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Students silently protest return of ‘screamer preachers’ by ANNE BUIE

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ecently, the “screamer preachers” have been making their appearances on Sanford Mall -- calling people out for being sinners for a variety of reasons. So to contrast the “screamer preachers,” Chris Stevens helped initiate a silent protest with signs to offer ”comic relief,” Tuesday and Wednesday afternoon on Sanford Mall. “Our idea was to not interact with the pastors at all but make some goofy signs,” Stevens, vice president of the Appalachian Agnostic/ Atheists Association said. “A lot of them were nonsensical and provide some comic relief. And in a way, it helps to invalidate these guys opinions…it makes them look more ridiculous with our signs. “ He said he protested with about 14 people by who silently held signs filled statements ranging from “Thank God I’m an atheist” and

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Students in the Appalachian Atheist/Agnostic Association hold up signs in a silent protest against the preacher on Sanford Mall Wednesday afternoon. Members of the club held up signs for “comic relief.”

“Kittens are cute.” Stevens said the club got involved to help show regardless of religious affiliation, the preachers made everyone feel uncomfortable.

“The most important thing was to not be confrontational,” Stevens said. “We weren’t there to establish our views. We wanted to do it in a way people could read our

signs and enjoy themselves. We weren’t there saying ‘all religion is dumb,’ we were just saying ‘these guys are dumb’ and we can all agree on that.”

But the club also wanted to convey another message. “There’s a pretty bad misconception in America, that Atheists and Agnostic lack morals and empathy,” Ste-

vens said. “That’s not really true about us at all. We wanted to show these people that we care about the people [the preachers] were dissing.” Shea Akers, junior technical theatre arts major, said she felt the same way. “I’m happy to find a club where everyone has the same mindset,” Akers said. “…it’s nice to get out here and express ourselves.” Preacher Buddy Fisher said he didn’t mind the signs, as long as there were no obscenities. “I’d rather have someone hold up a sign against me, then walk on by because at least that person with a sign is listening,” Fisher said. “And then whatever the sign is we can maybe work off of that. So, that’s fine. It’s free speech and signs are effective. But fellow Pastor John McGlone disagreed and said the signs were vain and had no purpose. “Some of the signs were blasphemous against God,” McGlone said. “It’s very offensive to a Christian, Christ and God himself. And some of them were just nonsense.”

LGBT center leads online petition against blood donation ban by CHELSEY FISHER News Editor

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Junior biological anthropology major Elaine Blevins informs junior history education major, Jackie Myers about the LGBT Center’s 1000 Signatures for 1000 Pints petition as Jackie views the petition online.

The LGBT center reached 617 signatures Wednesday during its annual “1,000 Signatures for 1,000 Pints” event. The center switched to an online petition for its third year. In previous years, the center had petitioners sign an index cards that were then mailed to the FDA, junior anthropology major Elaine Blevins said. This event brings awareness to a law that says gay men cannot donate blood, LGBT graduate assistant Marc Rasdorf said. The petition was posted on “[The electronic petition] is certainly more cost effective,” Rasdorf said. “I think it’s easier to participate with an electronic format. An electronic format, in my eyes, is also a lot more sustainable.” It cost the LGBT center around

Student joins town committee by KELLI STRAKA News Reporter

A student joined the town’s Greenway, Parks & Garden Committee Tuesday night for the September Town Council meeting. Sophomore political science major Albert Lindsey was nominated and accepted to the committee last Thursday night at the Town Council Meeting. Mayor Loretta Clawson told council Thursday Lindsey came to Clawson and interviewed her about being on the committee. Lindsey said he chose the town’s Greenway, Parks & Garden Committee because to him, nature is an important part of Boone. “With development and buildings going up, we’re going to lose the foliage and the trees,” Lindsey said. One of Lindsey’s main goals on this committee is to protect Boone, especially from urban development, since people come to Boone to be with nature, he said. “The Greenway was built for that,” Lindsey said. “You can have this garden of Eden in the middle of town.” Lindsey said he also wants to have doggy bags available on the Greenway. When Lindsey came to the university in 2010, there weren’t as many people, he said.

The number of students riding the buses and the number of cars has increased, he said. “With the influx of people, you’re going to have to work with that so it doesn’t actually explode and we lose Boone as we know it,” Lindsey said. If students don’t realize that Boone is “its own little world, then it’s going to be lost,” Lindsey said. “I think the committee is really trying to get students in touch with nature,” he said. Council member Allan Scherlen, who is also on the Greenway, Parks & Garden Committee, said he’s glad to have Lindsey on the board. “It’s good to have a student on there,” Scherlen said. “The student can bring the perspective of our 16,000 plus members of the community, which use the Greenway extensively.” Scherlen said Lindsey can provide perspective on ways the town can be better utilizing the Greenway. “This should just be the beginning,” Scherlen said. “We need to get other students to apply for other committees.” Positions are open on the Tree Board, Board of Adjustments, Bicycle Plan Steering Committee, Affordable Housing Task Force and Community Appearance Commission, Scherlen said.

$300 each year to send the index cards previously, Blevins, who is in charge of the event, said. The petition was available for 12 hours during the blood drive, Blevins said. Volunteers set up a table with laptops and walked around the convocation center with iPads trying to get students to sign the petition, Blevins said. The ultimate goal is to get the ban repealed, Belvins said. But the goal of Wednesday was to inform people of the ban since most people don’t know about it, she said. “With advances in modern medicine, I think they’re screening most blood these days,” Rasdorf said. “So why this ban still exists, I’m not quite certain, though it would appear to have some aspect of homophobia to it.” Senior sociology major Matt Ramsey said he plans to sign the petition. “I love [the online petition],”

Ramsey said. “I hate to be stereotypical, but if you are a gay male and you’re denied giving blood, you’re not going to go to the blood drive. This way you can sign it in the student union, Facebook, or in boring classes. “ But junior sociology major Emilee Gribben said the ban is ‘offensive.’ “It kind of compares a gay man to prostitution,” Gribben said. “You’re not allowed to give blood if you’ve had sex for money.” With the repeal of the “don’t’ ask, don’t tell” policy, gays should be able to openly donate blood also, sophomore political science Albert Lindsey said. “The military buys blood from the Red Cross all the time, just having people serving openly in the military and then denying them to donate blood to their brothers and sisters in arms, to me that’s just wrong,” Lindsey, who previously served in the military, said.

App turns up in droves for blood drive, sets state record

Joey Johnson | The Appalachian

Sophomore religious studies major Kaylee Godfrey donates blood during the 6th annual Homecoming Blood Drive Wednesday morning in the Holmes Convocation Center. Appalachian set the state record with 1,315 pints of blood.

Correction: In the Sept. 25 photo entitled “Appalachian sororities welcome new sisters,” the caption incorrectly stated that bids for the university’s sororities were given out at Duck Pond Field, instead of Legends at the end of recruitment week. The caption also stated Lake Richmond is a member of Alpha Omega Pi. Richmond is a new member of Alpha Omicron Pi. The Appalachian apologizes for the error.

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ASG and Active Minds look to reform mental health by LINDSAY BOOKOUT Intern News Reporter

The Association of Student Governments and the university’s Active Minds club are working together to add a mental health reform initiative, ASG President Cameron Carswell said. Active Minds works with students on college cam-

puses and its main goal is to end the stigmatization of mental health, co-president of Active Minds Shannon Wright said. “Mental health should be something that society feels comfortable with talking about, not something that is swept under the rug or viewed as taboo,” Wright said. Wright said mental

health is just important as any other aspect it students’ lives, therefore needs the same attention as academics or physical health. With this initiative, ASG hopes to expand counseling departments and expand accessibility to students struggling with mental illness, Carswell said. “It’s worth investing in today because you never

know when you could be that person who needs those counselors or who needs those resources on campus,” Carswell said. The legislation to add this initiative is still in the works since it was just passed at ASG’s September meeting. “We’re trying to figure out what needs to be fixed, what needs to be changed

and what students are interested in changing,” Carswell said. Outreach and prevention efforts are vital to students, especially since most college students who commit suicide have not been to a counseling center, Dan Jones, director of counseling and psychological services, said. Last spring, the counsel-

More than 600 students submit audits for fall semester tuition surcharge

SGA receives grant for voter registration initiatives

Four, five and six-year graduation rates from 2005-10: 4-year 37.2% 39.9% 37.3% 37.4% 38.3% 39.8%

2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010

5-year 58.5% 61.1% 60% 61.7% 60.9% 62.5%

6-year 62.5% 64% 64.4% 65.7% 65.1%

by LINDSAY BOOKOUT Intern News Reporter

Year refers to the year the students started at the university. Graph represents total time it took to graduate.


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Number of students charged with tuition surcharge continues to increase

by KELLI STRAKA News Reporter

This semester, 667 students submitted audits for tuition surcharge, Martha Wilson, senior associate registrar with Student Services, said. The audits clarify how close students are to approaching the 140-hour tuition surcharge. As the number of students increases, so does the number of students facing tuition surcharge, Wilson said. “If we can avoid the surcharge for students, we do,” Wilson said. The surcharge, 50 percent of tuition, applies to students who exceed 140 credit hours while earning their undergraduate degree, Avery Hall, vice-chair of the university’s Board of

Trustees, said. “The 140 surcharge was implemented and mandated by the UNC-system to encourage students to graduate on time,” Hall said. The surcharge took effect in fall 2010. Before then, the surcharge was 25 percent and before 1994, the tuition surcharge did not exist, Wilson said. North Carolina supplements money from North Carolina tax dollars for each student up to 140 attempted hours, which goes to the upkeep and basic functions of the university, Wilson said. Once a student exceeds the 140 hours, the university no longer receives the money, Wilson said. Instead, the money goes to the state. “The state has decided once

a student gets past 140 attempted, they will no longer supplement because they think that a student should be able to graduate in four years,” Wilson said. The percentage of students who take longer than four years to graduate has been increasing, Advanced Placement credit, foreign language placement and summer courses hours don’t go toward the 140-hour surcharge. Students can apply for a waiver that will negate the surcharge if they have a military service obligation, underwent serious medical debilitation, a short-term or long-term disability or had other extraordinary hardships. The Tuition Surcharge Ap-

ing center referred out 60 percent of the people who came for help, but still had 70 people on a waiting list, Jones said. The counseling center wants to help everyone they can, Jones said. “It breaks out heart not to be able to see someone… or have to put them on the waiting list when you know they’re hurting,” Jones said.

peals Committee, which meets once in the spring and once in the fall, decides if the student’s fees should be waived. Junior electronic media broadcasting major Bradlee Mikeska will graduate with 139 hours if he is able to complete all his classes on schedule, Mikeska said. After three years in a community college, Mikeska said he decided what he wanted to choose as a major and career. Students shouldn’t be charged extra for “being a little behind,” he said. The courses he took counted toward the 140-hour mark. “It’s very worrisome,” Mikeska said. “To have to risk to take out a bigger loan is worrisome. Every student should just have to pay the same amount.”

Recently, the Student Government Association received an $1,800 grant for voter registration from the Association of Student Governments, SGA President Jake Cox said. “We believed that it was necessary to apply for the grant because we wanted to work to get more funds that could help us advertise, inform and provide for programs that could get students on campus involved,” Cox said. “Not only will we be involving students, but we will be working to help out locals who may not be able to transport themselves or have information on local candidates made easily available to them.” ASG is funded by $1 from every student in the UNC-system. “We do everything we can to give that money back to the students,” ASG President Cameron Carswell said. Some of the money will be used for a voter’s day drive, Adam Ezell, SGA director of governmental operations, said. SGA will still be registering voters during this time and will maintain non-partisanship, Ezell said. On the same day of the drive, SGA will use part of the grant to fund a debate between the College Republicans and College Democrats, Ezell said. The money will be used to fund a debate between the College Republicans and College Democrats during the voter’s day drive, Ezell said. A new radio program where candidates and parties can talk about each candidates platforms and ways for student involvement will also be funded by the grant, Cox said. “We can’t wait to be a part of such a huge local and national discussion,” Cox said. “This is an opportunity for students to learn about their part of being educated voters, and for most students on campus, it will be their first opportunity to vote in a presidential election. Information is the key, and we hope to lead students to an understanding and appreciation of their civic duty.”

Risk management and insurance program grows by JOSHUA FARMER Intern News Reporter

The university’s Brantley Risk and Insurance Center in Walker’s College of Business has improved its national rank from sixth to fifth this year, according to the September issue of Risk Management. The program had 67 graduates last year, which is 14 more than the previous year, according to the Walker College of Business website. Karen Epermanis is the director of the Brantley Risk & Insurance Center program. “We are training our students to enter into…the insurance market place,” Epermanis said. “Our job is

to train them academically, but also get them ready for the workforce. Through the Brantley Center we’re able to offer our students things that other schools don’t.” Those opportunities include travel opportunities to conferences and the career fair the Brantley Center holds twice a year, she said. “Insurance professionals see Appalachian students as being well-prepared and top candidates for any job that they might have available,” Edwards said. The interactions students have with professionals while attending Appalachian help the professional success of students after graduation, Dean of Walker College of Business Randy Edwards said.

“[The RMI program] is from private and corporate so successful because of the donors, like Liberty Mutual professors we have,” Kai- and other companies, Epertlyn Elliott, a junior risk manis said. management “We’re getand insurting better ance major quality stu“We’re getting said. “They dents,” Eperbetter quality stu- manis said. go above and dents. We’re also beyond from “We’re also what’s in the getting better qual- getting better classroom.” quality emity employers.” Elliot said ployers,” the Brantley H o w e v e r, Karen Epermanis, director of Brantley Risk & Insurance Center was it’s not likely Center program instrumenthe program tal in helpwill grow exing her earn tensively in an internship with Liberty the next few years due to Mutual. the size of the university, The Brantley Center is Edwards said. within the university but is “With our current faculty, externally funded, Eperma- we can get a little bit bigger, nis said. but not much,” Epermanis All of its funding comes said.

Students spend semester on Atlantic in untraditional study abroad program by CHELSEY FISHER

said. For each student, the best parts of the trip have varied. Two students at the university aren’t “The highlight of my trip so far was spending their semester at Appalachian, meeting an Indian princess in London, or abroad in any traditional sense. England,” Reavis said. “We became really Instead, they’re sailing close and I’ll be going to visaround the Atlantic Ocean, it her in Delhi, India in the through the Semester at Sea near future.” program. For Bundy, the highlights “This experience Junior marketing major have been broad: simply the is amazing and Melissa Reavis and senior people he’s met and the exwhat you get the political science major John chance to do as a periences he’s had. Bundy are participating in “I will recommend Sestudent on SAS is the program. They’ll travel to mester at Sea as highly as top notch.” 16 different countries while anything that I have been a taking college courses. part of in my life, to anyone John Bundy, senior political Reavis said she first heard science major that I speak with,” he said. about the trip on Appala“This experience is amazing chian’s study abroad website. and what you get the chance “I was automatically into do as a student on SAS is terested because it has been my dream to top notch.” travel around the world,” Reavis said. Around 500 students participate in SeBundy said he was “cherishing every day mester at Sea each semester, and 75 courses that I spend at sea.” are offered through the program, Commu“I am most looking forward to seeing nications Coordinator Kelly Lewis said. how I have changed and developed as a This year, there are students representglobal citizen when I return home and re- ing 10 different countries on the trip, flect on what I have been a part of,” Bundy Lewis said. News Editor

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America today is bombarded by a stream of social and political problems which at times can seem overwhelming. With awareness building that typical lines of political action are proving ineffective, it is time to consider some unorthodox options. I have heard it said in

several quarters that a new constitutional convention or new amendments to rectify the bleak situation in the country. As hyperbolic as this might seem, it probably is probably closer to the mark than many other suggestions. The regrettable fact is that our Bill of Rights and Constitution are not what they once were. The War on Terror on has taken its toll on many liberties we once cherished. Perhaps a highly publicized debate is what is needed to address the challenges of today. So many important developments in the financial and political sector,

a number of which many Americans are unaware of characterize the world today. We as a nation have yet to satisfactorily answer some the questions posed by the shift of structure. These factors are important, but do they really suggest we should take a step such as amending the constitution, or even attempting to hold some sort of new convention? Certainly things cannot be that bad. Things are pretty bad, really. America is today in one of its most political polarized eras, where various sectors of citizens seem not merely to have different opinions, but

inhabit different realities. Income inequality is outrageous, and vital institutions of education and media are failing in unpardonable ways. Legitimate concerns can certainly arise to the idea of a new convention. After all, once everything was put on the table, would not the rights we as Americans prize so dearly be in jeopardy? It does scare me to think of the fate of our Bill of Rights if left in the hands of this congress. But it is important to realize that many of those rights in a real sense have been taken away. Legislation such as the Patriot

Act and executive action over the last twelve years has changed the reality of civil liberties. If that issue is not addressed soon, the “reforms” might well become permanent. The solution is radical, but so are the times in which we live. The political system is not doing much to respond effectively to the most pressing concerns, and is likely responsible for many of them. Trying out a plan which gives greater precedence to ideas than personalities might just be necessary. Griffin, a freshman Journalism major from Madison, is an opinion writer.


The presidency: a game of tug-of-war

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Bundle up, it’s going to be a rough winter

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Students split over voter registration The following is part of a Point / Counter-Point discussing some university professors’ decision to take class time to register students to vote, either with help from a guest speaker or by the professor.

Point: Registering students during class is more beneficial than harmful KATIE REULE Last winter was possibly one of the largest letdowns of my time in Boone. Where were all the huge snows that coated the campus? How many freshmen were scoffing at the paltry snow thinking they had seen the worst of it? Thinking everyone had been over exaggerating? It was impossible last winter to explain to those newbies what really happens when snow falls in Boone. Most new students think snowfall immediately means class cancellations. But the problem with living in a town with a track record of tremendous snowstorms is that the people and the university are already prepared for the snow. So don’t get your hopes up. Classes won’t get cancelled for a couple inches of snowfall. My advice to anyone that is thinking they can slide through the upcoming winter months is to go ahead and start collecting your thick winter coats, fuzzy socks, knitted scarves and clunky snow boots because otherwise you’ll be slipping on black ice while freezing up the hill to your dorm. So get ready to bundle up, Mountaineers, because my prediction is that this winter is going to take us all by surprise. And one more thing: when you see someone fall (it’s going to happen), don’t laugh. You’ll be next. Reule, a junior journalism and public relations major from Charlotte, is an opinion writer.

CASEY SUGLIA I’ve had a pair of pants I’ve need to return for over a month now. Once I return the pants, then I’ll be good to go. But it’s making the choice to actually go and return them that’s difficult. That’s how I feel about voter registration – initially it was hard to remember to get myself registered but once I did, I knew it would be beneficial. Over the past few weeks, I’ve heard complaints about representatives coming into classrooms and taking away classroom time to register people to vote for the upcoming election, and for future elections. But I think the lesson of voting is worth taking away 10 or 15 minutes of class time. This lesson will do more than reiterate what students might already know. It’ll give them that extra nudge and an opportunity to register right there in class. This extra nudge will turn these nodding heads and dis-

tracted faces into real voters, who have a say in who gets to be the next president of the United States. We are the voice of our generation, and we have the power to pick who will be in charge of our county for the next four years. We have a say in this important decision-a right that not many other people get to express. Why would you let this opportunity pass you up? College is about learning beyond the classroom. That means if you are given the chance to learn, you should not complain. Sure, we do pay for the lessons professors teach us. But there are so many methods to learning and as students we should be grateful we have professors who want us to learn more than what’s printed in our textbooks. Registering to vote in class will give us the inescapable opportunity to make a difference. So next time someone makes the effort to come to your class and register students, get yourself registered. It’s a lesson you’ll never regret. Suglia, a sophomore journalism major from Pinehurst, is a blogger.

Counter-Point: Class time is not the time to register students to vote

LINDSEY BOOKOUT I’m glad that the university as a whole is making strong attempts to increase voter registration on campus. The short hour or so I have in class, however, is not the time to do it. Almost all my classes meet twice a week for an hour and fifteen minutes. If someone comes in to talk to us for about fifteen minutes about the importance of voting, then we only have an hour left in class. That puts us behind, and everything we missed during that time is work that we have to do for homework. I can’t event imagine what that means for a shorter 50-minute class. I think voting is a right that should be taken advantage of, but I pay a lot for every minute of class and I want to learn what I signed up to learn. I’ve been impressed with the enthusiasm of many adamant clubs and organizations

on campus trying to register students, regardless of political affiliation. But are the voter registration tables on Sanford Mall and in Plemmons Student Union not enough? Are the people all over Boone with registration forms and clipboards not effective? If a student is asked twice a day if he or she is registered to vote and that student still chooses not to register, I doubt asking during expensive class time will change his or her mind. Could it be possible that the point of registering students in classrooms is to corner them in a place where they cannot say no? It’s beginning to look like it. We have to remember that voting is a right and a choice. If people don’t want to vote, they are completely allowed to abstain, though I encourage everyone to participate in the election. As for me, I am already registered to vote and I plan to exercise my right in November. But please, do not interrupt the class time that I’m paying for to tell me something I already know. Bookout, a sophomore English major from Charlotte, is an intern news reporter.

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Students weigh in on immigration policies The following is part of a Point / Counter-Point opinion series, which highlights important issues and platform points for both candidates in the upcoming elections.

Point: Obama has laid substantial groundwork in immigration policy


The campaign trail of 2012 has hit a few key issues, namely jobs, the economy and the Affordable Care Act. But one issue that particularly concerns a growing part of the population is immigration policies. Who is better for America when it comes to to our southern border as well as revisiting our immigration policies? President Obama is the better choice, of course. According to the White House’s official website, the president has made an effort to secure our southern border, held businesses accountable who knowingly hired and exploited the work of undocumented workers, creating legal immigration policies that work with keeping these families united at all costs and allowing a pathway to citizenship for those who follow in compliance with the laws. But that’s not all. On June 15, President Obama announced that he would stop the deportation of young immi-


grants who were brought here by their parents, often referred to as Dreamers, since the DREAM Act was intended to help these youth toward citizenship. “They are Americans in their heart, in their minds, in every single way but one: on paper,” the president said according to And the president has not been easy on illegal immigrants who he believes pose a threat to our security. In fact, President Obama has deported 1.2 million undocumented immigrants since mid2010 that he claims fit the profile, according to However, much to whatever is left of Gov. Romney’s campaign, an independent study in the same article revealed that over half of those deported have no record of a criminal record. Romney’s stance on immigration is somewhat similar to Obama’s except for the fact that the majority of the former governor of Massachusetts’ immigration policy involves blaming Obama- according to -  for not being absolutely perfect at tackling immigration on top of every other problem in the nation. So when the decision comes down to your views on immigration, ask yourself, a friend or even a Dreamer, who is the best choice for America’s immigration issue? Bragg, a junior journalism and public relations major from Lillington, is the A&E editor.

Counter-Point: Obama’s immigration policy needs to focus on Americans

ANNE BUIE While Bragg makes an excellent assertion about the DREAM act, he forgot to further compare the two presidential candidates’ plans for immigration. Yes, President Obama has made strives to secure our southern border, he insists businesses need to document all the workers, and he has created policies to ensure families stay united. But I don’t think he’s doing enough. Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney plans to increase our international competiveness by raising the caps on visas for high-skill job creators and for country caps to be raised so we can bring more international people over. The focus on the DREAM act will be Obama’s, and ultimately America’s downfall. In my mind, passing the DREAM act was Obama’s biggest accomplishment as presi-

dent in regards to immigration but in four years I would have expected a lot more. By passing the DREAM act, Obama is focusing on the needs of foreigners – which is fine. But why won’t he put Americans first? I want a president who I know will continue to fight for everyone, but will Obama continue to do so? Or will he put the rights of potential Americans first? But Romney’s continued dedication to increase Americans international competitiveness will only further push America to the top, whereas Obama is willing to settle. Furthermore, under Obama’s administration around 40 percent of immigrants have entered legally but then overstayed their welcome. Romney will help encourage immigrants to stay with us legally, which is what we need. It’s now time for a president who will work to make America more diverse – but in a way that benefits us. It’s not time for a president who wants to help every other immigrant out there, without putting America first. Buie, a sophomore political science major from Charlotte, is the Managing editor.


Trade arguments with China limited by debt

Andrew Cox | Editorial Cartoonist

UNC-system should reward students for pursuing a double major, not hinder them financially


The UNC-system has a statewide mandate stating if a student exceeds 140 credit hours while earning two degrees, you’re required to pay a 50 percent tuition subcharge. Because I declared my majors at the same time, I’m subject to this charge. But had I waited an extra year to declare one major, and then I wouldn’t have been forced to pay for these extra hours. Yes, I made the decision to declare both majors at the same time so I could work on my classes. But shouldn’t I be rewarded for having a plan the minute I entered? So now someone who randomly decides that he or she wants to double major will be allotted extra “One would hours, while think the I, someone UNC-system who has would want known since to reward me f reshman year that I for my efforts would be instead of double-mapunishing joring, will me.” not be. Lindsey Bookout, O n e French and English would think double major the UNCs y s t e m would want to reward me for my efforts instead of punishing me. When I go on to graduate school, I plan to study linguistics. I took three languages in high school, and I had planned to continue these languages so that I could have them in my portfolio when I applied to graduate school. But now, all I can take are English, French and communications classes in addition to my general education curriculum. And even that will take me over the limit. Luckily, summer classes do not count toward the 140hour limit. But summer classes weren’t originally in my plans, and they still cost money. I am fortunate because my parents can afford to pay for my college education. But it is not fair that they will have to either pay the surcharge, the summer classes or both because Appalachian will not allot me extra hours, but they will to others in a slightly different situation.

Bookout, a French and English double major from Charlotte, is an intern news reporter.


Kill list is an irresponsible and unconstitutional method

MAEDCHEN BRITTON With all the hype about President Barak Obama around campus, I’m beginning to wonder if students know about his “kill list.” According to the New York Times, this list is the product of an Obama-led “top secret ‘nominations’ process to designate terrorists for kill or capture, of

which the capture part has become largely theoretical.” The list is composed of people including American citizens. New York Times even reported the list includes two teenagers. I find the kill list blatantly unconstitutional, and it should be offensive to every American who promotes peace. Since when has the power to order the deaths of American citizens without due process been granted to the President? Does it make anyone feel safer about the terrorist threat? This is an irresponsible way to deal with potential terrorists -- emphasis on these potential terrorists. The worst part of this whole

strategy is that sometimes the not with him at the time of his targets killed aren’t alone, and assassination, the 16-year-old the wives, children or bystand- was killed in a separate drone ers with or around strike two weeks them are killed as later. His name “Sometimes the well and written off did not appear on targets killed aren’t the list. as “collateral damage.” Why should this alone, and the wives, Probably the children, or bystand- boy die because of most notorious of his parentage? ers with or around Obama’s strikes on In another exthem are killed as a kill list target was ample of a mission well and written off of the Americangone awry, two as ‘collateral damborn Anwar al-Awneighboring famiage.’” laki, a Muslim clerlies of a target in Maedchen Britton, journalism ic whose crime was Yemen were killed major instigating violence and cluster bombs with his sermons, released at the site according to the took more innoNew York Times. cent lives, includAlthough al-Awlaki’s son was ing the lives of children.

And we wonder why the Middle Eastern peoples aren’t our biggest fans. This entire kill list is wholly un-American, giving the president ultimate control over the deaths of individuals that aren’t given the right of a trial. It seems that Obama, who ran in 2008 on a platform of peace and eliminating our presence in the Middle East, has fallen back on his word to America. His record of ordering the assassinations of U.S. citizens, namely al-Awlaki and his son, are distressing to behold. Britton, a freshman journalism major from Kannapolis, is an opinion writer.



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Theatre, Dance present first-year showcase The Appalachian State University Department of Theatre and Dance introduces fresh actors and dancers in its annual First Year Student Showcase in the intimate I.G. Greer Studio Theatre on campus. This combined theatre and dance performance will be presented Sept. 27-29 at 7:30 p.m. Ticket prices start at $5. For more information, visit or call the box office at 828262-3063 or the toll-free number 800-841-ARTS (2787). The First Year Student Showcase is presented by faculty in the Department

of Theatre and Dance in collaboration with freshmen and first-year theatre transfer students. “New relationships are formed when freshmen come into the university and perform in this show,” says Trimella Chaney, one of the three faculty directors. This year’s theatre component uses interview excerpts from the 1974 book “Working: People Talk About What They Do All Day and How They Feel About What They Do” by author Studs Terkel. This Pulitzer Prize winner was later turned into a Broadway musical. The First Year Student Showcase has an

Fall Visiting Writers Series set

The Fall 2012 Hughlene Bostian Frank Visiting Writers Series continues with novelist, poet, and biographer Robert Morgan today, when he will speak in the Table Rock Room of Plemmons Student Union at 7:30 p.m. Morgan will also conduct a Craft Talk on Writing the Story of History in the Table Rock Room from 3:30 to 4:45 p.m. Morgan is the author of 30 books of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction, most recently the poetry collection “Terroir” and two works of nonfiction, “Boone: A Biography,” and “Lions of the West: Heroes and Villains of the Westward Expansion.” His eight works of fiction include “Gap Creek,” a New York Times bestseller and Oprah Book Club selection. A sequel, “The Road to Gap Creek,” will be published in 2013. The recipient of an American academy of Arts and Letters Award for Literature, he was inducted into the North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame in 2010. Since 1971, he has taught creative writing and literature in the graduate program at Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y., where he is Kappa Alpha Professor of English. Fiction writer and editor Gurney Norman will be the next visiting writer on Thursday, Oct. 4, when he will talk at 7:30 p.m. in the student union’s Table Rock Room. There will be a pre-reading reception in the Multicultural Center from 6 until 7:15 p.m. An Author Talk, “Was Steve Jobs a Hillbilly?” will be held from 3:30 to 4:45 p.m. in the Table Rock Room. Norman served as Poet Laureate of Kentucky in 2009-10. His first novel, “Divine Right’s Trip” appeared serially in the Last Whole Earth Catalog and was published by Dial Press and Bantam Books in 1972. History collections include “Kinfolks: The Wilgus Stories” and “Book One form Crazy Quilt: A Novel in Progress.” Norman is serving as the 2012 Rachel Rivers-Coffey Distinguished Professor of Creative Writing at Appalachian State University. Poet and essayist C.S. Giscombe will speak on Thursday, Oct. 25, in the Table Rock Room of Plemmons Student Union at 7:30 p.m. He will also conduct a Craft Talk, “Field Trips,” in Room 421, 4th floor, Belk Library, at 3:30 to 4:45 p.m. Giscombe was born in Dayton, Ohio. Giscombe is the 2010 recipient of the Stephen Henderson Award in Poetry, given by the African American Literature and Culture Society. “Prairie Style” was awarded a 2008 American Book Award by the Before Columbus Foundation. “Giscome Road” won the 1998 Carl Sandburg Prize, given by the Chicago Public Library. Giscombe teaches poetry at the University of California, Berkeley. For more information on the fall season, call 262-2871, or go to

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. Mondays 1:30-3 p.m., Tuesdays 1:30-3 p.m. and 3-4:30 p.m. USOGet Moving (moving your body to increase wellness- see below for details), Wednesdays 2:30-4 p.m., Thursdays 1:30-3 p.m. (Transitions to ASU Group, doesn’t start until October) and USO-DOG 3:30-5 p.m. (group Therapy with co-leaders and a therapy dog) Lesbian/Gay /Bisexual Therapy Group—This group will present an opportunity for lesbian, gay and bisexual individuals to explore life challenges. Fridays 1-2:30 p.m. 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. Wednesdays 3-4:30 p.m. 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. Wednesdays 5-6:30 p.m. (For information contact Sheri Clark: 262-3180 or Food/Mood Group—This group is designed for students who use food and/or exercise to cope in ways that would be considered “unhealthy”. To Be Determined. An Introduction to Mindfulness Group—Mindfulness involves stepping out of “auto-pilot” reactions and learning to pay more attention to our present experiences. Mondays 3:30-5 p.m. USO-Get Movin’ Active Bodies Healthy Minds—Did you know that exercise is one of the best mental health interventions we know of? Tuesdays 3-4:30 p.m. To get started with a Counseling Center group, come to the Counseling Center during Walk-In Clinic, call 262-3180 or visit our website for more information www.counseling.

overlaying theme of “working 9 to 5,” and the show begins with loud industrial, mechanical noises and the opening of Whitman’s poem “I Hear America Singing.” The dance component of the showcase will feature six original pieces that tie to the “Working” theme, choreographed by faculty members Tandrea Carter (“Moonlit”) and Holly Roark (“Out-er Space”) along with upperclassmen Dana Edwards (“Change of Heart”), Emma Holland (“Finale” from “Nine to Five”), Lydia Murrah (“Unity”) and Emily Smart (“Portraiture”). Faculty members Trimella Chaney, Rebecca

Keeter and Rebecca Quin direct this collaborative production. This showcase speaks to the current state of the economy and its workforce and endeavors to keep these new college students aware of what is happening outside of the university. Tickets are available in person at the Valborg Theatre box office Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. or by phone at (828) 262-3063. Prices are $5 for students and youth (ages 6-18) and $8 for faculty/staff, adults and seniors. More information is available online at www. 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

Let’s beat the record again!

Appalachian State University will hold its 1,000-pint blood drive on Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2012, sponsored by the ACT Office. This homecoming sponsored service event collected a record-breaking 1,255 pints of blood last year for the American Red Cross, making this the largest university blood drive in the country. Help beat the record again from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. in the Holmes Center. There is a need for all talented students, faculty, staff and community members to entertain donors and volunteers through song, dance, music, balloon sculpture, whatever your talent may be. Long-term volunteers (5 hours or longer) are also being recruited. If interested in being a long-term volunteer, please email for more information. To sign up, go to

Art for Social Change, Metalsmithing

Students in Art for Social Change and Metalsmithing in the Department of Art are working to raise awareness about mining, reuse and recycling issues involved in the jewelry people wear. Delve into your jewelry box for pieces ready to be remade into new work. Donate and receive a coupon in thanks for your contribution that can be used to purchase the reworked items. View the Radical Jewelry Makeover on Oct. 23 in Plemmons Student Union’s the Solarium. For more information and donation forms, visit eventw_detail.php?id=2..

Weight Watchers at Work

Appalachian’s Weight Watchers At-Work Group is constantly seeking new members! For a free meeting, attend this or any Friday at noon in Raley Hall Room 2017. Weight Watchers At-Work provides you with support and resources to help you lose weight right in the convenience of your workplace. With the Appalachian At-Work group you’ll be able to build a network of co-workers to help you in your efforts. Retired employees, spouses or significant others are also invited to join. New members welcome to join anytime. To signup electronically prior to a meeting, consult: If you have questions regarding Weight Watchers At-Work, email Vicki:

October is Celebrate You month

A number of offices on campus and people in the community have come together to create October: A Month To Celebrate You. This month of events is intended to help promote positive self esteem and encourage confidence. Too many people suffer because they don’t believe in themselves and their worth. The film, “Beauty Mark,” by Diane Israel, is a fresh, honest film about self-image and the disconnect between mind and body. “Beauty Mark” explores the myriad emotional, cultural and psychological influences that compel women to mesure themselves against an elusive standard of physical perfection—sometimes at the price of their health. Diane Israel’s story is full of wisdom, hope and humor. The film will be shown Oct. 29, 7 p.m., IG Greer Theater. “Beauty Mark,” is part of October: A Month to Celebrate You, your strength, your beauty, your creativity, your energy, your optimism, your uniqueness, your gratitude. For more information about this or other events during October, visit

Kingsolver at ASU on Oct. 2

Noted author Barbara Kingsolver, who founded the Bellwether Prize for Fiction, along with prize winners Hillary Jordan and Naomi Benaron, will be at Appalachian State University for an information conversation about the prize and the author’s works. Jordan is the author of “Mudbound” and “When She Woke,” and Benaron’s first book is “Running the Rift.” The event is sponsored by Belk Library and Information Commons and Algonquin Books in Chapel Hill. Joseph Bathanti, Appalachian English professor and the state’s newly appointed Poet Laureate, will moderate the discussion. Refreshments and a book signing will follow. The event will be Oct. 2, 7-9 p.m. in the Helen Powers Ballroom, Broyhill Event Center. The event is sponsored by the Richard T. Barker Friends of the Library. Admission is free.

Four CEOs to sit on panel

Four speakers from past Harlan E. Boyles Distinguished CEO lectures at Appalachian State University return to campus Oct. 5 for the 50th presentation in the longstanding series. The current and former chief executive officers, selected from the pool of former speakers thorughout the series’ history, will be part of a panel discussion beginning at 10 a.m. at the Holmes Convocation Center on campus. A “Meet the CEOs” reception with light refreshments will begin at 9 a.m. on the concourse of the Holmes Center. The

I.G. Greer Studio Theatre is located on the lower level of I.G. Greer Hall, on the building’s east side. The door faces the B.B. Dougherty Administration Building. Parking on campus is available after 5 p.m. in faculty lots, the College Street deck near Belk Library and Information Commons, and the Rivers Street parking deck. The Department of Theatre and Dance is housed in the College of Fine and Applied Arts. Its mission is to provide liberal arts educations for the B.S. degree in teaching theatre arts and the B.A. degrees in dance studies or theatre

arts. The department also values the opportunity to offer coursework for integrated learning through the arts to the general university student population. Vital to the support of this mission is a dynamic co-curricular production program that provides exemplary theatre and dance experiences to departmental students, the university community and the region. The departmental philosophy is to support the university’s liberal arts environment through a balanced and integrated emphasis on teaching, creative activity, scholarship and service.

public is invited to both events.

The panelist are: Robert Tillman, former chairperson, president and CEO of Lowe’s Companies Inc.; William Holland, former chairman and CEO of United Dominion Industries; Robert Ingram, former CEO and chairman of ClaxoSmithKline; and James Morgan, president and CEO of Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Inc.

The panel discussion will be moderated by Chancellor Kenneth E. Peacock. Each CEO will discuss what they would say differently if they wre delivering their previous lecture in 2012. In 1998, Tillman’s lecture was titled “The Re-telling of Retailing.” Holland presented “A Vision—Perspiration and Inspiration” in 1992. Ingram’s 2004 lecture was titled “Ethics and Industry: The Face in the Mirror” and Morgan presented “Pursuing a Passion, while Writing and Epitaph” in 2009.

Shuttle buses will run between the Rivers Street Parking Deck, Railey Circle and the Holmes Convocation Center beginning at 8:30 a.m. until the conclusion of the events. All guests should enter the Holmes Convocation Center through the northwest entrance.

The Harlan E. Boyles Distinguished CEO Lecture Series began in 1988. It was named in 1991 for Boyles, who served 24 years as N.C. state treasurer. Boyles died in 2003. For more information, call 828-262-2057 or visit http://ceo.

2012 Multicultural programming Fall Programs Thursday, Oct. 18, Blue Ridge Ballroom, 7 p.m., “The Wrong Side of Murder Creek: A White Southerner in the Freedom Movement.” Prominent activist Bob Zellner was at the scene 51 years ago for most of the key milestones of the civil rights movement, putting his life on the line and taking notes. Dr. Zellner will share some of the untold stories of the civil rights movement from the perspective of a white southerner. Raised in southern Alabama, with a father and grandfather active in the Ku Klux Klan, Bob Zellner became an unlikely civil rights activist. Yet today, he is well known as one of the most influential white southerners of the civil rights movement of the 1960s, in part for organizing “The Freedom Rides” of 1961. Tuesday, Nov. 27, Legends Nightclub, 6 p.m., Kwanzaa Celebration. Kwanzaa is the first African American holiday established in the United States. Friday, Nov 30, Blue Ridge Ballroom, 5 p.m., Find Yosef a Holiday Festival. This fair-style event offers an “a la carte menu” of the images, sounds, foods, and activities that represent winter holidays from around the world. Attendees will learn in fun and interactive ways about many international holidays, cultures and customs. Spring 2013 Programs Tuesday, January 22, 2013, Holmes Center, 7 p.m., The 29th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration: An Evening with Maya Angelou. Dr. Maya Angelou is hailed as one of the great voices of contemporary black literature and as a remarkable Renaissance woman. A mesmerizing vision of grace, swaying and stirring when she moves; Dr. Angelou captivates her audiences lyrically with vigor, fire and perception. Dr. Angelou, born Marguerite Johnson on April 4, 1928, in St. Louis was raised in segregated rural Arkansas. She is a poet, historian, author, actress, playwright, civil-rights activist, producer and director. She lectures throughout the U.S. and abroad and is a lifetime Reynolds professor of American Studies at Wake Forest University in North Carolina since 1981. Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013, Blue Ridge Ballroom, 7 p.m. “Hidden Voices: The Lives of Queer Muslims.” Participants will learn about sexual and gender minorities within the Muslim world and examine the complex intersection of Islam, sexuality and gender. Faisal Alam is a queer-identified Muslim activist of Pakistani descent. At age 19, while trying to reconcile his sexuality with his faith, Faisal organized the firstever gathering of LGBT Muslims, which led to the founding of Al-Fatiha, an organization dedicated to supporting and empowering lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex & questioning (LGBTIQ) Muslims, and their allies. Today, Al-Fatiha has sister organizations around the world including Canada, South Africa, Spain, United Kingdom, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine & Indonesia.


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Annual First Year Showcase takes center stage by R. SCOTT MORRIS A&E Reporter


he Department of Theatre and Dance will showcase its

annual production of First Year Showcase at I.G. Greer Theatre this weekend. The showcase is a collaboration of freshmen and

first year transfer performers choreographed and directed by by upperclassmen and faculty members. For the theater portion of the showcase, perform-

Showcase welcomes fresh faces

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Freshman psychology major Rachel Ainsztein (left) and Freshman communication science and disorders major Jordan Logelin (right) perform “Portraiture” at dress rehearsal Wednesday evening.

This year’s First Year Showcase is almost here, and the actors and dancers are ready to shimmy, twist and shake this weekend at I.G. Greer Theatre. The First Year Showcase, an annual collaboration between the theatre and dance departments, aims to integrate freshman and first-year transfer students interested in the university’s performing arts. Within a few days of arriving at school, these students are put through the audition process. After that, they have three weeks until show time to learn all of their choreography. “Coming here, I was already used to having to dance all the time, all week,” freshman undecided major Hannah PrimoSquire said. While she never danced for her high school, Primo-Squire said she danced competitively in a studio for several years. “This is a good introduction to college dance, because it’s differ-

ent than what I came from,” she said. Primo-Squire is currently undecided as a major, but she said she knows she wants to minor in dance. Freshman dance studies major Emily Goodall said she started taking school dance classes during her sophomore year of high school, partly because she said she thought they would be easy grades. Goodall ended up loving it, and after her older sister, junior apparel design and merchandising major Haley Goodall, heard her little sister was coming to Appalachian, she looked up everything that the school offered in regards to it. One of the things she came across was the First Year Showcase. “The upperclassmen are very helpful, a lot more helpful than you’d think,” Emily Goodall said. “Because some people in this department are a little competitive. But [the upperclassmen] just want to help you learn.”

ers will use excerpts from Studs Terkel’s book Working: People Talk About What They Do All Day and How They Feel About What They Do.

The First Year Showcase runs Thursday through Saturday from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Tickets are $5 for students and $8 for faculty, staff, adults and seniors.

Upperclassmen relive personal memories of First Year Showcase While the freshmen and transfer students have their time in the spotlight at the First Year Showcase, there’s a considerable amount of work going on behind the scenes at I.G. Greer Studio Theatre. Four upperclassmen in the dance and theater department with the assistance of three faculty members worked together for the past month to bring the showcase together. “We only had five rehearsals, each an hour and a half long,” Dana Edwards, senior dance studies and sustainable development major and choreographer of the piece “Change of Heart” said. Edwards is originally a transfer student who choreographed for the showcase last year and had such a good time she volunteered to do it again. Senior dance studies and theatre arts major Emma Holland is a transfer student as well. Though she had not been involved before, she was specifically asked to help choreograph the showcase by Rebecca Keeter, one of the three faculty members directing the showcase and Holland’s former professor. Holland, who choreographed “Finale” is the only declared double major of both dance and theatre arts at the university. “It was very interesting to put 40 people of different backgrounds in one space,” Holland said. And going even further behind the scenes, things get a bit technical. Sophomore theatre design and technology major Wyatt Nyman is busy throughout every act designing all of the light cues, sound cues and anything else on the technical side of production. “There’s something really rewarding about starting with nothing, then seeing it all come together,” Nyman said.

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From high school cooking prodigy to being known as “Cookie Man” for handing out cookies on campus, junior public relations major Matt Mize does what he loves - cooking. “I’m just trying to brighten people’s day a bit,” Mize said. The Athens, Ga. native is known to hand out free cookies in class and invite people he just met over to dinner at the Wesley Foundation, where he lives and works as a community care coordinator. Last spring, a girl who Mize gave a cookie to approached him, asking if he was the “Cookie Man” and then paid him back with a cookie. “The fact that it came around which shows it had some impact in some way,” he said. Mize came to the university with a national cooking award he won in high school under his belt. “The spring of my sophomore year, I did a competition with Johnson and Wales University and it’s the National High School Chef of the Year,” he said. Mize placed fourth out of over 1,000 contestants nationwide in the pastry

category with an original dish consisting of a hollowed-out apple stuffed and baked with pecans, brown sugar and walnuts with a strawberry and pomegranate sauce. Mize took in thousands of dollars of scholarships from Johnson and Wales and did an internship the following summer and made a life decision about his cooking career. “I was cooking three meals a day for staff and I learned a lot of cool techniques and different recipes,” he said. “I found out I loved to cook and not in a professional setting. It takes the fun out of it working long hours and stuff.” Throughout high school, he continued to cook and bake at home where he learned the trick of the trade. Mize utilized his culinary talents as soon as he came to Appalachian in the fall of 2010. “I got to college and found out it was cheaper to cook for myself rather than go out and eat and I cooked very well,” he said. “And I enjoyed having people over for dinner - and the company more that came with that - kind of bringing people together because I think that it’s extremely important if you’re sharing life with people and kind

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Freshman english major Olivia Fitts performs “Milworker” at dress rehearsal

Nyam also works in the other campus theatres including the Valborg Theatre. “Wyatt’s a genius,” Holland said. Nyman started working technical theatre two weeks into his freshman year as part of a work program, which he requested, having done technical theatre in high school as well. Nyman’s first show was last year’s First Year Showcase and he said he remembers being encouraged after seeing a sophomore working with the show, which made him realize that he could eventually be involved enough to come back and help others. “That was why I wanted to come back,” Nyman said. “To give the new students a sense of optimism.” The other two student choreographers are senior dance studies major Lydia Murrah and junior dance studies major Emily Smart, who choreographed “Unity” and “Portraiture,” respectively.

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low Wesley Foundation attendee junior history major Gretchen Wilson shares a love of cooking with the “Cookie Man.” “I think there are plenty of people trying to do that, but I think Matt specifically found his avenue that he loves to work in and that he loves to share with other people,” Wilson said. His current roommate,

Editor’s Note: The following is the fifth part of a five-part series talking about new businesses in Boone. Boone is getting a new sports bar whose name pays homage to the university’s Kidd-Brewer Stadium’s less formal name - “The Rock.” The Rock Sports Bar and Grill, located at the former Beef O’Brady’s location near the Walmart shopping center, plans to present a college student-friendly

environment with 40 televisions, a the “local place to go” with the help full bar and foods that range from of owner and Blowing Rock resident Jeff Reynwings, nachos and olds. burgers. try“The wings are go“I think you’re going ing“We’re to tie it into ing to be our anchor to look around and Boone and we as far as food goes,” see people you know.” definitely like David Buchanan, the football feel general manager of general manager of that but it The Rock and former David Buchanan, of The Rock goes in a couple general manager of different reaBeef O’Brady’s said. sons,” Buchanan With 18 years of of management experience under said. “Hopefully it’s going to be his belt, Buchanan, an Appalachian packed with people. I think you’re alumnus, hopes to make The Rock going to look around and see peo-

‘Men in Black 3’ is a good addition to the trilogy

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

senior graphic design Alex Stutts, knew Mize was an award-winning cook, but didn’t know how good he was or that he would use his culinary skills to make people happy. “If someone were to do that for me, that would brighten my whole day,” Stutts said. “That would make so many worries disappear if I had one cookie.”

The Rock Sports Bar and Grill aims to target college crowd by MICHAEL BRAGG


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Junior public relations major Matt Mize removes cookies from the cooking sheet at the Wesely Foundation. Mize, who won a national award in high school for cooking, is known as the 'Cookie Man' on campus for handing out free cookies.

of enjoying life together.” Mize began baking cookies to take to his classes and to strangers on campus to make people happy and pay the favor forward to one another. “A dozen cookies is able to break the ice and warm people up to the idea of nice actions among one another,” Mize said. Friend of Mizes and fel-



‘Cookie Man’ utilizes culinary talent for others by MICHAEL BRAGG

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ple you know.” While the sports bar was set to open in time for Appalachian’s Homecoming Game against Southern Conference foe Elon University on Saturday, Oct. 6, Buchanan said that won’t be a possibility at this point. “We’re going to have to push it back,” he said. “We’re trying to wait for everything to fall in place.” Buchanan has set a tentative date for Wednesday, Oct. 10, in time for the Pittsburgh Steelers and Tennessee Titans NFL game the following day.

This summer, the makers of Men in Black I and II added a third movie to the franchise. Agent K (Tommy Lee Jones), and Agent J (Will Smith) are back to save the world from extraterrestrial fiends. However, in the installment, J must go back in time to save the future from eminent doom. After Boris the Animal ( Jemaine Clement) plays the extraterrestrial villain, who escapes from a maximum security moon-base prison, and travels back in time in an attempt to destroy the man who took his hand from him in 1969, Agent K. Agent J, then has to travel to the 60s and prevent a young Agent K ( Josh Brolin, “W.”) from being erased from the future while simultaneously ensuring that an earth protecting force field is launched into space. Sounds crazy, right? It is. Of course, any movie involving time travel is bound to have plot holes. But hey, it’s a feel-good action movie, not an Oscar-nominated instant classic. Movie-goers shouldn’t be expecting a life-changing cinematic experience. Just go to be entertained and don’t be “that guy.” If you were like most moviegoers, you probably groaned to hear about a third “MIB” movie, but this one is actually pretty good. The jokes are pretty funny and the action sequences are satisfying. The movie features a starstudded cast including Pussycat Doll Nicole Scherzinger as Boris’ girlfriend in the beginning of the film and the hilarious Bill Hader of “Saturday Night Life” fame, who is an agent of Sector 7 posing as eccentric artist Andy Warhol in one of the funniest scenes in the whole movie. Other parts of the movie are actually pretty endearing. Throughout the film, Agent J and Agent K have to protect a neurotic yet loveable alien capable of seeing the infinite amount of scenarios which make up the “multiverse.” It’s understandable to think that with super complex ideas like time travel and the multiverse, that there is no way a movie like this can gracefully pull it off. But this movie manages to prevent bewilderment. Perhaps the over simplification of such daunting concepts is one of the movies main flaw. But, who cares? You’ll be too distracted by everything else to even realize it. The movie builds up to a slightly unbelievable, but decently mind-blowing, climax you will not see coming. On top of that, the culminating plot twist adds some interesting character development and adds even more depth to the partnership of Agents J and K, as well as unexplained mysteries into their pasts. “Men in Black 3” will play at I.G. Greer Thursday through Saturday at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Tickets cost $1.


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Matchup: vs.

Jackson provides rallying point for fans by HANNAH POMPHREY Editor-in-Chief


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Coastal Carolina vs. Appalachian State September 29, 2012 | 3:30 p.m. Kidd-Brewer Stadium Boone, N.C. The Matchup The Mountaineers return home to play Coastal Carolina after an impressive 3417 win against Chattanooga. With the win Saturday, the Mountaineers avoided losing back-to-back games since 2003 and its first 0-2 start in conference play since its first season in the Southern Conference. After starting the season 2-0, Coastal Carolina has lost their last two games getting beat by Eastern Kentucky and Toledo. With 10 minutes left in the game against Toledo, the Chants recovered a fumble and drove down the field for a 17yard touchdown pass, pulling them within three points. However the Chants was not able to stop Toledo as they went on for a touchdown to win 38-28. This is the third times these two teams have met. Appalachian State beat Coastal Carolina 30-3, in 2005 and 45-28 in the first round of the 2006 NCAA Division I Football Championship. Appalachian State has won 15-straight games over the Big South Conference. How ASU can win To avoid the upset, ASU will need to be consistent on all sides of the ball. The defensive line will need to have continued pressure on the Chants’ quarterback and force him to rush his throws. The linebackers and defensive backs will need to play good coverage to stop the passing threat of the Chants. The defense forced turnovers on three-consecutive Mocs possessions Saturday and turned them all into points. The defense will need to do the same this week. The offense led by Jamal Jackson will need to continue to strive. Last week, Jackson became the 13th 3,000-yard passer in school history and has found a new favorite target in Sean Price. Price has recorded at least 100 yards in the two games he has played in. The two of them will need to connect and connect offense. If the defense can have constant pressure on the Chants’ quarterback and the offense display an effective and efficient passing game, the Mountaineers will win. How Coastal Carolina can win Aramis Hillary, the brother of former Mountaineer wide receiver and return specialist CoCo Hillary (2007-10), leads the Chanticleers as quarterback. The Chants passing game is ranked 15th nationally with 28.8 passing yards per, according to the game notes and will need to keep it going. If Hillary can connect to his favorite target, junior Niccolo Mastromateo, early and frequently, the offense will be successful. To win this game, the Chants defense will need to play superbly. They allow 32.8 points per game and are ranked 85th nationally. App scores 27.5 points per game so the defense will need to keep App in their average or lower. If the offense plays well and fast and the defense plays disciplined and forced turnovers, the Chants will win. The Bottom Line Both offenses will be striving for excellence in this game. Appalachian State and Coastal Carolina both rank among the nation’s top 40 in total offense and are in the top 30 in passing. If one of the team’s defenses can control the pass, their team will win. The Mountaineers have won 20 of their last 21 regular-season non-conference games home so the Chants needs to play well if they want to win.

Starting quarterback Jamal Jackson is a pretty simple guy. He’s an Atlanta native and an Appalachian State junior. He’s been around sports since he was young. He’d never heard of Boone until he met Head Coach Jerry Moore. And Mountaineer fans love him. Jackson has more than 2,000 followers on Twitter and nearly 1,000 on Instagram, and they’re not silent observers. On game days, they wish him luck before he takes the field. They congratulate him when his team fares well. They commiserate with him when it doesn’t. “It’s the Twitter world, man,” said Jackson, who responded to at least 20 congratulatory Tweets after last week’s defeat of Chattanooga. “When they find you, they find you...if I could respond to every last one of them I would, but sometimes there’s a lot of them.But I try to get to who I can get to.” That responsiveness fosters a likeability for Jackson, one that’s noticed by students, alumni and staff alike. Patrick Setzer, executive director of alumni affairs, follows Jackson on Twitter and said the QB has several traits that seem to resonate with fans. “He is approachable, he seems very genuine, he has a compelling personal story, and he is confident in both his leadership ability and leadership responsibility,” Setzer said. “The latter, I believe, is his most significant strength as a studentathlete.” And Jackson’s approachability extends beyond students and staff. High school student Casey Young is a lifelong Mountaineer fan. There’s a picture of her in an App State cheerleading outfit when she was four or five, she said. And when she needed to write an article about student-athletes for her English class last year, she reached out to Jackson on Twitter. “I had a pretty good amount of questions, but Jamal answered every single one,” Young said. “I labeled some as ‘extra’ because those were not as important

Paul Heckert | The Appalachian

Quarterback Jamal Jackson prepares to gun the ball down the field in Saturday’s game against the Citadel. The Bulldogs blew past the Mountaineers 52-28.

for my article, but he still answered them. When he did that, I really got to see what kind of person he is. He answered them after practice and I’m sure he was exhausted.” In some ways, Jackson may be filling a void for students at the university and fans of the team. Quarterback Armanti Edwards was wildly popular, if a bit behind Jackson in terms of social media accessibility, and his graduation left a dent. And while football hasn’t exactly struggled in recent years, there hasn’t been a repeat championship, either. “I don’t think it’s any secret that our students and our alumni have been longing for a positive leader to emerge from the football team going into this year,” Setzer said. “That’s not to say we haven’t had this over the past couple of years -- it just

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seems that our fan base seemed disconnected last year, in particular, among the alumni constituents.” For Young, Jackson’s tendency to push himself on the field and off provides that positive leadership. “It has a huge impact,” she said. “When people -- students, fans, alumni -- see someone with such dedication and passion for something, it makes them want to support that person.” For his part, Jackson’s just trying to bring the inspiration past the locker room doors. “I always try to keep the fellas up,” he said. There’s a time to be serious, but there’s also a time to joke. They gave me the name Papa J.J. on the team, because I try to get us focused and right mentally, but I feel like I can be a positive reinforcement morally.”

Mountaineers debut new jerseys for Saturday’s game By JAMES ASHLEY Sports Editor

Appalachian State Mountaineers will reveal their 2012 alternate uniform jerseys Saturday at The Rock against Coastal Carolina. The uniforms include a black Nike Pro Combat jersey with an athletic gold helmet and pants. The vintage Yosef logo worn by Mountaineers from 1971-79 will be displayed on the helmets and jerseys. At the conclusion of the game Saturday, fans will be allowed to bid on the alternate jerseys through an online auction being held at Helmets will be sold to fans with a limited number being auctioned. The first 75 are only offered to Yosef Club members. More information about this will be included in the season-ticket packets. Retailers that will begin to carry the vintage line includes, Mountaineer Mania, Sports Fanatic, Boone Wal-Mart and the University Bookstore, the

Troy Tuttle | Courtesy Photos

The Appalachian football team will wear their 2012 alternative uniform jerseys at this Saturday’s game against Coastal Carolina. The jerseys will be auctioned off following the game. online store and, according to Proceeds from the auctions

will help support Appalachian athletics. ASU Athletics wants fans to wear the apparel to Satur-

day game versus the Chanticleers. There will be promotion for the Yosef logo line at the game.

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