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What does the NC State Belltower have to do with Memorial Day?

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The Belltower on Hillsborough Street is an iconic landmark on NC State’s campus.

When the Wolfpack win a major game, students and fans go and rally around the Belltower, that is lit up RED in celebration.

People go and look at it when they take a tour of the school.

When someone thinks of images that define NC State, the Belltower is near the top of the list.

We all know it’s nostalgic, but what the heck is the Belltower? Why is it significant? What is it’s origin? Why was it built in the first place?

With yesterday being Memorial Day, it’s fitting to give a cliff notes education on NC State’s legendary Belltower.

The Belltower is in fact the “Memorial Belltower.”

The Belltower was originally constructed to honor NC State alumni who died in action during World War I.

  • In 1920, a planning committee was formed, and an architect was hired.
  • Construction began in 1921, with the cornerstone being laid, and 10 feet was added in height in 1924, 1925, and 1926.
  • Construction stalled during the Great Depression and World War II.
  • Stonework was finished in 1937.
  • Clock donated in 1938.
  • Floodlights donated in 1939.
  • Chimes, Shrine Room and Memorial Plaque were completed in late 1940’s
  • Officially dedicated on November 11, 1949.

Random Facts

  • 35 names are on the Memorial Plaque, but only 34 alumni died in World War I. One former student was wrongly reported killed in action. That 35th name was changed to honor all unknown fallen soldiers.
  • 115-feet tall.
  • Cost $150,000.
  • 1,400 tons of granite.
  • 700 ton concrete base.

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Elly Henes Becomes 1st ACC XC Performer of the Year in School History, Mom Laurie Wins ACC Coach of the Year 5th Time

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Senior Elly Henes was named the ACC Women’s Cross Country Performer of the Year yesterday, becoming the first person in NC State history to do so. Her mother, Laurie Henes, who happens to be the Wolfpack Women’s Cross Country head coach, was named the ACC Coach of the Year for the 5th time.

Elly Henes, of Cary, North Carolina, entered the 2019 NCAA Cross Country Championships as the 13th multi-year cross country All-American in NC State program history and delivered a career-best 10th-place finish of 20:20.7 on the 6K course.

Earlier, Henes had claimed 2019 ACC and Southeast Regional gold medals with respective winning times of 20:37.4 and 19:48.9. Henes is just the fifth runner in NC State women’s cross country history to earn All-America honors three or more times.

Laurie Henes, in her 14th year as the Wolfpack women’s cross country head coach, led NC State to its fourth consecutive ACC championship and 25th overall. Henes’ Wolfpack placed fifth at this year’s NCAA Championships, marking the program’s fifth consecutive top-15 finish and the highest since 2016. In addition to her daughter Elly, Henes coached freshman Kelsey Chmiel to an All-America finish at the NCAA finals (22nd place).

Henes, a former NC State All-American who ran on four ACC championship teams and was the conference’s gold medalist in 1991, was also recognized as the USTFCCCA Southeast Region Coach of the Year for the fourth consecutive season and the fifth time overall. (ACC)

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NC State Women’s Cross-Country Finish 5th at NCAA’s, Men Finish 26th

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Yesterday, NC State’s Women’s Cross-Country team finished 5th in the NCAA Championships, and the Men’s team finished 26th.

Last year, the Women’s team finished 13th, but the Top-5 isn’t abnormal for the Pack, finishing there 3 out of the last 5 years.

This was a step back for the Men’s team, finishing 11th in 2018.

Senior Elly Henes finished 10th in the nation, and earned All-American honors for the third time in her career, making her only 1 of 5 women in school history to do so. The last time a member of NC State’s Women’s team earned 3 consecutive All-American honors was in 1982-84 (Connie Jo Robinson).

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Freshman Kelsey Chmiel earned All-American honors, finishing 21st, which is the highest finish by a Wolfpack rookie since 2010.

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Junior Ian Shanklin finished 39th, earning the first All-American honors for the Men’s team since 2013.

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NC State Women’s Basketball Defensively Smothers Maine 62-34

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#14 NC State’s Women’s Basketball team improved to 4-0 yesterday, defeating Maine (1-3) 62-34.

It wasn’t the Wolfpack’s best shooting day, but fortunately, their defense was stifling, holding Maine to 24.6% shooting from the field and 34 points on the day.

Sophomore Elissa Cunane had a double-double for the 2nd consecutive game, with 12 points (4-8) and 10 rebounds. The double-double was the 6th of her career.

Freshman Forward Jada Boyd had a career-high 16 rebounds (team high), as well as 3 assists (team high), 3 blocks (team high) and 8 points (4-8).

Senior Guard Aislinn Konig shot 50% from three (3-6), which marks her best performance on the year. Considering the fact that “Ace” started the year in a shooting slump, this was extremely encouraging to see.

 

Redshirt Senior Grace Hunter was held out of this game after tweaking her knee a couple of days ago. They are hopeful she will be able to play against St. Mary’s on Sunday. Hunter is coming off of an ACL surgery, and had 15 points last game.

The Wolfpack will play their first road game of the season on Sunday at St. Mary’s at 5pm.

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NC State’s Men’s & Women’s Cross Country Teams Both Advance to NCAA’s

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This past weekend, NC State’s Men’s and Women’s Cross Country teams both advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the 5th consecutive year.

The Women’s team won the Southeast Regional Championships, earning an automatic bid.

The Men’s team finished 3rd in the Southeast Regional Championship, and they locked up one of the 13 at-large bids.

After winning the ACC Championship, Senior Elly Henes won the Regional Championship.

8 runners earned All-Region honors.

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