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New scholarship honors late theater tech major. See A & E, page 7

Lady Eagles’ golf optimistic about this year’s team. See Sports, page 10

THURSDAY September 29, 2011

Windows 8 previewed to developers, webmaster reviews. See Science & Tech., page 6


Issue 6



Splashing into Success

Japanese ‘tunes’ WU ALISON ANGEL

With a three series set of songs, a pianist and vocalist managed to give Winthrop a history of how a country changed and embraced Western culture. Tomoko Deguchi, assistant professor and coordinator of music theory, and soprano Kristen Wonderlich, assistant professor of music, took the stage Monday night to perform 11

songs from three Japanese composers significant to their nation’s history. The event, called “An Evening of Japanese Art Songs,” was part of the faculty series. Using a black backdrop, a piano and a voice, they told a story that covered Japan’s cultural shift from 1900 to 1950. “The program [included] songs that were written at different times after Japan

See MUSIC page 9


Raising voices to win ‘WU Idol’

While the swim club waits for members of all expertise, Emily Raymonda, club president, swims backstroke. Photo by Sarah Auvil • Special to The Johnsonian


Students stroke life back into campus swim club CASEY WHITE Special to The Johnsonian

The Swim Club is returning to Winthrop University this year after it’s one year absence since the 2009-2010 school year. Emily Raymonda and Jenna McAbee, who are the Swim Club president and vice president respectively, have been the two who’ve spearheaded the reactivation of the club. Raymonda, who has been swimming competitively for 10 years, felt it was necessary to start the club. She thought it

would be a good idea to have a club that would allow students to train and practice swimming together. “I was drafted into it by Emily,” McAbee said about how she got involved in the reformation of the club. McAbee has been swimming for fun for years, but took a swimming class and learned more swimming techniques last year. “The club won’t be completely competitive,” Raymonda said. “It’s a club for people who enjoy to swim.” The two leaders hope that their club will gain swimmers of

Randy, Paula and Simon will not be making any appearance-the Winthrop Association of Ebonites will provide the judges for the upcoming Winthrop Idol competition.

all levels, from novice to expert. The club’s long-term goal is to eventually begin hosting swim meets and travel to swim meets at other schools. One of the other goals of the swim club is to help those who are newer to the world of competitive swimming improve their technique. At practice they hope to assign lanes based on skill and give extra help and teach better technique to those who are new and interested in learning. So far Raymonda and McAbee

“This is my first year organizing Winthrop Idol,” Verona Cabbagestalk, judge, said, “but it’s been going on ever since the show came on TV. Now it’s a tradition for our organization.” Auditions for Winthrop Idol were held in Wofford basement on Sept. 21. Last year, Cabbagestalk said they had seven contestants in the performance. Students were debriefed on what to show the judges as they came into Wofford basement to audtion: each participant was asked to give a snippet of a song –it

See IDOL page 8

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Biology students memorialize classmate through science AMANDA PHIPPS

Her memory will live on through science. Hannah Floyd had just graduated when she was killed in a car wreck last December, but her memory will be immortalized thanks to her fellow classmates. Recent graduate Joseph Bursey and senior biology major Lance Graham have named a

newly discovered flatworm species hannahfloydae, for Hannah Floyd’s flatworm. Bursey helped discover the new species while working with biology professor Julian Smith. Bursey finished describing another new species last year and hopes to finish the description for Floyd’s worm in a couple of months, Smith said. Smith said it was Bursey and Graham’s idea to name the worm after Floyd.

“It’s Hannah Floyd’s flatworm,” he said. “It’s fantastic.” Smith said he thinks Floyd would like the idea. “I’m sure she would be honored and tickled,” he said. Floyd’s parents have set up a scholarship in Floyd’s name, which they plan to support through fundraisers, Smith said. He said Floyd’s parents will have T-shirts made with a picture of the worm and will sell them through the develop-

ment office to help support the scholarship. Bursey discovered the new species while studying flatworms along the Carolinas’ coast, he said. Smith and Bursey have discovered a couple of new species of flatworms in this area. They discovered this particular species at the Emerald Island Beach on the N.C. coast, Bursey said. He said he knew Floyd’s

worm was a new species because the reproductive system of this worm was different than any other they have discovered. After naming a new species last year, Bursey said it was only a matter of time before he found another one. “It gets easier,” he said. “There is a level of joy in being able to name a new species.” Unlike Bursey, Graham did not have much experience de-

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WINR loses the stairs, gains wheelchair access KAITLYN SCHALLHORN

Since his freshman year, junior broadcast major Donavan German has been passionately involved with WINR, Winthrop’s radio station. There was just one problem—the studio, which is housed in Johnson Hall, was upstairs, and German has been using a wheelchair since seventh grade. So, WINR staff did the only thing they could. They decided to move the studio downstairs, a project which began last semester, said Carrie DuPre, junior broadcast major

and WINR station manager. While German is grateful for the new studio, he admits that it was not his idea. The department came up with the idea to move the studio to make it easier for him, German said. “They’re going to get something fixed up for you so all you have to do is move on in and do your thing,” German said he was told. German has always been one to be punctual. In the past, he would arrive at the studio at least 30 minutes early to give himself enough time to get upstairs and set

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THURSDAY September 29, 2011


They work hard for the money

Pay boost for faculty, staff a possibility, notable faculty would be first to get the gold By Jonathan McFadden

University full time faculty and staff can still hold out hopes for a pay raise if a salary study determines salary increases plausible in the next few months. During his opening address to faculty and staff on Aug. 17, President Anthony DiGiorgio told university employees that a salary study is underway to discern what gaps in compensation may have resulted from the Recession. Upon the study’s completion, university leaders will be able to see if any salary improvements can be made in light of economic recovery, said Rebecca Masters, assistant to the president for public affairs. Masters said universities have had three general ways

of dealing with compensation loss: • Layoffs and hiring freezes • Increasing class sizes/overall enrollment • Non-personnel administrative cost-savings, which include energy savings or relying more on online materials rather than printed publications Winthrop opted to use option three in order to maintain the university’s renown personal student experience and ensure that Winthrop would have the kind of facilities in place to “accommodate incremental student body growth,” Masters said. Since the Recession began, there have been no mandated layoffs of full time faculty/staff, Masters said. “...And there have been no headlines about Winthrop students being assigned three or four to a room meant for two occupants simply as a means of bringing in ad-

ditional revenue,”she said. With that being the case, the university doesn’t have any excess revenue in its coffers to offer bonuses to fulltime employees, Masters said. Once the salary study is completed, student-population growth numbers have been weighed and the economy “hopefully” improves over time, Masters said the university will investigate awarding merit-based salary improvements for those “who have helped the university community weather these challenging times.” Earlier this month, the University of South Carolina announced that faculty and staff members who make below $100,000 are poised to receive a 1.5 percent bonus in late October.

Advocacy group forms to help ‘world’s poorest people’ By Jonathan McFadden

They don’t want any money, just voices. They don’t represent one particular political party, but they’re made up of Republicans, Democrats, Independents and Tea Party supporters. They’re ONE, a grassroots, nonpartisan campaign striving to fight world poverty and preventable diseases, particularly in Africa. They’re also on campus. Started last year by senior social work major Judith Myers, the organization also seeks to appeal to any political leaders who may make their way to campus this year. In spring 2010, Myers attended a ONE event in Rock Hill. From there, she was hooked. Alongside other Winthrop students and Alice Burmeister, associate dean of visual and performing arts, Myers attended ONE membership workshops and training sessions. In the fall of 2010, the team came together, received charter and learned the ropes of space reservations and getting others involved. This year, they want to keep the momentum going. “We’ve taken baby steps,” Myers said. “We hope now to be more involved in events on campus, other organizations on campus, co-sponsoring events, trying to get bigger names on campus to help our organization.” The group also wants to spread the word about its cause to the faith community and encourage students Thelma Williams dons her ONE T-shirt. Photo by Sarah to talk to members of Congress, Myers said. Auvil • Special to The Johnsonian “Our goal is to strictly get students involved,” she said. major and vice president for ONE’s on-campus chapter. For Myers, the appeal was all about giving people But they’re not restricted to presidential candidates. without a voice a voice. She was also attracted by the When political officials of any caliber come to camcollaboration across political party lines. pus, the organization plans to inform them about ONE, “It was great that we had Republicans, we had the group’s cause. Democrats, we had everybody, we had Independents When former U.S. Rep. John Spratt was still in office, and Tea Partyers and we all came together for this one the group approached him about its mission. important issue,” Myers said. “And that was helping the The group is still working to establish itself, Williams world’s poorest people.” said, but did acquire 300 e-mail signatures of people Help for the impoverished and famished also comes who wanted to join or support the campaign. from the decisions made by political figures. Williams stressed that the organization doesn’t ac“Luckily, because there’s an election coming up, there cept donations or conduct any fund raisers. are a lot of presidential candidates coming in and out,” Williams found ONE appealing because it boasted no said Thelma Williams, junior middle level education political party affiliations, she said.

ONE Stats • 87 percent of people in the world today have enough food to eat • Nearly 5.3 million people have access to life-saving AIDS treatment • 2.3 million fewer children under the age of five died in 2009

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Members of ONE attended GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain’s on-campus rally on Sept. 16. They only managed to meet with him briefly and snap a quick picture. Photo courtesy of Judith Myers “Everyone can see that we need to end poverty,” Williams said. “Everyone believes that this is something that needs to be worked on.” She said joining the group and perusing the website also sheds light on bigger world issues most people may not know if they don’t pay close enough attention. This semester, ONE will participate in CROP Walk, help out with other hunger-awareness week events and take part in the Global Games, slated for Nov. 8, Williams said. “We’re here to represent the world’s poorest people,” she said. If anyone wants to learn more about the organization, they can visit If they are interested in joining Winthrop’s chapter, they can visit the ONE Campus Chapter Winthrop University Facebook page or send an e-mail to

WU in ‘good shape’ 10 years from now By Jonathan McFadden

Land expansion is key if Winthrop can be expected to grow and flourish in the next decade, said Frank Ardiaolo, vice president of student life. Referred to as the “brainchild” of student government by CSL Chair Kambrell Garvin, Ardiaolo stopped by Monday night’s meeting to give attendees advice and encouragement on engaging in the political process. Ardiaolo encouraged students to remain informed, while reminiscing on his days in undergrad where reading the New York Times and Wall Street Journal was required. Moving from politics to business, Aridaolo told students that currently Winthrop received 9.6 percent of state supported funding, a remarkable decrease from the 68 percent the university received when Ardiaolo first came to Winthrop. Ardiaolo told students that “everything costs,” from the smallest of door locks to the tables CSL members assemble around each Monday. “Unfortunately, the state hasn’t given us one cent for the university in

in terms of safety,” Ardiaolo said, referring to new safety fees students now pay in their tuition. When one student leader asked where Ardiaolo sees the university in 10 years, he said he sees it as being in “good shape.” With Winthrop acquiring the operations center on Columbia Avenue, the university is moving to expand its boundaries in that vicinity. He also reflected on Winthrop’s evolution in the past several years, including the 17 years it took to acquire the Legion Lot to the erection of the DiGiorgio Campus Center. And, there’s more to come. That is, of course, if the higher-ups in the “good state of South Carolina” don’t decide to reduce Winthrop’s funding to 1 percent, Ardiaolo said. “...Which is not farfetched, not far-fetched,” he said. Encouraging students to obtain information from more than 140 characters in a tweet and to fight for their education, Ardiaolo commented on his status as a child of the 1960s. “My generation stopped a war,” Ardiaolo said. “What has your generation done?”


THURSDAY September 29, 2011

Plan early, plan now Though it may feel like the semester has barely just begun, for the seniors—December and May grads alike—graduation will be here before you know it. Are you ready for your first post-graduate step into the real world? Where will you be? More importantly, what will you do? And before the underclassmen take a sigh of relief and write this article off as a concern to upperclassmen only, understand you aren’t off the hook either. Ask any rising senior or recent graduate how quickly their college years flew by and you’ll see exactly why it’s never too early (or too late) to start planning your career path, be it a job hunt or graduate school application process. The Center for Career and Civic Engagement is hosting its annual Fall Career and Graduate School Fair on Thursday, Oct. 6, but don’t wait until the day of the event to get ready. We’ve got all the insider information you need to start preparing now so you’ll be ahead of the pack before, during and after the event. Before • Write Your Resume – Visit the Center for Career and Civic Engagement in Crawford Building for a one-on-one resume critique, sample resumes and

Katie Levans

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more • Practice Interviewing Skills – InterviewStream on EagleLINK is a program that prompts you with interview questions, records your responses on a webcam and lets you play it back so you can see (and hear) exactly how you come across. It’s also available in the CCE office • Online Research – A growing list of recruiters attending this year’s fair is available online at http:// Review the list, research companies and programs of interest and even fill out applications ahead of time During • Dress to Impress – As always, professional attire is required for entry into the Fall Career and Graduate School Fair so be sure to dress appropriately. Men and women alike should plan to wear a dark suit, minimal jewelry and comfortable shoes (you’ll be standing for a long

Campus train issue results in stalemate

time). • Leave a Lasting Impression – Bring multiple copies of your resume to leave with recruiters. More than 50 employers and universities will be present so plan accordingly. Be sure to collect business cards from recruiters, as well, so you can follow up later. Understand that some employers may have a policy not to accept resumes at fairs. Don’t be offended. After • Follow Up – Most companies and universities rely on online applications, but it’s a good idea to make a personal connection too. Follow up with recruiters you meet at the fair via email to thank them for their time and express your interest in their job opening or graduate program. • Send Thank You Notes – If you set up an interview as a result of meeting a recruiter at the fair, you should plan to send them a thank you note for taking time to consider you for the position. Want more information? Visit the Center for Career and Civic Engagement in Crawford Building. And don’t forget: the Fall Career and Graduate School Fair will take place on Oct. 6 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the DiGiorgio Campus Center Richardson Ballroom.

Quick Resume Tips • Check your spelling – I don’t care if u text ur friendz like dis, but you will absolutely not include such nonsense on a resume.

• Use the right contact info – No one’s going to hire you if they can’t

get a hold of you. And while you’re double checking your contact info, go ahead and abandon your old email address. Use your Winthrop e-mail address; it looks more professional.

• Format it properly – Obnoxious fonts (hello, Curlz), tiny type and weird colors are a friend to no one when it comes to reading. Keep it clean and simple.

• Keep it relevant – Your babysitting job in high school is cool and all, but after four years of higher education, one would hope to find some more recent achievements on your resume.

• Understand “experience” – No one expects you to have five years of professional experience upon graduating from college. This doesn’t mean your professional experience section should be blank though. Include involvement in campus clubs, sports teams, Greek life and volunteer opportunities. And while we’re on the subject, try to attain leadership positions in these groups. • Get feedback – It’s easy to miss all these things and more if yours are

the only eyes looking it over. Visit CCE to have your resume critiqued by one of our career counselors.

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Trains zipping through campus unlikely to stop By Jonathan McFadden

Brittani Copeland remembers three distinct times when a freight train blocked her path. The first time, she was trying to make it to her 9:30 a.m. class. A train stopped right in front of the Courtyard, preventing the senior music major from crossing over the tracks. As a result, she was late to class. “The train stood there for about three to four minutes,” Copeland said. The second time, Copeland was walking to her apartment from the West Center when, lo and behold, a freight train blocked her path once again. It stood there and “it felt like it was longer this time,” Copeland said. Copeland said students tried to rush to class to take their final exams. So, trapped between a train and a hard place, they climbed. “People were actually climbing up the train and walking through the train to get to the other side,” she said. One female student fell, Copeland said, but got right back up. The third time the train blocked access left students nervous when it didn’t block the Courtyard and University Place intersections that lead to the rest of campus. Instead, the train stood on the tracks. Residents were unsure whether to proceed across the tracks or not, fearful that the train could move at any second. Copeland said other students have complained about the train impasses, especially when the train blows through at night when everyone is trying to sleep. “It disturbs us from sleeping,” Copeland said. Copeland, along with other members of Council of Student Leaders’ Campus Safety committee, met last Friday to discuss possible solutions to the trainblocking problems. For most, the consensus was the same. The trains are stopping “at no good time,” such as in the early morning hours or while students are walking to class, said committee chair Andre Isaac. Freshman political science major and CSL member Parker Quinlan suggested

Radio incorporates student’s needs with new set-up RADIO • from front up in order to start his show on time. “[The new studio] is good for me because I don’t like to go through all that hassle to go up and down stairs,” he said. German has been in the studio for a little over a week just moving stuff around, and already, he loves it. His radio show, “The Don Gotti Hip Hop Show,” comes on Thursdays

from 4-6 p.m. “The best benefit is that it’s handicap accessible,” DuPre said. “There was definitely a need for it.” “I’m excited because this is what I want to do as a career,” German said. “I love what I do; I do it every week, and I hope when I come on, people supDonovan German operates the sound board during his port me.” one-man-band radio show, “The Don Gotti Hip Hop Show.” Photo by Claire VanOstenbridge • vanostenbridgec@mytjnow. com

the committee try to reach out to members of city council about the matter. On Monday, Copeland reached out to the superintendent of the railroad company, Norfolk Southern, and asked whether the trains could stop coming through campus. The answer was no, she said. Because the trains are part of a business transporting freight, there’s no way to stop them from passing through campus, Copeland said the superintendent told her. Moreover, he also said it was illegal for students to cross the train’s boxcars, deeming their actions as trespassing, Copeland said. Copeland said the superintendent suggested students leave their rooms an hour or so early since there is no predictable schedule for the trains other than they have early morning and late evening routes. Walter Hardin, vice president of facilities management, said the university has asked for assistance with the train issue in the past “with various levels of success.” “The railroad is within their legal rights as they are federally protected,” Hardin said. “If everyone could stop them from blocking an intersection or pedestrian path, freight would never get across the country.” Though the local staff changes from time to time, Hardin said the university will renew the concerns. A representative with Rock Hill’s Norfolk Southern depot said the trains run 24/7 without a set schedule.


People were actually climbing up the train and walking through the train to get to the other side. Brittani Copeland Senior music major

––POLICE BLOTTER–– SIMPLE ASSAULT (9/19/11) At 9:45 p.m., a Winthrop officer met with the victim in the lobby of the police department, according to the police report. The victim stated that she was walking to Thomson Hall when she encountered the male subject in the Courtyard parking lot. The victim said the subject was standing beside his car and when she walked by, he grabbed her arm. The victim stated she pulled away from him and left, but that the subject had been harassing her for the past few weeks. The victim said the subject has also called her. The victim said the subject was a former student living in the Courtyard with friends, according to the police report. Composed by Amanda Phipps •


THURSDAY September 29, 2011

With help from Facebook & give-aways, Dining Services boosts connections with commuters By Jonathan McFadden

Winthrop’s Dining Services has one message it wants to get across to commuter students: Don’t starve. Or, more specifically: Never Go Hungry. This semester, Dining Services launched a “Nev-

er Go Hungry” campaign aimed at giving students more information about dining options available to them. It’s a tagline Dining Services hopes will grab students’ attention so they can examine their options for eating on campus, said Ashley Kinnaird, marketing assistant for Dining

Services. High on the priority list are students who don’t live on campus. “We are reaching out to commuters because not all of the students know that we offer a specific program to fit their needs,” Kinnaird said. Now, Dining Services is on Facebook, a move that attempts to garner as much student feedback as possible. “If there was something that students really enjoy, we like to hear about it so that we can incorporate it more often,” Kinnaird said. The page allows Dining Services to reach students on a daily basis, providing them with news about exclusive fan-only discounts, upcoming events and healthy menu options, Kinnaird said. “We are here to serve the students and would like to know their thoughts about what we are doing,” she said. Kinnaird gave a handful of commuter

students the rundown on cafe cash treats and deals during a Commuter Student Association meeting on Sept. 14. Kinnaird also filled commuters in on a prize drawing if they purchased a commuter meal plan. The winner of the drawing received an Amazon Kindle. The drawing ended Sept. 23. The dining organization created certain promotional events for commuters “because they are not as aware of Dining Services since they do not live on campus,” Kinnaird said. On-campus residents are required to have meal plans, but commuters have the option, which “many commuters do not realize,” Kinnaird said. Sophomore social work major and commuter Daneequa Dixon doesn’t usually pick Thomson or Markley’s for her midday grub. After learning what options are available to her, Dixon said she was con-

sidering purchasing the Eagle plan, which will give her seven meals a week and $300 of cafe cash. Living just five minutes away from campus, Dixon just travels home when the cravings begin. For Christina Burris, a difficult evening schedule has her eating at home before coming to campus. Instead of fretting about food, Burris’ biggest problem is with the lack of parking for commuter students. Done with classes some days at 9:15 p.m., Burris is forced to walk to the Dinkins parking lot or library by herself. “(I get) scared, because it’s dark,” she said. During the CSA meeting, club president Alexis Moore told attendees that the club is rising to the point of becoming a bigger organization. To prove her point, Moore, a sophomore elementary education major, gave a list of all open leadership positions on the organization roster. Positions include secre-

tary, treasurer, freshman student representative and a vice president of advocacy who will be responsible for representing the organization at Council of Student Leaders meetings.


We are here to serve the students and would like to know their thoughts about what we are doing.

Ashley Kinnaird Marketing assistant

Students immortalize late classmate through new species of flatworm FLOYD • from front -scribing a new species when he joined the project. Graham said he has worked with another species of flatworm before, but had to learn about this worm pretty quickly. He also had to learn the process of naming a species. “I thought it was a lot longer process,” he said. “Everything is brand new to me.” When the word spread about the worm’s name, Graham said it was a pretty big deal. “It became a lot bigger than I thought it would,” he said. Graham said he knew Floyd through mutual friends and that

most biology majors spend a lot of time in Dalton Hall and form student camaraderie with each other. Graham heard about Floyd’s passing at the end of last December. “It hit everybody pretty hard,” he said. Graham said the point of the name was not to get him or Bursey recognized. “It wasn’t to gain fame,” he said. “It was something that happened on a whim. It pulls on everyone’s heartstrings.” Bursey said he and Smith will start focusing on the ecology of these species in this area. Bursey is volunteering in Smith’s lab while he waits to go

to graduate school. “I’m enjoying the work we’re doing and look forward to finishing several projects as a volunteer between now and when I go to graduate school,” he said Bursey had the idea of naming the worm after Floyd in the back of his mind, but it wouldn’t go away. He said professors reacted well to the name. “Most faculty members chocked up about the name,” he said. “In the science world, naming a new species after someone is generally a very respectful gesture.” Bursey said he thought Floyd deserved it.

“She was a very bright student who would of gone far in science,” he said. “This immortalizes her name, and it’s our way of honoring her memory. It

was an ode to Hannah from the Smith lab.”


It was something that happened on a whim. It pulls on everyone’s heart strings Lance Graham

Senior biology major

Biology graduate Joseph Bursey and biology major Lance Graham coined the flatworm hannahfloydae after their fellow classmate, Hannah Floyd. Floyd passed away last year. Photo coutesy of Julian Smith

E-mail thieves beware: No more copy & paste on directory By Kaitlyn Schallhorn

Villainous spam harvesters are now no match for Winthrop‘s online student directory. The directory, located on Winthrop’s website, features students currently enrolled in school by showing names, hometowns, majors, phone numbers and Winthrop e-mail addresses. Faculty and students may have noticed a slight difference with the way the directory works when viewing e-mail addresses. Instead of simply highlighting, copying and pasting an e-mail address, users have to do a little more work. E-mail addresses for both the faculty and students can be viewed by clicking on the image. The ability to simply copy and paste is no longer an option. Before, people were able to easily copy and paste e-mail addresses and sell them, said James Hammond, associate

vice president for the division of computing and information technology. “People would think that Winthrop was selling e-mail addresses,” Hammond said. Users may have compromised their e-mail accounts by signing up for a mailing list, but the problem may lie within people going on the server to harvest. Now that the directory has been redone “harvesting now would require a human instead of a machine,” Hammond said. A person would have to click each e-mail to open it and type it out in another program. Spam harvesting’s goal is panic and/or identity theft. “Do the math. Humans would be discouraged. There’s not enough return,” Hammond said. A combination of programmers are to thank for coming up with the new design for the directory and potentially saving many students’ e-mail accounts from further harvesting. It only took the programmers two weeks to get it up and running, said Hammond.

Gena Smith, program director of students with disabilities, was able to help Hammond and programmers come up with a solution to help students with visual impairments who may use a program that reads text on a computer screen out to them. The popular program, JAWS, is not able to read an image, so students are able to click a button that will audibly spell out e-mail addresses. The new directory has been tested with the JAWS system, and it works perfectly,

said Hammond. The only cost to updating the safer student directory was time. “Tangibly speaking, it was a zero dollar cost,” Hammond said. Students are advised to consult their Student Technology Handbook for more information regarding spam. Spam harvesters can and have been caught, but “there’s weird stuff here,” said Hammond.

Above is a screenshot example of the student directory’s new option, with a audible spelling option for visually impaired students.

5 Our Say

Selfless acts necessary for health, improvement of WU Every week, The Johnsonian features students stepping beyond their normal duties as scholars and into leadership roles. Joseph Bursey and Lance Graham shared the discovery of a new species of flatworm with late classmate Hannah Floyd. Giving up the opportunity to name a new species after themselves, Bursey and Graham selflessly honored their friend and fellow researcher. After a year-long lull, passionate students are banding together to revive the Winthrop Swim Club. Restarting a club requires persistence, dedication and patience; sitting through trainings and filling out all essential paperwork necessitate these traits. The Winthrop Association of Ebonites plan “Winthrop Idol” each year to give students a chance at expression, unifying voices across campus. Whether through participation in campus organizations, student government meetings or research projects, Winthropians are going beyond student life. The Johnsonian is proud to report student leadership on and off campus and encourages everyone to volunteer a little time for someone else. We all must work together to better each other and our school, and we all must give up some time to preserve Winthrop’s diverse and productive

environment. Together, through small self-sacrifices, we can improve our community. The Johnsonian encourages everyone to involve himself or herself in a club, organization or volunteer activity. Together we can live, learn and lead both at Winthrop and beyond.


We must all work together to better each other and our school

Obama shouldn’t pander to the right Some black people look other four years of Obama shocked and appalled when doesn’t mean that I want I tell them that I think to see one of the current Obama needs to get the G.O.P. candidates in either. hell out of the country’s I kind of have to choose executive seat. These same between a magic negro that special people then go on to bends over backwards to tell me that I’m something the machinations of his ReJared Epps of a “traitor to the black publican overlords, or vote Opinion writer community,” or some such for those… other people. nonsense. I’m probably not being There are two problems too fair to the Republican here. The first one is that the Americandidates. can black community is garbage, so After all, there are over twenty of traitor allegations casually fly over my them, and the most successful and head. Secondly, these are mostly the vocal of them are just two or three same people who voted for Obama borderline evangelists, one of whom “cuz he be black dawg” and not betried to suggest that the recent earthcause of his political alignment. quake on the east coast was America’s Actually, my main problem with penance from God for letting governthe guy is that he doesn’t seem to ment spending go out of control. have a recognizable political position. The rest of the candidates might He is (or was) the Black Jesus of the actually be sane, rational people, but Democratic party, but in the spirit I’m probably hoping for too much of pretentious, self-gratifying “comfrom politicians, especially our G.O.P. promise,” he gives his opposition pals. everything they want without any real This political situation is messy regard to the people that voted him business, and I doubt anyone has a into office to begin with. reasonable solution to the country’s I’ve got a great compromise, Mr. problems. Obama. Act for the benefit of the Neither of the two big parties will people that put you into office instead act for the overall good of the people of the people that want you dead. as long as the richest Americans are The magnificent (black) individuals allowed to effectively buy our politiwho speak in tongues about the glory cians off. of Obama will also go on to suggest The last thing I’m trying to suggest that I must be some kind of evil peris that one party is objectively better son who voted for McCain, because than the others (subjectively, not the that’s obviously the worst possible Republicans). thing a person can be. The only “right” thing for a politiI wanted the guy to follow up on his cian to do is to act for the people that incredibly idealistic campaign promput them into office in the first place, ises, but recognizing his shortcomings and that is something that our presiapparently makes me an “evil McCain dent is currently failing miserably at. supporter.” Let me make one thing clear, though. Just because I don’t want an-


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THURSDAY September 29, 2011


Society rejects creativity It is my opinin the workplace. ion that society Writing, however, (a largely etheis something I have real concept rea passion for. I’d ally) is not doing be doing it even if I enough to foster wasn’t being paid, creativity. which is often the There are case when I write several “givens” Connor de Bruler freelance. Opinion-editor in my argument, What keeps me the first one begoing is the creing that creativative element. ity is not only the most Sir Ken Robinson, a impressive aspect of the former Ivy league profeshuman species but also the sor from Great Britain most fundamental ingrediwho now lives and works ent for our happiness and in Los Angeles, has been self-esteem. The second is giving public lectures and that occupations that do publishing books on the not allow enough, if any, subject of creativity for creativity are so taxing on years. I really love listening the human psyche that they to his ideas. He believes are dangerous to not only that the school systems an individual but also an across the world trample entire society. on people’s natural ability I worked a crappy job to be creative. He thinks an this past summer. My boss emphasis on creativity can was very young and very save our education system. kind. My coworkers were I would like to take that especially jovial, and my idea a little further and pay was above minimum suggest that emphasizing wage. I thought those and fostering people’s natcrucial things would make ural ability to be creative that job fulfilling, but I was will save society. wrong. I have no passion Some of my fellow for the restaurant business, students and even some and, though I’m good at it, faculty members share the I have even less interest in opinion that capitalism is washing dishes. That was a detriment to humanity. my job. I mopped the floor. I disagree. Whether we I bussed tables. I washed are communist or socialist dishes. I was thankful to or capitalist, exploitation have found a job and very and human suffering will happy with my pay, yet I always be a possibility. dreaded going to work. It’s not the system we I get paid very little to do use, but it’s how we apthis Johnsonian gig, and I proach it. don’t always feel respected We can all learn a lot

from art. Society has always romanticized artists. I think part of that comes from our envy. Artists seem to have great lives. They get up in the morning and do something they love. Art is a business that needs creativity. A musician creates a beautiful song that he puts an honest amount of effort into. The consumer then delights in the artists effort. Both parties win. This is the ideal business model for a society that operates on creativity. A good example of exploitation would be Philippine children making T-shirts. Their spirits are crushed doing meaningless, meticulous work that the rest of the world takes for granted. No one really loves the shirts. They just wear them because they’re cheap. I submit to you that creativity is not relegated only to art, but in each and every discipline man has ever created. By making creativity the highest priority in our lives and in our educational systems, everything will become art: science, mathematics, medicine, agriculture. If everything is an art form, more human beings will have a voice. That is what most people today are lacking. My next column will be a continuation of these ideas and why I think art is in trouble with mainstream culture.

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THURSDAY September 29, 2011

CATHERINE ZENDE Science & Technology Editor

New plans for going green

Sustainability coordinator hired to lead changes By Frances Parrish

Special to The Johnsonian

Chris Johnson stands beside the plaque that recognizes the West Center’s LEED Silver certification. LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. Photo by Catherine Zende •

Even though Winthrop’s colors are garnet and gold, the campus is in the process of getting a green makeover. Christopher Johnson, a Winthrop Alum, is the new sustainability coordinator for Winthrop. By accepting the Sustainability Coordinator position, which is privately funded by Harry and Becca Dalton, he is back at Winthrop once again. “[The] Dalton’s are environmental champions,” Johnson said. The Dalton’s also founded the Harry and Becca Endowed Chair in Environmental Sciences and Environmental Studies. “The decision to come back to Winthrop was simple; the Winthrop experience is very unique, and the Winthrop family is extremely welcoming,” Johnson said. As the Sustainability Coordinator, Johnson is in charge of making the existing programs better and coordinating new programs to make the university more sustainable. Out of all the buildings on Campus, the West Center is the only one that is LEED Silver Certified by the US Green Building Council. LEED is internationally recognized as the third party green building certification program. A certified building is able to reduce energy and water consumption, reduce carbon emissions, improve indoor environmental quality and is a good steward of resources and its impact on the environment. The West Center includes special features like carbon dioxide censors, light sensors that conserve energy by turning lights on or off depending on the amount of daylight filtering in through the windows, waterless urinals and automatic faucets to reduce water consumption, and recycled interior features, including original flooring from Peabody.

“The older buildings [Margaret Nance, Tillman and Bancroft] pose interesting challenges,” Johnson said. His plan is to create strategies that will help reduce water and energy consumption. Some of the strategies include: providing different forms of transportation, like bicycles; using renewable energy sources; decreasing the heat island effect; installing water efficient faucets; using collected storm water for irrigation; using native drought tolerant species in landscaping projects; and using locally harvested or manufactured building materials. With all these projects, classes should not be affected. “It is important though to understand that not all sustainable strategies are relevant to all projects,” Johnson said. Currently, Johnson has not implemented any new projects, since he just arrived in early September, and is still learning what programs Winthrop already has for sustainability. He is working on how to re-energize the recycling program and will integrate sustainability among the classrooms, so everyone, faculty, staff and students can get in on the go green movement. “Sustainability is about evaluating our individual behaviors,” Johnson said. In our changing society, it is important for Winthrop to have sustainability. At one point it was considered a fad that would not last long, but now it is back and stronger than ever. “Universities and colleges across the country are committed to becoming sustainable institutions; sustainability is becoming the norm,” Johnson said. In the long run, a sustainable Winthrop will reduce its heating and cooling costs, and other operating costs. “The longterm goal of sustainability is to reduce humans’ impact on the planet,” Johnson said.

Chris Johnson, sustainability coordinator • Graduated from Winthrop in 1999 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design. • Received Masters in Architecture from University of North Carolina Charlotte in 2005. • Member of an architecture firm that designed the newly constructed buildings: The Louis Rhame West Center and Carroll Hall. • Recently appointed as sustainability coordinator, a newly created position responsible for leading sustainability efforts on campus.

Windows 8 previewed to developers The Windows world changed a bit with the release of ‘Windows 8 Developer Preview,’ the latest rendition of the Microsoft operating system. Tech junkies flocked to the Microsoft DeDevang Joshi veloper Network website to get their hands on the still beta version of the new operating system. So what’s new? Well the biggest difference (and the most publicised) is the new start menu, which takes after the ‘Metro’ theme found on Windows Mobile devices. When you boot into Windows 8, you are presented with this new menu, rather than the traditional desktop from previous renditions of Windows. The redesigned start menu is an interesting concept, however for the laptop/desktop user, the new design is just not as useful. However, it is clear that the change is definitely geared towards those using touch screen devices (whether they are tablets or mobile phones). Another change in the look of Windows 8 comes from the new lock screen, which is definitely a big improvement from the bland login screen of “Windows past,” but still annoying if you do not have a touch screen. The desktop is essentially the same as the Windows 7 version with the exception of the start button which does not bring up the traditional start menu. Instead, it brings up the new ‘Metro’ themed start menu. With changes to the GUI (graphical

user interface) aside, some other changes that Windows 8 brings to the table are really interesting. For example, the ‘Task Manager’ has gotten a major face-lift, and the overall usability has gone way up (I’m a fan!). The interface of ‘Windows Explorer’ has also been redesigned, and follows the tab style layout of other Microsoft programs (such as Windows Live Movie Maker 2011, and Microsoft Office 2010.) These changes really help define the “Windows user experience,” something I think is definitely a plus, especially if your day to day computing activities have you bouncing between various Microsoft products. Essentially the user experience Microsoft is trying to create with Windows 8 is more of an “all encompassing” experience, where the transition between different Microsoft programs is seamless. Other changes that are noticeable in the GUI is the redesigned control panel Rumors of the release date for Windows 8 abound, some saying next year (however digging through all the options or even the year after. For now, fans of Microsoft will need to be patient reveals the Windows 7 version). One for the anticipated operating system. Photo courtesy Google images. change that I am really excited about is the ability to mount .iso disk images within the OS, eliminating the need for a CD/DVD drive. So Windows 8, not too bad considering how much of an improvement Windows 7 was from Windows Vis--I can not even bring myself to even say its name. I really like the direction Microsoft is going in terms of OS features (mostly in the background geeky stuff), but then again, its hard to fix something that is not really broken (I really enjoy Windows 7 because it just works). Questions, comments concerns? Shoot me an email at joshid@mytjnow. com. Want to see more of Windows 8, check out

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Winthrop scholarship honors late alumnae

THURSDAY September, 29 2011

MONICA KREBER Arts & Entertainment Editor

Timmons Brothers’ Music Trivia Show

After succumbing to cancer, former Winthrop theater tech major is remembered through the Lyssa Rauch Memorial Scholarship Adam Lamberts

Special to The Johnsonian

Outgoing, bubbly, energetic, full of life, never knew a stranger: these are just a few of the ways Holly Rauch would describe her daughter Lyssa to someone who never had the pleasure knowing her. Lyssa Rauch was a Theatre Tech major scheduled to graduate along with Winthrop’s class of 2007 until cancer took her life. Although cancer shortened Lyssa’s attendance at Winthrop, her presence in the Winthrop community could not be extinguished. Her memory lives on in the faculty and student body whose lives she touched, and also through the Lyssa Rauch Memorial Scholarship. Ever since Lyssa was 6 years old her mother could tell she had a passion for theatre. “She was always my little actress,” Holly said with joy billowing from her voice. All throughout elementary school she was into musicals: her favorite being West Side Story. At White Knoll High School, Lyssa found time to be involved in tech work for school productions while devoting most of her time in the school’s band. When the time came for her to decide where she was going to college, there was really only one choice in her mind of where she wanted to go: Winthrop. Winthrop was exactly what Lyssa looked for in a college. She fell in love with the smaller campus and more intimate campus community. Lyssa never thought about going anywhere else. The distance from home was even ideal for her and made it so she could come home whenever she wanted. The love Lyssa had for Winthrop was evident in her involvement on campus. Not only was she involved in the technical aspects of Winthrop’s theatre productions, she was also involved in the Glee Club, Flute Choir and the Anthology Staff. “She made friends everywhere she went,” her mother said, “She loved being involved in all kinds of different things.” When Lyssa was diagnosed with Stage 4 liver cancer in March of 2005, it came as a real shock. A young person coming down with liver cancer is a rare medical anom-

Former theatre tech major Lyssa Rauch was diagnosed with liver cancer in 2005 and lost her battle in 2006. She was supposed to graduate in 2007. Photo courtesy of Google Images. aly. She showed no signs or symptoms besides the occasional stomach cramps. While she was fighting cancer, Lyssa decided that she wanted to donate her body to the USC School of Medicine; she hoped that doctors there could possibly find something that might help save someone else’s life in the future. Today Lyssa’s memory lives on at Winthrop through the Lyssa Rauch Memorial Scholarship. Theatre and dance department chair Andrew Vorder Bruegge said one of the requirements for the scholarship is that the applicants must demonstrate a zest for life and personal courage that was embodied by Lyssa. “The full-time faculty determines which applicant best shows these qualities based on their work in the department, their involvement in class, in rehearsal, in the studio and hanging out in the lobby,”Bruegge said. Each Spring Holly Rauch presents the scholarship to a well deserving Theatre Education major selected by the Winthrop faculty. Holly looks forward every year to presenting and meeting the recipient of the scholarship that bears her daughter’s name Along with the honor of being selected for the scholarship, the recipient has the greater honor of caring on the memory and name of Lyssa Rauch by following their dreams and goals with the same enthusiasm that Lyssa did.

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THURSDAY September 29, 2011

Winthrop Idol: coming Oct. 5 IDOL • from front

Freshman Kiara Smalls, above, chose to sing “Amazing Grace” during her audition, while freshman Anna Dickinson, left, sang “The Star Spangled Banner.” Seated are judges (and CORE members) Robert Harris and Verona Cabbagestalk. Students auditioning did not have to sing the song they plan on performing for the actual event next week. Photos by Claire VanOstenbridge • vanostenbridgec@

did not even have to be the song they planned on singing – as long as the song contained no curse words, nothing derogatory and nothing that “isn’t representative of Winthrop.” The actual Winthrop Idol event is set for Oct. 5. “Last year I know the winner received $100,” Cabbagestalk said, “but this year I know we are trying to do something else…there is still going to be an ample amount of money.” Cabbagestalk said the audience at last year’s event was very interactive as the contestants performed. “Of course, we tell them ‘no booing’; this isn’t Apollo,” Cabbagestalk said, “but we want the audience to be engaged and cheer on the person – don’t make them feel like they should be afraid to get on stage; that’s a big accomplishment.” Cabbagestalk also described the event as “unified” because it brings the contestants, audience and event organizers together. “We already have two judges confirmed,” she said. “We have to know how many people are auditioning and then we will know what order to put them in. We wanted to be as random as possible.” Among the students that auditioned Wednesday night was freshman music performance major Anna Dickinson, who gave a snippet of the Star Spangled Banner. “I like performing in front of people,” she said. “I think it’s fun. I saw the ad, and I thought that this might be interesting.” Freshman exercise science major

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Across 3. Christopher Johnson is the new ______ coordinator for Winthrop 4. Who was the Athlete of the Week? (First and last name together) 8. The answer to the missing link between people who can or cannot come to athletic events (two words) 11. Building you go to when you are feeling sick 13. Which on-campus radio DJ has his own shown? (Last name only) 14. Last name of a Winthrop alumnae who is now honored through a theatre scholarship Down 1. Who was The Worm named after? (First and last name together) 2. Lady Eagles golf team will kick off their season at the ____ Fall Classic 5. The latest Microsoft operating system (hint: “______ 8”) 6. Winthrop’s colors are ____ and gold 7. Johnson and this building were named after Winthrop’s first president 9. CORE is a sub-group of students from which organization? 10. Advocacy group that formed to raise awareness about world hunger 12. Basement of which Winthrop Idol auditions were recently held

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Kiara Smalls said she auditioned in order to step out of her box. “I decided to audition because I thought would be a good experience in order to get my vocals out,” she said. Smalls said she is doing Winthrop Idol for the experience more than anything else. “If I won it would mean a lot to me,” she said, “but then it’s also getting myself out there because I’m a shy person, so it’s kind of like I’m bringing people to me instead of just walking up to other people, so it’s really for the experience.” Senior family and consumer sciences major Robert Harris is the other confirmed judge for Winthrop Idol. “In Winthrop Idol we are looking for exceptional individuals that want to showcase the talents that we have here at Winthrop,” he said.


THURSDAY September 29, 2011

ALISON ANGEL Culture Editor

From Alaska to the desert to the movies Alison Angel

I used to think I came from a pretty small town. As a teenager, I went through those angsty periods of wanting to get out of my ‘podunk’ little town (Irmo, if you’ve heard of it) and to a big city. My perspective changed completely with one visit from my cousin last week. I was suddenly insanely greatful, gleeful even, to have lived in a town where only fast food restaurants offered the entertainment. Why? Because I had not yet seen the alternative. To give you some context, my cousin is from Wasila, Alaska, which I had the pleasure of visiting when I was about six years old. It is quite literally the middle of nowhere and a frozen tundra with no entertainment for a teenager besides staring at moose. Amazing scenery, but a 16-year-old hormonal boy craves a lot more entertainment than a picture perfect landscape. I could sympathize with my cousin’s predicament as a teenager, even see how a small town like mine could be a great alternative: I mean, come on, in Irmo you can go from McDonalds to KFC all in the same city! I guess I never really understood the true scope of his tiny little town mindset. Snow to me sounded great. Moose? It’s not a deer, so fantastic as far as I’m concerned. Mountains? Even better. But for years my cousin merely insisted that it lacked the one thing a “big city” like Irmo, S.C. had: culture. I of course brushed him off. Years later he joined the U.S. Army and started to travel the world. When he came back from his most recent deployment a month ago, I was thrilled that he’d be able to come my way and I could show him a real city. I was certain Charlotte would give him a sense of home,

now that he’d gotten to travel the world. But little did I know that I was setting my cousin up for the shock of a lifetime. What triggered his catatonic state? Oh, a movie. Silly me did not realize that something as simple as a movie would blow my cousin’s mind and expose him to the world. I knew Alaska was short on entertainment, but how was I supposed to know that they were about four decades behind? I had made the mistake of assuming that in my cousin’s newfound wordly travels as a U.S. army officer, he had seen culture and worlds that I couldn’t imagine. Surely a movie would simply entertain him, not rock his world. Apparently, however, the only culture he was exposed to overseas was the barren desert. Not even the military bases on U.S. soil were located in towns with the remotest sense of entertainment for my poor cousin. So when he came to visit me at Winthrop, I immediately loaded him into the car and dragged him to Charlotte. I could tell something was up the second he saw the buildings in the distance. Immediately he started flipping out, asking questions like “why are you taking me to a rich city?” All I could think was, “really?” Don’t get the wrong idea here: my cousin is not uneducated, he is not a redneck, and he is not naiive. He simply has the handicap of being born in a place where it is more common to see a moose than a big building. After taking him to some of the best eateries I could think of I thought to myself, ah, the Uptown Epicentre: surely if we catch a movie, it will calm my poor cousin and bring him back down from this high of seeing too much civilization. Big mistake. Only as we stepped into the theatre did I realize that it wasn’t so average after all. After my cousin carefully selected and reserved his theatre seat with the iPad that was so graciously provided, we rode the escalator to a lobby that more resembled a nightclub than any movie theatre I had ever seen. After

visiting the ‘concessions’ stand, which turned out to be one of the three bars in the joint (even I felt out of place), we decided ordering beverages would be the safest bet. As the bartender went about his work, my poor cousin snapped photo after photo. He literally took pictures of everything: from the bar, to the endless menu that was the sole provisions for the theatre in place of the traditional popcorn and soda pop, to the individual teapot that the bartender brought us, complete with cigar box filled with fine tea choices for us to pick and place on our tea tray to bring into the theatre. Okay, this wasn’t even a normal movie going experience for me. I felt far too low-brow by the time we had stepped into the theatre, and by the time I was brought my own individual tea tray and took my seat on the couch in the theatre we had reserved, I was admittedly feeling pretty shell shocked myself. I managed to forget that cultural divides existed even within the United States and made assumptions that could have saved my cousin the shock and confusion of being bombarded by an endless flow of new information. I had exposed him to a world that was so vastly different from his own, I’m afraid I scarred him for life and have instilled in him a fear that all cities are merely for the rich and fancy (at least judging by the crazy-fancy movie I unknowingly dragged him into). I learned a lesson that day: never make assumptions about someone based on where they’ve been or where they are going. No matter where someone lives in this world, be it England or the neighborhood a block down, their interpretation of the world and their experiences of it are going to be incredibly different from your own. What may shock them may seem trivial to you and what they see as the norm may be foreign to you. Either way, when dealing with visitors, my advice would be to gauge their experiences. You don’t want to end up making my mistake and scaring them with something as seemingly basic as a movie.

Night of Japanese song brings world to WU Series of songs gives Winthrop students taste of twentieth century Japan, history of culture MUSIC • from front ended its national isolation,” Deguchi said. “The first set of songs [played] are the so-called ‘first songs in Western classical style.” Written by Rentaro Taki, the piece reflected change in Japanese culture as

they began to embrace European characteristics while fusing them with their own culture. The first piece Deguchi and Wonderlich performed, “Moon Over the Ruined Castle,” is a piece that has garnered fame both in Japan and the

Soprano Kristen Wonderlich and pianist Tomoko Deguchi take a bow as they finish their set. The duo performed a three set series of songs that took the audience from a nationalistic isolated Japan to a country that brought Western influences into their music. Photo by Aimee Harman

world over time. Upon its introduction, Deguchi explained that the song has been adapted many times in English and done in every style from traditional to jazz. The second set of performed pieces were based on a set of poems by Japanese poet Sumako Fukao, based on a journey to Paris. Written between 1959 and 1963 the songs represented “the most liberal time” in Japanese history before European culture trickled in after 300 years of national isolation, Deguchi said. The finale of the evening presented a fusion of traditional Japanese culture with influences of French impressionism. Deguchi and Wonderlich performed a four-song set that defined the way that, even with other influences, “the composer incorporated Japanese elements into the music,” Deguchi said. Each song set presented the audience with a different piece of Japan’s past, distinctly defined in the music. From haunting melodies that began in the early twentieth century of Japan to the upbeat and delictate tones of a set based on a trip to Paris, each song, though fitting together seamlessly with some type of a common theme, was so markedly different that it was difficult to walk away with no emotion. Barnes Recital Hall was packed as



the soprano and pianist brought before them Japan as it transitioned from a country of isolation to one that became influenced by European and Western culture after World War I. Despite that influence, the music created decades ago managed to hold on to traditional Japanese elements that translated to give a modern day audience a sneak peek into a specific time period in Japanese history where change was pouring into the country. Even with a brief history lesson by Deguchi explaining the history of the songs performed and how they represented a shift in Japan, the distinct melodies were enough to set the tone of an era. Deguchi said that overall, there seemed to be a great response from the crowd. “We feel like we got a good student response and attendnce,” Deguchi said. Whether it is performed in a foreign langauge or not, music is the one medium through which emotions can be expressed, and the “Evening of Japanese Art Songs” managed to convey a period of time in another culture that crossed any potential barriers that the audience may have come into the performance with.


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10 Sports Briefs Toor named Winthrop’s Athlete of the Week Winthrop volleyball player Becca Toor has been named the Big South Conference Choice Hotels Player of the Week in volleyball for the third time this season following her performance last weekend against Charleston Southern and Coastal Carolina. The Big South Conference Preseason Player of the Year tallied 38 kills and a .460 average at the net in the Eagles two wins last week. Winthrop freshman libero Catherine Brusie was an honorable mention for Freshman of the Week and Defensive Player of the Week honors. The Lady Eagles will return to action Sept. 30 as they travel to Presbyterian College. The game is scheduled at 7 p.m. Men’s cross country wins third straight The Winthrop men’s cross country team won it’s third straight meet over the weekend at the William Wilson/The Citadel Invitational 8K. The Eagles came out on top despite resting two of their top three runners, senior Adam Freudenthal and junior AJ Fitzsimmons. Sophomore Steve Rivard turned in the top performance, finishing second with a time of 27:21:06. Winthrop claimed five of the top 13 spots in accumulating 40 points to finish ahead of second place College of Charleston’s 45 points. The team will look to continue its success at the Paul Short Invitational in Bethlehem, PA on Sept. 30. Men’s soccer comes up short at Wake Forest The Winthrop men’s soccer team fell to non-conference opponent Wake Forest over the weekend by the score of 1–0. The lone score of the game came in the 70th minute by Wake Forest’s Luca Gimenez. The loss marks the fifth in a row for the Eagles, who are now 3-5 on the season after their quick start. The loss is also the fourth straight game that Winthrop has been shut out. The next match for Winthrop will be its conference opener on Saturday, Oct. 1 at High Point at 7 p.m. Winthrop has won three of its last four conference openers, but lost to Liberty in the 2010 opener at home. WU softball hires new assistant head coach Winthrop softball head coach Mark Cooke has announced the hiring of Brooke Le Sage as the new assistant head coach. Cooke has also hired former assistant coach Danny Parks to rejoin the staff in the same role as he had back in 2009 when he left. Le Sage was previously a coach at University Antelope Valley in Lancaster, California who was in charge of defense. The Corona, Calif. native is a graduate of California State University Long Beach where she received a degree in communication studies. She was the starting catcher for all four seasons, and as a senior was the team captain. She will be working primarily with the catchers and corners to improve their defense. Parks has been the softball head coach at South Point High School in Rock Hill, S.C. He took a year off from coaching the Eagles, but is back this season to help out the pitching staff.

THURSDAY September 29, 2011


Women’s golf shining on and off the course By Jeff Brodeur

cole are great examples of the true meaning of the term student-athlete.” The Winthrop women’s When asked about her golf team will be countrecent achievement, Boling on experience, a key ling simply said, “It just element they were lacking means I am able to manlast season, to build upon age my course load well, a subpar 2010-2011 camcompete in golf tournapaign. ments and achieve good Coming off a season grades in school.” that the team finished This season will mark tied for 5th in the Big the third consecutive year South Championship, the that Bolling has earned Katie Bolling (left) and Nicole Mooberry were both Lady Eagles are hoping a spot on the team. As to improve on last year’s recently selected to be on the 2010-11 National Golf for Mooberry, the rising Coaches Association (NGCA) All-American Scholar standings, as their core junior is being honored for group of golfers will all be Team for Division I. Photo courtesy of Winthrop Aththe first time. letics. back. The Lady Eagles will Leading the charge for kick off their season at the the golf course, they are at the top Winthrop this season is Starmount Fall Classic in of their game in the academics going to be the lone seniors on Greensboro, N.C., on Oct 2. department. the team, Kayla Cline and Katie “Last year we had six girls on the Bolling. The pair posted the lowest Presidential Honor Roll, which is a scoring averages on the team last big accomplishment in the classseason, averaging 80.04 and 80.52 room,” Cline said. per round respectively. In order to achieve Presidential “We’re older now,” Cline said “I Honor Roll status, a studentknow we’ll play better and have a athlete must attain a 3.0 or higher stronger finish this year than we cumulative grade point average. did in the past.” As if that weren’t impressive Bolling agreed, saying that this enough, Bolling and fellow teamyear’s squad has enough talent to mate, Nicole Mooberry were compete for the Big South Conferrecently selected to the 2010-11 ence title. National Golf Coaches Associa“We are improved from last tion (NGCA) All-American Scholar year,” she said. “I expect us to Team for Division I. improve in every tournament we In order to qualify for the team, played in last year.” student-athletes must compete A large part of that talent is comin half of their golf tournaments ing from a strong freshman class while attaining at least a 3.5 GPA. that is going to be expected to step This criteria is regarded as some of in and contribute right away. the most stringent in all of college The trio of Jennifer Dilger, Kayla Cline athletics. A total of 544 golfers Viivi Nuorti and Rachel Wyatt has Senior golfer throughout Divisions I, II and III already received high praise from were honored. their upper-class teammates. Bolling, a biochemistry major “We have a very good freshman from New Brighton, MN, achieved class this season and I know they a 3.91 GPA, while Mooberry, a are going to perform very well for business administration major us,” Bolling said. from Norfolk, NE, had a 3.54 GPA. Cline added that she doesn’t “I am very proud of these two believe their lack of experience is young ladies for what they accomgoing to affect them too much. plish in the classroom and on the “It’s a talented class,” she said. golf course,” said Winthrop head While the team is still trying to coach Jodie Wendt. “Katie and Niget back to their winning ways on


I know we’ll play better and have a stronger finish this year than we did in the past.

Soccer stat attack Men’s soccer

Compiled by David Thackham

•The Winthrop men’s soccer squad (3-5-1) scheduled an impromptu nonconference match against Wake Forest University (3-4-1) after its match-up against East Tennessee State on Friday was cancelled due to inclement weather. Although the Buccaneers from Tennessee were nationally ranked at the time, the Eagles found little respite against the Demon Deacons. Wake Forest, who also had a scheduled game against South Carolina rained out, peppered Winthrop’s defense early before finally taking the lead in the 70th minute to finish a deceiving 1-0 win for the home team.


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•After WFU keeper Michael Lisch saved Akeem Matthew’s initial shot for Winthrop in the 1st minute, Winthrop’s offense went silent, finishing the game with only six shots in 90 minutes. •Wake Forest’s defense was solid on Sunday, allowing only one Eagle corner, compared to the Demon Deacons 11 chances from the flag. •Winthrop weathered ten shots and five corners from WFU in a stint of 14 minutes (58:55- 72:31). •Wake Forest forward Luca Gimenez’s strike in the 70th minute assured that Winthrop has not completed a shutout in four straight games. •Twelve different players took shots at Winthrop’s GK Patrick Walsh in Sunday’s victory. •By the end of the match, Wake Forest had taken 25 shots against Winthrop’s defense. •Had more regular starters taken part in the match in Winston-Salem, Winthrop may have survived the trip. Alex Isern, Daniel Di Biagio, Tomas Brennan and substitute Alex Bolton were all out on Sunday. •Winthrop would have not played a match for 12 days before opening Big South Conference action on Oct. 1at High Point if the game wasn’t added to the schedule. •Sunday’s result now makes it five straight losses for the Eagles going into conference play.

•Winthrop has the 7th best record out of all BSC teams, but is ranked 6th in the table, because not all teams have begun conference play yet.

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THURSDAY September 29, 2011



Swim club returns to Winthrop

Emily Raymonda and Jenna McAbee, the swim club president and vice president respectively, swim laps in the pool in preparation for the upcoming swim club season. The swim club hopes to attract a large number of students who share the same love for the sport that Raymonda and McAbee does. Photos by Sarah Auvil • Special to The Johnsonian

Two students restart WU swimming through passion, determination SWIM • from front response they have gotten for the club. About 35 students have expressed interest in joining the club. While they aren’t sure how many people will actually show up to practices, they hope to have at least 10 solid members coming to practice consistently. Raymonda and McAbee started to build excitement and gain interest for the club by walking around campus simply asking students ‘do you like to swim?’ At the clubs and organizations fair, they even wore swim caps and goggles in order to attract attention and get those interested in swimming to come to their table. McAbee says that another main goal of the club is to be able to maintain the members that join. After the first year, Raymonda hopes that the numbers will start to increase. One of the toughest setbacks for the two in their journey to reactivate the club has just been the paperwork, meetings and work that it takes to start a club. “I feel like every time we take one step forward, we take two backwards,” Raymonda says. “You turn in one form, and it seems like they give you three others.” Raymonda and McAbee encourage students who are interested in the Swim Club to start helping now, because they say it’s hard for just the two of them. They would like those interested to help in any way possible. Although completing the paperwork and going through the motions of starting a club has been tough, it has in no way stopped Raymonda and McAbee.

“I’m optimistic,” McAbee said. “Hopefully after the first meeting and once we get people to join it’ll get easier.” “We will be official,” Raymonda said. “I can guarantee that.” Once the club gets started they hope to host practice once or twice a week depending on how often they can book the West Center pool. Raymonda and McAbee encourage anyone interested in swimming to get involved with the club by either e-mailing the club at or by joining their Facebook page by searching Winthrop Swim Club.


Hopefully after the first meeting and once we get people to join it’ll get easier. Jenna McAbee

Swim club vice president

Like social media? “Follow” Winthrop Shortly before 10 in the morning on Sept. 23, the Facebook fan page “Winthrop Athletics” informed anyone who subscribed to them that the 7 p.m. match-up between East Tennessee State and Winthrop was in doubt. Sixty-four minutes later, the decision was made. “Friday Night’s Men’s Soccer Match Against #22 East Tennessee State Canceled,” read the “WUEagles” David Thackham Twitter handle. Sports Editor The players soon spread the word. “Game is cancelled tonight,” said Winthrop men’s soccer goalkeeper Enrique Miranda (@EnriqueM33). Such is the expedience of social media for Winthrop

athletics. The athletics department has revamped its dedication to spreading sports news from the Coliseum to Eagle fans and students. Almost all press releases that are posted from the Winthrop athletics website are now disseminated on outlets like Facebook or Twitter. More than 1,770 profiles now “like” the Winthrop Athletics Facebook page, while 521 Twitter profiles “follow” news directly from the “WUEagles” Twitter feed. Social media has done more than regurgitate news for Winthrop. For many sports, such as volleyball, it provides constant live updates for games and meets. “Eagles force another timeout! Score 22-18 in the third set! Eagles up 2 sets to 0. #whatupchickens,” said @WUEagles volleyball correspondent Brandon McGinnis as he updated Winthrop’s match on Saturday against Coastal Carolina. Updates from athletes, media and fans have evolved and expanded the world of sport both in Winthrop and across the country. Jay DeMerit (@D6MERIT), a defender with Major League Soccer team, the Vancouver Whitecaps, tweeted hours

before a match last month, “I’ve also just walked by the [Seattle] Sounders team downtown. Stare down.. Akwwaarrd. (sic) #smile.” The depth of access that athletes can give to their fans has forever changed the student- athlete relationship dynamic. The athletics department has charged their players to post about games in order to attract their friends to come out and support the Eagles on the field. The players have responded. “UNCC game at 7!!” said senior volleyball middle hitter Becca Toor via Facebook. “Go eagles <3.” “Time to get #focused kick off at 5,” Miranda said through Twitter, on the afternoon of a later match against ACC foe Wake Forest. Even the coaches have taken up the responsibility. Men’s soccer head coach Rich Posipanko (@winthropgaffer) would later report the game’s status on Sunday. “Lost to Wkae (sic) Forest 1-0. Good work rate. Pleased with that. Had chances. Defended well tonight.” The day is done, Posipanko tweets his player of the week and now athletes go back to being students. “Killed my presentation today,” Miranda said around 11 a.m. on Monday. An example of social media bringing students and athletes closer together than ever before. They’re like us, too.

UPCOMING GAMES Home games in bold

Men’s soccer 10/1 @ High Point - 7 p.m. Women’s soccer 10/1 vs. Campbell - 7 p.m. Men’s golf 10/2-4 (Rees Jones Intercollegiate)

Women’s golf 10/2-4 Starmount Fall Classic Men’s cross country 9/30 - Paul Short Invitational Women’s cross country 9/30 - Paul Short Invitational

THURSDAY September 29, 2011





September 29, 2011  

This is the September 29, 2011 issue of The Johnsonian, Winthrop University's campus newspaper.

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