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Student takes a stand against cancer see SCIENCE & TECH pg. 5

Check out the Students schedule of display artwork Inaugural events see A&C pg. 8

see NEWS pg. 3

Issue 23 March 27, 2014


Winthrop board of trustees gains new member see NEWS pg. 4

WU changes don’t warrant attention




Let there be peace at WU Peace pole erected in Winthrop’s Hardin Family Garden to commemorate Father Valtierra

see OPINION pg. 6

Tennis opens conference play see SPORTS pg. 7


Rape culture defined to students By Casey Scully Special to the Johnsonian When asked if they believed in a “rape culture,” more than half of the audience responded “no.” During discussion, one student said that if a victim had made better choices she could have avoided being raped. Another student stated, “We raise our daughters and we love our sons.” This, and more open discussion, was the result of “Rape Culture: Contemporary Issues,” a real conversations event held March 11 in Owens G01 by the Multicultural Student Council. The event was an open forum for students to interact and debate with one another and with faculty members on the topic of rape culture within the U.S. Dr. Jennifer Disney, chair of the department of Political Science and director of Women’s Studies; Carrie Morphis, director of Victims Services and Sean Blackburn, Associate Dean of Students and Director of Leadership Studies, made up the faculty panel, who provided their insight on the topic. The discussion began with a few umbrella questions, which included, “Do you believe there is a rape culture?” and “What is the definition of a patriarchy?” These questions were proposed to the panel and then to the audience. Dr. Disney provided the audience with this to contemplate: “An examination of pop culture reveals a society that depicts women and women’s bodies as objects of sexual pleasure from the perspective of a white, heterosexual, patriarchal male gaze.”

see CULTURE pg. 8

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Winthrop president Dr. Jayne Comstock and husband Cpt. Larry Willamson attend the peace pole dedication ceremony in Hardin Garden. Photo by Anna-Marie Hayward• Asst. Arts and Culture Editor By Anna McCall Asst. News Editor Students and faculty gathered together in Hardin Garden on March 24 for the unveiling of Winthrop University’s first Peace Pole in memory of Catholic minister and peace activist, Father David Valtierra. According to a recent release, the peace pole is the most recognized symbol of peace in the world. The newly unveiled peace pole is six feet high and is engraved with the mes-

sage, “May Peace Prevail on Earth” in six different languages. Opening the ceremony were musicians Adrian Bailey and the Soulful Echoes. The band performed a blend of melodies heavily influenced by ambient and Native American styles. Associate professor of history and director of the peace, justice and conflict resolution studies minor Ginger Williams gave the opening address. “Planning this peace pole has been a goal for three years,” said Williams. “In 2010, before Father

David passed away, we had already begun discussions of a memorial to commemorate his life.” Father Valtierra was active within the Rock Hill community in his roles as Winthrop University’s Newman Apostolate Director, a sacramental priest at St. Mary’s and director of the Oratory Center for Spirituality. In his role with Congregation of the Oratory of St. Philip Neri, Valtierra prioritized social justice as the foundation of his ministry.

see PEACE pg. 3


Out of the frying pan and out of the department By Frances Parrish Editor-in-chief “Out of the Frying Pan” directed by Jarrod Bennett,a junior theater education major, is the first play in a series of renegade plays, which are independently produced outside of the theatre and dance department. The cast debuted last Wednesday and Thursday before spring break. The play is about five aspiring actors mooching off of their friend’s father’s money, and trying to keep it hidden from the father. This was Bennett’s first time directing a full show outside of the Theater Department. “It’s an invaluable experience for me,” Bennett said. Aalayah Williams, a sophomore English major, played the part of Muriel, Dottie’s friend from college who rents the apartment for all her friends. Williams explained that most of the cast were not theater majors. “We had biology and English majors, even a dance major,” Williams said. For Williams, acting in a renegade play was different and less stressful than acting in the department on the main stage. “It was for us as much as it was for the audience,” Williams said. Williams explained that it was Bennett’s show, and that he made sure everyone was enjoying themselves while learning their lines. Williams has not only performed in “Out of the Frying Pan,” but in the “Vagina Monologues” and in “Harriett Tubman Visits the Therapist” in the Fall One Acts. Not only did the renegade play give non-theatre majors a chance to be in a production, but also underclassmen. Williams said that most of the cast were sophomores and freshmen. “It gave them a chance to jump feet first in a play,” Williams said.

Winthrop falls to Duke in NCAA Tournament By Michael Owens Sports Editor

Winthrop women’s basketball came into this season with high aspirations and closed out their season on Saturday looking to reach even greater heights in the future. The Lincoln region kicked off the 2014 NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament in Durham, N.C. on Saturday as the #2 seed Duke Blue Devils defeated the #15 seed Lady Eagles by an 87-45 final in Winthrop’s first appearance in the tournament in program history. “I am proud of each player and all of my staff for all the hard work they put in this year,” said head coach Kevin Cook. “We are not going to let this game diminish in any way what this team did this season. They made history and have established a solid foundation for this program.” Duke got out to an early 14-5 run led by one of the best guards in the country, Tricia Liston.

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The home team’s primary focus came in the paint, scoring easy baskets and crashing the boards against a Winthrop team that was without sophomore forward Schaquilla Nunn due to foul trouble. Nunn picked up her second foul around eight minutes into the first half, and Duke took advantage by putting even more emphasis on physical play inside. The Blue Devils took a 20-point in the paint advantage, as well as a 13 rebounding edge into halftime, as they led 41-17 at the break. Duke continued to dominate throughout the second half, as the Lady Eagles could not overcome the sheer size and power of the Blue Devils. “They crashed the boards really well,” said Winthrop senior guard Dequsha McClanahan. “They were a big groups of girls and we expected that. We didn’t crash as well as we wanted to. I think that’s what separated us. They got a lot of second chance points and

easy baskets.” McClanahan led the Lady Eagles in scoring and rebounding in her final game in a Winthrop uniform, as she scored 22 points and tallied up six rebounds. She finishes her career with 2,277 total points and 744 assists, and is the program’s all-time leading scorer and assist leader, but is the Big South Conference’s all-time leader in those categories. “It’s clear from our history. The stats show it, the records show it, how much time we’ve put into this program from our freshman year to now,” McClanahan said of herself and fellow senior Tiffany Charles as well as redshirt junior Samiya Wright. “I’m just very proud of what we’ve accomplished and what we’ve established. To leave a last impression, I wanted everyone to see our hard work and how far we’ve come,” McClanahan said. Wright was the only other Winthrop player to score in double-digits

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as she capped off her season with a 13-point performance. The team ended their season with a 24-9 record, which marks the most wins by any women’s basketball team in Winthrop history

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see OPINION pg. 7

Panel holds discussion on hunger in U.S. see A&C pg. 8





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The Johnsonian • March 27, 2014


Sneak Peek: “24 hours @ Winthrop”


Football updates from town hall meeting Comstock still looking for “more information” about football on campus By McKenzie Workman Staff Writer Many students and faculty, as well as the community, have been curious about the possibility of adding a football team here at Winthrop. Everyone seems to have taken sides, both for and against it, seemingly leaving very few in between. President Jayne Marie Comstock held a town hall meeting on Thursday, March 13 during common time to discuss this topic with the Winthrop community. During this meeting, President Comstock said, “To any of you who suspect that this town hall meeting is a show, that just isn’t so. It’s a real part of the update of the information that we have on football and I can tell you we need more information. This is just the initial phase of our information gathering and it’s kind of indicated to us that what we have is important and it has let us know that it might be worthwhile to get more information.”

The mass communication department will be presenting a department-wide project, “24 Hours at Winthrop”, as a part of President Comstock’s inauguration. The debut of the project is Thursday, March 27 at 6:30 p.m. in Owens GO2. Students from the mass communication department, as well as integrated marketing and digital information design students, videoed and photographed various Winthrop locations and activities over a 24-hour period. Over 90 students participated in the collaborative effort to capture the personality of Winthrop. Shooting for the project took place on Feb. 19 at 6 a.m. until 6 a.m. the morning of Feb. 20. In the following weeks, students and professors in the mass communication department edited the surplus of photos and videos. The department collaborated to create a concise video to showcase the daily workings of Winthrop University. For more information about the event, contact Marilyn Sarow at Photo courtesy of event Twitter page.

Peace Pole dedicated in Hardin Garden Monday PEACE • from front In a post dated Aug. 23, 2011 on the Oratory’s official website, Valtierra stated, “I joined the Oratory that had strong social justice roots. The priests and brothers had a connection with the Catholic Committee for the South, with the movement for racial equality and school integration and with efforts to organize textile workers.” Following Williams’ opening address was a performance of “Lord, Make Me An Instrument of Thy Peace” by the Winthrop Chamber Singers. The hymn was composed by John Rutter and serves as a setting of the prayer of St. Francis of Assisi. Chair of the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies, Dr. Peter Judge, shared his own memories of Father Valtierra. “David was himself a man of peace. His attitude of peace and non-violence was infectious.” Opening a series of Ecumenical Prayers of Peace was Evelyn Hannaman with the Baptist Peace Fellowship.

“Baptist and peace are not words that are heard together often,” Hannaman said. “We are a network of seeking to equip and immobilize Baptists to work for peace and justice.” Following a deliverance of an the oratory by Father Agustin Guzman and a traditional Catawba prayer from Debbie Garris, Winthrop’s Phi Mu Alpha performed “Dona Nobis Pacem,” a piece composed by Ralph Vaughan Williams. International students, Mohammed Hooshmand Zaseranieh from Iran, Majid Alasfoor from Saudi Arabia and Sijia Zhuand from China delivered a message of peace in their native languages. To conclude the ceremony was a solo by assistant professor of voice, Dr. Kristen Wonderlich of “Let There Be Peace on Earth,” composed by Jill Jackson Miller and Sy Miller. Together, Phi Mu Alpha and those in attendance sang “Solidarity Forever,” by Ralph Chapin and Gilbert DeBenedetti to commemorate the unveiling of the peace pole.

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She stated that this meeting was an extremely important step in deciding whether or not football is a good option for Winthrop. She also wanted to make it known that information is still being gathered and that this is not set in stone. Mr. Tom Hickman, Winthrop University athletic director, created and presented a slideshow of the data collected so far and possible pros to having a football team. He discussed the differences between scholarship and non-scholarship football, the costs associated with both and the pros of each in regard to Winthrop. President Comstock stated that the advancement of the athletics program at Winthrop has been successful in the past and has worked to the betterment of Winthrop as a whole. She also made it clear that the opinions of the students are very important in this decision, as well as the voices of faculty and the community. She said, “I hope that this is what characterizes Winthrop University from now into the

long future, so that we will be an organization that involves people in decision making and uses the collective mind to guide the future of the institution.” She made it known that she also wishes to grow the Winthrop community, regardless of the possibility of a football team. A lot of very important questions were discussed, including cost to students, current campus budget for repairs and additions and possible effects on academics. President Comstock made it very clear that she would never put athletics above academics. She also stated that she believed in the character of all Winthrop students and would not jeopardize that just for a football team. There was interest expressed in having another meeting to further discuss the possibility of football, the date will be provided soon. Until then, all updates on this topic can be found on Winthrop’s website.

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Lunch and learn sheds light on unique South Carolina history

Professor seeks to uncover the truth about two inspirational sisters By Sara Workman News Editor Winthrop’s presidential inauguration week fittingly falls during Women’s History Month. A variety of events showcased women in leadership on Winthrop’s campus. Associate professor of English, Amy Gerald, contributed to this empowerment Amy Gerald Associate Professor of women’s roles in society with of English her presentation of “Forgotten Daughters of S.C.: The Grimke Sisters, Abolition, Women’s Rights, and Rhetoric.” The Grimke sisters were recently brought into the spotlight by Su Monk Kidd’s novel, “The Invention of Wings.” Gerald said that even though the novel is a ficitional account of the sisters’ lives, it is still largely accurate and depicts the challenges that the sisters likely faced. Gerald has been working on researching the history of the Grimke sisters, who were influential abolitionists in the antebellum South.

Ironically enough, however, the sisters are left out of S.C. history, purposefully in most cases. Gerald explained that the Grimke sisters, who were natives of S.C., were leaders in abolition affairs. They used their rhetorical skills to write persuasive letters and deliver persuasive speeches to the citizens of Charleston, S.C. The sisters had close relationships with numerous other leaders of the abolition movement, yet there is no monument to these powerful women. Gerald said that the purpose of her research is to “build public memory” of the sisters. Even in her own experience with her children in the public experience, Gerald noticed that the Grimke sisters are never mentioned within the education standards. Gerald said that the sisters could easily be incorporated into history lessons. The most challenging part of Gerald’s research has been finding records of the sisters’ lives in S.C. Much of her conclusions have been drawn from previous theories. Recently, an extended Grimke family member in England sold a box of Grimke family records to the Charleston Museum. Gerald said she is extremely excited to dig through the records on her next trip to the S.C. coast. Gerald said she found a lock of

Sarah Grimke’s hair in one of the new boxes of material. The boxes largely contain letters which describe the upbringing of the sisters. By examining these letters, Gerald hopes to find the missing links in the history of the sisters. Gerald said that instead of looking for answers, it is more beneficial to look for silences and questions in historical records. “Look how they were forgotten,” Gerald said. Gerald explained that the absence of these influential women in S. C. history could affect the way tourists and even natives view the foundations of Charleston. However, Gerald said that many historic organizations are beginning to include the realities of slavery in their material. Gerald actually convinced the museum of Charleston to include a small exhibit about the sisters. When Gerald visited Charleston as a tourist, each city tour she went on failed to mention the sisters. When Gerald prompted her guides, the guides purposefully avoided discussion of the sisters. Gerald even visited the previous homes of the sisters but any evidence of their life there was eradicated. As of now, Gerald’s funds for research are depleted, but she is hoping to continue her work.

Change in leadership for Board of Trustees

Winthrop alum appointed to the Board of Trustees By Sara Workman News Editor Winthrop University Board of Trustees member, James Williamson, resigned from his position after receiving the opportunity to lead the state technical college system. Filling his position is health care administrator and Winthrop alum, Scott Middleton. The board and Alumni Association appointed Middleton to the position this month. Middleton will serve the four remaining years left in Williamson’s term. President Comstock said that she is pleased to see Middleton in the position and commended him on his accomplishments. Middleton is a past recipient of the

Alumni Professional Achievement Award. Along with his professional, academic persona, Middleton is also an

Scott Middleton Winthrop Board of Trustees Member ordained Methodist Church minister. Middleton served at various churches before starting his career in the realm of academia. Middleton holds a master’s degree in health administration from the University of South Carolina, a Master of

Divinity from Emory University and a bachelor’s degree in business administration from his alma mater, Winthrop University. Middleton is also a proud father of two children, Greg and Sara. Greg is a Winthrop alum from 2012 and Sara is currently a student on campus. “Winthrop students continue to receive the same high quality education that led to his own career and life success,” Comstock said. “It’s exciting to have him join the Board and serve the university in this new capacity.” For more information concerning the change in leadership within the Board of Trustees, contact Judy Longshaw at longshawj@winthrop. edu.

DSU makes structural changes in organizational leadership Student organization introduces new, consolidated position, DSU Adviser By Sara Workman News Editor In light of Boyd Jones’ retirement this year, DSU will be undergoing a leadership change. Deborah Strahorn, the current assistant director of campus programming, will be filling the new role as director for DSU. Previously, DSU had two professional staff positions. Strahorn’s title will consolidate these two positions. With this adviser change comes some recommended structural changes to the programming board as well. This is to ensure student success and productivity within the program. One of the ways DSU plans to implement these new changes is with updates to their constitution

and bylaws. Strahorn clarified that she is open to additional suggested changes. Suggestions must be sent to her by Friday, April 4. Changes to the bylaws mainly include clarifications of the role of the new DSU Adviser in each facet of the bylaws. Other changes include five programming committee chairs, 25 programming committee members and one to two social media chairs. Five new committee chairs means five new committees. The committees are as follows: Live Music Committee, Fine and Performing Arts Committee, Traditions and Special Events

POLICE BLOTTERS: 3/14/2014 Possession of Marijuana According to the Winthrop University police report, the reporting officer responded to a complaint from the 8th floor of Richardson Hall. The complainant reported a strong odor from a room during routine room checks. When confronted about whether he was in possession of marijuana, the suspect denied that he or his roommate had any drugs on their person, according to the report. Upon hearing of the odor and a sprayed fragrance in an attempt to mask it, the reporting officer said that he would obtain a search warrant. The suspect admitted to being in possession of marijuana along with a smoke bottle. The items were seized and the suspect was arrested and transported

Committee, and Daytime/LateNight and Novelties Committee. The changes to the constitution are similar to that of the bylaws. The DSU adviser takes the place of the Campus Programs Director. The constitution also identifies the new committees and graphic designer position, social media position and public relations position. For more information about the changes in DSU leadership, contact Deborah Strahorn at allend@ or at (803) 323-4757.

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3/15/2014 Driving without a License The reporting officer stopped a black Honda civic while driving south on Cherry Road, according to the Winthrop police report. The subject informed the reporting officer that he did not have a driver’s license, for which he was placed under arrest. The suspect was then transported to the Rock Hill City Jail and is set to appear in court on April 24, 2014.

3/22/2014 No driver’s license operating an uninsured vehicle speeding According to the Winthrop University police report, the reporting officer responded to a vehicle speeding at 50 mph in a 30 mph speed zone while driving south on Cherry Road. Upon stopping the vehicle and checking the defendant’s information with the South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles, the reporting officer discovered that the defendant’s driving privileges have been revoked due to a cancellation of insurance. The defendant then received a ticket for

lack of license, an uninsured vehicle and speeding and was placed under arrest. The defendant was then transported to the City of Rock Hill Law Center.

3/22/2014 Breaking and entering a vehicle, financial card theft and damage to personal property The reporting officer was called to the Winthrop University Baseball Park in response to a complaint of theft. The victim reported her purse as stolen. The reporting officer also observed that one of the vehicle’s side rear windows had been broken, according to the report. Two other vehicles were also reported to be in similar condition. The reporting officer then contacted the other victims. The second victim’s purse, iPod, and laptop were deemed stolen. The

third and fourth victims also reported their purses as stolen from the vehicle that the two were previously using, according to the police report. The reporting officer proceeded to collect an inventory of stolen items from the four victims and proceeded to compile the inventory into an incident report. Each victim’s vehicle was processed as evidence upon agreement. Compiled by Anna McCall • Assistant News Editor

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“My One-Night Stand with Cancer: A Memoir”

College student Tania Katan refuses to allow allow breast cancer to control her life and dreams

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By Adam Matonic Staff Writer “Anybody have breasts?” was the opening question author, playwright and comedic performer Tania Katan had for the audience in Johnson Theatre on Thursday afternoon. “Well, I had two breasts that decided to leave the party earlier than anticipated,” she said. Katan, author of “My One-Night Stand with Cancer: A Memoir,” was diagnosed with breast cancer when she was 21 years old. Her cancer came back 10 years later. Breast cancer was talked about in “hushed tones” in the days of Katan’s diagnosis in 1992. Katan said that, “what began as a pea-sized lump on her breast grew into a lump the size

of a golf ball.” Upon her first examination, Katan was simply told to “stop drinking caffeine and start taking Vitamin E.” Katan read from her memoir the story of having to write an essay for school on the paper on top of the doctor’s table as she was awaiting her examination. As a college student with breast cancer, Katan said that she quickly found herself in the midst of something serious, painful and scary. That didn’t keep her from telling her story. When Katan’s cancer returned 10 years later, she found herself falling in love with a woman who was training for a 10K race. Katan wanted to train with the woman because

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she “just needed to be near her.” However, Katan was just beginning chemotherapy. Katan ran the race, repeating the mantra, “If I can make it the whole way without stopping, I will never get cancer again.” “Going through chemo, I felt so compromised,” Katan said, but she found a way to reclaim her body through running races. “Running without boobies is easier and less bouncy,” she joked. Katan went on to run a subsequent race, benefiting cancer research, topless. “I wanted to give a visual representation of my experience with cancer,” she said. Before Katan decided to put her unique stories into a memoir, she

noticed that there were no books on breast cancer from the point-of-view of a “sassy Jewish girl.” “She made me laugh so much,” freshman Jenn Fant said. “You could understand her so well, because she was so humorous and casual.” Junior education major Nora Webb thought Katan’s performance and lecture was very empowering and personal. “My voice has always been cultivated through journal-writing and playwriting,” Katan said. Her memoir was considerably lauded and accoladed, winning the Judy Grahn Nonfiction Award, the Stonewall Book Award for LGBT literature and was a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award.

College Board announces drastic changes to the SAT Reasoning Test in Spring 2016 Changes to the writing portion of the SAT might negatively affect students’ writing skills for college By Daniel James Staff Writer

when we make it optional we may downgrade students’ abilities to develop thoughts of their own” Ghent said. According to Ghent, making the

Representatives of the College Board announced that changes will be made to the SAT Reasoning Test starting in spring 2016. These changes include reducing the perfect score from 2400 to 1600 points, an elimination of score deduction for incorrect answers, requiring students to cite evidence in reading and writing sections and an optional essay. Image from English professor Bryan Ghent praised the College Board’s decision to essay section optional discourages require evidence-based reading students from taking that portion and writing on the SAT because since many would be likely to effective ability to cite information decide against spending an is important in college and beyond. additional 50 minutes on the exam Ghent does have some concerns after three hours spent on the over the changes. other sections. “I understand that grading the Ghent said that he is also essay portion is difficult and time concerned that as more decide consuming, but I’m afraid that against taking the writing portion,

high schools would likely begin spending less time on refining writing skills. This could negatively affect college professors. According to Ghent, students’ writing skills already seem to diminish each year, and if high schools and the College Board devalue writing, college professors will have to spend more time with remedial skills. This could lead to greater difficulty in students expressing themselves through writing. In addition to the changes in the reading and writing sections, the College Board has also redesigned the math portion. The most notable change is that a calculator is no longer permitted on a portion of the exam, which the College Board hopes will greater assess student understanding of the material. Computer Science professor Jim McKim said, “Students should have mathematical ability without a calculator in hand.” According to McKim, this change will help prepare students for college-level math courses.

Study reveals that the human nose can recognize over 1 trillion different smells By Deborah Crocker Science & Tech Editor A recent study by olfactory researchers at Rockefeller University and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) revealed that the human nose is capable of recognizing over 1 trillion different odors. Scientists have long assumed that we are Image from Wikipedia able to distinguish 10,000 different smells, The volunteers struggled to though few studies have been discriminate between scents performed to explore the limits of that overlapped by more than 51 the sensitivity of the human nose. percent. By calculating the number “It has just been sitting there for of mixtures that overlap by less somebody to do,” said study cothan 51 percent, the researchers author Andreas Keller, an olfactory were able to estimate that the researcher at the Rockefeller human nose can detect at least 1 University in New York. trillion scents. Keller and other researchers "The message here is that we prepared a large selection of have more sensitivity in our sense scent mixtures with 10, 20, or of smell than for which we give 30 components chosen from ourselves credit," Keller said. "We 128 different types of odorous just don't pay attention to it and we molecules. A total of 26 volunteers don't use it in everyday life." were asked to identify the mixture According to, of scents that smelled differently the human nose has over 400 in a set where two out of three different types of scent receptors. samples were the same. Some scientists believe that more

sensitive noses are a result of having a higher number of these receptors. “The relationship between the number of odorants that we can discriminate and the number of receptors that we have is unclear,” said Noam Sobel, a neuroscientist at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot, Israel. The new study has successfully eliminated the long-standing myth that the human nose is only able to recognize a small number of scents. “My hope is that this helps to dispel the myth that humans have a bad sense of smell,” Keller says.

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Winthrop’s flag change war is asinine

Keep an open mind, Winthrop

Winthrop student body could be putting their energy toward more important issues President If half the concern that went into Comstock and the changing of a few flags and the the Board of rumors spawned from them went Trustees are into actually doing something promaking changes ductive (studying or community serto Winthrop vice, for example) then Winthrop’s for better or reputation would skyrocket from for worse, and having incredible scores or a beautiJacob Wingard some have alful surrounding neighborhood. Opinion Editor ready gone into I encourage students to not fall effect: namely into the rumors and slander that has Winthrop’s become common lately. At the same branding and the flags on Scholar’s time, do not be silent about matters Walk. that truly concern you and will make Now, while some students clung a true difference in your lives. to the former WU garnet and gold with a fervor that might make one think they had just been stripped of their child or inheritance, others let it slide without a care and still others celebrated this change. Personally, it makes little difference to me. Winthrop will always be Winthrop regardless of the branding of WU or simply being called Winthrop. If the college’s colors change from garnet and gold to blue and white, it matters little to me. Winthrop is an institution built on academics, personal achievement and the pursuit of betterment, not what color your gown will be or what is sold in the bookstore. The same degrees will be given, the value of the education we receive will not be diminished nor will anything pertinent to students be changed. Winthrop students, stop sweating the small things: stop getting riled up over something so Graphic by Althea Holenko insignificant.

Students continually fight these tiny changes, these aesthetics choices, when there are far more pressing concerns in the world today. Why is this energy being wasted on trivial concerns when not only the nation, but the world is in crisis? Are we truly this petty and self-absorbed? There are multitudes of other causes right now that deserve our attention: Crimea, North Korea, national policy, the National Security Agency, unequal representation in the government and so many other issues that we could go after. Yet, Winthrop students want to fret over the changes involving the school’s colors. Should students have been consulted over this at length? Yes. Should they really care? No. If change for the better is what the Winthrop population wants, then they need to fight for it in more ways than catty smearing of those in charge. They need to come out and be willing to stand up to the giants around them and say: “We are the students of Winthrop, we are the people who will be affected by these changes and this is what we think needs to be done for the betterment of the college.” Otherwise, complaining means nothing. As an end, here is a prayer that fits this situation well. A prayer created by Reinhold Niebuhr in 1943 and has been adopted by Alcoholics Anonymous. It’s a prayer that even the non-religious should think on as it’s a skill in life that makes for happier, healthier people. “God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change. The courage to change the things I can and wisdom to know the difference.”

Trey Stokes Copy Editor

When President Comstock held the town hall meeting a couple of weeks ago, I expected the majority of the student body to protest the football idea, and I was not disap-

pointed. I was, however, disappointed by the rampant close-mindedness and prejudice I witnessed there from people who opposed football for no logical reason. I oppose getting a football team because I do not think that Winthrop needs to grow its student population, which is the main reason President Comstock has given for the decision to consider the subject. According to what she said, she wants to increase Winthrop’s size by one thousand students by the end of ten years. Currently, we are at about 6,000. In addition, she expressed a desire to level out the 67 to 33 female-tomale ratio. I disagree with these positions. I feel that part of Winthrop’s unique heritage is that it used to be an all-women’s college, and that legacy lives on today. That being said, I applaud President Comstock on an extremely well-executed town hall meeting. Before she even began, she let the audience know that she was undecided about the addition of a football team; in fact, she came to Winthrop knowing that we did not have football, and was completely fine with that. It was only until people began asking her when we were getting a football team that the considerations began. I bring this up because I’ve heard a lot of baseless accusations being thrown around at our president, accusing her of having already made up her mind or not listening to the

Winthrop student body. After a great presentation by Athletic Director Tom Hickman, which basically laid out all the costs and benefits of adding a football team in an objective manner, President Comstock began accepting questions. Again, I must applaud our president, because she addressed every concern I personally had with the addition of a football team, as well as dealing with some pretty emotional people. The most common argument brought up by students was that football did not fit into the “culture” of Winthrop and that its addition would bring some sort of “football culture” to Winthrop. This is not a logical argument based in facts–it is an emotional reaction. Even though I do not personally enjoy football, these statements strike me as extremely prejudiced. First of all, one of the things Winthrop strives for is multiculturalism, so even if this contrived jock culture came to campus, we would be wrong to deny it. Second, how is football any different than basketball or lacrosse or baseball? If people have such a problem with the culture that athletics bring, shouldn’t we just get rid of them all? They act as if athletics is somehow paramount at this school, when in reality our student athletes have an average GPA of 3.09 and have contributed a collective 5,000 hours of community service. Some other arguments that were brought up against the football team were just as baseless, including increased crime on campus and resources being taken away from academic departments. This does not mean that there are no good arguments against having a football team, because there are. So I urge all of you to put aside your biases and think about this issue objectively, rather than screaming a knee-jerk reaction just because you don’t like football.

Our Say: Students, speak your mind Despite protests, the Board of Trustees at South Carolina’s oldest institution, College of Charleston, chose unfavorable presidential candidate Glenn McConnell as the university’s 20th president. This made it clear that students and faculty, who make up the majority of the school’s population, have little to no weight in the decision making process of the university. Many of the students and faculty at

the Charleston university were not in favor of South Carolina’s Lt. Gov. upon learning about his ties with the Confederate flag. The problem isn’t why some students and faculty disagreed with the election of McConnell, it’s that they did disagree with his election. It seems that the university’s board of trustees turned a blind eye to students and faculty. The same problem arose in 2013 at Winthrop before

the election of current president Dr. Comstock. While not all of the student body or faculty was in favor of Comstock’s election at the time, she was still elected. The Board of Trustees at Winthrop University have 15 members, two of which have no vote– those two currently being the faculty representative Dr. Bird and CSL president Christopher Aubrie. As students, we shape the identities of our institutions, so we owe it

not only to our school’s history but future to be catalyst for change. We should voice our opinions in situations when the opportunities to do so are presented. Many students aren’t aware but before the Winthrop board of trustees elected Dr. Comstock as president students and faculty were given an opportunity to voice their thoughts and while many members of the faculty did, but not one member of the student body did.

Political correctness limits free speech

Girl Scouts’ move to do away with the word ‘bossy’ is met with criticism from staff writer We love the Girl Scouts, especially their cookies. Who doesn’t enjoy a good box of Thin Mints or Caramel deLBrittany Rauch ites? Well, as it Staff Writer just so happens, Girl Scouts, those adorable little munchkins that run around delivering cookies like little fairies, grow up. Many of my own Winthrop friends were once Girl Scouts. They either know someone in relation to Girl Scouts, or are themselves related to a Girl Scout. Many Winthrop students

will graduate to go on to wonderful careers and have children: boys who may become Boy Scouts and girls who may become Girl Scouts. It is only natural to want to protect one’s children, what kind of parent wouldn’t do that? However, there is only so much protection that should be allowed. Imagine if all of the parents in the world isolated their kids, shielded them in bubble wrap and protected them from the world. No one would ever grow up to learn or become anything. That is why I think that Girl Scouts, or, rather, the leaders and parents of Girl Scouts, have overstepped their bounds. Girl Scouts is now encouraging people and advertising for the banning of the word

“bossy.” Since they can’t, in actuality, ban a word, considering the whole freedom of speech right, Girl Scouts is encouraging people to stop using the word “bossy” because, apparently, when little girls are deemed “bossy,” the term makes them feel inferior and discourages them from seeking leadership roles where they would be referred to as a boss in any way, shape, or form. According to, an advertising website for this new campaign, girls receive less airtime in schools, their self-esteem drops 3.5 times more than boys between elementary school and high school and girls are twice as likely to worry about leadership roles making them

seem “bossy.” Considering that Winthrop has a well-developed education program, many future teachers might be interested to know that this website has tips for teachers to alleviate gender bias within the classroom, which is important. Although I agree with the alleviation of gender bias, equality and making girls, as well as boys, confident, has anyone noticed or thought about what this can lead to? Sure, let’s ban the word “bossy.” While we’re at it, let’s ban “sad”, “angry”, “happy”, “offended” and half of the English dictionary. I’m sure there are very good reasons for people to be offended by the word “offended.” I’m offended just

having to explain myself. This whole “ban bossy” movement is utterly ridiculous. You want to help your kids? Encourage them to be who they are. Teach them to understand right and wrong and be able to decide for themselves. It isn’t just other kids you need to worry about. Teenagers and adults are just as brutally mean. If people and parents really want to help their girls, and boys, out, the first step is to stop being offended by things that can’t really change. Just stop being offended, period. Rudeness happens; it’s a fact of life. Our time is better spent learning how not to be those people, and not worrying about what others think.

Jacob Wingard | Opinion Editor

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Eagle tennis continues to roll By Tanisha Terrell Assistant Sports Editor

Winthrop’s men’s and women’s tennis teams had an excellent weekend, winning all five on the road matches against conference teams. The men’s team won its first conference match of the season on Friday, as they defeated Longwood 7-0. The men dominated the doubles and singles competition in the rout. On Saturday the men took the win over Liberty, 5-2. Winthrop started off slow in the doubles matches with Liberty winning each doubles match. Winthrop came back strong in the singles match winning five of the six matches. Sunday, winning their third straight match, men’s tennis beat Radford 4-2. Winthrop won the doubles point taking two of the three matches. The men played equally as well in the singles matches. The women’s team also prevailed over their competition this weekend.

Friday, the Lady Eagles won its second conference game of the season beating Longwood 7-0. The team started off by winning all three of the doubles matches and finished winning all of the singles matches in straight sets. The Lady Eagles continued their winning ways with a 6-1 win over Liberty on Saturday, which extended their winning streak to seven games. Winthrop took two of the three doubles matches and five of the six singles matches. The women’s team traveled to Gardner-Webb on Wednesday, but will return home to host Campbell on Saturday after the men play at 2 p.m. The Lady Eagles will then continue Big South play, as they will host Charleson Southern on Sunday at 2 p.m. The men’s team has two upcoming conference matches at home. The team will play Campbell on Saturday at 1 p.m. and Coastal Carolina on Sunday at 2 p.m.

Seniors Yuto Hirokawa (left) and Andressa Garcia (above) have led their respective tennis teams to success this season. Both teams have been ranked for at least one week in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association’s collegiate rankings this season. Photos by Kathryn Funderburk

Big South Conference Player of the Week

Andressa Garcia Women’s Tennis

Senior from Sao Paulo, Brazil

Went 6-0 during recent matches against UNC Greensboro, Longwood and Liberty.

Went 3-0 in top flight singles play without dropping a single set.

Also won Big South Player of the Week honors on Feb. 25 and March 14

3/27-3/29 - Track & Field hosts Winthrop Invitational 3/28 - Baseball vs. UNC Asheville – 6 p.m. 3/28- Softball vs. Radford – 7 p.m. 3/29 - Men’s Tennis vs. Campbell – 1 p.m. 3/29 - Women’s Tennis vs. Campbell – 2 p.m. 3/29 - Softball vs. Radford (Doubleheader) – 2 p.m. 3/29 - Baseball vs. UNC Asheville – 3 p.m. 3/29 - Women’s Lacrosse vs. Jacksonville – 4 p.m. 3/30 - Baseball vs. UNC Asheville – 1 p.m. 4/1 - Softball vs. Gardner-Webb (Doubleheader) – 5 p.m. 4/1 Baseball @ Davidson – 6 p.m. 4/2 Baseball @ Clemson – 6:30 p.m.

Baseball falls to UNC Charlotte

By Michael Owens Sports Editor

Senior infielder Leighton Daniels gets a hit in the first inning. He drove in the only two runs for Winthrop in their 11-2 loss to Charlotte on Tuesday. Photo by Michael Owens • Sports Editor

Michael Owens | Sports Editor

The Winthrop baseball team returned home after a weekend series with Coastal Carolina on Tuesday night, as the Eagles faced the Charlotte 49ers. Winthrop looked to continue a roll they had been on as of late, as the Eagles had won three of their last five, including two out of the three weekend games against Coastal. The Eagle defense played well, as senior starting pitcher Jason Driver sat down the first nine 49er batters in the first three innings. Charlotte’s offense then struck in the top of the fourth, as the 49ers drove in five runs in the inning off five hits to take a commanding 5-0 lead.

Winthrop responded thanks to the bats in the bottom of the fifth, when sophomore Michael Patrick got on base with a leadoff single. Fellow sophomore Tyler Absill also got in on the act, reaching second on a fielder’s choice which put Patrick on third. Senior Leighton Daniels brought the two runners home with a big double towards center field to cut the lead. The 49ers’ offense proved to be too much for Winthrop to keep up with, as the visitors scored two runs in the final three innings of the game off three different Winthrop pitchers to win by the 11-2 final. Charlotte’s 11 runs came off 9 hits, while Winthrop scored their 2 runs off 5 hits. Driver took the loss for

the Eagles, which drops his record on the season to 2-2 on the year so far. Winthrop (11-14, 4-2 Big South) traveled to Chapel Hill to take on the North Carolina Tar Heels on Wednesday, and will return to the Winthrop Ballpark to face UNC Asheville in a Big South weekend series. The first game between the Eagles and Bulldogs will be on Friday at 6 p.m., while the second will be on Saturday at 3 p.m. and the final game will be on Sunday at 1 p.m. The Eagles will then begin the month of April traveling for two non-conference contests, as they will face Davidson on April 1 at 6 p.m. The team will then play against Clemson on April 2 at 6:30 p.m.

Tanisha Terrell |Assistant Sports Editor

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Truth about hunger in America revealed to students By Adam Matonic Staff Writer The issue of hunger in America is one “people are ashamed of acknowledging,” said actor and activist Jeff Bridges in the documentary “A Place at the Table,” which was screened in Dina’s Place on Tuesday night and was followed by a panel discussion. The United States has the highest rate of hunger among countries with advanced economies and the highest rate of obesity in the world, according to the documentary. The documentary attributes this paradox to the price of fruits and vegetables having

gone up 40 percent since the 1980’s, and the price of processed foods having gone down 40 percent. Thus “food deserts” have popped up all over the country, which are areas where people cannot purchase fruits and veggies without driving several miles away. The Documentary said that over 23 million Americans live in “food deserts,” said the documentary. “We need to educate people on how to make better food choices,” said panelist Shay Merritt of Second Harvest Food Bank. “We all could live a good life or a few people could live a good life, and that’s the choice we have

to make.” The documentary went on to say that the average food stamp benefit in the U.S. is $3 a day and that one in two children are likely to be on food stamps at some point in their lives. “We have to make a change and demand better quality food for low-income families,” said panelist Allison Mignery, a registered dietitian at the Mecklenburg County Health Department. “We have to press the issue.” Hunger in America is not caused by a shortage of food but a misuse of power, according to the documentary. “The solution is at the ballot box,” Merritt

said, urging the audience to vote for politicians who value staving off hunger in America. “I think the biggest problem is people have a misconception about what hunger in America looks like,” said junior international business major Gabe Silva. “The only way to arrive at a solution is to change our attitudes about not only how we eat, but what we eat.” Winthrop’s Center Career and Civic Engagement presented the screening and panel discussion for the Department of Nutrition, the Student Dietetics Association and the Global Learning Initiative.

Arts students showcase their sculpture’s work “Rape Culture” sparks a debate By Ramazan Heyni Arts & Culture Editor

“The concept of my project is to show how major cities have an effect on earth,” Cain said. Photo by Ramazan Heyni •

On Monday, March 14, The Collage of Visual and Performing Arts held events that included stage combat, musical theatre, art galleries, ceramics, sculpture, percussion and in various locations, such as Conservatory of Music, Rutledge, McLaurin and Johnson Hall where students got to present some of their works and finish in preparation for the bigger event exhibition project which is scheduled to happen soon “There is a senior art exhibition that opens in the McLaurin building on April 11 at 6-8 p.m. It will feature the creative research of 20 students from the department of Fine Art,” said Shaun Cassidy ,

professor of fine arts. Students were eager to be asked questions and interviewed for their works and the methods they used to develop their concepts. “I feel confident about my projects. I know that I will run into problems while working, but instead of getting stressed out, I use the problems to concentrate on the task at hand and create a piece that I am proud of,” said Jenna Cain, Fine Arts major. Some students found objects that interested them at home and brought them to make sculptures out of those concepts. ‘We build an object that means a lot to us and make sculpture out of it,” said, sophomore sculpture and jewelry and metals major, April Jones.

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Culture• from front After these five opening questions, the presenter for the event, Aaron Fountain, led the audience through a history of rape culture beginning in the 1500s and noting its change over time. He then continued by introducing the ideas associated with rape and rape culture, including victim blaming, male rape and rape prevention courses. Victim blaming in particular elicited an extensive amount of responses from the audience. Joseph Ferguson, a junior political science major, said “it takes more effort to rape than to be raped.” While another student argued that what a woman wears or the situations she “puts herself in” impacts her likelihood of being sexually assaulted. The topic of male rape also sparked a heated response as the

conventional ideas of rape culture portray a female victim and very rarely acknowledge that men can also be sexually assaulted. The event ended with a discussion of a proposed male rape course, which is currently seeking interested men for participation. Regardless of personal view, it cannot be argued that this event brought together student leadership, panel discussions and audience participation on this controversial topic. Disney hopes to see more of these events on the topic as “women’s and gender studies would love to partner with the Multicultural Student Council, the Office of Victims Assistance and Student Affairs.” For students wishing to get more involved with this issue, contact any of the aforementioned offices, take one of the RAPEcourses or maybe even start your own organization that will benefit the cause.

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Name: Han-Hua Hsu Country: Taiwan, Republic of China By Ramazan Heyni Arts & Culture Editor This week’s international student is HanHua Hsu from Taiwan, Republic of China. She is a sophomore biology major and chemistry minor with a concentration in biomedical research and pre-medical. “I had a dream to come to American when I was young, and I believed that the U.S. would further promote my goals and achievements in order for me to make my dreams come true, because I believe that American universities provide better and higher educational programs,” Hsu said. Hsu was born in Taiwan but grew up and studied in South Korea and Taiwan as well as having studied in Malaysia for two years. “I am a mixed-blood child. I went to China for studying simplified Chinese, Malaysia for English and South Korea

for Korean and their culture. Hsu finds it challenging to be that far from home, and she misses her family and friends as well as her home food. “Foods here and there do not taste the same,” Hsu said. Skype doesn’t fully satisfy her cravings of seeing her family and friends in person. “I can Skype with them, but it is different from real conversations, like face-to-face when I really need someone to talk to beside me,” Hsu said. Hsu’s homesickness started after a semester she arrived here when she realized that she was not able to travel around as much as she used to back home. “After one semester of the first year of school, I started feeling homesick because I missed my family, and I could not travel or go out as much as I usually did in my home country because of the inconvenient transportation as a student who

Ramazan Henyi | Arts & Culture Editor

does not have car here,” Hsu said. Hsu, from lots of traveling experience, highly recommends students move out of their comfort zone and travel over overseas if possible to see what the word has to offer. “Go out as much as you can when you are still young and energized because the world is too big to observe and experience in a short lifetime when you get older,” Hsu said. Hsu thinks the education system of the U.S. and Asia is different to some extent. “In Asia, our attitude of studying is more passive; however, in America, it is more interactive and communicative,” Hsu said By passive she means that students do only what teachers and lecturers tell them to do, unlike the U.S. where “students have more group discussions, projects and presentations, not just like

sitting in the classroom, taking notes all the time,” Hsu said. Hsu hopes she can go to a medical school to continue doing her masters and eventually joining a medical mission team to be able to help others in need. “I would like to join a medical mission trip to travel with the team all over the world to help people who need medical treatment,” Hsu said. Facts about Taiwan, Republic of China Capital: Taipei Largest city: New Taipei Official Language: Standard Chinese Official group: Han Government: Unitary semi-presidential constitutional republic President: Ma YingJeou Population: 23,373,517 Currency: New Taiwan dollar GDP: $977.088 billion

By Brittany Rauch Staff Writer

Some art is inspired by people, others by abstract thoughts. For sophomore fine arts major Emily Furr, buildings can be great sources of inspiration. Furr is concentrating her degree in painting and drawing. While buildings are interesting for Furr’s drawings, she also likes to draw parts of nature. “My dad is an architect, so I like to draw buildings,” Furr said. “Plants are fun too because you can get it wrong and it still looks cool.” Furr, a Charleston, S.C. native, had originally planned to receive a degree in art education. When she arrived at Winthrop, she changed her mind and saw that education wasn’t completely for her. However, Furr hasn’t completely given up the idea of teaching. “I would love to afford to just be an artist, but I like kids too,” Furr said. “Maybe doing an after school care program would be fun, like doing arts and crafts with the kids.” According to Furr, her parents have been a big source of encouragement for her artwork. Her father has always encouraged her to draw, and when she was little she spent hours

at her parents’ office drawing. Furr’s mother is procreative and urges Furr to express herself. One of Furr’s favorite artists is Alfonze Mucha, a painter. His works are described as floral, majestic and goddess-like. Furr enjoys the art that she creates, even if it doesn’t look like Mucha’s. Though Furr is not yet a professional artist, she plans to be one in the future. “You have to be in a certain mindset,” Furr said. “You have to have confidence, it helps to succeed.” While other artists listen to music, Furr actually prefers to work in silence. She listens to music during her artistic moments on occasion, but for the most part she feels that it doesn’t help or hurt either way. “I like listening to it sometimes,” Furr said. “But, honestly, I get so into it when I draw that I forget there is even anything on.” Furr enjoys her classes, especially the ones outside of her concentration. While other artists have strict processes to their artwork, Furr prefers to relax through her art and let the ideas flow. “Before I draw, I have to be relaxed,” Furr said. “Feel my subject matter. If I’m tense or not in a happy place, you can tell.”

Anna Marie Hayward| Asst. Arts & Culture Editor

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“Bending Sticks” Changes our art perceptions By Keith Mushonga Staff Writer On Monday March 24 in Dina’s Place, there was a documentary showcasing the work of environmental artist Patrick Dougherty. This was The Rock Hill premiere of the film. It was called Bending Sticks because it showed Patrick making marvelous works by bending sticks. This is a very unique way of doing art. Tom Stanley, Chair of the Department of Fine Arts, said that the aim of the film was to “Change our perception of what is art.” The film showed how painstaking the process of making the sculptures is. Paul starts by collecting sticks in the bush with his assistants. This takes a lot of work.

As one of the assistants remarked, he was burning “4000 calories a day.” When the sticks are finally piled up, he bends them into an array of elaborate works. He creates life-sized loops that add a playful element to his work. Kids and adults alike find fun in running in and out of the giant works. His works allow people to interact with them. Paul has worked for a range of places including gardens, museums, boutiques and many places around the world. Some of the works include “Ain’t Misbehavin,” which he made in 2010 and shows some crazy faces. Another one is called “Call of the wild, which shows gigantic cups leaning over a museum’s pool, creating an illusion of water pouring out of them. He has worked with Japanese artist Tutomo Kasai.

He has also worked in Scotland and other places. What keeps him up and about is his efficiency. He only takes three weeks to finish a piece before he moves on to another project. This is different from other artists who may find it hard to work on such a tight schedule. The film also showed Paul working with Winthrop students at the Rock Hill Community Performance Center. The students were stunned by his amazing work and sense of humility. As one of them said, “Paul is a regular guy.” Paul was shown often interacting with the community while he worked on his art. He wasn’t just an artist, but also a communicator. One of his volunteers was amazed at how he could concentrate on both his art and the world around him.

But Paul’s skill is not just in bending sticks. He also built his family’s home using locally available wood and rocks. His creativity extends to the home he shares with his family. At the end of the film there was a panelist. When asked whether Paul is bothered by the fact that his work eventually decays and disappears, one of them said that he doesn’t really care. He said that Paul is part of a unique group called the Environmental Art Movement. He said the artists celebrate the fact that their art goes back to nature and doesn’t harm it. So while other artists love their immortalized tableaux and marble sculptures, Paul loves to see his work going back to nature where it came from.

“Fully Awake: Black Mountain College” Documentary: complete freedom over education By Shaneequa Evans Special to the Johnsonian “Fully Awake: Black Mountain College” is a documentary that explored the educational impact of Black Mountain College (BMC). Founded in 1933 in Black Mountain North Carolina, BMC was an experimental school with emphasis on fine arts and progressive education. John Rice and Theodore Drier are credited as the founders. The school was started by a group of students who were not happy with their col-

lege experience at Rollins College. After forming together and finding a location it took them six weeks to open it. Today, there is still no liberal arts school in America that compares to Black Mountain. The school was ahead of its time in some aspect. This is partly credit to its isolated location. It attracted all kinds of people like Arthur Penn, the director of “Bonnie and Clyde.” The school believes in letting each student start with their own interest. The film showed the effects of us-

Answers from the Previous Crossword 1. What kind of degree will a student receive for majoring in individual studies? - Bachelor of Arts 2.What is the name of the financial aid resource for students? - GradSense 3. Who will Women’s tennis host on March 13? Presbyterian 4. Who hit their third home run of the season? Andrea 5. The biggest city in South Afica? Johannesburg 6. _____has the cheapest electricity in the world. - South Africa 7.. Winthrop faculty created a __________ in response to legislation. - Registration 8. Money is best ______. - saved 9. What language is the 4th fastest language? -ASL 10. In “The Boy who Harnessed the Wind,” what was brought to the village? - electricity

ing a nontraditional structure that granted students complete freedom over their education. They did not use the same grading scale as we do today. Even though students had a professor at the institution they were responsible for taking charge of his or her own learning. Through this method they learned self-discipline. Since the students and the school had so much freedom, this had a negative and positive effect. Freedom is not easy and knowing what to do with it can be hard. Some students got hooked on heroine, and

some had mental breaks. Others feared that if they took away the freedom then they might become oppressed. The school had a work program that gave every student a job on campus. The students took part in running the school. They where allowed to serve on several of the school boards. Faculty and students operated on what is known as the Quaker method. Every component of the school was view as a learning opportunity. In 1944, the school admitted their

first African American Student Alma Stone Williams. This was done 10 years before Brown vs. Board of Education. The school was a very liberal school located in a non- liberal environment. The school was literally broke and some teacher only made $64. In 1957, Black Mountain College closed it their doors. The school did not have the institutional structure that was need. Surprisingly, the school lasted for 24 years. The original spirit of the school still remains.

Interesting Facts about the world: Womens History plays the game on March By Elizabeth McKnight Staff Writer March is Women’s History Month, so this week’s installment of facts brings you information all about women! 1. As of December of last year, it was estimated that there are 161 million women in the U.S. 2. In 2012, 74.8 million women made up the labor force in the United States; that’s 47.4 percent of the total labor force of that year. 3. In 2012, there were 1.6 million female veterans in the United States. 4. In 2012, there were 11.3 million female college students in the U.S.; 56.8 percent of the college population was women that year. And now, we will examine the history itself, to see how women are able to be such promi-

nent figures in today’s society. 1. Women’s History Month started back on March 8, 1857 when female factory workers staged a protest in New York City over working conditions. In 1909, International Women’s Day was first observed; in 1981, Congress created Women’s History Week and in 1987, that week was stretched to a month. 2. In 1840, Catherine Brewer was a student at Georgia Female College (Wesleyan College) in Macon, Ga., and she was the first female to receive a bachelor’s degree. 3. I n 1843, Isabella Baumfree (Sojourner Truth) became a women’s rights activist as well as an abolitionist. 4. In 1848, the first women’s right convention was held in Seneca Falls, N.Y. 5. In 1849, Elizabeth Blackwell was a student at Geneva Medical College (SUNY Upstate

Medical University) in Syracuse, N.Y. and she was the first woman to receive a medical degree. 6. In Wyoming in 1869, the first women’s suffrage law was passed. 7. In 1920, the 19th Amendment was passed giving women the right to vote. 8. Daughters of Bilitis was the first lesbian organization and it was founded in 1955. 9. Susan B. Anthony was the first woman to be put on U.S. money. 10. In 1921, Edith Wharton, a fiction writer, was the first woman to be awarded the Pulitzer Prize. 11. In 1903, physicist Marie Curie was the first woman to win a Nobel Peace Prize. These facts were compiled from,, and





2. Who won the Big South Women’s Tennis Player of the Week Award? 4. What university did a study on the human nose? 5. Who is retiring this year? 7. What is the name of the capital of Taiwan, Republic of China?

1. Who does Women’s Tennis play on Saturday March 29, 2014? 3. What is the last name of the two sisters in the abolition movement? 6. The strongest earthquake in American history was in southern ____. 8. What was the name of the event that started a debate among students and panelists?


mar 27 G

mar 28

Inaugural Week Poetry Reading Kinard 016 11 a.m.


Black Mountain College: Shaping Craft + Design Rutledge Gallery 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Ladson G Charles Rutledge Gallery Elizabeth

Student Writing Workshop: Writing Personal Narrative and Storytelling Owens G01 11 a.m.

Black Mountain College: Shaping Craft + Design Rutledge Gallery 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Dunlap Patrick Gallery 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

What’s a top news about the world today?

mar 29

Inaugural Ball McBryde Hall Tuttle Dining Room 6:00 p.m.-12:00 a.m.

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mar 30

Freedom College Fest DiGiorgio Campus Center Campus Green 2:00-5:00 p.m.

BFA Senior Exhibition McLaurin Gallery Lewandowski Student Gallery 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

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BFA Senior Exhibition McLaurin Gallery Lewandowski Student Gallery 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

april 2

Senior Exhibition G BFA McLaurin Gallery Lewandowski Student Gallery 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Minority Majority DiGiorgio Campus Center Dina’s Place 8:00 p.m.-9:30 p.m.

Series: M Ensemble Winthrop Percussion


Ensemble Barnes Recital Hall 7:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.

Breast Cancer and the Politic of the Pink Ribbon Owens G02 11 a.m.

Charles Ladson Rutledge Gallery Elizabeth Dunlap Patrick Gallery 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.


Next Fall, by Geoffrey Nauffs Johnson Studio Theatre 8 p.m.

Battle of the Sexes Trivia Game DiGiorgio Campus Center Dina’s Place 9:00 p.m.-11:00 p.m.

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