The Appalachian

Board of election lawsuit unites campus political clubs

Moss Brennan, Political Editor

September 19, 2020

Leaders of App State political organizations are upset and disappointed about a lawsuit two Republican members of the Watauga County Board of Elections filed against the on-campus early voting site.  The lawsuit, filed by board members Eric Eller and Nancy Owen, asks the court to stop the state board of ...

Student organizations mobilize marginalized voters ahead of election

Multicultural Student Development has over 30 different inclusive clubs and organizations in order help the diverse student population.

Abi Pepin, Senior Political Correspondant

September 19, 2020

Students involved with the Multicultural Center, Black at App State and the Intercultural Student Association hope they can “make a difference” by keeping students informed for the upcoming election. The Women’s Center, LGBT Center and  Multicultural Center are partnering up to host a voter re...

University announces two new COVID-19 clusters related to sororities, brings amount of clusters reported to five

University announces two new COVID-19 clusters related to sororities, brings amount of clusters reported to five

Emily Broyles, News Editor

September 18, 2020

Two active COVID-19 clusters associated with sororities were identified by App State, according to an email sent to students Friday.  A cluster is defined as a minimum of five cases with illness onsets or initial positive results within a 14-day period and plausible epidemiologic linkage between...

Office of Sustainability hosts virtual film series for Fall 2020 semester

Office of Sustainability hosts virtual film series for Fall 2020 semester

Jake Markland, Reporter

September 18, 2020

Available for free to App State students, faculty and the public, the Office of Sustainability will host a climate and environmental justice film series this semester to foster community, despite a pandemic, and educate on environmental issues being faced in North Carolina and across the nation.  Jen...

Students call for resignation of board of elections member

Students call for resignation of board of elections member

Moss Brennan, Political Editor

September 18, 2020

App State organizations are calling for the resignation of a Watauga County Board of Elections member after a letter sent to App State police garnered criticism and claims of suppressing Black voters.  Board of elections member Eric Eller sent a letter to App State Police Chief Andy Stephenson in ...

Faculty senate chair calls for university support of campus voting site

Faculty senate chair calls for university support of campus voting site

Moss Brennan, Political Editor

September 17, 2020

The chair of the App State Faculty Senate is calling on Chancellor Sheri Everts and the App State administration to file an amicus brief to support the Plemmons Student Union one-stop early voting site.  “I fully understand you are under intense pressure, and I sympathize with your situation,” Michael Be...

University announces COVID-19 cluster in residence hall

The view of Thunder Hill Hall from its patio.

Mickey Hutchings, Managing Editor

September 17, 2020

A cluster of seven COVID-19 cases among students living in Thunder Hill Residence Hall was identified by App State, according to an email sent to students Thursday afternoon. A cluster is defined as “a minimum of five cases with illness onsets or initial positive results within a 14-day period ...

Attorney General, state elections board: Don’t vote twice

Attorney General, state elections board: Don’t vote twice

Moss Brennan, Political Editor

September 16, 2020

North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein and the North Carolina State Board of Elections want to make one thing clear: voting twice is illegal in North Carolina. Stein and the state board are countering President Donald Trump’s multiple suggestions that voters should go to the polls to check if th...

Watauga County Board of Election members file lawsuit against state board over App State campus voting site

Polls opened at 6:30 a.m. Tuesday morning for the start of Super Tuesday. One person was ready to vote right when the polls opened in the Plemmons Student Union voting site.

Moss Brennan and Abi Pepin

September 15, 2020

AT A GLANCE:  Republican members of the Watauga County Board of Elections are challenging the legality of the App State early voting site in the Blue Ridge Ballroom. The GOP members argue that no official notification was made by the board before the 90 day statutory limitation, which means the board can ...

Dashboard: App State and Watauga County COVID case count

Dashboard: App State and Watauga County COVID case count

Moss Brennan, Political Editor

September 15, 2020

With COVID-19 cases surging across the country, App State posts the number of COVID-19 cases among students and employees. Below is an interactive dashboard with data provided by App State and AppHealthCare. Data from App State and AppHealthCare is updated daily. Click here if the dashboard does not work. var divElement = document.getElementById('viz1597695519484');...

AppVotes looks to inform voters on 2020 Election topics

AppVotes looks to inform voters on 2020 Election topics

Abi Pepin, Senior Political Correspondant

September 13, 2020

A team from Appalachian and the Community Together organization created a “one-stop shop” that is working to keep students and the community informed about voting in Watauga County. Heather Jo Mashburn, associate director of ACT, said AppVotes, a nonpartisan site, gives students access to necess...

State board of elections offers voting guidance to college students

State board of elections offers voting guidance to college students

Moss Brennan, Political Editor

September 12, 2020

COVID-19 has hit colleges across the state and country hard in the first few weeks of classes. The New York Times has tracked over 80,000 cases among students since July.  Because of outbreaks at campuses across the country, many universities have had to send students home just months before the 2020 e...