The Appalachian

The Tyranny of the Majority: Direct Democracy

The Tyranny of the Majority: Direct Democracy

Caleb Garbuio, Opinion Editor

February 20, 2020

Direct democracy is impractical and unethical because it empowers mob rule at the expense of order and security. Mob rule eliminates Locke's contract between citizens and government, where freedom is traded for safety. Direct democracy’s proponents claim it empowers citizens to vote on policy issues...

The Bleak Prospects of Student Debt

The Bleak Prospects of Student Debt

Charles Aiken, Opinion Writer

February 19, 2020

Stress, fear and worry are constant fears young adults attending universities face when considering their futures. These issues are compounded by student debt. Pursuing a college degree is a Western tradition. Yet, this tradition brings extraneous burdens today. The principal agent of woes and anxiety’s...

The Meaning of Life

The Meaning of Life

Ethan Murphy, Reporter

February 19, 2020

Philosophy, interpreted from Greek, means love of wisdom. To the existentialist philosopher, knowledge only exists upon knowing the purposeless nature of existence itself. Once known, one may not venture back. “The struggle itself toward the heights is enough to fill a man’s heart. One must imagine...

Letter to the editor: Section 14 needs us!

Letter to the editor: Section 14 needs us!

Andrew Curry

February 18, 2020

By Andrew Curry, a senior history major. It’s no secret that App State basketball has not been good the past few years. Since going 24-13 in the 2009-10 season and 16-15 in the 2010-11 season, we have not won more than 15 games in a season. Records of 9-22, 9-21, 15-18 and 11-21 are not exactly...

Letter to the Editor

Letter to the Editor

Jay Edwards

February 15, 2020

Editors note: The letter Mr. Edwards submitted spelled out 'the word "n----r" in its entirety. The Appalachian edited the word, without changing his letter's meaning, based upon ethical principles that guide professional journalists. By Jay Edwards, (he/his/him) Director of Diversity and Incl...

The Emptiness of Modern Relationships

The Emptiness of Modern Relationships

Caleb Garbuio, Opinion Editor

February 13, 2020

Modern people are lonely. According to a 2018 Cigna survey of 20,000 people, nearly half the participants felt left out, with Generation Z being the loneliest. Social isolation is nothing new. Karl Marx argued that people are collective and capitalism isolates people through consumerism. Modern consum...

Letter to the Editor: Defining consent

Letter to the Editor: Defining consent

February 13, 2020

Consent is “Yes.” Consent is not “not no.” Consent is not a short skirt. Consent is not too many tequila shots. Consent is not “we’ve had sex before.” Consent is not a pass that never expires. Consent is not being too afraid to say no. Consent is not contingent on how much you spent on dinner...

Your Vote Always Matters

Your Vote Always Matters

Ricky Barker, Columnist

February 12, 2020

The 2020 election is coming and it may feel that our vote won’t make a difference because so many people are voting. This is faulty logic because North Carolina’s track record for elections is anything but straightforward. North Carolina is a swing state, meaning that either party could win because...

Vinyl: The Greatest Musical Medium

Vinyl: The Greatest Musical Medium

Ethan Murphy, Reporter

February 12, 2020

People listen to music everywhere: on the bus, in cars, walking or sitting. This negatively affects their day because they meet no one new, miss out on the sounds of the world around them and appreciate the music less because of oversaturation.  In the past, people listened to live performers. Then came vinyl...

The Absence of Substance in the DNC Debates

The Absence of Substance in the DNC Debates

Stephen C. Leverton II, Opinion Writer

February 5, 2020

On Jan. 14, CNN hosted the 7th Democratic Presidential Debate in Iowa, with six out of the 13 candidates on stage. CNN, the New York Times, and other media outlets released opinion articles titled: “Winner and Losers” and discussed who won or lost. However, the media did not focus on one key gro...

Coronavirus highlights financial insecurity

Coronavirus highlights financial insecurity

Ricky Barker, Columnist

February 5, 2020

Every new virus unnerves many. Every day there are new developments about the coronavirus spreading through China and the world. As of Feb. 3 it’s killed over 300 people since its outbreak, more bodies will continue to pile up. However, the flu is responsible for killing 12,000 to 61,000 people every year in the United ...

Greatness is Timeless: Why the Beatles are Still Relevant

Greatness is Timeless: Why the Beatles are Still Relevant

Stephen C. Leverton II, Opinion Writer

February 5, 2020

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the release of “Let It Be” and the official end of The Beatles when Paul McCartney publicly announced he was leaving the band in April of 1970. All throughout the 2010s, Beatle fans saw deluxe remasters of their favorite albums, from 2017’s “Sgt. Pepper’s ...