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After uproar, USC gives graduates more tickets Families to receive 2 more tickets to Friday ceremony

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Thad Moore

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Facing an uproar from upset students, USC has decided to reser ve more commencement tickets for graduates. Students graduating May 9 will now receive six tickets for family and friends, not fou r, to t heir com mencement ceremony, because USC is reconfiguring how it sets up the Colonial Life Arena in order to open more seats. USC doesn’t usually require tickets but will this year because officials expect high demand for Vice President Joe Biden’s address. Students graduating May 10 can receive one ticket to see Biden’s address. The ceremony w ill not be open to the public or to current students, the universit y said in a release, but spokesman Wes Hickman said USC is looking at adding an overflow viewing area. Graduates will be able to pick up their tickets at the Colonial Life Arena from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on April 24 and 25. They’ll have to provide a list of ticketholders’ full names. May 9 graduates will also have a chance to pick up tickets that aren’t claimed. Hickman said the university hasn’t decided how it will distribute those tickets, but they’ll be available starting April 28 at 8 a.m. “I’m pretty hopeful there’ll be plenty of those unclaimed tickets,” Hickman said. The decision to open up more seats follows an uproar on social media from students who said they didn’t want to leave family and friends out of their graduation ceremony. Others said family had already made travel plans when USC announced the ticket requirement. By Tuesday evening, an online petition asking USC to “politely uninvite” Biden had gathered more than 1,500 signatures. Biden’s high prof ile has led to a number of other changes for the May 9 commencement ceremony, which includes business, mass communications, nursing, pharmacy and public health students: • Doors will open May 9 at 12:15 a.m. even though the ceremony won’t begin until 3 p.m. so that attendees have time to get through security. • Doors will close at 2:20 p.m., and attendees will have to be seated by 2:30 p.m., half an hour before the ceremony begins. TICKETS • 2

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Chase Mizzell said he is looking for a spirited Gamecock fan to take over the duties of Mic Man next year.

University seeks next Mic Man this week Hannah Jeffrey

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“Tryouts will focus on someone who has dedication and passion for Carolina and Gamecock athletics.” — Chase Mizzell

fter two years of leading the wave, wearing Gamecockspeck led t rousers a nd cheer i ng w it h t he m a s se s at Williams-Brice Stadium, Chase Mizzell has stepped off the stage as Mic Man for the last time. Now, he’s on the hunt for his replacement. Mizzell, the former st udent body president, has developed an application for students interested in taking over the role of USC’s No. 1 fan in an effort to f ind the most spirited and passionate Gamecock fan for the job. “Being Mic Man is an incredible opportunity to be able to set an expectation of what it means to be a great fan, to be the most spirited, to be the most relentless and to lead one of the most impressive stadiums of fans in the country,” Mizzell said. Mizzell said seven applications have come in so far, and he’s hoping for a few more before the Friday 5 p.m. deadline. A link

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to the application is posted on the Mic Man Twitter account, @USCMicMan. In addition to filling out the application, applicants will also be required to attend a tryout session, which will be held in late April, where they will be judged on t hei r energ y, mora le a nd dedication to keeping the game day energy alive. “Tryouts will focus on someone who has dedication and passion for Ca rol i n a a nd G a meco c k athletics,” Mizzell said. “It’s also about fi nding someone who will represent t he school a nd t he athletic department well and can bring a unique style and potential to leave a legacy in the position.” But that’s not the end of the road. A f t e r t h e u lt i m at e f a n i s selec ted, he (or she) w i l l be required to pract ice w it h t he

cheerleaders and marching band du r i ng Aug u st prac t ices a nd attend several events, including First Night Carolina, Tiger Burn and every home football game, 30 minutes prior to kickoff. A n d t h a t ’s j u s t t h e t i m e commitment. “The most difficult practical challenge is simply physical,” M izzell said. “Spending fou r hours yelling, stomping, jumping, dancing and cheering is difficult, but remaining at your best is essential to fulfi lling the role of Mic Man.” Then comes t he k nowledge of the game. The decisions Mic Man makes usually come in the heat of a play, so knowing what down it is and which side has possession is a must. “You have to be clued in and MIC MAN • 3

Yik Yak reveals positive side Users of popular app offer stranger emotional support Katie West

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Yik Yak is a simple concept: A Tw it ter-l i ke l ive feed of shor t , anonymous messages that can be up-rated or down-rated by users. It’s location-based, meaning that you only see posts from users within a few miles of you. The app has had a controversial run in the press recently, as middle schools, high schools and universities across t he count r y have decried it as a tool for easy, anony mous cyberbullying. The Washington Post, The Huffington Post, USA Today and student newspapers at Clemson University, the University of Texas and the University of Tennessee have covered Yik Yak’s arrival, and Yik Yak’s founders responded to criticism by disabling the app on 85 percent of the country’s middle school and high school campuses. But last week, users in the Columbia area saw something different on Yik Yak. Between complaints about impending exams and opinions about Greek life, someone posted a suicidal message, and others responded with messages offering support. “Up this to show that poor boy how common strangers care about him and want him to be happy,” read one message, encouraging users to click an up arrow, which moves the post

higher in the feed. “No one should feel so low they disregard their own well being. We have to remind him of that. We are here.” “To the guy saying he’s going to kill himself, I’m a junior girl at USC and I will come to wherever you are to talk to you and get you some help. Please do not hurt yourself it’s not worth it,” read another. And finally: “The guy trying to hurt himself lives on the same floor I do. H is roommate checked on him and ambulance took him to the hospital,” another user posted. There’s no way to know whether the incident actually happened, but mental health experts say this is a stressful time on college campuses. The semester is drawing to a close, and exams and job searches loom. News of the incident came as a su r pr ise to Yik Ya k co-fou nder Brooks Buffington, who graduated last year from Furman University. “That’s amazing,” he said. “That’s great that he was able to get help from people.” He sa id he never a nt ic ipated the app being used in such a way. Buffington, who created the app with fellow Furman student Tyler Droll, had envisioned it as a “giant virtual billboard,” and it usually is. “One of the reasons we don’t have profiles is that we want people to feel like they’re able to share anything,” Buffington said. “Potentially, on a different social media, the right YAK • 2

Yik Yak outreach “Please man you need to let people know where you are. Your scaring us. You need someone right now. This really isn’t cool.”

“Up this to show that poor boy how common strangers care about him and want him to be happy. No one should feel so low they disregard their own well being. We have to remind him of that. We are here.”

“To the guy saying he’s going to kill himself, I’m a junior girl at USC and I will come to wherever you are to talk to you and get you some help. Please do not hurt yourself it’s not worth it.”

“Words can hurt and kill, guys. Be careful when you talk to someone.”

“What is wrong with y’all? The guy trying to hurt himself lives on the same floor I do. His roommate checked on him and ambulance took him to the hospital. Stop making fun if him”


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Complaint filed against Clemson coaches

Former football players wanted for questioning

Funeral planned for girl shot at birthday party

Clemson University received a letter of complaint from the Freedom From Religion Foundation, charging that the football program is too entagled with Christianity, The State reported. The foundation’s attorney, Patrick Elliott, said that religion “seems interwoven into Clemson’s football program” and that the group wants the team leadership, including Coach Dabo Swinney, to stop leading prayers, sermons and “church days.” Elliott also referenced how chaplain James Trapp is an employee of the state and should not use his position to advocate for his own religion and its practices. According to Elliott, Trapp’s job prevents him from using his position to “proselytize.” The Freedom From Religion Foundation also said it does not believe that those religious activities are led by students but by the coaching staff itself. —Sarah Martin, Assistant News Editor

TMZ on Tuesday reported that former USC football players Victor Hampton and Kelcy Quarles, who are expected to be second- or third-round picks in the NFL draft, are wanted for questioning by the New York Police Department. Reached by The State, Quarles, a formed defensive tackle, said he had nothing to do with the fight and hopes his name is cleared before his draft status is

A funeral has been planned for the 7-year-old Lexington girl who was accidentally shot by a 5-year-old boy at a birthday party Saturday, The Associated Press reported. Reaching for a toy pistol in the trunk of a car, the young boy accidentally grabbed a loaded rifle. When the rifle fired, the bullet went through the car, and Juliet Lynch was hit by its fragments. She later died. Sheriff James Metts said the gun belonged to the boy’s mother’s boyfriend. The mother said she was unaware that the loaded rifle was in the trunk. Lexington County deputies said they are still investigating the shooting. To help the family help pay for Lynch’s funeral on Saturday, donations can be made at any Wells Fargo bank branch. — Sarah Martin, Assistant News Editor

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affected. Hampton hung up on a reporter. TMZ reported that a club promoter was attacked by three men, suffering “extensive facial injuries.” NYPD said the investigation is ongoing. Quarles, Hampton, Chaz Sutton, Connor Shaw and Bruce Ellington were all in New York last week for an ESPN The Magazine photo shoot. — Sarah Martin, Assistant News Editor

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Signs, posters, noisemakers, backpacks and briefcases won’t be allowed. Purses and bags will be searched. • Tickets and photo IDs will be required to enter the arena. Graduates will have to submit the full names of all ticket holders in advance. Ticket s a re not requ i red for eit her commencement ceremony on May 10. Boeing chief executive James McNerney will speak at the morning ceremony, which covers the College of Arts and Sciences and Honors College. NASA Administrator Charles Bolden Jr. will speak in the afternoon to engineering, education, music, social work and hospitality students, among others. DG

people m ight not have been friends with him on Facebook or followed him on Twitter, but since everyone in the area was able to see his message — wow.” Anonymous or not, social media presence can play a critical role in suicide prevention, said Donna Soileau, program director for the South Carolina Suicide Prevention Coalition in Rock Hill. “Obviously, it is an enormous prevention resource, especially with young people, so I think it cannot be overlooked,” Soileau sa id. “It ca n be a ver y, ver y effective tool. We only hear about the cyberbullying, the bad cases, but it can work both ways.” W hat’s important, she said, is for people to be educated in suicide prevention. “I talk about these k inds of things in our communit y, and there is a belief sometimes that when someone posts something suicidal on social media, they’re eit her not ser ious or t hey ’re lo ok i n g f or at t e nt ion ,” s a id Jennifer Myers, assistant director of campus mental health initiatives

at USC. “What we know about people who are suicidal is that they often give warning signs, a lot of times in the week going up to the event.” These warning sig ns aren’t always straightforward, so people need to know what to look for, Soileau said. She listed a couple of examples. “ I f someb od y is obv iou sly i s depre s sed , a nd t hen t he y say somet hing like, ‘Thank s, everybody, you’ve been real good to me, I’m checking out,’” she said. “If somebody mentions that they can’t go on any longer. Recently, somebody posted a picture of a bridge in New Jersey and said they were thinking about jumping, and a friend noticed it and called the authorities.” The friend did the right thing, Myers said: Getting the person help from the right resources is critical. “Sometimes the trouble with social media is that people respond with one-liners and think they’re helping, but one line didn’t cause suicidal thoughts, and one line isn’t going to fi x it,” she said. Social media plays a critical

role in suicide prevention when users interact, even if users are a nony mous: Giv i ng people a feeling of togetherness that can be a literal lifesaver. “One of the protective factors is a sense of community,” Soileau said. “Social net works can be someone’s sense of community. If they feel like they are part of that group, they may be a little bit safer.” This sense of communit y is crucial to bring up to someone w h o m a y b e c o nt e m p l at i n g suicide, she said. “The biggest thing when you are talking to someone is to let them know that you care, that you are support ing t hem and that you will not leave their side,” Soileau said. “So if you can say these things in a very concise way on Twitter, that’s what you need to do.” For more information: The National Suicide Prevention Hotline will connect callers to a trained counselor at a crisis center in their area: 1-800-273-8255

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MIC MAN • Continued from 1 aware of the tempo of the game, possession, flow, good plays and bad to ensure that you are leading the crowd in the right chants and cheers at the right times,” Mizzell said. “You’re also constantly listening to the band for their cue on what cheers to lead and thinking of what chants should come next. They need to be relevant.” But beyond a burning love for Gamecock football and a voice the crowd will want to cheer along with, Mizzell hopes the next Mic Man will have the power to carry on the legacy he has helped create, and at the same time, make the persona their own. Questions on the application go deeper t han t he r u n-of-t he-mill interview queries, something Mizzell said he did to challenge applicants to take the position seriously. Those questions ask applicants what they would want their legacy as Mic Man to be and why they are passionate about Gamecock athletics.

Unt i l now, t here h a s n’t b een a standard for selecting the next Mic Man; Mizzell succeeded Brent McCraw after McCraw spent five years revolut ionizing M ic Man’s persona, turning the character from some guy in jeans and a T-shirt to the loudest and most decked-out voice at football games. After all, Mizzell ended up with t he c a ne a nd bow t ie a l most by chance. After cheerleading coaches saw him f iring up t he crowd at First Night Carolina in 2012, Mizzell was the top pick to replace McCraw. But that sort of situation didn’t seem likely to reoccur; plus, Mizzell hopes future Mic Men will be recruited young, so they’ll have a few years to build the character’s personality and really make it their own. When it comes to who’s up next, Mizzell said there’s one thing in particular he wants to see. “More of everything,” he said.

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With anonymity comes great responsibility ISSUE Anonymous Yik Yak users might have saved a life. OUR STANCE It’s a clear testament to the power of words. A life might have been saved Tuesday night t hank s to t he immediac y and perhaps even anonymity that the flourishing smartphone application Yik Yak advertises. But before we can delve into the saving grace that the app and more importantly its users might have provided, let’s briefly talk about trolling, because let’s be honest with ourselves: Anonymity and trolling go hand in hand. To the uninitiated, trolling is the deliberate and t ypically anonymous posting of inf lammator y, derogator y or otherwise provocative messages in public forums such as YouTube’s comments sect ion, Facebook and the infamous message board 4chan. 4chan may not be the first proponent of Internet vitriol, but the anonymous image board is certainly the flagship. With 20 million active users, it’s hard to argue that the concept isn’t working, especially since Yik Yak has ostensibly piggy-backed off its success by taking the anonymous forum framework and making it location-based. But wit h success and more

and more downloads come the consequences of giving the average person complete anonymity in front of an audience of thousands or more. Plato, who wrote on the power of a nony m it y i n h is parable o n t he r i n g of G y g e s , a nd Christopher Poole, the founder of 4chan, would both tell you that if you give someone a mask, they would show you who they really are. Unfortunately, most of us associate this relationship with caustic contempt — perhaps rightfully so — but sometimes anonymity can cultivate the exact opposite in humans: compassion. Last week, amid the racism, teasing and general debauchery of varying volatility that Yik Yak

“There were no faces or names associated with the messages, but if these anonymous posts are powerful enough to show someone that they’re cared for, they’re certainly powerful enough to create harm.”

fosters, there was a cry for help: Someone posted a message saying they would hurt themselves, and it was answered. Cognizant of this person’s vulnerable state, users responded with messages offering support. It was a stark contrast to the typical content you’d find spanning Yik Yak’s pages. A f ter an out pouring of encouraging messages and posts, an update revealed that the user had been checked into a hospital. Who can say for sure if USC’s Yik Yak users saved someone’s life, but we do know that turned a complete 180. If only for a moment, the vitriol ceased and contempt was exchanged for compassion. This is where the story comes full circle. It’s easy to dismiss the power of words when we’re hidden behind the guile of anonymity, but now we have testament that indicates otherwise. There were no faces or names associated with the messages, but if these anonymous posts are powerf ul enough to show someone that they’re cared for, they’re certainly powerful enough to create harm as well. Yik Yak has returned to its normal frat-bashing agenda, but users beware: Your words were valuable last week. W hen you sent compassionate messages, you thought your words could make an impact. It’s worth keeping that impact in mind the next time you post a joke or an insult online.

Using marijuana not entirely safe Culture is shifting, but users should be aware of drug’s effects Marijuana is often touted by proponents as being “safer than alcohol,” “non-addictive” and “natural,” since it’s derived from a plant. When marijuana was first being used decades ago, there was little safety data associated with it. However, new research has brought light to the ill effects of marijuana abuse. A common misconception is that everything “natural” is safe. For starters, many synthetic versions of marijuana are readily available as much, if not more so, than natural marijuana. Considering the variance in marijuana strains, and what may be added to it, it’s very difficult to know what’s in the product you purchase unless you take it to a lab for analysis. Moreover, synthetic marijuana is actually cheaper in some areas, and thus will often be included in the product, compromising the 100-percent natural argument. O f cou r se, t he ent i re a l lnatural argument is silly. There are many plants in nature that are dangerous to consume. For instance, pregnant women who consume chamomile tea in large quantities risk damaging the fetus.

A plethora of other herbs may cause liver damage if consumed i n la rge a mou nt s, a nd ma ny prescription and illicit drugs are derived from plants found in the wild. For example, morphine and other opiates are derived from poppy pla nt s i n East Asia. These are certainly not safe compou nds to take regularly, a nd neit her is marijuana. Despite bei ng Steven compared to Asbill alcohol, some Fourth-year m a r i j u a n a pharmacy proponents claim student you can drive under the influence of marijuana and be safe. There simply is not enough data to support this claim. According to a recent journal article published in The Lancet, marijuana slows reflexes, reduce s shor t-ter m memor y recall, intensifies normal activities a nd emot ions a nd ca n cause withdrawal syndromes in people who stop using it abruptly. G et t i ng sl ight l y e s ot er ic , cannabinoid receptors in the brain are where marijuana binds when it crosses from the blood stream into the central nervous system. In normal physiology, cannabinoid receptors affect the “rewards” center of the brain. This is the

very same pathway drugs such as cocaine, opioids and alcohol use. Several studies in medical journals have cited potent ial harmf ul increases in blood pressure after stopping marijuana. This is not a benign chemical that can be safely used without a second thought. Would any of us want someone to drive after abu si ng co c a i ne , a lcohol or morphine? If we wouldn’t want people to take those before driving, why would we want people to drive after marijuana abuse? If someone chooses to use marijuana on his or her own, that is one issue. However, risking public health is another. Even if some consider marijuana safer than alcohol, we still lack the conclusive studies proving this. Regardless of whether or not marijuana’s legal status should change in America, there simply is no evidence marijuana is safe, and this is particularly true if we consider the synthetic chemicals often added or the similarities it possesses to other addictive drugs. As states continue to consider legalization of this drug, it is important to realize we are not consider i ng t he leg a l izat ion of a side-effect free substance. Marijua na abuse is real, a nd using it can impact health and well-being.

Petition, public outcry underscored unhelpful habits Let me just start by saying to the class of 2014: I hear your cries, and I understand why you are upset. We have every right to be angry with the university for telling us in the 11th hour that many of our loved ones may not be able to share our special day at graduation with us. But let me a lso say t h is: A s upcom i ng graduates of this great university, I hope that we do not take some of the attitudes many of us have taken toward USC in this situation out into the real world. In the past 24 hours, I have seen countless posts on social media about anger toward the administration, petitions calling to rescind our invitation to the vice president of the United States of America to our university, and general ignorance from people who haven’t done the slightest bit of research on their own. But nowhere in these posts have I seen one person with a constructive, compromising, tangible idea to solve this problem. W here would our country be if great leaders that have come before us had just complained and not offered or fought for real solutions? As people about to complete a degree from a four-year institution, I would hope that you could offer more than just shutting our doors to one of the most influential men in America. This event is a celebration of the culmination of years of hard work. Our university’s motto, “Emollit mores nec sinit esse feros,” means “Learning humanizes character and does not permit it to be cruel.” I implore my fellow graduates to use the learning they have done at this university, and the character they have developed, to think of plausible solutions. Do not permit cruelty and the complaints that come without offering an answer. Complaining will not get you any more tickets, and it will not get you anywhere in life. Take action, use the knowledge from the degree you have worked so hard for, and offer something concrete rather than just typing your name into a computer screen on a petition with a title that is frankly insulting to the vice president. It took me all of 10 minutes to think of possible solutions such as hosting the Friday ceremony in the football stadium to offer more seating for families, or splitting the ceremony into two graduations. Who knows what kinds of other answers the brainpower of 2014 could come up with if we just stepped away from our complaints to work toward a better solution. — Molly Wyatt, fourth-year public relations student

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Killerman calls out stereotypes

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Sam Killermann, a social justice comedian, uses humor and personal stories to create a conversation about prejudices about the LGBT community.

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It’s not common to combine comedy with social justice, but Tuesday night in the Russell House Theater, Sam Killermann did just that. After joking about the time he lost a nipple, discussing his imaginary friends and answering his childhood phone as Batman, Killermann used his life as a metrosexual man as an example of how prejudice plagues people to this day. His experiences have led him to throw out the “golden rule” in favor of a new, “platinum” one. “Instead of treating people the way you would want to be treated, find ways to treat people the way they’d want to be treated,” he said. K illermann explained that when people have thought he’s gay, the stereotypes they applied to him

— that he was clean, well-dressed and nice — didn’t bother him. It was the means of being labeled that was frustrating. “You’re not straight enough to be straight; you’re not gay enough to be gay. You’re double-alienated,” he said. “It’s not a bad thing you thought I was gay. I’d be a lot worse if people thought I was ‘stabby.’ ... Always wearing trenchcoats and hanging out in corners.” Killermann’s show, “It’s Pronounced Metrosexual,” t ack les big socia l com ment a r y i n a play f u l, informative way that hits home with a number of groups. He identifies himself as a “social justice comedian” who uses jokes to call out prejudice. “I like to say that, as a social justice comedian, I use humor to help the social message,” Killermann said in an interview. “Kind of like a Mary Poppins type of social work — a little sugar helps the social justice go down.” Start ing out performing t he show for free, Killermann said he is not in this to make money — he’s just working to spread the word and raise

awareness. Even though LGBT is a big umbrella term that includes a variety of sexualities and gender preferences, Killermann said that “there’s power in numbers.” As he pulled students on stage to read eye-opening statistics, he also asked them to say their name, major and the shampoo they use. That unique combination is what makes Killermann’s act successful — viewers laugh, and they walk away thinking about how minorities are represented. While his act addresses prejudice, his goal is to prevent discrimination. His act is more than just a conversation — it’s a hard-hitting message. His book, “The Social Justice Advocate’s Handbook: A Guide to Gender,” is out now and available for free on his website, itspronouncedmetrosexual.com. “My ex pect at ion or hope is to just st ar t a conversation,” he said. “[I want to] see if we can get some people excited to talk about identity and to talk about who they are, and give them the tools to do so.” DG

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T he I nd ie Gr it s Fi l m Fest iva l teamed up with the USC Center for Digital Humanities on Tuesday to host Indie Bits, a day-long independent video game expo that gave developers and players the chance to fire up each other’s pixelated creations and f lex their thumbs in the often bizarre but always entertaining world of indie gaming. T he 8 -bit showc a s e (wh ic h f e at u r e d ab out 20 g a me s m ade by st udent s, a mateu rs a nd i nd ie development houses) awarded five of the underground developers on merits like gameplay, art and overall humanitarian message (games aren’t just games anymore, folks). Here are the most innovative, most contemplative and most absurd titles the festival had to offer. Best Game – “The Banner Saga” — Stoic Studio; purchase via Steam for $24.99 The tactical, turn-based RPG plays like a board game come to life. Players navigate a small army of heroes across a gridded battlefield in an adventure that, like Saga’s Varl giants, towers over the competition with its deeplystrategic gameplay, plot-twisting story and gorgeous, classic-Disney-movie artwork. Best Humanities Game – “Cadence” — Diane Mueller, Kelsey McEwing, Nathaniel Frankel, Sarah Ikegami, Mason Wallace, Kai Paquin; free at globalgamejam.org Made in only 48 hours for a game development competition, “Cadence” f ol low s a c h i ld d i a g no s e d w it h a terminal illness. Players uncover the life of the child through photos and diar y entries as they navigate an abstract plane that seems to exist

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Independent video game titles took over the Nickelodeon Theatre and the Agape Senior conference center on Tuesday. somewhere in between life and death. The game is completely black save for the small boy who illuminates the environment with his heartbeat in a seizure-inducing yet beautiful ripple effect. Best Student Game – “Light Bulb” — Timothy Johnson Made by fourth-year media arts student Timothy Johnson for a New Med ias class, “Light Bu lb” put s players at the helm of a robot as they frantically try to keep a light from fizzling out by matching floppy discs to a color-corresponding computer. But no matter how fast you get the discs to their computer, eventually, the room will slowly fade to black. “It deals with the realities of failure,” Johnson said. “There’s not a lot of games that the outcome is you fail.” Best E xperimental Game – “ Wa lk Through” — Adam LeDoux and Kyle Blevens Fourth-year computational media students from Georgia Tech, LeDoux

and Blevens, created this side-scroller that chronicles the rise and eventual break-up of a high school couple. “Instead of being about challenges, it’s about emotions. Super Indie,” LeDoux said with a laugh. There’s no enemies or obstacles (other than the torment of teenage romance) – instead, players engage in simple interactions with their love interest and then walk to the next scene. After their first kiss, players can jump sky high and dash across the screen, but as the impending break-up draws near, the character movements are bogged down. “We were intrigued at the idea of seeing if we could convey the characters internal emotions by the way they moved,” LeDoux said. Best Art – “Disorder” — Swagbyte Studios; free download at globalgamejam.org Controlling a manically depressed protagonist, players press the space bar to sh if t t he landscape into a brightly-colored world (representing a good mood) or a black and blue world (representing a bad mood). Switching between the alternate universes of

perception not only activates different lifts and opens different gates: the dialogue also shifts between optimistic and pessimistic. “No Child Left Behind” — CannonArts A political response to the lack of funding in schools after Bush’s controversial law, this sick little gem puts you in the high heels of a teacher as you lead students out of a burning school to a disturbingly upbeat reggae rendition of Johnny Cash’s “Ring of Fire.” Herd your pupils away from plumes of fi re and falling chemicals, or else the little ones will let out a curdling scream as they’re incinerated. “Lantern” — Julia Upchurch A woman is pursued by an unknown entity. The only thing keeping the faceless demon at bay is the light from her candle. Players can either run until through the dark forest until the light flickers out or press Shift and end their lives on their own accord. That’s it. Damn Indie people, you scary. DG


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The lu nar eclipse begins a new phase in a partnership. It could get spicy. Independent efforts advance. Consider your deepest commitments. Family matters could vie with work for your attention. Use wisdom, not credit. Avoid expense. Handle paperwork, then go play.

Get things in order today and tomorrow. Avoid risk, travel and stress. With the full moon eclipse in Libra, a new six-month stage develops around com mu n ic at ions a nd intellectual discussion. Talk about liberty, justice and freedom. Contribute to a larger conversation.

Virgo

Friendships and community participation take focus during t h i s e c l ip s e . G r o u p involvement f lourishes over the next six months. Maintain your sterling reputation. If you mess up, move on. Cleaning up messes prov ides f reedom. Don’t make expensive promises .

Keep conf idences today and tomorrow. A financial turning point arises with the eclipse. There’s opportunity to take bold new ground over the next six months. Stash funds for a rainy day. Take advantage of new income potential.

Show your love through your actions. A rise in stat us and reputat ion gets granted or denied over the next six months, after today’s eclipse. Take it as a career t urning point, aiming to increase passion.

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The lunar eclipse in Libra opens the door to a new level in work, health and service. Changes require ad apt at ion s . Mo d i f y careful plans. Reschedule as necessary. Stay true to your long-range plans. Set your own course, and prioritize excellence.

Gemini

W hat you’re learning is broadening your perspective. A phase in fun, romance and games opens w it h t he lu nar eclipse. New perspective blurs the line between work and play. The one hav i ng t he most f u n wins.

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A t urning point wit h home and family arises w it h t h e f u l l m o o n eclipse. An investment i n r e a l e s t at e c ou ld tempt, or your clan may grow. Make sure to read the fine print. Reserve energy and resources for when needed.

Libra

The full moon eclipse is in your sign, empowering independent thought, a new look and a strong stand. Fly, and be free. Give thanks for the ones who went before. Speak out for those with less. Be gentle with yourself and others today.

Scorpio

This full moon eclipse presents a turning point regarding sorrows, secrets and mysteries. The nex t si x mont hs favor spiritual insight, meditation and personal peace. Tap into you r mu s ic a l a nd a r t i s t ic c r e a t i v it y. Av o i d arguments today, and get into your studies.

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A new six-month phase beg i n s w it h t he f u l l moon eclipse regarding your education, studies and travels. Philosophical conversat ions d raw you in. Inquire into f undamental questions. Take on new re spon sibi l it y today, and manage a change in plans.

Pisces

A turning point develops with this lunar eclipse in t he area of shared f i n a nc e s . Pay debt s , review budgets and take ac t ion s t o g r ow t he family fortune over the next few months. One phase ends, and another begins. Support your partner through changes.

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

The Daily Gamecock HOLBROOK • Continued from 10 season — it can turn around like that.” Before Tuesday, Beal had allowed just five hits and two earned runs in his limited action this season after starting the year sidelined with a back injury. A f t e r B e a l ’s d a y w a s d o n e , freshman Reed Scott turned in four relief innings in which he allowed f ou r h it s a nd o ne r u n . Fel low freshman Josh Reagan closed out the game by pitching 2 2/3 scoreless innings. The only offensive bright spot for South Carolina (28-8, 8-7 SEC) was the bat of junior Elliott Caldwell, who went 2-4 at the plate on the day. Four other Gamecocks managed a hit in the contest, but Caldwell was the only player to turn in a multiplehit day. Junior catcher and team leader Grayson Greiner was held hitless on the day, uncharacteristic of a player with a .322 batting average. He said much of t hat owes to Buccaneer pitcher Denis Buckley, who pitched 6 2/3 relief innings and only allowed one r u n wh i le st r i k i ng out si x Gamecock batters. “He was using both sides of the plate, using his fastball and his slider, and we had a terrible approach,” Greiner said. “We just had a bad approach the whole night, and that’s what happened. That’s why we had one run.” Greiner is one of the few familiar faces in the South Carolina lineup who wasn’t sitt ing on t he bench Tuesday night, as the injur y bug hasn’t been kind to the Gamecocks recently. Regular starters Joey Pankake, Connor Bright, Max Schrock and Marcus Mooney were all absent from the lineup card Tuesday, but

Holbrook said the team can’t use that fact as a crutch while they try to stop a three-game losing skid. “There’s no excuse. I mean, we’ve got players capable of winning and capable of competing, regardless of who we put out there,” he said. “We’ve got some good players in our dugout that need to play better.” Holbrook sa id he w i l l keep a sim ilar start ing lineup in Wednesday’s trip to The Citadel, a nd t he i nju red players t hat sat out Tuesday’s game will remained sidelined. Schrock, who’s been fighting an illness that’s lasted almost a week now, was initially in the starting lineup for t he game against C h a rle s ton S out her n a nd to ok pre-game batting practice before deciding he wouldn’t be able to go after all. South Carolina spent the weekend taking a gut-wrenching series loss at home to Florida for t he SEC East lead, and many Gamecock fans thought the team’s conference woes wouldn’t affect its non-conference schedule. But t he tea m t hat fel l to t he Buccaneers Tuesday night looked ju st a s lost a s t he one t hat ha s dropped two-straight SEC series, and Wednesday night in Charleston will serve as one more shot to earn a w i n before vau lt i ng back i nto conference play this weekend. “At some point, we were bound to lose a non-conference game. I thought it would’ve been a lot sooner t ha n t h is,” Holbrook sa id. “But we have a lot of games and a lot of opportunity in front of us. I’m not going to sit here and say this is a rut.”

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SARRATT • Continued from 10 Brook land-Cayce graduate A lex W h ite i n t he fou r t h inning, but South Carolina m a i nt a i ned s ep a r at ion i n t he bot tom of t he i n n i ng off senior outfielder Chelsea Hawkins’ RBI single. Junior Sarah Mooney gave t he team an insurance run that they would not end up needing in the bottom of the sixth, launching a solo home run, her ninth of the season, which is the most on the team. T he G a me co c k s squ a re off against LSU Friday at 7 p.m. in their second-to-last conference ser ies i n t he regular season.

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Charleston Southern attacked junior Evan Beal early Tuesday, hitting the Gamecock starter up for three runs and five hits. Beal’s ERA rose to 3.46 after the 4-1 loss.

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The South Carolina baseball team seemed to carr y its struggles from the weekend over to Tuesday night’s matchup with Charleston Southern, as the Gamecocks fell 4-1 and picked

up their fi rst non-conference loss of the season. “We got our tails kicked by a team that outcompeted us, out-scrapped us, out-hustled us,” head coach Chad Holbrook said. “That’s the bottom line.” The Buccaneers (19-20, 4-11 Big South) got on the board early with a run in the fi rst inning and two scores in the third. Their bats gave the South Carolina pitching staff all it could handle in the contest, collecting 12 hits off of three Gamecock pitchers. South Carolina was only able to amass

six hits on the day after being no-hit through 4 2/3 innings. After receiving the start Tuesday, junior Evan Beal turned in his fi rst poor outing of the season after a stellar three-prior starts. The right y allowed five hits and three earned runs in just 2 1/3 innings of work. “It’s amazing. This game can turn around,” Holbrook said. “Your game, your year, your HOLBROOK • 9

Calipari campaigns for paid athletes Calipari’s system would benefit players

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Senior infielder Codee Yeske provided half of the Gamecocks’ run support Tuesday, knocking in a pair of baserunners on a double in the second.

Softball rolls over Winthrop, 4-2 The South Carolina softball team (2915) notched a 4-2 victory over Winthrop Tuesday night, k ick ing off an 11-game home stand to end the regular season. Redshirt junior pitcher Julie Sarratt picked up her 14t h win of t he season, holding the Eagles (22-20) to one earned run on five hits over seven innings. Winthrop junior Kelsey Ritter scored the first run of the game when she took home on senior infielder Codee Yeske’s error. Yeske redeemed herself in the bottom frame, plating two Gamecock baserunners with a double to right field. Sa r r at t s u r rendered a solo shot to SARRATT • 9

The debate over whether or not collegiate at hletes should be paid took an interesting turn following the men’s basketball national championship. S e n ior Sh ab a z z Nap ie r, arguably the best player on the national championship-winning Connecticut Huskies team, said he had to overcome many hungry nights in college. Oddly enough, t he coach of team t hat lost t he t it le game , Kent uck y’s John Calipari, has ideas to make sure a sit uation like Napier’s happens less and less in his new book, “Players First: Coaching From the Inside Out.” The Wildcats’ coach lists a 13-point plan to reform t he NCAA and help student-athletes. Among the plan is an incentive a l low i ng players to receive st ipends bet ween $3,000 and $5,000. T he pl a n a r g u e s t hat t he NC A A should cover eligible players’ insurance premiums and that at hletes shou ld Tanner be able to accept Abel loans up to $50,000 Staff writer in t heir f ut ure earnings. He also mentions that if a coach leaves a university, players should be able to transfer from that program without having to sit out a season. The focus here, though, would be more on the fi nancial aspects of Calipari’s proposals. St ipends of a few t housa nd d o l l a r s a l o n g w it h t h e f u l l scholarship could prevent players like Napier from having those hungry nights. Or, it would give players a little extra money to get the items they need to succeed. If

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Kentucky head coach John Calipari has voiced his support of student-athletes being paid. Calipari suggests a new system that would help athletes in his book. athletes like Napier and former Gamecock Jadeveon Clowney do so much to help their universities profit, the least they should get is some ex t ra money to help take care of what they and their families need. Calipari’s notion of accepting loans up to $50,000 would have been beneficial to someone like Clowney if he needed it. He has a chance to be the top pick in the NFL draft and thus should be seeing a lot of money in his pro career. He could have easily paid back the loan by the time he reached t he N FL, and t he loan would have helped give him and his family what they needed during his college career. Now, nobody is saying Calipari is a sa i nt w it h h is nu merou s NC A A v iolat ions and how he handled former Memphis Tiger Derrick Rose’s enrollment with illegitimate SAT scores. B u t a l l o f t h e c o a c h’s wrongdoings aside, he has some good points. Wou ld we have been upset if Clowney chose to sit out his

junior season last year? Do we have any right to be disappointed i f r u n n i ng b ac k M i ke Dav i s decides to leave this university after his junior year? They both made — and still make — South Carolina millions of dollars through jersey sales and other endeavors with their performances. Yet they are not allowed to see any of that cash. It seems unjust that athletes spend countless hours trying to perfect their craft, which in turn helps make the school profitable, and are not given proper compensation for their efforts. With the time athletes spend on their respective sports instead of academics, players seem more and more to be in the workforce as opposed to being an act ual student-athlete. However, that discussion is for another day. So even with all of Calipari’s bright ideas to help collegiate athletes fi nancially, it still is not nearly enough. But at the very least, it would be a start. DG

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