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Green Tip of
courtesy of Laura Fieselman
Instead of continuously bu\ing those
plastic water bottles that can only be
used once and then are either thrown
in the trash or the recycling bin, get a
reusable bottle. In doing so, you will
be reducing the amount of plastic that
decomposes in 50-80 years.
Cute, Cuddly, and Frothing
at the Mouth
Calley Jones, Staff Writer
Old Yeller is a classic. If
you haven’t read the book then
you’ve probably at least seen
the movie. Even the tough guys
ciy when Travis has to shoot his .
beloved companion. When I was
reading that book as an 8-year-old,
I didn’t understand why it was so
bad that Old Yeller was sick. Why
couldn’t they just take him to the
vet and make him better? That’s
because Old Yeller had been bit
ten by a rabid wolf and rabies is
primarily transmitted through
virus-containing saliva. During the
1950’s when this book was written,
rabies was a death sentence.
Rabies is a virus that af
fects the central nervous system.
first presenting with s)nnptoms
very much like the flu according
to the CDC (Center for Disease
Control). Within a few days, the
infected person will begin to show
signs of anxiety and confusion,
followed by delirium and halluci
nations. Once a person begins to
show these symptoms, survival is
very rare. The good news is that
rabies now is completely prevent
able with a post-exposure vac
cination. Despite this, the CDC
estimates that more than 55,000
people die of rabies every year,
primarily in Asia and Africa.
Raccoons, wolves, foxes
and bnts are notorious carriers of
the virus, but dogs are the most
typical culprits in transmission of
rabies to humans. The solution
to this? Keep ypur pets’ rabies
vaccinations up to date. Don’t let
your pets wander loose without
supervision. Have animal control
remove stray animals, no mat
ter how cute they may be. If you ■
do suspect you’ve been bitten by
a rabid animal, wash the wounds
immediately with soap and water.
Contact your doctor and they will
decide whether or not you require
vaccination. Lucky enough for you,
t5dng someone up in the woodshed
and shooting them isn’t the only
option any more.
Jillian Curtis, Staff Writer
After a long month of
pandemonium, mayhem, and just
plain madness, a champion has
been crowned. In a close 61-59
nail biting victory over Butler, the
2010 National Champions are the
Triangle’s own Duke Blue Devils.
The championship game
was a perfect way to end the
tournament. The game was close'
throughout the entire match. But
ler proved to be tough competition
for the Devils, but after missing
what could have been the game
winning shot, the Devils were able
to clinch the victory and win the
national championship for the
fourth time in college history.
The entire tournament was
filled with excitement and chaos.
After number one seed Kansas lost
to seemingly unknown Northern
Iowa, it was clear to fans that this
year’s tournament would be one of
the craziest yet. There were more
upsets this year than one could
have thought possible. Eight dou
ble digit seeds were able to make it
through the first round. Villanova
and New Mexico were taken down
by number 10 and 11 seeds early
on in the tournament. The fact
that two number 5 seeds, Butler
and Michigan State, were able to
make it to the final four goes to
show you just how unpredictable
this year’s tournament truly was.
The Butler Bulldogs truly
became this season’s Cinderella
Story. The small liberal arts school
from Indiana was clearly the
underdog in the National Cham-
Player of the Week
Jillian Curtis, Staff Writer
This issue’s player of the week is junior Zannah VVohsler. Webster is this year’s
" co-captain of the 2010 tennis squad and is one of the most talented and en
thusiastic players on the team. Her leadership abilities have helped her guide
the team throughout many organizational changes over the past few seasons.
Webster’s knowledge of the game and constant optimism contributes to the
team's overall success.
Webster has been playing tennis for seven years and plays both singles
and doubles for the Avenging Angels. Her goal for this season is to improve her
top spin in order to become a more consistent player on the court. With her
skills and dedication, Webster hopes to lead her team to victoiy in the confer
ence tournament in order to compete in the NCA.\ championships.
Webster is an early child development major. Altliough it is difficult
even for a less active student to find time to juggle school, tennis, and a social
life, Webster is able to do so successfully.
pionship match up. Their entire
program operates on a budget that
is smaller than the Duke coaches
salary. No one was expecting that
they would be able to make it far '
in the tournament, let alone ap
pear in the championship match.
Unfortunately, their Cinderella
Story managed to fall short when
they were unable to defeat Duke
in the final round. However, there
is no doubt that they will be back
next season with vengeance
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