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Eden Creamer was the Editor-in-Chief for the Niner Times from May 2013 through April 2015. She graduated from UNC Charlotte in May 2015, receiving her degree in Communication Studies with minors in English, Journalism and Women's Studies. She now does freelance proofing, copywriting and design in the Charlotte area, and can be reached at edencreamer@gmail.com

Hillel and Multicultural Resource Center come together for the Love Song Shabbat

The Multicultural Resource Center and UNC Charlotte’s Hillel (Jewish Student Association) have teamed up over the summer to plan, organize and launch the Love Song Shabbat, a nontraditional Jewish service that aims to make the traditional Jewish Shabbat service more inclusive.

On Friday, Sept. 5, at 7 p.m. in the Student Union, Room 340 C-F, UNC Charlotte students regardless of religion, denomination or belief system are invited to learn more about their fellow Niners at this free event.

Rabbi Dr. Barbara Thiede, professor of Jewish Studies for the Department of Religious Studies, has been behind this event from the start, even modeling it after an event she led on campus years ago.

“Together with the Multicultural Resource Center, the idea has been to make certain that we are speaking to the larger group. We’re hoping to have a little dance group in the back that will be fun, and there is a student here who will be doing some of the singing,” said Thiede. “But we really hope people will have a good time. And afterward, you know, we’ll schmooze, we’ll eat, we’ll talk.”

Throughout the service, popular songs will connect with each of the traditional Shabbat prayers, ideally to help attendees understand the meaning behind the prayer. Thiede expects to project the words of the songs onto a screen during the event, and hopes to engage those who come out to participate.

“We’ll ask people to sing along, I don’t know if we’re going to have any kind of bema [raised area or stage], but I will encourage people to dance. Getting your body moving is also part of prayer. I also don’t have any problems with people asking me questions during the service, so that we can feel that we are in prayerful exploration,” said Thiede. “And I also want to make sure that this feels comfortable to people who are Atheist, or Agnostic, and they could still have a good time, and not feel in any way that they are separated because of the literature that might otherwise feel intimidating.”

The Beatles Service, as it was called when Thiede first led the service on campus years ago, used a mix of Beatles songs to help attendees connect to the traditional Shabbat prayers and understand why the prayer was important in ways they may not have previously understood. This year’s Love Song Service will be similar in conception, though it will use a wider selection of songs.

“People frequently will use melodies from popular culture, and then they’ll put Hebrew language prayers into those melodies. You will find that happening with Adon Olam [the final prayer of the service] all the time … that’s just a way to make it flirty and fun and all the rest,” said Thiede. “The kavannah [intention] behind this service was based on my awareness that the vast majority of people who are Jewish and walk into a synagogue have really no idea why the Shema precedes the Amidah … why we stand for the Amidah, but they don’t mostly stand for the Shema. The why of the prayer, the why of the service, has been, as it is in a lot of religious contexts, supplemented with the how.”

Thiede explains that the why behind a service may be the most important part because it is the part that gives the service meaning to the individual.

“So much of my work has been about unpacking what is the service about. What is the transcendent journey that you are supposed to take from the beginning to the end,” she said.

When Hillel first did the Beatles Service, there were two members of the association. At the time, 70 people came to attend the Beatles Service, which leaves Thiede hopeful that the turnout this year will be even greater now that Hillel has had time to grow at the university. Of those who attended, she says, some were Jewish, but many were not. This, she says, marked the event as a successful outreach attempt.

This year, while the songs are no longer all by The Beatles, the message remains the same. While on the service the songs are meant to help attendees connect with what happens at a Shabbat service, Thiede says she hopes to also address what happens at most religious services.

“What are the various ways in which people connect with the spiritual or the divine, and how do you open that door and make that easier for people to do? What is the importance of praying with a group, or even just being with a group, in a kind of soulful space?” Thiede says.

By using love songs with the traditional Shabbat prayers, Thiede hopes to connect with students on micro and macro levels; teaching them about Judaism, but also about love and unity.

“Given that all of these students have just been through a summer in which the terrible inability of human beings to inhabit the same places and the same spaces, I think in a way I’m wondering if there are certain people who really need a kind of healing from a summer of such devastation,” said Thiede. “One of the things about this service is that is consistently emphasizes the experience and the expression of love … Yes, we need a service around unity and love.”

West Deck staircase closed through next two weeks

Students, faculty and campus visitors parking in West Deck from July 28 through Aug. 11 will be unable to use the North-facing staircase.

A crack in the staircase that is weakening the stability of the steps needs to be repaired.

These stairs affect West Deck users, who are already impacted by the Belk Gym renovations. Contractors have agreed to leave open the access bridge available on Level 3 of the deck that connects to the Student Activity Center. A detour around Belk Gym will also be accessible from the open South-facing staircase on Level 4 as well.

The parking deck will otherwise remain open.

2014 Vans Warped Tour Ticket Giveaway

The 2014 Vans Warped Tour will visit Charlotte’s PNC Pavilion on Monday, July 28.  The annual music festival features dozens of artists and bands representing a variety of musical genres.

This year’s lineup includes bands and artists such as Crizzly, All Time Low, Less Than Jake, Mayday Parade, We The Kings, 3OH!3, Tess Dunn and Yellowcard. For a full lineup, see here.

Artwork courtesy of Live Nation Carolinas.
Artwork courtesy of Live Nation Carolinas.

To win two free tickets to the 2014 Vans Warped Tour at the PNC Pavilion on Monday, July 28, answer the following question. The first person to comment on this post with the correct answer will win two free tickets!

“How many artists and groups make up the 2014 lineup?”

 

For ticketing information to purchase tickets to the Charlotte show, see here.

Vegetarian Fourth of July options

The Fourth of July is a great day for family, friends and fun. Fireworks, cookouts and just good old American celebrating is a must. For vegetarians, though, it can be hard to find something other than cole slaw to eat, with burgers and hot dogs on the grill being a staple. Here are a couple of vegetarian-friendly ideas that nobody will stick their nose up at.

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Grilled veggies are a perfect vegetarian and vegan option. Photo courtesy of MCT Campus

 

Grilled Fruits and Veggies
Have you ever had grilled watermelon? If not, give it a shot. A nice char on the generally sweet and juicy fruit can taste amazing. Tomatoes, peaches, zucchini, eggplant, mushrooms and peppers also all taste amazing on the grill and will leave the pickiest eater begging for more.

Avocado Potato Salad
Two delicious birds, one American stone! Potato salad is a must-have at a cookout, and by creaming in some avocado with the traditional mayonnaise base (or in lieu of the mayo to make the dish vegan) adds beautiful green color and a wonderful taste.

Grilled or Fried Tofu Fingers
I don’t want to hear anyone badmouth tofu. Tofu is like a sponge, and will absorb the flavor of just about anything you cover it in. A quick search online can help you find plenty of flavored dredges to use, and then depending on your preference either toss them on the grill or dunk them in a fryer. They’ll essentially be tasty, vegetarian-friendly chicken fingers.

Polenta
Polenta, which is essentially a cornmeal mix, is a perfect vegetarian and vegan alternative that you can cook pretty much anyway you can think of. Polenta can even be pounded into a patty shape, thrown on the grill with some salt and pepper and eaten on a bun like a burger. Because polenta has a light flavor on it’s own, it’ll taste great with any burger fixings you can think to add.

 

Is your mouth watering yet? Get your cookout on, veggie lovers.

University Career Center prepares to launch new job search resource

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The new Hire-A-Niner main page. Photo courtesy of the University Career Center.

The University Career Center (UCC) will launch their newest job search platform, Hire-A-Niner, on Tuesday, July 1. Students are advised to log into NinerJobNet and download any resumes they may have saved in the old system, as those will all be deleted when Hire-A-Niner launches.

The new system, which will replace NinerJobNet, will provide students with a more user-friendly job search experience and provide resources that its predecessor did not.

Brooke Brown, senior assistant director for publicity and outreach and the Education career advisor for the UCC, says Hire-A-Niner is a completely streamlined new resource that she believes students will enjoy using.

“The process is a lot easier. Students will be able to get onto the system for the first time right away, be able to go ahead and search and apply for positions,” said Brown. “We’ve really removed some barriers to getting students access to jobs and internships, so I think students will like the way the new system looks, and the way that it looks, and also it’ll just be more of a streamlined process for them to access all of these great opportunities.”

When using the system for the first time, students will log in using NinerNet credentials and will be automatically prompted to fill out profile information. From there, they will be able to immediately begin utilizing the resources on the page. Previous with NinerJobNet, students were required to go through an orientation process and await approval before using the system.

In addition to immediate access, Hire-A-Niner will have many new resources for students and alumni, including a resume builder built into the system.

“There are about 10 or so different templates that students can use, so they can use all of them, or one of them. It automatically pulls some of their information from their profile in the system into that template. And of course they can type information,” said Brown. “Then that is downloaded directly into Word, or they can upload it to the system when they are ready to apply to positions. It’s a very handy feature that was not part of NinerJobNet that we’re very excited about.”

In addition to the resume builder, users can now store an unlimited amount of resumes and cover letters on the system. NinerJobNet maxed out at 10 for each type of document.

“There are many students, especially thinking about cover letters, who do one for Bank of America, one of Wells Fargo, and you can see where 10 may become a little limited. This one has a lot more of a capacity,” said Brown.

Other resources, like access to the online international job search database Going Global, will be integrated directly into Hire-A-Niner for seamless use. Other external tools will easily be accessable on the left-hand column, under an organized resource category.

“We’ve really centralized those, so hopefully they’ll be easily accessible,” said Brown.

The system change has been in the UCC’s five-year plan, and the switch has been in motion since late April. After looking at a few systems and selecting the one that was hoped to be best for members of Niner Nation, the updated version was selected.

“We’re hoping to get a lot of that tweaked before July 1, but we certainly know that when students start really using it, and as our employers start using it, there will be things that we want to add to the system or some changes to make,” said Brown. “The new system we’re using for Hire-A-Niner will be a lot more robust … we’ll be excited to have people using it.”

Will you accept the final rose?

The Bachelor will be holding casting calls around the nation looking for women to date the next bachelor. Photo courtesy of the official ABC Bachelor Casting Call Twitter.
The Bachelor will be holding casting calls around the nation looking for women to date the next bachelor. Photo courtesy of the official ABC Bachelor Casting Call Twitter.

Charlotte women are invited to SUITE Charlotte at the EpiCentre on Thursday, June 26 to participate in a casting call for the 19th season of the ABC show The Bachelor.

“This will be the third year we have hosted The Bachelor Casting Call at SUITE and we have averaged around 125 ladies the past two years,” said Brett Carraway, operating partner for SUITE Charlotte. “We have been working hard to get the word to even more people this year.”

The casting call is free and open to any who would be eligible to appear on the ABC program. Registration will begin at 5 p.m. inside SUITE.

“When the ladies arrive, they are given a packet of paperwork to fill out with various questions and then have their picture taken before doing a filmed interview,” said Carraway. “Attendees do not need to bring anything but a smile and their story.”

ABC producers will be at SUITE conducting the interviews. Contestants who make it through to the next round will be contacted at a later point, and will go through another series of interviews to hopefully vie for the heart of the next bachelor.

For information about eligibility to participate in The Bachelor, click here.

ABC is currently airing the 10th season of The Bachelorette, which originally aired in 2003 as a spin-off of The Bachelor. Should the traditional model of the programs hold, the bachelor on the season this casting call is for will be one of the contestants of the current Bachelorette season, though this individual has not yet been announced.

ABC also recently announced another spin-off, Bachelor in Paradise. This program could be described as a mix between CBS’s Survivor and Bachelor Pad (2010-12 spin-off of The Bachelor) that, as described in an ABC press release, allows “contestants [to] live together in an isolated romantic paradise and, over the course of six episodes, we’ll follow these former bachelors and bachelorettes as they explore new romantic relationships.”

Homemade Soda Ice Cream Recipe

As someone lucky enough to have their own ice cream maker, summer is a magical time. After a few weeks making vanilla and chocolate though, I’m usually ready to break out and try something new.

I’m choosing to make an ice cream flavored with Mountain Dew Baja Blast today, before it becomes impossible to find bottles of the delicious drink in stores.

To make this recipe, I’m using the Cuisinart Automatic Frozen Yogurt-Ice Cream and Sorbet Maker, which is available on Amazon for about $50.

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1. A full 24 hours before making your ice cream, store the machine’s freezer bowl in the freezer. This bowl contains the cooling liquid that creates the actual frozen texture of your ice cream. The bowl must be completely frozen through before you begin to make your ice cream. You’ll know your bowl is frozen through if when you shake it, you don’t hear any liquid sloshing.

2. In a bowl, mix together your milk, sugar, salt, heavy cream and vanilla extract. For my recipe, I used a cup of almond milk instead of the whole milk suggested in the recipe. You can switch out the type of milk you use, but be wary of using skim or 1 percent milk. These will have a harder time solidifying into ice cream.

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Ingredients for Baja Blast flavored ice cream. Photos by Eden Creamer

3. Once your base ingredients are mixed together, refrigerate for one to four hours. I allow my base to chill overnight, but that isn’t a necessity.

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Cuisinart Automatic Frozen Yogurt-Ice Cream and Sorbet Maker.

4. Assemble your machine. Right before you are ready to begin making your ice cream, take the freezer bowl out of your freezer and attach to the machine’s base. Insert your mixing paddle, and lock on the lid.

5. Begin freezing the ice cream. Power on the machine, and pour in your ice cream base. Immediately after pouring in the base, pour in however much of your chosen soda you want to get the desired flavor. Some ice creams may require food coloring if you wish to have the color of the product visible.

6. Let the machine work its magic for 15-20 minutes, or until the ice cream is solidified in the bowl.

7. Transfer your ice cream to a freezer safe bowl and let chill for 20 minutes in the freezer. This step is optional, but definitely makes a difference in the texture of your ice cream.

8. Enjoy!

Baja Blast flavored ice cream has a very mild color and a very light flavor.
Baja Blast flavored ice cream has a very mild color and a very light flavor.

Final verdict on flavor? For my ice cream, I probably could have added a little bit of food coloring. Since Baja Blast is such a pretty, light color, the actual color of the ice cream was never affected, even after I added over 20 ounces of soda. Because the flavor of Baja Blast is also relatively light, the flavor of the ice cream was also very mellow. It was still tasty, but seemed more like a carbonated vanilla than a Baja Blast flavor. Still pretty good though! This would probably be a really yummy recipe with Vanilla Coke, or maybe Cherry Vanilla Dr. Pepper.

If you try it, Instagram or tweet us pictures of your ice cream! Make sure to tag @niner_times!

 

Cone Deck changes add to visitor parking options

The top level of Cone Deck now has automated visitor parking stations. This changes the way visitors can park in the deck because instead of paying an attendant upon departure from the deck, visitors will pay at a pay-on-foot station.

This is the same type of station used in three other visitor decks on campus, East Deck 1, CRI Deck and South Village Deck. The pay station is under a shelter room to protect it from the elements on the top of the deck, and is equipped with an intercom system that connects it to the Parking and Transportation (PaTS) Cell Center for assistance with any problems campus guests may have.

For more information on pay-on-foot stations, visit pats.uncc.edu.

13 feelings of Orange is the New Black season two

We waited months, while Netflix advertised the heck out of the release of the next season of Orange is the New Black (OITNB). Months upon months we waited in suspense, still reeling from the finale of season one.

When the newest installment was finally made available for instant streaming, each episode was jam packed. Each of the 13 episodes left behind a distinct feeling, whether from the character backstory segments or from the real meat of life at Litchfield.

Broken up by episode, here are those feelings for those who binged the season this weekend, but still need more OITNB.

Warning! Spoilers may follow. Read at your own risk.

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Taylor Schilling as Piper Chapman in Orange is the new Black season 2. Photo courtesy of Lionsgate

Episode 1: ‘Thirsty Bird’
Feels: CONFUSION
Okay now Netflix, what is this nonsense? While each and every guard or correctional officer leaves Piper in the dark, this episode also completely leaves the viewer in suspense. And then once that mystery is cleared up, we just get smacked in the face with another cliffhanger. Where is Piper going, Netflix? What did you do, Alex?

Episode 2: ‘Looks Blue, Tastes Red’
Feels: Woo!
I was cheering for Taystee essentially this entire episode. That whole job fair thing was perfect, and showed just how wonderful and independent she is. This episode is especially important in light of the bomb dropped in the not too distant future. Why does her crazy drug dealing sort of adoptive mother Vee have to be a clearly manipulative witch? Because there wouldn’t be appropriate Taystee drama otherwise. This episode was just really good for some character development among the Litchfield ladies (new club softball team name maybe?).

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Selenis Leyva as Gloria Mendoza and Lorraine Toussaint as Vee Parker in OITNB. Photo courtesy of Lionsgate

Episode 3: ‘Hugs Can Be Deceiving’
Feels: #Tears
I feel so bad for poor Crazy Eyes/Suzanne. Her adoptive family obviously had no idea how to deal with her, and it was just heartbreaking. Her backstory perfectly explained her pursuit of Piper in season one, and set the stage for Vee to completely take advantage of that poor girl this season. That begins unraveling this episode, and Crazy Eyes really goes for the woman who on the outside seems loving and mothering toward Crazy Eyes. But we know better, oh we know better. Also, Vee, that hair though. I dig it.

Episode 4: ‘A Whole Other Hole’
Feels: Shock
Please tell me I am not the only one who did NOT see Morello’s backstory coming. Please tell me I am not the only one shocked and left hurling into a dark, dark place. The hopeless romantic in me felt sad for Morello, yet the firm belief in protecting victims of stalking left me weirdly against Morello. Best backstory yet, in my opinion. It was exactly what her character needed. The reoccurring gag this episode about where women pee from was also hilarious and had me in stitches. You rock that lesson, Sophia.

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Laverne Cox as Sophia Burset in OITNB. Photo courtesy of Lionsgate

Episode 5: ‘Low Self Esteem City’
Feels: Nauseated
Let’s just talk about what is going on with the plumbing for a second, can we? That alone was enough to make me want to ralph while watching this episode. The perfectly portrayed abusive relationship with Gloria was just that, perfect, and left me with a tightly knotted feeling of disgust deep in my stomach.

Episode 6: ‘You Also Have A Pizza’
Feels: Awww
So much in this episode made me literally audibly say ‘awww,’ and I’m not too proud to admit that I cried. Poussey’s backstory is rivaling Morello’s in terms of complexity and perfection. And as corny as all of it was, the Valentine’s Day stuff was adorable. I loved hearing the different definitions of love from the inmates, even though I’m not really sure why that was necessary. Bennett’s was hilarious, and Maritza was spot on with her definition. Pizza is all you need.

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Yael Stone as Lorna Morello and Uzo Aduba as Crazy Eyes in OITNB. Photo courtesy of Lionsgate

Episode 7: ‘Comic Sans’
Feels: !@#$%
Yes, I know it isn’t an emotion, but GOOD GOSH. Larry, Polly…what the heck. Seriously? Seriously right now? Because that isn’t going to totally blow up in their face or anything. And what about Pete? I know he’s in Alaska, but come on people. I hope she ends up pregnant. I know she just had a kid and she seems miserable with that one, but she deserves another.

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Jason Biggs as Larry Bloom and Taylor Schilling as Piper Chapman in OITNB. Photo courtesy of Lionsgate

Episode 8: ‘Appropriately Sized Pots’
Feels: Bleh
This episode was kind of boring for me. I’m glad they brought back the furlough conversation from season one, but I don’t like the way this has tied up. I miss Fisher, she was the most relatable of the officers. They should have gotten rid of someone else…like O’Neil. Can’t stand him. As for the backstory this episode, it seemed very unreal to me, but I’m glad they gave Rosa a backstory. She won’t survive the season. They’re playing this cancer storyline a lot more this season than they did last.

Episode 9: ’40 OZ of Furlough’
Feels: Ugh
Can we not with this segment of the season? We hit such a high a few episodes ago with Morello, Gloria and Poussey. Why, why, why am I watching Cal get married at a funeral? I did like at the end of the episode Piper grabbed a 40 instead of the champagne – it showed she’s changing, and I think we can all agree that’s for the best. Pornstache coming back is definitely going to come back and bite somebody (cough, Fig, cough) in the butt.

Episode 10: ‘Little Mustachioed Sh*t’
Feels: Conflicted
I understand that the point of this episode is the seriously lame Alex and Piper drama, but it was completely overshadowed by the heartbreaking Christopher and Morello interaction. Why would they even let him come in to visit her? It was definitely implied that she was possibly in there for stalking him, so why on earth would he be allowed on her visitation list? Thank goodness for Nicky.

Episode 11: ‘Take a Break from Your Values’
Feels: Bored
My emotion is both a shout out to Poussey at the Safe Place meeting, and is also just how I felt. I’m done with this Vee storyline. Yes, she has Crazy Eyes wrapped around her finger, but soon that will be all she has. Other people I’m done with include Fig. I’m done with her sass, I’m done with her gay husband storyline, I’m done. The highlight of the episode was the elderly woman stabbing the wrong lady in an attempt to get Vee. I laughed, just because of the facial expressions during the whole scene.

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Kate Mulgrew as Red and Lorraine Toussaint as Vee Parker in OITNB. Photo courtesy of Lionsgate

Episode 12: ‘It Was the Change’
Feels: Ha
I laughed a lot this episode, and it wasn’t because the usual banter was particularly funny. I feel like a lot of what happened in this episode was just so ridiculous and expected it had to be laughed at. Of course the inmates had to pee in a bucket. Of course Fig did not care that the prison was flooding. Of course Taystee and Poussey make up. Of course Piper gets caught coming out of Fig’s office. Of course Vee shaking on the truce meant nothing. Unimpressive, Netflix. Unimpressive.

Episode 13: ‘We Have Manners. We’re Polite”
Feels: SCATTER THE NUNS!
I understand that isn’t necessarily a feeling, but I think it sums up the episode pretty nicely. I’m mad at Caputo for not really caring about Bennett, I cried happy tears for Rosa’s escape (SCATTER THE NUNS!) and then cheered when she hit Vee…Seems like they tied things up pretty nicely, just in case there isn’t a third season, but I want one. The whole season was very back and forth for me, some episodes I loved and others were just really bland. Let’s be real though, there was enough perfectly seasoned meat to this episode to make us all want a season three.

Weekly Crime Blotter, May 6 – 13

The following reflects arrests, calls for service and incidents responded to by the UNC Charlotte campus Police and Public Safety Department. Incident dates run from Wednesday, May 6, through Tuesday, May 13.

For more information on Mecklenburg County arrests, visit  the Mecklenburg County Arrest Inquiry.

Wednesday, May 6
Larceny

– University Road, unknown subject removed property without permission.
Trespassing
– Barnhardt Lane, previously trespassed suspect found on campus.

Thursday, May 7
Drug Violation
– University Road, subject was in possession of non-prescription drugs.
Hit and Run
– Union Deck, subject reported that his vehicle was damaged while parked and unattended.

 Friday, May 8
Accident
– Van Landingham Road, driver struck another driver.
– Union Deck, driver of vehicle collided with another vehicle.
– Mary Alexander Road, while attempting to back into a parking space, vehicle one struck vehicle two.
Call for Service
– Cameron Blvd., unknown subject pulled the fire alarm.
Larceny
– University Road, unknown subject removed property that was left unattended and unsecured.
Vandalism
– University Road, subject reported damage to the rack located on the top of her vehicle.

Monday, May 12
Arrest
– Mary Alexander Road, subject was arrested for an outstanding warrant.
Trespassing
– Library Lane, previously trespassed subject found on campus.

Tuesday, May 13
Larceny
– Mary Alexander Road, unknown subject removed property without permission.

Clay Aiken suspends campaign after opponent’s accidental death

Clay Aiken, UNC Charlotte class of 2003, recently suspended his campaign for North Carolina Congressman after opponent for the Democratic nomination, Keith Crisco, passed away at his home on Monday, May 12.

In a released statement, Aiken said, “He was a gentleman, a good and honorable man and an extraordinary public servant. I was honored to know him. I am suspending all campaign activities as we pray for his family and friends.”

Crisco, 71, reportedly died when he accidentally tripped on a rug in his home and fell backward, hitting his head, according to statements made to WCNC by political consultant Brad Crone.

Crisco and Aiken were close in numbers vying for the Democratic nomination in the 2nd Congressional District, according to the results recorded in the unofficial statewide primary election results, most recently updated on May 6, 2014. Aiken reportedly had 11,669 votes, with Crisco not far behind with 11,280. A third candidate, Toni Morris, was credited with 5,607 votes.

A voter canvass was scheduled to occur Tuesday, May 13 by the North Carolina state Board of Elections. In a statement to ABC News Joshua Lawson, spokesman for the Board of Elections, said that Crisco’s death does not change the vote certification process. According to Lawson, should Crisco come out ahead after votes are tallied, the district executive committee of the Democratic Party would select a nominee.

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Clay Aiken signing autographs for fans outside Colvard in Sept. 2003. NT File Photo

Student government swears in 2014-15 positions

On Thursday, April 10, at 5:15 p.m., the 2014-15 Student Body President, Vice President, Senators and Chief Justice will be sworn in. The inauguration will take place in the Student Union Rotunda and is open to the student body.

The election results were announced March 27, after a two-day voting period.

Among the winners were Steven Serio and Ruthie Schorr, student body president and vice president elect. The pair won with 49.6 percent of the vote.

For a complete list of election results, see here.

International Facility Management Association prepares for inaugural trade expo

UNC Charlotte’s International Facility Management Association (IFMA) will host their inaugural Innovation Trade Expo and Career Fair on Wednesday, April 9, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Student Activity Center Third Floor Salons.

There are five speakers prepared for the event, each of which will discuss their areas of expertise, and give away raffle prizes. Vendor booths will also be set up during the event to allow participants to get to know the vendors more.

Speakers include Cindy Clayton, director of facilities for the Mint Museum, David Stephenson, senior associate with Little Diversified Architectural Consulting, Juanita Tackett, owner of LED Source, Ted Rademacher, president for Radco Roofing and Jonathan Mayhorn, lean six sigma black belt at AT&T and adjunct faculty instructor at UNC Charlotte.

The event is also sponsored by the IMFA Charlotte Chapter.

The expo itself, as well as listening to the speakers, is free of cost. Lunch is $5 and requires prior registration.

Francis Boafo, a UNC Charlotte graduate research assistant who also works with the IFMA Student Chapter at UNC Charlotte, says the event is a good opportunity for students who are interested in the facilities management, construction or engineering to come out and learn about careers in these fields.

For more information visit imfacharlotte.com.

Sanskrit Literary-Arts Magazine prepares for annual reception

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Students have enjoyed viewing the Sanskrit Exhibition since March 12. Photo by Eden Creamer

The Sanskrit Literary-Arts Magazine will host their annual exhibition reception Wednesday, April 2, from 5 to 6:30 p.m., in the Student Union Art Gallery.

The reception, which in previous years was hosted on the first day of the exhibition, will this year close out the gallery show. All pieces in the show were featured in the magazine.

“The Sanskrit Gallery Reception is a celebration of artistic talent and a reflection of hard work,” said Athina Hinson, editor-in-chief for the 2014 Sanskrit Literary-Arts Magazine.

The Union Gallery has hosted the pieces featured in the magazine since March 12. The finished book has not been made available until the gallery exhibition and reception.

“This is also the first time the newest publication of Sanskrit will be available,” said Hinson.

The event is open to the public and is free.

“Students should come to the reception to support their fellow peers in their creative pursuits and to enjoy their awesome creations,” said Hinson.