The Appalachian

Campus dining halls anticipate modifications

Eric Mendiola, Reporter | March 21, 2023

Renovations to campus dining halls are aimed to begin in May and are set to be completed before the fall 2023 semester. Modifications will be made to Roess Dining Hall and Trivette Hall to accommodate the new dining format which was introduced in the fall 2022 semester, according to the App State’s Future website. The new floor plans will “improve the functionality, efficiency and overall...

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Local hotel to serve as student housing

William Becker, Reporter | March 20, 2023

The Sleep Inn Boone University Area will serve as transfer student housing for the 2023-24 academic year. According to the Office of the Chancellor’s weekly newsletter email Friday, the university “has entered into a service agreement” with the hotel “to meet anticipated demand for on-campus housing in August.”  This was announced by Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs J.J. Brown during...

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App State professor receives record-breaking grant

Thomas Turner, Reporter | March 20, 2023

After finishing up one of his lab classes, Michael Reddish looked at his phone and saw the best news he could have ever hoped for. He rushed back to his office to immediately email his wife the good news: he had been awarded the single largest grant for a single primary investigator in App State history. Reddish, assistant professor and research mentor for the Department of Chemistry and Fermentation...

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Student arrested for shooting threat at App State

Hollie Moore, Associate News Editor | March 8, 2023

An App State student was arrested Wednesday night on suspicion of “Communicating a Threat of Mass Violence on Educational Property, a Class H felony,” the university wrote in an email to the App State community.  The student, Pierce Chase, posted threats on Yik Yak, which were received by university police around 3:45 p.m. Wednesday. The police located the phone which the Yik Yaks were posted...

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Local alpaca farm celebrates 20 years of business

Kayla Masterman, Reporter | March 8, 2023

The rolling countryside, the personable farm animals, the sounds of the birds and the soft whispering wind greets visitors at Apple Hill Farm. Located on Apple Hill Road in Banner Elk, Apple Hill Farm is a local fiber farm where “animals talk and people listen,” according to their website. Fiber farms raise livestock and harvest their fleece. According to Apple Hill Farm’s mission,...

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Watauga County library seeks funding for $13.9 million expansion

Will Hofmann, Enterprise Editor | March 8, 2023

On a sunny Boone day, the large windows in the back of the Watauga County Public Library let in a bright, nostalgic glow swallowing up the study tables below. Leading up to them are dozens of bookshelves, a storytime area featuring a large castle and numerous workstations for library employees and public-use computer labs.  However, in every space there is an exception.  In the windowed study...

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