The Appalachian

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...

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

This illustration, created at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), reveals ultrastructural morphology exhibited by coronaviruses.A novel coronavirus, named Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), was identified as the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness first detected in Wuhan, China in 2019

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...

The U.S.’s Fourth Branch of Government: Corruption

The U.S.'s Fourth Branch of Government: Corruption

Adam Zebzda, Reporter

March 11, 2020

The high rates of voter ignorance evident during election cycles have been deemed troublesome when it comes to preserving democracy; however, the high rates of corruption from those we elect to represent us have rarely been deemed a threat.  At the end of the day, officials traditionally listen ...

Letter to the Editor: Teaching Hazardous Language

Letter to the Editor: Teaching Hazardous Language

Leonardo Flores

March 6, 2020

Teaching Hazardous Language by Leonardo Flores, chair of the Department of English  How can English Department faculty teach texts that contemporary students may consider offensive, while at the same time create a safe environment that contributes to learning? This is not a new question, bu...

Letter to the Editor: A minority perspective

Letter to the Editor: A minority perspective

Gregory Lagusis

March 5, 2020

March 2, 2020 To Whom It May Concern: I am writing this letter in response to Jay Edwards' “Letter to the Editor,” that was published on February 15, 2020 for The Appalachian Online.  As a minority student who is in Dr. Kristina Groover’s American Literature class (ENG 2350-102) scheduled for 5 pm on Tu...