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New members to Winthrop’s Hall of Fame shine outside athletics. See Sports, page 10

Professor’s first production at WU debuts with student cast. See Arts & Entertainment, page 7

THURSDAY February 2, 2012

“Assumers” vs. “Do-ers:” One student’s view on higher ed. See Opinion, page 5



Issue 16


Matt Horn declines pro soccer, heads to medical school CASEY WHITE Matt Horn, a senior at Winthrop, was faced with a decision that not many students ever have to deal with during their schooling. Horn was drafted in the Major League Soccer draft in January, but he was also accepted to medical school at the University of North Carolina. The defender had to decide whether to advance his soccer career and play professional soccer or continue his schooling in

medical school. Horn was drafted in mock drafts for the MLS, so he had an idea of what the draft process was like. After being drafted in the mock drafts he still wasn’t fully aware of what to expect in the real draft. When the draft results came out, Horn found out that the Colorado Rapids selected him in the draft. “It’s a big honor to be selected,” Horn said. “I was really, really excited. I was in Indianapolis with some friends, so I got to celebrate.”

See HORN page 11

Students had to find other routes while Oakland Ave. was under construction. Photo by John Rhodes •

Corner construction closes routes JACOB WINGARD


Twitter threats spark police investigation AMANDA PHIPPS

The bright orange of traffic cones and yellow police line tape have been blocking off the region for some time. Construction on Oakland Avenue began soon after students returned from holiday break. Still, the crossing at Oakland Avenue is the most direct route from the school to the library, and many would assume that students would

be upset over the extended period of time that this route has been closed. However, no one seems that concerned about it. “I haven’t really noticed it,” said Nick Kluttz, a freshman business major. “There are so many different routes to take around that area that a detour doesn’t bother me that much.” He went on to say that “there also isn’t really anything down Oakland that I need to go to often, so I just don’t drive around there.”

Several other students echoed Kluttz’s exact words, stating that Oakland wasn’t that important to their routines. President Anthony DiGiorgio released a statement in January stating that the maintenance on Oakland was due to the implementing of new safety measures to the street lights there. During the time of construction, workers will be installing mastarms to the traffic-lights and implement-

See ROUTES page 3

Social media has become both a place for the initiation of social media threats and prevention of crime. While social media allows for open communication, it can also lead to a platform for verbal threats and abuse. At 9:47 p.m. on Thursday, a reporting officer was dispatched to a residence hall in reference to threats made over Twitter, according to the police report. The officer met with the victim, a resident assistant, in reference to the smell of marijuana on the floor, according to the report. The officer located and recovered marijuana from the suspect and charged him with possession of marijuana, according to the report. Later that day, the suspect was tweeting with the second suspect about how they were going to get the victim and calling him racial names, according to the report. The victim was issued a victim’s form, according to the police report.

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Quiz Bowl team tests trivia CATHERINE ZENDE

It is one thing to answer questions on a paper, but putting that knowledge to the test with real-life, competitive trivia game is a different kind of challenge. Last Saturday, students from Winthrop’s quiz bowl team competed in the Big South quiz bowl tournament to put their knowledge to the ultimate test. The event, which was hosted by Winthrop, included quiz teams from Winthrop, Gardner-Webb, Radford, Liberty, Coastal Carolina, Virginia Military Institute and UNC Asheville.

The team spent significant time preparing for the anticipated trivia and studying from subject sheets. “We practice and use sample questions. We do it much like a real game,” Junior Mirielle Smith said. The competition consisted of seven rounds each split into two ten minute halves. The questions involved math, literature, art, chemistry, biology, history and pop culture. Although the team has six members, only four can compete during the round. Quiz bowl team members come from a variety of majors and are: Katie Zanowski (captain), Jessica Creel,

See QUIZ page 6


Garvin announces bout for second term Current Council of Student Leaders chair plans to run for re-election, aims to fulfill promises made in campaign JONATHAN MCFADDEN

An entire semester of campaign promises, Monday night meetings, approved resolutions, member retreats, negotiations with administrators and commisioning voter registration drives has left Kambrell Garvin with only one choice to make. He’ll have to put his name on the ballot again. On Jan. 23, the current CSL chair — otherwise known as the student body president— told The Johnsonian that he will seek reelection in Winthrop’s second student wide elections this spring, with much of his motivation geared toward tying up loose ends and fulfilling promises made under the umbrella of his leadership.

One such promise included researching the possibility of providing students with an allotted amount of time of free legal aide. Members of CSL compiled a survey to gauge if such a service was needed. Results show that they weren’t to a great extent, Garvin said. Instead, the student leaders found that students dealt with a more pressing issue —off-campus housing. Now, Garvin wants to introduce an initiative that may provide legal aide to students in regards to housing. “Students need to know their rights in that regard and that’s something we definitely need to take on in the future,” Garvin said. CSL has accomplished much this year, Garvin said, but there’s still work to be done. “I think if people look at the record of the Council of Student Leaders over the

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past year, everything that was promised during that campaign —every goal— was met,” Garvin said. When running in spring 2011, Garvin ran on a platform promising more transparency with the student body, a stab at resolving some on-campus parking issues and lobbying legislators about higher education costs and funding. Since that time, negotiations with President Anthony DiGiorgio have yielded five short term parking spaces; an appointed political action committee spearheaded an email campaign meant to grab the attention of state lawmakers and encourage students to register to vote; and the council passed a resolution opposing the much-debated voter ID bill. “I don’t take all the credit for that by

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THURSDAY February 2, 2012


Student vets discuss possible deployment, drug-use By Jacob Wingard

Mud coats the bottom of heavy combat boots, while packs of equipment weigh down a squadron of men and women. Orders are barked out from a man riding beside them, demanded they push themselves harder and prepare for the future. This is a scene all too familiar to the American soldier, yet few can claim to have experienced these hardships. There is a select group of people in Rock Hill who can, the student veterans of Winthrop University. This small eclectic group of students is designed to empower students who have either been to war or have experience as a soldier in some form. Members are from both genders and numerous ethnicities. While most students and the general population respect soldiers, this group ensures that all health-related needs for the veterans, both mental and physical are met as

Student veterans meeting last October. Johnsonian file photo

they receive their education. As the semester began, the group took a break and held their first meeting on Jan. 19. As president of the club, senior psychology major Michael Widrich, opened with a few statements regarding the state of affairs at Winthrop, including how several students had been caught recently with alcohol and possession of marijuana. This revelation prompted Keystone Substance Abuse Clinic Speaker Felicia Pickening to step forward and inform the student veterans about the services they offer and what to do if caught with drugs or alcohol. Pickening was quick to point out that Keystone is the only area clinic where veterans could receive rehabilitation that would allow them to gain their benefits back after being punished by Student veterans met last October about clinical help, academic benefits, the their superiors. group’s Facebook page and the desire for a veteran’s monument. Johnsonian file Sgt. George Kast was quick to back photo up this claim before Pickening continued on with information regarding no longer be receiving break pay, or payWhen elections were held, no one sexually transmitted diseases. ments during days when school was not stepped forward to fill these empty seats, Kast took center stage next and quickly in session. nor did anyone oppose Widrich’s posiwent over how the Reserve Officers Still, not all the news was bad at the tion as president. Training Corps (ROTC) was coming meeting as Widrich reported that WinThis may cause future problems as along at Winthrop. throp’s Board of Trustees is pushing for the organization can not be recognized Quick to point out the soldier’s bena more ‘military friendly’ campus. without a full regiment of officers. efits, Kast reported on the Veteran’s Day According to Widrich, the board Widrich later spoke with The Johnsocelebration name reading last semester. is pushing to add e-documents to nian about the possibility of putting a “One-hundred and eighty schools medical files, so students —not just the monument on campus for the veterans. came together to simultaneously read veterans­— don’t have to fill out exuber“While it is being discussed with the 6,000 names,” Kast said, before informant amounts of paperwork in order to Board of Trustees, little progress has ing the student veterans about how they receive treatment. been made at this point. There is a lot of had served their time, but the face of the Furthermore, they have added the red-tape that has to be cut through and military was changing and they could be victim-help clinic and are looking to we currently don’t have the money necreceiving recruitment calls again soon. implement tri-care for healthcare billing essary to get a monument built,” Widrich “If any of the recruiters steps out of as well, adding more acceptable insursaid. line, let me know,” Kast said. “Because ance plans to their list. He said that the organization needed you’ve done your time and we can’t force The veternas were soon introduced to raise at least $10,000 in order to have you to go back, but I will make sure that to their new treasurer, junior mass the monument built, then there were no one tries to unjustly pressure you.” communication major Timothy Cuoco questions about design and placement. As Kast closed his remarks, William before being informed that the current While Widrich was confident that the Cabaniss, the group’s advisor, spoke on vice president and secetary would be monument would be built in the future, how some of the student veterans would stepping down due to their impending he couldn’t say exactly when the plan graduation. would come to fruition.

The Real Majority has spoken Napkin messages shed light on student behavior By Zoe Irizarry

While dining in Markley’s Place, several students were surprised to find messages on their napkins. These messages are part of a social norming campaign that is just getting started at Winthrop. The goal of this campaign is to show students what the “real majority” of students at Winthrop are actually doing. Brianne Gemeinhardt, coordinator for wellness services in the department of health and counseling services, along with the dean of students and the leader of fraternity and sorority affairs have teamed up to spread the word about the real majority. Students in a class taught by Jason Tselentis, assistant professor of design, and another student, Tori Mclean, were also involved with this project. They helped come up with the phrases that were placed on the napkins as well as helping with other aspects of the project. The messages on the napkins showed statistics concerning Winthrop stu-

dents drinking alcoholic beverages. The napkins were placed randomly throughout Markley’s Place and while they were seen by some, lots of people did not see them. “I have not heard of The Real Majority or seen the napkins, but I did see a girl walking around Digs looking at the napkins to see if anything was on them,” said Amanda Boggs, sophomore exercise science major. Gemeinhardt wanted to start with a place where lots of student go and would hopefully see them. This group is going to continue to move forward and try to get the word out. Justin Allen, junior music education major, has not heard of The Real Majority or seen the napkins. “Everybody has their stand points on these things. We all know they are sinful things, but that doesn’t stop people from doing them,” Allen said. Gemeinhardt plans on spreading the word in other ways after the stress of a new semester dies down, “If people are looking, then people are thinking.”

The napkins in Markley’s site college drinking statistics and the benefits of the Life Scholarship. Napkins provided by Catherine Zende • zendec@

Social network houses threats, place for researching suspects TWITTER • from front Campus Police deals with social media threats as they do with any type of communication threat, Chief Frank Zebedis said. “We contact the victim of the threat and we work with them,” he said. “Most of the time the victim knows who is threatening them and can be helpful in identifying the person. If the victim is willing, Campus Police will follow through with prosecution once the person who made the threats is identified, Zebedis said. While Campus Police are unable to see Facebook pages that are set to private without a warrant, many people do not consider that their Facebook page may be viewed or used to gather information, Zebedis said. He said people should be careful with sharing personal information,

including their passwords, with others, even if they know the person. “Social media isn’t physically harming people like an assault and battery, but it can have an impact emotionally on a person,” Zebedis said. “Social media is being used to disseminate information about a person or to a person (and) to post pictures of people or things that can cause damage to ones reputation or professional image.” Zebedis said that these threats are hard to prevent. “With all these social media outlets available, you are not going to stop it,” he said. While social networking is a possible platform for harmful actions, it can

also be used to prevent crime. “It’s a great way to learn more about potential suspects,” Zebedis said. Threats on social media networks are considered the same as they are in person, he said. “The bottom line is if you believe you are being harassed or threatened, report it to Campus Police and let us decide where it falls in the definition of a threat or harassment,” he said. Ariel Gilreath contributed to this report.

Social Media Tips • Don’t share personal information with anyone, even if you know them • Save any threatening posts • Don’t wait to report the incident • If you are being harrassed, call and file a report with Campus Police


THURSDAY February 2, 2012

Gay rights, foreign policy, immigration crucial issues in 2012 election, voters say By Jonathan McFadden “Charlotte Talks’” Mike Collins could have sworn the economy would have been the top tier issue discussed at a WFAE 90.7-sponsored public conversation about the primary with over 100 students, faculty, community members and registered voters last Tuesday. And in a manner of speaking, it was. But what soon became very apparent is that gay rights, illegal immigration, foreign policy and health care all usurp the economy in the minds of South Carolina voters, who demand answers and solutions from whoever may be the nation’s next president. Sponsored by the John C. West Forum, the event sparked with one of its moderators, Scott Huffmon, Winthrop political science professor, explaining the potential Republican backlash that could result from President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address on Jan. 24. Huffmon predicted that the four GOP contenders warring over a presidential nomination in Florida would latch onto Obama’s speech and point out his inadequacies, inefficiencies and inaccuracies. Lo and behold, it happened. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney accused Obama of being detached from the realities of a sluggish economy. Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum applauded Obama for spotlighting Santorum’s constituency —blue collar, manufacturing workers. Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich deemed Obama’s speech as rhetoric and a “sad” admonition of the troublesome state the nation is in. Texas Rep. Ron Paul decried Obama’s speech as political gamesmanship that lacked depth. Huffmon went on to explain that former President Jimmy Carter is to blame for an egregiously long campaign season, as he was the first candidate to make Iowa caucuses significant. South Carolina maintains as the first-in-theSouth primary, and the Southeast, Huffmon said, remains monumental since the region holds 160 out of the 270 electoral college votes a candidate needs to win the presidency. As the media maelstrom South Carolina recently received can attest to, the Scott Huffmon state is monuPolitical science professor mental as the


Any Republican who sweeps the South becomes president, and any Democrat who cracks the South significantly becomes president.

Colin Murphy talks about gay rights. Photo by Claire VanOstenbridge • nation’s first-in-the-South primary and as the proving ground for Republican contenders panting for a nomination. “If you can sweep the South, you are almost 60, a little over 59 percent of the way to becoming the president of the United States of America,” Huffmon said. Comparably, a candidate needs only about 29 percent more of the Electoral College votes from the rest of the country if he sweeps the South, Huffmon said. “Any Republican who sweeps the South becomes president, and any Democrat who cracks the South significantly becomes president,” Huffmon said. “So the South matters… we’re the test for what kind of Republican can do well across the South.” The prized Republican, thus far, is Gingrich, who won the decisive Jan. 21 primary. With that nugget of information in mind, audience members reviewed the Palmetto State’s primary and expressed the issues they’re most concerned with. History major Colin Murphy acknowledged the importance of the economy in this year’s election, but also wanted to know if gay rights would be a talking point for candidates, noting that they —with the exception of Gingrich, who supports ‘civil unions’— are skirting around the issue. “Is it going to affect the [Florida] primary?” he asked. Huffmon’s co-host, Mike Collins, took the question further and asked Huffmon if a Republican candidate could be an advocate for gay rights and actually win the nomination. The answer: Candidates will have to talk about same-sex marriage to appeal to their Republican base, Huff-

Oakland construction not a hindrance to daily commutes ROUTES • from front

Students came back to massive construction at the onset of the semester. Photo by John Rhodes • -ing other safety equipment to make sure that citizens of Rock Hill and the students of Winthrop are safe both while driving and crossing the street. Still, more than a few students have ignored the signs and yellow tape around the street. Many simply duck under the tape and cross the street; while others don’t even realize that construction is occurring in the region. Other students, like freshman political science major Hampton Ballowe, obey these street signs, feeling that they not only keep him safe, but to also show

respect to the authorities around him. “Authority figures, be they police officers, safety officials, teachers or anyone else in a high position worked hard to get where they are; they generally know what they’re talking about and do their best to protect us,” Ballowe said. “Obeying their signs and orders is a sign of respect and it is something everyone should give to them, even if they don’t agree with their laws or rules,” he said. The construction is scheduled to cease by the end of January, according to DiGorgio’s email.

mon said. But, the economy will be the worries about Obamacare, the pejoraprimary issue at hand when the Republi- tive term opponents of President Barack can victor dukes it out against Obama in Obama’s 2014 healthcare reform bill general election debates. have decried as socialism, and it’s potenOne woman took the time to criticize tial to severely decrease the number of the blatant racism vented toward Obama health care professionals. at Republican campaign rallies, and “We need more preventative care, we super PACS that sling mud. need more primary care in this country,” “It’s nonsense” and “horrifying,” she he said. said. What matters more to Terry Plumb, “There’s a lot of anger out there,” Colformer editor of Rock Hill’s The Herald, lins said. is foreign policy. The issue of illegal immigration lent Ron Paul has been the only candidate itself to a debate between audience to make sense of the issue, Plumb said. members, some of who supported im“His attitude about getting Americans migration and the amnesty of the imout of the rest of the world and being the migrants already in the states whereas policemen makes sense,” Plumb said. others found it demeaning to call people The other candidates, on the other “illegal.” hand, all sound like they want to wage Still others focused more on the logiswar with Iran, a nation currently claimtics of the GOP contenders’ campaign, ing that the nuclear energy it’s harvestsuch as Jim Thompson of Fort Mill, who ing is to buffer electricity. The Internasuggested that he never thought Romney tional Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) would win South Carolina in the prireleased a report in November expressmary. ing concerns that the Middle Eastern naRomney, who initially seemed to surge tion was constructing a nuclear weapon. in polls questioning S.C. voters’ top In response, the U.S. and other Eupick for the primary, came in second to ropean countries have issued economic Gingrich, who days before the primary sanctions against Iran, preventing the managed to use Romney’s gaffes on his export and import of Iranian oil. There income taxes and poor debate perforhas also been talk of engaging Iran in mance to paint himself as the ideal war if the nation decides to close off candidate. Talk like that “scares me to death,” As his accent disclosed, Thompson is Plumb said. familiar with Massachusetts governors, he said, and remembers watching Romney portray himself as a progressive Massachusetts Republican. In South Carolina, that’s not the case. For Palmetto State voters, Romney might as well call himself a Democrat, Thompson said. For David Keely, a retired doctor, health care’s link to employment is a mystery. “I’m looking for a candidate who’s going to de-link employment and [health] insurance,” Keely said. “I don’t see any reason why if I have a company and I have 20 employees and one of them is hit on the highway by a drunk driver and spends six months in Mike Collins, host of WFAE’s “Charlotte Talks” radio ICU, why should that show, said events like the conversation gets like-minded make a difference in listeners to come together and bounce different view the bottom line of my points off each other. Photo by Claire VanOstenbridge • company.” Keely also has

THURSDAY February 2, 2012


Here he goes again As year two rolls around for student-wide elections, CSL Chair Kambrell Garvin announces plans to run for reelection; former CSL chair heads election process GARVIN • from front

on campuses nationwide, said Dean Marlowe, dean of students. That stigma is that students generally won’t vote because, without a popular vote or the choice to run for president and vice president opened to entire student body, they feel that student government doesn’t truly belong to them, said Marlowe, CSL’s advisor. So the university changed the policies and, in Marlowe’s opinion, it’s been effective. “Just by raising the profile” and giving students the chance to support and vote for someone, or run themselves, it raises student awareness to issues on campus and helps students feel as if they are truly part of a community. Issues raised in Garvin’s campaign, for example, include concerns about tuition and Winthrop’s battle for state support, Marlowe added. It’s easy to “passively go through [school] taking one step at a time without getting involved,” Marlowe said, but Winthrop’s students are an involved bunch. Marlowe also feels that the role of vice chair, currently occupied by Sapp, goes under-appreciated. The vice chair is responsible for overseeing the allocation of funds to student groups and organizations for programs, conferences, etc. The chair also holds meetings and trainings for SAC funding. One promise Sapp campaigned on was to make the SAC process paperless and eventually completely online. Since it’s a student who runs the process, Marlowe said students can make the process work for them and cut through “the red tape” of bureaucracy. “I would like to see someone run for vice chair,” Marlowe said. In the past, student apathy ended the student-wide election process, which was prominent in Winthrop’s Student Government Association (SGA) before its dissolution in 2001. It’s a possibility Marlowe rather not consider. “I don’t want to think about it not working” because “it’s working,” she said. “I think they [students] care about it; I hope a higher percentage of the student population votes.” In 2011’s elections, 18 percent of the student population voted.

any stretch of the imagination, but I do say that I’m proud of all the work that we did; I’m proud of the memebrs that we have who gave up their time and their energy and who felt the enthusiasm to make CSL what it was,” Garvin said. “It’s not a one-man show. One person can’t do it all by themselves.” Sydney Evans would have to agree. For two years, she sat in the pilot’s seat as the chair of CSL. She worked with administrators, schmoozed with Winthrop’s Board of Trustees and helped spearhead the studentwide democratic election process for the first time in nearly a decade early last year. But now, after taking what seems to be a five-minute break from student governMembers of CSL convene every Monday night in DIGS 114 at 7 p.m. Photo by Claire ment, Evans has come full VanOstenbridge • circle. She’s CSL’s election commissioner, a position that puts her As “arthe first democratic elecback into the thick of the student politirogant” as it tions for student body cal arena. may sound, president and vice president Guidelines set at the end of last semes- Evans said in 10 years. Garvin and his ter for choosing the commissioner said she likes running mate, current CSL that the candidate for the position had to knowing that Vice Chair Kaitlin Sapp, be picked by two council members and she’ll do any won the elections by a 71Dean of Students Bethany Marlowe. assignment vote margin. During last semester’s final CSL meetor task as In Evans’ eyes, if an ing, CSL Chair Garvin solicited for appli- “correctly as elected leader does what cants for the job. He made it known that I can possihe is supposed to do, then Evans was in the running, she said. bly make it.” Sydney Evans he shouldn’t have to worry “No one else applied,” she said. “So, I CSL Election Commissioner When it about reelection. did because obviously I wanted to do it.” comes to With Garvin running She got it. others in leadership roles, “I don’t know again, Evans said she thinks he could The position pays $200 per semester, what the extent of their limits are. So I’m run a strong campaign based on the Evans said, and comes with an entirely like, ‘could that be better?’ That’s probsame platform he ran on last year. new set of responsibilities that she’s ably a lot of arrogance on my part, but it But, to Evans, “none of those goals familiar with. is what it is.” have been fully realized,” especially As the commissioner, Evans must set Now with when it comes to appealing to state the election calendar, election guidelines Garvin at the legislators to reconsider the way higher and manual and implement the calendar helm, Evans education is funded. as far as moderating campaign forums, admitted that As electable as he may be, Garvin is holding interest meetings, verifying exshe’s had to also “challenge-able,” Evans said. “And I penses, notifying the winner and ensurreign in some of hope someone does, not necessarily out ing that the online voting system is set her pride. of animosity but to protect the integrity up with Winthrop’s IT department. “I think he’s of the system; I think someone needs to “It’s really weird” to be coming back doing the best run against him.” and taking another role, Evans said, but that he can, Evans listed CSL members Christine “it feels good.” which is neither Counts-Davis, Ashley Sineath and CSL And, it feels different. here nor there. Vice Chair Kaitlin Sapp as “I like to be in control of everything in It’s not meant members within CSL’s ranks Sydney Evans my sight,” Evans said with a laugh. “It’s to be a values who she thinks would make Senior political scikind of nice to kind of sit back and be the judgment. We promising presidential canence major president had different didates. She also listed junior emeritus agendas and we sports management major and help have different Richard Ryan as a possible provide in- leadership styles,” she said. candidate. Though he’s not a formation With a complete paradigm shift in the member of CSL, Ryan’s attendand knowsystem, the role of student body presied the meetings on an almost how but dent at Winthrop has been redefined. consistent basis and has taken not having With that redefinition comes a new type an active role in meetings. to be as re- of person to fit the position. sponsible. Evans said that CSL, when it elected The tide changes I would from within, was “elitist.” Now, with a prefer the “popular component” added to the elecThere were a number of responsition process, “you attract a person who is reasons the system underwent (From left) Ashley Sineath (CSL secretary), Kaibility but tlin Sapp (CSL Vice Chair) and Kambrell Garvin elected popularly; they’re a politician.” change, but perhaps one of Kaitlin Sapp that’s not (CSL Chair). Photo by Claire VanOstenbridge • Garvin has certainly experienced his the largest reasons had to do CSL Vice Chair my position share of popularity. with dismantling a stigma that anymore.” In April 2011, 832 students voted in cripples student governments


...I think someone needs to run against him.

–––––– Police Blotter ––––––­–­ MARIJUANA POSSESSION (1/26/12) A Winthrop police officer was dispatched to Richardson Hall at 1:17 a.m. in reference to a strong smell of marijuana coming from one of the rooms on the first floor, according to the police report. The resident assistant directed the officer to the room that seemed to smell of marijuana. While the officer was figuring out which room the odor was coming from, a group of subjects exited one of the rooms in the vicinity. The officer knocked on that door and the subject answered, the police report says. The officer smelled marijuana and asked the subject if he had any. The student told the officer he didn’t have any and gave the officer permission to enter the room. Upon entering the room, the officer spotted a pill bottle containing marijuana, according to the report. The subject gave the officer permission to then search the room for more marijuana. The officer also began trying to find the subjects who had left the room prior to the officer entering. Another officer went out and found the other subjects walking in front of Bancroft Hall and escorted them back to Richardson Hall, according to the report. Upon returning to Richardson Hall, the offender told

the officer that the marijuana belonged to him. He also told the officer that he had dropped a cigar with marijuana in it in front of Thurmond Hall. The officer and the offender went and retrieved the cigar. The offender was then issued a citation for possession of marijuana, acccording to the police report. UNLAWFUL CARRYING OF HANDGUN, POSSESSION OF HANDGUN WITH SERIAL NUMBER REMOVED, DRIVING UNDER SUSPENTION (1/26/12) At 1:09 a.m., a Campus Police officer observed a maroon Cadillac limo traveling down Cherry Road. The Cadillac failed to dim its headlights so the reporting officer pulled the car over. As the reporting officer approached the driver’s side of the vehicle he smelled marijuana coming from the vehicle. When asked for his driver’s license, the offender produced a bill of sale for the vehicle but no license. The officer asked for the offender’s license again and the offender informed the officer that he did not have his license with him, according to the police report. The officer asked the offender his name and social security number. The offender gave him a name and told the reporting officer he did not know his social security number. The officer looked up the name, saw

a photo and noticed that the man in the picture did not match the man he had pulled over, according to the police report. The officer asked the subject to exit the vehicle and upon doing so, he took off his jacket. The offender was arrested. When the officer got the offender’s jacket, he found a .38 caliber handgun in the front pocket. The serial number had been filed off so the reporting officer could not check the gun. The offender was taken to the Rock Hill Jail for unlawful carrying of a handgun and possession of a handgun with serial number removed, according to the report. The offender also received tickets for open container of beer and false information to police. The second passenger was given a ticket for having an open container of liquor and all the other passengers were released, according to the police report. Compiled by Zoe Irrizary

5 Our Say

Women’s sports deserve attendence, bigger fan base Women’s basketball, softball, tennis, track, golf, soccer and other teams are all missing one thing: a large fan base. We’re not saying the men’s sports pull enormous crowds either, but the women’s games are usually less populated and have a smaller following. They shouldn’t attract any less attention, however, given their generally good performances and athletes. Take women’s basketball, for example. The females have a 70 point-pergame average, while the men rake in a 63 point average. More shooting and higher scores doesn’t promise a better game, but it has the potential for more excitement. Not to pick on the men’s basketball team, but their 9-14 record doesn’t compete against the women’s 11-10 score. Why should the men’s team, which is sixth in the Big South Conference, gain more attendence than the women’s matches, who are third place in the conference? The games have the same attractions as the men’s games, including a halftime show and “Crunch Time,” where the Spirit Squad throws candy into the crowd. The starting five players are also introduced with all the glitz and glam of men’s games. Women’s tennis has earned 11 Big

South Conference championships since 1994. The softball games allow for smaller crowd sections, which brings a much more festive atmosphere. The women pump up their fans and teammates with chants and songs, while fewer innings means faster paced action. Great April weather adds to the softball appeal, and competitive conference matchups can produce exciting games. Female athletes from Winthrop also distinguish themselves outside of the classroom, earning competitive awards and honors. A Winthrop woman has won the Big South Conference Woman of the Year title two out of the last six years, while Janiva Willis with softball was the NCAA Woman of the Year state winner. So let’s all go out and support the ladies of Winthrop Athletics. Let’s attend some men’s sports, too. Game on, Winthrop.

Two schools of thought when if comes to higher education, freshman says There are two types of colcare of everything else. lege students in this day and There are two main truths age. There are the ones the concerning higher education that “assume” and there are the must be taken seriously. The first ones that “do.” is that a college degree does not If you are one of the ones entitle you to anything. It does that “do,” I guarantee that play a factor in getting you a job, college will be a time where but it is not a guarantee. you will challenge yourself The second is that one must Anna McCall beyond the classroom. be innovative from the rest of the Columnist If you are one of the ones crowd in making connections for that “assume,” you are wastpotential opportunities. ing valuable time and resources, by These two things define the mentality using these years to stall time. If you are of students that “do.” attending college by the benevolence of The students that “do” are the stuyour parents, it’s even worse. dents who do not just spend time going College is a time to be optimistic and to class. realistic at once. They use their time in college to netIt is associated with following one’s work with professionals and to build a dreams and passions. However, this opbroad skill set to fill the needs of emtimism must have substance in the form ployers. of a plan in which to pursue your goals. They master the concept of time manMany college students have no solid agement. To them, college is a crucial ground in which to root their optimism. time of preparation, not an extension of They are often optimistic because they adolescence. are getting a college degree and that is In the professional world, an employall they need to be successful. In reality, er will look beyond the degree. success is achieved beyond education. A college degree does not reveal your It is achieved by a mentality that takes true potential as a prospective employee. action and innovation. It merely states that you finished four In this economy, college is not a time years in a specific program and passed. to be naïve. It is a time to think beyond Employers expect much more than these four years and to prepare for the that. workforce. To them, what reveals your potential Many students choose a subject simis how you carry yourself in a profesply because they like it, but do not have sional setting, a well written resume, a specific plan in which to apply it to the and solid work experience. professional world. When they go out Work experience is key to competinto the workforce, they see their degree ing in the work force for that first job. It in a light of entitlement. They did not is no longer an option. It is absolutely take innovative action or gain a broad crucial. One has to do more than hope perspective throughout their college for the best. career. They have to pursue it. They naively think that time will take

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Editor fights You know most psychiatrists and gurus say that anger and rage are debilitating emotions. That you ought to purge yourself of it. I find it the greatest motivating force I know.”

West Center and proper padding to essentially begin a fight club. The fighters involved shouldn’t be supervised and must give consent to be beaten up. I need a good fight. You guys need a fight. Let’s get together and fight. Connor de Bruler --Harry Crews You don’t even have to fight. For Opinion editor the most part fighting unproducIt is my firm belief that tive and inhumane. The best way inside everyman of every temperament to channel anger is through acheivment. lies the heart of sadistic bar-knuckle I encourage all men here at Winthrop to boxer. Every guy wants to get into a fight channel their aggresion into a successful at some point. class assignment. As Harry Crews said, Rage has always been a part of my anger can be a great motivator. character. I attacked my mom when I Some men don’t like male posturing. was a toddler. Year’s later, I accidentally Some men don’t feel as angry as others. kneed my friend’s testicles in a basketThat’s good. I think those guys are great, ball game. He punched me in the face. I but some of us, unfortunately have no retaliated and was charged with starting choice. the fight. Only a few months after that, There’s nothing wrong with being I beat up a kid who had been harassing effeminate. I’ve dressed up like a girl my sister. I just kept kicking him until before. It’s a blast. I think a lot of people he couldn’t breathe. have the qualities of both genders. I got away with it too. As of now, I haven’t explored my In high school, my chemistry teacher manliness enough. My inner woman is asked me to beat up another student satisfied. I need to hit the gym now and from a later period. I declined. push my body to the absolute limit. I I’m not promoting violence. I’m sugneed to grow a beard. I need to drink gesting that as men, we acknowledge heavy, English pub beers. our disposition toward extreme anger The whole time I’ve been writing this and physical violence. Once we do that column, I’ve been drinking a Red Bull we can actually learn to channel it into and listening to Metallica. “Shoot me productive mediums. again, I ain’t dead yet.” This topic was crystallized in Chuck If anybody knows about a fight club in Palahniuk’s first novel, “Fight Club.” It’s the region, I’m game. If anyone wants to a story about a bunch of normal guys meet with me and talk about starting a who just can’t handle society any longer. consensual fighting, ring that’s possible They need some outlet for their frustratoo. tion and pent-up energy. Consensual fighting is a pretty common practice throughout history, but the novel was the first portray men both as violent beings and social castaways yearning for a meaningful life through violence. What’s the solution? I purpose that a circle of men here at Winthrop be given a space inside the


I’ve been drinking Red Bull and listening to Metallica.

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THURSDAY February 2, 2012

CATHERINE ZENDE Science & Technology Editor

Buzzing in for Winthrop...

WU Quiz Bowl team competes in Big South competition

The team is coached by Timmons and Dylan Phillips, an English graduate student. The quiz bowl team is also sponosred by University College. The tournament was co-sponsored by Winthrop and Big South. In addition to the academic quiz bowl, the Big South also hosts the Big South Undergraduate Research Symposim (BigSURS), which will be held at Winthrop in April. For Smith, there is a clear message to tell the Winthrop community: “Quiz Bowl is fun time.”

QUIZ • from front

Miri Smith, Hampton Ballowe and alternates Jon Hoin and Joshua Dunn. Smith, an English major, was ready for English questions, but often responded to other topics. Smith earned the nickname “random owl” because she gets random questions. Smith placed seventh in overall individual performance. She first became involved with the team thanks to a connection to John Timmons, tournament director, quiz bowl team coach and assistant director for residence life. “I was in an Honors Symposium class taught by J.T. (Timmons) about the cultural impact of the Beatles. They needed people, I said ‘sure,’ and I have had a lot of fun doing it,” Smith said. Jon Hoin, senior biology major, also came to the team because of a connection to Timmons. Hoin was an resident assistant for residence life and learned of the quiz bowl through Timmons. Hoin is one of two members who specialize in science Winthrop’s quiz bowl team members pose for a picture after the competition. and math questions for the team. The team tied for fourth place in the competition, and Junior Mirielle Despite the serious questions and Smith placed 7th in overall individual performance. Photo by Catherine Zende competition, the team managed to find • humor in the games. The team walked away with good experience like a player “It’s really fun to realize that the random knowledge accidentally saying “derrier” (another word for butt) inyou have is actually useful,” Smith said stead of Dürer (a German artist) or Smith’s bright yelHow does the team intend to stay sharp? “We have low sunglasses used for dramatic effect when answering actually been talking about getting together for trivia questions. nights at McHale’s [Irish Pub] just for fun and to keep Mirielle Smith Liberty walked away with the title for the third year sharp,” Smith said. “But we are also planning to keep Junior in a row and Winthrop tied for fourth place. practicing throughout the year.”


It’s really fun to realize that the random knowledge you have is actually useful.

Sweatshops, technology and Foxconn Over the past few weeks, you may have heard about deplorable working conditions and worker suicides at China’s Foxconn electronic manufacturing plants. Foxconn is the world’s largest manufacturer of “electronic components” (i.e. the little bells and whistles found in everything from your smartphone to your computer screen). However, a slew of controversies continues to surround the electronics manufacturing giant, as claims of 35 hour-work days and the installation of nets between buildings (to catch jumpers) filter through our television screens. Jon Stewart even devoted his open segment of The Daily Devang Joshi Show to bring the conditions Chinese workers are faced with to light. After reading up on Foxconn, your heart may ache and the tears may stream from your cheeks as you wait in line for a caramel macchiato coffee from your local Starbucks, smartphone tightly gripped in your hand. That’s the irony; we live in a society that is simply detached from the realities of the “costs” of technology. Just like the physical cost that goes into making your pair of Nikes, every piece of tech was made somewhere by someone, and chances are the manufacturing floor wasn’t a duplicate of the Ritz Carlton. Now quell your crocodile tears and stop yourself from firing up your email app and sending me an angry email. I am not exactly a fan of unfair work practices anywhere, and while I’m not a champion of workers’ rights, I do have feelings, people. The point I am trying to make is this: how far does our heartbreak really go? Are you willing to cut technology out of your life in order to protest companies like Foxconn? Are you willing to pay 10, 20 even 30 percent more on a shiny new iPhone? Digging a little deeper, if you have recently shared a story regarding Foxconn on your computer or mobile device, was one of its components manufactured by Foxconn? We all want our tech when we want it! However the modern world is beginning to see that their individual touch screens don’t just contain magic conjured up by tech companies, but the sweat and tears of hard working people across the globe. So do we really care? Do you really care? If you don’t, then stop clogging up my Facebook news feed with your bleeding heart; if you do then do something about it.

Would you pay more money for a product if it was made in a factory with good working conditions?


I would like to think I would, but as a college student, I have to consider how much money I have to spend on products. Carrie DuPre Senior


If someone would tell me that it’s better to buy something from a store [with ethical labor] I would because I don’t want anybody to be ill-treated. Jenny Anjou Junior


Yeah, I wouldn’t like products that are made in sweatshops. Christopher Phillips, Sophomore Computer Science

This painting by William Gropper is titled “The Sweat Shop.” The conditions of Foxconn factories have been been criticized as sweatshops. Photo courtesy of Google Images

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THURSDAY February 2, 2012

MONICA KREBER Arts & Entertainment Editor

‘Marisol’ debuts as staff member’s first production at WU Second-year professor discusses her upcoming play and her inspiration from José Rivera By Adam Lamberts

Arizona State University.

“Rivera has a way with words,” she said. “His speech was very poetic and touching. After reading it I wept. I wanted to read more plays that he wrote since then.” Apart from Rivera’s inspirational speech, Dougherty also chose to direct Marisol because it is a play that everyone can relate to. “It’s a play about a Puerto Rican woman’s struggle to find a sense of belonging in New York,” Dougherty said. “She discovers this belonging through the friendships that she makes – not a romantic relationship, but a strong friendship with another woman living in the city.” Since the play does not involve the main character finding his/her self-identification through falling in love, Marisol offers audience members who do not have a

When playwright José Rivera gave his commencement speech at USC’s Theatre graduation in 2010, it was doubtful that he had anticipated that his speech would have an outreaching impact on other theatre graduates across the country – but that’s just what happened. One of those non-Trojan graduates who heard Rivera’s speech was assistant theatre professor Laura Dougherty (now in her second year of teaching theatre at Winthrop), who is scheduled to direct her first Winthrop production Marisol, which happens to be a play that Rivera himself wrote. Dougherty said the reason she chose to direct Marisol was because she was inspired by the commencement speech José Rivera gave during the same year she received her doctoral degree from

The cast of Marisol will be performing in the days to follow Valentine’s Day. Photo provided by Laura Dougherty

significant other with a more unconventional plotline that tells how a sense of belonging can be achieved without romantically belonging to another person. Dougherty said the nonromantic play, which opens the day after Valentine’s Day, provides a refreshing outlook on belonging that is easily relatable to anyone who has ever viewed February 14 as National Single Awareness Day. Dougherty said she has high hopes with what the Marisol production can achieve for the audience. “I want the audience to think about what they saw and to discuss with others what resonated with them,” she said. “I want the audience to think of things they never really thought about before.”

CrossWUrd Puzzle Across

1. There is construction going on this road (____ Avenue...Dacus Library is located off of here). 5. Name of the white dog pictured with the student who is designing/selling t-shirts. 6. “Gauging Winthrop’s _____ Culture.” 8. Connor de Bruler says there is “nothing wrong with being _____”. 9. Last name of this week’s featured columnist. 10. The last name of the creator of “The Innkeepers.”


2. There is a story in this edition that focuses on foreign exchange students’ take on...? 3. Mike Collins is from this organization (two words). 4. The first name of our Editor-in-Chief. 7. Last name of Mike Collins’s co-host.

Friday, Feb. 3 Austin Renfroe with special guest Mieka Pauley WHERE: The Edge - DiGiorgio Center WHEN: 8 p.m. PRICE: $5 with Winthrop ID, $10 without, Free with Spring Pass

It is no strange phenomenon that Dougherty’s hopes for the audience arevery similar to the joys of theatre that José Rivera mentioned during his commencement speech at USC. “[When] a perfect stranger comes up to you after the show to say they never felt so transported in the theatre before and they understand something about life they never understood until tonight,” Rivera said in his 2010 commencement speech at USC’s Theatre graduation. What Rivera was referring to is, essentially, what every theatre artist strives to accomplish, which Dougherty said she and her cast will be looking to accomplish February 15 – 19 at 8 p.m. Wednesday – Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday.

THURSDAY February 2, 2012



Student raises cash via t-shirt designs Art major is beginning to design, print and sell t-shirts through the Bookstore at Winthrop to raise money for the art departments Monica Kreber

This month the Bookstore at Winthrop will be getting a new product – and it comes with a cause. Senior art major Adrian Amabile has started a campaign to help raise money for Winthrop’s Art Department by designing, printing and selling t-shirts at the Bookstore. These t-shirts are partially designed by him, but will also feature designs by Art faculty members and other students interested in designing a shirt. “I just wanted to spread art through the community,” Amabile said. “The idea is to do a new design every few months.” The process works so that whenever a t-shirt is sold, some of the profits go to the Art Department. The share is also distributed among Amabile and the other designers of the shirts, as well as the Bookstore and those who have helped the printing process. Amabile has his own t-shirt business called 2

Krazy Dogs (the name was inspired by his two pet dogs), and he said the t-shirt designs will incorporate different things. “I started the business…really because I wanted to get the word out,” he said. “It’s about spreading awareness.” Amabile said so far there is no specific theme to the designs on the shirts, but they do have to meet some criteria – for example, the designs have to be one color, because more colors complicate the printing process. “Anyone could submit a design,” Amabile said. “I’ll give people a month, maybe, to do the designs.” So far there are 150 shirts – sized small, medium and large. Amabile and his wife have printed all of them, and he said he plans on rotating three t-shirt designs every few months if the campaign is a success. Amabile said the process has involved getting approval from other people at Winthrop. “We got permission to do the Fine Arts logo (in the designs),” he

said, “but in order to get the WU logo you have to go through a process which, I was told, takes three weeks or more because I guess it has to be approved by so many people.” Part of the criteria also means the designs need to be approved by associate professor / Fine Arts chair Tom Stanley. “Any work associated with the our students must be approved by the department if considered for sale in the bookstore,” Stanley said. Stanley also said the art department has been “very supportive” of Amabile’s efforts and in trying to help the t-shirts get off the ground. “This just one example of how students in Fine Arts are actively engaged on and off campus, in community and entrepreneurial activities,” he said. Amabile said Carolynn Sumner, administrative specialist of Fine Arts, helped the campaign by ordering t-shirts and making posters.“I cannot take any credit for this endeavor,”

Adrian Amabile models one of his designed t-shirts for the book store, alongside his dogs Reggie (left) and Chilly. The dogs were the inspiration for Amabile’s t-shirt business 2 Krazy Dogs (Amabile constructed the dog bone sign on his truck). Photo provided by Adrian Amabile Sumner said. “I was very happy to assist Adrian with proofing/ editing his T-Shirt design as well as the posters announcing the call for [design entries].” Sumner said she thinks Amabile’s efforts “speak well” of him. “He organized the project and followed it through from start

to finish,” she said. “This is typical among Fine Arts students. I encourage all members of the campus community to support the project by purchasing a T-shirt, which in turn helps to support our student artists.”

Adrian Amabile’s ‘Thank You’ list: -Paul Martyka -Leanne Johnson -Tom Stanley -Carolynn Sumner -Jamilyn Clark Larsen -Justin Camp -Amabile’s parents and family

‘The Innkeepers’ is a good ghost hunt Connor DeBruler

Now this is a great horror film for any occasion. Ti West’s fourth film, “The Innkeepers” is another classic homage to early 80’s schlock cinema. Two lonely college drop-outs have been eking out an existence of malt liquor, hotel conciergmanship and paranormal research at The Yankee Peddler Inn. The hotel is now in its final weekend of business. There are only three guests. It’s the perfect time for a ghost hunt. The film draws upon popular shows like

“Ghosthunters” and “Destination Truth,” which is my favorite. The female and male leads are quirky hipsters who employ slightly Diablo-Codyesque dialogue, but their enthusiasm for the craft of EVP sessions is amazing. Ti West has not yet made a bad movie. Even his straight-to-video sequel, Cabin Fever 2, wasn’t bad. It was riproaring razor-tipped journey into adolescent hell. Hell being the subject of his 2009 triumph, “The House of the Devil,” starring that girl from the Windows 7 commercials. God damn it, his movies are good.

“The Innkeepers” is more like a Kubrick film with a Tarantino sense of itself, as though the film knows it’s a film deep down. This picture certainly fulfils its own purposes rather than the wants and needs of its characters. The characters ultimately become pawns in a cosmic trans-dimensional scheme beyond human understanding. It’s a classic setup. Make no mistake, though; this movie isn’t a gory torture porno. It’s a tense tight-rope walk. The story doesn’t twist in a 360-fashion, but there are simply-perfect,

full, rich and creamy developments in the story, rendering the cinema experience superb. So if you can, pressure the Dina’s Place folks to show “The Innkeepers” and “House of the Devil” for a great cool director celebration. It’s a brainchild of mine. This is your man Connor on the front lines of life. Purple is a flavor for medicine companies and Jesus would probably enjoy this movie.

DSU brings the magic...

Jay Mattioli

Jay Mattioli is one of the youngest magicians in history to receive first prize in both The International Brotherhood and Society of American Magicians International Contests of Magic. More recently, Jay electrified the Nation and stunned the judges with his appearances on NBC’s number-one show, “America’s Got Talent.” See Jay perform startling magic with live animals, vaporize his boy in his “magic tanning booth”, and levitate a student volunteer five feet in the air. WHERE: Dina’s Place - DiGiorgio Center WHEN: Thursday, 8 p.m. PRICE: $5 with Winthrop ID, $10 without, Free with Spring Pass

The poster for ‘The Innkeepers’ features what DeBruler calls “two lonely college drop-outs.” Photo courtesy of Google Images

Correction: In our Thursday, Jan. 26, 2012 edition, on page 7, in the article entitled “Faculty exhibition features art, video,” it was written that Marge Moody was one of the faculty members who contributed artwork to an exhibit known as “New Works.” The name should have been fine arts professor Philip Moody. We apologize for any confusion.


THURSDAY February 2, 2012

ALISON ANGEL Culture Editor

Gauging Winthrop’s Political Culture College Republicans, Democrats weigh in on lack of student interest during political off-season Alison Angel

Mitt Romney’s stop to rally Winthrop’s support Jan. 18 brought out hundreds of Winthrop faculty and staff. Yet with the 2012 election looming, interest is at its peak. The real commitment to the cause can be found in the off-season, when the student political culture finds out who the truly passionate about politics are. Hampton Ballowe is a politcal science major and year-round active member of the recently created College Democrats. When it comes to student political interest as a whole, however, Ballowe laid it out: active involvement year round is pretty rare. “I think it is clear that most people only get involved in politics, voting and campaigning wise, during big elections,” Ballowe said. “Student political involvement in the political world as a whole is quite poor.” Ballowe said that while it is sad, it is to be expected: most American citizens, let alone students, either hate politics or “don’t see the point in getting involved.” Ballowe and the College Democrats, as well as the Republicans and other political student clubs, work to make politics a more essential part of campus life. But as with the rest of the country, they kick into high gear when a national election is at stake. They spend time canvassing for Obama and planning events that illustrate his great successes to the students on campus. Though Ballowe said there’s no getting around the fact that politics is a love-it-orleave-it kind of culture, he said there’s every reason to be involved regardless. “When I hear that people hate politics I don’t get angry because politics is one of those things that you either love or you hate,” Ballowe said. “But when people don’t see the point in getting involved, whether its in voting or campaigning, I get upset. Politics affects every American’s life, and for them to not care makes me extremely upset because it just shows the withering spirit of American success and perseverance.” After the 2008 presidential election, USA Today reported that college freshman, in a survey, rose to such a high level of political involvement that hadn’t been seen since 1968. A large part of the political interest came directly from the running of Barack Obama, who captured the youth vote. Whether the 2012 election and Obama’s reelection process will continue to elevate that involvement remains to be seen, but on average most political interest is only a result of an issue directly affecting citizens. Timothy Kroboth, senior and president of the College Republicans, agrees that most students, as with the average American, just aren’t interested unless the topic hits close to home. “Students are much more likely to pay attention to political debate if the controversy is confined to a simple, personally relevant issue, such as tuition hikes,” Kroboth said. The problem he said is that they tend to overlook all of the details that directly

affect their daily lives: “…very few Winthrop students care about more abstract, complex political debates such as ‘education policy,’ even though that obviously includes tuition hikes.” Kroboth agrees with Ballowe that overall, student political involvement on campus is at a low unless an event spurs it. “The point is that the average Winthrop student is generally uninterested and uninformed regarding politics, and it takes something such as a presidential election or threatened tuition hike to motivate student interest and participation,” Kroboth said. If there’s one thing the College Democrats and Republicans agree on it is that this problem is not confined simply to college students. As a whole, political involvement and interest nationwide is lacking, to say the least. National elections certainly spur student involvement nationwide, but so too do they call the average American to take an interest once every four years in what will affect their well-being for the next four. “Honestly, I would not describe Winthrop students as any more politically apathetic than any other typical political group,” Kroboth concluded. “The average U.S. citizen is often too overwhelmed with other events in daily life to stay informed about politics or has been driven to political apathy due to mounting frustration with politicians.”

Presidential hopeful Mitt Romney greets Winthrop students during his visit to campus Jan. 18. Hundreds of students came out to the political event which took place just before the South Carolina primary. Photo by Claire Van Ostenbridge

Rules of the Road: how United States driving standards compare the world over rity number. The process is much simpler for French citizens who held a driver’s Before winter break, license back in France: three international stu“When you have a dents at Winthrop took French driver’s license a trip down to the local DMV to get their very own you just need to bring that American driver’s license. paperwork and transfer it,” Mazou said. For weeks they took lesUnfortunately Mazou sons from the father of a Winthrop student and the had to take the more complicated route because day finally arrived when she never got a French he escorted them to take driver’s license; she never the big exam. felt the need until coming Unfortunately, when they arrived, it turned out to Rock Hill. “I did not have a that the Department of Motor Vehicles has a pol- driver’s license in France icy: no non-United States because I did not recitizens can be tested on a ally need it thanks to the common transports Saturday. everywhere,” Mazou said. This is only one of a “[Plus] in France the cost number of policies that of a driver’s license is the DMV holds in place 1,000 Euros or more.” across the nation that is The French exams to little known, which can be frustrating for non-United obtain a license are also much more States citizens difficult in who don’t have the United the time to States: go otherwise. “First One of you have these stuto pass dents, Sarah the permit Mazou, test that is graduated in not easy December to get with with a bachSarah Mazou about 40 elor’s degree December graduate questions, in integrated which marketing are very commuhard and nications sometimes and a series misleadof driving ing,” Mazou explained. lessons under her belt in “Then you need to take at preparation for another trip to the Rock Hill DMV. least 20 hours of driving classes with a qualified This was not Mazou’s instructor. Many people first trip to the DMV in miss the permit and drivan attempt to obtain her ing test because of some license; before she could instructors who are too even take the test, as an international student, she hard to pass.” The biggest difference had to make multiple trips in driving in America, just to show documents proving that she is not an besides the much lower American citizen and not price of obtaining an actual license, is the size eligible for a social secuAlison Angel


Personally, I think that it is much easier to drive here.

can drivers to Vietnamese driving exam is divided drivers. Generally Dang into three parts in addisaid that American drivers tion to the actual road are much safer, though test. the infrastructure is so Results are given very different between the two mechanically as well, countries it makes it hard without grading from the to compare. instructor themselves. The roads in Vietnam “Our driving test grades are “crazy and dangerare given by a machine ous,” Dang said. “There which is put in the back are many rules and laws of the car,” Du said. “We but the number of police cannot use our own cars is limited and people do [either], the driving cennot maintain much self ter provides special cars discipline...The laws are for us.” definitely enforced and The standards in complied better.” Sarah Mazou, recent graduate, learns to drive. Mazou Vietnam are not quite as Though standards to get graduated in December with a degree in Integrated rigorous when it comes to a license may differ greatMarketing Communications and an American driver’s the actual road test. ly from country to counlicense shortly thereafter. Photo courtesy of Sarah The main difference in try, the general consensus Mazou Vietnam, said business is in: according to a few administration major of the roads and the cars, the trip to the DMV and international students, Hien Dang, is in the cost which are much smaller in the leap for her American of the license. though the process of getFrance. People also drive license. She, however, ting an American license “[It’s] much more much faster in France, came to Rock Hill from is quite different from expensive,” Dang said. Mazou said, and radars China, where the stantheir respective countries, “People drive scooters are everywhere despite dards are much more American driving laws are more commonly.” police being less of a presdifficult than required by policed better. Being in South Caroence on the roads. the United States. lina has given Dang the “Personally, I think that In China, Du said, the chance to compare Ameriit is much easier to drive here,” Mazou said. “But taking the driving test [in the United States] may be more difficult concerning the language barrier and the specific terms needed.” According to the S.C. DMV website, in South Carolina the process to obtain a driver’s license involves passing a vision and knowledge test in order to obtain a permit. Once a driver has a permit and has practiced with a licensed driver they are eligible to take Offer Valid First Time Customer Only. the road test, the only Local Resident within 20 miles of salon. Valid ID Required. requirements being that a Expires: 5/31/12 driver must provide their own vehicle and prove it is insured. These standards are less rigorous than in other countries. Business administration major Yuying Du also took


THURSDAY February 2, 2012


Winthrop legends enshrined in 2012 Hall of Fame Class

The Hall of Fame inductees stressed the importance that Winthrop played on their lives outside athletics. Photo by Jenni Buker • Special to The Johnsonian

HOF grows to 41 members in two and a half hour ceremony in the DiGiorgio Campus Center Friday night By David Thackham

When the city of Irishtown, New Brunswick, Canada started advertising that Winthrop alumna Janiva Willis (nee Thompson) had lived there, it became clear that the former Eagle softball star needed some extra recognition. She and five other equally worthy alumni received just that as they were inducted into the Winthrop Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2012 Friday night in the Richardson Ballroom of the DiGiorgio Campus Center. Over 150 Winthrop fans, including friends, families and the inductees, saw Clayton Almeida (men’s tennis), Octavia Goode (track and field), Catherine Rheiner (nee Shealy) (women’s golf), Kevin Slowey (baseball), Rusty Theinert (men’s soccer) and Willis (softball) join 35 others in the Hall of Fame which also boasts historically successful former men’s basketball coach Nield Gordon.

Slowey was unable to be in attendance due to team commitments following his recent move from the Colorado Rockies to the Cleveland Indians. “Each of these inductees is a tremendous ambassador for our university,” said Scott McDonald, associate athletic director. “They are truly Winthrop people and will always be a part of the Winthrop family.” Winthrop: “So many opportunities” All five inductees present made sure to stress the connection and importance that their school played on their collegiate and future lives. “I always wanted to be a tennis player and Winthrop helped me do just that,” Almeida said. The Brazilian native helped his squad win the Big South Conference championship every year he played tennis in Rock Hill from 2002-2005. “It is very humbling to be inducted here,” Rheiner said. “The university provided me with so many opportunities. I have always cherished my time here.” She’s left her mark on Winthrop as well. The former golfer turned businesswoman won a spot on a Winthrop women’s record three straight All-Big South Conference teams in 1991, 1992 and 1993. Willis summed it up more simply. “Winthrop’s been a second home to me,” she said. “I’ve gone from a small town in Canada to a small town in Rock Hill, but it’s been a great decision for me.” “Drive and determination”

Much was said on Friday regarding the six athletes’ ability to persevere and work hard for their achievements, inside and out of the playing field. Steve Kirby, who accepted Slowey’s award on behalf of the pitcher, said that Cleveland’s new star is still looking to finFrom left: President Anthony DiGiorgio, Clayton Alish his degree. Slowey was drafted by the Minnesota meida, Rusty Theinart, Tom Hickman, Octavia Goode, Twins during his junior year. Catherine Rheiner and Janiva Thompson. Photo by “The drive and determination to hold that job and Jenni Buker • Special to The Johnsonian

UPCOMING EVENTS HOME GAMES IN BOLD Men’s basketball 2/2 @ Radford - 7 p.m. 2/4 @ Virginia Military Institute - 1 p.m. 2/9 @ Campbell - 7 p.m. Women’s basketball 2/4 vs. Presbyterian College - 1 p.m. Men’s tennis 2/4 @ Old Dominion - 10 a.m. 2/5 @ Virginia Commonwealth - 2 p.m. 2/11 @ Wake Forest - 4 p.m. Women’s Tennis 2/4 @ Virginia Tech - 10 a.m. 2/5 @ Virginia Commonwealth - 10 a.m. 2/10 @ Eastern Kentucky - 12 p.m. Indoor Track and Field 2/10- 11 @ Akron Invite


still come back in the offseason to work on schoolwork is just outstanding,” he said. “He’s a great citizen of this community, a great baseball player… and an even better person.” Octavia Goode, holder of 11 individual Big South championships and five school records, attributes much of her success to an old coach. “[Former assistant Catherine (Rheiner) coach Bobbie SchShealy reiner] helped me Former WU golfer build my confidence,” Goode said. “I want to thank her for pushing me to everything I achieved. Hard work does pay off.” Almeida also paid homage to his former coach. “To me, Cid [Carvalho, now head women’s tennis coach] was not only a coach, but a mentor and a friend as well.” “It makes a huge difference to anything we pursue,” Shealy later added, “when we put our heart into it.”

It makes a huge difference to anything we pursue when we put our heart into it.

Largest class since 2005 The 2012 class is the largest since 2005, when six former Winthrop athletes were honored in McBryde Hall. According to the Winthrop Athletics website, the Winthrop Hall of Fame was founded in 2004 to honor and recognize former Winthrop student-athletes, coaches, administration and supporters whose contributions brought distinction to Winthrop and themselves.

Winthrop can’t feel the Penn State pain It was hard to describe Coliseum and is a member of four just what I felt as I watched collegiate Halls of Fame. students even younger than I Nobody will put rosaries on his tip over a news van on CNN statues. ESPN won’t send Jeremy on Pennsylvania State UniverSchaap to Rock Hill to describe the sity campus last November. pain and heartbreak Eagles will face. How could I? I had never seen Simply put, Winthrop doesn’t have such passion over a firing. an athletic public figure to put its After their head football coach arm around and say, “That’s my guy/ Joe Paterno was fired amid girl.” sexual assault allegations that Even in success, there are few Winswirled around the univerthrop lovers who would riot in the David Thackham sity’s brass, State College, Pa., streets if Cid Carvalho (23 Big South Co-sports editor more resembled Syria than a regular season championships for school. Hundreds of kids stammen’s or women’s tennis in 25 years peded down College Avenue in the middle of of coaching at Winthrop) was given his pink the night, angered by the university’s decislip. sion to sack the long-beloved ball coach. The blame lies on both sides. There’s Assistant coach Jerry Sandusky was on long been a disconnect between athletics trial for sexually abusing a young boy in a and students here at Winthrop. Other than university shower in 2002, not Paterno, they the occasional women’s basketball practice said. The e’er famous chant of “We are Penn at the West Center, the average Winthrop State,” that generations of Nittany Lions student rarely sees coaches out and about on have sung throughout the year doesn’t just campus. It’s important to keep in mind that apply to the school. It applies to Joe Paterno. our coaches have numerous matters to take Penn Staters were Joepa’s sons and daughcare of even in the offseasons, like scouting ters and he was their father. Even in his and travelling, which keep them either on death, thousands streamed to his statue in the road or in their Coliseum offices. But if order to pay their final respects for the man they want to build any rapport with young everyone loved to see roaming the sidelines. fans and fill their bleachers each gameday, We’ll never see that happening at Winthe administration should do their best to throp. reach out to the common student. It doesn’t matter that Winthrop effectively The steps are going in the right direction, has 90,000 less students than Penn State. though. Media Relations recently moved the It’s not an issue of whether students have the Winthrop Coaches’ Luncheon to The Edge capacity to be incited to take action (see the in the DiGiorgio Campus Center to attract visit of the preachers in 2010.) It has everystudents during their lunch period. A pep thing to do with passion. rally aimed at pumping up students for the Let’s be honest here. Winthrop’s never men’s and women’s basketball season earlier going to be on the cover of USA Today as this year was a modest success. “Best School for Athletics” or “Loudest StuBut no one will captivate, inspire and modent Section in the Country.” The Eagles, in tivate a student fan base here at Winthrop most sports, have a loyal, but small followlike Joe Paterno did in Happy Valley. Call it ing. Certainly even fewer of them are wellthe curse of being an athlete at a traditioneducated in the program’s famous coaches. ally liberal arts school. Call it disinterest on Even in Winthrop’s marquee sport, men’s the students’ part. Whatever you chalk it up basketball, only the hardcore fan would shed to, it’s clear that people won’t be thinking of a tear when Nield Gordon passes away. By the Coach “Who’s-her-face” when they do the way, Gordon was the first ever Winthrop the spirit check. men’s basketball coach, an influential force in creating the now 6,000 seater Winthrop

THURSDAY February 2, 2012



Eagles back to winning ways after thrilling Campbell comeback By Jeff Brodeur

Monday night’s match-up between Campbell and Winthrop was a tale of two teams heading in opposite directions. The Campbell Camels were riding on a three game winning streak, looking to make a run for the top spot in the Big South Conference. The Winthrop Eagles, however, were looking to right the ship after two straight losses where they saw themselves shoot a dismal 28 percent from the field. The roller coaster ride of a game ended with Winthrop finishing on top, 83-73 vaulting themselves into a three-way tie for third place with Campbell and Charleston Southern. “What a great time to show that progress in my opinion, to turn the corner in late January and early February.” head coach Marlene Stollings said. “To be able to fight like that and come through in a game we trailed most of the time and pull it out in the end is a tremendous effort by our ladies.” In the first half of play, Winthrop showed no signs of breaking their poor shooting trend. The Eagles, who lead the Big South in both 3-point FGs made and 3-point FG percentage, connected on just 3-17 and shot 14-41 overall in the first half. Fortunately, the bench was able to provide some Dequesha McClanahan led the Eagles comeback, scoring 16 of her 23 points in the second half. Photo by Sarah stability while the usual performers Dequesha Auvil • McClanahan and Diana Choibekova struggled to find the basket early on. Senior TaQuoia Hammick making 7 of her 9 shots. Winthrop’s defense stood strong, effectively killand sophomore Tiffany Charles combined to score 14 “We picked and chose our moments based on who ing clock until an intentional foul by Kate Cloxton points on 6-9 shooting in the first frame, which the was in the game defensively. We knew Q (McClanaon McClanahan with 17.4 seconds to play sealed the Camels led 39-33. han) could attack off the dribble and when she started comeback victory. Over the final 10:06, the Eagles On the opening second half possession, Campbell’s turning to the corner and getting to the basket, we outscored the Camels 31-16. Katelyn Bass, who led her team with 20 points, scored took a couple possessions and threw it into TaQuoia,” “It was a team win, no question about it,” said an easy layup to extend the Camels lead to 8 points. Stollings said. “With so many weapons offensively, we Stollings. “Several people stepped up at key moments That would be the largest deficit Winthrop would face are hard to guard when we’re running our offense at a for us and I was very proud of them.” the rest of the game. high level.” The Lady Eagles will look to continue their success McClanahan took over in the final minutes, conRedshirt freshman Samiya Wright was also a major as they take on the bottom of the Big South Confernecting on three layups in a span of just over three contributor down the stretch, tallying 12 of her 17 ence in Presbyterian and Gardner-Webb, who are curminutes, and was able to draw a foul each time. 16 points in the final frame, including a crucial threerently 9th and 10th respectively in the Conference. of her game-high 23 points came in the second half. pointer to put the Eagles up by a comfortable 9 points Hammick also matched her first half scoring output, with 3:40 to go.

Super Bowl Pick ‘em: Who ya got? “”

The Giants are the hot team right now. Eli [Manning]’s playing a lot better now and New York has a way better defense.


Mike Grefenstette

I kind of want the Giants because I’m from New York. I wanted [Denver Broncos’ Tim] Tebow to get in, but the overrated Patriots are in it again, so we’ll have to see how that crumbles. Aisha Perry


Patriots all the way. My family is from Boston. The two tight end system is a real weapon for Tom Brady. It depends on which Giants’ d[efense] shows up, but the Pats have shown they can play defense as well. Justin Walters

UNC bound: Matt Horn skips pro soccer career for medical school HORN • from front About two weeks after being drafted into the MLS Matt was accepted to medical school at UNC. “UNC is one of the best medical schools in the country, so I was really honored to be accepted there,” Horn said. Horn has been spending his time weighing the options and deciding which path he will take for his future. “I think I’m going to go to medical school at UNC next year, “ Horn said. The decision did not come easy, but Horn says that after praying, talking to his parents and his coaches, medical school seems to be the right option for him. The decision came about because medical school is a long process and Horn thinks that it’s better for him to start earlier rather than later. “Med school takes, like, forever so I thought I should jump right on it” Horn said.

Although Horn has enjoyed his time spent playing soccer at Winthrop, he feels that his heart really belongs to the medical world. “It’s my true passion,” Horn said. “It’s what I want to do.” Some people may be surprised by Horn’s decision to skip out on the chance to play professional soccer, but Horn says medical school at UNC is something that has been a long-term goal of his. “I was always kind of preparing in undergrad to go to med school,” Horn said. “I’ve always been putting academics a little above athletics. Fortunately I had a good soccer career so I had both of those opportunities, which was great.” Horn said that medical school has a great number of specialties, but his main areas of interest are pediatrics, oncology, infectious disease and orthopedic surgery. Medical school may be the choice that Horn has made, but he does continue

to play soccer whenever he can. He will try to play either intramural at UNC or just find people who enjoy playing for fun. He hopes that someday he may be able to coach some form of soccer on the side. Horn said there are a great number of things he will miss after his soccer career at Winthrop ends. “The thing I’ll miss the most is my teammates and being able to be around them all the time,” Horn said. “The whole environment is awesome, and I’ll miss getting to play everyday.” Horn is thankful for all of the opportunities he has had and the people he has been able to meet at Winthrop. “I’ve been really blessed to have such an awesome career here. There have been awesome people who have helped me along the way here like my teammates, coaches and professors” Horn said. “I think a lot of the accomplishments I’ve been able to have are just a testament to how awesome people are here.”


I’ve always been putting academics a little above athletics. Fortunately I had a good soccer career, so I had both of those opportunities... Matt Horn

Senior soccer player

THURSDAY February 2, 2012




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February 2, 2012 Issue  

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February 2, 2012 Issue  

This is the February 2, 2012 issue of The Johnsonian, Winthrop University's campus newspaper