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Four Appalachian State University students have been found responsible for sexual offenses, sexual misconduct, harassment, hostile communication and accessory to a code violation following a Student Conduct Board hearing that took place March 29 to 31, junior history secondary education major Meagan Creed said in an interview with The Appalachian this week. A fifth student was charged with the same counts as the other four, but was only found responsible for harassment and attempting to commit and be an accessory to a code violation, Creed said. That student is still on Appalachian’s 2012 football roster but is only allowed to participate in football practices, not games, Creed said. The other students have been suspended from the university for a total of eight semesters. Creed brought charges against the students after an alleged sexual assault incident that took place April 28, 2011. Hearings were initially held throughout December and January. Two of the accused students were found responsible for harassment and accessory. Another two students were found responsible for all charges. The final student was not found responsible on any charges. Creed appealed the Student Conduct Board’s initial decision because she said the board was not properly trained to handle sexual assault and rape cases. Creed had the option to appeal the March 31 decision as well, but said she decided against it. “I’m moving away from this situation and trying to close this chapter in my life,” she said. Another former student, Alex Miller, brought charges against two of the students Creed accused. Miller said she has decided to pursue another hearing against those students, including the student who was only found responsible for two charges out of four. “I am going to come back to App State one last time to make sure this rapist gets the punishment, along with his fellow womanizers,” said Miller, who is no longer enrolled at the university and plans to transfer next semester. Specific details of student conduct proceedings are confidential, said Hank Foreman, associate vice chancellor for university communications and cultural affairs. “Under certain circumstances, the university is permitted to release limited information about outcomes in student conduct cases, but not until the final administrative action has been taken,” Foreman said.

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Cox/Barnes win 2012 SGA election Get to know your new SGA President and Vice-President

by ANNE BUIE Senior News Reporter


hen Jake Cox heard the results of the 2012 Student Government Association runoff election, he thought he had lost. When the results for last year’s runoff elections were announced, the losing ticket was read first. This year, Elections Board Chair Frank Byrne decided to announce the losing ticket last. So when Cox - who will serve as SGA president next year - heard his name first, he was convinced he had come up short. “I didn’t even hear the number until [Barnes] turned and hugged me,” Cox said. Cox and Barnes, the 2012-13 SGA president and vice-president, received 53 percent of the runoff vote. Candidates Evan Freemyer and Bobby Lee received 46 percent. The number was low, but higher than expected, Barnes said. “We were worried about getting 900 [votes], so the fact that 1,200 [students] came out is pretty impressive,” he said. A total of 1,230 votes were cast in the 2012 runoff election - 1,000 fewer than in the 2011 runoff election. Former presidential candidate Freemyer said the campaigning process was an enjoyable experience regardless of the results. “Eric and Jake were great opponents and I know they will do a great job in the positions next year,” Freemyer said. Freemyer and Lee plan to continue their involvement in SGA, but neither see Election, page 2

President-Elect Jake Cox

Vice-President-Elect Eric Barnes

By this time next year, what are you hoping to have accomplished?

What is your first priority now that you are elected?

I hope that Jake and I will sit down and say that we did everything to the best of our ability and that we didn’t waste time…I want to say that we did make a difference on campus…I want to be able to say we attacked and achieved as much as we could…I want Student Government to have a better image next year. What I mean by image is that it’s marketed and publicized more.

I can’t accomplish any of my platform goals without a cabinet on board. I need people who support me, who can chase after my platform goals, so Eric and I are going to first begin by looking for cabinet. What are you looking for in a cabinet? We’re definitely looking for cabinet members who work together well. People who are driven, motivated and who are good student leaders on this campus.

How do you see your administration varying from the current administration? One thing we want to vary is communication. We touched on that a lot...we want better communication between the faculty and organizations. The 10 senate seats was a great idea but there were a lot of organizations that felt hurt by it too. We want to try to build those bridges. That’s no diss toward the current administration, but there’s always room for improvements.

Would you consider people from outside SGA to be in your cabinet? Absolutely. I think some of the best people we’ve had this year came from outside SGA … I think some of the most potential will come from outside. What do you hope to accomplish?

What’s one of your main concerns for next year and how do you plan to address it? One of my concerns for next year is the budget. The new budget is going to come out and Jake and I still have to fight for that. Tuition is always going to be huge…Regarding student safety, we’re definitely going to look at the blue lights, specifically places that don’t have them.

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It’s a mixture of things. Our F.O.C.U.S element that we had touched on was really important to us. So the feasibility, the organization, the communication, the unity and the sustainability - all of that is really important to emphasize. Obviously, we do have a lot of projects that we want to work on…Programs like the eco-box system - that is something that I want to concentrate on. That’s a big one from last semester, so seeing it carried through and implemented on this campus really would be a cool legacy.

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A forest fire burned late Monday night, near the Blue Ridge Mountain Club. As of press time, the fire was contained and the cause was still under investigation.

ASU’s four-year graduation rate tops other universities by KELLI STRAKA

Senior News Reporter

Appalachian State University has a higher four-year retention rate than East Carolina University, UNC-Charlotte and UNC-Greensboro. At Appalachian, 39.8 percent of the class of 2010 began as freshmen, remained enrolled and graduated within a four-

year time span. That came just short of the university’s 42 percent goal. For the same graduating class, ECU’s rate was 32.7 percent, UNC-Charlotte’s was 26.3 percent and UNC-Greensboro’s was 29.4 percent. Appalachian’s retention rate rose to 41.5 percent for the class of 2011 - still short of the university’s 43 percent goal.

Some attribute Appalachian’s higher retention rates to a strong focus on high school GPAs and SAT scores during the admissions process. Heather Langdon, the senior associate director for the Office of Institutional Research and Planning, said multiple studies have pointed to high school GPA as one of the strongest predicting factors

for success in college. And Director of Admissions Lloyd Scott said his office works hard to admit students who are likely to succeed. “We work very hard to identify those students who are likely to be successful here, who are likely to persist to graduation and to graduate on time,” Scott said. Appalachian has

also made changes, in recent years, to ensure that students are able to graduate on time. Director of Academic Advising Lynne Waugh pointed to advising programs like Early Registration Advising, a pre-orientation course implemented in spring 2010. Waugh also mentioned DegreeWorks, a new degree audit tool the university

hopes to fully implement by 2012. The university purchased the software for $56,000 after the Student Government Association passed a resolution requesting a 24/7, userfriendly audit system for students and advisors. “This won’t replace the job of the advisor,” Waugh said. “It’s just one more tool that students need help with. We’ll still be needed.”

Correction An April 3 story in The Appalachian incorrectly reported that Ron Hinton and Kevin Kimball were nominated for ASG president and vice-president, and that Arjay Quinto and Juan Virella were waiting for an amendment to an attendance bylaw before they could accept a nomination. Hinton and Kimball were unable to accept a nomination. Quinto and Virella were eligible to accept a nomination.



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County Commissioners pass resolution in favor of Amendment One by KEVIN ATKINSON Intern News Reporter

The Watauga County Board of Commissioners passed a resolution in favor of Amendment One Tuesday, April 3. The amendment, which goes before North Carolina voters May 8, includes the following clause: “Marriage between one man and one woman is the only domestic legal union that shall be valid or recognized in this State.” The resolution passed 3-1, with all the Republican commissioners in favor. Jim Deal, the lone Democrat present, voted nay. Tim Futrelle, another Democrat, was absent. Commissioner Vince Gable rejected claims that the resolution passed too quickly, saying advance notice is not necessary for such a well-known issue. Gable said he was unsure how much influence the resolution would have. “It’s up to the individual to make that choice for themselves,” Gable said. “We as a group felt we support the amendment, so we passed the resolution.” Same-sex marriage is already banned in the state, but some legislators believe an amendment to the state constitution will clarify ambiguities.

The Amendment:

How do you feel about Amendment One?

“Marriage between one man and one woman is the only domestic legal union that shall be valid or recognized in this State. This section does not prohibit a private party from entering into contracts with another private party; nor does this section prohibit courts from adjudicating the rights of private parties pursuant to such contracts.” Josh Snellgrove, senior history major “I’m against it. Same sex marriage has no effect on you. There is no point in being against it.” Stephen Kraus, junior child development major “I don’t feel like it should be added to the constitution. I don’t agree with same-sex marriage, but I also don’t believe the ban should be in the constitution. It should be somewhere else.” Kala Brust, sophomore elementary education major “If it’s not hurting anything, I don’t see what the problem is. If people are against it, that’s fine, but I don’t think it should be banned.” James Ashley, junior journalism major “I don’t really have a problem with same-sex marriage. It’s not really a touchy situation for me, as far as who is going to get married. People should have the right to do what they want with their own bodies.” Davis Roberts, sophomore marketing major “I’m not in favor of the ban. I think that gay people and lesbians should be able to do what they want; I don’t think it hurts the sanctity of marriage.” Have a different opinion? We’d love to hear from you. Email Information compiled by Kevin Atkinson, Intern News Reporter

Faculty, alumni join WASU’s 40th anniversary celebration by KATIE REULE

Intern News Reporter

Appalachian State University’s student radio station, 90.5 WASU, will hold its 40th anniversary celebration this weekend, starting April 14. Faculty and WASU alumni will join in special events and broadcasts to commemorate the station’s establishment in 1972. “We are all humbled and honored to be able to meet those people who set the groundwork for what we are getting to carry on and expand upon and try to make improvements on every year,” Station Manager Lauren Brigman said. The station will hold an open house Saturday from 11 a.m. to noon for alumni, faculty and students. Following the

open house, alumni and current staff members will attend the 40th Anniversary Gala in the Chancellor’s Box in Kidd Brewer Stadium. WASU Founder Bob Cowan and Chancellor Peacock are scheduled to speak. “The 40th, to us, is not just that one day in April,” Brigman said. “We’re celebrating the entire year. I like to think it’s a milestone to all that we have done this year.” Alumni can participate in a fundraiser lasting from April 13 to 15, during which an hour of airtime can be purchased with a $100 donation. All proceeds will benefit the construction of the Beasley Broadcasting Complex - the future home of WASU - which is scheduled for completion later this year. In another nod to the

Schedule of Events Friday April 13: 11 a.m. - Station Manager Lauren Brigman interviews founder Bob Cowen Saturday April 14: All day - Station auctions bricks for the Beasley Broadcastin Complex 11 a.m. to noon - Station tours open to alumni Noon - 40th Anniversary Gala, open to alumni and current staff members Sunday and Monday April 13 to 15 - Alumni can purchase an hour of airtime for a $100 donation January to October - In a continuing nod to the anniversary, WASU will incorporate alumni voices during breaks in music future completion of Beasley, the station will auction off $250 bricks that will eventually become part of the broadcasting complex. Donors can choose to have their names engraved for an additional $150, and will receive a copy of the brick for another $50.

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are sure which positions they will hold, Freemyer said. Cox said he would consider either candidate for his cabinet, although the spots would not be guaranteed. “I believe that their drive and the motivation were shown in this election, which is something that would make for a good possible addition to our cabinet,” Cox said. Cox said he was “ecstatic” about the results. “I’m truly honored and humbled that students believe in me and Eric to have this capability and this responsibility of being student leaders for the student body,” Cox said. “It’s something that we don’t take lightly and we do not want to abuse.” Cox and Barnes will be inaugurated April 24.

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University talks race and Trayvon Martin at recent event by EMMALEE ZUPO

Senior Lifestyles Reporter

Last Thursday, as controversy surrounding the Trayvon Martin case grew, Appalachian State University added voices to the national conversation. Appalachian’s chapter of the American Correctional Association hosted “The Trayvon Martin Case: What’s Race Got to Do With It” April 5 in Plemmons Student Union’s Whitewater Café. Former Boone Chief of Police Bill Post and Professor of Criminal Justice Matthew Robinson spoke. Approximately 60 people attended the lecture, which touched on race and criminal justice issues surrounding the ongoing investigation surrounding Trayvon Martin, a 17-yearold who was shot and killed by in February. Some have called for the arrest of George Zimmer-

man, the neighborhood watch leader who shot Martin. That’s not a conclusion that should be reached rapidly, Post said. “I’m not sure that we want to be making an arrest just to make an arrest, without any good chance of a conviction later on,” Post said. “It’s a pretty low standard to make an arrest, but if that’s the case and you don’t have enough evidence to make a conviction later, I don’t want to see what would happen if Zimmerman’s charged and then found not guilty.” Many have also brought race into the conversation surrounding the incident. For both Robinson and Post, race is not the only contributing factor that should be examined - but it may have had an effect. “I believe that the truth is far more complex than people on the right are saying and what people on the left are saying,” Robinson

said. “Race had something to do with this, without any question in my mind, but it wasn’t just race and we need to acknowledge that.” Members of the university community who attended responded to the views presented in various ways. “I think this reaffirmed my opinion,” said senior psychology major Kortney Parkman, who attended after following the event in the news. “I think I was pretty knowledgeable about it to begin with, before I came. I came in with my mind open, but turns out - I was thinking along the same vein as Dr. Robinson was.” Professor of Criminal Justice Professor Barbara Zaitzow said she thought the event provided a good outlet for discussion on a sensitive topic. “I think this case kind of ignites discussion about previous cases and the potential

Ceremony for 2012 Women of Influence awards moved to May 4 by CHELSEY FISHER

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Former Boone Chief of Police Bill Post and professor Matthew Robinson hold a discussion on the recent killing of African-American teenager Trayvon Martin.

for future cases and I think it needs to be explored,” Zaitzow said. “And I think people at a national level have been outraged and I

The Women’s Center’s Women of Influence awards have been moved to May 4. The awards ceremony was originally scheduled for Friday in Plemmons Student Union’s Table Rock Room. Each year, the center seeks nominations for the award, which honors four women who go “above and beyond” for others. “I believe that “It’s nice to stop e x t r ao rd i n a r y and take care people someand recognize times get attention but often each other.” times don’t,” said Cathryn Tiffany Christian Assistant Professor of Social MacArthur, a Work senior political science major. “The Women’s Center brings light and encouragement to women who deserve this attention.” Each year since 1998 - the year the Women’s Center opened - a panel of faculty, staff and students has chosen the winners from a pool of nominees. “They compare how they feel about each nominee and unanimously reach a winner in each category,” Women’s Center volunteer Tami Gorodetzer. Last year, then-senior sociology major Lauren White won the student award. Amy Michael, a social worker for Watauga County Schools, won the community award. Theatre and Dance’s Elaine Hartley won the staff award. Assistant Professor of Social Work

Aided by an uncharacteristically mild winter, Summit Residence Hall and other components of the new student union addition are nearing completion for the fall 2012 semester. Summit Residence Hall’s completion date is set for August 1. The rest of the addition, including the annex wing, is set for completion by October 24, Project Manager David Sweet said. The project is now classified at 65 percent complete, Sweet said. Construction at Plemmons Student Union will add an extra 50,000 square feet to the building, including a new annex wing that will house offices for the Center for Student Involvement and

Tiffany Christian won the faculty award. Christian said receiving the award was “meaningful.” “Women are so busy taking care of others,” she said. “It’s nice to stop and take care and recognize each other.”


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Leadership and Multicultural Student Development. Construction was assisted by a winter with considerably lower snowfall that usual. Cumulative snowfall came in at 13.7 inches, according to Ray’s Weather Center - a major decrease from 68.95 inches in 2010-11 and 83.6 inches in 200910. “They made out great,” Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Development Dino DiBernardi said. “They had the best weather you could possibly hope for in Boone.” The origin of Summit Residence Hall reaches back to a November 2007 feasibility study, Sweet said. Design work started in the summer of 2008 and spanned through the fall of 2011. Demolition


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Senior political science major Cathryn MacArthur talks about the Women of Influence award. MacArthur helped direct the event, organized by the Women's Center, which seeks to recognize women at Appalachian State who have gone "above and beyond" for others.

would think that we would have students here in classes being outraged. But a lot of folks don’t feel comfortable talking about it, so from this

work began in the summer of 2010 and the rest of the project was fleshed out in three phrases - demolition, foundation and site preparation, and the completion of construction. Starting next year, the university will continue plans to renovate one residence hall per year. “In 2013, we will renovate Winkler Hall and in 2014, we will renovate Belk Hall,” DiBernardi said. “Then we are back on our renovation schedule to renovate all the halls that have not been renovated yet. There are eight of them, so for the next eight years we will be renovating halls.” Currently, Winkler, Belk, Eggers, Bowie, Coltrane, Justice, East and Gardner Halls have not been renovated.

AITP takes home National Chapter of the Year award

mitment of the officers and, of course, the dedication of our faculty advisor, Dr. [Scott] Hunsinger.” Students from the AITP chapter Appalachian State University’s student chapter of the Association of Informa- raised more than $3,500 to fund their tion Technology Professionals took home trip to San Antonio in a silent auction its second National Chapter of the Year fundraiser March 26. The club also received support from other award March 29. grants and fundraising efThe organization received the award at the 2012 AITP “We got to com- forts, according to a university news release. National Collegiate Conpete and show Club member Alice Culference in San Antonio, off our skills in bertson said it felt good to Texas Appalachian’s AITP know Appalachian is being chapter outperformed clubs many areas.” recognized for something from more than 200 schools Alice Culbertson other than sports. in 45 states during the past AITP club member She also said the conferyear, Club President Kristin ence was a life changing Houck said. experience. The chapter also won the “We got to compete and show off our Outstanding Chapter of the Year award for the region, according to an Appala- skills in many areas,” said Culbertson, a freshman mathematics secondary educhian news release. Houck said she was “honored” by the cation major. “Even if we didn’t win, we walked away knowing we could do it and recognition. “It’s all thanks to the involvement of had something to work on to better ourthe members, the collaboration and com- selves.” by REBECCA GITLEN News Reporter

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Jim Avett to open for New River Boys by MICHAEL BRAGG Lifestyles Editor


ospel bluegrass artist Jim Avett – father of Scott and Seth of the Avett Brothers – will open for Boone folk-pop group the New River Boys Thursday, April 26 at Legends. “I would hope that people are in the mood to see some music and I’m hoping that we can bring some people that will increase the crowd to hear the New River Boys,” Avett said. “I’ll ham it up.” Usually, it’s the big name artist that pulls from Boone for an opening act when they stop at Leg-

ends, but this time it is the other way around. After potential openers fell through due to conflicting schedules, New River Boys mandolin player Aaron Simpson said the band decided to shoot for someone big to open. “I wrote his manager a letter and said ‘people love you up here and we’d love to have you if that fits into your schedule,’ and I saw on his website that he didn’t have anything planned,” Simpson said. Avett’s first album, 2008’s “Jim Avett and Family,” was comprised of gospel songs he sang with his children. Following that, he released “Tribes” in 2010 and “Sec-

ond Chance” this past February. Avett waited to retire from his welding company of 35 years and until his children were well on their own before he began his music career, according to “I have a lot of interests, I do a lot of different things and when I die, I want to look back and say there wasn’t anything that I didn’t try that I wanted to try,” he said. “I’ve got a little bit more time to play. I never gave it up. I play all the time.” Avett was raised in music, learning the piano, violin and eventually the guitar, and said he has been playing music for 50 years. The New River Boys are cur-

rently working on their next album, set to release around fall or winter of this year - when students are in town, so the Appalachian fans get the first listen, Simpson said. “The reason that it’s taking longer than our last EP is because we want to make sure that we are producing a product that’s going to be sellable far outside of Boone, like it’s going to be able to reach a lot of different people,” Simpson said. Doors open at 9 p.m. and tickets are $4 in advance for students and $6 at the door for everyone. This is a BYOB event with proper identification.

Senior Devin Lattin opens second downtown business by JOSIE WOOD

Intern News Reporter

Two Appalachian State University students are in the process of opening Boone’s first members-only hookah lounge, Up in Smoke. Senior marketing major Eric Lippert and senior marketing and business management double major Devin Lattin recently purchased property on Howard Street and plan to open the lounge by this summer. This is not Lattin’s first foray into local business. He currently owns downtown eatery Hot “Diggity” Dog and was named student entrepreneur of the year by Appalachian’s Transportation Insight Center for Entrepreneurship. Lattin said he saw a demand for a hookah lounge in Boone and decided to capitalize on it. The most recent hookah lounge open in the area, Howard Street’s Koncepts Hookah Bar, is no longer in business. “People under 21 don’t have an avenue in Boone because the nightlife is limited,” Lattin said. “This will be a social place, even if you don’t smoke. It will be an outlet for entertainment like music events and movie nights.” In addition to featuring various hookah flavors, the lounge will also offer alcohol and food. And each of those offerings will be available through a yearly or monthly membership, Lippert said. “The members-only concept helps us to get around legalities like the ban on smoking indoors in the state,” Lippert said. “It also adds

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Senior marketing and business management double major Devin Lattin works on renovations for the opening of Up in Smoke Hookah Lounge. The lounge hopes to open by summer and will also offer a retail section.

the ability to serve alcohol and obtain a retail tobacco license.” Membership fees are still being settled, but they are expected to be around $2 per month or $10 per year, Lippert said. Junior social work major Logan Boylan, who has been involved in painting the lounge and taking photos for its website, said Lippert and Lattin’s business experience will be help-

ful. “They are both so detail-oriented, but not in such a serious way,” Boylan said. “It’s just friends talking about ideas.” Lippert and Lattin are still securing permits and finalizing a lease, and plan to open Up in Smoke by this summer. For more information, visit

TOMS’ one-day challenge is tougher than it seems by MICHAEL BRAGG Lifestyles Editor

Editor’s Note: The following reflects the opinions and experiences of the author. The TOMS One Day Without Shoes challenge gives you more than sore feet and disgusted looks from strangers. It also provides a greater respect for the luxury and protection of shoes that many people around the world do not know. The One Day Without Shoes event is simple: Don’t wear shoes for one day and get people to notice you. People will see that you don’t have shoes, ask why, get curious about TOMS, learn about their program, buy a pair of their shoes and in result will give a pair of shoes to a kid in need. However, I didn’t get looks of curiosity, just insanity and disregard. If you’re familiar with Boone and Appalachian State University, barefoot civilians and students are not that uncommon. For those who gave me disparaging looks, they probably saw me as another dirty, barefoot hippie walking around campus and King Street.

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People are asked to take their shoes off for one day a year for TOMS ‘One Day Without Shoes,’ which brings awareness to the importance a pair of shoes can have on a children who go without them.

This year’s One Day Without Shoes was not so successful in Boone because most students - the main source of potential barefoot activists - weren’t in back in town from Appalachian’s Easter holiday yet, making me and maybe three other students feel a little left out. But despite the lack of peer support and interest from others, my day without shoes taught me something: We have a misunder-

stood and underappreciated commodity on our feet. If you’ve ever walked anywhere in public barefoot, it isn’t pleasant. By the end of the day, my feet had been jabbed by pebbles, stubbed by concrete and riddled with dirt. I put up with this for one day - I can’t imagine doing it all the time. Whether you support TOMS’ one-for-one mission or even like

their products, take a moment to realize what you have. Not only do your shoes keep your feet dry, warm and protected from all kinds of debris, but many diseases and parasites can be absorbed through the skin and into the bloodstream just by stepping barefoot into infected areas, according to Even in Kenya, parasitic fleas known as jiggers can burrow into the skin of a person’s foot, causing painful infections. Imagine worrying about that the next time you put your shoes on. The thing we worry the most about our feet in a day is whether our shoes match our outfit, not whether they’ll protect our feet from debris, viruses and bugs. TOMS’ One Day Without Shoes is more than just seeing if you can go an entire day barefoot before you give in or until someone tells you to put your shoes on in a public place - although no one stopped me Tuesday. One Day Without Shoes, for me, was a humbling experience that made me appreciate the simple luxury of comfort and protection I can buy at any mall. The calluses I built up won’t last long, but knowing there are people in this world who suffer through this daily will last in my memory.

Student’s jewelry makes an impact for kids in Kenya by MEGAN WRAPPE Lifestyles Reporter

Mary Margaret Johnson spends plenty of time making jewelry - often, it’s worn by people she’s never met. The sophomore social work major crafts jewelry that’s sold by the Amani Children’s Foundation, an organization that donates the funds to Kenyan orphanages. Johnson is working to start a chapter of the organization at Appalachian State University. The foundation was started by two family friends of Johnson’s in 2004 and, after working for them last summer, the idea of establishing

an Appalachian chapter was born. “I think App is such a great place for this type of charity, because we’re an arts-based community and we’re politically aware,” Johnson said. Amani Children’s Foundation’s co-founder Jane Stephens said Johnson is in the “right place at the right time” to establish the chapter. “I think App kids will have their own flavor,” Stephens said. “App is a can-do campus, and when they say they’re going to do something, they do it big.” UNC-Chapel Hill already has a chapter on its campus. “When Chapel Hill’s organization first start-

ed, they were supporting two babies,” Stephens said. “They now support 10. App could take care of 10 babies a year.” Johnson said she hopes the chapter will be an official club by next semester. She said she plans to hold weekly meetings, during which members will make jewelry. “I’ve already talked to 12 people that are interested in doing this,” Johnson said. “Once people start doing it and see how simple it is to make a difference, I don’t know why you wouldn’t want to come back.” Prospective members of the Appalachian’s Amani Children’s Foundation chapter can contact Johnson at


Bassnectar releases new album by EMMALEE ZUPO

Senior Lifestyles Reporter

Editor’s Note: The following reflects the opinions of the author. Though Bassnectar has been building a huge fan base for themselves since 2001 and has become increasingly popular recently, their latest album is just… okay. “Vavavoom,” Bassnectar’s ninth full album, was released Tuesday. For fans of dubstep and Bassnectar in particular, the album shouldn’t necessarily be disappointing. It’s not there’s anything technically wrong with it. Aside from a few outlying songs, it pretty much sounds like dubstep – nothing new or shocking here. Again, technically speaking, the album is fine. There are a few parts where the music sounds a little thin and wavers on the line between dubstep and cheap, club music every once in a while, but otherwise, Bassnectar has released what should be another successful album. The albums achieves the dubstep standard: cerebral, heavy, electronic music. And it is very, very repetitive. At times, it’s actually a little hard to sit through. Of course, in a club/party setting, it should suffice, but on its own, it has a tendency to flatline. One song in particular, however – a remake of a song by the California punk band Pennywise – actually would have been better without as much of the dubstep sound interfering. Specifically, the song is a good one, but the ending is just ruined when the bass kicks in. It seriously sounds awful. I’m not sure what the intention was there, but it’s pretty rough. While there are gritty spots, Bassnectar still has a very honed sound, which is more evident in songs like “Ping Pong” or “Empathy.” Bassnectar, the brainchild of Lorin Ashton, have been responsible for creating some serious recognition because of their sound – arguably, Ashton helped illuminate dubstep and bring it to where it is now. It’s partly because of this reason that “Vavavoom” is somewhat unimpressive. This album will most likely coast through by name recognition more than anything else. If you’re looking for a chance to sample the music yourself, check out There are five full tracks you can preview, and there’s also a decent amount of their older music available for free download. In the end, dubstep is a genre of music that you’re either crazy about or could care less about. It’s a pretty unique, very synthetic sound. (And since Bassnectar does have such a huge following, it’s very doubtful that this album will make a dent in that.) However, in this instance, I’m leaning toward the latter.


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2012 Outdoors Guide • April 12, 2012

Information compiled by: Michael Bragg, Hayden Keziah, Maggie Blunk, Megan Wrappe, Will Greene, Blake Litaker, Emmalee Zupo and Katarina Gruss

The High Country offers more than just action packed winter sports and the annual tradition of watching the turning of the region’s autumn leaves. With warmer weather ahead, the mountains and surrounding areas on and off the Blue Ridge Parkway offer endless opportunities for outdoor recreation - from camping and hiking to jumping off waterfalls. Below, we’ve explored nine locations that offer Appalachian State University students a chance to get out of the dorm or the library to enjoy the great outdoors.

Watauga Lake Joey Johnson | The Appalachian

Watauga Lake is located about an hour away from campus in eastern Tennessee. The lake offers fishing, boating and swimming opportunities, as well as views of the Appalachian Trail.

“It’s beautiful and it’s only an hour away. I haven’t explored too many lakes around here, but that’s one of my favorite lakes within an hour’s drive.”

Just across the state line southwest of Mountain City, Tenn. is Watauga Lake, which spans over 100 miles of shoreline. Watauga - a Native American term for “beautiful waters” - gives its visitors a view of the Appalachian mountains and offers a variety of activities, including fishing, hiking and swimming. The site also offers access to the Appalachian Trail. From campus, the lake’s visitor center is just over an hour’s drive on U.S. Hwy. 321 north. For more information, visit

Quick Facts:

• Construction of the dam began in 1942 but came to a stop during World War II. The dam was eventually completed in 1948. • The lake has a surface area of 34,200 acres of water. • The maximum width of the lake is 313 acres. Source:

Emory Klesick, senior recreation management major

Rocky Knob

Mountain Bike Park Rocky Knob Mountain Bike Park consists of rider-made trails for biking just off U.S. Hwy. 421 south. The park is still under construction and will host six to eight miles of mountain bike trails along with three shelters, a playground and picnic areas. Just over three miles off campus, the drive is not difficult for anyone looking for a place to take their bike on trails with jumps, turns and everything else imaginable. For more information, visit

Quick Facts:

• Watauga County Tourism Development Authority received a $500,000 grant from the North Carolina Parks and Recreation Trust Fund to assist with acquisition and development for Rocky Knob Park. • In 2009, two $5,000 grants were secured from the Bikes Belong Foundation and Specialized Bicycles These grants were made possible through the WCTDA’s partnership with Boone Area Cyclists. • The Rocky Branch Trail has already been completed and reaches 1.6 miles.

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Freshman enviromental geology major Craig Stewart navigates the trails at Rocky Knob. Rocky Knob is located half a mile past the Nissan dealership on U.S. Hwy. 421 South and offers several miles of hiking and mountain biking trails.

“For Rocky Knob, you can just drive up by yourself with one bike... you don’t have to worry about other people’s schedules and its pretty dang local to Boone. That’s the biggest draw for me.” Harry McCracken, Appalachian alumnus


Trash Can Falls Laurel Creek Falls, better known as Trash Can Falls, is located in the Sugar Grove area off U.S. Hwy. 321. Trash Can is a series of rock formations with several waterfalls that lead into a pool of water fit for jumping. The falls are a 23-minute drive from campus and are a good place to start exploring local waterfalls and outdoor spots.

Quick Facts:

• Trail length is listed as very short • Trail difficulty as listed as easy


“Even though it’s a small space to jump, it’s still really fun and not too far away from campus.” Joey Johnson | The Appalachian

Trash Can Falls is a popular swimming destination due to its convenient location on the Watauga River just 23 minutes from campus on U.S. Hwy. 321.

Mimi Burke, junior hospitality and tourism management major

Beacon Heights Beacon Heights is a great destination for novice hikers seeking breathtaking views. Located at milepost 305 of the Blue Ridge Parkway off U.S. Hwy. 221, the Beacon Heights overlook isn’t necessarily the closest spot to campus. But the hike is only 1,500 feet from the parking area on the Tanawha Trail, so more experienced hikers can follow it the 13.5 miles to Julian Price Memorial Park. Hikers can also pick up the Mountain to Sea trail, which leads all the way to the Outer Banks. The summit of Beacon Heights is a vast flat crop of south facing quartzite, which is the ideal location to stretch and enjoy a picnic. From there, it’s an expansive view of Appalachia, including Grandfather Mountain, Hawksbill, Table Rock and Mount Mitchell.

Quick Facts:

• Difficulty is listed as easy to moderate • Beacon Heights’ elevation comes in at 4,382 feet Source:

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Sophomore sustainable development major Joesephine Sze takes in the sunset view from Beacon Heights, located at mile marker 305 on the Blue Ridge Parkway.

“It’s a beautiful place to sit back, relax and remember one of the biggest reasons I wanted to go to school in Boone in the first place. Ines Blaesius, freshman psychology major

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Memorial Park

Julian Price Memorial Park, located just off the Blue Ridge Parkway, includes hiking trails, a campground, picnic grounds, nature walks, an amphitheater, hiking trails, trout fishing and boat rentals. The park encompasses 4,200 acres and is adjacent to Moses H. Cone Memorial Park, making it the largest developed site for recreation on the Blue Ridge Parkway, according to The approximate distance from campus to Price Lake is 10.1 miles, a drive that usually clocks in at around 17 minutes. For more information, visit julian-price-memorial-park.

Joey Johnson | The Appalachian

Price Lake at mile marker 297 on the Blue Ridge Parkway is a great place to fish, walk, run or take in the views.

Quick Facts:

“It’s second to none for stargazing on clear nights.”

• The distance of the Price Lake Loop Trail is 7.8 miles • The difficulty of the hike is listed as easy

Rob Faust, sophomore criminal justice major


Grandfather Mountain Erin Morton | The Appalachian

Grandfather Mountain features a wide variety of outdoor activities, from a milehigh swinging bridge to hiking trails.

“My boyfriend and I go to Grandfather Mountain every couple of weeks to hike and walk on the swinging bridge. It’s a good place to go to escape from classes that is not too far away and is inexpensive.” Bailey Carter, sophomore recreation management major

Grandfather Mountain is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Boone’s surrounding areas. Located in Linville, 20 miles south of Boone, the North Carolina state park hosts hundreds of thousands of visitors each year, according to Grandfather Mountain features a mile-high swinging bridge, environmental habitat reserves and hiking trails, which vary in difficulty from beginner to experienced. The park is teeming with wildlife and every summer plays host The Highland Games, a three-day celebration of Scottish culture with traditional games, music and food. The park’s spring attraction hours are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and the trails are open all day, year-round. Tickets are $19 for adults aged 13 to 59. For more information, visit

Quick Facts:

• The scene in Forrest Gump which features Forrest running along a winding trail was filmed at Grandfather • At 5,946 feet, the mountain is one of the highest peaks in western N.C.


Hebron Colony Falls The Hebron Colony Falls are a series of cascades over large boulders in Julian Price Memorial Park, with a short half-mile trail and a climb up to the top of the waterfalls. Beyond the peak is an old man-made dam, which creates a decent sized swimming hole. Hebron is federally owned and draws its water source from the Boone Fork River. Hebron Colony Falls is located off U.S. Hwy. 105, nine miles from campus - around a 21-minute drive.

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Sophomore human resources major Emily Johnson and Ross McNeil enjoy the rocks and water at Hebron Colony Falls.

Quick Facts:

• Hebron reaches a height of 200 feet • Hebron Colony Falls is known also as Shulls Mill Falls and as Boone Fork Falls.

“The trail to the falls is easy, but once you get there it becomes hard, because you have to jump over rocks or find a different path.” Meghan Hare, junior psychology major

The Blowing Rock Joey Johnson | The Appalachian

For $4, students can visit the Blowing Rock - a historic area located off U.S. Hwy. 321 south.

“It’s a great way to really admire the beauty of the mountains. It’s very peaceful, but exciting at the same time.” Jordan Carter, junior secondary health education major

The Blowing Rock, located on U.S. Hwy. 321 south, is one of the oldest attractions in the area. The rock is home to several observatories, picnic areas, a garden and a 1,200 foot long trail. Visitors are welcome to climb onto the rock itself. The Blowing Rock’s name is derived from a love story about the daughter of a Chickasaw chieftain and a Cherokee brave. According to the story, the two fell in love after the daughter saw the brave from her perch on the Blowing Rock. However, conflicted by his sense of duty to his people and his love for the daughter, the brave threw himself from the rock, only to be delivered back onto the perch by a gust of wind a later day - hence the name. Group rates are $4 per person for adults and senior citizens. For more information, visit

Quick Facts:

• The Blowing Rock sits at 4,000 feet above sea level • The trail is rated easy and is handicap accessible Source:

New River One last way to get out and enjoy the outdoors: tubing on the New River. The New River is located in Todd, about 11 miles and a 30-minute drive from campus. It takes approximately two and a half to three hours to float down the river. The price to rent a tube is $15, and special cooler tubes are available if you want to bring a cool drink or two on your trip down the river. For more information, visit and click “New River” under the “Choose Your River” tab on the left. Olivia Wilkes | The Appalachian

New River is a 50-mile long body of water spanning through North Carolina offering activities such as tubing, rafting, kayaking, swimming and canoeing.

Quick Facts:

• Water depth ranges from two to eight feet • Guides are available to provide information on river safety Source:

“The New River is really convenient to Boone and I think it’s a really fun and relaxing way to spend the afternoon. I definitely will go back this summer.” Emily McDaid, senior elementary education major



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SDR helps you with involvement

Each student at Appalachian State University has an official co-curricular transcript. Involvement, leadership positions, on-campus employment, awards, leadership programs etc. can be listed on the transcript. Visit to see what your options are for involvement. Start building your experiences today.

Need help getting involved?

The Center for Student Involvement and Leadership is available for advising appointments. Schedule a time today to talk with a professional in the office to determine your best plan of action. Get out, meet people and make a difference. Call 262-6252, or visit the CSIL website at www.csil.appstate. edu, drop by Room #219 for more information.

Spring Counseling Center groups

Understanding Self and Others Group: Issues commonly addressed vary from depression, anxiety, relationship concerns, self-esteem, issues of family conflict or abuse, etc. Students who want to resolve specific concerns as well as those seeking personal growth are welcome. This can be a good time to get peers’ perspectives on various issues, and to recognize that you are not alone. Four groups are available: Mondays 1:30-3 and 3:30-5; Tuesdays 3-4:30; Wednesday 3-4:30; Thursdays (with dog) 3-4:30; Fridays 10-11:30.

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

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

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

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

Career resources available at ASU

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

Free, confidential legal advice

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

Financial Aid questions?

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

Spring Diversity Speakers Series

The Office of Multicultural Student Development has announced the Spring schedule for the 2011-2012 Diversity Speaker Series. We hope that you will take advantage

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of these unique opportunities to see, hear and learn from 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

The Spring 2012 Visiting Writers Series is supported by the Appalachian State University Foundation; Appalachian’s Offices of Academic Affairs, Multicultural Student Development, and Cultural Affairs; the College of Arts and Sciences, the Department of English, the Summer Reading Program, the University Bookstore, Belk Library, and The Appalachian Journal. Business sponsors are The Gideon Ridge Inn and The Red Onion Restaurant. Community sponsors include John and Marjorie Idol, Paul and Judy Tobin, Alice Naylor, Thomas McLaughlin and The High Country Writers. The Visiting Writers Series is named in honor of Hughlene Bostian Frank, class of 1968, former trustee and generous supporter of Appalachian State University. For further information on 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.

‘Autism Speaks U’ set for Saturday

The Appalachian State University chapter of Autism Speaks U will hold its first 5k Run/3k Walk event on Saturday. 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 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.

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 Saturday

Learn about sun loving, heat tolerant perennials for the Boone landscape on Saturday. 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.

Step Out for Adventure!

Join University Recreation for the Broadstone Festival, for an event to promote the facilities and programs now offered at Broadstone. You are invited for an afternoon of fun, music, games and free food on Sunday from 3-7 p.m. University Recreation would like to offer Broadstone to the ASU community. This facility can be utilized for meeting spaces, retreat spaces and recreation activities, including the Alpine Tower and challenge course. Come out to Broadstone to learn more, tour the facility and “step out for adventure”!

Brown Sisters to speak at ASU

The Reich College of Education invites the Appalachian State University community to an event with Linda and Cheryl Brown, daughters of the late Rev. Oliver L. Brown, the main plaintiff in the landmark 1954 Supreme Court case, Brown v. Board of Education. The program will be held April 18, 7-9 p.m., in the Gordon Gathering Hall, Reich College of Education Building. The event is free and open to the public. A reception will follow. The decision in Brown established that the policy of “separate but equal” was unconstitutional, effectively integrating public institutions in the United States. It is regarded as a pivotal moment in the civil rights movement. Drawing from their extensive experience in civil rights activism, the Brown sisters will discuss the legacy of the case, as well as deliver a lecture followed by a question and answer session. Sponsored by the Reich College of Education, Office of Multicultural Student Development, Academic Affairs, Office of Equity, Diversity and Compliance, and the Department of Leadership and Educational Studies.

Nominate your favorite course

The John W. Pope Center for Higher Education Policy is accepting nominations for its annual Spirit of Inquiry award. The award recognizes courses taught at North Carolina colleges, universities and community colleges that reflect the true spirit of open-mindedness within an academic discipline. Nominated courses also should be interesting, rigorous, and unbiased. Students who have taken the course provide the nominations. Winning faculty members receive as much as $1,000. Students who nominate a winning course receive a $250 gift card to their school’s bookstore. If they graduate before the winners are selected, they receive a check instead. To nominate a professor, students should note these requirements: The instructor’s presentation of social and political issues is balanced and fair; The classroom environment allows students to express ideas and encourages open investigation and inquiry; Course material is interesting and rigorous; and, The professor/instructor is responsive to students needs. Other contest rules include: The course must be taken no earlier than Fall 2007 and no later than Spring 2012; Nominations are accepted from undergrads and graduate students; and, Courses taught in all North Carolina public and private colleges (including community colleges) are eligible. Students who wish to nominate a course should go to www. Nominations will be accepted until May 15 and can be entered at The Spirit of Inquiry award program is funded by a grant from the Broyhill Family Foundation of Lenoir. The John W. Pope Center for Higher Education Policy is a nonprofit institute dedicated to improving higher education in North Carolina and the nation. It is located in Raleigh. For more information on the Center, visit

Book are Fun Fair underway

Come and enjoy the Books Are Fun book fair held at Belk Library and Information Commons, Room 421, Belk Library, at Appalachian State University. The fair is underway today from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m., and Friday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Plemmons Medallion winners named

The W.H. Plemmons Medallion is an award created to “recognize the time, energy, skills, and commitment of students, faculty, student development educators and staff who exceed their peers in providing leadership that enriches the quality of student life and advances the education of students.” Each year nominations are sought from Appalachian community members. These nominations are reviewed and a recommendation is made to the Board of Trustees for recipients of this award. On March 23rd, the Board of Trustees awarded the W.H. Plemmons Medallion to Mr. Giovanni Modica a W. H. Plemmons Fellow, Mr. Sam Williams, Student Leader, Mr. David M. Lee, Student Leader, Ms. Martha Wilson, Senior Associate Registrar, Dr. Pat Geiger of Student Health Services, Dr. Scott Hunsinger, Associate Professor of Computer Information Systems, have been named recipients of the W. H. Plemmons Leadership Medallion. These outstanding recipients will be recognized and honored as part of Fall Convocation in September.

Egyptologist to talk about mummy

Peter Lacovara will talk about “Life and Death in the Pyramid Age: The Emory Old Kingdom Mummy” April 12 at 5:30 p.m. in Room 114 Belk Library and Information Commons. The program, sponsored by the Doorways International Program Series, is free and open to the public. Lacovara will discuss the oldest Egyptian mummy in the Western Hemisphere.


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Anne Buie Like most Republicans, I believe firmly in minimal government intervention and the importance of family. That’s why it’s unfathomable to me that the Republican Party is showing support for Amendment One. It’s the worst of the worst the government is intervening in family life. Apparently, I’m one of the

few Republicans who feels that way. That was made more clear after the April 3 meeting of the Watauga County commissioners, who voted 3-1 to support the amendment. In the vote, the three Republican commissioners defeated Jim Deal, the sole Democratic commissioner present. Republicans David Blust, Vince Gable and Nathan Miller all voted to show their support. I disagree with Blust, Gable and Miller’s opinions, but that’s okay. Everyone is entitled to their own stance on Amendment One. However, I’m appalled by the Commissioners’ decision to formally support the bill. There was no point to the

resolution, because there was no action behind it. Maybe the Commissioners think they’ll get bonus points for taking a stance on Amendment One. But there are two things I don’t think they understand. First, they don’t understand the meaning of equality. Second, they don’t understand that their sole job is to assist the citizens of Boone and make decisions that affect our lives. It’s not their job to waste time and resources at meetings showing support for a statewide issue that should and will - be determined by all North Carolina citizens. Instead of taking a stance themselves, the commissioners should have spent

their time educating Boone citizens on the potential impact of Amendment One so we could make our own informed decisions about it. Educating citizens would mean the commissioners were doing their jobs well. But, of course, there’s another aspect of their jobs. They’re also out to get more votes in the next election. And that’s another thing they messed up on. Blust, Gable and Miller I’m talking to you. Amendment One isn’t the only thing I’m voting against.

Buie, a freshman English and middle grades education major from Charlotte, is a senior news reporter.

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Slut walks fail to produce the right kind of awareness There is no exact known origin of the word “slut,” but it has been in the English vocabulary since the 1400s. As a term, it debases women based upon their sexuality and their clothing preferences. There was recently an effort on campus to bring awareness to the issue of our rape-blame culture by organizing a “slut walk,” a move I see as unintelligible. Meghan Frick and Hannah Pomphrey refer to it as “necessary for awareness,” but there is such a thing as bad awareness, especially in a culture already reticent to broach the sensitive issue of rape. Most would say this discomfort would help people face the issue in front of them, but it causes an emotional reaction and not an intellectual one. The “slut walk” seeks to discredit the definition of slut purely on emotional means, by dressing in the manner of a slut and waving slogans angrily in other’s faces. Yes, it brings awareness, but for how long? I would see the necessity for such a thing if there was order and cohesion behind it, if after the slut walk there were demands of the administrators to implement sexual assault courses for incoming freshmen, but I have yet to hear of any pressure put on school administration. From what I can glean from the “slut walk,” there is no endgame and there is no action being taken where it matters, which is why I believe there are other means for change than walking around yelling about our culture’s depravity. Sydney Brown Sophomore general anthropology major

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Opinion article represents SGA inaccurately Read before you think. Think before you speak. Enough said there. Meghan Frick’s article in the latest print edition (“SGA, student body share blame for voter apathy,” April 3 issue) did not represent SGA accurately at all. You cannot judge or base the effectiveness of SGA off of who attended a debate or a runoff debate, or who voted in the first election. The Estes/Hardin administration worked extremely hard this year and, in my opinion, worked wonders compared to the previous, recent administrations. SGA this year has done the following: • Support for the Silver Route for AppalCart • Increase student organization representation by adding ten university-funded organization seats • Changed election bylaws • Implemented a four-day exam schedule • Fought for a 6.5 percent maximum tuition increase (which we attended all Board of Trustee and Board of Governors meetings to fight for and we got it) • Supported the Office of Admissions in adding an essay component to the application process • Enacted a Student Employee Evaluation Act • Also enacted a Teaching

Fellows Act • Supported the award-winning Solar Decathlon team • Supported the University Writing Center • Created the Electronic Waiting List Act • Implemented car chargers in the parking deck • Reinstated 24/5 during exams (2 weeks in the fall, 3 weeks in the spring) • Created a reusable eco-box program in campus dining halls • Supported the addition of Sigma Nu and Alpha Tau Omega • Established the Omelet Bar in Central Dining Hall • Fought to keep Fall Break instated in the University calendar To top it all off, we were an institution, out of very few, that attended each Association of Student Governments meeting. This allowed us to bring nearly $4,000 back to our campus from the ASG meetings. Do you still have the nerve to say “if SGA wants students to care what they’re doing, they need to do something worth caring about.” No, I didn’t think so. The list continues and shall continue. SGA fought to bring back Reading Day for Fall 2013-Fall 2015, raised over $800 dollars for the March of Dimes, collected over

500 pounds of food for the Hospitality House and and set precedent for the future of two separate Fall and Thanksgiving breaks, had two members from our SGA nominated for ASG Delegate of the Year and had our SGA as whole nominated as delegation of the year, initiated the Black & Gold Ceremony with more of a focus on academic integrity, extended library hours during the weekends during the exam period and created 10 student test sessions of DegreeWorks. I wasn’t done, but I’ll stop listing there in order to spare you the character count for the article. It’s obvious that Frick failed to think before she spoke and I hope she can agree to this statement now. She goes to further state that “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.” False. If we do not show that students support the University Writing Center and its functions, or show that students support the Office of Admissions’ new application process now, then when it is time for the university to take the service away or change it “for the worse,” we do not have sufficient documentation that says, “wait a minute,

our student body want its this way. We supported it then, and we still do now.’” And every piece that is not a support piece did create something tangible, FYI. And besides legislation, SGA hosted programs all throughout the year, including the Hunger Awareness Banquet, Tunnel of Oppression, Earth Day, Housing Fair, several Chancellor’s Luncheons, the Homecoming Parade – and we even created programs that will hopefully remain on this campus for years to come including “Promise.” and “Voting is a Piece of Cake.” Yet, you said we haven’t done anything? Frick, I hope you reconsider your opinion. I think campus organizations should support each other, not work to degrade each other especially when the degrading isn’t of any validity. Besides, our offices are right next door to each other so there really isn’t an excuse as to why you shouldn’t know what SGA is doing. Come on, stop by and talk. Our door is always open. We’d love to educate you more regarding SGA because it’s obvious that you need it. Vonte McKenith Director of Public Relations, Student Government Association


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Baseball loses second straight

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by LAUREN OSBORNE Intern Sports Reporter


o. 27 baseball fell to Gardner-Webb Tuesday, in its seventh loss of the season. After falling to the College of Charleston in the final game of the home series over the weekend, Appalachian lost backto-back games for the first time this season. App struggled Tuesday, committing five errors and allowing six runs. Freshman Brandon Burris was a bright spot for the Mountaineers, slamming an RBI double for one run in the fifth inning to tie the game at 1-1. ASU took the lead in the seventh inning with a Trey Holmes two-RBI double, putting ASU up 3-2. However, Gardner-Webb rallied, putting together a four-run eighth to seal the deal for the Bulldogs. Head coach Chris Pollard gave credit to Gardner-Webb following the game. “First off, I tip my hat to their starters - I think they pitched a great ballgame,” Coach Pollard said. “He had his breaking ball working. We had a 3-2 lead in the eighth. When we got one out, we decided to play no doubles to prevent the runner to get second base. When we got a 3-2 count, we elected to bring the infield in, hit a ground ball hector, made a diving play and it just got past him.”

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Olivia Wilkes | The Appalachian

Senior pitcher Ryan Arrowood pitches to the College of Charleston Friday evening at Jim and Betty Smith Stadium.

Freshman pitcher Jamie Nuun started the night but only lasted four innings. Tyler Moore came in, earning the loss for the night and stretching his career to 2-1. “I felt good coming out,” Nunn said. “We just weren’t 100 percent today. We didn’t have all of our energy and it’s a little frustrating. We just have to come back strong

and beat up on Georgia Southern.” Gardner-Webb connected for six straight hits to score the go-ahead four runs for the Bulldogs. Appalachian will prepare for a big series against SoCon defending champion Georgia Southern this weekend. First pitch is set for 6 p.m. at J.I. Clements Stadium.

Softball’s head coach reflects on wide- ranging career by ETHAN JOYCE Intern Sports Reporter

Softball head coach Shae Wesley’s career has varied widely - and it’s brought her from the Special Olympics to Boone. At Illinois State, Wesley earned All-American honors. At Heartland Community College, she was named NJCAA Coach of the Year in 2009 and led her team to a national championship. But all success aside, Wesley chose at one point to leave the game she loved. While Wesley was head coach at Heartland, she also served as Young Athletes Coordinator for Special Olympics-Illinois. As coordinator, Wesley traveled around Illinois helping

to coordinate events and train athletes. But the job was made difficult by the state’s geography, and Wesley found herself making five hour trips regularly. She continued serving as Heartland’s head coach and the Special Olympics’ coordinator for around four months, but eventually realized there weren’t enough hours in the day. “Unfortunately, either my athletes at Special Olympics would have to suffer a little bit, or my players that I coached at Heartland,” Wesley said. “And it wasn’t fair to either group.” Upon this realization, Wesley had to decide between the two organizations she cared about most. She ultimately chose to quit coaching softball and dedicate her time to the Special Olympics.

Wesley loved many things about her time with the Special Olympics, but said she most enjoyed working with children and their parents. “The best part about it was working with young individuals that have a disability, and also working with their parents - just for them to see that their child can do things, because a lot of times the parents have just been told what their children couldn’t do,” she said. Eventually though, Wesley made her way to Boone. Though she loved working with the Special Olympics, the call from Appalachian to become head softball coach was too good to pass up. “I missed coaching,” Wesley said. “It was not a decision made overnight. It took weeks and weeks of wrestling with it

trying to find a way to make it work. Once coaching gets in your blood, it is really hard to get it out.” Though softball has touched Wesley’s life in a variety of ways, nothing stands out more than the people she’s met. “I had the opportunity to play against pretty much every national team there is on the globe,” she said. “Because of softball I have gone to Paris, to Holland and played. I was in New Zealand for six months where I lived and played there. It’s taken me to a national title and it is what has brought me to Boone, so to pinpoint which moment is hard to do. But I would say overall the thing that sticks out the most is the people I have met along the way and the friendships I have been able to develop.”

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Asia Dunlap has your typical hard worker’s story. The senior from Kernersville has been running track for 10 years, but it wasn’t until her senior year of high school that she saw the fruits of her labor. Dunlap qualified for states in the 400-meter dash and decided to run in college as well. App State head coach John Weaver took it from there. “The recruiting process was great and easy,” Dunlap said. “Coach Weaver contacted me asking for me to make a visit to Appalachian. After my visit, I fell in love with the campus and the atmosphere of being at a college that was surrounded by a supporting city.” Dunlap repeated her high school patterns when she came to college. She had to start at the bottom and make a name for herself again. “All four years at App haven’t been successful,” Dunlap said. “My freshman year was a year dedicated to working on my weaknesses, to help me to become a better runner, working on technique and my running form after I got the mechanics of running a 400 meter.” After her molding and growing phase, Dunlap took off. “She is a gifted athlete that, since her junior year, has really begun to believe how good she can be in the 800-400 range on a Division-I NCAA level,” Coach Weaver said. “She has trained hard and has learned well the strategies she needs to be successful in those races.” Dunlap believes her junior year has been her trademark moment. “My most promising and proud years were my junior year, when I broke the indoor record in the 800-meter (2:16) and the outdoor 400-meter (55.1) record, and my senior year where I broke the indoor 500-meter record (1:15) and the 400-meter record (55.3),” Dunlap said. As her time at App comes to an end, Dunlap has a few more things to cross off her list. “My hope for my senior year is to continue to break more records, become outdoor conference champions and to hopefully make it to regionals in the 800-meter and possibly make it to nationals,” Dunlap said. “That would truly be a blessing.” Coach Weaver believes Dunlap can achieve her goals this season. “Asia is training well to achieve her goal of competing in the NCAA National Championships this June,” Weaver said. “Right now, however, she is focusing on doing well at the Southern Conference Championships on April 21 to 22 and helping her team win another conference title.”

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Trey and Noah Holmes bring chemistry, consistency to ASU baseball by JAKE AMBERG Sports Editor


ver the course of their baseball careers, the Holmes brothers have turned a lot of plays in the infield. Trey Holmes, Appalachian’s senior first baseman and Noah Holmes, the starting sophomore third baseman, have been playing baseball together since before they were teenagers. Through the course of their years on the field together, they’ve perfected turning the 5-3 fielding play. According to head coach Chris Pollard, the best attributes about the Holmes brothers are intensity and consistency on defense. The two combine for one of the more important defensive combinations on the field. Of course, it helps when your first and third basemen have as much experience on the play as the Holmes brothers do. “He always picks my throws,” Noah Holmes said. “He’s pretty good defensively, so you have to worry about putting it right on the money. If you get it right around him, he’ll get it.” For Noah Holmes, the two have been playing together so long that he can’t even remember the first time he suited up with his brother on a team. “Probably…I don’t remember,” he said. “It’s been a while.” However, Trey Holmes recalls the brothers playing Little League together when he was 11 and Noah was nine. The Holmes brothers both played and started at East Rowan High School and led the team to a second-place finish in North Carolina’s 3A division in 2008. After Trey Holmes decided to go to Appalachian State, Noah Holmes followed two years later – after winning the state championship as a senior in 2010. “I planned to come here and he planned to come here,” Noah Holmes said. “I’m glad he came here.” Despite starting in five games last season at third base, Noah Holmes earned the starting spot this offseason, making it the first time since Trey Holmes’s senior year that the two started consistently together on the same field. The chemistry the two bring to the table defensively has elevated ASU’s defense to one of the most consistent in the conference this season. “Since we were a young age, we’ve always been out on the yard with our dad working on defensive fundamentals,” Trey

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Brothers Trey and Noah Holmes are powerful defensively on the baseball field. The two have been playing together since they were children.

Holmes said. Offensively, the Mountaineers rely on the Holmes brothers for consistent left-handed hitting to diversify a right-handed-heavy lineup. Despite struggling early in the season, Trey Holmes has heated up recently, bringing his average back up to .231. Although ASU has had a plenty of recent success, Noah Holmes has his eyes set on making the College World Series.

“Hopefully as a team, we win the tournament and get a regional,” Noah Holmes said. “That’d be nice.” Trey Holmes also has his eyes set on the College World Series, but being able to play with his brother again has made his senior year even sweeter. “It’s been a good time together: my last year of college baseball, my last year of baseball,” Trey Holmes said. “And being able to spend it with my brother has been a blessing.”

Men’s tennis secures success through senior Humblet, sophomore King by JORDAN DAVIS Intern Sports Reporter

Olivia Wilkes | The Appalachian

Senior Alain Humblet hits the ball during a doubles match versus UNC Asheville Sunday at Deer Valley Raquet Club. Humblet has won his last ten matches and earned conference of the week honors twice.

Appalachian’s men’s tennis team comes from all over the world - but two players from north of the border have made a particular impact this season. Senior Alain Humblet and sophomore Sebastien King, both from Montreal, have been a major part of the team’s success this year. Humblet and King alike played tennis for most of their lives and found success in Canada before coming to Appalachian. Humblet was the winner of five provincial tournaments, while King won four national doubles titles and was a two-time national singles finalist. Humblet was convinced to move to Boone after a recruiting trip his senior year.

App was the only school he visited. He also played a large role in the recruitment of King, who he’d played against in the past. “Alain is the reason I came here,” King said. “I never visited or anything. He just told me how fun it was to live here and how great the coaches and team were. It was an easy decision.” King made an immediate impact upon arrival last year, going 15-7 in singles matches and making on the conference’s all-freshman team. The sophomore has put together another impressive season this year, going 5-3 so far in SoCon play and winning a player of the week award in February. Humblett has also made a name for himself as a top player. And he’s been on fire lately, winning his last ten matches.

This stretch earned him conference of the week honors for the second time. “I didn’t even know I had won ten straight,” Humblet said. “It’s been fun. I’ve been winning a lot and it’s good to close out my senior season the way I have been playing.” Humblet has played at App his entire collegiate career and will play his last matches this week, as the team closes out the season. “I’m definitely going to miss it here,” the senior said. “I’ve had so much fun and made a lot of friends here. I would like to win the Southern Conference tournament and leave a legacy behind.” App’s final match of the regular season will take place at 3 p.m. Friday against the conference’s top team, the College of Charleston.

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