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The Appalachian 10.03.13

Appalachian State University’s student news source since 1934

Vol. 88, No. 11

SGA granted $7,000 for voter education budget by Stephanie Sansoucy News Editor


ppalachian State University’s Student Government Association tripled its student voter education budget after being awarded a $7,000 grant Monday. The money comes from the $1 fee every UNC system student pays in tuition to fund the UNC system Association of Student Governments. The $7,000 is out of the $50,000

South African students visit campus

that ASG set aside out of their $200,000 operating budget for voter education funds. SGA Chief of Staff Adam Ezell worked on obtaining the grant for Appalachian. “The reason this is so important is because being a part of the university, we believe, is becoming civically engaged and civically involved and understanding what is going on around you,” he said. “That’s what this civic education grant is about, to make sure students

are able to understand and acquire the knowledge to know what is happening on campus and what is happening in the Town of Boone.” The grant will allow SGA to do more for voter education. “We want to do a lot of awareness-oriented media because of the fact that our precincts were jumbled around and the voter locations were changed,” Ezell said. “We are also looking at ways to mobilize voters.”

Ezell said that some possible ways SGA is looking to do this is with bouncy houses at registration drive, having Yosef cheer on voters and handing out T-shirts promoting student voting. “We are trying to be creative, this is student money,” SGA President Dylan Russell said. “We want to make sure that we are using it appropriately, and we’re excited to have this grant.” Russell said that other clubs

Shutdown closes Parkway facilities

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PostSecret comes to Boone by Lovey Cooper

by Laney Ruckstuhl Eight students from Bloemfontein, South Africa, will return home Friday, taking what they have learned back to their university. The students were selected through the University of the Free State of South Africa’s Leadership for Change program, which sends its students to different universities across the United States, including Appalachian State University. During their stay at Appalachian and visit to UNC Greensboro, the students studied leadership and diversity skills said that they hope to apply the things they have learned home. Songeziwe Pango and the other students in the program explained that it was started in 2010 by UFS’s vice chancellor after a racial hate crime was videotaped on the campus and went viral, drawing attention to long-standing problems on the campus and in South Africa. The program hopes to give students a broader mindset and make them more aware of social issues in their country and the surrounding world. Pango and Gomolemo Mangwegape, other students in the program, were inspired by organizations at both Appalachian and UNC Greensboro and plan on implementing various student organizations on campus to promote diversity and awareness, including an LGBT center, a multicultural center and an African student association. “We need to find a voice,” Pango said. The students expressed concerns for a lack of infrastructure, resources and funding to provide these opportunities on their own campus. “I know it’s going to be hard,” Mangwegape said. “We have to deal with difficult mentalities and change mindsets. We need [faculty and staff] support.” Associate Director of the

and organizations on campus have been working with SGA to decide how the money will be used. “It has been an honor to say that we have the College Republicans and College Democrats sitting at the same table collectively making decisions on how to spend this money,” Russell said. “We are trying to bring in as many people as possible to make sure we have an informed and civically engaged community here.”

Frank Warren keeps secrets for a living. Now, he’s spilling them. Warren, the founder and curator of the online mailart project PostSecret, will speak on campus Tuesday as part of his ongoing college tour. The project started in 2005 as a community art project, when Warren left blank postcards in public spaces with an invitation for strangers to anonymously mail it back to his personal home address, decorated and revealing a secret about themselves. SEE WARREN ON PAGE 5

For the duration of the federal government shutdown, which went into effect Oct. 1, recreational facilities on the Blue Ridge Parkway including campgrounds, restrooms and visitors centers will be closed. Access to the Blue Ridge Parkway will remain open to traffic. Photos by Bowen W. Jones | The Appalachian

App State students form CURE club by Nicole Caporaso Intern News Reporter

A new student-lead club has formed on Appalachian State University’s campus based off of the CURE organization. Mandy Smith, president and founder of the club’s Appalachian chapter, said that she first heard of CURE when they came to campus last spring. “My heart broke for these kids, and I instantly knew I wanted to be involved,” Smith said. “I have been working with a group of people who have a similar passion for bringing healing and justice to kids in need, and together we plan to get CURE up and running on our campus.” CURE is a non-profit Christian organization with 21


chapters located on university campuses that operates hospitals and programs in countries around the world to treat children for various conditions, according to cure. org. Conditions treated by CURE include clubfoot, bowed legs, cleft lips, untreated burns and hydrocephalus, a buildup of fluid inside the skull, according to “Our chapter will have the opportunity to sponsor kids from around the world,” Smith said. “Our goal is to raise funds to pay for the surgeries. We plan to host events each semester to help us reach our monetary goals and have regular prayer meetings focused on the kids we are sponsoring.” Smith said the goal is for surgeries to be provided by


hospitals at no cost to the children nor their family. “If I have one goal for CURE, it is to spread awareness and empowerment of students,” Emily Comer, vice president of CURE club, said. “Every role matters and every single person can make a difference.” An interest meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. Friday on the fourth floor of Plemmons Student Union. No room number has been decided on yet, Smith said. “My personal hope for CURE is that we can be the start of a bigger movement here at Appalachian,” said Emma Florin, a CURE club member. Florin said she firmly believes that once students hear about what is going on, they will want to help.

Monopoly tournament to benefit KAMPN program by Chelsey Fisher Senior News Reporter

The organization Kids with Autism Making Progress in Nature will host a Monopoly tournament Oct. 11 at Footsloggers on Depot Street. This tournament will raise money for KAMPN’s naturebased summer camp, which is free to families with a child with autism. Another goal is to raise awareness for autism in the community, said KAMPN president Jim Taylor. Tickets are on sale and each ticket purchased raises the chances of being chosen for the competition. Sixteen people will be chosen for the first round and the top four will continue on to the final round. Every person in the tournament will receive a prize, and the prize value will increase the further a person SEE KAMPN ON PAGE 2

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The Appalachian Symphony Orchestra will perform its season opener Friday in the new Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts. The program will feature Beethoven's "Pastoral" symphony and other works.


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Thursday, October 3, 2013

Social media website created by alumnus promises privacy by Elijah Stroud Intern News Reporter

Appalachian State University alumnus Davidson Wicker founded a social media site based on anonymity called “I started RaveTree while working on my degree in applied physics,” Wicker said. “I needed a break from all my school work, so I began to consider the feasibility of creating a web platform that would respect users’ privacy.” Wicker said that privacy was one of the reasons people would be drawn to use his social media site. “Privacy has become such an important issue over the last couple of years, and I knew there were people out there that wanted an alternative to the existing big social networks,” Wicker said. “I kept hearing people say that they had major problems with privacy issues on sites like Facebook and Google, so I decided to address the issue.” Launched in April, has recently gained users in a total of 28 different countries. “Every week I get

emails from people saying how glad they are to have found a website with the features they want, but that respects their privacy,” Wicker said. Chris Kohler, a recent addition to the RaveTree team and a professional web-developer, said he has observed several minor issues while tending to the progressive development of RaveTree. com. “When it comes to creating and developing a new website with the functionality and abilities of RaveTree, you are bound to have issues,” Kohler said. “Most of the issues that we are having have been related to adding more and more features while maintaining ease of use and userfriendliness.” Kohler said RaveTree is far ahead of the curve within the realm of social media, but the conflict of combining privacy and the features that users are used to is one that the developers must constantly address. “The level of functionality with RaveTree far exceeds that of any single web application that I am aware of,” Kohler said.

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FROM PAGE 1 Center for Student Involvement and Leadership, and one of the organizers of the program, Jim Street spoke to the students at a farewell dinner Monday night, addressing the change he’d seen in each student. “You came here to discover America, but you ended up discovering a lot about yourself,” Street said. The students learned about the importance of perspective in Street’s Principles of Leadership class and were then invited to teach these same principles to his first year seminar class. In addition, they attended classes on social justice, race relations and leadership principles. The students also toured Appalachian

Laney Ruckstuhl | The Appalachian

Eight students visiting from South Africa pose with students from Appalachian State University and UNC Greensboro. The students were visiting in order to learn leadership and social justice with the hopes to bring those skills back to their own campus.

and were given the opportunity to volunteer at the Homecoming Blood Drive. In their time off, they enjoyed recreational activities such as hiking Rough Ridge, sightseeing at Grandfather Mountain, canoeing and tailgating before the football game

last Saturday. The students went on a daytrip to UNC Greensboro on Tuesday where they sat in on an African-American studies lecture, attended a panelist discussion titled “Words as Weapons for Positive Change” and toured the Interna-

tional Museum of Civil Rights. “I was inspired and encouraged by the nonviolent protests [of the Civil Rights Movement in the U.S.],” said Purity Khumalo, exchange student, said. “We can be heard. We just have to do something.” The students will return home to South Africa on Friday after spending one last day in New York. All the students expressed a desire to return back to the U.S. someday. Pango said he hopes to live in New York after graduating with a degree in law. “It hasn’t just been being here, it’s been life changing,” Pango said of the kindness of his host families as well as Appalachian students. “I don’t think there’s anything in the world like the people of Boone.”


KAMPN was officially incorporated in May 2011 and students have volunteered throughout the entire proFROM PAGE 1 cess, Taylor said. makes it in the tournament, Taylor said. “We’ve had as many as 14 students there at a time,” John Meyer, who has autism, Taylor said. will be the honorary official for The camp is free to parents, the event. Meyer was a part of which is important since many the National Monopoly Tourparents who have a child with I think [it’s important] to raise nament in 2003 and 2009. disabilities cannot afford to awareness that it’s a pandemic in KAMPN is held every sumAmerica and that there are few pro- pay for similar summer camps, mer in Deep Gap and started grams and certainly very few formal Taylor said, which often cost when Taylor’s grandson Charmore than $1,000 a week for programs for children with autism. lie, who was diagnosed with each child. autism, visited Taylor’s properOrganizations and events Louis Gallien, dean of Reich College of Education. ty and seemed to be more comlike this raise awareness to fortable in nature, Taylor said. statistics that many people do Taylor, who worked as both not know about, Louis Gallien, a special education teacher dean of Reich College of Eduand an education professor, said he saw the impact a cation, said. natural environment could have for children with dis“I think [it’s important] to raise awareness that it’s a abilities. pandemic in America and that there are few programs “I saw Charlie enjoying nature so much and how dif- and certainly very few formal programs for children ferent he was in a safe, natural environment,” Taylor with autism,” Gallien said. said. The first round of competition will start at 4:30 p.m. At first, Taylor and his wife waited tables to raise and the final round will start at 6:30 p.m. Tickets can money for the camp. While waiting tables, Taylor and be purchased from the Appalachian chapter of Stuhis wife met Appalachian State University students dent Council for Exceptional Children or at Footslogwho were interested in volunteering at the camp. gers.

2013-14 University Forum Series Presents

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Far From the Tree: Parents, Children & the Search for Identity

Thursday, October 10, 7pm SCHAEFER CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS Free and Open to the Public; Q&A and Book Signing to Follow Andrew Solomon is a writer of remarkable talent and intellect. In his books and essays he explores the subjects of politics, culture, and psychology with extraordinary humanity. A Pulitzer Prize nominee and regular contributor to NPR, The New York Times and many other publications, Solomon is also an outspoken activist and philanthropist for many causes in LGBT rights, mental health, education and the arts. His latest work, Far From the Tree: Parents, Children & the Search for Identity, explores the lives of families that accommodate children with physical, mental, and social disabilities and how these challenges can broaden one’s capacity for love. It received the 2012 National Book Critics Circle Award, and was chosen by The New York Times as one of the Ten Best Books of 2012. Sponsored by: University College and University Forum Committee with additional support from the Joan Askew Vail Endowment

Opinion Thursday, October 3, 2013

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Lawsuit over ID law is a promising development eliminates same-day voter registration and bans preregistration for youth voters who will turn 18 on Election Day, according to ABC News. These changes bother me, but fortunately, I’m not alone in this. Civil rights groups are justifiably standing up for minorities who would be most affected by this bill. An anonymous source close to the State Board spoke to ABC News and cited a report by North Carolina’s State Board of Elections four months ago, showing that while African-Americans comprise 22 percent of registered voters in North Carolina, they also account for 34 percent of voters who do not have an ID issued by the state’s Department of Motor Vehicles. Multiple civil rights groups,

Cory Spiers Opinion Editor

The state of North Carolina has been subject to extensive discussion over the past month or so with regard to potential changes to the voting system. However, it seems that the voting ID changes could be forced to a screeching halt. The Department of Justice is filing a lawsuit against the state of North Carolina over its voter ID law, according to ABC News. The bill that Gov. Pat McCrory signed in August requires voters to bring photo ID to the polls, cuts down early voting time by one week,

including the American Civil Liberties Union and the NAACP, have filed legal challenges that claim the law violates the Constitution and the 1965 Voting Rights Act by attempting to suppress the vote of minorities and young voters, according to ABC News. Those are the correct grounds on which to argue the law, so hats off to these civil rights groups. Thankfully, the suit from the Department of Justice also makes things a lot more serious. With so much opposition to the bill, who is left to defend it? It comes as little surprise that McCrory himself is still standing behind the bill, despite the opposing views. McCrory insists that the new law will help ensure integrity

of North Carolina ballot boxes and provide greater equality for state voters, according to ABC News. In the same interview, McCrory said that things like boarding a plane and buying Sudafed require ID. “We should expect nothing less for the protection of our right to vote,” he said. While McCrory raises an interesting point, he seems to fail to remember that boarding planes and buying medicine are not duties of U.S. citizens, as voting is. Hopefully this suit will result in the protection of that duty for everyone, regardless of age or race. Spiers, a junior journalism major from Charlotte, is the opinion editor.

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DOJ looks to stop McCrory’s voter steamroll

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Budget cuts have put pressure on program prioritization Kevin Griffin Opinion Writer

Addressing Appalachian State University trustees in June, UNC system President Tom Ross said the university would have to make tough choices. The university will be forced to analyze the effectiveness and necessity of programs that may be seen as an unnecessary drain on the state education budget. “Currently, we are in the midst of the tough decisionmaking process by working on program prioritizations,” Ross said in an interview with the Watauga Democrat. Ross also said it would be tough to determine which

programs can be enhanced, which programs can be consolidated to achieve efficiencies and which programs can be eliminated. Martha Marking, a professor in the Department of Theatre and Dance, told the Watauga Democrat that there is a lot of strife surrounding the program prioritization process. In general, I have no problem with checking programs for efficiency and effectiveness, but the strife that Marking alludes to is likely the product of budget cuts and the attitude toward public education that now prevails in the government. Republican legislature in North Carolina has taken many steps to make cuts to all levels of education. Earlier this year, Gov. Pat McCrory called for a $135

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million cut in funding for the UNC system, according to WRAL. The UNC system has ultimately been forced to work with $64 million in cuts, according to the University Gazette. In that same time, McCrory and the legislature have lowered taxes, an action that will benefit the wealthy, according to the News and Observer. When we take this and add it together with Gov. McCrory’s comments about the value of certain academic programs earlier this year and the changes that have been made with regard to public schools, we get a picture of how this administration views education. We need to acknowledge how this change of mindset in the state is altering higher education and that it likely contrib-

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utes to the stress felt by those in charge of prioritizing programs. I trust that those who are working on the committee will do their best to ensure that educational quality is preserved. Public universities should be accountable, but placing undue pressures could lead to results detrimental to the educational mission of schools. The Watauga Democrat reported that university leaders will meet with deans of Appalachian’s eight colleges after Oct. 15 to help finalize the report. At that point, we will be able to more fully analyze what went into this process and what the cost to the university is. Hopefully, those costs are minimal. Griffin, a sophomore journalism major from Madison, is an opinion writer.

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Say ‘no’ to Election Day classes Erica Badenchini Opinion Writer

In the wake of the recent voting changes in Watauga County that moved on-campus voting to Legends, the Student Government Association here at Appalachian State University is working to cancel midday classes on Election Day in order to encourage students to vote. This seems to be a wise plan for the university and one that would aid in student voting turnout. Sarah Dickson, director of Government and Student Affairs, told The Appalachian that SGA does not want students who choose to make their way to the polls to lose credit or be otherwise penalized for missing class. Today, most students cherish this right to vote and do their best to make it to the polls as soon as they turn 18. And despite a full schedule of classes, students should still be able to do that. The Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement reported that 56.5 percent of people under 30 in North Carolina voted in 2012. This was an increase from previous years and suggests that more students in the state are looking to make it a point to vote in presidential, state and local elections. Canceling classes seems like an obvious way to encourage additional student turnout at the polls. Cindy Wallace, vice chancellor of Student Development, told The Appalachian that despite the importance of civic duty to education, the university finds it difficult to “abandon the academic mission.” She believes the decision to cancel classes on Election Day will be left to individual faculty members. Why not take the burden of the decision out of faculty member’s hands and simply give everyone the day off? Unfortunately, this means that many students may forgo the opportunity to vote in order to receive credit for class attendance. Since most are taught the importance of voting from a young age, having to choose between classes and voting is a disappointment. It is important that students understand the significance of casting their ballots. It would be hypocritical for faculty to emphasize civic duty without carving out a portion of Election Day to allow students to make it to the polls. Students devote most of their time to the academic mission throughout the year, so give us Election Day off. Badenchini, a freshman molecular biology major from Apex, is an opinion writer.

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Thursday, October 3, 2013

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Weekend Events

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‘Promises’ The Appalachian State University Department of Theatre and Dance presents “Promises,” an original play by faculty member Joel Williams. Directed by faculty member Derek Davidson, “Promises” follows the lives of those affected by the building of the Fontana Dam. “Promises” runs Thursday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday at 2 p.m. Admission is $15 for adults and $8 for students. Contact the Valborg Theatre box office to reserve your seats.

Toi Derricotte The Hughlene Bostian Frank Visiting Writers series at Appalachian State University presents an author talk with Toi Derricotte. The talk will take place in the Table Rock Room of the Plemmons Student Union on Oct. 3 at 12:30 p.m. Admission is free.

$1. Concessions will be available for purchase.

‘Psycho’ APPS Film Council presents “Psycho,” the Alfred Hitchcock classic in Greenbriar Theater on Friday at 7 p.m. The film follows a young secretary who, after stealing $40,000, checks into a suspicious motel. Ad‘This Is The End’ mission is $1. ConcesAPPS Film Council pres- sions will be available ents “This Is The End,” a for purchase. 2013 apocalyptic comedy film starring Jonah ‘Techno Contra’ Hill and Seth Rogan, The APPS Heritage and in I.G. Greer SuperCinSpecial Events councils ema Thursday through present Techno Contra Saturday at 7 p.m.and on Friday at 7:30 p.m. 9:30 p.m. Admission is at Legends. Techno

Contra mixes old-time music with new beats to merge two cultures in an exciting dance party. Free glowsticks will be provided to the first 100 patrons. Admission is $3 in advance and $5 at the door. Appalachian Symphony The Hayes School of Music presents the Appalachian Symphony Orchestra performing the works of Strauss, Mozart and Beethoven on Friday at 8 p.m. in the Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts. The performance will feature soloist Bair Shagdaron on piano. Admission is free.

Hugh Morton A panel will lead a discussion of the classic photography of Hugh Morton on Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts. Admission is free. Appalachian Wind Ensemble The Hayes School of Music presents the Appalachian Wind Ensemble performing Grieg and Holst on Sunday at 2 p.m. in the Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts. Admission is free.




‘This Is The End’


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I.G. Greer 7 and 9:30 p.m. $1


Valborg Theatre 7:30 p.m. Students $8, Adults $15

Toi Derricotte

Table Rock Room PSU 12:30 p.m. Free


Greenbirar 7 p.m. $1

‘This Is The End’

I.G. Greer 7 and 9:30 p.m. $1


Valborg Theatre 7:30 p.m. Students $8, Adults $15

‘Techno Contra’

Legends 7:30 p.m. Advance $3, Door $5

Appalachian Symphony

Schaefer Center 8 p.m. Free


Turchin Center 2 p.m. Free

‘This Is The End’

I.G. Greer 7 and 9:30 p.m. $1


Valborg Theatre 7:30 p.m. Students $8, Adults $15


Valborg Theatre 7:30 p.m. Students $8, Adults $15


Valborg Theatre 2 p.m. Students $8, Adults $15

Appalachian Wind Ensemble Schaefer Center 2 p.m. Free


Thursday, October 3, 2013

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On Stage

Appalachian Symphony Orchestra takes on Beethoven, Mozart

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Chung Park, Director of Orchestral Activities, cues the bassoons in a run of Beethoven’s Pastoral Symphony during a rehearsal for the Symphony’s upcoming concert. The concert takes place in the Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts at 8 p.m. Friday and will feature professor Bair Shagdaron on piano.

by Colin Moore Senior A&E Reporter


he Appalachian Symphony Orchestra will return under the direction of conductor and Director of Orchestral Activities Chung Park on Friday at 8 p.m. in a program that includes classical-era composers Beethoven and Mozart. “This music has been around for 200 years because there are millions of people who are affected by it in a deep and meaningful way across the years, cultural barriers and in every country on every continent,” Park said. Park, director of orchestral studies at Appalachian State University, will be leading an orchestra of 60 students, including graduate performance major and concertmaster Alice Silva. “I absolutely believe everyone should attend live

performances,” Silva said. “It’s definitely an experience that not many people have, and I am sure everyone would appreciate classical music. It’s a beautiful art.” The concert program is set to include Strauss’ Vienna Philharmonic Fanfare, Beethoven’s Sixth “Pastoral” Symphony in F major and Mozart’s Concerto for Piano and Orchestra in B-Flat, K. 595, which will feature esteemed soloist Bair Shagdaron, who is a professor of piano in the Hayes School of Music. Shagdaron is the only featured soloist in the concert and last performed with the orchestra in December when they took on Rachmaninoff’s Second Piano Concerto. A renowned asset to the Hayes School of Music faculty, Shagdaron studied at the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory under piano legend Tatiana Nikolaeva’s tutelage. “My ultimate goal, my very open agenda, is for every student who comes into the music program or comes

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Icona Pop delivers mix of electro-pop on international debut

Swedish duo Icona Pop’s single “I Love It” – released in May of last year – was an instant internet phenomenon. Its crowd-pleasing vibe was such a hit that the single appears on both the band’s selftitled, Sweden-only 2012 debut and their recently released international debut “This Is… Icona Pop.” It’s easy to see why “I Love It” resonates with so many listeners. Icona Pop’s two singers Caroline Hjelt and Aino Jawo, aided by similarly minded British starlet Charli XCX, attack the hook with fervor, which supports the song’s carpe diem leanings. Safe, in-the-pocket bursts of EDM bass ground the song firmly in the dance floor. Although the single’s structure is fairly formulaic, it’s charged with an undeniable energy that sets the duo apart from the current wave of pounding, electro-housetinged pop a la Katy Perry. “This Is… Icona Pop” attempts to amplify this energy across the course of a relatively scant half-hour runtime. The results are a bit mixed, but the proportion of quality material to misses is fairly high. One of the duo’s greatest assets is their voice. Hjelt and Jawo frequently sing in unison and at a blistering intensity, which gives the music an emotional resonance it might’ve lacked with smoother, more bland singers. Their impassioned vocals also put their winding melodies up front and deliberately contrast the often cheesy, of-the-moment dance floor synths that ping-pong around these tracks. Icona Pop obviously makes party music, but at their best they also share the feminist angst of Robyn and the cheery populism of the Spice Girls. Songs like “On A Roll” and

to a concert to love music even more after being in contact with us than they were before they met us,” Park said. Park said Shagdaron’s solo performance of the Mozart concerto will “show his versatility” in contrast with the Romantic-era Rachmaninoff piece. “I look for music that is challenging yet meaningful to my students,” Park said. “I strive for every performance to be musically rewarding, not just a dry pedagogical exercise.” The orchestra performs once a semester, and for now they’ll host their concerts in the newly refurbished Schaefer Center. “These are your classmates playing – doing something that has required years of concentrated effort, even before they stepped foot on this campus,” Park said. “They’re working their tails off to give you something magical, nothing less.”

Icona Pop

This Is...Icona Pop

“Then We Kiss” incorporate these influences seamlessly and represent more daring songwriting. Unfortunately, some of “This Is… Icona Pop” scans as slight self-parody. “Ready for the Weekend” feels so straightforward that it ends up just coming across as lazy. Power ballad “Just Another Night” weighs down the album’s momentum considerably, and is indicative of the lack of direction Icona Pop displays in the album’s final stretch. This scattered genre-hopping, evident in songs like the dubby “Light Me Up,” likely stems from Icona Pop’s desire to continue their crowdpleasing streak. The pitfall is that they can’t please everyone, at least not with more careful, deliberate transitions that would only be present on a longer album. It’s much more compelling to see Icona Pop flesh out the darker, more eccentric undercurrents present in “I Love It.” There is some indication here that they’ll continue in that direction, which is hopeful for this particular pop phenomenon’s future. – Colin Moore, Senior A&E Reporter


FROM PAGE 1 Since its conception, PostSecret has rapidly gained popularity, with Warren reaching a total of about 500,000 postcards in his collection. Each week, consistently, Warren weeds through the hundreds of postcards he receives and posts 10 notable secrets to his Blogspot page every Sunday. Common themes range from hidden sexual desires to suicidal thoughts to confessions of love. Warren has published five book compilations of postcards, as well as international versions of the project. He’s also taken PostSecret on the road for a continuing series of inspirational talking tours on college campuses. “I would say for me the most meaningful parts of the project are these live PostSecret events,” Warren said. “I feel like it’s the highest manifestation of the project.” The live multimedia event includes video and music, the presentation of postcards that were previously banned from the books by the publishers and personal stories of individuals brought together by secrets and discussion of common themes to these secrets, such as suicide, through the reading of final messages left on smart phones. Warren estimates that a majority of his online audience is under the age of 25. “Young people are my favorite audience to have, they’re so much more alive,” Warren said. “I think they’re kind of at that place in their life, and I think there’s an honest search for what’s true, and what’s authentic, and what’s bullsh-t.” On the internet, Warren creates a safe, nonjudgmental place to open up to strangers, a feeling that he recreates live when halfway through

the event he invites audience members to walk up to the microphone and share a secret they have never revealed to anyone. “It’s extraordinary what people share,” Warren said. “The secrets can make you laugh, they can bring a tear to your eye, they can be hopeful, they can be confessions of grace or hidden acts of kindness, and for me that’s the most emotional and memorable part of the PostSecret live event for sure.” Warren recalls a recent episode from a college tour, when a girl approached the microphone and told how, because her mailed secret had not been posted on the website, she took it upon herself to take action and reveal her eating disorder to her friends and classmates by making and wearing a shirt warning about the symptoms of anorexia. “She found this beautiful, powerful way to share her secret creatively in a way that I think may have helped dozens or hundreds of people on that campus who might have been struggling in silence with an eating disorder,” Warren said. “I think that’s the potential that we all carry when we find the strength to share our secrets with others – it allows us to be more connected and let other people know that they’re not alone with their secret.” A book signing and the opportunity to speak with Warren will follow the live event. “I always try to treat people’s secrets with respect and dignity, in a non-judgmental way. I feel very fortunate that over a half million people have trusted me with their confessions, and they keep coming – hundreds every week from all over the world.” The PostSecret Live event is Tuesday at 8 p.m. in the Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets are $10 for students and $20 for adults.

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Frank Warren, creator of the online mail-art project PostSecret, will speak at Appalachian State University on Tuesday.


Thursday, October 3, 2013


The Appalachian |

Mountaineers look to domesticate ‘Dogs Jamal Londry-Jackson

vs. Appalachian State Mountaineers vs. The Citadel Bulldogs

Average Yards per Game 134.0

2 p.m. - Charleston, S.C. Johnson Hagood Stadium


Kameron Bryant Average Yards per Game 171.5

by Andrew Clausen Sports Editor

How App State Can Win: The Mountaineers are coming off a disappointing loss to Charleston Southern at home and should be ready to get a win. Unfortunately, that means going into Charleston, S.C., to get the win against The Citadel. The game plan has to be simple for App State. They have to get stops. They can’t let their defensive set out there for three quarters of the game and expect to win. The Mountaineers offense is looking better and better with each week, but if they don’t get out on the field, there’s very little that anyone can expect. How The Citadel Can Win: The Bulldogs run a very similar offensive scheme to Charleston Southern, which bodes well for them. They need to take advantage of the weak run defense and will need to have a grind-out game. If they try to live by the air, App State will be able to shut that down fairly quickly, allowing the Mountaineers to attack. But a complete ground attack seems to be an effective way to beat the Mountaineers, and the Bulldogs will need it if they hope to get back on track this season. The Bottom Line: Basically, if App State can stop the run and get their defense off the field and their offense into a rhythm, they will have a decent chance at beating a struggling club. They will have to play a lot better than they did against Charleston Southern in order to get the win and avoid starting 1-4 for the first time since 1993. Also, it’s been nine years since App State has lost to a team with a losing record. The Citadel will need a season-best effort if they hope to win and to avoid falling to 1-5.

FINAL SCORE 24-17 App State

Games Played Games Started 4-4 Completions - Attempts Interceptions 48-73-2

Games Played Games Started 4-0 Completions - Attempts Interceptions 48-70-1

Touchdowns 2

Touchdowns 5 Yards 686

Yards 536

Source: Ashley Spencer | The Appalachian

the Buccaneers, however, The Citadel will often keep their quarterback under center, as opposed to the shotgun formation – something the Bucs utilized. or the 42nd time, Appalachian State (1-3, 1-0 SoCon) will “The majority of their stuff is going to be under center, which face off against The Citadel (1-4, 1-2 SoCon) in a matchup gives you a true triple option where they are making you read of two struggling teams from the Southern Conference. all three aspects: The dive, the quarterback and the pitch,” Ivey App State has been dominant over the said. years against The Citadel, maintaining a 29Freshman defensive end Olawale Dada 12 record against the Bulldogs since 1972, was a nice surprise for the Mountaineers according to last week, as he often rallied to the ball and Despite the overall series lead, The Citadel finished with 12 tackles in only his second If you practice like you’re came into Kidd Brewer Stadium last season going to play every snap, it appearance of his young career. and walked away with an impressive 52-28 Dada and the rest of the defense will be doesn’t matter if you play win over the Mountaineers. looking to improve against the option, facing 30 or 80, you just got to be “They’re very capable of putting up big it for the second time in as many weeks. prepared. numbers offensively,” head coach Scott “Stopping the triple option is as simple as Satterfield said. “I think they have a very good playing your keys,” Dada said. “If everyone Quarterback Kameron Bryant football team. Very aggressive on defense, does their job, we will win. Last game, if they like to bring pressure, and of course everyone did their job exactly when we were their running game is outstanding.” supposed to do our job, we would have beat Last week against Charleston Southern, the running game is [Charleston Southern].” what killed App State. While maintaining over an 18-minute On the offensive side of the ball, App State will continue to differential in time of possession, the Bucs ran for 298 yards interchange between co-starting quarterbacks Jamal Londryagainst a Mountaineer defense that simply couldn’t get a stop Jackson and Kameron Bryant. on third down. “Last week, they both played well,” Satterfield said. “They “We’ve got to do a whole lot better job on third down and didn’t turn it over and they moved the offense. So we’re gonna getting off the field,” Satterfield said. “That’s going to be the go with it and see [who] gives us the best chance to move the big key of the game.” ball.” Former App State defensive lineman and current outside Bryant doesn’t find that the dual quarterback scheme was linebacker coach Mark Ivey also spoke on the importance of hard and switching with Londry-Jackson is easy. forcing a stop. “We’re getting equal reps in practice, so it wasn’t really that “Your goal is to get off the field in three plays,” he said. “If difficult,” Bryant said. “If you practice like you’re going to play you do that, you keep your defense fresh and you give your of- every snap, it doesn’t matter if you play 30 or 80, you just got fense an opportunity to have the ball. Time of possession is to be prepared.” always huge.” App State will travel to Charleston, S.C., to play The Citadel The Citadel will provide a chance for the Mountaineer defense on Saturday at 2 p.m. Despite its 1-3 record, App State has a to redeem itself, as the Bulldogs run an option-run attack that chance to remain unbeaten in the Southern Conference with a in some ways is very similar to Charleston Southern. Unlike win over the Bulldogs. by Nick Joyner

Sports Reporter


PIGSKIN PICK’EM Weekend Matchups Appalachian State vs. The Citadel #25 Maryland vs. #8 Florida State #4 Ohio State vs. #16 Northwestern N.C. State vs. Wake Forest North Carolina vs. Virginia Tech

The Sporting Network Poll Week 6

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1. North Dakota State 4-0 2. Sam Houston State 4-1 3. Towson 5-0 4. Northern Iowa 4-0 5. Eastern Illinois 4-1 6. Eastern Washington 2-2 7. South Dakota State 3-2 8. Montana State 3-2 9. Coastal Carolina 5-0 10. Montana 3-1 11. McNeese State 4-1 12. Fordham 5-0 13. Lehigh 4-0 14. Central Arkansas 2-2 15. Northern Arizona 3-1 16. Georgia Southern*^ 3-1 17. Wofford* 2-2 18. Cal Poly 2-2 19. New Hampshire 1-2 20. Villanova 2-2 * SoCon teams ^ Team transitioning to Sun Belt Conference Source:

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