Best of Boone 2015

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Best On-Campus Meal McAlister’s Deli, located on the second floor of the Plemmons Student Union, is students’ favorite on-campus spot to grab a bite to eat between classes, whether it be a sandwich or a giant plate of nachos. The deli has a sports theme to it, with photographs of past and current Appalachian State University students as well as Mountaineer merchandise covering the walls. The most popular menu items are the nacho basket appetizer, club sandwiches and the French dip, which students most frequently pair with a side of

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macaroni and cheese and a sweet tea to drink. Benjamin Caviness, McAlister’s front-of-the-house expediter, said the menu is constantly changing as McAlister’s tests out new items. “There will probably be some new menu items coming soon,” Caviness said. “I’m just not sure what they’ll be yet.” Caviness said McAlister’s appreciates support from their customers, especially the most loyal ones who keep coming back. “It’s nice that what we’ve got is pleasing to everyone who gets to come here,” he said. “I’m glad students enjoy it.”

215 Boone Heights Drive, Suite 100, Boone, NC 28607 Monday - Friday: 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Saturday - Sunday: Closed

Come Back Shack

Best Burger

by Nicole Caporaso, Senior News Reporter

Scott Prewitt owns the restaurant with his wife, brother and sister-in-law. “The best part about being a local business is being able to serve the people in the community in ways that are impactful and being able to control what you serve and listen to your customers and really be able to deliver what it is they're looking for,” Prewitt said. The most popular item on the menu is the Come Back Shack burger, served Come

Back-style, which Prewitt said is the restaurant’s regular hamburger served with lettuce, tomato, grilled onions and their signature Come Back sauce. The menu also includes popular items such as chicken tenders, salads, milkshakes, hand-cut french fries, chili and homemade dressings. “We are thrilled and honored and appreciate the support we get from Appalachian State students, faculty and staff and we really appreciate being the best,” Prewitt said.

1521 Blowing Rock Road, Boone, NC 28607 Monday - Sunday: 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. Andrew Clausen / The Appalachian


Best Pizza by Mary Wood, Intern News Reporter

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454 W. King St., Suite B, Boone, NC 28607 Monday - Thursday: 11 a.m. - 10:30 p.m. Friday - Saturday: 11 a.m. - 11 p.m. Sunday: Noon - 10:30 p.m.

Located on West King Street in downtown Boone, Capone’s serves Chicago, New York and Miami style pizzas to students and locals who enjoy quality ingredients and a variety of options in their pies. Capone’s opened in March 2005, and the pizzeria got its name from co-owner Pete Shurba. The name was based off of his love for an “old school gangster” lifestyle, co-owner Chris Staggs said. “I’ve been working in the restaurant business since I was 18, and I learned how to cook from third-generation Italian chefs,” Staggs said. Staggs said he and Shurba decided to come to Boone because of the small town look but the bigger city feel. Both owners felt Boone did not

have an independent pizza joint that local college students could come for quality pizza. “What separates us from other pizza places is our dedication to making the best product we can,” Staggs said. Capone’s puts quality first by hand cutting fresh vegetables, buying the best cheese possible and prepping for hours on end, Staggs said. It also maintains being affordable for college students, offering a cheap lunch menu that includes drink and pizza deals Monday-Friday. “I love Capone’s because it offers so many different types of pizza,” sophomore physics major Erika Brescia said. “The best thing on the menu is the buffalo chicken pizza and the garlic knots.”

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Espresso News

Best Off-Campus Coffee Shop

by Josh Wharton, News Reporter

The old show room building for the Winkler Motor Company houses the company where Boone’s best coffee is served: Espresso News. Tucked behind Footslogger’s at 267 Howard St. in downtown Boone, Espresso News has two floors of seating where patrons can drink Boone’s best brew. Espresso News sells coffee beans, a variety of coffee drinks, breakfast sandwiches and other baked goods made fresh daily. “We provide a hub for many people to gather,” Owner Uijin Park said. “We’re proud of what

we do.” Park stresses the importance of quality over quantity at Espresso News. “Everything here is made from scratch,” Park said. “We work not for profit, but for the product.” There is no set menu for the baked goods at Espresso News, the bakers decide what they will make every day according to what they have in their heads and on the table. “We just let the bakers go at it,” Park said. “We put art into our coffee and food.”

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267 Howard St., Boone, NC 28607 Monday - Friday: 7:30 a.m. - Midnight Saturday - Sunday: 8 a.m. - Midnight

Dos Amigos

Los or Dos? by Tommy Culkin, News Reporter Dos Amigos, a franchise that began in 2001, has grown into our readers’ favorite Mexican restaurant in Boone. Located at 187 New Market Centre, Dos Amigos provides diners with a family-friendly atmosphere, making it a favorite of both Boone residents and Appalachian State University students. Its name means “two friends” in Spanish. Raul Flores, the owner of Dos Amigos, said the Arroz Con Pollo, or rice with chicken, and the enchilada dishes are some of the restaurant’s most popular menu items. Students at Appalachian can

appreciate not only good food at Dos Amigos, but also the very reasonable prices. “Our prices are the best in Boone and it’s great food too,” said Lorenzo Galan, one of the managers of Dos Amigos. Flores said what makes Dos Amigos the best is its dedication to quality and authenticity. “We always keep the best quality ingredients in stock,” Flores said. “We haven’t ever changed. We don’t care whether [the prices of the ingredients] go sky high, we keep the same quality and we don’t cut corners.”

187 New Market Centre, Boone, NC 28607 Monday - Thursday: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday - Saturday: 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Sunday: 11:30 a.m.- to 9:30 p.m.


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Best Brewery

by Julia Simcoe, Intern News Reporter Our readers are not the only beer enthusiasts to vote Appalachian Mountain Brewery No. 1. Last year, AMB won a national contest for startup breweries. AMB maintains close ties to Appalachian State University. Danny Wilcox, AMB’s director of retail operations cites involvement with Appalachian’s sports marketing and the basketball team. This past Saturday, they also hosted a fundraiser for the Masters of Business Administration program. This semester, AMB has been involved with the art department where students have been working on mural and furniture design projects for AMB. The art will be unveiled May 1. That

same day, there will be a fundraiser for Appalachian called iBackApp, organized by the student philanthropy board, at the awardwinning brewery. In March, AMB accepted an offer to partner with one of the sponsors of the competition, Craft Brewers Alliance. This will provide more resources to AMB and a platform for them to grow not only their business, but also their pillars of “community, sustainability, and philanthropy.” Wilcox said it was these company pillars that makes it the best brewery in Boone. “This allows people of all walks of life to stand behind the company’s goals,” Wilcox said. “We use beer as our tool to bring people together.”

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163 Boone Creek Drive, Boone, NC 28607 Sunday - Monday: Noon - 10 p.m. Tuesday - Saturday: 11:30 a.m. - 11 p.m.

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Capone’s Best Drink Deal

It’s never too early in the week to grab a beer or two with friends. Our readers say the go-to option is Capone’s on Tuesdays for their $2 beer special, which includes all beers available. Located on King Street, it’s just a walk away from your final class of the day. 454 W King St., Suite B, Boone, NC 28607 Monday - Thursday: 11 a.m. - 10:30 p.m. Friday - Saturday: 11 a.m. - 11 p.m. Sunday: Noon - 10:30 p.m.


Best Late-Night Food It’s after midnight and suddenly you’ve got a craving for something off the grill. Our readers have been there and Cookout is open late to be our personal late-night saviors with their super cheap tray meals, their huge teas and, of course, you can’t forget the milkshakes. 1179 Blowing Rock Road, Boone, NC 28607 Sunday - Thursday: 11 a.m. - 2 a.m. Friday - Saturday: 11 a.m. - 3:30 a.m.

Melanie’s Best Breakfast

Melanie’s gives you a home-cooked style breakfast with fresh ingredients and local coffee. 664 W King St., Boone, NC 28607 Monday-Saturday: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. Sunday: 8:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Coyote Kitchen Best Vegetarian Menu

Coyote Kitchen’s Southwestern-inspired menu features personal casseroles, called bowls and boats, cooked to order. Many menu items offer tempeh and tofu, and all dishes that include meat can be swapped out for another protein, making it a tasty favorite for herbivores. 200 Southgate Drive, Boone, NC 28607 Sunday - Thursday: 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. Friday – Saturday: 11 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.

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TApp Room

Best Taco

With their famous queso and taco Wednesday special, TApp tacos have been bringing the spice for a while now. These tacos are tasty no matter whether you’re eating on their patio during a nice day or inside with a group. Over 21? Add a Corona to complete the package. 421 Blowing Rock Road, Boone, NC 28607 Monday – Saturday: 11:30 a.m. until Sunday: Noon until


Best Place To Take Parents When you go to Proper, you know what you’re getting: Good food in a proper setting. Take your parents there so you can get a decent meal for 100 percent off. 142 S. Water St., Boone, NC 28607 Monday-Saturday: 11:30 a.m. - 9 p.m. Brunch: Sunday: 11:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Veggies, Fruits and More

Best Produce

Veggies, Fruit and More is a permanent, indoor farm stand where a family sells local produce as much as possible. Well-known from our readers to restaurants, Veggies, fruits and More also sells and delivers fresh produce to some local restaurants. Located on King Street near Belk Library, it is in walking distance from anywhere on campus.

362 West King St., Boone, N.C. 28607 Monday - Friday: 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. Saturday: 10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Sunday: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.


Best Dessert

It’s almost impossible to walk down King Street without smelling those deliciously fresh cinnamon rolls. The melting glazed icing dripped over the swirling sweet serenity of bread that’s served up the way they were intended: hot.

539 W King St., Boone, NC 28607 Sunday-Thursday: 8 a.m. – 12:30 a.m. Friday-Saturday: 8 a.m. – 1:30 a.m.

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Woodlands Best Barbecue

A tradition that’s been past down from student to student since 1977, Woodlands is the the go-to for barbecue in the High Country. Whether it’s after a football game with alumni and families or during the week with friends, our readers know this is the place for good North Carolina barbecue. 8304 Valley Blvd., Blowing Rock, NC 28605 Sunday - Thursday: 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. Friday - Saturday: 11 a.m. - 10 p.m.

Our Daily Bread Best Sandwich

With more than 30 sandwiches on the menu varying from a Jamaican Turkey Press to the ODB Club, Our Daily Bread has got something for everyone and our readers think it’s a great place to grab a great sandwich. 627 W King St., Boone, NC 28607 Monday - Saturday: 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. Sunday: Noon - 6 p.m.

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Town Tavern

Best Wings

Whether you’re at Town Tavern for Wing Monday or a regular day, getting a dozen of wings that are bigger than your phone will definitely hit the spot just right. 208 Faculty St., Boone, NC 28607 Monday-Sunday: 11:30 a.m. - 2 a.m.


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Way Das

Best Local Band by Lovey Cooper, Senior A&E Reporter


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Angst-ridden boy and girl rock has triumphed in Boone, with the final tally finding four-piece Boone newcomers the people’s choice for best band in town. “Even if we win, we’ll still be losers,” Russell Bomer, drummer and Appalachian senior had said prior to their participation in this semester’s Battle of the Bands, where Way Das came in at second place. “I guess we’re winners now,” said Emily Kolakowski, vocalist, bassist and Appalachian sophomore. The band’s surprise comes mainly due to their recent and rapid rise in popularity – they went from their first show to playing six shows this month over the course of a single semester. “We’re pretty different than a lot of other bands in Boone, and maybe we stand out because of that, but I am surprised that the Nude Party or Rainbow Kitten

surprise didn’t get it – everybody loves them,” Kolakowski said. Although the busy band has focused lately on expanding its repertoire of songs, and plan to self-record an EP by next fall, overall they say are a lot more comfortable now, than they were in January and find themselves needing to prepare less and less before each show. She said Way Das owes much of their success to the aid of Earth Mover (who she voted for, personally), the local band who allowed them to play their first show and have been tireless in their efforts to convert fans. In response, Way Das hopes to carry on this spirit of friendly interactions between Boone’s bands. “I think there’s a stigma with some things – like playing in Legends – but I think we should be cool with everyone who’s trying to make music,” Kolakowski said.

Best Trivia Night

by Casey Suglia, A&E Reporter Here’s a trivia question for you: What business has been open for five years and was voted Best Trivia Night in Boone? The answer is Galileo’s Bar and Restaurant, which has been hosting weekly trivia nights since 2010. Galileo’s co-owner Mark Dixon found the need for a trivia night at their bar when it opened five years ago and has been going strong ever since. Every Monday students and community members go to Galileo’s at 8:30 p.m., assemble teams and answer trivia questions in five different rounds. Awards for winners vary, but most of the time someone is getting free drinks or a gift card. “It is a lot of fun and gets pretty serious,” Dixon said. “Some places

are super casual about it but a lot of people get super competitive.” Galileo’s also has theme trivia nights with themes such as Harry Potter Trivia and Nerd Trivia a few times a semester. Mark believes that Galileo’s is deserving of Best Trivia Night in Boone. “Our trivia is competitive and that breeds a loyalty to Galileo’s that other places don’t get because people really want to win and they keep coming back until they do,” Dixon said. “When it is too easy you don’t stay loyal because you don’t feel like you’re challenged but if it is too hard you just feel too beat down and I feel like we ride a good middle of the road with that.” Gerrit Van Genderen / The Appalachian

Adam Church

Best Performer by Emma Speckman, A&E Editor

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Boone’s best solo performer, according to voters, is senior psychology major Adam Church, a High Country local and a regular performer at bars and restaurants in the area since 2011. Church studied at East Tennessee State University before transferring to Appalachian State University and has performed at various venues throughout the area since his first show at Murphy’s. Church has opened for emerging country artist Chris Lane several times – the first in Winston-Salem in 2013 – and he cites Lane as an influence on his music, along with popular country singer-songwriter Eric Church.

Though they share a name and a relative location – Eric Church grew up in Granite Falls – there’s likely no relation, he said, but “it’s like the legend of Bigfoot, there’s no real proof.” Through shows alone, Adam Church has built up a following in Boone. He currently does not have any full albums or EPs for sale on iTunes or in stores, though he posts original and cover songs on YouTube fairly frequently. Church graduates in May and said his current favorite place to perform is the Ale House on Rivers Street. “I’ll always have music by my side,” he said.

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Best Place for a First Date Want to take your date to a restaurant with an intimate setting and a local menu? Then Proper is perfect for treating your date right. With a large selection of sandwiches, salads and a very popular Sunday brunch, you’ll be transported to a courteous environment that may seem old fashioned with their glass bottles of soda, but is a current Boone staple. 142 S. Water St., Boone, NC 28607 Monday - Saturday: 11:30 a.m. - 9 p.m. Brunch: Sunday: 11:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Turchin Best Art Gallery

Located just behind the library parking deck and off King Street, great art, classes and study spaces are within a short walk. Our readers agree that Turchin will be sure to open your eyes to some of the best artwork in Boone. 423 W. King St., Boone, NC 28607 Sunday-Monday: Closed Tuesday -Thursday: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Friday: Noon - 8 p.m. Saturday: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Galileo’s Best Karaoke

Feel like bustin’ out the pipes? Karaoke means empty orchestra in Japanese, but that doesn’t have to stop you from belting out the guitar solo. Readers agree that if you’re looking for a place to sing it out, Galileo’s is the place. 1087 W. King St., Boone, NC 28607 Monday: Opens at 4 p.m. Tuesday- Wednesday: Closed Thursday- Saturday: opens at 4 p.m.

Sanford Mall

Best Way to Spend a Warm Day (on-campus)

It’s sunny and warm and classes haven’t been canceled. A travesty of nature, but you’ve got to get outside anyway. Sanford Mall is where we can all congregate to enjoy those brief, wondrous glimpses of the sun.

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Black Cat

Best Live Music Venue

With giant, Hindenburg-sized burritos that are sure to go down the same way, Black Cat has a long list of loyal customers. But their commitment to fun, live shows is what sets them apart. Crowd-surfing and epic dancing are encouraged here. 127 N Depot St., Boone, NC 28607 Monday - Thursday: 11:30 a.m. - 9 p.m. Friday - Saturday: 11:30 a.m. - 10 p.m. Sunday: 11:30 a.m. - 8 p.m.

Blue Ridge Pkwy

Best Place to Hang Out (Sober)

If you haven’t been drinking and you want to hang out somewhere, our readers think the best place is Blue Ridge Parkway, where you can enjoy scenic views and beautiful trails.

The Local

Best Place to Dance

The restaurant formerly known as Char still delivers as a late night destination, according to our readers. The Local opens the restaurant into a dance floor where a D.J. plays throwback music on Thursdays and a variety of bands play live music on Friday and Saturday nights. 179 Howard St., Boone, NC 28607 Monday - Saturday: 11 a.m. - 2 a.m. Sunday: 11 a.m.-11:30 p.m.

Edward Wilkie

Best Busker

A busker is someone who entertains in a public place for donations. Wilkie can be found performing outside of F.A.R.M. Cafe on King Street most days of the week. Plays Outside F.A.R.M. Cafe


Best Place for a Sefie (on-campus)

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Rough Ridge

Best Place For a Selfie, Lookout and Trail by Chamian Cruz, News Reporter Approximately 20 miles from Appalachian State University, Rough Ridge consists of an estimated 1.5 mile hike and scenic views. Lisa Brandon, public information officer for the Blue Ridge Parkway, said the Rough Ridge section of the Blue Ridge Parkway was opened for public use in the mid-1980s. “It’s a popular trail and it’s a longer distance trail than many trails on the parkway,” Brandon said. “The views at various points are highly popular and very photogenic.” Rough Ridge is one of the most well-known trails on this section of the parkway and includes a small part of the 14.2 mile long

Tanawha Trail. The Rough Ridge summit reaches an elevation of 4,773 feet and visitors can look out to see views of Grandfather Mountain, Linville Gorge and Linn Cove Viaduct. “[Rough Ridge] is unique in the boardwalk that was built to protect a lot of the rock outcrop and fragile plant life that is in that area,” Brandon said. “There’s actually 19 trail bridges as part of the trail.” Brandon said it is discouraged for visitors to stand on the boulders and get off the trail and boardwalk, which can potentially cause degradation and trampling of the area’s fragile vegetation and sensitive plant communities.

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Best Day Trip by Jordan Boles, Intern News Reporter Asheville is just under two hours away, far enough to escape Boone but close enough to get back before sundown. There’s something in Asheville for everyone. Visitors can explore Biltmore or fill up on gigantic biscuits and Sriracha sausage at Biscuit Head in West Asheville. For those looking for great music and drinks, head over to the Orange Peel on Biltmore Avenue. The venue has hosted many wellknown groups including the Beastie Boys, Bob Dylan and The Smashing Pumpkins. The club also hosts private parties, and often has open mic and comedy contests. Beginning May 9, the River Arts District will open its doors for their annual Spring Studio Stroll and Art

Sugar Mtn. Best Ski Mountain

Shredding the slopes is always a favorite pastime at Appalachian and our readers agree that there’s no sweeter spot than Sugar Mountain.

Linville Falls Trailer Lodge and Campground Best Way to Spend a Warm Day

Ready to escape into the wild? Our readers agree that Linville Falls Trailer Lodge & Campground is the place to go for this Mother Nature experience. 717 Gurney Franklin Road, Linville Falls, NC 28647

Student Union

Best Bathrooms

Plemmons Student Union, 263 Locust St., is home to many club offices, student services and more. The newest part of the building (the side closest to Summit Residence Hall,) opened in 2013 and was built with sustainability in mind, even in the bathrooms. During the addition process, all bathrooms in the building were outfitted with new sustainable gear including Dyson hand dryers and foot pulls that erase the need of a paper towel to open the door after you’ve washed your hands.

Scottish Inn

Best Local Eye Sore

The Scottish Inn and neighboring Red Carpet Inn were recently demolished, effectively solving the problem of having a local eyesore.

Sale, where the public is welcomed to see and gather art from several galleries. More than 180 different artists collaborate to form the River Arts District within 22 former factories and historical buildings in Asheville. On Friday nights in Pritchard Park, there’s the interactive drum circle. Anyone can participate for free by dancing, drumming or just watching. It begins at 6 p.m. and lasts until 10 p.m. and has been an active event since 2001. Finally, Asheville has breathtaking views to offer. The Blue Ridge Parkway is a beautiful place to ride with the windows down on clear days. There’s access all throughout for picnics or hiking as well.

Snake Pit

Best Swimming Hole

Our readers agree that Snake Pit is the go-to spot for when you want to take a dip in the water. Off of Highway 321 near Trash Can Falls


Best Place to Bike & Run The Greenway is a paved trail that runs by the State Farm parking lot and field with adjoining hiking paths. 231 Complex Drive Boone, NC 28607

Bass Lake

Best Fishing Spot

Whether you’re just fishing for relaxation or you’re Ernest Hemingway contemplating life through the snap of the line, our readers voted Bass Lake the best spot to reel in a few. 900 Bass Lake Road, Holly Springs, NC 27540

Nice Day

Best Excuse for Skipping Class So it’s been forever since you’ve felt natural light on your skin. Maybe you’re recovering from a slight case of frostbite or windburn. If you’re looking to take a “personal day,” our readers say the best day to do it is when there’s a bright sun in the sky and warm air blowing through campus.


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Mast General Store

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Best Place to Buy Men’s Clothes by Jordan William, Intern A&E Reporter

Mast General Store sells everything from men and women’s clothing to old time country knickknacks and candy. The store has been a staple for both locals and tourists since its opening in downtown Boone in 1988. The first Mast General Store opened in 1883 in Valle Crucis. There are now stores in Boone, Asheville, Hendersonville, Waynesville, Greenville, South Carolina, Columbia, South Carolina and Knoxville, Tennessee. “It feels really great to be recognized among all the other retail

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establishments in Boone, because we do have a great collection of men’s items, both in the fashion department as well as upstairs in the outdoor and shoes section,” said Sheri Mortez, a 22-year-employee for the store.

630 W King St., Boone, NC 28607 Monday – Saturday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Sunday: Noon – 6 p.m.

Best Place to Buy Women’s Clothes

by Mary Kate McCann, Intern A&E Reporter Boone Belles offers everything a preppy girl could want: oversized pearls, seersucker sun dresses, Simply Southern shirts and Jack Rogers sandals. Located on King Street, Boone Belles is in a prime spot for university students to take breaks from academia to browse the vibrant products. With a second location in Blowing Rock, this thriving small business is one you will not want to miss. “We are a family owned business and strive to bring the latest trends in fashion to our

customers at affordable prices,” co-owner Hilary Pless said. “We understand that everyone wants to look their best without breaking the bank.” Pless said customers notice the bright, cheerful merchandise as soon as they walk in. “Customers are always greeted by our wonderful sales associates who love to help customers find that perfect look.,” she said. “We want to offer our customers a fun and personable shopping experience.”

Lililu opened in 2002 as Gladiola Girls, but in May 2014 store owner Libby Hendley changed the store’s name is honor of her mother-inlaw Lucille and mother Lillian. This family-owned boutique strives to provide personalized service to each one of their visitors. Hendley said she often puts down other work to watch ladies twirl in front of a mirror to help

them decide what look suits them best. Lililu proudly sells apparel from upscale brands such as Joe’s Jeans, Seychelles and Free People that is appropriate for all ages of women. Lililu is particularly popular because of their frequent sales and 20 percent discount every Friday for Appalachian students that keep high quality clothing affordable.

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Fat Cats

617 W King St., Boone, NC 28607 Monday - Saturday: 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. Sunday: 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. 549 W. King St. Boone, NC 28607 Monday - Saturday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Sunday: Closed

Best Record Store by Emma Speckman, A&E Editor Fats Cats Books, Music & Video owner Kevin Frith had worked for several years with record stores in both North Carolina and New York City before moving to Boone and opening Fat Cats in 1995. Fat Cats is located on Rivers Street in the shopping center next to the Student Recreation Center. The store is open Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m., and Sunday from noon to 8 p.m. Though known primarily as a record store, Fat Cats sells gently used books and carries an extensive

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collection of movies as well. “Our film section is amazing,” said Philip Marley, one of the store’s employees. “We’re known for our records but the film selection is just as impressive.” The store also hosts occasional events, including annual Record Store Day concerts on the third Saturday of April. At this event, held April 18 this year, local bands and solo artists performed in the parking lot during store hours. “I would say the overall feel, it’s a really good blend of music and film, old stuff and new stuff,” Marley said.

215 Boone Heights Drive, Suite 100, Boone, NC 28607 Monday - Thursday: 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. Friday - Saturday: 10 a.m. - 11 p.m. Sunday: Noon - 8 p.m.

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Goodwill Best Thrift Store

Goodwill sells men’s, women’s and children’s clothing. You will also find miscellaneous accessories and home goods. Donate clothes or go shopping without going broke. 237 Boone Heights Drive, Boone, NC 28601 Monday - Saturday: 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. Sunday: 1 - 6 p.m.

Black Bear Books Best Book Store

Visit this bookstore set up inside Boone Mall. Their book selections range from faith-based books to children’s tales, from fiction to non-fiction. 1180 Blowing Rock Road, Suite C-5 Boone, N.C. 28607 Monday - Friday: 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. Sunday: 12:30 - 5:30 p.m.

Footsloggers Best Place to Buy Chacos

In fall 2013, Boone was named the town with the most “Chaconians.” Chacos are essential to Boone living and to get your first pair or your millionth pair, our readers suggest you visit Footsloggers. 139 Depot St, Boone, NC 28607 Monday – Thursday: 9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Friday – Saturday: 9:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. Sunday: Noon – 5 p.m.

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Anna Banana’s

Best Consignment Store

Anna Banana’s sells men’s and women’s clothing, jewelry and accessories. Bring clothes by on Monday during walk-in hours or make an appointment. 127 N Depot St., Boone, NC 28607 Monday: 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. Tuesday - Thursday: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Friday - Saturday: 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. Sunday: Noon - 6 p.m.


Best App State Apparel Store A branch of the Barefoot Campus Outfitter brand, Barefoot Boone sells T-shirts, pants, hats and more all celebrating Appalachian State University. They also have a game day section where you can buy black and gold jewelery, accessories and clothing for the game. 494 W King St. #1 Boone, NC 28607 Monday - Saturday: 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. Sunday: Noon - 4 p.m.


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Winkler Organization

Best Rental Company by Chris Warner, Sports Reporter

Wesley Berry, director of marketing for the Winkler Organization, said the organization’s commitment to provide quality housing for students is what helps to sets them apart from the rest. “We offer a variety of rental options, along with exclusive benefits,” Berry said. “Combine that with a commitment to customer care, and everyone wins. At the end of the day, happy tenants make our company the success that it is.” The Winkler Organization offers housing options for students ranging from one to four bedroom

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units all over Boone. Some of their rental properties include the newly built 494 Lofts located next to Hob Nob Farm Cafe on King Street, Appalachian Manor across Highway 321 from Hoey and Cannon residence halls and the soon-to-be Winkler Square, which will be located across from the Holmes Convocation Center beginning in August 2015. Many of these units also include housekeeping. “To be voted ‘Best Of’ provides reassurance of the amazing job I feel our Winkler team does,” Berry said.

215 Boone Heights Drive, Suite 100, Boone, NC 28607 Monday - Friday: 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Saturday - Sunday: Closed

Hippie Hill

Best Place To Live

by Stephanie Sansoucy, Community Outreach Director

“Hippie Hill” is a long time nickname for the hill of houses and apartments across from the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts on King Street and has reportedly been called that by students since at least the late 1990s. The hill features a plot of grass perfect for sitting out on a sunny day, or enjoying the Boone breeze on a warm night. Senior Sustainable Development major Wil Watson


has lived in the “Burning Tree” house on Hippie Hill for approximately two years. “I love it mostly for the location and can walk pretty much anywhere,” Watson said. “I really feel like I’m a part of the town and school just by living here.” Hippie Hill is right next to campus and in the heart of downtown King Street, making it our readers’ pick for best place to live overall.

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Best Dorm Overall, Dorm for Underclassman & Best Dorm on West campus by Laney Ruckstuhl, News Editor The Living Learning Center is located on 301 Bodenheimer Drive on a hill behind Walker Hall, but distance did not stop readers from voting it the best in two categories. The building features four-person suitestyle rooms, in which students live two to a room and share a bathroom between all four. The LLC is home to the Watauga Residential College, a residential learning community where Appalachian students are offered opportunities to live, learn and build camaraderie together, as their academic and social lives are intertwined through the program. It features an inquiry-based style of learning. Because of this unique format, the LLC also hosts classrooms and professors for students of the WRC. In addition to normal dorm amenities such as kitchens and lounges, the dorm has an art studio, music room and library. WRC students also have a community garden just outside the building.

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305 Bodenheimer Drive, Boone, NC 28608

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Summit Hall

Best Dorm on East Campus by Laney Rucksthul, News Editor Summit Hall is one of Appalachian’s newest buildings, built in 2012 and coveted for its larger suite style rooms and central location. It is at a prime location on campus - just feet from Sanford Mall and Plemmons Student Union, which serve as main hubs for student organizations, activities and leisure. Summit’s suite-style rooms house two students in separate bedrooms, a nice change for many upperclassmen after sharing a small room with another person during their freshman year. The hall also houses many residents who are a part of the university’s

Honors College, making getting a room in the building largely competitive. Each room also has its own kitchen and bathroom to be shared between the two students, as compared to the communal style in most dorms. Summit also features a lounge area, complete with a television and a fireplace for colder evenings. The hall also connects to Appalachian Hall, which features private study rooms and a library, mainly intended for use by Honors College and graduate students.

240 Locust St., Boone, NC 28608 Malik Rahili / The Appalachian

Summit/App Heights

Mountaineer Village

App Heights: An apartment without being an apartment, this dorm is a great option for students who want a little more independence in their living arrangement without moving off-campus. It may be on the farther side of dorms, but it’s close to the SRC and only a walk away from the baseball field.

So you need a place to live but your best bud is considered a “pet.” Now there’s a whole bunch of hoops to jump through. But our readers agree Mountaineer Village will throw you a bone and is the place to stay when you’ve got pets.

Best Upperclassmen Dorm

Summit Hall: Located in the middle of campus, no dorm compares to Summit Hall in proximity to your classes. Plus, it’s less than five years old, has air conditioning and suitestyle bathrooms to make it a truly great place to live as an upperclassman. App Heights 536 Bodenheimer Drive, Boone, NC 28608 Summit Hall 240 Locust St., Boone, NC 28608

Highland Crossing Best Place For Roommates

This is one of the newest apartment complexes in Boone, located off of the 105 Bypass. Judging from their website, it looks pretty awesome. Cornhole courts, Eno stations and a pet-friendly bark park? We can see why our readers chose Highland Crossing. 155 Crossing Way, Boone, N.C. 28608

The Appalachian

Best Place for Pets

517 Yosef Dr., Boone, NC 28607 Monday-Friday: 8:30 a.m.- 9 p.m. Saturday: 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. Sunday: 1-5 p.m.

Studio West

Best Place to Live Alone

If roommates aren’t your cup of tea, Studio West has great studio apartment options, according to readers. With fullyfurnished, 280-square-foot apartments and rent starting at $685, our readers agree that this is perfect option for the solo living arrangement. 125 Graduate Lane Boone, NC 28607 Monday- Friday: 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. Saturday: 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. Sunday: 1-5 p.m.

Thank you for voting We appreciate all of the support our readers have shown us and look forward to doing this again next year. Have a great summer.


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Haircut 101

Best Place to Get a Haircut by Chris Warner, Sports Reporter The salon opened in 1989, and as a “Bumble and Bumble” salon, hair stylists attend yearly conferences in New York City to continue to develop their skills. John Mena, owner of Haircut 101, said that the salon employs stylists from different beauty school backgrounds which allows the salon to provide a variety of styles and expertise. “At Haircut 101 we are dedicated to the quality of service we provide and we are passionate about what we do,” Mena said. “We would like to thank everyone who voted.”

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174 Depot St., Boone, NC 28607 Monday - Saturday: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Greg Kinnamon Best Tattoo Artist

Kinnamon is the owner of Speakeasy Tattoo and according to our readers, he is also the best tatoo artist in Boone.

728 W King St., Boone, NC 28607 Monday-Saturday: 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. Sunday: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.

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Natural Nails

Auto Bell

Best Nail Salon

Located in the Wal-Mart shopping center, Natural Nails Spa offers manicures, pedicures and waxing. Visit the salon for a gel or acrylic manicure then follow it up the hot stone spa pedicure. 276 Watauga Village Drive, Suite C1, Boone, NC 28607 Monday - Friday: 9:30 a.m. – 8 p.m. Saturday: 9:30 a.m. - 7:30 p.m. Sunday: Closed

Best Car Wash

So you’re breaking out your car from the winter and it’s covered in salt. Where do you take it? Our readers say get the folks at Auto Bell to send it through the wash and then hand dry that bad boy until it’s got a beautiful shine. 1141 Blowing Rock Road, Boone, NC 28607 Monday – Saturday: 7:30 a.m. - 7:30 p.m. Sunday: 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.


Courtyard Marriott Best Hotel

Just a few minutes from downtown Boone, Courtyard Marriott provides a prime location whether you’re here for a football game or for the beautiful weather. With a stateof-the-art lobby and The Bistro bar that serves breakfast, drinks and dinner, our readers agree that this is the best place to stay when you’re just visiting. 1050 NC-105, Boone, NC 28607 Open 24/7

Best Tanning Salon When you can get a tan from nature’s own tanning bulb in the sky for free, it’s no surprise our readers chose outside as the best place to get a tan. Various Locations When it is not cloudy


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Boone Saloon

Best Place to Meet Singles (Graduates) by Chris Warner, Sports Reporter This frequented watering hole is open late, provides a lively atmosphere, and serves “liquid courage” to help ease the courting process for the typically nervous singles. Skip Sinanian, co-owner of Boone Saloon, said his bar takes specific measures to make Boone Saloon a nice place for people to meet and spend their time. “We like to keep the Saloon clean


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Best Place to Meet Singles (Undergraduates) Readers say the bar is the best place to meet singles as an undergraduate. Bars can be a great place to socialize but you should be able to remember the people that you’re meeting. And, true consent isn’t given while drunk. Various Locations

and lit in a manner that is appealing. It’s important that the ladies feel safe and secure,” Sinanian said, “and we don’t really tolerate obnoxious behavior. Certainly, we get rowdy, but not obnoxious.” Boone Saloon also features live music on the weekends, events which often draw a diverse crowd and create a fun atmosphere for intermingling.

489 W. King St., Boone, NC 28607 Monday - Saturday: 11:30 a.m. – 2 a.m. Sunday: Noon to 2 a.m. (Brunch: Noon - 3:30 p.m.)

AMB/App State

Best Place to Meet Singles (Faculty/Staff)

Go to a faculty meeting or take it off-campus to Appalachian Mountain Brewery. Our readers suggest either if you’re a faculty or staff member looking to meet singles in town. Various Locations

Chris Patti & Pennie Bagley

Best Professor

by Michael Bragg, Enterprise Editor

Chris Patti / Courtesy

Chris Patti’s teaching career spans 10 years at a total of four universities, including two years at Appalachian State University. At Appalachian, Patti teaches classes in the communication studies major and advises the Zen and the Art of Applied Communication club. Patti is one of the two professors to win The Appalachian’s Best of Boone, Best Professor award. After learning he won, Patti said he was surprised and felt like he was in the right place. “Teaching is my passion, and getting this kind of love and feedback helps me to know that I’m following through on my

goal to inspire students like I was inspired as an undergraduate,” he said. “I love this university, town and community, so this kind of recognition is humbling and heartening.” Patti said he hopes students in his classes take what they learn in the classroom and use those tools to “benefit their own lives, relationships, and personal and career goals,” and to develop and greater awareness of themselves. “Working with students is a great privilege and honor,” he said. “I am honored to have this as my job. I think students respond to my passion for teaching.”

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Pennie Bagley has taught accounting and auditing classes at Appalachian State University for the past five years. During that time interacting with her students, Bagley said she likes helping students understand the difficult concepts in the subject matter and seeing “lightbulb go off when they get it.” “I also enjoy interacting with students both in the classroom and outside of class,” she said. “For students who frequent my office hours, I particularly enjoying getting to know them individually and learning about their hopes and aspirations for

the future.” Bagley said she hopes her students develop some of the skills that will help them in the future. Bagley said she was very surprised to learn she won The Appalachian’s Best of Boone, Best Professor award, considering “accounting is not the most exciting subject matter.” “To be recognized by even one student is an honor and a huge compliment,” she said. Bagley said she hopes her students develop some of the skills that will help them in the future.


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Appalachian Educators

Best Club

by Stephanie Sansoucy, Community Outreach Director

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Chi Omega

Members of the Appalachian Educators Club perform 10 hours of service per semester, attend meetings every other Wednesday night and attend education seminars, but that’s just the start. The 2013-14 Student Organization of the Year also works with the Special Olympics, organizes homecoming events and recruits prospective students for the Reich College of Education. Appalachian students may also

know the club from the tours they volunteer to give to students of varying ages on Friday mornings. Club members give tours, but also take part in panel discussions in order to expose visiting students to college life and how it works. “I am so proud of Appalachian Educators,” adviser Jan Stanley said. “They are such an incredible group of future teachers who are dedicated to serving children and our community. “

Delta Chi

Best Sorority

Best Fraternity

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Chi Omega / Courtesy

by Stephanie Sansoucy, Community Outreach Director The Pi Kappa chapter of Chi Omega was founded at Appalachian State University Chapter on December 6, 1974. Chi Omega holds a well-known philanthropy event each year, the “Chi O Shrimp Boil” that raises money for their national philanthropy, the Make-a-Wish Foundation. The Pi Kappa chapter has approximately 121 members who “work hard to be active and involved in bettering our surrounding community,” Chapter President Mary Alice Cox said. The sisters are excited to be voted best sorority.

Cardio/Yoga Best Fitness Class

Cardio Dance gives you a workout through shaking your booty and sashaying the calories away. According to its class description, the class “combines current hip-hop dance moves and music with high intensity aerobics.” Department of Recreation Management

Student Union Best Place to Study

Once exam time hits, the mad rush begins to find tables and seats to study at. Everyone has their own personal favorite, but our reader’s consensus says the Plemmons Student Union is the best place to study. Whether you’re in the Cascades area, the tropical Solarium or taking in the sun from the patio on the third floor, there’s a place for everyone.

by Stephanie Sansoucy, Community Outreach Director Appalachian’s chapter of the Delta Chi Fraternity was founded in 1986. Delta Chi’s national philanthropy is the Jimmy V Foundation for cancer research and each spring, Appalachian’s chapter holds an annual philanthropy event called Big Bounce. Big Bounce is a game where women push an oversized soccer ball more than nine feet in diameter into an end zone. “We want everyone who voted for us to know how much their support is appreciated,” President Kameron Kales said. “[We] have worked diligently over the last few years to be involved throughout campus and to be a positive influence in our Greek community.”


Best PE Elecetive

Not many colleges or universities can offer snowboarding as a class credit. The Department of Recreation Management and Physical Education at Appalachian State University offers beginner and intermediate snowboarding classes as physical education electives. Content covered in the two courses ranges from safety and equipment management to terrain jumps and freestyle. The class counts as one academic credit hour and lasts half a semester during the ski and snowboard season.


Best Elective

According to readers, P.E. electives are some of the best decisions you can make on your checksheet. Yes, they’re required for Gen Ed, but after that, you can still get back to your inner elementary/middle-schooler and take them.

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Submit Announcements App News is a service of the Division of Student Development. Email Submissions should not exceed 100 words and must include the event title, date/time, location and cost, and a contact email, phone and/or URL. Announcements will be edited as needed and will run as space allows. Preference given for events that are free or have a nominal cost. Cuba Answers The one-day conference will be held 10 a.m.-2 p.m. April 30, Price Lake, room 210A, Plemmons Student Union. For half a century, US/Cuba relations have been frozen in time. Now the icy landscape has changed. Relations are quickly thawing. This change is bringing not just differences in how we perceive each other, but also new rules governing this new relationship. What are the new rules? What are the likely additional changes we can expect? What is a reasonable time-line for the changes to be implemented? How will these changes affect international trade and investment, immigration, education and tourism? Appalachian State University is bringing American and Cuban experts to help provide answers to these questions. Sponsored by the Walker College of Business. For more information, email Free for Appalachian State students, faculty and staff; $45 for non-university participants (includes luncheon). The Peel Spring Release Party The Peel Literature & Arts Review will launch their spring 2015 publication from 6:30-9:30 p.m. May 1 at Shear Shakti, King

Street. The evening will feature art, local music, food, poetry readings, and copies of the 2014-2015 issue of The Peel. This year, The Peel published 60 students and received more than 720 submissions. The editors invite the App State community to join them in congratulating these students and their efforts. The Peel is Appalachian’s student-run literary arts magazine which works to cultivate creative expression on campus. For information, visit Craft sale The annual spring Craft Enrichment student and instructor craft sale will be 9 a.m.3 p.m. May 1, Katherine Harper Hall. Craft items include pottery, baskets, cards and postcards with local photography, blown glass ornaments, fused and slumped glass, jewelry, drawings, alcohol ink paintings and East Asian brush paintings. For more information, go to or email World Labryinth Day The campus community is invited to walk a labyrinth from 7-9 p.m. May 2 at Cascades, Plemmons Student Union. On Reading Day, a labyrinth walk is an opportunity to: • Quiet your mind before exams. • Remember those students we have lost this year. • Walk the same day with people in other countries and states who are walking as a moving mediation for world peace. The Labyrinth was made possible through a Sustainability in the Arts Grant and a Learning Community Grant.

Biology Department Spring Plant Sale 8 a.m.-5 p.m. May 14-15, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. May 16; Biology Greenhouse, 211 Dale St. Choose from a diversity of tropicals and succulents, some perennials, vegetables, herbs, and three dozen varieties of tomatoes, all grown by ASU student and community volunteers. Prices start at $1, and proceeds support all greenhouse education efforts. Only cash and checks will be accepted. Volunteers are needed May 12-16, and volunteers receive free plants. For more information, email meyerja@ Walk, Don’t Work 5K Fundraiser Take a walk in the park, get paid as if you were at work, and raise money for the American Cancer Society, all at the same time. With your supervisor’s permission, faculty and staff can use Community Service Leave and enter the 7th Annual Walk, Don’t Work 5K fundraiser. The race will be held at 10:30 a.m. June 8 in Brookshire Park. Registration packets available beginning at 9:30 a.m. by the picnic table area. Early registration is $15 and ends May 15. Later registration is $20. All the money goes to The American Cancer Society. Refreshments will be served after the race and door prizes will be awarded. Prizes will be awarded for both men and women, as well as gold, silver and bronze medals. For more information, call 828-2627926. Broadstone facility info The Broadstone facility is run through University Recreation. Broadstone can be reserved at a nominal fee for all types of

groups on campus. It’s available for retreats, meetings, workshops, trainings, cookouts/picnic, celebrations and kickoff/ end of the year events. For information, go to http://broadstone. Media Studies The Department of Curriculum & Instruction in the Reich College of Education offers many courses in media studies. Take one class, or continue on for the Media Studies minor. Class subjects include digital photography and imaging, audio documentary, media literacy, and media image and influence. The new building on campus is equipped with a Mac-based Media Lab, where students can access software like Adobe Premiere, Lightroom, Dreamweaver, and Photoshop. Students enrolled in our media courses may also borrow equipment like DSLR cameras, video cameras, and lighting equipment. To learn more, check out the undergraduate course catalog for offerings, or email a Media Studies faculty with your specific questions:, or hensonja@ Mind Matters This group, for those with acquired brain injuries, meets 10 a.m.-noon Tuesdays, Charles E. and Geneva S. Scott Scottish Rite Communication Disorders Clinic at University Hall. The group aims to create an environment that facilitates the development of strategies that aid cognitive and linguistic skills, while supporting the journey of recovery. Email, call 828262-8313, or visit mindmattersboone.



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Cornocopia, 8 Last day of p.m., Rosen Concert formal class meetHall, free ing pattern Cuba Answers, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Price Lake, PSU, free to Appalachian State University students, faculty and staff

The Peel Literature & Arts Review spring release party, 6:30-9:30 p.m., Shear Shakti, King Street

“The Imitation Game” screening, 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., I.G. Greer, $2

“The Imitation Game” screening, 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., I.G. Greer, $2 Craft Enrichment annual spring craft sale, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Katherine Harper Hall


Community Band concert, 7 p.m., Rosen Concert Hall, free

Final exams


Coffee with a Cop, 6:30 p.m., Belk Library, free

Final exams


Exam Break: Popcorn & Lemonade, 2-4 p.m., Sanford Mall, free

Final exams


Final exams


Final exams


Music Workshop with Barry Green, 12:30-3 p.m., room 214, Broyhill Music Building, free

2 Reading Day “The Imitation Game” screening, 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., I.G. Greer, $2 “Toy Story” screening, 7 p.m., Greenbriar, PSU, $1 2015 Apparel Design and Merchandising Spring Showcase, 3-5 p.m., Harvest House, admission: $8-$10


Spring commencement ceremonies

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