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Appalachian State University’s Kappa Sigma fraternity will hold a head-shaving event to raise money for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, a childhood cancer research center, Saturday. Started by founders Tim Kenny, John Bender and Enda McDonnell in 1999, St. Baldrick’s is a national cancer research charity that donates 100 percent of its proceeds to programs treating children with childhood cancer. The fundraising goal for the head-shaving event has been set at $2,500, though in the three weeks that the program has been underway, $1,665 has been raised. “The idea to shave students’ heads for money all started when a Kappa Sigma alum said that we could all use a haircut, and then we got the idea: Raise money for children through St. Baldrick’s,” said Jonathan Bolanos, vice president of Kappa Sigma. James McKinley, the lead treasurer for Kappa Sigma, said that students don’t have to shave their heads to help. Students, faculty and off-campus residents are welcome to participate in the event. “We already have about 25 peo-

ple lined up to have their heads shaved,” McKinley said. “But even if you do not want to shave your head, you can still donate and make a difference.” Since 2005, the national charity has been able to collect $100 million in grants, with $30 million in the year 2012 alone. “Every year we try and step it up, so it was natural that we do this event for our national day of service,” said McKinley. There is no minimum donation amount. “People have been donating anything from $10 to $500 for the cause,” McKinley said. “It’s just great to see people take the time to make a difference, no matter how big or small the donation.” Donors can give money under their names, anonymously or under another name, or they can sponsor a child. The Kappa Sigma Fraternity hopes that this will become an annual event. “I would love to see it become a tradition on campus so we can keep contributing to the greater cause,” McKinley said. The event will take place in the Three Top Mountain Room in the Plemmons Student Union from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Boone Police responded to a call about a home invasion, assault and robbery on Hill Street Tuesday, April 9 just before 9:15 p.m. A second incident of the same nature was reported at the south end of Blowing Rock Road that same night. Victims in each incident received minor injuries. In both cases, the victims said that they did not know the suspects, according to a news release. Since, the Boone Police Department has taken two suspects into custody. D’Ray Vannoy Hall, 22, and Christopher Alexander Webster, 21, were arrested and charged with simple assault, first degree burglary, attempted common law burglary and common law burglary.


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Signs like the one pictured on a library door are posted on all entrances to campus buildings. The Students for Concealed Carry will wear empty holsters though the week in protest of university policies that ban firearms on campus.

Kappa Sigma to hold headshaving event for St. Baldricks

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he Students for Concealed Carry have organized a protest through April 12 to demonstrate against college and university policies that ban firearms on campuses. Students like Appalachian State University criminal justice major Alexander Pfeffer are wearing empty holsters around campus this week. Pfeffer, a senior, said he sympathizes with the SCC’s sentiment because he feels that campuses would be safer if the right people were carrying the

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right weapon. “I don’t want to be a vigilante and go out and stop [crime], but I definitely think that there are circumstances where if there’s a person that’s committing a crime that is inherently dangerous to human life, then you should be able to respond appropriately,” Pfeffer said. “If you can put an end to the matter without anybody getting hurt, you should be able to do so.” But ASU Police Chief Gunther Doerr said that guns on campus could cre-



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Students enjoy this week’s warm weather

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Sophomore recreation management major Matt Edwards takes advantage of the warm weather to slackline on Sanford Mall Monday afternoon. Temperatures peaked in the 70s this week, and hundreds of students filled Sanford Mall to enjoy the warm weather. According to Ray's Weather, after thunderstorms Thursday night, the weekend will be sunny with highs in the 60s.

To compete in job market, students work on obtaining two degrees by STEPHANIE SANSOUCY

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The state of the economy and job opportunities could lead to students working toward two undergraduate degrees to better their opportunities in the job market. Many students perceived their double majors as “giving them a competitive advantage in the job market and helping them earn a better living,” according to a study done by Richard Pitt and

Steven Tepper at Vanderbilt. However, the study, released March 12, reported that there are significant differences between the earnings of graduates with single and double majors. “Recent graduates with two majors report nearly $2,230 less than their peers who graduate with a single major,” according to the study. Drew Bennett is a senior global studies and technical photography major. Bennett said that while he

took the current job market into account when he decided to double major, he is more passionate about the knowledge he will gain. “I’m passionate and curious about a broad range of studies and issues,” Bennett said. “I couldn’t imagine only pursuing a formal education in a single program. There is far too much I want to learn and engage in.” Associate Dean of the College of Health and Sciences Susan Roggenkamp said that due to the rigor-

ous nature of the courses in the College of Health and Sciences, the number of students who double-major are a small minority. “It is extremely difficult to finish two degree programs in a reasonable amount of time,” Roggenkamp said. “It would most likely be five or six years, or maybe more to complete two degree programs, each with unique

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App State Unity Festival exhibits cultures from around the world by MICHELLE PIERCE Intern News Reporter

Appalachian State University hosted the Unity Festival as part of the 2013 Diversity Celebration in the Blue Ridge Ballroom of Plemmons Student Union Tuesday, April 9. Dozens of stages and rooms were set up throughout PSU to celebrate diversity. “The Unity Festival involves hands-on activities and focuses on being family oriented,” said Cindy Pacileo, festival coordinator. The Blue Ridge Ballroom was filled with students engaged in activities from diverse cultures at each booth. Eight different countries were represented. Students dressed up in saris from India, had their name written in Japanese calligraphy and played with traditional Appalachian folk toys. The Unity Festival was originally held in opposition of a Klu Klux Klan march that took place in Boone in April 1992.

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“This festival is a state- Celebration. ment of unity in the face of Kaleidoscope, Appalahate,” Pacileo said. chian’s after-school tutorFor the past seven years, ing program for young the Unity Festival has children, brought their joined forces with Appala- students to the festival. chian’s Diversity Celebra“It was just a way to tion to focus on education expose them early to the and better understanding different cultures of the other cultures. world,” said sophomore “The festival started di- Kaleidoscope volunteer rected toward kids and James McElhany. “And now [ASU] pays for their from talking to them afactivity buses to come terward, they learned exhere,” said Jason Timpson, actly what we wanted them University Housing coor- to: though we’re all differdinator. ent, we’re all people, so we The festival was held af- are all the same.” ter school hours, which acThe sponsors for this commodated year’s events children in included elementar y Academic “This festival is a schools as statement of unity Affairs, Apwell as their alachian in the face of hate.” pFood parents. Ser“We have vices, Reich Cindy Pacileo, festival over 200 College of coordinator students enEducation, rolled for Equity, Dithis trip versity and from eight different K-5 Compliance, Holiday Inn schools,” said Pam Shir- Express, International Edley, the after-school direc- ucation and Development, tor for Watauga County the Multicultural Center, Schools and member of Staff Senate and Student the planning committee Development. for this year’s Diversity

(Top Left) Senior Spanish major Nadareh Naseri (center) leads a performance Tuesday night as part of the Diversity Celebration. (Bottom left) Students and community members crowd Plemmoms Student Union to watch the Lost Jewels of the Ghawazee perform Tuesday night as part of the Diversity Celebration. The Diversity Celebration is held once a year to expose students to multicultural lifestyles through craft workshops, performances, ethnic food tastings and more.

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Appalachian State to participate in Raleigh climate convergence by NOLEN NYCHAY

draw several thousand participants,” said appropriate technology major Orrie Bos. Affiliates of Fossil Free App State are inviting any interested individuals to join them Earth Day weekend to make a statement about climate concerns. “The purpose of the CCR movement is to raise

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More than 100 Appalachian State University students and faculty members will partake in the Climate Convergence on Raleigh on Saturday, April 20 to demonstrate the university’s commitment to combating climate change. “The CCR is expected to

awareness about local and global climate change and to demand state legislative support for new climate initiatives,” said anthropology professor Harvard Ayers. The two-day event will include panel discussions, workshops and speeches from several keynote speakers affiliated with The main event



Continued from page 1 program requirements.” Roggenkamp said that more students declare minors of their own accord. Global studies students are required to minor in a foreign language, and many turn the minor into a second major, said Alexandra Hellenbrand, director of the global studies program. Hellendbrand said global studies majors may also choose other majors along with their foreign language minor and that the double majors depend on student interests and career plans.


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Lt. Scott Mash carries a departmentissued Sig Sauer 40-caliber pistol. The Students for Concealed Carry will wear empty holsters throughout the week in protest of university policies that ban firearms on campus.

“In my experience, I would say that global studies students often decide on double majors themselves, without necessarily considering ‘the market’ out there after graduation,” Hellenbrand said. Hellenbrand said that a global study as a double major allows graduates to demonstrate a depth and breadth of knowledge and experience that she believes the job market now demands. Center for Appalachian studies program Director Katherine Ledford said that many students choose to minor in Appalachian studies rather than major in the degree that is unique to

the discipline. However, in a major such as education it is occasional that a student finishes a double major, said Charles Duke, the dean of the College of Education. “Taking that route is not for the faint of heart and usually involves taking extra credits and perhaps finishing a bit later than a single major,” Duke said. Duke said that teacher education majors do not often complete a double major because of how structured the programs are. “Business students and those in the College of Arts and Sciences might be more inclined to double major,” Duke said.

Appalachian hosts STEM Expo by JORDAN MILLER Intern News Reporter

To further promote Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics to middle school and high school students, Appalachian State University hosted its third annual STEM expo Wednesday at Holmes Convocation Center. Tonya Coffey designed the event in 2010 in correlation with the North Carolina Science Festival. Its intent is to exhibit the fun and occupational practicality of science and math to young scholars. As well as being the founder, Coffey is a co-coordinator for the event and an associate professor in the physics and astronomy department. This year’s expo accommodated around 1,700 young students, 600 more than last year, Coffey said. “We had participation this year from over a dozen different academic departments and from groups external to the university, specifically the Grandfather Mountain Science Outreach folks,” Coffey said. There were also many hands-on activities, demo shows and tours, Coffey said. “Everybody worked really hard to make this day happen, and their efforts really paid off,” she said. “The kids enjoyed it, and hopefully learned a little science, too. Many kids also got campus tours, so we got to show off our beautiful campus.” Tracey Tardiff is a co-coordinator for the

to the event. “This will be a symbolic show of solidarity for reducing our CO2 output,” Boss said. A reception will be held at the Church of Good Shepherd in Raleigh for the arriving cyclists. A detailed schedule and location information on the CCR can be found at the official website, cli- Any questions concerning transportation or lodging for the event can be directed to Ayers. “The trip to Raleigh is free for all students,” Ayers said. “It is important that anyone who wants to be a part of this important movement should have the opportunity to do so without any great expense.”

Campus survey addresses sustainability concerns

Continued from page 1 ate more problems, opening the door to firearm theft, misuse and accidents. “Introducing more guns on campus is not going to make it any safer,” Doerr said. Dewey Mullis, a sophomore criminal justice major and ASU American Corrections Association member, said that he wouldn’t feel comfortable going to a school that allowed citizens to carry guns on campus. “I don’t know how it would make our campus safer,” Mullis said. “It could provide a distraction for a lot of people.” Dewey said that if police arrive on a scene where multiple people have guns in hand, it could cause confusion for law enforcement. “It may increase panic and mayhem,” Mullis said. Doerr said that the organization did contact the department before carrying out the protest. “As long as they are peaceful, we are fine with it,” Doerr said.

will be surrounding the Raleigh legislative building Sunday. “This event is shaping up to be one of the greatest coming together of academic minds, scientists and artists our state’s capitol has ever seen,” Ayers said.  A number of Appalachian students and faculty will be cycling from Boone to Raleigh two days prior

STEM expo, as well as the pre-enrollment coordinator for the North Carolina Appalachian Collaborative for Higher Education. “We were really excited that so many students from our county and surrounding counties were able to join us for this event,” Tardiff said. “I think this is a great opportunity for us all to share what we are doing at Appalachian and it’s really nice to feel so supported in our efforts. Particularly in terms of science and research, we have a lot to be proud of.” Graduate student John Spiegel said science and math are important because it’s the future. “You always need engineers, you always need scientists, physicists, mathematicians, chemists, biologists, just to advance the fields,” he said. Jane McLaughlin, a senior computer information systems major, represented her department by setting up a booth and speaking with on looking students. “I’ve gotten a lot of really good questions about what it’s like to go to college and about the kinds of things I do in my job, so I can definitely tell they are really excited,” McLaughlin said. “As I’m about to graduate, I’m really proud of myself and proud of the students around me for what I study, and where I study, and that’s why I’m here today. I wanted to be able to show younger students how proud of themselves they can be one day.”

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Graduate student Brayam Pinilla demonstrates his robotic arm to a middle school student during the Science Discovery Day at Holmes Convocation Center. The event, held in correlation with the North Carolina Science Festival, aimed to promote the fun and occupational practicality of science and math to young students.

Access to clean drinking water was the top local environmental concern for students, faculty and staff, according to a study conducted by sustainability majors at Appalachian State University. The 24-question survey was conducted online Feb. 12-27, utilizing student, faculty and staff to elicit responses from 854 volunteers. “One of the main reasons for developing this survey was for us to see how accurate ASU’s reputation of being environmentally aware really was,” said David Valder, junior sustainable development major. The official report defines sustainable development as the combination of a healthy environment with thriving ecosystems, an economic system that engages local populations, and social justice and equity. “The survey showed that many individuals consider sustainable living as an important part of daily life, regardless of their level of involvement in SD initiatives or activism,” sustainable development professor Laura England said. The results of the survey show that the university is aware of the linkage between the environment and the economy. More than 85 percent of respondents agreed that the sustainability of a thriving economy is dependent upon a healthy environment and equitable society. However, 30 percent of respondents said that they thought global economic growth was important to SD, when in fact it is an-

tithetical. This result demonstrates the university’s incomplete understanding of what SD entails. The majority of respondents expressed concern for the environmental sustainability issues, particularly regarding climate change and water pollution, according to the report. Similarly, climate change was ranked the top environmental concern on a global scale, with 67 percent of respondents agreeing that it is among the most serious threats to health and safety. However, only 23 percent were aware of the 350ppm CO2 limit scientists agree is safe for the Earth’s atmosphere; even less were aware that the current CO2 levels have surpassed 390ppm. Less than 50 percent of respondents were aware of existing sustainability initiatives on campus, such as the university’s sustainability graduation pledge, commitment to becoming a zero waste campus by 2022, goal of achieving climate neutrality by 2050, and $10 student fees each semester that go toward renewable energy projects. Respondents unanimously agreed that consideration of sustainability influences their day-to-day activities. “The results show that both students and faculty at ASU have a strong interest and concern regarding sustainability issues, but that there is a disconnect from the information reaching them,” said Dallas Pitts, a senior in the class that conducted the survey. “Hopefully participants in our study will be inspired to take it upon themselves to become more informed and aware of such issues.”



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Fifth biannual ‘Boone in Blossom’ benefit festival offers free workshops, live music by LOVEY COOPER


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he fifth biannual Boone in Blossom festival will showcase local talent this weekend at the High Country Fairgrounds to benefit the Hunger Coalition. The three-day event serves as an open, welcoming venue for area musicians and entertainers, as well as an opportunity for community members to share their personal skills with a network of like-minded individuals. Admission and access to the 20 local musical acts and daylong workshops and classes can be paid for in cash, cans or volunteer hours. Cans and proceeds go directly to the Hunger Coalition. The festival began as a simple personal community service project by local yoga instructor Jeremiah Brown while he was working to complete his yoga certification. The first event three years ago was small, but received such positive public response that Brown decided to hold it again. The event quickly gained momentum, and the festival is now biannual and in its fifth iteration. “It would totally not happen if not for all of the talented, amazing people in the community who offer their services for free,” Brown said. “The driving force keeping it going has to be the talent of the community.” This is the second time the festival will take place over the course of three days. Attendees are invited to camp at the fairgrounds all weekend. Camping and parking are both free. As attendance has grown, festival organizers hope that the demographics of people attending will expand to include more families and older locals. There are specific family camping areas for those with chil-

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The fifth biannual Boone in Blossom festival will take place Friday through Saturday at the High Country Fairgrounds. The festival will showcase regional talent and include workshops in sustainable living. Admission is $20, 20 canned goods or volunteer work.

dren in an effort to keep the event family-friendly and welcoming to all. Ongoing yoga classes and workshops are some of the major festival attractions. Instructors will offer free daylong classes for six classifications of yoga. The studio where Brown teaches usually charges $14 for a single class. “This year people just sort of came to us,” said Anna Maynard, an event organizer. “We’re close friends with a lot of the yoga teachers and people in the community who offer these workshops, so this is sort of an opportunity for us all to get together

and offer that.” Brown said that as Boone in Blossom grows, it becomes more of what he originally envisioned. “Everything is kicking into a new high gear with the production value and the organization,” Brown said. “It’s starting to become more of what I had hoped it would be in the beginning.” Other workshops include outdoor living and survival skills, tips for sustainable lifestyles and gardening, as well as dancing and performance arts such as improv comedy led by campus comedy troupe NouN. “Anyone with something to offer

is welcomed,” Maynard said. A unique aspect of the festival is what attendees take away from the workshops and classes: new skills. “Some of the other festivals have all of the bling, the money, the production values, but they lack any kind of meaning,” Brown said. The festival takes place this Friday through Sunday at the High Country Fairgrounds. Admission is $20, 20 cans or volunteer work and is good for all workshops and performances. For more information about the festival, visit or find the event on Facebook.

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(L-R) Sophomore advertising major Colleen Ratigan, senior English major Stephanie Halchin and freshman advertising major Jelani Drew staff a contact table in Plemmons Student Union on Wednesday morning selling shirts in support of the Appalachian State Invisible Children Club.

The collected donations will go to the nonprofit organization Hope Grows International Development, which aims

to reach out to the people of Africa by providing monetary assistance and necessary training to help them achieve per-

sonal and spiritual growth. The founder of Hope Grows, Billy Riddle Jr., will attend as a representative for the people he is

reaching out to, said Lisa Hurst, co-president of Appalachian Invisible Children. “It is an actual representation of what is going on,” Hurst said. “We have a direct connection and can actually show people who we are trying to help.” There will be about 30 student volunteers at any given time during the event. Senior psychology major Katelyn Snider has visited Africa and said she is planning to attend. “The people in Africa are the sweetest,” Snider said. “They are eager to be shown love, even from foreigners.” The Appalachian Invisible Children club hopes to make the entire student body aware of what is going on in Africa and to recruit as many people as possible to the club next year. This is their last event for the semester. A Walk Through the Nuba Mountains will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sanford Mall.

Acapocalypse brings rival a cappella groups together A&E Reporter

Campus a cappella groups will converge Saturday at Legends for the final concert of the semester, Acapocalypse. The event is similar to fall semester’s Acappellageddon, except Acapocalypse is not a contest. Instead, all Appalachian State University a cappella groups will come together to perform a benefit concert. The proceeds from the event will go toward funding the Watauga High School chorus. VoiceMale, Enharmonix, Lost in Sound, Ear Candy, Higher

Paramore’s self-titled album shows band’s growth A&E Reporter





Invisible Children hosts A Walk Through the Nuba Mountains

The Appalachian State University chapter of Invisible Children will host A Walk Through the Nuba Mountains on Tuesday to raise awareness about the situation in the Nuba Mountains. The free event on Sanford Mall is a reenactment walk-through of a scene in southeastern Sudan, a country plagued by genocide. “We found it most useful to step back and bring attention to something that desperately needs it,” said Daniel Szymczyk, co-president and founder of Appalachian Invisible Children. “The scene will impact all who walk through it.” There will be an information booth at the event where visitors can donate and buy club merchandise, but the primarily goal is just to provide insight and perspective.


Ground, Streets Ahead, the Mountain Ayres and Treble Attraction will all perform Saturday night. “It’s a pretty gnarly showcase of each one of our eight groups at ASU,” said freshman vocal major Jesse Borrower. “There is an absurd amount of talent in every group, and there’s a really special sort of community that’s formed from all the groups.” Borrower is a member of VoiceMale, one of the university’s all-male a cappella groups. Borrower said that while VoiceMale has a lot to live up to since winning Acappellageddon last semester, the boys are more

than up for the challenge. “I can say with superfluous certainty and enthusiasm that VoiceMale is going to have some fun onstage, and I hope the audience has fun with us,” Borrower said. Concerts like Acapocalypse are important for the a cappella community, said sophomore communications major Olivia Easly. “Sometimes final spring concerts end up on the same days, and we won’t get to see another group because their concert is the same time as ours,” Easly said. Easly is a member of the coed group Enharmonix. She sang “Toxic” by Britney Spears for the finale of the fall competition,

Acappellageddon. Preparing for the showcase has been hard work for the vocalists. “We’ve been practicing three days a week,” Easly said. “I’m really excited to hear everyone else’s set list, though. I’ve been hearing some of their rehearsals, and everyone sounds great.” Though this showcase will not include any collaborative songs between the a cappella groups, Easly said there is hope for next year. Tickets for the concert are $5 in advance for Appalachian students with their student ID and Watauga High students and $7 at the door and for the public.

Correction: A photo caption in the April 9 issue The Appalachian incorrectly stated that junior Shady Kimzey is an advertising major. Kimzey is a public relations major. The Appalachian apologizes for the error.

Formerly angsty teenagers rejoice – Paramore just released their first album since 2009’s “Brand New Eyes.” The band released the selftitled album this month and this time around, the band, still led by front woman Haley Williams, has grown up vocally, musically and lyrically. Instead of trying to attract the newest crop of teenagers, Paramore appeals to their now-grown-up fans who fell in love with the band in their start-up days, back when they were cast alongside the likes of Fall Out Boy and Boys Like Girls. The self-titled album still contains tracks with some of the bands old angst and dramatic belching songs by Williams, but the lyrics have more meaning and the musical accompaniment is more than just loud drums and whining electric guitar. Tracks like “Now” and “Daydreaming” especially fit the bill of their early music; “Now” was the first single to be released from “Paramore,” and it definitely earns the description of “rock anthem.” Dancey tracks like the opener, “Fast in My Car,” are reminiscent of bands like M83 and the Naked and Famous. A few tracks on the album showcase Williams’ voice purely, with minimal instrumental interruption. “I’m Not Angry Anymore” and “Moving On” are two of these – “Moving On” even sounds a little bit country at times. It is difficult to pick a standout track on this album, which says a lot for the band’s lyrical and musical maturity. But, some notable songs include “One Of Those Crazy Girls,” a great track in its own right that is also sort of an ironic nod to the emotionally tormented girls that make up a large part of the old-school Paramore audience. The song, unlike its implied subject, is lyrically mature, and Williams’ voice soars. “Paramore” definitely has its flaws, though. The downside to the album is that in its effort to grow up, it comes out a little choppy. The slow songs can sound forced and the rock anthems that were so characteristic of the 2007 Paramore seem a little too tapered at times. Tracks like “I Don’t Want My Heart To Break” veer off into the whiny teenager area as well, so it’s clear the band hasn’t completed the maturing process. Overall, though, the good shines through, and “Paramore” puts the band back on the radar. They’re not up there with the indie powerhouses like MGMT and Phoenix, but with this new album, they’re not stuck on the Warped Tour set list with Fall Out Boy anymore, either.


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KEVIN GRIFFIN President Barack Obama’s budget “compromise” demonstrates the political system’s faults. American political culture is filled with many myths and untruths that distort our view of political reality. An example would be the faulty claim made by certain conservatives that Obama is a socialist.

We need look no further than the president’s budget proposal to see how ridiculous this claim really is. Obama’s 2014 budget proposal includes sizable cuts to Medicare and Social Security. CNN reports that Medicare will be cut by $400 billion over 10 years, while social security is to be restructured to a chained Consumer Price Index, according to the New York Times. Chained CPI is a method of indexing Social Security to inflation in a way that will reduce benefits by slowing the increase in benefits over time, according to Business Week.

Combined with a previous debt deal, the Obama budget will reduce deficits by $4.3 trillion in the next 10 years. As of now, 80 percent of that is accounted for with budget cuts, the New York Times reports. Putting aside the very important matter of Social Security’s solvency and focusing on what this means politically, one can easily how representative this is of our nation’s political decay. After all, this comes from the president who was ostensibly re-elected to stand up for the middle class and underprivileged. Obama has justified these cuts by saying that the initial compromise

was needed to get Republicans to agree to tax cuts. In his first proposal, the president makes a major concession – one important to many of his supporters in his initial offer. While this could be dramatic for those would suffer from program reductions, it also shows how dysfunctional our political system is. In a better system, there would be sincere voices from across the political spectrum that would give individuals of all political persuasions a chance to have an impact on government. If you want to see strong voices standing up for the interests of working-class people or civil

liberties, or other important issues, your options seem limited. It looks as if Obama’s plan will not get much from this conciliatory gesture. His own constituents on the left dislike it, and the Republicans, based on statements from House Speaker John Boehner, are not really satisfied either. The hopes expressed last year that a second term for Obama would signal “real change” are slipping away, and true reform in important areas appears to be stalled.

Griffin, a freshman journalism major from Madison, is the opinion editor.


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KENT VASHAW A small group of protestors demonstrated at Fort Bragg last Saturday against the destructive use of militarized drones by the United States military. This protest was certainly a step in the right direction, criticizing a policy that the U.S. should absolutely abandon. Supporting the rights of innocents, even if they aren’t American citizens, is our duty.

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der the Obama administration. The protestors claimed drone warfare engenders hatred for America and spurs revenge. They hit the nail on the head. By engaging in controversial tactics that have high civilian collateral damage, such as drone strikes, the U.S. is only perpetuating the cycle of violence. Drone warfare often kills civilians, which is against the terms of the Geneva Convention. Civilians are considered protected persons during a time of war, and any act of violence toward them is in violation of the convention. More than 2,500 people have been killed in Pakistan since 2002, according to the Bureau of Investigative Journalism. While the percentage of these that are civilians is disputed, the New York

Times reports that some estimates of civilians killed are as high as 98 percent, including 176 children. We just have no inherent right to send our drones into Pakistan without the consent of the Pakistani government. The Fayetteville Observer reported that some people who passed by the protest hurled obscenities at the nonviolent Quakers. Perhaps they supposed the protest was sympathetic toward antiAmerican terrorists. But drones kill way more than terrorists, and protesting drones has nothing to do with supporting those who seek to kill U.S. soldiers. Vashaw, a sophomore mathematics major from Apex, is an opinion writer.


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The protest was organized by the Quaker House of Fayetteville. The Quaker House is an organization that advocates for anti-war, pacifistic values. The group organizes anti-war protests and lends aid to soldiers who want to leave the military behind them, according to the Charlotte Observer. The Quaker religion has had ties to pacifist movements for years. The Fayetteville Observer reports that the protest was small, with about a dozen participants. But even a dozen protestors can get a message out. Fort Bragg is one of the largest military bases in the United States, and houses eight types of drones. Drones are unmanned aircrafts, and their use as weapons has been drastically expanded un-

US should invest more in missile defense

TYLER SPAUGH The situation in North Korea has many on high alert, and for good reason. Though it lacks military or economic power, North Korea does possess several nuclear warheads, accord-

ing to the Institute for Science and International Security. While it seems that the current situation with North Korea will not go very far, it hopefully will highlight the issues with our missile defense system. It is time we start to make missile defense a higher priority. Currently, the United States has ground-based missiles that will attempt to intercept the incoming missile in mid-flight. This system has failed

multiple tests in the past four years, according to Reuters. A real world failure like this could cost millions of lives, in addition to great economic devastation if the nuclear missile hit a major U.S. city. But there is a viable alternative to these systems. President Ronald Reagan attempted to develop a program known as the Strategic Defense Initiative. The plan involved powerful lasers on tracking satellite that would destroy

incoming missiles. In the 1980s, we didn’t have the ability to do this, but we do now. We already have missiletracking satellites, and the Airborne Laser Test Bed has shown that these lasers can take out missiles, according to Boeing, the system’s designer. The lasers have the potential to shoot down nuclear missiles over the nation that launched it. The plan’s main advantage is that it would be able to defend vital U.S.

interests such as military GPS and communications satellites in the event of an attack. Some development is still needed to make the lasers fully capable of taking out missiles from space, but the potential benefits are too great not to try. We should continue to fund missile defense, and cut spending elsewhere. Spaugh, a freshman accounting major from Winston-Salem, is an opinion writer.




| April 11, 2013


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Official University News & Announcements

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The Club Hub is open!

The Club Hub is open. What is it? A resource center to help support clubs. Where is it? 219 Plemmons Student Union across from SGA and The Appalachian. (the old CSIL offices) What is in it? Currently, there is extra meeting space for clubs. There are 2 conference rooms able to be reserved by clubs. Contact CSIL at 262-6252 to reserve them at this time. Also, there is casual meeting space if you are looking for a quiet place to have a club conversation. The refrigerator room is available for 48 hours at a time to store any supplies for your meeting in the Union. Contact CSIL at 262-6252 to reserve the refrigerator room. What else will be there? Coming soon will be a poster room and team building supplies that can be checked out. QUESTIONS? Contact CSIL at 828-262-6252. 2nd floor in the new section of the Student Union.

Spring Counseling Center groups

Understanding Self and Others Group—Issues commonly addressed vary from depression, anxiety, relationship concerns, self-esteem, issues of family conflict or abuse, etc. Students who want to resolve specific concerns as well as those seeking personal growth are welcome. Mondays 1:30-3 p.m., Tuesdays 1:30-3 p.m. and 3-4:30 p.m. USOGet Moving (moving your body to increase wellness- see below for details), Wednesdays 2:30-4 p.m., Thursdays 1:30-3 p.m. (Transitions to ASU Group, doesn’t start until October) and USO-DOG 3:30-5 p.m. (group Therapy with co-leaders and a therapy dog) Lesbian/Gay /Bisexual Therapy Group—This group will present an opportunity for lesbian, gay and bisexual individuals to explore life challenges. Fridays 1-2:30 p.m. Painful Pasts, Promising Futures Group—This group is designed for those who have experienced traumatic events in their lives or who come from backgrounds in which they did not feel safe. Wednesdays 3-4:30 p.m. Transgender Therapy Group—This group is similar to the “Understanding Self and Others” group in that a variety of issues will be explored in a safe and supportive environment. Wednesdays 5-6:30 p.m. (For information contact Sheri Clark: 262-3180 or Food/Mood Group—This group is designed for students who use food and/or exercise to cope in ways that would be considered “unhealthy”. To Be Determined. An Introduction to Mindfulness Group—Mindfulness involves stepping out of “auto-pilot” reactions and learning to pay more attention to our present experiences. Mondays 3:30-5 p.m. USO-Get Movin’ Active Bodies Healthy Minds—Did you know that exercise is one of the best mental health interventions we know of? Tuesdays 3-4:30 p.m. To get started with a Counseling Center group, come to the Counseling Center during Walk-In Clinic, call 262-3180 or visit our website for more information www.counseling. If you are interested in group but these times do not work for you, please get in touch with Chris Carden at 262-3180 or

ACT to sponsor May event

Appalachian & the Community Together (ACT) at Appalachian State University will sponsor an International ASE May Break event May 13-28, in Thailand and Ghana. Sign up now in the new ACT Outreach Center located in Plemmons Student Union. A $500 deposit and your ID is required.

APPS Films ready for spring showings The Appalachian Popular Programming Society (APPS) Films Council is pleased to announce its remaining schedule for the Spring 2013 semester. Our Popular Film Series at I.G. Greer SuperCinema will feature some of the most acclaimed movies of the awards season, as well as a blockbuster or two, and a few gems that are not as well known. The CinemaVintage series in the Greenbriar theater will start out creepy, reflect some dystopian tendencies, then veer off toward the tales of unruly ghosts and science run amok. Show times are listed with the schedule and as always, admission is still only $1. Here’s what APPS Films is bringing: IG Greer SuperCinema Popular Film Series: (All Showings at 7 and 9:30 p.m., except where otherwise noted; Admission $1.) today through Saturday, - Les Miserables (7 and 10 p.m.); April 18-20 - Rise of the Guardians; April 25-27 - Hansel and Gretel Witch Hunters (Show times TBD); May 2-4 - Warm Bodies. Greenbriar Theater CinemaVintage Series: (All showings at 7 p.m.; Admission $1.); Who Framed Roger Rabbit? (‘88); through April 12 - Peter Pan (’53); April 17 and 19 - The Fox and the Hound (‘81); April 24 and 26 - Cinderella (’50); May 1 and 3 - The Nightmare Before Christmas (‘93) * denotes showings on Wednesday and Thursday. All titles, dates and show times are subject to change. If you would like to have some input on what movies are brought to campus, the APPS Films council meets at 5 p.m. Thursdays in the Rhododendron Room of the Plemmons Student Union. If you would like to suggest a film for viewing on campus, APPS Films can make arrangements for you to come to a meeting and make a case for it to be shown.

A Service of the Division of Student Development

a 5K run Saturday starting at 9 a.m. at Watauga High School (300 Go Pioneers Drive, Boone, NC). The registration is $20. You are able to register as an individual or as a team. All money raised will go to Autism Speaks to fund research into the causes, prevention and treatment for Autism.Please come out and support this amazing and important cause. Register online at do?siteId=240.

Faculty Last Lecture set for April 22

The Faculty Last Lecture will be held April 22 at 6 p.m. Nominations are being collected from students for the Last Lecture. We will extend the invitation to speak at the Last Lecture event, which includes dinner catered by Casa Rustica, to two faculty members who have the most nominations. These invitations will go out to nominated faculty the first week of April. The Faculty Last lecture is an event based on the book The Last Lecture, written by Randy Paush. Paush was a professor of computer science at Carnegie Mellon University who was dying of pancreatic cancer. On Sept. 18, 2007, he stepped in front of an audience of 400 people at Carnegie Mellon University to deliver a last lecture called “Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams.” His lecture has become a phenomenon and the inspiration for this event.

Homegrown Film Festival on May 1

The Homegrown Film Festival: A Celebration of Sustainability in the High Country will be held May 1, 7-8:30 p.m., in Parkway Ballroom, Room 420 Plemmons Student Union. The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided. Sustainability endeavors are growing strong in the High Country, where you share a rich history of working together to ensure that your mountain region will forever be a wonderful place to call home. The Homegrown Film Festival celebrates some of these efforts through a series of eight mini-documentaries, each spotlighting local people and organizations, including: 350 Boone (climate change); Appalachian Mountain Brewery (small business sustainability); ASU Office of Sustainability (campus sustainability); Biophilic Art Installation (sustainability art); Blue Ridge Conservancy (land protection); Blue Ridge Women in Agriculture (sustainable agriculture); Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation (sustainable tourism); and National Committee for the New River (water protection). Attend for film, food and fun. Representatives of many of these organizations will be on hand to tell more about their work and how you can support it. This event is hosted by participants in the Sustainable Development course Outreach Skills for Sustainability, including students and instructor Laura England (

Tom Moore 5K planned for May 4

The 8th Annual Tom Moore 5K Run/Walk will take place Saturday, May 4, at the Boone Greenway Burnley-Clawson Park. If particpants register on or before May 1st, the event will be $15. On the day of the event it will be $20. There will be a pasta dinner at F.A.R.M Café Friday, May 3, from 6-8 p.m. for early packet pick-up. There will be no charge for the dinner, however, patrons are strongly encouraged to donate as much as they can. Registration on the day of the event will begin at 8 a.m., and the 5K will start promptly at 9 a.m. There will be long-sleeve t-shirts available to those who have registered on a first come, first serve, basis. After the race, there will be a raffle with lots of fun prizes and also refreshments to be enjoyed by all! Parking will be available at the Burnley-Clawson Lot. Tom Moore, a local of Boone, was diagnosed with Huntington’s disease (HD) 10 years ago. Huntington’s Disease is a hereditary, degenerative brain disorder for which currently there is no cure. HD slowly diminishes the affected individual’s ability to walk, talk and reason. Someone with HD will eventually rely on family members for his or her care. Huntington’s Disease does not affect just one person, but a whole family and community. One out of every 10,000 Americans has HD. After the onset of the disease someone usually only lives for 10-20 more years. The younger you are when onset occurs, the faster the disease progresses. The Huntington’s disease Society of America is a non-profit agency dedicated to finding a cure. They are here as support, guidance and a resources to families, friends and those with HD. All of the proceeds from this event will go to the society for research. For more information or to register for the event, go to

ASU offers Scuba Diving Certification Appalachian State University Recreation is now accepting registration for its first spring session of Discover Scuba in the Student Recreation Center pool. The course is open to all community members and ASU students/faculty/staff who wish to obtain their PADI Open Water Divers certification. Session one is held April 12 through 14 and session two is April 1921. Class meets: Fridays 6 – 8 p.m.; Saturdays 12 – 5 p.m.; Sundays 1 – 5 p.m. Registration instructions, forms, and fee information can be found online at www.aquatics.appstate. edu. If you would like more information on this topic or other aquatic related programs, please contact Cheryl Eddins, Assistant Director for Aquatics.

24th Morgan Lecture Series to start ‘Persepolis’ discussion April 30 The 24th anniversary of the Morgan Lecture Series in the Sciences, sponsored by the Morgan Committee, in cooperation with the College of Arts & Sciences and the University Forum Committee, announces the second Morgan Lecturer, Harold McGee, will be on campus Wednesday, April 24, to deliver a public lecture, The Chemistry of Food and Cooking. McGee is a noted journalist who specializes in explaining the chemistry of food and cooking to the public. He is author of the bestselling book, “On Food and Cooking: the Science and Lore of the Kitchen.” McGee’s public lecture will be at 7 p.m. in I.G. Greer Auditorium.

Lastly, the committee is finalizing a visit to ASU by Dr. Jerry Coyne, Professor of Biology at the University of Chicago on Thursday, May 2. Dr. Coyne is being co-sponsored by the Departments of Biology, Geology and the External Grants Program from the UFC. He is the author of a textbook on speciation and evolution, and the bestselling book, “Why Evolution is True,” which is also the title of his extremely popular blog on science, reason, and religion. Dr. Coyne will give a scientific presentation on speciation (his research specialty) at 12:30 p.m. in Room 183, Rankin Science West. Dr. Coyne will also give a public lecture on The Relationship between Science, Religion and the Acceptance of Evolutionary Theory in the United States, at 7 p.m., in the Blue Ridge Ballroom, Plemmons Student Union.

5K run for Autism is planned

Autism Speaks U at Appalachian State University is hosting

A discussion of the film and graphic novel, “Persepolis,” will be held April 30 at 6 p.m. in Room 114, Belk Library. Admission is free and open to the public. Students, faculty and community members are invited to read the graphic novel “Persepolis.” The library has placed copies of the book on 24-hour reserve. There will be a showing of the film “Persepolis” Tuesday, April 23, at 6:30 p.m. at the library. Both the book and the film will be discussed afterwards. “Persepolis” is a 2007 animated film based on Marjane Satrapi’s autobiographical graphic novel of the same name. The film received numerous awards including being a co-winner of the Jury Prize at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival. It was also nominated for many awards including a Academy Award for Best Animated Feature. The story follows a young girl as she comes of age against the backdrop of the Iranian Revolution. The film will be introduced by Dr. Renee Scherlen, who will also lead discussion on the film and book following the showing. Dr. Scherlen is a professor of political science at Appalachian State University; comparative politics, foreign policy, international politics, and gender are among her areas of specialization. The event is presented by ASU Library in conjunction with the ASU Humanities Council and the Muslim Students Association, with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) program. This is the fourth in a series of programs that compose the 2013 Bridging Cultures, Muslim

Journeys Program.

Filmmakers Vincent Paronnaud and Marjane Satrapi collaborated to co-write and co-direct this adaptation of Satrapi’s bestselling autobiographical graphic novel detailing the trials faced by an outspoken Iranian girl who finds her unique attitude and outlook on life repeatedly challenged during the Islamic Revolution.

The Guardian described the film as “superbly elegant” and goes on to note: “Persepolis gives us the sheer pleasure of narrative, rarely found in modern cinema or indeed fiction: a gripping story of what it is like to grow from a lonely imaginative child into an adult, and to find this internal tumult matched by geo-political upheaval.”

For more information contact Allan Scherlen, Belk Library,

CU Thrive program for ASU students

Today’s college students face unique challenges that when combined, can negatively impact their overall success. In order to succeed, students must find ways to successfully juggle their academic studies with their social life and financial responsibilities, among many other life stressors! This balancing act would cause anyone’s anxiety and stress level to rise.

The American College Health Association’s National College Health Assessment found in their 2001 survey that 30 percent of college students reported feeling so depressed that it was “difficult to function” at some point during the past year. Depression can lead to lethargy, irritability, social isolation, and disturbances in eating and sleeping cycles. It takes a concerted campus effort to adequately address issues such as depression and the ways that it impacts our students.

In response, ASU’s Counseling Center has teamed with NAPSA to provide the campus community with a new web based resiliency program called CU Thrive. All currently enrolled ASU students are eligible to take part in this exciting opportunity! By utilizing the CU Thrive program, students will have access to a large database of helpful information. CU Thrive offers articles, videos, courses, and other information that will help students adjust to campus life, stay healthy, enhance study skills, and build relationships. And this is just a quick sampling of the types of topics covered by CU Thrive!

You can set up your own account today using your App State username and password. Simply visit www.appstate.cuthrive. com/ for more information. The first 80 students who sign up for an account will automatically win a free t-shirt! Any questions or comments may be directed to Mary Cantrell via email at

General Education Awards

The campus is cordially invited to attend the General Education Awards Reception on April 15, 5 to 6 p.m., in the Solarium, Plemmons Student Union.

The reception will honor: Dr. Sarah Carmichael, winner of the Wayne Duncan Faculty Enrichment and Teaching Fellowship for Excellence in Teaching In General Education; Mr. Jason Mitchell, winner of the Faculty Award for Excellence in General Education Teaching (NTT); Dr. Bud Gerber, winner of the Rennie Brantz Award for Outstanding Teaching in the First Year Seminar.

Other award nominees are: Rebecca Keeter, Anotoly lsaenko, Clint Marsh, Ed Allison, Kenneth Muir, Berta Cauvel, Andrew Jenkins, Richard Elaver, Bob Gibbard, Nathan Weigl, Brad Conrad, Jennifer Burris, Kimberly Reavis, Kathryn Kirkpatrick, Vicky Klima, Xiaofei Tu, Elaine Gray, Cheryl Fox, Derek Davidson, Denise Goetz, Janet Beck, Alejandro Hortal, Catherine Fountain, Barbara Michel, Janet Montgomery, Craig Caldwell, Tim Williams, Valerie Hickman, Kevin Kennedy, Joe Gonzalez, Pierrette Stukes, Ed Behrend-Martinez, Nick Rudisill, and Cameron Lippard.

Act Out hosting 2nd annual Farm Day

In celebration of Earth Week, ACT OUT is hosting its second annual Farm Day April 20 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to help local sustainable farms, such as Moretz’s Mountain Orchard, Horse Helpers, Spring House, and Foggy Likely Farm. For more information and to register for the event, please visit the ACT Outreach Center in Plemmons Student Union. Transportation to and from the farms will be provided. Lunch will also be provided at each farm.

Operation Medicine Cabinet planned

Operation Medicine Cabinet will take place April 19, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. This is a time for a spring cleaning on your medicine cabinet. Operation Medicine Cabinet gives you an environmentally safe method of disposal of outdated, unused and unwanted over-the-counter and prescription drugs, syringes and other medical supplies. Any prescription or over the counter drugs will be accepted, no questions asked.

Clean out your medicine cabinet of outdated/unused prescription and over-the-counter meds. Bring to Plemmons Student Union Friday, April 19, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. near info desk.

If you miss this collection, participate in the Watauga County collection on May 4 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the following locations: Food Lion - Hwy 321 near WalMart; Food Lion Hwy 421/Old Hwy 421; Food Lion - Blowing Rock; Foscoe Fire Dept (Hwy 105).

These collections are held in coordination with Watauga County Sanitation Department’s Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day, Saturday, May 4, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m at the Watauga County Landfill. Items include: paint, household batteries, niCad batteries, lead acid batteries (car batteries), antifreeze, ethylene gasoline, lighter fluid, solid and liquid pesticides, oxidizers, used oils, household cleaners and fluorescent lights.

Counseling Center workshop today

The Counseling Center will sponsor a wellness workshop for self-estmeem and self-confidence, “Born This Way: Learning to Love Yourself,” today from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., in the Rough Ridge Room of Plemmons Student Union.

University Housing hosts ‘Last Lecture”

University Housing is pleased to present the “Last Lecture.” This banquet-style event will be held April 22 at 6 p.m. in the Plemmons Student Union. It will be catered by Casa Rustica and an RSVP is required to attend. The Last Lecture is an opportunity for selected faculty to tell the world what they’ve had on their mind and what they would say if this were their “Last Lecture.” The campus community is invited to attend at no cost, but reservations are required and will be approved on a first-come/first-served basis. With our limited seating, please consider making your reservation today. To RSVP for this event, please visit You will receive a confirmation email and mailed tickets to your campus address prior to the event.


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April 11, 2013 |


Track and field star has ‘perfect’ personality for the sport by JAMES ASHLEY


Sports Reporter

t didn’t take long for one first-year track and field jumper to make a name for himself. “He started from the bottom, now he’s here,” sophomore teammate Tatyana Bryant said. Since he joined the Appalachian State track team, sophomore Henry Bustle has had 15 top-5 finishes in multiple events, including second at the Southern Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships in the long jump event. This time last year, Bustle was preparing for finals, and very bored. He said he had to think of something fun to do, and since he played sports in high school, he decided to start training for track and field. In high school, Burke was a three-sport athlete, lettering in football, wrestling and track. He also earned all-conference honors in all three sports. He still holds the South Iredell triple jump record and the Catawba Valley Athletic Conference triple jump record, according to goasu. com. But in college, Bustle said he felt like he was too small to play football, and a broken neck during wrestling season in high school pulled him away from walking onto the App State

James Ashley | The Appalachian

Sophomore jumper Henry Bustle practices the long jump earlier this week. He has 15 top-5 finishes, including second at the SoCon Indoor Championship.

wrestling team. His only option was track and field, and he made an impression. “I knew Bustle had the potential to be really good,” jumps, strength and conditioning coach Damion McLean said. “It was going to take some technical issues to fix before he can make a big jump in his events.” Bustle explained that being able to jump far was not

something he was necessary born with, but he had the talent for it. “A lot of hard work got me to where I am now,” Bustle said. “All summer I worked out by myself at home, pushing myself to be better than I was.” The hard work shows in his advancement as a player. He surpassed his high school personal record in the triple jump (13.72-meters) in college with a per-

sonal record of 14.44-meters. Besides collecting wellearned points for the team in conference, McLean said that Bustle has a “perfect” personality for the sport. “He has a very competitive nature which will take him a long way,” McLean said. “On the other side, he’s a quiet guy that blends in with the team and everyone around him.” Bustle learned that playing a sport in college is different than high school. He said that he goofed off a lot in high school and that the coaches here at App State push him and the workouts are harder, but now he just wants to be the best. “I want to win first place in SoCon,” Bustle said. “Then, when we go to the Sun Belt, win first place there also.” McLean agreed, and said Bustle could have an unlimited future in track and field. “Once he masters the technique of things and getting stronger and flexible, he will make longer strides in track,” McLean said. “He was a natural coming out of high school – just needed some fine tuning.” Bustle encourages everyone to come out this Friday to Kidd-Brewer Stadium at 12 p.m. to cheer on the Mountaineers as they compete in the Appalachian Open.


Sports Schedule


April 12

Men’s and Women’s Track & Field Appalachian Open - Outdoor Season Boone, N.C. 12 p.m. Men’s Tennis App State vs. Gardner-Webb Boone, N.C. 2:30 p.m. Baseball App State vs. UNCG * at Greensboro, N.C. 6 p.m.


April 13

Women’s Tennis App State vs. Wofford * Boone, N.C. 1 p.m.

Softball App State vs. UNCG (DH-1) * at Greensboro, N.C. 1 p.m.

* Conference Game Information compiled from

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April 11, 2013 |



Softball downs Winthrop twice, remains undefeated at home

Courtney Roskos | The Appalachian

Sophomore outfielder Ashley Seering hits her first home run of the season in Tuesday’s game against Winthrop University. The Mountaineers flew by the Eagles 9-7.

by JESSE WARE Sports Reporter

Appalachian State softball (2013) had to defend their 9-0 home record against the non-conference Winthrop Eagles (20-19) Tuesday. They not only defended the re-

cord once, but twice. The doubleheader saw seven Mountaineers with RBIs and eight players cross home plate. “Our offense is very contagious,” head coach Shae Wesley said. “When we have a couple good hits, everyone gets on board. We can go through a lineup very

quickly, and when we get hot like that it’s a great thing and a fun thing to watch.” App State started the first game hot by scoring five runs in the bottom of the first, prompting Winthrop head coach Mark Cooke to remove his starting pitcher Chelsey Schoenfeldt after


only one out. Schoenfeldt gave up Johnson. two earned runs. Trailing 2-7 in the bottom of The Mountaineers’ freshman the fourth, the Mountaineer bats starting pitcher, Shivaun Lande- got on a roll. After a leadoff bunt ros, also had difficulty pitching single by sophomore Cynthia in the first and fifth innings, but Gomez, they started rolling, scorwas able to hold on and pitch the ing seven runs. complete game – the only pitcher “Cynthia Gomez had an outto do so Tuesday. Landeros only standing day at the plate,” Wesley gave up five earned runs. said. “Not only was she on fire “I feel like a t h l e t i c a l l y, I always have she was really one or two in- “We can go through a lineup focused mennings where I tally.” very quickly, and when we get into situT h e s e get hot like that it’s a great ations,” Lanwould be thing and a fun thing to deros said. the last runs watch.” “It’s important scored in the that I keep my game as App Head coach Shae Wesley head. If I let it State hung on affect me then to win 9-7. it’s all down“ O n c e hill from there. If I know I can someone gets it started with our get out of it, it usually ends pretty team, we never stop,” Gomez quickly.” said. “We all pick each other up. Freshman catcher Alex Sohl When one of us hits, we all hit hit her first home run of the year around.” in the bottom of the third inning Appalachian is now 11-0 at – a two-run shot. home this season for the first “I came in early and focused time in team history. on little things,” Sohl said. “It “It’s outstanding,” Wesley said. worked, and it felt really good.” “Hats off to all the girls. They love After winning the first game playing here; they love playing 11-8, the second game saw soph- at home. We’ve had some really omore Katherine Johnson toe the great crowds here. There’s no betmound. App State’s bats started ter place to play at home.” slowly, falling at one point 4-0 Softball will continue their seain the middle of the third inning. son Saturday when they head to Sophomore Alissa Schoelkopf Greensboro for a doubleheader would finish the game, relieving starting at 1 p.m.

Appalachian State women’s soccer welcomes spring season to train, develop by ANDREW CLAUSEN Sports Editor

When spring rolls around and days start warming up, the Appalachian State women’s soccer team hits the field to the develop their skills as they prepare for next fall. The team has six exhibition games this spring, including three at home to start the season, but the most important part of spring is the practices. “We get to do a lot of development with individual

players,” head coach Sarah Strickland said. “In the fall, we’re straight into games and it’s preparing from one game to the next and fixing things that are wrong within the team, and in the spring we can really focus more on the players.” Junior defender Amy Werdine said the spring is a time to “work on our weaknesses without having fear.” “The spring is a time for us to develop and work on things that maybe we’ve been struggling with,” Wer-

dine said. “The fall is a time for getting in team shape and preparing for our next opponent.” Werdine said that at the beginning of last fall, they were a little worried about what would happen after losing four seniors, two of which were captains. “We’re making sure everyone is staying motivated and that they stay on top of things that need to be done,” Werdine said. “It’s been tough, but we’ve had a lot of people step up and it’s been

better than what we initially with the weather. thought it would be, re“We’ve had, I think, three p l ac i n g practices those outside, four stuone of dents.” “We’re making sure every- them was Dealin 32-deone is staying motivated ing with gree rain, and that they stay on top n e w and it’s of things that need to be c o m just difers and ferent,” done.” seniors We r d i n e h a s n’t said. “The Junior defender Amy Werdine b e e n indoor is the only only 60 problem. feet and They have also had to deal our field is twice the size of

that. This last practice, we were really just bunched, up and when we got back it was like ‘We have all this room.’ It’s definitely an adjustment.” Strickland said that with all the team has had to face this spring, she is most proud of their hard work. “It’s difficult when you can’t practice outside due to the weather,” Strickland said. “We’ve been outside twice and we’ve played one day of games outside. The effort the girls have put in has been unbelievable.”

Advance your academic progress without giving up your summer. Coastal Carolina University offers four flexible sessions for an array of undergraduate, graduate and study abroad courses for both enrolled and visiting students. The University’s close proximity to the Myrtle Beach resort area allows for serious study without giving up opportunities for summer jobs and summer fun.

• Maymester (May 13 - June 7) • Summer I (June 10 - July 12) • Summer 8-week (June 10 - July 30) • Summer II (July 15 - Aug. 9)



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