The Appalachian

App State updates face covering policy, students share thoughts

App State announced an updated face covering policy Friday expected of students, faculty and staff. Both the mouth and nose must be covered when 6 feet of distance cannot be maintained.

Emily Broyles and Xanayra Marin-Lopez

June 20, 2020

App State students, faculty and staff will adapt to a new updated face covering policy on campus this fall.  Both the mouth and nose must be covered when 6 feet of distance cannot be maintained. This can include campus hallways, classrooms, instructional areas, stairwells, elevators, restrooms and ...

App State announces changes to classroom life amid COVID-19

Classroom safety and disinfecting are some of App State's plans currently being implemented. Any available room space on campus will be used as classrooms to accommodate social distancing

Emily Broyles and Xanayra Marin-Lopez

June 18, 2020

Sanitation stations and additional, larger classroom spaces are just some of the accommodations students will encounter entering the fall 2020 semester, according to a university email. The email stated App State’s Project Management and Implementation Team will update students and faculty wee...

UNC-Chapel Hill lifts ban on renaming buildings; petitions, SGA advocate for App State to follow

UNC-Chapel Hill lifts ban on renaming buildings; petitions, SGA advocate for App State to follow

Xanayra Marin-Lopez, Multimedia Editor

June 17, 2020

A 16-year ban on renaming UNC-Chapel Hill campus buildings was lifted at a special UNC board of trustees meeting Wednesday morning, voting 11-2. In May 2015, the board voted unanimously for a 16-year freeze on renaming buildings. Trustees will work to set guidelines for renaming.  The Daily Tar ...

Boone Town Council votes 3-2 for public mask mandate, begins June 20

Boone Town Council votes 3-2 for public mask mandate, begins June 20

Emily Broyles, News Editor

June 17, 2020

Boone residents and visitors must wear face coverings in all indoor establishments open to the public beginning 9 a.m. on June 20, after the Boone Town Council voted 3-2 for the mandate June 16. This comes after a statewide and local increase in lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19.  Councilperson Sa...

Panel discussion, film screening of Netflix documentary ’13th’ advocates for Black Lives Matter

Panel discussion, film screening of Netflix documentary '13th' advocates for Black Lives Matter

Xanayra Marin-Lopez, Multimedia Editor

June 12, 2020

Community members organized a film screening and panel discussion of the documentary “13th” when recent App State graduate Katie Wynn decided that action in the Black Lives Matter Movement accessible from home was needed.              “A lot of people have the intention of doing well but don’t ...

SGA releases statement behind Black Lives Matter movement, notes future changes for academic year

SGA releases statement behind Black Lives Matter movement, notes future changes for academic year

Xanayra Marin-Lopez, Multimedia Editor

June 10, 2020

The Davis-Hunter Administration released a statement addressing the student body on Monday detailing plans for next year and siding with the Black Lives Matter movement. The administration stands with those protesting against police violence and called for an end to violence against queer and tran...

Off-campus student, additional subcontractors test positive for COVID-19

Off-campus student, additional subcontractors test positive for COVID-19

Xanayra Marin-Lopez, Multimedia Editor

June 2, 2020

One off-campus App State student and eleven subcontractors for campus construction projects tested positive for COVID-19, according to an AppHealthCare press release.  The student was in close contact with another known positive case. Seven of the workers are residents of Watauga County. The worker...

Gov. Roy Cooper responds to death of George Floyd, shows support for protests, activates 450 national guardsmen for de-escalation

Gov. Roy Cooper responds to death of George Floyd, shows support for protests, activates 450 national guardsmen for de-escalation

Xanayra Marin-Lopez, Multimedia Editor

May 31, 2020

Protests, demonstrations and walks have taken place in cities across North Carolina following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody. Governor Roy Cooper held a media briefing Sunday afternoon to address both the peace and violence displayed over the past few days. “People are more...

Watauga High spring senior athletes honored with banners on King Street

Watauga High School senior baseball player Austin Idol poses under his banner on King Street in downtown Boone.

Silas Albright, Sports Editor

May 30, 2020

For many Watauga High School spring senior athletes, the cancelation of their season due to COVID-19 brought an immediate end to their athletic career. Many athletes missed out on their last chance to compete, play with their teammates, senior night celebrations and the annual athletic banquet.   ...

Three additional App State subcontractors test positive for COVID-19

Three additional App State subcontractors test positive for COVID-19

Xanayra Marin-Lopez, Multimedia Editor

May 27, 2020

Three additional subcontractors working on App State's campus tested positive for COVID-19, as confirmed by AppHealthCare. This comes after 16 workers tested positive May 14. Two individuals are residents of Watauga County. They were last on campus May 16 and May 22, respectively. The third is not a Wataug...

“No right answer:” App State cuts men’s soccer, tennis and indoor track and field programs

The App State men's soccer team huddles together during a game against Georgia State in 2018. Men's soccer, along with men's tennis and men's indoor track and field, have been canceled, athletic director Doug Gillin announced Tuesday.

Silas Albright, Sports Editor

May 26, 2020

Three men’s sports programs at App State have been canceled in order to cut costs due to the financial impact of COVID-19 on the athletics department, athletic director Doug Gillin announced Tuesday.  “I believe we’ve been thoughtful, from an assessment standpoint, trying to make the best, re...

First COVID-19 related death confirmed in Ashe County

First COVID-19 related death confirmed in Ashe County

Emily Broyles, News Editor

May 26, 2020

An Ashe County resident became the first in their county to die from complications related to COVID-19, AppHealthCare reported Tuesday. The individual, aged in their 70s, died May 25. The patient also had underlying medical conditions. “We extend our deepest condolences, prayers, and sympathies...