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Athletics assesses feasibility for moving up to Div. I-A by ANDREW CLAUSEN Sports Editor

by STEPHANIE SANSOUCY Senior News Reporter


he athletics department’s Strategic Plan outlined the future of Appalachian State University athletics and mentioned that the university is looking to move up to NCAA Division I-A. Under “Athletics Department Vision,” the Strategic Plan stated that athletics plans to “utiliz[e] the criteria established by the Athletics Feasibility Committee, join a Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) conference.” This is reaffirmed under “Opportunities” stating “the evolving landscape of NCAA conference realignments provides us a chance to move to a Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) conference based on criteria established by the Athletics Feasibility Committee.” Along with emails obtained through the Freedom of Information Act and documents from Georgia Southern released on, a map shows Appalachian being a part of the Sun Belt conference. John Miller, an Appalachian alumnus and founder of, said the biggest thing his released documents revealed was that what the athletic department has said so far has been true. “They can say one thing to the public and say another thing behind doors, but it looks like in the emails that they said the same thing to both,” Miller said. “They’re saying that nothing is happening right now because there’s kind of a pause to see what the Big East does. It just confirms that what they were telling us was the truth and they aren’t hiding anything.” Vice Chancellor for Student

Development Cindy Wallace said that despite the feasibility study, no conference has invited Appalachian to join. “Right now, no one has invited us to their dance,” Wallace said. “We want to be invited, I think that was the consensus of the feasibility study.” “When UNC-Charlotte was invited to Conference USA and we weren’t, I think it hurt our feelings,” Wallace said. “We felt like we have more to offer, particularly since I think most people will tell you football is driving those market decisions and not basketball.” Miller agreed that App State was hurt, but said the decision was a product of the times. “When [Charlotte was] invited, we still had the BCS,” Miller said. “We didn’t even have this BCS playoffs. Back then, the emphasis was on TV and money and they had history with the conference and are known for basketball. They are growing as a school and are in a major city, so they have a lot of things going for them.” Miller said that the TV markets gave UNC-C the nod instead of Appalachian. “When you look at it today, while TV markets are still important, but performance is going to be very important, money-wise, in the new system,” Miller said. “This is why I think the Sun Belt isn’t really concerned anymore with markets and are more concerned with performance.” Miller said if the decision was made today, it could have gone in Appalachian’s favor. “I think they have everything ready to go to add us and I think they will eventually, but they’re waiting until the last minute to announce it, just in case something crazy happens with the Big East,” Miller said.

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Nick Offerman performs to sold-out crowd

Photos by Mark Kenna | The Appalachian

‘Parks and Recreations’ star makes his first appearance at Appalachian State Wednesday Nick Offerman preformed to a sold-out audience in Holmes Convocation Center Wednesday night. Offerman, entered the stage shirtless with a guitar and pointing to parts of his stomach, each representing a different restaurant in Boone. During the

act, he played the guitar and offered several pieces of advice, such as “Eat red meat ” and “Get a hobby.” Offerman is better known for his role as Ron Swanson on NBC’s “Parks and Recreation.” Read about the performance at

Appalachian student to bike Baltimore to Seattle to help cancer patients by MICHELLE PIERCE

While attending the National Outdoor Leadership School last spring, One Appalachian State Grabner’s friend, Chloe University student will Steindam, heard about the spend her summer with 4K For Cancer bicycling 119 other students biking event and introduced the across the country to raise idea to Grabner. money for cancer patients. Steindam is a student Senior environmen- at Washington Univertal biology major Hayley sity and will join Grabner Grabner will bike across cross-country this summer. the United States as a part “I had a desire to help, of the 4K for Cancer event and it developed more to raise money for the meaning as I started learnUlman Cancer Fund for ing more about this great Young Adults. organization,” Steindam Grabner said her bike said. ride will begin at BaltiThe Ulman Cancer Fund more Harbor, Md., on does not donate the money June 2 and will conclude to cancer research. Instead, in Seattle, Wash., around the money goes to cancer Aug. 10. patients through counselGrabner’s connec- ing, scholarships summer tion with the camps and cancer comrehabilitamunity came tion centers. when she met “ B e a 9-year-old ing able to boy diagnosed make a difwith stage-four ference in a neuroblastoma, tangible way a cancerous tuin a person’s mor, while she life right was working as now is really a camp coungratifying to selor. both parties At the time, Photo of Hayley Grabner involved,” she did not Courtesy of Matt Bishop Grabner said. know he was The group in remission focuses on battling cancer and had young adults because it four years of treatment. is considered the in-beGrabner said she feels tween stage, where most lucky to have met some- are financially indepenone who inspired her to dent with little resources, embark on this journey, Grabner said. she said. There are four teams, Intern News Reporter

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Hayley Grabner will bike across the United States this summer to raise money for the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults.

each with 30 cyclists. Each team will take a different route. They will take turns biking long distances while others ride in support vehicles. The highlights of Grabner’s route across the U.S.

include Niagara Falls, Mount Rushmore, Yellowstone National Park and the San Juan Islands. The teams will be eating and lodging at places that donate to their cause, usually staying over night at high school gymnasi-

ums, community centers, or private families and using sleeping bags as beds, Grabner said. Grabner’s personal goal is to raise $5,500 for the Ulman Cancer Fund and has reached over one-third of her goal already. She is

accepting donations until June 2. “There is no cap amount; the goal is really to exceed my goal,” Grabner said. Donations for Grabner’s cause can be made online at

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Student begins process to set up a petition against move up to FBS by MARK S. KENNA Intern Photographer

One Appalachian State University student is petitioning to inform students of the pros and cons of moving up from the Football Championship Subdivision to the Football Bowl Subdivision. Dylan Rollins, a senior applied photography and applied technology major, started working with Nathan Bailey, Resident Hall Association executive board member and Student Government Association liai-

son, on setting up a petition to inform students. “I just want people to get the conversation started,” Rollins said. “I just want students to know there is an argument against this decision and it’s in your best interest to research it.” One of the main benefits of moving from the FCS to the FBS is money. The football team would see an increase in funding. According to the Final Report of the Athletics Feasibility Committee in 2011, if Appalachian moved to Conference USA, the post-

season has a revenue of $6 million. In the Atlantic Coastal Conference, postseason football has a revenue of $34.1 million. Rollins said this move would be great for the football team, but not for the athletic department because there is no guarantee that the athletic department will make money back. There are 120 schools that have athletic programs in the FBS, 11 of have athletic programs not making a profit, Rollins said. Rollins also believes the fan culture on game days

would change drastically. After Eastern Carolina University moved up to the FBS, their student section downsized considerably because season tickets in the student section can be as much as $300 for chairback seating, according to the ECU athletics website. “I am not a fanatic who hates football and is just trying to stir up trouble,” Rollins said. “The reason that I am starting this petition and the reason I am trying to get this going is because even though I love football, the direction they’re trying

to take it in I don’t think it’s best for the student body, I don’t think it’s best for the university, as a whole, I don’t think it is best for the fans.” SGA President Jake Cox aid this decision is not something to be taken lightly. Last year, the SGA held a survey concerning the same question.  There was a 51 to 49 percent vote in favor of moving-up from the FCS to the FBS, Cox said. “It was a valiant attempt to show that we were in support of what the Board

of Trustees and of what the Chancellor were approving,” Cox said. “What they wanted to do with the university and I believe it went in the right direction and it had the best intentions for the university, for the student body. But at the same time it missed the mark of a substantial majority of the student body.” “I just hope that there is a mutual respect for both sides,” Bailey said. “And we come to an agreement, whatever that agreement may be, as long as both parties are equally represented.

Winkler Residence Hall renovations will cause housing rates to increase by STEPHANIE SANSOUCY

Senior News Reporter

Director of Housing and Residence Life Tom Kane said Winkler Residence Hall will be renovated this spring. Kane said that university does not receive money from tuition and fees or the state. Everything Housing does is based upon the rent student’s pay. When housing does a

standard renovation project, such as Cone, Lovill or Belk it costs every student who lives on campus between $100 and $125, Kane said. “We have to raise the rates that much just to pay the debt,” Kane said. Housing is raising rates for next year by $100 to pay for Winkler’s renovations and another $100 raise will occur the year after that in order to “take care of Belk,” Kane said.

“We have 10 more years of renovations to do,” Kane said. “We are trying to make sure that those rate increases are comparable with what our sister schools are doing and we aren’t pricing ourselves out of the market.” Physical Plant Director Mike O’Connor said, “We’ve been renovating for a long time so we have pretty good cost information.” The information provides the university with a good

idea of how much each renovation will cost because a lot of dorms are very similar, O’Connor said. O’Connor said that the cost is estimated by calculating the cost per square foot for past renovations of similar residence halls. The cost is then applied to the square footage of the prospective renovation. O’Connor said this gives housing a “good ballpark cost estimate” of how much mon-

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ey the university must borrow for the projects and how much housing fees will rise. “As we move through the design process we are constantly updating our cost,” O’Connor said. Vice Chancellor for Student Development Cindy Wallace said, “in every [residence hall] renovation there has been something we have tried to add” such as more community and study space. Associate Vice Chancel-

lor for Student Development Dino DiBernardi said when a renovation project is started, a staging area is established. The staging area is done in a way that “effects the area the least” by making the staging area as small as possible for the least impact on the surrounding area, DiBernardi said. The next residence hall to be renovated is Belk Hall, Kane said.

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North/South route added on Fridays by STEPHANIE SANSOUCY

Senior News Reporter

A new route was added to the Mountaineer North/South Bus line provided by Horizon Coach Lines, according to a North Carolina Department of Transportation news release. The route only travels on Fridays while Appalachian State University is in session. It leaves Charlotte at 2 p.m. and arrives in Boone at 5:35 p.m., then leaves at 7:15 p.m., arriving in Charlotte at 10:50 p.m., according to A one-way ticket from Boone to Charlotte costs $13 for a student with a valid identification, according to Business development spokesman for Horizon Coach Line Billy Ray Rhyane said 90 percent of the riders are university students. NCDOT provided funding for the second route, Rhyane said. In November, NCDOT approved $235,193 for Horizon Coach Lines for the additional Friday route. The funds were matched by federal funds, totaling $470,386, according to a NCDOT news release. Rhyane said the route is a good idea since the bus would come twice on Fridays, providing more access to Charlotte from Boone. Sophomore criminal justice major Olivia



Graduated student, Darren Ma, opens food truck for hungry students By NINA MASTANDREA Intern News Reporter

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Sings said she has taken the Mountaineer North/ South Bus from Boone to Charlotte since her freshman year. Sings said the new Friday lines “are not necessary” and that if times are added they should be earlier. Communications Officer for the NCDOT Jennifer Garifo said the department decided to fund the additional route to “better accommodate riders from Appalachian State University and other areas in the high country who are traveling to [and from] Charlotte on Fridays.” Before the additional route, Friday travelers could only leave in the morning. With the new route, riders have the option of traveling north earlier

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in the afternoon, Garifo said. “This decision was made based on experience with the Mountaineer East/West intercity bus route which currently travels between Boone and Greensboro,” Garifo said. It was found that the Friday evening runs on this route had the largest amount of riders, she said. “When the Mountaineer North/South initially began service in 2010, funding for an additional run on Fridays was not available,” Garifo said. “Now that it has been funded, we hope that people will use this additional service and see what a great option the Mountaineer North/South is for travel.”

Appalachian State graduate class of 2011 Darren Ma now boasts a new business called “Wrap-N-Roll” on Howard Street in downtown Boone. What sets his business apart from others is it’s approach – serving food to students and locals in a food truck. “It all started in the farmers market – we wanted to set up downtown,” Ma said, “but the opportunity just fell into our laps, and we took [it].” Thinking of the name for his food truck came just as easily for Ma. “I came up with the name and I liked it, I like rock and roll, so the name just fit,” Ma said. The truck serves soup, pita sandwiches and a variety of wraps. Ma said that when he was thinking of what kind of food he wanted to serve, quality was a high priority. “All of our food is locally sourced – the meat [and]

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Evan Kawala and Alan Russel, employees of Boone’s new food truck Wrap-N-Roll, display a pork belly wrap to passerbys on Howard Street.

vegetables,” Ma said. Ma said he was thankful to have people help him along the way over the course of his journey in the tough food industry. “I have a lot of friends who are excellent chefs who have helped me get this far,” Ma said. “The food is awesome, but the fact that it is all locally sourced makes it that much better,” said Amy Weiber,

Boone resident and WrapN-Roll customer. Junior history major Christian McIntyre said he thought the food was good and affordable on his budget. “I would like to open a restaurant in the Boone area, hopefully soon,” Ma said. “I also think that the menu items are not only tasty and creative, but perfect for the person who wants food on the go.”


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New York Polyphony to debut in N.C. Friday by COLIN MOORE

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lassical vocal ensemble New York Polyphony will perform at the Rosen Concert Hall Friday. New York Polyphony, a quartet of male vocalists that includes bass and Appalachian State University alumnus Craig Phillips, specializes in pre-1600 vocal music and performs a capella. Phillips received a bachelor of music from Appalachian in vocal performance. Other members of the group include countertenor Geoffrey Williams, tenor Steven Wilson and baritone Christopher Herbert. This is New York Polyphony’s debut show in North Carolina, sponsored by both Appalachian State’s Performing Arts Series and the Hayes School of Music. The group has released three albums, most recently “endBeginning,” which includes rare works from the Franco-Flemish Renaissance and was released in early 2012 by esteemed classical and early music label BIS Records.


by LOVEY COOPER Senior A&E Reporter

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New York Polyphony is a New York City-based male classical vocal quartet. The group will be preform Friday, February 8th at 8 p.m. in the Rosen Concert Hall.

Their second album, “Tudor City,” released in 2010, spent three weeks on the Billboard Top 10 Classical albums chart and was featured on NPR’s “All Things Considered.” “It’s just the four of us,” Phillips said. “No amps, no mics, no accompanying instruments, no autotuning, no pyrotechnics. [It’s] just our voices in an acoustic space with no barrier between the sounds we’re making and what the

audience is hearing. It’s as unplugged as you can get.” Although this is their first time at Appalachian, New York Polyphony frequently performs at colleges such as Columbia University, Dartmouth and Stanford. “Our college shows have been very successful,” Phillips said. “We usually get a solid turnout, especially at colleges with well-developed music programs.” Megan Stage, manager

of marketing and public relations for the Performing Arts Series, said ticket sales have been “going very well.” “[Rosen Concert Hall] is the perfect setting for this type of performance,” Stage said. New York Polyphony was founded in 2006 and has toured and performed consistently since they began. They’ve appeared on stage throughout North America and Europe and

‘Bitter Valentine’ talks holiday industries by LOVEY COOPER Senior A&E Reporter

Students might start rethinking their upcoming Valentine’s Day plans Monday after attending Slow Food ASU and International Justice Mission’s event “Bitter Valentine: A Night of Chocolate, Flowers and Slavery.” The event showed the films “A Blooming Business” and “The Dark Side of Chocolate,” which reveal the slavery and illegal business practices that take place in the supposedly fair-trade industries of flower farming and chocolate, respectively. The documentaries were shown for free Monday night in I.G. Greer in the hopes of promoting personal proactive involvement with global issues, organizers said. “We’re excited for people’s hearts to be broken for this issue,” said sophomore public relations major and Lindsay Poe, who is also the committee and service coordinator of the Appalachian chapter of the International Justice Mission. The task of the International Justice Mission is to combat human trafficking and forced labor on a global level. Poe said the documentaries are a way to encourage action against global issues locally through involvement with campus clubs that allow students to do “tangible work” to help spread awareness. “It’s something that’s hard to tell you about and it’s really big to grasp and understand. Hopefully something goes off in [the viewer’s] mind that says ‘I want to do something about this, this is actually a big deal,’” Poe said. “We want to know our farmers and we want to know who produced our food, what goes in our food, what goes in our bodies – chocolate is something that is consumed everywhere and is looked at as an everyday commodity and not as a big deal when we eat it,” said sophomore sustainable development major Caroline Wheeler, and is the treasurer of Slow Food ASU and lead organizer of the event. “The fact is that a lot of people don’t know who is suffering to make it.” Slow Food ASU focuses on promoting

made their TV debut in December 2011 on “The Martha Stewart Show.” The group plans on journeying to Sweden soon to record a new studio album with BIS Records, which will be released later in the year. The show at Rosen Concert Hall begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults and $8 for children. More information about the show can be found at pas.

Dietetic Association puts final touches on cooking program by EMMA SPECKMAN Senior A&E Reporter

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Junior psychology major Shady Kimzey (left) talks to sophomore sustainable development major and Slow Food treasurer Caroline Wheeler before the screening of the documentary “A Blooming Business.” Slow Food and the International Justice Mission held “Bitter Valentine: A Night of Chocolate, Flowers and Slavery” Monday evening in I.G. Greer to raise awareness about social issues.

personal relationships between individuals and their food and food sources, and creating communities around these connections. “I just want people to be encouraged that they can have a voice for something that seems so big and so dark that we get bogged down with the negative,” Wheeler said. “I want this to not only bring to surface a problem that not a lot of people know about, but let people know they can do something about it by making small choices with your money, where you buy your chocolate or how you vote with your money and choosing other options.” “People watch documentaries all the time by themselves and you don’t realize that people can come together like this,” said sophomore nutrition and foods major Rachael Cunningham, who is the vice president of Slow Food ASU. “You see that we all have mutual interests that bring us together to see something like this.”

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A group of members of the Appalachian Students Dietetic Association were discussing healthy eating and sharing cooking tips when one of them chimed in saying he didn’t know how to cook a chicken breast. The nutrition and health promotion majors in the group saw this to be a big problem, and their concern led to the creation of the Cooking Healthy for Everyone Away from Parents program. “It was the brainchild of health promotion and nutrition majors,” said senior nutrition and foods major Cameron Herritt. The project was launched by ASDA as a way to effectively teach students how to shop for nutritious foods intelligently and to prepare basic, healthy meals on their own. The tentative timeline for CHEAP states that the first class is Wednesday, Feb. 20 at 5 p.m. in the Watauga County Agricultural Center. CHEAP will include seven cooking classes and one grocery store visit occurring over eight Wednesday nights until the end of the spring semester. “According to the survey we gave out to 96 students, most people shop at Wal-Mart, so our shopping trip will be there,” said senior nutrition and foods major Sarah Grenier. The program costs $20 up front for all eight classes or $5 per class. If paying per class, prospective students must give a week’s notice before the class they attend. “There’s a Johnson & Wales graduate with us, too,” Grenier said. “So it’s not just going to be nutrition majors trying to get people skinny.” Despite their grand plans, the members have run into a couple of problems with the organization process. “We do not have the number of students signed up to go ahead with the class,” Herritt said.  “Right now we are still trying to figure out if it’s going to happen.”

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The brief emergence of the previously disbanded Destiny’s Child at the Super Bowl delivered a powerful and unexpected shot of nostalgia straight to America’s inner 1990s child. Along with the temporary resurgence comes a compilation of the band’s most sultry, sexy harmonies. “Love Songs” might as well be a new album, seeing as it contains all of the least recognizable almost-hits the girls cranked out over the course of their career. But someone has to say it. No matter how influential, powerful or nearly-flawless Destiny’s Child was and is, ballads are not their strong suit. Their combined voices are best displayed at full volume and chock full of sass. When one craves Destiny’s Child, the more upbeat, girl-power anthems are generally the required tunes. That said, it must be admitted that no self-respecting human being is ever in the position to neglect the sexier side of the trio’s repertoire. Songs like “Second Nature” and “T-shirt,” with opening lines like, “Hey baby, I wish you could see what I have on right now,” are in the running for the most quintessential sexy jams of the 1990s. This collection of sex and sadness is chronically underappreciated, given the rest of the group’s phenomenal track record; only one of the songs included on “Love Songs” actually made it on to a 2005 Destiny’s Child “Best Of ” album. Although only one song on the album – “Nuclear” – is actually fresh material, the compilation still holds some heavy merit in the nostalgia department. This album is the CD equivalent of the 1990s R&B breakup/makeup mix that we all have hidden away deep in our iTunes libraries. The excellence contained in “Nuclear” alone might be worth the full price of the album. The song is a perfect glimpse at what we have all been missing out on during the band’s past eight-year hiatus. For anyone who was expecting a strictly Beyoncé ballad, look elsewhere. “Nuclear” utilized the perfect creamy harmonies and melodies that Destiny’s Child has patented. Beyoncé plays the same role she did all throughout the band’s past career; she is the essential, strong and independent building block on which the rest of the song embellishes. While not explosive, “Nuclear” achieves the sort of slow and relaxed yet modernized climax one would expect after listening to the entire album. Overall, “Love Songs” is an essential album for anyone with a soul. Sometimes we all have one of those weird weeks where we need to listen to the same slow jams over and over again, and for those times, Destiny’s Child is the only cure.


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Point Counter-Point: Video games vs. violence A game controller is not a gun trigger


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MALIK RAHILI “Call of Duty,” “Grand Theft Auto,” “Counter Strike” and many other violent games have been scrutinized and attacked by the media in the last decade. They have been blamed for mass-shootings, serial murders and turning the youth of America into desensitized monsters. But correlation does not imply causation. Just because a person plays a violent video game does not mean they will become a violent person. In a study done by The Washington Post, researchers looked at the world’s 10 largest video game markets and said they found “no evident, statistical correlation between video game consumption and gun-related killings.” reports that the Netherlands had 76 gun-related deaths in 2010, and, according to The Washington Post, they also boast the largest video game market in the world. Behind the Netherlands is South Korea with only 14 gun-related deaths in 2006, and South Korea is known for having some of the best “StarCraft” players on the planet – a game that falls into the violent category. The United States has the ninth largest video game market and one of the highest gun-related death rates in the world, but video games are not the culprit. No game on the market today promotes or requires a player to murder innocent in-game charac-

ters. The only games that flirt with the edge are “Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2” and the “Grand Theft Auto” series. “Modern Warfare 2” warns the player before the mission and gives them the option to skip a scene where innocent people are murdered in an airport. If players choose to play it, they do not have to pull the trigger. None of the “Grand Theft Auto” games make the player kill innocent civilians. These actions depend on the choice of the person behind the controller not the game itself. Psychologist Vaughan Bell wrote in the British newspaper Observer that “violent video games cause a reliable short-term increase in aggression during labbased tests. However, this seems not to be something specific to computer games. Television and even violence in the news have been found to have a similar impact.” Bell said another psychologist, Christopher Ferguson at the Texas A&M International University, “has examined what predicts genuine violence committed by young people. It turns out that delinquent peers, depression and an abusive family environment account for actual violent incidents, while exposure to media violence seems to have only a minor and usually insignificant effect.” Art, film and music have all gone through the same scrutiny and been blamed for violence, and it is now video games ‘turn. Shootings and mass murders are tragedies, but these horrible acts of aggression are not caused by video games – they come from other aspects of our society. Video games are just society’s scapegoat because they are the easiest to blame. Rahili, a freshman computer science major from Durham, is the graphics editor.

Violent video games lead to aggression in impressionable minds

PAUL HECEKERT Violent video games are not the sole cause of shootings or heinous crimes that occur in the world today. Playing violent games is not necessarily going to turn the player into a violent person. They do, however, contribute to acts of violence, and a large problem arises when children and the mentally ill witness the glorified version of war these games portray. According to a school-based Harvard study called “Grand Theft Childhood,” boys between the ages of 12 and 14 who frequently play mature-rated games had double the chance of developing issues of aggressive behavior in the past year. These behaviors included vandalism, physical fighting and stealing. There is a clear connection between these games and aggression, and the possibility of harmful behavior developing went up with the amount of these games played. In a 2006 study by the Indiana University School of Medicine, brain scans were taken of children playing violent video games. Scans showed increased activity in the amygdala, the part of the brain that stimulates emotion, and decreased activity in the prefrontal lobe, which is in charge of inhibition and self-control. Though the effects of direct play may be short term, the basic principle of

how video games work is repetition and reward-factors of classical conditioning. Place these and the violent images games portray into the head of a mentally unstable person such as Adam Lanza, who the Daily Mail reports played hours of “Call of Duty,” and you have a ticking time bomb. Causation is logical. When images of violent acts are being placed in impressionable minds and being rewarded with “trophies” and “achievements,” problems are created. Anders Breivik was responsible for the death of 77 people in Norway when he opened fire at a youth camp for a Norwegian political party and bombed government buildings. Breivik admitted to using “Call of Duty” to prepare for his attacks. “It consists of many hundreds of different tasks and some of these tasks can be compared with an attack, for real,” said Breivik in an article in the Gaurdian. “That’s why it’s used by many armies throughout the world. It’s very good for acquiring experience related to sights systems.” The FBI consistently reports that shooters have a “fascination with violence filled entertainment.” The realistic violence portrayed in video games has the potential to push a mentally ill person over the edge. A ban on violent video games is not an answer; there is no answer to these problems. The fact is we have become a violent society, and violent video games and their dehumanizing glorifications of war are a major contributing factor.

Heckert, a sophomore business management major from Cullowhee, is the photo editor.


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New zoning laws would drive up housing prices

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TYLER SPAUGH The Boone Town Council is considering implementing controversial new zoning regulations that could make it much more difficult for students to find off-campus housing next year. New proposals include mandating that the master bedroom must be at least 25 percent larger

than every other bedroom in a house and having at least a half-square foot of “livability space” for every square foot of flooring inside houses, according to the Watauga Democrat. According to public hearings held Monday to discuss the proposals, the stated purpose of the new requirements is to provide more quality affordable housing options in Boone, especially for working families. Unfortunately, these new policies would not only fail to achieve this goal, but would also severely limit housing options for Appalachian State University students. Requirements that

mandate a minimum amount of “livability space” or regulate the size ratios of bedrooms will only make it more difficult for developers to run a profitable operation. Regulations like these that make any sort of business venture – such as developing a tract of land – less profitable and lucrative only dissuade businessmen from operating in Boone. These regulations will likely serve only to drive up prices, but it is possible that developers will simply do business elsewhere. They increase what economists like to call “barriers of entry” into the mar-

ket, thus making it more difficult for developers to make money in Boone. Consequently, fewer developers will decide to do business in Boone. Fewer developers mean a decrease in competition, which always leads to either an increase in price, a decrease in quality or both. Because the minimum quality of the houses would essentially be mandated under the new regulations, these proposals would mean an increase in prices for housing in Boone. It is very rare that increased regulations do anything to drive prices down, and these proposed

laws are no exception. Everyone loses under these new proposals. Students will have a more difficult time finding off-campus housing, Appalachian will be less able to expand, the town of Boone misses out on any potential economic growth attributable from a growth of the university and developers won’t be able to build in Boone as easily. I strongly recommend that the town council reject these proposals. Spaugh, a freshmen accounting major from Winston-Salem, is an opinion writer.



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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

Music therapy may help recovery

Are you looking for support in making a lifestyle change or recovery regarding alcohol, substance use, or other addictive behaviors? Music therapy may help you in this journey! No musical training or experience is needed, and a variety of musical experiences will be used. For more information, call 262-3148, or come by the ASU Student Wellness Center, 2nd Floor Annas Support Building, beside Health Service), starting in October, date and time TBD.

Plemmons Medallion deadline Feb.15

The W. H. Plemmons Leadership Medallion, named in honor of Dr. William H. Plemmons who served as the second president of the University from 1955 to 1969, was established by an action of the Appalachian State University Board of Trustees in 1996. The award was created to recognize the time, energy, skills, and commitment of students, faculty, student development educators and staff who exceed their peers in providing leadership that enriches the quality of student life and advances the education of students. Students and university employees are invited to nominate a student or university employee for this award. Nominations may be made in the following categories: A student leader who has provided distinguished leadership above that of other student leaders. A Student Development Educator within the Division of Student Development for meritorious leadership in his or her work to enrich the quality of student life and learning. A member of the faculty who has provided meritorious leadership through his or her work with student clubs or organizations, or work that enriches the quality of student life and learning outside the classroom. An employee of Appalachian State University who has provided meritorious leadership that has significantly enriched the quality of student life and learning outside of the classroom. Nominations for this award will be accepted through Friday, Feb. 15. Nominations may be submitted electronically. For additional information, please contact Dino DiBernardi, Chair of the W. H. Plemmons Medallion Committee, at 2622060 or visit our website.

Global Women’s Series in March

The campus and local community are invited to attend the first Global Womens Series, scheduled for March 2013. The theme for the series is “Women and the Environment: Ecofeminism and Activism.” We encourage faculty to participate and have their students attend. Tuesday, March 5, 5 to 7 p.m., Opening Event, “Environmental Activism: Expressions of Inspiration”, Price Lake, second floor in Plemmons Student Union. Welcome remarks by Dr. Sandra Lubarsky, Director of Sustainable Development, followed by performance art and a networking reception featuring student and local community groups involved in environmental activism. Week of March 18 (day TBA), 7 p.m.: Film, with panel discussion to follow, IG Greer Theatre. Hosted by the Global Women’s Series and sponsored by Department of Sustainability, Library, and Geology as part of the annual Sustainability Film Series. Wednesday, March 27, 7 p.m.: Keynote presentation with Dr. Chris Cuomo, “Eco-Feminism and Climate Change”; Parkway Ballroom, 4th floor of new addition in Plemmons Student Union Dr. Cuomo is professor of Philosophy and Women’s Studies at the University of Georgia, and an affiliate faculty member of the Environmental Ethics Certificate Program and the Institute for African-American Studies.

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novelist Alan Michael Parker. The event will be held in the Table Rock Room of Plemmons Student Union at 7:30 p.m. Earlier that day, at 2 p.m. in the same Table Rock Room, a Craft Talk, “Real Gardens and Fake Trees; Or, How to Write the Life Imagined,” will be held. Poet Nathalie Anderson will read from her works on March 28 in Lecture Hall 114, Belk Library, at 7:30 p.m. A Craft Talk, “Writing Around,” will be held in Attic Window Room, Plemmons Student Union, at 2 p.m. Fiction writer and memorist Brett Lott will read form his works on April 4 in the Table Rock Room, Plemmons Student Union, at 7:30 p.m. A Craft Talk, “Writing With So Great a Cloud of Witnesses,” will be held in Table Rock at 3:30 p.m.

A highlight of the Solar Decathlon experience is collaboration. Led by the Department of Technology and Environmental Design, other departments at Appalachian, including communication, economics, and the sustainable MBA program, will actively participate in the project. Additionally, the partnership with University of Angers provides the opportunity for international collaboration.

Novelist and poet Darnell Arnoult will read from his works on April 18 at 7:30 p.m. in the Table Rock Room, Plemmons Student Union. A Craft Talk, “The Sublime Fiction Triangle,” will be held at 3:30 p.m. in Table Rock.

“The collaboration extends across two campuses, two communities and two countries. This trans-Atlantic collaboration provides the dual benefit of an integrative design project experience with the fantastic learning and bridge building that comes with an international exchange,” said Russell.

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.

Design and construction will take place on Appalachian’s campus in Boone. Throughout the next year and a half, the team will be responsible for meeting specific deadlines related to design, construction, promotion and more. If the team misses any deadlines throughout the course of the project, point penalties will carry forward to the contest event.

The Appalachian Heritage Annual Fiddlers Convention will again feature the Handmade Market. Come display and sell handmade crafts in the Plemmons Student Union Feb. 9. The deadline to register is Feb. 5. If you are interested in setting up a booth, please email Brittany Johnson at johnsonba1@ for more information.

The Maison Reciprocity is the second Appalachian design to compete in a Solar Decathlon event. The Solar Homestead, the university’s entry in the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2011, earned the People’s Choice Award. The design concept is now available for sale through sustainable builder Deltec Homes of Asheville. The Solar Decathlon Europe Team hopes to build upon that success with its entry in the European competition.

Submit your entry for the 2013 Diversity Celebration slogan competition. The Diversity Celebration Marketing Committee will vote and choose the top 5 slogan entries. The top 5 slogans will be posted for students to vote and choose the winning slogan. Slogan submissions close Feb. 14.

Appalachian and Angers have a long-standing partnership that facilitates student and faculty exchanges between the two institutions. The university in France is known for its expertise in the global/life cycle costs of buildings, construction safety, landscape design, whole building automation, sustainability, aging in place, indoor air quality, exhibition planning and docent training, and 3-D virtual reality models and tours.

ACT to sponsor May event

Handmade Market returns Feb. 9

Diversity Celebration seeks Top 5

Want to sing? Join the App Chorale

Do you miss singing in choir? Would you like to sing choral masterworks by composers such as Haydn, Handel, Britten and Vivaldi? The Appalachian Chorale is a choir of students and community members, open to all area adults who feel that they can hold their own on a choral part. No audition is required. Rehearsals are Mondays from 7-9 p.m. The group is led by Dr. Linda Larson, chorale director, with Dr. Joby Bell, accompanist/organist. This semester the chorale will prepare Haydn’s “Missa Brevis No. 7” and Britten’s “Rejoice in the Lamb” for a concert on Tuesday, April 30, at 8 p.m. New members are welcome on Jan. 28 at Broyhill Music Center Room 214 on campus. For more information, contact the Hayes School of Music at 828262-3020 or email Larson at

Speaker on Global Climate Change

“Global Climate Change – The Critical Thinking Factor” is the topic of Dr. Robert Bruck of N.C. State University on Feb. 21 at 4 p.m. in the Grandfather Mountain Ballroom in Plemmons Student Union. Bruck’s talk is hosted by the ASU’s Goodnight Family Sustainable Development Program. Co-Sponsors are: ASU’s Environmental Science Program, Biology Department, Research Institute for Environment, Energy & Economics, Southern Appalachian Environmental Research & Education Group This event is free and open to ASU faculty, staff, and students as well as members of the community. Science is a process – not an end. Rarely have scientific subjects so Balkanized the public, scientists, and decisionmakers as Global Climate Change. The current warming of our planet (if it continues) poses some of the most onerous challenges to ecosystem and human sustainability in the history of Homo sapiens. This seminar will address the good-bad and ugly about the current debate on this vexing subject. It will explore the role of orthogonal “science” in the making of science policy, discuss what we know and what we don’t know, and hopefully provoke discussion regarding a road map for the future. Bruck proposes a thought question in preparation – Can you prove that the sun will rise in the east tomorrow? Bruck is a professor in NCSU’s Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources. An award-winning teacher, Bruck has courses in multiple programs, including Environmental Technology & Management, Environmental Science, Plant Pathology and Marine, Earth & Atmospheric Science. As a research scientist, Bruck has made tremendous contributions to our understanding of the effects of pollution and climate change on forest ecosystems. He has published more than 300 peer-reviewed papers, and his new book, “Global Climate Change – The Future of a Warming Planet,” is currently in press with Freeman Publishers. Bruck has also been actively involved in communicating environmental science to decisionmakers; Bruck served as Science Adviser to the Governor of North Carolina from 1990-1992 and has testified to the U.S. Congress on 13 Occasions.

Wellness Workshops are planned

The Counseling Center at Appalachian State University presents “The Wellness Workshops: Feelin’ Good in the Neighborhood!” Workshops are: Get Your Zen On: Mindfulness Meditation for Serenity, Feb. 18, noon to 1 p.m., Price Lake room of the student union; Pet the Dog: The Benefits of Pet Therapy, March 6, 11 a.m. to noon, Calloway Peak room of the student union; Get Movin’ to Reduce Stress, Anxiety and Depression (wear clothes and shoes you can move in), March 26, 5 to 6 p.m., Table Rock room of the student union; Born this Way: Learning to Love Yourself, April 11, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., Rough Ridge Room of the student union; Express Yosef: Self Expression through Art, April 15, 5-6 p.m., Attic Window room of the student union. For more information contact the Counseling Center at 262-3180 or

ASU Solar Decathlon going to Europe

The Global Womens Series addresses contemporary global issues affecting women and girls and is a collaborative effort between faculty, students, staff and community members. The program is co-sponsored by the Office of International Education and Development, Womens Studies, and the Belk Library. For more information, contact Sarah Bergstedt at

Appalachian State University is one of only three U.S. universities selected to participate in the prestigious Solar Decathlon Europe 2014, an international competition inspired by the U.S. Solar Decathlon that challenges student teams to design and build an energy-independent solar house. Twenty projects were selected for the competition out of a total of 44 candidacies from 23 countries.

Appalachian State University’s Spring 2013 Hughlene Bostian Frank Visiting Writers Series begins Feb. 28 with poet and

Appalachian is partnering with the University of Angers in Angers, France. The collaboration, dubbed Team Réciprocité, will present their energy plus house design, Maison Reciprocity, in Versailles from June through July 2014.

Visiting Writers begins in February

“The Solar Decathlon event provides a unique opportunity for students, professors and the Appalachian community to work together on a sustainable building design project to be displayed on the world stage in Versailles, France,” said Dr. Jamie Russell, assistant professor in Appalachian’s building science program and the team’s faculty director.

For more information about Solar Decathlon Europe 2014, visit

Food Mood Group can help you cope

Do you weigh yourself everyday? Do you skip at least one meal a day? Do you count calories and fat grams every time you eat? Do you exercise because you have to not because you want to? Do you hate yourself for the size of your thighs? Do you need to better accept your self, body and all? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you may benefit from participating in the Counseling Center’s Food Mood Group. For more information, contact the Counseling Center at 262-3180, or drop by the Counseling Center during walk-in hours (Monday-Thursday, 1-4 p.m., and Friday, 1-3 p.m.). Or try an anonymous online screeing at and click “online screening.”

African American officer to speak

Join the Military Science and Leadership (Army ROTC) Department at Appalachian State University as it hosts Lt. Col. Maury Williams, Class of 1989. Williams will discuss his career and provide insights into the African American role in the U.S. Army. Williams is a proven leader with over 27 years of Army experience. He has commanded at the company and battalion level, deployed to Iraq, and served in several key position, inluding as the Executive Officer for the ASU ROTC Battalion. Williams talk will be Feb. 25 at 6 p.m. in the Rough Ridge Room (415) of Plemmons Student Union.

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.) Feb. 7-9 - Cloud Atlas (7 and 10:20 p.m.); Feb. 14-16 – Lincoln (7 and 10 p.m.); Feb. 21- 23 - Skyfall (7 and 9:45 p.m.); Feb. 28 - March 2 - Wreck-It Ralph; Match 21-23 - Silver Linings Playbook; April 4-6 - The Hobbit (7 and 10:15 p.m.); April 11-13 - 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.); Feb. 6 and 8 - Cool Runnings (‘93); Feb. 13 and 15 - Beetlejuice (‘88); Feb. 20 and 22 - Ghostbusters (‘84); Feb. 27 and March 1- Back to the Future (‘85); March 6 and 7* - Honey, I Shrunk the Kids (‘89); March 20 and 21* - Jurassic Park (‘93); March 27 and 28* - The Land Before Time (‘88); April 3 and 5 - Who Framed Roger Rabbit? (‘88); April 10 and 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.

2013 Multicultural Programming Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013, Blue Ridge Ballroom, 7 p.m. “Hidden Voices: The Lives of Queer Muslims.” Participants will learn about sexual and gender minorities within the Muslim world and examine the complex intersection of Islam, sexuality and gender. Faisal Alam is a queer-identified Muslim activist of Pakistani descent. At age 19, while trying to reconcile his sexuality with his faith, Faisal organized the firstever gathering of LGBT Muslims, which led to the founding of Al-Fatiha, an organization dedicated to supporting and empowering lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex & questioning (LGBTIQ) Muslims, and their allies.


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Appalachian State signs 14 high school recruits on signing day


Sports Recap Thursday,Feb. 7

by ANDREW CLAUSEN Sports Editor


ppalachian State University’s football program had 14 student-athletes sign National Letters of Intent Wednesday. The high school senior signees will arrive at Appalachian this summer, while true freshman defensive back Anthony Covington and junior offensive lineman Brandon Hunter are currently enrolled for the spring semester and are already participating in team activities. Head coach Scott Satterfield said that he thought this was probably the best class they’ve signed from top to bottom. “The thing that really sticks out about this class is the time we spent with them and their families,” Satterfield said. “[We] really got to know them as people and find out a little more about them and what makes them tick.” Satterfield said he valued the inside of a person more than their talent. “Their heart, their fight, never-say-die attitude... that’s what we want here at Appalachian,” Satterfield said. “We want that passion and to care about academics, and then they had to be good people.” Headlining the eight offensive signees is quarterback Taylor Lamb from Calhoun, Ga. Lamb is rated a threestar prospect by 247sports. com and completed 66.9 percent of his passes for 7,193 yards and 76 touchdowns with only 16 interceptions over his final two season in high school. The Associated Press rated him a first-team

Jay Canty (35) and the men’s basketball team travel to Georgia Southern to take on the Eagles at 7 p.m.

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Head football coach Scott Satterfield speaks at a press conference on National Signing Day. The staff introduced and signed 14 new football players to the Mountaineers’ roster.

all-state and Gatorade Georgia Player of the Year. Coach Satterfield liked what he brought to the table. “He brings the intangibles that you want as a leader,” Satterfield said. “He’s very smart academically, and he’s a winner. Not only that, as a QB, he has good escapablility in the pocket.” Defensively, with the addition of coach Nate Woody and the implantation of the 4-3 defense instead of a 3-4, Satterfield said their biggest needs

were linebackers and safeties. “At safety and corner you are going to sign the best possible safety and corner,” Satterfield said. “The outside linebackers have to be versatile because they may have to drop back in coverage and then you have two inside linebackers as well.” Satterfield said that one advantage of changing to the 4-3 will be having help on special teams from linebackers where regular defensive linemen cannot. The offense line also got

“bigger” with the signing of Colby Gosset, Beau Nunn and Parker Collins. At the running back, Satterfield noted that the additional Marcus Cox and Terrance Upshaw were “very high caliber players” who would help replace the two senior backs from last season. Satterfield said the key to this class was that they jumped on recruits early and the coaches traveled extensively, but it clearly paid off as they brought in six-three star recruits and 10 two-star.


Men’s basketball prepares for road trip, travels to Georgia Southern, Davidson by JAMES ASHLEY Sports Reporter

Appalachian State University’s men’s basketball team (9-12, 5-5 SoCon) will be traveling this week to play South Division’s Georgia Southern (10-13, 4-6 SoCon) Thursday and Davidson (15-7, 10-1 SoCon) Saturday. Georgia Southern is looking for revenge after taking a 64-62 overtime loss to the Mountaineers Jan. 26. After battling back from 13 down at halftime, Georgia Southern was able to tie the game to force overtime. In overtime, freshman point guard Chris Burgess hit a game-winning three pointer that stunned the Eagles. In that game, both Mike Neal and Jay Canty were sidelined with injuries. Nathan Healy and Michael Obacha both recorded a double-double in the game with 17 points and 13 rebounds and 11 points and 10 rebounds, respectfully. “It’s going to be good to have Mike [Neal] and Jay Canty back for this game,” head coach Jason Capel said in a telephone press conference. “We’re going to have them for as many minutes as they can play in this contest which is an added luxury.” C.J. Reed had a team-high 16 points and nine rebounds for the Eagles. Appalachian shot 43.1 percent from the floor while holding Georgia Southern to 36.9 percent. Capel said that the team is ready for Georgia Southern but is just taking it one game at a time. “We were able to win that game at home, so it’s some confidence there,” Capel said. “Statesboro is a tough place to play. They’re a good team playing at home but we need to have the mindset of one game at a time.” Georgia Southern has had an inconsistent year. They have beaten SoCon leaders College of Charleston and Davidson, but have dropped contests against three of the bottom four teams in the league, according to Unlike with Georgia Southern, Appalachian will be the one seeking revenge against Davidson College after

the Wildcats handed them a 23-point blowout (79-56) Jan. 26. Davidson shot 51.9 percent from the field in the last meeting while holding Appalachian to its worst shooting (30.2 percent) since March 8, 2010 against Wofford (28.8 percent) in the SoCon Championships, according to Tevin Baskin tied his career-high in points with 18. Nathan Healy matched career highs with four blocks and four steals. With the help of four players in double figures, the Wildcats were able to jump out and gain a lead of as many as 30 points. Appalachian is three games back

from the lead in the Northern Division of the SoCon, trailing both Elon and Samford. The Mountaineers need to make a good run to put themselves in a position to earn a bye in the SoCon Championships. “Every game right now is critical, either at home or the road,” Capel said. “As we get down to the teeth of the season, trying to position yourself is even more of importance. We are getting focused to be ready to compete for a full 40 minutes. We do that, the positioning and seedlings will take care of themselves.” After the road swing, Appalachian will return back to the Holmes Center to play Furman Monday, at 8 p.m.

Feb. 9

Women’s Basketball App State (14-5, 8-3 SoCon) vs. Davidson (13-8, 10-1) 2 p.m. Wrestling App State at Virginia 1 p.m. Women’s Tennis App State vs. Radford 2 p.m. Men’s and Women’s Track and Field App State at Lynchburg, Va. 4:30 p.m. Men’s Basketball App State (9-12, 5-5) at Davidson (15-7, 10-1) 7:30 p.m.


Feb. 11

Women’s Basketball App State (14-5, 8-3) vs. Furmon (9-12, 5-7) 5:30 p.m. Men’s Basketball App State (9-12, 5-5) vs. Furmon (6-14, 3-6) 8 p.m.


Feb. 14

Men’s Baskeball App State (9-12, 5-5) at Elon (15-7, 8-2) 7:30 p.m. Information compiled from


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