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Letter From The Editor I can definitely say that I as well as my staff members put their heart, sweat and tears into this issue of the Roddey-McMillan Record. Some will refer to it as the September Issue and others as Issue 2, but I as well as some R.M.R staff members will forever call this the REFILL Issue. Why? Because after weeks of preparation, hard work and dedication we still have not had enough. Some would consider all of the hard work necessary to publish a 16 page issue every month a burden, but it is instead something that we look forward to. After frequent trial and error attempts, we have finally produced something that we are 100 % proud of. I know that issues may arise after this is published, maybe a misspelling here, a layout issue there, but at this time it is completely and utterly perfect. Every month we try to improve and do better than the previous month and this month is no different. We have successfully merged our old topics of discussion with more cultural based stories and even revamped one of our favorite past layouts. With a dash of flavor here, a little substance there, and a hint tradition here; we had no choose but to Specializing In Diversity Since 1986

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Winthrop student’s respond to Obama’s speech at the Democratic National Convention. By: Tabitha Corley Staff Writer President Obama delivered his presidential nomination acceptance speech at the National Democratic Convention past Thursday to millions of viewers from different age groups. At Winthrop University, many college students were a part of that number, and gave their opinions on the President’s speech. Prior to hearing the speech, some students were of great anticipation to hear what the President had to say. On a scale from one to 10, many students rated their eagerness to hear the speech really high. Taurean Stokes, a senior broadcast major from Gaffney, S.C., said his rate of eagerness to hear the speech was 12 out of 10, because he said he liked Obama, and knew that Obama would deliver a great speech. Many of the students watched the speech from different locations. There was not an official watch party offered on campus. However, some students watched it from their dorms, lobbies, student centers, online and/or even from a night club. Some students were granted the chance to hear the speech given live from the Bank of America Stadium. Due to weather and safety issues, the location was moved and only certain guests could be in attendance. Sophomore mass communication and Spanish major Dana Farrior from Charleston, S.C., went to Club 935, 935 South Summit Ave. Charlotte, N.C., the night of the speech. Every Thursday is known as College Night Live (CNL) at that club. This means college students get in free before a certain time. She said that the speech was being played on all of the television screens. This allowed for college students to watch the speech, and continue in their festivities. “I was very moved by his speech...very touched. It just made me hopeful for another progressive four years, even while in the club,” said Farrior. She also said that being in the club

atmosphere was even more exciting after hearing the speech among her friends. Brittany Gunn, a senior mass communication major from Charlotte N.C., said the same in regards to President Obama’s speech. “He know what to do to improve our country. He is not just throwing out stuff like the Republicans. He has a plan for our future, and they (Republicans) don’t,” she said. Gunn said that Mitt Romney (Republican Party) presidential nomination speech did not give a clear understanding of what he was going to do if he got elected. Another Winthrop student’s favorite part of the speech came when President Obama said, “I am no longer just a candidate, I’m the president.” Brandon Grate, a sophomore mass communication major, said that part of the speech was his favorite; along with other parts. He also said he could relate to how President Obama and his wife, Michelle, were struggling financially through college. Most college students could relate to similar parts of the speech in regards to making higher education more affordable for middle class families. Some students said that Obama did positive things throughout his presidency, as opposed to what his opponents have portrayed through the media. Freshman mass communication major Crystal Thomson from Summerville, S.C., said she loved when he listed all the accomplishments he made. “It was nice to see what actually had been done,” said Thomson. However, some students did not fully agree with everything Obama talked about in his speech. Thomson also said that Obama was “making excuses for himself by trying to cover up things that people criticized him on.”

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student by day... military by night...

By: Harrison Garvin Contributing Writer

Money, everyone loves money, but not everyone loves war, violence and/or death. With the anniversary of September 11th occurring last week, our generation may have been experiencing one of the largest terrorist wars in American history. As college students, we all know how expensive it is to attend a four-year college and receive a bachelor’s degree. Many students have been privileged enough to obtain a full ride to college whether it’s due to academics or athletics, but for many of our classmates the military has provided them with monthly income and most importantly tuition assistance. Many individuals have joined the military for financial stability and a concrete future or as a back-up plan. For Bobbi Williams, a Psychology senior, joining the military seemed potentially beneficial as she started her junior year at Winthrop University. Ms. Williams expressed that she joined the military mainly because they help pay tuition for students as well as she being bored with her surroundings. As a member of the Army National Guard, Williams is able to attend her classes and finish her years as an undergrad as well as serve her country. In the National Guard soldiers report to their training stations once a month and depending on their level of rank receive a pay check for

the time they training. Ms. Williams said “aside from the added stress and working a full-time job, joining the Army National Guard supplied me with monthly income, tuition assistance, and a monthly stipend.” As a college student, many soldier’s hopes of graduating with their classmates are halted due to them having to miss a semester of school for training purposes, but this is just one small stone for soldiers who enjoy serving their country during times of war or peace. Ms. Williams said she continued her daily life once she was back on Winthrop’s campus, except for her joining the ROTC and waking up for physical training at 6 a.m. with her battle buddies. After being in the military for exactly one year, Ms. Williams expressed that after graduating from Winthrop University she will go active duty and seek a full time career in the military. At Winthrop University, there are many organizations that we are not aware of and the Student Veterans of Winthrop University may be one of those organizations. The Student Veterans of Winthrop University strive to help student soldiers transition from combat to the classroom by centralizing critical resources and programs. Though the name of the organization includes “veterans” it is open to all student soldiers. To join the Student Veterans of Winthrop simply e-mail the president Michael Widrich at widrichm2@winthrop. edu for more information.

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THE ADVENTURE OF A LIFETIME By: Dana Farrior Contributing Writer

their students study abroad because they constantly promote the different opportunities that come from international exposure,” said Susan A wise man by the name of St. AugusClark senior mass communications major from tine once said, “The world is a book and Beaufort, SC. those who do not travel read only one page;” In the fall of 2011 Clark studied in Dublin, studying abroad is the key to being able to Ireland for a semester and had the time of her call oneself a voracious reader. life she says. Many experience anxiety about Winthrop’s International Center, located making the transition into a foreign country but on the 2nd floor in 218 Dinkins Hall, aids Clark says, “You immerse yourself so much that students in the process of making their study coming home seems foreign.” abroad dreams come true. In contrast to the American students studyThe more than qualified faculty and staff ing abroad there is also a large population of can answer all your questions such as what exchange students visiting Winthrop varying country to study in, what classes to take and from just about every continent. most importantly how to pay for it. The International Center makes sure these The Benjamin A. Gilman International students are adjusting in their classes as well Scholarship Program annually awards up as socially. Their motto is to bring the world to to $8,000 to students interested in studying Winthrop and Winthrop to the world. abroad and Winthrop’s track record for havIf you have any questions about how to study ing students win the money is very high. abroad or just want to explore another departDr. Jennifer Disney the director of the ment on Winthrop’s campus call 803-323-2133 Office of Nationally Competitive Awards or e-mail them at international@winthrop.edu (ONCA) and assists students with the and learn something new today! necessary actions to take when applying for scholarships such as the Gilman. Sigourney Woodfork senior IMC major from Greenville, SC was the Fall 2011 winner of the Gilman Scholarship and is now the peer advisor for students traveling abroad. She enjoyed her experience so much that she felt led to aid other students through the process. When Woodfork arrived home from Paris, France she implemented a program where students would hear from a panel of study abroad alumni enabling them to experience a more interpersonal understanding of what international study is all about. Although Winthrop makes studying abroad accessible to each and every student some believe they do not do a good enough job stressing the importance as well as proCourtesy of Google Images moting the International Center. “Elon University has about 84 percent of

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H i s p a n i c Heritage Month

By Melanie Hicks Contributing Writer

of her heritage. She says that being Hispanic means having a rhythm—an emotional connection with certain things Hispanic Heritage Month is in life like dancing, food, and upon us and Winthrop’s small companionship. population of Hispanic students Samuel Obando, a sophoaren’t short of excitement when it more pre-med biology major, is comes to their culture. another proud Hispanic student. Sarah Rubinstien, a freshman His parents moved from Nicarafine arts major, is proud to be gua to the United States 38 years Hispanic. Her mother is from ago. He sees Hispanic Heritage Peru and came to the United Month as a time to reflect on his States when she married Sarah’s culture, but not as a very imporfather. To Rubinstien, Hispanic tant time. Special traditions his Heritage Month is a time for family has, in general, includes remembering her roots. The Pefamily dinners, reunions and his ruvian Independence Day, a day parents celebration of Nicaragua’s her family wears red and white, Independence Day. To Obando, and Christmas remind her most

A C h a nge In Th e R IG HT D i r e c t i o n year old Wojdan Shaherkani

and 19 year old Sarah Attar became the first women of their country to What made the 2012 participate in Olympic London Olympics so imporGames. Although these tant was not the fact that more ladies did not come close records were broken in these to getting the gold,they games than any other that has still returned home vicpreviously taken place. The torious. 2012 Olympics were significant These Olympians did because this was the first time more than represent their there was at least one male and country through their female representative for each sport. Chemistry major, country that participated in Mariam thinks it is pretty the games. cool that the country is For Saudi Arabia, history now leading by example. was made this summer as 16 The junior says “Saudi

being Hispanic means being different and unique because most people cannot speak and write two languages. Despite Rock Hill’s thriving Hispanic community, there are not many events planned for Hispanic Heritage Month. However, Winthrop will be having cultural events related to Hispanic culture. Rockin’ for Rocha, a benefit concert to raise money for the Rocha Nicaragua Project will be held on October 2 at 7:30 pm in Tillman Auditorium and “The Hungry Woman: A Mexican Medea,” a global cultural event, will be performed in Johnson Theatre from October 3-7 at 8 pm.

Arabia is starting to become open minded. Not being so strict will also have a huge impact on other neighboring countries to hopefully change their views on women

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rights and role in society.” Wojdan Shaherkani’s and Sarah Attar’s debut had a greater impact on women rights and roles in the Middle Eastern country. Coming from a country where women rights like being able to vote, study, or travel are permitted by strict political and religious beliefs, simply going to London was a huge step in gender equality in Saudi Arabia. Attar says “my race was so much more than just a run. It was more steps to becoming equal, never give up on to your dreams it can and will come true.” At such young ages these two young ladies have become great aspirations and heroes for Arabian women. Their debut has paved the way and opened the door for greater progress in gender equality in Saudi Arabia and other Muslim countries. Their days in London were short but the message had been sent. Shaherkani’s and Attar’s presence at the 2012 London games were not only symbolic but, also inspirational. Having the opportunity to participate in the Olympic Games became one of the biggest silent protests for Saudi Arabian women as they continue to fight for democracy.

9/11: A Time of Reflection

Tw o s t u d e n t s r e f l e c t u p o n t h e i r 9 1 1 e x p e r i e n c e s i n d i f f e r e n t r e g i o n s o f t h e c o u n t r y . O n e o f t h e m w e r e i n N e w Yo r k a n d t h e o t h e r i n S o u t h C a r o l i n a . By: Leslie Brown Staff Writer September 11, 2001 will always be a day that I will not forget. Whenever September 11 rolls around, I cannot help but feel sad because of the tragedy that happened. I always think back to that day, and how all of those lives were lost and how a lot of people were affected – like me. I was born in New York and lived there until a couple of years after September 11. My dad worked at the World Trade Center (WTC); he worked for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey which managed the airports, tunnels, rail systems and bridges in New York and New Jersey. He was one of the operation field supervisors of the World Trade Operations department. He worked all the time, and received the ‘perfect attendance’ award almost every year. However, on September 11, life changed. The morning of 9/11 was somewhat like any other day, except my dad was home. He usually left for work at 4 a.m., but it around 6:45 a.m. when I was waking up for school. He told us he stayed home for his and my mother’s anniversary and that he would be able to pick us up from school (which never happens since he usually got off at 7 p.m.), and I was excited about that. It was a regular school day in the third grade for me until class stopped and my teacher ordered

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all of us to go to the auditorium. When I went in there I noticed my sister, who was in the first grade, and all of my friends who were in other classes. I didn’t know what was happening; I just thought we were having an assembly of some-sort. We ended up staying there until our parents came and got us. My mom came and picked my sister and me from school and that’s when I noticed my dad staring intently at the television screen. All I saw over and over was planes hitting the familiar buildings I was used to visiting on my dad’s days off from work. I was confused and shocked and didn’t know what was going on. My mom explained everything to me, and I was angry. All I could think about was “What if my dad went to work today? He would not be here right now.” The house phone rang continuously that day too; my family members kept calling to check and see if my dad was safe. My dad looked heartbroken that entire night and actually did not go to Ground Zero for a few days after 9/11. He did finally decide to go on Friday, 9/15, and being the inquiring person I am I would ask him questions about what he saw. He never went into detail, but all he would say was that he could still smell flesh burning, and how it made him sick. A few months after 9/11, he ended up working at the George

Washington Bridge and LaGuardia Airport, two areas managed by Port Authority, only up until 2003. He decided to retire and we moved to his hometown, Beaufort, S.C., which is where I live today. I will never understand how people can harm other people. I don’t think I will ever forget this day because it not only affected the families of the victims of the attack, but the country as a whole. I am very thankful that my dad decided not to go to work that day and I will always remember the families and children who do not get to see their loved-one(s) every day. I know that terrorist attacks, war or any violent acts anywhere will probably happen again during my lifetime, but I can only hope that they won’t ever again. Courtesy of Google Images

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By: Ciapha Davis Staff Writer

One of the great things about being a writer is that it allows you to share a story to multiple people at one time. That aspect is very beneficial, because telling the same story over and over again can get annoying and repetitive. Whenever I tell someone that my birthday falls on September 11, they always ask me to explain my experience on the day of the infamous terrorist attacks upon the United States. Sometimes, this is just their polite way of asking whether those terrorist attacks ruined my birthday, not only that day, but for good. I can not deny that this is a reasonable assumption. Because of what happened, the world was taken by complete storm, “ruining” the lives of thousands of people right here on American soil. I turned 9 years old on Sept. 11, 2001, and I was

in the third grade. When my mom came to pick me up from the afterschool program around 5:00 p.m., I remember one of the counselors telling her that the only kids who had been informed about the attack were the fifth graders. She said they felt that all of the other children were too young to be told what happened. My mom explained the attack to me one we got in the car. Being only nine years old, I couldn’t grasp the magnitude of the situation until I saw the actual video footage of people jumping out of windows 90 stories high, and planes crashing in fields. Seeing families mourn over their loved ones gave me an overwhelming sadness. I think I may have been more stunned than anything, and even more so, I wondered why out of all of the days of the year it had to take place on my birthday. The next day, everyone at school asked me the same exact questions that people I meet now ask me when I tell them my birthday is on Sept. 11. When I think about 9-11, I am not bothered by the fact that the tragedy took place on my birthday; however, I am taken aback by the incident itself. It was a huge tragedy in our world’s recent history, which I lived through and had a personal connection with. I still enjoy my birthday every year, and I thank God for allowing me to see it. I never fail to say a prayer for those that lost their lives, and their families as well. Celebrating my life being given will not ever make me forget to remember those from whom life was taken.

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Middle-eastern students on winthrop’s campus voice their opinion on what they experienced on September 11th 2001.

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bad for the people in the Middle East because they are stuck in the middle of a war when they just want freedom. In regards to the profiling of Middle Eastern people in airports now, Bischoff stated that race is not a good enough reason to search someone, because they could still be good people. He says it is unfair to judge people with different beliefs because they still feel the same things we do. Wejdan Almunive of Saudi Arabia is studying for her Master of Business Administration at Winthrop. On 9-11 she was in Egypt, and in her first year of high school. She and her family were very surprised by the attacks because up until then, America had seemed like a very safe place.

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Almunive has been in the United States for a year and half on behalf of a scholarship program. When she first came to Winthrop she worried about making friends and whether or not the American students would hate her; however, she said that the people here have been nothing but friendly, and she has never been treated differently because of her background. Since 9-11, much of America’s focus has been on the Middle East. This has helped to educate the American people about the area’s culture, and rid us of our fears of different people. By dispelling myths about a place that seems so different from our own, we can see that people everywhere have similar values and they’re not so different after all.

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This year marked the eleventh anniversary of the terrorist attacks by al-Qaeda on the World Trade Center. After Sept. 11, 2001, a general fear and animosity towards the Middle East spread throughout America, because the organization that carried out the attacks was an Islamic extremist group. After eleven years, many students feel as if these negative feelings toward the Middle East are inappropriate and unnecessary. Freshman early childhood education major Briana Hughey, who was in the first grade in Sept. 2001, stated that the Middle East had nothing to do with the attacks. She explains that as a state here in the U.S. is not responsible for the actions of a domestic terrorist, the Middle East is not responsible for the acts of a small group of people operating in that area. Hughey also points out that the United States now uses 9-11 as a day to express patriotism, and the fact that countries all over the world were negatively affected goes unheard. Sophomore psychology major Austin Bischoff was in the third grade on 9-11. He, along with his classmates, found out what happened and watched the news reports in class. He feels

Imagine steaming hot macaroni and cheese with rice topped in gravy and your choice of pot roast, baked chicken, fried pork chop or even chicken and dumplings. Upon my entrance into Mary’s Café the aroma of southern fried foods and several friendly smiles attracted my attention before my friends and I found our table. Your choice of meats and vegetables along with a dinner roll or cornbread is served almost immediately to make sure your stomach doesn’t growl and rumble too much longer. Do not displease your taste buds for this is not the entire menu at Mary’s Café, but apparently those are some of the favorites according to the owner, Ms. Mary. The menu includes everything from chicken salad to roast beef and cheese sandwiches. Mary’s Café is a family owned business with a menu to please any customer’s rumbling stomach. Mary’s Café, a smoke-free restaurant, includes appetizers for those who wish to eat upon arrival, several vegetarian based dishes cooked to your approval, seafood, Chinese, steak and even spaghetti for those who want something simple. With friendly service, the aura of the restaurant itself makes each and every one of its customers feel welcome and appreciated. During my time there three different servers made sure that I was seated comfortably, that my cup stayed filled with my favorite beverage, and that my food was being cooked to my liking. Though I was only there for an hour, it did not take long to finish my macaroni,

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rice and pork chops, several other members of the Rock Hill community scrolled into Mary’s Café. From firefighters, the elderly to a group of young adults seeming to be on a double date, the employees of Mary’s Café served everyone to their pleasing. There was one thing that I found peculiar about this restaurant. Rather than bringing your bill to your table and you giving the waitress your method of payment, you must walk to the front counter and pay. Even though this is normal in many restaurants, at Mary’s Café while at the register you have the opportunity to buy chocolate chip toppings, bamboo plants, as well as locally crafted figurines while waiting for your change and receipt. Mary’s Café appreciate their customers so much that the fifteen seconds that transpired from me taking my receipt and heading out the door, four different employees had wished me a good day and hoped that I’ll be back soon. Mary’s Cafe has received the Buzz Award for Best Value nine of out ten years due to her southern style cooking. I say support Rock Hill’s local restaurants and join Mary’s family and have a meal or two at her restaurant. Using both my left and right hand, I give Mary’s Café two thumbs up. Address: 1349 Fire Tower Rd., Rock Hill, S.C., 29730 Website: www.maryscafeonline.com

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THE UNIFORM PROJECT By: Katra Cunningham Editor-In-Chief The school year has begun and the campus is filled with new students, but one in particular is introducing a new concept to Winthrop’s campus. Ashley Causey, recently transferred to Winthrop University from Olgethorpe University in Atlanta, Georgia. Causey transferred to Winthrop because of the excellent reputation when it comes to her major, special education. Causey choose to pursue education because she previously worked with a dyslexic friend who endured many hardships while attending school. The administrators as well as some of the students did not treat the student respectfully and it touched the heart of Causey. Then she realized what she wanted for the rest of life. She wanted to care for children with illnesses similar to dyslexia as well as those mentally ill. Causey, who is not new to humanitarianism, has even begun to participate in a fund-raising project called the Uniform Project. According to the Uniform Project’s website, the experiment was conducted in 2009 by a woman named Sheena, and was a fundraiser geared towards raising money for underprivileged children in India. It required her to wear one black dress for 365 days and blog about her experience. The program required participates

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“I decided to pick up this challenge because it shows sustainability and it also shows that we don’t need that many clothes in our closet” -Ashley Causey to wear U.P. LBD’s (Little Black Dresses) , which are a short cocktails or evening dresses made to resemble that of those of the 1920’s. This blog brought in about $100,000 in donations from people across the globe and was viewed by millions around the world. “I decided to pick up this challenge because it shows sustainability and it also shows that we don’t need that many clothes in our closet, “ said Causey. Now Causey only has two dresses to her name after donating all of her clothing to charities before beginning the project. She just alternates between two identical dresses and changes accessories. Only equipped with hats, jackets, scarves, and tights, Causey reinvents her outfit everyday. Causey started this program on July 22nd of this year and will not complete it until 2013, which she purposely started on her 21st birthday. “ I wanted to do something different for my birthday,” said Causey. The money she doesn’t spend on clothing, she donates to different local charities every month because she knows it will be dispersed quickly.

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“ I typically donate about $75-$100 per month,” said Causey. Causey has donated to various charities over the last few months including New Hope Charities, Stronghold Atlanta, and American Kidney Services. Some wouldn’t even attempt to take on a challenge such as this, but Causey is one of the few brave individuals who are not afraid to strip themselves of the materialistic goods. “Just do it. When it comes too creative thinking or living a simpler life, you begin to understand that you don’t need all of those luxuries to survive. Today happiness is linked to material things but when you start limiting your amount of things, you realize it is not that important,” said Causey. After completing this project this summer, Causey has already decided what she is going to take on next. “ Next I am going to do the 20 pieces of clothing project which is when you only have 20 pieces of clothing, excluding accessories,” said Causey.

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Bow Tie Dreams: The Story of the Cordial Churchman

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Life & Entertainment Editor Welcome to Old Town Rock Hill; The home to quaint little restaurants, refreshing bakeries, photography studios and beautiful scenery. On the corner of East Main Street stands The Gettys Art Center, where a court house and post office were previously located, now it is filled with magnificent art studios, one of which belongs to the Cordial Churchman. Up the spiral staircase in room 202, different fabrics are transformed into artistic masterpieces that can be worn by the renaissance gentleman. In 2009, Ellie Stager, wife of Andy Stager and owner of The Cordial Churchman, created a bow tie for her husband and when he posted it on Twitter it started a buzz and before they knew it their hobby became a lucrative business. Although the business was started by the couple, they have a small staff of four people who help to bring their imaginative designs to life. The influential company has been featured in the March 2012 issue of Southern Living as well as Volume 3 of Southern Weddings and it is only up from here. For the year of 2012, as stated on their site, “Andy Stager has committed to wearing a bow tie every day of the year and he blogs about them and we sell them through our online store. Every bit of the money we make from the sales of his daily bow ties goes to support these children in Haiti.” Andy Stager is on a mission to help the world, one bow tie at a time. Sadly, when I went to interview Mr. Stager and his wife on this past Saturday at their studio they were closed , however just by surfing their site and seeing all the stylish bow ties that they have to offer, I would certainly recommend that any student here at Winthrop University or just in general, look at some their work. I was indeed impressed and I am sure that all the bow tie aficionados out there will be too. Mr. and Mrs. Stager, job well done; your bow ties are not only fashionable, but they serve a purpose.

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Menswear Trends By: Chequira Harris Contributing Writer

As we get ready to enter the time of crisp air and cool weather we must prepare for the transition from shorts and sunglasses, to soft sweaters and warm layers. With New York Fashion Week having begun on September 6, many famous designers of menswear have been displaying the trends that are expected to be popular this season. From the double-breasted coats of Yves Saint Laurent and Marc Jacobs, to the leather that dominated the runways of Valentino and Hermés, trends this season are sure to be the epitome of casual-cool. Among the trends for the upcoming season, the most sought-after are the use of monotones (in which one color serves as the foundation of an entire outfit), the aforementioned doublebreasted coats and black leather, turtlenecks, relaxed trousers and bold prints. Footwear has now moved towards a more unique path with statement shoes being a main focus. Expect to see boots, loafers and sneakers with structure, detail and lux hues. Rich colors such as golden yellow, olive green and dark red are among many of the tones that were used in league with the usual blacks, browns and grays of autumn fashion. Cobalt blue also made an appearance in Ferragamo when it was seen on a suit with a double-breasted coat. Men’s bags were also seen in Marc Jacobs and Louis Vuitton. Overall, the menswear trends of this season are a blend of casual pieces with cool accessories. Expect to see turtlenecks and pants with a relaxed fit, deep colors, double-breasted coats and statement shoes and accessories. Courtesy of Brandon Grate

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NEW ORGANIZATION SPOTLIGHT: Courtesy of Plain Jane

By: Katra Cunningham Editor-In-Chief At the Roddey McMillan Record, we have decided to add a new section to the paper in which we are highlighting new groups on campus. The first group suggested was Winthrop’s very own Plain Jane. I sa down with Plain Jane’s (PL) parliamentarian, Jalisa Byas to ask her a few question about their new organization. RMR: Who thought of Plain Jane? Plain Jane: 1. Plain Jane was an idea created by Regina Allen, Bria Bethea and Jazmine Linnette. They enlisted the help of Melissa Nobles, Jalisa Byas, Morgan Grant, Loretta Young, Sharonda Grimball, Malenia Swinton, Courtney Cabaniss, Alexandra Graham, and Ciara Frierson to help further the development of their idea. RMR: What is the purpose? PJ: The purpose of Plain Jane is to embrace individuality amongst all women while promoting campus involvement. Within our five committees, which are Public Relations, Fund-raising, Developmental, Events & Planning, Community Service we strive to achieve all things listed in our Mission Statement. RMR: Who are you targeted for membership? PJ: We try to target a diverse group of women on Winthrop’s campus. Even though we a have an minority of African American students. We have already started to collaborate with other organizations so that can get our name out to other groups around campus.

RMR: What are some of your upcoming events? PJ: We’re doing a lot of in-house activities so that we can develop the bonds within our membership. We plan on doing within our membership. We plan on doing something for sober October- a information table. We also planning to collaborating with Phi Beta Sigma on a Cultural Event. RMR: What is the major goal of Plain Jane? PJ: We would like to continue to our name our there and show people we’re a serious organization. We want to continue to build our ties with other organizations. We also want women on campus, not just within our organization, to embrace their individuality and those unique qualities that different them from other people. RMR: How can someone learn more about joining your organization? PJ: They can visit our website www.birdnest.org/ Plain Jane . The Application is also available there and we are accepting new members until October 2nd. We have sixty-six members and will stop accepting applications . RMR: What sets Plain Jane apart from other organizations targeting the same audience? PJ: The main thing that separates Plain Jane from other similar organizations from other similar organizations on campus is the obvious fact that we’re a new organization fact that we’re a new organization encompassing fresh and innovative ideas on embracing womanhood. RMR: What are your meeting times? PJ: Mass meeting Times: Friday at 2 pm in Owens G02. RMR: Do you have any open positions? PJ: No, we just filled our last 2 last week but will have open ones the beginning of next semester.

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4 MORE YEARS.. MOVING the future.” What decision Obama will make regarding his plans F O R WA R D for the future leaves some NOT BACK... people questioning who they will be voting for. “I feel By: Shaneequa Evans that he has a chance and so Culture Editor does Mitt Romney. . . I don’t know who I’m voting for,” President Barack Obama said Shamira McCray, mass brought the crowd at the communication, junior, of Time Warner Arena to its Lynchburg, S.C. feet by vowing that America Frequently interrupted would emerge from its recesby chants of “Four More sion having made “change you can believe in” more than Years!”, from the audience. Obama Said “Now, I’ve cut a campaign slogan. taxes for those who need it “As I stand here tonight, I — middle-class families and have never been more hopesmall businesses, But I don’t ful about America,” Obama believe that another round said. “Not because I think of tax breaks for millionaires I have all the answers. I’m will bring good jobs to our hopeful because of you.” shores, or pay down our Many people tuned into the deficit.” Democratic National ConObama in an effort to vention (DNC) in Charlotte, defend his first term flaunted N.C., to watch Obama give the party’s nomination accep- accomplishments like the auto bailout, the passage of tance speech for president. Obama, charting a path for a national health care reform and, especially, the killing of brighter future in America, warned that difficult times lay terrorist Osama Bin Laden. Past accomplishments is not ahead. what some voters care about. “Over the next few years, big decisions will be made in “I would like to hear more substance in his speech on Washington,” Obama said, issues such as Afghanistan with election in November. and how taxes are going to “Decisions that will have be spent,” said Helen Malloy, a huge impact on our lives Digital Information Design, and our children’s lives for Senior, from Hemingway decades to come. It will be a S.C. choice between two fundamentally different visions for “I think he got his point

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cross about what he accomplished in the past more so than what he plans to accomplish if he is reelected in the future.” Said McCray. Obama makes several blows in his speech toward the GOP suggesting that Romney would not be able to handle foreign policy. “My opponent and his running mate are new to foreign policy,” Obama said, with political sarcasm. “You may not be ready for diplomacy in Beijing if you can’t visit the Olympics without insulting our closest ally.” One thing that the president makes clear in his speech is that America’s road to recover will not be easy. “America, I never said this journey would be easy, and

I won’t promise that now,” Obama said “Yes,

our path is harder, but it leads to a better place,” he said, contrasting with the message of his Republican opponents. “Yes, our road is longer, but we travel it together. We don’t turn back. We leave no one behind.”

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We hear, but do we listen?

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By: William Latimer Staff Writer/ Social Media Specialist

“K-POP”

A new Korean dance craze has began sweeping the Nation. By: Leslie Brown Staff Writer

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Honestly, I might be too picky with my music tastes. I was listening to Lil’ Wayne’s “Dedication 4” the other day and it made me reconsider something I had been thinking about for a while: We hear what artists say, but do we actually listen? Also, are we as fans responsible for the content they put out, meaning we shouldn’t complain about it? I’m not saying that D4 was a bad mixtape, it wasn’t Wayne’s best or his worst, but some of the lines on there are COMPLETELY ridiculous (and too explicit for me to mention in this article). There was even controversy made over Nicki Minaj’s lines in ‘Mercy,’ “I’m a republican voting for Mitt Romney/ you lazy [women] is [messing] up the economy.” It was later discovered that Onika Maraj, Nicki’s government name, is not a republican, nor is she even registered to vote. My point is that rappers (not just YMCMB) have reached the point where say anything is completely acceptable. Music is a form of entertainment. I get that. I just would prefer the artists that I listen to actually now what they’re talking about in their songs. One of the biggest criticisms about HipHop and Rap from people that do not like the genres is the content found in the two. Honestly, the content doesn’t bother me, if it’s at least believable that the artist knows what they’re talking about. I believe that art should be an accurate reflection of the culture that it comes from, so as long as the art is accurate I believe it’s acceptable. That’s just my opinion. Undoubtedly, some of the pressure to make certain types of music comes from an artist’s label. A number of artists from the politically conscious Lupe Fiasco to

the “Trouble man” T.I. have talked about having to fight with labels for certain songs to be put on albums, and for having to record songs which they did not like in order to get their albums released. One thing I’ve started doing within the last few years is checking for underground artists, some of which I’ve found on IndyLivemixtapes or simply through word of mouth, just because the music seems to be better before artists sign major deals and put out official albums. There is a large number of rappers who lie, or at least stretch the truth, in an attempt to stretch their fan bases as well. This ranges from former corrections officer William Roberts, also known as rapper Rick Ross and raps about the life of a hustler or Drake, who sings about falling for women who are no good (usually strippers) in one some and then switches to rapping about “catching a body like that.” I doubt artists will ever be completely honest and I don’t expect, or want, every artist to be as lyrical as a Nas or Lupe Fiasco, but as a fan of the culture, I would like artists to at least seem believable.

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Korean pop music, otherwise known as “K-Pop,” is a genre of music from South Korea that consists of dance, electronic, R&B, rap and hip-hop. It has been on the rapid rise of popularity in the United States as well as in other non-Asian countries since 2009. Most K-Pop artists are in bands, having four or more members. The most notable K-Pop bands include Girls’ Generation, Big Bang, SHINee, 2NE1, 2PM and Wonder Girls. According to Billboard, Wonder Girls were the first K-Pop artist to debut on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart, debuting at no. 76 in 2009. However, there is one K-Pop artist coming for that record title, 34-year-old Park Jae-Sang. Park Jae-Sang, known by his rapper stage name Psy, released his latest single titled “Gangnam Style” with an accompanying video on July 15, 2012. In just 59 days, the video has garnered over 152 million views on Youtube and has become the fifth most viral video of all time. The Gangnam district is an area in Seoul, South Korea which attracts wealthy and trendy people, similar to California’s Beverly Hills. The ‘Gangnam Style’ Psy is referring to is the lavish and luxurious lifestyle, in which he claims he has in the chorus (but actually doesn’t, which is evident throughout the music video and makes the video satirical). The video features a dance that goes along with the catchy electronica song. According to Psy, throughout the video, Psy and his dancers are doing a “horse-riding dance,” as if “there is an invisible horse, and you’re on it.” Upon the release of this video, heaps of response videos and parodies exploded on the web, creating an even bigger buzz for the Korean rapper. Celebrities have even fed into the sensation, such as T-Pain, Katy Perry, Josh Groban and Britney Spears. On September 6, 2012, Psy made an appearance at the MTV Video Music Awards in Los Angeles in which “Gangnam Style” played and he and Kevin Hart, the awards host, did the horse-riding dance on stage. According to the Korean Times, Psy is the first K-Pop artist to be invited to the VMA’s since Rain in 2005.

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Psy went on Ryan Seacrest’s radio show “On Air with Ryan Seacrest,” as well as radio personality Big Boy’s radio show “Big Boy’s Neighborhood.” He has also appeared on The Ellen Show, where he taught Britney Spears, Ellen DeGeneres and her audience how to do the dance, after Britney Spears tweeted about wanting to learn how to do it. Psy was just recently added to the Today Show’s Toyota Concern Series lineup, and will perform on September 14. Psy is now signed to the label of teen pop sensation Justin Bieber’s manager, Scooter Braun. The label, named Schoolboy Records, signed Carly Rae Jepsen (singer of “Call Me Maybe”) and manages British boy band The Wanted in North America. According to The Wall Street Journal, Psy has been around for more than a decade as a singer-songwriter in South Korea, known for his humorous, catchy music. Psy, who said he just wanted to create a fun song, didn’t expect his song to get popular outside of South Korea. “I didn’t aim the song for the overseas market…it doesn’t feel real to me.” Courtesy of Google Images

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L e a r n i n g Culture through Dance By: Kristina Houseworth Contributing Writer Dance is a leap. It is a hop. It is an outlet. Dance is one’s religion; it is a story through movement. It’s illuminating. “Dance is something influenced from the heart, mind, and music.” Alvin Ailey, world famous choreographer of modern performances, defines dance as “visual theatre…. beautiful people, beautifully dressed, and doing beautiful and meaningful things,” said Rosalynne Murray. For many cultures, dance is used as a way to express one’s heritage. For the Aztec people, dance serves as a means to continue their ancestors’ traditions. Aztec dance dates to the 12th century AD, and the Aztec people still perform their ancestors’ dances and rituals today. However, their dances have less military and spiritual value, and are done more for entertaining and teaching purposes in order to keep the community informed about Mexican American culture and history. Last week I, and other Winthrop University students, had the opportunity to spend an afternoon with professional Aztec dancer Erica Ocegueda learning Aztec Dance. It was a very insightful experience. We got to do this in honor of National Hispanic Heritage Month, which is dedicated in sharing

histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America. Many Aztec dances were influenced by animals. The Aztec people used animals in their daily lives as a way for worship, food, clothing and sometimes even shelter. At the event, we were taught the Deer Dance. With maracas, or warrior shields, in our hands, and ankle weights on our feet, we began to gracefully shuffle from left to right around in a circle. The dance required us to move quickly with sharp jabs and spins. As we were taught Hispanic heritage through this form of dance, I noticed that the majority of students at the event were probably theatre major or minors because they were wearing tights, leotards and ballet slippers. “Not being a theater major, or knowing much about dance, I feel like other students like myself should come out to support what is offered by the theatre department, because so much can be learned in such a small amount of time,” said Tia Bonaparte said. It takes a lot of pride, emotion and stamina to be able to send a compelling message or story through movement. After attending the Aztec dance event, I was able to come up with my own definition of dance: the expression of emotions through movement.

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Phenomenal

Woman Dedicated to the strong, educated, fearful, and PHENOMAL women! Courtesy of Billie Jean Shaw

Pretty women wonder where my secret lies.
 I’m not cute or built to suit a fashion model’s size
But when I start to tell them,
They think I’m telling lies.
I say,
It’s in the reach of my arms
The span of my hips,
The stride of my step,
The curl of my lips.
I’m a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.

I walk into a room
Just as cool as you please,
And to a man,
The fellows stand or
Fall down on their knees.
Then they swarm around me,
A hive of honey bees.
I say,
It’s the fire in my eyes,
And the flash of my teeth,
The swing in my waist,
And the joy in my feet.
I’m a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.

Men themselves have wondered
What they see in me.
They try so much
But they can’t touch
My inner mystery.
When I try to show them
They say they still can’t see.
I say,
It’s in the arch of my back,
The sun of my smile,
The ride of my breasts,
The grace of my style.
I’m a woman

Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.

Now you understand
Just why my head’s not bowed.
I don’t shout or jump about
Or have to talk real loud.
When you see me passing
It ought to make you proud.
I say,
It’s in the click of my heels,
The bend of my hair,
the palm of my hand,
The need of my care,
‘Cause I’m a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.

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HOMOSEXUAL CHRISTIANS: Is it possible?

SHORT story :

MY FRESHMAN YEAR....

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By: Aaron Fountain Staff Writer Can a person be gay and at the same time proclaim the Christian faith? How does one reconcile their sexuality with their sexual orientation? What has been society’s response towards homosexuality and Christianity? These questions proposed are all applied to gay Christians. The common view in Abrahamic religions is that homosexuality is a sin. Regardless of this ubiquitous belief, it is not held by everyone; in fact it has been interpreted differently as displayed in the 2007 documentary For the Bible Tells Me So. Scholars applied historical analysis to the Jews to understand why they created such strict and meticulous rules for sexuality. Still even with this scholarly approach, there are still some Americans who view the two as an oxymoron. This trend is changing because the General Social Survey at NORC founded that in 2010 only 44% of Americans said that homosexuality is always wrong, but among generational lines, people under thirty have a higher toleration for it than their elders. There are some Christians that believe homosexuality can be “cured,” and conduct programs such as exgay ministries and gay exorcism to treat them. Ex-gay ministries, or famously known as “Pray away the Gay,” are Christians that help gay people change their sexual orientation through prayer and counseling. Therapists have condemn this practice and argued that it is impos-

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sible to change someone’s sexual orientation, and to do so would cause severe harm. Former participates of these ex-gay ministries have said that despite the counseling, they still struggle with temptations. Gay exorcisms have caught the attention of national media outlets. Videos on YouTube show church members attempting to cast out “demons” from a willing participant. The participant usually vomits and suffers more as a result of this practice. As noted by a participant in Detail who went through a gay exorcism said, “I felt I had failed God…Nothing, not even an exorcism, can fix me. In my mind I was going to go to hell. I became very suicidal, absolutely hated myself.” These institutions and practices show just how far some God-fearing gays will go to change themselves, but they often (if not all the time) never succeed. Gays reconcile their sexuality in

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a number of ways and the two main methods are personal belief and interpretation: they believe that God loves them regardless of what others might believe; argue that if homosexuality is a sin, than it is no greater than any other sin; seek support from family and friends, develop their own interpretation of the Bible stance on homosexuality, or they just don’t care. Of course, there are book lengths of other arguments that support homosexuality and Christianity. It seems that people who will go this far to change who they are should be interpreted that indeed their sexuality is not a choice; no different from being born left or right handed. It should not be misconstrued that all Christians or churches are hostile to gays; there are some that are extremely tolerant. The growing toleration among young people gives hope to the future that gay Christians will soon be acceptable by all Christian groups, not just a few.

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Push your way through crowds of old friends laughing, smelling of summer skin and memories from years past (you were always a part of that group, is this what it feels like to be alone?) Smile timidly at the girls walking next to you down the hallway and hope they smile back (why is it so difficult now?) Sit in class, fidget, and slide down in your seat till you can barely see over the top of your desk. Drop your pen and, blushing bright red, grab it just as it begins to roll determinedly towards the foot of the cutest boy in class (Try not to think about how ugly he probably thinks you are.) Walk back towards your dorm and look down at your shoes. Right foot, left foot—a simple dance, never changing, it’s so good to feel something normal again (what if I never get this feeling again?) Simple steps. Just don’t cry now, don’t let them see you, don’t let them see your sadness, push your tears back in your eyelids, swallow it up, choke on it if you have to (you’ve never been the best at holding back emotions.) You’re not allowed to miss people, that’s the problem with loving people, you start missing them, it’s better just to stop loving all together. Feel the muscles in your legs breathing tautly as you walk up the three flights of stairs to your room, it smells like chloroform and it doesn’t smell like home (you never thought you’d miss home, the place you always wanted to leave,

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isn’t it nice to belong somewhere even if it’s not where you want to belong?) Pick at the white flaking walls, at your sore and sensitive heart (this is not your end.) Take showers and cry in them, taste the mixture of salt and soap and glory in your weakest undone moment. Meet someone and remember their name, keep a smile in the storage closet of yourself to fix people on bad days. Open doors, make jokes that aren’t funny to anyone but yourself (they’ll laugh anyway, even if it’s just out of obligation.) Feel the warmth of a September sun press down on the top of your head and think of it as the heavens coming down to kiss your hair. Learn everything there is to learn, share it with a poor man who is starving for food and knowledge. Because in the end, it’s not about yourself (your life is for naught unless it’s helping someone else.) There are so many people that feel the same aches, people that are begging for just one smile. Look around. They pass by you on the way to class. They sit alone in the cafeteria. People that just need for someone to say, “I know. I know.” (You’re never alone.) So go out into the world with your best face on, memories and pain and hope in tow.

Go on. Live. Learn. Lead

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are many misconDon’t Be a Victim… “ There ceptions and misunderBy: Antonette Huell Web Content Editor Recently, the term “domestic violence” is conclusively linked to the case of Chad “Ochocinco” Johnson and Evelyn Lozada. The purpose of the article is not to discuss the right or wrong of their situation but to gain an overall understanding of domestic violence. Domestic violence is an everyday reality for many women, children and men. There are many misconceptions and misunderstandings of what domestic violence is or isn’t. Victim’s Services Coordinator, Carrie Morphis readily offered her insight on the realities of domestic violence so that she might reach individuals who may feel trapped in or want to avoid a violent relationship. RMR: What are some characteristics or signs to look for that will profile a batterer? Morphis: There are people who will do things who you wouldn’t expect to that don’t fit that profile and then there are a lot of them that do fit that profile. People who hold strongly to traditional views about relationships or really strong views about traditional gender roles, like what a man should be and what a woman should be. Obviously things like only caring about themselves and always putting themselves first, not taking responsibility for their actions and using humor or other things to downplay their behavior. A pattern of aggressive behavior, meaning anytime that they are physical with somebody else, they are more likely to be physical with you. RMR: Why don’t women leave their

abusive relationships? Morphis: A lot of people ask that, but it has such a complicated answer. There are so many reasons why women don’t leave. Obviously, sometimes if they are married, it could be financial reasons, they don’t want to take their children away from their husbands, and sometimes it is just that whole cycle of what emotional abuse looks like. They may tell you that nobody else will want you or that you are not good enough. So, that reduction in your self-esteem or that belief that you can’t take care of yourself, that can prevent you from leaving. So, the abuse can stop you. RMR: What would be the cycle of abuse? Morphis: Typically, there is a honeymoon phase where you become very comfortable in the relationship. You feel like that person loves you and will do anything for you. And then that’s when the abuse starts. It typically starts out with minor things such as grabbing your wrist first then it leads to more aggressive behaviors like choking. So, it begins to escalate. Then after that you fall back into the honeymoon phase. There are apologies and the person says that he/she will change and things will get better. Afterwards, it goes back to that abuse again and circles back around. RMR: Is domestic violence only physical? Morphis: No, there are many different forms of abuse. It comes in controlling behavior, insults, and also the physical. But there are a lot of different ways of really being abusive in your relationships. RMR: How are students prepared to identify domestic violence in relationships?

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Morphis: We use the Power & Control wheel a lot. It’s used in ACAD with all the training that we do there. All incoming freshman and transfer students now have to take a program called “Unless There’s Consent”. Also, our RA’s and Peer Mentors have to take this program so that they learn what intimate partner violence looks like. That’s the term we use because

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domestic implies that you live together. So, we call it intimate partner violence because that includes those people who cohabitate and dating violence. So we train them all on what intimate partner violence looks like. Another thing that we use in training is a quiz that you can take yourself to let you look at your own behavior and your partner to see if your relationship is healthy or if it is abusive. RMR: What is your opinion on situations where the partner antagonizes the batterer? Morphis: Nobody has the right to hit anybody else unless it is in self-defense. If you are in an abusive relationship sometimes you become very aware of somebody’s behaviors or triggers to

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that abuse. The abuser may always do something that indicates that they are about to hit you. They might always say something, wring their hands or twist their ring around; you become aware of these patterns. If somebody preeminently hits because they are aware that the abuse is about to start, then what comes into play in South Carolina is the Primary Aggressor Law. There are several factors that come into play there. One is who hit first but also who is hurt the most. If there is a pattern of behavior that’s indicated that the person might attack or previous reports of partner violence, they take a close look at that too. That’s more of a court kind of thing. RMR: What are signs to look for beyond the physical indicators like bruises to determine whether or not someone is in an abusive relationship? Morphis: There are a lot of things that you can look for. You have to look at the way the person was before the relationship started compared to the way they are now that they are in the relationship. Some of those things would be like withdrawing, a dramatic change in behavior, stop going out with your friends, stop going to parties like you used to and retreating from their close friend and family. Another thing that we look for is called hyper vigilance. They become kind of edgy, where loud sounds may bother them and people moving quickly may scare them. They become extremely vigilant where they look for anything around them that could become dangerous. They may attempt to make up excuses for their partners behavior and that’s not typically normal. If somebody is hit by their boyfriend, they accept that it was bad and that it is something that can never happen again. If their boyfriend

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yells at them and calls them a name out of anger, they accept that it is wrong. They admit these kinds of things to their close friends. But in abusive relationships, they may say things like “Well I did this and it made him mad. It’s my fault” or “He really didn’t hit me that hard”. They make excuses or downplay what’s going on. RMR: Are men victims of intimate partner violence as often as women? Morphis: No, they aren’t. But they are also less likely to report. So we don’t actually know the exact statistic of how many men are battered because they are so less likely to report. RMR: How do you handle a situation where a friend reports that he/ she knows of someone in an abusive relationship? Morphis: Typically what happens when they are concerned about their friend, we talk to them about how to approach the friends so that he/she doesn’t feel threatened. We give them our contact information and help them link up with our office. It’s very difficult to get somebody in here sometimes because they are so enmeshed in that relationship so it can be hard just to help them get out of it. As a student or as a friend, you’re not really a professional so we try to get them to our offices as quickly as possible. We also try to help that friend who has come in because a lot of times there is a lot of stress in being the only one who knows that your friend is being controlled or hurt. So we try to help both the friend and the client if they ever come in.

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IDA JANE.... GETS A MAKE OVER! On August 20th, Winthrop students, faculty, and staff were welcomed back to campus to a newly renovated library. Since 1969, the Ida Jane Dacus Library has served as a reliable study site for students, and was recently granted with a make over. From May to August, Dacus has made several renovations that focus on a more modernized and convenient library. From new hours to a new look, Dacus now has more study rooms, extended hours, and new computers. Until the new renovations, the library had limited hours but is now 24/5 accessible. From Monday – Thursdays there is a 24-hour access, and closes at 7PM on Fridays and Saturdays. Gabrielle Bennett, a senior Political Science major, finds the new access hours very helpful. “Now that they have extended hours through the night I don’t have to cram to do my work, I can use computers and the books I need anytime.” Bennett literally “thanked God” for the new hours, but she is not the only one who is pleased by the change.

Matheus da Salvia is a sophomore, Business Administration major, and appreciates the new from a different perspective. da Salvia is from Brazil and believes the new hours really help international students. “A problem of most international students is we don’t have printers,” says da Salvia. “Sometimes we don’t have time to go outside of our work during the day to come to the library to print, but its helpful that you can come at anytime throughout the night.” Although the new hours have been implemented, the fall and spring semester will serve as trail semesters for the new hours. If students do not use the library through the extended times, then the hours will be canceled. Although students love the extended hours, the new appearance attracts them just the same. The first floor of Dacus now has a modernized look, which includes updated furniture and carpets, a new color scheme, brighter lights, and a new floor plan. Morris, a senior psychology major, finds it rather attractive. “ It makes for a newer more exciting environment when you come into study, and it motivates you to want to come in because it is new.” Freshmen Brittany Brown also finds the new appearance of the library appealing. “I love it. Its very comfortable and easy to adjust form your dorm room and is even more comfortable here.”

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There has been a plethora of positive feedback for the renovations in the library, thanks to Dr. Mark Herring, the Dean of Library Services, and the Board of Trustees, who spearheaded the renovations. Students, faculty and staff were also given a chance to voice their opinions about changes in Dacus through a survey that was given in the Fall 2010. With the feedback of the survey, all new changes were implemented; with the exception of a 24-hour café that was pulled from the plans at the last minute. “We had hope to get something on the order of Starbucks or something like that,” says Herring.

Sometimes we don’t have time to go outside of our work during the day to come to the library to print, but its helpful that you can come at anytime throughout the night.” - Matheus da Salvia “In order to put that in we were going to have to cut out some of the technology, we were going to have to cut out one of the group study rooms, and we decided no, we don’t really want to do that.

We rather have that technology.” However there may be plans in the future for the vending area. For more updates, follow the Library News Blog at http://dacuslibrary.wordpress.com/.

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By: Billie Jean Shaw Assistant Editor

Specializing In Diversity Since 1986

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