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The Appalachian 04.15.14

Appalachian State University’s student news source since 1934

Vol. 88, No. 45

King Street selected as Great Main Street finalist by Gerrit Van Genderen News Reporter


orth Carolina residents nominated Boone’s King Street as a finalist for the N.C. Chapter of the American Planning Association’s People’s Choice of Great Main Streets. A campaign was launched last month by the N.C. Chapter to find people’s favorite main streets and public places in the state. A panel of nine judges narrowed down the list to six main streets and has given residents an opportunity to vote. Emily Beddingfield, chair of the 2014 Great Places in N.C. Awards Program, said anyone could nominate a main street online by submitting 100 words about the street and two pictures. “The panel looked at qualities such as how well a main street provided multiple services, not just a center for commerce, but also a gathering place for people,” Beddingfield said. “Main streets have the potential to be both streets and places, a place that draws people in and creates opportunities for community gathering, shopping, entertainment, etc.” Benson’s Main Street, Morganton’s E. & W. Union Street, Mooresville’s Main Street, Charlotte’s North Davidson Street and Belmont’s Main Street join King Street as finalists for the People’s Choice recognition. “Overall, the goal of the program is to celebrate great places in N.C. and the communities that sustain them,” Beddingfield said.

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King Street has been named one of six finalists in the N.C. Chapter of the American Planning Association’s People’s Choice of Great Main Streets competition. Voting is being held through May 9 and the ballot can be found on

Voting officially started April 10 and will conclude at 5 p.m. on May 9, according to The winners of the competition will be announced the week of May 12. Voters can pick their

Wildflower walks call attention to local biodiversity

favorite Main Street finalist by voting at Beddingfield said that the winning community would be recognized in a multitude of ways, including being

awarded a framed certificate and being invited to a Town Hall Day event in Raleigh.


Faculty Senate discusses future plans

by Lovey Cooper Senior A&E Reporter

When Appalachian State University biology professor Annkatrin Rose moved to Boone from Germany in 2002 for a job teaching botany, she knew little about the area other than its scenery and hiking trails. Rose began hiking near Boone to take pictures of the land and plants she encountered for her own enjoyment, but soon realized she could transform her hobby into something more. One of her photos made it to the final round of last year’s Appalachian Mountain Photography Contest, and around that same time she began to lead guided wildflower walks through campus and surrounding areas a few times a week. “That’s kind of how it all started, me going out with my camera to take pictures of plants,” Rose said. “Then I started buying books to try and


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Photo courtesy of Annkatrin Rose

identify those plants and I learned a lot.” Now, she is regarded as a local expert in native plants and has begun a program called Boone in Bloom, which includes a series of campus walks through the Department of Biology’s nature preserve behind Greenwood Parking Lot.


Faculty Senate Chair Andy Koch (left) presents Chancellor Kenneth Peacock (right) with a certificate of appreciation from the senate at Monday’s meeting in I.G. Greer.

The Senate also heard a report from Chancellor Kenneth Peacock.

by Laney Ruckstuhl Assistant News Editor

The Faculty Senate met Monday in I.G. Greer to discuss future faculty raises, the introduction of a Campus Sexual Violence Elimination Act and the possibility of UNC system-wide implementation of standardized testing.

Faculty loss and possible future raise Peacock started the meeting with his final end of the year report, addressing bud-


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On Friday, the LGBT Center hosted ASU Pride Day on Sanford Mall. Educational booths were set up along the mall and the event offered a variety of food, games, musical performances and free giveaways. The event was open to the public and aimed to promote the acceptance and diversity of the LGBT community at Appalachian State University and in Boone. Photos by Olivia Wilkes, Senior Photographer


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Philanthropy board encourages students to donate to university by Laney Ruckstuhl Assistant News Editor

Appalachian State University senior political science major Jacob Brooks and his recentlycreated Student Philanthropy Board are holding a Student Philanthropy Week to help raise money for the Campaign for Appalachian. The Campaign for Appalachian was started in October 2011 by Chancellor Kenneth Peacock. Its goal is to raise $200 million for the university by the end of 2014. Money raised by the cam-

paign goes into the Appalachian Fund, the university’s unrestricted general fund, according to the Alumni Association website. Student Philanthropy Week events are being held on Sanford Mall through April 16. Brooks, also president of Appalachian Student Ambassadors, said he started the Student Philanthropy Board and the week’s events because he saw a need for it. Brooks said that although the Student Philanthropy Board is encouraging students to donate, they will not be in charge

BSA and NPHC host joint fundraiser for step show

of deciding where the money goes. “I can’t tell you where the money goes,” Brooks said. “It goes wherever it’s needed within [designated] areas.” Brooks said he hopes to change the stigma around donating, especially while still enrolled as a student. “This road that I went on in my journey at Appalachian was not paved by me and it wasn’t paved by the fees I paid in tuition,” Brooks said. “It was paved by someone who came before me and someone that saw something special about

this university and they decided to give back financially. What I would like to do as a student and as a future alumnus of Appalachian State is pave that road for someone else and you can do that by giving just a few extra dollars.” The organization, mostly made up of ambassadors, is not yet officially recognized on campus, Brooks said. “Our purpose is to try to educate current Mountaineers and advocate for personal giving and to sort of deliver the message of what it means to give back to your university,” he

said. Brooks said the idea first came to him in his Vice Chancellor’s Leadership Cabinet class, which he took last semester. “That’s how it got initially launched, but it’s mostly been coming out of the Alumni Affairs office,” he said. Brooks said the initiative stemmed from the ambassadors because they often work closely with the Alumni Affairs office. By working with their office, the Board also hopes to spark post-graduation donations from current students.

High Country Bass hosts second EDM show

by Nicole Caporaso News Reporter

The National Pan-Hellenic Council and Black Student Association have joined together in an effort to raise money Tuesday at a fundraiser at The Rock to support the Divine Nine step show. The fundraiser is from 4 to 8 p.m. and proceeds will go toward prize money for the winners of the step show. BSA President Candace Mollison said the goal is to raise $200. The Divine Nine are the first nine historically black Greek organizations to be a part of the National Pan-Hellenic Council, Mollison said. “Each one has their own principles and values, but they of course all promote brotherhood, sisterhood, scholarship and service,” she said. “On our campus out of the nine, we have four.” The active organizations on campus are the fraternities Alpha Phi Alpha, Kappa Alpha Psi and Phi Beta Sigma, while the sorority is Alpha Kappa Alpha. “The event is mostly NPHC but BSA is supporting in NPHC’s endeavors to have a step show,” Mollison said. “It’s a tag team effort.” The step show is going to be April 26 in Legends. Mollison said it is not set yet, but there will most likely be a charge to gain admission to the show. “They have a step show as part of tradition as well as entertainment,” said Mollison. “It’s a way to showcase the community between all the organizations as well as promote it.” Mollison said that although it may not be evident, the BSA and NPHC work together often. “When BSA was created on this campus over 40 years ago, it opened up a gateway for other black organizations to form and grow on this campus,” she said. “Even though us working together has not always been evident, we are a community and a family so we always support each other.”

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The second installation of High Country Bass featured six local DJs and electronic dance music to an all ages crowd Friday. Despite having technical issues at times with audio quality, the crowd was responsive. HCB will return to Boone following this summer.


The winner would also be recognized at the APAN.C. conference with an opportunity to make a presentation on the story of their success and being highlighted in a press release that will be sent out statewide. Highlights of King Street that the website mentions include the Mast General Store, the F.A.R.M. Cafe and Boone Bagelry. Sheri Moretz, Mast General Store’s community relations manager, said the area was basically a ghost town when Mast General Store first arrived,

but they have seen the town and King Street develop into a thriving area. “There is lots of positive energy in downtown Boone right now,” Moretz said. “I hope to see that continue even further in the future.” Boone Mayor Andy Ball said the Town of Boone is in the initial stages of looking to preserve downtown Boone as a historical district in the future, further establishing King Street as a great main street. “It is a great honor for King Street to be recognized for a prestigious award such as this,” Ball said. “King Street represents the historical and cultural center of Boone, and I hope it is an award that we will win.”

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SGA, Hunger and Health Coalition partner to help children by Nicole Caporaso News Reporter

Appalachian State University’s Student Government Association will work with the Hunger and Health Coalition to participate in the BackPack Program as its annual service project. The BackPack Program collects snacks and food items to put into backpacks that go to Watauga County schools. Students from the schools can take the backpack home over the weekend if their home life does not permit them enough food to eat over the weekend.

“At the beginning of the year we purchase 100 backpacks,” Crystal Winebarger, director of operations with the Hunger and Health Coalition, said. “The items are put in the backpacks, which are put in the guidance office on Friday afternoons and any kid can take a backpack for the weekend and walk out.” Winebarger said the normal items put into the backpacks include individual boxes of cereal, one serving cans of pasta, crackers, fruit cups and shelfstable milk. Alyssa Frizzelle, SGA director of Student Affairs, said


-getary concerns due to continued cuts from the North Carolina General Assembly. Appalachian State University’s budget has been reduced by more than $34 million since the 2008-09 academic year. Peacock said the effect of continued cuts on the UNC system has caused many universities to cut faculty salaries. “Some campuses can’t make payroll,” Peacock said. “We’re not one of them. What’s being done is Appalachian and other schools will pay a little bit more than that 1 percent reduction, or an allotment, to help those campuses out.” Peacock also addressed the recent loss of faculty due to the failure of the UNC Board of Governors to raise faculty salaries across the board in the system. “[Faculty who are leaving] are not going to another school in North Carolina,” Peacock said. “I see that and I can understand why.” Faculty Senate Chair Andy Koch said the College of Arts and Sciences has lost 21 faculty members this school year alone, unrelated to retirement. This number is higher than the number of faculty losses in the department for the previous six years combined. “We’re not unique,” Koch said. “This is happening throughout the entire system.” Koch said he is compiling data from each individual college to show faculty losses and plans to send it to UNC system President Tom Ross and the BOG in hopes that it will encourage a system-

this is the first time SGA is partnering with the Hunger and Health Coalition for their service project. “Each year about 40 percent of the kids in Watauga County schools qualify for free or reduced lunch, the Hunger and Health Coalition helps these families to provide food for the times kids are not in school,” Frizzelle said. “I think sometimes as college students, we forget how privileged we are to be receiving an education and we get so wrapped up in our daily lives and school work that we forget to give back to the commu-

wide faculty raise. Peacock estimated the proposed salary raise will be about 3 or 4 percent, although he said no one knows for sure yet. Koch said he believes if the BOG approves salary increases, it could help decrease loss of faculty. The UNC system budget will be finalized in May. New sexual assault policy University Police Chief Gunther Doerr was a guest speaker at the meeting to discuss the new Sexual Violence Elimination Act, which will take effect July 2015. The Campus SaVE Act, mandated and funded by federal legislation, was introduced by U.S. Sen. Bob Casey of Pennsylvania and U.S. Rep Caroline Maloney of New York with help from the Clery Center for Security on Campus. The process includes changes to policy addressing domestic violence, dating violence, stalking and sex offenses. These instances are now to be handled and identified by federal, not state, definitions of the aforementioned terms. Doerr said one of the main changes is the removal of the word “force” from the definition of rape. The definition has been changed to identify sexual relations without consent as rape. The policy also introduces primary prevention and awareness programs for incoming students and new employees, as well as ongoing education for students and faculty, Doerr said. Doerr said he is not sure what form the training will take, since the legisla-

nity around us.” SGA will collect donations through April 25 at its office and will also have a contact table set up outside of The Market in Plemmons Student Union. Frizzelle said all SGA senators will be required to contribute a minimum of five items. “There is no specific goal in mind, but I would love to see as much support as possible,” she said. “In the past, this project was very central to SGA, but I think by expanding to a donation table at The Market, especially as the se-

tion has not been finalized. Possible standardized testing requirement Director of General Education Paulette Marty addressed the possibility of the implementation of standardized testing in the general education program that would take effect for the entire UNC system. Marty said the change is included as a part of the UNC strategic plan. “The UNC strategic plan states that we need to create an instrument,” Marty said. “An instrument, to the Board of Governors, means standardized test.” Marty said it is important that university faculty work in collaboration with the BOG in the formation of the test. “If we do not work to help with the creation of this instrument, we will simply be sidelined and the instrument will be placed upon us,” Marty said. Marty said the Educational Testing Service is attempting to develop a contract in which they would work with faculty to write the test. “ETS is incredibly eager to get this contract,” Marty said. “What they see is that if it works in North Carolina, they’re looking at a potential major market for these tests.” The test would be implemented as a part of the general education curriculum and used to measure critical thinking, taking the form of written questions rather than multiple choice. “If we have to do this, we want to actually try to make the test as useful as we can,” Marty said. “Maybe we will actually get some data about what our stu-

mester nears to a close and some students have a lot of extra money, that we can get a large number of donations.” SGA President Dylan Russell said this initiative shows that SGA wants to not only affect Appalachian, but also the Watauga community. “It is a sad fact that, within the progressive beacon of hope that Appalachian is and has been, there are individuals within our community struggling to make ends meet,” he said. “SGA seeks to bridge the chasm of the haves and have-nots with this exciting initiative.”

dents know and don’t know and what they’re weak on so we can use it to improve our curriculum.” Faculty addressed concerns regarding possible use by the BOG to attempt to measure the academic performance of individual professors and institutions within the system. “We can try to control the way the reporting happens, the way the scoring happens as much as possible so that it can be more of a question of what our students know rather than just a raw score used to compare one institution to another,” Marty said. Koch said he fears standardized testing would increase workload for faculty and administration, as well as cause the possible problem of professors teaching to the test. “I think it will cheapen a university education if we go to standardized testing,” Koch said. If approved, Koch said he estimates that the test will be implemented in 2015.


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App Submit announcements A service of the Division of Student Development. Email at least two weeks in advance. Entries should not exceed 100 words and must include the event title, date/time, location and cost, other pertinent information and a contact(s) (email, phone and/ or URL). Announcements will be edited as needed and will run as space allows. Open Door/Open Mic Open Door/Open Mic, sponsored by the Open Door program, will be held 7-9:30 p.m. April 15, Whitewater Cafe, Plemmons Student Union. Because talent is a powerful dimension of diversity, and diversity is the cornerstone of Open Door, the stage will be open to all types of performances — ­­ singing, juggling, poetry, guitar, and any other expressive or performing art. The only condition is that the performance be respectful of all people. The event is free and open to the public, and refreshments will be served. To learn more about Open Door, please visit Carolina Chowdown An Appalachian Heritage Food Feast. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. April 16, Homestyle Classics in Rivers Street Cafe and Traditions in Sanford Commons Student


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Philanthropy Week 10 a.m.-2 p.m. through April 16, Sanford Mall. Student Philanthropy Week is a fun and informative way learn why private gifts — especially those to the Appalachian Fund — are so important. The three-day event will feature give-aways, a thank you card station to thank donors for their support, a photo booth, and a giant Appalachian “A”


bank where people can donate any amount to make a difference for Appalachian. Like App State Student Philanthropy on Facebook or visit for more information.

friendly DIY shampoos, conditioners, facial scrubs, etc. and will leave with recipes and samples. Ingredients donated by Bare Essentials Natural Market. NASCAR documentary screening Apps Heritage Council is presenting the first public showing of “Moonshine to the Finish Line, a documentary about the early days of stock car racing in the U.S., 7 p.m. April 24, Greenbriar Theatre. The film features legends including Junior Johnson and Bobby Allison, as well as stories of whiskey, women and wild animals in odd places.

NPHC and BSA Fundraiser To raise money forthe Divine Nine Stepshow for the National Pan-Hellenic Council and the Black Student Association. 4-8 p.m. April 15, The Rock Sports Bar & Grill, 276 Watauga Village Drive. Tax assistance Students, staff and faculty may use appstate to prepare and e-file federal and state income tax returns. App is providing IRS-sponsored Facilitated Self-Assistance (FSA), in which trained volunteers will be available to guide users through the process and answer questions. Inperson assistance available 5-7 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday evenings, through April 15, room 21014, Raley Hall. No appointment necessary. For questions, call 2626228 or email hofmannma@ Additional community-wide free tax assistance with the VITA program is available (by appointment only) at: Watauga County Public Library, 3-6 p.m. Fridays, and 9 a.m.-noon Saturdays; Watauga County Senior Center, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays; and Western Watauga Community Center on Mondays.


Remembrance Day Begins at 6:30 p.m. April 24 in Rough Ridge, Plemmons Student Union, with a screening of “The Truth About Suicide.” At 7:30 p.m., Suicide Remembrance Night will take plance on Sanford Mall and will feature a variety of activities for those who have been affected by suicide. For more information, call the Counseling Center at 828-262-3180. District Attorney Candidates’ Forum The Watauga County DART/ SART and the Watauga County Bar Association are hosting a District Attorney Candidates’ Forum for the Avery, Madison, Mitchell, Watauga and Yancey County communities (24th Prosecutorial District), local attorneys and the Watauga County DART/SART members. The forum will be held 5:307:30 p.m. April 28 in the large Superior Court Room in the Watauga County Court House, 842 W. King Street. Questions are being accepted from community members, local attorneys and members of the DART/SART and will be distributed to the candidates a week prior to the event. If you have any questions

DIY Earth Friendly Products workshop 6:30 p.m. April 17, Rough Ridge, Plemmons Student Union. Sponsored by the Sustainability & Environmental Education Club (SEEC) Learn about how synthetic chemicals in personal care and household products affect fish, frogs and other riverine life downstream. Participants will learn how to make river-

or would like to submit questions, contact either Anne Duvoisin Fisher, President of the Watauga County Bar Association at 919-781-1107 or 828-295-7469 (aduvoisin@, or Liz Mason, Chair of the Watauga DART/ SART, at 828-264-1532 ( Wellness workshop The Counseling Center presents “Feelin’ Good in the Neighborhood!” wellness workshop series. Extra credit slips will be made available. For more information, call 262-3180 or go to counseling. • Screening of Lifetime’s “Call Me Crazy” Film with Brittany Snow & Love is Louder, 6-8:30 p.m. April 28, Beacon Heights Room, Plemmons Student Union Sustainability Film Series Presented by the Office of Sustainability and the Department of Geology, and sponsored by Appalachian Popular Programming Society, Belk Library, Department of Geology and sustain Appalachian. •  A Place at the Table, 7 p.m. April 29, I.G. Greer Auditorium: The story of three Americans who maintain their dignity even as they struggle just to eat. The screening will be followed by a brief panel discussion with experts from the sustainability field. Move-in day Volunteers are needed Aug. 15 to assist with move-in day for the class of 2018. Students will arrive from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m., and volunteers are needed to assist students in moving their belongings into their residence hall rooms. Volunteers are also needed for upperclassmen move-in between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Aug. 16. Appalachian will provide all volunteers with a T-shirt. As a special incentive to organizations and groups, the commit-

tee is offering organizations with 15 or more volunteers to have their organization/group name or logo printed on the T-shirt. The deadline for volunteer registration is June 13 to have the organization name printed on the T-shirt. Sign up to volunteer on our website: For more information, email jordansn@ Civil rights work For the past two years, Appalachian has been working intensely on several initiatives to improve the climate of safety on the campus. Listen to a progress report in a new FYI Podcast: “Building a Safer Community: Appalachian’s work with the Office for Civil Rights.” Listen here: https:// fyi-ocr. Podcast about drug and alcohol arrests published a story about colleges with the most on-campus drug and alcohol arrests. Appalachian State University was on the list. Listen to the full discussion of the rankings and what they mean at, or find it on http://appcares. Free legal advice Do you have questions about your lease or the conditions in your apartment? Are you uncertain how to handle a speeding ticket or minor criminal charge? The Student Legal Clinic may be able to help. An attorney is available to provide free, confidential advice and information to Appalachian students about a variety of legal issues. The Student Legal Clinic is located in Suite 324, Plemmons Student Union. Call 262-8284, or visit the office to schedule an appointment, or go to



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Blue Mountain Student Documentary Film Festival, 6 p.m., Parkway Ballroom, PSU, free

Art Bash for Appalachian Students, 7 p.m., Turchin Center, free (students only)

“Alice in Wonderland” screening, 7 p.m., Greenbriar, PSU, $1

“American Hustle” screening, 7 p.m. and 9:40 p.m., I.G. Greer, $1

“Alice in Wonderland” screening, 7 p.m., Greenbriar, PSU, $1

“American Hustle” screening, 7 p.m. and 9:40 p.m., I.G. Greer, $1

“Moonshine to the Finish Line” documentary screening, 7 p.m., Greenbriar, PSU, free

N.C. Harp Ensemble concert, 4 p.m., Rosen Concert Hall, free



Open Door / Open Mic, 7 p.m., Whitewater Cafe, PSU, free

Stephen Taperick student viola recital, 6 p.m., Recital Hall, free

Symphonic Band concert, 8 p.m., Rosen Concert Hall, free

Appalachian Wind Ensemble concert, 8 p.m., Rosen Concert Hall, free

Celebration of Student Writing, noon, Grandfather Mountain Ballroom, PSU, free

Tai Chi, 5 p.m., Turchin Center, free

The Movement concert, 9 p.m., Legends, $8-$10




Visiting Writers Series with poet Richard Hague, craft talk at 3:30 p.m., reading at 7:30 p.m., Table Rock, PSU, free

Painting Class, 7 “Annie Hall” screenp.m., Turchin Center, “Annie Hall” screen- ing, 7 p.m., Greenfree ing, 7 p.m., Green- briar, PSU, $1 briar, PSU, $1


21 State holiday: university closed

22 State holiday: university closed


“American Hustle” Jazz Ensembles I & II concert, 8 p.m., screening, 9:40 Schaefer Center, free p.m., I.G. Greer, $1

Opera Workshop, 6:30 p.m., Rosen Concert Hall, free

Steely Pan ReSpring Fling 2014, union concert, 8 11 a.m.-3 p.m., San- p.m., Schaefer ford Mall, free Center, free Glee Club and Jazz Vocal concert, 8 p.m., Rosen Concert Hall, free



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Annual MerleFest keeps Watsons’ memory alive Warren Haynes performs with Gov't Mule on the MerleFest main stage at last year’s 26th annual MerleFest held on the campus of Wilkesboro Community College. This year’s festival will feature headliners Alan Jackson, Old Crow Medicine Show and Merle Haggard.

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by Kelsey Hamm Intern A&E Reporter


he 27th annual MerleFest Music Festival in Wilkesboro will host 130 performances across 13 stages April 24 to 27 with Merle Haggard and Alan Jackson headlining the bunch. MerleFest began in 1988 and is celebrated every year in honor of American folk music icon Doc Watson and his son Eddy Merle Watson, festival director

Tad Hagamen said. Hagamen, who graduated from Appalachian State University with a degree in business in 1978, said that a wide range of genres such as bluegrass, oldtime music, country, blues and rock are all represented at the festival. “My team and I try to figure out which bands might be coming out with a new record, or if there are artists with unique situations that suit MerleFest,” Hagamen said.


Last year, these walks attracted about 12 students and community members on a sunny day, but she anticipates many more participants this year as she has expanded her program to include the Daniel Boone Native Gardens and sections of Grandfather Mountain. The trips usually last two hours, and primarily attract locals interested in gardening or medicinal and Native American uses of plants in addition to biology majors. Rebecca Kaenzig, chair of the board of directors for the Daniel Boone Native Gardens, said that walks like this call attention to the often-overlooked diversity of nature that exists in this region. “Our mission is to preserve and become educated about native plants, which is just what [Rose is] trying to do,” Kaenzig said. Sue McBean, the superintendent of Grandfather State Park, helped Rose expand her program to off-campus sites this year. McBean said that Rose’s

The line-up for this year also includes Old Crow Medicine Show and The Steep Canyon Rangers. MerleFest publicist Judy McDonough said that the wide range of music helps to foster the festival’s familyfriendly atmosphere. “Keeping the festival both musically diverse and familyfriendly was important to Doc Watson, and it remains important to us,” McDonough said. Hagamen said Appalachian students make up a huge part of

the festival every year. Many of those involved in managing the festival graduated from Appalachian. “My father is a bluegrass enthusiast and would bring me to MerleFest every year as a child,” Erica Stewart, freshman biology major, said. “It’s just an incredible festival – there is a limitless amount of fun and music.” Every year the festival contributes more than $10.7 million to the surrounding region, Hagamen said. Local nonprofit

groups run the food booths at the festival, bringing in revenue to help further their mission. Hagamen said there have been between 75,000 and 80,000 people in attendance at the festival for each of the last five years. He expects this year to be no different. The festival is alcohol- and tobacco-free, and there is no charge for children under 12 years old. Tickets can still be purchased for the festival at

inclusion of Grandfather, which has 16 distinct ecological zones due to various elevations and climates, will help students see a much wider range of wildflowers. Rose said she does not try to force a love of hard sciences such as botany on participants, but prefers to simply call their attention to the beauty surrounding them. “I hope they get some interaction with nature and just knowing what’s flowering out there,” Rose said. Boone in Bloom’s 2014 nature walks began April 4 and are scheduled through June. For more information, visit Boone In Bloom on Facebook or check the Wildflower Report at Biology professor Annkatrin Rose snapped this photo of Bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis) growing at the Daniel Boone Native Gardens on Thursday. Rose transformed her nature photography hobby into a program called Boone in Bloom, which takes students and community members on nature walks around several location in the area.

Photo courtesy of Annkatrin Rose


Animal Collective’s Avey Tare releases new dark, fun side project California-based musician David Portner, known by his stage name Avey Tare, has one of the most distinctive, intense voices in contemporary music. Portner’s overdriven yelp is one of the defining qualities of psychedelic-pop group Animal Collective’s music. His voice is so central to classic Collective tunes like “Fireworks” and “In the Flowers” that it’s difficult to imagine hearing it outside of the context of those songs. That said, Portner’s sensibilities clearly lie with the “Animal” part of his main band, and his solo music and respective side explores these darker impulses in a way the Collective can’t. Enter Avey Tare’s Slasher Flicks, a new trio fronted by

Avey Tare’s Slasher Flicks Enter the Slasher House

Avey Tare, featuring his girlfriend and ex-Dirty-Projectorsvocalist Angel Deradoorian as well as drummer Jeremy Hyman, who’s played for Ponytail, Dan Deacon and Boredoms.

On their debut album “Enter the Slasher House,” Slasher Flicks offer a concise, direct response to the sound of Animal Collective’s 2012 album “Centipede Hz.” Many felt that record was a disappointment, but on his own, Portner converts the album’s splatter-paint electronics from tedious to joyful and energetic. Huge, squelching analog synths and rabid processed vocals take center stage on the music here while percussive elements and strange samples ricochet around the edges. All that might suggest that Portner just wants to get back to his main project, but by the time the 50 minutes of “Slasher House” are up, Avey Tare’s Slasher Flicks have clearly de-

veloped a distinct identity. In recent interviews, Portner has suggested that the band’s name and sound feature a heavy influence from campy horror flicks and haunted house scares. This comes through on the eerie ambience that opens and closes the record, as well as Portner’s funhouse-mirror vocals. What makes “Enter the Slasher House” unique is less its B-movie aspirations and more its energetic drive and fascinating arrangements. Singles “Little Fang” and “Strange Colores” are unlike anything Portner has put to tape before. The former is a demented take on ’80s softrock and the latter an intensely catchy garage-rock stomp.

Elsewhere, Hyman’s manic drumming and Deradoorian’s bright keyboards flesh out the sound so much it’s easy to forget that most of this music was recorded in live takes. Though Portner’s idiosyncratic – some might say grating – voice is fully front and center, Deradoorian’s sweet sing-song harmonies and the grungy production aesthetic shed new light on his tried-and-true eccentricities. “Slasher House” will probably appeal most to fans of the Collective, but its intense, funloving sound is a fascinating detour from more formulaic independent rock for any listener. -Colin Moore, A&E Editor

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When tolerance becomes intolerance Dewey Mullis Opinion Writer

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Chapel Hill investigation highlights sexual assault isKevin Griffin Opinion Writer

The conversation over sexual assault and its handling by universities has become a national topic, and that has come up in the University of North Carolina system as well several times in the last few years. The Department of Education has started an investigation at UNC Chapel Hill into potential violations of the Clery Act, a federal law requiring financial aid-receiving colleges to report crime rates. The investigation was initiated after Assistant Dean of Students Melinda Manning claimed the university pressured her to under report incidences of sexual assault, a claim the university denies, ac-

cording to The Daily Tar Heel. Chapel Hill is not the only UNC-system university to face problems with sexual assault. Appalachian State University also received criticism because of administrative handling during a sexual assault case involving football players, according to the March 6, 2012 edition of The Appalachian. Rape and sexual assault are issues that are frustratingly hard when they should be quite simple. There are no shortage of conflicting definitions, narratives and even statistics. The issue of sexual assault is a difficult one to grapple with because of the heavy emotional implications. As with most uncomfortable topics, the automatic reaction is too often to ignore the problem. But this approach is part of the problem. What is required to combat the problem of sexual assault is an open ap-

proach that allows victims to come forward, as well as clarity in defining sexual assault. One of the most disturbing facts about sexual assault is how underreported it is. A 2007 Justice Department report found that only 12 percent of college women who had been raped reported it, compared to 16 percent of women in the general population reported being raped. The reason many did not report came from fear, both of reprisal and of how the victim would be perceived. Those who have the power to do so must ensure that victims feel safe reporting the crime. This means authorities must take initiative in pursuing rape claims and ensuring that those who do rape are punished. A further step involves broadening the scope of research and consideration of violent crime. Often, the definition of rape and the way rape

is examined excludes certain groups of people. It was only in 2012 that the Federal Bureau of Investigation changed its definition of rape to be more broad from the old definition, which left out the possibility of rape against men. There is also the problem of sexual assault against LGBT people and how it is covered. Many are sexually assaulted at disproportionate levels and are wary of seeking help, according to Al Jazeera. A major reason this problem persists as it does is that victims feel unable to communicate what has been done to them. Universities and other institutions must move toward creating environments where victims can feel safe and see that justice is sought for them. Griffin, a sophomore journalism major from Madison, is an opinion writer.

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Political discourse, often including opinion writing, naturally has polarizing attributes that can place senders and receivers on opposing ends of an ideological spectrum. Admittedly, the difficulty sometimes lies within presenting a perspective that is well-researched and exhibits an awareness that other views exist on the same grounds. It is easy to get carried away. Though liberal-leaning myself, I am disappointed in the evolution of tolerance that has long been embraced by the left in the debates regarding social issues. What used to be a driving force for equality has become a tool to push opposition to the margins of the discussion. When Phil Robertson, patriarch of the “Duck Dynasty” television show, openly claimed to misunderstand why people would want to engage in homosexual behavior, the left immediately called for his firing. To no avail, Robertson remained a prominent figure and the show went on. But in recent weeks the push for “tolerance” has not fared well for the minority viewpoint. Following fervent pushback from prominent liberal groups, former Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich resigned just days after his appointment. The hostility toward Eich was in response to his support of the California ban on samesex marriage, according to ABC. And after a seven-year battle in the courts, Mike Adams, a professor at UNC-Wilmington, emerged the victor following his claim that UNCW had denied his promotion based on his political views, according to WWAY. A federal judge ruled that UNCW discriminated against Adams, an openly conservative Christian, and ordered the university to promote him and provide compensation in the amount of $50,000 for lost wages. What we are seeing here is a political discrimination that should be viewed as contradictory to the values expressed by the very definition of liberal. The goal should not be to change the individual, but should be to change the way we view pressing and polarizing matters. There must be an acceptance of differing opinions that equals the respect applied to mutual perspectives. In order to maintain reasonable standing in political discourse, the liberal left has to be accepting of the fact that people are not always going to change their minds. We can’t get carried away. Mullis, a junior criminal justice major from Wallburg, is an opinion writer.

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Women’s tennis looks to Thaggard for leadership

by Jess Lyons

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essica Thaggard, the sole senior on Appalachian State’s women’s tennis team, has lead her squad this season, representing the Mountaineers as the No. 5 singles for the team and occasionally No. 3 doubles. For App State, life without Thaggard begins next season, and that means the team will be very young. The Mountaineers have had an upand-down season, finishing with a 3-6 Southern Conference record, 8-15 overall. “I know that our team is really tough, and after all the experience this year, I know that next year they’re going to come out even stronger,” Thaggard said. “The Sun Belt [Conference] is going to have a tough time coming for them, because they don’t know just what Appalachian State can do.” Next season will be the first time in three years that App State will not gain four or more recruits. “I don’t think low recruitment is going to matter for us,” sophomore Mackenzie LaSure said. “I think that we fight the best way we can, and we don’t really know what the competition is like in the Sun Belt.” App State had a tough time mid-season, suffering a seven match losing streak. Head coach Colin Crothers said his team was still finding its footing and their capabilities in doubles during that time. Since that losing streak, the Mountaineers have taken all of their remaining matches, only losing to Elon by a score of 3-4 on April 1. “The great thing is that the team is learning a lot,” Crothers said. “You can

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Senior Jessica Thaggard returns the ball during her winning set against an Elon player earlier this season. Thaggard, the teams sole senior, has been a key player all four years she has been on the team.

really see it in the doubles, because we didn’t win a lot of doubles matches early on, and now we’ve won four in a row. This team is peaking at the right time, and I think that’s what we need to see before moving on.” Thaggard and LaSure said they are confident in the young team going into

next season, because of everything they have been able to learn this year. “It’s really weird, because you have to teach everyone new dynamics and get them used to college tennis, but it’s also amazing, because it showed how much potential they’ll have in the future because they’re all solid players,” Thaggard

said. “You just know that this year might be a little tougher but each year will get a lot better for them.” The Mountaineers open up the Southern Conference tournament in Chattanooga, Tenn., with a match against Western Carolina on Wednesday. The start time for the match is set for 2 p.m.


Men’s tennis remains focused despite young roster by Jess Lyons Sports Reporter

Oliver Casey and Jack Maddocks are two of the five freshmen on the Appalachian State men’s tennis team that will participate in the Southern Conference tournament Thursday in Chattanooga, Tenn. Casey currently plays for the Mountaineers at singles No. 2 as well as for doubles at No. 2 with fellow freshman Daniel Hoang. Maddocks frequently plays singles at No. 5 and frequently

plays doubles at No. 3 with junior Steve Lake. “We’ll be losing our No. 1 next season to graduation, and there aren’t that many new recruits, so [Casey] is probably going to have to step up to No. 1 next season,” head coach Bob Lake said. “Jack is really talented too and will have to move up, as well. It’s always great to get this much talent in one year of recruiting.” Both Casey and Maddocks boasted solid singles records for their first season. Casey finished the regular season with a singles record of 13-7 and a





doubles record of 10-8. Maddocks finished his season with a singles record of 12-9 but finished doubles with a record of 6-7. “Our goal is to just go out there and do what we can for the team,” Casey said. “We all worked really hard to be where we are, and we’ve got so much time left to keep getting better.” The Mountaineers will only lose seniors Sebastien King and Matt Saltsgaver to graduation after this season, so the team will not look at adding a large number of recruits as

Sun Belt Conference play begins next season. “It’ll be harder,” Maddocks said. “There’s going to be more traveling to places we haven’t been and schools we’ve never even seen before. I don’t think low recruiting is going to be a problem for us. The guys we have can improve and adjust to the changes we’re going to make as a team.” The Mountaineers will be joined in the Sun Belt by longtime rival Georgia Southern, but the other opponents will present new challenges. “You just have to know the

nature of the beast and how to handle it,” Lake said. “We have a good team with a group of guys who are ready to get better and put in the effort, and that alone is going to make us a contender moving up next season.” The Mountaineers’ solid play this season earned them a first-round bye in the upcoming Southern Conference tournament. App State will take on Samford in their first match of the tournament. The match is set to begin at 8:30 a.m. Thursday.


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Appalachian State takes weekend series over The Citadel by Ben Cogsdale Intern Sports Reporter

by Bryant Barbery

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Appalachian State baseball hosted Southern Conference rival The Citadel in a threegame weekend series that saw the Mountaineers drop the first game, but rally to take the final two and win the series. The series win is the third Southern Conference series win for App State this season. Game one The Bulldogs opened the scoring when junior designated hitter Bo Thompson smacked a solo home run to left field off of App State junior right-handed pitcher Jamie Nunn to give The Citadel a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning. App State quickly responded when sophomore first baseman Alex Leach tied the game at one in the bottom of the second inning when he sent a slow ground ball into right field, scoring junior third baseman Michael Pierson. The Mountaineers had a chance to continue the scoring in the second inning when senior shortstop William Head walked to load the bases with one out, but sophomore catcher Zach Hummel struck out and freshman left fielder Tyler Stroup flew out to left field to end the inning. The Bulldogs quickly regained the lead after loading the bases in the third inning and watching Nunn walk home a run before senior right fielder Tyler Griffin drilled a two-RBI single into right field to give The Citadel a 4-1 lead. Senior right fielder Preston Troutman made a diving grab for the second out of the third inning, but a runner still tagged up and scored from third, increasing the Bulldog lead to 5-1. Freshman designated hitter Matt Brill extended his hitting streak to a team-high 13 games with an RBI-single to left field that scored senior second baseman Tyler Zupcic, who doubled earlier in the third inning, to cut The Citadel lead to 5-2. The Citadel started to pull away after adding to its lead in the fourth inning when senior left fielder Drew DeKerlegand roped an RBI-single into center field, scoring a runner from second base. The Bulldogs continued the scoring when junior shortstop Johnathan Stokes drove in two runners with a single to right field to increase the Bulldog lead to 8-2. In the fifth inning, the Mountaineers loaded the bases with one out for the second time of the game. But App State was again unable to capitalize as Leach struck out swinging, and Head grounded into a fielder’s choice to end the inning. Hummel got the crowd back into the game when he tripled to deep centerfield to start the sixth inning. But the Mountaineers were again stifled before they could score as Troutman popped out into foul territory, and Zupcic grounded into a double play to end the inning. The Mountaineers were held without a run for the final six

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(Above) Sophomore infielder Michael Pierson slides into first base after attempting to steal second during the second inning of Friday’s game against The Citadel. (Below) Freshman infielder Matt Brill celebrates after hitting a home run.

innings of the game as senior left-handed pitcher Logan Cribb completed the game, allowing 10 hits, two runs and striking out four App State batters. “You have to take your hats off to [Cribb],” head coach Billy Jones said. “We put him on the ropes, and he was still able to make big pitches.” Sophomore center fielder Jaylin Davis amassed a teamhigh three hits on the day and did not strike out. Davis said the offense struggled to capitalize on scoring opportunities, allowing the Bulldogs to pull away. “I’ve been struggling early, so I feel this is getting me back on track,” Davis said. “[As a team] we got some hits, but we were hitting the ball right at people.” Game two Senior right-handed pitcher Tyler Moore pitched his third complete game of the season for the Mountaineers in the second game of the weekend series Saturday afternoon in a 6-5 win. Pierson led the way for App State as he collected four hits and four RBIs. “I stayed with the proper approach today and I was able to have good quality at bats,” Pierson said. Both clubs plated runs in the bottom of the first and top of the third. The Citadel scored two more for a 5-2 lead into the bottom of the fifth. After scratching across two in the bottom of the fifth, the Mountaineers struck again in the bottom of the seventh. Zupcic led the seventh inning off with a four pitch walk. Pierson stepped in the box in the proceeding at bat and lined a ball into the left-centerfield gap. The triple for Pierson chased Zupcic home, tying the game and giving Pierson one of his four RBIs on the afternoon. Two batters later, Davis lift-

ed a shallow sacrifice fly to the outfield. Appalachian tied the game on heads up base running by Pierson, who tagged up at third and slid head first at the plate to narrowly beat the throw from right field. The Mountaineers took a 6-5 lead into the top of the eighth and put the game in Moore’s hands. Moore pitched around some trouble in the eighth aided by a double play and closed the game out in the top of the ninth. The win moves Moore’s record to 7-2 on the season. “I’ve been able to settle into the starter role and had some good run support in my outings,” Moore said. Jones said he credited Moore and the Mountaineers’ experience in close games. To go along with Pierson’s four hit performance, Troutman and Brill added two hits each. Brill extended his hit streak to 14 games. Game three In the final game of the series, the Mountaineers took control early, driving in five runs in the first inning and holding on to win 10-6. The Citadel gained an early run in the top of the first inning as DeKerlegand scored off of a single from Griffin. The Mountaineers responded in the bottom of the first inning when freshman left fielder Brian Bauk guided a single to center field, and senior right fielder Preston Troutman sliced an RBI-triple to bring in Bauk to tie the game at one. Another single to left field by Zupcic brought in Troutman to give App State a 2-1 lead. Brill extended his hitting streak to 15 games by slamming his third home run of the season over the right field wall to give Appalachian a 5-1 lead. In the third inning, Davis launched his fourth home run of the season over the left field

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wall, bringing in two more runs and increasing the lead to 7-1. The Bulldogs notched one run in the fifth inning off of an RBI single from Griffin. Head responded by scoring on a throwing error from Stokes in the sixth inning to extend the App State lead to 8-2. The Bulldogs fired back in the top of the seventh scoring four runs to cut the lead down to two at 8-6 off of three App State errors. The Mountaineers plated two more runs in the seventh inning to extend the lead to 10-6.

Junior left-handed pitcher Jeffrey Springs got the start on the mound for the Mountaineers and worked through six innings as he earned his second victory of the season. “It felt good to get a win and grind it out,” Springs said. “We felt like we needed to win this to keep us moving on to trying to win a SoCon championship.” App State improves to 13-20 on season and 7-4 in the Southern Conference as they head into their mid-week matchup at Wake Forest on Wednesday. First pitch is set for 6 p.m.

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