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‘A Part Equal’



Women’s Theatre Troupe performed “A Part Equal” last weekend in its second production since forming.

Appalachian State softball was swept in a weekend series by conference rival Georgia Southern.

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SGA’s Tie-Dye Dash to benefit student leadership scholarship by Nicole Caporaso News Reporter


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The SGA-sponsored Tie-Dye Dash will benefit the Leadership and Engagement Scholarship. The 5K will be held April 26 at 8 a.m on Sanford Mall. Students registered before Saturday will receive a T-shirt.

App State’s SGA brings home four awards from ASG by Laney Ruckstuhl Assistant News Editor

Appalachian State University’s Student Government Association was honored with four awards given by the UNC Association of Student Governments this past Saturday. The awards included Delegation of the Year, Delegate of the Year given to President Dylan Russell, Best SGA/Most Innovative Initiative for efforts involving voting rights, and the Sanders Student Advocate Award given to Chancellor Kenneth Peacock and his wife Rosanne Peacock. The Appalachian Delegation is composed of Russell, along with Michael Page, Sarah Dickson, Adam Ezell and David Gordon. Russell said he feels blessed to have received four awards, because Appalachian’s SGA is one of 17 in the UNC system. “For Appalachian to receive

four of the six awards is a great deal and honor,” Russell said. “Appalachian received these awards for our tireless commitment to not just the students of Appalachian State University, but the entire UNC system. We were able to unite very distinct and separate institutions and advocate for all students.” SGA’s achievements for the 2013-14 academic year include rallying UNC system schools to take a stance against guns on campus - headed by Russell - creating policy for the UNC Board of Governors for a uniform set of procedures for campus identification cards so that they may be counted as legal voter identification, and receiving a total of more than $20,950 in grants for campus initiatives. The grant money awarded was not only the highest ever awarded to an institution in ASG’s 42-year history, but it also doubled SGA’s annual operating budget.

ppalachian State University’s Student Government Association will host the second annual Tie-Dye Dash 5K on Sanford Mall at 8 a.m. April 26. The money raised by the event will be awarded as a leadership scholarship to a select individual, said Zachary Yllanes, the SGA director of Campus Outreach. “The scholarship is called the Leadership and Engagement Scholarship and will benefit upperclassmen who’ve shown a commitment to the campus and local community,” he said. “More details will be released on the scholarship as they are finalized and available.” After every kilometer run, a different color of paint will be thrown into the air, splattering participants. “The Tie-Dye Dash is a 5K

sponsored by SGA, it’s basically a Color Run,” Yllanes said. The run is being funded by a $1,000 grant from the UNC Association of Student Governments. The grant provides means for supplies, such as paint and T-shirts, Yllanes said. “The Tie-Dye Dash was started by SGA as a way to bring clubs and organizations together,” SGA President Dylan Russell said. “Inspired by the Color Run, the dash seeks to bring color to App State all for a great cause.” Yllanes said last year, for the first ever Tie-Dye Dash, there were more than 300 participants. He hopes that this year the numbers will be the same or even higher. Students that register before April 12 will be guaranteed a shirt. Students can register online on the event’s Facebook page, “2nd Annual SGA TieDye Dash.”

Kam brings the jam to annual Spring Game

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Junior quarterback Kameron Bryant (left) hands the ball off to freshman running back Terrence Upshaw (right) during the annual Spring Game at Kidd Brewer Stadium on Friday. For full coverage of the game, see page 9.

Delta Zeta, Tau Kappa Epsilon announced as Greek Week winners by Gerrit Van Genderen News Reporter

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Sorority Chi Omega performs a ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ themed dance at the Greek Week Lip-Sync Contest at Holmes Convocation Center on Monday night. The money collected at the ticket booth for the event will be donated to charity.


The fraternities and sororities of Appalachian State University concluded their Greek Week events with lip sync performances and the announcement of the week’s competition winners Monday night at the Holmes Convocation Center. The Greek Games consisted of six events in which sororities and fraternities competed against one another respectively. The Delta Zeta sorority and Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity were

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Philadelphia-based band Conspirator performed at Legends last Wednesday night. The four-man band, who have performed at well-known events such as Bonnaroo, North Coast and Ultra, played their experimental and improvisational electronic music to an enthusiastic crowd.


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Annual Relay for Life will be held at Kidd Brewer Stadium for the first time

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Middle grades education John Dwyer performs in the drag show at Relay for Life on Duck Pond Field last April. This year’s event will be on April 25 in Kidd Brewer Stadium.

by Nicole Caporaso News Reporter

Colleges Against Cancer, a student-lead club, will host the annual Appalachian State University Relay for Life event April 25 to raise money to benefit the American Cancer Soci-

ety. The relay is an annual event, but this is the first time it will be held at Kidd Brewer Stadium, rather than Duck Pond Field. “Duck Pond Field has been a hard place to have Relay for Life the past few years with the growing number of participants

we have joining us,” said Dana Wetmore, chairwoman of Colleges Against Cancer. “We had to find a bigger home for Relay, and luckily, athletics was willing to work with us and for our 10th Relay for Life at App State, we have the stadium.” Melissa Hiatt, a Relay for Life specialist with the American Cancer Society for Watauga County, said this year’s fundraising goal is $57,500. Last year, $58,000 was raised. Almost $18,500 has been raised to date this year, but there are still several weeks until the event. Relay for Life is the American Cancer Society’s largest fundraising event. More than 60 teams with more than 800 participants total have signed up to participate and help fundraise. Teams can be of any size and range from three to approximately 100 people. “Clubs, Greek life, organizations, [residence halls], teams


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and many different people around campus have walked in Relay for Life, making it special to our campus,” Wetmore said. “Relay for Life loves to recognize and treat our survivors, so we love associating the event to people who have fought against cancer here at ASU, also.” The event is solely planned by Appalachian students, who have been working all year to make the event happen. “It is a student-lead, studentplanned, student-produced event,” Hiatt said. The 12 hours participants can spend at the event will not just be filled with walking the track. “We will have a DJ, Zumba, a cappella groups and a few other performers on stage,” Wetmore said. “On the field, we will have different activities as well. We will have an arranged scavenger hunt along with some small games of soccer and frisbee.” Wetmore said people usually wonder why the event is 12

hours long. “The background on that is if we can keep one person from each team walking on the track throughout the 12 hours of the event, day and night, then we can keep fighting against cancer and hopefully find a cure one day,” Wetmore said. Hiatt said her hopes for the event go beyond fundraising. “My hopes are to celebrate survivors, educate the campus life about cancer, raise funds for research and produce an event that students will always remember,” Hiatt said. Wetmore said this is an event that can bring people together to share their stories and support one another. “My hopes are that we have people come out to the event that never heard of Relay and find it to be a wonderful event,” Wetmore said. “I also hope we can get teams back that have joined us the past few years and continue to walk on.”

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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

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Professor and Steely Pan Band director retires after 40 years of service by Carl Blankenship Intern News Reporter

Appalachian State University’s Scott Meister is retiring after 40 years with the Hayes School of Music. Meister is the director of the university’s Steely Pan Steel Band, as well as theory and composition programs. He has held the Sharpe Chair Professorship of Composition for 20 years, directed the Cannon Music Camp and is responsible for creating one of just two master’s programs in the country for steel drums. The drums used by the Steely Pan Steel Band are made by Meister himself. “A man I was giving lessons to had purchased a steel drum in the Bahamas, and I had never seen one up close,” Meister said. “I was fascinated, and I started building my own.” Meister is a friend of the inventor of the steel drum, Ellie Mannette, who he met in Atlanta. “[Mannette] became my mentor,” Meister said. “It takes 40-60 hours to tune a steel drum and burn it. I couldn’t do it on campus, so I had to do it all at my house.” Meister’s past student Jason Graves has gone on to compose the music for films and video games such as “Dead Space” and the 2013 reboot of “Tomb Raider.” Another past student, Jonathan Scales, now plays with Bela Fleck and has his own band called The Fourchestra. Meister described his composition style as very visual and outside the box.


Delta Zeta sorority were named 2014 Greek God and Goddess after competing in a pageant Thursday at the Harvest House. From April 2 to 7, the Greek community of Appalachian participated in kickoff events, the Greek God and Goddess Pageant, the Academic Bowl, a Service Day and the Greek Games, as well as the lip sync event. Kelly Bayha, vice president of communications for the Panhellenic Council, said Greek Week is a way for people to realize that fraternities and sororities hold themselves to high values of service, philan-

“This is academia, we should be at the cutting edge of music,” Meister said. “You have to see my music to hear my music.” Meister has written pieces incorporating unconventional elements such as winds playing into pyrex bowls filled with water. Additionally, he built the university’s electronic music studio and used electronic sampling in his music at the advent of the technology. Meister is also a recipient of the university’s Appalachian Global Leadership Award, Hayes School of Music outstanding teacher award and the W.H. Plemmons Leadership Medallion. Meister was hired by the university in 1974 at the age of 24. “In 1974, the university was looking for a percussionist, a composition teacher, someone to direct the jazz band, someone to build an electronic studio and someone to teach theory,” Meister said. “I fit the bill, so I interviewed for it and got the job.” Meister said the Hayes School of Music has grown tremendously since he first started teaching. “I.G. Greer was the music building when I came here and we had about 20 music faculty,” Meister said. “Now we have about 50.” Meister said he will miss his students the most after retiring. Junior music education major Tyler Stark is one of Meister’s students. Stark said that Meister is a very practical teacher and emphasizes the hard work it takes to make it as a musician.

thropy and academics. “This week confirms the standards that we set for ourselves to keep a good image and enlighten others to see us not just as party animals, but more as individuals who want to deliver more to themselves and the people around them,” Bayha said. Callie Strachan, vice president of programming for the Panhellenic Council, said more than $5,000 was raised over the course of Greek Week, excluding ticket revenue, which has not been totaled yet. In addition, 9,637 cans were collected during the Greek Week’s can donation on kickoff day. All cans were donated to Blowing Rock C.A.R.E.S., a

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Scott Meister sits with his composition book in his office in the Broyhill Music Center on Monday. Meister wrote one last piece in honor of his retirement.

“He talks a lot about putting in the work to be the best, how to get things published and the reality of working in music,” Stark said. Associate Dean of the Hayes School of Music Jay Jackson was Meister’s student at Appalachian when Meister was first hired by the university. “I was the only percussion major in the department of music in 1974,” Jackson said. “I had only had master’s students as instructors up to that point, and I was about to move to another institution.” Jackson said when he heard a full-

time percussion instructor was going to be coming to the university, he decided to stay. “It was my junior year and I was looking to be a high school band director,” Jackson said. “It comes to no surprise to me that he has had the success that he’s had.” Jackson said he credits Meister with bringing ethnic drumming to Appalachian. “Nobody spends a career in one place and doesn’t leave their personality there,” Jackson said.

local food bank for Watauga County. A total of 20 Appalachian fraternities and sororities participated in the events of Greek Week, Strachan said. “It is an awesome thing to see all of the organizations come together and work for a common goal,” Strachan said. “We’ve raised so much money and participated in service, and coming together as one is a really rewarding feeling.” Fraternity Tau Kappa Epsilon perform a dance in masks at the Greek Week Lip Sync Contest at the Holmes Convocation Center on Monday night. The group choreographed their dance to impersonate the dancing group Jabbawockeez.

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App Submit announcements A service of the Division of Student Development. Email at least two weeks in advance. Entries can’t exceed 100 words and need to 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. Diversity Celebration To be held 3-9 p.m. April 8, Plemmons Student Union. For more information, call 262-6158. The multicultural festival features performing arts, craft workshops, educational and experiential exhibits by local and regional presenters and artisans, as well as ethnic foods from local chefs. The free event provides a safe environment for learning about others, encouraging a deeper exploration of differences, and an atmosphere that fosters inclusion and cultivates collaboration between the university and the community. To view the schedule, go to www.celebration.appstate. edu. For more information, email or call 262-6158. Wellness workshops 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. • Getting Out of the Happiness Trap: How to Accept Disappointment in the Pursuit of Your Happy, 3-4 p.m. April 9, New River Room, Plemmons Student Union   • Screening of Lifetime’s “Call Me Crazy” Film with Brittany Snow & Love is Louder, 6-8:30 p.m. April 28, Bea-


con Heights Room, Plemmons Student Union

tal Health, Inc., the screening day is an outreach, education, and screening program that raises awareness about alcohol misuse and helps individuals with alcohol problems find opportunities for assessment and treatment. A contact table will be held from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. April 10 in the Post Office lobby, and confidential screenings will be offered regarding alcohol use. Anonymous online screenings are available at For more information, email

Panel discussion “How Muslims, Jews and Christians Created a Culture of Tolerance in Medieval Spain” panel discussion will be at 5 p.m. April 9, room 114, Belk Library. Free and open to the public. During the years 786 to 1492 in Andalucía, Spain three cultures — Judaic, Islamic, and Christian — forged a relatively stable coexistence. Students, faculty & community members are invited to attend a panel discussion by three Appalachian State faculty members discussing this coexistence, using the book “Ornament of the World: How Muslims, Jews and Christians Created a Culture of Tolerance in Medieval Spain” by María Rosa Menocal. The three panelists, Edward Behrend-Martinez & Scott Jessee, of the Dept. of History, and James Fogelquist, of the Dept. of Languages, Literatures & Culture, will use this history to discuss the interconnections between these three major faiths during that time in Spain. Students, faculty and community members are encouraged to check-out the book and participate in discussion. Copies of the book are available in the browsing section of the Appalachian State University Library. The event is presented by ASU Library in conjunction with the Muslim Students Association as the fifth event of the Muslim Journeys Bridging Cultures “Let’s Talk About It” Program, a series of book and film discussions. For more information, email scherlnag@


Philanthropy Week The event will take place 10 a.m.-2 p.m. April 14-16, 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. 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, the series aims to raise awareness of current environmental, social and economic issues. Most films begin at 7 p.m. in I.G. Greer Auditorium and each will be followed by a brief panel discussion with experts from the sustainability field represented in each film. • A Place at the Table,

National Alcohol Screening Day Organized by the national nonprofit Screening for Men-

April 29: Tells the story of three Americans who maintain their dignity even as they struggle just to eat. Tax assistance Students, staff and faculty may use appstate to prepare and e-file federal and state income tax returns. In addition, 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. In-person assistance will be available 5-7 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday evenings, through April 15 (closed during spring break) in room 21014 of Raley Hall. No appointment is necessary. For questions about this service, call 262-6228 or email Additional community-wide free tax assistance with the VITA program is available (by appointment only) at the following locations: 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. 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 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@ 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. 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 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.









Acapocalypse, 6 p.m., Legends, $3-$7

National Graduate Student Appreciation Week, April 7-11

Diversity Celebration, 3-9 p.m., Plemmons Student Union, free

13 New River Brass/Faculty Brass Quintet concert, 8 p.m., Rosen Concert Hall, free “Kiss Me Kate” musical matinee, 2 p.m., Schaefer Center, free



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“Mary PopCelebration of pins” screening, 7 Student Research p.m., Greenbriar, $1 and Creative Endeavors, 9 a.m.-5 Scholars Bookshop p.m., fourth floor, Wake-Up Reception Ken Ilgunas talk discussion & book PSU, free about Keystone XL signing, 3:30 p.m., for Graduate StuPipeline, 6:30 p.m., Scholars Bookshop, Visiting Writers dents, 8:30, room 232, John Thomas room 114, Belk University BookSeries with Judith Library, free Hall store, free Ortiz Cofer: Craft Talk, 2 p.m., ReadCollegium Musicum, How Muslims, Workshop: Grant ing, 7:30 p.m., Table 8 p.m., Rosen Con- Jews and ChrisWriting (open to Rock, PSU, free graduate students), cert Hall, free tians Created a Cul1 p.m., room 357, ture of Tolerance Global Film Series: John Thomas Hall Tai Chi, 5 p.m., in Medieval Spain “Carandiru,” 6 p.m., Turchin Center, free panel discussion, Greenbriar Theater, Resume Workshop 5 p.m., room 114, free Painting Class, 7 (open to graduate Belk Library, free p.m., Turchin Center, students), 1 p.m., Yo Mama’s Big Fat free room 387, John Treble Choir conBooty Band concert, Thomas Hall cert, 8 p.m., Rosen 9 p.m., Legends, Concert Hall, free $7-$10

14 Talk with Chad Pregracke of Living Lands & Waters, 7 p.m., Harvest House, free




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

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

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

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

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

“Annie Hall” screenPainting Class, 7 ing, 7 p.m., Greenp.m., Turchin Center, “Annie Hall” screen- briar, $1 free ing, 7 p.m., Greenbriar, $1

saturday 11


The Lonely Biscuits concert, 9 p.m., Legends, $5-$7

Spring Professional Drag Show, 8 p.m., Legends, $8-$10

“Saving Mr. Banks” screening, 7 p.m. & 9:30 p.m., I.G. Greer, $1

“Saving Mr. Banks” screening, 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., I.G. Greer, $1

“Mary Poppins” screening, 7 p.m., Greenbriar, $1

Tom Moore 5K Run/Walk 2014, 8 a.m., ClawsonBurnley Park, registration required $20-$25

Festa Do Brasil, 4 p.m., Greenbriar Theater, Grandfather Ballroom, PSU, Healing Arts Yoga, 10:30 a.m., Turchin free Center, $5-$10 Art Expo 2014, 4 p.m., Schaefer Center, free





Tuesday, April 8, 2014

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On Stage

Women’s Theatre Troupe performs original work

by Lovey Cooper Senior A&E Reporter


he Appalachian Women’s Theatre Troupe performed “A Part Equal” at the I.G. Greer Studio Theatre last weekend as its second production since forming last year. “A Part Equal” is an original work of historical research by Derek Davidson, Department of Theatre and Dance lecturer. The play consists of a series of monologues and short scenes, each highlighting the life of a woman of importance to Shakespeare and the theater society from the 1500s to today. “Most of the writing has just been the process of researching these interesting, exciting, strong women and seeing what they have to say,” Davidson said. Davidson compiled much of the script from written historical accounts, including journals, diaries and letters. “Most of it is their firsthand words,” Davidson said. Because of this, actresses had the opportunity to research their characters in depth, bringing to the stage not only a dramatic reenactment, but also story elements from real life. “There are characters that are extremely powerful women, there are characters that are going through a struggle, but they’re each powerful in their own separate ways,” said Rachel Leishman, a senior theatre arts major who plays several characters in the show. The play is part of the High

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Freshman chemistry and secondary education major Emma Siplon (left) and junior English major Tyler Sullivan (right) engage in a brief fencing match in the play ‘A Part Equal,’ performed this weekend in the I.G. Greer Studio Theatre.

Country Theatre League’s celebration of Shakespeare’s 450th birthday, one of the largest celebrations of its kind, and the direct result of the troupe’s exploration of the legendary playwright. “A lot of times these festivals say they are celebrating Shakespeare, and you think of ‘Romeo and Juliet,’ you think of ‘Hamlet’ or ‘Macbeth,’ but you don’t think of the man who was writing all of this,” Carmen Lawrence, Women’s Theatre Troupe president, said.

In their search for a way to participate in the celebration, all actual Shakespeare plays fell short of the club’s goals to highlight women’s issues throughout history, Lawrence, a senior theatre arts major, said. “You talk about women’s rights like it’s one topic – it’s so many different topics,” she said. Director and senior theatre arts major Paige Borden said that while every woman featured in the play is historically significant in some way, the majority are still relatively un-

known. Actress and junior theatre arts major Savannah Core welcomes the show as a change of pace from traditional ways to celebrate Shakespeare. She sees the progression of women’s actions throughout the show as another interconnected way to celebrate the importance and impact that the theatre can have on women. “It shows that yes, we have come far, but we still have a ways to go,” Core said. While the objective of the

club is promote female roles, there were still two male performers in the work, playing many characters each for storytelling purposes. Lawrence said that since the Department of Theatre and Dance plans on cutting down on the number of out-of-class productions available to student groups, the new club is making plans to secure alternative spaces for next year’s productions, and hopes to still produce at least one play each semester.

On Stage

Funk group The Lonely Biscuits to bring unique sound to campus Friday by Kelsey Hamm Intern A&E Reporter

The Lonely Biscuits, mtvU’s college artist of the year in 2013, will take to the Legends stage Friday. The band consists of members vocalist Grady Wenrich, vocalist and guitarist John Paternini, drummer Sam Gidley and bassist Nick Byrd. Byrd said that while he does not yet consider the band famous, he does consider them well-known in their

hometowns and other areas of the country where the band frequently plays. “We haven’t changed that much since the beginning,” Byrd said. “We don’t let the fact that people like our music get to our heads. We’ve gotten tighter as a band, and we all want to do this for as long as we can.” On stage, Byrd said the band members feed off the energy of the crowd. In between songs, he usually tries to stay comedic, and let the audience

know how appreciative he is that they came to the show. The band formed in 2011 and combine pop, hip-hop and other genres to create a unique blend of styles. Byrd said the band’s process in creating this sound is very spontaneous. “Typically someone will play a part on the guitar, or bass, or Sam will play a beat and then we’ll all just jam and add parts,” Byrd said. “It’s all very natural.” Byrd is originally from Charlotte


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and tries to visit Boone whenever he can. For the other band members, it will be their first time ever in Boone. The band lives together in Nashville, Tenn., where they are currently working on a new album and hope to be finished very soon. Doors for the show open at 9 p.m. Tickets for the event are $5 for students in advance and $7 for the public at the door. The event is BYOB with a valid identification.


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Cloud Nothings delivers strong fourth full-length

The fourth annual Trash N Fashion show on Friday brought its unorthodox styles to Strand Beads on King Street, bringing together arts and sustainability. The show featured 20 different outfits, all made in part with trash from different businesses in Boone and Watauga County. The designs were made, crafted and modeled by both Appalachian State University students and community member volunteers. Trash from businesses such as Appalachian Mountain Brewery, Espresso News and Earth Fare were incorporated into designs. “It is a great opportunity to be involved in the community in a creative and eco-friendly way,” said Kendra Warren, an Appalachian alumna and designer and model for the show. “It’s essential that we begin to reuse all of our materials so we can begin to live a less trashfilled life.” The show was sponsored by Elkland Arts Center, which organizes the event every year. Elkland Arts Center is a nonprofit arts organization based in Todd. “We bring people together under a shared vision and expand that vision out to the community,” said Lexie Danner, managing director of Elkland Arts Center. The night served as a fundraiser for the Elkland Arts Center, raising money through a silent auction and ticket sales.

Cloud Nothings’ moniker may evoke fluffy, wispy images, but for the past few albums their music has been anything but. Their 2012 breakout record, “Attack on Memory,” was the first to include writing input from frontman Dylan Baldi’s touring band, including powerhouse drummer Jayson Gerycz. With Steve Albini’s production – whose credits include classic Pixies and Nirvana albums – “Attack on Memory” was a vicious, urgent slice of pop-punk. While the band’s fantastic newer album “Here and Nowhere Else” is no less aggressive, it’s also remarkably mature, balanced and direct in comparison to the sneers of past songs like “No Sentiment.” Baldi, at only 22, has developed a unique gift as a lyricist for balancing visceral anger with poetic sincerity. The record begins with the line “I go outside and see all these things that should be real” and ends with “I’m not you, you’re a part of me.” In only 30 minutes, Baldi addresses his insecurities about interfacing with reality and comes out confident, more or less. It’s a far cry from the nihilism of their previous album, and the band matches it with exceptional music. Built on loosely-played, catchy guitar riffs, these songs charge forward at a breakneck pace that suggests they might collapse at any moment. Instead, the drums keep ev-

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Senior art management major Jennifer Harley walks on the runway at Friday’s Trash N Fashion Show at Strands Beads.

Danner said she thinks the show serves a noble purpose as a showcase for community art and sustainable ideals. “Over the winter, all this trash accumulates all around our community, and when spring comes, you can see it all,” Danner said. “So let’s just take that and make something beautiful out of it.” Model and junior art history major Emily Lawrence said that fashion shows like this are as much about the models walking the stage as they

are about the time-consuming work of design. “I’m not creative to make anything for myself, but I wanted to be an outlet for my friend and her art,” Lawrence said. As part of Downtown Boone Development Association’s monthly Art Crawl, the fashion show had two different viewings throughout the night to prevent overcrowding while catering to a wide audience. Local rock duo Someday Rumble opened the show.

Cloud Nothings Here and Nowhere Else erything just within the lines of the beat even through wild fills and speedy breakdowns. Production from John Congleton – behind two of this year’s great records from St. Vincent and Angel Olsen – places you directly in the room with the band’s rip-roaring energy. Yet even throughout this intensity, “Here and Nowhere Else” remains a pop-oriented album with meticulously crafted hooks and major-key progressions that linger in your head. It’s hard to find fault with something this economical and rewarding. Some may be put off by Baldi’s screams, but they’re always in line with the build of the song. For fans of garage rock, whether modern or classic, “Here and Nowhere Else” is well worth the short time it takes to make its case. -Colin Moore, A&E Editor

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Voting fraud claims are likely misleading Kevin Griffin Opinion Writer

Many Republican lawmakers are feeling vindicated in their efforts to pass more restrictive voting measures now that reports of thousands of cases of potential voter fraud have emerged. Following a cross-check with information from 28 other states, election officials announced Wednesday that they had identified 35,570 people whose first and last names, as well as birth dates, matched those in other states, according to WRAL. Seven hundred sixty-five cases were found where the first name, last name, birth date and last four digits of social security numbers matched.

Republicans now see the new numbers as evidence that stricter voting laws do need to be put in place to combat this severe problem of voting irregularity. Those who are eager to jump on this new revelation as a justification for new voting policies should be careful about doing so. The numbers have not been thoroughly investigated yet to see what the actual prevalence of voter fraud is. The report with these findings is preliminary, and officials plan to look more deeply into the data to see what the level of fraud actually is. In any event, there are other factors that could easily influence the numbers. The incidence of individuals with the same names and birth dates is higher than might be expected. Researchers Michael D. McDonald and Justin Levitt pointed out in a 2007 study

that, given a “sufficiently large population,” matches among names and birth dates are quite common. Certainly a 28-state sample would constitute a sufficiently large population. Of course, there are additional possibilities of errors by precinct officials and other potential mistakes unrelated to voter fraud that must be investigated. Perhaps more important than the numbers and what causes them is the idea that voting policies enacted recently would help this problem. The idea that requiring voter identification at polling places will put a dent into voter fraud does not address the reality of how voter fraud occurs - when it does occur. Since the laws only affect voters at polling places, the possibility for fraud in absentee ballots still remains. A 2012 report by the organization News 21 showed that ab-

sentee voting fraud accounted for about 24 percent of all voter fraud, the largest of any category of voter fraud. In North Carolina, the biggest problem was casting an ineligible ballot, an offense that would not be prevented by photo identification. Overall, the News 21 investigation only found 22 cases of voter fraud in the state since 2000. Further investigation will obviously be needed and should be conducted to find out exactly what accounts for the numbers. But given the past evidence on voting fraud, it does not seem likely that any astronomical rate of voter fraud is going on in North Carolina. Certainly it is too soon for anyone to justify policy around the current results. Griffin, a sophomore journalism major from Madison, is an opinion writer.

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The Supreme Court of the United States ruled in favor of the case of McCutcheon v. FEC on Wednesday and issued that the ban on the number of candidates and party committees to which an individual can contribute during a two-year election cycle is unconstitutional, according to the Washington Post. What would have surely been the biggest April Fool’s Day joke of the year is sadly a very serious and unfortunate setback in the battle for fair and balanced election and campaign processes. The decision further promotes the notion that monetary donations are a form of free speech. “This case represents yet another missed opportunity to right the course of our campaign finance jurisprudence by restoring a standard that is faithful to the First Amendment,” Justice Clarence Thomas wrote in his concurring opinion. I can understand how money could be viewed as free speech, and I do not dispute that. Donating money is a form of expressing a favored viewpoint and that can’t be disputed. What I do challenge is the elitist power-grab that this decision promotes. Approximately 600 donors gave the maximum of the $123,200 amount during the 2012 campaign cycle, according to USA Today. It is only those roughly 600 people that this decision benefits, and 99 percent of Americans don’t make that much money in a year without taxes. Certainly, in the spirit of competition, the ideal candidate is seemingly mythical. But as the parties become more polarized and the population becomes more moderate, will the candidates and overarching political environment become less and less representative? While Chief Justice John Roberts’ opinion in the case attempts to persuade the public that corruption will be defeated through the transparency provided in the ruling, I remain hesitant to limit corruption to simply of monetary means. I argue that it would be corrupt for partisan elites to have the power to essentially purchase the partisan candidates they favor, leaving the overwhelming majority of moderate America with a degrading decision between the lesser of two evils. This decision only secures a heightened freedom of speech for the incredibly wealthy and partisan few that will demean the integrity of candidate selection. Mullis, a junior criminal justice major from Wallburg, is an opinion writer.

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Eagles hand Mountaineers three losses behind solid pitching

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Members of the softball team react as pitcher Alissa Schoelkopf strikes out a Georgia Southern batter Saturday afternoon. The Eagles defeated the Mountaineers three times this weekend.

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he Georgia Southern Eagles (27-11, 11-1 SoCon) came to Boone to face the Mountaineer softball team (13-22, 3-8 Southern Conference) in a three-game series this weekend. The Eagles swept the Mountaineers in the series, winning twice in a doubleheader Saturday and taking the final matchup Sunday afternoon. Game one In a game that featured great pitching for both teams, Georgia

Southern defeated the Mountaineers 4-0. Senior third baseman Shelby Morrill started the game off with a bang, opening the scoring by drilling a home run over the centerfield fence to give the Eagles a 1-0 advantage in the top of the first. But after the first run, both starting pitchers assumed control of the game. The Mountaineer’s junior pitcher Alissa Schoelkopf and Georgia Southern’s Sarah Purvis dueled into the top of the seventh scattering several hits but allowing only one run total between them. “I’m always competitive,” Schoelkopf said. “I like playing Georgia Southern though be-

cause they always bring good competition.” Junior right fielder Dani Heichen was one of the lone bright spots for the Mountaineer offense, reaching base twice and swiping two bases, tallying her season total to 17 stolen bases. “It’s very important for me to get on because when I do, it’s usually producing a run,” Heichen said. The Eagles took advantage of defensive miscues in the top of the seventh to break the game open. Sophomore Dominque Grossman reached base to begin the inning and came around to score on a throwing error.

After freshman outfielder Taylor Rogers and infielder Emily Snider reached base, senior infielder Kourtny Thomas then lined a ball into deep center to bring Rogers around. An errant throw brought Snider home to score. The Eagles recorded a perfect bottom of the seventh to secure the victory in game one. Schoelkopf picked up the loss for Appalachian, dropping her record to 2-6 on the season.

man Cara Parker’s team-leading fifth home run of the season. The comeback bid fell short, though, as Appalachian fell for the second time on the day. Sophomore pitcher Shivaun Landeros was charged with the loss for the Mountaineers, falling to 8-10 on the season. “I think it’s a very fine line separating us, and I think a lot of it comes down to heart and desire,” Wesley said after game two.

Game two The bats came alive in game two of the doubleheader, as Georgia Southern pounded out three hits in the top of the fourth to secure a commanding 6-2 lead that they would never relinquish as they cruised to a 9-4 win. After the Eagles scratched across a run in the top of the first, the Mountaineers evened the score on some heads up base running by Heichen, who scored on a wild pitch in the bottom half of the first inning. Appalachian took its first lead of the series in the bottom of the second when junior utility player Pepper Butler hit a ground ball into a gap, driving in sophomore outfielder Kristen Terry to give the Mountaineers a 2-1 lead. Georgia Southern delivered a fatal blow in the top of the fourth inning when Morrill hit her second home run of the day, this time a grand slam, to plate four and give the Eagles a 6-2 advantage. After the Eagles managed three more runs, the Mountaineers cut into the lead in the bottom of the sixth. The effort was highlighted by App State fresh-

Game three The Mountaineers fell again to Georgia Southern on Sunday afternoon 4-3. The loss closed out the three-game weekend series. App State scored two of its three runs on solo home runs as junior second baseman Cynthia Gomez recorded her first career home run. Butler added another home run in the fifth inning. “We hit a couple home runs,” Wesley said. “It’s just nobody was on [base], and it comes down to timing a lot of the time.” Following the weekend’s games, Georgia Southern remains comfortably atop the SoCon standings, a full two and a half games ahead of secondplace Chattanooga. “They are the best team in our conference,” Gomez said. “But this game, I felt as if we fought a lot as a team.” Schoelkopf pitched a complete game, allowing four earned runs on nine hits while recording six strikeouts. The loss brings her season record to 2-7. App State will travel to East Tennessee State University for their next game Tuesday. The first pitch is scheduled for 5 p.m.


Davidson associate coach linked to App State men’s basketball job by Bryant Barbery Intern Sports Reporter

Jim Fox, the associate head coach at Davidson College, has reportedly been offered the job for the men’s head basketball coach at Appalachian State and seems to be the most likely candidate for the position. The search for a new coach began immediately after the decision not to renew the contract of former App State men’s basketball head coach Jason Capel on March 10. ESPN’s Jeff Goodman reported on Twitter on Friday that Appalachian is in negotiations with Fox to be the Mountaineers’ new men’s basketball coach. Fox has spent 13 seasons at Davidson under head coach Bob McKillop. During his time there Davidson went 288130. His tenure at Davidson includes six Southern Conference Championships, six NCAA tournament appearances and an elite eight run in the 2008 NCAA tournament. During Fox’s tenure, the Wildcats had 27 All-Conference players, six conference players of the year, three league fresh-

men of the year and four All-Americans. Most notable among his recruits is former Davidson star and current NBA AllStar Stephen Curry, who plays professionally for the Golden State Warriors. Originally, Bobby Lutz, associate head coach at North Carolina State University and former UNC-Charlotte coach, was offered the job but declined in order to stay with the Wolfpack, according to The Winston Salem Journal. “Withdrew name from App State. Charlie Cobb 1st Class. All the best. So glad to be with Mark Gottfried and N.C. State. Future is bright,” Lutz said in Tweet on March 28. Wofford head coach Mike Young said that he had been contacted by App State Athletic Director Charlie Cobb as well, according to The Winston Salem Journal. Young took Wofford to its third NCAA appearance in five years and led his team to a Southern Conference championship this past season. He has an overall record of 189-185 in 12 seasons at Wofford. The candidate that App State selects will be the 16th head coach in program history.

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Davidson mascot Will E. Wildcat plays basketball with App State’s Yosef. Davidson’s Jim Fox has been linked to App State’s men’s head coaching job


App State tennis teams sweep weekend doubleheader Men’s tennis controls doubles matches, defeats Chattanooga in Boone as season winds down by Jess Lyons Sports Reporter

Appalachian State men’s tennis defeated Chattanooga in its second outdoor match of the season by a final score of 4-3. The Mountaineers improved its record to 8-11 and must notch one more win in its final two matches to clinch the fourth seed in the Southern Conference tournament. The Mountaineers took all of the doubles matches to earn the doubles point for the match and an early 1-0 lead. Chattanooga took points during the single matches against senior Sebastian King at No. 1 with a score of 2-6 and 4-6, at No. 3 against sophomore Zach Bost with a score of 6-7 and 6-7, and at No. 4 against freshman Daniel

Hoang, which was won by default. “Chattanooga is a tough team,” head coach Bob Lake said. “Our record with them varies every year, and right now we just need to focus on beating Wofford to take the fourth seed in the tournament.” The Mountaineers took the rest of the match by storm with freshman Oliver Casey winning his set 6-2 and 6-4 at No. 2, freshman Jack Maddocks at No. 5 with a dominating score of 6-0 and 6-0, and sophomore Jan-Willem Kleynhans at No. 6 who finished 6-4 and 6-4. “Elon is the No. 1 seed so for us to be fourth and skip the first round of matches we need to win against Wofford,” Maddocks said. App State will face Wofford on Tuesday at 2:30 p.m. at home. It will be the last home regular season match.

Women’s tennis ends conference play, knocks off Catamounts to improve to 7-15 by Jess Lyons Sports Reporter

Appalachian State women’s tennis defeated Western Carolina on Sunday by a final score of 6-1. This was the last qualifying match for the Southern Conference tournament for the Mountaineers, which ends its season with an overall record of 7-15 and a 3-6 conference mark. The Mountaineers took the Catamounts by storm, sweeping all the doubles matches to earn the doubles point to start off the match with a 1-0 lead. “Our doubles is coming along,” head coach Colin Crothers said. “We’ve won the last four doubles points and we’re a forced to be reckoned with now.”

App State played six single matches against the Catamounts and won five of them, dropping No. 3, which was lost due to a technicality against App State freshman Gabrielle Wreder after her team making a verbal call before the ball was out. The Mountaineers will face the Catamounts again in the first round of the Southern Conference tournament, which begins April 16 in Chattanooga, Tenn. “[Western Carolina] plays well and they have good doubles, we always get a good match from them,” Crothers said. “We have developed a lot from the beginning of the season and even though it’s a young team, they’re ready for the tournament.” The Mountaineers will play its final regular season match against Gardner-Webb on Thursday at 2 p.m.

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Appalachian State football showcases skills, progress at Spring Game by Katherine Glassman Intern Sports Reporter

The Appalachian State offense narrowly edged the defense 75-74 in Friday’s Spring Game. The game featured a different scoring system than is used in the regular season. Under the special scoring, the offense was awarded points for first downs, gains of more than 15 yards, as well as touchdowns and field goals. The defense scored when they sacked the quarterback, caused a loss or a three-and-out. The defense led for most of the game as the offense struggled to get going against the smothering defense. The offense found its groove when junior quarterback Kameron Bryant threw a 51-yard touchdown to junior wide receiver Simms McElfresh. Sophomore running back Marcus Cox, who ran for 21 touchdowns last season, shined offensively, rushing for 121 yards on 15 carries. “This spring is very important to us,” Cox said. “We wanted to pick up where we finished off the season, and this spring, we wanted to work on the fundamentals.” On the day, the offense had seven plays that went for 15 yards or more. Head coach Scott Satterfield said the spring game served as a good test for the defense as they look to improve for Sun Belt Conference competition next

season. “One thing that we are working on this year in the spring is tightening down our coverage and tightening down the linebackers,” Satterfield said. “When you do that you will give up some big plays. Last year we were very passive and we stayed back. We gave up a lot of underneath plays.” Junior wide receiver Tacoi Sumler also impressed offensively as he caught four passes for 128 yards. Sumler has battled knee injuries throughout his college career and said he felt good after the spring game. “As soon as I got here, I played a couple of games, and then I had the knee injury,” Sumler said. “Really, it gave me a drive, and right now I feel great and healthy.” For the defense, sophomore lineman Tyson Fernandez, who was listed as an offensive lineman last season before being shut down with a series of injuries, recorded 11 tackles, including one tackle for a loss and one sack in the scrimmage. “I feel like this spring I grew a lot from the season only having a week to transition into the defensive role,” Fernandez said. Next season will mark the Mountaineers’ first in FBS football as they make the move to the Sun Belt. The first game of the season is set for Aug. 30 when the Mountaineers travel to Ann Arbor, Mich., to take on the Wolverines.

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The Mountaineers scrimmaged Friday at the Spring Game in Kidd Brewer Stadium.

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