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Wonder Woman: Fighting Injustice Lunch & Learn Highsmith Union 104 12 - 1 p.m.

Women’s History Month: Female Superheros Slay Highsmith Union 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.

Live at Lunch Concert Highsmith Union 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

Sculptor Jason Adams Gallery Reception Owen Hall 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.


SAT U R D AY Pioneering Voices: Portraits of Transgendered People Karpen Hall 8:00 - 6:00 p.m.

S U N D AY Pi Day Run & Walk Straus Track 3:14 - 5:00 p.m.

The photos on pages 15 and 23 of the Feb. 28 issue of German student Kyle Jastram was wrongly attributed to Maggie Haddock. The photos were taken by Michaela Hall. The quote on pull-out on page 12 of the Feb. 28 issue was wrongly attributed to Vanessa Silberman. The original source of the quote was Darby Mitchell.


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Photos by Lee Elliott Student activists listen as Chancellor Mary K. Grant addresses the Student Action Coalition’s concerns for undocumented university students.

Recent executive order draws action from on-campus activists

Charlie Heard

In-State tuition for undocumented students is beyond my direct control. But it isn’t beyond my voice to say this is an important group of students and financial aid would help.”

Sports Editor

Students representing the Student Action Coalition met with Chancellor Mary K. Grant to deliver their demands for how they would like the school’s administration to respond to President Trump’s Executive Order “Border Security and Immigration Enforcement Improvements.” The Coalition’s representatives said they want UNC Asheville to make visible efforts for its undocumented students and to be a leader in North Carolina by publicly declaring it does not support this executive order and will support immigrant students. The members of the Coalition said the school publicly announcing this position could lead other schools in the UNC system to do the same, making the UNC system a precedent nationwide for combatting this executive order. According to the Coalition’s handout, “This effort is not only to show our

Chancellor Mary K. Grant advocated protecting undocumented students.

own undocumented students that we stand with them, but to stand in solidarity with undocumented students across our state. The UNC system must lead our nation’s universities by example in this time of crisis.”

— Mary K. Grant

Senior mass communication student Robin Carter was the primary spokesperson for the SAC at the meeting. Carter said the group has been in touch with other student groups around the UNC system to jumpstart the movement for state-wide solidarity against

this executive order. “We’ve been in contact with student organizations at 13 other universities across the state,” Carter said. “There are students across the state that don’t feel safe from ICE so we feel strongly that UNCA needs to be a leader in publicizing our stance against this. I feel as though UNCA has been a leader in this, but we want the administration to continue that and to be bold.” Carter said the SAC is an activism-based group focused on multiple issues. “The Student Action Coalition is a group of students from various other organizations that try to help each other with their various actions based on activism,” Carter said. “They work on a lot of issues apart from sanctuary, such as divestment.” At the open meeting last Monday, members of the SAC met with Chancellor Mary Grant for a discussion in an attempt to steer the school’s public

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SGA passes new legislation pertaining to elections maggie haddock

Photo Courtesy of Democracy North Carolina

days to form a habit, so 30 days is how long we do Green Olympics.” Judge said participation among the halls has been widespread. Along with reducing waste contributing to climate change, Judge said this year’s prize may be behind the extra boost of enthusiasm: a whitewater rafting trip. “I’ve had a lot of people really excited about the whitewater rafting trip. Everyone wants to go on that,” Judge said. So far, Founders Hall leads the competition, with Mills Hall trailing closely behind.

The Student Government Association’s weekly meeting on March 1 resulted in the signing of two new pieces of legislation and the addition of a new member who will serve as elections commissioner for the year. “Election time is coming up. It’s coming near the end of our terms and so we need someone to fill the position of elections commissioner,” SGA President Charlie White said. Two bills were passed during this meeting. The first bill, Senate Bill 14, regards the nomination of the elections commissioner. Liz Torres, a senior history student at UNC Asheville, will hold the position as elections commissioner for the next calendar year, as voted by the senate. “Liz is very impressive with her campus involvement as president of HOLA, as a building manager here on campus and as an intern with international student services,” White said. “She has a really great can-do attitude that I think will be really great when it comes to recruiting Torres people.” After a period of debate, Torres was voted in as elections commissioner by the senate, passing Senate Bill 14. “It would be really great to work with you guys and I think elections are really important,” Torres said. The second bill, Senate Bill 15, has two sections. The first section acknowledges pre-existing governing documents which set the time-

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Organizers from Democracy North Carolina and a group of citizen lobbyists gathered in Raleigh to speak to their representatives about gerrymandering.

Citizen lobbyists show up in Raleigh to speak out against redistricting and discrimination maggie haddock

News Staff Writer

Participation in political advocacy increased recently, stemming from mobilizing events such as the Women’s March on Washington and the Moral March on Raleigh. On March 1, citizen lobbyists gathered in Raleigh to speak to their representatives about gerrymandering, honing an exponential number of participants, according to Jen Jones, communications director for Democracy North Carolina. “The energy is high here in North Carolina for advocacy at this point. Normally, this type of redistricting Lobby Day gets 60 or 80 people. There were 600 to 800 people there,” Jones said. “The energy you’re seeing at moral march and the women’s march is spilling over to what’s happening at the

The energy you’re seeing at moral march and the women’s march is spilling over to what’s happening at the general assembly right now and also what’s happening at the board of elections meetings and city council meetings.”

— Jen Jones

general assembly right now and also what’s happening at board of elections

meetings and city council meetings.” The successful Lobby Day took place to address gerrymandering, the redrawing of districts in order to manipulate election results. “It’s the strategic drawing of districts to advantage some party,” said Ashley Moraguez, assistant professor of political science at UNC Asheville. “It is when some people draw lines for districts, whether it be for congressional districts or state legislative districts, to make some advantage toward one side or the other.” Partisan gerrymandering, the act of redistricting in favor of political parties, proves to be condemned less frequently than racial gerrymandering, redistricting in order to isolate racial groups.

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Resident students await winner of Green Olympics Brooke Randle

News Staff Writer

The Green Olympics, a month-long competition among UNC Asheville’s six residence halls to reduce their waste and energy consumption, wraps up this week with a big response from students. Riley Judge, freshman fine arts student and Eco-Rep coordinator for the Student Environmental Center, said the competition aims at improving energy use and awareness. “We’re trying to get people thinking about being more environmentally sus-

Project Coordinator Jenna Ventrella

tainable and help them figure out what they can do,” Judge said. “It takes 30

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Student parking takes a sharp turn as construction shifts parking lots off-campus maggie haddock

News Staff Writer

Phot o By Nick Haseloff This is an aerial photo of the faculty parking lot behind Karpen Hall. This lot, along with many others, are expected to congest.

Close to 200 campus parking spaces will be permanently relocated off-campus as the construction of new residence halls begins this semester. Three parking lots behind Brown Hall will become inaccessible starting this semester, said Associate Vice Chancellor for Public Safety and Chief of Police Eric Boyce. “We will be implementing a phase parking process. The phase one timeline will be until May of this year,” Boyce said. “The only impacted areas for parking during that time will be P21, P22 and P23, which are right behind Brown Hall coming up the hill on Founders Drive. There are about 155 non-residential spaces that will be affected by that, 22 faculty and staff spaces.” The loss of parking will be accommodated by spaces at the Health and Counseling Center, as well as an adjacent lot referred to as the Vivian Street lot. “If you go to the traffic circle and look up, there’s a road that connects Vivian Street, which is an existing lot that could accommodate about 125 cars that was difficult to get to previously,” Boyce said. Campus parking will shift within the next few months. The current freshmen and residential lots, P1 and P2, will become non-residential lots, while Vivian Street parking will become freshmen and residential lots, Boyce said. “Our hope is that, the cars that are normally parked and stored here, we’re going to move those over to Vivian Street and 118 W.T. Weaver,” Boyce said. “Our non-resident students come and go, sometimes several times a day. They’re a more fluid, more dynamic group that we want to make sure we have the capacity to accommodate.” Although accommodations for non-residential parking resolve the issues surrounding construction, students such as Justin Sharpe, a sophomore psychology student, face issues with current campus parking. “I think that it’s more impactful than just taking away 30 spots because that’s 120 people that are going to have to walk all that way, unless there’s a shuttle,” Sharpe said. “But a shuttle is still bad with timing because sometimes when you’re running late

Our non-resident students come and go, sometimes several times a day. They’re a more fluid, more dynamic group that we want to make sure we have the capacity to accommodate.”

— Eric Boyce

or you want to go to class or you’re thinking you’re going to be on time, it inconveniences you at the expense of the campus.” The university will add another shuttle in accommodation of the new residential lot, Boyce said. “We will have an express shuttle that will pick them up from P1 and P2, the existing freshmen lot, and take them directly to the Bulldog (statue). It’s going to be an express route, you can get there in four minutes, so we feel like we’ve got a really good plan for our resident students as well and non-resident students,” Boyce said. Although campus construction produces some inconveniences on campus, the issue of parking on campus pre-exists as a problem, Sharpe said. “Campus parking affects me when I think I’m going to class and I think I’m going to be on time, but I have to park somewhere else, or I have to keep searching or I’m forced to park in a spot where I have to pay a fee because there’s no other spot. My education is more important than me not getting a parking spot,” Sharpe said. Non-residential parking on campus means allotting for time to park and then walk to class, Sharpe said. “Sometimes you have to go very far to the outskirts of campus to find a parking spot and then you have to walk all the way

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Physicianassisted death should be legalized Cody Jones

Opinion Staff Writer

Terminally ill people should be able to die in a dignified and humane way if that is what they want. Physician-assisted death is legal in California, Oregon, Washington, Vermont, Colorado and Montana. These states — with the exception of Montana, where it was made legal through a court ruling — have so-called “death with dignity” statutes. The District of Columbia recently legalized it as well. Under these statutes, doctors can

Photo courtesy of Amalie Davidsen Amalie Davidsen enjoys beer with friends in her native country of Denmark, where the drinking age is 16.

the bushes on a cold November night without his jacket. It must have been 14 degrees outside. Looking back, this is a funny story his parents and I tease him with once in awhile. Sadly, at least a couple of kids freeze to death every year in Denmark because of extreme intoxication. I do not even want to think about what would have happened to my friend if his neighbors had not found him that night. Of course, I also remember my first Christmas lunch, but at that time I had been familiar with alcohol for a couple of years, so it did not hit me as hard as my friend’s first time. I do remember the first time going out drinking with a few friends. I was about 15 years old, but my friends had

prescribe life-ending medication to terminally ill adults who request it. The patient must be deemed mentally competent and have a prognosis of six months or less to live. The process is filled with safeguards and checks to ensure the patient is making an informed decision. Physician-assisted death is often confused with euthanasia and is therefore viewed more negatively. Euthanasia means the physician administers a lethal dose of medication whereas physician-assisted death means the patient ingests the lethal dose on their own. Around one-third of those who request the medication decide they do not want to use it after all — that they have the choice to do so at all is the important part. The number of people who request and use the prescription is low. In 2014, 155 terminally ill patients

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Alcohol availability for minors may be damaging Amalie Davidsen

Opinion Staff Writer

“Julefrokost,” every year! In Denmark, Christmas lunches are huge for young and elderly folks. It is that time of year people can be shitfaced beyond all limits. It has little to do with Christmas, other than eating good food in the company of friends or colleagues. One thing is for sure; every Dane loves it, even the queen. I clearly remember when my friend went to his first Christmas lunch. I was in America so I had to experience it over the phone, but I was very excited to get all the gossip from him and his parents. He had left his house with a 24-pack

of Tuborg Pilsner, which is Danish beer, and a bottle of Absolut Vodka, to go to the local club where he would meet his friends and acquaintances. Together they would meet up to gather the alcohol and enjoy a traditional Danish “Julefrokost” dinner; all sorts of herring imaginable, roasted pork, everything pickled, as well as snaps, which is a strong, almost undrinkable Scandinavian liquor taken during the course of an often ritualistic meal. After the dinner, my friend, along with some other boys his age were drinking heavily. That is all my friend could tell me of his night. At 3 a.m. his next-door neighbors, a father and his grown son, stood outside his front door with my friend who had passed out on the ground. They had found my 16-year-old friend in

According to a Gallup survey from 2015, 68 percent of Americans think physician-assisted death should be legalized.


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Photo courtesy of Lauryn Sophia Will Bradford of SeepeopleS belts through a megaphone. The SeepeopleS will play a show on Sunday at The Grey Eagle in West Asheville.

SeepeopleS to perform homecoming show at The Grey Eagle Karrigan monk back in the mid-’90s i was a dj. I always sort of was going to raves the same time i was going to rock concerts. I just wanted to have a band where i could be everything.” A&F Assistant Editor

Will Bradford wanted to see more people, so he took his megaphone and band members on the road and SeepeopleS was born. SeepeopleS is Bradford’s nearly two-decade long musical project. Born in 2000 in Boston, the band began after another ended. “We were called Cosmic Dilemma, which is a terrible band name. It used to cause constant dilemma, but at the time we had a couple extra members who didn’t want to tour very hard, but the rest of us did,” Bradford said. “We wanted to go ‘see people’ and play to different audiences.” Four years after their inception in Boston, SeepeopleS relocated to Asheville until 2011. Bradford explained the move as a result of wanting a warmer place and falling in love with the city while touring. SeepeopleS have no real genre. Citing “everything” as musical influences, the band’s self-identified “anti-genre” begins to make sense. “Back in the mid-’90s I was a DJ. I

— Will Bradford always sort of was going to raves the same time I was going to rock concerts and what not. I also produced a lot of music for other bands,” Bradford said. “I just wanted to have a band where I could be everything.” The band is very much a product of Bradford’s love and attention. The only

constant member, Bradford is also the primary songwriter. However, Bradford said he is more than willing to collaborate and is excited to release collaborations he has been working on when HATE is released in April. HATE is the second release in a three-part EP series. The first, LOVE, was released last year. “When I go through a writing period, I like to keep those songs close together if not on the same album,” Bradford said. “Those were sort of love songs on the last one. These ones, I wouldn’t say they are hate songs, but they’re probably addressing anger and upsetment and sadness and things that sort of lead to hate.” The third and final installment in the series, LIVE, will feature live recordings the band has been collecting the past few years. When writing songs, Bradford said he writes almost exclusively from personal experiences. He said he tries to connect his singular experiences to something more universal which other people can relate to. To bring these experiences to the

people, Bradford takes SeepeopleS on the road. They have been touring almost non-stop for 15 years. Bradford says while touring can sometimes be routine, he enjoys seeing how things change over the years. “Each town has got its own sort of quirks and cultures,” Bradford said. “A town can change a lot in 15 years and certainly audiences change, so I think that aspect of it is never routine, which is why it’s a cool job, I guess, because it says fresh.” Live shows also offer a different listening experience for fans and a different performance experience for SeepeopleS. The band may not be known for their high-energy, dance-friendly tracks, but their live shows are. Bradford said he often uses a megaphone during shows and they all encourage the audience to dance. Wild antics are simply part of the show. “It’s the recorded music but probably on steroids. Everything’s amplified, not just the guitars,” Bradford said. “It’s certainly an amplified experience and I would even say a bit more emotional.”



Asheville artist redefines female strength in new exhibition

“I always painted a house with a flower beside it for some reason,” Pickens muses. “She Arts & Features always used to tell me, ‘You are such a good artist’ and it made me think, ‘Yeah, maybe I The presence of strong women in Jenny do like this.’” Pickens’ life shaped the world around her and Pickens was the featured artist for Black energized her artwork. Now, as part of Wom- History Month last year, so when she got en’s History Month, the Asheville-based artist the email to participate for Women’s History redefines pivotal strength in her new exhibi- Month this year, she was ready. tion of paintings titled Perseverance. Torre White, the 26-year-old daughter of “My grandmother was a strong woman,” Pickens is infused with the spirit of PerseverPickens said. “She was well up in her age and ance, referencing times growing up when she stepped in and took us all in.” pushed boundaries and asked questions when Growing up, both Pickens’ parents were in she and other women were excluded from prison and she was the youngest of four chil- things on the basis of their gender. dren, who would have soon been separated if “Even in middle school, I loved football. not for her grandmother. Why can’t a woman play football? So I tried “I think about all the things she did for us,” out,” White laughs. “Anything that is supposPickens said. “We didn’t go without food, we edly for men I feel like, why can’t a woman had a place to live, clothes and you know, do it?” she died before I could White tried a varieven thank her for that, ety of activities in high but her being strong school, such as ROTC was something I expeand founding an LGBT rienced.” club with her friends, Pickens primarily because she knew how depicts women in her it felt to be discrimpaintings with a speinated against over cial, lingering emphasomething you cannot sis on their eyes. change. “I think it’s because I “I don’t believe that didn’t know my mothbecause I’m a woman er when I was young,” — Jenny Pickens I have to be defined as Pickens said. “I haven’t such. I can define myseen her in 40 years. self. I don’t need sociWhen I meet people I always try to look at ety to define me,” White said. them and see, ‘Is this her?’” White recently took her 7-year-old son to Her new exhibition Perseverance deals the Women’s March on Asheville, who toted a with women redefining what it means to be sign reading, “I stand with my mom.” strong and persistent despite barriers to con“Although he may not understand the comtinue making an impact on the world. She said plexity of it, he understands that when you she cites her inspiration as being born directly stand together with a person despite what they from her experience as a single mother. look like, you can make changes,” White said. “When my kids were really young, we lived “That’s what I want to instill in my kids.” in a housing apartment and one day my son White learned from the art of her mother was outside and saw someone come through as a child and continues to take those lessons shooting and it scared him to death,” Pickens with her as an adult with a career. said. “He was afraid to leave the house. I told “It’s not always what a book and a school him, ‘We are getting up out of here, no matter can teach you, but what you allow yourself to what it takes.’’’ learn and discover,” White said. Pickens began her journey into art as a Perseverance will be on display in the Inkindergartener with help from her supportive tercultural Center in Highsmith Union weekpainting teacher, whose words and smile were days from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. until the closing always encouraging. reception on March 28.

Sarah Shadburne

It’s not always what a book and a school can teach you, but what you allow yourself to learn and discover.”

Art courtesy of Jenny Pickens Jenny Pickens’ art relies heavily on her moods




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Get Out thriller provides a frightful social analysis about race Catherine Pigg

Opinion Staff Writer

Jordan Peele’s unsettling thriller Get Out combines unnerving psychological horror and adrenaline-fueled jumps and scares with a little comedic relief throughout the film. Peele’s Get Out currently holds a 100 percent rating from top critics on the site Rotten Tomatoes. The film raked in $30.5 million on its opening weekend, debuting at the top spot at the box office, according to Box Office Mojo. Shelby Beard and Chelsea Childers, two UNC Asheville sophomores, saw Get Out this past weekend. “I thought it was really good. I thought it touched on some really important social issues in a way that is pretty relatable and accessible to lots of different types of people which I think is good for mainstream media to do,” Beard said. They both recommend watching Get Out since they enjoyed different aspects of the movie. “It’s a good movie. It was surprising,

I definitely would not expect him to write a horror, thrillertype movie, but it worked really well and it was super cool.”

— Shelby Beard

unpredictable and it had good effects,” Childers said. Peele is known mostly for comedy since he started appearing in Comedy Central sketches. His choice to write a horror movie surprised many. “I definitely would not expect him to write a horror, thriller-type movie, but it worked really well and it was super cool,” Beard said. The movie shows a fresh perspective on horror which exposes a social

demon like racism within the plot. Peele’s directorial debut focuses on both cultural and social observations of the current U.S. with a creepy twist as well as light comedy added, allowing the audience to think more about the weight behind words. The movie follows Chris, a talented photographer, as he visits his white, upper-class girlfriend Rose’s home in a remote town. He voices concern about how her parents might react to her dating a black man, to which she brushes off by adamantly stating her parents could not be racist because they “would’ve voted for Obama for a third term” if they could. As the couple arrives to her upper-middle class home, her parents greet them. Her dad hugs Chris and calls him “my man” repeatedly. Throughout the beginning portion of the movie the family repeatedly shows foot in-mouth moments of ignorance toward Chris. As the scenes unfold, the audience will find multiple unnerving moments from the seemingly too happy and self-proclaimed progressive family.

As the couple arrived to Rose’s home, the camera focuses on the groundskeeper Walter who shows a glassy-eyed look toward Chris and Rose’s arrival. The housekeeper Georgina shows the same cold exterior toward Chris. Chris attempts to speak with them to fill the uncomfortable gap of class or education between them. He feels as if there is some sort of underlying separation which causes the two workers to react so cold and strange in return to his attempts of connection. The interactions between the family and both Georgina and Walter, along with their references to both characters bring an uncomfortable feeling to both Chris and the audience. The character development in Chris shows a well-rounded complex guy with a sensitive past and open, caring heart. He works hard to connect with Rose’s family, despite their not-sosubtle insults and backhanded compliments. His character shows sympathy and willingness to make it work with Rose out of his love for her, despite

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A&F Asheville artist makes name for himself through social media Liam Gayter

Sports Staff Writer

A young Josh Coates stands alongside his mother as she paints murals in the homes of her clients. She would often paint fantasy scenes in children’s rooms, inspiring Coates to become the artist he is today. “I think that is what originally sparked my interest in the arts, just watching Mom doing something she loved,” said Josh Coates, a former UNC Asheville student from Wake Forest. Coates said he started doodling in kindergarten, where he liked to draw penguins. However, it was not until high school that he really started to develop his skills. “I took art through high school, so art 1, 2, 3 and 4,” Coates said. ”I realize now how much they helped me develop the fundamentals.” Coates said his main medium is finepoint ink drawing. He likes the contrast the fine-point pen provides for his work. In 2013, Coates created an Instagram account to post his artwork. He said he originally made the page just to share with friends and anyone else interested. Coates said he gained popularity on Instagram when one of his drawings was posted by a popular account with over 100,000 followers. The following day he had over 1,000 followers. Since then, Coates’ page continues to increase in popularity. “From that day forward, my account just kinda blew up. I remember I woke up that next morning and someone was like, ‘Yo, I see your work on this account right now,’” Coates said. “I was so psyched ‘cause I followed that page and always thought how cool it would be to have one of my drawings posted.” Today, with nearly 26,000 followers, Coates has become “Instagram famous.” “I was so stoked for Josh once his account gained so much popularity,” said John Hollifield, a UNCA sophomore from Marion and roommate of Coates. ”I mean, what else does an artist want than to share their work with as many people as possible?” Zach Weston-Farber, a junior new media student from Baltimore, said he

PHOTO BY Regina Coates

Josh Coates stands next to his rendition of downtown Raleigh.

started following Coates’s Instagram shortly after he transferred to UNCA. “I actually met Josh before I even knew he was an artist, it wasn’t until one of my friends showed me his page,” Weston-Farber said. “I was blown away by how talented he was. He has a super unique style.” Since Coates’ account took off in 2014, he has been able to sell his work with the help of Instagram. About 98 percent of his customers come from the website, Coates said. Coates said he sends interested buyers from Instagram to his website to buy prints. He said he created the website shortly after his page gained fame in order to sell his pieces. “I’ll ship a print out to Australia, then ship one out to England, it’s always random,” Coates said nonchalantly. “It’s not strictly the United States, which is the cool thing about Instagram — it branches out to the entire globe.” According to Statista, a market research statistics aggregator, there are 400 million active Instagram users, all potential customers for Coates. He often trades work with other artists through Instagram.

Art By Josh Coates




Beat From THe street

Larisa Karr

News Editor

Many stories lurk throughout Asheville, whether they are behind the Vaudevillian jazz-folk played by buskers around Pritchard Park, the colorful business decorated with funky, hand-made crafts or the laughter echoing from a patio as locals and tourists alike enjoy delicious beer.

How would you describe your style? “Dumb, self-deprecation is part of my style.” In what ways would you say? “I just make fun of myself a lot, yeah. This is my thing.” That’s good. It’s healthy. So, if you were to describe yourself in three words, which three words would you choose and why? “Prophetic, just kidding, also self-deprecating. I already explained and then, let’s see, what’s a good third word? Tall. I’m pretty tall, like a little bit tall, not super tall but a little bit tall.” Yeah, that’s a good word. So, if you have a life motto that you live by on a daily basis, what would you say it would be and why? “That’s a good one. I feel like I have a lot of them, but they always change. So, don’t be afraid to change, you know, change. Roll with the punches or something like that, cool like that.” Cool. So, artistically, musically, literature-wise, what inspires you? “Musically, a lot of stuff, old rock ‘n’ roll, the Replacements. Literature-wise, Hemingway, The Row, classic stuff like that. That’s about it, you know? A handful of stuff, I guess, start there.” Yeah, that’s concise. So, what’s one thing you like about Asheville and dislike about Asheville?

TJ Nickerson, 26, professional adjacent musician originally from Grand Rapids

“I’ve spent a certain amount of time in Asheville and I haven’t really found anything that I don’t like. It was a little tough to find parking. So, I’ll say that. But otherwise, I really like it. There’s plenty of different shops and restaurants and bars and places to hang out and everybody’s usually pretty chill and just having a good time, so stuff like that.”

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Brother Wolf foster parents use Tinder to find “furever” home

? Photos By Nick Haseloff Meghan Benavides is one of Ranger’s caretakers and hopes the social dating app Tinder will help to get him adopted into a loving family.

Karrigan monk

A&F Assistant Editor

A few months ago, Ranger was living in a quarry in Georgia, fighting for survival. Now he spends his time swiping right trying to find someone to go home with. Ranger is a 10-year-old dog fostered through Brother Wolf Animal Rescue. His foster parents, Shane Gamble and Meghan Benavides, decided to start a Tinder page for him to try to find an adoptive family for the mutt. “We were thinking about making an Instagram originally,” senior new media student Benavides said. “We

had gone to Brother Wolf so the doctors could give him a vaccination and we mentioned the Instagram page. They said, ‘Well, some of our foster parents have actually done Tinder pages,’ and I was like, ‘Oh that’s such a great idea.’” Benavides said she was surprised to actually get responses from the page. Despite the response, Ranger is still in foster care because he is on too many medications to go into a permanent home. Ranger’s fur is gone from almost all of his body except his head as a result of mange, a skin disease caused by mites. The medications help to combat this and make him more comfortable. Despite setbacks from the disease, Gamble said Rang-

Photo by Rachel Van Noordt

er is doing extremely well. “He was found with 40 other dogs and was the only one of those dogs to willingly walk up to the rescuers,” Gamble said. “He is doing leaps and bounds better than he was. He is eating well and walking well and growing a lot of hair back.” Ranger is only one of nearly 500 animals in the care of Brother Wolf, according to Jackie Teeple, marketing and media director of Brother Wolf. Of these, only about 300 are healthy enough for adoption. Although Brother Wolf has a no-kill policy, the shelter in Ranger’s hometown did. Benavides said because the kill rate was so high, people would leave their pets in the

quarry to give them a better chance. The shelter was aware of this problem. They contacted Brother Wolf asking for help and they made the journey to Georgia. Although they got some of the dogs out, more are still waiting to be rescued. For the rescued dogs, the journey is still far from over. Once they arrive in Asheville, they are nursed back to health and then placed in a foster home where they will continue their recovery. If they are lucky, they will get adopted soon. If not, Brother Wolf does everything they can to place them in a loving home. “When an animal has been with us for longer than usual, we work on marketing campaigns to get them more

exposure. This may mean a short video showing their true personality, which can be hard to see in a shelter setting, sending them to more events or hikes when appropriate or a full-on marketing campaign on Facebook,” Teeple said. “If an animal has been at the adoption center too long, we try to put them in a foster care where they can relax and learn some new skills. Animals are never euthanized for being with us too long.” Teeple said she understands why using Tinder might work for finding a pet a “furever” home. “I think dating sites are a great way to get more exposure for animals looking for homes,” Teeple said. “When folks are lonely or looking for companionship, a new an-

imal in their lives might be a great fit.” Ranger has only been with Benavides and Gamble for four weeks, but both acknowledge he may be difficult to adopt. According to Benavides, several people have expressed interest through the Tinder page, but no one has taken the next step. She said she hopes more people will be interested when his hair grows back and he gets healthier. “He’s the first foster dog we’ve had. We really love him,” Benavides said. “We’re gonna be sad when he leaves, but he’s so sweet we’re not really worried about him not finding a forever home.”

14 A&F Larisa Karr

News Editor

Beat from the Street

“I’m a seventh-generation from the first white settler, direct descendant. I’m really a native, a real hillbilly. You won’t come across too many of them. Probably you don’t find many people who are actually natives.” Yeah, that’s very true. “I mean, people can’t believe it when I tell them I’m a native. They’re like, ‘Ooh, there are natives here?’ You know? So, I’ve watched downtown evolve since the sixties and from growing up here and coming to these stores. These used to be huge department stores and then Woolworths, you know? There was a lunch counter in Woolworths. There’s one now, but, you know, it was a really, you know — ” Fancy? “No, it wasn’t fancy. It was slinging the food, you know, and it’s kind of like it is now but it was a lot larger and a lot more people. The S&W Cafeteria was open. This was where everybody came. It was safe for us to ride a bus from wherever we lived to downtown at the age of 12 without parents and then watched it decline and it was a ghost town and everything moved out from downtown and then, yeah. So, I’ve watched it evolve and I’d like to see it stay about where it is now. It’s about to go over the top, as far as I’m concerned.” Yeah, financially, yeah. “Well, financially, that’s all of Asheville, I mean, rent and purchasing, too, you know purchasing property. So I kind of feel lucky that I’m old enough to have bought property when you could afford to buy it, you know? But UNCA is wonderful.” So if you were to describe your style, what would you say it would be? “I just like things that are, are you talking about fashion style? Well, that would go for my home, too. I love art of all kinds and I like for my clothing to look like some kind of art, I guess. Yeah, so, this coat definitely would qualify.”

Nancy Alexander, 63, real-estate investor originally from Asheville Yeah, it has a very artistic element to it for sure. It’s beautiful. So if you have a life motto that you live by on a day-to-day basis — “I wasn’t ready for that.” — what would you say it would be and why? “Oh boy, I don’t know. I thought of one recently and now I’m trying to remember it, what it was because I did actually write it down. It was, well, for me, because I’m old, it’s the words of a song, from an old song and it’s, ‘I was so much older then I’m younger than that now.’ It’s a Bob Dylan song.” Nice, yeah. That’s pretty profound. “Yeah, so, and this coat that you noticed was the result of having a sick dog and being confined in a room most of the time for the past five weeks with my dog and just being there by myself with her and ordering things on the internet. It caught my eye and I’ve been looking at this company for a couple of years and admiring things but wondering what the quality was like because the prices are really good and thought

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I’d take a chance and it turned out to be just right.”

and I just thought, ‘He is really strange making that work.’

So if you were to describe yourself in three words, which three words would you choose and why? “Wow, now there’s a broad spectrum, especially the older you get. Open-minded, respectful, welcoming, I guess.

No, he has a brewery that he’s employed by. “Oh, he’s like the nun on the bike?”

Those are very good adjectives. “It’s kind of hard to think on the spur of the moment when you’ve been confined in a room for five weeks. But, I’m out now.” Yeah, you’re out and about in the world. So, if you could describe one thing you like about Asheville and one thing you dislike about Asheville, what would it be? “I like that, oh my gosh. Have you seen that?” Oh, the beer man, yeah. “Oh, I didn’t know, I thought. I didn’t see him with the beer cans when I saw him the other day. I didn’t see him until last week and I thought he was for real because I just saw him from a distance

Yeah, yeah. He’s a mascot for Highland Brewery. “Oh, he is? Well, he wasn’t yelling. He was just going down the sidewalk when I saw him before. But, what do I like about the — ? Asheville and dislike about Asheville. “Well, I love that it’s a small city in the mountains, because I love the mountains and I take advantage of being in the mountains. I do a lot of hiking and as far as downtown Asheville’s concerned, I love the architecture and I like all the various restaurants and shops, you know? I think we’re really, really lucky to have what we have here. I just think that we’re getting to a point where we don’t need any more people or any more hotels here, especially the hotels. It’s just too much.”



Ink OF THE WEEK LEAH GRIFFIN, JUNIOR CREATIVE WRITING STUDENT FROM SHERRILLS FORD How many tattoos do you have? I have two tattoos. What are they? One is a Luna Moth and the other is a crescent moon.


Which is your favorite? The luna Moth is definitely my favorite because of its placement and color. What was your experience like getting them? I got the luna Moth first and the pain was not nearly as bad as I thought it was going to be. I originally made the appointment with the idea that I would just do the line work first and then come back for the color later but it was so fast and easy I decided to do it all at once. Is there a cool story behind either of them? The moon was a stick-andpoke that my friend Becca did for me. We made sure everything was clean and then we just sat on the floor and went to town. I didn’t really worry about how it would turn out because she’s an amazing artist. Also, she’s one of my favorite people in the world, so I was just happy to have a piece of her that I could take with me. It still cheers me up when I’m sad. That’s awesome. Does the moth have a

PHOTOs BY Emily Henderson Leah Griffin got her first tattoo after getting accepted into the creative writing program.

specific meaning to you? I got the luna Moth when I was accepted into the creative writing program. Luna was the name of the first character I ever created, so it felt suiting. Do you have any advice to someone getting their first tattoo? If you want it, get it. If you’re worried

about pain, pay attention to your placement. Other than that, just be safe about getting them. I know this is coming from someone who got an at-home tattoo, but even those can be done in safe ways. If you would like your tattoo featured, email



Section Editor: Charles Heard

Photos By Charlie Heard Bulldogs pitcher Spencer Orr tallied 4 strikeouts against Iona Sunday. The Bulldogs are now 5-of-5 on the season and travel to App State Tuesday.

Bulldogs defeat Iona 4-2 Sunday, taking two out of three in the weekend series Charlie Heard

Sports Editor

The Bulldogs played wholesome baseball Sunday against Iona, defeating the visitors 4-2 in the third game of the series. The win felt more sizeable than the score line suggests, the Bulldogs didn’t allow Iona to score until the ninth inning, during which the visitors were able to hit the ball into open spaces and bring in a couple consola-

tion runs. Head coach Scott Friedholm said Iona’s runs in the ninth inning weren’t concerning, it was just part of baseball. “I don’t think anything different happened at the end on our end or theirs, that’s just baseball,” Friedholm said. “Eventually, you’re going to give up a run here and there and we didn’t panic.” Joe Gruszka, the Bulldogs’ freshman catcher, said the team’s success Sunday

revolved around its pitching and its unwavering focus. “Spencer and Kole shut Iona’s batters down,” Gruszka said. “The best thing about us is we always battle back, whether we are up or down we never give up, we keep fighting.” Senior pitcher Spencer Orr said the team’s form Sunday was where it needs to be for the team to be successful moving forward. “Our defense has been looking really

meetings, winning the latest matchup 72-56. However, Campbell’s star Chris Clemmons played poorly in that game but reached his ceiling Thursday. Clemmons scored a Big South Championship record 51 points in the quarterfinal matchup in which the fighting Camels defeated the Bulldogs 81-79. The Camels went on to play Winthrop in the championship finals which Winthrop won 76-59. Despite the heartbreaking up-

set, the Bulldogs gave its fans a great season. With a season record of 15-3 in conference and only losing one home game by a two point margin, the Bulldogs routinely gave its home court fans plenty of reason to come out. The Blue Banner editorial staff would like to commend seniors David Robertson, Will Weeks and Giacomo Zilli for their outstanding careers as UNCA Bulldogs.

good, which makes my job a lot easier,” Orr said. “If we can keep playing really good defense, making plays like we did today and throwing strikes, we will have a good season.” The Bulldogs’ record is at .500 on the season at 5-5. They face Appalachian State next on Tuesday, then host University of Maryland Baltimore County this weekend for another three-game series at Greenwood Field.

Bulldogs season over after upset at Big South Tournament by seventh seed Campbell Charlie Heard

Sports Editor

UNC Asheville men’s basketball season ended at Winthrop Coliseum Thursday after an 81-79 loss to the Campbell Camels. The Bulldogs went into the game as the second seed with the Camels as the seventh. Before Thursday’s game, UNCA had not lost to the Camels in 10 straight

Rocky hangs his head in grief over Thursday’s loss.



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response to this executive order and its implications. Close to 40 UNCA affiliates, including students and administrators, attended the discussion. In the meeting, the SAC outlined its demands and discussed them with the chancellor, her administrators and other students. The first two points have to do with the Coalition’s concerns regarding the aspects of Trump’s executive order, which seeks to increase the prevalence and efficacy of Immigration and Customs Enforcement. On their handout, the Coalition included section 10(b) of Trump’s executive order. Section 10(b) states the secretary of the Department of Homeland Security can and shall, through clause 287(g) of the Immigration and Nationality Act, authorize state and local law enforcement officials to perform the functions of “investigation, apprehension or detention of aliens” under the supervision of Immigration and Customs Enforcement and after receiving training from ICE. 287(g) agreements between ICE and local police agencies, are volunteer agreements. After a local law enforcement agency volunteers itself and signs a 287(g) agreement, the officers it is volunteering receive ICE training and deputization. Section 10(b) of the executive order concludes that “Such authorization shall be in addition to, rather than in place of, Federal performance of these duties.” The Immigration and Nationality Act is the country’s comprehensive set of laws around immigration passed in 1952, according to the Department of Homeland Security website. It has been added to and amended multiple times since its original inception, the largest and most significant changes occurring in 1965 and 1996. This clause was added to the INA as a part of the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigration Responsibility Act which was passed in 1996. The Department of Homeland Security currently has 287(g) agreements with 37 law enforcement agencies in 16 states. The first agreement was signed with North Carolina’s Henderson County Sheriff’s Office on June 28, 2013. The most recent was signed with

Photo By Lee Elliott Robin Carter and fellow members of the Student Action Coalition finalize their talking points prior to the meeting with Chancellor Mary K. Grant Feb. 27.

Texas’ Jackson County Sheriff’s Office on Jan. 26, the day after the executive order’s publication. The Coalition’s representatives said they wanted assurance from the administration that campus police would not take part in this program, as it has been reinvigorated by Trump. According to ICE’s website, North Carolina has five county police departments cooperating with ICE through the allowances of section 287(g): Mecklenburg, Cabarrus, Gaston, Henderson and Wake. Out of the 16 states with participating police departments, North Carolina has the most with five. Grant and Eric Boyce, assistant vice chancellor for public safety, said campus police will not volunteer itself to this program. The Coalition also raised questions regarding the security of information for undocumented students, which were addressed by UNCA’s Registrar, Lynne Horgan. “FERPA protects student records. There is directory information which is able to be released without student consent as well as non-directory information which can only be released

with the student’s consent. Citizen information is non-directory information,” Horgan said. “If there is ever a request for non-directory information without the student’s consent, I would work with legal counsel to review the request and as a university, we would make that call.” Carter then asked if the school would comply if it was the federal government or ICE making the request. Grant responded the school would not comply without being compelled by legal action by the federal government. “If someone requested that information from Lynne, she would not be in a position to give it,” Grant said. “We would tell them to come back with something legally compelling and not just a request.” The SAC’s request for tuition support and in-state tuition for DACA status students was one of the points Grant said she can not help with. “In-state tuition for undocumented students is beyond my direct control,” Grant said. “But it isn’t beyond my voice to say this is an important group of students and financial aid would help.”

According to the website for the University Leaders for Educational Access and Diversity, the UNC council unanimously voted to approve instate tuition for undocumented North Carolina residents in 2013. This never came to fruition because the council does not have the authority to amend tuition rates. According to its website, ULEAD defines itself as, “An online community of university leaders committed to broadening postsecondary access and support for all students, regardless of immigration status.” Grant said the administration can not identify which students are undocumented and therefore preemptively offer legal help to them. “We don’t know what students these federal changes are relevant to, so someone would have to identify that they might need some help and assistance,” Grant said. “Stacey Millett, our executive director for community engagement and North Carolina Center for Health and Wellness, has been identifying places in the community where there’s legal services available.

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If a student came forward seeking legal help, we could direct them to the right place.” Carter said the Coalition is not set on requiring the school label itself a sanctuary campus, it just wants the actions implied in that title to be carried out. “The word ‘sanctuary’ doesn’t have to be used. The important part is protecting students,” Carter said. “We just want to take concrete action to protect our students. When it comes to undocumented immigrants, you don’t necessarily want to call too much attention to the campus because you don’t want those students to be targeted.” Grant said a brand of that sort can lead to misinterpreted expectations which can not be met. “Labeling us a ‘sanctuary,’ that’s branding and I’ve seen lots of branding where underneath, they’re not doing the things that they say,” Grant said. “It’s important to ask ourselves, what things are we doing that keep our community safe, that provide a safe place for creative thought to support members of our community without having to brand that mission.” Grant said she is happy the students and administration are talking because that is what causes change and that is important, even if UNCA is not heavily affected by this executive order. “It doesn’t matter if we have one or two or zero or 1,500 undocumented students, this is something we should all be concerned about,” Grant said. Carter said she is encouraged by the response of the administration to the Coalition’s request for this open meeting. “I feel grateful that this is the kind of university where the administration would meet with us to discuss that type of thing,” Carter said. “I think that they’re going to work with us. I don’t think they would have held that meeting if they didn’t take the situation seriously. I’m glad that we had an open dialogue. It’s a start.”

Sydney Nazloo, a sophomore political science student, discussed redistricting in its affirmative and negative aspects. “The idea of racial gerrymandering when you use it to exclude large groups of minorities and disperse them along congressional districts so they have less voting power, that’s definitely an issue because it means that they’re being, essentially, disenfranchised and breaking that one person, one vote doctrine from Baker v. Carr,” Nazloo said. Although racial gerrymandering isolates minority groups, Nazloo argues there must be some redistricting in order to balance the skewed placement of minorities. “The Voting Rights Act actually stipulates that there should be majority-minority districts and that there needs to be in order to re-enfranchise previously discriminated-against groups,” Nazloo said. “Striking a balance between that is difficult, striking a balance between really enfranchising minority voters and completely disenfranchising them.” Non-profit organizations such as Democracy North Carolina and Common Cause held Lobby Day training sessions in order to train citizen lobbyists how to speak to their representatives about gerrymandering. Darlene Azarmi, a Democracy North Carolina organizer for Western North Carolina, said persistence in lobbying builds relationships with legislators. “Getting to know those leaders and building relationships by showing up to talk or call or write somebody three times versus one time or 12 times or 72 times versus never, that is relationship building that, inevitably, in some capacity will pay off,” Azarmi said. Compared to paid lobbying where experts on a certain topic or policy speak to political actors, citizen lobbyists typically carry influence if enough people show up to lobby, Moraguez said. “Citizen lobbying can be effective if it happens in large enough numbers. One citizen lobbyist is probably not enough to actually make much of an impact, but if a group of citizens lobby for something, you’re hitting legisla-

The 2011 North Carolina district design (top) shows how gerrymandering occurred in the redistricting process. The districts were corrected in 2016 (bottom).

tors or any political actor where it hurts the most, which is their electoral vulnerability,” Moraguez said. The success of Lobby Day strengthens the already growing movements of citizen activism, Moraguez said. “I do think that right now, we’re seeing more grassroots activism than we have in a very long time, where your average citizen is actively getting involved and is trying to put pressure on their elected officials,” Moraguez said. “We saw a little bit of this during Obama’s presidency where the Tea

Party movement was really, really active and they got people to go to town halls and advocate, but it wasn’t on the scale that it is today.” Non-partisan organizations such as Democracy North Carolina continue to encourage advocacy, insisting citizen involvement manifests change, according to Jones. “It’s incredibly important that people get involved now, and there seem to be endless opportunities to do so,” Jones said.


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line for the election cycle. “Our governing documents that govern our elections set out a specific timeline that has to be met for all SGA elections,” White said. “There has to be a period of filing for candidacy, a period where we ensure they meet their GPA and academic standing requirements, a period of five days of campaigning and two days of voting.” The second part of the bill discusses an update of the current governing documents and addressed concerns from last year’s election cycle and necessary revisions due to technical changes, White said. “One addresses the problem where, say you’re in a student organization, you have an email list and if you go in and copy all those people on the email list and send an email out to campaign to people, you didn’t have permission to do that,” White said. “The second is just making sure we have an in-person polling place on both days of voting, since it’s now through OnePort.” All other requirements regarding campaigning remains the same in the SGA governing documents and does not have to be passed along with the revisions, White said. “That is all in there. So, it doesn’t have to be passed again,” White said, regarding the existing governing documents. Discussions other than the new legislation included upcoming events for SGA, such as a panel discussion about inclusion in academic spaces. “It is called Classroom Consciousness and it is a panel discussion on how we can create affirming academic space for people of all genders and sexualities,” said Rachael Maynard, legislative librarian. “We’ve got panelists from alliance, possibly Hyannis House, professors from the WGSS department and we encourage you all to come out.” The event will be held in the Mountain Suites March 6 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. “We are going to be talking about affirming academic space for everyone here on campus,” Maynard said.

Margaret Benfield, resident assistant for Founders Hall, said she and other RAs have worked to keep students in her hall informed. “People hear, ‘The Green Olympics are happening,’ but they don’t really know what that is. So, we, as RAs, have been trying to help people understand what they can do,” Benfield said. “It’s been a lot of reminding people to turn off lights when you leave the room or talking about composting.” Benfield, a junior English education student, said she sees many students in her hall making an effort to sort waste and use less energy. “I know there are several people in my hall who are starting to unplug things as they leave, which takes a couple more seconds than you would originally think to do,” Benfield said. “There’s several people who are really into it and are trying their best to re-

duce and there are some people who will do it more when they think of it but it all helps.” Jenna Ventrella, project coordinator for the Student Environmental Center, said while the rafting trip may persuade students to start making changes, the bigger implication of climate change remains the primary focus. “I think that now that so many people are on board with climate change being a real thing, students are beginning to realize that their choices do have an impact,” Ventrella said. Ventrella, a freshman health and wellness student, said she feels pleased with the level of engagement among her friends. “They’re like, ‘Oh I’ve got to turn off the lights now.’ I think it’s exciting for students to be involved,” Ventrella said. Ventrella said students have many options when it comes to reducing their ecological footprint, including

turning off lights, taking shorter showers and sorting their waste. For Ventrella, throwing away items that could be composted or recycled has the biggest negative effect on the environment. “Composting is a big one. We have individual compost bins that students can take to their rooms and use,” Ventrella said. “Think about whether your waste is recyclable or compostable or not. Be conscious about what you’re throwing away.” As students in the residence halls wait for the final results of the competition, Benfield said the skills and knowledge may be the biggest takeaway for students. “It can make a lasting impact to know what can be recycled or what can be composted,” Benfield said. “It takes a little more time to figure out what goes where and what can be reused, but having that knowledge and being able to apply it later can be what makes the most impact in the long term.”

Construction CONTINUED FROM page 5 down,” Sharpe said. “I maybe (allot) five minutes or 10 minutes.” In order to address the shifting campus arrangements, campus officials have started a website updating students, faculty and staff on all recent construction projects, including updates on which parking lots will become accessible, Associate Vice Chancellor of Campus Operations David Todd said. “The best place to get that information is our website that shows all of the current projects and what’s happening,” Todd said. The website also includes all emails sent to the campus community, Todd said. “There’s an email log on here that keeps up with every email we send out on the project, also,” Todd said. “This is the best place to get updates of what’s going on and we try really hard to keep this up to date.” Although limited parking spaces on campus seems to be the core issue of campus parking, other issues result from a lack of patience or courtesy

Photo By Jade Alexander Construction of new gas lines along the roads leading into campus have slowed traffic in the area.

from stressed students who need to find parking, Sharpe said. “It seems like students get flustered with one another trying to park and people get pissed off and honk at peo-

ple when they don’t get a spot, or someone swerves in, which just causes a lot of disruption and that really isn’t what our campus is about,” Sharpe said.


20 Underage drinking CONTINUED FROM page 8 been going out since they were 13. In Denmark you have to be 16 years old to buy alcohol. However, small shops called “Perker Kiosker” make all their profit on selling cigarettes and alcohol to under-aged people. These shops usually close down after a year, because people drop a dime on them, but then another will most likely open, and alcohol and cigarettes will once again be sold illegally. Therefore, it was not a problem for me to get drinks at any time. Alcohol is a big part of Danish culture and has an important social aspect as well. Alcohol is served at parties hosted by high schools on school grounds and takes part in every holiday and people start drinking early. It is also legal for kids to drink at any age if

In America, college kids hide in the bathroom when police are pulling up at parties, and alcohol is not allowed visibly on the streets. they are in a private location. Furthermore, it is not allowed for police to arrest or fine drunk kids running around in the streets, no matter what age, unless they are intoxicated enough to cause danger. Also, it is looked down upon if somebody chooses not to drink because it somewhat ruins good social times. In America, college kids hide in the bathroom when police are pulling up

Death CONTINUED FROM page 8 in Oregon made a request and 105 of those patients used it. In 2015, there were 218 requests and 132 uses. According to a Gallup survey from 2015, 68 percent of Americans think physician-assisted death should be legalized. Regardless of the question of legality, an increasing number of Americans also believe physician-assisted death is morally acceptable. In 2015, 56 percent said it is acceptable compared to 45 percent just two years prior. Twenty-four states, including North Carolina, are considering similar bills

this year. Rep. Pricey Harrison plans to reintroduce her Death with Dignity Act this session. The bill was attempted in 2015 — a first of its kind in North Carolina’s legislative history — but it never made it out of the Judiciary Committee. There has been some pushback. In February, Congress attempted to overturn the District of Columbia’s law but they were unsuccessful. A similar attempt was made in Montana by their legislature but they were also unsuccessful. Death with dignity laws are far from perfect as they are somewhat narrow in what they allow, particularly the

at parties, and alcohol is not allowed visibly on the streets. Having open bottles of alcohol in your car is illegal. In my experience, people are much more careful and responsible when dealing with alcohol in America. Cocaine, MDMA and ecstasy are huge trends among high school and college kids in Denmark, who most likely got tired of the buzz alcohol gave them and therefore started experimenting. I have seen close friends lose everything because of alcohol and cocaine abuse. I also have friends who like to experiment with ketamine, a type of horse tranquilizer, mixed with ecstasy or LSD, the same kids that began drinking at age 13. I clearly remember my fear of the over 21 alcohol rule in America, and I even prepared myself for not being able to drink my first couple of years

There has been some pushback. in february, congress attempted to overturn DC’s law but they were unsuccessful. limitation requiring a prognosis of six months or less to live. Alzheimer’s, for example, is a degenerative disease that can last for years. Since these laws state a patient must be considered mentally competent, they would likely be

in Asheville. I quickly found out people under 21 find other ways to get alcohol, and private parties are more common here than in Denmark, which quickly eased my fear. Young people want to have fun, and alcoholism is also a reality in America. I believe it is healthy for kids to wait until they are grown up to be able to deal with alcohol on a casual basis, and therefore I do see the point of the restriction of alcohol and its availability to people under 21. I have seen the consequences of underage drinking. People get bored and want to try something that can give them a higher buzz. Alcohol turns into weed, weed turns into hash, hash turn into cocaine, until drugs are all that matters.

unable to make the decision by the time they have six months left to live. Despite the shortcomings of the laws, they are a good start since most terminally ill people have no choice whatsoever. More states should work to adopt these policies and attempt to improve any weaknesses or flaws that are found. No one should be refused the right to die in a humane and controlled way if they are suffering from an incurable disease or illness. No family, friend or otherwise should be forced to watch a loved one in anguish simply because they cannot legally or safely choose to end their own life.



Josh Coates

“It’s pretty cool. A glass blower might message me and say, ‘Hey man I like your work. Would you be down to trade a few of your prints for a pendant?’ or something like that. I’ve gotten a lot of cool shit,” Coates said, chuckling. Now Coates wants to poke his toes into different mediums. He is looking to try things out of his comfort zone

like 3-D art. Coates said artists no longer have to die to become famous. “I think social media has made it easier for artists to get recognized,” Coates said. The entire world is a click away. Social media platforms like Facebook and Instagram draw users from every corner of the globe, making it easy to

An ink drawing and a watercolor by Josh Coates.

connect with a wide variety of people, Coates said. It’s a resource artists even 10 years ago did not have. Coates said he has seen many other artists like himself gain acclaim from the use of social media. “Now social media is a viable form of getting your name out there, making money and making a living,” Coates

said. “Everything I can ask for as an artist.” Coates pieces sell from $15 to $100, but he has sold pieces for up to $200. “It’s really awesome to be able to be making money doing something I love,” Coates said. “Especially since I have fun doing it, too.”



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is originally from Ortonville, Michigian. She has one son, Scott, and three grandchildren Savannah, Anthony and Gabriel. She has worked at UNC Asheville for four years and is currently assigned to the South Ridge residence hall. “I have one son but no less than 3,500 kids”

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Get Out CONTINUED FROM page 8 her unforgivable choices. The audience automatically feels for Chris as he becomes a loved character with a pure heart. Even smaller roles held importance. Rod, Chris’s trusted and loyal best friend, serves as the much-needed comic relief in this movie. Even characters with few lines such as Walter and Georgina bring plot development and keeps the audience wondering. Peele sets the psychological horror with taxidermy deer heads, an old-fashioned TV set and the foreshadowing of Chris’s past and sensitivity in the car crash before arriving to Rose’s home. He builds a sinister and unnerving feeling toward the family who preach and claim broad mindedness, but later reveal their much darker intentions and untrustworthiness. The unsettling moments with Rose’s family and extended family friends bring a chilling factor, especially as the movie heightens and delves deeper into a more horrific discovery.This movie causes the audience to really think about the underlying theme of race and even class as the plot develops. A lot can be unpacked from Get Out, as Peele exposes social demons within society. Viewers will continue questioning and thinking about most things shown

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I have one son but no less than 3,500 kids.”


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Our Sun sign is what we most commonly know. It is the essence of our personality. But there is more to us than just a paragraph, as there is more to astrology than just one sign. If you were born three days before or after the transition between two signs, your sign will have tendencies of both zodiacs. The sign you are closer to is the primary while having traits of the neighboring sign. This is considered a cusp, and there are unique attributes to each. Pisces-Aries cusp (March 17-23)

There is something revitalizing about your essence that cannot be found in those born in Aries or Pisces. Your ability to feel people’s emotions and have the forwardness to act on your reasoning makes you proud and cunning, but depending on the traits from your Pisces pull, you may shy away from the simple confrontation you need to succeed. Aries-Taurus cusp (April 16-22) The combination of the warrior Aries and the bull Taurus can be a great or terrible thing, depending on if you are on their side. Not saying there is ill intent, but you are often the one to get your way. You have an innate desire for power, which does not represent your character, just that you are a natural leader.

Magic is in the air when you come around. You have an amazing ability to listen to both your heart and your mind. Like an illusionist whose biggest trick is misdirection, you are able to connect with people on more than an intellectual level with your Cancer traits, and the Gemini knows exactly how to communicate. You lead them with their hearts only to make them use their minds, or vice versa. Cancer-Leo cusp (July 19-25) You are simply hypnotizing. The emotional connection from the water Cancer paired with the warmth and confidence of Leo makes you a soothing person to be around, if you are in good spirits. There is a tendency to become slightly dogmatic if you feel others are ignoring your hypnotic charisma. Once you have them under your spell again, everyone will be happy.

Taurus-Gemini cusp (May 17-23)

Leo-Virgo cusp (Aug. 19-25)

Try and take a break. For five minutes, just try to do nothing. For this highly energized cusp, that is impossible. The energy can manifest physically or in a strategic, methodical manner, keeping the quick-minded Gemini wind ground by the stubborn Taurus earth. Whatever the influence, there is some activity, puzzle, challenge or game being played.

It is one thing to have ambition and drive like the Leo, and to seek the truth like the Virgo, but you embody these qualities and keep the world around you in check. When you see an inconsistency or wrong, you are often the first to protest the injustice you see and try to bring forth the change you feel the situation needs.

Gemini-Cancer cusp (June 17-23)

Virgo-Libra cusp (Sept. 19-25) When the down-to-earth Virgo

blends with the social charm of Libra, the results can be vitalizing for those around you. There is a beauty your cusp holds that is inexplicable and a grace you act with that can almost bring anyone to your side. You know what, when and how to say what you need to get the results you want. Libra-Scorpio cusp (Oct. 19-25) Life for you is like a staged drama and depending on the emotionally intense Scorpio influence, it can seem like a tragedy, but still the show must go on. The Libra air is enough to keep you from dwelling on any important event and moving on to the next before your heartstrings wrap around what displeases you. As a natural storyteller, you can be the most entertaining of any zodiac. Scorpio-Sagittarius cusp (Nov. 18-24) You want change, new order and a revolution. You have an innate concern about the state of the organization around you, and being the natural leader you are, you know exactly how to commit to changing the status quo, and when you do, it is with your full conviction so you will not be easily deferred from your mission. Sagittarius-Capricorn cusp (Dec. 18-24) The Sagittarius in your combination sees the bigger picture of life while the Capricorn understands the practicality of what

it takes to bring this picture to life. It is prophetic in the way you go about your everyday life. You know how to bridge the imagination with the physical work to create what you are envisioning, and while most will doubt you along the way, do not cut yourself short for the approval of those who lack your vision. Capricorn-Aquarius cusp (Jan. 16-22) To paraphrase the song “Pure Imagination,” there is no life you know to compare to pure imagination. With the Aquarius in your combination, you have an aura of effortless individuality. The Capricorn helps ground your air influence and keeps your heart set to practicality. It is this mix of whimsical imagination and practical observations which shrouds you in mystery. Aquarius-Pisces cusp (Feb. 15-21) This is a unique blend of the humanitarian, emotionally detached Aquarius and the sensitive, emotional-sponge Pisces. Depending on which side of the cusp you fall, you possess the biggest heart of all the signs for either individuals or of society as a whole. You see the world a little differently, and it can be hard at times for you to express your observations. The world is not supposed to see it how you do, so do not worry about being misunderstood. Simply live.


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