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The Appalachian

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Vol. 86 No. 36

After assault, students petition N.C. legislature by MEGHAN FRICK Associate Editor, Editorial Content


petition to amend North Carolina hate crime laws, created by the victims of a recent high-profile assault, has gained more than 3,000 signatures. The petition was created by Sarabeth Nordstrom and junior exercise science major Erin Johnston. Nordstrom and Johnston were hospitalized after an assault that occurred Feb. 11 and both believe the perpetrator was motivated by perceived sexual orientation.

The petition is hosted on the advocacy website and is directed toward the N.C. State Legislature. It requests a change in state law to define crimes motivated by sexual orientation, gender expression and gender identity as hate crimes. “We want to make a change,” Johnston said. “Not just for us, but for everyone.” Currently, the state law which addresses hate crimes, N.C. General Statue 14-3, only applies to categories of “race, color, religion, nationality or country of origin.”

For many students who signed the petition, the absence of sexual orientation, gender expression and gender identity in the statute is troubling. “The hate crime laws in place now protect everyone who is a victim of a race-related hate crime or a religious-based hate crime, yet do not protect the LGBT community,” senior English major Sarah Winebarger said. “I’m all about fairness, and if the laws protect one sect of people, then I think they should protect all.” Other students, like junior psy-

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chology major Aby Stoner, were thinking of their own loved ones. “I have several very close nonheterosexual friends and I can’t help but think about, if an assault like this were to happen to them, I would want the person that did it behind bars for committing a hate crime,” Stoner said. Both Nordstrom and Johnston hope the petition will make its way to the legislature, but whatever happens, the results have already exceeded their expectations. Both expected about 200 signatures when they started the petition,

Johnston said. “The support and the attention that it’s getting is crazy,” Nordstrom said. “To see that kind of support, it’s humbling.” Nordstrom and Johnston plan to speak about their experience at “Stop the Hate, Show the Love: A Night of Hate Crime Awareness,” which will be held Friday, March 2 at 6:30 p.m. in Plemmons Student Union’s Grandfather Ballroom. To access the petition, visit

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Professor of Economics Mike McKee holds a stack of petitions against the proposed noise ordinance Tuesday evening at the Town Council Meeting in Council Chambers.

Boone Town Council passes controversial measure by KEVIN ATKINSON Intern News Reporter

The Boone Town Council approved a new noise ordinance Tuesday night in a split vote, capping a seven-month period of discussion. A draft of the ordinance from the January meeting faced heavy criticism and prompted a petition, signed by 61 business members and over 1100 residents, demanding higher levels. Many Appalachian State University students became involved in the issue, fearing the ordinance could hurt Boone’s artistic culture. Councilwomen Lynne Mason and Jamie Leigh acknowledged the importance of music and downtown vitality, but considered the levels on the petition unnecessarily loud. Along with Rennie Brantz, they agreed to a compromise that fell short of the petition’s demands. Councilmen Andy Ball and Allan Scherlen advocated higher levels and voted “nay” on the ordinance,

which will enter a trial period March 1. Char owner Colton Lenz attended the meeting with several other local business owners. “I think we’re moving in the right direction,” Lenz said. “I don’t think it’s quite right, though. It’s definitely an undue burden on businesses in Boone.” The new ordinance allows 70 decibels between 7 a.m. and 11 p.m. on weekdays and 60 decibels overnight, an increase of five decibels in each category. On Fridays and Saturdays, the original draft remains unchanged, with the limit switching from 85 decibels to 70 at 10 p.m. The levels fall short of those listed by petitioners, who want 85 decibels until 2 a.m. on weekends and 75 decibels until 2 a.m. on weeknight. In order to support music on the weekends, the council added a time period of 85 decibels on Sundays, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Professor of Economics Mark McKee see Noise Ordinance, page 2

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Kara Flowers, a sophomore communication studies major, won first place in the Inaugural C. Howard Dorgan Oratory Contest with her speech, titled “Renovating App from the Inside-Out,” Wednesday. “I think the point of my whole speech was that we don’t need to be so caught up in negativity and things like that,” Flowers said. “We just need to unite together.” Overall, Flowers said she was overwhelmed but excited to win. Flowers won a $250 prize. Jordan Steady, a freshman exercise science major, took second place and $100. Samuel Williams, a senior history major, took third place and $50.

Human rights group presents a “call to action” to Appalachian students by DUSTIN FLANARY Intern News Reporter

“The Hundred Movement,” a non-profit human rights organization, presented information to a group of around 50 Appalachian State University students on human sex trafficking Tuesday evening. The informational seminar was held in the Whitewater Café of the Plemmons Student Union. P.W. Gopal, musician and founder of the organization, said “The Hundred Movement” is a religious organization that provides housing for young women and children who are victims of sex trafficking. “The purpose of our organization is to sound the alarm on this issue and to provide the resources necessary to help one young girl escape this lifestyle,” Gopal said. “The Hundred Movement” operates in western North Carolina. “We work in collaboration with the Hope House in Asheville, as well as the Hope House II here in Boone, to provide housing and rehabilitation for prior victims of sex trafficking,” Gopal said. After the information session was over, Gopal presented a call to action to get involved with his current research project, entitled “The Playbook.” “‘The Playbook” is basically ev-


ASU adopts 10-year policy to reduce waste output by 90 percent by CATHERINE HAITHCOCK Senior News Reporter

Appalachian State University aims to reach a 90 percent waste diversion rate in 10 years as part of a zero-waste policy adopted this semester, officials from the Office of Sustainability said. The new policy will divert waste from traditional to greener means of disposal as part of the policy. “This initiative encourages you to think big,” University Sustainability Director Ged Moody said. Courtney Roskos | The Appalachian

The founder of The Hundred Movement, PW Gopal, poses with interns Kelly Harry, Blair Marini, Kate Miller, Kelly Scott and Sydney Beshore in the Whitewater Café Tuesday evening. PW Gopal spoke of the 32 billion dollar industry that is human trafficking and how his faith-based organization will strive to remove 100 people from it.

erything that we’ve studied for the past five years that includes every detail about how to take one girl off of the street,” Gopal said. “We currently have five Appalachian student interns working on this project.” During the presentation, Gopal explained how the thought that human sex trafficking is mainly an overseas problem is inherently false. Gobal said trafficking is the second-largest criminal industry

in America, generating around $32 billion annually. “A young, white and pretty virgin is worth $40,000 to a director of a sex-trafficking operation, and that operation can kidnap a victim and have her out of the country in 32 hours,” he said. Junior exercise science major Daniel Waln attended the event. “Gopal’s message rings loud and clear,” Waln said. “With see Human Rights, page 2

A Feb. 16 story in The Appalachian incorrectly identified Kristen Bock as “Kristen Block, clinical mental health graduate student.” Bock is in the clinical mental health counseling program.

“We’re looking to be transformational.” The 10-year plan, which is being developed by the Office of Sustainability and endorsed by the sustainability council, is currently in the first of three phases. “We’ve plateaued over the past couple of years by reaching a 30 to 40 percent diversion rate,” University Special Program Specialist Jennifer Maxwell said. “That’s with our current waste management system in place.” see Waste, page 2

SGA votes on exam week, reusable to-go containers by ANNE BUIE Senior News Reporter

After meeting Tuesday, the Student Government Association passed three pieces of legislation and opposed one. Reusable Containers – Passed This bill was a support piece for the ecobox clamshell trial period that will take place in fall 2012. The clamshells are reusable takeout containers that could be used at dining facilities on campus. Cannon Hall Senator Alex Cotton introduced the piece. Eliminating Styrofoam containers from Appalachian State

University’s campus was one of Cotton’s goals. “This just shows that we’re the green school that we strive to be,” Cotton said. Fifty students will participate in the trial period. Cotton is targeting the Living Green Residential Learning Community and any student interested in environmental issues. The bill passed unanimously. Weekday Reading Day – Passed Four-Day Exam Schedule – Opposed

SB-045-20 was a support piece that opposed reading day occurring on Saturdays. see SGA, page 2



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Boone Town Council to discuss road connecting Highway 105 to campus


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The Boone Town Council decided to prolong discussion of the possibility of a road connecting Bodenheimer Drive to N.C. Highway 105 Tuesday. Currently, the best way to get to a major highway from the university is through Poplar Grove, which is a treacherous road, said Susan McCracken, director of external affairs and community relations for the university. “We’d like to have another alternative access point to the university, as well as a way to alleviate traffic,” McCracken said. McCracken presented feedback from the community to the town council after the proposal was introduced as a resolution during the Jan. 17 meeting.

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Overall, the residents’ and landowners’ concerns were about increased traffic and speed, but there was also support for the road, which would increase property value, relieve congestion and provide better access to downtown. Additionally, the road would be statemaintained, which would improve snow removal. During a meeting held in the fall with the Department of Transportaion, Appalachian requested consideration of the proposed road - especially with the addition of Mountaineer Hall off Bodenheimer Drive. “We told them this is something that’s been bantered about in the community for a long time,” McCracken said. “With the addition of Mountaineer Hall, now would be a time to look at the feasibility of what it

Continued from page 1 diminishing economic and religious resources to help out in these types of human rights issues. We can no longer depend on the church to fix them. Our generation is going to have to be the ones to step up to the plate and tackle these issues if we ever want to see positive results.” The event ended with an offer from Gopal, extended to any student who wishes to be involved with “The Hundred


Continued from page 1 The bill passed with one nay. Senators researching the issue found that 95 percent of students surveyed were not in favor of having reading day on a Saturday. Director of External Affairs Ann Tate will vote against Saturday reading days at the Registration and Calendar Committee meeting Thursday. Tate sponsored another bill, SB-045-23, which supported shortening exam week to four days instead of five. The senate narrowly opposed this piece of legislation.

would take and if it would make sense.” The DOT has done the initial engineering, which entails evaluating the topography, locating environmental issues, looking for historical sites and gathering other essential data, DOT Technician Brandon Greer said at the meeting. Councilwoman Lynne Mason had several concerns: whether the road would remain state-maintained, the possibility of placing the road further from residents, the availability of funding, the proposed time frame and whether walking and biking accessibility – tenets of the 2030 master plan for Boone – would be integrated. Mason made a motion to consider the resolution Thursday, when revisions will be made to the wording of the proposal.

Movement” organization. “Come work with me for a year and find out what your calling is by making a difference in the lives of these young women and children,” Gopal said. “The tools and teachers are out there. We need stewards of your generation.” Anyone interested in combating sex trafficking in the United States can contact Gopal at For additional information on “The Hundred Movement,” visit pwgopal. com/hundred and Separate Fall and Thanksgiving Breaks - Passed

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Continued from page 1 presented the petition to the council before the meeting. After the ordinance passed, McKee expressed concern that the Jones House Cultural & Community Center would be in violation during their weeknight jam sessions.


Continued from page 1 The policy is part of a larger sustainable initiative, launched by the UNC system in 2009, which recommends that universities develop policies and programs that work toward achieving zero waste. The university must conduct a campus-wide waste audit before the policy can take affect. “We have to determine what the remaining 60 percent of our waste stream is made up of, and then that gives us a starting point to begin a step-wise plan toward zero waste,” Maxwell said. The audit will monitor waste produced by 39 build-


“Seventy is a little low,” McKee said. “I think there will be problems with that.” The Town of Boone will not issue fines during the trial period, giving businesses time to adjust. The council will review the ordinance in four months to decide whether adjustments need to be made.

ings across campus, which Maxwell said was a representation of the different buildings on Appalachian’s campus. The audit will also account for special wastes like the chemicals used by the science departments. The zero-waste policy encompasses not just what is thrown away, but also what is purchased. “The biggest development of zero waste will be the development of [an] environmentally preferable purchasing program (EPP),” Maxwell said. “So once we know what it is that we’re throwing away, we can take a look at what it is we’re bringing into the university

to begin with and what kind of changes we can make in order for those products to be able to be reused, recycled and composted. If we’re throwing something away then we shouldn’t be buying it.” Ultimately, supporters said it will take students’ support and cooperation for this policy to reach its goal. “If the students aren’t supporting it, it’s not going to happen,” said Linda Toth, a graduate appropriate technology major and sustainability department employee. “If we’re pushing forward while the students are pushing back, then this policy is going to do the opposite of what it’s supposed to.”

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This bill was a support piece to keep fall and Thanksgiving breaks separate. The Registration and Calendar Committee has discussed eliminating fall break and making Thanksgiving a weeklong break. The bill will be used as evidence of the student body’s stance during future conversation, Director of External Affairs Ann Tate said. According to student surveys distributed by SGA, 94 percent of students wanted to keep the two breaks separate.

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Teaching Fellow hopes to Review: Philly duo Chiddy reeducate public on ‘r-word’ Bang serves up by MICHAEL BRAGG Lifestyles Editor


unior special education major Will Jones has noticed a rise in insensitivity and neglect for the real meaning of the word “retarded.” In response, Jones has organized the R-Word Campaign, also known as Spread the Word to End the Word. The event will take place in the lobby of the Reich College of Education Tuesday from 1 to 4 p.m. “The word ‘retarded’ is used very lightly and very liberally,” Jones said. “Technically, that word is a scientific word to describe a disability... but recently it’s become not acceptable to use it because it’s become very hurtful to families of students with disabilities and those who work with those individuals.” Tuesday’s event will feature a raffle and in-

formation tables hosted by sponsoring organizations. Students in attendance will have the opportunity to sign a pledge against misusing the “r-word.” The event has gained support from various groups on campus, including Students with Diverse Abilities and Autism Speaks U. “I think it’s great what they’re doing with the whole campaign in general, really promoting the truth about individuals with special needs and how they can be affected by how they’re perceived and talked about,” Autism Speaks U Vice-President Ashley Crowder said. Representatives from the Watauga County Special Olympics will be present as well. Like Jones, the organization does not condone use of the “r-word.” “It’s like the ‘n-word,’” Local Coordinator Karen

Poteat said. “It’s not okay to say.” Still, use of the word is prevalent. Both Jones and Crowder work with children and said they hear the “r-word” frequently. “I’ve definitely seen children call themselves the ‘r-word,’” Crowder said. “I work with special education and it’s thrown around so loosely and people don’t really realize the true meaning of it. But when you do refer to these children as ‘retarded,’ they remember that.” That even specialneeds children are accustomed to misuse of the word was motivation enough for Jones, a North Carolina Teaching Fellow. “When you’re working with a child that has a disability and they say something like that - it’s just so heartbreaking to hear them say, ‘I’m such a retard,’” Jones said. “That’s why I’m doing this.”

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Editor’s Note: The following reflects the views of the author.

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Junior adaptive special education major Will Jones is organizing an event for the R-Word Campaign, a mission to end the use of the word "retarded."

Student actors prepare for opening of ‘The Illusion’ at Valborg Theatre by MEGAN WRAPPE

App skaters take first place by HAYDEN KEZIAH

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Appalachian State University’s Department of Theatre and Dance will perform Tony Kushner’s “The Illusion” next week, from Feb. 29 to March 4 at Valborg Theatre. The show is adapted from Pierre Corneille’s comedy “L’Illusion Cominque” and tells the story of a father, Pridamant (senior theatre arts major Sean Browne), looking for news about his son from the sorcerer Alcandre (junior theatre arts major Victor Rivera). “This is a modern play based on a classical play,” Gagnier said. “We’re doing the Tony Kushner version, which is much different from Corneille’s, which was written in 1639 as a comedy in protest of things such as the Catholic Church.” Set in 1600s France, “The Illusion” has a fairy-tale nature which requires elaborate costumes and scenery. Characters deal with everything from sword fights to romance and are, according to the actors who portray them, highly relatable. “My character is not hard to relate to at all,” said sophomore theater arts major Will Allen, who plays the flamboyant Matamore. “This part was meant for someone to act crazy and how I play him comes from the way I wish I could act all the time.” The Department of Theatre and Dance has known “The Illusion” would be its spring production for the past year. To prepare for the Feb. 29 opening, the full cast has rehearsed nightly since the beginning of January. “We’ve been practicing five nights a week since the end of January and because of my character, I’ve also had additional fight calls,” said sophomore theater arts major Luke White, who plays Adraste. “I’ve done some sword fight scenes in ‘Pirates of Penzance,’ but there was a certain form to it that was hard, like allowing the sword to move on its own.” The cast of the Appalachian production of “The Illusion” is made up entirely of students. The lead roles are played by senior theatre arts major Sean Browne and junior theatre arts major Victor Rivera. Professor of Theatre and Dance Derek Gagnier directs. “We have well over 50 people working on the show once you factor in the actors, the box office staff and the publicity staff,” Gagnier said. “This show is a showpiece.” To purchase tickets, visit theatre.appstate. edu or stop by the Valborg Theatre box office.

Despite laws that prevent skateboarding in the town of Boone, Appalachian State University students came out on top during the first-ever “Norf ‘Cacka Cup” Skating Competition, held Saturday in Raleigh. The event was sponsored by NC Skate - North Carolina State University’s Skateboarding Club - and saw nearly all members of Appalachian’s team making it to the finals. Appalachian now holds the title of “North Carolina’s hardest shreddin’ school out there.” Competitors included UNC-Charlotte, UNC-Wilmington, UNC-Greensboro and N.C. State. “I wanted to show the world that Appalachian has so much talent that’s being stifled by the strict laws and lack of training facility,” said team member Matt Miller, a senior technical photography major. Miller said he made sure to gather a group of skaters for Saturday’s competition - and was more than happy with the results. “It was awesome to win,” he said. “I felt confident all day, although exhausted by the end of the first run, and everyone was feeding off each other’s energy.” Other Appalachian students who competed - like Charlie King, who’s been skating for most of his life - relished the win as well. “This is a real accomplishment, especially since we’re not even allowed to legally skate in Boone,” King said. “So it feels amazing winning a contest that we could hardly practice for.” The use of skateboards on sidewalks or streets in the town of Boone, or on Appalachian’s campus, is prohibited under the Town of Boone Code of Ordinances. Violation of the code carries a $50 fine.

Photos by Madelyn Rindal | The Appalachian

(Top) Junior theatre arts major Victor Rivera rehearses for opening night of "The Illusion." The play will take place at the Valborg Theatre on campus from February 29 until March 4. (Bottom) Senior theatre arts major Will Gwyn (l) and sophmore technical theatre arts education major Luke White reherse for opening night of "The Illusion." The play will be at the Valborg Theatre on campus from February 29- March 4.

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Chiddy Bang’s newly-released album, “Breakfast,” may be more comparable to the kind of prepackaged, complimentary morning meal served up at hotels. It’s nice, but ultimately disappointing. The Philly duo, comprised of Noah Xaphoon Jones and Chidera “Chiddy” Anamege, first became popular in 2010 with their MGMT samplingtrack “Opposite of Adults.” Utilizing this method of sampling, Chiddy Bang has paved its way to popularity on a road of catchy party tunes. While the group’s sound can be catchy – “Ray Charles” and “Mind Your Manners” come to mind from this album – upon further inspection, the lyrics are somewhat lackluster. For example, the entirety of “Baby Roulette” is downright cheesy. There is an actual comparison between McDonald’s meals and romance: “my love is Supersize, ain’t no happy meal.” In the background, Chiddy can be heard rapping “got to wear a glove if we’re gonna make love.” At least he’s advocating safe sex? Last April, Chiddy broke the Guinness World Record for “Longest Rap Freestyle” at 9 hours, 16 minutes and 22 seconds, according to rapfix.mtv. com. The fact that anyone could rap for nine hours is impressive, but if he could literally think of different topics for that long, why couldn’t he think of anything other than Supersize reference? Aside from a misleadingly jazzy intro and another, equally misleading 44-second interlude, this album is almost identical to Chiddy Bang’s previous work. “Breakfast” is actually the group’s first full-length LP, so one would assume it’d have a little something extra to offer. But in comparison with previous works, like 2009’s “The Swelly Express,” this album pretty much flatlines. That’s not to say there aren’t any redeeming qualities to the album. What made Chiddy Bang popular to begin with was an ability to take mainstream-indie songs and make them partyworthy. While the actual sound here needs some fine-tuning, the overall aesthetic is still distinct and recognizable - and reasonably nice to listen to. That’s the problem, though: the best descriptor for this album is “nice.” It has some catchy choruses, but it blends into the background. Regardless of how this album does, Chiddy Bang has a strong fan base looking for seconds of their music “Breakfast” is now available for purchase. For a test run of the group’s sound,visit chiddybang. net/releases.

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Appalachian students Matt Miller, Cody Burchett, John Wilson and Charlie King pose with their trophy after winning the “Norf ‘Cacka Cup’” Saturday.

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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

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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

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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.

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Spring Diversity Speakers Series

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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: 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, 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.

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 today 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 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. 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 today at 8 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.

‘Leave Yosef A Legacy’

Leave Yosef A Legacy is an annual day of service event planned and sponsored by the Service and Leadership Residential Learning Community. The event will be hosted on Saturday, March 31, with check-in beginning at 8:30 a.m. in Legends and the day will conclude at 2:30 p.m. in the same location. A free lunch will be served during the event and the service site locations include Habitat for Humanity, Humane Society, Farm Cafe, Horse Helpers, and Daniel Boone Gardens. To register for the event, visit http://csil. If you have any questions regarding the day of service, please contact Jordan Seagraves

Book signing planned

Andrew M. Koch and Paul H. Gates Jr. will present their new book, “Medieval America: Cultural Influences of Christianity in the Law and Public Policy,” on Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. in the Scholar’s Bookshop, University Bookstore. Well into the 21st century, the United States remains one of the most highly religious industrial democracies on earth. Recent Gallup surveys suggest that 76 percent of Americans believe that the Bible is divinely inspired or the direct word of God. In Medieval America, Koch and Gates. offer a thoughtful examination of how this strong religious feeling, coupled with Christian doctrine, affects American political debates and collective practices. Koch and Gates open a more critical dialogue on the political influence of religion in American politics, showing that people’s faith shapes their political views and the policies they support. Even with secular structures and processes, a democratic regime will reflect the belief patterns distributed among the public. Delving into a perspicacious analysis of the religious components in current practices in education, the treatment of political symbols, crime and punishment, the human body, and democratic politics, they contend that promoting and maintaining a free, open, and tolerant society requires the necessary limitation of religious influence in the domains of law and policy. Readers interested in religion and politics will find much to discuss in this incisive exploration of Christian beliefs and their impact on American political discourse. Koch is professor of political philosophy in the Department of Government and Justice Studies. Gates is professor of commuication law in the Department of Communication. This event is free and open to everyone.

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Author discusses ‘Heather Has Two Mommies’ at ASU by HAYDEN KEZIAH

Intern Lifestyles Reporter

Lesléa Newman, the author of children’s books like “Heather Has Two Mommies,” visited Appalachian State University Tuesday as part of the Diversity Lecture Series. Newman read aloud from “Heather Has Two Mommies,” which tells the story of Heather and her parents, Mama Jane and Mama Kate. Heather learns that although she may not have the traditional mother and father, she’s no different from any other child in her playgroup - many families are different, just like hers. Newman’s goal in writing the book was to give families of different structures an outlet to explain to their children that their family is different - not wrong, she said. “A child doesn’t have an innate belief that something is wrong until they are told,” Newman said. “They see beyond racial and gender lines and can be nurtured and brought up in a loving, hate-free environment.” Newman has received feedback from many children on the book including children with two dads, children raised by a single parent and children from traditional families.

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Author Lesléa Newman spoke in Plemmons Student Union Tuesday night about the relationship between homosexuality and family values. Newman has written numerous children's books that promote the idea of a family being bound together by love rather than traditional gender roles.

One child, a young boy named Nick, told Newman he’d crossed out Heather and replaced it with his own name throughout the book because - as he told her - “I know you wrote it just for me.” Children who read the

book generally take away the theme that “the most important thing about a family is that all the people in it love each other,” Newman said. The book has provoked some degree of controversy, but Newman said she

doesn’t let negativity get to her - and tries to respond with compassion. “It must be very hard to live like that,” she said. For colleges, Newman recommends utilizing safe zones - places where people can come and know

they’re free from judgment - and encourages people to identify themselves as allies or members of the LGBT community. Newman’s participation in the Diversity Lecture Series was sponsored by the Office of Multicultural

Student Development. She was chosen because she speaks to a topic that can “enrich and enhance our academic environment on campus,” said Gus Pena, interim director of multicultural student development.

Annual talent show will provide venue for student performers by MAGGIE BLUNK

Intern Lifestyles Reporter

APPS Got Talent, a yearly talent show hosted by Appalachian Popular Programming Society, will hold auditions next week. Students can sign up for a ten-minute tryout slot at the APPS office on the second floor of Plemmons Student Union. “I want it to get as big as it has been in years past,” Special Events Chairperson

Jeff Peterson said. “We have had a pretty good standard, so hopefully we can keep that up or surpass it.” Auditions will be held in Whitewater Cafe Feb. 27 from 6 to 9 p.m. and in Crossroads Coffee House Feb. 28 and March 1 at the same time. Chancellor Peacock will return to hand out scores as a celebrity judge for the competition, which has been successful in the past. APPS hopes to continue that tradition in 2012. This year’s show will feature some

returners, including a choreographed glow stick dance that was a hit last year, APPS President Tyler Thomas said. “Just showcase Other acts won’t make it what you have.” back for 2012. Tyler Thomas The New River APPS President Boys won last year’s show and came in third the year before, but had a scheduling conflict with the upcoming

show. Still, they’re supportive of the event. “The best part is just the participation of the students and the excitement that’s there,” guitarist Andrew Jacobs said. “Usually when you go to shows, it’s all professionals, but this is a chance for the students to share their talents with the school.” The show is a competition, but not a harsh one, Thomas said. “There isn’t much at stake, so it’s all in good fun,” he said. “Just showcase what you have.”

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Junior accounting major and Sigma Kappa sister Shawna Hartley sets up a contact table for the Mr. Sigma Kappalachian Pageant Tuesday afternoon in Plemmons Student Union. The male pageant will be held Sunday at 6:30 p.m. in I.G. Greer and ticket funds will benefit the Sigma Kappa Foundation.

Representatives from each IFC fraternity will compete Sunday in sorority-sponsored event by KATIE REULE Intern News Reporter

Sigma Kappa will host its first annual Mr. Sigma Kappalachian pageant Sunday in I.G. Greer Auditorium. Representatives of Appalachian State University’s sororities will judge brothers from campus fraternities in the Greekwide pageant, which will begin at 6:30 P.M. “It’s kind of going to be like the Miss America pageant for men,” said Alice Aldridge, executive vice-president of Sigma Kappa. Each sorority will elect a member to be a judge, while each fraternity on campus will elect one contestant for the pageant. The representative for each fraternity can be aided by their brothers during the talent competition. All eight sororities on campus have elected judges and eight fraternities have decided to participate in the contest. Contestants will be judged based on their performance in four events: formal

wear, talent, interview and swimsuit. Fraternity representatives will compete toward the grand prize: a $150 donation toward the charity of their choice. All other proceeds will benefit Sigma Kappa’s philanthropies. “I think this is such a new kind of philanthropy and I think it’s a great idea, a great way to help everyone get involved,” said Lyndsay Cooper, a sophomore advertising major and the judge for Chi Omega. One focus of the event is to bring the fraternities and sororities on campus together. “I think it’s cool that like everyone, like the whole Greek community is doing it together,” Aldridge said. “I think it’s cool that everyone is taking part in it.” Tickets are available for $3 at the contact table in Plemmons Student Union or from any Sigma Kappa member. T-shirts will also be sold at the event. For more information, search “Mr. Sigma Kappalachian” on Facebook.

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Casey Sulgia It doesn’t seem like something that could happen in Boone. On Saturday, Feb. 11, Sarabeth Nordstrom and junior exercise science major Erin Johnston were attacked verbally and physically and sent to the hospital. Both believe the incident occurred on the basis of their perceived sexual orientation. “It’s almost crazy, because it’s like - is there any other aspect to the story?” Johnston told The Appalachian Feb. 14. “Like, what provoked him?

But there’s not, so it’s really hard for me and Sarabeth to wrap our heads around.” It shouldn’t have happened in Boone. Or anywhere. In the wake of this incident, the Appalachian community must band together and practice acceptance. There is no excuse for hate left in this world. There is no excuse for hate to exist at Appalachian. We are a community, one made great by the diversity you can see while walking to class, in Central, in the student union or on King Street. There’s no reason anyone should feel threatened or rattled or unsafe here. Many have started to apply the term “hate crime” to the incident. Johnston and Nordstrom have started a petition to amend N.C. hate crime law and plan to speak on the

issue March 2 in Plemmons Student Union’s Grandfather Ballroom. Whether it was truly a hate crime or not, the words uttered from the perpetrator’s mouth were inexcusable. What followed was a disgrace. We have to learn to coexist with one another and respect the decisions of others. You don’t have to like people. You don’t have to get along. You don’t have to agree. But you do have to learn to coexist peacefully and respect decisions that aren’t yours to make. The choices Nordstrom, Johnston and anyone else make have absolutely no effect on you. So why so much hate? Why punish someone for a decision they’ve made for themselves? Why draw

unhappiness from the choices of others, which have no material impact on your life? It is unacceptable that to this day, we can’t accept people for what and who they are. It’s time to take a good look at ourselves and consider the damage we’re doing to each other and to ourselves when we refuse to accept other people. It’s time to stop talking about respect and toleration and put those concepts into action. It’s time to show real, lasting tolerance for the diverse viewpoints and backgrounds on our campus. It’s time to do away with hate and learn, instead, to embrace and accept. Suglia, a freshman journalism major from Pinehurst, is an opinion columnist.

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Column: Winning the War

Taking the steps toward wellness

Bringing yourself to counseling might be the toughest decision you can make. Waking down that hallway, opening the double doors of the counseling center and mustering up the courage to ask for a walk-in’s one of the scariest things I’ve encountered since I’ve been in college. But I knew I was ready. Okay, I’ll be honest: it wasn’t a decision I made all on my own. If you think I was ready to bring myself to the center all on my lonesome, you’re sadly mistaken. I don’t know what got into me last weekend. I hadn’t hit any particular low point, I wasn’t any more stressed than I already was and I hadn’t had a mental breakdown. All the same, I was afraid. I was becoming anxious about the next time things would take a turn for the worse. I realized I couldn’t continue any further without talking to someone. It was time to become open to people helping me. You may feel as if your problem isn’t serious enough to warrant a trip to the counseling center, but that’s rarely true. There comes a time when you have to realize that maybe your problems are here to stay. The fear, then, is that your problems may never go away. But that’s where counseling comes in. For me, going to the walk-in clinic was a huge step. There was no denying my issues, but it was another thing to speak them aloud. It scared me and it still scares me to know that I’m going back, but I know it’s for the better. All the same, I needed the guiding arm of a friend to tell me this was the place I needed to be. If counseling still seems like one step too far, the open ear of a friend is always the best treatment. They can’t diagnose you or help you in a psychiatric sense, but letting go of everything on your mind over a latte or b-for-d in the dining hall will clear your mind, at least for the time being. And with a less cloudy mind, you can evaluate whether counseling is the right thing for you. If you do make that decision, you’ll probably be nervous that the center is too full, or that you won’t like your therapist, or that someone else needs treatment more. Don’t be. I worried about all of those things, but I’m proud of the step I took this week to seek help. I’m looking forward to calling the office on Friday and I hope I have an appointment scheduled. Whether or not the very full counseling center has a spot for me, the thirty minutes of the walk-in I attended helped me come to an important realization: that talking to someone is the best remedy. No one should be ashamed of seeking help. Even if it’s just a thirty-minute walk-in appointment. Be brave. As always, we can take this on together. Suglia is a freshman journalism major from Pinehurst who writes about mental health issues. She says she’s still fighting the battle, but plans to win the war.

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Students should view rejection as opportunity

Meghan Frick They’re all starting to roll in. The grad school acceptance letters, that is. And the internship offers. And the job opportunities. At least, that’s what some students are receiving. For others, the answer to the question they’ve poured semesters of work into is a solid, unchanging “no.” When the “no” or the “next year” or the “I’m sorry” comes, remember one thing: This may be the best thing that’s ever happened to you. When I was 18 years old, I wanted nothing more than an acceptance letter from Clemson University and a

chance to go to school with my high school best friends. That’s not what I got. Our orange-and-white envelopes all came on the same day and we opened them together. While my friends ripped open their letter-sized packets and shrieked about roommate arrangements and football tickets, I slowly folded my paper-thin envelope into four squares and slipped it into my pocket. I knew what was inside. A few years later, I desperately wanted to be an RA. I made my way through the rounds of awkward interviews and the weeks of waiting and then the day came. I clicked through the email in my dark dorm room, with my freshman-year roommate fast asleep in her bed, and the answer was no. No thank you, we’re sorry, maybe next year, try again. Every time I heard those

words, I thought it was the end of the world. And every single time, I couldn’t have been more wrong. If I’d gotten into Clemson, I would’ve been stuck at a school with two best friends who very quickly became barely-even-acquaintances months before high school graduation. I also would’ve spent at least one year at a school that didn’t offer my major or anything close to it. But beyond that, I would’ve missed out on Appalachian State. I would have missed blizzards and Parkway picnics and a million other memories I’ll hold close when I finally graduate. Then, if I’d been chosen as an RA, I would’ve missed out on The Appalachian. I thought I wanted a life of key-ins and programs and late-night hall bonding, but I was wrong. What I re-

ally wanted was whirlwind deadlines and quote-of-thedays and naps on the office floor. If I’d gotten that job freshman year, I would’ve missed one of the best things that’s ever happened to me - and I never would’ve met some of my best friends. Those are the things that are waiting when someone tells you no. So when you get a rejection letter or an “unfortunately” email or a “never mind” phone call, don’t dwell on closed doors or halted possibilities. Instead, remember what could be next. When disappointment comes, it’s often because we need the room in our lives for something we haven’t even imagined yet.

Frick, a senior public relations major from Columbia, S.C., is the associate editor for editorial content.

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Wrestling’s Mike Kessler caps season 6-0 by CHASE ERICKSON Intern Sports Reporter


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Senior Mike Kessler takes control over a Davidson wrestler. Mike won his match and the team brought back the Socon Championship title.

ain. Doubt. Fear. “How will I do when I get my next chance on the mat?” Those were just some of the thoughts and emotions senior Mike Kessler faced when he dislocated, broke and tore all the ligaments in his elbow during his sophomore wrestling season. For Kessler, who’s been wrestling since he was four years old, sitting out a full season was “one of the most depressing times” of his life. It wasn’t easy either, to watch his team struggle to a 9-11 record without the opportunity to help. But the injury also helped the wrestler realize how much his sport meant to him. “It gave me [the opportunity] to look at wrestling from a different standpoint,” Kessler said. “I can’t tell you how many times I have considered quitting since I was a little kid, but after my freshman year, I realized that I don’t think about quitting as long as I set goals for myself.” After his frustrating sophomore campaign, Kessler was

Baseball hits the road to face LSU by LAUREN OSBORNE

six scoreless innings. Marcello secured a win in five scoreless innings. This weekend, the Mountaineers will The ASU baseball team will face a tough keep the same lineup, starting with Grant battle in Baton Rouge Friday, against No. on Friday, senior Ryan Arrowood Saturday and Marcello Sunday. 7 LSU. Pitching matchups will be key, as ApThe Mountaineers will travel to Alex Box Stadium for a three-game set against palachian will likely have to face pitcher the powerhouse SEC team, which is 3-0 Kevin Gausman - a preseason all-American ranked No. 4 by Baseball America. and has outscored opponents 33-2. Still, team members are confident in But the Mountaineers are excited to test their abilities after last weekend’s matchtheir roster against the talented Tigers. “It’s going to really show the heart of ups against George Mason and Akron. our club and where we’re at all through Expectations are high for LSU. “Our guys are starting to come around the ball club,” junior outfielder Tyler Zupcic said. “It’s early, but it’s going to be a after the first weekend and really feeding the ball,” junior pitcher Will Callaway test for us.” Seth Grant and Rob Marcello pitched said. “I think, as a whole, our club will be well last weekend, starting the season off more prepared for LSU than we were for 2-1. Grant started the season striking out George Mason this weekend.” eight, without allowing an earned run in The series will kick off Friday at 7 p.m. Intern Sports Reporter

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given another chance. He’s made the most of it ever since. The senior finished the season with a 30-11 record, including a 6-0 record against Southern Conference opponents. But those accomplishments are mere steps toward the goals Kessler believes he can reach by the end of the season. “The conference tournament is where it really matters, so this gives me a little confidence going in - because I know what I’ve got to do to beat these guys,” he said. “The main goal I have had since I decided I was going to wrestle in Division-I is to be an All-American. It is still a foreseeable goal.” Ultimately, Kessler knows what it takes to win an individual SoCon championship and earn an opportunity to compete at the NCAA tournament at St. Louis, Mo. He barely lost to Chattanooga’s Cody Cleveland 9-5 in last year’s 141 pound SoCon championship match. “The loss definitely went through my mind a couple of times over the summer,” he said. “I know that I was so close, and I know that if I can win it this year if I continue working

hard.” Some of the traits that have helped Kessler get to this point in his career were ones that head coach JohnMark Bentley noticed when he was recruiting at the High School National Tournament in Virginia Beach, Va. “His mentality on the mat stuck out to me,” Coach Bentley said. “He’s a grinder. He keeps coming after the opponent, and he always stays in the opponent’s face.” A grinder doesn’t lose hope when times get rough. A grinder is always focused on the prize at the end. A grinder never stops working hard, and never loses his determination. Mike Kessler would not be where his is right now if he wasn’t a grinder. And his teammates are taking notice. “Mike is a hammer,” teammate Brett Boston said. “Every time he goes out on the mat, you pretty much know he’s getting the win. When you see him at practice, you know he’s working hard and giving it everything he’s got. That’s what has made him successful.”

Indoor track and field looks toward Southern Conference Championships

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Women’s indoor track athletes practice in Holmes Convocation Center.

Seniors hope to secure wins this weekend by LEIGH ROBERTS Senior Sports Reporter

The athletes from Appalachian State’s indoor track and field team will battle it out in the 2012 Southern Conference Championships Thursday and Friday in Birmingham, Ala. Last year at this time, both the men’s and women’s teams claimed the SoCon indoor title - and they’re poised to do it again. “We are in a position to repeat, both men and women,” head coach John Weaver said. “We’ve just got to have what’s necessary to do that. We’ve got to be prepared, because there’s a lot of challenges to this.” Last year’s win was the third consecutive conference win for the men and the ninth in 11 years for the women. That makes Appalachian a point of interest for many other schools. “We’ve got a target on our back,” Coach Weaver said. “And when you’ve got a target on your back, you’ve got to be up to it.” Appalachian is favored again for 2012, according to the most recent power ranking, which is determined by the schools’ top times and scores through Feb. 20. In the men’s rankings, Appalachian has 188, while Samford follows with 149 and Western Carolina trails in third with 112. On the women’s side, Appalachian sits

at first in the rankings with 158, Samford in second with 114 and Western Carolina with 89. Coach Weaver’s expectations are not raised by Appalachian’s high ranking and he’s been telling his team to simply play to the best of their abilities. One athlete whose abilities the Mountaineers will count on is senior thrower Caleb Poplin. “I’ve been doing pretty good all year,” Poplin said. “We had a meet in Winston Salem and I threw 49 ft. I improved from fifth in conference to second in conference with that throw, so that kind of sealed the deal for me to go.” A few Mountaineers are hoping to repeat their performances from last season. ASU senior high jumper Darius Purcell set the championship record last year, with a jump of 7-1.75. Senior Asia Dunlap, returning to conference for her fourth year, will run the 400-meter, 800-meter and 4x-400-meter this Thursday and Friday. “I was expecting to run these events in conference from the beginning of the season,” Dunlap said. “I’m expecting to break the 400 indoor record. Also, I’m thinking about getting on the podium for the 400 and 800, either in second or first place.” Results for the championships will be posted live on during the meet.

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Men’s basketball starts to ‘put it together,’ relies on senior Carter to close season by JAKE AMBERG Sports Editor


s cliché as it sounds, the best-laid plans of Omar Carter went awry this season. Carter, the preseason SoCon player of the year was supposed to be the man for ASU this season. But a shaky start saw him looking like more of a mouse. “This season has been bumpy,” Carter said. “My numbers have showed it. My accolades haven’t been what they wanted to be.” Carter, a second-year Mountaineer and Charleston Southern transfer, scored over 16 points per game in his debut season at ASU. His strong performance, paired with fellow volume-shooter Donald Simms, left many thinking

2011-2012 season. But Carter struggled out of the gate and saw his points, shooting percentages and minutes fall from the 2010-11 season. In the Southern Conference, though, it’s not about how you start. The SoCon, as a midmajor conference, typically only receives its automatic conference tournament bid. Carter and the rest of the Mountaineers know they only need a four-game win streak to claim the Paul Heckert | The Appalachian conference’s top prize. Senior Omar Carter will be key for Carter thinks that finally, the Mountaineers down the stretch. both he and his teammates Carter leads Appalachian in scoring. are ready to go on a run. His experience in the senior day that more space for Carter on the game against Winthrop helped offense could result in a stronger revive him.

“That senior game kept it all up for me, honestly...that was the best game of my career,” Carter said. “We kind of actually put it together. Even late in this season, we can always get better.” Although Appalachian has received contributions from several unexpected sources to supplement Carter, the Mountaineers will need him to play consistently. ASU has a winning record when Carter scores in double-figures. “He’s a big offensive threat, huge,” fellow senior Andre Williamson said. “For a lot of teams, you have to draw up different defenders to guard him.” Carter’s scoring has fluctuated, but factors like rebounding have made him instrumental in every game. He currently sits second on the team in rebounds with 5.9 per game.

“He’s a good rebounder,” center Isaac Butts said. “For a big man, when we box out, it’s great to see somebody who can run in and get it.” No matter how the Mountaineers finish in the SoCon tournament, Carter will leave the team with lessons learned about himself. “First, from a mental standpoint, I feel like I’ve had a lot of diversity here. The first day of practice, I broke my finger,” Carter said. “I have stayed strong and I’ve come closer with my teammates. I don’t know why it happened, but I feel like down the road, I feel if this adversity happened again, I’d know how to handle it.” ASU will take on Western Carolina Saturday afternoon in the final game of the regular season. The SoCon bracket will be released following the weekend’s action.

Women’s basketball seniors slam Paladins 85-70 to leave with a win

by TYLER WOOD Sports Reporter

Coming off its first defeat in over a month, the women’s basketball team returned to its winning ways with an 85-70 win over Furman Monday night in the Holmes Convocation Center. The Mountaineers (22-4, 16-2) took control early with a 35-12 advantage at the under 8:00 media timeout. That lead proved insurmountable for the resilient Paladins (12-14, 8-9). “This game was a lot like our old style of basketball,” head coach Darcie Vincent said. “We shared the ball on offense and the kids really enjoyed playing with each other tonight.” Appalachian jumped on the Paladins in the opening minutes, running a new dual point guard system featuring junior Raven Gray and senior T.C. Weldon. “Those two had 32 points and eight assists with only one turnover between them,” Vincent said. “The two of them are used to passing and with both of them on the floor, you see that we’re not just settling for good shots but we’re getting the better shots.” Thanks to some pesky defense in the later stages of the first half, Furman was able to battle back. By halftime, they were only trailing the Apps 42-26. The Paladins opened the second half with a 12-2 run that trimmed Appalachian’s 23-point lead down to 46-38. But the Mountaineers went on to a 17-6 run of their own over the course of the next four minutes, putting the game out of reach at 63-44. “When teams make runs on you, you’re


showing weakness,” Coach Vincent said. “If we have to play them again in the SoCon tournament, I want them thinking about how we just put a whooping on them.” Weldon’s senior night was also arguably her best game in a Mountaineer uniform - to the tune of 20 points, six assists, five rebounds and four steals. “In practice we have worked on being more aggressive,” Weldon said. “Playing with Raven gives me the opportunities to leak out on the break and do other things off the ball.” Gray finished with 12 points, while junior Anna Freeman and freshman Maryah Sydnor pitched in 10 and 18 points respectively. The Apps’ victory pushed their home record to 11-1 in the Holmes Center. For seniors Weldon, Canesha Edwards, Catherine Williams and Ashleigh Kelly, the final win at home was likely their last chance to play in front of Mountaineer fans. For some, the time in Boone has flown by too fast. “It’s kind of surreal,” Edwards said. “It’s just unreal how fast these four years have been, but they have been really enjoyable.” Coach Vincent had nothing but positive things to say about a group that, for the most part, signed on to play with the previous regime. “When they were recruited, they expected one thing and then got another with me,” Vincent said.“Those kids were not expecting to be in the record books and winning championship, doing things like that. Hopefully a few years down the road, they can look back and be really proud of what they were able to accomplish.” The Mountaineers’ will take on Samford Saturday at 3 p.m. in Birmingham, Ala.

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Senior guard Chakeitha Weldon defies gravity to make a basket Monday evening versus Furman. The Mountaineers defeated the Paladins at home 85-70.

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