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Student club to design race car, compete nationally

Annual Walk A Mile in Their Shoes event canceled following threats


A group of USC st udents are building a Formula Onestyle electric car to compete in the nationwide Formula SAE (Student Automotive Engineers) Electric competition in June 2020. The college teams won’t race head-to-head but they will compete against each other in performance competitions. T he For mu l a SA E i s a n organization that encourages undergraduate and graduate students to develop formulastyle cars, which are vehicles bu i lt to ach ie ve m a x i mu m speed, with open cockpits and high-power engines. Jack Hannum, a second-year electrical engineering student and president of the Society of USC’s Automotive Engineers club, founded the club last fall. Hannum grew up playing Forza Horizon, a racing video game franchise, watching the Top Gear TV show and wants to eventually work for an electric vehicle company like Tesla. “I really wanted to go build a car and this organization lets me do that and it seems like there were a bunch of people at the university who wanted to do the same thing,” Hannum said. “So now we’re building a car.” T he t e a m i s s t i l l i n t he beginning stages as many teams are still researching parts to use and creating computer 3D illustrations of their projects. The club is split into seven tea m s — a cha ssis tea m, a s u s p en s ion t e a m , a d r i ve t r a i n t e a m , a br a ke t e a m , an aerody namics team, a n i nteg r at ion tea m a nd a fundraising team. Each team works on a section of the vehicle and will combine all of their individual projects into one electric Formula One-style car. T he s u s p e n s io n t e a m i s focused on the vehicle’s shocks and the steering of the vehicle. This team is working to make sure the steering is tight, tires are off the ground and that rim size maximizes mobility. SEE FORMULA SAE PAGE 2

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Former Gamecock signs with Chicago Bears JOE MCLEAN Assistant Sports Editor Another former South Carolina football player will be taking his talents to the professional ranks. E l l io t t Fr y, p l a c e k i c k e r f o r t h e Gamecocks from 2013 to 2016, signed a three-year contract with the NFL’s Chicago Bears. After graduating from South Carolina in 2016, the Frisco, Texas native eventually joined the Alliance of America Football league (AAF), which has since suspended all of their operations, despite being in play for less than a full season. W hile playing in the A A F, Fry was the placekicker for the Orlando Apollos, coached by former South Carolina head football coach Steve Spurrier. Spurrier, who resigned from his head coaching duties at South Carolina in 2015, also coached Fry in Columbia from 2013 up until Spurrier’s midseason resignation in October 2015. While with the Apollos, Fry made each of his 14 field goal attempts with the Orlando Apollos in the regular season. His longest kick was a 47-yard field goal against the San Antonio Commanders in week two of the AAF season. Spurrier, who was familiar with Fry from his time in Columbia, said he was happy to

Student club builds frame of Formula One-style car for national competition.



California-based artist Bryce Vine headlined Spring Fest on Friday, April 12. However, Vine’s performance ended abruptly due to weather conditions. After a meet and greet in Russell House, Vine socialized with fans at Breakers Live in Five Points.

VICTORIA RICHMAN // THE GAMECOCK Former Gamecock Elliott Fry prepares for a kick.

see Elliott get a chance in the AAF, calling him “extremely accurate” in an interview with The Post and Courier. While at South Carolina, Fry made 66 out of his 88 field goal attempts. Fry only missed one extra point for the Gamecocks, making 161 out of 162 extra point attempts at South Carolina. Fry also became the all-time leading scorer in South Carolina football history. On Nov. 5, 2016 against the Missouri Tigers at Williams-Brice Stadium, Fry made an extra point in the second quarter to break the previous record.




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Give 4 Garnet raised more than $4 million in 18 hours and one minute for various programs. Page 2

“S” is for stolen car A st udent reported a stolen black 2011 Toyota RAV4 on April 9. The car was believed to be stolen bet ween March 26 and April 8 from the S23 Lot on Bull Street next to Bates House. According to the police report, the car owner checked different park ing lots and local towing companies, although his car had an “S” USC parking decal, before

Th reaten i ng phone calls prompted Wa l k A M i le i n Their Shoes, a n a n nua l Colu mbia event t hat a i m s to raise awareness for sexual assault, to be canceled two days before its 10th anniversary last week. Sexual Trauma Services of the Midlands (STSM), who hosts the event, received the calls. “We make this decision out of an abundance of caution,” STSM said in a statement. “The da ily work of STSM c o nt i nue s . We e nc ou r a g e ever yone to use t heir voice to support sur vivors in our families and communities.” A c c o r d i n g t o S T S M ’s website, someone c a l led t h e 24 - h o u r h o t l i n e a n d t h reatened to har m STSM staff members. W hile Columbia Police Department was providing security for the event, STSM decided to cancel the walk. “A s t h i s c a s e i s not yet resolved and as our primary responsibilit y is advancing the health and well being of our clients, staff, and those who support our work in the com mu n it y, we c ho o se to ca ncel tomor row’s Walk A Mile In Their Shoes at the South Carolina State House,” STSM said in a statement. Law enforcement is cu rrent ly look ing into t he case. Colu mbia Pol ice Department was unavailable for a comment. Last year, the event raised $97,000 to support ser vices of fered by STSM to t hose requiring care following sexual trauma. Nearly 1,500 people walked for those affected by sexual trauma or in support of the cause. Marlena Zin n, a secondyear market i ng a nd global supply chain and operations management student, helped with the planning process for Walk A Mile in Their Shoes. Zinn said she was upset when the walk was canceled because this is the biggest fundraiser for the nonprofit organization.


Jolene Bailey opened her cupcake shop, Buttercream Dreams, several months ago in West Columbia. Page 5

SPORTS Cadie Bates shares her experience in transitioning from indoor to beach volleyball.


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T he d r iver h ad r u n a red light at the intersection of Blossom St reet a nd Henderson Street, the police report said. During the traffic stop, the officer smelled marijuana, saw Natural Light beer and discovered all three occupants were under the age of 21. All t hree occupants claimed ow ner sh ip of m a r iju a na found in the glove box, the report said, and they poured out the alcohol on the scene. All three occupants were cited for simple possession of marijuana. ABCD ... UI Police pulled over a car on Blossom Street after the



City officials to hold Five Points safety meeting

City Councilman Moe Baddourah and Columbia Police Chief Sk ip Holbrook will hold a communit y meeting concerning safet y issues i n Five Poi nt s a nd su r rou nd i ng neighborhoods on April 16, according to ABC Columbia. The meeting comes in the wake of Samantha Josephson’s death, which sparked a nationwide discussion about ride-share safety and drew local criticism to the Five Points area. The meeting will be held at the Lourie Center from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., and residents are encouraged to attend and offer input.

Tiger Woods wins fifth Masters of career

Tiger Woods received his 15th major title and first Masters win since 2005 on Sunday in what is b e i n g d e s c r ib e d a s a h i s t o r i c comeback for the golfer, according to CN N. Th is w in comes af ter Woods u nder went spi ne f usi ng surgery in 2017, when arising back problems proved a t hreat to his career. Woods now holds the title for second-most Masters wins with five, following Jack Nicklaus, who holds six.


Three boaters saved by nonduty Coast Guard members

Three people were rescued by a c rew of non- dut y C oa st Gu a rd members of f of Seabrook Island, South Carolina on Friday after their boat sunk, according to WIS News. The crew went into action after the boaters made a mayday call that their boat had sunk. The members were in “in the right place at the right time” to make the rescue, according to an official statement by U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Savannah. —compiled by Brian Rosenzweig

Give 4 Garnet surpasses donor goal, raises more than $4 million MARINA CATULLO News Writer

The University of South Carolina’s second annual Give 4 Garnet day resulted in more than $4 million in gifts from 6,576 donors on April 10. The event exceeded its goal of 6,500 donors in 18 hours and one minute. “What a great experience it was,” USC President Harris Pastides said. “We will never forget it. We are in your debt.” Give 4 G ar net is a si ngle-day SADE JOHNSON // THE GAMECOCK campaign that began in 2018, raising Two students on Greene Street toss confetti in a giant snow globe at last week’s Give 4 Garnet event. $3.7 million from about 4,200 donors in its first year. for us, and we want to help them in The Give 4 Garnet website had 22 For El iz abet h Mut h, who wa s return,” Brizek said projects and campaigns for donors to volu nteering t hrough t he alum ni Jade Morton, a third-year political choose from. association, Give 4 Garnet is not so science and supply chain student, said “You can kind of designate where you much about how much people are able she thought Give 4 Garnet was a great want your money to go to,” first lady to donate. What is more important, initiative and she wanted to contribute. Patricia Moore-Pastides said. she said, is getting into the habit of However, Morton added that she felt like At the end of the day, Student Affairs contributing something. Give 4 Garnet placed too much emphasis and Academic Support received the “This is a great opportunit y for on student donations this year, citing highest number of gifts, while Pastides students to start the practice of giving,” multiple emails she and her friends have Initiative for the Alumni Center received Muth said. “It’s just a little bit. It’s not received asking for contributions. the most donations. about the dollar figure.” “I know that it made me upset,” Give 4 Garnet also met several goals The event placed an emphasis on Morton said. “I felt like I couldn’t give during the event, including a challenge trying to make it easy for students to back, and I felt guilty. But I just knew to get donations from all 50 states. contribute, while also being mindful that I couldn’t afford that financially.” Athletics and the College of Education of their financial limitations as college Morton suggested that Give 4 Garnet were rewarded a $7,500 prize for securing students. could improve in the future by looking to the last two states in the “fill-the-map “We are just really trying to encourage their alumni more and students less when challenge,” Montana and Vermont. students to participate today. We really it comes to financial donations. “I think it’s really important for want Gamecocks to be able to give back Money raised by Give 4 Garnet goes G a meco c k s to see t he Ca rol i n a to one another,” said Sara Shealy, the to university projects from scholarships community come together to support assistant director of development for to building renovations. Because of one another,” said Shealy. “And I think student affairs, “By allowing them to give this, fourth-year biochemistry student it’s a really fun day to celebrate being a to the Gamecock Pantry or the Carolina Gretchen Bollar considers Give 4 Garnet Gamecock.” Closet, we’re not asking for financial beneficial to students. Between Cocky wandering around the donations, but just a way to support one Give 4 Garnet’s main event, an fair on Greene Street and appearances another.” outside street fair, took place on Greene by President Harris Pastides and first R aeg a n Br i z ek , a second-yea r Street from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. While the lady Patricia Moore-Pastides, the event broadcast journalism st udent and majority of the day’s donations were certainly felt like a celebration of the Carolina Productions president, said made online, more than 300 people made university to many. it’s important to encourage Gamecocks cash donations at the fair. “Well, it’s just fun to be out here with from all over the country to participate Hannah Leach, a first-year marketing you all,” Moore-Pastides said. “I love it. in a day of giving back. student, enjoyed seeing where the money It’s like a festival. And it’s just a lot of “It kind of reminds everyone to give was going and that each contribution fun.” thanks. Our community does so much supported a specific campaign.

driver sped and failed to stay in her lane. T he d r iver or ig i n a l ly claimed to not have had a ny t h i n g t o d r i n k , but accord i ng to t he p ol ice report, she was unsteady and smelled strongly of alcohol. Her blood alcohol content was 0.18 — more than double the legal limit. The officer had the driver perfor m test s, including reciting the alphabet starting with the letter D and ending w it h t h e le t t e r R . S h e responded, “D, F, G,” and stopped. The driver then admitted to having several drinks, the report said, and she was arrested for driving under the influence. —compiled by Sarah Eissmann


“They’re going to hugely impact our lateral acceleration scores,” Hannum said. Lateral acceleration is the force that pushes the car sideways. Nick Latronica, a secondyear mechanical engineering st udent , has been a ca r aficionado since he was a kid, a nd now he races h is ow n Mazda M iat a i n autocross competitions. Latronica is the suspension team leader who assigns projects to his team members, tracks their progress a nd also assist s i n t heir projects. Latronica said suspension product ion comes last because they want to mold t he suspension around t he

c a r to opt i m i z e t he c a r ’s performance. He also said being a part of this club has exposed him to a great deal of detailed math equations, geomet r y a nd ex per iences that he would never had in a classroom at USC. “That kind of confidence walking into an interview or even just applying is incredibly useful, because you’re able to know that you’re going to be an asset to somebody, rather t han being somebody who needs to be trained,” Latronica said. Alberto Esqueda-Martinez, a fou r t h-yea r mec h a n ic a l e n g i n e e r i n g s t u d e nt a n d aerody namics team leader, said his team is focused on designing and fabricating the materials used for the car’s body and managing the car’s

weight so it doesn’t hinder the performance of the car. E s q ue d a- M a r t i ne z a l s o connects team members with professors to find modeling documents and help them turn them into 3D illustrations. He said the business side of the club is something that he wouldn’t have experienced as an engineering student. Esqueda-Mar t inez has had interactions with Haas Automat ion, wh ich is one of the largest machine tool builders on t he globe, and made connections with local machine shops that he wouldn’t have made in an engineering class. SEE ONLINE

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“I’ve seen firsthand all the work t h at h a s b e e n p ut i n months in advance organizing t h is wa l k , a nd I’ve hea rd so m a ny stor ie s ab out how s u c c e s s f u l it w a s p r e v io u s years,” Zinn said. In honor of the walk being canceled, community members created a GoFundMe for STSM to raise $20,000. As of Sunday, April 14, at 7:40 p.m., $225 had been raised. According to W LTX, some of the teams that planned to attend the walk will hold their own event to continue raising awareness and money for sexual assault and violence services. R ic h l a nd C ou nt y Sher i f f Depar t ment par t nered w it h Columbia Police Department

a nd Fo r e s t A c r e s Pol ic e Department to hold a smaller walk to show support for STSM. STSM will continue its work to provide support for survivors despite the cancellation to help those in need in Columbia. “Not on ly do we help t he su r v ivors, but we show t hat there’s more to them than just this one incident that occurred to them,” Zinn said. “It’s a way for them to get back out and see that their community supports them and is behind them and continues to love and embrace them no matter what happens.” E d it o r ’s n o t e : I f y o u o r someone you k now has experienced sexual trauma, you can contact the Sexual Trauma Services of the Midlands’ 24hour hotline at 803-771-7273 or the Student Health Center’s 24/7 cou nsel i ng ser v ices at 803-777-5223.

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Q&A: Miss Gamecock 2019 Sara Beth Sears was crowned Miss Gamecock 2019 in December 2018. The third-year pharmacy student sat down with The Daily Gamecock to discuss her passion for USC, her family and Children’s Miracle Network.

Q: How did you get into pageants? very first pageant was when I was in fifth grade. I was a big tomboy, A: My and my aunts wanted to dress me up and wanted me to do a pageant,

so I did it pretty much for them, and ended up winning, and I was like, ‘Ooh, this is kind of fun.’ I did a couple more, won some, lost a lot more than I won. My last pageant before Miss Gamecock was my high school pageant, and I won it. Once I got to college, I was like, ‘I’m going to take a little break.’ But I knew there was the Miss Gamecock pageant, and I had been wanting to do it. I wanted to do it freshman and sophomore year and just didn’t really have time. My roommate and I both decided to compete in Miss Gamecock this year, so we kind of did it together, and it was a lot of fun. I didn’t expect to win. I kind of just did it for the fun of it. I love pushing myself to get better at things that I do. Regardless, I would get in shape because we had a fitness portion, and then we had mock interview practice, so that’s kind of why I went into it. They’re fun to me. I love getting dressed up, but I knew I would get something out of it regardless of whether I won or lost. When I won, it was just unbelievable.

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What does being Miss Gamecock mean to you? For me, it’s been a good way for me to get out in the community and do stuff or a way for me to voice my opinions about things. Before now, I was almost timid to step out and do anything outside my comfort zone. As Miss Gamecock, I’ve gotten to go into the schools and read. I’ve gotten to do a lot of community service stuff back home, raise money for Children’s Miracle Network. It’s just been unbelievable. So for me, it’s about being a representative for our school, because I will get to represent USC at Miss South Carolina this year, which is going to be awesome. It’s a way for me to be a good role model, it’s a way for me to give back to the community and it’s just been so much fun. What have you gotten from this experience so far? So what has being in this program done for you? I love going to the schools and reading to kids. ... To be able to go in as Miss Gamecock — and they all call me a princess, which is so sweet — I always take my crown and sash, and so all of the girls always want to put it on. So, to give each of them a chance to put the crown on and be a princess for a second, they love it, and I love it because it makes them so happy. ... Through Miss Gamecock, I’ve gotten to serve and raise money for Children’s Miracle Network, which so far I’ve raised over $800. ... It’s incredible to see how many people volunteer for them and give their time and money to go and help these kids and their families. —compiled by Ananda Kobierowski

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CULTURE MOVIE OF THE WEEK: “The Perfect Date” Internet darling Noah Centineo stars in this new Netflix original as Brooks Rattigan, a teen with a n u n c o n v e nt io n a l m o n e ymak ing scheme. The comedy follows Rattigan, a high school st udent who markets himself as a fake date. But when real romance gets involved, things t urn out to be more complex than he anticipated.

SHREYAS SABOO // THE GAMECOCK A ghostly orb of light is rumored to appear in front of cars parked under the branches of this tree on Land’s End Road after nightfall.

Southern oddities: Land’s End Light

ALBUM OF THE WEEK: “Ventura” by Anderson .Paak

SONG OF THE WEEK: “Night Running” by Cage The Elephant and Beck T h is col labor at ion bet ween ‘90s alternative star Beck and 2000s indie rockers Cage The Elephant chan nels a g roov y, rhy t h m ic sou nd, combi n i ng t he best of Beck’s fast-paced experimental tunes with Cage The Elephant’s slower psychrock sound. Both acts work with hypnotic, psych-rock rhythms and those sensibilities shine on this new single.


anxious to see what the phenomenon was really about and a picture from a local blog as our guide, we made our way down the marsh-side road in search of the “Hanging Tree” of legend. Draped in Spanish moss and cast in a moony silver glow, the orts, waterfronts and plantations are among road was eerie on its own merit, potential ghosts the Palmetto State’s most enticing and aside. iconic tourist hot spots. But for those With our high beams on, we picked the tree looking to venture off the beaten path, out from the roadside foliage and, the state has much to offer in terms of per instruction, killed the engine and the odd, surreal and even supernatural. waited in silence for the dome lights to The Land’s End Light in Beaufort, go out. South Carolina, is one such point of “Sitting in the dark ness, waiting curiosity among thrill seekers. for this light, I was almost peeing my According to Eat Stay Play Beaufort, pants,” said Stephanie Justice, social the light appears to cars parked beneath media editor and arts writer. the “Hanging Tree” on Land’s End I n pref ace, we h ave to say t he Road. Those hoping to see the light following: The Daily Gamecock as an tradit ionally park t heir car beside institution takes no hard stance on the the tree, turn off the car and wait existence or non-existence of ghosts, in darkness for the phenomenon to ghost orbs, ghost children, et. al. We materialize. can only report what we saw, and what What begins as an apparent single we saw was a clear round light in the headlight somewhere in the distance distance after waiting about a minute. grows in size and dims in brightness as At first, we assured each other that it approaches. Once it passes, it’s said what we were seeing were the headlights to leave passengers with a static charge. of an oncoming car about to pass us There are many origin stories. Some on the road. After all, you can see a local legends say slaves were hung STEPHANIE JUSTICE remarkably long way into the distance SOCIAL MEDIA EDITOR from the limbs of the tree. Others say on t he st raight st retch before t he a Confederate soldier was beheaded “Hanging Tree.” beneath its branches. Some rumors But as we watched, the light appeared to alternately speculate the light is the spirit of children who died dim and brighten as it hovered in the distance. in a car accident on the road in the ‘70s. “My whole body felt cold,” Justice said. “I went The light is a point of contention for skeptics, who cold with fear.” say it’s no more than swamp gas or an optical illusion. So, curious, skeptical and the tiniest bit afraid, we SEE LAND’S END decided to investigate the light for ourselves. PAGE 6 With a car full of The Daily Gamecock staffers

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.Paa k ’s fou r t h st ud io a lbu m c a me out on Fr id ay. W h i le “Oxnard,” released late last year, was more hip-hop oriented, this album returns to a more even balance of his characteristic soul, rap and rhythm and blues. The album features R&B greats like Smokey Robinson and A ndré 3000, taking .Paak’s fun hip-hop roots to the next level with a richer, more mature sound.

Buttercream Dreams brings sweetness to West Columbia STEPHANIE JUSTICE Arts and Culture Writer

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T he s c ent of s u g a r wa f t s through the air as customers enter Buttercream Dreams with the anticipation of indulging in a sweet treat. Perfectly-frosted cupcakes sit inside glass cases, perched beneat h a golden chandelier with pink and white decorations that reminds one of candy canes. Buttercream Dreams is a new dessert shop in West Columbia inside Tylar Rose, a pageant and prom dress store. Owner Jolene Ba i le y op ened But terc rea m Dreams a few months ago and is the only employee at the shop. Bailey said she has always liked to bake, but her passion took of f when her daughter became involved in competitive cheerleading at an early age. “Their big t h ing is at c o mp e t it io n s y o u d o l it t le

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HANNAH WADE // THE GAMECOCK Former UPS employee Jolene Bailey turned her baking hobby into a full-time career.

treat snack bags, so I started m a k i n g c ut e l it t le t he m e d cupcakes based on the theme of the competition or the theme around a holiday that it’s close to,” Bailey said. The parents of ot her cheerleaders loved her baking s o m u c h t h at t h e y s t a r t e d requesting cakes of their own, which Bailey eagerly fulfilled. Bailey, however, got tired of bak ing unt il t he early hours of the morning while working full-time for UPS. Opportunity struck when a friend of hers, the owner of Tylar Rose, suggested

Bailey open her shop inside the dress store. “It was just k ind of one of those spur of the moment, ‘Hey, why don’t you come in here and open up?’” Bailey said. The combination of dresses a nd desser t s m ight seem u ncom mon, but Ba i le y sa id she tries to make it a seamless transition. “It’s l i ke t he best of bot h worlds,” Bailey said. SEE BUTTERCREAM PAGE 6



HANNAH WADE // THE GAMECOCK Bailey applies pink-and-yellow icing to a dozen cupcakes. Buttercream Dreams opened a few months ago in West Columbia.

A longside her favorite cupcake, lemon with lemon buttercream, Bailey always has the staple f lavors of vanilla and chocolate and t he c u s t o m e r -f a v o r it e almond-with-almond, in her rotation. However, she said she is always looking for unique flavors to inspire her next batch of cupcakes, w h ic h h a s r e s u lt e d i n flavors like Milky Way and caramel apple pie. “I’ll go down the grocery aisles or the ice cream aisle and pull ideas from there for f lavors,” Bailey said. “You never know, I might throw something out new next week that I have never had before.” For t ho se who don’t prefer cupcakes, Bailey has more to offer. She bakes weekly specials, featuring


A s t h e l i g ht d r e w c l o s e r, it remained a single orb as opposed to t wo distinct headlights. A car approached from behind the spot where we parked, and once the car passed, the light evaporated into blackness. “I don’t think it was a car. It had to be something else,” Clara Bergeson, opinion editor, said. “The way it flickered after the car came by, that’s not normal.” According to some locals, viewers should turn the car on before the light gets to t hem for fear of an

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p ou nd c a k e s l ic e s o n Wednesdays, turnovers on Thursdays and cheesecake slices on Fridays. T he s e s p e c i a l b a ke d g o o d s c o m b i n e d w it h per pet ually-rotat ing cupcake flavors guarantee there is always something new for customers to look for ward to during their next visit. As for the future, Bailey doesn’t know what it holds for Buttercream Dreams yet. “I’m only one person, so I’m the cleaner, the baker, t he cash ier, t he cook ,” Bailey said. “Just maybe one step at a time.” There’s one thing that’s for sure: As one of the signs in Buttercream Dreams reads, Bailey will continue “m a k i n g s we et t h i n g s happen” for a while, one cupcake at a time.

ominous encounter with an angry spirit. While some staffers remain s k ept ic a l , i n t h at mome nt , we collectively decided to start the car and drive away. “I st i l l t h i n k t here was a ca r coming and it turned because the road is so straight, so you could not tell if that was not a car,” Shreyas Saboo, The Daily Gamecock photo co-editor, said. Some staffers point to a distant car or swamp gas as the entity. Some believe it was a ghost. Some aren’t quite sure what they saw. Regardless, we can say with some confidence that something super funky is afoot in Beaufort.

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Column: Tweets from Gamecock fans impact athletes MARY GRACE LAKE Sports Writer

Gamecock women’s tennis continues to train beyond the court CLEOPATRA SHABAZZ Sports Writer Though the sport is somewhat individualized, the No. 5 South Carolina women’s tennis team spends a lot of time behind the scenes working with a strength and conditioning staff to keep players healthy throughout the season. South Carolina’s athletic department has a partnership with the university’s exercise science program to provide resources for student-athletes. In December, the exercise science program was ranked No. 1 in the nation by the Academic Ranking of World Universities. Most team sports require teams to have enough players on their rosters to make substitutions during a game, but collegiate tennis teams have limited rosters. A player would have to forfeit his or her match if faced with a severe injury, which is why maintaining physical strength is important. Associate head coach Jeffrey Nevolo has worked with the women’s tennis team for five seasons and says that he has seen improvements since the team partnered with the exercise science department. “As the season wears on, we’re getting daily reports from our training staff, from our strength and conditioning staff,” Nevolo said. “Especially, with a sport like tennis, there’s a lot of soft tissue

injuries, overuse injuries, so we’re generally going to be changing practices a little bit for each of them.” Jay Patel, the director of sports science for the athletic department, said he believes today’s studentathletes need more individualized training instead of following a set template that may not help certain athletes improve their performance. SEE TENNIS PAGE 9

SARA YANG // THE GAMECOCK Sophomore Kennedy Wicker looks to volley the ball back to her opponent during warmup at the Carolina Tennis Center.

Cadie Bates transitions to beach volleyball KHERON ALSTON Sports Writer Cadie Bates, a volleyball player and graduate transfer from Duke University, celebrated a second senior day in the sand instead of the court. Bates shifted from indoor volleyball to beach volleyball in order to transfer to the University of South Carolina. “I think it was definitely a hard transition going from a senior in a leadership role to then coming here and having to play beach, which I hadn’t played before,” Bates said, “As I’ve progressed here and learned more of the game, I’ve been able to be more myself.” Though indoor and beach volleyball sound like the same game on different playing fields, the two sports incorporate different concepts, rotations and game plans. “My biggest adjustment, I think, would just be ready and willing to adjust to whatever the circumstance is,” Bates said. “Just go 100% for everything.” Bates ended her second senior day with South Carolina winning matches against Tulane and Missouri State, bringing the school’s record to 17-8. On April 13, Bates and her teammate Shannon Williams dropped the first match to Tulane on the one-seeded court, but bounced back to beat Missouri State later in the day. SEE VOLLEYBALL PAGE 8

Gamecock fans are passionate about South Carolina sports, along with expressing their opinions about players and games. One way these fans are able to show their support is through social media. Most of the time, fans tweet their support for the Gamecocks no matter what happens on t he f ield or court. However, in recent months, more fans with negative comments ab out t he G a meco ck s have emerged on Twitter. These fans are quick to jump ship when the Gamecocks lose, but are some of the first to celebrate when the Gamecocks win. These people on ly suppor t t he team when it is good enough to support, but are nowhere to be found when the Gamecocks hit a slump. The support these fans give is wavering and does not add anything positive to people’s timelines. In fact, it can negatively impact ou r pl ayer s a nd c o ac he s who s e e t he s e comments. Additionally, the fans that tweet negative things after a loss, or sometimes even after a win, can paint a bad picture of the South Carolina fan base. It can specifically paint a bad picture for recruits. Recruits often look to Twitter to find out more about the school they are interested in and the fans who sport its colors. The idea of a supportive (no matter what) fan base can decide whether a school signs a top recruit. The trash talk doesn’t just put recruiting at risk. It does the same to athletes’ psyches. Many student athletes use social media just like any other college student. They more than likely see the positive comments, such as t he t weet by @G a mecock Splash af ter the baseball team played Alabama: “George Callil is unbelievable. Incredible play keeps the game alive and the #Gamecocks go onto win 5-4. #Gamecocks #SCtop10.” There are also some t weets such as one f rom @Gu n naTooReal af ter t he football team lost the Belk Bowl to Virginia. It said, “Can a fan hate their own fanbase? Asking for a friend… Btw @jakebentley19 I haven’t given up on you… Ignore the noise and grind this offseason! #SpursUp.” Comments like these help build up athletes, which in turn can build up the team. SEE COLUMN PAGE 8



ETHAN LAM // THE GAMECOCK Graduate student Cadie Bates goes up for a set during a 3-2 loss to the College of Charleston on April 13.


However, t he at hletes might a l s o s ee t weet s s uc h a s , “ I m having a very hard time accepting how bad the baseball team sucks” from @william45595697, or the tweet posted by @michaelhollis89 after the basketball team lost to Alabama, “Pathetic ending to the game. A nother season, another m i s s e d tou r n a ment . G et t i ng really, really old.” When athletes read comments l i ke t hese, it ca n af fec t t hem mentally and jeopardize the team i n t he long r u n. Yes, at h letes are supposed to have tough skin because of issues like this, but they are all human and sometimes comments get under their skin. A t h le t e s s hou ld b e able t o have fa it h t hat t heir fa n base

s upp or t s t hem t h rough b ot h wins and losses. Athletes should be able to go to Twitter to look for encouragement to come back from a loss. They shouldn’t be afraid to get on Twitter. Look no f u rt her t han @ T KOr ient a l, who t weeted, “I personally do not want to fight, block;and argue with anyone. The only reasons that I have supports for these young men and women a re [ love]. I wou ld l i ke t hem to k now t hat t hey always have somebodies to stand by t hem. Thanks the Gamecock Nation for your supports.” Negat ive t weets can have an impact on players’ mental health and an impact on future athletes that may be deciding on where to continue their sport. Seeing these negative comments, even if it’s just a few, can give the Carolina community a bad name.

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Bates ended the regular season going 22-10 as an individual and 22-9 as a duo with her partner Katie Smith. Their 22 wins are the third most wins in a single season in USC history. Together, they won Coastal Collegiate Sports Association pair of the week after wins against Florida Gulf Coast University, Hawaii, TCU and UAB at the Gamecock Challenge Tournament. The pair also picked up wins throughout the season against many ranked teams such as Hawaii, Georgia State, LSU and Grand Canyon. For the 2018 season, Bates was also an A merican Volleyball Coaches Association Top Flight Honoree a nd qua l if ied for t he USA Vol leyba l l Col leg iate Championship, advancing to the quarterfinal round. Bates has no regrets in her decision, she said, even though transferring schools and pursuing a master’s degree is an adjustment. “South Carolina is seriously the best place ever,” Bates said. “The sport and entertainment management program — it’s so many experienced people that are the professors, and just the opportunities I’ve had in the classroom has been really awesome. But also, the coaching staff here is unlike no other. I’m just really blessed.”



Isaiah Moore posts fastest time in world

HALEY SALVADOR // THE GAMECOCK Senior Isaiah Moore won the men’s 110-meter hurdles during the Gamecock Invitational.


SARA YANG // THE GAMECOCK Senior Paige Cline warms up before a match on March 1. The match was canceled due to weather. FROM TENNIS PAGE 7

“It’s more than just lifting weights now, it’s really understanding the body,” Patel said. This season, the women’s tennis team also began their partnership with A lex Buchman, the assistant director of sports performance. “Our No. 1 job is player safety,” Buchman said. “How can we get the most athleticism out of them as possible but also put them in the most risk-free environment?” One of the main components that has helped the tennis players improve t heir performance is monitoring their heart rate, Nevolo said. “Every morning, they’re turning in their resting heart rates,” he said. “You can get a sense of where you are physiologically through your resting heart rate as soon as you wake up.” The coaching staff can determine whether a player is under moderate or heavy stress levels by observing the player’s baseline heart rate. In addition to monitoring their heart rate, the team uses exercise bikes to reduce the wear and tear from running on the hard courts.

“These courts are very unforgiving. Hard courts are really tough on your joints, so we use those bikes as a way of still testing the heart, but trying to save their joints a little bit more,” Nevolo said. The coaching staff, strength and conditioning team and the exercise science practitioners collaborate in effort to help the team maintain a healthy balance in every aspect of their lives. “All we can do from our end, from the sports performance standpoint, is just hopef ully getting them to u nderst a nd t hat we’re t here for them,” Buchman said. “Really to educate them on the importance of everything we’re trying to do and that’s not just in the weight room.” South Carolina finished its regular season 17-3 with an SEC victor y against the No. 26 Florida Gators. The Gamecocks will be heading into the SEC tournament with a 12-1 SEC record. “I think when you have a really motivated group and you really want to see them get better, things like rankings take care of themselves,” Nevolo said.

Redsh irt sen ior Isaiah Moore ran a w ind-aided 13. 25 i n t he me n’s 110 - m e t e r h u r d l e s at t he G amecock Invitational on April 13 to take first place, wh ich is t he fastest time in the world this season.

Moore’s time is also the third-fastest time i n Sout h Ca rol i na school history. Moore also placed i n t h e 11 0 - m e t e r hurdles preliminaries, running a wind-legal 13.39. H e a d c o a c h Curtis Frye said that Moore is coming along quite well. “That was his second run of the day, and it shows us a lot about him, to be able

to come b ac k a f ter running 13.39,” Frye said. “It sets Isaiah up to be a little bit better, and it will take better to be where he wants to be.” Last season, Moore did not compete but was South Carolina’s top performer in the 110-meter hurdles in 2017.


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Head to Head: Michael Jackson

Do not ignore Jackson’s sexual abuse allegations

Research, think before assuming Jackson’s guilt

HBO’s documentary “Leaving Neverland” makes it apparent that the resurfaced assault charges against Michael Jackson shouldn’t simply be tossed aside. Allegations of sexual abuse have come to light once more for the former King of Pop. While Jackson’s trial in 2005 found him not guilty of these charges, it remains difficult to describe Jackson’s fascination with children as anything less than disturbing. The film centers around Wade Robson and James Olivia Clarke Safechuck, two of Jackson’s alleged sexual assault Second-year mass victims. In the documentary, Robson and Safechuck communications describe their alleged assault experiences in horrifying student detail, painting a not-so-pretty picture of the pop sensation. In his later years, Jackson was known for having sleepovers with young boys at his Neverland Ranch. He claimed these slumber parties were not sexual in the slightest, but in what world would it be acceptable for a grown man to invite young boys to sleep in his bed? That alone should make anyone uneasy. Five boys, including Robson and Safechuck, who are known to have slept in bed with Jackson have claimed the star molested them. During the first investigation into one of Jackson’s relationships with a young man in 1993, the police photographed Jackson’s genitals to compare it with the accuser’s descriptions and found the two to match. The case ended in a $23 million settlement, but separate accusations were made in 2003 where Jackson was indicted on several criminal accounts. In 2005 the case went to trial where the alleged victim and his brother both testified against Jackson, stating Jackson gave them alcohol and showed them pornography. A former household staff member also testified that she witnessed Jackson showering with Robson. Critics of the documentary may point out that both Robson and Safechuck defended Jackson during the trials, which discredits their statements, but Robson said he was threatened by Jackson to lie under oath at the time. Though some may also argue the men were only motivated by greed, neither received any compensation for participating in the film. Many survivors of child sexual abuse hide or lie about their abuse because they were groomed to do so. Victims can have a t wisted relationship with their perpetrator, feeling a mix of shame and love for their offender. I think when it comes to the subject of sexual assault, especially regarding the abuse of children, people tend to focus too much on finding concrete evidence. According to an article by Benjamin Rachlin in The New Republic magazine, “as many as 40 percent of youth victims of sexual assault show no symptoms, and many do not report at all.” There were many warning signs that Jackson’s treatment of children was far from normal. He showered these chosen kids with luxuries, he separated them from their parents and he admitted to sharing beds with them. The boys have uncannily similar testimonies that seem too descriptive and too specific to have been concocted. No matter how much you may love Jackson’s music, I think all the proof you need is evident in Jackson’s actions. How he behaved around children is enough to tell you something was clearly not right.

After the r e le a s e of t he doc u ment ar y “ L e a v i n g Neverland,” the issue of Michael J a c k s o n ’s possible sex ual a b u s e o f Chrissy Roffe c h i l d r e n h as Thrid-year resurfaced. English student The problem w it h t his topic is t hat M ichael Jackson is no longer alive to defend himself, and he was prev iously acquitted of all counts of sexual misconduct. Additionally, the men who spoke out against Jackson in “Leaving Neverland” previously said under oath that Jackson had never done anything to them. T h is mea ns t hese men a re unreliable, and it is only fair to show both sides as Jackson can no longer speak for himself. One of the late artist’s biggest defenders is Macaulay Culk in, a ch i ld st a r who bef r iended Jack son a rou nd 1990. He sa id t he allegat ions against Jackson are “absolutely ridiculous” and that nothing sexual ever happened between them. Taj Jackson, Jackson’s nephew, also repeatedly backs up his uncle on Twitter and plans on making a documentary in Jackson’s defense. For more information, his Twitter ac c ou nt h a s mu lt iple t h re ad s g iv ing facts to prove Jack son’s innocence. Diana Ross, a close friend of Jack son, has a lso come out to def e nd h i m . Ro s s h a s k now n Jackson since he was very young and was part of t he reason his career took off with his brothers, the Jackson 5. “Th is is what’s on my hea r t this morning. I believe and trust that Michael Jackson was and is A magnificent incredible force to

me and to many others. STOP IN THE NA ME OF LOV E,” Ross tweeted in Jackson’s defense. Ross was a rou nd Jack son so much when he was growing up that she would likely know if he had ever done anything to children, and she has no reason to lie about his actions. It is also possible that the alleged victims, Wade Robson and James Safechuck, lied about their stories. I n “ L e a v i n g N e v e r l a n d ,” Safechuck claimed he was abused i n Ne v e r l a n d ’s t r a i n s t a t i o n from 1988 to 1992, but a Jackson b i o g r a p h e r p o i nt e d o u t t h at construction on the train station did not begin until 1993, and it did not open until 1994. Jackson was also away in New York for most of 1994 and was not around the train station until 1995. A s for Robson, he claimed in “Leav i ng Neverla nd” t hat h is family had gone on a trip to the Grand Canyon, but Robson had stayed behind with Jackson. This cannot be true, because Robson’s mother, Joy Robson, stated in a court testimony from 1993 that Robson had been with the family on the trip to the Grand Canyon, and reaf f irmed t his in anot her deposition in 2016. In a case like this, where there is vag ue evidence on each side, a nd one side is deceased, it is almost impossible to k now t he full truth. It is best to not jump to conclusions and immediately believe the person to be g uilt y just because of all the social media hype. You s hou ld d r aw you r ow n conclusions based on the evidence from both sides. A lways remember to do your research and know what and who you are supporting, because people can always lie.

Female indie artists characterize genre

With the release of Billie Eilish’s albu m “ W H EN W E A L L FA LL A SLEEP, WHERE DO W E G O?,” indie pop is getting increased Meredith Edwards a t t e nt i o n f r o m First-year mass the public. With communications Eilish’s album as student a w indow, more people can see into the beautif ul and varied world of indie pop music created by female artists. Even though the genre indie pop is a bit of an oxymoron, its origins give it a flair that sets it apart from most mainstream pop music. Indie music, or independent music, started out as

a classification for music published by individuals or small publishing companies. With the development of la rger publ ish i ng compa n ie s dist ribut ing t he music published under former indie publishers, what once was a small-scale production became increasingly influenced by the bigger publishing business. Even t hough i nd ie music isn’t as separate from t he mainstream anymore, artists that brand themselves under the genre of indie pop still choose to ma ke bold i nd iv idua l decisions about their song topics and use of sounds. Indie pop artists tend to be more courageous in using less mainstream instrumentation in their songs. One example is Eilish’s “ilomilo” which mimics the sound effects of a video

game of the same name. This song illustrates themes of love and loss using one of t he art ist’s favorite childhood video games as a basis. Leading female indie artists use their voices for haunting or powerful vocals accompanied by a wide array of sound effects to set their music apart. Because indie artists don’t have to fully follow the formula of regular pop music, they can create songs more about raw emotion and personal meaning. One of the older examples of this use of emotion and personal meaning in indie pop is Melanie Martinez in her song “Soap.” Though the song was released in 2015, it describes the timeless feeling of being afraid of ruining a relationship by saying something too forward.

Because of t he nat ure of indie music, listeners don’t come in with as many expectations of what the song will be about and artists can write more about what is important to them in their own particular style. Songs by t hese ar t ist s tend to be u n ique and port ray beaut if u l messages that are really personal. One last example I wanted to mention is Lucy Spraggan’s song “Tea & Toast.” Though it has a simple idiosyncratic sounding name, the song’s original sou nd a nd honest message is a n excellent indicator of the power and beauty of these artists’ music. Even if you’re not sure indie pop will be your cup of tea, these artists are worth a listen, if only to experience a different perspective.


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