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OPINION: App State’s grading scale is archaic

El Shedrick, Opinion Writer | September 20, 2023

Currently, grades at App State are determined by letters that indicate the quality of work done by each student. However, these letter grades are determined by quality points ranging from zero to four. For example, if a student receives 3.7 points per semester hour, they would receive an A-. This system is not necessary, and is an antiquated way of doing things.  Many high schools have already...

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OPINION: App State is erasing COVID

Emily Escobedo Ramirez, Opinion Writer | September 18, 2023

Listen to this story: COVID-19 is not gone, not by a long shot. New variants called EG 5 & BA.2.86, nicknamed Eris and Pirola, are spreading quickly across the world with similar symptoms and effects as the original strain.  One noticeable thing about campus is the lack of sanitation supplies throughout the buildings. Many academic buildings don’t have hand sanitizer stations anymore,...

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Letter from the Editor: Honoring Hispanic Heritage Month

Jenna Guzman, Editor-in-Chief | September 13, 2023

From Sept. 15 through Oct. 15, Hispanic accomplishments, histories, cultures and more are celebrated around the country in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month.  As a Hispanic-American myself, I’ve seen these strides firsthand; I’ve witnessed the histories as they unfold, and I believe our culture deserves recognition. Welcome to The Appalachian’s first Hispanic Heritage Month special section....

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OPINION: Football Etiquette 101

Bella Lantz, Opinion Writer | September 13, 2023

Football games are some of the highlights of the college experience, and normally attending one is a fun experience with friends. The crowds constantly chanting, the marching band playing and the overall atmosphere of Kidd Brewer Stadium brings a sense of school pride and game day spirit.  However, at the same time, it is not fun when beers are poured on people, constant obscenities are being yelled,...

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OPINION: Listen and learn, it’s not hard

Emily Escobedo Ramirez, Opinion Writer | September 12, 2023

Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15 to uplift, honor and recognize the achievements of Hispanic Americans. It provides the opportunity to honor our heritage and be proud of our culture. At this time, giving space and education is crucial amidst the callous efforts of ignorant humans to portray Hispanics as aliens and criminals. As college students, exposure to inaccurate...

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OPINION: Breakups suck

Courtney Quinton, Opinion Writer | September 11, 2023

Let’s be honest. Breakups suck. They are not healing, not freeing, not fun and overall painful. While some people may be completely OK after a breakup and recognize it was the best option, they are still grieving the end of the relationship. They are grieving because of the past, not necessarily because they saw a future. Both sides of a breakup are human and OK. Going through a breakup is probably...

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Letter to the Editor: App State needs complimentary evening parking

Beth Davison | August 28, 2023

In my capacity as both an employee of App State and a member of the Boone community, I am compelled to convey my deep concern regarding the recent modifications to the university's parking policy. Specifically, I find the removal of complimentary evening parking between 5-7 p.m. troubling. As someone who has programmed a lot of evening lectures and films, I know 6- 7 p.m. start times for evening...

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Letter to the Editor: The SGA is back

Juan Pablo Neri | August 20, 2023

Dear Mountaineers, My name is JP Neri. I’m a junior history major, originally from Guadalajara, Jalisco. I am also the president of App State’s Student Government Association, and I appreciate all of you who didn’t click out of the article as soon as you read those words.  I know that in years past, the SGA has been pretty silent. Aside from a few statements or Instagram posts, for most...

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