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News // March 21, 2019 Wilmington continues to rebound from film incentive reductions reported that McCrory’s proposed incentive would bring up to $9 million per television of a handful of Marvel films to series, $12 million per feature film, and $250,000 for comgross over $1 billion. Film has proven to be mercials. The North Carolina a prosperous industry across Department of Commerce North Carolina. However, provides money for filming in there has been a decline in the state through the Film and filming in the state since the Entertainment Grant Program; release of “Iron Man 3.” the pilot for “Swamp Thing” Many studios have left received a grant funding return due to the reduction of tax incentives in which states give of around $5 million dollars a refund to a film or television for the $20 million spent producing the pilot. series that is filmed in the Smaller, independent state. films that often don’t qualify Tax incentives have for the grant program receive gone up and down over the support from other organizayears, which is often influenced tions such as the Cucalorus by the majority political party Film Festival. of the moment. The biggest predictor Former North Carof increasing film production in olina Governor Pat McCrory North Carolina heavily relies approved the reduction of film on the community itself. tax credits in North Caro “Film is really imlina during his time in office. portant to the identity of this Around the same time, Geortown, ” said Mariana Johnson, gia had raised its incentives, chair of the Department of attracting many film producFilm Studies at UNC Wilmingtions who previously worked ton.“That’s not just because it in North Carolina. creates jobs, but also because In addition, the conthe film industry and culture troversial House Bill 2 passed make the city interesting, during McCrory’s time in vibrant, diverse — the sorts of office turned off many comthings that attract people to panies from filming in North Wilmington.” Carolina.The bill, which was Jocabed Aragon, a film signed in 2016, was declared studies alumnus of UNCW transphobic by many critics. who works in production, Despite the bill being partially repealed by current Governor stressed the importance of Roy Cooper, critics argue that the local community taking action to bring filming back to the bill retains much of its Wilmington. anti-LGBT language. “Support local films,” However, things have Aragon said. “It doesn’t matter gradually changed for the film how large or small the scale of industry over the last few the productions is. Call your years.When Cooper was representatives; they are the elected governor of North ones who decide the future of Carolina in 2017, he profilm. Show that the community posed to raise the state’s tax cares about this industry.” incentives for filming.WWAY

Fairley Lloyd ASSISTANT NEWS Will Wilmington’s film industry continue to resurface this year? DC Universe’s “Swamp Thing,” a superhero show based on the eponymous monster, started filming in Wilmington in 2018 and is expected to wrap by the end of the year. “Swamp Thing” has already provided work for many North Carolinians.According to Star News, the production estimated hiring 521 crew members from the state. About 3,200 people were hired as background actors and extras, with more than 3,000 being local residents. Filming of movies and television productions has a long history not only in Wilmington but throughout the state.Television series such as “Dawson’s Creek” and “One Tree Hill,” two successful network dramas of the early 2000s, were both filmed in Wilmington. “Dawson’s Creek” won the 1999 Teen Choice Award for Choice Drama; “One Tree Hill” was nominated for the 2006 Image Awards for “Outstanding Directing in a Dramatic Series.” The latter series has gained a second wind of popularity, particularly among UNCW students. Some films have been produced in Wilmington on an even larger scale. StarNews reported that “Iron Man 3,” released in 2013, remains the largest production in North Carolina.According to Box Office Mojo, the superhero film is the 17th-highest grossing film worldwide, and one

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Ornotholigists and graduate students study sparrows and their habitats on Masonboro Island. Pictured above are two seaside sparrows (left and right) and one saltmarsh sparrow (center).

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UNCW ornithologists awarded grant to study sparrows Jonny Berrios STAFF WRITER The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission (NCWRC) awarded Raymond Danner, an ornithologist and assistant professor in the Department of Biology and Marine Biology at UNC Wilmington, a $234,479 grant for research on coastal sparrows. The two-year study will help aid NCWRC in conserving the two species and their habitats. “The students are trying to figure out where they sleep at night — where they roost,” Danner said. Graduate students were camping on Masonboro Island in early March as part of research on two different species of sparrows: the seaside and the saltmarsh. Both are physically small and brown in coloration. They live in marshes,

specifically tidal marshes. “These two that we are studying now are of interest because they have shown some decline,” Danner said. Danner has studied marsh sparrows for a number of years. Danner wrote a research proposal after the NCWRC expressed interest in conserving these species. NCWRC reviewed the proposal and concluded that the research deserved funding. “Which marshes should they be sure to conserve? Are there subtle habitat differences between marshes that they should be considering? Is this marsh a couple of centimeters higher and therefore more important than this other marsh over here? That’s the type of information that they are going to get out of this research

project,” Danner said. Danner has a team of dedicated graduate and undergraduate students helping him with this research. The students are following these birds with radio transmitters. “We attach them directly to their backs using a special type of skin bonding cement,” said Danner. “A type of glue that will peel off about a month later.” The students are following these sparrows with radio transmitters. These will lead them to where they sleep, which is a vital area that needs to be conserved. The radio transmitters beep when a sparrow is located. It gets louder the closer you get. They place nets in the marsh in order to catch these birds. Two people hold a rope — each on one side — and walk through the marsh. This causes the birds to fly up from the grass and into the net.

“These nets are called mist nets because they look like a fine mist and the birds often don’t see them,” Danner said. They then take the birds out of the net and gather the research needed at a “banding station.” They repeat this process several times throughout the winter. “One reason that I am really excited about this project is that it is close to campus and I can get students involved,” Danner said. “Grads, undergrads, primary and volunteer students – all are involved in this project.” Graduate students Evan Buckland and Marae Lindquist, as well as undergraduate Juan Zuluaga, are primarily working on this project. Danner hopes that further research will continue after the two-year period is over.


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Ashley Jones’ “Stop Putting Me in a Box” appears at the opening reception of “Reflections on Colorism: Art as the Alternative Mirror” at the Cultural Arts Building Art Gallery.

‘Reflections on Colorism: Art as the Alternative Mirror’ opens in CAB Sunshine Angulo STAFF WRITER On Feb. 28, the Cultural Arts Building held a reception for the opening of their newest art exhibit, “Reflections on Colorism: Art as the Alternative Mirror.” The exhibit is curated by Dr. Sarah L. Webb, creator of “Colorism Healing,” and professor of creative writing at the University of Illinois Springfield. The exhibit historically analyzes the dichotomy of bias against skin tone, hair texture and other racialized notions. Each piece tells a personal narrative of what it means to be a person of color in the 21st century and how these experiences shape the way people think of others. “Reflections on Colorism: Art as the Alternative Mirror” reveals to its audience how traditional and mainstream attitudes about color and complexion still affect us to this day. Different modes and mediums of art were showcased, from watercolor to acrylic to charcoal and much more. Traditional paintings and portraits were exhibited, but interactive pieces were also shown.

Other artists went beyond the norm of painting on canvas. Instead, their work was painted on brown paper bags and boxes. One example of using unconventional mediums is a piece by Ashley Jones, an artist and educator from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Her piece, “Stop Putting Me in a Box,” references how society tries to force people to conform to set standards, more specifically African-Americans being forced to adhere to European beauty standards. Her piece is one of many examples of artistic interpretation that carries cultural and racial tropes all people of color can resonate with. “Reflections on Colorism: Art as the Alternative Mirror” truly lives up to its name as it not only reflects but dissects what the lives of African-Americans are like in this day and age. “Reflections on Colorism: Art as the Alternative Mirror” will be open to the public, free of charge, from Feb. 28 to April 5 at the Cultural Arts Building Art Gallery.


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March 1 marked the beginning of Women’s History Month in what many hope to be another “Year of the Woman.” The tradition originates from the first International Women’s Day in 1911, and in 1978 a school district in Sonoma, California, celebrated the day with a week’s dedication to women’s history. The success of the event inspired other communities and organizations to push for the recognition of a National Women’s History Week, which President Jimmy Carter formally recognized in 1980. The week became a month in 1987 after a petition from the National Women’s History Project. Women’s History Month correlates with International Women’s Day on March 8, and this year’s theme is #BalanceforBetter. The theme encourages people to seek and eliminate gender bias and inequality while celebrating women’s achieve#MeToo advocate and self-made billionaire Oprah Winfrey speaks during the 2016 ESSENCE Festival. ments. This past year the United States has seen remarkable accomplishments for women. However, inequalities and setbacks Women Get New Roles in the Media Congress is not the only place seeing more women representaremain. While we do not know where 2019 has in store for us, tion. With the #MeToo and Time’s Up movement addressing sexual hahere are some wins for women and issues that face us as we rassment and assault and being used by big name stars, including Reese end the decade. Witherspoon and Oprah Winfrey, representation of women in film and Unprecedented Number of Women in Congress The 116th Congress was sworn in on Jan. 3, 2019, with a record number of 117 women elected into Congress, bringing up the total number of women representatives to 127. Most of the gains took place in the House of Representatives, with 102 women representatives, but the Senate gained 15. Among them are several firsts: Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez and Abby Finkenauer are the youngest women to be elected at 29 years old, Sharice Davids and Deb Haaland are the first Native American women elected, and Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar are the first Muslim women elected. There are many other firsts among the new women in Congress, and their election shows that voters, especially women voters, want to see a change in the way this country is governed—a change they put in the hands of women. Violence Against Women Women may be getting more representation, but statistics for violence against women remain high. 90 percent of sexual assault and rape victims are female and 1 in 5 women will be raped in her lifetime according to the National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC). The risk only increases for people of color and transgender women, with Native Americans having the highest risk. With the recent appointment of Supreme Court Judge Brett Kavanaugh, who was accused of sexual assault, and President Trump’s remarks about grabbing women, many people do not know if the country is moving in the right direction for women to be heard.

television has proven itself necessary. The number of women in leading roles has hit a record high, and with Brie Larson’s “Captain Marvel” movie opening on March 8, which is International Women’s Day, the trend is likely to continue.

President Trump Rolls Back Abortion Rights While Congress is seeing a more progressive change, the executive branch of the United States government is trying to take a step back when it comes to women’s reproductive rights. President Trump announced on Feb. 22 that clinics that provide abortion referrals will no longer receive government funding in what is called a “gag rule.” The new rule will not strip all funding towards family planning clinics like Planned Parenthood, but it will require them to perform abortions in a separate facility and not refer patients to it. This will make it harder for women to receive abortions or learn about all their family planning options. Women’s Marches Are Everywhere, including Wilmington After the Women’s March on Washington on Jan. 21, 2017, to protest President Trump’s inauguration, women have started their own marches all over the country. Women, including celebrities and Congress members, gathered on the anniversary of that date the past two years to protest the Trump administration and raise awareness of women’s issues. Wilmington joined in with a march on Jan. 26, 2019, showing how empowered women working together can cause a ripple effect that goes on for miles. Despite the setbacks and issues that we’re still facing as a society, women are showing they will not be silenced or stopped in their pursuit of equality and representation.


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Why I’m an Anti-Anti-Vaxxer The importance of vaccinating your children

Caitlyn Dark STAFF WRITER When the modern anti-vaccination movement first really surfaced in pop culture years ago, most thought it was another thing that would soon go the way of other passing mid-aughts fads like MySpace or low-rise jeans. The conversation was sparked by British scientist Andrew Wakefield in 1998 with his now-withdrawn paper citing the measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine (MMR for short) as a cause for autism. Though the infamous paper was officially retracted Oct. 2018, this ridiculous “debate” keeps raging, with YouTube moving to demonetize anti-vax channels, Pinterest blocking searches on vaccinations completely, and a bill currently being introduced in the New York state senate to allow teenagers to get vaccines without input from their parents. While I think the entirety of the anti-vaxx movement is ridiculous, there are three points I want to hit specifically to highlight why the conversation about whether or not vaccines cause autism – or whatever new malady is hitting the anti-vaxx blogs this week – is incredibly damaging to society. First up is the absolute scientific illiteracy and fear-mongering that pervades the anti-vaxx community. Advocators for the anti-vaxx sentiment will often read out the list of ingredients of

vaccines, playing up their scientific-sounding names in order to scare. This method is easily repeatable, with memorable mentions such as the warnings about dihydrogen monoxide, a “corrosive material” found in any and all bodies of water. The joke kicks in when you realize dihydrogen monoxide is, in fact, the chemical name for water. These kinds of tricks are used to scare people, preying on the probability of the listener having not remembering a lot from chemistry class. With this scientific illiteracy comes a misunderstanding of how and why vaccines work, namely by herd immunity. Vaccines work by exposing your immune system to a lesser form of the disease you’re inoculating against, which helps your immune system build defenses against the disease in question. By developing this immunity, you are only able to catch a milder, more manageable, and less life-threatening version – or not catch it at all. And, by having a society full of large pockets of people immune to a certain disease, it becomes harder for that disease to spread. You can find a breakdown of the most common vaccine ingredients on the Centers for Disease Control and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services websites. The last major part of

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Rachel Gipson, 32, entertains her twin children Simon and Henry, age 2, while waiting to be seen by Dr. Lisa Stern, 54, a pediatrician. Stern attended a program that helps doctors talk to patients about vaccines when they are unwilling to vaccinate their children.

the anti-vaxx movement I do not like at all is the sheer amount of ableism against people with autism. There is a huge lack of understanding about autism thanks to stereotypes in movies and television shows, as well as general dearth of information about the disability itself. Lost in all the arguing about whether or not vaccines cause autism are actual people with autism. All they hear is that some people would rather have a dead kid than a kid like them. There is an additional fourth reason that I’m against the anti-vaxx movement, though it’s a bit more personal. My grandmother is in failing health and she can’t keep up with her regular vaccinations. They’re too much of

a strain on her already-weakened system, so she must rely on herd immunity to not catch something because even as small as a cold could kill her. So, you could say I’m invested in people getting vaccinated. Look, I can be objective and see the other side. History is full of medical treatments that have turned out to be far more dangerous than what they were trying to cure. But science has advanced far beyond the days when we treated a rough couch with radium. Science can be scary, but sometimes scary things are good for you. Do your research, absolve your fears, and please get yourself and your children vaccinated.


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Join The Seahawk, build your résumé and begin your career in journalism Helen Rogalski and Darius Melton There are so many clubs jumping out to recruit students during UNC Wilmington’s bi-annual involvement fairs that it’s very likely that you will miss out on an opportunity that’s made just for you. In case you missed us, whether you’re minoring in journalism or just enjoy writing as a hobby, UNCW’s student newspaper,The Seahawk, is the organization for you! UNCW has its own newsletter through the Office of University Relations that speaks for the school, which students receive formally via email. However,The Seahawk is run by and works for the students.We are a hardworking team of dedicated staff who seek to report on issues that UNCW students are affected by and that they care about. The Seahawk encourages and welcomes all students to participate. Regardless of your age, race, sex, gender, religion, or sexual preference, your voice is as valuable as anyone else’s. Current UNCW Spanish professor Miriam Himes is a former managing editor and opinion section editor for The Seahawk, and having an impact on your community was a big part of her experience working with the school paper. “It’s a great space for students’ voices to be heard in university,” Himes said.“The Seahawk is published on campus and also has places off campus, so it’s read by a diverse population, not just the student body. It’s a great way to have an impact on your community, to be a part of the community, to get involved, and to make your time at UNCW worthwhile.”

Himes specifically points out the Opinion and Lifestyles sections as ways to show off your own voice. In Opinion, there are weekly columns centered around topics such as studying abroad or being a woman, and if you only need one article to tell your story, there’s space for that, too. In the Lifestyles sections, students regularly give their interpretation and responses to movies, music, food and cultural events in the Wilmington community.Talking about voices, if you check our website during any seasonal break from school, you’ll definitely become acquainted with CJ Montague’s opinions on films. As one might gather from Himes’ current career, a position at The Seahawk looks good on a resume, regardless of whether or not you aim to pursue a career in journalism.The current editorial board has students majoring in communication studies, business, international studies, political science, creative writing, and public health, many of whom aren’t minoring in journalism.Additionally,The Seahawk offers opportunities in marketing, photography, and videography. Bill DiNome, UNCW’s student media coordinator, argues that the three main skills that journalists employ during their regular routine are beneficial to any student, as they are transferrable to any career path. “They interview, they observe, and they research, and on top of that, they’re also writing it all up,” DiNome said.“Just the ability to put anything into writing means you’re developing your ability to think, because you

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can’t really say anything in writing if you don’t know what you need to say.What walk of life – what career – does not require all three of those things?” If you are a journalism minor, however, you have even more reason to work with The Seahawk. For starters, this is a journalism job, and there isn’t much that looks better on a resume when applying for a journalism job than experience garnered from a previous journalism job.

Take UNCW alum Maddie Driggers for example, as she was working as the paper’s Lifestyles editor as recently as the fall 2018 semester. She currently acts as a producer for WWAY TV for the Cape Fear area, meaning she made the exciting transition right from The Seahawk to televised news.

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Brian Carpenter STAFF WRITER With baseball season nearly a quarter of the way through, the early standout for UNC Wilmington is third baseman Cole Weiss. Adding another impressive achievement to the long-running list of accolades for Weiss was Tuesday’s announcement that the junior was named Colonial Athletic Association Player of the Week for the week of March 12. Over four games, including a threegame weekend sweep of Sienna on March 9-10, Weiss batted .529 (9-of-17), drove in 10 runs and scored seven times. He also doubled twice and hit his first career grand slam. As of March 15, he leads the Seahawks in runs batted in with 25, which also tops the CAA and is tied for 12th in the nation. Weiss leads the league in hits (25), comes in at second in batting average (.379) and sits at third in total bases (37). Before the streak was snapped against Sienna on March 10, Weiss had a seven-game

stretch when he drove in at least a run. Over that stint, he hit 18 of his 25 RBI. Weiss is currently on a career-high nine-game hit streak as of March 14. His strong start gives the Seahawks assets as the season continues. First, it adds a consistent bat to the lineup that the Seahawks desperately needed following the losses of Ryan Jeffers and Mason Berne to the MLB draft. UNCW will continue to need to have strong offensive performances from Weiss in order to make another push towards another CAA championship come May. Second, Weiss has taken some of the offensive load off from his teammate Kep Brown, who has struggled to find his swing so far in 2019. Following a strong opening weekend, where Brown had six hits in the first two days of the season against Saint Joseph’s and Virginia Military Institute, Brown only has six hits in total since Feb. 17 and 12 total on the

season. Brown is hitting just .188 in 16 games played. Third, and most important, Weiss has taken the reigns to help lead a Seahawk offense that is very young. Among the 16 position players on the roster, 12 of them are either freshman or sophomores. One freshman standout to note for the Seahawks is Brooks Baldwin. Baldwin is currently tied for second in home runs in the CAA (3), second in slugging percentage (.613), doubles (6), walks (15) and total bases (38) and fourth in hits (21). Weiss was named a preseason All-CAA pick by the league’s coaches and it’s clear to see why Weiss continues to become one of the staples of the UNCW baseball team. With the team preparing for a season-long seven-game road trip, including the start of CAA play against Towson, the Seahawks will look to continue to rely on Weiss to continue the run he has been on offensively.


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Cacok’s impact extends beyond basketball All-Defensive team for the second straight year and became the fourth player in NCAA history to lead the nation in two separate categories (field Editor’s note:The following piece first appeared goal percentage and rebounding) in back-to-back on TheSeahawk.org on Feb. 14. As such, this edition has years. He leads the nation with 24 double-doubles as of March 14. been updated to reflect the conclusion of UNCW’s The Seahawks’ season (and Cacok’s 2018-19 season and Cacok’s career. All stats and career) once again ended without a postseason records are final. appearance. After two trips to the NCAA tour Devontae Cacok isn’t ready to think where nament in his first two years, it’s not the ending a his jersey may end up. player of Cacok’s stature deserved. However, he The senior forward went through enough has no regrets on riding it out with the Seahawks. change in his UNC Wilmington career that he “God put me in this plan to learn.With knows the importance of staying in the moment. basketball, you’re not always going to win,” said “These past four years have gone fast,” Cacok. “No matter what happens there’s going to said Cacok in an interview with The Seahawk last be the ups and the downs. This was a blessing in month.“Really not what I’ve expected, but it’s crazy disguise. ” to see how quickly this time has been and how Cacok is already the Seahawk’s all-time things have progressed to where they are now.” leading rebounder and ranks sixth in career points. The two-time Colonial Athletic Association Community and the Kids champion has experienced both peaks and valleys Cacok knew his relationship with Wilminside Trask Coliseum. It’s what fueled him throughington could extend beyond basketball. It’s one of out his four years in teal, cultivating in a game-sealthe reasons he committed to the Seahawks and ing slam dunk in an upset win over Hofstra on Feb. something he’s eager to show time after time. 16. He enjoys being viewed as a role model in Cacok makes the program his own the community. It drives him to uphold that stan After winning the second of those CAA tidard when he’s in public. From going to class or tles after Cacok’s sophomore season, Kevin Keatts speaking at an elementary school, Cacok knows did what most mid-major coaches would do after people are watching, but he doesn’t mind. experiencing the national attention and success the “The lessons I’ve learned have helped me Seahawks earned. in that role. Knowing how to present myself to the Keatts left. community, ” said Cacok.“It makes me feel like I’m Soon after, sophomore guard C.J. Bryce doing something right. It’s cool to experience that.” (17.4 points,4.7 rebounds per game) requested and Cacok will graduate in May with a bachewas granted his release from UNCW.A program lor’s degree in communication studies.Through the ready to lean on its two sophomore all-CAA playCOM department, he joined Seahawk Storytellers, ers were left to watch its coach and best player in a student troupe that travels to elementary schools Bryce leave for redder pastures at North Carolina in the community to act and tell stories. He had State. never experienced an activity like it but wanted to Speculation dictated that Cacok might immerse himself more into Wilmington. soon follow them. If not NC State, then some“I work pretty well with kids. I feel me where else that offered a better chance to win and going out there and putting myself out there with more exposure for his skill set. Current coach C.B. kids allowed me to work on my public speaking,” McGrath had never ran his own program after said Cacok on Seahawk Storytellers.“Getting in spending nearly two decades as an assistant under front of people, I feel that was a good class to take; Hall-of-Fame coach Roy Williams. it all worked out. ” “Staying here was the best decision for McGrath knew Cacok desired to make me,” said Cacok.“I looked at all my options and a difference beyond the court.As the face of the staying in Wilmington was the best fit for my future. program, Cacok has held the spotlight for much Having McGrath come in, he’s a great coach. I didn’t of the last two years. While at UNC, McGrath saw think about what other people wanted or what some players shy away from that spotlight due to they thought was best for me.” the amount of attention it requires. Cacok never left and helped navigate the Seahawks through the trials of an 11-21 (8-11 CAA) record in McGrath’s first year. For Cacok’s For more, visit THESEAHAWK.ORG part, he was named First-Team All-CAA, CAA

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Devonate Cacok slaps high-fives with fans after a UNCW men’s basketball game that took place during the 2018-2019 season.

PHOTO BY NOAH POWERS

Cacok led the nation in a statistical category in each of his final three seasons at UNCW: field goal percentage, rebounds, and double-doubles.

PHOTO BY BRANDON SANS

Many UNCW fans and alumni have advocated for Cacok to be honored with a jersey retirement in the near future, joining school legends such as Brett Blizzard and John Goldsberry.


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