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The Appalachian

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Vol. 86 No. 35

Arrest made in assault investigation mately 2:30 a.m. in the parking lot of Brown Heights Apartments, according to a WatauBoone Police arrested a ga County Crimestoppers report. Lenoir man Thursday in conSarabeth Nordstrom and junior nection with a high-profile asexercise science major Erin Johnsault involving an Appalachian ston were verbally assaulted by a State University student that man and two women from the next occurred last week. drive-through lane at Cookout, Ketoine Jamahl Mitchell, 19, Johnston said. The three individuturned himself in to Boone Poals were yelling the word “faggot,” lice and was charged with two she said. counts of assault on a female, “It’s almost crazy, because it’s like Mitchell - is there any other aspect to the one count of assault inflicting serious injury and one count of assault with story?” Johnston said. “Like, what provoked a deadly weapon, police said. him? But there’s not, so it’s really hard for Mitchell was booked into the Watauga me and Sarabeth to wrap our heads around.” County Detention Center. The Honda followed Johnston and NorThe assault occurred Saturday at approxi- dstrom to Johnston’s Brown Heights apartfrom STAFF REPORTS

ment, which is where the physical assault took place, Johnston said. Nordstrom and Johnston were taken to Watauga Medical Center in an ambulance. Johnston required stitches to her mouth and Nordstrom’s cheekbone was shattered, Johnston said. “A witness said even when I was coughing up blood, he kept kicking me,” Johnston said. The community, friends of the victims, the Women’s Center and others have reacted strongly to the attack, Johnston said. “Support is coming from every angle,” she said. “And I think it’s really awesome how our campus has already started to pull together.” Currently, North Carolina does not recog-

nize attacks motivated by sexual orientation as hate crimes, according to the General Assembly’s website. Nordstrom and Johnston have started a petition on to contest North Carolina’s definition of a hate crime. As of press time, there were 1,000 signatures on the petition. Mitchell was also found to be wanted in Caldwell County and was charged with two counts of felony larceny. Mitchell was booked into the Watauga County Detention Center under a $6,000 secure bond. His court date was set for April 17. For more information on the petition on hate crimes, visit amend-nc-hate-crime-laws.

Polar Plunge Appalachian students splash into Duck Pond to raise money for the 2012 Special Olympics by KATARINA GRUSS

Three students arrested after fire at old WHS by MADISON FISLER

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Three Appalachian State University students were arrested in connection with a fire at the old Watauga High School last Wednesday. Officers arrested sophomore appropriate technology major Matthew Redmond, sophomore political science major John Leader and sophomore management major Zion Greenfield, after they were found in a car in the parking lot of old Watauga High School. The Watauga County Sheriff ’s Department and the Boone Police Department responded to a call at 400 High School Drive to investigate a report of a fire at the old high school around 7 p.m., according to the Watauga County Sheriff ’s Department. Law enforcement investigated a larger fire last Tuesday at the same building. The arrests occurred without incident. “I feel that we have been scapegoated so that the police will have suspects for the fires,” Greenfield said. “We were in the wrong place at the wrong time. We’re good students with jobs.” Greenfield also said sheriffs damaged his vehicle during their search. Leader was charged with one count of arson and one count of breaking and entering. Greenfield and Redmond were charged with one count each of breaking and entering, and burning of public buildings, according to the police report. Police would not release more information on the arson as the investigation is still ongoing. “The first fire reported on Feb. 14, 2012 is still under investigation and revealing any description could jeopardize that investigation,” Captain Dee Dee Rominger of the Watauga County Sheriff ’s Department said. Each suspect was held on $25,000 bond and released on Feb 15. Their court dates were set for April 17.

s students gathered around Duck Pond for the annual Polar Plunge lastThursday, several students took inspiration from a recent incident: the Mustang that plunged into the pond Jan. 28. Several employees of Appalachian’s student-run radio station 90.5 WASU dressed up as characters from Mario Kart - although they’d decided to do so before the crash, Promotions Director Courtney Armstrong said. Others joked about the earlier incident throughout the day of the event. “I told someone that I was doing the Polar Plunge and they told me to not get hit by a car,” appropriate technology graduate student Kacey Hoover said. This year’s Plunge registered 142 jumpers, down from 200 in 2011. Donations are still being collected from corporate sponsors, but the fundraising total stands at $8,234 for now, Watauga County Special Olympics Coordinator Keron Poteat said. Proceeds will benefit the Special Olympics. For other students, Polar Plunge is more of a Bucket List item than a chance to zero in on recent events. see Polar Plunge, page 3

Dewey Mullis | The Appalachian Appalachian students took to the cold water last Thursday at Duck Pond, all for a good cause: helping the Special Olympics

Former students focus on sustainability with local brewery by MADISON FISLER Intern News Reporter

The Appalachian Mountain Brewery (AMB) is working to incorporate sustainable initiatives into its business model. Once opened, AMB will be the first commercially opened brewery to operate within Boone’s business districts. “We are planning on having a solar-thermal system, photovoltaic panels and two wind turbines to help offset our electricity needs,” the brewery’s Seth Spiegelman said. The community plays a large part in the brewery’s mission. “We will be donating our grain to local farmers in exchange for food to donate to the needs of others,” Spiegelman said. “We are planning on having a carbon dioxide system to sequester into a small greenhouse at the brewery to grow

herbs and vegetables to donate as well.” The brewery also plans to donate a percentage of profits from every glass of beer sold to local charities. By year five, Spiegelman said the brewery hopes to have its brews flowing across Appalachia, reach a zero carbon footprint and donate $100,000 to the fermentation science program at Appalachian. The brewery also plans to help 10 new business open in Boone through its planned venture capital fund, which will be open to all Appalachian graduates. “We can make this place the best small town in America if we all focus on quality of each and every individual here locally,” said Spiegelman. Many students from Appalachian’s fermentation science program have worked with breweries like AMB to gain real world experi-

ence in their field and learn green initiatives, which they could eventually apply to the industry. “There are currently students working with AMB on real-world projects ranging from advertisement, communications and promotion to system design and recipe development,” said Seth Cohen, director of Appalachian’s viticulture program. “AMB and other businesses can provide students an opportunity to work on projects that will have definitive outcomes and tangible results. We hope that our student engagement in such activities will showcase the skills and talents of students at Appalachian.” The brewery will host monthly home-brew competitions and classes and it hopes to be a resource for fermentation science education in conjunction with the fermentation science program at Appalachian.

Graduate School, Honors Program leaders detail budget cut impacts


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Editor’s Note: This is part four of a four-part series exploring perspectives from the deans of Appalachian State University’s individual colleges.

For the past three months, The Appalachian has sat down with the deans of Appalachian State University’s various colleges and programs. Each has detailed the effects budget reductions have had on their programs - from the loss of class seats and faculty positions to leaking roofs. Here, the director of the Honors College and the dean of the Cratis D. Williams Graduate School add their thoughts to the discussion. Honors College

The honors college lost 36 percent of its operating budget this year. Courses and teaching have been affected most by the cuts, Director Leslie Jones said. Without the funds the honors college had in the past, it is unable to hire more adjunct professors or pay for overload teaching. Additionally, the college can’t pay professors for resource sup-

port for classes. In the past, the college was able to provide funding for professors to take students on field trips and provide certified resources for the course, Jones said. Jones had to cut five courses for this semester, all of which fell under adjunct or overload courses, she said. “I’ve tried to make sure to have enough seats in the courses [students] need to take in order fill the honors requirements, but it isn’t as good as it would have been if I would have offered the other courses as well,” Jones said. In order to save money, the college did not hire a graduate assistant this spring, Jones said. Typically, the graduate assistant helps Dale Wheeler, director of the Prestigious Scholarships Program, with clerical work. But even with an undergraduate work-study student helping, Wheeler is not able to accomplish as much without a graduate assistant, Jones said. Next year, the college may not have the funds to travel to the National Collegiate Honors College conference - a huge loss, Jones said. “Having people see that you are a nationally recognized honors college - part of how you do that



is going to national meetings,” she said. Despite cuts, the college is most adamant about preserving advising and curricular opportunities, Jones said. “I’ve been around too long not to know that eventually things come back,” Jones said.

school has also needed a studentservices coordinator for about three years, Dean Edelma Huntley said. Due to the lack of funds, there are less people to read master’s theses or doctoral dissertations and, therefore, the approval process is lengthened. “I feel bad for the students because you get close to graduating and you want things to happen fast,” Huntley said. For the past 20 years, students have been given research awards from the graduate school, but due to cuts, monetary awards will not be made this year, Huntley said. Instead, students will be given

Cratis D. Williams Graduate School The Cratis D. Williams Graduate School’s operating budget was cut by 40 percent this year. Over the last two years, the school lost a position and has been unable to fill another. The

plaques. Graduate students are also dealing with less funding to support work for master’s theses and capstone research projects, Huntley said. “My biggest worry is, we can survive the cuts here in the office by being creative, but I worry about the students who are facing additional expenses,” Huntley said. In response to cuts, the graduate office has worked toward going completely electronic, Huntley said. The office has also switched to duplex printing and has reused furniture from redecorated offices. Other federal changes have also affected the school. Graduate students cannot get subsidized loans, and the G.I. Bill now only covers the cost of in-state tuition at Appalachian—meaning veterans from other states have to pay the non-resident supplement, Huntley said. State changes to health insurance policies now require graduate students to pay for their own insurance, since they are too old to be included on their parents’ policies, Huntley said. “Sometimes it feels as if the cuts are coming from more than one direction,” Huntley said.



• February 21, 2012

2012 summer reading announced: ‘Farm City’ encompasses sustainability, community by CATHERINE HAITHCOCK Senior News Reporter


ppalachian State University’s Summer Reading Committee recently announced its selection for the 2012 school year. Novella Carpenter’s Farm City: The Education of an Urban Farmer beat over 50 books suggested by faculty, students and staff of the committee. “We have a very democratic process when deciding on the books,” Committee Chairman Emory Maiden said. “Our goal is, by the middle of April, to vote on all the books that are still on the top of our list to get down to our short list, which is composed of about four or five books.” Coincidentally, the short list had a seemingly environmental theme this year. Of the four books on the short list, Farm City was the best choice, Maiden said. Carpenter said she was grateful her book was chosen. “I feel so honored,” Carpenter said. “I love the idea of a freshman read, that students will be at their orientations and can look at each other and break the ice in the bathroom or whatever by saying ‘isn’t that girl Novella a nutball?’ I think the book will stimulate questions about food choices, race, sustainability, which are huge issues that young people grapple with.” Farm City chronicles Carpenter’s experience starting a small farm in

Novella Carpenter, author of the book Farm City, which is the summer reading assignment for the incoming freshman class. Carpenter’s Farm City focuses on food and sustainability.

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The C. Howard Dorgan Oratory Contest will be held for the first time Wednesday, Feb. 22, from 6 to 8 p.m. in Plemmons Student Union. Students will speak to Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Lori Gonzalez on a topic of their choice. The prompt will be “Dear Provost Gonzalez,” said Jeff Motter, assistant professor of communication, who is heading the competition. Cash prizes will be giv-


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an overgrown lot next to her home in Oakland, Calif. Carpenter began documenting her urban farming projects after she took a writing class with Food Rules author Michael Pollan, who encouraged her to write about her farm. “I had so many stories to tell about what I had learned through farming in the city, so it made sense to write a book, to share the joy,” she said. Carpenter will present a slide show of her farm’s progression at convocation next semester. “The big theme is use your resources wisely, make friends and allies and think about where your food comes from,” Carpenter said. Both Carpenter and Maiden hope students and faculty will take advantage of Farm City as a tool to promote discussion about environmental issues they are faced with daily. “All of us might be able to do something about sustainability,” Maiden said. “I think that frame cuts across so many of our practices. If you’re asking for something sustainable you are probably asking the right questions for this day and time and we want students to ask that question.”

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Oratory Contest’s first year brings anticipation by MARK S. KENNA

The Appalachian

en to the top three contestants. First place will receive $250, second place will receive $100 and third place will receive $50. Each contestant had to draft a ten-minute speech for the competition. Auditions were held Feb. 13 and 16. Out of the 10 who auditioned, five were selected. “We had people try out from all across campus,” Motter said. “So it is certainly not just a communication major thing.” The contestants are Kara Flowers, a sophomore communication studies

major; Laura Guidry, a sophomore global studies major; Jordan Steady, a freshman communication major; Annika Vest, a junior women’s studies major; and Samuel Williams, a senior political science major. “I am very excited for this opportunity,” Steady said. “I have been participating in youth and government and speech and debate throughout high school. That experience will aid me in this contest.” The event will be held in the Blue Ridge Ballroom. Three judges will sit in:


Provost Lori Gonzalez; Terry Cole, a professor of communication and Town Councilman Andy Ball. “I’m anxious to see what level of presentations the students give and then how they select their topics and then what their arguments are and their evidence that they provide,” Gonzalez said. “I think that will be very interesting.” Motter said he expects a large turnout for the event. There will be a reception after the contest with food and drinks.

Feb. 12 9:36 p.m. Belk Residence Hall – Someone was arrested for possessing alcohol, possessing paraphernalia and possessing marijuana. Feb. 13 11:25 a.m. Living Learning Center – Someone reported criminal damage to property. Feb. 15 1:49 a.m. East Residence Hall – A male freshman was arrested for underage consumption of alcohol, possession of marijuana, drug violations including equipment/paraphernalia and possessing/concealing, resisting a public officer and assault on a female. 12:04 p.m. Newland Residence Hall – Police responded to a “suspicious incident” and drugs were seized 7:22 p.m. Coltrane Residence Hall - Someone was arrested for drug violations including equipment/paraphernalia and possessing/concealing, and possession of marijuana. 10:38 p.m. Bowie Residence Hall – Someone was arrested for drug violations including equipment/paraphernalia and possessing/concealing, and possession of marijuana. Feb. 16 10:54 a.m. University Bookstore – Someone reported a shoplifting incident from the bookstore. 1:36 p.m. University Bookstore – Someone reported a larceny from the bookstore. Feb. 17 11:24 p.m. Appalachian Heights – Someone was arrested for possessing/concealing stolen property, drug violations including equipment/paraphernalia and possessing/concealing, and possession of marijuana. Feb. 19 12:26 a.m. Eggers Residence Hall – Someone was arrested for underage consumption of alcohol. 11:36 p.m. Rankin Parking South Entrance – Someone reported criminal damage to property.

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Punch Brothers play to full house at Farthing by MEGAN WRAPPE Lifestyles Reporter


hris Thile and the Punch Brothers kicked off their tour at Appalachian State University Friday, playing to a sold-out crowd in Farthing Audito-

rium. The group - on tour to promote their new album “Who’s Feeling Young Now” - marked their first appearance in Boone last weekend. “We’ve been a band for a long time, but we’ve never played here,” Thile said as he walked onstage Friday. “So how about doing it for the first show on our tour?” The acoustic, bluegrass-inspired act then launched into a set packed with songs from “Who’s Feeling Young Now,” which was released four days prior to the concert. The concert also marked the world premiere of the song “Hundred Dollars.” “Most of what you’ve heard tonight is off the new record,” banjo player Noam Pikelny said. “The record came out a few days ago, so this is the official Boone release.” Though the majority of the songs were new, the band’s jam-session sound was still consistent. And there were plenty of people to notice in the seats at Farthing. The show was an indoor concert recordbreaker for the band, which usually plays outdoor venues. “Guys, I think this is the largest crowd we’ve ever played for indoors, so thank you,” Thile told the audience. The Punch Brothers have earned a sizable fan base since their founding in 2006: more than 29,000 Face-

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book likes and more than 8,000 Twitter followers. Though the band is relatively new, Thile has been performing since 1989 - previously as a member of the trio Nickel Creek. “They were a great band and I knew he was really talented,” said sophomore psychology major and audience member Collin McCurry, on Nickel Creek and Thile. The band played for several songs after their encore and still received a standing ovation for more. “The show was incredible and the talent and musicianship between them all was refreshing and is hard to find today,” McJessica Schreck | The Appalachian Curry said. “I really enjoy their Last Friday, progressive bluegrass quintet the Punch Brothers performed at style of music and can appreci- Farthing Auditorium to a sold-out crowd. The members include, from left to right, ate it, having played guitar for Gabe Witcher (fiddle), Chris Eldrige (guitar), Chris Thile (mandolin), Noam Pikelny (banjo) and Paul Kowert (bass). a while.” The audience’s applause took the band members by surprise, being in our own band right now.” if Thile’s parting words were any indication. The Punch Brothers’ latest album was released last “You don’t know how good it makes us feel to play a week and can be purchased on or on room this size that’s this full,” he said. “We’re having fun iTunes.

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Though Chairmen of the Board was scheduled to perform at Legends for the tenth time Friday, the beach music group’s show has been postponed indefinitely, Programs Director Randy Kelly said Monday. APPS plans to reschedule the show at a later date that accommodates both the band’s and the university’s schedules, Kelly said. APPS felt it was “in the band’s best interest” to postpone the show, Stage Shows Chairperson Megan Ternes said. The band has traditionally performed at Appalachian State University each year for APPS’ Winter Gala. Last year was the first show without founding member General Johnson, who died in October 2010. Band member Ken Knox compared the yearly show to a family reunion, attended by Appalachian students and other bands who come to see the smooth, southern band each year. “Once we hit the stage, Legends becomes a beach club where the audience gets the chance to come onstage and dance with the band and enjoy the tradition,” Knox said. The show is also a great place for the beach-style dancing bands like Chairmen revolve around, senior risk management and insurance major James Paul DeKemper said. “If you know how to shag, this is the place to be - and if you don’t, this is a great place to learn,” DeKemper said. Although the band has remained traditionally upbeat, playing concerts without General Johnson can be rough, Knox said. “Every time I hit the stage, I can feel him with me in spirit,” Knox said. “He is my mentor. And although this last year has been tough, I know he would want me to continue keeping the legacy alive.”

Amy Birner | The Appalachian

Top: Appalachian students partake in the Polar Plunge while poking fun at January’s accident where a white Mustang drove into Duck Pond. The Polar Plunge was held last Thursday to help raise money for the Special Olympics. Right: Two Appalachian students willingly participate in last Thursday’s Polar Plunge. Students paid to jump into ASU’s Duck Pond to help raise money for the Special Olympics.

“Polar Plunge is done at Duck Pond because it is a major landmark for the campus,” said WASU Station Manager Lauren Brigman, whose station broadcast live at the event. “It allows students to come together and be able to do something fun.” Phi Alpha Delta President Joshua Marklin has jumped at Greensboro’s Polar Plunge three times, but jumped into Duck Pond for the first time this year. “The atmosphere is different here,” Marklin said. “It’s a lot more open, chill and bigger than in Greensboro. Greensboro gets a lot more media attention from news companies, but since this is a college campus there’s more small town popularity.” Marklin said he heard the water was 38 degrees, but it didn’t stop him from jumping. “The Special Olympics is pretty much an all volunteerbased organization,” he said. “I’ve

had the chance to work for the Special Olympics and I’m glad to be here and donate money to a great cause. I can’t think of anything better to do.” Polar Plunge has been around since 1999, when a group of fraternity members ran into the water and ran out. Since then, it has become a fundraiser for the Special Olympics, University Police Chief Gunther Doerr said. “The money raised goes to help pay for transportation and uniforms for the Special Olympics athletes,” Doerr said. “We used to do several fundraisers for Special Olympics and Polar Plunge became the only fundraiser.” And of course, safety is a main priority on Polar Plunge day. Watauga Medics, divers and other precautions were all in place Thursday. “We don’t want people to get hurt,” Doerr said.

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Polar Plunge Award Winners Most Extreme Costume Winners: Male: Flash Santa by Benjamin Franklin Female: Punk Daisy Cart by Courtney Armstrong Top Fundraising Groups: ASU Sports Management Class - $1,587 ASU ROTC - $595 Top Individual Fundraiser: Stacey Critcher - $110 Source: Keron Poteat, Watauga County Special Olympics coordinator

Retired Tuskegee Airman relives career for Appalachian audience the squadron, also known as the Red Tails, which served as the inspiration for a movie directed Retired Army Capt. Harvey by Anthony Hemingway and Alexander, a former member produced by George Lucas titled of the World War II Tuskegee “Red Tails.” Airmen, spoke to a packed For some, just being near audience Thursday night in the the Airmen brought a sense Reich College of security. of Education Alexander Building. rec alled “The thing I always C a p t . want to tell the kids is: one retired Alexander bomber pilot do something that’s answered a who said he going to make you broad array of “never felt so questions from happy and your family comf or table the audience. He in my life happy.” covered various as when I subjects: his time Captain Harvey Alexander was sitting Retired Army Captain, Former as a pilot in what next to those was once the member of WWII Tuskegee Airmen Redtails.” Army Air Corps’ Though only all-black he never saw squadron, his childhood, his battle, Alexander’s experiences experiences with the Civil Rights were unique - including the Movement in Greensboro. racial discrimination he faced in “We had the right to fight for the military and throughout his our country,” Alexander said, life. referring to his time with the “He is a captivating speaker, Tuskegee Airmen. at the same time disarming At 90 years old, he’s one of and riveting,” said Augusto the few surviving members of Pena, interim director for the by MAGGIE BLUNK

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Office of Multicultural Student Development, which cosponsored the event. “I was struck by how he has come to be at peace with the world, in spite of having borne so much irrational discrimination and aggression.” The event’s attendees also included attendees from its other two co-sponsors - the department of history and the department of military science and leadership. “It was an honor just meeting someone who was involved in so many pivotal moments in our nation’s history,” Professor of History Andrea Burns said. “If you saw all the fourth-graders sitting in front and you looked at their faces, they were totally enthralled by him.” Alexander ended his talk with advice for the Appalachian students and other younger audience members in attendance. “The thing I always want to tell the kids is: do something that’s going to make you happy and your family happy,” he said. “Whatever those dreams you have are, keep on dreaming them.”

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Capt. Harvey Alexander poses with a 4th grade class from Hardin Park Elementary Thursday evening in the College of Education’s Gordan Gathering Hall.



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Student-organized Boonetown Folk musicians jam all day Throwdown event gives back by EMMALEE ZUPO

- like senior international business major David Bell. “This is like the third or A record number of 340 fourth one I’ve been to and people gathered at Harvest this one’s definitely been House Friday for a night the biggest turnout,” Bell of music and light-soaked said Friday. “It’s a great dancing: the student-orga- dancing environment nized, alcompared cohol-free to other Boonein “When you think places t o w n Boone.” of Boone, I want ThrowOthers, down. like North Boonetown Senior C a r o adver tisThrowdown to be lina State ing maone of the things University jor Kory student Rozich A d a m people think of. ” started the Wa l t o n , event two attend Kory Rozich semesters other uniFounder of ago. He’d versities. Boonetown Throwdown organized Wa l t o n’s a campus wife, who ministry attended mixer at the community Appalachian, brought him performing arts venue, but to his first Boonetown wanted a way to extend Throwdown. attendance to the entire “She’d bring me to these community. and we’d get really sweaty “I really like the idea and have a lot of fun for of what makes a com- like three hours and be munity identity,” said really sore the next day,” Rozich, who also DJs for Walton said. “It was awethe event. “That’s kind of some.” what I want Boonetown One aspect of the event Throwdown to be. When differs from the typical you think of Boone, I want dance scene: Boonetown Boonetown Throwdown Throwdown is a dry event. to be one of the things that But that hasn’t hindered people think of.” the growth of the event, Some of the event’s at- Rozich said. tendees are Appalachian “I thought it was going State University students to be a big hurt for us, but Senior Lifestyles Reporter

then, I’m 20 and can’t legally drink at any of the dance parties in Boone and I’ve always had a good time,” Rozich said. “This could be a niche for those who don’t necessarily like the bar scene.” Marshall Daniels, the venue manager for Harvest House, said the goals of the Boonetown Throwdown align well with the organization’s goals. Harvest House exists as an open venue for local artists, in addition to working as a non-profit in coordination with Boone missions organization Harvest Equippers. “It’s a really fun atmosphere and it’s a great way to engage the community,” Daniels said. “And our hope is to get the word out about what we’re doing.” Any proceeds raised by the Harvest House funnel through Equippers to benefit water, housing and education projects in Nicaragua, Haiti and Africa. Last year, the nonprofit was able to raise enough money to provide water purification systems for 30,000 people in Haiti, Daniels said. Friday’s event raised a total of $200, Rozich said. The next Boonetown Throwdown is tentatively scheduled for after spring break. Jessica Schreck | The Appalachian

Musicians perform a duet in a competition at the fourth annual Old-Time Fiddlers Convention, which took place last Saturday at Plemmons Student Union. Folk musicians came from across the region to perform, compete and display their workmanship.

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ickers, fiddlers and folk music lovers converged on Plemmons Student Union Saturday, for the fourth annual Old-Time Fiddlers Convention hosted by the Appalachian Popular Programming Society’s Heritage Council. The day-long event kicked off at 10 a.m. with multiple competitions and handmade markets and concluded with the Tim O’Brien and Stuart Duncan concert from 8 to 10:30 p.m. at Legends. More students than usual attended this year’s event and total attendance was higher than last year’s 300, Heritage Council Chairperson Paula Hunter said. “This event is a great outreach for the community that gets students interested in folk traditions,” said Heritage Council member Mike McKee, a professor of economics. Along with the tried and true events, this year’s convention came with some new traditions - including the handmade market. Junior recreation management major Andrew Florence, who played in the banjo competition, said he enjoyed other facets of the event as well. “This convention is a celebration in the culture of Appalachia and the market

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was really cool, because they opened it up to anyone and their piece of Appalachian culture,” Florence said. Zoe Norris, a sophomore at Asheville High School, played a piece on her fiddle in one competition. She said she enjoyed the event for its laid-back feel and because Appalachian is a great place to be an old-time musician. Appalachian alumnus Jesse Edgerton competed in the dance competition and took third place. He said the yearly conference is one that’s close to his heart. “This type of music isn’t done for public performance,” Edgerton said. “It’s done for a love of the music.” Bluegrass musicians Stuart Duncan and Tim O’Brien closed out the evening at Legends. Hunter, the council’s chairperson, had praise to dole out for both. “Tim O’Brien is an incredible musician who wrote songs for the Dixie Chicks and is an excellent example of how this music can be applied to anything from blues to jazz to rock,” she said. “And Stuart Duncan is an amazing bluegrass singer.” O’Brien said he enjoyed playing in Boone with a community of like-minded people. “The show went good,” he said. “I believe my strongest suit is singing, since the songs stand on their own.”

The Spring 2012 Visiting Writers Series is supported by the Appalachian State University Foundation; Appalachian’s Offices of Academic Affairs, Multicultural Student Development, and Cultural Affairs; the College of Arts and Sciences, the Department of English, the Summer Reading Program, the University Bookstore, Belk Library, and the Appalachian Journal. Business sponsors are The Gideon Ridge Inn and The Red Onion Restaurant. Community sponsors include John and Marjorie Idol, Paul and Judy Tobin, Alice Naylor, Thomas McLaughlin, and The High Country Writers. The Visiting Writers Series is named in honor of Hughlene Bostian Frank, class of 1968, former trustee and generous supporter of Appalachian State University. For further information on the Spring season, please call 262-2337 or see To receive Appalachian’s “This Week in the Arts” announcement by email, please contact Admission to all events is free. To read on-line excerpts from the Spring Visiting Writers’ works, please go to, click Reserves, then enter Visiting Writers Series as Instructor or Course Name. If needed, use the password asuwriters.

Book sales and signing will follow each reading.

Poet and Essayist JIM MINICK

Novelist LEE SMITH

Craft Talk: Playing with Words: What Poetry Can Teach About Metaphor and Word Play Table Rock Room 2:00-3:15 p.m.

Craft Talk: A Life in Books Table Rock Room 2:00-3:15 p.m.

(The Blueberry Years, Her Secret Song, Burning Heaven) Thursday, February 23 Table Rock Room Plemmons Student Union 7:30 p.m.

Novelist and Memoirist DEBRA MONROE

(On the Outskirts of Normal, The Source of Trouble, Newfangled) Thursday, March 8 Table Rock Room Plemmons Student Union 7:30 p.m

Craft Talk: Plot Matters: In Fiction and Memoir Table Rock Room 11:00 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Juanita Tobin Memorial Reading

Poet and Memoirist TOI DERRICOTTE

(The Undertaker’s Daughter, Tender, The Black Notebooks) Thursday, March 22 Table Rock Room Plemmons Student Union 7:30 p.m.

Craft Talk: Poetry or Prose: Rethinking the Poetic Line Table Rock Room 2:00-3:15 p.m.

(Mrs. Darcy and the Blue-Eyed Stranger, On Agate Hill, The Last Girls, Fancy Strut) Thursday, April 5 Table Rock Room Plemmons Student Union 7:30 p.m.

Poets R.T. SMITH (Outlaw Style, Ensemble, Tresspasser) and SARAH KENNEDY (Home Remedies, A Witch’s Dictionary, Consider the Lilies) Thursday, April 19 Table Rock Room Plemmons Student Union 7:30 p.m.

Craft Talk: Historical Narrative Poems: Where Is This Voice Coming From Table Rock Room 3:30-4:45 p.m.

Parking is free on campus after 5 p.m. We recommend the Library Parking Deck on College Street (from King Street, turn down College Street at the First Baptist Church). To reach the Student Union, cross College Street and follow the walkway between the chiller plant and the University Bookstore, passing the Post Office and entering the Student Union on the second floor. For further parking information or a map, please see www.parking. or call the Parking and Traffic Office (828) 262-2878.



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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 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.

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

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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, today in the 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. 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, “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

Renew lifeguard certification

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 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

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.

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 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 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 by March 2.

‘Have A Heart’ campaign underway

The “Have A Heart” campaign, a statewide UNC Staff Assembly effort, has started and concludes 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

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 Thursday 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. 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. 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 Cen-

ter 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. 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

Eating Disorders, Jeans Give Away National Eating Disorders Awareness Week and the Great Jeans Give Away will be observed Feb. 27-March 2. Too many of our students, men and women, struggle with negative body image and unhealthy eating habits that are dangerous, deadly, and contribute to great unhappiness. These programs are designed to help those in need and promote greater self-acceptance and confidence! Stop by the Union contact table for lots of information. The Great Jeans Give Away – Change your Jeans, Not your Genes and let go of jeans that are too small and trigger negative body talk and feelings. Leave your jeans at our table in the Union M-F 10-4. Not only will you bring more confidence into your life but you will receive coupons for Anna Banana and Gladiola Girls and a chance to win new jeans. It’s a win win for your body, your soul, and your wardrobe. All collected jeans will be donated to Oasis. Events for the week are: Monday, Feb. 27, America’s Obsession with Thinness – Screening of Killing us Softly 4: How advertising impacts body image, A must see! 12-1 p.m. Linville Falls Room of the Student Union; Tuesday, Feb. 28, Feel Beautiful in One Hour – Interactive workshop to focus on the REAL YOU, 12:30-1:30 p.m. Linville Falls Room of the Student Union, A New Spin on Exercise – Connect to your body and mind in this energizing spin class, 7-8 p.m. in Mt Mitchell/LFC; Wednesday, Feb. 29, Real Bodies, Real Stories – A panel discussion from those are in recovery and how to help a friend. Snacks and Refreshments. 5:30-7 p.m. Table Rock Room of the Student Union; Thursday, March 1, 10 HEALTHY Ways to Destress – Hands On Demos, Free Stuff, Fun! 12-2 p.m. in the Calloway Peak Room of the Student Union. Miss Representation Film Screening, The inspiring film exposes how American youth are being sold the concept that women and girls’ value lies in their youth, beauty and sexuality. It’s time to break that cycle of mistruths. 7-9 p.m. 114 Belk Library; Friday, March 2, Barefaced and Beautiful – Spend the day with your true beauty – no make up, no fancy clothes, comfortable shoes… Just YOU! A New Spin on Exercise – Connect to your body and mind in this energizing spin class, 12:15-1:15 in Mt Mitchell/LFC. Sponsored by the Counseling Center, Women’s Center, and the Eating Disorders Awareness Week Planning Committee

Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble

The Appalachian Symphonic Band and the Appalachian Wind Ensemble will perform in Broyhill Music Center’s Rosen Concert Hall on Thursday, 8-9:30 p[.m. Admission is free. Directed by Donald Peach and graduate student Justin Hammonds, the symphonic band will perform “Mannin Veen” (Dear Isle of Man) by Haydn Wood, “Mercury” by Jan Van Der Roost “Psalm for Band” by Vincent Persichetti and “Ride” by Samuel R. Hazo. The wind ensemble is directed by Dr. John Stanley Ross with assistance from Peach and Hammonds. The ensemble will perform “Eternal Father, Strong to Save” by Claude T. Smith, “Prelude in E-flat Minor, Op. 34 No. 14” by Dmitri Shostakovich, “A New Song” by Bob Kauflin and arranged by Ross, “Four Scottish Dances” by Malcolm Arnold, “Molly on the Shore: by Percy Aldridge Grainger and “Wedding Dance” by Jacques Press.

Dorgan Oratory Contest Wednesday

Students will be given the chance to deliver a speech to Provost Dr. Lori Gonzalez about all topics related to her position as provost in the Inaugural C. Howard Dorgan Oratory Contest. The event will take place on Wednesday in the Blue Ridge Ballroom in Plemmons Student Union from 6 to 8 p.m. “The Dorgan Oratory contest provides students the opportunity to develop their public speaking abilities outside the classroom and in front of a large audience,” said Dr. Jeff Motter, assistant communication professor. “Our topic, ‘Dear Provost Gonzales …’ offers students the opportunity to give our new provost a students’ perspective about who we are and hope to be in these trying economic times.” The contest is named after a retired professor of communication at Appalachian, Dr. Claude Howard Dorgan who received his speech communication at Louisiana State University-Baton Rouge. Dorgan began teaching at Appalachian in 1971 and retired in 2000. “This contest is a chance to first honor him and second to recognize his influence and role in the department in the public address area,” said Dr. Terry Cole, communication professor at Appalachian. Students interested in participating should make submissions in speech format and entries should be between eight to 10 minutes in length. Tryouts for the event took place Feb. 13 and 16. Wednesday’s winner will be awarded a $250 prize.


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February 21, 2012 •

Anne Buie There are infinite opportunities for me to improve my education with $506.26. I could put that money toward a new computer. I could take skiing and snowboarding classes and still have money left over. Instead, I’ll be putting $506.26 directly toward my tuition next year and letting higher education officials decide where my money will be allocated. That amount was approved when the UNC

Board of Governors voted Feb. 10 to approve an average 8.8 percent tuition and fees increase across the system. I’ll be the first to admit that the tuition increase isn’t ideal - but I’m okay with it. Why? Because the budget cuts UNC System schools are facing aren’t ideal either. North Carolina colleges can’t continue to provide quality education when they’re receiving less funding from the state, unless they ask for more from their students. I’ve heard students complain about the tuition increase multiple times. Most reiterate the same fact: the increase is unfair. Unfair? Get used to it. Life isn’t fair. And life is what we’re learning at Appalachian

State University, even more to have to pay a little more. than the material our proThat $506.26 per stufessors are teaching us. dent is going to enhance When you’re 40 years old the quality of my educaand your health insurance tion, regardless of who’s goes up $506.26, you’re go- choosing how to spend it: ing to have to pay it. When me or the university. And you’re 25 and your rent goes Appalachian hasn’t given up $42.18 a month (adding me one reason to assume up to $506.26 they’ll spend yearly), you’re the money in going to have inappropriate “I’ll be the first ways. to pay it. Still mad Education is to admit that about the tupriceless and the tuition isn’t ition hike? if $506.26 is ideal - but I’m what I have to Think about this: students at pay to ensure okay with it.” UNC-Chapel that it’s a solid Hill have to pay stepping stone an extra $695. to the real And unlike us, they have world - then, yes. I’ll willto buy their textbooks. The ingly pay it. rental book program is just Buie, a freshman English one of the services we’re and middle grades education lucky enough to have. If we major from Charlotte, is a sewant to keep it, we’re going nior news reporter.

Editorial Cartoon What?! They send us bills for school?? And tuition was increased by 8%!!

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What progressivism is

Progressivism is a reliably controversial position to take in the realm of modern politics, but what’s most amazing to me is the varying ways it’s interpreted. For some, progressivism conveys a message of hope for a better future, for positive change in the way we organize our government and conduct our lives. To others, progressivism is a morass of big government, bureaucracy and - in the end - a slippery slope toward socialism. But both of these views leave out something essential. I am here today to shatter each of them. To do this, we’ll need to look into the progressive movement’s past. To understand the force that shaped it is to understand the role it plays in society to this day. Progressivism arose around the turn of the last century, in an economic climate widely referred to as “the gilded age.” American industrialism and prosperity were on the rise, leading to a blossoming middle class - and an extreme concentration of wealth and influence in the hands of “robber barons,” a minority of super wealthy capitalists. This concentration of wealth was largely accumulated by the sweat and struggles of the lower class. This situation, as was generally foretold by Marx and other communist intellectuals, resulted in the most violent intra-state confrontations America had experienced since the Civil War. Google “Ludlow massacre” for one example. But something Marx and friends hadn’t counted on was the American middle class, which was stronger than it had ever been before. This was the crowd that birthed progressivism. Not the laissez-faire capitalists or the socialists representing, predictably, the interests of the lower classes. Instead, the movement was birthed by the middle class: highly literate, college educated, free enterprisers and professionals. They realized that neither the unrestricted capitalism of the robber barons, nor the socialism of the labor unions, best protected their interests. What brought progressives of both parties together was a commitment to three broad principles: the removal of special, minority and corrupt influences in government; the restructuring of government to render it less susceptible to minority influences and more democratically responsive; and the conviction that it’s the role of government to relieve social and economic distress. These principles weren’t grounded in some altruism of the middle class, but in pragmatism. Progressives wished to stop the corrupting influence they saw the capitalists exerting on government. At the same time, they wanted to use government as a mechanism to placate the lower classes and, in effect, save capitalism from the threat of socialist revolution. These efforts were an attempt to secure their position in society, away from the encroachment they feared from each socioeconomic direction. So, is progressivism an altruistic expression of egalitarianism - the belief in the equality of all people - as some on the left would have you believe? No. It is a pragmatic reconciliation of the social and the individual - and a champion of both capitalism and inequality, within limits. Alternatively, is progressivism a smoke-and-mirrors version of socialism designed to fool us into one day waking up under Stalin’s thumb, as some on the right would claim? No. It is a renunciation of socialism. It differs from similar conservative endeavors mainly by urging a positive application of governmental power, in ways designed to prevent the conditions which may lead to socialism - rather than a negative application focusing on ideological grandstanding and curtailment of personal freedoms. On that last one - Google “McCarthyism.” So there we have it: unadorned progressivism. If you are in the middle class (as most of us college types are) and like to ground your politics in pragmatism (as most of us would like to think we do), then it just may be for you. Daniel DeCarlo, a senior psychology major, writes about modern politics and government.

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SGA President’s letter is ‘biased,’ ‘contradictory’ Being a proud member of the Appalachian State University family and someone who respects an official elected by the student body, I am appalled at the letter written by SGA President Lauren Estes in response to recent “rumors” of sexual assault. The letter claims “SGA has no right, nor place, to pass judgment on these instances, and will remain

unbiased and unaffiliated... However, we throw our full support behind the Office of Student Conduct.” In my opinion, that is not only a biased comment, but it is also contradictory to the message that is trying to be conveyed. Being a personal friend of one of the victims, I am outraged by this statement. I feel as though SGA should be at the forefront

of this issue, doing the best that they can to ensure that justice is served and that all members of the Appalachian family are protected, not just those who are able to bring in income and media attention for the school. I can assure everyone that this story is only beginning to unfold. It will get bigger and hopefully it will bring some media at-

tention to the issue. I hope that in the meantime, members of the administration, student conduct board and SGA are able to sleep at night, knowing that there are members of the Appalachian family who are afraid to sleep at night.

Matthew Splawn Sophomore political science major

Haithcock, Buie’s opinions raise ‘subjects of concern’ Last week’s Appalachian contained two staff opinions on the quality of education at Appalachian State University. Both raised worthy issues. Catherine Haithcock’s concern about university priorities in what she interpreted as a preference for flat-screen televisions over smaller class sizes, and monies for outdoor sculpture rather than extended library hours, reflect growing worries about diminished support for teaching. Though administrators will explain these anomalies as functions of different budgetary revenue streams and donor priorities, many faculty share her concerns. Ms. Haithcock seems to be a student seriously interested in learning, as opposed to taking the easiest courses or just getting by. She’s the kind of student, not necessarily identifiable by SAT score, that faculty would love to see in much-increased numbers. One doesn’t envision her as a student who can’t wait to start tweeting or texting as soon as class is over. She’s probably a reader too, another desirable species of learner in short supply nationwide. Anne Buie’s “Professors should address varied learn-

ing styles” also reflected an admirable concern with learning, focusing on the implications of learning “styles” for teaching. Her division of learners into learning styles categories, while standard fare in educational circles, raises some questions. Are auditory learners, “who never take notes” in a lecture class, very likely to be the ones who make As? This seems doubtful. If visual learners “write everything down,” then why conclude that lecture classes “aren’t ideal for visual types?” As for kinesthetic learners who prefer movement and activity to listening or viewing, how does one accommodate that “style” at a university, where the pace and level of instruction in most worthwhile academic classes, not to mention growing class sizes, don’t lend themselves those activities that such learners think they must have? This raises a broader question. Are persons who claim to learn well only in a certain style not in effect admitting to a handicap more behavioral than innate, one which might negatively affect their careers?

What kind of impression, for example, would a fidgety, inattentive type make at a lengthy business meeting being conducted by the boss? Would they, or taxpayers, be well-served by university classes which inevitably sacrificed intellectual rigor to cater to a style of learning? In any event, a recent Harvard University conference, the opener for the Harvard Initiative on Learning and Teaching, spoke to this issue while pointing out the shortcomings of the lecture-only approach. Many speakers noted faculty misconceptions about learning, still in vogue at Harvard and elsewhere. Harvard psychology professor Mahzarin R. Banaji said that the idea of learning styles, in which some students learn best visually, some by hearing, and others kinesthetically, is a “myth.” “There’s no evidence, zero, that teaching methods should be matched up with different learning styles. It’s intuitively appealing, but not scientifically supported,” Banaji said in the Chronicle of Higher Education Feb. 5. In short, it would seem that the business of learning styles, much like the now

thoroughly discredited selfesteem approach to learning, is more about pop psychology and educational faddism than serious learning theory. While professors should, as Ms. Buie rightly suggests, vary their methods to forestall learner fatigue and improve comprehension, students would do themselves a favor by developing a wider range of learning skills rather than insisting on a preferred style of learning. There has been no shortage of misguided, and misleading, exhortations about students as customers, reducing the serious business of learning guided by experts in their fields to the level of a commercial transaction. In the final analysis, the fundamental difference is that, in education, it is student performance (measured in achievement rather than mere effort), rather than customer satisfaction, which counts, both in the short term and in the long run. Thanks to both writers for their thought-provoking commentary on a subject of concern to us all. Michael Wade Professor of History

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In Photos: Wrestling match against Davidson at The Appalachian

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Wrestling wins regular season outright by CHASE ERICKSON Intern Sports Reporter


he Appalachian State University wrestling team went 2-0 at home this weekend to clinch the SoCon Championship, for the first time since 2003. The Mountaineers started off the weekend with a dominating 29-6 victory over non-conference opponent Duke Saturday. Sophomore Russ Brenner got Appalachian started at 149 pounds. In his first dualmeet match of the season, Brenner went on to win an 11-2 major decision. Next, senior Chip Powell, at 157 pounds, earned a 12-5 victory. Fellow senior Kyle Blevins sealed an 8-2 win at 165 pounds. Senior Austin Trotman, ranked No. 12 in the nation in the NCAA coaches’ poll, forced three takedowns in the final period of his match and earned a 12-4 major decision. Junior Tony Gravely, 125 pounds, was down 8-6 with 10 seconds left in the third period, before he miraculously pulled off a match-tying reversal. Then Gravely forced a pin with less than five seconds to go, giving the Apps a 26-3 lead. “I just kept thinking, the match isn’t over until that final buzzer rings,” Gravely said. “I just stayed [in] good

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Senior Kyle Blevins, ranked 15th nationally, holds control of a Davidson wrestler. Blevins won his match and the team brought back the SoCon championship Sunday afternoon at home.

position, got underneath his leg, turned into him and pinned him up.” Duke won the 133-pound match with Brandon Gambucci’s 8-6 decision. To end the night, senior Mike Kessler struggled to a 3-0 victory with two near-

fall points in the second period and a late escape in the third. Appalachian State concluded its regular season 6-0 in the Southern Conference and clinched the outright SoCon title with a 39-10 victory over Davidson.

The Mountaineers finished their season with a 13-4 record. “Winning the Southern Conference Championship is a big deal for our program,” head coach JohnMark Bentley said. “It is going to give the underclassmen and

younger guys something to aim for and it will provide a benchmark for us to try to keep our momentum rolling forward.” Senior Mike Kessler fell two points short of a technical fall with an 18-5 major decision and gave the

Mountaineers their first lead of the day, 8-6. Chip Powell forced a pin 1:37 into the match to give his Mountaineers a 14-10 lead. Kyle Blevins, 165 pounds, racked up 10 takedowns and earned a 23-8 technical fall against Davidson’s Tyler Mullen. Freshman Paul Weiss was the final person to wrestle for the Mountaineers during the regular season and he did not disappoint with a dominating 15-2 major decision. Joe Cummings, 285 pounds, and Austin Trotman, 184 pounds, both won their matches by forfeit. Appalachian went on to earn a solid 39-10 victory. With their wins Sunday, Trotman, Blevins and Kessler all finished 6-0 in conference matches. Sunday was the last time this season’s seniors will compete at home. “Winning conference has been our goal since we all came in here as freshmen,” Kessler said. “It is just a dream come true we have all worked so hard.” The Mountaineers will now focus on the 2012 Southern Conference Tournament March 3 in Chattanooga, Tenn. The event decides which wrestlers from the SoCon will compete in the NCAA Championships next month.

Butts leads men’s basketball past Winthrop on senior day Along with Butts, Carter hit three 3-pointers in the first half and led ASU in scoring for 12 in the For the second straight game, period. the men’s basketball team loved Although the Mountaineers the play from their big Butts. built up a lead by as many as 16 Senior center Isaac Butts flew in the first half, the Eagles rallied out of the gates, dominating the back and took a one-point lead visiting Winthrop Eagles (11- early in the second half with 18) 76-64 to lead an Andre Jones ASU (12-15) to layup. It was the a win Saturday Eagles’ first lead “I was going for a in the Holmes since scoring Convocation three, I wanted one. the first basket Center. of the game. I had two dreams in ASU responded Butts was all over the court college. I wanted to q u i c k l y . early, grabbing get 15-plus rebounds 3 - p o i n t e r s five rebounds, by freshman and I wanted to scoring three Mike Neal and points, stripping sophomore G.J. shoot a three.” a Winthrop Vilarino and a player in the post layup by Butts put Isaac Butts and assisting on ASU up for good. Senior Men’s Basketball Center a Tab Hamilton T h e 3-pointer within Mountaineers the first five had five players minutes to fuel Appalachian to an score in the double digits. Butts early 14-4 lead. finished with 15 points and 15 “As soon as we calmed down, rebounds. Carter also finished we put on a good show,” senior with 15. Omar Carter said. “It was the best Butts nearly achieved a personal four or five minutes of basketball milestone early in the game, when in my life. Everything went right.” he caught an Andre Williamson The Mountaineer seniors had pass and launched a 20-foot the biggest impact Saturday. jumper that barely missed being by JAKE AMBERG Sports Editor

a 3-pointer. Butts claimed it was the longest shot he’s attempted in a game. “I was going for a three, I wanted one,” Butts said. “I had two dreams in college. I wanted to get 15-plus rebounds and I wanted to shoot a three.If I wore a size 10, it would have been a three.” Winthrop head coach Randy Peele was critical of his team’s effort against Appalachian State. “I’m not happy with the way we played.” Coach Peele said. “Eight years ago, we were ranked 22nd in the country and today we come here and get beat. I’m not happy about that.” With just two games left in the regular season, the Mountaineers can still finish as high as second place with wins in their last two games. ASU will travel to The Citadel Wednesday and conclude the season at Western Carolina Saturday. Senior guard Omar Carter leaps between Winthrop sophomore forward Joab Jerome and senior center Matt Morgan to score Saturday afternoon. The Mountaineers defeated the Eagles at home 76-64. Courtney Roskos | The Appalachian

Davidson halts win streak for App State women’s basketball by TYLER WOOD Sports Editor

The Appalachian State women’s basketball team (21-4, 15-2) could not overcome its first-half shooting woes against Davidson (19-7, 15-2) Saturday. The Wildcats were able to hang on and defeat the Mountaineers 61-54. “We just weren’t able to put the ball in the basket,” Coach Darcie Vincent said. “It was the same thing when they came to our place earlier this season.” Davidson jumped on Appalachian early in the first half, making the usually frontrunning Mountaineers play catch-up for the majority of the game. The Wildcats took their biggest lead in the opening 20 minutes, when Sophia Aleksandravicius converted a layup with 47 seconds remaining in the half.That conversion gave Davidson the 26-17 advantage heading into the locker room for halftime. “We came out timid on both ends of the floor,” junior Courtney Freeman said. “It seemed like we were hesitant to shoot the ball in the first half.” After a halftime speech from Coach Vincent, the Apps went on a 15-7 run to open the second half and pulled within 3332, with 13:30 remaining in the game. “We didn’t really play our game,” freshman Maryah Sydnor said. “But we were able to battle back in the second half and give ourselves a chance at winning the game.” The next 10 minutes of the contest saw two teams battling with high stakes: who would be in the driver’s seat for winning the SoCon regular season title.

Sydnor hit two free throws for the Apps with 3:39 left on the clock, tying the score at 48-48. The tie score would be as close as App would get for the remainder of the game, as Davidson closed out the contest on a 13-6 run. “[Davidson] just sat back in 2-3 zone,” Vincent said. “We had open looks, we just didn’t hit them.” Syndor paced the Apps with 17 points and 11 rebounds on her way to recording her first collegiate double-double. Freeman had a big second half, scoring 11 of her 13 points in the game’s final 20 minutes. “Mo had a good game for us offensively,” Vincent said. “Court gave us a really good half, but we could have used more from her.” Reserve point guard Raven Gray came off the bench to score 10 points. Appalachian’s usual strong bench production was not there and Coach Vincent was not shy in hiding her displeasure. “We got nothing from our bench tonight - there’s nothing else to say,” Vincent said. “It’s sad, because a lot of our bench players are juniors and seniors.” The Mountaineers now face an uphill battle to achieve a goal they set at the beginning of the season: winning the SoCon regular season title. “We need to win out to get a share of the regular season title,” Vincent said. “We know what we need to do.” Appalachian will take on Furman Monday at 6 p.m. in the Holmes Convocation Center. The match-up with the Paladins is the last home game for seniors T.C. Weldon, Canesha Edwards, Ashleigh Kelly and Catherine Williams.

Mountaineer baseball sweeps Saturday’s double-header against Akron, gains two wins by LAUREN OSBORNE Intern Sports Reporter

This weekend was a gripping fight for the Mountaineer baseball team, which went full force into the season in its first three games and went 2-1 against George Mason Friday and Akron Saturday. The Mountaineers opened their season with a hard loss, falling 2-1 to George Mason, but closed their season-opening weekend with backto-back wins in a doubleheader against Akron. ASU tied up the game in the 6th inning with the team’s only run by junior Will Calloway, who scored off Daniel Kassouf ’s single. The team kept its momentum until the 8th inning when GMU made a run to put them ahead. Seth Grant was the key pitcher of the night, striking out eight and walking none. “Last night we faced a good pitcher,” pitcher Rob Marcello said. “Seth, of course, threw well but we knew the hitting would come around.” The team made a turnaround for Saturday’s double-header beating Akron in both games by scores of 8-3 and 4-1. Designated hitter Daniel Kassouf provided power for the Mountaineers in the first game, with a triple in

the 4th and a homerun in the 7th. He finished out the game with a career high four RBIs. Tyler Zupcic had a double in the 6th inning, along with Jeremy Dowdy in the 4th. The second game of the day was won due to strong pitching. Marcello made his Mountaineer debut for the team the “The pitching second game, kept us in the ball managing a successful five game.” innings with Daniel Kassouf five strikeouts, Senior Baseball player allowing only two hits and walking none. “The pitching kept us in the ball game.” senior player Daniel Kassouf said. Jeffrey Springs, freshman, came in after Marcello and threw strong as well. He allowed only one hit and struck out three strikes in his two innings. “Today I can’t say enough in game three about how well our guys threw,” head coach Chris Pollard said. “I’m really proud of Rob Marcell, first start of the black and gold, and Jeffrey Springs, a freshman [who] came in behind him. Those guys really threw the baseball well.” The team will be in Baton Rouge this weekend playing against LSU, currently No. 8 in the conference.

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The Appalachian State softball team finished a two series on the road this week, splitting their series with UNC-Charlotte Wednesday and sweeping N.C. Central Saturday. This left the Mountaineers with a 3-1 record for the week and a 4-4 record overall on the season. During the first game of the doubleheader series against UNCC, the Mountaineers found themselves entrenched in a pitching duel between App’s Caitlin Wainright and

the 49ers’ Katie Watkins. Watkins dominated App State, holding the team to three hits and striking out 10 batters. One of those hits surrendered by Watkins was a two-run homer by Allie Cashion, bringing in the only two RBIs registered by App in the game. Though her performance was great, the costly error gave Watkins her second loss of the season. Wainright was in control of the 49ers as well, holding them to five hits and striking out six batters in seven innings, and finishing with her first win of the season.

The 49ers’ offense came alive in the second game, as the team scored four runs in the second inning and six in the game. UNCC’s Lexi Betancourt pitched a complete game, and even though Appalachian was able to get eight hits, they managed one run. Meghan Smith was the lone bright spot of the game for ASU, going 2 for 4 and scoring App’s only run of the game. Coach Shae Wesley knew the team could have played better. “It was definitely not one of our better games of the season,” Coach Wesley

said. “We came out really flat. There is really no way around it.” On Saturday, the Mountaineers had another double-header, this time against the Aggies of N.C. Central. In the first game, Appalachian’s bats were on fire, beating Central 12-1 in five innings. Caitlin Wainright was the winning pitcher, holding Central to three hits, one run and striking out three batters. ASU had no problem scoring runs, scoring 12 on fourteen hits. Megan Rembielak went 4-4 on the day and Caroline Rogers lead the team with four

RBIs. In the second game, App kept on track and defeated the Aggies 6-1. Caroline Wainright pitched a complete-game six-hitter, only surrendering one run and striking out three batters. Meghan Smith was on form, going two-forthree with a homerun and three RBIs. Though it may appear that Smith started the season a little slow, it’s of no concern for Coach Wesley. “I am definitely not worried,” Wesley said. “She is a phenomenal athlete and she works tremendously hard. I have no doubt that

it’s going to come around for her.” Rembielak was pleased with the team’s effort this week. “It’s great to go out there and get a couple of wins,” Rembielak said. “We need to keep working on our communication and staying locked in at practice 100 percent of the time. There is always room for improvement offensively and defensively.” The Mountaineers will take on George Washington University Friday in Columbia, S.C., as part of the Gamecock Invitational.

Women’s tennis falls to Radford Track competes in last meet before conference tournament in an early hole. At first, Linsell continued her strong The Mountaineer play in the singles match, women’s tennis team winning the first set 6-4. traveled to Blacksburg, But she struggled in the Va. Saturday to take on second and lost 6-0. The the Radford Highlanders junior star would pull in a neutral site match. out the match with a 6-2 The match was victory in the third set. extremely “I was close as both worried sides traded after losing “The season points, but the second is going well, R adford s e t , ” pulled out the despite the tough L i n s e l l 4-3 victory. said. “She loss yesterday.” The match r e a l l y initially stepped Colin Crothers started off her game Women’s Tennis Head well for Coach up. But App State, I was as juniors confident Ellie Linsell and Jennifer that going into the third Ansari won their doubles set, I could turn it around match handily 8-3. again.” However, App went Despite falling short, on to lose the next two the season is far from lost, doubles matches, which according to head coach resulted in conceding the Colin Crothers. doubles point to Radford “The season is going and left the Mountaineers well, despite the tough by JORDAN DEVERE

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The men’s track team put eight athletes in top finishes, while the women’s team had nine top performances Friday in Boone for the final match before the SoCon Tournament. The Mountaineers made a final effort to put athletes in scoring or conference positions. Meet highlighters included junior Alex Taylor, who broke the Holmes Center 800-meter record, running 1:54.51. “That was a goal I had in mind,” Taylor said of breaking the record. “Me and a couple teammates decided what the heck, we might as well go for it.” Taylor said the team planned on senior Asia Dunlap, who broke the 500-meter record with a time of 1:13:07. Dunlap said she wasn’t expecting to do as well as she did. “But I was planning on breaking it,” she said. “That was my goal.” Among other top performances were the women’s 4x400-meter relay team of Dunlap, Breanna Alston, Breahna Morrison and Shenita Martin, who shattered the Holmes Center record by six seconds. It only took Alston 24.71 seconds to break the Holmes Center 200-meter record, taking first place. “I felt pretty good,” Alston said. “Originally in the 200, I have been having some knee issues, but it actually was a good turnout, especially in the 4x400. We were expecting to break the 4x400 because we broke it previously in the past weeks, but we were surprised we broke it by six seconds.” For the men’s team, senior Dennis Moore took first in the 55-meter dash in 6.47 seconds. If that wasn’t enough, Moore took the 200-meter title as well, in 22.10. More success from the men’s sprinters came from junior Landon Powell in the 300-meter and freshman Raphael Rojas in the 400-meter, both of whom took first place. “We had a couple of guys who wanted to run a fast time and they finally got that fast time,” Taylor said. “It was good having a group of guys who race well together.” Among other top finishers for the women’s team were sophomore Kristin Campbell in the 55-meter dash, freshman Taryn Stern in the 800-meter dash, sophomore Kayla Schneider in the mile and senior Kelsey Hanger claiming the 3,000-meter run.

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Senior sprinter Dennis Moore runs the 55m dash at Friday's home meet.

Men’s hurdlers A.J. Dohanic and Stanley Broaden finished one after the other, coming in first and second in the 55-meter hurdles On the field events side, freshman Jacob Stowe won the pole vault for the men’s team, clearing 14-11.50. Sophomore pole-vaulter Cassie Crawford cleared 12-5.50, finishing in first and obtained a season best. Junior Gayshawna Watkins came in first after throwing 44-9 in the shot put for the women’s team, while the men’s side also took first place, with junior Jared Stalling shotputting for first place. In the weight throw, Stalling moved up to fourth all-time in the ASU record book, with a 63-3.25 throw. “The team did pretty good,” Alston said. “Everybody pushed their times up on the conference rankings, so we’re looking forward to going to conference and taking another championship.” Next step for the Mountaineers is the Southern Conference Championships, Feb. 23-24 in Birmingham, Ala.

loss yesterday,” Crothers said. “I think our best tennis is in front of us, though. We’re still in our non-conference part of our schedule and sorting things out, like the best position for singles players and a set doubles lineup.” As for things the team still needs to work on, Crothers referred to the fact that the Mountaineers had match point in both of the doubles matches they lost. “We need to step it up at those critical times and play better,” Coach Crothers said. “ It’s a hard thing to simulate those situations in practice, but we’ll try our best.” The Mountaineers’ match against the Buccaneers of ETSU, originally scheduled for Sunday, has been canceled. The team will next be in action against East Carolina Saturday.

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Cleere. This was their first match together in doubles competition,. “We actually decided on that yesterday,” The men’s tennis team earned an Humblet said. “I have been playing with impressive victory Saturday, after Phil Kloc for three years so it was kind of a nearly three-week layoff from weird seeing someone else beside me, but it worked.” competition. Coach Bob Lake added that Humblet The Mountaineers defeated a tough East Carolina team 5-1, improving seemed to calm the firy Markov down. The team then won its next four singles their record to 2-2 on the season. In a departure from its match three matches all in two sets, highlighted by weeks ago against UNC-Asheville, the Kloc’s dominant victory 6-1, 6-1 at No. 2. The lone loss came in a team started fast and back-and-forth, three-set continued that pace, match between Markov winning the doubles “The team has and the No. 105 nationally point and its first four ranked Joran Vliege. The singles matches. definitely been match included three “The time off gave putting in the work. tiebreakers and was played us a chance to work on some things and get They wanted to get point to point nearly the entire match. However, the ready for this match,” better and wanted loss proved harmless, as senior Philip Kloc said. App had already clinched “We had one goal: to to get this win.” the victory. beat ECU.” “The team has definitely Coach Bob Lake Bob Lake been putting in the work,” made the decision to Men’s Tennis Head Coach Coach Lake said. “They split the regionallywanted to get better and ranked doubles team wanted to get this win.” of Alain Humblet and App will look to build off the win later Phillip Kloc, instead pairing Humblet in the week, with away matches Thursday with team No. 1 Alex Markov. Humblet and Markov clinched the against Gardner-Webb and Saturday doubles point with an 8-6 victory over against East Tennessee State. They’ll come ECU’s David Masciorini and Niels home Sunday to face Belmont at 11 a.m. by JORDAN DAVIS

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