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Skydiving, fencing and lacrosse. Get involved in club sports. See Sports, page 14

No more frogs or salamanders? Find out what’s killing amphibians. See H & S, page 8

Find out how Safe Zones benefit students. See Culture, page 12

THURSDAY October 7, 2010


Issue 7


Winthrop buys property from city BY CHRISTINA WIESELTHALER

University buys operations center; city purchases Winthrop Park

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Winthrop recently spent almost $3 million when the university purchased the Rock Hill Operations Center on Columbia Avenue. Rock Hill City Council approved the ordinance during their Sept. 13 meeting. City Manager Carey Smith said the city agreed with Winthrop that now would be a

good time to consider the sale of the operations center, as well as the purchase of 8.27 acres of Winthrop Park property near the Coliseum. “This is an excellent follow through and I think there are some real benefits that we gain here,” Smith said. Rebecca Masters, assistant to the president for public affairs, said Winthrop has been planning to purchase the operations

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center for a number of years. The city and Winthrop adopted a compact agreement dealing with respective properties of interest in mid-2003, Masters said. The agreement determined that when the city was able to follow up on its plans to build a larger operations center elsewhere in Rock Hill, Winthrop would acquire the original

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family weekend 2010

Job market sends education major back to school BY JONATHAN MCFADDEN

Editor’s note: Keep up with the job market for Winthrop graduates with reporter Jonathan McFadden. This is the first story in a 3-part series about where alumni are now. Ask Laura Kendrick what she was looking forward to most in her classroom and she’d say interacting with her students. The future teacher was going to have a corkboard adorned with the theme colors of whichever school she would be working in. She planned to immerse herself in school spirit and find common ground with the people she worked with. She wasn’t going to stand in the front of the room, point to the board and lecture all day. Those were Kendrick’s thoughts before graduation day. The 27-year-old graduate student walked across the stage on May 6, earning a Master’s of Arts in teaching (MAT), which certifies her to teach social studies. During her early days of graduate school at Winthrop, she wasn’t too sure if teaching was for her. That all changed with an internship at Fort Mill High School. “I got into a classroom and was put in front of the kids and was like ‘Oh yeah, this is fun. I want to do this,’” Kendrick said. After graduating, Kendrick applied to six or seven jobs but soon encountered difficulty. She made the decision to stay in Charlotte. It was around that time when the recession crawled its way south into the school system, Kendrick said. This past summer, Charlotte-Mecklenberg Schools (CMS) had the option to cut salaries of their employ-

Family weekend participants enjoyed oversized boxing on Byrnes Lawn. Students invited their families to visit campus Oct.1 and 2 for a weekend of fun. Events included karaoke, breakfast with the DiGirogios, a film about Winthrop’s history and a barbecue. Photo courtesy of University Relations


Artists make tradition one sketch at a time

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With the melodic beats of a band called Iron & Wine and the sweet scent of a lit candle, the magic begins. In a humble studio space dubbed Space 157, Stephen Crotts, 23, Carlee Lingerfelt, 24, Jake Page, 26, and Jess Johnson, 24, allow their artistic juices to flow as much as time will

allow. All four are Winthrop alumni and are part of a surrogate family of likeminded individuals devoted to honing their craft. Since August 2009, several of these artists have gathered each Monday night at 7 p.m. in the former vacant space above Citizen Corner in downtown Rock Hill for a portraitdrawing session. They do it because they have the

talent. They do it because they’ve learned the skills. Moreover, they do it because they love the human face. “…To learn what the human face looks like, how emotions are carried out through it and just the structure of the face,” Lingerfelt said. For Lingerfelt, that’s one part of a two-fold process. The other part consists of brushing up on and fine-

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Greek comedy brings sassy women to stage Womens’ abstinence saves nation during wartime BY JESSICA PICKENS

It all boils down to one thing: men versus women. The Greek comedy “Lysistrata: A Woman’s Translation” is a play about women trying to end a war to get their men back home. They do this by withholding one thing many men don’t like to live without: sex. Theater professor and director of the play, Russell Luke, chose a more recent translation of the play by Drue Robinson instead of the classical original play by

Cast members practice a scene from “Lysistrata,” a Greek comedy about women who withold sex from their husbands to end a war. The play started Wednesday and will continue through Saturday. Photo by Jessica Pickens •

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Aristophanes. “I read six or seven different translations, and this one stood out the most,” Luke said. “I thought the audience and students would relate to it more.” The theater department has a rotating schedule, and this year the department needed to perform a Greek play. “I prefer Greek comedy to tragedy,” Luke said. “This play has had a special fondness. It is very funny but still has a message of anti-war.” The main character, Lysistrata, played by junior

theater major Kayla Piscatelli, speaks her mind in a sassy way, angering the male Greek officials. “I think I identify most with Lysistrata’s immense amount of ambition,” Piscatelli said. “She knows exactly what she wants and she goes through great lengths to get it. I am a very ambitious person, so I really identify with her desire to end the war and the persistence and excitement with which she pursues her plot.” Piscatelli said she and the

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Family Weekend 2010

City buys WU Park property PROPERTY • from front building, Masters said. According to the agreement, 17 acres of vacant property bounded by Cherry Road, Richmond Drive, Eden Terrace and Winthrop Park, as well as land on Oakland Avenue that occupied the Winthrop Lodge, were settled on for future collaboration and development between the city and Winthrop. Masters said by law Winthrop is required to conduct land transactions based on a certified appraisal that is acceptable in South Carolina. Winthrop is still waiting for approval of the operations center appraisal from the South Carolina Budget and Control Board. Masters said the transaction will be part of a long Budget and Control Board agenda that must be completed before the end of the year. The current Winthrop Operations Center on Cherry Road is meeting its space limitations, Masters said, which has necessitated Winthrop’s movement to the Rock Hill Operations Center. “That process was followed in this case, and determined the parameters of the Sept. 13 transaction,” Masters said. The same kind of appraisal was required several years ago for Winthrop’s purchase of the American Legion property, which now serves as the Legion Lot. Masters said bringing the operations center property into Win-

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throp’s holdings will secure property for the university’s growth and development. However, the city can continue to use the operations property until it is possible to occupy the new operations center on Anderson Road, which is currently under construction. The lease for each year would be $1 and ends on Dec. 31, 2011. In addition to the operations center, the City of Rock Hill has purchased 8.27 acres of Cherry Road Park property, otherwise known as Winthrop Park, from Winthrop. Rock Hill Parks and Recreation currently runs the park. “It includes recreation fields and a small children’s playground,” Masters said. Previously, the property had been leased from Winthrop for $1 a year. “It does provide an ownership for the city, for firefighters, the park there and so forth,” Smith said. The next meeting between the City of Rock Hill and Winthrop University will be in December. “All the pieces begin to connect, and, while we have to deal with all of them separately, it is nice to see when the dots begin to connect and we begin to see the picture of ongoing improvement,” Doug Echols, mayor of Rock Hill, said.

From left: Carrie Balser, Caci Balser, Trina Noonan, Mannette Emnas, Diane Sanford, Sandra Sanford, Chelsea Joyner and Terry Joyner enjoyed clear skies during WU’s Family Weekend. Photo contributed by Chelsea Joyner. Bottom left: Kanesha Morman, elementary education major, took advantage of the karaoke machine with her family. Bottom right: Students played cornhole and other games during the annual event. Photos courtesy of University Relations.

Additional reporting by Jonathan McFadden

Artistic WU alumni gather for community, culture ARTISTS • from front tuning skills they learned as illustration majors while at Winthrop. Starting tradition The routine gathering began in 2006 with Crotts, Lingerfelt and others forming the Friday Arts Project. On Friday mornings they gathered together to talk about life, look over each other’s artwork and discuss the meaning of their work, all while completing undergrad. Part of Friday Art Project’s purpose was to create a meeting space for individuals to interact, work out questions of life and faith, form relationships, spend time together and pursue truth, goodness and beauty with their work, Crotts said. “Through the making of art and the showing of art and the gathering of people all along that process, we hope to see lives changed positively,” Crotts said. David Brown, professor of design at Winthrop, has supported the group since the beginning. “They’re asking themselves some very basic, fundamental, spiritual questions,” Brown said. Brown was the group’s faculty adviser for a year and said some of the questions they would ponder included “what is my role in the world,” “what is my responsibility to other people” and “what is my responsibility to God?” Whenever he could, Brown would join his students on Fri-

day mornings for conversation and interaction. With a new wave of art that accentuates shock and awe, Brown said the group’s basis is seeking how to be responsible artists. Downtown community Even after graduation, the search continued; first, at the Center of the Arts, now in Space 157. Crotts said Rock Hill has about 10 galleries and art studios, most of them located downtown. Crotts and Lingerfelt said Rock Hill’s arts community is growing. While Friday Arts Project is not strictly marketed to Winthrop students, Crotts said they still want to involve students in activities such as the Monday Night Portrait Session and Friday Morning Reader’s Guild. “There’s a community in Rock Hill outside of the walls of campus without having to go to Charlotte or some other city,” Crotts said. “There’s good food and live music and great visual art.” Toward the end of Crotts’ college career, he did a lot on campus but he also took advantage of the artistic community available in Rock Hill. Frequenting venues like McHale’s Pub, Glencairn Garden and his church, Crotts’ experience in college was enriched by his willingness to leave campus and explore other communities. “No single community changed the culture,” Crotts

said, “The community changes Main Street or your dorm or your apartment complex; you start with the immediate group of people around you.” When there wasn’t anything for the creative minds to do, their answer was to start the drawing sessions and meet with a group of people at the pub afterward. “We’re carving out something for us to do,” Crotts said. The Friday Arts Project, which is part of the International Arts Movement, holds events such as an Arts Salon, where artists of all genres are able to perform, and several exhibitions. Over a year later, the numbers have fluctuated, but the purpose and heart remain the same. It’s a family thing Lingerfelt, who works during the day as a framing consultant at Martin’s Art and Frame, has found a certain kinship with her fellow former illustration majors. “We’re like brothers and sisters in some ways,” Lingerfelt said. “We do a lot of things together, a lot of art related things and just hang out together.” Lingerfelt and Crotts, who were ‘studio-mates’ together while finishing their undergraduate degrees, have known each other for a few years. Page, now a freelance illustrator, is a veteran of the Friday Arts Project since its beginning. Jess Johnson, who graduated Winthrop during the summer of 2009,

has become part of the family as well. Remembering the good-olddays back in McLaurin, Johnson said she feels they are trying to mimic the feeling of having other people in the art studio, when students would stay up night drawing. “It’s good to have that camaraderie,” Johnson said. “…That artistic support and friendship.” Jake Page, a 2006 graduate of Winthrop’s Fine Arts Department, can relate. On Mondays, he looks forward most to being with fellow artists and drawing. “It reminds me of a lot of good times at Winthrop, like during figure drawing classes,” Page said. Without willing models, the craft would not be possible. It’s the models with interesting faces that make good drawings, Lingerfelt said. One model had large, expressive eyes; another was a Winthrop professor. Before the magic can begin though, preparation is key. “We get the lighting set up, we get the right angle and the right position to shine in their [the model’s] face in a good way, we turn on some music that is conducive to drawing and we draw for two hours,” Lingerfelt said. Lingerfelt said usually they will ask people they know or relatives of people they know to model for them. Still, she’s not above doing the “cold asking,” where she’ll walk up to random strangers and ask them to model for her. “They don’t always respond

well,” Lingerfelt said. Model Example Last Monday’s model responded well. She stood at 5 feet, 7 inches. Her hair was chestnut brown and her eyes cornflower blue, Lingerfelt said. Johnson compared her features to Maggie Gyllenhaal of “The Dark Knight” fame. She was Nicki Pappas. The 21-year-old junior elementary education major is a newlywed and said she likes telling people her new last name. Before all eyes were on her, she was excited and willing. Even with the eagerness, she anticipated that she would have a fatigued face. “I’m kind of nervous because I don’t want my face to look bad,” Pappas said. With this group, no chance. Almost without warning, it began. A high-beamed light shone on Pappas as she sat, almost like stone, in a green armchair. Her skin seemed to become radiant and her gaze focused. There was hardly any noise. The pencils did the talking. In a mixture of penciled darks, highlights and fleshy mid-tones; in a collaboration of talent, dedication and hard work, Pappas’ face was copied from various angles. The magic begun again. Afterwards the group usually heads down to McHale’s Pub for dinner--it’s tradition. It’s Monday night.


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JOBS • from front ees across the board. Instead, they chose to clean house, Kendrick said. In late June, CMS laid off 1,035 employees, 804 of whom were teachers. When Kendrick was ready to submit her job application to CMS, only three job openings were available and the competition was fierce. “…You can see how many applicants have already applied, much to Laura Kendrick your pleasure. 2010 One of them had 1,000; the other two had 200 applicants,” Kendrick said. Kendrick was competing against other college graduates as well as teachers who had been laid off, but still had at least two years of experience in the classroom. Kendrick didn’t get the job.

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Cutting losses Kendrick said it was stimulus money that keep many schools from being hit too severely by the recession. Now that the stimulus has almost run out, the number of grants coming in only put “a band-aid over a flood,” Kendrick said. She decided it wasn’t a fight worth fighting at the time. So she returned to school to obtain her Master of Arts in history. Even so, she already had an impressive list of educational experience. She completed her undergrad in political science at Marrymout College in Manhattan, N.Y. From there, she put in three years of law school at the University of Tulsa in Oklahoma. Then she moved east, where she earned a master’s degree from Winthrop.

Job requirements Kendrick said she realized what was happening in the job market, especially for teachers. She has an MAT in history, which certifies her to teach a

range of subjects from economics to sociology. But the demand for social studies teachers was low, she said. On the other hand, demand for math and science teachers was high. To get a job, she said, most have to be willing to move to undesirable locations. Kendrick’s school she interned at was also not hiring. She said they will have two job openings next fall and she is going to try for that. But she said her two master’s degrees may result in a deficit rather than a benefit. “I have a strong feeling it’s going to be a two to three year rebound,” Kendrick said. Many principals may be willing to hire a college graduate with two master’s degrees under their belt. Problem is, the principals won’t be able to afford them. Kendrick said she would either lose the job competition to teachers with more experience or undergraduates who are

cheaper to hire. Still, Kendrick has no regrets and said she wouldn’t do anything differently. “You know of your mistakes and it’s bad timing, but a lot of things in life are.”

Grad school alternatives Amy Sullivan, director for the Center for Career and Civic Engagement, said a lot of seniors are using graduate school as a default option, which she said is not a good reason to seek a maser’s degree. “That’s a big investment of time and money,” Sullivan said. “Now, if you have a clear reason to go to graduate school—excellent.” Still, Sullivan said students going to grad school to avoid unemployment will face the same problem once they get their master’s degree. If they lack relevant experience, such as internships, then they still won’t prove to be valuable to a company that is hiring.

Sullivan said more than 70 percent of employers said they rank internships and relevant work experience as the number one thing they look for in out-ofcollege applicants. “They place it above what college you went to, they place it above GPA, they place it above choice of major, they place it above leadership activities,” Sullivan said. Sullivan said there is no question that a degree from Winthrop is worthwhile. The question is, what have students done to make their degree valuable, she said. Less than 30 percent of college students who are graduating have applied to their first job by graduation, Sullivan said. And, many students today are applying to jobs ineffectively. Sullivan said she bets graduating seniors spend 95 percent of their time applying to jobs online rather than making personal contact and connection with employers, setting up informational interviews and networking.

“Just because you’ve applied to 100 jobs doesn’t mean that that’s an effective job search,” Sullivan said. “Does that mean you’ve applied to jobs that you’re qualified for? Have you tried to find someone in that organization that you can talk to? Did you follow up after you applied for the job? Did you apply for the job because you had a lead from someone you know? That’s going to make a big difference.” Poor economy or not, Sullivan said having a college degree still matters in the job market. “But I think what this generation is doing in terms of their job search, they’re doing what they’re comfortable with—which is online, but they’re not doing what’s effective,” Sullivan said. Sullivan said she also hears from students who have attended the career fair that they didn’t want to work for the employers at the fair. “But those are the employers that are hiring,” Sullivan said. Students also pass up companies that may not be hiring in their specific major, Sullivan said. “Just because your degree is English or something in the liberal arts doesn’t mean that all you can do is teach English or write a book,” Sullivan said. Sullivan said students with liberal arts degrees demonstrate that they have the critical thinking skills, problem solving skills, communication skills and creativity that many companies find useful. “I’d say probably 50 percent of seniors who come in now are talking to me about graduate school whereas before it might only have been 20 percent,” she said.While these are only estimates Sullivan is throwing out, she said she still has seen an overwhelming response of students who want to apply to graduate school. According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), hiring college students is on a rebound. NACE indicated that employers taking part in their Job Outlook 2011 Fall Preview survey anticipate hiring 13.5 percent more new college graduates from the class of 2011.

What not to wear: interview style

Appropriate dress for your interview is easy with these tips and tricks from the Center for Career and Civic Engagement graduate assistant Two weeks ago we talked about résumés and how that single sheet of paper serves as your allimportant first impression to a company or graduate school. And this is true. But assuming your résumé is flawless and experience applicable, you’ll get called in for an interview, and that will be your chance to really shine or slip and fall flat on your face (figuratively and literally, unfortunately). Before we even delve into the intricacies of nailing a job interview, we need to first get you dressed. Because arriving at an interview without pants is an ill-advised career move, here are some things to ask yourself when dressing to impress: 1. Does this fit? – Avoid painful shoes, too-tight tops or anything that is falling off of you like a potato sack. If you feel uncomfortable you will look uncomfortable and the whole idea of the interview is to make the employer feel as though you are a natural fit within their environment. If you don’t even look like a natural fit in your own clothes, convincing them otherwise could be a mighty feat. 2. Is this outfit appropriate for this office? – What works in one place may not in another. Do your research and find out how

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people dress at the office. I’d say it’s always safer to overdress than to underdress for an interview. Even if the company interviewing you is one of those cool, laidback places where jeans are appropriate daily, it’s best to dress formally for the interview. A casual work environment is not a free pass to slack off on your interview attire. Consider your outfit a reflection of you on your best (professional) day, regardless of how the other employees are dressed. On the other hand, if you know the dress code is strict, be sure to follow suit. I once interviewed at a place that had strict dress code requirements for shoe style (closed-toe pump), heel height (under 2 inches), color (all black) and style of pantyhose (nude or black only). You better believe I fit that description to a T when I walked into that interview. 3. Do I smell? – No, it’s not what you think. I’ll give you the benefit

of the doubt and assume you’re already planning to bathe before all of your interviews. (If you’re not, reconsider.) When asking yourself if you smell, I mean to avoid smelling too strongly of perfume or cologne. If you follow The Office, you know that Phyllis’ perfume made Pam queasy when she was pregnant. Do you really want the interviewer to throw up on you when you walk in the door? Absolutely not. Even if the interviewer isn’t pregnant, they probably don’t want to drown in your overbearing scent, no matter how pleasant it is to you. Keeping these three questions in mind will get you on your way to rocking an appropriate workplace wardrobe. Want more fashion advice? Stop by the Center for Career and Civic Engagement and ask the experts to assess your interview attire. They can also help you with résumé writing, mock interviews and job searching. When you are poised and properly dressed, come strut your stuff at the Fall Career and Graduate School Fair on Thursday, October 21 (10am – 1pm, DiGiorgio Student Center). Professional dress is required, but I don’t need to tell you that, you interview attire expert.


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Former student turns helping students into career By Monica Kreber

When she was in college, Winthrop alumna Kim Wright enjoyed helping people. Now, she attributes her successes to her alma mater. Wright graduated from Winthrop in 1996. She started off as a biology major before switching in her junior year to a psychology major with a minor in biology. “I initially wanted to be a medical technologist with at least an option to teach,” she said. “I was on that track for a teacher certification.” Outside of class, Wright worked for Residence Life, serving as an assistant apartment manager in Roddey. She was part of the gospel choir and a member of a student Bible study called Abundant Life. She was also an orientation leader and did work for minority affairs, helping students with disabilities. “I miss working with the students on a day-to-day basis,” she said. Wright got a job working at Winthrop, but after she graduated she headed to Nashville, Tenn. to work in Student Affairs at Davidson College for one year. After she finished her program, she went on to graduate school at Vanderbilt University where she got her master’s degree in higher education administration (her master’s came from Peabody College at Vanderbilt University). She also entered the Christian ministry and is now an ordained elder at Tabernacle of Praise Church Interna-

Kim Wright `96 tional in York, S.C. Wright came to work at Winthrop in 2002 and remained until 2009. “I served as one of the student services directors,” she said. “As a result of that, I miss helping students.” Although she is no longer directly helping students at Winthrop, Wright said she started traveling yearly.

“I consider myself a missionary,” she said. “I traveled to West Africa and East Africa to help with rebuilding the countries there and administrating in the mission field.” Wright said she also misses being a student herself at Winthrop. She said one professor she found to be influential was mass communication professor Larry Timbs, who taught her “CISM” class (ACAD in the ‘90s). “Dr. Timbs was a candid professor,” she said. “He was transparent and he related well to students. He was a great relationship-builder.” Wright also said she remembers an administrator named Tracey Moore. “He wasn’t a faculty member,” she said, “but he was instrumental in helping me grow professionally, personally and spiritually,” she said. Wright is currently a student success coordinator at Belmont Abbey College in Belmont, N.C., as well as an adjunct faculty member. “Nothing to do with biology at all,” she said. Aside from her influential professors, Wright also said she misses the biology curriculum. “I miss the opportunity to finish my biology degree,” she said. “I genuinely loved the biology curriculum.” Although her career does not have much to do with biology, Wright said Winthrop still helped her achieve success in other ways. “Winthrop, the community there, gave me the opportunity to grow professionally and personally,” she said, “and for that I’ll always be grateful.”

POLICE BLOTTER PUBLIC DISORDERLY INTOXICATION (9/28/10) At 2:14 a.m., two officers noticed four people causing a small disturbance outside the Pub House Bar on Cherry Road. Sometime later, the officers observed the same people in the Alumni parking lot being loud and causing another disturbance. When the four people saw the officers approaching them, they proceeded to walk toward Myrtle Drive, behind Dacus Library. As they attempted to walk away, one male had difficulty walking straight. The officers noticed the man stumble and then fall down on the sidewalk. One of the officers notified another reporting officer of the four people’s direction of travel. Upon arriving at Myrtle Drive, the reporting officer spotted the four people behind Dacus Library.

The officer noticed the same man who had had trouble walking before stumbling again, while the other three people were being loud and boisterous. The reporting officer, along with another officer, approached the four people and smelled a strong odor of alcohol coming from the stumbling man. The man had difficulty standing and had to steady himself against the reporting officer’s patrol car. The reporting officer placed the man under arrest. The other officer on the scene approached the other three people and checked each of them for active warrants. The York County Sheriff’s Office indicated that one of the males had an active warrant. He was transported to Moss Justice Center in York. Because the three people had already caused multiple disturbanc-

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es and had known gang affiliations in York, they were placed on tresAn officer noticed a highly inpass notification. toxicated male subject walking to PUBLIC DISORDERLY INTOXICA- his car at 2:12 a.m. on the above TION (9/26/10) date, and advised dispatch the subject nearly fell twice. At 1:30 a.m., a reporting officer Once the subject started driving, found a male in the parking lot the officer followed behind and of the Winthrop Operations Cen- noticed the subject was swerving ter who was lying on his back and into the left lane and making wide seemed to be unconscious. turns. The officer approached the male The officer signaled the driver to and woke him up. The officer ob- pull over and asked the driver if served that the male had slurred he had been drinking. He said he speech and smelled strongly of al- had not. cohol. The officer observed a heavy The officer concluded that the smell of alcohol coming from the male was drunk and placed him subject’s mouth while speaking, under arrest. The male was issued so he gained permission to admina trespass notice from Winthrop ister standardized field sobriety University and was transported to tests. Rock Hill City Jail. The subject could not follow the officer’s cues during the HorizonPOSSESSION/CONSUMPTION OF tal Gaze Nystagmus test and reLIQUOR UNDER 21 (10/01/10) peatedly swayed back and forth. The driver could not walk toeAt 11:10 p.m., an officer noticed to-heel during the second test and a vehicle driving around Winthrop had to use his arms to balance, Lake after hours. The subject falling off the line several times. advised the officer that she was Instead of taking nine steps, as there before dusk, but the officer the officer advised, the subject stated he did not see her car when took 15, turned around, and took he cleared the lake at closing. 14 more. While speaking with the subject, The subject could not stand on the officer saw a brown paper one leg, and fell many times durbag in the back seat. The subject ing the test. admitted to having alcohol, and The driver was placed under arpulled an open bottle of Captian rest for D.U.I. and was transported Morgan’s Rum from the seat. to Rock Hill City Jail, where he reShe also pulled an open contain- fused to give samples for testing. er of Amaretto from the passenger An underage female passenger floor board. was in the back seat of the veAfter checking I.D.s of both the hicle, and when asked if she had driver and passenger, the officer been drinking she said she had not. found the passenger was under 21. The officer then advised her she He admitted to have been drink- was going to be breathalized, and ing. she again stated she had not had The driver admitted to provid- any alcohol. ing alcohol to the passenger, and The test showed the subject had was issued a citation for open con- alcohol in her system, and she said tainer and transferring liquor to a she did not understand the quesperson under 21. tion asked her before. The passenger was charged with The female was arrested and possession/consumption of liquor transported to the Rock Hill City under 21; both were short form Jail as well. released. Compiled by Jonathan McFadden & Claire Byun D.U.I/CONSUMPTION OF ALCOHOL UNDER 21 (10/03/10)

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WU boasts full accreditation Continuing a tradition, Winthrop faces SACS and NCATE accreditation in the spring By Jonathan McFadden

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SACS will visit Winthrop this spring to renew its 12-15 year tradition of being a fully accredited institution. SACS, or the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, is one of four regional accrediting bodies for universities and colleges in the nation. The southern commission on colleges covers higher

education institutions throughout the southeast. Thomas Moore, vice president for academic affairs, said in order for Winthrop to offer federal financial aid, award degrees and qualify for federal funding, it has to be accredited by SACS. “Our existence as an institution essentially depends on maintaining SACS accreditation,” Moore said. In South Carolina, in

order to have graduates eligible for teacher certification, the College of Education, or the education department of any university, must receive accreditation from the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, or NCATE. Winthrop’s NCATE report is due next spring and the on-site visit is next November. “So, NCATE is following our SACS accreditation;

Several of Winthrop’s academic departments and programs are accredited by national accrediting bodies. For a complete listing of accredited programs, visit the accreditation page on the Winthrop website. • The College of Business: accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) • Computer Science program: accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) • Human Nutrition program: accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education (CADE) • Mass Communication Department: accredited by the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (ACEJMC) • Athletic Training program: accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) • Social Work program: accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) • Chemistry program: accredited by the American Chemical Society (ACS)

it’s coming right on the tails of SACS,” Moore said. NCATE also affects other departments that offer teacher certification degrees, such as music education and theatre education. “Just as with SACS accreditation, assessment and accountability for meeting standards is very important,” Jennie Rakestraw, dean of the college of education, said. Rakestraw said the college of education is working now to make sure it meets all six of NCATE’s standards. Just because a university advertises itself as an accredited institution doesn’t mean it is necessarily fully accredited. Instead, it means it has received SACS accreditation, but not all of its degree programs may be accredited. Winthrop, though, doesn’t suffer from that problem. Moore said all programs eligible for accreditation at Winthrop are accredited. To ensure Winthrop’s full accreditation, its departments, programs and majors must be accredited by the proper accrediting bodies. The College of Business and Department of Mass Communication are among collegiate bodies at Winthrop that have been accredited by departmental accrediting bodies. “We don’t have to have any of the other accreditations that we have,” Moore said. “We have them by choice.” Preparing for accredi-

tation isn’t a solo feat. Moore said a lot of work by faculty and staff goes into making sure the university is ready with its reports, reviews and for its on-site visit. Every accrediting body has guidelines for a specific accrediting program, Moore said. Appropriate numbers and qualifications of faculty members, a curriculum that covers the educational standards, student learning outcomes, facilities and any equipment involved are some of the criteria departments must meet when being accredited. “Depending on the discipline, it will vary,” Moore said. “It’s a lot different in dance than in business.” Moore said for students coming to an accredited school like Winthrop, they can be confident they are receiving the education approved by the professional organization in whatever discipline they choose. Employers also find value in graduates who attended an accredited institution. “They [employers] can have confidence that you have gotten the appropriate education for the profession,” Moore said. Moore projected that Winthrop became fully accredited five to six years after President Anthony DiGiorgio’s inauguration as the university’s president. Winthrop has been accredited by SACS since the commission began accrediting institutions in the south. “When we first came

up for SACS accreditation we got it and we’ve maintained it,” Moore said.


Our existence as an institution essentially depends on maintaining SACS accreditation Thomas Moore

vice president of academic affairs

6 Our Say

TJ awaits WU response The Johnsonian would like to update you on the steps we’ve taken to obtain the cost of the DiGiorgio Campus Center dedication ceremony on Sept. 24, 2010. We sent a Freedom of Information Act request to the Office of the President on Monday asking for the university to provide financial documents related to, among other things, the cost of food on Sept. 23 and 24, university-funded travel for guests and the cost of mementos given to guests. South Carolina’s Freedom of Information Act is in place to ensure “public business is performed in an open and public manner,” according to section 30 of the law. Any citizen can send a Freedom of Information Act Request to a public body, such as Winthrop University, in

pursuit of information. The Johnsonian’s aim in requesting this particular financial information is not to uncover or expose any wrongdoing by the university. We requested this information because the ceremony took place in a public university’s building to honor the current leader of a state agency. There is an interest in the Winthrop community to know how money is being spent especially given the economic climate in our state. Dedications for buildings are a normal part of university development. Honoring the namesake of a building is tradition and The Johnsonian is not disputing that. Similar ceremonies were held for the opening of the West Center, Carroll Hall and Owens Hall.

We feel confident Winthrop will, in the spirit of openness and transparency, provide the requested financial information. For some time before this year’s Convocation, freshmen were given Blue Line T-shirts with a quote from former Yale President A. Bartlett Giamatti. The Johnsonian would like to think Winthrop would keep in mind Giamatti’s words about conversation in light of our request. “The university is still a constant conversation between young and old, between students, among faculty; between faculty and students; a conversation between past and present, a conversation the culture has with itself, on behalf of the country.” We know Winthrop will not want to ignore our request for conversation.

An original comic by Bryson Baxter

THURSDAY October 7, 2010


Editor calls on students to date Casual dating is dead. I’ve had several girlfriends since the bygone days of high school, but I can honestly say I’ve never dated anyone. Our generation seems to have killed this oncepopular method. We don’t bother to get to know people before we decide to jump into a relationship. My first girlfriend in high school decided I was her boyfriend on our first outing. I was 15 years old, which meant I was happy with who I could get so I didn’t object. I thought, however, that I had been tricked. My parents told me that when they were young, one could go out on dates with several different people. Dating didn’t mean being exclusive. The exclusivity came later after a couple of dates. People tried their options in the mid-80s. Today, people become upset if they find a person at the movies with someone else. I don’t agree with instant exclusivity. No one even uses the term “dating.” A person says he or she is “with” someone or “hooking up.” The latter term has several different meanings that imply sex as well as simply kissing. I could never tell if a girl wanted to go out on a date or just hang out as friends. I always had friends who happened to be girls so it was difficult to differentiate how certain people felt. And because no one said “date,” I was hopeless. I spent so much money on movie tickets and ice

Connor de Bruler Opinion editor

cream. “Twilight” has also played a big role in the destruction of dating. Everyone wants that special person to love too much. True love does not exist. People should not tie themselves down to one person so quickly. It’s important to find someone compatible - someone who can be a friend as well as a lover. Love is learned after trust and time. The former generation accuses us of being too promiscuous. Apparently, we invented the term “friends with benefits.” I think that’s all wrong. Adultery and promiscuity have been around longer than time itself. Folks in the 70s were practicing much more “free love” than kids today. I think we aren’t promiscuous enough. We latch onto each other and aim for long term relationships quicker than ever before. Dating is just what our generation needs. The social climate has changed during the last decade, and the poor economy is directly affecting the stress levels of college students. More and more schooling is constantly required as

the value of university degrees becomes ever more inflated in the job market. Everyone I know is stressed. That’s a really terrible state to be in when thinking about engaging in a relationship. We don’t need relationships. We need dating. We need no-stringsattached, all-American dating. Let’s revive a dead aspect of our nation’s vibrant youth culture. Let’s date several people at once. Let’s go out on the odd date and refuse commitment. Let’s love ourselves as much as we love others. The dream of dating is alive and well my brothers and sisters.


We don’t need relationships. We need no-stringsattached, all-American dating.

Letter to the Editor In response to Sept. 23’s column, “Student disagrees with Islam:” I want to begin by stating that I respect your opinion. You are entitled to your religious and political ideals, and my writing is not meant to insult those views. I respond to your article because I am truly disgusted with your lack of research. Opinions are meant to be shared, but I suggest further research before you attack a culture or idea that is unfamiliar in your own world. I wish first to remark on your quote, “I don’t think a mosque should ever be built on Ground Zero. It would be insensitive to the lives that were lost and everyone affected to allow a group of people who share the same beliefs as the terrorists to build a mosque.” I would like to inform you that 33 Muslim lives were taken on Sept. 11; 34 if you count the unborn child who was due three months to the date of his or her death. That is a small number compared to the total number of lives taken, but they were Muslims all the same. Thirtyfour, plus their families and friends who mourned for them and went through the same

psychological pains people of other faiths. You are Christian. I will inform you I am not. I do not dislike Christianity or any other religion, hence my defending Islam, which is a religion equally as legitimate as yours. You preach that in your personal practice, you are to love all men and welcome them into the light of your God. If your duty is to promote love, then why would you endorse the burning of a sacred text? If you are to love without judgment, then why would you hurt people by taking away something they value? Do you think it would be fair to burn the Bible if Christians had organized the events of Sept. 11? I am not saying I wish this to happen, but I wish for you to consider how you would feel if I was to burn a book, or any other religious relic, that meant something to you. Are you willing to make millions of people unhappy by burning the Quran just to seek justice against a small group of individuals from that faith who were deviant? As you consider these questions, I would also like you to know the following: 1.In the Medieval Era (approximately 800-1000 CE), Christians in Europe brutally

attacked Jewish individuals because they needed someone to blame for their poor quality of life. Jews were accused of poisoning wells, casting spells upon people and murdering Christians in their sleep. Those Jews were sentenced to public mass killings. This time period is known as the Medieval Holocaust - a time when Christians treated those practicing Judaism in an “unloving way.” The Crusades lasted for about 200 years originally under the order of Pope Urban II. Since the Middle Ages, the meaning of the word “crusade” has been extended to include all wars undertaken in hopes of restoring the Holy Lands to the hands of the Christians and slaughtering the infidels (known as the “People of Muhammad”) for having taken it. I would just like to point out that the Christians “started it.” 2.Christianity was founded in 30 BCE. Islam was founded in 610 BCE. Yes, Christianity came first, but after the rise of Islam, Muslims never intended on overpowering Christianity. In fact, they considered Jesus a great prophet and holy man. Also, consider that the practices of Judaism, Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism and Jainism all came before the

rise of Christianity. Does that make them more legitimate? Does that give those religions the right to persecute any that follow after their own time of creation? 3. My last point is a stretch far from Christianity, but similar to the terrorist of Sept. 11, these groups were extremist among those of their faith. Organizations such as Heaven’s Gate, Order of the Solar Temple and the People’s Temple all fall under the title “cult.” Although small groups, they did practice similarly to Christianity in a few aspects. These groups are responsible for cult suicide. They destroyed themselves, which in turn, hurt many innocent people. Extremist? Yes. But should all forms of Christianity be hated just because of them? Should all Muslims be persecuted because of acts by one particular group? I do not mean to give you a history lesson and I do not intend to insult anyone of the Christian faith. My point is that all religious organizations have their faults. Whether centuries old or recent, does one have the right to judge an entire culture because of a small population’s actions? Should I judge all Christians

for their hatred toward Islam? That’s what it is by the way hatred. For a group you describe as loving, you also consent to the burning of their texts and bringing unhappiness to their organization. I don’t doubt the legitimacy of your religion and I do not doubt your group’s intentions, but do know this is a form of discrimination and hate. You have the pleasure of attending Winthrop University, a school that prides itself on diversity. I hope that before you depart this institution, you take the opportunity to familiarize yourself with people of other faiths and political outlooks. I would hate for you to doom yourself to a life of ignorance. Best of luck to you Mr. Gatlin. Sincerely, Emily M. Tuttle

Senior art history major

P.S-For those curious Winthrop provided the historical texts I have used in this letter.


THURSDAY October 7, 2010

Stick shift dies as an art form Manual cars offer driving joy

Paul Ricciardi

Guest columnist

The modern automobile is a marvel of simplicity, automation and luxury. All it takes to get on the road is turning it on, putting it in drive, and then you’re the captain of a two-ton land yacht with thousands of moving parts and dozens of computers. Very few other devices in our modern life make such a complex task so easy. Your average new car can do nearly everything for you. Volvo has a cruise control system that will slow down and speed up the car based on surrounding traffic. Lexus’s self-parking system has been on the market for a few years now. But the most common and most egregious attack on the soul of the car, and

Ricciardi’s 1969 Volkswagon Beetle and 1995 C36 AMG Mercedes. He loves both cars but prefers the challenge of driving the manual transmission Volkswagon. Photo by Paul Ricciardi • ricciardip@ subsequently the soul of the driver, is the automatic transmission. According to Ward’s Communications, in 2007 the number of cars sold with a manual transmission was only 7.7 percent. From a logical perspective, this makes no sense. Cars with a manual transmission are generally cheaper to buy, easier to work on and return better fuel economy. But our nationwide divorce from the manual doesn’t stem from reason; it’s simply

laziness. As a country, we no longer want to drive. We want a car that drives itself so we can concentrate on our satellite radios, DVD screens, cell phones and Big Macs. Frankly, it drives me insane. Half of the bad drivers in this country are just idiots who don’t pay attention. Throw a stick shift into the mix, and you need to pay attention to traffic, the road and your car. Simply put, it makes

you a better driver. But my biggest reason for loving the manual is the involvement factor. Not only does shifting your own gears get you more miles per gallon, but you also get more fun per mile. Nothing beats the satisfaction of a rev-matched, heel-toe downshift before turning into a corner, burying the throttle and then power shifting through two gears on a close-ratio gearbox. It’s exciting, fun and a chal-

Letters to the Editor While taking a study break, I walked outside Lee Wicker and all I saw from the moment I went out the door was Phelps all lit up. I thought “It’s 3 a.m. Why are there lights on? There is no one in there.” I think it’s pointless to have all the lights on in Phelps because there is no reason for them to be on. Think of how much money Winthrop could save if they just turned one of those lights off. I would not be surprised if the air conditioning was running as well. With the increase in tuition and the cutting of professors and staff, it makes you wonder if some of that could have been prevented just by flicking a light switch. Another thing I noticed while driving around campus earlier was that the sprinklers were on even though it has rained several inches recently. In fact, it was raining when I drove past them, and they were still running. Not only is this a waste of money; it’s a waste of water. On the subject of pointless spending, the other day I noticed a sprinkler by Owens hitting more pavement and brick than grass. I guess they figure if they water it down, it can’t catch on fire again. In closing, with a simple walk around campus, you can see the numerous ways Winthrop can do things better with some of the money they are spending. Nick Irvin sophomore business management/marketing major

the Benz, the little Beetle is definitely more fun to drive. The reason is simple. The beetle has a manual and the Benz doesn’t. Driving the little VW puts a smile on my face each and every time. It doesn’t matter if I’m just getting groceries or headed to class. The satisfaction of driving makes every journey worthwhile. I wouldn’t trade that feeling for anything. It’s pure joy - good, old-fashioned, mechanical joy.

lenge. Driving is no longer a chore. It’s a treat. I think this is best illustrated by looking at how differently my two cars drive. One is a 1969 Volkswagen Beetle and the other is an AMG C36 Mercedes. The Benz creates eight times as much power as the beetle, has a top speed of 180 mph (compared to the VW’s 75 mph max) and can turn the rear tires into a cloud of smoke. But despite the overwhelming power of

I am writing in response to the “Student Disagrees with Islam” article written by Jeremy Gatlin. This article has been causing some buzz on campus lately, along with a healthy dose of controversy. I am Christian and very much disagree with the statement “Islam is an evil religion.” Growing up in a diverse city and mingling with international students and foreigners, I have come into contact with various cultures and learned about many religions. With that being said, I was pretty disappointed with the many messages Mr. Gatlin presented to us. When I read the author’s opinion, I was both shocked and humored in a “No, he did not just say that” way. I doubt Christ or any of his followers would burn the holy book of a religion or be in support of doing such an action. Could you imagine if a group of Muslims burned a bunch of Bibles, or better yet how Christians would react? Whatever happened to treating others how you would want to be treated? Christ’s love was shown through his love and interaction with the poor, sick and non-believers, whom he spent most of his time with. I appreciate people’s opinions as long as I have the opportunity to rebuttal with my own. In regard to the situation of the Islamic cultural center, I can understand that Muslims are trying to show people they want to segregate themselves from those extremist crazies responsible for Sept. 11, and rightfully so. It’s not fair for people to believe Islam is evil because of the acts committed by a small percentage of people. One thing I hope students do is take the time to learn about other religions. Even if you don’t believe them to be true, you can learn so much. After all, they’re all interconnected and based off each other. Christianity, Islam and Judaism all teach on the principle of love - for God/Allah/Yahweh, for yourself and for your neighbors.

Hey, want to spark some insane controversy or simply talk about your demonic pet dog? Write a column for the opinion page. E-mail Connor de Bruler at debrulerc@ for more information. Letters to the editor should be sent to Anna Douglas at douglsa@

Katlyn Oglesby senior international business major


Arts & entertainment editor JESSICA PICKENS

Managing editor TIFFANY BARKLEY

Assistant arts & entertainment editor ALISON ANGEL

News editor CLAIRE BYUN Assistant news editor JONATHAN MCFADDEN Opinion editor CONNOR DE BRULER Culture editor ALEXIS AUSTIN Health & science editor AMANDA PHIPPS



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THURSDAY October 7, 2010

AMANDA PHIPPS Health & Science Editor

Fungus causes concern for amphibian species By Amanda Phipps

A deadly fungus has spread across many parts of the world and infected amphibians and their eggs, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS). The fungus, Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis, also known as Chytrid fungus, causes the disease chytridiomycosis, which is the primary factor contributing to population declines and extinctions of several amphibian species, according to the FWS website. Amphibians have thin, moist skin lacking keratin, the protein that makes skin thick and tough, biology professor Bill Rogers said. The amphibians use their skin to breathe; some do not have lungs. The Chytrid fungus is parasitic and gets into the skin of the animals, Rogers said. Keratosis, a condition in which the skin thickens, is a symptom of the infection that is caused by the animal attempting to rid itself of the fungus. This eventually suffocates the amphibian. “That has to be a horrible way to die,” he said. This fungus may affect the Winthrop community in the future as well, Rogers said. Rogers said the fungus originated in the tropical to subtropical areas of Africa. Though he has not searched for it, Rogers said if the fungus is not yet in South Carolina, it might be able to exist here because it is already

Bill Rogers

biology profesor

in places with climates similar to South Carolina’s. The fungus has become a national problem and is a concern for the preservation of various amphibian species, according to the FWS website. The Fish and Wildlife Service petitioned on Sept. 9, 2009, to list amphibians and their eggs as injurious wildlife under the Lacey Act, FWS spokespersonValerie Fellows said. This act dates back to the 1900s and states that “the Secretary of the Interior is authorized to regulate the importation and transport of species, including offspring and eggs, determined to be injurious to the health and welfare of humans, the interests of agriculture, horticulture or forestry, and the welfare and survival of wildlife resources of

the U.S.,” according to the FWS website. The FWS‘s petition calls for the regulation of fungus-bearing amphibians. “The request is for the Service to list as injurious only those amphibians not accompanied by a health certificate verifying that they are free of amphibian Chytrid fungus,” Fellows said. Establishing infected amphibians and their eggs as injurious wildlife would mean the transport or importation of these species would be regulated, Fellows said. “To control the spread of an injurious species, the importation and interstate transport of the listed species are prohibited without a permit issued by the Service,” she said. The Service provides permits for the interstate transportation of injurious wildlife for scientific, medical, educational or zoological purposes, Fellows said. The FWS petition calls for a health certificate to accompany the shipments of the amphibians to show they are free of the fungus before they are transported or imported, Fellows said. “The petitioner and Service are concerned with the spread of the disease that is closely linked to amphibian trade,” she said. “The Service is in no way attempting to curtail the trade or ownership in amphibians, only the spread of the deadly disease.” Under the Lacey Act, permits cannot be granted for the movement of personal pets. Owners

cannot tranport pets across state lines if they are infected with the fungus, Fellows said. “Amphibian owners would be allowed to transport their pet amphibians to another state provided the animals are accompanied by a health certificate showing the pet is free of Chytrid fungus,” she said. “A permit from the Service would not be required.” Owners can obtain a health certificate from a qualified laboratory for a small fee, Fellows said. “If the amphibian remained in the state, it would not need a health certificate or a permit,” she said. Currently, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is gathering information and has not yet proposed a rule. The Service published a Notice of Inquiry in the Federal Register and the public may submit information about the fungus problem to the FWS through Dec. 16, Fellows said. After review, the Service will decide if action will be taken. Rogers said the rule may help, but it may be too late. “The act may help because people cannot import organisms infected with the fungus,” he said, “but the problem is the fungus is already in the U.S. at least, if not South Carolina.” The fungus is not the only problem affecting the amphibian populations, Rogers said. “Amphibians are in trouble for lots of reasons,” he said. “It is heartbreaking.”

Transporting and importing exotic species is also a factor influencing the decline of populations, Rogers said. Amphibians in Africa were able to adjust to a fungus that was not as powerful as it is now, Rogers said. There was a type of ‘evolutionary arms race’ in this area as the amphibians fought against the fungus and the fungus grew in strength. The animals were able to develop defenses to the fungus as it strengthened. The amphibians in America, however, are being exposed to a fungus that is already more powerful than they are, Rogers said. “The New World species has not had a chance to develop the defenses against the fungus,” he said. Humans are part of the problem, Rogers said. “Amphibians are so vulnerable to the changes people are making to the environment,” he said. “It’s (the amphibians’) environment too.”


That has to be a horrible way to die. Bill Rogers

Operating system holds own against Windows, Macintosh For many of us, the world of computing can be summed up by the epic battle between the Windows Operating System and the Macintosh Operating System (Win OS and Mac OS for short). As an aside, I did not say Mac vs. PC because the term “PC” stands for personal computer and a Mac is a “personal computer,” so don’t ever say it again…seriously. Anyway, moving aside from yet another dorky rant, the general public has a somewhat narrow view of what is out there in terms of OS’s other than our two favorite rivals. In a since, Linux seems like the little guy in the fight, but Linux is more of the bear in the fight. Linux is an operating system developed as a variation of the UNIX OS. Modernday Linux distributions (variations of the Linux OS such as MS Windows are different than Mac OS) all share a commonality in that they all use the Linux Kernel, which Linus Torvalds. originally wrote in 1991. What’s the best thing about Linux? It’s free.

Devang Joshi Webmaster

That’s right, for the low, low price of nada you can download many different versions of Linux and burn them to a disk for your usage. You can also order distributions from companies if you pay for shipping. Some popular Linux distributions are Red Hat, Mint, Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Fedora etc., each with its own list of pros and cons and each with different styled GUI’s (graphical user interfaces such as icons, menus, etc.). Ok, so yippee, there is this “thing” called Linux: Why should I care? Well, for starters, just about every website out there is run on a server running a Linux operating system. Not to mention banks and probably a great deal of other business. On a Macbook? Your OS is based on the BSD (Berkley Standard Distribution) of Linux. Do you

have an Android Smartphone? Go ahead and thank Linux now because the list is endless. It also goes without saying that for people in the technology field, Linux is a wonderful tool for development. What are the pros and cons for you as a user? Well, Linux is fast, insanely fast, and is useful for bringing older computers back to life. It’s free, which is just plain wonderful, and it has grown fairly stable. Distributions such as Ubuntu even allow you to “dualboot” operating systems, meaning you can run both Windows and Linux on the same computer (you just choose which one you want to start when you power-on your computer). In a nutshell that’s Linux, our forgotten computer friend, working hard to help you live your digital life. So, after reading this, say a little thank you to Linux. For questions, comments or concerns feel free to e-mail me at joshid@thejohnsonian. com

Upcoming events: Oct. 8 Oct. 13 What: Anthropology Brown Bag Lecture Series Where: Kinard Auditorium Time: 2-3 p.m.

What: Women Against Rape: Walk a Mile in Her Shoes. Where: Byrnes Auditorium Time: 6:30 to 8 p.m.

The symbol for Linux is a penquin. Graphic by Courtney Niskala • niskalac@


In a nutshell that’s Linux, our forgotten computer friend, working hard to help you live your digital life.

Flu clinics: When: Oct. 7 and Oct. 13 Time: 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Location: West Center Commuter Lounge The $25 fee may be paid with a check or cash only. Make the check out to Winthrop University. Students may have the vaccination fee charged to their student account.


THURSDAY October 7, 2010

Students share research projects Left: Chemistry major Darius Ollison shows his summary on shortcuts in the creation of pharmaceuticals to Cliff Callaway. Below: Biology majors John Samies and James Tucker present their research on sea squirts. Each of the students presented their research summaries in Sims lobby. Photos provided by the Winthrop University Relations department.

Right: Environmental science major Adam Balint speaks to Peter Phillips about his research involving fungal spores. Far right: Chemistry major Amy Deng presents her research on mobility groups.Photos provided by the Winthrop University Relations department.

New tool may be WU student earns St. Jude best science paper award helpful to students By Amanda Phipps

phippsa@thejohnsonian. com

A Winthrop student’s research fellowship paper won first prize in science at St. Jude Children’s research hospital. Out of 500 applicants, 51 students were accepted into the St. Jude Pediatric Oncology Education Program this year. Thirtythree of these students were undergraduate students, two of which were sophomores. Junior biochemistry major Zach Curry was one of the sophomores accepted to the program this summer. His research focused on determining the structure of a protein known to induce cell death, or apoptosis. He worked on discovering how to create a drug to activate this protein in cancer cells, therefore inducing apoptosis. At the end of the program, Curry had to write a paper summarizing his research and the results. It was formatted as a science journal article. “I can’t believe I won,” Curry said. “I am extremely humbled.” The first place came with a prize of $300, according to the e-mail Curry received from St. Jude.

Zach Curry

Biochemistry major

“The money is secondary to the fact that I won,” Curry said. The second prize went to a student in Minneapolis, and there was a six-way tie for third place. Curry said he did not even consider himself as a contender for the award. “It was the biggest surprise of my life,” he said. “I was giddy when I found out I won.” Curry went home and celebrated for a day by having dinner with his family. He said he attributes his ability to win to the education he received at Winthrop. “My chemistry professors mentored me on a personal level,” he said. “It made the difference.” Curry acknowledged one professor in particular who helped him succeed. “My adviser, Jason Hurlbert, has been the most influential one,” he said. Curry worked in Hurl-

bert’s lab prior to going to St. Jude. “He spent a lot of time mentoring me,” he said. “He taught me how to really read and critique biochemistry papers, which were skills that came in handy when I had to write my own.” Curry’s accomplishment is beneficial for Winthrop as well, chemistry department chair Patrick Owens said. “Zach’s award represents yet another example of a Winthrop chemistry student achieving national excellence in science,” he said. “The fact that Zach’s paper was judged by scientists to be better than those written by a number of students in MD/PhD programs is particularly impressive.” Owens said Curry grew with this experience. “Zach told me that over the past two years, he has transitioned from feeling like a student to feeling like a scientist,” he said. St. Jude e-mailed Curry Monday and invited him to return next year. “I don’t know what project I will be working on,” Curry said, “but I am going back.”

I have discovered an amazing new invention. Erasable highlighters! Yeah, you heard right, highlighters that are actually erasable. They work too, unlike those so-called ‘erasable’ pens that leave black smudges all over your paper. These actually erase cleanly and still highlight very well. They also do not fade away over time. This was a good thing for me to find because I highlight everything. From color-coding my planner to highlighting my notes and textbooks, erasable highlighters are a big help. When I found them on a highlighter expedi-

tion to target I was super excited. I know not everyone is a nerd like me, but the highlighters have monetary value as well. When you highlight a library book or a textbook, there is a chance that you will be in trouble if the book belongs to the public library. The value of a textbook you were going to sell back will potentially go down. Erasable highlighters solve this problem. Highlight what you want and, when you no longer need the book, go back and erase all the markings. Simple. People were skeptical when I first told them, but after using the

Amanda Phipps

health and science eidtor

highlighters themselves, they realized they actually work and have some value for students. Even though I may be the only one truly excited to find them, I think they are a useful tool for anyone who uses highlighters. I think I’ll make another trip to Target soon.

Photo by Kathleen Brown •


THURSDAY October 7, 2010

JESSICA PICKENS Arts & Entertainment Editor ALISON ANGEL Asst. Arts & Entertainment Editor

Women withhold sex, end war PLAY • from front


main character have similar personalities, and that helps her with the role. “I think I have added a level of sassiness to Lysistrata’s character that is perhaps not as prominent in the original script,” she said. Rachel Middleton, junior integrated marketing communication major, plays Calonice, Lysistrata’s best friend who goes with the plan but isn’t so sure about it at first. “Calonice is quite a bit more different than any other character I’ve played,” Middleton said. “She is really frivolous and fun. She’s a sexed-up version of a stereotypical pageant girl with a little bit of an anger management problem.” The cast has had the chance to add their own gags into the play, along with the ones already in the

What: “Lysistrata: A Woman’s Translation” Where: Oct. 6 to Oct. 10 When: Johnson Theater Time: 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Price: $8 and $15 script. “We have a very talented cast, and they will ask if they can make a joke at certain parts,” Luke said. “With comedy, it lends itself to add slight gags not written in the script.” “Lysistrata: A Woman’s Translation” started Wednesday, Oct. 6, and ends Sunday, Oct. 10. The play is performed in Johnson Theater at 8 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and at 2 p.m. Elderly Greek men and women bicker as Lysistrata, played by junior theater major Kayla Piscatelli, humiliates the town magistrate by dressing him as a woman. Greek women are withholding on Sunday. Tickets are $8 with sex from their husbands to end a war. Director, Russell Luke use the translation by Drue Robinstudent I.D. and $15 for the gen- son adapted from the original Aristophanes play. Photo by Jessica Pickens • pickensj@thejohnsoeral public.


Gumby is DSU’s new mascot and he is here to promote events. The identity of the student who plays Gumby will remain unknown. Photo by Alison Angel •

Gumby invades WU

DSU Mascot promotes on campus events By Alison Angel

If you’ve been to a recent campus event, you’ve probably seen him: boxy head and green arms flailing wildly to the beat of the music. DSU has welcomed a new player to their eventsGumby. The lovable claymation figure from the 1955 “Gumby Adventures” has come to Winthrop’s campus to help promote oncampus events, and he’s doing so in style. Mike Rapay, assistant campus programs director, helped bring Gumby to Winthrop. He said Gumby is here to help stir up some publicity and get students to events. “He is simply a visually striking character that can be seen around campus telling everybody about

upcoming DSU events and helping everybody have a good time,” Rapay said. “Who knows who else will come visit Winthrop in the years to come?” The identity of Gumby is, and will remain, unknown to students. Rapay said he has had a positive impact by being at events, but the anonymity of who’s in the suit is here to stay. “That will ruin half of the surprise if I tell you that. There is, however, a rigorous training schedule to become a true Gumby,” Rapay said. “Everybody loves him! Gumby has been adding a ton of flair at all of our events.” Kelsey Lockliear, senior integrated marketing communication major and a member of the DSU programming board, agreed with Rapay and said his identity is top secret. “The identity of Gumby is definitely a secret; only people on DSU know who’s in the suit,” Lockliear said. Gumby’s official pur-

pose on campus is to help pass out flyers and publicize campus events to the Winthrop community. Lockliear said students have really been embracing Gumby, and he’s even become a hit on Facebook. “He’s a hit at events for sure and just walking around campus,” she said. “People love taking pictures with him and meeting him. His Facebook page is blowing up too; he has a lot of friends.” Boyd Jones, campus programs director, agrees that Gumby has become a hit on campus in addition to inform students about events. “Gumby is a loveable character and only wants Winthrop to be an even better place,” Jones said. “DSU Gumby has some moves on him. He was dancing like a wild man at rock band Brenn, and folks enjoyed his antics. I think he will add to the events and help folks have an even better time.”

Upcoming on-campus films: Saturday, Oct. 9: “Eclipse”- The third installment of the “Twilight Saga” stars Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson. Wednesday, Oct. 13: “The U.S. vs. John Lennon”- The movie is a documentary on Lennon and his political music.

Across 1. What is infecting amphibians and eggs? 3. An area students can talk freely with professors. (two words) 7. Last name of student who was accepted into the St. Jude Pediatric Oncology Education Program this summer. 10. Name of the main character in the sexual Greek comedy. Down 2. Topic of two new courses the English department is offering in the spring. (two words) 4. Animated character that is running around campus. 5. Which residence hall does Preston Jenkinson work in? 6. At What school did Winthrop’s new baseball coach work before? 8. Last name of The Johnsonian’s culture editor. 9. Last name of adviser for GLoBal.

When they were young Some of you might remember the “Winthrop as a Movie” feature from last year. This year your Arts and Entertainment editors have started a new feature where students can see what their professors looked like during their college days.

Want to give your co-workers a good laugh? Want to see what your professors looked like when they were younger? Send us professor ideas or your college photos to pickensj@thejohnsonian. com.


THURSDAY October 7, 2010

October 2010 Music

Winthrop faculty and guest performers will be playing the music of Toru Takemitsu at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 10, in Barnes Recital Hall.

Downtown Rock Hill displays student art

The Winthrop Music Department is having “An Evening of Musical Theater” at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 12, in Barnes Recital Hall. 3OH!3 is performing at Amos Southend in Charlotte with Hello Goodbye at 7 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 18. Tickets are $20. The Winthrop Percussion Ensemble is performing at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 21 in Barnes Auditorium. Jason Robert is playing the David Bancroft Memorial Organ in the “Friends of the Conservatory” series at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 22, in Byrnes Auditorium. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for faculty and $5 with student I.D. Mayday Parade will be performing at Amos Southend in Charlotte at 6 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 22. Tickets are $15. The Winthrop faculty series, featuring songs by Poulenc, is performing at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 25, in Barnes Auditorium. The Winthrop Flute Choir is performing at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 27, in Barnes Auditorium. Ke$ha and Kevin Rudolf are performing at the Grave Diggers Ball at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 30, at Dixie’s Tavern in Charlotte. Tickets are $15.

Students in the Sculpture 1 class construct poles that will be displayed in downtown Rock Hill. The ideas for the poles have to be presented to the Rock Hill City Council before they are displayed downtown. Photo by Stephanie Eaton • By Jeremy Gatlin

DSU - Movies are $2 and located in Dina’s Place Theater. All other are events cost $5 with student I.D. and $10 without and free with Fall Pass. Movie: “Paris, Je T’aime,” featuring stars Natalie Portman and Maggie Gyllenhaal, is showing at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 6, in the campus center. Move: “Eclipse,” the third film in the popular Twilight series, is showing 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 9, showing in the campus center. Movie: Documentary on John Lennon “The U.S. vs. John Lennon,” is showing at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 13, in the campus center. Movie: “The Kids are All Right,” starring Julianne Moore and Annette Bening, is showing at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 20, in the campus center. Country band Act of Congress and comedian Jay Black are performing at 8 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 22, at The Edge. Movie: “Dinner for Schmucks,” with Steve Carell, is showing at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 27, in the campus center. A play about Miles Davis and John Coltrane, “Miles & Coltrane: Blue,” will be performed at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 28, in Dina’s Place Theater in the campus center.

Off-campus movies

“Life as We Know It,” starring Katherine Heigel and Josh Duhamel, premieres Friday, Oct. 8. The movie is about two singles who take care of an orphaned baby. “Secretariat” premieres Friday, Oct. 8. The movie stars Diane Lane playing the owner of the Triple Crown-winning horse in the 1970s. The action movie “Red” premieres Friday, Oct. 15. The comic book based movie stars Helen Mirran, Bruce Willis and Morgan Freeman as former CIA agents turned assassins. The gory horror film “Saw 3-D” premieres Friday, Oct. 29. This is the seventh movie in the series.


The Greek play “Lysistrata: A Woman’s Translation” will be performed at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 6, through Saturday, Oct. 9, and at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 10, in Johnson Theater. Tickets are $8 with student I.D. and $15 without. Cultural event The student directed play “Two Rooms” will be performed at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 27, through Saturday, Oct. 30, and at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 31, in the Johnson Black Box Theater. Tickets are $5 with student I.D. and $10 without for Wednesday and Thursday and $8 with student I.D. and $15 without Friday through Sunday. Cultural event

Ridiculous Car Contest Does your car have flames on the sides, a dragon head painted on the hood or a portrait of your dog Molly on the rear bumper? The Johnsonian wants to see whatever modifications you have made to your vehicle. Through the month of October, the Arts & Entertainment section is hosting a contest for the Winthrop stu-

dent’s car with the craziest paint job, most modifications or that stands out the most. Submit your photos and they will be placed on The Johnsonian’s Facebook page. The car most “liked” on Facebook will win a $25 gas card. E-mail your pictures to pickensj@

Special to the Johnsonian

Take a good look at downtown Rock Hill because it won’t look the same for long. In an effort to attract more students to downtown Rock Hill, the Winthrop Department of Fine Arts and the city of Rock Hill have created the Pole Project. “The city is providing 10-foot poles with 10-inch diameters so the sculptures can be mounted on them,” said senior sculpture major John Williams. Williams said the fine arts students are working on building 12-foot metal sculptures based on the 12-inch models they created. “It’s to help enliven and build the environment of downtown and to improve economic development in the area,” said department

chair of fine arts Tom Stanley. The art students are working on real projects and not on something that will never see the light of day, Stanley said. “I’m excited by this project,” said Shaun Cassidy, fine arts professor of Sculpture 1. “It’s pretty exciting for students in a Sculpture 1 class to be able to put something out in a public venue.” There are many precautions to take while working on the sculptures because they will end up in a public place, said sophomore sculpture and drawing major Sarah Gregory. “Nothing can be too low for people to grab,” Gregory said. Cassidy said the students are learning new techniques while working on the project. “I’ve learned how to wield and use differ-

ent kinds of machinery,” Gregory said. Williams learned he can do things with steel that he can’t do with anything else. “It’s incredibly strong for its weight,” Williams said. The students are required to work in teams and bounce ideas off each other, Gregory said. “The different approaches each of the groups has taken is really interesting,” she said. The students have learned how to come up with innovative ideas that will appeal to the public. Students have to present their ideas to the city officials so they will support them. Stanley said the city initiated the project last spring, and it should be completed by the end of the semester.


ALEXIS AUSTIN Culture Editor

THURSDAY October 7, 2010

Safe Zones at Winthrop “”

A heterosexual student is not going to get thrown out of his or her house when his or her parents find out he or she is heterosexual, but it has happened repeatedly to some of the GLoBAL members I have worked with over my years at Winthrop... Kelly James

Adviser for the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Ally League at Winthrop

Across campus, faculty, staff and administrators have Safe Zone stickers posted near their offices. The Safe Zones program, a GLoBAL initiative, provides resources for LGBT students who may encounter problems because of their lifestyle. Winthrop is one of the many schools across the nation that has the program. Those who have the sticker have gone through training and are considered an ally of the LGBT community. Photos by Stephanie Eaton • eatons@thejohnsonian. com

Student organization promotes equality regardless of lifestyle choice By Alexis Austin

For some, it’s difficult to introduce your girlfriend or boyfriend to your parents. It’s even more difficult doing so when you’re lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT). Not every parent approves of their child’s lifestyle or are tolerant of it. This makes it harder to find people who are accepting of one’s lifestyle. Students who go through this or similar issues have a place to turn. Throughout campus there are bright red, yellow and white stickers that read ‘Welcome, this is a Safe Zone’ posted on faculty and staff’s doors, desks, and windows. To some this may seem like decoration, to others this is a refuge. “Safe Zones is a national concept and many schools do training,” sociology and anthropology professor Kelly James said. James is also the adviser for the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Ally League (GLoBAL). GLoBAL is a student organization that promotes equality for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people on campus. One of its initiatives for promoting equality is through the Safe Zones program. Faculty, staff and administrators who have the stickers posted in their offices

are considered allies. In order to be an ally of GLoBAL, staff must go through a 90-minute training course. “Our sessions include providing resources like churches that are open and affirming to LGBT people, educating attendees on terms and stereotypes associated with LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) people, defining what is an ALLY, and sharing suggestions for responding to prejudicial speech and experiences,” James said. “The main piece is an explanation of the stages of identity development that LGBT people go through from the original thoughts about being gay to self acceptance. There are more than 100 allies on campus, James said. Dean of Students Bethany Marlowe is supervisor over the Safe Zones training program. Students can also become allies. Some student organizations, resident assistants, and orientation leaders have taken the training course, James said. Student who are allies have different stickers from staff. James, who has been working with GLoBAL for seven years, said she has seen how Safe Zones has helped students. “A heterosexual student is not going to get thrown out of his or her house when his or her parents find out he or she is heterosexual, but it has happened

repeatedly to some of the GLoBAL members I have worked with over my years at Winthrop and with GLoBAL when their parents find out they are gay,” she said. “If that happens, a student can ask a person trained by Safe Zones trainers and the person has resources to share.” She also said that recently a student told her that one of the reasons she chose Winthrop was because of the presence of GLoBAL as a student organization. While Safe Zones is one initiative of GLoBAL, the organization participates in and hosts other events throughout the year to promote equality for LGBT people. One event some members participate in is Pride Weekend. The annual event takes place in Charlotte, N.C. and other cities across the U.S. Larger cities usually have a parade, and several vendors and businesses who promote LGBT equality participate. Charlotte’s Pride Weekend was Oct. 1-2. The city does not have a parade but hosts several events such band performances and comedy shows. GLoBAL attended and marched in the Pride parade in Columbia, S.C. in August, James said. Rock Hill does not have a Pride

Weekend and James said she doesn’t know if GLoBAL members have considered doing one. “Officers and members may talk about it, but the desire to have a parade has not been communicated with me,” she said. One of GLoBAL’s biggest events is National Coming Out Day on Oct. 11. GLoBAL members will do a symbolic walking through a closet door and educate people about LGBT issues, James said. “The metaphor for accepting gay sexuality and opening up to share that with others is 'coming out of the closet' and we will have an event set up in front of Byrnes,” she said. “Our political action chair, Brett White, is organizing that event with other members' help.” GLoBAL and all its activities are open to all LGBT people and their allies, James said. “We have members who pay dues and vote in elections and that varies because students can be cash poor at times, but we have many attendees and 200 students on our mailing list,” she said. “At any meeting you might see 50 people or 25 people - it just depends on how busy they are.” GLoBAL meets at 8 p.m. on Wednesdays in Kinard 308.


THURSDAY October 7, 2010

Greek courses, trips offered in spring Students start enrolling this month for mythology, art and thought in ancient Greece classes By Alexis Austin

Take an odyssey into the world where Zeus rules. Next semester, students will have the opportunity to do so. English 310 will cover Greek mythology. The other course, the art and thought in ancient Greece, will be cross-listed as art history 481 and philosophy 450. Students in these classes will also take a trip to Greece. “The class will cover Greek mythology, its historical background and Greek drama,” English professor Ann Jordan said. Jordan will be teaching the Greek mythology course and is organizing the trip. Students who sign up for the trip will automatically have a seat in the class. “There is a 25-person capacity for the trip,” she said. Jordan said that so far about 15 people have signed up. Professors Gerry Derksen, Karen Derksen and M. Gregory Oakes will each teach a class on the art and thought in ancient Greece. This is the third time the course will be offered. “The course is about the art, architecture, religion and philosophy of ancient Greece. In a word, it is about the great ancient Greek culture that is the foundation of our own culture,” said Oakes, a philosophy and religious studies professor. There is a 20-person capacity for the course on the art and thought in ancient Greece. Both classes will begin in January, and students who enroll in the Greek mythology course will travel to Greece during spring break for nine days. Over the course of the trip, students will visit Athens, the Parthenon, Delphi and take a cruise to the

Saronic Gulf Islands. Students who enroll in the art and thought in ancient Greece course will travel to Greece for two weeks; the professors will lead a tour of various sites. “We have planned two weeks travel in Greece: Athens, Delphi, Olympia, Epidaurus, Mycenae, Eleusis, Sounion, Knossos, Phaistos,” Oakes said. The price of the trip for the Greek mythology course is $2,823. This includes airfare, hotel accomodations, sightseeing and some meals. The cost of the trip varies depending upon when the student signs up. “The earlier students sign up for the trip, the less it will cost,” Jordan said. The two-week trip for the art and thought in ancient Greece course is $3,300. The price includes airfare, folk dancing lessons, breakfasts, ferry tickets and hotel accomodations. Because the trips are being offered with the classes, students can also use financial aid to pay for the trip. “Any remaining financial aid a student has can be used to help cover the cost of the trip,” she said. Although Jordan has taken several of her classes to Paris, this will be the first time she will take a class to Greece. “It occurred to me that there isn’t a class that focuses exclusively on the Greek classics,” she said. “I thought it would be a fun thing to do here, and the response has been very positive.” As for Oakes, this will not be the first time he has taken a class to Greece. Nevertheless, he said it’s a great opportunity for students. “It’s a tremendous opportunity to experience first-hand some of the most important roots

of Western civilization,” he said. “Ancient Greece is rightly regarded as one of the most important, enlightened civilizations of all time. It still influences much of our thought and behavior.” Both courses are three credit hours. Students must have passed writing 101 in order to register up English 310. To sign up for the Greek mythology trip, students can contact: Ann Jordan in Bancroft 261 or at jordana@winthrop. edu. For questions regarding financial aid for the Greek mythology trip, students can contact Jeanie Faris in Tillman 119. To sign up for the art and thought in ancient Greece course, students can contact: M. Gregory Oakes at oakesm@, Gerry Derksen at or Karen Derksen at derksenk@


I thought it would be fun to do here, and the response has been very positive. Ann Jordan

English professor

The Breakdown: English 310: Greek Mythology Professor: Ann Jordan The course covers: Greek mythology, history and drama Length of course: full spring semester Course capacity: 25 Length of trip: nine days (during spring break) Cost of trip: $2,823 (will increase as registration nears a close) What’s included in cost: airfare, hotel accomodations, sightseeing Sights: Athens, Parthenon, Delphi and Saronic Gulf islands

Art history 481 and philosophy 450: The Art and Thought of Ancient Greece Professors: M. Gregory Oakes, Gerry Derksen, Karen Derksen The course covers: Ancient Greek art, architecture, religion and philosophy Length of course: full spring semester Course capacity: 20 Length of trip: two weeks Cost of trip: $3,300 What’s included in cost: airfare, breakfasts, four dinners, folk dancing lessons, ferry tickets and hotel accomodations Sights: Athens, Delphi, Olympia, Epidaurus, Mycenae, Eleusis, Sounion, Knossos and Phaistos


SPORTS BRIEFS Athletes of the week announced

THURSDAY October 7, 2010

CHRIS McFADDEN Sports Editor

Winthrop offers unique competitve sports clubs

For the second straight week junior cross country runner Adam Freudenthal was named Winthrop men’s athlete of the week. The honor comes as a result of him winning the Big South Conference By Chris McFadden Preview meet. He was also named Big South Conference Choice Hotels Lacrosse, fencing, paint ball and taekwonMen’s Cross Country do are just a few of the club sports offered Runner of the week. through Winthrop University’s Office of RecLike his counterpart, reational Services. the woman athlete of the Club sports are a step up from intramurals week is a cross countryand allow students to participate in sports runner. Freshman Jeanne that may not be offered at Winthrop, and are Stroud was named a little more competitive than intramurals. honorable mention to “For the most part, club sports teams can the Big South Conferbe considered one step below a varsity team, ence Runner of the week and intramural sports tend to be more recreaward. Stroud ran to a ational,” Neil Ostlund, program director for fourth place finish in the intramural and club sports, said. Big South Preview meet, With club sports students are for the most her third straight top five part, in charge of the club. finish. This is different from intramurals where the Office of Recreational Services is responsible for the operation. “Club sports rely heavily on the support of Eagle tennis player the students who are members because the serves up impressive clubs are student organizations,” Ostlund said. performance

Members of club sports compete against other university sports clubs instead of their fellow peers, as with intramurals. “Club sports tend to be more competitive than intramural sports and usually require more skill and technique with certain activites,” he said. Club sports provide other aspects that intramurals may not. “They can give you more leadership opportunities through executive officer positions such as being the president or vice-president of a club,” Ostlund said. Still, while there are differences between intramurals and club sports, the goal of both is the same. “We hope that students learn the same skills from both areas and have fun doing so. There are many skills you can learn from both,” Ostlund said. According to the recreational services Wesite, there are 12 active clubs at Winthrop. Also, though, there are almost as many inactive clubs, such as skydiving , racquetball

and rugby, that are waiting for interested students to jump-start them. “Non-active clubs are clubs that lost student interest and leadership,” Ostlund said. “To activate the club, students would need to go through the process of starting and registering again.” In addition to competing against other schools, the clubs at Winthrop have a friendly competition among themselves. “Clubs are given points for all events that they participate in, meeting all of the program’s requirements and attending all meetings and trainings,” Ostlund said. “All the points are added up at the end of the year and the club with the most points is named outstanding club,” he said. Also, they have their names engraved on the Champion’s Cup, which is located in the West Center.” Club sports give students who may have had a dream to play sports on the collegiate level a way to live that fantasy.

Despite not winning, senior tennis player Sergey Belov accounted for himself in the Southern Intercollegiate Tournament. Belov made it to the round of 16 of one of the most prestige tennis tournament. In route to his finish, he beat the 94th type player and ninth seeded player in the tournament.

Volleyball teamstreaking

Winthrop’s 2010 Family Day gave students and their parents a chance to explore the entire campus, including the Winthrop Golf Course where disc golf is played. The Gold Course will be the site of the 2010 United States Disc Golf Championship on Oct. 4-6. Photo courtesy of Winthrop University Relations department.

The Eagles picked up their third straight conference win when they beat the Liberty Flames. Senior Kaley Viola led the team with 16 kills, while Kelsey Harrison, a senior, had 19 digs. The team is now 6-10 overall and 3-1 in the conference.

Want to restart an inactive sports club? 1)

Meet with the Program Director for Intramural and Club Sports.


Arrange a meeting of all those interested to discuss goals for the club and fill out a new club application. There must be at least 10 interested current Winthrop students.


Write a constitution for the club.

4) Elect officers and find a faculty or staff member to be the club’s advisor. 5)

Complete the student organizations charter application and club advisor agreement.

6) Petition the Office for Student Activities to become a recognized club. 7)

Complete the online club sports application registration form.

THURSDAY October 7, 2010



New baseball coach looks to have Eagles soar on field By David Thackham

On the baseball diamond, Tom Riginos could be regarded as a master thief. In his four year career at Stetson Univerity, he stole a record-breaking 61 bases to help the Hatters achieve three NCAA Regionals appearances and as many Atlantic Sun Conference titles. After graduating with a B.A. in sports administration, he channeled his vision toward another type of theft: this time stealing whole players. Riginos was hired as the recruiting coordinator for Stetson soon after graduation and admits the assignment was tough, yet strengthening. “Coach [Pete Dunn] knew I would make some bumps, make bad decisions,” the Clearwater, Fla. native said. “But in the end, I would work hard, get the players I needed to get, and he trusted me. That was really the most important thing.” It became clear very quickly that the trust was paying off. While at Stetson, Riginos recruited and convinced eight nationally recognized classes to come to East Florida, including six All-Americans and 10 freshman All- Americans.

Riginos is still proud of the wealth of recruiting experience he gained with the Hatters. “I was able to work with a top-30 team [in the country] that competes on a high level, so I brought a good work ethic and it worked out great,” he said. Riginos’ tenure with Stetson impressed, and by 2002, Clemson University was hungry for his talent. His prestige only grew with the Tigers when Collegiate Baseball named his 2009 incoming class of recruits the ninth best in the country. Baseball America billed the 2010 class as #20 of all Division-I squads. The baseball veteran explained that personal relationships are essential to the recruitment of a young star. “I have a feel of what’s good and bad in a baseball player,” he said. “So when I talk to kids and parents they can trust me, because I’m going to tell them everything, true and honest,” he said. This straightforward mentality has allowed the husband and father of four children to accrue a network of friends from South Carolina to San Diego. “I’ve been doing this for such a long

time,” Riginos said, “and I’ve had so many people to work with,that when I got the job here at Winthrop, I had about 75 to 100 texts congratulating me.” At Winthrop, Riginos has the opportunity to spread his wings even wider. Under the tutelage of coach Jack Leggett of Clemson, Riginos said he learned everything he knows about head coaching. The 42-year-old describes Leggett as a mentor who gave him the responsibility needed to build teams to compete on the highest level. The training will be well -appreciated at Winthrop Ballpark, where the Eagles will need to improve quickly. Despite the emergence of slugger Chas Crane, Winthrop’s star junior third baseman and outfielder, the team could only post a 27-30 record with a conference win percentage of .481. However, Riginos is already settled and prepared to turn the club’s luck around. “I just get the right feel here I’ve always felt very comfortable [at Winthrop]…” “I can tell this team is going

to be mentally tough, eager to win, by putting in the hours,” he said. “It’s going to be a blue-collar team. We may not have a lot of superstars, but they’ll be competitive and work hard every day,” Riginos said. For the Fort Mill native, the improvement he is looking for does not necessarily have to be reflected in the wins and losses. “I don’t want to put any [predictions] for the season up because we just want to get better every single day, and once we take care of the little stuff, it’ll take care of itself and we’ll have a pretty good record,” he said. Regardless of the results at the end of the season, Riginos is committed to having his players take responsibility for their success. “Every day, we give the players a choice to get better or worse every practice,” said Riginos. “They always want to go out and do their best. I’m excited for the season.”

Freshman Eagle tennis player aces first test Coach, team’s expectations could increase after successful start to collegiate career at Winthrop By Chris McFadden

Winning a tennis tournament in your freshman season is impressive. Winning the very first tennis tournament you play in is extraordinary. Freshman Andressa Garcia did just that as she won her division in the University of Virginia Fall Classic. Garcia, from Sao Paulo, Brazil, went 4-0 as she beat players from N.C. State University, University of Virginia, UNCGreensboro and Dartmouth College. “I was so happy because it was my first tournament in college and my first match representing my university,” Garcia said.

The Brazil native began playing tennis at age nine when a high school classmate introduced her to the sport. “I had a tennis class with him and I liked it,” she said. And just like that, the freshman phenom’s tennis career began. Playing tennis for a university more than 4,000 miles away from your home could be a distraction and take some getting used to. However, Garcia has played in tennis tournaments that have taken her away from home before, which has helped her prepare for being at such a distance from

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home. “It’s not that hard for me because I had to travel a lot to play in tournaments back home,” she said. “I have not been gone for three months like now, which has caused me to miss my parents and friends.” Winthrop’s tennis team can thank an organization in Brazil for Garcia deciding to make Rock Hill and the university her home for the next four years. “A company in Brazil researches colleges and tries to find the best fit for high school tennis players to continue their career on the collegiate level” she said.

“I chose Winthrop because it was the best option for me.” Athletes usually have personal goals they hope to meet while at the same time helping their teams be successful. Considering the start of her career, Garcia’s goal for the season is humble and refreshing in today’s world of “mefirst” athletes. “I just want to play well in the tournaments during the season,” she said. If this is Garcia’s ideal of playing “well” she and her tennis team could be in for a remarkable season.

Flag football intramural standings: Location


Men’s league one

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Women’s soccer

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High Point



Women’s soccer Radford Home 10/15/10 Women’s soccer VMI Home 10/17/10 Volleyball Gardner Webb Away 10/15/10 Volleyball Presbyterian Away 10/16/10 Volleyball Charleston Southern Home 10/19/10

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THURSDAY October 7, 2010



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October 7th, 2010  

This is the October 7th, 2010 issue of The Johnsonian, Winthrop University's campus newspaper

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