The Appalachian

Opinion: Enter the Sandman

Opinion: Enter the Sandman

Stephen C. Leverton II, Opinion Writer

March 5, 2020

As South Carolina and Super Tuesday come and go, former Vice President Joe Biden has a major opponent in the race for the Democratic ticket: Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders. Sanders is the current front-runner in national polls, after both the Nevada caucuses and the New Hampshire primaries. Super Tuesday is next, following Biden’s Sout...

Caleb’s Concepts: The positive impact of increasing AppalCart bus routes

Caleb's Concepts: The positive impact of increasing AppalCart bus routes

Caleb Garbuio, Opinion Editor

March 5, 2020

  There is no debate: traffic in Boone is bad. If you live off campus, good luck trying to make it to class on time during rush hour. Other than being every off-campus student’s nightmare, traffic also impacts the environment. According to the Office of Sustainability, students contribute to 40% ...

Opinion: Corporatism has ruined Country

Opinion: Corporatism has ruined Country

Ethan Hunt

March 5, 2020

Country music industry has lost its way. Or, what was classified as country has changed from when its previous generations' stars led the industry. I have been a country music fan my entire life. However, my preference in country music is“true country.” True country is embodied by the likes of J...

Opinion: Paging Mr. Bloomberg

Opinion: Paging Mr. Bloomberg

Ricky Barker, Columnist

March 5, 2020

Michael Bloomberg made a messy splash during his first and second debates. He seemed redundant and unprepared for the onslaught he received from his political rivals. He bumbled through his responses to criticisms and questions.  In many ways it seems Bloomberg expected to walk in and have everyone tha...

Letter to the Editor: Concerned faculty members

Letter to the Editor: Concerned faculty members

Concerned Faculty Members

March 5, 2020

To the campus community, In response to Jay Edwards’ letter to the editor of February 15, we would like to express sympathy and support for his statement regarding the largely unintentional, yet real and undeniable forms of violence to which Black students and students of color regularly face on an ove...

LTE: Statement from the Milbourne.Davis Administration

LTE: Statement from the Milbourne.Davis Administration

Milbourne.Davis Administration

March 2, 2020

March 2nd, 2020 To the Appalachian Community, Over the course of the last two weeks, we have taken the time to meet with different parties within University Administration to express our concerns regarding the deliberate and racist acts of Dr. Kristina Groover. This time has given us the opportu...

OPINION: Free Market: Invisible Owner

OPINION: Free Market: Invisible Owner

Ethan Murphy, Reporter

February 27, 2020

The world has long equated capitalism with liberty, relying on its trademark “economic freedom.” Despite this association, evidence shows that capitalism fosters economic servitude and widespread inequality.  According to Equitable Growth, the richest 1% of American families own 40% of the n...

OPINION: The Caucus Surprise

OPINION: The Caucus Surprise

Ricky Barker, Columnist

February 26, 2020

To say that the Iowa Caucus and New Hampshire primaries have been surprising is an understatement. Many of the establishment frontrunners have been pushed aside in these first two tests.  Surprisingly, Pete Buttigieg, the young up-and-comer, came out as the moderate winner in two states: coming fi...

OPINION: Trump and the Pursuit of Saving Stone

OPINION: Trump and the Pursuit of Saving Stone

Stephen C. Leverton II, Opinion Writer

February 26, 2020

President Donald Trump’s politicization of the Department of Justice is tyrannical and unprecedented. Early Feb. 12, Trump tweeted “Congratulations to Attorney General Bill Barr for taking charge of a case that was totally out of control and perhaps should not have even been brought,” referring t...

Caleb’s Concepts: How to Win a Political Discourse

Caleb's Concepts: How to Win a Political Discourse

Caleb Garbuio, Opinion Editor

February 26, 2020

The 2020 Democratic primaries are in full swing, and candidates need supporters. Thus, Democratic voters are obligated to research candidates and vote for the best one. However, the Democratic primaries require constituents to research core issues and elect the candidates who address them. These voters...

Letter to the Editor: Statement from Dr. Leonardo Flores – message to the Appalachian Community

Letter to the Editor: Statement from Dr. Leonardo Flores - message to the Appalachian Community

Leonardo Flores

February 24, 2020

February 24, 2020 Dear Appalachian State University community, I am writing to address a regrettable incident that has profoundly affected our department and its students. On February 15, 2020, The Appalachian published Mr. Jay Edwards’ Letter to the Editor recounting an incident in Dr. Kristina Groover...

Two Biggest Winners

Two Biggest Winners

Stephen C. Leverton II, Opinion Writer

February 20, 2020

The Iowa caucuses and the New Hampshire primaries produced two winners: former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders. According to Politico, Mayor Buttigieg won the Iowa caucuses by one delegate, 26.2% of the delegate vote, compared to Sanders’ 26.1%. However, Sanders won...