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Winthrop could become next smoke-free campus BY ANNA DOUGLAS douglasa@thejohnsonian.com

Taking a break from his eightpage paper on euthanasia, Riley Schott sat down outside of Owens with a cigarette and a Diet Coke. Schott said if Winthrop enacts a ban on smoking, it won’t accomplish anything.

“I think that’s discriminatory towards smokers,” the sophomore integrated marketing communication major said. “I don’t see how banning smoking benefits anything but the overall appearance of Winthrop.” The President’s Council on Health and Wellness is considering banning smoking on campus, including areas already in existence as designated smoking areas. Its first meeting of the semester will take place this

month, said Michelle Mann, chair of the council. “One of the items on our agenda will be to look at what other universities in and out of state are doing regarding smoke-free campuses,” Mann said. “We will also review the American College Health Association recommendations on going smoke-free/ tobacco-free.”

Ban on smoking at other universities

Winthrop would be the 11th college or university in South Carolina to enact a 100 percent ban for on-campus smoking. The others include Lander University, Aiken Technical College, University of South CarolinaUpstate and the seven separate campuses of the Piedmont Technical College system, according to American Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation's Web site. In 2007, Lander University became the first school in

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South Carolina to be completely smoke-free, according to the college’s Web site. Lander University President Daniel Ball said the measure was a piece of the health consciousness he wanted to pass onto students. Before the proposal became official, Ball said the university spent time listening to student

See BAN page 2 SPORTS

Cheerleaders prepare to pump up crowds BY BRITTANY GUILFOYLE guilfoyleb@thejohnsonian.com

This Winthrop Eagles team practices three days a week, spends two hours a week in the gym and has tumbling lessons on Monday nights. Unlike other sports, cheerleading has no offseason. The team practices all year, even during the summer, to prepare for basketball season and competitions. Also, unlike most other athletes, Winthrop cheerleaders cannot be awarded any scholarship money. Passion is what keeps these young women coming back, head coach Alicia Dervin said.

“There is only one reason why girls try out for this team,” she said. “They love cheerleading.” Dervin said that although the cheerleaders are sometimes “overworked and overlooked,” their love for the sport continues to drive them. This year, budget cutbacks have limited the number of students who can cheer for men’s and women’s basketball games. In the past, the team has had up to 20 women on the floor, but now that number has dropped to 16.

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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

Student director prepares “The Good Doctor” Cynthia Gilmore, a custodian for Winthrop for two years, washes windows in the West Center. Photo by Steven Kramer • kramers@thejohnsonian.com

Budget cuts affect custodians the most

BUDGET TIMELINE September 2008: The state’s Budget and Control Board takes $700,000 from Winthrop. October 2008: Winthrop loses $3.4 million in state appropriations. November to December 2008: Winthrop absorbs $3.2 million of the cuts internally through various cost-cutting measures and implements a nine-day furlough for all faculty and staff. Spring 2009: Students pay a $50 tuition increase . Summer 2009: Winthrop gains $3 million in federal stimulus money.

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adie Banks couldn’t afford Christmas gifts for her granchildren last year. But she seems to see the glass half-full. Originally from Chester, S.C., Banks has worked as a custodian at Winthrop for three years. She previously worked at a pharmaceutical plant in Rock Hill until it shut down. She said she enjoys her job on campus. She works from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Around 8 a.m. Banks can be found washing out the sink on the seventh floor of the Richardson building. With blue rubber gloves and the sterile scent of disinfectant in the air, she cleans the most notorious hall at

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Winthrop with a warm smirk on her face. She knows how messy young men can be. She is a tall woman. She wears thick-rimmed glasses, Levi Straus brand blue jeans, sneakers and her collared Winthrop employee’s shirt. Banks has three daughters, one of which graduated from Winthrop. One of her granddaughters also attended the university, she said. Banks, however, is troubled by the dreaded word circulating among university employees: furlough. The term means a short ab-

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See PLAY page 10 CORRECTION ON LAST WEEK’S STORY “PRESIDENT WILL HAVE OFFICE IN NEW CAMPUS CENTER” President Anthony DiGiorgio’s office in the new campus center will be on the first floor, not the third floor as stated on the graph’s caption on last week’s front page. The subhead “‘Misleading people’” was a quote from Tom Webb that was left off the story. The Johnsonian wants to clarify that members of the Board of Trustees often meet outside of the four scheduled meetings a year.

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By the numbers

81 46 31 59 79

percent answered that they were non-smokers.

percent answered that Winthrop’s campus should be completely tobacco free.

percent answered that they were frequently bothered by smoke on campus. Other choices were occasionally bothered, seldom bothered and never bothered. percent answered that they would not attend a campus sponsored event to help them quit smoking. percent answered that if Winthrop banned smoking, it would not affect the amount they currently smoke.

compiled by Anna Douglas Source: Winthrop’s Health and Counseling Services Web site and Michelle Mann, director of Health and Counseling Services

BAN • from front opinion on the matter. When the topic was first approached, 80 to 90 percent of the campus was in favor of a complete ban on smoking, he said in a phone interview last week. “I traveled to meetings and classrooms personally to pick students’ brains on this topic,” Ball said. The Lander community essentially had two arguments against the ban, he said. Many people on campus said the ban would infringe upon their individual rights. “My argument was that smokers infringe on my rights,” Ball said. “As president of the university, it’s irresponsible to place everyone in harm’s way (of second-hand smoke)?” The second reason cited by those against a ban was that it would hurt enrollment, Ball said. Last year enrollment was up 9.2 percent and this year it’s up 11 percent, he said. However, the president said he believes the ban has no positive or negative affect on enrollment.

It ‘doesn’t mean they’ll stop’ Chelsea Hindman, a sophomore English education major at Winthrop, said she doesn’t think a smoking ban would hurt Winthrop’s enrollment either. Still, she said it’s a bad idea. “If you tell people they can’t smoke, that doesn’t mean they’ll stop,” Hindman, a smoker, said. “They will just go off-campus somewhere. They’ll stand close to the road off campus. All it’s going to take is one person being hit standing there. Either they could be

Too soon to speculate on tuition increase CUTS • from front sence from work without pay. Last year all state employees, including all faculty and staff at the university, had to take nine days of unpaid leave due to budget cuts, in which the university lost around $5 million of its funding. The university implemented several cost-cutting measures, and the furloughs saved the university $189,000 per furlough day. Banks said that during these nine days she had to cut back everything. “Last year, I wasn’t able to take my grandchildren to the movies or take them out to eat,” she said. “I just had to save that money. It was also difficult not being able to get any of them Christmas gifts. In January there was also a paycheck reduction and that hurt quite a bit.” She added that she had to cut back on essentials such as groceries. Cynthia Gilmore has been an employee at the university for two years. Part of her duties include mopping and washing windows in the West Center. She said that during her first year at the university employees didn’t have any furlough days. “I’m grateful for a job,”

mokers say ban won't curb usage

Gilmore said. “It’s just hard to lose pay that way.” More budget cuts could be in the university’s future with a possible 15 percent budget cut, averaging out to around $2.6 million. Banks said most of the custodians are talking about it, but they haven’t been officially informed as of now. “There’s normally a meeting in December,” she said. “I suspect they’ll explain the furloughs to us then.” Rebecca Masters, assistant to the president for public affairs, said that a recent revenue report has shown revenue stabilizing and that no cuts have been recommended for this month. “It is a month-to-month variable situation, and Winthrop is tracking and crosschecking very closely,” she said. Masters added that given the stabilizing revenue, there isn’t any reason to speculate about any increases for spring 2010. Banks said she doesn’t care to dwell on such matters. “I’ve lost my two previous factory jobs because the factories had to shut down,” she said. “But I’m not too worried about unpaid leave. After all, it’s better than being laid off completely.”

pushed or a car may not see them; and someone is going to get hurt.” Hindman said people also may want to have a cigarette on campus if they are drinking in their room. A ban on smoking could force these people to wander dangerously into the street in order to leave campus or go to their car to smoke after they’ve had a few drinks, she said. “Once they’re in their car they could decide, ‘Oh, I’m already behind the wheel, I’m going to go somewhere,’” she said. Hindman said the current designated smoking areas fulfill their purpose and have helped many students find friends on campus. “We are a very diverse community,” she said. “We definitely are our own little group though.” Sophomore human resources major Maji Alasfoor, a smoker, said he could quit anytime he wanted. He said he doesn’t smoke a lot and has quit before. “It’s not a big deal to me if they ban it,” Alasfoor said. “But (Winthrop) should help students quit smoking if they do ban it on campus.”

Re-evaluation needed “I would love the ban,” said Beth Costner, department chair of mathematics at Winthrop. Costner said she thinks it is important that Winthrop help its students make healthier choices. Students who smoke also face paying higher insurance premiums than people who don’t

Illustration by Jeromy Ross

Winthrop conducted a survey in Spring 2005 to gauge student opinion on the issue of on-campus smoking. Of the responses to the survey, 670 were students and 38 were faculty/staff. Below is a sampling of the results. The current tobacco policy, which allows for smoking in designated areas, was adopted in August 2006.

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smoke, she said. She said she does like Winthrop’s current smoking designated areas but a re-evaluation of the policy is needed. “I wish there were a better way to enforce that,” she said. Even though she supports an all-out ban on smoking for Winthrop’s campus, Costner said she can see the flip side. She points to two empty bottles of Coke on her desk. She said she can identify with a smoker’s nictotine addiction because of her love for soda. “As a non-smoker, I could say I could really care less whether (a smoker) has a place to smoke or not,” Costner said. “But then I think in terms of things I enjoy.”

‘Unfair’ Aside from a ban being “unfair,” junior international business major Jessi Bird said the policy would not faze students. Bird said she’s been smoking about two years and has no plans to quit even if Winthrop bans the practice. “Smokers don’t stop for cancer,” Bird said. “Why would they stop for fear of getting a ticket?”

POLICE BLOTTER POSSESSION/CONSUMPTION OF BEER UNDER 21 10/31 Campus Police was dispatched to the area of Park Ave in front of East Thomson last Saturday at 12:18 a.m., in reference to a female passed out behind the wheel of her vehicle. Police arrived and located the female. They proceeded to knock on the window of the vehicle several times before she would respond, according to the police report. Police opened her driver side door and could smell alcohol, according to the report. Police said they also noticed that the female had thrown up all over the inside of the driver’s side door. EMS was called to check the female out. Police asked her several times where she had been drinking before she finally understood, according to the report. She replied “The Money.” EMS checked the female out and cleared her, the report said. Police could not locate anyone to look after the female who was under 21. She was arrested for possession/consumption of beer under 21 and was transported to the Rock Hill Jail. PUBLIC DISORDERLY CONDUCT 11/2 Campus Police was at the BP Station on Cherry Road on Sunday at 1:27 a.m. They observed a white male urinating in the parking lot, according to the police report. Police called out to the man;

he did not respond. Police approached the man and asked him to show his ID. The man handed police a U.S. Marine ID card. Police asked the man for a driver’s license but at first he refused to produce one, according to the report. Police opened the passenger door of the patrol car and told the student to sit, as it had begun to rain. Police asked the man again for a driver’s license. He stated the Marine ID was all he had. Police began to write the man a ticket, and he then handed police an N.C. driver’s license. Police issued the man, who was intoxicated, a ticket for disorderly conduct and had his friends take him home, police said. THREATENING PHONE CALLS 10/28 A student contacted Campus Police last Wednesday in reference to a telephone message that was left at her work extension. The student believes the message was from her current boyfriend’s soon-to-be ex-wife, according to the police report. The student stated that her cell phone voicemail box was full and right after, the ex-wife called her cell phone. A message was left at 8:31 a.m. on her office phone, the student said. The caller stated that “she is messing with the wrong one” and that “you life is coming to an end,” according to the student. The student was given a victim notification form and this case has been marked active, police said.

DAMAGE TO PROPERTY 10/27 A Winthrop student came to Campus Police on last Tuesday at 9:52 p.m. to report his car had been damaged while he was driving, according to a police report. The student stated while driving down Cherry Road in front of The Commons an older, beatup gray Honda pulled along the driver’s side of his car and threw something out the passenger side window. The object struck the student’s vehicle just above the driver’s side rear tire. The unknown object chipped two small places of paint from the vehicle, police said. The student stated he was on his way home when the incident took place. He first noticed the Honda when he pulled out of a parking space on Myrtle Drive and turned right onto Oakland Avenue, according to police. The student stated he called 911, who transferred him to Winthrop Police. The Honda continued to follow him until the student arrived at the Winthrop Police Department, the report said. Police observed two small chips of paint missing from the area where the unknown object hit the student’s car. The student stated the Honda was occupied by two Caucasian people. The student was unable to se see whether they were male or female. Police circulated the area, but were unable to locate a Honda matching that description. This case has been closed unless new information on a suspect is available, according to the report. -compiled by Monica Kreber


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Wikipedia working on its credibility By Nicole Drown Special to The Johnsonian Wikipedia has implemented a new project in an attempt to ease users’ concerns over the validity of its content. Wikitrust will highlight added text in orange, indicting to the user that Wikipedia’s editors have not yet checked the information. Freshman modern languages major Viesha Floyd said before the creation of Wikitrust, Wikipedia was a good starting point on researching subjects but not for actually citing in academic papers. “You don’t know who wrote those (articles) on Wikipedia,” she said. “A fiveyear-old could have done it.” Currently, the only protection Wikipedia has against misinformation is a twolevel system of checkpoints. A page that is under “semi-protection” cannot be edited by unregistered users, but it can be edited by auto-confirmed members and administrators. A page that is under “Full Protection” can only be edited by administrators and is virtually untouchable to the public, according to Wikipedia’s Web site. Despite this, some professors and students might think misinformation manages to work its way into many of the articles.

English professor Casey Cothran said even though Wikipedia has a reputation for misinformation, other online sources are not any better. “There are dangers with many online sources,” she said. “That doesn’t mean you should disregard the wealth of information available on Wikipedia.” Cothran said it’s likely even for published encyclopedias to have inaccuracies. “I’ve written on topics in encyclopedias on which I was not an expert,” she said. “People who write in encyclopedias, while academic, are not always experts on the subject.” Associate professor of psychology Jeff Sinn said Wikipedia is “like a great intellectual playground.” “The connectivity, ease of use and the creative density make it a rich resource for understanding linkages and introducing yourself to new ideas,” he said. Some professors and students discredit and avoid Wikipedia completely because they know the material they read may not be 100 percent correct. Sinn, however, thinks the self proclaimed “free encyclopedia that anyone can edit” has its merits. “If your understanding of scholarship is always getting right answers and your only credential is accuracy, I think you

misunderstand the process of learning,” he said. “The spirit of Wikipedia embraces a more pragmatic, pluralistic understanding of truth, and a certain faith in people’s honesty, integrity and imagination.” Judy Britt, assistant professor of curricular instruction, said she likes Wikipedia but thinks the Web site “demonstrates the least level of definition for a broad range of concepts.” “It’s a tool for learning things, but I don’t use it for writing,” she said. “Our standards for academic writing are higher than using Wikipedia as a resource.” Gina White, director of Archives and Special Collections at Dacus Library, shakes her head in disapproval at the mention of Wikipedia. “If you’re looking for a general ‘what is this?’ then it’s useful,” White said. “But as far as using it as a source, I think it is unreliable.” The Wikimedia Foundation, Wikipedia’s parent company, has developed a system to patrol revisions to online articles in an effort to make its entries more accurate and more trustworthy. The project, called Flagged Revisions, will soon be implemented as a modified version, according to Wikimedia’s blog. This feature was most notably adopted by the German Wikipedia, which, despite its being the second largest Wikipedia in

the world, requires for every revision to be verified before it is made public. The Wikimedia Foundation’s Web site says that few articles will have to be reviewed entirely before being made available to the public; but that among these will be controversial articles and those at a high risk for slander, such as the biographies of living people and possibly existing organizations. This reduces the risk of vandalism and protects high-profile individuals from misinformation that could defame them, according to the Web site. “If the proposed model works as intended, it will actually allow us to open up many articles for editing which are currently protected from being edited,” said Erik Moeller, Deputy Director of Wikimedia Foundation. “Edits will have to be patrolled, which is clearly a step up from edits not being possible at all.” Despite the introduction of Wikitrust, Dacus Library’s White said she would still prefer traditional sources over an improved version of Wikipedia. “There’s so many other sources that are legitimate…that have been in business for one hundred or more years and have an editorial board,” she said.

ALUMNI FEATURE ‘82 graduate lobbies for organizations as owner of Palmetto Public Affairs By Monica Kreber kreberm@thejohnsonian. com

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oretta Bedsole used to be “painfully shy” when she was still a student at Winthrop. However, her job as a contract lobbyist at Palmetto Public Affairs in Columbia now requires her to engage in public speaking, traveling, writing and campaigning for state candidates. Bedsole said her job is mainly to speak out on issues that impact her clients. She does highway safety legislations for AAA Carolinas and represents the March of Dimes, S.C. Chapter in securing and maintaining funding for services to pregnant women and children, as well as the S.C. Adult Day Services Association, which consists of program-providers who provide Adult Day services for the state’s aging and disabled population. “I stay out of trouble,” Bedsole said. Bedsole entered Winthrop majoring in political science, planning to be a lawyer. “I went off to college thinking that would be a great thing to do,” she said. “And my freshman year I began to realize that I didn’t want to be a lawyer. I didn’t enjoy the research aspect of that – I found it to be really tedious.”

Her dislike of public speaking also contributed to Bedsole’s change of heart, especially because she always envisioned being either a trial lawyer or a criminal defense lawyer – somebody who would always have to be in court. “I decided I would just continue to major in political science because I really liked my poli-sci professors,” she said. “I was having a great time. And thought I would go work for the U.N.” The U.N. idea flopped when Bedsole graduated in ’82 because she could not learn a foreign language. Plus, she said she was still shy and a little timid about going to New York to pursue a career at the U.N. “I stayed at Winthrop for a couple of years, did some part-time jobs for the university – the typical things you try to do when you don’t want to leave your safe environment,” Bedsole said. After getting grief from her parents about using her political science degree, Bedsole answered an ad in the newspaper for the S.C. Trial Lawyers Association. “They interviewed me, they liked me and they hired me,” she said. “And I decided I loved doing legislative work.” Within a couple of years Bedsole grew out of her shyness, refined her public speaking skills and “never

Winthrop alumna Coretta Bedsole, pictured at left with her business partners Rebecca Ramos and Matthew Van Patton, owns Palmetto Public Affairs. Above: At a AAA Carolina Service Center grand opening, Coretta Bedsole meets with South Carolina Lt. Governor Andre Bauer. Bedsole majored in political science at Winthrop. • Photos courtesy of Coretta Bedsole.

looked back,” she said. For the next 14 years Bedsole worked as an all-staff lobbyist for the S.C. Trial Lawyers Association. Last year she merged Progressive Lobbying Solutions with another firm of similar focus and created Palmetto Public Affairs. Aside from AAA, Adult Day and March of Dimes, Bedsole said she mostly

works with the Department of Health and Human Services and the state Medicaid to ensure access to services. She said she also represents the S.C. Association of Heating and Air Conditioning Contracts, providing a various services for them including working on legislation that improves the quality of their services to the con-

sumers. “My firm has other clients we are working with, but that is where I primarily focus my efforts on at present,” Bedsole said. Bedsole just celebrated her twelfth anniversary with her husband, and has a stepson. She said although her job requires her to travel around the state, she tries to stay close

to home. “I have really enjoyed the work that I do because I feel like I have the opportunity to make an impact and do things that will help people,” Bedsole said. “I love the clients I represent. I feel like their work is targeting typical South Carolinians and I find that very rewarding.”

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On-campus tutoring available for exam prep By Alison Angel Special to The Johnsonian

Winthrop offers a wide variety of tutoring services to aid students who may be struggling with class material. With the help of these on-campus academic services, struggling students may be able to breathe a little easier. The math tutorial center, located in Bancroft 165, offers students who need individual help a chance to work through concepts with tutors who work one-on-one with students. It also offers help with not only understanding class material, but with homework and preparing for tests. The Writing Center is available in Bancroft 242 and helps students with common writing problems, such as grammar and MLA and APA citation, said Stephen Barker, a tutor in the Writing Center. Barker, an English graduate student, said that the tutors act almost as coaches with the students. “In the Writing Center, I try to guide the student to draw their own conclusions,” he said. “Most of the work still takes place on the students own time, but the tutor is there as a guide and to sort of point you in the right direction.” Barker also said that most students who seek help at the Writing Center or other campus programs tend to come back. He said that he has seen a good amount of repeated use of these programs with students.

“If someone has the initiative to come get help about something,” Barker said, “then they’re going to come back for more if it’s useful to them.” Barker is also the graduate assistant in charge of the House Calls program. This program is newer to Winthrop’s campus and offers students the help of tutors who are available during the evening hours to meet students for tutoring sessions in their residence hall. Barker handles the requests for House Calls tutors that come online. He assigns one of the five tutors to the student requesting help depending on the subject or class. He said that although each of the tutors has a specific area in which they are strongest, they work very hard to accommodate every subject that students request help with. Like the Math and Writing Center, House Calls is a free program. Although House Calls is fairly new, the idea for the program began years ago, said Tim Daugherty, associate dean of University College. “The leadership in the Department of Residence Life — both students and professionals — developed the innovative idea for House Calls two years ago,” Daugherty said. “They converted four residence hall rooms into comfortable tutoring spaces and launched a successful pilot program in early 2008.” Daugherty said that later that year, University College was contacted for their assistance. It has since helped with both automating the scheduling and lead-

ing the tutors that participate in the program. House Calls program is not meant as a replacement for other campus services but simply as another means for students to benefit, he said. “Many students who use House Calls for emergency help are consistently benefiting from services at the Writing Center and the math lab,” Daugherty said. “Winthrop provides a range of academic support services — starting with truly outstanding, devoted faculty — and students are wise to connect in as many ways as possible.” Daugherty said that the feedback from the program is very positive, and participation has continued to grow each semester as they work to get the word out. Sigourney Woodfork, a freshman integrated marketing and communication major, has used the House Calls program this semester. Woodfork requested a tutor to help out with her Math 150 class. She said her experience with the tutor, and the program was very helpful. “I think this program is great,” Woodfork said. “One-on-one help is exactly what I needed. The Math Center is normally packed with a lot of students asking an assortment of questions, which can be confusing. House Calls helped me address my individual math issues.” Woodfork also said that she would definitely use the service again, and recommends it to other students who are having problems with assignments. “I have already recommended

House Calls to a girl in my ACAD class who was struggling in math just as I was,” Woodfork said. Although tutoring primarily takes place only in Wofford, Margaret Nance and Richardson, the tutoring service is open

to all students on campus. For more information or to make an appointment, send an e-mail to housecalls@winthrop.edu or visit http://www2.winthrop. edu/universitycollege/housecalls.

Editor’s note: This article is the first in a three part series this month to aid students in preparing for exams. Next week, The Johnsonian will explore the topic of sleep and how mental and physical rest can affect academic performance.

Free tutoring services on campus Math Center:

•Located in Bancroft 165 •Available Monday from 1 to 5 p.m., Tuesday from 2 to 4 p.m., and Wednesday from 1 to 4 p.m. No appointment necessary.

Writing Center:

•Located in Bancroft 242 • Open five days a week, hours vary. Some evening and weekend hours available. • For additional information, or to schedule an appointment, call 803-323-2138.

House Calls:

•Available by appointment by contacting Stephen Barker at housecalls@winthrop. edu • The current hours are Sunday through Thursday, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

HALLOWEEN HAPPINESS

No tricks, just treats Winthrop hosts trick-ortreaters from the Rock Hill community during Halloween each year. Pictured above, sophomore chemistry major Shakela Middleton signed up to pass out candy to participants as they made their rounds through the residence halls. Middleton said she was “happy to see the glow in (children’s) faces at the thought of receiving candy

for Halloween.” “I really enjoyed handing the candy out and would be more than happy to do it next year,” Middleton said. Seven-year-old Joshua Brown, son of mass communication professor Justin Brown, stopped by Middleton’s door last week. Pictured at right, 4-yearold Kamari Chiles, who is dressed as Spiderman, and 1-year-old Kayden White barbarajamesyoga.com reach for candy.

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‘This Is It’ breaks records, recalls definition of star Unlike most, I can actually worst commercial nightmare. spot talent. I remembered The week of, he sold nearly half a that when I saw Michael million in albums that were four to 28 years old. The Black Eyed Jackson’s “This Is It” last week on the day it was rePeas’ latest album, “The E.N.D,” leased. sold less than 100,000 in the Whenever people have same week. asked who my favorite singer A month later, Jackson’s everincreasing sales of “Number is, I tell them Michael JackEddie Scarry, Ones,” (2003) a compilation of son. If they’re lame, they’re opinion editor, is older songs (many of which actushocked and make sure I a senior mass communication ally weren’t number one on any said what they just heard: major chart), kicked Taylor Swift’s new“You like Michael Jackson?!” est album “Fearless” in the shins, I always respond, “Who removing it as the best-selling doesn’t?” album of 2009. The movie “This Is It,” a collection of As Jackson would say, “Ow!” rehearsal footage of Jackson’s 50-conOf course I like Michael Jackson. He cert series that never manifested, has was what every star should be and yet broken records with $103 million in ticket sales worldwide since its debut one none of them are. He was actually talented. He could week ago, according to boxofficemojo. write and sing music. He could dance. com. Jackson’s death on June 25 was the He could create miraculous concepts for Black Eyed Peas’ and Taylor Swift’s entire concerts and music videos because

he was thoughtful. I wonder if Miley Cyrus even knows what a thought feels like. Jackson was himself. He wore highwater pants, full-length sequined jackets, weighed 110 lbs. and still sold millions and millions of albums all over the world. There’s no way to know how many records he sold for sure, but it’s estimated to be 750 million by CNN. Today, in order to sell a meager one million albums an “artist” has to: spend 30 hours each week in the gym, use one of three music producers who can successfully drown out the “singer’s” voice with percussion-heavy tracks and lastly, wear nothing; unless you’re Lady Gaga because then you can put a metal cage over your entire body to hide the fact that you can’t dance. Only Michael Jackson could make a song about aliens and ghosts popular. When you think about the undead

dancing, the imagery is goofy. Jackson made them dance and managed to keep it scary. Only he could write lyrics that weren’t corny about helping people (“Heal the World”), a crime scene (“Smooth Criminal”) and even ones with a meaning that contradicts everything hardcore rap music stands for: gang violence isn’t cool (“Beat It”). While Abercrombie and Fitch was marketing thongs to little girls, Michael Jackson was the only star sending out a message that being a child is something to be proud of. I never got to see Michael Jackson other than on TV. It doesn’t matter. I’m satisfied knowing that someone like him ever existed. And happy that he inspired the world – and me – in a way that no other celebrity ever could. Comments? E-mail to scarrye@thejohnsonian.com

OUR SAY

The Dinkins Student Center, finished in 1967, is out of date. The DiGiorgio Campus Center is a good upgrade to the 21st century. The new center will be about 128,000 square feet, according to Winthrop’s Web site. This is about two Winthrop Coliseum’s arena floor larger than Clemson’s student center. Clemson has about 17,000 on-campus students, according to Clemson’s Web site, while Winthrop has about 6,500 students. Some of the new campus center’s features that students can enjoy are: • Dining area to seat 300; • Banquet area to seat 400; • Theatre to set a 224; • Game room lounge; • TV room lounge; • Information lobby with computer kiosks; • Book store and book storage; • Starbucks; • And bagel shop. The location of the building is also convenient. It definitely is the heart of campus. Students carrying bags full of books won’t need to sprint to cross Oakland during rush hours just to get to the student center. With the new center, we will be able to calmly walk through Scholars Walk to get to the heart of campus. We can’t wait to see the new center done.

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Upgrade deserved

Music, The Money, bad genes: no sleep A little sleep would be nice. I think every college student has thought at some point in their academic career that they don’t get enough sleep. School can be demanding and it’s difficult to allocate social time on top of test studies, eight o’clock studio sessions, and research papers. I’m convinced that everyone here at Winthrop could use a little sleep at this very moment. The residence halls can be very conducive to our needs when it comes to sleeping. The quiet hours, however, have not helped me at all. From Thursday to about Sunday I cannot get so much as two hours of sleep, because of the blaring music and obnoxiously loud microphone setting used by the DJ at The Money. It severely reduces the quality of my weekends, leaving me grumpy and depressed. Sleep helps strengthen our immune system, reduces stress in the body which boosts our cardiovascular health, allows

be moody the next day, my eyes our brains to organize and will hurt when I move them, my correlate memory, and even chronically sore back will ach ten regulates the hormone’s in times more, and I tend to get the our body that determine bizarre sensation that my bones appetite, according to Betterare made of cracking glass. SleepBetterLife.com, a sleep Every Thursday, without fail, disorder Web site. I’ll hear The Money playing Wu I don’t think college students fully appreciate what Connor De Bruler Tang Clan, Lil Wayne, and Lady Gaga. Sometimes I wonder if I going to bed at a decent hour is a freshman pre-major could convince them to play a can do for their general well few songs that might help me being. The ideal time to go to nod off before I’m too asleep to bed during the work week is listen to their hip-hop and dance bop. either nine-thirty or ten o’clock. They could play “Sleep” by the Dandy Most of my friends admit that they Warhols, “I Need Some Sleep” by EELS, don’t go to bed until one or two in the “The Pillow is the Threshold” or “Sleepmorning. That’s an awful time to go to ing is the Only Love” by The Silver Jews. bed even on a Friday night. I wish every single student who reads Some of us have late classes, and some this column would take a look at their of us are obligated to undertake intense schedule and make some time for sleep; workloads in order to meet scholarship more sleep; real sleep. The fact that we requirements – I know. The only reason have to look at our schedules just to I have such an aversion to staying up so late is because of the pain it would make a little extra time for sleep is sad cause me. If I don’t get enough sleep I’ll enough. We should be sleeping six to

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seven hours I night, according to The National Sleep Foundation. I wish faculty would shut down the school for a day and allow everyone to sleep for 24 hours straight and only regain consciousness at short-lived intervals to maybe drink some water or listen to a song. Personally, I wouldn’t mind sleeping eight or nine hours a night, but I don’t. I don’t get as much sleep as I’d like because of a sleep disorder I’ve inherited through my genetics; and the blaring hip-hop that The Money plays every Thursday through Sunday. I’m tired these days. I’m tired right now; tired enough to pass out as I’m writing this and fall face down into the keyboard. I think a lot of jkfdkjfdkjfdk%%$zzzzzz... Comments? E-mail to debrulerc@thejohnsonian.com

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THURSDAY November 5, 2009

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OPINION

Help ‘TJ’ with criticism, not complaints On Wednesday morning I woke up in a cold sweat and it wasn’t because of a forgotten assignment. It was because I couldn’t remember writing a caption for Dominiquie Boyce’s picture on the Oct. 30 of The Johnsonian. All I remembered it saying was ‘caption here;’ on the front page; on the centerpiece photo. I frantically text messaged editor in chief Arthur Takahashi about the problem. Fortunately, our publisher was able to make the correction for us. If we hadn’t caught that error, it would have just given our more outspoken critics more ammunition. These critics open our paper every week, seemingly interested in one thing: what errors did the dumb folks at The

fessions (thankfully not Johnsonian make a chick on the side with this week? one on the way): we do Then they craft have errors. carefully worded eWe misspell your mails telling us: name. I personally apolo• why we aren’t a gize to Mark Finger for “real newspaper” (as calling him Matt in one opposed to...?) • how we don’t Nicole Smith is a issue. We get your major relate to students (a senior mass student-run newswrong. I now undercommunication major paper with student stand the difference writers about stubetween environmental dent events...yeah, studies and environI’m still scratching my head on mental science majors. that one, too) We screw up headlines. I for• why we should fire opingot the ‘i’ before ‘e’ except after ion editor Eddie Scarry (Sorry ‘c’ rule the other week. about the blatant bias he has in We could sit for a year readhis opinion.) ing the same 12 pages of our These are just a few of the issues. There would still be ergems that arrive in my inbox rors. Even The Wall Street Jourevery week. nal misspelled Maine Governor Like Usher, here are my conJohn Baldacci’s name last week.

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Wait a while to tie the knot

Jessica Pickens, A&E editor, is a junior mass communication major

married? The individual would spend more time dreaming and planning their wedding rather than studying and getting involved in extracurricular activities. One of the newly married girls went to my high school. She is 20 years old, married a 28-year-old youth pastor that she met while she was in youth group in high school and plans to still continue going to college as a full-time student while balancing life as a wife. Other people from my high school and Winthrop have either quit college to get married or got married right after graduating. All of this blows my mind. It somehow makes me think of the 2003 Julia Roberts movie “Mona Lisa Smile.” All of the girls go to college to meet husbands and nothing else. The girls that do have some sort of ambition sell out on their careers and throw it away

criticize us. Tell us about an event we didn’t cover. Tell us if we overlook your club. Tell us if you have an interesting hobby. Tell Eddie Scarry why he’s wrong with a guest column. Tell us what would make you pick up the paper more often. I can’t promise that there won’t be errors, dare I say mistakes? But as a past opinion editor said, the biggest mistake would be not to print. You’re the campus community, and like it or not, we’re your campus newspaper, errors and all. Comments? E-mail to smithn@thejohnsonian.com

Grow up, stick with foundation cracks

Write a letter and send it our way

Ever since I was a little girl I’ve had one dream: walking down an aisle in a 1940s vintage wedding dress caring orchids with my bridegroom wearing a white dinner coat. But even with vivid illustrations of my wedding in my head, I have never had a desire to be married until I finished my college education. I might be a hopeless romantic, but I am also career-driven and ambitious. My parents always taught me education comes first, and I live by that religiously. It started last spring and over the summer. Several people I knew from Winthrop and my high school, Eastside High School in Greenville, S.C., all suddenly started getting engaged, married and pregnant, many of them being only 20 years old like me. At first, it was fun to Facebook stalk them and look at their wedding, engagement and baby pictures but after the fourth person, it really started to get ridiculous. I know several people who are engaged but are waiting two to four years until they graduate from college and get married. Some of these are 18-yearolds that just started college. What’s the point of getting engaged if you have to wait several years to get

Here’s another confession: we are students, too. We have exams to study for, papers to write and homework to do, not to mention friends and family we’d like to see. The Johnsonian is something we do on top of that. Because we are learning, we will make errors. But errors only become mistakes when there is a refusal to correct them. We try to correct those errors as soon as we can. Something our critics don’t seem to understand is that it doesn’t matter if you don’t think we’re a real newspaper, if we’re not relating to students or if our opinions suck. There’s nothing we can do about those complaints. What matters is if you can help us be better. Constructively

to get married before finishing their educations. My mother even did this same thing in the 1970s. She quit college and got married at 21-years-old with just one year left until she graduated. As a child, I thought that 21 seemed very old, mature and full of world experiences. Now, 17 days away from turning 21 myself, I see that my parents were just children when they got married. My mom also regrets quitting college without graduating and doesn’t want that to happen to any of her daughters. I imagine many people feel this way when they get married so young. My mom has taught me that you never know what is going to happen in life. You might be a female without a degree and you and your husband divorce or the economy turns bad, but you don’t have a college degree that allows you to have a job other than retail. I’m not anti-marriage, far from it. I just simply think that education is very important and that no male or female should throw away a career and a salary on romance. As the saying goes, “Love don’t pay the rent.” Comments? E-mail to pickensj@thejohnsonian. com

Being in a relationship in its infancy is like moving into a brand new house. You see what you like. The other person has everyJay Hallums is thing you desire. a junior english You are at a stage major where you enjoy being in a relationship and seeing where it may lead. But as time rolls on and you become more comfortable with each other, you begin to see some things that you were not expecting. What do you do? Just like a house, a relationship has to settle. When a house is first built, it is fresh, new, faultless, but over time the structure will begin to get comfortable with its foundation and cause the flaws to be revealed. It’s only when a house settles that you begin to see the cracks. In relationships, the newness and freshness of being together will fade gradually, and the real, true personalities will show through. Are you going to move out of the “house” just because you see a crack? Today, in an age of instant gratification, impatience, and immaturity, people bail out of relationships at the first sign of it being uncomfortable— and even at the sight of inconvenience. You will never know how to deal with an issue when you choose not to confront it. At a time when many people are claiming that they are “grown and sexy,” the thought of working through their differences with their companions doesn’t register. Therefore, there are many immature people claiming they are in a relationship, when in actuality they are playing “house,” trying to emulate something they can never attain without growing up. Nothing in life will satisfy you 100 per cent of the time. No man or woman can fulfill you completely. So, having a perfect, Utopian relationship is out of the question. Adjustments are necessary in order to make anything worthwhile work. If at the first sign of a problem you retreat into a state of isolation, you

have some growing up to do. If your significant other does something that you don’t appreciate, and you can’t adequately express yourself to him or her, then your maturity level is not where it needs to be to sustain a “grown-up” relationship. While dating, you need to learn how to work through issues, so that when it’s time for you to get married, you will be acquainted with how to begin working through your differences. Today, there is an iffy way of handling things in dating. Once things don’t go our way the only option is to break up. My question is: if the only way to solve the problem is by breaking up without any constructive way of trying to resolve each others’ issues, then how are you going to learn how to handle a problem when you are married? It’s much more difficult to break up, then. It is important to acknowledge that some “cracks” will never go away. So, the test of any relationship will be whether you can live with them or not. Yet, if there is a “crack” in a sensitive area of the foundation, then you need to take care of it, or risk the consequences. Without a firm foundation, nothing can stand. This may mean ending that relationship. This could also mean that if there is any reason for salvaging the partnership, there will need to be serious work done, which could cost more than you are able (or want) to pay. We are human beings, so we need relationships with other people. Whether it is fellowship with our close friends or growing with our significant other, we need to learn how to adjust to whoever we are connected with. Acknowledging that nothing will stay the same is an essential key to learning how to deal with a relationship. Understanding that no one was, is or shall be perfect is another facet to take hold of. Once your “house” begins to settle, are you prepared to deal with what you might see? Are you mature enough to take care of what needs to be dealt with for the sake of your life and destiny? Can you handle the cracks?

Epidemic at WU could threaten future for students Attention all Winthrop students— according to creditable sources there is a new disease which plagues our campus. Researchers have indicated that it spreads quickly and has the potential to be highly contagious. Anyone, regardless of age, sex or race, is a potential target for this sickness which is quickly becoming an epidemic. It is reported that there is a high number of contamination on college campuses. If not kept in check, it can give way to an even deadlier sickness which produces high levels of adrenalin-driven stress, fatigue, lack of interest and occasional moments of hysteria. Experts are debating on the clinical name for it, but it’s commonly known as…laziness and it has the potential to

tear our futures apart. Yes laziness, that little voice in our heads that we all hear which begs us to put off work that needs to be done until later. While some manage to successfully ignore this voice which can be like a siren seducing you to your doom, many give in and find themselves crashing on the rock that is procrastination. Students who procrastinate are “more likely to eat poorly, sleep less, and drink more than students who do homework promptly,” according to an article in the Chronicle of Higher Education. Procrastinators have trouble controlling impulses. It also said that procrastination can bring on added stress, which can ultimately lead to poor

health. None of these sound too desirable. The same article said that in one study, up to 70 per cent of students admitted to procrastinate Jonathan While circumstancMcFadden is a es and situations arise sophomore in life that will undoubtpre-major edly prolong efforts to finish a homework assignment or writing a paper, putting off these tasks just for the sake of doing it is unnecessary. Not only will it lead to stress, but it could potentially lead to lower grades.

Why settle for less? There are students who claim to work best under pressure. As a matter of fact, fellow classmates have admitted that they purposely wait until the last minute to write a paper so they can crank out their best work. That may be okay for now, but once those same students leave college, are they going to put off real world pressures in the same manner? Having to juggle career with family, friends and other responsibilities after school will be enough of a challenge. Why make it worst by being lazy? Comments? E-mail to mcfaddenj@thejohnsonian.com


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By the numbers Heart disease is the leading cause of death in both men and women in the United States.

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Million people have been died from coronary heart disease in 2009.

Percent of deaths in 2005 in the United States were heart disease-related.

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AMANDA PHIPPS Health & Science Editor phippsa@thejohnsonian.com

THURSDAY November 5, 2009

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Percent of cardiac Deaths results from cardiovascular deaths occur before emergency disease. services or transport to a hospital.

Seconds pass between every cardiovascular disease-related death.

Compiled from www.cdc.gov/heartDisease/statistics.htm and www.muschealth.com

HEART TO HEART

Wellness Fair offers flu shots, tests blood pressure

Biology professor Heather Evans-Anderson works with graduate student Elizabeth Walker studying Ciona Intestinalis heart development By Amanda Phipps phippsa@thejohnsonian.com

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he heart repairs itself. Biology professor Heather Evans-Anderson discovered this while studying Ciona Intestinalis, also known as sea squirts. The Ciona are invertebrate animals that have a conserved cardiac gene network, a relatively simple heart design and a reduced genetic redundancy. The Ciona also have the ability to regenerate heart cells throughout its lifespan, according to Evans-Anderson’s lab report. The animals provide an easy way to study heart development because in the Ciona, development is similar to early vertebrate embryos, Evans-Anderson said. “They have all the features we do in development,” she said. Evans-Anderson worked on heart development at Vanderbilt University as an undergraduate and worked on proliferation as a graduate student at the University of South Carolina, she said. Evans-Anderson started working at Winthrop in 2008 and works under the INBRE (IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence) grant. Winthrop had a different system from the animal system she used before, so Evans-Anderson had the Ciona Intestinalis shipped to her and keeps them in a case in her classroom, she said. Evans-Anderson works with her graduate student Elizabeth Walk-

er on taking the hearts out of the adult Ciona. They also remove the signaling mechanism that controls myocyte proliferation in the heart to get the Ciona to proliferate or grow, she said. She is working to figure out why the Ciona proliferate when invertebrates do not. If her research leads to this answer, it may provide a way for people to target medicines and get them closer to treating cardiovascular diseases as well as having this ability, Evans-Anderson said. Evans-Anderson creates Ciona embryo by taking the sperm and egg cells from one Ciona and putting them together in an incubator. She uses the embryo to study proliferation and myocardial defects after injecting them with a morpholine injection, according to her lab report. Evans-Anderson’s hypothesis is that removing a regulator of cardiac myocyte proliferation will cause heart defects in the Ciona due to increased growth of the myocyte cells, according to her lab report. The signaling mechanisms directing cardiac myocyte proliferation in the Ciona have not yet been studied, according to Evans-Anderson and Walker’s lab report. “We are guinea pigs [for this study] and are new to working with the Ciona,” Walker said. “This research is different from what I thought I would be doing, but I like Cardiology.”

By Amanda Phipps phippsa@thejohnsonian. com

Top: Biology graduate student Elizabeth Walker works with Heather Evans-Anderson setting up and studying the Ciona. Walker started working with Evans-Anderson last year. Bottom: Biology professor Heather Evans-Anderson extracts sperm and egg cells from a Ciona Intestinalis speciman. Photos by Kathleen Brown• brownk@thejohnsonian.com

More than 40 vendors and a chance to test your health. The Wellness Fair was held from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday in the West Center. Students were able to enjoy food and learn about wellness and their own health. They had the opportunity to test aspects of their health such as blood pressure and sugar levels, strength levels and vision. The Wellness Fair also offered students discounted flu shots and health screenings if they opted to participate. The vendors included on-campus groups such as GLoBAL, WAR, Skin Deep and rock climbing. Groups and organizations around the community also attended the fair. They included the Humane Society in Rock Hill and different health centers in the community. The Wellness Fair was meant to bring students, faculty and staff together to learn about various dimensions of wellness, Coordinator of Wellness Services Nichole Scaglione said. “[The goal] was to expose the whole Winthrop community, faculty and staff to different dimensions of wellness,” Scaglione said. “These include the physical, mental and social aspects.”

University encourages cyclists to follow rules, ride safe Bike safety tips

Bikes are an alternative way for students to get around on campus. Photo by Amanda Phipps • phippsa@thejohnsonian.com

• Never ride against traffic • Make eye contact with drivers • Wear the appropriate clothes • Keep both hands ready to break

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Do not pass on the right Use proper hand signals Use lights at night Keep bike in good repair Avoid road hazards Scan the road behind you

For more tips visit rtis.com/reg/bcs/org/bvcweb/bvc-tips.htm.

By Amanda Phipps phippsa@thejohnsonian.com Bicycles need to follow the rules of the road. These and other procedures are what bicyclists should do to keep themselves safe, said Campus Police Sgt. James Howe. Bicycles are considered vehicles, and South Carolina and Rock Hill require cyclists to follow the rules of the road such as following traffic signs and riding with traffic. South Carolina mandates a penalty of $25 for cyclists who do not obey traffic rules, Howe said. Bicyclists riding on the road must ride as far to the right as possible unless it is in the interest of their safety to ride in the middle of the lane, Howe said. South Carolina law also maintains that motor vehicles must keep a safe distance between themselves and a bicycle. South Carolina law also prohibits the harassing or throwing objects at bicyclists and forbids bicyclists from clinging to vehicles on roadways. Rock Hill has similar laws regarding bicycle operation as South Carolina. In Rock Hill, bicyclists can’t ride on public sidewalks in the business district, in congested commercial areas or in public parks unless the area is specifically designated for bicycle use, according to the Municipal Code of Laws-City of Rock Hill. South Carolina mandates that bicycles should follow the rules of the road and obey all traffic signs, Howe said. However, because Rock Hill and Winthrop do not have bicycle pathways or lanes, cyclists at Winthrop are allowed to ride on the sidewalks but must give

pedestrians the right of way, Howe said. While Winthrop can write citations for bicyclists breaking the traffic laws, the police usually will instead refer someone to the university’s judicial system where they can propose a sanction, Howe said. “There are ramifications outside of criminal citations for breaking the traffic laws,” Howe said. “We hope that through education, we can encourage people to ride in a safe and lawful manner.” Howe said students should take their own safety measures. “I strongly encourage students to wear a helmet and to not wear their ipods while riding,” he said. “Students should also use the resources they have available to them and be aware of their surroundings.” Winthrop is addressing issues regarding more bikes on campus as well. These issues include the need for more bike racks, and a way to let bikes get around on campus without violating the traffic rules, Howe said. “We are in a transitional phase right now,” he said. “We are trying to make the campus a more bike-friendly place.”

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We are trying to make the campus a more bike-friendly place.

James Howe Campus Police Sergeant


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THURSDAY November 5, 2009

JESSICA PICKENS Arts & Entertainment Editor pickensj@thejohnsonian.com ALEXIS AUSTIN Asst. Arts & Entertainment Editor austina@thejohnsonian.com

Fine arts professor Paul Martyka creates one of his collages for his exhibit “Conversations with an Echo.” Photo by Alexis Austin • austina@ thejohnsonian.com

Symmetry, color have a voice By Alexis Austin austina@thejohnsonian.com It started as an assignment fine arts professor Paul Martyka gave to his students. “I saw the students were having fun making the collages,” he said. “I wanted to learn more about color use as well.” Two years later, it is the focus of his exhibit “Conversations with an Echo.” Since July of 2007 Martyka has been working on color collages using several strips of charcoal paper of various colors. To date, he has completed—or nearly completed— 86-and-a-half collages. “I’m half-way done with number 87,” Martyka said. Deciding which pieces to exhibit will not be the easiest task either. The Elizabeth Dunlap Patrick Gallery in Rutlege only allows space for 15 to 20 pieces, Martyka said. Martkya has completed one collage in 16 hours, noting this as his fastest time he has ever completed one. The longest it has taken him to make a collage is 60 hours, not including cutting the various color strips used for the piece. “Putting the collages together is not tedious,” Martyka said. “It’s exciting.” None of the pieces are named

individually. Martyka came up with the name “Conversations with an Echo” to represent the entire collection. “All of the pieces are symmetrical,” he said. “Like one side is talking to the other.” When creating the pieces Martyka covered one side while completing the other so that even he did not know the outcome until he finished. “It is not until the end that it exposes itself to me,” he said. “Not all are a success and others are surprising.” From art history to architecture, Martyka gains inspiration from many different things. “Most of my inspiration comes from remembrance; I don’t go looking for a source,” Martyka said. “Conversations with an Echo” is Martyka’s product after receiving the Elizabeth Dunlap Patrick faculty grant. While he started working on his pieces long before he received the grant, the aid has allowed him to buy more materials to create and experiment with more pieces. The grant is given to one faculty member each year. Faculty members apply for the grant and a committee chooses the winner. Not all the members of the selection committee are associated with

Winthrop. Martyka is the fourth recipient of the grant. Martyka has yet to price many of his pieces, but all the pieces in the exhibit will be for sale, he said. While entering into his 31st year at Winthrop, Martyka still finds creating just as rewarding as the day he started. “Finishing each one and knowing I can start a new one is the most rewarding part,” he said. Martyka’s exhibit “Conversations with an Echo” opens in the Elizabeth Dunlap Patrick Gallery in Rutledge on Nov. 9 and will be open until Jan. 14, 2010.

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Most of my inspiration comes from remembrance; I don’t go looking for a source. Paul Martyka Fine arts professor

Fine arts professor Paul Martyka proudly presents his work in the new exhibit in the Elizabeth Dunlap Patrick Gallery in Rutledge. Photo by Alexis Austin • austina@thejohnsonian.com

Homecoming 2009 Monday, Nov. 9

Friday, Nov. 13

Splash Down Paradise Pool Party

Garnet and Gold Friday

Wear pool attire and come play pool volleyball and pool basketball. There will be free food, music and prizes. 8 to 10 p.m. at the West Center pool

Tuesday, Nov.10 Gilligan’s Island Dinner in Thomson Café

4 to 7 p.m. in Thomson Hall Cafeteria Thomson Cafe will be serving an island-themed meal. While dining, students can enter in the Dress Big Stuff contest to win prizes and be introduced to the Fall 2009 Homecoming Court.

Thursday, Nov. 12

Wear Winthrop colors to support the Eagles.

Dodgeball Tournament

1 p.m. in the West Center You and your friends can create a dodgeball team for the fourth annual homecoming dodge ball tournament. Dodge the most balls and your team will win prizes.

Tropical Paradise Party

9 p.m. to midnight in McBryde Hall Winthrop will be hosting the annual Homecoming party with a tropical twist. The Hawaiian reggae funk band, Spiritual Rez, will be performing while students eat island food, get caricatures drawn of themselves and pose in beach-themed photos.

Luau Lounge Student Talent Show

8 p.m. in Tillman Hall Auditorium Winthrop students will show off their talents to their peers and faculty at Winthrop’s sixth annual talent show. The Southeast Collegiate Poetry Champion Angelo Geter will be the Master of Ceremonies. Prizes will be awarded to the winners.

Saturday, Nov. 14 College of Business Reunion Breakfast and Tour of Carroll Hall 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. in Carroll Hall & Macfeat Houses

Tailgating

Until 4 p.m. in Winthrop Coliseum Parking Lots Bring your grills and burgers to tailgate before

cheering on the Eagles at the 2009 Homecoming game.

Men’s Basketball Game vs. Limestone 4 p.m. in Winthrop Coliseum Come out to the first basketball game of the season. The fall 2009 Homecoming King & Queen will be crowned at half time.

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Student betters acting craft while directing By Jessica Pickens pickensj@thejohnsonian. com When Jennica Krebs, senior theater major, found out that Winthrop University offered a few students to direct a play each year, she jumped to apply. “Out of all aspects of theater I have always had a love for directing,” Krebs said. “There is something so special about seeing your vision of a play come to life in front of you. I would read a play and envision every aspect of it. What the actors were doing, wearing, where they were at what atmosphere they are in; I like seeing the big picture of it all.” Krebs is directing the Neil Simon play “The Good Doctor.” The play is a comedic look at short story writer Anton, and the stories he writes. The play is a series of sketches and story-telling, all connected by the person writing them. Student directors pick the plays they direct, and Krebs said she chose this play because of her love for both writers, Neil Simon and Anton Chekhov. “This play is the best of both worlds,” she said. “It is the great comedic playwright Neil Simon taking the short stories and ideas of the great dramatist Anton Chekhov and turning them into a comedy. She said in one of her high school classes the first thing she ever directed was a scene from “The Good Doctor.” “I absolutely fell in love with the whole play and its stories,” she said. “When it came time to choose a play to direct this year I knew I had to choose this one.” Transitioning from acting to directing can be dif-

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ficult for students, Krebs said. She has to communicate differently than she would if she was acting with the other actors and the artistic staff. “It was different interacting with my peers as a director that as a fellow actor in that now I am leading them in my vision of the play instead of working to create the vision of someone else,” she said. “It can be a hard thing sometimes because I am around the same age as everyone, but I tried to keep the atmosphere supportive and relaxed.” Krebs said she enjoys directing better than acting because there “is no other process like it,” but it has also helped her develop as an actor and see the bigger picture when it comes to reading a script. “In my classes here at Winthrop I have always enjoyed directing the most,” she said. “The Good Doctor” will show at 8 p.m. Nov. 4 through Nov. 7 in Johnson Studio Theater and 2 p.m. Nov. 8. Tickets cost $5 with student ID and $10 without Nov. 4 through Nov. 5, and will be $8 with student ID and $15 without Nov. 6 through Nov. 8.

Theater major alumn Brian Jones pulls a tooth out of senior theater major Jay Kistler’s mouth in the scene “Surgery” from the play “Good Doctor.” Photo by Jessica Pickens • pickensj@thejohnsonian.com

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November 2009 Music Mute Math performs at Amos Southend in Charlotte at 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 7. Tickets are $20 in advanced and $23 at the door. The Winthrop Bass Ensemble is performing in Barnes Recital Hall at 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 8. Free cultural event. The Winthrop Guitar Ensemble is performing in Barnes Recital Hall at 7:30 p.m. Mon. Nov. 9. Free cultural event. Boys Like Girls and Cobra Starship perform at Amos’ Southend in Charlotte at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 10. Tickets are $25 in advanced and $28 at the door. The Winthrop Symphonic Percussion Ensemble is performing in Barnes Recital Hall at 7:30 p.m. Thurs. Nov. 12. Free cultural event. The Charlotte Symphony Orchestra will be performing at Winthrop University in the Friends of the Conservatory Series in Byrnes Auditorium at 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 15. Tickets are $5 with student ID, $10 for Winthrop faculty and staff and $15 for adults. Cultural event. Regina Spektor is performing at the Asheville Civic Center at 8 p.m. in Asheville, N.C. on Tuesday, Nov. 17. Winthrop Chamber Orchestra is performing in Byrnes Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 17. Free cultural event.

Across 3. Art form Paul Martyka experimented with in his exhibit. 6.What should students not wear when riding a bike? 7.Position that Winthrop alumna, Coretta Bedsole, holds at the Palmetto Public Affairs (two words). 11. Which side of the road should bicyclists ride on? (two words) Down 1. Name of student-directed play (two words) 2. Invertebrate animals known as sea squirts (two words). 4. Program Winthrop offers to tutor students during evening hours (two words). 5. Number of pounds that custodian Cynthia Gilmore lost while working at the West Center. 8. In which building is the math tutorial center located? 9. First college in SC to become smoke-free. 10. Number of languages that art history professor, Clara Paulino Kulmacz, speaks.

Winthrop as a movie Your Arts and Entertainment editors have decided to see who would play different faculty and staff members if Hollywood made a movie about Winthrop. Each week we will feature a different faculty or staff member and the celebrity that most resembles them. Using MyHeritage.com, a family networking site, we matched Sandra Neels, dance and theater professor, to a celebrity.

According to MyHeritage. com, Sandra Neels looks 76 percent like Mary Tyler Moore of “The Dick Van Dyke Show” fame. What faculty or staff members would you like to see cast next? Please send requests to editors@thejohnsonian.com so you can see who matches your favorite (or least favorite) faculty or staff member.

Winthrop Chorale is performing in the McBryde & Tuttle Dining Room at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 23. Free cultural event. Miley Cyrus is performing at the Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 24. Underoath performs at Amos’ Southend in Charlotte at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 29. Tickets are $20 in advanced and $23 at the door. The Winthrop/Carolinas Wind Orchestra are performing in Byrnes Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 30. Free cultural event.

Movies Yet another version of Charles Dickens’ “Christmas Carol” will be opening in theaters Friday, Nov. 6. This time, Disney has animated the film with Jim Carrey. Much of the same nature of “The Day After Tomorrow,” the new movie “2012” opens in theaters Friday, Nov. 13. The movie talks about how the world is going to end in three years and how the survivors function afterwards. For all of you Twilight fans, the long awaited vampire series “Twilight Saga: New Moon” opens in theaters Friday, Nov. 20. Disney presents another princess movie, much in the nature of their old ones, “The Princess and the Frog” which opens in theaters Wednesday, Nov. 25.

Plays The Winthrop Theater Department presents the play “The Good Doctor.” The play starts Wednesday, Nov. 4 and ends Sunday, Nov. 8. The play is at 8 p.m. Wednesday Nov. 4 to Saturday, Nov. 7 and is at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 8. Tickets are $5 with student ID and $10 for the public Wednesday and Thursday and $8 with student ID and $15 for the public Friday to Saturday. Cultural event. The Winthrop Dance Theater is performing in Johnson Theater Wednesday, Nov. 11 through Saturday, Nov. 14 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 15 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $8 with student ID and $15 for the general public. Cultural event. “South Pacific” will be performed at the Belk Theater in Charlotte from Tuesday, Nov. 10 to Sunday, Nov. 15. Prices vary.

DSU The Kelly Bell Blues Band is performing with comedian Kevin Bozeman in Dinkins ATS Café at 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 7. Admission is $5 with student ID, $10 for the public and free with DSU fall pass. The band, Florez, will be performing in Dinkins Underground along with percussionist Vinx at 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21. Admission is $5 with student ID, $10 for the public and free with DSU fall pass. Sandra Neels

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TIFFANY BARKLEY Culture Editor barkleyt@thejohnsonian.com

Languages open windows to world Art history professor from Portugal translates five languages in spare time By Tiffany Barkley barkleyt@thejohnsonian. com

Art history professor Clara Paulino Kulmacz sits next to artwork by one of her students, Leonor Neisler. Kulmacz translates on a freelance basis, but she said her passion is researching and teaching art history. Photo by Kathleen Brown • brownk@thejohnsonian.com

Learning about culture has always been an integral part of Clara Paulino Kulmacz’s life. The art history professor, born in Porto, Portugal, said she remembers reading her first children’s books in Portuguese and French. Learning more than one language from a very young age, Kulmacz said, gave her a broader perspective of the world. “You know instinctively, ‘The way I see the world is not the only way to see the world,’” she said. Kulmacz, who speaks five languages: Portuguese, Spanish, English, French and German, uses her broad base of language knowledge to translate on a freelance basis. She is certified by the U.S. Department of State. Last summer the Department of State contacted her to do some translating for President Obama’s trip to Europe for the G8 Summit and for his trip to Accra, Ghana. She also translated for Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s tour of Africa. Some countries in Africa use Kulmacz’s first language, Portuguese, as the official language, but Kulmacz can just as easily translate between any of the other four languages. Kulmacz received an undergraduate degree

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CHRIS McFADDEN Sports Editor mcfaddenc@thejohnsonian.com

SPORTS BRIEFS

Members of the Winthrop Cheerleading team

Students can cash in at volleyball match Founders Federal Credit Union and Winthrop will give five students a chance to win $1,000. The first 1000 students who attend Saturday’s volleyball match will receive a ticket with a chance to various monetary prizes. If 1,000 fans do not attend, the contest will not take place.

Basketball coach will moonlight as writer Men’s basketball coach Randy Peele, will channel his inner journalist this season. Coach Peele will be one of 50 coaches who will contribute monthly columns to collegechalktalk. com. Peele’s first column appeared on the Web site Nov. 2.

Soccer team rises in poll After no movement for weeks in NSCAA/adidas South Atlantic Regional Ranking, the men’s soccer team moved up in the rankings. The Eagles advanced to the eighth spot after spending the last four weeks ranked ninth.

Lady Eagles eighth heading into tournament The women’s soccer team will enter the Big South Conference Soccer Tournament as the eighth place seed. The Eagles will face Liberty Univerity, the top seeded team in the tournament, 2:00 p.m. Nov. 2.

Cross country team runs to sixth place finish The men’s cross country team finished in sixth place at the Big South Conference Championship tournament on Saturday. The Eagles were lead by Adam Freudenthal, who finished in 11th place. Freudenthal was named to the Big South All-Academic Team.

Women’s cross country finish in fifth place Brooke Spencer lead the Lady Eagles’ Cross Country team to a fifth place finish in the Big South Conference Championship. Spencer was also named to the Big South

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Team wants to make school proud CHEER • from front Dervin said it becomes more difficult to try and perform new stunts with less people on the team, especially since the American Association of Cheerleaders and Coaches Association (AACCA) and the NCAA have implemented new safety and precaution changes. Still, she does not see this setback stopping the team. “We have creative girls and coaches who are always willing to try new things to please the crowd,” she said. The squad’s goal for this season, Dervin said, is to preserve the image they have worked on over the past few years. She said the team has grown and performed well at

competitions, which they look forward to participating in at least two this season. “We just want to continue to make the school and the athletic department proud,” she said. Chantel Belk, a junior mass communication major, is a cocaptain and three-year veteran of the cheerleading team. Cheering since elementary school, she said her dream was to become a college cheerleader. “I love getting all dolled up at games and showing spirit for the school,” she said. “I honestly love Winthrop and having the opportunity to support it is great.” Belk, however, is disappointed that she cannot receive any schol-

arship money. “I look at other schools that have big cheer programs, and they have so much money invested into it,” she said. “All the cheerleaders have scholarships.” Besides scholarships, other Winthrop athletes also get book bags, sports bags and sweat suits. The cheerleaders, however, have to pay for those. Belk said that means the team has to do a lot of fundraising. “It’s hard not to have a lot of support from the school that you cheer for, but we just try to remember that we don’t do this for money or for popularity,” she said. “We do it because we love it, plain and simple.”

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Balancing act name of game for athletes By Jonathen McFadden mcfaddenj@thejohnsonian.com

College athletes have it rough, especially those who were athletes in high school and decided to become athletes in college. Tom Hickman, Winthrop’s athletic director, said that many high school athletes who made the transition to becoming athletes in college have to become used to practicing more, training at more intensive levels and balancing athletics with college classes. Anytime athletes transition to a higher level of playing a sport, the game becomes faster and more intense. “You play against people who are faster and stronger and bigger,” said freshman basketball player Taylor Dunn. “The best kinds of players adjust to whatever type of game they go up against.” College athletes must balance practicing and school work, something that can prove to be difficult. Giovanna Portiolli, a freshman tennis player, said that even though she was not an athlete in high school, she finds it more difficult to stay focused on studying now that she is an athlete in college.

Junior Sergey Belov, who also plays on the tennis team, said that it was easier to work in practices and find time to study in high school because he went to school from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. In college, school and tennis have to be worked into a busy schedule. Belov also said he found it difficult to play sports in the U.S. because English is his second language. For some athletes, a social life is not always an option. Dejon Bivens, a sophomore tennis player, said that being an athlete and a student can be challenging. “You don’t get to enjoy the social activities that come along with college because you’re an athlete,” Bivens said. Being a college athlete can be difficult, especially when students must miss classes, said sophomore Jennifer Schofield, who runs cross-country and track. But not all athletes think that being an athlete in college is more difficult than in high school. Preetham Roy Moras, a sophomore sports management major and tennis player, said he thinks being an athlete in college is actually easier be-

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you are a star,” Bivens said. “When you come to a university, you represent that university. You only add to build the structure and reputation of the university.” Sophomore track runner Evan Garrish can relate. “I thought I was the jam, and I wasn’t,” he said. Some students who were athletes in high school decided not to make the transition into becoming athletes in college. Jamien Vereen, a freshman biology major who played football and ran track in high school, said that a knee injury led to his decision to not play sports for Winthrop. He also said that it is already difficult balancing classes without playing sports. “I know college athletes have it hard,” Vereen said. “It’s like a second job.”

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Eagles stomp Radford in five sets

Volleyball team claims another victory in VA against Highlanders By Arthur Takahashi takahashia@thejohnsonian. com RADFORD, VA — The Winthrop’s volleyball team defeated the Radford Highlanders in five sets (25-16, 26-24, 17-25, 23-25 and 15-8) on Friday at the Dedmon Center in Radford, VA. The Eagles are 17-8 in the season and 9-3 in the Big South Conference. The Eagles compiled 67 kills, a .271 hitting percentage, 72 digs and 14 block assists. Senior Kelley Taylor (Tampa, FL) had a strong performance as she led the offense with 24 kills and only two errors, leading her to an impressive .629 hitting percentage. The 24 kills were two shy of her career best of 26 against High Point on Sept. 21, 2007. Taylor also compiled six block assists. Junior Ginnie Talley (Atlanta, GA) was the top defensive contributor with 17 digs. Junior Kelsey Hall (Berryton, KS), who entered the match as the league's top setter in assists per game, totaled 57 for the match. “We had strong first and

fifth sets, but inconsistent passing and inability to terminate in transition gave Radford the advantage in the match,” coach Sally Polhamus said. “Kelley Taylor carried us all match, leading us offensively and terminating in tight situations.” The Eagles dominated the first set as they won 25-16, but Radford came back strong for the second set, opening the 16-10 advantage. Winthrop responded as the teams tied 24-24. After an attack error by Radford, Talley aced to give the Eagles the 26-24 set and the 2-0 advantage in games. The Highlanders reacted in the third set, winning 25-17. In the fourth set, Radford kept the momentum, winning 25-23. The Eagles came back strong for the fifth and decisive set and dominate the whole game, winning 15-8. The Highlanders compiled 59 kills, 73 digs, eight block assists and six aces. Lauren Clary led the offense with 19 kills and a .288 hitting performance. The Eagles will face Presyterian College at 2 p.m. Sat. Nov. 7 at the Coliseum. Kelsey Hall helps Winthrop to victory over Radford. She compiled 57 assists in Winthrop’s win over the Highlanders. • photo courtesy of WU Media

Extramurals give students chance to represent Winthrop By Chris McFadden

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Some students come to Winthrop having played sports all their life. From peewee level through high school, sports were a major part of their lives. For some, it would have been a dream come true to compete athletically on the collegiate level. Instead, that dream of playing against other colleges came to an end once they graduated from high school. Well, maybe not. Called extramural events, Winthrop offers intramural teams the opportu-

nity to represent the university by playing against other colleges on the athletic battlefield. The South Carolina Recreational Intramural Sports Association (SCRISA) pulls together some of the best intramural teams in the state to compete against each other in basketball, football or softball according to the Winthrop Recreational Services Web site. Neil Ostlund, coordinator for intramural & club sports, said the tournaments for flag football and basketball are usually played at either the University of South Carolina or Clemson University. The location is rotated between the schools ev-

ery year. Softball is also rotated, but Winthrop hosted the tournament last year and plans to host it for the foreseeable future Ostlund said. Teams at Winthrop are asked by Recreational Services if they would like to represent the school in the tournament. If they are interested they must register on the SCIRSA Web site, and pay a registration fee Ostlund said. A team from Winthrop participated in the last flag football tournament and ended up with a 2-2 record. The team made it to the quarterfinals of the tournament. Ostlund added that there are a limited

amount of spots available at the tournaments, so only a select few teams are asked to represent Winthrop. The teams that win the tournaments have the opportunity to represent South Carolina at regional events. That dream of playing sports collegiate level doesn’t have to end. If you are on an intramural team that has what it takes, you may get the chance to prove Winthrop is truly the school of champions. For more information contact Recreational Services at 323-2354 or go to winthrop.edu/recservices.

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