It seems as though the topic of free speech resurfaces continually, whether it is related to campus protests, the university chalking policy or the rights of different organizations to hold events on campus. However, many students are unaware of the larger, overarching restrictions relating to campus free speech, which take the form of “unscheduled public
Letters to the Editor
Dear ASU students: Your tuition has risen significantly in recent years. Meanwhile, state funding of higher education has shrunk, even as faculty salaries have barely kept up with the cost of living and the university relies increasingly on non-tenured instructors. So where is your tuition money going? Two recent news items give you a clue.
This Fall semester marks my 16th year teaching history at ASU. I love my profession. I love the collaborative art of teaching-learning that I get to participate in with the excellent students that come to ASU every year. However, this also marks my 16th year as an “NTT”—a “non-tenure track” professor. That means that I
You’re taught from a young age that the United States has been a trailblazer for democracy and free speech. Yet now that you’re old enough to vote, what kind of democracy have you been left with? Are bought campaigns, the suppression of minority and young people’s voting rights, and gerrymandered elections really the democracy you
I have served under five chancellors during my time on the faculty at Appalachian. All of them have been splendid people and fine administrators. But Sheri N. Everts is clearly special and excellent in ways that we had no right to hope for. She has obviously had an unspeakably difficult first year: Anna Smith’s dreadful
Our generation of college graduates is set to be the most in debt in U.S. history. The average current graduate with student-loan debt has to pay back around $33,000. While the cost of education has certainly gone up, our odds of landing a job that pays us a living wage has not. In fact, 43
North Carolina Senator Tom McInnis has recently proposed a bill – SENATE DRS25152-MM-56 – to “improve professor quality.” He proposes to “require all professors teach a minimum of eight class courses per academic year,” which would probably end up four courses a semester. Full time professors at Appalachian State University are currently required to teach
A letter to white fraternity men, I am writing this to the population of white fraternity men who contribute to the negative stereotypes that surround them. I write to this group because of their unique position of power on campus. I would like to note that I realize historically white Greek organizations are equally guilty
Dear editors, Appalachian State University states that its mission is “to create rich environments where students can thrive.” But as The Appalachian made clear Tuesday in the article “Evicted: Appalachian State evicts 13 students from Howard Street housing,” our students are not allowed to “thrive” if their “environments” stand in the way of ASU’s real
College is one of the most thrilling times of your life: a time to learn, discover yourself, and forge lifelong relationships. If this is where your attention is focused, that’s perfectly normal. But it’s absolutely crucial that your generation realize that it is living through an unprecedented—and deeply troubling—moment in the history of higher education.