As the Watauga Board of Education prepared to make its decision about use of the controversial book, The House of the Spirits, a rally was held in the ASU Student Union with teacher involved, Mary Kent Whitaker of Watauga High School, even author played for the crowd. The group was urged to arrive early at the Board of Education meeting, expecting a large crowd, although only Whitaker and the mother of the student challenging the book will be allowed to speak.