Thursday, February 16, 2012
Vol. 86 No. 34
Watchdog organization claims Appalachian’s sexual harassment policy hampers free speech by DUSTIN FLANARY Intern News Reporter
non-profit watchdog organization has given Appalachian State University a “red light” rating for its sexual harassment policy. The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) surveyed the policies at 392 public and private four-year institutions. Out the schools surveyed, nearly two thirds received “red light” ratings for at least one policy that both clearly and substantially restricts free speech. Linda Foulsham, Appalachian’s director of the Office of Equity, Diversity and Compliance, said the rating was baseless. “The red light rating is unwarranted,” Foulsham said. “FIRE has a narrow interpretation of an educa-
tional institution’s responsibility to prevent and address sexual harassment on campus, which is not supported by state and federal law or the Office of Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Education.” Senior exercise science major Austin Annas said he does not agree with the FIRE rating of the policy. “I believe organizations [like FIRE] are generally looking to pick a fight,” Annas said. “Freedom of speech is certainly a valued component of any democratic society and therefore, any infringement of that right on a college campus or elsewhere should be investigated. That being said, I believe Appalachian does a great job in following national and state law guidelines.” Appalachian’s sexual harassment policy prohibits such student expression as
“commenting inappropri- one could have deemed it ately on someone’s appear- offensive,” Gray said. “Also, a ance,” “repeatedly requesting vague and broad harassment dates from policy could someone who lead to a “I feel like there clearly isn’t student’s ini n t e r e s t e d ” are a lot of circum- ability to and “sexual voice their stances where innuendos opinions on and comsomething is said controversial ments.” topics within a friendly or Sophoout the fear comedic tone that of foregoing more creative writing litigation.” you reflect back major Evan FIRE’s reupon and wonder port follows Gray said he felt Appalaif someone could the same line chian’s policy of reasoning. have deemed it might not be Its website adequate. states that offensive.” “I feel like “if a univerthere are a sity does not Evan Gray, lot of cirelaborate Sophomore creative writing cumstances on what it major where somemeans by ofthing is said fensive, or if in a friendly or comedic its regulations do not spetone that you reflect back cifically say that pure, unreupon and wonder if some- peated speech cannot con-
stitute a violation, then the policy could easily be used to silence protected expression.” FIRE’s report also defines student-on-student harassment as “conduct so severe, pervasive or objectively offensive that it effectively bars the victim’s access to an educational opportunity or benefit.” Foulsham said that Appalachian’s policy coincides with this definition and that students would only be found to violate the sexual harassment policy here if their conduct met those guidelines. Senior exercise science major Austin Annas said he felt the rating was unnecesary. “If [Appalachian] is following the rule of law and providing a comprehensive process for settling allegations of student-on-student
harassment, then it seems clear to me that FIRE’s bad rating is unwarranted,” Annas said. Recent updates to state and federal law regulate the way allegations of harassment are reported and investigated. Foulsham said Appalachian has taken note of these changes and is currently taking further steps to improve its harassment and discrimination policies, pursuant to the updates. “These changes will provide a consistent process for reporting and investigating complaints of harassment and discrimination from students, faculty and staff,” she said. For more information, view the harassment policy at edc.appstate.edu/harassment-and-discrimination. For more information on FIRE, visit thefire.org.
Solar Decathlon team earns ASU ‘Green School of the Year’
by KEVIN ATKINSON Intern News Reporter
Appalachian State University was named Green School of the Year Award by the N.C. Triangle Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council, thanks to its participation in the U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon last October. The award was presented at the 2011 Green Awards Gala, held in Raleigh in December. The ceremony celebrated leaders in green building and sustainability within the state. The U.S. Green Building Council aims to promote sustainability through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings. Its N.C. Triangle Chapter selected Appalachian as Green School of the Year, although Boone is outside the region in which it usually operates, said Lauren Klauke, the chapter’s executive director. “App State was chosen because the committee, made up of professionals within the building industry, was really impressed with their creativity and their energy that they put into the project,” Klauke said. “Folks were really proud that North Carolina had great representation. This was a great example of looking to the future.” Senior interior design major Jackie Stew-
art, who served as assistant design director for the Solar Decathlon, represented Appalachian at the gala and participated in a question and answer session. Appalachian was one of 20 schools chosen to compete in the U.S. Department of Energy’s biennial Solar Decathlon. Team members were tasked with designing, building and operating a solar-powered house that was cost-effective, energy-efficient and aesthetically appealing. Appalachian’s Solar Decathlon team, anchored by a core group of about 40 students and faculty, built a net-zero energy home, which they named the Solar Homestead. The house is currently located at the team’s headquarters on East King Street, but the members hope it will one day be lived in. Chelsea Royall, a graduate student in the department of technology, has been involved with the project almost since its inception two years ago. “That’s a flattering award to accept from across the entire state,” Royall said. “I think all of the awards have been quite flattering.” In reference to the project as a whole, Royall said there was heavy work involved and the team spent much of their time together. “It was one of the best experiences any of us have ever had,” she said.
Stefano Paltera | U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon
Students and faculty from Appalachian State University pose for a photo after accepting second place in the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2011 Communications Contest. The Appalachian Solar Decathlon team recently won the Green School of the Year Award from the U.S. Green Building Council’s N.C. Triangle Chapter.
ASG Twitter campaign encourages students to express opinions on UNC-system budget reductions by ANNE BUIE Senior News Reporter
The Association of Student Governments (ASG) is kicking off the Cuts Hurt campaign next Tuesday. Cuts Hurt is a statewide campaign that encourages students to express their views on how budget cuts have hurt their education, according to uncasg.org. “We’re trying to educate students on the facts about the tuition and then letting them gather their own opinions after hearing the facts,” SGA Treasurer Glenn Steadman said. The campaign includes a statewide attempt to make #cutshurt a trending topic on Twitter. In addition, Appalachian State University, alongside all UNC-system campuses, will survey students about their fed-
eral student aid. The data gathered from the surveys will be sent to ASG’s Legislative and Public Affairs branch (LPA). The LPA will convey the data to the UNC Board of Governors. The legislature hasn’t seen that type of demographic data before, Steadman said. “If we give them these numbers then we’ll show them who they’re taking the money away from,” Steadman said. Students can voice their personal complaints via Twitter. The trending topic will show unity within the UNC system and individual complaints of participants. “This isn’t just an Appalachian State thing,” Steadman said. Alex McPherson, SGA director of student affairs, said an example of an acceptable tweet would be “I had to get a second
job to pay for my tuition and student bills. #cutshurt.” To be taken seriously, the SGA Tuition and Fees Committee has been going around to various university funded organizations to educate them on what’s actually going on with tuition increases and budget cuts. McPherson said that educating the students is vital to the campaign being taken seriously. “We educate the students, [Academic of Student Affairs] educates the higher ups,” McPherson said. SGA will gather the data through surveys that will be administered March 5 through March 9. Further information about the campaign can be found online at uncasg.com or by asking a SGA representative.
New club to discuss female sexuality, publish magazine by JOSIE WOOD
Intern News Reporter
Three Appalachian State University students have started a new club and once-a-semester publication. The students hope “Lips: Expression of Female Sexuality” will become an open forum for students to discuss sexuality, as well as the basis of a magazine that will be published each semester. Senior sociology major Elizabeth Penick brought the idea for the club with her when she transferred from William & Mary College. She said she thought students would embrace the concept. “I want to influence people to bring the subject of sex to light so that people don’t cringe when it is talked about. And by having this discussion-based forum, we are encouraging students to express themselves,” Penick said. Senior sociology major Dayne Alexander, who plans to get her doctorate in feminist theories, is one of the club’s co-founders.
“We have the Women’s Center as a resource, but there is no space to talk,” Alexander said. “Our goal is to allow students to talk about what society labels as ‘deviant’ sexual behavior. We want to let them know that it is normal.” Co-founder Irisol Gonzalez, a senior psychology and political science major, said the club seeks to combat the idea of double standards for women. “I feel like women can’t express themselves these days and having this outlet to talk about sexuality will help with that problem,” Gonzalez said. Funding for the club is still pending, but its officers hope to receive money for publication from the department of social sciences, Alexander said. The club hopes to receive recognition from Club Council next week. Lips will hold an interest meeting Thursday, Feb. 15 and plans to meet weekly on Tuesday in Chappell-Wilson room 221.
Student takes spring semester off to hike entire Appalachian Trail by KELLI STRAKA
Senior News Reporter
While most Appalachian State University students will attend class March 1, former student Liam Daniels will begin his 2,180-mile hike on the Appalachian Trail. Daniels took the spring 2012 semester off to fulfill a long-time goal: thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail. “I remember in elementary school, we had to make a bucket list for one of my classes for god knows what reason—I don’t know why they’re making elementary school kids do that—but it was there as one of my top things to do before I die,” Daniels said. Last semester, Daniels became distracted with everything the High Country had to offer and ended up skipping class often, he said. So instead of returning for the spring, he decided to take time off and spend it outdoors. “I decided my direction is north now,” Daniels said. “This is something I need to do to get myself back here and focused.” The trail starts at Springer Mountain,
Ga., and ends at Mount Katahdin, Maine. Daniels hopes to finish around July. It’s hard to prepare for a 2,000-mile walk, Daniels pointed out, but for now he’s getting gear together and hiking when possible. And he’s getting ready mentally as well. “I am pretty stoked,” he said. “I don’t think I’ve ever been more excited in my life. Time has flown by so fast, I feel like I’m going to wake up tomorrow at Springer.” Daniels’s friend Chris Boehlert, a sophomore undecided major, said he is “stoked” for Daniels and hopes to join him for a few weeks in Pennsylvania. “I believe he can do it, but it’s going to take a lot of mind power,” Boehlert said. “If he really wants to do it, he really can do it.” Another friend, sophomore recreation management major Tom Wachtler, also hopes to meet up with Daniels - in this case, in northern New Jersey. And Wachtler has high hopes for his friend as well. “I think the only way he’ll stop is if he gets injured,” he said. Daniels plans to return to school in fall 2013.
Photo courtesy of Liam Daniels
Former Appalachian sophomore Liam Daniels is an experienced hiker who is taking a semester off to hike the Appalachian Trail. Daniels is pictured here in Denali National Park, Alaska, with Mt. McKinley in the background.
• February 16, 2012
Basketball games raise awareness for breast cancer by KATIE REULE
Intern News Reporter
Appalachian State University hosted a fundraiser supporting breast cancer research at the annual “Pink Zone” double header basketball game Saturday, Feb. 11 at 2 p.m. In the Convocation Center, treadmills were set up on the edge of the basketball court where individuals jogged to raise money for breast cancer research. Fans could donate money toward finding a cure for each mile jogged. The Colleges Against Cancer Club and Play 4 Kay organized different booths to raise awareness about cancer and to talk about cancer research and the upcoming 12 hour walk-athon called Relay for Life. The Colleges Against Cancer booth sold shirts and luminaries while Play 4 Kay supported the joggers. During timeouts, fans could participate in relay races, basketball tosses and various activities. Cancer facts were announced during the game and members of the crowd were asked to
stand if cancer had affected someone in their lives. The teams wore pink shirts in support and the cheerleaders used pink pom-pons throughout the game. Angie Trickel, senior psychology major, president of the Colleges Against Cancer club and the chair of Relay for Life, helped organize the event. “We will be selling luminaries which will be used in our survivorship ceremony at Relay,” Trickel said. Relay for Life, held April 20 at Duck Pond, will last from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. with booths, games, prizes and other fundraising opportunities for the National Cancer Society. It will conclude with a final ceremony where prizes will be awarded to individuals and groups that helped raise the most money. “Relay for Life is kind of the finale for our events where it’s mostly fun and celebrating how much money we raised,” Trickel said. For more information about Relay for Life, visit relayforlife.org/asu.
Photos by Maggie Cozens | The Appalachian
(L) Freshman public relations major Kirstie Fleger and freshman chemistry major Cailynn Moore raise money by walking on court-side treadmills during Saturday's Play 4 Kay event. (R) The women’s basketball team dons pink attire at the game versus UNCG. The event, held to raise awareness and money for breast cancer research, took place during the men and women's basketball games and invited all to participate and donate to the cause.
Student group adopts ‘BootstrApps’ as new moniker for E-Store by ANNE BUIE
Senior News Reporter
Jessica Schreck | The Appalachian
Junior political science major Bobby Lee works at the newly named BootstrApps on the bottom floor of Plemmons Student Union adjacent to the Market. The store retails goods created by student entrepreneurs.
Almost a year after its opening, the E-Store’s name has been changed to BootsrApps. The E-Store, which provides student entrepreneurs with a place to sell merchandise, created a contest encouraging students to suggest new names. Over 800 suggestions were received. The Association of Student Entrepreneurs (ASE) realized that the store’s purpose wasn’t being conveyed properly through its current name, ASE Advisor Julia Rowland said. “People weren’t associating E-Store with entrepreneur – they associated it with online,” Rowland said. “It was the misconception of the name that led to us changing it.” Clinical mental health graduate student Kristen Block suggested the winning name. She got the idea when she was flipping through a thesaurus and saw the word bootstrap. “Bootstrap stood out to me and then after a day or so I
realized that the word App was in it, which just made it seem fitting,” Block said. When Block read the word’s definition, she realized the word would make a fitting title for the E-Store. “It means to be successful on your own,” she said. “When I saw the definition, I realized that it’s about the store and students making things for themselves and learning to be businesspeople by themselves. The word pretty much fits the store’s description.” ASE President Connor Hollad said the name embodies the nature of entrepreneurs. “It kind of tells you that anyone can be an entrepreneur whether it’s through selling art or selling jewelry on King Street,” Holland said. “Anyone can be an entrepreneur.” BootstrApps allows any full-time student to sell a product. The store gives students the chance to understand supply and demand, business structures and the business license procedure, Rowland said. “It’s an opportunity that students don’t need to pass up if they have a product they want to sell,” Rowland said. “This is an unique, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. It gives them real world experience.”
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Ghostland Observatory to play Legends by MICHAEL BRAGG Lifestyles Editor
ppalachian Popular Programming Society has caught up to the latest musical trend of electronica and dubstep music and will host Ghostland Observatory later this semester. “I feel like it should have been here a long time ago,” Jeff Peterson, APPS Special Events chairperson, said. “We probably should have gotten a show like this a semester ago, but it’s still hot right now and it’s going to be hot for a while.” The Austin, Texas based
electronica band will make their first appearance at Appalachian State University Thursday, April 12 at Legends. Randy Kelly, APPS programs advisor, said this kind of music accompanied with light shows is popular right now. “It’s a cultural shift,” Kelly said. “Light shows seem to attract students.” Legends has shown bands with light shows, like BoomBox and Perpetual Groove, but Concerts Councils Chairperson Whitney Howard said Ghostland Observatory’s light shows are what peo-
ple will know them best for. “What they’re really known for is their light show,” she said. “I think it’s going to be something that Legends really hasn’t seen before.” Howard said with the light show and type of music Ghostland Observatory play that the concert will resemble a rave. Peterson and other members of APPS have shared videos from YouTube of the band’s lightshows to get people interested. “The lights are one of the big things about them, so
people who can see it will definitely be blowing up Facebook with it,” he said. Ghostland Observatory has played music festivals like Moogfest and Ultrafest in the past year gaining a lot of attention and drawing crowds. “At Ultrafest, they had 150,000 people come see them a year ago,” Kelly said. Howard said she looks forward to what the student and town responses for the concert will be. “It’s going to be interesting to see how the Boone population responds to having Ghostland up here,”
she said. “So far I’ve heard a lot of positive response.” Peterson said Ghostland is a good band with the electronic sound to introduce to Boone and Appalachian because they have a “hippie” element. “As far as Ghostland goes, they have a little bit more of a hippie style to them – they have a vocalist that goes with the dubstep,” he said. “I think it vibes a little bit more with App State than others might.” In addition to the likeability of their sound, Peterson said the economic factor is a good reason for
students to come out to the show. “If you’re at least interested in it and haven’t seen a show before, this is definitely one to go to, because it’s cheaper than the big names,” he said. “If you want to at least see what this genre is like, this is the show to do it because it’s right in our backyard and cheap. If you live on campus, you can definitely walk to it.” Advance tickets now are on sale in Plemmons Student Union at the information desk for students for $12. Tickets will cost $15 at the door.
AppalachLAN gaming club Appalachian professor offers creates social environment annual Valentine’s Day jazz performance for community by BLAKE LITAKER
Intern Lifestyles Reporter
Maggie Cozens | The Appalachian
Junior technical photography major Helen McNamara participates in AppalachLAN’s social gaming event Saturday afternoon.
New organization offers more than video games by EMMALEE ZUPO Senior Lifestyles Reporter
Members of Appalachian State University’s gaming club AppalachLAN don’t just connect over the internet – they connect on a personal level, too. The club - which draws its name from a play on the term Local Area Network hosts events two to three times a semester. It’s designed to bring students interested in gaming together, as well as provide access to a variety of games and gaming consuls. “This is just for people to come out and enjoy themselves, have some fun and blow off steam,” said Leander Hutton, the club’s advisor and an operations and systems analyst with Information Technology Services. Hutton, one of the original members of the club, said it’s intended to bring a social aspect to gaming that gamers may not otherwise experience. “A lot of these people play online a lot and may not get out and socialize as much, so this is more of a social event – not to present that stereotype,” he said. “It’s just not like the Internet 15 years ago, where places like these had to exist in order for you to game.” AppalachLAN Vice President Haley Pickrell said it’s this “community” feel that attracts her to gaming and AppalachLAN, despite any misconceptions about the antisocial nature of gaming. “I think the biggest thing about a gaming club is that you have such a community that goes beyond just games,” Pickrell said.
“People don’t realize that they can come out and end up meeting people who are just like them.” At events, the club provides its own network for online game play. Gaming consuls like XBOX, PS3 and the occasional Nintendo 64 are provided, but students interested in playing computer games should bring their own computer, Hutton said. However, gaming is not exclusive to video games. AppalachLAN officer Josh Brown said the club is open to students who are interested in practically any type of game. “Any kind of game that you play, we pretty much do it,” Brown said. “Whether it be card games, board games, video games – any type of game. If you’re interested in anything like that, at least come to one meeting. I’m sure you’ll find someone that’s interested in the same thing you are.” The club is not restricted to Appalachian students only. Philip Robinson, a sophomore art major at Caldwell Community College, is a member. He said he finds gaming appealing for its more tactical aspects. “For the same reason that people are interested in chess – it’s one mind against another,” Robinson said. “Everyone has a different play style, they have a different goal. Some people are going to move their pawn one space forward; some people are going to move two. It’s the strategy that draws me to it.” For more information and to join the AppalachLAN mailing list, visit gaming. appstate.edu.
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Appalachian State University jazz studies professor Todd Wright continued his Valentine’s Day tradition of jazz performances at 8 p.m. in Rosen Concert Hall Tuesday evening. “The event went really well, the energy on faster tunes was very uplifting while slower tunes were heartfelt and captured what the composer had in mind,” Wright said. Special guest Lovell Bradford, a Charlotte-based jazz pianist, and Hayes School of Music professors Todd Wright, Andy Page, Ron Brendle and Rick Dilling contributed to the performance. “Any time you have an opportunity to support a cultural jazz event, you should hop on it,” Bradford said. “If an event helps Appalachian, it helps the surrounding area.” Wright said students typically enjoy the concert because the music is both classic and romantic. “These tunes are American classics of their day that originated from Broadway, then were taken by jazz musicians and transformed into jazzier tunes which have stood the test of time,” he said. Several compositions selected for performance included “Funny Valentine,” “But Not for Me,” and “Beija Flor,” the last of which was dedicated to Whitney Houston. “The music was awesome. Bradford sounded like Robert Glasper, thanks to the really modern take on traditional jazz that allowed me to pick up on a lot of gospel influence,” sophomore music industries Philippe Blanchette said. Senior music industry studies major Tim Roberts, who is a member of the student led jazz performance at Crossroads on Monday nights, said during his three years of attending this event it is evident how the musicians pick up on the style of the guest artist. “Communication between band members is noticeable as the musicians adapt to fit one another’s style and add their own take to these love based jazz tunes,” Roberts said. Musical guest artist Lovell Bradford said although this is his first time performing at Appalachian he can tell the music department is headed in a great direction. “The evening went great with lots of energy in the room and I was swinging so hard in the first tune Todd didn’t even want to play his sax,” he said. Guitar professor Andy Page said when different people are involved new vibes came into the music. Wright’s concert is an annual event. “There are people in the community who come to the show yearly,” he said. “In fact, I’ve had people tell me they’ve never missed a show. Middle-aged and elderly attendees enjoy this concert be-
Photos by Madelyn Rindal | The Appalachian
(Above) Todd Wright sings while Andy Page plays guitar at An Evening of Valentine's Jazz at Rosen Concert Hall on Tuesday evening. (Below) Guitar professor Andy Page performs with Wright and Charlotte-based pianist Lovell Bradford.
cause it almost takes them back in time as they hear popular tunes from their teenage years.” This year’s attendance reflected prior years with approximately equal numbers of students and community members halfway filling the venue’s capacity of 450.
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Students talk hell, apocalypticism and ‘understanding the end’ by MEGAN WRAPPE Lifestyles Reporter
When religious leader Harold Camping predicted the end of the world, he went as far as setting a precise date: May 21, 2011. Camping’s prediction didn’t follow through, but students took it upon themselves to discuss the issue and others related to it at “Understanding the End: A Student Conference on Hell, Apocalypticism and the End Times” Monday in I.G. Greer 118. Junior religious studies major Elizabeth Clark, senior anthropology major Peter Wilson and senior religious studies major Erin McBride spoke at the conference. Each discussed their views on a particular aspect of apocalypticism - the religious belief that there will be an apocalypse - hell, or the end of the world to a crowd of 30 students. “As someone who grew up in a conservative, Christian household, I was told that if you accepted Jesus Christ, you would go to heaven and if you didn’t, you would go to hell,” Clark said. “No one around me questioned this, so I didn’t either. As I got older, though, I began studying the Book of Revelation and began
questioning what I had been told.” Topics like American author and pastor Rob Bells’ book “Love Wins,” Harold Camping’s Family Radio organization and pseudoscience’s role in apocalypticism were covered at Monday’s conference. “I thought they did a really good job in presenting,” junior sustainable development major Lucas Kovasckitz said. “A lot of it I hadn’t heard before and I didn’t understand it all, but it was interesting.” The conference served as preparation for Clark, McBride and Wilson, who will present papers next month at the American Academy of Religion’s Southeast Region Annual Meeting. “All three students wrote their papers when they were in my apocalypticism class last spring,” said Randal Reed, assistant professor of philosophy and religion professor. “This is not the first time that we have had ASU students accepted to present. Last year, we had one student. The year before we had two, but this is the largest number we’ve had.” The 2012 Southeast Regional Meeting will be held from March 2 to 4 in Atlanta.
Amy Birner | The Appalachian
Senior religious studies major Erin McBride listens to fellow presenter Peter Wilson, senior anthropology major, answer a question at Monday night's conference about Hell.
T-shirt drive benefits spring showcase by MICHAEL BRAGG Lifestyles Editor
While an old T-shirt might be something stuffed at the back of a drawer for some students, it’s a fundraising opportunity for others. Students from Assistant Professor Nancy Oliver’s Visual Merchandising class are holding a campus wide T-shirt drive to raise money for the class’s annual Spring Fashion Showcase from now until March 19. Students from Family and Consumer Science department assistant professor Nancy Oliver’s Visual Merchandising class are holding a campus-wide T-shirt drive to raise money for the class’ annual Spring Fashion Showcase. “What we’re doing is we’re putting out bins in three locations on campus: the main building of the college of education, the student union and the main entrance of Wey Hall,” senior apparel and textiles major and member
of the showcase’s publicity committee Alyssa James said. “We’re collecting T-shirts so that we can actually make T-shirt necklaces and T-shirt scarves that we can sell beginning April 2.” The idea to make necklaces and other accessories from T-shirts to raise money came from interdisciplinary studies Cyndee Mroz, who is also on the publicity committee for the showcase. “We’re having people just bring in all their old T-shirts because some people have old T-shirts lying around that are just filling up their closet,” she said. “They’re going to be under $7. They’re not going to be expensive… it’ll be something fashionable.” Mroz said she first thought of doing the T-shirt drive over winter break. “I made something for my mom and sisters for Christmas and they loved them,” she said. “They were really fun, easy to make and
a good project, so I figured that would be a good way to [raise money] and we don’t actually have to purchase things to sell them, so it’ll be a really good fundraiser.” Mroz said they are looking for any kind of T-shirt as long as it does not have side seams. “They can have writing on it… just any kind of T-shirt that’s basic,” she said. “As long as it’s in OK condition.” Senior apparel and textiles major and the head of the publicity committee Kristin Stroupe said she liked Mroz’s fundraiser idea and hopes it will be successful. “We hope to make at least one hundred scarves and necklaces and from my understanding of how to make them, it takes one shirt per scarf,” Stroupe said. “No matter how many shirts we get it will help us out since we invested next to nothing.” James, Mroz and Stroupe all have pieces they are contributing to the
showcase, so all the money goes toward funding their chance to show their work to the students. “It actually goes toward us actually being able to pay for everything that we need for the showcase,” James said. “Lighting, photographers, if we have a reception afterwards and we’re hoping to get a little bit extra maybe so we can start putting toward a scholarship in our program.” Stroupe said she feels that the drive could be successful if they “get the word out.” “It’s a cool end product and we will be selling them for only a few bucks,” she said. “It would be cool for people to give us some tees and then come back to see how cool their tees turned out.” The collection bins will stay on campus until March 19. The Spring Fashion Showcase will take place at the Broyhill Events Center Saturday, April 21 at 7 p.m. Ticket prices have not been set yet.
Gear to Grow begins branch at App State by MAGGIE BLUNK
Intern Lifestyles Reporter
In a push to expand onto the east coast, Gear to Grow - a nonprofit which provides outdoor recreation gear to groups in need - has chosen Appalachian State University as the site for its new student ambassador program. “It didn’t just happen,” Gear to Grow Founder J.T. VonLunen said. “We identified it as a school that would have a lot of participation because there are so many people who have a passion for the outdoors.” In the past month, junior public relations major Jessica Coggins has taken on the role of Gear to Grow’s student ambassador at Appalachian. “I wanted to get involved because I have a heart for nonprofits - especially ones here in Boone, because there are
so many people trying to help so many different people,” Coggins said. “I just think it’s a great way to give back.” After seeing a Gear to Grow flyer in Walker Hall, Coggins realized she’d love to help spread the organization’s mission in the High Country. “I looked at it and thought, this looks pretty cool,” she said. “I contacted the email address and they sent me all the information.” Gear to Grow is a nonprofit based out of Midvale, Utah. The organization allows outdoor retailers and manufacturers to make taxdeductible donations of gear for the benefit of groups whose main mission is to support and grow involvement in outdoor recreation. Coggins is presently in the research phase and is seeking more beneficiaries and partners in the Boone area. Coggins said she is planning
an event on campus sponsored by Gear to Grow to raise awareness for the cause and find local programs that can benefit from outdoor gear contributions. There is no set date for any events yet. University Recreation Director Joe Baker said he had heard a rumor about Gear to Grow coming to Appalachian, but had not looked into forming a partnership with the group. “University Recreation has been a department of the university, and we are not for profit and are tax exempt,” Baker said. “But as a state institution, I highly doubt they would give us gear for free.” Currently, Gear to Grow has 80 different nonprofits receiving donations and 25 retailers involved in their program. Donors include Backcountry.com, Camelbak, Igloo Coolers and Cordura.
• February 16, 2012
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org). 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@ appstate.edu).
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@ appstate.edu).
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 email@example.com). 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. appstate.edu. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
A Service of the Division of Student Development
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 Leslea Newman. Hands on the Freedom Plow: Personal Accounts by Women in the SNCC, Tuesday, April 24, Blue Ridge Ballroom, Plemmons Student Union, 7 p.m., editors Faith Holsaert and Marsha Noonan.
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 www.sustain.appstate.edu/2012filmseries 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: 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 email@example.com.
Spring swim lessons available
For National Eating Disorders Awareness Week. Create an 8.5x11” flyer to promote eating disorder awareness, positive body image, self-acceptance, etc. The winning ad will be used to help promote October’s “Celebrate You” Month. Send your submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org by March 2.
‘Have A Heart’ campaign underway
The “Have A Heart” campaign, a statewide UNC Staff Assembly effort, has started and concludes through Feb. 24. This food collection drive will focus on collecting donations of non-perishable healthy food snacks to benefit youth served by Western Youth Network and to collect non-perishable donations to help assist the Hospitality House of Boone in the preparation of healthy diverse meals. Donations can be made at the following locations: Plemmons Student Union, 2nd floor-SGA/Student Government Association; Belk Library-Russell Paige; BB Dougherty 1st and 2nd FloorsJackie McInturff, Alice Gryder, Elaine Berry; College of Education-Kathy Mann; Rivers Street Deck-Tami Johnson; Child Development Center-Peggy Eller; McKinney Alumni Center-Kelley Wolcott; Walker Hall Math Department-3rd Floor-Sandy Hicks; Health Promotions, 12 Varsity GymDenise Marsh; Wey Hall-Teresa Bentley; Edwin Duncan Hall-Tony Grant; Rankin Science South-Debi Tibbett; University Bookstore-Betsy Craft; Broyhill Music Building/ Hayes School of Music-Janet Seatz.
Spring Visiting Writers to start
University Recreation Aquatics is now taking registration for spring swim lessons for children and adults. Session I begins Feb. 20. For registration details and form, go to www. aquatics.appstate.edu. For more information, contact Cheryl Eddins at email@example.com or ext 8707. Classes will be open for both spring sessions until filled.
Jim Minick, winner of the SIBA Best Nonfiction Book of the Year Award, opens the Hughlene Bostian Frank Visiting Writers Series for spring semester on Feb. 23 at Appalachian State University. He is one of six authors who will be featured during the spring series. All events will be held in Plemmons Student Union’s Table Rock Room at 7:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted. Admission to all events is free.
Do you need to get recertified to be a lifeguard? Appalachian State University Recreation and the American Red Cross are now accepting registration forms for this semester’s lifeguard challenge. The challenge is open to all community members including ASU students who have a current lifeguard training certificate. This course will recertify you in the areas of Lifeguarding, First Aid and CRR/AED. Be sure to renew before it’s too late! A recertification will be held Feb. 27 and 29, 5-8 p.m. For registration forms and fee information visit online at 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 her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Minick has received awards and honors from the Southern Independent Booksellers Association (SIBA), Southern Environmental Law Center, Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, Virginia Commission for the Arts, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Appalachian Writers Association, Appalachian Heritage, Now and Then Magazine, and from Radford University, where he teaches writing and literature. His most recent poem, “I Dream a Bean,” was selected by Claudia Emerson for permanent display at the new Tysons Corner Metrorail Station in northern Virginia.
Renew lifeguard certification
Snow Ball Dance set for Friday!
Are you looking for a nice date for Valentine’s Day or a reason to ask that one special person out this February? How about taking them to the Residence Hall Association (RHA) Snow Ball Semi-Formal Dance? The Snow Ball Dance will be held Friday from 7-10:30 p.m. in Grandfather Ballroom of the Plemmons Student Union. This is a semi-formal dance with a large photo booth (that can hold up to 12 people), a great DJ, and free food. The cost is $3 in advance or $5 at the door. There will be a contact table outside of Cascades in the Student Union the week of Feb. 13-17 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. All proceeds will go to support OASIS Inc. in their efforts of supporting the Boone Community.
Polar Plunge planned for today!
The 14th Annual Polar Plunge to benefit Watauga County Special Olympics will be held today at Duck Pond on the campus of Appalachian State University. The Polar Plunge is sponsored by area law enforcement agencies and Watauga County Parks and Recreation Department. Registration for the plunge begins at 3 p.m. with the plunge taking place at 4 p.m. Since its inception the Polar Plunge has raised over $90,000 for Special Olympics. All of the money raised by Polar Plunge will remain in Watauga County to support Watauga County’s Special Olympic athletes. Last year 200 hearty souls took the plunge and raised over $7,700 for Watauga County Special Olympics.Individuals wishing to take the plunge are asked to donate $25. For groups of five or more that register as a group, the minimum donation asked is $20 per person. Prizes will be awarded for the Most Extreme Costume (male and female), as well as for the top fund-raising group and individual. All plungers will receive a Polar Plunge Towel. Anyone interested in participating or sponsoring someone in the Polar Plunge can contact Keron Poteat, Watauga County Special Olympics coordinator, at 264-9511, or any of the Watauga County Law Enforcement agencies involved in sponsoring this event.
Counseling Center holds workshops
The Counseling Center presents The Wellness Workshops, beginning Tuesday, Feb. 28, 12:30-1:30 p.m., in the Linvillle Falls Room of the Plemmons Student Union. The workshop is entitled “Feelin’ Good in the Neighborhood. On Monday, March 5, 12-1:30 p.m. in the Table Rock Room of Plemmons Student Union the workshop “Ask a Question, Save a Life: Suicide Prevention Training. On Thursday, March 22, 5:30-6:30 p.m. or 6:30-7 p.m. in the Counseling Center (limit of 20 participants in each group). On April 17, 12-1 p.m. in the Table Rock Room of Plemmons Student Union, “De-Strress with Mindfulness: Intro and Practice.” Extra credit slips will be made available. For more information, contact the Counseling Center at 262-3180 or counseling. appstate.edu.
Classes set for care of daylilies
The Department of Biology will present two free classes on the selection and care of daylilies for the home landscape. The program, “Daylilies Rich in Diversity,” will be held Saturday, March 24, from 9:30-11 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at the department’s greenhouse at 333 Dale St. off State Farm Road. The class will be taught by Jerry Meyer, a seasoned cold climate gardener and designer, who manages the biology department’s greenhouse and conservatory. Meyer is a graduate of the environmental science program at Cornell University and the horticulture and botany programs at the University of Vermont. To reserve a space in class, email Meyer at email@example.com. Space is limited; first come, first served. Call 262-4025 for more information. There are more than 60,000 named daylily varieties. Class discussion will include information on how to purchase online, plant and propagate the perennial. Classes are free, although attendees may pay an optional registration fee to help support greenhouse education efforts.
Eating disorders shown in art
The Counseling Center and the Eating Disorders Awareness Week Planning Committee present and Artwork Contest
The author of “The Blueberry Years, A Memoir of Farm and Family,” “Her Secret Song” and “Burning Heaven,” Minnick also will present the craft talk “Playing with Words: What poetry Can Teach about Metaphor and Wordplay” in Table Rock Room from 2-3:15 p.m.
Currently, Minick is working on a novel about fire, healing and Pennsylvania Dutch folklore. Novelist and memoirist Debra Monroe is the series’ guest author Thursday, March 8. Monroe is the author of “On the Outskirts of Normal,” “The Source of Trouble” and “Newfangled.” Monroe will present a craft talk titled “Plot Matters: In Fiction and Memoir” from 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m. in Table Rock Room in Plemmons Student Union. Poet and memoirist Toi Derricotte will read from works on Thursday, March 22. Derricotte will present the craft talk “Poetry or Prose: Rethinking the Poetic Line” from 2-3:15 p.m. in Table Rock Room in Plemmons Student Union. Her books of poetry include “The Undertaker’s Daughter,” “Tender” and “The Black Notebooks.” Novelist Lee Smith reads from her writings on Thursday, April 5, at 7:30 p.m. Smith is the author of “Mrs. Darcy and the Blue-Eyed Stranger,” “On Agate Hill,” “The Last Girls” and “Fancy Strut.” She will present the craft talk “A Life in Books” from 2-3:15 p.m. in Table Rock Room in Plemmons Student Union. Poets Rod Smith and Sarah Kennedy will close out the series on Thursday, April 19. Smith will discuss his works “Outlaw Style,” “Ensemble” and “Trespasser.” Kennedy will discuss her works “Home Remedies,” “A Witch’s Dictionary” and “Consider the Lilies.” A craft talk, “Historical Narrative Poems: Where Is This Voice Coming From,” will be presented at 3:30-4:45 p.m. at Table Rock Room in Plemmons Student Union. For further information on Visiting Writers Series, call 828262-2337 or see www.visitingwriters.appstate.edu.
Solar team wins Green School prize
Appalachian State University’s Solar Decathlon Team received the Green School of the Year Award from the N.C. Triangle Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council. he award was presented at the GreenNC Awards Gala, a celebration of the region’s leaders in green building and sustainability. Appalachian was one of 19 schools that competed in the biannual solar decathlon which charges schools with designing, building and operating solar powered homes that are cost effective, energy efficient and attractive. The homes were judged for affordability, consumer appeal and design excellence with optimal energy production and maximum efficiency. The team brought a model of their design to the awards dinner and provided an informative question and answer session afterwards. Jackie Stewart, an interior design major and the assistant design director for the Solar Homestead, represented Appalachian at the gala. The Green Public Official of the Year award went to Libby James of the Greensboro Transit Authority. The Green Municipality of the Year award went to the City of Durham. The Green Market Transformer of the Year went to the Austin Residence. The Green Community Leader of the Year award was presented to Clean Energy Durham. The Chapter Volunteer of the Year Award was presented to Julia Janaro. For more information about the awards, visit www.triangleusgbc.org/component/k2/item/208.
Orchestra, Concert Band to perform
Works by Gustav Holst, Ralph Vaughan Williams and Richard Wagner will be performed Feb. 20 during a performance by the Hayes School of Music’s Appalachian Repertory Orchestra and the Appalachian Concert Band. The performance begins at 8 p.m. in Broyhill Music Center’s Rosen Concert Hall at Appalachian State University. Admission is free. Will Selle directs the repertory orchestra. The program features “Convergence” by Carold Nunez, “Sonata No. 1 for Organ and Strings” by Daniel Pinkham featuring organist Shane Watson, “Vocalise” by Sergei Rachmaninoff and “Jig” from “St. Paul’s Suite” by Gustav Holst. Dr. John Stanley Ross directs the concert band. The program features “Fanfare for a Golden Sky” by Scott Boerma, “Sleep” by Eric Whitacre, “Sea Songs” by Ralph Vaughan Williams, “Hold This Boy and Listen” by Carter Pann and “Huldigungsmarsch” (Homage March) by Richard Wagner.
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Abbi Pittman I’m getting sick of this stereotype that Appalachian State University students are dimwitted potheads who came to Boone to slack off and party. Wake Forest University’s newspaper recently ran an article on increasing campus drug use and included a mention of Appalachian from an anonymous source. “If you want to get your hands on the good stuff, then it would be best to make a trip to App State,”
said the unnamed student, who was quoted in The Old Gold & Black Feb. 2. While I’m sure that statement might flatter some of us Mountaineers, I find it frustrating. The party culture associated with Appalachian seems to overshadow the university’s many positive characteristics. A friend of mine from UNC-Chapel Hill once asked me how I liked college. I said that I loved it, but was always busy doing homework or studying. She sarcastically replied, “Yeah, I bet that’s what you do at App.” Excuse me? That’s exactly what I do at Appalachian – me and the other 17,000 students here. We do our homework and we studyjust like at Chapel Hill, just like at Wake Forest, just like
at any university. Just because some Appalachian students don’t have superficial “confirmation” of our aptitude in the form of high SAT scores or GPAs doesn’t mean we aren’t bright. I’ve met people here who are, by far, more intelligent and talented than my friends who went to Duke, Chapel Hill, New York University, Columbia and Northwestern. But the negative image of Appalachian prevails in the eyes of academia. True, Boone is a laid-back sort of place. Its students are commonly considered to be pretty chill – a belief that fuels our stereotype as “slackers.” And since we don’t do our homework, we have plenty of time for partying, right? I guess that makes
sense, but anyone who’s completed even one semester at Appalachian will tell you that just isn’t the case. Like students at any university, we Mountaineers work hard. Sure, we know how to have fun, but that doesn’t mean we aren’t busy regularly doing homework or studying. And let’s face it: every college is a party school. No campus, no matter how prestigious, is free of drugs, alcohol, or crazy social events. So whether or not Appalachian really has “the good stuff,” it’s definitely the place to get an excellent education, meet some brilliant people and have a damn good time. Pittman, a freshman journalism major from Raleigh, is an intern news reporter.
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Column: Breaking Into Boone
Local entertainment ends ‘in or out’ debate Closing in on the fifth week of school, the semester is in full swing. And while it’s still early, my debate between “do I go out” and “do I stay in” is already taking over. So I decided to try out some of Boone’s simpler small-town entertainment options, most of which are literally yards away. Appalachian genuinely seems to care about giving students entertainment opportunities. These weeks, I’ve focused on taking advantage of them. Dinner at Central and seeing “Ides of March” at I.G. Greer made for a relaxing and cheap way to start the weekend. What’s better than spending an evening ogling Ryan Gosling and George Clooney? Absolutely nothing. Besides, the $1 price to see it on the big screen was super convenient. It was dissed on a popular YouTube video, but Legends is still a great venue to see local and regional bands for cheap. I saw Holy Ghost Tent Revival for the second time and they were fantastic, as always. Some students may have fretted the loss of their bassist, P.J., but Holy Ghost still packs massive heat. The audience couldn’t get enough of them. Boone has also been blessed with an awesome downtown. I’ve spent hours in the antique shop (I bought my best friend’s birthday typewriter there!) and Mast General Store. There are literally hundreds of trinkets to sift through. For music aficionados, 641 RPM is a really neat vinyl record store that sells both old and new music. I snagged a Local Natives vinyl there this weekend. Despite our lack of cold weather this season, the atmosphere surrounding winter breeds habits of hermitage and laziness. That’s exactly why living in a smaller town is convenient. If you live on campus, head to the theater in pajamas. If you’re off campus, grab the AppalCART. With so many fun and cheap opportunities close by, there’s not really a reason to stay unhappily cooped up. Don’t let this time of year beat you down. Brianna Linden, a sophomore public relations major from Hickory, writes about breaking out of her firstsemester rut and learning to explore.
Hello Fellow Mountaineers, Recently, a student conduct situation has caught the attention of the student body. As Student Body President, I was elected to funnel the student voice and so I would never critique the input of the students and always encourage students to be aware and responsive to events that take place on campus. As holds true within SGA, student input and comments are always welcomed and valued in our University. They are the catalyst for progress. However, I would like to caution the Student Body to be sensitive to the inconsistencies that may result when issues of student conduct become viral. The Office of Student Conduct and the faculty, staff, and students who make up the Conduct Boards are in place to ensure that all cases involving Appalachian students receive an ample amount of time and attention. They have a process meant to ensure that students found “responsible” receive their appropriate sanctions and those found “not responsible” are given equal opportunity to tell their side of the story. The Conduct Boards follow a process for every alleged offense in order to ensure fairness and due process remains intact. I have full faith in the ability, the diligence and the professionalism of the Conduct Boards. The process that this board uses is precise and unbiased. Regardless of how your time here at ASU is spent kicking a soccer ball, leading campus tours, or being elected to lead the student body -
the board uses the same process and treats each and every student exactly the same way for all alleged offenses. This process, however, does not and should not include impassioned yet ill-informed public comment on social media websites. The response to recent student conduct issues involving an alleged assault has been vast and sweeping throughout Facebook and blogging websites and the lack of well-founded information has proven to only complicate an already delicate situation for those accused, and those who may have been victimized. While I do sympathize, and acknowledge the sensitivity and pain involved in these situations, I feel it appropriate to maintain impartiality and allow the board the space necessary to make the best decision for all. The Student Government Association, as an organization, is meant to represent the entire undergraduate population here at ASU. Therefore, SGA has no right, nor place, to pass judgment on these instances, and will remain unbiased and unaffiliated. However, we do throw our full support behind the Office of Student Conduct. We, in SGA, have full faith that the office is handling the situation to the best of its ability and that the decisions they render will represent the most comprehensive response to the situation at hand. Until then, it is important to recognize the lessons that can already be ascertained from the current situation. Harassment of any kind is not and will never be tolerated here at Appalachian State
University. Similarly, if anything can be taken away from the effects of this situation, prevention and awareness are the two key factors. It is vitally important that every single student, male or female, be aware of the Code of Student Conduct. Few students know what is at stake when they make decisions, and should be more aware of how the code could help prevent simple and serious infractions. Additionally, I’d like to state that we all come together to make up the “Appalachian Family.” Crucial to making this family work is forming a responsible and compassionate environment that we can all grow and learn in. At what some would perceive as a low moment at ASU, the opportunity now presents itself to strengthen our family. In general, college is a time in life where we are responsible for ourselves alone, but at Appalachian, we have a deeper calling to be responsible for each other as well. If you see a situation or instance that you know is inappropriate or dangerous, it is your responsibility to act in order to protect the other members of your “family,” just as you pray they would act to protect you. It is these moments which define what a real family is all about: taking action on behalf of the people you love. Speak to them and speak out for them. Moving forward, we would like to join with the university to re-inform the student body of the many outlets available to those who have been assaulted or feel the threat of an assault. There are specific offices and programs within our
university that serve as a safe place when reporting these incidents. ASU and Boone Police and the Watauga County Sheriff ’s Department work alongside one another to ensure the continued safety of students both on and off campus. The Office of Student Development and the Counseling Center are also at your disposal and serve as phenomenal resource centers for reporting and recovering from instances of emotional and physical harm. The Women’s Center and the Center for Student Involvement and Leadership (both located in the student union) are also great avenues to peruse for guidance and support during what can be a very challenging and difficult time. And finally, I encourage you to utilize your Student Government Association. As mentioned previously, SGA is charged with representing all undergraduate students on campus and therefore, we welcome your input and your thoughts on how to ensure that Appalachian remains one of the safest campuses in the state and in the country. I personally encourage you to come by the SGA office in the Student Union and talk with a member about how we can make a lasting impact on our home here at ASU and protect the members of our family now and for years to come. With great pride in my Fellow Mountaineers and a heavy heart for those who may been affected, Lauren Estes Student Government Association President
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Mountaineer basketball hosts Winthrop for Bracket Busters by JAKE AMBERG Sports Editor
After four losses in the last six games, the Mountaineer basketball team hopes to gather momentum for its last three games of the season. They’ll attempt to do so at an out-of-conference match against Winthrop University in the annual Bracket Busters challenge Saturday. Appalachian State’s record (1115, 7-9) matches up well with the Eagles’ (11-17, 8-9) - both teams have struggled to find consistency as of late. Winthrop has lost three of its last five, including its previous two road matches. However, Appalachian State could have its hands full with senior guard Andre Jones, who stands third in the Big South conference in scoring with 17.4 points per game. The Mountaineers will have to rely on their backcourt to help balance out Jones’s scoring. “We just have to play every game the same: play hard and play aggressive and stick to our game plan,” sophomore guard G.J. Vilarino said. Vilarino is one of three first-year Mountaineers who have contributed heavily to the offense in recent contests, along with freshmen Mike Neal and Tab Hamilton. Against Wofford, the three combined for 30 of ASU’s 64 points. “I’ve just been being aggressive, getting to my spots and just attacking - running the team but also moving the ball and using my strengths,” Vilarino said. The Mountaineers will also need some consistent play from senior Andre Williamson, who has struggled to perform since nearly putting up a double-double Jan. 28 against Elon. Williamson did not break double-digits in either points or rebounds until the Mountaineers’ Feb. 9 win over Furman. “[I’m] just focusing on my shots, and shooting shots that I like to shoot and not necessarily that I need to shoot them, but shots that are good for me,” Williamson said. Unfortunately for the Mountaineers, the win caused Williamson to aggravate a back injury that has been nagging him all season. He said, however, that the injury feels find and he should be at full strength Saturday. Playing an out-of-conference contest this late in the season could pose as a distraction for Appalachian this close to the conference tournament. Still, the Mountaineers are confident they can approach Bracket Busters like any other game. “We just look at it like another game that we can win and get back into the swing of things and get ready for the tournament,” Williamson said. Head coach Jason Capel saw improvement in his team last week, particularly in their rally against Wofford. “I thought we got better this week, when you talk about the road struggles we’ve had this year,” Coach Capel said. “We have to focus on being able to sustain it for a full 40 minutes.” The Mountaineers will play their final home game of the 201112 season Saturday against the Eagles. Seniors Isaac Butts, Williamson, Omar Carter and Petey Hausley will be honored. ASU also downed UT-Chattanooga 79-70 Wednesday night.
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Women’s basketball too much for Elon by TYLER WOOD Sports Reporter
he women’s basketball team (21-3, 15-1) steamrolled visiting Elon (12-13, 8-8) Monday, defeating the Phoenix 84-68 in the Holmes Convocation Center. Still, head coach Darcie Vincent was not at all pleased with her team’s second-half effort, which saw Appalachian’s 24-point halftime lead cut down to single digits. “We got a big lead and started feeling comfortable with ourselves and we just let up,” Coach Vincent said. “We got on our heels, we got lazy and we stopped executing.” There was a bright spot, as the Mountaineers shot a red-hot 50 percent (31-62) from the field for the game. “[Associate Head Coach] Heather [Kearney] has found some offenses that take advantage of who we are as a team,” Coach Vincent said. “We have started to get open looks and have been able to capitalize.” Freshman Maryah Sydnor took advantage of some of those open looks - to the tune of 19 points on 7-16 shooting. Sydnor, who also grabbed eight rebounds, deferred credit for her big game. “Everybody on the court is looking at Paul Heckert | The Appalachian Anna and the whole defense sags towards Junior guard Courtney Freeman takes the ball her,” Sydnor said. “She’s the reason I get the out of Elon’s control in Monday night’s game. open looks.”
Junior Anna Freeman had 13 points and five rebounds but was all over the place defensively, registering five steals and blocking four of the Phoenix’s shots. “We have been playing a new defense that has people in some different spots,” Vincent said. “Some people struggled with it tonight, but Anna was able to make some plays and blocked some shots, which I know she was happy about.” Appalachian achieved its biggest advantage when junior Kelsey Sharkey hit a jumper with 12:57 remaining in the second half, putting the Lady Mountaineers on top 61-37. But the visiting Phoenix showed they had some fight and were able to trim the Apps’ lead in the second half, thanks to some scorching second-half shooting totals. “We knew coming in, because of our scouting report, that Elon was going to be a determined team,” Anna Freeman said. “They are going to give you all they have and continue to fight.” The Phoenix was able to cut the lead to 77-68 with 2:10 remaining in the final half, but App iced the game by making all four of its foul shots in the game’s 63 seconds. Junior Courtney Freeman contributed 14 points, and Sharkey contributed 10 points, five rebounds and five steals. Next up for Appalachian: a revenge matchup against the Davidson Wildcats Saturday at 2:30 p.m. Davidson handed the Mountaineers their only SoCon loss of the season Jan. 15.
Baseball prepares for season opener against George Mason by LAUREN OSBORNE Intern Sports Reporter
The Appalachian State baseball team will go head-to-head with George Mason Friday in its first game of the season. The team will follow up with games against Akron Saturday and Sunday. With eight of nine starters returning, the Mountaineers are confident about the upcoming season. Practice, for now, is about finishing touches. “We’ve been doing a lot of scrimmages and long practices, just making sure everything goes into place,” junior pitcher Rob Marcello said. Senior right-handed pitcher Ryan Arrowood will start Friday and Saturday. Powerful
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Junior catcher Derek Brown warms up between practice innings with the pitcher Tuesday. The baseball team’s first game is this Friday against George Mason.
left-handed pitcher Marcello will start Sunday. Freshman recruit Alex Leach described George Mason as a “pretty good team,” but said the
Mountaineers are definitely expecting a win. The team has confidence in its newly recruited players and returning superstars alike. Re-
turners Daniel Kassouf, Ryan Arrowood, David Port, Zack Briggs and Tyler Zupcic were each named to the All-SoCon preseason team, a league high. The only SoCon teams to come close to matching that number, Georgia Southern and Samford, had three players each on the team. The team was originally scheduled for a three-game set against St. Peters starting on Friday, but the set was canceled due to scheduling complications. “They had a big road trip they were doing and for some reason they canceled all the games,” Leach said. The team will play its first home game March 8 against Rider.
Track’s Amanda Hamilton puts name in ASU record books by LEIGH ROBERTS
Senior Sports Reporter
Cross-country and track athlete Amanda Hamilton has proven to be a dark horse for a conference title this season, putting her name in the ASU record books. The thing about Hamilton’s story is this: she hasn’t always been an Apollo Creed. The junior runner is more of a Rocky, if you will. “The cool thing about distance running is that you don’t have to be the most talented, you just have to be putting in the work,” Hamilton said. “This season has been a culmination of all these years of mileage and I feel like it’s finally starting to pay off.” Originally from Cary, N.C., Hamilton came to App her freshman year as a walk-on, non-scholarship athlete. Head cross-country and distance coach Michael Curcio described Hamilton’s first year as a learning experience. “She posed the question to herself - ‘Do I really want to be a good athlete, or do I want to be a college student, or do I want to do both?’ And she decided to do both,” Curcio said. Amanda took the next summer before her sophomore year to focus on running, changing her mindset and focusing on the little things. “She made up her mind that she wanted to compete and be as good as anybody else, a whole mindset to becoming a very competitive Division-I athlete,” Coach Curcio said. “More than increasing her mileage, she increased the intensity of her runs.”
For Hamilton, her conditioning has been the key factor. By maintaining a regimen that improves her physicality but prevents injury, Hamilton has been able to improve this season. “This has been a breakout school year for her,” Coach Curcio said. “She had a really good cross country season, where she made second team all-conference and finished in the top twelve, so that was a huge step for her.” Hamilton has even won an award this season for non-scholarship athletes that have exemplified improvement. And along with her teammates Sarah and Jenna Williamson and Katie Cagel, she’s helped bolster ASU’s distance team, with two top-eight finishes last week at the Vulcan Open. “The whole ladies’ program, we had a lot of younger ladies step up and they were feeding off of each other and supporting each other, making sure their teammates were doing the extra things,” Coach Curcio said. With only one meet between Hamilton and the Southern Conference Indoor Championships, she’s placed the stakes pretty high. “I know our expectations are that she is going to be very competitive at the Southern Conference Championships, in three different events: the mile, the 3,000 meter and the 5,000 meter,” Coach Curcio said. Hamilton believes she can compete and win the conference title. “I would really love to have a chance to go to NCAA Regionals,” she said. “Obviously that’s a little bit of a reach, but that’s definitely a goal that is on the back of my mind right now.”
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Junior women’s distance runner Amanda Hamilton runs laps around Holmes Convocation Center in preparation for Friday’s home meet.
Among talented teammates, women’s tennis’s Ellie Linsell stands out
by JORDAN DEVERE
Intern Sports Reporter
After recovering from both a stroke and a knee surgery, women’s tennis junior Ellie Linsell knows what it’s like to have her back against the wall. That ability to handle pressure is exactly what head coach Colin Crothers was looking for when he chose her as his No.1 starter. A No. 1 starter has to be capable of competing against the top players in the Southern Conference, Crothers said. “It’s tough to find someone who can handle it,” he said. “Ellie has been the best No. 1 since I’ve been coach here.” Linsell, who graduated from Cheam Academy in Southamp-
ton, England, chose to come to Appalachian State for the fall of 2009. Why does an English tennis player choose App State over every other school in America? As Linsell put it, it was much easier than it sounds. “It is the most beautiful campus in all of North Carolina,” she said. “Coach told me about the amazing atmosphere on the team over the telephone during my recruitment and it just seemed like an amazing opportunity.” Choosing a college was easy, but Linsell’s road to Appalachian State was rough. At 15, she suffered a stroke that left the left side of her body paralyzed for three months. It took her ten months to fully
recover, but just three years later, she was medically cleared to play tennis for Appalachian State. Things didn’t get easier for Linsell in college. Despite compiling an impressive 26-16 record through her first two years, Linsell had to have screws inserted in her ankle’s joint to fix a condition she was born with. Still, Linsell has looked completely healthy this season and has only dropped one match. And Coach Crothers isn’t the only one singing her praises. Linsell’s roommate and doubles partner, junior Jennifer Ansari, is a fan as well. “We play really well together and set each other up to win the point,” Ansari said. “We feed off each other and have good chem-
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Junior women’s tennis player Ellie Linsell finshes a hit during her doubles competition versus Presbyterian Friday afternoon.
istry.” Linsell and the rest of the Mountaineers will travel to Blacksburg, Va. this weekend to
take on the 2-2 Radford Highlanders. Appalachian is 3-2 to start the season.
Published on Feb 15, 2012