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Thursday, March 29, 2012

Vol. 86 No. 42

Cox, Freemyer tickets continue With 14 percent, Hatley/Hanna will not enter runoff



ampaign staff, friends and supporters crowded outside the Center for Student Involvement and Leadership Wednesday to find out the results of the Student Government Association presidential election. SGA presidential and vice presidential candidates Jake Cox and Eric Barnes, Steven Hatley and Chelsey Hanna, and Evan Freemyer and Robert Lee were inside the CSIL office awaiting the election results after a month of campaigning. Steven Hatley emerged from the office first. “Dead last,” he said. Hatley-HAnna recieved 291 votes, or 14 percent of the turnout. Elections Board Chair Frank Bryne stepped out of the office and announced neither Cox-Barnes nor the Freemyer-Lee ticket had received fifty percent of the vote plus one, which meant a runoff election was necessary. Both candidates expressed their disappointment that voter turnout had been so low. Students cast a total of 1,983 votes before the election ended Wednesday. Cox-Barnes received 961 votes, or 48 percent of the vote. Freemyer-Lee took 731 votes, which equaled 36 percent of the total voter turnout. “We didn’t get as many students as we would have wanted,” presidential candidate Evan Freemyer said. “We’re happy to be in the runoff, it’s going to be a great time to reach out to students and get those voices heard. Bobby and I are both looking forward to it and continuing to reach out to students.” Presidential candidate Jake Cox said he is excited to go out and campaign again. “Our campaign will be more tailored to ensuring the domestic student body voice is heard and motivating unheard students to come out and voice their opinions thorugh voting and through forums.” Hatley said he was disappointed by the way the elections panned out. “The way we set things up in the last week, I was getting endorsements left and right,” Hatley said. “I had at least 1,100 but I only received 291 votes.” Hatley said he still plans to be involved with SGA next year. “It was fun but this was a bit of a heartbreak,” he said. “I’m just a sophomore. I’m building everything up. Don’t count me out for next year.” The runoff debate will take place Thursday at 6 p.m. in the Price Lake Room of Plemmons Student Union. Voting will reopen up again April 2 at 8 a.m. and will close on April 6 at 8 a.m.

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Photos by Olivia Wilkes | The Appalachian

(Above) Surrounded by eager supporters, Elections Board Chair Frank Bryne announces the results of the SGA presidential election Wednesday afternoon. (Below) Remaining candidates Evan Freemyer, Robert Lee, Eric Barnes and Jake Cox discuss their plans for the upcoming runoff election.

Runoff Election Voting for the runoff election is on Appalnet April 2 at 8 a.m. through April 6 at 8 a.m.

SGA Election Results Freemyer/ Lee


Cox/ Barnes

731 total votes 961 total votes


Hatley/ Hanna

14% 0%

291 total votes







SGA has unanimous support for Wednesday reading day by ANNE BUIE

Senior News Reporter

The Student Government Association unanimously passed a bill in support of a Wednesday reading day Tuesday night. Exams would be on a four-day exam schedule. They would be shortened to a two-hour period and would stretch from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. “The main purpose of this exam schedule is to get a reading day,” Residence Hall As-

Inform Yosef Debate has ‘great turnout’

sociation Senator Nathan Bailey said. “From my understanding, I believe that we all want a reading day during the week. Having it on Saturday as it stands, it’s not really pertinent to the study time that’s the purpose of reading day. Saturday is a weekend anyway so it’s kind of a time to study as is.” Bailey introduced the legislation. SGA Director of External Affairs Ann Tate sponsored the bill. “This has been such a turbulent issue within

the student body and the student government,” Bailey said. “If we want a reading day, this is the compromise that we have to adhere to.” SGA senators are currently surveying students to see what their constituents want. The surveys will be presented to the calendar and registration committee. Tate will vote on behalf of the student body at Thursday’s calendar and registration meeting at 3:30 p.m.

The College Republicans and College Democrats debated topics ranging from contraception and the Keystone XL pipeline to Amendment One at the Inform Yosef debate Tuesday night. More than 50 people showed up for the debate, including students, parents and Senator Dan Soucek. “I was really happy to see all these people show up, regardless of their political affiliation,” College Democrats President Lia Poteet said. “I like to see people getting involved and wanting to learn more. Tonight was an opportunity for people to hear both sides. I hope it motivated them to learn more and maybe even get involved.” The College Democrats, College Republicans, AppSpeaks, the Debate Team and the fraternity Alpha Phi Alpha co-hosted the event. Debate Team coach Sean Ridley and Alpha Phi Alpha representative Glenn Steadman moderated the debate. “I thought it went really well,” Steadman said. “It was good to see both sides of the spectrum represented. In regards to our national program, we wanted to get people informed. I think we accomplished that tonight.” The audience was also given an opportunity to ask questions. “There has been a preponderance of evidence on both sides that helps us to better understand the issues,” Ridley said. “I’m glad we’re doing this. That fact that we’re having civic discourse is important regardless of the side you’re on.” The audience questions covered illegal immigration, the death penalty, the United States’ involvement in Syria, the National Defense Authorization Act and education. Not everyone enjoyed the debate for the same reasons. “It has been absolutely hilarious,” said Zach Jeffcoat, senior and global studies major. “The Republicans remind me of drug pushers, whereas the Democrats are pointing out basic facts we all learned in middle school and high school.” College Republicans member Michael Johnson said the debate was a great thing. “We need to raise awareness about these issues and it is an honor to take a stand in what I believe in,” Johnson said. This was the second Inform Yosef debate held this school year. The first was in November.

SGA supports feasibility committee’s recommendation to move up by ANNE BUIE Senior News Reporter

The Student Government Association passed legislation Tuesday supporting the Athletics Feasibility Committee’s recommendation of repositioning to division the Football Bowl Subdivision. The senate passed the bill with a majority vote. The Athletics Feasibility Committee recommended “that the Mountaineer football program move to the Football Bowl Subdivision when the University Board of Trustees identifies the appro-

priate opportunity,” according to the committee’s final report. The Chancellor and Board of Trustees approved the recommendation and are now waiting on the appropriate opportunity to reposition. “Our intention is that we’re going to go the FBS when we identify the appropriate opportunity,” Athletics Director Charlie Cobb said. SGA Director of Legislative Operations Eric Barnes was the student representative on the athletics feasibility committee. Barnes was privy to the discussions about the benefits of repo-

sitioning. “We look like a Division-I team on paper,” Barnes said. “Football is getting bigger.” But as the student representative, Barnes wanted to make sure he was accurately portraying the student body’s opinion. He used surveys to elicit student opinions on the potential division reposition. “The surveys show that students know what is going on and that we’re behind the recommendation,” he said. “It helps show what students want.” Barnes passed out 100 surveys during the 2011 football season.

Professor receives state award by MADISON FISLER News Reporter

Appalachian State University Professor Elaine O’Quinn received the UNC Board of Governors’ Excellence in Teaching Award March 15. O’Quinn, who teaches in the department of English, will receive a bronze medallion to commemorate the award as well as $7,500. “It is humbling on both a personal and professional level to be recognized in this manner,” O’Quinn said. “To actually have students and peers take the time to say ‘hey, what you do really matters’ is both personally gratifying and professionally fulfilling. I am honored to receive an award that so many deserve and never have the opportunity to get.” The award is given each year to one faculty member

at each of the UNC system campuses. To receive the award, professors must be nominated by members of the academic community and submit a portfolio, letters of support from peers and examples of assignments to a judging committee. “We were looking for a professor who meritoriously served students as both a mentor and master teacher,” said John Ross, an associate professor in the Hayes School of Music and a member of the committee that chose O’Quinn. “Dr. O’Quinn’s candidacy was outstanding in every way and we congratulate her on this very prestigious award.” O’Quinn has also received the Outstanding Advisor Award and was voted into the Outstanding Teachers Academy of Arts and Sciences at Appalachian.

He then approached Eggers Hall Senator Arianna Bonner to distribute more surveys. Bonner distributed 500 surveys during postseason. According to the surveys, 51 percent of students were in favor of moving up, 23 percent were opposed and 26 percent didn’t feel like they had enough information. After Bonner saw the statistics, she began drafting legislation to support the committee’s recommendation. “This is just a support piece for the recommendation,” Bonner said. “It’s not actually going to do anything immediately, it’s

Biology students contribute to science community, preterm birth research by REBECCA GITLEN News Reporter

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English Professor Elaine O'Quinn talks to a class of future teachers about book selection in the classroom. Dr. O'Quinn is one of 17 teachers in the UNC system to receive the Board of Governors Award for Teaching Excellence.

not going to move our program up. It’s just going to tell the Board of Trustees that students support the recommendation.” Cobb said he was glad to have SGA’s support because it demonstrates the committee’s commitment to Appalachian State University students. “I recognized a long time ago that the students on this campus create our energy,” Cobb said. “It’s something that’s not unique to Appalachian, but it’s something that’s really special here the passion and the energy that a lot of students have for their teams and their fellow students that play.”

Three biology students held a symposium to present their research on causes of preterm birth, the mechanism itself and treatment options earlier this month. Bao-Tran Nguyen, John Schwabe and Siobhan Donnelly presented their theses and will graduate and pass on their part of the research this May. “We’re going to have students working on this for years,” Schwabe said. “It’s great to be a part of research with this magnitude and breadth, especially as an undergraduate.” Nguyen and Schwabe, both senior honors biology majors, have each received $5,000 grants from the N.C. Biotechnology Center. The entire project received several grants, including TriBeta and Office of Student Research grants, to study the effects of different proteins in the birthing process, graduate student Donnelly said. A total of ten students are currently working on the project with Chishimba Mowa, an associate professor in the department of biology. Nguyen said Mowa’s lab is one of the

few looking specifically at cervical remodeling to understand why preterm births occur. “Sometimes it’s frustrating because there’s not a lot of previous studies, so we have to forage our own way and invent the wheel,” Nguyen said. This type of research is important because preterm birth is the leading cause of newborn death, Nguyen said. Nguyen, Schwabe and Donnelly plan to publish their findings, Schwabe said. “We’re going to be the first people to publish this kind of study on this tissue,” Schwabe said. “We’ve identified proteins previously unstudied in the cervix that may play a pivotal role in controlling natural birth.” Other students working on this research project are looking into herbs like Echinacea as a treatment option for preterm birth, Donnelly said. Each student has a focused topic in the research, but it all adds up to a greater scientific understanding, Donnelly said. “I’m looking at one tree in the whole entire forest,” Donnelly said. “The next students will connect the dots until there’s a solution.”



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Center for Entrepreneurship hosts celebration of student ingenuity by CHELSEY FISHER Intern News Reporter

The Walker College of Business’s Transportation Insight Center for Entrepreneurship hosted “Celebrate Entrepreneurship” last Friday in Raley Hall and I.G. Greer auditorium. Activities included the naming of Appalachian State University’s Student Entrepreneur of the Year Award, a “Pitch Your Idea in 90 Seconds Contest” for student entrepreneurs and a presentation from Andrew Loos, co-founder of Attack! Marketing. Senior Devin Lattin was named Student Entrepreneur of the Year and won $2,500. Lattin, an honors marketing and business management major, is Student Coordinator for Appalachian Food Services and owner of the King Street eatery Hot ‘Diggity’ Dog. “It was an honor, it really was,” Lattin said. “I’m very grateful for the opportunity. I know there was some good competition and, like I said, I’m just happy that there was an opportunity - that this award existed.”

Lattin, who has won Student Employee of the Year in the past, said winning the second award was his goal. “I thought it would be cool to have both,” he said. Currently, he and another student are thinking of opening a hookah bar in Boone, he said. Ashley Zachary, a senior health care management major, won first place in the idea pitch contest. “Entrepreneurship is important, especially in college, because it’s discouraged,” Zachary said. “People are afraid to start their own business in this economy.” Kayla Fitzpatrick, a senior hospitality and tourism management major, won second place and Cal Hardee, a sophomore accounting major, won third place. All three students won cash prizes and Zachary won a desk in the Transportation Insight Center for Entrepreneurship for fall semester. But since Zachary is graduating, the second place winner, Fitzpatrick, will take the desk. Loos spent a few days touring Appalachian’s entrepreneurship programs and

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Appalachian sophomore campaigns to bring ‘Hornets’ back to Charlotte by KATIE REULE

Intern News Reporter

An Appalachian State University student has joined a larger movement to change the Charlotte Bobcats’ name back to the Hornets. Criminal justice major Evan Kent started “Bring Back the Buzz,” an effort that complements the larger “We Beelieve...Charlotte take back your Hornets!” campaign, around a year ago. The original Charlotte Hornets were named in an homage to Charlotte, which was called “a veritable nest of hornets” during the Revolutionary War. The Charlotte Bobcats are actually an expansion team brought in to replace the Hornets, who relocated to New Orleans. “It just doesn’t really hit home with people like it used to and I’ve had countless people tell me that they would buy season tickets if they changed the name,” Kent said. “Bring Back the Buzz” does not aim to bring the original Hornets

back to Charlotte. Supporters simply want to reclaim the original name, according to Kent has worked with rapper and sophomore finance major Duke Hill to create a song that will spread awareness of that goal. The pair hope to make it “an arena chant - something everyone can grab a hold of,” Hill said. The song will include commentary from past games and stories about Hornets players and how their careers began in Charlotte. The two hope to play the song Thursday at Char. The “We Beelieve” Facebook page currently has 3,058 likes and a link to a petition supporting the name change. The petition has 3,360 signatures out of its goal of 5,000. Supporters of ‘We Beelieve’ will gather for the Swarm Time Warner Bar Crawl on Friday in Charlotte. Supporters also hope to gain current owner Michael Jordan’s attention by wearing all Hornets attire during the nationallytelevised Bobcats vs. Knicks game April 26.

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Student directed, performed musical draws attention to Amendment One by MICHAEL BRAGG Lifestyles Editor


oices of Inspiration hosted the first Appalachian State University performance of “NC Amendment One: The Musical!” Tuesday in the Reich College of Education’s main lobby. “A musical is a great way to convey information like this,” said freshman theatre arts major Luke White, who acted in the musical. “It’s short, entertaining and just as much fun for the audience as it is for the performers. I just think they were really receptive to the energy that we had and I feel like a lot of people in the audience were probably already in our favor and we’re just really happy to see that we were doing something like this.” The musical was created in response to Amendment One, which, if passed, would “ban same-gender marriage, prohibit civil unions and strip domestic partner benefits,” according to The legislation is up for a yes or no vote May 8. Campus Coordinator for Protect NC Families Jocelyn Hunt, who helped put the cast of students together at Appalachian, said the musical was created by Rachel Kaplan, a UNC-Chapel Hill sophomore. A video of the musical is available on YouTube. The performance was directed by freshman public relations major Natalie Carpenter. White played the part of one a politician who supports the legislation in the beginning of the six-and-a-half minute musical and later rejects it. White will continue to play this part as the student cast performs on Sanford



Snarky Puppy drops new album by EMMALEE ZUPO Senior Lifestyles Reporter

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Olivia Wilkes | The Appalachian

Freshman public relations major Natalie Carpenter directed ‘NC Amendment One: The Musical!’ and played the role of George Washington on Tuesday for Voices of Inspiration in the Reich College of Education’s main lobby. The cast consisted of students who oppose the proposed first amendment.

Mall, as it hopes to do. “I think it has the potential to really get a crowd together, usually there’s always something going on on Sanford,” he said. “I think if we’re given the opportunity to do it on Sanford we could really inform a lot of people who really don’t know about Amendment One, because it’s still just so shocking to me how so many people don’t know about it.” Facing the potential of negative remarks and attitudes from people passing by, White said he isn’t worried about possible hecklers. “I think the musical is too fun and too cute to have a heckler in

the crowd, but let’s hope not,” he said. White, who is gay, said legislation like Amendment One is just another “stab in the back” for the LGBT community. “It’s already banned in this state and I don’t really see why we need another law that says that I don’t have these rights,” he said. “I think it’s just really hurtful to families and I just don’t see why it’s necessary.” LGBT Center Graduate Assistant Mark Rasdorf said it was a privilege for the center to be involved in a campus social justice event. “In our fight for full equality,

for full civil rights for the LGBT community and for all people, it’s important that we have the presence here today,” he said. Voices of Inspiration featured readings of historical figures like Muhammad Ali, Eleanor Roosevelt and Malcolm X. Assistant Professor of Marriage and Family Therapy Nickalos Jordan, who helped organize the event, said he was supportive of the musical and the LGBT Center’s presence at Voices of Inspiration. “Anybody who…was interested in forwarding social justice in whatever way they thought was good, we wanted them here,” he said.

Enharmonix members feel they left competition too early Songs performed by Enharmonix for Grammer Madness Preliminary Round: “All of the Lights” originally by Kanye West First Round: “Fine By Me” originally by Andy Grammer Second Round: “Keep Your Head Up” originally by Andy Grammer Source: Freddy Perkins, co-president of Enharmonix Erin Morton | The Appalachian

Freshman Spanish and music industry studies double major Cameron Haas sings ‘Keep Your Head Up’ by Andy Grammer with a cappella group Enharmonix at practice Sunday night.

A cappella group discovers miscount in TopBlip competition fan votes by MEGAN WRAPPE Lifestyles Reporter

After placing eighth in a national competition, members of Appalachian State University a capella group Enharmonix believe they were disqualified unfairly. For the past week, Appalachian State University a cappella group Enharmonix competed in the TopBlip competition Grammer Madness, based on the songs of “Keep Your Head Up” singer Andy Grammer. After making it to the quarter finals of the competition, the group was notified Sunday that they had been beaten by the Washington University Mosaic Whispers. On Tuesday afternoon, however, one of the siblings of an Enharmonix member re-added the fan votes and found that they had more votes. “One of our group member’s sisters’ added up the votes and compared,” Enharmonix Co-President Freddy Perkins said. “Turns

out we actually won the fan vote portion, so we should have moved on. She emailed TopBlip about it and they told her how the adding worked. Even after that, we still had more votes.” TopBlip responded to the confusion in an email. “The number of votes at midnight Mountain Standard Time were in favor of the other group,” according to the email. “After midnight and even now, people are still able to like the video or even tweet it, but those don’t count since the round had already ended and a new round had begun.” The two finalist groups for the contest have already been chosen, limiting what Enharmonix can do regarding the situation. “We feel there were some politics that we weren’t aware of involved and are just moving on from it,” Co-President Alex Alberti said. “We’re back focusing on our Appalachian endeavors and having fun learning non-Andy Grammer music.” Members of Enharmonix agree that the

process was still a learning experience. “We learned that we work more efficiently than we thought we did,” said Cam Haas, a freshman Spanish and music industry studies major. “We had to have a song performance ready in two days compared to some of our songs that we practice for a month.” After Grammer Madness, group members decided they would change how they got others outside the group involved with future competitions. “We’re pleased with what we did, but I think we would make the school more involved in the voting process,” Alberti said. “We had a Facebook event set up, but I think if we ever did it again we’d get more people’s attention by putting up flyers or maybe sending out emails in ASU info.” Grammer Madness, a nation wide a cappella contest, invited groups to submit and post videos on The videos were then voted on by fans, Andy Grammer -the singer behind the single “Keep Your Head Up” - and TopBlip officials.

Snarky Puppy’s music is a little hard to classify. It’s supposedly “jazz,” but that hardly encompasses the diversity of their sound. While listening to an album, the themes of jazz, rock, funk and world music are identifiable. This seems to be the general theme with Snarky Puppy and it should certainly be considered a contribution to their rising popularity. In fact, the group’s latest album, “Ground Up” – titled after the new Philadelphia-based label it was signed with – sold out the same day as its official release. Currently, the only immediate option for obtaining the album is through iTunes. With the musicianship produced by this group and their distinct sound, it’s really no wonder. There is a level of talent within Snarky Puppy that simply does not exist within mainstream music. Made up of over 25 players in regular rotation, the group has currently earned the title “Best Jazz Act” as part of the Dallas Observer Music Award for the past three years. They have performed with a myriad of artists including Yo-Yo Ma, Snoop Dogg, Erykah Badu, Lucy Woodward, Justin Timberlake and P Diddy Dirty Money – and that’s just a small portion of the list. Snarky Puppy is now embarking on their first international tour, starting in London and eventually passing through the town of Boone. They’ll perform June 7 at Boone Saloon. Tickets are $10 and, considering the fact that their albums are usually recorded live, it should be a promising show. “Ground Up” cannot be described in one overarching theme or mood. The sound is so dynamic – moving from highlyenergized, rock inspired songs to the cool, relaxing themes of jazz – that it simply doesn’t fit within one category. And it should definitely be mentioned that the instrumental talent of this album is amazing. No trashy lyrics, no auto-tune vocals... in fact, there are no vocals at all. Although that is considered a deterrence to some, it is this aspect of the group’s music that makes it so compelling to listen to. The combination of their unique fusion of genres coupled with what is truly remarkable talent in both performance and composition, Snarky Puppy provides a fresh and unusual alternative. For more information about Snarky Puppy and a sampling of their music, visit snarkypuppy. com or search “Snarky Puppy” on Facebook. For details about the group’s upcoming stop in Boone, visit


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Appalachian Spring Dance Ensemble features new pieces by HAYDEN KEZIAH Intern Lifestyles Reporter


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Student dancers rehearse for the Spring Dance Ensemble. The show, taking place Wednesday, March 28 through Saturday March 31 in Valborg Theater, features Appalachian dancers performing original choreography and various styles of dance.

ednesday marked the opening night of the Appalachian Spring Dance Ensemble, which featured two faculty pieces and five student numbers and showcased the collaboration of 110 dancers and seven choreographers. For the various students participating in the showcase, each piece had a different - and often personal - meaning. Senior business marketing and dance studies major Jordan Melton choreographed her piece, titled “Romans 12:2” to reflect “getting sidetracked, then coming back to what’s best for you,” she said. “Romans 12:2” is Melton’s first time choreographing her own number, though she has been dancing since the age of four. “It’s been a challenge and a blessing all at once,” she said. “I have eight beautiful, dedicated dancers and I’m very excited for the ending product,” Coming up with ideas can be difficult when choreographing a routine, Melton said. “Road blocks do come up,” she said. “But I was inspired most when I was stressed out and went into the studio and just started moving.” she said. Melton said her piece conveys her personal convictions in faith. “I put my faith in God because that is what keeps me going every day,” she said.

The dance is broken up into two parts, the beginning featuring a frail faith and ending with developing a fervent faith. The reverse of the opening part of the dance places emphasis on “worldly possessions and the wrong people and things,” she said. One of the featured faculty dance numbers is choreographed by theatre and dance professor Sherone Price, whose piece is a Mendiani African dance featuring a capella music and live drum playing. The piece is called “Binyé,” which is an African term for “respect.” It features the use of masks in African culture and coveys the message that not every mask is of an evil or bad nature. Price’s specialty is African dance, although modern dance is his first love. “I’ve been teaching African dance for three years, but I wanted to wait for the right opportunity and to make sure the students will have the right technique,” Price said. Like Melton, Price has been dancing for many years - since his sophomore year in high school. The Spring Appalachian Dance Ensemble runs until Saturday, March 31, starting at 7:30 p.m. in the Valborg Theatre. Prices are $6 for students and youth (ages 6-18), $8 for faculty, staff and seniors and $15 for adults.

Annual Art Expo showcases categories of student work by JAKE DUCKWALL Intern Lifestyles Reporter

Appalachian State University’s annual Art Expo opened Tuesday at the Catherine J. Smith Gallery in Farthing Auditorium. Art students, faculty members and jurors chose 50 works to be featured in the expo from approximately 600 entries, said juror Ken Lambla, who is the dean of arts and architecture at UNC Charlotte. Artwork of all mediums are on display, including paintings, sculptures and comic strips. The works were divided into nine categories: social and political concerns, narrative, formal matters, process and materials, written word, natural world, functionality, on/of/in the body and time. “The categories were different this year,” said senior graphic design major Caitlin McCormick who designed a cover of Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird for the narrative category. “I had trouble looking at my artwork and seeing how it fits into the categories.” Organizers changed the way work is submitted to “engage the students in thinking harder about the meaning of the work,” Lambla said. “They wanted to stop choosing work by medium,” he said. Ben Wesemann, the acting director of the Catherine J. Smith Gallery, curated this year’s expo. “I think it’s a really strong show,” Wesemann said. “There’s been a lot of positive feedback.” Wesemann, who has been involved with the expo for seven years, agreed the new categories have given the gallery a fresh look. “It was nice to see a change from the way it’s been,” Wesemann said. “We’re very lucky to have juror Ken Lambla.” The Art Expo is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. until April 16. A reception and award ceremony will take place Friday, April 13 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. The reception will feature live music as well as food catered by Appalachian Food Services.


Review: Madonna’s new dance album ‘MDNA’ fails by Hayden Keziah Intern Lifestyles Reporter

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The Queen of Pop, The Material Girl, Madge - whatever you want to call her, Madonna is back. She dropped her latest album, “MDNA,” on Monday. Madonna has come a long way since her earlier days - and most of our parents’ days - of iconic pop songs, including “Like a Virgin” and “Like a Prayer.” She’s now transitioning quickly into danceelectronic tracks like “I’m a Sinner” and “I F--ked Up”. Sounds like something went wrong since the 80s. And since this is her twelfth studio album, it makes sense that Madonna’s sound has changed a little, but it should hardly be thrown so far off the tracks as it is in “MDNA.” At the age of 58, Madonna manages to produce an album that is almost unbearable to listen to, with the hit single “Give Me All Your Luvin,’” featuring Nicki Minaj and MIA. It’s no surprise that “Give Me All Your Luvin” was the most successful track on this album. It was produced by Martin Solveig, the mastermind behind the incessantly annoying and popular electronic song “Hello” with Dragonette, heard in teenage clothing stores and on radio stations incessantly just a few months ago. Madonna’s song sounds almost identical to Solveig’s “Hello,” which can ironically be supported in her lyrics for the track “Give Me All Your Luvin.’” “Every record sounds the same/ You’ve got to step into my world.” It’s just not clear what kind of world Madonna is currently in these days. One song that has some merit: “Love Spent,” which gives off slight Phantogram and Lady Gaga vibes. It’s catchy, but it’s certainly nothing special. It’s a ballad that is better used for background noise. “MDNA” pales in comparison to Madonna’s previous albums, like 2008’s “Hard Candy” in 2008, which produced a decent hit with“4 Minutes.” She also seems to have lost her sound since her 2005 album “Confessions On a Dance Floor,” which really had some decent tracks which stayed true to her image and were identifiable as purely Madonna. So, inevitably, the Material Girl’s attempt at stealing the popular party drug MDMA’s acronym failed miserably. Madonna may never fade away, even after albums like this. When someone’s been around for this long, fans tend to stick by them. However, that doesn’t change the fact that “MDNA” is generic, boring and not up to typical Madonna standards at all.


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In need of funds for summer trip, student sets up lemonade stand by WILL GREENE Intern Lifestyles Reporter

For today’s college student, times are tough and travel opportunities may be hard to come by. But Chelsea Stone won’t let that stop her from taking a summer trip to the United Kingdom with Outdoor Programs. The junior middle grades education major was short on cash, so she set up an old-fashioned lemonade stand on King Street. “Boone is such a happy place filled with friendly people that are willing to help a girl like me out,” said Stone, who set up her first stand Monday near The Bead Box. “I thought that the idea related to the spirit of the town.” Stone’s best friend, sophomore English secondary education major Blakelee

Boring, spent some time at the stand on Monday and recalled its beginnings. “Chelsea came to me and said, ‘I have the best idea ever,’” Boring said. “She wanted to find a fun way of raising the money for her trip this summer and the idea of a lemonade stand hit her as genius.” Stone, who set up a Facebook page to spread the word, plans to keep the stand in occasional operation until she’s raised the $400 she needs to live in Wales this summer. “I love doing this to raise money,” she said. “It’s fun and I get to meet a lot of cool people who are excited about my upcoming summer.” Stone plans to set up the stand again Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the same location.

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Junior education major Chelsea Stone pours a passerby a cup of lemonade. Stone is selling lemonade on King Street to raise money for a trip she will take in May to Wales.

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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.

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Sustainability film series to begin

The sustainability film series at Appalachian State University enters the third year with films that focus on environmental and economic issues and social justice. A feature-length film will be shown in Greer Auditorium each month during spring semester. All films begin at 7 p.m. and are shown free of charge. A 30-minute panel discussion will follow. Visit for more information. The film series schedule is as follows: 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

Spring Visiting Writers to start

Novelist Lee Smith reads from her writings on Thursday, April 5, at 7:30 p.m., as guest author in the Hughlene Bostian Frank Visiting Writers Series. The reading takes place in the Table Rock Rook of Plemmons Student Union. 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

‘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 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 If you have any questions regarding the day of service, please contact Jordan Seagraves seagravesaj@email.

‘Autism Speaks U’ set for April 14

The Appalachian State University chapter of Autism Speaks U will hold its first 5k Run/3k Walk event on April 14. The event will be held on the Greenway Trail. Early Registration tickets are available through April 6 for $20. The day of the event tickets will be available for $25. To be guaranteed a T-shirt you must register before April 1. Registration on the day of the event will begin at 8 a.m. with the 5k beginning at 9 a.m., 3k Walk following shortly after. Email Ashley Crowder if you have any questions at, or go to for more information.

Volunteers needed for training

Every year Appalachian conducts a large-scale emergency training exercise that involves local emergency responders and numerous university departments. Because the training is usually conducted after the end of spring semester, few students have ever participated in the training. This year is different and we need student volunteers as actors in the exercise on Friday, March 30. Volunteering as an “actor” is relatively simple – all you have to do is play the part of an emergency victim. If you are available on Friday, March 30 from Noon– 5 p.m. and may be interested, or if you have questions, send an email to

ASU to help you with sustainability

f you are interested in preparing for your sustainable future (and enjoying some free food) consider coming to the following lecture series: April 3 (Tuesday) - Entrepreneurship Future: Learn about how to start a small business, including writing a business plan, getting the financing and how to market your brand. Speakers include banking professionals as well as local business owners with firsthand knowledge of how to have a successful business! Free food provided by Beef O Bradys; April 4: (Wednesday) - Sustainable Future: Learn about sustainability reports and energy audits. Speakers include our very own Dr. Tammy Kowalczyk and a energy audit specialist from WAMY. Free food provided by Jimmy Johns and Come Back Shack. All Events are open to students and the community and are held from 5:30 6:30pm in the Library Room 421. There is limited free food so please RSVP to!

ASU to honor 40 Who’s Who


The 2012 edition of Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges will include the names of 40 students from Appalachian State University who have been selected as national outstanding campus leaders. Campus nominating committees have included the names of these students based on their academic achievement, service of community, leadership in extracurricular activities, and potential for continued success. They join an elite group of students from more than 2,842 institutions of higher learning in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and several foreign nations. Outstanding students have been honored in the annual directory since it was first published in 1934. Each recipient is invited to be honored at the Recognition of Student Leaders Program on April 27. Who’s Who Recipients for 2011‐2012 are: Meredith Katheryn Anderson of Apex; Samantha Louise Bonham of Greensboro; Mark Thomas Bridges of Morganton; Derek Daniel Brown of Siler City; Emily Irene Brown of Durham; Stephanie Rose Childress of Warrenton, Va.; Rebecca Hye Cho of Raleigh; Samantha Lee Dawn Craig of Lincolnton; Jordan Elizabeth Davis of Albemarle; Kelsey Moss Dorset of Gaithersburg, Md.; Hannah Leigh Dow of Mattoon, Ill.; Ryan Alexander Duffy of Apex; Courtney Brion Freeman of Carlton, Ga.; Abigail Anne Gac of Weddington; Ashley Clara Griffin of Hendersonville; Weston Tucker Haney of Robbinsville; Kelsey Geneva Hanger of Asheville; Mattie Lee Hardin of Lakeland, Fla.; Jon Brian Hartley of Lenoir; Nathan Joseph Healy of New Bern; Alain P. Humblet of Brossard, Quebec, Canada; Paula Elizabeth Hunt-

er of Great Falls, Va.; Lauren Samantha Kanapaux of Holly Springs; Devin Austin Lattin of Asheville; Jaimie Elizabeth McGirt of Wilmington; Davonte Lamar McKenith of Mint Hill; Javier Alejandro Medrano of Forest City; Kristen Marie Pate of Clinton; Samantha Pearl Patton of Morganton; McKenzie Rae Phillips of Newton, Ill.; Corianne Denise Rogers of Raleigh; Brianna Colleen Ruggles of Huntersville; Kimberly Ann Seufer of Greensboro; Laura Jean Sylvester of Raleigh; Alexander James Thomas of Durham; Caitlin Elizabeth Wainright of Winterville; Megan Janell Williams of High Point; Amber Marie Wilson of Denver; Jill Johanna Yerden of Cary; Sarah Elizabeth Young of Charlotte.

George Mason prof talks on ethics

Philosophy professor Andrew Light will lecture on the role of ethics in climate change today at 7 p.m. at Appalachian State University. Light’s lecture, “Climate Ethics for Climate Action: Towards a Better Moral Outcome in International Climate Negations,” will be presented in the Bryce and Izoria Gordon Gathering Hall in the Reich College of Education Building at the corner of College and Howard streets. His talk is sponsored by the Department of Philosophy and Religion and the College of Arts and Sciences. Admission is free and the public is invited. Light is an associate professor of philosophy and public policy and director of the Center for Global Ethics at George Mason University. He also is a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress, where he works primarily on international climate and science policy. Environmental ethics is taught in Appalachian’s Department of Philosophy and Religion. “Climate change is a moral problem because it presents harm to the non-human natural world and human beings in the present and future. It raises a lot of very interesting ethical questions regarding our assumptions about what we should value and the nature and scope of our responsibilities for present and future harm. Climate change ethics is concerned with what we should do about climate change,” said Dr. Kim Hall, who started Appalachian’s first environmental ethics course in 1999. “Students at Appalachian are really interested in environmental issues. There is a lot of creative energy on campus around thinking about environmental problems, how we might approach and understand them through the various academic disciplines on campus, and how we might work on solutions to various problems. Climate change presents us with questions and issues that have profound moral significance,” Hall said. “For example, will there be water and food, for whom, and for how long into the future? How much species extinction are we willing to live with in what will be a radically transformed world? These are problems that affect us all.”

Autism film to screen Saturday

“Neurotypical”, a film about autism from the perspectives of people with autism, will be shown Saturday, 2-3:45 p.m., and Monday, April 2, 7-8:45 p.m. in the new Reich College of Education’s Gordon Gathering Hall (Room 124) at Appalachian State University. Neurotypical, a term coined in the autism community as a label for people who are not on the autism spectrum, begs the question: what is the standard that identifies one person as whole and capable and another as disabled and broken? Neurotypical parallels the lives of three individuals on the autism spectrum, and their families. Violet, 3 years old, is absorbing the sensory world and learning ways to navigate through it; Nicholas, a teenager, is coming to terms with his diagnosis and his identity; and Paula, newly diagnosed, balances her autism advocacy work with the demands of homeschooling her son and sorting out a disintegrating marriage. Through segmented interviews, these three individuals and seven other highly articulate people (both on and off the autism spectrum) bring their personal stories, found philosophies, and candid observations to Neurotypical, calling attention to the subject of neurodiversity as an urgent and multi-layered issue within the 21st century civil rights debate. For more information on the film and links to the film trailer, please visit:

Spaghetti dinner for research

Alpha Omicron Pi’s 3rd Annual All-You-Can-Eat Spaghetti Dinner held on Wednesday, April 4th from 5-7:30pm at Harvest House. Tickets are $5 in advance and $7 at the door. All proceeds benefit The Arthritis Foundation and Ovarian/ Prostate Cancer Research.

Passover dinner set for April 4

The Mountaineer Passover Dinner will take place this year on April 4 from 7-9 p.m. in the Blue Ridge Ballroom of Plemmons Student Union. This event is a modern twist on the traditional Passover seder (dinner combined with a holiday service) and is geared towards those who are not familiar with Jewish customs. Along with great food, musical entertainment, and even a bit of dancing, the Mountaineer Passover Dinner provides a fun cultural experience for all. It enriches the community’s knowledge of Jewish traditions while delivering a delicious meal catered by Food Services. The meal includes kosher chicken, the traditional matzah cracker, and the other traditional components of the seder plate. This is a great extra-credit opportunity for Professors to provide for their students, Tickets are $7 or two for $12 and can be purchased at a contact table in the Student Union this week. Refer to the Facebook event “Mountaineer Passover Dinner” for Contact Table times and more information or e-mail us at

Humanities series continues tonight

The 2011-12 Humanities Thematic Series, “A Sense of Place” continues tonight with “Alternative Spaces, Alternative Realities.” Speakers: Patrick O’Shea (LES), “Augmented Reality: A New Way to Interact with Our Surroundings” and Chris Osmond (LES), “‘The Porousness of Certain Borders’”: The Liberatory Power of the Grid” 5-6:30 PM, Table Rock Room, Plemmons Student Union.

Anthropology Club to show film

The Anthropology Club is sponsoring the film “Electronic Awakening” on Wednesday, April 4, at 5 pm in Sanford 407. It investigates the mysticism and spiritual movement behind Electronic Dance Music culture. Director, Andrew Johner, an alum of the Anthropology program at ASU, will talk briefly about his research at the conclusion of the film.


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During this SGA election some questions have been raised concerning the feasibility of Bobby and mine’s platform. Some of our goals have been called too broad, too ambitious, too idealistic, etc. This is something I would like to address. Yes, we do have some very ambitious goals which we would like to see accomplished. However, I believe as a leader and as a community it is important to have ambitious goals. Bobby and I will only be here for one more year and the youngest students on campus will generally be here for only three to four more years. However, Appalachian will remain long after we have all left. A few years ago, I’m sure many believed SGA creating a free public transportation system that serves the university and the entire town of Boone was unfeasible. Today, almost all of us use the AppalCart on a daily basis. Certainly we have far reaching platform goals, some which may be years before implemented and some which may never be, but it is important to begin the conversation on these ideas now because if we do not then they cannot ever be accomplished. Not all our platform goals will take so long to implement - there are many which can and will be accomplished within the next year. I say these things can and will be accomplished


next year because as far as being qualified to accomplish our goals, Bobby and I are the best candidates. No, neither one us sits on the current administration’s cabinet, but we have worked within SGA writing legislation and pursuing change on campus for three years. We have both worked on a number of different committees and held numerous leadership positions within SGA over these years. Between us, we have written legislation ranging from the return of 24/5 library hours to Appalachian’s support for the Teaching Fellows scholarship. We know how to accomplish our goals because we’ve been doing it for the past three years. It is our own fault for not making the student body more aware of our qualifications for these positions. Throughout this experience, we have tried to make the election more about students than our own personal resumes. I will close with this: I am happy to see such interest in student government and I hope it will continue to grow. SGA truly is where our voice as students can be heard. I hope everyone will vote, whether for Bobby and I or not. It is important to have a say in how our campus is run. And if our goals seem too lofty and Bobby and I reach too high, all I can say is that it is the only direction we know to reach. Evan Freemyer SGA Presidential Candidate

I am writing this before any announcement was made regarding which ticket won the election. I read The Appalachian on Tuesday and I had a very different opinion about which ticket should represent the student body this upcoming year. I feel that this year is a very special year because of the quality of the candidates. I respect all my opponents because they are all great men. However, I feel my ticket offers something much different. My entire staff is made up of passionate student leaders that want something better for this university. My running mate, Chelsey Hanna, is not a product of the Student Government Association. She was inspired to run for Student Body Vice-President because she wanted to use her skills that she developed by being the President of Net Impact to make the Student Government Association more sustainable. Even though I have been in the student senate for a while now, that is not the focal point that the students like about my commitment. I have spent many years in the private sector working as a leader at Bojangles. I started as a little ole cashier and moved up the ladder in a short time span. I used my passion for excellence to develop a better work environment for the employees while improving the drive time for the customers. However, I had to take a

leave of absence because the next phase of my life was to come to Appalachian State University. Shortly after I arrived, I joined the Student Government Association to better serve the students. I felt that I could make a difference by working day in and day out to serve the student body. Somewhere along the way, I decided that the best way for me to do what my constituents want was to become Student Body President. There is no question that those of you who know me understand how passionate I am about serving the student body. It all started my freshman year and, hopefully, the journey will continue in the way I feel it should now. The platform that has been a product of the student body is something that I will never stop fighting for while on campus. A lot of students, for some reason, cannot stand the Student Government Association. The near-universal reason for this is because they feel they cannot trust the Student Government. In our platform, we have outlined a plan to help alleviate this problem. We have so many other important issues in our platform, including student safety, sustainability, and working with the community to best serve this university in full capacity. Please remember to vote wisely and enjoy your weekend. Steven Hatley Former SGA Presidential Candidate

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“The way we set things up in the last week, I was getting endorsements left and right. I had at least 1,100 but I only received 291 votes.”

I’m not sure whether to feel uncomfortable or not . . . What is this world coming to?!?!

Steven Hatley,

whose campaign for SGA President ended Wednesday


College Democrats had a better argument than they utilized

The performance of both sides in the debate between the College Democrats and Republicans March 27 was impressive. However, the question was submitted by a Republican, “How is it constitutional to force citizens to buy health insurance?” The Dems at Appalachian (and across the country) failed to give the response they ought to be shouting from every street corner in America: “Don’t ask me! It was your idea!” The individual mandate which requires citizens to “take personal responsibility” by purchasing health insurance is not and never has been a liberal concept. Since the Clintons’ attempt at healthcare reform, this invention of Republicans like Gingrich and Romney has been the chief conservative healthcare reform alternative. That is, until Obama compromised and adopted it as the best plan to bring down healthcare costs he could reasonably get the votes for. Obama’s involvement makes anything less exciting to the GOP - even killing Osama bin Laden. As they champion the repeal of their own of their own idea in the Supreme Court, it’s clearer than ever that the party of the rich just doesn’t give a damn about fixing a system which - for them - ain’t broke. How ironic, hypocritical and revealing that they nominate Mitt “Romneycare” as they cry socialism at their own decidedly capitalist solution - while the insured pay through the nose to provide free healthcare to any poor soul who shows up at the ER. Jeremiah Miller Junior communication studies major

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In our candidate endorsement in the March 27 issue, we reported that Steven Hatley started his first senate term in fall 2011. Hatley has been an SGA senator since January 2011. The Appalachian regrets the error.

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In a culture that assaults women, slut walks and other means of activism are necessary

Meghan Frick

Hannah Pomphrey

There’s no such thing as a slut. “Slut” is nothing more than a social construct, and a meaningless one at that. No one should be defined, and no one deserves to be vilified, on the basis of their sexual activity. Or the clothes they choose to wear. Or the places where they spend time, or the people they spend time with. That’s what we believe and that’s why we’re incredibly proud of the men and women who organized and participated in Appalachian State University’s first Slut Walk Wednesday. The Slut Walk movement has spread across the

country in recent months. It represents an idea that has been frustratingly slow to catch on in the United States: that rape victims are not responsible for rape. It doesn’t matter what clothes they’re wearing, how intoxicated they are, or how they’ve behaved. Rapists are responsible for rape. Please hear us on that: rapists are responsible for rape. We believe in the Slut Walk movement because we want to live in a world where that’s not a controversial statement. We want to live in a world where “let’s teach some self-defense classes” is not the first

response when a sexual assault takes place. We want to live in a world where women are safe anywhere, around anyone, wearing any outfit - a world where men are taught that it’s absolutely, always unacceptable to have sex with someone who has not consented. Unfortunately, that’s not even on the radar for most college students. The idea that it’s okay to refer to someone as a slut, that a woman is best judged on her number of past sexual partners rather than the content of her character, is extremely prevalent. The idea that perpetrators are responsible for rape and that women aren’t tempting or luring them into assaults? Not so common. We’ve heard some comments around campus from people who agree that slutshaming and victim-blaming are legitimate issues, but don’t think Slut Walks are the right way to address

them. With all due respect, you’re wrong. Usually, neither of us are the type to believe “raising awareness” is an appropriate end goal. But in this case, that’s exactly what needs to happen. Awareness needs to be raised, conversations need to start and our society needs to change. Unfortunately, one Slut Walk in Boone, North Carolina didn’t suddenly change the game. Women who do exactly what they’re entitled to do - go out, wear what they want, do what they want, be what they want - are still subject to judgment and violence. That’s not acceptable. And that’s why we need to continue building a society where women are safe no matter how they choose to spend their time.

Frick is the associate editor for editorial content. Pomphrey is the associate editor for online operations.

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Faculty/staff intramural team runs the court by CHASE ERICKSON Intern Sports Reporter


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(Above) Staff Infection, an intramural basketball team made up of faculty and staff, and DoubleChecks, a student intramural team position for a rebound Sunday evening in the Student Recreation Center. (Below) Co-coach Jamar Banks motivates his team during timeout.

fter a long school week, one can only assume professors and staff members are ready to relax - but others are geared up for a game of basketball. That’s how Staff Infection came to be. Staff Infection is an intramural basketball team made up of faculty and staff. It was started by Dwight Turner, an analyst with Information Technology Services. “I have guys texting each other all day long getting psyched up for the game,” Turner said. “We live it. We love it. We live to love it.” Turner organized the team six years ago - it was originally the result of an informal lunchtime basketball program faculty and staff members participated in during the week. “Before you know it, you just get used to playing with some guys,” Assistant Professor of Psychology Shawn Bergman said. “You notice some guys that play well together and you try to put a team together to go out and play intramurals.” Over fifty teams of Appalachian State students played intramural basketball this season, but none of them are like Staff Infection. The team is older and less athletic than the rest of the field, but it brings a certain amount of intimidation with its fast-paced, aggressive style of play. “We do have a reputation,” Turner said. “We are a bigger team and a physical team and I think the students know that.” Most of the intramural teams don’t know how to handle playing a team like Staff Infection. They can’t sleep on the court, because the team loves to get out in transition. Staff Infection can also consistently

play fast because it has the deepest bench in the league, usually bringing 10 to 15 players to the court. The chemistry of Staff Infection can’t be denied either, as several players have played together for over six years. And of course, when students play alongside their professors, the situation can get heated. “Unfortunately, smack talk does happen a lot,” Turner said. “What happens, though, is usually there are a lot of students and we are a professor and staff team. So some of the staff members have their students playing against us, but it’s a friendly rivalry.” The most important advantage Staff Infection carries with it going into each matchup is an extreme love for the game of basketball. Most of its team members are in their thirties and forties and they haven’t let go of the game. Even Jamar Banks, director of the Center for Student Involvement and Leadership, is involved with the team. He no longer plays, but he’s now serving as coach. “I’m the guy who shows up and tries to help out,” Banks said. “I recently gave up playing basketball, but now I’ve started coaching.” Staff Infection’s season ended Sunday with an 11-point loss in the elite eight round of the intramural basketball tournament. But Staff Infection will continue playing basketball every winter and keep competing for an intramural title as long as they’re having fun. “It is fun playing against students,” Shawn Bergman said. “We’re older and don’t move as quick, so it’s kind of fun to play against guys that are a little more athletic, younger and faster.”

Kassouf ’s .420 batting average Women’s tennis struggles, drives ASU’s fearsome offense falls 6-1 in third-straight match to UNCG Spartans by JAKE AMBERG Sports Editor

Two years removed from leading all of college baseball in home runs, senior designated hitter Daniel Kassouf is back up to form - and he’s hitting everything. After being perhaps the most feared batter at the Division-II level, Kassouf showed flashes of talent last season but underperformed overall. It could be the year off, the change in leagues or the change in collegiate bats in 2011 that’s to blame, but whatever the case, Kassouf hit just .259 and only eight home runs in his first ASU season. But this year, “I feel like I’ve Kassouf ’s early adjusted back to season success where I need to be.” has built at an unprecedented Daniel Kassouf clip. Senior designated hitter Fol lowing a 1-4 performance against N.C. State, Kassouf has safely hit in 21 of Appalachian’s 24 games for a blazing .420 batting average, the highest mark in the Southern Conference. “I think sitting out a year and the new bats all together may have slowed me down a little bit,” Kassouf said. “I feel like I’ve adjusted back to where I need to be.” What is even more impressive about Kassouf ’s recent performance is his resurgence in power. After eight home run year last season, Kassouf has already surpassed that total during the first month of the season. Kassouf ’s power is a big part of Appalachian’s early season success and is anchoring the heart of Appalachian’s lineup. That lineup features six batters hitting above .300, including junior Will Callaway, who is currently fifth in the Southern Conference in average with .384. “Everyone offers everybody protection,” Callaway said. “There’s not really a weak point in the lineup.” Kassouf ’s improvement, according to head coach Chris Pollard, is a result of improved patience at the plate. Kassouf leads the team with a .462 on base percentage and has walked seven times this year, over a third of what he walked last year. Pollard joked that it’s “crazy” that people keep pitching to him.

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Junior Ellie Linsell executes a shot Wednesday afternoon on home court versus UNCG. The Mountaineers fell 6-1.

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Senior DH Damiel Kassouf rounds third base during Tuesday afternoon’s game against NC A&T. ASU won 14-0.

“He’s in a really good place right now and he’s taking advantage of it,” Pollard said. “ Patience definitely does makes a difference. As Coach Pollard made clear, Kassouf is waiting for his pitches. He’s been getting them early in the count too, as opposing pitchers have yet to start pitching away from him. Against Elon, Kassouf recorded all five of his hits in just 14 pitches, two on his first pitch. “Something I’ve really had to work on is picking out good pitches and laying out of pitches out of the zone,” Kassouf said. “Just getting comfortable in the box helps, you just have to get in there and let them come to you.” Kassouf will put his SoCon high average to the test this weekend against Oakland Grizzlies. The series’ three games start at 1 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday.

The ASU women’s tennis team lost its third consecutive match to the UNCG Spartans by a score of 6-1 Wednesday afternoon at the ASU outdoor tennis courts. The doubles were hard-fought, with seniors Blakeley Bean and Kim-Lea Dinh winning two points against the Spartans, but UNCG ended up winning all three matches. “It was mine and Kim’s first match together” Bean said, “It was hard to get a rhythm going and they were good at the net.” Bean, however, felt that the two were a good pairing. “It takes a few matches to get into a rhythm and we played really well in practice yesterday,” she said. Despite falling in their third straight match, all was not lost for App as freshman Gabby Gabriel was able to find a way to win by a score of 6-3, 6-4. During her match Gabriel seemed

to get a little flustered and gave credit to those around her for keeping her focused as she attributed her focus to the crowd and her teammates. There were also some special fans of Gabriel’s in the crowd as her parents were in attendance for the match. “Usually when my parents come I get extra nervous,” Gabriel said. “But today it helped. I focused on the present and wasn’t afraid to just go for it and use things and shots that I had messed up before.” Assistant Coach Eri Latimer was encouraged by the team’s performance. “The doubles didn’t play bad. Their opponents today were just stronger but we gave them a scare,” Latimer said. “It is a tough condition to play in this wind but it goes both ways. In singles all the matches were close and Gabby had a big win and they are a good team and we gave team a tough fight.” App looks to return to form and break the slide as they play host to Western Carolina on Saturday.

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Harsh conditions cause men’s golf to struggle tremely well the first day. The first day’s weather was ideal for good scorThe men’s golf team ing conditions,” sophoendured a tough tourna- more Casey Komline ment at the C&F Bank said. Invitational, finishing in However, the competitenth place tion became out of 29 more diffiteams. “...I have every cult the folThe event lowing days. took place confidence that W e a t h e r over the we’ll be able to c o n d i t i o n s duration of win the South- contributed three days ern Conference to the team’s in Wilstruggle, liamsburg, Championship.” as players Va. battled exJosh Nichols Starting tremely high Junior men’s golf player winds off strong, and App posted excessive low scores amounts of leaving the team stand- pollen. ing with one over par. “The pollen was a huge “The team played ex- issue. It just kept blowby ANNIE RUCKER

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ing out of the pine treeshuge clouds of pollen,” junior Josh Nichols said. “It made it hard to focus, so it was definitely a factor.” Both Komline and Nichols remained in the top 10 out of 150 players there, leading the team for App. The last day was also a difficult for ASU, with the team struggling to put together a good score. “Although I finished well in the large field, I wasn’t happy with how I played,” Komline said. “If I had putted a little bit better than I did, I feel like I would have had an extremely good chance of winning.” Komline finished in

12th place with five over par. “I could have played a lot better,” Nichols said. “The course was playing pretty tough. Nichols followed closely behind Komline, finishing with six over par for a tie in 15th. The next tournament is the Wofford CocaCola Invitational taking place April 9-10. “We’ve showed already that we can play well and have played well.” Nichols said. “If we just stay patient and play how we know we can play, I have every confidence that we’ll be able to win the Southern Conference Championship.”

Track’s Darius Purcell has eyes on Olympics by LEIGH ROBERTS Senior Sports Reporter

High jumper Darius Purcell has talent and potential, sure. But what stands out most is his confidence. The senior from Fayetteville didn’t even start running track until his junior year of high school, when he was discovered by his school’s track coach. “The track coach found me playing varsity basketball and I was pretty good at that,” Purcell said. “He saw me jump and he said, ‘Hey, you should try high jump.’ I went out and jumped like 6’6” my first year and went to state.” After that, Purcell started focusing on track, despite scholarship offers to play basketball. “It was when I started getting offers in track that I started realizing that I wanted to do track in college,” he said. “For some reason when Appalachian State called me, I was like ‘Okay, I think I want to go to Appalachian State.’ I came on my visit, and I was sold.” High jump coach Gary Murphy thinks the hard work Purcell has put in since he’s been at App is what has made the difference in his career. “He came out of high school

like a lot of kids, he was very confi- we don’t see it as competition as dent of what he did,” Coach Mur- much as just helping each other,” phy said. “It’s a ‘they’re never as Purcell said. “They know what good as they think they are’ kind I want to jump and they’ll push of thing when they come out. He me. If I’m playing around with was inconsistent and he had some heights that they know I should things that he needed clear, they’ll be like to work on and he ‘Come on man, you did. He’s been an ex“He’s been an can clear that.’ It’s tremely hard worker extremely hard friendly competition, through the years.” if anything. I push Purcell knows he worker through myself a lot at meets, didn’t get off to the but in practice and the years.” best start at Appalastuff, my teammates Gary Murphy chian State. However, always keep me moHigh jump coach his hard work is starttivated. I may come ing to pay off. in at a higher height “My first few years I and the competition kind of struggled with my grades, may be completely lower, but my just being in a different environ- teammates, they still keep me foment,” Purcell said. “I got used to it cused on the goals that I’m trying around my junior year, and now it’s to make.” just beautiful, I just love it up here. Looking beyond the conference It’s right for me.” meet, Purcell also has his sights set He’s stood out on ASU’s team on the London Olympics. since then, being named Southern “I’m trying to break the conferConference athlete of the week ence meet record and qualify for multiple times, breaking both the the Olympics, which I’m pretty indoor and outdoor records for close to doing,” Purcell said. “I Appalachian and winning confer- need another good day like I had in ence. Wake Forest, and it’s pretty sure to And he’s had a tremendous happen. If I qualify, I’ll go to Oramount of support from his team- egon and I have to get top four in mates as well. that meet, to make the USA team “For the other guys on my team, and then I’d go to the Olympics.”

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Baseball dominates Aggies for tenth-straight home win

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Junior infielder Hector Crespo slides safely into third in Tuesday afternoon’s game against North Carolinia A&T. The team blasted past the Aggies 14-0.

Baseball blasts N.C. A&T with eight first-inning runs to stay perfect at home by LAUREN OSBORNE Intern Sports Reporter

The Mountaineer baseball team came out with another victory Tuesday, winning a second game against North Carolina A&T to push its record to 10-0 at home. Appalachian ran away with it in the first inning, scoring eight runs and setting up an easy 14-0 victory against the Aggies. “We kind of jumped on them early and took the wind out of them,” senior shortstop Will Callaway said. Offense jumped early, batting eight in the first inning with six hits. Designated hitter Daniel Kassouf and third baseman Trey Holmes were big hitters, having an RBI double and an RBI triple to help with the production. “There’s not really a weak point in our lineup,” Callaway said. “So I think that’s what makes it so effective. They can’t pitch around people, so they have to pitch to everyone and everyone’s just battling out

there.” Freshman pitcher Jamie Nuun got his second win, pitching five innings and allowing just three hits. “I give a lot of credit to freshman Jamie Nuun, who came in and really set a tone in the top of the first inning,” head coach Chris Pollard said. “He came out and really dominated the first and set a tone and our guys really settled in and got some life about them.” The team didn’t seem to slow down after the cushion they created in the first inning. Another freshman, Alex Leach, hit his first home run of the season. “A mid-week game and you start getting deep in the season and with a big lead like that, sometimes you can kind of fall into a comfort zone. I thought our guys did a good job keeping their foot on the gas pedal,” Coach Pollard said. The team will play a threegame series against Oakland at home this weekend. First pitch will be at 1 p.m. Saturday.

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