Homecoming Pep Rally in Reynolds Coliseum at 7:30 p.m. Friday.
After the event, Christopher Lawing, a student ambassador and junior in industrial engineering from Charlotte, presented the $3,197.26 raised to the Kay Yow Cancer Fund.
In addition to volunteering at the Cupcake War, Lawing organized another event in the Brickyard: the Homecoming Canned Food Drive. When the event ended Wednesday afternoon, the drive had gathered 1,000 cans for Feed the Pack, NC State’s food pantry, and 21,782 for the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina. Last year, the drive collected more than 14,000 cans.
“The drive is so different than the other homecoming events,” Lawing says. “It’s not just about school spirit, but the spirit of giving to someone else.”
Alumni Association staff and student ambassadors hope to feed 5,000 students in the Brickyard this week so long as they follow one simple rule: wear red.
Starting just before 11 a.m., the group served free Marco’s Pizza to 1,000 red-clad students Monday for Wear Red, Get Fed, a weeklong event intended to promote school spirit during Homecoming week.
Laura Sandtner, a student ambassador and junior in chemical engineering from Haymarket, Va., organized this year’s campaign and says some students went to great lengths to persuade checkers that they were wearing enough red, with a few even offering to show their undergarments.
“The things people do to get free pizza,” Sam Wurst, an ambassador and junior in industrial engineering from Weddington, N.C., said as a fellow student pulled down his pants to show his bright-red gym shorts. But Wurst is glad to see students showing their school spirit by wearing red this week.
“We want to see red, that’s the most important thing,” Wurst says. “If you can do something to show support for the Wolfpack and bring our campus of 33,000 students together, then that’s great.”
For those who were less prepared, the Alumni Association also gave away 700 red Homecoming T-shirts to students who downloaded the Homecoming app. After putting on their shirts, students could go through the Wear Red, Get Fed line to collect their free slice.
Rob Tapp, a freshman in computer science from Cary, N.C., didn’t wear red when he left for class Monday morning but says he saw signs for the event and decided to pick up a shirt.
“I saw ‘Wear Red, Get Fed’ and figured it out,” Tapp says. “I like free food. I mean, who doesn’t?”
Shalyn Brown, a freshman in agricultural education from Polk County, N.C., says she heard about Wear Red, Get Fed this weekend and came prepared with Harrison Jenkins, a freshman in agricultural education from Iredell County, N.C. The two say they plan to attend as many Wear Red, Get Fed events as possible this week.
“Free food is always good,” Brown says, “Especially with college students.”
“It breaks up the monotony of eating in the dining halls,” Jenkins says.
Wear Red, Get Fed continues in the Brickyard 11 a.m.–1 p.m. every day this week with free food from Zoë’s Kitchen, Wing Zone, Backyard Bistro and Amedeo’s for any students wearing a hand-sized amount of red.
A complete schedule of Homecoming events is available on the Homecoming website.
When MariaRosa Rangel was a young girl growing up in a Chicago immigrant community, she took a field trip to the house of one of her grammar school teachers. Rangel saw a beautiful home and a pool and immediately wanted to have a life that could afford her those things. And she remembers her teacher saying the most important words Rangel would ever hear.
“She told me, ‘You’re the only one holding you back,’” remembers Rangel, who received her master’s in school administration from NC State in 2001. “She used to tell me that I was the engineer of my future.”
So it makes sense that Rangel, a senior administrator for the Wake County Public School System, chose education as her career path. She works with Wake County families who speak limited English and helps them navigate the school system, coordinates the system’s parent academy, and serves as the liaison for Latino media.
And for those efforts, Rangel, who was born in Mexico before her family moved to Chicago, will receive the Latino Diamante Award in the education category at a ceremony on Saturday. The Latino Diamante is a statewide awards program created to recognize outstanding achievement and to honor those making significant contributions to the Hispanic community of North Carolina.
Rangel, who also works with the Hispanic/Latino Advisory Group at NC State’s Department of Multicultural Student Affairs, says the honor means so much to her because the nomination came from within the community she’s trying to help. “These are the people that have seen me work for many years,” she says. “They watch what I do and they see what I work with. They can see my sweat from the work I’ve done.”
In addition to the Latino Diamante honor, Rangel will also receive the “Orgullo de Nuestra Comunidad” (the Pride of Our Community) award in November, given by Univision 40 to recognize outstanding Hispanic leaders in the community.
Rangel, 47, says her true reward is working directly with the Hispanic community. “I get to empower new immigrant families. I get to show them what they can have with education. I talk about my mother coming here as a single mom with five kids. And just to see a smile on their face when they get it.”
NC State’s homecoming event won national awards last year after a historic celebration of the university’s 125th anniversary. And we hope Homecoming 2013, whose theme is “Red, White & Wolfpack,” will once again give students, staff and alumni alike an enjoyable experience that makes them feel at home.
The weeklong event, which is led by students in the Alumni Association Student Ambassador Program, kicks off at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 27, with a festival of music, food and giveaways at Miller Field. The celebration is the first of many events, including the Hillsborough Street Music Festival, parade and football game.
On campus, students have the opportunity to get involved and show off their Pack pride with a spirit competition lasting all week. It consists of multiple events, including the annual “Paint the Town Red” competition and the new Instagram video challenge, where students can submit videos showing off their school spirit. There’s also the “Wear Red, Get Fed” events, where students can receive lunch for wearing a red garment, held Monday through Friday in the Brickyard. They’ll also be a special screening of ESPN 30 for 30′s Survive and Advance at the Hunt Library.
Be sure to download the Homecoming “Red and White” mobile app for the schedule of all events or check the website for more details. You can also check out the event’s Twitter page for more information.
And this year marks the first time that Homecoming has earned the highest level of Wolfpack Certified Green recognition, offered by the University Sustainability Office. The certification is awarded for events that incorporate sustainable choices involving food, waste reduction, purchasing, education, marketing, transportation, energy, water and service.
“This year the Champion Level …quickly became a top priority in our planning process,” says Emily Collier, a junior parks, recreation and tourism management major from New Jersey who is co-director of this year’s homecoming. “We were able to adjust previous practices to implement and encourage sustainable actions from ourselves and participants. Through these efforts and modifications, we hope to sustain NC State for 126 more years.”
At the time of his appearance at NC State in 1957, Franz Polgar claimed to have put more than one million people to sleep. No, he wasn’t a boring lecturer. He simply used the power of psychology and suggestion to get people to do what he wanted under the power of hypnosis.
And on this day in 1957, he came to campus to demonstrate his mystical powers.
Born in Hungary, Polgar first came to the U.S. in 1933 and started to tour the states showing what people could be willed to do under hypnosis. Such performers would become a staple on the college circuit and still continue to this day.
The Technician was quick to point out that students could take Polgar’s “medical” opinion with a grain of salt: “No medical man, the ‘Dr.’ representing doctors of psychology and doctor of economics acquired in his native Hungary, Polgar nevertheless is convinced hypnosis has many beneficial uses in medical science and is campaigning for its wider application in psychiatry and surgery.”
“Obamacare” has become a word in the popular vernacular in 2013, but the debate over a nationalized health care system has long been at the forefront of U.S. politics.
The issue, in fact, was front and center on this day in 1977 when actress and activist Jane Fonda lectured an audience of about 700 people in Stewart Theatre.
Fonda said during her lecture that she hoped a national health care bill would be passed in what she called “the near future.” According to an issue of the Technician, The issue came up in her thoughts on President Jimmy Carter, who had been in office for almost 10 months. She said Carter was off to a good start but that he underestimated the baseness of Washington, D.C., politics, adding Carter could no longer just be “a good guy.”
But the biggest target of Fonda’s criticism that night was U.S. corporations. She called for more citizen control of them and said more local citizens needed to be on boards of large corporations.
“We have a vision of the future that is very different from the vision of the corporations,” she says. “We want jobs for everyone and decent housing for all.”
Last week, campus organizations built and manned wooden shacks in the Brickyard for Shack-a-Thon, a fundraiser for Habitat for Humanity of Wake County. By Sunday, the event had already broken its fundraising record, collecting more than $28,500 in donations.
Though the shacks came down Saturday afternoon, the fundraising effort continues through Oct. 5 with online and mail-in donations.
The Caldwell Fellows, a leadership-development scholarship program, have already met their goal of $4,000, raising more than $4,300 by Saturday afternoon.
“I feel great about this past week,” says Summer Higdon, a senior in wildlife biology and leader of the Fellows’ Shack-a-Thon effort. “Once the shack went up, everyone got 10 times more excited about it.”
Higdon says she expects to receive a few more donations from alumni during the week and feels confident that the Caldwell Fellows will continue their streak of top-three Shack-a-Thon finishes this year.
To contribute to Habitat for Humanity through the Caldwell Fellows, visit 2013ncsushack.kintera.org.
– Alex Sanchez
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.