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News Editor


August 18, 2011

Amanda Phipps

Assistant News Editor

Journalist gears up for watchdog role Winthrop, I’m watching. Three and half years of sweat, tears, biting nails and gradually subjecting my eyes to various computer screens are all culminating into these last two semesters. And guess what WU...I’m excited. I’m thrilled. Not just because in May, God willing, I’ll walk across that stage, shake hands with our university president and receive a piece of paper that’ll I mount on my mantle. But, because for another year, I get to perform what I--and most journalists-consider one of the most important functions a human being could perform. I’m a watchdog. Winthrop’s entered into unprecedented territory recently. We’re celebrating the one-year birthday of the DiGiorgio Campus Center and, most notably, Markley’s Food Court. We have our first democratic studentbody president in a decade, and students actually voted. We have a purple worm in the Hardin Garden and even a quintet of musical frogs playing instruments on our campus green. My how we’ve grown. More than that, we have a new staff of journalists, webmasters, photographers, videographers, graphic designers and even ad people ready to bring you the best publication we can, as ethically and responsibly as we can. Three and a half years ago, I was a freshman. In August 2008, I walked into a moldy smelling, bleak looking, pizza-encrusted basement with a stained carpet and puke-colored walls.

And you know fessional newspaper. During this what, it was in this time, I covered the city--attending ugly hole in the council meetings, budget workground that it all shops and calling the mayor nearly began. every single day. When I received Now, I’m back at Winthrop. my first assginment Three and a half years older and for The Johnsonian, wiser. I was nervous. No longer do I fear professors’ Ok, nervous is an criticism. Instead, I look forward understatement--I to it. was terrified. I report and write better. My mind spiel Also, I don’t take for granted the went something like work I’ve been commissioned to this: My peers, asdo. Jonathan McFadden piring academics from Last year, in a similar column, I News Editor all walks of life, would declared that we at The Johnsonian read this. would be dedicated in bringing stuMy professors, with their doctorates, dents, faculty and staff the news the best would examine and point out every way we can as servants of the people. grammatical error or slip in syntax. I come to you for another year deOn top of it, I was working alongside claring the same thing, this time with contemporaries, many of them older, renewed fervor. more knowledgeable and more capable So I tell you again, Winthrop, I’m than me. watching. Nevertheless, as a columnist, I had a Following money trails, staying in-thejob to do and a desire to get paid; so I know with tuition forecasts and informdid what I had to do, no matter how bad ing students about what the ‘powersit was. that-be’ really do in their executive Time passed and I kept doing it. I kept meetings. writing and kept fielding my opinions We at The Johnsonian will watch egos, across campus, no matter how many not stroke them. people disagreed with or applauded me. We’ll ask questions, not turn a blind Then came my sophomore year, where eye. I began to write for both the news and We’ll examine the details, not cover opinion sections simultaneously. them up. Lo and behold, I was hooked. I found We’ll tell the truth as we get it, not senmy true niche. I fell in love with the sationalize. news. More than that, we’ll tell students Junior year, I became the assistant about students. news editor for the paper. We’ll focus on the negative and the This past summer, I worked alongside- positive. -not under--veteran journalists at a proWe’ll be fair and balanced.

‘Crazy’ editor takes on ‘news’ challenges People tell me I’m crazy. I started my freshman year of college with the determination to get the most out of it as possible. I joined The Johnsonian and became health and science editor my second semester. For two years, my life revolved around research and health. Now my life will revolve around budget meetings, police reports and other campus news as I take on the challenge of becoming assistant news editor. I’m excited to take on something this different from what I’m used to and have one last year with my TJ family. As a college senior, it is strange to know that in a year, I will be leaving all of this behind and taking on new challenges. But that is not new to me. I am a double-major in journalism and biology, a challenge in itself. I’m

used to being constantly busy and doing many things at once. But I also try to have fun and make time for my family. That’s the challenge college brings. It’s hard to balance everything you want to do, try and accomplish. Not only do I have to be a good student,

Amanda Phipps Asst. News Editor

I have to be a good daughter, girlfriend and team member. College has helped me become those things and I encourage you to try new things and get as much out of your experience as you can. Have fun, and by fun I don’t mean spending all night playing World of Warcraft. I mean meet new people, but don’t forget your old friends. Make friends of your professors as well, trust me- they are there to help you and they are actually pretty cool (at least outside the classroom). I will miss Winthrop when I’m gone, but I have learned so much about myself and life in general during my time here. Taking this position is one more step towards becoming successful after college and remembering this experience for a lifetime.

We’ll bring you interesting and thought-provoking features, giving you scintillating material to read and enjoy. We’ll listen and be a voice for the student body. Winthrop prides itself on growing and cultivating its students to be leaders, critical thinkers and contributing members of society. Well, WU, you’ve crafted a leader, a critical thinker and a contributor to this wonderful campus community. You’ve created a better journalist and a better investigator. Congratulations. Now, get ready.


And you know what, it was in this ugly hole in the ground that it all began.

News in Brief: Here’s some of what happened on campus this summer: 1. GOP presidential candidate & Tea Party favorite Michele Bachmann canvassed on campus on June 29. Though her meeting didn’t include news for higher education, Bachmann explained her open opposition to ‘Obama-care’ and summed up what she considered President Barack Obama’s shortcomings. 2. GOP candidate Rick Santorum hosted a meet-and-greet on campus on July 13. According to a story printed in The [Rock Hill] Herald, Santorum discussed his ideal form of government--a limited one. 3. The campus green got, well, greener. As part of a donation by the Belk family, Winthrop received five musical frogs to make the campus a tad more whimsical. 4. U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham stopped by campus on Aug. 11 to answer questions about national security, the economy and his opposition to the debt deal that ended the fiscal showdown in D.C. -Compiled by Jonathan McFadden

You want the scoop? You want the drama? You want the pizza?

Then, it’s simple. Write for news. Staff meetings are every Sunday at 8 p.m. DiGiorgio Campus Center Room 104. Be there. Be in the know.



THURSDAY August 18, 2011


Editor reaches out for student help Every year, Winthrop changes. Graduated students move onto new things, freshmen move away from home into their respective residence halls and musical frog statues are placed around new buildings. The Johnsonian changes every year, too- and it’s not just a staff adjustment. Web presence in this day and age means everything, so The Johnsonian is increasing our online activity to serve you better. Look out for more website polls, online exclusive stories, photo galleries of on-campus events and videos. But these things can’t happen magically. Everything you see in

the print and onsentatives, designers line edition takes and illustrators. Any time, work and, skill you can think of most of all, people. can be used for the That being said, good of the public. we need you to Are your fingers covhelp this newsered in ink spots? Do paper reach it’s you spend long nights potential. Your in Rutledge perfecting feedback on stopenciled squares on ries, online postwhite paper? Claire Byun ings and editorials Market your talent Editor-in-chief in The Johnsonian. are necessary to the health and imCan you sell your provement of your experience family on a vacation, friends on here at Winthrop. a restaurant and your roomAnd of course, we need your mate on the preferred residence skills. hall? Putting together a newspaper Earn money selling newspatakes all kinds; photographers, per space to advertisers around writers, copy editors, ad reprethe Winthrop area, all while

Election Brief

gaining experience for your resume. Do you rant and rave in Thompson about issues important to the university, all to the dismay of fellow lunch patrons? State your opinion through our pages, earning a byline both online and in our printed publication. Even if you’re not a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist reporting for the New York Times, we need you. It’s not like any of us have won national awards, anyway... Help us make this year work for you. Suggest story and photo ideas, participate in website polls and activities, and give us feedback.

Garvin, junior political science major, started his term July 1, 2011. Sapp, junior IMC major, started her term in May 2011. The presidential terms will end June 30, 2012.


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Students chose their leaders for the first time in 10 years. Students elected Kambrell Garvin as CSL (Council of Student Leaders) president and Kaitlin Sapp as vice-chair of CSL during last year’s democratic election. This was the first of its kind in a decade.

After all, we’ve been serving Winthrop students since 1923. So how can we help you?


We know it first We have the police


3. We’re fearless 4. We tell the truth 5. We’re local 6. We’re watchdogs 7. We’re aggressive 8. We’re cool 9. We’re students too 10. Just do it Graphic by Amanda Phipps

–– POLICE BLOTTER –– Kambrell Garvin and Kaitlin Sapp jump started their campaign on Mar. 21 on the front steps of Byrnes Auditorium. Photo by Claire van Ostenbridge •

10 - Day campaign 832 Student votes 1 Election

2 Students make history Compiled by Amanda Phipps

Who done it? Read the police blotter at to find out. The best source for guilty pleasures, such as these: POSSESSION OF BEER UNDER 21 (8/11/11)

Be the first to know Don’t wait until Thursday to know what’s happening at WU, check out our website instead!

At 1:35 a.m., the Winthrop Police Department observed a 2002 black Honda traveling north on Eden Terrace with no headlights on, according to the police report. The reporting officer stopped the vehicle and made contact with the driver. The officer spoke to each of the five occupants individually, and two men, 20, were found to be drinking. One subject denied drinking and was arrested for possession/consumption of beer under 21. The other subject admitted to drinking and was ticketed for possession/consumption of beer under 21, according to the police report.

POSSESSION OF MARIJUANA WITH INTENT TO DISTRIBUTE (8/14/11) At 1:48 a.m., the Winthrop Police department observed a white 1994 Lincoln swerving on Eden Terrace, according to the police report. The reporting officer and another officer stopped the vehicle in front of Winthrop Coliseum. As the reporting officer made contact with the driver, he noticed a plastic bag hanging from the driver’s doorframe in plain view. The subject said nothing was in the bag and gave consent for the reporting officer to pull the bag out. The bag contained a large quantity of marijuana and multiple individual bags of marijuana inside. The subject was arrested, according to the police report.





August 18, 2011

Alison Angel

Culture Editor

Freshman, Take Heed: Being without a Clue is Your Best Friend As I sit down to write this, all I keep any respect of life. I found my way really fast thinking is one thing: what can I possibly and learned how to tackle pretty much anytell the incoming freshman class that will thing head on, and that’s a skill that’s going to enlighten them, teach them, or just make benefit way past college. the adjustment easier? The second you step foot on campus and Answer: well, nothing. But I can at become a part of it your whole world is going to least help you to realize that college isn’t change; you’ll practically be a different person just classes and deadlines: it’s an entire from week to week as you experience everyculture within itself, and you’re about to thing and figure out who you’re going to be for become completely immersed. the next 40 or 50 years. If you take the time to When I was a freshman, the images that just jump into the unknown, let it ride- you’re came to mind when I thought of my first probably going to be a lot better off. And lets Alison Angel face it, now that you’re here what other option year of college weren’t typical images of Culture Editor do you have? holing up in the library and pulling all nighters. I didn’t even think about the Make friends with feeling clueless, because new group of friends I would most likely you’re going to be feeling it a lot once you get make that would be there for the rest of my life. here and eventually you’re going to appreciate that it Nope, when I pictured college, I saw a big void, filled means you have all the choices in the world. with nothing but uncertainty when I’d always known Just remember that it only lasts for this brief moment what was ahead. Basically, I didn’t have a clue what in time. You have four years to try everything and have I’d be getting into when I moved onto campus. It was endless possibilities while being in-between launching both foreign and awesome. And then panic set in: as your own life and still feeling (and acting) like a kid. someone who likes to know what lies ahead in my life, And that is awesome. having four years of not knowing really hit me hard. This advice is not new, but it bears repeating. You But I’m going to let you in on a little secret: that void have four years here to change what you want to change is going to be your best friend. and be who you want to be. It’s a culture shock, but it’s Without my minimal freakout about the future as a a shock that will jolt you quite literally into your future freshman, I probably wouldn’t be where I am now in as you make more and more decisions as an official col-

lege student. Enjoy your time now and never judge anything until you try it. Trust me on this one. Yes, you come into college not having a clue what friends you’ll make, where anything is, or what you’ll be doing a year from now. But just wait and see: if you make friends with uncertainty, you’ll start to see it as the particular kind of freedom that only college allows. As for the stereotypical dilemmas of college life, I only have a few words of advice: try not to sleep through class every day (easier said than done); take every opportunity to get out on campus and just have fun; and leave high school completely behind you because here it’s a whole different ball game. No one is going to tolerate the kind of judgement and cliques so often faced in those halls, and the best part? You don’t have to, either. Occasionally, you are going to be scared. You are going to be late to class. You are going to pull all nighters. These are sadly unavoidable. But, if you open up and let yourself fully embrace change, you might also make some of the best friends you could hope for, plan out the rest of your life, and meet the love of your life, be it person or passion. So embrace everything, the good and the bad, and welcome to the college culture: you’re in for a treat.

2011: Upcoming Global Events Need to rack up those cutltural event credits? Here’s a sneak peek of some of the events you can visit to have a good time:

September 1 Salsa Magic

November 3 Reggae/urban music concert Celebrates the music of the islands and inner cities featuring both English and Spanish performers 7 p.m. at Tillman Auditorium Admission: $7 for all

Salsa Magic Interactive dance experience that teaches the Hispanic dance form of Salsa. 8 p.m. at the Community Concourse $5 with Winthrop ID, $10 to the public

September 9 Diego Val and Adam Grabowski

December 2 Lecture: Brown Bags Presentation given by faculty and visiting scholars to encourage communication between all sub-disciplines of Anthropology and Sociology 2:30 p.m. in Kinard Auditorium Admission: Free

Peruvian Singer/Songwriter Diego Val with guest comedian Adam Grabowski. 8 p.m. at the Edge-DiGiorgio Center $5 with Winthrop ID, $10 to the public

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August 18, 2011

Connor de Bruler

Opinion Editor

An Original Comic

Our Say

TJ changes alongside WU Changes are essential to an everimproving, modern campus such as Winthrop. Last year, our university overcame many challenges and continues to work toward enhancing the life and experience of students, faculty and staff. Kambrell Gavin, the first democratically elected student body president in a decade, was sworn into office in April, along with his elected vice-president, Kaitlin Sapp. The Johnsonian applauds the work and commitment to democracy by the Council of Student Leaders, and hopes students understand the significance of their vote. Justifying funding for higher education will always be a struggle, we are thankful the university saved the Academic Success Center. Because of this act, Winthrop shows potential students and their families the significance of an education. Completion of the DiGiorgio Campus Center provided students, faculty and the community with a cool place to hang out during those long school days. Of course, we’re thankful that the university understands the significance of student press and refrained from cuts to our budget. Consistent to last year’s editorial mission, our goal is to let by-gones be by-gones.

By Courtney Niskala

Looking beyond our past transgressions, our conciliatory mood will continue throughout this print year. We will not thump the administration just to grind an ax. But we will continue to be the campus watchdog. Again, similar to previous years, we don’t promise to sugar coat anything, but we will be responsible with our reporting and words. There are still challenges, of course, and we will continue to hold Winthrop’s administration to an expected level of transparency. The recent removal of The Johnsonian’s faculty advisor was unprecedented and unexpected; we will investigate this matter until the truth is fully disclosed. On a federal and state level, funding for higher education is in peril. We will cover and report legislative and administrative decisions that impact Winthrop’s future. Necessary and proper construction around campus will be covered, including its affect on students and university budget. Student publications, which include the enclosed Roddey McMillan Record and annual Anthology, will cover campus news, events, opinions and talents. And together we will grow a stronger, more modern Winthrop.

come here despite the financial Society has never been more burden, despite the disapproval skeptical of a college educaof some, despite your own fear tion due to the high cost in this and despite the pressure from down economy. the media and culture that you I submit that most of the might be coming for nothing. articles and headlines out there No one comes here and asking whether or not a college leaves with nothing. I can promeducation is really worth it are Connor de Bruler ise you that. complete nonsense. You are a student of this Opinion editor A college education is the school now and it has never best decision a young person been a more difficult time to be can ever make. a college student. Sure it’s getting harder to find jobs, We must rise up and say no to mediand it’s true that the cost of college is get- ocrity. We must say no to greedy polititing overwhelming. But think about this: cians. We must say no to a culture that the U.S. unemployment rate is around wants to keep us docile. 9 percent now. Only 4.5 percent of that This is not the professor’s school. This is made of college graduates. Any public is not the administration’s school. This is or government resource will give you our school. Without us it is nothing. these figures, and I have not cited exactly The Baby Boomer generation has where I got these numbers to challenge failed this country and this earth with readers to look up these statistics several their idiocy and theocracy. Our generatimes. The numbers are not manipulated. tion must take it back and right these The truth is that college students are wrongs. It all must start at the epicenter still able to find good jobs. of intellectualism: the university. College is also more than just a fourWelcome to Winthrop. year job hunt. People grow intellectually Also, if you’re going to drink, be smart in a college setting more than they would about it. Don’t drive under the influotherwise. It saddens me to think that, ence and don’t drink more than you can perhaps, our culture places less and less handle. Also, be aware that most of my emphases on intellectualism. articles are my opinion alone and I am It doesn’t matter where you go to colnot responsible for any armed uprising or lege and it doesn’t matter when you go to revolution-even if I instigate it. college. It isn’t for everyone, and others aren’t ready to go to college directly after high-school. We are different in these respects. A higher education, however, is a great tool to not only grow as a human being away from the parents, or to learn things one would never had pursued otherwise but also to discover a passion and avert a life of oppressive, exploitative work at the dregs of our ruthless capitalist system. Those of you who have decided to come to the Winthrop University to pursue a higher education, I applaud you. I applaud you for having the courage to


The truth is that college students are still able to find good jobs.

Need an outlet? Write for the Johnsonian Opinion page and have your voice heard by the harrowing masses of Winthrop.

College worth the cost

Past thoughts of a renegade columnist Over the past year, Opinion editor Connor de Bruler has been pushing the mental, intellectual and physical limits of the short column form. Here’s a few of his thoughts from the past... • The West Center needs trampolines • All the buildings at Winthrop are racist • Heroin should be legal • Burning churches is an example of free speech • Waterboarding with consent is acceptable • South Carolina should pledge allegiance to The United Arab Emirates • Werewolves are better than vampires

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• Charlie Sheen should be granted a sociology degree from our university

• Bigfoot is real • The Serbian Mafia has been funding Winthrop for the past decade (Does the name Srjdan Palenko ring a bell?)





August 18, 2011

Catherine Zende

Science & Technology Editor

Phishing: How to avoid the bait Odds are that when you open your Winthrop email there will be more than just messages from professors. Emails about enhancing physical features, winning contests, and pre-qualifying for credit are all likely to pop up in your inbox. And while you may be wise enough to know these are misleading spam messages, you may not be able to recognize another type of malicious message. A more common attempt to hack your private information comes in the form of phishing. If you associate this spamming with the sport of fishing, you are not far off. Phishing is much like fishing; both sports lure prey with tempting bait. A phishing email will use hooks to attempt to hack all of your most important personal information including passwords, bank account information, credit card numbers, and even your Social Security number. However, unlike the more obvious fake message of winning a contest you never entered, certain phishing schemes disguise themselves as businesses you regularly use. According the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the nation’s consumer protection agency, phishers send emails asking you to “update” or “verify” certain information by clicking on the link provided. To pressure you further, they often claim that there will be serious consequences for not responding.The FTC outlines specific points to avoid becoming the prey of these schemes. First, never reply to an email requesting your private information and never click on any link provided. Legitimate companies do not use emails to solicit this information.

For example, the Winthrop Student Technology handbook specifies that the IT department will never ask for your password so you should ignore any emails Catherine Zende requesting your login information. In addition, make sure your computer has updated antivirus and firewall software to block spammers and scammers. The IT handbook states that students are required to have updated antivirus programs to access the Winthrop network. There are many different antivirus programs you can download to protect your computer, some of which are even free. Thirdly, never email personal or financial email. While you may think that email is a private conversation, email is not always a secure form of communication. Other types of phishing schemes will tell you that your computer is in immediate danger. They may insist you open their email to download a certain program to solve the problem. Before you click away in desperation, do some research to be sure the source is reliable. If in doubt, don’t. Using these tips you can avoid falling for a phishing scheme. But if you do open a suspicious email and feel that your privacy has been breached, contact the Federal Trade Commission at However, if you remain skeptical and use these tips you can avoid the bait and protect your identity.

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TJ faces big changes, bigger challenges I joined the TJ staff in June of 2010, and ever since then my mission has been to provide the best web experience to you, our readers. I am happy to report that in one year’s time, our amazing staff has worked to move from a broken website to a brand new system. But that was the easy part, building web pages, creating new email accounts and battling what seemed to be every single 1 & 0 in the office computers. Our real challenge starts now, and we need your help. Our website ( is very much in its infancy, but this year it starts its journey towards maturity. This year, we will start working to provide you more unique content and content delivery systems. That means more stories covering the topics you want to know more about. The introduction of video into our site and applications for your mobile devices are also in the works. We want to make our content relevant and readily available to you! At the forefront of our development goals is our new staff blog ( This is your go to place for information on upcoming changes to our site, and our place to get your feedback. In addition, our staff blog will provide a layer of transparency to our operations, a theme that we hope to continue in all aspects of our operation. All of the above is great, but we are missing one critical element, you. Are you a computer science

major, a web designer, a Winthrop Student? The Johnsonian needs your help with ideas for the upcoming school year. We are the student newspaper and our job is to serve you, help us make our publication better. Want us to write about someDevang Joshi thing, have an idea for our website, want us to cover something? All you have to do is let us know. Help us make TJ better, help us make TJ something that you want to pick up every week, help TJ better serve you. And as always, if there is anything I can do for you, shoot me an email at joined the TJ staff in June of 2010, and ever since then my mission has been to provide the best web experience to you, our readers. I am happy to report that in one year’s time, our amazing staff has worked to move from a broken website to a brand new system. But that was the easy part, building web pages, creating new email accounts and battling what seemed to be every single 1 & 0 in the office computers. Our real challenge starts now, and we need your help. Our website ( is very much in

its infancy, but this year it starts its journey towards maturity. This year, we will start working to provide you more unique content and content delivery systems. That means more stories covering the topics you want to know more about. The introduction of video into our site and applications for your mobile devices are also in the works. We want to make our content relevant and readily available to you! At the forefront of our development goals is our new staff blog ( This is your go to place for information on upcoming changes to our site, and our place to get your feedback. In addition, our staff blog will provide a layer of transparency to our operations, a theme that we hope to continue in all aspects of our operation. All of the above is great, but we are missing one critical element, you. Are you a computer science major, a web designer, a Winthrop Student? The Johnsonian needs your help with ideas for the upcoming school year. We are the student newspaper and our job is to serve you, help us make our publication better. Want us to write about something, have an idea for our website, want us to cover something? All you have to do is let us know. Help us make TJ better, help us make TJ something that you want to pick up every week, help TJ better serve you. And as always, if there is anything I can do for you, shoot me an email at foreverythingWinthrop



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August 18, 2011

Sports Editor

David Thackham

Sports Editor

Three reasons the Big South women’s soccer preseason poll is dead wrong


Photo courtesy of Winthrop Athletics.

Sports editor predicts upcoming season; has Winthrop finishing third might find High Point much less threatening than genius. Spencer Smith started off his reign as Winthrop Just a week before Big South Conferthey were last year. manager with a bang last fall, initiating a new, more ence squads began warm-up matches, attacking option of 3 forwards instead of the traditional the league’s women’s soccer coaches two. The move was magic and Winthrop immediately Reason #2 voted to choose the 2011 season preDon’t count out the Camels: Campbell has went from 8th seeded chumps in 2009 to co-champions season honors. When the final count of the Big South the very next year. the opportunity to be the season’s dark was tallied, the High Point Panthers The key for 2011 is to keep shooting. Smith’s formahorse were tipped to win their second regular tion more than doubled Winthrop’s shots on target season conference title, while last year’s with one fell swoop, so to have any chance of repeated David Thackham After a 17-year stint in the Atlantic Sun Conferco-champions Winthrop was left tied success, the strikers must be the busiest players on the Sports Editor ence, Campbell University will return to the Big with Campbell University for 6th place. field. Courtney Durbin ended up tied for 4th in the conSouth for the first time since 1994. In order to After extensive research throughference for goals per game, but will need help up front understand how the shift will affect the Camels, we out the league, I determined that (1) the coaches were since the loss of Tricia Vensel to graduation. Fortunatehave to look even further back in time. The fall of 1993 wrong and (2) this 2011 women’s soccer season is ly, there are many possible replacements. Six different saw Campbell win the inaugural Big South women’s bound to be one of the most fascinating yet. players chipped in for eight goals during last season’s soccer tournament by knocking off the #1 seeded UNC campaign, meaning there is untapped talent from Greensboro and scoring twice over regular season within. My vote for a breakout goes to junior Kylene Reason #1 champs UMBC. Babauta. The five-foot Colorado Springs, CO native has End of the road: High Point A move to the Atlantic Sun threatened to ruin any already racked up 1000 minutes of play and looked has reached its peak after momentum Campbell had of multiple championvery effective during this spring’s Manchester Cup. two key graduation losses ships. Don’t count the Camels out, though. In two years, the Camels reached the 1995 A-Sun ConferThere’s no denying that 2010 ence final and clinched a single-season record for was a magical year for the High most goals (Jenn Stephenson with 27 in 1994). Point Panthers. An impressive In 2004, the perfect storm came together for the 4-3 win over the Clemson Tigers Camels to defeat University of Central   paved the way for coach Marty Florida for Campbell’s first women’s soccer   2011 Big South Conference Women’s Soccer Poll  Beall’s squad to win a share of A-Sun tournament championship. Under the regular season conference conference head coach of the year Pattitle and eventually the tournarick Ferguson, goalkeeper Erin Switalski My Poll  Coaches’ Poll  ment with three identical 1-0 recorded 25 shutouts in her four years in 1. High Point  wins over Charleston Southern, Buies Creek, NC en route to a dramatic 3-1 1. Charleston Southern  2. Campbell  2. Radford  Winthrop and Gardner-Webb. penalty shootout victory. That magical run is over. Now the Camels return to the Big South, 3. Winthrop  3. Charleston Southern  Although High Point now with playoff experience in hand and a 4. High Point  4. Coastal Carolina  boasts five seniors, they lost strong junior class contingent to back it 5. Radford  5. Liberty  two of their true playmakers up. Overall, Campbell owns a 26-19-3 reT‐6. Campbell  to graduation. Sara Rager and cord (.573) against current members of the 6. Coastal Carolina  7. Gardner‐ Webb  T‐6. Winthrop  Jillie Johnston were both fourBig South. There is little reason to doubt year starting midfielders who that the Camels can make an impact on the 8. Liberty  8. Gardner‐Webb  either pulled the strings for their conference—quickly. 9. Presbyterian College  9. VMI   forwards or took the game on 10. VMI  10. UNC Asheville  David Thackham themselves. Rager scored three Reason #3 Sports Editor 11. UNC Asheville  11. Presbyterian College  game-winning goals in her time Pull up the bootstraps: Winthrop with High Point and set the can (and must) find strength from HPU Division I single-season record with nine assists within to regain their impressive conference in 2010. Johnston scored the overtime game winner in last year’s Big South Championship game and was form named to the conference’s All-Tournament Team. Their senior replacements aren’t improvements. A new coach with a new Starting senior keeper Andrea Ritchie is 11-10 with a formation walked onto pedestrian .726 save percentage. Eagle Field in 2010 and A Big South team who can boss the middle of the field came out looking like a


Winthrop’s key for 2011 is to keep shooting. Coach [Spencer] Smith’s new 4-3-3 formation more than doubled the Eagle’s shots on target.



Monica Kreber



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Arts & Entertainment Editor

Joshua Johnson

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Door decorations can save the day Monica Kreber

I lived in Wofford Hall my freshman year at Winthrop. I lived in room 314 -- if you are familiar where the “14” rooms are, you would know they are located right by one of the staircases in both Wofford and Richardson. During my first week at school, right about when classes started, I decided to make a trip to Bi-Lo in order to stock up on the food my mother would not let me buy had I been at home. I went by myself, and came back to find a parking spot as close to Wofford as possible since I had all those bags of groceries (if you are new here, good luck parking where you want). Luckily, I landed a spot in one of the parking spaces right behind Wofford and Richardson -- the row of spaces that directly face Cherry Road. I got my student ID out of its case and clutched it between two fingers as

I loaded my arms with heavy grocery bags. I walked up to the back door of my building and swiped my card. The door “rejected” me and I could not get in. After angrily swiping a couple of times the door finally opened when a boy came walking out of the building. Deciding to forget about my card not working, I made a beeline for the staircase and climbed the stairs to the third floor. When in the hall I put all my groceries down in front of room 314. I got my room key out and tried opening my door. The key would not turn. I could hear voices on the other side of the door, and figured my roommate had the television on. As I raised my fist to knock on the door I noticed the happy Welcome Week nametags stuck under the peephole: “Welcome Alex!” “Welcome Brandon!” Who are Alex and Brandon? Realizing someone answering the door would mean a red face burning in embarrassment for myself, I seized my groceries and started sprinting back down the stairs, hearing Brandon and Alex’s doorknob turn and open in reply to some crazy girl who tried to break into

their room. I do not know if they witnessed me fleeing Richardson Hall and hustling over to the correct residence hall that was, indeed, my own. I tell myself they didn’t, but who knows? Maybe one of the guys will read this and call his former roommate up and say, “Hey, remember that one time when that chick with the groceries tried to get in our room...?” The first thing you can take from this story is, duh, make sure you know what residence hall you live in. However, I have used this story as an ice breaker with people I have wound up meeting over the years at Winthrop. The reason it works as a good ice breaker is because silly stories like these, while they may make you look crazy, they also make you look a little more human. You might make a mistake or two your freshman year, but try not to beat yourself up about it, try to find a way to laugh about it (although, to be honest, I refused to tell anyone this story for at least a month). It might help if you take people with you on your outings. That way one of them will stop you before you wander into the wrong

Sophomore year my roommate and I put ghost lights on our door for the Halloween Door Decoration Contest in Lee Wicker Hall. Unfortunately, our lights did not work for the judging and we did not win. residence hall (by the way, do not call it a “dorm.” It is a residence hall. Get used to it). After trying to break into Alex and Brandon’s room, I started getting into decorating my door for, virtually, every month of the year. In preparation for Halloween I taped creepy crawlers (rubber

lizards and snakes) all over my door -- it really made my room stand out on my hallway. The decorations make your room look more inviting, anyway, plus it is another conversationstarter, so feel free to customize your door -- some residence halls even offer prizes to those who show

their dorm (sorry -- residence hall) spirit. So, lessons learned, decorating your door will: A) make you appear more welcoming B) possibly earn you prizes C) prevent you from waltzing into the wrong room

Rutledge rotation New student artwork placed outside the art buildings, new statues featured on campus

Above, right: different student artwork can be seen on the lawns in front of Rutledge and McLaurin Halls. Below, a “band” of frogs, recently donated to Winthrop, can be seen near the Amphitheatre across from the DiGiorgio Student Center. Photos by Aimee Harman •

Winthrop takes pride in the artwork produced by students, and often the artwork is displayed throughout campus. Artwork is routinely changed, added and subtracted. If you see new student arwork and wish to see it in the paper, e-mail us at

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CrossWUrd Puzzle Across 1. Class required of all first-semester freshmen. (acronym) 3. What walk do freshmen traditionally participate in as a part of Convocation? (two words) 4. What former Winthrop president along with his wife are buried by the Winthrop Chapel? 6. Winthrop’s apartment-style residence hall, housing mostly upperclassmen. 8. Name the newest academic building on campus. 9. The newest operating building on Winthrop’s campus. 10. Before DIGS, the student center was located in what building?

Down 1. The Shack, Winthrop Lake, and The Coliseum are all located on which campus? 2. Name the common book author. 5. Academic building reopened in 2010 after renovation following fire damage. 7. Which predominately freshmen residence hall recently became co-ed?

WelcomeWeek 2011 event schedule pass. Each additional bookmark is only $1. Convocation is at 5 p.m. on the lawn in front of Margaret Nance (rain location at the West Center). Tuesday, Aug. 23 and Wednesday, Aug. 24 Dina’s Place, located inside the DiGiorgio Student Center, will be playing “Thor.” Movie plays at 8 p.m. both nights. Thursday, Aug. 25 Hypnotist Tom Deluca, a Winthrop Welcome Week tradition, will be in Byrnes Auditorium at 8 p.m.

Byrnes Auditorium events are $10 with a Winthrop Student ID. Purchase a Welcome Week Pass to reduce the amount to $5. Movies are free with a Fall Movie Pass, $2 with a Student ID, and $5 without a Student ID.

Friday, Aug. 19 Playfair, the “Ultimate Icebreaker” event featuring games to introduce freshmen to each other. This event is free. Be at the West Center at 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 20 College entertainer of the year Natalie Stovall and her band will perform with special guest, 2011 collegiate Solo Artist of the Year, saxophonist Matt Corey. Byrnes Auditorium at 8 p.m. Event counts as a Cultural Event. Sunday, Aug. 21 Seven Nations, a Celtic/Irish/Scottish band (out to prove that bagpipes can rock) will feature a special guest, hysterical comedian from Kuwait Mo Amer. Byrnes Auditorium at 8 p.m. Event counts as a Cultural Event. Monday, Aug. 22 Convocation picnic entertainment will feature indie acoustic rock musician Hana Pestle. Also, come out and make your own photo bookmarks. Get one bookmark with your Welcome Week

Friday, Aug. 26 The old school hip-hop American alternative Southern rap quintet, Nappy Roots, will perform their hits such as “Awnaw” and “Po’ Folks”. With special guest comedian, former Saturday Night Live cast member Dean Edwards. Byrnes Auditorium at 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 27 A night of award-winning spoken word featuring Carlos Robson and the 2011 APCA Spoken Word Artist of the Year and former APCA College Performer of the Year, The Asia Project. Byrnes Auditorium at 8 p.m. Event counts as a Cultural Event. Sunday, Aug. 28 The International Magician Society’s 2011 Entertainer of the Year and winner of NBC’s hit show “Phenomenon,” Mike Super will be at Byrnes Auditorium at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 31 “Disneynature: African Cats,” a nature documentary centered on two cat families and how they teach their cubs the ways of the wild, will play at Dina’s Place at 8 p.m.

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Sports Briefs Winthrop pitcher signs professional contract Eagles pitcher Tyler Mizenko has signed a professional contrcat with the San Francisco Giants. The Wallingford, CT native was selected in the 28th round (pick 867) during the 2011 Major League Player First Year Player Draft. In his last year at Winthrop, Mizenko posted a 5-3 record with a 3.79 earned run average in 15 starts. Winthrop Athletics offer prizes for Facebook fans Winthrop students have a chance to win a $100 Gift Card from the Bookstore or a $100 VISA debit card from Founders Federal Credit Union. To be entered into the drawing, students must be a fan of the Winthrop Athletics Facebook page by September 30. The two winners will be announced on Oct. 4. Women’s basketball announces hiring of new assistant coach The Lady Eagles have named Kevin Cook as the assistant coach for the upcom-

ing season. Cook was on the staff for the WNBA’s Houston Comets for 11 years, earning himself four championship rings. “I am elated to join Coach Stollings and the Winthrop family,” said Cook. “There were only a few scenarios that would lure me back to being an assistant coach and working with Coach Stollings was one of them.” WU baseball adds Boyd to staff Winthrop head baseball coach Tom Riginos named Wilson Boyd as a Volunteer Assistant Coach last Monday. Boyd comes to the Eagles’ program after a stint with Hickory High School in Hickory, NC and a four-year playing career with the Clemson Tigers under head coach Jack Leggett. During his senior season in 2010, Boyd posted a .301 batting average with five home runs, 46 RBI, 42 walks, 47 runs and 14 doubles in 65 starts. “I am excited to join Coach Riginos and the rest of the Winthrop staff,” he said. “I look forward to bringing energy and knowledge to help Winthrop achieve the highest level possible.”




Seven reasons students should get involved in club sports at Winthrop A short walk around the Winthrop Coliseum is all it takes to see how much pride our school takes in its varsity athletic programs. While all the Championship banners and trophies are impressive, this shouldn’t discourage the more casual athletes on campus to get in the game. Winthrop currently offers 14 club sports ranging from basketball, to Taekwondo, to Quidditch, open to athletes and non-athletes alike to join. Here are seven reasons why students to get involved in club sports:

Reason #1: It’s a good incentive to stay on campus One of the biggest mistakes a new student can make is to pack their bags and go home every weekend. It forces them to resort back to their normal routine instead of gaining the full college experience. And why not take full advantage of the campus that you’re paying tuition to stay on?

Reason #2: You can meet people who share your interests Aside from getting an education, isn’t this what college is all about? Especially for first year students, it’s crucial to get involved and build relationships right off the bat. Joining a club sport does just that. They surround you with people who share the same interests as you and force you to spend time with them on a regular basis.

Reason #5: They can work around your class schedule

Jeff Brodeur Sports Editor

Reason#3: You can stay in shape We all know of the infamous “Freshman 15”. Winthrop offers a wide variety of clubs that get you out of the room and moving, regardless of your athletic ability. For those looking for an intense, heart pounding workout, the University offers basketball and three variations of martial arts. For those looking for a more leisurely form of exercise, perhaps the outdoor adventure club would be a better fit.

Reason #4: It’s Free! All it’s takes is a quick email to the club you’re interested in and at the most a few papers to sign. That’s it. But that doesn’t mean it isn’t any less fun. All of the club sports are still organized and professional, just without the pressure or cost that comes with playing varsity sports. The people who organize these clubs are passionate about what they do and are eagerly waiting to teach their sport to anyone who’s willing to play.

Academics are (and if they aren’t, they should be) the top priority of everyone here at Winthrop. Club sports do their best to keep their game and practice schedule on the weekend or later during the week to try and avoid any conflict. If you have to miss a practice or a game for any reason, it won’t be held against you. Clubs will always be looked at as extracurricular, and nothing more.

Reason #6: There’s something for everyone Winthrop currently offers 14 active club sports, and they span a wide variety of interests. Have an idea for a new sport that isn’t offered? Start your own up. If your sport generates enough interest, you can fill out an application and make it an official Winthrop club sport. The possibilities are endless.

Reason #7: It’s fun! Isn’t that what it’s all about? So what are you waiting for? Get out of the dorm and join a club sport.



8/21 @ Clemson (exhibition) 7 p.m. 8/16 @ Catawba College (exhibition) 7 p.m. 8/26 vs. Brevard College 7 p.m. 8/19 vs. Georgia Southern University 7 p.m. 8/30 “Kicks Against Cancer” 7 p.m. 8/25 @ The Citadel 4 p.m. 9/01 vs. Georgia Southern University 7 p.m. 8/28 @ College of Charleston 12 p.m. 9/03 vs. Wofford College 7 p.m. 8/30 “Kicks Against Cancer” 7 p.m.

Spirit Squad Auditions Please bring: August 24-26 • athletic clothing 6:30-9 p.m. • student ID or ID# Winthrop Colesium • dance/sheer/mascot resume Email for more information Commissioned in February, Irwin Belk, philanthropist and businessman, gifted Winthrop four athletic statues placed around the athletic complex. The figures depict four sports: women’s tennis, softball, men’s track and men’s soccer. Photo courtesy of University Relations. Editor Science & Technology CLAIRE BYUN Editor CATHERINE ZENDE News Editor JOHNATHAN MCFAD- Sports Editor DEN JEFF BRODEUR Assistant News Editor AMANDA PHIPPS




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Above; gifted to the university by Irwin Belk, philanthropist and business man, the new musical frogs statues in front of the DIGS gives students a new point of view on amphibian friends. Photo by Aimee Harman •

Above; the West Center offers exercise classes and personal training during Fall and Spring semesters, allowing students to get in shape and stay fit. Right; students participate in an aerobics workout to keep their hearts healthy. File photos Kathleen Brown

Above; though usually filled with students heading to class and organizations promoting membership, Scholar’s Walk is a hub of activity during the day. Right; with a movie theater, bookstore and Starbucks, the DIGS has many ways to keep students entertained. Photos by Aimee Harman •

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