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• March 29, 2012

The Appalachian


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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speaking to students and faculty. “I’m currently on a flight back to L.A. and am still floored by what I saw and experienced in the Appalachian State Entrepreneur program these last few days,” Loos said in an email. “This program offers more progressive, real practical application than anything I’ve ever seen at the collegiate level.” Rennovation on the Transportation Insight Center for Entrepreneurship, located in Raley Hall, began Friday. It will open in the fall. For more information on the Transportation Insight Center for Entrepreneurship, visit Senior Devin Lattin was awarded the title of Student Entrepreneur of the Year at “Celebrate Entrepreneurship” last Friday. Lattin is the owner of Hot ‘Diggity’ Dog, located on King Street and is currently planning to open a new business in Boone. Jessica Schreck | The Appalachian

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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