Effective immediately, use of hammocks is no longer permitted on campus. WIFI exposure from laptops and mobile devices in close proximity to trees has proved harmful, delaying springtime leaf and bloom production. Therefore, studying in hammocks is no longer accepted and we ask that you remain indoors. We appreciate your cooperation.
In addition to the hammock ban, use of slack lines on Sanford Mall is hereby prohibited. Tightening of slack line straps blocks tree oxygen flow, leading to limb breakage and structural trunk damage. Several cases of hazardous tree removals across campus have been linked to this cause.
Sunbathing is prohibited on campus until further notice. Several reported cases of temporary blindness have been linked to exposure to highly reflective skin.
High pitched noises on Sanford Mall appear to be having a detrimental effect on native songbird and squirrel populations. Puppies, small children and boom boxes are henceforth required to maintain a minimum distance of 100 yards outside of the perimeter of Sanford Mall.
Appalachian State University’s April Fools Joke
We’re the best.
On behalf of the American people, Michelle and I offer our warm wishes to His Holiness Pope Francis as he ascends to the Chair of Saint Peter and begins his papacy. As a champion of the poor and the most vulnerable among us, he carries forth the message of love and compassion that has inspired the world for more than two thousand years—that in each other we see the face of God. As the first pope from the Americas, his selection also speaks to the strength and vitality of a region that is increasingly shaping our world, and alongside millions of Hispanic Americans, those of us in the United States share the joy of this historic day. Just as I appreciated our work with Pope Benedict XVI, I look forward to working with His Holiness to advance peace, security and dignity for our fellow human beings, regardless of their faith. We join with people around the world in offering our prayers for the Holy Father as he begins the sacred work of leading the Catholic Church in our modern world.
I saw in Louisiana a live-oak growing,
All alone stood it, and the moss hung down from the
Without any companion it grew there, uttering joyous
leaves of dark green,
And its look, rude, unbending, lusty, made me think
But I wonder’d how it could utter joyous leaves,
standing alone there, without its friend, its
lover near—for I knew I could not;
And I broke off a twig with a certain number of
leaves upon it, and twined around it a little
And brought it away—and I have placed it in sight in
It is not needed to remind me as of my own dear
(For I believe lately I think of little else than of
Yet it remains to me a curious token—it makes me
think of manly love;
—For all that, and though the live-oak glistens there
in Louisiana, solitary, in a wide flat space,
Uttering joyous leaves all its life, without a friend, a
I know very well I could not.
Bethany and I recently spent five days volunteering at the Forest Service-managed weir at Redoubt lake in the Tongass National Forest. Located just twelve miles from the city of Sitka, Redoubt falls is one of Sitka’s most important subsistence fisheries, especially for sockeye. Locals dipnet, cast and gill-net for salmon to stock their freezers and cupboards with the rich red flesh of this iconic fish. In past years, Redoubt has provided up to 60% of the total sockeye subsistence harvest in the Sitka Management Area (US Forest Service, 2011).
THIS IS WHERE I’M INTERNING NEXT SUMMER!!!!
Before you dwell on small materialistic bumps in the road, consider the mountains others are struggling to conquer. Take time tonight to count your blessings and find peace with the soul you were given. Think about the joy that surrounds you now, I know I’ll be reminding myself.
I’m in the library. It’s past midnight, and I’m about 3/4ths through a paper I’ve been slaving on for days. Just as motivation is dropping, fatigue sinking in, doom beginning to hang over my head, the dread of another night wasted to struggle through class… I check App State’s Zeta page where I’d asked two hours ago who was still suffering in the library. Callie, one of my sisters, had responded. The following conversation resulted:
Me: WHERE ARE YOU
Me: Good god I need some sister motivation
Callie: I’m on the second floor beside the circle thingy!
Me: You’re probably RIGHT underneath me because I am there too and I can’t see you!!!!! Third floor hahaha
A few minutes later, I look out the circle of windows where you can see down and up at other floors within the building and Callie is walking around the second floor looking up for me. When we spot each other, she goes CRAZY jumping up and down, in front of other students studying and everything, and we throw up the Zeta crown through the windows at each other. I start laughing, and then crying of laughter. People glare at me, because I’m on the silent floor, but I don’t care at all.
Zeta Tau Alpha is amazing. Absolutely amazing. My sister, who I’ve only met and talked to a handful of times, got up from studying and went to search me out just to cheer me up and motivate me to work. We didn’t even say anything, separated by two windows and a floor, but it was MORE than enough. I’m absolutely blessed to have these amazing sisters here with me, it’s incredible. That span of 30 seconds made my night and made me feel so loved, hands down.
ZLAM, ladies. I’m absolutely blessed.