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Students showcase talent at 24 hour play festival see A&C pg. 9

Winthrop defeats Radford in first conference game see SPORTS pg. 7

March 7, 2013


Construction on and around campus see NEWS pg. 3

Student not afraid of Frances Fox Piven see OPINION pg. 6

Lacrosse team for the win see SPORTS pg. 7

Local show displays students’ art see ARTS & CULTURE pg. 8


DREAM for immigration By Kaitlyn Schallhorn In an effort to provide college students a platform in which to tell their stories without fear, the Dream is Now campaign has been launched with the help of national figures. The Dream is Now campaign serves “to pass the DREAM (Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors) Act and change the lives of millions of undocumented, educated youth while simultaneously promoting the positive economic and labor related benefits,” according to the campaign’s mission statement. The DREAM Act would provide permanent residency to certain undocumented people who arrived to the United States as a minor and graduated from high school. see DREAM pg. 4



U.S. Rep WU students lobby in D.C appeases Rock Hill worries By Kaitlyn Schallhorn U.S. Representative Mick Mulvaney (R-S.C.) addressed a myriad of concerns from local citizens at a town hall meeting at Freedom Temple in downtown Rock Hill. The meeting, which was joint hosted by the Rock Hill’s chapter of the NAACP, gave the Republican representative a chance to give a short presentation on hot topics ranging from the sequester to gun before taking questions from the audience. Those in attendance asked questions mainly regarding gun control and immigration as well as voicing concerns over Charlotte’s program, which dumps sewage sludge in the Chester area. Mulvaney said that the federal government has already put restrictions on sludge. Mulvaney encouraged the audience to direct concerns to the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) while also saying that DHEC follows federal regulations in the Chester sludge situation. As far as gun control, which seemed to be on the minds of many in attendance at the town hall meeting, Mulvaney stressed that it was an issue that should be dealt with at the state level. “I doubt very seriously you’ll start seeing the federal government dealing with gun control in schools,” Mulvaney said. “It’s none of the federal government’s business what goes on in schools.” According to Mulvaney, mental health is an issue that needs to be addressed on a deeper level but at the federal government level, gun control is taking all of the oxygen.

see MULVANEY pg. 3

Kyle Grassi, Phillip Reyonlds, Brandi Geurkink, Latwyla Mathias and Sarah Cohen stand with Sen. Lindsey Graham (R) in the capital. Photo Courtesy of ONE Campaign By Frances Parrish Two students from Winthrop’s chapter of ONE went to lobby Congress in Washington, D.C., to ask senators to ask them to prioritize life-saving programs at the One Power Summit 2013 from Feb. 2327. The ONE members that lobbied in D.C. consisted of: Brandi Geurkink, president; Sarah Cohen, vice president; Phillip Reynolds, a congressional district leader and Latwyla Mathias, a volunteer from Columbia. The group was made up of South Carolina ONE volunteers. The students spoke to Senators Mick Mulvaney (R), Tim Scott (R), Lindsey Graham (R) and Jim Clyburn (D). “Our main focus was Tim Scott because he is new and we wanted to find out his perspectives on ONE’s campaign,” Geurkink said. Scott’s staff said that he was supportive of cutting frivolous spending. Geurkink explained that there were 150 volunteers from 34 states with 200 meetings during the days ONE lobbied at Congress. “That makes a difference,” Geurkink said. Geurkink said her group also thanked Graham for supporting ONE and their campaigns and asked Scott to send a letter to Graham say-

ing he would support ONE as well. Sequestration went into effect this past Friday, and funding for discretionary programs were cut along with many other programs. According to CNBC, sequestration is a fiscal policy plan to cut spending for government programs. The money saved is then used to pay off the deficit. Because of sequestration, some funding for programs that help AIDS victims including programs that ONE supports were cut. Geurkink explained that ONE has a campaign called AIDS Free by 2015 in which they hope that the youth population who have AIDS will decrease significantly. Geurkink said that they didn’t hit any obstacles in their trip because ONE organized meetings with senators and planned the schedule. “The biggest obstacle was talking to representatives who didn’t support ONE and getting them to understand. Some of them don’t want to hear it,” Geurkink said. According to Geurkink, ONE’s biggest success from the summit was the sheer number of volunteers and participants. The force of volunteer and their passion was impactful, Geurkink said.



Baseball star advocates tobacco free life By Casey White The Healthy South Carolina Initiative and All on Board York County teamed up to host an event that gave students a firsthand account of the dangers of tobacco use. Former baseball player, Gruen Von , came to the Winthrop Campus to tell his story about spit tobacco use. Von Behren tried tobacco for the first time at 13-years-old and by the age of seventeen his tongue split in half and he was diagnosed with cancer.

see TOBACCO pg. 5

see ONE pg. 4

Winthrop student charged with homicide By Kaitlyn Schallhorn A Winthrop political science student was arrested Tuesday evening and charged with homicide by child abuse, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office press release. Phillip Bryan Gleason, 27, of Lancaster, is in Phillip Bryan his second semesGleason ter at Winthrop. Paramedics were called to the home that Gleason shares with his girlfriend and his girlfriend’s daughter, Soren Victoria Chilson, at around 12:40 a.m. Tuesday, according to the press release. The 5-year-old girl was found unresponsive in the bathroom at the home. She was transported to Springs Memorial Hospital where she later died. An investigation has revealed so far that Chilson died from blunt force trauma to her head, according to the press release. Gleason was the only person at the residence when the paramedics arrived, according to the press release. Judy Longshaw, a university relations spokesperson, confirmed to The Johnsonian that there is a student by the name of Phillip Bryan Gleason at Winthrop. Gleason is enrolled in the Model United Nations (PLSC 260) class at Winthrop where he represents the Philippines. Kayla Davis, a junior political science major, said that Gleason was fairly quiet in class and did not talk much. Davis said that Gleason’s quiet demeanor was not at first unusual but as the semester went on and students began talking and interacting more, Gleason remained to himself. “It’s hard to think that someone could do that to a child,” Davis said. “But then to think that you know that person. I think that we like to think that we can spot out the bad guys kind of easily.” Davis said that it was difficult for her to wrap her mind around the fact that anyone that she knew, even not on a personal level, would be involved in a homicide. Gleason is being held at the Lancaster County Detention Center where he is awaiting a bond hearing, according to the press release. The investigation into Chilson’s death is still ongoing. Homicide by child abuse carries a penalty of up to life in prison if convicted.

Winthrop athletes win distinct awards By Kaitlyn Schallhorn

Freshman Schaquilla Nunn has been lighting up Winthrop Coliseum with inspiring defensive play in her first season in Rock Hill, but the news of picking up her first major Big South Conference award still came as a shock to the starting center. Nunn was named the conference’s Freshman of the Year by a panel of media voters and the league’s head coaches, according to a recent press release. “I was very shocked,” said the 6’3” center. “I was just sitting down smiling.” Nunn began playing basketball her junior year of high school, but has made long strides since joining head coach Kevin Cook’s Lady Eagle squad. She recognizes one of the most rewarding moments of her career when she said Freshman Schaquilla Nunn , jersey #4, goes up for a shot against Radford she found out that she was the first person player #24, on the Eagle’s home court. Photo courtesy of Synera in the nation to get a triple-double during Shelton a game against Mississippi State with 10

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points, 13 rebounds and 10 blocks. “It’s really good to know that as long as you work hard and do what you have to do you can still get results,” Nunn said. Fellow teammate DeQuesha McClanahan, a junior point guard, was voted the Big South Conference Player of the Year for the second year in a row, averaging 19.8 points per game, while leading the conference with 5.9 assists. For her efforts, McClanahan was named to the 2012-2013 Big South All-Conference First Team, after being tabbed before the 2012-13 season as the preseason Big South Player of the Year. “We’re all coming together at the right time,” Nunn said of her team. “At the beginning we were a new team. It’s all meshing and it’s the perfect time, because it’s conference time.” The Lady Eagles finished the season 20-10 overall and 14-4 in the conference. The Lady Eagles were granted a bye in the quarterfinals of the 2013 Big South Conference Championship and will tip off the tournament against the winner of the Charleston Southern vs. Longwood game at 12 p.m. on Friday, March 8.

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Feminists among newest clubs at WU see ARTS & CULTURE pg. 8

White House to unlock cell phones see SCIENCE & TECH pg. 5

Baseball team loses 8th game see NEWS pg. 7

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Rock Hill gang members convicted of drug, gun possession Rock Hill police stopped a gray Chevrolet Impala on Feb. 10, 2012, for not having headlights on after making an improper turn onto Cherry Road., according to the Rock Hill Herald. Darelle Ware, 18-years-old, was in the backseat while Jadaryl Hinton, 23, was in the passenger seat. Ware and Hinton are said by police to have gang affiliations, according to the Rock Hill Herald. Hinton, also known as “Young G,” had a .45-calibur handgun as well as a jar with 19 baggies of marijuana in his possession, according to the Rock Hill Herald. The gun was in his waistband while the jar was in his front pants pocket, according to the Rock Hill Herald. Ware also had a gun in his waistband, according to the Rock Hill Herald. He also took credit for the drugs in the vehicle, according to the Rock Hill Herald. There were two other people in the vehicle, including the driver, who did not have guns or drugs on their person, according to the Rock Hill Herald. The driver did receive a traffic

citation. Hinton pleaded guilty to drug and gun possession in a federal court last Wednesday but sentencing will not take place for another few weeks, according to the Rock Hill Herald. Hinton, who had prior convictions including possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute, possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute near a school, crack possession with the intent to distribute and crack possession with the intent to distribute within proximity to a park, is facing a maximum of 10 years in prison along with a possible $500,000 fine on his most recent drug charge, according to the Rock Hill Herald. Hinton is prohibited from possessing a firearm and is facing a maximum of 10 years in prison as well as a possible $250,000 fine for the possession of a firearm charge, according to the Rock Hill Herald. Ware pleaded guilty to his charges of carrying a pistol and possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute in June 2012.


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One high school student learned the importance of a voice mail greeting. Nineteen-year-old Travis Clawson used his own rap version of the “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” theme song as his voice mail greeting, according to the Associated Press. A receptionist at Clawson’s Pennsylvania high school needed to reach Clawson in order to confirm an appointment, according to the Associated Press. The receptionist was going to leave a voicemail but then heard the line “shooting some b-ball outside of the school” and thought

the voicemail was Clawson proclaiming “shooting some people outside of the school,” according to the Associated Press. The receptionist then called 911, according to the Associated Press. Economy police arrested the teenager at Ambridge Area High School, according to the Associated Press. Clawson was released once he explained his voicemail, according to the Associated Press. An attorney has been contacted by Clawson’s family, according to the Associated Press.

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Venezuela’s president dies Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez died Tuesday evening, according to CNN. The world was first told of Chavez’s cancer in June 2011, according to CNN. The government did not release any specific details about the type of cancer Chavez suffered from nor the prognosis, according to CNN. Chavez underwent surgery for his cancer in December, according to CNN. According to Venezuela’s Constitution the country must hold elections within the next 30 days. Vice President Nicolas Maduro will assume the presidency until a new leader is elected, according to CNN. Maduro met with Venezuela’s top officials just hours before Chavez’s death, according to CNN. Maduro met with the leaders in regards to Chavez’s worsening health while also suggesting that perhaps Chavez had been deliberately infected with cancer, according to CNN. Chavez himself alluded to the assumption that the United States were infecting prominent Latin American

officials with the cancer in 2011, according to CNN. Chavez had said that Maduro should replace him if the opportunity ever arose, according to CNN. Maduro has not yet expressed if he has any plans to run for the presidency although he is expected to be the United Socialist Party’s candidate, according to CNN. The United States’ relationship with Venezuela has been on rocky terms as of late especially considering hours before Chavez’s death accused two U.S. Embassy officials of plotting to destabilize Venezuela, according to CNN. The U.S. officials are said to have allegedly meeting with members of the Venezuela military and encouraging them in endeavors to destabilize the country, according to CNN. Maduro announced that one of the U.S. people had been expelled while also announcing that there would one day be “scientific proof” that Chavez had been infected by someone, according to CNN.


Child cured of HIV A baby born with the AIDS virus has been cured, according to the Wall Street Journal. This instance is the second reported case of an individual being cured of HIV (human immune deficiency virus), according to the Wall Street Journal. The first reported case of a person being cured of the infection was a Berlin man who was cured after a bone-marrow transplant in 2007, according to the Wall Street Journal. The Mississippi child underwent an aggressive series of drugs for the past two and a half years since her birth, according to the Wall Street Journal. The baby’s mother decided to stop treatment on her daughter. Doctors then noticed that the virus had become undetectable. Normally HIV patients have to take these drugs for the remainder of their lives, according to the Wall Street Journal. The World Health Organization now has guidelines which says that babies born to a person infected with the virus should undergo a daily antiretroviral treatment for four to six weeks, according to the Wall Street Journal. The treatment can also be stopped once the infant’s own HIV status has been determined. A more aggressive treatment is begun if a baby does test positive to having HIV, according to the Wall Street Journal. The Mississippi girl’s doctor decided to put the baby under a more aggressive antiretroviral treatment which researchers attribute as the success to the cure, according to the Wall Street Journal. A theory is that

the treatment prevented the formation of the viral reservoirs that harbor the virus, according to the Wall Street Journal. This particular child was born to a mother who did not have proper prenatal care. The mother was also not aware that she was infected with HIV, according to the Wall Street Journal. The baby’s doctor began the treatment which included three standard antiretroviral drugs at a high level, without waiting to find out if the baby did in fact test positive for HIV, according to the Wall Street Journal. The baby’s mother stopped bringing her daughter in for the monthly treatment and therapy around 18months, according to the Wall Street Journal. The child’s doctor contacted the health department as well as child-protection services which found the child and brought her in after she had been off the treatment for at least five months, according to the Wall Street Journal. The doctors conducted tests to make sure that the child had not developed any type of resistance to the drugs used in the treatment. Instead, the doctors could not find any trace of the virus left, according to the Wall Street Journal. Hundreds of thousands of babies are born across the world with HIV, according to the Wall Street Journal. If a mother is strictly compliant with prenatal care and routine HIV testing during the pregnancy, the chance that the child will be born with HIV is practically eliminated, according to the Wall Street Journal.





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Winthrop faces construction across campus

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Photo by Shamira McCray • The sidewalks on Oakland Avenue are undergoing construction as part of a state project, said Walter Hardin, associate vice president of facilities management. The project is to put in control wires underground for the stop lights to get rid of the poles, said Hardin. The idea is to put the wires that connect the old poles above ground all underground. Oakland Avenue is also Highway 21 which is run by the state of South Carolina.

The construction in front of the Conservatory of Music The initial site where the piece was to be displayed ended is setting up to bring more student artwork to Winthrop’s up not working. campus. “We try to keep the student art flowing and put it out,” Thomas Whitard, a Winthrop graduate, created the sculpsaid Walter Hardin, associate vice president of facilities ture which will be placed at the end of Scholar’s Walk. management. The next step in the construction is to pour the concrete in The sculpture, which is a large gold tree that stands about 25 feet tall, has leaves that will spin in the wind, said Shaun the next few days. Hardin said that he hopes the project will be finished in Cassidy, an associate professor of fine arts. the next two to three weeks. “We’ve been trying to get this piece installed for a couple of years now,” said Cassidy. Compiled by Kaitlyn Schallhorn

Rep. Mick Mulvaney speaks about sequester, immigration, gun control MULVANEY • from front “We have the right to own the gun, buy the gun and use the gun. Does that mean we have the right to haphazardly use it? I don’t think so,” Mulvaney said. As far as what types of guns should or should not be allowed, “every gun is an assault weapon,” Mulvaney said. Mulvaney went on to say that he was initially concerned that the Newtown shooting was actually a terrorist attack. “I’m always worried that our schools were our soft underbelly,” said Mulvaney. Immigration was also a hot topic among the audience with many residents voicing their disapproval of deportation of undocumented workers. Mulvaney stressed that the problem with immigration did not just lie with people coming into the country illegally from Mexico. “Half of the people that are here illegally arrived legally,” Mulvaney said. The Congressman said that many of the people who are in the country illegally are in fact students. “The border is not just between Mexico and Texas,” said Mulvaney. Many residents weighed in on the sequester, asking just how the automatic budget cuts would affect their already struggling economic situations. “I think you’ll be surprised at what the sequester actually does,” Mulvaney said. “My point is, I want us all to take a deep breath and realize that it’s not the end of the world.” Mulvaney was told by one audience member that his presentation and demeanor at this year’s town hall meeting had improved since the previous years. “I don’t want to vote differently because I really want to keep the job,” Mulvaney said. “I don’t want to be someone from Washington and forget where he is from.” The Republican Congressman said that he had to keep even his liberal constituents in mind when making decisions that affect his district. “Forty-five percent of my district voted for this gentleman [President Obama],” Mulvaney said. “I represent them just as much as I represent the ones that didn’t vote for him.”

CSL discusses Earth Day initiatives

By Kris Gaitan

Rep. Mulvaney speaks to audience members at town hall meeting at Freedom Temple. Photo by Shamira McCray •

The Council of Student Leaders met on March 4, to converse about campus safety plans for the semester and Winthrop’s plans to go green. Campus Safety said they had a meeting on Monday and discussed the plans to post flyers on campus to educate others of the locations of the designated smoking areas. They reviewed their scripts for their PSA that is being made for the Video Production Club. When the floor was opened, Chris Johnson, the university’s sustainability coordinator, announced that for two years in a row, Winthrop has received the Community Pride Grant from Palmetto Pride, which allocates $8,000 each year. The grant requires that the university participate in Recyclemania, a national recycling competition between colleges and universities. He challenged CSL to get clubs and organizations to setup events for Earth Day on April 16. Johnson went on to add that he is working with the Student Environment Action Coalition (SEAC) to plan an Earth Day concert, an information fair on Scholars Walk and a screening of the 2011 documentary, “The Last Mountain” at Dina’s Place. “Go to the movie. Go to the concert. Raise awareness,” Johnson said. After all business was completed, the members unanimously voted for the meeting to close, and CSL President Kambrell Garvin declared the meeting adjourned.

Frances Fox Pivens enlightens students of social qualms By Jaci Wilkerson Special to The Johnsonian In a presentation Thursday night, Dr. Frances Fox Piven of the City University of New York spoke to an audience made up mostly of students about the United States and its social qualms. Piven was introduced by Dr. Jennifer Disney, a political science professor, who presented the speaker as her long-time friend, mentor and “academic rock star.” Piven and

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Disney exchanged a warm hug before swapping control of the stage. In the fast paced rundown of America’s rebellious history, Piven said that “movements raise issues that politicians try to suppress.” Piven said that she appreciates the effect that modern day students and technology have on rebellion and growth in society globally. “[Twitter] makes a big difference,” said Piven in reference to the use of the social media site during the uprising in Libya.

Piven said that she believe students and modern day adults have an extreme amount of power in regards to social media. “Students using the media to create movements has changed the face of these movements,” Piven said. Piven encouraged students to stand up for their beliefs using their available means—the media. Piven went on to advocate the use of social media to call attention to those stricken by poverty, inequality and those motivated by

democracy. Piven is a distinguished professor of political science and sociology at the graduate school and university center at the City University of New York. She is an activist, educator and political scientist. Piven started the grassroots organization, the National Welfare Rights Organization and also helped with the founding of the HumanSERVE (Human Service Employees Registration and Voter Education) campaign.

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Students get first-hand look of Tillman’s forbidden floor By Kris Gaitan

The Winthrop University Resource Center for Adult Students (RCAS) organized a tour for 10 students of Tillman Hall’s top floor on March 1. Debbie Garrick, the associate vice president for the Office of University Development Alumni Relations, and an alumnus led the tour. Katie Sardelli is the director of RCAS and the organizer for the tour. She stated that they came up with the idea for the tour of Tillman Hall after a student leader suggested they look into educating non-traditional students about the history of Winthrop and the building itself. Garrick began the tour by giving a brief history of the university and allowed students to interact with university artifacts. The students then ascended up the stairs where they were exposed to Tillman’s rotted floors and walls filled with graffiti. In one of the rooms, which served as the old science lab, Garrick pointed out a long thin dent, which was around six feet long. She went on to explain that in science class, the women would walk along the side of the professor’s table in their high heels to view the experiments, which caused the dent. A lone, broken and dusty futon sits in the one room that has been converted into an office storage space. Garrick doesn’t know the story behind the futon, but that it had been there since the 80s and has become fused to the room’s atmosphere.

Students were able to leave their mark on the fourth floor of Tillman. “I absolutely loved getting to write my name on the wall in Tillman. To leave my mark on a piece of Winthrop’s legacy is really special to me because I didn’t get the chance to go to convocation or to be introduced to Winthrop’s history like a traditional student,” said Melody Juarez, a senior business administration major and one of the nontraditional students on the tour. “My goal for today’s tour was for nontraditional students to feel like they belonged to the history of Winthrop… and to have some history of Winthrop’s tradition,” said Garrick. Garrick emphasized that no one is allowed to go up to the top floors of Tillman Hall unless they have permission from the proper administration offices and an approved faculty or staff member. The tour ended in Tillman 206, where the participants were given a “Garnet and Gold Book” and silver fork from the original Joynes Hall tableware. Garrick mentioned to the tour group that the utensils are usually given to faculty/ staff members and donors who give a large amount. “I enjoyed the tour immensely because I got the chance to learn more about the people who made Winthrop what it is today and got to physically be in the same areas where Rock Hill’s first Winthrop students had class. It was an incredible experience and I’m grateful to the Resource Center for Adult Students for making all of us…feel like fully fledged Winthrop students,” Juarez said.

(Above) Melody Juarez writes her name on the wall on Tillman’s top floor. (Left) Debbie Garrick shows mysterious futon to student tour. Photos by Kris Gaitan •

Director of “An Inconvenient Truth” fights for immigration reform in new documentary Dream • from front In a conference call Tuesday afternoon, Reuben Kanedo, the college outreach director for the Dream is Now campaign, said that the main challenge facing undocumented youth is actually making it to college. The undocumented youth cannot apply for any financial aid and also face the challenge of being separated from their families with the fear that they simply may never be connected again. The fight for immigration reform is “nothing less than a huge moment in our political history,” said Davis Guggenheim, the director of the documentaries “An Inconvenient Truth” and “Saving Superman.” “My experience is I make documentary films,” Guggenheim said. “As we tell these stories of these incredible people I am so moved and I feel like the urgency is right now and if we’re not careful all of this momentum that is building because of the last election might go away.” Guggenheim, who is also the co-director of the campaign, is currently working on a new documentary about the campaign. The documentary, which spotlights the work the campaign has done thus far as well as tell the stories of many undocumented immigrants, is set to premiere sometime in April. “I believe a documentary can really do a lot to change things,” said Guggenheim. Terrence Park is one such student that is not only a college student but also an undocumented person. Park is a student at University of California-Berkley and the

2/28/13 Driving Under Suspension, 2nd Offense While a Winthrop campus police officer was traveling south on Cherry Road Thursday night, he observed a vehicle traveling in front of him without any operational tail lights. According to a campus police report, the officer initiated a traffic stop at Cherry Road and Evergreen Road and made the final yield in Lee’s Kitchen parking lot. The officer made contact with the driver and ran his license through SC DMV which then came back to be suspended indefinitely for failure to pay traffic tickets. The driver was then taken into custody for the charge of driving under suspension 2nd offense and transported him to Rock Hill City Jail. According to the report, the driver’s mother was contacted by telephone and came and picked up the vehicle.

math club president at his university. “I think it is important for people to understand the challenges we face,” Park said. Besides not being able to participate in university research or study abroad, undocumented students are also not eligible to receive any sort of financial aid or scholarships. “I am hopeful that Congress acts soon because I am accepted to graduate school but I am unable to go because I cannot get financial aid,” said Park. Park came to the United States when he was 10-yearsold. Following his parents’ divorce, his mother decided to move to California with her children in order to provide them with better educational opportunities. For Eduardo Padrón, President of Miami Dade College, immigration is a complicated issue but the Dream Act makes the choices simple. “The choice is clear. If we push students and their families away from higher education we are pushing them towards poverty,” said Padrón. Padrón said that it was “heartbreaking” that students can graduate from high school but not have the opportunity for a higher education. “[Students] can move the country with your energy,” Padrón said. “Let’s do what’s best for our students and our country.” Winthrop University does not have a Dream is Now chapter on campus. Interested students are encouraged to visit and sign the petition to have the documentary screened on Winthrop’s campus.


Students for ONE meet at Power Summit one • from front Geurkink also had personal successes during the summit. “I have always wanted to do things with international human rights, but now I want to focus more on global health and insuring health equity,” Geurkink said. “I learned a lot about health policy.” Not only did ONE members lobby Congress, the summit also included seminar with guest speakers. Some of the speakers were John Desta, the U.S. representative for the United Nations, Director of Global fund, Peace Corps Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet and Clive Jones, an HIV activist, who was portrayed in the movie “Milk.” “Jones’ 30- minute speech was life-changing,” Geurkink said. She explained that while a lot of HIV/ AIDS activists tell heart-wrenching stories, Jones was hard-headed about not giving up. Jones is also the founder of AIDs Quilt. “Cleve’s speech really put activism into perspective and pointed

out that it isn’t something that is done only when there is time/ money or it is easy, but essentially a life commitment to social justice,” Geurkink said. Geurkink also explained ONE has a new campaign against energy poverity. “Energy has a bad rep of being boring. It’s not sexy... Its not HIV/AIDS...It’s not agriculture,” Geurkink said. She said she learned the importance of energy. “I didn’t understand the connection of energy poverty to global poverty,” Geurkink said. She said that ONE members were shown pictures of students standing under a streetlight, just to study for class. Energy is something taken for granted. “You don’t think about lights,” Geurkink said. For more information about ONE visit To get involved in One on campus, email


Assault and Battery A female student, 18, went to the campus police station Monday, along with Carrie Morphus, victim services coordinator, wishing to report a statement. According to a university police report, in the statement the student advised the following: The student, victim, and the suspect had been in a “on again/off again” relationship since December 2012 which involved several incidents of violence. Within two weeks of beginning the relationship, the suspect had occasions to physically grab the victim due to anger over her relationship with her ex-boyfriend. At no point during any acts of violence did she choose to notify authorities, according to report. During winter break, the couple broke up but reestablished their relationship in January after returning from the holidays. According to the police report, on February 22 the suspect and victim attended a wine and cheese party at the Kappa Sigma house and left the party separately. This resulted in the couple getting into a “heated argument” at the Hardin Gardens. During the altercation, the victim alleged that the suspect picked her up twice and threw her to the ground, the report stated. She said the suspect also took her cell phone to prevent her from calling the police. Claiming that she received bruises from

the incident, the victim never chose to call the police after the fact. On March 1, the victim and suspect were in her room at Richardson Hall around 9 p.m. where the suspect became angry when she wanted to go “hang out” with her friends. The victim asked the suspect to leave but he refused. Therefore, the victim slapped the suspect in the face, the report stated. He then left the room but later returned. When the suspect returned to the victim’s room, he grabbed her by her arms and pushed her across the room. The victim allegedly received bruises from this incident. The report stated that the reporting officer did not see these bruises. The victim chose not to contact any authorities during or after this incident. On March 2, the victim said she went to the suspect’s room to talk but instead they became involved in an argument again. She said the suspect blocked his door and refused to let her leave. At this point, she kicked the suspect between his legs, the report said. A short while later, the suspect went to the victim;s room and attempted to gain entry, but was refused. Authorities were not contacted after this incident either. The victim relayed all information of incidents involving she and the suspect to her resident assistant on March 3 who then completed an incident report for residence life. The following day, the victim met with

Morphus to discuss this incident and was escorted to meet with the reporting officer, the report said. The reporting officer contacted the RLC at Richardson Hall to advise him of the situation and discuss possible implications since both parties live in the same residence hall. The officer thoroughly explained to the victim her options on handling the situation. The victim stated that she did not want to pursue this matter criminally but would like to have it handed through the university judicial process, the report said. She was issued a victim notification form and the officer contacted Sean Blackburn, the associate dean of students, to advise him of the situation. According to the report, Morphus went with the victim to meet with Blackburn. After the victim left, the officer contacted the alleged suspect and met with him. He admitted to the arguments, however, he claimed that the victim was the aggressor due to drinking and he only grabbed her to prevent her from slapping, biting and scratching him, the report said. The officer did observe several lacerations on the side of the suspect’s neck, however, the suspect said he did not want to get the victim in trouble. At this time, the case is ex-cleared.

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White House to back unlocked cell phone legislation in the future By Adarrell Gadsden

Gruen Von Behren speaks to students and faculty about his experience and the dangers of spit tobacco use. Photo by Kathryn Funderburk •

Former baseball player speaks about the danger of tobacco tobacco • from front Von Behren was a talented baseball player who was on the track to go to any school he wanted, but was forced to end his baseball career before his senior year in high school because he had to go through treatment for his cancer. Von Behren told the audience that he always hears people talk about how tobacco use only affects the user, but he said that his mother who raised him on her own was affected just as much as he was. “Not only did I hurt myself using tobacco,” Von Behren said, “but I devastated that woman.” As a 17-year-old, Von Behren and his mother had to face the statistic that 80 percent of people diagnosed with mouth cancer die before their first surgery. Von Behren has since been through over $3 million worth of surgery. He has had his teeth and jaw removed and reconstructed. The surgeries have changed his voice and altered his face drastically. “I talk weird and I look different,” Von Behren said. “Do you

think people wanted to know who I was anymore? I went from being the person people looked up to, to the person people looked at.” Rosie Hopkins-Campbel, Campus Wellness Coordinator at Winthrop, hopes that allowing students to see and hear Von Behren’s firsthand account of tobacco use had a lasting impact on the students in attendance. “This event provides participants the opportunity to hear a firsthand account of how tobacco can change your life,” HopkinsCampbell said. Hearing statistics and actually seeing the effects of tobacco use may be what some students need in order to see the damages that tobacco can have. Although Von Behren focused on his addiction to spit tobacco, he also wanted to stress other forms of tobacco. “As I talk today I’m going to mention spit tobacco a lot, because that is what I used to use, but I want everybody in here to know that every time I mention spit tobacco, I’m referring to cigarettes as well.” Hopkins-Campbell also hopes

that students become more cautious about the newer types of tobacco products. “There are newer forms of tobacco products like orbs, sticks, and strips,” Hopkins-Campbell said. “Their appearance can be compared to candy like a Tic Tac, a toothpick, or a breath strip, respectively. These dissolvable forms of tobacco products can have a nicotine level as high or higher than a single cigarette. The risk for oral and other types of cancer may still be likely.” Despite everything that has happened to him, Von Behren still finds things to be thankful for and told the audience to appreciate the good things that they had in their lives. Von Behren left the audience by telling them to share his story because he hopes that it can help prevent others from being in the same situation that he is in. “Take this story with you,” Von Behren said. “Tell it to your friends; tell it to your loved ones. You can be my voice after we leave here and let others know what can really happen from tobacco.”

Last October the Librarian of Congress decided that under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) unlocking a mobile phone obtained through one specific carrier to use on another carriers network would no longer be allowed. In deciding that this would no longer be acceptable, the librarian allowed a 90-day window in which consumers could buy and unlock cell phones the 90day period ended on Jan. 26. The ban on unlocking cell phones only applies to phones that were purchased once the ban went into affect. The Los Angeles Times reported that the White House has come out in support of allowing consumers who purchase cell phones

the ability to unlock them, giving the consumer more flexibility. According to NPR’s News Blog, this comes only after Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski said that his agency would investigate whether or not the ban is “harmful to economic competitiveness.” The Obama administration says that it plans to back legislation that would end the ban on unlocking cellular phones. Leading up to the ban on Jan. 26, over 114,000 signatures were collected to petition the Obama administration to consider making unlocked cell phones legal on Jan. 24th. Winthrop University freshman history major Haley Lutz voiced her opinion on the matter of unlocking phones. “If you purchase a cell

phone at retail price you should have the ability to use it on whatever carrier’s network you choose,” said Lutz. Many carriers allow users to unlock cell phones and some cell phones already come unlocked. With Verizon Wireless the iPhone 5 came out of the box unlocked and AT&T said it would unlock all of its Apple iPhone 5s once they are out of contract. Unlocking cell phones is particularly important to consumers who plan on reselling the device to a third party, or purchasing the device. According to the Los Angeles Times, Now that the ban is in effect it is unsure to many if the ban is even being enforced and if consumers and third party businesses have stopped unlocking cell phones.

Facebook to receive massive overhaul By Michael Owens The way we interact with our friends and family on social media is about to change once again. Facebook announced last Friday (March 1) that major changes to its “News Feed” feature were going to be revealed during a press event this morning. The Los Angeles Times notes that, “Although Facebook has made drastic changes to its pro-

file pages and search feature in recent years, it has left the news feed largely untouched for some time.” While the specific details of this change will not come until the press event, one is safe to assume that these are changes that are long overdue This comes after the social media site’s announcement of the “Graph Search” feature, which allowed people to search for other users with similar interests, in January.

Mashable also reports that Facebook is also overhauling the “timeline” feature (formally known as the “wall”), to make it much easier and user-friendly than ever before. The Internet news site continued their report by revealing that users in New Zealand have already experienced the new timeline, as it features better placements of ads and likes, as well as a toolbar beside a user’s profile picture to link others to more information about said user.

History of the Week March 13, 1781 On this day in history William Hershel, a German-born English astronomer, discovered Uranus. Uranus, which is the seventh planet from the sun, was the first planet discovered in modern times and was also the first to be discovered by use of a telescope. The use of a telescope allowed Hershel to see that Uranus is a planet, not a star as previously believed. Hershel named the planet Georgium Sidus after King George III, but it was eventually renamed. Hershel was later knighted for his discovery. Information compiled from

Casey White |Science & Tech Editor

Tech Tip of the Week Five simple steps to keeping your smart phone safe: 1. Always lock your phone and keep it password protected. 2. When possible, use apps instead of your browser when online shopping from your phone. 3. Always log out after checking your credit card balance or checking account on your phone. 4. Only connect to Wi-Fi when needed. Do not enable your phone to automatically connect to Wi-Fi. 5. Always delete personal data before selling or donating an old smart phone. Information compiled from

Adarrell Gadsden |Science & Tech Editor

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TJOpinion Find your shadow and fly away Change is scary, and growing up can be daunting. Just ask Peter Pan. We all come to college Kaitlyn Schallhorn Senior, mass commu- young and nanication and English ïve and ready major to take on the world. Eventually though, we all have a breaking moment. There comes that time when we have taken one too many tests, written one too many papers and sat through one too many boring and seemingly pointless lectures. It’s a phrase muttered endlessly all over campus, especially spring semester—“I can’t wait to graduate.” Graduation is a gift to us college students in many ways. It’s that glorious opportunity to grow up, enter the real world and begin to make millions and save countless lives and make such a detrimental difference in the world. Graduation from college is an opportunity where our naïve belief in the world and our place in it comes back full-fledged and rightfully so. We spend at least four years working hard and chasing our passions through the most mundane and sometimes trivial works. We spend thousands of dollars and just as many hours working towards that goal—to get the hell out of here and begin our real lives. So why is that it some of us can’t seem to leave? For the past four years I have had

a rollercoaster relationship with Winthrop. When Pat Kelsey used the Ohio State post-game press conference to speak about the Newtown shooting, gaining national attention, I could not have been prouder to be an Eagle. When I had to take an economics exam that, admittedly, I had not spent all that much time studying for, I cursed the very school for forcing me to take a class that has nothing to do with my major. Here’s the thing. As students, it’s still our school. It’s still that safe haven where we are free to make mistakes but at the same time grow and learn and discover ourselves. It upsets the balance when people graduate, are handed their diplomas and yet still hang around the school. Haven’t they grown enough? I can certainly understand wanting to come back and visit your alma mater especially for Homecoming. Yet just like in many aspects of life, there is a line that just shouldn’t be crossed. Still living in the student center? Still hanging out on Scholar’s Walk? That just seems a little excessive. It seems as though some people have forgotten that it is the DiGiorgio Campus Center and not the DiGiorgio I Graduated And Can’t Move On With My Life Center. Winthrop is a university. It’s an institution designed for students to learn and prepare us to live and thrive and survive on our own. It is not Neverland. Peter Pan does not pay tuition nor does he attend classes. He should move on, just as we all should one day.

Student reflects upon religious convention Traditionally, Lent was a time of fasting for all in the church. It originally used to require it on “pain of sin,” every single Douglas Streecks day during the 1st year education season, except grad student Sundays. Although such strict regulations no longer apply (fasting is only required on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday), one has much to gain from using this time for a sort of spiritual spring cleaning. Lent is the perfect time to focus on breaking bad habits (such as quitting smoking). On top of this it helps in forming new, better habits (such as going to the gym), and reflecting on if one is living in a way that is consistent with the person they wish to be. How often throughout the year does one indulge in bodily appetites only to feel terrible the next morning? How often do we become so focused on our own pleasure that we forget about the rest of the world?

How often do we choose short-term pleasures over long-term goods? Well, Lent is a good time to change that. Lent is the reprieve from the festivities that have been going on since Halloween and focus more on improving our own character. After all, festivities get old fast. Lent starts in the dark and cold of winter (at least if you’re from Maryland or one of the northern states) then ends in the warmth of spring time. The first few weeks may seem to drag by, but the season quickly accelerates as it moves toward its climax: the Triduum (Latin for “three days”). This consists of Maundy Thursday, which commemorates Christ’s institution of the Mass. Good Friday meanwhile illustrates his death and Holy Saturday anticipates his Resurrection. Following this is Easter Sunday which is, in the Christian tradition, the happiest day of the year. It has always been my experience that the more devoutly I observe the Lenten season, the greater my joy when the season concludes.

Who’s afraid of Frances Fox Piven? Not this guy. Thursday night had to have been one of the most disappointing moments in my life. What I had thought Jacob Wingard was going to Opinion Editor be an at least somewhat insightful look into politics, turned into little more than an hour long history lesson. Frances Fox Piven, I’m disappointed at what was presented at your event and the way that it was done. The mannerisms, the terminology and even the basic understanding of problems that needed to be addressed in this country was on a middle school level. In fact, I would go so far as to say as college students it’s an insult to our intelligence. Piven’s actions, through the entirety of the event, were to address issues in America like the economy, the disappearing middle class and the lack of equality between the one percent and the rest of the country. However, at no point in her lecture did she address ways that this could be fixed. Occasionally, she would state facts from the past and attribute our issues to not continuing to adhere to these certain conventions. A notable factoid that Piven presented was that in 1944 the tax rate on incomes over $200,000 was 94 percent, the highest it has ever been in U.S. history. During this, she stated that she had wished that this rate would return. Are you joking? Income is

income regardless of how high it is. If someone is making money then they have a right to it since it is their promised salary. While higher income should be taxed higher, getting six cents to the dollar isn’t worth it. Demanding someone to give that much of their income after a certain point defeats the purpose of having a high income job. People would just stop working once they hit their $200,000 or income limit. Saying that this is socialist is something that comes to mind; however, I won’t say this as Piven did not give enough information to truly relate to any one political ideal. Granted, she is clearly not a Republican due to her unbashed attack of the party. This is ironic considering Piven preached against the evils of propaganda while creating propaganda. What makes this even more ironic is that she wanted to say how amazing democracy was, to a crowd comprised mainly of students who were forced to attend by political science professors. Piven stated the problem with big businesses in the country and how companies aren’t paying taxes. While I agree with her that these companies need to pay their complete dues to society; I understand why the government gives businesses loopholes. These major companies hold the majority of American jobs, they comprise our work force, our exports and almost every little detail of our lives is affected not only by politicians, but also by these companies. What do you suppose would hap-

pen if a company realized that it was more cost effective to run their business in another country? The company would uproot and move to that country, removing all the jobs that were on American soil and reducing the income of the nation. Having some income from companies is better than not having any at all. Until our nation finds a way to insure that everyone pays their fair dues in taxes, without the threat of losing income from the upper-ends, there are only two things the U.S. can do: consume less or raise taxes. Doing so will lead to higher unemployment, an unacceptable consequence. America’s rut is a problem that needs to be dealt with carefully, not by throwing caution to the wind and sending the tax rate on the wealthiest members of society over 60, 70 or even 80 percent. Most jarringly though, Piven supported the occupy movement. While the movement adhered to a well-meaning ideal, it was a poorly executed mob at best. It is doubtful that more than 10 percent of the protestors knew what they were actually talking about; the admission of admiring this group just strikes me as backward. When it was the Wall Street protest that she went towards, I’m afraid that Piven lost a chunk of credibility in my eyes. I’ll have to read some of Piven’s works; however, if all she has to present is what she did to the Winthrop students, then no one should be afraid of her.

Sequester occurs due to pointless bickering Last Friday, President Obama signed into effect the mandatory budget cuts known commonly as the Michael Owens “sequester.” Sophomore mass While Americommunication cans brace for major the $85 million cuts that are set to take place throughout the fiscal year, government officials have decided to play their version of the blame game as the cuts begin to take place. While Republicans blame Democrats for putting these events in place, Democrats blame Republicans for not being able to compromise on reasonable cuts. This entire game is the exact reason why we are in this situation in the first place. Think about it, instead of taking any sort of action, Congress decided to talk and take no sort of

action whatsoever. Sure, there were the last-ditch efforts in the form of both Democratic and Republican proposals, but both were shot down in the Senate. While I am a moderate myself, I found myself agreeing more with the Democratic proposal more so than the Republican proposal (mainly because the proposal was aimed at shamelessly placing all blame singularly on the President). I found this tactic shows the Republican Party’s sour grapes, seeing as how this past election didn’t quite go as they had planned. Not only that, but the reactions of the party since the sequester was signed by the President have been extremely divided. House Speaker John Bohener said during an interview with NBC’s “Meet the Press” that the cuts were “silly” and “random,” while Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConell called the cuts “modest” on CNN. This just continues to illustrate the slippery slope that the party has been on in the past calendar year or so. Since the abysmal 2012 election

year, the Tea Party and the GOP have continued to polarize each other. Which in turn factors in on the 25% approval ratings of Congressional Republicans according to the latest Pew Research Group poll. The Pew Research Group also found that 49 percent of Americans they surveyed purely blamed the Republicans in Congress for the sequester. Before this turns into an all-out rant on my dislike for the Republican Party, let me give my thoughts on the sequester. My opinion on the subject is that I would rather have this sequester take place than have no cuts at all take place. Do I feel like these effects have to take place? Not necessarily. This all could have been avoided if Congress would have just come to an agreement as opposed to what has occurred in the legislative branch over the past couple of weeks. Rather what happened was the pointing of fingers and playing the aforementioned blame game.

WU Asks: How do we fix government?



Elaina Boucino Graphic by Althea Holenko •

OUR SAY We can all learn a valuable lesson from Congress. If we can’t get along and play nice with each other, somebody higher up on the totem poll will cut something from a little bit of everything, and no one will be happy. Compromise is good, and it’s important to put aside differences for the common good. So Winthrop, don’t pull a Congress; just work it out.

Freshman sociology major

The parties have to learn to compromise with each other. Otherwise, nothing will ever get done in Congress.

Christia Alexander Senior accounting major

Provisions should be put into place to increase the accountability of politicians. Too many poor choices or lack of decisions is bogging down the government.

Jacob Wingard | Opinion Editor

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Winthrop victorious over Highlanders, move on to BSC quarterfinals

Junior Joab Jerome scores a three-pointer in the opening round of the Big South Championship last week. Photo courtesy of Tim Cowie By David Thackham Back in late January, Joab Jerome had a golden opportunity to win a tight conference matchup at Radford University with just 21 seconds on the clock. As fate would have it, Jerome lost the ball in traffic, dooming the Eagles to their fourth straight Big South loss away from Winthrop Coliseum. Faced with the same situation, in overtime of the opening round of the Big South men’s basketball championship, Jerome made no mistake against the Highlanders, dropping in a finger roll layup with 1.5 seconds left on the clock to ensure a 60-58 victory for first year coach Pat Kelsey, who is now 1-0 in postseason play. Jerome (22 points) and Reggie

King, one of a trio of seniors who were honored at Senior Day just a week ago, played nearly every minute of the grueling overtime win, contributing over half of Winthrop’s offensive firepower in the HTC Center in Conway, S.C. Up 29-23 at the halftime buzzer, Winthrop let its foot off the gas, allowing freshman guard Rashun Davis to score eight points in two minutes. It may not have mattered as late as two minutes remaining in the second half, when junior center Steve Johnson floated a jumper to put the Eagles up by four. However, Davis was a thorn in Winthrop’s side, making two timely free throws when it counted, ending regulation at 52-52. It was an inauspicious start for Pat Kelsey’s team in overtime, who were quickly down by five as the trips to the foul line started flowing thick

Lacrosse triumphs over St. Francis By Shelby Chiasson John Sung and the Lady Eagles continued their intimidating inaugural season with a 13-9 win over the St. Francis Red Flash this past Sunday at Eagle Field. With the win, Winthrop improves to a 3-2 record in the season while St. Francis falls to 1-2. Freshmen Claire Feeney and Shannon Gallagher each earned four goals, contributing to the 13 points overall. Both Winthrop and St. Francis seemed a little sleepy in the first half of the game. The Red Flash scored in the first two minutes of the game. The Lady Eagles responded by scoring five straight goals, putting the score to 5-1. With 7:25 minutes left in the game, St. Francis scored again, ending the first half 5-2 to Winthrop. The Lady Eagles hit the ground running when the whistle signled the beginning of the second half.

Gallagher earned her second goal of the game only 13 seconds into the half, thanks to an assist from freshman Megan Wallenhorst. Winthrop scored three more goals before St. Francis scored again in the second half, with 17:42 left in the game. Though the Red Flash had scored again, they could not compete with Winthrop’s ferocity on the field. Feeney scored four goals on five total shots with one coming on a free-position attempt. Gallagher’s points came on 10 shots and one free-position attempt. Wallenhorst and freshmen Hayley Krause each added two goals, while freshmen Logan McCarthy added a tally. Freshmen Camille King recorded six saves and earned her third win of the season. Next, the Lady Eagles will travel to Denver, C.O. to take on Denver University Friday, March 8 at 3 p.m. The team will also take on Fresno State at Eagle Field on Sunday, March 10 at 1 p.m.

Below: Freshmen Logan McCarthy and Shannon Gallagher defensively run towards the goal during Sunday’s match against St. Francis. Photo courtesy of Winthrop Athletics

and fast. With just 34 seconds left on the clock, senior Gideon Gamble collected the ball and regained Winthrop’s possession at half court. Given Jerome’s hot night, there was only one clear option to feed. Jerome took that opportunity with aplomb, connecting to the rim with less than two seconds on the clock. Radford’s R.J. Price attempted a desperation heave, but to no avail. Winthrop (14-16, 6-10 BSC) now take on the #1 seed from the South Division, Charleston Southern University, led by veteran coach Eddie Biedenbach, in the quarterfinals on Thursday at noon. Winthrop lost to Charleston Southern 73-65 at the CSU Fieldhouse this January, but defeated the Bucs by five points in Rock Hill last month.

Winthrop baseball can’t swing past UCF By Shelby Chiasson Starting Friday, Winthrop began a three day battle against the UCF Knights in Orlando, F.L. Winthrop found themselves down 3-0 at the conclusion of the first game Friday night. UCF has excellent pitchers, and this was evident during the opening game. Though senior Matt Pierpont pitched an outstanding game, the Knights burst back in the bottom of the eighth, breaking the game open and scoring three in the inning. Despite the loss, junior Cody Dolan went 2-for-3 at the plate, improving his batting average to .433 for the season. The next day, the Eagles and the Knights met for the second game in the weekendlong match. Winthrop fell in the second Junior TJ Olesczuk stands at the mound in last Saturday’s game round as well, ending the game 12-7. The Eagles fell early to the Knights, with against UCF. Photo courtesy of Winthrop Athletics

the score staying 3-0 until the fourth inning. Junior TJ Olesczuk helped bring the Eagles up with a single through the left side, scoring Dolan from third. Sophomore Clay Altman followed thanks to promptly scoring on a passed ball, giving Winthrop a 4-3 lead. The Knights retailiated with nine ignored runs by UCF’s Jeramy Matos and James Vasquez that secured their victory. “We played really well for five innings, but it’s a nine-inning ball game,” said head coach Tom Riginos. Olesczuk went 3-for-4 with an RBI raising his season average to .296. On the final day and game of the weekend, the Knights refused to let the Eagles soar past, defeating the team 7-6. The final score may be off-putting, but the Eagles were intense as they attempted to fight off the Knights. They took advantage of a walk, a hit-by-pitch, a passed ball and

four hits including RBI singles from sophomores Clay Altman, Jace Whitley and senior Jason Driver. This lead did not last long, as UCF fought back to tie the score in the bottom of the ninth, thanks to Nick Carrillo singling one out in the inning. Driver took the loss for Winthrop, while UCF’s Spencer Davis earned his first win of the season. The Knights pitched a strong 8.1 innings of a shutout game, allowing only one hit from the Eagles. “We have to learn that when we have a team down like that, they’re not going to roll over. Nobody rolls over in college baseball,” Riginos said. “It’s a tough lesson for all of us today.” The Eagles will host the University of Pennsylvania this Friday at 6 p.m. and the following day at 3 p.m.

DiGiorgio, Marshall highlight stacked 2013 athletics HOF class By David T hackham Outgoing Winthrop president Anthony DiGiorgio and former men’s basketball coaching legend Gregg Marshall headline a historic Winthrop Athletics Hall of Fame class of 2013, which also includes high-performing former student-athletes from five different sports. A ceremony to honor the seven new inductees will take place on Saturday, April 27, in the Richardson Ballroom of the DiGiorgio Campus Center. DiGiorgio, under his 24 years as Winthrop’s president, has overseen the introduction of six new varsity teams, new facilities for baseball, softball, track and field, tennis and soccer as well as renovations to the Winthrop Coliseum. The president, who will be stepping down from his position this summer, served two terms on the NCAA board of directors as well as two terms of president of the Big South Conference. Marshall served as the leader of the men’s basketball team, leading the program to seven BSC tournament championships and seven trips to the NCAA tournament. His last Eagle team achieved the program’s first ever NCAA tournament victory, knocking off Notre Dame. Marshall was voted Big South Coach of the Year four times and was inducted into the Big South Hall of Fame

last year. In addition to Marshall and Dr. DiGiorgio, the 2013 Hall of Fame Class will include: Vali Arnason (’04) men’s soccer player, a three-time All-Big South Conference firstteam selection and the 2001 Player of the Year. Darrlyn Alexander (’84) softball player, a 1984 NAIA All-American softball selection and compiled a 61-17 career pitching record. Jason Colson (‘01) baseball player, a twotime Big South Conference baseball first -team selection and the 2001 Player of the Year who holds the Big South career home run record and was inducted into the Big South Hall of Fame in 2012. Stephanie Morris (’86) basketball player, is the school’s fifth all-time leading scorer and a member of the NAIA District 6 all-time second team who still holds the single game Winthrop women’s scoring record with 37 points. Lisa Mullins, (‘91) volleyball player, is a three-time All-Big South Conference firstteam selection and the 1987 Player of the Year who still holds the school record for highest single season hitting percentage and career blocks. Tickets for the reception and induction dinner are priced at $25 and can be reserved by contacting Eagle Club Director Sharen DuBard at 803-323-2129, ext. 6218. The reception will begin at 6 p.m. followed by the dinner at 7 p.m.

3/8 - Softball vs. Delaware State - 12 p.m. 3/8 - Lacrosse @ Denver - 3 p.m. 3/8 - Softball vs. Georgia - 4 p.m. 3/8 - Baseball vs. Penn - 6 p.m. 3/8 - Men’s Track & Field - NCAA Indoor Championship 3/8 - Men’s Track & Field - Palmetto Classic 3/9 - Women’s tennis vs. Georgia State - 10 a.m. 3/9 - Men’s tennis @ South Alabama - 10 a.m. 3/9 - Baseball vs. Penn - 3 p.m. 3/9 - Softball vs. Kent State - 3 p.m. 3/9 - Softball vs. NC A&T - 5 p.m.

Shelby Chiasson | Sports Editor

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TJA&C Artwork displays elegance and structure in showcase By Allie Briggs

vessels in the space with smaller sculptural pieces aligned on the walls creating an aesthetic cadence of the objects and their shadows. Horick said that he is often inspired by the elegance of ceramic pieces in a lot of his work and enjoys the various media that is used in sculpture. Oliver and Horick both felt compelled to exhibit their work together because it offers the viewer an aesthetic juxtaposition as Oliver’s ceramic work is often very feminine and graceful, and Horick’s pieces are more masculine and structural. Oliver also said that much of her work in ceramics is inspired by sculpture, and Horick has admitted to being inspired by ceramics, which adds another interesting dimension to the exhibit.

MSC educates students about LGBT rights for teachers By Allie Briggs

Last Tuesday night Winthrop students gathered for an event hosted by the Multicultural Student Council (MSC), “The Witch Hunt: Florida’s Search for LGBT Educators.” Aaron Fountain, junior history major and vice president of “Real Conversations” for MSC, introduced the event with details of “John’s Committee,” which was created in Gainesville, Fla. in the 1950s during the anti-communist hype that was engrossing the country. The goal of John’s Committee was to run communists, civil rights groups and homosexuals out of the private sphere. Much of the same stereotypes that were placed on communists after World War II were also placed on homosexuals. The documentary, “Behind Closed Doors,” was created as a thesis project of a mass communication student at the University of Florida. The mass communication department donated the film to Winthrop upon Fountain’s request. The film focused on a witch hunt of homosexuals in Florida’s universities. Students from the UniverTop and bottom: sculptures by senior sculpture major, Matt Ceramic pieces by senior ceramics major Sam Oliver made from sity of Florida that were in“helios” clay. Photo by Allie Briggs • briggsa@mytjnow. Horick. Photos by Allie Briggs • terrogated in the 1960s comcom mented on their experience. One female student who said that she was targeted for playing intramural sports fan. They posed for pictures, By Lauren Miller found, return to @maureensaid, “The administration made small talk and signed any- took me to the basement for Special to the Johnsonian johnson.” Johnson’s books thing put in front of them. seem to appeal to a much older 15 to 17 hours.” Both authors’ books are well Last Friday on March 1, audience than the one they are She said that there was received by people of any age, internationally acclaimed teen marketed towards; the same no offer of food, water or gender or race. author Maureen Johnson emgoes for her guest, Perkins. the chance to use the bathSome other titles by Johnson room. The administration barked on her American tour True to her online reputation, are “13 Little Blue Envelopes,” for her new book “The Madness Johnson made the show seem questioned her about her Underneath.” She stopped by more like stand-up comedy than “Suite Scarlett” and “Devilish.” homosexual activity, what Perkins’ other book is titled Flyleaf Books in Chapel Hill, an author talking about her she knew about others’ ho“Lola and the Boy Next Door,” N.C. Joining her for this and work. mosexual activity and the and also has another book com- names of homosexual stutwo other events was Stephanie After an hour and a half of ing out in the fall of 2013, “Isla dents. Perkins, author of “Anna and talking and answering questions, the authors made time for and the Happily Ever After.” the French Kiss.” John Tileston, a former Most of the crowd was sporta meet-and-greet, spending oneing blue bracelets stating “If on-one time with each and every

Sam Oliver, senior ceramics major, and Matt Horick, senior sculpture major, held an exhibition last Tuesday through Friday in the McLauren third floor student gallery called “SAMANDMATTAREHAVINGASHOW.” Oliver’s display was a minimalist display of her most recent ceramic work using “helios” clay. The elegant porcelain white pieces were a sight in and of themselves, however as the lights dimmed in the student gallery, Oliver’s pieces glowed from within. The ceramic pieces were filled by LED lights from the base and the glow is visible with the lights out because of Oliver’s delicate craftsmanship and the use of helios clay. The patterned base of the pieces are hand carved by Oliver and all of the visual and textural features of the pieces went through several firing stages in the kiln. Horick’s pieces featured the welding of steel in the production of vessel shaped forms. One large pear shaped vessel was balanced by two tall, thin

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Club spotlight: The Feminist Society

police officer of a university public schools. Instruction in Florida, whose job it was in public schools may not into “find the homosexuals clude talk about alternative and communists,” said that lifestyles or homosexuality he always felt bad for the unless talking about sexually people that were interrogat- transmitted diseases. ed and that were “run out” of There are laws in every their school or careers. state that are designed to “It bothered me a great protect children from bullydeal,” Tileston said, “I’m go- ing, and one of the biggest ing to wreck this man’s fu- causes for bullying today inture or this woman’s future, volves LGBT issues. but you do what you gotta Some states rank LGBT isdo.” sues as first tier issues to be The interrogations by the addressed and some states John’s Committee eventu- include both LGBT and genally caught the attention of der identity issues as first the national news media and tier issues, but South Carofaculty members from other lina includes neither of these universities. in their priorities or definiA professor that currently tions for addressing bullyteaches Florida state history ing. at a Florida university said Summersby Okey, senior about her students, “I think political science and philosthey find it so hard to believe ophy and religious studies that people’s rights can be major said, “It was alarming violated so frequently and to learn during the discusso violently by the govern- sion the lack of measures ment.” that the state of South CarFountain was inspired olina has taken to protect to organize this event after LGBT students in the eduhosting LGBT cational sysJeopardy a few tem.” months ago D r . and said, “I Marchel said hoped students that Califorwould take nia has been away a differleading the ent perspective way of reform on the U.S. reto the LGBT garding these roles in soissues.” ciety as they Education have impleprofessor, Dr. mented eduCarol Marchel, cation about spoke at the LGBT famiconclusion of lies and lifethe documenstyles in their tary about educurriculum cation policies beginning in in the United kindergarten. States and in She said that South Carolina. if more comMarchel munity memquoted South bers spoke Carolina’s Title up every59, Chapter Summersby Okey where then 32, 30 that de- Senior political science and there would tails the way in philosophy and religious be more opwhich homo- studies major portunity for sexuality ought change. to be taught in


It was alarming to learn during the discussion the lack of measures that the state of South Carolina has taken to protect LGBT students in the educational system.

WU’s international students

By Allie Briggs

tests is where Shepherd found the energy to start this society. “At first, I thought Winthrop might already Brandi Shepherd, senior psychology, started the have a feminist society, but I looked it up and Feminist Society after her experience in a prothere wasn’t one,” Shepherd said, “this surprised choice protest last August. me because Winthrop is comprised of mostly Shepherd said that the idea for the club started women.” when she met a woman that was an abortion That was the second protest that Shepherd had activist at the protest she was in. She was upset ever been to and she said that she was nervous to that the government was restricting women from be there, but it was an overall civil activity. getting abortions. Shepherd said that she found it interesting that The woman told her about a protest of a strip the stripping establishment would not let them club. They weren’t proteststand on the grass. They had someone out there ing the strippers, but were that made sure they stood on the grass. protesting the establish“We had this tape that read, ‘danger crime ment. The strip club they against women’ and we tried putting that on were protesting Shepthe signs they had that were on the side walk,” herd described as run shepherd said, “but they made us take that down and degrading. down.” “We googled the place When people would pass them on the street, and read the comments,” Shepherd said that it was men that would supShepherd said, “one port them by honking when they passed and it guy said he didn’t like was the women that laughed as they passed by. the dancing because it “I think that illustrates the negative connolooked like she had been tations of feminism itself. Women don’t want beaten and one guy wrote to associate with feminism because they feel how the establishment like they will be stigmatized for it and that’s was dingy and unsanione reason I created the Feminist Society,” tary.” said Shepherd. Shepherd said that she Shepherd has been planning meetings, orwas disturbed to read ganizing to get members together and talking comments about what to other organizations to try to work together. men write about women If there are interested students that want to and the establishment join The Feminist Society, the club is planning and how it would treat to meet every Monday at 6:30 p.m., location them. The energy from TBD. For more information students should Brandi Shepherd being at those two procontact the club advisor, Dr. Jennifer Disney. Senior Psychology Major


Women don’t want to associate with feminism because they feel like they will be stigmatized for it and that’s one reason I created the Feminist Society.

Allie Briggs | Arts & Culture Editor

Allie Briggs Majid Alasfoor is a graduate student studying finance and is from Al Qatif, Saudi Arabia. Alasfoor said that the major difference he has noticed between the United States and Saudi Arabia in general is culture. He said that education is a lot different between the two countries as

well as people’s view of the world. Alasfoor noticed that people in South Carolina are especially open to listening an understanding, especially if it is about something they may now know that much about. Fishing on the coast of Al Qatif is one of Alasfoor’s’ favorite things to do at home. He also likes to play soccer with his friends and barbeque on the beach.

Alisha Kennerly | Arts & Culture Editor

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Ebonites showcase dance diversity Seven plays, 24 hours, and the one By Kris Gaitan

Winthrop students displayed their dance skills and diversity Thursday night in Tillman Auditorium. Dance in Motion, a subcommittee of the Association of Ebonites hosted “So You Think You Can Dance,” a dance contest that raised money for their organization’s dance recital in April. The competition featured six different students competing in various styles of dance. The event was modeled after the Fox TV program, “So You Think You Can Dance.” “The goal for tonight was to raise money for our annual recital in April, and to also bring dance diversity to Winthrop’s campus,” said Grace Tucker, chairperson for Dance in Motion and organizer of the event. The event’s competitors were Malwina Gautier, Johann Kwang, Lustra Miller, Kelsey Edwards, Lauren Miller and Lekeisha Robinson. International students Gautier of Paris and Kwang of French Polynesia danced in the competition. Both performed a hip-hop dance

number. Kwang says that dancing is his life and that he is starting a hip-hop dance club at Winthrop. The club is opened to dancers of all skill levels. After the first round performances were finished, the audience enjoyed a skills demonstration by the Taekwondo Club and a recreation of a scene from the 2010 movie “The Last Airbender” by the Chinese Martial Arts Association. Robinson, Miller and Edwards were then declared the winners of the first round and asked to dance a new number for the final round. Miller started off the second round with a lyrical dance number to “Do you Want to Dance?” by Bette Midler, followed by Edwards contemporary performance to “Fool of Me” by Me’ Shell Ndegéocello. The competition’s final performance was a jazz/funk piece by Robinson performed to Esthero’s “Wikked Lil’ Grrrls”. The Winthrop University Spirit Squad performed a jazz/hip-hop/poms dance for the audience while the judges tallied up the final votes. The winners were announced and coincidentally

placed in the same order as they performed that round: Miller first, Edwards second and Robinson third. All three winners were awarded gift cards to the university bookstore. “I actually really liked it. It was very diverse,” said Anyia Polanco, a sophomore entrepreneurship major from Myrtle Beach, S.C. Gautier and Kwang said the show’s overall performance was very good. “Too bad no hip-hop was taken for the top three, only modern dance,” Kwang said. Tucker said she really wanted the audience to get a sense of “enlightenment” from the event. “You really don’t get to see a lot of dance performances on campus. If you do, it’s in Johnson Theatre, and its $10 to see that,” Tucker said. “Or you might have to go off campus or even Charlotte to see dance diversity, but you can come right to Tillman Auditorium and you can see hip-hop, break dance, lyrical, and you can get an exposure that you haven’t gotten.” If you would like more information on Winthrop’s new break dancing club, contact Johann Kwang at

“Temper Temper” is nothing for fans to tantrum over By Michael Owens

Welsh metalheads “Bullet For My Valentine” have seemed to gain much popularity throughout the past decade with albums such as their debut “The Poison,” their smash, “Scream Aim Fire” and their disappointing third effort, “Fever.” One would think that the band would attempt to win back the audience that they had lost with their lackluster 2010 album. Unfortunately, “Temper Temper” is more of the same, if not worse than “Fever,” and does nothing to help this band gain back the musical credibility they once had. One of the primary examples of this is the current radio single “Riot.” The song is just one monotonous riff, which is only one chord that is played over and over and over again. While simplicity can have its charm at times, it’s the repetitiveness of songs like this that make listeners who are willing enough to give this band a chance want to stop listening at this point. The lyrical content and vocals are also elements that leave much to be desired. Vocalist Matt Tuck’s voice seems to have gotten worse over the course of four records, and the lyrical content reveals generic, watered-down lyrics that only talk about the tired, sophomoric ideas of anger and petty teenage drama. The lowest point of the record, however,

comes in the form of a track entitled “Tears Don’t Fall (Part 2).” It seems this band thought it was a good idea to completely bastardize one of their most recognizable songs and biggest hits in an attempt to win back older fans. The song is really just an insult to older fans who have moved on from this band, and it is a shame that it made it onto the album. If there is any sort of positive aspect of this album at all, it is the fact that the lead guitar work, at times, is somewhat enjoyable. However, those moments are so few and far between that it does not aid in making the entire package better in the slightest. Overall, the album is a showing that this is a band that will never again attain the musical stature that they had gained with their first two albums, and it’s a shame to think that they had so much potential only a few years ago.

Band: Bullet For My Valentine

and only Alpha Psi Omega By Adam Matonic Special to the Johnsonian

Winthrop’s actors, directors, writers and crew were called upon to create a play entirely from scratch in less than 24 hours Saturday night. Winthrop’s theatre fraternity, Alpha Psi Omega, hosted the second 24 Hour Play Festival in Tillman Auditorium. Shareef Elkady and Ginny Walker coordinated the event, emceed the event and acted in two of the plays. The process was as follows: Friday at 9 p.m. the writers chose the actors. The writers then had 13 hours to write the one act plays. At 9 a.m. on Saturday, the directors for each play were chosen. The directors, actors and crew had 11 hours to rehearse until their shows were revealed at 8 p.m. A giddy and nervous energy filled the half-full Tillman Auditorium. It became clear early on that the evening’s proceedings

would be informal yet celebratory. Subject matters of the short plays were as ordinary as high school students in detention and as fantastical as love affairs with zombies. Each of the seven plays presented were performed without a hitch, despite the time crunch. The plays seemed well put together and the actors had the commonality of spontaneity. The biggest challenge for actors Julia Benfield and Quiante Jefferies, who starred in “Will You Remember Me?” and “Imaginary Friend Support Group” respectively, was line memorization in the short amount of preparation time. Norman Burt, director of “Imaginary Friend Support Group,” said that the hardest aspect of the process was “taking this thing you just got and getting the actors to understand the material, but at the same time giving them creative freedom.”

Writers of “Paid Programming,” Jonathan Hoskins and Jonathon Long, conceived the evening’s most provocative and raucously funny play. The key to the play’s success was Hoskins and Long’s natural capacity for collaboration. “We’re friends and we really trust each other,” Long said. The festival brought together Winthrop’s best theatrical talent to produce an electric two hours of theatre that had the audience entertained from start to finish. Laughter and applause were both plentiful, which served both as encouragement and relief for the sleep-deprived thespians. The biggest reward of the whole experience for Julia Benfield, who delivered Abby Olson’s hilarious one-liners with expert comedic timing in the play “Will You Remember Me?,” was hearing the people laugh.


“‘It was a lot more fun than I thought after all the stress,” Burt said. Everyone involved was clearly having a great deal of fun, and that fun translated to the audience. The festival also gave the chance for some underclassmen with less Winthrop stage time under their belts to show their acting chops. Sophomore Emily Carter, who frequently attends Winthrop productions, said the best aspect of the festival was that it allowed some less known student-actors to be showcased. “New faces and new talent are always nice to see,” Carter said. With Alpha Psi Omega putting on two successful 24 Hour Play Festivals in two consecutive semesters, it is likely that the festival will now be a staple in Winthrop’s diverse theatrical arsenal.


1. The mascot of the team that defeated Winthrop’s baseball team last Saturday. 2. This club was recently created on campus by Brandi Shepherd. 3. This bone was used to reconstruct Gruen Von Behren’s jaw. 5. A national recycling competition between colleges and universities. 7. The campaign Fox Piven helped fund. 8. The type of clay Sam Oliver used in her most recent exhibit.


Album: Temper Temper

4. The original name of the planet now called Uranus. 6. The director of the documentary, “An Inconvenient Truth.” 9. Winthrop’s men’s basketball team beat this school in the BCS opening game. 10. This club hosted the dance competition, “So You Think You Can Dance.” 11. The name of the athlete that won Freshman of the Year.

Release Date: Feb. 8, 2013


March 7 The Challenges of Leading a World Class City - Mayor Foxx Whitton Auditorium 11 a.m.; free Kappa Sigma Multiple Sclerosis Donation DiGiorgio Main Lobby 11 a.m.- 12:30 p.m.

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Sonya Clark Rutledge Gallery; free

Spring Break


Christine Klrouac Elizabeth Dunlap Patrick Gallery; free


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Spring Break

Sculpture Exhibition Lewandowski Student Gallery; free Spring Break

Exhibition G Sculpture Lewandowski Student Gallery; free

Spring Break

Hidden Voices: Lives of LGBT Muslims Dina’s Place; 7 p.m.; free


Phi Mu Alpha Music Series Amphitheater; 7:30 p.m.; $5

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