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Bless Thy Belltower and Marye Anne Fox

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Unfortunately on Memorial Day, more often than not, its focus is on an extended weekend, BBQ’s and drinks. We at PI, just wanted to say thank you to those that served, with emphasis on those that never made it home and the families that had to endure. With that, we wanted to focus our attention to the glorious Memorial Belltower, its history and the connection to NC State Athletics.

The Landmark of NC State

The idea of a memorial monument dates back to 1907, when student Vance Sykes wanted to commemorate those that had fallen in World War I. As with most large scale projects, it took time to develop. Committees were formed, financial raise needed to be met and final design approved. In 1919, the following proposal was secured;

“N.C. State College Alumni Association of New York suggested as a suitable memorial a clock tower permanently placed, thus obviating the blowing of the ‘whistle’ on the campus, [with] the clock to have a good loud striking bell and chimes…”

When all was said and done, the Belltower stands 115-feet tall, 18-feet wide at base tampering to 14-feet at top. The 1,400 tons of granite all comes from Mount Airy, in northwest North Carolina. The Belltower was completed in 1937, with it formal dedication in 1949.

Light it Red, Mrs. Fox

Here’s where we wanted to spend just a little more time discussing. Two weeks ago, Marye Anne Fox passed away at her home in Texas. Fox was State’s first and only female Chancellor, serving from 1998 to 2004. During her time she put immense amount of effort into the expansion of State, with one her biggest contributions being the Centennial Campus.

But Fox started another tradition that many State fans and students take as “normal” nowadays. She lit the Belltower red. The rest, as told by NC State:

Shortly after the widely respected plant biologist arrived from Texas on Aug. 1, 1998, Fox looked out her Holladay Hall office window to see NC State’s iconic Memorial Tower and wondered why it wasn’t used as the focal point of university celebrations, as the tower on Texas’s campus has long been used. She asked then-Vice Chancellor for Finance Charlie Leffler to find out what it would cost to light the Belltower red to celebrate specific accomplishments. It first started with home football and men’s basketball games, but the criteria has expanded significantly through the years.

Perhaps it’s small in the grand scheme of things, but turning the Belltower red was symbolic of Fox’s laser-like focus on advancing the university and its accomplishments.

Today and everyday we thank those for their sacrifice and continually smile when that beautiful Belltower is red.

 

 

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NC State Ranks 22nd in Final Fall Standings for Directors’ Cup

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The Fall Standings for the the Directors’ Cup have been released, and NC State is ranked 22nd nationally, and 9th in the ACC. Last year, NC State was ranked 16th in the Final Fall Standings.

(Directors’ Cup)

The Women’s Cross Country team won the national championship for the 2nd straight year, giving NC State 100 points, and the Men’s Cross Country team finished 11th, adding another 66 points. The Men’s team made a jump this year, improving their ranking by 21 spots, and contributed 37 more points.

The Football team and Women’s Soccer team each chipped in 25 points, while Men’s Soccer and Women’s Volleyball failed to contribute any. The Football team and the Women’s Soccer team took a dip this year. The Football team finished 32 spots back from last year (I’m not sure what rankings they look at. NC State finished 33rd in the AP Poll), contributing 30 less points. The Women’s Soccer team fell 16 spots in the rankings, and contributed 25 less points.

The Directors’ Cup was started in 1993 for the purpose of ranking Collegiate Athletic Programs as a whole.

Last season, NC State finished the year ranked 17th in the Final Directors’ Cup standings, which was the 2nd highest finish in school history (15th is the highest ranking – 2017-18). It also gave the Wolfpack 2 consecutive years ranked in the Top-25.

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ACC spurns Raleigh, moves headquarters from Greensboro to Charlotte

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Today, the ACC announced that it will be moving its headquarters from Greensboro to Charlotte, NC.

The ACC has been headquartered in Greensboro, NC since it was formed in 1953, however that will no longer be the case in 2023.

The move was not without some controversy. In November we posted about Raleigh’s mayor lobbying for the headquarters in the state’s capital city.

Obviously, we’re biased on this one, but to be fair, the ACC is built around the Tobacco Road rivalries. Raleigh, the home of NC State, is just 30 minutes from both Durham (Duke) and Chapel Hill (UNC). It also is the capital of North Carolina. So to us, it makes the most sense. However, we don’t get a vote, and like usual, Charlotte gets the nod (The ACC’s new headquarters will be located in Uptown Charlotte in the Bank of America Tower.)

Sadly, Raleigh appears to not have even been in the final 3.

Greensboro, Charlotte and Orlando (?) were the finalists.

Maybe they didn’t want to seem partial to their cash cows, but when has that stopped them before? Maybe this was about incentives (most likely). The state offered $15 million to stay in state and commit to 15 years but it’s not disclosed if Charlotte also ponied up some extra cash to get it in their city.

The ACC noted Charlotte’s eastern time zone (which Raleigh has), it’s population growth (which ranks behind the Triangle’s), its population diversity (which is on par with the Triangle’s) and its large airport (which is bigger than Raleigh’s, but both are international).

So whatever the REAL reason is for not even including Raleigh in the final 3, it’s no surprise to anyone. Charlotte has continued to win the battle for sports in the state of NC, and it doesn’t seem to be stopping anytime soon.

By choosing a city in NC, the ACC has agreed to hold an additional four men’s basketball tournaments in the state (including two in Greensboro), an additional four women’s basketball tournaments in the state, an additional four baseball postseason tournaments and 20 other postseason tournaments by 2034. Those events are in addition to those already scheduled for North Carolina (WRAL).

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NC State is offering an education in Beer Brewing and even has its own ‘Beer Lab’!

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Yeah, this is a sports site, but it’s also an NC State site. Sports and beer have always gone together hand in hand, so hey, we think you’ll find this interesting.

NC State currently has their own beer, in partnership with New Belgium, called ‘Ole Tuffy’ which we’re sure you’ve seen at your local grocery store (if you live in North Carolina). However, they’re not stopping there.

This year, they’ve announced that they will start offering a minor in Beer Brewing.

They even have their own beer lab where students will get to work hands-on in learning the ins and outs of the craft.

Interested? Here’s the deal…

Admission
Students may declare their desire to complete the Brewing Science and Technology minor by applying through CODA. Students will be assigned an advisor to help them in selecting coursework for the minor.

Certification
Dr. Sheppard will certify the minor prior to graduation. The minor must be completed no later than the semester in which the student expects to graduate from his or her degree program. Paperwork for certification should be completed no later than during the registration period for the student’s final semester at NC State.

Contact
Dr. John Sheppard
Professor and Director of Undergraduate Programs for Bioprocessing Science
129F Schaub Food Science Building
919.513.0802 | [email protected]

And here are the course requirements…

Here’s to hoping the next wave of innovative breweries in North Carolina is run by Wolfpack grads!

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Did you Miss the PackaPalooza? Check Out What You Missed!

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Yesterday was the 10th annual PackaPalooza, which is a campus-community street fair up and down Hillsborough Street. If you weren’t able to attend yesterday, check out what you missed.

Wolfgang A Cappella doing this…

Y’all…NC State’s own World Champion Cheese Roller was at that Packapalooza!

The Men’s Basketball Team was on the scene…

The Gymnastics team…

I mean why not…

Katelyn Tuohy walked around with her Track National Champion hardware…

The Wolfpack Football team took the stage…

The Captains also hung out with the WORLD CHAMPION CHEESE ROLLER…

Chancellor Woodson shredded a guitar…

 

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