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Screenshots from Yik Yak posts.
Anonymous social media platforms on campus impact student body
Nathanael Bryant, [email protected], Contributor • March 24, 2023

UNC Asheville community members voice concern over the use of anonymous social media platforms such as Yik Yak, along with their effects on campus.  “There is a deep sense of isolation from actual connection to another person,” said Dean of Students...

The castle at the center of Magic Kingdom
Disney as an adult and revisiting old trips
Cody Ferguson, [email protected], Arts and Features Writer • March 13, 2023

Disney is an experience some kids wait their entire adolescence for and coming back to Disney with an adult perspective still doesn’t cease...

A photo captured by Frances Carter of the Australian band.
New Zealand indie band makes their way to The Orange Peel
Jernigan Neighbors, [email protected], Arts & Features Editor • March 3, 2023

Most known for their amplifying shows and indie rock sound, the New Zealand band, The Beths, will be traveling to Asheville for the first time...

Jennifer Gatti and Stephanie O’Brien laughing on their wedding day.
A totally normal, boring love story
Cody Ferguson , [email protected], Arts and Features Writer • February 25, 2023

Legislature would determine the sanctity of marriage for many, but arbitrary lines won’t stop these lovers from being just like everyone else,...

Dr. OBrien in her office, editing a documentary piece that she is working on with Dr. Slatton.
From Raleigh to LA: A latchkey kid’s story
Cody Ferguson, Arts & Features Writer, [email protected] February 22, 2023

When a lifelong admiration of film and television simply couldn’t be suppressed, a young woman traveled across the country time and time again...

Was I reading or was I dreaming? After a whole page of reading, my consciousness left me and I fell asleep. - Jake Wilson
I read every night before bed for five days and this is what happened
Jake Wilson, Staff Writer, [email protected] February 17, 2023

After a long day, you go home, put on your pajamas and get ready for bed. As you lay down on your bed, you pull out your phone and start watching...

A staff picture of the people behind Emote.
The Story of Emote
Jernigan Neighbors, [email protected], Arts and Features Editor • February 10, 2023

Emote attracts many eyes in Asheville with its dynamic colors and distinct style. What once started out as an Etsy website and vendor booth,...

UNC Asheville is kicking off the spring semester as students acclimate to returning to campus.
Welcome back Bulldogs!
Hayden Bailey, [email protected], Co-Editor-in-Chief • January 18, 2023

The first week back can be hectic and overwhelming. You might feel like you just lost all of the sleep you got back over winter break. You might...

A study by USC Annenberg reveals some shocking statistics about Asian representation within cinema.
Trying to find myself on TV and why I’ve never been a reader
Grace Gosinanont, Arts and Features Editor, [email protected] November 21, 2022

Growing up, I've always felt like I consumed media by the spoonful. From hoarding all of the “Magic Tree House” books I could find to sneaking...

Senior guard Mike Bothwell celebrates the Paladins 88-79 win over Chattanooga. With this win Furman earns their first NCAA tournament bid since 1980.
Furman wins Southern Conference Championship rematch, advances to first NCAA Tournament since 1980
Jake Wilson, [email protected], Sports Writer • March 7, 2023

ASHEVILLE, N.C. – The Furman Paladins defeated the Chattanooga Mocs 88-79 on Monday night to advance to their first NCAA tournament in...

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Holocaust Permanent Exhibition in the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington, D.C.
Dear Mama, It Makes Sense Now
Alessandra Sanders, [email protected], Contributor • March 20, 2023

Walking through the United States Capitol is as awe-inspiring for one person as much as the next, but there’s a perspective you can’t understand unless you’ve walked in it. That is being a second generation American. I will speak of my experiences...

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....

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...