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NinerTimes: September 10, 2013

Inside this Issue: A look into this weekend’s Family Weekend, September Music Guide, About National Suicide Prevention Week, and we catch up with 49ers Football Secondary Coach James Adams.

Goldrush, September 14, 2013. Charlotte vs. N.C. Central

Goldrush is Niner Times’ inside look into Charlotte 49ers Football. In this week: Q&A with Judy Rose, Highlights from 49ers Inaugural game, Head Coach Brad Lambert’s six pieces of advice for his 49ers football team, a look ahead at this weekend’s game vs. N.C. Central Eagles.

Niner Times: September 3, 2013

Inside this Issue: All about Campus Safety Awareness Month, UNC Charlotte’s Solar Decathlon team’s UrbanEden Project, “The Spectacular Now”, Ask Abby, and find out why Charlotter 49ers tight ends coach Johnson Richardson calls Charlotte “a little bit of a special place”.

Goldrush: September 7, 2013. Charlotte vs. Chowan

Goldrush is Niner Times’ inside look into Charlotte 49ers Football’s inaugural season. This week the 49ers face the Chowan Hawks.

Goldrush: August 27, 2013. Charlotte vs. Campbell

Goldrush, the newest publication produced by Student Niner Media, is a special insert in the Niner Times for each home football game of the season. Goldrush includes information on schedules, rosters, the field and stadium, coaches and players.

Disappointment at Denny’s

Over the weekend, my fiancé and I got an inkling for some good breakfast food. IHop was of course packed so we decided to head to Denny’s for all our favorites.

While everything on the menu sounded delicious, and we spent much longer than normal choosing our meals, we had mixed feelings about the food.

We started out by ordering drinks, his usual water and my necessary iced coffee. The coffee was actually good. I was surprised. Nothing to go crazy for, but it was refreshing and came with free refills, which are always a plus.

Chris ordered us the Build Your Own Sampler appetizer with chicken strips, jalapeno bottle caps and the cheese quesadilla. This is where things started to get disappointing. Everything on the sampler tray was very plan. Despite the variety we chose, everything sort of tasted the same.

The cheese quesadilla was thin and could have had different types of cheeses blended together for a more flavorful dish.

The jalapeno bottle caps definitely would have tasted better with some cheese sauce. The chicken tenders were all right, but the flavors of the platter all blended together and made for a rather dull dining experience.

For my meal, I ordered the Fit Fare Vegetable Skillet, which comes with potatoes, peppers, onions, mushrooms and broccoli topped with egg whites scrambled with grape tomatoes and spinach. I also opted to add tortillas.

I was happy with my choice. There were actually a variety of flavors in this dish, and they blended well together. The potatoes had the right amount of crunch on the outside while still remaining soft in the middle.

The onions, peppers and mushrooms were all sautéed and provided a bolder flavor to the dish.

The eggs were scrambled to just the right consistency. The addition of spinach and tomatoes kept them from being bland. I added salsa to it for a little extra kick.

Chris was not as pleased with his dish. He ordered the Grand Slamwich which features all of his favorite breakfast foods: scrambled eggs, sausage, bacon, ham, mayo and American cheese on potato bread.

While it had all of the foods he loves, he was dissatisfied. As with the appetizer, the flavors blended together and were all pretty bland. It wasn’t bad, but nothing stood out and pulled his taste buds in.

The sandwich was served with hash browns covered in cheese. They were sort of plain, but nothing a little ketchup and salt couldn’t fix.

We may not have been entirely pleased with our food, but the service was phenomenal. Our server Laura was really helpful and stayed on top of filling our drinks and checking in to see if we needed anything.

Overall, I’d give Denny’s 3/5 stars. It has a warm atmosphere, but there are some obvious improvements that need to be made.

Students move into $4.5 million UNC Charlotte Motorsports Building

by Cheyenne Owens, Features Editor

Students, start your engines! UNC Charlotte’s new motorsports building will open this fall.

This 16,500 square-foot building will shelter the program’s water tunnel, a new miniature wind tunnel, computational and research facilities, state-of-the-art engine dynamometer and faculty and graduate student offices.

The $4.5 million facility will concentrate on the research activities of the program, according to a recent statement by Dr. Ahmed Soliman, a motorsports engineering program director. “Our current lab building will be used for student projects and race teams,” said Soliman

Carl Braken, a major in mechanical engineering with a concentration in motorsports at UNC Charlotte, said, “I am excited for the new motorsports building to open because it will increase our research abilities and make contributions not only to the motorsports industry but to any automotive applications.”

The introduction of this building will advance the already well-known motorsports program at UNC Charlotte.

The program hits home for a lot of students with the close proximity of Lowe’s Motor Speedway, which is only five miles away.

With 10 percent of NASCAR engineers being UNC Charlotte alumni it goes to show that the program helps produce qualified applicants in the motorsports industry.

This curriculum was calculated in the hopes that students will master the theories necessary for actually putting the pedal to the metal and for working in an automotive manufacturing facility.

UNC Charlotte’s motorsports education further benefits the students by introducing them to prominent authorities in the racing and automotive realm.

Mechanical engineering students can apply for a concentration in motorsports engineering after crossing the finish line of their freshmen year. Students can register for motorsports clinic I where they will perform in individual and group automotive projects once accepted into the program.
After making the transition to an upperclassman students in the motorsports program have more classes based on automotive studies.

There is an abundant variety of motorsports programs at UNC Charlotte: automotive power plants, vehicle aerodynamics, road dynamics, motorsports instrumentation, motorsports engineering clinics I, II and III, discrete mechanical vibration systems, intermediate dynamics, individualized study and finite element modeling.

Coursework for students with a concentration in motorsports engineering mirrors the mechanical engineering undergraduate plan of study with a few alterations. A grade point average greater than 2.5 and a minimum grade of “C” is mandatory for eligibility in the motorsports engineering concentration.

Students are required to actively participate on a motorsports team for three full years, spend 40 hours each month in the motorsports lab and attend at least 75 percent of seminars sponsored by the department.

The Baja and Formula SAE teams along with Pro Challenge and Drag Racing present opportunities for students to transfer their classroom knowledge to the racetrack.

Students normally race these cars at competitions; tryouts determine which students are best suited for the position behind the steering wheel.

Students feel strongly about the education they receive through the program. “I enjoy the motorsports program because it gives us a fun way to apply the things that we have learned in the classroom,” said Bracken. “The experience we gain by applying the things that we have learned sets our engineering program above other programs that do not get the hands-on experience.”

Summer camps at the university solidify the fact that the program is identified as one of the most respected in the United States. Juniors and seniors interested in motorsports, science or engineering can apply to participate in the Aspire! Motorsports summer camp program.

Charlotte Volleyball loses to Furman

By Brian Chan

After winning all three matches in the Hilton University Tournament last season, the Charlotte 49ers women’s volleyball team saw itself in a familiar situation as they took the first two matches and competed in the championship game.

The Niners captured its first sweep over the Morgan State Bears in the matinee game (25-17, 25-11, 25-13), but fell in the nightcap to the Furman Paladins (25-18, 25-23, 25-14).
Charlotte (5-4) won its first two matches, taking the Campbell Fighting Camels to four sets in the home opener on Friday and easing to a three-set win against the Bears on Saturday afternoon.

In the nightcap, the Niners fell short against a talented Furman squad. “We expected to have a fight, and we did,” said senior setter Sheri Davis of the Furman match.
“Both teams went back-and-forth, and it was a lot of fun to play.Charlotte came out firing and maintained a relentless attack throughout the match.
The Niners had a kill success rate of at least .400 in each of the three sets, putting together a .429 attack percentage in the match.

The Niners scored six of the first seven points in the first set and extended their lead to 18-8. Charlotte cruised to a 25-17 win in the opening set, posting a .458 attack percentage with a 77 percent sideout rate.

Morgan State (2-8) was able to stay close early, trailing 8-5 in the second set, but Charlotte was again too dominant, doubling its lead to 15-9. Charlotte scored seven of the next eight points to take a commanding 22-10 lead before winning the middle set 25-11.

The Niners ended the second set with a 17-6 run, where the team totaled six service aces in the set.

Charlotte started the third frame with a 9-2 lead after a kill from junior middle blocker/right side Shannon McClean, who posted a career-high five kills in the match.

McClean continued to shine on her career day as she recorded her fifth kill to give the Niners a 21-12 lead. Charlotte closed out the match with another double-digit set win, taking the third set, 25-13.Junior outside hitter Bianca Rouse led Charlotte with 11 kills and registered an astounding five service aces.

Freshman middle blocker Savannah Gaster added six blocks and five kills.Entering the weekend with nine kills and six blocks in the first six games of the season, McClean has tallied nine kills and five blocks in the first two games of the Hilton University 49er Invitational.Senior outside hitter Erin Cox led Morgan State with five kills and six digs.

The Bears struggled to keep up with the Niners as the team hit for a .069 attack percentage and committed 15 return errors.

After starting the season 2-0 for the first time since 1999, Morgan State dropped seven in a row, prior to the third-place match with Campbell.

Furman (7-3) accomplished three sweeps in the Hilton University 49er Invitational, extended its winning streak to four games. The Paladins came into the tournament with high remarks from the Charlotte coaching staff.

“We knew coming in, Furman was a top 50 opponent,” said Head Coach Chris Redding.

“They’ve had big wins already this season, and that was a great opportunity for us to play a team at that level this early in the season.”

In the middle of first set, the Paladins went on a 10-2 run and took an 18-11 lead on a service ace from junior middle blocker Caroline Adams.
Charlotte responded with three points as Rouse provided a kill and an ace to cut the lead to 18-14. Furman maintained control as they took the first set, 25-18. The Paladins outhit the Niners .343-.105 in the opening frame.

Charlotte led 8-5 early in the second set and stayed ahead at 11-8, following back-to-back kills from Rouse and Davis, but the Paladins were able to remain close. Furman scored eight of the next 13 points to tie the game at 13-all on a pair of attack errors from sophomore middle blocker Cannon and McClean, both of whom responded with back-to-back kills to give Charlotte an 18-16 lead.

Senior setter/right side Kelly Kirby scored a kill and an ace to bring the teams even again.

Tied at 22-all, Rouse kept the Niners ahead with a kill, but Furman answered back as sophomore middle blocker Christina Dorismond tied the game with a kill. Junior outside hitter

Chandler Ambrester, who entered the match with a team-leading 97 kills and 3.13 per set, became a crucial piece to Furman’s second-set victory.

Ambrester capped the set with two cross-court kills to give the Paladins a 2-0 set lead.

Despite the loss, Redding saw a number of positives in the back-and-forth battle in the middle set.“That’s where I want us playing,” said Redding of the team’s effort in the second set. “I want us playing that way consistently. We were one swing away from being on top instead of losing it by two.”

Furman took advantage of three consecutive attack errors from senior outside hitter/right side Leah Leventhal to take an early 6-3 lead in the third set.

After trailing 3-2 earlier, the Paladins managed to score seven of eight points to take a 10-4 lead, but Charlotte cut the lead in half with three straight points. Furman enlarged its lead to 20-12 after sophomore libero/defensive specialist Elle Ross recorded an ace that hit the back line.

After Ambrester collected her match-high 12th kill of the night, junior outside hitter Natalie Braun closed out the night with a kill to complete Furman’s perfect weekend in the Hilton University 49er Invitational.

“Obviously, we’re going to learn from this match, and this week in practices, we’re going to try to work on things we didn’t do well, but we’re not going to let down anytime soon,” said Davis.

Ambrester led the Paladins with 12 kills and 18 digs, and Kirby and Braun each recorded double-doubles as well.
Kirby had 22 assists and 11 digs, and Braun collected 17 assists and 11 digs.Leventhal provided the Niners with a team-high 11 kills in the match, and Davis cashed in 22 assists and six kills to go along with a .429 hitting percentage.

The Niners were without two of its starters throughout the weekend tournament, paving the way for Cannon, who had eight kills and six blocks in the three matches.
Despite sophomore middle blocker Amanda Videmsek’s absence, the Niners remain confident with the team they field each game.“I feel that we miss our starters, but it’s not going to make a big difference,” said Davis.

“We all practice the same. We don’t say, ‘Everybody, just the starters are practicing.’ Everybody practices the same thing.”Davis and Rouse were both named to the All-Tournament team.

Davis had 93 assists and 22 kills with a .370 attack percentage over the weekend, while Rouse sparked the Niners with 38 kills, 26 digs, and 12 aces.

Rouse had five aces in the loss to Furman.The Niners return to Halton Arena on Wednesday at 7 p.m. to take on the Winthrop Eagles.