The Appalachian

Best of Boone 2022: Best for Alumni

Nadine Jallal, Xanayra Marin-Lopez, and Kaleigh Grommon | May 5, 2022

Best Thing to Do in Boone as an Alum: Football Games By Nadine Jallal If there’s one thing App State students are known for, it’s our dedication and commitment on game days. According to alumni, that commitment never goes away. Current and former students can agree game day is about as good as it gets in Boone. Putting on the black and gold gear and packing The Rock is a tradition sure to...

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Farewell column: A letter to the staff of color

Xanayra Marin-Lopez, Reporter | April 14, 2022

I entered The Appalachian newsroom in 2019 as an eager and overachieving freshman who made my then boyfriend come with me and act like he was interested because I was nervous. I’m now leaving with too many clips to count, lifelong friendships and two pages of a resume. I also entered The Appalachian newsroom as a Latina from a hardworking family who taught me to go after what I wanted. I understood...

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Farewell column: Potatoes, fires and goodbyes

Ansley Puckett, Reporter | April 14, 2022

Saying goodbye to something you’ve loved for three years is really weird, and I’m not sure who I would be without The Appalachian.  From covering a fire in my own dorm using my phone to having a conversation with the chancellor about her favorite kind of potato, The Appalachian has made me a more confident and capable person and allowed me to meet people I never would have known.  Not only...

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Farewell column: Good things come to an end

Mia Mendez, Reporter | April 14, 2022

When it comes to trying to summarize my time here at The Appalachian and my time in Boone as a whole, a few words come to mind. The first of which is community. Everywhere I’ve turned, I’ve been lucky enough in this weird mountain town to come into knowing what the real definition of that word means. Room 217 of Plemmons Student Union is no exception. I found friends I never thought I would make...

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Farewell column: Cue ‘I’ve Had the Time of My Life’

Meg Powell, Former Director of Marketing and Public Relations | April 14, 2022

Somehow I ended up in Plemmons 217 spring semester of my first year at App State. I genuinely could not tell you how I came to be leaning against the wall, not knowing a soul, simply taking in the beautiful chaos I would soon discover is student journalism.  I started as a mere member of the Marketing Desk, scheduling stories and doing other odd jobs, but the past two years, I’ve had the privilege...

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Farewell column: Bringing the world closer

Max Correa, Photojournalist | April 14, 2022

Max Correa is of the Jewish faith and does not spell out his deity’s name out of respect.  My time with The Appalachian, although short-lived, taught me many lessons. Two of them stand out to me after my time on staff: to enjoy the laughter and to bring the world closer. Being a photojournalist never came naturally to me. I started, and will finish, my time at App State as a chemistry student...

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Letter to the Editor: First Generation at App State

Cody Bond | April 14, 2022

Dear Editor, My name is Cody Bond, and I am a first generation college student. The past five years at App have been nothing short of amazing, and I am thankful for the opportunities  I have had and will have later down the road. I have had my share of ups and downs over those five years, but I would not trade the lessons learned for anything. Being the first college graduate in my family came...

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Letter to the Editor: Remove the Russian flag from the Union

Thomas McGowan | April 14, 2022

That some students and faculty canceled their St. Patrick's Day doings to participate in an expression of solidarity with the people of the Ukraine heartens my perception of Appalachian. I applaud that thoughtful vigil for the Ukrainian people, the bravery of their military and the suffering of their citizens. However, considering the Russian invasion and recent news of the brutality of its military,...

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