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Vol. 87, No. 35

Kappa Epsilon chapter of Sigma Nu earns re-charter after year of work by STEPHANIE SANSOUCY

Senior News Reporter


he Kappa Epsilon chapter of Sigma Nu earned a charter Saturday, exactly a year after the fraternity held its re-chartering banquet, said Sigma Nu President Tyler Andrews said. “The chartering was a very successful event with nearly 150 people in attendance, including a majority of the original founding fathers from 1983, and Grand Treasurer Lee Perrett,” according to The fraternity was an active member of the Greek community at Appalachian State University from 1983 until its closing in 2009 for financial reasons. Sigma Nu began the re-colonization process January 2012, according to a Jan. 18, 2012 article in The Appalachian.

The fraternity sent a 326-page document in December to Sigma Nu’s High Council to petition for a charter, where it was approved in January, Andrews said. The process for gaining a charter is long. The fraternity had to document events, keep up with grades and recruit brothers at a fairly quick rate as well as work to understand the internal operations of the fraternity, Andrews said. Sigma Nu was able to achieve the top grade point average of any fraternity at Appalachian for both new members and members for the past two semesters, Andrews said. There are now 45 brothers and 11 candidates. Andrews said that this is the fastest time a colony has become a chapter of Sigma Nu within the past five years. Andrews said that there is not much of a difference

SGA approves language for senate restructuring by JOSHUA FARMER News Editor

Appalachian State’s Student Government Association voted unanimously in favor of the wording of the senate-restructuring referendum Tuesday. Cone Residence Hall representative Nick Smith presented the bill to the senate. “The second bill was necessary because recently the Center for Student Involvement and Leadership has revised what categories make up the [Student Development Record],” Smith said. “We just had to change it so that the referendum was up to date.” The student body will be able to vote on these changes starting March 4. “The SDR was developed to provide statistical information regarding student involvement, provide useful services to student organizations, and provide students with a chronology of their involvement,” according to the CSIL website. “A record is created for each student involved in a recognized student organization, employed at the university, participating in athletics, receiving a scholarship, or awarded academic honors.” The current structure allows 40 on-campus representatives to rep-

see SGA, pg. 2

ASUnity debuts with low numbers by STEPHANIE SANSOUCY Senior News Reporter

Nate Allen | Courtesy Photo

Brothers of the Kappa Epsilon chapter of Sigma Nu stand with original founding fathers at its Saturday initiation.

now that the fraternity has a charter, except that the chapter is now a part of the national brotherhood. “It is definitely a different experience than a normal fraternity experience,” sophomore and brother

of Sigma Nu Mike Moret said. Moret, a business management major, said he chose to join Sigma Nu as a re-founding father because it was a different opportunity that allowed him

to make it what he wanted it to be instead of joining an existing chapter. “I’m proud of what Sigma Nu has become,” Moret said. “We are gentlemen who like to treat others the way we want to be treated.”

AppalCART ridership increases 18 percent by HANNAH MAGILL Intern News Reporter

AppalCART, Watauga County’s public transportation system, has seen an 18 percent increase in ridership on buses since last year, said Chris Turner, AppalCART transportation director. The system announced having recorded 139,163 passenger trips since January 2012. Following the addition of the Silver Route and adding a second bus to the Purple Route, passenger ridership increased by approximately 10,000 passengers, Turner said. “I think last year was our best year ever, and it was probably the year before that was the previous best year ever, so I think we’ve been on a roll ridership-wise,” Turner said. And more riders mean more funding to accommodate for the extra costs. “When we plan route expansions, we also try to expand the maintenance budget,” Turner said. “The cost of service expansion is planned for in the annual grant application we make to the N.C. Public Transportation Division of NCDOT.” The bulk of funding for the AppalCART is federal grant money that

see Unity, pg. 2

Plan looks to revenue growth, brand development by JAMES ASHLEY Sports Reporter

Aneisy Cardo | The Appalachian

Students board the Purple Route in Raley circle. Ridership increased by approximately 10,000 passengers.

comes from the state and local partners, such as the university, town and county. “The way it works is every fall I make a presentation to the fee committee, the committee that everybody who wants a fee goes before that committee, and makes their proposal,” said Barry Sauls, director of ASU Traffic and Parking Department. The transportation fee every student pays in their tuition is to fund the ASU Traffic and

Parking Department’s contribution to AppalCART and the Safe Ride program, Sauls said. Sauls said the fee has increased $30 since 2009. “We also do a fiveyear plan where we try to include possible expansions of service,” Turner said. “These expansions are budgeted for in the plan.” Jim Harrison, AppalCART database manager, said growth is expected to continue in the coming years and is expected to have posi-

tive outcomes for both AppalCART employees and passengers. Sauls said one reason for this trend to continue is that the university has committed to sustainability. “One of the real cornerstones of that from the transportation perspective is really beefing up the transportation system so that we don’t get into a situation where more students, more employees want to drive an automobile to campus.”

Men’s track and field wins SoCon, women’s places second Men’s track beats Western Carolina and Samford to clinch SoCon title while women’s falls to Western Carolina

Men’s Track by ANDREW CLAUSEN Sports Editor

It came down to the final 4x400, but the Appalachian State men’s track and field won its 19th Southern Conference indoor title Sunday. The Mountaineers finished the weekend at the JDL Fast Track in Winston-Salem with 183.5 points. Two of App State’s biggest rivals, Samford and Western Carolina, came in second and

third with 179 and 161.5 points, respectively. “Our goal at the beginning is to win the SoCon, and we’ve been doing that pretty frequently,” said John Weaver, director of crosscountry and track and field. “But this year we were feeling a bit like an underdog and as it turned out, the men performed well.”

see Men’s, pg. 6

The Residential Learning Community ASUnity, approved September 2012, failed to reach the intended number of returning students stated in their agreement with University Housing. “Part of the agreement with us was that they were going to come up with 32 returning students to live on the floor, and they found eight,” said Tom Kane, director of Housing and Residence Life. The RLC planned to have 40 members, 32 returning students and eight freshmen, Kane said. Interim Coordinator of Academic Initiatives & Residential Learning Communities Kim Reece said that meetings would be held next week with the leadership board for ASUnity in hopes to reach a resolution to the matter. Reece said the group has not truly sat down as a whole, and when they do they will look at all avenues because they want to keep the RLC. Reece said that there was a high expectation for the interest in the community and that hopefully the decision reached is positive. The learning community is

Women’s Track The Appalachian State women’s track team fell short in the Southern Conference indoor track championship this weekend. App State finished the weekend in second place with 143.5 points, while Western Carolina took the championship with 149 points. Samford came in third with 139. John Weaver, director of crosscountry and track and field, said they just couldn’t quite get the points they needed to seal the deal.

“They were ranked third in power rankings, and once again, we had a few women come through,” Weaver said. “Unfortunately, they fell a little short. They too had a chance going into the 4x400, but it didn’t work out.” Junior Breanna Alston led the Mountaineers by being the only

see Women’s, pg. 6

Editor’s Note: The following is the third in a four-part series about the new Strategic Plan for Appalachian Athletics.

The Department of Athletics will focus on increasing external revenues to help with funding and developing a new brand, marketing and public relations strategy. They plan to increase external revenues by a minimum of 5 percent annually, according to the 2013 Strategic Plan. The money will come from ticket sales and Yosef Club donations. The Yosef Club currently has approximately 4,000 members. The plan states that they are trying to target young alumni, student Yosef Club and grassroots efforts to reach their goal of 5,000 club members by 2016. “Anything that we can generate that doesn’t come from student fees is what we are focused on,” Director of Athletics Charlie Cobb said. “We are trying to sell more tickets and do more fundraising from the Yosef Club.” Athletics is also planning on generating more money from their marketing contract. “We can’t make freshmen buy tickets to the games, so we have to come up with other ways to generate revenue,” Cobb said. Appalachian Athletics are partners with IMG College, which takes care of all the sponsorship and sponsor signs that hang in many athletic facilities.

see Plan, pg. 2

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Office of Sustainability begins new recycling method by NINA MASTANDREA



Continued from pg. 1

Intern News Reporter

Appalachian State University’s Office of Sustainability will provide a new method of recycling on campus called single stream recycling, which includes new bins, said Linda Toth, a Zero Waste outreach assistant. The new bins will be added during spring break and students will be able to throw all recycling away in one bin instead of separating it first. Test bins have already been added to Raley Hall and Edwin Duncan Hall and have been successful, Toth said. “Recycling rates increased about 30 percent overnight,” Toth said. “Single stream makes recycling easier once the community understands all the materials that can be included.” Toth said that Foothills Sanitation and Recycling, the Appalachian service provider for recycling, is now capable of sorting single-stream recycling, making the switch possible for the university. This change is part of the Zero Waste Initiative, a five-step program to better Appalachian’s consumption habits, said Jennifer Maxwell, a resource conservation specialist with the Office of Sustainability. The steps include a comprehensive waste audit, the expansion of reusing and recycling efforts, the expansion of composting efforts, the institution of an Environmentally Preferable Purchasing Program and the encouragement of campus engagement. “When one is responsible for and more connected to their personal waste stream, there is opportunity to make the connection to their own personal consumption habits, which leads to increased waste reduction,” said Maxwell. By the year 2022, the Zero Waste Initiative hopes to increase diversion from landfills from the current 40 percent up to 90 percent, Toth said.


Continued from pg. 1 resent about 6,000 students while 39 senators represent nearly 10,000 off-campus students, Smith said. “It’s an imbalance in representation, and the off-campus residents are being represented in a lessthan-equal way,” Smith said.

geared toward members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered community as well as allies, according to a Sept. 30, 2012 article in The Appalachian. Freshman psychology major Elizabeth Tate is one of the eight students that signed up to live in ASUnity next year. Tate said her and her friends, who also signed up for ASUnity, found out about the RLC through SAGA and the LGBT Center. “I hope the beds are filled up because otherwise


Continued from pg. 1

Paul Heckert | The Appalachian

Freshman Dustin Parlier recycles a bottle in the new single stream bins.

Smith said SGA wanted to restructure the representation to be done by academic class, but found that there would be too many populations overlooked. Smith said that while SGA does need to represent every student on campus, the groups that provided services to several students shouldn’t have their voices lessened. If approved by the student body, the referendum will change the

senate structure to be comprised of senators representing students by academic class, academic college and SDR classification. The academic college representation would help upperclassmen have more direct representation. “We couldn’t find the perfect system,” Smith said. “This is the closest we get.” During the meeting, Director of Campus Outreach Tommy Wrenn

Focusing on the external revenues will help athletics pay back the scholarship bill. “We are trying to establish several ways for people to give money privately,” Cobb said. “Part of that money could give money to the scholarship fund and help pay for our annual scholarship bill.” Part of external revenue is the “Excellence Society.” Cobb said that it will create a pool of revenue for athletics to do special projects and hire exceptional staff. Athletics plan to start using social media to help

raised a concern that some groups, like the Multicultural Center, would be underrepresented. The groups that fall within the multicultural SDR category will only have two senate seats to campaign for. “If one seat is filled by the Black Student Association and another is filled by the Hispanic Student Association, you’re still missing such a large number of these multicultural

we aren’t going to be entirely sure who is going to be there, and there may be people who are not entirely friendly to the LGBT community or social justice issues, and that could end really badly,” Tate said. Tate said she thinks that because ASUnity is an RLC, upperclassmen may not have been aware that they could sign up for it. “I’d be really disappointed if it didn’t work out,” Tate said. “But I think that even if it’s the same people that I know that are living on the same floor, it will kind of become ASUnity anyway just because of the way we are and the type of people we seem to attract.”

with the marketing of the athletic programs. With the development of using more social media, athletics will intend to make rules and guidelines as to what can be put on social media outlets by student athletes and staff. Last year the Department of Athletics used “No Equal” as their brand identity and is now developing a new one. Part of branding will be the discontinuing of “ASU” as a secondary reference for Appalachian State Athletics and replacing it with App State. “I certainly think the more consistent we all can be, the better it’s going to be,” Cobb said. “We are just trying to get some consistency. That’s what the great brands do.”

groups,” Wrenn said. “My argument is not that every multicultural organization needs a spot, but there are these organizations that may not have a significant number of students within their population on our campus, but they are still just as important as any other student. The fact is that these multicultural organizations are very unique in who they represent.”

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Arts therapy grief counseling produces ‘extraordinary’ art by EMMA SPECKMAN


A&E Reporter

he Turchin Center for the Visual Arts held its first Art of Grief workshop Saturday. Art of Grief is a four-session expressive arts therapy workshop led by Carolyn Holder, a licensed expressive arts therapist and grief counselor. Holder has held variations of this workshop a number of times in Raleigh, Greensboro and other cities in North Carolina, but this is her first time holding one in Boone. In Art of Grief, Holder addresses sorrow through three stages: grief education, grief processing and art making. Much of her focus is on the creation of rituals and daily activities that remind participants of the ones they have lost. “This helps to process that grief instead of holding it in,” Holder said. “Our society teaches us to shelve that away, to suck it up.” During the art-making stage of the workshop, participants choose materials and tools to create journals, prayer beads and other items. The participants generally gravitate toward objects that hold symbolic meaning for them, Holder said. Though it is specified that there is no experience necessary to at-

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Carolyn Holder | Courtesy Photo

(Above) Artwork created by expressive arts therapist and grief counselor Carolyn Holder at the ASU Expressive Arts Institute she attended in May 2011. Holder uses is to market Art of Grief sessions. tend and most of the workshop participants do not come from an artistic background, Holder said that art created in the workshop is often quite extraordinary. “Most of the time people are very happy with what they’ve created,” she said. Holder also facilitates a monthly

grief group in Boone. About half of the members of the art workshop came from that group and the other half learned of the event through advertisements from the Turchin Center, Holder said. The workshop has gained the support of people of Boone and the Turchin Center.

“The response from the community in terms of registration has been tremendous,” said Pegge Laine, the education outreach representative for the Turchin Center. There are three more scheduled Art of Grief sessions March 23, April 27 and May 25. Each session is $15 and space is limited.

Seniors to present final production, ‘Glengarry Glen Ross’ by LOVEY COOPER Senior A&E Reporter

Nicole Debartolo | The Appalachian

Senior Victor Rivera (Left) and senior Jack Lafferty (Right) rehearse ‘Glengarry Glen Ross.’ The play will show in I.G. Greer on Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m.


When seniors Chris Hinton, Ryan Sheehy, Jack Lafferty, Victor Rivera and Tim Reis realized they were nearing the end of their acting careers, they collectively decided they needed to do one more performance together for closure. The group approached director Derek Davidson, director of recent stage shows “Big Love” and “Middletown” for ideas of what to do and how to go about producing a show. During their discussions, the Pulitzer Prizewinning play “Glengarry Glen Ross,” a gritty all-male drama about men selling real estate in Chicago in the 1980s, came up in conversation. The group agreed on this play and recruited juniors Preston Perrin and Jake Dailey to fill the remaining roles. “It’s very rare [that] you get to pick the cast you work with,” Reis said. Davidson has since then added the cast and the project under his emerging theatre company called In/Visible Theatre. “Our desire is to do theatre that is local and to have a venue for local talent,” Davidson, a lecturer in the Department of Theatre and Dance, said. “We think that it’s kind of outlandish for any community to sculpt and mold and cultivate artists who are just going to be outsourced, farmed out to New York or L.A.” The company focuses on promoting local writers and actors, as well as

the more off the radar and edgy works that may not get as much attention. “We’re catering to hipsters, for lack of a better word – people interested in alternative entertainment,” said Karen Sobo, producing artistic director for In/ Visible Theatre. “Glengarry Glen Ross” is about both the excesses of capitalism and the freedom and opportunities it can bring. “Given the economic situation that our nation is in, it’s a really relevant play,” Sobo said. For the actors and director, the intimate cruelty of the play is a welcome switch from more over-the-top stage shows. “It’s subtle, hard acting that you don’t see a lot,” Davidson said. “You see people being very awful.” All involved have had to make time for this project, working around other university activities for the actors’ required shows, as well as competing for rehearsal space. However, they agree that the overall process has proven to be all that they were looking for in a project. “We’re all accountable for ourselves – Derek is treating us like professionals,” Lafferty said. “It feels like a bridge from college amateur acting to the professional world.” “Glengarry Glen Ross” will be performed at 7:30 p.m. in the I.G. Greer Studio Theatre Friday and Saturday. Tickets are $10 and may be purchased at the door or by calling (828) 2623063.

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Steven Markowitz, better known by his rapper name Hoodie Allen, released his latest mixtape, “Crew Cuts,” for free download on his website Feb. 20. Within the first day, Hoodie’s newest mixtape had been downloaded over 80,000 times. This 11-track mixtape includes collaborations with Shwayze, Chiddy Bang, DJ Fresh Direct and more. Hoodie has announced he has another mixtape or EP planned for release in 2013, as well as a fulllength album. “Crew Cuts” is different from Hoodie’s previous albums in many ways. Though the songs “Cake Boy” and “Fame is for A--holes,” which were released early, received critical acclaim and Internet buzz, this mixtape is a little more grounded. The record that launched him to fame, Hoodie Allen’s second EP “All-American,” was all about the excitement of success and tackling the fear of going out on your own – after all, he wrote it after graduating college and quitting his job at Google to make music full time. But in “Crew Cuts,” Hoodie seems to be saying that he understands the price this new direction his life took with this record. The mixtape opens with “Let Me Be Me,” a song he apparently wrote as a warning to himself to not become a stereotypical narcissistic rapper. Though critics and fans have told him he has what it takes to be a legend, Hoodie just wants to be Hoodie right now. “Fame Is For A--holes,” featuring Chiddy Bang, follows this theme, though in a more humorous way. The repeated line “You ain’t no celebrity, so stop, ‘cause fame is for a--holes,” is backed by the kind of beat that causes crowds at concerts to whip out their cellphone backlights out and sway. The effect is humorous and sheds light on how Hoodie sees his newfound fame as a sort of funny situation to be in for a 25-year-old recent college graduate who only got into music full time two years ago. “Cake Boy” is definitely the most fun song on the tape. “This is for all my Instagram models” is how he starts it. Hoodie repeats the word “cake” and mimics the beat of Rhianna’s “Birthday Cake” just enough for listeners to realize it’s a subtle diss. It’s also just a really fun song. “Cake Boy” is on the opposite end of the spectrum from “Let Me Be Me.” While “Let Me Be Me” is about Hoodie’s aversion to fame, “Cake Boy” shows where he toys with it. The final track, “Where Do We Go Now?” wraps up Hoodie Allen’s introspective mixtape with slow beats and thoughtful lyrics, peppered with several pop-culture references. It’s been a crazy ride for the breakout star, and fans should look forward to his next work.


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Official University News & Announcements

Meeting Notes

Send copy to David W. Freeman, Director of Student Publications, Center for Student Involvement and Leadership, second floor, Plemmons Student Union, or e-mail:

The Club Hub is open!

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

Spring Counseling Center groups

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

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. 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

Visiting Writers begins today

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

ACT to sponsor May event

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

Wellness Workshops are planned

The Counseling Center at Appalachian State University presents “The Wellness Workshops: Feelin’ Good in the

A Service of the Division of Student Development

Neighborhood!” Workshops are: 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

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 2623180, 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.”

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. 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.); Ghostbusters (‘84); 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.

ASU offers lifeguard certification

Appalachian State University Recreation and the American Red Cross are now accepting registration for our first spring session of lifeguarding certification classes. The lifeguarding classes are open to all community members and ASU students/staff who wish to obtain certifications in the areas of Lifeguarding, First Aid, and CRR/AED. Participants MUST be at least 15 years old and able to swim 300 yards. Fees for the course will include textbook, certificates, access to the pool and will be collected after the completion of the pre-course/ swim. Certifications in Lifeguarding, First Aid, and CPR/AED are good for two years before renewal in necessary. Registration is required. Limited space is available and registration is now open! Appalachian Student Fee: $185; Appalachian Faculty/Staff Fee: $195; UREC Staff Fee: $165. The required pre-course will be held March 4th. Fees will be collected after the completion of the pre-course/swim. The regular courses will be Mondays (3/18, 3/25) and Wednesdays (3/20, 3/27, 4/3) from 4-8 p.m. Session II will begin with a pre-course/swim on April 5th and classes will begin on April 12th. For registration forms, fees, and instructions, as well as dates for future sessions call Cheryl Eddins, Assistant Director for Aquatics at (828) 262-2100 or e-mail Cheryl at

Adult swim lessons available

Appalachian State University Recreation and the aquatics department are now accepting registration for adult swim lessons! This six week program is open to community members, as well as students and faculty/staff members of ASU who are looking to learn or improve swimming skills. An assessment will be made at the first class to determine skill level; level concentrations include: beginner, intermediate and advanced. Whether you are a beginner or a competitive swimmer, this program is right for you: Lessons are from are through April 15th; Classes are held Mondays from 6 – 6:45 p.m.; For registration forms and fee information, please visit us online at

Learn to swim program to start

Appalachian State University Recreation is getting ready for its American Red Cross Learn to Swim Session! The program offers children of Boone and the surrounding community the opportunity to learn the basics of swimming, or improve their existing swimming skills in a safe environment. All of the classes are taught by qualified and experienced instructors. Group lessons are offered for all skill levels and ages six months and up. Classes are small so that your child can receive individual attention when needed, while still having fun with other children of similar age and ability. Class includes 8 sessions from February 28th to March 20th (No class March 11th-13th for University Break). Courses offered: Infant/Toddler Swim, Preschool Swim, School Age Swim (shallow and deep water). Classes are held in the Appalachian State University Student Recreation Center Natatorium. Class days and times vary depending on the level of your swimmer: see website. For registration forms, fee information, and class times, please visit us online at If you would like more information on this topic or other aquatic related programs, please call Cheryl Eddins, Assistant Director for Aquatics at (828) 262-2100 or e-mail Cheryl at

Tar Heel Traveler to speak at ASU

The ASU Advertising Club presents “Scott Mason: Stories from The Tar Heel Traveler” on Thursday, Feb. 28, 6 p.m., in Belk Library Lecture Hall Room 114. Scott Mason is a

broadcast journalist with 28 years of television experience. He has won dozens of awards for documentaries, writing, and feature reporting, including three National Edward R. Murrow awards and 16 regional Emmys. In both 2004 and 2005, the Electronic News Association of the Carolinas named Scott the North Carolina Television Reporter of the Year. His Tar Heel Traveler series is featured Monday-Thursday on WRAL. It takes viewers along the back roads of North Carolina, where he meets memorable characters, finds out-of-the-way places, and unearths fascinating historical footnotes.

24th Morgan Lecture Series to start

The 24th anniversary of the Morgan Lecture Series in the Sciences, sponsored by the Morgan Committee, in cooperation with the College of Arts & Sciences and the University Forum Committee, announces the first Morgan Lecture speaker will be Dr. Michael Mann, Distinguished Professor of Meteorology at Pennsylvania State University, and author of the book, “The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars.” He will present two lectures on campus this semester, both on Thursday, March 21.

The first lecture will be to the combined science departments at ASU. It is titled Dire Predictions: Understanding Global Warming. This talk will be at 12:30 p.m. in Room 183 Rankin Science West. The second talk will be a public lecture and is titled The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars. This lecture will be at 7 p.m. in the Blue Ridge Ballroom in the Plemmons Student Union.

The second Morgan Lecturer, Harold McGee, will be on campus Wednesday, April 24, to deliver a public lecture, The Chemistry of Food and Cooking. McGee is a noted journalist who specializes in explaining the chemistry of food and cooking to the public. He is author of the bestselling book, “On Food and Cooking: the Science and Lore of the Kitchen.” McGee’s public lecture will be at 7 p.m. in I.G. Greer Auditorium.

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

Parents Night Out March 1

Parent’s Night Out, sponsored by ASU Appalachian Educators (Teaching Fellows), will be held Friday, March 1, 6-9 p.m. in Room 124A/B, Reich College of Education. Childcare for ages 2 and up will be provided. There will be crafts, snacks and a movie (G Rated). Cost is $15 for 1 child, $20 for 2, $25 for 3. To reserve a spot, email Joy Osborne at osbornejr@appstate. edu by Wednesday, Feb. 27, at 5 p.m. Be sure to include your name, your children’s names, ages and an emergency contact phone number. Spaces are limited.

5K run for Autism is planned

Autism Speaks U at Appalachian State University is hosting a 5K run on April 13 starting at 9 a.m. at Watauga High School (300 Go Pioneers Drive, Boone, NC). The registration is $20 and the first 300 participants are guaranteed a T-shirt if registered by March 22. You are able to register as an individual or as a team. All money raised will go to Autism Speaks to fund research into the causes, prevention and treatment for Autism. Please come out and support this amazing and important cause. Register online at site/

Vote for favorite diversity slogan

Vote for your favorite slogan for the 2013 Diversity Celebration. The winning slogan will be featured on banners for this year’s event. Voting closes Tuesday, March 5. Vote today at

Mountain photography reception

The Appalachian Mountain Photography Competition (AMPC) opening reception will take place March 1 beginning at 7 p.m. in the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts at Appalachian State University.

The images of the 46 finalists selected from the 10th Annual AMPC will be on display at the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts from March 1 through Aug. 16.

This reception also marks the beginning of the voting process for the AMPC People’s Choice Award. A kiosk will be available at the exhibition for viewers to cast their votes. Votes can be cast online by visiting People’s Choice Award voting closes at 5 p.m. on May 17.

A panel of jurors selected the images for exhibition from more than 800 photographs that were submitted this year. The jurors will soon return for the final round of judging to select category winners, award special mention honors and select one image as Best in Show.

The AMPC has grown into one the region’s most prestigious photography competitions with more than 800 submissions last year. The finalist images were viewed by more than 10,000 people at the Turchin Center for Visual Arts.

A partnership between Appalachian State University’s Outdoor Programs, the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts and the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation, AMPC celebrates the unique people, places and pursuits that distinguish the Southern Appalachians and attracts entries from across the United States.

Outdoor Programs promoted the first Appalachian Mountain Photography Competition in 2004. “Our mission is to promote discovery through human-powered adventure, and photography is an active process of discovery. By promoting photography, we are encouraging people to go out and engage with the world around them,” said Rich Campbell, associate director of Outdoor Programs.

The AMPC is made possible through the sponsorship of Virtual Blue Ridge and Mast General Store. Supporters of the AMPC include Appalachian Voices, Bistro Roca, Footsloggers, Peabody’s and Stick Boy Bread Company.

Proceeds from the Annual Appalachian Mountain Photography Competition are used to support students who wish to experience Student Outdoor Learning Expeditions (SOLE) at Appalachian State University.

To learn more about the Appalachian Mountain Photography Competition, visit the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts or


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Supreme Court case exposes South’s lingering issues

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KEVIN GRIFFIN No matter how far away the South moves from the days of segregation and extensively institutionalized racism, that dark period still continues to dog this part of the country. A case going before the Supreme Court this week provides a reminder of the still relevant nature of these issues. The Supreme

Court began hearing the case Shelby County v. Holder on Thursday concerning the Voting Rights Act of 1965, according to The New York Times. The legal issue for Shelby County, Ala., is its belief that the 2006 Congressional reauthorization of Section 5 of the act, the notorious “preclearance” section that requires districts - mostly in the South - to check changes to election laws by the Department of Justice to ensure that civil rights are not violated. This case combines the history of racism with another perennial issue in Southern consciousness:

the issue of states’ rights. In the Writ of Certiorari for the case, the court mentions considering the possibility that Congress “exceeded its authority under the Fourteenth and Fifteenth Amendments and thus violated the Tenth Amendment and Article IV of the United States Constitution.” The key here is the Tenth Amendment, which states that those powers not held by the federal government are reserved by the states. It is a favorite of states’ righters who insist it strictly limits the federal government. However, past Supreme

Court cases have made clear in the past that the amendment does not exempt states from many sorts of government regulation. Just as important as the legal question is the social question. Much of Southern history involves a contradictory notion of fearing limits to independence while simultaneously repressing others. This tendency has given rise to a number of faulty arguments about freedom and government, the worst of which is the claim that federal involvement in matters is oppressive or tyrannical.

Especially in the area of civil rights, the federal government has done a great deal to correct the times when black individuals were abused and repressed without legal recourse. The idea that the federal government is the sole source of tyranny is misguided. It is sad that we still have these regulations, and I would certainly like to see the laws change as times change, but it is clear that some standards must exist. Griffin, a freshman journalism major from Madison, is the opinion editor.


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‘Obamacare’ to blame as doctor shortage threatens states

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TYLER SPAUGH North Carolina has become one of an ever-growing number of states that will not expand its Medicaid after a vote by the state legislature on Thursday, according to the News & Observer. Getting states to expand their Medicaid program is a central component of the Affordable Care Act, commonly known as “Obamacare.” The purpose of the expansion is to provide access to afford-

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100 people off, according to the Huffington Post. Obamacare could ensure that more people have health insurance, but this comes at the cost of many people losing their jobs. President Ronald Reagan once argued that after government begins to take control of the healthcare industry, it would not be that long before the government would have to tell doctors where they can live and work to fix the shortages caused by attempts at universal healthcare. I wouldn’t be surprised if there’s a lawmaker in Reagan’s home state of California who has already considered that possibility.

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

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of an idea as it sounds, but there is no good way to compensate for the shortages under this act. It is impossible for the government to artificially introduce millions of people into the healthcare system without causing a shortage. There are better ways to fix the healthcare system, which was still pretty good by global standards before Obamacare. Instead of dictating that employers provide healthcare benefits to all of their employees, we should focus on creating more jobs that can afford to purchase health insurance. Companies are already laying people off because of the costs they believe Obamacare imposes. For example, the medical technology firm Smith & Nephew announced earlier this month they were laying


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able healthcare for those who are currently uninsured. Unfortunately, the act has not even taken effect yet, but has already caused healthcare premiums to rise by an average of $3,065, according to Forbes. The act has also caused some to question whether there are enough doctors for it to be successful. The state of California, which will expand Medicaid, has acknowledged that there will be shortages of doctors in the state. California is considering allowing nurse practitioners and physician’s assistants to have “more autonomy” in treating patients, according to the LA Times, and even allowing pharmacists to act as some people’s “care providers.” Allowing people who aren’t doctors to act as doctors is just as bad

KENT VASHAW President Barack Obama urged the Supreme Court on Friday to declare the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional, according to the Huffington Post. His argument that DOMA is discriminatory in regards to equal protection under the law,

and therefore violates the Fifth Amendment of the Constitution, is completely accurate. The Supreme Court has agreed to hear the appellate case U.S. v. Windsor, which will potentially either validate or strike down DOMA, a critical step in anti-gay marriage legislation. The specific part of DOMA being called into question denies marital benefits to same-sex couples, even if those couples are married legally in their state of residence. In this particular case, Edith Windsor, who was

legally married to her wife in Toronto, was forced to pay over $300,000 in taxes after her wife’s death. Even though New York legally recognized their marriage, the federal government didn’t because of DOMA. The Obama administration is absolutely right when they state that DOMA violates the spirit of equal protection. Obama’s statement notes that a broad scientific consensus supports the fact that homosexuality is a key component of identity that is not chosen. Homosexuality

is not a lifestyle choice, but rather a biological fact. And homosexuality has, up until now, been so badly stigmatized that homosexuals have had virtually no political power. This is clearly present in the laws of many states, from California’s Proposition 8, which bans any homosexual marriage, to North Carolina’s Amendment 1, which defines in the state constitution that the only legal union is marriage between a man and a woman. Homosexuals, Obama’s brief points out, are currently one of the most

discriminated against minorities in America. Extending same-sex marriage benefits hurts nobody and withholding them is an act of spite. The U.S. government has a duty to act on behalf of its people, not for the good of the majority, but to protect the minority. Equality is one of the founding principles of this nation, and it should not be an issue that is divided down partisan lines.

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


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Wrestlers join movement to keep wrestling in Olympics by JESSE WARE


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he International Olympic Committee’s decision to take wrestling from its list of core sports, which would remove it from the 2020 Olympic Games, is being felt around the world, including Boone. “I really just think it’s a tragedy,” Appalachian State wrestling head coach John Mark Bentley said. Wresting has been a part of the modern games since its inception in 1896. Because the IOC’s decision is not final yet, a movement to save Olympic wrestling has begun to take root in gymnasiums and practice facilities across the globe.


Continued from pg. 1 Sophomore Stanley Broaden had a good showing, finishing first in the 60-meter hurdles with a 7.90. Broaden broke the SoCon and App State record for this event in the preliminary round. “Everyone did their part as a team, and that’s why we were successful,” Broaden said. “It makes it so much better when everyone knows their role in the team and everyone does their job well.” Broaden wasn’t the only Mountaineer who came in first. Senior Jared Stalling won the weight throw title and tossed for 18.83-meters, giving him

“There is definitely still time to overturn [the decision],” Bentley said. “The movement to save Olympic wrestling is getting a lot of support.” A key concern for supporters of wrestling is the effect it could have on other levels of the sport. “I feel like there will be a trickledown effect,” freshman Denzel Dejournette said. “It starts with the Olympics and then reaches the university levels, then college, then high school.” The decision sparked international controversy, especially in perennial wrestling champions Iran, Russia, Japan and the United States. In the 2012 Summer Olympics, 71 nations competed in the

his second title alongside his one for shot put he received the first day. “This could be one of the biggest wins for our team,” Stalling said. “We lost indoor last year and we lost some great runners last year. We came in as an underdog team, which we haven’t really done before – we’re usually the favorite – and we came in and won it.” Stalling said the competition was tough and the win easily could have gone to Samford or Western Carolina. “It’s a pretty big win,” Stalling said. “It came down to the end, the last race. It means a lot to me that I could end my career year with a chance for the Triple Crown.” A college team wins the

wrestling portion of the London games. Bentley joins many coaches and wrestlers around the world telling fans of the sport to make their support known to the IOC. “The battle has just begun,” Bentley said. “I encourage all the fans of wrestling to get on board and make your voices heard.” The IOC will make their final decision over the inclusion of wrestling and seven other sports, including baseball and softball, in Buenos Aires, Argentina in September, according to ESPN. Former wrestler Kyle Blevins holds control of a Davidson opponent in a match last season.

Triple Crown when they sweep the cross-country, indoor track and field and outdoor track and field championships in the same year. Broaden acknowledged it will be a challenge, but thinks the team will find the motivation. “I think with us having the opportunity to win a Triple Crown, we’ll have the motivation,” Broaden said. “This chance doesn’t come around very often and I think that will push us.” The men will be back Saturday, March 2 as several athletes are traveling to the Virginia Tech Last Chance Meet to try to qualify for the NCAA Indoor Championships. The meet is scheduled to start at 4 p.m.


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ond.” Alston said the support was the biggest thing the team did well during the championship. “We were a little nervous going in, we didn’t

but thought the lack of depth hurt them. Continued from pg. 1 “I think what’s going to help us is we need to train harder and make individual champion sure that we’re ready for for the women. She won SoCon and have the moboth the 200-meter dash tivation so that (24.38 seconds) everyone comfor the second year petes to their in a row and the best ability so 400-meter dash “Overall, it wasn’t the win we can have (56.70). that we wanted but we were people in the “It was a pretty happy to come out ranked top 8,” Alston good fight to the said. second.” end,” Alston said. The women “As the season will be back SatJunior Breanna Alston progressed, everyurday, March 2 one was competing as several athwell and then the letes are travelchampionship got ing to the Virhere and we had a lot of know what to expect ginia Tech Last Chance people not ranked in the as far as the outcome,” Meet to try to qualify top-8. Overall, it wasn’t Alston said. for the NCAA Indoor the win that we wanted, She said despite the Championships. The but we were happy to loss, she’s still confident meet is scheduled to come out ranked sec- in the team’s abilities start at 4 p.m.



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