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Brown leads Pack past Camels, 87-81

RALEIGH — Since N.C. State left for the RBC Center 12 years ago, the occasional game at Reynolds Coliseum has been more of a nostalgic indulgence than a basketball test.

Campbell changed that Tuesday night in front of a capacity crowd at the Old Barn. N.C. State needed every bit of 24 points and eight assists from Lorenzo Brown to turn away the Camels, 87-81.

A friendly exhibition between two in-state schools it was not. There were three technical fouls in the second half and dueling chants between the fan bases, a sizable portion of about 2,500 Campbell fans showed up, hoping for a repeat of history.

Woodson installed at NCSU

N.C. State Chancellor Randy Woodson wants a more efficient university that brings in more federal research dollars and private gifts and better translates scientific discovery to practical use.

Officially installed Tuesday as NCSU's leader, Woodson laid out his vision for NCSU, one that he said must better capitalize on the university's strengths.

One way to do so is to cut through some red tape and tear down some of the walls between academic departments.

"The real opportunities for the future are at the intersection of disciplines and our professional fields," he said. "That means strengthening our interdisciplinary programs, lowering the barriers between disciplines and departments, being more nimble in our operations, developing academic programs of study across disciplines and bringing faculty together to promote interdisciplinary scholarship."

Woodson is thinking big. He wants to expand NCSU's tenure-track faculty, an improbable notion at many universities these days given the state of budgets at public institutions.

"You may be wondering how in a weak economy we can add tenure-track faculty." he said. "That's the challenge, right? The first part of the answer is that we can't do it all at once."

But without adequate tenure-track faculty, NCSU will fall behind on grant-writing and the training of graduate students, which in turn will limit the university's ability to conduct research and enroll grad students.

That, in turn, leads to an increase in the size of classes, he argues.

He also hopes to increase NCSU's $400 million endowment; many of NCSU's competitors have endowments twice as valuable, he said.

Woodson, the former provost at Purdue University, started work at NCSU in April.

Still time to sign up for a summer sports camp

A week into July already! How summer flies.

The season's summer sports camps are flying by, too, but a few spots remain in camps offered by colleges, professional teams, pro athletes, high schools, grade schools, churches, parks and recreation departments, nonprofit organizations and for-profit enterprises around the area.

The camps cover a variety of sports, including baseball, basketball, football, golf, hockey, jump rope, sailing, soccer, softball, tennis, volleyball and wrestling. Multi-sport camps give participants a chance to try a variety of sports without having to pay for several camps.

Wrong venue for State-Marquette

N.C. State played two regular-season games at Reynolds Coliseum this season. Executive editor John Drescher (who's a State season-ticket holder) writes that Monday's Marquette game should have been one of them.

Given State's historical connection to Marquette and the fact that they were honoring the 1974 national championship team, maybe the Old Barn would have worked some magic for the Wolfpack in the final possession.

You can read Drescher's full thoughts on State's new homecourt vs. the old one here.

Pack to play more games at Reynolds

N.C. State's men's basketball team will have an increased presence at its former home, Reynolds Coliseum, this season.

There is a good chance the Wolfpack will play two regular-season games, both preseason exhibition games and the Red-White game at Reynolds, school athletics officials said today. The RBC Center replaced Reynolds as the team's regular home floor in 1999-2000.

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