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CHAN TICLEER Fall 2019: Issue 1 // September 18, 2019


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Small alligator found in Wall Pond



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CCU volleyball welcomes four new international players

CCU student builds up his own business

Is our community providing proper protection?




Pack the CCU Pantry one Chant at a time C Sarah Kinder // Reporter

Every Chant loves Coastal Carolina University’s wide range of programs and services, but there is one recurring problem that has become a costly inconvenience for students. Parking!

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Numerous parking citations were issued during the first week of the Fall 2019 semester and have aggravated the drivers in CCU’s overflowing lots. The unfortunate few were able to avoid dipping into their savings to pay off tickets due to CCU’s Parking Amnesty program. All parking citations issued from Monday, Aug. 19, to Sunday, Aug. 25 were waived by donations of canned foods. At the CINO Pantry, the cost of five nonperishable food items waived one ticket. According to the university’s website, The CINO Pantry was created by a University 110 class in 2012 to reduce hunger and improve nutrition on campus here at Coastal Carolina. The decision to open a pantry was based on the percentage of students who receive financial aid as well as the number of upperclassmen who live off campus and find problems that come with paying rent each month. Those that struggle with these problems still need to have enough money to buy food or a meal plan, and this issue is common amongst CCU students. The CINO Pantry was established to help these students succeed. Students and faculty, apart from those who parked in reserved spaces and lots, fire hydrants and fire zones, curb cuts and accessible parking spaces, were eligible for this program.

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CCU students bring in dozens of canned goods. // Photo by Caroline Elswick

Items were collected in the Lib Jackson Student Union B - 214 from 10 a.m. to 5p.m. from Aug. 21 through Aug. 23, and again on the 26 and 27. Freshman Connor Cartmell received a parking citation on just his second day as a new Chanticleer. “I was really bummed out. I really thought that where I parked was valid but then I was fined $35,” Cartmell said. “Once I found out about the Parking Amnesty Week, I was relieved. I knew I had extra canned foods in my dorm that I could totally give away to save me those 35 bucks!”

turned in and paid for with non-perishable goods out of the 721 total tickets that were issued during the first week. This resulted in over 1,070 items donated to the CINO Pantry. Thank you to all who used this opportunity to provide for fellow students. Donations are accepted year-round and are greatly appreciated. For more information on what foods are accepted at the pantry, please visit Pack the Pantry on CCU’s website.

Bringing in 5 food items could pay for a parking ticket the first week of school. // Photo by Caroline Elswick

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Many students participated. 215 of 271 tickets issued the first week were paid for with food. // Photo by Caroline Elswick

This program works as a win for everyone. Students and faculty were able to support the student body whilst saving their own money. The results of Parking Amnesty Week were astounding! There were 214 tickets

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Pack the Pantry brought in over 1,070 items. Remeber that donations are accepted all year and go to students that need it. // Photo by Caroline Elswick

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Chant Safe program recently launched Alyssa Brennan // Editor in Chief

On Aug. 20, President David DeCenzo sent out an email announcing that a new tool, ChantSafe, is now available to students. “I am pleased to announce the launch of a new tool that makes it easier for you to find the information you need to be safe and to navigate a crisis here at CCU,” the email said. This website brings together all of the different resources that are available to students. It is supposed to make it much easier for students to get the help they need by providing the information and contacts that may be needed for many different situations in one place. When students expressed concern about not having easy access to campus resources, it inspired the creation of this mobile friendly website. Lee Carter, director of Wellness Outreach, wanted to make sure there was a student voice in the project, so she reached out to seniors Tessa Taylor, Public Health major, and Madeline Filling, Communication major. “[My favorite part] was working with the students, creating an environment where they could feel comfortable giving that feedback which I think students in general do. Being able to really sit down with students and other collaborators, other offices on campus, and being able to have those discussions in an environment where we all know safety is our number one priority [was my favorite part],” Carter said. Both students agreed they enjoyed every part of working on this project.

“My favorite part of creating it was definitely how the committee members valued the students’ perspectives and ideas,” Filling said. “It provided me with this realization that staff members truly do care about what the students have to say and when we vocalize a concern, they listen and take action.” Taylor had a similar opinion. “My favorite part about the creation of ChantSafe was interacting with stakeholders and collaboratively creating content. It’s a rewarding feeling to have been a part of something that could benefit all students,” she said. They both gave some insight into the challenges of creating the program. “One of the greatest challenges that I faced in the process of developing ChantSafe was ensuring that adequate resources were provided in each area of concern, as well as identifying all possible areas of concern. It was important to our team that we minimized potential barriers as much as possible while also providing content that was easily understand,” Taylor said.

various links,” she said. Both students have high hopes for the program. “My hopes for the ChantSafe program are that it continues to grow over time in a sense that more resources become accessible. Although, we hope that our students do not experience emergency situations, we are grateful to have this program at their fingertips if a situation were to arise,” Taylor said. Filling agrees. “My hopes for this website and program are that students feel more prepared and equipped when they are faced with a crisis situation. I never want a student to be in these situations, however, when they are, I hope they know to use this website as a resource,” she said. “Everyone should be aware of ChantSafe because it is an incredible asset for students. We, as a committee, spent numerous hours making this website as streamlined and effective as

possible, and we want students to feel safer and have more knowledge when it comes to their safety on campus as well as in the local community.” Carter wants students to be aware of this new resource and to take advantage of it.

“The most important thing to know is that it is mobile first, the idea being that people pretty much always have their phones with them and it’s not just for on campus. It’s for anywhere students are if they’re experiencing an emergency. If there’s an emergency, call 911 but it’s nice that all resources and information are in one place,” she said. “We want to make sure students are aware of not just the crisis section, but also the general safety information.”

If you are ever in a situation and don’t know what to do, or just want to have information on resources and general safety, check out the website. Link is https://www. coastal.edu/chantsafe/.

Filling had a slightly different perspective. “To me, the most challenging thing I faced in the process was narrowing down the language and making it relatable and understandable by students. I was passionate about keeping the word count down because when a student is in a crisis the last thing we want them doing is taking time to read paragraphs or navigate through

All rescources that you may need are available on this mobile friendly website, but if it’s an emergency always call 911.


Why there are high school students in your college classes Caroline Elswick // Reporter

If you ever had a high school student in your classes at CCU, then you’ve met a student of the Scholars Academy. Founded in 2003, the Scholars Academy is a public school program which recruits high performance students from the Horry County School District. The academy offers students an advanced high school curriculum as well as the introduction to CCU’s classes. Most of these students graduate from the academy with up to two years of college credits under their belt, averaging 67 credits. The school accepts approximately 50 rising 9th graders every year. Students begin by taking Honors and AP classes, and start taking CCU classes the second semester of their freshman year. Program Administrator Norman McQueen described the school as “a

partnership between Horry County Schools and Coastal Carolina University to provide advanced learners with a quality education in a supportive learning environment. Its mission is to educate these students at the rate and with the level of academic rigor that matches their abilities so that they graduate as learners who are prepared to succeed in higher education and in the world beyond.” Students enjoy a competitive and challenging environment, as well as one in which they feel at home among their peers. The teachers work hard to encourage students to succeed at their full potential, including AP Statistics teacher Lance Shuford. “Our teachers create a challenging environment in a variety of ways, but they all go back to a few main ideas.

These high school freshmen begin taking college classes during their second semester. // Photo by Eden Alon

Students enjoy this learning environment where they are pushed to reach their full potential. // Photo by Eden Alon

We provide depth and application as much as possible.” said Shuford. “We collaborate in cross curriculum meetings and we try to provide instruction in a variety of forms in order to open up minds and dialogs in the classroom.” The academy has produced many successful graduates, including Morgan Compton, a senior at University of South Carolina Honors College, which was ranked as the Number 1 Honors College in the U.S. in 2012. “Scholars Academy was such a unique opportunity that allowed me to gain college experience while still in the supportive environment of a high school,” said Compton. “Taking classes through CCU helped prepare me to attend college and succeed, as well as figure out a clearer

direction for my career path since I had more opportunities to explore a variety of classes.”

While most students do go to school instate, past students have gone to prestigious schools including Yale, Princeton, UPenn, MIT, Cornell, and Stanford, according to McQueen. Grace Leonard is a sophomore at Scholars Academy.

“What I enjoy most about Scholars is the people that I have met, they are extremely smart in varying ways and push me academically.” Leonard said. “Scholars provides an environment where I can learn as much from my peers as I can from my teachers.”

We want YOU to participate in “Warrior Wednesday”


Jenna Herazo // Reporter

A new tradition known as “Warrior Wednesday” debuted at Coastal Carolina University on Sept. 11, 2019. We all know of Teal Tuesdays, a tradition that showcases our CCU pride, but what about our appreciation for the military and those who have graciously served our country? Inspired by CCU Alumni Eva Gianelli, the Warrior Wednesday was created for that exact reason- to raise awareness for our on-campus student veterans and military. The new tradition will be celebrated on CCU’s campus every Wednesday. Students, faculty, and staff are all encouraged to participate. Those who participate are encouraged to wear anything related to the military. “It does not have to be camo,” Gregory Nance, director of veteran services, said. “It can literally say ‘Army.’”

“I think it’s unique because a lot of college campuses don’t do this. I think by virtue of knowing how [the current] military climate is, they’ll [the students who participate] benefit personally from sense of pride,” Nance also encourages participants to wear not only clothing, but watches, hats, and anything that has a personal connection with the military.

Proceeds from Warrior Wednesday sales will go to this disabled veterans’ charity.

In fact, CCU has teamed up with one of our own students to create a memorable shirt. Matthew Oakley, a junior at CCU and owner of the clothing company Live Vivid, has a special connection to Warrior Wednesday. “My father was in the army for 22 years,” Oakley said. When his father and Nance met to discuss Warrior Wednesday, this was the perfect opportunity to not only make shirts to support veterans, but have one of CCU’s own students in the creation of the tradition.

“Coastal Carolina and Live Vivid teamed up to spread awareness for veterans,” Oakley said. “The fact that I’m a student here shows that students want to be directly involved.” Oakley has big dreams about the shirts and hopes to one day make them available for free on campus or sell them in the CCU bookstore. The proceeds to Live Vivid from Warrior Wednesday shirt sales will go towards QL Plus, a disabled veterans’ charity. Nance hopes this new tradition will spread awareness of CCU’s welcoming,

military-friendly presence.

“I think it’s unique because a lot of college campuses don’t do this. I think by virtue of knowing how [the current] military climate is, they’ll [the students who participate] benefit personally from sense of pride,” Nance said. For more information about QL Plus and how to donate, please visit https://qlplus.org


Small alligator found in Wall Pond Caroline Elswick // Reporter

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Reports came in on the afternoon of Aug. 26 of an alligator in Wall Pond. This was later confirmed by The Chanticleer student newspaper’s photographer Eden Alon. According to Alon, the alligator was young, appearing to be 2 to 3 feet long. Alligators grow about a foot per year, said the Smithsonian National Zoo website, meaning it is possible it is 2 to 3 years old. From the website, it seems that it would be old enough, at that size, to be separated from its mother. It was likely pushed out of its original home by older alligators and found its way to Wall Pond. The American Alligator is the only species of alligator in the U.S. It is considered “Federally Threatened by similarity of appearance to the American crocodile,” meaning it is not actually endangered but looks a lot like the American Crocodile, which is endangered. Alligators are cold-blooded and rely on heat from the world around them. They spend most of their time in the summer sun-bathing and spend the winters in hibernation. Overall, alligator attacks are rare, unless they are being threatened or have been taught to see people as food. It seems that this alligator has more to fear from us than we have from it. “Alligators usually are not aggressive toward humans. Unprovoked attacks by alligators smaller than 5 feet are rare, but unusual behavior does occur,” said the S.C. Department of Natural Resources (SC DNR) website. Biologist Morgan Hart put out a press


Confirmed sighting of Wall Pond alligator. // Photo by Eden Alon

release on the SC DNR website on May 1, 2019, regarding small alligators. “While we definitely don’t want to discourage people from calling in any situation they feel could be dangerous, just be aware that smaller gators that are in their normal habitat do not typically pose a problem, so long as people keep a safe distance from them,” said Hart. David Lucas is a spokesperson for the Coastal Zone of SC DNR. “A 2- to 3-foot alligator in its natural habitat such as a freshwater pond is pretty normal occurrence for the S.C. Lowcountry,” said Lucas. “The main thing that students or other people need to do

is refrain from doing anything that would cause the alligator to associate people with food. That is the root cause of a lot of problems with nuisance alligators.” It is illegal to feed alligators. They will quickly learn to rely on humans as food source, which is very dangerous. In an Instagram poll done by The Chanticleer, 81 percent of students who voted by 10 a.m. Aug. 28 said they were not concerned about their safety knowing the alligator is on campus. We have reached out to university officials for comment and they have not responded. We will continue to update this story.




Update on the Wall Pond alligator Caroline Elswick // Reporter

Coastal Carolina University officials responded on the afternoon of Aug. 28 with updates on the baby alligator that was discovered in Wall Pond on Monday.

natural diet in an unhealthy way.”

It seems that it will remain here until it is ready to move on by itself.

Feeding an alligator comes with a $150 fine and up to 30 days in jail. When in doubt, leave it alone.

Martha Hunn, associate vice president of University Marketing and Communication at CCU, has been in contact with Joey Fowler, the pest control supervisor on campus. “He has let me know that this has happened before,” said Hunn. “In the past, it happened less frequently (every couple of years), but he says it has been happening more often since Lake Busbee was drained.” The hope is that the alligator will decide he is ready to go somewhere else without involving someone to remove him.

The website also discourages students from feeding the turtles in the pond for the time being, as it could attract the alligator.

“They are living organisms that warrant respect and it is not productive to annoy them. Molesting, injuring or killing alligators is punishable by law with fines up to $2,500 and 30 days in jail,” said SC DNR. If he happens to move away from the pond and on to other parts of campus, keep your distance and call public safety. Alligators rarely chase people, but it is best to remain more than 60 feet away. If he hisses or lunges, you are too close.

CCU will remain the gator’s home for now. // Photo by Eden Alon

“Since this alligator is a baby, and wandered here from the river system, it will likely move on, and it needs to have the opportunity to do so,” said Hunn. While we serve as the gator’s temporary home, it is important to remember a few things. According to the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (SC DNR) website, the most crucial thing to know is not to feed him. “This is a most important rule as feeding alligators threatens the safety of both people and animals,” said the site. “Providing food for these wild animals (that are naturally afraid of humans) not only makes them bolder and encourages them to seek out people, it also alters their

if you see the gator roaming campus, make sure to not get too close and keep yourslef out of danger. // Photo by Eden Alon





CCU volleyball welcomes four new international players

Morgen S. Cvetko // Reporter

Coastal Carolina women’s volleyball team has quite a few international players on their roster for the 2019-2020 season. Of the international players, three of them are freshman this year at Coastal Carolina: Jelena Prolic, outside hitter from Subotica, Serbia, Brigitta Petrenko, setter from Eger, Hungary, and Ilse Sinnige, middle hitter from Gruningen, Netherlands. All three of these players come from an extensive background in volleyball.

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Also, it is senior outside hitter, Mariia Levanova’s first year playing for Coastal. Levanova played for Syracuse University for four years before coming to play at CCU. “I went to Syracuse to get my undergrad and I am here for grad school. I have another year of eligibility and I picked Coastal,” Levanova said. Ani Bozdeva is a returning outside hitter, starter for the CCU women’s volleyball team. Bozdeva is from Razlog, Bulgaria. This will be her second year with the team and she is looking forward to having a younger team this year. “This year we have a lot of freshman and not a lot of seniors, we just have Mariia, but we are a pretty young team. It is different when it is a young team because we have more things in common,” Bozdeva said. They all have pretty similar reasons for why they choose Coastal Carolina. In

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l p a t a Coastal Carolina Women’s volleyball international players. (pictured from right to left; Mariia Levanova, Ani Bozdeva (returning player), Jelena Prolic, Ilse Sinnige, Brigitta Petrenko).

Europe, once you reach the University level, you must choose to either play professional sports or go to school.

“The [hardest] thing for me is language. But, also, definitely being separated from family and friends,” Prolic said.

“In Europe, you can’t study and play together. You have to choose professional sports or education,” Jelena Prolic, freshman outside hitter, said.

All of the players are hoping that they can walk away from this season with a ring and encourage students to come out and support them at their games.

Coming to Coastal to play volleyball and study for these players, meant leaving their home country to come and live in new place, without their family, which is one of the harder things about playing volleyball internationally. And for most of the players, this is the furthest they have been from home.

The CCU women’s volleyball team will be hosting the Coastal Carolina Classic on the weekend of Sept. 6 in the HTC Center. The first game will be against South Carolina State at 10 a.m. on Sept. 6.

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Coastal upsets Kansas Jayhawks , 12 - 7 Akilah Stroman // Reporter

After a week-long break from classes due to Hurricane Dorian, the Coastal Carolina football team traveled to Lawrence, Kansas to play power five school, the Kansas Jayhawks. The Chants brought the intensity and energy in what led them to a 12-7 victory. The Jayhawks got off to an aggressive start, scoring on their first possession of the game with a 41-yard touchdown run by Khalil Herbert to put the team up 7-0. Getting down the field, the Chants looked as if they were going to score with passes from Fred Payton to Isaiah Likely and CJ Marable. But after moving down the field, a misread by the quarterback and a sack pushed the Chants back. Looking to get on the scoreboard, the Chants went for a 31-yard field goal that would be missed by Massimo Biscardi leaving the score 7-0 Jayhawks. As the Jayhawks moved the chains and looked to score again, Chandler Kryst intercepted the pass with 12:05 left in the first half. The Chants did nothing on their series and would give the ball right back. After a Kansas punt, Marable gave a 12-yard run to move the chains. Payton to Likely for 22 yards and Payton to Jeremiah Miller on a 19-yard out to set up the 20-yard catch from Marable to score the touchdown with 41 seconds to go in the first half. A missed extra point put the Chants down by one.

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To start the second half, the Chants went three-and-out but with another Kryst interception, their drive would be stopped. Seven plays later, at second-and-goal, Marable scored his second touchdown of the night. A missed two-point conversion gave the Chants a 12-7 lead. The two teams traded punts, but the Jayhawks made a run down the field. The Coastal defense stood tall and made stop after stop. Traveling 74 yards on 14 plays, the Chants came up short with another missed field goal with 5:35 to play in the game. With the Jayhawks burning all their timeouts early in the last quarter at the 14:22 mark, the Jayhawks had to rely on the offense. Defense with another stop, the Chants

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were able to takeover with 4:01 left in the game which sealed the fate of the game. The Chants had 291 total yards of offense. Payton went 6-for-9, 98 yards and a TD. Bryce Carpenter went 2-for-5, 21 yards. Likely had 2 receptions for 46 yards and Jaivon Heiligh had two receptions for 26 yards. Marable would finish the game with 24 rushes for 148 yards and two touchdowns. On the defense, Teddy Gallagher had a team high of 10 tackles. Mallory Clayborne and Alex Spillum both had eight stops and Spillum had the only sack for the Chants. This is the first win over a power five school in Coastal Carolina school history.







CCU student builds up his own business Alyssa Brennan // Editor in Chief

When inspired by struggling to gain confidence in his major, Interdisciplinary Studies, senior Desmond Brown created and built up his own business called 1so Brand.

having family across the state. It allowed me to spread the word and get my products to those who were interested in purchasing different pieces,” he said.

“Stay consistent and make sure you network and have the right people around you while doing so. The process is far from easy, but it will all be worth it in the end.”

Brown has worked hard to build up his own business, however, starting out wasn’t all that easy.

“My long-term goal is to become known nationally and, after that, internationally. I’m always looking for ways to reach people outside of my living area and those who could potentially give my brand and business a push. It’s all about networking and getting in touch with the right people. You have to exhaust your resources as much as possible. This is something I’m getting better with.”

Assistant Professor of Communication, Corrine Dalelio, had a chance to talk with Brown a bit over the summer about his brand.

“I was a mixture of scared, nervous and excited. I didn’t really know where I was headed or how I would get things going. I just stepped out on my faith,” he said. “I can honestly say 1so has changed my life in so many ways and has given me a sense of hope that I never really experienced beforehand. I never get comfortable and that pushes me to make progress and reach new heights.”

He gave some insight into the challenges he faced at the beginning.

“I believe my biggest challenge was learning the business. Once I started with the first two shirts, the sales came in pretty quickly. I had to figure out the numbers, my turn around time, my target audience, product variety, and many more things that influenced the direction of my brand. With my father being an entrepreneur, I had an idea of what it took to make things happen,” Brown said. “However, once you get in the field on your own it’s a completely different story. It takes a lot of discipline and hard work to see results at the end of the day.”

He still faces challenges today and has set goals to overcome them.

“I think my biggest challenge would be my marketing advertising. My brand is very well known in South Carolina simply from me being a student at the university and

Brown is proud of what he has been able to do through this business and wants to encourage others to follow their dreams as well. “I am most proud of my ability to touch lives through my brand. The motto is encouraging the elevation of individual purpose and success. My goal is to motivate and inspire those who are working within their craft and career to keep going and breaking barriers placed upon them. I genuinely feel like our mentality can be our worst enemy at times where we get discouraged and want to give up. There’s always beauty in the struggle and the hard work that we put in day in and day out will reward us when the time is right,” Brown said. He has advice for others with similar goals. “Don’t hesitate. Don’t overthink. Don’t doubt yourself, go for it. If you’re truly passionate about something and you believe in yourself and the meaning behind it, take the risk. You never know what is on the other side of a leap of faith,” Brown said.

“I think it’s great what he’s done,” she said. “It’s amazing that someone his age has started his own business. I was impressed by how driven and positive he is at his age. I hope he does well with it. It seems like he has the right attitude towards his profession and life. I’d like to see where he goes.” Brown has big plans for the future. He is currently working towards his bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with a focus in Entrepreneurship and Psychology. After that, he plans to earn his master’s degree in Psychology and Social work. While doing that, he still wants to expand 1so and continue to network and create opportunities. “My long-term goal is to have my own store as well as a chain of small businesses that I can invest into. Hopefully, my brand will continue to touch those in pursuit of their dreams as they move forward along their journey. I know this is something that could potentially change not only my life but the people around me lives forever,” he said. “I wish to gain your support as you can follow us on Instagram at @1sobrand and shop online at 1sobrand.com. This journey has been a true testimony of faith and hard work, there’s no doubt that you can do the same.”

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‘Segfault’: A Name to Remember Destiny Premo // Reporter

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Segfault, a film made in 24 hours without a script, was shown at the Lib Jackson Student Union. Hall was the executive producer for Segfault, but more importantly to CCU students, she is a Coastal Carolina Alumna. Hall graduated from CCU with a degree in Sculpture and managed to work her way up to becoming president and CEO of her company, The Barber Shop: Marketing and Promotions. From there, she decided with her company to create a unique, no-script movie where anything could happen.

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Hall claims that she had gotten this far thanks to Coastal Carolina. “CCU allowed me to figure out who I was [and] taught me to search out mentors and people who were already there to support me,” she said. Due to this, she was able to live her life knowing she was not alone and allowed her to become confident in who she defined herself to be. According to imdb.com, Segfault was written, directed and filmed by Robert Paschall Jr. Other writers and producers include Northrup Lloyd, Brennan McMahon, and many others. The cast of over 20 people consists of Shannon Lucio, Cassie Shea Watson, Stephen Brodie, Joe Nemmers, and many more. The film was shot all over Dallas, Texas in only 24 hours, and there were no retakes for any of the shots. With the teamwork of the cast and crew members, Segfault was successfully released Sept. 10, 2017. No sooner after this had the movie gone viral and publicity for the film grew. 24-7pressrelease.com

Segfault’s flyer placed around campus. // Photo by Eden Alon

says that companies such as Buzzfeed and Huffington Post have nothing but good things to say about Segfault. The same thing goes for this CCU student, Caroline Townsend. “I thought it was cool because it was unscripted, and it was different to watch. It was slow to start but seemed more realistic than any other movie,” she said. Director Robert Paschall Jr. take his audience on an adventure in Segfault to discover Blair’s (Shannon Lucio) identity after waking up in a hotel room with a dead body and a missing recollection as to how the body came to be there. She receives a chilling phone call that sends her to retrace her steps and discover what memories she has lost, and why a mysterious organization

Amy Hall giving a speech about her life. // Photo by Eden Alon

is desperate to keep it a secret. Alongside her character, the actress must discover Blair’s identity in her own way. Not only was Lucio without a script, she also was not allowed to see her hair, makeup and clothes and was not even aware of her characters identity. Amy Hall “This is an experimental film. The lead actress’ performance is completely improvisational, she didn’t know her character’s name or background,” Hall said. A lack of knowing what will happen brings the film to life for the audience and keeps them on their toes due to the endless possible outcomes of the story. This film was shown in the Lib Jackson Student Union theatre on Thursday, Aug. 29 at 5 p.m. where all CCU students were able to view this stunning twist of a film.

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Nonprofit organization brings comfort to terminally ill children Grace Wells // Reporter

One of Coastal Carolina University’s smaller clubs is making a big difference. While sick children and their families face their fears in hospital across the nation, members of CCU’s own chapter portray children’s favorite heroes. A Moment of Magic is a national nonprofit organization that is dedicated to comforting medically vulnerable children. The volunteers dress as Disney characters to brighten up hospital rooms and patients’ days. CCU’s chapter is one of twenty across the nation. With a “never say no” policy, the volunteers are eight states away from visiting all 50 states. They have even visited Mexico and had a video conference with patients in Hawaii. Chapter president Natalie Daugherty and chapter vice president Morgan Labbree wore smiles while detailing their passion for the cause. “Every single visit that I go on, I touch a child emotionally. When the kids see their favorite character, they are in awe and you get to see the families relax,” Daugherty said. Labbree also commented. “You realize that I am part of something bigger than myself.” Labbree said. Although playing the part of a princess or a prince may seem like a fairytale, Daugherty said the hardest part for her was not having enough confidence to portray the perfect princess. “I don’t look like the cartoon, and I don’t

have the same body type,” she said. “But the kids, they do not care. They don’t care if you’re a little bigger than the cartoon or don’t have the right color eyeshadow. The best part is being authentically you and having an authentic moment with that child.” Disney is well known for its classic fairytales, but this organization also dresses as Marvel Characters. “We need men!” they both said. They encourage men to come out and join the organization. “We make plenty of little girls’ day and we want to make plenty of little boys’ day[s]. There’s nothing more masculine than dressing up as a superhero. Little boys will look up at you in awe.” Daugherty said. Daughtery explains how visits can be unpredictable. “There are either one of two reactions: one where they are literally running and screaming into your arms. The other, they are a little shy at first but at the end of the visit they won’t leave your side,” she said. In addition to her tasks as vice president, Labbree is also a Magic Maker. Magic Makers work behind the scenes helping dress up the actors, coordinate travel, market for the chapter, and more. When asked to describe what a Magic Maker is, Labbree answered in one word: “caretaker”. A Moment of Magic has been an opportunity for CCU students to make long-lasting friendships. “I met some of my best friends here. There is a sense of family,” Labbree said.

The Coastal Carolina University chapter of A Moment of Magic dressed up as their characters. // Courtesy Photo

For those not interested in partaking in the program, but wish to support the cause, the chapter asks for donations. “It’s going towards crafts for the kids, towards gas to go on the visits. It takes five dollars to sponsor a visit. We don’t care how much money you’re giving if you’re giving five dollars or $5,ooo”. Daugherty said. Keep an eye out for this organization on Sept. 16 as they will be placing gold ribbons around campus in honor of pediatric cancer. If you wish to join the club or are looking for more information, please send an email to amomentofmagiccoastal@gmail. com or visit the organization’s website at amomentofmagic.org.

Chapter President Natalie Dougherty dressed up as Cinderella. // Courtesy Photo


Get to know your body better with Coastal’s InBody Machine Morgen S. Cvetko // Reporter

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Tucked away in Swain Hall room 141 is a nondescript compact machine called InBody 570 Machine. Through Teal Nutrition’s services, students have access to this technology to learn about their body composition. The InBody, which does not emit radiation, quickly scans a user’s body from head to toe. From the scan’s data, students receive a wealth of information: total weight, weight of each limb, weight of backside area, BMI (Body Mass Index), and some cellular data. There is no exercise requirement before or during the test, but it is recommended to not eat or exercise beforehand. Participants will be asked to wipe hands and feet before stepping onto the machine. Once in position, the InBody will begin its process of scanning. The test is painless and takes about one minute to complete. Once the body scan is complete, a consultant will be available to explain the data and its significance. Information from previous visits is kept on file and is accessible for comparison results. This is an excellent feature for any students who wish to track body change over time. The test and consultation costs total to only $20. Nutrition Counseling sessions, which run at $15 per session, is a recommended service provided also by Teal Nutrition.

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office. Be sure to arrive early to fill out a small form before partaking in the test. Appointment times are flexible, and the session is typically over within 30 minutes. For more information on the InBody or to set up an appointment, call 843-3492634, or send an email to TEALnutrition@ coastal.edu Disclaimer: The InBody is available to any student at Coastal Carolina University. However, the test is not suggested for anyone with medical implant devices such as pacemakers. For females, it is recommended to not take the test during menstruation, as it could alter your results.

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Why you should stop worrying about size Courtney Douglass // Reporter

Editor’s note: This is a sex education column that contains explicit and graphic content. Note from the reporter: I write about sexuality because I believe that people have a right to accurate information and that good sexuality education works to create a more equal and just world by emphasizing bodily autonomy, consent, and diversity in sexuality. Sex education should include information people can actually use and apply into their sexual lives (while the science behind how a pregnancy is created is fascinating, it is not ultimately as useful for people than, say, a discussion of contraceptives or condom usage is). Finally, good sexuality education is also feminist and queer education and strives to provide justice for people who have been abused because of their sex or gender and provides information condemning sexual abuse, assault, and rape. To talk about penises, we need to go back to the Greeks. Greek art depicts great drama and strong heroes and gods in fantastical situations. These figures are oftentimes nude. If you look in the right place, these great heroes have something in common. Yup. They all have small penises. In Ancient Greece, small penises were a sign of intelligence, self-control, and

dignity. To have a small penis meant you were a better man. More than that, having a big penis meant you were a savage, more of an animal than a man—satyrs are an excellent example of this. If this reminds you of something, then it should. Everyone has heard the stereotype that Black people have bigger penises. Meanwhile Asian people have smaller ones. This comes from the same notion the Greeks had—that black men are hypersexual animals. Meanwhile, Asian people are more intelligent and nonsexual. Pretty racist, right? (We also equate big penises with masculinity. This makes many trans people invisible on this issue.) Despite tons of studies on the matter, there’s never been any correlation between race and penis size. And while there are also lots of studies on what the average penis size is, I won’t be stating that number here. Also, researchers believe men with bigger penises are more likely to take part in studies. This makes the “average” bigger than what is truthful. But also, I won’t tell you because I don’t think it matters. Bottom line. An average number is that. An average. There are so, so, so many variations between that. We can usually accept this truth with things like faces or eyeballs. The most common eye color is brown, but brown is not some almighty goal to reach for. Nope. We appreciate the many different eye colors there are in the world. We know that if everyone had the same eyes, it’d be boring.

But we don’t extend this same reasoning to genitals, which are as varied as eyes, noses, and ears. Besides that, penis size doesn’t say anything about how healthy you are. Small, big, dark, pink, straight, curved, hairy, smooth—none of this says anything about the health of a penis. (The one exception to this is Peryionne’s, a buildup of plaque that causes the penis to curve at a severe angle. Talk to a healthcare provider if you notice any changes in your penis, the same you would with anything else!) Penis size doesn’t matter during sexual intercourse, either. First of all, the clitoris is the one with all the nerve endings, anyway. It’s reached with your fingers or rubbed against with the penis. Inside the vagina, it’s only the first inner third that has nerve endings. The last two thirds have very, very few. (Think about how some people can put tampons in and forget they’re there!) So, it’s only a few inches into the vagina, not deep inside, that is usually preferred, anyway. If you are somebody who has anal intercourse with other penis-havers, you’re also fine. You can stimulate the prostate from only a few inches inside. So again, you don’t need anything mighty long or big to create pleasure, either. On top of all that, intercourse isn’t the only way to have sex. Think about it: you have your whole body, your hands, fingers, lips, tongue, head, shoulders, knees, and toes. Your penis is not the only part of

you that can be a part of sex, so why not make sex the full body experience that its should be? Stop worrying about your size!C Bigger penises say nothing about whether someone is creative, respectful, and kind toc their partners. These things are what makes sex awesome, anyway. t

To be fair, there are some people thatb think penis size matters. It’s the same waym some people prefer, say, brown eyes. It’s okay for people to have preferences, ands sexuality is more than what we feel withf our nerve endings. But it’s not okay tot shame other people for their bodies andh something they can’t change. On the otherb end of the spectrum, we should always respect someone’s right to say no.

Are there ways to make your penis bigger? Nope. There are surgeries, but the results on many of them are very bad. The usually result in a lumpy-looking penis, nerve damage, and inability to get an erection. All reputable medical organizations disapprove of them. Penis pumps can cause mild bleeding under the surface of the skin, causing red spots. As for ointments and creams—they don’t work. None of them. No, not one.

At this point, it’s better to love what you have. It’s far sexier to hear somebody confident in their bodies! Strut what you got! Don’t be a dingus and love your penis!





Is our community providing proper protection? Sydney Watson // Reporter

t On the first Friday of the semester, tstudents waited in long lines outside of Conway’s American Tavern. r College students composed much of the

crowd, impatiently waiting to celebrate esyllabus week. Little did they know, if they were to leave at last call, they would tbe leaving in a rush, fleeing the sound of multiple gunshots. s The night began without any hint of

suspicious activity. After getting ready with friends, and a few drinking games, we left oto go to the American Tavern. After a few dhours of $1 vodkas, losing at pool, and the bar closing early because someone had a s

machete, my friends and I left. We went to ask one of our friends, who is a bouncer at the bar, to drive us home. Immediately he looked at us and the words and replied: “You need to get to the side of the building, there’s someone threatening to shoot.” Due to recent shootings across the country, I was unsure whether the attack was a personal matter or a massive assault on the bar patrons. Before I could react, I heard a loud noise similar to fireworks, but the sky remained black. Screaming followed.


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y u ! The American Tavern on highway 544. // Photo by Gabriella Velleggia

I was too afraid to turn around because I did not know what I was going to see. All of a sudden, a red Dodge Charger left the American Tavern parking lot at full speed and drove to the Circle K gas station across the street. Red and blue lights lit up the sky as eight police cars rushed to the gas station seconds afterward. This experience left me ill at ease and loaded down with unanswered questions. I was thankful my friends were safe, but I was unaware of the victim’s state. What if my friends and I were at the wrong spot of the parking lot at the wrong time? If the bouncer had not told us to get against the side of the building, we may have crossed through the parking lot to get home in that dangerous moment. Anyone at that bar including us could’ve been injured or worse. There was a release stating the bar knew of a potential shooting. Why did the bar not vocalize this to the patrons? Questions continued to flood my head as more information was released. The shooting occurred due to a confrontation between two South Carolina residents. The victim was looking to fight the shooter, before the assailant drew a weapon. Did this confrontation happen at the bar? Was the shooter at the bar with the gun? The shooting occurred the same night the bar closed early due to a machete

brought onto the property. What security checks are bars exercising in order to assure that college students are safe?

Unfortunately, one of these attacks did produce a fatality- the victim who was shot at the American Tavern died the next morning.

It is tragic and unsettling to think that someone died outside of a popular bar that mostly hosts Coastal Carolina students.

The university sent out alerts to some students, not all. I have been receiving alerts since I was a freshman and am unsure why my parents and I were not notified about the incident. The university sent out a report about the location of the shooting which turned out to be untrue.

Coastal Carolina stated that the crime took place at the Circle K gas station and warned students to stay away from the area, while the police report states that the crime occurred at the American Tavern, where many Coastal Carolina students were at the time.

Based on the lack of communication from the university and the American Tavern, I am not sure when I will feel safe again on a night out.

My prayers go out to the victim’s family. I hope they find peace in knowing that the two shooters involved in the crime were arrested and charged with the murder of their son.

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Advice for the class of 2023 O’Tia Prioleau // Reporter

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Upperclassmen reflect on their past mistakes and hope you will not make the same ones they did. Good luck! // Photo Credit Coastal Carolina University Photography

College can seem pretty overwhelming at first, but with some advice from people who have been there, done that, it can be made a bit easier.

Sims has learned to network and speaks to the fact that, “the more people you know the more help [that is accessible to you].”

Jada Sims, a senior Psychology major, identifies what she wish she knew prior to her start at Coastal Carolina University. During her first year, she felt blind-sided by the difficulty of the varying levels of math classes.

Sims says that while having a social life is important, making time for your studies comes first.

“I didn’t know the classes were going to be like that. I wish I knew to study more and stay on top of my homework and get help,” she said. “Use Rate My Professor, go to outreach and tutoring.”

Madeline Lane, a junior and transfer Biology major, first struggled with finding her way around campus, but she adapted quickly. By using digital and physical maps and asking fellow students around campus for directions, Lane found her way. She spoke on the helpfulness of net-

working. “I think it’s good to make connections with upperclassmen because they know what they are doing here. You can ask them about what classes to take; just directions in general,” she said. Lane recommends renting a bike, as they are available at HTC and a great method of transportation on and off campus. Mia Tarallo, a junior Intelligence and National Security major, wished she had not skipped classes as a freshman. She never reached out to her professors in the beginning of her college journey, but

wishes to encourage young students to start now.

n s She comments on scheduling. B “Don’t over push yourself and pile a ton m of classes that you don’t need at once and try to space them out,” Tarallo said. R

a Tarallo hopes students have fun and try to remain stress free. Since programs C normally extend through four years, Taral-e lo wants students to remember they have b plenty of time.

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How CCU freshmen are adjusting to college life Shelbi R. Ankiewicz // Reporter

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Each college experience is unique for every student, and the introductory experience is particularly important for freshmen. Many of these students are concerned about inclusion, feeling welcomed, finding a community, and learning about campus activities and organizations. I am a freshman commuter at Coastal Carolina University, and I have loved my experience thus far. I am a work study in the Veterans Office and am a member of both Delight and Refuge Ministries. I have seized every opportunity on campus that I have been granted and I aim to participate in as many programs as possible. However, there is more to campus life besides campus involvement. The student body is energetic, the professors care for students and the facilities are exceptional.

Before starting at CCU, I thought I would not have the same experience as the other students, since I commute from Myrtle Beach. However, I was quick to realize that my assumption was wrong.

Dyneria Brown is a freshman from Round ‘O, South Carolina. She is already actively involved on campus as part of the Chanticleer Regiment Marching Band. She enjoys being a bandmember because of the bonds that are formed through teamwork.

“I think I am adapting to college a lot faster than I thought. I am realizing every day that I have certain things to do for myself that my parents used to take care of. So, in a way, I’m learning to become a responsible, young adult,” said Brown.

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Makenna Albanese is from Oaklyn, New Jersey. She is enjoying her time at CCU and likes her classes. Her favorite class is Social Problems because it brings her attention to problems occurring in society that she had not thought about before.


“I think my overall experience is going really good actually, but I am still adjusting from Jersey to South Carolina weather,” said Albanese. As the year goes on, I, as well as all other incoming students, will gain a better understanding of young adulthood and college life responsibilities. College is a new experience for all freshmen, whether we lived five states away or just 10 miles up the road. Good luck to everyone in the new semester and Chants up!


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Students should go see ‘Avengers Endgame’ Tyler Berkheimer // Reporter

Avengers: Endgame is currently the highest grossing film of all time and the conclusion to Marvel’s 23 films.

War will also be playing in the Student Union on Sept. 13 and 14 starting at 5:30 p.m., followed by Avengers: Endgame.

The series, known as the Infinity Saga, began with Iron Man in 2008. Avengers: Endgame was a spectacle and the perfect conclusion film to end this chapter of Marvel’s superhero stories.

Avengers: Endgame is the eagerly anticipated follow up to Avengers: Infinity War in which the heroes lost to Thanos when he decimated half of the universe in his quest to make a better world for those who remained.

This final film will be showing in Lib Jackson Student Union’s movie theater from Sept. 13 to the 14, with both night shows starting at 9 p.m. In celebration of Marvel’s final film of the Infinity Saga, a series of 23 films including previous Avengers movies such as Avengers: Infinity

The film is mainly set five years after the events of Infinity War and the remaining heroes are tasked with reversing Thanos’ actions and bring back those who were lost. With half of the population on Earth gone, there is depicted a grizzly post-apocalyptic

planet with cars abandoned on streets, boats aimlessly floating in New York’s inner harbor and buildings crumbling on every corner. It is no easy feat for the remaining Avengers to fix the destruction in Thanos’ path, but after five years apart, the Avengers assemble once again for round two with Thanos. With Endgame as the concluding film to this chapter of Marvel, it was sprinkled with plenty of fan favorite moments and references to Marvel movies of the past.

as a standalone film. The best of CGI technology is showcased and the visualc effects are stunning from beginning to end.b Endgame did a superb job of capturinga viewers’ imaginations, both of fans andt first time viewers. If you have yet to watcht it, grab a friend and head to the Studentt

Union movie theater on either Sept.13 or 14 for only two dollars. Free popcorn isu included! Be sure to bring your CINO ID,I Alumni Association card or HGTC ID for admission. m


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Aramark serving up a sequel with PBN2 Melanie Schlesser // Reporter

A second Pie By Night location has opened.

Located in University Place’s District 54, the new eatery recently opened this fall to serve the residents of University Place. Just as the original Pie By Night located in HTC Center, the new location offers University Place residents a chance to have piping hot pizza delivered to their door. And, like the original location, students can still use meal swipes to purchase their pizza pies.

While a second Pie By Night location certainly adds convenience to the option, some students felt the pizza itself left something to be desired. Alyssa Novak said that while she thought

the pizza was decent, it was incomparable to her hometown pizza. Paxton Masarocchia, on the other hand, felt that the pizza was great for being from a campus food provider. Some would consider that high praise, since campus food is notorious across the country for not being the greatest. Aly Fletcher, a freshman, commented that she thought the sauce was the highlight; she complimented PBN2 on a sweet and flavorful sauce.

my dining plan is limiting and Pie By Night beats any other delivery service in Conway.

My order from the new Pie By Night location was decent. The service was convenient and there was a quick delivery. The pizza could have fared better: the crust was tough and the cheese was not well done. Would I prefer a different pizza shop? Yes. But as a college student on a tight budget,

Pie By Night is a great addition to the campus and a great value for students. In its affordability and convenience, both delivery services provide the sweet solution for a late night snack for students in all university housing.

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The opening of a new branch signifies how popular this shop is at CCU. With increasing foot-traffic, the additional locations adds life to the University Place living area. The addition also showcases thoughtfulness and willingness on the part of university staff by meeting students’ needs across campus.

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The new PBN2 menu in UP. // Photo by Keonia Houser

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Seniors: How to make your last year count Ian Livingston Brooking // Reporter

Now that the first week and a half of classes are drawing to a close, you can sit back and take a moment or two to soak it all in. Before you go back to working on that capstone project or that term paper that’s due in October, take a moment to think about what you are to embark on.

Beach and walk around the shops there. Go into downtown Conway to enjoy the Riverwalk, the local shops and dining options. I know it is a bit of a drive but Brookgreen Gardens and the MarshWalk down in Murrell’s Inlet are incredible. And lastly, go check out the state parks that are in the area. Take some time, if you haven’t already, to get to know the area you have called home for the past four years.

You are in the final year of your undergraduate career. Think about that. Isn’t it remarkable? A journey that you started however many years ago is now coming to a close. Be proud of yourself. With the final leg of your journey going underway, know that you are about to embark on one of the most difficult, yet rewarding, times of your life. I know you want to get to the finish line. I know you want to get to the part where you hear your name called in the HTC Center and shake President DeCenzo’s hand. I was the same way. I just wanted to get it over with. In the end, I was able to embrace the journey and not look at it like it was just another boring chapter in a college textbook I probably never will read. I pushed myself and I achieved that goal that I honestly never thought I would reach. If you want to avoid feeling this or figure out how to succeed to when times get rough, follow these five pieces of advice. Stay off of social media as much as you can allow yourself. Working in journalism made it really hard for me to follow this tip. The reason I put it at the top of my list is because social media has become one of the most destructive things in

Seniors listen to Dr. Decenzo during their commencement ceremony.

people’s lives. I cannot tell you how many times I was having a good day and then I saw someone that I rarely talk to post something on social media that ticked me off and stuck with me for the whole day or even longer. One of the best things I did was delete Snapchat for a majority of the Spring semester the year I graduated. Not having that extra thing to look at gave me so much time to work on other things and I ended not losing sleep over pointless arguments with people. Take care of yourself. One of the worst things I did my senior year was take on too much. I was the editor of the student paper here. I volunteered my time doing film for the football team. I was working

over at WPDE ABC 15 as a news editor/ prompter (a job I still have to this day). Oh, and I was a full-time student. Needless to say, I overcommitted myself to a lot of things and to a lot of people. I made promises that I didn’t keep, and, in the end, I failed. It took me realizing that I was not only failing the people around me but myself as well to make a significant change in my life. That change? Sleep. Sleep is your friend, seniors. There are going to be times when you just need to be honest with yourself and go get some sleep. It is not selfish to take care of yourself. Go out in the community. No, this does not mean go to Tongy’s. Horry County has a lot to offer. Go to Broadway at the

Continue to be studious. I know I am going to be like a parent here but there is a reason why you are still here succeeding as an undergrad and are about to finish your degree. It is because you care. I would love to say I never went to office hours and that college was one of the easiest experiences of my life. But I can’t. I wouldn’t be where I am at today if it wasn’t for those office hours, late nights in Kimbel, early mornings in the student union and long text chains between groupmates. Continue to be the student you have been and then some. Still go to office hours and have those heart to hearts with your professors. Continue to be a good student.

Support Teal. Go support your fellow student-athletes. Not only are they putting work into their sport, they are also putting work in the classroom just like you. You honestly have no idea what it means to them to see you guys at their games. And it is a great time to be a Chanticleer sports fan. The new Brooks Stadium is about to open and other sports teams like our soccer and volleyball programs are looking to make long postseason runs so go out and cheer on that teal, white, black AND BRONZE!

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