Issue 12 of The Campbell Times
Multi-talented Needtobreathe member Seth Bolt, who plays bass and mandolin, founded Plantation Studios when he was 16. He co-wrote a book with his brother and has recorded four albums with the band. Bolt has been with the Christian band since 2002.
You have a new album coming out titled Rivers of the Wasteland. What is the story behind that?
“This is probably one of the records that was the toughest for us to make that took us a really long time. I think it’s because we were kind of struggling with a lot of interpersonal issues. So while it took us longer, the record kind of started out as one thing and then it ended up being something entirely different. The record ended up being sort of like a biographical experience of that. It started off being called “The Wasteland” and then it ended up being called “The Rivers of the Wasteland.” The record transformed as our lives transformed.”
What can listeners expect when this album is released?
“They can expect to hear a more raw version of Needtobreathe. The last record we released was sort of shooting for the stars, epic in nature, and sonically, but we decided in the beginning of this process that we wanted to give ourselves some limitations. We tried to record all the songs as a band and not get tons and tons of overdubs and stuff like that to create a big production. We wanted the songs to speak for themselves without lots of production.”
How excited are you to start off a tour?
“Very. I love it. This has been the longest break that we’ve had in probably our entire career so everyone’s had plenty of time to rest and rejuvenate and get lots of fresh perspective on who they are and how lucky we are to make music for a living and to get to tour the country. And I’m super excited for this show. The first couple of shows are always really special because they sort of are the recipients of those first bursts of energy everyone has from being back together, playing music again. That’s going to be great.”
How does performing at a university differ from an arena, if at all?
“It kind of depends on the college, actually. Each college or university has a different personality and it depends a large part on what kind of energy the people bring to the show. We treat every show as its own unique experience.”
What are you most looking forward to this Monday?
“I think watching the next tour take shape. We do things differently each tour, like we try not the play the songs the same way. So we will be freshly rehearsed from trying out some of those new ways to play the songs and I’m always excited to see if people connect with that or not. It’ll be the same songs, they’ll just be presented in a different way and it’ll be cool to look out and see if people are digging it or not.”
When the interview ended, Seth had a quick question to ask for the staff:
What’s the story on your mascot?
By Emily McIntosh
With the temperature rising, students are taking to the lawns to lay-out and suntan.
Freshman Charlotte Rockwell said, “Stars and actresses and celebrities are tan. Everyone wants to be tan.”
Yet, many professionals assert tanning, indoor and outdoor, is risky.
Anatomy Professor Claudia Williams said, “Indoor and outdoor tanning can increase the risk of skin cancer, and unfortunately there is not a risk free way to tan.”
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention, CDC, found tanning can cause skin cancer, fine lines and wrinkles, sagging skin, cataracts, and brown spots.
With multiple side effects, the center said individuals need to take precautions when tanning.
One way to protect skin from harmful UV rays is to use sunscreen before going outside, even if there are a few clouds in the sky or the weather is cool. The CDC recommended using at least SPF 15 sunscreen. The higher the SPF, the more protection your skin receives from UV rays.
It is also important to protect your eyes. When outside, wear sunglasses and if you decide to go indoor tanning, wear the protected eyewear provided by the salon. Eye protection is important to lower the risk of cataracts.
Wearing a hat is important to protect your head from the harmful rays of the sun. When tanning outdoors, even if you are wearing sunscreen, it is difficult to protect the sensitive skin on your head. The CDC found wearing a hat that can shade the face, ears, and the back of the neck provides the best protection.
Terri Holder from All About You Hair & Tanning salon in Buies Creek said, “[Our clients] must sign in and are monitored for each visit.”
They said they can ensure a tanning client is not getting over exposure to the UV rays.
Ultimately, tanning can cause long-term damages so students need to take specific measures to alleviate and prevent the damage.
By Rachel Rock
When people hear the name Clay Aiken, they are reminded of the American Idol contestant who was the 2003 runner-up to Ruben Studdard, but not many associate him with politics.
Clay Aiken, who visited Campbell’s campus Thursday, explained that throughout his entire life he has been a North Carolinian and had a strong interest in politics.
“I’ve been involved and attentive to politics and what has been going on around the world for my entire life,” Aiken said. “This is just a different way for me to advocate since I have been on American Idol.”
In February, Aiken announced his candidacy for North Carolina congressional office in the SecondDistrict. This position is currently held by Republican Representative Renee Ellmers.
“This is not as big of a transition as many people believe it is,” said Aiken.
After Aiken’s journey as a singer fresh off of Idol, he started an organization for people with special needs and has been an ambassador for UNICEF.
Aiken said his ability to listen would be beneficial in his role as representative for North Carolina.
“Representatives have the description of their job in the title which is to represent,” Aiken said. “Right now in the office there’s a lot of tone deficit between people who are supposed to be represented and the person who is representing them.”
Hunter Outlaw, a senior business administration major and Student Government Association Vice President, said, “Someone who gathers data on consistent needs, and isn’t pursuing their own interests, but what they are elected to pursue, is a true representative.”
“The ability to listen, to be there for people, and maintain highest priority for citizens’ needs are the primary functions of a representative,” Aiken said.
Clay said the goals he has will have to line up with the constituents in the Second District.
The biggest issue he believes he needs to cover is jobs in the economy.
He said another major issue of citizens is the dysfunction of politics from Raleigh to Washington, D.C.
“Unemployment is an issue I am glad Clay Aiken covered,” said senior Emily Tadlock, a communication studies major. “I’m worried that I will not be able to find a job as easily due to the unemployment rate.”
Aiken said he wants to be the voice of his constituents.
“I’m not doing this because I need a job, I recognize that people aren’t being listened to and I can listen to people and they can listen to me. My desire is to speak up for the people who have placed me in this position,” said Aiken.
By Mary Ashley Badgett
A special update of key events in the Ukraine conflicts with Russia.
It was just three months ago protestors sparked a fire in the Ukraine.
During the early stages, these protests were confined to small patches of annoyance against the nation’s leader, President Viktor Yanukovych, and his choice to abandon a European Union political and economic pact in order to seek functional and profitable relations with Moscow.
According to Global News, by November of 2013, protestors had taken to the streets, being brutally attacked by police officers who were called in to calm their rising and alarming number.
However, by Dec. 1 protestors had seized Kiev’s city hall, forming one of the largest activist movements in Ukraine’s history.
Their voices fell short as President Yanukovych pressed on with a deal that allowed Russian President Vladimir Putin over $15 billion dollars worth in government bonds from the Ukraine.
In exchange natural gas exportation from Russia would see a drop in prices; the two insisted there were no side deals involved. Their deal came just a little over two weeks after the protestors seized the Independence Square in Kiev.
At the end of January, after a month of live protests, the first demonstrators were shot in a confrontation with police officers.
The nation’s Parliament repealed laws that enabled the police officers to fire on civilians in order to ease the tension.
Even when a truce was called a few days after the repeal it did little to stop the violent protests from emerging again the next day.
By the middle of February nearly 300 people had been arrested, and at least 29 people had died. As hours passed, and casualties ensued, protest leaders and Yanukovych planned to form a new government, and the nation’s Parliament released his key rival, former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko from prison.
As protestors moved in closer, Yanukovych fled the country.
Now, with the vote to remove Yanukovych from his office, the Ukrainian Parliament is moving to hold new presidential elections, with Tymoshenko promising to run for position. As of late, pro-Russian activists were striking up with outbreaks of violence in Crimea, which resides in the southern region of the Ukraine.
According to CNN, today, Yanukovych said he remained his country’s legitimate elected leader and was not giving up.
Nations hold their breath, with hopes and prayers that these protests will end peacefully, and soon.
By Anjanette Alexander
The following are the winners of the SGA Executive Elections today:
Executive President: Sue Ann Forrest (96.9%)
Executive Vice-President: Nick Hudson (97.0%)
Executive Treasurer: Danielle Barnes (53.9%)
Executive Secretary: Phillip Hedrick (57.2%)
Women’s Community Coordinator: Marlee Sloan (97.9%)
Men’s Community Coordinator: Harley Powell (100%)
Commuting Students Coordinator: Megan Avery (98.9%)
Since 2007, Harnett County children have experienced improvement in key health indicators, including insurance coverage, dental care, teen pregnancy, child deaths and even high school graduation rates. These gains are at odds with what’s expected during economic downturns when health outcomes typically worsen.
“Poverty causes increased financial and emotional strains on families that often result in poorer health outcomes for children,” said Laila A. Bell, director of research and data at NC Child. “These data show that public policy actions which promote evidence-based programs and support local communities can be powerful tools to safeguard our children’s health during tough economic times.”
NC Child’s 2013 Child Health County Data Card for Harnett County finds between 2007 and 2012:
· Medicaid enrollment increased by 27.8 percent and Health Choice enrollment increased by 20.5 percent, which is consistent with statewide data showing a 30 percent decline in uninsured children;
· Medicaid-eligible children who received dental care increased by 25.3 percent for children 1-5 and 15.9 percent for children 6-14;
· North Carolina’s teen pregnancy rate continued to improve, dropping 43 percent to 19.7 per 1,000 girls ages 15-17. The teen pregnancy rate was 21.5 per 1,000 girls in Harnett County;
· Statewide, child fatalities continued to decline, falling 22 percent to 58.6 per 100,000 children under age 18. Harnett County had 22 child deaths in 2012;
· The graduation rate improved by 4.9 percent.
“It’s no coincidence that Harnett County experienced a significant decline in its teen pregnancy rate and increase in its graduation rate over the past several years,” said Bell. “Both of these indicators have been targeted by well-funded state efforts. This improvement should give us hope that we can make progress on big problems when we’re willing to put resources behind data-driven solutions.”
While typically associated with academic achievement, the graduation rate is also a key health indicator. Education is associated with better earning potential and higher income which enables purchase of better housing in safer neighborhoods, healthier food, health insurance coverage and more timely medical care. Studies have linked high school dropout to higher rates of substance use, psychological, emotional, and behavioral problems.
NC Child’s findings for Harnett County were not all positive, however. Key economic indicators in Harnett County have worsened as a result of the recession and subsequent budget cuts. Specifically, the unemployment rate in Harnett County increased from 4.9 percent to 10.8 percent from 2007 to 2012, and the median household income declined 2.5 percent to $44,998. In 2011, the most recent year for which data are available, 26.1 percent of children in Harnett County were living in households that struggled to meet their basic nutritional needs.
“Statewide, one in four children are growing up in poverty. Food insecurity is a very serious byproduct of poverty that’s making its presence felt in Harnett County,” stated Bell. “No child should ever go to bed hungry, but unfortunately, that’s what’s happening to children across the county.”
With the elimination of the state Earned Income Tax Credit and significant cuts to unemployment benefits, there is concern that many families could find their economic situation worsening during a slow economic recovery. What’s clear is that the impacts of public policy decisions are playing out in communities across the state.
“We know that parents and communities are working hard to grow healthy children, but they cannot do it alone.” said Bell. “Advocates, providers, community and business leaders, state and federal governments must collaborate to strengthen investments in prevention programs and promote focused public policies that promote child well-being.”
To download a copy of your county data card, visit: http://www.ncchild.org/sites/default/files/Harnett.pdf
By Rob Thompson
Director of Communications at NC Child
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Multi-talented Needtobreathe member Seth Bolt, who plays bass and mandolin, founded Plantation Studios when he was 16. He co-wrote a [...]
With the temperature rising, students are taking to the lawns to lay-out and suntan. Freshman Charlotte Rockwell said, “Stars and [...]