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Dance Marathon proves a success Lacie Rhoden News Editor USCA’s annual Dance Marathon was held this past Saturday at the Convocation Center. From noon to midnight, participating dancers stood on their feet to raise money for the Children’s Miracle Network Hospital in Augusta, Ga. “The students were so excited about being there and the morale was through the roof,” said Amanda Hall, this year’s Ahmed Samaha Dance Marathon director. “Every dancer was incredibly USCA students perfom a choreographed dance to a mix of ’90s music at the top of every hour. involved and active, even after 12 hours on their feet.” “Be a kid to save a kid” with a Hall said being on your feet concentration on 1990s pop for that long is definitely a test culture. There was a different of agility and strength. activity every hour, including: “When I started to feel Verb! It’s what you do, ’90s tired, I just thought about You will have more time to do things Dance Competition, The the children in the hospital that matter - gourmet Weakest Link and a kid’s hour. and immediately became Between the $15 dancer reenergized,” Hall added. “It coffee station, resort style pool, tennis participation fee and really makes you appreciate court, volleyball court, park gas grills, donations, this year’s marathon what you have.” clothes care center, car care center, raised more than $2,100. This year, the theme was
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Wounded Warrior Charity Golf Classic donates to USCA’s Veteran and Military Success Center USC Aiken Marketing Department The Aiken-Augusta Wounded Warrior Charity Golf Classic Committee (A-AWWCGC) was pleased to present checks to the University of South Carolina Aiken’s Veteran and Military Student Success Center (VMSSC) totaling $15,000 to assist veteran and military students with scholarships and equipment. Most of the donation, $12,000, is to initiate Aiken Bridge the Gap scholarships for local, qualified, deserving veterans to augment their military benefits which currently doesn’t cover their educational expenses. The remaining $3,000 provided an on-campus computer facility within the Center where veterans can freely access computers while furthering their education. ‘We are grateful for the continued support of the Aiken Augusta Wounded Warrior Project and the Golf Classic Committee as they help our local veterans continue their education while transitioning into civilian life,” states Robert Murphy, Director of the
Veteran and Military Student Success Center. “It is through these donations we are able to let our veteran students know we appreciate their service and that we want them to succeed in their civilian endeavors.” “The A-AWWCGC is pleased to initiate our partnership with USC Aiken’s newly formed VMSSC to help our local CSRA Wounded Warriors and other military veterans improve their education skills as they transition to today’s difficult civilian job market,” says Jack Morrison, Chair of the Committee. “We hope to continue upon the USC Aiken Bridge the Gap scholarship program we have established for our military students. We thank USC Aiken for establishing the VMSSC to serve the over 200 military veteran students currently enrolled and the many more expected to enroll in the future.” Mr. Morrison continued saying, “Over the past four years, our 100% volunteer, local Aiken non-profit organization has generated over $87,000 from sponsor, player, and volunteer support of our annual Wounded
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The Aiken- Augusta Wounded Warrior Charity Golf Classic Committee consists of Paul Calerone, Dick Marshall, Mike Galvin, Jack Morrison, Don Develin, and Chris Martin. Warrior Charity Golf events. All proceeds stay right here in the CSRA to support our local Wounded Warriors. Our 5th Annual Charity Golf Classic is scheduled for May 19th at Woodside Plantation. Last year we hosted 240 golfers and
generated $37,500. Our goal for this year is $45,000.” The A-AWWCGC committee members are as follows: Jack Morrison, Steve Banwarth, Mike Galvin, Don Scoggin, Don Develin, Chris Martin, and Jerry McAleece.
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The Radio Jove Project Orlando Moldevan Staff Writer Have you ever wondered what the Sun is telling us about its state of being every day? Have you ever wondered what Jupiter sounds like when it crosses in front of the Sun’s powerful rays? These questions have been long asked by scientists at NASA and, more recently, young scientists on our very own campus. The Radio Jove project is a campus first when it comes to a new way of studying astronomy while simultaneously inculcating this new process with physics and chemistry. Dr.
Neil Miller, a senior instructor of physics at USCA, has been at the forefront of this new project whose main goal is to record data from the sun and other planets, via a recording device attached to cables, and provide a way for the analysis of solar action and a study into radio emissions. The project can be observed outside of the science building and it consists of an ensemble of rope, cable and poles. The mechanics of the antennae, by which solar data as well as other data is acquired, are such that the sun’s waves can be sensed by the wire then through a regular TV cable, can be sent to a Jove Receiver,
connected to a computer and through the use of simple software, can be stored and analyzed at the discretion of the observer. The project, however, can pick up many signals throughout the day that are not from the sun, or any planets at all. As Miller explained, many times, especially in the morning when all of the computers are getting turned on, and the first faculty arrive, a variety of different radio waves can get picked up and interfere with the data collected from the intended target of the observation. Dr. Miller explained that the measurements of the material
used were very specific, and that the accuracy of the research depended upon not only the antenna’s tilt, but also its relative length. Due to the wavelength of the picked up emissions, Miller explained, the size of the wire used in the project was crucial. This project is expected to be a part of USCA for years to come, as Miller hopes to record information that can serve to help his students in their understanding of analyzing data, and can add an exciting edge to majors whose involvement with the project will be likely. As a first time operator of this project, Miller explained that this
experience has come with its own excitement simply because it is a first time journey that he gets to make with alongside his students.
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Softball hitting the road for PBC Tournament in Florence Nick Terry Sports Editor
Samantha Chubb squares up to bunt in a game earlier this season. Chubb leads USCA in home runs this year with nine.
USC Aiken’s softball team enters this week coming off a strong performance in conference play. On tap for the Pacers (32-13, 15-7 Peach Belt Conference) this week is the PBC Tournament in Florence, S.C. The tournament will be held Friday, April 18 and Saturday, April 19. USCA will enter the tournament as the No. 3 seed in the conference and will face No. 6 seed Columbus State in the first round. The Cougars (29-20, 10-12 PBC) come into the tournament on a two-game winning streak after sweeping Young Harris this past weekend. The Pacers and Cougars last met March 30 in Columbus, Ga. USCA was able to win both games in the doubleheader, winning game
one, 4-3, and game two, 8-4. Samantha Chubb, Kaitlyn White and Madison Labrador led the Pacers in the two wins, going a combined 4-8, 3-6 and 3-8, respectively in the doubleheader. Chubb recorded three RBI, while Labrador posted two. India Kornegay and Taylor Morgan each picked up wins in the previous meeting with Columbus State. USCA’s offense was a big part of its two wins in the previous meeting with Columbus State and could again play a big role this week. White leads the Pacer regulars with a .379 batting average. Chubb and Sarah Montei are tied for second on the team with a .298 batting average. Chubb also leads the Pacers in home runs and RBI, with nine and 35, respectively. Another player to watch for in the Pacer offense could be Brielle Jungblut. The freshman has the highest batting average
on the team at .405. However, she only has 37 at bats on the year. If given the time, Jungblut could provide a jolt for the Pacers. The Pacers will look for a similar result in this week’s meeting with the Cougars. With USCA capturing the No. 3 seed and Columbus State taking the No. 6 spot, that leaves six more spots to still be filled. North Georgia will be the No. 1 seed, while Armstrong will claim the No. 2 spot after its games with Young Harris today were cancelled due to possible weather. Flagler and Georgia College are currently slotted for the No. 4 and 5 positions, respectively. There are four teams vying for the final two spots in the tournament. Georgia Southwestern, Francis Marion and GRU Augusta all sit at 9-13 in the conference, while Young Harris is at 8-12 with two games left.
Baseball looks to continue its winning stride into this week Connor Burney Sports Writer
USC Aiken comes into this week off a strong showing against rival GRU Augusta. The Pacers swept the series this weekend in Augusta against the Jaguars. USCA is also riding a four-game winning streak coming into this week. This week, the Pacers (30-10, 16-8 Peach Belt Conference) will face Newberry in its lone home game and Columbus State in a threegame road series. The Pacers will battle the Newberry Wolves (24-21, 14-13 Southern Athletic Conference) on Wednesday at Roberto Hernandez Stadium. The Wolves come into this week on a four–game winning streak. Earlier this season on April 2, the Pacers beat Newberry, 8-5, in Newberry, S.C. Sean Miller led the Pacers offensively with two hits. Taylor Peed
provided a strong outing out of the bullpen, as he pitched three hitless innings. First pitch is slated for 6:30 p.m. This weekend the Pacers will square off against the Columbus State Cougars (3111, 19-5 PBC) in a three-game series in Columbus, Ga. The Cougars come into this week on a four-game winning streak. Last year, the Pacers won the series, winning two of the three games. The Pacers won game one, 8-7, dropped game two, 16-8, and won game three, 19-4. In the series, Ryan Metzler collected six hits, and Ty Barkell collected five hits. First pitch is scheduled for 2 p.m., with the second game to follow at 5 p.m. The last game of the series is slated for 1 p.m. on Saturday. The Pacers look to continue their winning streak, as the season nears its end. USCA will look to collect wins against non-conference and conference foes in the next weeks to finish
their regular season on a strong note.
April 13 - USCA 2, @ GRU Augusta 1 This past Sunday the Pacers completed the sweep against GRU Augusta winning, 2-1. USCA scored all of its runs in the top of the sixth inning. Kody Belcher started off the inning for the Pacers with a walk. Tyler Moore advanced Belcher to second base with a sacrifice bunt, setting up T.J. Costen’s decisive two-run home run blast. Offensively for the Pacers, Charles Padilla, Costen, Barkell and Metzler all collected one hit. Peed won the game for the Pacers after pitching seven innings, striking out five batters, allowing five hits and one run. Ben Black danced around two hits in the eight inning but didn’t surrender any runs. James Lynch picked up his fourth save of the season.
Taylor Peed follows through on a pitch. Peed has a 5-1 record with 49 strikeouts and a 4.21 ERA in 57.2 innings pitched.
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Women’s tennis heading to conference tournament Riddhi Patel Contributing Sports Writer
USC Aiken’s women’s tennis team ended its regular season with a 9-0 loss to Armstrong. On the schedule for the Pacers (13-8, 6-7 Peach Belt Conference) this week is the PBC Tournament. The tournament will begin Thursday, April 17, in Florence, S.C. As of right now, it looks as if the Pacers will square off against Armstrong. The Pirates (21-1, 13-0 PBC) enter the conference tournament on a 17-game winning streak. The team hasn’t lost a game in its last 10 matches, meaning it has won 90 straight games. USCA and Armstrong faced
each other this past weekend. Not many Pacers had success against their Armstrong counterparts, as only Victoria Jasko was able to win a set. In her match, Jasko fell to Olga Kalodzitsa, 6-1, 4-6, 10-2. The Pacers will look to have more success this time around against the Pirates. With Armstrong capturing the No. 1 seed and the Pacers looking to be in the No. 8 spot, the rest of the tournament still needs to be determined. As of now, it looks as if Columbus State will be the No. 2 seed and Flagler will be the No. 3. The No. 4, 5 and 6 spots look to be some combination of Francis Marion, Georgia College and Lander, as the three teams are
only separated by one game. Montevallo will round out the tournament in the No. 7 spot. In last season’s PBC Tournament, the Pacers fell in the first round, as they lost to Columbus State, 5-0. USCA will look for a better showing in this week’s tournament.. A strong showing in this week’s tournament could get the Pacers back on track heading into the NCAA Tournament, as they have lost their last two matches. The Pacers quarterfinal match with Armstrong is set to begin at 8 a.m. If they advance to the second round, the Pacers will play Friday at 8 a.m. The PBC Championship will be Saturday, April 19, at 8 a.m.
Nadine Tusiama prepares to return a shot earlier in the year. Tusiama leads the Pacers with a conference record of 8-3.
Golf looking to capture another Peach Belt title Nick Terry Sports Editor
Gaines Milliner eyes his tee shot at USCA’s Palmetto Golf Club. He is sixth on the Pacers with a 75.64 scoring average.
The national No. 5 USC Aiken golf team enters this week with the Peach Belt Conference Championship in its sights after a poor showing in its previous tournament. In their last tournament, the Pacers finished in 14th place in the 15-team tournament hosted by GRU Augusta at Forest Hills Golf Club in Augusta, Ga. The Pacers shot a 54-hole total of 885 in the event. Brandon Robinson-Thompson and Hayden Letien led the Pacers in the tournament with 54-hole scores of 219. Gaines Milliner followed them up with a score of 222, while Kyle Godsman and Stéphane Boudreau rounded out the team’s effort with scores of 228 and 230, respectively. Robinson-Thompson had the low round of the week for USCA with a final round 70. Up next for USCA is the PBC Championship in Columbus, Ga., on Friday, April 18. The tournament will be hosted by Columbus
State at the Callaway Gardens Mountain View Golf Course. Last season’s PBC Championship was also hosted by Columbus State at Callaway Gardens. In that tournament, USCA posted a 54-hole total of 873, good enough for a score of nine over par and first place in the tournament. Letien is the only returner who played in last year’s PBC Championship for USCA. He finished fourth on the team and tied for 25th overall after shooting scores of 79, 75 and 72. This effort was good enough for a 54-hole total of 226, 10 over par. Milliner didn’t play in last year’s PBC Championship but did play in the 2012 tournament, also at Callaway Gardens. In the 2012 tournament, Milliner shot scores of 73, 72 and 73. For the tournament, he shot a 54hole total of 218, 2 over par. USCA will look to replicate last year’s victory at the PBC Championship with another strong effort this year. “We expect to compete for the Peach Belt Championship,” said head coach Mike Carlisle.
2014 Scoring Averages Brandon Robinson-Thompson 72.78 Kyle Godsman 73.70 Hayden Letien 74.48 Andrew Ward 74.94 Stéphane Boudreau 75.53 Gaines Milliner 75.64 Brian Amick 75.75 Joar Bjelkholm 75.86 Drew McElveen 76.33
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Arts & entertainment
Local hip-hop artist releases full-length album Colleen Welch Copy Editor A USC Aiken alumnus is following his dream in the music industry. Zach Armstrong, aka Dr. iLL, and his group, Grindhouse Gang – also consisting of Mark Deez and Powder – released an album titled “3 Assassins” today, April 15. Another USCA alumnus and former Pacer Times editor-in-chief, Isreal Butler, aka Avarice, is also featured on the album. Originally from Pennsylvania but raised in Aiken, Armstrong graduated from USCA in 2011 with a degree in business management. “The style of our album is different than most artists from this region,” he said. “Our producing member Powder is from Long Island, N.Y., and we all grew up listening to ’90s ‘golden era’ hip-hop, so we have more of an East Coast hardcore sound than the rest of our Southern hip-hop counterparts.” Armstrong said the album will have tracks that underground hip-hop fans will love but will also include songs that music fans in general will love as well. In addition to local artist Avarice, the CD will feature commercially successful Southern artist Young Buck (ex-G-Unit), the “lyrical legend” Canibus, two members of the Philadelphia underground super-group Army of the Pharaohs (Block MCcloud and King Magnetic), Hellrazah of Sunz of Man (Wu-Tang affiliated) and more. Guest producers include Stoupe from the influential underground hip-hop group
Jedi Mind Tricks and the German producer team Snowgoons, who, according to Armstrong, recently produced an album for the legendary New York City hardcore rap group, Onyx. “You can definitely expect that raw hardcore hip-hop sound, crazy lyrical skill, some comedy and concept tracks that fans can actually relate to,” said Armstrong. “Such as combating daily financial struggles in ‘Paper Chasin’ and battling personal issues like in ‘Isolation.’” As someone who has been in the music business for several years, Armstrong has advice for current USCA students who have dreams of becoming successful in the industry. He said that when getting into the industry, it is important to focus on the music first, then the business. “Without a product (music) all the promotion and extra fancy stuff won’t matter, no matter how much of a buzz you generate for whatever image you portray,” said Armstrong, who added, “We make money doing what we love and it has been worth it, but most of us still work day jobs at the same time and it is a constant grind.” Armstrong also suggested to always work hard, stay on top on finances, remain humble, pay the dues and treat everyone with respect. “ … You will never know who will help you out,” he said. The artist said it is not a good idea for young musicians to get caught up worrying about what everyone else is doing. “I’ve noticed that a lot of
up-and-coming hip-hop artists worry about spending all kinds of money on promotion and superfluous things before they even have a product to successfully promote and lose focus on making the music itself … [They get] big-headed and end up feuding with other artists when they could be helping each other out,” he added. According to Armstrong, it’s important to focus on building a fan base more than on getting signed to a label. “Labels will follow your buzz
and by then you may not even need a label if you know what you are doing,” he said. Dr. iLL and Grindhouse Gang have a show planned for May 3 in Marietta, Ga., at the Scorpion Club. They are also looking to hold an album release show in the CSRA, as well a possible out-of-state tour. “3 Assassins” will be available on iTunes, Spotify, AmazonMP3, Google Play, Rhapsody, iHeartRadio, Sony Music Unlimited, Shazam and many other digital
outlets. Local stores that will be carrying the CD will be announced soon on illlegitrecords.com. The mp3 single “730” featuring Canibus is available for purchase now on ill-legitrecords.bandcamp. com as a teaser for the fans. Anyone interested in working with Dr. iLL to record a project can contact him at email@example.com. More information about booking sessions is on http:// mls.acuityscheduling.com/ schedule.php.
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The 2014 video games preview Brent Blackmon Staff Writer Much like an overrated anime which will remain as nameless as it is massive, 2013 was a monster of a year for the game world. Boasting wave after wave of triple-A titles, it prided itself in its ability to generate heat and noise. It was neither tactful nor graceful (I will personally fight every single last one of you “The Last of Us” fanboys), but it thundered till the last and wasn’t content until it tore down every single Rose Wall in sight. 2014, in contrast, may find itself mostly thriving on moderate hits. With very few titles with the magnitude of “Bioshock Infinite” or “Grand Theft Auto V,” buyers might find themselves spread across the board. A small array of Kickstarter titles will finally see the light
as well. “Star Citizen,” a space flight simulator that began crowd-source funding back in 2012, is slated for a November release. The project is headed by Chris Roberts, the name behind other classic games in the genre, such as “Wing Commander” and “Starlancer.” Obsidian Entertainment (“Fallout New Vegas,” “Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sigh Lords”) also resorted to public funding back in 2012. Its isometric ARPG “Pillars of Eternity” (originally titled “Project Eternity”) aims to dethrone and publicly humiliate “Diablo III” by the end of the year. MMO fans rejoice—the status quo seeks to up itself slightly: legendary “World of Warcraft” will release a new expansion, “Warlords of Draenor,” by year’s end. While developer Blizzard has lost some of its more notable
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employees over the past few years, “Warlords” is bringing back Tom Chilton and Rob Pardo, two of the leads on the classic “Burning Crusade” expansion, as some of the major names in the project. Sitting in another corner with its own toys, none of which it seems willing to share, Nintendo has been playing its own game at a standstill pace. The latest Nintendo Direct delivered precisely what so many of the Wii U’s early adopters have been waiting for since 2012—a landing date for the long-promised “Super Smash Bros.” games. Expect “Smash” 3DS in summer and the Wii U version in Q4. For those who, unlike Nintendo, find it difficult to sit still and wait, Nintendo has charted “Mario Kart 8” for a May release. A striking number of JRPGs have potential releases this year as well. Monolith Software’s mysterious “X,” the follow-up
to the Wii’s cult hit “Xenoblade Chronicles,” will probably at least be subjected to a big reveal if not an actual release. Atlus’ “Persona” series, on the other hand, promises multiple games. While “Persona V” may not wander in till 2015, “Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth” for 3DS is concretely planned for 2014. As per the modern games market, rereleases will also find their way into this year’s release schedule. “Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5” will continue to highlight Square Enix’s desperation for money, offering three more titles in the classic series in high-definition. More surprising (or not... probably not), however, is Sony and Naughty Dog’s decision to re-release PS3’s demigod swansong brainchild wunderkind “The Last of Us” on the PS4 for a full-bodied price tag, because my biggest reason for investing in a PS4
was Clickers with even higher anti-aliasing. This year won’t be completely devoid of blockbusting Titans, though. FPS RPG’s may, once again, lay waste to the year’s fourth quarter. With the recent announcement of “Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel” and the at-long-last coming of Bungie’s “Destiny,” 2014’s last few months may be alive with gunshots and loot grinds. Ubisoft’s “Watch Dogs,” a cybernetic-stealth-shooteropen-world thing (which you totally already knew about) launches in late May. Additionally, Square Enix’s long-promised, identity crisis of a JRPG “Final Fantasy XIV” (formerly known as “Final Fantasy Versus XIII”) will likely be making landfall this year. A release seems equally as unlikely for Square, though, as being stranded back in 2004 probably makes it hard to keep up with release schedules.
A new prerogative for the SGA executive board Orlando Moldovan Staff Writer With another year hinging on its last few days, major reforms are in the process of sweeping over the old system by which our student government was traditionally elected. During last Tuesday’s senate meeting, two senators opened discussion on a bill intended to reshape the way the executive board is selected. The new bill, if passed, would change the requirements of the presidential position. The Student Government Constitution has until now required that the candidate for the presidential spot alone needed prior experience in a student government organization. All other positions were open to the disputation of populist elections and required nothing more than a majority of votes
for the winning candidate. This new bill would require that all students interested in a spot on the executive board (vice president, treasurer, historian) have prior experience on a student government before qualifying for the ballot. The animated debate during Tuesday’s meeting consisted of senators of all convictions expressing their approval or disapproval of the bill. Both sides of the argument drew upon very close numbers of supporters from among the student senators, and raised two key questions upon whose answers the future of the bill will most likely be decided. The question raised by the bill’s proponents dealt with SGA’s ability to run its meetings and achieve its aims given the possibility that the executive board’s constituency could, at some point in time, be composed of students whose knowledge and thinking is not
derived from the vantage point of prior incumbency. The bill’s opposition saw the matter from a less progressive angle. It sought to identify the validity of the matters raised by the bill’s backers while also holding steadfast to ideals propounded by the real life political system of this country, and the belief that any student who is selected by a majority of his/her peers to represent is already a leader. Denying the students a right to voice their support would trample on a democracy’s inherent freedoms, according to those in disagreement with the bill. Time will tell whether the current constitution will be able to hold in the face of the valid demands raised by the bill’s supporters.
Senior communications majors Chelsea Bridges (left) and Kaleigh Collins (right) help at USCAâ€™s Horses and Courses event in downtown Aiken. Dr. Fowler paints at Horses and Courses in downtown Aiken. USCAâ€™s Jazz band performs outside The Mill during the downtown festival.
Photos: Jacob Ellis
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