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the magazine for residential learning communities Appalachian State University • December 2012


EDITOR Emily Yarborough

Intern at University Housing yarboroughel@appstate.edu

EDITOR

Corinne Smith

Coordinator of Academic Initiatives & RLCs smithmc3@appstate.edu 828.262.8656

University housing

ASU BOX 32111 Boone, NC 28608 828.262.2160 housing.appstate.edu The RLC Magazine is published twice each fall and spring semester. To share your feedback or change your mailing address please contact Corinne Smith.

on the cover Green bags are advertised for recycling on Game Day

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Appalachian State University is committed to providing equal opportunity in education and employment to all applicants, students, and employees. The university does not discriminate in access to its educaitonal programs and activites, or with respect to hiring or the terms and conditions of employement, on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, creed, sex, gender identity and expression, political affiliation, age, disability, veteran status, or sexual orientation. The university actively promotes diversity among students and employees.


features University Housing announces new RLCs

6 The Service RLC recycles on Game Day

Transfer RLC gets to know each other and Boone

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Only one semester ago, my friend Maria Matthews and I transferred to Appalachian State University. I transferred in from ECU and was excited for the change. Fortunately for me, the adjustment was easy because I grew up right here in Boone. For Maria, the adjustment was a little bit harder because everything and everyone she knew remained back in Maryland. I met Maria in Newland Hall; she was my suitemate. Coming in as transfers in the second semester we had very little guidance and found it hard to meet people in our residence hall. Most doors in Newland remained closed and on our floor it was hard to cross paths with other students. Sticking together we made it through our first semester at ASU and even decided to room with each other again. By the end of the semester I was ready for a leadership position. I had been in ROTC for nearly 3 years at ECU and I was really missing the idea of being a leader and helping others who need me. I learned the meaning of a strong community at ECU and was passionate about becoming an RA in hopes that I could build one here at ASU. Lucky for me, I was given the opportunity not only to be an RA but to be the RA for the Transfer Residential Learning Community. Not only was I leading the transfers but I was given a position as an RA in Newland Hall. I took it as a perfect challenge to build a community for transfers like myself in a place was not always so open. The first night the transfer students moved in, I pulled them all into my room. Some of were unable to attend, but the other 30 all squeezed in on top of each other. I told them to get comfortable and look around the room because this was their ASU family. They didn’t know this at the time but my greatest fear was that no one would like each other and they wouldn’t take my word “family” seriously. We introduced ourselves and told our greatest accomplishment. My hopes were to break the ice immediately so that no awkwardness had a chance in the hall, little did I know how quickly I broke it. The week after, the community held multiple workout sessions, ball games, dinners, and philosophical conversations together. At one point about 20 of the students took a walk together exploring downtown Boone (they seriously looked like a

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mob). I might be a worry wart, but I was worried that even though we started out strong, the students would go their separate ways once we got into the school year. It has now been 3 months and it funny how things have turn out; because now I’m more worried that they don’t ever leave the hallway. Together, we have gone on hikes, marked the tunnel, taken the most positions in hall council, formed an intramural team, seen movies, ate dinners, and so much more. There is never a dull moment in our hallway and there has yet to be a time where someone feels left out. I won’t say we always get along, but the level of inclusiveness as well as the amount of diversity on our floor has really made me a proud RA. There really is no way to put in words how inclusive they really are; you’d have to see it for yourself. It may have been my initiation in the beginning to get them to love each other, but it’s them who are keeping the “family” strong. One example I have is our Facebook page. We have a closed group on Facebook just for us to communicate with one another. At first it was mostly me posting about upcoming events, how great they are, or fussing at them for their little pranks. On Labor Day weekend some students posted how they couldn’t wait to go home and see their family. However, by fall break there were about 10 posts from them saying how much they missed their Newland family and they couldn’t wait to be back. Other posts talk about the great friends they’ve made and are so grateful for it. Some of them have even asked me if I could keep them on the Transfer RLC next year so they can all stay together. My main values as an RA are community, inclusiveness, acceptance, and pro-activity. The Transfers have meant a great deal to me since I lacked that community when I first came in. I’ve had many people ask me what I am doing to build so a strong hall, but like I’ve said before, it has nothing to do with me. My fellow members are the ones who are always interacting with each other and telling each other how much they love one another. dfgadfg

Taylor “Cross” Sherrill


Brian Shangwa I am a sophomore here at ASU and have just transferred from Wake Technical Community College in Raleigh, North Carolina. I am from Harare, Zimbabwe. My first semester so far at App State has been one of the best experiences of my life. It’s good to come to a school where you know there are many friendly people who can become lifelong friends. Coming to the USA, I was a bit scared that I wouldn’t make friends quickly due to cultural differences. I didn’t like Raleigh very much because the people there mostly kept to themselves and were really conservative. I spent my freshman year at Wake Tech and decided that I wanted to transfer to a four year college. The colleges I applied to were NC State, App State, UNCG and Wake Forest. My family wanted me to go to NC State; but unfortunately I was not accepted. My second option was App State. When I got accepted I felt like it was my destiny to come here because the ASU had taken time to get to know me during the application process. I am glad I choose to attend one of the best institutions in the USA. I love the view of Kidd Brewer Stadium outside my window at Newland Hall. I live on the second floor of Newland Hall and am surrounded by the most crazy and friendly people around. There is never a dull moment in our hall. I have never been so happy at a school like I am now. The school has taught me how to develop myself as a person, and the friends and the RAs I have met in my hall are truly the best people around. I am really glad I came here for college and have to thank God and my parents for allowing me to come here. Appalachian State and Boone are the places to be. Go Mountaineers!

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This is a dynamic residential learning community open to all levels of undergraduate students. ASUnity seeks to provide an inclusive and supportive environment where students of diverse gender identities and sexualities, along with Allies, can live and learn together. This RLC blends academic study and extracurricular activities focused on discussions of gender, sexuality, and sexual orientation as well as broader topics of acceptance and social justice. The community will be supported by residence life staff, the Counseling Center, and a team of faculty. Monthly meetings are designed to provide opportunities for peer support, to develop support networks, and to make connections with others based on similar academic and social interests. All students in the RLC will be expected to enroll in one of the following courses: MUS 2023, WS 2600, or SOC 2850. ASUnity will be located in Cannon Hall and any current student interested in living in the ASUnity RLC needs complete the RLC portion of the University Housing application. Application opens January 28th and closes February 6th. For more information, please contact Amy Page, pagead@appstate.edu.

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This RLC is opportunity for upper class students to actively participate in civic engagement while fostering friendships and team building skills in a community environment. Service in Action primarily focuses on community service and host opportunities for students to give back.

This community hopes to foster ties between their upperclassmen members, ASU, and the Boone community. Leadership in action teaches students how to be leaders in their own lives by developing leadership skills; which allows members to find their niche. Leadership in Action focuses on providing opportunities to grow, develop, and become connect to community.

This community is designed to unite upperclassmen that plan to enter the medical field. Students in the community will prepare for their futures together in an environment that is conducive to learning. Pre-Health Professions assist and encourages members to participate in clinical exposures, research opportunities, and community service related to the field.

This community for upper class students, centered on the idea that students do not need alcohol, drugs, or other illegal substances to have a fun and fulfilling college experience. Beyond the Influence creates a community in which positive morals and values are shared among peers. As well, students in the community will learn to play an active role in the Appalachian community through substance free events.


how about a brand new

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The mission of the Sisterhood Experience RLC is to cultivate a life-long commitment to supporting the experiences of women. Through programming focused on social and personal development, students will gain self-awareness, knowledge of community resources and skills to establish healthy relationships. The Sisterhood RLC has been busy over the past few weeks planning events that emphasis there mission. These programs include: Game Night, Girls Night at Macado’s, and Tye-Dye-virsit

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This picture was taken during an early shift of Recycle at the Rock, a recycling an initiative led by students during home football games to prevent waste from polluting ASU’s beautiful campus. During the shift, students pass out recycling and trash bags to tailgaters in an effort to promote environmentally conscious behaviors. The students from the Service and Leadership RLC gathered around Yosef to commemorate a day of hard work, teamwork, and a bonding experience while performing a wonderful service activity. 10



RLC Magazine - December 2012