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Caleb’s Concepts: The Media is biased. Don’t worry, it isn’t a problem

Caleb’s Concepts: The Media is biased. Don’t worry, it isn’t a problem

Caleb Garbuio, Opinion Editor

April 2, 2020

All forms of media are biased. This isn’t a well-guarded secret because most people are aware that certain outlets cater to different segments. While this outwardly appears dishonest, it balances itself out.          But, before we explain why the media is biased, we must first define what the...

Opinion: “Waitin’ on a Sunny Day” is all we can do

Opinion: “Waitin’ on a Sunny Day” is all we can do

Stephen C. Leverton II, Opinion Writer

March 31, 2020

  Bruce Springsteen’s music has an effect on his fans. From his number one hit “Born To Run” to his most successful single “Dancing in the Dark,” His three best records: “Born to Run,” “Born in the U.S.A.” and “The Rising” represent a different era not only for Springsteen’s music, but ...

Open Letter about COVID-19

Open Letter about COVID-19

Adam Zebzda, Reporter

March 31, 2020

I hope this letter finds you and your family well during this time of crisis. Over the past few weeks, we have seen local, state and federal officials enacting precautionary measures to limit the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.  I support the work being done locally, and across the nation, to keep our co...

Opinion: Trump is not a wartime president

Opinion: Trump is not a wartime president

Ricky Barker, Columnist

March 31, 2020

Amidst this time of uncertainty, our president has begun calling himself a “wartime” president. During a press conference March 18, Trump said “I view it as, in a sense, a wartime president” while speaking of the COVID-19 epidemic., attempting to put himself on the pedestal of great leaders like Abraham Linc...

Letter to the Editor: The Impact of COVID-19 on Students in terms of Housing and Food Insecurity

Letter to the Editor: The Impact of COVID-19 on Students in terms of Housing and Food Insecurity

Thomas Mclamb

March 27, 2020

Despite Appalachian State University’s reputation as a well-to-do university with median household income of new attending students of around $107,500, Appalachian State University has a deeply ingrained problem of housing insecurity, i.e. homelessness, as well as food insecurity. For students attending A...

OPINION: College Students Need to Make the Selfless Choice

OPINION: College Students Need to Make the Selfless Choice

Ethan Hunt

March 27, 2020

Students have vacated campus to complete the rest of the semester online, as only 160 App students who met the qualifications remain in on-campus housing for the remainder of the semester. This change brought about expected challenges for students and faculty alike. Discussion-heavy courses must be restru...

Letter to the Editor: Letter to colleagues from Faculty Senate Chair Michael Behrent

Letter to the Editor: Letter to colleagues from Faculty Senate Chair Michael Behrent

Michael Behrent

March 27, 2020

Colleagues: My top priority as Faculty Senate Chair has been to work with Senate to get you the raise you deserve. For most of the year, I believed a raise would happen. This no longer seems likely. At yesterday’s Faculty Senate meeting (March 23), the administration made it clear that, a...

Letter to the Editor: An Open Letter to Appalachian State University’s Chancellor Sheri Everts

Letter to the Editor: An Open Letter to Appalachian State University’s Chancellor Sheri Everts

Tracey Patterson

March 25, 2020

Dear Chancellor Everts, I think back from time to time to my own two college commencement ceremonies, as I am sure you have done as well. I remember that exciting feeling of donning my cap and gown; the waiting to march into an arena with classmates, some familiar and some not; the feeling of anticipation;...

OPINION: Students staying in Boone are overcharged for rent

OPINION: Students staying in Boone are overcharged for rent

Adam Zebzda and Caleb Garbuio

March 23, 2020

The coronavirus pandemic is impacting one demographic in particular: student renters.  With classes moving online after a weeklong extension of spring break, and university officials urging students to remain off-campus, some students have gone back home, leaving an economic burden in Boone: ren...

OPINION: App State Greek life challenges the stereotype

OPINION: App State Greek life challenges the stereotype

Ethan Hunt

March 23, 2020

When I came to college, I had no intention of joining a fraternity. In my mind, fraternities represented a hostile environment of competitive people who displayed a sense of superiority over the student body. I assumed that what I knew about fraternities was true across the board, regardless of the sc...

Caleb’s Concepts: Why washing your hands isn’t enough

Caleb’s Concepts: Why washing your hands isn’t enough

Caleb Garbuio, Opinion Editor

March 21, 2020

If you’re a pathogen, your kryptonite is people washing their hands. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that handwashing reduces the transmission of respiratory diseases from the general population by 16-21%. Despite reducing infectious diseases by a significant margin, washing your hands is not enough to h...

Caleb’s Concept’s: COVID-19’s Hidden Cost for Watauga’s Economy

Caleb’s Concept’s: COVID-19’s Hidden Cost for Watauga’s Economy

Caleb Garbuio, Opinion Editor

March 18, 2020

On Tuesday, Gov. Roy Cooper issued an executive order closing restaurants and bars for dine-in customers to halt the spread of COVID-19. There is no debate that Cooper made the right decision. However, this policy will impact Wataugan's directly.  COVID-19 is the newest member of the coronavirus famil...

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