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Appalachian students join D.C. environmental protest by NOLEN NYCHAY

in Oklahoma. Fracking is “the fracturing of shale deposits by STEPHANIE SANSOUCY using highly pressurSenior News Reporter ized fluids to release trapped natural gases,” ore than 150 said Dave Harman, coAppalachian founder of the AppalaState stu- chian Institute of Redents joined more than newable Energy. “The 40,000 protesters in toxic fluids used in this Washington, D.C. this process have leaked into Sunday to protest the natural water aquifers possible Keystone XL in places like Colorado Pipeline. and Pennsylvania, creAppalachian students ating poisonous, even boarded buses and vans flammable tap water in around 4 a.m. Sunday homes.” to arrive in D.C. in time At least 30 states for the rally at noon. were represented at the The protest in D.C. protest. Michigan Uniwas organized by “For- versity student Conward on Climate,” a ner Masten said that group affiliated with he was proud to march the Sierra Club and alongside Appalachian students who shared After gathering at the his concerns about the Washington Monu- environment. ment to hear speeches Appalachian sophofrom individuals such more sustainable deas resident velopment major Jacob Bill McKibben and Hooser was at the rally. U.S. Senator Sheldon “I believe in power in Whitehouse, protesters numbers,” Hooser said, marched down Penn- “So I came to D.C. to sylvania Ave. to the add another body to White House. this important moveKey issues being pro- ment of our time.” tested against included President Barack the construction of the Obama was the intendKeystone XL Pipeline ed audience of Sunand unregulated frack- day’s protest, although ing. he was not actually in The Keystone XL D.C. at the time. Pipeline would run For students, the trip between Canada and to D.C. for the rally Texas, connecting was completely free. Transcanada’s oil sand The total cost of the where crude oil is ex- trip was $3,000, most tracted to refineries in of which was for transIllinois and Texas and portation, including an oil distribution hub nine vans and one bus Intern News Reporter


Photos by Olivia Wilkes | The Appalachian

Groups of students form a yellow sea amongst the estimated 40,000 participants as they march down the streets of Washington, D.C. in the ‘Forward on Climate’ rally Sunday afternoon. Around 150 students traveled from Boone wearing shirts that read ‘Fossil Free App State’ to protest the Keystone XL Pipeline.

Firearm discharged inside Mountaineer Village by JOSHUA FARMER News Editor

A man allegedly discharged a firearm inside a third-floor Mountaineer Village apartment early Saturday morning, according to a Boone Police Department arrest report. Boone police arrested Jacob Miller that morning. Both Boone police and Watauga County Sheriffs responded to the incident, according to the arrest report. Law enforcement conducted a search of the apartment, after which a deputy found Miller slumped over the steering wheel of a Jeep Cherokee in the parking lot, according to the arrest report. According to the arrest report, a Taser was used on the suspect twice in order to “gain compliance.” Upon searching the suspect, an “extra magazine containing 15 rounds in his front jacket pocket, five loose rounds and a fired case” were found. A Ruger 9mm handgun was also located in the front passenger seat. Miller’s military I.D. was also found. According to the police report, resident Matthew Guin had invited Miller back to the apartment after meeting at Wilco Hess across from Hardee’s. The report stated that Guin and Miller were talking about Miller’s military experience when

Boone PD | Courtesy Photo

Jacob Miller was charged with two felonies and four misdemeanors.

Miller “advised Mr. Guin he was carrying a firearm.” Miller began waiving the firearm around and loading and unloading it before Guin asked him to leave, according to the report. When Miller attempted to dry fire the firearm into the air, it was discharged, according to the report. The bullet went through the wall and into the ceiling of the hallway, after which Guin forced Miller out of the apartment. According to the report, a fire alarm was set off shortly after that. Miller was charged with a felony for breaking and entering a motor vehicle, felony discharge of a weapon in an occupied dwelling, misdemeanor carrying a concealed weapon, misdemeanor resisting a public officer, misdemeanor injury to real property and misdemeanor false fire alarm.

the group took, said instructor in the Department of Anthropology Harvard Ayers. The funding for the trip was provided by numerous private donations and by, the group coordinating a worldwide effort to stop climate change, Ayers said. Harman, who also helped organized the bus, said that if the trip was not free to students, it would have cost them $55 per person to ride on the bus and $25 per person to ride in a van. Ayers said he and his wife personally chose to donate because they felt is was important for students to have the opportunity to go. Ayers said he knows not as many students would have been able to attend if the trip was not free. Donations were also given from mPrints, a local printing company in Boone. The company gave $150 toward the group for T-shirts reading, “Fossil Free App Sate.” Owner of mPrints Stuart Magnum said he chose to donate because he believes the group had an admirable goal. “I can’t participate in everything that I try to support, so through my business I am able to support it in at least some way,” Magnum said.

Appalachian students do the ‘Harlem Shake’ by MICHELLE PIERCE Intern News Reporter

Appalachian State University students joined in Saturday on one of Internet’s most recent viral video fads: “Harlem Shake.” Hundreds of students gathered in front of Plemmons Student Union at Sanford Mall to film Appalachian State’s “Harlem Shake” video Saturday. Sophomores André Trowell and Andrew Ortiz teamed up to arrange the filming of the video. “To have seen it start as just an idea and, just overnight, turn into as big of an event as it was has been simply amazing,” Ortiz, a sophomore English major, said. Lead videographer Alex Wolf filmed the video from the top of the Lucy Brock Child Development Center.

Courtney Roskos | The Appalachian

Students filmed the ‘Harlem Shake’ on Sanford Mall Saturday.

“The hardest part was deciding on the angle for the video for such a large amount of people; I had to climb a building,” Wolf said. The video included a Gumby character, a crowd surfing ca-

noe, university flags and typical snowy, Boone winter weather. Sophomore Parker Arnold was chosen by the lead organiz-

see Shake, pg 3

ASU baseball beats nationally ranked NCSU by ANDREW CLAUSEN

Sports Editor

by JORDAN DAVIS Sports Reporter

A stunned record crowd of 2,396 saw Appalachian State’s baseball team make easy work of nationally ranked N.C. State Friday in the season-opener at Doak Field in Raleigh.

The Mountaineers’ 6-3 win was their fourth-straight over Atlantic Coast Conference opponents and improved to 5-2 in their last seven games against nationally ranked teams, according to “We didn’t talk about it that much, we just try to worry about us,” head coach Billy Jones said. “We happened to be

playing a top-10 team and it happened to be N.C. State. I thought our guys played real loose [against N.C. State], real confident and just went and played the game.” Appalachian blew quickly out of the gates as freshman Jaylin Davis and juniors Noah Holmes and Preston Troutman hit home runs against No. 8 N.C.

State’s first-team, AllAmerican pitcher Carlos Rodon. The three home runs were more than Rodon allowed all of last year, and this would be his first loss at any level since he lost a decision as

see Baseball, pg 8

Correction: In the Feb. 14 issue of The Appalachian, the story “LGBT couples more comfortable showing love on campus” quoted sophomore Leah Matthews saying she “and her friend were followed home and assaulted last year,” but Matthews said her friend was followed and assaulted, not her. The Appalachian apologizes for the error.

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Turchin Center sponsor Robert L. Turchin dies at age 90 by JOSHUA FARMER News Editor

Robert L. Turchin died Thursday, Feb. 14 at the age of 90, according to a TulaneGreenWave. com press release. Turchin donated money to the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts located just off campus. Hank Foreman is the Associate Vice Chancellor for University Communications and Cultural Affairs and Director and Chief Curator for the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts.

“Mr. Turchin loved Appalachian and was a steadfast friend, mentor and supporter,” Foreman said. “The visual arts center, named after Bob and his beloved [wife] Lillian, would not have been possible without his leadership and generosity. Bob built an amazing personal and professional legacy, which continues to make a difference in the world. It was an honor knowing and working with him and seeing him model every day that one’s life is best guided by the things you value dearly.” Turchin played football and ran

track at Tulane University. He also served as a Chief Gunnery Officer in the Navy in World War II. Turchin is survived by his wife, Lillian, and their five children and nine grandchildren, according to the release.

Robert and Lillian Turchin stand in front of the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts at the grand opening in 2003. Robert passed away Feb. 14 at the age of 90.

Megan Stage | Courtesy Photo

Anxiety surpasses depression for students in university counseling center by STEPHANIE SANSOUCY Senior News Reporter

The latest “Stress in America” survey, an annual analysis by Harris Interactive for the American Psychological Association, shows that stress still hovers above healthy levels, especially for young adults, according to In the past two years the level of anxiety in college students has surpassed the level of depression, said Dan Jones, the director of counseling and psychological services at Appalachian State. “For 20 some years, depression

was the number one presenting problem in counseling centers and for the past two years with this generation, anxiety has become more common than depression,” Jones said. Jones said this has been reflected in the university’s counseling center, comparable to most universities and colleges. Called Millennials, This generation’s higher stress levels could be contributed to parents, Jones said. Jones said that through technology, Millennials could communicate with their parents several times a day, something that was

not common in previous generations. “The overall effect of this, it seems, is that kids who came through that time may not have learned to solve problems or take care of business and self-soothe and cope because their parents were doing so much for them that they didn’t get the time or opportunity to learn how to struggle and be uncomfortable,” Jones said. Jones said there is a large demand to get into the best schools and the weak economy has had an impact on stress levels. Students are also success-driven

and want to be so successful they have unrealistic demands on themselves, which can lead to high levels of stress, Jones said. Director of Student Health Services Dr. Bob Ellison said Health Services deals with students who are over committed and over stressed. “It may adversely affect their quality of sleep their ability to find time to exercise or eat well,” Ellison said. “It affects relationships it can certainly impact how they are doing academically.” Director of Health Leisure and Exercise Science David Neiman

said there are also studies showing that not only are young adults stressed, but young adult women are stressed the most. “Anxiety prevalence is twice as high [in females] as you’ll find in males [and] depression prevalence is twice as high,” Neiman said. Neiman said that chronic stress, if not dealt with, can lead to a suppressed immune system because of an increase in stress hormones. This could lead to an increase in respiratory infections. Neiman said the number one way to reduce stress is to not take on more than a student can handle.

VegBoone is a group for Boone’s vegans, vegetarians and ‘veg-curious’ by STEPHANIE SANSOUCY

Senior News Reporter

Jeanne and Larry Kaiser moved to Boone from Ann Arbor, Mich., about two years ago and found there was something missing. When the couple moved to Boone, there was not a group for vegans, vegetarians and “veg-curious” community members to meet up with, Jeanne Kaiser said. The group now has 265

members “so there seems to have been a need for a group,” Jeanne Kaiser said. When the couple started VegBoone, they only thought they would have a small amount of members. However, they have been “floored” by the interest the community, Jeanne Kaiser said. VegBoone holds events such as restaurant dinners, potlucks and movies. The couple has also been to local food events on and off cam-

pus promoting the group. Many members of the group are from Appalachian State University. “We are kind of a partnership,” Kaiser said. The university has sponsored and helped VegBoone put together events such as having Melanie Joy, author of “Why we Love Dogs, Eat Pigs and Wear Cows,” come and speak at the library this past November. Jeanne Kaiser said one student told her it was nice

to have a place to go where there are likeminded people. Nutrition graduate student Liz Di Russo said she found VegBoone through, a website dedicated to connecting people in an area to local groups. “Everyone is very friendly, warm and welcoming,” Di Russo said. “It’s like a big family. It’s always great to meet like-minded individuals who share my values and have a similar outlook on life.”

Jeanne Kaiser said VegBoone is important as a support group as well as a resource for people with questions about eating a plant-based diet. “It’s been pretty much, from the start students, have come to our events,” Larry Kaiser said. “From the beginning, students have shown an interest.” Junior sustainable development major Matthew Gawthrop said there are many different reasons

members of VegBoone choose a plant-based diet. Some members do so diet for health, animal rights, or moral reasons. Senior Meaghan Phillips said she has attended many potlucks with VegBoone. “There is always such a variety of good food, and I get lots of compliments for the dishes I bring,” Phillips, a social work major, said. “The other dishes often inspire me to try new ideas with the meals I create.”


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ers to be the starting dancer, something necessary for a routine “Harlem Shake” video. He performed in a Star Wars helmet. “I was actually really honored to be chosen to lead it,” said Arnold, a sophomore graphic arts and imaging technology major. “I’ve never in my life had literally hundreds of people cheering for me while I pretty much humped thin air. It was amazing to be part of such a big event with the school and felt great to just get

crazy with everyone.” Filming the video only took a few takes and lasted about an hour total while students stood in the freezing temperatures. Since there were no permits given for this event, campus police arrived shortly after finishing the filming of the video. Although no charges were made, the police informed the students they would have to file the incident. As of press time, the video had over 45,000 views. “What makes the ‘Harlem Shake’ so popular is the fifteen seconds of complete anonymous fun because no one knows who is who,” said Trowell, a computer information sys-


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Courtney Roskos | The Appalachian

Hundreds of students braved the cold weather and came out in force Saturday afternoon to perform and film the ‘App State Harlem Shake’ on Sanford Mall. The ‘Harlem Shake’ is one of the Internet’s newest viral video sensation.

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Student artist experiments with photography Senior A&E Reporter

Editor’s Note: The following is the second part of a three-part series on students in Art Expo 2013.


by EMMA SPECKMAN Senior A&E Reporter

Editor’s Note: The following reflects the opinions of the author.

Kelly Ensley | Courtesy Photo

Senior studio art major Kelly Ensley stands with her photography piece chosen for this year’s Art Expo. The Art Expo is an annual exhibition of student work that will run until March 16 in the Turchin Center.

been so personally involved with her art. Only since arriving at Appalachian State has she had the opportunity to explore her interests in such depth. “I wanted to learn more than how to just draw,” Ensley said of her high school experiences. She first became involved in art at Appalachian by taking a drawing fundamentals class with instructor Tim Ford in the Department of Art. “Tim was, and is still, a

very encouraging professor,” Ensley said. “Taking his class not only helped me strengthen my portfolio to gain admission to the art department, but it also helped to encourage me to stay in the arts.” Since then, her work has blossomed into a style focusing on significant practices, signs and symbols from different cultures and religions, many of which hold a mystical or sacred meaning. While the unique pro-

cessing and artistic techniques make this piece stand out from her other black-and-white photography, the featured piece is similar in terms of concept. The work is inspired by cave paintings. “I am interested in the body’s connection to earth, the primitive, rituals and spiritual practices,” Ensley said. “My professors have also said my work always features ‘a human element,’ which is evident in this piece.”

The exhibit is on display until March 16 in the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts. Throughout the month of February, the public can vote on their favorite piece in the Expo. The Plemmons Student Union Art Committee will then purchase the winning pieces and display them in the student union. The public reception and awards ceremony for selected artists takes place March 1.

Annual Yofest for campus organizations began Monday, continues through Polar Plunge Thursday by EMMA SPECKMAN Senior A&E Reporter

Yofest, a “club week” for organizations on campus, began Monday with a faculty reception in Grandfather Ballroom in Plemmons Student Union. During the four-day event, each participating club or organization competes in activities and challenges. This year the activities are karaoke, trivia and the traditional Polar Plunge. Clubs keep track of the points they receive for each event, and at the end of the week the club

with the most points wins a $150 cash prize. Points are awarded for both events won and participation. The entire event is funded by the Club Council budget. “Any club president or club adviser affiliated with AppState are welcomed to come to the event,” said Ismael “Ish” Gomez, chairperson for Club Council. A club or organization on campus will cosponsor each event. “This basically means that an organization will help plan, organize and market the event they are cosponsoring,” Gomez said. The Black Student Association

will cosponsor a Karaoke Night in Whitewater Lounge Tuesday at 8 p.m. The Appalachian Ambassadors will host a trivia night Wednesday in the Parkway Ballroom starting at 8 p.m. The week will end Thursday with the 15th annual Polar Plunge into Duck Pond. In addition to Yofest prizes, prizes will be awarded to the most extreme male and female costume and best fundraising from an organization and individual. The ASU Police Department, other Boone law enforcement and the Watauga County Parks

and Recreation Department will cosponsor the Polar Plunge. All the proceeds will go to Watauga County Special Olympics. The Polar Plunge has raised more than $98,000 for Special Olympics since its commencement in 1998, according to a press release. “We have a recreation committee in club council that played a big hand in organizing and making Yofest happen,” said Katlyn “K.K.” Kohler, a sophomore communication studies major and a marketing committee member of Club Council.   “They definitely are the reason this is happening.”

‘Around the World in 80 Days’ performed by country’s oldest theater company this week at Appalachian by LOVEY COOPER Senior A&E Reporter

Action, adventure, racing and large sums of cash – the timeless tale “Around the World in 80 Days” holds all of the expected thrills of a modern action film. The classic novel-turnedplay has been a staple work of literature since its publication in 1873. The Walnut Street Theater, however, had been performing works like this for years prior to the book’s release. Now, the Walnut Street Theater is bringing its show on the road, performing “Around the World in 80 Days” to audiences at Appalachian State on Wednesday. When organizers heard about the tour, they asked for the play to come to Appalachian, said Megan Stage, the marketing manager for the Performing Arts Series. “We always have our ear to the ground for a distinguished traveling theatre company,” Stage said. The Walnut Street Theatre, founded in Philadelphia in 1809, is the oldest theatre in the country. In addition to regular seasons of shows in their hometown, the company chooses one or two shows a year to bring on a nationwide tour. “Walnut Street is highly

Review: Affleck proves himself with ‘Argo’


or Appalachian State student Kelly Ensley, showing her work at the Art Expo is nothing new. This is her third time in the Expo, an annual exhibition of the work of chosen student artists. The senior studio art major’s 40-inch square photography piece was selected by a jury to be featured in Art Expo 2013. This year’s selected piece consists of solarized photograms – an alternative photographic process – showing images of the artist’s own hands. Ensley acknowledges the unusual process as playing a role in her selection for the Expo. “Even I had never seen anything like it before in my photography classes,” Ensley said. “I have seen the series of faces done by Sally Mann after the piece was made, and they are similar. But again, it is an alternative photographic process and I haven’t really seen many alternative processes being explored by students.” Ensley has not always


regarded not only as the nation’s oldest professional theatre companies, but also one of the very finest,” said Denise Ringler, member of the Office of Arts & Cultural Programs’ staff. “The list of actors who have appeared on the company’s stage reads like a ‘who’s

who’ of the American theatre experience.” The list of former Walnut actors includes names such as the Barrymores, Henry Fonda, Katharine Hepburn, Marlon Brando, Audrey Hepburn, Sidney Poitier, Lauren Bacall, George C. Scott, Jane Fonda, Robert

Redford, Julie Harris, Jack Lemon and William Shatner. “It is an extreme honor to have a theatre company of such rich tradition and a history of excellence here at Appalachian,” Stage said. The show takes place Wednesday at 8 p.m. in the

Valborg Theatre. Tickets are still available for purchase by visiting the box office at Valborg Theatre, calling (800) 841ARTS (2787) or The actors will also host a post-show Q&A with the audience.

“Argo” is a dramatized historical representation of the secret CIA operation to rescue six American hostages from Tehran in 1979, at the height of the Iranian Revolution, and it rightfully rivals “Les Miserables” and “Lincoln” for Best Picture at this year’s upcoming Oscars. The Iranian hostage crisis, as it was known at the time, concerned 52 American hostages, who were held in captivity for over 400 days. “Argo” tells the story of the six who escaped that crowd and Tony Mendez (Ben Affleck), the man who led the operation to save them by conceiving the best so-crazy-it-might-work scheme he could think of. The plan was to fake the production of a movie and set it to be filmed in Tehran. The six hostages were given false identities as members of the production crew and Mendez became Kevin Harkins, their producer. The movie they chose to create was a sciencefiction flick called “Argo.” Mendez, played by Affleck, was given a heartwarming back-story as a loving father going through a painful separation from his wife. There’s a dramatized scene when Mendez has a light-bulb moment about how to free the hostages as he watches “Planet of the Apes” on TV while talking to his son on the phone. In typical Hollywood fashion, the effect is humanizing and cements Mendez as an American hero to be cheered on throughout the film. Alan Arkin, John Goodman and Victor Garber were also notable in their roles as the Hollywood big shots backing the fake film and the Canadian ambassador hosting the refugees, respectively. Besides character development, “Argo” is impressive for the historical way it was filmed. Actors watched television programs playing actual footage from the hostage crisis and the scenes in Tehran were recreated to look exactly like what was shown on the programs. The skeptic can read the true details of the CIAgone-Hollywood rescue story at Though Affleck and the rest of the crew may have stretched some of the details – the bit about Mendez’s relationship with his estranged wife was surely a Hollywood addition – the main points of the mission are all sound. Perhaps the best part of “Argo” came at the end of the movie, when as the credits rolled a voice came over the screen commending Mendez and the Argo mission. The voice was never named, but students of history and those who lived during his presidency knew right away that it was the actual voice of President Jimmy Carter. Though it may not win “Best Picture” – after all, 2012 was an incredible year for movies – “Argo” will go down as one of the best historical dramas filmed in a long time.


4 out of 4 stars Mark Garvin | Courtesy Photo

Classic adventure-novel-turned-play ‘Around the World in 80 Days,’ as performed by the oldest theatre company in the country, The Walnut Street Theatre, will show at Valbog Theater on Wednesday at 8 p.m. Tickets are still available for purchase by calling the box office at Valborg Theatre.

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Students begin new morning talk show on WASU

Christian Morgan | Courtesy Photo

Junior electronic media broadcasting major Christian Morgan and senior electronic media broadcasting major Bradlee Mikeska sit on the studio for WASU’s new morning show Wake Yosef Up. The show is on Wednesday morning from 8-10 a.m.


Students tuning in to WASU in the mornings are now hearing more than just music. Wake Yosef Up, 90.5 WASU’s new morning talk show, is on Wednesday mornings from 8-10 a.m. “The show’s slogan is ‘Your special blend of news, humor, and... blonde,’” said Christian Morgan, junior electronic me-

dia broadcasting major. “I’m the host, and my co-hosts are Bradlee Mikeska and Lauren Bell.” Morgan has worked with WASU for almost three years. “I got involved my freshman year with WASU,” he said. “When I got to Appalachian, the first the thing I did my first day on campus was find WASU and find out how to get involved and get on the air.  Radio has always been a passion of mine.”

The show began as an idea that Morgan had while listening to the Two Guys Named Chris Show on Rock 92 in Greensboro. “It’s a fast-moving show, moving from story to story every 5-7 minutes or so, without any music,” said Bradlee Mikeska, junior electronic media broadcasting major and co-host of the Wake Yosef Up morning show. “We don’t like to linger on topics, so we hit it and hit it hard.

We get the stories together, but we don’t discuss what exactly we are going to say to still hold the value of surprise on the air.” The format of the show is talk, Morgan said. “We cover everything from the hottest news each morning from around the world, the latest in sports, some things that will blow your mind, and of course tons of humor to keep you laughing for the rest of the day.” Morgan has also worked for

Hayes School of Music student composers present ‘A Night at the Movies’ Wednesday by COLIN MOORE A&E Reporter

Student composers in the Hayes School of Music will present their original compositions for short films Wednesday. The event, titled “A Night at the Movies,” is different than the usual recitals held by music composition majors once a semester. “Usually, we compose concert music to be performed live,” said junior composition major Connor Cook. “This recital is special because we each had to

write, direct, film and score a short film.” Daniel Bukin, another junior composition major whose work will be featured at the recital, said that six of the seven films feature prerecorded soundtracks that were written using sound editing programs such as Logic Pro. The seventh film is Cook’s and will feature her original piano score. Cook described her film and score as “conceptually a modern take on an early silent film.” “The film is black and white and has only written

dialogue, and I will be performing live piano accompaniment to emulate silent film,” Cook said. This semester’s filmscore theme has been the most unique so far in his time at Appalachian, Bukin said. The other composition majors whose works will be featured in the recital are Bradley Green, Ward Francis, Shawn Milloway, Christopher Florence and Joseph House. The students have to find musicians to play their original music on their own, but this generally isn’t

an issue for them. “The Hayes School of Music is abundant with talented musicians who are more than willing to participate in these concerts, so it isn’t very hard to get an ensemble together,” Bukin said. “It’s encouraging how many performers are excited to play our music,” Cook said. The hour-long recital will be held in the Recital Hall of the Broyhill Music Center at 8 p.m. Wednesday. Admission is free and concert credit is available for music majors.

‘Booty Band’ performs at Legends

Olivia Wilkes | The Appalacian

Yo’ Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band brought their unique style of funk to Legends on Thursday, Feb 14.

Rock 92, which is where he learned about hosting a talk show. “Bradlee Mikeska, my co-host and I, wanted to do a show that people could listen to on their way to class or on their way to work – something that could kick start their morning off with a bang,” Morgan said. “We worked out a name that related to mornings and Appalachian, so we came up with Wake Yosef Up.”

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Prospects of trial for pope could satisfy need for justice

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KEVIN GRIFFIN It is difficult for me, and many others around the world who are appalled at the Catholic Church’s handling of the sex abuse scandals, to picture Pope Benedict XVI spending the rest of his life in relaxed security at the Vatican. Since the Feb. 11 announcement that Pope Benedict will resign his post at the end of the month, the pope has voiced his wish to stay put in the Vatican and attempt to maintain a sense of anonymity.

When one realizes that potential prosecution for crimes against humanity might lie in his future, the soon-to-be former pope’s desire to stay out of public vision is understandable. According to CNN, charges were filed against Pope Benedict XVI in the International Criminal Court in 2011, many of which are concerned for his handling of the Church’s child abuse scandal. At this point, it is difficult to deny that Pope Benedict has a lot to answer for. Prior to becoming Pope Benedict XVI, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger held the title of Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. In this position, he was tasked with disciplining priests who had been responsible for child abuse, according to the New York Times.

It was during his tenure as head of that office from 1981 to 2005 that many abuse cases came to light in the United States and Europe. Cardinal Ratzinger did little about the abuse scandals for much of that time, and made little effort to prosecute and crack down on abuse cases. One instance of Cardinal Ratzinger’s conduct gives some clues to his mindset and priorities. In the mid-1980s, Cardinal Ratzinger approved the relocation of a pedophile priest from one parish to another, only for the priest to reoffend. Sources inside the Church confirmed that Cardinal Ratzinger was attuned to the priest and his movements. Certainly there will be questions of what the ICC can do, or is willing to do, about the pope,

but it seems clear that his prosecution presents multiple advantages. For too long, victims of the Church’s negligence and cruelty have had to deal with apologies and cash settlements. It is time they receive something more just, more substantial. The Catholic Church is an international organization, and the scope of its crimes is international. If, at some point in the coming months or years, we could see the pope and other senior officials face a trial, it would satisfy the need for justice and show that consequences should come even to those who consider themselves holy.

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


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McCrory’s education reform is a step in the right direction

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TYLER SPAUGH Gov. Pat McCrory has been leading a recent push to get more vocational and technical training in North Carolina’s public schools, according to the Associated Press. The move comes as part of an ambitious attempt by the new governor to reform a public education system that has had some success, but

could be improved. After all, North Carolina’s public education system was ranked 17th in the nation last year, according to Education Week. I support most of McCrory’s education reforms, particularly this one. Under the new system, high school diplomas would come stamped as “career-ready,” “college-ready” or both. The college-ready diplomas would represent a curriculum similar to the current one, while the career-ready diplomas would include vocational training. This system benefits everyone involved, par-

Multimedia Interns Matt Abele Allison Clark Bowen Jones Mark Kenna David Cooley Nicole Debartolo Maggy Boutwell Andre Trowell

according to costhelper. com. This plan could save students upward of $5,000 and get them into the workforce two years sooner. This plan provides an alternative path to wellpaying jobs for students who may be unable to succeed academically in college or simply cannot afford it. This also means that these students will not have to receive college financial aid, freeing up more aid for students who decide to attend a college or university. We have a broken public education system in America. Many students are graduating from high school completely un-

prepared for the professional world. Politicians on both sides often want to pour more money into the system, but this will not help anything. Our public schools don’t need more money, they need to make better use of the money they already have. Programs like these allow us to make actual progress by ensuring that more of our students graduate high school with the ability to pursue a career that can financially support themselves and their families.

Spaugh, a freshman accounting major from Winston-Salem, is an opinion writer.


Open source culture could make gun control obsolete

Intern Reporters Nina Mastandrea Matt Smith Nolen Nychay Chella McLelland Krista Loomer Jessica Lyons Hannah Magill Jordan Miller Jess Lyons

ticularly lower-income students. There are many well-paying jobs currently available that require hands-on education that is mostly attained outside the traditional classroom setting. Students would be qualified to work as carpenters, electricians, machinists or other similar jobs. As more students attend four-year colleges, there are often times not enough skilled workers to fill these roles. By providing vocational training in high school, students will be able to avoid paying for a community or technical college, which cost an average of $2,361 per year,

KENT VASHAW As the battle for gun control intensifies, new technology may make the debate obsolete. Three-dimensional printing could, in the future, allow virtually anyone to bypass restrictions on guns or certain gun parts. Three-dimensional printing, where 3-D objects are constructed by layering plastic, is a growing industry in America. The technology of 3-D printers is currently too clunky and expensive for small, private house-

holds, but they are commonly used for industrial purposes and by some hobbyists and enthusiasts. And the technology is getting cheaper and more streamlined all the time. President Barack Obama cited 3-D printing in his State of the Union speech Tuesday, Feb. 12, announcing that he would continue to fund research into this innovative technology. CNN reports that currently one research center, which is funded by joint public and private efforts, is in operation, and Obama plans to add three more. FOX News reports that gun enthusiasts have begun to compile designs for the types of high capacity clips and pistol grips that might soon be illegal, as well as other gun parts, in the socalled “Wiki Weapons Project.”

The files are distributed freely and allow these gun parts to be printed at any 3-D printer. So by just downloading a file and having access to a 3-D printer, anyone can create an illegal weapon part with just the click of a button. Could access to these weapon plan files be prohibited? If the Internet has shown us anything, it is that open source culture cannot be stopped. Movies, video games and music are all easily obtained – illegally of course – online, despite lawmakers’ best attempts to prevent it. Information is easy to exchange, whether for good or for bad, and any attempt to restrict it will cause outrage, as we saw with the SOPA bill last year. So what happens when the information being exchanged is no longer stolen intellectual prop-

erty, but plans that could be used to create illegal weapons? Although they don’t exist yet, it’s entirely plausible that entire guns could be printed. The government won’t be able to censor the distribution of those plans any more than it can stop teens from pirating the latest hit single. This ultimately highlights the possible ineffectiveness of gun control in the future. While this doesn’t present a definitive argument to current policy, it does show that any utopian dreams of living in a gun-free, or even gun-regulated state are probably infeasible. So don’t get your hopes up about gun control just yet.

Vashaw, a sophomore creative writing and mathematics major from Apex, is an opinion writer.


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February 19, 2013 |



Appalachian State women’s basketball head coach picks up 100th win as a Mountaineer

Justin Perry | The Appalachian

Head coach Darcie Vincent is paraded around by the women’s basketball team at the conclusion of Saturday’s game against Wofford. The win marked Vincent’s 100th career win as head coach at Appalachian State.

by KAITLYN THRUSTON Senior Sports Reporter


he Appalachian State women’s basketball team was playing for several different reasons Saturday afternoon. In its annual Play 4Kay game,

the team wanted to bring awareness to breast cancer to raise money for the Kay Yow Foundation and have a season sweep of Southern Conference rival Wofford. They were also playing for head coach Darcie Vincent’s 100th win at Appalachian.

“We actually didn’t know about it until after the game, they were trying to keep it as a little secret,” senior Raven Gary said. “One hundred games – that’s great.” With this win, the fifth-year coach is now the second winningest coach in Appalachian

women’s basketball history. Senior guard/forward Courtney Freeman said she was tough from the beginning and was a “firecracker” when they first met. “Just by nature, she’s such a competitor and that’s kind of rubbed off on our team,” Court-

ney Freeman said. “She’s recruited high-character kids and forced them to be competitors and that’s why she’s been successful.” Vincent admits that she couldn’t have gotten to this point without the help of her players. “Obviously any margin or century mark you hit is a great honor,” Vincent said. “It’s hard for me to celebrate it alone, based on the fact that [Kelsey] Sharkey, Anna [Freeman] and Courtney [Freeman], were responsible for basically 91 of those.” “I’ll realize it probably at the end of the season when all this other focus isn’t there, but to get it in five years, it’s pretty nice,” Vincent said. “And to be in a program where you realize you have more wins than losses – that’s always a good statement no matter how you look at it.” Both Anna Freeman and Courtney Freeman said they believe she will easily break the record. “She’s never going to give up,” Anna Freeman said. “She’ll be 80 years old and she’ll be yelling at her team to do something different. She is going to have a successful career all the way through.” Senior forward Anna Freeman said Vincent was the “mother figure” on the team. “She’s the one that gets on us when we mess up and congratulates us when we do something good,” Anna Freeman said. ”She’s definitely involved with the team off the court as well as on the court.” “She’s going to be somebody you want to keep in touch with for the rest of your life,” Anna Freeman said.


Sprinter continues to stay focused amid record-setting season by JORDAN DAVIS Sports Reporter

In most circumstances, fractions of a second don’t make much of a difference. But for a sprinter, the slimmest of margins can determine the outcome of a race. This is especially true for junior sprinter Breanna Alston. Just a hundredth of a second, or less, could be the difference between just another run and a school record - of which she owns several. “It can be frustrating sometimes not getting your time down,” Alston said. “But, I’ve dealt with this since high school and middle school, so I’m at the point that if my time

goes down a little bit I’m thankful that it did go down.” During this indoor season alone, Alston has set school records in the 55- and 300meter, posting times of 7.02 and 38.50 seconds, respectively, as well as a record in the long jump at 5.69m. All of this is on top of the App State records she already owns in the indoor 60m and the outdoor 100m and 200m. Coach Damion McLean said she had an impact on the team from the beginning. When she got here, her presence at practice and on the track was beyond what we thought,” McLean said. “She went from a young girl to a woman early in her career. The

team responds to her actions and it spreads through each event area.” As the gap between times becomes smaller and the school records continue to fall, many would struggle finding inspiration to continue to improve. “As far as motivation, I just try to tell myself that it takes time,” Alston said. “I have to just try to work harder in practice and dedicate myself in practice as well as nutritional wise outside of practice. Also, I know that if I want to go to nationals I have to keep working harder.” While Alston is focused on the rest of this season, as well as her senior season, a career in track is not out of the question.


Appalachian willing to keep hope alive by JAMES ASHLEY Sports Reporter

The Appalachian State men’s basketball team (1214, 8-7 SoCon) played its last road games of the season against conferenceleading Elon University (18-8, 11-3) and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (7-18, 5-9). Although a hard fight, the Mountaineers lost to Elon (61-58) Thursday, but were able to bounce back and get a win at UNCG (76-68) Saturday. Splitting the two games would have Appalachian still chasing the top spot in conference. They are now tied for third in the north division. A back-and-forth game against Elon had Appalachian leading late, but a costly turnover and foul sent Elon to the free-throw line to help them seal the deal. Unlike with Elon, the UNCG game was full of runs. Appalachian went up early, with a 14-2 run but the Spartans was able to come back within one point (24-23). Appalachian had a one point lead and extended the

lead with a 9-2 run to widen the gap to eight points (6557). Free throws down the stretch would help Appalachian seal the victory. 40 minutes of play The Mountaineers made a name for itself by making the last five minutes of a ballgame very interesting. The biggest lead they had when playing Elon was 2114 in the first half, but Elon quickly went on a run to take the lead at halftime. In the second half, the Mountaineers held a sevenpoint lead (54-47) with 4:23 left to play. Defense and good offense would be the key for the next few minutes, but that was lacking. Appalachian only made one field goal in the last 4:23 and allowed Elon to score eight field goals. It almost happened in the UNCG game. The Mountaineers had leads of 10, 11 and 12 points in the first half but could not keep that lead the rest of the game. With 5:55 left on the clock, Appalachian had only a one-point lead (5556). Appalachian clamped

down on UNCG, forced some bad shots and won the game by eight. ‘“After Elon we learned that pain can be a valuable teacher,” head coach Jason Capel said. “We talked about our goals and what we have to play for and for 40 minutes we were dialed in. We played as a team and are focused on the next three games at home.” Conference Implications Appalachian failed to move up with its .500 roadwin percentage. Elon was on a two-game winning streak after beating Appalachian and beat Western Carolina Saturday to extend that streak. Both Elon and Appalachian plays secondplaced Samford in their last three games of the season, so Appalachian could possibley move up to the second spot, but has to get through the Citadel first in their first meeting of the season. The Citadel is at the bottom of the conference, standing at (6-19, 3-12). They have lost four-straight games. Its three conference wins came against Fur-

man, Wofford and Georgia Southern, who are all at the bottom of the South Division. Appalachian is 3.5 games back from Elon with three games remaining on the schedule. They can only finish in second place behind Elon, which will still give Appalachian a first-round bye. App State’s first mission will be to win, because Western Carolina, Samford and Western Carolina are all in the running for the first-round bye. Capel said they are focusing on the games at hand and not about the tournament. “We’re not finished yet,” Capel said. “We are going back home where we been really good this year. We need all the Mountaineers fans there to cheer us on so we can win these next three games and get a first-round bye. Then we will see what we can do in the tournament.” Appalachian returns home Wednesday to play The Citadel at 8 p.m. at the Holmes Convocation Center.

“I’m just not sure about exactly what I’m going to do,” Alston said. “But, as my collegiate seasons start to end, it’s something that I’m looking at. If not, I hope to eventually go to graduate school for a clinical [degree] in psychology. But, my goal is to eventually get my time down to where I want it that I can continue to train professionally.” Mclean said Alston was born to succeed. “No matter if it is academics or athletics. And if her future doesn’t involve athletics, she will be very successful in the real world.” The women’s track and field team will go for their third straight Southern Conference Indoor Championship this weekend in Winston-Salem.



Continued from pg 1 a junior in high school, according to Through three-and-ahalf innings and two more runs by Hector Crespo and Davis, App State led 5-0. After Jamie Nunn struck out N.C. State’s first nine batters, three Mountaineer errors contributed to a two-run rally cut the lead to 5-2. “We threw a lot of inside

fastballs and that seemed to freeze them up, so we just stuck with that,” Nunn said. “My thing was to get out there and just keep it low and get soft contact and give our guys a chance to win.” Taylor Thurber, Tylor Moore and Rob Marcello pitched the rest of the way for App State and would only allow one more run. The rest of the series was cancelled due to inclement weather conditions and App State was given the series win.

Maggie Hobson | Courtesy Photo

Junior infielder Noah Holmes warms up pregame as App State prepares for their contest against N.C. State. The Mountaineers won 6-3.

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