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AppalCART breaks record for ridership by Chelsey Fisher Senior News Reporter


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he AppalCART bus service broke their record for September ridership with 232,675 riders. Ridership was up more than 11 percent this September compared to last September, according to There are several reasons for these higher numbers, Director of AppalCART Chris Turner said. Higher Appalachian State University enrollment, three new 40-foot buses, the addition of the Teal Route and a second Purple Route bus added this year all contributed to the increased numbers in ridership, Turner said. The new 40-foot-long buses can hold more students than traditional buses, Turner said. The Teal Route and the addition of The

Students line up to ride the Blue Route on Monday afternoon. The AppalCART bus service has added three new 40-foot long buses and two additional routes this year.

Student-driven Elevation Church has high attendance by Nicole Caporaso Intern News Reporter

Elevation Church has become a popular destination for Appalachian State University students on Sunday mornings. Sunday services average approximately 350 students with more than 150 students volunteering on the weekends or participating in small groups during


Countdown to the Throw-Down Cyclists gear up for North Carolina Cyclocross series race Junior appropriate technology major Baird Sills dismounts to hop a barrier during the Boone Bike and Touring sponsored cyclocross race.

the week, said Kevin Simons, Elevation AppState site coordinator. “We are a studentdriven extension site of Elevation Church, which is based in Charlotte, N.C., and has over 14,000 people in weekly attendance,” Simons said. “Pastor Steven Furtick preaches bold, relevant messages from Charlotte that we simulcast to Boone.”

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Sophomore recreation management major Weston Lawrence (left) celebrates after being baptized at Elevation Church on Sept. 22. Elevation has an average attendance of 350 students each Sunday.


Appalachian students, professors, alumni and others are participating in “Countdown to the Throw-Down” cyclocross series put on by Boone Bike and Touring. Lead organizer Shaw Brown described cyclocross as the “steeplechase of bike racing,” saying that the training course typically required participants to get off their bike to maneuver the course’s obstacles, which may include wooden hurdles and steep hills. The “Countdown” includes six training sessions, which are small races held at the High Country Fairgrounds leading up to a statewide series race in November. The training course is approximately one mile. “We’re calling it a training race because it’s low-key and a shorter course than normal, but it’s a full-on race,” Brown said. “There are prizes and people get points for their finish.” The sessions started Sept. 11 and will go through Oct. 16. Races welcome riders of all ages and skill levels. Sessions are sanctioned by USA Cycling and a representative of the sanctioning body attends each one. The training sessions consist of one 30-minute race and one 45-minute race. Race organizer Sam Hutchens said that because the races are USA Cycling sanctioned, beginners are offered the opportunity to get points to move up to the advanced race. Appalachian Energy Center research

faculty member Greg Marland has particapted in training sessions. Marland said he first started cyclocross after his son, Appalachian professor Eric Marland, introduced him to the sport. “It’s fun because you get a lot of people out here and its always good-spirited,” Greg Marland said. Junior appropriate technology major Baird Sills raced in the advanced race with other members of ASU Cycling Club. Sills is the vice president of the cyclocross discipline of the club. Aside from a slippery course from rain earlier that day, Sills said he was pleased with the course. “It’s a good course,” Sills said. “It offers a little more for the technical rider.” Shaw said the current series was meant to build some local hype for one the upcoming North Carolina Cyclocross series race held at the fairgrounds. The High Country Fairgrounds will host a NCCX race Nov. 3 that is among 15 races held statewide. Other race locations include Wilkesboro, Raleigh and Asheville. The series starts Oct. 19 with a race in Charlotte and ends Jan. 19. “We would just like to get as many people out [Nov. 3] as possible,” Brown said. Hutchens said that the course for the upcoming NCCX race would be about twice as long and would bring hundreds of cyclocross fans to what is being called “The Boone-Town Throw-Down.” Hutchens described the upcoming November race as “a big party with a bike race on the side.” “It’s highly competitive and a lot of fun,” Hutchens said.


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ASG does not vote on legislation to support DOJ lawsuit by Stephanie Sansoucy News Editor

The UNC system Association of Student Governments met Saturday at UNC-Chapel Hill where legislation that would support the Department of Justice in suing the state of North Carolina did not come to a vote, due to a failure to suspend rules. Appalachian State University Student Government Association President Dylan Russell, along with the student body presidents of UNC-CH and North Carolina State University, proposed the legislation. A two-thirds vote is required in order to suspend the rules that would require the legislation to be read at two separate meetings before being voted on. However, when ASG voted, the outcome was an 18-14 vote against the suspension of the rules. “This resolution was the only thing up for vote at this meeting,” Russell said. “We performed a huge disservice to our constituents when we didn’t suspend the rules.” On Sept. 30, the Department of Justice filed a lawsuit against North Carolina for recent voting laws, one being the change in voter ID laws. The legislation, put in last-minute due to the date of the suit, was not voted on, though it received a favorable vote in committee from the Council of Student Body Presidents, Russell said. “We decided that it was imperative that [ASG] take a stance on the issues that the student body faces,” Russell said. “We thought that it was timesensitive and that it would behoove the organization to stand and ride on the backs of how much press this issue is already receiving.” ASG President Robert Nunnery said the legislation did not pass because according to ASG’s rules, legislation must be read aloud at two meetings before it is debated and voted on. There was only one meeting this past weekend. Saturday’s meeting was changed from the traditional two meetings, one on Friday and one on Saturday, to one meeting. Nunnery said that this was due to the change in location of the meeting from UNC Charlotte to UNC-CH and the high SEE ASG ON PAGE 2

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Cottages of Boone have also had an impact on the ridership, said Barry Sauls, director of Parking and Traffic. “This is the first year of existence for that route, because it primarily serves The Cottages of Boone complex, which is new,” Sauls said in an email. “So I don’t think there is any doubt that the several hundred residents of the complex who utilize the Teal Route to come/go from campus daily has resulted in the bulk of the increase in ridership.” The university will continue to work to increase route options, Sauls said. Appalachian currently pays approximately 90 percent of the costs for AppalCART because approximately the same percentage of the riders is comprised of students. Sauls proposes fee changes each year to meet the needs of students riding the AppalCART, based on ridership, he said. A fee committee will review the proposal and decide later in the semester to either approve or deny the fees.

cost of hotel rates. “Hotels in Chapel Hill were around $180 a night,” Nunnery said. “In order to cut expenses, myself, the vice president of [ASG] and the chief financial officer decided to get rid of the Friday meeting.” Hotel rooms were rented for delegates from schools located more than two and a half hours away, while closer schools drove to UNC-CH for the day, Nunnery said. However, the legislation is not gone forever. “The resolution will come up for an official second reading in November,” Nunnery said. “So it’s not dead, it just did not come up to a second reading.” Nunnery said that some schools that voted against suspending the rules wanted more time to look at the legislation, while some just disagreed. “Some concern was that we needed to pass the legislation [that day] because the suit was filed [Sept. 30],” Nunnery said. “Others said the lawsuit would take six months to a year and we were fine to wait, no



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Elevation Church service attendees said what makes Elevation so popular with students is the environment, the message and the energy. “Initially, I tried out multiple churches around Boone, but none of them seemed to really click with me,” sophomore special education major Abigail Strickland said. “Elevation, being right here on campus,

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was so easy to get involved in. The powerful worship, the challenging message, the non-stop energy, the community built through relationships and how strong the presence of the Lord is in this church are all things that attract me to Elevation.” Freshman graphic design major Jordan Hines said her favorite thing about Elevation is that students are free to dress in whatever makes them comfortable, so

reasons to rush.” Russell said that in the past, the rules have been suspended and that he is disappointed that was not the case Saturday because he believes the message of the legislation would have had more of an impact if passed Saturday as opposed to potentially in November. Director of State and External Affairs for UNC-CH’s student government Shelby Hudspeth was at the meeting. “As far as the weekend goes as a whole, I think it is unfortunate that the schools that voted against suspending the rules would not even consider a discussion of the bill,” Hudspeth said. Hudspeth said ASG owed students time spent on discussion that suspending the rules would have allowed. “While there was some positive and helpful discussions in the committee, I feel the day as a whole was fruitless,” Hudspeth said. Like Hudspeth, Russell felt nothing was accomplished at the meeting. “I am completely dissatisfied that I can’t report positively and favorably back to Appathe focus is on the message and not what attendees are wearing. “My favorite aspect about App State Elevation is the fact that it is student-led, it really goes to show that young people are not limited by their age, but freed by it in the fact that we can reach so many people on this campus,” Weston Lawrence, sophomore recreation management major, said. A unique feature of the church is that it includes

lachian,” Russell said. “It is infuriating because I see the potential of this organization, and I firmly believe that now, more so than ever, we need to take a stance and stand together.” Nunnery said that the meeting was planned to address an upcoming visit to Washington, D.C., where the UNC system student body presidents would advocate changes to the FAFSA form. However, that was stopped short by the government shutdown furloughing all employees in the Department of Education, stopping communication between ASG and the department. “The meeting could have been more productive,” Nunnery said. “However, there [were] several items accomplished, several items that we have been working on.” Nunnery said that while nothing was finalized, progress has been made for the meeting in November as well as next semester. “I know moving forward the Association of Student Governments will continue to work for students,” Nunnery said. “eGroups,” which allows students to stay connected with members of their small groups throughout the week. “With Elevation, church happens all week long,” Strickland said. The church welcomes students to attend Sundays at IG Greer Auditorium at 11:30 a.m. “In Boone, we strive to raise to life students on our campus in a way they’ve never experienced before,” Simons said.

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Shutdown is due to GOP unwillingness to compromise Kevin Griffin Opinion Writer

We are a week into the first federal government shutdown in 17 years – the point in time when many analysts say the true effects of this action will be felt. Many are certainly feeling the effects of the shutdown, but in order to truly grasp what is happening, we must look no further than our own state. Six thousand state workers receive government funds, according to the News & Observer. The state Department of Health and Human Services has furloughed 337 workers. Approximately half of the

14,500 civilian employees at Fort Bragg have been furloughed, along with 2,000 jobs at the Environmental Protection Agency in the state. If the shutdown continues, those who rely on food assistance likely will not receive it, according to WRAL. These facts give some idea of how this affects us, but the important question is why this is occurring. The reason is the Republican Party. They have been pushing to close down the government to stop the Affordable Care Act from going forward and look to eliminate it altogether. Since the shutdown, both parties have blamed the other for unwillingness to compromise. House Republicans are pushing for a continuing resolution that would de-

fund ACA. Democrats have rejected this, insisting upon a “clean” continuing resolution that will fund the government without affecting the ACA. The Democratic proposal is a fine compromise. They propose, and the Senate has passed, a $986 billion continuing resolution, an amount that is only about $20 billion higher than Paul Ryan’s budget and much less than any previous Democratic proposals. The Democrats are not going to defund the ACA. The measure never had any success of going through the Senate, and would certainly have been vetoed had it been able to get through. “We have to get something out of this,” Rep. Marlin Stutzman (R-Ind.) told the Washington Examiner.

“And I don’t even know what that is.” That is a good illustration of the Republican position. When you strip away the rhetoric, all we have is a group of confused people whining because they can’t have their way all the time. As bad as the government shutdown has been for so many, it is miniscule compared to what could happen if we go past the debt ceiling and effectively default on our financial obligations. Let us hope we can get the government open again soon and that they will stand strong against the Republican intransigence that plays such a major role in the political dysfunction that we are witnessing. Griffin, a sophomore journalism major from Madison, is an opinion writer.

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New test standards are a promising development Cory Spiers Opinion Editor

Things are about to get a lot tougher for students in North Carolina public schools. The North Carolina Board of Education voted unanimously Oct. 3 to approve scoring standards, which, if they had been in place in the spring, would have meant failure rates of greater than 50 percent in most of the reading, math and science standardized tests, according to the News & Observer. Yes, that means that more than half of public school students in the state would bring home failing tests. However, we should immedi-

ately look past the students and instead task educators with preparing students better. The real strength of this development is that it will force teachers to do a better job of educating students. Tammy Howard, director of accountability services at the Department of Public Instruction, told the News & Observer that holding back on tougher scoring would identify students as proficient in a topic when they truly aren’t. “That would mean students missing out on help they need to improve,” Howard said to the News & Observer. This seems to be true, but we must then make sure that students are getting that help when the testing gets tougher. Some members of the North Carolina Board of Education echo this sentiment. Some board members told the News & Ob-

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server that they’d feel better about the scores if they knew that the Department of Public Instruction was going to offer teachers’ and principals’ help improving student performance. I completely agree with the public education system challenging its students. It should serve to better prepare them for endeavors after their public school career. There may be growing pains at first. The News & Observer noted that two states that raised standards in 2010, New York and Kentucky, saw scores drop when they implemented new standards and tests and have struggled to raise scores since. But I believe that teachers will rise to the challenge and prepare their students better. They have to, lest they see low scores that could wound teacher morale, provide fuel to critics of public schools and hurt business

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recruitment in counties desperate for jobs. Ellen Forte, an assessment expert in Washington, sees this in the same light. “North Carolina and a number of the states have had the courage to raise their expectations of what students do and need to know,” Forte said in an interview with the News & Observer. “They should not be punished for that.” When it comes to preparing students for the real world, this is a necessary change. It should also improve the teaching methods of educators. For students, that’s the way things should be. We should all find contentment in knowing that educators will now be forced to more thoroughly educate students. Spiers, a junior journalism major from Charlotte, is the opinion editor.

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Changes to Code of Conduct are promising Erica Badenchini Opinion Writer

When Gov. Pat McCrory signed House Bill 74 on Aug. 23, he passed legislation allowing students and student organizations to use attorney or non-attorney advocates in some parts of student conduct. The provision is in the Reform Regulatory Act of 2013, and as long as academic dishonesty is not the conduct violation in question, students are permitted legal representation. That is, unless the Student Conduct Board is involved, as it is made up entirely of students. Susan McCracken, director of external affairs and community relations, told The Appalachian that this new process takes away from the educational experience of student conduct. I strongly disagree. Since students have a right to use representation when dealing with civic authority, they should also have access to it in the academic arena. Going through a judicial process is educational regardless of whether it takes place in a courtroom or an academic setting. Students undoubtedly learn a great deal about the way the law works, or in this case, the conduct code of Appalachian State University. Education is not the issue. What presents a problem is students who may not understand their legal rights when faced with a situation that puts them in trouble with Student Conduct. Cindy Wallace, vice chancellor of student development, told The Appalachian that using Student Conduct as a learning tool is more positive and beneficial to students. However, the allowance of legal representation is not applicable to academic dishonesty. It is unreasonable to force students who have to answer to on-campus authority without representation when they are entitled to defend themselves in a formal setting. This will be expensive, but mature students will understand that they are responsible for their actions. Students should be afforded the same representation on campus that they are off campus. Badenchini, a freshman molecular biology major from Apex, is an opinion writer.

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On Sept. 18, 2007, he stepped in willgiving be shown April at 7 p.m.October in the I.G. front an audience of 400is people at CarnegieForum Mellon UniPlemmons TheofCounseling Center University Sewith the purchase enThe screening will of bean free and open to the Student public. Union. versity to in-person deliver a last lecture called “Really Achieving Your • Oct. 8: Phishing offering screenries: author talk trée ($3.50 minimum) dur“Gasland”, awardsupplies winning documentary investigation into ings Childhood Dreams.” has become a phenomenon • Oct. 15: Mobile and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. His Oct.lecture 10 Award-winning author ing Octoberan (while the truth about environmental impacts of hydraulic fractur- and the inspiration for this event. in the Calloway Peak Room Andrew Solomon opens the last). To print the coupon, go Wireless Security ing, called “fracking,” for natural gas. 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Students and Scholars tools can help students de- “Far From the Tree: Parents, 5 p.m. Oct. 8, room 114, awareness of current environmental issues and help provide Sustainability endeavors are growing strong in the High CounExchange: Meet, Greet, with and termine they maya be the Search for Belk Library, free and open try, whereifyou share richsufhistoryChildren of working&together to ensure solutions. Each film will be followed by a panel discussion that your mountain region will forever be a wonderful place Eat academics and students fering from a mental health Identity,” which is also the to the activists, public. Students, faclocal community leaders, to call home. The screenings Homegrown Film some Octoberways 9, from 5:30-7 condition. These titleFestival of his celebrates latest work, in ulty community mem-and discuss who and will answer questions of personally of these efforts through a serieswhich of eighthemini-documentaries, p.m. in international RCOE Rm 124a are not intended to be diagexplores the lives bers areinvolved invitedontolocal, attend getting national and levels. each spotlighting people and organizations, including: A panel discussion and nostic, but they arelocal excellent of families that accommothe screening of the AcadThe fourth annual Sustainability Film Series continues January 350 Boone (climate change); Appalachian Mountain Brewery conversation with the indicators of whether furdate children with physical, emy Award winning film. 29 with films focusing on issues relating to sustainability. The (small business sustainability); ASU Office of Sustainability Teaching Excellence and ther help should be sought. mental and social disabiliDiscussion after the film will Department of Geology, Belk Library, Appalachian Popular (campus sustainability); Biophilic Art Installation (sustainability Achievement Program Extra credit slips will be ties. “Far From the Tree” be led by Anousha ShahsaProgramming Society (APPS), and the Office of Sustainabilart); Blue Ridge Conservancy (land protection); Blue Ridge willgenerous be held made at the In- received the 2012 National vari, an artist language ity sponsor theand series. ‘Thank (TEA) you’ toScholars the series’ Womenavailable in Agriculture (sustainable agriculture); Grandfather Screening. Book Critics Circle Award teacher sponsors.from Iran. The 5:30-7 p.m. Oct. 9 in RCOE Person Mountain Stewardship Foundation (sustainable tourism); and nonfiction and The event is presented by ASU room 124a. Appalachian National Committee for the Newfor River (water protection).New AtThe Counseling CenYork Times of named of Library in conjunction with State University is hosting tend for film, food and fun. Representatives manyitofone these Registration is open forAssothe ZAPanFitness Girls on group the Run organizations be onWellhand to tell moreBest about their work and international of 5K 21 ter presentswillthe its “Ten Books of 2012.” the Muslim Students to be held on May at 10 of a.m. teacher-scholars The non-competitive runfour will ness how you can supportFeelin’ it. This event is hosted by participants from Workshops: ciation as the first4event begin at Appalachian State University’s Kidd Brewer Football in the Sustainable Development course Outreach Skills for Diversity Lecture Sethe Muslim Journeys “Let’s continents. Countries rep- Good in the Neighborstadium and follow a mostly flat course through campus. 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mance Exploring Classism “Student Leadership Conon Campus, 7 p.m. Nov. 13, ference” to the cashier, and Blue Ridge Ballroom, PSU. 25% of the day’s proceeds The interactive theater per- will be given to the conferformance will address social ence. To learn more about NAPSA to provide the campus community with a new web issues class and race oncalled theCU conference, http:// based of resiliency program Thrive. go All to currently college campuses through enrolled ASU students are eligible to take part in this exciting scripted and By improvisationopportunity! utilizing the CU Thrive program, students will al Presentations on alcohaveaudience access toparticipatory a large database of helpful information. CU theater. Co-sponsored by courses, hol and society Thrive offers articles, videos, and other information that Department will help students adjust to campus life, stay healthy, the of Theater The Fermentation Scienhance study skills, and build relationships. 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Schaefer for erages.” presentations tionsPerforming or commentsArts. may be directed MarytoCantrell via email the Coare to open the public and at sponsored by the University will take place at 4 p.m. in Forum Committee. the Fermentation Sciences classroom space (Bernhardt In celebration of Earth Week, ACT OUT is hosting its second RADS training Room, Broyhill Conference annual Farm Day April 20 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to help local The Rapefarms, Aggression DeCenter, lower level Horse oversustainable such as Moretz’s Mountain Orchard, fense Systems (RADS) selflooking lawn). Helpers, Spring House, and Foggy Likely Farm. For more defense training women For please more visitinformainformation and tofor register for the event, the ACT is presented through Uni- tion, contact Outreach Center in Plemmons Student Union.hutchinsfe@ Transportation to and from provided. Lunch or will also be versity Police at the Appfarms State.will 828provided at eachof farm. Two sessions the class 262-8158, or go to ferwill be held for fall semester. Classes are held one evening • Oct. 24: The ToxiOperation Medicine Cabinet will take place April 19, from 11 a week, for four weeks. Stu- cology of Alcohol a.m. to 2 p.m. This is a time for a spring cleaning on your dents must attend all four Presented by Andrew P. medicine cabinet. Operation Medicine Cabinet gives you an weeks to complete themethod train- of Mason, Forensic Toxicoloenvironmentally safe disposal of outdated, unused ing. information, go to gist, ToxicoLogics, and For unwanted over-the-counter and prescription drugs,Ltd. • Nov. 14: Moonshinringes and other medical supplies. Any prescription or over ersnoand Prohibitioners theSession counter2:drugs will be accepted, questions asked. Clean Wednesdays, Presented byprescription Bruce Stewart, out6-9 your p.m. medicine cabinet of outdated/unused and over-the-counter meds. Bring to PlemmonsofStudent Oct. 16, 23, 30 and Nov. 6 Department History.Union Friday, April 19, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. near info desk. If you miss this collection, Watauga County regiscollecFundraiser atparticipate Come in the Club Connect tion onShack May 4 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at theextension following locations: Back tration Food Lion - Hwy2014, 321 near Lion - Hwy 421/ In February Uni-WalMart; DueFood to technical difficulOld Hwy 421; Food Lion - Blowing Rock; Foscoe Fire Dept versity Housing’s Residence ties with the registration (Hwy 105). These collections are held in coordination with Hall Association will beDepartment’s system inHousehold Club Connect, the Watauga County Sanitation Hazardhosting the annual North club registration deadline ous Waste Collection Day, Saturday, May 4, from 9 a.m. to Carolina of Landfill. has beenItems extended to 5paint, p.m. 2 p.m at theAssociation Watauga County include: Residence Halls (NCARH) on Nov. If batteries registration household batteries, niCad batteries, lead 1. acid (car conference on the campus of gasoline, has already been batteries), antifreeze, ethylene lighter fluid,submitted solid and App help fund the have not received liquidState. To pesticides, oxidizers, usedbut oils,you household cleaners and fluorescent lights. conference, the conference notification back from Club staff is planning a fundrais- Connect, this is normal. The er at a the Come Back Shack staff is working to solve the University Housing pleased toissues. present the “Last Lecture.” on Oct. 22. Just is mention This banquet-style event will be held April 22 at 6 p.m. in the not affect just one person, but a whole family and community. Plemmons Student Union. It will be catered by Casa Rustica Appalachian & the Community Together (ACT) at Appalachian One out of every 10,000 Americans has HD. After the onset of and an RSVP is required to attend. The Last Lecture is an State University will sponsor an International ASE May Break the disease someone usually only lives for 10-20 more years. opportunity for selected faculty to tell the world what they’ve event May 13-28, in Thailand and Ghana. Sign up now in The younger you are when onset occurs, the faster the disease had on their mind and what they would say if this were their the new ACT Outreach Center located in Plemmons Student progresses. The Huntington’s disease Society of America is a “Last Lecture.” The campus community is invited to attend at Union. A $500 deposit and your ID is required. non-profit agency dedicated to finding a cure. They are here no cost, but reservations are required and will be approved as support, guidance and a resources to families, friends and on a first-come/first-served basis. With our limited seating, making your reservation today. To RSVP for those with HD. All of the proceeds from this“An eventAndean will go to please consider Carolina Football: PostSecret KAMPN this event, please visit The Appalachian Popular Programming Society (APPS) Films the society for research. receive a confirmation email and mailed tickets to your Council is pleased to announce its remaining schedulelecture for the with Frank Chowdown: A LoEnigma: WhichYou will Konopoly, 4:30 p.m. ASU vs Samford more information or to register for the event, go to campus address prior to the event. Spring 2013 semester. Our Popular Film Series at I.G.Warren, Greer For cal Food Feast, 11 (homecoming), 8 p.m., land-management first round, 6:30 p.m. SuperCinema will feature some of the most acclaimed movies Schaefer Center, $10 a.m.-2 p.m., Park practices promote championship round, 3:30 p.m., Kidd of the awards season, as well as a blockbuster or two, and Popular Programming Society, APPS, will a few gems that are not as well known. The CinemaVintage Brewer Stadium, students, $20 adults Place Cafe, Rivers the production The Appalachian Footsloggers series in the Greenbriar theater will start out creepy, reflect A discussion of the film and graphic novel, “Persepolis,” will be host its annual Spring Fling on Friday from noon to 4 p.m. on p.m. inCafe Roomand 114,SanBelk Library. Admission serticketshenna required of ecosystem Duck Poind Field. There will be inflatables, tattoos, tie some dystopian tendencies, then veer off toward the tales of held April 30 at 6Street is free and open to the public. dye, a DJ Foam & Paint Party, food and fun!! And it’s all for free. unruly ghosts and science run amok. Show times are listed “A Separation” Ira- ford Commons vices?” lecture, 3:30 Mike Super Magic & with the schedule and as always, admission is still only $1. Students, faculty and community members are invited to read nian film screening, p.m., 345 Rankin Illusion, 9:15 p.m., Chico and Friends Here’s what APPS Films is bringing: IG Greer SuperCinema the graphic novel “Persepolis.” The library has placed copies Belk Library is sponsoring its “Through My Eyes”Show, photography Connie Frigo guest 9 p.m., room 114, on 24-hour Schaefer Center, free Comedy Popular Film Series: (All Showings at 7 and 9:30 p.m.,5except of the book reserve. There will be Science a showingWest, of the free contest. It is really easy! Take an awesome Belk Library photowhere otherwise noted; Admission $1.) April 18-20 - Belk Rise ofLibrary, film “Persepolis” Tuesday, April 23, at 6:30 p.m. at the library. saxophone recital, p.m., Legends, $5 free graph. Upload it to Instagram and tag it #BelkLibraryContest. the Guardians; April 25-27 - Hansel and Gretel Witch Hunters Both the book and the film will be discussed afterwards. 8 p.m., Recital Hall, advance, $7 ofdoor Molly Peacock au“The Birds” screenMake sure your app is set to allow public posting photos. (Show times TBD); May 2-4 - Warm Bodies. “Persepolis” is a 2007 animated film based on Marjane Sa- Go to Edit Your Profile, and turn “photos are private” to off. The free graphic novel of the same thor name. talk, The 3:30 p.m., ing, 7 p.m., GreenGreenbriar Theater CinemaVintage Series: (All showings at trapi’s autobiographical winning snapshot will will a $50 University Bookstore gift card. 7 p.m.; Admission $1.); April 17 and 19 - The Fox and the lecture film received a co-winner of p.m., O’Brien Artist withnumerous awards including being reading at 7:30 briar Theater, Have fun and be creative!$1 Show us aRichard feature that you love or Hound (‘81); April 24 and 26 - Cinderella (’50); May 1 and 3 the Jury Prize at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival. It was also a part of the library that is special to you. Here are some ideas “Devil’s Mark” Presents The Melisa Cadell, 11 Table Rock, PSU, free - The Nightmare Before Christmas (‘93) * denotes showings nominated for many awards including a Academy Award for to get you going: Belk Library in the spring; Get collaborative on Wednesday and Thursday. All titles, dates and show timesroom authorThe talk with Rocky Horror a.m., Wey Feature. Monsters University Best208, Animated story follows a young girl as she in a group study room; Find the library’s best keep secrets; are subject to change. comes of age against the Capehart, backdrop of the Iranian Revolution. Relax the Fox Reading Room; Go digital Digital Media Noyes Show,in 9thep.m., Hall Dr. Dog concert, 9 inscreening, 7 and 9:30 Studio; and, Find your inner child in the Instructional Materials If you would like to have some input on what movies are The film will be 6:30 introduced by Dr. Renee Scherlen, who p.m., room p.m., Legends, stu- p.m., I.G. Greer, $1 Rosen Concert brought to campus, the APPS Films council meets at 5 p.m. will also lead discussion on the film and book following the Center. The public is encouraged to enter the Belk Library 1100, Turchin, free Hall,multiple $8 Instragram dentsscience $15 advance, Thursdays in the Rhododendron Room of the Plemmons showing. Dr. Scherlen is a professor of political at Through My Eyes contest often by tagging photos with the hashtag #BelkLibraryContest. The snapshot Student Union. If you would like to suggest a film for viewing Appalachian State University; comparative $18 politics, foreign door on campus, APPS Films can make arrangements for you to policy, international politics, and gender are among her areas can include a few words or a single line caption. The library’s Monsters Univerpublic relations committee will choose the winning snapshot. come to a meeting and make a case for it to be shown. of specialization.“The Birds” screenThe contest will officially end on April 28. screening, The contest winner ing, 7 p.m., Greensity 7 Monsters University The event is presented by ASU Library in conjunction with will be notified via an Instagram comment from the Belk Library briarCouncil Theater, 9:30with p.m., screening, 7 andInstagram 9:30 account. The winner mustand and$1 the Muslim Students Asrespond theirI.G. email The 24th anniversary of the Morgan Lecture Series in the the ASU Humanities forGreer, the address in order to be eligible to receive Sciences, sponsored by the Morgan Committee, in coopera- sociation, with support from the National Endowment Greer,the$1book store gift p.m., I.G. $1 tion with the College of Arts & Sciences and the University Humanities (NEH) program. This is the fourth in a series of certificate. The photographs must obey all laws, including Forum Committee, announces the second Morgan Lecturer, programs that compose the 2013 Bridging Cultures, Muslim applicable copyright and privacy laws. Harold McGee, will be on campus Wednesday, April 24, to Journeys Program. deliver a public lecture, The Chemistry of Food and Cooking. Filmmakers Vincent Paronnaud and Marjane Satrapi colTuesdays at Fall Break Richard Diversity Fall ofBreak McGee is a noted journalist who specializes in explaining the laborated to co-write and co-direct this adaptation Satrapi’s A panel of students from the Muslim Student Association will host a conversation with first-year seminar faculty, interested Turchin: Tai Chi,autobiographical 5 chemistry of food and cooking to theSeries: public. He is author of bestselling O’Brien Presents Lecture Tim graphic novel detailing the trials University community members and Summer Reading disthe bestselling book, “On Food and Cooking: the Science and faced by an outspoken Iranian girl who finds her unique atThe Rocky HorWise presents “Race p.m., Turchin CenLore of the Kitchen.” McGee’s public lecture will be at 7 p.m. titude and outlook on life repeatedly challenged during the cussion leaders regarding the summer reading selection for valid 2013-2014, American Dervish, by Ayad Akhtar. The panel ror Show, 2 p.m., in America,” 7 p.m., ter, free (w/ in I.G. Greer Auditorium. Islamic Revolution. will be held April 23 from 2 to 3 p.m. in Tater Hill (Room 155), student ID) Blue Ridge Rosen Concert Lastly, the committee is finalizing a visitBallto ASU by Dr. Jerry The Guardian described the film as “superbly elegant” and Plemmons Student Union. The University is privileged to Coyne,$8 Professor of Biology at thePSU, University Hall, room, free of Chicago on goes on to note: “Persepolis gives us the sheer pleasure of host this author and highlight his work. He was just awarded Thursday, May 2. Dr. Coyne is being co-sponsored by the narrative, rarely found in modern cinema or indeed fiction: a at story of what it is like to grow from a lonely imaginative a Pulitzer Prize for his stage drama, Disgraced. This panel of Departments of Biology, Geology and the External Tuesdays Grants gripping diverse Muslim students will introduce topics related to Islam Program from the UFC. He is the author of a textbook on child Turchin: paintinto an adult, and to find this internal tumult matched by and Muslim-American identity. It will provide a good beginning speciation and evolution, and the bestselling book, “Why Evo- geo-political upheaval.” to initial thoughts about teaching American Dervish and leading ing class, 7-9 p.m., lution is True,” which is also the title of his extremely popular For more free information contact Allan Scherlen, Belk Library, discussions surrounding it. The student panel will be moderTurchin Center, blog on science, reason, and religion. Dr. Coyne will give a ated by Dr. Samuel Avery-Quinn. Dr. Avery-Quinn earned scientific presentation on speciation (his research specialty) (w/ valid student ID) his PhD in Anthropology from UT Knoxville, his Master’s in at 12:30 p.m. in Room 183, Rankin Science West. Dr. Coyne Religious Studies from the University of Denver, and his BA will also give a public lecture on The Relationship between Today’s college students face unique challenges that when from the University of Tennessee. Science, Religion and the Acceptance of Evolutionary Theory combined, can negatively impact their overall success. In in the United States, at 7 p.m., in the Blue Ridge Ballroom, order to succeed, students must find ways to successfully Plemmons Student Union. juggle their academic studies with their social life and financial The fourth annual Blue Mountain Documentary Festival will responsibilities, among many other life stressors! This balanc- present the best student documentary projects on campus ing act would cause anyone’s anxiety and stress level to rise. Thursday, April 18, from 6 to 8 p.m. in Belk Library Room 114. The Faculty Last Lecture will be held April 22 at 6 p.m. NominaThe event is free and open to the public. The festival highlights tions are being collected from students for the Last Lecture. The American College Health Association’s National College audio and video documentaries created by currently enrolled Health Assessment found in their 2001 survey that 30 perstudents at Appalachian State University. Subjects for the short We will extend the invitation to speak at the Last Lecture event, cent of college students reported feeling so depressed that it films range from local artists and Olympic wrestling to marwhich includes dinner catered by Casa Rustica, to two faculty was “difficult to function” at some point during the past year. riage equality. Winners will be announced at the festival. The members who have the most nominations. Depression can lead to lethargy, irritability, social isolation, Blue Mountain Student Documentary Festival is sponsored by These invitations will go out to nominated faculty the first and disturbances in eating and sleeping cycles. It takes a University Documentary Film Services. Light refreshments will week of April. concerted campus effort to adequately address issues such be provided. For more information please contact Tom Hansell as depression and the ways that it impacts our students. The Faculty Last lecture is an event based on the book The at University Documentary Film Services, 828-262-7730 or Last Lecture, written by Randy Paush. Paush was a professor In response, ASU’s Counseling Center has teamed with

‘Gasland’ next Sustainability film

Homegrown Film Festival on May 1

‘Girls on the Run 5k’ set for May 4

Act Out hosting 2nd annual Farm Day

Operation Medicine Cabinet planned

Tom Moore 5K planned for May 4

University Housing hosts ‘Last Lecture”



ACT to sponsor May event


APPS Films ready for spring showings





‘Persepolis’ discussion April 30






APPS’ annual Spring Fling

‘Through My Eyes’ contest at Belk

24th Morgan Lecture Series to start







16 18 Muslim students to17host conversation

CU Thrive program for ASU students

4th Blue Mountain Festival tonight

Faculty Last Lecture set for April 22


Tuesday, October 8, 2013

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On Stage

Weekly tunnel jam sessions bridge social gaps The impromptu gatherings have been attracting growing numbers of students

by Lovey Cooper

Senior A&E Reporter


f you’ve been out walking on campus on any given Tuesday night this semester, you’ve probably heard some mysterious singing and drumming coming from the Rivers Street tunnels. It’s part of what students are calling Tunnel Tuesday, a weekly, open musical jam session among friends and strangers on campus. What began as a group of students playing instruments in the smoking areas on the west side of campus has quickly become its own production after the group moved to the tunnels for better acoustics and to avoid rain. Passersby were interested in joining with their own instruments, and since that first session Aug. 27, the tunnels have become a popular hangout spot, with the original crowd attracting upward of 50 students on a good night. “It’s a thing because people are interested – it’s a peopledriven thing,” Pranav Gogate, sophomore sustainable development major, said. “If people show up, then it happens. If they don’t, it just kind of falls apart.” Gogate said the usual range of instruments includes many guitars, a few banjos, saxophones, trombones and clarinets. “I think it’s an amazing place to just come out and give whatever you’ve got,” Caleb Stanley, freshman geology major, said. “There’s so many amazing musicians here, and nobody cares about your skill or whatever so long as you

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Sophomore sustainability major Pranav Gogate (right) performs a drum solo during last week’s Tunnel Tuesday. The weekly event was created spontaneously by a group of students who gathered regularly to perform music on the west side of campus has now turned into a major attraction.

can jump in and contribute and play. For musicians, I think that’s healthy.” Stanley and freshman mathematics major Sam Lind created a Facebook group for regular attendees and made fliers to help publicize the event, but most attendees are freshmen living on the west side of campus who hear of the event by word of mouth. The tunnels, because of their distance from both dorms and businesses, actually offer

an environment more suited for music practice than most other venues available to freshmen. “People want to play music, and you can’t always jam out in the dorms without getting in trouble, so this is a nice way to come and relax and play music however you want to,” Gogate said. One of the co-founders of Tunnel Tuesday and freshman computer science major Dylan Perry noted that those

who come out to the tunnels are usually not music majors. “I’m just glad that me and my group of friends could start something that could bring so many people together,” Perry said. In addition to its musical value, the collective has served as a vital point of social interest for new students living on campus. “It’s really great to see people do the same thing and be in the same atmosphere, en-

joying the same things as you do,” Gogate said. “I know it’s hard sometimes trying to find your own niche when you’re in college, especially as a freshman.” The original group hopes to eventually make Tunnel Tuesday a school- and community-recognized organization, with hope for some funding to add accommodations like additional seating and trash and recycling to the tunnels.

On Stage

Lyric, ASU’s spoken word and poetry club, puts itself out there by Colin Moore Senior A&E Reporter

Lyric, Appalachian State University’s spoken word and poetry club, hosted its first open mic night of the year at Crossroads Coffee House on Oct. 1. The event included readings to a considerable crowd by more than 20 poets, some a part of Lyric and some vol-

unteering. The poems spanned a wide range of topics, such as food, sex, memory and family, and were performed uncensored. This year, the club has swelled to approximately three times its size because of an influx of interested freshmen. “In years past, we’ve been lucky to have only five or six members,” Zach Herman, president

of Lyric, said. “No matter what, the spoken word community here is really supportive.” This is the first year Herman is running the club, though he’s been involved with Lyric in the past. Together, Herman and other club officers are looking to capitalize on the sudden momentum the club is riding. “We’ve had to change

the organization of our meetings to accommodate, but it hasn’t been a major issue,” said Jennifer Deane, Lyric treasurer. “Our biggest concern right now is finding a bigger room for meetings, which is a good problem to have.” The club meets Tuesdays from 6:45 to 8:15 p.m. in the Mountain Laurel room of Plem-

mons Student Union. The club holds workshops to improve members’ poems, simply practice delivery or write new work based on different prompts. “In the future, we want to start focusing more on the performance aspect of poetry: Memorization, stage presence, etcetera, especially now that it seems the spoken word has become a more

popular interest at App,” Deane said. The club will host future open mic nights on campus this semester and next, which will culminate in a final showcase at the end of the year. “There’s a power in connecting people, in performing live in front of an audience,” Herman said. “Poetry isn’t about facts. It’s about truths.”


Haim follows up on hype with pop nugget ‘Days Are Gone’ Sisters Este, Danielle and Alana Haim, known collectively as up-and-coming indie pop group Haim, have come a long way since soundtracking “The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants” as girl power group Valli Girls. Where their early music was characterized by their family bonds and a kind of cloying naiveté, the trio sharpened up their act in 2012 and delivered a number of multi-layered, irresistible pop singles. These singles – namely “Falling,” “Forever” and “The Wire” – kick off Haim’s excellent, widely anticipated debut album “Days Are Gone,” released early this month. Though frequently compared to Fleetwood Mac, Haim’s diverse, tightly coiled pop is distinctly of the moment. They share a similar

fondness for soft-rock and funk as Phoenix and a heavy modern R&B influence a la UK starlet Jessie Ware, who co-writes the title track here. “Days Are Gone” synthesizes these influences nearly flawlessly, blending slick pop vibes from the 80s and 90s into a series of hooky, energetic crowd-pleasers. Lyrically, the album stays fixated on detailing failing relationships, which could prove repetitive if the choruses weren’t arranged to hit with an infectious immediacy. The sisters take turns singing lead, sometimes within the same song, but it’s when the three of them combine their voices into stacked harmonies and counterpoint melodies that the songs really come together. Haim trades exclusively in


Days Are Gone

guitars and synthesizers, but these instruments are employed to excellent effect with the help of hotshot producer Ariel Rechtstaid, the man behind the boards for Vampire Weekend’s recent masterpiece “Modern Vampires of the City.” Rechtstaid’s touch gives

these songs, especially the fantastic “The Wire” and “You & I,” the breezy immediacy they deserve. Though always rhythmically dense, Haim’s best songs float by effortlessly. Clever arrangements and straightforward delivery turn what could be pointless detours in the album’s back half, such as the dubstep-flecked “My Song 5,” into thrilling change-ups of the group’s sound. “Days Are Gone” is exceptionally solid all the way through. Haim gradually moves into slower material in the back half but approach it with the same energy as the pop-heavy opening salvo. Closing song “Running If You Call My Name” is especially noteworthy, and scans as the kind of reverbheavy slow-burn Kate Bush

perfected in the 80s. That said, even with the comparative emotional resonance of the last two tracks, “Days Are Gone” can come across as a little too detached. The sisters certainly know how to piece together a good hook, but at times their perfectionism renders the music a bit too clinical. Though its functionality as an immaculate pop nugget likely won’t diminish over time, at times “Days Are Gone” lacks a certain staying power that could really elevate their music. Still, “Days Are Gone” is chock-full of truly satisfying, enjoyable pop music, and as a debut is extremely promising for this still young trio. - Colin Moore, Senior A&E Reporter

Sports The Appalachian |

Tuesday, October 8, 2013



Coming off injury, Bryant relishes second chance

by Kaityn Thruston Senior Sports Reporter


he football flies through the air and lands perfectly into the hands of a wide receiver during practice. This seemingly effortless throw is courtesy of 6-foot-1-inch quarterback Kameron Bryant. Throwing the ball effortlessly hasn’t always come easy to the sophomore, Bryant, who started playing football at 7 years old. “I played football for the Cliffdale Patriots and I was a backup fullback and fourth team kicker,” Bryant said. “That’s the only year I didn’t play quarterback. It started off pretty rough but I’ve been playing quarterback since.” Since picking up the quarterback position at eight years old, Bryant has progressed naturally into the role at Appalachian State University. Bryant made his college debut against Costal Carolina in 2012 but after taking only 13 snaps, suffered a severe knee injury, ending his redshirtfreshman season.

“It taught me that things can be taken away so quickly,” Bryant said. “So, if anything, it taught me to cherish every opportunity and to work my tail off.” After rehabbing his knee injury, Bryant regained his backup spot to starting quarterback Jamal Londry-Jackson during the 2013 season. This season has produced many opportunities for the sophomore to show his talent on the gridiron, having made an appearance in the first four of App State’s games, with his first career start coming in the fifth against The Citadel. “He throws the ball well and has a very strong arm, obviously he is also a good runner,” quarterback coach Frank Ponce said. “In practice, he is very focused and gets himself prepared for the football game. He understands what he needs to do and that’s why we play him.” Practice provides time for Bryant to better himself, but it is also a time where he works on relationships with his teammates.

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Sophomore quarterback Kameron Bryant looks to pass the ball during the Sept. 28 game against Charleston Southern. Bryant has six touchdowns this season.

Bryant’s friendship with starter Jamal Londry-Jackson is important, especially when the two both make appearances during the same game. “Me and Jamal are friends, and when he’s out on the field I’m looking to see what he did and we help each other out,” Bryant said. Another important re-

lationship that Bryant works hard to maintain is a close connection with the wide receivers. “The receiver/quarterback relationship is really close,” senior wide receiver Tony Washington said. “It’s a really close relationship because we spend so much time catching balls during practice, before practice we warm up with them

and run routes with them.” Not only are these relationships important on the field, but also off the field they end up being friendships. “You wouldn’t know it unless you know him personally, but he’s a real funny guy,” Washington said. “He’s real smart and intelligent, overall a good guy to be around.”

It is evident that Bryant, whether on the field or as a normal student, is always prepared. “You just got to stay prepared and if you practice like you’re going to play every snap, it doesn’t matter if you play 30 or 80, you just need to be prepared,” Bryant said. “Be prepared, stay on your toes, and be ready to go at any given time.”


Mountaineers get chewed up by Bulldogs, lose in overtime by Andrew Clausen Sports Editor

For the 10th time in program history, Appalachian State football went to overtime. However, the Mountaineers lost in a close battle to The Citadel, 31-28. The Mountaineers (1-4, 1-1 SoCon) have now lost three straight three-point-or-less games. The only previous time this has happened was in 1952 when the team lost 14-12 at Lenoir-Rhyne, 3-0 to Catawba and 22-19 to East Carolina, according to The game came down to the final minutes of both regulation and overtime. The Citadel (2-4, 2-2 SoCon) led 28-21 with 1:19 to go in the fourth quarter when App State drove the ball 79 yards to tie the game on a two-yard touchdown run by redshirt sophomore quarterback Kameron Bryant with only 20 seconds left, sending the game to overtime. The Mountaineers received the ball first and lined up to take first blood. After being unsuccessful in the first two plays, the team faced a third

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Freshman running back Marcus Cox sprints down the field during Saturday’s game against The Citadel. The Mountaineers fell to bulldogs 31-28 in overtime.

and eight from The Citadel 11yard line. Bryant slung a pass toward sophomore wide receiver Sean Price, but the ball was deflected up into the air and fell in the hands of Bulldog defensive lineman Mitchell Jeter.

App State was able to keep the Bulldogs out of the endzone, but after four plays, all The Citadel had to do was kick a field goal and win the game. Place kicker Thomas Warren stepped out onto the field and hit a low, ugly attempt from

the 35-yard line. Somehow, it was still able to find its way to through the uprights and The Citadel walked off the field victorious. The game marked the first career start for Bryant, who made the most of his


opportunities and went 1923 for 214 yards and one interception. He also netted 43 rushing yards on the day. Jamal Londry-Jackson also played, but in a limited capacity as he only went 1-4 for -1 yards. His 23-game start streak also came to an end. Freshman running back Marcus Cox added another great game to his already impressive season. He ran for 98 yards, had two touchdowns and had 95 receiving yards, leading App State in all categories. He now leads the SoCon with a conference-best 10 total touchdowns for the season. Tony Washington and Andrew Peacock were second and third on the all-purpose yards list, having 86 and 48 yards, respectively. Defensively, inside linebackers freshman John Law and senior Karl Anderson led the way with seven tackles each, including a forced fumble for Law. Redshirted freshmen defensive back Alex Gray and defensive tackle Darian Small also had good outings defensively as they recorded six total tackles each.

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