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UNC Asheville freshman Austin Yarborough shares their perspective at vigil honoring lives of Palestinians killed, Nov. 29, 2023.
Actions in Asheville continue alongside escalated violence in Palestine
Elliot Jackson, News Writer, [email protected] February 19, 2024

In large LED lettering, across the Reed Plaza stage read: “Free Palestine.” “I'm not surprised on a college campus that's often seen as kind of a space of debate, although there was a vigil that is really a space of grieving more than anything...

Jacob Eaton posed with his van after renovations in Asheville.
A young adult’s experience with overcoming the challenges of gap years and independent travel
Sydney Naster, Arts & Features Writer, [email protected] February 14, 2024

Years following the pandemic, some 2020 high school graduates are beginning to graduate college, while others are thinking about starting.  Many...

Libby Rodenbough, vocalist and guitarist plays during Sluices set at Eulogy.
University of North Carolina at Asheville alum takes stage with indie-folk band as they embark on tour.
Kylie Mangione, Arts & Features Writer, [email protected] February 12, 2024

Durham, N.C. based indie-folk band Sluice performed on Jan. 18 at the Asheville venue Eulogy to kick off the start of their upcoming spring tour. Sluice...

James Madden, 58, plays his Guitar Hero guitar alongside his dog, Daisy, at the Grateful Family Band’s show at One World Brewing on Jan. 30.
A peek into Asheville’s Grateful Dead community
Elliot Jackson, [email protected], Arts & Features Writer • February 9, 2024

No matter where you stood, the face of Jerry Garcia was visible, displayed on both the front and back of his tie dye T-shirt. “My first...

Pictured is the Esports Center located on the main floor of the Sherril Center at UNC Asheville.
Assistant director of campus recreation improves the abilities of esports players through passion and commitment
Jon Grunau, [email protected], Arts & Features Writer • February 9, 2024

As the assistant director of campus recreation, esports and sports, Nicholas Braylan has recently been devoting his time to improving the Esports...

“Memorabilia from the Disney College Program” - photo provided and taken by Ava Wolchesky
From Asheville to Orlando: a look inside the Bulldogs who have participated in the Disney College Program and its benefits.
Kylie Mangione, [email protected], Arts & Features Writer • February 7, 2024

On Jan 5, The Walt Disney Company opened up their 2024 registration for the Disney College Program, a four to eight month internship program...

Thomas Solar posing with the Asheville Dungeon Masters
Dungeons n Drafts rolls into Asheville
Brandon Washington, [email protected], Arts & Features Writer • February 6, 2024

Last Wednesday, Dungeons n Drafts hosted its first game night at the Wicked Weed Funkatorium in downtown Asheville. “It went beyond all...

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Graphic by Joshua Staley.
Welcome Back Bulldogs
Joshua Staley, News Editor, [email protected] February 1, 2024

Coming back to school after a long holiday break can be a taxing, hectic experience, but now that we’ve all gotten the first two weeks out...

Protesters holding signs on Montford Avenue above Interstate 240.
Asheville community responds to Israel-Gaza conflict, amidst rising violence and casualties
Elliott Jackson, Contributor • November 1, 2023

*Information updated as of 11/4/2023. Source's name redacted upon request for safety concerns. Across Asheville, residents show their support...

UNC Asheville League of Legends team to showcase their synergy in Big South conference
UNC Asheville League of Legends team to showcase their synergy in Big South conference
Jon Grunau, Sports Writer, [email protected] February 16, 2024

With the Big South conference looming closer, the UNC Asheville Esports team for League of Legends has been hard at work ensuring their five...

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Protesters holding signs on Montford Avenue above Interstate 240.
Asheville community responds to Israel-Gaza conflict, amidst rising violence and casualties
Elliott Jackson, Contributor • November 1, 2023

*Information updated as of 11/4/2023. Source's name redacted upon request for safety concerns. Across Asheville, residents show their support and raise awareness for the on-going conflict occurring between Hamas and Israel. “We’re answering...

Overview of ‘Goodwill Bins’, a wholesale thrift store on Patton Avenue.
Eco-shopping: Quality versus Quantity
Danielle Johnson, [email protected], Contributor • April 29, 2023

I have always been a big consumer of media aimed at young women– being one helps. In recent years, every lifestyle YouTuber has been discovering how to shop ‘sustainably’ and I found it my civic duty to do the same. Emma Chamberlain and Ashley Bestdressed...

Two-way grading: The role and dilemma of student feedback
Two-way grading: The role and dilemma of student feedback
Will Rhodarmer, [email protected], Arts & Features Writer • April 28, 2023

With the end of the semester drawing near, UNC Asheville students have received their student feedback on instruction forms. These forms give...

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...

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...

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