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Captain Irmo and his friends arrive on the IHS campus! Turn to page 4 to see how you can write their stories!

volume 48, issue 4

the student voice of Irmo High School

March 7, 2014


STINGER STAFF editor-in-chief business manager circulation manager news editor lifestyle editor features editor opinions editor sports editor staff coordinator adviser The goals of The Stinger are to inform the Irmo High School community about issues of interest through fair and accurate reporting, responsible editorials and enlightening features and to provide an advertising medium in the Irmo community. The Stinger is published six times a year (including a spring prom supplement and a year-end senior class supplement) by Journalism II-IV newspaper students at Irmo High School. Staff editorials reflect the views of a majority of The Stinger senior editorial board. Bylined editorials, cartoons and personal columns reflect the opinions of individual writers or artists. Letters to the editor: The Stinger welcomes letters to the editor from readers. Letters must be signed by their authors and include contact information; the authenticity of the writer will be verified before publication. Letters may be


Rachel Catalano Rachel Mann Katrina Matise Callie English McKenna Best Camille Doloughty Ansley Santos Alexa Vega Katie Nix Brennan Davis delivered to The Stinger office (room 107) or e-mailed to rcatalano@ or Letters may be edited for offensiveness, libel, grammar, space or style. Requests for anonymity may be considered in cases of sensitive subjects. For advertising information or to request a subscription, please call (803) 476-3071. School District 5 of Lexington and Richland Counties does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, creed, religion, sex, age, disability or handicap in admission to, or access to, or treatment or employment in its programs or activities. Inquires should be directed to the Chief Officer of Human Resource Services (Title IX Coordinator) and the Director of Special Services (504/ ADACoordinator) at P.O. Box 938, Ballentine, SC 29002, (803) 476-8110, www.

INIf you THIS ISSUE feel yourself falling into the mid-year slump,

this issue will give you the inspiration you need! Learn how to show your friends or significant other affection by placing a love lock on the Lake Murray Dam! On pages 20 and 21, read the incredible story of DJ Rish and how he overcame adversity. Hope you enjoy! -Rachel


CPD builds presence in 5 Points - 3 Captain Irmo and his friends to arrive on IHS campus - 4


Harbison Theatre seeks more community involvement - 6 Charity helps local girls shine - 8

features Irmo students lock down love - 10 Exchange students arrive at IHS - 11 Clemson graduate expresses pride over peaceful integration - 13

opinions Yes, your stereotypes are racist - 14 sports

Tipping the pedestal - 15 Look past the screen - 16 Contents under pressure - 17

My night at the Super Bowl - 18 New coach kicks off first season - 19 Boy completes triathlon one year after van accident - 20 THE STINGER


CPD builds presence in 5 Points Over the last few months, the Columbia Police Department has been taking extra precautions to ensure the public’s safety in the Five Points area of downtown Columbia. Violence in Five Points escalated in the fall, when multiple physical altercations and shootings occurred. Jennifer Timmons, public information officer at the Columbia Police Department, has been busy with the CPD taking necessary steps to improve the security of the area. “[The Columbia Police Department has been working to make the downtown area safer through] proactive enforcement, intelligence-led policing, live monitoring of security cameras from time to time, [and adding] extra patrols and predictive policing. [Predictive po-

licing is] reviewing crime trends in and around the area to predict where crime may occur based on crime analysis -- not all crimes can be predicted. The crimes that can be predicted include: car breakins, theft, burglaries, [and] armed robberies,” Timmons said. For months, the conditions of public protection in Five Points deteriorated. In July, there was a stabbing outside of a bar in Five Points, and in October, a University of South Carolina freshman was shot and paralyzed. Due to these recent events, political leaders have been working to ensure the welfare of the public. Recently Columbia’s Mayor Steve Benjamin called for tighter regulations and control of the downtown and Five Points areas. Local representatives have

COLUMBIA POLICE DEPARTMENT: Columbia’s downtown police department works hard to increase safety in Five Points area.

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pressed for harsher legislation for crimes related to gang violence. Proprietor of Harper’s Restaurant, David Lance, has watched firsthand, due to Harper’s location in the heart of Five Points, as the changes have taken place. “Well every night, especially from Thursday to Saturday, the police presence has been magnified. You’ll see plenty of uniformed officers on the street, [and] plenty of patrol cars,” Lance said. Kendall Keele, University of South Carolina graduate, has noticed a change in safety precautions being taken in the Five Points area. “I’ve noticed a lot more policeman stationed on street corners and outside of the bar entrances… that’s just from having to drive through five points to get to my house so I don’t know if any changes are happening inside the bars,” Keele said. Along with other businesses in the area, Harper’s has been increasing their own preventative measures to guarantee the safety of patrons. “We make sure that the parking lot is extremely well lit, and the managers do frequent perimeter checks to make sure that there’s nothing going on in the parking lot,” Lance said. Keele believes that the modifications are benefiting the area. “Yeah, [I feel safer]. I haven’t seen any gang activity and there aren’t people standing around on the sidewalks like there used to be,” Keele said. As law enforcement and lawmakers work to improve Five Points, the city expects to see a decrease in crime and an increase in a sense of security.

RACHEL MANN, business manager NEWS


Captain Irmo and his friends

Faster than a speeding...what? More powerful than...who knows? Able to do...well, it’s up to you! Introducing Captain Irmo, a strange heroic man from a place only you know. Just who is this masked man? He’s Irmo High School’s newest promotional figure. Commissioned by David Riegel, principal of Irmo High School, Captain Irmo’s image was created by a local artist. “The Irmo Education Commision helped fund it,” Riegel said. “The idea is that t h i s would h e l p promote school spirit, but also we would use it long term for some positive messaging and to help different kinds of campaigns like antibullying.” As these cartoon images begin to pop up around campus, students might find themselves wondering...why superheroes? Riegel believes t h e characters will grab students’ attention, even if that attention isn’t completely positive.

multiple locations around campus, in the form of posters and cartoons. “[The character will be seen in] the more public areas like in the media center cafeteria and

some things like that,” Riegel said. Captain Irmo isn’t a new “mascot”, so he poses no threat to Stingman’s presence at SUPER TEAM: Captain Irmo (above) flies through the sky. He will be used to communicate poisitive messages to the students of Irmo High School. His female partner and yellow jacket sidekick (right) are the subjects of a competition to name the characters. school

“...maybe people will make fun of it but at least it gets their attention. Hopefully it will draw attention to some of the messages that we want to get out there,” Riegel said. The superheroes will be present in


events. B u t sidekick certain reblance to the mascot. “I guess you can say kick is sort of like a repre-

his bares sembeloved the sidesenta-

tion of the mascot a little bit. We don’t really have a name for him,” Riegel said. The sidekick’s name is just one of the many holes in our superheroes’ narrative. The name of his female partner is also yet to be decided, along with details explaining where this tremendous trio came from and what they can do. These specifics have been left up to the students of Irmo High School. A competition i s being held for the best name f o r the female superhero and the sidekick. The winning ideas will be chosen for the characters’ permanent names and the students who created the names awarded a prize. A second competition for a story detailing the characters’ history is also being held. The winning submission will be published in the next issue of The Stinger and the winning writer awarded a prize. Your story must answer the following questions to be considered: Where did the heroes come from? What are their powers? How did they get their powers? What motivates them to spread positive messages around Irmo High School? Submit your completed stories to The deadline for submissions is on Tuesday, April 1, 2014.


to arrive on IHS campus FEMALE HERO AND MASCOT NAMING COMPETITION What do YOU think our heroine and buzzworthy sidekick should be called? Submit your ideas to for a chance to win a prize!

Deadline for submissions: April 1, 2014

CREATIVE WRITING STORY COMPETITION Submit your story about Captain Irmo, our heroine, and their sidekick for a chance to win a prize. Your story must answer the following questions to be considered: -Where did they come from? -What are their powers? -How did they get their powers? -What motivates them to spread positive messages around Irmo High School? Submit your completed stories to captainirmocompetition@gmail. com. All entries should include your name and grade.

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Harbison theatre seeks more Midlands Technical College opened Harbison Theatre in October of 2010 in hopes of bringing something new to the community.

cast. “You can produce theatre and different art forms, but we just present them,” Fox said.

HARBISON THEATRE: Opened in October of 2010. Katie Fox, Director of Theatre Operations, believes that opening Harbison Theatre was a success. The Theatre offers shows like “Planet Hopping,” “Holiday Pops,” “Exploring Mars with NASA Engineer,” “Singin’ in the Rain on Valentine’s Day,” and coming in March, “You can Haz Cheezburger.” The shows range from comedies to classic romantic musicals to online cat video multimedia shows. People who attend in groups or with schools may receive discounts. “The prices range from $12 to $35 during a season depending on the show and what discounts you might qualify for. We have a group discount, sometimes we have student discounts, it depends on the show,” Fox said. Students who attend Midlands Tech enjoy watching the shows, but do not participate. Harbison Theatre brings in professional performances, which do not require student performances. “This is what is called a presenting


The auditorium seats 400 people and the auditorium is built at an incline. Technical Producer, Aaron Pelzek, works behind the scenes. “There was a pre-existing hill here in the structure of the land, and they actually built the seating into that hill and that’s why we have the raked audience that we do,” Pelzek said. Along with opening up to the community, Harbison Theatre is in partnership with Irmo/Chapin Recreation Commission, and the D5 Spring Musical is held at the theatre. Junior Alex Bringley has worked behind the scenes at the Theatre with the drama team helping with props. He found that listening to what the actors say is beneficial. “Its all a big family, on and off the set,” Bringley said. “It was cool getting to know everybody and just helping around mostly and just doing what you’re told to do.” Bringley only worked there for a year

but found working with the theatre and behind the scenes a great experience. Irmo High School will soon be an International School for the Arts. Like Midlands Tech, Irmo aims to bring arts to the school and community. Irmo’s auditorium is scheduled to open in the fall and will feature many student performances. Harbison Theatre opened in hopes of bringing special performances for the community to enjoy. Irmo is hoping to do the same by incorporating theatre for students to pursue dreams at a young age and be able to get a full experience of the theatre and the arts. Both venues offer unique opportunities for local students to experience the arts. If you’re interested in seeing a show or getting involved with Harbison Theatre, visit harbisontheatre. org. ALEXA VEGA sports editor

THEATRE SEATS: The theatre seats no more than 400 people.


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Charity helps local girls shine By the time prom rolls around every year, many girls are calculating the cost of their dress, bag, hair, and any other accessory they decide to buy. The cost of all these items can be astronomical and many girls can’t afford the price tag that comes with the perfect dress. Prom is considered an iconic moment in a teenager’s life and it can be disappointing to not be able to go to prom because of budget limitations. The Cinderella Project aims to make every girl feel like a princess at their prom by offering free new or gently used prom dresses and accessories. “[The Cinderella Project] is an endeavour where people donate gently used prom and evening wear... It is aimed at socially and economically disadvantaged girls... They get one free dress, shoes, and an accessory [to wear to their prom]... The best thing someone can do [to help] is to donate their clean formal gowns,” Sheila Bias, Vice-Chair of Cinderella Project, said. The Cinderella project is named after the 1950’s Disney Princess, in which a girl is unable to obtain a dress to go to the ball until her fairy godmother helps her gain

the means to a beautiful dress and makes her night perfect. The group of young lawyers that co-sponsor the Cinderella Project are the fairy godmothers for the girls in Columbia unable to gain the finances for a new dress and they, like the fairy godmother, intend to do their best to make the girls shine. The South Carolina Bar Young Lawyers Division and other co-sponsors have been helping the project to reach out to as many girls as possible in the South Carolina region. Last year, over 500 girls received dresses for their proms from one of the Cinderella Project “Boutiques” which is where girls can go and try on the dresses and choose the dress they want. The boutiques also supply handbags, jewelry, and other accessories one might need to become a princess on their prom night. Without donations, the boutiques would be unable to happen, so donations are highly appreciated, but if a person is unable to donate a dress, there are other things that the Cinderella Project accepts. “We host a raffle at the boutiques where we give out gift cards to local stores.

SERVICE PROJECT: The South Carolina Young Lawyers Division is a co-sponsor for the Cinderella Project. The Greater Irmo Chamber of Commerce is also a drop-off location for donated dresses.


PROM DRESSES: Many students are unable

to afford the full price of department store prom dresses, which is where the Cinderella Project aims to assist girls in getting a dress. [People can help] by donating gift cards for us to give out at the raffle,” Bias said. The boutiques allow girls to come and get a dress of their choosing for free. The Columbia event will be held on March 15, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and will be at Brookland Baptist Church (1066 Sunset Blvd. W est Columbia, SC 29169). Anyone is allowed to attend the Boutiques. The only requirement is that the student brings their high school ID. The thing that makes the success of the event possible is the people that donate their dresses to the Cinderella Project. The project accepts any new or gently used prom dresses or any other type of accessory. The limited number of plus sized dresses tend to run out quickly, so any donation of a plus sized dress is appreciated. Dresses can be donated at WLTX News 19 on Garners Ferry road, Greater Irmo Chamber of Commerce on Lake Murray Boulevard, and many other locations. For more information and the full list of places to donate, visit

KATIE NIX, staff coordinator THE STINGER



The Stinger reviews the latest books, restaurants, television shows and CDs for you!

Sure to get you an F in Anatomy

New season is alive

“The Walking Dead”

“Anatomy of a Single Girl”

Debuting in paperback in late March, Daria Snadowsky’s second book “Anatomy of a Single Girl” is an exceptional follow-up sequel to her breakout novel. The book follows the life of Dom through the summer before her sophomore year of college where she is getting over her most recent heartbreak. In this lifechanging summer, Dom learns the values of friendship, love and family. Aside from the sappy moments of crying with her best friend and fighting with her family, the accuracy of teenage life is not correctly portrayed within this book. I incorrectly expected a story filled with first dates and awkward moments,

and I was shocked when I received a teen version of “Fifty Shades of Grey” instead. As teenage girls, I feel that most of us cannot relate to a premed student who chooses firsthand experience to learn about the human anatomy. When Dom isn’t plotting ways for her promiscuity, she’s “IMing” on her computer, an action that hasn’t been relevant since 2008. Teenage life and the actions that come with it are incorrectly portrayed throughout this story. The book did supply random bursts of humor in parts, or maybe the humor stemmed from the unrealistic scenarios that occurred in Dom’s life.


MOVIE Fresh new restaurant comes to town Zoe’s Kitchen

Zoe’s Kitchen is a newly opened restaurant on Lake Murray Boulevard. The menu has a variety of Mediterranean-inspired dishes such as Greek chicken pitas, spinach roll ups, chicken kabobs and even chicken pita pizza. One of the most popular menu items, the chicken salad sandwich, consists of all white chicken, sliced tomato, shredded lettuce and mayonnaise within two succulent slices of 7-grain bread. The sandwich has a perfect combination of saltiness and sweetness and the tomato and lettuce blends perfectly with the chicken salad. For a side, customers can

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choose rice pilaf, Greek salad, pasta salad, potato salad, braised white beans, seasonal fresh fruit or marinated slaw all of which are unique and delicious. Zoe’s Kitchen has a modern atmosphere with vibrant decor to match its upbeat environment. Its slogan “Simple. Tasty. Fresh” summarizes the restaurant as a whole. Eating at Zoe’s will make you want to take a picture of your food and put in on Instagram because the dishes look as healthy and cool as they taste. While their portions aren’t extremely large, if you’re looking for a light, nutritious meal, Zoe’s is the place for you.



“The Walking Dead” premiered for the first time on October 31, 2010 on AMC. It is now in its fifth season, and it has begun with an extremely haunting and captivating twist. The show not only focuses on the zombies and how they have taken over, but also on how the people react and have reacted to the disease. Rick the main character, has been the leader of the group of survivors over the course of the seasons, and he remains one of the strongest characters. The show incorporates irony and has a lot of morals and reasons for people to keep

watching. I started the show a little wary of whether or not I would just be watching zombies eat people. Then I realized I would see the total outcome of an apocalypse and how the people will protect each other (if they do). If you are interested in drama and extreme situations, “The Walking Dead” could be the show for you, but definitely catch up on the seasons and maybe grab a pillow and put your drinks down. It will leave you shocked, but wanting more.



The Fray explores new boundaries “Helios”

In The Fray’s new album, “Helios,” the band ventures outside of its signature comfort zone of piano strong ballads. Melodic anthems like “How to Save a Life” and “Over My Head” are what The Fray is best known for, and the style that many, including myself, still associate the band with. In this album, however, new territories are explored, with many songs full of heavy guitar and fast tempos. When I heard the album’s first single and immediate radio hit “Love Don’t Lie” I would have never guessed The Fray was behind it. That being said, I like it. The first half of the 11-track album is marked by several of these catchy, high energy songs that will no doubt find themselves staples on pop radio and party


playlists. They are fun but formulaic. While listening I got the sense that I had heard these songs before because they are your typical lively pop songs, with a Maroon 5 feel. Starting with “Keep on Wanting,” the sixth track, the style takes a stark turn towards the piano-led melodies they are known for. I tend to prefer this type of song for its usually deeper lyrics and stronger vocal emphasis, which The Fray has always and continues to do extremely well. Although the focus of the album is blurred by the different styles, it widens the potential audience while maintaining the impressive musicality The Fray has long possessed.





Irmo students lock down love From teenagers to adults and senior citizens, couples claiming their love for one another has become a new statement. A new fad that arose in Europe over ten years ago has now made its way to Irmo. “Locking love” or “love locks” is the act of locking a padlock onto a secure bridge with your significant other and throwing the key into the water as a way of showing your commitment towards your relationship. A trend years in the making could now be taking over the Lake Murray Dam. Germany, France, Italy, and China are all major tourist countries that are attracting lovers. Love padlocks started appearing all over the world in the early 2000s but are just now starting to become evident in the local area. The Lexington side of the Lake Murray Dam is now home to hundreds of love locks hoping to secure one’s relationship. Irmo

High School senior Katey Miller has plans of putting up a lock of her very own with her boyfriend of three years. “I would put a lock up with my boyfriend Andrew. I just think it’s really sweet and symbolizes love and caring,” Miller said. “I was running the dam one day and noticed that more locks had been added and that people also put both their names and dates on them.” The dates stand for when the couple first started dating and their names or initials are etched into the lock. Couples lock the padlocks onto the bridge and throw the keys into the water symbolizing their love lasting as long as the bridge does. The Lake Murray Dam, which is constantly growing, could eventually grow to the size of its European originators. Cologne, Germany is the host of a bridge consisting of thousands of Love Locks. The locks, which began appearing in 2009, have now made the Hohenzollern Bridge famous. Irmo High sophomore Sam Padula has experienced this bridge firsthand. “The first thing I thought when I saw it was ‘wow this is amazing’. I had to take my phone out and take a picture,” Padula said. “My friends and I locked up our friendship and threw the lock in the German river.” The new tendency of adding locks is continuously growing because more people are finding out about it. Students, such as Padula, have traveled and seen these bridges influencing others Sam Padula

BRIDGES AROUND THE WORLD: Above: student Sam Padula traveled to Cologne, Germany

this summer where he visited the Hohenzollern Bridge. Below: the Pont des Arts bridge in Paris, France. Top right: a lock hanging on the Lake Murray Dam.

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to participate in the Lake Murray locks. “I think with the weather getting nicer the dam will be used more, and more people will see the locks and want to add one,” Padula said. “It’ll happen over time. The bridge in Germany didn’t just happen over night.” According to Padula, in order for the Lake Murray Dam to become more popular it would have to be more impressive and more people would need to participate. This growing trend is also expanding due to the number of lovebirds unable to travel. “I think more people will put locks up because they’re just now finding out about it, and not that many people are able to travel to places like France and Germany,” Miller said. Love Locks are the new way to show affection towards your significant other, replacing the old timey tradition of carving your initials into a tree. With new locks being added every day, the Lake Murray Dam is soon going to be covered in tokens of affection.

CAMILLE DOLOUGHTY, features editor

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Exchange students arrive at IHS Foreign exchange programs are made for students to travel somewhere new to get an education and an experience. Irmo is getting more and more students from different countries and cultures, many of whom speak different languages. They come here alone and live with a ‘host’ family who offers their home to students who are studying abroad. When first getting to America, some students may experience some amount of culture shock. The students are coming to America by themselves; this alone can be a difficult task. After growing up in a different place with different customs and language, coming to America can be a scary experience. Dilay Gezer, foreign exchange student from Germany, has seen the major cultural differences between her home

DILAY GEZER: Dilay Gezer is spending a

year in America studying abroad and experiencing American culture. MARCH 7, 2014

country and Irmo. “I did see differences,” Gezer said. “Here, you have bucks [deer]. I have never seen a buck in Germany.” As Americans, our culture is familiar to us. Someone from a different culture might notice things that we are accustomed to, so everything might be odd to them at first, even our eating habits. “I was really shocked that you guys really eat so much fast food. You guys have [fast food restaurants] everywhere,” Gezer said. “You guys eat it almost every night!” Gezer also touches on some American mannerisms, including our ‘southern hospitality’. “When I went from New York to Columbia the airplane GERMANY: Gezer’s home country is Germany. was so cold. It was freezing. I sick. As a teenager, leaving your family asked the stewardess for a blanket, but and home could mean bliss or it could they didn’t have any. Then, the man who mean torture. For some, it might take was sitting next to me just gave me his longer than others to get adjusted to difsweater. In Germany nobody would do ferent cultures without their families. that. I thought it was really nice,” said “It took time [to adjust], maybe two Gezer. “[And how] you all say hello to or three months. It took some time, but people you don’t even know, it was kind not that long,” Gezer said. of weird, too.” This program is for students who Many foreign exchange students go want to travel to new places and experithrough language blocks as well, some- ence different cultures, while still getting thing that can really affect their stay. Like a high school education. any other language, English has different The foreign exchange program has accents, different diction, and even dif- been growing exponentially the past few ferent slang. In a different accent, Eng- years. Now you can study abroad, like lish can sound like a completely new lan- Gezer, all while still in high school. If you guage. Gezer was very surprised to hear are interested in South Carolina’s foreign the southern drawl when she got off the exchange program, ask your guidance plane. counselor for more information or con“In Germany, we are taught British tact Tricia Goss, CASE Midlands RepEnglish, but here you use the southern resentative, at accent,” Gezer said. “When I first got off the airplane, someone from the exchange KATRINA MATESE, circulation manager organization was trying to have a sation with me and I couldn’t understand her. I ended up just nodding.” Any traveler, whether you are traveling across states or oceans, can get homeFEATURES


Integration Series; Installment 4

Clemson graduate expresses In 1955, the U.S. Supreme Court told states that they were to desegregate with “all deliberate speed,” according to the website of the U.S. courts. This order followed the 1954 Brown v. Board of Education ruling, which deemed segregated public schools “inherently unequal” and “unconstitutional.” Based on the ambiguity of this timeframe, it took many states several years to actually implement the integration. According to Clemson University’s website, by 1963, South Carolina was the only state that didn’t have at least one integrated college. Harvey Gantt, a Charleston native, tried to apply to Clemson three times, only to have each application returned or invalidated, with the registrar stating deadlines had passed or all requirements were not met. In the meantime, Gantt enrolled in Iowa State. In July of 1962, Gantt took legal action. On January 16, 1963 the United States Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals ordered Clemson to admit Gantt for the second semester, which began on January 28, 1963. Charles Elfert, Optimist Club of Saint Andrews member, attended Clemson from 1962 to 1967 and was there for the integration process. Elfert remembers that other schools had very violent responses to their integrations. “At the University of Alabama, George Wallace basically stood in the doorway and said ‘no this will never happen here.’ There was a lot of commotion and rioting that went on there,” Elfert said. “Mississippi had the same issue, in fact two people got killed in that riot.

May 18, 1896 Plessy vs. Ferguson case establishes “separate but equal”

Georgia, I understand, was a little more peaceful, but they still had the riots there too.” Clemson in comparison had a very easy adjustment, which Elfert attributes to the firmness of the college’s president, R.C. Edwards and its history as a military school until 1955. “The thing I liked about our president, and I think a lot of it goes back to the military roots that Clemson had, he basically had a news conference and said that whatever the federal courts decided, Clemson was going to abide by, and there wasn’t going to be any trouble. So that’s exactly what happened,” Elfert said. Gantt arrived on a day when far less students were on campus than would be normally because he was a transfer student. “The day that Harvey entered was between first and second semester. He was at the University of Iowa, and he was a transfer student. I remember that transfer students and new students had to register on Mondays, which was the 28th of January 1963,” Elfert said. “At that point, there were only transfer students and new students enrolling that day. There weren’t as many students on campus then as there would be if all the students were there. I think I came in either Tuesday or Wednesday which was when repeat students were registering for classes. So I was not there on the actual day that he arrived.” In order to minimize outside trouble, Elfert says students were issued identification cards that they needed to get on campus. Aside from some verbal has-

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sling at night, Elfert did not see Gantt encounter any problems. “I mean, it was not a perfect scenario. Back then the dorms were in a configuration that they were all together, around the courtyard. So if you were a student and you lived on campus, which most of them did back then, you were in very close proximity to each other,” Elfert said. “There was no overt physical contact or anything like that, there certainly wasn’t a riot or anything. At night back then we didn’t have air conditioning so all the windows stayed open and some kids would make catcalls, they wouldn’t use the “n” word or anything. That went on for maybe a week at the most and then it was over. He was just a student at that point, I think everybody pretty much accepted that.” Clemson’s integration stands out to Elfert and others for its lack of conflict. Clemson’s website refers to it as integration with dignity. “I think the thing that struck me the most was the tone that our president R.C. Edwards took [which] was ‘listen if you cause a riot or anything like that you’ll be kicked out of school.’ There was no doubt in our mind that it was going to be a peaceful integration. Back then that was not the norm. I think most Clemson folks are pretty proud of the way that he was accepted. I think for the most part, we probably had one of the best scenarios for integration in the deep south. In September of 1963, Lucinda Brawley enrolled in Clemson, becoming the second black student and the first black female to do so.

Brown vs. Board of Education abolishes “separate but equal” and calls for desegregation

September 1962

Elfert starts attending Clemson



pride over peaceful integration “The other ironic part of the story [is that] the first black female that enrolled in Clemson was Lucinda Brawley. She was from Hopkins, Columbia basically,” Elfert said. “She came in the fall of ‘63, and [Gantt and Brawley] eventually got married. I think they have four children.” Gantt went on to have a successful career in architecture, which he studied while at Clemson. “After he finished school, he actually went to MIT and got a Master’s degree. [Gantt and Brawley] ended up settling in Charlotte, where he eventually set up his own architectural firm,” Elfert said. Gantt also ventured into politics, becoming the first black mayor of Charlotte according to “He ran for mayor of Charlotte, won and served for several terms. Then he ended up running for senate in the state of North Carolina,” Elfert said. “He was running against an incumbent who had been in there for something like 30 years, Jesse Helms, who was kind of an icon in North Carolina. He lost a very narrow election to [ Jesse Helms].” Clemson still holds a special place in Gantt’s life, as Elfert says he returns to the school frequently. “He’s been, as I understand, very supportive of Clemson. He comes back and lectures from time to time. Obviously he’s a good architect and he comes back to the architecture school a good bit,” Elfert said. Elfert joined the army when he left Clemson. The job took him all over the country, where he was able to see how certain places differed from the town he

grew up in, Lake City, South Carolina. “People don’t think of South Carolina as being that tolerant a lot of times. I lived around Washington for around two years. I lived in Richmond for a year but I also worked in Buffalo, New York and spent a good bit of time in the northeast,” Elfert said. “You know when you get up into areas like that and Minnesota and places like that there’s no minority people there. Whereas in my hometown it’s 50-50. Lake City was 50-50 and probably still is. It’s a whole different situation I think when you have that mix of population.” In Elfert’s eyes, South Carolina is wrongly considered as one of the most prejudiced areas in the country, especially during the Civil Rights era. He argues, however, that this was not the case. “I think for the most part South Carolina did a lot of things right during that period as opposed to other places. In some respects [South Carolina] was not any better, but for the most part I think we were,” Elfert said. “There were a lot of overt things like separate eating and things like that. I think the one misconception people have, though, is that white people in the south, and I can speak only for South Carolina, hated black people. I can almost categorically say that’s not true. Now did they treat them as equals? No, not back then, [but] it got better and better.” Elfert thinks that although the north was just as discriminatory in terms of what they believed. “Really the north it was segregated, too. Facilities and things were much bet-

January 28, 1963

September 1963

Gantt starts attending Clemson

Brawley starts attending Clemson

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ter, but as far as what’s in their hearts, it was not tons greater than it was here,” Elfert said. Elfert was astounded by one incident of racism he experienced while visiting New York. “I think it was around 1968, I went up to New York just to visit because I was living in Washington D.C. at the time. I went in this men’s clothing store, it was in Manhattan. I started talking to the owner of the store, and he said ‘what part of the south are you from?’ because he could tell from my accent that I was not from New York. He said I’m going to guess you’re from South Carolina or Georgia. I said ‘you’re pretty close, I’m from South Carolina,’” Elfert said. “He looked at me and he said ‘you know we hate black people just as much as y’all do.’ He said that to me and I was shocked. I said ‘wait a minute, we don’t hate black people. We don’t always treat them right, but we don’t hate them.’ He was shocked that I called him out on that.” The United States in general is not as bad in terms of racial discrimination when compared to other countries, claims Elfert. “I’ve travelled all over the world and there’s a lot more discrimination that goes on around the world than goes on in our country. We’re just so aware of it. You know there was slavery basically world wide until the mid 1800s. It wasn’t just here,” Elfert said. “There was discrimination up north too, there were just more African Americans in the southeast than anywhere else.”


Gantt and Brawley marry

1983-1987 Gantt serves as mayor of Charlotte




Yes, your stereotypes are racist

“acts white.” What on earth does it mean to act white? Can you act like a color? Similarly, I’ve heard many a white girl referred to as “essentially black.” When we toss these words around, I’m not sure that we even realize the repercussions. They are often not said malevolently, they’re just what we have come to think of as normal. The worst I’ve ever heard is probably “act your skin color.” Do we realize the racism and stereotyping these statements are steeped in? Rachel Catalano I have met people of every shade, and they have all been impeccably An epidemic is sweeping unique. My white friends are not through our generation. This epi- all the same by any means, some of demic is plagued by perhaps willful them share no similarities whatsoignorance and retrogression. Words ever. The same goes for my black are powerful tools, but we often toss friends. Yet when we say someone them around thoughtlessly or as- is acting black or white we are saysign them connotations without re- ing that all members of that group alizing the implications of doing so. are restricted to a certain set of perMany people have begun, in recent sonality traits and characteristics, years, to label others’ personalities that there is a set of approved looks, using a skin color. interests and qualities that people When an African American of each race must follow. Deviation teenager doesn’t fit the mold of what from this will result in claims that society associates with his cultural you are in fact of another race. behavior, we say that the person Over the past few months, I’ve


been able to interview people who were alive during the Civil Rights Movement. Many were students during the first phases of integration. They were told what classes and levels they could or could not take based on the color of the skin. Their intellectual capacities were assigned to them because of their race. Thousands of people fought for this mentality to be eradicated, for people to receive judgment for the value of their character instead of the pigments in their cells. Though I know when people say “oh, he’s white” because our black friend prefers Coldplay to Tyler the Creator, it is in jest and not meant maliciously, we still have to think about what it means. It took hundreds of years and countless brave lives to get to where we are now, where theoretically race should not be a factor much less an obstacle. I implore you to break out of the societal confines we have come to instate and urge others, without judgment, to do so as well. Let’s get rid of these labels now, before they revive the hatred and oppression that did not come long before us. THE STINGER

Tipping the pedestal

Callie English There has recently been a lot of press surrounding a certain pop star’s arrest. This is only natural considering the nature of American fame. Our celebrities are valued, not for their positive contributions to society, but for the scandals they create. It’s as if the general population is some wobegone teenage girl, desperately seeking a relationship with the neighborhood “badboy”. Only in this case, our miscreant isn’t throwing pebbles at our window, but waiting for us on the cover of a magazine in the checkout lane. We have a biological desire to seek out role models. If we weren’t constantly emulating the most successful individuals around us, the human race would never evolve. We’d all still be scratching ourselves in caves, mocking that guy with his

so called “wheel”. Our constant intrigue for the bizarre is in fact what has kept our race alive today. Perhaps this explains our fixation on celebrities...Yes, many of them do possess talent and tons of money, but are they really the most evolved? We are idolizing not the individual, but an image portrayed by their marketing team...and the result is disastrous. Imagine entering into a relationship with someone whose soul goal is deceive you to the point of thinking they’re something they aren’t. The relationships we hold with these individuals are one-sided and empty, but they can also be damaging. Because they are so intangible, it is easy to place a celebrity on a pedestal, forgetting that they are just another person. They make mistakes. But unlike your average population, their mistakes have a much higher likelihood of being drug and alcohol related. Why is it that we seem so motivated to welcome this artificial relationship into our lives? Why do we throw ourselves at the cold, fake images portrayed by these celebrities, as if we were going to get something in return? Perhaps in the past, looking to the elite could provide the common people with a heightened sense of culture and self-awareness, slowly pushing the masses to place value in things such as education and accomplishment. We humans are social crea-

tures, and it is understandable to look to the elite class of humanity for trends and social cues, but I am alarmed by whom we have come to regard as the “elite.” Historically the elitists were the classiest and most tactful of humanity (or at least that’s what they wanted everyone to think). Today, it is almost exactly the opposite. Stars actively compete against each other for space in the headlines by portraying the wildest, most crass version of themselves. And we eat it up. I’ve heard it said that my generation prefers these types of stars because they are more “real” than their predecessors, but I seriously doubt that the outlandish things we see these puppets do in their photoshopped videos has much to do with what is real. Is it the stars’ fault that we emulate them the way we do? Of course not. They may feed into the attention, but it is ultimately our decision whose life we choose to follow. How can we shame young people, like Justin Beiber, for setting a bad example for the younger generations when we’re the ones putting up the big screen on which he is viewed? Perhaps we could take some of the spotlight off of young, angsty teenagers and put it on someone or something more meaningful. The human race is evolving, and I think it’s about time that the quality of our celebrities evolves with us.

again 17 What’s something people would be surprised to know about you? This is something interesting. Describe yourself at 17 in three words? Closed. Touchy. Loyal. What was your favorite outfit? T-shirt, longpeople pants, and hiking boots. What’s something What advice will you tell your then would be surprised to know 17-year-old self? about you?up.” “Loosen What you want to be when you were This is did something interesting. 17? At that point, I knew that I wanted to do something with chemistry, but I didn’t know what, specifically, yet.

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Look past the screen

Camille Doloughty The infamous saying “pictures or it didn’t happen” is most likely a phrase coined by college frat kids referring to hookups or triple-dog-dares. But by saying this, these teenagers are setting off a competition amongst themselves to outdo one another. Now it seems the phrase has been broadened and the stakes lowered as teenage boys and girls try to outdo each other using pictures, specifically on Instagram. With social media continuously on the rise, the major-

ity of our age group are all mentally daring themselves with “pictures or it didn’t happen.” Since its app store debut in October of 2010, Instagram has gained over 150 million active users. These users generate over 1.2 billion likes and 55 million photos shared every day. Most of these overly filtered photos nowadays consist of selfies, blurry party pictures, and half naked teenagers reminiscing on summertime. Our generation has become significantly obsessed with making sure everyone knows what we’re doing at all times. We get it, you like to hang out in dimly lit places and hold red solo cups with mysterious substances in hand, but enough is enough. Why don’t you enjoy the party you’re at with all your friends instead of making sure everyone not in attendance knows exactly where you are? If the party is as fun as you’re making it out to be, then why is everyone standing around uploading to Instagram? Being someone who grows ill

simply at the thought of exercising, I commend all of my gym-attending, in shape friends. But is a sweaty mirror picture with evident workout equipment in the background along with the caption “such a good workout” really all that necessary? People will take notice that you go to the gym when your results start showing, so put down that camera and get on that elliptical because we don’t need proof of your gym attendance. Other people knowing about your constant whereabouts is not only creepy but highly unnecessary and too many people are living their lives off of “do you think this picture is Instagram worthy?” Instagram is just an app. So put the phone down from time to time and actually enjoy the scenery instead of deciding which filter makes it look best. We used to ask if a tree falls in a forest but no one’s around to hear it, did it really make a sound? But now it’s more relevant to ask our age group, if one doesn’t Instagram something, did it ever really happen at all?


with Brandon Yarchuk

How long have you been interested in art? Four years. What got you interested in art? Rave culture did, actually. Kandi bracelets are where I started. Then came fashion designers, and finally nature. What kind of artwork do you create? Jewelry; I create all kinds of wearable accessories. Necklaces, bracelets, rings, and brooches. What mediums do you usually use? I love to use wire, beads, and polymer clay. 16 OPINIONS


thumbs up Contents under pressure - To the Ides of March - what a great day to eat a Caesar salad! - To discount Valentine’s Day candy - there’s no greater love than the love of candy. - To St. Patty’s day in Five Points - I’m sure your Irish ancestors would be so proud. - To the humidity of Spring - is 80s hair back in style yet? - To prom-posals - single-handedly making singles feel more single. - To the snow (ice) days - we’re going to be in school until mid July.

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Rachel Mann Over the last three months, I have had the distinct displeasure of watching the strongest person I know, and one of my closest friends, disintegrate. For over three years, she led a happy and healthy life after being plagued by anorexia for the majority of our middle school experience. Now here she is, in the middle of what is often said to be the best years of our lives, and she’s re-entered the abyss that consumed her during the worst part of her life. I have but one question- why now? The answer has become overwhelmingly obvious: the exorbitant, enormous, and ridiculous amount of pressure that is being placed on her and on our generation. Stress is being piled onto students from every angle: our parents, our teachers, our coaches, our bosses, and the force which weighs most heavily on all of our minds: colleges. It is ingrained in us from an early age that to get into the perfect school we must maintain flawless grades and have an exemplary record of extracurricular activities. What we were never told is how difficult it would actually be to manage a full course load while also playing varsity athletics or the equivalent, and involving ourselves in organizations that will make us attractive to the best colleges and universities. If you play any sort of sport during the school week, you probably will not get home until six o’clock at the very earliest. You’ll work on homework, study for tests and finish projects, and if you’re lucky (which I

never am), you’ll finish by nine or ten. That’s on a good day. Now imagine that it’s not a good day. You get home at eight and have a biology lab due by 11:59 on, but you also have multiple quizzes the next day. Some would say this is a case of procrastination and poor planning. Others know that schoolwork is constantly due, and opportunities to get ahead are few and far between. Due to the high stress, teenagers often make negative, short-sighted decisions to accomplish their goals. I have friends who have considered or resorted to using drugs such as Adderall, is not prescribed to them, just to make a higher score on the SAT, an AP exam, or even something as simple as a math test. I have other friends who have compromised their integrity by using various methods to cheat on tests or exams. Plagiarism could hardly be called rare. On the other hand, just this week I have three quizzes for a single class. I also have a teacher who gave us a test today, and will be passing out a quiz in two days’ time. The pressure to be perfect has gone too far. When teenagers make decisions to compromise their moral values, when they use drugs to enhance their performance, we, as society, have pushed them too far. When my dearest friend chooses to starve herself in some false sense of control over her life which she sees spiraling out of control, we are wrong, and we owe her an apology. Rather than pushing students harder when they fall short, take into account the immeasurable anxiety that they are already facing. Instead of adding to their worries, offer an attitude of understanding. Not one group or person is responsible for the flaws in our education system. It is society as a whole which has put merit in the score one gets on an exam over the effort one puts in and the knowledge which one possesses, and it will take society as a whole to show an entire generation that their character and moral values are worth infinitely more than any grade on a test. OPINIONS


My night at the Super Bowl:

Irmo student Carrington McDaniel watched his brother Tony McDaniel, defensive tackle, win with the Seahawks

Q: When did your brother start playing football? A: I think it was 2002. Q: What was your feeling when you got to see him at the Super Bowl? A: I was happy for him, proud of him. Q: What was your favorite part? A: The first part of the game was probably my favorite because it was right there in front of my face. [I was] right behind the Seahawks’ end zone. Q: When you saw how well the Seahawks were doing, what did you think? A: I didn’t know it was going to be that high of a scoring game, or that bad of a beat down. I really thought it was going to be a close game. Q: Did you see your brother afterwards? A: Yeah I actually got to see him, I got to go on the field during the ceremony, and I got to stand with him.

Tony McDaniel, #99, who played for the Jacksonville Jaguars and Miami Dolphins before signing a one year deal with the Seattle Seahawks in March of 2013.

A NIGHT TO REMEMBER: Above left, Carrington McDaniel (top row, second from left) stands with his family, sporting his brother’s #99 jersey. Above right, a picture from Carrington McDaniel’s view during the game.



New coach kicks off first season As soccer season rolls around, many are excited to see how the new soccer coach, Matthew Brophy, has connected with theteam this year. After ending last season as State Champs, the Irmo High School soccer team said goodbye to Coach Savitzand welcomed a new season. Brophy has a long history of coaching and says that he has high hopes for his new players. “[I have been coaching for] over 16 years in South Carolina. My first coaching job was in Georgia [and] I coached football,” Brophy said. Brophy discovered that he first wanted to become a coach when his old high school coach retired. “My high school coach just retired; I played against him when he was an assistant for Mary Washington College, and that’s when I realized that’s what I wanted to do,” Brophy said. “I

got an opportunity to coach one of my boss’s kid’s teams and club soccer and that led me to coach a JV high school team and then my first high school job.” Brophy is excited to see what his players can accomplish on the field, and makes them run a lot of practices while trying to get his players to get more contact on the ball. He feels that by doing these practices, the JV and varsity teams have improved their abilities. “I think they’re a little bit more focused than they were last year. They want to try and repeat as State Champs, and it’s hard to tell but I think they just seem more tuned into what’s going on,” Brophy said. Aaron Prim, a senior at Irmo High School, has been playing for the Irmo soccer team since his freshman year. He shows a great deal of respect for Abbey Rambo

YOU’LL NEVER WALK ALONE: The boys varsity soccer team gathers together at W.C. Hawkins field before a game. MARCH 7, 2014

Coach Brophy while also remembering the accomplishments that Coach Savitz made with the team last year. He also enjoys the practices that he and his teammates perform. “I think Coach Brophy is doing a great job. He has big shoes to fill after Coach Savitz left, but I have massive amounts of respect for what he’s trying to do with the program and what he’s doing with the team,” Prim said. “[Practices have] stayed about the same level of difficulty and intensity. I like it a lot[and] I think it will all pay off by the end of the season and [when] playoffs come around.” This year coach Brophy has decided to keep juniors off of the JV team. “To me junior varsity should be for learning and improving your abilities. They [ JV] are not technically or physically able to compete at the varsity level,” Brophy said. “If you’re a junior and you’re not able to compete on the varsity level, and there are younger kids who are good enough but not physically strong enough to compete on varsity, it’s like I’m wasting the younger players’ time and the older players’ time because that younger player could be on the team and getting into the program and learning stuff. It’s not right for me to hold that spot for a junior on junior varsity.” Coach Brophy has high hopes for the Irmo High school soccer team. His philosophy of “tough love” has impacted the entire soccer team and has made him gain respect in their eyes. The Irmo soccer team hopes to claim State Champs once again under the new coaching of Coach Brophy. ANSLEY SANTOS, opinions editor, SPORTS


Local boy completes triathlon TESTING THE WATERS : hear anyone or tell that there was anyone Left: DJ Rish prepares for the swimming portion of the triathlon. Middle: Rish bikes to the next event. Bottom: Rish runs through the finish line of his first triathalon.

July 13, 2012 was just a normal day at camp for fifteen-year-old DJ Rish until an accident occurred that changed his life forever. Rish, who was on a Boy Scout Trip in Greenville, packed into a van with other older Scouts in order to ride to a secondary campus. The van flipped and Rish’s leg was stuck outside of the window. The injuries consisted of second degree burns covering over 60% of his body, three spots of third degree burns, a broken acetabulum (where the ball in the femur connects to the hip), two crushed vertebrae and the loss of his lower left leg just above his knee. Although his memory of the accident is vague, Rish can recall some frightening moments of the incident. “I was conscious for a little bit but I just remember being terrified. When people get seriously injured, they don’t feel pain,” Rish said. Despite his inability to feel his injuries, Rish possessed a certain awareness of the situation. “I couldn’t feel that I was bleeding out and I couldn’t tell there was gas anywhere. I just couldn’t move and knew that something had just happened that doesn’t normally happen so I was terrified. I couldn’t


there. I was freaking out,” Rish said. Minutes after the wreck, he was taken to Greenville Memorial Hospital, where he began to exhibit signs of hypothermia. “When gas sits on you it evaporates really quickly and it takes body heat out. I was sitting in a creek with the gas going on so I had hypothermia. My body temperature was really low with no blood in me pretty much,” Rish said. DJ’s parents, Dean and Angie Rish, rushed to Greenville as soon as they got the life-changing phone call. “God placed my sister there to stay with the other three kids and we jumped in the car, grabbed our phones and chargers, went and got Dean’s mother and went to Greenville. It was the longest ride of my life,” Angie Rish said. After spending 12 hours at Greenville Memorial, DJ and his family were medevaced to the Augusta Burn Center, where the doctors began to treat everything and amputate his


one year after van accident

SUPPORT SYSTEM: Family and friends of DJ show their support at the triathlon. lower left leg in order to save his life. According to DJ Rish, the first step on the road to recovery was understanding what happened and recognizing that his injury would not be a hindrance in living a normal life. “I had to get over the thought that this would be the end of me doing fun things and that I would be stuck doing nothing for the rest of my life,” Rish said. Two months after the accident, DJ received his prosthetic leg and began to recuperate and get back to normal life. Shortly after receiving his prosthetic, DJ’s physical therapist and family friend suggested he train for a triathlon. DJ’s father, Dean Rish, who ran the triathlon alongside of DJ, believes that the triathlon gave DJ motivation and something to work towards. DJ began his training with his prosthesis by learning how to walk again. According to Dean Rish, DJ’s amputation is different from many common amputations because his amputation is above the knee. MARCH 7, 2014

“Every time he takes a step, he’s just got to hope that his knee extends and does what it’s supposed to. If his foot drags the ground too much, he can fall over. The other amputees don’t have to worry about that because they can control that portion. It’s a trust issue that you’ve got to trust in your prosthetic,” Dean Rish said. Exactly one year and fourteen days after the accident, DJ completed the Tom Hoskins Triathlon at the Northeast YMCA. With friends and family cheering him on, DJ describes the moment of crossing the finish line as “awesome.” “When anyone finishes a race, you get a rush of adrenaline and you feel great which is why people torture themselves to run so they can get that high at the end of it. For me, it was ‘I just ran a race and finished’ and it was also ‘I just ran a race missing a leg. I can do anything now because triathlons aren’t easy if you’ve got both legs.’ I realized that with my church’s help, and my family and God’s help, I can do pretty much anything,” DJ

Rish said. The moment DJ crossed the finish line was an emotional experience for Angie Rish. “The look on his face was not just a smile it was, ‘I really did this,’ just seeing his face was so amazing. He splashed me in the face with water because he didn’t want anyone to see my tears,” Angie Rish said. While it wasn’t an easy year for the Rish family, Dean Rish believes that with determination, you can do anything you put your mind to. “Everybody can’t do everything but if there’s something you truly want to do, you have to set your mind to it, set goals and you can make it. That’s what DJ has done,” Dean Rish said. Dean and DJ Rish are planning to run the Rugged Maniac Obstacle Race this month. MCKENNA BEST, lifestyle editor SPORTS


You are cordially invited to the Irmo High School prom

Theme: Neon Lights What to do: Order Forms and Prom Code of Conduct Forms are available from junior and senior English teachers. Bring a completed order form, a code of conduct form for each attendee, and payment to Ms. Davis in room 106 in between classes, before or after school. If your date doesn’t go to a District 5 school, he/she must complete and submit the back of the Prom Conduct Form. Cost: $30 for 1 ticket or $55 for 2 tickets Payment types: Credit Cards (Visa and MasterCard), Check or Money Order. Cash will only be accepted after school on March 10 and 31. When to buy: Tickets will be on sale from March 3 to April 2. Prom night: Prom will be held April 5 from 8:00 to midnight at the Columbia Conference Center

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