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Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Volume 53, Issue 6

Students synthesize Moog’s legacy page 12

Photo illustration by Megan Dombroski/Carson Boyles

Arts & Features

Sports

LGBTQ community embraces acceptance at Blue Ridge Pride page 9

Volleyball team defends Big South championship title page 17


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Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Math Literacy Summit brings together enthusiasts

‘Futurama’ writer showcases relationship between comedy and math Jessie Lovelace jlovelac@unca.edu staff writer

UNC Asheville students, faculty and community members discussed real world applications of mathematics at the Math Literacy Summit. “Right away we decided we needed to have a larger community conversation around math and take the notion of math literacy a little more seriously and allow for our community to connect math literacy to these broader issues,” said associate mathematics professor Samuel Kaplan. The Saturday summit featured workshops about a range of topics from how the mind predicts the future to how parents can help with their children’s math homework. Kaplan organized the event at the Reuter Center as part of the mathematic department’s community outreach. “Rather than start by going out and telling people what they should be doing, we decided to start holding a bunch of conversations and listening to what people had to say,” he said. Kaplan said the department began discussions with local school systems to ensure students graduate with basic knowledge of mathematics, and soon other community organizations recognized the significance of math literacy. “Suddenly coming to the table were Mission Hospital, the Department of Social Services, the Chamber of Commerce, the YMCA and YWCA,” he said. “It turns out a number of different community organizations have different perspectives on why math literacy is important.” The solution to the challenge these organizations proposed was the formation of the Math Literacy Summit four years ago. Asheville Mayor Terry Bellamy began the event with an introduction and said she was extremely proud to live in a city with a university that has truly integrated into the community. Ken Keeler, a mathematician and

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“Futurama” and “The Simpsons” writer Ken Keeler gave a presentation at the Math Literacy Summit held over the weekend. The summit brought together students and members of the community to showcase the fun side of math and its practicality.

former writer for television’s “The Simpsons” and “Futurama,” was the keynote speaker. He compared constructing proofs to comedy writing and explained that a lot of what is seen in the cartoons is really carefully constructed jokes. Freshman business student David Ogron said he was interested in Keeler’s ideas of using abstract notions of math to apply creative solutions. “Keeler gave an example about playing music, how if you associate mathematical concepts, then you can become more creative because you know the logistics and the background of the art,” Ogron said. Using an example from an actual episode of “Futurama,” Keeler said

“It’s all about abstract ideas that you can reconstruct, and if you can understand what’s behind it, you will have the sense that everything comes together.” – David Ogron, freshman business student math is most effectively learned in the abstract, which prevents distractions from contextual details. “It’s all about abstract ideas that you can reconstruct, and if you can understand what’s behind it, you will have

the sense that everything comes together,” Ogron said. According to Kaplan, math literacy is not an unattainable intellectual pur-

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On the Quad

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

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What do you think about UNCA’s FERPA Rights?

“I think it’s between the individual who is studying and the person who’s paying for the education. If it’s mutually agreed upon that the student wants to keep their information private, then it’s totally within their legal rights to do so.” Jordan Fassa Undecided freshman

“We’re at a certain age by

now, and if your parents are still watching you and giving you guidelines at this point, you’re not going to be very prepared in the couple of years when you’re going to actually be in the world.” Meagan Ingram Senior psychology student

Julia Haman Undecided freshman

“I definitely think it’s a good thing that students can control whether their parents see their grades and I don’t think it needs to change. Parents are used to being all up in their children’s lives in high school, and going to college is becoming your own person and being responsible for your own things.”

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Students have control over personal records Jeremiah Reed jjreed@unca.edu staff writer

Students have more control over their student records than they may think. The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act gives students the right to review, amend and control the disclosure of their educational records, according to a recent e-mail from the UNC Asheville Registrar. Debbie Race, UNCA registrar, said students who wish to access their records must understand the process takes time because there are several steps to their request. “The process is not difficult, but it is not immediate either,” Race said. “It’s important for students to understand that a preliminary review of their file must be conducted before information can be released, and, by law, we have 45 days to reply to their request.” Student records must be viewed in the presence of a staff member of the registrar’s office, and copies of transcripts or documents cannot be released. FERPA breaks down educational records into directory and non-directory information. FERPA provisions mean most colleges and universities are not required to have student consent to release directory information, which may include a student name, address, dates of school attendance, field of study and enrollment status. A student can prevent the release of their directory information if they file the appropriate paperwork with the university registrar. The institution may not release nondirectory information without a student’s consent. Non-directory information includes social security numbers, race and ethnicity, student identification numbers and grade transcripts. One area of FERPA involving the release of records pertains specifically to college students. FERPA allows colleges and universities to disclose information to parents of students who are filed as dependents of their parents’ income tax forms. Race said parents must provide proof of a student’s dependent status before the university can release any

information to them. “Parents who claim their students as dependents for tax purposes must provide a copy of their most recent federal tax return to show that the student is truly a dependent of the parents, and then they can access the student records,” Race said. Although UNCA consists of a mixture of dependent and independent students, most dependent students said they would not mind if their parents had access to their records. Jamie Carpenter, a senior management student, said she has a good relationship with her parents and would not object if they wanted to see her student records. “I really don’t have a problem with it,” Carpenter said. “I’m pretty open with my parents about school and everything, so I’d be completely fine if they wanted to access my records. I don’t have anything to hide.” Madeline McKeller, a senior politiJay Cutspec cal science student, said she felt since her parents were paying for her to go to college, they should be afforded rights to certain student records. “I’m fine with it mainly because they are paying for me to go to school, and since they have a financial stake in my education, they should be able to see my records,” McKeller said. “If they were just claiming me as a dependent and not paying for my school, I’d have a serious problem with it.” Certain types of records do not qualify as educational records and fall outside the legislation of FERPA. Examples include campus police records, medical records and alumni records containing information about students no longer at the university. That is not to say these records are without privacy regulations. Jay Cutspec, director of the student health and counseling center, said although FERPA does not apply to the medical field, safeguards are in place to ensure student confidentiality is maintained. “FERPA doesn’t apply to medical or counseling treatments,” Cutspec said.

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SDS plans student rally to protest government spending Faculty question possible alternatives to student walkout Katherine Walker kpwalker@unca.edu

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This week, Students for a Democratic Society are organizing events to protest the excess governmental spending during the Afghanistan occupation. “First of all, Oct. 7 is the ninth anniversary of the occupation in Afghanistan. So the die-in on Monday was to draw attention to the civilian deaths, the soldier deaths and all the money being sent to Afghanistan instead of being spent here on health care, education and jobs,” said Katie Campbell, SDS committee member. Campbell explains during the diein, students laid on the Quad in blood covered T-shirts to display the graphic injuries sustained in war. In addition to the die-in held on the Quad Monday, SDS is organizing a classroom walkout and rally on the Quad tomorrow. “We’re calling for students and faculty to walk out at 11:30 a.m. to the Quad, where we’re going to do a rally for a national day of action for education rights that’s been organized with the national SDS,” she said. According to Campbell, there will be speakers from SDS and other campus organizations at the rally. Campbell said the main message of the rally is that money should be spent on more pertinent things such as education, not war and occupation. “There’s a really huge philosophical debate about the concept of walking out of classrooms for education. Some professors have a problem with that,” she said. According to Campbell, one professor asked if they could hold the rally at a time when no classes would be disrupted. Campbell said that defeated the purpose of the walkout. “I think it’s perfectly reasonable for (students) to express their concern by walking out of class. If they care about it, if it’s important to them, I also think it’s an important issue, then I think they do need to go out and have their voices heard,” said UNC Asheville associate professor of philosophy Melissa Burchard.

“The idea is that it’s not necessarily our teachers or our administration or our school that we’re speaking out against. It’s larger trends in education that are affecting all professors, including ours. That’s why we’re asking our professors to also walk out with us to speak out against these trends that are in our country that aren’t providing enough money.” – Katie Campbell, SDS committee member

Burchard said she doesn’t understand the argument that the protest goes against the students’ message to walk out of classes for which they’re paying. “Again, a walkout, a strike, a public demonstration, these are some of our biggest traditional forms of political action and protest. The point of a walkout is to disrupt the ordinary flow of events in order to call attention to something that is more important than the ordinary event,” she said. Burchard said she wasn’t upset that students would be missing her class to participate and said it did not make sense to discourage student political activism. “Certainly it seems to me that our culture has become less politically active and more and more complacent. That makes me nervous,” she said. According to Burchard, she would participate in the rally on Thursday, but will be out of town. She said she regularly participates in student-held protests. “I think it makes perfect sense for

there to be a protest on campus. We all should be protesting the budget cuts. They’re killing us. It’s about our whole institution,” she said. Campbell said SDS encourages faculty to participate because state budgets affect the number of classes they must teach and the longer hours they must work without an increase in salary. “The idea is that it’s not necessarily our teachers or our administration or our school that we’re speaking out against. It’s larger trends in education that are affecting all professors, including ours. That’s why we’re asking our professors to also walk out with us, to speak out against these trends that are in our country that aren’t providing enough money,” Campbell said. Brian Dennison, a physics professor at UNCA, said he thought the classroom walkout was strategically not the best approach for SDS to take. “I think it’s probably not going to sit well with the taxpayers in the state. I just don’t think it’s the best way to persuade people of the very real problems

that exist for higher education, and we need to make our best case to present those problems,” he said. Dennison, who was a faculty member at Virginia Tech for 28 years, said he watched the state-funded budget decrease every year he was there. He blamed it on the fact that legislatures write off colleges funds because students continually do not vote. Dennison said this encourages legislatures to write off colleges since the students do not care enough to vote them out of office. He said instead of the walkout, he would emphasize a push for voter registration and voting as being critically important. “The greatest impact college students can have is going out there and voting, because that’s how legislatures pay attention. When they cut our budget, they’re hurting every single student in this university, regardless of what their politics are,” he said. He said he sees the walkout as unproductive and students voting would be much more productive to show legislatures that students will vote if they want policies changed. “If the student population is seen as a voting block, then their needs will be taken seriously. Those needs include equality in the system of higher education. As long as college university students vote in rather low numbers, and they do, there’s going to be a problem. The universities will predictably be slighted in the process,” he said. Dannison said he wasn’t particularly upset about the student walkout, just that he thought voting would be much more effective. Campbell said she had received many e-mail responses from faculty, some positive and some negative. “I respond to some of the faculty’s negative responses to this, the point is that although UNC Asheville is trying to do a really good job and be responsible by maintaining the level of excellence we’ve had in the past, it’s still important to realize there is waste and irresponsibility on some levels. No matter what good we do, we can always do better. Although this message is in response to national trends, it is also a personal message,” she said.


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ITS offers student discounts on expensive software Jess Peete

jdpeete@unca.edu staff writer

Through the Discount Software for Personal Use program, UNC Asheville students and faculty can purchase software at a discounted rate, making Microsoft programs easier to access for everyone. Information technology services purchasing and asset manager Brenda Pickard said the plan to give students a discount on software has been in the process for years but has only recently been put into action. “We’ve been a part of the Student Select Agreement (with Microsoft) for a long time, but we didn’t really have the manpower to distribute the software to students,” she said. Pickard said in recent years it was a slower process to get the licenses needed to run the programs on various computers around campus. “The Select 6 Agreement used to be the main purchasing method,” she said. “Every time someone wanted something, we had to get the individual license for the program. It really took a lot of time to get it done for even one computer.” Pickard said the ITS department previously tried to work with the bookstore to give students a discount on software, but that deal eventually fell through. “We were working with a person in the bookstore who would have been able to get the student discounts easier. Due to budget cuts though, the position was eliminated. After they left,

Discounted office programs at UNC Asheville Microsoft Office 2010

Best Buy: $149.99 UNCA: $73.61 for mail order

Windows 7 Upgrade

Best Buy: $199.99 UNCA: $59.87 for mail order

Microsoft Office Project Professional 2010 Best Buy: $999.99 UNCA: $120.88 for mail order

the bookstore wasn’t very interested in trying to continue the program,” she said. Pickard said agreements are available at all of the 16 campuses within the UNC system. Until recently, the agreements were only used at UNCA for the computers on campus.

“Each campus pays a fee up front. We are then able to use the programs as a bundle,” she said. “It gave us a lot of flexibility and made things easier.” Pickard said when it was time to renew the agreement with Microsoft about two years ago, the company explained that the discount program was

available to UNCA. “We immediately started looking into the program. There was a conference call about the possibility of electronic downloads for students. We (the ITS department) agreed that it’s something we needed to do,” she said. Pickard said discount programs have been available to students at larger schools for some time. “Other schools, like UNC, were able to offer this discount to students before. Because we’re smaller, we weren’t able to offer it. Now, we make the discounts available to everybody without placing a burden on one department,” she said. According to Jeff Brown, director of ITS user support services, the company E-Academy is the reason UNCA can now offer the discount program to students and faculty. “They handle the payment transactions. The lack of needed manpower helps with efficiency. It’s really made things easier for ITS,” he said. Brown said the discount program offers substantial savings for students and faculty. “At some stores, OfficePRO can be up to $800 with all of the add-ons that are offered. Students are paying less than $100. The savings really speak for themselves,” he said. According to the Best Buy Web site, Microsoft OfficePRO 2010 costs $543.04 with taxes and shipping. UNCA students and faculty can get Office Professional PLUS 2010 through the E-Academy Web site for $62.31.

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UNCA’s honors society receives award in Washington, D.C. Teresa Linn

tclinn@unca.edu staff writer

UNC Asheville’s honors organization, the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, received the ranking of gold status for activeness and effectiveness in the student body, according to NSCS Co-President Sarah Jones. “We got gold star status last year,” Jones said. “The highest, being platinum, is only given out to a handful of schools a year. We got the second highest, which we’re really excited about.”

According to Jones, the award was based on the quantity and quality of the honors organization and the services it provides. “You have to complete certain tasks, basically,” she said. “You have to have a certain number of officers, you have to do a certain amount of community service and you have to do a certain number of recruitment activities and chapter activities.” The coordinator of member engagement, Richard Failla, said the nationally accredited honors society is set up in such a way that it gives the students control, which makes them

excited to be involved. “We really try to give students the ownership over how they want to manage their chapters,” Failla said. “We have chapters that are in good standing and chapters that get bronze, silver and gold. Then, there’s platinum, which we only gave out five of the awards last year, so it’s really competitive.” According to Failla, NSCS only sends invitations to freshmen and sophomores. They require a 3.4 GPA or higher, and students have to be within the top 20 percent of their class to receive an invitation.

NSCS’s UNCA chapter was established in 2005 and has had a continuously great response, as last Sunday’s 2010 induction ceremony showed, according to Jones. “We have over 70 active members right now,” Jones said. “We inducted between 25 and 30 people on Sunday. That was really exciting. We had a big turnout and we did it on family weekend, so parents came and watched their kids, so it was really cool.” Jones shares her co-presidency with Courtney Galatioto, UNCA’s stu-

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suit but an everyday process. “It doesn’t mean factoring quadratics,” he said. “It’s being able to understand basic quantitative reasoning, being able to look at a chart and figure out what it’s saying, and being able to understand some basic probabilities.” Many of the summit’s workshops featured practical applications of math, such as understanding one’s credit score or the importance of math literacy in Asheville’s workplace. Other workshops featured mathematics through creative arts, such as music or quilting. Associate Director of N.C. State Engineering at UNCA Cheryl Alderman gave a workshop on the mathematics behind the creative art of quilting. “Math is the language of engineering,” she said. “Quilting is an excellent multidisciplinary approach to teaching math in a visual and physical way.” Community member Moriah Wood attended Alderman’s workshop and said she was surprised at the mathematical complexity of the art. “You think of a quilt and you think of shapes and patterns, but actually looking at the geometry and consid-

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“In the health field, we have to follow HIPPA, which is meant to protect records in the same way that FERPA does.” HIPPA, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, requires health providers allow patients to control the release of their medical records. Cutspec said since FERPA regulations do not apply to the health field, even parents of dependent students aren’t allowed access to a student’s records without consent. Cutspec said he wanted to dispel the notion that students’ parents are informed if they come into the health center for treatment. “I’m not sure all students understand that we can’t talk to their parents. If they come in for medical treatment or counseling, we aren’t even allowed to say they’ve been here. So, in some cases, I think that may keep students from accessing our services,” he said.

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Former “Futurama” writer Ken Keeler spoke with Carolina Day School teacher Steve Cobb at the Math Literacy Summit held last weekend.

ering that things might not come out the way they should never occurred to me,” she said. The variety of information surrounding mathematics at the Math Literacy Summit encompassed the overall goal to increase the UNCA community’s

Honors dent body president. Galatioto said the most rewarding part of being a member of NSCS is their major focus on community service. “The big thing is I really like working with community service,” she said. “Once you’re actually in the organization, the whole focus is community service. I think it has a nice balance where you can do community service events, even if you have a really busy schedule, because you get offered so many.” Galatioto said NCSC gives back to many different types of members of the community in a variety of ways. “Every year we work with Habitat for Humanity,” she said. “We do a lot of work with MANNA FoodBank. We package up their donations to give to families in the area. We also helped at an Arts for Life event, which is art therapy for kids in the Mission Hospital.” Jones said one of the events she re-

ability to understand math in a functional way. “Whatever a student is interested in, math will help them do it better,” Kaplan said. “They’re doing math every day in every discipline, whether they realize it or not.”

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ally enjoyed was the work NCSC did with the I Have a Dream Foundation, which works with children from lowincome communities. “We do what we call ‘Book Out Cook Out,’” Jones said. “We bring books to the kids and read to them and make hot dogs and hamburgers. It’s really cool.” Galatioto said she really enjoys the way the organization is set up and how people can get involved in all its different aspects. “It’s such a flexible organization that the officers pretty much get to do a little bit of everything,” Galatioto said. “We’re not tied down to our roles.” Jones said being a part of NCSC is good life experience. “The best part has been the leadership opportunities,” she said. “It’s been a good learning experience to manage such a large group of people. It’s a really fun thing. It’s the perfect amount of stress and leisure.”

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That’s an 88 percent savings. Brown said it was important to offer students and faculty a discount for the software programs for compatibility reasons. “Even though there are free programs that can do pretty much the exact same thing, like OpenOffice and Google Docs, lots of people still prefer Office. It only makes sense to offer these programs to everyone,” he said. Pickard also said compatibility is important. “People use this software every day on campus. This helps to make students’ computers more compatible. Students and teachers can send documents to each other that can be read with no problem at all,” she said. Jim Kuhlman, chief information officer, said the discounts help students get their work done at home instead of having to plan a trip to school, which can cause a loss of valuable time for busy students. “These discounts allow students to use the software on their home desktop or laptop. It’s important to be able to work when you have the time, or even when the mood strikes. Anything we can do to integrate programs for students where they don’t have to go to a lab to get their work done is beneficial,” he said. Kuhlman said students often lose work when they try to save something on the computers on campus. “Everybody hates it when a computer eats someone’s work. It can be a very painful lesson that has to be learned the hard way,” he said. Kuhlman said students should be aware of the other programs that are offered for their computers. “It’s not just the Microsoft programs that are available for students. They can also download Mathematica, Minitab and SAS to their computers for free. Students just need to come to the circulation desk for a copy,” he said. Pickard encouraged students and faculty to take advantage of the discount software program. “There are definitely significant savings. Students are getting these programs at the lowest possible cost,” she said. “This software is something that’s vitally important to university functions.” The software discounts can be found at unca.onthehub.com.


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Megan Dombroski/photography editor

The next student to wear the Rocky costume remains a mystery after nobody showed for the audition UNC Asheville athletics held Monday evening. “No one ever comes to support the teams. It seems like we can’t even find a Rocky to support our teams either,” track and cross country student athlete Alyska Kalmeijer

said. “If we don’t find someone, we usually call people until we find someone who can be Rocky for a game. It usually ends up being other athletes.” In an effort to find a student interested in being Rocky, Kalmeijer along with junior Kristen Englert-Lenz, sophomore Shelby Lott and sophomore David Wood went door-to-door in Mills Residence Hall. Every student they asked to audition declined.

Some students said they had a heavy course load. Some students said they were not interested. Others laughed before they refused. Englert-Lenz coordinated the event through a Facebook invitation last week. She said she thought this would get students involved and excited about being UNCA’s mascot. “I’ve been the mascot once during a parade,” Englert-Lenz said. “It’s really in-

tense, but it’s also very liberating. Nobody knows who you are, and it’s a really great psychological experience.” For now, Englert-Lenz said the only thing they can do is call people when they need someone to put on the costume and hope for a better turnout at their next audition. - Caitlin Byrd, Arts and Features Editor


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Band named after the end of time gives birth to new rock ‘n’ roll

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Lead singer of The Eskatones, Stephen Greenslade, practices a song he wrote. The Eskatones practice three to four times each week.

Guitarist Dylan Stephens of the Eskatones came up with the band name one day while sitting in a humanities class.  “We were talking about the end of time in Greece and how it is called eschaton. I thought it was pretty cool and that it would be a good play on words to name ourselves The Eskatones,” Stephens said. The band nabbed a reoccurring gig at a bar in Asheville for two and a half months in the beginning of their career. They progressed to playing shows around Asheville, including frequent performances at The Boiler Room. “The most recent performance is always the best. They keep getting better,” said drummer Peter Mencher. The Eskatones’ rehearsal last Thursday in a makeshift practice space that doubled as a home beer brewery was only a taste of their live shows. Senior Sophie Foscue said she has been a fan of the Eskatones since they began performing.  “Their shows are a lot of fun because they’re all so enthusiastic and into it that you can’t help but be as well,” Foscue said. “They play music that is fun to dance to. I like that they play a variety of music. They’ve got upbeat tunes to dance to but then they’ve got some sweet slow jams as well.” The band formed about three years ago when Stephens met Mencher and singer Stephen Greenslade during their freshman year at UNC Asheville.  They began practicing together as a band in West Ridge, typically one of the quietest halls on campus. Bassist Michael Mancuso joined the band a few years later.  “We had a full drum set in a dorm room, much to the dismay of the neighbors,” Stephens said.  As The Eskatones grew, the band members said they became more comfortable with each other.  “We’ve gotten closer as friends,” Mancuso said.  The Charlotte native said it is easier now to bring ideas up at practice without worrying what everyone will think or hurting anyone’s feelings. All the band members contribute to the songwriting process, although the lyrics come mainly from Greenslade, a literature student.  “The singer has to like what he is singing

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to make it good,” Stephens said.  However, he also said everyone adds their own expertise to the song. “Songs are like a journey,” Stephens said. “You write something and then it blossoms and takes a new love.” All members of the band have been involved in music long before they formed The Eskatones.  “I began singing around 9 or 10 and joined the choir in high school,” Greenslade said.  The Chapel Hill native also sings in the on-campus men’s acapella group The Undertones. All band members said their song structures and lead singer set them apart from other bands.  Stephen is a cut above other lead singers,” Stephens said. Mancuso, who doubles as the band’s producer, is in the process of mixing their first CD, which will be released within the next year.  “There are a couple of tracks laid down,” he said. “Stephens said recording in the studio is a learning process and very different from playing a live show. “The live show is about the energy and not so much about hitting every note,” Stephens said. “You have to get everything perfect in the studio.”  Mancuso said when he mixes a song, he spends a lot of time getting to know the song and appreciating it.  “Falling in love with the music is important,” he said. “The diversity of the people in the band brings different tastes.” It is also important to introduce something different to the band’s rock ‘n’ roll genre, according to Stephens. “We bring a new approach to rock,” Stephens said. The band said they played some really impressive house parties in the past, but their biggest gig yet will occur next month. On Nov. 5, they will open for the 1990s band Marcy’s Playground at The Grey Eagle. It will be the largest venue the band has played.  Mancuso said the band hopes to break out into more regional shows. “They definitely have a unique sound in my opinion, and they always put on a good show,” Foscue said. “They’re rising stars, for sure.” The Eskatones’ next performances will be Oct. 15 at The Boiler Room and Oct. 27 at Bobo Gallery. Fans can contact the band for discounted tickets to their Nov. 5 performance at The Grey Eagle.


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Festival embraces acceptance and remembers past Blue Ridge Pride festival provides information for LGBTQ community Sarah Hinson

sbhinson@unca.edu staff writer

Though last Saturday’s Blue Ridge Pride festival in downtown Asheville helped showcase the city as an accepting community, it also served as a reminder of a painful past and the desire for a more promising future for the homosexual, bisexual, transgender and questioning populace. “Asheville is a rare pocket of acceptance in the region,” said Amy Huntsman, Blue Ridge Pride founder and event co-chair. “We are lucky to live in a place where generally it is accepted to hold your gay partner’s hand on the street. Asheville has not always been this way.” Huntsman said during the first pride march in 1992, participants’ lives were threatened. Great controversy surrounded locals’ attempts to ask for acknowledgement and acceptance.  Bob White, who manned a booth at the festival as treasurer and board member of CLOSER, or Community Liaison Organization for Support, Education and Reform, experienced discrimination and threats when he moved tßo Asheville in 1981. “My first job was as a doorman and a bouncer at a gay bar that doesn’t exist anymore,” White said. “One night I came out at three in the morning, and there was a 16-year-old boy with a gun.” White said the boy called him a derogatory name and threatened to kill him, but luckily police arrived quickly to arrest the boy. Despite these earlier threats, White said he feels Asheville is a safe and supportive community. “I’ve lived all over the country, and this is the safest and most content I have felt anywhere,” White said. Asheville may be a safer and more openminded location now compared to years past, but according to Sam Soper, cofounder of Just Us for All, people need to become more active and aware of homosexual, bisexual and transgender issues and their effects on all demographics. “Asheville is a really pro-gay area, and people tend to be really complacent,” Soper said. “So we realized we needed to take some action. Our real bottom line is to involve the community as a whole, not just the gay community, and make them aware of queer issues and what’s going on.” Soper said she also experienced discrimination growing up in Myrtle Beach, S.C., in a homophobic household. “I know the mass majority of us have grown up in situations like that, especially in the South,” Soper said. “It’s hard, oppressive and instills shame in people, and

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Bartender James Baucom works until 3 a.m. every Saturday night at the LGBTQ-friendly Smokey’s After Dark in downtown Asheville. The city was not always the accepting community people know today. that’s where things get hard because you can’t really change anything if you’re ashamed of who you are.” Soper said she still encounters people who do not think homophobia remains an issue. Her group, among many others represented at the festival, works toward acknowledgment and the hope for equality by informing others and organizing rallies. White, who currently teaches courses in effective speaking at South College in Asheville, said CLOSER meets Tuesday evenings for a number of activities and programs. “Our mission is to give a safe place for men and women in Asheville who are gay, lesbian, transgender, questioning or

supportive of us a place to go to share and laugh,” White said. “I think anybody here who wants to know more, who feels they’re not a part, can ask questions. And I really think if you get to know one good, reasonable gay person, your whole feeling will change about who they are. There are a lot of very talented people in the community.” Huntsman said the goals of the Blue Ridge Pride festival are to support, educate and celebrate the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning community of Western North Carolina. Festival-goers were able to pick up information at various booths on Lexington Avenue and listen to live music and speak-

ers. The festival was also preceded by several events, including a 5K around Carrier Park and a comedy night at Tressa’s Downtown Jazz & Blues. “We hope people take away the idea that building community is important, that our rights as citizens matter and that they find a way to catalyze change and meet new people or new groups they can connect with in the area,” Huntsman said. “In Asheville now we can celebrate the diversity and try to teach others so that places in this country and around the world can see the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning population as the same as any straight person, and human rights can be a term used for all humans.” 


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First-date style exemplifies personality and boosts confidence Chris Kane

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Dressing for a first date is a necessary skill when navigating the dating world. It involves the ability to show personality through clothing, to know what to wear to which occassion and to know the line between dressing to be noticed and dressing to be seen. Kelsey Craig, a UNC Asheville sophomore, prepared for a first date by mixing something from her closet with borrowed accessories. “I wasn’t about to go out and buy a new outfit,” she said. “I’m glad I put together something cute from what was already in my closet.” She chose a tight, thigh-high vicose blend dress with a bateau neckline and zippers across the shoulders. Craig paired it with her grandmother’s vintage brown faux leather cowboy boots, a pair of peacock earrings and her roommate’s scarf, which she wore as a belt. This outfit is a study in the use of colorful accessories to dress up a Katie Saylors/assistant photography editor neutral piece, like Craig’s navy dress. It also is something that the wearer Sophomore Kelsey Craig prepares for a first date and combines old and new accessories in her outfit. feels comfortable in, aesthetically and physically. behind clothes or look like Jennifer skin, or if people seated at the next The most important part of Lopez at the 2000 Grammys in her table at a restaurant can smell a selecting clothing for a first date is infamous green Versace dress with person’s cologne, there is a problem. to make sure that someone’s outfit a plunging neckline that passed her “When I meet guys whose cologne says something about them. Their navel. is overpowering, I immediately think date is, after all, interested in their Amenta advises women to show they are sleazy,” UNCA sophomore personality, tastes, background and only one area of skin. For example, Chelsea Zappel said. “I don’t know interests. So they should wear that if a woman wears a top with a low why everyone doesn’t know this. bracelet they bought in Morocco, neckline, she should cover up her You shouldn’t smell so strong that their grandfather’s heirloom tiger eye legs. This is a good rule of thumb for everybody around you notices.” ring, or perhaps their favorite suit if women, but men are also guilty of A person’s outfit should say they wish to convey their job is very showing off. They should be cautious something about them, and this will important to them. not to look like Simon Cowell, whose give them confidence, as well as serve But the first consideration while T-shirts are so small they could have as a potential topic of conversation. picking out an outfit is the nature and been purchased at Baby Gap. There Feeling comfortable with their location of the date. are other ways to wear clothes that hint clothing will ensure that they feel “Make sure that you don’t overdress at a good physique, such as wearing comfortable. This means they will be or underdress for the occasion,” said tailored dress shirts or v-necks. But able to focus more on the date and on Giovanni Amenta, president of positive physical features will be sharing their personality and interests Pink and Grey Image Consulting. offset if they are exposed by revealing and less on what they are wearing. “If you overdress you will stand out or excessively tight clothing. “Putting consideration into the way like a prom queen at McDonalds, People would also do well to you dress for a date is important,” and if you underdress your date will remember that makeup and fragrances Craig said. “And one of the things I assume that you didn’t care enough to should be minimal. If there is a visible love about Asheville is that it’s so nonput any effort into your meeting.” line made by the foundation that judgmental. I can wear something a People also seem to either hide contrasts with the color of someone’s little ‘out there’ and not think twice.”


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Craftspeople use their work to help others during American Craft Week Auburn Petty alpetty@unca.edu staff writer

This week at Asheville’s Folk Art Center, artists and craft lovers gather not only to celebrate the arts, but to serve a greater cause during American Craft Week. “To celebrate American Craft Week, the Folk Art Center and the Southern Highlands Craft Guild are sponsoring a raffle to raise money for the Craft Emergency Relief Fund, which is an organization which helps craftspeople in times of unexpected need, like a fire or an illness, things of that nature,” said April Nance, the center’s public relations manager. In addition to the raffle, Nance said the Folk Art Center also brought in many artists that showed their talents. One of the artists participating was Mary Mikkelsen, a potter. “I started demonstrating last year,” she said. “I was a little nervous about actually working in front of crowds of people because I tend to work alone. I’m not used to being on show. I thought it was a good way to reach out and show people what I was doing.” Mikkelsen’s station displayed many of her works, including hand-crafted plates, bowls and dishes. In the middle of her table was a work station, set up so that visitors could see her actually working on a piece of art. Another one of the artists involved, Jay Pfeil, who works with etching and engraving metal, had a station set up that allowed visitors to see her work. She also set tools out for people to use. “I think most people don’t get a chance to do etching and engraving in school, so demonstrating helps raise awareness of how it’s done,” Pfeil said. “I also think that some kids that I’ve shown how to engrave a long time ago are artists now themselves. I feel like it’s been good for me and for other people.” Nance said she encouraged artists to allow hands-on activities at their demonstrations. “I wanted the artists to get the visitors involved more and kind of give them a hands-on activity for them to do, just to show some of the simple elements of their craft,” Nance said. “Obviously, they can’t complete a piece of art, but it’s important to incorporate a hands-on activity because it’s something that people aren’t usually able to do. That’s what we’re doing to make American Craft Week a little more special.” Both artists said demonstrating at the Folk Art Center was important. “For me, demonstrating is a good thing because it helps people understand how involved the work is,” Mikkelsen said. “I think that’s part of crafts. If you’re going

“If you’re going to be a craftsperson, you have to be educating people all the time about what you’re doing.”

– Mary Mikkelson, craftsperson and potter to be a craftsperson, you have to be educating people all the time about what you’re doing. It just comes with the territory.” Mikkelsen uses a technique called hand building, rather than using a wheel to sculpt. She said most potters chose not to demonstrate their craft because it is a hassle to set up, but as a hand builder, it is a little easier. “For me, the hand building is really good for demonstrating because I can have a pretty tight setup and still be able to work,” she said. “It’s not as fast as wheel throwing, but people are very interested in watching the construction, especially if I’m talking about it while doing it.” Pfeil said she started getting into art nearly 40 years ago. Though she is now an etcher and an engraver, she said she worked with many different mediums before choosing one. “I’ve done sculpture, jewelry, portraits, painting and a bunch of other things, but etching and engraving is my passion,” Pfeil said. Pfeil and Neal both said American Craft Week brings awareness to the fact that art isn’t just a hobby. “When I was younger, my dad would always ask, ‘When are you going to get a real job?’” Pfeil said. “One of the good things about demonstrating here is showing people that, yes, we do make a living. It is a job.” According to Nance, one of the best things that comes from American Craft Week is that it unites local craftspeople. “American Craft Week has been a great way to talk to other craft galleries and artists in the area,” Nance said. “Sometimes people get so busy doing their own thing, they forget that there are other people who are doing the same kind of work. It’s been a great way to build community within the craft world of this area.”


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Potter Mary Mikkelson shows visitors how to add texture to pottery during one of her demonstrations at the Folk Art Center.

Asheville participants in American Craft Week Appalachian Craft Center Grovewood Gallery Asheville Art in the Park Handmade in America Asheville NC Home Crafts Mountain Made Cloth Fiber Workshop Southern Highland Craft Guild CURVE studios & garden Susan Marie Designs, Inc. Echo Gallery at Biltmore Park

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Bob Moog’s legacy still felt on UNCA’s campus Trevor Metcalfe tometcal@unca.edu

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hough internationally known as an inventor of musical instruments and a pioneer of sound, local friends and family said Robert Moog worked, taught and participated in the Asheville community for more than 20 years. “He was and remains the first name in synthesis,” said area musician Dan Lewis. Moog invented the Moog synthesizer in the 1960s and became internationally recognized when groups such as Yes, the Beatles and Emerson, Lake and Palmer began utilizing his inventions in the studio and on stage. The Moogfest music festival, scheduled for the end of October, will celebrate Moog’s contributions to music. The Moog Music factory, located on Riverside Drive, still produces Moog’s famous synthesizers, guitars, effects pedals and Theremins. Moog moved to Asheville in 1978 to build a house and workshop in nearby Leicester. The area’s natural beauty and the need for a creative environment initially attracted Moog, according to his daughter, Michelle MoogKoussa. “He moved down here after he left the first Moog Music up in Buffalo,” Moog-Koussa said. “He left in 1978, and he wanted to get away from the kind of corporate environment that he was in, and he wanted to be in a more creative environment.” Moog began what would become a lifelong affiliation with UNC Asheville soon after his arrival in the area, according to Wayne Kirby, professor and chair of the music department. “He taught for a few years, and he guest lectured almost until he died,” Kirby said. Moog taught briefly in both the music and physics departments during the 1990s, presenting courses revolving around his electronic music background. After Moog’s death in 2005, Kir-

by said he wanted to find a way for UNCA to commemorate his friend’s legacy. With support from the faculty and administration, Kirby renovated a space in Lipinsky Hall and created the Bob Moog Electronic Music Studio in 2009. Kirby said the space contains exclusively Moog Music equipment. “It’s basically a classroom, a mini recital hall and a laboratory where students learn how to use the equipment and compose,” Kirby said. While organizing musical acts for the 1980 Bele Chere street festival, Lewis, who owns and operates the Acoustic Audio recording studio in Hendersonville, heard about Moog’s move to the area and decided to contact him and ask him if he would like to make a festival appearance. “I thought, ‘If nothing else, I’ll get to hear his voice,’’’ Lewis said. Moog surprised Lewis and suggested he play synthesizer with a group at the event. Lewis had planned to perform with friend and fellow musician Mike Abbott at the festival and suggested the three form a trio. “I was thrilled with the possibility, but also sort of half-terrified,” Lewis said. Abbott and Lewis began arranging new music for the event and meticulously scored Moog’s parts. The three practiced at Moog’s workshop in Leicester and began to piece together the music. “He was the most natural, unassuming, pleasant and jovial guy to work with,” Lewis said. The trio performed at Bele Chere and at a follow-up November concert in the former location of the Asheville Art Museum, which was then part of the Asheville Civic Center complex. Abbott recorded their practices and arranged for the recording of both performances. To Lewis’ knowledge, these recordings remain the only live record of a Moog musical performance. “Thanks to Mike’s forethought, we have all that tape, and I’ve been preserving it for all these years,” Lewis said.

On Oct. 10, Lewis will release a CD documenting the Art Museum performance along with several rehearsal sessions, with all proceeds benefiting the Bob Moog Foundation. A release-day launch party and performance from Lewis and other area musicians will occur at the Lexington Avenue Brewery. Moog-Koussa, executive director of the Bob Moog Foundation, said his family, friends and colleagues started the organization in order to preserve Moog’s legacy. “The mission of the foundation is to educate and inspire people through electronic music, but specifically through the intersection of music, science and innovation,” Moog-Koussa said. The foundation, which formally launched in 2006, has several ongoing projects, according to MoogKoussa. One project, the Mooglab, brings an education outreach program to elementary schools, where students learn using Moog instruments. “What it also is, is a very engaging way for children to learn about basic physics through music,” MougKoussa said. Other projects include the restoration and preservation of Moog’s extensive archive of music, articles and schematics, and a proposed $3 million museum and performance space called the Moogseum. At Moogfest, the foundation plans to bring together musicians and sound designers from all eras of electronic music to hold discussions on history, technology and education. “We’re bringing in people from the seminal period of synthesis right up to very young, hip sound designers,” Moog-Kousa said. Moog-Kousa said as Moog’s projects and companies evolved in the Asheville area, so too did a flourishing music and arts scene. “The kind of thing that attracted Bob here also attracted a lot of other people,” Moog-Kousa said. “Somehow, there is a synergy of spirit between the kind of people who are attracted to this area.”

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Bob Moog gives a presentation for an ARTS 310 in 2002. Moog left such a lasting impact on UNCA’s campus that a room in Lipinsky houses instruments he created and is named after him. Bottom right, Moog gives a presentation at a Theremin workshop in 1998.

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Asheville Ballet dances into 51st season with performance Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Caitlin Halloran cmhallor@unca.edu staff writer

Ann Dunn, the artistic director of Asheville Ballet and humanities lecturer at UNC Asheville, said the first level of creativity in dance takes place in the mind and emotions of the choreographer. “When I hear music, I see dance. I can’t help it,” Dunn said. The choreographer then gives the phrases to the dancers for the second level. “They’re all so talented and have different ways of moving. It would be artificial for me to set my way of moving on somebody else’s instrument, on their body,” she said. Dunn then takes the improvisations of the dancers and organizes the creative chaos into a structured form, which she said comes naturally to her after years of practice. The final part of creation is offering it to the audience for interpretation and enjoyment. This offering happened last weekend when the Asheville Ballet began its 51st season with a three-part performance of an Isadora Duncan solo, ensemble of “Les Sylphides” and a combination piece including the Chapel Hill band Kangaroo entitled “Free Fall.” “I hope people feel things. Rather than be looking for something, I would rather be feeling what you feel,” Dunn said. The entire showcase was divided into halves. The opening act, “Capture,” was a historical composition from 1904 by Isadora Duncan, performed by Asheville Ballet’s Amy Jacques. The quick lyrical piece provided a contrast to the second dance. The program invited audiences to compare “Les Sylphides” to its parent. “You’ll see love,” Dunn said. “Even though there is no story, there are feelings.” The duet between ballerinas Allison Hertzberg-Cauley and Lyle Laney became sexual without obscenity. Photo courtesy of Ann Dunn It portrayed all the intimacies of lovers Allison Hertzberg-Cauley and Lyle Laney, shown above, danced in the Asheville Ballet’s performance of without invoking an embarrassed blush “Les Sylphides” last weekend. It was one of the three dances that began Asheville Ballet’s 51st season. from the audience. “It was publicly private,” said Justine “Free Fall” was an entirely different Tullos said she adored the full company linist and assisted with the computerized Tullos, a UNCA sophomore. show. Bright, colorful gauchos and sports finale, and said it was so extremely per- musical aspect. Dunn said ballet usually tells a story bras replaced the white, gauzy, traditional sonal, the audience could hear the emo“It’s really cool to combine both arts using movement, lighting and lines. “Les bodices of the first act. tions each dancer succumbed to within and have them going at the same time, Sylphides” used all the same techniques to The final exhibition, consisting of six the dance. live,” the 19-year-old music student said. describe the emotion of dancing. different pieces, was as if yoga or Pilates “I want the audience to have a good However, having the unusual combination Tullos said she was in awe after the first instructors joined with a synchronized time with this,” said Dunn said, joking the is a strange performance feeling, she said. half. The Kernersville native said while there swimming team and held studio over the audience would have to take a cold showThe literature student is currently taking Orange Peel. was not added pressure, she does feel an er after the sexual combination of duets. an introductory ballet course at school and “I chose the name ‘Free Fall’ because it The six stories were composed of a sep- extra drive to do it right because the chosaid she was amazed at the muscle control connotes motion but also lack of control, tet, solo, trio, quintet, three pas de deux reography depends on their timing and the dancers possessed.   grace and beauty,” Dunn said. “It’s as if with a soloist, and a nonet. All six stories cues. Comparing the two dances, she said she they’re floating down.” “In practice, I would get distracted by were composed to coordinate with Kanfelt the same sense of carefree attitude, them,” she said of the artists’ mutual adDunn said her favorite choreography garoo. but felt “Les Sylphides” offered the more has a strong beginning and surprise endUNCA sophomore Rebecca Flynt pre- miration. “I feel like they were the same classical control expected from a ballet. ing. formed with Kangaroo as a back-up vio- way with us.”


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French and Spanish student Laurelle Gonzalez enjoys sightseeing in Angers, France. She said she hopes to visit at least six more countries.

UNCA student expands her horizons with international travels Alyssa Spencer afspence@unca.edu managing editor

UNC Asheville student Laurelle Gonzalez doesn’t mind substituting her favorite local 2 percent strawberry vanilla yogurt for crepes and croissants for breakfast. Gonzalez, a senior French and Spanish student, is finishing her collegiate career in Angers, France.  A native Spanish speaker, she began studying French in high school and said she wanted to travel to better understand the language and culture. “Becoming acquainted with the French way of life has definitely been helpful in gaining a better grasp of the language and naturally adding to my vocabulary,” Gonzalez said.  “I think it’s really useful to get a feel for authentic French conversations versus sticking with just what we are taught in our courses, and I’ve really enjoyed witnessing the French perspective on their own culture, which I’ve observed as a mix of fierce pride and self-deprecating humor.” Gonzalez lives in a large 19th century house specifically rented out to exchange students. Currently, four other girls from around the globe reside with her. Their native countries include Germany, Canada and China. “It’s actually the perfect housing situation for me, as I was hoping for something that would allow me more independence.  I’m free to come and go as I please,” Gonzalez said.

“I’ve really enjoyed witnessing the French perspective on their own culture, which I’ve observed as a mix of fierce pride and self-deprecating humor.”

– Laurelle Gonzalez UNCA French and Spanish student Living a 15-minute walking distance away from her university and just one minute away from a train station, Gonzalez said she is constantly seizing opportunities to experience European culture.  She has taken to reading comic books, which she said are very popular in France, and has adapted to a different way of eating. “I was a vegetarian before I arrived here, but I decided to begin eating meat again during my stay in France to fully appreciate the French cuisine, and also because there is not such a large array of vegetarian products here,” Gonzalez said.  “The variety of products offered here is smaller, but the variety of cheeses is without comparison and everything is very fresh.” Gonzalez spends her leisure time stroll-

ing through the streets of Angers and visiting used bookstores, bakeries and festivals put on by the city. “A recent festival, ‘les accroche coeurs,’ had artists and musicians from all over the country take up shop in the city for the weekend, performing a variety of spectacles completely free, night and day,” the 22-year-old said. Gonzalez said she is impressed by how willing people have been to help her. “I was actually very surprised by how friendly people have been with me, even after learning I was American, even switching to English to speak with me if they sensed that I was more comfortable with it,” she said.  “People, often strangers, are quick to lend a hand.” Getting from place to place is easy, ac-

cording to Gonzalez, who said she enjoys the pedestrian-friendly streets and feels safer using French bus and railway systems than transportation services in Asheville. Gonzalez said one challenge she faces is navigating the city during French business hours, which are notably different from what she is used to in the United States. “Banks and many other businesses close for a two-hour lunch every day, and pretty much everything is closed on Sundays,” Gonzalez said.  “You just have to learn to plan ahead, though, and I find exploring the city on a quiet, lazy Sunday to be a completely different and enjoyable experience apart from the rest of the week.” Gonzalez said she plans to stay in Europe an extra two weeks after finishing her final exams in mid-January to travel.  She also has a list of six countries she is excited to explore, including Belgium, Holland, Switzerland, Sweden, Spain and Portugal. “I’m really eager to take advantage of the cheap train and airfare and visit as much of Europe as possible while I’m studying here, and I’m constantly adding cities to my ‘must-see’ list,” she said. According to Gonzalez, studying in France has not been a huge culture shock. “It’s mostly been just a conglomerate of many small differences from American culture,” she said.  “There is an increased emphasis on local commerce, less of a dependence on technology, a greater accessibility of alternative means of transportation and more of an emphasis on cultural inheritance.”


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Campus Events Mad hatter day! sponsored by U.P. Highsmith Union Wednesday, 4-9 p.m. Panel discussion: Islamophobia in the contemporary world Mountain Suites Wednesday, 6:30 p.m. Book reading of Maria’s Journey Highsmith Union Friday, 1-3 p.m. Step Afrika! Lipinsky Auditorium www.stepafrika.com Oct. 19, 8 p.m. Theatre UNCA: Tennesse Williams’ short plays Carol Belk Theatre Oct. 21-23, 8 p.m. For more campus activities, visit: www.unca.edu/barker


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Volleyball digs into Big South Conference schedule Justin Stewart jastewar@unca.edu staff writer

In the chase to defend its Big South Conference regular season championship title, the UNC Asheville volleyball team kicked off the conference schedule with three wins out of four games. The Bulldogs snatched their first victory in a dominating 3-0 shutout win against Gardner-Webb at home. The team also won a crucial five-set match at home against longtime rival Coastal Carolina. After suffering a winning drought against the Chanticleers, the Bulldogs came out on top, winning the 3-2 battle 14-25, 25-23, 24-26, 25-21, 15-11. Junior outside hitter Cindi Miller led the way for the Bulldogs with outstanding performances in both contests. While Miller had a career-high 24 kills against Coastal, her 37 combined kills, .287 attack percentage and 25 digs in those two matches highlighted a stat line, which garnered her Big South Conference Player of the Week honors. Head Coach Julie Torbett credited the recent hot streak to the experience and strong leadership shown from the team’s upperclassmen. However, she also said she’s noticed latent strengths from some of the younger Julie Torbett players, too.   “Miller has really been our go-to right now,” Torbett said. “She’s played extremely well for us, but it’s important to not have our other players overshadowed by those juniors and seniors. From the beginning, some of these

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The volleyball team practice tactics at home in the Justice Center. freshmen have been thrown right into the fire.”  Freshman libero Alex Stewart was one of those players. The former West Henderson High School standout’s defensive efforts helped warrant her Big South Volleyball Freshman and Defensive Player of the Week nominations. Stewart recorded a

career-high 26 digs versus the Chanticleers alone. According to Torbett, the team is looking to stay cautious while building momentum as they prepare to get deeper into conference play during the season’s final six weeks. “There’s a long season ahead of us, so

we’re trying to stay healthy and rested,” Torbett said. “The travel schedule makes it really hard on the girls, but we’re trying to practice strategically and just keep them fresh and healthy.” The coach also stressed the importance of the team staying focused, especially on the road, to continue their high level of play.    “Going on the road is difficult,” Torbett said. “There’s definitely a home court advantage, so trying to get them to play well at other places is part of what we’re working on.” Last Friday and Saturday, UNCA traveled to Radford and High Point. While the Bulldogs extended their winning streak to six straight matches against the Radford University Highlanders, they were shut out by the High Point University Panthers in three sets. Kelsey Benorden, a senior outside hitter, said the 3-1 victory against the Highlanders, who are now 0-3 in Big South play, was a hard fought conference road win. While Benorden largely attributed the Bulldogs’ victory to the team capitalizing on Radford’s mistakes, she said the Bulldogs also needed to correct their own faults throughout the match.    “After dropping the second set, we knew that we just had to go out there and play volleyball and not worry about the mistakes that we made,” Benorden said.    The shutout loss Saturday at High Point marked the first conference loss for UNCA volleyball. The Panthers are now 8-10 overall and sport a 3-1 conference record. “The loss at High Point was kind of a wake-up call for us,” Benorden said. “Overall, I think it’s a good thing for us, though. We’re going to go into the gym on Monday and work twice as hard now.

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Women’s soccer makes slow start to the Big South schedule Amari Clements aclement@unca.edu staff writer

Posting two losses in the first two games of the women’s soccer Big South regular season, the Bulldogs are determined to do better. “We definitely could have done better, but we worked hard,” said sophomore midfielder Hannah Jeske. “We need to

play hard the whole 90 minutes. We are almost there.” The Bulldogs’ losing streak began with a 2-0 loss to the Radford Highlanders on Friday afternoon. Highlanders’ Julie Ruh’e scored the first goal in the 34th minute off an assist from Sydney Golden to score the first point of the game. The Bulldogs’ energy was high as they tried to get a point of their own with a few

straight shots, including a kick from junior midfielder Leilani Halkiotis, but the Highlanders’ defense blocked them all. In the second half, Mary Wiley helped Radford increase the lead 2-0 at the 53rd minute with the help of Maryellen Derenda.   “Radford got lucky twice. We were working hard, we just couldn’t get in the net. We need to put a head on corner kicks. Our goals are still to get in the tournament.

We have a really good group of girls. A lot of people are really stepping up,” said goalkeeper-turned-forward Mary Beale. Unfortunately for the Bulldogs, Sunday’s game against the Virginia Military Institute Keydets also ended in a loss. Sarah Strand, Christina Gontarski and Amanda Berrios all scored goals for VMI in the 3-2 win against the Bulldogs.

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Former Bulldog goes pro, Egyptian style Justin Greenwood

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When people think of Egypt, they usually think of pyramids, pharaohs and countless miles of sand. For former UNC Asheville Bulldog Joey Harrell, Egypt means professional basketball. “My plans after graduating were always to try to play ball overseas,” Harrell said. “The idea of getting paid to travel the world and play the game I love was always attractive to me. I’ve been really fortunate.” Harrell wore a UNC Asheville Bulldogs uniform from 2003 until 2007 and played for Head Coach Eddie Biedenbach. “Playing for Coach B. helped prepare me for the next level in many ways. I think the most important thing was that I learned to shoot properly,” Harrell said. “Overseas coaches love players that can pick up on plays quickly, and UNCA has definitely helped me in that aspect.” The 6-foot-7-inch small forward from Durham saw his numbers improve tremendously during his four-year span at UNCA, but his favorite part of playing wasn’t about the game itself. “My fondest memory of playing at UNCA actually doesn’t have anything to do with the basketball court,” Harrell said. “When I think about my time on the team, I think more about my teammates that became like brothers to me. We had some pretty good times over the years.” Like most good things, Harrell’s time at UNCA had to come to an end, and when it was time to think about the future, basketball was it. “I was optimistic about my chance of playing overseas,” Harrell said. “It’s always tougher coming from a small school, but I was confident that with my skill set and my size that I would be able to play anywhere. I knew that I would have to work my way up, but I was fine with that.” Harrell’s positive attitude and hard work ethic paid off when he participated in the USA select tour and was chosen to travel to Europe to play various teams. “The tour lasted about 30 days and in that time we traveled to England, Ireland, Finland and Scotland,” Harrell said. “I got several job offers from that tour, but none of them were attractive enough for me to stay.” After five months of waiting, Harrell got his first job offer and joined the Marley Canterbury Rams in New Zealand. After that, he went to Portugal and played for a team called Fisica, then it was on to Australia to play for the Rockingham Flames. After his time with the Flames ended, his career hit a bump. “I’ve been blessed to be virtually injury-

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Wednesday vs. Gardner-Webb 0-3 (L) Saturday vs. Longwood 1-1 (T)

Women’s soccer Friday vs. Radford 0-2 (L) Sunday vs. VMI 2-3 (L)

Volleyball

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Joey Harrell in his days as a Bulldog. He played from 2003 to 2007. free during my pro career. However, I did sit out a year, which was really tough,” Harrell said. “Teams don’t like to see gaps in your resume so it was important to me to find a place to play.” For Harrell, that place was Egypt with a team called Olimpy. “Now that I’m in Egypt, I’m faced with a new set of challenges,” Harrell said. “Not only do I have to deal with the language barrier, but Egypt is a Muslim country. That is just another set of customs that I have to get used to. Everything worked out in the end, though, because I’m back on the court and enjoying every minute of it.” There are many obstacles players have to face when trying to make it to the professional level, something that Harrell has experienced firsthand. “I think the biggest obstacle is the fact

that there are so many players that come out each year looking to go overseas and there are a limited number of spots available,” Harrell said. “This is why it’s so important to find a good agent. That’s a tough task as well, because you have to put your career in the hands of somebody that you don’t know. After you get your first job, things become a lot easier.” Knowing how hard it is to get that first job, Harrell tries to help the current UNCA basketball players. “I’m pretty close with most of the guys on the team now, so I try to give them individual advice when I can,” Harrell said. “In general, I would just tell them to spend as much time in the gym as they can. No matter what your role is at UNCA or how much playing time you get, you can still have a career after college.”

Friday vs. Radford 3-1 (W) Saturday vs. High Point 0-3 (L)

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Freshman forward Amanda Knapp scored her first career goal for the Bulldogs against VMI on Sunday.


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Volleyball We’re going to have to play harder and just go out there and play to win.” Rachel Wells, a freshman defensive specialist, said the Bulldogs could have easily escaped High Point with a win had they pushed harder for points. “If we just would have come out stronger, we definitely could have taken the match,” Wells said. “If we could have stuck together in those times that we were tied or had it within one, we could have finished off the match with a good win.” The Bulldogs volleyball program is now 10-7 overall and 3-1 in the Big South. They have three conference road matches in South Carolina this week, with dates at Presbyterian College (8-9, 1-2), Charleston Southern (6-12, 1-4) and Winthrop (610, 3-1). According to Torbett, the team has its sights set on the Big South Conference tournament but can’t afford to get too far ahead of itself.     “With the wins that we’ve had lately, it’s easy to get full of yourself,” Torbett said. “Our final, ultimate goal is in November. While these matches help us improve, we need to use these matches to learn more about our opponents in order to win the conference tournament.” Wells, who contributed 20 combined digs during the past two contests, said the team certainly has their work cut out for them on the upcoming slate of matches. She also said the recent win against Coastal Carolina was huge for the squad’s motivation. “We’ve got a hard week coming up, so we’ll have to work extra hard at practice,” Wells said. “Beating Coastal like we did, which we hadn’t done in a long time, definitely can’t be the high point of our season. Even though that was really awesome, we just have to keep moving up.” The Bulldogs returned just four starters from last year’s team, which finished 2510 overall with a school record, 13-3, in Big South Conference play. According to Torbett, this year’s group

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Cindi Miller at work against Coastal Carolina last week when she earned Big South Player of the week. has a great chance to defend its regular season title and ultimately get a shot at championship glory. “We’re in a four-way tie for first place now, but I definitely think we’ve got a chance at that,” Torbett said. “There are

no unbeaten teams in the conference, so that’s going to make for an interesting year. Hopefully, we’ll finish on top of the standings, but doing well in the conference tournament is all that matters.” The Bulldogs will return home to the Jus-

Soccer In the first 10 minutes of play, Strand received a pass from Simone Jimenez and put the first point on the scoreboard. Still in the first half, the Keydets scored yet another point against the Bulldogs. Junior goalkeeper Megan Dent was unable to block Gontarski’s far right kick, which brought the score to 2-0 at halftime. However, the Bulldogs came back and dominated the second half. Just a few seconds after Halkiotis received a yellow card, she kicked the ball to freshman forward Amanda Knapp in front of the goal for her first career goal in the 59th minute.

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tice Center on Oct. 16 for a 2 p.m. match against top-ranked Liberty. “Liberty is a tall team, and they’re going to be good blockers,” Senior right-side Jenna Dover said. “We’re going to play up to their strengths.”

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“It was the first of many,” said Head Coach Michelle Demko. “It was definitely good to get it out of the way, definitely a good feeling and a rush. But we need to get everybody enMichelle Demko gaged in the game so we can win,” Knapp said. Berrios scored the final match goal, unassisted for VMI, with less than 30 minutes left in the game, making the score 3-1.

Two minutes later, the Bulldogs went into overdrive. Knapp made a pass to Beale. The pass resulted in Beale’s second goal of the season, making the score 3-2. There was still plenty of time left for the Bulldogs to score, and they tried numerous times to tie the game, but the Keydets’ goalkeeper was on a mission. “We outplayed them in the second half, but we can’t start 20 minutes in the game,” Demko said. Overall, the Bulldogs outshot the Keydets and played harder than they did in the Radford game.

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“It was the first time our backline as a whole was a bit off versus Radford,” Demko said. “This game was a sense of urgency. We risked a little bit more. We did a better job of picking the ball up and kind of penetrating through their gaps to get a shot off. We have players that can take long-range shots, it’s just unfortunate that we didn’t get that last goal.” The Bulldogs are now 1-9. Their next three games are away against Presbyterian College, Charleston Southern and Coastal Carolina, all Big South Conference teams. “Every game is important. Our goal is to win,” Demko said.


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Photo Corner

Photography by Frankie Camacho/ staff photographer

The men’s soccer team fought a wet and windy battle against conference foe Gardner-Webb on Wednesday.


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Atlanta Braves manager announces retirement Wednesday, October 6, 2010

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Josh Robbinson jrrobins@unca.edu staff writer

Major League Baseball will never see a greater manager than longtime Atlanta Braves skipper Bobby Cox. Before Saturday’s game against the Philadelphia Phillies, Cox was honored in a ceremony to celebrate his Cooperstownbound career, as he will step down from his role as manager at the end of the season. Many Braves greats were in attendance, such as Hank Aaron, Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine and John Smoltz. Well-known and longtime Braves third baseman Chipper Jones, who has never played for another team nor another manager, gave a speech to show his appreciation for Cox. “I’ve been trying to make you proud for 20 years,” he said. This is an example of the kind of respect Cox commands. He’s always been known as a players’ manager, standing up for them when he believed they had been wronged. In fact, Cox holds the record for most career managerial ejections at 158. But it’s not a manager’s ejection record that counts – it’s his team’s win-loss record. During his 29 years of managing MLB teams, Cox accumulated 15 seasons of 90 wins or more – six of which were beyond 100. One of those 15 came in 1985, his last of four seasons managing the Toronto Blue Jays, when he recorded 99 wins. This was after his first stint with the Braves, from 1978 to 1981, when he never won more than 80 games. Add four Manager of the Year awards, five National League Pennants, one World Series Championship and 14 consecutive division titles and it’s easy to see why he is so highly praised. He’s fourth on the list of all-time career managerial wins with 2,504. His chance to add more begins Thursday, when the Braves head to San Francisco to take on the Giants in the 2010 National League Division Series. Jeff Blauser, who was drafted as a shortstop by the Braves in ’87 and played the first 10 of his 12 Major League seasons with the Braves, said Cox is the reason for Atlanta’s unmatched success during the past 20 years. “The one constant of all the runs has been Bobby Cox,” he said in an interview with the Atlanta Journal Constitution. “And it’s the way he treats his players as an equal, as a peer. No doubt he’s a great manager; his record proves that. But he’s also a teammate. And that’s how we viewed him.” Pete Van Wieren, the beloved Braves an-

Bobby Cox’s #93 1978 Topps baseball card nouncer nicknamed “The Professor,” said, “I have often been asked, ‘What makes Bobby such a successful manager?’ My answer is always his dedication to the job. I have never known anyone who loves the game of baseball more than Bobby. I have never known anyone who respects the game of baseball more than Bobby. And I have never known any who wants to win as much as Bobby.” Cox is not only loved and respected within the Atlanta Braves organization, but he is also heralded as the very best, even among opponents. Joe Torre, who is also retiring at the end of the season, said of Cox, “Players love playing for him because he’s very honest. He knows his baseball. He’s had about every job connected with the game. He’s been great.” Torre should know. He met Cox and the Braves in the World Series twice, both in 1996 and in 1999. Unfortunately, Torre and the Bronx Bombers got the better of Cox both times. Most players will tell you they’d like to play for Cox, even if only for one season

in their career. Jones is lucky, as Cox is the one and only manager he’s ever played for. That’s 16 years on the Major League level. Jones told Jayson Stark of ESPN, “The people who come here for a little bit of time and have aspirations of going somewhere else or the guys who come up and have only known Bobby Cox and are about to become a free agent – I always tell them, ‘The grass is not greener.’ And they find that out.” He added, “It took Gary Sheffield literally three weeks of spring training. After he left here and went to the Yankees, we played them in spring training. And he walked up to me in batting practice and said, ‘Man, did I screw up. I didn’t know how good I had it.’” The few who refuse to acknowledge Cox’s living legacy have said the Braves should have won more than one World Series. Cox’s naysayers have a seemingly fair point, except for the fact baseball is a game grounded in failure. A batter who gets a hit three out of 10 times is considered great. To fathom one single manager could

cause such a ridiculous amount of success goes far beyond the typical rule of prosperity in baseball. “It’s not about how many World Series you’ve won, it’s about how often you compete,” Torre said. Pitching legend Tom Glavine said people always wanted to give the team credit when the Braves won and lay all the blame on Cox when they lost. “They didn’t give him credit when we won during the season, but somehow it was his fault when we didn’t win in the postseason. At the end of the day, you want to judge what kind of manager Bobby is, you listen to people in the game talk about Bobby,” Glavine said. So the truth and fact of the matter is, Cox is one of a kind. He is the greatest manager there has ever been and ever will be. That’s in terms of the success he’s achieved and the respect and love fans gave him. So in a couple of years, when the ballot of eligible candidates goes out and living members of the Hall of Fame put it to a vote, Cox should be put through to Cooperstown, unanimously.


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In the “melting pot,” people may live next door to people of various cultures, but they certainly do not learn anything from them. According to a recent survey by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life, Americans are poorly informed about basic principles of world religions. Less than half of Americans know the Dalai Lama is a Buddhist, and only 54 percent know the Quran is the Islamic holy book. Previous studies by the Pew Forum showed America is among the most religious of the world’s developed nations. Six out of 10 people identified themselves as deeply religious. Yet, those who identified themselves as atheist or agnostic scored the highest on questions about world religions. Jews came in second. Honestly, these results are not that surprising. Christians do not seem to look past their own religious faiths. As a result, the country is filled with religious intolerance. Just last month, a church in Gainesville, Fla., started a Facebook page called “International Burn a Quran Day,” urging people all over the world to burn copies of the Quran on Sept. 11 in remembrance of the victims of the World Trade Center attacks. Something tells me the victims wouldn’t appreciate the degradation of an entire religion in their honor. This summer, many Americans spoke out brashly against building a mosque near ground zero. One man was even arrested for burning pages of the Quran outside the proposed construction site. The mosque is actually an Islamic community center, planned in the hopes of improving the neighborhood. The center will feature a swimming pool, playground and separate prayer spaces for Muslims, Christians, Jews and men and women of other faiths. Never mind that the U.S. Constitution guarantees religious freedom, this community center is clearly a terrorist monument. No matter how many times we play Lee Greenwood’s song “Proud to be an American,” acts of ignorance like these can make it embarrassing to live in America. Americans would realize the images of terrorism and car bombings on the nightly news are not representative of the Muslim faith as a whole if they actually took the time to learn about other cultures. Education is the quickest way to tolerance. In America, people are surrounded by various cultures and religions. There is no excuse to not know more about others’ culture. Now, start melting.

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Renee Bindewald rmbindewa@unca.edu

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At first glance, clusters seem to either confuse or restrict students. They are a part of what makes UNC Asheville’s curriculum a true liberal arts education, but they can still be daunting. Liberal arts education is a system of learning created to help students expand their knowledge beyond one defined course of study. It is set up so students will widen their understanding of the world outside of their major. Topical clusters are sets of classes with a common theme that are then broken down into natural science, social science and arts or elective sections. Students must pick one class from each section within their cluster. Even with 14 topical clusters, it still seems constricting to try and fit cluster courses in addition to all the other requirements. Sophomore Amy Moore, an art history student, said she feels like clusters are a waste of her time since they do not relate to her major. She said, however, she would branch out and take classes outside of her major if they were more interesting to her. “I’d love to take something like photog-

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raphy or something in political science, but I can’t because I won’t have the time,” Moore said. “I feel like clusters restrict my ability to do things like study abroad because I’d feel like I could only go if classes in my major were being offered since I have so many other requirements as it is.” Moore said she understands clusters go along with UNCA’s tradition of liberal arts education, but she does not like the way they are set up. “It is just frustrating because we have so many other requirements with lab science and social science already,” Moore said. “Instead of having a standard liberal arts cluster thrown at me, I’d like to make my liberal arts cluster with classes that I want to take outside of my major. Like Moore, other students also find their schedules restricted with requirements. Sophomore Keith Brannum said he was very surprised when he found out there was a cluster requirement. “Later on, I found out more about it and it just sounded really annoying because it could keep me from graduating in a timely manner,” Brannum said. “It wasn’t explained to me very well, so I had trouble understanding what was involved with the clusters and what I could do.” After looking into the cluster requirements and talking to his professors, Bran-

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num said he was able to find a cluster somewhere between each of his majors. “I am in cluster one, globalization and the environment. I chose this cluster because it had a lot of crossover with international studies,” Brannum said. For the most part, students accept clusters and work them into their schedules. Freshman Ben Judge, however, would like to work with administration to open up the topic of clusters for debate. Judge is a newly elected freshman senator on the Student Government Association. He sits on the academic affairs committee and said he is eager to work with faculty in order to make changes to the clusters. “I believe they are a little bit unfair because of the prerequisites that students have to take in order to take a cluster class. For example, there are some 300 and 400 level classes in some clusters that students who do not have to take that class for a major could potentially struggle in,” Judge said. This does not mean Judge is against clusters. He said he simply feels they need some work in order to be more beneficial to students. “They have the potential to be a wonderful thing, but they could use some changes in order to become more then what some students think is just an inconvenience,” Judge said.


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Sarah Palin’s feminism lacks foundation

Despite the amusing antics of former Alaskan Governor Sarah Palin during the last two years, her neverending political charades may have inspired the highest numbers to date of women running for office. While media analysts are hailing these socalled “mama grizzlies,” a term used by Palin, as ringing in “the year of the Republican women,” their liberal, Democratic and, most importantly, feminist opponents are left with a few questions. Yes, the f-word seems to be getting a lot of attention these days. And it all began with everyone’s new female political ally Palin, waving the gender equality flag in an interview with Katie Couric in 2008. When asked if she considered herself a feminist, Palin replied, “I’m a feminist who believes in equal rights, and I believe that women certainly have every opportunity that a man has to succeed and to try and do it all anyway.” Is Palin spinning wheels on feminism as John McCain must have

“I’m a feminist who believes in equal rights, and I believe that women certainly have every opportunity that a man has to succeed and to try and do it all anyway.” – Sarah Palin done in choosing her as his running mate? The questions Palin’s sentiments raised are not unreasonable in that she is anti-abortion, opposed to sexual education in schools, and supports government intervention in family planning. Many traditional feminists simply can’t come to terms with her positions on these critical issues, which stand in blunt opposition to pioneer feminists’ first demands: equal pay for equal

work and the legal right to choose. Couric sat down just two years after her defining interview with Palin to talk to the other side, a traditional feminist and journalist and the co-founder of Ms. magazine, Gloria Steinem. When asked about her thoughts on Palin, Steinen said, “You can’t be a feminist who says that other women can’t (have an abortion). One in three American women need an abortion at some point in their lives. To make

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that criminal and dangerous is not a feminist act.” So, can conservative anti-abortion women join the traditional feminist movement? The effects of this debate have surged a revival into the hearts of conservative women everywhere. These mainstream women undoubtedly found personal empowerment in seeing a woman fighting the man’s fight, regardless of her abortion stance. Many women in the early anti-feminist movement were also involved in the conservative, Christian temperance wars. With nine Democratic and five Republican women running for Senate, the fight between traditional and new school feminist policy will be at hand. And that is not to say that all Democratic women are automatically feminists, either. The issue is overcoming a maledominated system. And while a battle is won simply in having female fighters in the ring, it hopefully won’t diminish their feminist values.

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