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The Appalachian

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Vol. 86 No. 28

Student body approves UFO senate seats by HANK SHELL News Editor

Appalachian State University students voted to add 10 Student Government Association senate seats for selected university funded organizations (UFOs) Tuesday night. Students passed the measure, 84 percent to 15 percent, in a referendum administered

on Appalnet. “I really do think it will help us to make more informative votes by adding in 10 new perspectives,” SGA Vice President Mattie Hardin said of the legislation. “It will also help us to be able to understand more of what is going on around campus, allowing senators to stay in the know.” SGA senators originally passed a bill supporting the move Sept. 27, but as an

As faculty and budget dollars are lost, class sizes increase


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lass sizes rose again during the spring 2011 semester, as Appalachian State University continued to deal with budget cuts. The increases have been sporadic, depending on seat availability and class demand, and not completely across the board for every class, Associate Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Management Susan Davies said. There was, most notably, an increase in the number of students in 1000 and 2000 level courses. Across the board, Expository Writing, Introduction to Writing Across the Curriculum and Freshman Seminar increased in size. In addition to raising class sizes, the university has added lab sections. “Definitely the university values small class sizes and we would all like to lower the class size in what we consider to be these foundational courses,” Davies said. “But right now our goal and mission is to provide class seats to students in the time that they need the class so that their progression to graduation will continue.” Appalachian lost a number of faculty positions this year due to state budget cuts, Davies said. With the

loss of faculty, Appalachian’s only option was to increase class size. Now, students are struggling with the increases. Sophomore sociology major Lauren Berryhill said her social deviance class is too large for a lot of discussion. “Once it gets to the talking part of the class, it’ll be harder to talk and to individualize with the teacher,” she said. Junior anthropology major Kirstie Wolf said it has been harder to ask questions in class. “There’s too many people,” Wolf said. “If we ask questions, we won’t get anything done.” Some instructors are feeling the pressure as well. Geography and planning professor Rob Brown said he can see the effects a larger class size is having on the classroom learning environment. “I think there’s a loss of community in the classroom and it’s more difficult for a class personality,” Brown said. “So, as far as I conduct the classroom, it’s not all that different. It’s just that there’s less discussion, less questions and that sort of thing.” In fall 2009, GEO 1020 was capped at 105 students. Now, Brown teaches 130. The class is not only re-

quired for elementary education majors but is part of the general education curriculum as well, so the class seats have increased, Brown said. “I think my chance for assessing students on an individual basis is weakened,” Brown said. “In a large classroom, I don’t really have a good of chance to see what’s going on with them learning-wise.” Sharon Alusow teaches Exp. Wr., Intro to WAC and British Literature, which have all increased in size. Alusow said the most difficult part of teaching larger writing classes is the impact on her workload. With 26 students in three of her classes and 27 in one, there are about 125 to 150 pages she has to grade. “It certainly has an impact on the number of hours you have to put in,” Alusow said. She also said it is harder to get to know her students. “I have a really hard time learning names,” Alusow said. “It was difficult enough with 22. With 26, it’s almost impossible.” Currently, Writing Across the Curriculum, the Hubbard Center and Learning Technology Services (LTS) all offer resources for teachers dealing with larger classes.

amendment to the SGA constitution, the student body had to approve. Though it received much support during the September meeting, some senators criticized the bill, arguing that the selected organizations already have representation in SGA. The move was part of SGA President Lauren Estes and Hardin’s platform during last year’s spring election.

“I’m really excited about the 10 senate seats addition,” Hardin said. “It was something that Lauren and myself really campaigned for during the election last year and it is really cool to see everything come to fruition.” Now that the bill has passed, SGA will file it with Student Development and it should begin to take effect within the next week, Hardin said.

Renowned speaker Angela Davis visits Appalachian

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Scholar and activist Angela Davis spoke at Appalachian Tuesday evening in Farthing Auditorium. Davis, who is renowned for her work with organizations like the Black Panthers and the Communist Party USA, lectured as part of the 26th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration. “I did not know what to expect,” said Vanessa James, a sophomore journalism major who attended the event. “But she seemed to be a woman of strong convictions and an active citizen of this country, which is something I look up to.”

SGA’s Estes and McPherson accepted as Teach for America corps members by KELLI STRAKA Senior News Reporter

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Due to increased budget cuts and a decrease in the number of faculty positions, class sizes have grown larger, especially in the lower divisions.

Student in stable condition after colliding with moving vehicle by HANK SHELL News Editor

An Appalachian State University student is currently in the intensive care unit of Johnson City Medical Center after colliding with a vehicle Tuesday. Appalachian Cycling Club President Zeb King and his roommate were biking down Poplar Grove Road toward campus when an Appalachian grounds crew vehicle pulled in front of King, teammate and senior exercise science major Andre Vandenberg said. King hit the vehicle, passing over the hood.

Vandenberg said that after the accident, King was “doing well.” “He was responding to everybody and he was acting like his normal self,” he said. King was taken to Watauga Medical Center and eventually airlifted to Johnson City Medical Center, where he is currently listed in stable condition. King received 20 stitches to his face and sustained two broken vertebrae, though Vandenberg said there was no brain trauma. King is a sophomore secondary education/health education major. ASU Police confirmed the incident but would not release any information as of press time.

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Lauren Estes and Alex McPherson were both in a Student Government Association cabinet meeting when they found out what they’ll be doing after graduation. Estes, who is SGA president, and McPherson, who is director of academic affairs, both applied for corps member positions with Teach for America. They each received an email saying they had been accepted during their cabinet meeting Jan. 17. “I immediately froze,” Estes said, describing her immediate reaction to the email. Both seniors opened the emails and began “flipping out and screaming,” Estes said. Teach for America is a national organization which recruits college graduates and young professionals to teach in low-

income communities. The organization aims to close the achievement gap that exists between students growing up in poverty and their more affluent peers, Regional Communications Director Kaitlin Gastrock said. In 2009, over 35,000 people applied for positions with Teach for America, according to Just 4,000 were accepted. Both Estes and McPherson - who were described by Recruitment Manager Florence Matthews as “outstanding campus leaders” - applied for the program in October. “The mission and the purpose of Teach for America really did end up being something I believed in and desperately wanted to be a part of,” Estes said. After individuals accept positions as corp members, they are asked to continue teaching in assigned locations for two years.

Estes will spend time in Atlanta working with economically underprivileged students, and with children or young adults with special needs like ADD/ADHD, mild social disorders or Asperger’s syndrome. “I couldn’t have asked for a better scenario and I am excited to begin this next chapter in my life and really make a change in the world,” Estes said. McPherson will teach math at a middle school in Charlotte. “I am a very positive and optimistic person,” McPherson said. “It’s really hard to get me not to think positively. I feel like, going into a field and working in schools that are disadvantaged and have students that may not have the best home life, being able to have that positive and uplifting and passionate demeanor will help.” For more information on Teach for America, visit

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Alumni open graphic design shop in Boone by MADISON FISLER Intern News Reporter

For three 2010 Appalachian alumni, moving away from Boone wasn’t the goal - this small college town looked like the perfect place to start a business. Andrew Brown, Meg Lancaster and Ben Rutledge formed The Make Ready, a full-service, Boonebased graphic design company, in February 2010. “We enjoy working local because it allows us to have a face-to-face relationship with clients,” Brown said. “We love developing creative strategy together with our customers.” Since then, the three graduates have worked with business clients

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collaborate together,” Rutledge said. “Business is a learning experience.” For students facing graduation in the current economy, finding a job seems like a daunting task. The Make Ready stands as an example for current students with entrepreneurial ambitions. “With the economy like it is, the business world is a tough one to break into, especially when starting your own small business,” said Katelyn Young, a junior business management and entrepreneurship major. “Seeing three alumni making it work right out of college is inspirational.” For more information on The Make Ready, visit themakeready. com.

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Tickets still available for Black’s Review: Harry Potter second round at Appalachian by MICHAEL BRAGG Lifestyles Editor

The angry comedian is back at Appalachian State University for round two of rants. Lewis Black’s national tour is making a stop at Farthing Auditorium on Thursday, Feb. 9, his second appearance since the fall semester of 2010. “I mean, [Appalachian] is really nice and it’s beautiful.” Black said. “You know, it’s a great campus and it was a great audience.” APPS President Tyler Thomas – the clubs council chairperson for the 2010-2011 academic year – ran hospitality for Lewis Black and said he “jumped in his seat a little bit” when he heard Black was coming back. “I hoped he would agree to come back sometime,” Thomas said. “When he left last year he told us he thoroughly enjoyed himself, but I would have never

thought he would ask to come back, much less the very next year, which I think that’s a huge testament to the quality organization of APPS.” Whitney Howard, current APPS concerts chairperson, said she is running hospitality this time around and making sure everything runs “smoothly.” “I think he’s very funny, he’s very insightful and I really enjoy his sense of humor,” she said. Black is returning to Farthing with all new material that he said is based on observations. “I mean I don’t really write stuff down, I do it when I perform and I basically take note of stuff or when anything comes up that I find irritating and what makes me really angry,” he said. Black will poke fun at current events. Some of the material he said focuses on the Kardashians, why everyone thinks they

have ADD and social networking. “I talk a lot about bits about Facebook and Twitter and the fact that we don’t seem to pay attention to what’s in front of us and we’re always wondering, ‘What are we missing,’” he said. “Especially you guys, you guys are completely insane when it comes to that.” The reoccurring theme of politics is also in the mash of material for Black’s standup, where Black said a lot of the political realm today with Democrats and Republicans is beyond his “comprehension.” “Anybody could be in either party at this point and then I explain why and the fact that they just don’t seem to have any relationship with us anymore,” he said. Black’s political satire comes at a convenient time with the 2012 election soon at hand, where he will talk about

the candidates running for president and the problem with the candidates nominated. “There’s a lesson to be learned and somebody better learn it and it better be your generation,” he said. “If that’s the best… and you’re nominating people like this group of people then give it up because these are not leaders.” Black said there isn’t much of a difference between college crowds and normal crowds, other than a little more excitement and energy and what he talks about. “A lot of the stuff I do sometimes in college is more about stuff I wish I knew when I was that old, when I was younger,” Black said. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill alumnus did his first show at the Cat’s Cradle in Chapel Hill while in college. “I was terrible,” Black said. “I was much funnier

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when I was just hanging out with my friends.” Black said he has the performance taped and can’t watch it because of how bad he said it was at his first standup. “It was very similar to when you lose your virginity badly.” Black takes the stage at Farthing at 8 p.m. Tickets are still available and can be purchased at the Farthing Box office or online at farthing.appstate. edu. Tickets are $15 in advance for students, $25 in advance for the public and $25 at the door for everyone.

Soweto Gospel Choir will perform at Farthing by MEGAN WRAPPE Lifestyles Reporter

The Grammy-award winning Soweto Gospel Choir will perform at Farthing Auditorium Saturday, as part of the Performing Arts Series. The choir will perform traditional African pieces, as well as a special collaboration with the Appalachian Gospel Choir. The Performing Arts Series’ mission is to “bring a diverse mix of touring artists to Appalachian each year to expose not only our students, but the community at large,” said Megan Stage, manager of marketing and public relations at the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts. Stage said the Soweto Gospel Choir fits this description perfectly. “The Soweto Gospel Choir is alive and vibrant,” Stage said. “The pure joy and inspiration their performance brings bridges any language and cultural barrier that someone may think exists. Their music speaks to the heart, and you don’t have to know the African language to enjoy this performance.” In addition to the Saturday performance, the Soweto Gospel Choir will host a call and response workshop for the Appalachian Gospel Choir, along with other clubs and community groups. The two choirs will perform one song together Saturday night. “When we first found out they

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Soweto Gospel Choir will be performing this Saturday at Farthing Auditorium.

were coming, there was a little confusion since many people were more familiar with gospel greats like Kirk Franklin or Richard Smallwood,” said Kelsey Minnick, junior English major and ASU Gospel Choir member at large. “But once we started learning more about their songs and who they are, the choir has been growing excited, and a little nervous, too. I mean, they’re the Soweto Gospel Choir. They have beautiful, powerful voices and an all-important message and they’re coming here.”

Minnick said everyone is “holding their breath to make a good impression.” The Soweto Gospel Choir was founded in 2002 by David Mulovhedzi and Beverly Bryer. That same year, the group’s first album - titled “Voices From Heaven” - was released and reached number one on Billboard’s World Music Chart. In addition to traditional African music, the choir also sings reggae, Negro spirituals and American pop music. “Sometimes we think of South

Africa as black and white, which isn’t true,” Music Education Coordinator Susan Mills said. “The Soweto Gospel Choir is a tasteful blend of music, which is a great representation of South Africa - because South Africa is a blend.” The evening’s performance will take place on Faculty and Staff Appreciation Night and all Appalachian faculty and staff will receive a $10 ticket. Tickets for students are $11. For more information, see pas.

MLK Challenge auction, bonus event raise $800 for WeCAN by MICHAEL BRAGG Lifestyles Editor

ACT continued the work of the MLK Challenge Tuesday, through a silent auction in Plemmons Student Union’s Multicultural Center. The auction “We thought of raised $540 for a price students the Watauga Crisis Area Network on campus (WeCAN), said could afford or Lauren Berryhill, sophomore sociwould want to ology major and pay” Challenge participant. Rebecca Burwell WeCAN proSophomore psychology vides assistance to major, Challenge community memparticipant bers in troublesome financial situations, according to Kate Johnson, ACT’s associate director for community service, said the overall amount of funds raised was closer to $800, thanks to monetary donations from businesses. The silent auction is considered the “bonus challenge” of the MLK Challenge, which took place Jan 16.

“Whenever groups got done early with their regular challenge, they were encouraged to go out and ask for donations for things we could sell off at a silent auction,” said Rebecca Burwell, sophomore psychology major and Challenge participant. Burwell said silent auctions in the past have been successful, but this year’s was successful in a different way. “This year everyone was busy at their sites, so there wasn’t as much money raised for the bonus challenge as in the past - which is actually kind of a good thing because the groups are more engaged and we want that to happen,” she said. “We want them to have a full day of activities.” Some of the items up for bid included gift cards to Mellow Mushroom, Los Arcoiris and Melanie’s, with all biddings starting at a fraction of the price. Other items included a Vera Bradley bag and crafts by artists. “We thought of a price students on campus could afford or would want to pay,” Burwell said. “This is going to a good cause and at the same time you don’t want to overprice it too much, you know more than the regular college kid could afford.” Anyone who won an item at the auction will be notified via email and can stop by the ACT office in the Student Union to pick up their winnings and pay with cash or check.

Daniel Radcliffe has packed up his wand and will return to the big screen Friday, Feb. 3, in the horror film “The Woman in Black”. The movie is Radcliffe’s first appearance in a feature-length film since “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2,” the last of the Potter series. The horror film is an adaptation of Susan Hill’s 1983 thriller novel bearing the same name. In the film, Radcliffe plays Arthur Kipps, a young English lawyer who is assigned to attend the funeral of the late Mrs. Drablow. At the funeral, Kipps sees a mysterious woman in black and over the next week is haunted and harassed by her spirit. “The Woman in Black” is a modern ghost story written in an eerie, classic style. There isn’t a lot of actual action - instead, the creepy setting and ominous moods leave the reader unsettled and disturbed. The book starts out slow, but the first chapter is necessary to arouse the reader’s interest. It is written in first person, from the point of view of Arthur Kipps. It is a true ghost story in the fact that Kipps is actually conflicting with a real spirit instead of hysterically loosing his mind. The anticipation builds with each chapter until the dismaying end. The book is true ghost story and if the movie is anything like the book, viewers can expect a great horror film. Senior art history major Jason Luckett recently finished the novel to prepare for the upcoming movie. He considers himself a horror buff and gives the book a four out of five star rating. Luckett said he doesn’t expect the movie to follow the book after seeing trailers for the film. “I already know it’s not going to follow the book because I’ve seen like eight scenes in the trailers that aren’t in the book,” he said. Luckett said he is still excited to see the movie because the added scenes look like visually stimulating scares that wouldn’t translate well into a book. Associate Professor of English Craig Fischer specializes in film studies at Appalachian State University. He said the central reason books are transferred to movies because they already have a built-in fanbase While the Harry Potter fanbase is much larger than that of “The Woman in Black,” Fischer hopes Radcliffe can succeed as an individual actor. “He is obviously trying to make a career for himself,” Fischer said. “If you become too closely related to a single role the audience and producers will refuse to see you outside that role. I hope the same fate doesn’t happen to Daniel.”

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Studio: CBS Films Crosscreek pictures Director: James Watkins Screenplay: Jane Goldman Top Billed Cast: Daniel Radcliffe - Arthur Kipps Janet McTeer - Mrs. Daily Ciaran Hinds - Mr. Daily Junior chemistry major Heather Newman bids on an item at the MLK Challenge Silent Auction on Tuesday. The silent auction was the bonus challenge of the MLK Challenge and has been historically successful. This year, the silent auction raised over $800 in the bonus challenge. Madelyn Rindal | The Appalachian

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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 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.

Spring 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 1:30-3 and 3:30-5; Tuesdays 3-4:30; Wednesday 3-4:30; Thursdays (with dog) 3-4:30; Fridays 10-11:30.

Lesbian/Gay/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. Tuesdays 5-6:30 and Fridays 1-2:30.

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 and Fridays 3-4:30. (For information contact Amber Lyda: 262-3180 or 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. Wednesdays 4:30-6. (For information contact Sheri Clark: 262-3180 clarksl@

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 2-3:30 p.m. (For information contact Denise Lovin: 262-3180 or lovindm@

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 2-3:30 (For information contact Chris Hogan: 262-3180 or To get started with a Counseling Center group, come to the Counseling Center during Walk-In Clinic, call 262-3180 or visit the website for more information at www.counseling. If you are interested in group but these times do not work for you, please get in touch with Chris Carden at 262-3180 or

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. 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, (, 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

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 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.

Get ready for 2012 fall housing

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Campus Community Relations, and the Student Legal Clinic have partnered to help explain the process and timeline by offering a 60-minute program called “Find Your Match!” to walk students through the process of exploring housing options and securing housing for Fall 2012. The program will include issues related to both on- and off-campus housing, including timelines and procedures for obtaining housing, cost, location, utilities, contracts, roommate choices, etc. To register for “Find Your Match,” go to www.offcampus. All programs take place in the Watauga River Room in Plemmons Student Union, from Noon to 1 p.m. on the following dates: Jan. 23, 24, Feb. 1 and 3. For more information about on-campus housing, contact University Housing at 828-262-6111 or visit For more information about off-campus housing resources, contact the Office of Off-Campus Community Relations at 828-262-8284 or visit

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Interested in working with Orientation as a Student Orientation Undergraduate Leader? SOUL is a paid leadership position and includes: supervising testing, leading group discussions, guiding tours, performing in a skit, serving as an orientation resident assistant, and assisting an academic advisor with new student academic planning. Are are looking for students with strong leadership potential and a desire to help new students. Learn more about the position and apply online at Applications and references are due Friday, Feb. 3.

Spring Diversity Speakers Series

The Office of Multicultural Student Development has announced the Spring schedule for the 2011-2012 Diversity Speaker Series. We hope that you will take advantage of these unique opportunities to see, hear and learn from some of the leading experts on diversity and social justice. All Diversity Speaker Series events are free and open to the public. The series includes: Heather’s Mommies Get Married: Homophobia, Censorship and Family Values, Tuesday, Feb 21, Blue Ridge Ballroom, Plemmons Student Union, 7 p.m. Author Lesléa Newman discusses her classic children’s book, Heather Has Two Mommies: why she wrote the book, how difficult it was to get it published, the controversies that arose as it became one of the most controversial books ever published. She then discusses the rights of gay and lesbian families and delves into the history of the LGBT marriage movement. This presentation includes a slide show (with photos from Lesléa’s own wedding!) and video. Leslea Newman wrote Heather Has Two Mommies, the first children’s book to portray lesbian families in a positive way, and has followed up this pioneering work with several more children’s books on lesbian and gay families. Ms. Newman is also the author of many books for adults that deal with lesbian identity, Jewish identity and the intersection and collision between the two. Other topics Ms. Newman explores include AIDS, eating disorders, butch/femme relationships and sexual abuse. She has received many literary awards including Poetry Fellowships from the Massachusetts Artists Fellowship Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts, the Highlights for Children Fiction Writing Award, the James Baldwin Award for Cultural Achievement, and three Pushcart Prize Nominations. Nine of her books have been Lambda Literary Award finalists. Hands on the Freedom Plow: Personal Accounts by Women in the SNCC, Tuesday, April 24, Blue Ridge Ballroom, Plemmons Student Union, 7 p.m. Much has been written about the courage and tenacity of the male ministers and activists of the Civil Rights movement: Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr., Julian Bond, Stokely Carmichael, and others. About the role of women we know less. In Hands on the Freedom Plow, the personal stories of fifty-two women–northern and southern, young and old, urban and rural, black, white, and Latina are shared. Two of the book’s six editors, Faith Holsaert and Marsha Noonan, will present a sweeping personal history of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC). Since the women spent time in the Deep South, many of the testimonials describe how they risked their lives through beatings and arrests and witnessed unspeakable violence. These intense stories depict women, many very young, dealing with extreme fear and finding the remarkable strength to survive. The women in SNCC acquired new skills, experienced personal growth, sustained one another, and even had fun in the midst of serious struggle. Readers are privy to their analyses of the Movement, its tactics, strategies, and underlying philosophies. The contributors revisit central debates of the struggle including the role of nonviolence and self-defense, the role of white people in a black-led movement, and the role of women within the Movement and the society at large. Each story reveals how the struggle for social change was formed, supported, and maintained by the women who kept their “hands on the freedom plow.” Faith S. Holsaert lives in Durham, North Carolina, is a teacher and fiction writer and has remained active in lesbian and women’s, antiwar, and justice struggles. Martha Prescod Norman Noonan, community organizer, activist, homemaker, and teacher of history including the Civil Rights Movement, lives near Baltimore, Maryland.

Financial Aid Fair set for Feb. 25

The Office of Student Financial Aid has scheduled a Financial Aid Information Day for Wednesday, Feb. 25, in Plemmons Student Union form 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Stop by the contact table to obtain financial aid information for summer school 2012 and the 2012-2013 school year and study abroad. Financial Aid counselors from the Office of Student Financial Aid will be on hand to answer general financial aid questions durthing this time.

Help identify mountain sports stars

ASU Outdoor Programs wants your help to identify the High Country’s young mountain sports stars and role models to be recognized through the second annual A4 initiative. As part of their honorary slection, A4 winners will receive recognition on stage at the BANFF Mountain Festivals and a generous selection of prizes from project sponsors. The deadline for nomination is Jan. 31, and the winners will be announced at the BANFF Mountain Film Festival in Boone. To nominate or for more information, go to

Outdoor Programs offers ski shuttle Outdoor Programs at Appalachian State University offers a ski and snowboard shuttle to Beach Mountain. Included in the $20 trip price is lift tickets. Shuttle riders will also get discounts on rental prices if they need equipment. You must register at Outdoor Programs in the Student Recreation

Center. The shuttle service will repeat every seven days until Friday, Feb. 24. Dates and times are: Thursday, Jan. 26 and Feb. 2, 9, 16, and 23, from 5 until 11 p.m. For more information contact Keith Crawford at 262-4700 or email

Sustainability film series to begin

The sustainability film series at Appalachian State University enters the third year with films that focus on environmental and economic issues and social justice. A feature-length film will be shown in Greer Auditorium each month during spring semester. All films begin at 7 p.m. and are shown free of charge. A 30-minute panel discussion will follow. Visit for more information. Sponsors of this year’s series are the Office of Sustainable Development, Appalachian Popular Programming Society (APPS), Belk Library and Information Commons, and Appalachian’s Renewable Energy Initiative and Energy Center. The film series schedule is as follows: today, “Addicted to Plastic”; Tuesday, Feb. 21, “Economics of Happiness”; March 20, “The Last Mountain”; April 17, “Wasteland”. The series is hosted by Appalachian’s Office of Sustainability and Department of Geology. For additional information about the film series, contact Brian Zimmer in the Department of Geology at

Carbon is subject of presentation

“My carbon, your carbon, their carbon, our carbon,” a presentation by Gregg Marland, Research Professor, Research Institute for Environment, Energy and Economics is scheduled for Friday, 3-4 p.m. in Room 421 Belk Library and Information Commons. Central elements of the discussion of global climate change are the increasing amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and how we might stop or slow this increase. But how much carbon dioxide is being released to the atmosphere, how do we measure this, how well do we know it, who is responsible, and how well are we able to monitor and verify what others are doing? This is a discussion of carbon accounting and its implications by one of the pioneers of carbon accounting. How is the accounting done, who does it, how good are the numbers, should we believe the numbers? What are the data issues, the accounting issues, the political issues, the equity issues? If we agree that carbon dioxide emissions are bad, why don’t we stop? What is my role and what is your role? We raise lots of questions and offer a few answers. Dr. Marland joined the Appalachian faculty in May 2011 from the Oak Ridge National Laboratory where he served as Distinguished Research and Development Staff. He has served as a member of the National Research Council Committee on Methods for Estimating Greenhouse Gas Emissions, co-chair of the United State Interagency Carbon Cycle Science Working Group, and National Research Council Committee on Global Change Research. He recently served the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) where he was lead author on several reports including Guidelines for National Emissions Inventories (2006), lead on for the Special Report on Carbon Capture and Storage. He currently serves on the editorial board of the Environmental Science and Policy Journal and editorial advisory board for the Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies for Global Change Journal.

Alternative Spring Break on tap

Alternative Spring Break 2012 is scheduled for March 10-17. Instead of going on the routine vacation, engage in experiential learning and join the alternative break movement to explore and serve a community different from your own. This year we are offering 16 programs! Whether you are on a program down the street or on the west coast, you are certain to encounter new cultures, social issues, and opportunities for learning. All Alternative Service Experience Programs are drug and alcohol free. Pick up your Lottery Packet NOW in the ACT Community Outreach Center (Plemmons, next to McAlisters). ASB Lottery is Sunday, January 29th at 7:00pm in Blue Ridge Ballroom. Make sure to bring your $100 deposit with you (check made out to ACT). Visit act. for more info!

Collection on display in Union

Eleven works selected from the Leigh Lane Edwards Collection will be on display until Feb. 8 in Looking Glass Gallery in Appalachian State University’s Plemmons Student Union. The Leigh Lane Edwards Collection is one of four permanent collections housed and displayed in the Plemmons Student Union (PSU). It is named in memory of Edwards, a former PSU Looking Glass Gallery curator who died while a student at Appalachian. Art in the collection was selected during a national purchase awards competition in 1996. The Looking Glass Gallery exhibition was guest curated by PSU Permanent Art Collections Manager Sarah Young, a senior at Appalachian majoring in art management with a minor in business. Looking Glass Gallery is located on the first floor of the Plemmons Student Union. 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.

New Southern Ramblers on Friday

A Contra Dance featuring the New Southern Ramblers is set for Friday at 8 p.m. in Legions. Doors will open at 7 p.m., and beginner lessons will begin at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $3 for students and $5 for visitors (18 and older). The dance is sponsored by the Appalachian Popular Programming Society (APPS).

Momentum Showcase on Friday

Gotta dance! Momentum Dance Club, the Appalachian State University student organization for those passionate about dance, presents Momentum Showcase 2012 Friday and Saturday. Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. in Varsity Gym 208, a state-of-the-art classroom specifically designed for dance. Ticket prices start at $6 for Appalachian students. For more information contact the Department of Theatre and Dance office at 828-262-3028.

Leadership Expedition set for May

The Appalachian State University/Outward Bound 2012 Leadership Expedition is planned for May 16-29. There will be an information meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 31, 4-5 p.m. in the Holmes Connvocation Center, Room 13A. For more information contact Jerry Cantwell at cantwellgp@appstate. edu. The expedition will test perceptions of leadership and personal limits in the Pisgah Forest near Table Rock. Over 14 days, the expedition will also highlight leadership development through discussions and activities focused on: group development, decision-making, and conflict resolution.

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or students seeking summer internships – or an internship of any kind – a number of factors need to be considered. Students looking for a summer internship should take initiative and may need to start the process as early as November of junior year, associate professor and internship coordinator Monica Pombo said. “You don’t want to get through your junior year and figure out you don’t have the GPA for an internship,” Pombo said. “So we try to tell students how it works so they’re not surprised.” Because each department has internship requirement, students need to know the specific guidelines for their major, said Sharon Jensen, associate director for the Career Development Center. “It is wise to talk to your academic department first because a lot of times, hooking up with the person in their department who is designated as the internship coordinator will save you some time,” she said. “Departments are very particular about what will count and what will not count as an internship.” While planning is preferred, it’s not impossible to get an internship on shorter notice. Senior criminal justice major Tiffany Elms is completing her graduation requirements with a summer internship at the Watauga County Clerk of Courts, which is responsible for keeping track of court records. She acquired her internship this semester by talking to the internship coordinator for her department. “Honestly, I was really lucky and it only took me a couple of days,” Elms said. “Stick with your department and get a head start. It can be very time-consuming and if it’s the last thing you need to graduate, it’s easier to get it out of the way.” Both during the process of looking for an internship and working one, it’s important for students to remember that internships require initiative and energy,

Pombo said. “Initiative, initiative, initiative – the worst thing an intern can do is go to an internship and expect people to come to them constantly with things to do,” she said. “You cannot sit for a second. Someone who is friendly and has initiative and is engaged will make for a really great impression at the site.” Internships in the High Country Appalachian Voices – Non-profit environmental organization. Appalachian Voices offers various internship positions in disciplines like communication and IT. Internships are non-paying, but travel expenses are provided. Internships could provide academic credit. Visit appvoices. org for more information. Wine to Water – Wine to Water works to create sustainable solutions to waterbased problems, and offers a variety of internships. Email for more information. High Country Home Magazine – High Country Home offers unpaid writing internships which require writing and editing articles and organizing content. The internship comes with a GPA requirement of 2.5 or above and is available in fall, spring and summer. Visit for more information. Hickory Museum of Art – This art museum offers an executive assistant internship which features projects like fundraising, grant writing and research. For more information, visit Daniel Boone Native Gardens – The gardens require a GPA of 2.5 or higher for this internship, which involves greeting and informing visitors, helping with garden maintenance, staffing wedding events and more. The salary is to be determined and it’s open to all majors. Visit tux.appstate. edu for more information.

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The yoga class holds a pose in the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts.

Alternative classes taught at art gallery Sundays by KATARINA GRUSS Intern Lifestyles Reporter

For Appalachian State University students who want a different yoga experience than the ones currently offered in the three oncampus gyms, there is a new alternative. The Turchin Center for the Visual Arts (TCVA) will offer yoga classes once a week in the Mayer Gallery, Saturdays at 10:30 a.m. until the end of March. “The class is offered so early on a Saturday morning because not many people come into the Turchin Center right as we open for the day,” Outreach Coordinator Pegge Laine said. “It’s as if we own that space and that hour when no one is walking through the galleries.” The class size is relatively small - only five people on average. “The hardest part about taking any yoga class in the morning is getting out of bed,” said Eileen Fisher, a first-year speechlanguage pathology graduate student. “Once you get up, attend the class and leave, you get a calm yet energized feeling. For me, it was worth getting out of bed for.” The yoga is kept at a basic level to accommodate those without much experience. “The time in the class allows the participant to embrace his or her spiritual beliefs, whatever those beliefs may be,” substitute instructor Kathie Billing said. “It allows that person to bring awareness to their own body in an environment that can be considered a creative space, surrounded by the expression of artists.” Unlike the free classes offered on

campus, the Turchin Center charges $10 for participation - but part of the fee benefits charities like the Hospitality House and Mountain Cares. The money from the class also goes toward people who cannot afford the cost of workshops, Laine said. “With everything that stresses out daily lives, such as job interviews, health issues and peer conflict, a yoga class is a place where there are no expectations at all,” Billing said. “Whatever happens in the class, happens.” For students who would rather take yoga classes on campus, classes are offered throughout the day from Sunday to Friday and range in starting times. “The instructor offers variations of different poses, so the student can edit their experience in the class just by the poses,” said Barrett Ward, a sophomore public relations major who often attends the classes. “It also makes the class less intimidating if you’re a first time student.” The classes offered at Appalachian range in difficulty from beginner to advanced and the class is held in a large room with dim lighting. The setting of both classes is completely different. “The university does offer great yoga classes, but they can’t beat the setting of an art gallery overlooking downtown Boone,” Fisher said. “The university doesn’t offer any yoga classes scheduled for Saturdays this semester, so it’s perfect that the Turchin Center provides another option.” To find yoga classes on campus, visit and click “Health and Wellness.”

River Whyless has big plans for spring by CASEY SUGLIA Lifestyles Reporter

A lot can change in a year. For Appalachian State University graduates Ryan O’Keefe, Halli Anderson, Alex McWalters and Matt Rossino – members of the Ashevillebased band River Whyless – a year made all the difference. “Last year at this time we were gearing up for the recording process,” lead vocalist and guitarist Ryan O’Keefe said. “The tour out west started developing in March, but I think we were already itching for the road. We just needed a kick in the ass to get us out there.” After embarking on a two-month nation wide tour and playing at the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival in San Francisco in September and October, the band got back to its home state. “The tour turned out great, stressful

at times, but exhilarating as well,” O’Keefe said. The band made some great memories on the road, O’Keefe “Some of the most potent memories of the tour were created behind the wheel,” he said. “Whether it’s backpacking for a few nights in the Blue Ridge or hurtling away from the dawn on a Texas freeway, one feels utterly free.” The band, which was formed over the span of the four years its members were in school, was originally named Do it to Julia. “We were originally a five-piece band and recently got rid of the guitarist, so we rejuvenated and reformed everything,” drummer Alex McWalters said. “Our songwriting and the way we wrote songs changed as well as our sound, and we felt like it was appropriate to start with a new band name.” The band played in various areas on campus and Boone before members

graduated in 2008 and 2009 and the band moved to Asheville. The band’s first EP - titled “A Stone, A Leaf, An Unfound Door” - was released in January. The album quickly rose to the top of Bandcamp’s Top Sellers - hitting the number three spot just one day after the album’s release. “Some of the other social media sites are great for updating people, but Bandcamp is all about the music,” O’Keefe said. “You can stream the whole album or download it. ” Sophomore political science major Trey Vickers first heard about River Whyless through their Facebook page and said he enjoyed their latest album. “You can definitely hear the influences of Appalachian and the mountains,” Vickers said. River Whyless kicks off their spring tour with band Little Tybee and release physical copies of the CD at Legends on Thursday, March 1.

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Column: Winning The War

Even in the depths of depression, there is always hope

Jake Amberg First of all, I agree with Anne. What happened at Penn State is horrific. Joe Paterno clearly didn’t do as much as he should have during the heat of the scandal, and I believe there’s a special place in hell for Jerry Sandusky. Paterno is, by definition, a hypocrite of the most extreme degree. His inaction will rightfully change his legacy from the winningest coach to one who was involved in the worst scandal in college football history. That being said, hasn’t the man suffered enough? Isn’t being dead enough of a reason to get some peace and quiet? Over the past three months, JoePa has seen his legacy go from “absolutely awesome dude, top-five college coach of all time,” to “scumbag who hangs with child molesters.” And all it did was cost him his job. And his legacy. And his dignity. Oh, and his life. By all accounts, Paterno was a terrific man. He had one of the highest graduation rates of any college coach and was revered by every player to wear the classic plain-white Nittany Lions helmet. It’s an overused term in sports, but Paterno was truly a molder of men. It’s typical in our society to throw daggers at the highest-profile face in a scandal while the real evildoers escape public criticism. Remember, Athletic Director Tim Curley and Gary Schultz, VP of business and finance, were the ones who actively engaged in the alleged cover-up, after Paterno informed them of everything he knew. Beyond that, the real criminal - Jerry Sandusky has received a weird shield from the media. Instead of

Suglia is a freshman journalism major from Pinehurst who writes about depression, anxiety and mental health issues. She says she’s still fighting the battle, but plans to win the war.

Joe Paterno’s mistake shouldn’t be overlooked

the rhetoric focusing on the horrors of Sandusky and how reprehensible he is, it’s - “here’s the Sandusky Scandal - starring Joe Paterno and all the stuff he didn’t do. Oh, and by the way, this Sandusky guy is a total creep.” Should we have expected more from Paterno? Definitely. But at the end of the day, people are taking shots at an old man who clearly had trouble comprehending the fact that his friend might be a sexual predator. Plus, by all accounts, Paterno was basically a figurehead his last five or so seasons at Penn State. Because he was, you know, older than a dinosaur. Paterno told The Washington Post that Mike McQueary - the graduate assistant who witnessed Sandusky’s alleged rape of a child - didn’t exactly get graphic when he told the coach what happened. “You know, he didn’t want to get specific. And to be frank with you I don’t know that it would have done any good, because I never heard of, of, rape and a man,” Paterno said in the post interview, which was published Jan. 14. As ridiculous as it seems, I believe Paterno when he gave the excuse that he didn’t know a man could rape a man. He was 85 years old! He was clearly so wrapped up in his Happy Valley football bubble that he couldn’t function in a modern society - in a changing world. That’s the same society that unceremoniously ripped Paterno of any dignity he had left by the time of his death. While his mistakes can’t be forgiven, we have to focus our attention on making sure the real criminals - Shultz, Curley and Sandusky - are brought to justice. History can decide how we’ll remember Paterno. Right now, let the man have his peace.

Anne Buie The late Joe Paterno, former Penn State head football coach, was criticized by many as the university’s recent scandal began to unfold. Voices throughout the public and the media were quick to blame Paterno for not taking a different approach when he learned that former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky had behaved inappropriately with a young boy. Sandusky is now charged with involuntary deviate sexual intercourse and indecent assault of a person less than 13 years of age, among other crimes. “I didn’t know exactly how to handle it and I was afraid to do something that might jeopardize what the university procedure was,” Paterno said, in a Jan. 14 interview with The Washington Post. “So I backed away and turned it over to some other people, people I thought would have a little more expertise than I did. It didn’t work out that way.” Paterno backed away. He didn’t do enough. But now that he’s dead, criticisms of Paterno’s behavior are frowned upon. Most people are going on and on about what a great man Paterno was and how sad it is that his illustrious career was so tainted by the Sandusky scandal. I’m not one of those people. I don’t feel bad that Paterno’s career was destroyed so quickly. I don’t care how many

Amberg, a senior journalism major from Greensboro, is the sports editor.

games you win as a coach - being a leader is more than creating game-winning strategies. Being a coach means you’re a role model to your team, on and off the field. Paterno won 409 games, but that wasn’t enough to make the Penn State Board of Trustees ignore his mistakes. Paterno’s error was massive enough that he lost the job he’d kept for 46 seasons. Why are people choosing to ignore that? The longtime coach was known for having high standards and demanding moral excellence. I find it hard to believe his standards didn’t include taking every action possible when he heard the accusations against Sandusky. Many people believe Paterno lived a good life. He loved his family and was adored by the student body at Penn State. But by Paterno’s definition, his life wasn’t good. “To live the good life, we have to make sure that others at least have a decent life,” he said in 2009, according to the Jan. 23 issue of The Daily Collegian. By not following through with the proper authorities, Paterno ensured his fate of not living “the good life.” His decision to not immediately alert the police destroyed any chance Sandusky’s victims had of living a decent life. People think it’s terrible that this scandal has tarnished Paterno’s image and tainted his death. Personally, I’m more upset for the victims who will have to deal with the repercussions of Paterno’s actions for the rest of their lives. Buie, a freshman English and middle grades education major from Charlotte, is a senior news reporter.

Editorial Cartoon

Casey Suglia Winter is one of the loneliest times of the year. The moment the cold weather gets to you, a low mood can - and will - sneak up on you. For people like me and hundreds of others, that often leads to depression. Whether it comes in the form of being unwilling to leave your twin-sized dorm bed, or feeling stuck in a constant mental rut, depression disguises itself to the point that it’s hard to recognize it when it hits you. Nobody wants to be depressed. No one wants to feel like they’re not doing themselves any favors by lifting themselves out of bed and attending class. More than that, no one wants to face friends and family members who have no idea what they’re going through - who think it’s something that can be easily cured when the weather clears up or when the deadline for an essay has passed. It’s really not that simple. We can’t continue to view depression as something your great aunt might face after a death in the family, or something that plagues your mom after she loses her job. Depression is something that might affect your friends, your roommates - even you. The world is a scary place. It’s filled with triggers that can instantly bring you back to the place you’ve tried to avoid for so long. As a freshman at Appalachian, being far away from familiarity is a constant struggle. In the winter, I find it hard to leave my dorm - not because I don’t want to face the winter weather, but because I can’t leave my room without getting ill, can’t go out with friends without wanting to leave immediately. And yet, entangled in my sheets with a bag of mini-marshmallows by my side, I do find comfort, peace, and even a bit of happiness too. Living with depression is manageable. We shouldn’t fear it or back away from our issues. Instead, we cope. Getting out of bed when you don’t want to face the world is unimaginably tough, but you have to look ahead. You have to make an effort to see the brighter things outside your door, outside of your home or dorm building, out in the real world. Even in your lowest of lows, I’m here to remind you that it will get better. We can do it together.

Point - Counter Point

With death should come peace for JoePa



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You won’t hear me complaining about global warming anytime soon.

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Staff Opinion

It’s late January - so where’s all the snow? Megan Wrappe Last January, Boone was covered in a fresh blanket of snow and experiencing bitter cold temperatures. This January, people have actually worn flip-flops and shorts. Typical Boone weather is intense, but many students come to Appalachian State University for that very reason. This winter though, Mother Nature isn’t deliv-

ering the goods. Fifty-nine inches of snow were dumped on Boone during the 201011 winter season. December 2010 was the coldest December ever recorded in Boone, according to December 2011, on the other hand, brought no significant snowfall and plenty of warm temperatures. This winter, we’ve barely had a chance to cross our fingers for canceled classes or careen down Suicide Hill. And right now, Boone doesn’t even feel like Boone. Take it from a student who experienced the December 2010 blizzard, with ten inches of

powder on the ground and wind constantly blowing snow in your face. All of us snow bunnies out there have been asking - where is the snow? According to forecasts, we’re going to keep asking. The weather prediction for the next few months is “relatively mild” and the predicted snowfall amount for 2012 is 42 inches, according to booneweather. com. That’s nothing compared to 2009, when Boone received a total of 83 inches. Still, there’s always room for change. Students desperately longing for the first real snowfall of the year should keep in mind that we live in Boone, a

place where it can be bright and sunny in the morning, rainy by lunch and snowing by dinner. They say the only job you can get paid to do and still be wrong is predicting the weather, so who’s to say we won’t get a freak blizzard in the next week or two? The ground may look bare now, but we live in the mountains and sooner or later, it’ll snow. Until then, those who live for wintry weather should keep their gear at hand. You never know when a snow day will happen, especially in Boone.

Wrappe, a sophomore journalism major from WinstonSalem, is a lifestyles reporter.

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Driven by Neal and Hamilton, men’s basketball looks to make stretch run by JAKE AMBERG Sports Editor


or Appalachian State men’s basketball, the prevalent pre-season storyline was the team’s new acquisitions. But few could have expected freshman guards Tab Hamilton and Mike Neal to make an impact as big as they have. Neal, from Greensboro, N.C. and Hamilton, from Winston Salem, N.C. are roommates, and have become essential parts of the Mountaineer rotation. Due to their inherent chemistry on the court, the two guards have become regulars in the starting lineup. They’ve started the last seven games for the Mountaineers after guard Rodney Milum left the team in late December. Hamilton and Neal have combined for 14 points, but have each added a new dimension to the Mountaineer offense. Hamilton, who prefers to play shooting guard, has hit 23 3-pointers this season. And as is typical for shooters, the freshman attempts to stay in a rhythm between games. “Getting into the gym early and being the last one to leave the gym,” Hamilton said. “I always try to do the same thing before the game and the same thing I do after the game.” Neal, on the other hand, is more content playing the point guard, and has settled into the role as the starter. One of Neal’s most eye-popping attributes is his explosiveness and ball-handling ability. Against Western Carolina, Neal got a rise out of the crowd, crossing over opponents in order to get to the rim, a dimension desperately needed in Appalachian’s offense. “It’s something I’ve had to work on,” Neal said. “In high school, I didn’t play [point

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Appalachian won Saturday’s basketball game against Western 84-72.

guard] that much. When I got here, I knew I had to work on my handle. Coach told me I’m not going to have the privilege to sit down and watch everyone play and learn. I knew I was going to have to get in and play.” Neal admits he’s surprised about his play, but believes his high school strife helped prepare him mentally for playing Division-I basketball.

In 2009, Neal - then freshman at Northern Guilford - helped the Night Hawks win the 3A state title. However, several players were ruled ineligible and Northern was stripped of its title. “It motivated me a lot and it got me to push me to become a better player,” Neal said. “Definitely when I got here, it motivated me to be the best player I can be.” App State head coach Jason Capel has been impressed by his freshman guards. “In recruiting these two, I knew they would have a very bright future. I didn’t expect to throw them in the fire this early, but it became apparent early that they were ready,” Capel said. “They’re going to have games like Davidson where they look like freshmen, but I’ve been very pleased. They’re two kids who want to learn and do what you tell them to do.” Coach Capel, a freshman phenom himself during his playing days at Chapel Hill, said through a laugh that Hamilton and Neal don’t have the same confidence he had back when he was a freshman. “Not the same, not the same,” Coach Capel said. “I’m a pretty confident person, but the biggest thing I see is these two guys who want to learn.” However, Capel can’t conceal his confidence in his backcourt, as the team enters into the back half of the conference schedule. “They’ve been a part of this growth process and they’ve been thrown in the fire in the early stage of their career, and because of that they’ve had time to learn from their mistakes,” Capel said. “They’re not really freshmen anymore.” Appalachian State will travel to Greensboro Thursday to take on the UNCG Spartans and will return to Boone for a potential first-place battle with Elon Saturday at 2 p.m.

Women’s basketball hangs on to defeat Samford by TYLER WOOD Sports Reporter

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Senior guard/forward Courtney Freeman drives to the basket during Monday night’s game against Samford.

The Appalachian State women’s basketball team held on to defeat the Samford Bulldogs 53-49 in the Holmes Convocation Center Monday night. The Apps saw a 50-36 advantage shrink to a 51-49 lead, with Samford holding possession and looking to tie or take the lead in the final minute. “All I was thinking about was how in the world we had gotten ourselves in this position,” head coach Darcie Vincent said. “I knew they were going to take a three and go for the win. They had lived and died with the three all night.” Samford’s Paige Anderson took a contested three-point attempt with 19 seconds remaining. It was rebounded by the Bulldogs’ Hannah Dawson, but freshman Maryah Syndor quickly stripped the ball away from Dawson and was fouled immediately. Sydnor went to the free-throw line with the chance to ice the game and make it a two-possession advantage for the Apps. “I knew I had to make them,” Sydnor said. “You just try not to think about the pressure and stick to your routine.” Sydnor matched her career high with 20 points in her third career start, along with seven rebounds. The freshman was asked to take a more offensive role with junior Anna Freeman hobbled by an ankle injury she sustained in the first half. “I’m very happy to see what [Sydnor] did tonight,” Coach Vincent said. “She did a great job with the high-low entry pass, and she was being defended by somebody who couldn’t guard her in the post and she took advantage of it.” The story of the game, however, was the Mountaineers’ 27-8 advantage in bench points, which displayed Appalachian’s depth as a unit. “Coach Darcie always talks about how our bench is probably our biggest strength,” senior Canesha Edwards said. “When we bring our people off our bench, a lot of us have experience and are juniors and seniors. We have used our bench to get stronger during the game.” Edwards finished with six points, but her biggest impact came with her activity on the backboard and on the defensive end of the floor - where she finished with seven rebounds and two steals. Kelsey Sharkey also came off the bench to grab 10 rebounds and four assists. The junior’s effort drew the admiration of her fourth-year head coach. “Tonight Sharkey played Sharkey’s game,” Coach Vincent said. “She does a lot of the dirty work for our team.” The win also showed that Mountaineers can still play winning basketball without their go-to player, Anna Freeman. The team increased its lead in the second half, with Freeman out until Samford’s rally in the final stages of the game. “Anna had a bad [ankle] sprain and wanted to come back in,” coach Vincent said. “We have a couple days to get her healthy and we will see what happens on Saturday.” The Mountaineers have a five day lay-off to get Anna Freeman healthy before they travel to play at Furman Saturday at 2 p.m. “We are going from playing two teams that shoot a lot of perimeter shots to a team that kind of mirrors us and likes to work from the inside out,” Coach Vincent said. “The game will probably be ugly offensively, but it will be interesting to see how it plays out.”


App’s club sports gear up for spring by LEIGH ROBERTS

Senior Sports Reporter

As the spring semester gets underway, Appalachian Club Sports are on the edge of another season, anxious and ready. ASU hosts club teams from sports as varied as lacrosse, rugby, ultimate frisbee, baseball, ski, snowboarding, soccer, equestrian and climbing. The Appalachian Mountain range offers a coveted landscape for the ski and snowboarding teams, who are in season now. “The ski and snowboard teams are really excited, as they have such a small window for their season. They’re going strong,” Club Sports Coordinator Erin Carpenter said. The women’s rugby team has its first match of the spring semester Jan. 28, at UNCG. “We have games almost every weekend in February, and back to back home weekend games at the end of the month,” junior Erika Wullenweber said. “This Saturday we will be traveling to UNCG for our first matrix match.” After that, the team will head to Elon Feb. 4, before its first home game of the semester Feb. 18. We are anticipating and successful season with our team winning our matrix and going to regionals,” Wullenweber said. “We are always welcoming more fans to come and watch our rugby games. We do better when we have a more supportive fan base.” The first race of the cycling road season will be Feb. 11 and 12 at NCSU. “The cycling team had their mountain bike nationals in the beginning of January and are going to be starting up their road race season soon,” Carpenter said. Men’s Ultimate, who were named Big South UOA Champions this past fall, and is anxious to start up tournaments again. “Right now we are looking to get back in shape for the spring season,” president Spencer Olmsted said. “We will be going to the Queen City Tune-Up Tournament in Wilmington Feb. 11 and 12.” After that, the team will head to Charleston, S.C. for the Chucktown Throwdown, before heading back to Boone for the Thawout Tournament in March. “We have some very talented athletes on the team who have club experience including Micah Hood, Justin Allen, and myself,” Olmsted said. “Followed by some experienced veteran players such as Evan Howey, Patrick Welsh, Daniel Nawinski, and Zach Vanderplate. We are the best team App has ever had this season and our goal is to make it to regionals this year.” The team practices three days a week and is also looking for new members to join or try out for the team.

For more information on Appalachian’s club sports teams, visit clubsports.

Wrestling’s Kostis harnesses determination to earn spot in national rankings by CHASE ERICKSON Intern Sports Reporter

Appalachian State’s Savva Kostis has made quite a name for himself as a wrestler in Boone. He previously wrestled at Watauga High School, his father wrestled for Appalachian, and he grew up watching the Mountaineers wrestle. But college wrestling wasn’t his only aspiration. “I knew I would come to Appalachian and pursue athletics, but I was a field goal kicker in high school, and I was hoping to be one for the Mountaineer football team,” Kostis said. Unfortunately, the coaches quickly cut Kostis from the team during the preseason mini-camp. For just one moment he was a member of the Appalachian State football team, but his hope of being a college football kicker was quickly crushed. “I had always dreamed of being a multisport athlete, so it was tough getting cut,” Kostis said. “Fortunately, I had also earned a spot on the wrestling team.” With the hopes of being a Division-I

football player dashed, Kostis had more time to focus on wrestling. He came into his freshman year with a stellar resume that included three regional championships, two second place finishes in the state championships, and a career record of 14725. But the level of competition in college wrestling would prove to be a few steps above the competition level for high school wrestling. Kostis’s college opponents were stronger and more technically sound than his high school foes, and he wasn’t given the chance to start until halfway through his freshman season. Luckily, he managed to make the most of his opportunity. He finished off his freshman year with three wins at the SoCon tournament. From that point forward, Kostis’s wrestling continued to improve. Today, the 149-pound senior is ranked 33rd in the nation by the NCAA coaches’ poll. “In the end, getting cut from the football team worked out and I have had a lot of

success with wrestling,” Kostis said. Head coach JohnMark Bentley believes the key to Kostis’s success is his athletic ability. “Savva has certain athletic advantages that most people don’t have,” Bentley said. “He has great strength and excellent balance and hip movement. He gets himself into a lot of bad situations on the mat, but he manages to get out of them and score points Jessica Schreck | The Appalachian when he shouldn’t.” Senior construction management major Savva Kostis has Kostis’s teammates know made significant contributions to ASU’s wrestling team. it’s his determination that has earned him the honor of being one of the nation’s To end his senior season, Kostis hopes to best wrestlers. go to the NCAA tournament and become “Savva has proven that he is a guy our an All-American. team can depend on,” fellow senior Kyle “My coaches have told me that I have to Benson said. “When it comes down to believe in myself,” Kostis said. “I would hate wrestling, we can count on him to go out to sell myself short. I just want our team to there and do his best to get us a win.” win and have a good senior season.”

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