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Below are the 17 most recent journal entries recorded in The Official Wake Technical Community College News' LiveJournal:

Saturday, September 10th, 2005
1:40 pm
[sugarbear42]
Fall Update
Hello, hello.

Ok, here is what's going on:

First meeting of the semester is Thursday, September 15th at 4:00 p.m. in LE 205.
All subsequent meetings are set for the third Thursday of each month at 4:00 p.m. in LE 205. Flyers have been posted, and the word is out!

Snacks & Facts is from 9:30 a.m. to noon.

I have a sign for the table, and I can have some flyers. That's really about all though. I will not be able to sit at the table because I have class back to back from 8:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m (I really really wish I could be there but I can't afford to miss my classes). Greg also, will not be able to attend. Would anyone like to volunteer for a time slot? Mostly, we just need someone to answer basic questions about The Student Voice, take down names and e-mail addresses of the people who are interested, and that sort of thing.

The Student Voice should have a new issue out in the middle of October, and we're still gathering material. We're also looking into publishing a quick edition once a month.

I hope to see everyone at the first meeting!

Lauren, Staff Writer

Current Mood: chipper
Tuesday, May 10th, 2005
9:17 pm
[lazy_blazey]
Heyas, everyone. Have you all seen the newest issue? I'm proud of it.

With a new semester comes new issues of the Voice, and I want to get the issues out ASAP.

I'm setting a deadline for June 22nd. Please send me an email with article ideas and get crackin'!

This goes for anyone new to the Voice as well. Send me an email (blazegt66@aol.com) and we'll talk specifics.

Also, Lauren and I are in the midst of creating a suppemental monthly publication. However, our budget can't be increased, and so we have to fund it ourselves. We have various fundraising ideas in mind, but we'd also like to hear your input. The more minds the better, right?

That's all for today. If you have any questions or comments, you know where to inquire. ^_~
Tuesday, April 5th, 2005
10:01 pm
[lazy_blazey]
To all who are assisting with Spring Fling:

The event starts around 11:00, so I'll be heading out to the parking lot area between Student Services and the Library at 10:30 to find us a booth. If you can, drop by anywhere between then and 2 to give us a hand or say hello.

To Lauren: I talked to Tron, and he'll be in the Advising center during Spring Fling, and in his office during his normal office hours of 1-2. One of us should likely go and interview him then (I'll bring some base questions with me).

~Greg
Thursday, March 24th, 2005
1:05 am
[sugarbear42]
The Student Voice Info Blurb
Interested in Writing for The Student Voice?

If so, feel free to drop by one of the regularly scheduled meetings held in the Student Services Building, in the Student Lounge on the final Monday and Tuesday of each month. Monday meetings begin at 2:00pm, and Tuesday meetings at 3:30pm. You can also visit our online community at www.livejournal.com/community/student_voice/. All other inquiries are welcome and may be directed to Editor Gregory Trombley at blazegt66@aol.com, or Advisor Suzy Barile at suzyb3@mindspring.com .
12:42 am
[sugarbear42]
Summer Issue: Topic List
Possible Feature Articles: Student Resources and a Guide to Utilizing Them
How to Become a Activist
Progress of Construction on LeMay and Pucher Hall
Commentary on Beauty - Lauren Kennedy
Volunteering/ Kiwanis - Heather Leah
Political Commentary - Scott Gregory
Editorial - Greg Trombley
Interview with a *Cool* Professor - Lauren Kennedy

Other Articles and Filler: Brief Update on North Campus Construction
Results of Poetry Contest/ Sample of Submissions
Commical List of Wake Tech Gripes
List of Useful Websites
Book/ Film/ Game/ ect Reviews

This is (of course) an incomplete and working list of topics. Feel free to add or change :)

PEACE and MONKEYS (Says Greg)
Sunday, March 20th, 2005
2:09 pm
[sugarbear42]
Information Blurb for Student Voice
Interested in Writing for The Student Voice?

If so, feel free to drop by one of the regularly scheduled meetings held in the Student Services Building, in the Student Lounge on the final Monday and Tuesday of each month. Monday meetings begin at 2:00pm, and Tuesday meetingds at 3:30pm. You can also visit our online community at www.livejournal.com/community/student_voice/. All other inquiries are welcome and may be directed to Editor Gregory Trombley at blazegt66@aol.com, or Advisor Suzy Barile at suzyb3@mindspring.com .
Saturday, March 19th, 2005
12:01 pm
[ajaxsg]
Second Article
Here is my second article. I've reviewed games many times before, but this was my first MMORPG review, which is quite different than reviewing a single-player game with a linear plot. Instead I am forced to review strictly gameplay and features. Like the last article, I made it short and to the point.

World of Warcraft

In the competitive gaming market, very rarely does a game come out that is so outstanding, that it simply blows away its competition. In this case, World of Warcraft (WoW) has excelled. It’s far surpassed its competition rocking the charts all around the world.

For those who need an introduction, World of Warcraft is a PC/Macintosh game based off of Blizzard Entertainment’s Warcraft series, set 5 years after the events of Warcraft 3. It’s a Massive Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game (MMORPG) in which you create a character and play simultaneously with thousands of others online for a small monthly fee. The background is set in a fantasy world of Azeroth with two opposing sides, the Horde and the Alliance in a constant war with each other.

The character creation system is very fluid and easy to learn. You select a faction you want to fight for: there’s the Horde, an evil side containing Undead, Orcs, Trolls, and Tauren; and the Alliance, the good side featuring Humans, Dwarves, Gnomes, and Night Elves. After selecting your side, race, and gender; you select a class you wish your character to focus on, with each class focusing on a wide variety of traits and skills your character can learn. You can choose the Warrior, Paladin, Druid, Hunter, Shaman, Priest, Mage, Warlock, and Rogue; each class varying by race.

The graphics in the game are outstanding. The art style used is very unique in the sense that it fits the general cartoon form of the Warcraft series, with various locals across the world rendered in acute detail. The character models, clothing, armor, weaponry are varied well so that no two characters look alike. The downside is that it requires an intense computer to handle it. Fortunately the graphics settings can be lowered at will, while still looking fantastic for those with lower-end machines. The music and sound effects used are well done, with the music generally matching the theme of the area you’re in, but not too obtrusive that it will constantly annoy you.

The gameplay itself is the meat of WoW. The interface itself is very fluid and dynamic, and quite easy to understand if you are new to these types of games. The world is gigantic and would take hours to cross each continent by foot; fortunately there are aerial mounts and other services that can take you across vast, scenic distances within a short amount of time. The game is centered on accepting various quests, grouping with others, and building your character to an immensely powerful being.

The game has built-in Player vs. Player (PvP) support that enables users to attack those of the opposing factions, often making really intense battles with large raid groups that can attack everything in cities and towns. The game also includes vast dungeons where you and a party can fight off enemies while receiving loot and treasure.

Blizzard currently has future plans to constantly update World of Warcraft, including expanding some of the PvP functions, adding some new dungeons, equipment, fixing bugs, and adding new features. Unfortunately they have been a little slow at implementing some of these promised features, and lag is a constant problem on many servers.

World of Warcraft is an excellent game for the beginner or experienced gamer alike, introducing people to a land unlike our own, and has been noted to be one of the best MMORPGs out in the market. Although WoW is playable on a 56K, I strongly recommend a broadband connection to play.

Pros: Great graphics, solid gameplay, excellent storyline.
Cons: Steep system requirements, monthly fee, needs a fast connection

**** (Four out of four stars)

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A low-level Tauren Warrior.

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A Night-Elf Hunter and his pet outside the gates of Ironforge.
11:54 am
[ajaxsg]
First Article
I submitted my two articles already, but i'll post them here for everybody to see. For this first one, I made it short and to the point and was careful not to add any spoilers (because we all hate spoilers!)

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Many teenage comedies focus on an over-dramatized depiction of high school life. Director’s have an image of students looking like models, cliché plotlines, and unrealistic personalities. Teenage films often view a perspective of teenage life that often we cannot identify ourselves with.

One film that stands out from the typical teenage comedy is Napoleon Dynamite, a film about everyday life in Preston, Idaho that accurately portrays the everyday life of social misfits.

The leading character, Napoleon Dynamite is a nerd played by Jon Heder, a teenager with oversized glasses and a goofy haircut. He often acts like a child, running into temper tantrums, whining, concocting farfetched stories, and even drawing awful pictures as an attempt to gain the acceptance of others.

His brother Kip is a 32 year old computer nerd whose hobby is “chatting online with babes all day.” He’s unemployed and still lives with Napoleon and his grandmother. His goal in life is to be a cage fighter, but fails miserably at his attempts to show off his moves.

After their grandmother is hospitalized for an accident, their Uncle Rico comes to monitor the boys. He’s a dimwitted man still mentally attached to the year 1982, believing he is an amazing football player. Uncle Rico hatches a plan with Kip to gain money by selling Tupperware, so they may buy a time machine off the internet for the sole purpose of traveling back to 1982.

When Napoleon enlists to the aid of Pedro Sanchez, a foreign exchange student, he quickly becomes Napoleons best friend. Pedro himself tries to gain social acceptance by running for school president. His charm and monosyllabic tone make him one of the most interesting characters in the film.

This film is not for everyone. The humor is very subtle and pokes fun at everyday life rather than taking a more direct approach that other high school comedies attempt to do, in fact there is little plot at all in this movie. It’s simply an interconnected sequence of events with a brief, but hilariously entertaining climax.

*** (3 out of 4 stars)

- Scott Gregory

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Napoleon trying to act cool for the dance.
1:26 am
[sugarbear42]
Spring break is over now, and all you have left is that oversized Señor Frogs t-shirt and the memories of you and…what was their name again? Maybe you had a little too much to drink and things got carried away. It has been known to happen. Perhaps you brought back something more from Cancun than a souvenir. Sexually transmitted infections, or STIs for short, have long been a concern for large campuses. There are over thirty different recognized STIs. Herpes, HPV, and Chlamydia all seem to be particularly prevalent among young people. What makes STIs even more dangerous is there ability to remain dormant and asymptomatic for long periods of time. Chlamydia for example, shows no symptoms in up to 80% of women and 45% of men who are infected. If left untreated, it can cause major complications over time including sterility and even death. The good new is that most STIs are relatively easy to treat, with some merely requiring antibiotics. The bottom line is that it is always better to be safe than sorry. If you are sexually active (remember - that includes all sexual activity, regardless of what type it is), you should get tested at least every six months, when you change partners, or if you have any reason to believe that you may have an STI. There are testing facilities in several locations around the triangle, for more information you can call 1-800-230-7526, and you will automatically be connected to the Planned Parenthood closest to you.

I need a title for it, and suggestions. Let me know what you think Greg.
Friday, March 11th, 2005
2:23 pm
[sugarbear42]
Thank You Notice for WT Staff
Hey, got his name. It's Lt.Chris Culliver.

I figure the notice will read something like:

The staff of The Student Voice would like to give special thanks to Lt. Chris Culliver, (pictured above with students Heather Leah and Lauren Kennedy) as well as [or along with] the rest of the Wake Tech Security Staff. We appreciate all the time and effort [and/or dedication?] that you contribute to keep Wake Technical Community College [or if writing out WTCC is too redundant, maybe just use "our campus"?] a safe place. Keep up the good work!

You're welcome to add/delete/redo any of that Greg! My suggestions are in the brackets. Just thought I'd give you a decent layout.
Lauren

Current Mood: constructive
Wednesday, February 23rd, 2005
8:13 pm
[lazy_blazey]
Hey, all! Just a reminder, the deadline is looming. I want everything before or by March 18th. I hope everyone's working hard! ^_^

While I would've liked to take a day and get everyone's picture officially taken for the paper, I may not have the time to orchestrate it. So I want everyone to send in a picture we can use for a head shot (if you feel comfortable doing it, that is) to blazegt66@aol.com and/or suzyb3@mindspring.com, attached as a jpeg. If you don't have access to a scanner, but want a head shot in the paper along with your article, then you can drop it off at Suzy Barile's office, located in the new Tech Ed building (ETB), office #321-G. I want pictures ASAP, all right guys? Thanks.
Sunday, February 13th, 2005
3:11 pm
[sugarbear42]
Spring Fling
Hey again,

I just had a thought. We were discussing what we could give away during Spring Fling that would be representative of what we are in the same kind of way that the art clubs do charactures. Bracelets, pens, buttons, food all came up, however, I thought...why not give away pens or pencils (with "The Student Voice" printed on them) and paperback journals. It may be expensive but I'm willing to pitch in and we could order them bulk off of a printing website. We'd be encouraging the Wake Tech students to write. Let me know what you think :)

Lauren
Friday, February 11th, 2005
10:40 pm
[lazy_blazey]
Today's hopes and dreams event went fabulously well. In all, we promoted the Voice and 70+ students (in additio to several faculty) shared a moment of their time and a part of their life with us.

Heather, Lauren, Scott, and myself (with assistance from some willing volounteers) spent over three hours approaching and talking with people, recording their dreams not just for our benefit, but theirs as well. 95% of the people we talked with were happy to share their dreams with us, and many of the dreams were thoughtful and inspiring. We accomplished a lot, and I'd like to thank all of those who participated. ^_^

And stay tuned, true believers, I'll be posting notices on staff photos and upcoming events soon.

~Greg
8:02 pm
[sugarbear42]
"Remember Your Dreams" Promo/ Quote Party
Hey everyone,

Way to go guys! The "Remember Your Dreams" promo went so well today, and I think we can all be rightfully proud. There is a 'Quote Party' (available to those who participated in the promo) at my house this Sunday to discuss the editing and presentation of all student reponses. I'll send out an e-mail with all of the information including my address and cell phone number. We did a great job today and thanks to everyone that helped. I'll leave the event summary to Greg.

Current Mood: accomplished
Thursday, February 10th, 2005
7:53 pm
[lazy_blazey]
Attention!

For those of you helping Heather and I tommorrow morning, we've switched locations from the the Library to Student Services. We have permission to have table in the lobby while two or three people are out asking people about their hopes and dreams. We start at ten, and be prepared- I'll be taking some pictures! ^_^
Monday, January 31st, 2005
8:44 pm
[lazy_blazey]
Hiyas, everybody!

Today's meetings went well. For those that couldn't attend, here's the scoop:

-The Winter 2005 issue has arrived, and so have our newsstands! We have five stands, and the game plan is to set up one each in the Library, the Student Lounge, the lobby of Student Services, nearby the vending machines in Ready Hall, and on the grounds of the Health Science campus. The Student Embassadors will distribute them either Tuesday or Thursday.

-Starting February, we're going to start holding meetings during the final Monday of each month. We'll be in the Student Lounge on February 28th, March 28th, and April 25th during the same hours as today's set of meetings, 11:00-12:00 and 2:30-3:30. There's also the possibility of meeting in May, June, and July. If you have scheduling conflicts, let us know.

-I'd like to start printing head shots along with corresponding articles so readers can make a connection between writing and author. If you have a picture of yourself you'd like to use, send it to us attached in an e-mail ( .jpeg preferred) by mid-February. If you don't have a picture you can use, but want a head shot in the paper, contact me. I've got a trusty 35MM camera and I like taking pictures. ^_^

-Most of you already have an assignment to work on, so I won't bore you with another list of topics. We've set the Spring issue deadline for March 18th, so that gives us about six weeks to get everything in. Get crackin'!
Monday, January 24th, 2005
4:10 pm
[lazy_blazey]
Welcome, all!

I'm Greg Trombley, editor of the Student Voice. I encourage members of this community to post up material you wish to be published in the Voice. Here we're able to proofread and give rapid feedback to whatever is presented, as well as post news about future meetings and events.

A few news items:

1) The Winter issue is set to print, and will most likely be availible within the next couple of weeks. Time to start gearing up for the Spring issue!

2) We have another set of meetings scheduled for Jan 31st, at 11-12 and 2:30-3:30 in the Student Lounge. I hope you can find the time to join in.

3) Wake Tech's Spring Fling is coming up in a few months. It may be a distance away, but I'd like contributors to keep it in mind and help promote the Student Voice during the event when it comes.

Thanks for participating! Peace and monkeys. ^_~
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