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The Appalachian 04.24.14

Appalachian State University’s student news source since 1934

Vol. 88, No. 47

Freshman performs with Great Caesar by Nicole Caporaso News Reporter


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Freshman elementary education major Annie Joy Johnson sings ‘Don’t Ask Me Why’ by Great Caesar in her Cannon Residence Hall room Wednesday. The band found a cover of the song she posted and invited her to play with them on stage in Connecticut.

nnie Joy Johnson, a freshman elementary education major, performed with one of her favorite bands, Great Caesar, at their concert April 11 at the Outer Space Ballroom in Hamden, Conn. Johnson was personally invited by members of the band after they came across her cover of their song “Don’t Ask Me Why” on Facebook and YouTube. “I first received comments on my Facebook music page from a couple of the band members just saying who they were and how impressed they all were that I covered the song on my own,” Johnson said. “I then got a few likes from band members, comments from the band’s page, comments on YouTube and even a couple of shares by the band.” The YouTube video now has more than 1,000 views. John-Michael Parker, the lead singer of Great Caesar, personally commented on the video. “I’m sitting here, listening to your beautiful and moving performance, beaming with happiness and gratitude,” Parker wrote in a YouTube comment. “You make our song sound so good!” In Parker’s comment, he included his personal email address and told Johnson the band was interested in bringing her out to a show to perform.

“Overall, I think what was really special about her cover was that she put such spirit and meaning into her performance,” Parker said. “She really told the story, you know? With emotion and power.” Johnson emailed Parker with the date that worked best for her. “I drove there with my twin brother, Luke, and friend from Appalachian State, Matthew Ford,” she said. “It was a smaller, more intimate bar, but there were about 50 to 100 people there.” Johnson performed “Don’t Ask Me Why” with the band twice, the first time on stage during the concert. “The whole thing was really very surreal,” Johnson said. “All of the members of the band were extremely friendly and excited to have us there.” Johnson said she was overcome with happiness because of the support she received after the concert. “After the concert we stuck around while the band was greeting everyone and we actually got to greet some people ourselves,” she said. “I was actually very overwhelmed with how many people, total strangers, came up to meet us and to tell me how great it was.” Johnson also performed the song a second time with the band, after the concert outside of the venue. “Once everyone was sort of heading out [Parker] grabbed


PMA supports brother with brain cancer by Laney Ruckstuhl Assistant News Editor

Appalachian State University’s Phi Mu Alpha chapter, a fraternity for men in the musical professions, is currently raising money to help its brother Blake Ryall, who discovered in December that he has brain cancer. Josh May, Phi Mu Alpha’s chair of outreach, said the chapter is selling T-shirts and rubber bracelets in the Broyhill Music Center in support of Ryall, which are both printed with the word Blakestrong. May said they have sold approximately 49 bracelets for $1 each and 10 to 15 shirts for $10 each. The money will be split evenly between two cancer research charities, the American Cancer Society as a part of Relay for Life and the Preston Robert Tisch Brain Tumor Center for their annual Angels Among Us 5K. Ryall, a senior music performance major currently not enrolled, was hospitalized at the Tisch Center this semester but has since finished chemotherapy treatments. He will find out in the near future whether he is free of cancer, May said. Assistant professor in the Hayes School of Music Christopher Blaha has also provided encouragement and support for the fundraising efforts.


Boone bookstore suffers through past embezzlement, slow sales to visit the bookstore. “We need foot traffic to supplement the store enough to stay open,” Walker Black Bear Books, an independent said. “The problem is there’s not many bookstore, is fighting to stay open in the places in Boone where you can get that.” Boone Mall. The couple thought the bookstore Husband Chris Walker and wife Karen would do well in the mall because of the Hall-Walker bought Black Bear Books in central location. fall 2009. “With people coming to the mall from “When we first bought it, we knew the several different counties, we thought economy was bad,” Hall-Walker said. that we should be able to survive,” Walk“We just thought that er said. we needed to outlast In 2013, the ownPeople have always all of the other book ers discovered their loved the store. It’s just manager, Scott Harvey stores.” trying to get that love Hall-Walker said Wheeler, had embezzled to translate into book Amazon has hurt inmoney from their store. sales. dependent bookstores Wheeler’s job was to since they can sell in monitor the money that Karen Hall-Walker, co-owner of Black large volumes. was coming in and out Bear Books “I’ve had people of the bookstore. He was say to me in the same in charge of making sure sentence, ‘I believe in supporting local the book collections were stocked and businesses, but I’m just going to get it on the bills and taxes were paid. Amazon,’” she said. “That is part of the Instead, Wheeler would use the money problem.” that was supposed to pay for state taxes Despite slow sales, Black Bear Books for his personal use. Because of Wheelhas managed to remain open for the past er, Black Bear Books currently owes five years. $35,000 in back taxes. “When we say we do well, we mean we Wheeler was convicted of one count can get by,” Walker said. “We’ve always of felony embezzlement, but did not rehad to put money in the business and ceive jail time. Because the owners did have never gotten anything out of it.” not have definite proof Wheeler had only The owners said they would like to find been using business funds for personal a space where rent is cheaper, but also a use from 2009 to 2013, their insurance place where people would still show up was not able to cover all of the store’s by Jessica Eley

Intern News Reporter

Cara Croom | The Appalachian

Senior economics major Christiansen Doucet (back) and senior Spanish education major Taylor Sims (front) look through Black Bear Bookstore on Wednesday.

losses. “We took a huge hit from that,” Walker said. “We are still trying to recover from that.” Undeterred by the different setbacks, Black Bear Books hopes to stay open for the community.

“We would feel bad if the community lost a bookstore,” Walker said. “We just feel strong that a community needs a bookstore.” “People have always loved the store,” Hall-Walker said. “It’s just trying to get that love to translate into book sales.”


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Quiet Givers and Appalachian join efforts for Watauga children by Nicole Caporaso News Reporter

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Juniors spanish major Ruth Brown (left) and exercise science major Avery Kitchens (right) donate school supplies to the Pack the Bus fundraiser in the ACT Office on Wednesday. Collection boxes are located in the ACT Office and the lounge of the second floor in Edwin Duncan Hall through May 2.

Quiet Givers, a group that works with the community to improve the lives of those struggling, has partnered with an Introduction to Non-profit Management class to collect school supplies for children in Watauga County. “We are all about connecting agencies in the community with individuals who want to know how to help,” said Amber Bateman, executive director of Quiet Givers. “We’re a community action group that has a grassroots effort to meet the needs of those that are falling through the gap.” Donations are being collected in the Appalachian and the Community Together Office of Plemmons Student Union and in the lounge of the second floor of Edwin Duncan Hall through May 2. The effort calls for individuals to specifically donate glue, highlighters, notebooks and paper. Bateman said although the group is asking for those four items in particular, all donations are welcome. “Specifically at Appalachian, we are putting our efforts on four items because collection efforts are more successful when focused,” she said. “We are collecting any supplies though, we will also be collecting from local businesses.” Rachel Brouwer, a sophomore social

work major in the class, said Quiet Givers strongly believes in bringing together members of the Watauga County for a mutual cause. “The donations will go, first, to a collection of supplies for Quiet Givers’ second annual Back-to-School Festival in August, a community-wide event to which families and students who cannot afford their own school supplies can come and have those needs met,” Brouwer said. “From there, the supplies go straight into the hands of the students who need them.” Bateman said this is Quiet Givers’ first time partnering with the university. “We’re trying to get faculty, staff and students to be aware of the event, of the need in the community,” she said. “We need help with participation in strengthening the education effort in Watauga County.” Brouwer said this is an important effort in Watauga County where the poverty rate is 29 percent, with 41 percent of students in county schools qualifying for free or reduced rate lunches. “Quiet Givers feels that it is extremely important for all students to be able to feel self-confident when they begin a school year,” she said. “When their families cannot afford basic school supplies, it is easy for them to feel ashamed amongst their peers.”

Chi Omega hosts 4th annual Shrimp Boil for Make-A-Wish foundation by Jessica Eley Intern News Reporter

Chi Omega’s Pi Kappa chapter at Appalachian State University will host its 4th annual Shrimp Boil fundraiser Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m. at Klondike Cafe. All of the proceeds from the fundraiser will go to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Last year, shrimp boil ticket sales raised $6,000 from ticket sales, but the goal this year is to raise $10,000, Chi Omega President Savannah Bower said. The shrimp boil is Chi Omega’s most popular fundraiser. Chi Omega expects ticket sales to increase this year because of the popularity of the event. Tickets are $7 this week and can be purchased at Chi Omega’s contact table in Plemmons Student Union and can also be bought at the event for $10. “It’s an enjoyable day for everyone,” Elizabeth Hartsock, Chi Omega

philanthropy chair, said. “Along with raising funds for Make-A-Wish, we are also happy that we are able to put on an event to bring the community together.” Several parent volunteers, along with members of Chi Omega, cook and prepare the food. Guests will be served shrimp, potatoes, corn and sausage. There will also be corn hole games and live music. “This is our biggest fundraiser of the year,” Hartsock said. “It definitely takes a lot of time and effort to put on such a big event, but it is well worth it.” Make-A-Wish Foundation is Chi Omega’s national philanthropy. The foundation grants the wishes of children diagnosed with life-threatening medical conditions. “The shrimp boil has been very successful in the past and is a lot of fun,” Hartsock said. “We look forward to continuing this fundraiser for the years to come.”

Morgan Cook | The Appalachian

Sorority Chi Omega will host its 4th annual Shrimp Boil fundraiser for the MakeA-Wish Foundation on Saturday at Klondike Cafe.


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FROM PAGE 1 “The students here have been really caring about Blake,” Blaha said. “It’s not often that you have a 22-year-old with brain cancer. Everybody’s trying to do what they can to show their support.” Blaha has known Ryall for the four years that he’s been teaching him to play the tuba in one-on-one lessons, as well as playing in some of Ryall’s musical ensembles. He describes Ryall as a dedicated and talented student and musician. “When he came to ASU, he wasn’t sure what he wanted to do, but he was sure that he loved music and he wanted to study as intently as he could,” Blaha said. “He started to realize that what he really wanted to do was to play his instrument professionally.” Blaha and May said Ryall refused to give up his passion and continued to play his tuba, even while undergoing treatment. “There are very few people in the music building who don’t know who Blake is,” May said. “He’s such an amazing player, but he’s so humble about it.” May said Ryall plans on returning to Appalachian next semester.


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The Lee H. McCaskey Center for Student Involvement and Leadership held the annual Student Organization Leadership Awards in the Parkway Ballroom on April 17. Students and advisers from several of Appalachian State University’s studentrun organizations received awards recognizing their contributions to the university as leaders. Awards were given to individuals as well as the student organizations as a whole. Photos by Morgan Cook


FROM PAGE 1 me and told me we were going outside to sing it again for a group who had missed it, so we all headed out in front of the venue and played it on the sidewalk,” she said. “It was just this circle of people all gathered around for this song and everyone was singing along and getting really into it and it was so personal and beautiful.” After the second performance, Johnson said it was as if she had been initiated into the band. “After that we helped the band pack up, as they joked about me being the new member and needing to do my part, and took some group pictures to document it all,” she said. Johnson credits the band members’ good nature as to why she was able to enjoy the experience so much. “Most of them have been playing together since high school, so they had a really awesome dynamic with each other, and I think that’s what made it all so easy,” she said. “They were just really energetic and supportive, as well as very down to earth, and that really made the nerves disappear.” Parker said “Don’t Ask Me Why” is about community and bringing people together, which made it an easy decision for Great Caesar to invite Johnson to perform with them. “What was amazing to us was that she drove so far and brought along her awesome brother and friend, that really was something else,” he said. “We are so grateful for the whole experience.”

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booth, prizes, scavenger hunt, and performance art. Art Bash is completely free and for App students only. For more information, email 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.appstate. edu. • 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

News will be held as part of the art crawl from 6:30-9 p.m. May 2, The Jones House, downtown Boone. Come out for art crawl to celebrate published artists and writers, get your free copy of the 2013-14 print edition of The Peel, Appalachian State’s student literary arts journal, and see student performances. Free and open to the public. For more information, go to www.thepeelreview. com.

Don’t Throw It Away Items will be collectBack to School ed from 5-7 p.m. May 3 Festival through May 10 at LegHosted by Quiet Givers ends. Midday collections to support the children will take place from noon-2 and families of Watauga p.m. May 7 through May 10 County be as prepared as at Legends. possible for the upcoming Items in decent condition school year. The drive is Sustainability are donated in residence to collect school supplies: Film Series halls by students (directly mainly highlighters, glue Presented by the Office of to Legends for off-campus and notebooks or notebook Sustainability and the De- students or community paper. For more informa- partment of Geology, and members) the week before tion, go to sponsored by Appalachian graduation. Items are left Items will be collected Popular Programming So- in designated areas in each 10 a.m.-7 p.m. April 24- ciety, Belk Library, Depart- residence hall. 25, ACT Office, room 138, ment of Geology and susMost anything is acceptPlemmons Student Union. tain Appalachian. ed, from shower caddies, • A Place at the Table, lamps, futons, clean car7 p.m. April 29, I.G. Greer pets and non-perishable Art Bash for Appala- Auditorium: The story food items. chian Students of three Americans who Items are collected night7-9 p.m. April 24, maintain their dignity even ly during the final exam peTurchin Center for the as they struggle just to eat. riod by volunteers. Items Visual Arts, open only to The screening will be fol- are transported to Legends App State students (ID lowed by a brief panel dis- where they are sorted and required). Featuring free cussion with experts from stored for the summer to food, live music with local the sustainability field. be sold at the beginning band From Bears, dancing, of the fall semester at The art and prizes. BIG Sale. The galleries at Turchin The Peel’s Spring Donation etiquette: are staying open late so 2014 Release Party • Only donate clean items students can enjoy a photo The Peel’s release party • Shake out rugs and vac-

uum them before donating • Bag up or box smaller items • Do not take items from donation piles, as they will be sold for local nonprofits For more information, email or stop by the ACT Outreach Center, room 138, Plemmons Student Union.

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: appstate/fyi-ocr.

Move-in day Volunteers are needed Aug. 15 to assist with movein 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 committee 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@appstate. edu.

Podcast about drug and alcohol arrests published a story about colleges with the most oncampus drug and alcohol arrests. Appalachian State University was on the list. Listen to the full discussion of the rankings and what they mean at https:// behind-the-numbers-1, or find it on http://appcares.

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On Stage

Hayes School of Music affiliates co-headline Black Cat

by Colin Moore A&E Editor


afoodus and the Jonathan Scales Fourchestra, two bands with ties to Appalachian State University’s Hayes School of Music, will bring eclectic sounds to Black Cat on Friday. Bafoodus, founded around 2007, features the talents of guitarist and adjunct professor of music Andy Page as well as bassist Scott Haynes, director of Technical and Production Services of Arts and Cultural Programs at the Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts, and keyboardist Mike Runyon, who graduated from Appalachian with a degree in music performance. Bafoodus will co-headline the show with the Jonathan Scales Fourchestra, which despite its name is currently a trio fronted by steel-pannist and composer Jonathan Scales, who graduated from Appalachian with a degree in music composition. The rest of the Fourchestra includes bassist Cody Wright and percussionist Phill Bronson. Page, who writes many of Bafoodus’ songs, was one of Scales’ music theory professors and played gigs with him at Legends. “Jonathan has the rare combination of talent, creativity and a strong work ethic, so it was great having him in my class,” Page said. Page said the opportunity to play with former students is exciting, especially when they’ve seen success in their creative and professional lives. Scales has been very successful, with three self-produced solo albums to his name and one with the Fourchestra. The Fourchestra’s 2013 studio album, titled “Fourchestra,” includes guest perfor-

Photo courtesy John Phillips

Members of the Jonathan Scales Fourchestra (left to right) are bassist Cody Wright, steel-pannist Jonathan Scales and percussionist Phill Bronson. The Fourchestra will bring their brand of jazz fusion to Black Cat on Friday with co-headliner Bafoodus. Jonathan Scales is an alumnus of Appalachian State University.

mances by Victor Wooten and Howard Levy, two of the three original members of Bela Fleck and the Flecktones. “If you dream something, you can absolutely make that dream possible if you put in the work,” Scales said. Scales also said much of his professional success was because of his time spent as a composition student at Appalachian, which sometimes required working with large orchestral ensembles. “[School] definitely helped me learn how to communicate

my compositional ideas to a group of musicians onstage,” Scales said. Both groups share an affinity for jazz and fusion but with distinctly modern sensibilities. Page described Bafoodus’ style as “equal parts jazz-rock fusion, pop-funk, gospel-metal, shredding improv, twisted romance and a healthy dose of humor.” Scales said his use of the steel-pan and unconventional rhythms also set the Fourchestra apart from traditional jazzfusion touchstones like Mahav-

ishnu Orchestra and Return of Forever. Ezequiel Bautista, senior music therapy major, caught Bafoodus recently at Boone Saloon and emphasized their wide musical appeal. “As a trained musician I was always musically engaged, and it was accessible to the general public at the same time,” Bautista said. Scales said that he always enjoys the reception when he returns to Boone to play gigs and the opportunity to expose his form of instrumental music to

those who might not listen to it otherwise. “I think it’s really important to support the art form of live performance,” Scales said. The show starts at 10:30 p.m. and the cover is $5. The show is open to all ages. “We’re all in this music thing together,” Page said. “By playing often in the community and going out to hear as many shows as I can, hopefully students will see my dedication to supporting live music and make that a priority in their lives.”

On Stage

Young People’s Theatre celebrates 40th year with ‘Don Quixote’ by Lovey Cooper Senior A&E Reporter

The Appalachian Young People’s Theatre, an outreach program of the Department of Theatre and Dance at Appalachian State University, will perform a children’s adaptation of its touring show “The Adventures of Don Quixote” by Steven Fogell this Friday through Sunday at the I.G. Greer Studio Theatre. The group of students, most of whom are part of the production for class credit, have been touring with the show all semester to public schools across the state. AYPT is one of the few classroom performance opportunities on campus that functions relatively independently from faculty influence. “It’s probably one of the best opportunities that the theatre department offers for that reason,” said Luke White, junior theatre major and touring manager of the production. “When you enter the course, you are expected to build your own show from the ground up and that’s a really unique opportunity.”

White performed with the group as an actor his freshman year, and has since come back for a paid position. “It is a wonderful opportunity for students to apply theatre, collaboration and group problem-solving skills,” said theatre arts professor Teresa Lee, who has been in charge of AYPT for the past 26 years. Lee said AYPT has been producing shows for 40 years. “Kids will get what they want out of it – the adventure and the storytelling – but adults will get something out of it too, about when childhood ends and you enter adulthood, and wanting to go back and forth,” said Christian Underwood, junior theatre education major and a main character in the show. Underwood hopes to teach theatre in middle or high school after graduation. For him, AYPT is a chance to experience the work involved in setting up lighting, sets and costumes for children’s productions – aspects of teaching that he will have to manage every day in the future. But a touring show carries its own challenges, including designing a set and

Photo courtesy Jose Zarate

Freshman theatre arts major Taylor Anne Wade (left) and sophomore theatre arts major Ian Lawrence (right) rehearse for the upcoming performance of 'The Adventures of Don Quixote.'

planning performances that will translate to different schools with various spaces to provide, ranging from gymnasiums to professional auditoriums. Additionally, as a touring show, actors

must perform the same material week after week, usually multiple times a day for different groups of students. “The cool thing is I thought I would get tired of it, but with different audiences and different kids, you can react in different ways and sometimes you’re just having a great time just playing around and believing it yourself,” said Taylor Anne Wade, freshman performance major and cast member. The show itself is substantially different from most other productions that the actors have been in so far. “Children’s theatre is a whole different ballgame, you have so many other elements to think about,” Underwood said. “You have to have the energy to draw [younger kids] in because they will believe that you are that character. They don’t see the actor, they only see that world, so that’s the fun and the challenge of it.” “The Adventures of Don Quixote” will take place at 7 p.m. Friday and at 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday in the I.G. Greer Studio Theatre. Tickets are $5 for children and students and $10 for adults.


Brooklyn band Woods shoots for success on ‘With Light and With Love’ Brooklyn folk-rock band Woods might be one of independent rock’s best-kept secrets. Not only does the band itself have an incredibly consistent discography, but they’re also the flagship band of frontman Jeremy Earl’s record label Woodsist, which has released notable work by Kurt Vile, Real Estate, Wavves, White Fence, The Fresh & Onlys and The Babies. On top of that, Woods has a widely renowned live show that frequently dissolves into aggressive jamming far removed from their albums. Beginning with 2009’s “Songs of Shame,” Woods sharpened their songwriting skills to showcase a knack for lo-fi pop tunes on record in contrast to their sprawling live sets.

Their best albums, such as “At Echo Lake” and “Bend Beyond,” approximated a fusion between bright, infectious melodies and blurry psychedelia. In 2014, Woods have more or less achieved this fusion with their newest record “With Light and With Love,” which hews closer to mainstream sensibilities while maintaining stretches of mind-bending guitar work and adventurous production. “With Light and With Love” was clearly labored over in a studio longer than Woods’ previous albums, but the cleaner sound is strangely comfortable for Woods despite past tendencies for murky, dirty production. It’s a logical next step for the band after the razor-sharp pop songs of their last, and possibly

Woods With Light and With Love

best, album “Bend Beyond.” Here, the band has picked up on the roots-rock influences of their past work and turned out an intriguing set of songs that blends country and classic rock

more obviously than before. “With Light and With Love” is far more similar to artists like Neil Young and The Beatles than anything Woods has yet released. The in-your-face pedal steel on “Shepherd” and “Full Moon,” the flowing organ on “Leaves Like Glass,” and the intricate, omnipresent drums on the whole record are just a few striking examples of how nice a slightly higher production value suits them. That said, the songwriting here isn’t always Earl’s best. At times, the marvelous fidelity seems to hinder Earl from pouring anything into his songs other than hook after hook. Still, no song is truly weak, and some are career highlights. The title track alone is worth the

price of admission. Easily the band’s best lengthy song, “With Light and With Love” is the perfect picture of a hi-fi Woods: energetic, slightly unhinged, and luminous. The album ends strongly too, with the excellent single “Only the Lonely” and a strangely unsettling closer in “Feather Man” not unlike the closer of “Bend Beyond,” “Something Surreal.” If anything, this is a transitional album, and it sometimes seems that’s all Woods produces as they morph from one slightly mysterious guise to the next. The fact that those transformations are consistently captivating is great for lovers of folkrock, but it’ll be nice to see the band fully come into its own. - Collin Moore, A&E Editor

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Education must be a state priority Kevin Griffin Opinion Writer

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Staff Opinion

Pardons for California inmates a step in restoring hope Dewey Mullis Opinion Writer

Good Friday was especially good to more than 60 former inmates in California who received pardons from the governor’s office last week, according to a statement released by the governor. California Gov. Jerry Brown has a reputation for issuing dozens of pardons around holidays. To date, Brown has pardoned more than 300 former inmates since he became governor. During the 20 years of governorship before Brown, only 29 pardons had been granted, according to The Huffington Post. The best part about this news isn’t simply Brown’s

generosity with the use of pardons, but it is the recognition of criminal-turned-lawabiding citizen and the positive side of the correctional system. But there is more to be done. When it comes to opinions of the correctional system, the general public is often bogged down in belief that criminals don’t change and that they return to a life of crime after their release. What Brown is doing appears to be an attempt to restore faith in the public. For current and former inmates, it is a glimmer of hope that somebody is paying attention to them. Most of the men who were paroled on Good Friday had completed sentences for drug offenses nearly a decade ago, according to CBS. Post-release, many of the men are working in public service or serving as drug rehabilitation

counselors. Clark William Guest, one of the men pardoned, has been serving as the program coordinator for a drug rehabilitation facility. Guest said this pardon is a reminder that good people can make mistakes. Substance rehabilitation and treatment programs offered in the prisons are the least effective method of keeping an individual from committing a crime after their release, according to the Louisiana Department of Corrections. Education continues to be the most meaningful program in reducing recidivism. The incarceration of drug addicts must come to an end. While pardons are powerful, we must consider a complete overhaul of the way our system responds to addiction. And addiction is not a crime – it is a disease. Excessive incarceration of

drug-related charges is clogging the courts and prisons with no signs of slowing down. Coupling the rehabilitation and treatment with a stay in a prison environment is nothing more than a hindrance to the process. There should be a more comprehensive program available that allows people convicted of drug addictionrelated crimes to complete a more meaningful rehabilitation. Coupling positive social interaction with addiction education and rehabilitation is necessary. The pardons for people after their release are a step in the right direction. The next step is to bring that positive light to those who are currently affected by addiction and incarceration. Mullis, a junior criminal justice major from Wallburg, is an opinion writer.

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After years of problematic education policy, North Carolina is beginning to see the ill effects of poor tactics. Six hundred Wake County public school teachers have quit their jobs, citing a perceived lack of respect and dwindling economic prospects. This is a 41 percent increase in the teacher turnover rate from the previous year, according to WNCN. The 600 represent only the teachers who have quit midyear, not the entire number for the full school year. This outcome, as unfortunate as it is, was foreseeable. For years now, teachers have faced stagnant pay, and the perceived lack of respect has driven many from the profession. Politically, the issue of education and teacher pay has devolved into a blame game between the two parties. Wake County Republicans have even released a statement blaming the lag in teachers pay on several factors, including the policies of former Gov. Bev Perdue. As data from the National Center for Education Statistics shows, teacher pay certainly has lagged for years. But blaming the lack of teacher pay increases on Perdue does not truly address the problem. Teacher pay did remain stagnant under Perdue, but it should be noted that her tenure as governor came shortly after the 2008 financial crisis, an event that took a toll on economies across the country. Furthermore, Perdue took the unprecedented step of vetoing two state budgets, in part over cuts to education called for by the Republican legislature, according to WRAL. Bizarrely, the Wake County Republicans’ statement even gave Gov. Pat McCrory credit for the 1.2 percent pay increase that teachers received in 2012, before McCrory was governor. And likewise, McCrory and Republicans cannot take sole blame for the education problems in the state. Teacher pay in North Carolina has lagged in comparison to other states for many years. Still, they are the party in power at this moment, and the suggestions that have come from them are underwhelming. McCrory’s proposal in February to increase pay for starting teachers would do little good, since it would only affect starting teachers and not veteran teachers, according to the Greensboro News & Record. Sorting out which party and which figures in government are most responsible for the education is important for accountability purposes, but if we are to truly remedy our education problems, we must look at this issue practically. Education must become a priority, something that is seen as necessary for the reputation and success of the state. For too long, education has not been given the attention it deserves by this state’s leaders. Griffin, a sophomore journalism major from Madison, is an opinion writer.

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Many people recognize Appalachian State University athletes for what they bring to their sports, but for the women’s soccer team, it also has to do with what they bring to the community. In 2011, head coach Sarah Strickland started the family system for her program. Each team member is put into a family of five to six teammates to help complete community service tasks in Boone. The families are decided by the personalities of the players, and the athletes have full control over the name of their family as well as what community service activities they will complete. There are currently six families on the team. They are The Proud Family, Spitting Llamas, The Bad Girls Club, Six-Man Wolf Pack, Seis Hermanas and The Stricklands. “The system works really well for getting the girls involved with the community,” Strickland said. “We have alumni that still gets dinner with members of their families and it’s a great way to make incoming recruits feel welcome and show them that they have someone to rely on.” The Mountaineers give back to the community by picking six activities and carrying them out during the offseason. A few places where the team frequents are the Humane Society, F.A.R.M. Cafe, Hardin Park Elementary and the Scholars with Diverse Abilities Program at the

university. “It’s a great way to help the shyer freshmen feel at home,” sophomore goalkeeper Megan Roberson said. “The family system is a way for all of us to get closer and really give us a way to bond with players from different years.” Roberson said that the freedom to pick their own community service events really made she and her teammates excited about giving back to community members that support their program regularly. Recently the team started getting dinner and interacting with students in SDAP thanks to junior defender Nicole Steyl. “My major is Communication Sciences and Disorders and my minor is Special Education so it’s really great to bring my passion to the team by working with SDAP,” Steyl said. “We have dinners on campus with students in the program for a couple hours a week. The students really love it and it gives us a chance to get to know their stories and spend time with them.” The family system remains unknown to most Appalachian students thanks to Strickland’s humble approach about their community service. Many of the team’s events are off campus so they can give back to more than just the university. “The reason people are surprised about the program when they find out about it is because we don’t feel the need to pride ourselves every time the girls volunteer,” Strickland said. “We don’t need to post pictures and

statuses all over social media. It’s kind of our way of thanking the community without broadcasting more than we have to.” Strickland said the community service that the team provides for the local businesses and programs around Boone is a way to thank the community for everything they have done for the team. The team started an online silent auction at 32auctions. com/appstatewomensoccercom where members of the community donated gift cards, vacation packages and gift packages to be actioned off to help fund the team’s travels next year during the Sun Belt Conference tournament. The auction started April 14 and will end April 30. The team is currently at 31.4 percent of its $10,000 goal for the auction. All of the money raised has been raised by community members donating items to be auctioned and bidding on other auctions. A four-on-four tournament will also be held April 26 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. as a salute to the community members. The women’s soccer team will act as referees at the event which will be catered by donations from local grocers like Harris Teeter and Lowes Foods. “So much is given to us by the community that all of our players are happy to partake in the program,” Strickland said. “Everyone gets so excited to find out what family they’re in when they get recruited here and the system has been a huge success in giving the team a way to give back to our community.”

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Junior second baseman Michael Pierson hits the ball at the baseball game Wednesday evening against Gardner-Webb University at the Jim and Bettie Smith Stadium. The Mountaineers lost to GarnerWebb 10-6 and fell to 15-24 on the season.


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Freshman Matt Brill grows into a leadership role by Bryant Barbery Intern Sports Reporter


reshman designated hitter Matt Brill has found success when it comes to hitting and taking on a leadership role for Appalachian State baseball this season. Brill compiled the longest hitting streak of the season for the Mountaineers at 15 games, which started on March 5 against Campbell and ended April 16 against Wake Forest. “It feels great to be hitting good lately,” Brill said. “I started getting comfortable in the box, and it just got the ball rolling for me. I feel like I’ve been able to help out the squad a little bit, which is good.” Brill has compiled 31 hits and 15 RBIs in 20 games started this season. He was named Southern Conference player of the week during the week of April 7 after hitting .533 in four games. “Sooner or later, it clicks for guys when you continue to work on the same things over and over,” head coach Billy Jones said. “I think he has done a great job trying to relax over the plate and has been able to hit the ball the other way. With two strikes, he has cut down his swing to just put the bat on the ball.” Brill connected on at least one hit and one RBI in each of the games and capped off the excellent week hitting with a

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Freshman designated hitter Matt Brill swings at a pitch during a game against Youngstown State earlier this season. Brill compiled a team-high 15-game hit streak this season.

three-run home run en-route to a series clinching victory at home against The Citadel on April 13. Brill is the secondstraight App State baseball player to be awarded the honor after sophomore shortstop Dillon Dobson did so the previous week. “I feel really honored to be considered with some of the best players in the league like [Dobson],” Brill said. “I’m really grateful for that.” Brill, a native of Coal Valley, Ill., played baseball at Moline

High School alongside fellow App State freshman pitcher Dallas DeVrieze. As a pitcher in high school, Brill was named Quad-Cities area player of the year, as well as an all-conference honoree. He started nine games as a pitcher his senior year for the Moline Maroons while compiling a 1.76 ERA, 74 strikeouts and 26 walks over 47.2 innings. “Being a designated hitter is a little bit different, I have never really done it full time

before,” Brill said. “Coming from a small town in Illinois, we had minimal guys, and I had to play a position when I wasn’t pitching. I kind of like the position of designated hitter as you have time in the dugout to think about your next at bat.” For Brill, the main focus isn’t about individual accolades but rather what role he can play in the success of the team overall. “There is no question that he is a leader,” Jones said. “He

has been a leader since day one and speaks his mind and leads by example. It doesn’t matter that he is a freshman. He is talented athlete, one of our strongest players poundfor-pound, and fastest player for his size. His work ethic is off the charts, so if he does speak, people are going to listen, because he backs it up by the way he works and prepares.” In his senior year of high school, Brill was selected in the 24th round (716th overall) of the 2013 Major League Baseball Draft by the New York Mets to be a pitcher. Instead of going to play for Minor League team for the Mets, he decided to come to App State for three years to prove he could excel at pitching and hitting. “He has helped us tremendously,” senior infielder Tyler Zupcic said. “Driving in the runs has boosted us offensively. What goes unseen a lot is his leadership qualities. Being a freshman, a lot of guys come in timid, but not him. He really steps up and is a vocal leader and leads by his performance.” Brill’s teammates and coaches said his future is bright both on the mound and at the plate for App State as he looks to continue his freshman year success for the Mountaineers in its final 14 games before the Southern Conference tournament begins May 20.


Bryant using offseason to become better quarterback, leader by Nick Joyner Senior Sports Reporter

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Junior quarterback Kameron Bryant eludes NC A&T defender during a game last season. Bryant has been working to improve his mechanics this offseason.

With spring practices completed, junior quarterback Kameron Bryant can reflect on the hard work he has put in to prepare for the team’s season-opener at Michigan. Although the rematch with the Wolverines is the first team on the Mountaineers’ schedule, Bryant said he knows that the off-season can’t be taken lightly. “We’re trying to become the best Appalachian State we can be, every day,” Bryant said. “Obviously, we are excited about the trip back to Michigan and being in a new conference, and when that time comes around, we’ll be ready, but right now we have to prepare.” Bryant earned the backup role to Jamal Londry-Jackson in 2012 before a knee injury required surgery, ending Bryant’s campaign after taking just 13 snaps. Last season, most expected Bryant to back up the senior LondryJackson for another year. Instead, Bryant took over the starting position five games into the season and threw for 2,713 yards with a 71.2 completion percentage, mak-

ing him the Southern Conference leader in passing efficiency. Heading into the season, Bryant said his focus has been on improving his mechanics and staying healthy. Mechanically, Bryant said he saw some things on film from last season that he feels he can improve upon. “There was definitely a point in the season where I wasn’t connecting the deep ball like I needed to,” Bryant said. “This offseason, I just studied other quarterbacks and tried to switch up my mechanics a little bit.” As a junior, Bryant will be looked on next season to be a leader. Sophomore outside linebacker Kennan Gilchrist said Bryant’s leadership role goes beyond simply calling plays on Saturday afternoons. “[Bryant] is a great guy, off the field especially, and that’s the main thing,” Gilchrist said. “He gets his work done and he tells us what we need to do. With a lot of teenagers and half-grown men, we kind of get out of hand sometimes. That’s the biggest thing [Bryant] can do. He just always keeps us in check.”


App State baseball’s brightest stars shine on the mound Cory Spiers Sports Editor

Appalachian State baseball earned its first win over an ACC opponent this season Tuesday in an 11-0 throttling of Virginia Tech on the road. The bats were certainly active as the offense plated runs in five innings and blasted 14 hits. But what was even more impressive was the pitching performance from freshman right-hander Sean Mason, who pitched his second complete game of the season, holding the Hokies to two hits on the day. For App State baseball, pitching is what has spurred the turnaround for a team that started the season 1-11. After the shaky start, I predicted the team would turn things around. In my bold claim, I factored in the strength of the team’s schedule in the beginning of the season, but I also knew the pitching staff would find their groove. And they have truly settled into a zone as the team goes down the home stretch of the

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Freshman pitcher Sean Mason pitches against High Point University in a game earlier this season.

season. As the Mountaineers have rallied to improve its overall record to 15-24, the starting pitchers have subsequently improved their ERAs and are frustrating opposing hitters. With 14 games remaining before the Southern Conference tournament, that is fantastic

news for the Mountaineers. Perhaps most impressive is the ability of App State’s starting pitchers to pitch deep into games - a factor that has allowed the bullpen to stay fresh for the stretch run of the season. Senior right-handed pitcher Tyler Moore leads the way in complete games for App State

with three. Junior right-hander Jamie Nunn has pitched a complete game once, and Mason’s nine-inning effort was his second complete game of the season. Pair the stamina with an ability to frustrate hitters, and you can see why App State is so lucky to have the starting pitch-

ers they have. Moore fields a team-high 3.08 ERA, but Mason and junior lefthander Jeffrey Springs also have ERAs below four, at 3.35 and 3.76, respectively. Nunn isn’t far behind with a 4.63 ERA of his own. The gaudy numbers continue when analyzing how opponents are hitting against the App State starting pitchers. None of the four regular starters have opposing batting averages that exceed .290. Mason leads the way in that regard with a .212 opposing average, while Springs and Nunn boast a .249 and .267 mark, respectively. Moore rounds out the crowd with a mark of .289. The Mountaineers have rounded into form offensively, as they have plated 10 or more runs five times in 14 games in April. But the truly great story of the season has been the ability of the starting pitchers to be reliable every game. As App State prepares for their final 14 regular season games as members of the Southern Conference, keep an eye on Mason, Moore, Springs and Nunn, because the most important grand slam the Mountaineers have hit this year is the assembling of its quartet of excellent starting pitchers.

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