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Vol. 50 | No. 25

Face-Off: Student Government Association Vice Presidential run-off election. Voting runs April 9-10, 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. See p. 2

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Editor-in-Chief T.J. Wright Sports Editor Nick Terry News Editor Lacie Rhoden Copy Editor Colleen Welch Art Editor Eleanor Prater Webmaster & Social Media Manager Joey Gill Staff Writers Orlando Moldovan Brent Blackmon Angela Murphy Chelsea Bridges Samana Mehdi Connor Burney Business and Advertising Manager Judith Templeton Photographers Jacob Ellis Ryan Mathis Jordan Hoard Assistant Designer Michael St. John Cartoonist Robert Washington Events Coordinator Kaleigh Collins Ad Staff Kimberlee Howard Sheneika Lofton ABOUT PACER TIMES Pacer Times is a weekly publication of the University of South Carolina Aiken. The opinions stated in this paper are those of Pacer Times and in no way reflect those of USCA. The student newspaper is distributed free on campus, one copy per student. To purchase an advertisement, parties must contact the advertising manager at (803) 641-3517 or by email to Advertisements are subject to rejection by the staff. © 2014 Pacer Times University of South Carolina Aiken 471 University Parkway Aiken, SC 29801 (w) 641-3517 Fax: (803) 641-3728 email:

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2014-15 student leaders elected Nick Terry Sports Editor Last week, USCA’s Student Government Association held its 2014 election. There were many new members elected to office by the 664 students who participated in the election. Alexander Oliver was elected to office as president, while Brittany May was elected as secretary and treasurer.

Micah Hurtt was elected as parliamentarian, Erin Nickson was chosen for the special events position, Jason Brantley was named the historian, Fateish Graham will now hold the post of public relations and Brooke Inman was elected to community service. Vincent Anderson will represent the School of Business, Ryan Rafanan was chosen for the School of Education, Collen Cirillo was

elected for the position of School of Nursing, DeErica Reddish now represents the College of Humanities and Social Science and Madelyn Wasden is now the representative for the College of Sciences. In addition to these positions, there is one major position that is currently unfilled. The vice president position was not decided last week, as neither candidate,

Raheen Linnen or Christian Medders, was able to obtain a majority of the vote. A run-off election will be held to decide who will be the vice president. The election will take place Wednesday, April 9, beginning at 8 a.m. and will end Thursday, April 10, at 8 p.m. Vote totals of the run-off election will be posted outside the SGA office in the Student Activities Center.

Congratulations to the new University Judicial Board Student Members:

Nandi Wallace Taylor Shelley Olivia Burbage Charles Morton Jeremy Jones Xandria F. Smith Alexaandra Harris Brianna Blair Alexander Oliver James Stokes III

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Students from USC Aiken and Suffolk University commemorate the second leg of the Leadership Exchange program with a photograph in front of the Massachusetts State House.

People’s Choice Award Voting

Remaining Semester Events:

April 8th-10th ~ via email Brantley Westbrook Endea Ellison Tierra Butler Alex Oliver

Jasmin Thompson Lacie Rhoden Rachel Whaley Garry Coates

April 8: State of Campus Address April 11: Research Day April 12: Dance Marathon April 16: Leadership Banquet April 17: Academic Convocation April 20: Easter April 21-26: Greek Week April 26: Greeks Give Back April 28: Last Day of Class April 29-30: Reading Days May 1-7: Exams May 2: Lobster Races May 8: USCA Commencement


Research Day to showcase student work Orlando Moldovan Staff Writer

With another school year almost over, it’s time again for Research Day. This year’s Research Day will take place on Friday, April 11. Every spring, this event provides the window through which undergraduate students of all fields of study showcase their respective projects. The projects vary from visual art displays to theatrical or musical performances. Not only do the students involved receive an audience on which they can disseminate the messages of their research, their recompense is much larger than that. They also have the opportunity to win prizes for their presentations, this, however, being subject to the whims of judges. The research projects displayed during the event are not tied to in-class topics. Students are welcome to also

showcase projects, which they have undertaken outside the classroom or the school. The oral presentations and poster presentations will take place from noon to 3:30 p.m. The oral presentations will take place in the mezzanine room on the second floor of the Student Activity Center, while the poster presentations will take place in the SAC lobby. The awards ceremony will take place in the mezzanine room from 4-4:30 p.m. If the thrill of research doesn’t succeed in overwhelming the heart of the student with the ardent desire to participate, then surely the cash prizes offered by the faculty will suffice in drawing enough welcome attention to possible future participation. All students are invited to come support their peers during the spring’s most paradoxically exciting school event. The event will begin at 10 a.m. and end at 4:30 p.m.

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Pacers to celebrate record season Nick Terry Sports Editor USC Aiken will celebrate the 2013-14 men’s basketball team’s Final Four run this Monday, April 14, at 4 p.m. The athletic department is requesting all Pacer fans to attend this event to honor the greatest season ever completed at USCA. The 2013-14 team accomplished many firsts for the program and broke several records, as well. The Pacers won their third straight Peach Belt Conference regular-season title, its second consecutive PBC Tournament title, hosted its second straight NCAA Southeast Regional and advanced to the program’s firstever Final Four. USCA set team records for most wins (33), fewest losses (4), winning percentage (.892), longest winning streak (15), rebounds per game (40.4), total rebounds (1,494), total blocks (220), free throws made and attempted (737-1,059) and field goals made and attempted

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The USC Aiken men’s basketball team celebrates its regional championship after it defeated Montevallo, 84-73, March 18. (982-2,070). Come celebrate these accomplishments and USCA’s season with the program. The event will take place in

the USC Aiken Convocation Center Lobby. If you plan to attend, please RSVP at or 643-6865.


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Baseball set to face rival GRU Augusta on the road Nick Terry Sports Editor

USC Aiken’s baseball team enters this week coming off a series loss to Peach Belt Conference East division foe Lander. The Pacers (26-10, 13-8 PBC) were able to take the middle game of the weekend series but fell in the first and last games. On tap for USCA this week are four road games. The first game will take place at Cawtaba on Wednesday, April 9. The Indians (24-13, 16-6 South Atlantic Conference) enter the week on a four-game winning streak after defeating UNC Pembroke and Mars Hill this past week. Last season, the Pacers and Indians squared off twice with each team winning on the road. In the first matchup last year, Catawba was able to defeat USCA, 7-4. Ty Barkell,

Ben Donath and Ryan Metzler each collected one hit in the loss. In the second matchup between the two squads last year, USCA was able to claim the victory, winning 15-3. Sean Miller, Tyler Moore, Donath and Metzler led the Pacers offensively in the win, going 4-4, 4-4, 2-4 and 2-4, respectively. The quartet also combined for 13 RBI. First pitch for this season’s first meeting is set for 6 p.m. USCA’s second matchup of the week will take place over the weekend against rival GRU Augusta. The Jaguars (16-22, 8-13 PBC) come into the week on a three-game winning streak after sweeping Flagler on the road this past weekend. That sweep was a good sign for GRUA, as it had lost 11 of its previous 13. Last year, USCA won all five of its meetings with GRUA. The Pacers won game one, 4-1,

game two, 7-1, game three, 7-3, game four, 6-4, and game five, 12-2. Barkell and Metzler led the Pacers offensively in the victories, combining to go 9-21 and 8-20, respectively. The three-game series this Friday, Saturday and Sunday will be important for both teams in terms of conference tournament seeding. The Pacers currently sit in a tie for the fourth spot in the standings. A strong weekend against GRUA could help solidify the Pacers as one of the top four seeds in the conference. GRUA currently sits one game outside of the eighth and final spot in the tournament, making this conference series extremely important as the regular season nears its end. Game times for the series are set for 6:30 p.m. Friday, April 11, 2 p.m. Saturday, April 12, and 2 p.m. Sunday, April 13. All three games will be played at the Augusta Green Jackets Lake Olmstead Stadium.

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Kody Belcher eyes the pitcher as he attempts to steal second base. Belcher has 23 stolen bases on the year, which is good enough to lead USCA, as well as the Peach Belt Conference.

Softball heading into final week on a winning streak Connor Burney Sports Writer

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India Kornegay delivers a pitch in a game earlier this season. Kornegay is the staff ace, leading the team with 19 victories.

The USC Aiken softball team enters the week on fire with a five-game winning streak. USCA swept UNC Pembroke and Francis Marion to go perfect this past weekend. This week the Pacers (28-11, 11-5 Peach Belt Conference) will face three conference foes to end their regular season. All three matchups will be doubleheaders. Today, the GRU Augusta Jaguars (19-30, 6-10 PBC) will come to J.H. Satcher Field. The Jaguars have won three of their last four games. First pitch of the rivalry is scheduled for 4 p.m., with the second game to follow at 6 p.m. Last year, the Pacers split with the Jaguars. They lost game one, 2-1, and won game two, 7-6. Kaitlyn White and Sarah Montei led the Pacers offensively, collecting three and

two hits, respectively. The Lander Bearcats (638, 0-16 PBC) will battle the Pacers on Thursday. The Bearcats come into this week on a long losing streak. The first game is slated to start at 5 p.m., with the second game slated for 7 p.m. Last year, USCA won the doubleheader, 5-0 and 2-1. White and Victoria Burkett provided the offense for the Pacers, collecting three and two hits, respectively. USCA finishes up its regular season against the Georgia College Bobcats (31-11, 10-6 PBC) on Saturday at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. The Bobcats enter this week on a five-game winning streak. Last year, the Pacers dropped the doubleheader, 7-4 and 4-3. They also faced the Bobcats in the PBC Tournament, a 4-3 loss that ended USCA’s season. In those meetings, Brittany Williamson and White led

the Pacers, going 5-8 and 3-12, respectively in the three meetings. This week, USC Aiken’s ace India Kornegay looks to hit the major milestone of 1,000 strikeouts in her career as a Pacer. Kornegay currently has 999 stikeouts. This past weekend, Kornegay went 4-0 and posted 21 strikeouts. The Pacers look to have a strong closing week after a successful home stand this past weekend.

April 6, Game 2 - @USCA 5, Francis Marion 4 USCA defeated Francis Marion, 5-4, in the second game of a doubleheader this past weekend. Kornegay entered the game in the fifth inning in relief of starter Taylor Morgan. Kornegay picked up the win after pitching three scoreless innings.


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Women’s tennis prepared to close season on a high note Nick Terry Sports Editor

Sports Information

Margot Simon returns the ball in a recent match. She has an 11-8 record on the year and has won two straight matches.

USC Aiken’s women’s tennis team enters its final week of the regular season having won three of its last four matches. On the schedule for the Pacers (13-6, 6-5 Peach Belt Conference) this week are two road matches against PBC foes. The first match of the week will take place Saturday, April 12, at Georgia College. The Bobcats (13-5, 6-3 PBC) enter the week having won five of their last six matches but most recently lost to Francis Marion. Last season, Georgia College defeated USCA, 5-1. This week’s match is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. USCA’s last match of the week and the regular season will take place against Armstrong on Sunday, April 13. The Pirates (17-1, 10-0 PBC) enter the week on a

Men’s tennis looks to finish season strong on the road Connor Burney Sports Writer The USC Aiken men’s tennis team enters the final week of the regular season after winning one of two matches this past weekend. The Pacers (10-7, 2-6 Peach Belt Conference) will battle two conference opponents on the road this week. The Pacers will face the Georgia College Bobcats (11-4, 4-2 PBC) on Saturday, April 12, at 1 p.m. in Milledgeville, Ga. The Pacers dropped their match against the Bobcats last year, 5-3. In the match, Ettore Damiani won his No. 3 singles match, 6-4, 6-7, 6-2. USCA will travel to Savannah, Ga. to face the Armstrong Pirates (10-6, 6-1 PBC) on Sunday, April 13, in a 2 p.m. match. Last year, USCA dropped its match with the Pirates, 9-0. The Pacers look to have a

successful week of matches to end the regular season.

April 1 - USCA 6, @ Queens 3 The Pacers defeated the Queens Royals, 6-3, on Tuesday in Charlotte. In the match, Alejandro Andino and Patrick Stiebinger won their No. 1 doubles match, 8-6. Ettore Damiani and Lucas Gobbi won their No. 2 doubles match, 8-4. USCA swept doubles play with Andy Quirk and Ronan Reberac winning the No. 3 spot, 9-8. In singles competition, Damiani won, 6-3, 6-1. In the No. 3 singles match, Andy Quirk won, 6-0, 6-0. Patrick Stiebinger won the No. 5 singles match, 6-7, 6-3, 9-6.

April 2 - Francis Marion 5, @USCA 1 USCA dropped its match against the Francis Marion Patriots, 5-1, at home on

roll, having won 13 straight matches. Armstrong dominated the Pacers the last time these two teams met, winning the 2013 matchup, 9-0. USCA will look to have better success against the powerful Armstrong team when they meet this week.

April 5 - @USCA 8, Young Harris 1 USCA opened this past weekend up with an 8-1 win over Young Harris. The Pacers won all three doubles matches behind the strong play of the teams of Tusiama and Williams, Jasko and Regel and Simon and Charlotte Greenwood. The three teams won, 8-4, 8-1 and 8-1, respectively. USCA also won five of its six singles matches. No. 1 Tusiama won her match, 6-7, 6-2, 11-9. In the No. 2 spot, Simon was able to pull off a victory, 6-4,

6-0. Jasko claimed a victory in the No. 3 position, winning 7-6, 6-0. Regel and Ella Rhodin rounded out the singles action for USCA in the No. 5 and No. 6 spots, winning 6-2, 6-0, and 6-0, 6-1, respectively.

April 6 - @USCA 6, North Georgia 3 USCA rounded out last week with a 6-3 win over North Georgia. The Pacers claimed five of the six singles matches. In the No. 1 position, Tusiama captured a 6-2, 6-3 victory. Simon picked up a win in the No. 2 spot, winning 6-3, 6-0. In the No. 3 spot, Williams was able to win 6-4, 6-2. Arruda claimed a 6-1, 6-1 win in the No. 4 slot. Jasko rounded out singles play in the No. 5 spot, claiming a 6-1, 6-1 victory. Simon and Jasko won the No. 3 match in doubles play, 8-3.

Wednesday. Damiani won the No. 1 singles battle, 6-2, 6-3.

April 5 - @USCA 5, Young Harris 4 On Saturday, the Pacers defeated the Young Harris Mountain Lions, 5-4. Damiani and Gobbi won in doubles play, 8-4. In singles competition, Damiani claimed victory in the No. 1 spot, winning 5-7, 6-2, 6-2. Andino won the No. 2 singles match, 6-3, 6-4. Gobbi won the No. 4 spot, 6-0, 6-0. Stienbinger captured the No. 5 position, winning 7-5, 6-2.

April 6 - @North Georgia 5, USCA 2 USC Aiken dropped its away match against the North Georgia Nighthawks on Sunday, 5-2. In doubles play, Stiebinger and Andino won the No. 1 spot, 9-8, (7-5). In the No. 2 spot, Damiani and Gobbi won, 9-8.

Sports Information

Ettore Damiani awaits the ball in a recent match. He has an 11-6 record on the year, including a 5-3 mark in PBC play.

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Arts & entertainment

A with a...Starbucks Barista

T.J. Wright Editor-in-Chief

In next week’s Q&A, I sit down with a cafeteria worker.

We have had Starbucks on campus for almost a full semester now and it has been great. I felt that a Starbucks themed Q&A was well overdue. So I met up with one of our Starbucks baristas, Justina, to ask about her job.


Send questions that you’d like to ask and suggestions for who should be in the next Q&A to my email address below. Ryan Mathis

How long have you been a barista?

I’ve had previous barista experience at a cafe in Massachusetts, but I’ve been here for two months.



What do you like about your job?

I love being able to make someone’s day and make friendships with people. I’ve met some awesome people.


:A Favorite drink?

Caramel macchiato iced with extra caramel drizzle.


What’s the hardest part of your job?

Remembering everything. I’m a barista, but I’m also the one who leads the baristas. So it’s also making sure that everything runs smoothly.


:A :A

What would you say to anyone wanting to become a barista?

You have to love people and be humble.


Arts & entertainment

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Chapter Two to open this week Cecilia Youngblood Blogger

With themes of love, loss and starting over, this play tells a story of new beginnings, as stated by co-director Ellis. Ellis, a senior studying theatre and philosophy at USCA, is a veteran when it comes to directing. Her favorite aspects of the play are the juxtaposition of the characters and how they balance each other out, the farcical subplot of supporting characters Faye and Leo and the intrigue of the heartening love that builds between George and Jennie. The allurement of coupling the bewitching, beautiful actress, Burns and smoothtalking, witty actor, Parfenoff, is enough to attract audiences to see Chapter Two. Burns plays Jennie, a 32-year-old woman who has recently divorced her husband and been through several years of therapy to deal with a bad marriage. Jennie is definitely not ready for another relationship, until she is called accidentally by George, who

The University Theatre Players (UTP), USC Aiken’s talented and eccentric theatre troupe, is well-known and loved for its recent shows, such as Ordinary Days, The Jungle Book and Experimental Relief. UTP is back for its final show of the season, Chapter Two written by Neil Simon, which stars audience favorites Matti Burns (as Jennie), Misha Parfenoff (as George), James Paisley (as Leo) and Sydney Fowler (as Faye). The show is co-directed by long-time theatre buff, Lauren Ellis, and fine arts department chair, Jack Benjamin. Chapter Two follows two lost and lonely, middleaged individuals, Jennie and George, who have both lost their spouses and are unsure how to get their lives in order afterward. George’s brother, Leo, and Jennie’s friend, Faye, play matchmaker and try to set Jennie and George up.

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quickly turns the tables. Burns enjoys the role of Jennie, appreciating her sense of humor and the grounded, down to earth personality she has. Most of all, Burns loves that Jennie is a sweet girl, who really wants to help George. These characteristics embody Burns herself, who is a freshman studying musical theatre. She is paired with freshman Parfenoff, who studies theatre, and is quite the opposite of his character, George, who he describes as a “neurotic introvert who overthinks, over-analyzes, and can’t let go of his departed wifeuntil he meets Jennie.” After squeezing rehearsals, set building and costuming into three short weeks, Parfenoff feels ready to become George. “It was hectic and crazy,” remarked Parfenoff, shaking his head. “But I enjoyed it.” Still, how would these two have ever come together if not for supporting actors Paisley, a whimsical and sardonic

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senior studying English and his pleasantly erratic costar, Fowler, who is a junior studying theatre. Leo, the dastardly, clever brother of George, is described by Paisley as a cad. “He’s something of a stereotype of the New York, Jewish showbiz character,” said Paisley. “He’s had a lot of affairs and he’s not very sensitive. He cares about his brother, but he’s kind of a jerk.” Paisley mentions the enjoyable argument scenes he shares with Parfenoff and the good chemistry the two men share. “It’s exciting and new,” said Paisley. “Come aboard, we’re expecting you.” After the entertaining, comical antics of the three actors previous to her, Fowler’s calm disposition and frankness was rather refreshing. Fowler began describing her character with ease, as if discussing someone she knew on a personal level, as your typical suburban housewife

and soap opera actress, who is both high-strung and a bit outlandish, but seems to be missing something in her life, though she can’t seem to figure out what it is. According to Fowler, Faye’s kookiness adds a little something to the story. Though Faye is ecstatic that her friend has found someone, she wants to fill the void in her life as well. Chapter Two will premier at the Etherredge Center’s experimental theatre on April 9 at 7:30 p.m., with following shows on April 10, 11 and 12 at 7:30 p.m., as well. The final showing will be a Sunday matinee on April 13, set to begin at 2 p.m. “Come support a branch of the campus that is very often ignored,” Ellis said on why students should come watch the show. The show will count toward students’ ICE requirement and is eight dollars for admission with your student ID.

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