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WEB EXLUSIVE: CSL to ring in the New Year with resolutions of their own

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DiGiorgio signed letter demanding gun ban

Dave Lyle Expansion


Tim Miller touches Winthrop lives

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Student speaks out against media ethics see OPINION pg. 7

VCU coach fired for open sexuality see SPORTS pg. 10

WU athlete studied abroad in Hungary see ARTS & CULTURE pg. 9 NEWS

Fiscal cliff to affect Winthrop By Kaitlyn Schallhorn

The New Year unfolded amidst drama in the capitol as President Obama and Congress narrowly missed diving headfirst over the fiscal cliff by eventually coming to a temporary agreement. Had no resolution been made regarding the fiscal cliff, the federal budget deficit could have seen an astonishing reduction as Americans would have been faced with the largest tax increase in over 50 years as programs such as defense, health care and education would have experienced extreme hits in federal funding. The legislation passed which theoretically averted the “fiscal cliff” and made the Bush-era tax cuts permanent as well as spared the American Opportunity Tax Credit (AOTC) for at least the next five years. Under the AOTC, families can be provided with up to $2,500 in tax credit for higher education related expenses for up to four years.

Tim Miller stands with Winthrop students who performed in Body Maps, a performance in which the students bared their souls to the Winthrop community. Photo courtesy of Leah Smith By Allie Briggs Tim Miller, internationally known solo performer, came to Winthrop for a week long residency and worked with Winthrop theatre students in the collaborative piece “Body Maps,” which Tim described as capturing that “beautifully complex link between our personal lives, our politics, and our identities.” The residency began with Tim’s solo performance of “Glory Box,” a personal narrative of his experiences as a gay man living in America. Dr. Karen Kedrowski, Director of the John C. West Forum on Politics and Policy, said that Tim’s performance “touched on a lot of important political topics today, not just censorship and free speech, but issue like gay marriage, immigration, free association, bullying, violence, hate crime, and hate speech.” Kedrowski collaborated with Dr. Laura Dougherty, Assistant Professor of

Theatre, to bring Tim to Winthrop with the renewal of Winthrop’s “LibertyTree” grant, which only a handful of universities around the country received. The 1st Amendment Center of Vanderbilt University funds the Liberty-Tree grant and Winthrop’s renewal was focused on 1st amendment issues within the Arts. Kedrowski and Dougherty wanted to bring someone to Winthrop that would embrace this idea but also appeal to multiple audiences. Kedrowski said, “we asked for something else that was kind of edgy, controversial, something that would get people upset as a way of communicating the importance of not having any censorship, having free speech, and having freedom of expression.” There are a lot of connections between arts and politics and Kedrowski and Dougherty noted the power of Tim’s personal narrative as an effective way of communicating the depth of social issues like gay marriage.

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Kelsey raises awareness for victims of shooting By Kaitlyn Schallhorn With exactly one week before Christmas, Pat Kelsey’s focus was not entirely on the basketball season that was just underway. He was not simply excited that his team had just come within ten points of nationally ranked #7 Ohio State University. He was not still reveling in the joy that he had led the Eagles to a one point victory just three days prior against Ohio University. Kelsey’s attention had not yet moved to exclusively preparing for the upcoming game against Auburn University. Instead, the Winthrop men’s basketball coach’s mind was still occupied by twenty children that

By Frances Parish Winthrop has now gone digital. With over 90 channels in the system, Winthrop students can experience a clearer picture and better audio. James Hammond, associate vice president of information technology, explained that there are two digital systems, one type uses airwaves and the other cable. The cable system is called Quadrature Amplitude Modulation (QAM). Winthrop relies on the QAM system.

Left: Coach Pat Kelsey walks onto Winthrop’s home court. Photo by Jacob Hallex •

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were never going to have the opportunity to see his Winthrop basketball team play or even know that they existed. Four days before Winthrop narrowly lost to the Buckeyes over the winter break, Kelsey along with the rest of the nation learned of the news that 20-year-old Adam Lanza had walked into Sandy Hook Elementary School and fatally shot 20 children and six adults before taking his own life.

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Rock Hill City Council deterred the vote to build a new McDonald’s restaurant on Celanese Rd. on Monday, according to WRHI AM1340. The plans were pushed back almost a month while alternative plans for rezoning three acres on Mt. Gallant Rd. were postponed until a traffic survey could be conducted of the area.

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Explosion amidst exams at Syrian University As students from Aleppo University in Syria were sitting down to take exams on Tuesday, two deadly explosions from either bombs or aircraft carriers wreaked havoc on the university, according to the New York Times. According to Syria’s ambassador to the United Nations, Bashar Jaafari, at least 82 people were killed and 192 injured in the explosions. Blame from both the government as well as opposition groups resonate from

both sides with neither one claiming the responsibility of the explosion. The university, in northern Syria, is located in a heavily targeted territory by opposition groups and the government. However, school officials opted to keep the university open and resume classes in order to keep a sense of normalcy, according to the New York Times.

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Residents in the neighborhood near the site of the proposed new McDonalds are not happy about the possibility of the restaurant relocating because of the increase in traffic around the neighborhood and the negative effect on the houses’ property values. The City Council will revisit the proposal on Feb. 11.


America rides pants-less on subway

It was an unconventional and chilly subway ride for patrons in New York City on Sunday as people participated in an annual worldwide prank. From Stockholm to Mexico City, people ditched their pants before riding subways and trains, according to The Huffington Post. Members from Improv Everywhere originally started the event in New York City before it became a global fad. According to the Improv Every-

where website, there were over 4,000 participants in New York City and tens of thousands participated in the movement in 60 cities and 25 countries. This was their 12th annual joyride without pants on the subways. The movement originally started as a prank with seven guys and eventually it became a worldwide craze. The event is held every January and the day of next year’s prank will be announced in early December.

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Oprah Winfrey, the woman who once gave the world a couch-jumping Tom Cruise and cruises for her entire audience, now brought the world an honest interview with former seven time Tour de France winner, Lance Armstrong. Armstrong used Winfrey’s talk show to come clean to the nation after a decade of denial and usage of performance enhancing drugs. Besides apologizing to his fans, Armstrong also issued a heartfelt apology to the Livestrong charity which he founded, according to the Associated Press.

Armstrong met with over 100 employees at Livestrong prior to his interview with Winfrey to apologize personally to them while choking up, according to the Associated Press. After the US Anti-Doping Agency released a 1,000 page report citing Armstrong for being behind a mastermind doping scheme, Armstrong was stripped of his Tour de France titles, position at Livestrong, endorsements and reputation. Armstrong’s interview is to be broadcast on OWN, Winfrey’s network, on Thurs., Jan. 17.

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TJNews Education funding at risk due CLIFF • from front Following the passage of the bill, Obama said in a statement, “Millions of families will continue to receive tax credits to help raise their kids and send them to college.” However, higher education funding does not remain completely safe and untouched. The deal did not somuch eliminate cuts completely as it just delayed cuts until the federal government revisits the debt issue in just a few weeks. “At the present time, the Pell Grant is protected from the cuts during fiscal year 2013, as is the College Access Challenge Grant, but other federal financial aid programs could be cut by 7.6 percent across the board, including the Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant and federal workstudy,” Rebecca Masters, assistant to the president for public affairs wrote in an email. Student loan organizations are also at risk of increasing fees unless Congress intervenes and reverses budget cuts that will take place later this spring, according to Masters. “As always, students should also look beyond federal assistance for scholarship and grant opportunities—not only at their institution, but also online through external groups that may offer scholarship support in a student’s chosen professional field,” said Masters. As partisan bickering continues on The Hill this spring, a short term concern for students is whether or not funds provided by the federal government for higher education will dry up, said Robert W. Hayes Jr., S.C. state senator.

“Young people ought to be leading the charge,” said Hayes who represents District 15 in the state senate. “It could affect the job market as students come out of college looking for jobs.” Hayes also said that with the impending budget cuts, college tuition could be at risk to rise in the future. Congress and the President must address and establish if higher education is more of a public or private gain. If members of Congress regard higher education as a private gain then they are more apt to argue that it is. Alternatively, other members of Congress may deem higher education as a public gain as they view college graduates as more wellrounded citizens beneficial to society. “Students need to know how their representatives in Congress view these issues so they can provide input to that process, both at election time and when various issues are being voted upon in Washington,” Masters said. “It’s a public, private partnership,” Hayes said. “A lot rests on parents and students.” Hayes encourages students to begin to become more conservative when borrowing money as well as plan to start setting more money aside and saving. “Cut back on size of the house or car to hedge against economy sluggage,” Hayes said. Additionally, there are pending cuts to federal agencies that are responsible for providing funding for scholarships or various other programs on university campuses across the country.

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“Winthrop receives funding from the National Institutes of Health for some of its science programs, from the U.S. Department of Education for some of its College of Education Programs, as well as for the TRiO program and McNair Scholars programs,” said Masters. “Winthrop won’t know the impact immediately if the cuts occur, however; we will have to await notification from the agencies listed.” While the nation awaits the decisions from the federal government in the upcoming weeks, the political drama continues. As the federal government is threatening to hit its borrowing limit, House Republicans are in turn threatening to shut down the government in order to force the President’s hand to cut federal spending by March. In a press conference Monday afternoon, Obama said that the American people agreed with his opinion that “if we combine a balanced package of savings from spending on health care and revenues from closing loopholes, we can solve the deficit issue without sacrificing our investments in things like education that help us grow.” As both the President and Congress continue to look over the budget resolution, the only sure thing in the future is that no one side will completely win a blatantly partisan problem.

Missing WU employee accused of stealing from Subway By Shamira McCray A Winthrop University employee was accused of doing much more than making sandwiches at Subway. According to a police report, Michael Bader, food services director, was completing an end of semester audit for the sandwich shop on Dec. 12 when he noticed $200 was missing. According to the report, at the beginning of the fall semester, Subway was given two “bill banks” and a “coin bank.” The bill banks contained $75 worth of various bills and the coin bank totaled $50 worth of coins. The intended use of the banks are for the purpose of making change for customers who use cash for their purchases and are required to be kept on the premises

at all times. Bader said that during non-business hours, the banks are kept in a safe that only two employees have access to. When one of those employees was confronted about the missing money, it was stated that the money “disappeared sometime in October,” the report said. It was stated that the employee was trying to rebuild the banks before anyone noticed that they were in fact missing. According to the police report, the second employee was unaware the money was missing. Since the time that Bader discovered the banks were missing in the initial audit, the suspected employee has been unable to be contacted. The report said the employee was expected to return to work on Jan. 3 but has yet to do so. No arrests have been made at this time.

Chief Zebedis declares WU’s stance on gun control By Jerrica John Special to The Johnsonian Following the tragic events of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, many people and organizations are calling for reform in gun policies across the nation, including Winthrop University’s President Anthony DiGiorgio. DiGiorgio was among a myriad of other college presidents who signed an open letter demanding that Congress pass stricter gun control laws. Recently, the Association of American Universities (AAU) issued a statement requesting for President Obama and members of Congress to take action against gun violence on a federal level. The non-profit association consists of 60 U.S. and two Canadian preeminent public and private research universities. “The AAU believes that the time has come for the United States to confront our culture of violence, particularly perpetrated by guns,” the AAU said on their website. “Our schools and campuses have unfortunately become centers of national mourning, from Columbine, to Virginia Tech, and now Newtown.” The AAU is not alone in the conquest to reform gun control legislation. According to the Daily Caller, within the first 15 hours of the Sandy Hook shooting, more than 100,000 Americans had signed the White House’s ‘We the People’ petition website, asking the Obama administration for a renewed

national debate on gun control. Winthrop has a well-defined gun policy that includes other weapons that may cause harm. The leases for Winthrop residence halls and the Courtyard clearly state, “The possession and use of firearms, knives with longer than a 2 inch blade, dangerous weapons, slingshots, explosives, air guns, paintball guns, inflammable fluids and materials, kerosene heaters, dangerous chemical mixtures, fireworks or propelled missiles are prohibited.” The penalties for breaking this policy are significant. “Students are held accountable to the University Code of Conduct, and the penalty and sanction will be issued through the Dean of Students’ office,” said Frank Zebedis, Winthrop’s chief of police. “The two main charges are unlawfully carrying a firearm in your car (a felony punishable by a $5,000 fine and 5 years in prison) and carrying a firearm on your person (a felony punishable by a $5,000 fine and 1 year in prison).” While guns are not permitted on campus, students and faculty are allowed to have a weapon in his or her vehicle as long as it’s carried according to the state statute which includes possessing a concealed weapons permit. “I am sure there will be all kinds of considerations to the gun-carry law since the Connecticut tragedy, but that is for the legislators to decide,” Zebedis said.

Anna Hurst: A legacy that will always be remembered By Shamira McCray In the midst of the holiday season, the Winthrop community mourned the loss of yet another Eagle. Anna Hurst, a family and consumer sciences major, was scheduled to graduate at the Fall 2012 commencement ceremony but was found dead in bed at her family home in Rock Hill the night before. While the cause of her death is unknown, Hurst’s legacy will forever be apparent. “Anna was so full of love and energy, no matter what she was doing,” said Grace Grindstaff, a close friend of Hurst. “Whether she was cheering on the Gamecocks for a big Saturday game, wearing her ADPi letters, taking care of her ‘babies’ at work or just sitting in class, she had a beautiful and positive way about her.” Hurst loved Winthrop and was very proud to have

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the opportunity to graduate in three and a half years, a university press release said. She worked at a local child development center and was an active member of Alpha Delta Pi sorority on campus. Grindstaff recalls that out of all things discussed, she and Hurst talked about graduation the most. “She was so excited about graduating early,” said Grindstaff. “I was very upset with her news about graduating early because I sat next to her in every class and she always provided me with a writing utensil.” Wishing Hurst could have walked across the stage in December, Grindstaff said she knew she “had the most beautiful smile beaming down” on her older brother who accepted her diploma in her place at the ceremony. “I know that she will always be with me,” Grindstaff said. “She’s forever going to be a Carolina fan, an Alpha Delta Pi and most importantly, a Winthrop Eagle.”

Anna Hurst was a consumer sciences major and anticipated graduating at the Fall 2012 commencement ceremony. • Photo courtesy of Facebook

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Dining services offers WU officials discuss Dave Lyle new options for students expansion benefits new changes for commuter students. To encourage the purchase of meal plans, students will now receive a coupon book valued at $70 with each plan, offering Ashley Krasovic and Pam Yurkovic, a variety of discounts. These include, but both representing the Winthrop Dining are not limited to, $1 off any sub or salad Services, attended the CSL meeting on Monday, January 7, 2013 as guest speakers at Subway, $1 off any combo at Popeye’s Louisiana Kitchen, a free bagel of choice to discuss changes for the with any purchase at Einstein Bros Bagels, Spring semester. They began discussing and many more. Not only does this help to the opening of The Wedge, representpromote our eating establishments on caming a new, healthier concept. The Wedge pus, but also offers students on a budget replaced Topio’s, located in Markley’s on some relief in food purchases. the lower level of the Digiorgio Campus “Additionally, we have FB Fridays, Center. with a new coupon being offered each “We didn’t get much traffic from Toweek,” Krasovic said. pio’s,” Yurkovic said. Traditional plans (Ultimate, Silver, A test run was conducted prior to Gold, and Eagle) will also receive a Thanksgiving for The Wedge, and overwhelmingly positive feedback was gained. coupon book for Starbucks, offering 1 free beverage per week at the campus location The movement towards healthier eating in the Digiorgio Center. These coupon habits has gone nationwide, and Winbooks hope to serve as incentives for stuthrop University is no exception. Students dents to utilize Winthrop dining establishexpressed high interest in healthier opments and encourage meal plan purchases. tions for meals, as opposed to pizza and Winthrop Dining Services continues calzones. The Dining Services Office has to look for new ideas to better serve the responded to the demand by providing student body and faculty here on campus, this wholesome concept, offering meal plan options for dinner. Students can build and encourages feedback. “If you have any concerns or questions and create their own fresh, made-to-order you can text us and get an immediate resalads or have a baked potato/soup combo sponse at (803) 610-2660,” Krasovic said. in place of greasy, not so healthy foods. In All texts are completely anonymous, addition, dining services now also offers new Grab and Go sandwiches and wraps. as no phone numbers are given. This new system has been accepted to replace com“You’ll see a couple things remaining ment cards; however, if you prefer writing the same each week, but different options will be changed out periodically,” Yurkov- concerns by hand, comment cards can still be acquired from the cashiers both in ic said. Thomson and Markley’s. Krasovic further Furthermore, Thomson now offers the new Mongolian Grill, where students have explained that they can be found on Facebook under Winthrop Dining Services, and the option of building their own madeencourages students to “Like” their page to-order stir fry. This continues the drive and keep a lookout for future discounts towards healthier eating amongst our and coupons! student body. Ashley Krasovic also described the By Christopher Goff

By Christopher Goff There has been somewhat of a debate as to whether or not extending Dave Lyle Blvd. is a good idea. On Thursday, January 10, Laura Ullrich, Assistant Professor of Economics Education at Winthrop University, and Lucy Gallo, Development Planning and Financial Group, discussed the economic benefits of the extension. They were introduced by dean of the College of Business Administration, Dr. Roger Weikle, who reminded the audience that “Winthrop University is dedicated to our city’s economic development.” Ullrich stated, and stressed throughout the presentation that “assumed no additional commercial development” for their analysis, but based projections off of existing businesses. She also explained that only considered sales tax revenue, providing relatively conservative projections. Information was gained in major part from the 2010 census, giving fairly recent, accurate data. Conservative projections show that by year 2020, the expanded trade area (20 minute drive from where Dave Lyle ends) would include 58,681 residents (17,702 households) with $1.2 billion in aggregate income, $427 million in retail sales potential, 740 employers, and 5,780 employees. Ullrich explained that the extension would provide “better access to existing businesses,” as it would offer a much needed east/west connector between Hwy 521 and I-77. She further explained that, on average, people will only commute 20 minutes for shopping and eating out. As of today, 20,200 cars pass Manchester daily, with only 7,000 of them passing the mall here in Rock Hill (less than 10% of traffic). Locals in Lancaster told her that it is faster for them to go to Pineville than York County for shopping excursions. With Union County’s residential growth being extensive, that presents quite a bit of sales tax revenue being lost to North Carolina that is definitely needed for our area. Today (2010), total aggregate income is 3.46 billion, whereas with the extension, it is projected at 4.08 billion, an 18% increase. Gallo continued the presentation by stating that “the bulk of the differences discussed are being lost today due to lack of access. If we provide South Carolinians with the ability to shop in South Carolina, the state will capture that sales tax.” With the extension, it is projected that, by 2015, sales tax revenue will be 1.5 billion; by 2020, 3.3 billion; by 2030, 9.9 billion; and by 2040, 23.3 billion. Keep

Laura Ullrich and Lucy Gallo lead discussion on the benifits of expanding Dave Lyle Blvd. • Photo by Christopher Gof • goffc@ in mind that SC provides a one cent sales tax for public education funding and one cent sales tax for capital projects, both of which are in need here in our community. “There will be significant gains in sales tax revenue, moving from NC BACK to SC,” explained Gallo. When the floor was opened for questioning, the first, and perhaps most pertinent question, was of the cost to extend this 4 lane highway. Jim Baker, in attendance, responded with a projected cost of $250 million. He further explained its financing by a new statute that has been drafted/circulated, presenting the idea of using future sales tax revenue to fund the road development that will create this increase.

Assistant editor shares experience as non-traditional student By Christopher Goff Many adults find it difficult returning to school after being in the workforce. It is a challenge, but challenges can be overcome. As a non-traditional student, it was, for me, somewhat of a transition coming back to college. I questioned myself as to whether or not I could do it, and had my reservations prior to returning. However, I now feel it is the best decision I have ever made. When I attended college the first time, I wasn’t sure what I wanted to be when I “grew up,” and didn’t take school seriously. I overlooked the opportunities that college provides to students and was more interested in working and making a quick buck. I quickly real-

ized, however, that working without a degree me see it is never too late to return to school. eliminates many options in the professional My first year was a transition, getting myself world. I knew I wanted more than what I back into a “student” mind set, studying hard was allowing myself to have, and recognized and focusing on my schoolwork. I rapidly that there was only one way to fix my excelled in all of my classes and dilemma. At the same time, however, began making connections with the I felt that I had missed my window faculty, staff and community. My of opportunity, seeing as I had just second and final year turned out turned 26. to be better than I could have ever In April 2010, I decided to go to imagined. I was elected President Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical Colof both Phi Theta Kappa and SIFE, lege and discuss with an administrator as well as Vice President of Student my options. They enthusiastically welCouncil. I conducted a job shadowcomed me with open arms and quickly Christopher Goff ing with Andressa Chapman at Wild helped me to develop a plan for myself. Assistant News Dunes Resort in Mt. Pleasant, and Editor I found my niche in Business, focusing volunteered at both the Elloree Herion Marketing, and set both short and tage Museum and the Connie Maxwell long-term goals for myself. To this day I am Children’s Home, Brookland Campus. I was inducted into the S.C. All-State Acdemic Team, grateful to their Admissions Office for helping

and partook in both a Dale Carnegie training in Atlanta, as well as a Leadership Conference in Cape Fear. I gained skills in public speaking, grant writing, team building and computer software programs. I finished my time at Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College in May 2012 and graduated with honors, leaving behind a positive image and influence on the school and student body. I am now proud to be the fourth in my family to attend Winthrop University and have truly fallen in love with the school, its campus, its faculty and its students. I currently hold office as Vice President of Roddey Hall Council, was just recently hired as Assistant News Editor to The Johnsonian and hope to join the Gentlemen’s League this semester. I remind myself daily to shoot for the moon, because even if I miss, I’ll land among the stars!

POLICE BLOTTER 12/23/12 Public Disorderly Conduct Unlawful Weapon Winthrop police assisted the Rock Hill Police Department in responding to an incident where customers at the Crazy Horse Bar were refusing to pay their tab and being disorderly. According to a police report, a reporting officer made contact with the subject, 21, who was being disorderly. After asking the manager what he wanted done with the subject, he told the officer “he wanted him out of the establishment,” the report said. The subject was advised to leave but just stood there continuing to be disorderly. The police report stated the officer asked the subject to leave at least five more

times before he exited the building and continued his tirade in the parking lot. The subject was then advised several times to leave the premises but instead began to curse and yell at the officer. He was then arrested for disorderly conduct after it became apparent that he had no intentions of getting into the vehicle and leaving the premises, the report said. While searching the subject the officer located a set of brass knuckles in his right rear pants pockets. The subject was asked why he had them and he advised that they were in his pocket in case “anybody messed with him,” the report said. The officer told the subject it was unlawful to carry brass knuckles and he would be charged with them. The subject was transported to the Rock Hill Jail.

11/1/12 Petty Larceny Officers were dispatched to Phelps to investigate an incident where two males were reportedly fighting in the lobby around 3 p.m. Upon arrival, the responding officers noticed the victim exiting the building, stopped him and accompanied him back inside the residence hall where the subject and witnesses were located. The victim related that at 2 p.m. the subject walked past him in the first floor hallway and took 40 dollars he had just removed from his pocket. According to the police report, the victim said he believed it was a joke but the subject continued down the hall, exiting the building. The victim looked for the subject

but could not locate him. At 3 p.m. they received information from the desk staff that the subject was sitting on a couch in residence hall lobby, the report said. He and a witness approached the subject and repeatedly demanded that he return the money. After stating that he did not have the money, the verbal altercation turned physical, involving pushing, grappling and possible blows delivered with hands and/or fists, the report said. During the altercation, the victim acquired the subject’s cell phone, which he said he would return when he got the money back. The subject requested his cell phone to call an unidentified third party to get it. After making the call, the subject put on his sunglasses and leaned back on the couch, the report said.

The subject suggested that the money was probably outside nearby and said he would take him to it. According to the report, the subject was escorted out of the building and through the doors facing Oakland Ave. Once outside the subject broke into a run, turned left and continued on to the Lee Wicker parking lot, the report said. Other officers were then notified via radio. After tripping on his shoes, the subject slowed to a stop in the parking lot and was captured. The police report says the assistant chief then arrived to the scene. The subject told him he was running to the bank. He was then placed under arrest and transported to the Rock Hill Law Center. The victim and witness were issued WUPD Trespass Warnings.

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To buy online or to buy print textbooks? That is the question By Stephanie Brooks As the semester starts, many students have to choose between buying printed or online textbooks. According to Carrington Colleges Group, there is no clear winner because each student is different. Traditional Print style textbooks are always portable and generally easier to buy. They can be found in any bookstore and online. Once students are done with the book they can always sell it back to the book store. Carrington Colleges Group claims that taking notes is easier in them as well. Students can just write in the book. Print books can also be heavy. They aren’t always cheap so renting is always an option. Students can still write in rented textbooks as well. Online textbooks are always thought to be the better option, but they have just as many cons as they do pros. Online textbooks or eBooks are only environmentally friendly if the user has an eReader or if they carry their computer or tablet with them. Many professors do not allow electronics in their classrooms. If the professor is like this, students will end up printing out all the pages. Carrington Colleges Group states that over 2000 books are available for eReaders and the books tend to be cheaper. However, many textbooks are not even available and the user cannot return Winthrop University bookstore sells both print and online textbooks. Photo by Frances Parrish • them once they have finished with them.

Online textbooks can be extremely distracting thanks to social networking. Many students find that studying is much harder with online textbooks. Online textbooks can be unreliable also. According to Carrington Colleges Group technology crashes all of the time and eReaders are easy to break. They also can cause eye strain by staring endlessly at a computer or tablet screen. Overall, online textbooks can be great for some but most students prefer traditional style textbooks. “Buy normal textbooks from Amazon, the international copies will save you money,” said Brandon Cassidy, sophomore computer science major. Winthrop University bookstore offers all sorts of options when it comes to books. They give students the option of buying used textbooks, as well as new ones. The bookstore also offers the option of renting textbooks. In order to rent a book through the Winthrop University bookstore, the renter has to be at least eighteen and they will have to provide ID. They will also be asked for contact and credit card information. The Winthrop University bookstore sells more than just books. They also carry assortments of school supplies, computers and computer supplies, living supplies like batteries and health and beauty products, and general Winthrop University apparel. They also carry gift cards and graduation supplies. “The majority of sales is still in print,” said Alex Talley, course materials manager. Sometimes the online textbooks are cheaper, and students are becoming more familiar with online textbooks.

DIGS wedges in healthier options for students Frances Parrish

Markley’s has welcomed back students from winter break with healthier food options. The Wedge has replaced Topio’s as a healthier food option for students. According to a survey conducted by Winthrop Dining Services, students wanted to see a healthier option and the favorite was a soup/ salad combination. Employees are not affected by this new change in restaurants. “We hope this creates a healthier atmosphere in the DiGiorgio Campus Center,” Ashley Krasovic, marketing associate said. The Wedge is also part of the meal plans Sunday- Thursday evenings. The Premium or Seasonal salad and a 22 oz. fountain drink and soup and a baked potato with a 22 oz. fountain drink are included on the meal plan. However, the wedge is not the only thing creating a healthier atmosphere in Markley’s. The Garnet and Go meals by the soda coolers have revamped packaging. Their packaging has a cleaner look with nutritional facts about the food items.

The Wedge’s packaging is also ecofriendly. “The packaging for The Wedge Salads is 100 percent biodegradable,” Krasovic said. The Wedge was specifically designed for Winthrop. The restaurant’s name is a play off of Markley's The Edge. “We wanted to have something that is always fresh,” Krasovic said. The Wedge will also be featuring seasonal items. Krasovic said that students, staff, and faculty are excited to have a new location with createyour-own-meals. Some students seem to like The Wedge. “I’m super stoked we have healthy food on the menu,” said Allie Keller, a sophomore theater major. Because of her schedule, Keller said she was stuck eating at DIGS everyday. “I’m glad they have fresh salad,” said Becka Gracey Suddeth, a junior Chelsea Brennan, Senior Chemistry major eats dinner at The Wedge. Photo by Claire VanOstenbridge • vanostenbridgec@ international business major.

Healthy but not mentally stable By Brandon Leon David Special to The Johnsonian The recent shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary shook the people of Newtown, Connecticut and people all over America. NBC News stated that on December 14, 2012, 20-year-old Adam Lanza murdered twenty children and six adult staff members. Lanza then committed suicide before first responders could arrive. Within hours the event was being broadcasted from televisions all over the US. Not only had the people of Newtown, Connecticut been devastated by the events, worried parents all over the US were now questioning whether or not schools were safe for their children. While these events have sparked conversation about gun rights throughout the US, there has not been much focus on the mental health of the shooter, and the community. According to DK Matai of marketoracle, Adam Lanza suffered from Asperger’s Syndrome and Borderline Personality disorder according

to family members and law officials. According to his classmates, he was “dark and deeply disturbed”. According to his neighbor Lanza was “troubled for sure for a long time”. Many people in Adam’s life were aware he was mentally disturbed but no one addressed it. There were and still are many resources available to those who suffer with mental illness. The people who feel they need counseling don’t generally know what to do. The subject is taboo causing many people to feel isolated. Those who suffer from bullying, mental illnesses or people who are simply stressed to the point of feeling the need to self-harm or harm others, usually feel as if they have no one to talk to. Many people aren’t aware that there are many resources available to anyone with a phone or a computer. At the click of a button one can look up information about any disorder on the Center for Disease control website or mentalhealth. net. Individuals who are dealing with the loss of a love one can call grief resources at 800-423-8811. Those who are dealing with the death of a child

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can call Compassion Friends at 877969-0010. These are just a few examples of resources that are easily accessible. Here on campus we also have additional resources. If students wish to speak to someone or receive counseling Crawford offers these services. In addition there is a program known as Safe Zones that provides safe areas where students know they will not be judged because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. These areas are located all over campus and can be identified by the safe zone sticker. Finally if you feel that another is a danger to themselves or others you may report your concerns to campus safety. While events such as the Sandy Hook shooting garner media attention, and temporarily increase awareness of mental health issues. It is prudent that we stay attentive to the needs and health of our community even in the absence of these occurrences, by doing so future incidences may be prevented.

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Chemistry student and geology professor take home awards at the end of last semester at graduation By Frances Parrish

The Tillman Award is the highest academic honor and it was awarded to Christine Nicodem, a chemistry major from Fort Mill, S.C., at the Commencement in December. The Tillman Award was founded in 1940 in honor of Governor Benjamin Ryan Tillman. The award goes to the student that has consistently met the demands of academic excellence. “I was shocked, I didn’t imagine I had the highest GPA,” Nicodem said. Nicodem was told backstage before graduation that she needed to speak to someone. “I thought there was a problem with me graduating,” Nicodem. There was no problem, she was just being informed of her award. After her daughter graduates high school, Nicodem will go to naturoChristine Nicodem, chemistry major Photo courtesy of Winthrop pathic school, which is very similar Public Relations to medical school. Once she earns her degree, she will be able to perform minor surgeries and the therapies practiced are more natural. The program is yearround and lasts four years. Nicodem is looking at Southwest College in Phoenix, A.Z.. However, the program changed the requirements and Nicodem is back at Winthrop to take one more class to complete the requirements.

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Geology professor Irene Boland was honored with the Kinard Award from President DiGorgio at the Graduation Commencement. “This was the greatest thing that has happened to me,” Boland said. She earned her Bachelors and M.A.T degrees at Winthrop and received her Ph.D. in geology from the University of South Carolina. Boland got into geology when she Dr. Irene Boland, professor of geology Photo by Frances Parrish • was asked to fill in and teach a basic geology course. One night after dinner, Boland was reading the textbook for the class. “Once I got to the chapter on plate tectonics, I was hooked,” Boland said. After she returned to Winthrop to teach, she decided, she wanted to climb the ladder and climb she did. Boland set out to become a tenure professor, a faculty marshall, recipient of the Phi Kappa Phi teaching award and the Kinard award. She met all her goals. Boland said that most of her students pick up the information through her enthusiasm. “You can’t beat showing someone something and they get it. You can’t beat that feeling,” Boland said.

Winthrop goes digital in student residence halls

Cable• from front

Hammond explained that Winthrop’s five year contract with Comporium was ending last semester. In November, Winthrop awarded the contract to Comporium and the rest of the semester was spent planning the switch from analog cable to digital cable. Winthrop made the big switch on the Wednesday after graduation. “We did all the engineering work in one day,” Hammond said. There are three channel line ups, one for analog cable, one for digital, and one that alphabetized by network. Hammond explained how a student can tell if he/she owns a digital TV. There are two questions to ask; Does the TV have a an High-Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI) connector on the back? Was it purchased in the USA? If the answer is yes to both questions, then the TV is most likely digital with a QAM tuner and the TV just simply needs some setup to work with the digital cable. A channel scan or also known as an auto-search should fix this problem. If the TV is still digital but will not pick up any of the channels, Hammond advised students to reference their TV manual, the Internet or the manufacturer. If the TV still does not work con- Convert box can be bought from Winthrop IT department Photo by Frances Parrish • parrishf@ tact the Winthrop Help Desk at helpdesk@win- If the TV is older and does not have a QAM tuner and was not purchased in the USA, there are two options the student can act upon. Hammond explained that a student can purchase a Digital to Analog Adapter (DTA) or a converter box or just upgrade by purchasing a new TV. A converter box can be purchased from the IT department that is compatible with Comporium cable only. The box is only $50. Also, the Help Desk will help the student find the right DTA for his/her TV. Not only did the Residence Halls get an upgrade in cable, but the IT department is working to upgrade the academic buildings as well. The Modern Language Department has purchased some extra channels that can also be received in the residence halls. There are Spanish, French and German channels coming by February. The switch to digital cable will not increase the student’s room and board rates because the 90 channels received through Comporium’s contract are part of the contract. However, channels not in the contract such as HBO, Bravo, Hallmark and BBC would cost extra and would have increased board and room rates for students. “Overall there has been a five percent increase in costs, but is the same as it would be at a students home,” Hammond said. If students decide to buy a new TV, the IT department have tested TVs and have created a list of the most compatible TVs with Winthrop’s cable system. For a complete listing visit For a complete listing of the channels visit the Residence Life’s web page or visit

Whovian takes over science and technology section of paper

I am Stephanie Brooks. I am a seventeen year old biology major and I have over the Science and Tech section of The Johnsonian. Being a new student here I don’t completely understand all the ins and outs of college life. This is why I feel I will be a good science and tech editor. I came to Winthrop a week after graduating high school. It was a tough transformation, but already having family and friends here has really helped. I spend most of my time dedicating my life to science fiction and British television. The term whovian comes from my obsession with a popular British television show Stephanie Brooks Science & Tech called Doctor Who. Editor I am an extremely antisocial person, which is what I believe led me here. Having a small campus to me meant I would have to eventually deal with my problem. It really has. Coming here means the world to me and taking the job as editor for this section has really

History of the Week On January 1st, 1999, California had become the first state to ban cyber stalking. January 19th, 1999, Gary Dellapenta was the first person convicted of cyber stalking. Later in April, he would plead guilty to one count of stalking and three counts of solicitation of sexual assault. Dellapenta used the internet to solicit the rape of woman who had rejected him. He placed ads about a North Hollywood woman in her name and claimed she had rape fantasies. They also gave out her address and how to disarm her security system. At first she had no clue of the ads. She was very confused by the men knocking on her door in the night claiming they were there to rape her. She learned about the ads and placed notes on her front door telling people that the ads were a lie, but then Dellapenta placed a new set of ads saying that the notes were part of the fantasy. Gary Dellapenta got caught when the woman’s father traced back the ads origins. He received a six-year prison sentence. Information compiled from

helped me with my social anxiety. This section has helped me really settle in here at Winthrop. I have made so many friends through the paper. Sadly, I have taken over a section with basically no writers. I myself am not a good writer so I am always looking for people to write for me. Many people pass up writing for Science and tech because they don’t truly understand what my section is about. Science and tech is not just about super complex stuff. It can be anything from game reviews to health science. Science and tech is a never-ending section where almost anything can be written about. If you would ever like to write for me or have any ideas you can contact me at brookss@ Hope to see you around.

Tech Tip of the Week Did you know that your gadgets see more germs and bacteria than a public toilet? Keep your computer safe during flu season, to further prevent getting the flu yourself. Make sure it is unplugged and turned off first for safety precautions. Simply wipe down your computer or laptop with bleach-free disinfecting wipes. Make sure the wipes aren’t dripping with cleaning product, if they are, squeeze out excess liquids. You want your cloth to be damp, not soaking wet. Your phones touches a lot of germs and you’re going to want to clean it as well. You can rub your phone down with a microfiber cloth, slightly damp for tough stains and fingerprints. This should clear your phone of germs and bacteria and keep it looking brand new. Make sure to clean your micro fiber cloths often though; they do easily retain the germs and bacteria you are removing. Also, the stick-on screen protectors should be replaced more often during cold and flu season. Keep these simple tips to keep your gadgets clean, and keep you healthy during cold and flu season. Information compiled from

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Students discuss What happened to empathy? possible gun ban

Over the break, I saw , “The Hobbit”, I’ve been a huge Tolkien fan since I was around Jacob Wingard eleven and Opinion Editor could actually understand the Lord of the Rings books. Yet, there was one particular scene that stood out for me when I was watching this film. Gandalf is asked why he picked Bilbo to go on the journey, to which he responds: “Saruman believes it is only great power that can hold evil in check, but that is not what I have found. I found it is the small everyday deeds of ordinary folk that keep the darkness at bay. Small acts of kindness and love. Why Bilbo Baggins? I don’t know. Perhaps because I am afraid, and he gives me courage.” Huh, seems like a rather antiquated statement doesn’t it? Small acts of kindness and love are what keeps evil from knocking on our doors. We’ve all seen it before, anyone who has watched a cartoon or a children’s movie in recent years has seen the stories of friendship or love conquers everything. It is a clichéd ending or theme; yet, I say that sometimes something is clichéd because it is a good lesson. Just to put this as bluntly as I absolutely can, people stop treating each other like crap. After some four thousand, six thousand or several million

years of civilization, one would think we would have learned not to insult strike or otherwise just abuse each other. When has it ever been a good idea to do any of these things? The cornucopia of mass murderers who were pushed to the edge wasn’t a good enough indication of why being a bully is an idiotic idea. Why are we so stuck on this, me, me, me mentality or us versus them mentality? I’m more dumbfounded by how many people lack basic empathy. I watched the news over the break and saw the circus that happened after the tragedy in Connecticut; this isn’t about the shooting, this isn’t about those victims. Those people have suffered enough and need to be left to mourn, not have me preach about them. No, this is about my utter disgust with the sensationalist and depraved mockery of journalism that entered into this world in the moments following. What that was, was not what journalism is supposed to be, shoving a camera and a microphone into a child’s face after they just

witnessed a murder and demanding answers from them, isn’t journalism. What flashed across the screen of almost every major network and possibly every major network was panhandling for ratings, not reporting. Is this what we’ve come to, making people literally sick to their stomachs just for some more revenue? Do I blame Rupert Murdoch for this or do I blame the system that rewards this behavior? Sorry, I just can’t. Every fiber of my being is screaming against this; it is telling me that what was done was offensive on every level. Not to mention that it’s still going on, playing someone else’s loss to make a gain is not only disgusting, but also encouraging more of these shootings to take place. Every time a major news network brings up the Connecticut story, they mention the shooter; they immortalize a person in history, makes sure that no one will ever forget who they were and what they did. In essence, they have given whatever sick human being that would commit these acts, exactly what they wanted; to have the world know who they are and what they did. Everybody just needs to learn a little empathy for once and let that lead to altruism. I’m honestly terrified because I don’t know if anyone would try to take my hand to free themselves, or if like a crab, they’d just pull me down under with them.

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Disney’s princesses are evolving

Deborah Crocker Sophomore Psychology

There was a short yet interesting discussion in my Fairy Tales class last week regarding Disney’s heroines. For the most part, people agreed that as the times changed, the roles of the women in Disney movies increased drastically. That isn’t to say we were saddled with terrible, unmemorable female protagonists back in the day – as society changed, so did the movies. Let’s use Snow White, Aurora, and Cinderella as our first examples. What’s the first thing you remember about these three women? Their uncommonly fine singing voices? Their beauty? Perhaps the problems each of them had? What I remember the most, even as a child, is the fact that they all held some degree of uselessness. They were very fragile, quiet, gentle, patient and kind. Their personalities were about the same, and they

all had a kind of ‘rags to riches’ background (with the exception of Aurora, who was always royalty). That was the ‘typical woman’ model set during those days, so it wasn’t out of place for Disney’s older movies to give their female protagonists these qualities. It was sexist, of course, but this was the 1930’s to the 50’s. (Leave your kitchen jokes at the door, please.) Now, let’s add Ariel and Belle. If you’ll notice, from the 80’s onwards, the female leads for our favorite movies started to become more and more fleshed out. Women out in the real world were far more independent, and this was starting to show in the movies. Ariel and Belle, while suffering from the typical Disney female Wanting More syndrome, both took control of their lives to change them for the better. Both of them ran into trouble on the way, but eventually got what they wanted and learned lessons as well. The big difference between Belle and Ariel is the fact that Ariel does come off as a whiny teenager, a big contrast to the lonely yet somewhat content attitude displayed by Belle.

But back when these movies were made, the rebellious teen archetype was a big deal. You didn’t just run away from home or openly defy your parents – it happened, but it was harshly frowned upon. And then came Tiana, Rapunzel and Merida. Tiana’s status as the first African American Disney princess was shocking enough to the world. She wasn’t born into royalty, but she was very similar to Belle in the way that they were viewed by society. Belle spent most of her time reading in a world where half the population couldn’t write their own name, and Tiana wanted to work for the money to open a restaurant despite everyone saying she’d never make it. Do you smell the female independence in the oven? Oddly enough, Rapunzel’s role seemed to jump backward a couple of decades. She was small, blonde, kind, caring and had a number of hobbies to keep her from getting bored to tears trapped in the tower. Was this Disney trying to backpedal? Not exactly. Rapunzel, while naïve and inexperienced, is usually the one rescuing her friends (with seven feet of multipurpose and sometimes

deadly hair). It’s only at the end of the movie where she’s the one who needs saving. She isn’t a Snow White or a Cinderella, but it certainly seems that way until we see how resourceful she can be. Finally, Merida. Some disliked this movie, and I can honestly see why. It was visually perfect, and the story was great…but it felt too short. I felt as if this was Disney experimenting with a princess whose independence soared above the others. She’s the only princess shown to be proficient with weapons, and possibly the first Disney princess to have problems bonding with her mother. The movie has two female leads rather than just one, and both of them are equally strong as far as female roles go in Disney movies. If you haven’t seen any of the later movies and you’re interested in female character development over the years, watch them. The change might be obvious in some ways, but it’s very subtle in other ways. Character development might not be for everyone, but it all depends on how you look at it.

Gun violence in America is not a new concept. We’ve had numerous tragedies at the end of a misplaced Quainte Jefferies barrel. So Sophomore after a recent Theatre Major rise in gun related deaths, we as a nation have decided that it is time to start the long overdue conversation about gun control… Or have we? At this very minute, policy makers are doing what they do best; deciding whether or not they’re going to be able agree on a course of action, making haste to postpone any kind of difficult or important decision and point the blame at any scapegoat they can stretch to fit their narrow imaginations. They procrastinate on the issue. And who can blame them? The whole issue of gun violence is a tricky one to approach. Certainly, there haven’t been many intelligent ideas tossed around lately. I haven’t read one gun control idea that would effectively solve or improve the violence we are so keen to end. First of all, I can’t understand any law abiding citizen advocating anti gun laws. Criminalizing firearms will not eliminate gun violence any more than making meth illegal takes care of drug use. No one who goes around robbing and killing people at gun point cares what the laws are. However, they will care once they know that all of us who actually acknowledge the law will be defenseless. Disarming the public creates a sort of field day for criminals. Maybe we should get rid of civilian access to military grade assault rifles. I certainly don’t think you should be able to buy one at Walmart. It doesn’t seem reasonable to sell high powered assault rifles at the same place I get my milk and

Evan Givens

Sophomore Graphic Design Major


Everyone should be able to protect themselves, but having more than necessary is what causes problems.

cereal. In my opinion, guns should only be available at specific stores, sold by licensed dealers in a secure environment. Unfortunately, the bills against assault rifles in the past have only addressed the cosmetic aspects ignoring their functionality altogether. Furthermore, the ban didn’t get rid of the automatic weapons that citizens already possessed and they really didn’t do much to get them out of the hands of criminals. As a matter of fact about 5 mass shootings happened under the original Assault Weapon Ban, killing hundreds of innocent civilians. Not to mention that in the grand scheme of gun violence, assault weapons only account for about one percent of overall gun related deaths, despite what the media would have you believe. At any rate, banning assault rifles only addresses a particular class of people. The majority of gun violence happens with handguns. They are the easiest to obtain and they’re the most common. While I don’t support making it illegal to carry a gun, I do think there should be nationwide restrictions on who can own one. Right now concealed weapons licenses state regulated and just about anyone who can pass a background check can go buy a handgun. I think that overall, people wanting to purchase handguns should have their mental health checked before hand and just like driving a car, license-seekers should have to learn rules and regulations on gun ownership and demonstrate a proficiency for their use. Furthermore, educational programs about gun violence should be instituted along with drugs and alcohol. Of course there is no perfect solution for ending gun violence in America but there are plenty of reasonable steps that would put us on the right path for reducing it.

Haley Durham

Freshman Fine Arts Major


We need gun control to an extent. We shouldn’t ban guns, but we need to be stricter with who gets them.

OUR SAY Couldn’t we have the best of both worlds? Couldn’t we have made space for Topios and The Wedge? The salad is great at The Wedge, but we miss the pizza and calzones! Couldn’t we have kept both? Before the wedge there was salad in a food cooler near the ice cream and drinks coolers, now we have salad there and at the Wedge, but no pizza. So thank you Aramark for the salad, but we just want our calzones back.

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Miller works with students in week long residency MILLER • from front

“Body Maps” was a collaborative work with Tim and 20 theatre students was a deeply personal piece in which students based their performances on events that have significantly impacted their lives. One of the students in the performance, Cecily Bigham said, “he had us do stream of consciousness writing, which ended up being about 90% of the pieces.” Phillip Calabro, also in Body Maps, commented on the seating of the audience, which was on stage and on the floor allowing actors to perform around and within the audience, “[He] came to us with the idea of the audience. What was left to us was how we wanted the audience to be shaped during our performance. It was this kind of added level of freedom. We molded our piece and molded our space.” Many of the actors commented that they felt a sense of community with Tim and with the other students during the residency. Jonathon Long, performer in Body Maps said, “the first thing we did is open up to each other we become this tight knit group of people like within a day.” Miler said that when working with the students to create Body Maps, “they took this opportunity to talk about stuff that we’re not suppose to talk about and to bring it forward with this huge crowd.” He said that some of his most memorable moments were of the sheer honesty and power of the performances. He said, “as the piece got more intense, they released humor into it.” Kedrowski commented on the bravery of the students to share such personal accounts of internal strife and explained that “Body Maps was about our scars and that’s what’s mapped on our bodies but sometimes are scars are invisible scars and it’s the invisable scars on our spirit that shape us most profoundly and all the students were very willing to speak about that in a moving way about how their souls and spirits have been scarred and how they have been shaped by that.” Miller stressed that theatre often plays an important role in politics in that artists can effectively get work done on social issues and communicate to more audiences in ways that politicians are not able to. If the audience made up the House of Representatives after witness-

ing the pieces from Body Maps, “you Tim Miller working with students on “Body Maps.” can only imagine the legislation that Photo courtesy of Leah Smith would have come to that,” Miller said. Personal narratives from Miller and from the students of Body Maps left many audience members wondering why the United States is still the only country to not allow the equality of marriage for all citizens. Calabro’s piece ended the performance and included imagery using the entire cast of Body Maps and created a literal tug-a-war that illustrated a young man struggling with religion and his true self. “To see that performed with all 20 bodies and that powerful red light was just o moving. And you know he was not the only person in that room that felt the kind of feeling of being between a rock and a hard place by his faith tradition and sense of who they are. That doesn’t only affect gay people,” Miller said.

Students working on their “body map.” Photo courtesy of Leah Smith

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Halmat Rahman is a Business Administration major from Irbil, Iraq. Some of his favorite things to do in Irbil are “to picnic with my family, go to Mall with my friends, gathering with my friends at night in a dorm, and hiking in the mountains.”

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Winthrop student athlete studies abroad in Hungary By Allie Briggs Winthrop’s study abroad program has grown significantly over the past few years and the program has worked hard to make the opportunity easily accessible to students. The typical concern of students thinking

about studying abroad is that their graduation date will be pushed back a semester. Many students have successfully studied abroad and graduated as scheduled, but is this the same for student athletes? Student athlete, Drew Harris, a junior history and political science major from Lexington, SC, about his study abroad experience in Budapest, Hungary. Drew Harris runs Cross Country and Track for Winthrop and said that student athletes typically have to make their schedules around practice times. This can sometimes determine which classes they take during the semester. Harris said that


athletes are allowed 4 “red shirts” for their up to 5-year contract as a student athlete. A “red shirt” allows student athletes to sit out of practice and competition for a semester and are typically reserved in case athletes need to heal from injuries. Drew was able to use a red shirt to study abroad in Hungary. While abroad, Drew visited nearby countries like the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland, Germany, France, Greece, Cyprus, Romania. Some of his most memorable experiences include going to the UEFA Champions League Final in Munich which he said, “its like the European super bowl for soccer and my favorite team was playing.” Drew’s study abroad experience as a student athlete shows that studying abroad is something that is doable by anyone no matter what their schedule.

Pictured is Drew Harris in Hungary. Photo courtesy of Facebook

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Singer/Songwriter Hana Pestle The Edge 8 p.m.

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Student embraces DIY culture with custom-made bow ties By Allie Briggs briggsa@

to sell his custom ties for around $30. Colin placed If you’ve a listing of a embraced few bowties southern livon the oning, pledged line DIY (do to fraternity, it yourself) or just have and vintage good taste, shop, “ETSY. then it is com” to find likely that out if they you are fawould sell, miliar with and although the bow-tie. the bow-ties C o l i n did not have Meachem, the online sophomore success he Colin Meachem is pictured with his collection of finance mawanted, you bowties for sale. Photo by Allie Briggs • briggjor, integratmight spot a ed this agefew of Colin’s old trend Pi Kappa Phi into his life when he pledged for Pi brothers sporting his collection. Kappa Phi last year. He has taken If you are interested in learnthis interest a step further as he ing more about Colin’s bow-tie has been designing and producing collection or would like to make custom bow ties from his home. a purchase contact Colin at Colin got the idea to start pro- for ducing uniquely crafted ties when more information. his mom gifted him one made using store-bought fabric and a sewing machine. Colin makes the designs and chooses the fabric while his mom does the sewing. His bow ties include an array of bold patterns, casual classics, and Garnet and Gold designs. Bow-tie enthusiasts will tell you about the expense of purchasing a Pictured above is one of the bowties bow-tie, which depending on the made by Colin Meachem and his mom. quality of the retailer, can range Photo by Allie Briggs • briggsa@ from about $15 - $60. Colin wants

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TJSports Pat Kelsey reflects on Newtown shootings

Alex Isern during a playoff game • Photo courtesy of Winthrop Athletics

Alex Isern named to MLS Combine Senior Alex Isern has been named to the 2013 Major League Soccer Combine. The event will be held during the week of January 11. Isern is the third person in Winthrop’s soccer history to attend the event. “It is an honor to be invited to the MLS Combine,” said Isern. “I’m so excited to have this opportunity to represent the Winthrop soccer program.” Isern has been a team captain for the past two years. The Combine will take place at Central Broward Regional Park.

Pat Kelsey coaching the men’s basketball team • Photo courtesy of Winthrop Athletics

NEWTOWN • from front “I thought about [the tragedy] nonstop those few days,” Kelsey said. “Something came over me as I walked in that press room. People cared what I said.” Kelsey talked about his team. He went over the semantics of the game, addressing how the Eagles were able to hold the Big Ten team to such a close lead. But the press conference did not just end there. “It just came to me,” said Kelsey. “We’re better than this.” Kelsey reflected on his personal situation, remembering his two little girls safe at home back in S.C. as he used the Ohio State microphone to speak to the nation not about a ball game but about the tragedy that claimed the lives of elementary school children. The head coach encouraged the nation to change in the press conference and didn’t stop there. Kelsey took his own advice to heart as his popularity and press conference spread across the nation thanks in part to social media. “All I know is I can change where I’m at,” Kelsey said. “I can be better

in my position with the young men under my charge.” As Kelsey’s influence began to spread outside of the Winthrop community, he began to develop a relationship with the parents of one boy killed in the elementary school. The parents of Chase Kowalski reached out to Kelsey after seeing the video from his press conference which now has been embedded onto the Chase Kowalski Memorial Fund Facebook page. Kelsey, who plans on reconnecting with the family after Winthrop’s basketball season comes to a close, believes that a change is eminent among the country. “I want awareness for the foundation and awareness so that it’s not forgotten,” Kelsey said. Kelsey is no stranger to tragedy. In 2007, on the same day that his wife was due with their first child, Kelsey’s mentor passed away from a heart attack in his office with Kelsey standing by. For Kelsey, the Sandy Hook tragedy was just another reminder to cherish his wife and daughters. “The next time those parents saw their children, they were identifying their bodies,” Kelsey said. “I’m appalled but it made you wonder how

Women’s tennis opens season with a 7-0 win against Wofford

something like that could happen in a country as great as ours.” One way that Kelsey and Winthrop have paired up to remember those affected in Newtown is in the sales of t-shirts. The shirts which are available in cardinal, gold or white can be purchased at with 100% of the proceeds going to the Sandy Hook Elementary School support fund. “The silver lining, if there is one, is this is a turning point for us, for our country,” said Kelsey.


Something came over me as I walked in that press room. People cared what I said. Pat Kelsey

Men’s head basketball coach

Giovanna Portiloi against Wofford • Photo courtesy of Winthrop Athletics The women’s tennis team started their spring season strong with a 7-0 win against Wofford this past Sunday. The Lady Eagles won the doubles with junior Andressa Garcia and freshman Tijana Uzelac taking a 6-2 win over Wofford’s Sarah Evans and Guinn Garcia. Senior Giovanna Portioli and freshman Alice Garcia finished second. The team will start an eight game road trip next Saturday at 1 p.m. at the College of Charleston.

Award winning volleyball coach fired from VCU By Shelby Chiasson Since 2005, James Finley has coached conference winning volleyball teams at Virginia Commonwealth University. His players have consistently placed at the top of the Colonial Athletic Association since the beginning of his tenure at the university. Late in November, Finley was terminated from his position. He believes he was fired because of his sexuality. While investigations have proved that discrimination was not a factor in Finley’s termination, details on the matter are unclear. The report verifies that Finley did not violate VCU’s employment practices and policies. VCU officials have vehemently stated that the decision to fire Finley had nothing to do with discriminatory decisions based on the coach’s sexuality. Current athletic director Ed McLaughlin joined the VCU staff in August. Finley has stated that McLaughlin never initiated a conversation with him or spoke with his players. The coach claimed that the first time McLaughlin invited him into his office to speak was when he fired him. “He didn’t offer any explanation whatso-

ever,” said Finley. Last week, McLaughlin released a statement. “Our program needs a different direction and different leadership to attain our goals of achieving at an elite level nationally,” said McLaughlin. The decision was made after Finley led his team to finish the season with a record of 25-6, the best record the school had seen since Finley took over the title of head coach. The decision to terminate Finley shocked athletes and students alike at VCU. According to investigative documents, McLaughlin spoke to the team after Finley’s dismissal. According to James Finley senior Kristin Boyd, the Courtesy VCU Athletics director told the team that “they deserve better” and that “he wanted to

find someone who better represented the university.” James Finley’s reputation is nothing short of spectacular. Former VCU athletic director Norwood Teague described Finley as “one of the most committed coaches I have ever been around.” Though Finley has received job offers from other schools, he wishes to remain at VCU. “I would love nothing more than to re-join the athletic staff at VCU and get back to work. Though we’ve come miles since I first joined VCU eight years ago, there’s a lot of work still to do with the team and I hope I’m able to be a part of that work,” said Finley in a press release. It can also be noted

that in October, Patricia Stauffer was demoted to a lower position within the VCU athletics. Reasons for the demotion are unknown, but some of the VCU staff believes that Stauffer being an open lesbian had a factor in the decision. Winthrop’s athletic director, Tom Hickman, stated his opinion on the incident. “In my 24 years at Winthrop, I’m sure we have had some coaches or staff members who had same-sex preferences,” said Hickman. “But it’s not something that we take into account when we are looking into hiring a new staff member.” A petition is currently circulating around the internet to reinstate Finley at VCU. Currently, the petition has over 11,000 signatures. Despite how his time at VCU came to a conclusion, many in his field consider Finley a respectable and talented coach. Finley married his husband, John Sternlicht, in 2010. They reside in Virginia with Sternlicht’s son from a previous marriage. Finley and his husband have been working constantly on appealing the decision. Despite other schools reaching out with offers for Finley, VCU is where he wants to be. If he is not reinstated to the position, the two may consider legal action. “You always want to be judged on your work,” said Finley. “Not on who you love.”

Shelby Chiasson | Sports Editor

The Johnsonian • January 17, 2013


1/17 - Women’s basketball vs. CSU - 7p.m. 1/19 - Men’s tennis vs. Clemson - 10a.m. 1/19 - Women’s basketball vs. Presbyterian - 1p.m. 1/19 - Men’s basketball at Campbell - 1p.m. 1/19 - Women’s tennis at College of Charleston - 1p.m. 1/19 - Men’s track and field - The Angry Birds Invitational 1/21 - Women’s tennis at USC - 10a.m. 1/23 - Men’s basketball vs. Gardner-Webb - 7p.m. 1/24 - Women’s basketball at Coastal Carolina - 7p.m.

Taylor Calvert in last Thursday’s match against UNCA Photo courtesty of Winthrop Athletics

Gideon Gamble against VMI last Saturday Courtesy of Winthrop Athletics

Women’s tennis team posed after a game Photo courtesy of Winthrop Athletics

Great Expectations: A recap of the 2012 Carolina Panthers’ season By Charles Owen Special to The Johnsonian The Carolina Panthers sure had many expectations heading into the 2012 season. Many had projected the team to be in the playoffs as a wild card berth, and some even went as far as to say that Carolina would actually win the always competitive division that is the NFC South. Cam Newton was supposed to have a great second act after his phenomenal rookie season, and the team was destined for greatness. Now as the playoffs are here, and the Super Bowl is right around the corner, we here in the surrounding area of the Queen City are asking ourselves, “What happened?” Starting off the season 1-1 after match-ups against division rivals Tampa Bay and New Orleans, the stage was set for a big Thursday Night game in Charlotte against the defending Super Bowl champion the New York Giants. Many were expecting a great game, and some saw it as an opportunity for quarterback Cam Newton to have a great game and lead the Panthers to victory. These things could not be further from the truth, as the 36-7 route of the Panthers at home began a five game losing streak, something that the city of Charlotte was not going to put up with. Another thing that was not going to be put up with was the attitude of their star quarterback. While being down by over 20 points against the Giants, and after scoring the only Panther points of the entire game, Newton came under

1/14/13 Tom Riginos signs nine recruits for the 2014 season This past Monday, head baseball coach Tom Riginos announced that nine players have signed NCAA Letters of Intent. The players are Clifton Bryant of Trenton, FL, Zachary Cook of Boiling Springs, SC, Cory Cremonese of Jamesport, NY, Matthew Crohan of Moultrie, GA, Zachary Goodno of Gastonia, NC, Justin Pace of Spartanburg, SC, Dillon Palencia of Spartanburg, SC, Matthew Poole of Mount Pleasant, SC and Babe Thomas of Mount Pleasant, SC. The 2013 Eagles will start their season at home on Friday, February 15 against Maryland Eastern Shore.

12/18/12 Track team starts off strong in a season-opening invitational The men and women’s track and field team opened their 2012-2013 indoor season in the College Kick-Off Classic right before Christmas break in Winston-Salem, N.C. All the Eagles who finished in the top eight were freshman or sophomores. Freshman Asa Walvoot was the top finisher for the men’s, earning fourth in shot put with a 13.92m in his collegiate debut. Sophomore Mark Britton ended with a seventh place finish. For the women, senior Sharonne Honor, sophomore Shalace Rose, freshman Alesha Love and sophomore DeShaun Squires finished fifth in the 4x400 meter relay with a time of 4:06:68. The teams will next compete at the Angry Birds Invitational at Lehigh University next Saturday.

fire for his now famous “Superman” touchdown celebration. Many cried foul over the fact that he didn’t care about how the team was doing, as he appeared to be only worried about Cam. The young QB came under more fire as the Panthers continued to lose, and he fumbled which cost the team a win against the eventual division winner, the Atlanta Falcons, in the Georgia Dome. His behavior at postgame press conferences did not make a great case for him either, which included wearing a huge fur coat that made him resemble an Ewok from the Star Wars film series. The Panthers would eventually get over the skid with a win against Washington in Week 9, but then would lose two more straight including a tight 27-21 loss to Tampa Bay in overtime. The final loss of the season came in week 13 against the Kansas City Chiefs who, at the time, had the worst record in the NFL. Some saw this as the final straw, claiming that change had to be made in one area. Change had already been implemented after the firing of long-time General Manager Marty Hurney back in October, and now fans were claiming that Head Coach Ron Rivera was next on the chopping block. However, to the surprise of many, the Panthers began winning again, from avenging the earlier loss of the season against Atlanta, to a West Coast tour beating Oakland and San Diego in consecutive weeks, and ending the season on a high note scoring a season-high 44 points against the New Orleans Saints in the Superdome. As a result of this winning streak, the Panthers finished with a 7-9 record and Coach Rivera managed to keep his job for at least one more year.


In short, this has been one roller-coaster type season. From the winning streaks, losing streaks and off-field drama, it could be safe to say that Panther fans are just exhausted. However, now is the time to look down the road to next season. Will the Panthers finish with a fourth straight losing season? Or will they rise yet again and become the NFL’s apex predators? Only time will tell.

Cam Newton against the Saints • Photo courtesy of the Carolina Panthers


Women defeat UNCA 65-59

1/12/13 Men’s basketball falters under VMI The men fell this past Saturday to VMI with a final score of 72-54. This loss brings Winthrop’s record to 6-9 for the year and 0-3 in the Big South. VMI improves to 3-0 and 8-7 overall. VMI took the court from the beginning of the game, outscoring Winthrop 15 to 6. Senior Gideon Gamble ended the game as the only team member who earned points in the double figures, scoring a season high 16 points and four rebounds. Sophomore Andre Smith added nine, while sophomore Larry Brown and Joab Jerome had eight points each. Though the first half was challenging, there was only a three-point difference at the half. The second half proved to be just as difficult as the first, with senior Shola Diop helping create an advantage with an 8-0 run. In the end, the Eagles finished with a game-shooting 41 percent (36 in the second half.) The Eagles will next play Gardner-Webb in Boiling Springs at 7p.m.

Last Thursday the women’s team travelled to Asheville to match up against UNCA. Thanks to Dequesha McClanahan and Taylor Calvert’s combined 44 points, the Lady Eagles were triumphant over the Bulldogs. With the win, the Women advance to a record of 8-8, while UNCA drops to 2-14. This game was a so-far career best for Calvert, who earned 21 points and 17 rebounds. McClanahan finished with 23 points and five rebounds. Winthrop opened the game with a quick lead, carrying the Bulldogs 8-3 in only the first few moments of the game. The second half mimicked the first with Winthrop leading the Bulldogs throughout the rest of the game. Schaquilla Nunn sat this game out with a groin injury. The Lady Eagles finished the game with shooting 37.7 percent from the floor. The team will play Charleston Southern at home this Thursday at 7p.m.

1/15/13 Men’s tennis falls against nationally ranked Wake Forest

This past Wednesday, the Winthrop men’s tennis team 7-0 in its season opener. Though the team competed well in the doubles, the Demon Deacons pulled away to earn the #1 position. Dylan Comerford and Steven Patrick both lost to Wake Forest’s Amogh Prabhakar and David Hopkins. Peter Nagovnak and Yuta Hirokawa both pulled an 8-5 win over Anthony Delcore and Morgan Mays of Wake Forest. Next, the team will face the #60 Clemson at Davidson this Saturday.

The Johnsonian • January 17, 2013




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