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APRIL 18, 2014

All Smiles

Balancing Act

Soccer assistant has been a part of Roberson soccer for over two decades.

Students discuss and compare the different sides of Asheville: the mountains and downtown.










Spring in the Air See what the Golden Fleece staff finds “fresh” this spring!


CTS trial set to go to US Supreme Court Law suit hopes to change laws regarding contamination for local residents. By MOLLY HORAK Features Editor

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NATIONAL NEWS: The court case pertaining to the CTS plant on Mills Gap Rd. is gaining national attention as it will be argued in front of the Supreme Court.

The United States Supreme Court will hear an appeal regarding groundwater contamination caused by the CTS plant in South Asheville on April 23. The CTS Corporation operated the plant on Mills Gap Road from 1959 to 1986, manufacturing electronic components for hearing aids and auto parts. The corporation had been charged with dumping and leaking toxic chemicals, such as trichloroethylene (TCE), into

the ground surrounding the former plant. The factory closed over three decades ago. TCE is classified as a human carcinogen, and has been linked to numerous instances of cancer in local residents. The case, CTS Corp. v Waldburger, was filed by a group of landowners living near the site after they faced constant frustrations and claimed CTS failed to clean up the site. Freshman Kayla Adell lives less than a mile from the old CTS site. Although her family has city water access, the proximity of the contamination site to her house worries her. “It bothers me every time I drive by it, because I know what’s there, what happened, and all the problems it has caused,” Adell said. Lee Ann Smith, a resident of one of the nearby communities, has also

personally faced the effects of water contamination when both of her sons developed cancers that were eventually were traced back to TCE. Smith decided she needed to get involved and spread awareness. This prompted her to become one of the leaders in the lawsuit, which was filed after the 2009 discovery of groundwater contaminated with TCE in local wells. Smith spearheaded the effort by starting the formation of the POWER (Protecting Our Water and Environmental Resources) group, which is a team that was established due to the need for a community-based group to press for a full-scale cleanup. As a plaintiff in the case going before the Supreme Court, Smith has felt frustrations as the case slowly worked its way up. “It has been a slow and sometimes disheartening process. The U.S. Justice See CTS/Page 2

Modifications to take effect for tests given in spring 2016 Roberson freshmen will see a new, “more relevant” test. By JESSICA ZUK News Editor

The College Board officially anno d new changes to the Scholastic Aptitudeunce Test ) that will take effect in spring of 2016 (SAT ge Board President David Coleman state. Colle that the goal of the redesigned test is to better drefle ct what students have been learning in school. Although junior Anna Teal has taken the SAT yet, she plans to take it withinnot next year. However, she will not be taking the the new test. “Hearing about the new changes, it soun ds good. I took the ACT this year also I feel that I did pretty well on it. I did not and do as well in some subjects as I thought I would, but overall it seemed to be pretty accurate. It will inter esting to see what will actually change,”be Teal said. The last major change to the test ened in 2005, where the total possible score happ from 1,600 points to a maximum score of rose 2,400. Now the test will return to a 1,600-point scale . The test will also include three sections of evide based reading and writing, math, and it willncealso offer an optional essay. According to the College Board, the new test will focus on eight key parts and will de problems grounded in real-worl continclu exts, analysis in science and in social d studies, founding documents and great global conv ersation. The College Board also decided that no penalty will be given for incorrect answers. Junior Megan Fox has already the SAT but is not sure if the changes will taken actually benefit students. “I feel that having the three sections in the older SAT helped me out, but I’m sure other students like that the essay will now be that optional. Taking the old test, you could get a feel of what the two mandatory sections were. However, the third section with the essay increased my score ,” Fox said. Fox also plans on retaking the SAT in the future because she wants to improve her score. “As of right now, I would rathe subm it my ACT score to colleges. Honestly, I rdon’t like taking standardized tests because it’s hard for people to judge your skill off of a singl e test. It does not seem fair,” Fox said. Brian Caskey, owner of the Chyten Educational Services of Asheville, feels that ges to the SAT will benefit students. As somechan one who works at a standardized test preparati on center, Caskey knows how this redesigned test will affect students. “Current sophomores, juniors and seniors do not have to worry about these changes. However, the freshman will be the ones first affec ted by the OFF THE SHELF: Counse lor Michelle Wagaman replaces a stu dy guide for the current test. Counselors and test-prep mentors will have to adj ust in coming years.



new test in 2016,” Caskey said. According to Caskey, he believes that the SAT has been struggling to compete with tests like the ACT and wants to become more relev He believes they needed to change things ant. up to remain as a popular test among high scho ol students. He also believes that the change is connected to the subjects the test covered. As far as why North Carolina chose the ACT over the SAT as the required test for Caskey believes that the ACT had juniors, ties that were better for students. distinct quali“The ACT was much easier to with curriculum in high schools. Honestly,align even after the SAT makes changes that will align with students’ knowledge, the state will probably stick with the ACT. It’s almost like it was too little late to make enough of a difference as far astoo mandatory in the state,” Caskey said. making it Overall, the Chyten Center believes that the test has changed in beneficial manner. As far as reactions from students about the new test, counselor Melanie Parham has noticed some trends. “We have seen a general decline over the past few years. Students might choose to take only one standardized test and would pick ACT instead,” Parham said. “I do not know the if people would rather wait to take the new test, but this year there has been an obvious decli number of juniors taking the SAT.” ne in the Since juniors have been required take the ACT for the last three years, Parhamtofeels some students do not think it is necessary that to take the SAT as well. Parham has not officially read any colleges releases on their views of the new SAT. “The question is about how colleges will review these new changes. But that will come later, and I am interested to find out,” she said. Caskey understands that standardized tests are difficult for students, but he feels the proper tools, students can do well.that with “We feel that these changes will be positive and make the test better. We are excit ed to see these changes and help students succeed with the new test,” he said.


New outlet center begins construction off of I-26 New England Development adds Asheville Outlets to replace former Biltmore Square Mall. By ELIZABETH MCBRIDE Special Projects Manager

What will soon be the newest additions to the shopping and retail scene in Asheville and Western North Carolina is taking over the Biltmore Square Mall. New England Development, with previous mall owners Tremont Realty capital, are building Asheville Outlets. New England Development is a wellknown real-estate development and management company that is mainly in the Northeast. They have shopping centers and hotels in major cities like Boston and West Palm Beach. The demolition of the existing building has already been started by Winter Construction, a company based out of Atlanta. The plan for the outlets is to be an outdoor shopping center with 11 wings covered with detachable roofs and connected by three main buildings, according to general manager Sharon Morgan. The plan for the center is to be a 325,000 square feet facility that will feature 75 of the top retail outlets and manufactures. The particular shops coming in will not be released until closer to the opening date, according to and Morgan. Belk, Dillard’s, The Dollar Tree, and Cinebarre are the only stores open now and that will remain in the new shopping center. Morgan said the company decided to develop the site because Asheville is known as a vacation destination and is number one on Baron’s List of Best Places for Second Homes. “The developers look at the population that is here year round, the people who are here for 6 months out of the year, and the tourist rate,” Morgan said. “Another big factor was the Biltmore House, which is the biggest attraction in North Carolina.” This particular outlet will be the only shopping center within 80 miles and could possibly draw customers from cities as far away as Greenville. Local restaurants, like Apollo Flame on Brevard Rd., are looking forward to the business that will come with the outlets. “We are hoping that the owners or the workers will come and eat before the outlets are open, and then the customers will come when they are open next spring,” Apollo Flame manager Carol Kerrigan said. Many teenagers who live in the Candler area are excited for the convenience and the location of the outlets. “I am so excited for the new outlets. They will be a lot closer than the Asheville Mall, and I think that it will increase the consumerism around our community being able to benefit the local businesses,” Junior at Enka High School Caroline Moody said. “And I think that they will have a lot of See OUTLETS/Page 2


“If the purpose for learning is to score well on a test, we’ve lost sight of the real reason for learning” » Jeannie Fulbright



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South Asheville teen Madison Cawthorn was recently in a severe car accident and is currently hospitalized. To show support, some Roberson students sold t-shirts. All proceeds benefitted the Cawthorn family and their medical bills. To keep up with Madison’s status like “Prayers for Madison 2014” on Facebook. MANY FOR MADISON: Left: Bethany Knecht helps to sell t-shirts in the cafeteria for Madison Cawthorn. Schools across WNC sponsored sales to help offset medical costs.

Construction on new center brings renewed interest in area OUTLETS From Page 1 stores that

they don’t have any-


where else.” Senior Tanner Case is also excited about the location of the outlets, which are much closer to his house than the Asheville Mall. “I think that the outlets will bring a lot of new companies to the area. I hope that there

are better brand name stores than the mall has,” Case said. “Since I do most of my shopping online, it would be nice to have some of my favorite stores located in our town, saving money from shipping rates.” The shopping center will also offer job opportunities to teens in the area. Case says that he would be interested in looking for a job in

Local case reaches high court, will be heard in Washington


Department is arguing against us and I have to ask myself ‘why wouldn’t the Justice Department stand with us in our efforts to curb corporate irresponsibility and pollution?’ It seems that CTS is shirking responsibility based on a technicality in the law,” Smith said. After losing the case in a lower court, the landowners appealed to the 4th U.S. Circut of Appeals, with the majority of panel siding with the plaintiffs. CTS appealed again, and this time the case moved up to the national level. The case centers on the North Carolina statute of repose, a provision that states that an individuals only have a certain length of time to file a complaint. In North Carolina, the time limit is 10 years. According to records, the first signs of contamination began to appear in the late 1990s, over a decade after the last documented release of chemicals. However, new cancer cases are now being discovered that are CTS From Page 1

being linked to the pollutants, and the affected people are currently unable to legally hold CTS responsible. This limitation is what they aim to change. The outcome of the case will likely provide a new precedent on environmental legal cases involving contamination across the country. The verdict will either change the laws regarding clean-up efforts and responsibility for the pollutants, or will enforce the statutes of repose that are currently in effect, according to a statement released by one of the case attorneys. Smith is optimistic about case. “Our attorneys feel very positive about our chances of the Supreme Court ruling in our favor. If this happens, it will mean that many people in the area who have likely gotten sick due to TCE exposure will be able to file personal injury claims against CTS. This ruling will impact not only people in our area, but others across the country in how they are able to seek damages against corporate polluters,” Smith said.

the outlet mall, but will be in college when they open. Junior Cat Jennings, who is currently working at Gap in the Asheville Mall, hopes that they would open a Gap Outlet. “I think that this will definitely be good for the community and will offer a cheaper way to shop at nice stores. It probably will draw a bigger crowd to the area since the Biltmore Square

Mall seemed to lose a lot of attention in the last couple of years,” Jennings said. Morgan says that the construction is right on track and that she thinks it will open as scheduled. “I think that the shopping center has a bright future and that it will turn out wonderfully,” Morgan said.




Cultural differences become apparent Sunder discusses everyday cultural differences between Germany and America. By INGA SUNDER Foreign Correspondent

photo/KYLE THOMAS/courtesy

BUILDING BRIDGES: Roberson students were given the opportunity to travel abroad over spring break. Latin classes, paired with Enka High, organized the trip once again, allowing students to experience Italy. “The trip was incredible. We got to see things in person that most people only ever find in textbooks. Truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience,” junior Kyle Thomas said.

Language department organizes travel abroad; students visit Italy, Spain during spring break Latin and Spanish students experience cultural differences overseas.

differences there in comparison to here great opportunity offered to us,” Mary in the U.S. I was also really excited to go Moody said. shopping and learn as much as I could,” Along with the Spanish students’ Motley said. expedition to Spain, the Latin class When senior and club decided to Lauren Moody go on a trip to Italy, heard that the trip along with students was being offered, from Enka who also she and her mother signed up. Mary Moody talked Latin teacher about it and decided Chris Semper orgait would be a great nized a schedule full opportunity. After of educational excurfurther discussion, sions to give students they both decided the most enriched to go. experience he could. “I was just so “I was most excited. I had been excited to get to see » Ben Boyer looking online for Rome. I’ve been weeks, reading about hoping that we could Spain’s history. I also bought a bunch of go for almost four years now, so when books that helped me in Spain. Lauren I heard we were going I immediately and I had not been able to stop talksigned up. I’m very thankful to Mr. ing about it for weeks. It was such a Semper for organizing this trip for us,

By ASHLEY KUDER Staff Writer

With the weather changing here in Asheville, the language departments decided to take advantage of the spring time to embark on some international travel for dozens of students. The Spanish classes and club had the opportunity this spring break to travel to Spain. Students departed on their trip on March 25. Freshman Mary Motley said she was excited and counting down the days before they left. “My sister convinced me to go, and I was really excited to see all the culture

I was glad to get the chance to learn a lot of Italian culture.

and agreeing to take us,” senior Carrie Fisher said. Sixteen students went on the trip together. They are visiting several places, including the gondola, Pompeii, and several museums. “I was really excited that I got to go. I was most excited to get the chance to see Pompeii. I had been trying to learn more of the language so I could communicate with the people there better. I was glad to get the chance to learn a lot of Italian culture,” junior Ben Boyer said. After their return to the states the students and chaperones spove highly about the places they went to, including Madrid and Barcelona. “Barcelona was overall the coolest city because of the architecture and the cool stores,” senior Justin McCarthy said.

Advanced Ensemble takes home top awards while at Festival Disney Competition in FL Choral students visited Orlando to participate in national contests. By MOLLY HORAK AND AMELIA RAMSEY Features Editor & Staff Writer aramsey

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CLEAN SWEEP: Roberson’s Advanced Ensemble traveled to Disney World to compete in the Festival Disney contest. The group placed first, along with Senior Kristian Wilken winning the outstanding soloist award.

The Roberson Advanced Ensemble traveled to Orlando, FL on March 19 to participate in the Festival Disney contest. This is the second year that the Roberson chorus competed in the contest; however, in past years, the group has also sung at Disney Honors, which is not a competition. The chorus took part in three categories: Advanced Ensemble as a whole sang in the Concert Choir division, a select smaller group of students competed in the Chamber Choir, and the women also contended against other women’s choirs from across the country. All three groups won Best in Class, first place in each of their respective categories and took gold, which is first place overall. Senior Kristian Wilken won the Outstanding Soloist award by singing the lead solo in “City Called Heaven.” When he realized he won, Wilken was speechless. “I was shocked. We were in a big auditorium with lots of other choirs, and I had no idea who I had been competeing against. When they called my name, it was so surreal,” Wilken said. Chorus teacher Alesia Baker has been preparing her students for this opportunity over the

course of the year. “We’ve been working on these songs forever. I’ve known what songs we are going to do all year, and we’ve practiced them for most of the year,” Baker said. Sophomore David Fine was extremely excited for the trip. “I felt like we were really prepared, and also knew that it was going to be fun to hang out in the parks,” Fine said. Choral performances are not the only category of performing arts to participate at Festival Disney. Competition is open to concert bands, jazz ensembles, marching bands, orchestras and other vocal ensembles. The traveling costs were extensive for the choral students. Fundraisers have occurred throughout the year to help lower expenses. Originally, the trip cost $605 per person. “We’ve sold coupon cards, fruit, Thirty One products, and held our Sweet Tooth Serenade,” Baker said. Baker was confident in her students’ ability as they prepare to compete. “We had gotten superiors at all of our past competitions, and I thought that we were definitely capable of bringing home another,” Baker said. Advanced Ensemble sophomore Gabby Kay felt that this trip was a great experience. “Winning at Disney was an awesome experience. It feels great to know we con overcome the challenge of hitting almost every note right,” Kay said.

For this month, I want to tell you some things about the daily life in Europe, as it’s the little things that make a big difference sometimes. From our power plugs being different than yours and European lights switching “off ” the opposite direction, to the color of our public mailboxes (German mailboxes are bright yellow, British are bright red), the every day differences are signifcant. We usually don’t take the car a lot because we have a very good public transportation system. All throughout Europe, and especially in Germany, there are many train routes, so you can easily go on vacation by train. In every city, there’s also a public bus system with a lot of different bus lines. Some of them even run all night long. The bike is an important means of transportation as well. Due to everything being so close together, you can get almost everywhere in the city with a bike while using one of the many bike paths. Most students in Germany go to school either by public bus or by bike. When we’re at home, we don’t watch TV as much as Americans do. Most teenagers have their own computer, so they’re more on that than watching actual TV. We also have a special TV newspaper, which lists everything that will be on each TV program. On Saturday and Sunday mornings, we often go to a bakery to get fresh rolls for breakfast. Even grocery shopping is different here. We do have a city center and some malls and big stores, but we also have smaller grocery stores in our neighborhoods, which you can ride your bike or walk to. Our churches are also in our neighborhoods, so you usually belong to the church of your denomination that’s closest to your home. And, guess what we go there by bike, too. Another big difference is that we don’t have as many air conditionings here as there are in the U.S. Barely any private home has one - only big stores and some public or office buildings do. In almost every European country, you have to learn at least one foreign language in school. In most cases, that’s English of course. Due to most of Europe having a universal currency (the “Euro”) and almost everybody knowing at least a little bit of English, it makes vacationing much easier. A lot of Europeans think that Americans are too lazy to learn a second language and that they think they don’t need to. So it’s definitely not wrong to know some basics of the native language when you’re going on a vacation here. Now you hopefully know a little bit more about daily life on the other side of the ocean. But you shouldn’t forget that every person finds differences wherever you go. If you ever visit, you will probably come across a lot of other things that will seem totally weird to you. Just go with the flow and it will all work out.



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BOSTON STRONG A Year After the Boston Marathon Bombing: A Look at How Our Nation Was Affected

This year’s Boston Marathon, to be held on April 21, will be one full of anxiety for many runners and workers. History was made all over the world after the shocking and devastating bombing of the Boston Marathon last April. A year later, the bombing may be old news, but it will never be forgotten. Similar to the 9/11 attacks, extra precautions will be taken for the future, and America will never feel the same. According to an article from, marathons will now subject spectators and runners to random bag

checks and restrict parking to 300 feet away from race sites. In some cases, officials have even considered moving their marathons to a track for extra precautions, but a marathon is 100 laps around an average 1600 meter track, which would become repetitive for runners. Though it has been over a year since a very tragic day in history, America will never be the same. Every marathon runner will likely experience some sort of anxiety before stepping out onto a race course. It is heartbreaking that someone’s decision

at one marathon could create so many problems for the future, but America must take into consideration the fact that this tragedy has not blown over. Three lives were lost and 26 were injured, causing not only heartbreak for family and friends, but for anyone who has experienced such tragedy before. With the Boston Marathon approaching in three days, we all remember the tragic day of April 15. We must be compassionate towards those who are still mourning, and remember that the runners’ lives may have been lost, but they will always be remembered.

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Graffiti continues to be burden for owners Empty cans of spray paint can be found on the ground around brick walls, sides of buildings, or almost anywhere with a flat surface. The contents of these cans have been emptied onto these surfaces as graffiti “artists” tag and damage the buildings that make up towns and cities all over the country and the world. Graffiti has become a menace, especially in large cities such as San Francisco, California. According to an article from SFGate, property owners in the city find their buildings subject to “tagging,” a signature logo sprayed by graffiti artists onto multiple surfaces, multiple times a day. San Francisco has responded to the destruction of their city’s property by cracking down on laws regarding graffiti. Tags are now being collected throughout the city to charge perpetrators for multiple offenses, leading to higher charges such as increased fines or possible jail time. Graffiti-related incidents are not exclusive to the West Coast, however. Asheville experiences its own problems with graffiti and tagging as well. Asheville resident Edwards Harper was arrested in the last week of February for graffiti charges. He was found by two officers tagging a building on Haywood Road in West Asheville. On March 24, about a month after Harper’s arrest, an Asheville city council committee met to discuss possible methods of dealing with graffiti, the property affected, and the graffiti artists themselves. Much of this meeting focused on regulations requiring that it is the

responsibility of the property owners to clean up the graffiti. While this is clearly an effective way for the graffiti to be taken down, Ullman I believe that Briana Ullman is a these rules senior in her third extend too year of journalism. far. Her opinions do Under the not necessarily plan, propreflect those of the erty ownGolden Fleece staff. ers who do not remove graffiti from their property within 7 days will receive a notice from the city and can even be fined up to $100. However, it is not clear to me why the property owner should be yet again put at a disadvantage after their building has already been subject to damages from graffiti. Those who graffiti the building themselves should be the ones receiving punishment for their destructive and illegal actions, not the owners of the buildings that are damaged. I applaud cities such as San Francisco for creating protocols that give consequences to the person who committed the crime rather than the victim of it. I know that with a little effort and more meetings like the one that happened recently, Asheville can begin taking steps in the right direction to kick graffiti without punishment to the curb.

Artists deserve space to express themselves

It’s an issue that our law-makers have debated for decades: how should the city of Asheville deal with graffiti? Their concerns stem from a variety Mueller of reasons, but Mia Mueller is a this form of art sophomore in (yes, art) has her first year of more positive journalism. Her aspects than opinions do not negative. necessarily reflect Not only those of the Golden is graffiti able Fleece staff. to be seen as a beautiful mural on the side of a building, but it is also a good form of expression for inner city kids who would otherwise be involved in more dangerous activities. For example, in Hutt, New Zealand, the city council has programs where youth are actually given walls to express themselves on, and they’re even taught new techniques. Yet here in Asheville, the attitude toward graffiti artists is less positive. The dictionary definition of “vandalism” is: an action involving deliberate destruction of or damage to property. But is expressing oneself to the public in the form of art on the side of a building really “damage” to property? Simple tagging (meaning, to write

one’s nickname or mark) is not the same as, say, the art of people like Banksy or John Fekner, both of whom make strong statements through their public drawings. People like these two men give an otherwise dreary and conventional city both color and character. It can be very boring to walk down a street with nothing but uniform gray walls left and right. It is also not difficult to understand the perspective of store owners -- many may simply want to keep their property clean and paint-free. To solve this issue, cities should have designated areas where artists can publically express themselves without having to fear retribution. Currently, Asheville’s graffiti policy states that offenders could be fined up to $1,000, which may upset and repress the artist instead of actually disciplining them. Since the River Arts District, among other areas in Asheville, is already so diverse, opening up space for a new group of people should not be a real burden. In our modern society where everyone is jockeying for position, trying so hard to make others aware of their opinions and thoughts, it can be difficult to actually make a difference. The next time you pass a building covered in a variety of drawings and colors, layers of text and pictures, consider that it might be art that someone has created in an attempt to make themselves heard above the roar.

Well it’s getting close to that time, and I know we are all counting down the days until we walk across that stage... there are 56 to be exact. I know finally committing to schools, finding roommates and planning our lives after graduation is fun and exciting, but I want to share with you some advice from past graduates and other sources about what they wish someone would have told them before their freshman year of college. According to a group of 2013 Roberson graduates, some of the chiche things you’ve heard about will rein true next year. Here’s what they had to say: Senioritis may have hit hard, but use this fresh start to get back on track. Do not underestimate the amount of work you will have. • Overwhelming advice from the Huffington Post explains the importance of being responsible. For most of us, this will be the first time not living with our parents, and the new found freedom can be exciting and nerve-racking. A new social life and new experiences require a new level of maturity and responsibility to keep yourself safe. • Next, the freshman 15 is least for some. You will have to walk pretty much everywhere you go, unless you can figure out the ever-confusing bus systems. That will help keep some of the weight off. But the dining halls seem to be around every corner. And just because you have access to a gym everyday doesn’t mean you will always take advantage of it, even though you should. •A dorm may seem fun at first, but do not be fooled. They are smaller than you could ever imagine and finding your own space can be a challenge. Those of us with college siblings know that come Christmas break, almost a third of everything you bought for your dorm room will likely come back home to live in your now abandoned room. • College will be what you make of it and getting involved in something is a must. It is vital to not over or under commit, but finding something you are passionate about can allow you to plug in to a specific group of people. Reinventing yourself is the name of the game, so just because you did one thing in high school does not mean it has to follow you next year. • More likely than not, you will be attending the same school as another TC student next year. You have had class with, seen them in the hall or played on a team with them. And the motto around many campuses is, you see the people you want to see. As graduation continues to approach rapidly and excitement rises, keep in mind that June 15 will be a new start for us all.




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Awareness for global environmental changes needs to increase as Earth Day approaches DOG BLOG By Caroline Stray Editor, Golden Fleece

Dogs need attention, dedication from you

Having a pet means having to care for it. Man’s best friend. When most people get a dog, they want more than just a pet to feed and walk every now and then. The majority of people are looking for a companion and a best friend. And just like a real best friend, a dog is looking to spend more time with their owner as well. The best way to not only bond with a dog, but to help it live a more fulfilling and healthy lifestyle, is to ensure its health through exercise and love. Taking a dog on weekly or even bi-weekly hikes or runs can enrich both your relationship with the dog and the dog itself. My favorite places to go with my dog include Bent Creek, the Dupont waterfall and the trails in Fletcher Park. Bent Creek features a three mile trail with small lakes for your pup to get water as necessary and plenty of space for your dog to run free. The Dupont waterfall features an easy, mulched trail that makes hiking easy for both the owner and the pet. It is clearly made for dogs, as doggy bags are available to pick up waste. As you hike to the top, multiple waterfalls surround the trail with both shallow and deep waterfalls for the dogs to play in. This is my personal favorite place to go with my dog, as it is the most welcoming and family-friendly. Both the dog park and the trails at Fletcher Park are extremely dog-friendly. The atmosphere of Fletcher Park in general is very welcoming, and the wooded trails are convenient and easy to navigate. The shallow creek towards the beginning of the trails is safe and easy to play in. The dog park of Fletcher Park features two separate parks for dogs over and under 25 pounds. Both parks are equipped with a playground for the dogs to play in as well as tennis balls. I have never been to the dog park without seeing plenty of other dogs, so there is never a dull moment. Personally, I do not see the point in having a dog or a pet in general if an owner simply leaves it outside all day and does not seek time to form an actual bond with it. As cheesy as it sounds, dogs have feelings, too, and they deserve to be treated with both love and companionship. If you can’t make it in your best interest to spend time at the park or on a hike with your pet, at least be sure to provide them with plenty of TLC and lots of toys.

Pollution, global warming affects locals in and around Asheville. By MOLLY HORAK Features Editor, Golden Fleece

Global warming. Pollution. Greenhouse gases. Terms such as these have become catchphrases in conversation as modern scientists and politicians have been highlighting the detrimental effects on the planet that humans have been causing for decades. As more and more people are hopping on the “save the planet” bandwagon, it raises questions of the actual involvement of the average person. Goals such as cleaning the oceans and slowing global warming are becoming more and more common, but are we actually putting these goals into action? People need to be more aware of the negative effects we are having on the earth, and the problems it will raise in the future. Climate change is a complex phenomenon, partially because the scientific data seems to be so distant and simultaneously unimpressive. The

temperate of the earth has gone up tiple towns along the Virginia border. between 0.4-0.8 degrees Celsius over Since the leak was discovered on Feb. the past 100 years, according to the 2, more than 82,000 tons of ash have National Resource Defense Council. mixed into the river, creating a toxic When stated like that, it seems rather sludge brimming with mercury, lead, unremarkable. But when and arsenic, according to the told that is the highest Associated Press. increase in temperature in More alarming to us is human history, it helps put that the power plant on things into perspective. Lake Julian also has coal ash Yes, we all contribute to ponds-- 32 of them, to be the Earth’s decay. Every time exact-- and the power plant we drive a car, throw away is only hundreds of yards a Styrofoam lunch tray, do from the French Broad River. not recycle an empty water What’s to say that the same bottle, or keep lights on thing will not happen here? when we leave a room, we And if it does, how disasHORAK are adding to the mounttrous will the effects be on ing and somewhat daunting our own mountain ecosysMolly Horak is dangers that exist. tems that we know and love? a sophmore in I’m not saying that you A recent survey conher first year have to go out and buy a new ducted by Gallup Politics of journalism. Prius tonight, but we need revealed that only 24 percent Her views do to become more mindful of of Americans believe that not express the how our day-to-day actions climate change is a major collective opinion affect the planet. concern, ranking second to of the Golden Locally, North Carolina last in their list of potential Fleece staff has been feeling the effects issues. Even more trouof pollution firsthand. Duke bling is the fact that 2014 Energy is facing serious marks the lowest year in repercussions and lawsuits following environmental concern since 2001. As recent coal ash leaks that have spewed temperatures are growing warmer and tons of pollutants into the Dan River, effects are beginning to be felt across the primary drinking source for multhe world, the levels of concern should

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Academics are important, but should take back-seat to courses that address individual strengths, interests Students should choose classes that develop specialized skill sets over standard education. By ANA ENGEMAN Staff Writer

Every day, high school students are conflicted by the information they hear from counselors, teachers, and their peers. It seems that all the information is contradicting itself, leaving students unable to decide what is the right thing to do. Unfortunately, a good portion of these students choose to overload themselves with an excess of academic classes instead of focusing on interests they have, such as sports, clubs, or camps. Every day, students are overwhelmed with stress about choosing classes, finishing homework, studying, and competing with their peers to be at

PROM With Prom recently over, there is no doubt that it left a lasting impression in your memory, good or bad.

the top of their class. With this stress and physical problems. also comes all of the conflicting advice Extracurricular activities are necesconcerning college and what sary in the lives of students. decisions they should be Not only does it make them making. Students are presmore appealing to colleges, it sured to take the hardest AP helps them keep their sanity. classes in order to keep up Without a chance to relax with other friends, and this or take a break, students put has an effect on social lives, themselves at risk for sleephobbies, alternative eduless nights and stress-filled cational opportunities and days. Headaches, fatigue “fun” activities. and even physical illness are According to Education all symptoms students can Partnerships Incorporated experience if they are overENGEMAN (EPI), extracurricular acworked by academics. Ana Engeman tivities are fundamental in By no means is particiis a sophmore promoting the attitudes and pating in these activities or in her first year habits that lead to college classes forcing you in to a of journalism. aspirations and ultimate succorner with one career. It just Her views do cess. Extracurricular activites provides you with a taste of not express the keep students involved with what it might be like to work collective opinion the outside world instead of in that field before you go to of the Golden burring them in textbooks. college and waste valuable Fleece staff. If students spend every time and money switching waking moment studying from major to major. Think and doing homework, they about it, how can someone are bound to become stressed. Some be expected to choose a college if he students even to the point of mental or she is undecided on a major, or

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SPRING WEATHER With winter coming to a close, Spring weather is almost here in full force. Spring is a perfect time for hiking, canoeing, and any other outdoor activity. 68 TEAMS: MARCH MADNESS In past years, the NCAA has limited its bracket to the inclusion of only 64 teams. However, this year, with the admittance of 68 teams, more teams are allowed the chance to be Cinderella at the Ball.


be increasing. If the rate of temperature increase is left unchanged, global warming will become a major problem that will be thrust upon the shoulders of our generation to fix. Catastrophes such as destructive storms, rising sea levels, fluctuations in precipitation, and spread of disease will all become issues that will require answers. While potential solutions are being proposed such as limiting global carbon emissions, using modern technology to produce green alternatives to fossil fuels, and promoting natural energy consumption, these changes have yet to be put into place. Unless every person participates in the efforts to transform society into an environmentally friendly world, the challenges will remain, making the planet inhospitable. In attempts to promote awareness for environmental issues, Earth Day has been celebrated annually on April 22 since 1970. This year, we should take this day as a chance to attempt to make a real difference in the world. By doing something as simple as planting a tree or picking up trash on the side of the road, each action will help in stopping the threats to our future that are accumulating rapidly.

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unaware of which programs the college offers. Even though extra curriculars are beneficial to students, there has to be a balance, just like with academics. Colleges prefer quality over quantity when it comes to jobs, clubs, sports, and other activities. Jeff Brenzel, Dean of Undergraduate Admissions at Yale University, also says that he and most other admissions officers look for dedication and long-term commitment to the activities students participate in. By exploring their interests students, gain knowledge they can use for college. Not only does it make it easier to apply to and choose a college, it also provides the college with evidence of someone who works hard and plans to have a career in a specific field of work. When they explore their options by taking classes with specific careers or hobbies in mind, it allows them to get a gage on what they might enjoy doing in the future.

NOROVIRUS Over the past few weeks, many students have suffered the Norovirus, a stomach virus, causing unwanted absences. These absences cause overwhelming makeup work, putting students behind in many of their classes. COLLEGE DECISION DEADLINE As if seniors didn’t have enough pressure looming over them, college decision deadlines are quickly approaching, and stress is at an all time high. SCHEDULING PRESSURE Underclassmen have recently undergone the stresses of scheduling their next year’s classes. Many students are caught between choosing classes that will make their high school experiences enjoyable, and those they are told will better prepare them for college.

A quick look at what’s good and what’s bad at TC and beyond.



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“Going hiking is great because it’s a good way to exercise.” - Nayid Ortega, 9th

“I would rather go hiking because downtown is weird and not my style.” - Kameron Gilliand, 10th

“I think downtown is more interesting and fun.” - Lauren Carver, 11th

“Downtown is kind of strange, so I think hiking is better.” - Dextrice Norwood, 11th “Hiking is good since I don’t usually go downtown because of how sketchy it can be.” - Bethany Knecht, 10th

“Downtown is artsy and the different people you can meet beats out hiking for me.” - Jihanne Burgess, 12th

If you’re craving sweets, try Twisted Crepe across from Malaprops and the Civic Center. Otherwise, Doc Cheys provides unique asianinspired dishes.

Asheville highlights both rural, city lifestyles By ARYN EISEN, CAROLINE STRAY, MOLLY HORAK, JESSICA ZUK Staff Writers

Dress it up for a night out, or choose to wear your most eccentric outfit to the Friday Night Drum Circle.

Although many choose to drive their own car or walk, Asheville Redefines Transit (ART) buses provide afforable public transportation for the surrounding area.

Asheville can be described in one word: unique. Known for its drum circle, outdoor festivities and cultural diversity, Asheville contains not only a city aspect, but also a country side. According to RomanticAsheville. com, during the summer, downtown Asheville is known nationwide for its outdoor events such as Bele Chere and the drum circle, hosted every Friday night. It is events such as these that make the town so unique in comparison to others. The top 15 things to do when vacationing in Asheville include: shopping, dining, browsing for art, listening to live music, going to the Grove Arcade and taking a comedy bus tour.

On the outskirts of Asheville, Biltmore Park Town Square provides additional entertainment for those vacationing in the Asheville area. Featuring a movie theater, a hotel, multiple restaurants and ice cream shops, the 42 acre town square is less than five miles from both Interstate-26 and the Asheville Regional Airport. Biltmore Park has become a local hangout spot for South Asheville residents, providing an suburban alternative to downtown. According to senior Clare Johnson, downtown Asheville is what makes the area unique as a whole. “Asheville is a beautiful mountain town, but I think downtown is what really puts it on the map. Asheville is like one artsy, hippie-infested, and down to earth pocket of people in the South, and it’s what makes us unique,” Johnson said.

What makes a big city seem like a big city? PANEL MEMBER #4: I think that there needs to be a big population. Asheville doesn’t have a big enough of a population to feel like a big city to me. And our buildings seem too small to be a big city. Do you like living in Asheville? PANEL MEMBER #5: I do because it has so much variation between the people. PANEL MEMBER #3: It’s definitely more weird than any other places I’ve been. What are some of your favorite things to do in Asheville? PANEL MEMBER #3: I really like to go hiking in the summer. Would you say we have a lot of activity options in Asheville? PANEL MEMBER #1: I think we all really take for granted that we live here. There really is a lot for us to do. I know a lot of people here think that Asheville is boring, but when other people that don’t live here come in they always

However, the flip side to Asheville’s bustling scene of downtown and city life is the rural atmosphere that it was originally known for. Hiking trails, the Blue Ridge parkway and rolling mountains have attracted tourists for years. According to, the Blue Ridge Parkway has been the most visited site in the entire national park system since 1946, bringing in over eighteen million visitors a year. Blue Ridge Parkway interpretive division intern Amanda Rich said Asheville attracts such a high number of people because both city and mountain life is offered within just a short drive. “Families don’t have to go far to enjoy the Asheville scenery, whether they wish to hike or drive along the Parkway,” Rich said. According to Rich, summer and fall are the most popular seasons for the Parkway, yet the majority of attendants she sees are Asheville natives and have a favorite trail

or area,. This causes fewer people to be attracted to the visitor’s center. Asheville hosts several outdoor annual festivals for music lovers and arts enthusiasts alike. In the summer, visitors can experience live bluegrass music every Friday night during the Shindig on the Green music season. Downtown After Five, Moogfest, LEAF and MerleFest are among the most popular festivities, according to the Ashevillle Chamber of Commerce. Whether you prefer kayaking in local rivers or shopping in namebrand stores, Asheville offers a plethora of both rural and urban activities.

Good shoes and breathable clothing are important for strenuous activity. A light jacket may be a good idea in case the wind picks up at high elevations.

Hiking on foot is most common; however mountain biking is a great alternative for the more adventurous.

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think it’s really exciting and there is so much to do. PANEL MEMBER #6: Older people like coming and seeing what around. I think it’s because of the calm atmosphere here. What are some of your least favorite things about Asheville? PANEL MEMBER #3: Everybody is really weird, and it can make you feel uncomfortable at times. PANEL MEMBER #2: There’s nothing to do. It’s too quiet. PANEL MEMBER #4: I love hiking but you can only do it so much. And after a while we just want something else to do. I get bored a lot here. What are some good activities to do here? PANEL MEMBER #1: In the summer there are a lot of concerts at the Orange Peel and the Civic Center that you can go to. And that’s always really fun. But there isn’t really a whole lot to do in the winter. How is Asheville different from other places that you have lived or visited? PANEL MEMBER #5: Everyone here seems to know each other. When you’re just walking down the street, there are people everywhere to say ‘hi’ to. PANEL MEMBER #4: There are a lot more diverse people that live here. Nobody is the same as each other. PANEL MEMBER #6: I used to live in a really big city, and I think that everyone here is a lot nicer than they were there. What are some good things about big cities that you don’t see in small towns? PANEL MEMBER #3: In big cities there is a lot more to do. So there is always something to do even when the weather is bad. What would be something that you’d like to add to Asheville? PANEL MEMBER #1: I think it would be really

Bring your personal computer and work on homework while enjoying lunch at Green Sage near Pack Square.

Granola bars and trail mix provide plenty of nutrients for long hikes. CLIF bars are often a hiker’s favorite. Don’t forget a bottle of water!

A closer look at the diversity within the Asheville area and lifestyles across the mountains.

cool if they put an amusement park in somewhere close to us. PANEL MEMBER #5: I think we should put in an ice skating rink so we could have something to do in the winter. What makes Asheville unique? PANEL MEMBER #5: The mountains and the pretty views make Asheville unique. PANEL MEMBER #1: Parts of Asheville have city aspects to it, but it’s a different kind of city than what you typically think of a city as. Do you see tourists around Asheville? PANEL MEMBER #2: I see tourists in places like downtown and the Biltmore House. You can tell they are tourists because they are always taking pictures and carrying fanny packs. Would you rather spend a day in a big city or a small town? PANEL MEMBER #2: I’d much rather spend time in a big city. There is a lot more to do there, and it just seems like a fast paced life.

8.5 miles

Harper Creek Falls

2.5 miles Dubbed one of the most photogenic areas, this loop leads to a lovely 70 ft. waterfall. The trail starts out steep but mellows out into a gentle path beside a stream surrounded by large trees. It’s a very popular area during the summer for hikers.

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2.5 miles

Whiteside Mountain

Crabtree Falls

A rather adventurous trail, Harper Creek is not recommended for the inexperienced hiker or during high water. You’ll encounter both intimate creek-side scenes and two impressive waterfalls. Crossing the stream can be very refreshing in summer. weather.

TripAdvisor and Google Maps are your best friends when trying to navigate the city for first time.

Grabbing a cup of coffee or tea at Old Europe on Broadway Street can be a great start to your day.

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Hikes in Western North Carolina

Student panel discusses Asheville’s dual identities Panel members included Colton Jones, Nicole Quesinberry, Matt Ide, Evan Moushe, Maddy Westbrook, Alondra Escobedo



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A designated National Recreation Trail, this pleasantly wooded path climbs all the way to the top of Whiteside Mountain in a convenient loop. If you make the trip, you’ll find an impressive view off a 700 ft. high cliff, so don’t forget a camera! In mid-June, the Mountain Laurel blooms to make the sight all the more beautiful.

Night hikes have grown in popularity over the years. Watching the sunset on top of a mountain offers a romantic twist to the every day hike.

A re-usable water bottle is a great investment for anyone and is extremely handy for hikers.

Mount Mitchell To reach the summit of the East’s highest peak, you’ll climb 3,600 ft. and over 5 miles in trails. Along the way, you’ll enjoy a diverse environment, including Red Spruce trees (a valued resource) and an exquisite alpine meadow. At the top, you’ll meet a fantastic view! photos/HIKEWNC.INFO

While enjoying the outdoors, a camera will capture every moment.


8 UNICEF continues to sponsor donation program This year, phones were used to help donate water.


Uhnyuck adds to recent app craze

By BRIANA ULLMAN Entertainment & Local Editor

According to, 768 million people around the world do not have access to clean drinking water. UNICEF’s Tap Project is trying to change this statistic. In March, the organization decided to take initiative in observing World Water Month by launching the Tap Project. The organization, also known as the United Nation’s Children’s Fund, works to save and improve the lives of children in over 190 countries and territories. The project asked users to log on to on their mobile phones, and then a screen asked users to put down their phone. When the phone was set down, a timer started. Every 10 minutes that the phone sat without use, one day’s worth of water was donated to a village in need of clean water. Fashion empire Giorgio Armani’s fragrance brand, Giorgio Armani Fragrances, has sponsored the UNICEF Tap Project for the past 5 years. The company’s Acqua for Life Campaign funded the donations of water that were given to villages in need with every 10 minutes of users running the project on their phones. In addition, Armani fragrances gave $5 out of every purchases of their Acqua di Gio colognes and Acqua di Gioa perfumes. The Tap Project ran for the entire month of March and over 2.5 million people participated overall. One of those 2.5 million was English teacher Joi Keen, who found out about the project and shared it through her Facebook page. “It seemed like a really easy way to do two things: to help somebody and to get us away from being on the phone,” Keen said. She also told her students about the Tap Project and gave them the option of running the website during her class. “I thought it was a good way for them to think globally about the problem with water and clean water,” Keen said. The students in her classes went without their phones during their 90 minute class, making up part of the 250 million minutes overall that people went without their phones to donate water. Donia Quon, Manager of Volunteer and Community Partnerships at UNICEF Headquarters in New York City, collaborated with other UNICEF departments to create this year’s version of the Tap Project. Quon specifically worked with volunteer bases to help increase “sharability” of the project. “I was involved in reaching out to volunteers and asking them to get involved in a meaningful way for the tap project,” Quon said. “We specifically asked them to get involved through advocacy, education, and fund raising. What was wonderful about the tap project this year was that it was a collaborative effort to reinforce these ideals.” Last year, the Tap Project primarily involved Facebook use as opposed to this year’s campaign focusing on cell phones. Users were asked to get involved through unlocking donations and utilizing their Facebook accounts to supply clean water to villages in need. Quon expressed her excitement at the result’s of this year’s project. “We were so thrilled. It really was a huge success. It surpassed our thoughts on what it was going to be. We were so excited that 2.5 million people participated. That level of engagement was a huge success for us, and we are really proud of that. We are so happy to have this success and ultimately help give water to a child in need,” Quon said.

Flappy Fireflies catches attention of many Roberson students. By JESSICA ZUK News Editor

Senior Vasil Uhnyuck has been creating applications since he was 12 and has been recently receiving international attention. Creator and developer of Flappy Fireflies and Artisan Adventure, Uhnyuck knew that he was interested in computers at a young age. “When I was sixth grade, I wanted to modify the video game Modern Warfare II, and I figured out that if I wanted to do that, I would have to learn how to program. I slowly taught myself from there, and then I went onto several other computer languages such as Java and Objective C,” Uhnyuck said. As of right now, he has created a total of four apps, with Flappy Fireflies the most recently-released. Currently, three of his apps are available on iTunes. According to Rolling Stones magazine, the online and virtual application Flappy Bird, which was created by Dong Nguyen, was taken down on Feb. 10 because Nguyen was unable to handle the extensive attention he was receiving. However, this did not discourage app developers from creating similar versions of Flappy Bird, which was said to earn Nguyen $50,000 dollars each day from ad revenue. Uhnyuck decided to create a variation of the game in hopes of making his mark in the application world. “Three years ago, I put Artisan Adventure on iTunes, which was my first app in the app store. After the official Flappy Birds was taken down, I noticed how many people were making knock-offs of it, so I decided that I could, too. It only took about a week to create, which was much easier compared to other apps I have created in the past,” Uhnyuck said. Although no longer available through iTunes, Flappy Bird’s concept included the idea of tapping a screen to make a small bird go through vertical pipes. “Flappy Fireflies has a similar concept, but it has a story with the ability to gain

coins. It has a different as well. Instead of a bird, it has a frog, and there are ways to customize the game to your personal preferences,” Uhnyuck said. Flappy Fireflies is free on iTunes. Artisan Adventure costs 99 cents, and the third app, Tier List for League of Legends, is also free. Flappy Fireflies released on Mar. 10 has received approximately 300 downloads since its publishing. Uhnyuck’s other published apps have accumulated over 3,600 sales. “We rose in ranking pretty quickly under the Flappy category. We went from the 500’s, and as of right now we, are 56th.

We are right next to another fairly popular knock-off called Crappy Birds, which has over 800 reviews. It is really exciting to see it increase in rank,” Uhnyuck said. According to Uhnyuck, each individual app varies in the amount of time it takes to create, especially if it is heavily-detail oriented. “Artisan Adventure took a tremendous amount of time. I had to have an artist draw pictures in the development and publishing process,” Uhnyuck said. “Flappy Firefiles was more individual work, and I letting people test and review it before it was published to make some adjustments.” In order to publish apps, Uhnyuck had to complete several processes to be accepted by iTunes. “I had to become Apple certified, which happened two years ago, and I have to pay $100 dollars each year to publish apps through iTunes. It’s not terribly difficult to become certified--they mainly just ask you a ton of questions,” Uhnyuck said. For his apps that charge money, Uhnyuck is able to generate some revenue off of each sale. “I get 66 percent of each sale every time someone purchases Artisan Adventure, and Apple gets 33 cents,” Uhnyuck said. According to Uhnyuck, Artisan Adventure

XNVillage is the name of Vasil’s internet presence. He is on Twitter and YouTube, along with having his own website

has basically paid for the cost to become an Apple developer between the initial and annual fees associated with developing. His free apps also earn revenue with the ads he chooses to place on them. Uhnyuck works with several others who have helped him develop and publish the various applications. “My ‘marketing team’ has done a fantastic job advertising my apps because I get a lot of people I don’t even know at school who come up to me and compliment them,” Uhnyuck said. Senior Alex Talley drew several renditions for Flappy Fireflies. Although he never was involved with developing apps, he considered the artistic aspect of the process to be fairly easy. “I gave Vasil some possible ideas for new apps, and I also drew the little frogs that are in Flappy Fireflies. Vasil used his computer programing system to scan the drawings and turn into virtual animations. It didn’t take very long--maybe 20 minutes to draw it,” Talley said. According to Talley, he was able to learn basic principles of app development but probably would not consider going into an app developing career. He believes it is important to be original when creating apps in order for them to stand out. Besides being involved with iTunes, Uhnyuck has a website (, a Twitter account with nearly 1,000 followers (@XNVillage), and a YouTube channel (XNViewForU). Uhnyuck has come to realize how timeconsuming app development can be and says it has affected his work in school during certain points throughout the year. “When we started to receive a lot of hype about Flappy Fireflies I definitely focused on that. After I released it, it was a relief that I could get back to my school work,” Uhnyuck said. Uhnyuck would recommend that anyone who plans to start to develop apps to learn more than one computer language prior to starting. He claims that it will really benefit those who understand multiple programs. “Do it for yourself, not just for the money. You need to actually enjoy doing it,” Uhnyuck said.

Vasil is a Senior who has been making apps since the 7th grade. His apps are Artisan Adventure, Flappy Fireflys, and Teir List for League of Legends.

Vanity plates display unique messages, support Students use tags to express themselves.


Obtaining a first driver’s license can be an exciting experience for a teenager, and for some students at Roberson, having a personalized license plate, or a vanity plate, is a way to celebrate their accomplishment while expressing themselves. On the back of his car, senior Tyler Tison’s license plate reads “ALSSUCKS.” Tison, who received the plate as a Christmas gift, uses it as a sort of memorial for his father who died from the disease commonly known as ALS last year.

“My aunt lives in Michigan and she got ‘ALS sucks’ on her license plate, and I had always thought that was a cool way to express how I felt. Then for Christmas, my mom surprised me with a North Carolina plate that had the same thing on it,” Tison said. In North Carolina, the cost to purchase a custom license plate is a $30 annual fee in addition to the normal taxes and fees required for a non-custom plate. While Tison uses his license plate to remember his dad, senior Zak Kuder uses his plate as a sort of “comic relief.” According to Kuder, having a personalized plate is a fun, distinctive addition to any car. He chose a watermelon symbol followed by his name for his plate. “I just got my plate done for

fun. There’s no cryptic meaning behind it or anything, I just thought it was cool. I asked my parents if I could buy one and they said yes,” Kuder said. Nancy Tryon, manager of the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) on Tunnel Road, believes there has been a significant increase in the interest of vanity plates over the past few years. “Of course I don’t know specific numbers, but I’d say over the past two years, the amount of vanity plates sold has doubled. People are all about giving their cars a personal twist,” Tryon said. Applications for a vanity license can be found online at or at any local DMV office.



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Roberson senior plays in band with current Idol contestant By Ashley Kuder Spring Edition It’s Spring and a perfect opportunity for some outdoor activities and fun.

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Colton Emery is drummer for the band Elijah Hooker, which features Idol contender Caleb Johnson. By MOLLY HORAK Features Editor

American Idol contestant and Asheville resident Caleb Johnson has become a common conversation topic after his recent run on the popular televised singing competition. While Johnson is in Los Angeles vying for his position in the competition, the members of his band Elijah Hooker are hard at work back home in Asheville. As of the day we went to press, Johnson is one of the top seven contestants left on the show. According to American Idol, some of Johnson’s biggest hits this season have been “Dazed and Confused” by Jake Holmes, “Chain of Fools” by Aretha Franklin, and last week’s performance of “Faithfully” by Journey. Roberson senior Colton Emery is the drummer of the band Elijah Hooker, playing alongside Johnson, the band’s lead

singer. Johnson and Emery met while playing in separate bands, and when their respective groups broke up, Johnson invited the TC teen to join his new band. “It’s a huge window of opportunity for our band. We’re getting a lot more attention and publicity from Caleb being on the show,” Emery said. This is Johnson’s third time auditioning for American Idol. This time, however, the producers called him personally and asked him to come back to the show. Elijah Hooker compares themselves to artists such as Led Zeppelin, Sound Garden and Black Sabbath. They typically preform several times a month at local venues such as Wild Wings Cafe and The Orange Peel. Members of the rock band have been supporting Johnson here at home throughout his Idol journey. “We’ve put up signs, urged people to vote and used social media to get support. Our guitar player even went out to L.A. to see him. We just wanted him to get as many votes

as he can. It’s almost like we’re on a campaign trail,” Emery said. As Johnson gathers more and more fame, some might think that it would be easy for rivalries between members to become prevalent. Emery says that this has not been a problem. “There’s a bit of friendly competition, but in the long run, we want him to be as successful as possible,” Emery said. Sophomore Emily Walters is an avid American Idol fan and picked Johnson as one of her favorites early on. “There has not been a rocker that has won in the history of the show, so I think it would be cool to see him win it all. He stood out to me during auditions, before I even knew that he was from here,” Walters said. A long-standing Idol tradition is for the producers to fly the top three contestants back to their hometowns to perform a live concert. Walters hopes that Johnson will make it far enough so that she can see him perform live and show her support. “It’s a small world. I think it’s awesome that Caleb, his band, and Asheville is getting all this attention,” Walters said.

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“I’ve been an extra in the Hunger Games, the TV show Homeland, and several independent films in Asheville, and I got to meet the main actors from those movies. It’s a really cool experience, especially after it is all put together, and you can see yourself up on screen.”

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ASHEVILLE IDOL (Right): Senior Colton Emery stands beside band member and American Idol star Caleb Johnson. Emery plays the drums for the band and is photographed during a performance in Asheville. * Limit of 50 votes per person per contestant. Voting begins after the last finalist’s performance until 10 AM the next day.

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By ELIZABETH MCBRIDE Special Projects Manager

By ASHLEY KUDER Staff Writer

One of the most prominent trends in fashion history is floral patterns. This highly sought-after trend The release of “Divergent,” the movie based on the has been popular among women and graced the best-selling book series, arrived with a load of contropages of magazines for the better part of 60 years. By ELIZABETH STALFORD versy regarding it’s quality and how well it met many In almost every era since the 1950s, this patterned Business Manager American’s expectations when it was released on March design has been an iconic staple in women’s wardrobes 22 of this year. (except for the 90s--florals didn’t particularly go with I personally read the book and fell in love with writer the grunge scene). Now, designers have found unique Did you know that 70 percent of the American diet revolves around Veronica Roth’s fluid style of writing and the way she ways to update this trend, making this seasons processed food? According to Nation of Change, a nonprofit news and conveyed the fictional word portrayed from the threeflorals “fresh.” activism organization, 80 percent of processed foods found in the U.S. book series. If you haven’t noticed in all of my other fashare banned in other countries. Although there are many ways to eat When I heard that it was becoming a motion picture, ion reviews, I am a zealous ‘girly-girl.’ I will more healthy and fresh, we have one great option right here in Asheville: I counted down the days until I could go see it. than likely always choose pink over black or a The Fresh Market. The film depicts a world run by different “factions” flower-design over a graphic print, which could The Fresh Market is a chain of “gourmet supermarkets” that or groups of people, each faction having a different translate into my belief of the super powers of includes 131 stores in 25 states. The first store was founded in main characteristic. Tris chooses to be in the brave florals. I like to call them “Flower Power.” Greensboro, North Carolina in 1982. According to The Fresh “dauntless faction,” and the audience gets to watch as Even though this term was used during the Market website, the owners contributed all of their life savings she learns that she has abilities she never knew about. 60s and 70s as a symbol of passive resistance to create a grocery store that resembled open European-style The lead female role of the brave and daunting markets. However, they give the credit of their growth to the and non-violence ideology, I take it literally 16-year-old Tris is played by 22-year-old Shailene 11,000 “creative, diverse and dedicated [employees] that as the psychological strength for women. If Woodley, who has been making a huge impression make up our family.” you want to look and feel like a girl, you can this year with her roles in “Divergent” and “The Asheville is lucky enough to have The Fresh Market in achieve this by wearing florals and feminine Fault in Our Stars.” Woodly did a good job potraytwo locations: Patton Avenue and Hendersonville Road, frocks. ing the emotional distress placed on Tris as she which recently opened on March 5. When you walk “Fresh Florals” offer new takes on old makes decisions that will change her life forever. inside, you can see that the founders’ goal was defitrend The lead male role of Four, a brave 18-yearnitely accomplished. The store is completely deservNot only have I hit on my passion for ing of its motto “the best way to eat is fresh. ” It has old boy looking out for dauntless initiatives, and feminine clothing, but florals empower departments in coffee, deli and cheese, produce, occasionally taking a break to save his world , is women and boost their confidence. Designmeat, seafood, wine, and more. Rather than the played by the up-and-coming English actor Theo ers and street style-stars all over the world typical warehouse grocery store, The Fresh James. James is also a fresh new face to the film are once again turning this concrete trend Market, although not huge, is very inviting industry, having only acted in four other films. into something new. with its classical music and decorations. With an $80 million budget, the production Florals started to become popular in In 2013, The Fresh Market won the Grocompany had more than enough to thoroughly 15th Century Renaissance Europe, mostly cery Headquarters Magazine Natural and depict the scenes as described in the novel. being used by the wealthy upper class. Organic Retailer of the Year Award. It has Director Neil Burger is pulling out all stops in Now that the textile is more easily made also won awards throughout the years for an effort to do the story line justice. and distributed (and definitely not as individual items such as canned vegThe film itself is practically flawless when expensive), people can get the fabric and etables, organic jam, frozen pizza, and it came to following the twist and turns of the instant oatmeal. use it in an array of things like clothes, story plot formulated by Roth in the novel. On their website, you can find bags or even furniture. The film plot remains a long and comextensive recipes of everything from Designers are now creating multiple plicated, which is why the writers and appetizers and entrees to beverages styles of florals, including decoraproducers have a hard time fitting it all into and desserts. Customers can also tive appliqués, dark flower-patterned the average movie length. With a running access ideas, tips, and even intextiles and even scientific models of time of two hours and 29 minutes, many structional videos with the click the blooms. viewer’s endurance and ability to sit still of a button. As if that weren’t This ingenuity and skill is one of enough, The Fresh Market for such a long time is tested. the reasons why I am constantly in offers monthly in-store ChefThat said, the graphics are stunning. awe of the artists who take something led demonstrations and The graphic team really showed off a 21st very mainstream and make it their seasonal sampling. Century style of film making. The sets own. Some of these new ideas have If The Fresh Market were precisely what I had envisioned never been done before, especially sounds like the perfect them to be, and the special affects looks British designer Christopher Kane’s grocery store for you, amazingly real. interpretation of the trend. check out their social “Divergent” has been a smash hit There’s a lot more to be said media accounts or with most critics and viewers. It has about this trend, and no where visit thefreshmarbeen my personal movie highlight of near enough room here. For the for more 2014 . If you are looking for a great full review, be sure to read the rest information. action-packed thriller romance, I online at GoldenFleeceOnline. would highly recommend com. the film.

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H S E R F John Green novel provides fresh take on serious topic By JESSICA ZUK News Editor

“The Fault in Our Stars” by John Green takes a modern approach to a classic topic--love. During the time of poetic literature, it was once stated by Shakespeare that “the fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, but in ourselves, that we are underlings.” The work does have the typical approach of boy meeting girl, them becoming drawn to one another and of course eventually falling in

love. But this cliche story line is not the primary focus of the novel. The book goes deeper, far past where most authors venture, to a place that most people try to avoid when it tackles the issue of cancer head-on. Green takes the classic saying from Shakespeare and reverses its intentional meaning. This book represents how characters are unable to change their predetermined destinies while Shakespeare’s quote embodies people’s ability to choose their own paths. The story follows a 16-year-old girl Hazel Grace as she battles lung cancer. When her

mom encourages her to attend a cancer support group, she is hesitant to go. However, once she goes, she is drawn to someone she can never let go- Augustus Waters. Augustus, like Hazel, has been battling cancer for quite some time, and together they embark on an unforgettable journey that is emotional yet distinctively relatable. Despite being a love story, Green makes this story personable--almost as if the reader is experiencing everything the characters are. As they battle life together, they provide each other with a small infinity of time.

“The Fault in Our Stars” is ranked as a No. 1 New York Times bestseller because readers laugh, cry, and feel every emotion between the two. Readers do not only examine the text of the book, they become a part of the narrative. Green showcases real emotions of people battling diseases that affect their lives every day. His characters do not let their fates take over their lives because they have a real desire to live, and readers are lucky enough to share and experience such desire to be alive.



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The Men’s track team won the Taco Bell track meat against Reynolds on Friday the 11th.


Girls track team is undefeated this season, the 4 by 8 relay team is currently 4th in the nation and first in the state.

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ALL SMILES: Soccer Assistant Coach Richard Larson jokes with junior soccer player Kayla Schwein as she prepares to take the field during practice. Larson has been assisting the Rams for 22 years and plans to continue for years to come.

Larson brings smiles to players, fans after spending over two decades on the field Richard Larson proves to be a continual contributor to Roberson’s soccer department. By ELIZABETH MCBRIDE Special Projects Manager

Usually when people think of Roberson soccer, they think of three state championships, head coach Rob Wilcher or the biggest players of that season. But for players on the team, there is another member of the soccer family that is a vital part to each day.

Assistant coach Richard Larson has been assisting with the soccer program since 1992 when he started helping coach Randall after he expressed an interest in helping out with the sport. Even though Larson grew up in Chicago where there was no soccer, he developed an interest in the sport. Throughout his 22 years in the program, Larson has a total of three state rings and has been a part of the boys’ three state runners-up and six girls’ state runners-up. “He is usually at all of the practices and he assists us in collecting and gathering equipment. Sometimes he does stats, too,” varsity soccer player Sarah Black said.


Sophomore Samantha Schmidt was the only freshman on the varsity softball team last season. This year, she feels that the influx of new players has led to an entirely different team dynamic. “There’s a lot more people, and we seem more divided into classes. But at the same time, I feel that we’re much closer as a team as a whole,” Schmidt said. Quesinberry believes that the freshman players have a lot to offer. “I think that over the next four years we are going to grow as both softball players and as a team,” Quesinberry said. Klinger also believes that it takes a strong group of returning players to truly make a team successful. “The returning players have really stepped up to the challenge of leadership and teaching the newcomers what it is to be a Roberson softball player,” he said. In contrast to the freshman-dominated softball team, the mens’ tennis team has almost equal numbers of athletes in each grade level, with a slight majority of sophomores. However, according to coach Buzz Cook, their two best players are a freshman and a Young teams From Page 12

Larson has impacted some of the soccer players with how much time he puts into the players. He has his own unique style of humor and focus “Larson definitely brings humor and laughter to the team and has multiple little sayings to make us laugh like ‘Don’t look at me with that tone of voice,’” senior Hope Dickerson said. Although Black, a junior, said that Larson’s jokes can come across a little sassy, he always puts a smile on the player’s faces. Since Larson has been in the TCR program for more than two decades, he has made himself a place in the heart of the school’s soccer program, players and coaches. Wilcher is very thankful

senior. “This year, Jason Horecky and Coleman Baker have been our top two players. To determine how good you are, we rank everything, and it’s determind by how you do when you play all of your teammates. Since it’s based on ability, there are no hard feelings over who is the best,” Cook said. The Roberson’s girl’s soccer program has a JV and a varsity team this season, which gives freshman a better chance to make a team. However, there are a few swing players who are freshman, playing on both JV and varsity, and three freshman girls who play solely on varsity. While the varsity team has fairly balanced levels of athletes from all grade levels, coach Rob Wilcher believes that a strong core of freshman is essential to the team dynamic. “We lost a lot of seniors last year, so we knew that this year would be a rebuilding process. We have a strong crop of younger girls here from the middle school programs, and a strong group of sophomores move up

for all of the time and effort he has put into the program. “He has been a part of not only the soccer program and the Rams Club for close to 30 years. Larson has been a tremendous asset to our program,” Wilcher said. Larson has also made the soccer program a family affair by bringing his grandchildren to some of the games. Athletic Director Laura Beatty is also appreciative of his volunteering assistance and says that he does a little bit of everything. “The time and that he gives to the Roberson soccer program and other TCR sports is very much appreciated,” Beatty said.

from the JV team. It goes in cycles,” Wilcher said. The soccer coaches make a point of placing a few freshman on the varsity team each year so that they can become the future leaders of the team. “Every class we like to have one or two kids who will have been on varsity their full four years here. Hopefully, they’ll become the strong players who will help the younger players later on,” Wilcher said.

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The team two matches left to go and have had a strong season

SOCCER Women’s

Girls soccer recently won against Shelby marking coach Wilcher’s 400th win.

BASEBALL Roberson recently defeated crosstown rival Reynolds for the second time this season. The boys continue to fight for a top spot in the MAC.

SOFTBALL The Softball team recently went 10 innings in against Erwin High. Pitcher Sam Schmidt pitched all 10 innings and hit a two-run walk off.

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Reaching Out

Senior Hope Dickerson works save techniques during practice.


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By MOLLY HORAK Features Editor

Several spring sports teams have seen a higher number of freshman athletes than in previous years. This year, the softball team has six freshmen, compared to three seniors, three juniors, and four sophomores. Freshman Nicole Quesinberry finds this to be an interesting mix of ages. “There was definitely competition to make the team, but lots of us freshman replaced seniors who graduated last year. We still interact as a team, but you can definitely tell who is in which grade,” Quesinberry said. Due to a lower number trying out for softball this season, the coaches decided to not field a JV team this year. Instead, all players that made it through tryouts became varsity players. This is not the first time that there has not been a JV team, and according to softball coach Ryan Klinger, there were many reasons why one was not formed. “Mostly it had to do with resources and willing players. There were fewer team prospects this season, and we had fewer resources than in the past, so we decided to go without one,” Klinger said. Klinger feels that the younger majority of players will be a huge asset to the team both this season and in future years. “It’s a dynamic young group who are extremely talented and have done well the rigorous schedule we have this season. They’ve done a great job with making the transition from middle school teams to playing at a competitive varsity level,” Klinger said. Klinger believed that the insurgence of younger athletes may have to do with the numerous opportunities to get involved with sports at a younger age. In his eyes, the abundance of travel and recreational teams aimed at children have led to the reinforcement that sports should begin at a young age. See YOUNG /Page 11


Softball team sees higher numbers of freshman than in previous seasons.


Freshman athletes increase

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Pregame music grows in popularity as means to energize, focus athletes Many Roberson teams play songs before and during games that motivate players. By BRIANA ULLMAN Entertainment & Local Editor

Whether in a professional sports arena or a high school stadium, walkup songs and warm-up CDs have become valued traditions in the world of sports. Before every home girls’ soccer game, players warm up to a mixtape made from a collaborative effort of the team.




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“We have a soccer group message, and everybody threw in songs they wanted to be on it. Some of my favorites to warm up to are ‘Teach Me How to Dougie’ and ‘I’m the Man,’” senior Camille Smarjesse said. JV soccer player Emily Fuller says that the music helps her get excited to play and makes the entire team ready to compete. “The songs get us really pumped for games and put us in a good mood,” Fuller said. Roberson’s baseball team, in a style similar to minor and major league teams, uses music when each player comes to bat. According to Baseball America, professional baseball’s top three most popular artists in 2013 used for walk-


up songs were Drake, Metallica, and Jason Aldean. These, among other artists such as Jay-Z and Kanye West, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Brantley Gilbert, and Skrillex, represent a wide variety of music genres. Senior Connor Lind plays “Fast Lane” by Eminem, “So Fresh So Clean” by OutKast, and “Turn Down For What” by Lil’ Jon as his walk-up songs when he is at-bat. “Each player has their own song. It pumps them up, makes people laugh, and gets the player ready to bat. It’s kind of a senior privilege to pick the songs. We picked the walk-up songs for a couple of the underclassmen this year, which was fun,” Lind said. Softball not only plays songs when they are at-bat, but plays music dur-

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ing practice on occasion. “We play music while we are hitting during practice, inbetween innings, and we also have walk-up songs,” freshman Dariann McCurry said. While a variety of teams use music to energize them during practice, it is not as simple as plugging in any phone and pressing play. “Warm-up and walk-up songs must be approved by coaches or me before being played,” Athletic Director Laura Beatty said. “I think it’s okay that the songs have to be clean. We can pick songs that are fun and pump us up no matter what,” Lind said.



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@acthshuddle Roberson sophomore Sam Schmidt gives Rams softball team walkoff win in extra innings



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