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Interpersonal Violence Task Force sends out campus safety survey by STEPHANIE SANSOUCY

Belk Library awarded books and films with Muslim Journeys grant by STEPHANIE SANSOUCY

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hancellor Kenneth Peacock sent an email to faculty, staff and students Wednesday advocating participation in a campus climate survey to help the Interpersonal Violence Task Force. “In an effort to gather additional information and to comply with a resolution agreement between Appalachian and the Office for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Education, the task force is launching a campus climate survey on interpersonal violence,” Peacock said in his email to students. The link to the survey is available until Feb. 20, said Linda Foulsham, director of the Office of Equity, Diversity and Compliance and the Title IX coordinator. “The survey data will be reviewed by the task force and result in recommendations regarding policies, programming and outreach and support to address the needs of our community,” Foulsham said.   Sociology professor and member of the Interpersonal Violence Task Force Amy Dellinger Page said the Task Force was created in May of 2012 and began meeting in August 2012. The task force is divided into four sub-committees to work on the survey. The survey also addresses the sexual misconduct policy for the university, which was revised over the sum-

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Sophomore appropriate technology major Jacob Gaffigan completes the campus climate safety survey that was sent in an email by Chancellor Peacock on Wednesday morning. Research from the survey will help the Interpersonal Violence Task Force make recommendations to address issues of interpersonal violence.

mer, Page said. The task force will use the data from the survey to put together programming that addresses the university’s sexual misconduct policy, Page said. “We are also looking at our support and outreach and the services we currently have in place for students so we can do a better job of informing students about the resources that are available to them,” Page said. Along with the questions of whether people on campus have knowledge of the university’s policies and what constitutes various forms of sexual misconduct, the task force wants

to “get an idea about rape myth acceptance,” Page said. “We also want to know about bystander intervention attitudes because both of those can then inform what we are doing in terms of programming for our students to help them better understand,” she said. The survey also asks questions about safety. “There is also safety aspect on the survey that talk about are there certain times when you feel unsafe on campus and what are those locations so we can take information and do a better job of making our student feel safer,” Page said.

The survey is anonymous and should be completed honestly in order for the task force to get the best understanding of what is going on and how to make any improvements to the campus, Page said.   “Its about 15-20 minutes and it is on violence,” Dean of Students J.J. Brown said. “It’s on relationship violence, sexual assault, some of it’s going to talk about a number of key aspects to drive our interpersonal violence task force.” Brown said after taking the survey students can enter to win prizes such as an iPad, parking pass, gas cards and money on AppCards.  

Belk Library and Information Commons has been awarded the Bridging Cultures Bookshelf: Muslim Journeys grant. The grant is $2,500 worth of materials, including books, films and the Oxford Islamic studies database, said librarian Allan Scherlen, who applied for the grant. The purpose of the grant is “to help educate,” Scherlen said. “People hear negative things about Muslim people, some people have prejudices because of extreme views they hear in the news,” Scherlen said. “What we do at universities is to educate people and increase their awareness about cultures and people that they don’t know about.” Part of the stipulation of the grant is to host public events around the materials such as showing films or reading the books with an expert to lead discussion. The library will work in conjunction with the Humanities Council and Muslim Student Association to put the events together, Scherlen said. “We have all these experts in the area as well as in the region who can discuss various aspects of different kinds of Muslim cultures because really we are talking about a wide rang of cultures,”

Scherlen said. “I think there is a growing interest in wanting to have more resources to understand the world around them,” Scherlen said. President of the Muslim Student Association Lena Aloumari said the Muslim Journey’s grant is something that is near and dear to the cause of the club. “We want to increase awareness in the community not just on campus and we have been doing that so far just by hosting events and having discussions,” Aloumari said. Aloumari said the group will help plan film and discussion panels or a student book club and the group will be able to chose what movies and books of which they will take charge. “We have access to all this material and we can do more with it, like take the ball and run with it,” Aloumari said. The fact that they have a variety of resources, that is going to make the difference because not everyone who likes to read likes to watch movies and vice versa said Aloumari. “I think it would be relatable to a lot of people this way,” she said. Aloumari said because the grant is year-long, meaning it will last this semester, summer semester and fall semester, the library is planning on having a book club and book discussions at the public library this summer while students are home.

Appalachian grad lands job in the Lieutenant Gov.’s Office by JOSHUA FARMER News Editor

Kelsey Crum graduated from Appalachian State University last semester and has already landed a high-profile position working in the Lt. Gov.’s office. Crum is the new director of Constituent Services under Lt. Gov. Dan Forest in Raleigh. In her new position, Crum is responsible for fielding concerns from citizens statewide. She directs people to the correct contacts to help them more in-depth with their particular issues. “Simply going to work everyday reminds me of how blessed I am,” Crum said. “Everyday is something new and exciting, from talking to state representatives to learning my way around the capital, and making friends in politics. The biggest first step to success is just showing up. Put yourself out there to be a little vulnerable and you will be amazed at what you can accomplish.” While at Appalachian, Crum worked in the area on the Romney presidential campaign and was the chair for the College Republicans on campus. Crum said she met Forest and his Chief-

of-Staff Hal Weatherman when they visited Boone. Weatherman later emailed her thanking her for the work she did on the campaign. “I contacted him back and asked if he had any available internships,” Crum said. “He got back with me and offered to interview me for a position on the staff. That started the interview process. I had several phone and face-to-face interviews before I was hired in early January.” Crum said there was definitely a transition to her new job. “State government is a whole different animal,” she said. Crum said her time at Appalachian helped her learn time management skills and foster an independence and work ethic. “Being involved with the Appalachian College Republicans and learning leadership skills really helped me establish a will to be independent and self-reliant,” Crum said. She expressed gratitude for her political science professors, as well. “Dr. Ehrhardt and Dr. Ardoin were tremendous teachers and mentors for me,” Crum said. “I thank them for pushing me in class and for helping me discuss  career options.”

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Former College Republicans Chairwoman Kelsey Crum poses for a shot at Mitt Romney's campaign bus desk. Crum is the new director of Constituent Services under Lt. Gov. Dan Forest in Raleigh.

Plemmons Student Union remained open to shelter possible refugees

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Appalachian State University’s Plemmons Student Union stayed open until 9 p.m. Wednesday as a shelter refuge for “students, faculty or staff […] unable to safely travel home because of the flood conditions,” according to a email sent out via the ASUInfo system. Student union evening Operations Supervisor Paul Ford said this is a policy the union has in place and that the decision to put the plan into motion was made by administration. In his eight years with Appalachian, Ford

said this is the first time he remembers applying the policy. Ford said the union was only open to those seeking shelter and not for regular operations. Senior health care management major Ashley Rader and senior finance and banking major Sarah McTeague were the only two student employees to stay at the union to help keep it open. “At first we were very alarmed,” Rader said. “But, I think it’s good that [people] have a safe, dry place to go.”

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Popular nightlife spots prevent tragedy with new safety precautions By STEPHANIE SANSOUCY

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Boone’s popular nightlife hotspots Legends, Paolucci’s Italian Bar and Grill and Char Restaurant and Bar have safety precautions in place in to prevent a tragedy, just like the nightclub fire Sunday in Brazil. Within minutes, 230 people died in a fire at Kiss Nightclub in Santa Maria, Brazil. Officials have linked the tragedy to a lack of emergency exits and the irresponsible use of pyrotechnics, according to the Associated

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Press. Program Adviser to APPS Randy Kelly said that Appalachian State University’s own nightclub and social center does not allow pyrotechnics. The candles used at Legends are LED lights, and the fog machine is waterbased. Kelly said that Legends features “three more fire exits than most” and all exits are “directly off the main room.” Legends also has fire drills and an emergency evacuation plan that is in accordance with ASU Police, Kelly said. Owner of Paolucci’s Italian Bar and Grill

Carl Paolucci said the late night hotspot has “all the basic fire exit need to get people out of here in case there is a problem.” Paolucci said he tries to keep people orderly “in some sort of fashion” but “unfortunately kids don’t listen.” The smoke alarm went off at the restaurant last Saturday because of equipment the DJ used to make smoke effects, but patrons didn’t move until the fire department came. There was no serious threat, Paolucci said. Paolucci also does not allow pyrotechnics and uses

water-based smoke effects, he said. General manager of Char Restaurant and Bar Colton Lenz said the doors of the building, front and back, could accommodate 350 people but in conjunction with the fire department, the maximum capacity has been set at 275. “We are nowhere near being overcrowded ever,” Lenz said. “If, God forbid, something were to happen, if a fire were to start, Char could be empty in literally moments.” Lenz said the restaurant does not allow pyrotechnics either.

Movie, video game rental service possible for campus by JOSHUA FARMER

the attorney’s office, and says it would take four to six weeks after approval of the contract for the CrocBox to be installed. Plemmons Student Union and AppaThere are already CrocBox locations lachian State University are working in at Western Carolina University, UNC conjunction with Student Government As- Greensboro and other universities, Vest sociation and CrocBox Co. said. to bring a movie and video The CrocBox would be game rental service to caminstalled on the first floor pus. “Being a movie lover of the student union, Vest Associate Director of said, but no location has myself, I thought it Operations for Plemmons been set in stone. would be a great idea Student Union Brad Vest Dave Dykes, a freshman to have a place on said this has been in the SGA representative for campus for students Doughton Residence Hall, works for four years. “I’m looking forward to proposed a bill to support to rent up-to-date the service [being provided] the deal. The bill passed movies.” to the students,” Vest said. through the senate Dec. 4, Vest said that he had 2012. Dave Dykes, SGA representative tried in the past to get in “Being a movie lover myfor Doughton Residence Hall contact with Red Box, but self, I thought it would be a found out through colgreat idea to have a place on leagues at other universities campus for students to rent that the company would not install ma- up-to-date movies,” Dykes said. chines on college campuses. Dykes’ research revealed that 95 percent Vest then contacted Jim Taruli of of students said they would consider usCrocBox and is waiting for a contract to ing this machine and 96 percent believed pass through the attorney’s office on cam- it would be beneficial, he said. The energy pus, which would seal the deal. usage would be about 150 kilowatt-hours Vest said that he does not expect to have per year, about half as much as a common any issues with the contract passing through vending machine. News Editor

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SGA to address skateboarding ban, Eco Box, more in coming semester by JOSHUA FARMER News Editor

Appalachian State University’s Student Government Association is working this semester to complete several key projects, including overturning Boone’s ordinance banning skateboarding. Director of Governmental Operation Adam Ezell is leading the fight to change the skateboarding ordinance. In conjunction with the Governmental Relations Officer, Susan McCracken, SGA will exhibit a presenta-

tion to Boone Town Council of the research that was done. Ezell said he hopes to have the ban removed for a trial period. Then the ban can be reinstated if the Town Council feels there is a need. “The goal is to have the skateboarding ban ended,” Ezell said. The soonest opportunity to present will be at the next Town Council meeting in late February. “We’re thinking of going then, but we want to go talk to a lot of the people in Town Council before we actually

present our PowerPoint presentation,” Ezell said. Ezell said the research focused on peer institutions and other universities in the state of North Carolina to examine their policies on skateboarding. “Right now we’ve been able to find eight schools that allow skateboarding and three say no,” Ezell said. SGA is also working on implementing the Eco Box Clamshell food takeout system, which would “provide students with a way to carry out food without producing waste,” according to the

SGA Senate bill, which was passed last February. SGA Vice President Eric Barnes said the system is in a trial run and that he expects to see it implemented by this April or May. Barnes also said that SGA is working on investigating the feasibility of increasing the perimeter around the buildings on campus outside of which students are allowed to smoke. As well, Barnes said they are looking into the cost of using iClickers in senate meetings. He said the hope would

Appalachian provides free tax help for students, faculty, and staff

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Appalachian State University will be providing tax aid with free assistance from student volunteers this tax season. ASU has partnered with the IRS and with Wal-Mart, United Way and Goodwill to bring MyFreeTaxes, a tax filing service sponsored by Wal-Mart, to campus said accounting professor Mary Ann Hofmann. “Help sessions will be available in Raley Hall room 2014 Wednesday and Thursday evenings from 5-8:30 p.m. during tax season,” Hofmann said. The first help session was held Wednesday night. Hofmann said anyone could go to the help sessions for help getting started or with questions regarding their taxes. Junior accounting major Leah Moss said she chose to be a student volunteer for MyFreeTaxes because “it seemed like a great opportunity for me to get my hands dirty. I can›t think of a better way to get hands on experience with tax law than to actually assist people with filing their taxes.” Moss said in order to help she

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Accounting Professor Mary Anne Hofmann and other volunteers are providing free tax help for qualified students. Help can be found in room 2014 of Raley Hall on Wednesday and Thursday nights from 5-8:30 until the end of the tax season.

had to pass online certifications with the IRS over winter break. “The best parts about being involved with MyFreeTaxes is the opportunity for me to get to work hands on with tax law and to be able to give back to the Appalachian State Community”

Moss said. Senior accounting major Hogan Sellers said he volunteered to help with MyFreeTaxes because it was something to add to his resume. “I think it’s a good thing that people can come and get help with their taxes,” Sellers said.

be to reduce the already relatively small amount of paper used by SGA and to keep track of attendance and voting record, which could be made available to the student body online. SGA President Jake Cox is reassessing the feasibility of the 24/5 library, which would make it policy to have the library open 24 hours a day during the five-day work week. Cox said he is forming a committee to look further into how it may or may not help students at ASU and be able to come to a conclu-

sion that would allow him to make a recommendation to the university. Cox said the committee will be comprised of mostly student Cox said he is still currently in favor of the 24/5 library but is going into the research “very open-mindedly.” “We told everybody we came here to do a job and we’re going to finish as strongly as we possibly can. We’re still open to any idea any student wants to bring up. We don’t want to leave anything off the table,” Cox said.

Icy conditions prove hazardous by NINA MASTANDREA

Bryan said “watching where you are stepping” can help you stay safe. As the temperatures drop and Although many precautions ice accumulates, students and are taken, not all of campus can teachers are finding it increas- be covered. ingly difficult not to slip and “All I can do is tell my students fall during their commute across to be careful and take their time campus. walking from class to wherever “Unfortunately, not all storms they are going,” said Susan Poorare made alike, and we do our man, a lecturer in the Departbest to keep ment of Comthe campus as munication. safe as we can,” “I even found “All I can do is tell my said Jim Bryan, myself slipping landscape su- students to be careful and a little, but esper intendent take their time walking pecially where with Landthere is shade from class to wherever scape Services. before 9 a.m. they are going,” “We always I find it the have two peoworst – you just Susan Poorman, a lecturer in the ple on call. The have to be careDepartment of Communication campus police ful.” call us and let Students us know areas who travel that need attention and then around campus later in the day we go from there to take care of can find themselves in a similar those areas.” situation. However, Bryan said he also “It wasn’t even raining in the welcomes reports of bad spots on morning, it was later in the day campus from students. when I slipped and fell,” said “We greatly appreciate any and junior music education major all feedback students can give us Omar Colón. “When the water when it comes to the safety on melts and then refreezes later on campus,” Bryan said. “It’s our in the day it can be just as danjob.” gerous.” Intern News Reporter

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Sustainability Film Series shows ‘Switch’ for first viewing by EMMA SPECKMAN Senior A&E Reporter

The fourth annual Sustainability Film Series began Tuesday with the screening of documentary film “Switch” at 7 p.m. in  I.G. Greer’s auditorium. “Switch” follows geology professor and energy activist Scott Tinker as he attempts to discover all he can about energy sources and the issues facing them.   “‘Switch’ is the first truly balanced energy film, embraced and supported by people all along the energy spectrum - fossil and renewable, academic and environmental,” according to the film’s website.    Tinker poses the ultimate question of the film at the beginning when he asks, “How long will it really take to make the switch?”   The switch he refers to is the shift from a dependence on what he calls “foundational” fuels – coal and oil – to the new generation of energy sources, which includes renewable sources such as water, solar energy, wind, natural gas, geothermal heat and biofuel. In the film, Tinker visits landmark sites of these industries and discusses the benefits and drawbacks of each with experts in science and economic fields.    “We try to keep our ears open to people who bring good recommendations,” said Brian Zimmer, a geology professor and film series organizer. “So many of these films point out problems, so we try to find ones that give solutions.” A campus club also sponsors each film or organization and features a discussion panel after the

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(From left to right) Jeff Ramsdell from the geology department, Lexy Bridges from Fossil Free Appstate, manager New River Light and Power Ed Miller and Allie Garrett, chair of the Renewable Energy Initiative speak as a panel after the movie ‘Switch.’ The film covered the issues of moving from a fossil-fuel dependent society to a renewable energy-based society.

film’s close.   Renewable Energy Initiative, an organization that works to build sustainable projects on campus, sponsored “Switch.” “We want to reduce the carbon footprint of ASU,” said sophomore sustainable development major Allie Garrett, who is also the chair of REI.   “I would like to have more people at ASU understand what sustainability means,” Garrett said.   At the panel, Garrett also spoke about the need to look far into the future when discussing energy sources.

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Corporate Fandango, an area ska and progressive rock band, will perform at Legends Friday night. The seven members of Corporate Fandango all hail from various parts of North Carolina, such as Boone, Winston-Salem and Greensboro. Though not currently signed to a label, the band has released two EPs and a 10-track studio album called “Spumoni.” Their music is available to stream on Myspace and last.fm and for purchase on Bandcamp. Their 2011 four-track EP Lunch Money was recorded in the Robert F. Gilley Recording Studio located in the Hayes School of Music. “The band is a pleasure to deal with,” said APPS Program Coordinator Randy Kelly. “Their ‘ska’ energy gets the crowd in a really fun mood.” The show will be presented on the small stage at Legends by APPS Club Shows. Kelly said these smaller shows “emphasize local… and up and coming bands that are reviewed with excitement in the smaller clubs of

“One hundred years from now is not that long,” Garrett said. “My grandkids will still be alive.” Garrett said since its creation, REI has completed 11 projects.  The most recent plan in the works is a parking deck cover made of solar panels.   The panel included Jeff Ramsdell of the technology and environmental design department, sophomore geology major Lexy Bridges representing a new club – Fossil Free Appstate – and New River Light and Power Manager Ed Miller. The panelists discussed

their reactions to the film and took questions from the crowd regarding energy issues on a global and local scale. The series is sponsored by The Department of Geology, Belk Library, Appalachian Popular Programming Society and the Office of Sustainability.   The organizers of the series receive suggestions for films to show and choose from among them. The next film in the series, “Lords of Nature” will show Tuesday, Feb. 19 in I.G. Greer. This event is free and open to the public.

major N.C. towns.” Corporate Fandango has played numerous shows in Boone. The last time they appeared at Legends was in 2011 when they opened for Holy Ghost Tent Revival. The band has also opened for local rock band Jonas Sees in Color. “We love to play in Boone,” the band said in an email. “It almost seems like a second home to us… Every show we’ve had the opportunity to book through [Legends] has been a great success.” Members of the band have been playing together since 2006, although the current lineup was finalized in the summer of 2009 with the addition of trumpet player Sean Kelly and tenor saxophonist Jon Moore, who also sings backup vocals. Other members of the band include Adam Collis on trombone and lead vocals, Cheston Harris on baritone and alto saxophone, Travis Dodson on guitar, Tyler Hernandez on bass and Luke Nelson on drums. Doors for the show open at 9 p.m. on Friday. Tickets are $3 in advance for Appalachian State University students and $5 at the door and for guests. The show is BYOB with proper identification.

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Corporate Fandango is comprised of members from North Carolina. The band will play at Legends on Friday.

Room 13 workshops allow children to experiment with art, creativity In 1994 in Fort William, Scotland, a group of children at a lowincome school raised their own funds in order to pay for their art teacher to continue teaching them, as well as cover the costs of the studio and supplies they needed to create art. The children’s self-governed group was run like a business under the name Room 13. Vicky Grube, after reading an article about this initial children’s studio, hopped a plane to Scotland to observe it in action, bringing back these practices to Boone and starting her own Room 13 for children through Appalachian State University three years ago. “I thought, ‘This is how everyone should be making things,’” Grube, the overseeing instructor for the group, said. “I really felt that it was important for children to be able to make their own inventions because so much learning happens when you can figure something out on your own.” She described the workshops in Boone as an “instant success.” The weekly workshops are sponsored by the Department of Art at Appalachian and take place in the classrooms of the Turchin Center, where children ages six to 12 are free to experiment with the materials they have access to.

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Stations are set up with materials ranging from the usual paints, yarn and cardboard to recycled insulation and bottle caps, and for the two hours they are there, the children are allowed to run wild and take home their creations afterward. A unique aspect of this workshop is that it involves art education majors. Aside from setting up stations, instructing proper use of materials and supervising the use of tools, Appalachian students offer their artistic advice to children who seek it, bouncing ideas off of each other and facilitating the use and access to whatever materials the children may need. “It allows us to get experience working with the students and it lets us know the practices and we see how they’re learning through the study of the materials,” Gavin Murray, art education major and volunteer at Room 13, said. “I believe it better prepares us for a job of working with children, especially in education because we find a way to make them interested in learning.” “I think it’s important, even if we might have to end up running a class differently than this,” junior art education major Skylar McGhee said. “It’s important to see the spectrum of what kids can do with independence.” Grube believes that sometimes the least traditional methods of creating art are the most inspiring to

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Sophomore art education major, Mindy Hawes, helps children paint at the Room 13 after school program in the Turchin Center. children. “If you give an 8-year-old girl a saw to cut a door for her kitty house out of a piece of cardboard, that really gives confidence,” Grube said. “They can solve a problem using this material and they don’t have to be frightened or worried that they’re not up to it.” “I would tell people to come because I think it’s a good way to build their imagination and let

them explore with whatever they can make,” Willow, age 12, said after participating in sponge and splatter painting. “I think it’s every kid’s dream.” Room 13 meets every Wednesday from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. in classroom 3200 of the Turchin Center for the visual arts. The workshops are open to children ages six to 12. To register contact Vickie Grube at grubev@appstate.edu

For Lena Dunham fans, January meant one hugely important thing besides freezing weather and potential snowstorms: the return of the new season of “GIRLS.”   The new episodes aired Sunday, Jan. 13 on HBO and online on HBO Go.  Season two picked up where last season’s bizarre finale left off.   Marnie has now moved out. She now has no boyfriend and within the first 10 minutes of the premiere when her wacky boss “downsizes” her, no job.   Contrastingly, Hannah opens the season with none of last season’s cynical self-deprecation.  She has a new boyfriend, a new roommate/gay best friend, an actual job and a disarmingly optimistic attitude.   Adam, her sometimesboyfriend from last season is still around though, healing from his truck accident.  In addition to his physical wounds, Adam is also nursing some heartache and refuses to accept Hannah’s break up attempts.   In a sad but hilarious scene from episode two he sends her a video album of him shirtless in a room full of tools, strumming a guitar, singing sad made-up lyrics.   The video prompts Hannah to state “I know I always said he was murdery in a sexy way, but maybe he’s murdery in a murder way.”   Hannah’s happiness is by no means lasting, though.  By episode three she has dumped her new boyfriend, called the police on Adam and snorted cocaine “for art.” Shoshanna is attempting to grow up.   After finally losing her virginity to Ray, it has become her mission to prove that “just because I’m deflowered does NOT mean I’m devalued.”  Hilarity ensues. Jessa is surprisingly still married to venture capitalist Thomas John and is radiating pretentious happiness to everyone who asks.  Thomas John is still a pretentious dweeb, but a sympathetic one.  After all, he did buy his wife three puppies in the third episode.   A gift which Jessa immediately devalued by naming one of them “Garbage,” but still, three puppies is a surefire way to gain female viewers respect for a character. The most interesting character to look out for this season, however, is Marnie.   Marnie has now moved out of Hannah’s apartment and is adjusting to the single life.   Within the first 10 minutes of the premiere when her wacky boss “downsizes” her she now has no boyfriend and no job, and she worries that her relationship with Hannah is diminishing too.   Season two’s Marnie is much more jaded. Her life is nowhere near as perfect as it was in the beginning of season one when her biggest problem was that her boyfriend loved her too much.  This new Marnie is a much more sympathetic character for fans of the show and her growth in season two will be interesting to watch. Overall “GIRLS” is about mistakes and friendship.   The first three episodes of season two set the stage for situations in which all of the girls will make their share of hilarious and heartwarming mistakes.

Rating: 3 out of 4 stars


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STEPHANIE SANSOUCY As someone who voted for Governor Pat McCrory in the past election and as journalism major at a liberal arts institution, I have to say I’m very disappointed in the governor’s recent comments. Tuesday morning, McCrory told conservative talk show host Bill Bennett that he thinks “some of the educational elite have taken over our education where we are offering courses that have no chance of getting people jobs,” according to the News & Observer. “McCrory said he would propose legislation to overhaul the way higher education is funded in North Carolina, putting the emphasis on job creation not liberal arts,” according to the News & Observer. McCrory also said he instructed his staff Monday to draft legislation that

would change how much state money universities and community colleges receive “not based on how many butts in seats but how many of those butts can get jobs,” according to the News & Observer. I see several issues arising from the governor’s plan. First of all, I do not see how the governor could determine what degrees have enough “butts with jobs” to warrant a loss of funding. There is also the issue of cutoff. At what number of employed degree earners or rate of unemployment would a degree lose its funding? Would the jobs have to be in the state or would it take into consideration the number of degree holders with jobs across the nation? Then, there is also the issue of whether or not the number of employed degree earners have a job in their field. The number of employed degree earners does not necessarily mean that they have a job related to their degree. Detailed statistics would have to be kept, which would require employees and resources, which would be a potential

expense. There is also the issue of a means to an end. Cutting funding for degree programs in public universities would take away jobs from the professors who teach in that field. Those teachers would then seek employment at private universities and potentially flood the market. This would also further limit the job opportunities for recent graduates with a degree that has been deemed unworthy of funding. This would only add to the unemployment rate that McCrory is attempting to combat. Besides the practical issues of McCrory’s efforts, there is the issue of how this will affect the pursuit of knowledge for North Carolinians. In McCrory’s interview, he specifically mentioned programs for gender studies and programs for philosophy, both liberal arts degrees. However, McCrory did reason that he does not want to subsidize a degree that would not get someone a job, not because he wished to eradicate liberal education. In fact, McCrory said in the interview that he believes in a liberal

arts education. McCrory himself received a liberal arts education from Catawba College. Director of Women’s Studies at Appalachian State University Donna Lillian said liberal arts students are taught, along with specific skills, how to adapt in order to think through a problem to figure out a solution. Lillian said this will help students have a full career in a world where specific skill sets change quickly and will only help a graduate with their first job. Students who graduate with a degree in women’s studies work in non-profit management and as advocates for battered women or children in court. Many also go on to work in family or human rights law, Lillian said. McCrory’s solution seems to be that students who wish to receive a liberal arts degree should pursue it at a private university. What the governor fails to address is the cost of attending a private institution. The establishment of public learning institutions is to educate the masses

and provide an equal right to an education. By limiting the degrees at a public university, McCrory is preventing students who can’t afford a private education from pursuing the knowledge they desire. Of course, a student could receive financial aid to make a private education more feasible, but for students who are not awarded financial aid, it will be a hard choice between studying what they are interested in and fiscal responsibility. While there is a perceived inferiority of a gender studies degree to a business degree, it is imprudent to assume that. As Lillian said, “we should be raising citizens.” There is no value in having a job if you do not know the issues of the world around you or if you cannot think for yourself. I did not vote for the governor so he could spend time determining what knowledge – or education – is valuable. Sansoucy, a freshman journalism major from Raleigh, is a senior news reporter.

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STAFF LIST Senior Reporters Stephanie Sansoucy Emma Speckman Kaitlyn Thruston

Senior Photographers Olivia Wilkes

A&E Reporters Lovey Cooper Colin Moore

Sports Reporters Jesse Ware Jordan Davis James Ashley

Opinion Writers Austin Mann Kent Vashaw Connor Mikita

Editorial Cartoonists Allison Langewisch Andrew Cox

Photographers Joey Johnson Courtney Roskos Aneisy Cardo Justin Perry Amy Kwiatkowski

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Anonymous’ operations not enough to evoke actual change

Graphic Designers Ben Kucmierz Erin Gallahorn

Intern Reporters Nina Mastandrea Matt Smith

Multimedia Interns Matt Abele Jackson Helms Allison Clark Bowen Jones Mark Kenna

AUSTIN MANN Anonymous, angered by the death of Aaron Swartz, has decided to unleash a new operation against the United States government. It is supposed to be a crippling blow to the government and their corporate backers. Except they so far haven’t and they won’t. Anonymous as an

organization does not     understand how to change the situation. CNN reported that Anonymous has launched Operation Last Resort. Comparing their latest endeavor to the Cold War, Anonymous has said that they now have “enough fissile material for multiple warheads,” referring to the incriminating information they have gathered. In keeping with the Cold War theme, Anonymous hopes that these “warheads” will be a measure of Last Resort. Anonymous claims to have damning evidence. It claims that its secret documents will make the FBI “feel the helplessness

and fear that comes with being forced into a game where the odds are stacked against them.” I think that Anonymous is overestimating the political dedication of the average citizen. According to Anonymous, all that needs to be done is to release politically incriminating information, then people will realize that they have been had and will overthrow the government. Don’t we already have a zillion documents from Wiki Leaks and former Anonymous operations? Yes, we do, but the great masses of the people have not been inspired to rise up. Anonymous can say that they

want change, freedom or reform or whatever they want. But the fact of the matter is that these silly operations are not doing anything to change the objective reality. Rather than help people organize, or actually go out and try to change the objective and material conditions that create such inequality and oppression in the world, these hackers think that by capturing and releasing information they can successfully inspire others to bring about change. Mann, a freshman computer science major from Raleigh, 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 clarksl@appstate.edu) 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. appstate.edu. 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 cardendc@appstate.edu.

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.

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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.

Applications available

Application materials are now available for the Renewable Energy Initiative (REI) & University Research Council (URC) Grants Program. Program synopsis: The REI has as its mission to reduce the environmental impact of Appalachian State University by replacing the University’s existing sources of energy with cleaner forms of renewable energy technology on campus and serve as a resource for students and faculty by identifying and investing in the most appropriate energy products. The REI is partnering with the URC to sponsor faculty research related to renewable energy and applicable to the Appalachian State University campus. The REI/URC research grant initiative supports the Appalachian State University Strategic Plan priority to provide resources for quality research in focus areas of strength, including renewable energy. Proposals should define a research or creative project appropriate to renewable energy inquiry in the discipline of the originating faculty member. The proposed research or creative project must have direct applicability to Appalachian State University’s campus or its carbon footprint. Application deadline is Noon, Jan. 31. Six awards will be made during this competition cycle: two awards for a maximum of $5,000 each, and four awards for a maximum of $2,500 each. Program guidelines and application instructions: Available on the ORSP website.

Plemmons Medallion deadline Feb.15 Get ready for Fall 2013 Housing

A student leader who has provided distinguished leadership above that of other student leaders.

Students! Get ready for Fall 2013 Housing. Find your match. Now is the time to consider your housing options for fall. In order to get your preferences (location, cost, roommates, amenities, etc.), you need to plan ahead. University Housing, Off-Campus Community Relations, and the Student Legal Clinic have partnered to provide important information about finding the best housing for your needs. They’re offering three, one-hour programs during the month of January. Learn about issues related to both on and off-campus housing, including timelines and procedures for obtaining housing, cost, location, utilities, leases, roommate choices, etc. Register for “Find Your Match” at http://offcampus.appstate.edu/. All programs are one hour long and will be held in the Watauga River Room of the Student Union. Spring Semester 2013 Programs are: Monday, Jan. 28, at noon.

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.

“APPsearch: New Search Engine Now Available at Belk Library & Information Commons.”

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.

APPsearch now at Belk Library

Belk Library & Information Commons announces the introduction of new, advanced search technology that will make finding the library’s resources easier. The new web-based search engine, called “APPsearch”, searches the library catalog and selected databases, offering content in various formats such as articles; e-books and print books; e-journals and print journals, CDs, DVDs, maps, printed music, and websites. New features include suggestions of recently added or popular items, tags added by library users, and facets for easily modifying search results or accessing specific library databases. Library patrons can access all this from a single, “Google-like” search box. Use APPsearch from the library’s homepage or access it directly at appencore.wncln.org.

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:

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 bergstedtss@appstate.edu.

Visiting Writers begins in February

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

The new system is similar in look and feel to current popular websites and will allow the University Library to be a more effective site for our community’s information needs. Whether searching on a subject or a specific book or journal, users will be more likely to be able to find what they are looking for, more easily than before. APPsearch returns items that are clearly listed by relevance and can be expanded or refined according to publication date, collection, language, or by subject as presented in a Tag Cloud. The Tag Cloud, which is found on websites like the Flickr photo-sharing service, presents a grouping of words related to searches that users can click on to launch new searches. According to Andrea Leonard, E-Resources Librarian at Belk Library, “APPsearch provides sophisticated search results presented in a simple and clean interface. We think our patrons will find APPsearch quite useful, whether you’re an undergraduate searching for information for a paper or a graduate student looking for in-depth research materials or seeking interdisciplinary connections on a topic.” Leonard continues, “Now our users can move beyond the classic online library catalog to a richer online discovery experience which encompasses much more content. You will be able to retrieve a variety of resources without having to be an advanced user of an online library catalog.” The APPsearch discovery services platform was developed by Innovative Interfaces, a California library technology company that serves over 4500 public and academic libraries around the world.

Want to serve? Here’s your chance

The Student Conduct Board and Academic Integrity Board are seeking new members to serve throughout the 2013-2014 academic year. Members of the board serve as role models within the university community and are expected to act with integrity in all aspects of their student life. This is a challenging, yet rewarding position, which carries with it a unique level of responsibility. Applications are available electronically at www. studentconduct.appstate.edu, or call 262-2704 with your ques-

tions. Students applying should be in good conduct standing with no personal academic integrity violations. A minimum cumulative 2.5 GPA is required. Applicants should have the ability to fair and just, and have Tuesday nights available for Student Conduct Board applicants. Deadline for application is Feb. 15.

Music therapy research needs women

Women between the ages of 50 and 80 are needed to participate in a research study approved by the University’s Institutional Review Board and directed by Dr. Christine P. Leist in the Music Therapy Program of the Hayes School of Music. This research study will examine the effect of music therapy on psychosocial risk factors of women who have experienced a heart attack, and/or been diagnosed with coronary heart disease, and/or had a heart procedure or surgery. The group will listen to music and make music together for stress/ relaxation purposes. No musical training is required. For more information, please contact Christine Leist, Ph.D., MTBC (MusicTherapist-Board Certified) or Alexa Dorris (Music Therapy Graduate Student) at musictherapystudy@appstate. edu or (828) 262-6663. If no answer, please leave a message.

UREC Academy helps with children

Looking for a way to keep your children involved in sports during the winter season? University Recreation offers UREC Academy just for them. UREC Academy offers this program to youth of the High Country, ages 7-17. It is open to all skill levels from beginner to advanced. UREC offers group trainings and personal training programs for soccer, volleyball, and basketball. Please visit the UREC Academy website at http://urec.appstate.edu/pagesmith/559 for more information about group training dates, levels of training, and prices. If you have questions, you may contact Melissa Marcantonio, UREC Academy Programmer, at 828-262-2100, marcantoniocm@ appstate.edu.

Handmade Market returns Feb. 9

The Appalachian Heritage Annual Fiddlers Convention will again feature the Handmade Market. Come display and sell handmade crafts in the Plemmons Student Union Feb. 9. The deadline to register is Feb. 5. If you are interested in setting up a booth, please email Brittany Johnson at johnsonba1@ appstate.edu for more information.

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 828-262-3020 or email Larson at larsonll@appstate.edu.

‘Perception’ at Looking Glass

“Perception,” an installation work of artist Rachel Ginder, is on display through Feb. 5 at Appalachian State University’s Looking Glass Gallery. Ginder is a senior psychology and art major. A reception for the show will be held Feb. 1 from 6-7 p.m. in the gallery located on the first floor of Plemmons Student Union. The public is invited. Life’s experiences shape the human view of the world. In “Perception,” Ginder creates a space that mimics a child’s play tent in which viewers are encouraged to step away from traditional notions of art and view the work with child-like wonder and curiosity. Through her playful, fabric-filled space, Ginder depicts subjects that once inspired fear in her own life. “I use play as a means of finding comfort in my fears, in the things I cannot face. By making toys out of the things I fear, they become controllable. If I can control them, they cannot hurt me,” she said. Those who interact with the space do not simply look at the work. They play within the world she has built. As viewers make their way through the tent, stepping into a woodland scene filled with animals, walking along a train track, or becoming engulfed in a deep sea scene, there is no worry of the unknown or uncontrolled. Instead, the space becomes a playground where fear is replaced with joy. “This installation is about turning back the clock and making a new memory to replace my past ones,” Ginder said. “This time will be different because I make it different. I will defeat all my fears and make them feel safe.” Ginder’s exhibit is her thesis project for honors recognition in the Department of Psychology and Department of Art, and university honors from The Honors College. Looking Glass Gallery will be used during the exhibition as a space for a psychological study Ginder has connected to the work. Ginder hopes to explore the effect that play has on stress reduction. Looking Glass Gallery is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. – 10 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. – 10 p.m., and Sunday from noon – 10 p.m. Gallery admission is free. For more information, visit http://LookingGlassGallery.appstate.edu.

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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App Rugby kicks off season, popularity rises by JORDAN DAVIS Sports Reporter

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he AHO men’s and women’s rugby teams open their spring season next month with more player and fan support than ever. And with good reason, too. The women recently won the Rucktoberfest Tournament and the men currently find themselves ranked No. 15 by rugymag.com. “For the most part, our roster has been building the past four years,” said men’s club President Michael “Bubbha” Markovsky. “We have more people on this team than we’ve ever had before. We’ve got about 45 on the roster now, and we’re looking to build more.”

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A member of the women's rugby team breaks through several defenders in a match during Rucktoberfest last semester. The men and women's teams are gearing up for the spring season.

As the popularity of the sport continues to grow in the area and on a national level, the future looks bright for App rugby.

“We’ve had a good recruiting class that has really stepped up in practice and in games,” match Secretary Thomas Longo said. “I’d say

we’re looking good for the next three or four years.” There are high hopes for this season, as well. Coming off a success-

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ful Rucktoberfest last fall that generated revenue for the clubs and offered potential fans a venue to watch the sport, both squads have

their sights set on conference titles. The men could not quite bring home the championship like the women, falling to ECU 23-21 in the finals, but their performance in the tournament has given them momentum going into this season. “We’re poised to win our conference,” Markovsky said. “There’s no reason we shouldn’t win our conference and make a run. I’m entirely confident in our team, our numbers and our ability. The morale is high. It’s great.” The men kick off their season Monday with a road match at Lander University, while the women open things up at home Saturday, Feb. 9 against UNC-Charlotte at the State Farm Fields.

Appalachian backup point guard is not new to fame by JAMES ASHLEY Sports Reporter

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Freshman point guard Chris Burgess shoots the winning shot during overtime against Georgia Southern in last Thursday’s game.

A year ago, a man Appalachian State point guard Mike Neal calls “Tiny” had big shoes to fill for his family: go to college, get an education and play a big part on a college basketball team. Freshman business major Chris Burgess was being recruited by Wofford, UCF, Gardner-Webb and Alabama at one point, but ultimately chose ASU as his home. “I felt like I had the best opportunity to get better and grow as a player and a student,” Burgess said. “My family and I talked over it and looked at all the schools that I had possible, and as a family we picked Appalachian because we felt it would be the best for me.” Burgess said being from Lakeland, Fla., has not helped him adjust to the chilled nights of Boone, but playing as a freshman has made him a lot better.   “When I first came in, I wasn’t sure how to run the offense,” Burgess said. “I had to learn how to get my shots while getting the other players theirs. The biggest thing to adjust to was the speed of

the game. It’s fast but I’ve become more comfortable in my role.” It helps that Burgess’ roommate is the guard he backs up. Neal said that he is trying to make the transition as smooth as possible and noticed that Burgess has had a big boost of confidence. Burgess is one of the best backups in the league, Neal said. “He comes in and contributes to the game,” he said. “Most backup guards come in for a couple minutes and try to stay solid because they’re not that good, but he comes in and is just as good as any other guard in our conference.” With 12 seconds on the clock Jan. 24 against Georgia Southern, Burgess was faced with another big decision as time was running out. “My junior year in high school, I hit four or five game winners throughout the whole season,” Burgess said. “This situation wasn’t really new to me. It was just at another level but I’ve been through this situation before where I had to hit a clutch shot.” And a clutch shot is what he hit. The play that was drawn up by head coach Jason Capel, for the

ball to go to team captain Nate Healy, but the Eagles defense would surround him with hands. Burgess pulled up and shot from 24 feet to help Appalachian seal the victory. Burgess is waiting for his role as a full-time player, but is enjoying the position he plays now. “When it’s my turn, I’ll be more than ready,” Burgess said. “We have a really good point guard in, Mike Neal, and I’m just trying to learn as much as I can from him and the coaching staff right now.” Burgess is playing on average 17.9 minutes a game and is currently averaging 3.7 points per game off the bench, according to goasu.com. He has already made plans for his future. “It was a big deal for me to get into college,” Burgess said. “Basketball will end soon, so I would need to get a job, maybe as a coach on the high school level or college level.” Burgess will continue to help the Mountaineers on their Southern Conference title run when they return home Saturday, Feb. 2 to play Western Carolina at the Holmes Convention Center at 4:30 p.m.

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Recent slump causes women’s basketball to drop two games by KAITLYN THRUSTON Senior Sports Reporter

The Appalachian State women’s basketball team looked to continue their sixgame winning streak over the weekend as they began a two-game road trip. Southern Conference rival Chattanooga (16-3, 9-1 SoCon) was up first and the Mocs proved to be a challenging opponent for the Mountaineers (12-5, 6-3 SoCon). Chattanooga handed the Black and Gold a heartbreaking loss, 59-55, Saturday night. Things didn’t improve the

next game against Samford (10-9, 7-3 SoCon). It was another close match, however the Mountaineers were, again, unable to pull out a win, losing 66-64. Despite both matches being close in final score, the Mountaineers need to get back into the swing of things if they want to continue to stay up in Southern Conference. Conistency a concern for the Mountaineers During the past two games, the Black and Gold have had trouble playing consistently.

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The team seems to take most of the first half to get adjusted to the pace of the game, but then come out on fire in the second half. The Mountaineers were down by 13 points against Samford and down by eight against Chattanooga at the half. Against the norm, Appalachian never shot more than 40 percent from the field in either game. Further hurting them, they averaged 7.7 percent from 3-point distance, an area where they are usually strong. “It’s a shame to walk out of this with a loss, but I cannot say that Chatt beat us

today,” women’s head coach Darcie Vincent said in an interview with Appalachian Sports Network. “I wouldn’t say Chatt is a better team than us, but they were better tonight.” Despite losses, women still leaders in SoCon Once Appalachian turns on the heat, they tend to blow away the competition in scoring. Anna Freeman leads the SoCon in scoring at 17.1 points per game, according to soconsports.com. Not surprisingly, seven players average double

digits in scoring. SoCon in assists, steals, reAgainst Chattanooga, bound margin, field goal and three Mounfree-throw pertaineers posted centage. double digits, “It’s a shame to “This is just Maryah Sydnor of walk out of this indicative (12), Katie Mal- with a loss, but I what happens, low (12), and right now cannot say that and Courtney Freeit’s snowballing Chatt beat us man (10). The all at one time today.” game against and right now the Samford we need to reWomen’s head coach Bulldogs was focus,” Vincent Darcie Vincent no different, as said. Maryah SydThe Mounnor put up 18 taineers will try points, followed by Court- to turn things around Satney Freeman (13) and Katie urday, Feb. 2 when they take Mallow (11) contributions, on Elon at home and prepare according to goasu.com. for the second half of the Appalachian also lead the season.

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