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SGA receives ASG grants for safety apps, 5K

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Vol. 88, No. 36

Trivia for Taylor raises more than $500 in honor of TKE brother

by Nicole Caporaso News Reporter

by Nicole Caporaso News Reporter


ppalachian State University’s Student Government Association was awarded $3,000 in grants by the Association of Student Governments on Saturday. Appalachian’s SGA was allotted $1,000 toward the Tie Dye Dash and $2,000 in two separate grants to go toward the Blue Light Safety apps through TapShield and Lifeline. SGA President Dylan Russell said it is a competitive process getting awarded grants from the association. “[ASG] typically approve[s] $24,000 worth of grant money, with some added grants offered on a case-by-case basis,” said Alyssa Frizzelle, SGA Director of Student Affairs. “Any school can apply for up to $1,000 per grant out of the $24,000 pot.” SGA has worked since May to demo apps with the two companies that will alert campus police in the case of an emergency, according to a Feb. 20 article in The Appalachian. The demos for the apps will start this semester. The $2,000 granted for the apps will pay for the subscriptions for students to demo the app during the trial period. SGA’s goal is to eventually provide the iPhone/ smartphone app to students for free, according to the article. SGA will host the second annual Tie-Dye Dash on April 26 on Sanford Mall. “The Tie-Dye Dash is essentially a color run,” said Zach Yllanes, the SGA director of Campus Outreach. “Students run a 5k and celebrate at the end by launching all sorts of colorful paint in the air.” The money raised from the run is intended to go toward an SGA scholarship fund, but it is still in the planning stage, Yllanes said. The ASG is an organization associated with all the SGA programs of the 17 schools in the UNC system. “Once a month, the student body presidents and their delegates get together to talk about policy, apply for grants, and discuss what is happening on a national and state level,” Russell said.

Library 24/5 returns

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Junior Kappa Sigma Sebastian Correa (left) and Junior Sigma Nu Jack Schaufler (center) discuss trivia Tuesday night at Trivia for Taylor at The Rock. The event raised $555 for a TKE new member fund.

by Jessica Eley Intern News Reporter

The Interfraternity Council and the Panhellenic Council hosted a trivia tournament Tuesday evening at The Rock Sports Bar & Grill to raise money in honor of Tau Kappa Epsilon’s late brother, Taylor Pavlick. The event raised $555. Registration donations totaled $405, while in-house donations were $150. The money collected from the registration fees will be donated to start a fund in Taylor’s name, said Trey Lawson, Tau

Kappa Epsilon president. The money will be for a new member of Tau Kappa Epsilon who would not otherwise be able to afford to join the fraternity. There were about 200 members from Greek organizations who participated in the event. “All of Greek Life has been super supportive,” Lawson said. “Since this event was so successful this year, we might make this an annual fundraiser.” The Rock Sports Bar & Grill will donate 20 percent of food sales from the event. The money from the food sales will go to St. Jude Children’s Re-

search Hospital. The trivia tournament had five rounds, with 10 general knowledge questions in each round. Sigma Alpha Epsilon’s team won. Trivia for Taylor was created to commemorate and honor Taylor Pavlick, a brother of Tau Kappa Epsilon who was found dead in his apartment Jan. 26. “Taylor will always be missed, but the overwhelming amount of support that Greek life as a whole has shown us, it’s very heart-warming,” said John Scott-Martin, member of Tau Kappa Epsilon.

Carol Belk Library will return to the 24-hour schedule Sundays through Thursdays starting March 16. No additional fees will be charged to students for these extended hours, according to a press release from the library, which will open Sunday afternoon at 12:30 and remain open until 9 p.m. Friday. The hours for Saturday will remain from 10-6 p.m. “We’ve been working on the decision to reinstate the hours since the beginning of the semester, but the conversation to get the 24/5 hours back goes back years,” said Ken Johnson, coordinator of learning and research services for the library. “They were taken away during the recession because it was costly. It has been an ongoing conversation with SGA.” Johnson said the university decided it was time to revisit the issue because of fewer budgetary constraints. It was one of the Student Government Association’s priorities to have 24/5 hours reinstated in the library, SGA President Dylan Russell said. “During the research we were doing, we discovered that students had been paying for 24/5 hours the past few years in fees, but it wasn’t happening, they weren’t receiving the service,” Russell said. “It is an issue of integrity, it is fair that we get what we are paying for.” SEE 24/5 PAGE 3

Assistant professor publishes book ‘Cyber Crime’ by Nicole Caporaso News Reporter

Cathy Marcum, an assistant professor in the Department of Government and Justice Studies, wrote a book this year about how individuals use technology and the Internet to commit crimes. The process of writing the book, titled “Cyber Crime,” took about a year, Marcum said. Cybercrime has become more frequent than ever and is commonly seen in the media. “It’s a tremendously important issue because Americans now spend more time on the Internet than they do watch-

ing television - better than 5 hours a day,” said Elicka Peterson, associate professor in the Department of Government and Justice Studies. Marcum said, in the book, she looks at the various types of cybercrime, the legislations that punish it and some of the policies to combat it. Although the original intent was not to write a book, Marcum was approached by her eventual publishing company, Wolters Kluwer, about interest in writing one, she said. She previously was doing a lot of reSEE BOOK PAGE 4

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Assistant professor in the Department of Government and Justice Studies Cathy Marcum stands with her published book ‘Cyber Crime.’ The book details how the Internet and technology are used to commit different crimes.

Students organize first ever Free Speech week by Laney Ruckstuhl Intern News Reporter

Paul Heckert | The Appalachian

Brandon Partridge, president of the Young Americans for Liberty chapter at Appalachian State University, sits at the free expression tunnel.

The first ever Free Speech Week, organized by the Young Americans for Liberty chapter, will be held on Appalachian State University’s campus March 3-7. YAL’s Free Speech Week will be sponsored by the Foundation for Individual Rights and Education, a nonprofit organization geared toward promoting students’ rights on college campuses across the nation. One of FIRE’s representatives, Robert Shibley, will speak on campus in Beacon Heights in Plemmons Student Union on Monday at 7 p.m. to kick off Free Speech Week. Shibley’s speech is titled “Liberty in Peril” and will discuss the implications of speech codes on campus. Associate professor Chris Bartel of the Department of Philosophy and Religion will host Open Arts Night in Whitewater Cafe on Tuesday at 7 p.m. Bartel said one of his main focuses will be the human tendency toward censorship of free expression in artwork and SEE FREE SPEECH PAGE 4


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The Spring Appalachian Dance Ensemble features a variety of dances choreographed by students and faculty. The event, showcasing eight pieces in all, will be held in Valborg Theatre from Wednesday to Saturday. - Photos by Maggie Cozens


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Website trouble causes low blood drive turnout for BSA by Kevin Patel Intern News Reporter

The Black Student Association in partnership with the Red Cross held a blood drive from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday in the Blue Ridge Ballroom of Plemmons Student Union. The donation goal was set at 100 pints, but due to issues with the sign-up website not functioning, the drive fell well short of its goal, said Chimere Williams, vice president of the BSA and organizer of the drive. Of the 30 individuals that were able to sign up, only about 17 turned out to donate a total of 17 pints. This total was well below expectations for the typically successful annual drive. At last year’s drive, BSA collected 98 pints for donation.

“The woman who was in charge of the site online, which allows people to sign up their selves was [unavailable],” Williams said. “We could not get a hold of her, so therefore our volunteer and donor rates were unsuccessful.” Williams said the drive usually gains most of its sign-ups from the website rather than from contact tables in the union. “BSA’s blood drive usually has a great turnout, and we always have the most people donate and volunteer through ours,” Williams said. “So, today was definitely disappointing to say the least, but the situation was out of our control.” Williams said that the likelihood of BSA hosting another drive this semester is low due to the amount of planning involved.

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Junior history secondary education major Cameron Wheeler donates blood at a blood drive sponsored by the Black Student Association. The drive gathered 17 pints of blood.


Continued From pg 1 Russell, along with members of his cabinet, met with and lobbied to Chancellor Kenneth Peacock, Provost Lori Gonzalez and the Board of Trustees. “The chancellor and provost were passionate about making the situation right,” Russell said. SGA initially proposed that student fees be increased to cover the longer library hours in its fall referendum, but the idea was turned down by the university. Johnson said SGA was very persistent in pushing for the issue. “They continued to bring it up and push for the hours to be returned during the time the library was not open 24/5,” Johnson said. “The school has always been supportive of the 24/5 hours and wanted to bring it back when the time is right.”

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Belk Library will begin operating on a 24-hour schedule Sundays through Thursdays starting March 16 at no extra cost to students.

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Award recognizes outdoor athletes by Carl Blankenship Intern News Reporter

This year will be the third year Appalachian State Outdoor Programs has awarded the Appalachian Adventure Achievement Awards, or A4, after a hiatus due to the absence of the Banff Mountain Film Festival last year, where the winner is announced. The awards were created to recognize high-level athletes who participate in outdoor sports, such as skiing and rock climbing, and have a record of community service. Associated Director of Outdoor Programs Rich Campbell said that the awards are an opportunity for athletes that are passionate about non-spectator sports to gain some exposure in the community.

“They won’t get as much publicity as they would if they were involved with spectator sports,” Campbell said. “The people here are really passionate about their sports and we want to inspire other people to participate.” Campbell said that while the awards are meant to recognize these athletes, he believes they do it out of passion for the sport rather than to gain notoriety. “I don’t think they do it for recognition, just out of love, and we want to give them that luxury,” Campbell said. Senior psychology major Zachary Silberman, who received the award in 2012 for climbing, said that it was a humbling experience to be recognized as a part of a community and to see that people ad-

mire his contributions. “It was a good reminder that people accepted me and that I was welcome here,” Silberman said. “I didn’t accept the award thinking of it as a gold medal or anything like that, instead that I was being recognized for being a positive influence on the sport itself rather than a competitive achievement.” Anyone can be nominated if they lead an outdoor lifestyle, have a history of community service and fall within the under 17 or 18-24 age groups, according to The online application for nominations for the A4s closes March 7. The awards will be presented at the Banff Film Festival on March 28 and 29 at the Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts.

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Continued From pg 1 search and had published articles and a few research studies on the topic. There are multiple types of cybercrime, but there is a specific variety of cybercrimes that are more frequent among college-aged students or younger, Marcum said. “Digital piracy is a very common example that college students do, like illegally downloading movies or music,” Marcum said. “Cyber bullying or stalking is in the news a lot, and is quite frequent, especially among adolescents.” Marcum said another common act of cybercrime amongst the younger generations is hacking. “Hacking is definitely one of the big ones, any

unauthorized access, even something as simple as going into someone’s email or Facebook page, is a crime,” Marcum said. Cybercrime is not limited by race, age or gender, but certain types of cybercrime are more prone to be committed by a specific category of people. “Cybercrime can be committed by anyone,” Marcum said. “But more sophisticated means of cybercrime is more likely to be committed by a highly educated, college-aged, white male.” The more sophisticated types of cybercrime Marcum is referring to includes financial data theft, hacking and phishing. Phishing is a type of hacking that leads to identity theft. Emails are sent that appear to


Continued From pg 1 everyday life. “I want to discuss how the desire to censor things that we do not like is a desire that every person feels,” Bartel said. “To uphold free speech, it is the individual who must struggle against that prohibitive desire.” Bartel said he believes art to be one of the strongest forms of free speech. An open panel of students will facilitate a discussion on free speech issues in Rough Ridge at 7 p.m. March 6. The panel will include students from multiple organizations, including the College Republicans, College Democrats, the Multicultural Center and Amnesty International. A free speech wall will be set up on Sanford Mall on March 7 for students to write or draw on to express themselves in whatever way they choose. “We don’t care what you have to say, we just want you to say it,” Brandon Partridge, president of Appalachian’s chapter of YAL, said. “It’s your right.” Partridge said that YAL plans on holding more events like this in the future and expanding as an organization to have a larger presence on campus. “I honestly want [students] to lib-

be from a business and when opened obtain personal information such as social security numbers, credit card numbers or bank account passwords. Marcum believes the solution to cybercrime can begin with educational programs in schools, she said. “Educational programs, especially in middle school and high school or even focused on college students, are important,”Marcum said. “A lot of children and young adults are not aware that they can be legally punished for cybercrime.” Marcum said she believes programs about cybercrime, similar to the DARE program, a common program used in schools to warn against drug use, might be used eventually on a public school level.

erate themselves from anything they have personally or mentally that suppresses anything they want to say or feel,” Partridge said. Partridge said students should become aware of the university’s “free speech zones,” or designated areas on campus in which students may protest and exercise their First Amendment right without borders. Partridge said students can defend their free speech by starting small. “Even if it means that what you’ve learned from this week is to raise your hand a little bit more and not be afraid to be wrong in class and just say what you want to say, I love that,” Partridge said. FIRE published an article in the Huffington Post in December 2013 that named Appalachian State to be one of the 10 worst colleges for free speech. The case that FIRE used as evidence was that of former sociology professor Jammie Price, who was dismissed for “discussing controversial but relevant subjects in her spring 2012 ‘Introduction to Sociology course,’” including the screening of a documentary that exposed the effects of pornography on culture, according to the Huffington Post.



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On Sept. ask will be answered, 6-7 18, 2007, he stepped in will be shown April 23 at 7 p.m.discussion in the I.G. Greer Auditorium. palachian State University of Toni Mor- front Free Speech Week p.m.atMarch 3, Three Top of an audience of 400 people Carnegie Mellon UniThe screening will be free and open to the public. was on the list, and App rison’s “Beloved,” 6 p.m. versity Presented Young Mountain, Plemmons to deliverby a last lecture called “Really Achieving StuYour “Gasland”, investigation into Americans State Chiefan ofaward Policewinning Gun- documentary Feb. 27 at Beacon Heights, for Liberty, Union a phenomenon Childhood Dreams.” His lecturedent has become the truth about impacts of hydraulic fracturand event the inspiration for thisby event. • Tips for Managther Doerr andenvironmental Wellness PSU. Presented by the Or- the is endorsed ing, called “fracking,” for natural Filmmaker Josh Fox the Foundation for Indi- ing March “Madness”: A Promotion Coordinator dergas. of Black & Gold. Homegrown Film Festival on May 1 embarksMcDevitt on this journey after being asked to lease his land vidual Kendal recordRights (FIRE). All Stress Reduction Workfor drilling. Gasland was an OSCAR nominee in 2011 for Thethe Homegrown Film Festival: Celebration Sustainability ed a podcast about the Active Bystander In- of events are open to Ashop, 8-9 ofp.m. March Best Documentary. This film is hosted by the Sustainable in the High Country will be held May 1, 7-8:30 p.m., in Parkway rankings and what they tervention Trainings the public. 18, Three Top Mountain, Development program. Ballroom, Room 420 Plemmons Student Union. The event is mean to App State. Listen Hosted by the Red Flag free • and Robert Shibley will Plemmons Student Union open to the public. Refreshments will be provided. The spring Sustainability Film Series is designed to raise to the full discussion at Campaign, the trainings represent FIRE as a guest  • strong Getting the Sustainability endeavors are growing in theOut HighofCounawareness of current environmental and help provide are issues an opportunity for speaker atyou 7 p.m. March 3, Happiness Trap: How to try, where share a rich history of working together to ensure film by a panel with Beacon Heights, PSU asolutions. p p s t a t eEach /beh i nwill d - tbe h efollowed - students to discussion learn about Accept Disappointment in that your mountain region will forever be a wonderful place local activists, community leaders, academics and students numbers-1 , or find it on interpersonal, dating and to •callChristopher Bartel, Film the Festival Pursuit celebrates of Your Happy, home. The Homegrown some who will answer questions and discuss ways of personally http://appcares.appstate. sexual violence. Individuphilosophy professor,, April 9, New River of these efforts through awill series3-4 of eight getting involved on local, national and international levels. each spotlighting local people and organizations, edu. als who participate in speak on both free exRoom, Plemmonsincluding: Student The fourth annual Sustainability Film continues 350 Boonethrough (climate the change); this Series training leave January with a pression arts Appalachian Union Mountain Brewery 29Eating with films focusing on issuesbetter relating understanding to sustainability. The (smallcensorship business sustainability); of Sustainability Disorders of and at 7 p.m. ASU   • Office Screening of LifeDepartment of Geology, Belk Library, Appalachian Popular (campus sustainability); Biophilic Art Installation (sustainability Awareness Week how to intervene, deflect March 4, Whitewater time’s “Call Me Crazy” Programming Society (APPS), and the Office of Sustainabil- art); Blue Ridge Conservancy (land protection); Blue Ridge The event promotes and/or stop perpetra- Café, PSU. Bartel’s pre- Film with Brittany Snow ity sponsor the series. ‘Thank you’ to the series’ generous Women in Agriculture (sustainable agriculture); Grandfather healthy will lead into & Love is Louder, 6-8:30 sponsors.body image and tion before it happens. sentation Mountain Stewardship Foundation (sustainable tourism); and raises awareness about The trainings will be held an open-art display where p.m. April 28, Beacon National Committee for the New River (water protection). At‘Girls on the 4 students/non-students eating disorders for Run men 5k’ 7-9 set p.m. for Feb.May 27 and Heights Room, Plemmons tend for film, food and fun. Representatives of many of these and women.isSponsored byZAPMarch Foronmore inforshare acoustic music, Student Uniontheir work and Registration open for the Fitness12. Girls the Run 5K can organizations will be on hand to tell more about to be held on May 4 at 10 a.m. mation, The non-competitive run will poetry/spoken the Counseling Center and go to http://redword,it. and how you can support This event is hosted by participants begin at Appalachian State University’s Kidd Brewer Football visual University Recreation. arts. Military presentain the Sustainable Development course Outreach Skills for stadium Feb. 27and follow a mostly flat course through campus. Sustainability, • A student-led includingpanel studentstion and instructor Laura England The eventtoisHelp sponsored by Appalachian’s Blue Cross and featuring ( • How a Friend Black Sheep Theatre a discussion on Join the ROTC DepartBlue an Shield of North Carolina performance Institute for Health and Hu- free speech issues on a ment in hosting and liswith Eating Disorder, Tom Moore 5K planned for May 4 man Services. This is the first time that the 5K is open to the 5:30 p.m., Linville Falls, The group will perform local, national and global tening to Army Major public as a community event since Girls on the Run of the The 8th Annual Tom Moore 5K Run/Walk will take place PSU from perspective, 7 p.m. March Diana Stumpf discuss her High Country started in 2009. “BROWN: Director Mary Jesus Sheryl Horine Saturday, May 4, at the Boone Greenway Burnley-Clawson • Meeting pro- 6, Rough Ridge, PSU. career and insights into explains, “This isJake such aand fun andAnother energeticPlanet,” event; weby wanted Park. If particpants register on or before May 1, the event will Finding Oneit with Womfessor Dennis Bohr, 8 be• $15. Free Speech Wall Hero will rolebeofa to be ableMe: to share the larger community. We’veat kept On the day of thewill eventthe it willUnsung be $20. There an’s Story of Recovery, 7 hoping p.m. Feb. 28 and March set up on Sanford Mall. female patriots in the U.S. the registration fee very low that kids, families and be pasta dinner at F.A.R.M Café Friday, May 3, from 6-8 p.m. for p.m., room students 421, Belk andus2and p.m. Marchon2,a Students the This pubArmy March Appalachian willLiwant 1, to join get active early packetand pick-up. will be a payatas5:30 you p.m. can donation brary in Greer Arenaplease Theatre. willtobe able to toexpress 4, Price Lake, beautiful Saturday spring morning.” To register, visit lic dinner contribute the Tom Moore 5K event as Plemmons well as help Anyone under the 14the will themselves March 2 Admission: $5.age Setofin fit. Registration Student Union. F.A.R.M Caféasinthey their see mission. on the dayMajor of the need a running buddy to register and run with of them. • Yoga Without Mirrors, near future theRegisU.S. The will be standing Stumpf a proven leader eventwall will begin at 8 a.m., and the 5K willisstart promptly at 9 tration fees are p.m., $15 and includeafter a T-shirt if fees are received a.m.March There will long-sleeve t-shirts available to those who 11 a.m.-12:15 room cataclysmic earth- on 7 be throughout with more than 20 years by April 17. Registration will also be accepted on the day of the haveafternoon.  registered on a first come, serve, basis. AfterShe the 202, SRC quakes, fracking, flooding offirst Army experience. the event starting at 8 a.m. In addition to the run, there will race, there will be a raffle with lots fun male prizes and and refreshand other climate changes hasofled female also be warm-up activities, a happy hair station, an art table, ments. Parking will be available at the Burnley-Clawson Lot. Black History Month have reshaped the counWellness workshops Soldiers at the Platoon, visits from Yosef and the Appalachian cheerleading team celebration try, the play tells the story The Counseling Center Company and Battalion Tom Moore, of Boone, was diagnosed with Huntington’s disand food provided by Earth Fare, Chili’s and Panera Bread. ease (HD)“Feelin’ 10 years Good ago. Huntington’s is a hereditary, Hosted by student or-event of aorkid born at Woodstock in level, Disease deployed to Iraq, For more information on this volunteering for Girls on presents degenerative brain disorder which currently there iskey no ganizations, thevisit programs in 1969. Theor play satiricalNeighborhood!” well- forand served in several the Run, please contact Mary the cure. HD slowly diminishes affected individual’s ability to aim to Horine challenge thoughts lyInstitute examines the country’s workshop series.the positions including ExSheryl at Appalachian’s for Health and Hu- ness walk, talk and reason. Someone with HD will eventually on on and uplift the propensity for war and its Extra credit slips will be ecutive Officer for therely ASU manracism Services at 828-252-7557 or family members for his or her care. Huntington’s Disease does not affect just one person, but a whole family and community.

ROTC Battalion and her ries current position as Deputy Presented by the OfCommander of the North fice of Multicultural StuCarolina National Guard’s dent Development. Direct Recruiting and Retention questions to multiculNAPSA to provide the campus community with a neworweb Battalion. go based resiliency program called Thrive. All currently to CU multicultural.appstate. enrolled ASU students are eligible to take part in this exciting Apparel and shoe edu. opportunity! By utilizing the CU Thrive program, students will sale  • helpful “deepsouth,” 7 p.m. have access to a large database of information. CU The track fieldvideos, team courses, March and 19,other Blue Ridge Thrive offers and articles, information will a team Ballroom, Plemmons that be willconducting help students adjust to campus life, stay healthy, apparel and shoe sale at Student Union. Screenenhance study skills, and build relationships. And this is just 5:30-7 March 18,types Old of ing and discussion panel a quick p.m. sampling of the topics covered by CU Thrive! Yosef Room, Owens Field- with filmmaker Lisa BiYou can set up your own account today using your App State house. There will be team Presented as part username and password. Simplyagiotti. visit www.appstate.cuthrive. competition and training of the Queer com/ for more information. The first 80 studentsFilm who Series. sign up apparel, somewill used, some The thequesrufor an account automatically win afilm freeexplores t-shirt! Any new. ral toAmerican South and tions or comments may be directed Mary Cantrell via email the people who inhabit at Sustainability Film most distant corners. Act Out hosting 2ndits annual Farm Day Series Beneath layers of history, In Presented celebration ofbyEarth OUT is hosting its second theWeek, Of- ACT poverty, and now soarannual Day April 20and from 10 to 2infections, p.m. to help four local fice of Farm Sustainability inga.m. HIV sustainable farms, such as Moretz’s Mountain Orchard, Horse the Department of Geol- Americans redefine tradiHelpers, Spring House, and Foggy Likely Farm. For more ogy, and and sponsored tional values to information to registerby for the event,Southern please visit the ACT Appalachian Popular Pro- create their ownTransportasolutions Outreach Center in Plemmons Student Union. gramming Society, Belk survive.Lunch will also be tion to and from the farms will betoprovided. Library, Department of • “Cultural Racism: provided at each farm. Geology and sustain Ap- Muslim Veiling, EmbodiOperation Medicine Cabinet planned palachian, the series aims ment, and the Nature of Operation Medicine Cabinet take place 7April 19, from 11 to raise awareness of cur- willCulture,” p.m. March a.m. environmental, to 2 p.m. This issocial a time for springRidge cleaning on your rent 14,a Blue Ballroom, medicine cabinet. Operation Medicine Cabinet givesUnion. you an and economic issues. Plemmons Student environmentally safe method of disposal of outdated, unused Most films begin at 7 Co-sponsored by the Huand unwanted over-the-counter and prescription drugs, syp.m. in I.G. Greer Audito- manities Council, Office ringes and other medical supplies. Any prescription or over rium and each be accepted, fol- of no Equity, Diversity and the counter drugswill will be questions asked. Clean lowed by a brief panel disCompliance, Department out your medicine cabinet of outdated/unused prescription and cussion with experts of Plemmons Anthropology, andUnion the over-the-counter meds.from Bring to Student the PhilosoFriday,sustainability April 19, from 10field a.m. toDepartment 1 p.m. near infoofdesk. If you represented in each film. and Religion. This miss this collection, participate inphy the Watauga County collection May 4 from a.m. to 2 p.m. at the following • on Shored Up,10 March presentation will locations: explore FoodAsks Lion tough - Hwy questions 321 near WalMart; Foodphenomenology Lion - Hwy 421/ 18: Al-Saji’s Old Hwycoastal 421; Food Lion - Blowing Rock; has Foscoe Firecalled Dept about communiof what been (Hwyand 105).our These collections are held inracism.” She coordination will with ties relationship “cultural Watauga County Sanitation Department’s Household Hazardto the land. offer a feminist analysis of ous Waste Collection May 4, from of 9 a.m. to • A Place at theDay, Ta-Saturday, representations Mus2 p.m at the Watauga County Landfill. Items include: paint, ble, April 29: Tells the lim women in contempohousehold batteries, niCad batteries, lead acid batteries (car story of three Americans rary Western contexts by batteries), antifreeze, ethylene gasoline, lighter fluid, solid and who maintain their digquestioning the ways in liquid pesticides, oxidizers, used oils, household cleaners and nity even as they struggle which race and gender are fluorescent lights. just to eat. at play in attitudes toward University Housing hosts ‘Lastheadscarf Lecture” the Muslim or University Housing is pleased present the “Last Lecture.” Diversity Lecture Se- to“veil.”

This banquet-style event will be held April 22 at 6 p.m. in the 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. AllARTSpectrum of the proceeds from this RMI event Career will go to please consider Healing Arts Free Women’s this event, please visit The Appalachian Popular Programming Society (APPS) FilmsPainting the society for research. You will receive a confirmation email and mailed tickets to your Council is pleased to announce its remaining scheduleClass for the — Tuesdays Lecture Series: Fair, 1-4 p.m., 2nd Studies and Trans- Yoga, 10:30 a.m., Spring 2013 semester. Our Popular Film Series at I.G. Greer For more information or to register for the event, go to campus address prior to the event. Turchin Center, at Turchin, 7 p.m., Pecha Kucha Night, floor Boyles Lobby, formative SuperCinema will feature some of the most acclaimed movies $10/session, $5/ Turchin Raley Hall edge Building: A of the awards season, as well as a blockbuster or two, and Center, free, 6:30 p.m., Turchin The Appalachian Popular Programming Society, APPS, will a few gems that are not as well known. The CinemaVintage open to students only Center, free Faculty Panel, 2:30 students 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 held April 30 at 6 p.m. in Room 114, Belk Library. Admission “12 Years a Slave” p.m., room 114, Duck Poind Field. There will Belk be inflatables, henna tattoos, tie some dystopian tendencies, then veer off toward the tales of is free and open to the public. dye, a DJ Foam & Paint Party, food and fun!! And it’s for free. unruly ghosts and science run amok. Show times areTai listed Chi, 5 p.m., Student Composscreening, 7 p.m. & Library, free “12 Years a all Slave” with the schedule and as always, admission is still only $1. Students, faculty and community members are invited to read recital, The 8 p.m., screening, 7 p.m. Turchin the Center, free 9:30 p.m., I.G. Greer, Here’s what APPS Films is bringing: IG Greer SuperCinema graphic novelers “Persepolis.” library has placed copies Belk Library is sponsoring its “Through Eyes” photography Popular Film Series: (All Showings at 7 and 9:30 p.m., except of the book on 24-hour Rosen Concert 9:30 p.m., I.G. Appalachian Sym- &My reserve. ThereHall, will be a$1 showing of the where otherwise noted; Admission $1.) April 18-20 - Rise of film “Persepolis” Tuesday, April 23, at 6:30 p.m. at the library. contest. It is really easy! Take an awesome Belk Library photofree $1 Creative Writing phonyit to Orchestra graph. Upload Instagram and tagGreer, it #BelkLibraryContest. the Guardians; April 25-27 - Hansel and Gretel Witch Hunters Both the book and the film will be discussed afterwards. Make sure your app set to allow public posting of photos. welcome party, 5:30 Spring Appalachian concert, 8 isp.m., (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 of thenovel Bands, p.m.,at3rdtrapi’s floorautobiographical fac- Battlegraphic Dance Ensemble, Center, free “BROWN: Jesus Greenbriar Theater CinemaVintage Series: (All showings of the same name. The winning Schaefer snapshot will will a $50 University Bookstore gift card. 7 p.m.; Admission $1.); April 17 and 19 - The Fox and film received numerous awards including a co-winner of Have fun and be creative! Show us afrom 9 p.m., Legends, $3,being7:30 Another ultythe lounge, Sanford p.m. Feb. 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 public welcome Planet” Hall 26-March 1, Valborg “12 Years a Slave” - 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; Getpercollaborative on Wednesday and Thursday. All titles, dates and show times Best Animated Feature. The story follows a young girl as$8 she formed Black Theatre, students, screening, 7 p.m. & library’s in a group study room; Find the best by keep secrets; are subject to change. comes of age against the backdrop of the Iranian Revolution. Relax in the Fox Reading Room; Go digital in the Digital Media DeWayne Barton: “Boyz n the Hood” $15 adults 9:30 p.m., I.G. Greer, Sheep Theatre, by If you would like to have some input on what movies are The film will be introduced by Dr. Renee Scherlen, who Studio; and, Find your inner child in the Instructional Materials screening, 7 p.m., professor Dennis Building Sustain$1 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 Through My Eyes contest often by tagging Instragram Greenbriar Theater, Bohr,multiple 8 p.m., Greer able Communities Thursdays in the Rhododendron Room of the Plemmons showing. Dr. Scherlen is a professor of political science at photos with the hashtag #BelkLibraryContest. The snapshot Student Union. If you would like to suggest a film for viewing Appalachian State University; comparative politics, foreign PSU, $1 in Western North “Boyz n the Hood” Arena Theatre, $5 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 Carolina, 6:30-8:30 screening, 7 p.m., public relations committee will choose the winning snapshot. come to a meeting and make a case for it to be shown. of specialization. The contest will officially end on April 28. The contest winner Surf and Sustainp.m., Parkway BallGreenbriar Theater, The event is presented by ASU Library in conjunction with will be notified via an Instagram comment from the Belk Library the ASU Council and the Muslim Students As- Instagram ability, 7 p.m., Tree free Humanities PSU, $1 The winner must respond with their email account. The 24th anniversary of the Morgan Lecture Seriesroom, in the PSU, from the National Endowment for the address in order to be eligible to receive the book store gift Sciences, sponsored by the Morgan Committee, in coopera- sociation, with support Top Mountain, PSU 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 colFree 11th Appa“BROWN: Carbon taxes: in explaining St.and Patrick’s “Dirty Harry” A panel of Arts students from the MuslimHealing Student Association will McGee is a noted journalist who specializes thePainting laborated to co-write co-direct this adaptation of Satrapi’s host a conversation with first-year seminar faculty, interested chemistry of food and cooking to the public. He is author of bestselling autobiographical graphic novel detailing the trials lachian Mountain Yoga, 10:30 a.m., Jesus from Anoth- Turning theory into Class — Tuesdays Day Event, 6 p.m., screening, 7 p.m., the bestselling book, “On Food and Cooking: the Science and faced by an outspoken Iranian girl who finds her unique at- University community members and Summer Reading disat Turchin, 7 p.m., Photography Com- Turchin er Planet” perreality in the Pacific Parkway Ballroom, Greenbriar Theater, readingCenter, selection for Lore 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 2013-2014, American Dervish, by $10/session, Ayad Akhtar. The Center, free, PSU, $3 petition, 6 p.m., in I.G. Greer formed byAuditorium. Black Northwest, 2 p.m., Turchin Islamic PSU, $1 $5/panel Revolution. will be held April 23 from 2 to 3 p.m. in Tater Hill (Room 155), open to students Turchin Center, free Lastly, committee a visitroom to ASU by Dr. Jerry The Guardian described the film as “superbly elegant” and Raley Hall Sheepthe Theatre, byis finalizing studentsis privileged to Plemmons Student Union. The University Coyne, Professor of Biology at the University of Chicago gives us the sheer pleasure of host this author and highlight his work. He was just awarded onlyon goes on to note: “Persepolis professor Dennis 3100, free and open Supatight, Donnie Thursday, May 2. Dr. Coyne is being co-sponsored by the narrative, rarely found in modern cinema or indeed fiction: a a Pulitzer Prize for his stage drama, Disgraced. This panel of Bohr, 2 p.m., to the public Dies Departments of Greer Biology, Geology and the External Grants gripping story of what it isand like toNomadic grow from a lonely imaginative diverse Muslim students will introduce topics related to Islam Program from the UFC. into an adult,concert, and to find9this internal tumult matched by and Muslim-American identity. It will provide a good beginning Tai on Chi,child 5 p.m., Arena Theatre, $5 He is the author of a textbook p.m., speciation and evolution, and the bestselling book, “Why Evo- geo-political upheaval.” to initial thoughts about teaching American Dervish and leading Turchin Center, free Legends, $4-$6 Stand-Up Econolution is True,” which is also the title of his extremely popular For more information contact Allan Scherlen, Belk Library, discussions surrounding it. The student panel will be moderblog on Robinson science, reason, and religion. Dr. Raley Coyne will give a mist, 7 p.m., Craig ated by Dr. Samuel Avery-Quinn. Dr. Avery-Quinn earned scientific presentation on speciation (his research specialty) his PhD in Anthropology from UT Knoxville, his Master’s in performance, 8 Hall room 1020, “Dirty Harry” at 12:30 p.m. in Room 183, Rankin Science West. Dr. Coyne Religious Studies from the University of Denver, and his BA p.m., freeonand to the between Today’s college students screening, 7 p.m., will alsoConvocation give a public lecture Theopen Relationship face unique challenges that when from the University of Tennessee. Science, Religion and the Acceptance of Evolutionary Theory Center, $12 stupublic Greenbriar Theater, 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 dents, $16 door PSU, $1 Plemmons Student Union. juggle their academic studies with their social life and financial The fourth annual Blue Mountain Documentary Festival will Women Composresponsibilities, 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. Guest Piano Reers Concert, 8 p.m., 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 being students for the Last Lecture. The American College Health Association’s National College audio and video documentaries created by currently enrolled citalare with Dr.collected Dmi- from Rosen Recital Hall Assessment found in their 2001 survey that 30 perstudents at Appalachian State University. Subjects for the short We extend the invitation trywill Rachmanov, 3 to speak at the Last Lecture event, Health 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 p.m., Rosen Conwas “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, cert Hall, free 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 The Faculty Last lecture is an event based on the book The as depression and the ways that it impacts our students. 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


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Students sell scarves to help others serve abroad

by Casey Suglia Intern A&E Reporter


unior social work majors Maddy Burns and Emma Reynolds have a passion for helping others, both at home and abroad. After planning to travel to Africa in 2012, both women needed help with raising the money to get there. Reynolds wasn’t pleased with traditional fundraising ideas and wanted to give supporters a product rather than just taking donations. She said that after the two learned how to knit one winter, their business Hovering Doves was born. Run only by the two students out of their shared bedroom in a house offcampus, Hovering Doves sells scarves to customers all over the nation through their website. The scarves range in price from $17 to $30. Reynolds said since starting the business, the two have sold hundreds of scarves, sometimes knitting up to five a day. “Scarves are a practical product that people in Boone want,” Reynolds said. “There will always be a need for [them].” After having the chance to help others in Africa, Burns and Reynolds wanted to give others the same opportunity. Burns said all proceeds from each scarf sale are donated to someone trying to go

Kim Ryenolds | The Appalachian

Junior social work majors Emma Reynolds (left) and Maddy Burns (right) discuss their scarf knitting business Hovering Doves at a booth during the Old Time Fiddlers Convention. The two have sold hundreds of scarves, knitting up to five a day to raise money for their own and others service trips abroad. The scarves can be seen and purchased at

abroad for service work. Last year, Hovering Doves helped sponsor sophomore social work major Meredith Rawls get to Africa. They raised about $1,500, which covered almost half of her expenses.

“Service is a way of life,” Burns said. “Our trip to Africa was life-defining, and I think it’s important to give other people that opportunity.” From January to February, Hovering Doves sponsored junior Nata-

lie Gaviria, who plans to head to Chennai, India, this summer. They are hoping to cover the cost of her Visa and medical expenses, Burns said. Burns also said that both girls hope to see their business grow sponsor-

ing more humanitarian service trips and increasing the number of scarves they produce. “We want to highlight the importance of serving in the community,” Burns said. “We want to keep supporting people

to go to places abroad and serve others but focus on Boone, as well.” Hovering Doves has sold scarves in Lucky Penny, craft shows around Boone and currently sells them through their website,

Discovery Improv Workshop teaches theatrical therapy by Lovey Cooper Senior A&E Reporter

Students in the expressive arts therapy program held a Discovery Improv workshop Saturday as part of their honor society’s workshop and lecture series. Visiting comedian Abby Karp lead workshop participants in improvisational games and scenes as an example of how to explore inner feelings and experiences in a new, creative way. “There’s a lot of similarities between counseling and comedy improv,” said Katie Brown, the workshop’s organizer and current graduate student in Appalachian State University’s Clinical Mental Health and Counseling program. “There’s a lot of opportunities when you have to think on your feet and change direction because something gets in front of you that you didn’t expect, a lot of affirmation and adding on.” Brown said she first met Karp at UNC Greensboro where she worked for 14 years before returning to graduate school at Appalachian. In her time there, the two set up a six-week improvisation class as one of few opportunities in Greensboro to practice comedy. After joining the expressive arts therapy program here, which began as a formal discipline in the 1980s, Brown noticed a gap in the resources provided in terms of drama and acting and brought Karp here to apply her experience in comedy to therapy. “Through expressive arts therapy, the counselor provides a space and materials for the client to create art, perhaps even several artworks in one session, such as molding clay, painting, movement, dance and creative writing – as well as talking – about what they created, about their process and about the concerns that brought them to counseling,” said Julie Murphy, a current graduate student in the expressive arts therapy program. Improv, an interactive and reactive form of communication, fits within the goals of self-exploration and external reflection of inner thoughts and feelings, Karp said. “When I’m talking to people interested in group dynamics, I’m trying to get at what happens if someone in the group isn’t focused – can you accept something from someone if they aren’t engaged,” she said. Karp said she sees these workshops have the potential for participants to learn about their reactions to real-life situations in a controlled environment, as well as explore their own roles and relationships. Karp’s experience comes from comedy but also psychodrama and playback theatre, which are other improv techniques that employ self-presentation aspects of psychology for emotional effect. While Discovery Improv was her first workshop of this sort, Karp said she sees work like this as a great contribution to the field. Participants in Saturday’s workshop ranged from undergraduate and graduate students to local therapists in the area. “She told us straight off that improv doesn’t have to be funny, though it sometimes is,” said Jessica Hudgens, a graduate student in the program. “The idea of releasing expectations is one that is going to go with me.” The workshop was free of charge and offered continuing education credits to those interested. “After any improv workshop, you want to hear that people had fun and that they took risks without feeling embarrassed and that they enjoyed the creativity,” Karp said. “I hope that people got to expand their repertoire of who they can be.”

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Thursday, February 27, 2014



Community art project ‘Recess.’ encourages creativity by Lovey Cooper Senior A&E Reporter

Instead of the usual framed works of art on blank white walls, the most recent exhibition in the Looking Glass Gallery fills the entire space of the room with hand-scribbled marker doodles made by the very patrons who pass through to see the art. The collaborative art project, which has been installed in the gallery since Feb. 11, goes by the name “Recess.” and is the brainchild of senior graphic design majors Cameron Neal and Aaron Fairbanks. Outside of some basic printed rules and starter illustrations in thick black outline, the gallery is open to public doodling in an effort to encourage creativity in the community. “The idea of starting with an empty space to be completed by the community, that’s kind of the driving idea that helped ‘Recess.’ come about,” Neal said. The two have known each other since they started college and decided they wanted to do a collaborative piece together before graduating at the end of this semester. While both had done some large-scale projects before, Neal said they had never considered something of this size. “It’s a good collaboration – Aaron definitely has some skills that I don’t have and vice versa, so we both needed each other to pull this off,” Neal said. Neal said professors encouraged the two to pursue a sustainable community art grant through the Office of Student Research, and after their brainstorming sessions kept bringing them back to the concept of free play, “Recess.” came about as a way to connect the community with the campus in a creative way. “It really just became a platform for others to leave their mark,” Fairbanks said. While the original proposal was more closed in a paint-by-numbers way, the idea soon evolved to a free form approach helped by the location in Plemmons Student Union, which Fairbanks said sees some of Boone’s heaviest traffic. “It’s an opportunity to show it off to more than just students,” Fairbanks said. Both Fairbanks and Neal were shocked at the immediate overwhelmingly positive responses as the project quickly filled with words, drawings and patterns. “It’s really blown me away what the community has put into it,” Fairbanks

said. Fairbanks has heard of some people who have spent 3 to 4 hours drawing in the space, he said. A reception will be held for the project in the gallery Friday at 6 p.m., during which the project will be celebrated and completed. As part of the requirements of receiving the grant, the two must present their project at a conference of student creative endeavors. Following that, Fairbanks said the two want to commemorate the piece in some way in the form of a book or a continuing piece of street art. “I hope people carry that sense of creativity with them for the rest of the day,” Fairbanks said. “It’s building community by sharing your thoughts and your imagination.”

Photos by Rachel Krauza | the Appalachian

Senior communication studies major Patrick Austin (top) and junior spanish major Ruth Brown (left) draw for “Recess.” in the Looking Glass Gallery in the Plemmons Student Union. The collaborative project is open for students to walk in and contribute by writing or drawing on the walls. A reception will be held for the exhibit Friday from 6-8 p.m.


‘The Lego Movie’ is one of the most original animated comedies in years There are, as far as former or current Lego enthusiasts are concerned, only two types of Lego users. Instruction junkies tackle only the most infuriating, intricate sets and then often display them for weeks on end to collect dust. The second type might combine Lancelot’s Castle and the Millennium Falcon with a fire station. In the recently released “The Lego Movie,” Emmet Brickowoski (voiced by Chris Pratt) is a rule-follower. He keeps his government-issued, handydandy manual close at all times, as does generally every other member in Bricksburg. He has no idea that President Business (Will Ferrell) – the head of, well, everything – is secretly the nefarious Lord Business, who plots to glue the entire world in place by wielding a secret weapon known as Kragle – a scratched-up tube of Krazy Glue. One day, Brickowoski meets an eccentric woman who goes by the name of Wyldstyle (Elizabeth Banks) who, along with hippy muse Vitruvius (Morgan Freeman), is convinced that Brickowoski is the “Special,” a savior of all MiniFigures who possesses unmatchable creativity. If this sounds like “Brave New World” meets animated superhero flick meets “Scary Movie”

to you, you’d be right in some regards. That said, despite the reliance on pop-culture parody and a mock-Marxist – though surprisingly valid – social critique, “The Lego Movie” does have one thing going for it: it’s really, really funny. Jokes and puns fly at a steady one-every-30-seconds clip, and the voice acting is at least as good as any other animated comedy. “The Lego Movie” boasts cameos galore: Nick Offerman plays disgruntled pirate Metal Beard, Shaquille O’Neal gets screen time as the most ballin’ of “Master Builders,” Liam Neeson voices a growly, headspinning “Good/Bad Cop,” Jonah Hill shows up as a whiny Green Lantern and Billy Dee Williams even “reprises” his role as Lando Calrissian. On top of this, the 3-D animation is gorgeous and every scene is as lush as you would expect. Directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, who have previously collaborated on “Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs,” “21 Jump Street” and “How I Met Your Mother,” seemingly take advantage of every available physical gag. Blind Vitruvius is as likely to channel “Book of Eli” as he is to walk headfirst into walls. Enamored MiniFigures can’t do much other than kind of awkwardly interlock “hands.”

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The irony doesn’t escape me that “The Lego Movie” is more or less a featurelength toy advertisement. Admittedly, this kind of corporate plug takes away from the prevailing message that kids should be free to exercise their creativity any way they please. Then again, as a child, Legos seemed like a sort of other world where my ideas could go rampant across the bedroom floor. In any case, “The Lego Movie,” like any successful animated film, provides even more laughs for the parents than the children. It’s funnier and – naturally – less “Disneyfied” than the likes of “Frozen,” but also much less fulfilling than, for example, Miyazaki’s “The Wind Rises.” - Sam Lineberger, A&E Reporter

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NC Reps criticize Obama’s higher ed statements Elizabeth McMichael

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Voucher suspension allows state to move forward But, as is the case with many previous voucher programs, the one passed last year poses a number of both constitutional and educational problems. A major issue with the program was whether or not the state constitution allows for public funding to private schools, which states that funds “shall be faithfully appropriated and used exclusively for establishing and maintaining a uniform system of free public schools.” This provides little room for public funding of private education. On a moral and ethical level, it also stands to reason that tax money should go largely, if not exclusively, to supporting a public system for all. Perhaps what is more troubling than the issue of education funding is the issue of religion. Many parents are seeking to send their kids to religious schools with the public money

Kevin Griffin Opinion Writer

The state’s new voucher system for education has been halted now that a Superior Court judge has ruled to suspend the program. The voucher program was set to hold a lottery next month to award 2,400 students, mostly low-income students, up to $4,200 each for the next school year, according to WRAL. On the surface it may seem to be an outrageous decision. Who would want to do away with a program that would offer educational opportunities to children? After all, nearly 5,000 people have applied, according to the News & Observer.

from the program. The Greensboro Islamic Academy, the Victory Christian Center School in Charlotte and Al-Imam School in Raleigh received more than 300 applications collectively, the News & Observer reports. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in the 2002 case Zelman v. Simmons-Harris that an Ohio voucher program was legal because it met certain standards, including serving a “valid secular purpose,” giving aid money to individuals, not schools, and ensuring a variety of school options. Under that standard, the voucher program may clear federal constitution hurdles. Still, that does not make it right. Public money provided by taxpayers should not go to subsidizing private religious choices. Aside from constitutional problems, there is the issue of what educational benefits vouchers may offer.

A July 2006 report by the United States Department of Education found that when results were adjusted for individual characteristics, the differences were minimal between public and private schools in the subjects of reading and math. In some instances, the public schools even performed better than the private ones. The voucher system is deeply flawed. Now that it has been suspended, we should find other ways of improving education. Instead of pursuing this voucher program further, the state should instead find ways to provide quality education that does not involve public funds for religious institutions, or for a program that would likely do little to improve outcomes. Griffin, a sophomore journalism major from Madison, is an opinion writer.

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President Barack Obama made his stance on higher education very clear during his speech at the Higher Education Summit at the White House on Jan. 16. He wants to reform higher education to include additional lower income students and push for graduation in four years. The ideas he is pushing for are well thought out and would lead to the success of many students, but there were a few choice words directed at Congress in the process. At the summit Obama said, “I’ve got a pen to take executive actions where Congress won’t, and I’ve got a telephone to rally folks around the country on this mission.” Representatives John Kline and Virginia Foxx saw this statement as a threat to subvert Congress on higher education and stated that this action was disappointing. Kline and Foxx wrote a letter to Obama on Feb. 12 discussing some of the statements he made and requesting a briefing. “The Department of Education has failed to release a comprehensive proposal to reauthorize the Higher Education Act,” Kline and Foxx stated in their letter. “Instead, the department continues to propose prescriptive, one-size-fits-all policies.” So, Obama is threatening to pass over Congress for not acting, but Congress has not been able to act because they have nowhere to go since a proper plan has not been presented by the Department of Education. This is a communication malfunction that has placed the executive branch and Congress on opposite ends. The Department of Education needs to sit down with members of Congress and talk with them about a plan that will ultimately fit with the needs of the highly diverse education system of the United States. That can start with the briefing that Kline and Foxx asked for in their letter. They requested that Obama talk to them about his planned executive actions and the steps he plans to take to help with the challenges of the education system. The only way to prevent more of a rift between the branches of government on higher education is for them to come together and communicate properly about what needs to happen. We cannot have the success we desire if threats and faulty plans continue to be thrown at each other.

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Thursday, February 27, 2014



App searches for first win in Irish Baseball Classic

by Kaitlyn Thruston Senior Sports Reporter


ince Appalachian State baseball’s season opener in Arkansas earlier this month, the team has gotten off to a tough start. The Mountaineers currently hold an 0-8 record with all losses coming to non-conference opponents. Seven of the losses were against nationally ranked opponents. “If you look at our non-conference schedule, it’s probably one of the top five toughest ones in the country and we’re playing big conferences,” head coach Billy Jones said. “So any mistake that you make is obviously amplified, and it’s expedited the learning process.” The Mountaineers’ most recent defeat came Tuesday afternoon when App State traveled to Boshamer Stadium in Chapel Hill, taking a 12-1 loss to the No. 22-ranked Tar Heels. Despite these setbacks early in the season, App State will look to pick up its first win this weekend at Notre Dame’s Irish Baseball Classic at the USA Baseball Complex in Cary. “Once we get the first [win], we feel like we’ll get things rolling,” junior pitcher Jeffrey Springs said. “We feel like we can compete with the best, and that’s obviously why we play them.” The tournament starts off with the Mountaineers facing Youngstown State on Friday. Youngstown State enters the game with an 0-5 record, taking losses to University of Alabama at Birmingham and Alabama State. App State moves on to its second opponent of the tournament Saturday facing Michigan. The Wolverines enter the tournament 1-5-1 overall, but hold an 0-4 away record for the season.

Before meeting the Mountaineers, Michigan will have to face No. 6 N.C. State, which swept App State last weekend. App State ends the tournament Sunday facing host Notre Dame. Entering the Baseball Classic with a 3-4 record, the Fighting Irish will look to improve its record against UCLA, Youngstown State and Michigan before meeting the Mountaineers. Friday’s duel between App State and Youngstown State is set to be the first game of the tournament and will begin at 2 p.m. After the Irish Classic, App State faces Campbell on Wednesday before returning to Boone for its homeopening series against UNC Asheville March 7 at 4 p.m. (Top) App State players watch from the dugout as the team takes on N.C. State. (Bottom) Head coach Billy Jones comes out to meet his team on the pitcher’s mound to discuss a game at N.C. State. The Mountaineers lost the game 0-7.

APP STATE SCHEDULE FEB. 28 Appalachian State vs. Youngstown State 2 p.m. MARCH 1 Michigan vs. Appalachian State 11:30 a.m. MARCH 2 Notre Dame vs. Appalachian State 11 a.m.

Slow start for Mountaineer baseball should not cause panic, team will rally Cory Spiers Sports Editor

Normally, an 0-8 record for a team in any sport is cause for concern. It could indicate that certain parts of the team are underperforming, that there is an issue with the way the team is coached or that the squad lacks confidence in their play and each other. But for Appalachian State baseball, none of those are true. Those who are frustrated and wondering when the currently winless Mountaineers will experience their breakthrough should first take a moment to analyze the early-season challenges the team has faced. The Mountaineers will turn its season around before it’s too late, and the numerous challenges it’s already faced will be the building blocks. It would be difficult to find a team in the nation with a tougher schedule in February than the Mountaineers. App State has played seven games against teams ranked in the top 25 of the NCAA, such as Arkansas, N.C. State and UNC-Chapel Hill, which are ranked No. 25, 6 and 22, respectively. The only unranked opponent App State has faced, Tennessee, boasts a 7-0 record. The Mountaineers’ pitchers held the Volunteers to seven runs - a mark that is not bad considering Tennessee throttled Purdue 20-2 a few days before the Volunteers met the Mountaineers. After seeing some of the best squads in the nation, head coach Billy Jones will have his team prepared and will right the ship. Through the first eight games last season, the Mountaineers were 6-2 and went on to finish with a final

mark of 30-24. It is not out of the question to expect App State to match that mark, even with the slow start. Playing against top-tier teams has illuminated issues and has allowed certain players to build confidence. The Wolfpack took advantage of nine errors in a three-game sweep of the Mountaineers. Sophomore centerfielder Jaylin Davis broke out of a tough start to the season by hitting a homerun off former USA Baseball Player of the Year Carlos Rodon. Other Southern Conference schools, which App State will face starting in late March, have mostly enjoyed relatively tame schedules in comparison. Georgia Southern, which boasts a 7-1 mark, easily took four games from 0-5 Maryland Eastern Shore this month. Second-place Elon, which sits at 6-1, benefited from three wins over another winless program, Wagner College. While App State should still respect and take seriously its SoCon peers, Wagner College and Maryland Eastern Shore are certainly far cries from Arkansas and N.C. State. While SoCon rivals are improving their record, App State is finding out through experience where improvement is needed. The Mountaineers have plenty of talent, and when that talent begins to mesh, the wins will come in bunches. Davis along with senior outfielder Tyler Zupcic and junior pitcher Jamie Nunn were preseason all-Southern Conference honorees. They have struggled early, but when they begin to contribute and lead the team, the script will be different. By the time the Mountaineers play its first home game March 7, it’s not unreasonable to expect the Mountaineers to have notched at least a couple of wins. There is plenty of work to be done, but there is certainly no reason to panic. The process of clawing up the SoCon standings begins now, 0-8 record and all.

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