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Hurricane Katrina: A decade after the storm

Carolyn Rennix / The Johnsonian Hurricane Katrina survivor Mykesha Wolfe holds a 2006 article from The Beaufort Gazette about her family’s life after the storm.

Winthrop freshman reflects on life 10 years after surviving storm Carolyn Rennix Mykesha Wolfe remembers watching her father take the doors of their hinges and

barricading them against the glass windows in her family townhouse. She remembers watching the trees swaying ferociously outside her mom’s bedroom window as she felt the house shake beneath her feet. She recalls placing towels under the door jams to soaked up the water flooding her childhood home in Algiers, New Orleans. Wolfe, now a Freshman at Winthrop University, was in third grade when Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans in Aug. 2005. Now 10 years later, Wolfe reflects on how the massive

storm changed her entire world at 8 years old, but eventually led to her success as a teenager. When the initial warnings for the hurricane were on the radio and television, Wolfe’s parents thought it was just another storm rolling through. But like the other thousands of residents the stayed in the city, they quickly realized how serious these warnings had become. “You wouldn’t think something like this would happen in America,” she said. “It was very devastating.”

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Comedian shocked after crowd leaves midshow Christine Buckley The seating in Tillman Auditorium was at max capacity for the Preferred Parking Comedy Tour event, with students eager to laugh with disabled comedians D.J. Demers and Samuel Comroe on Aug. 25. Many students were turned away at the entrance of the event, disappointed that they would not be able to enjoy some laughs and experience a new view on disabilities. Some students decided to wait for DSU to compress people within the rows to see how many seats were actually available. Only a few were lucky enough to get a last minute spot. But an hour into the event, almost half of these seats were open after hundreds of freshmen stood up and left the event -- in the middle of the show -- to attend a residence hall floor meeting. “This is the weirdest thing I have ever seen in my entire life,” Comroe joked as people rushed out the auditorium. “It started with five white women leaving and [now] a riot has begun.” According to a student from the audience, if a student doesn’t attend the mandatory floor meeting, he or she could lose their dorm room. Even though approximately 100 students left the show, Comroe used the freshmen leaving to his advantage and made multiple jokes about the occurrence during the remainder of the show. He also posted a video of this wacky event on his YouTube page. Prior to all of the chaos, Demers opened the show by joking about things most of us can relate to; like searching for a movie on Netflix, needing to always have your phone on hand and dealing with the repeating menu while watching a DVD movie. Demers is deaf, something that most people cannot relate to firsthand. But rather than concealing his disability, it has become a component of his comedy sketch. Originally, he did not want to be known as the ‘hearing aid guy.’ He joked that he had decided to incorporate his hearing aids as part of the show for the money; however, in a later interview, he said it was for his fans.

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Editorial: Trump unelectable Editor says Sanders could win, but Trump has no chance Adam Matonic


The only thing we have to fear is our fear of Donald Trump itself. Perhaps Franklin Roosevelt would agree. While Trump may play to the fetishes of the far-right, the sheer number of his alienating, offhanded and violent remarks about minority groups renders him unelectable in the general election. Bernie Sanders could satiate voters who are hungry for

straight-talk and relatability, qualities that Trump supporters find praise-worthy. Sanders — provided his campaign can diffuse the stigmas attached to socialism in America (which is a tall order) — may have the potential to appeal to the everyman, grassroots, working class voter in a way that Donald Trump, even at his most entertaining, cannot. The flagrant way in which Trump speaks to the American public has a clear aim, and that aim is to engender a fine-tuned sense of fear and undue paranoia. It was the perpetuation of similar fear-of-neighbor narratives that gave the scare-tactics of McCarthyism so much steam in the 1950s.

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Life after Hurricane Katrina September 2, 2015

and raised. “I didn’t understand that this storm was so powerful that it could KATRINA• from front destroy the only place I had to call home,” she said. Although her memory To this day, Wolfe is is a bit foggy, she can still shaken up when recall a lot of small there is a lightening details from those two storm. days trapped in her “I can’t sleep when I family home. hear thunder, so I like “My family and I to turn up my music stayed upstairs in really loud until it all our townhouse,” she passes,” she said. said. “I remember Despite the fear and grabbing all of my uneasiness she felt dolls and playing with the years following my cousins while my the storm, Wolfe said A cut-out piece of a newspaper article from 2006 featuring Mykesha Wolfe and her family. dad boarded up the that if it weren’t for windows.” Hurricane Katrina, Once it was safe to she probably wouldn’t leave their home, Wolfe be the person she is and her family went to today. Southern University “I want to give back, where they had shelter, because I was given so small cots on the much,” she said. “And floor to sleep on and I hope to do that here military-style packaged [Winthrop], because food to eat. this is my home for the Mykesha Wolfe After nearly a Hurricane Katrina survivor next four years now.” month of harsh living Wolfe also said conditions, Wolfe’s that her faith is what parents decided it was helped her family time to leave New Orleans and head through those first initial rough to Beaufort, South Carolina where months. they had extended family. “I believe God has really taken us Although she was tired of sleeping into his arms and has moved us to a Carolyn Rennix /The Johnsonian Winthrop University Freshman and Hurricane Katrina survivor Mykesha Wolfe reflects on on the floor, Wolfe didn’t want to better place.” the several days boarded-up in her family’s townhouse in New Orleans, Aug. 2005. move away from where she was born


I didn’t understand that this storm was so powerful that it could destroy the only place I had to call home.

Unsung Heroes: A day in the life of a Winthrop custodian Thomas Calamia Winthrop’s most diligent workers arrive on campus before students even wake up. They come into our facilities and keep everything neat and clean. After a hard day of work, they leave without a thank you, only to return bright and early the next day. They do so much for the campus, but most people don’t know their names or don’t even notice them. Campus custodians get here as early as 7 a.m. to clean the resident halls and other facilities on campus. Patricia Bowler is one of Winthrop’s many custodians, called ‘Ms. Patricia’ by staff and residents of Courtyard. Ms. Patricia’s day starts at 7:15 a.m. when she cleans Courtyard’s lobby and lobby bathroom. After that, she goes through the building cleaning the walls and hallways of the building, wiping up any messes that she finds. Next she goes to the fourth floor to clean the communal kitchen. She then cares for the Student’s Center and takes out the recycling. “I’m here to take care of things. If there is a mess in the halls, I clean it up,” said Bowler. “I’m here pretty much to serve the students, making sure they’re living like they are at home.” Bowler is a recent addition to Winthrop’s custodians, having started during the summer of last year. She has done custodian work before and enjoys it. “Our custodial team is crucial to the health and safety of our students,” said Emily Denleger, the resident learning coordinator at Courtyard. “If we didn’t have them, this place would literally fall apart.” Denleger said that custodians help “keep this play moving and alive.”

Custodial staff rotates through the building and make efforts to get to know students and make a positive difference on campus. “I told my residents earlier this semester at our open floor meeting, ‘Those ladies take care of us better than anyone else on this campus,’” said Garrett Bowman, a resident assistant at Richardson Hall. “They take care of us like we’re family, and we do our best to give back to them.” Bowman plans on showing the custodial staff just how much they mean to Winthrop. “This year we’re throwing a few parties for them, just to show them appreciation. I have Angela on my floor, Thomas Calamia/ The Johnsonian Ms. Felicia works here, and Erika works Ms. Patricia arrives every morning as early as 7 a.m. to begin her cleaning here as well.” rounds. After lunch, she alternates cleaning the hallways of the different “I’m used to kids. I come from a large floors. family. I have of my own two kids and three grandkids,” said Bowler. “I know Denleger. “Because it would be a disaster in here, about picking up behind people. That’s especially in the kitchen.” If the custodians took just something that I do.” a day off from cleaning the bathroom, Denleger While some may appreciate what people like said students would “notice it really quick.” Ms. Patricia do for Winthrop, others don’t realize Overall, though, Bowler said she hasn’t “had all the hard work the job takes. Some think it’s any trouble over here [at Courtyard]. I think it’s a their job to clean up all the messes. “They can’t clean up everything,” said Bowman. great place to work.” Bowler has noticed that most students come “And they don’t want to, quite frankly.” Bowman from “well-trained homes” and that parents have recalls an incident earlier this semester when taught them how to properly clean. “The ones a student clogged a toilet in one of his floor’s who know how will do their best to keep it [the bathrooms, flooding the floor with “bowel building] clean,” said Bowler. movements” that one of his floor’s custodians, “Overall, our facilities staff here is amazing,” Felicia, had to clean up. said Denleger. “They are great supervisors.” “Do you want me to let Ms. Patricia take off “I really love cleaning,” said Bowler. “It’s just for three days and see what happens?” asked something I love to do.”

CSL back in action, forms focus groups Beth West The first Council of Student Leaders meeting was hosted Aug. 24 by Ray McKetty, student body president and junior English major, alongside Alex Nowlin, student body vice president and junior political science major. In attendance were the majority of CSL members and quite a few freshman and transfer students who were looking to get involved. The main goal of CSL is to encourage a group of diverse students who are active in many organizations to listen to their peers’ thoughts about campus; then CSL takes those ideas to the student body elect, who will then take it to the board of trustees. This meeting was focused primarily on clean slates. Everyone introduced themselves and told the council why they wanted to be a part of CSL, explaining what it means to them. McKetty said that while he may already know some of the members, he wants to create an open atmosphere and genuinely get to know members and those interested in joining.

Beth West | News Editor

A noteworthy thing that the McKetty-Nowlin team brought to the meeting was the information about Knowledge Park. There is a focus group currently attempting to figure out the mode of transportation that will benefit the Winthrop and Rock Hill communities the most. The group is asking whether to use a motor bus service, a trolley car or a regular car to ferry people in Rock Hill and Winthrop to and from Knowledge Park. Knowledge Park is an initiative that will span Winthrop through the old textile mill area into historic downtown. The goal of this initiative is to create more business in the area and a smaller divide between the community and Winthrop students. Tyra Holcombe, junior Spanish and political science major, said that Winthrop is almost separate from the community and that this initiative will help weaken that divide. Currently, there is construction going on for this. However, it is still very much in the beginning stages. For information about Knowledge Park you can visit, http:// For information about CSL you can visit,


September 2, 2015

Planned parenthood under scrutiny

hood reported 4,470,597 STI tests and treatments and 865,721 pap tests and breast exams. Planned Parenthood recently was accused of performing unsafe abortions, which was It is widely known that Planned Parentshown in videos that were leaked online; hood does perform safe and legal abortions however, The New York Times posted on in addition to the other services they provide, Aug. 27 that those videos had been tampered which include providing birth control, the with and were fraudulent. morning-after pill, contraception and STD The New York Times quoted an analyst testing. from a private research company who said, “Planned Parenthood is a safe, reliable and “A thorough review of these videos in consulaffordable place for men and woman to go to tation with qualifi ed experts found that they in effort to receive education about reprodo not present a complete or accurate record ductive health and other general services,” of the events they purport to depict.” said Maria Clarken, sophomore Spanish and These videos have caused an uproar in political science double-major. Congress, and Republicans are calling for the Planned Parenthood has been receiving a government to be shut down unless there is a lot of negative attention, because there is a decline in the amount of money that the govpush in Congress to defund Planned Parenternment provides to Planned Parenthood. hood. Opposite to Clarken’s beliefs, In the 2013-2014 annual Kat Yoffi e, a sophomore Engreport for Planned Parenthood, lish major, said that Planned roughly 41 percent of their Parenthood “itself represents revenue was from governmany ideologies that American ment health services, grants taxpayers should not have to and reimbursements. This support.” government funding is mainly “I believe that the United from Medicaid. States Department of Justice Their report also included should conduct an investigation a breakdown of the services into the indecent acts porthey provide and how fretrayed through video evidence quently each service was of Planned Parenthood,” Yoffie used. Notably, only three said. percent of their services are She went on to discuss that abortions; they predominantthere are other avenues for ly perform STI testing and women to go to if they need to Althea Holenko / The Johnsonian treatment, which is about 42 receive aff ordable birth control Information about services rendered by number from Oct. 1, 2012 percent of services. This inand STI testing. “If America can to Sept. 30, 2013. formation was gathered from be disgusted by the murder of Oct. 1, 2012 through Sept. 30 an innocent lion in Africa, then 2013. we should feel the same way “Many people who want Kat Yoffie about our own children,” she to decrease spending for Sophomore English Major said. Planned Parenthood want to It is evident that there are do so based on the fact that strong feelings towards Planned abortion services are offered,” Parenthood and the part it plays in our Clarken said society. The foundation strives to be “a com“Many of the people who want to defund monsense approach to women’s health and Planned Parenthood are not aware of the well-being, based on respect for each indismall amount of abortions that they actually vidual’s right to make informed, indepenperform in comparison to the remainder of dent decisions about health, sex and family their services,” she said. “In addition, people planning.” who are against abortions are also against For more information about Planned Parcontraception and birth control, and when enthood visit http://www.plannedparentwe do not provide affordable birth control, we have more unwanted pregnancies and a Health and Counseling Services offers rehigher abortion rate.” sources, testing and certain types of contraClarken believes that Planned Parentception for all students. Visit the second floor hood should continue to be funded and fully of Crawford to speak with them and utilize operational. their resources. For the 2013-2014 year Planned ParentBeth West



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Police Blotters Tillman vandalized 08/24/15

A reporting officer was dispatched to Tillman Hall in response to vandalism to the building. The unknown suspect had written “RENAME TILLMAN HALL” in black spray paint on the front of the building. Upon further investigation, the responding officer noticed the suspect had also vandalized the granite wall of Tillman between Tillman Hall and Margaret Nance Hall. The perpetrator also had vandalized both of the building’s signs, spray painting “Tillman” with black spray paint, making the sign illegible. Also, in addition to the black spray paint on the granite wall, were the letters “T”, “N”, “J” and “S” in silver spray paint beneath the quote. The officer estimated the vandalism occurred between 11:07 p.m. and 7:25 a.m.

Student hit at crosswalk 08/26/15

A responding officer met with the victim who reported being hit by a vehicle on the way to class. The victim was walking to class from her residence when she approached a crosswalk. A driver pulled into the crosswalk in an attempt to exit a parking lot, but there were three vehicles the driver would have to wait on. The victim made sure the driver saw her and began to cross in front of the driver’s vehicle. As the victim stepped off the curb to go around the front of the vehicle, the driver’s vehicle moved forward, lightly hitting the victim in

the left hand and left hip. The victim was not knocked down. The victim did not need any medical attention nor did she want to press charges. The victim did want to report that the driver did not stop to see if she was okay. The officer then located and spoke with the driver, who was distraught over the incident. The driver said that they did not realize that they had struck the victim, because they did not feel anything bump their vehicle. The driver said they rolled down the window to speak with the victim, but the victim had walked behind the vehicle to take a picture of the driver’s license plate. The driver will not be prosecuted.

Lost ID and stolen cafe cash 08/25/15

A student reported to an officer that he had lost his Winthrop University ID card. The victim said they believed that the card had fallen out of their pocket while walking from Owens Hall to their next class in Kinard Hall. The student said they had a second ID card activated. The next day, the victim checked their Winthrop account regarding their lost ID and discovered that the card had been fraudulently used in Markley’s three times. All three transactions had taken place while the victim was in class. The victim spoke with an employee of Aramark, who gave them a printed statement of the fraudulent transactions. The victim provided the officer with a copy of the statement. The victim will press charges if the suspect is identified. The case was turned over to the detective’s office.

Thomas Calamia | Assistant News Editor


September 2, 2015

YouTubers continue to rise, despite lack of respect Kali Coleman If you haven’t heard of YouTube, chances are you are lying or have made yourself a home under a rock. In such a digital-focused era, social media sites like YouTube have made their mark on society. With the rise of social media also comes the rise of huge Internet personalities, commonly called YouTubers. These famous online personas are taking not only the Internet by storm, but also the rest of the world. Many famous YouTubers aren’t just ‘Internet famous’ but have been able to make a good living through their videos. Jenna Mourey, better known as YouTuber Jenna Marbles, makes up to $1.1 million annually as reported by USA Today. They also reported that Felix Kjellberg, also known as PewDiePie, makes up to $18.2 million annually from his channel. Venturing out of the Internet world, book publishers have opened their arms to YouTubers including Joey Graceffa, Zoe Sugg and Shane Dawson, who have already had their own books published. John Green, author of “The Fault in Our Stars” and “Paper Towns,” is also became a popular YouTuber after creating the sensation “vlogbrothers” with his brother, Hank Green. Book deals, however, aren’t the only thing coming these YouTubers’ way. Many YouTubers have recently made the transition to television, including Todrick Hall who has over 1.6 million subscribers on his channel and now has his own TV show which documents his online work called Todrick. German YouTuber Flula, who has over 70 million views on his videos, was given a lead role in the hit film “Pitch Perfect 2.” And Winthrop has not been left out of this YouTube phenomenon. Senior political science major Joseph Ferguson started his stand-up comedy channel two years ago. But Ferguson’s humor was not his only purpose for making videos. “I wanted to hold an office,” Ferguson said. “As a political science major, I really wanted to change the world, and I thought that the way to do that was through politics or by holding an office.” But Ferguson said he realized through his studies that being a politician would limit him more than anything. Referencing leaders who never held a political office like Martin Luther King Jr. and Gandhi, he said he wants to use the freedom of his YouTube channel to shine a light on current events rather than having to monitor what he can and cannot

Kali Coleman / The Johnsonian Winthrop student and YouTuber Joseph Ferguson edits his next comical video to give advice to fellow students during the new year. say as a politician. “When people tell me they have learned something from a video and were entertained at the same time, then I’ve done my job,” he said. A problem plaguing YouTubers, however, is the lack of respect they sometimes get compared to other celebrities or entertainment stars. But being a YouTuber is hard work. Like Ferguson, many YouTubers come up with their own concepts and film and edit their own videos. Recently E! News has been at the center of a YouTuber controversy. Grace Helbig, a YouTube personality with over 2.6 million subscribers on her channel, “it’sGrace,” was offered her own television show on E! called “The Grace Helbig Show,” which premiered on April 3. On Aug. 17, however, an article was published on E! News’ online website called “18 Moments From the 2015 Teen Choice Awards That Made Us Feel Super Old.” No. 6 on the list described the author’s ignorance on certain nominees for the awards. However, all the nominees the author called out were famous YouTubers and other famous Internet personalities. Being an entertainment news source, many felt that this was an embarrassment for the company. With YouTubers having millions of fans and billions of video views, how could someone who

works in media not know who these people were? After backlash from various YouTubers, E! News went onto tweet, “Remember that time we gave a YouTube star their own TV show?” This was an attempt to reference Helbig’s lack of success on their channel. However, E! News gave Helbig two terrible time slots, the first being Friday at 10:30 p.m. while most of their viewers were in the middle of going out for Friday night fun. They then changed her time to Sunday at 11 p.m. when most of their viewers were asleep for the upcoming week. “If you want to see how successful a YouTuber can really be on television, I say give them a time slot like Jimmy Fallon has,” Ferguson pointed out. While YouTubers and other Internet personalities are still struggling to receive the respect they deserve for their hard work, things seem to be getting better for them. Ferguson said he has big hopes for his own YouTube channel, as well as YouTube in general. Having been offered various media internships in the past, Ferguson hopes that moving forward, he will continue using his YouTube channel to shed light on politics and current events. He said he will continue to upload videos to his channel every Saturday and will push for the respect YouTube culture deserves.

Crawford staff provide variety of healthcare Daniel James

Health and Counseling Services in the Crawford Building has a committed staff that provides confidential and cost-effective medical care for Winthrop students. “The whole mission of our department is to keep kids healthy so they can be successful,” said Assistant Director of Health and Counseling Services Mary Jo Barreto. Their services include counseling, victims assistance, disability services, wellness services and testing programs. “The staff here has a passion about college health,” Barreto said. “Everyone has a passion for what they do, and we really enjoy the students.” Crawford is staffed with two nurse practitioners and three registered nurses. They also staff a lab technician who can perform certain tests on site, such as strep throat and pregnancy tests. For students who plan to study abroad, they also have a travel nurse. If students are going anywhere they might need immunizations or preventative medicines, the travel nurse is trained in providing such services. Health fees are included in tuition at Winthrop, so there is no charge for visits with an over the counter

medicine purchase or written prescription. Lab procedures may result in additional charges, which are billed to the student’s school account with the designation of “Lab Service Fee.” This is to provide confidentiality for students so the reason for the visit will be between them and the doctor. “We are very nonjudgmental and very open here,” she said. “It’s a safe place for students to come and we lay things out and give them different options.” While health visits are on a walk-in basis, last year Health and Counseling Services started a new campaign called “Skip the wait, don’t skip class.” This is a phone triage where a student can call health services and have a nurse return the call within the hour. Students can explain their symptoms over the phone and discuss what medications they are taking and then the nurse schedules an appointment time with that student. In addition to health services, they also provide free counseling from licensed professionals. “We could all benefit from counseling,” she said. “Life is stressful and counseling is a wonderful thing.” Counselors meet with students on an appointment basis to address concerns including anxiety, depression and relationship complications.

They also have crisis counselors each day for emergency situations. There is even an office of victims assistance that provides counseling, legal assistance, housing options and many other services for male and female survivors of relationship violence including sexual assault, stalking and partner abuse. “It may be recent and may be in the past, but if the student still has issues or concerns, they are welcome to make an appointment to meet with them,” she said. Wellness services also provides educational programs for students and faculty such as HIV awareness. This department also organizes the Student Wellness Advocacy Team, a student service organization that promotes healthy decisionmaking on campus and trains students to be peer health educators.

Daniel James | Science & Technology Editor

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“Students are not just a number here,” she said. “I think all of our staff here focus on that individual student when they are here, and we try to do our best for that student to help them feel comfortable.”


September 2, 2015

Terriers shut out Eagles at home Adarrell Gadsden After coming off of a win against Brevard College Friday night the Eagles couldn’t get past the school an hour and a half to the west on Sunday. Facing the 1-0 Terriers of Wofford College as well as the rain at home the Eagles found themselves shut out Sunday night, losing 3-0. But the loss wasn’t the result of a lack of trying on the Eagles’ part. The Eagles took 24 shots with 12 on goal couldn’t get past Wofford junior goalkeeper Garrett Closs. The Terriers scored the first and only goal of the first half at the 21st minute mark when senior defensive player Conner Davis found the back of the net on a header off of a free kick from Will Puckett. Going into the half Wofford had only taken three shots compared to the Eagles’ 12, the Eagles put the ball on goal six times, but Terrier goalkeeper Closs was up to the challenge stopping everything the Eagles sent his way. Closs would go all the way in goal for the Terriers. The second half would end the same way for the Eagles with 12 total shots and six on target not finding their way past the Wofford

goalkeeper. The first goal of the second half didn’t come until the 64th minute of play off a fast break opportunity by the Terriers with Nestor Jaramillo finding junior forward Matthew Aurednik with a through-ball. Aurednik would get the ball past Winthrop senior goalkeeper Fabian Broich. Wofford would cement their win by increasing the lead with another goal from Aurednik with the assist coming off the foot of Jonathan Dean. The Eagles had many opportunities in the second half that just didn’t connect. Marco Gatzke found junior forward Max Hassenstab in the box who was just offside. Another opportunity for the Eagles came off a corner from Nil Vinyals who found senior forward Jordan Stoddart in the box whose shot was just pushed out by the Wofford goalkeeper. Jordi Lluch would attempt to score off the save but would be yellow carded after his bicycle kick connected with the face of a Wofford player. Winthrop goalkeeper Broich went all the way in goal with three saves on the day. With the loss, the Eagles drop to 1-1 on the Halie West / The Johnsonian season and hope to rebound against College of Charleston Friday at Eagle Field at 5 p.m. Senior midfielder Taylor Coleman fights for possession against Francis Marion Aug. 27.

Lady Eagles take down Francis Marion in season opener

One small step for females in sports Emily Goodman

Halie West / The Johnsonian Sophomore Zoe Conover crosses the ball around Francis Marion player at Eagle Field Thursday.

Women’s Soccer win 2-1 at home opener Michael Owens A late goal from a true freshman saved the Winthrop women’s soccer team from a second-straight draw to start the 2015 campaign and gave the Eagles a 2-1 win in their home opener against Francis Marion. JoJo Taylor knocked in just the second goal of her collegiate career in the 81st minute off a cross from junior Samantha Prytulak, a strike that gave Winthrop a lead that they would hold on to for the victory. Taylor, who was credited with the lone goal in Winthrop’s 1-1 tie with Western Carolina on Sunday, said she just took advantage of what she called a “great ball” by Prytulak. “That was a great goal,” said Winthrop head coach Spencer Smith. “It was a great cross by Sam, and JoJo finished it very well. Whether it’s a freshman, sophomore, junior or senior, it doesn’t matter; we just want

someone to put the ball in the back of the net.” The Eagles took a total of 22 shots in the contest, 10 of which came in a scoreless first half and eight which were saved by Patriot goalkeeper Taylor O’Berry. “We told the girls: ‘Just stay with the process,’” said Smith regarding his message at halftime. He also mentioned that he told the team to be determined to get the first goal, and Winthrop got on the board early in the second half when junior Emily Crick netted her first goal of the season off an assist by sophomore Courtney McLeod in the 47th minute. The Patriots responded just two minutes later on an unassisted goal by Kelly Anthony, who found the back of the net amongst a crowd deep in Winthrop territory on a free kick play. Aside from allowing the tying goal, Winthrop goalkeeper Caroline Duncan tallied up just one save as the Patriots were only able to get two shots off in the entire 90 minutes, both of which were on goal. For Winthrop, the win brings them to a 1-0-1 record thus far while the Patriots fall to 1-2 on the season. The Eagles will return home on Sept. 2 to take on Charlotte at 7 p.m.

Adarrell Gadsden | Sports Editor

Two years ago, ESPN College Gameday host David Pollack said that he didn’t believe that women belonged on the College Football Playoff Selection Committee. “I want people on this committee -- guys -- that can watch tape… Yes, that have played football, that are around football, that can tell different teams on tape, not on paper,” Pollack said. Chris Fowler, another ESPN host asked Pollack if such requirements should exclude women from serving on the committee, in which Pollack responded in agreement. “You said that, I’ll say it. Yeah,” he said. These comments sparked outrage from many female journalists in sports: Erin Andrews, and even Pollack’s ESPN College GameDay co-host Samantha Ponder. Fast-forward two years and take a look at the advancements that have been made as far as giving women more prominent roles in sports. We have our first female referee, and the first female football coach. Most recently, the Charlotte Hornets hired Stephanie Ready, a former sideline reporter to be a game analyst for the upcoming season. Fox Sport’s Cory McCartney has nothing but praise for the new addition to The Hornet’s broadcasting booth. “She knows the game very well. She knows the players. She knows strategy, plays,” Curry said in an interview with SB Nation. While there is still a lot of work left to do in regards to females in the sports industry, this is a step in

the right direction. I want to walk into a bar and not hear grumpy old men make derogatory comments about the female sideline reporter. Yes, sometimes the female sideline reporters ask stupid questions, but so do the analysts up in the booth. Let me take you back to the 2013 NCAA College Football National Championship, Alabama vs. Notre Dame. Analyst, Brent Musburger couldn’t stop talking about how beautiful Alabama quarterback A.J. McCarron’s girlfriend (now wife) is. He’s making these comments on live television when he was supposed to be analyzing a football game, not a women. I long for the day when I tell somebody that I want to be a playby-play caller for the NFL and I don’t get a “Oh good luck with that,” or a “Do you know how hard that is going to be to accomplish?” For the record, my response to this is normally, “I know I’ve got my work cut out for me, but nothing that comes easy is really worth it.” I don’t know where the idea came from that a girl can only like a sport if she is trying to impress a guy, but that stereotype needs to take a back seat, starting now along with pink jerseys. We are definitely making improvements to these issues, but we still have a long way to go to improve things. I’m ready for the day that I don’t get 20 questions from some guy when I cheer when my teams scores a touchdown. I’m ready for the day when pink jerseys are a figment of my past.

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Men’s soccer avoids the storm Adarrell Gadsden With an impressive performance by senior defense player Jordi Lluch Winthrop Men’s Soccer opened their 2015 regular season campaign with a 3-2 win over the Brevard College Tornados at home in front of the Winthrop faithful. The Eagles who entered the season picked to finish second in the Big South Conference matched up with a familiar foe Friday with the Tornados of Brevard College coming into town. But this was not the same Tornado team Winthrop shutout in 2014 with a 5-0 win. Winthrop would start the scoring with the first goal coming off of a header from senior defense player Jordi Lluch assisted by Marco Gatzke in the 14th minute of play. Luckily for the Eagles the next goal wasn’t too far behind. Sloppy play in front of goal on the part of the Tornadoes would result in an own goal being scored for the Eagles putting Winthrop up 2-0 in the 18th minute of play. However, the Tornadoes wouldn’t stay quiet as Brevard midfield player Gabriel Garcia would beat Winthrop goalkeeper Fabian Broich one-on-one in the box, beating Broich over the top in the 26th minute of play. The score brought the game to 2-1. The Eagles Jordi Lluch wasn’t done scoring in the first half as he would take advantage of another chance beating Brevard goalkeeper Heath Turner with another headed goal.

This time assisted by sophomore forward Nil Vinyals putting the Eagles up 3-1 and in the driver’s seat in the 38th minute of play. The half would end with the Eagles on top 3-1. The second half would be dominated by defensive play and unfinished fast breaks with the Eagles going scoreless. The lone goal of the half would come off a Brevard pass missing the intended target finding its way past Eagle goalkeeper Broich during the 81st minute of play the goal came off of the foot of Brevard player Chris Efenecy. The goal would bring the game to 3-2 with Brevard trying to find the game drawing goal; however, the Eagle defense stopped the Tornadoes from getting the ball forward knocking the ball out of the midfield several times. Goalkeeper Fabian Broich would go all the way in goal for the Eagles only facing four shots, saving two of the four, while two goalkeepers evenly split time for the Tornadoes. Heath Turner and Jordan Alread played a half a piece and face a combined eight total shots. All goals were scored in the first half against Turner who faced six shots saving three of them. Alread stayed perfect in goal facing and saving two shots from the Eagles. Winthrop star forward Max Hasenstab would have a relatively quiet night taking four total shots but only putting one on target. Lluch would finish the game as the leading scorer for both sides at 100 percent, with two shots and two goals.

Volleyball drops three games in Tiger Invitational Adarrell Gadsden Traveling to Columbia, Missouri to take part in the Tiger Invitational didn’t yield the results the Winthrop Volleyball team was hoping for as the Lady Eagles dropped all three contest this past weekend. The Lady Eagles first test would come against North Texas on Friday. The Eagles would take two of five sets before North Texas would claim the fifth beating the Eagles 3-2. Outside Hitter Lourdes Rosario would lead the Eagles in kills, aces and blocks followed by senior middle blocker Rachel Lenz in each category respectively. Freshman Setter Madilyn McCarty would lead in assists with 46 while junior defensive specialist Maria Volstad would lead in digs with 14 in the contest. Winthrop would be shutout in three sets the next day against the University of Missouri Tigers. The most impressive set for the Lady Eagles would

be the third losing 25-23. Annelies Dokter would lead in kills with 8 on the day. Rosario, Dokter and Hjordis Eiriksdottir would lead in aces with one a piece with Madilyn McCarty lead in assist and digs with 28 assists and 13 digs. The final contest of the weekend for Winthrop was against North Dakota State. The Lady Eagles would lose in four sets 3-1. The Eagles took the third set 25-20. Statistical leaders for the Eagles were Rosario who finished with 15 kills on the day, Lenz had two aces, McCarty with 43 assists, junior middle blocker Brianna Gray led with five blocks and Volstad finished with 20 digs. Results from the Lady Eagles contest Tuesday against the Lady Spartans of USC Upstate were unavailable at press time. Winthrop will play in the Carolina Challenge in Greenville where the Eagles will take on Furman, South Carolina and Clemson. The First game against Furman is on Friday at 7 p.m.

Women’s Soccer 9/02 @ 7 p.m. Eagle Field 9/09 @ 6 p.m. Statesboro, GA

9/11 @ 7 p.m. Orangeburg, SC 9/15 @ 7 p.m. Eagle Field

Men’s Soccer 9/06 @ 2:30 p.m. Greenville, SC 9/11 @ 7:30 p.m. Charlotte, NC

9/16 @ 7 p.m. Spartanburg, SC

Volleyball 9/01 @ 6 p.m. Spartanburg, SC 9/04 @ 7 p.m. Greenville, SC 9/05 @ 4:30 p.m. Greenville, SC 9/05 @ TBA Greenville, SC 9/11 @ 2 p.m. Statesboro, GA 9/11 @ 7 p.m. Statesboro, GA

9/12 @ Noon Statesboro, GA

Men’s Golf

Nothern Intercollegiate 9/15 Sugar Grove, Illinois

Cross Country Winthrop Early Season Challenge 9/04 Winthrop Farm

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September 2, 2015

Real cost of being an art student Kali Coleman

Textbooks are overpriced. Ask any group of college student what they think of textbook pricing and you could start a riot. College shoves you into the world of $200 textbooks that are barely even used. For some students in the College of Visual and Performing Arts, however, textbook pricing isn’t the problem. While books are not free, they’re also not crazy expensive. Kristin Streetman, a sophomore graphic design major at Winthrop, said she got her visual communication textbooks for relativity cheap. “This semester I rented five books from the bookstore and they were no more than $150 altogether,” Streetman said. With the amount of money students spend on textbooks each semester, this information could stir up envy in other majors. Most of the time art, graphic design and illustration students end up spending more money than any other student. The cost of art supplies are the reason for this. Just as textbooks were provided in high school, art supplies usually were as well. At Winthrop Streetman’s supplies are mandatory for class and are not supplied by the university. “I think freshman year I spent over $600 dollars on supplies,” said Streetman. As a graphic design major, Streetman takes mostly visual communication classes. With the painting and hand-drawing classes required freshman year, cost went up dramatically due to supplies. “With paint alone – I think we have to initially buy ten colors, and if you buy the type of paint

Jacob Hallex/ The Johnsonian Students can spend as much as $600 a year on art supplies. they want you to, like brand-wise, it’s $10 a tube, and then you have to re-buy paint like two or three times a semester,” Streetman said. While professors tell you that you can try to find and buy cheaper versions of the supplies, Streetman said that doesn’t really work. “The issue is, with cheaper supplies, the quality isn’t as good, so if the quality turns out poor, it’ll lower your grade,” Streetman explained. So while textbooks can be cheaper with art and

design classes, the supplies carry a hidden cost. Spending less than $200 on books seems reasonable until the cost of supplies is added, which can double a fine art or design student’s expenses compared to other students. Streetman said her main problem with the supplies is that they’re not worth the price, because she’ll only use the supplies her freshman year and part of her sophomore year.

Students learn about Latin culture through dance Christine Buckley

Journeying through Central and South American culture, students enjoyed and participated in Brazilian and Mexican music and dance during DSU’s Latin Night on Aug. 26. Students gathered in Byrnes Auditorium to gain cultural event credit as well as be exposed to Latin culture during this Welcome Week event. It began with a performance by Ballet Folkorico Guadalupano, a group that used dance to represent Mexican culture and tradition. Their performances included dances such as Jarabe Tapatio and Danza Azteca. The Jarabe Tapatia is the national dance for Mexico. It tells a love story about a man romantically pursuing a woman. At first the woman denies the man, but later she warms up to him as the two dance together. Danza Azteca is a historical dance based on the ancient Aztec culture, and its movements represent prayers or rituals but also express political, social and cultural issues. The story of the Danza Azteca is one of culture, conquest and survival. The next performance was by Movimentos de Samba, a dance company led by Iya Silva that teaches a wide range of Brazilian dances. Silva encouraged students to get out of their seats and start dancing by teaching them the basic fundamentals of Samba. Samba originated in Brazil with roots from Africa.

It is recognized as a symbol of Brazil and the Brazilian Carnival. The night ended with music from Batuque de Terreiro, a music group that aims to educate people on AfroBrazilian percussion. Led by singer, drummer and guitarist Caique Vidal, the group performed the song “Beija Eu.” As the music played, many students rushed to the front of Byrnes Jacob Hallex/ The Johnsonian Auditorium to dance. Ballet Folklórico de Guadalupano performs traditional Mexican dance. One student in particular stayed him up on stage. energized and continued dancing throughout Throughout the performance, Vidal invited the show. multiple students on stage to dance with him Connor Amick, a sophomore biology major, and Movimentos de Samba. drew people’s attention as he danced and Vidal also brought out a set of drums, on weaved through the audience to encourage which several students were taught to play while others to dance too. the band was performing. When asked why he decided to get up and For the students, it was a fun interactive dance, Amick answered, “Cause it [the show] learning experience of Latin culture. was awesome. I noticed everyone was sitting “I love that they got the crowd involved and down and I wanted to get everybody involved.” that everyone was dancing and singing,” said Vidal didn’t seem to mind this as he Brittany Branham, a freshman theater education commented on Amick’s energy and even invited major.

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Kali Coleman | A&C Editor


September 2, 2015

COMEDY • from front Demers said he never wanted to be a role model, but after his fans approached him with their own hearing aid issues, or those of their friends, he realized they had a shared experience. “It [becoming a role model] is not why I got into it [comedy], but it is a pretty cool byproduct that people were feeling inspired and viewed me as a role model. I will take that gladly,” Demers said. Comroe was the second act in the show. His portion consisted of many jokes geared specifically toward Winthrop students. He mentioned the bugs of South Carolina, how he’d been told Tillman Hall was haunted right before going on stage and how Big Stuff was taking up nearly five seats in the audience. “I have had a lot of experience in different shows where different events happen. That is one of my favorite parts of being in comedy, being in the moment and improving

with the crowd,” Comroe said. Comroe has Tourette syndrome, and his humor focused on his life with his disorder. “Stand-up comedy kept me motivated. I just found something that I was passionate about,” he said. Comroe also told the audience that they should not let anything get in the way of accomplishing their dreams. “This is what I love to do… So find something that you really enjoy and don’t let anybody tell you that you can’t do it,” he said. Both comedians said they strive to make people laugh and inspire the world. They have both been guest appearances on the Conan Show and are role models to those who have a disability. “They are definitely inspirational for others with disabilities,” said Steven Hawes, a junior Interior Design major. A video of students leaving the show can be seen at our website.,

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Chris Jones leaves students hypnotized Dana Farrior It has been a while since I have had the pleasure of taking part in Welcome Week here at Winthrop. Most of the events are populated by underclassmen, especially freshmen, so as a senior graduating in December, my attendance to these functions has declined over the years. As I walked into Byrnes Auditorium just before 8 p.m. and took my seat closest to the front, I thought I already knew what to expect because I had attended a very similar event with Tom DeLuca Dana Farrior my freshman year. Relying on my previous experience, I figured it would be the same show with a different entertainer Fortunately, I could not have been more wrong. For starters, the host, Chris Jones, bears a striking resemblance to Drake, which does not hurt, if you ask me. His youthful appearance and presence made me feel like I was watching one of my peers take the stage. Expectedly, Chris Jones opened with a few jokes to get the audience warmed up, which did not take long. It was evident that the crowd was ready to be hypnotized or


at least watch their friends be hypnotized; either way, they were ready for a show. Chris Jones decided to pick a few audience members to join him on stage but also gave others a chance to play along in their seats. In a matter of minutes some students were in a trance. As I sat and watched Chris Jones dictate funny commands to half-conscious students, I was reminded of a night of improv. The evening was heavily driven by the actions of those hypnotized; the spontaneity of each person’s reaction fueled the comedy. The highlights of the evening had to be when the students were encouraged to dance; the moves ranged from shopping cart and sprinkler to twerking and a slow grind. While taking in all the hilarious moments of the show, I had the opportunity to meet a freshman music major, Jalia Thomas, who later told me she had so much fun that she would attend more DSU events just because they did a good job picking Chrisjones. Interestingly enough, I agree with her. DSU really hit the nail on the head with this one; I cannot wait to see what else they have in store.

The host, Chris Jones, bears a striking resemblance to Drake, which does not hurt, if you ask me

Chris Jones hypnotizes students on stage.

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September 2, 2015

Donald Trump on Bern notice

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Democratic presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders.

TRUMP • from front Unlike Joseph McCarthy, Donald Trump is not even worthy of having his own “ism." Needless to say, we don't have to worry about Trumpism becoming a thing, and we can thank the Internet for that. The rapid and deep accountability that the Internet offers our society makes a Trump bully pulpit presidency highly improbable. The number of Americans who get their news from television is on the steady decline, so it may be safe to assume that Fox News' reactionary chokehold on American politics is less permanent than it is momentarily stifling to progress. In his pointed op-ed following the Fox News

Republican Primary debate, New York Times columnist Paul Krugman wrote: "What distinguishes Mr. Trump is not so much his positions as it is his lack of interest in maintaining appearances. And it turns out that the party’s base, which demands extremist positions, also prefers those positions delivered straight. Why is anyone surprised?" It’s clear voters today appreciate straight talk, and it's also clear that the base of the Republican Party is too draconian to be sustainable. So it comes down to the simple choice: Do voters want straight talk that promises reactionary policies and blatantly racist, sexist rhetoric in Trump? Or do they want straighttalk backed by a consistent record of progressive

legislation and deliberately inclusive, impactful rhetoric in Sanders? So, stop worrying about Donald Trump. He’s like a 4-year-old in the heat of a temper tantrum. If you ignore him, he will shut up. I’m going to go back to ignoring him again starting right now, and you should, too. We — as voters in a struggling democracy that’s sitting under a fat, greasy oligarchy — must turn our attention away from the allure of an insecure businessman's antics and toward candidates who have proven themselves to be effective legislators and leaders. Bernie Sanders is far more deserving of your attention.

Capturing your interest Dave Birley Staff Writer

We live in a world where consumerism is the great God of the day. The Consumer Price Index (CPI) is the benchmark by which the strength or weakness of the economy is measured. During the Great Recession, out of which we are still dragging ourselves, more people had less work. As a result they had less income. In turn, they spent less money. In the early stages, many folks, feeling that this little blip in the economy would be brief, went to a great resource in their pockets and purses: the credit card. In short order they found themselves maxed out. Chugging along behind this came late payments on mortgages, taxes and utilities. Before they knew it, some of them were losing their homes, and living in their cars. Something similar happened 80 years ago. It was also a “Great.” except it was called the Great Depression. But while all this craziness was going on, both then and more recently, a number of folks were doing quite nicely. They appeared to be able to maintain their comfortable lifestyles, they worked when they could and relaxed when they were between jobs. They owned and used cars, they lived in nicely kept homes, their kids attended college. What was the difference? Among others, the comedian George Carlin once said, “We buy things we don’t need, with money we don’t have, to impress people we don’t like.” Consider, for a moment, that “money we don’t have” phrase – how can we spend money we don’t have? The answer is simple, of course, we use the easily available credit card. Want that MacBook Pro laptop? Plunk down the card. Beefsteak for dinner? Why not! Buy now – pay later. Sixty years ago when I was in England, a comedian came up with a term for that kind of spending. He called it the “happy and sorry plan – happy you’ve got the stuff, but sorry you have to pay for it.” Of course, back in

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those days, credit cards couldn’t be used in grocery stores. They didn’t have a “cash back” capability. And in England at least, a substantial cash deposit – sometimes as much as 20 percent -- was required for all such purchases. People were already in a financial hole because of the ravages of World War II that had just ended, and anything was better than nothing for them back then. So where does the weakness lie in all this? Why are some folks struggling while others appear to be doing just fine? A significant portion of the answer lies in the title of this little rant: “Interest.” A wise man once told me “Smart people earn interest, foolish folks pay interest.” If you have a typical credit card that charges a minimum 18 percent interest rate, and you have a $100 charge on it, each month you would pay $1.50 interest on it. Of course you will pay something on it, so the balance will reduce, and with it the interest. First confusion follows: if you pay the minimum amount to keep you in good straights with the credit card company, it may not reduce the outstanding balance – it could increase that balance. But wait! There’s more! If you miss a single payment, your interest rate may increase into the 27 percent to 29 percent range. Held close to your eyes, it doesn’t seem much – why you couldn’t even buy a cup of Starbucks coffee with that amount of interest on a $100 overdue card. But look at everything you owe, especially student loans. 2 percent interest? Pshaw – nothing at all. Except they could take years to pay off. The credit card companies and banks are interested in your interest – the interest you will pay. If you will learn as your greatest lesson in life to differentiate between your wants and your needs, and pay off all your debts as your absolute first priority, when the next challenge comes to the national economy, you won’t be one of those nice folks camping under a bridge.

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September 2, 2015

What makes college easier? Brittany Rauch

There are hundreds of blogs, vlogs, articles and books out there designed to help college students get through their university years. One problem with all of those options is that no one knows which one really works. It makes more sense to understand that everyone is different, and everyone’s experience will be different depending on a number of things -- like a student’s university or major. Unfortunately, unlike what some may believe, there is nothing out there that will magically make college a breeze. Everything worth something takes time and effort. Ideally, though, there are a few tips and items that may lower the stress of stepping into the new and unknown world that is college. All I can do is tell you what has helped me in the past four years as not only a college student, but as a Winthrop student, and hopefully you will get ahead. Don’t lose all of your money to the bookstore. Sure, the new bookstore is thankfully much cheaper than our last one; however, college would be more financially acceptable if books didn’t cost $700 per semester. Use sites like allbookstores. com to help compare the prices of your books. Find websites, like, that severely cut down on shipping prices. Put forth the effort to have a relationship with your professors. Yes, I’m sure you have already heard this from multiple parties. Perhaps that is a clue. I don’t mean stalk their social lives and camp outside their office door. I mean begin with professionalism and respect

and maintain it throughout your years here. Too many times students begin their relationships with professors by sending them emails that their instructors cannot even decipher for the amount of incorrect grammar and text speak. Simply be mindful. I’m sure everyone learns one way or another that time management is something necessary in college. What they don’t realize is that it lasts far beyond college. When you strip off your cap and gown, you end up in the big wide, grown-up world. Yes, I know it’s scary. But, scheduling really helps. Not only will scheduling help you graduate on time, it helps you take care of your body. College is hard, and it’s not going to get any easier. In the real world, scheduling helps when dealing with jobs, home owning responsibilities, and even familial responsibilities. So, I promise, mastering it now will not only benefit you in the future, but it will keep you sane as you juggle a social life, student organizations, internships and classes. It would be great if there was one simple thing - perhaps something we could just purchase on a shelf at Walmart -- that would make our college lives easier. Reality dictates that we suck it up and deal with it ourselves, struggling as we fall over ourselves trying to do and be our best. It’s okay to take breaks. It’s okay to have meltdowns -- believe me when I say that if you cry on finals week, no one is going to judge you. Even with all of that, make sure that you really don’t walk through your college life without truly experiencing it. I hope this helps.

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Student’s view of Planned Parenthood Hunter Hughes I have always been a firm supporter of Planned Parenthood, and I believe they serve an important purpose in the safety of sexually active or curious people across the United States and other nations around the world. They are devoted to the prevention of sexually transmitted diseases, and they offer support and help with both pregnancies and abortions. As a non­profit organization, Planned Parenthood undeniably provides an outlet for information and aid when it comes to methods of contraception, sexuality, abortions, pregnancy and more. Planned Parenthood has been receiving a large amount of criticism lately as information is coming out about the harvesting of fetal body parts. While the cells and body parts of a fetus have much to contribute to the advancement of science, the way that Planned Parenthood is obtaining and distributing these tissue samples, organs

and bodies is simply illegal. When discussing the legality of this issue, the following are clear laws that are being abused and disregarded by businessmen selling these fetuses: one cannot approach a woman about donating the fetus before she decides herself to have an abortion, an abortion may not be changed in order to retrieve a better specimen, and one cannot sell fetal tissue for a profit. Despite these laws, some doctors are using a method of abortion that makes the abortion last longer and causes the woman having the abortion more pain in order to ensure that the organs and tissue remain intact. This method is different from the normal suction method and is used in cases where the parent has agreed to donate the fetus. A company called the Anatomic Gift Foundation, which also encourages its doctors and workers to snag body parts of fetuses that have not been donated to research, is encouraging this method. While most of the fetuses being sold have been donated, a worker from the Anatomic

Gift Foundation named Dean Alberty admits to having taken these body parts from parents who did not agree to donate their child’s fetus. Businessmen from the Anatomic Gift Foundation selling these organs and tissues estimate that they can make $2,500 on just one fetus. They charge the researchers using these fetuses for each body part, thus making a profit and breaking the law. While Planned Parenthood does not necessarily support these tactics and practices, they perform the altered abortions and allow this malpractice to happen. Abortions, however, are not the primary focus of Planned Parenthood’s funds. They also provide contraceptives, support and counseling to people who need or want it, helping this generation and many others in the practice of safety and knowledgeability. I still believe that Planned Parenthood is a crucial organization that provides essential services, but it is difficult to simply ignore or accept this situation.

How to deal with your roommate Elizabeth McKnight At the beginning of every school year, students worry about having problems with their roommates, unsure that they can overcome them should they arise. However, having a roommate can be a pleasant experience for all involved if you take certain precautions. Communication is key! Roommates don’t always see eye to eye, no matter if they’re complete opposites or if they’ve been friends for years. Make sure that you and your roommate are clear about boundaries, bed times, possible late hours, visiting friends or significant others, music volume, TV, lighting and food. The list could go on and on. If you have questions about their preferences for things, ask. If they aren’t around, send them a text or leave them a note, especially if it has to do with borrowing something. If an issue arises, do not be passive-aggressive about it. Be upfront and say something as soon as it happens. Be respectful. While your schedule can be hectic, remember that you are living with

someone else who is just as busy as you, if not more so. Try to divide the housework (even in residence halls, there is housework), and always be conscious about how your side of the room looks. While it is your living space, your roommate’s comfort is also important. Fighting with the thermostat can be difficult. Opening a window, piling on some extra blankets and putting on a pair of socks can do wonders. But let your roommate take over the thermostat every now and then. Sharing is caring. If there are persistent problems, RAs are available to sit down and Desiree Lafreniere / Winthrop University work things out. Remember that Roommates Elizabeth and Desiree enjoy their dorm room after move-in day. you and your roommate signed a Roommate Agreement, so the have been trained as excellent mediators and will guidelines set in there are good to refer back to if do whatever it takes to fix the issue. you’re having a hard time figuring out where the Having a bad roommate situation can affect situation is going wrong. other aspects of your life, and it is imperative that If you and your roommate are working through you stay as happy and healthy as possible so that a problem with an RA, keep a level head and take you can succeed in college. as long as you need to resolve the situation. They

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As classes start to pick up and assignments are being handed out left and right, it’s important for students to remember that Winthrop offers more than just academics. While studying is vital to arriving at the end of your college career with a degree in hand, there is something to be said for the importance of getting involved on campus. Taking a chance on the growing number of student organizations has a direct effect on the rate at which students go home. This, in turn, can affect the job opportunities they may have in the future. After college, networking is key and it can start with student organizations. Many students receive their experience and recommendations through those they come in contact with during these prime golden years. It’s not just about making friends, though that is a perk, but it also has professional benefits, along with keeping students aware and informed about their surroundings. Branching out is what college is about, and when it comes with added benefits, there is no reason to say no.


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