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Nicole Roberts, a local drag queen in Columbia, performs onstage at the Famously Hot South Carolina Pride Festival on Oct. 5th, 2019. This was the 30th year of the annual celebration on Main Street, following a parade the night before. It was a family-friendly celebration all day on Saturday.

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This semester, Student Health Services is introducing a new service allowing students to schedule and attend doctors’ appointments virtually instead of going to the Center of Health and Well-Being. Students who use this new service will be able to schedule appointments and speak with a primary care doctor from their smartphones, tablets or computers through a practice known as “telemedicine.” All students enrolled at USC taking at least one credit hour are eligible for this new service as a part of their primary care. According to the Cleveland Clinic Journal of Medicine, “telemedicine began in the early 1900s in the Netherlands with the transmission of heart rhythms over the telephone ... From 2012 to 2013, the telemedicine market grew by 60%.” Using the Mend Telemedicine app, students ca n request a nd schedu le telemed ici ne appointments of their own. Just before the appointment begins, students will receive a notification with a link. Once the link is clicked, Mend creates a secure connection to share video and uses HIPAA-compliant video conferencing to enable health care providers to see students. SEE TELEMEDICINE

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Over the last few weeks, several young men have been sitting on Davis Field in a purple tent. These young men represent Delta Tau Delta, a social fraternity that was suspended from campus until last August. A fter regaining off icial recog n it ion f rom USC , Delt a Tau Delta is back — and they’re recruiting. According to a university report f rom Aug u st 2014, Delt a Tau Delta was found responsible for dangerous behaviors and alcohol distribution, among other charges, during an off-campus recruitment event i n wh ich some st udent s were “arrested or transported for underage alcohol intoxication.” This came after the fraternity was found g uilt y of disorderly conduct and alcohol charges in another off-campus incident in February of the same year. The Aug ust incident warranted t he organization’s suspension until fall 2018. “As an institution we are focused on a values based and supportive

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The purple Delta Tau Delta tent has been on Greene Street or Davis Field for the past few weeks. The fraternity is coming back to campus after being suspended in 2014.

fraternity and sorority experience,” Jarod Holt, Fraternity and Sorority Life director, said in an email. “We work with student leaders and the national organization to determine an appropriate timetable for return, depending on the circumstance of the departure.” Despite the lengthy suspension, one potential member said he does not see it as a deterrent. Third-year mechanical engineering student Jason Hink said he is excited about being a founding member of Delta

Tau Delta’s new USC chapter. W h ile lea r n i ng about t he fraternity, Hink said he “realized that it’s a really cool opportunity to just be able to create the fraternity that I wish that I could have had as a freshman.” Hink did not rush any fraternities his freshman year, but gained interest when a friend at another university told him Delta Tau Delta was expanding to USC. SEE DELTA

Former student body president and 2019 USC alumnus Taylor Wright recently started his journey into adulthood. His first stop? City Hall. For the past three months, Wright has worked as special assistant to Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin. He said he helps create and put in place the mayor’s vision for the city while working with city hall staff, local business leaders and others around the state and country. One thing Wright said he is excited to tackle is food insecurity. “It affects everything, you know? If you have good food, then you can have a healthy lifestyle; you can live longer and get a better job,” Wright said. SEE WRIGHT PAGE 3

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USC faculty member explores cosplay SARAH CRONIN Arts & Culture Writer Margaret “Markie” Gaddis attended her first anime convention when she was in college. About a decade later, it’s safe to say the event has left a lasting impact on her. In her spare time, Gaddis can be found creating characters through costume designing in order to embody them at future conventions. T he p he no m e no n of c o s t u m e desig ning for comic convent ions, otherwise k nown as “cosplay,” has been growing in America for dozens of years. The term cosplay was originally coined by Japanese writer Nobuyuki

Takahashi after attending the World Science Fiction Convention in 1984. While costume designing itself dates back to the ancient Greeks, cosplay is a relatively new movement in the art world. It is impossible to pin just one artistic medium to cosplay. In fact, that is why Gaddis has become such a big fan of it. “I like to jump from thing to thing, which is why cosplay is very good for me, because it is technically one form of art, but I can do many different things within it,” Gaddis said, “[I can] jump from sewing to sculpting to painting.” SEE COSPLAY PAGE 4

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Dr. Judy Chontos, assistant medical director of Student Health Services and physician in the Student Health Center, responds to questions regarding Mend Telemedicine on Wednesday, Oct. 2 . The new technology allows students to receive medical care without going to the health center. FROM TELEMEDICINE PAGE 1

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“More options for people that aren’t freshmen, and I’d say more diversity in what you can do there because right now I feel like it mostly is just eating. But it’d be nice if they could have more activities going on for students throughout the day.” — Emmy Serveiss Second-year environmental studies and psychology student

“More healthy eating options, I guess. I can’t eat Chick-fil-A all the time.” — Anna Nguyen First-year undeclared student

“Maybe more coffee — places to get coffee, and maybe just make them a little more social and bigger. I feel like a lot of students tend to go to Starbucks to study, and that would be a good area to study instead of the library, like a change of scenery.” — Melanie Marciante Third-year nursing student

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A s s i s t a nt me d ic a l d i re c t or at Student Health Ser vices Dr. Judy Chontos said Student Health Services opted to adopt Mend instead of other telemedicine services because Mend offered a platform that allowed them to use their own staff. “We k now t he qualit y and t he training of our providers; we wanted t hat same qualit y of care in ou r telemedicine service line,” Chontos said. Chontos also said she believes one of the big advantages of telemedicine is access. “There’s a big need to meet patients where they are, meaning we want to have hours that are convenient for the students. We want to be able to offer them modalities of treatment that are convenient for them,” she said. Computer science student Blake Edwards said scheduling appointments through MyHealthSpace and having to wait to be seen has been a hassle for him in the past. “I’m such a busy person and I know ot her people, like, we have ot her things to worry about,” Edwards said. “Like, when I’m sick I’m not gonna want to go out of my way and wait twenty minutes in an office and then sit in there for another twenty minutes and wait for the doctor.” Medical director and physician at Student Health Services Dr. Mike McKenzie said another advantage of using the Mend Telemedicine app is convenience. “If you figure, say, an off campus student is going to spend 15 to 20 minutes getting here, that much time finding a parking place, coming in the building, waiting to be seen; you know, it could take two hours of their time, and so we could see them in a telehealth meeting for 20 minutes,” McKenzie said. Marketing student Rebecca Wenger said Mend was a service she could potentially see herself using in the future and that it could be a useful tool for her and other students who live off campus. “It’s a lot to get here and stuff, and if it’s not an extreme illness, I think it could facilitate getting, like, the right medicine or just wanting to talk,”

Wenger said. The Mend app can be used to treat several condit ions, ranging f rom seasonal allergy symptoms, medication refills, requests for referrals, colds and a variet y of ot her sy mptoms and illnesses. W hen scheduling a telemedicine appointment, a list is provided of what is treatable through virtual appointment on the app. “It’ll ask you, ‘Is it one of these things?’ and ‘Is it not one of these things?’ so that we’re not wasting your time and, you know, frustrating you,” Chontos said. Welcome Center coordinator Ashley Bice said Mend also allows students to include more specific symptoms when compared to MyHealthSpace. “On Mend you can put ‘I’ve had a snotty noise for three days. I’ve had bloody mucus,’” Bice said. “We do get some very descriptive symptoms i n t here , so t he y c a n put more information than what you can [in MyHealthSpace], so the doctor is more prepared for the appointment with what all your symptoms are.” Due to clinician licensing, students must be physically present in the state of South Carolina during telemedicine appointments. Appointments cost $25 for students taking six or more credit hours and $35 for students taking less than six credit hours. Fe e s a r e b i l l e d t o s t u d e n t s through their insurance, and if their insurance doesn’t cover telemedicine appointments, then fees are charged to students through their bursar account. Telemed ic i ne app oi nt ment s a re included in the university-sponsored student health insurance plan. Bice sa id, depend i ng on t he circumstances, virtual appointments can sometimes be cheaper than inperson appointments. “People who are coming in for these issues — cold symptoms, things like that — they’re doing more testing on sight than if you do a telemedicine appointment,” Bice said. “So it ends up sometimes being less expensive than coming in.” Chontos and McKenzie both said they believe Mend will be a productive service for students in the future. “Most folks just want to know what to do,”McKenzie said. “Some folks, you know, they’re hundreds, thousands of miles away from home, they have no clue. ... They just want advice.”


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Wr ight sa id t he of f ice is also work i ng to bu i ld i nter nat iona l relationships with countries such as Taiwan and Belgium, among other projects such as revitalization. “One of the coolest parts about being in the mayor’s office is that it literally touches everything in the city,” Wright said. “I get to learn about a little bit of everything. I know more about water [and] sewer than I ever thought I wanted to.” Wright graduated with a public health degree in May and planned to go to medical school, but decided to reevaluate as a senior. He said Carolina exposed him to a lot of different opportunities. “It really just came down to people and transformation,” Wright said. “I think one of the coolest parts about local government is you can kind of see immediate transformation.” Anna Edwards, the associate vice president for Student Life, worked as Wright’s adviser when he served as student body president. Edwards said she watched Wright’s leadership style develop and was not surprised he ended up switching into politics. “Some of his greatest gifts were what he had identified as political,” Edwards said. “His ability to gather a group of people around a particular topic or issue, how to motivate people to create change in their organizations.” Wright first met the mayor, who is a former USC student body president himself, t hrough his posit ion in St udent G over n ment . W hen a vacancy came up in the mayor’s office, Benjamin called to offer him the job. “I just knew it was a perfect fit as soon as he called me,” Wright said. Wr ight sa id h is ex per ience at Carolina, especially his tenure as student body president, lends itself to his work now. “It really was a quick crash course on a ton of different things, from budgeting to board meetings, and management to people management,” Wright said. Denise Wellman, Wright’s former

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USC alumnus Taylor Wright addresses students during his time at the school. He works as special assistant to the mayor of Columbia.

supervisor for student ambassadors, said she sees Wright continuing to work in public service. “He could find himself in dealing wit h t he big k ind of polic y t hat happens in Washington, D.C. or a mayor’s office or in the Statehouse or a governor’s office,” Wellman said. “But he’s really sort of a small-town guy, you know? And I think he, at his heart, he has a real interest in helping marginalized communities, marginalized populations.” Though Wright enjoys working at the mayor’s office, he said he still faces t he challenges most young professionals face. He said he is the youngest person work ing at cit y hall right now, and there are unique challenges that come with it. “How do you, kind of, not overstep being the new guy, but how do you

also show that you do know what you’re talking about and willing to learn?” Wright said. Wright said he was nervous about getting a job, especially seeing a lot of his friends securing jobs early in their senior year. Wright’s advice for students is not to limit themselves and to always try things outside of their majors’ track. “I got opportunities outside of being pre-med, which are helping me now,” Wright said. Wright is still figuring out what’s next for him. He is considering graduate school, possibly law or medical school. “I’m kind of really giving myself to the end of this year to figure that out,” Wright said. “I think it’s important to continue my education. Especially, I’ll say, as a minority and as a black male, I

think it’s important to be overqualified for a lot of jobs.” Ryan Patterson, assistant director of the Leadership and Service Center, first met Wright while working on the Lead the Way initiative, a voter registration project. “I think that he’s going to continue doing something where he’s serving others and bettering society, whether that’s through medicine or through more public governance,” Patterson s a id. “ It ’s goi ng to h ave to b e something that matters to him and his values.” Wellman emphasized Wright’s love for USC and Columbia. “He is still very much a Gamecock,” Wellman said. “He’s right here, and he’s very appreciative of his degree from the university.”

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Gaddis is from a town near Simpsonville, South Carolina. She attended Winthrop University in Rock Hill, South Carolina and graduated with an English degree and a secondary education minor. While sticking around Rock Hill for a couple of years after graduating, Gaddis decided she did not want to be a teacher. Instead, she set her sights on Columbia and applied for a job at USC. Currently, she is the executive assistant of the Office of System Affairs for the university, so she oversees communications between South Carolina’s various campus locations throughout the state. During the day, Gaddis is just another USC employee, but on different weekends throughout the year she transforms into her favorite characters. Over the seven to eight years Gaddis has been involved in cosplay, she has created about 29 characters — that’s about four handmade costumes a year. Having grown up watching the television show “Sailor Moon,â€? Gaddis has always shown an interest in anime and comic book characters. However, it all became more real after she attended that first convention with her friends. “Once you go there and you’re not in costume, you kind of feel like you’re missing something,â€? Gaddis said. It was shortly after college that she made her first costume, Sailor Jupiter from “Sailor Moon.â€? Gaddis entered the costume in her first competition and took home second place in the beginner’s category. Although she doesn’t compete anymore because it takes away time with her friends at the conventions, Gaddis still puts a lot of thought, work and materials into her costumes. Despite the fact that getting started in the world of cosplay might be intimidating, Gaddis has managed to find her footing. “This was back when there wasn’t as many resources online to really access, so I kind of looked for a little bit of sewing tutorials,â€? Gaddis said. “I purchased a dancer’s leotard and some green fabric and kind of muddled my way through it.â€? Her latest and favorite costume is Articuno from “PokĂŠmon.â€?The costume comes with a dress, sword, shield and armor-like boots. The skirt is made from curtains Gaddis dyed blue, the corset is made from EVA foam, the base of the sword is a lamp post and the icicles at the top of the sword are made from layered hot glue and LED lights. Before Gaddis can start putting a costume together, she must figure out what costume to make. Gaddis said she usually gets inspired by the materials and different techniques she sees people posting on social media. “I kind of come up with a design or find a character

MONDAY, OCTOBER 7, 2019 that will enable me to utilize those materials and techniques and just go from there,� Gaddis said. There are challenges throughout the artistic process, but Gaddis said spending money might be the hardest part. Alongside that struggle is the battle against gravity and physics. According to Gaddis, there are special parts to some costumes that are just too heavy and to better distribute the weight can be a daunting task. Gaddis is currently working on a “Dandelion Lion� costume from “Alice in Wonderland� and has also sketched out an idea for a “The Very Hungry Caterpillar�-inspired costume. When she is not thinking of or designing a new character, Gaddis can be found reading. Her love

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of reading is what led her to study English, work in a library for a couple of years out of college and ultimately accept her new position as artist-inresidence at the Richland County Library on Main Street. Just in time for Halloween, Gaddis will be available to the public for questions and advice on costume creation from 2 to 6 p.m. every Saturday until Dec. 20 on the first floor of the Richland Library. More information about this and other events Gaddis will be attending, including “Overdue: Curated for the Creative� and the “Not-so-Spooky Halloween Stroll,� can be found on Richland Library’s website.

 

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“To be a part of something new, to be a part of a new chapter, is an opportunity that some students are really excited about,� Anna Edwards, associate vice president of Student Life, said. On the administrative side, Delta Tau Delta has been making sure its presence is welcomed in Columbia by meeting with members of both the student body and the community. Zack Day, the senior leadership consultant for USC’s chapter of Delta Tau Delta, said the organization was intentional in having these meetings during recruitment and emphasized the positive qualities of Delta Tau Delta. “Back when t he fraternit y was founded, it was off four values of truth, courage, faith and power,� Day said. “I read them every day.� E d wa rd s s a id she ag ree s a nd believes these values align with the university’s values. Steps are also being taken

to pre vent f ut u re s u s p en sion s . Me et i n g s h ave b e e n held w it h potential members since recruitment f irst began at USC, focusing on “integrity and accountability,� Day said. T h e f r a t e r n i t y ’s f o u r - y e a r su spension has a lso a l lowed a l l members of the fraternity involved in the inciting incident to graduate, allowing the fraternity to start “with a clean slate,� Day said. “We’ve got nothing really holding over from that previous chapter,� Hink said. The opportunity to start fresh is a theme the fraternity is emphasizing in its expansion effort. Hink said despite having a short amount of time to buckle down and develop a comprehensive outline for what t he fraternit y will look like, t he f ou nd i n g memb er s a re e xc it e d about t he prospect of building a respectable organization that will garner interest from potential new members and the rest of Greek Life. “It’s really going to be up to us to sit down and decide ‘This is what we want,’� Hink said. “I think that’s a really cool opportunity.�

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CULTURE MOVIE OF THE WEEK: “Brittany Runs a Marathon” I n s p i r e d b y a t r u e s t o r y, “Brittany Runs a Marathon” is a comedy film starring Jillian Bell as Brittany, a woman determined to cha nge her l ifest yle af ter discovering that years of excessive p a r t y i n g h ave d a m a g e d her health. After taking up running, she aims to enter the New York City marathon and finds herself improving many aspects of her life along the way. “Brittany Runs a Marathon,” released Aug. 23, is a lighthearted movie reminding viewers that there is always room for improvement.

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Max McLean, the star of this one-man show, portrays C.S. Lewis. McLean also wrote and co-directed the play.

ALBUM OF THE WEEK: “KIRK” by DaBaby DaBaby’s latest album, named after the rapper’s given surname, was released on Sept. 27. DaBaby is best known for his hit single, “Suge,” but judging by the success of his new album, he is likely to be recognized for much more than that from now on. Featuring many well-known rap and hiphop artists such as Nicki Minaj and Gucci Mane, “KIRK” offers not only the fun, animated rap DaBaby is known for but also some songs with lyrics about heavier topics that show a deeper side of the rapper many were unaware of.

SONG OF THE WEEK: “Clementine” by Halsey Released on Sept. 28, Halsey’s birt hday, “Clement ine” is t he third teaser track for the artist’s upcoming album. The song is noticeably different from Halsey’s other music. Rather than her usual style of anthemic pop that often borders on hip-hop, “Clementine” is softer, lighter and more raw, offering a view into the artist’s emot ions. “Wit hout Me” and “Graveyard” were also released as singles for the album, which is titled “Manic” and set to be released in January.

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Oktoberfest Columbia Oct. 11 and 12 at 11 a.m., Oct. 13 at noon Incarnation Lutheran Church

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Koger Center to host production on C.S. Lewis’ life ALEXIA GREENE Arts & Culture Writer

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hen one hears t he name C.S. Lewis, the first thing that usually comes to mind is “The Chronicles of Narnia.” Although Lewis was the creator of many works of literature, this live production goes beyond the pages and into Lewis’ personal story. T he st age play “C . S. L e w i s O n st age: T he Most Reluc t a nt Convert” focuses on the life story of Lewis as it was written in his autobiography. The product ion mainly explores his personal struggles with the Christian religion. Max McLean is the writer, codirector and only actor in this stage adaptation of Lewis’ life. “The story, it takes on the persona of Lewis telling his own story, and it comes from his autobiography and his collected letters,” McLean said. “So all the language is his.” This is not McLean’s first time creating a play about Lewis, and he has gained a lot of knowledge about Lewis over the years. McLean first created a production of Lewis’ novel “The Screwtape Letters” about 15 years ago and later produced a stage play for another Lewis novel, titled “The Great Divorce.” Both of these novels tell the story of Lewis’ conversion to Christianity, which is why McLean chose to produce “C.S. Lewis Onstage” to discuss Lewis’

personal religious journey. McLean said he feels a connection to Lewis since he has devoted an abundance of time researching and writing about him. “He’s become my spiritual guide over the years,” McLean said. “You know when you adapt any kind of literature from a page to stage, you really have to get underneath it, get inside it.” Paul Cozby is the communications director for t he Fellowship for Performing Arts (FPA), the company producing “C.S. Lewis Onstage.” Cozby said although a lot of the productions of FPA are religiousbased, the productions are intended for a diverse audience. “We really enjoy an audience that’s diverse and that may have a different faith perspective or no faith perspective,” Cozby said. McLean and Cozby both enjoyed reading Lewis in their early life. Cozby said McLean has become very knowledgable about Lewis because he has created multiple productions about him. “I would have to say, Max really is an expert on Lewis now. I’m standing in his shadow,” Cozby said. “Over the course of adapting these works, he’s become deeply familiar with Lewis’ thought and his articulate explaining.” Lewis was a skeptic of religion, which was a test toward his Christian faith. He rejected the Christian religion at age 14 because of many

events that happened during his lifetime. “A lot of things contributed to his rejection of God – the death of his mother to cancer, he had a very strained relationship with his father and his atheism was further solidified by the horrors of trench warfare in World War I,” McLean said. The play walks through Lewis’ journey from his rejection of God and atheist point of view to his conversion to Christianity. The FPA only recently decided to do a tour around college campuses. Cozby said he believes “C.S. Lewis Onstage” is a great play for college st udents to go see, since many students have a diverse view of the world. There is also a Q&A session at the end of the play. “[ M c L e a n] s t a n d s o n s t a g e after every performance and takes quest ions, a nd it’s just a g reat opportunity to share our point of view with people at a time of life where I think they’re exploring,” Cozby said. “C.S. Lewis Onstage: The Most Reluctant Convert” will take place Oct. 13 at 4 p.m. at the Koger Center. Tickets are $5 for USC students who present a CarolinaCard at the box office or by phone. Mardy Kramer contributed to the reporting of this story.

McKissick Museum’s Piece By Piece exhibit stitches past together HANNAH HARPER Arts & Culture Writer

The Piece by Piece: Quilts from the Permanent Collection exhibit is in the Diverse Voices gallery of McK issick Museum, located at the end of the Horseshoe. The galler y focuses on folk life and traditional arts, and this year’s exhibit includes over 40 quilts with hundreds of years of history stitched into every fabric. Every August, a new exhibit takes over the Diverse Voices gallery. This past August, the Piece by Piece exhibit replaced a 19th-century pottery exhibit. In total, the exhibit will feature over 40 quilts over the course of three iterations. Saddler Taylor, curator of folklife and fieldwork at McKissick Museum, said the exhibit is separated into three iterations because of limited space and the fragile nature of the quilts, as some of them date as far back as 1850. In December, the second iteration of quilts will be rotated into the exhibit, and the last iteration will be displayed in March. The quilts have been acquired through donations and auctions over the years and belong to McKissick Museum’s permanent collection. In 1983, McKissick began a project revolving around quilts. The project gave families the opportunity to donate quilts that hold historical value purposes. This project spanned across all of South Carolina’s 46 counties, and people brought their quilts to various

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Crazy quilt making news headlines and quotes are displayed in McKissick Museum’s Piece by Piece. The exhibit showcases the evolution of Southern quiltmaking.

locations where they were documented. A McKissick tag was sewn on the back of each quilt for tracking purposes. Many of the quilts featured in Piece by Piece originate from this project. SEE MCKISSICK PAGE 6


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Column: ‘Joker’ is not a dangerous film

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SEKANI ADEBIMPE Arts & Culture Writer “Joker” has been the subject of great discussion since its Oct. 4 theatrical release was announced. Within the realm of film critics, it has received universal acclaim, earning the “Best Film” award at the Venice Film Festival. However, major concerns have been raised surrounding the influence of the Joker himself after an article published on The Globe and Mail criticized the film for emphasizing the “antihero the alienated and angry have been waiting for.” Since then, debate has persisted about the social implications of “Joker,” particularly the character’s ability to inspire others to commit violent acts. The concerns have prompted warnings from the United States Army to service members about the possibility of a mass shooter at a theater screening “Joker” on its opening weekend. In addition, the Cinemark Aurora theater in Colorado will not screen the film out of respect for the victims of the 2012 mass shooting that occurred during a midnight screening of “The Dark Knight Rises.” Most recently, Warner Bros. announced no press interviews would be allowed at the red carpet screenings, saying “A lot has been said” about the film. Despite reservations, interest in the film remains consistent, serving as a testament to the excitement “Joker” has managed to generate since its first trailer. However, the question that sparked controversy

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has yet to be answered: Is “Joker” a dangerous film that could spur threatening behavior from certain individuals? While one could argue a possibility certainly exists for the movie to inspire the wrong people, such a sentiment could be shared across a wide range of media. Specifically, it is unfair to single out “Joker” when thousands of movies, television series, video games and other media tackle mature subject matter. “Joker” has an “R” rating from the MPAA for “strong bloody violence” and “disturbing behavior,” so the film is not intended for viewing by children. In the film, the Joker does participate in violent acts. But, claiming his actions will influence others negatively is FROM MCKISSICK PAGE 5

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“We still get calls to this day from people that find quilts in yard sales, online,” Taylor said. “They’ll buy it or they’ll get it and they’ll turn it over and see that tag on it from thirty years ago and they’ll call.” Taylor said he wanted to focus on the narrative behind the makers of the quilts. However, since the majority of the quilts displayed in the first iteration are from the 19th

to suggest characters in other movies, such as the titular lead in “John Wick,” are capable of the same. Despite their roles as antagonist and protagonist, respectively, both lead characters commit extreme acts of violence to further their goals. In several regards, “Joker” is breaking new ground in cinema and culture, especially as an original interpretation of the famous super villain. As a smaller-budget experimental venture into the DC Extended Universe, the film appears to take significant narrative risks viewed as provocative by some and concerning by others. However, it seems safe to affirm “Joker” won’t be inspiring a surge of dangerous or violent behavior.

century, he has found it difficult to articulate their history because of the lack of documentation. “These quilt-makers had lives just like we have lives,” Taylor said. “A lot of them had struggles and tragedies. A lot of them had joys and triumphs, too. That’s what I try to communicate.” In every iteration, there are around five or six known quilters. Piece by Piece is open to the public during McKissick Museum’s normal business hours, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The exhibit is designed to be walked at one’s own pace, but tours are also offered for those who are interested in getting a more indepth experience of the makers of the quilts and the history it entails. “We get a lot of people that come from the visitor’s center, which is downstairs,” Taylor said. “We get a lot of tours from students that are in classes that might relate to the topic.” The Piece by Piece: Quilts from the Permanent Collection exhibit will be up through July 2020.

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The past week in

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Volleyball Lost 3-0 at Kentucky, Friday, Oct. 4

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A Gamecock's travel guide to Athens, Georgia FAITH WORRELL Sports Writer

On Saturday, South Carolina football will be traveling to Athens, Georgia to take on the No. 3 Georgia Bulldogs. The Bulldogs have a 4-0 winning streak against the Gamecocks going into this classic SEC matchup. The Gamecocks, however, are coming off a 24-7 win over Kentucky and are looking to prove the stats wrong and pull off an upset. South Carolina fans will play a key role in helping the Gamecocks rally to win, but it requires fans to travel to Athens, Georgia. Here is what any South Carolina fan should know before making the trip. Travel The trip is definitely manageable, given there are only 178 miles between Columbia and Athens. By car, the trip is about three hours which means $13 to $26 for gas. Athens itself is a beautiful town filled with rich history. Aside from football, Athens is known for a large music scene and for being a family-friendly town where a lot of University of Georgia alumni come to reunite.

Restaurants Athens is known for its food scene, so there are many great options. A couple of the best dinner locations are Mama’s Boy and Pauley’s, but if you are getting into town in time for lunch, Clocked! is a town favorite burger spot. If you were unable to get tickets to the game but are still interested in going to Athens, Jerzees Sports Bar and Magnolias are prime locations to watch the game live. After the game, Trapeze Bar is a good place to stop. Hotels Since the game is at noon on Saturday, there’s a chance people traveling might want to spend Friday or Saturday night in Athens. There is no shortage of hotels in the area given there is a Holiday Inn, Hilton Garden Inn, Hyatt Place Athens/ Downtown, Springhill Suites by Marriott and The Georgia Center, all within a few miles of Sanford Stadium. Tailgating Being an SEC school, tailgating in Georgia is as big as it is here in South Carolina. In Georgia, tailgating is mostly a potluck, and there are many lots around

Sanford Stadium to choose from. Parking Parking is, as expected, a bit difficult around the stadium, given there are many tailgating lots set up. Most of the ideal parking spots have been purchased for the entire season, but there is parking in the Carlton Street Deck with prices ranging between $20 to $30. Sanford Stadium When entering Sanford Stadium, you’re not only entering the Georgia Bulldogs’ stadium, but also the host to the 1996 Olympic Games final soccer medal round. Gamecock fans should also keep in mind that, because of its size, Sanford Stadium is known to be intimidating for first-time visitors. Gates open two hours prior to kickoff and the stadium has a clear bag policy. W hen it comes to alcohol, no one is allowed to bring any in, but there are alcoholic beverages sold on the club level of the stadium. Similar to South Carolina, Georgia decided not to sell alcohol in general seating areas. The Gamecocks and Bulldogs are set to kickoff on Saturday at noon in Athens. The game can also be viewed on ESPN.

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Men’s Soccer Won 4-2 vs. Presbyterian, Tuesday, Oct. 1 Lost 2-1 vs. Old Dominion, Saturday, Oct. 5

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Equestrian Lost 14-5 at Georgia, Saturday, Oct. 5

Mikayla Shields continues to shine after early success in her career MATTHEW EDWARDS Sports Editor When Mikayla Shields stepped foot on campus as a volleyball recruit on her official visit during a camp a few years ago, she knew South Carolina was going to be her future home. Shields has since settled in comfortably at her new home. The senior is attempting to lead her team to back-to-back NCAA tournament bids and establish a new standard at South Carolina. “When I first came into the gym, I just got this huge sense of family and huge sense of belonging,” Shields said. “I had been to a couple of other schools at that point, and this was the first place that I had ever gotten that feeling.” Adjusting to college life is something every freshman has to go through, but for studentathletes, it’s an even bigger adjustment that comes with more challenges, such as meeting and getting along with new teammates and coaches. Despite these challenges of adjusting early on as a freshman, Shields’ determinat ion and confidence was present. Shields led the Gamecocks with 341 kills and a .308 hitting percentage in her first season in 2016. This conf idence and determination is something that runs deep in her family.

Her parents, Brett and Najuma Shields, were both track and field student-athletes at the University of Pittsburgh. “I think it’s her drive to do everything well,” Brett Shields said about his daughter’s early success. “I think it shows up in her performances in the classroom as

go and have ‘USA’ strapped across my chest. That’s such an incredible feeling,” Shields said. “I came back and I felt like I learned a lot and had a lot of knowledge … that was really cool as well.” This experience proved to be beneficial — Shields made the All-SEC team in her sophomore

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well as on the court.” For Shields, it boiled down to track and field and volleyball, but she ended up choosing the sport she enjoyed more. Shields spent the summer of 2017 training with the U19 n at io n a l v ol le y b a l l t e a m , representing Team USA at the Pan American Cup, where the team won gold. Shields said this exposure on a national level enhanced her game, as she learned from some of the best players and coaches in the country. “I really loved being able to

season the following fall. She was the first South Carolina player to do so since 2013. As a junior last season, Shields became t he f if t h ju nior in program history to reach 1,000 career kills in three seasons. Despite all of t hese accomplishments, one t hat Shields holds near and dear to her heart occurred last season: The Gamecocks appeared in their first NCAA Tournament in 16 years. Shields said one of the goals she had coming into this program was to build a legacy and new

standard for the South Carolina program, and that had to start with an NCAA Tournament. “To be able to be there in that moment and start that last year, and to hopefully continue that this year is so, so cool,” Shields said. “This year, I think it’s a matter of not becoming complacent and not becoming okay with being okay. To be great, you have to work every day at being great.” No matter what the 2019 season has in store for Shields and the Gamecocks, Shields is living out her dream of being a student-athlete. Even though her parents were both studentathletes, Shields has found her way at South Carolina on her own path. “Sports have been a part of my life as long as I can possibly remember,” Shields said. “It’s just been something that I’ve grown to love and something that I’ve grown up around. I wouldn’t change it for the world. I really do love everything about what I do.” And as always, the support of her parents will never fade. “I don’t think there’s anything more gratifying as a parent than to see your kids succeed, and in some respects, do it better than we did,” Brett Shields said. “She’s really charting her own path.”

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Women’s Soccer Won 1-0 at Missouri, Friday, Oct. 4

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Volleyball

at Texas A&M at 9 p.m., Friday, Oct. 12 at Arkansas at 2 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 13

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Gamecocks’ club hockey begins Column: 2019-20 season undefeated How South Carolina can stay competitive against UGA

CAM ADAMS Assistant Sports Editor

The Gamecocks’ club hockey team is off to a great start in its 2019-20 season after losing in the first round of the A merican Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA) Division III Tournament last season. South Carolina is sporting a n u ndefe at e d re c ord w it h a 6 - 4 w i n over arch-r ival Clemson, and t wo wins over t he Cha nt icleers of Coastal Carolina and t he Vanderbilt Commodores each to begin the season. Veteran talent returns The Gamecocks have a lot of t a lent t hat ha s ret u r ned f rom t hei r 2019 AC H A D3 To u r n a m e n t t e a m w i t h sophomore captain Cameron Mecca leading the way as he led the squad with 15 goals last season and junior forward Ian Powderly not far behind with 11 goals. Now w it h t he new season underway, Mecca and Powderly have not missed a beat. In his f irst three games of the season, Mecca accounted for one-fourth of his goals last season wit h six goals so far, i nclud i ng a t wo -goa l g a me i n t he G a mecock s’ sea sonopening win over Clemson. Powderly is also continuing h is dom i na nce on t he ice with two goals and five assists through the first five games. New faces make impact There are also a good nu m b e r o f n e w c o m e r s f o r Sout h Carol ina t hat are mak ing an impact early including freshman forwards Owen Thomas with six goals and Michael Bolger with five goals this season.

MICHAEL SAULS Sports Writer

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Freshman Michael Bolger with the puck during the Oct. 4 game against Vanderbilt. South Carolina beat Vanderbilt 7-0.

Fr e s h m a n f o r w a r d C h a d Lizine also adds fresh talent to the team as he is tied with f reshman defender Ryan M c G o w a n f o r le a d i n g t he G a mecock s i n assist s t h is season with six. “It was, I guess, a little tough at f irst,” Thomas said. “You could tell in the first game we were a little bit like off, just getting into the groove.” This freshman dominance also translates to the goa l keeper posit ion w it h not one, but t wo f re sh men goa l keeper s protec t i ng t he goal in Tripp Russell and Liam Gormley. Russell leads South Carolina in saves with 96 including 46 save s i n t he tea m’s v ic tor y ag a i n st C lem son. G or m le y also made an impact between the pipes with 21 saves in the G a m e c o c k s ’ 8 -5 w i n o v e r Coastal Carolina and he allowed no goals in the 7-0 win

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over Vanderbilt. “ T h e y ’r e j u s t s o l i d a l l a rou nd ,” he ad c oac h A l l a n Sirois said. “They can move ver y well, t hey can play t he p u c k v e r y we l l t o o, w h ic h we haven’t had la st sea son. It obv iously was an upgrade from last season, not tak ing aw ay not h i n g f rom [t he goalkeepers].” Coming up next The G a mecock s w il l now turn their attention to another SEC Hockey Conference (SE C HC ) opp one nt i n t he F l o r i d a G a t o r s ( 1- 2 , 1- 2 SECHC) for a pair of games. The Gators are coming off of a 9-8 win over Tennessee and will play Alabama-Huntsville, F lor id a St at e , a nd E mbr yRiddle before traveling to Irmo to face South Carolina. The Gamecocks and Gators are set to face off Oct. 18 at 8 p.m. and Oct. 20 at 9:30 p.m. at The Plex.

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Georgia has won the last four matchups bet ween the Gamecocks and the Bulldogs and has absolutely dominated the Gamecocks, putting up an average of 36 points each of the four games and an average 21-point margin of victory. This Saturday, the South Carolina football team is looking to end another losing streak to an SEC foe. This time, it’s on the road against the Georgia Bulldogs. The last t ime t he G amecock s beat t he Bulldogs was in 2014, when t he team was led by then-head coach Steve Spurrier and quarterback Dylan Thompson. Like all things, with time comes change, and this applies heavily to the Bulldogs. Georgia has re-emerged as a top-five, if not top-three, team over the past couple of years under head coach K irby Smart and junior quarterback Jake Fromm. Last season, Fromm threw for 2,749 yards and junior running back D’Andre Swift ran for just over 1,000 yards. Both have the athletic potential to do so again this season. Stopping Fromm and Swift is going to be a major key to the game if the Gamecocks want to win Saturday, or even keep the game compet it ive. This is obviously easier said than done, as the Bulldogs are coming into the game undefeated. However, the South Carolina defense is coming off a big game against Kentucky, giving the defense a morale boost and some moment um heading into Athens. SEE COLUMN PAGE 9

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Q&A: Georgia’s student

To the Dawg pound: 5 things to watch for newspaper discusses in matchup against Saturday’s game against South Carolina Georgia

As Oct. 12’s matchup with the No.3 Georgia Bulldogs approaches, The Daily Gamecock caught up with Georgia’s student newspaper, The Red & Black. Sports editor Henry Queen discussed this Saturday’s border battle with the Bulldogs.

Q:

What is your score prediction for the South CarolinaGeorgia game and why?

A:

38-14 because I expect Georgia’s running game to exploit South Carolina’s defense, and I don’t see Georgia’s defense giving up many points.

Q:

What Gamecock should Georgia be most concerned about on offense and defense?

A:

Georgia’s secondary will probably be fully recovered by next week, but if it’s not, Bryan Edwards could be trouble for the Bulldogs.

Q:

What Bulldog should South Carolina be most concerned about on offense and defense?

A:

D’Andre Swift. He’s a Heisman candidate who can put up big numbers in any game.

Q:

With South Carolina 54th in the nation in rushing defense, how big of a problem do you believe the Gamecocks will have stopping junior running back D’Andre Swift?

A:

Again, Swift will be quite the issue for South Carolina. If Georgia gets up by a few touchdowns then James Coley will still have four other talented running backs (Brian Herrien, James Cook, Zamir White and Kenny McIntosh).

Q:

Coming into the game undefeated, do you believe Georgia has a good shot at securing a playoff spot and perhaps winning a national championship at the end of the season?

A:

Yes, Georgia definitely has a good shot. Whether or not it will actually happen is anyone’s guess. I expect Florida and Auburn to be difficult opponents for the Bulldogs, so it’s not an easy road. Plus Alabama or LSU could spoil their playoff hopes in the SEC championship.

PAIGE DAVOREN Sports Writer

The Gamecocks are coming off a win over Kentucky last Saturday at home, but the Bulldogs pose a much bigger threat. Georgia is undefeated and No. 3 in the nation. Head coach Will Muschamp knows just how talented this Georgia roster is. “Coach Smart has done a fantastic job,” Muschamp told Saturday Down South. “They recruit at a high level, they have a deep roster on both sides of the ball.” Here are a few things Gamecock fans should take into consideration before the game Oct. 12. Backfield takeover Bot h t he G a mecock s a nd t he Bulldogs have strong weapons in the backfield. Although it took time for South Carolina’s running backs to gain momentum, a few key players have emerged. Sen ior R ico Dowdle leads t he Gamecocks with 56 carries for 370 rushing yards and four touchdowns. Dowdle is a versatile player, who also has plenty of receiving yards for South Carolina. Closely trailing Dowdle is Clemson transfer Tavien Feaster, who has become a solid asset in the backfield. Feaster has 290 rushing yards for three touchdowns and zero fumbles on the season. The two make up a strong duo for the Gamecock offense. “I think we play off each other a lot,” Feaster said in a news conference. “If we keep pushing each other, you know, we can push each other beyond the limitations that we think we have in the back of our mind.” G eorg ia’s st a r r u n n i ng bac k ,

D’Andre Swift, has 49 carries for 388 rushing yards and three touchdowns this season. Jake Fromm and the Bulldog offensive line vs. Gamecock pass rushers South Carolina is home to three of the best pass rushers in the SEC. Javon K i n law is No. 1 i n t he conference with four sacks. Following closely behind him in the rankings are Aaron Sterling and D.J. Wonnum. Both are tied for fourth in the SEC with three sacks each. Georgia quarterback Jake Fromm clocks in at 6-foot-2 and 220 pounds, wh ic h w i l l m a ke it d if f ic u lt to maintain composure in the pocket if his offensive line lets any of these pass rushers near him. That might not be too much of a problem, though, as Fromm has some of the best help in the country. Georgia’s offensive line has an average weight higher than the average in the NFL — Georgia has 328.6 pounds to the NFL’s 314.8. Junior left tackle Andrew Thomas is 6-foot-5 and 320 pounds, making him easily one of the biggest threats on the line. Alongside him are Justin Shaffer and Trey Hill, both sitting at 330 pounds. The South Carolina defense has to step up and find a way to pressure Fromm during t his cr ucial SEC matchup. Gamecocks prepare during a bye week South Carolina’s game in Athens will only be its second away game of the season, but the team will be coming off a bye week. SEE ONLINE www-dailygamecock.com

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Gamecock defense takes down Tyler Simmons during the 2018 game against UGA. FROM COLUMN PAGE 8

T he G a mecock s g ave up 212 yards in total offense to Kentucky. Not only was that less total yards than Charleston Southern racked up against the Gamecock defense, it was also the fewest allowed by South Carolina since 2012. Senior defensive end DJ Wonnum was a key factor in the Gamecocks’ stellar defensive showcase against Kentuck y. Wonnum earned SEC Defensive Player of the Week with his five solo tackles, career-high three sacks and a forced fumble. He’ll have to have an even better performance against Georgia to stop Fromm and Swift. A not he r r e a s o n t he d e f e n s e played so well against Kent uck y has a lot to do with senior punter Joseph Charlton. Like Wonnum, Charlton received SEC Special Team Player of the Week honors after pinning the Kentucky offense inside their own 20-yard line five out of the nine times he was called on to punt. A repeat of that will give the Gamecock defense some mu c h ne e d e d b r e at h i n g r o o m against a Georgia offense loaded with firepower.

On the offensive side of things, South Carolina has to continue to establish the running game. The one-t wo pu nch of sen iors R ico Dowdle and Tav ien Feaster has proven to be lethal. Both logged over 100 rushing yards and totaled three touchdowns bet ween them against Kentucky. Feaster and Dowdle each need to h ave a g o o d g a me i n order for t he Gamecock of fense to be able to do any t hing against t he Georgia defense. A good running game would also take some weight of f f resh ma n quar terback Rya n Hilinski’s shoulders, leading to a well-rounded offensive attack. Prediction This is going to be a tough game for the Gamecocks no matter what the game plan is. Athens, Georgia is one of the hardest environments to play college football in, and South Carolina will need everything to go its way to walk out of Sanford Stadium with a win. The best thing South Carolina fans can wish for is a competitive ga me. Fi nal score: G eorg ia 42, South Carolina 24. Kickoff for the Gamecocks versus the Bulldogs is noon on Saturday. The game can be viewed on ESPN.

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Do not change USC free speech policy for hate speech

Pe ople love to hate USC’s rules about free speech, but the school promotes t he f ree excha nge of ideas wh ile protecting Elizabeth Stiles students’ ability Third-year to per for m at history and school without political science being disturbed student by hate speech, d i s c r i m i n at io n o r of f e n s i v e language. There is a bill making its way through South Carolina’s state legislature known as the Campus Free Expression Act. It has been sitting in the Senate’s Committee on Education since March 2018 and has not been passed into law. The bill would, t heoret ically, ensure people can freely express themselves on campus anywhere out-of-doors and make public universities establish sanctions for those who try to abridge this free speech. While that’s all fine and dandy, the fact is that this promotion of “tolerance” on campus to any and all speakers will result in intolerance and the suppression of free speech for others. If a student feels something, such as a lawful protest, has discouraged his or her right to speak freely, then he or she may file a complaint against the person or people involved. Though the bill has not yet been passed, it could result in punishments for lawful protests or demonst rat ions aga i nst controversial speakers on campus. These punishments, by this piece of legislation, go up to and include expulsion from USC. USC’s policy has been neutral on the issue of free speech and

will allow controversial figures of any type to come to campus as long as they are invited by an individual or student organization. The university’s policy explicitly states it allows all speech except for that which is “sufficiently severe, pervasive, or persistent so as to interfere with or limit the ability of an individual or group to participate in or benefit from the programs, services, and activities provided by the University.” That seems broad in allowing a variety of speech that might make people uncomfortable but does not hinder others’ ability to be a student at USC and enjoy all of the events, activities, courses and other experiences that come with it. T he problem is t hat t h is leg islat ion, i n t he pu rsu it of “promoting free speech on campus,” revokes the right of a protester’s free speech to the point of threatening expulsion. USC’s current policy allows for free speech in certain areas and allows for protests as long as they are lawfully executed. By requiring USC to “provide and enforce a range of disciplinary sanctions for anyone within its jurisdiction who materially and substantially interferes with the free expression of others,” the new bill would prohibit lawful protests. This legislation, though not explicitly mentioned, might be tied to a recently concluded federal court case. The Campus Free Expression Act was introduced and sent to committee March 6, 2018, and Abbott v. Pastides was argued at the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals March 22, 2018. In 2015, a group of students hosted a free speech event at USC with the universit y’s approval. Protesters voiced concerns about the symbols displayed, including a swastika, and notified the university of racist and sex ist comments

allegedly made at the event. USC did an investigation, per its policy, fou nd t here was no cause for any additional investigation and dropped the matter. The students who held the event then filed suit for violations of their First Amendment rights and the “chilling effect” of free speech on campus as a result of USC’s investigation into the comments made at the event. The Court of Appeals decided the students’ freedom of speech had not been “chilled” and dismissed their case. The students requested certiorari, or a review over the decision, from the Supreme Court, but it affirmed the Court of Appeals’ decision in 2019 and the case closed. Essentially, the courts did not find the allegedly abridged right to free speech to be an issue or a meaningful overstep of USC over people’s rights to free speech. The free speech policy on campus was designed in 2009, followed United States Department of Justice (DOJ) g uidelines and had t he DOJ’s approval before implementation. The attempts to change these policies, through legislative or judicial means, will do more harm to the university than good. The Carolinian Creed says “I will respect the dignity of all persons” and “I will discourage bigotry, while striving to learn from differences in people, ideas and opinions.” USC’s policy, as it stands, allows people to spread their ideas on campus and allows others to protest or share opposing opinions at the same time. The only prohibited speech, speech that is explicitly discriminatory and attacks an individual, isn’t tolerated in good society anyway. Advocat ing for speech t hat is explicitly discriminatory or attacks an individual is not advocating for free speech — it’s hate speech.

An impeachment trial is necessary

I n t he A mer ic a n p ol it ic a l s y stem s, i r rat iona l it y a nd unreason are problems prevented t h rough cou nt less ac t s of legislation. Fo r e x a m p l e , c h e c k s a n d balances t hroughout t he governmental branches or the m a ny a spec t s of i nter ac t ion Stephen Pastis bet ween local and state First-year journalism governments. student Impeachment is no different. Today, t here is nat ionw ide coverage of an impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump. Constitutionally, “Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors” are punishable by impeachment. In this case, varying degrees of impeachment have been on the table multiple times during our current president’s tenure. Because of similar items, there has been discussion and investigation over controversies for a lot of his presidency. It was not until Sept. 24 that Nancy Pelosi, the speaker of the House, announced official inquiry into the impeachment process would commence due to Trump’s admittance of “unconstitutionally asking the Ukraine president to take actions which would benefit him politically.” Impeachment should not be taken lightly, and even the most incapable or detestable presidents have still been voted upon and should be respected for the time being, as this is the only way to uphold government values. Impeachment should not be based on general dislike or recurring opposition to

the legislature within the contrasting partisan party. Impeachment is a necessary clause for specific sit u at ion s l i ke today. A s it w i l l have ma ny components and ongoing decisions, the outcome will not be made lightly or with bias. The structures of the impeachment process within the House and Senate will operate and conclude with justice and purpose. The process is equally as necessary as other political happenings. The allegations against Trump are, firstly, the withholding of Congress-approved money to help Ukraine, which happened before he would make the phone call in question. It also seems unfounded and unreasonable that he would withhold this aid, which would provide Ukraine with much needed and previously-allocated money. Not only this, but the publicly available phone call is supposedly worded in a pressing manner towards the Ukraine president about the investigation of Joe Biden’s son’s previous actions. No matter what the decision, some act here is necessary. If the situation was innocent, a whistleblower never would have come forward. The White House also attempted to hide the ordeal. Partisan bias aside, there are many facts of the standings that are red flags. Impeachment talks have been going on for a while, but this situation was the final straw for many higher-up Democrats, especially Pelosi, to merit a concrete act. Besides, if the president’s actions are proven fact ua l, t he act is more t ha n enough for impeachment.

In July, it was difficult to be neut ral on t he Caslen c o nt r over s y. To d a y, it ’s impossible. I generally tend to avoid t a k i ng publ ic st a nces on polit ical issues. For most of my tenure at The Daily Gamecock, I have stayed out Jared Bailey of state and university politics. Fourth-year English and Instead, I have stuck to writing political science editorials about non-partisan student campus topics. I don’t consider myself a political activist. I’ve always envisioned myself as a diplomatic moderate, willing to hear both sides. However, this often results in fence-sitting. When I first heard of the presidential selection controversy, I was content to stay on the fence. Nonetheless, as the details of the political circus continue to emerge, maintaining my polite neutrality has become morally untenable. I waited patiently to hear both sides of the issue, and now I’ve heard enough. The evidence is overwhelming: Gov. Henry McMaster and members of the board of trustees circumvented a good faith selection process and did so not in furtherance of student and faculty interests, but in spite of them. In July, Gov. McMaster disregarded the student and faculty outcry against Caslen and called for a legally dubious vote on his candidacy. This effectively undermined the board of trustees’ vote in April to continue the presidential search and betrayed the trust of students and faculty who expected the board to wait until the fall to pursue further action. This was not a lapse in McMaster’s judgement, but rather part of a larger series of decisions meant to serve his own political interests. In a June 21 text to trustee Dan Adams, McMaster said “I fully support any and all efforts to hire General Caslan [sic].” In the weeks immediately preceding his sudden push for a vote, despite being an ex-officio member of the USC board and being barred from leveraging his governorship to influence university matters, McMaster called trustees individually to lobby for Caslen. Furthermore, McMaster’s chief of staff, Trey Walker, attempted to market Caslen as a political asset to local politicians. Walker texted Sen. Dick Harpootlian, “I think you will have a strong ally in your Five Points efforts w/ Gen Caslen as USC president.” He also characterized opposition to Caslen as leftist, texting trustees Westbrook and Mobley, “Our friends on the left played their part perfectly,” and, after Caslen’s election, texting trustee Adams “The Democrats hate us. We took their castle.” While McMaster and Walker independently pulled many strings, the board of trustees hands’ weren’t clean either. Several trustees actively encouraged McMaster to continue calling holdouts on the board to advocate for Caslen and, in trustee Adams’ words, to “shore [them] up.” Trustees also circumvented accountability requirements. Three of them met in a secret quorum — violating the state’s open-records law — on two separate occasions to discuss how to get Caslen elected. On multiple occasions, the trustees dismissed and disparaged both students and faculty. Trustee Egerton Burroughs was caught on a hot mic saying protesters at the July board vote were comprised of “that Kamala Harris crowd” and were “from out of town.” Trustee Fennell said the “radical left faculty and students ‘threatened’ us,” and after seeing a Fox News segment he believed radical leftists were trying to control conservative board members. Caslen himself made a similar insinuation, saying “the press is fully on board with these radical, extremist ideas,” though he later took back the statement and claimed it was directed solely at those who attacked him and his military service personally. McMaster and members of the board of t r ustees have disregarded procedure and subverted accountability. That is unacceptable. McMaster’s office and the board of trustees antagonized the students and faculty they are meant to represent, labelling anything other than absolute loyalty (or silent fence-riding) radical and extremist. That is unacceptable. When the stakes were low, I felt I could justify not addressing this issue. But now that this political spectacle has jeopardized the reputation of this university, its accreditation and potentially threatened the careers of faculty and students, I would be remiss not to use my platform to draw a line in the sand. Neutrality is permissible only so long as you are ignorant. When you learn the facts, you have a responsibility to choose a side and advocate for it. The facts show several of the university’s leaders conspired to install a new president contrary to the interests of faculty and students. They failed us and deserve to be removed from their posts. The faculty senate took a bold step last week when they passed a motion of no confidence against the board of trustees. Now it’s the students’ turn. The university deserves better. Demand better.


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Te a m w o r k m a k e s a difference. A theory is challenged by application. Slow down to avoid pitfalls, traffic or miscommunications. Ignore rumors or gossip. Discover necessar y modifications.

Taurus

Advance a professional goal slowly a nd w it h eyes wide open. Watch for h idden ob st acle s or pit f a l l s . Side s t ep an awkward situation. Focus on basics.

Gemini

Delays could interrupt your travels. Theories require revision when put into practice. Review d at a a nd st reng t hen infrastructures. Doublecheck reser vat ions. Allow extra time for the unexpected.

Cancer

Pad t he budget for unexpected expenses. Don’t rel y on a n unstable source. Draw upon hidden resources. Balance all accounts to keep your boat afloat.

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Leo

Avoid ex pen sive disagreements. Compromise is required. Keep you r mone y i n you r pocket. Don’t believe ever y t hing you hear. Slow dow n or r isk a potential pileup.

Virgo

You don’t have to do it a l l. Listen to you r b o d y a nd t a k e c a r e . W hen f aced w it h a n obstacle, slow down and reconvene. A sk for a hand when needed.

Libra

Someone you love is adapt ing to changes. Suspend criticism and have extra patience. Do what you can to help. Investigate all options. Stay pract ical a nd pragmatic.

Scorpio

Fa m i ly m at ter s take focus. Keep your promises and bargains. Stay in communication and clean up any messes. Nurt ure yourself and others ... in that order.

Sagittarius

A challenging intellectual or creative puzzle requires pondering. Don’t t r y to force an issue. Wait for better conditions. Replace volat ilit y with security. Practice diplomacy.

Capricorn

Foc u s on br i ng i ng home the bacon despite obstacles or roadblocks. Keep you r cool even when others don’t. Keep t r ack of i ncome a nd outflow.

Aquarius

Take personal time for you rself. Th ings c o u ld s e e m c h a o t ic or challenging. Handle priorities and post pone what you ca n. Fi nd peacef u l moments and nurturing surroundings.

Pisces

Peace a nd qu iet soothe when things get overstimulating. Hide out in your sanctuary. Avoid risky propositions. Make plans, consider what’s next and then rest.

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