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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Vol. 87, No. 16

Hurricane Sandy leaves waves of destruction

New policy in place after two years of discussion by KELLI STRAKA News Reporter

Freshmen and transfer students who earn a 0.0 grade point average after their first semester will be placed on academic suspension, according to the new 0.0 GPA policy implemented for the first time this semester. Previously, students were placed on academic probation if they had a 0.0 GPA. “The Student Achievement Team [researched] these students and determined that it is in their and our best interest for academic suspension to occur sooner, rather than later,” Susan Davies, associate vice chancellor for enrollment services, said. Data provided by Institutional Research, Assessment and Planning on these students showed that most of the students who earn a 0.0 GPA drop out on their own or are academically suspended after their third semester, Davies said. “We really felt like we were doing students a disservice if we know they’re not going to be successful after having this type of start to their college career,” she said. The university was concerned about the students who “failed everything,” said Lynne Waugh, director of Academic Advising and member of the University Advising Council. “You know something’s going on,” Waugh said. “They probably need to be out for a while.” To meet good academic standing, students with one to 15 attempted hours must earn a 1.75 GPA, a 1.90 GPA if they have between 16 and 30 attempted hours and a 2.00 GPA for 31 or more attempted hours. “The Student Achievement Team really believes that as we set higher academic expectations for the students, the students will rise to meet those expectations,” Davies said. The policy, which was initiated by the Student Achievement Team, was approved by the Student Achievement Team in spring 2011 and the Enrollment Planning Council in summer 2011. The policy was then approved by the Dean’s Council in fall 2011 and voted and approved by the Academic Policies & Procedures Committee on Nov. 2, 2011, Waugh said. There was a lot of discussion about the policy, Waugh said.

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Students brave the snow and wind Monday afternoon as Hurricane Sandy approaches the eastern seaboard. The category one hurricane was expected to make landfall Monday night, with projected winds of up to 60 mph and close to a foot of snow in the area (left and top). This satellite image provides a look at Hurricane Sandy as it approaches the eastern seaboard. The storm is predicted to cause significant damage to the northeast along the coast (bottom).

Universities on east coast face similar problems as Hurricane Sandy approaches by ANNE BUIE

Managing Editor



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s Hurricane Sandy continues gaining strength, preparing for its projected landfall in Delaware, its widespread effects have finally come to Boone. Within a time span of three hours, the university sent out emails announcing Belk Library and Information Center and Safe Ride would not operate under their normal operation hours Monday night, class-

es were cancelled before 11 a.m. and the AppalCART was shut down until 9 a.m. Tuesday. “Hurricane Sandy is currently undergoing a process known as ‘extra tropical transition,’ which occurs when a tropical cyclone interacts with an upper-level trough along a cold frontal boundary,” geography professor Baker Perry said. “In this case, Sandy is transitioning into a powerful extra tropical cyclone that is similar to a Nor’easter.” In Boone, the grocery stores are feeling Hurricane Sandy’s effects. Harris Teeter co-man-

Professor owns ‘Half Hippie Farm’ by JOSH COLENDA Intern News Reporter by CHELSEY FISHER News Editor

One professor doesn’t just teach classes or advise the juggling club, he also owns a “you weigh, you pay” farm in one of the oldest houses in Watauga County. Geology professor Brian Zimmer owns the “Half Hippie Farm,” two-and-ahalf acres where he grows carrots, onions, cabbage, broccoli and other vegetables. The food is grown organically, Zimmer said. The farm uses a “you weigh, you pay” method, which includes an unmanned produce stand. The customer weighs the food they would like and pays based on the weight, Zimmer said. Customers can also pay $10 for a handpicked bag of groceries delivered by Zimmer to the customer’s house. “Ultimately, the goal is just, we’re not going to make a lot of money at it, but we think clean food is really important and we want to make sure it’s available to anybody that wants to, you know, take an effort to get it,” Zimmer said. The farm is located outside of Boone and has been featured as part of the Blue Ridge Women in Agriculture Farm Tour. This has brought several hundred

visitors to the farm, Zimmer said. The farm was started last year when Zimmer’s girlfriend quit her job. They traded a neighbor eggs, rabbit meat and flowers to plough their front yard. They had grown large gardens in the past, but that was the first year they sold food. “We knew there were no U-pick veggie places in the High Country, and we wanted to make clean food cheaper for the folks in our community, so we figured U-pick was the way to go,” Zimmer said. Zimmer has had help from other farms to make his farm successful, he said. “Our whole community has been very supportive,” Zimmer said. Mathematics professor Terry Anderson buys food from Zimmer’s garden. “I buy there because the vegetable and eggs are pesticide-free and local so that they are fresher and tastier than those in grocery stores,” Anderson said. Anderson said he has had a positive experience at the “Half Hippie Farm” and likes the variety and value of the produce. “The sugar snaps peas are crunchier, kale is full and leafy, peppers have a shiny glow, spinach is a dark, lustrous green and so on with all the veggies,” Anderson said.

ager Devin Hubbard said the store in the Shadowline Shopping Center has seen a 15 percent increase in business compared to last year. He said the store saw a great influx of business starting Saturday. “People have been buying just about everything,” Hubbard said. “But we really haven’t run out of anything.” Similarly, Appalachian’s Director of Food Services Art Kessler said he doesn’t anticipate any problems with Food Services. “We carry about four to five days of supplies in our storeroom that would sus-

tain us if we were unable to receive any deliveries for a short period of time,” Kessler said. “We may need to alter our regular menus based on what is available, but we would have a good variety of foods.” Kessler said sales were up in the markets due to storms, but the markets were well-stocked. Further north, city residents have gone “crazy in terms of preparation,” New York University student Liz Preza said. “Lines for the supermarkets and delis in my neighborhood wrapped around the block for several hours

Food Services provides for meatless diets

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Freshman theater arts major Emily Siegal receives a veggie burger from Healthy Selects in Central Dining Hall.

Vegetarian options available on campus, vegan options limited by EMILY AUTON

Intern News Reporter

The university makes a deliberate effort to provide a range of vegetarian items in every dining location on campus, Director of Food Services Art Kessler said. “There’s vegetarian everywhere,” Kessler said. “We planned it that way so there’s always vegetarian options.” Junior public relations major Shady Kimzey has been a vegetarian for less than a year. She said Appalachian has some of the “best variety you can hope for at a college campus.” Kimzey often combines food items from different concepts in the dining halls, she said. “You have to put more effort and intention into eating, as in seeking out different meals so you aren’t always eating the same

thing,” Kimzey said. But some vegans are not thrilled with the food options on campus. Sophomore biology major Tracey Marshall said she feels there isn’t very much attention paid to vegans. “When I lived on campus I mostly ate the same few meals every day,” Marshall said. Kessler said the variety of vegetarian and vegan food is proportional to the demand. “We are looking for that feedback from our customers,” Kessler said. “We want to be able to give them what they’re looking for.” The demand for vegetarian food has increased, he said. But Food Services has made strives to make more vegan-friendly food. All margarine has been taken out of the preparation of cooked vegetables. However, Kessler still said vegans have limited dining options.

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earlier today,” Preza, a junior sociology major, said. “Most businesses are closed starting this evening and into tomorrow.” Like Appalachian, New York University cancelled Tuesday’s classes, in addition to Monday’s. When New York’s subway system shuts down, it, like AppalCART, hinders students’ ability to get to class. “The subway system will likely directly affect school reopening,” Preza said. “Apparently there is a likelihood of the subways flooding, so it may be a few days until NYU is fully operational.”

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Survey shows only seven percent of students smoke regularly by JULIEANNE PIKE Intern News Reporter

A study conducted last year concluded that seven percent of students smoke daily and 17 percent of students smoke at least one cigarette a month, Wellness Coordinator Dale Kirkley said. Every year, the Wellness Center surveys students to determine the percentages. Since the survey is anonymous, there is little false reporting, Kirkley said. “The sample is large enough and representative of the overall population in which the confidence rate of the survey is very high, factoring out statistically the small numbers [that] may not be completely honest,” Kirkley said. The smoking rate has decreased slightly between 2009-11, Kirkley said. Since students smoke in visible places, the number may appear higher. “So even a few thousand smokers can present a feeling that smoking is prevalent, when the overall population percentage is fairly small,” Kirkley said. Psychology professor Denise Martz said there is a cultural aspect to smoking at the university. Since North Carolina is a tobacco growing state, there has been a lot of investment in tobacco, which could be a possible factor for the

smoking population, Martz said. “Nicotine is a very powerful chemical, and nicotine is very rewarding for the brain,” she said. Martz said students who smoke should try to opt for pure nicotine, even though it is more expensive. “Using nicotine would be better for a person than using a tobacco product where they’re getting cancer-causing agents, carcinogens and tobacco smoke,” Martz said. Junior English major Andrew Greene says smoking offers him stress relief. “To begin with, smoking was a social thing for me, but my reasons have definitely become different since then,” Greene said. Martz said she is empathetic toward students trying to quit smoking because nicotine is such a strong chemical, that can cause withdraws. During withdrawal, the body undergoes an ‘opponent process,’ Martz said. For example, a person who smokes every time they drive will crave a cigarette whenever they get into a vehicle. “Let’s say you wake up and light your first cigarette at 8 a.m.,” Martz said. “They would wake up with an opponent process, so a lower than normal heart rate, so when they smoke it brings it back up to normal. Opponent process explains why anybody gets addicted to any kind of substance if they use it on a regular basis.”

Photo Illustration | Paul Heckert

According to a recent university study conducted by the Wellness Center, seven percent of Appalachian students smoke daily and 17 percent of students smoke a cigarette at least once a month.

Current television contract to expire, new may bring high-definition to campus by LINDSAY BOOKOUT News Reporter

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The Residence Hall Association is looking into changing the cable contract to accommodate high-definition televisions on campus. Around two years ago, the RHA looked into the possibility of having highdefinition televisions on campus, Director of University Housing Tom Kane said. “I don’t know where we’re going,” Kane said. “I’m depending on people who use it more than me, the students, because technology is moving faster than I can keep up.”

The university has had the same cable contract since the 1980s. “If 2,000 students stream using the current system, it’s enough to shut it down,” Kane said. But university housing is re-examining the contract because bandwidth is about to be expanded, Kane said. After discussion with cable services, housing found the most realistic idea is to add boxes to televisions. Students will have the option to buy these boxes so the university would not be liable for any damages, Kane said. Housing fees would go up, but not tuition, RHA

Vice President Shannon Wright said. Wright said an estimated increase would be $100 per year. If a student purchases a box, it is theirs. So students have the option to resell the boxes once they move off campus, Wright said. Students will have the option to opt out of buying the box. Athough housing is looking into rebidding a contract, it would be for five years. By then, boxes could be obsolete. If the campus does not upgrade to high-definition televisions, students will continue to lose channels until the contract is even-

tually broken, said Matthew Beauchamp, RHA secretary. “At a time when everyone is talking about wanting to save money, is this an area that we want to go into,” Kane said. Kane said to RHA that if students are still interested, then housing can continue to look into it. “I see that as an unnecessary addition for college students when regular cable is already enough of a distraction,” said Christopher Kerfoot, sophomore philosophy major living in East Hall. “I would rather my money go toward my education and not a distraction.”

There are ‘really no downsides’ to Honors College by JOSHUA FARMER Senior News Reporter

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The Honors College increases the odds a student will be successful in applying to graduate schools like masters’ programs, law and medical schools, said Honors College Director Leslie Jones. In order to graduate with honors, a student has to finish with a 3.45 grade point average and must complete 24 hours of honors courses, which may include honors versions of general education courses and must include one honors course from within the student’s major. The courses involve more primary reading and higher expectations, Jones said. “All the other students in the class will be honors students, and it will be capped usually at 20 [participants],” Jones said. “It will be more like a graduate level class.” Some of these classes are not traditional courses, and may cover crossdisciplinary subject material, Jones said. “The biggest plus that keeps students in before they begin to realize

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the academic benefits is priority registration,” Jones said. “They need that priority registration to get all of their classes done.” For a student to graduate with honors, additional requirements include an international education experience, which may include, in some cases, doing research with a professor abroad, as well as a thesis which can be a research paper or art project with a written component, Jones said. To get into the Honors College, a student has to apply. But this wasn’t always the case. “[W]e don’t want people starting [the Honors College] and then realizing, ‘this is more work or more commitment and I don’t have time to do that’ and then dropping it,” Jones said. “When I arrived, they were just inviting students in and the completion rates were horrible.” The completion rate has increased since Jones started. She credits this success to the application process, which reduces the number of students who enter the college, and also to the unique advising format she uses. “What we’ve got now is all of the honors students are actually advised


by the [five honors college advisers],” Jones said. “I don’t know of another honors program that does quite this. We actually have people who have some professional connection with the area that [they advise],” she said. “I know what the students need to be doing because I’ve been on that side of the table.” Victoria Coggins is a sophomore English major in the Honors College. “The community between students is really great, partly because we not only take certain classes together but many of us also live in the same dorm. Being together like this forms some tight bonds,” Coggins said. “Similarly, the learning experiences between students are fantastic because there is always someone who knows something you don’t who is willing to explain [it].” “There are really no downsides to the Honors College. I chose to apply because I wanted to be challenged,” said Nathan Kosiba, a mathematics secondary education major. “I believed that I was an above average student and I wanted some way to show that.”

Police reports from Appalachian State University’s campus Oct. 22 8 p.m./Violation Justice Hall Someone was referred to Student Conduct after a Campus violation. Oct. 22 10:22 p.m./Possession Cannon Hall Someone was arrested for possession of marijuana. Case is closed. Source: ASU Police

Oct. 22 3 p.m./Larceny Living Learning Center Someone reported a larceny at the LLC bike rack. The case is under further investigation. Oct. 23 11 p.m./Larceny Living Learning Center Someone reported a larceny. The case is under further investigation.

Oct. 23 11:56 p.m./DWI Rivers Street Someone was arrested for a DWI. Case is now closed. Oct. 25 11 p.m./Vandalism Living Learning Center Parking Lot Someone reported criminal damages to property. The case is closed due to lead exhaustion.

Oct. 26 2:21 a.m./Possession Hoey Hall Someone was arrested for possession of marijuana. Case is closed. Oct. 27 11:38 p.m./Arrest APH Someone was arrested for underage consumption of alcohol. Case is closed.


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Goodwill, thrift stores provide costumes for students celebrating Halloween

by CONNOR CHILDERS Senior A&E Reporter


s Halloween approaches, some students are preparing their costumes in less conventional ways. Instead of buying costumes from online retailers, costume shops or large retailers like Walmart, some students are heading to thrift stores to assemble their Halloween attire. For Lauren Fine, junior communication studies major, this was her first time shopping at a thrift store for a Halloween costume. She plans to dress up as the eponymous main character of the television show, “Daria”. “I decided to buy my costume at Goodwill this year because I decided to be Daria, but realized I had nothing that would work for her character,” Fine said. “I figured Goodwill would be the perfect place because the clothes I needed were pretty simple and kind of outdated, which is typical of what you would find at Goodwill.” Shopping at a thrift store allows more creative

freedom for the shopper, Fine said. “The advantage of buying a costume at a thrift store is that you can enter the store with a vision in your head of what you want to look like and just sift through the racks to find something that will work,” Fine said. Sophomore chemistry major Raylin Thompson has been utilizing thrift stores for the past three Halloweens. This year, she plans to portray the film “Silence of the Lambs” by dressing up as a literally silenced lamb. While putting together her costume, Thompson was required to exercise some creativity because of Goodwill’s limited selection. “It is easier to be more original and creative if you purchase your costume parts at a thrift store,” Thompson said. “However, some aspects of a costume can be hard to locate. I could not find lamb ears for my costume, so I took bunny ears and bent them to resemble those of a lamb.” In the case of Nikka Hronis, a junior English major, cost was an influ-

encing factor in her decision to choose thrift stores over traditional costume retailers. “I felt so great walking out of Goodwill with a $5 outfit. Costumes online or in Halloween stores can cost anywhere from $15$40 once everything is put together,” Hronis said. “Halloween is an awesomely fun time during college, but no one wants to spend that much on an outfit to wear for a day or two.” At Goodwill, Hronis bought a crushed velvet princess dress that she plans to alter and pair with boots. Her costume is of a fairy who wears the boots from the Black Sabbath song “Fairies Wear Boots.” Sometimes shopping at a thrift store can mean not finding the exact item one is looking for, but to those who have had trouble piecing together the perfect costume, Hronis said not to give up hope. “Oftentimes, these stores are hit or miss and you may not find what you are looking for, which can be discouraging,” she said. “Finding a good costume can take persistence.”

Maggie Cozens | The Appalachian

by CONNOR CHILDERS Senior A&E Reporter

Over the next couple of weeks, the Department of Theatre and Dance will present “Middletown,” a play by playwright Will Eno. Eno is an award-winning playwright based in Brooklyn. Anoth-

er of his plays, “Thom Pain (based on nothing),” was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 2005. “[‘Middletown’] is a meditation on the middle of things,” said Derek Davidson, Appalachian faculty member and director of “Middletown.” “More philosophically, Will Eno, the playwright, was more in-

Toubab Krewe performs by WILL GREENE A&E Reporter

On Halloween, APPS Stage Shows will host the culturally diverse musical stylings of the Toubab Krewe. The band hopes to bring a passionate and electric performance to all attendees. The Appalachian recently caught up with Luke Quaranta, percossionist of Toubab Krewe.

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Junior public relations major Shady Kimzey looks through a collection of thrift store items in search of a costume. Kimzey and her roommates keep baskets of thrift store costumes in their house at all times to use as outfits for special occasions, like Halloween.

terested in how we are stuck somewhat in the middle of things. We aren’t conscious when we’re born; for the first few years of our lives we don’t know much about the world. And then, of course, we don’t know much about what it’s like to die. We’re sort of stuck in this middle place.” While the play focuses on characters in the middle of their lives, the themes are mostly universal and appeal to a wide audience. “It has a lot of different levels for everybody,” said senior English secondary education major and assistant director Jonathan Green. “You can watch it and just get the base story, or you can dig deeper and discover philosophical views on life and death.” The play features a very simple set design and resembles the happenings of everyday life similar to the play “Our Town” by Thornton Wilder. It is driven by seemingly insignificant events which provide greater insight upon examination. “Another really cool thing about the play is that while [Eno] is wanting us to look at the universal things and then move into the particulars, he does that with the characters as well,” Davidson said. Because Middletown is a char-

acter-driven play, the actors and actresses have had to think on a deeper level in order to better play their roles. Green recalls a moment in which helping an actor understand his character turned into a conversation about humanism. “For me, [working with the cast and crew] has been awesome in the old sense of the word: aweinspiring,” Green said. Instead of being performed in the Valborg Theatre, “Middletown” will be performed in the I.G. Greer Studio Theatre, which holds far fewer audience members. The reason for the change in location is to give the performers experience with acting in a smaller and more intimate setting. Because I.G. Greer can only accommodate a small number of people per performance, it will be showing for 10 nights instead of the usual five. “It’s for everybody, but I don’t think everybody knows that,” Davidson said. “This is a quiet play. It’s deceptively complex.” “Middletown” will be performing from Oct. 31 through Nov. 4 and again from Nov. 7 through 11. Tickets will cost $8 for students and $15 for adults.

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TA: Seeing as you guys are relatively geographically within the same sphere as Boone, have any traditional sounds of the mountains rubbed off on you over the years? LQ: “Absolutely... two of our founding members were born and raised in [western North Carolina]. And two more of us have spent much of the last decade in the area. We have developed quite a bit of our repertoire in the Appalachian tradition. Songs like ‘Cluck Old Hen,’ ‘Raleigh and Spencer,’ ‘John Hardy’ and ‘In the Pines’ are all regulars in our sets. It is very cool to be playing this music incorporating traditional West African instrumentation. It feels very natural, and ultimately connects the dots of evolution of the music.”

Toubab Krewe will be performing at Legends Wednesday at 9 p.m.

Newest Taylor Swift album disappoints

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

TA: How far along on the tour are you guys? How much longer will you be playing? LQ: “We are playing three nights in New Orleans this weekend and then making our way to Boone for Halloween night. This tour is only about two and a half weeks, and then we will go out for another two weeks later in the month. 2012 has been a bit of a lighter year for us, as we have been touring relentlessly since 2005. We have taken a little more time off the road this year, and spent a bit more time at home and in the studio.”

Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door.

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The Appalachian: Your music is a little more different than the run-ofthe-mill acts that usually come to App. What should the attendees expect from one of your shows? Luke Quaranta: “They can expect dance music that is rooted in traditional music from all over the world. One moment they will be moving to music inspired by the great traditions of West Africa, and the next be raging to Appalachian folk music played with a rock and roll edge.”

TA: This question might come off as mean, but it is intended to be a platform upon where you guys brag about yourself. Why should people care about Toubab Krewe? What is different or special enough about you guys? LQ: “We are a very unique band... our approach to music, our instrumentation, and our blend of traditional musics all set us apart. We play very freely and every concert is one of a kind. We have a real affinity for roots music and traditional music. I believe a lot of the music we play has a life of its own, and it has evolved over decades and in many cases centuries. There is a real spiritual element to playing this music, and it is a raging party at the same time.”



‘Middletown’ steps into the limelight at I.G. Greer

Senior theater performance and dance studies major Emma Holland rehearses a scene for the upcoming play Middletown with sophomore theater arts education major Preston Perrin.

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Photo courtesy by Candice Corbin | The Appalachian

For Halloween, junior recreation management major Adam Creed dressed as a vintage tennis player and sophomore social work major Mollie Jones as the Operation game. The photo was submitted for The Appalachian’s Halloween costume contest.

Taylor Swift released her fourth album, titled “Red” on Oct. 22, a disappointing follow-up to her 2010 album “Speak Now.” Clearly veering away from the type of hits her previous albums were known for, “Red” delves into some newer, less appealing sounds. When the single “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” was released, I hoped it was not a precursor to the entire album. Unfortunately, it was. The song sounded like a middle school anthem for a breakup, and it may not stray very far from Swift’s other tracks. “Red” doesn’t seem to bring the same country sounds her previous songs were known for. In fact, Swift purposefully experimented on this album by collaborating with new writers and producers. In an interview with Yahoo! Music, Swift said that there was a choice going into the fourth album to “either do things the way that you have always done them, and then you’re forming a pattern of doing things the same way, or you can switch it up and go outside your comfort zone.” After listening to the album, it is clear that Swift should have made the first choice. But not all her new songs are disappointing. “The State of Grace” is one song Swift wrote by herself and is one of the best on the album. It has strong lyrics and proves Swift she can produce a mature sound. It is the first track on the album, and leaves high expectations for the rest of the songs. “Stay Stay Stay” lacks the originality that trademarked her songs on previous albums. Again, the song sounds like what would be heard at a middle school sleepover. The lyrics are shallow and remind me of Rebecca Black’s “Friday” disaster of 2011. “I Knew You Were Trouble” constantly shifts between an echo of indie pop singer Ellie Goulding’s 2011 single, “Lights,” and Swift’s usual pop-country sound. It doesn’t work well, especially for Swift, whose fan base is composed primarily of country and pop music fans. Dan Wilson, the wellknown singer and songwriter who co-wrote Dixie Chicks’ “Not Ready to Make Nice” and Adele’s “Someone Like You,” helped Swift to write “Treacherous.” “Treacherous” is a softer ballad that escalates slowly over the course of the song, and is one of the two best tracks on the album. Max Martin, producer of famous songs like Britney Spears’ “Hit Me Baby One More Time” and Katy Perry’s “I Kissed a Girl,” co-wrote several of Swift’s new songs, including “I Knew You Were Trouble,” “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” and “22.” “22” is another failed attempt at a hit single on the album. The chorus repeatedly screams “Everything will be all right if we just keeping dancing like we’re 22.” It was weakly written, and the vocals are not impressive by any stretch. Perhaps Swift needs more heartbreak in her life in order to live up to her previous albums. It is not nearly as fun to listen to songs about being 22 as it is to listen scathing hits about Joe Jonas, Kanye West and John Mayer. Overall, Swift does not seem to be able to live up the high expectations this album had.


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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. 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

Music therapy group at Wellness

Are you looking for support in making a lifestyle change or recovery regarding alcohol, substance use, or other addictive behaviors? Music therapy may help you in this journey! No musical training or experience is needed, and a variety of musical experiences will be used. For more information, call 262-3148, or come by the ASU Student Wellness Center, 2nd Floor Annas Support Building, beside Health Service), starting in October, date and time TBD.

13th annual Queer Film Series begins

The 13th Annual Queer Film Series continues today, at 7:30 p.m., in Library 114, Rocky Horror Picture Show (USA, 1975, R, 100 min.) - Get ready to celebrate Halloween with an outrageous assemblage of characters from the most stereotyped science fiction movies, Marvel comics, and rock ‘n’ roll of every vintage. Two sexually confused American teens are confronted by the complications of the decadent morality of the 70’s, represented in the person of the mad “doctor” Frank N Furter, a transvestite from the planet Transexual in the galaxy of Transylvania. Come dressed up as your favorite character from the movie, bring props, and dance and sing along. With faculty guest speaker Dr. Gordon Hensley. Tuesday, Nov. 13, at 7:30 p.m. in Library 114, Facing Mirrors (Iran, 2011, Unrated, 102 min., in Farsi with English subtitles) - The first narrative film from Iran to feature a transgender main character, Facing Mirrors is a story of an unlikely and daring friendship that develops despite social norms and traditional beliefs. Rana drives a cab in order to survive financially and pay off the debt that keeps her husband in prison. By chance, she picks up Eddie, who’s on the run and desperately awaiting the passport he needs to leave the country. When the religious and inexperienced Rana learns that her wealthy passenger is FTM, conflicts arise, but maybe they also can help each other out of their dire situations. Winner of the Best Feature-Length Movie of the 36th annual Frameline LGBT Film Festival. Also, four special screenings sponsored by APPS Films with a panel organized by QFS: Monday, Nov. 26, and Wednesday, Nov. 28, at 7 and 9:30 p.m. in I.G. Greer Auditorium, Bully (USA, 2011, Unrated, 98 min.) - This documentary, directed by Sundance and Emmy-award winning filmmaker, Lee Hirsch, offers an intimate, unflinching look at how bullying has touched five kids and their families. Filmed over the course of the 2009/2010 school year, Bully opens a window onto the pained and often endangered lives of bullied kids, including 16 year old lesbian, Kelby, revealing a problem that transcends geographic, racial, ethnic and economic borders. It documents the responses of teachers and administrators to aggressive behaviors that defy “kids will be kids” clichés, and it captures a growing movement among parents and youths to change how bullying is handled in schools, in communities and in society as a whole. A discussion panel will take place between showings each night. All movies are free and open to the public. Discussions follow the films.

Operation Medicine Cabinet Friday

Operation Medicine Cabinet helps keep pharmaceutical and control-substance drugs off our streets and out of our rivers. No questions will be asked. Any prescription and over-thecounter medications and medical supplies can be turned in anonymously. Bring your pharmaceuticals on Friday, Oct. 26, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. to Plemmons Student Union, near the Info Desk. For more information, contact Crystal Simmons in the Office of University Sustainability at (828) 262-2664. For more information about why this matters, visit

As-U-R new student support

During this time of year many faculty and staff will provide academic advisement to students who try hard to succeed but very often fall short. Appalachian State University is pleased to announce a new student support program that may be able to provide assistance to students who are chronically in this situation. It’s called “As-U-R,” and is a service geared toward students with “executive functioning” challenges (EFC). EFC is basically defined by chronic difficulties in organization, planning, and decision-making, which can make success in college-level academics

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especially difficult. Some college students with EFC may have previously been assessed for or even diagnosed with ADHD or specific learning disabilities, but others may have performed satisfactorily in high school only to struggle with college-level work. As-U-R provides a comprehensive package of support services including academic support, skillbuilding, and advisement geared towards addressing EFC. The As-U-R program is currently soliciting applications for the 2012-2013 academic year. If you know of a student who seems to meet the above description and might benefit from our program, please refer him or her to the College STAR As-U-R website for more details and application procedures. Questions about the process should be addressed to the As-U-R director, Dr. Monica Lambert, lambertma@appstate. edu. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until the 2012-13 cohort is filled.

consistent direction and providing advisors and student records managers with up-to-date curriculum information.

Students, don’t spend weeks sick in bed, missing classes and finals. Protect your health by getting your free flu vaccination. A Daily Flu Vaccination Clinic will be held MondayFriday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. (except Wednesdays, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.), at Student Health Service, 2nd floor Miles Annas Building (post office building). After Hours Flu Vaccination Clinics will be held Wednesday, Nov. 14, 5 to 7 p.m., Student Recreation Center.

DegreeWorks allows students to explore “what if” scenarios, such as how a change in their major will impact the number of additional courses that will be required to graduate in four years.

The Appalachian State University jazz program in the Hayes School of Music will host the “Ignite the Arts Tour” featuring the award-winning Christian Tamburr Quintet for a day of music workshops and an 8 p.m. concert today. The concert, featuring trumpeter Dominick Farinacci, will be in Broyhill Music Center’s Rosen Concert Hall. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. The “Ignite the Arts” program is spearheaded by jazz vibraphonist Tamburr, whose vision is to present high--level educational workshops and performances to schools around the nation without impacting their dwindling arts budget. This pilot program of “Ignite the Arts” is made possible by Duraflame® and The Blackwing Foundation, Pro--Mark, Courtyard Marriot and The Brubeck Institute, who all share in the vision of supporting the arts for students around the country. The partnership with “Ignite the Arts” and The Brubeck Institute provides an opportunity to feature a curriculum and selection of music inspired by jazz legend Dave Brubeck. Christian Tamburr is a multi-instrumentalist who is accomplished on the piano and trapset as well as world and orchestral percussion. However, his true talent is exhibited on his instrument of choice, the vibraphone. Over the past six years, Tamburr and his quartet have performed at such venues as the Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., The Lincoln Center in New York City, The Blue Note, the Atlanta Jazz Festival, and various jazz cruises around the world. In 2008, 2009 and 2011, the quartet traveled to Japan performing at festivals and clubs throughout the country.

In the next year, additional options will be added to DegreeWorks. Students will have an opportunity to create a fouryear plan using a curriculum planning tool, and academic departments will be able to use that information to better understand demand for certain classes when they are creating departmental class schedules.

With a theme of “Finish in Four,” the Division of Academic Affairs has implemented the degree audit tool for students in response to a request from the Student Government Association to help students navigate curriculum requirements and keep them on track towards completing their college degree in four years. “We believe DegreeWorks will empower students to assume more responsibility for taking the appropriate classes required in their intended major,” said Susan Davies, associate vice chancellor for enrollment management at Appalachian.

Flu vaccine clinics for students

“This online tool makes degree requirements more transparent for the student, which will free up time in their advising appointments to focus on career aspiration rather than asking ‘What classes do I need to take,’” she said.

‘Ignite the Arts’ kicks off Oct. 30

Freshmen who entered Appalachian this fall learned about DegreeWorks during summer orientation. Rather than keeping up with paper degree checklists used in the past, they and other students will have access to their program of study 24 hours a day through the web-based program.

Potter to lead workshop in Wey Hall

Potter Michael Kline will lead a workshop and present a talk Wednesday as part of the Department of Art’s Artists in Craft Media Fall Lecture Series at Appalachian State University. A potluck lunch at noon in Room 119 Wey Hall will precede Kline’s workshop that runs from 1-4 p.m., also in Room 119. His artist talk begins at 6 p.m. in Room 114 Belk Library and Information Commons.

More information about DegreeWorks is available at http://

‘58 grad honored by broadcasters

George Beasley, chairman, CEO and founder of Beasley Broadcast Group, was honored Oct. 18 at the Library of American Broadcasting’s 10th annual Giants of Broadcasting event. Beasley was one of 10 distinguished honorees. This event celebrates distinguished leadership or performance in television and radio. This year’s ceremony was hosted at the Starlight Roof of New York’s Waldorf-Astoria Hotel. Other 2012 honorees were Norman Lear, the eminent writerproducer responsible for 1970s hit TV shows such as “All in the Family”; Ted Turner, founder of the cable network CNN, the first 24-hour cable news channel; Erica Farber, president and CEO of the Radio Advertising Bureau; the late Andy Rooney, radio and television writer known for his weekly broadcast “A Few Minutes with Andy Rooney” on the CBS program “60 Minutes”; Robert MacNeil and Jim Lehrer, creators and anchors of “The MacNeil/Lehrer Report”; Sir Howard Stringer, chairman of Sony Corporation; the late “Soul Train” creator and producer Don Cornelius; and the late Dinah Shore, singer, actress and television personality. Beasley earned Bachelor of Science and Master of Arts degrees in business education from Appalachian State University in 1958 and 1959.

Kline appeared in the 2007 film “Craft in America,” which was broadcast on PBS. He lives in Bakersville, where he is a member of the “Potters of Roan.” He is also a member of the Southern Highland Craft Guild and the Toe River Arts Council.

Beasley built his first radio station, WPYB-AM, in Benson, N.C., in 1961 while serving as an assistant principal at a Virginia high school about two hours away. He sold the station five years later to buy the larger WFMC-AM in Goldsboro, N.C., the first of several “trade-up” transactions during his career. Beasley broke into the major markets in 1976 with his purchase of WDMT-FM Cleveland, Ohio. In 1989, Beasley’s acquisition of KRTH-AM-FM Los Angeles marked his entry into the nation’s top-10 markets. Beasley Broadcast now owns 42 radio stations in 11 markets. He is in the Hall of Fame of both the North Carolina and Nevada broadcasters associations. Beasley and his wife, Ann, have supported Appalachian scholarships, athletics and the Department of Communication. The Beasley Media Complex, set to open in 2013, bears his name..

For more information about the lecture series please contact Lynn Duryea in the Department of Art at 828 262-7271 or

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He earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Tennessee where he studied pottery, painting and printmaking. He also studied at the Penland School of Crafts in 1989. In 1993 he began his business and created wood-fired, salt-glazed tableware with a botanical theme in Massachusetts until 1998 when he was awarded a Resident Artist position at the Penland School of Crafts.

Black Saturday 5K set for Nov. 10

Appalachian State University’s Recreation Management Association (RMA) will hold the 4th Annual Black Saturday 5K on Nov. 10, at 8 a.m. The 5K will begin on campus, starting and finishing at the Holmes Convocation Center. Proceeds from the 5K will go toward the Recreation Management Scholarship Fund, which is awarded to a senior majoring in recreation management. Registration fees for the Black Saturday 5K are $10 for students and $15 for non-students if received before Nov. 10. Registration after Nov. 10 is $20 for all entries. T-shirts will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Awards will be presented to the overall male and female, as well as the top male and female in the following categories: Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, Senior, Faculty/Staff, Over 50, High School and Other. Refreshments will be available. For more information about the Black Saturday 5K, or to register for the event, go to http://

Talk on Nov. 2 highlights research

Dr. John Krigbaum of the University of Florida will discuss “Holocene Diet and Seasonality at Niah Cave (Sarawak, East Malaysia): New Insights From Light Stable Isotopes,” Friday, Nov. 2, from 2 to 4 p.m. in 421 Belk Library and Information Commons. His presentation reviews light stable isotope data derived from human tooth enamel recovered from Niah Cave in northern Borneo. Published stable carbon and oxygen isotope data from bulk samples of tooth enamel will be compared to serially-sampled tooth enamel data to infer patterns of seasonality and diet. Dr. Krigbaum’s presentation will provide a great opportunity for students and the general public to witness interdisciplinary research in anthropology, chemistry, museum studies and geological sciences. He has used stable isotope analysis to address a variety of paleontological and archaeological problems - from his work on the Paleocene-Eocene transition in fauna from Bighorn Basin, Wyoming, to the reconstruction of dietary adaptations in prehistoric human populations in prehistoric Asia. His talk is presented by the Department of Anthropology and sponsored by the Department of Geology.

New tool to aid students to plan

DegreeWorks, a web-based academic advising and degree audit tool, is now available to students at Appalachian State University. It is an academic planning tool with real-time counseling capabilities, giving students meaningful and

Fall Programs 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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THE APPALACHIAN Your student newspaper since 1934 MICHAEL BRAGG


This woman takes no offense to the word ‘freshman’



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LINDSAY BOOKOUT UNC-Chapel Hill has decided to stop using the term “freshman” in favor of the term “first-year,” according to The Huffington Post. UNC officials say this change was made to avoid sexism, since “first-year” is a more “gender-inclusive” term. Well I, as a woman, do not feel that “freshman” is sexist. It is simply a word. It is what you are when you are in your first year of high

school or college. I understand that UNC-Chapel Hill is trying to be more politically correct and show that they are accepting of everyone. What I do not understand is why changing this particular term is a top priority. UNC-Chapel Hill is “committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our community,” the college said in a statement to Campus Reform, according to The Huffington Post. It is hard not to find this laughable, given the fact that the university rejected the idea of a genderneutral housing RLC, according to The Daily Tarheel. You cannot pick and choose certain times to be politically cor-

rect, just as you cannot pick and choose which groups you want to feel accepted. And honestly, “first-year” is just ridiculous. It makes freshmen students at UNC students sound like they’re starting their first year at Hogwarts. It’s ridiculously pretentious, as well. “Oh, your school still has freshmen? How politically incorrect of it. We have first-years here.” It does not go along with the other years, anyway. Why not just change sophomore to “secondyear,” junior to “third-year” and so on? That way, UNC-Chapel Hill won’t offend super seniors either, as they’ll instead be called “fifthyears.” Any woman who comes to

UNC-Chapel Hill for her first year of college has already gone through her freshman year in high school. I just do not understand why it matters so much. Another question I have concerning the whole issue is why not just “freshman” to “freshpeople” for plural and “freshwoman” and “freshman” for singular? I’ll tell you why: because it sounds ridiculous. There are far too many other issues concerning inclusion and political correctness that need to be addressed before the word “freshman,” which hardly offends anyone at all.

Bookout, a sophomore English and French major from Charlotte, is a news reporter.


Presidential candidates get into the Halloween spirit

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Early voting is important Since Early Voting began, millions of voters across North Carolina have made their voices heard by casting their ballots at their nearest early voting site. And App students have it especially good: we can stop by the Student Union from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. any day until Friday to vote. If you’re not registered at your current address, it’s not too late. Just bring your ID and proof of address like a phone bill, and you can register and vote on the spot. It really is that easy. But it’s not just easy – it’s important. There are many reasons why every Mountaineer should cast his or her ballot this year, but two stand out. First, the youth vote will make the difference. In 2008, President Barack Obama won North Carolina by 14,000 votes – that’s less than the student population here at App. But just two years later, in 2010, youth turnout plummeted. If we want to have a voice in our government instead of letting others call the shots for us, we have to stand up and be counted. Second, the stakes are simply too high to sit this one out. We have a choice between two candidates with drastically different visions for our future. President Obama is fighting for young Americans every day. He fought to keep our student loan rates from doubling, ended the war in Iraq and is working toward equality for all Americans. Gov. Mitt Romney would cut Pell grants for more than 250,000 North Carolina students and slash more than 3,000 work-study positions in our state. That’s not a plan. That’s an insult. That’s why North Carolina students are joining together to send a message and take a stand – and we want you to join us. So grab your roommates, your classmates, your teammates and your friends, and stop by Plemmons Student Union to cast your ballot for Democrats up and down the ticket. I’ll see you there. Lia Poteet, College Democrats President

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Obama, Romney are puppets in our political system

AUSTIN MANN I was listening to a favorite artist of mine, Michael Render, when I stumbled upon his song “Reagan.” I was struck by the line, “Ronald Reagan was an actor, not at all a factor/Just an employee

of the country’s real masters/Just like the Bushes, Clinton and Obama/Just another talking head telling lies on teleprompters”. The debates are over and election day is looming, but did we really gain anything from these debates besides seeing the corruption of two-party politics? My point is that President Barack Obama and Gov. Mitt Romney seemed to have similar views regarding foreign policy. Using the military to engage in imperialism

overseas is nothing new to the American political spectacle, but these two candidates take it to a whole new level. Obama’s stance on Iran: Sanctions with possible military action. Romney’s stance on Iran: Sanctions with a slightly higher possibility of military action. Both candidates support the economic sanctions being used to crush Iran’s economy in an attempt to force Iran to bend to American hegemony.

Don’t even get me started about Syria. Under the guise of “building Democracy,” both candidates agree that the United States should take a leading role in helping the Syrian rebels – who are such a diverse and splintered group that helping them could mean helping Al Qaeda – install a pro-American regime. But the drone strikes are what we worry me the most. Each candidate has supported the president’s right to assassinate people in foreign countries with

aerial drones. Peace is impossible when both parties clamor for war. We have two puppets on stage, both handled by the same puppeteer. I’ll let Michael Render take this one out: “If you don’t believe the theory, then argue with this logic/Why did Reagan and Obama both go after Qaddafi?” Mann, a freshman computer science major from Raleigh, is an opinion writer.


Moon’s claims only trivialize, undermine real racism issues

RYAN SCOTT This season, Carolina Panthers fans have grown accustomed to the sight of quarterback Cam Newton sulking on the sidelines and in post-game conferences. The fans are quick to criticize Newton’s attitude, but not everyone thinks Newton has a problem. Last week, former NFL quarterback Warren Moon spoke out against people’s criticisms of Newton, claiming they were ra-

cially charged. “I heard somebody compare him to Vince Young,” Moon told Yahoo! Sports last Tuesday. “It’s the same old crap – it’s always a comparison of one black to another black.” The comparison of the two quarterbacks, however, came from Stephen A. Smith, the African-American co-host of ESPN’s sports debate show, “First Take.” Race has absolutely nothing to do with the criticism. The criticism stems from the belief that a leader should face adversity head-on rather than bemoan the circumstance. I’m not saying there is no more racism in sports or this country, and I would be utterly remiss if I were to make that claim. On last Wednesday’s edition of the show, Smith countered

Moon’s claims of a lazy comparison by saying, “It wasn’t anybody in white America that brought that up, Warren. That would happen to be me.” Smith went on to explain the comparison, referencing Newton’s poor demeanor and saying, “Vince Young, once upon a time, had this problem.” However, there are some who happen to agree with Moon’s statements. This group includes Michael Wilbon, the African-American co-host of ESPN’s “Pardon the Interruption.” Wilbon commended Moon for bringing up this point, saying, “Newton should be compared to white quarterbacks of similar size, speed and athletic ability.” While I agree with Wilbon on that aspect, his comment is be-

side the point. Nobody compared the two because of their race and physique. The comparison was made because they have handled a similar situation in a similar way. Both had fantastic college careers, both were selected high in the NFL draft and, when faced with adversity, both have sulked rather than acted as the leaders they are supposed to be. While Moon’s comments are well-intended, they actually do more to hurt the issue of race in today’s society. When people go around crying wolf about racism, it begins to trivialize actual racism in our world, which is something no one of any color wants. Scott, a sophomore computer science major from Huntersville, is an opinion writer.



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Appalachian beats Western for the eighth time

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(Above left) Quarterback Logan Hallock prepares to run the ball through two Western defenders. Hallock played out the game after Jamal Jackson was benched due to a second quarter injury and led the Mountaineers to 38-27 win over the Catamounts. (Above right) Members of football team celebrate their win with the ‘Old Mountain Jug’ on the field Saturday. (Right) Appalachian students fill the stands to support their team at the Western Saturday.

Mountaineers defeat the Catamounts 38-27, brings home the jug by JORDAN DAVIS Sports Reporter

For the eighth time in a row, Appalachian was able to bring the “Old Mountain Jug” back to Boone following Saturday’s defeat of Western Carolina, 38-27. The victory was even more satisfying for Appalachian, since WCU’s head coach Mark Speir was a former App State football coach. “I wanted to beat them, there’s no question about it,” Speir said. “I want to beat them as long as we play them. You compete for

three hours, but you can still have a lot of respect.” Toward the end of the first quarter, starting quarterback Jamal Jackson went down with a knee injury, forcing the coaches to call in backup quarterback Logan Hallock. Hallock had only seen the field for two snaps this season, but stepped in seamlessly and lead ASU to a big win against the rival Catamounts. “Everything was moving fast for me,” Hallock said. “Coach Moore and Coach Satterfield did a great job getting me pre-

pared during the week watching film and getting me reps in practices. Then it’s all about going out there and executing.” Hollack completed the first 20 passes of his career and two touchdown passes. “I think I just go out there and put myself in the best position to contribute to the team,” Hallock said. “It’s something that you dream of, it’s something that you see guys on Saturday do, and you want to be one of those guys.” Hallock’s first career touchdown pass came in a dramatic

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fashion. With five seconds left in the first half, wide receiver Sean Price made an amazing play on the ball in the corner of the end zone and hauled it in for the touchdown. “I’ve been waiting for a ball like that all season; just a straight up, throw up, go get it, meet me in the corner,” Price said. “The defender was 5 foot 9 inches, so I was just like, ‘my ball,’ and I just went up for it.” Senior running back Steven Miller made some history of his

own with a career best 252 yard game. In the third quarter, Miller became the 12th running back in school history to eclipse 1,000 yards in a season. “It’s really a blessing,” Miller said. “I give all the credit to my offensive line, they knew how much I needed, but nobody was telling me how far I was from 1,000.” App will face Georgia Southern away Saturday. Kickoff is set for 2 p.m.


Elon keeps Appalachian from advancing in SoCon By ANDREW CLAUSEN Sports Reporter

In the first ever Southern Conference tournament game hosted at home, the Mountaineer’s women’s soccer team lost 1-0 to the Elon Phoenixes. Appalachian finished 10-8-1 (7-3-1 SoCon) for the year. The first half consisted of both sides attacking hard. The Mountaineers had three shots on goal, while Elon only had one. The Phoenix’s one shot on goal led to a timely

score off a corner kick. The ball bounced between multiple players before Jaclyn Wood kicked it in. The second half would have Appalachian on the offensive early on; however, they spent much of their time dealing with Elon’s constant ball pressure. Despite having seven more shots than Elon (136), the Mountaineers were unsuccessful in finding the game-tying goal. Mountaineer head coach Sarah Strickland thought they did a good job of getting to the goal.

“Elon played great today and finished a great goal,” Strickland said. “Their goalkeeper made some nice saves.” This year’s team has four seniors: Hannah Coad, Taylor Dunlap, Meggie Graham and Sam McVeigh. “I’m so proud to have coached these four seniors, to have seen what they have created as far as the mentality, belief and the environment,” Strickland said. “They’re phenomenal individuals and phenomenal soccer players. I’m just really proud of them.”


Appalachian Field Hockey falls 3-1 in final home game by Jesse Ware

knew it was the last time their seniors would play at the Rock, but remained proud of the effort against first place LibAppalachian’s field hockey team lost erty, to whom they fell 8-1 to only a week their final home game of the 2012 season prior. “Our seniors are a huge part of our team to Liberty University on Friday, 3-1. ASU was the first to strike when sopho- overall, just their leadership,” head coach more Dana Wetmore netted a corner shot Brandi Kist said. “This was definitely one on a pass from sophomore Laura Malinos- of our better games.” Wetmore also commented on her senior ki 24 minutes into the match. “The offense was a lot better today than teammates’ performance. “They have been a huge it has been this season,” contribution to our team,” Wetmore said. “There was a lot of improvement; “There was a lot of Wetmore said. “Casey [Lammando] and Lesley [Thomas] we just had a harder time improvement; we are captains on our team and scoring more goals than just had a harder they’re seniors. We are really them.” time scoring more going to miss them.” The Lady Flames of goals than them.” Senior forward Leslie Liberty managed to tie Thomas was happy to see the contest with only 2 Sophomore Dana Wetmore the competitive nature of her minutes left in the half teammates during her final with a goal from Sarah game at the Rock. Gipe. “This was my last home game since I’m Although they stayed competitive, the Mountaineers would a senior,” Thomas said. “It meant a lot to score no more goals that day. me and it was really good to see my team Senior keeper Sarah Anderson had 10 pull it together. We did a lot of good things saves in her 17th consecutive start for ASU. today. It felt good.” The team also lost to LongLiberty’s Megan Johnson and NataSunday afternoon, 8-2. lie Barr would go on to score once each wood to finalize the score at 3-1, Liberty. Appalachian now has a 3-15 overall record. The team will travel to Farmville, Va. Appalachian fell to 3-14 (0-7 NorPac) that day as Liberty went to 13-5 (6-1 NorPac). Thursday for the NorPac tournament, The loss was bittersweet for a team that hosted by Longwood University. Intern Sports Reporter

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Q&A with women’s basketball head coach Darcie Vincent by KAITLYN THRUSTON Senior Sports Reporter

The Appalachian: What are your expectations for the season? Darcie Vincent: “Obviously they are pretty high. I think no matter what, when you walk into it, just by our nature, competitively, we say ‘hey we’re gonna win the whole thing.’ I think it’s just important, especially with this year’s team, with these seniors who have had such a tremendous amount of success during their time here, that we just take one day at a time and one week at a time. Our theme for the season is ‘one more.’ We want one more win when it’s a tight game, one more chance in that title/championship game. These seniors have big goals and great expectations, so I really just think the sky is the limit for us.” TA: Is there anything that’s different from last season? DV: “Five new faces. I mean, there is times when the freshness is really nice, especially [with] around 13-15 women, there is a lot of just things going on that we as women all understand. So I think at times, five new faces brings freshness and kind of like an excitement. At the same time, five new people catching on to the system is a headache at times, so I think that’s the biggest difference. It’s just been interesting so far with these five new kids at times. They’re all different, believe me – their personalities are so different – but it kind of makes it special.” TA: Are you expecting anything from the five new faces? DV: “Absolutely. We’ve had freshmen play for us every year since we’ve been here. So absolutely, we want 13 players that are going to push each other every second of every day on the court. KeKe Cooper and Khadejah Wilkerson... our post players of the future... [have] got to get the minutes and step up and do some things, and they are. They’re long and a little bit taller than what’s there, and then you have the guards with LaShawna Gatewood, Bria Huffman and Farrahn Wood as the shooter. I just think it’s the freshman thing right now, but as soon as we get them balanced out, I think you’re going to see some

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Sophomore forward Maryan Syndor dribbles the ball down the court during Saturday's women's basketball exhibition game against Mars Hill.

Women’s basketball picked #1 in SoCon preseason poll Maggie Cozens | The Appalachian

Senior guard and forward Courtney Freeman shoots for a basket during Saturday's women's basketball exhibition game against Mars Hill. The Mountaineers won 77-43.

really good things out of them.” TA: This team has a chance to win back-to-back league titles for a third time. How does that feel? DV: “I think it’s all pressurized. I think that any time you’ve had some success, the monkey gets on your back. The big X, the big bulls eye gets on there, and I think our conference is very well built this year…. I think it’s going to be anybody’s game at any given time. I don’t think anyone’s favorite or anyone’s there. There is no less or more experienced team out there, so I think that our expectations are to be the team at the end of it, but it’s going to be a very interesting and fun season. The program and the team that shows up every day ready to play, that doesn’t take a hit, take a loss when they

shouldn’t have, will be the one standing there at the end. Pressure is pressure, you know... I love it. I wouldn’t have it any other way.” TA: On the sidelines, what are you most proud of as a coach? DV: “Just how hard they play. I think the biggest compliment we get is just that we brought fun to women’s basketball. [Fans] love to watch us play, and I think when I first got down here four years ago, I think I shocked so many people that women play by diving on the floor, and they want floor burns and scabs. That’s not what they were used to. I don’t know if that’s a Southern thing or it’s an Appalachian thing or what it was. It never gets old; going into our fifth year we’re still hearing that.” TA: What should fans


ASU women’s rugby wins first in Rucktoberfest by ANDREW CLAUSEN Sports Reporter

For the 14th time, Appalachian played host to the rugby event of the fall: Rucktoberfest. Consisting of 24 teams and around 500 players, Rucktoberfest is one of the largest tournaments held by a college in the southeast region. “Teams love to come, and some contact us to come,” women’s rugby’s president Madison Brubaker said. “It’s a fun tournament, but it’s also a more serious fun tournament. It’s a good way to get to know other teams for future games, and we get to know all their players.” Member of the men’s rugby B-side Tyler Perry said it was a chance for rookies to “show their metal” and the older players to “show their skills.”

“It’s just a weekend of “We like to be competitive traditions and fun for ev- on the field, but we are best erybody,” Perry said. friends off the field,” she The tournament is one of said. rugby’s biggest fundraisers. The teams can attend a “It takes a lot of time and social Saturday night to money to put it on, but we meet and socialize with also take their opin a lot ponents. of funds “Ruck“It also kind of gets from it,” toberfest our names out there. is more secretar y Other colleges know Hannah than just R o b e r t s who we are because of great rugsaid. “It by,” men’s this.” also kind rugby vice Hannah Roberts, women’s rugby of gets president secretary our name Ben Harout there. ringtonOther colSmith said. leges know “The sowho we are because of this.” cial side of rugby had alBut in addition to the ways been enriched in its friendly competition and history.” fundraising, the event proAppalachian’s women’s vides teams a chance to so- team won first place in the cialize. tournament. Roberts said the The Appalachian men’s team “loves to social- rugby team won second ize with other teams.” place to Eastern Carolina.

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Appalachian’s women’s rugby team participated in Rucktoberfest over the weekend. The event allows the women’s and men’s team to raise money and to socialize with other rugby teams.

by KAITLYN THRUSTON Senior Sports Reporter

Appalachian State women’s basketball was chosen to repeat as Southern Conference Champions in the league’s preseason poll. Adding to the team’s preseason honors, seniors Anna Freeman and Courtney Freeman, along with sophomore Maryah Sydnor, were selected expect this season? DV: “The same kind of excitement, hopefully. Hopefully even one more, one step up because this is Anna, Kelsey, Raven and Courtney’s last year. Three of those kids, when I signed them, that was our first recruiting class, we only won nine games the year before and I’m asking them, almost begging, come and be a part of this. I’m here to rebuild a pro-

as preseason all-SoCon honorees by the league’s coaches. The Mountaineers picked up 12 first-place votes and 226 points in the media poll, finishing just 10 points ahead of second place Davidson. Women’s basketball starts their season at home on Friday, Nov. 9 when they play LeesMcRae at Holmes Convocation Center. The game is slated to start at 5 p.m.

gram and you kids are that staple. I think in their senior year they aren’t going to accept anything less. They have a little chip on their shoulder, a little bit of attitude sometimes. I think when you know that this is it, this is your last go around, you always want to give everything that you have. Believe it or not, as hard as we play, I’m thinking you’re going to see a little bit more.”

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