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Sidewalk chalk protesting David Weldon, the director of emergency management.
UNCA host open forum to address Tuesday night’s student employee active shooter training
Jemima Malote, [email protected], Editor-in-Chief • September 22, 2022

On Tuesday night, Highsmith administration and the public safety department hosted a mandatory Highsmith student staff meeting on emergency preparedness,...

Student employees were handed t-shirts that read Highsmith Hero after the training.
Students and faculty react to UNCA’s response to Tuesday night's training
Jemima Malote, [email protected], Editor-in-Chief • September 22, 2022

Thursday's 10 to 11 a.m. open forum consisted of a small group of students who gave suggestions on possible future active shooter training.   Students acknowledged the importance of those types of training but said change is needed to incorporate...

Blue Echo Radio Interviews Tucker Rule
Blue Echo Radio Interviews Tucker Rule
Cielo Maranchello, [email protected], Social Media staff • September 19, 2022

21 Years of “Full Collapse” and L.S. Dunes Recently, Blue Echo Radio had the opportunity to interview legendary drummer, Tucker Rule. Tucker...

Boro rests after being rescued out of a tree.
Asheville tree top rescue unites cats stuck in trees with their owners
RaeAnne Genth, [email protected], Arts & Features Writer • September 12, 2022

Climbing trees can be a daunting, yet enticing activity. Cats are no exception to such a feat and despite having supposedly nine lives, cats...

Black students share their experiences with racism at UNC Asheville
Black students share their experiences with racism at UNC Asheville
Ruby Worthy , [email protected], Podcast Staff • September 7, 2022

Shiasia “Asia” Beasley was in their second semester of their federal work-study when they decided they wanted to branch out socially and...

Marriage counselors, Johnny and Robin Hughes, laugh in his office.
COVID didn’t actually do the wedding industry dirty
Hayden Bailey, [email protected], Arts and Features Writer • August 30, 2022

At the Ridge in Marshall, North Carolina, the Blue Ridge Mountains surround the venue while Marta Santamaria runs a tight ship.  For 35 years...

An overlook of the Blue Ridge parkway.
Captivating Asheville: Peering Behind the Lens
Jernigan Neighbors, [email protected], News Writer • August 27, 2022

For many decades Asheville has honed a unique and transformative spot for up and coming photographers.  Many photographers, like the famous...

Colin Wiseman, founder of Chai For, prepares a drink at West Asheville Tailgate Market.
Local chai vendor exceeds own expectations of success
Hayden Bailey, [email protected], Arts and Features Writer • August 25, 2022

Grad school moved Colin Wiseman to New York City where cafés became a frequent meeting spot for him. His no-coffee drinking self tried chai...

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...

Junior Midfielder Brendan Herb takes a freekick in Queens territory.
Bulldogs suffer a heartbreaker at home to newcomer Queens, 3-0
Jared Feinberg, Sports Writer, [email protected] September 21, 2022

UNC Asheville's early season struggles continued at home Tuesday after suffering an emotional defeat against Queens University in their first-ever...

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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...