Thursday, October 20, 2011
Vol. 86 No. 14
President Obama visits High Country by ANNE BUIE Senior News Reporter
by JUSTIN HERBERGER Editor-in-Chief
Pete Souza | Official White House Photo
President Barack Obama peruses the candy barrels at Boone’s Mast General Store, Monday during his three-day bus tour to promote the American Jobs Act.
SGA passes bill for mandatory student employer evaluations
resident Barack Obama took his jobs tour to the High Country Monday, meeting students in Boone and holding a speaking engagement near Wilkesboro. Student Government Association President Lauren Estes met with Obama prior to his speech at West Wilkes High School in Millers Creek. “I hugged the president,” Estes said. “It was awesome.” The president’s stop was part of his attempt to sell voters on the American Jobs Act. Obama said the bill would compensate for funding cuts in public education and infrastructure projects in order to alleviate concerns about unemployment. “All over the country and right here in North Carolina, folks are losing their jobs,” Obama said Monday. “Nearly 2,000 classroom positions have been eliminated this school year. It’s unfair to our kids. It undermines our future.” Estes said she spoke with the president about concerns expressed to her by Appalachian State University students, particularly education majors, who are concerned about their employment prospects postgraduation. “I’m glad I got the chance to plug Appalachian State to the most powerful man in the world,” Estes said. “It’s an opportunity and experience I will never forget.” En route to Wilkesboro, the president surprised the town of Boone with a visit around 3:30 p.m. While on King Street, he stopped by Anna Banana’s and purchased candy at Mast General Store. “I decided it was time to get out of Washington,” Obama said during his speech. “I wanted to hit the open road and come visit some of the most beautiful parts of this great country of ours.” AppalCART’s director of
transportation, Chris Turner, said Obama’s visit took the town by surprise. “The Secret Service has a thing about secrecy, so we had no idea he was coming until 1:00,” Turner said. Senior electronic media broadcasting major Collincia Rouse described seeing the president as an “amazing” experience. She was on her way to class when she noticed the Secret Service milling through King Street. “It was one of the things I’ll remember for the rest of my life,” Rouse said. “Obama drove up in his van and looked directly at me.” Rouse said she believes Obama visited Boone because the town is so democratic and was extremely active in the 2008 election. She said his brief visit was “awesome” for the town. “Boone doesn’t really get much recognition outside of football, so to have the president come is pretty awesome,” she said. Freshman undecided major Curtis Holmes said he had no idea President Obama was stopping through. “I was just coming to get a pack of cigarettes and had no idea he was going to be here,” he said. Holmes said he was in awe that President Obama would stop in Boone. “I don’t really know why he would be in such a small town,” he said. After hearing about Obama’s upcoming arrival, AppalCART chose to shut down some routes until 4 p.m. Ultimately, the routes reopened before then. Sergeant Matt Stevens of the Boone Police Department was involved with traffic control during the president’s stop in town, along with 50 other deputies and policemen from Avery County, Banner Elk and University Police. Stevens said the ultimate goal was to provide for the safety and movement of the president’s motorcade while having as little impact on motorists as possible. “It was neat that the president would have a little bit of a connection with a relatively smaller area and a kind of off-the-path area,” he said.
Construction update: Center for Student Leadership nears 2012 completion date
by HANK SHELL News Editor
by ANNE BUIE Senior News Reporter
The Student Government Association (SGA) passed a bill on Tuesday in support of mandatory employer evaluations for student employees of Appalachian State University. The current lack of such evaluations “overlooks the merit of deserving staff members and possible issues,” according to the bill. “Whatever is specifically written there, that is what the students want to keep,” said off-campus senator Frances Ramos, author of the bill. A survey sent to student employees asking if they supported a new evaluation received support from 92.8 percent of those who responded, Ramos said. Though the bill states students would have a choice of signing the evaluations or remaining anonymous, Ramos said SGA would move in the direction of making signing the evaluations mandatory. Student employees say the idea of accountability for the evaluations more closely parallels the professional world. “I think that’s a good practice for confrontation because we don’t really get that here on a professional level,” said Jessica Ferrell, a Food Services employee and junior elementary education major. “We get it on a student drama level.” Ferrell said she believes that the evaluations would help her relationships with her bosses. The evaluations would be available to students on ASULearn, incurring no additional costs to the university, Ramos said. Though Ramos said the bill received wide support from student employees, some employers feel that the new system would be redundant and a waste of resources as far as addressing complaints or problems. “The Equity Office, Human Resources, student coordinators – it’s a whole system we have in place right now,” said Art Kessler, Food Services director. Evaluations would be submitted to the director of each department, and with between 700 and 800 student employees at Food Services, it would be a “very cumbersome system,” Kessler said. Food Services is currently the largest student employer on campus. Though Kessler said he thought the current system of addressing problems between student employees and their employers, at least in Food Services, is effective, he did find the motivation of recognizing outstanding employers as positive. Both Ramos and Kessler agree that the concept still needs development before it is implemented. Ramos said the next step in the process would be figuring out how the evaluations could be distributed on ASULearn.
Olivia Wilkes | The Appalachian
The Center for Student Leadership Project is scheduled to be complete during the latter part of 2012. The residence hall and regional utilities building will be finished in summer 2012 and the annex wing will be ready for use in October 2012.
by KELLI STRAKA Senior News Reporter
The Center for Student Leadership, currently under construction on the east side of campus, includes four separate projects – an addition to the Plemmons Student Union (PSU), a new residence hall, an annex wing and an associate regional utilities building. Each project is slated to be completed in 2012 – some in October, some as early as that summer. “The concrete structural frames and floors of the residence hall, union addition and regional utilities building are nearly complete,” Project Manager David Sweet said. The residence hall’s interior framing, wiring, plumbing and piping are proceeding on schedule, along with structural work at the top floors, Sweet said. All four projects are supported from student fees. “No state appropriations were used for the projects as the state doesn’t fund student
housing nor student union construction,” DiBernardi said. “I think this is an important distinction, since some students and maybe others think that we have taken state appropriations away from our instructional core. These are separate funding sources and cannot be mixed.” PSU addition The student union will include eleven new meeting and conference rooms, including a new ballroom. The building will also feature public areas, including a lobby and seating throughout the four floors. “All students will be using the new addition,” said Dino DiBernardi, associate vice chancellor for student development. “These rooms and space will be available to all members of the university community.” Various departments on campus will move to the new student union area, including International Education and Development,
Undergraduate Student Research, Multicultural Student Development, the Center for Student Involvement and Leadership, Appalachian and the Community Together. The Dean of Students suite will be housed in the new addition as well, encompassing Student Conduct and Parent and Family Services. Completion Date: October 2012
New residence hall A new residence hall will boast ten floors in addition to a basement. It will include 18 double rooms, each with its own bathroom, and one single room on floors two through ten. No final decision has been made as to who the new residence hall will accommodate, though the priorities established for construction of the complex were to support additional upperclassman housing and to provide housing for students in the Honors College, DiBernardi said.
Completion Date: Summer 2012
The annex wing, which will be connected to Cone Hall via bridge or walkway, will include a 24-hour desk, an administrative center, rooms for classes and meetings, and office space for the Honors College. “The annex will available for use by residents as well as others,” DiBernardi said. “The priority will be for classes during the day and it will available for other uses, particularly in the evening.” Completion Date: October 2012
Associate Regional Utilities Building
The Associate Regional Utilities Building will have two chillers and pumps for the air conditioning system, an emergency generator, a pump for the fire sprinkler system and various controls and related equipment inside the building. Completion Date: Summer 2012
• October 20, 2011
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Lynne Mason Incumbent? Yes. Elected in 2001. Party affiliation? Democrat “We are charged with policies for the community. I don’t see it as the town versus students, because students are part of the bigger community, so hopefully, when we do things such as revitalizing downtown, it is positively affecting the students as well.”
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“You can see that many of my platform goals are student-friendly, but I think that the best thing I can do for students is to make sure that the Council always considers your point of view and makes decisions that respect your needs.”
“I would say that every decision I make on Council is a decision that impacts students. I consider ASU students as being full residents of the Town of Boone, and are vital to the local economy and to Boone culture.”
Information compiled by: CATHERINE HAITHCOCK, News Reporter
View full Q & A with Boone Town Council candidates online at TheAppalachianOnline.com.
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• October 20, 2011
‘Occupy’ Wallstreet: Restoring the American Dream into the account the restrictions t h a t limit the by DREW BENNET occupation from using Editor’s note: This blog entry appeared on The- structures as AppalachianOnline.com Tuesday Oct. 18 and is such the personal account of the author’s experience vis- tents and bathrooms. iting the “Occupy” movement protest. This makes “All day, all week, occupy a prolonged occupation a Wall Street!” were the cries difficult and daunting task, heard throughout the city something all in our group streets of New York over can attest to. The first night we arrived the weekend as protestors marched in solidarity. we were confronted with the Hundreds of NYPD officers reality that the next morning lined the roads on foot, we would be forced to leave motorcycle and horseback the park so that city officials as marches through out the could conduct a cleaning. city swelled the sidewalks to Anxious and angered by the possibility of not being able their capacity. Two weeks ago, sophomore to return to their occupation, Global Studies major John protestors began a massive Leader approached me clean up of the plaza that about photographing and would continue through participating in Occupy Wall the night. The following Street over fall break. I was morning attendance in the immediately energized by park expanded to over three the opportunity and began thousand as activists awaited to research the movement. the arrival of the NYPD in Occupy Wall Street, which what was expected to be a claims inspiration and standoff between protestors insight from the Arab and the police. Just as a Uprising, is a leaderless, legal liaison announced to non-violent civil movement the masses the procedures focusing on, among many for those who planned demands, the removal on linking arms to resist of corporate influence in eviction, a woman read politics, wealth inequality from her blackberry the and further investigation and breaking news that Mayor punishment of Wall Street Bloomberg had called off the cleaning. The early morning criminals. A small group of eager announcement came after Appalachian students, over 300,0000 Americans including myself, joined signed petitions to stop the together to visit the protest eviction. The notice was last weekend. In our three followed by marches, elation days we spent at Zuccotti and celebration as soggy Park in lower Manhattan, protestors danced around a we would become deeply drum circle on Broadway. Since the beginning of the engaged in the protest, with some of us helping movement just over a month to clean the square while ago, protests have erupted in others passed out food over 1,500 cities worldwide to hungry protestors. The from Rome to Sydney. The movement, inconsistent with American born movement is media reports, is relatively illuminating issues with debt organized for the amount of management, banking fraud restrictions that are imposed and, consequently, inequality by the city. The park has a all across the globe. John makeshift media center, a Leader, who photographed medical center, a comfort the rallies along side me, station to supply protestors expressed his feelings about with clothes, blankets and the movement, “…people toiletries and even a small are all over the world are library. All of this seems standing up and demanding […] selflessly grandeur when one takes change,
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subjecting themselves to criticism and arrest in order to send their message that we will not tolerate being exploited by our government and big business.” The trip would provide a glimpse into an awakening America, a peek into the fragile but resilient middle class that is finally saying ‘enough is enough’. In a society where mothers must choose between medicine and groceries, and students are forced into debt to receive a useless degree, this movement is just the beginning of a long journey that is restoring the American dream one march at a time.
Drew Bennet | The Appalachian
Top : A protestor waves the anarchist black flag at the protests. Left: An Occupy Wall Street protestor displays several political statements, including a anarcho-syndicalist/anarcho-communist red-and-black Australia and an environmental protest against fossil fuels.
- The #OccupyWallStreet hashtag was first mentioned in a July 13 blog post by Canadian activist group Adbusters.
- Occupy Wall Street originally set up camp in Zuccotti Park in lower Manhatten Sept. 17. and has inspired protests around the world.
- Occupy Wall Street protesters say billions of dollars in bank bailouts allowed banks to resume earning huge profits during the recession while average Americans had no relief from job insecurity and high unemployment.
- Critics say the protesters lack leadership and a clear message or goal.
- Over 1,800 people have been arrested around the world in relation to Occupy Wall Street protests, according to the Twitter feed Occupy Arrests.
- More than 800 people have been arrested at Occupy Wall Street Rallies in New York alone.
Source: slate.com, nytimes.com and twitter. com/#!/OccupyArrests
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Official University News & Announcements
Send copy to David W. Freeman, Director of Student Publications, Center for Student Involvement and Leadership, second floor, Plemmons Student Union, or e-mail: email@example.com.
Emerging leaders helps you grow
Want to meet people? Not sure what you want to get involved with in college? Want to develop your leadership skills? Then apply for Emerging Leaders for the Fall Semester. Emerging Leaders is a fun, interactive and dynamic leadership program created for students interested in personal growth and leadership development. The program explores these topics through community building. There are 10 consecutive weeks and an overnight retreat. The program is offered on Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday evenings. Apply on the CSIL website at www.csil.appstate. edu or call the CSIL office for more information at 262-6252.
SDR helps you with involvement
Each student at Appalachian State University has an official co-curricular transcript. Involvement, leadership positions, on-campus employment, awards, leadership programs etc. can be listed on the transcript. Visit www.sdr.appstate.edu to see what your options are for involvement. Start building your experiences today.
Need help getting involved?
The Center for Student Involvement and Leadership is available for advising appointments. Schedule a time today to talk with a professional in the office to determine your best plan of action. Get out, meet people and make a difference. Call 262-6252, or visit the CSIL website at www.csil.appstate. edu, drop by Room #219 for more information.
Leadership Forum for all students
The Appalachian Leadership Forum is a 1/2 day leadership conference open to all students and members of the community. A wide variety of topics will be covered. The forum will be held Saturday Nov. 5. Visit the Center for Student Involvement and Leadership for more information. (www. csil.appstate.edu. 262-6252. Room #219 Plemmons Student Union). Registration will open in October. ASU student participants will receive credit on their Student Development Record.
Visiting Writers sets schedule
The Hughlene Bostian Frank Visiting Writers Series is named in honor of Hughlene Bostian Frank, class of 1968, trustee and generous supporter of Appalachian State University. Admission to all events is free. For further information on the Fall season, call 262-2871 or see www. visitingwriters.appstate.edu. To receive Appalachian’s “This Week in the Arts” announcements by email, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Writers scheduled are: Novelist and memoirist Robert Goolrick, “A Reliable Wife,” “The End of the World As We Know It,” will speak at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 3 in the Table Rock Room of Plemmons Student Union. Craft Talk: Writing Memoir will be held from 2 until 3:15 p.m. at a location TBA. Novelist Mary Doria Russell, “The Sparrow,” “A Thread of Grace,” and “Doc,” will speak at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 17 in the Table Rock Room of Plemmons Student Union. A Craft Talk: Writing Historical Fiction will be held from 3:30 until 4:45 p.m. in the Table Rock Room.
International Fair set for Nov. 16
The 7th Annual International Fiair at Appalachian State University is set for 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Nov. 16 in the Grandfather Mountain Ballroom of Plemmons Student Union. If you want to travel and study abroad this year, come to the fair and you will be introduced to over 60 international faculty-led programs offered this year. Meet one-on-one with faculty leaders and learn about other study abroad and international venture opportunities. Enjoy free food and refreshments. Mark your calendars now. For more information contact the Office of International Education and Development (OIED) at 262-8034 and ask for Nathalie Turner, or email her at email@example.com.
2011 Counseling Center groups
Understanding Self and Others Group: Issues commonly addressed vary from depression, anxiety, relationship concerns, self-esteem, issues of family conflict or abuse, etc. Students who want to resolve specific concerns as well as those seeking personal growth are welcome. This can be a good time to get peers’ perspectives on various issues, and to recognize that you are not alone. Four groups are available: Mondays 1:00-2:30; Tuesdays 2:00-3:30; Tuesdays 2-3:30 (Freshmen/Transfer Students only) Tuesdays 3:30-5:00; Wednesdays 3:00-4:30.
Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual Therapy Group: This group will present an opportunity for gay, lesbian, and bisexual individuals to explore life challenges. It will provide a safe environment in which to address a variety of issues (e.g., coming out, spirituality, family relationships, depression, selfesteem, abuse, etc.). Goals of the group include: reducing isolation, finding support and making changes. Two groups are available: Time/Day to be determined (Contact Carol O’Saben or Sheri Clark: 262-3180 or osabencl@appstate. edu or firstname.lastname@example.org).
Painful Pasts, Promising Futures Group: This group is designed for those who have experienced traumatic events in their lives or who come from backgrounds in which they did not feel safe. Members will learn how their past experiences and their biology are affecting their lives now. More importantly, they will learn what to do about it! Members will learn important insights about their patterns in relationships and skills to better manage their emotions and relationships. Thursdays 3:30-5:00. (Contact Amber Lyda for more information: email@example.com). Transgender Therapy Group: This group is similar to the “Understanding Self and Others” group in that a variety of issues will be explored in a safe and supportive environment. Some of the issues will be unique to gender-variant students. Goals of the group include: reducing isolation, finding support and making changes. Time/Day to be determined (Contact Sheri Clark for more information: 262-3180 or firstname.lastname@example.org).
WISE Women, Image, & Self Esteem: This group is designed for any woman interested in changing how she values herself. If you’d like to feel better about yourself and less controlled by appearance, food and what others think, this group may be for you. Thursdays 1-2:30 p.m. (Contact Denise Lovin: 262-3180 or email@example.com).
An Introduction to Mindfulness Group: Mindfulness involves stepping out of “auto-pilot” reactions and learning to pay more attention to our present experiences. Activities in this group will help participants cultivate a mindful approach to their lives, which can decrease stress, create emotional balance, and allow a person to take actions more in line with their values. Thursdays 3:30-5:00 (Contact Chris Hogan: 262-3180 or firstname.lastname@example.org).
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Career resources available at ASU
Come explore the resources on campus here to assist you with your career planning and job searching needs. Is choosing a major causing you stress? The Peer Career Center can help! Choosing a major is one of the many decisions you will have to make during your college career. Do not take it lightly. The average person spends 86,000 hours working in his/her lifetime. How many hours are you going to spend choosing your career? We offer assistance in finding a major and career that matches your interests, abilities, values and experiences. Call 262-2029 to schedule an appointment or drop by our office located on the 2nd floor of the Student Union, beside McAllister’s Deli. Visit us at www.peercareer. appstate.edu. The Career Development Center offers many resources to assist you in your job and internship search skills. Career Counselors will help you build a professional resume, cover letter, and help develop your interviewing skills. Students can utilize Career Gear, (careergear.appstate.edu), our new and improved career management system, to schedule career counseling appointments, post resumes, search for jobs and internships, sign up for on campus interviews, research employers, identify employer mentors and stay up to date with career center events and fairs. Learn about all of the great resources in the CDC at careers.appstate.edu.
Free, confidential legal advice
A licensed attorney is available to answer your questions, provide advice, and make referrals. This service is offered free of charge to any Appalachian State University student. Contact the Student Legal Clinic if you have a traffic ticket, a minor criminal charge, a question about your lease or the conditions in your off-campus apartment -- or any other issue or problem that you need legal help with. The Student Legal Clinis is located in Room 221of the Plemmons Student Union. Call (828) 262-2704 for an appointment. It’s fast and easy! Appointments can usually be scheduled within a few days.
Financial Aid questions?
Parents and students with financial aid questions are encouraged to visit our website at financialaid.appstate.edu and their AppalNet account. The Office of Student Financial Aid is open Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., except for University observed holidays.
Writing scholarships offered
The competition for Appalachian State University’s Marian Coe Scholarship in Creative writing is underway. All students planning to enroll for spring 2012 may apply for the $400 scholarship in fiction, creative non-fiction and playwriting. Competition for Appalachian’s John Foster West Scholarship in poetry is underway. Students planning to enroll for spring 2012 may apply for the $500 scholarship. The deadline for submissions is 4 p.m. Nov. 7, with entries delivered to the English Department Office, second floor, Sanford Hall. Judge for the final competition is Jim Minick, author of Blueberry Years, A Memoir of Farm and Family, and winner of the SIBA Best Nonfiction Book of the Year Award. He has published numerous other works and teaches at Radford University. To apply, submit a file folder or envelope with 3 collated, stapled copies each of either a short story, or piece of creative non-fiction (memoir). If you choose to submit in the playwriting category, please limit your entry to a one-act play. Play scripts must be submitted in a standard format. You may submit in both the Poetry and Prose competitions, but please keep the applications separate. Please double-space prose; number pages and staple them. Please write your name, ASU Box, email and telephone number on the first page of each entry. The winner will be notified and results will be posted by Dec. 7. The scholarship honors the memory of fiction writer Marian Coe. Please contact Joseph Bathanti (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any questions.
Queer Film Series continues
Appalachian State University’s 12th Annual Queer Film Series continues Tuesday with “A Single Man.” All films are shown at 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays in Library 114, free and open to the public. Discussion to follow the film. For more information please visit www.qfs.appstate.edu. Other films are: “I Love You Phillip Morris, Nov. 1. The Queer Film Series thanks the College of Arts and Sciences, Library Collections Development, The Multicultural Center, the LGBT Center, SAGA, The English Department, The Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, and private donors.
Diversity Series continues
The Office of Multicultural Student Development announces the second installment of the 2011-2012 Diversity Lecture Series. All Diversity Lecture Series events are free and open to the public. Events scheduled are: Rolling Through Adversity, 7 p.m., today, Blue Ridge Ballroom. For more information, contact Augusto Pena at penaae@appstate. edu or call 262-6252.
Find Yosef A Holiday!
It’s almost time to Find Yosef A Holiday! The Office of Multicultural Student Development invites you to once again join in celebrating the many cultural traditions that are observed around the world during the winter season. To sign up as a holiday sponsor, please complete and submit the registration form by Oct. 28. Go to http://multicultural.appstate.edu/ events-programs/multicultural-events/find-yosef-holiday-fair to find the registration form. Classes, clubs, athletic teams, offices, and departments are all eligible and invited to submit forms. This can be an excellent way to enhance multicultural awareness or inspire those in your lives to spread their holiday cheer with others. The Find Yosef a Holiday Festival is Dec. 2 in the Blue Ridge Ballroom of Plemmons Student Union, 5-7 p.m.
Swim skill classes offered
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University Recreation is now offering swim skills clinics! The clinics offer children in the community the opportunity to learn and improve specific swimming skills in a structured setting. All classes are taught by qualified and experienced instructors. Group lessons are offered for ages 3 years to 12 years. These are two day courses offered at great prices. Registration is required; Register now! Clinics include: All About Breathing, Jump and Swim, Diving Skills, Exploring
Arms and Kicking, Front Crawl Basics, Floats and Boats, and On the Back. Clinics run Nov 7 to 17. For registration forms, fees, and class days/times go online to www.aquatics.appstate.edu. If you would like more information on this topic or other aquatic related programs, please call Cheryl Eddins, Assistant Director for Aquatics, at (828) 262-2100 or e-mail Cheryl at email@example.com.
Looking Glass features fibers
Looking Glass Gallery at Appalachian State University presents “Meditations on Family, Memory, and Loss,” a fibers show by senior art education major Lauren Fabri. The show will be on view Oct. 18 – Nov. 9, with a reception Friday, Nov. 4, from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. in the gallery in Plemmons Student Union. The event is free and open to the public, with food and refreshments to be provided. Looking Glass Gallery is located on the first floor of the Plemmons Student. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. – 10 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. – 10 p.m., and Sunday from noon – 10 p.m. Gallery admission is free. For more information, visit www.LookingGlassGallery.appstate.edu.
Outdoor Program adventures ahead
Outdoor Programs has tons of trips, workshops and special events planned over the next two months. You must sign-up for trips in-person at Outdoor Program’s Base Camp in the Student Recreation Center. These events are open to students, faculty, staff and their immediate relatives or domestic partners. Events are: This coming weekend (10/22 - 10/23) - Sailing on Lake Norman; Sunday, (10/23) - Summit Hike to Grandfather Mountain; (10/25) - Bear Hang workshop (FREE); (10/28 - 10/30) - Backpacking 101 to Mt. Rogers, Va.; (11/5) - Rock Climbing 101; (12/2 - 12/4) - Winter Backpacking to Mt. Rogers, Va. (previous experience with winter camping suggested). If you have any questions please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (828)262-4077.
Who’s Who for 2011-2012
Each year, Appalachian State University participates in the Who’s Who in American Universities and Colleges Program. This program recognizes students for academic and leadership excellence. Students are selected for this honor based on the following criteria: scholarship abilities, participation and leadership in academic and extracurricular activities, citizenship and service to the community and Appalachian State University, and potential for future achievement. Currently enrolled undergraduate students who have earned at least 75 semester hours prior to fall semester, 2011; have a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.50; and have not been previously elected to Who’s Who are eligible for nomination. The selection procedure offers students the opportunity to nominate themselves. The nomination packet includes: Instructions for Nomination and the Biographical Data Sheet. This packet may be downloaded from www.studentdev.appstate.edu by choosing Leadership and Service Awards, and then selecting Who’s Who in American Universities and Colleges. This packet may also be picked up from the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Development, 109 B. B. Dougherty Administration Building. Please return nominations to the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Development, Room 109, B. B. Dougherty Building. When you submit electronically, your nomination will automatically be returned to us. Nominations close at 5 p.m., Nov. 9.
Workshop offers you options
Are you having a hard time handling a problem in your life? If you are having a hard time figuring out what to do next, or you think you might be running out of options, you might want to attend “Strategies: How to Deal.” Stop by the Counseling Center in the Miles Annas Student Services Building or call 262-3180. You can also email thornhillcj@ appstate.edu. Space is limited so sign up fast. Workshops will be held on Mondays at noon, and Tuesdays at 6 p.m. in the Counseling Center.
ASU celebrates World Philosophy
World philosophy day was initiated by UNESCO and takes place every year on the third Thursday of November, to encourage reflection, debate and fruitful exchange. The theme this year is “Philosophy, cultural diversity and rapprochement of cultures.” The department of philosophy and relition at Appalachian State University invites everyone to the celebrations. First is a book launch at 6 p.m. Tuesday in Room 421, Belk Library. The book is “Feminist Disability Studies,” edited by Dr. Kim Hall. There will be a lecture by Dr. Ann Fox of Davidson College, “Loving the Mother Monsters: Performing Feminist Disability Studies.” The second event is a movie at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 17 in Greenbriar Theater in the Plemmons Student Union. The film is “Agora.” These opportunities are sponsored by the Office of Equity, Diversity and Compliance, the Center for Judaic, Holocaust and Peace Studies, the College of Arts and Sciences, Women’s Studies and the Department of Philosophy and Religion. For information, call 262-2422, or email email@example.com.
N.C. Dance Festival returns to ASU
The very best that the art form of dance has to offer Tar Heel residents comes to Boone as the Appalachian State University Department of Theatre and Dance presents the 16th Annual North Carolina Dance Festival. The Valborg Theatre performances are Oct. 27-29 at 7:30 p.m. Ticket prices start at $6 for ASU students. For more information click on www. theatre.appstate.edu, or call the box office at 828-262- 3063. Each night features a different selection of performances, showcasing an array of choreography with distinct styles and techniques by the eight dance companies represented by NCDF as well as performances by ASU dancers. Dancing begins Oct. 27 with performances by Courtney Greer from Raleigh, Lindsey Kelly from Asheville, and Robin Gee from Greensboro. Friday, Oct. 28, features Terranova Dance Theatre from Greensboro, Natalie Marrone & The Dance Cure from Raleigh. Caroline Calouche& Co. from Charlotte, Diego Carrasco Schoch from Raleigh/Durham, and Helen Simoneau from Winston-Salem will take the stage on Saturday Oct. 29. ASU is a unique part of NCDF. The dances choreographed by ASU artists include three faculty members: Associate Professor of Dance Studies Emily Daughtridge, Associate Professor of Dance Studies Susan Lutz, and Assistant Professor Sherone Price, as well as Hope Wolfe, a senior dance major. Associate Professor Susan Lutz is the ASU/Boone coordinator for NCDF. with NCDF. Tickets are available in person at the Valborg Theatre box office Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 2-5 p.m. and Tuesday/Thursday from 12:30-5 p.m., by phone at (828) 262-3063, and online at www.theatre.appstate.edu. NCDF runs October 27-29 at 7:30 p.m. Prices are $6 for students and youth (ages 6-18), $13 for faculty/staff and seniors, and $15 for adults.
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Students hike for mental health care awareness
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Junior psychology major Jerome Hallan and senior environmental biology major Ivan Penado hold the Indian flag on the Appalachian Trail over fall break. The two hiked 55 miles for a service learning internship that Hallan will participate in this spring in India, helping to raise awareness for mental health care.
by KELLI STRAKA Senior News Reporter
ver fall break, junior psychology major Jerome “J.B.” Hallan and senior biology major Ivan Penado hiked 55 miles of the Appalachian Trail on the North Carolina/Tennessee border, passing through Hot Springs. For three days, Hallan and Penado woke up around 7 a.m., started hiking by 8 a.m. and finished around 7 p.m., stopping only to eat lunch, rest and refill water. “There were times when you were out there and you wondered, ‘Why did I decide to do this?’” Hallan said. “But it was fun. It’s a rewarding feeling being able to come back and say we did average 18 to 20 miles the three days we were out there and that’s pretty impressive.” The hike was for a fundraiser for a service learning internship Hallan will do this spring in India to raise awareness for mental health care. “One of my biggest passions is finding a way to provide mental health care to people who can’t afford it because I feel like a ton of people out there really want it and really need it, but they can’t afford paying,”
Hallan said. The internship is at a nonprofit organization called the Madras Christian Council of Social Services. Hallan will work for their family counseling center which provides mental health services for people in India who can’t afford them. Penado, Hallan’s friend and roommate, decided to join the hike to support Hallan’s passion for mental health care. “Hearing his passion for it, you get enthralled by it and want to support him,” Penado said. After meeting their goals and getting the miles accomplished that they needed to, Penado said his doubts subsided and were replaced with an “overwhelming feeling of pride.” “Everybody who we ran into and told them what we were doing were just like, ‘You guys are crazy, good luck with that,’” Hallan said. “Instantly when you told them that, their respect level went out of the roof for you.” Even though Hallan and Penado were exhausted from hiking all day, they stayed motivated. Hallan focused on not letting his sponsors down, while Penado focused
on supporting his friend’s cause. “I think just having J.B. behind me and knowing I couldn’t stop because if I stopped, I would become this obstacle for J.B.,” Penado said. On the second day of hiking, Hallan and Penado veered off the main trial. That day, they didn’t stop hiking until 9:30 p.m. “We had to camp out in this random spot in the middle of the woods and I was freaking out the entire time,” Penado said. “I was thinking to myself that something is going to come out of the woods and eat us. And JB was like, ‘No worries, I’m an Eagle Scout.’ That was his reaffirming quote to me all trip long.” Penado said getting lost didn’t quell his love for nature. “I’m a biology major,” Penado said. “I love nature, but I don’t spend too much time in it. But it was definitely eye-opening for me, just kind of seeing so much of it.” Hallan shares Penado’s love for nature and hiking. “I love hiking because it teaches you how to be self-reliant,” Hellan said. “I love that feeling of, like, sleeping on the ground and getting disgustingly dirty and drinking water that comes from a spring out of the ground.”
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Nice to Meet You, James will play with Jonas Sees in Color and Vertigo at Legends at 9 p.m. Wednesday. The alternative rock band was added to the bill when the show was rescheduled following the Sept. 28 flood that damaged the venue. Nice to Meet You, James is made up of Appalachian students who met in the Cary-Apex area – and its name is derived from an experience at a show played by Holy Ghost Tent Revival, another Legends regular. Vocalist and guitarist Baylor Rossi, said he and bassist Andy Decker attended the show in Raleigh. When Rossi and Decker – both under 21 at the time – left to buy donuts and come back, the bouncer wouldn’t let them back in. Instead, they stood outside thinking of band names. Before long, a Holy Ghost fan joined their conversation. Rossi said the man had a long beard, long hair and a shirt that read, “Got Scotch?” “He was the coolest guy,” Rossi said. “He was drunk off his ass. He was just talking about how he loves Holy Ghost Tent Revival and at the end of the conversation he was like, ‘Okay, I’m going to be back in there.’” The man told Rossi his name was James and he responded, “Nice to meet you, James.” “That guy was too cool not to be noticed, so we named the band after him,” Rossi said. The band recently released its first EP, “Send Me Home.” Jonas Sees in Color is releasing a new EP as well. The album, with a Halloween release date, is titled “Harvest.” The music video that goes along with the self-titled track will be “the scariest sh-t you’ve ever seen in your life,” vocalist Ryan Downing said. “Our goal with this was to create a four-minute psychological thriller, as opposed to a music video,” he said. Rossi said the band is lookig forward to returning to Legends and that the last time they played the venue was one of their “best performances.” Doors open at 9 p.m. Wednesday. Tickets are $4 in advance for students and $6 at the door for everyone. Any tickets bought in advance for the original show are still valid. This is a BYOB event with proper ID.
Arts Management Organization raises awareness in Boone by HALEY CAHILL Intern Lifestyles Reporter
For one group of students on campus, advancing art awareness is a daily goal. The Arts Management Organization (AMO) is a universitysponsored organization which providesvarious opportunities to network within the visual arts field, to advance professional skills on campus and to spread art throughout Appalachian State University and Boone. AMO co-events chairperson Alexandra Love said membership in the organization is rewarding because it plays a part in Boone’s increasing focus toward the arts. “Boone is flourishing more and more into an artconcentrated town,” Love said. AMO vice president Dianna Loughlin said the real reward is being able to bring the arts to the community and university. “A love for the arts takes a passion like no other,” she said. “I love being involved with AMO because it is a constant reminder of what
is most important in this career.” The club offers a variety of information and workshops in areas that may not be taught in regular departmental curriculum, like art handling and resume building – knowledge that is a requirement for success in the art world, Loughlin said. But the club also sponsors a number of awareness-focused events, and involves students from various majors to do so. “When we put on events like Boone Handmade Market, we incorporate writing and English, communications, fundraising, business, public relations and more,” said AMO president and senior art management major Katherine Ericson. The organization collaborates with the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts (TCVA) to host the Boone Handmade Market in the fall semester and a Draw-a-Thon in the spring. For more information about the AMO and upcoming events, visit appamo.webs.com.
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Teaching Fellows seek support after program cuts For some aspiring teachers, one of the most exciting moments of their life was dancing down the hall of their high school or jumping for joy at the mailbox after finding out they had been appointed a North Carolina Teaching Fellow. It’s such a tragedy that those who come behind us will not get such a valuable experience, due to budget cuts at the state level. The North Carolina Teaching Fellows program is a state-funded scholarship that provides aspiring teachers with $26,000 of assistance through four years. In return, students commit to teach in North Carolina for four years. Appalachian is home to a close-knit group of Fellows. Bonding within the Fellows cohort, across the campus, and through the greater Boone area is
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App attempts to reduce waste We recycle a ton - actually, more like a ton and a half at each of our home football games. It’s called Recycle at The Rock. Prior to the game, volunteers circulate through tailgating areas distributing green recycling bags. Plastics, cans, unstained cardboard, pasteboard (such as 12-pack boxes) and glass are put into the green bags and left in the parking area for pick up. Many fans have made use of the bags a part of their pregame routine. In 2008, the program’s first year, an average of 2443 pounds was recycled from each regular season home game. That average climbed to 3420 pounds per game last year. The amount recycled per fan has increased slightly this year. The most important statistic in waste management is not how many pounds we recycle - it is how few pounds we throw away or reprocess. Lowering the amount we put in landfills conserves natural resources, saves money, decreases our energy usage and lessens pollution and greenhouse gas emissions. Recycling is better on these accounts, but does not have as beneficial an effect as reducing consumption or reusing materials. While we set a new high in 2010-11 by sending 1,976 tons of waste to the landfill and recycling 1,228 tons of waste, there is good news ahead. Waste diversion, the percentage of solid waste diverted from landfills through recycling or reuse, has been climbing steadily since 2006-07, from 17 percent to 40 percent. This is ahead of the national average, yet there is a way to go to reach San Francisco’s reported 77 percent waste diversion rate. Appalachian will get a huge boost this year when a new, expanded composting facility comes on line. Composting waste has been suspended since last February, but the university will be able to more than double its previous composting capacity - up to 275 tons. There is much we can do today to lessen what we send to be buried. Now you can even recycle the lids of plastic bottles, rigid plastic like yogurt containers, used CDs and DVDs and all those books you can’t seem to sell or give away. Check recycle.appstate.edu for what is recycled and where to take it. Nov. 15 is the Big Swap at Plemmons Student Union. Start thinking of items to clear out of your apartment or dorm. Continue using the Big Belly Solar Compacters – which were purchased using funds from the Renewable Energy Initiative. Keep in mind the priorities to lessen waste: seek first to reduce and reuse, then compost and recycle. For more information, contact Jen Maxwell at 828262-3190 ext. 108 or email@example.com. To volunteer at Recycle at the Rock, contact Michal Duffy at firstname.lastname@example.org or Nate Durham at email@example.com. To add feedback, comment on the article at myfootprint.appstate.edu. Doug Willson Technology graduate student Office of Sustainability
have led to the termination of the program. As it stands right now, this year’s freshman class will be the final group to experience the benefits of the program. Amidst outrage across the state, there is a possibility for legislators to reinstate the scholarship in next year’s budget. This program is a vital pillar in the structure of North Carolina’s educational system. Support from community members is the only way to move legislators to preserve the future of education in North Carolina. We encourage you to write to your state legislator and voice your support. For more information, visit teachingfellows.appstate.edu.
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Concealed carry exacerbates existing problems I was deeply disturbed to read freshman senior news reporter Anne Buie’s opinion piece on allowing guns on campus. This reader recognizes that gun violence is a prevalent problem throughout our society. The notion that we can reduce the threat of gun violence by allowing students to carry concealed deadly weapons is not only extremely naïve but also dangerous. Just because someone has
taken a gun safety course does not guarantee they will never make a mistake in the use of a deadly weapon. The possibility that an argument between two “responsible” students could result in guns being drawn does not make me feel safer. Miss Buie refers to the Virginia Tech massacre and the Tucson campus shootings as examples of instances where students with guns may have prevented some murders.
Before she assumes students with guns could have prevented murders she should check her facts. There were no shootings on the Tucson campus. The attack in Tucson, although committed by an expelled college student, occurred in front of a Safeway supermarket nowhere near the campus where he had attended school. The violence that erupted at Virginia Tech and at the shopping center in Tucson
was preventable. In both cases, lone gunmen who had previously been identified with mental health problems were allowed to fall through the cracks and subsequently commit these heinous acts. It would be better for Miss Buie advocate comprehensive mental health care for students to insure our safety than her current position on carrying concealed weapons. Katherine Glassman Junior psychology major
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the essence of the program. Through activities like tutoring and beautification projects, Fellows work to impact the community. We also support the historical Horn in the West by putting on the annual haunted trail each October. Each year, 500 students get a chance to pursue their dreams because of this scholarship. Dwight Miller, a junior Teaching Fellow at Appalachian, credits his ability to pursue a college degree to the program. Fellows have the opportunity to enter the schools earlier and more often. We also participate in conferences at the state level, which helps develop our direction as teachers. In the end, we are more prepared for the day when we have our own classrooms. Recent budget cuts in the legislature
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Denial of Chili’s AppCard request reveals issues within Food Services I was appalled to see that Chili’s request to accept AppCards was denied. I was not, however, terribly surprised. At Appalachian we enjoy food that is, pound for pound, more expensive and of lower quality than food at Chili’s or any other frequently visited restaurants. I understand that there are reasons for keeping meal card usage on campus. And I must admit, if it was my job to milk even more money out of Appalachian students, I would prob-
ably also reject this simple request with every bureaucratic excuse in the book. But as a student with a finite budget, I like the idea of being able to eat my fill, instead of limiting my diet to soup and baked potatoes. But I have to do just that, along with many other Appalachian students, due to the bloated prices of food all over campus. Any restaurant in the area allows me to eat a lot more for a lot less. I admit that allowing students to
use their meal cards at Chili’s would probably open the door for many other restaurants to request to do the same, and that might lead to some negative repercussions for Food Services. But if Food Services can only maintain itself with prices inflated far beyond any reasonable level, I think it needs to undergo some major changes anyway. Calvin Thompson Senior journalism major
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Men’s soccer keeps streak alive by CHRIS WILLIAMS Intern Sports Reporter
fter battling back and forth with the College of Charleston for 110 minutes, the red-hot Appalachian State men’s soccer team was unable to break through and time expired with the score remaining at 0-0. Now 7-0-3 in its last ten games, ASU is currently one of the hottest teams in the country and sits atop the Southern Conference standings. Having knocked off Georgia Southern over fall break, the Mountaineers entered their game with Charleston hoping to widen their conference lead. Though ASU was unable to emerge with a victory, this tie matched
the Mountaineers longest unbeaten streak since 1978. The best scoring opportunity for the Mountaineers came within the first five minutes of the game, when forward Sekani Sinclair found himself inside the opposing team’s box. Though his shot went wide left, Sinclair applied pressure on the Cougar defense the entire game and tallied four shots on the night. After the game he spoke about the team’s performance. “I think we started off real sloppy and then we picked it up in the second half, but we need to put away our chances. This game definitely should have been ours,” Sinclair said. Adding to his shut out totals goaltender Danny Free had another great
game in net and has been a major factor in the Mountaineers recent success. “We played well enough to win, you know a tie is not a bad result, but we played well enough to win that game,” Free said. Appalachian State now has eight shutouts this season. Coach Matt Nelson spoke after the game about the implications of its outcome. “It was a hard-fought game by both sides. Both sides wanted to win, both sides thought they needed to win, and it was a good test for us going into our last three conference games,” Nelson said. With three conference games remaining, the Mountaineers will host Furman Saturday in another pivotal conference showdown.
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On Homecoming Saturday, the 4-2 Mountaineers will face off against the 4-2 Samford Bulldogs. Jamal Jackson will start for the second straight week. Samford quarterback Dustin Taliaferro leads the high-powered Bulldog offense.
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Senior midfielder Sean Dreybus powers through a Charleston player during Tuesday’s rain-drenched game.
Around the Southern Conference Chattanooga at Elon
Presbyterian at Georgia Southern
Wofford at Furman
The Citadel at Western Carolina
Coming off their first SoCon win of the year against Western Carolina last weekend, Chattanooga (3-4, 1-3) will travel to Elon (4-3, 2-2) for a 3 p.m. game. Chattanooga expects to have senior B.J. Coleman back in action after the quarterback missed the last two games thanks to a sprained right shoulder. Without Coleman, the Mocs rolled 51-7 over the Catamounts. Elon is coming off their 43-31 loss to Samford to the Bulldogs.
Presbyterian (2-4, 1-1) will travel to Statesboro, Ga. in a non-conference matchup, facing the FCS top-ranked unbeaten Eagles (6-0, 5-0) at 2 p.m. Saturday. Ga. Southern cruised to a 5020 victory over Furman, racking up 532 yards of total offense. Senior quarterback Jaybo Shaw engineers an offense that is scoring 44 points per game and averaging a whopping 372.5 yards per game on the ground. The Eagles have the top scoring offense and defense in the SoCon, allowing 19.8 points.
The Wofford Terriers and Furman Paladins will go headto-head this Saturday at 2 p.m. in Paladin Stadium. Furman (3-3, 2-2) is coming off a rough 50-20 loss to Georgia Southern last Saturday. The Wofford Terriers are having a successful season, as they are 5-1 overall and 3-0 in the Southern Conference. Wofford, No. 4 in the FCS averages 35 ponts a game. The Terriers played VirginiaWise last week and won 47-14.
The Citadel Bulldogs head to Whitmire Stadium at 3 p.m. Saturday to play the Western Carolina Catamounts (1-5, 0-4). Western went through two quarterbacks last Saturday, Brandon Pechloff and Zac Brindise. Michael Vaughn scored the only touchdown of the game. The Bulldogs sport a 2-4 record and 1-4 in the Southern Conference. They played Appalachian State on Saturday and lost a close 49-42 game at home.
A punt block and two fumbles allowed The Citadel to climb back into last Saturday’s game. If ASU can limit turnovers, Jamal Jackson has proven he can lead the offense and play the position with confidence. If the defense plays to its capability, they should get past Samford.
How Samford can win
With the Bulldog offense rolling, Samford can defeat ASU if it wins the turnover battle. By limiting their own mistakes and putting pressure on the Mountaineers, the Bulldogs can put themselves in a prime position to leave Boone with another win.
The bottom line
In the end, the Mountaineers will emerge victorious due to a plethora of talent and superior coaching. Though Samford has made great strides over the past few years, they will ultimately remain on the outside looking in. Jamal Jackson, though only filling in, is on the brink of emerging as the next prolific Mountaineer quarterback. Look for him to have a big game and for the ASU defense to get the job done.
ASU 34 Samford 28
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• October 20, 2011
Mountaineers to start Jackson versus Samford
by JAKE AMBERG Sports Editor
fter combining for just 28 points in its two previous games, Appalachian State seems to have found its offensive rhythm at just the right time. Coming into a pivotal three-game home stretch which will kick off during Saturday’s Homecoming game against Samford, the Mountaineers seem to have found the answer for their offensive struggles in sophomore quarterback Jamal Jackson. In last week’s game against The Citadel, Jackson showed poise in the pocket and accuracy downfield – both of which were missing from the Mountaineers’ offense previously. “I hope to continue to be surgical back there at the quarterback position, not try to do too much and let the people around me make plays and make plays when needed,” the quarterback said. Jackson, who has been highly touted all year as a backup, made the very most of his first start, completing his first 15 passes and throwing for three touchdowns. Quarterbacks coach Brad Glenn has known all along that Jackson had the material to be a great quarterback. “We’ve known for two years that we’ve had two good quarterbacks,” Glenn said. “He’s always prepared himself and done a great job with that for his time to come, and his time is now, and he’s gone in and made
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the most of it.” Glenn said DeAndre Presley is healthy enough to play this weekend, but Jackson is Appalachian’s number one quarterback “right now.” For Jackson, being able to target talented wide receiver Brian Quick certainly makes his transition to starting easier. Quick is now tied with Bob Agle for ASU’s all-time receiving touchdown record. Jackson would love to find Quick to set the record. “We’re not going to force nothing, but we’re definitely going to try to get him in the record books,” Jackson said. Jackson’s precision, paired with a strong rushing attack that saw two 100-yard rushers and over 300 total yards, has Appalachian back to its typical offensive style. However, the Mountaineers nearly surrendered what appeared to be an insurmountable lead, giving up four straight touchdowns to Wofford to close the game. Freshman defensive back Doug Middleton said Appalachian wants to continue its defensive strategy against the Bulldogs. “We just want to do the same thing, just make sure we don’t give up in the second half,” Middleton said. “Whenever I’m out there, I just have to make sure the receiver I’m on doesn’t catch no balls.” Appalachian will kick off its homecoming against Samford Saturday, at 3:30 p.m. in Kidd Brewer Stadium.
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Sophomore quarterback Jamal Jackson enters his second game as a starting quarterback Saturday. Jackson threw for over 200 yards and three touchdowns last week at The Citadel.