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Professor leads Keystone Pipeline protest in D.C. by NOLEN NYCHAY

Intern News Reporter


ossil Free ASU, a student-run organization on campus, is bringing more than 150 students to Washington, D.C., Sunday to protest the Keystone XL Pipeline. Harvard Ayers, an instructor in the Department of Anthropology, said the environmental dangers that the pipeline poses outweigh the economic benefits. If approved, the pipeline would span across the Sandhills National Wildlife Refuge in South Dakota, the Missouri River and 250 miles of the Ogallala Aquifer in Nebraska, he said. “A leak or spill in any of these areas could be detrimental to both wildlife and local communities,” Ayers said. The upcoming protest in Washington, D.C. is a follow-up to the 1,500-person rally that took place outside the White House this past November. “App State’s protest won’t be on nearly the same scale, but hopefully 150-plus students dressed uniformly in yellow Tshirts emblazoned with ‘Fossil Free ASU’ will make a firm statement,”

Department of Athletics releases Strategic Plan by JAMES ASHLEY Sports Reporter

Editor’s Note: The following is the first in a four-part series about the new Strategic Plan for Appalachian Athletics

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Anthropology professor Harvard Ayers shows on a map areas that will be affected by the pipeline.

Ayers said. Fossil Free ASU is a club that aims to rid the university of any holdings in fossil fuel companies, according to their Facebook page. Junior appropriate technology major Garrett Simpson said he could not

support a national project that sacrifices the safety of the environment for economic gain, especially when he said more energy and jobs could be had in renewable energy projects. Appalachian State University faculty members overseeing the event are

Walk The Moon unable to reschedule for spring by JOSHUA FARMER News Editor

Walk The Moon will not perform at Appalachian State University this spring after their Jan. 31 show at Legends was cancelled because of flooding in Boone, according to Appalachian Popular Programming Society. All tickets will be refunded, according to the press release from APPS. Tickets and students’ banner ID numbers are required for refunds of purchases at the Plemmons Student Union box office. Program Adviser Randy Kelly said that online refunds should be completed by Friday, at which

point people should see refunds on their credit cards, and walkup refunds in the union will be honored until Monday, April 15. “Walk The Moon and APPS are making every effort to reschedule this concert for the fall semester,” according to the press release. Kelly said that everybody is still in a “period of mourning” because they were really excited for the show. “The only silver lining we might find in this weather disaster is that the band really wants to make up the date, and will probably be much more famous in the fall when we hope to reschedule the date at the same price for students,” Kelly said.

primarily funding the one-day trip. Transcanada, the Canadian company heading the KXL project, has had a pending request for a presidential permit since March 4, 2012, but the Obama administration announced that a deci-

sion on the KXL Pipeline would be postponed until after last November’s presidential election. The U.S. State Department has promised Transcanada a decision during the first quarter of 2013, making the decision deadline March 31.

App professors’ research shows business majors tend to be more narcissistic by JOSHUA FARMER News Editor

A team of researchers at Appalachian State University compiled findings that suggests business majors are more narcissistic than those in other academic fields, including psychology. Jim Westerman, Joe Daly, Shawn Bergman and Jacqui Bergman are all co-authors of the research. Jacqui Bergman, an associate professor in the Department of Management, said people tend to be drawn to majors that fit their personalities and values. Shawn Bergman, an assistant professor in the Department of Psychology, said the researchers

used the Narcissistic Personality Inventory as a measure of narcissism. “It is 40 dichotomously scored items, so you get two statements and you say, ‘Pick the statement that most closely describes who you are,’ and when it is all said and done, there are narcissistic responses and there are non-narcissistic responses,” Shawn said. Males generally have higher levels of narcissism than women, Shawn said. However, the study conducted by the researchers using Appalachian students as their sample revealed that the narcissism level

see Narcissism, pg 3

Fiddlers Convention brings over 600 from southeast

Photos by Paul Heckert | The Appalachian

The Appalachian Popular Programming Society hosted its fifth annual OldTime Fiddlers Convention on Saturday in Plemmons Student Union. The event brought over 600 musicians, crafters and spectators from the southeast region. Multi-instrumentalist Dirk Powell finished off the evening performing in the Parkway Ballroom. See the A&E page inside for more information.

The Appalachian State Department of Athletics released its Strategic Plan for 2013, which highlights the “App State Experience” and the departmental culture that went into effect in fall of 2012. “The purpose of constructing a Strategic Plan was to address our strengths and weaknesses and prioritize our goals going forward,” Athletic Director Charlie Cobb said. “It goes hand-in-hand with the recommendations outlined by Athletics Feasibility Committee in 2011.” The “App State Experience” was defined as how the department would enhance the best possible academic, athletics and social experiences for the student athletes. The Department of Athletics came up with five goals to reach. The first goal, according to the plan, is to create programs to give academically at-risk student-athletes the tools for success in college. A summer bridge program is required for those admitted to the Academic Review Committee on “full athletics aid and evaluate need for those on partial aid,” according to the plan. The next goal is to educate coaches and student-athletes on conduct, travel and nutrition expectations. Athletics will randomly drug test 40 percent of each team annually, requiring a working knowledge of the Student-Athlete Code of Conduct. They will also make sure student-athletes are eating right by recommending the coaches to meet with a nutritionist prior to each season and improving campus meal plan options for select student-athlete groups, according to the plan. The next three goals were to bring all 20 teams closer and make them a “family”; enhance the life skills program, mentoring and developing; and a firstyear class for student-athletes that promotes responsibility and expectations. The next section of the Strategic Plan is Appalachian’s current and future culture. The goals were outlined to promote the four cornerstones of a successful athletics department, which are commitment to sportsmanship, rules compliance, equity and diversity, according to the Strategic Plan. The Champions Love Appalachian State Spirit, or CLASS Program, highlights the sportsmanship cornerstone. Ongoing since Fall 2012, the department has introduced CLASS at orientations, freshmen welcomes and other programs that target first-year students on campus. The NCAA manual will be downloaded on all athletics staff computers for access and review to ensure that Appalachian

see Plan, pg 2


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Continued from pg 1 stays within compliance of NCAA rules and regulations, according to the plan. The culture cornerstone of equity has two goals. The first goal is to “meet and exceed the annual scholarship funding for all sports” and to meet the “Title IX proportionality prong for gender equity compliance,” meaning the Athletics Department is planning to “increase the number of female studentathletes proportional to the male student-athletes” and manage the rosters accordingly with an experienced equity consultant, according

to the Strategic Plan. to increase retention and The final goal of the cul- graduation of student-athture section is to develop letes from that same group. annual programming for the Cobb said the Strateentire athletics department gic Plan would allow the on diversity and inclusion. department to turn some T h e shortcomathletics ings into departstrengths. ment has “The purpose of construct“ W e plans to ing a strategic plan was to feel that “continue address our strengths and the Strato be a weaknesses and prioritize tegic Plan campus our goals going forward.” gives Apleader palachian in the Athletic Director Charlie Cobb athletics a recruitblueprint ment of to follow students to sustain from unthe success derreprewe’ve enjoyed in the past, sented populations or diverse while turning some of our backgrounds,” according to shortcomings into strengths the plan. They will also plan in the future,” Cobb said.

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App State has gluten-free options by STEPHANIE SANSOUCY

Senior News Reporter

Appalachian State University’s Food Services “adequately meets” the needs of all customers, including those with celiac disease, said Pam Cline, the food service manager for Sanford Commons in Central Dining Hall. Celiac disease, a condition where the body cannot properly digest gluten, affects about one percent of the U.S. population, while 10 percent of the population has gluten sensitivity, according to CNN Health. Eating gluten free can be a challenge, Cline said. “A huge concern in quantity food production and self service areas is cross contamination, not only during production, but also from other customers,” she said. Cline said her “dietary emphasis to gluten intolerant students is to focus on common foods that are safe for those with celiac disease.” These foods include naturally gluten-free items, such as fruits, vegetables, meats, nuts, legumes, fish, poultry, eggs and most dairy, including cheese, yogurt and cottage cheese, as well as gluten-free grains, such as rice and corn. Cline said an additional resource for students maintaining a gluten-free diet is the gluten-free dining checklist on the Appalachian Food Ser-

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Students affected by celiac disease, a disorder that prevents the body from properly digesting gluten, have adequate options for eating on campus.

vices website. The checklist includes gluten-free items at all dining units as well as gluten free items available in markets on campus, both at Trivette Hall and beside the Bookstore. “I also encourage students with any food allergy to consult with myself, our chef or a dining supervisor for specific ingredient questions,” Cline said. “They will be happy to assist any student or customer.” Sophomore business management and entrepreneurship major Caroline Miller has a gluten intolerance that could lead to the development of celiac disease. Miller said eating gluten -free was easier when she lived on campus because she was more familiar with the ingredients inthe food offered on campus. “Things are harder to figure out when you’re

not there all day,” Miller said. Miller said she does have options, but there are little things that would be helpful for gluten-free students on campus, such as labels for soups that contain flour for thickening or more gluten free substitutions. “All the local restaurants are getting with the gluten-free thing because it’s becoming so popular,” Miller said. One of those restaurants is Boone Bagelry, which sells gluten-free bagels in plain, grain and raisin for a dollar more than the menu price, Boone Bagelry owner Natalie Nicascro said. “We just saw a demand for it,” Nicascro said. “Gluten-free is a little more new and a lot more people have realized that they have an allergy with gluten, and so we realized that was a demand that needed to be met.”

Correction: The article in the Feb. 7 issue “Student begins process to set up a petition against move up to FBS” contained a quote from Dylan Rollins claiming 11 out of 120 athletic departments with football teams in the FBS did not make a profit, however 14 of the 120 did turn a profit, according to The Chronicle. The Appalachian apologizes for this error.


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Appalachian holds second annual oratory contest by NINA MASTANDREA Intern News Reporter

Appalachian State University’s second annual Dorgan Oratory Contest is set for Thursday, Feb. 28. This year, the theme is “Dear Mr. President.” “I expect to hear anything from school funding to the lost generation to even increased violence to women over the years,” said Jeff Motter, an assistant professor in the Department of Communication and coordinator for this

year’s competition. Last year’s theme for the competition was “Dear Madam Provost,” but this year’s theme sets the stage for a new set of speeches. Motter said that at this point, about 10 people have requested a tryout for the competition. “If you talked to me this time last year, we would have only had four to five people,” Motter said. “We are all procrastinators, many people jump in at the last moment.” Junior communication studies

major Kara Flowers and sophomore exercise science major Jordan Steady won first and second place, respectively, in last year’s competition. “The winners, and those who did well, had a point, made a point and were clear, but most importantly were able to capture the audiences attention and hold on to it,” Motter said. “It was captivating.” The top three winners in the competition are rewarded with cash prizes. First place earns $250,

Students endure the Cupid Challenge by STEPHANIE SANSOUCY

Senior News Reporter

Fifty-nine Appalachian State University students participated in the Cupid Challenge, a set of four 30-minute classes and a talk on nutrition, at the Quinn Center Saturday night. Cardio Programmer for University Recreation Barrett Ward said the students were split up into four groups. The groups then participated in the classes with the talk between the first two. Ward said while planning the event she picked classes “that were both male and female friendly” and said she wants to “break the stigma that group fitness is only for girls.” The classes gave participants an opportunity to work their cardio, arms, legs, heart and abs, Ward said. Four girls and four boys were picked to win prizes at the end of the challenge and that the club or organization with the most members in attendance also received special recognition. Assistant Director of University Recreation Lauren Mayes said the chal-

second place earns $150 and third place wins $100. “Though you do get a nice chunk of cash that is not hard to like, the fact that students can express their thoughts and practice speaking to a large crowd seems to be the bigger payoff,” Motter said. “It also looks good on your résumé to say that you competed, and placed, in a campus-wide oration competition.” Judges for each year’s competition include a faculty member, an alumnus or alumna of Appala-

East Coast Road Team for END IT makes first tour stop at Appalachian by STEPHANIE SANSOUCY

Senior News Reporter

Mark Kenna | The Appalachian

One of the four different groups take part in the three-hour fitness marathon on Sunday in Quinn Recreational Hall. The four groups moved every 30 minuets from cardiovascular and abdominals, tread and shred, high-intensity interval training and kickboxing.

lenge was put together in part to help students continue with their New Years resolutions. “I think it’s a good turnout,” Mayes said. “Everyone here seems like they want to be there.” The classes taught at the challenge were based on classes that are offered every day, Mayes said. Wellness Peer Educators Anna Buttweiler and Kalie Peyton talked with the group on obesity in Amer-

ica as well as nutrition “fuel for fitness.” Buttweiler said there was a lot of energy in the group. “The instructors and participants are passionate about health and wellness,” Buttweiler said. Senior biology major Margo Pray said she attended the challenge because it seemed like a good way to challenge herself and because she enjoys group fitness as a way to workout and enjoy herself.


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average in female business majors surpassed the level of male psychology students. “That was kind of surprising to us,” Shawn said. Shawn said the reason highly narcissistic people can be bad in a business setting is that they have difficulty accepting failure as their own responsibility. “They start throwing everybody else under the bus to explain why the performance was bad,” Shawn said. “You don’t want those people out there in business because they potentially cost businesses money.” The Walker College of Business is doing a lot to dampen narcissistic tendencies, said Westerman, a professor in the Department of Management. Westerman said the business school uses a lot of case method instruction, which helps to “bring people out of their first-person view.” Walker College also has opportunities for students to travel to other countries, offers internships and work experiences. “All of these things can take you out of a self-involved, potentially materialistic shell and begin to help you step into the shoes of others,” Westerman said. “The

Joey Johnson | The Appalachian

A recent study showed that business majors are the more narcissistic compared to psychology majors.

emphasis on ethics in the Walker College of business I think is a good thing.” Westerman said that if there is a message from the research, it is to step into other people’s shoes and see the world from their view.

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chian and a community member to give an outside perspective, Motter said. The competition is held in the Price Lake room in Plemmons Student Union on Thursday, Feb. 28 from 7-8:30 p.m. “I hope that the people participating will make the public aware of what they are trying to say, have a discussion, and make people more proactive,” Motter said. “I want students to be able to refine their public speaking abilities and show what they can do.”

The END IT East Coast Road Team made the first stop on its tour at Appalachian State University on Monday, setting up a photo opportunity for students to take photos supporting the END IT movement. The END IT movement’s mission is to show every man, woman and child that “there are 27 million men, women and children just like them living in the shadows” and to “shine a light on slavery” happening in 161 countries, according to The END IT movement is coalition that partners with Made in a Free World, International Justice Ministry, Free the Slaves, Not for Sale, Polaris Project, the A 21 Campaign and Love 146, according to Member of the East Coast Road Team Kevin Rowe said the END IT

movement and its seven partners have worked “to bring awareness and an awakening to our generation, to our nation, that there are 27 million slaves right now.” That’s more than there’s ever been in history. Rowe said the team has information and resources to try and help people do what they need to do to get the word out and raise awareness. “We are not a movement looking for money, we are not trying to get email addresses,” Rowe said. “We are quite literally sharing a message and most people’s response is ‘Wow, I didn’t know that. What can I do to help?’ and that’s what we are here to do.” Member of the East Coast Road Team Todd Linder said the team chose to come to Appalachian because of the university’s students’ attendance at the Passion 2013 Conference held this past January in Atlanta, as well as Appalachian’s chapters of Interna-

tional Justice Mission and Invisible Children. Linder said their reception on campus was phenomenal, with around 80 students stopping by the group in the first hour. Linder said the team focuses on educating about three main types of slavery: human trafficking, bonded labor and forced labor. Linder said human sex trafficking is the primary version of slavery in America. Sophomore child development major Sarah Cartee said she stopped by to take a photograph because she had heard of END IT when she attended Passion 2013 and said they emphasized “modern-day slavery and it is just an important issue that we need to take care of.” “And so I wanted to take a picture,” she said. Students who had their photo taken can put it on any social media account to help spread the message, Rowe said.



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Appalachian holds annual fiddler’s convention by COLIN MOORE

Review: ‘Pedestrian Verse’ is adventurous, more of the same

A&E Reporter


he Appalachian Heritage Council of APPS hosted Appalachian State University’s fifth annual Old-Time Fiddler’s Convention in Plemmons Student Union on Saturday. The event included educational workshops, a luthier’s gathering of various instrument manufacturers, a hand-made market featuring local crafters and competitions for both children and adults in a variety of instruments. The convention began at 10 a.m. and took up most of the student union. Multiple locations included the hand-made market on the first floor, the luthier’s gathering in the Blue Ridge Ballroom, competitions in the Solarium and Whitewater Café and open, inclusive jam sessions throughout the union. “We have 600 plus people that travel from all over the southeast region to come to our event,” said Chairperson of the Heritage Council Josie Hoggard. “From those young enough to compete in the youth competitions to ASU students and to those young at heart, our


by COLIN MOORE A&E Reporter

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

Paul Heckert | The Appalachian

Multi-instrumentalist Dirk Powell (middle) and friends performed Saturday night in the Parkway Ballroom of Plemmons Student Union. The concert was part of the fifth annual Old-Time Fiddlers Convention hosted by the Appalachian Popular Programming Society.

fiddler’s convention draws people from across the spectrum.” There were youth and adult competitions in guitar, banjo and fiddle with additional adult competitions in mandolin, folk song, dance, full band and mountain dulcimers, which was a new addition to this year’s event.

The luthier’s gathering included products made by specialized manufacturers from the area, such as Herb Key, Bob Kogut, Lyle Reedy, Chris Testerman and companies Pisgah Banjo and Cedar Mountain Banjos. This was the convention’s second annual handmade market, which

lasted from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the first floor of the student union in the international hallway. The market was expanded from last year, including on-campus vendors such as the ASU Knitting Club and local craftsmen selling handmade jewelry, pottery, stationary, paintings, wood-

crafts and stick dulcimers. The convention ended at 8 p.m. with a concert by acclaimed Appalachian musician and multi-instrumentalist Dirk Powell in the Parkway Ballroom. The concert lasted until 10:30 p.m., making the full duration of the convention just over 12 hours long.

‘Vagina Monologues’ aims to highlight women’s adversity

Nicole DeBartolo | The Appalachian

The cast of “The Vagina Monologues” practices a skit during rehearsal in Plemmons Student Union over the weekend. The show will be performed Feb. 13-15 at 7 p.m. in the Blue Ridge Ballroom of the student union.

by EMMA SPECKMAN Senior A&E Reporter

The ASU Women’s Center has hosted an annual showing of “The Vagina Monologues” since 2002. “The monologues discuss everything from sex and love to more weighty topics such as domestic violence, rape and genital mutilation,” said Shelby Forsyth, a junior advertising major and director of this year’s show. “While the show is meant to entertain, its larger

focus is to educate people about the issues women face on a global level.” “The Vagina Monologues” was first written and performed offBroadway in 1996 by playwrightactivist Eve Ensler. Since 1998, “The Vagina Monologues” has been a part of the V-Day Campaign, an international nonprofit dedicated to ending violence toward women. Every year, the number of monologues varies, but there are a

few that are read for several years. For example, “My Angry Vagina,” a rant about the injustices a vagina is subject to, including tampons, douches and the cold “steel duck” of a PAP smear device, has been performed nearly every year since the show’s creation. There are 13 monologues, 18 actresses and two narrators this year. “Some of the monologues are group pieces, which is why there are more actresses than monologues,” Forsyth said.

There is a special monologue delivered each year that touches on a current issue relating to women’s health. The spotlight piece this year is a video about the movement “ONE BILLION RISING,” which fights back against rape and rape culture. The video is narrated by junior psychology major Nikita Hatmaker, Forsyth said. “I can’t even tell you the gratification I get, and I know others are going to get, from seeing this show on stage,” Forsyth said. “The entire cast this year has really embodied the women that Eve Ensler originally interviewed for the ‘Monologues.’ I couldn’t be more proud of them.” Over 250 guests are expected to attend, according to the event’s Facebook page. “This is my second year performing with ‘The Vagina Monologues,’” said Georgia Bowen, an actress in the “Monologues” this year. “In fact, my entire life has been one long ‘Vagina Monologue,’ as I am a survivor of childhood abuse and marital domestic violence. Now a single mother of three children, I feel it is my duty to rise and break the chain of violence that plagues women worldwide.” Tickets for “The Vagina Monologues” are $7 in advance and $10 at the door. Show times are 7 p.m. Feb. 13-15 in the Blue Ridge Ballroom of Plemmons Student Union.

The New River Boys, The Fox Fire perform at Legends

Certain albums by some bands are recognized as “masterpieces” and often become the standard by which all subsequent works by that band are judged. Unfortunately, this creates a Catch-22. If bands wish to deviate from the sound of their “masterpiece,” they’re criticized for losing what made them good. If bands continue in a similar vein, they’re criticized for not experimenting further. Scottish band Frightened Rabbit’s undisputed masterpiece is 2008’s “The Midnight Organ Fight” and is without a doubt one of the finest break-up albums of all time. Their next album, “The Winter of Mixed Drinks,” attempted to break the Catch-22 by focusing on similar subject matter as “Fight” but expanding the production to a much more anthem-like extreme. The results were mixed, but mostly good. The band’s third – and newest – album “Pedestrian Verse” finds the band still attempting to escape “Organ Fight’s” shadow, with tighter songwriting and production than “Mixed Drinks,” but weightier, less personal imagery and lyrical concerns. “Pedestrian Verse” is bolstered by production from acclaimed producer, and sometimes Brian Eno collaborator, Leo Abrahams. Abrahams pushes the songs to subtler, more affecting places than some of the more bombastic moments on “Mixed Drinks.” The piano slow-burn of opener “Acts of Man” is the obvious example of this, and the result is one of the band’s best songs. For the first time, the members Frightened Rabbit wrote the material on “Pedestrian Verse” collaboratively. The resulting songs focus more on short, story-like vignettes, pulled together by increasingly dark, death-obsessed motifs. Although this might indicate a sluggish, depressing listen, “Pedestrian Verse” buzzes with palpable energy and seems to suggest that this new collaborative approach is a way for the band to discover new ways around their signature sound. Hutchinson still seems to have a fixation on dissolving relationships, and in tracks like “Late March, Death March” and “Oil Slick,” this works to the album’s advantage as a reinterpretation of the band’s own past. Still, “Pedestrian Verse” is a strong release, with many excellent guitar-based indie rock songs that should appeal to the audiences of Mumford and Sons and The Lumineers and enough production quirks to reward repeated listening. It’s the work of a band constantly tweaking a texturally and emotionally rich sound, sometimes failing but mostly succeeding in making that sound both comfortably familiar and subtly surprising.


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Boone-based groups The New River Boys (cellist Everett Hardin left) and The Fox Fire (banjo player Clint Roberts right) performed at Legends Thursday night. Appalachian Popular Programming Society’s Stage Shows Council hosted the event. To see the full gallery, visit


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KAITLYN THRUSTON As a sports reporter, I have the privilege of attending at least one women’s basketball game at the Holmes Convocation Center almost every week. The women’s team plays with a fire and tenacity that is arguably one of the best in the Southern Conference. However, as I look around during the games, I see an almost empty stadium. Appalachian State women’s basketball team boasts an impressive record (13-5, 7-3 SoCon), so why wouldn’t fans want

to watch them? When I talk to people about the low attendance rates at women’s games, the answer is almost always, “I don’t know. It’s just women’s basketball.” That statement baffles me. Don’t fans want to enjoy a wellplayed basketball game, regardless of which gender is playing? At Appalachian, the women’s basketball team has an average attendance of 557 people when playing at home, according to The men’s basketball team averages a home attendance of 1,829 people, according to, with a record of 9-12, 5-5 SoCon. That’s over three times the number of fans at women’s games. Unfortunately, the vast difference in numbers seems to be a problem across the Southern Conference and for women’s

sports in general. All women’s basketball teams in the SoCon average less than 600 fans each home game, with the exception of Chattanooga, which boasts a home average of 1,995 fans, according to The numbers are much higher for men’s basketball teams in the SoCon. The College of Charleston leads the pack with an average of 3,872 fans at home, according to And Elon University, which has the lowest number of fans at men’s home games with an average of 1,410, has a larger audience than what Appalachian’s women’s team gets. I believe the issue is that there is still a stigma against women in sports on all levels. For some reason, it is ingrained in both women and men that women’s sports are not capable of being played on the same playing

field as men’s. Attendance levels are even an issue in the WNBA. According to an article in The New York Times in 2012, the WNBA has not averaged more than 10,000 fans since 1999. NBA attendance stays between 13,000-21,000 on average for home games, depending on the team, according to If every student at Appalachian attended one women’s basketball game this season – and there are six left – I think they would be pleasantly surprised. The team practices hard and it is a shame that more people do not get to see them in action. Let’s get attendance numbers up and show the women’s basketball team that we have some Mountaineer pride. Thruston, a freshman communication studies major from Richmond Va., is a senior sports reporter.


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But creationism isn’t science. It is theology, and belongs in theology classes. There’s no scientific evidence behind it, so it has no place in a science class. When we allow scientific facts to become victims of politics, we disservice our youth. Those Texas and Arizona lawmakers need to do the right thing and abandon the war on evolution. Vashaw, a sophomore creative writing and mathematics major from Apex, is an opinion writer.

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there are not equivalently valid sides to scientific questions. Most major scientific organizations have supported the theory of evolution, including over 70 academies of the science worldwide. They all have signed an IAP statement on the validity of evolution. Almost all of the proponents of creationism derive it from a literalist biblical interpretation. Not that that’s a bad thing – this is a free country, and everyone is welcome to his or her own opinion.



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another side to the theory of evolution,” Cargill said, according to the Texas Freedom Network. Cargill went on to say that every lesson taught is “what the fossil record proves,” which is only one-sided. This push by Texas Republicans comes right after Arizona lawmakers introduced a bill that would require teachers to “teach the controversy,” or teach both evolution and creationism. Cargill’s rhetoric, like the Arizona bill, may sound moderate, but sometimes

TYLER SPAUGH There are more than 120,000 military families currently living in the state of North Carolina, according to the North Carolina State Board of Education, and every one of them will receive a pay cut if one prominent Washington official has his way. Last week, outgoing Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta suggested that the Department of Defense cut pay for military ser-

vicemen, according to the Washington Examiner. To be fair, Panetta’s proposal is not law, and military pay cuts won’t take place without presidential and congressional approval. At the end of last year, President Barack Obama authorized pay raises for Vice President Joe Biden, members of Congress and various other federal officials, highlighting just how out of touch most politicians on Capitol Hill are with the people that they are supposed to serve. And we are on track to add $1 trillion to our national debt each of the next four years, according to the Congressional Budget Office. Salaries for military members vary widely based on many fac-

tors, including rank and years of service. But I can assure you that soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan are not getting rich. On the other hand, Congress and Biden are all making six figures. Of course, raising the pay of 539 federal employees by a few thousand dollars a year each is only a drop in the ocean of our $16 trillion worth of debt. But what sort of message does it send? Surely we are not rewarding our politicians for a job well done. Exact figures are difficult to come by, but millions of Americans have simply quit looking for a job and officially dropped out of the workforce. These people, though unemployed, do not officially count toward the unem-

ployment rate, and this is the only reason why unemployment has dropped slightly to 7.9 percent. If the best thing we as a nation can come up with to reduce our out-of-control spending is to cut the already low pay of the very men and women who are overseas fighting for our freedom, then we, as a nation, have failed. There are plenty of things we can cut, but if Obama and Congress give themselves a pay raise while cutting salaries for our military, I will have lost a lot of my faith in Washington. Perhaps I never should have placed any faith in them at all. Spaugh, a freshman accounting major from Winston-Salem, is an opinion writer.



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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 may help recovery

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.

Plemmons Medallion deadline Feb.15

The W. H. Plemmons Leadership Medallion, named in honor of Dr. William H. Plemmons who served as the second president of the University from 1955 to 1969, was established by an action of the Appalachian State University Board of Trustees in 1996. The award was created to recognize the time, energy, skills, and commitment of students, faculty, student development educators and staff who exceed their peers in providing leadership that enriches the quality of student life and advances the education of students. Students and university employees are invited to nominate a student or university employee for this award. Nominations may be made in the following categories: A student leader who has provided distinguished leadership above that of other student leaders. A Student Development Educator within the Division of Student Development for meritorious leadership in his or her work to enrich the quality of student life and learning. A member of the faculty who has provided meritorious leadership through his or her work with student clubs or organizations, or work that enriches the quality of student life and learning outside the classroom. An employee of Appalachian State University who has provided meritorious leadership that has significantly enriched the quality of student life and learning outside of the classroom. Nominations for this award will be accepted through Friday, Feb. 15. Nominations may be submitted electronically. For additional information, please contact Dino DiBernardi, Chair of the W. H. Plemmons Medallion Committee, at 2622060 or visit our website.

Global Women’s Series in March

The campus and local community are invited to attend the first Global Womens Series, scheduled for March 2013. The theme for the series is “Women and the Environment: Ecofeminism and Activism.” We encourage faculty to participate and have their students attend. Tuesday, March 5, 5 to 7 p.m., Opening Event, “Environmental Activism: Expressions of Inspiration”, Price Lake, second floor in Plemmons Student Union. Welcome remarks by Dr. Sandra Lubarsky, Director of Sustainable Development, followed by performance art and a networking reception featuring student and local community groups involved in environmental activism. Week of March 18 (day TBA), 7 p.m.: Film, with panel discussion to follow, IG Greer Theatre. Hosted by the Global Women’s Series and sponsored by Department of Sustainability, Library, and Geology as part of the annual Sustainability Film Series. Wednesday, March 27, 7 p.m.: Keynote presentation with Dr. Chris Cuomo, “Eco-Feminism and Climate Change”; Parkway Ballroom, 4th floor of new addition in Plemmons Student Union Dr. Cuomo is professor of Philosophy and Women’s Studies at the University of Georgia, and an affiliate faculty member of the Environmental Ethics Certificate Program and the Institute for African-American Studies. The Global Womens Series addresses contemporary global issues affecting women and girls and is a collaborative effort between faculty, students, staff and community members. The program is co-sponsored by the Office of International Education and Development, Womens Studies, and the Belk Library. For more information, contact Sarah Bergstedt at

Visiting Writers begins in February

Appalachian State University’s Spring 2013 Hughlene Bostian Frank Visiting Writers Series begins Feb. 28 with poet and

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novelist Alan Michael Parker. The event will be held in the Table Rock Room of Plemmons Student Union at 7:30 p.m. Earlier that day, at 2 p.m. in the same Table Rock Room, a Craft Talk, “Real Gardens and Fake Trees; Or, How to Write the Life Imagined,” will be held. Poet Nathalie Anderson will read from her works on March 28 in Lecture Hall 114, Belk Library, at 7:30 p.m. A Craft Talk, “Writing Around,” will be held in Attic Window Room, Plemmons Student Union, at 2 p.m. Fiction writer and memorist Brett Lott will read form his works on April 4 in the Table Rock Room, Plemmons Student Union, at 7:30 p.m. A Craft Talk, “Writing With So Great a Cloud of Witnesses,” will be held in Table Rock at 3:30 p.m. Novelist and poet Darnell Arnoult will read from his works on April 18 at 7:30 p.m. in the Table Rock Room, Plemmons Student Union. A Craft Talk, “The Sublime Fiction Triangle,” will be held at 3:30 p.m. in Table Rock.

ACT to sponsor May event

Appalachian & the Community Together (ACT) at Appalachian State University will sponsor an International ASE May Break event May 13-28, in Thailand and Ghana. Sign up now in the new ACT Outreach Center located in Plemmons Student Union. A $500 deposit and your ID is required.

Diversity Celebration seeks Top 5

Submit your entry for the 2013 Diversity Celebration slogan competition. The Diversity Celebration Marketing Committee will vote and choose the top 5 slogan entries. The top 5 slogans will be posted for students to vote and choose the winning slogan. Slogan submissions close Feb. 14.

Want to sing? Join the App Chorale

Do you miss singing in choir? Would you like to sing choral masterworks by composers such as Haydn, Handel, Britten and Vivaldi? The Appalachian Chorale is a choir of students and community members, open to all area adults who feel that they can hold their own on a choral part. No audition is required. Rehearsals are Mondays from 7-9 p.m. The group is led by Dr. Linda Larson, chorale director, with Dr. Joby Bell, accompanist/organist. This semester the chorale will prepare Haydn’s “Missa Brevis No. 7” and Britten’s “Rejoice in the Lamb” for a concert on Tuesday, April 30, at 8 p.m. New members are welcome on Jan. 28 at Broyhill Music Center Room 214 on campus. For more information, contact the Hayes School of Music at 828262-3020 or email Larson at

Speaker on Global Climate Change

“Global Climate Change – The Critical Thinking Factor” is the topic of Dr. Robert Bruck of N.C. State University on Feb. 21 at 4 p.m. in the Grandfather Mountain Ballroom in Plemmons Student Union. Bruck’s talk is hosted by the ASU’s Goodnight Family Sustainable Development Program. Co-Sponsors are: ASU’s Environmental Science Program, Biology Department, Research Institute for Environment, Energy & Economics, Southern Appalachian Environmental Research & Education Group This event is free and open to ASU faculty, staff, and students as well as members of the community. Science is a process – not an end. Rarely have scientific subjects so Balkanized the public, scientists, and decisionmakers as Global Climate Change. The current warming of our planet (if it continues) poses some of the most onerous challenges to ecosystem and human sustainability in the history of Homo sapiens. This seminar will address the good-bad and ugly about the current debate on this vexing subject. It will explore the role of orthogonal “science” in the making of science policy, discuss what we know and what we don’t know, and hopefully provoke discussion regarding a road map for the future. Bruck proposes a thought question in preparation – Can you prove that the sun will rise in the east tomorrow? Bruck is a professor in NCSU’s Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources. An award-winning teacher, Bruck has courses in multiple programs, including Environmental Technology & Management, Environmental Science, Plant Pathology and Marine, Earth & Atmospheric Science. As a research scientist, Bruck has made tremendous contributions to our understanding of the effects of pollution and climate change on forest ecosystems. He has published more than 300 peer-reviewed papers, and his new book, “Global Climate Change – The Future of a Warming Planet,” is currently in press with Freeman Publishers. Bruck has also been actively involved in communicating environmental science to decisionmakers; Bruck served as Science Adviser to the Governor of North Carolina from 1990-1992 and has testified to the U.S. Congress on 13 Occasions.

Wellness Workshops are planned

The Counseling Center at Appalachian State University presents “The Wellness Workshops: Feelin’ Good in the Neighborhood!” Workshops are: Get Your Zen On: Mindfulness Meditation for Serenity, Feb. 18, noon to 1 p.m., Price Lake room of the student union; Pet the Dog: The Benefits of Pet Therapy, March 6, 11 a.m. to noon, Calloway Peak room of the student union; Get Movin’ to Reduce Stress, Anxiety and Depression (wear clothes and shoes you can move in), March 26, 5 to 6 p.m., Table Rock room of the student union; Born this Way: Learning to Love Yourself, April 11, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., Rough Ridge Room of the student union; Express Yosef: Self Expression through Art, April 15, 5-6 p.m., Attic Window room of the student union. For more information contact the Counseling Center at 262-3180 or

ASU Solar Decathlon going to Europe

Appalachian State University is one of only three U.S. universities selected to participate in the prestigious Solar Decathlon Europe 2014, an international competition inspired by the U.S. Solar Decathlon that challenges student teams to design and build an energy-independent solar house. Twenty projects were selected for the competition out of a total of 44 candidacies from 23 countries. Appalachian is partnering with the University of Angers in Angers, France. The collaboration, dubbed Team Réciprocité, will present their energy plus house design, Maison Reciprocity, in Versailles from June through July 2014. A highlight of the Solar Decathlon experience is collaboration. Led by the Department of Technology and Environmental Design, other departments at Appalachian, including communication, economics, and the sustainable MBA program, will actively participate in the project. Additionally, the partnership with University of Angers provides the opportunity for international collaboration.

Design and construction will take place on Appalachian’s campus in Boone. Throughout the next year and a half, the team will be responsible for meeting specific deadlines related to design, construction, promotion and more. If the team misses any deadlines throughout the course of the project, point penalties will carry forward to the contest event. The Maison Reciprocity is the second Appalachian design to compete in a Solar Decathlon event. The Solar Homestead, the university’s entry in the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2011, earned the People’s Choice Award. The design concept is now available for sale through sustainable builder Deltec Homes of Asheville. The Solar Decathlon Europe Team hopes to build upon that success with its entry in the European competition. Appalachian and Angers have a long-standing partnership that facilitates student and faculty exchanges between the two institutions. The university in France is known for its expertise in the global/life cycle costs of buildings, construction safety, landscape design, whole building automation, sustainability, aging in place, indoor air quality, exhibition planning and docent training, and 3-D virtual reality models and tours. For more information about Solar Decathlon Europe 2014, visit

Food Mood Group can help you cope

Do you weigh yourself everyday? Do you skip at least one meal a day? Do you count calories and fat grams every time you eat? Do you exercise because you have to not because you want to? Do you hate yourself for the size of your thighs? Do you need to better accept your self, body and all? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you may benefit from participating in the Counseling Center’s Food Mood Group. For more information, contact the Counseling Center at 2623180, or drop by the Counseling Center during walk-in hours (Monday-Thursday, 1-4 p.m., and Friday, 1-3 p.m.). Or try an anonymous online screeing at and click “online screening.”

African American officer to speak

Join the Military Science and Leadership (Army ROTC) Department at Appalachian State University as it hosts Lt. Col. Maury Williams, Class of 1989. Williams will discuss his career and provide insights into the African American role in the U.S. Army. Williams is a proven leader with over 27 years of Army experience. He has commanded at the company and battalion level, deployed to Iraq, and served in several key position, inluding as the Executive Officer for the ASU ROTC Battalion. Williams talk will be Feb. 25 at 6 p.m. in the Rough Ridge Room (415) of Plemmons Student Union.

APPS Films ready for spring showings

The Appalachian Popular Programming Society (APPS) Films Council is pleased to announce its remaining schedule for the Spring 2013 semester. Our Popular Film Series at I.G. Greer SuperCinema will feature some of the most acclaimed movies of the awards season, as well as a blockbuster or two, and a few gems that are not as well known. The CinemaVintage series in the Greenbriar theater will start out creepy, reflect some dystopian tendencies, then veer off toward the tales of unruly ghosts and science run amok. Show times are listed with the schedule and as always, admission is still only $1. Here’s what APPS Films is bringing: IG Greer SuperCinema Popular Film Series: (All Showings at 7 and 9:30 p.m., except where otherwise noted; Admission $1.) Feb. 7-9 - Cloud Atlas (7 and 10:20 p.m.); Feb. 14-16 – Lincoln (7 and 10 p.m.); Feb. 21- 23 - Skyfall (7 and 9:45 p.m.); Feb. 28 - March 2 - Wreck-It Ralph; Match 21-23 - Silver Linings Playbook; April 4-6 - The Hobbit (7 and 10:15 p.m.); April 11-13 - Les Miserables (7 and 10 p.m.); April 18-20 - Rise of the Guardians; April 25-27 - Hansel and Gretel Witch Hunters (Show times TBD); May 2-4 - Warm Bodies. Greenbriar Theater CinemaVintage Series: (All showings at 7 p.m.; Admission $1.); Feb. 6 and 8 - Cool Runnings (‘93); Feb. 13 and 15 - Beetlejuice (‘88); Feb. 20 and 22 - Ghostbusters (‘84); Feb. 27 and March 1- Back to the Future (‘85); March 6 and 7* - Honey, I Shrunk the Kids (‘89); March 20 and 21* - Jurassic Park (‘93); March 27 and 28* - The Land Before Time (‘88); April 3 and 5 - Who Framed Roger Rabbit? (‘88); April 10 and 12 - Peter Pan (’53); April 17 and 19 - The Fox and the Hound (‘81); April 24 and 26 - Cinderella (’50); May 1 and 3 - The Nightmare Before Christmas (‘93) * denotes showings on Wednesday and Thursday. All titles, dates and show times are subject to change. If you would like to have some input on what movies are brought to campus, the APPS Films council meets at 5 p.m. Thursdays in the Rhododendron Room of the Plemmons Student Union. If you would like to suggest a film for viewing on campus, APPS Films can make arrangements for you to come to a meeting and make a case for it to be shown. The Research Institute for the Environment, Energy and Economics (RIEEE) at ASU is making three (3) research grants available for up to $500 to students who are conducting research pertaining to the environment, energy or economics. Research projects can be proposed by a single student or collaborative teams of more than one student. Collaborative project descriptions should explain what each team member will be contributing and why they are seeking to work collaboratively. These grants can be used for research supplies and research related expenses but not travel to present results at a meeting. Only undergraduate students enrolled at any time during the academic year are eligible. Grant winners will be published on the RIEEE website and may be asked to present their research at future conferences. The deadline for applications is Feb. 15. All awarded funding must be able to be expended by May 31. The Office of Student Research must have the student’s completed online application, as well as a signed letter of recommendation from their Faculty Advisor. Please call 262-7655 if you have any questions.

2013 Multicultural Programming 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.


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MLB veteran Orlando Hudson speaks at, headlines baseball banquet

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Professional baseball veteran Orlando Hudson speaks at the second annual Hot Stove First Pitch Banquet on Saturday. The baseball team listened to his experiences in the MLB.

by ANDREW CLAUSEN Sports Editor

by KAITLYN THRUSTON Senior Sports Reporter


he Appalachian State University baseball team’s second annual Hot Stove First Pitch Banquet at the Athletics Center included first-year head coach Billy Jones and Major League Baseball veteran Orlando Hudson speaking about the year to come. Hudson, a four-time Gold Glove Award winner and two-time MLB all-star, spoke about the importance

of never giving up on dreams and making the right decisions on and off the field. “I only live three hours away, so [when Appalachian asked] I was like, ‘I’ll come up and give a speech and talk to the team,’” Hudson said. He also said his agent and Jones went way back. Hudson said that when he attended Spartanburg Methodist College, they had events like the Hot Stove First Pitch banquet, but not as many as they do today. “Now, with sports marketing having grown so

much for every sport, it’s much bigger and it’s going to get even bigger,” Hudson said. “These kids now are coming in and having so many things. When kids are recruited and they come in and have a fundraiser, [it] is great.” Hudson shook hands and took pictures with many of the attendees following the event. “It’s been awesome, and I also wanted to see the campus because I’ve heard some great things about it,” he said. “And it is a beautiful campus.”

Many of the 2013 Mountaineers team was in attendance and watched attentively as Hudson spoke about the ups and downs of making it to the major leagues. “It’s great,” said senior second baseman Hector Crespo. “[Hudson] has been one of my favorite players growing up. He plays the same position as me, so I watch his videos all the time. He’s a great guy and I can’t wait to meet him.” Crespo said the banquet helps raise awareness about Appalachian’s baseball program. “Football gets a lot of the hype here, but we have a great baseball team and this event gets everyone ready for baseball season,” he said. “We’re excited to have it and to share the excitement with everybody.” Jones said the banquet was a celebration of the players. “I think it’s a chance for everybody to meet each other and families to meet each other,” Jones said. “It’s one of those things that, when you have a baseball program and you have close to 35 guys and you’re with them everyday, it’s good to see their families be here and come together in celebration of what they do.”


Men’s soccer signs eight new recruits, looks toward next fall’s season by MATTHEW SMITH

Intern Sports Reporter

Eight recruits signed with the Appalachian State University men’s soccer team for the 2013 season. The recruits that make up the incoming class are Jackson Allen, Simon Burke, Stephen Chapman, Donovon Japp, Zach Joens, Tommy Labriola, Ben Steen and Keegan Tanaka, according to The Mountaineers, a team that reached the conference semifinals for three straight seasons, hope the new recruits can help replace the eight seniors from last year’s team. App State has struggled to score goals for the past two seasons and hopes that the new recruits will help

bolster its offense. Matt Nelson, who is entering his second season as head coach, said he is excited about the potential of the new recruits. “We think they can be really good and translate right away to the college level,” Nelson said. After a disappointing finish to the 2012 season, Nelson said he expects each recruit to push current players and compete for a starting position on the team. “We had to deal with some injuries this past season and our record didn’t indicate the actual level of talent we had on the team,” Nelson said. “We’re going to be a young team next year so all positions are up for grabs.” Nelson said he believes that having open competitions at every position

won’t allow the players to become apathetic and will help everyone on the team get better. He also mentioned that not only the players, but the coaches as well, have to be at their best. “With the youth on this team, it’s important that the coaching staff keep the team focused throughout the season,” Nelson said. “We’re going to have some shaky parts in the beginning, and it’s on our shoulders as coaches to teach these kids and improve our own in-game management.” The Mountaineers finished last season 8-7-4 (2-3-2 SoCon) and lost to Wofford by penalty kicks in the SoCon semifinals. The men’s soccer team will start its next season in fall 2013.


by JORDAN DAVIS Sports Reporter

The early season struggles for the men’s tennis team continued Saturday after falling to the UNCAsheville Bulldogs 1-6, dropping them to 1-5 overall on the season. The match started off promising for the Mountaineers. The duos of Sebastien King/Jan-Willem Kleynhans and Andrew McKinnon/Steve Karendal won the first two doubles matches and gave App State its first doubles point of the season. However, that would be the only bright spot of the afternoon. The Bulldogs quickly took control of the match after that, winning all six singles points. The season has not gotten off to the start the Mountaineers had hoped for. “It’s tough, there are no excuses, but we lost our top three guys from last year,” coach Bob Lake said. “So many guys have had to move up spots. Everyone just needs to get better at where they are playing at now... we need someone to

Sports Recap Player of the Week: Nathan Healy

Nathan Healy led the men’s basketball team to a victory at Georgia Southern. He had 24 points and 11 rebounds in 38 minutes. Here, Healy helped the Mountaineers beat the Eagles at home in overtime Jan. 24.

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Feb. 7

Men’s Basketball ASU (10-13, 6-6 SoCon) at Georgia Southern (1014, 4-7 SoCon) 91-86 (W)(OT) Points: Nathan Healy 7-12 FG, 8-8 FT, 24 PTS Rebounds: Healy 11 REBS Assists: Michael Obacha 4 ASTS


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Women’s Basketball ASU (14-6, 8-4 SoCon) vs. Davidson (14-8, 11-1 SoCon) 56-49 (L) Points: Maryah Sydnor 5-14 FG, 8-9 FT, 18 PTS Rebounds: Kelsey Sharkey 12 REBS Assists: Raven Gary 4 ASTS Women’s Tennis ASU (4-1) vs Radford (0-1) 7-0 (W) Singles Winners: Ellie Linsell (APP) 6-4, 6-4 Clare Cox (APP) 6-0, 6-0 Jennifer Ansari (APP) 6-4, 6-3 Jessica Taggard (APP) 6-3, 6-1; Gabriela Celi (APP) 6-3, 6-1; Sarah King (APP) 6-1, 6-3. Doubles winners: Ellie Linsell/Mackenzie LaSure (APP) 8-3; Clare Cox/Jennifer Ansari (APP) 8-2 Men’s Tennis ASU (1-4) at UNC-Asheville (1-1) 1-6 (L) Doubles winners: Andrew McKinnon/Steve Karendal (APP) 8-2 Men’s Basketball ASU (10-13, 6-6) at Davidson (17-7, 12-1) 52-87 (L) Points: Nathan Healy 4-11 FG, 2-2 FT, 13 PTS Rebounds: Healy 6 REBS Assists: Mike Neal 3 ASTS Information compiled from

Men struggle on the road, women’s tennis is victorious in home opener rise up from the ashes and make something happen” On the other hand, the women’s team continued its winning streak Saturday with a 7-0 sweep of Radford University, improving its record to 4-1. This is already the team’s third shutout of the young season and the 4-1 start is its best since 2006, according to goasu. com. “I think that the level of play in general has improved over the years,” head coach Colin Crothers said. “The talent level has gone up, so practices are better. We are a deep team, also, so I can play multiple lineups.” Saturday’s match was highlighted by freshman Clare Cox’s performance at the No. 2 position with a clean 6-0, 6-0 sweep of the match. The freshman’s emergence as one of the team’s top players has given the lineup depth. “Clare has played unbelievable tennis,” Crothers said. “She is an in-state recruit who I thought would play a good five or six singles. She has yet to lose a set this season at No. 2. I see Clare moving to the number one spot next year and


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Junior Sebastien King and freshman Zach Bost team up against East Tennessee State University. The team lost to UNC-Asheville this weekend 1-6.

doing very well.” The women’ tennis team will play a home match Sunday against North Carolina Central University

at 2 p.m. The men’s team will face another road test Saturday at East Carolina University for a match at noon.

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