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Letter From the Editor

You do not always get a second chance. But when you do, take full advantage of it and correct any mishaps that may have made you feel uneasy about the first go around. Just make sure you realize that second chances do not always have to be breath-taking circumstances, like the return of a significant lover, a new relationship with God or surviving a tragic accident. It can be something as simple as the start of this new school year. For the next few months, make the best of everything you can. Build new relationships, accomplish your goals and explore the world around you in its entirety. There is so much more to life as you know it and now is the time to expand your horizons. Hopefully, this opening issue of The RMR will guide you to encompass life with a fresh prospective. I hope each month the content of our magazine will continue to introduce, enhance and fulfill your multicultural experience not only here in our diverse university community but in the entire world, as well.

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Photo Poll


What is your favorite foreign food? Amethyst Davis, family and consumer sciences, junior “Egg Rolls! I love the shell and the cabbage.”

Jeffrey Chan, elementary education, junior “Thai food because of the ingredients and the spices. I love spicy food.”

Fatima Castro, Spanish, junior Japanese hibachi because of the flavor.


Foreign Frenzy A foreign taste close to home

Adrianna Bradley Culture Writer Rock Hill, South Carolina is home to approximately 100 hundred restaurants both foreign and American. However, as listed on Area, a website that lists every restaurant in a town, of these 100 hundred restaurants only few are places that allow residents to try something outside traditional American culture. Just about everyone in Rock Hill, from students at Winthrop University to the city’s communities, are familiar with either one or two Chinese or Japanese restaurants, but what about the others? Rock Hill has a wide variety of cuisines to offer its residents and visitors. Did you know that Rock Hill has an authentic Cuban cuisine restaurant? Carlos Cafe is a Cuban restaurant located only a few miles from Winthrop University. Meanwhile, you can also enjoy some Chinese food at Cheungs, where you can get a taste of some Hawaiian chicken. Yum! There are several choices of where you can try some yummy Mexican cuisine. Students visit El Cancun, a restaurant located near Winthrop Coliseum and down the road from Winthrop University. After dinner, there is sometimes room for desert. Why not get your dessert from the American and Spanish Bakery located on Cherry Road where you can quickly grab a piece of the owner’s Tres Leches cake that is ‘muy rico’. This restaurant gives you a taste of home while also allowing you to experience Spanish culture. There are not many cities that can offer its residents and visitors a taste of foreign countries, however, Rock Hill does. Next time you are looking for something to eat, stop by one of the several foreign restaurants and try something outside of the norm. You may find it somewhat addicting!

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Robert Harris, family and consumer sciences, senior “My favorite foreign food is Thai cuisine. It has the perfect blend of Asian flavors.

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“Think about what you want to do now and how you’re going to protect yourself before you’re in that situation.” -Brianne Gemeinhardt Winthrop University’s Wellness Coordinator


Let’s talk about SEX

The discussion of sex among college students should no longer be treated as taboo Antonette Huell Special to the RMR Too often college students are stereotyped as promiscuous and irresponsible, yet are not encouraged to seek information that proves to be vital to their safety and health. It can sometimes be hard for students not to find themselves caught in the hype of college life and taking advantage of the newfound freedom that they have obtained. According to the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), 83 percent of college students drink, and of those, 20.1 percent have experienced unwanted sexual advances. 1.3 percent have been victims of sexual assault or date rape. Generally, when students engage in sexual activities while under the influence, they abandon the usual practices of safe sex. The fact that these actions are real means proper precautions should be taken. The idea of hooking up with someone may seem harmless, but that is where the problem exists. Hooking up is an impulsive act in which the individual may not consider the consequences of their actions. Under the use of alcohol, thoughts of rationality and safe decision-making are bypassed, and the desire to give in to sexual urges dominates. Do you think the idea of questioning their

partner’s sexual history ever cross the mind? Winthrop University’s Wellness Coordinator, Brianne Gemeinhardt, advises students to always think before acting. “Think about yourself and sex now, before you’re laying in a bed naked with someone else,” she said. “Think about what you want to do now and how you’re going to protect yourself before you’re in that situation.” Individuals must be able to determine where to draw the line between personal satisfaction and personal safety. Careless practices and sometimes misinterpretation of standards and morals can cause unwanted events and put a person’s health at risk. Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs) are common at colleges. Even oral sex poses risks of transmitting certain stands of Human Papillomavirus viruses (HPV). Although college is a time to enjoy life, people must be careful with the decisions they make because one in four college-age women and 3 percent of college men report surviving rape or attempted rape. Individuals must take great precaution with whom they trust. According to One in Four Inc., an organization that focuses on rape and sexual assault prevention, studies show that 84 percent of survivors knew their

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UPCOMING Sexual Awareness Events STI Stand-Alone Program with DSU Sept. 8 Alcohol Awareness

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Condoms are given out for free by Health services, located in Crawford.

attacker. This article is neither against nor for participation in sexual activities, but rather exists to encourage students to take precaution and protect themselves because sex is not a secret. Health and Counseling Services is always available to give advice and guidance on one’s health and safety. They provide pamphlets to cover everything from abstinence to same-sex relationships. Health and counseling services also has a series of upcoming events that will promote a better understanding of sexual responsibility. They strive to incorporate interactivity and education through fun, yet informative, activities. There are many questions that

individuals have that remain unanswered. However, health and counseling services wants students to know that they are not alone. Despite where someone’s curiosity lies, every question deserves an answer. No one should be afraid to find solutions to their problems. Regardless of whether or not the individual is currently engaging in sexual activities or planning to in the future, they need to know the facts and understand the consequences. Victim Services Coordinator, Carrie Morphis wants students to be encouraged to ask for help. “I want them to know that we are here to provide services and any probable care that they may need,” Morphis said.

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CSL president prepares to set forth initiatives, represent student interest

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help her son become a more confident speaker by working on his speech impediment. “My mother instilled in me at an early age that you have to sometimes march to the beat of a different drum,” Garvin said. Having road blocks to his achievements never deterred Garvin from succeeding. Freshman year at Winthrop, Garvin became the state president for the S.C. Youth and College Division of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and is now responsible for 20 chapters statewide. He is a member of the Alpha Delta Lambda Academic Honor Society, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. and also volunteers with the Boys and Girls Club in Rock Hill, just to name a few.  “I think that every obstacle that I’ve had to overcome in my nearly twenty years has made me better, stronger and wiser,” he said.     During the CSL campaign, Garvin was excited to get the Winthrop students more involved in the election process.   “Now that we have a three week, highly publicized campaign in place, it’s hard to not know who your leadership is,” he said.   Garvin is seeing that students are rising to the occasion by voicing their opinions and ideas on things that could be implemented through e-mails, office visits and phone calls.   “They’ve ranged from having

more recycling bins on campus to extended library hours,” he said. Garvin has a variety of goals that he plans to achieve during his CSL presidency to improve the Winthrop experience for all students. Parking has been an issue discussed by many students in the Winthrop community, and Garvin is working to make changes for such a controversial issue on campus.  “We’re looking to find solutions for on-campus parking for both commuter and resident students,” he said.   Garvin is also advocating for more flexible short-term student parking for facilities that attract both the Winthrop and Rock Hill community, such as the DiGiorgio Campus Center and the West Center. The high rise in tuition is also something on the minds of Winthrop students that Garvin is working towards improving.   “We’re in the process of organizing a student-driven campaign to encourage our lawmakers in both the state and federal government to stop making cuts to higher education,” he said. “I’m a firm believer that high tuition should not limit one’s educational access.”  Another goal for the new CSL president includes improving the communication between the Winthrop clubs and organizations. Many programs and events on campus collide with one an-

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other due to the this lack of effective communication. Garvin plans to implement an alert system to inform organizations about any conflicts in the location, and topic of the events, so that they can be rescheduled or combined to boost the unity and attendance of the program. Garvin also wants to make it easier to help organizations

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ambrell Garvin. Remember that name. However, it won’t be hard to forget being that Garvin, a junior political science major, is the newly elected president of the Council of Student Leaders (CSL).  Garvin is the first student elected CSL president in ten years, an honor he holds to a high standard.  
 “The election gave the student body something that they did not have in a decade, and that’s an opportunity to directly elect their leadership,” Garvin said. “The election further provided each Winthrop student with ownership in the process and an opportunity to evaluate each candidate on their platform and merits.”  As the president of CSL, Garvin serves as the student representative on the Board of Trustees, the chair of the Council of Student Leaders and as a member of numerous other university boards and committees.  “My job is to advocate for what’s in the best interest as well as provide the student perspective,” he said.  With a history of high achievements in his family, Garvin was surrounded by positive role models.  “I come from a family of public servants such as teachers, ministers and elected officials all of

whom are very supportive,” he said. While to others this may seem to be a lot of pressure to succeed, Garvin takes it all in stride.   “I’m my biggest competitor, meaning that the things that I do are not based on others but based on where I can have the greatest impact,” he said.   Whether it’s a handshake or a conversation in passing, Garvin has always been one to reach out to his fellow peers. Sophomore history major Taylor Redd speaks on Garvin’s affect to the student body and CSL.   “Although I only worked with Garvin for a semester in CSL, his determination and pride for Winthrop was definitely apparent,” Redd said.     Garvin’s personality has affected many Winthrop students, indirectly and directly. Sophomore Spanish major Bria Bethea is one of them.  “Kambrell’s outgoing personality influenced me to get more involved in organizations,” Bethea said. “He’s a good example of how far hard work, determination and drive can take you.”  While Garvin is known for his powerful and articulate speeches, many wouldn’t know that he once had a difficult obstacle that hindered his speaking skills. When Garvin was younger, he struggled with stuttering. Garvin’s mother then took it upon herself to study to become a speech therapist and

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know about the funding and budget for their events and other programs efficiently. “We’re going to continue to effectively disburse the $28,000 in funding for student organizations in a seamless manner by enacting a paperless system as well as come up with innovative ideas to advertise the availability of the funds,” he said.   Improving the safety of campus life and helping students find advice in legal matters is also important to Garvin.   “CSL has several new initiatives planned for the coming year, such as researching the pos-

sibility of providing a late night volunteer student escort service as well as research the possibility of providing every Winthrop student with 30 minutes of free legal advice per year from a local attorney.” While Winthrop is known as a very diverse university, Garvin believes that there is always room for improvement.   “However, I think that Winthrop does a tremendous job on recognizing the contributions that each individual makes,” he said. “That’s one thing that I found attractive about this institution as I was exploring colleges

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two years ago.”   Garvin thinks that the development of Winthrop’s multicultural community will not only help the community, but Winthrop students as individuals.  “I believe that if each of us decides that we’re going to really get to know someone from a different background our lives will truly be enhanced,” he said.   Garvin doesn’t want to be known as the representation for only the African-American community on campus.   “I did not run as ‘the black candidate,’” he said. “I ran as the ‘best candidate.’”

Garvin makes it very clear that while he’s honored that many groups, such as the AfricanAmericans, Greeks and other communities, take pride in his election, he is working to make improvements for all Winthrop students.   “It took people from every background coming together and voting for my election to be possible, and every day I’ll be working for what’s in the best interest of the student body,” he said. Garvin wants the students at Winthrop to know that he is always open to hearing any sug-

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gestions, ideas or issues that they think could improve the Winthrop community. “I want every student to know that we have an open-door policy and that if they have concerns or need assistance, that the Council of Student Leaders is here to serve them,” he said.  As for the title, “Barack Obama of Winthrop,” Garvin is humbled by the comparisons.   “I don’t get caught up in the hype,” Garvin said. “I realize that I have a job to do and my top priority is to perform it to the best of my ability.”

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Look out for ‘BJ’s Picks’ beginning in September. See what she picks as her favorite in music, art and entertainment. She knows what’s next!


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Nappy Roots puts on Welcome Week concert

Kentucky hip-hop group Nappy Roots will perform during Welcome Week at Winthrop University on August 26. Their second LP “The Pursuit of Nappyness” is in now stores.

Billie Jean Shaw L & E Writer The DiGiorgio Student Union is known for kicking off the school year with exciting and phenomenal entertainment to welcome students back for an awesome school year during Welcome Week. However, this year DSU is welcoming someone new to their string of acts, a multi-plati-

num selling hip-hop group who is known for owning their country roots, Nappy Roots. Hitting the music scene in 1995, Nappy Roots established their place in hip-hop. Originating in the dirty south, coming from the vibrant states of Kentucky and Georgia, the group made major mile-

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stones in the music industry. Nappy Roots consists of 5 talented artists, Skinny, Scales, Big-V, B-Stille and Clutch. Just like any other group out there, these guys knew they wanted to become successful when they hit the music scene, and luckily they did just that. In 2002 the group re-

leased their debut album, “Watermelon, Chicken & Gritz” under one of the major record labels in the industry today, Atlantic Records Group. The album featured hits such as “Awnaw” and “Po’ Folks”, songs with hooks so catchy that people still singing them this day. In 2003, Nappy Roots released their last album under Atlantic Records, “Wooden Leather”, with singles such as “Sick and Tired,” which featured the soulful voice of R&B singer Anthony Hamilton, and “Round the Globe,” which was featured on Madden 2004. With all the great accomplishments, Nappy Roots has made it in the hip-hop industry and it is truly an honor to have them as one of the acts for Winthrop’s Welcome Week. Even though they are not on the scene as much as they were back in the early 2000s, Winthrop students are still amped about Nappy Roots visiting Win-

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throp. “Winthrop doesn’t have too many known talents,” senior business management major Eric Kelly said. “You get known talents from S.C. and N.C., but we don’t get anybody world renowned, so that’s a really big deal for Winthrop.” Kelly said he is looking forward to seeing Nappy Roots at Winthrop. “Since their reputation precedes their legendary hip-hop, I am very excited because I’m a true hip-hop fan,” he said. “Nappy Roots is definitely on my play list and I will definitely go see them.” Although Kelly feels like this is a great opportunity, being that he is a lover of hip-hop, senior Ja’Lisa Bradshaw is excited about it opening the door for other famous artists to come. “Nappy Roots coming to Winthrop is a great opportunity,” Bradshaw said. “I feel like it opens the door for many opportunities for other famous groups to come.”

Not only are the students excited, but the faculty and staff are as well. Technical Services Coordinator and Night manager of the DiGiorgio Campus Center Jerry Fussel said, “It is a great moment for hip-hop fans on campus. Nappy Roots coming to campus adds another dimension to the already dynamic talents that will be visiting campus in the near future. I hope the Winthrop community shows their appreciation by showing their support to these very talented and well known hip-hop artists.”

Nappy Roots Live August 26 Byrnes Auditorium 8 p.m. Free W/ Welcome Week Pass $5 Winthrop ID $10 Public

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Disneynature: African Cats Wednesday, August 31 8 p.m.

Madea’s Big Happy Family Saturday, September 3 7 p.m.

Bridesmaids Saturday, September 3 9:30 p.m.

LOOK AT ME NOW: The Good Ole Boys From the walls of Johnson Hall, a group of students entertained their classmates by playing the hottest music, discussing controversial topics and making jokes that had everyone laughing on Winthrop’s student radio station, WINR 99. They made a name for themselves, and were so personable that they made sure they were more than just voices behind a microphone. Now, almost eight years later, The Good Ole Boys, comprised of Quentin ‘Q Kitles’ Gore, Letroy ‘Black Trump’ Gardner, ‘The’ Mario Washington and Wafeeq ‘Gran Wiz’ Zarif, continue to keep up what they started by taking their show online and creating an entire onWill Jenkins/Photographer line radio network, The Good Ole Boys Radio Network, Left to right: Wafeeq Zarif, Letroy Gardner, Mario Washington ( which features a variety of differand Quentin Gore hosts The Good Ole Boys Radio Show. ent shows. Letroy Gardner, an original member and co-founder, shared their history, where they are now, and how they manage to stay relevant in today’s over-saturated Internet scene. RMR: Tell me a little about your time at WINR 99. Letroy Gardner: I hosted two shows called ‘The Dungeon’ and ‘The Bedroom’ for about three years. My final year, I noticed chemistry with Mario and came up with a show called ‘The Good Ole Boys’. It was sketch comedy dominated with very little music. RMR: After graduation, how did you mange to get back into radio? Letroy Gardner: Well, in 2008 I had an urge to do radio again, so Wafeeq and I were going up to Duke University’s radio station to get experience. A few months later, we received an offer to do online radio. I already knew Grand Wiz was a good fit, Mario suggested Q Kittles and we just went from there. Our first show aired early 2009. RMR: You’re show topics are truly one of a kind and range from all spectrums. What is the most important element to remember when considering your audience in the topic generating stage? Letroy Gardner: The shows are all based on our lives. Either we have experienced it, or someone we know has experienced it. We have talked about stalkers, deadbeat fathers, racism, the generational divide, crushes…the list goes on. We have to entertain our audience on different levels; make them laugh, make them cry, make them think. Then, the music always relates, it is like a sound track to the show. RMR: What was your craziest show topic? Letroy Gardner: (laughs) Masturbation. Or when we did our reminiscing show where we reminisced on people from ‘The Winthrop’. RMR: Looking back, how did your experience at WU prepare you for this moment? Letroy Gardner: The experience was valuable and helped me develop relationships. I learned how to program a show. All praise due to Haney Howell. He cared about radio and was an advisor to those who loved radio.

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RMR: A lot of times, after college, friends depart and lose their relationships. What is it that has kept you all on the same page and out of conflict all of these years? Letroy Gardner: We are all best friends. We share a common brain. Rarely, do we have disagreements. RMR: What is your advice to students using WINR 99 as an outlet to pursue their future broadcasting career today? Letroy Gardner: You have to get in people’s faces and let them know who you are. We did not have social networking sites then, but people knew who we were and what we did. Artists and record labels eat up college radio. Just network and reach out. You’ll have to do it later on, so you might as well start now. By Jasmine Rutledge

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The Reality Check Jasmine ‘Shorti Love’ Rutledge


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When your sun has come to set and your time has reached its end, Will you be able to look back and proudly say, “Look what I just did.”? Will you be so aroused by your own successes that you’d be willing to do it all over again? Or will it be the other way around, would you be afraid to relive? Because then, you would have to reface all the lies you told yourself. The very same lies that prevented you from enduring your true self wealth. Because, instead of stepping out and experiencing the un-promised failures that you were so afraid of, You behaved frivolously and blamed everybody but yourself for failures only you were responsible of. You’d have to confront all the untruths that made you feel good about not stepping out. If you relived, you would see what you were really about, Nothing but sob stories and falsehoods, Making up excuses to take up for your slack. “Oh they won’t hire me because I’m black.” “I can’t dance ‘cause I’m too shy, I’ll never be nothing because I didn’t have my daddy by my side.” You turn down education because your favorite rapper is making more paper, but you can’t get record deal because everyone around you is just a hater. Don’t go to church because you say it’s full of hypocrites, won’t find a job because dope is where the money is. Until they lock you up that is, then you blame the white man for your entrapment behind cages. It is time to wake up and make things happen for yourself despite your circumstances. Stop letting your situation become your identification. Look at Rosa Parks and MLK. You see Obama made it to the top regardless of what folks had to say. Strong people like them never allowed excuses to stop them. That’s why we must start living our lives without them. Despite your status, despite your faults, there is still room for you to conquer life. So do it, despite. Specializing In Diversity Since 1986


Justice will prevail: Student reflects on summer news events


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It’s safe to say that the summer has been eventful and newsworthy in terms of politics. On May 1, Osama bin Laden, arguably the most hated felon in American history, was killed by U.S. troops. Two months later, Casey Anthony was shockingly found not guilty of murdering her daughter, but did go to jail for lying to the police. Simultaneously, people got outraged by the results of the trial.

Now, to be perfectly honest, I do not follow the news like I should. One main reason I do not is because every news headline seems to have to deal with war, crime or some negative aspect like the ones referenced above. I was a bit skeptical once I found out about bin Laden’s death. Over the years, we have heard rumors about his death, but they always turned out to be false. “Really?” I thought. “It takes ten whole years to find this guy, and all of a sudden he’s dead?” After watching President Obama’s press conference about it, I got a little more positive about the situation, but I couldn’t help but think, so now what? I found out about the Casey

Anthony trial a couple of days before the ruling was actually made. After reading up on the death of young Caylee and all the events that took place afterwards, not reporting Caylee missing for a month and giving the police false information, there was no doubt in my mind that she wasn’t guilty. But alas, the jury thought otherwise. Sure, everybody’s upset about what happened, but we can’t change it. What’s done is done. That next week, my sister and I came across a Casey Anthony ‘hate’ page on Facebook. It was strewn with harsh comments, offensive pictures and even death wishes. Although I wasn’t surprised

by what I saw, I was surprised at how seriously people were taking the situation. The people on the page acted like they had a personal vendetta against her, when they didn’t even know her personally. I don’t condone the actions of bin Laden or Anthony at all, but it seems like society has been confused in terms of what matters most. On one hand, you have the leader of a worldwide terrorist organization who was responsible for the worst attack in American history and showed nothing but hatred towards America, and also had no regard for human life. Anthony, on the other hand, allegedly killed one innocent child. Ask yourself: Who should we be more concerned about?

We’ll probably never know the true motive or feeling behind these two criminals. At the end of the day, we’re all human. I believe we all get what we deserve in the afterlife and either way, God’s will shall be done and justice will prevail.

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Student Returns From Ireland, with love Sheila Straub Special to the RMR

Last semester I was given the opportunity to study abroad in Ireland. It was a life changing experience to say the least. Not only did I get the chance to live in a beautiful country, I also witnessed an amazing culture. The most outstanding part of this unique culture was the people. The Irish are known for their hospitality, but I never imagined how kind-hearted they would be. If I got lost or

needed anything, I could ask almost anyone and they would help me. Although the Irish people were very hospitable and the experience was overall very enjoyable, at times I experienced culture shock. The biggest shock of all was the apartment complex I lived in. It was only staffed on the week days, so when I had maintenance issues on the weekend, which seemed to be when every maintenance issue occurred, I had to

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wait until Monday for the issue to be resolved. One weekend, my two-shelf bookcase fell off the wall on top of me while I was sitting at my desk. Another thing that was really strange to me was the way the building’s electricity worked. The apartment had an electricity box next to the door and I had to put an electricity card in it about every 3 days in order for anything in my apartment to run. Another drastic difference in culture was the op-

eration of the school system. The Irish are much more relaxed when it comes to education. They are not as stressed about always working and meeting deadlines. It was even normal for people to show up a little late for class. On time to them seemed to be five minutes late, which is something I got used to rather quickly. Students were also expected to do more individual studying and they were not physically in class as much as American stu-

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dents. Their relaxed way of thinking actually benefited me when my computer crashed because I did not have a problem getting extensions on my assignments. The Irish culture was definitely different from home and took some getting used to, but it was worth every minute. While living in Ireland wasn’t always easy, it is an experience that I will remember for the rest of my life. I met some wonderful people that I will

never forget, and although at times it was a rough journey, especially when my bookcase fell on me, I can’t imagine what my life would be like without having those experiences.


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Upcoming Cultural Events Date Time Event Location

Aug. 20

8:00 p.m.

Aug. 21

Byrnes Auditorium

8:00 p.m.

Natalie Stovall w/ special guest Matt Corey Celtic Band, Seven Nations w/ guest Comedian Mo Amer

Aug. 27

8:00 p.m.

Spoken Word with Carlos Robson & The Asian Project

Byrnes Auditorium

8:00 p.m.

Salsa Magic: Experience the Hispanic Dance Form

Sept. 1 Sept. 2

8:00 p.m.

Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band

Sept. 9

8:00 p.m.

Peruvian singer Diego Val w/ guest comedian, Adam Grabowski

Sept. 22

11:00 a.m.

Thinking Like a Republican: The April 2011 Winthrop Poll

Sept. 22

8:00 p.m.

Queen Sheba, award winning poet Dina’s Place


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Community Concourse

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