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TUESDAY, JANUARY 21, 2014
Local shelter hanging on financially
People think we’re rich. I don’t know how people can think that when they see that clinic. — Jane Brundage Founder of Pets Inc.
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Not every animal is as adoptable as the newborn kittens that fit in your hand, and each animal that comes through the door of Pets Inc. costs the shelter at least $150.
Pets Inc. saved by over 3,000 donations, a total $117,000 Hannah Jeffrey
Ashley Gilmore stood among the barking puppies and mewing kittens at Pets Inc. while she waited for her eight-week-old puppy, Deuce, to get his nails clipped. Gilmore, a fourth-year public health student, has only had Deuce for a week. When she returned from winter break, her boyfriend surprised her with the pup from Pets Inc. after she begged for a furry friend for what she said felt like
forever. This is Gilmore’s second time at Pets Inc. After this visit, Gilmore will make a few more trips to the West Columbia pet shelter to get Deuce his shots and medicine. Unfortunately, many other animals at Pets Inc. don’t follow the same storyline as Deuce. Some aren’t as adoptable as the eight-week-old puppies and newborn kittens that fit in the palm of your hand; however, Pets Inc. will keep all animals until their adopted. This means the facility is consistently filled to the brim with animals looking for a place to live, adding a financial burden to the management: the more animals that come in, the less space there
is to keep them comfortably. And then there are the costs. According to Nathan Pope, the front office manager at Pets Inc., each animal that comes through the door costs the shelter at least $150 in medical fees, which include shots, microchips and any other medicine the animal may require. Added services like dental procedures and amputations upped the shelter’s revenue but did not bridge the gap left behind after the 2012 donation drop-off. After increasing to over $622,000 in 2011, donations fell back down in 2012, according to 2012 IRS filings. With an overflow of animals, a lack of space and an ever-growing debt, Pets Inc. looked to the public for help.
The response they got reminded the staff of why they go to work each day, Pope said. Over 3,000 donations, totaling around $117,000, poured in. Being a non-profit organization, all of the money Pets Inc. received went directly to the care of the animals, and while the recent swell in donations helped pay off a good bit of the shelter’s veterinary costs, Pets Inc. still isn’t in the green. “People t h in k we’re rich,” Jane Brundage, the founder of Pets Inc., said. “I don’t know how people can think that when they see that clinic.” Brundage said 2013 was the “perfect PETS • 3
Dean of USC Sumter announced New dean boasts 20 years of higher education experience Natalie Pita
The new dean of the University of South Carolina Sumter, Michael Sonntag, will bring nearly 20 years of higher education experience to the position when he takes over on Feb. 1. His experience includes serving as chief academic officer at the University of Maine at Presque Isle since 2007. Palmetto College Chancellor Susan Elkins announced his appointment on Jan. 17, and attributed Sonntag’s selection to his academic leadership paired with his demonstrated success in both campus and community relations. “Dr. Sonntag has a vision of leading USC Sumter to greater heights, building on past successes while also initiating creative and innovative efforts,” Elkins said. “His many successes at both UMPI and Lander University in Greenwood, S.C., emphasize his leadership strengths in faculty and campus relations, accountability, strategic planning, external relationship building and securing resources. His inclusive and open leadership style will be a strong asset for the campus and community. We are delighted to have him as a member of the Palmetto College leadership team, providing leadership for USC Sumter.” According to Sonntag, 46, Palmetto College’s access mission and community focus drew him to the dean’s position at USC Sumter. DEAN • 2
Beer festival brings craft to Columbia SEE PAGE 5
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The Habitat for Humanity ReStore benefited from student laborers painting and building shelves on Monday.
Students volunteer for MLK Day 23 sites in community benefit from service Natalie Pita
More than 360 USC students spent their day off from classes volunteering at the largest campuswide service event of the year, the Martin Luther K ing Jr. Day of Service. “Day s of ser v ice a re a way to t r a n sfor m Dr. K i ng ’s l ife and teachings into communit y action,” said Mitchell Hammonds, secretary of traditions for Student G over n ment. “I n add it ion to helping solve serious problems, service brings together people from different backgrounds and benefits those served. On MLK Day, this
is especially fitting. When we all come together in service, it not only honors Dr. King, but builds a lasting change in our community.” The event has grown so popular that the project was expanded to two days three years ago. An additional 246 students will volunteer on Saturday for the second day of service. Bu s e s t o ok s t ude nt s t o 23 volu nteer sites, including t he Habitat for Humanity ReStore, City Roots, the Good Samaritan Clinic, God’s Storehouse and Project Hope. Many of the sites used for MLK Day were organizat ions that are used regularly by USC for Service Saturdays and Impact Weekly Service Projects. Between the two days, 46 site leaders led each of the projects. Many of these student leaders are
returning site leaders from Service Sat u rday s. E ach leader went through an application process prior to being selected as a site leader. “Because it’s such a tradition, there’s just a lot of interest in being a site leader for MLK Day, which is exciting for us,” said Beth Brink, a leadership coach in the Community Service Programs. Adam Mayer, the site leader for t he Habitat for Humanit y ReStore, has participated in Service Saturdays and MLK Day of Service since his freshman year. Although he has volunteered at many different sites, he has worked with Habitat for Humanity eight or nine times over the past three years. He said he enjoys seeing the progress of the organization over MLK • 3
Tuesday, January 21, 2014
Pit bull enthusiasts fight Protesters hope to potential restrictions remove Confederate flag
Meth problem in Richland County grows Richland County officials are worried about public safety as they face a growing discovery of meth labs, The State reported. The number of meth labs discovered by law enforcement officials has more than tripled in the past two years, with seven citations in 2011 and 23 last year. Sherif f Leon Lott has announced t hat t he Richland County Sheriff’s Department will begin labeling locations where labs have been found with the help of Richland County fire marshals and emergency services personnel. The labels will not be removed until the locations have been cleaned professionally. Hotel employees and guests are especially at risk, said Lott. Staff members may not realize that they are cleaning up the remnants of a meth lab, and there may be a future possibility of illness or injury since the incident is never reported or professionally cleaned. Lott asked that citizens report to law enforcement any suspicious in popular locations for meth labs such as hotel rooms, apartments, cars, homes, woods or fields. —Natalie Pita, Assistant News Editor
In 1962, state officials placed the Confederate battle flag on top of the State House dome to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Civil War. But in 2000, after years of protest, lawmakers agreed to move the flag to the Confederate war memorial in front of the State House. Since then, the state has adopted Martin Luther King Day and Confederate Memorial Day as official holidays and erected an African-American history monument on the grounds, The State reported. But this compromise is no longer sufficient. About 1,500 people gathered at the South Carolina State House for the annual K ing Day at the Dome, a celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. through prayers, speeches and inspirational songs, Monday morning. Yet the focus of the event, which is now in its 15th year, was to press officials to remove the Confederate flag from private property. “To hell with that f lag,” said the Rev. William Barber, president of the North Carolina chapter of the NAACP, during his speech to the crowd. On Monday, the Rev. Nelson B. Rivers, vice president of the NAACP stakeholder relations, announced a nationwide petition that people could sign to bring down the flag by texting the word “flag” to 62227. —Natalie Pita, Assistant News Editor
The monthly Columbia Bully Walk aims to give pit bull owners an opportunity to get together and exercise their dogs, as well as to change the minds of people who are scared of the breed, The State reported. Owners of pit bulls and other bully breeds gathered on South Carolina Statehouse grounds on Sunday to support the dogs and their owner’s rights after the City of Columbia began discussing an ordinance to have bully breed owners pay more for city dog licensing fees. Councilmen Cameron Runyan and Sam Davis brought up the subject of the city placing special requirements on pit bull owners during a committee meeting on Friday. Although dog bite statistics may substantiate the pit bull’s reputation as a dangerous dog, many of the owners in the Columbia Bully Walk say that their dogs are gentle. According to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, the key to decreasing aggressiveness in bully breeds is to properly socialize and train a dog and have the dog spayed or neutered. Runyan wants to use the revenue from higher city dog licensing fees to offer free spaying and neutering clinics. —Natalie Pita, Assistant News Editor
The blotter comes from police reports released by the USC Division of Law Enforcement and Safety and doesn’t include crimes reported by city or county law enforcement.
JAN. 10 TO JAN. 17 1 2 3 8 5 1 1 1 3 1
Larceny/All other Alcohol/Liquor law violation Larceny/Theft from building Drug/Narcotics violation Fake/Other ID use Traffic/DUI Larceny of moped Sex offense/Sodomy Vandalism/Destruction of property Drunkenness
-A n off icer was called to West Quad late on the night of Jan. 11 in response to the strong smell of marijuana in a hallway. The officer knocked on the door of where the smell was believed to be coming f rom a nd he hea rd one st udent say “hide.” When a resident of the apart ment opened t he door, t he officer asked him to bring out any marijuana. The student presented a pizza box that contained marijuana and a yellow pipe used to smoke marijuana. The student said that the marijuana was his and the other people in the apartment were visitors from out of town. The student was cited for possessing marijuana. -A n of f icer was pat rol l i ng on
Blossom Street early on the morning of Jan. 14 when he saw a taxi parked on t he side of t he road. A group of men were arguing with the taxi driver because one of the men had vomited in the back seat. The man who had thrown up was sitting on the ground. He was unresponsive and struggled to stand. The man was cited for disorderly conduct and sent to Palmetto Health Baptist. -An officer was walking into the Kangaroo gas station on W haley Street on the night of Jan. 16 when he saw a ma n t a ke a n a lcohol ic beverage out of a cooler, but return t he beverage to t he cooler when the man saw the officer. The officer asked the man for his ID and the
DEAN • Continued from 1 “As a first-generation or ‘first-infamily’ college student, I am attracted to the access mission of regional campuses. The fact that USC Sumter focuses on serving the constituents of a particular area – literally ‘meeting them where they are’ – is very appealing to me,” Sonntag
MLK • Cont. from 1 time and finds it exciting t o w at c h t he i mp ac t people can make even in small groups. “It’s amazing to see how many people come
man said he didn’t have one. The officer asked for his CarolinaCard, and the man complied. While the man was taking his CarolinaCard, t he of f icer not iced a New York driver’s license in the wallet. The officer asked to see it and realized the ID had been altered to make the man over 21. The man was cited for having an altered ID. Briefs don’t include every incident from the last week, and suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty. Information could change as investigations continue.
said. “I cannot think of a more enriching, more empowering and more liberating force than higher education. To be able to come together with a community to see that mission fulfilled is powerful. I want to be part of something like that.” DG
together for just this one day of service and Service Saturdays throughout the semester,” Mayer said. “Just the impact we can have on just this one day, MLK Day, is amazing
to see. It’s just seeing the impact we can have on the greater community and seeing how much they appreciate having students from the university go out.” Habitat for Humanity is a non-profit organization that specializes in a home o w n e r s h ip p r o g r a m . The people t hey help go t h rough a ser ies of home ow nersh ip c o u r s e s , v ol u nt e e r a certain number of sweat equity hours per family member per month, and pay back a 20 to 30 year MLK • 3
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Tuesday, January 21, 2014
PETS • Continued from 1 storm” for things to go wrong for the shelter: insurance payments and medical bills came to a head, donations and volunteer numbers were down and some weeks saw up to 50 animals left on the shelter’s doorstep. “What caused us to nearly fold was the number of animals that were abandoned,” Brundage said. “Maybe [people] just think that this is [the animal’s] only hope, and they do it because they think it’s the best option, but whatever it is it put us over the edge.” The two biggest expenses for the shelter are staff salaries and pet food, supplies and veterinary expenses. A nd on top of t hat, insurance premium payments are coming up fast: a $15,000 payment is due in March, and that money just doesn’t fall out of the sky, Brundage said. In the 21 years since Pets Inc. wa s fou nded, Br u nd ag e s a id t hey’ve never had any sort of safety net or fi nancial cushion for
these sort of costs. There haven’t been donors to send in checks worth tens of thousands of dollars or any extraordinarily successful fundraising initiative. A nd alt hough Pet s I nc. did raise salaries in 2012 by nearly 50 percent, Brundage said the staff doesn’t get paid nearly as much as they deserve. “They don’t even stop for lunch most times, and there’s not a lot of time for us to even pat them on the back and thank them,” she said. “These people are driven by the need to help animals. We don’t pay a single person over there well enough to put up with that kind of work.” Pope interacts with the staff and the animals on a daily basis. When the shelter was in danger of closing down, the workers thought first of the animals, then of themselves. “Some of us can’t see ourselves working anywhere else, and the thought of having to give up on the animals is discouraging,” he said. “It’s like where are our supporters?” A nd that’s one of the things
Pets Inc. desperately needs now: volunteers. The management would like to get volunteers more involved in the intricate side of the adoption process, but that kind of initiative can’t be implemented without the manpower. Although total financial stability is still a ways off, Brundage said with the recent slew of donations, the shelter can now see the light at the end of the tunnel. “Every time we got in a jam, and we’ve been in a bunch of them, you know, something happens that’s off the chart,” she said. “I don’t know if its the universe or if we have an angel on our shoulders.” And if the shelter is ever to close, Brundage plans to be the angel to the animals herself, placing as many with families as she possibly can. “We will not do one of those ‘come and get them or they die at three o’clock’ things that all the others like to do,” she said. “I will find a way to place each and every one of them that can possible be placed. We’ll find a way.” DG
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MLK • Continued from 2 ghost mortgage. The ReStore is the main funding source for Habitat for Humanity, and 96 cents from every dollar goes directly back to funding the organization’s mission. Jordan Heidt, who was organizing the ReStore that USC students volunteered with, has been with Habitat for Humanity for almost two years. She has a degree in art education and always imagined herself teaching children to paint. After volunteering at the organization one day, she changed her career goals. She said she had so much enthusiasm for the work that she was hired by Habitat for Humanity the next day. “W hatever I’m dealing with, working with homeowners, helping volunteers on-site or getting donations in, I feel like I’m doing something good at the end of the day,” Heidt said. The USC students who volunteered for MLK Day got the same warm feelings as Heidt from giving back to their community. “Just giving back is something good to do,” said Rachel Scola, a second-year broadcast journalism student. “It’s something I’ve been doing my entire life, so why stop in college?” DG
Tuesday, January 21, 2014
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USC can help local shelter Pets Inc. even more ISSUE Pets Inc., a West Columbia shelter, still needs our help. OUR STANCE Considering their cause, it’s the least we could do. We’ve written about Pets Inc. before. They’re a West Columbia animal shelter that continues to fight against hard times as it grapples with debt, a short staff, a nd more puppies t ha n t hey know what to do with. It’s not easy to keep a nonprofit shelter afloat when the animals outnumber helping hands and adoptive humans at the scale Pets Inc. is dealing with. It certainly doesn’t help that they were hit with hard fi nancial times in 2012. Thankfully. they’re recovering, but they still aren’t out of the thick of it. T he r e a l it y i s , not e v e r y animal is as adoptable as the tiny cute ones you can watch grow up. Some are injured or already adults, others have rough pasts. Even still, they all equally need a loving home. If you’ve been thinking about getting a cat or dog, there’s no better option that adopting a very worthy furball from a pet shelter. If adopting isn’t an option, you can always foster. By fostering an animal, you temporarily adopt the pet until the shelter has more space and can afford to bring the cat or dog back in.
Adopt ing an animal would take a great deal of pressure off Pets Inc., but if you’re living in a dorm and are unable to, there are other ways you can help out the shelter. For starters, you can donate. Pets Inc.’s front office manager estimates that each animal they take in costs $150 in medical fees. With as many animals as they have, the expenses can add up quick. We know the average college st udent doesn’t have much disposable income, but the good news is you can volunteer your time when your wallet fails. Pets Inc.’s two largest expenses are staff salaries and pet food. We don’t expect anyone to have
“The Pets Inc. group is short-staﬀed and underpaid. Your eﬀorts to volunteering will go a long way in alleviating some of the stress they grapple with each and everyday. Of course, you’ll also get the chance to play with animals too. To animal lovers, community service doesn’t get better.”
some spa re p et food lay i ng around that they can donate, but volunteering is a great way to help out that’s both easy and rewarding. What college student doesn’t miss their dog (or cat) at home? If you’re living in a dorm and can’t have a pet of your own, what better way to play with an animal than to go volunteering at the shelter? The Pets Inc. group is shortst af fed a nd u nder pa id. You r efforts volunteering will go a long way in alleviating some of the stress they grapple with each and everyday. Of course, you’ll also get the chance to play with animals too. To animal-lovers, community service doesn’t get any better than this. Not to mention, community service for a local business with a righteous cause makes USC look good too. Pets Inc. has taken on an admirable mission, and with a little assistance, we can help them get out of the rough spot they’ve fallen into. It’s in everyone’s best interest to help Pets Inc. out. The more animals off the streets, the better off the city is. S o w he t he r y ou a r e i n a posit ion to adopt a dog, can afford to donate, or just want to volunteer and take care of some adorable cats and dogs, there’s a great deal we as a community can continue to do for Pets Inc.
Apartment parking deﬁcit inexcusable Olympia, Granby Mills residents short-changed R e s id e nt o r g u e s t , i f y ou plan on parking at the Olympia and Granby M ills apart ment complexe s, you w i l l need to a r r ive e a rly. I n prep a r at ion for the construction of a new apartment building, the complex has closed off its expansive front parking lot, forcing residents to make use of the lots previously allocated for guest parking. Yet while the complex has reduced guest parking, the closing of the front lot has resulted in notable parking shortage for residents, a problem that will not disappear any time soon. Residents were first notified about the closing of the front lot prior to the end of the fall semester, when literat ure was posted throughout the Olympia and Granby buildings. Despite the imminent construction of a n e w a p a r t m e nt b u i l d i n g, Olympia and Granby made no effort to explain why the lot was being closed, or for how long, leading most residents to assume t he lot was bei ng closed for temporary maintenance. It was not until residents discovered a
year-old article from The State, which detailed the development plans for the lot, that the truth was revealed. Given t he ch ron ic park ing shortage and the complete lack of not if icat ion, resident s are now angry, rightfully so, with the complex. On the apartment b u i l d i n g s ’ Fa c e b o o k p a g e , property manager Josh Harding assured residences that with the resumption of towing and the reduction of guest park spots, all residents would have a place to park. Yet by nine o’clock, all park i ng spot s were f u ll, a nd arriving residents were forced to either create their own parking spaces alongside curbs, or leave the parking lot altogether and risk being ticketed by parking on the street. Residents arriving later in the night are now forced to circle the parking lots hoping b y s ome m i r ac le to f i nd a n available spot, while residents who were lucky enough to find a spot earlier are now extremely hesitant to leave and risk losing t heir spot. A nd g iven t he difficulties for residents trying to fi nd a parking spot, guests stand almost no chance at being able to park at Olympia and Granby. W it h t he c on s t r uc t ion of
addit ional residences wit hout a ny appa rent pa rk i ng lot to accompany them, this problem will only be compounded in the f ut ure. W hile a park ing spot should be a basic amenity at any apartment complex, that is no longer the case at Olympia and Granby Mills. Current residents are faced with the unnecessarily difficult task of fi nding even just an open curb to park alongside, and residents can also no longer e x p e c t t o b e ab le t o i n v it e guests over, unless those guests plan on walk ing. It is unclear whether Olympia and Granby Mills simply did not care about the repercussions of closing the complexes’ front parking lot, or whether it instead did not do its homework to ensure there were still enough available spots, but the complex has single-handedly changed park ing f rom an afterthought into a major issue for t hose consider i ng where to live next year. It seems the p a rk i ng shor t age i s qu ic k ly becoming more than a campus issue. — Thomas W hite, third-year business student
Capital punishment has no place in our society Execution touts retaliation, violence as form of justice A regrettable event happened last Thursday in Ohio when the state executed 53-year-old inmate Dennis McGuire. Despite a lack of the drug used in lethal injections, Ohio carried out the execution using an untested combination of sedatives and painkillers. In total, it took 26 minutes from the fi rst injection of drugs to the official pronouncement that McGuire was dead — the longest execution in Ohio in 15 years. During those 26 minutes, the inmate “gasped, made snorting sounds and reportedly opened and shut his mouth,” according to the AP report. Essentially, McGuire served as a guinea pig for a state determined to continue executing its criminals. Thankfully, legislative Democrats are pursuing justice and looking to do away with the death penalty i n O h i o . To l e d o D e m o c r a t Sen. E d na Brow n a l so c a l led for a moratorium on the death penalty. Brown, who has fought for ending the death penalt y in the past, hopes to introduce the Chad legislation necessar y to abolish Brown Second-year capital punishment. Considering insurance and Ohio’s history of botched lethal risk management injections, like Joseph Clark’s in student 2006 when technicians struggled to find a vein for 22 minutes,the sooner this legislation is enacted the better. McGuire sat on death row for 24 years after being convicted of raping, choking and stabbing a 22-year-old woman. His execution was the fi rst in the United States using a prototypical lethal-injection of midazolam, a sedative and hydromorphone, a derivative of morphine. This event ser ves to highlight the need for judicial reform in the U.S. At the very least, states should halt lethal injections until they can come up with a formula that works faster and does not cause unnecessary suffering. Reforming the practice should only be a stopgap measure however, with the ultimate goal of full repeal of the death penalty. The motive for revenge behind the death penalty makes it a form of cruel and unusual punishment, a violation of the Constitution’s 8th Amendment. In addition, the rationale for it is based on assumptions that don’t add up. For instance, supporters claim that retaining the death penalty scares would-be criminals from killing, however many of them are unafraid of death, meaning that the widely touted deterrent effect is useless. Those clamoring for the execution of a criminal are reducing themselves to a lower level by calling for retaliation. The most reasonable way to handle those who commit horrific crimes is to sentence them to life in prison. With life in prison, they are kept safely away from the public, without condoning violence by treating them the same way they treated their victims.
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Tuesday, January 21, 2014
Beer festival brings craft to Columbia
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The World Beer Festival offered a diversity of craft beers, including over 150 flavors, that were enthusiastically sampled by novices and afficianados alike on Saturday.
South Carolina reaches for a name in craft beer in annual festival Alex Buscemi
The 6th annual World Beer Festival returned to the Columbia Convention Center on Jan. 18 with pools of beer, dudes in lederhosen and thousands of pretzel necklaces. Tasters of all kinds (from the seasoned beer snob to the college student with a pallet accustomed to Natural Light) perused taps from dozens of breweries, fi lled complimentary tasting glasses with generous samples of over 150 craft f lavors and fought through 5 p.m. hangovers. The a l l-day beer fest was a n opportunity for the craft community of South Carolina – a state not yet known for its selection of brews – to show they have what it takes to be a national beer power. “We want to help grow the South Carolina beer market … to tell people who we are and where we’re at,” said Dan Baker of Ridgeland-based River Dog Brew i ng Co. “Ot her st ates
are k now n for being beer states: California, Colorado, North Carolina … but our goal is to help put South Carolina on the map as a beer tourism state.” The reason South Carolina lags in the lager world isn’t a matter of quality, but a matter of bureaucracy. The state’s beer community is still reeling from a system set up by the national government way back when prohibition was repealed that makes it illegal for local breweries to sell directly to their customers. This forces brewers to go through distributors to turn a profit, which some say leaves the little guy out to dry. The big beer states like California, Colorado and North Carolina opted out of the law years ago. South Carolina hasn’t. “It’s kept the ‘I want to brew a couple of kegs on the side’ business i mpos sible,” sa id Dav id El l isor, brewmaster of Columbia’s Conquest Brewing Co. “It’s not worth it for the distributors to pick up a small amount of kegs to sell in their stores.” “Here in South Carolina, we’re behind in a lot of t hings,” added Conquest’s Scott Wallace with a laugh. “Look at Asheville, [N.C.], they’re
world renowned and that’s because their laws are easy on them. You see breweries big and small all over the place.” Diversity in who can make and sell beer is what creates the internationallyrecognized beer hot spots.
But that’s not to say South Carolina beer isn’t on its way. A few years ago, the state allowed breweries to run tours and offer tastings of up to a pint. “It’s coming along,” said Ethan BEER • 6
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South Carolina craft breweries are striving for national prominennce, but are restricted by brewing laws outdated compared to prominent craft brew states.
Play condensed into viciously funny family drama Star-studded cast brings venomous rapport in new film Jonathan Winchell
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Director: John Wells Starring: Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Ewan McGregor Rating: R for language including sexual references, and for drug material “August: Osage County” is a two-hour film based on Tracy Letts’ three-and-a-half-hour Tony and Pulitzer-prize-w inning play. Sam Shepard plays Beverly Weston, a poet whose bitter wife, Violet (Meryl Streep), is dying of mouth cancer. Finding himself unable to deal with the matriarch’s pill-popping and bursts of anger, Weston gets up and leaves one day, hiring Native American housekeeper and nurse Johnna (Misty Upham) to look after his wife. When Weston does not come back, she calls on her dysfunctional (to say the least) family for help. A fter t he family gat hers, Beverly is found dead in a possible suicide. The funeral brings together a large group of characters that have not
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Meryl Streep (center) plays domineering matriarch Violet Weston, just one of many characters from the Weston family dealing badly with a death in the family in the sharply funny and often dark “August: Osage County”. seen each other for years: Beverly and Violet’s daughter Barbara ( Julia Roberts), along with her
husband, Bill (Ewan McGregor), whom she is AUGUST • 6
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AUGUST • Continued from 5 separated from, and their daughter, Jean (Abigail Breslin); daughter Ivy ( Julianne Nicholson); daughter K aren ( Ju liet te Lew is) w it h her newest boyfriend, Steve (Dermot Mulroney); and Violet’s sister Mattie Fae A i ken ( Ma rgo Ma r t i nda le), along w it h her husband Charlie (Chris Cooper) and their son Little Charles (Benedict Cumberbatch). Not having seen the play, I have to judge the fi lm on its own terms without knowing the original source material. Without question, the film, adapted by the playwright himself, holds true to the play’s reputation for brilliantly vicious and profane dialogue. The characters, a group of intelligent but highly broken family members, quarrel a nd excha nge incredibly hurtful and nasty words. It comes of f as a mix of Edward A lbee’s “W ho Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” and Mike Leigh’s “Abigail’s Party.” From reading about the play and my gut feelings, the fi lm seems to be less of a black comedy than the play – though there are a lot of laughs throughout the fi lm, it has a serious tone. T he r e a r e m a n y e x c e p t io n a l performances in the fi lm, especially by Streep and Roberts. Neither is especially subtle most of the time,
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but it is a joy to watch t hem go at each other. Ewan McGregor is not necessarily m iscast as much a s he is u nder u sed. One of t he main losses when compressing a mammoth play into a two-hour fi lm is deeper character development. Unfor t u nately, a nu mber of t he characters are defined by a single character flaw or are little more than vehicles for plot points. They are not so much fully formed characters as mouthpieces spewing pain and bile and plot devices. Particularly underwritten are the characters of Bill and Little Charles. The original play in its entirety surely fleshed out all the characters with more nuance and depth. Two of Tracy Letts’ plays have been adapted to the screen before, “Bug” and “K iller Joe,” and both were directed by William Friedkin (“The Exorcist”). While those fi lms are much more skeezy and brutal, “August” is still dark and mean by most standards. For some people, watching a group of people yell at each other for two hours does not sound like a good time at the movies. For others, including myself, it is a delight to witness such hell.
KOGER CENTER FOR THE ARTS 7:30 P.M.. Thursday, January 23, 2014 Concerto-Aria Competition Winners:
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Bottesini. Concerto No.2
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USC Symphony welcomes Lake Murray Symphony Orchestra for a joint performance of the overtures: Brahms Mendelssohn Verdi Tchaikovsky
Academic Festival Overture, op. 80 The Hebrides (Fingal’s Cave), op. 26 Overture from Nabucco Marche Slave, op. 31
Conductors: Dianna Fiore, Amanda Trimpey, Dorian Neuendorf, Suzanna Pavlovsky, Cullan Lucas, Matthew Samson, Eunseok Seo Tickets: Koger Box Office (803) 251 - 2222 or capitoltickets.com $30 general public • $25 senior citizens/USC faculty & staff • $8 student GROUP RATES AVAILABLE
BEER • Continued from 5 Boyla n of Lag u n it a s Brew i ng Company, which is based in California. “Allowing local breweries to serve pints is a step in the right direction, but you guys need to ease up on the tax of beer.” So, why are all these small-time brewers so essential to turning a state into a beer state? W hy should we
replace the Budweiser in our koozies with Conquest’s Farmhouse IPA? “We’re a lot more hands-on, a lot more personal,” Wallace said. “Every bag of grain goes on my shoulders and up into the mill. When all you do is push a button, you lose that connection with your art.” DG
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Women stay unbeaten at home Gamecocks rebound from first SEC loss with win over Alabama David Roberts
Three days after dropping their f irst conference game to No. 17 Texas A&M, the No. 10 Gamecocks returned to the Colonial Life Arena Sunday, where they preserved their undefeated home record by beating Alabama 77-51. South Carolina (17-2, 5-1 SEC) outmuscled the Crimson Tide (8-10, 1-4 SEC) all afternoon, using 28 combined points from junior center Elem Ibiam and freshman center Alaina Coates to remain locked in second place in the conference standings. “For us, it was a great team effort on both sides of the ball. I think we had to
figure out how to get our bigs the ball even when teams are playing the zone, even when they’re crowding our bigs’ space inside,” coach Dawn Staley said. “I think we made a conscious effort to do that. We just need that kind of effort each time we step on the floor.” From the beginning, the Gamecocks looked to expose Alabama’s obvious height d isadva nt age by c reat i ng chances below the basket. Ibiam paced the South Carolina offense early, scoring seven of the team’s first nine points. The Gamecocks also used their height to eliminate any second chances off missed Alabama shots, of which there were plenty. The Crimson Tide managed to shoot 40 percent from the field in the first half, but watched that figure dwindle to a mere 27.3 percent in the second half, totaling 32.8 percent for the day. T h e G a m e c o c k s s n a g g e d 31
defensive rebounds, compared to only 14 by Alabama. South Carolina took advantage of their own second chances as well, scoring eight points off 12 offensive rebounds. With the team’s early offensive efficiency coming in the low post, the Gamecocks were able to pass the ball around to create chances elsewhere. South Carolina shot seven of 12 from beyond the arc, and were able to turn in 30 field goals off 25 assists. “We had an emphasis on getting the ball in the post and it would create [chances] for our guards,” Ibiam said. “We needed pressure off of us and [that got] us in a rhythm.” At halftime, Staley was honored for her three Olympic gold medals and her induction into the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame. Redshirt freshman guard Tiffany Davis re-injured her shoulder late in
the first half of Sunday’s game. She did not return, but Staley said that she may play Sunday against No. 16 Vanderbilt. The Gamecocks were leading 43-26 at halftime, and led by as many as 22 points in the first half. With South Carolina coming off just their second loss of the season in a dogfight on the road against Texas A&M, Staley said that she was never concerned it would affect her team’s play today against the Crimson Tide. “The last two days of practice, they practiced well,” Staley said. “They had a lot of energy. I had some residuals, you know, because I felt it was a game that we should have gotten, and it’s a game that I wanted just because getting road wins are a great thing. But I think our players set the tone for how the game was going to go, and we finished it for 40 minutes.” DG
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Men’s basketball falls to Ole Miss Thornwell gets 24 points, 11 rebounds in losing eﬀort Danny Garrison
The final 10 seconds of South Carolina’s SEC clash with Ole Miss played out like the season fi nale of a primetime drama. After intercepting a Rebel inbounds pass — down by a point with six seconds to go and calling a timeout — South Carolina had the ball with just 1.8 seconds remaining. But coach Frank Martin’s three timeouts-worth of instruction proved not to be enough in the end, as freshman guard Sindarius Thornwell’s improbable final shot attempt would fall short and the Gamecocks would ultimately lose to Ole Miss 75-74. “I think I should’ve popped more towards the rim, instead of out, to get a better shot,” Thornwell said. “That’s really about it.” Martin likes to say that basketball is a game of runs, and Saturday’s contest proved him right for that day at least. The Gamecocks (7-10, 0-4 SEC) looked to be in control for the bulk of the fi rst half, entering the locker room with a double-digit lead. But Ole Miss wouldn’t go away easily, storming back in the second half to cut the lead to one in under four minutes. The advantage would shift from one team to the other for the remainder of the game until South Carolina’s disappointing final shot. Despite a loss that will no doubt be tough to swallow for the Gamecocks, Thornwell said he and his teammates are not discouraged by their 0-4 start to SEC play. “It’s not blowouts. So it shows that we have a chance,” he said. “We have games right there, we just have to learn how to finish and that’s just, we’re going to have to grow up.” In South Carolina’s last three games against LSU, Texas A&M and Ole Miss on Saturday, the Gamecocks have lost by an average of four points. Though the Gamecocks have been able to keep it close with three out of their four preliminary conference opponents, Martin thinks he is able to put his fi nger on at least one of the reasons the Gamecocks are finding so much trouble in the conference. Rebounds have come at a premium in recent games, and the coach feels that South Carolina can’t start winning until it starts crashing the boards. “We’ve had guys that have played four conference games and have yet to get a defensive rebound,” Martin said. “And if we don’t have guys change that, it’s going to be hard to help some of the guys that are
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Freshman guard Sindarius Thornwell couldn’t find an open look in the final seconds of Saturday’s loss to Ole Miss. really, really trying to do that.” Thornwell did his best to heed his coach’s words Saturday, collecting a team-leading 11 rebounds to go with his game-high 24 points. A nd with junior guard Tyrone Johnson out indefi nitely after suffering a fractured foot against Texas A&M, Thornwell will need to replicate Saturday’s performance as often as he can if the Gamecocks hope to stay afloat in the conference. “He’s been playing real well for us,” Martin said. “I’m not surprised he played well [Saturday].” Thornwell leads the team in scoring after his performance against Ole Miss, averaging 12 points per game. Leading up to Saturday’s contest, the focus was on slowing down the Rebels’ star guard Marshall
Henderson. South Carolina was able to keep the controversial fifth-year senior in check for the most part in the first half, but Henderson broke free in the second to finish with 19 points. Ole Miss was paced by a breakout performance from Anthony Perez who turned in a team-high 22 points. Regardless of how close the Gamecocks have been playing their opponents, they still sit at the bottom of the SEC standings and are yet to win a game in-conference. And the way Martin sees it, there are no moral victories at this point. “I’m really sick and tired of losing,” Martin said. “I can’t emphasize that enough. We’ve got to grow up.” DG
Gamecocks dominate in-state teams Men’s tennis improves to 2-0 with wins over Citadel, Furman in first weekend of season Collyn Taylor
A new tennis season bounced into Columbia Sunday as the South Carolina men’s tennis team battled in-state opponents Furman and The Citadel. The Gamecocks handily won their first game against Furman, winning the doubles round and dominating singles, claiming every match and giving the Gamecocks the 7-0 team victory.
Freshmen Andrew Schafer and Sam Swank were both getting their first collegiate experience on the hard-court Sunday. Schafer won his singles match in three sets (6-4, 3-6, 6-3) while Swank took his match in straight sets, winning 6-5 and 6-1. “Our two freshmen got on the court for the first time in a real match situation. There were some ups and downs throughout their matches,” coach Josh Goffi said. “I think the veterans and returners played unbelievable and very disciplined today.” The dominance continued against The Citadel, with the Gamecocks winning 7-0 as well. They swept the doubles round and in singles, allowing the
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Junior Andrew Adams, an All-SEC selection, won in straight sets against the Citadel to help earn a shutout victory.
Bulldogs to only win 11 games in their sets. With such a convincing result, it is hard to believe that the team was without All-SEC selection junior Thiago Pinheiro and junior Kyle Koch for singles play. The two had been battling injuries in the fall and were held out by the coaching staff as a precaution. With dominating performances by junior Ben Barnette, who won in straight sets and didn’t drop a game (6-0, 6-0) and junior All-SEC selection Andrew Adams (6-1, 6-1), the men’s tennis team jumped off to a quick 3-0 team lead. “We wanted to build off the first and cut out some of the sloppiness. I think we did that and it was pretty routine all the way around,” Goffi said. “Very quick matches and guys didn’t play loose when they were ahead and that is one of the big things that will allow us to move forward.” Schafer clinched the team victory, winning his singles match in straight sets (6-1, 6-0). Senior Tsvetan Mihov also won both his doubles and singles matches against The Citadel. The All-American jumped out to a quick lead in both the fi rst and second set and ended up closing out both sets strongly, 6-1 and 6-2. “It’s tough in the beginning when you have a big lead,” Mihov said. “But I have to be focused and take some time to figure out my best game.” The Gamecocks won each of the singles matches and the doubles round. No Gamecock dropped a set in the singles matches, and they jumped to quick leads. “They went out and executed great and the scores show that. When they got ahead in games they didn’t let it go, they were very efficient,” Goffi said. “When you’re playing non-SEC caliber teams, you can still get away with some of the sloppiness but our goal is to be as efficient as possible. I’m proud of our guys, they stayed on point today.” The Gamecocks start out the season undefeated at 2-0 and will travel to Mississippi State next weekend to face the Bulldogs as well as Memphis and Harvard. The team looks to use the momentum gained by the dominance this weekend to win next weekend. “We accomplished what we wanted to accomplish. We wanted to be 2-0 going into the weekend and one of our very large goals is getting through the next qualifying weekend,” Goffi said. “Our goal is to make the Sweet 16 and hopefully we can carry the momentum.” DG