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SGA Vice President Miracle Okoro, former President Demon Thomas and President Lauren Braswell smile next to each other
The Braswell and Okoro administration seeks to continue building community among students
Laura Johnson, [email protected], News writer • May 4, 2022

UNC Asheville’s Student Government Association elected and inaugurated its new president and vice president. Both juniors, SGA President Lauren Braswell and Vice President Miracle Okoro look to the 2022-23 school year as an opportunity for change and...

Old Crow Medicine Show band members (left to right) Morgan Jashnig, Mason Via, Ketch Secor, Jerry Pentecost, Cory Younts and Mike Harris.
Old Crow Medicine Show flaunts their newfound creative freedom in “Paint This Town”
Celestine J. Epps, [email protected], Assistant Arts & Features Editor • June 6, 2022

The Grammy-winning and seasoned Americana band, Old Crow Medicine Show, honor their down-to-earth roots and compilation of country influences...

Current Castanea garden manager Naomi Todd, left, and Past garden manager, right, standing in front of Castanea garden, located adjacent to the Sam Miller Facilities Complex, Behind Kimmel Arena
Generational Gardening: Passing Seeds of Growth Gardens in UNCA’s campus gardens
Addison Wright, [email protected], Contributer • May 22, 2022

It was 12:30 p.m. on a Monday—between classes, meetings and practice. I found myself sitting in warm grass with a pair of shears and one...

Senior dog Cassie watches from her featured adoptable dog condo.
There’s no place like a forever home for animals at Asheville Humane Society
Olivia Kane, [email protected], Contributer • April 26, 2022

Hips shaking in an arthritic fashion, Cassie slowly takes her seat next to her purple Daffy Duck bed, watching the eyes  observing her from...

Daria Krasnov looks at flowers in her studio.
From struggling in Russia to an aspiring Asheville florist
Hayden Bailey, [email protected], MCOM Student • April 26, 2022

There were only three days left before Daria’s family was supposed to leave their life in Russia behind but they were still missing a key piece....

Junior Kira Silvia shows off their designs and arrangement of plants Saturday morning.
Spring in full bloom at student art and ceramics sale
Celestine J. Epps, [email protected], Assistant Art and Features Editor • April 25, 2022

An array of students’ aesthetic designs and earthenware rests in a maze-like layout of the S. Tucker Cooke gallery on Saturday, April 26....

Allison Jenkins proudly shows off a compendium of her favorite series of X-Men.
Comic Envy keeps Asheville entertained through its collection of comic books
Jon Grunau, [email protected], Contributer • April 21, 2022

10 a.m. strikes the clock, a chillier than normal April wind cutting through the streets outside of Comic Envy. Allison Jenkins, 36, quickly...

Demographic enrollment facts from UNC Ashevilles institutional facts web page.
Encouraging minority students to get loud
Jemima Malote, [email protected], Editor-in-Cheif • April 26, 2022

UNC Asheville has 637 students of color on campus,19.7% of the total student body. At a glance these numbers show the schools lack of racial...

Crime statistics from the 2021 Annual Security & Fire Safety Reports at UNCA.
Transparency regarding recent events
The Blue Banner Editorial Team April 5, 2022

As the student voice of UNC Asheville, the Blue Banner strives to accurately inform students of events regarding campus issues. Due to the legalities...

The UNCA swim and dive team cheering for the mile at the CCSA Conference Championships
Plush "Despicable Me" Minion Leads Swim and Dive Team to an Undefeated Season
Addison Wright, [email protected], Contributer • May 21, 2022

Freshman Caitlin Hefner slices through the nine-lane pool, lapping second place and finishing with a slam of her hand on the wall, becoming the...

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The cycle of Work, stress, Sleep is said to accompany feelings of burnout.
Burnt out? Me too. Let’s get through this together
Lauren Boyle, [email protected], Arts & Features writer • April 27, 2022

The final days of the school year are quickly approaching. With only a week until finals begin, the end is visibly close, yet feels impossible to reach.  At least I hope I’m not the only one thinking so. Whether you're rounding out your first year...

The community bands together to protest the “Don’t say gay” bill.
The “Don’t Say Gay” bill: How homophobic legislations harm a younger generation
Grace Gosinanont, [email protected], Arts & Features Editor • April 27, 2022

On Monday, March 28, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a bill prohibiting discussions of sexual orientation and gender identity in the classroom. This bill, given the deceiving name of the "Parental Rights in Education" bill, states that classroom personnel...

Demographic enrollment facts from UNC Ashevilles institutional facts web page.
Representation isn’t as important as you think it is
Ruby Worthy , [email protected], Podcast Staff • April 26, 2022

I committed to UNC Asheville because of the importance it seemed to place on diversity and inclusion. When you’re 18 years old and grew up...

Statistics from the National Human Trafficking Hotline provide insight on reports and tips made each year.
A reminder that being a woman is scary
Emily Arismendy , [email protected], Contributor • April 4, 2022

In a few weeks I’ll be walking across the stage to receive my college diploma. And while it is an extremely exciting moment in my life, I can’t...

CBD and related products can be found in many dosages and forms, including chocolates, gummies and vape cartridges.
Why your health care worker may be vaping CBD
Christi Wentz, [email protected], Contributor • March 11, 2022

It was a rare night in the hospital. No alarms went off and no call bells rang. It was only midnight and all the patients in my group were somehow...

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