The Appalachian

Opinion: North Carolina, your vote matters

Opinion: North Carolina, your vote matters

Jean Holman

September 18, 2020

North Carolina is a swing state. This means that the majority of North Carolina’s votes for officials this season could turn out Republican or Democrat, but no one is entirely sure judging by analytics. Your vote could determine North Carolina’s decision. In the past, North Carolina was a Democratic...

Opinion: What do the tunnels mean?

Opinion: What do the tunnels mean?

Braedyn Garland

September 18, 2020

When I first came to App State, I thought I had seen everything on campus. From the duck pond to Durham Park, there wasn't much I hadn't experienced until I went through the tunnels that connect East Campus to West Campus.  I never thought to explore them. Now, I go through these tunnels once a day becaus...

Caleb’s Concepts: A good life, the Carnegie way

Caleb's Concepts: A good life, the Carnegie way

Caleb Garbuio, Editorial Page Editor

September 18, 2020

Cato Institute suggests younger generations will resent the rich because the U.S.’s existing wealth inequality seems to be getting worse. At App State, 57% of students take out a federal loan and the average student graduates $23,105 in debt. It takes years for students to pay off their loans because t...

Opinion: Social media contributes to political violence

Opinion: Social media contributes to political violence

Ethan Hunt

September 14, 2020

  The pandemic has made Americans politically aware. It has forced people to spend even more time with technology. However, the ways in which people express themselves over the internet are vastly different from in person. Social media platforms often provide anonymity but even if they don’t...

Opinion: The right to free speech doesn’t include hate speech

Opinion: The right to free speech doesn't include hate speech

Ella Adams

September 12, 2020

The extent of free speech is a debate happening across the country with the focus on hate speech. Hate speech is discriminatory speech, writing or behaviour that attacks religion, race, gender, sexuality and other factors of identity. With the rise of  political polarization and an increased spotlight on social issues, people are quick to police each other’s language. This debate over the First Amendment is happening among students and administrators in Boone. People ar...

Opinion: Be it resolved human nature is not violent

Opinion: Be it resolved human nature is not violent

Jean Holman

September 11, 2020

We are not born violent. Outside factors depict who we become. Like John Locke theorized, we are born with a “blank slate.” Some scientists propose that humans are innately violent. For example, David Carrier hypothesized that human hands evolved for us to be better fighters. However, there is evidence from other...

Caleb’s Concepts: Be it resolved human nature is violent

Caleb's Concepts: Be it resolved human nature is violent

Caleb Garbuio, Editorial Page Editor

September 11, 2020

Be it resolved, human nature is violent. Violence is everywhere in 2020. From police killings to partisan extremism violence is unavoidable. No matter what, violence follows humans everywhere because that’s how we are wired. Prehistoric humans drove animals extinct in Eurasia and the Americas are c...

Caleb’s Concepts: Journalists aren’t neutral

Caleb's Concepts: Journalists aren't neutral

Caleb Garbuio, Editorial Page Editor

September 3, 2020

In early 2019, I learned how to become an “objective” journalist in Intro to Journalism. Yet, I have always questioned how objectivity exists when media outlets offer different accounts despite reporting the same events. It is no secret that The Wall Street Journal is different from The New York ...

Opinion: Despite all let’s remain hopeful

Opinion: Despite all let's remain hopeful

Stephen C. Leverton II, Opinion Writer

September 3, 2020

Let’s be honest: 2020 has been a terrible year. From COVID, wildfires, police brutality,  unexciting presidential candidates and a failing economy, 2020 is a rocky start to the 20s. This being said, this year shouldn’t define the rest of the 20s. There is hope that this decade will be  better than the las...

Opinion: DNC needs to find an identity

Opinion: DNC needs to find an identity

Ricky Barker, Columnist

September 3, 2020

The general election is coming up fast and people around campus and the local community are getting ready to vote, the question is, for who? Both parties had their national conventions over the last week demonstrating their strategy and state of their party. The Republican National Convention was troubli...

Opinion: Let’s stop normalizing violence

Opinion: Let's stop normalizing violence

Jean Holman

September 3, 2020

I am no longer stunned by violence in the media regarding recent events. It is normal to see hate in the news, TV shows and films. This is unacceptable because society should never accept violence and hate. Studies show that violence in media, such as the news, movies and video games, promotes aggre...

Opinion: Single-use plastic straws are justified during the pandemic

Opinion: Single-use plastic straws are justified during the pandemic

Ella Adams

September 3, 2020

App State prides itself on its sustainability. In 2019, the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System awarded the university  a “gold rating” of 73.93/100 after evaluating aspects of sustainability such as waste management, energy, and public engagement. The Faculty Senate unanimously passed a resolution of a climate-neutral campus b...