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In this special issue of The Johnsonian we cover all things election. From News, to Science & Technology and Opinion, we attempt to cover this year’s heated presidential election from all angles. Graphic by Zach Greenway •


POLLING HURDLES By Alexandra Briggs Special to the Johnsonian


s Election Day rapidly approaches, the anxiety of using one’s right to vote appropriately may seem overwhelming. For many Winthrop students, this year’s presidential election will be the first one they will be eligible to participate in, and this alone, may count as a milestone. Karen Kedrowski, department chair of political science, said paying close attention to both state and national races would be beneficial to all.

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VOTING OPINIONS By Jacob Hallex Mulitimedia Editor


oting has changed drastically through the years from putting a stone into a box to pressing a button on a computer screen. Scott Huffmon, Political science professor, said that the modern way of voting is efficient, but there are still some hurdles that deter people from voting. The journey American politics has taken with voting technology might make one wonder, what is the quality of the voting methods in use today? Popular news media circulates headlines about voting fraud and scandals,


his election day I plan on sitting on my arse, cracking open a nice cold mountain dew, and playing Halo 4 all day. No where do I plan on voting. Now this is mainly because I am registered to vote in Charleston County, didn’t sign up for absentee voting, and forgot to vote early when I had the opportunity. Despite all of these factors it still doesn’t mean my vote counts at all. No matter who I or any other student at Winthrop votes for,

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The science behind smoking

‘’Come on! I just answered, like, eight questions.’’ -Obamarama

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‘’It would be helpful to be Latino.” -Romneysia

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‘’UPS and FedEx are doing just fine, right? It’s the Post Office that’s always having problems.’’’ -Obamarama

“I went to a number of women’s groups and said ‘Can you help us find folks?’ and they brought us whole binders full of women.” -Romneysia

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Hurricane Sandy plows through Northeast

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TJNews Before you go to the polls on Nov. 6...

TJ’s last second guide to the presidential candidates

Republican Political Party Democratic Place of birth: Honolulu, Hawaii

Detroit, Michigan Stanford University, Brigham Young University (BA), Harvard University (MBA, JD)

Occidental College, Columbia University (BA), Harvard Law School (JD)

Alma mater

Created similar legislation in Mass. but believes it’s not appropriate for all of USA and wants to repeal. Proposes encouraging individuals to purchase their own health insurance rather than via employers and allowing insurance across state lines.

Position on Healthcare

Signed the 2010 healthcare overhaul bill. Calls for patient protections like allowing coverage for pre-existing conditions, not letting insurers cancel policies when patients get sick and requiring individuals to buy health insurance or pay a fine.

Opposes same-sex marriage; supports legal unions; supports Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell but favors gays serving openly in the military, supported ENDA to ban anti-gay employer discrimination

Position on Gay Rights:

Supports same-sex marriage; pushed Congress to repeal Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, allowing gays to serve openly in the military

Position on the Economy

Repeal Bush tax cuts for households earning more than $250,000. Lower taxes on manufacturing industry. Stimulus spending and tax cuts to grow the economy (short term). Cut spending and raise taxes on wealthy to reduce deficit (long term).

Make Bush tax cuts permanent. Lower corporate tax rate across the board to 25%. Cut taxes and regulations to encourage business. Cut “non-security discretionary [government] spending” by 5% to reduce deficit.

Opposes cap- and- trade legislation. Supports Keystone XL pipeline. Exporting carbon emissions to China hurts US and planet. (Aug 2007), Humans contribute to world getting warmer. (Nov 2011), $20 billion package for energy research & new car technology

Position on Global Warming and Environment

Supports a mandatory cap-and-trade system to reduce carbon emissions. Delayed decision on northern leg of Keystone XL pipeline due to environmental concerns.

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David Thackham | News Editor

Shamira McCray | Assistant News Editor

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Who’s in the driver’s seat in the RACE for York County? U.S. House of Representatives District 5 • Mick Mulvaney- Republican • Joyce Knott- Democratic

State Senate District 15 State Senate District 17 • Bob Carrison- Republican • Creighton Coleman- Democratic

• Wes Hayes- Republican • Joe Thompson- Petition

County Council District 4 • Roy L Blake- Petition • William “Bump” Roddey- Democratic

County Council District 6 • Britt Blackwell- Republican • Gary Williams- Petition

Question for all SC voters: Amendment 1 proposal Beginning with the general election of 2018, must Section 8 of Article IV of the Constitution of this State be amended to provide that the Lieutenant Governor must be elected jointly with the Governor in a manner prescribed by law; and upon the joint election to add Section 37 to Article III of the Constitution of this State to provide that the Senate shall elect from among the members thereof a President to preside over the Senate and to perform other duties as provided by law; to delete Sections 9 and 10 of Article IV of the Constitution of this State containing inconsistent provisions providing that the Lieutenant Governor is President of the Senate, ex officio, and while presiding in the Senate, has no vote, unless the Senate is equally divided; to amend Section 11 to provide that the Governor shall fill a vacancy in the Office of Lieu-

Countywide Question: Shall the Department of Revenue be authorized to issue temporary permits in this county for a period not to exceed twenty-four hours to allow the sale of beer and wine at permitted offpremises locations without regard to the days or hours of sales? tenant Governor by appointing a successor with the advice and consent of the Senate; and to amend Section 12 of Article IV of the Constitution of this State to conform appropriate references? Explanation • A ‘Yes’ vote will require, from 2018 onward, the Governor and Lieutenant Governor to run on the same ticket and be elected to office jointly. As a result, the Lieutenant Governor will no longer preside over the Senate and the Senate will elect their presiding officer from within the Senate body. • A ‘No’ vote maintains the current method of electing the Governor and Lieutenant Governor separately. The Lieutenant Governor shall continue to serve as President of the Senate. Information compiled from the York County government website. Screenshot from Google Maps.

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Student killed in Kershaw car accident remembered as ‘sweet and happy person’ Morgan Hughes’ academic advisor remembers a student who always “looked forward.” By Claire VanOstenbridge and David Thackham and

Three Winthrop University students studying in the College of Education were struck from behind in their 2005 Suzuki while slowing for traffic on I-20 in Kershaw County Sunday night, killing one and injuring her two roommates. Morgan LeAnne Hughes, 21, was a senior special education major, who had been interning at Chester High School and recently presented at the State Math Conference with faculty, was pronounced dead at the scene, according to Frank Ardaiolo, Vice President for Student Life. The incident occurred at 8 p.m., when the students were driving back to campus. Christian McBee, an early childhood education major, is currently recovering from severe head trauma in Columbia’s Palmetto Health Richland Hospital. According to Ardaiolo, McBee’s mother expects her to be hospitalized for many months. Caitlin Livingston, also a special education major, was in the conference last week with Hughes. She was released from a Columbia hospital Monday night despite several

fractures. Hughes’ academic advisor, Dr. Rebecca Evers, worked with the special education major since her freshman year. “She was a really, really, really sweet and happy person,” Evers said. “She was always prepared and looking forward.” Deborah Mink, director of student academic services, worked with Hughes and Livingston on a presentation for the Math Conference entitled “Swamps, Sweets and Statistics,” seen by over 60 attendees. “They were amazed that the girls were students,” Mink said. “Our campus is truly lessened by Morgan’s passing,” said Ardaiolo in an email to all students. “Please join me in sending our thoughts and prayers to Morgan’s family as we also pray for a quick and full recovery for Christian and Caitlin.”

“” [Morgan] was so excited to become a teacher... She was a delight to work with. Rebecca Evers

Hughes’ academic advisor

From top to bottom, counterclockwise: Morgan, on left, and Caitlin, on right, took part in an ELEM 431 course in Spring 2012 together. Morgan, Caitlin and other students pose at the South Carolina Council of Tachers of Mathematics in Myrtle Beach, SC. Hughes also presented with faculty at a math conference recently. Photos courtesy of Linda Pickett and Deborah Mink

Smoking issue divides Winthrop students By David Thackham

Banning smoking on campus will cause more harm than it stops, while the existing designated areas at which to smoke aren’t safe enough, according to many Winthrop students who came out in force to oppose a possible move toward illegalizing smoking on the school campus. Winthrop’s Council of Student Leaders Winthrop students had their chance to fight for or against hosted a public forum called a smoking ban on campus Monday night. Photo by Claire “Share the Air” in the Richardson Ballroom this Monday, VanOstenbridge • bringing a wide range of opin“We know that a lot of art students ions to the forefront. will smoke, international kids, the fac“This conversation has arrived at our ulty, so if you ban smoking,” said Ariel doorstep here at Winthrop,” said CSL Gilreath, “you might lose students. president Kambrell Garvin. “We want They might feel that they have less people to express their opinions freely.” freedom.” Following on the heels of state College Libertarian president Trey schools Lander University, University Stokes promises to protest any possible of South Carolina Upstate and College ban on smoking, saying smokers have of Charleston deciding to ban smoking compromised enough. on campus, Clemson University recent“We will oppose any ban made,” he ly announced their intentions to make said. “Students pay enough to come the campus smoke and tobacco free by here and we will protest. Bans do not the year 2014. work. Marijuana is banned and I can Garvin says CSL will begin discussing tell you that it is being smoked everyhow to form its own official position on where on campus.” the issue on Nov. 12. Clinton Jr. College is tobacco-free on Rosie Hopkins- Campbell, Wincampus, while York Technical College throp’s wellness coordinator, says she is smoke-free. and her 12- person committee made up Much of those who were pro-smoking of faculty, staff and students, are in the cited that they felt unsafe at current process of planning a survey to Winsmoking benches and areas, saying it throp’s campus to assess their opinions had too little lighting and was too far of the current smoking policy. out of sight for their taste. “We hope to be finished by spring One freshman felt that the needs of 2013 to get a picture of how our cura minority shouldn’t constitute the acrent faculty and staff really think of a tions of the majority. smoke- free, tobacco- free campus,” “At this point, the convenience of Hopkins-Campbell said. some people shouldn’t be served by Some students, however, already everyone,” said freshman Leah Price. have their minds made up on the issue. “With a hundred people at a campus of “I’m allergic to smoke,” said Alex over 5,000, you shouldn’t have to tailor Mason, a freshman. “I see smokers to one group of people.” on Scholars’ Walk all the time, not at “Tonight’s forum was civil and retheir designated areas. It’s a little out of spectful,” Garvin said afterward “The hand. Even though it’s a choice for you, CSL members should be the ones you you don’t have to force that secondtalk to about this issue and how you hand smoke on the rest of us.” feel about it.” Many people, however, were much more vocal of keeping the smoking policy at its status quo.

What do you think? Winthrop students give us their unbiased predictions to who will win the 2012 presidential election

Compiled by Alyson Fields Special to The Johnsonian


Aaron Fountain History major

I can’t put my finger on it, but I want the president to be re-elected because I’m going to graduate school and I’d like a liberal democrat to be in office.


I’m unsure about the 30 to 40 year old range. Obama has more charisma and a sway with younger voters. I think Obama will be elected because he is in touch with the voter.

James McBrayer Theater Major


I don’t support either, but I think Romney will be elected because people want a change. Obama advocated for change, but he didn’t do anything. Cole Reynolds Dance major


Living on a college campus I would say Obama will get elected, but because the older generation makes up most voters, I’m scared Romney will be elected. People like my dad are angry at Obama for his lack of economic understanding.


Vivek Patel

Biology major

Kendall Murray Undeclared major

I think it’s going to be a close election because i see that [Romney] is catching up, but he is not all there. The swing states are not being clear on where they stand like previous elections.

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Students get opportunity to network with top financial firms By Rachel Wyatt Special to The Johnsonian

Beta Alpha Psi and the Center for Career and Civic Engagement hosted a “speed networking” event Thursday night involving some of the area’s top accounting and financial firms. According to Jane Maas, Beta Alpha Psi faculty advisor, “the purpose of this for the students is to give them exposure and networking with employers, it’s not necessarily about asking for jobs, but for finding out what people do and getting advice on what direction they want to go.” Beta Alpha Psi is Winthrop’s academic honor organization for accounting and finance majors in the College of Business Administration. They partnered with the CCE for the second year in a row to put on this experience for Winthrop students. The students rotated between about seven of the participating twenty accounting and financial

firms based on their program of study. Following the speed dating format, each rotation lasted eight minutes and a bell signaled the switch to the next one. Professionals from the firms came to share their insight with these juniors, seniors, and graduate students as they prepare to begin networking and searching for jobs after graduation. “They are not really here to recruit, they are here to share what they know”, said graduate student Tomo Koyamo. “They just want to help us get a job, might not be with their company but with someone else, and helping us figure the best way to do that.” Senior accounting major Nicole Mooberry recognized the benefit from the networking event, “It is Winthrop students and employers met in a speed dating format of eight minutes with each person. Photo by Rachel Wyatt • Special to The a great opportunity for Winthrop Johnsonian students to build relationships with Charlotte and Rock Hill firms work in because it is not always just ments are compared to the smaller out benefits not normally focused because networking on your own is public accounting.” regional firms, also the different on, saying “talking to big firms you nearly impossible.” She also pointed understand what their requiretypes of industries accountants

Six students busted for underage liquor consumption By David Thackham

Six Winthrop students were arrested for consumption of liquor under 21 last Friday night in Lee Wicker Hall, according to a Winthrop police report. A Winthrop campus police officer was dispatched to Lee Wicker around 2 a.m. Friday night in reference to a loud party. The officer met with the Lee Wicker RA, who advised the officer that she had been to a room twice already and that the subjects had taken a long time to answer the door, and she could hear the subjects hiding bottles. As the officer approached the room with the RA, the officer found three subjects leaving the room. The officer then made contact with them and smelled a strong odor of alcohol coming from them. The three told the officer that they had been drinking. When the officer made contact with the three other subjects in the room, all three also had a strong alcoholic odor from them. The subjects also admitted they were drinking. One of them handed the officer a half full bottle of Burnett’s Vodka. The officer cited and released all six students for consumption of liquor under 21. A court date has been set for Nov. 17 at 1 p.m.

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POLICE BLOTTER 10/19/12 Breaking and entering Auto The theft of a laptop and charging cord resulted when one Winthrop student left the rear passenger door of his vehicle unlocked in the north parking lot of the Winthrop Coliseum. According to a police report, upon arriving to the scene after being dispatched, the reporting officer met with the victim and was advised essentially that on Oct. 19, at approximately12:40 p.m. the victim parked his vehicle in the north parking lot of the coliseum. The victim then went inside of the coliseum in order to print a paper and speak to a friend. At approximately 1:05 p.m., the victim returned to his vehicle and noticed that his book bag’s zipper was open. He then stated that he squeezed the book bag to feel for his laptop, but soon discovered that it wasn’t there. The report said after completing an inventory of his vehicle and confirming that his laptop and charging cord were not located

in the vehicle, the victim noticed that he had left the rear passenger door of the vehicle unlocked. The victim was very adamant with the officer that upon arriving in the parking lot, his laptop and charging cord were situated in his book bag and let in the vehicle. Having purchased the laptop a few weeks prior, the victim informed the officer that he had not yet installed any anti-theft programs on the computer, the report said. The victim further advised the officer that when the laptop is powered up, his name appears in the center of the screen, and at that time a password is required to gain entry. The wallpaper is currently set to the Washington Redskins logo, the report said. The victim was able to supply the officer with the serial number and model number of the laptop. While talking with the victim, the officer made thorough search of the surrounding area, but were unable to locate any individuals in possession of a laptop of charging cord. The report said the officer then issues the victim a Victim Notification Information Form.

10/28/12 Reckless driving A 19-year old non-student was issued a citation for reckless driving south on Cherry Rd early Monday morning after a Winthrop police officer pulled over a white Chevrolet mini van containing a pregnant passenger, according to a Winthrop police report. The Winthrop officer observed the van travelling at a high rate of speed on Cherry Rd and was able to radar the speed of the vehicle at 63 miles per hour in a 45 mph zone on Constitution Blvd. The officer followed to Piedmont Medi-

cal Center, where the vehicle pulled into the emergency room parking lot. When the officer made contact with the subject, who said her passenger was pregnant and was involved in a fight in which she was kicked in the stomach. The driver believed the passenger was having a miscarriage, according to the report. Due to the circumstances of the passenger needing medical attention, the officer issued the driver a citation for reckless driving and short form released her.

Professor previews upcoming election Preview • from front “Depending on who controls the White House and Congress, it will have a profound affect on students,” Kedrowski said. “The president can do a lot, but can’t pass legislation.” The prominent issues students should focus on pertaining to this election are education, health care and the economy, according to Kedrowski. With education being the main reason students attend Winthrop University, this topic will probably stand out among several others when deciding voting for one of the presidential candidates. Kedrowski said when education comes into play, President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden support the use of Pell Grants and guaranteed educational funds. Republican Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney and Vice Presidential Candidate Paul Ryan are not as supportive, however. “They will advise students to ask their families for money like that’s going to help, but don’t look for government help,” Kedrowski said. South Carolina ranks worst in the nation for the amount of cuts in appropriations, Kedrowski said, and if there are additional cuts, tuition will rise. “The students feel that most profoundly because we have to get the funding from somewhere else,” she said. If this were to continue to happen, Kedrowski predict students may have to drop out, work more often or attend school part-time due to poor funding. This could also lead to poor grades. Healthcare should be something college students think carefully

about during the upcoming elections. The Affordable Healthcare for America Act currently allows individuals to stay on their parents’ insurance until the age of 26. Being insured is a risky proposition, Kedrowski said. The act also insures preventive care. “That’s an important thing for young people who may not be ready to start families,” she said. However, Mitt Romney is not in favor of this act. Kedrowski proposes that the Winthrop community will vote much like the state of South Carolina, overall. “Faculty members are probably going to run two-to-one for Obama,” she said. She predicts faculty members who are American citizens will vote 90 percent. However, she expects staff members to vote at the same rate or slightly higher that SC at 60 percent. “Young voters vote at much lower rates,” she said. “I anticipate it might be around 30 to 40 percent.” Regardless of how one votes, Kedrowski encourages all to exercise this right.


Depending on who controls the White House and Congress, it will have a profound affect on students. Karen Kedrowski

Chair of the Political Science department

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TJScience &Tech

Light the Night for lymphoma and leukemia By Frances Parrish

Last Thursday, Rock Hill hosted the 14th annual Light the Night, a fund-raiser for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society in Cherry Park. The fund-raiser involved food, music, and a walk around Cherry Park, with different colored balloons to “light the night.” Jennifer Salane, Campaign Director, said there were about 300-400 participants in the walk this year. There were three different colors of balloons, the red were for participants, the white for survivors and the gold for people who lost someone to lymphoma or leukemia. Salane said that 78 percent of the money raised goes back directly into research and financial aid for patients. “We pride ourselves in helping patients,” Salane said. Not only does the society help raise money for research and help patients financially, according to the Light the Night website, the funds also go towards educational events and materials, along with local support programs such as family support groups and peer-to-peer counseling program called First Connection. Melissa Richardson is a-part of the support services in the society. Richardson is the patient services manager, and as she said, “I am married to the mission.” Her husband is a survivor of blood cancer, and through her first hand experience dealing with the cancer and the effects it has on the family, she says she can better help patients and their families. “It’s neat to look out over the walk and see how many white balloons there are,” Richardson said. According to the Lymphoma and

There was a short remberance ceremony for the participants who lost someone from lymphoma or leukemia. Photo by Frances Parrish • Leukemia society website, the society was founded in 1949. Since being founded, the society has helped with many medical breakthroughs in cancer research through funding and support such as chemotherapy, bone marrow transplants and other medications and therapies. Leukemia is a blood cancer that affects not only the blood, but the bone marrow as well. Blood cells growing

out of control in the bone marrow can cause leukemia. Closely related is lymphoma, a category for two types of blood cancers in the lymphatic system. There are two types of lymphoma, Hodgkin and non-Hodgkin. There was also a short remembrance ceremony for participants and volunteers to take a moment to recognize and honor those they had lost from blood cancer. Those indi-

viduals could come up to the table, and take a white flower in memory of the deceased. To help people raise money for the cause, the society created an incentive for individuals to raise at least $100 and they would become a champion for the cure. They get a balloon, dinner, and t-shirt. The fund-raising competition was divided into three categories: indi-

vidual, team of family and friends, and corporate teams. Joanie and Heidi’s team raised the most money out of the family and friends teams division. Joanie Grubbs is a 20 year survivor of leukemia. She has been coming to this fund-raiser since it started 14 years ago. “The walk has grown every year and the amount of support is awesome,” Grubbs said. By the end of the night, the grand total raised for the event was $64,350. Serving Others and Reflecting (SOAR) members volunteered at the walk by helping Richardson in the mission tent, sweeping the walk by picking up trash behind the walkers and helping with food and balloons. Students volunteered for many reasons. Anquasia Johnson, junior English major, said, “It’s a great event because it’s a reminder of who we are and a way to reflect on our own blessings. It’s an opportunity to celebrate with others who have lost a loved one.” For others, volunteering was for a more personal reason. Shandayah McKenzie, a senior digital information design major, said, “This event is special. It’s close to my heart because my dad has passed away from lymphoma.” Terrance Wilson, a junior early childhood education major, thought this was a good event to spread awareness of blood cancer, and to support the survivors and the people who have lost loved ones too. For more information about The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, visit

Voting, technology and hurdles: what to expect at the polls POLLS • from front especially since the 2000 Florida fiasco. In reality these stories are significantly over reported and do not accurately represent the small amount of fraud that actually happens, and much of which is from poll worker mistakes. Huffmon explained that there are other issues that should be more closely examined today in regards to voting, like the implications that today’s technology has for voter turnout. Hurdles like voter registration policies, burdensome ballot design, and inconsistencies from state to state can negatively impact voter turnout. “Research proves that the more hurdles there are to voting, the lower the turnout is,” Huffmon said. Registering to vote can be a very inconvenient hurdle that some citizens may not have the patience to overcome. For those that move frequently, like students, the requirement that their voter registration address match the address given on their drivers license can be a big problem if they want to vote in the district where they attend school rather than their hometown. It is even more difficult for the portion of citizens that do not own a drivers license- yes, they exist!

Technology plays a large role in the presidential election. With some of the most popular media outlets being the internet and television, “There is an illusion of being informed,” Huffmon said. There is so much information on the internet, but how many people take the time to fact check after they receive information? Even though voters have large quantities of information about candidates at their fingertips via the internet, it is hard to sort through this information without some sort of personal bias. Voter preference, whether partisan or views on abortion, LGBT rights, the military, etc. acts as a filter when searching the internet for information and voters are more likely to come across information that agrees with them rather than objective information. “There are now more opportunities for our beliefs to be confirmed and for us to feel more strongly about them even if they are factually untrue,” Huffmon said. First time voters will probably experience a lot of surprises on the ballot come Election Day. The presidential office is not the only office being voted for. Voters can expect to see more than twenty offices up for election for their state and district. Sadly, state and local elections seldom receive popular media attention and voters’ perception of being informed is shat-

tered at the voting booth. Huffmon said that in South Carolina, most of these offices are elected with partisan ballots for the voter’s “convenience,” including the watershed commissioner and the coroner. In other words, the candidates will be listed underneath a political party on the ballot. If voters are ill informed of state and local candidates, it is likely that this partisan ballot is what will decide their vote. During the voting process, voters can become discouraged, not only because they are burdened with a long complicated ballot, but also because the ballot may not be what they expected. This may result in a lack of confidence in their vote or the decision to not vote at all. Huffmon called this “ballot roll-off,” which happens when voters get tired of voting for the endless list of offices (many of which they may have learned about when entering the voting booth) and just stop voting. Because of this ballot roll-off, “For state house and questions on the ballots, it ends up being a small subpopulation that ends up deciding these things” Huffmon said. Huffmon said it is unfortunate that there is such scarce voting for local elections because the people running for those offices make decisions that apply to us everyday. According to William Grover and Joseph Peschek in their essay, “The Shrinking Electoral Battleground,” for new voters, this is especially relevant because their first experience is like voting imprinting and affects their future voting behavior. “States have a patchwork of rules and technologies,” Huffmon said. There are more than 50 systems of voting between the states and District of Columbia. It is difficult to make a change to the way we vote on a national level because the tenth amendment grants states the right to hold voting for the national election however they see fit. To create some national model or standard for how we vote for president would require a change in the constitution, which history has shown to be near impossible. So many of the hurdles voters face should be taken up with their state and local government.


There are now more opportunities for our beliefs to be confirmed and for us to feel more strongly about them even if they are factually untrue. Scott Huffmon

Political science professor

Frances Parrish | Science and Tech Editor

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Students, faculty debate smoke-free campus: Is smoking a student right? By Frances Parrish This past Monday, Council of Student Leaders hosted a smoking forum in which students were allowed about a minute to share their opinions about whether Winthrop should become smoke-free/tobacco-free or stay the way it is. Several health concerns were brought up such as second hand smoking, and the side effects of smoking such as lung cancer, emphysema, etc. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, smoking can cause not only lung cancer, but lip, oral, cavity, pharynx, esophagus, pancreas, larynx, lung, uterine cervix, urinary bladder and kidney cancers. Men who smoke have 23 times greater risk of developing lung cancer and women have a 13 times greater risk of developing lung cancer. About 443,000 deaths are attributed to cigarette smoking each year. Second-hand smoking can be just as dangerous as smoking, because the

second-hand smoker can inhale just as many toxins as the smoker. According to CDC, second-hand smoke contains over 7,000 toxins while only 70 of those toxins can cause cancer. Second-hand smoking can also inhibit the heart and its normal ryhthm and effect the vascular system. Several students claimed that smoking was their stress reliever. According to the Cleveland Clinic website, cigarettes contains nicotine which is a physociactuve drug which can make the smoker feel less stressed. However, while the mind may feel at ease, the body becomes even more stressed. The smoker’s blood pressure rises, the heart rate increases, muscles tense, blood vessels constrict,and there is less oxygen moving through to the brain and the body. For more information regarding health and smoking, visit

Politics & Science Obama’s stance on energy and the environment

Students stand in line to share their opinions about the possibility of Winthrop becoming a smoke free campus and the health problems this could cause. Photo by Claire VanOstenbridge •

Winthrop students attend Charlotte Scientific Network Celebration

Obama’s take on energy and the environment: His approach is called “All-ofthe-Above,” which includes oil, natural gas, clean coal, biofuels, wind, solar and nuclear energies. His Plan: • Wants to reduce dependency on foreign oil and increase domestic oil production •Increase production and use of domestic natural gas •Try to develop and utilize clean coal technology •Increase the use of biofuels by instating a new Renewable Fuel Standard and increase the level of ethanol able to be blended into gasoline. • Harness wind energy and continue to increase the consumption of wind energy since 2008. He is supporting a wind farm development in Oregon and has approved the first off-shore wind project. •Has approved the use of 16 utility scale solar energy projects, which will in turn create more jobs and harness energy alternatively. •Wants to build a new nuclear power plant to invest in clean energy and has approved research to improve reactor design and safety. Information compiled from

Romney’s stance on energy and the environment Romney’s take on energy and the environment: He wants to make America an energy superpower by increasing domestic oil production and teaming up with Canada and Mexico to make the continent independent. His plan: •Give power to the states to control onshore energy development •Open offshore sites for energy development such as the coasts of Virginia and the Carolinas. • Wants to partner with Canada and Mexico to create a North American Energy Partnership by approving the Keystone XL Pipeline and promote crossborder energy investment •Wants to create new improved technological surveys to monitor energy assessments •Reform environmental laws •Promote research and development of energy sources by the federal government to eliminate any barriers that might cause emerging technologies to be blocked. Information complied from

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Students from Winthrop and UNC Charlotte sit down with Dr. Bassam Shakhashiri, president of The American Chemical Society to talk one on one. Photo curtesy of Dr. Grossehme. By Frances Parrish Last Thursday morning, several Winthrop students and faculty went to a conference celebrating the tenth anniversary of the Charlotte Science Network (CSN). Three Winthrop students presented posters on their research at the celebration to the president of The American Chemical Society (ACS), Bassam Shakhashiri. Shakhashiri was the keynote speaker at the celebration and he shared his platform with the group about sciences in the community and how scientists should spread their subjects to everyone. Afterward, there was a poster session in which students from UNC Charlotte and Winthrop presented their research. In attendance along with students from Winthrop and UNC Charlotte and local chemists from industry and academia. Shakhashiri spoke about his initiative that ACS is taking to put out a better image of science and to bridge

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the gap between the public and scientific community. Shakhashiri has a website for his initiative and he has done lectures on the initiative as well. Nick Grossoehme, assistant professor of chemistry, was also in attendance. He is part of the ACS and he was also part of the committee for planning the celebration. Destinee Johnson, a junior chemistry major, was selected along with two other students to attend the celebration. She presented her research from the SURE summer program. “To listen to the president was monumental,” Johnson said. To her, it was a good networking opportunity and it was an eye-opener to see scientists outside of academics. After listening to Shakhashiri’s lecture, students presented their research posters to the president. “It was intimidating to present to him,” Emily Amenson, a senior chemistry major, said. Amenson compared sitting down and talking with Shakashiri to meet-

ing a superhero. For her, the celebration was also a great networking opportunity. Amy Moore, a senior chemistry major entering into the MAT 5 program, also attended the celebration and presented her research from her McNair summer research project to Shakhashiri. After the poster session, there was a group discussion in the lobby with Shakashiri. “We got to ask him questions and put him on the spot,” Moore said. She explained that usually people are putting the students on the spot by asking questions about their research, but this time the students were given the opportunity to ask Shakhashiri questions. They were also given the opportunity to talk about what they liked and did not like about being a chemistry major. “As a future teacher, it was inspiring to speak with him,” Moore said.

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TJOpinion Outsourcing should be on the wayside Outsourcing, people don’t like it, I understand this and I more or less want to figure out the appeal to this is. Bear in Jacob Wingard mind, that I’m Opinion Editor not an expert on this and all the various jargon or stigma that could possibly sway my opinion one way or another. What I do know though is that our nation is in too large of a hole to be worrying about this at the moment. The process of assigning jobs to people overseas or in other countries is something I’ve never really properly understood. In a sense, I find it hard to believe that a worker of the same caliber could not be found state side; however, what I do recognize is that in certain situations these workers can be cheaper. What we’re seeing with outsourcing today is CEOs and companies choosing foreigners to avoid certain taxes and other regulations that come with the United States hiring practices. In some situations, this is a cost effective and non-harmful

idea; however, when a country is in a recession and a large number of citizens are seeking employment it becomes an issue. According to the latest statistics presented, 7.8% of Americans are unemployed. I also understand that the number is under scrutiny, though my actual knowledge of this is limited. Still, with that number of Americans unemployed and the difficulty of finding jobs in the U.S. are we really in a position to be giving our jobs to those overseas? People overseas can only stimulate our economy so much. Money needs to circulate through local levels and not through the trickle effect or be sent over-seas to most likely never be seen again. This country needs a larger work force, we need to be more independent and we need to find our own way out of this debt. I’m not xenophobic and I’m certainly not against having employees across the globe working for online companies; however, I’m more sympathetic to the current problems facing my home. So, can we see less outsourcing of companies and positions and more working Americans? Please and thank you.

Having lived in South Carolina all my life, I’m used to derisive political dialogue and mudslinging. In my short voting career it seems Edward Granger like the lies and shady tactics have Multimedia editor risen higher than ever. Every convention, political ad, and debate remark needs hours of analysis to determine just how little each politician respects the intelligence of his audience. The media, which used to be our firewall against lies and deceit from the gov’t is now aligned itself with whichever party benefits each respective entity the most. This bias can get so heavy that we now have to fact check the fact checkers! I hope that my generation will become so accustomed to these tactics that they will eventually be ineffective. Advertising and marketing agencies always have to change up their strategies to reach a new

generation of consumers. Personally I know that as soon as I hear the creepy music and see the unflattering pictures on television I turn off immediately. I know it’s going to be a lie and know it’s directed as the voters of the lowest possible intellect. Who could possibly believe these lies? Hopefully there will be a new change in strategy where maybe positivity and honesty is valued? Another recent addition to the news cycle that doesn’t help is the addition of social media. Quotes and blurbs spread like wildfire. Viral marketing and messaging is now a legitimate concept. A headline used to be the attention grabber for the story, now it IS the story. When twitter only allows 140 characters there isn’t much substance to be had. So even if our politicians want to distribute substance it is much more difficult in today’s fast paced 24/7 news cycle. I Instead of having an entire segment of the media devoted to fact checking, wouldn’t it just be easier to not have politicians pull a fast one?

Editor is tired of political slander

Student urges others: don’t just make a choice, know what politicians are debating about I’ll go ahead and admit – I’m not the biggest lover of politics out there. I’m aware that it’s important, and that it’s one of the big topics of Deborah Crocker discussion next Writer, Psychology Major to religion. Still, it’s a topic I like to avoid getting too deeply involved in during regular conversation. Even among friends, it still brings tension and argument into an otherwise civil discussion. When the debates were going on, I didn’t get to sit down and watch them, but I did watch Facebook and other various social networking sites. One thing I noticed in particular, amongst the discussion of who did better in the debate and the usual, “My vote’s better than your vote”, there were some cases where people brought up facts that were either wrong by mistake or blatant lies. This would occur for both Romney and Obama’s supporters, and even for people who previously were not interested in politics, but wanted to join the online battles in some way. Now, there is nothing at all wrong with debating amongst friends or on the internet. The thing that some people still do not seem to realize is the fact that if you’re going to have any kind of political argument, get your facts straight. Lying or making mistakes when presenting facts is one of the biggest mistakes people can make when debating amongst themselves before the election. It’s a good fifty percent or so of the predictable Debate Explosion over Facebook after presidential debates are over. It doesn’t matter which side you have chosen. If you don’t like the other candidate, explain why. If something your candidate has done

pleases you, say so and explain your reasoning. Link articles and videos if you need to. But don’t pull information out of your head and claim that it’s true. If you aren’t sure about something, look it up – the Internet is an endless supply of resources, and if you’re still having trouble, talk to someone who’s more politically informed than you are (as long as they’ve got their facts straight as well). And if you’ve done all this and still accidentally get something wrong? Say, “Sorry, I got this wrong. Let me

rephrase this.” A lot of fights form from people getting a fact wrong and then being too embarrassed to admit they were wrong, choosing to defend their point instead of backtracking. I promise, you’ll gain a lot more respect for admitting you had something wrong. Happy Election Day, Winthrop, early as it may be. For those of you who can’t get home for voting, try for absentee voting. Hope everyone’s ready for November!

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Don’t punish the successful America, in truth, is the greatest country in the world. In this country, people have a “bad day” when their new iPhone works poorly, or Cameron Norris when they’re late Writer, Polical Science major to class. In other parts of the world, a “bad day” is when you get no food, instead of a loaf of bread. People often forget how good we have it, and, consequently, find themselves complaining over things that have absolutely no bearing on their actual well-being. Issues such as “the government won’t pay for my food, so now I have to spend my money on food instead of the new iPhone” drive some people to vote one way. Consequently, issues such as “The government is taxing the crap out of me because I’m successful and people think I should pay for their food when they’re blowing their money on the new iPhone” lead people to vote the other Sore spot, huh? Now of course I know that there are people who are disabled and really do need government assistance and I know some people get fired and can’t afford to feed their families, and that’s really just tragic. However, I am a college student, (no degree, mind you, just a high school

diploma) and I still have a decent job at a grocery store. Is it glamorous? No. Can I buy the new iPhone? No. Will I starve? No. I’ll just have to deal, and that’s not a problem to me. I don’t go around with my hand out, asking for money to pay for necessities while I indulge in luxuries. I know it can be tempting when someone tells you they’ll pay for all the things you wish you didn’t have to, and I know that people assume I’m elitist for thinking that people should live within their means. But seriously, when I’m bagging groceries, and someone pays for their food with EBT, and then they pull out their shiny smartphone, it makes me sick to my stomach. I picture children starving, on the side of a dirt road somewhere in a third-world country. I picture victims of natural disaster crying because their humble shed has been destroyed by an earthquake. Don’t vote for someone who would punish individuals for being successful; those same individuals donate to charities regularly, the same charities that help those people I just mentioned. Use your brain, folks. And those of you who read this and think that the behavior I described is your own, or that of someone you know, think for a while about your life. Maybe you don’t need that flat screen TV, that Xbox, and that smart phone, as long as you have food and a roof over your head.

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Editor debunks electoral college

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(I’m assuming most are South Carolina residents) it doesn’t change the fact Jacob Hallex that our states 9 Multimedia Editor votes in the electoral college will go to Mitt Romney. People bombard you with the message that “your vote matters”, what they should add is an amendment to that saying “your vote matters, if you live in Ohio, North Carolina, Virginia, or another swing state”. People might say that just the vote matters, while in discussion yes, but to think politicians would ever change the current easily exploitable election system that breeds a two party system is de-

lusional. In 2008 Barack Obama received 45% of the vote in our state, all of the people who voted for him received no proportion of their voice herd when the state cast its, at the time, 8 electoral votes. With a system like this, what encouragement does Barack Obama to make promises to the state, why would he ever want to be nice to us if its impossible for our electoral votes to reflect our citizens votes. The worst part about our system is that it absolutely destroys any hope of a viable third party candidate ever being elected to the office of presidency. The fact that electoral votes don’t accurately reflect actual votes makes it very difficult for third parties to rival major parties, especially when third parties have no funding at all. Obviously what I’m driving at here is that I would like to see a sys-

tem that allocates the votes proportionally, this way the electoral vote more accurately reflects the popular vote. Two states already do something similar on their own, Maine and Nebraska. Many will complain that republicans and democrats can’t agree on anything, I will make the argument that they can agree on a way to keep a corrupt system in place, whether its super pacs or the electoral college they know how to keep America a nation ruled by parties and not people. Just avoid all the hoopla, stay in (I here its going to be cold anyways) and slay some aliens with me*. *Exception, if you vote in North Carolina then congratulations, your vote actually does matter, go out and do your civic duty.

Jacob Wingard | Opinion Editor

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Halloween on a budget Remember when you were five years old and you wanted to go as Quailman or a princess or a monster Debbie Crocker or something Psychology for Halloween? You had your parents’ help with that, right? You had someone to buy or make your costume for you, and then you took silly pictures before you went out trick-or-treating. Unfortunately, college has left us with the famous question: to splurge or not to splurge? To save that money for food or to spend it all on a good costume? Don’t buy full costumes. Seriously – unless it’s the look you really, really want, don’t blow the 50 bucks on a costume out of a bag. Sometimes the quality isn’t that good, and if you’re buying it from a Halloween store, it’ll likely be overpriced. That, and some of the costumes look extremely generic. You don’t want to go to a party and find three more people wearing the same costume. Buy little things from the Halloween stores. Spirit Halloween is open, and it’s right down the street from Winthrop. As in it’s, within walking distance, so it’d be a good chance for some exercise. If you know what you’re going as, comb the store for little things that’ll enhance it. If you want to go as Robin Hood, please don’t buy the Sexy Robin Hood costume. Look for the hat, the bow and arrows, possibly buckles for the shoes. Get makeup and wings if you’re going as a fairy. Buy a sword

if you’re going as a pirate. But don’t spend all your money on the enhancements – if it helps, buy your main pieces first. Comb thrift stores. Let’s say you’re going as a pirate. Go to Goodwill or any other thrift store you can find and look for shirts, pants and boots. Look for billowy shirts with flared

Graphic by Zach Greenway • sleeves and pants that you can tuck into tall boots. You can also get belts, if you’re trying for something a bit more complicated. Goodwill also sells very nice dresses, and sometimes you can find old-fashioned dresses for period costumes. Be careful where you look though – antique stores aren’t usually a good place for cheap period clothing. Those clothes are old and whoever’s pricing them knows it. Get creative with makeup. Instead of buying paste-ons and themed makeup, find someone who’s good with makeup and have them take care of that part. If you don’t have any, ask someone who does. You’ll

Student urges others to practice what you preach I love boobies. Anyone can become a crusader for women suffering from breast cancer by just mutterAnna McCall ing these three Integrated Marketmagic words. ing CommunicaAs I walk tions down the hallway of my residence hall, my eyes glance over those three words scrawled on every door in a dry erase marker, an optimistic declaration, and a seemingly dismissive Band-Aid. The peppy mood surrounding breast cancer, the can do attitude and the ribbons awaken nothing inside me. If I walked down the hallway of my residence hall as a woman with breast cancer, I would feel a sense of rage. “I have breast cancer, and the only thing people can say is how much they love my boobies. What kind of comfort talk is that? You know what I would like to see? How about pictures of women with mastectomies, clutching strands of hair in their hands? How about women dying? Post those on the door.” Breast cancer is no longer associated with real images but equated to a pink ribbon and a bracelet. And here lies the heart of the issue, the “issue” going beyond breast cancer. We live in a culture where everything horrible and tragic is stamped with a seal of feel-good approval, a calling for self-righteous crusaders

who place the art of talking and enthusiasm on a pedestal that trumps the core of any important issue. The courage to actually feel has faded along with the thought of reality itself. Our culture has ultimately given tragedy a makeover with the brush of pop culture, thoughtless proclamations and the display of cause worthy merchandise. We think that there is a personal connection every time we buy a Tshirt or a bracelet. Spending money is now the straight path to sainthood. If faced with the opportunity to talk to an actual face, to hold an actual hand and to speak actual words, we simply turn away and give one the courtesy of seeing our bright pink bracelets, a pink “bless your heart.” How thoughtful of all of us. And how cowardly. But have no fear, more women being diagnosed with cancer will provide an excellent excuse to adorn our arms with more pink bracelets and chests with pink ribbons. We can look in the mirror and smile to ourselves. “How about we look in the mirror at the loose strands of hair in our hands and our hearts beating against our non-existent breasts? Or glance at a young child who is forced to serve as a soldier with blood on their calloused hands? And while we’re at it, why don’t we just stare suffering head on?” And how about we post some real pictures on our doors that speak a thousand true words?

Pick up the ballot Our Say

It is that time again. For many of you, the 2012 presidential election will be the first that you have been able to participate in. Voting is a right that you should take advantage of. This country is blessed to have the ability to decide who makes the top decisions, a right many other places in the world do not have. Many women still do not have the right to vote in some countries. To vote is to take part in the decision of who leads this country next. It is so important for everyone; especially college-age people, to stand up

be surprised at what you can make with what you already have. Raid your closet. Look twice at your clothing selection and see what you have. Maybe you can put together something from what you’ve brought with you. Be careful with fabrics. If you’re going to be running around in span-

and vote for whom they think should be our next leader. This opportunity only happens once every four years, so take advantage of it.

Reasons to Vote:

1.It is your right 2.It is your civic duty 3.Lets your voice be heard 4.You can make a difference 5.You can’t complain if you don’t vote. 6.You’re intelligent

dex all night, make sure it’s the kind that doesn’t itch. Be a zombie. The best thing you can do for Halloween if you don’t have a lot of money to spare is to be a zombie. Get some ripped clothes and bloody them up with red food coloring or fake blood (although that stuff tends to fuse to things, so be careful where you’re preparing). Have someone give you a zombie makeover – you don’t need high end makeup for this. Alternatively, don’t sleep for three days or more. Happy Halloween, everyone. Perhaps the campus ghosts will make some appearances this year.

Vote in local elections

The 2012 presidential election will be some voters last time voting until the next election in 2016. A lot of voters hype about voting Sheneequa Evans for the president Integrated Marketof the United ing Communication States instead of local and state government. Many people are quick to blame the president for problems involving the economy, unemployment, education, etc. The average Joe/ Jill lacks the basic understanding of who controls what and how the government system works. Don’t believe me? Just go up and ask people the following questions: •Who is the senator of South / North Carolina? •What political party controls the majority of the house? •Who is the superintendant of education for South/North Carolina? •What are the three branches of government? On Nov 6, people will vote for the president without giving it a second thought. Some voters will go into the polls blind about their city and/or county elections. In some cities voters will elect on their sheriff, mayor, corner, majority whip, senate, etc. People have been so focused on the presidential election that many aren’t aware of who is running for office in their community. The people that we elect for local and state office will be in control of the decisions that affect us directly. We will not only be electing government officials for national, state; and local government but voting on dif-

ferent state amendments. Voters in S.C. will be voting on Amendment one. Amendment One in the south is completely different than the famous amendment One in N.C. N.C amendment one keeps marriage between a man and a woman. South Carolina’s Amendment One voters will decide whether the governor of the state will run on one ticket with the lieutenant governor in future elections. The president is only a small part of change in the government and the economy. People will come out and vote for a president but they fail to vote for the key people who can make a difference (the Senate, congress, etc.). More voters need to get excited and vote in local and state elections, then worry about the nation. The president can’t do it alone because anything he does has to go by the senate who control if it gets passed or not. Education is the key to change, and I encourage people to at least learn basic government. Voting for the president is a good thing but you shouldn’t let your vote stop there.


The president is only a smart part of change in the government and the economy.

Theater behavior infuriates student Robert Glenn

Saturday night, DSU showed “The Dark Knight Rises” in Dina’s Place, a fantastic movie and a wonderful chance to get a cheap, big screen experience. So, as a die-hard Batman fan, I put on my $500 Batman costume and went to the show. Before we got in, friends and I all got our photos taken. We had Batman, Robin, Harley Quinn, Talia Al Ghul and one oddball: Captain America. We were super excited for this film. Unfortunately, our experience was absolutely ruined. Not even five minutes into the movie, the entire row in front of us had out their cell phones texting up a storm. Not only were the lights jarring and taking away from our view; but then they, as well as the entire row behind us, proceeded to talk. Not even the acceptable “ooohs” and “aww man!” that one would expect during an action movie, no these obnoxious pricks were carrying on a full blown conversation. And to top it all off, one started asking things about the movie, questioning things that were essential to the plot line later on and spoiling it for almost everyone. When the movie reached a scene where the National Anthem is sung, someone started humming along with it, several rows behind us. They were fairly loud, but I support patriotism, so I didn’t have a problem with it; they weren’t doing anything outside of what was IN the movie. However, this humming prompted the girl right behind me to yell “WHO THE HELL IS SINGING?? I’m trying to watch a movie!” I loved the irony that she had not stopped talking until fifteen seconds before this Special to the Johnsonian

humming started. This was the final straw for my crew; we left. We had asked them at LEAST six times to stop; we had asked the DSU representatives in charge if they could do anything. They said that they really couldn’t do anything; which infuriates me to no end. We couldn’t take any more of the talking and texting, ruining our experience. When we asked the DSU representatives, they said that they could not reimburse our ruined movie, though Ted Patterson tried incredibly hard to help us, and I thank him for that. But Winthrop University needs to clean up its act. When Batman walks out of his own movie, you know you did something wrong. Hearing the theater go crazy because we left just solidified my resolve. We need to be respectful of our fellow students

while we’re all enjoying something. These are things I shouldn’t need to tell college students, but clearly some of us aren’t ready to be part of a civilized society. Thank you, Winthrop for making me decide that I will never see a movie in Dina’s Place again, I don’t feel like wasting two dollars to hear your conversation about your week while I’m trying to watch a movie I love. And to DSU: You need to step up and enforce theater etiquette. This was appalling.

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Tasty eating crosses partisan lines Romney has a huge family, and when they all get together Ann likes to make things that will feed them all. One of Romney’s favorites is meatloaf patties. The recipe is pretty simple, and you can make some and save them for a few days.

President Obama has several favorite foods. He loves Chicago style pizza, particularly from Italian Fiesta Pizzeria in Hyde Park, Chicago. His favorite food to make is chili. While the Obamas are healthy eaters, the president does enjoy a good pumpkin pie.

Ann’s Meatloaf Patty Recipe Ingredients:

1 1/2 lbs. ground beef 1 egg 1/4 cup chopped onion 1/4 cup lemon juice 4 slices of bread in small pieces (or 1/2 to 1 cup of bread crumbs) 2 tsp seasoned salt 1/4 cup ketchup 1 tsp dried mustard 1/4 tsp allspice 1/4 cup brown sugar 1/4 tsp cloves

Barack’s Family Chili Recipe



Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine the first six ingredients. Form into 6-8 small mounds — the shape of a very small loaf of bread. Put on a cookie sheet and bake for 15 mins. Meanwhile, make the sauce with the remaining ingredients. Mix together and then spoon about 1 1/2 tablespoons of sauce on each meatloaf cake. Bake for 30 more minutes, then serve with the extra sauce on the side. Perfect with scalloped potatoes and steamed veggies.

1 large onion, chopped 1 green pepper, chopped 3 garlic cloves, chopped 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 lb ground turkey or 1 lb beef 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin 1/4 teaspoon ground oregano 1/4 teaspoon ground turmeric 1/4 teaspoon ground basil 1 tablespoon chili powder 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar tomato, several depending on size, chopped 1 (15 ounce) can red kidney beans


Saute onions, green pepper and garlic in olive oil until soft. Add ground meat and brown. Combine spices together into a mixture, then add to ground meat. Add red wine vinegar. Add tomatoes and let simmer, until tomatoes cook down. Add kidney beans and cook for a few more minutes. Serve over white or brown rice. Garnish with grated cheddar cheese, onions and sour cream. Compiled by Zoe Irizarry

Graphic by Riley Schott

‘Behind Forgotten Eyes’ opens students’ eyes By Tori Wright

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Breaksk8 breaks it down at WU This group of six men combine skating and dancing to perform routines for audiences all over the country. They have made appearances on “America’s Got Talent” and MTV’s “America’s Best Dance Crew.” Breaksk8 has toured with Mariah Carey and even gone on their own world tour.

Most everyone is familiar with the Holocaust and the suffering endured during and after World War II, but fewer are aware of the Asian comfort women who were kidnapped and forced to become military sex slaves for the Japanese during the same time. The department of history showed the documentary “Behind Forgotten Eyes” about the Korean comfort women at Dina’s Place as part of their women and war series last Thursday, which was followed by a discussion with Dr. Catherine Chang, professor of history. The film includes interviews from the comfort women, Japanese soldiers and lawmakers and scholars from Japan, South Korea and the U.S. The most difficult struggle the surviving women have today is that the Japanese government denies that the sex slavery and kidnappings ever happened. Above all things, the women want an apology from Japan. The education and culture in Japan typically excludes any of their wrongdoing throughout history, which causes conflict between them and other eastern Asian nations. “It is so ridiculous, the Japanese textbooks… they don’t mention the terrible things they did,” said a Chinese student in attendance, whose great-grandmother

was a victim of the Japanese destruction during the war. When World War II ended, most of the women went back to their homes and never spoke about what happened to them because of the shame they felt. It was not until 1991 when the first comfort woman came forward and publicly told her story. The U.S. has admitted some fault because some of the women were taken from the U.S. territories of Guam and the Philippines. However, U.S. lawmakers will not compensate the women because they are afraid of upsetting economic relations with Asian nations. Chang’s discussion brought up several points about who is at fault for not making the comfort women better known and who should compensate them. “Whatever happens, that’s some kind of scar throughout their life,” Chang said. Individual prime ministers of Japan have apologized to the women, and the Asian Women’s Fund was set up in 1994 to help compensate some of the women. However, the government did not offer an apology, and the fund was dissolved in 2007. The next event of the women and war series will be Thursday, Nov. 1, at 8 p.m. in Dina’s Place with the showing of “Peace Unveiled: Women, War, and Peace in Afghanistan.”

Homecoming 2012 Events Banner Hanging Monday, November 5 at the West Center, 12 p.m.

A look at election season in France By Zoe Irizarry Imagine a world where air time for candidates is regulated and one week before the election candidates are not allowed to campaign in any way, including running ads on television. That’s how it is in France. Lisiane Igoulen, senior integrated mass communication major, is from France but studying at Winthrop this semester. She said that the whole campaigning process in the U.S. is very different to that in France. For starters, in France at the beginning of election season there are more candidates to choose from. There are usually between 12 and 15. Igoulen thinks it’s better to have more options. “All people that don’t agree with the Democratic Party or Republican Party in US are shut down,” said Igoulen. France also has several rounds of voting. In the first round they get it down to the top two candidates, and they are the ones who continue to campaign. “We have two big winners, but they say, branch out and compromise,” said Igoulen. Igoulen likes that in her country, the candidates will try to meet the

needs of everyone as much as they can. Another difference is the voter turnout. They hold elections on Sundays and Igoulen thinks that plays a role in the high rates of people voting. One week before the elections, things calm down. “Everything shuts down. Campaigns can’t run. Candidates can’t promote themselves. Media can talk about them but they’re not supposed to have interviews [with the candidates],” said Igoulen. This gives the citizens time to think about everything and finish making up their minds, if they haven’t already. Voting is a much bigger part of the culture in France. Before students can graduate from high school they have to register as citizens. When they turn 18 a voter registration card will automatically be sent to them in the mail. Igoulen said that it is “very weird” to see all the attacks from candidates to other candidates. Every country is different and that definitely goes for their election processes.

Zoe Irizarry | Arts & Culture Editor

Volleyball game vs. North Carolina Central Wednesday, November 7 at the Winthrop Coliseum, 7 p.m. Talent Show Wednesday, November 7 in Tillman Auditorium, 8 p.m. Fiesta Dinner Thursday, November 8 in Thompson Cafe, 4-7 p.m. Pep Rally Thursday, November 8 in Richardson Ballroom, 6 p.m. Casino Night Thursday, November 8 in the West Center, 7 p.m. NPHC Stepshow Saturday, November 10 in Byrnes Auditorium, 7 p.m.

The Johnsonian • November 1, 2012


Winthrop alum seeks to better Rock Hill music scene By Casey White Anyone who has attended an art exhibit or a concert in the Rock Hill area has likely met or at least seen Mike Gentry. He can often be found at these events scurrying around to make sure everything is organized and running smoothly. Since his graduation from Winthrop University in 2008, Gentry has become a major contributor to both the arts and music scenes in Rock Hill. As a student living in Rock Hill, Gentry enjoyed the atmosphere of a university town not far from a major city. “Rock Hill is an interesting place,” Gentry said. “Its energy comes from the youth that attend Winthrop and York Tech and also its proximity to Charlotte.” Throughout his time at Winthrop, Gentry heard many people talk about all the things that the Rock Hill community lacked. After graduating with a BFA in sculpture, Gentry saw many of his peers move to cities that they felt would be more exciting. Where others found flaws in Rock Hill, Gentry saw a need for entrepreneurs, artists and citizens who believe in the city’s potential. Gentry decided that he would stay to help the city fulfill that promise. “When I graduated I saw more potential to become someone and make things happen here in Rock Hill than in a larger city like New York or Charlotte,” Gentry said. “I guess I have the ‘big fish in a small pond’ complex.” Gentry remains highly involved with the arts in Rock Hill through working part-time as a gallery manager at the Arts Council of York Country. This position allows him to work with artists and those active in the arts community to organize

exhibitions and art competitions. His involvement with the arts council also enables him to utilize The Courtroom at Gettys as a space to stage occasional music shows. Gentry books local, regional and national touring bands three or four times a month at the venue. Gentry is a self-described late bloomer when it comes to listening to the type of music he does now. He said his brother-in-law is responsible for getting him into punk and indie music, but at this point those bands he was first introduced to are completely off his radar. “I didn’t get exposed

to a real DIY (Do It Yourself) music scene until junior year of college,” Gentry said. “That’s when I started experiencing my friends’

bands playing in houses and dive bars in the area. That’s what drove me deeper into the culture and developed my passion.” That passion has led Gentry to play in a number of local bands since his final semester at Winthrop, including Candy Jerk, Word of God, Beards N’ Bones and Nicholas Holman & the Human Race. Not only did Gentry begin to play shows in bands, but he also started booking shows on his own in Rock Hill. “I’d say the torch kind of fell in my lap,” Gentry said. “Others had been doing underground house shows in the area, and I decided to do one to show off my own band. It was kind of ridiculous hosting three electric bands in my onebedroom apartment less than a block away from school. After that, things just snowballed.” House shows are a big part of

the under- ground music scene, and Gentry would eventually begin booking more shows in his apartment. Even though he enjoyed the intimate setting, it eventually became necessary to find a larger space. “When my one bedroom apartment wouldn’t be able to host more than 30 people or louder electric bands, I decided I needed to find another place to make these things happen,” Gentry said. “The opportunity just opened up for us to use that space.” That opportunity was The Courtroom at Gettys, provided by the

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Amanda Phipps, the Editor in Chief, signed up for a pumpkin carving competition in Thomson. She was given a free pumpkin and could carve it into anything she wanted. She carved out the mouth, eyes and lightning bolt scar and then finished decorating with paint to create a Harry Potter pumpkin. Every week we are going to feature an artist’s work. It can be any kind of art. If you’re interested in getting your work featured, contact Zoe Irizarry at

Arts Council of York County. Gentry had seen the space used for performances before and talked to his co-workers on the Arts Council to see if he could begin to make shows happen there more often. Booking shows in houses and at The Courtroom allows Gentry to provide different atmospheres to hear music. Both venues appeal to him in different ways. “There are so Mike Gentry many types of music alum and people it would be hard to pick a show I enjoy the most,” Gentry said. “I would rather see most shows in an intimate setting. I feel like you get to see exactly what a certain band is trying to portray. Music doesn’t start in a big room on a stage with huge amps. It starts in a small room where people get together and make noise, and that’s where I prefer to see it.” While The Courtroom is bigger than the houses he books, Gentry still believes the experience there is more intimate than it is in larger venues. This unique setting has allowed Gentry, the bands he books and the people in the music scene in Rock Hill to meet people they may have never met otherwise. “My bookings and shows have been so small that anyone could have met almost any of the performers from the Courtroom,” Gentry said. “Most of the performers love the opportunity to meet new people as well. I’ve booked a lot of bands and have made a lot of friends, many who helped me while I was booking my own band on tours or met up with me while I was at some music festival. The DIY booking commu-


nity can be a pretty tight-knit community.” Gentry’s former roommate and Winthrop student, Fernando Pena, believes that what Gentry does best is make sure that bands make the money they deserve in order to maintain solid relationships. “Mike is a fair businessman and always ensures the bands get as much money as he can possibly pull,” Pena said. Gentry does his best to link Rock Hill to a larger DIY community while also trying to broaden the choices for music fans in the city. Although he receives some profits from beer sales at The Courtroom, he makes an effort to put most of that money back into the community. As Gentry continues to help expand the city’s arts landscape, he enjoys what he has already accomplished while searching for stability in his own employment, whether that be playing music, booking venues or creating his collage art. “I like Rock Hill a lot,” he said. “It’s small enough where you can know everybody, but it’s also a growing part of South Carolina. I would like to stay here and help develop the art and music scene. There is so much potential for what this area can do, and I want to be there when it does those things.”

[Rock Hill’s] energy comes from the youth that attend Winthrop and York Tech.

Mike Gentry performs at a concert in Rock Hill. Photo by Casey White •

A league of their own By Rachel Richardson and Zoe Irizarry Special to The Johnsonian

The Gentleman’s League is an organization of men on campus who aim to better themselves. The organization was originally founded in 2006 and re-chartered in 2011. It is designed for the men on Winthrop’s campus to band together and positively influence the community. The Gentleman’s League president Antonio Artis, senior Spanish major and an international studies minor, proclaimed that the mission of the organization is to “give young men on campus something positive to do... to instill the skills they need to succeed.” The growing organization wants to not only get young men, but more students on Winthrop’s campus involved in their community service and outreach efforts. Raishawn Crawford, junior psychology major, is one of the members who helped recharter the organization in 2011. Crawford said that being a member has helped him grow and develop as a man. “It definitely helps professionally...helps you get well rounded,” said Crawford. The League recently had their featured week on campus where they hosted a number of events including, WU’s Got Talent, Is Chivalry Dead discussion session and an in house forum for the group’s members to discuss what constitutes being a man. They participate in many community service activities. Some of the ones they have done over the past year include Adopt a Highway, Rolling in Rock Hill, working in Thomson cafe and a swag party, where they chaparoned kids. The organization is very dedicated to grooming the men on

Winthrop’s campus to be the best and most successful people that they can be. They also teach the importance and values of participating in community service and giving back to the community. Artis shared that joining the organization is relatively easy. Any young men who are interested in joining have the opportunity to do so twice a year. They recruit once in the fall and again in the spring. Membership intake is done through an optional session that provides information about The Gentleman’s League and what their mission is, then an application is filled out and returned to the executive board for review. “We try not to turn anyone away. It’s fine if you come in with the skills because then you can impact others,” said Artis. Andrew Gates, junior sports management major, just joined the organization this semester. “I wanted to be a part of something that would help me mature as an individual,” said Gates. Gates said that so far he has enjoyed being involved with The Gentleman’s League. “I like the unity and work skill that they give us. I also like that I’ve met a whole new group of friends,” said Gates. Crawford feels the same in that being a member has given him new friends and networking opportunities. “Education is nothing unless you’re bettering yourself as well,” said Crawford. As far as the future of The Gentleman’s League, they hope to keep growing. “You can expect big things from us, I’m so proud of the men in the organization and as far as future endeavors, the sky is the limit,” said Artis.

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Top 10 Classiest CrossWUrd Puzzle Presidential First Ladies 1. Jackie Kennedy 2. Nancy Reagan 3. Michelle Obama 4. Laura Bush Across: 1. Last name of the man who patented the gas-powered car. 5. Which government denies that sex slavery and kidnappings happened to women during World War II? 7. First name of the athlete of the week. 8. What character was the pumpkin carved into in the Piece of the Week? 9. During the lymphoma and leukemia event, what was used to light the night?

5. Rosalynn Carter 6. Betty Ford 7. Pat Nixon

Down: 1. What issue divides Winthrop students? 2. Edward Granger said that we now have to fact check the who? 3. Which country stops all political ads one week before elections? 4. Who’s running against Wes Hayes for S.C. State Senate District 15? 6. Winthrop’s women’s cross country team finished what place in the Big South Championship? (spelled out)

8. Eleanor Roosevelt 9. Barbara Bush 10. “Lady Bird” Johnson

Honorable mention: Marilyn Monroe, for almost being a First Lady

What’s in your ears? By Rachel Richardson Special to The Johnsonian

Students can be seen all around Winthrop’s campus shuffling to make it to classes. Many of these students choose to listen to music while they are making their way, but what are they listening to? Most students that were asked said that they like to listen to music on their way to classes because it either calms them down or it speeds up their pace. The Winthrop students that were asked also prefer to listen to their music via Pandora Radio that has recently become a newer trend. Pandora allows its listeners to DJ and tailor their own music online for free. People can access these sites

with their iPhones, Droids, iPods and other smart phone devices. Shanequa Clarke, junior history major, said that she enjoys listening to fast pace music on her way to class. “It helps me walk faster because I’m usually late to class,” said Clarke. Tina Sorial, sophomore psychology major, said “I listen to Tank or slow R&B…it helps me calm down from my busy hectic life.” Sorial is also a frequent Pandora listener. Sophomore biology major Karen Zelaya said that she enjoys listening to all types of music all of the time asking, “what don’t I listen to?” Zelaya listens to hip-hop, rap and Spanish music. “It all depends on my mood; it

either gets me pumped or chill,” Zelaya said. On the other hand, students like sophomore chemistry major Marlee Beall and sophomore journalism major Chequira Harris said that they simply like to listen to Pandora music because they like the way it sounds. Beall said that she enjoys listening to T.I. “I like the way [T.I.] sounds, it motivates me,” said Beall. Harris said, “I listen to hip-hop, R&B, dance, international, pretty much everything. But I keep my ear buds in so that people don’t talk to me.”

Shows to watch this fall Sunday:



Once Upon a Time 8 p.m. on ABC


Ben and Kate 8:30 p.m. on Fox


Beauty and the Beast 9 p.m. on the CW


666 Park Avenue 10 p.m. on ABC

Partners 8:30 p.m. on CBS

Go On 9 p.m. on NBC

Criminal Minds 9 p.m. on CBS

Scandal 10 p.m. on ABC

Fringe 9 p.m. on Fox

Gossip Girl 9 p.m. on the CW

Nashville 10 p.m. on ABC

Blue Bloods 10 p.m. on CBS

The Johnsonian • November 1, 2012



Big South Standings

A Talk With

Pat Kelsey By Addarrel Gadson Special to The Johnsonian When sitting down with Winthrop’s men’s head basketball coach, Pat Kelsey you feel the energy and passion for everything Winthrop University that radiates off of him, whether talking about Winthrop basketball or just about the Rock Hill community and Winthrop’s student body. Pat Kelsey has walked the sidelines of programs like Wake Forrest and Xavier. Kelsey also played basketball at Xavier where he was elected as a two time team captain. “I’d say there are more similarities than differences, the biggest difference on paper is that this is a public institution compared to two private ones,” said Kelsey. “It’s the people here and the family type atmosphere. There are college campuses all across America with beautiful buildings and athletic facilities but the one thing that separates Winthrop is the caliber of people. I was able to be around great people while at Wake Forrest and Xavier and that’s what makes me feel so at home here.” Kelsey considers this team a tight knit group but he wants the players on the team not to be “good time guys,” he wants them to accept adversity as it comes. Just alone in the preseason the team saw the loss of two point guards to injuries, Brandon Vega and Reggie King. Coaching under the late Skip Prosser at Xavier and Wake Forrest who was his mentor, Kelsey picked up a lot. Prosser, a coaching legend, was very fond of history and often used history lessons to help motivate his team, something Kelsey also does with this Winthrop basketball team. One of his favorites was the story of the American patriot, Thomas Paine, who wrote an essay called “The American Crisis.” In the essay he talks about not being the good time guy or sunshine solider just because everything is going right during the warmth of summer. You have to fight not only when things are good and easy but when times are hard and you’re trudging though the snow in the dead of winter,” said Kelsey. After finishing ninth in the conference just half a year ago, Pat Kelsey inherits a team that has been projected to finish fourth in the South division of the Big South this season. After graduating the teams top four scorers and rebounders from a year ago Coach Kelsey doesn’t let it linger in his mind too long or those of the players. “We can’t worry about the preseason ranking. We can only worry about end of season rankings, and I think on paper it’s where we should be. People look at it and say this is where they should be ranked, but

Basketball coach Pat Kelsey in action Photo courtesy of Winthrop Athletics

it’ll give us something to put on the chalkboard and it’ll help motivate the players,” said Kelsey. Coach Kelsey wants the students at Winthrop University to know that this team is theirs. It’s not his team, it’s not the 13 players on scholarship’s team, and it’s not Dr. DiGiorgio’s team but their own. As the head coach Kelsey wants to establish a relationship with the Winthrop community that isn’t just about basketball. “I want the student body at Winthrop to know that their head coach, whose office is a mile and a half off campus, who wishes it was smack dab in the middle of campus, cares about them, and their head coach wants to have a personal relationship with them,” said Kelsey. Winthrop basketball officially tips off on Saturday, November 10th, against St. Andrews University at the Winthrop Coliseum. Kelsey is so energetic about everything Winthrop. He is most excited about getting to see this Winthrop men’s basketball team on the floor with the lights on and the stands in the coliseum full. It’s why he expects so much from his team during practice because getting out there and competing is the most important thing to him this season. “I think first and foremost I probably have a million flaws and a million faults but I was blessed by the man upstairs with an abundance of energy. I wish I had a little more hair than energy, but I’ll take the good with the bad,” said Kelsey. “The biggest theme for us at practice is that we compete, compete, compete. Coach Prosser used to say you can’t sharpen your teeth eating oatmeal. I want our guys to have great sportsmanship and comradery, but I also want them to understand that at practice we have to go at each other. I believe at the end of the day it makes us better as a team and better as a program.” Kelsey wants the student body and the community that makes up Rock Hill to get behind this team. He wants the students to accept ownership of all teams here at Winthrop. Kelsey wants students to know that they can email him at kelseyp@ and that practices are always open to be sat in on. “I want the student body to know that the head basketball coach loves them no matter how corny it sounds and I want students to be able to come into my office and give me a high five if they want or if they want to sit down and talk for a few. I want to have a personal relationship with the student body,” said Kelsey. Coach Kelsey also has an office upstairs in the DiGiorgio Campus Center. He is preparing for the season and often out on recruiting trips but he hopes to spend more time there once the season begins.

Big South/Overall Men’s Soccer

Women’s golf team at the Highlander Invitational Photo by Rachel Wyatt •

Meagan Wallace Athlete of the Week By Addarel Gadson Special to The Johnsonian

says that they have played four tournaments this fall and at the moment are in This week’s Johnsonian the offseason. “Athlete of the Week” is Meagan is really excited junior sociology major from to get back to golfing more Charlotte, North Carolina consistently, but she thinks her Meagan Wallace of the Winteam did really well this fall. throp Women’s Golf team. “We started out strong, Meagan Wallace Wallace began playing finished 2nd overall. We all Junior Sociology Major golf around the age of 16. contributed in every tournaHer dad was a major influment, which is always nice to ence on her wanting to pick up a set of see. It was good to finish out our last clubs and play the game. tournament and not lose any ground the Wallace came to the Winthrop campus last day,” said Wallace. and got a look at the women’s golf team The women of the golf team will reand made her decision. sume competitive play on February 24th “I fell in love with the campus and at the High Point University Classic. the golf program was what I was lookWallace is excited about the tournament ing for and what I think is best for my schedule lined up for the team heading game,” said Wallace. into the late winter and early spring. As a redshirt junior, she is one of the She also hopes her team can keep the older players on the women’s golf team momentum going into it. and she has worked and worked to get “I am excited for the spring. We have better. Watching the likes of Phil Micksome good tournaments lined up. We elson, Adam Scott and Martin Kaymer finished out the fall strong so hopefully she tries to use what she watches. it will be motivation to continue to do “I just try and keep positive, just takgreat things,” Wallace said. ing it one shot at a time,” said Wallace When Wallace isn’t out on the green “I drive the ball well, so I’m pretty practicing her putting you may find her confident off the tee.” on Scholars Walk, hanging out with The Winthrop women’s golf schedule friends or just trying to catch up on a little sleep.

Winthrop’s Athletic Department Strong in their political beliefs By Shelby Chiasson Unless you are completely unaware of your surroundings, you may not know that the Presidential election is next Tuesday. This notion is highly unlikely, as I am sure that you also see your Facebook timeline or Twitter newsfeed full of political propaganda and uninformed opinions. Election season is a time when we may feel the need to post our political views on our social media sites, but is it really appropriate? If we have to question the validity of our statuses and tweets, how do athletes and coaches feel about broadcasting their beliefs on the Internet? Many of those in the sports spotlight feel the need to watch what they post regarding their everyday lives. Is this applicable to politics as well? According to senior basketball player Gideon Gamble, it isn’t. Gamble stated that he does not feel any pressure to keep quiet about his political stance. “I do have to watch what I say about the candidates regarding race, social class and things of that matter,” Gamble stated. Fellow senior Reggie King feels the same way. On asked if he felt any pressure in keeping his political beliefs quiet, he commented “not at all. I will speak out on what I believe in. Basketball doesn’t define me, and neither does politics.” I believe that this what stands out in comparison to other social media

posts. Stating what you believe in and standing behind your views is completely different then posting pictures of a drunken night or using language. “So many people get caught up in [elections] Don’t let it define who you are. If you believe in it, speak out.” King stated. Head basketball coach Pat Kelsey feels somewhat similar to the views of his players. On the topic of politics, he prefers to keep policies and views close to vest. “I prefer to speak publicly only on those topics that I would consider myself extremely knowledgeable.” I wish many would take a leaf out of Pat Kelsey’s book. “I try to stay informed and on top of the main issues so I can make an informed decision on Election Day,” Kelsey continued. With the start of the 2012-2013 basketball season around the corner, Kelsey wrapped up his comment with a call for Winthrop students. “I just hope students are able to ‘Rock the Hill’ soon at the Coliseum.” Personally, I find these statements pretty admirable. Regardless of the fact that many athletes know that they are in the media spotlight, they are not afraid of stating and sticking to their beliefs. Let’s just hope that not only Winthrop students, but all voters in America are well aware of the facts before they make it to the polls next Tuesday.

1. Coastal - 9-0/15-1-2 2. Radford - 6-1-1/8-4-4 3. Campbell - 6-3/11-5-1 4. Liberty - 5-1-2/7-2-2 5. High Point - 5-2-2/12-3-2 6. Winthrop - 4-3-1/8-7-2 7. Gardner-Webb - 2-4-2/3-12-2 8. Longwood - 2-6-1/3-11-3 9. Presbyterian - 2-6/3-14 10. VMI - 1-7-1/2-12-1 11. UNCA - 0-9/1-15

Women’s Soccer

1. High Point - 8-1-2/10-5-6 2. Radford - 7-0-4/12-2-4 3. Longwood - 8-2-1/13-5-2 4. Winthrop - 7-2-2/11-6-2 5. Coastal - 7-4/11-6-2 6. Liberty - 5-4-2/11-7-3 7. Campbell - 5-6/10-8-1 8. Charleston Southern - 5-6/7-11-1 9. Presbyterian - 3-8/3-15 10. UNCA - 3-8/5-14 11. Gardner-Webb - 2-8-1/3-14-1 12. VMI - 0-11/1-16


1. Liberty - 8-1-2/10-5-6 2. Coastal - 7-4/9-13 3. Presbyterian - 8-3/11-15 4. High Point - 7-3/18-8 5. Winthrop - 6-5/12-14 6. UNCA - 5-5/9-17 7. Gardner-Webb - 4-6/9-18 8. Charleston Southern - 4-7/11-18 9. Radford - 3-7/13-14 10. Campbell - 0-10/7-20

Men’s Tennis

1. Campbell 2. Coastal 3. Gardner-Webb 4. Liberty 5. Longwood 6. Presbyterian 7. Radford 8. UNCA 9. Winthrop

Women’s Tennis

1. Campbell 2. CSU 3. Coastal 4. Gardner-Webb 5. Liberty 6. Longwood 7. Presbyterian 8. Radford 9. UNCA 10. Winthrop

AP College Football Rankings 1. Alabama 2. Oregon 3. Kansas State 4. Notre Dame 5. LSU 6. Ohio State 7. Georgia 8. Florida 9. FSU 10. Clemson 11. South Carolina 12. Louisville 13. Oregon State 14. Oklahoma 15. Stanford 16. Texas A&M 17. Mississippi State 18. USC 19. Boise State 20. Texas Tech 21. Nebraska 22. Louisana Tech 23. West Virginia 24. Arizona 25. UCLA

Shelby Chiasson | Sports Editor

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New coach, new team By Casey White Pat Kelsey has been stirring up some excitement his first year as the Winthrop men’s basketball head coach. The members of his team have already experienced a change in team dynamic even though Kelsey has only been at Winthrop for a few months. “Coach Kelsey has changed the team dynamic with his enthusiasm and energy,” said senior Gideon Gamble. “He is very passionate and brings it every day in practice and forces us to do the same. He is relentless in holding us to high standards and not settling.” While most coaches might settle for coaching the team and getting them excited, Kelsey has been making an effort to get the student body excited about his team as well. Kelsey has been all around campus promoting the team and has also made strides to build relationships between men’s basketball at Winthrop and the student population. His campaign to get students interested in basketball has included speaking before cultural events. Students around campus, including junior music major Lauren Metcalf, have begun to take notice of Kelsey’s enthusiasm about the basketball team this year. “I really like Coach Kelsey’s excitement about the basketball team this year,” Metcalf said. “I went to the Chinese contortionist and hypnotism events and before each show Coach Kelsey came out and got the crowd excited about the basketball team. I think his excitement is working.” Armed with the new slogan “Rock The Hill,” Kelsey has been taking the campus by storm and has built a buzz around his team. Members of his team, including senior Reg

gie King, appreciate the new slogan and what it has done to get students interested in basketball at Winthrop. “He came in right away and let’s just say he put a footprint down,” King said. “He made a statement right away by ‘Rocking the Hill’, which is fantastic.” The slogan is making its way around campus and is being noticed not only the by student athletes, but the rest of Winthrop as well. “I think that it could catch on as a good cheer at the games,” Metcalf said. “I think the fun atmosphere at a basketball game could enhance our players abilities and make us stronger as a team and Winthrop community.” The athletes on the team also feel that stronger audience attendance and excitement would allow the team more success. “It makes it so much easier to push and play as hard as you can when you know your classmates have your back cheering for you,” Gamble said. In all his years at Winthrop King feels that there haven’t been any games, outside of Homecoming, where there was a large and supportive audience for the team. That’s something that he has noticed is different at Winthrop and that he would like to see change. “I have a lot of friends who play at different schools and basketball is life there,” King said. “It should be like that everywhere.” Gamble has already noticed an increase in interest in the team in the students and faculty thanks to Kelsey and he hopes to see that continue. King urges students to get interested in the team because he feels that fans are important at Winthrop. “Every fan matters,” King said. “They may not know, but we truly appreciate everyone who comes out and gives their time to us. It means a lot.”

10/31 - Men’s soccer vs. Longwood, 7 p.m. @ Eagle Field 11/2 - Women’s soccer vs. High Point, 4:30 p.m. @ Eagle Field 11/2 - Volleyball @ Gardner-Webb, 7 p.m. 11/2 - Men’s tennis - Winthrop Invitational 11/3 - Volleyball @ UNCA, 2 p.m. 11/3 - Men’s soccer @ Radford, 6 p.m. 11/4 - Women’s soccer - Big South Finals 11/6 - Men’s soccer - 1st round of Big South Conference Tournament 11/7 - Volleyball vs. North Carolina Central, 6 p.m. @ Home 11/9 - Volleyball @ Presbyterian, 7 p.m.

Panthers suffer fifth straight loss By Sam Kmeic Special to The Johnsonian The headaches continue for Panther fans, as Ron Rivera took his team to Chicago this past weekend. Many experts saw the Bears as heavy favorites, but they did not play like it. To no one’s surprise, the Panthers gave away a close game at the end. The Panthers were leading 19-7 going into the fourth quarter and somehow managed to give the game to the Bears. The meltdown began with a shanked punt by Carolina that went a total of 6 yards. Jay Cutler and the Bears’ offense were able to start on Carolina’s 38 yard line and proceeded to score a TD. No need to panic, right? The Panthers still had the lead with seven minutes on the clock. Apparently, Cam Newton had other plans because on the next play from scrimmage, Cam threw a pick 6. With a failed 2 point conversion after that, the Panthers were down 20-19. Newton could have erased a lot of doubt and embarrassment by driving his team down the field and scoring a touchdown to win the game. They did score, but only managed a field goal. They did retake the lead, but only by two points and they left

Men’s soccer in action against Gardner-Webb Photo by Claire VanOstenbridge •


Women’s soccer defeats Coastal 3-0 The women’s soccer team triumphs over Coastal in the Quarterfinals of the Big South Conference Tournament this past Saturday. With this win, the Eagles improved to an 11-6-2 record. Grace Radler completed two goals in the first half, which leads her seven goals for the season. The first goal was completed in the 26th minute, the second in the 43rd minute. Krystyna Freda led both teams with three shots, while Jonsson of Coastal had two. Ariel Kunde netted the last goal of the game in the 77th minute. This game marks the fourth consecutive appearance in the Big South Semifinals for the Eagles. The team will next play #1 High Point next Friday at 4:30 p.m. at Eagle Field.



Men’s soccer wins last minute against VMI


Thanks to a goal from Sean Comer in the 79th minute, the men’s soccer team defeated VMI 1-0 this past Saturday. Throughout the match it seemed as if the team was going into another overtime match, which would have been their third consecutive overtime game. Thanks to Tomas Brennan, Comer was able to redirect the ball to the goal. This win improves the teams record to 8-7-1 overall and 4-3-1 in the Big South. The team finished with a 19-10 advantage in shots. The team will play next Wednesday, October 31st at 7 p.m. against Longwood. This will also be Senior Night.

Winthrop women’s Cross Country finishes 4th, men 7th in Big South Championship This past Saturday was the Big South Conference Cross Country Championship. Jeanne Stroud finished 2nd overall, which broke a school record. This finish for the women was the best in fourteen years. Other runners that finished were Tristan Langley (27th), Shayna Jenkins (41st), Lisa Nichols (43rd), Sarah Devaux (61st) and Alexis Miller (90th). Gabe Holguin finished at the top for Winthrop men at 26th place. Other finishers for the men’s team were Ryan McCann (29th), Ellis Coe (35th), Sammy Livingston (44th), Colby Coulter (65th), Braxton Sheriff (69th), Ted Nesbitt (75th) and Allen Ownley (83rd). Holguin was added to the men’s Big South Conference AllAcademic Team, as his GPA is a 3.385.

over two minutes on the clock. Too much time for Jay Cutler and he promptly moved the ball within field goal range. Robbie Gould nailed a 38 yarder and handed the Panthers their fifth straight loss. This may have been the final blow to the Panthers’ season. They now sit at 1-6 and continue to find ways to lose games. Maybe it just was never in the cards for Cam and the boys this year. Still, it seems hard to believe that they have underperformed this badly. The most disappointing part of this abysmal season is that Carolina has lost their last four games by a total of 12 points. They cannot win late in games; in fact they seem to find a way to lose every time. This Sunday, the Panthers will battle RGII and the Redskins in Washington D.C. This will be a fairly even matchup, but the way the Panthers have been playing, anything can happen. Griffin III has been very solid for the ‘Skins so far this season, so that will be a challenge for the defense. Newton will have to salvage this season somehow, some way and yes, the pressure is now on him to perform at an elite level. Game Time- 1:00 @ FedEx Field


Volleyball wins against Charleston Southern in a lockout This past Saturday, the Eagles sent out their seniors with a 3-0 win against Charleston Southern. For Carolyn Weed and Kristin Cruse, this was their last home match. This win put the Lady Eagles to an improved record of 12-14 overall and 4-7 in the conference. In the first set, Winthrop was dominant with a 5-1 lead. Winthrop also held the second set, but CSU put up a more difficult fight. Jennica Mullins led with 11 kills and a .625 hitting percentage. Stephanie Palmer had 26 assists and 10 digs. The next game is the last in the conference season, which includes matches against GardnerWebb and UNCA.

10/27/12 Jeanne Stroud named Big South Women’s XC Scholar-Athlete of the Year Junior Jeanne Stroud was voted the 2012 Big South Conference Women’s ScholarAthlete of the Year this past Saturday. The Charleston native is an English major with a 3.939 GPA while maintaining a leadership position on the cross country team. She is a two time Big South Conference Presidential Honor Roll member and has been on the Winthrop Dean’s List for the past four semesters.

The Johnsonian • November 1, 2012




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