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Gov. Nikki Haley said on Monday that Winthrop might earn a spot on the list of higher education institutions set to receive more state funding if the university meets accountability funding standards. Trekking to the Richardson Ballroom at 6:30 p.m. during the first stop on a series of town hall style meetings so she could unveil her legislative report cards, the first female South Carolina governor told a room of about 200 students, citizens, faculty and media personnel that the state will change the way it deals with higher education. That change includes switching to a “pay for performance situation,”

Haley said. “Winthrop will actually receive some help when we go to that new accountability funding because they will be able to show measurables as to what they’re doing,” Haley said. What students can hope to see, Haley said, is a demonstration of college presidents and herself standing together before the General Assembly and saying “this is what we want you to do.” Lawmakers will be able to see how well universities are doing in relation to the measurables and allocate funding based on merit and not “based on a hand out,” Haley said. Without rhyme or reason, Haley said “the number of alumni in the

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Batman, Batgirl rally for the arts AMANDA PHIPPS

Superheroes walked the campus on Monday. WUSSA (Winthrop University Student Advocates for the Arts) gathered at the Amphitheater on the day of Gov. Nikki Haley’s visit to Winthrop for a “Rally for the Arts,” which gathered all majors together to advocate for the arts in schools and share what their life would be without them. The arts saved Mary Shockley, WUSSA’s president. Before she took theater in high school, Shockley said she felt alone. “I thought I was the only weird one out there,” she said.

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Poker, Texas Hold ‘Em lures students with cards, chips

Gov. Haley discusses college funding plan JONATHAN MCFADDEN

On-campus international students may be displaced. See Culture, page 12

Winthrop wetlands provide haven for aquatic animals. See Science & Tech, page 8

Shockley said the arts are a big part of her life. “They are my outlet and inspiration for everything,” she said. “I see art everywhere, and it makes something that someone sees as dull mean something.” White Stripes is Shockley’s favorite band. “They are my guiding light,” she said. The arts help people forget their personal issues with each other and are a “powerful thing,” Shockley said. “People understand each other through the arts,” she said. Senior theater tech and design and economics double-major Sandy Redzikowski agreed that the arts are important.

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Bryan Gosling is seated directly across from his opponent, senior chemistry major Son Dinh. Between them is a mesh of multi-colored poker chips, and both hold a hand of cards. In the beginning, Gosling goes “all in” with his chips, using a pair of twos. He forces his opponent to fold with a bluff. In the next hand, Gosling loses three-fourths of his chips to Dinh. They go back and forth for an hour until Dinh wins round one of the Texas Hold ‘Em Tournament. A scheduled meeting causes Gosling to forfeit. Dinh and Gosling were among roughly a dozen students who participated in the Texas Hold ‘Em and Spades Tournament on Friday, Sept. 30 in the DiGiorgio Student Center. The event was held through the intramural sports program. Senior physical education major Will Plyler, an intern with recreational services, said he decided to play because the idea sounded interesting. “I just wanted to play,” he said. “I used to play a lot back home with my friends.” Intermural sports supervisor Deandre Robinson said

Though no real money was lost during the Texas Hold ‘Em and Spades Tournament on Friday, students started with $200 worth of chips and played several rounds. Photo by Aimee Harman •

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America Calling: DAVID THACKHAM

Adam Brundle stands as a shining example that doing your homework really can get you ahead in life. In 2009, the now 19-year old midfielder for the Winthrop men’s soccer team was hard at work on a school project when a banner advertisement changed his life and his playing career forever. “I guess I was young and it drew me in,” Brundle said. “That really

One Englishman’s journey from Stamford Bridge to Eagle Field

changed things a lot. I thought ‘Why not?’” Born in London, Brundle is the second youngest of four siblings raised in Norwich, England. An English upbringing meant that while many of his American peers were battling math in 3rd grade, Brundle was already battling with top soccer talent from across the country. At eight years old, he was enrolled in the soccer academy of West Ham United, a long-respected fixture of the Barclays Premier League (currently in the Football League

Championship). The program has developed and strengthened internationally-known talent such as England’s Frank Lampard, Bobby Moore, Joe Cole and Rio Ferdinand. By his eleventh birthday, Brundle was testing his talents closer to home at Championship League side Norwich. “I was playing soccer for about three hours a day,” said Brundle, a sport management major. “But I was also getting a good education

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Graphic by Courtney Niskala • JONATHAN MCFADDEN Nine years ago, rumor had it that Darren Ritzer and Merry Sleigh were having an affair. Both wore wedding bands, but would always be seen together- walking and eating. In truth, Merry Sleigh is Merry Sleigh-Ritzer, Darren

Ritzer’s wife. It was a typical Friday morning for the Ritzers when they met with their visitor. The kids were dropped off. Merry Sleigh sat at her computer, prepping to get through another day of classes, lectures and meetings. Two doors down, Darren Ritzer undoubtedly did the same.

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Nevertheless, their witty banter and congenial personalities were at their peak, so much so they didn’t mind addressing the campus gossip that mistakenly placed them as adulterers. “It was kind of a letdown for them to find out we were actually married,” Ritzer recalled with a smile. “End of scandal.” “But I think now people know


[that we’re married]; there have been enough students who know us,” Sleigh said. For the express purpose of avoiding confusion and the question, “Which Dr. Ritzer are you talking about?” the couple decided to go by different last names. Students get it, they said. Colleagues, on the other


hand, sometimes take more time on the uptake. “I think most of their spouses are in different realms; I don’t know if they could picture what it would be like to work with their spouse all the time,” Ritzer said. Oftentimes, people will send

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LOVE • from front messages meant for Ritzer to Sleigh, Sleigh said. “It’s like they’re dealing with both of us, when they’re dealing with one of us,” she said. Both associate professors of psychology with offices in Kinard Hall, Sleigh and Ritzer are marching into their ninth year as members of Winthrop’s faculty. They’re also entering their fifth year as parents. Their oldest is five and their youngest will soon be four. They met in graduate school. While Sleigh taught, Ritzer served in active military duty. Despite Ritzer’s long commute and days without visual contact, both knew that one day they wanted to get teaching jobs together. “So, we just applied to schools and applied to schools, and this [Winthrop] was pretty much the first school we could both agree on,” Sleigh said. “Yeah, there were several we couldn’t agree on,” Ritzer added chuckling. For Ritzer, it was his “dream school,” his wife of 14 years said. “It was a lot closer to my undergrad, sort of small, teaching focus,” Ritzer said. Nearly a decade in, balancing professional and personal lives still isn’t a piece of wedding cake. “It’s hectic,” Ritzer said. “We work a lot,” Sleigh added. If both Sleigh and Ritzer have a meeting to attend, they have to hustle to find a babysitter. When at home, talk about work can occasionally infiltrate dinner conversation “We always talk about work,” Ritzer said laughing. “We may try and get away from it, but it always comes back.” Not that it’s bad at all. If Sleigh is sick, Ritzer can step in and teach one of her classes. If Ritzer’s busy, Sleigh said she can

pick up the slack. Understanding the stresses and rigors of a day’s work is easier since both work and live under the same roof. They share the same “stress times,” Ritzer said. “We know when it’s advising, we know when it’s finals, so we kind of synthesize in a different way,” he said. “We kind of know the basics” of each other’s careers, Ritzer said. It saves time on asking, “how was your day?” Sleigh said. If Sleigh says she’s tired at the end of the day, Ritzer already has a pretty good idea why. Ritzer said that he feels students see them as the “mother and father” figures of the department. “That makes me feel old,” Sleigh said with a laugh. “We are old,” he answered comically. Love, two doors down The writings of theologians and philosophers line the back wall of Kristin Kiblinger’s office in Kinard. On a file cabinet in the far right corner are pictures of her two daughters. In a frame on a shelf is a picture of Kiblinger with her daughters and husband at the beach. Beside her desktop stands another framed picture, this one of her husband outfitted in a tuxedo. To just the casual viewer, it would seem Kiblinger’s family is never far from her thoughts. For the most part, that’s true. Her husband of almost 10 years works just two doors down the hall. Kristin and William Kiblinger, both associate professors of philosophy and religious studies, came to Winthrop in 2003. They both met in graduate school while studying philosophy of religion, “but within that we were very different,” she said.

Merry Sleigh and Darren Ritzer will celebrate 15 years as a married couple in January. Photo by John Rhodes • When they started getting serious, Kristin said she and William both knew the chances they would both find jobs in the same place at the same time were “pretty darn slim.” “In our field, it’s hard to find a job period,” she said. Perseverance and patience paid off. In fact, it paid off twice. Kristin and William first worked together at Teal College in Pennsylvania for three years, she said. “I think that probably gave us a little leverage when looking for that situation again,” Kristin said. While on the search for “that situation,” Kristin and William both realized that not all colleges are willing to budge. Kristin said she understands why universities may be hesitant to hire

couples in the workplace. If there’s conflict in their personal lives where divorce becomes an option, it can hinder their productivity. If there’s a tragedy in the family, the university could lose two employees instead of one. Winthrop has won the Kiblingers’ loyalty, Kristin said, because the university was willing to take a chance on them. More literature is available discussing family-friendly policies in academia, Kristin said, and a lot of universities are finding it advantageous for recruitment and retention if both spouses work together. Some may say working in the same department may be a risk, but Kristin said she’s found it easier. “The one department can decide they like you

as a unit, as a pair, as opposed to one department wanting you and the other one [spouse] being pushed on another department,” she said. From day one in class, William is transparent about the other Kiblinger in Kinard. “When I begin a class, I usually mention there’s another Kiblinger around so when you’re e-mailing or coming by the office, be aware of that,” William said. Still, they sometimes receive each other’s messages. Other times, students will comment on the other spouse’s teaching style. Some will assume William was the “primary hire and I was the tagalong,” Kristin said. “But I don’t think that’s a marriage issue, I think that’s a sexism issue.”

How many at WU? Winthrop’s human resources office currently doesn’t keep statistics on how many married couples work at the university, said Lisa Cowart, associate vice president of human resources. The department’s benefits administrator could only think of 26 married couples “where both parties are permanent Winthrop employees,” Cowart said. “There are some other married couple combinations of permanent employees and temporary employees, but we have no way of even giving an estimate of those numbers,” she said.


We are old. Darren Ritzer

Associate professor of psychology

Kristin and William pose with their two daughters, Anwyn (on left) and Maddie. At the time of the picture, Anwyn was 4 months old and Maddie was 4 years old. Currently, Anwyn is 3 and Maddie is 7. Photo courtesy of William & Kristin Kiblinger

Corrections The Sept. 22 issue of The Johnsonian mistakenly referred to Gloria Jones as the director of University College. She is, in fact, the dean of University College. In the Sept. 29 issue of The Johnsonian, a story entitled, “WU in ‘good shape’ 10 years from now” accidentally misspelled Dr. Frank Ardaiolo’s last name. The correct spelling of his name is “A-R-D-A-I-O-L-O.” In the Sept. 29 issue of The Johnsonian, a sub-headline read, “Pay boost for faculty, staff a possibility, notable faculty would be first to get the gold” was incorrect in inferring that “notable” faculty would get salary increases first. Instead, the salary increases are merit-based, meaning all employees are considered within a range or degree, such as 0-3 percent, for example. Some may receive 3 percent pay raise, others may receive a 2 percent while others may receive a 1 percent pay increase. All ranges are determined by performance. The increases would be implemented at the same time.



THURSDAY October 6, 2011

To be or not to be?

Choosing the right major is the first step to having a successful college experience. By Amanda Phipps

While many students change their major many times, choosing the right major is a key element in having a good college experience, professor of mass communication Marilyn Sarow said. “Students who are not in the right major are more likely to have academic problems or to be dissatisfied with their college experience,” she said. The Major/Minor fair is held annually to help students make well-informed decisions regarding major or minor selection, according to a press release from the center for Career and Civic Engagement. The fair allows students to explore the majors and minors offered at Winthrop. Winthrop’s Honor Program, CLEP Testing, the Academic Success Center, the International Center, the Graduate

School and ONCA will be participating, according to the press release. While only students who are pursuing a B.A. degree must have a minor, students should choose a major and/or minor in a timely manner, said Gloria Jones, dean of University College. “These students must declare a major by the time they earn 45 hours, but they are encouraged to declare by the time they earn 30 hours,” she said. University College houses undeclared majors, Jones said. Jones said students who have not declared majors are assigned a University College advisor, who shows them a variety of resources they can use, including the Strong Interest Inventory and the Myers-Briggs Personality Profile. These are assessment tools to help students determine

their interests in possible majors or careers, according to the Center for Career and Civic Engagement’s Four Year Plan. Jones said taking intro courses in fields that interest students or doing research on field that they are considering will help students pick a major. The fair is a tool for students to use to help them select the right major, Amy Sullivan, director of the Center for the

Career and Civic Engagement said in the press release. “Knowing about the requirements and formats for completing majors will help students in their decision-making process,” she said. “Students should take advantage of having all the resources available at the same time and place.”

Time to Choose What: 2011 Major/Minor fair When: Oct 11 Where: DiGiorgio Campus Center’s Richardson Ballroom Time: 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m. For more information, contact Amy Sullivan at or visit Graphic by Courtney Niskala •

Editor experiences community culture first-hand Amanda Phipps

Assistant News Editor

I met some of the nicest and strongest people out on that dirt road. I did not know what to expect when I visited Blackman Road last Thursday with my photo-

journalism class. The first place we stopped was A Place for Hope, a center named for Hope Witlock, a 95-year-old resident who has helped many people through hard times by offering her home to them. I was lucky enough to meet Hope, a very sweet and tough woman. She was happy to see us all and offered us a seat right away. Her home may be a little

rough and she doesn’t live in the best conditions, but she doesn’t let that get her down. She was very inspirational because she helped others who are in a worse position than she is. I feel very blessed to have met her and see how much she can do for others even when she has so little herself. Hope also never misses church and walks a mile down the road to the community church every Sunday. I was also lucky enough to meet the man who built the church by hand, the Rev. James Hill. Hill is a sweet, older man who has been through a lot and built the community for the people. He spoke to us about all he did and what we could do. He told us that it was up to us and we could do something meaningful with our lives. “I love for someone to tell me I can’t,”

Students don capes, hold colorful ‘Rally for the Arts’ HEROES • from front While wearing a cape and knitting a scarf, Redzikowski said she was supporting the textile arts. “There is more to arts than [music and theater],” she said. “[The arts] are a far larger thing than we get taught in schools.” The Winthrop University Student Advocates for the Arts (WUSAA) was established this semester and the rally was the organization’s first event, Shockley said. Though the rally was held during Gov. Nikki Haley’s appearance on campus Monday, the rally’s purpose was not to be anti-Haley, but to advocate for the arts, Shockley said. “We are not partisan, just pro-arts,” Shockley said. She said she wanted people to know that WUSAA is around to have fun. Sophomore music major Will Surber did not know about WUSAA until recently, but joined forces with Shockley to pull in all aspects of the arts to the event. Surber helped bring in more music majors who, as he said, live in the music building. Surber said it was a spur of the moment decision to have the event once the visit from Haley was announced. He said the event was not in protest of Haley, but that maybe it will send a message. “Maybe the governor will see us and see part of our world,” he said.

Top: Students show their support for arts in schools through their love for music. Above: Batman and Batgirl (Rob Carroll and WUSAA president Mary Shockley) don their capes and show their support for the arts. Students gathered at the “Rally for the Arts” held at the Amphitheater on Monday to support fine arts in schools and to share their love of the arts. Photos by Aimee Harman •

Hill said. Rev. Hill told us he has helped many poeople through their troubles and has gotten them back on their feet. He is a strong guy with a good purpose in life, and it was inspirational to hear him speak about his life and the people he’s helped. I’m glad I got to see Blackman Road live and how the residents can be strong and make a good life for themselves. I hope this community gets the help it needs, because its residents really deserve it.

A Place for Hope was named for Hope Witlock, a 95-year-old resident of Blackman Road. Photo by Amanda Phipps •


THURSDAY October 6, 2011

WU Politics

College Republicans shoot for more student involvement, local Republican support

College Democrats aim to back Obama, tackle issues, ‘tap’ into on-campus liberal population

By Zoe Irizarry

By Jonathan McFadden

Special to The Johnsonian

Winthrop’s College Republicans are supporting local GOP members by involving more students in politics. One of those leaders includes John Hauenstein, a former engineer who is running for the Ward II seat on Rock Hill City Council. Members of the College Republicans have already touted their support for Hauenstein by conducting neighborhood precinct walks, where they hand out fliers and obtain contact information for citizens planning to vote for Hauenstein, said Timothy Kroboth, president of the College Republicans. The campaign has also asked the student Republicans to participate in literature drops. During a Sept. 19 meeting, members of the group discussed other Republicans they believed to be strong candidates for public office, as well as those they thought wouldn’t do so well. Emil Tokmakci, sophomore sports management major, feels involvement is important. “I joined the club to be more involved on campus and because I wanted to get more involved in politics,” Tokmakci said. The College Republicans put up the American Flags along Scholar’s Walk and helped put together the 9/11 candlelight vigil.

Winthrop’s College Democrats will focus on the positives of President Barack Obama’s presidency in an effort to culminate support for his 2012 reelection campaign. Such accomplishments include the repeal of the military’s ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,’ policy and the president’s promised pullout of U.S. forces in Afghanistan and Iraq. Graphic by Courtney Niskala • Members will also emphasize that the nation will be unable to escape its fiscal explained that she entered college as a crisis “overnight,” said Whitney Hough, Republican. president of the College Democrats and Her views changed over time and now, senior integrated marketing communicaObama’s health care package has altion major. lowed her to stay on her parents’ insurDuring a Sept. 27 meeting, nearly a ance plan until she’s 26. dozen students laid out the issues most Even more, the bill is handy because important to them that they would like her husband currently doesn’t have any to see addressed. health insurance, she said. The economy was a popular choice, For freshman history major Hampton followed by the Catch-22 of Republican Ballowe, issues ranging from foreign polnominees, who one student implied icy to the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq would cause stress regardless of which to American involvement in the Libyan one got the presidential nod. revolt are high on his list of concerns. One student threw out an idea about Regularly checking Independent, Fox a debate with the College Republicans, News and Wall Street Journal applicawhile Hough said she hoped to get the tions on his phone, Ballowe said it’s group involved with some activities ocimportant to “learn the other side.” curring during the Democratic National “Otherwise, you become an extremist Convention, set to take place in Charlotte and nobody will listen to you,” he said. next fall. More than that, he’s concerned about Since Winthrop is close to Charlotte, the nation’s infrastructure. Hough predicted that the university will “Not to quote Obama, but we can start have a “big part” in the convention. rebuilding,” Ballowe said. Members also discussed the voter ID The group is also planning to buffer its bill that still awaits approval from the community volunteering efforts, conU.S. Justice Department. duct a voter registration drive and make The voter ID bill, proposed in 2010, soldier care packages. will mandate that citizens present an auHough admitted that the College thorized form of ID before casting their Democrats in the past haven’t been too ballots at the polls. active on campus, but, now she aims to The bill has won much criticism from change that. advocates for minorities and the elderly, “I know there’s a liberal population out who say such a bill will exclude these there [at Winthrop],” Hough said. “We demographics from participating in the just need to tap into that.” political process. On Aug. 29, the Council of Student Leaders approved a resolution voicing their opposition to the bill, which also dismisses college student ID’s as viable identification for voting. “Why have a bill that limits people from voting?” Hough said. “Being able to vote here is really important.” The meeting took (From left) Tyler Callaway, junior business administration major; a more Elizabeth Yost, freshman art major; and Hampton Ballowe, freshpersonal man history major, sign to support President Barack Obama’s 2012 turn when reelection campaign. Photo by Aimee Harman • harmana@mytjnow. Hough, a com newlywed,

Graphic by Courtney Niskala • The group held two voter registration drives last month. Students from out of state or out of the area were able to register with absentee ballots. On Oct. 25, a sorority is holding a mock presidential debate and a member of Winthrop’s College Republican’s will be representing the Republican Party. More information about this event will be available as the date gets closer. “I feel that it is a good thing to understand more about people who will work for our government,” Tokmakci said. The club is always open to new members. “I think many people who are Republicans and enjoy politics should join the club because they will learn so much and meet wonderful people,” Tokmakci said. Additional reporting by Jonathan McFadden

Student socialists flaunt Left-wing politics during weekend ‘Occupy Charlotte’ protest By Jonathan McFadden

Banishing the economic gap between the rich and the poor was just one of many messages members of the Socialist Student Union vocalized this past Saturday at a protest in Charlotte. About 10 members of the organization joined together and travelled to Charlotte, where they joined the fervor of Occupy Charlotte, a parallel movement to the Occupy Wall Street protests occurring in New York City. To Judson Abraham, Charlotte was a prime location for objecting to economic injustice. “We have Bank of America, Wachovia and, on top of that, it’s just a Bible belt city that usually doesn’t see a lot of protests like this,” said Abraham, leader of the Socialist Student Union. Though he said Charlotte police aren’t trained for dealing with big protests, student protestors planned to don symbolic black bandanas and purchase Vaseline and gas masks in case of tear gas. Plans changed. Abraham said he did research and realized that North Carolina prohibits protestors from covering their faces completely as part of an anti-Ku Klux Klan ordinance. The black bandanas, he said, were to capture the “visual trappings” of the ultra-globalist movement, which he said echoes in Occupy Wall Street and Occupy Charlotte. “We’re not really trying to start a riot or anything,” he said. As for the gas masks, the group opted not to chunk change for them. When the caravan of student socialists arrived in Charlotte last weekend, they melded forces with 25 other protestors mounting the picket line, Abraham said. But, as time crawled on, about 100

people joined the effort, he said. Saturday’s efforts were more of a strategizing meeting for the big occupation, Abraham said, which is set to take place on Oct. 8 and on subsequent Saturdays. “We all collectively decided to march on Bank of America and the Charlotte government building and the federal reserve,” Abraham said. The combined socialist groups also formed a 33 member informal socialist working group tasked with drawing its own conclusions and bringing its own “analysis” to Occupy Charlotte, Abraham said. “To have 33 socialists together in one place in the United States is a success in and of itself,” he said. After Saturday, Abraham said he feels Left-wing supporters are getting more on track with their cause, taking it back to a “more radical definition of our principles.” “We’re actually getting out in the streets and getting ready for some action,” Abraham said. Freshmen have bolstered the union’s ranks, Abraham said. With more events like the protest in Charlotte, they’ll be “baptized” into activism, he said. Inspiration for the trip to Charlotte came from Occupy Wall Street, a more than two-week old demonstration in New York City. Hundreds of people in New York City gathered at Battery Park to peacefully protest what they saw as a nation driven by greed. Dubbing their demonstration “Occupy Wall Street,” protestors began marching through New York City’s financial district amid walls of barricades and on-the-ready police officers. Some days into the demonstration, chaos ensued. A small group of protesters—mostly women—were pepper sprayed by a NYPD officer, while others have been arrested.

Members of the Socialist Student Union stood on the frontlines of Saturday’s protest. Photo courtesy of Judson Abraham.

College student vote just as important, Haley says By Jonathan McFadden

Gov. Nikki Haley offered South Carolina college students the same deal she presented to eligible voters without valid photo identification—a ride to the DMV. During her town-hall style meeting in the Richardson Ballroom on Monday night, Haley unveiled her legislative report card, laid down her promises for job creation and higher education funding, and endorsed the voter ID bill. Under this law, South Carolina residents will have to present valid photo identification before casting their ballot. The hitch is that college student ID cards are no longer sufficient for voting. Instead, students will have to present authorized state issued IDs, such as driver’s licenses or passports. In August, members of the Council of Student Leaders approved a

resolution opposing the voter ID law and calling for college ID’s to be reinstated as valid voter identification. Taking the opportunity to speak while the governor directly addressed audience members, CSL Chair Kambrell Garvin read aloud the resolution before asking Haley if she could assure that voters will not be “disenfranchised” as a result of the bill. “Yes,” she said. The governor’s primary intention in pushing the bill is to ensure that voters going to the polls are the individuals whose pictures appear on the ID, and to deflect any possible voter fraud. Only one case of voter fraud has occurred in the state in the last decade. But, Haley held her stance. “If you have to show your picture ID to get Sudafed, if you have to show your ID to get on a plane, you need to show a picture ID to vote,” she said.

Haley’s administration was aware that thousands of people were unable to get their ID’s, she said, but state workers gave rides to those who wanted to retrieve their birth certificates or receive new IDs. Toward the end of September, 22 people received a ride to the DMV to receive proper photo ID, Haley said. While student apathy was a factor considered when organizing the bill, Haley told The Johnsonian after the meeting that her administration realized that “students have to have a driver’s license when they do anything to go to college.” “We also know they have to have a picture ID,” she said. “What we said is that their vote matters just as much as anybody else.” So much so, the same aid Haley’s administration has offered to residents without proper ID is available for college students, Haley said.


THURSDAY October 6, 2011

Student digital tales picked up by Ohio State By Kaitlyn Schallhorn

she received an e-mail from an Ohio State professor who was impressed with the students’ work Winthrop’s English department and asked if the English departhas recently partnered with Ohio ment would like to be a contribState University with their literary uting partner. narrative archives. “It’s neat for Winthrop,” said Sarah Spring, assistant professor Spring. “I’d like to see Winthrop of English, spent two weeks in Codo more of these types of things. lumbus, Ohio learning more about It prepares students for what they the literary narrative archive. may be doing in the future.” OSU houses a digital archive of One student, senior psychology literary narratives, a large database major Allison Howard, received that allows anyone to upload nara surprise response to one of her ratives. blog posts. People and schools from all over Howard found an interesting the world are represented, as well piece on new MRI technology as different levels of education. and posted her response to it. (From left) Senior English major Michelle Wicker Spring teaches Writing 501, Soon after posting her reand junior psychology major Jessica Richardson pewhich is intended as a workshop sponse, a man from London who ruse their blogs during their writing for new media fulfilling the technology requireworked on the very technology class. Photo by John Rhodes • ment for English majors. The she was writing about commentprevalent to them. class discusses the differences between ed on her post. “It’s a portfolio of the amazing things writing and writing for digital media. Originally, Howard was not a fan of done in class,” Spring said. Spring’s students were required to the ongoing assignment. When Spring’s class uploaded some of create blogs where they could interact “I didn’t love the idea of blogging,” their literary narratives to the archive, with their peers and write about issues Howard said. “I didn’t think people

–––– POLICE BLOTTER –––– DEFRAUDING A TAXI DRIVER (9/29/11) At 5:20 p.m., Winthrop reporting officers responded to McBryde after receiving a Taxicab driver complaint that his fare left without paying him, according to the police report. The ride was $75 and the victim stated he brought a skinny black male to Winthrop and that once the car stopped behind McBryde, the suspect swiped his credit card, but

HALEY • from front legislature, or football tickets,” funded higher education in the past. Now, students will see a new funding approach that measures: in-state students, alumni job placement, how much money goes towards the students and tuition increases, Haley said. The House Ways & Means Committee will receive a list of categories by which to judge schools. “The good thing is, the schools that do well will get more funding,” Haley said. As for the schools that don’t do well, Haley said they will now have incentives to want to do better. Even in light of deep cuts to higher education, Haley said her number one administrative priority remains “jobs, jobs, jobs.” Haley boasted that over 13,000 jobs have been announced in the state since she took office in January. Those jobs include manufacturing, aerospace, research and development and automotive jobs, she

it was declined. The victim stated the suspect showed him a Winthrop ID and said he was going into the building to get the money from his supervisor. The police report said the name on the ID is not in the system, according to the Telecommunications officer. The victim said the suspect got out of the vehicle and disappeared. The victim said he waited 15-20 minutes before contacting the police because he thought the subject was inside the building. The case is active and the victim was issued a notification form, according to the police report.

said. “And those don’t include the construction jobs that come with it or the secondary jobs,” Haley said. Yet, Haley admitted the question remains: With 13,000 jobs in the state, why does it have an almost grisly unemployment rate? The answer: Haley’s administration didn’t expect a huge number of retirees reentering the workforce to deal with the fragile economy, she said. The large number of college graduates unable to find jobs has also made matters worst. When making deals with companies to move to the Palmetto State, Haley said she requires businesses to hire South Carolina citizens and use small state businesses to help with work. More than that, the governor said her administration is encouraging businesses that don’t normally look to set up camp in smaller counties to consider moving their operations to rural counties. Before the next legislative report card is

College Republicans President Timothy Kroboth (right) asked Haley about higher ed funding. Photo by Aimee Harman •

released, Haley promised that job-training programs will sprout to train retirees and college graduates for employment. Something not close to the top on the governor’s priority is funding for the arts, an issue several students asked the governor about Monday night. Haley’s stance remained the same as it had in previous months. Though she and her family value the arts, Haley said she doesn’t believe it’s the government’s role or the taxpayer’s burden to fund the arts. She also said 77 percent of arts funding was going into salaries. If people want the arts to survive, Haley said they should encourage the businesses to fund the programs. Like other charitable organizations, the arts should have to petition for funds, Haley said. “Government was intended to secure the rights and freedoms of the people,” she said. “It was not intended to be all things to all people.” At a time when the state is dealing with high unemployment numbers, “we can’t afford the arts,” Haley said. “I can focus on raising money for the arts or I can focus on getting people jobs,” Haley said. “Right now, I need to focus on people getting jobs.” A theatre major asked Haley if she’s willing to aid with distribution with private funds for the arts. Haley said she doesn’t mind promoting where it should go, but the answer lies in businesses getting involved. Emphasizing that the

COMSUMPTION OF BEER UNDER 21 (9/30/11) At 2:26 a.m., a Winthrop reporting officer went to investigate a noise complaint at a residence near Winthrop, according to the police report. The officer advised the resident of the noise complaint and left the house. As the reporting officer drove down the road, he observed some subjects running behind houses. The officer parked his vehicle and observed the subjects run through a side yard and saw one subject enter a back porch area

arts do not only include music but also comprise debate and science programs, senior political science major Kayla Barber questioned Haley on how she justifies cutting those programs. Haley said funding for arts education programs was never on the chopping block, but instead artsfunded grants received the axe. “Education in the arts is still going on, still being funded, all those things are still happening,” Haley said. After the meeting, Barber wasn’t satisfied and said she felt the governor Haley also used the meeting to unveil her legislative report card, a progress report measuring how closely legislators supported her goals and priorities. When College Republicans president Timothy Kroboth stepped to the microphone, he prefaced his question with a joke: “I just wanted you to know that not all college students at Winthrop University are crazy liberals,” he said. Not everyone thought the comment was funny. Angered by Kroboth’s comment, a student asked the governor what she planned to do about the actions that lead to such rhetoric. “Both parties have made mistakes,” Haley said. “There are no saints in the room when it comes to Republicans and Democrats.” The only thing that matters on the state, local and federal level are results, Haley said. Pointing back to her leg-

cared what goes in my head.” But after the unique response to one of her posts, she changed her mind. “It was very encouraging,” Howard said. “It’s cool to see that I’m making an impact even through a class.” Howard plans to work in the nonprofit field after graduation. Her experience with Writing 501 and blogging will most likely help her with her future career, she said. She is now a fan of blogging, which is “a quicker and easier way to reach many people on different issues,” Howard said. “The fact is, I’m one of the lucky ones,” Howard said. She said she would like to see more creative ways of reading or other projects implemented in other classes for more students. “This class has allowed for a certain amount of intellectualism and personality to be expressed. More classes like it should be offered in the future,” Howard said.

of a residence and hide. This subject is a Winthrop student. The officer made contact with the student and noticed a smell of alcohol coming from the subject. The reporting officer found that the student is under 21. The officer cited the student for consumption of beer under 21 and released him, according to the police report. The police report said the student was uncooperative and should be referred to the Winthrop Judicial Committee. Compiled by Amanda Phipps

More Democrats received lower scores on their report cards than Republicans. Photo by Aimee Harman • islative report card, Haley said that a mix of Democrats and Republicans received both A’s and F’s. “We’ve seen total chaos in Washington,” Haley said. To Haley, resolving the state’s unemployment rate and promoting state government efficiency isn’t a bipartisan issue. As students fielded questions about funding for the arts and higher education, one resident who took a gander through the DiGiorgio Campus Center called into question higher education’s fragile condition.

“It looks to me that higher education is doing pretty good from the taxpayer’s standpoint,” he said. Endowed as they may be, Haley said the passion of “young people” has to be appreciated. “We need them to be a part of the solution,” Haley said “…And a lot of that is talking them through it…” Visit for more on Haley’s report cards.


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cannabis Columnist asks pot smokers not to get behind the wheel I don’t have sin: your god made much of an armarijuana plants, gument against so shut the hell up. the legalization Again, if there of marijuana, are legitimate, nor do I believe tangible reasons as that most people to why marijuana can offer a leshould stay illegal, gitimate reason then I’d seriously Jared Epps for continuing like to know. Columnist its prohibition, From what I can either. tell, it’s usually The only reason I’ve a bunch of conservative heard that I can sympatwats that hate the fact that thize with is that legalizing other people are having marijuana would add yet more fun than they are. another hallucinogen for Even though I’m going people to use behind the on about marijuana, I honwheel of a vehicle. Thinkestly just don’t care enough ing like that, however, puts to seriously lobby against weed and alcohol on the or for it. I’m perfectly fine same fundamental level, if people want to use weed, which makes it that much as long as they don’t opermore questionable to see ate motor vehicles for the that only the former is ilduration of their highs. legal. It’s just not really imporThere are a lot of tant to be to see marijuana reasons as to why it’s still gloriously legalized or illegal, a few of which are banished to the doldrums actually pretty reasonable of prohibition. and worth examining, As far as I’m concerned, but I think the big one is there are other ways to that the “war on drugs” is relieve stress or to chill out, ridiculously profitable for and I’d probably rather do private prisons; there is an those things anyway. absurdly large number of Besides, I have more people that get imprisoned relevant things to worry on drug charges, especially about, like the right wing’s marijuana possession, covert destruction of and these people serve as America’s middle class, or incredibly cheap labor for why the African-American private prisons. community is largely godIf anyone has anything awful. to gain from this stupid “war on drugs”, it’ll be the private prison industry. You can bet the hair on your bum that the industry will continue bribe our lawmakers for as long as they can to keep marijuana illegal. It’s Capitalism, baby. Money buys everything you need, especially the law. If there are real economic concerns for the average citizen about legalizing marijuana, then I’d like to be educated on that issue. Please, for the love of your god or gods, don’t try to give me an abstract reason like “smoking is a sin” because once you go down that road, you might as well ban everything that isn’t directly related to your personal cult. I’ve heard these kinds of arguments before, but once people start bringing their deities into the political system of a secular government, the concerns and reasoning of humans gets thrown out the window. Oh, and for a creationist that thinks smoking is a

Students should get involved in cannabis debate As you have probably noticed, this opinion section is centered on the theme of cannabis. The Johnsonian isn’t going to debate the merits and flaws of marijuana legalization or the politics behind the argument. There’s simply not enough time or newspaper space. We do urge students, however, to cultivate an opinion on this important matter. Wading through the stigma associated with cannabis, we can develop logical and persuasive arguments in favor or against legalization. But why invest the time and brainpower into the complicated, many-sided argument? For many college students, weed is a part of daily life. Sure, we don’t all partake in the plant’s “self-medication” usage or protest pot-smokers outside of Byrnes, either. But we are familiar with the smell on classmate’s clothes and rolled joints left outside. We recognize the little, green plant on t-shirts, posters and famed Bob Marley pictures; nearly half of the police blotter mentions the herb. Legalization of marijuana is an issue on college campuses, and Winthrop

students must find their voice. Almost all of us are old enough to vote, and the option of cannabis legalization draws closer every election. Unlike high school, college provides greater First Amendment freedoms. We must all take advantage of those freedoms and express opinions on weed. It’s not just psychedelic drawings and pleas for safe driving on newsprint. The legalization debate continues to rage on, so The Johnsonian encourages students to get involved. Have an opinion on legalization? Submit a letter to the editor by emailing or submit online at We look forward to your thoughts.


The legalization debate continues to rage on.


I’m perfectly fine if people want to use weed, as long as they don’t operate a motor vehicle for the duration of their highs.


Sports Editor JEFF BRODEUR




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THURSDAY October 6, 2011

CATHERINE ZENDE Science & Technology Editor

Winthrop Wetlands

Pictured above, the wetlands area was created in 2004 to aid student research and improve the health of the lake. Winthrop partnered with Rock Hill School District #3 to complete the project. Photo by Aimee Harman •

“The Farm” serves as home for wildlife By Adam Uzzell

Special to the Johnsonian

Any student who has been through biology at Winthrop University has learned the existence of a small wetlands area that adjoins the lake. Few, however, know how it got there or the importance of its existence. Wetlands are areas that consist of shallow water full of a rich diversity of non-aquatic and aquatic plants and animals. Most wetlands are protected by the government, with the intention of preserving the unique organism found in these areas. It is this protection that enabled the creation of the wetlands area near Winthrop Lake. After some wetlands were filled in to make way for South Pointe High School, Winthrop University and Rock Hill School District 3 were required to replace the wetlands. To do this, a new area in Winthrop Park was found. Dr Richard Houk, a retired Winthrop biology professor, was in charge of the wetlands construction.

“The major portion of the wetland project was funded by the Rock Hill School District 3,” said Houk. An area consisting of 1.1 acres of wetlands were constructed in Winthrop Park. “The school district has full access to the wetland as does Winthrop University,” said Houk. To facilitate this access, and to prevent damage to the area, the wetlands area has a raised walk that allows an observer to walk over and through some of the area. This area is an example of piedmont wetlands, an environment that is rapidly becoming more difficult to find. In addition to preserving a special environment, the wetland area helps support local wildlife and keeps Winthrop Lake healthy. Many organisms in the area rely on the wetlands area, including nesting birds and several species of plant that thrive specifically in piedmont wetlands. Students at Winthrop University are introduced to the wetlands area in biology 150/151. “I don’t remember much about it,” Amy Sayers said, “But it would be interesting to learn more.” Say-

ers, a senior business major, has visited the wetlands several times. “I think it is important to maintain the area because of its use as an educational tool,” said Sayers. For students at Winthrop University, having the wetlands area so close is a little known privilege. As commercial and residential building spreads, areas able to support a wetland environment dwindle. Many types of wetlands across the nation are in danger of being wiped out and with them a large selection of unique organisms. “I would like it if people got interested in this [area],” Sayers said. “Its kind of strange that so many people visit Winthrop Lake but know next to nothing about the wetlands right next to it.” Students interested in visiting “The Farm,” a term often used to refer to the Research & Recreational Complex, can utilize the boardwalk and viewing area to see the many species of animals and plants that are now are a part of the Winthrop community.

Oh, the sights you’ll see! Take a trip to “The Farm” and you will find... • a boardwalk and viewing area • an island nesting area that is home to many area birds including the great blue heron, Canada geese, and song sparrows • 14 species of trees and 10 shrubs planted by students

The wetlands area is also used for continuing research for Winthrop students. Photo by Aimee Harman •

Webmaster reflects on Facebook changes Facebook is always up to something and lately they have been making that very clear with the plethora of changes to their interface. Like it or not, the changes are here to stay--and there are more on the way. The “redesign” is part of Facebook’s new push to integrate its user’s lives with the site itself. The new push is called “Timeline” and it is the driving force behind the changes you and I have witnessed as of late. So what’s involved with “Timeline”? Well it all starts with the user profile, which will be getting a facelift (get it ‘facelift’ ‘Facebook’…no?) The new profile page (your ‘cover’ as it’s called on the timeline promotional page) is all new, redesigned to give you more personalization. Your profile picture is still there, but now there is a new picture that acts as a header image for your page. Continuing down the page, your “likes”, “friends” and other ‘facebookesque’ features like places you have

checked in and other amount of data that Facebook applications you have keeps on each of its members. subscribed to. In terms In addition to photos and of design, I like the new videos that a given individual look. Although it seems a uploads, you now also have a bit busy at first glance, the full history of your messages grid-like layout works for (both the “private” messages me. and the “instant/chat” mesThe real interesting sages are recorded). So what things come into play you have is a comprehensive when we look at what overview of your life, and Facebook has been doing Facebook knows that Facebook is probably a big part of your in the background to make Devang Joshi the whole timeline concept life (and that’s not half of a lie work. For Facebook, nothconsidering the amount of times we collectively log on the site, and the ing is better than its users interacting amount of communication that takes with the site 24/7 (well I mean that’s place via there services). already the case but work with me here). One interesting thing that has Essentially, Facebook would like you resulted from the most recent changes to view your account as your own perhave to be the combination of user sonal photo album, a medium that tells outcry (apparently people love to hate a story and documents your life through everything Facebook does) and growing photos, friendships and conversations. concerns over the amount of data that You can see how this concept comes tothe site is keeping on its users. gether when we look at the tremendous

Starting with the latter, it comes as no surprise that Facebook has been collecting this staggering amount of information. Companies like Google do the exact same thing, to better help them target advertising (also known as money) to the individual user and Facebook is doing exactly the same thing. As far as Facebook dynamic look, well change is usually a good thing. Allow me to end on a little bit of a rant here ladies and gents, you may hate the changes but it’s not really up to you. Facebook is a privately traded company, who lets you use their site for free. In addition, you agreed to a neat little list of terms and services that said Facebook could change anything they wanted whenever they wanted. So if you don’t like it feel free to complain, just have some dignity and do it somewhere other than Facebook; I hear Twitter and Google Plus are free (please don’t crud up my beloved Google Plus).

THURSDAY October 6, 2011



Back on Stage

Focal dystonia helps musician refocus By Frances Parrish

Billy McLaughlin has become a voice of Dystonia, and he came back to Winthrop on October 2, 2011, with a new song and an inspirational story. In 2001, McLaughlin was diagnosed with focal dystonia, and he is now the new ambassador for Dystonia Medical Research Foundation (DMRF). DMRF was founded in 1976 and is dedicated to finding a cure and educating and supporting people with dystonia. Task-specific focal dystonia is a neurological movement disorder recognized by involuntary muscle contractions and spasms in the face, neck, feet, hands and vocal cords. It can occur in any individual, adult or child. However, musicians are more likely to get dystonia than any other profession including dentists, surgeons and writers. This is because music making is very complicated and intense since it is linked to the limbic system, which controls the emotions. For a period of time, McLaughlin would come back from the doctor’s with a report of being in good health, but when McLaughlin played the guitar, three of his fingers on the right hand would curl up. It was a relief to him when he was diagnosed because “just clarifying that it wasn’t something I had made up; it was really, truly happening… was an important step of moving past it,” McLaughlin said. There are thirteen types of dystonia, but two types are most common among musicians: focal hand and embouchure. Focal hand dystonia is the loss of the ability to perform practiced movements. The word focal implies that the disorder only affects one part of the body. Dystonia can be developed through intensely practiced movements for a lengthy period of time, and the disease is only noticeable through a specific task. The other form, embouchure dystonia, affects brass and woodwind musicians. Instead of their hands being affected, the mouth, face, jaw and tongue are subjected to the disorder. To position the mouth to fit the mouthpiece and play effectively requires the use of at least twelve muscles in the face. Some symptoms of focal hand dystonia are a subtle loss of control in fast paced music, lack of precision, curling of fingers, fingers becoming

stuck, involuntary flexion and a tremor or spasm of the hand. The symptoms for embouchure are different, and include air leaks out of the corners of the mouth and involuntary contractions of the muscles in the face. Dystonia has no specific cause. However, a genetic predisposition can be a factor, increasing the chance of developing the disorder. According to Dystonia Medical Research Foundation, dystoina has been compared to a “computer virus” in the sensory and motor systems. There is no cure for the disease, but there are several treatments like Anticholinergic drugs, which improve the connection of the message from the brain to the muscle, and botulinum toxin injections that reduce the spasm by weakening the muscle. There is a likelihood that McLaughlin could develop dystonia in his left hand as well, but he can’t think about that. “I bring as much energy to every show . . . if it’s my last show, I don’t want it to be mediocre,” McLaughlin said. Dystonia does not only affect how a musician plays, it also takes a toll on the physiological wellbeing of the musician as well. When McLaughlin was twelve years old, he picked up a guitar and immediately knew that was what he wanted to do. He says he lives to play music, and that music was his inspiration to retrain himself to play guitar with his left hand. “I didn’t want to lose my music. I didn’t want to lose what I love the most,” McLaughlin said. It was devastating to him when he realized he was physically unable to play the guitar. Rumors flew that he couldn’t play well anymore because of a mental health issue or drugs or alcohol like a typical performer. “It was important to put that behind me…because that was not what was happening.” He said he wasn’t able to tell his fans what was wrong, because he himself didn’t know, so he cut them out of the equation for a little while. A year after he was diagnosed he lost his record deal, and became disconnected with his life as a performer. By 2007, he was back on stage and was able to play his music again for his fans. “I am a big fan of Billy McLaughlin. It is amazing he switched hands and relearned everything,” a local resident said. A friend of McLaughlin said, “He is so inspiring. Even if I didn’t know him, I would [still] be here [tonight].”

Guitarist Billy McLaughlin addresses a crowd at a recent concert held to benefit the Dystonia Medical Research Foundation (DMRF). McLaughlin, who was diagnosed with focal dystonia in 2001, is now the Ambassador of Awareness for DMRF. Photo by John Rhodes • rhodesj@mytjnowcom


I bring as much energy to every show...if it’s my last show, I don’t want it be mediocre Billy McLaughlin

Best (free) apps for college students I have become accustomed to having everything I need at my fingertips: email, Facebook, calendar, calculator, weather reports, music, banking information, games Catherine Zende and even rity gossip. I just reach into my pocket, draw my personal security pattern, and I instantly have access to a world of information. And if you have a smartphone of any kind, you know what I’m talking about. Whether you are using the apple app store or the droid market, you have access to thousands of apps to improve your phone experience. But which ones are legitimate resources and which ones are useless scams? Before you download an app that promises you the world, do some research. After all, “free” does not always mean free. Below I have listed some of the best apps for college students. They are great because they are helpful for college life and they are free! 1) It may seem a bit obvious to suggest a dictionary for college students, but I think people underestimate the helpfulness of the tool. Let’s say your professor assigns a particularly heavy reading with particularly daunting vocabulary. Whether the terminology is related to biology, literature or history, you have the perfect app to understand exactly what those pages are talking about. 2) iTriage If you like Winthrop University Health & Counseling services on Facebook, you may have seen this app already. However, I think it is so helpful that it deserves another shout-out. This app allows you to specify symptoms, find

local doctors and facilities, learn about diseases and procedures, and find access to emergency hotlines like the domestic abuse hotline, suicide hotline and local police for non-emergencies. This is a super handy app, especially with the cold and flu season approaching. However, the risk for becoming a hypochondriac could be increased since the app offers information about every known medical disorder. 3) Brilliant Quotes & Quotations “Humanity is acquiring all the right technology for all the wrong reasons.” –R. Buckminster Fuller. This thought-provoking quote is courtesy of the free Brilliant Quotes & Quotation app available for iPhones and androids. You can search for famous quotes by the author, by category or by searching for a specific term. So next time you are writing a paper and need some intellectual support, turn to this app to search for the perfect quote to enhance your point. Here is yet

another app to make you seem smarter. 4) Convert Pad (Unit Converter) How many feet equals one yard? How many ounces are in a pound? If it is 33 degree Celsius, what is the temperature in Fahrenheit? While there may have been a time when you knew these conversions, odds are that you may struggle to remember the precise measurements. Thanks to the Convert Pad app you can now have scientific and monetary conversions literally at your fingertips. While using the app may seem confusing at first, with a little practice you will be able to access speedy conversions. (And maybe you will even be able to actually remember them). 5) Where’s my droid? Where’s my iPhone? So you have decided to download some awesome academic and social

apps, but now you realize you can’t find your phone! A friend offers to call it for you, but your heart sinks as you realize that you left the phone on silent because you were in class. Never fear! This last (and probably most helpful) app will make sure you can find that silent phone. Here is how it works: you downloaded the app, set a recovery password (something like “help” or “find me”) and pick the settings you prefer. If you lose your phone when it is on silent, simply ask a friend to text you that recovery password. Once the text is sent, wait a few seconds. The text turns your phone off silent and switches on your ringtone. Make sure your password is something unique (i.e. not “wassup”). If you choose something too common, people may accidentally turn your phone on in class and embarrass you with a very loud ringtone. These are just a few of the apps appropriate for your college years. There are certainly more, especially ones you don’t mind paying for. My advice is to be careful about downloading apps and giving away too much information. Many apps will lure you in with words like “free” or “lite,” but will ask you to pay for certain services. Others will give you free access, but continually ask for your information or load you with constant ads. If you are smart, you can equip yourself with the best free apps for your smartphone. For more recommended apps (including some you need to pay for), go to Questions or comments? Email me at

The Apple store and the Android market have thousands of apps avaiable for free dowload. Individuals can search online and on their phone for reviews before downloading the content. Photo courtesy of Google Images.


THURSDAY October 6, 2011

MONICA KREBER Arts & Entertainment Editor

Students put on their poker faces Provided by Winthrop Intramural Sports, students play in the Fall semester Texas Hold ‘Em and Spades tournament at the DiGiorgio Student Center last Friday afternoon POKER• from front a year; Friday was the first one. “It’s a well-recognized sport, and lots of students are into it,” he said. “I would like to encourage more students to come out and play.” Players started the tournament with $200 worth of chips, and each round lasted an hour. No actual money is involved in the card games. “We don’t do gambling,” Robinson said. “It is against Winthrop values. College students do not need to be gambling.” Eight students started the first round of Texas Hold ‘Em tournament, which

reduced to four in the second round and two in the finals: Plyler against senior modern languages major Andrew Wilson. The round lasted an hour. In most cases, the players keep going until someone wins all of the chips, but Robinson explained that each round in the WU tournament was timed to one hour. By the end of that hour, whoever had the most money in chips was the winner. Wilson was the winner in this semester’s Texas Hold ‘Em tournament. The winner received a Winthrop Intramural Sports t-shirt.

Interested in playing in the next tournament? Here are the rules: 1. Each player will start with $200 in chips 2. Blinds start at $1 and $2 and go up every 15 minutes. 3. You may not tell a player what your cards are during the game. 4. A called player must present his full hand. All other losing hands may be mucked. 5. The game starts with blinds and the deal, followed by betting, the flop, more betting, the turn, more betting, the river and the last round of betting. 6. Players can check, bet or raise. Check is a bet allowed only if no other bet is made already or there is just a call of the big blind then the big blind may check, fold or raise.

Players started off with $200 in chips in the tournament. White chips are valued at $1, blue are $5, red are $10 and green are $25. Photos by Aimee Harmon •

Texas Hold ‘Em Lingo:

7. Betting is a minimum of the big blind 8. Raises must be at least equal to the amount of the previous bet or raise 9. Please announce a check, bet, raise or re-raise. 10. Always announce the value of a bet or rise. There is no string betting. 11. After each hour, if no one has been eliminated from the table during that hour, the person with the lowest chip total at that table will be eliminated. 12. Players may sit out a hand to use the bathroom or compete in another tournament. When blinds come around to that player then his/her chips will be entered. If you are at the table you must play the hand. Rules and lingo information provided by WU Intramural Sports

Royal Flush: Ace, King, Queen, Jack and 10, all of the same suit. Straight Flush: Any five-card sequence in the same suit (e.g.: 8, 9, 10, Jack and Queen of clubs) Four of a Kind: All four cards of the same value (e.g.: 8, 8, 8, 8; or Queen, Queen, Queen, Queen). Full House: Three of a kind combined with a pair (e.g.: 10, 10, 10 with 6, 6; or King, King, King with 5, 5). Flush: Any five cards of the same suit, but not in sequence (e.g.: 4, 5, 7, 10 and King of spades). Straight: Five cards in sequence, but not in the same suit (e.g.: 7 of clubs, 8 of clubs, 9 of diamonds, 10 of spades and Jack of diamonds). Three of a Kind: Three cards of the same value (e.g.: 3, 3, 3; or Jack, Jack, Jack). Two Pair: Two separate pairs (e.g.: 2, 2, Queen, Queen). Pair: Two cards of the same value (e.g.: 7, 7). High Card: If a Poker hand contains none of the above combinations, it’s valued by the highest card in it.

Mylene metalhead Columnist shows excitement for the ‘Mylene story’ Timothy Cuoco

Special to The Johnsonian

What strikes me, from the first snare drum hit, while I listen to the new Maylene & The Sons of Disaster CD IV are the clean vocals coming from x-UNDEROATH vocalist Dallas Taylor. Congrats are in order fortoputting out yet another great release. (I reviewed another Ferret Records release, Dead Throne, from the Ohiobased The Devil Wears Prada last week.) This latest release from Maylene came out Tuesday, Sept. 27. Maylene is a southern metalcore (mixed with blues influences) band hailing from Birmingham, Alabama. Without getting into too much detail, Taylor left Underoath in 2003, at which time Spencer Chamberlain from Chapel Hill, N.C. took over vocal duties. While Maylene is southern rock/metal in musical style, “Taylor-era” Underoath took on a heavier screamo direction. This fused a fun ride with every song being accessible to both fans of metal and rock music. The Maylene story comes from Dallas’ childhood trips to see the reenactments in Ocala, Fla. of the legend of a gang allegedly run by Ma Barker & her sons in the “public enemy” era of our country. The moral of the story was that their evil deeds were met with divine justice. Is Maylene & the Sons of Disaster a Christian

band? Dallas has this to say, “For us, our faith is what makes us. We believe in showing our fans respect and kindness. I love it when bands minister, as long as their lifestyle off the stage lives up to their life on stage. Nowadays it is cliche in some markets to be a Christian band, but being that in itself is hard and sometimes can put a bulls eye on your back. It is not an easy thing sometimes, but no one is perfect. But living to the standards of what you preach and talk about is a big deal and something we chose to do everyday.” Right on, Dallas. IV is a fun romp musically with some bluesesque riffs while still keeping it metal. Gone are the screams so accustomed to this style of music but replaced with actual singing. If there is one track I would relate this album to, it would be Listen Close from the third album. In a perfect world, Maylene would be at the top of rock music charts across the globe, in my humble opinion. If you buy the CD off Amazon or iTunes, you can get the deluxe edition which comes with an additional track as well as a remixed song/track. Album singles are the lead “In Dead We Dream” and the latest “Open Your Eyes,” which is the 4th track on the album. “Open Your Eyes” has a chorus just itching for crowds to belt out as Dallas stretches out an

arm for folks to sing into the mic. “Drought of ’85” reminds me of a laid back song in the same vein as “The End Is Here…The End Is Beautiful.” Take if from someone who’s been a metalhead kid since the ripe old age of 13: Maylene is sonic candy. I have been an avid fan of Taylor’s vocals since Underoath’s first CD Act of Depression was released. Although this latest album doesn’t pound you eardrums with explosive blast-beats, it sooths your eardrums while making you bob your head to the melody. You can catch Maylene on their current tour with Thursday (a band I saw a couple months ago), but the closest Maylene will be to us is in Florida for a while. I caught them headlining the Scream the Prayer tour in Charlotte a few months ago. Listen to my show, listed below, for updates to their whereabouts on my concert calendar. It also has all the social networking site pages for the music. If you have been searching for a band that is a cross between Pantera and Lynard Skynard, check out the band Maylene. As usual, be sure to listen in to my show CASTINGSUCHATHINSHADOW, Saturdays from 12-4 p.m. on winrfm. com to hear Maylene and other metal bands.


THURSDAY October 6, 2011

No more Scandal’s, no more standups Students say standups entertained, provided unity and improved confidence in the classroom Monica Kreber

When Winthrop alumni, former English-Creative writing major Greg Larson, was still a student, he got an idea to start doing stand ups within the Rock Hill area. Larson got his friend, senior business major Aaron Kinard, to go to Open Mic nights in Charlotte. Larson found a place during his senior year called Jackelop Jack’s, which he described as “basically a room in a restaurant with speakers.” Larson said he wanted to go because he could not find a way to deliver his jokes at Winthrop. “I basically peerpressured my friends to get on stage and make fools of themselves along with me,” Larson said. “They were nervous at first, which is natural, but they got a taste of the thrill that can accompany a good set.” Eventually the group of friends noticed classmates coming to the same places in Charlotte. “Some of the places would have Charlotte locals,” Kinard said, “but we would still run into Winthrop students doing the same thing we were doing.”

What started as a group of friends traveling to Charlotte once a week turned into a way of getting more students together for the same purpose –wanting to give an audience a good laugh. “We had a bunch of people on Winthrop’s campus that seemed really interested and wanted to do it,” Kinard said. “We were combining with theatre, art and other students, and that was kinda fun.” In order to band the students together, Kinard said he and his friends started doing an Open Mic Night in the DiGiorgio Student Center’s The Edge for a while but said the situation was somewhat controlling. “It was kind of PG-ish –not that what we were doing was over the top,” Kinard said. “But for a liberal arts school it wasn’t being very liberal.” Kinard said he and Larson got support from students who enjoyed that type of comedy (stand ups). They would hand out flyers and also created a Facebook page for the Open Mic Nights, but the best audience he and his friends got came from the nightclub on Cherry Road formerly known as

Scandal’s, which owner Butch Bailey closed last April. Kinard said he and Larson worked with Bailey on what he called a “typical business deal”: Kinard and his friends got into the club for free, and their stand ups brought Scandals more business. “The main reason he (the owner) allowed us to come and do stand ups was to get people to come to Scandals,” Kinard said. “There was a lack of support.” Larson said it was such a big hit that 50 people came to the second Open Mic week. However, since so many people had to stand that not many came back the following week. “We just couldn’t fit everyone,” he said. The student comedians were taking the stage on Wednesdays before being limited to every other Thursday. As the weeks progressed, business at Scandal’s began to decrease. Kinard and Larson said the rumor for Scandal’s closing was parked police cars at the Exxon and Walgreens on Cherry Road on weekend nights started to deter customers from

going to the nightclub. “From what I got, that was one of the reasons Scandals closed,” Kinard said. However, Winthrop Police Chief Frank Zebedis said the rumor is untrue to his knowledge as to why Scandals closed. “Law Enforcement had nothing to do with Scandal’s closing,” Zebedis said. “I do not know why (Bailey) closed Scandal’s.” (Bailey said in an interview with the Rock Hill Herald that his business began to slow around 2005, although he was not sure why). Nonetheless, Kinard said the benefits of performing at Scandal’s included saving gas and providing more accessibility to Winthrop students. Larson said he thinks Winthrop should implement stand ups, but the responsibility to get the stage time is ultimately up to the students who want to do it. “If you go to the comedy club to get on stage in front of 50 strangers and tell jokes to drunk people who only want to heckle you, giving a speech to

Once a popular college hangout on Cherry Road, Scandal’s owner Butch Bailey closed up the business last April. Photo courtesy of Google Images.

“Many nights of standing there in the line outside Scandal’s for 30 minutes just to say you did it is gone now, and nobody is going to get to see it.” Larson said the comedy scene continues to flourish in Charlotte, especially with the opening of the new Comedy Zone Charlotte at the Music Factory. He also said he encouraged other restaurant and bar owners to implement the same idea with their businesses. “It’s a good deal for everyone involved: the owner of the venue gives the customers a draw with cheap entertainment, the customers have something to laugh at and enjoy, and the performers get some money and stage time,” he said. “Not a bad deal for everyone.”

30 classmates will be a walk in the park,” Larson said. Kinard added that doing stand up also benefitted him with his classwork; he said stand ups made him more comfortable speaking in front of an audience. “Let’s put it this way: if I had a microphone I would talk all day long,” he said. “I would answer every question in class.” Kinard is the only person he knows that is taking Speech 101 as an elective. “Not too many guys are going to take this class because they want to,” he said. Being behind the mic gave Kinard a lot more confidence, he said. He feels that it is unfortunate that the stand up act is on hiatus with Scandal’s being closed. “That tradition is gone,” Kinard said.

The Hornsby M.L.A. Lecture Series presents an evening with

Michael Bérubé Paterno Family Professor in Literature and Director of the Institute for the Arts and Humanities at The Pennsylvania State University

“Pulp Fiction,” Contemporary Philosophy and the Fine Art of Agreeing to Disagree

Preston Pugmire and Darrelle London One of the hottest up-and-coming singer/ songwriters, Preston Pugmire is unlike anything you will ever experience as he creates his own beats, bass, and vocals while playing the guitar all by himself. Canadian singer/songwriter Darrelle London will also take the stage Friday. Winner of the Lilith Fair Talent Search Competition, Darrelle was an opening act to last year’s Lileth Fair Reunion tour with Sarah Mclaughlin.


rawing on Quentin Tarantino’s 1994 film, classic American novels and recent political controversies, Bérubé will ask how people can find ways to agree to disagree—and will call for maintaining a society where dissent and disagreement are not only possible, but also accepted and respected. Bérubé is the author and editor of nine books on cultural studies, disability studies and debates about liberal politics, the humanities and higher education.



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THURSDAY October 6, 2011

ALISON ANGEL Culture Editor

Roddey Apartments to close, displace students Sarah Auvil

Special to the Johnsonian

The closing of Roddey Apartments may displace the majority of on-campus international students next fall. Chuhan Gong, 21, began her studies in the U.S. this semester as a junior from Nantong, China. “If it won’t close, I would love to continue to live here,” Gong said. She moved into Roddey only about a month ago. “Maybe it will be hard to find an apartment with individual kitchens and we will have to spend more money on rent.” Roddey’s three floors can hold 152 people, about 53 of which are currently international students, estimated Director of Residence Life, Cynthia Cassens. Hina Bhatti, 20, is a senior finance major and has lived in the same room in Roddey for two years. “[International students] will probably move off campus which would be more expensive and inconvenient because they don’t have driver’s licenses or cars as soon as they come. I guess most of them will try to live in UP. Everything will have to be prearranged by the International Center,” she predicted. “Public transportation is really big in other countries. [New international students] may have no driving experience, so for them to get a license may take like six months,” Bhatti said. This may limit where they can go, she said. Bhatti, an ethnic Pakistani from Kuwait, lived in Phelps her first year at Winthrop. The dorm is scheduled to reopen fall 2012, when Roddey closes for renovation.

In fall 2010, the apartments were converted to house two or four students depending on room size,” according to Winthrop’s website. Concerned members of the community are raising questions. “Will Winthrop provide a place for them?” asked Pat Courtney, director of United International Ministries. She went to her first Friendship Dinner in 1988 and strives alongside other local volunteers to help international students feel welcome ever since. “It’ll have a tremendous effect because Roddey is mostly international students. I don’t know where they’ll go; I just don’t see the dorm space available,” Courtney said. Angie Edwards, fourth year director of the International Center, had some answers. “For students that have to find off-campus housing, we try to give them a few leads and places other students have lived and been pretty happy,” she said. The International Center works together with Residence Life for first and second year students, who are required to live on-campus and guaranteed The closing of Roddey may displace a large number of housing. international students, who make up the majority of “Depending on if there’s a shortage of bed spaces residents. Photo by Sarah Auvil • [older students] might get wait listed and have to live off-campus,” Edwards said. “Phelps was bigger than Roddey; the rooms were bigger, Edwards has mixed feelings about the scheduled although they didn’t have kitchens.” renovation. “Every building has a life cycle,” she The full kitchen facilities and apartment-style housing are said. “I’m disappointed that Roddey is closing, but I unique features of Roddey that attract international students. understand that there are some good things on the “Interior space was converted to efficiency apartments horizon.” in 1975 and renovated in 1989 to house primarily married couples, single parents, graduate and international students.

Fashion culture at WU gains new outlet Alison Angel

Not many would liken an event as big as New York Fashion Week to directly influence a place as far away as Rock Hill or Charlotte. Yet some people live and breathe for couture and manage to keep one foot in the fashion world by getting their fix from nearby Charlotte and incorporating their own stylish flair into their everyday wear. Over the past few years the Charlotte and the surrounding areas have created events specifically designated for those who live their lives surrounding themselves in beauty. Not many outlets were available to WU students before, but now, with the transportation and one week in September, beauty is right at their fingertips. Since Charlotte created their own version of fashion week in 2008 to follow the events in New York, many who otherwise would be without the chance to participate have found an outlet, including some of Winthrop’s own. Junior family and consumer sciences major Dustin Ellis, for example, lays it all out on the table: “People in Rock Hill dress for practicality. Rock Hill isn’t fashion,” he said. “People are very safe.” Yet Ellis, who enjoys defining his own personal style, found a creative outlet by taking part in Charlotte Fashion Week. Ellis interned for Fashion Week for four months over the summer, helping with everything from pulling looks for photo shoots to selecting models at castings. He first found the job while researching a second internship, and because of his own enjoyment sewing and developing style, got immersed in the fashion. “You won’t see me debuting a collection anytime soon, but it’s something I never tire of,” Ellis said. “I decided to

take part in Charlotte Fashion Week to better align myself with the industry. As you can imagine, there are few fashion opportunities in the area, and I was eager for more experience.” Ellis attributes the rise in the fashion subculture to the sensationalization it receives in the media. However, he said that while Lady Gaga’s extravagant outfits, for example, might bring fashion thought to the forefront but lacks true representation. “Fashion is a creative expression driven by personal aesthetics,” he said. “Above all, it’s individual.” There is an entire fashion subculture brimming beneath Winthrop’s surface that, like Ellis, has more than just a knack for personal style. There are always those who manage to look put together and stylish even for a walk around campus. But some students put such thought and detail into even the simplest of outfits making them fearless and embrace the history of fashion. Other Winthrop students are involved in the emerging fashion culture in different ways. Some students, like senior commercial photography major Owen Bayne, are pulled into that world by other means. Bayne worked as a photographer at this year’s Charlotte Fashion Week for a friend who was a featured designer, the Eleanor Morgan showcase. He photographed her line as it went down the runway. Though Bayne already had an interest in fashion and design, the draw of his best friend being featured closed the deal. Bayne has also attended other local fashion events as they cropped up in response to the ever-growing demand for fashion culture. He attended the Charleston Fashion Week and compared the two city’s takes on bringing fashion

Charlotte Fashion Week 2011. Many Winthrop students have gotten involved since its inception three years ago as photographers, interns and even models. Photo by Alison Angel • to the hungry, noting that while Rock Hill’s outlet to fashion week was good, it has plenty of room to grow. “I am fairly new to the Charlotte and Rock Hill scene, so I’m not sure how it has grown in the fashion department,” Bayne said. “However, I did also go to Charleston Fashion Week and was a bit more impressed with the overall professionalism of the event. Charlotte Fashion Week can always improve, but I was not totally dissatisfied.” Bayne said that he thinks fashion has become so enticing because there is always something new and exciting, and that certainly has appealed to Winthrop students. “I definitely think there are students [at] Winthrop who are interested in fashion and the fashion world,” he said. “No two designers are exactly alike, and people are always aspiring to push the boundaries and make something new and unique.” Above all, as Ellis said, fashion is what one makes it and how it becomes individualized, not strictly what the industry or fashion weeks here and afar present it as. However, there is an understanding of why it holds mass appeal. “[Some people view it as] a status symbol alluding to an idealized life,” he said. “This idea of fashion is like a poster of a movie star scotch taped to the dorm wall of a freshman of meager means. It’s worth dreaming about. It’s representative of something more than they are and more than they know. It’s the unattainable they’re fascinated by.”


THURSDAY October 6, 2011


Sports Briefs Winning streak ends for men’s cross country After winning their first three events to start off the 2011 season, the Winthrop men’s cross country team finished at the bottom of the standings at the Paul Short Invitational over the weekend. Senior Adam Freudenthal, who was the top performer in two of the first three meets, took at fall about 3 miles into the 8k race after taking a knee to the head by a passing runner and was unable to finish the race. Fellow senior Kyle Carufe also took a spill at the start of the race, finishing as Winthrop’s no. 8 runner. The top performer for the Eagles was Steve Rivard, who finished with a time of 26:57,which placed him at 258th overall. Winthrop will take this week off before returning to action on Oct. 14 when it competes in the Covered Bridge Invitational at Appalachian State in Boone, NC. Winthrop soccer teams to host 2012 Manchester Cup The Winthrop men’s and women’s soccer teams will be hosting the Manchester Cup in March of 2012. The dates have been scheduled for March 30 and 31 for the womens and mens teams respectively. All games will be played at the Manchester Meadows soccer complex. Winthrop’s men’s team will be competing against foes such as Clemson, Kentucky, South Carolina and East Tennessee State. Women’s tennis delivers strong performances The Winthrop women’s soccer teams had four strong performances this past weekend at the Wake Forest Invitational. Junior Giovanna Portiolli captured the D singles flight and teamed up with senior Sandra Herrera to claim third place in the B doubles flight. Freshman Ekin Gunaysu made it all the way to the flight E singles before falling to Marshall’s Elise Ball. Sophomore Andressa Garcia captured a third place finish in her singles flight as well. The women’s tennis team will return to action Oct. 15 as they host the ITF Rock Hill Challenger. Steve Rivard named Winthrop’s Athlete of the Week Steve Rivard, a sophomore from Goose Creek, SC, was chosen the Big South Conference Men’s Runner of the Week. He took home the South Carolina Intercollegiate Individual Title with a time of 27:21 on the 8K course at The Citadel Invitational. His second-place overall finish fueled the Eagles to a first-place team finish at the event, their thirdstraight team title this season. Men’s basketball team volunteers for Habitat for Humanity The Winthrop men’s basketball players, coaches and staff dedicated this past Saturday to volunteer for Habitat for Humanity of York County. The team worked on a house that was under construction located on Crawford Road in Rock Hill. They worked in two shifts throughout the day, performing task that included landscaping, painting, hardware installation and cleaning. The Habitat For Humanity of York County is a non-profit, Christian-based housing ministry that aims to provide housing for people around York County. As of this past summer, the Habitat For Humanity of York County has built a total of 48 homes. WU announces 2012 baseball schedule Winthrop baseball head coach Tom Riginos has announced the 56-game regular season schedule for the 2012 baseball season which includes 29 home games. The Eagles will face 10 programs that participated in the NCAA Tournament last season including Georgia Tech, Kent State, Georgia, Oregon State, Arizona State, Charlotte, Clemson, College of Charleston, North Carolina and Coastal Carolina. The Tar Heels advanced to the NCAA College World Series in 2011, while the Sun Devils and Beavers made it to the NCAA Super Regionals. The Eagles season will begin Feb. 17 as they host the Rock Hill Coaca-Cola Classic against Georgia Tech. Women’s golf to host 2011 Winthrop Intercollegiate The women’s golf team will host the Winthrop Intercollegiate golf tournament on Oct. 8 and 9 at the Rock Hill Country Club as nine teams compete in the 36-hole tournament. The theme of the tournament will be “Think Pink” in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Members of the team will be raising money to support the Susan G. Komen Foundation through the sale of Think Pink bracelets and ribbons. The bracelets can be purchased for $3 while the ribbons cost $1. The two items will be available during the tournament at the Rock Hill Country Club. Admission to both days of the tournament is free.

A rocky first season with Delta State University set up Adam Brundle’s transfer move to Winthrop in the summer. The sophomore sport management

major has already scored once for the Eagles and looks to make an impact in the postseason. • Photo courtesy of Delta State University athletics website.

Curiosity pays off for WU transfer BRUNDLE • from front there, which was important for my parents.” Eventually, Brundle says, the time with the academies came to an end at 16, pushing him back into full-time education at Norwich School, effectively a private, Christian high school. What happened there, in his final year, would make the ultimate difference. “I was doing a school project on the subject of soccer in other countries,” Brundle explained, “when I saw a pop-up on this one page for ‘FirstPoint USA.’” FirstPoint USA is an 11-year old company catering to international athletes, striving to provide sportspersons from across the globe with scholarship opportunities to play in America. The organization’s website claims it has placed athletes in colleges such as William and Mary, Notre Dame, Lousiana State and Virginia Tech. “It was really random,” said Brundle. “I just clicked on it and got interested.” Before FirstPoint USA could offer any assistance, Brundle had to pass a series of tests. “They asked me to come to Stamford Bridge (Chelsea Football Club’s home field) for an interview,” he said. “They had to make sure I was academically viable and after that, they finally gave me a trial.” The company helped Brundle compile videos from his academy days to present to willing schools, while he was given two 90-minute matches to prove his mettle for the

cameras and for any American universities who were out there. By the end of 2009, Brundle had a few offers and visited schools, but the most pressure came from Division II Delta State University, in Cleveland, MS. Although the decision to move gave Brundle a chance to play in America, little else excited him about the university. “I don’t regret the time, but the soccer program just wasn’t it for me,” Brundle said. “The buzz around the campus was nonexistent. I might have stayed if the soccer program had been good, but I didn’t come [to America] to play four years of rubbish [soccer].” The midfielder scored four goals from 32 shots in his one year with the Statesmen, where he started for each of the team’s 17 games as a freshman. After finishing a disappointing fourth place in the Gulf South Conference, Brundle decided a change of scenery was in order if he were to get back to top flight “football.” It doesn’t even matter where he plays, as long as he’s on the field. “A lot of people immediately want to have me as a defender [because of my height],” he said. “I’ve played a lot as a central midfielder, but it doesn’t matter too much to me, I just love to play.” With conference honors in hand, Brundle put himself back on the college market. This time, competition for his signature heated up, with teams ranging from Coastal Carolina to universities in California calling his name. In the end, however, it was Winthrop that

sealed the deal. “I applied to a number of schools, but I had a friend at Winthrop, Josh Choice, who really wanted me to come here to play with him, and I did.” Choice, a sophomore defender, has now had the opportunity to see his friend start each one of Winthrop’s nine games this season. Brundle now leads the team in most minutes played, proving the commitment Coach Posipanko has shown his young transfer. That trust paid off on September 1 in a match against Georgia Southern when young Brundle opened his goal account with a game winning 30-yard strike to secure Winthrop’s second win of the year in overtime. “I was really struggling up until that,” Brundle said. “A long ball had gone over the top in the midfield and hit my chest, so when I saw the goal, I just thought, ‘Why not?’” Why not take a chance? It’s the story of Adam Brundle’s life.


It doesn’t matter too much to me, I just love to play. Adam Brundle

Sophomore midfielder

Football season, DIGS bring Winthrop students together David Thackham

They’ll tell you they’re friends, but when it came to football this past Sunday, Monique Haynes and Jessica Singleton sat on opposite ends of the couch near two flat-screen televisions in the DiGiorgio Campus Center. On one screen, Haynes was rooting for her Pittsburgh Steelers against the Houston Texans, while the other TV entertained Singleton, enthralled by her Carolina Panthers versus the Chicago Bears. “Don’t you even start,” Haynes warned a smiling Singleton after the Steelers’ 30-yard field goal was blocked to end the game’s first half. “We still have time left to pull it out.” A new culture has emerged since the DIGS was born: More and more students are flock-

ing to watch football in the glow of the campus center’s multiple 60” BRAVIA EX500 Series HDTV’s. “I like the big TV’s,” Singleton said. “I like being able to watch two or more different games at one time. Even if I had the same screen in my own room, I’d still come to the campus center.” Although Haynes is a self-professed Carolina fan, she can enjoy any game she watches. “This is the best game on right now,” she said. “I really like to watch the South Carolina Gamecocks, though.” “Too bad they lost last night,” Singleton quickly added with a grin, bringing up memories of USC’s gritty 16-13 loss to the Auburn University Tigers. Don’t worry, though. Singleton soon got her comeuppance when Chicago exploded for the

Bears’ second touchdown of the night. Haynes only smiled. Hundreds of fans have surrounded the televisions since the beginning of the year and the fan mania is expected to increase as the football schedule heats up. Count on Haynes, Singleton and many other football friends to give the teams an audience.


Even if I had the same screen in my own room, I’d still come to the campus center. Jessica Singleton Biology major

Two football fans enjoy their lunch while watching Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton battle the Chicago Bears. The Panthers would later lose 34-29 on Sunday. Photo by David Thackham •

THURSDAY October 6, 2011



Men’s cross country running strong By Casey White

Special to The Johnsonian

Men’s cross country head coach Ben Paxton has one slogan for his team this year. “Hit the ground running.” The team has lived up to that challenge so far by winning the first three meets of the season. Winthrop shot off to success in the Campbell Invitational early last month before dominating in the 25th Winthrop Invitational and The Citadel Invitational. While this past week saw a falter to the Eagles’ stride in the Paul Short Invitational in Bethlehem, PA, Paxton can only see good results ahead as conference championship day draws near. Senior Adam Freudenthal and sophomore Steve Rivard, the top runners on the team, also are convinced the team has a shot at winning the conference championship this year. “I really want to bring back the conference championship,” Rivard said. “We haven’t done that at Winthrop since 2000-2001.” “Going in to the conference championship [on October 29],” Freudenthal added, “we could really make a shot at it.” Paxton believes that the team has the right combination of runners this year to bring home the title. There are a number of different factors that have allowed for the team’s success so far this season. The team didn’t lose a single runner from last season, which has proven to be very beneficial. Being able to retain every member of the team has allowed for a great amount of growth and chemistry to develop between the runners. Rivard, a Goose Creek, SC native who was recently

named the Big South Runner of the Week, agrees that the experience of the team has really added to its success so far this season. He also noted the runners on the team are able to keep up with each other better this year than last year, which has also been helpful. In 2010, the Eagles struggled to find their finishing edge, finishing either 2nd or 3rd in three meets until they finally pulled off their first win at home in the Asics Fall Classic. “Last year we had gaps,” Rivard said. “We are working on closing those, which is making us a stronger team.” Freudenthal , a Spartanburg, SC native, states that knowing the team has a shot to bring home the conference championship has served as a positive impact. He attributes much of the success to the fact that the runners believe in themselves and know what they have to do to win. Although Freudenthal has confidence in himself and the team, he does not think they need to get too cocky. “We go into every meet with the same mentality: that we’ve got to fight for it,” Freudenthal said. “It’s not going to be handed to us. We have to go in realizing it’s going to be a dog fight.” Paxton likes the fight in his team but notes it must stay focused. “We have to keep our wits about us against conference teams,” Paxton said. In order to keep the momentum of these wins going, Paxton plans to “keep the training up.” Attending practice and putting in daily work will keep the runners strong and allow for further success this season.

So far the team hasn’t faced anything that has held it down much besides a few minor “bumps and bruises,” according to Freudenthal. The team’s success on the course reflects their personal relationships with each other, which have also remained positive. “I really like our team. We have good chemistry between everyone,” Rivard said. “I think it’s going to be a good year and years coming as well.”


I really like our team. We have good chemistry between everyone. Steve Rivard

Sophomore runner

Women’s golf team calls many places home Nicole Mooberry Norfolk, NE 1,263 mi from Winthrop

Katie Bolling New Brighton, MN 1,183 mi from Winthrop

Allison Lee Salisbury, NC 67 mi from Winthrop

Jennifer Dilger Palmdale, CA 2,382 mi from Winthrop

Kayla Cline Socorro, NM 1,704 mi from Winthrop

Rachel Wyatt Blythewood, SC 51 mi from Winthrop

Allison Itria Lubbock, TX 1,362 mi from Winthrop

International Viivi Nuorti Helsinki, Finland Approx. 4,677 mi from Winthrop

The members of the women’s golf team have come from all over the U.S. and world to study and play golf at Winthrop University. Graphic by Jeff Brodeur •




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THURSDAY October 6, 2011



‘Floor Wars’ ignites friendly competition

The RA’s of Margaret Nance teamed up to create “Floor Wars” a series of activities including the three-legged race at Friday’s field day. Photo by Jeff Brodeur •

Margaret Nance hosts activities on the lawn, including tug-of-war and egg tossing By Jeff Brodeur

The resident assistants of Margaret Nance hosted their annual “Field Day” this past Friday, an event held on the lawn in front of Winthrop’s all-female residence hall. Daven Johnson, one of the RA’s who helped plan the event, said that this was only a glimpse of what has been going on at Margaret Nance throughout the week. “All week, each floor and corridor have been competing against each other in activities and contests,” she said. “Field day is the final event for the week.” As for the rest of the week, Monday was a floor decorating competition, Tuesday was a state fair baking competition, Wednesday was trivia night and Thursday was a “Dress your RA” competition in which the residents had to make an outfit for their RA to model using only tape and newspaper. “Throughout the week, we had an anonymous Miss Margaret Nance pageant and Penny wars where residents would put pennies into their own jar for positive points and silver coins and dollars into opposing floors jars for negative points,” Johnson said. “All money collected went to Safe Passage.” As for the Friday event, girls gathered outside of Margaret Nance to compete in a series of events such as a three-legged relay, hula hoops, tug-of-war and an egg toss. Even though Floor Wars was all about having fun, Daven’s floor walked away with the bragging rights as her floor took first place. Callie Boyer’s floor was the runner-up, while Ashley Thorpe and Chelsea Brown’s floor tied for third. Photo by Sarah Auvil •

Residents compete in an egg toss. Photo by Sarah Auvil •

UPCOMING GAMES Home games in bold Men’s soccer 10/8 @ VMI - 1 p.m. 10/12 vs. UNC-Asheville - 7 p.m. Women’s soccer 10/6 vs. High Point - 7 p.m.

10/8 vs. Liberty - 7 p.m. Men’s tennis 10/7-10/9 (Winthrop Invitational) Women’s Golf 10/8-10/9 (Winthrop Intercollegiate)

Photo by Jeff Brodeur • brodeurj@

Residents had to spin in a circle 10 times, then immediately complete a short relay race. Photo by Jeff Brodeur •

THURSDAY October 6, 2011




October 6, 2011 Issue  
October 6, 2011 Issue  

This is the October 6, 2011 issue of The Johnsonian, Winthrop University's campus newspaper.