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News

Paint and Positivity

Oct 5, 2018

How AEPI and Social Justice Representatives respond to hate on campus Moss Brennan ‫@ ׀‬mosbren ‫ ׀‬News Editor Anna Muckenfuss ‫@ ׀‬noel1122 ‫ ׀‬News Reporter

On Tuesday, students walk through the freedom expression tunnel. // Photo by Efrain Arias-Medina Jr.

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group of fraternity brothers from Alpha Epsilon Pi discovered racist graffiti of a Nazi flag in the west free expression tunnel early Sunday morning, Koby Ellick, president of the fraternity, said. Ellick, junior risk management insurance major, said he was notified immediately after the graffiti was discovered. “They took action in documenting it and spray painting over it,” Ellick said. “The people who did this and made that hateful imagery, all they want is a reaction and to spread negative energy and to intimidate students. We want to make this a place for everyone. We’re all Mountaineers.” Alpha Epsilon Pi is a fraternity on campus with roots in Jewish culture and heritage. Members of the fraternity are primarily from the Jewish community. “What we do as a fraternity is tied

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specifically into an aspect called tikkun olam, which translates to repairing the world,” Ellick said. “We take that very seriously, and we are very active in the community.” Ellick said that he encourages anyone who can to attend the talk by Holocaust survivor, Dr. Susan Cernyak-Spats on Tuesday in the Table Rock Room of Plemmons Student Union at 7 p.m. “In my opinion, education is the only way to combat hate and promote diversity, and really, truly understand someone else’s experiences,” Ellick said. “AEPi is also in the works of planning an event to bring the community together, and to show that our diversity is a part of our strengths.” Ellick took to social media on Sunday to post about the imagery left in the tunnel. His post has been shared 191 times by users as of Monday evening. App State Student Government

Association released an official statement Monday afternoon. “As a public university, we are committed to protecting freedom of speech,” the statement read. “As members of the Appalachian community and contributors to campus culture, we are committed to ensuring that all people are welcomed and accepted on this campus.” The full statement can be found on the SGA Facebook page. “The reason for the free expression tunnel is so that students have a space on campus to express their artistic talents,” Gaby Romero, sophomore anthropology major and director of social sustainability for SGA, said. “Also, we want to keep in mind that we want this done in a positive way.” Romero said she believes that this type of event is done in part to get attention. “I would caution people against sharing the image,” Romero said. “I

would definitely take pictures of it for documentation purposes but sharing it on social media might bring the desired attention.” North Carolina Hillel also posted on Facebook, saying it was deeply disturbed to learn about the symbols and language painted in the expression tunnel. “We are working with University officials to ensure this matter is investigated and properly addressed to protect the safety and respect for all members of the campus Jewish community,” the post read. The social justice representatives for the hall council also responded to the event by hosting a “Positivity Paint” activity on Thursday, Oct. 4 at 10 p.m. in the expression tunnels. The only supply students need to bring to the event is paint. Kensley Hubbard, a freshman special education major and social justice representative on hall council, said

the event was created to do something positive for students. “We all tried to think about what we could do to make it better,” Hubbard said. “There’s a lot of hate going on right now on campus and in the world in general, so I think some positive words can motivate people to be a little kinder, and see that kindness is a good thing.” As for anyone who notices something out of place and isn’t sure what to do, Ellick said that a person should speak up. “Other people around you will hear you and follow your lead, whether you think that there is no one around you in a school of 20,000 people, someone will speak up, someone will follow you, and someone will listen,” Ellick said. “Our response to this hatred needs to be organized, and it needs to be as one. This needs to be all of us, coming together as Mountaineers to fight this hate.”


News

Oct 5, 2018

HOMECOMING PARADE Megan McCulloh ‫@ ׀‬TheAppalachain ‫ ׀‬Staff Photographer

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1. A member of ACT shows off their App State spirit at the annual homecoming parade Friday. 2. Alan Lee rides in a car during the parade. 3. A student struts down King Street during the parade. 4. The Marching Moutaineers perform as they parade downtown Boone. 5. A balloon artist makes App State themed art for parade goers. 6. A student poses for a selfie with Yosef. // Photos by Megan McCulloh

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News

Oct 5, 2018

Rachel Gallardo named Top of the Rock Moss Brennan ‫@ ׀‬mosbrenn ‫ ׀‬News Editor

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achel Gallardo, senior nutrition and foods major, was crowned the Top of the Rock during halftime of the App State vs. South Alabama football game. “I won it in high school and it was crazy and it’s even crazier now because out of 19,000 people you’re the one,” Rachel Gallardo said. “I’m so thankful.” Chancellor Sheri Everts crowned Rachel Gallardo on the field and embraced her. Rachel Gallardo was the representative from the College Diabetes Network: Broken Pancreas Club, for which she is the treasurer. “The main goal of the club is to create a community at Appalachian State of diabetics and their allies that can support one another, and come together to help other people affected by diabetes,” Wheeler Davis, vice president of CDN and sophomore biology student, said in an email.

Davis started the club with his girlfriend, Abby Pepper, senior political science major, freshman year when they realized there was no community for diabetics on campus. Rachel Gallardo said the organization educates and advocates for college students with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes. “We are here to set up a support network,” Rachel Gallardo said. “You can go somewhere and look at someone and you know exactly what they are going through.” Although the nomination meant CDN won homecoming points, that’s not why Rachel Gallardo wanted to run. “We can really make our club be known and be heard,” Rachel Gallardo said. “I really wanted to be the megaphone for this organization.” Rachel Gallardo was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at 3 1/2 years old. “This December will be 18 years.

It’s a struggle,” Rachel Gallardo said. “I’ve had to learn how to advocate for myself growing up so I really like being a part of this organization. We can help teach newly diagnosed diabetics and help create a support network.” Rachel Gallardo stood next to her dad, Juse Gallardo, as she was announced as the Top of the Rock winner. Juse Gallardo said he was proud of her and that it was almost a crying moment for him. He came home three days early from a business trip in Italy to be there. Her mom, Donna Gallardo, was standing on the sideline when Rachel Gallardo was announced the winner. “It’s extra special because I’m a 1989 grad,” Donna Gallardo said. “I just couldn’t believe it. It was like it happened, but is this real?” Donna Gallardo said she took off running down the sideline when it was announced even though she said she does not run.

“As well as being the treasurer of our club, she also works for the wrestling team, is a senior nutrition major, a percussionist for the marching band, and she does it all while living

with Type 1 diabetes,” Davis said in an email. “She is the perfect example of how diabetes can't stop you from achieving your goals.”

Rachel Gallardo, senior nutrition and foods major, receives the Top of the Rock award Saturday. // Photo Courtesy of Chase Reynolds Appalachian State University Communications

Mindfulness Course Aims to Help Students Manage Stress Erin O’Neill ‫@ ׀‬erinnmoneill ‫ ׀‬News Reporter

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oru Mindfulness, a program created and developed in the counseling center of Duke University over the course of a decade, is in its second year of sessions at App State. Elisabeth Cavallaro, coordinator for Student Mental Wellness, described mindfulness as “the practice of paying attention to whatever is happening around you in the present moment” and “not thinking about the future, not thinking about the past, but being aware of what’s happening right now.” Koru Mindfulness is a curriculum designed for teaching mindfulness, meditation and stress management to college students, according to the program’s website. Despite the Koru classes only consisting of four 1 hour and 15-minute-long sessions, the skills learned in the course can benefit a student for

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their entire college careers and beyond, Cavallaro said. “We learn nine different meditation and mindfulness skills, and we learn so many so that students have a wide variety to choose from so they can find what really works for them,” Cavallaro said. In Koru, students learn new skills each week rather than focusing on the same two or three styles of meditation, as is done in most mindfulness courses. Students may take mindfulness classes to reduce stress, increase focus and and get better sleep, Cavallaro said. “I took the class the first time around because I had heard that meditation was useful for learning to manage anxious thoughts and was wanting to try something new,” Sophia Barron, senior environmental science major, said. Barron said this will be her second

year participating in Koru Mindfulness classes and she noted that the classes can have many unexpected perks. She said the classes offer practical tools for students experiencing high stress levels. “They will get to know meditation as not just something that Buddhist monks do in a Tibetan temple, but something they can do between classes to prepare for public speaking,” Barron said. “Most importantly, Koru will teach them that they should accept themselves, accept others and gain a better perspective on the circumstances they are currently in." Cavallaro said the classes and concepts may seem simple, but meditation is more than people might think. “We teach a class on (mindfulness) because even though it sounds like it’s a really easy thing to do, it’s a little hard at first, and there are a lot of barriers when we live in a world where sitting

still for 10 minutes at a time isn’t really something we do,” Cavallaro said. Cavallaro also said that often times, students in Koru don’t realize they are more than their emotions. “Learning how to observe our thoughts and emotions without getting attached to them is also very challenging because a lot of times, especially in the beginning, you’re not really aware that thought is a separate thing,” Cavallaro said. Almost everything learned in the Koru Mindfulness classes can be translated into the real world, Cavallaro said. “The class has discussions where we talk about things that are coming up in our practice and how our practice is impacting our daily lives,” Cavallaro said. The classes also help to validate the feelings many college students experience, Cavallaro said. She said ex-

periencing unpleasant things during a meditation session can help students to deal with negative emotions. “So you might be feeling sad or lonely, and instead of dwelling on that, our meditation practice teaches us to observe those things and allows us to explore what we need in response to that and also allows ourselves to be gentle with ourselves,” Cavallaro said. Although the September classes have already begun, there are sessions in October and November individuals can register for through AppSync. The classes are free and take place in the Plemmons Student Union. Students are required to read the book, “The Mindful Twenty-Something: Life Skills to Handle Stress…and Everything Else” by Holly Rogers, which is available for free through course reserve in the Belk Library and Information Commons or online.


News

Oct 5, 2018

Chancellor’s Scholars’ annual trip to Ireland takes concepts learned in the classroom overseas

Erin O’Neill ‫@ ׀‬erinnmoneill ‫ ׀‬News Reporter

(Left) Sophomore Lindsay Wise admires the Guiness Factory from St. James Gate during honors students' trip to Ireland in 2017. (Right) Sophomore Emma Strange visits the Newgrange passage tomb in Boyne Valley. // Photos by Haley Canal

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ach year, 10 incoming firstyear students are awarded the Chancellor’s Scholarship, which offers full institutional costs for four years, and other academic and cocurricular benefits, including special housing and travel opportunities. One of these travel opportunities is the annual fall break trip to Dublin, Ireland, which begins Oct. 9. Jefford Vahlbusch, dean of The Honors College, went on the trip last year with the 2017 Chancellor’s Scholars and described the trip as “a whirlwind of excitement and cross-cultural learning.” The trip to Ireland is tied to the Chancellor Scholar’s first-year seminar, Island of Voyagers, taught by Mary Valante. In the seminar, each scholar is required to study a different topic about any aspect of Irish culture, Rebecca Brown, a Chancellor’s Scholar and freshman sustainable development major, said. They are presenting ideas about Irish culture so that by the time the

scholars arrive in Ireland, they have knowledge of what the country is like, Brown said. Valante will accompany the scholars on their international adventure for the third consecutive year. “In the last three years, Dr. Mary Valante has taken on the trip as her personal contribution, and with her incredible expertise in ancient Irish history, the history of the Vikings and some personal connections that she has to Ireland, it’s turned out to be a terrific thing,” Vahlbusch said. “They’ll also be doing research on the trip and then doing presentations afterwards, so they’ll take their broader, introductory topics that they’re talking about now, and then narrow them down considerably to give a shorter, narrower, clearer presentation on that one topic,” Valante said. Some topics presented include Irish agriculture, language, artwork and the genetics of potatoes. “I’m just really excited because

we’ve immersed ourselves in this new Irish culture within the seminar and I’m really excited to see how that plays out, actually seeing how it affects society in Ireland,” Abe Krell, Chancellor’s Scholar and freshman geography major, said. Brown said the trip will not only be an academic learning experience, but also a cultural one. “Personally, I’ve always wanted to go study abroad because I want to learn about new cultures,” Brown said. Brown also said she viewed the trip as an opportunity “to get out of my roots and challenge myself to learn something new.” This will be Krell's first trip out of the United States. “I think a lot of learning new things is going to new places because you can only learn so much in one place,” Krell said. Vahlbusch said, “I think that for many of them, this is their first time abroad and that’s an extraordinary thing to think about.”

Vahlbusch described how the trip could be taken anywhere, but Ireland seemed like a natural fit for the scholar’s fall trip because of the amount of faculty at App State that have Irish connections. “We have an extraordinary number of faculty whose research and whose scholarly and creative lives focus on Ireland, and so that just enhances the value of doing this,” Vahlbusch said. The scholars will also learn about the history of Dublin, and possibly be challenged by it, according to Vahlbusch. “Ireland offers a different kind of history, a different look at the Anglo-American narrative that we have become so accustomed to in the West. It’s a very interesting counter-narrative to the kind of history that we’ve grown up with,” Vahlbusch said. “When you get there, one of the first things you’ll notice is all of the history, and it’s there. It’s not hidden. It’s not just sitting in museums. It impacts everything, the architecture, the structure of the city,” Valante said. “There is certainly a tourist aspect to the trip, but there’s also very much a cross-cultural, transcultural and academic purpose to the trip,” Vahlbusch added. The scholars will experience places of historical and cultural value in Dublin, including the Abbey Theatre, the National Library of Ireland and several museums. They will also visit classic tourist attractions as well, such as the Book of Kells, Trinity College

and Guinness Storehouse. Professor Adrian Rice, an Irish native who teaches the first-year seminar, Soul-Sustaining Arts, will also go on the trip with the scholars. Despite knowing Dublin, Rice will experience some places for the first time alongside the students. “The irony is that those are places, because I’m from Ireland, I’ve never actually bothered to go to them,” Rice said. “So in a bizarre way I’m going to see things with their eyes for the first time too.” Brown said she is glad Rice is joining them she believes Rice will be a valuable addition to the trip. “He’s definitely going to be a great, positive benefit to this trip because he can tell his stories and he obviously has a bunch of connections in Ireland,” Brown said. Both Krell and Brown said the trip will not solely serve as an enjoyable and educational experience, but also a bonding one for the Chancellor’s Scholars. “I feel like we’re at the point where we know each other, but we can still know a lot more about each other. I think this trip will help with that a lot,” Krell said. Brown shared Krell's sentiment and was hopeful that the trip would unify the scholars. “Us Chancellor’s Scholars are trying to get together and meet more," Brown said. "We really want to connect with each other, but we just don’t have time right now, so hopefully the trip will help with that."

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Sports

Oct 5, 2018

GAME DAY

Tuesday, October 9, 2018 / 8:00 PM / ESPN2 / Centennial Bank Stadium, Jonesboro, AR

Appalachian State (3-1, 1-0 Sun Belt)

Arkansas State

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Game Notes:

These are two teams that share a lot of similarities. Both the Mountaineers and the Red Wolves opened up Sun Belt play this past week, with Arkansas State taking a 28-21 loss on the road to Georgia Southern and App State defeating the South Alabama Jaguars on Homecoming, 52-7. Both teams have also played road games against top 10 opponents, the Mountaineers losing a nail-biter to the Penn State Nittany Lions, 45-38 in overtime and the Red Wolves losing to the Alabama Crimson Tide 57-7. Both teams also sport dominating quarterbacks, with App State’s Zac Thomas currently rated No. 4 in the country in quarterback rating while Arkansas State’s Justice Hansen was tabbed as the Sun Belt’s preseason offensive player of the year.

History/Details of the Game:

Like last week with South Alabama, this will be App State’s third ever meeting with the Red Wolves and the series is currently tied at 1-1. The Mountaineers got the best of Arkansas State in 2014, winning 37-32 while the Red Wolves spoiled App State’s undefeated Sun Belt record in 2015, getting the win in Boone, 40-27. The Mountaineers’ all-time record of 608-337-28 ranked No. 16 all-time while Arkansas State’s 468-484-37 ranks No. 97 of 130 teams.

PLAYER TO WATCH POINTS PER GAME

51.75 - 26.4

Jalin Moore #25 Running Back Rushed for 242 yards and four touchdowns in last two games, averaging nearly 9 yards per carry.

RUSHING YARDS PER GAME

269.5 - 175.4

Had an 81-yard touchdown run against Gardner-Webb, the longest of his career Overtook Chip Hooks (1991-94) for sixth-most rushing yards in school history with his performance against South Alabama

PASSING YARDS PER GAME

254 - 296.2

YARDS ALLOWED PER GAME

276.3 - 392.4

3 KEY POINTS Smart Passing Game: In the Mountaineers’ first Sun Belt game against South Alabama, two interceptions were thrown and App State only managed 169 passing yards on the day, over 100 yards below what their average was heading into the game. The passing game has been the catalyst of the offense so far this season, so the Mountaineers will have to find a way to make it work against the Red Wolves.

Tough Defense:

Run the Football:

App State’s defense has been one of their biggest keys to success this season, allowing just 23 points over their last three games, an average of just 7.6 per game. But Arkansas State has averaged nearly 500 yards of offense per game this season so this will be the defense’s first real test since playing Penn State.

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The Mountaineers have rushed for nearly 800 yards and 10 touchdowns as a team over their past two contests, an average of 390 yards per game. The Red Wolves average 244.4 rushing yards per game to only 148.0 passing yards, so running the football will be the key to scoring. This should not be a problem for App State as head coach Scott Satterfield has said that a number of his backup running backs are capable of starting.


Sports

Oct 5, 2018

WOMEN'S SOCCER SURPASSES

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he 2018 App State women's soccer team began the season hot, already surpassing last year’s win total. After posting only four wins last year, the team is off to a 6-4-1 record and 2-0 start within the conference. Head coach Sarah Strickland weighed in on the fast start and what she thought was different than last year. “I think this has always been a really good group. Last year we had a lot of injuries and significant players were out,” Strickland said. “So the year before we won 10 games, the year before that we won 10 games, so it's not shocking. It was an unfortunate circumstance last year.” The fast start can be contributed to senior forward Kat Greer, who leads the Mountaineers with three goals this season. This weekend Greer had an especially strong showing posting her first ever multi-score game and receiving the Sun Belt Offensive Player of the Week honors. The Mountaineers need Greer to keep up the outstanding play this weekend as they host fellow undefeated Sun Belt opponent Coastal Carolina. Redshirt junior defender Jessica Easley has also been a major contributor early in the season, hitting a midfield shot against conference opponent Troy and posting four points total over the weekend. Easley said she can see changes in this year’s team and why they are stronger than past years. “This team has a uniqueness about it that we've never had before. We are super family, super tight. Everyone is dedicated. We are closer and have less drama than ever before,” Easley said. One common concern for the team, however, was their level of play at home against teams we should beat. Easley and coach Strickland commented on the issue and determined this could be the biggest weakness for the squad. “If a team is playing worse than us we tend to get into their level of play, where if we can maintain our level of play we can out do anybody,”

LAST YEAR’S WIN TOTAL Chase Frick ‫@ ׀‬TheAppalachain ‫ ׀‬Sports Reporter

(Left) Sophomore midfield Ava Dawson heads the ball during a game against Troy in 2017. (Right) Senior defense Lindsey Tully fights for the ball during a home game last season. // Photos by Haley Canal

Easley said. The team has struggled to maintain a consistent performance. With a record floating around 500, they have struggled to maintain a winning streak. “We need to take the home field advantage and make the most of it,” Strickland said. Two of the team's losses have been at home this year and have both resulted as shutouts, speaking to the frustration of Strickland. The team also received some extra motivation for this week's game against Coastal. This week App State celebrated 50 years of women's athletics. Although the team is delaying the celebration until next week because of scheduling conflicts, it hasn't taken the atmosphere from the air. When asked

about the motivation this brings to the team, Easley had plenty to say. “To be a female athlete and hold that title is such a lifelong dream and accomplishment, and I'm so proud of all the women out there and the university for celebrating it,” Easley said. The team is proud to be representing the women alumnae who made it possible for them to be playing today and are grateful to the university for allowing them to celebrate this milestone. The women will carry this pride along with the momentum from last weekend’s winning into this weekend’s contest against Coastal Carolina and improve on their already successful season.

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Sports

Oct 5, 2018

ATHLETICS RECOGNIZES 50 YEARS OF Brooks Maynard ‫@ ׀‬BrooksMaynard ‫ ׀‬Sports Editor

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Former athletes are celebrated at a football game in honor of the 50th year of women's sports at App State. (Left) Sports Alumnae pose for at the 50 Years of Women's Sports Banquet on Sept. 21. (Right) // Photos by Lynette Files

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ith the addition of the field hockey team in 1968, 2018 marks the 50th year of women’s sports at App State. Since then, nine other women’s sports have been added to the App State family, including volleyball, golf, soccer and basketball. Today, nearly 200 varsity female athletes represent the university. Women’s sports have excelled for the black and gold during this time, contributing 62 regular season conference championships and 13 conference tournament championships. Track and field has been particularly dominant, winning 35 regular

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season titles in indoor and outdoor since 1987, according to App State Athletics. App State Athletics honored several former female athletes during a special weekend-long celebration between Sept. 21-23, including hosting a dinner, on-field recognition of over 250 former female athletes at the home football game against Gardner-Webb and a special ribbon-cutting ceremony to open up the new Brandon and Erica M. Adcock Field Hockey Complex at the home field hockey game on Sunday. The Trailblazers Dinner was held in Roess Dining Hall on Sept. 21

and hosted by App State alumna and ESPN radio host Molly Cotten. More than 160 women were in attendance at the event where inaugural field hockey head coach Jan Watson spoke. Several former Mountaineers were honored at the event, including Watson; Janet Gordon Hall, the first triple sport hall of fame inductee (tennis, volleyball, basketball); Melissa Morrison, App State’s first Olympian; and Linda Robinson, the first female athletic director at App State and former women’s head basketball coach. In an interview with App State Sports discussing field hockey’s inaugural season, Watson talked about

having a budget of just $1,200 with no scholarships but not letting these obstacles deter her players. “I had some of the hardest working young ladies I’ve ever seen,” Watson said. “They worked so hard, and they’d come to practice and give it everything they had.” Over 100 field hockey alumnae were also honored at halftime of the field hockey game against Louisville and had the chance to address the current team at practice. Current field hockey player, junior midfielder/ defender Ali Williams said she was thrilled at the chance to meet some former players.

“At practice we got to talk to some of the girls who were on the first team here ever,” Williams said. “They were talking about how different it was and how field hockey got established here. So it’s just really cool seeing their perspective.” Fourth-year head coach Meghan Dawson said she is also proud of the field hockey team’s history. “It was amazing seeing all of those alumnae and they just really care so I think that’s a really good growth for our program,” Dawson said. Redshirt junior defender Jessica Easley of the women’s soccer team said she was happy the university


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Oct 5, 2018

APP STATE VS. SOUTH ALABAMA Megan McCulloh ‫@ ׀‬TheAppalachain ‫ ׀‬Staff Photographer

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App State Alumna Judy Clarke receives the Appalachian Trail Blazer award at the 50 Years of Women's Sports Banquet. // Photo by Lynette Files

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nothing,” Williams said. “It’s really great to have a place we can put all of our stuff. It sounds so simple just being able to come to practice and be able to just go out here and be ready. Before, we would sit in our cars because we didn’t have a place to sit. I think it’s made a huge difference in our attitude.” Women’s sports have come a long way in 50 years, but there is still progress to be made. Athletic director Doug Gillin finished the festivities at the Trailblazers Dinner with a quote that captured it all. “We’ve come a long way, and we still have a long way to go,” Gillin said.

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1. Mountaineers and Jaguars pose at Saturday's game at The Rock. 2. Fellow mountaineers celebrate with quarterback Zac Thomas. 3. Cheerleader Brooke White cheers at Saturday's game against South Alabama. 4. Members of the Marching Mountaineers perform at half time. 5. Sophomore Chara Street (left) cheers on the Mountaineers Saturday. // Photos by Megan McCulloh

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Arts and Entertainment

Oct 5, 2018

MIGOS

ARREST MAY LIMIT DIVERSITY OF FUTURE APPS PROGRAMMING Moss Brennan ‫@ ׀‬mosbren ‫ ׀‬News Editor

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hen Jake Ostrow, the former adviser to APPS, heard what was happening at the end of the Migos show at App State, he was astounded. “Sorry for the s---storm that’s going to surround this date. I am pretty much speechless,” Ostrow wrote in emails obtained via a public record request. Ostrow could not be reached for comment. After the show, rumors that Migos, the Emmy nominated rap trio, had been arrested began to fly. People on Twitter said they had seen the group’s tour bus getting searched. The members of the group include Quavo, Offset and Takeoff. Accoding to an article in Rolling Stone, two members of the group, Quavo and Offset, were arrested after a show at Georgia Southern University for gun and drug related charges. Andy Stephenson, App State police chief and director of public safety, said he knew some members of the group were detained by Boone Police Department after the concert

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but he was not clear on any identities or potential charges. Kenneth Simpson, tour and production manager for Migos, and Danny Zook, manager of Migos, did not comment at the time. It wasn’t until early in the morning on April 6 that Boone police released a statement. Boone police officers working security at the Holmes Convocation Center noticed an “obvious odor of marijuana coming from the band’s vehicle” as it left. Officers stopped the vehicle on NC Highway 105 where a search of the vehicle led to three people being charged. The troubles didn’t end there. Migos’ payment for performing was put on hold the following day. Students complained about Offset not performing and some questioned the motives of Boone police pulling the vehicle over. With April 5 behind them, Dustin Evatt-Young said he hopes the public reactions to the arrests does not create a barrier for bringing more diverse performances to campus.

I would have loved to put tickets on sale like in December or November but until we get that contract from the agent we obviously can’t announce anything,” -- Evatt-Young

Bringing Migos to App The official announcement about Migos’ concert in the Holmes Convocation Center was on Feb. 20, but the work to get Migos to App State began long before that. Choosing the acts that perform at App State isn’t just a one-person job within the Appalachian Popular Programing Society. Members of the council get together and brainstorm a list of potential performers.

“Migos was our first option and then our second option was A$AP Rocky,” Alexandra LaRocca, sophomore electronic media and broadcasting major and now publicist for Main Stage (formerly Concerts), said. Emma Forbes, Concerts chairperson for APPS last year and senior public relations major, said that they started the brainstorm session in fall 2017. There are six other councils in APPS including Film, Special Events and Club Shows APPS looks holistically at the artist including how the artist meets the goal of APPS, Dustin EvattYoung, associate director of campus activities and adviser to Executive Council and Main Stage council, said. APPS’ mission statement is: “The Appalachian Popular Programming Society educates and entertains the entire Appalachian State community through diverse programming and engagement opportunities.” “After (brainstorming), we start to negotiate and start to work with the agents and see really what type

of entertainment is possibly routed through the area,” Evatt-Young said. “It's a little tricky with Boone. Obviously us being on top of a mountain makes it a little difficult because we’re a secondary market for a lot of entertainment.” One way APPS gets around Boone’s secondary market is by looking for groups that are coming up from Atlanta or Charlotte to the D.C. area and pulling them in to perform, Evatt-Young said. Once APPS’ members have a group in mind to perform at App State, they talk to their advisers, who then take it to the middle agent. “We have a middle agent that we work with and it’s this person -this company that is the middle agent between a university and a larger agency or these booking entertainers,” Evatt-Young said. The middle agent, Jon Hardage of More Music Group, then contacts the group to receive price quotes. Hardage could not be reached for comment. More Music Group has been working with different college cam-


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Evatt-Young said. Jeff Cathey, director of student engagement and leadership, said that APPS is charged with programming first and foremost for the students so they try to allow students to get as many tickets as possible. Evatt-Young said they were worried tickets would sell out right away, which happened with Lil Wayne when he performed at Holmes Convocation Center, so they wanted to make sure as many students as possible could get the tickets. The original plan was to sell out to only students, faculty, staff and alumni, but that didn’t happen. “After (ticket sales opened to students, faculty, staff and alumni) quite frankly we were still a little surprised that we didn't sell out at that point,” Evatt-Young said. Evatt-Young continued and said they opened up another layer of ticket sales to the public and local Boone area. On March 22, Ostrow, assistant director of student programing for App State at the time of the Migos show, wrote an email to Corey Babay, business manager of Holmes Convocation Center, asking to suspend online ticket sales at 10:41 a.m. “Can you please disable online sales for Migos or re-add the code APPMIGOS2018? - I am being told that admin only wants to do walk up for public tickets,” Ostrow wrote. An hour before Ostrow sent that email, Cathey sent an email to Ostrow and Evatt-Young with the subject “Migos Ticket Sales to Boone Community.”

Community reactions to the events after the Migos concert.

In the email, he wrote that he was sending an email to Paul Forte, vice chancellor for business affairs, and others, and provided a draft of the email. “My recommendation is that we allow for both walk up and online sales to get this sell out completed,” Cathey wrote. “While we can set parameters within social media to target specific geographic areas, word could get out and anyone could purchase the tickets. I know that public sales has been a specific area of concern.” He also wrote that with the targeted marketing, “most of the remaining tickets would go to Boone area residents, a few Watauga High students, Caldwell (Community) College and possibly Lees McRae students.” Later that day, Ostrow replied to Cathey’s email about the ticket sales to the community. Ostrow wrote: “I have heard over and over that this is a predominantly white school that struggles with increasing diversity on campus -- if we present ourselves in this manner we are only magnifying the image that the ASU community is selectively welcoming.'' “People can deflect and tell us that this decision isn't based on the act -- but it is; and the systemic racism associated with it makes me uncomfortable. We wouldn't be having this conversation about a country artist, and from my experience those are the shows with the highest number of drinking and disorderly conduct reports.” At 2:16 p.m. that day, Ginger

Bryant, information desk and ticket sales manager, also emailed Babay about ticket sales. “(Jake Ostrow) didn't give much info, just said that he was told that outside online sales aren't to be available yet. I asked him when he thought they would be available and he said ‘I don't know. I'm only doing what I'm told,’” Bryant wrote. 4,213 tickets that were sold on March 23. Tickets went on sale to the

public online, on March 28. “Can you please make tickets available online without a ticket code for MIGOS? We have the OK to move forward on that now,” Ostrow wrote to Babay. The final ticket count for the Migos concert was 4,531, which was 969 tickets short of a sell out. The full story will be posted online on October 10th, 2018.

Kirsnick Khari Ball also known as "Takeoff" opens the Migos concert on April 5. // Photo by Lindsay Vaughn

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NEIGHBORHOOD YOGA PARTNERS WITH APP STATE ALUMNA TO PROVIDE EDUCATION FOR GIRLS IN INDIA Nyctea Martell ‫@ ׀‬NycteaS22 ‫ ׀‬A&E Reporter

With help from her mother, Janavi Mehta straps bells to her ankles in preparation for her dance performance. (Left) Christine Sita Dave (left) is the founder of EDGE, or Education for Girls Empowerment. Sita Dave's longtime friend, Valerie Midgett (right), is the owner of Neighborhood Yoga. (Right) // Photos by Brendan Hoekstra

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Ask yourself the question: what does education mean in your life?” Christine Dave, founder of Education for Girls Empowerment, said. “Think about how you can join the story where that opportunity is given to a girl in a small village in a state that has the highest illiteracy rate in the country to get an education.” Saturday night Neighborhood Yoga partnered with EDGE to host a fundraiser to bring education to girls in Oshida, India. Dave founded

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EDGE after seeing what education meant in her own life. Dave grew up in New Jersey with her mother, Rautee, who was illiterate. Rautee’s father had left the family and her stepfather did not let her go to school. “She would stay home and take care of all the household duties and her stepsiblings,” Dave said. “She was not even given the opportunity to get any kind of education.” When Dave was young, she was a translator and transcriber for Ra-

“Anything that needed to be read or communicated, I was the one that would do that,” Dave said. Dave’s family moved to India when she was 14. Rautee died shortly afterwards. Dave moved back to the U.S. and attended App State. “I didn’t know anything about higher ed,” Dave said. “It was not an exposure I had. So I earned a bachelor’s and master’s degree from Appalachian and worked there for eight years supporting first-generation college students to be the first in their family to earn a degree too.” Dave’s father, Clive Benny, still lived in India. He worked with a village leader to build a boys’ school in 2001. The school was funded by

money from Benny’s Social Security fund, as he felt he didn’t need it. Dave visited the school in 2004 and thought there should be a girls’ school, too. She and Benny established the Navaprabhat Kanya Gurukul school in 2011. In 2015, Dave first visited the 41 girls, all between the ages of 10 and 17, who attend the school. Dave said she thought of the girls as her daughters and they referred to her as their mother. She visited their families and quickly worked to provide spare uniforms for the girls. When it was time for Dave to return to Boone, the girls asked her to visit every year. Dave thought it would be impossible to visit the girls every year,

until she left App State to create EDGE. “I know the power of education,” Dave said. “I know what it has done for me and how it has helped me develop my own talents and my own beliefs and values. I left Appalachian because I felt this was a calling.” Dave said she views the girls as first-generation students like her and is thankful to be a part of their educational journey. EDGE partnered with the Women’s Writing Pilgrimage to bring water bottles and backpacks to theNavaprabhat Kanya Gurukul school. The teachers at the school personally thanked Dave for the supplies, which are necessary during the


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1 summer months. The Appalachian Supply Chain Club helped EDGE by collecting donations for school supplies. Saturday’s fundraiser was an evening to share Indian culture, show support for the school and strengthen the bond between the yoga and Indian communities in Boone. Dave’s grand-niece, Janavi Mehta, performed a traditional Indian dance along with Anindita Das, a visiting professor teaching freshman seminars at App State. The event was coordinated between Valerie Midgett, owner of Neighborhood Yoga, and Dave. They worked together for several months, though this is not their first partnership. “I like to honor the origins of yoga that come from India,” Midgett said. Neighborhood Yoga has partnered with the Indian community in Boone before in celebrations like Diwali. “We’ve all known each other for years,” Rob Falvo, percussion professor at App State, said Saturday before performing. “Every once in a while when we have an Indian cultural event here we play together.” One hundred and twenty people attended the fundraiser and

2 raised over $2,500. The board members will vote in November on how to use the money. The money will likely be used to raise the salaries of teachers at school and to build a residential unit. The girls travel about 40 minutes one way on their bikes to reach the school. Parents have expressed concern about them riding on the highway, particularly during monsoon season. Recently, several girls were stranded on a bridge by flooding as they tried to reach school. A 35-acre plot of land has already been set aside for the school and boundary wall. However, the cost is $10,000. Dave urges people to continue to donate online. Donators can also leave a note for the girls. In November, Dave will visit the students and bring the notes. Rautee’s memory lives in the efforts made by EDGE and Dave. “What would her life have been like if she had just had a basic education?” Dave asked. “Her gifts, her talents, her creativity, what else could she have done in her life?” Donations can be made at www. educationforgrlsempowerment.org.

3 1. Janavi Mehta performs traditional dance called Vaishnav Janto. Mehta has danced for more than 10 years. 2. Rob Falvo (left) and Todd Bush (right) rehearse with their instruments prior to the evening's performance. They played a melody called Raga Saraswati in dedication to the goddess of art, music, and knowledge. 3. Percussion professor Rob Falvo has been playing the tablo drum for 17 years.// Photos by Brendan Hoekstra

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BIOLOGY GREENHOUSE PROVIDES LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES FOR STUDENTS AND COMMUNITY Nyctea Martell ‫@ ׀‬NycteaS22 ‫ ׀‬A&E Reporter

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he Biology Greenhouse, located at the State Farm parking lot, is used for lectures and labs by the Department of Biology. It is run by Greenhouse manager Gerald “Jerry” Meyer along with Annika Davidson, assistant manager and senior architecture major, and volunteers. It is difficult to walk through the greenhouse without being brushed by plants. They spread out on every possible surface, including the floors and the ceiling. Most plants are held in the greenhouse, but some are grown in a small courtyard between the rooms of the U-shaped building. Meyer said he plans to continue adding plants to his collection. “When I came here 10 years ago there were only about 200 species of plants. I thought it was rather uninspiring,” Meyer said. “It’s now six times that many or around 1,200 species of plants. I’m proud of having virtually every corner of the world represented.” Meyer specializes in unusual plant anatomy and adaptations. For the botany lab, he pulls out about 40 plants as examples. This includes plants with unique adaptations such as carnivory, sensitivity to touch and mutual relations with ants. The multitude of unusual plants makes it difficult for Meyer to decide

which one he enjoys working with the most. “It depends on what I’m holding in my hand. All plants have something that will draw me,” Meyer said. Most of Meyer’s time is spent online searching for more plants. While many can be found from U.S. sellers, he occasionally orders from out of the country. Once a plant arrives, it is labeled with its species name, family name and place of origin. After the plants arrive, volunteers propagate and maintain plants and perform basic tasks such as sweeping and washing pots. Volunteers propagate by cutting off a small section of the “mother” plant and planting that section. The planted section will continue to grow. Volunteers also learn about the origin of the plant they are working on. “I like to force-feed geography on the volunteers,” Meyer said. “When they’re working with plants I have them read the plant label and then question them about the country. They have to come in here, show me where the country is on the map and tell me what the capital city is.” Davidson was a volunteer before Meyer offered her the assistant manager position. She first learned about the greenhouse from a friend. Davidson volunteered for two years. This will be her first year as assistant manager. “I really enjoy it,” Davidson said. “Captain Jerry’s hilarious and such a good guy to be around, really makes being here a lot more fun.” Erica Renner, senior recreation management major, has been volunteering for two semesters. “I just really love plants,” Renner said. “We do occasionally get to take home like a little something of a plant. But also being around them all morning really brightens your day.” Renner drives to the greenhouse and spends two hours per week volunteering. The greenhouse is off campus and not well known outside of the biol-

ogy department. “I’m glad a ton of people don’t know about it so I can come and volunteer,” Renner said. Meyer has had up to 24 volunteers, but he now keeps a smaller volunteer staff of 10. “I recently kept that number down a little bit so I can continue to do all the things I need to do to keep this place running,” Meyer said. One of the other duties of a volunteer is helping prepare for plant sales through propagation and planting seeds. Through propagation they cut off a small section of the “mother” plant and plant that section. The planted section will continue to grow. Meyer holds two plant sales per year to fund the greenhouse. The fall sale focuses on succulents and other hardy plants and the spring sale focuses on outdoor garden plants. The diversity in the greenhouse is largely due to these sales. “Plant sales are cool,” Renner said. “It’s cool to see everything stacked on top of each other. People are like, ‘This one’s mine!’” Meyer has expanded his teaching to the Boone community through a free class called High Country Gardening. It focuses on outdoor gardening and maintenance. While students are welcome to join, the class caters to homeowners and other community members. “The building is not used nearly as much as it should,” Meyer said. “All these beautiful plants and they don’t see the light of education as much as I wish they would.” The biology department plans to build a new greenhouse and conservatory at the old Broyhill Conference Center. Meyer said he encourages students to visit and tour the greenhouse. The greenhouse is open weekdays from 8 a.m to 4 p.m. Students interested in volunteering can email Meyer at meyerja@appstate.edu.

(Top) Plants species from nearly every country are represented in the Biology Greenhouse. The greenhouse uses this diversity to teach labs for Botany and Ecology classes. // Photo by Nyctea Martell. (Bottom) The Appalachian State Biology Greenhouse is located off of State Farm Road. Its conservatory contains over 900 plant species. // Photo by Veronica Hayes

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NEW CLUB AIMS TO COMBINE ADVENTURE, SERVICE AND COFFEE Daisy Tucker ‫@ ׀‬theappalachian ‫ ׀‬A&E Reporter

Coffee beans roast at the Bald Guy Brew warehouse. // Photo Courtesy of ASC

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t all started when three students joined together with three common interests: exploring the great outdoors, serving their community and a love of all things coffee. The result? The Adventure, Service, Coffee Club. Last spring, Don Cox, owner of local coffee shop Bald Guy Brew, taught a class all about coffee, including topics such as different tasting methods and the social implications of the coffee trade. This

class inspired senior management major Baylen Burleson, sophomore interdisciplinary studies major Sean Allen and junior global studies and sustainable development double major Brenna Martin to spend their summer helping Cox improve his business and get an inside look into the coffee industry. “There’s so much to learn and understand about coffee, from the industry to the plant itself,” Allen said. “I’ve always enjoyed coffee,

but the class opened up many new elements of coffee that I had never even thought about.” Their original goal was to try to get Bald Guy Brew coffee in the on-campus coffee shops. Soon after, the idea transformed into a club, according to the founders, Burleson, Allen and Martin. The trio said they saw a need to serve the community while connecting back to the coffee industry. The goal is to show that big change starts

in our own communities. “Not only does the club focus on doing good for our community, being caffeinated, and having fun,” Allen said. “It also hopes to inform members of the corruption within the coffee industry. “There’s an imbalance in the supply chain of coffee,” Burleson said. “Distributors buy the coffee from the coffee farmers for a very small price, and then go and sell the coffee to consumers at a greatly in-

flated price.” The group hopes to inform people about what is actually in their cup, where it came from and the people involved in the process. “We want for each individual to choose ethically where they want to get their coffee,” Allen said. However, this is not primarily a coffee club. The founders said the club will be equal parts adventure, service and coffee. They encourage anyone interested in any of these to consider joining. “My biggest hope is that this club can raise awareness of the importance of specialty coffee and supporting local businesses, as well as caring for our environment,” Martin said. “I’m excited to meet people who are just as passionate about these topics and can’t wait to continue learning.” The club has planned a Roan Mountain trash pickup, an on-campus farmer’s market and a roasting session, during which members will be able to roast their own coffee beans at the Bald Guy Brew roaster warehouse. The club will also have study sessions in the warehouse, during which members can drink coffee while they study and do homework. Burleson said there is a lack of responsibility in both the treatment of the environment and within the coffee trade, and this club aims to combat both issues. The members believe that change starts small, but that every small action towards creating change is necessary to make change happen. For anyone interested in being part of the Adventure, Service, Coffee Club, the group will hold an interest meeting on Oct. 3 in the Great Hall of the Living Learning Center at 5:30 p.m.

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Opinion

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DIVERSITY REPORT CARD DOESN’T FULLY Q Russell ‫@ ׀‬Q_M_Russell ‫ ׀‬Opinion Editor

ENCAPSULATE STATUS OF DIVERSITY

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The front desk of the Multicultural Student Development Office is located on the second floor of Plemmons Student Union. // Photo by Q Russell

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report from the USC Race and Equity Center released on Sept. 26,graded the status of education of black students at every four-year, non-specialized, public postsecondary institution in the nation. This report rated schools based on representation equality, gender equality, completion equality and the ratio of black students to black faculty. It then averaged each of these scores together and created a report card for each school.

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App State, overall, got a 1.00, or a D, which is the lowest grade in North Carolina. This statistic is made even worse by the fact that the state, overall, averaged a 2.23, or a low C. The highest grade App State received was a C for the ratio of black students to black faculty. It isn’t a secret that App State isn’t the most diverse campus. Only 16.2 percent of the student population is racially and ethnically diverse. Compare this to other colleges in North Carolina: 33 percent

for UNC-Charlotte, 32.4 percent for East Carolina University and 28.5 percent for North Carolina State University. App State is trying to increase diversity, as it has managed to increase its diversity rate by 35.4 percent between 2014 and now. Of course, when there isn’t much diversity to begin with, it isn’t hard to see a large proportional increase. Although this report should serve as a wake-up call to the administration, it isn’t indicative of the overall climate at App State,

Spenser Darden, associate director of Multicultural Student Development said. Darden said the report and others like it do not indicate the quality of life for diverse students and whether they feel their identities are affirmed. Danielle Carter, director of MSD, said these reports do not capture data on “self-identifying” diversity, such as the LGBTQ community and non-Christian communities. The report also does not examine the initiatives that App State is enacting to expand its pool of diverse students. App State hired chief diversity officer Willie C. Fleming in May 2016. Student Affairs recently released an updated Statement on Diversity and Inclusive Excellence. Some multicultural student clubs and organizations include the Black Student Association, the Hispanic Student Association, the Asian Student Association and others. Diverse students have a home in the Henderson Springs LGBT Center and the Multicultural Center, where they can form friendships and connections. However, although reports are not wholly indicative of the status of diverse students, it is a red flag. App State has the lowest completion equity rate for black students in the state, at only 57.5 percent compared to the overall graduation rate of 70.3 percent, according to the report. Ina Colon-Villafranca, a senior communication and electron-

ic media broadcasting major and the president of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., the first African-American sorority, said this might stem from the community not being supportive of the needs of black students. She said that many black students face difficulties when trying to take care of their basic needs such as hair and skin care. Another red flag that this report brings up is the lack of black faculty. There were only 17 black faculty members, according to the report. As of Fall 2017, only 9.7 percent of App State’s faculty is racially and ethnically diverse. Darden said diverse students can have issues making bonds and being vulnerable with white faculty and staff, which impacts whether or not App State can retain diverse students, as students who do make bonds with faculty and staff are more likely to stay. Boone itself, much like App State, lacks diversity. Less than 10 percent of the permanent population of Boone is racially diverse. Carter and Darden both said this can cause diverse students to not come to App State. However, this isn’t a direct issue that App State can resolve, and it's one that it will have to be cognizant of when trying to bring in more diverse students. This is a complex issue, and while App State can do all it can to bring in diverse students, the Boone community needs to do its part to help as well.


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n Sunday, the Justice Department sued California over its new law that would guarantee net neutrality for the whole state. This law, much like the state's auto emissions laws, would likely cause internet service providers to have to adapt their universal standards to match California’s. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in an statement that the new law was illegal because the federal government only gave the Federal Communications Commision the power to create rules for internet service providers. “States do not regulate interstate commerce — the federal government does,” Sessions said in a official statement released after the suit was filed on Sunday. Xavier Becerra, the attorney general for California, said in a Tweet that “California will not allow a handful of power brokers to dictate sources for information or the speed at which websites load.” Isn’t the Republican party the party of state’s rights? If memory serves, the Republican party has classically been the party that advocates for limiting the federal government’s power. And yet the Justice Department filed the suit shortly after the bill was signed into law by California Gov. Jerry Brown. The federal government sure didn’t waste time trying to prevent states from asserting their own rights. Sessions and his cronies probably didn’t even wait until the ink dried. California attempting to exercise its rights probably doesn’t fly for the party that installed a former Verizon executive as the chair of the FCC in order to destroy net neutrality. How ironic, considering the whole point of the Grand Old Party’s opposition to the Affordable Care Act for for over 10 years was its concern about the federal government overriding “state’s rights.” It’s obvious; the Republican party only cares about state’s rights when it doesn’t control the federal government. The second Republicans take power, they enact sweeping reforms and state’s rights go flying out the window.

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ark Saltzman, a former writer for “Sesame Street,” said when he wrote Bert and Ernie he felt the two were in a gay relationship similar to his own relationship with his longtime partner, Arnold Glassman. Many saw the two as a positive early representation of a gay relationship. “I always felt that without a huge agenda, when I was writing Bert and Ernie, they were. I didn’t have any other way to contextualize them. The other thing was, more than one person referred to Arnie and I as ‘Bert and Ernie,’” Saltzman said in an interview with David Reddish. Sesame Workshop denied his claim, tweeting: “Even though they are identified as male characters and possess many human traits and characteristics (as most 'Sesame Street' Muppets do), they remain puppets, and do not have a sexual orientation.” This disagreement about Bert and Ernie's sexual orientation raises questions about if they were early representatives of the LGBTQ community. “I was a little shocked by (Sesame Workshop’s Tweet), just because I think they are somewhat iconic characters and everybody’s made jokes about them for so long,” Jake Reeves, a graduate student studying Student Affairs Administration and graduate assistant for the Henderson Springs LGBT Center, said. Reeves supervises a staff of about 20 volunteers who help students start programs related to LGBT identities and offer information to potential members. Volunteers also provide support for students who need coach-

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ing or any type of assistance. Reeves said he thinks Sesame Workshop should have said something along the lines of “we are accepting of all forms of love, whatever that might look like,” instead of immediately dismissing Saltzman’s statement. This controversy is reflective of the past. Reeves said during the '80s, when “Sesame Street” was popular, a lot of people may not have been openly identified, but did identify within the LGBTQ community. “I already had my life partner, the love of my life. We weren’t living together. All our friends knew, but I don’t think I was professionally out,” Saltzman said.

The parallels between Saltzman and Glassman’s relationship and Bert and Ernie’s was recognizable before Saltzman was open about being gay. Sesame Workshop could have handled this better. As a show known for educating a young audience about acceptance, this would have been its chance to make an official statement to those who thought Bert and Ernie were gay all along. “Sesame Street” includes a multitude of ways to address topics like race, family problems and mental illness, so to dismiss the inclusion of the LGBTQ community is an unfortunate decision.

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FRIDAY, Oct. 5

SATURDAY, Oct. 6

SUNDAY, Oct. 7

MONDAY, Oct. 8

Yard Games Tournament

Run for Hope 5K

Women’s Lacrosse vs. Radford noon State Farm Fields

Symphony Band 8 p.m. Schaefer Center

“The Incredibles 2”

Men’s Lacrosse vs. UNC Chapel Hill/ High Point University

Men’s Lacrosse vs. Wake Forest

“The Laramie Project” Panel Discussion

4-6 p.m. Student Recreation Center 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. I.G. Greer

“October Sky”

7 p.m. Greenbriar Theatre

Volleyball vs. Little Rock 6:30 p.m. Varsity Gym

Field Hockey vs. Saint Francis

7 p.m. Brandon and Erica M. Adcock Field

10 a.m. Duck Pond Field

12:30 p.m. State Farm Fields

Winner’s Showcase Concert 4:30 p.m. Rosen Concert Hall

Candlelight vigil remembering Matthew Shepard and all victims of hate 7 p.m. PSU, Parkway Ballroom

1 p.m. State Farm Fields

Volleyball vs. Arkansas State 12:30 p.m. Holmes Convocation Center

“The Laramie Project”

9 p.m. Valborg Theatre

“The Laramie Project” 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Valborg Theatre

2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Valborg Theatre

“The Incredibles 2”

Women’s Soccer vs. Texas State

7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. I.G. Greer

TUESDAY, Oct. 9

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 10

THURSDAY, Oct. 11

FRIDAY, Oct. 12

SGA Senate meeting 6:30 p.m. PSU, Linville Falls

Collegiate Recovery Community 5:30 p.m. Wellness and Prevention Services

Fall Break

Fall Break

Gaming Club Meeting 5 p.m. PSU, Linville Falls

Field Hockey vs. Central Michigan 6 p.m. Brandon and Erica M. Adcock Field

7 p.m. Ted Mackorell Soccer Complex

Trumpet Ensemble 8 p.m. Rosen Concert Hall

“The Laramie Project” 7 p.m. Valborg Theatre

Women’s Soccer vs. Georgia State 7 p.m. Ted Mackorell Soccer Complex Fall Break: Backpacking Mount Mitchell All day Register at Outdoor Programs in the SRC

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