The Appalachian

2020 in photos: The year we shared

Jesse Barber, Photo Editor | December 31, 2020

“We’re living through unprecedented times:” these are words that have been repeated since March with the onset of the  COVID-19 pandemic. Just as spring break had started to crest over the horizon, news broke of the virus’ arrival in the US. We looked on, unaware of how our lives would be drastically changed in the coming months. For some, study abroad experiences were canceled, vacations...

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Opinion: Dolly Parton is a national treasure!

Ella Adams | November 24, 2020

From elections to guns to the economy, Americans have no shortage of things to disagree about – except Dolly Parton. Based on a YouGov survey, only 6% of people held a negative opinion about her. Her music, movies, charity work and iconic look make Dolly a darling of country music and a mainstay of American culture. There is no doubt Dolly Parton has an incredible career. She has  25 No. 1 singles...

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Opinion: Bob Dylan is an underrated holiday artist!

Stephen C. Leverton II, Opinion Writer | November 24, 2020

It’s that time of year again: Christmas decorations out the day after Halloween, holiday music playing on speakers in Walmart, and Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas is You” streaming everywhere. When thinking about Christmas music, Elvis Presley, Michael Buble, Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby and Mariah Carey all come to mind. While these gems of music are fantastic, one album stands out...

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Opinion: North Carolina’s political history

Sean Riordan | November 14, 2020

History and Background Ever since the 2016 gubernatorial election, the North Carolina Republican-majority legislature has tried to strip the powers of the governor. When Democrat Roy Cooper beat incumbent Republican Pat McCrory, the Republican Party lost trifecta control. Trifecta control is when one party holds the majority in the Senate and House of Representatives, and governor’s office.  When...

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Caleb’s Concepts: Many worship it. Too bad science isn’t a religion!

Caleb Garbuio, Editorial Page Editor | November 13, 2020

“The science says this, the science says that,” drones a pundit from a news station that only cares about viewership. More pathetic than the display of poorly presented empirical evidence are the comments on social media pertaining to climate change. “Science is wrong,” some say. “Well, science says,” respond others. The profound ignorance of many, including educated members in society,...

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Editor’s Note: Capitalizing the “B” in Brown

The Editorial Board | November 11, 2020

In 2020, AP Stylebook recognized the capital B in Black when referring to race, ethnicity or culture; it continues instructing writers not to use the term “Brown” when referring to race, ethnicity or culture. The Appalachian follows AP Style, as well as our internal style guide. Despite AP Stylebook’s instructions, The Appalachian will use the term “Brown” when applicable and capitalize the...

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Letter to the Editor: Welcome to App

August 19, 2020

Did anyone have any of 2020 on their 2020 bingo card? A pandemic? Killer hornets? Nightly fireworks to no end? No? Me neither. But this is where we are — a pandemic, presidential election year, societal unrest — all while moving to Appalachian and starting classes. We are living in a time that, literally, is unparalleled. How do we navigate this, you may ask? Together. We are all in this together...

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Letter to the Editor: My support for Donald Trump is over, signed a Republican

August 13, 2020

The November election will undoubtedly determine the fate of our nation and, subsequently, the fates of future generations. While all of us may never fully agree on what this path should be, what we can agree on is fundamental change is desperately needed. Unfortunately, I must take responsibility for my part in contributing to the tumultuous and dangerous political climate originating from Washington....

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