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Students playing volleyball behind Mills Hall at night.
Volleyball behind Mills Hall sees a spike in popularity
Bryson Rankin, Staff Writer • September 25, 2023

A flourishing community of casual volleyball players of all skill levels have recently been congregating behind Mills Hall.  “I always come to volleyball if I hear people are playing,” said UNCA senior and intramural volleyball winner Isaac Abdullayev....

Rapper Terrence Brown, known as Eaze Dogg, performing at Shiloh & Gaines’ Songwriter Open Mic
Asheville rap artists feel neglected, but persist in the fight for recognition
Elliott Jackson , Contributor • September 27, 2023

Local rap artists say they are underrepresented and Asheville’s rap scene is often neglected, despite the popularity of other genres of music...

Two of the new food options in Highsmith, the 828 Burger and Qdoba.
New restaurants in the Highsmith Union food court bring variety on campus
Jayme Sawyer, Arts & Features Writer, [email protected] September 22, 2023

UNC Asheville students craved more variety in their food options, so the UNCA Dining Services supplied a national brand, boba tea and more breakfast...

An exterior shot of Juicy Lucy’s, located on Hendersonville Road.
Ferguson’s favorite food fare: Juicy Lucy’s
Cody Ferguson, Arts & Features Writer, [email protected] September 22, 2023

Just this past Friday I went to visit Juicy Lucy’s restaurant on Hendersonville Road in Asheville. Juicy Lucy’s is the second of three restaurants...

Attendees of the exhibit were met with this guitar display upon entering the gallery. 
Photo courtesy of Amanda Simons, STEAM faculty
UNC Asheville's STEAM exhibition has successful 14-day run
Evannes Edmonson, Arts & Features Writer, [email protected] September 21, 2023

UNC Asheville’s STEAM studio is wrapping up a two-week long exhibition of a project that has been under active construction for several years.The...

Award-winning, avid writers Melissa Febos (left) and wife Donika Kelly (right), both professors at the University of Iowa visiting UNC Asheville.
Award-winning authors attend UNCA’s campus, kickoff visiting writers series
Evannes Edmonson, Arts & Features Writer, [email protected] September 20, 2023

On Sept. 14, renowned authors Donika Kelly and Melissa Febos visited UNC Asheville’s campus and spoke to students and other members of the...

Burchett heavily strums an upbeat chord progression as Schlock and Chisholm communicate on stage.
Local Asheville band Yesterday's Clothes share influences and aspirations
Lucas Britt, Arts & Features Writer, Photographer, [email protected] September 19, 2023

Yesterday’s Clothes is a 4-piece alternative band local to Asheville, N.C. Their members comprise of Hampton Schlock (Rhythm guitar &...

Welcoming back the Bulldogs
Welcoming back the Bulldogs
Joshua Staley, Co-Editor-in-Chief, [email protected] August 31, 2023

Now that the hectic first week of class is all behind us, hopefully you’ve cultivated some form of a routine to stick to. From skirting around...

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...

Morgan Couglen preparing for a backwards or inwards dive.
UNCA Swim and Dive to host intrasquad meet
Bella DiBenedetto , Staff Writer • September 21, 2023

The UNC Asheville Swim and Dive team are jumping into their 2023-2024 season with an intrasquad meet this coming weekend.  This event consists...

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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 students the opportunity to give feedback to their professor and give the department as a whole a glimpse of...

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...

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....


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