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Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Vol. 86 No. 43

Tickets participate in SGA runoff debate Attendance below 20 by second half, as Cox/Barnes and Freemyer/Lee face off by ANNE BUIE Senior News Reporter


ttendance was low at the Student Government Association presidential and vice-presidential runoff debate Thursday in Plemmons Student Union’s Price Lake Room. Fewer than 30 people attended the debate and after a brief intermission, only 18 spectators remained. Most in attendance were senators or individuals otherwise involved with SGA. The debate was the second for the two remaining tickets, Cox/Barnes and Freemyer/Lee. The four candidates debated, in broad terms, audi-

ence and panelist questions on campus safety, legislative experience, student fees and sustainability, along with a variety of other issues. Presidential Candidate Jake Cox said he didn’t understand the low attendance - the debate would have been a great place for students to express their concerns, he said. “If they want to complain, complain right now,” Cox said. “Complain during elections. Complain now when you can make a difference, not down the road when you can’t be as effective.” Presidential Candidate Evan Freemyer said he wasn’t surprised by the low turnout.

“Just from working with elections in the past couple of years and going to runoff debates, there’s always less people who show up, just like there’s a tendency for less people to vote in a runoff,” Freemyer said. “It’s not unexpected. Do I wish more people were here? Definitely.” After the debate, SGA President Lauren Estes said the tickets need to take more initiative to increase student involvement. “There comes a time when it’s like you’re trying to take over, so start doing it,” Estes said. “It’s your chance to step up.” see Debate, page 2

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SGA Vice-Presidential Candidate Eric Barnes responds to a question about student engagement Thursday evening at the runoff debate in the Price Lake room.

Four-day exam schedule approved by Calendar and Registration Committee by ANNE BUIE Senior News Reporter

In a unanimous proposal passed Thursday, the Appalachian State University Calendar and Registration Committee approved a four-day exam schedule with a Wednesday reading day. The recommendation, if passed, will affect semesters from spring 2013 to fall 2015. The committee will now submit its recommendation to Provost Executive Vice Chancellor Lori Gonzalez. At its meeting last Tuesday, the Student Government Association passed unanimous support for a Wednesday reading day and a shortened, four-day exam period. The committee took SGA’s recommen-

dation into account. “This was done in response to the SGA resolution requesting that move,” University Registrar Andrea Wawrzusin said. SGA Director of External Affairs Ann Tate worked with the committee for two months to reach a compromise about reading day. Tate said originally, a lot of faculty and staff didn’t understand why students wanted a reading day during the week - as opposed to the Saturday reading day built into this year’s academic calendar. “They didn’t understand how pertinent it was for students to start studying and to do better on exams,” Tate said. “The more and more we talked to them, they were more willing to

understand that we wanted a reading day and not all students are going to go crazy on a reading day.” Overall, SGA passed two separate pieces of legislation this semester supporting a four-day exam schedule and a Wednesday reading day. Tate said SGA wrote the legislation so people can see how important reading day is to students in the future. “It’s almost setting a precedent for the fact that students want a reading day and we are willing to compromise our exam schedule to have a reading day,” she said. Under the proposed exam schedule, exams would run from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. The official exam schedules for 2013-15 have not yet been finalized.

ASG attendance too low for quorum by ANNE BUIE Senior News Reporter

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An Appalachian State University student was hit by a car turning left at the U.S. Hwy. 321 intersection while she attempted to cross Rivers Street from Holmes Convocation Center to Durham Park Saturday, said Capt. Todd Corley of the ASU Police Department. Police received the emergency call at 11:31 p.m. Graham Jordan, a junior special education major, was transported to Watauga Medical Center and treated for minor injuries, Corley said. Jordan received a citation for walking in a crosswalk when the crosswalk signal indicated a “Don’t Walk” signal for that direction of pedestrian traffic, Corley said.

State funding for health sciences facility on hold, not guaranteed this year by KELLI STRAKA Senior News Reporter

The chances of receiving state funding for a new College of Health Sciences building this year are “slim,” Vice Chancellor for University Advancement Susan Pettyjohn said. Appalachian Regional Healthcare system pledged nine acres of land toward the building last month. The land is located at the corner of State Farm Road and Deerfield Road. Appalachian State University was tasked with securing state funding for the facility’s construction by the end of 2014. Initially, in 2008, state funding would have cov-

ered 10 percent of the project’s total costs. This would have covered conceptual programming and design for the project, Pettyjohn said. But due to revenue shortages and cuts from the state, Appalachian did not receive funding for the project. However, the project is currently the university’s first-priority capital project when requesting state funding, Pettyjohn said. “There is hope, when the state does have funding for capital projects, that we will be one of the highest priorities,” she said. Other possible sources of funding include public see Funding, page 2

At an Association of Student Governments meeting this weekend, attendance was too low to accomplish meeting goals. The organization, which unites student leaders across the UNC system, planned to discuss its budget and nominate candidates for ASG president and vice-president. However, attendance did not meet quorum - a fact that was frustrating for some in attendance. “This was the biggest [meeting], the most pertinent that people needed to make it to, so naturally no one showed up,” SGA President Lauren Estes said. ASG’s budget was supposed to be read three times – once over the weekend and then twice at the next meeting. For now, ASG presidential and vice-presidential nominations have been approved without quorum. The general body decided to announce unofficial nominations at the weekend meeting. The ASG presidential and vice presidential tickets include: Arjay Quinto and Juan Virella, Ron Hinton and Kevin Kimball, and Appalachian student Cameron Carswell and Alecia Page.

Quinto and Virella are currently waiting on the amendment of an attendance bylaw before they can be approved. Carswell, who is currently the SGA Director of Civic Engagement at Appalachian, selected Western Carolina’s Page to run as her vice-president. “I think Western and Appalachian get grouped together as the mountain schools,” Carswell said. “There’s the perception that the smaller mountain schools don’t matter as much as the central universities, and I think we have that common frustration that our universities are just as important.” Carswell said her platform with Page focuses on unity and transparency. Currently, Appalachian’s SGA is one of the few student governments to regularly attend monthly ASG meetings with the required number of constituents, Estes said. “We’re even more ineffective if people don’t bother to come,” Estes said. “When people aren’t there, we literally can’t even conduct business. It’s incredibly frustrating to be one of the schools who has shown up to every meeting with four people.” ASG President Atul Bhula did not reply to The Appalachian’s request for comment. ASG will hold its final meeting at North Carolina State University April 20.

Staged explosion tests emergency response by REBECCA GITLEN News Reporter

Around 52 students volunteered to act as victims of a staged lab explosion in the CAP Science Building Friday, as part of an annual exercise used to test emergency response. The exercise, which began around 12:40 p.m., served to test rescuer response and communication, Seth Norris said. Norris, who coordinated the exercise, is the director of Appalachian State University’s Office of Environmental Health, Safety and Emergency Management. The Boone Fire Department, Watauga Emergency Medical Services, the Watauga County Rescue Squad, Watauga Medical Center, local law enforcement agencies and a heli-

copter participated in the exercise. Rescue teams arrived to a realistic-looking emergency scene. Students were in character and covered in bloody makeup. Junior nursing major Deborah Gainey participated in the exercise and was instructed to pester the emergency responders and ask them to find her friend. “It’s cool that I got to see everybody in makeup,” Gainey said. “People have fake bones sticking out and one girl’s brains are popping out.” Fire and EMS teams cleaned students “contaminated” with chemicals from the imaginary explosion in a decontamination tent. Victims who see Emergency, page 2

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Caldwell County Critical Care Paramedic Cecil Teeters and Emergency Medical Technician Terry Clark prepare “victims” of Friday afternoon's emergency exercise for ambulance rides. The training exercise included a mock lab explosion in the Chemistry, Astronomy and Physics Building and involved over 100 total participants.



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appeared to be in the most critical condition were the first to be taken away in ambulances, said Pierce Fussell, a junior nursing major who participated in the exercise. The Chancellor’s Cabinet created a communication plan for the exercise, Associate Vice Chancellor for Communication and Cultural Affairs Hank Foreman said. The cabinet made mock decisions on campus closures and drafted messages that would have been distributed, had the scenario been real. “This is our fourth drill,” Foreman said. “We get better every time and that’s why these drills are so important.” Everyone who participated in the test will complete evaluation surveys so rescue teams will know where they need im-

provements, Norris said. Five evaluators not affiliated with the university will evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of responders in a report they will issue in the next month, Norris said. The lead evaluator, David Weldon, is the director of emergency management for UNC-Asheville. He said he thought communication between rescue teams went well, but the university needs more resources. “From what I saw, everyone that participated gave 110 percent,” Weldon said. “That speaks well for the community. We saw fire and rescue teams and the university communicating and working together.” A Watauga County Hazardous Materials Emergency Planning Grant of $5,000 funded the exercise, Norris said.

APPALACHIAN STATE UNIVERSITY’S Hughlene Bostian Frank Visiting Writers Series: Spring 2012

The Visiting Writers Series is named in honor of Hughlene Bostian Frank, class of 1968, former trustee and generous supporter of Appalachian State University. For further information on the Spring season, please call 262-2337 or see To receive Appalachian’s “This Week in the Arts” announcement by email, please contact Admission to all events is free. To read on-line excerpts from the Spring Visiting Writers’ works, please go to, click Reserves, then enter Visiting Writers Series as Instructor or Course Name. If needed, use the password asuwriters.



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The Spring 2012 Visiting Writers Series is supported by the Appalachian State University Foundation; Appalachian’s Offices of Academic Affairs, Multicultural Student Development, and Cultural Affairs; the College of Arts and Sciences, the Department of English, the Summer Reading Program, the University Bookstore, Belk Library, and the Appalachian Journal. Business sponsors are The Gideon Ridge Inn and The Red Onion Restaurant. Community sponsors include John and Marjorie Idol, Paul and Judy Tobin, Alice Naylor, Thomas McLaughlin, and The High Country Writers.

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Poet and Essayist JIM MINICK

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

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

Novelist and Memoirist DEBRA MONROE

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

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

Poet and Memoirist TOI DERRICOTTE

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

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

Novelist LEE SMITH

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

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

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

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

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The tickets on the issues... When asked about consideration for the LGBT community: Freemyer/Lee: “The LGBT center has faced a lot of struggles over the past few years and one of the things we’ve heard, from talking with students, is unisex bathrooms. It’s not widely known that every building on campus has a unisex bathroom, and making sure students know where those bathrooms are, so that they have a comfortable place they can go for privacy, is a big thing.” -Presidential Candidate Evan Freemyer Cox/Barnes: “One of our things on our platform is implementing sensitivity training for the faculty and staff. One of the main concerns when we went to TransAction was that the faculty is either ignorant or they don’t know the right terms to call any transgender, or any LGBT [student] dealing with that. So, we want to implement that.” -Vice-Presidential Candidate Eric Barnes When asked about campus safety: Freemyer/Lee: “We need to push for more education for males on this campus about sexual assault and what constitutes as rape and

just about the expectation that it’s not okay, none of this is okay. Rape, violence - it’s not cool.” -Vice-Presidential Candidate Bobby Lee Cox/Barnes: “We want to know - what is the feasibility of making the text message alerts and email alerts go out faster? Right now, they’re being sent out a day after. We need to look into the feasibility for those police alerts.” -Vice-Presidential Candidate Eric Barnes When asked about student engagement: Freemyer/Lee: “Part of that comes with building better relationships with the clubs on campus, so that we can encourage them to get involved and they can tell their members to get involved and know that they can make a difference. I think also it’s important not just to tell people how they can get involved, but also show them ways they can get involved by partnering with some clubs and organizations.” - Vice-Presidential Candidate Bobby Lee Cox/Barnes: “We want students to know about the CSIL office and know what is out there and that they go to the fairs for the clubs and organizations. We’ll always encourage leadership

in student government and in clubs.” -Vice-Presidential Candidate Eric Barnes

When asked what their first priority would be upon entering office:

Freemyer/Lee: “If we were to win, the first thing that Bobby and I would want to do is go ahead and get started meeting with the different administrators and people on campus, and go ahead to introduce ourselves and make those connections with people, so that when we get started with the process of working with students and writing legislation, we have a basis to go to and we can go talk to administration and start moving forward for students.” -Presidential Candidate Evan Freemyer

Cox/Barnes: “Our first priorities, if elected next week, will be to carry out the student body’s vision. Through the communication aspect of the university, we kind of see how the university falls apart. We see each other as different organizations, and see each other as different sects and groups and people who hang out with other people. At the end of the day, we need to realize we’re all under one giant ‘A.’” -Presidential Candidate Jake Cox


Continued from page 1 and private partnerships, Pettyjohn said. But Appalachian would still have to find a way to pay partners back. That would require a revenue source from the state, said Geoff Graham, assistant vice chancellor for gift planning and real estate management. “Ultimately, we do need support from the state in some form,” Graham said. If given the commitment for funding, the project is estimated to take approximately four years, Graham said. It will take approximately two years to plan and design and approximately two years for construction. Plans for the project entail a 150,000 square-foot building, which will come at a cost of roughly $58 million, Graham said. Discussion on the partnership between Appalachian and ARHS began in 2006.

ARHS CEO and President Richard Sparks and Chancellor Kenneth Peacock started discussing ways the two institutions could partner to improve the health sciences and health professions, Sparks said. “We had recognized, obviously, that the campus is not blessed with a whole lot of green space left,” Sparks said. “We had discussed that perhaps the most appropriate setting for the College of Health Sciences would be over on this side of town where the medical community is located.” If everything goes as planned, the new facility will house a collaborative program between Appalachian and Wake Forest University’s School of Medicine, Sparks said. The collaboration seeks to give students training outside of the traditional classroom environment.










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Banff bigger than ever in outdoor-loving Boone by EMMALEE ZUPO Senior Lifestyles Reporter


he Banff Mountain Film Festival made its annual stop in Boone Friday and Saturday, with sold-out film screenings, workshops and demonstrations. The festival originated in 1976 as a one-day showing of climbing films in Banff, Alberta, Canada. It has grown into a nine-day festival in Banff and a resulting yearround international tour. In Boone, the beginning of the festival is more like the beginning of a rock concert, Director of Outdoor Programs Dave Hutchison said. As soon as the lights dim and the sounds rise, the crowd erupts into cheers. “The people who tour with the world film festival, they often fight over com-

ing to Boone,” Hutchison said. “They always tell us that Boone is the coveted assignment and one reason is because we take really good care of that person, through our generous sponsors. But I think also, it’s the Boone crowd - it’s the Boone energy. If you’ve not been to a showing, the energy at the start is just truly incredible.” Through OP, Appalachian State University has been a stop for the film festival since 1997. The festival has grown internationally since then but its popularity has grown in Boone, too. Originally, the film was screened in the 300-seat I.G. Greer Auditorium. Now, it has moved to Farthing Auditorium, which seats 1,734. The screenings sold out a month in advance. “It’s definitely a mountain community here and a lot of

people are outdoor enthusiasts, so it’s easy to see why it’s at such a big venue,” said senior graphic arts major Chris Leath, who has attended the festival for the past seven years. “We have a great place to experience the outdoors and there’s just a lot to offer here, so there’s a wide variety of outdoor enthusiasts who come to show their appreciation for the films.” At the Saturday evening screening of his film, “Reel Rock: Ice Revolution,” ice climber Will Gadd said Boone “may do Banff better than Banff does.” Professional climber Will Gadd demonstrates technique during Saturday’s ice climbing workshop at Footsloggers’ Rock Diminsions climbing tower.

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SAGA hosts annual spring amateur drag show Sunday by MICHAEL BRAGG Lifestyles Editor

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An LMFAO-themed drag king duo - featuring the LMFAO robot - performed at SAGA’s Annual Spring Amateur Drag Show Sunday night.

The Sexuality and Gender Alliance (SAGA) hosted its annual Spring Amateur Drag Show in Plemmons Student Union’s Blue Ridge Ballroom Sunday. Donnie DeLovely and Gwendolyn Latrice Fontaine won Mr. and Ms. SAGA, respectively. All participants asked to be identified only by their drag names. “I was surprised,” DeLovely said. “I thought the whole Frank Sinatra, slow song thing wouldn’t fly - but it did, I guess.” Fontaine said he thought he deserved the title of Ms. SAGA. “Yes, I knew I was going to win from the get-go,” Fontaine said. “Might as well...just work it on stage and let it go. I’m not good

at anything except lip-syncing, so I might as well put it to good use.” The drag show started off with judge Shelita Hoyle Buffet, a professional drag queen, performing a number from the Little Mermaid dressed as Ursula. “It was a lot of fun,” Buffet said. “I love to open up shows and it kind of gets the crowd going. And I’d had that outfit specially made, so I definitely wanted to bring it here.” The event was hosted by drag queen Tequila Holiday, who introduced each act and conducted the “Queer Factor” competition. In between acts, Holiday took four volunteers - two guys and two girls, all straight - onstage to participate in “Queer Factor.” The competition included

three rounds, all judged by audience reaction. Contestants walked across the stage in heels, did some booty-shaking and tied blown-up condoms to their waists. The winner of “Queer Factor,” senior middle grades education major Claire Lankford, said she was at the show to support her friends. Lankford said she’s been to professional drag shows before - but this was more fun. “Everyone knows each other, whereas at the professional, you have people from out of town that come and it’s a lot more people and it’s just like a bigger setting,” Lankford said. “But I like this, where it’s kind of more intimate.” SAGA will host a professional drag show at Legends May 4.

NouN takes over Legends by MICHAEL BRAGG Lifestyles Editor

Comedy improv troupe NouN will take the main stage at Legends Wednesday, shaking up the typical music lineup at the college venue. “NouN is Appalachian’s one and best improv troupe,” NouN Treasurer Caroline Reed said. Inspired primarily by techniques used in the improv comedy show “Whose Line is it Anyway,” NouN’s performances incorporate both short- and mid-form performances. Short-form is usually associated with games and is very structured, Reed said. “We also have mid-form, which is what we do at big venues, like our Legends show, which is more where we do drawn-out scenes that don’t have a structure,” she said. Most of NouN’s short-form games involve audience participation. “We’ve got chain death murder, which we have an audience member come up moving people,” Reed said. “We have an audience member come and move our improvisers – they can’t move on their own – and they have to do a scene that way. The improvisers can talk, they just can’t move themselves, so hilarity tends to ensue pretty quickly.” As for mid-form, the group breaks into two groups of five and performs between short-form games. The groups take 10 to 20 minutes to improvise a few scenes and then

end the show with the game OxyDep, which is short for oxygen deprevation. “It’s a short-form game where two people carry on a scene while one person is at the side of the stage with their head in a bucket of ice water,” Reed said. “Then they have to come on and give an explanation for why they’re wet and then someone has to make an excuse, exit, go duck their head in and we keep rotating like that until the scene is finally called.” Appalachian alumna Megan Lewicki was a member of NouN and now lives in Chicago. There, she has studied improv at The Annoyance Theatre and Bar and Improv Olympic (iO), where comedians like Tina Fey learned improv. Lewicki also created an improv troupe, Ruptured Childhood, with others in Chicago. Lewicki said her time with NouN helped her learn confidence while performing onstage. “I think the best thing that you can learn from your time at NouN is just the confidence of performing in front of other people,” she said. Both Reed and Lewicki said the stage at Legends is ideal for NouN performances. “You’re not going to get an improv show like that, ever,” Lewicki said. “The stage at Legends is really, really special.” Doors open at 9 p.m. and tickets are $3 for everyone. This event is BYOB with proper identification.


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Boone-based metal band makes second try at Warped Tour slot by EMMALEE ZUPO

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Boone-based metal band Dreaming in Color is trying, for the second time, to play at this summer’s Vans Warped Tour through the 2012 Ernie Ball Battle of the Bands competition. Band members said they weren’t entirely prepared last year, but they’re much more hopeful this time around. “We started from day one with the voting,” vocalist Ben Dunlop said. “We’ve gotten a lot better at networking.” For a band to make it to the stage, they have to receive enough online votes. During the voting process, bands are divided geographically by venue. The top 100 bands undergo a review process and four are chosen to perform. Dreaming in Color approximately has 6,000 votes. The group attributes that progress partly to increased communication. The band has reached out to fans through outlets like Facebook, but they’ve also collaborated with other bands trying to get a spot on the tour. “There are plenty of other bands

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Gary Vinson, Patrick Tarper, Andrew Merritt, Ben Dunlop and their metal band Dreaming in Color are currently battling it out in Battle of the Bands, in hopes of making it onto the Warped Tour.

in other states who are trying to play their local date of the tour,” Dunlop said. “We’ve been able to vote for them on the site and they return the favor.” Band members also credit an

October music video release, as well as the February release of their EP, “This Small Endeavor,” on iTunes. In addition to trying for a Warped Tour slot, the group has other plans for growth.

“A realistic goal would be to start opening shows for national acts that are signed to big labels,” guitarist and senior anthropology major Greg Vinson said. Dreaming in Color also plans to

start tracking its next release, which should be out some time this year. Although group members have big plans for the future, they’re not neglecting their hometown involvement. They regularly host house shows and encourage people to come and check out Boone metal. Dreaming in Color has performed at several venues, including Amos’ South End in Charlotte, The Garage in Asheville and Somewhere Else Tavern in Greensboro. The group recently joined Split Rail Records, an extension of Appalachian State University’s Hayes School of Music. The Vans Warped Tour is currently in its 16th year and features a wide variety of acts, from established bands to rising stars. A small sampling for this year’s tour: Streetlight Manifesto, Rise Against, Senses Fail and Sleeping with Sirens. Warped Tour will make its way to Charlotte July 30 at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre. To vote for Dreaming in Color, create an account at warped., then visit dreamingincolor.

Ghostland Observatory debuts at Legends Black Banjo Gathering by MICHAEL BRAGG Lifestyles Editor

Austin, Texas natives Ghostland Observatory will bring their electronic sound and light show to Legends’ main stage Thursday, April 12. Comprised of guitarist and vocalist Aaron Behrens and drummer, keyboard and synthesizer player Thomas Turner, the duo formed after Behrens saw Turner’s newspaper ad seeking bandmates. “Everybody else fell to the sides, because Thomas and I were the two most driven individuals,” Behrens said. While Turner comes from a strong electronic background, Behrens said he comes from a rock ‘n’ roll performer background. “With that fusion of things, it kind of has made a quirky-type

thing,” he said. “I think it’s kind of worked out. It really wasn’t planned – it was something that just kind of happened, you know?” Aside from the band’s electronic stylings, their laser and light show is a performance prop they’re well known for. “Definitely the lasers and definitely the lights are a huge deal to our live show,” Behrens said. In addition to the visual appeal, Behrens said the lights and lasers produce energy. “I’m not going up there trying to candy-coat anything,” he said. “I’m not going up there trying to front and act like I’m cool and king of the world. I’m going up there to kick ass and take names.” Despite the musical and visual hype Behrens mentioned, APPS President Tyler Thomas said a lot of people at Appalachian State Uni-

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Around 100 students flowed in and out of Plemmons Student Union’s Summit Trail Solarium Wednesday, as African-American folk musicians filled the air with tunes and tales. The musicians were participating in the Black Banjo Gathering, which was hosted by the APPS Heritage Council and drew a larger crowd than anticipated. “There was more of a student turnout than we expected and more students sticking around for the concert,” APPS Heritage Chairperson Paula Hunter said. The gathering included workshops, small sets in the afternoon and a concert in the student union’s Blue Ridge Ballroom at 7 p.m. “The gathering is kind of a hybrid, because a lot of the workshops involved them talking about how they got their start,” APPS Heritage Councilman Brandon Johnson said. Various artists participated, including blues and gospel duo Sparky and Rhonda Rucker, folklorists Alan Jabbour and James Leva and bluegrass duo Amethyst.

Guitarist, pianist and banjo player Jerron Paxton returned to the gathering for a third time Wednesday. He originally performed after folklore professor Cece Conway heard him on the internet and asked if he’d be interested in joining the annual event. “It’s getting better every year,” Paxton said. “It’s like a snowball with glue on it.” Conway founded the Black Banjo Gathering in 2005, after writing a book titled African Banjo Echos in Appalachia, which traced the history and evolution of the banjo from Africa to Appalachia. Acts from that event have grown since then. The Carolina Chocolate Drops met at the fist gathering and six years later, they won a Grammy for Best Traditional Folk Album with their album “Genuine Negro Jig.” This year’s event was a community collaboration and sponsors included the Avery Arts Council, the National Endowment for the Arts’ Black Banjo Project, Appalachian’s College of Arts and Sciences, the Department of English, the Center for Appalachian Studies, the Watauga Arts Council and APPS Heritage.

Students collaborate to revive Art League by BLAKE LITAKER

Intern Lifestyles Reporter

Students and faculty members have collaborated to revive the Student Art League, a campus organization that died out three years ago. The idea to revive the organization came from a conversation between sophomore industrial design and studio art double major Brynne Elozory and Associate Professor of Art Scott Ludwig. “My goal in reviving the club was to provide gallery opportunities and social networking to help artists promote themselves,” Elozory said. Elozory, who is now SAL president, organized the first unofficial meetings, recruited board members to help draft a constitution and got art professors Adam Adcock and Joe Bigley involved as advisors. The primary goal of SAL is to create a buzz about art by forming more networking opportunities for students, who will then share ideas and use art as an outlet for creativity, Adcock said. “Students benefit from the meetings, because they get to see other studio-related techniques that they can apply during exhibitions,” he said. SAL will now host several annual exhibitions, because the club faded away three years ago when the club had nothing major to work on, Adcock said. “Exhibitions are great, because you have to write a proposal and plan things, just like if you were out in the real art world,” Elozory said. “You get to promote your art while you have the benefits that networking with other students provides.” Sophomore studio art major Claire Lenahan has worked with SAL since the first attempts to revitalize the club. The benefit, for Lenahan, is the opportunity to meet artists who work in other mediums. “Before SAL, there wasn’t a club for general studio artists,” Lenahan said. “But now that it’s growing, members get to learn new things through demonstrations and get exhibition opportunities.” At each bi-weekly meeting, members learn new artistic and management skills through demonstrations given by other students. Demonstrations have included how to set up an online portfolio and the pros and cons of using one type of camera over another. “The great thing about demos is, you don’t have to be an art major or an artist to enjoy them,” Elozory said. SAL meets every other Monday at 8 p.m. in Wey Hall 204. Membership is open to all undergraduate students, for a one-time fee of $10.

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Column: Winning the War

April brings springcleaning of the mind

The lack of satisfaction and simplicity that exists in my life and the lives of those around me is astonishing. I find myself never enjoying the things I have. I never get my full use out of clothes, material goods and food. I only replace them with newer items to repeat this twisted cycle of dissatisfaction and not enjoying the things I already have. This spring, I have taken on a clearer mindset to “spring clean” my life. I want to focus on necessities instead of wants. This realization came to me over spring break. As a freshman, my mom doesn’t mind buying me things when I come home. It’s both a reward for not failing out of school yet and recognition of the fact that I’m so deprived of delicious food from my favorite shops and restaurants at home. I accept these treats with open arms. I work hard and rarely treat myself to anything with the allowance my parents give me. But as I was browsing the sale racks at Urban Outfitters on an outing to the mall, I realized I didn’t need any more material crap. I would beg my mom to buy me one of the items, but later I’d push it to the back of my closet, finding it unsuitable for the laid-back living in Boone. And still I’m never satisfied until I have more and more, until I’m wasting money and drifting farther away from the simplicity I crave. The same can be echoed in my friends’ lives. On the weekends, sitting around and watching a movie or meeting for coffee and a decent conversation is never enough. Everyone is constantly in search of a bigger party and a better rush. But I no longer want to be dissatisfied with myself, my life, or the amount of material goods I possess. This April marks a new month of spring cleaning. Because the season came early this year, I’ve already gotten a pretty good start on my plan. All the granola bars and bowls of Easy Mac I have stockpiled in my room will be eaten. All my makeup products will be used until it’s absolutely necessary to buy replacements. I will wear my money’s worth out of my clothes, while still allowing some leeway to treat myself. I plan to spend more time outside enjoying the simplicity of the mountains in the springtime, in addition to being satisfied with staying in my dorm if I don’t get invited to a party or if plans fall through. Finding some simplicity will also help clear my always-clouded mind. I know that if I try and live more simply, I will have less to worry about and less to fear. I’ll see what needs to be done before my last semester of freshman year is over and I’ll be able to appreciate everything before this last period of newness ends. There comes a time in your life where you have to strip away silly possessions, see through the undying need for more, and learn to be content with what you have. Removing excess from your life will help you realize that what you need is what you already have - you have no reason to be dissatisfied with anything at all. Casey Suglia is a freshman journalism major from Pinehurst who writes about mental health. She says she’s still fighting the battle, but plans to win the war.


Former candidate Hatley endorses Freemyer/Lee

Following much discussion with my close friends and staff, I have decided to endorse the Freemyer/Lee ticket during the runoff election for Student Government Association president and vice-president. After being in the student senate for a while now, there is one clear leader who goes above and beyond in his representation of the student body, and his name is Bobby Lee. Lee has tackled many pieces of legislation so many, in fact, that I have lost count. While volume of legislation is nice, it is important to mention that the legislation Lee has worked on has made this campus a better place. These pieces of legislation include the Summer Textbook Rental System Act, the Internship Revisions Act and the Academic Integrity Oath Act, among many others. Lee is currently working

on a piece of legislation with me as well. This bill is going to have major effects on the student body, as it will standardize class evaluations and place them online to save paper. Evan Freemyer is a great leader who has been the epitome of excellence his entire undergraduate career. He has improved this campus by stepping up and defending the student voice through many pieces of legislation he has either written or co-written with other senators. Last semester, Evan was disgusted to see funding cut for the Teaching Fellows Program, so he stepped up to the plate and wrote legislation to defend the Teaching Fellows and protect the excellence of teacher education in North Carolina. These two gentlemen are prepared for primetime and ready to reform the Student

Government Association. Over the last week, I have heard people criticize the Freemyer/ Lee platform. Some students have called it unrealistic and others have condemned it as unfeasible. Those claims are both incorrect and unwarranted, in my opinion. As a student senator, it is my job to research issues that are important to students. My research has told me that the issues in the Freemyer/Lee platform are not only realistic, but feasible as well. Just because some people are unwilling to work, it does not mean Evan Freemyer and Bobby Lee are. I have worked with them on the senate floor ever since I was a freshman, and they have proven to me that they can get the job done. These workhorses can make a legendary impact

on this university. All you have to do is look at their record. Whenever these two senators saw a problem, they quickly tackled it and solved the problem more efficiently than anyone else could have. Finally, I would like to address why I am not endorsing the Cox/ Barnes ticket. I have looked at their platform and they have clearly stated what they would like to do if elected. I think words are nice, but actions are better. The Cox/ Barnes ticket has not addressed how they would accomplish their goals. Do we really want to elect a ticket that has no plan in place to accomplish their goals, or do we want to elect a ticket that has both excellent objectives and a clear plan to accomplish them? Vote wisely. Steven Hatley, Former SGA Presidential Candidate


Cox stresses qualifications as runoff continues After last week’s election results and endorsement by The Appalachian, Eric and I feel as though our credentials, platform and experience have been vindicated to the highest extent. Having both served on SGA for the past two years, first as senators and now as cabinet members in the current administration, we have seen both positive and negative change to our great institution. With that understanding, we hope to take the student body to the next level to not only enhance their lives currently, but to leave a legacy that will improve the lives of future generations. Because of our established reputations amongst current student organizations and leaders as well as administrators, we have been provided with the unique opportunity of ad-

vancing our platform goals at a much quicker rate than any other ticket, current or previous. But it isn’t just our relationships that will provide us with an insight on how to attack our university’s problems. It is also our own diversity that will define our administration. Both Eric and I have both had successes in our own right with the SGA, which have gone on to advance the student body, but neither one of us has worked with the other exclusively on any particular subject. I have placed a lot of emphasis on smoking, sustainability and international issues. Eric has had the opportunity to work on the football feasibility committee, approve legislation directly through the Rules committee and study parliamentary

procedure through Robert’s Rules of Order. With this sense of diversity, our abilities are expanded far beyond that of the other ticket. We have expertise from different areas and understandings of how things should be accomplished. Outside of SGA, our interests and majors also are on far ends of the spectrum. I am a leader in the Greek community and a political science major. Eric has developed himself as a leader in the musical community and as management major. Eric and I believe we have the most capable leadership, level of diversity and professional experience to take the student body to the next level of success. With our student-built platform leading the way, we look forward to fighting for gender-neutral housing,

skateboarding, more tailgating options, Safe Ride improvements and lowering tuition rates. This week will determine the direction of the university of years to come. Whether or not we receive the vote, we want to encourage students to go out, vote and have their voices heard. With that, Eric and I look forward to fighting this week and giving students a different option: a ticket they can trust to not only get the job done, but to fight for the students and their major concerns every day. And when each of you go to the poll, please remember Cox and Barnes are fighting to bring the focus back to you. Jake Cox SGA Presidential Candidate

Staff Opinion

SGA, student body share blame for voter apathy

Meghan Frick The Price Lake Room isn’t big - and by the end of last week’s Student Government Association runoff debate, it wasn’t anywhere close to full. Attendance was low at the general election debate too - if you’d taken away the candidates, the panelists, the SGA members and the representatives from WA S U

and The Appalachian, the room would’ve been close to empty. Voter turnout for the general election was dismal: 1,983 students voted. More than 14,000 were eligible. That complete lack of engagement with SGA is a problem. This is an organization that controls thousands of dollars in university funds - the organization had a $42,016 budget in 201112. SGA also has the power to make recommendations on your behalf, on everything from how late your library is open to how much you pay in tuition and fees. The responsibility for this apathy lies partly with SGA itself. There is a widespread perception that SGA doesn’t accomplish any-

thing of relevance to the student body, that it is an organization that deals in ideas more than action. The two remaining tickets aren’t exempt from that. Unfortunately, their answers at the runoff debate were incredibly broad. At one point, a panelist attempted to nail them down by asking what exactly the two tickets would do as soon as they entered office. One ticket spoke about “carrying out the student body’s vision” and the other talked about meeting with the administration so they could “start moving forward for students.” If SGA wants students to care what they’re doing, they need to do something worth caring about. Members of the organization need to

abandon support pieces and broad answers about student unity, and focus on student action instead. Every piece of legislation should accomplish something tangible. But the fault lies with the student body as well. If SGA is not focused enough on action, it is your responsibility to show up and hold them accountable. Go to debates. Vote in elections. Meet with senators. Ask tough questions. If you want an SGA that will make your university better, it’s your job to make sure they’re working for you. Not caring doesn’t do anyone any favors.

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

Why are voters apathetic about SGA? We asked students to chime in on social media...

“I felt like I got all the information about the candidates that I needed during the general election debate.” @jeremymlucas (senior communication studies major), via Twitter “When I attended, whenever #appstatesga conflicted with admin, admin won. Why get invested in SGA if its influence is minor?” @admrltact (2009 computer information systems alumnus), via Twitter “I voted, however a lot of people I know don’t think SGA plays that much of a role. The general consensus I’ve come across is that they think nothing ever gets accomplished.” Senior computer information systems major Will Morrisette, via Facebook “I personally didn’t vote because I transferred here this year, I live off-campus, I’m only on campus a handful of hours per week, and have never even heard of - or know, for that matter - any of the candidates before the election.” Junior exercise science major Justin Ekard, via Facebook “I’m completely unfamiliar with what the SGA do and have done. I rarely hear anything about them after the elections.” Senior sustainable development major Allison Myers, via Tumblr “Maybe if we were more aware of what they actually do throughout the year, instead of just at election time.” Sophomore English secondary education major Claire Bigelow, via Tumblr

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Hypersensitivity should take a backseat to education

Alexander McCall

I spend a lot of time online reading, researching and social networking. I witness a lot of different arguments and discussions on news sites and other websites, like Reddit and Tumblr. Recently I’ve noticed I keep running into a certain phrase repeatedly: “Check your privilege.” There’s white privilege, male privilege, heterosexual privilege, wealth privilege you name it, there’s a privilege for it. I’ve heard enough about privilege. I’m sick of it. I can acknowledge that society has given me certain advantages because of my skin color, socioeconomic status and

gender. But some seem to think privileged people are out to oppress every minority. While that’s sometimes true, unfortunately, it’s not the case for everyone. We all have certain privileges and we all face certain adversities. These days, you can barely utter two words before someone throws their head up and shouts, “I’m offended. You’re disrespectful. That’s hurtful.” Frankly, that’s absolutely ridiculous. Yes, it’s important to be mindful of things we say to one another. Yes, it’s important to be considerate of those who come from different walks of life. But we cannot continue to walk on eggshells all the time. If we don’t speak our thoughts and opinions for fear of offending someone, discourse will disappear. Some people aren’t aware

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Slut Walk’s methods are counterproductive

This letter is a response to the Slut Walk and the staff opinion “In a culture that assaults women, slut walks and other means of activism are necessary,” published March 29. While I don’t disagree with the purpose of the Slut Walk, I strongly disagree with the methods used to get the point across. I heard a Slut Walker recount instances of men honking their horns and mothers shielding their children from this protest. Doesn’t seem like the point was effectively conveyed, does it? Please understand, I 100 percent agree that “rapists are responsible for rape” and no one ever “asks” to be raped. What I’m suggesting is that rape prevention awareness should focus more on bringing back respect for women. This is not the only “culture that assaults women” because every culture, everywhere, has raped and assaulted women. Even in the days of women wearing dresses that covered them from the neck to their ankles. And the tragic reality is, there is no way to ever completely eradicate rape and assault. There is no such thing as “a society where women are safe no matter how they choose to spend their time.” But that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t try. Trying should come in the form of changing the way society perceives women’s character, not by trying to change the way society perceives the word “slut.” Trying should come in the form of seeing women as strong, intelligent, independent human beings, not by seeing their half naked bodies parading around campus and town. The cause of rape has nothing to do with what a woman is wearing, how a woman is behaving, or how much she’s had to drink, because rape can happen at any time, any place, under any circumstances. Rape happens to fully-clothed, sober women just trying to drive home from work. The cause of rape comes from lack of respect for women as human beings with rights, feelings and voices. This isn’t just a society that assaults women. This is a society that has lost respect for women. Laura Beasley Freshman psychology major

Column: The Satirist

Students express love, appreciation for attentive advisor

Michael Bragg | Lifestyles Editor

Staff Opinion

Accreditation requirements place strain on art majors

Lizzie McCreary Want to know what it’s like to take studio art classes at Appalachian State University? Try taking a three-hour class twice a week. Three hours is a long time to spend in one class, probably doing one assignment. It takes about three hours to drive to Charlotte and back. Now imagine that this class only counts toward three credit hours. You still have four more classes to fit into your schedule if you’re trying to stay on track. Only half of the required amount of credit hours is on your schedule and you now have little extra time to fit in other classes, assuming the schedule allows you to take them. You have now run into

my dilemma of signing up for classes for next semester, as an art major. I’m required to take so many studio classes, all of which used to be one hour and 50 minutes but have gone up to two hours and 20 minutes. Studio classes will reach a peak at two hours and 50 minutes next semester. But will it really stop there? The gradual addition of class time is not chosen by Appalachian’s Department of Art. The National Association of Schools of Art and Design has certain requirements for accreditation. The idea is that art students at member institutions will have more valuable degrees upon graduating. For Appalachian to remain a member, it must make sure studio art classes meet standards of a 2:1 ratio. So next year, six hours per week will count as three credit hours. I was recently told that music majors also run into this problem – and additionally have to attend mandatory performances and events they are not

credited for. In most We are told in studio art math and science classes, courses at the beginning a six-hour-per-week class of each semester that for would count toward four every hour spent working credit hours. in class, we’ll have to work Still think the arts have two to three hours outside it easier than other ma- of class. The hope for lonjors? ger classes To graduis that some ate on time, of this time I have to take STILL THINK THE will be cut ARTS HAVE IT at least two and pasted studio classes into the class, EASIER THAN per semester. the inOTHER MAJORS? where H o w e v e r, structor is trying to present. also fit in I don’t Honors and General Edu- mean to badmouth the cation courses is a struggle, Department of Art, I reassuming I don’t want to ally don’t. I am happy to finish classes at 8 or 9 p.m. be a part of it and I know each night. the only reason class time Luckily, classes had has taken a jump is to conhardly filled up when I tinue to allow art majors was allowed to register for to graduate with correct classes, or I would be left credentials. with little options while I just hope the changes still including two studio caused by NASAD don’t classes. affect the way art kids feel Upon asking other art about their studio classes. students, most of whom Three hours is a while for didn’t yet realize studio art any class and I’m in it for courses have leaped up to the long haul. almost three hours of instructional time per class, McCreary, a freshman I have found I’m not the graphic design major from only one who’s a frustrated Huntersville, is a senior about this. graphic designer.

One amazing professor has advised almost 90 students since she’s been at Appalachian State University and over half of them graduated on time. Students cite her caring nature and in-depth understanding of the general education system as reasons why this advisor provides such effective, outstanding guidance. Over a dozen students have sent heartfelt letters to the Chancellor so far this registration season to report that Betsy Taylor is the greatest godsend since Christ. Taylor has helped students by providing them with a solid foundation for their careers. “I would have graduated in the spring, but Dr. Taylor told me I should pick up a recreation management minor while I’m here,” senior accounting major Rachel Wilson said. “She really knows what employers want.” In addition to guiding their professional futures, Taylor wants students feel supported. She makes sure students feel like they can reach their goals. “I failed a few classes last semester and Dr. Taylor was pretty cool about it,” freshman undecided major Mark Donovan said. “I know she was joking when she said I wouldn’t be at school much longer and that I should practice asking people if they want fries with that. It was really funny when she told me to get out of her office and said that failure makes her want to boil kittens.” Taylor said she is in no way upset that advising is part of her job description. Registering students for classes they need to graduate is something university employees should take care of and not the student, Taylor said. “Students really can’t be trusted to figure out things like that by themselves,” Taylor said. “I’m glad to hold their sweaty little hands while they circle which classes on the checksheet to take. Sometimes students sit on my lap and we read the class descriptions out loud together.” Neville Clarkson is another of Taylor’s satisfied advisees. He thinks Taylor is doing the best she can amid the obstacle course that is getting the right classes to graduate. In high school, someone told Clarkson he’d be able to change his major seven times and still graduate. Clearly, someone lied to him. “I’m glad Dr. Taylor pushed me to try a few classes to see what I liked before settling into a major,” said Clarkson, a junior undecided major. “I can safely say that college is a place for exploration. If I came to college knowing what I wanted to do with my life, I’d be out in four years and I’d miss out on all the fun.” Rebecca Gitlen, a junior journalism major from Atlantic Beach, writes satirical columns about college life.

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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.

Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual Therapy Group: This group will present an opportunity for gay, lesbian, and bisexual individuals to explore life challenges. It will provide a safe environment in which to address a variety of issues (e.g., coming out, spirituality, family relationships, depression, selfesteem, abuse, etc.). Goals of the group include: reducing isolation, finding support and making changes. Tuesdays 5-6:30 and Fridays 1-2:30.

Painful Pasts, Promising Futures Group: This group is designed for those who have experienced traumatic events in their lives or who come from backgrounds in which they did not feel safe. Members will learn how their past experiences and their biology are affecting their lives now. More importantly, they will learn what to do about it! Members will learn important insights about their patterns in relationships and skills to better manage their emotions and relationships. Thursdays 3:30-5 and Fridays 3-4:30. (For information contact Amber Lyda: 262-3180 or Transgender Therapy Group: This group is similar to the “Understanding Self and Others” group in that a variety of issues will be explored in a safe and supportive environment. Some of the issues will be unique to gender-variant students. Goals of the group include: reducing isolation, finding support and making changes. Wednesdays 4:30-6. (For information contact Sheri Clark: 262-3180 clarksl@

WISE Women, Image, & Self Esteem: This group is designed for any woman interested in changing how she values herself. If you’d like to feel better about yourself and less controlled by appearance, food and what others think, this group may be for you. Thursdays 2-3:30 p.m. (For information contact Denise Lovin: 262-3180 or lovindm@

An Introduction to Mindfulness Group: Mindfulness involves stepping out of “auto-pilot” reactions and learning to pay more attention to our present experiences. Activities in this group will help participants cultivate a mindful approach to their lives, which can decrease stress, create emotional balance, and allow a person to take actions more in line with their values. Thursdays 2-3:30 (For information contact Chris Hogan: 262-3180 or To get started with a Counseling Center group, come to the Counseling Center during Walk-In Clinic, call 262-3180 or visit the website for more information at www.counseling. If you are interested in group but these times do not work for you, please get in touch with Chris Carden at 262-3180 or

Career resources available at ASU

Come explore the resources on campus here to assist you with your career planning and job searching needs. Is choosing a major causing you stress? The Peer Career Center can help! Choosing a major is one of the many decisions you will have to make during your college career. Do not take it lightly. The average person spends 86,000 hours working in his/her lifetime. How many hours are you going to spend choosing your career? We offer assistance in finding a major and career that matches your interests, abilities, values and experiences. Call 262-2029 to schedule an appointment or drop by our office located on the 2nd floor of the Student Union, beside McAllister’s Deli. Visit us at www.peercareer. The Career Development Center offers many resources to assist you in your job and internship search skills. Career Counselors will help you build a professional resume, cover letter, and help develop your interviewing skills. Students can utilize Career Gear, (, our new and improved career management system, to schedule career counseling appointments, post resumes, search for jobs and internships, sign up for on campus interviews, research employers, identify employer mentors and stay up to date with career center events and fairs. Learn about all of the great resources in the CDC at

Free, confidential legal advice

A licensed attorney is available to answer your questions, provide advice, and make referrals. This service is offered free of charge to any Appalachian State University student. Contact the Student Legal Clinic if you have a traffic ticket, a minor criminal charge, a question about your lease or the conditions in your off-campus apartment -- or any other issue or problem that you need legal help with. The Student Legal Clinis is located in Room 221of the Plemmons Student Union. Call (828) 262-2704 for an appointment. It’s fast and easy! Appointments can usually be scheduled within a few days.

Financial Aid questions?

Parents and students with financial aid questions are encouraged to visit our website at and their AppalNet account. The Office of Student Financial Aid is open Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., except for University observed holidays.

Spring Diversity Speakers Series

The Office of Multicultural Student Development has announced the Spring schedule for the 2011-2012 Diversity Speaker Series. We hope that you will take advantage of these unique opportunities to see, hear and learn from

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some of the leading experts on diversity and social justice. All Diversity Speaker Series events are free and open to the public. The series includes: 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 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, author of “Mrs. Darcy and the BlueEyed Stranger,” “On Agate Hill” and “The Last Girls,” will read from her writings during the Hughlene Bostian Frank Visiting Writers Series on Thursday, April 5, at 7:30 p.m. in Plemmons Student Union’s Table Rock Room at Appalachian State University. She also will present the craft talk “A Life in Books” from 2-3:15 p.m. in Table Rock Room. Both events are free and open to the public. Book sales and signing will follow the reading. Smith’s literary career began in 1966 during her senior year at Hollins College when she submitted an early draft of a coming-of-age novel to a Book-of-the-Month Club contest. She was awarded one of 12 fellowships. Two years later, the novel “The Last Day the Dog Bushes Bloomed” became Smith’s first published work of fiction. Her second novel, “Something in the Wind,” was completed in 1971, which garnered generally favorable reviews. Two years later her novel “Fancy Strut” was published and widely praised by critics as a comic masterpiece. Her fourth book, “Black Mountain Breakdown,” with its darker themes was a departure to her earlier writing. As a result, it took Smith five years to find a publisher for her next novel. This was when she turned her attention to short stories, for which she won O. Henry Awards in 1978 and 1980. “Cakewalk,” Smith’s first collection of short stories, was published in 1981. Smith taught at N.C. State University for the next 19 years and continued her writing. In 1983, her fifth novel, “Oral History,” became a Book-of-the-Month Club featured selection, garnering Smith a national audience. Five novels and three short story collections followed. Her latest collection of new and selected stories, “Mrs. Darcy and the Blue-Eyed Stranger,” was published in 2010. The Spring 2012 Visiting Writers Series is supported by the Appalachian State University Foundation; Appalachian’s Offices of Academic Affairs, Multicultural Student Development, and Cultural Affairs; the College of Arts and Sciences, the Department of English, the Summer Reading Program, the University Bookstore, Belk Library, and The Appalachian Journal. Business sponsors are The Gideon Ridge Inn and The Red Onion Restaurant. Community sponsors include John and Marjorie Idol, Paul and Judy Tobin, Alice Naylor, Thomas McLaughlin and The High Country Writers. The Visiting Writers Series is named in honor of Hughlene Bostian Frank, class of 1968, former trustee and generous supporter of Appalachian State University. Parking is free on campus after 5 p.m. The College Street parking deck provides the nearest access to Plemmons Student Union. To reach the student union, cross College Street and follow the walkway between the chiller plant and the University Bookstore, passing the Post Office and entering the student union on the second floor. For further parking information or a map, see www.parking.appstate. edu or call the Parking and Traffic Office 828-262-2878. For further information on Visiting Writers Series, call 828262-2337 or see 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

‘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.

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: today - 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 Hunter 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.

Spaghetti dinner for research

Alpha Omicron Pi’s 3rd Annual All-You-Can-Eat Spaghetti Dinner held on Wednesday from 5-7:30 p.m. 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 Wednesday 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. Refer to the Facebook event “Mountaineer Passover Dinner” for Contact Table times and more information or e-mail us at

Anthropology Club to show film

The Anthropology Club is sponsoring the film “Electronic Awakening” on Wednesday at 5 p.m. 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.

ASU honors student employees

The week of April 9-13 is National Student Employee Appreciation Week. In honor of all of Appalachian State University’s student employees, the Office of Student Employment will host its annual Student Employee Appreciation Event in the Blue Ridge Ballroom on April 12, 2-4 p.m. This is an open house style event and students can drop-in during those hours. There will be food, door prizes, and much more. This event is exclusively for student employees who work for Appalachian State University.

ASU offers Scuba Certification

Appalachian State University Recreation is offering a PADI scuba certification course to the Boone community and ASU students/faculty/staff. Scuba diving frees you to explore the underwater world-- from historic shipwrecks and pristine reefs to the mysteries of your local quarry. Become a diver and transform yourself. Registration is required. The course will be offered April 13-14 and 20-22. Regisration instructions, forms and fee information can be found online at www.

Lifesaving course in April

Appalachian State University Recreation and the American Red Cross are now accepting registration for their last spring session of lifeguarding certification classes. The lifeguarding classes are open to all community members and ASU students/staff who wish to obtain certifications in the areas of Lifeguarding, First Aid, and CRR/AED. Participants must be at least 15 years old and able to swim 300 yards. Certifications in CPR/AED will now be good for two years before renewal in necessary. Registration is required and is now open. The lifeguard course will be Fridays 4/13 & 4/20 at 5-10 p.m. and Saturdays 4/14 & 4/21 at Noon-8 p.m. For registration forms, fees, and instructions, as well as dates for future sessions please visit our website at www.

Perennials workshop on April 14

Learn about sun loving, heat tolerant perennials for the Boone landscape on April 14. The class will be offered at the greenhouse operated by the Department of Biology at 333 Dale St. off State Farm Road. Participants can choose either a 9:30-11 a.m. class or one offered from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Space in the class is offered first come, first served. Class discussion will include information on how to purchase online, plant and propagate these durable plants, many of which are useful cutflowers. The class is taught as part of the “High Country Gardening” program led by Jerry Meyer, a seasoned cold climate gardener and designer, who manages the Department of Biology greenhouse and conservatory. The conservatory showcases 700 species of plants from around the world. Meyer is a graduate of environmental science at Cornell University as well as horticulture and botany at the University of Vermont. Classes are free, although attendees may pay an optional registration fee to help support greenhouse operations and education efforts. To reserve a space, email Call 262-4025 for more information.

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Baseball improves to 15-0 at home by LAUREN OSBORNE Intern Sports Reporter

Men’s, women’s track represent in Wilmington by LEIGH ROBERTS


ith a non-conference sweep of Oakland, Appalachian improved its home record to 15-0 and pushed its overall record to 22-5, the best mark in the SoCon. Appalachian struggled in the first game of Saturday’s double-header. ASU allowed Oakland to jump out to a 5-0 lead and took a 7-2 lead into the fifth inning. However, Appalachian’s offensive pulled it together with five batters knocking base hits, followed by catcher Jeremy Dowdy hitting an RBI double to tie it up 7-7. First baseman Trey Holmes hit a homer to left field and the team added on four more runs to win the opener 13-8. “We haven’t really had an off weekend offensively, but this weekend we really turned it on extra,” right fielder Tyler Tewell said. A different ASU team came out for the second leg of the double-header. The Mountaineers raced out to a 10run cushion in the first five innings, but the game was called due to inclement weather. The game continued Sunday and the Mountaineers picked up right where they left off, piling on four more runs to win 14-5. “It feels great- it always feels great,” junior Rob Marcello said. “Everything feels better when you win. Everything tastes better.” The final game on Sunday turned into another blowout, as ASU’s offense came alive again. Right-fielder Tewell went four for five with two singles and two doubles and Trey Holmes blasted two homers in the second and fifth innings. Marcello improved to 4-1 with his win. Although Marcello put together a no-hitter through four innings, the ace gave up five runs in the fifth inning. But ASU jumped over the Grizzlies again to secure a 10-5 win.


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Second baseman Hector Crespo is congratulated by his teammates after hitting a home run during Sunday’s doubleheader against Oakland. Appalachian won Saturday’s game 13-8 and Sunday’s game 14-5.

“They were throwing it where I liked it and I was just putting the swings on it, so I just felt really comfortable today at the plate,” Tewell said. The Mountaineers outscored Oakland 37-18. Although ASU is undefeated at home, the Mountaineers will have a

tough test over Easter as they take on the College of Charleston. The Cougars are tied with Elon for second place in the conference. ASU leads the conference with a 7-2 mark. ASU will also take on rival East Tennessee State April 3, with first pitch at 6 p.m. in Smith Stadium.

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The men’s and women’s track teams represented the mountains Saturday at the Mountain vs. Beach Invitational in Wilmington. ASU joined with Western Carolina for the mountains. East Carolina and UNC-Wilmington teamed up for the beach. “We lost the meet in terms of mountains versus the beach,” head coach John Weaver said. “It was a close meet all the way through. We won the first three, so I guess it was time for East Carolina and Wilmington to win.” The men and women’s teams fared similarly, putting three athletes each in first-place finishing seats. “We had some pretty good performances, season bests and athletes that won their events,” Coach Weaver said. “We do this meet not only because it’s fun, we’re teaming up with a team in our conference and we’re joining forces to compete against two other schools that have good programs.” Among the first-place finishers for the men’s team was sophomore triple-jumper Jamal Tiller, who stood above his competition by nearly two inches with a 49’ 4.5” jump. Senior Darius Purcell, with the next first-place finish, jumped 7’ 0.25” in the high jump. Freshman teammate Daryl Saunders finished just behind Purcell, snagging second place. Junior Landon Powell took the last first place finish for his team, running the 200-meter dash in 21.66 seconds. “Personally, it went really well,” Powell said. “For my running, I did good in the 100 and of course I got first in the 200, so it went really well.” Dennis Moore came in second place in the 200-meter. In the field events, junior standout Jared Stalling came in second in the shot put. Nick Sansotta came in third. Jacob Stowe took third place in the pole-vault. The 4x100-meter relay team of Moore, Powell, A.J. Dohanic and Justin Thomas came in first place, in all of 40.82 seconds. For the women’s team, sophomore Shaquiela Robinson was among App’s first-placers, with an impressive 5’ 4.25” high jump. Hannah Orders picked up a first place for the distance team in the 3,000-steeplechase, with a time of 10:56.18. Junior shot-putter Gayshawna Watkins scored first place points for ASU as well, with a throw of 44’ even. Sophomore Breanna Alston came in second place in the 100-meter dash in 11.88 seconds and finished second in the 200-meter dash, in 24.45. “It’s going to take us right into the Auburn meet next week, where we’ll take some over our better athletes to give them some higher level competition prior to going into conference two weeks after that,” Coach Weaver said. “So right now, we’re still in that pattern of trying to improve and get ready for conference.” Next in store for the Mountaineers is the Auburn Invitational this Saturday, with the Appalachian Open Meet following April 13.

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Football looks to fill big roles left open by seniors by JAKE AMBERG Sports Editor


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Sophomore wide receiver Sean Price makes a one-handed grab in Saturday morning’s scrimmage. Price finished the spring practice game with four receptions, gaining 60 yards.

eplacing stars like Brian Quick, Matt Ruff and Orry Frye is never easy, but after the eleventh spring practice, Appalachian State is starting to get a feel for its new talent. ASU held its first open practice of the season March 31. The team scrimmaged for 125 plays, as a solid-sized crowd of roughly 150 got a good look at several new Mountaineers. The biggest shoes to be filled are those of former wide receiver Brian Quick, who left ASU the career leader in receptions, touchdowns and receiving yards. Sophomore Sean Price, along with returning starters Andrew Peacock and Tony Washington, will serve as starting wide receiver. Although Washington and Peacock combined for 80 receptions last season, Price, who has a similar build to Quick, is expected to fill a lot of Quick’s previous roles. Price showed a flash of potential during Saturday’s scrimmage, turning and soaring above defensive back Henry Barnes to grab a Jamal Jackson pass with one hand. Price stuck two feet inbounds before falling out of bounds. “It just kind of happened,” Price said. “I don’t really know the extent of it. I just knew. I turned around on the corner route, just jumped and grabbed it.” Jackson said he and Price are starting to develop the chemistry needed to make their offense successful. “I’m just trying to get more comfortable with him,” Jackson said. “We’re just trying to get on the same page, like when I scramble, just trying to find him and let him know where he needs to be.” The Mountaineers are also adjusting to the loss of the right side of their offensive line. Seniors Ruff and Frye combined for over 60 starts over their career, but several freshmen have the potential to fill the position. Shaq Counts, a 275-pound freshman, saw several snaps with the first team offense, and returning starters Kendall Lamm and Alex Acie are expected to improve in their second season. Freshman running back Tysean Holloway, who enrolled early at Appalachian State, was impressive as well, scoring two touchdowns. With the loss of senior Travaris Cadet to graduation, the freshman has potential to win the backup running back job. Senior Steven Miller, who is injured, is expected to become the starter. “He should be sitting in an English class down in Asheville,” head coach Jerry Moore said. “He’s mature beyond his years and he was ready to play college football when he was a high school senior and that’s why he’s been so successful here.” The ASU defense, which will return its top five tacklers from 2011, has dominated the ASU offense prior to the open practice, according to coaches. The Mountaineers will wrap up their spring practices Tuesday, and will not practice again until the summer.

Softball shut out Tennis teams take down their weekend opponents Men’s tennis shuts down Citadel Bulldogs for a win in home opener against College of Charleston by JORDAN DAVIS

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Appalachian State softball was swept by the College of Charleston this weekend, in a double-header Saturday and a third game Sunday. In the first game of the double-header, the Mountaineers lost in a 7-3 battle. ASU hit the ball well, with ten hits total in the game. Juniors Meghan Smith and Allie Cashion and freshman Sarah Warnock each went 2-for-4 in the losing effort. Though the team had 10 overall hits, the Mountaineers could not manufacture runs, leaving 10 runners on base.. “It definitely is frustrating - not just for myself, but for the players,” head coach Shae Wesley said. “The players did a great job hitting the ball. Their approach at the plate looked much better in the second half of the game.” Finishing off the double-header, the Black and Gold lost again 6-0. The College of Charleston’s Hope Klicker pitched a gem, giving up only four hits in six innings with 10 strikeouts. Freshman Dani Heichen was a bright spot for the Mountaineers, going 2-for3. Cashion was the only player for Appalachian to hit a multi-base knock with a double in the top of the forth. The final game on Sunday proved to be no different, with a 3-1 loss for the Mountaineers. Appalachian again struggled at the plate, only managing one run in the game. The Cougars provided another pitching gem, this time by the arm of Stephanie Saylors, who allowed three hits in seven innings of work with four strikeouts. Mountaineer freshman Caroline Rogers went 2-for-3 with one run, while freshman Cynthia Gomez brought in App’s only RBI of the day. Freshman Riley Carter thinks the team can take lessons from this weekend. “All we can really do is learn from it,” Carter said. “Take what we did good, take what we did bad and improve on it.” The Mountaineers’ next series is at home, where they will face the Catamounts of Western Carolina in a 5 p.m. game April 6 and a double-header April 7 at 12 p.m.

The men’s tennis team secured an impressive win on its home courts Tuesday, sweeping the Citadel 7-0 and improving its record to 4-0 in Boone The Mountaineers made quick work of the Bulldogs, taking all but one of the matches in two sets - including a perfect victory for senior Alain Humblet. The Citadel’s lone win came in the first set of the No. 1 singles match, against senior Alex Markov. But Markov was able to fight back and win the match in an intense third set. Markov is the third Mountaineer to achieve player of the week honors this year, along with Humblet and sophomore Sebastian King. App followed the win with a tough 3-4 loss to UNC-Greensboro Saturday, ending its win streak at four. After dropping the doubles point at the beginning of the match, the team got wins from Steve Karendal and Matt Saltsgaver to reach a 2-1 lead. Still, the Spartans rebounded and won three of the next four matches, clinching the win. “We played well,” head coach Bob Lake said. “It was just one of those days. The other team rose up and deserved to get the win.” The team currently sits fourth in the conference at 4-2, trailing the College of Charleston by two games. With a conference title still a possibility, Lake said the team is taking it match by match. “Our goal every year is to get a conference ring, so we’re not happy where we stand now,” Marcov said “We are looking to win out and make a run in the tournament.” Appalachian will play its final road match Tuesday against Presbyterian, before finishing the regular season with a four-game home stand.

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Senior Alex Markov anticipates a return Thursday afternoon versus The Citadel. The Mountaineers deafeated the Bulldogs 7-0 at home.

Women’s tennis beats Western before falling to Chattanooga at home by JORDAN DEVERE

them. We always have good matches with no bad blood - maybe because we’ve won every year since I ppalachian State buried rihave been coach - but every year is val Western Carolina 5-0 different.” Saturday, as the MountainCoach Crothers continued his eers improved their record to .500 dominance, as ASU won 62 games in the Southern Conference. to the Catamounts’ 12. The undermanned Catamounts The Mountaineers also won the forfeited a doubles match and a doubles point, taking both matches singles match, resulting in the peplayed as well as the forfeited numculiar 5-0 score. ber-three doubles match. Senior Gisela Fernandez said Seniors Blakeley Bean and Kimthe team was confident heading Lea Dinh won number five and into the match. four singles by shutouts at identical “I think we are going to rebound scores of 6-0, 6-0. today because we just finished the “I think this year’s team is a lot Paul Heckert | The Appalachian toughest part of our schedule,” Senior Gabriela Celi returns the ball over the net in her stronger,” assistant coach Eri LatFernandez said. “So it will be good doubles match against WCU on Saturday. The team imer said. “We had more players to gain some confidence before won the match 5-0. last year but this year the core is going into the conference tournamore solid.” ment.” looking forward to playing us,” Coach ASU fell to Chattanooga 6-1 on Despite beating them handily, Crothers said. “Their top three players Sunday, dropping its record to 10-8 and head coach Colin Crothers always expects have put up good battles against their op- 3-4 in the SoCon. a good match from Western Carolina. ponents so far, so it’s a matter of Ellie, JenThe Mountaineers will take on David“I know Western Carolina is always nifer, Gaby and Celi taking their game to son April 3 at 3 p.m. in Boone. Intern Sports Reporter


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