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2015 Collegiate Member Awards presented at USC Aiken on April 8, 2016. Congrats!

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Collegiate Awards Presentation

  1. 1. COLLEGIATE MEETING & AWARDS PRESENTATION Recognizing the best in S.C. newspaper journalism
  3. 3. NEWS STORY Under5,000Division THIRD PLACE PacerTimes USC Aiken Jamie Clifton Heather Bartlett, like many other students, thought she was ready for school until she re- ceived an email two days before the fall semester began in- forming her that her class was was being taught at another campus. The course was EDEX 200, “Introduction to People with Exceptionalities.” Bartlett, frustrated, said, “I hope they clarify the situation for future students, because this is not the first time I have had trouble with education courses.” Bartlett, junior elementary ma- jor at USCA, is also a student who commutes from Colum- bia. The course is listed as a USCA course but actually is taught at USC Salkehatchie. When students try to look up the course at USC Salke- hatchie, it does not even come up on Self-Service Carolina. USCA even has the book in USCA’s bookstore. Two sec- tions of this education course are taught on USCA’s campus, but the one that is not taught on our campus should be listed with USC Salkehatchie. Vivian Grice, Registrar at USC Aiken, responded to this issue by explaining that USCA’s education program is focused more on secondary educa- tion for students’ Bachelor of Arts and Science degree. USC Salkehatchie’s program is more focused on elementary, which is why those courses are made available for students so fre- quently on campus. She admits it is confusing for students when they select USC Aiken only to receive a class not on campus. She said that USCA will make an effort to add in the description when courses are off campus in the future, and try to make sure off-cam- pus courses are associated with that different USC campus though it is all under the same USC system. Grice also said that courses ending in 119 usually are off- campus. She said Bartlett was not the first student to address this issue. Similar situations have caused confusion in the past with other courses like business courses, because of similar reasons. Dan Robb, Associate Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Management, also sympathized with the students. He noted that, like many professors on smaller campuses, the professor for the off-campus class was an adjunct, or part-time instruc- tor. He is listed as part of the USC Aiken staff, but teaches at USC Salkehatchie. Robb said he is investigating this issue. Jamie Clifton Contributing Writer CL A S S CO N F U S I O N System unclear on site of some courses USCA will make an effort to add the location in the description in the future when courses are at another campus. ~ Vivian Grice, Registrar
  4. 4. NEWS STORY Under5,000Division SECOND PLACE ThePatriot Francis Marion University Lauren Owens MS. FMU Lauren Owens SEE FLOOD PAGE 3
  5. 5. NEWS STORY Under5,000Division FIRST PLACE CisternYardNews College of Charleston Justine Hall A very interesting and detailed look at the colleges and universities that the Koch brothers have endowed and some thoughts on how the money may translate to influence at the schools. Excellent, thorough reporting.
  6. 6. NEWS STORY Over5,000Division HONORABLE MENTION TheCarolinaReporter University of South Carolina Sarah Martin
  7. 7. NEWS STORY Over5,000Division THIRD PLACE TheCarolinaReporter University of South Carolina AntoineThomas
  8. 8. NEWS STORY Over5,000Division SECOND PLACE TheCarolinaReporter University of South Carolina Rebecca Johnson
  9. 9. NEWS STORY Over5,000Division FIRST PLACE TheCarolinaReporter University of South Carolina AveryWilks The story does an impressive job of taking a topic we’ve all heard about and making it real with local student voices. It also sheds light on the unexpected costs of student debt, including its effect on mental health.
  10. 10. BREAKING NEWS REPORTING OpenDivision THIRD PLACE CisternYardNews College of Charleston Olivia Cohen and Krista Ritterhoff
  11. 11. SECOND PLACE TheJohnsonian Winthrop University BethWest and Thomas Calamia Winthrop University Wednesday,August 26, 2015 Rock Hill, South Carolina mytjnow.comServing Winthrop since 1923 theJohnsonian Index: News 3 | Science & Tech 5 | Sports 6 | Arts & Culture 8 | Opinion 10 see ENROLLMENT pg. 3 see BUSH pg.3 Beth West westb@mytjnow.com With all bed spaces assigned, an increase in freshmen of 6 to 7 percent this fall, according to a statement made Jacob Hallex / The Johnsonian Parents and students move belongings into Richardson Hall on freshman move-in day Aug. 21. No vacancies, unpleasant living conditions on campus Campus at max capacity Reagan Martin / The Johnsonian INSIDE NEWS Jeb Bush visits Winthrop for presidential campaign NEWS Mahony walks in his first Convocation as University President see CONVOCATION pg. 4 Jacob Hallex / The Johnsonian The damp hallway in the basement of LeeWicker residence hall. BREAKING NEWS REPORTING OpenDivision
  12. 12. FIRST PLACE TheDailyGamecock University of South Carolina Staff Strong reporting of a major event where details were being withheld. Timeline, photos and editorial comment add to the total package. Special Report Indeed, this is a tragic day in our history.” USC President Harris Pastides Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015 “ WEEK ENDER 5 This is not the first time this year that this campus was gripped by fear. Two people died on our campus, and after initial shock and uncertainty, USC emerged on the other side, and we stood firm in the face of a tragedy. The administration kept people in the know and distributed necessary safety information quickly and usefully. These open channels of communication were a strong source of comfort for the students, parents and staff in a very trying time. They gave us something tangible to hang onto when all we had was hearsay. The actions taken by CPD, USCPD and SWAT personnel were as swift and effective as could be asked. The fact that we knew immediately we were safe from the threat kept us feeling safe, despite the rumors that can spread like wildfire on days like these. If nothing else, Thursday reassured us that the people entrusted to protect student safety understand the gravity of their position. Professors who were teaching Thursday afternoon locked doors, barred entrances with tables and chairs and, in some cases, continued to teach. They balanced the desire to maintain normalcy with the necessity of ensuring the safety of their students. In a moment where panic could have easily gripped the students and thrown the campus into a dangerous frenzy, our leaders set an example of composure that allowed the situation to remain contained. After the all clear, a sigh of relief passed over the campus, and students moved forward in their own ways. In the absence of a threat, the university chose to allow a normal school day to finish without punishing those who felt solitude was the best way of coping. In the wake of tragedy, some need to grieve and some need to press on, and the university gave us the chance to do both. For the most part, the university continued the rest of the day fulfilling its public function: education. We feel that facilitated a needed sense of normalcy among the student body. It was something none of us were prepared for: a murder-suicide in a public building in broad daylight. From faculty to staff to students, we rose to an occasion that shocked us all. The coming days won’t be easy, but Thursday showed us that we can bear the burden. After the panic, after the rumors, after the texts and calls from anxious friends and relatives, we are standing strong because we are standing together. ‘We are standing strong because we are standing together’ EDITORIAL BREAKING NEWS REPORTING OpenDivision
  13. 13. FEATURE STORY Under5,000Division HONORABLE MENTION OldGold&Black Wofford College Sarah Madden A Flood of Support Wofford reacts to South Carolina’s by Anna Aguillard, Senior Writer North Carolina – enough water to provide every person in the state with their own personal, inches fell on Columbia in less than 24 hours. over $1 billion. Fourteen dams failed, sending torrents of water into some of the state’s most populated suburbs. munity together as one. Along the river we have trails and rose gardens, and have our annual However, as waters rose, so did something else: state pride and a sense of communal soli helping his neighbors tear down the waterlogged walls of their home. “I’m sure it will hit me soon that I’m homeless, but it’ll all work out. It’s cool to see how all of these people are com Afghan student feels “Free to Run” in Spartanburg, at Wofford For this student, running is about more than fitness and competition “I have a dream that one day I’ll half marathon in support of an lieves that everyone deserves the freedom to run, play and experi ence the outdoors, especially wom like Afghanistan to be able to run, was not able to do any kind of ex cause boys made fun of her height – her long legs which she now ap born free, and we will die free, so never let anyone discourage you from reaching your dreams or force you into doing things you don’t was not the case for girls in Afghan my goals and understand the real meaning of being a free human be gave me inspired me to become a if she ran on and around campus, day turned into serious training this past summer with the help of her is a wonderful trainer. Every day, run or cross training I would let her without harassment – without be ing judged by her clothing or her running in long sleeves, long leg their looks never discourage me – instead, I consider myself a hero for running in hot weather and eral friends came to support Far Her American host family lives in race, her host father holding up the her friend Zahra A., also from Af says she never stopped at the aid and my heart told me to keep go stan I saw in my host dad’s hand. will keep running towards develop ment and change. I have hopes for en and girls can run as freely as I actual running goals, but has in spired her to use running to bring in areas around the world like Af ghanistan. “I run because I want to show that women are power ful and capable of doing sports. I run for the Afghan women who, herself for speed running, and will stan’s record. In all of this, running Last names have been redacted by Sarah Madden, Senior Writer line by her host dad, who waves the marathon race
  14. 14. FEATURE STORY Under5,000Division THIRD PLACE PacerTimes USC Aiken Jamie Clifton FEATURE October 27, 2015| 5 Spreading kindness one step at a time in memory of MaryBeth Jamie Clifton Staff Writer Doughnuts given on October 16 to honor Kopert’s mother. Submitted Photo Senior communications major Lesley Kopert pauses to show the books she is giving to those in need. Free candy and the price of a rental are taped to a Redbox. On Thursday October 16 USCA’s Contemporary Literature class taught by Dr. Miller was moved by an inspirational message from USCA student Lesley Koppert. Koppert surprised the class with a random act of kindness by giving each student a packet of M&Ms in exchange for a few minutes out of their day to hear her story. Koppert’s mother, MaryBeth Hatcher, passed away last spring at the age of 49. Hatcher’s death was completely unexpected and hit her entire family hard. When her birthday came around on October 16 last year, the family was unsure how to handle that day at first. They knew they could not celebrate it the way they typically had, but they also felt it wrong to treat it like any other day and push through it without any acknowledgement of MaryBeth’s life. Koppert says that her mom “was an incredibly kind woman. She was always doing for others and always encouraging her children to do the same.” When her children were young, Hatcher “made them do one good deed a day,” so they decided to spend her birthday doing Random Acts of Kindness for others. “We’d still be out in the world doing our good deeds, and it seemed like a perfect way to celebrate and honor our mom and to carry on her kind spirit through the kindness of strangers,” Koppert said. Last year, Koppert’s family did 50 Random Acts of Kindness for what would have been their mom’s fiftieth birthday. The family donated canned goods and clothing to shelters, took boxes of donuts to local businesses and the police and fire department, taped dollar bills and movie theater candy to Redboxes around town, taped quarters to washers and dryers in laundromats and stuck dollar bills in children’s books at the local library. This selfless gesture has turned into an annual tradition to celebrate Hatcher’s birthday, and has grown into something a little bigger than one family’s once-a-year act of remembrance. This year, Kopert has committed to doing one ‘mission a month’ in 2015, serving a different cause each month by organizing collection drives or fundraisers. Some of the missions already completed include: organizing a food and toy drive for local animal shelters in January; organizing a ‘SleepOut for the Homeless,’ raising over $2,000 and a box trailer full of necessities in February; and collecting over 400 books and distributing them to the local Boys & Girls Club, Salvation Army, and library in March. Kopert has also completed missions for Helping Hands, OneSight and other charitable organizations. Over Thanksgiving break, November 26-30, Kopert will be running across the state of South Carolina to raise funds for two local shelters: The Salvation Army of Aiken and Mt. Salem Outreach Mission in Gloverville. She will start at the border between North and South Carolina near Tega Cay and finish in North Augusta at the border of Georgia and South Carolina. Most people think of Thanksgiving as a time for family gatherings and food, so Kopert hopes that her four days on the road will be a reminder that homeless individuals typically do not have family to see or warm food to eat on that holiday or any other. Her goal is to raise $2,000 along with canned goods. Those interested in participating in this fundraiser can access the mission online at Kopert’s page at gofundme.com/ gg4x4kg8. Koppert invites students to join her on the run or tag photos of the difference they are making in the Aiken community with #KIND- NESSFORMARYBETH. Submitted Photo Submitted Photo
  15. 15. FEATURE STORY Under5,000Division SECOND PLACE OldGold&Black Wofford College Addie Lawrence - - - - - - - - Chasing Fire Life of a journalist intern
  16. 16. FEATURE STORY Under5,000Division FIRST PLACE ThePaladin Furman University Laura Hayes An engaging, well-put-together feature. Good use of research and interview quotes. Nice follow through from beginning to end. Great job!
  17. 17. FEATURE STORY Over5,000Division THIRD PLACE TheCarolinaReporter University of South Carolina Sarah Martin
  18. 18. FEATURE STORY Over5,000Division SECOND PLACE TheDailyGamecock University of South Carolina Rana Sobeih
  19. 19. FEATURE STORY Over5,000Division FIRST PLACE TheDailyGamecock University of South Carolina Benjamin Crawford First-person journalism is tricky for even experienced reporters. Often, the journalist’s ego intrudes like the jerks who mug in the background behind on-the- scene reports on the 6 o’clock news. Not so with Mr. Crawford’s exceptional feature story. His story is chock full of vivid images of the Gamecocks’ dislocated “home” football game against the LSU Tigers. But more than simply letting us tag along as he reports on a road trip, he sets a properly somber note in his writing. What makes this story head and shoulders above several other excellent entries is the deftness with which the writer leads us from tempered cynicism to startled self-awareness, the latter triggered by the scene of opposing players kneeling together in prayer. “It is a luxury to be able to care about a football game after a flood,” Crawford writes. It is also a joy to read prose this good.
  20. 20. ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT STORY Under5,000Division HONORABLE MENTION OldGold&Black Wofford College Jonathan Franklin WHAT’S UP AT WOFFORD6 O G & B 9 . 2 2 . 1 5 woffordoldgoldandblack.com Looking for love on Wofford’s campus S t u d e n t s s h a r e e x p e r i e n c e s u s i n g p o p u l a r d a t i n g a p p l i c a t i o n by Jonathan Franklin, Senior Writer
  21. 21. THIRD PLACE OldGold&Black Wofford College KatherineWaters W o f f o r d ’ s h i d d e n g e m s The start of a new semester allows some of Wofford’s lesser-known clubs to shine ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT STORY Under5,000Division
  22. 22. SECOND PLACE ThePatriot Francis Marion University Lauren Owens Lauren Owens SEE MI ENSEMBLE PAGE 2 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT STORY Under5,000Division
  23. 23. FIRST PLACE OldGold&Black Wofford College Savanny Savath This was one of the more newsworthy stories this year. It struck a nice balance between providing information and allowing the multiple interview subjects to speak. Spartanburg is $1 million brighter Spartanburg receives grant for a public art project ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT STORY Under5,000Division
  24. 24. THIRD PLACE TheCarolinaReporter University of South Carolina Deborah Swearingen ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT STORY Over5,000Division
  25. 25. SECOND PLACE TheJohnsonian Winthrop University Kali Coleman ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT STORY Over5,000Division
  26. 26. FIRST PLACE TheDailyGamecock University of South Carolina Rachel Pittman This article made me feel empathetic about the closing of a music hall I’ve never been in. The writer did a great job describing the scene of Conundrum and making its distinctive charm the focal point of the article. Well done! ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT STORY Over5,000Division
  27. 27. SPORTS STORY Under5,000Division THIRD PLACE OldGold&Black Wofford College Joe Brook Be mine? Creative Valentine’s date ideas for every couple Basketball team off to best start in program history Three 1,000-point scorers on this year’s team are unstoppable year as head coach and his 26th year by Joe Brook, Senior Writer
  28. 28. SPORTS STORY Under5,000Division SECOND PLACE CisternYardNews College of Charleston Sam Oleksak
  29. 29. SPORTS STORY Under5,000Division FIRST PLACE ThePaladin Furman University Jake Crouse Well-written look at one of sports’ unsung heroes. Crouse brings to life a sideline figure that typically goes unnoticed. Good job.
  30. 30. SPORTS STORY Over5,000Division THIRD PLACE TheCarolinaReporter University of South Carolina AntoineThomas
  31. 31. SPORTS STORY Over5,000Division SECOND PLACE TheDailyGamecock University of South Carolina Brennan Doherty
  32. 32. SPORTS STORY Over5,000Division FIRST PLACE TheCarolinaReporter University of South Carolina AveryWilks Well-sourced, clean and compelling piece that offers insight into a subject about which many readers likely don’t have a huge amount of prior knowledge. Good concept and relevant to the readership. The writer does a nice job transitioning between sources, while keeping the narrative moving forward. The sidebar is useful in furthering a reader’s understanding.
  33. 33. EDITORIAL WRITING Under5,000Division THIRD PLACE TheCollegian Bob Jones University Bridget Nee
  34. 34. EDITORIAL WRITING Under5,000Division FIRST PLACE – TIE PacerTimes USC Aiken Thomas Gardiner The world we live in isn’t always fair, balanced, honest or equal. The fight for equal rights goes way back. Waaaaayyy back. The fight for equality has come through many channels. Susan B. Anthony was among many women who fought for the right to vote in the early 20th century. Now, in the 21st century, a group of women has taken equality warfare in the social theater to a whole new level. Instead of fighting for, they fight against equality. A group called ‘One Million Moms’ has openly voiced their obtuse objections to Campbell’s Soup’s advertisement that openly depicts a same-sex couple of fathers enjoying a can of Star Wars-themed soup with their son. “Cooper, I am your father,” says one of the actors. “No, no, no. I am your father,” says the other. There is nothing to show but a loving family, except maybe a united family, a relative oddity with today’s divorce rates. The group’s website claims that Campbell’s is “attempting to desensitize viewers” with this campaign. Desensitize viewers to what, a ‘gay agenda?’ The answer is yes, according to their website. One Million Moms must not be wrong. It must be the desensitization of the advertiser’s campaign that are causing members of our society to break socially acceptable norms and ‘choose’ gay lifestyles. One Million Moms, known One Million Moms versus Two Dads Thomas Gardiner Editor-in-Chief as 1MM, released an email declaring that Campbell’s was glorifying an “unnatural marriage,” and that the company would live to regret this ad. As is typical with any sensitive socio-political situation in the last decade, social and popular media are teeming with comments from belligerent people, like the following from ‘Suz-ze Copeland’ on October 16: “I wont be buying any of their products. I’m tired of having this gay crap shoved down my throat, I wont be watching any gay shows on TV either. Gays have gone too far with their trying to get back at Christians, trying to get people fired.” Even a full battery of rebuttals against the homophobic rhetoric, even from the likes of popular voices like Stephen Colbert, isn’t enough to curb the ebb of hate flowing from 1MM. Snuffing the flames of love and respect are social precursors to evacuation and regress from all things ethical. The idea that any one of us, let alone a congealed group of bigots, can claim to fully understand the lives of others AND prescribe a righteous path for them is both presumptuous and ignorant. Those kinds of thoughts are tantamount to pillowcase masquerades and lynch mobs. The 1MM are welcome to free speech and ideas, so I encourage them to continue their exercise of constitutional rights. However, I will exercise the same right in defense of other Americans who are afforded equal rights under the same constitution. Women’s rights and civil rights were dirty fights that have taken a long time to get right. Hell, we still don’t get them 100 percent right, but we keep trying to get better. Groups like 1MM, as well as individuals like certain high- falutin’ county clerks, should reconsider their backwards ideas and positions relative to history. There will be a wrong side of the table once all the moral cards have been laid out, and they’re already planted in their chairs. Creative Commons Both editorials took on conventional or popular thinking, at least with some groups. Both used logic and passion to make convincing arguments to the contrary. Good headlines as well.
  35. 35. EDITORIAL WRITING Under5,000Division FIRST PLACE – TIE CisternYardNews College of Charleston Sigrid Johannes Both editorials took on conventional or popular thinking, at least with some groups. Both used logic and passion to make convincing arguments to the contrary. Good headlines as well.
  36. 36. EDITORIAL WRITING Over5,000Division THIRD PLACE TheDailyGamecock University of South Carolina Benjamin Crawford
  37. 37. EDITORIAL WRITING Over5,000Division SECOND PLACE TheJohnsonian Winthrop University Adam Matonic
  38. 38. EDITORIAL WRITING Over5,000Division FIRST PLACE TheJohnsonian Winthrop University Jacob Hallex Timely issue in a piece that went far beyond just personal feelings. Students were directed to the state site to contact their legislators, following the call to action to remove the flag “because it is simply the right thing to do.”
  39. 39. COLUMN WRITING PORTFOLIO Under5,000Division THIRD PLACE TheCollegian Bob Jones University Andrew Budgick
  40. 40. SECOND PLACE CisternYardNews College of Charleston Madeline Edwards COLUMN WRITING PORTFOLIO Under5,000Division
  41. 41. FIRST PLACE OldGold&Black Wofford College Addie Lawrence and Elaine Best Editor Adventures Hiking shorts and snorts of reasons, but one of the biggest pluses of adventuring out into the wilderness is escaping society. thrill in driving dangerously close to the edge of winding, mountain roads. our shoes and socks and wandered about these small waterfalls and ponds we had found. I was myself on a sidewalk. Now I had to navigate slippery rocks and scared salamanders. I was just dipping my toes into the edge of the water when I looked up and saw Addie was already took place at Table Rock, on a relaxing trail full of rock pools and rivers - it felt like the Instagram. encounter we had in nature was with the Bandana Crew. relaxing, nor was it full of rivers and rock pools. It was a dehydrated barren landscape that went uphill both ways but never reached an overlook or a view. The ground was steep and broken into steps so huge that it felt like we were believe that this was the moderate trail we had found on the map. dying. I was with more experienced hikers, pleasant stroll? Is losing the ability to breathe of the stupid climb. But I at least kept all my screams on the inside. gravy boats and breathing like Darth Vader, we encountered a crew of hikers. They were fumbled with the map, staring in confusion at overwhelmed with a false sense of superiority toward the Bandanna Crew. And then they E: For some reason, they trusted us to guide gone on an accidental hike that would leave my muscles screaming for the next few days. You could see in their eyes how disapproving they were of our lack of bandanas and jorts. I am usually ashamed to be seen in public with A: In the end, we ended up hiking the same we managed to enjoy the mountain air and the sense of accomplishment that comes with someone rearranged the signs on the trail, causing us to end up on a random road. Hiking Moral of the story animals, but other hikers hoping to escape Jorts will never die. Dead tree trunks are not, in freaking out. of us all. G tti ll d ti Editor adventures How to commit murder and resurrect the dead By Addie Lawrence and Elaine Best, Editors - Letter from the Editors Gold stars for printing Clever and witty. This column and its alternative presentation is easy and fun to read. It gives the newspaper personality and would be a must-read for me. In that way, it achieves the greatest goal for columnists. COLUMN WRITING PORTFOLIO Under5,000Division
  42. 42. HONORABLE MENTION TheJohnsonian Winthrop University Dave Birley November 4, 2015 Dave Birley Staff Writer I caught myself thinking a short while ago, as I was pondering the challenges before me of various writing assignments for the latter half of popped into my head. reference to where you can read the whole thing: “Times ain't what they used to be, but then they never were Looking forward to the good old days in my rocking chair If I knew ten years ago the things that I know now I'd understand where and when and wonder why and how” MetroLyrics got to thinking about how things metamorphose over time. Take the means for speaking to a person at a distance. Hollering across the street was normal, particularly for young folks, and the cheerful shouting of the youngsters in the neighborhood as they sought new would use the phone, of course. In the early ‘40s “party lines” were common. That meant two things: the line to which you were connected was shared with someone else, and your call would be connected by a live telephone operator plugging a wire into a switchboard. Before placing a call, it was necessary to listen on the line to determine whether anyone else was currently using it, and, except in dire emergency, neighborhood gossip. The connection was secured by lifting the listening thingy, and after securing a free line, turning a crank on the side of the phone box which was attached to the wall. You spoke that box and told the operator to whom you Progress brought about the dial phone later in the ‘40s. the handset was similar to those we still see today, but instead of merely touching a series of buttons, you actually had to crank a dial wheel around to its stop from the selected character or number, release it, and wait for it to return to the static position. If you will watch old movies from that time period, you will see the process. it is to someone I have in my contacts list, or someone who has called me recently. I establish contact with a tap on the glass screen, and then have the choice of holding the phone to my ear, or tapping the loudspeaker button and sharing my conversation with anyone within earshot. In a way, this sounds like a reversion to the old party line, without the one of those it will be because I need to call a number at the other side of Times ain't what they used to be Before placing a call, it was necessary to listen to the line to determine whether anyone else was cutrrently using it. Dave Birley Staff Writer Cadences of Life Dave Birley Staff Writer unimaginable before. In World wounded. Please. No! Young folks, like Scholars Walk. Old as mere children. you. Speaking ofVeterans The poppy flower commemorated the cemetery “in Flanders Fields where poppies grow.” COLUMN WRITING PORTFOLIO Over5,000Division
  43. 43. THIRD PLACE TheTiger Clemson University Nathan Goodroe The Worst of Netflix: Icetastrophe etflix has a strangely large collection of we a t h e r - re l a t e d disaster movies.The classics like “Sharknado” and “Sharknado 2” are present along with many other SyFy Channel originals. I chose to watch and review “Icetasrophe” out of the dozen or so for two main reasons: first, it is the time of year when the weather begins to turn from scorching summer to freezing winter, and second, out of the two world-turned-to-ice movies, I liked this title a little better than the other. The movie centers on a mysterious meteor that strikes a small town, suddenly freezing everything like the crystal that made Superman’s Cave of Solitude. Charlie Ratchet, a local handyman and convenient dynamite owner, must brave the elements to try and stop the rock’s abilities alongside astrophysics grad student, Alex Novak. All she wants is to study the special space rock and give the audience some pseudoscientific reasoning as to why the plot isn’t as crazy as it seems. The rock inexplicably grows and shoots out cold waves that freeze everything unfortunate enough to get caught in the fallout. There are brief scenes in which the meteorite shooting shards of ice into the air, but those are only used when the plot begins to drag. After doing enough of these reviews, I have learned to stop expecting anything except atrocious dialogue. “Icetastrophe” isn’t the worst I have ever seen, but it’s still bad. It is passable for all intents and purposes. It’s just filled with cliché disaster movie tropes and approximately 25 ice puns throughout. Unfortunately, it did not even have the worst ice puns I have ever heard in a movie. That honor is reserved for the 1997 classic, “Batman and Robin.” Readers who enjoy bad movies with heavy ice motifs should consider watching it. Some made-for- television movies have decided to use their penchant for bad dialogue and obviously fake effects to create movies designed to subtly make fun of their peers, like the “Sharknado” franchise for example. “Icetastrophe” was bad because throughout the entire movie, I wasn’t sure if it was simply poorly done or a meta-farce of disaster movies. I hope that it is the latter. There were no radical scenes where aliens came out, but the ending was as close to Deus Ex Meteorite as possible. Every terrible movie is like a snowflake (pun intended). They are all awful in their own way. Most of them can still be enjoyed like snow cones on a summer day. Sure, there isn’t any nutritional value to them; they’re just ice and sugar water. You could even replicate them at home with marginal results, but when you want to have fun with your friends, why not take part in the silliness? Haveyourown “Worstof Netflix”? Tweet us @TheTigerCU Nathan Goodroe Senior Staff Writer N Photocourtesyof700mbmovies.com The Worst of Netflix: Gen. Um... etflix is like a shower drain: the deeper you dig, the more gunk you pull out. It’s a life-changing experience that alters how you view the world; you wake up in the middle of the night in a cold sweat wishing you had never checked to see what was really down there. “Generation Um…” is the terrible clog that has left you showering in two inches of water for the past month. “Generation Um…” stars Keanu Reeves (of “The Matrix”) as a guy living in New York City; Adelaine Clemens and Bojana Novakovic, whose names are worth 21 and 36 Scrabble points, respectively, star as his “girlfriends.” The plot, as far as I can tell, is that the three of them live in New York City and struggle with first-world problems and addictions they never actually deal with. Nothing really happens, and if it sounds boring, that’s because it is. This movie is bad. It is bad in a way that isn’t funny or enjoyable. I would never tell my friends about it and follow it up with, “Let’s all watch it and have a merry time!” I would, however, suggest it on a night when we had all been hit with a mass case of insomnia and the only prescription is something so mind-numbingly boring. It makes the Dewey Decimal System seem like a Michael Bay movie. The “artistic” moments, like when two of the main characters stared at each other for two entire minutes in complete silence, were the worst. It would start to lull me to sleep, only to lurch me awake with a quick cut to the loud ambient sounds of a diner, birds or Reeves eating a cupcake. Reeves’ character eventually steals a camera from a group of hula- hooping cowboys with balloons and uses it to film whatever his character wants to film. For a majority of the screen time, it would have been more fiscally responsible to purchase a thousand dollars of stock footage and cut it together in iMovie. I mean, I get it. Their lives are in shambles, and they don’t know how to stop the downward spiral that has a tight grip on their young and fragile lives. But I can’t forgive this movie. After 20 minutes, I was already looking for the light at the end of the tunnel. There was one relatively neat revelation at the end, but comparatively that is a Twizzler in a field of poison asparagus. Maybe there is a deep, deep subtext about our culture, empathy and how complex love in a platonic or romantic sense really is. But probably not. Haveyourown “Worstof Netflix”? Tweet us @TheTigerCU Nathan Goodroe Contributor N Photocontributedby:GenerationUmm..._PhotoBy_www.imdb.com.tif Courtesyofredbox.com Nathan Goodroe Contributor For most of history, Christians have given the world some of the finest pieces of art. Bach gave us his music, Michelangelo his frescos and Flannery O’Conner her fiction. Unfortunately, that trend never made its way to Hollywood. “Left Behind,” the 2014 movie remake of the book adaptation of the spinoff of the Bible’s Revelation, doesn’t do the genre any favors. The movie follows Nic Cage as an airline pilot, Rayford Steel, his daughter Chloe and good- looking, religion-hesitant, investigative journalist “Buck” Williams. After half an hour of useless dialogue that could have been written by a class of first graders, the movie finally kicks into the promised plot with the disappearance of millions of people across the world via the Rapture. Christians poof away from earth, leaving The Worst of Netflix:their clothes and hedonistic loved ones behind to sit idly and panic, respectively. Pandemonium breaks out, malls get looted, people get shot and technology inexplicably begins to malfunction. Chloe searches frantically for her brother who she thinks is lost, has run away or something equally absurd, despite literally hugging him at the moment of his rapturd and fondling the clothes he “left behind” (See what I did there?) Meanwhile, Ray Steel fights against turbulence on his flight, a complicated relationship with his stewardess/mistress and a cabin full of unruly first-class passengers. The eclectic, yet cliché, passengers include Buck the journalist boy wonder, an angry little person with no fewer than five vertically- challenged jokes, a Muslim man mistaken for a terrorist, a Chinese man obsessed with technology, a southern businessman only focused on making money and a drugged out woman who miraculously remembers learning about the Rapture at summer camp many years ago. The latter is quite convenient for moving the plot along. The movie is confusing for almost all 110 minutes, but what wasn’t confusing were the character’s names. They conveniently had each character addressed by name before every line. “Ray, how are we going to land this plane now that there are no more Christians onboard?” or “Buck, we only spoke for a few minutes in the airport, yet we have this strong romantic connection.” Obviously, these are lines I made up, but I assure you that they would have been welcome additions to the struggling script. The movie’s primary goal is to warn nonbelievers of their fate based on a loose interpretation of a single verse in the Bible. Its secondary goal is to entertain, which it does, but not in the way it originally set out. The movie takes itself too seriously and hopes you do too. Unfortunately, with lines like “I was going through my thesaurus this morning …” and Nic Cage looking like he would rather leave and make another “National Treasure” movie, it can only be enjoyed as an elaborate farce on nights when you and your hedonistic friends want a movie to laugh at, not with. 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  51. 51. SERIES OF ARTICLES Over5,000Division SECOND PLACE TheTiger Clemson University Rowan Lynam and Matt Spadaro Remy Barnwell Senior Staff Writer While I breathe, IHOPE ASHLEYSTOUT/photoeditorHave you ever seen those Russian nesting dolls? Matroyshka dolls — that’s their proper name. You start out with a large wooden doll that opens at the center and inside another one is nestled perfectly and again and again until there is a smallest part that isn’t divisible. When I was younger, they were my favorite. My parents used to have one that sat on their dresser, and every time I went in their room, I had to fiddle with it. I would sit there opening and closing and closing and opening the same doll, scattering all the pieces across their bed and marveling at how different each layer was. The outside is just a shell. When I was young, I was bubbly and spirited and sassy. I always had to voice my opinion. I loved being the center of attention, I had endless energy and I became passionate about almost everything I tried. When I was young, I believed I was unstoppable. When I was in eighth grade, that changed drastically. I was molested repeatedly over the course of several months, and as it continued, I grew more and more withdrawn. I thought that once it was finally over that the feeling of worthlessness and cowardice would be gone. I got the strength to tell my parents, and then I waited. And I waited. And I waited for the feelings to dissipate. I was diagnosed with major depressive disorder my freshman year of high school, just two weeks after I told my parents. This stage in my life was the most vulnerable. I was the innermost piece of the Matroyshka doll. What you saw was what you got. I rarely smiled or showed affection, and everything was painful. I just wanted to lie in bed and forget. As time went on, I seemed to get better ... I smiled more, I became more involved in everything I possibly could and I learned how to fake it, to hide what was going on. I was doing really well, until all of a sudden, I wasn’t. I had my first suicide attempt March 15, 2012. I was a junior at the South Carolina Governor’s School for Science and Math. I should have been so happy and healed. But I wasn’t. I was actually worse than before. The shell I had created was cracking. My second attempt was in April, just a month away from my high school graduation. I left school for the remainder of the year and returned to walk at graduation, with a shell that was thicker than ever. I was getting good at this, right? Wrong. When I came to Clemson, I was at my all time low. My mom, my best friend, had just moved to the other side of the world. I was in a strange place with no friends, and I felt exiled — like I was untouchable to the people I went to high school with. In January of my freshman year, I had my third and scariest suicide a t t e m p t . I had just gotten back from seeing my mom in Kuwait, and I decided it was finally time to end it. A few sleeping pills and a bottle of Moscato ought to do it. I don’t remember much after that and I don’t think much is important: except that I made it. I still don’t drink wine. I had to stop making shells. I had to stop hiding what was going on and I had to face everything I was dealing with. I started going to CAPS, and I was finally able to be honest with myself. The first step was forgiving myself. My mom always says, “Forgiveness is for you, not the other person,” and I haven’t found anything to be more true especially when you are “you” AND “the other person.” I remember sitting in CAPS and crying in front of my counselor. I sobbed, and anybody who knows me knows how taboo I think it is for me to cry in front of someone. But I let it happen. The next thing I did was learn to love myself. Not love me for who I think I should be or for who I will hopefully be one day, but love me for who I am now. Every day, I write in my planner one thing I love about myself. I make lists of things that make me happy. I shop, probably too much as a coping skill, and I try to say every nice thought that comes to my mind. Compliment people, strangers and friends alike. Kind words are free and abundant. I am still in the process of healing. I still maintain an outer shell, one that is confident and self-assured, but this shell has more transparence then the ones of the past. I still have a long way to go and work to do, but as a South Carolinian I always remember dum spiro spero. While I breathe, I hope. “Kind words are free and abundant.” National Sexual Assault Hotline: 1-800-656-HOPE & check out our website for an article on Delta Tau Delta’s seminar on sexual assault. A conversation about mental health in college students g S e st o e to p p st m in k G a c se a e D in G L D “A to p K ic a in fo th sp p q Frances Foster Contributor R O “I can’t think of anything more difficult than being told you have a problem. Actually, what’s worse is having a problem you’re ill- equipped to handle on your own. I was medically diagnosed with anorexia nervosa and considered at ‘high risk.’ They prescribed me Prozac to help with the purging and ordered me to immediately stop exercising. That’s a shot to the head and heart. I need to exercise to calm me down. I feel scared, sad, embarrassed, but mostly tired. Ever since I woke up, all I want to do is go back to sleep.” That was my journal entry onNovember14,2014.Opening up old journals is very hard for me. It brings back horribly dark, negative thoughts I can’t believe I ever said about myself. However, it’s also a reminder of how far I’ve come: “I’m hungry, but I won’t eat. I’ll get fat again. I’m not that pretty, having a fit body’s all I got.” Reading these words still makes me cringe. I was in the midst of a losing battle against anorexia. For as long as I can remember, I hadn’t been comfortable with my own body. I played sports since I could walk, but I never felt “healthy.” Daily, I would compare myself to my sisters and friends and wonder why I wasn’t as thin as them. I began purging in high school, with little to no difference in my frame. It seemed no matter what I tried, nothing changed. This continued for seven years. The stress of college combined with working full time got the best of me. I began losing weight, and I liked it — a lot. Mid junior year, I stopped eating altogether. During that time, to keep up with the disease, I stopped seeing those closest to me. I became a shell of a person, or “RoboFran” as I like to call her. RoboFran followed a strict schedule: wake up, run, school, work, study, repeat. It was exhausting, but at the time, it was my only comfort. I pushed those closest to me away and relied solely on anorexia. However, in November, a close friend decided it was enough. She confronted me, telling me I had to get help. Ninety pounds and multiple dizzy spells later, I sought help, an act very foreign to me. Begrudgingly, I went to the doctor. I was stubborn, though. I continued running against doctor’s orders, I skipped appointments, and I tried to flee from my problems. It didn’t work, because now I was being held accountable. I think the point of this article is to say — hey, I get it. I understand what it’s like to have such little will to live that you begin to watch yourself die and don’t even care. I understand what it’s like to become a shell of a person, completely losing yourself in the process. I wasn’t able to begin recovery for me. But, it doesn’t have to stay that way. After seeking out help, things eventually started getting easier. I began reaching out again to the friends I shut out when the illness grabbed ahold of me. At first I was scared to tell people out of fear of judgment, but I couldn’t believe their overwhelming support and acceptance. Shrouded by my own self-loathing, I didn’t imagine how anyone could still love me. However, if there is one thing I’ve learned, it’s this: don’t lose sight of those you love and of those who love you. The support of friends and family is crucial during troubling times. Once I started to take more free time to relax, I discovered one of my major triggers is stress. Relaxation is key to stability, and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. Yes, I’m still human, and I still slip up, but no longer do I let these mistakes define me. Now, I try to seek power in my accomplishments and not my flaws. It might take a lot of digging, but remember that the special “you” is in there. Self-love and respect are not obtained over night. Hell, I’m still searching for all of it. Nothing worth fighting for comes easy. Hang in there. There’s a long road ahead, but I hear the other side is pretty great. ASHLEYSTOUT/staff The Road Ahead National Eating Disorder Helpline: 1-800-931-2237 Eating disorders have the highest mortality rateof any mental illness. Information courtesy of the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders from anorexia. Males make up about 10 to 15%of people with eating disorders meet the criteria for depression. Almost 50% what you need to know about ANOREXIA: 1 in10men and women with eating disorders receive treatment. Only A conversation about mental health in college students A I woke in fits and starts. There are whole days I can’t place except for the blurry gasps and the seizing. There are hours when I knew I was awake but couldn’t control any part of myself. I spoke to a sleepless, worn-out family I couldn’t see, with words I can’t remember that made little sense to anyone. When I was finally awake, I realized days had passed and that everything hurt too much to move. I realized that I was in the hospital and that I had lived. This was what it meant to survive a suicide attempt. And there was nothing poetic about it. It wasn’t like the black and white blogs, the movies, the books, the poetry had said. It wasn’t tragically beautiful. It wasn’t peaceful. It wasn’t a kindness. It was losing the ability to survive on my own and crying any time my parents made eye contact with me. It was not remembering anything past the pills, even though I was conscious for all of it — even the seizures. It was not being able to stand up, because my body had been through so much and been hit so hard. It was the pitying looks from the staff and the way my nurse washed my hair with gentle hands because I hadn’t been able to shower in days. It was being transported to the psych ward for the second time in my life, this time by wheelchair. It was someone having to unlock my bathroom, so that I didn’t try to hurt myself. It was not seeing my dad because it was too hard for him to visit. It was a week sobbing into a hospital-issue pillow and telling myself that I was never supposed to get this bad. My attempt came from so many places, and it felt like no matter how hard I tried to vocalize how much pain I was in, I couldn’t make enough sound. I remember collapsing on my floor with a knife by my knees because I just couldn’t get deep enough — all my months of self harm prevented me from doing it. And then there were the pills. I don’t think I thought about dying, then, so much as making the pain stop. For just a second, it had to stop. And that’s it. I don’t think suicide attempts are ever really about dying so much as about escaping the pain. There’s a difference there. I don’t think anybody wants to stop the music. I think they wish their verse to be better. If there’s anything I wish I was told a year ago this May, it’s that if you can hold on through the worst of it, the verse you contribute can be so, so beautiful. I got out of the hospital. I graduated, and I moved to the upstate to spend the three months before college, working harder than I ever have. I meditated. I volunteered. I cried, and I wrote, and I hated the world, and I loved the way the wind tasted. I drove at night with the windows down, and I screamed, and I learned what it meant to be stronger than depression ever could be. I read Whitman, and I learned to celebrate the person I was becoming. By the time I started college I felt like a different person. Not because I magically healed myself of all ailments and saw “the light” but because I understood that dying would only force my pain onto everyone else, that major clinical depression was a diagnosis that wasn’t my fault, and that if I worked hard enough, to live could be an awfully big adventure. I reconciled myself with the world. I built new, stronger friendships, and I found a way to bring myself home to my family. The depression and the anxiety that made me feel so helpless and being broken felt more like a new way to see things. Every second was beautiful if I tried to think of it that way. Every moment had a piece of divinity. I don’t name my beliefs — but I found a way to see God in everything. The whole night sky felt like something I could touch, because I realized that to see the world as beautiful meant that I had to see myself as beautiful. Depression can make things feel so far away, but I urge you to stand beneath the stars and tell yourself that you are small and you are also so, so important. I can’t remember myself being more whole than I am today. What I hope you take from all of this is that suicide isn’t beautiful. But recovery is. Recovery is the hard work and the slipping up and the nights when you’ve never felt more alone. It’s the days you can’t make yourself get out of bed and it’s the times you just want to disappear. But more than that, it’s being able to look back and know you did it. You’re alive, and the person you see in the mirror is really you. It’s the years you get to prove to the world that you’re worth it. You’re so worth it. So if you’re struggling, know that even though no one can travel this road for you, there are people who are walking it with you. People like me. People who will not let you lose. We’re stopped somewhere down the road, waiting for you. STRAIGHT ON TILL MORNING Rowan Lynam Columnist “... if I worked hard enough, to live could be an awfully big adventure” This concludes TEN: A converstation about mental health in college students ASHLEYSTOUT/staff
  52. 52. SERIES OF ARTICLES Over5,000Division FIRST PLACE TheCarolinaReporter University of South Carolina Staff Excellent work on timely topic of great significance in South Carolina. The series would make any daily proud to claim it. Storytelling and depth reporting excellent. Hands-down first place.
  53. 53. PAGE ONE DESIGN PORTFOLIO OpenDivision THIRD PLACE TheDailyGamecock University of South Carolina Rachael McGahee “I never attacked him on his look and believe me, there is plenty of subject matter right there.” WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 2015 VOL. 106, NO. 18 ● SINCE 1908 dailygamecock.com UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH CAROLINA NEWS 1 Greene Street bustled with activity Tuesday afternoon, where 18 student organizations — including the Feminist Collective, Gamecocks for Peace and the College Democrats at USC — hosted tables to help students with the voter registration process. N a t i o n a l V o t e r Registration Day, which encourages those eligible to register to vote in local and state elections, was represented on campus Tuesday in the form of volunteers encouraging st udent s to reg ister to vote. T he Sout h Carolina Democratic and Republican parties worked toget her to register as many students as possible to vote. South Carolina Rep. Jim Clyburn and USC President Harris Pastides w e r e a l s o p r e s e n t . Clyburn spoke to student media and showed his support for students reg ister i ng for t he upcoming election. Th ird-year biolog y student and Alpha Kappa A lpha mu lt icu lt u ral sorority member Valeria Glanton was there to help students register. Alpha Kappa Alpha was just one of the many organizations that had a table set up. Glanton hoped to see some of the younger students come out of the woodwork. “I would expect a lot of freshmen to come out today because they have never had the opportunity to vote before,” Glanton said. “The turnout has already been greater than I expected. I have already heard that they needed more ballots at some of the other tables.” Glanton also welcomed the impact the numerous organizations had on get t i ng st udent s to register. “[D]ifferent people follow different groups and will follow what their groups do. Hopefully they will follow their groups here today,” Glanton said. F i r s t- y e a r n u r s i n g s t u d e nt M a c k e n z i e King registered to vote for the first time on Tuesday because she had just celebrated her 18th birthday. King said that she was not sure that she would have registered if the opportunity wasn’t so accessible to her. “ I w o u l d n o t h a v e thought about registering because it feels so early to be getting prepared for next year’s election. It is great that USC has made it so accessible on campus and advertised it on social media to make it well known,” King said. When asked why so many college students do not register to vote, King responded by saying it was probably because they were not aware that it was accessible to them. According Cory Alpert, a third-year sociology and Russian student who organized the event, over 200 students signed up to vote over the course of the day. Maryanne Martini @MARYANNEMMM Mary Ramsey @MCOLLEEN1996 Nathaniel Simmons-Thorne @THEGAMECOCK the m In a battle for the Republican presidential nomination marred by bombastic characters like businessman Donald Trump and insurgent campaigns by “Washington outsiders” like Dr. Ben Carson and former HP CEO Carly Fiorina, KY Sen. Rand Paul is looking to gain a foothold amongst a specific constituency in order to stay in the game: college students. This new push, marked by the announcement of the establishment of 339 official chapters of Students for Rand (SFR) in 30 days, will bring the first-term Libertarian to Russell House this Wednesday for a campaign event at 2 p.m. in the Russell House Ballroom alongside South Carolina Republican Rep. Mick Mulvaney. Paul, who is currently polling in eighth place both nationally and in SC at 4% according to the most recent CNN/ORC poll, is hoping to connect with young voters on the issues they are most passionate about, according to his campaign. In a recent interview with CN N, Cliff Maloney, the national youth director for Paul’s presidential campaign, talked about why Paul is someone students can support. “The ideas that Rand stands for are what get youth excited, and we are going to build this infrastructure in a way that we can take that excitement and build it into actual votes so Rand can win this nomination,” Maloney said. One of Paul’s main issues is the privacy of electronic data in the wake of the NSA surveillance scandal, something that younger supporters like third-year political science student Chandler Lassen, currently interning with the Paul campaign, think will help the Senator connect to what has become known as the “Internet generation.” “[The Senator] wants to keep the government from spying on us with virtually no regulation on our phones and computers,” Lassen said. “We are the generation of phones and computers.” Lassen also mentioned that with a strong network of student organizations across college campuses, Paul’s chances are improved. “The big thing with the SFR Ready or not, here he comes. It’s official: Columbia will have its very first visit from Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump. Trump will be the guest speaker at a town hall meeting at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Koger Center hosted by South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott. For Trump, as for all Republicans r u n n i ng i n t he pr i ma r ies, Columbia’s vote will be of the utmost importance to the state’s primary. This city is the capital of a state historically considered a Republican hotbed. However, recent demographic shifts within the city limits have transformed the historically red region into a Democratic stronghold, indicative of polling results from both 2008 and 2012 presidential elections. I f Tr u mp is to lead t he Republican’s presidential ticket, these facts will be of immense significance for his presidential bid. Trump’s visit comes right in time to deflect some negative press coverage received both nationally and locally. On Monday, the candidate was the pun of social media outlets after outrageous questions from his #AskTrump Twitter hashtag left him lost for words on camera. Last week, the billionaire candidate also felt the heat of many South Carolinians who felt snubbed by him canceling an appearance at a Greenville presidential forum at the last minute, citing scheduling conflicts with a “significant business transaction,” according to CNN. However, there is good news for Trump — early polls have him leading with huge margins in the South Carolina Republican primaries, with a lead of at least 15 percentage points. Trump is a major contender for the presidential elections in 2016 and, if elected, his stance on the issues facing college students become of huge importance for students at USC. His political platform has not made it immediately clear how he intends to help out college-aged young Americans and students. Trump is in favor of cheaper tuition rates, has openly criticized the usurious interest rates of federal loans, and has called for a “restructure” of the program if elected. Outside of these two narrow stances, not much has been outlined. This could be inspiration for more students, especially “His visceral response to attack people on their appearances — short, tall, fat, ugly — my goodness, that happened in junior high! Are we not way above that?” Over 200 students sign up to vote on Greene Street PRESIDENTIAL HOPEFULS COME TO TOWN , g y y happened in e we not wayay hat?” WHAT: Students for Rand Rally TIME: 2:00 p.m. WHO: Sen. Rand Paul and Rep. Mick Mulvaney WHERE: Russell House Ballroom WHAT: Presidential Town Hall Series TIME: 6:00 p.m. WHO: Donald Trump and Sen. Tim Scott WHERE: Koger Center for the Arts SEETRUMPPAGE3SEETRUMPPAGE3 G a m e c o c k quarterback Lorenzo Nunez will become the first true freshman to start behind center in the Steve Spurrier era. T h e 6 - f o o t - 3 , 210 -pou nder wa s a t h ree - st a r pro duc t out of Harrison High School in Kennesaw, Georgia, and will make his first collegiate start against the University of Central Florida on Saturday. N u n e z s a w v e r y l i m i t e d a c t i o n i n the first half against Kent uck y on Sept . 12 and recorded two rushes for 40 yards against the Wildcats. Last Saturday against Georgia, Nunez led the Gamecocks with 76 yards and a touchdown on the ground. The dual-threat also added 18 yards through the air, completing four of five pass attempts. Nunez will be the 11th Gamecock starting q u a r t e r b a c k u nd e r Spurrier, but the first true freshman. With redshirt sophomore center Alan Knott out with an ankle injury, true freshman Zack Bailey will anchor the middle of the Gamecock offensive line. N u n e z h a s o n l y thrown five passes this season, with the longest completion going for 14 yards, but coach Spurrier believes the freshman will throw more on Saturday. “[ Nu nez is] ver y capable of throwing the ball,” Spurrier said on Tuesday. “He just hasn’t done it yet.” Nunez will face a 7 3r d - r a n k e d U C F d e f e n s e t h a t h a s conceded 384 yards per game. It is unclear i f r e d s h i r t j u n i o r Perry Orth or redshirt f r e s h m a n M i c h a e l Scarnecchia will figure i nto a qu a r terback rotation or if Nunez will play the entire game. South Carolina hosts UCF Saturday at 12 p.m. — Will Helms, Sports Editor True freshman Nunez given starting role against UCF Rick Ackerman / THE DAILY GAMECOCK —Trump on Paul —Paul on Trump Courtesy of MCT CampusCourtesy of MCT Campus MONDAY, OCTOBER 19, 2015 VOL. 106, NO. 26 ● SINCE 1908UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH CAROLINA NEWS 1 PPPPPPPOOOOOOOOPPPPPPP RRRRRRIIIIIDDDDDDDEEEEEE DDDDDDAAAAAAAYYYYYY PPPAAAYYY--OOONNNEEE---PPPRRRRIIICCCCEEE AAANNNDDD EEENNNNJJJOOOYYY UUUUNNNLLLLIIIIMMMMIIIITTTEEEEDDDD RRRRIIIDDDEEESSS OOOONNNN WWWWEEEEEEEEKKKKDDDDAAAAYYYYSSSS Josh Warner / THE DAILY GAMECOCK Design by Rachael McGahee Courtesy of Trustus Theater 19 10vs. GAME RECAP page 8 The f looding caused indirectly by Hurricane Joaquin precipitated devastating loss for the people of Columbia — both millions of dollars in property loss and incalculable human loss. Columbia has begun rebuilding what was lost and helping those whose lives were directly affected by the flooding. However, victims of the storm’s devastation who have chronic kidney disease (CKD) are in a potentially life- threatening situation. According to the National Kidney Foundation (NFK), the flooding has cut off dialysis treatment to many suffering CKD. Carolina students, alumni, Columbia residents or their loved ones could be in need of treatment and unable to access it. The NKF is advising that CKD patients reach out to Kidney Community Emergency Response (KCER) — an organization that is offering dialysis treatments at various Columbia locations. “The need to connect people with information and resources is so great now,” Gary Renville, NKF vice president of field services, said in a press release. For some patients, dialysis is necessary three times a week for five hours at a time. The dialysis treatment serves as an Super Smash Bros., a Nintendo fighting game originally intended for casual play, showed its competitive side Saturday as professional players gathered for Heart of The South tournament. The tournament was held Saturday at t he Colu mbia Met ropolitan Convention Center. Fourth-year media arts student A ndrew Zah is one of t he co- organizers and founders of Heart of the South, and he said he wanted to create a larger tournament for gamers in the region, state and at the university. “I decided to found this tournament series because South Carolina is lacking in large tournaments for Super Smash Bros,” Zah said in an email. “We have smaller events across cities in South Carolina, but not much that draws from other states. In addition, this is my last year at the University of South Carolina, and I’d like to host an amazing event before I potentially leave for my future career.” Zah explained that his tournament is part of the Smash Bros. SC Circuit put together by individuals from Olympus eSports. Zah also mentioned players from North Carolina and Virginia also made the trip to Columbia for the event. According to Zah, 125 people pre- registered for the event with 11 more signing up for it on the day of the tournament, totaling 136 participants for the competition. There were several people who were in attendance simply for the fun of playing the game. Zah estimated that about 150 to 160 people were in attendance at the tournament’s peak. According to Zah’s blog, the total pot for the Wii U Singles tournament was $1390, $500 for the Melee singles bracket and $140 for the Melee doubles Patrick Ingraham and Nathaniel Simmons @THEGAMECOCK Holly Heaton @HOLLYPAULINEEE Mary Ramsey @MCOLLEEN1996 Sarah Nichols and Lauren Galida @TDG_ARTS SEEKOPAGE3 SEEKIDNEYPAGE3SEEGREEKPAGE3 SEEBROTHERSPAGE4 Leland McElveen / THE DAILY GAMECOCK Carolina Girls dance team performs at a homecoming pep rally last Friday. Trustus Theater brings a fresh take to Columbia about what it means to leave your past behind and live your best life. “The Brothers Size” follows Oshoosi Size, recently released from prison, as he lives with his older brother Ogun and tries to bring meaning to his life and his relationships. Oshoosi struggles between the pressures of fulfilling his second chance or giving into his old ways through the temptations of his former prison-mate, Elegba. ‘THE BROTHERS SIZE’ PORTRAYS UNROMANTIC REALITY Kidney health group urges contact Heart of the South an instant ‘KO’ Greek organizations withdraw from homecoming events The National Pan- Hellenic Council ( NPHC) at USC, a collection of nine historically African A mer ic a n G re ek organizations, have w it hd r a w n f r o m homecoming activities following a conflict with Homecoming C o m m i s s i o n organizers. NPHC alleges that they were mistreated by the Homecoming Commission with regard to the annual Homecoming Step Show, according to a press release issued by the organization. NPHC claims that the event was changed to a “stroll-off” by t he Homecoming Commission, then changed again by the commission without NPHC consent and misrepresented on their website before its ultimate cancellation. “The organizations of wh ic h N PHC is comprised were
  54. 54. SECOND PLACE TheJohnsonian Winthrop University Adarrell Gadsden tj Not Again Eagles fall in conference championship to foe Coastal Carolina for second straight year Big South should consider new location for tournament THE JOHNSONIAN | THURSDAY, MARCH 12, 2015 | MYTJNOW.COM mytjnow.comServing Winthrop since 1923 theJohnsonian Index: News 3 | Arts & Culture 4 | Science & Tech 5 | Sports 6 | Opinion 7 BIG SOUTH CONFERENCETOURNAMENT TJ SPORTS Michael Owens owensm@mytjnow.com Déjà vu is a mysterious thing. An occurrence that nearly, or actually does manage to, repeat itself in a further place in time is not something that happens often. Case and point, the Winthrop men’s basketball team being defeated by Coastal Carolina in the Big South Championship one year after being defeated by the same team, in the same venue with the conference title on the line. The Eagles were the subject of a strong second half by the Chanticleers, who came right out the gate and led by as much as 16 in their 81-70 win on Sunday. The win marks the second straight NCAA tournament bid for the Chants, while Winthrop coach Pat Kelsey’s team was once again left on the outside looking in after earning their way to the rematch with wins over Radford and Longwood earlier in the weekend. “They were better than us today and that happens sometimes,” he said. “We live to see another day and hope to see them down the road.” By the time Coastal got out on a 9-2 run within the wind had been taken out of Winthrop’s sails. The Eagles carried momentum into the intermission minutes, and a three-pointer from Andre Smith beat the buzzer to tie things up at 38. half including three long-range bombs from Badou Diange that set the tone throughout the period. The day didn’t come without some silver linings though. Sophomore Keon Johnson led the scoring with 18 points and was one of four Eagles to hit Cooks, who scored 14 points and pulled down 12 rebounds in what was just the second double-double of his Winthrop career. Smith and fellow senior Keon Moore were both appearances in garnet and gold. Moore, who was voted to the All-Tournament team, had 16 points which included his 1,000th career point coming on a career mark earlier this season. Moore simply stated after the game that the moment seemed to have gotten the best of them, and that he and Smith tried to pick an Eagle team full of youth up after the Chants gained control inside a raucous HTC Center. Kelsey expressed the pride he felt in his seniors after the game. “Two seniors that have really forged the identity that we want in our basketball program. I’ve never coached two young men that are harder working young men. They work on their games only when they’re breathing, and they set the tone in terms of their work ethic in our program,” he said. record with the loss, the second straight winning season during Kelsey’s tenure. It was also Winthrop’s years, with their last trip to the NCAA Tournament coming in 2010 after winning the conference. For the Winthrop program, it’s about getting ready for November and to begin the climb towards the top better company sooner rather than later. sitting here again in a better mood,” Kelsey said. EDITORIAL Michael Owens owensm@mytjnow.com I’d like to preface this article by saying this; I have very much ap- preciated the hospitality that the Big South Conference has given to The Johnsonian over the past couple of years during the basketball tourna- ments. We’ve gotten the same treat- ment as everyone else, and I could not have asked for better experiences in the two years I’ve been there. Speaking of the basketball tourna- ments, though, something just seems Let me not make excuses. Coastal Carolina played a much better game than Winthrop on Sunday. The Eagles didn’t stand much of a chance after the Chanticleers opened up the second half strong, but it wasn’t just gave them an edge. It was their fans. Sitting on media row, I looked around at Winthrop’s legion of maybe 150-200 and saw a sea of teal throughout the HTC Center, the regular home of Chanticleer hoops. It got myself and others thinking, this is really the only tournament in America that’s like this. Most large conferences (ACC, SEC, Big Ten, etc.) all hold their mid-majors have the regular season champion or highest seed host. The Big South even held that system a few years ago, but it was soon replaced by being put in Conway for the past three years. 70 - 81 Winthrop senior forward Keon Moore shoots free throws during Winthrop’s quarterfinal win over Radford during the Big South Conference tournament. Jacob Hallex / The Johnsonian see BIG SOUTH pg. 6 Jacob Hallex / The Johnsonian #NotAllGreeks:Editor believes that national Greek organizations do not take enough steps to prevent racism, violence and sexual assault on college campuses Trey Stokes stokest@mytjnow.com “Not all Greeks are racist!” “Not all Greeks sexually assault women.” “Not all Greeks haze.” Sigma Alpha Epsilon (SAE) at the University of will never be a nigger in SAE, you can hang him from a tree, but he’ll never sign with me” on a bus. Both the national organization and the university have responded with swift action; the involved in the chant. Closer to home, the Furman University chapter of SAE was suspended by the university in February for its purported involvement with hazing. Even closer to home, I have a couple of friends who have been sexually assaulted by members of the Winthrop Greek community. The prevalence of violence, humiliation and racism in Greek life on American college campuses makes you wonder if these problems are as “isolated” as their defenders claim they are. see GREEKS pg. 7 Winthrop University Thursday,April 16, 2015 Rock Hill, South Carolina mytjnow.comServing Winthrop since 1923 theJohnsonian Index: News 3 | Science & Tech 5 | Sports 6 | Arts & Culture 8 | Opinion 10 An officer is behind bars and a community is outraged after the death of Walter Scott Jacob Hallex hallexj@mytjnow It seems that once a week a new story breaks into the national spotlight involving the death of a black man at the that man was North Charlestonian Walter pulled Walter Scott over for driving with vehicle and gathered Scott’s license and pursued Scott and called into dispatch What makes this story unique is that a Scott is able to break away from the What’s unknown are the events that report Slager indicated that there was a Mourners call for change see BLACK LIVES pg. 3 Protesters peacefully took to the streets of Charleston, South Carolina, this weekend to honorWalter Scott, a black man who was shot last week five times in the back while running away from a Charleston police officer. 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  55. 55. FIRST PLACE TheJohnsonian Winthrop University Carolyn Rennix Strong use of art. Content is well-packaged. Good job! Winthrop University Wednesday,August 26, 2015 Rock Hill, South Carolina mytjnow.comServing Winthrop since 1923 theJohnsonian Index: News 3 | Science & Tech 5 | Sports 6 | Arts & Culture 8 | Opinion 10 see ENROLLMENT pg. 3 see BUSH pg.3 Beth West westb@mytjnow.com With all bed spaces assigned, an increase in freshmen of 6 to 7 percent this fall, according to a statement made Jacob Hallex / The Johnsonian Parents and students move belongings into Richardson Hall on freshman move-in day Aug. 21. No vacancies, unpleasant living conditions on campus Campus at max capacity Reagan Martin / The Johnsonian INSIDE NEWS Jeb Bush visits Winthrop for presidential campaign NEWS Mahony walks in his first Convocation as University President see CONVOCATION pg. 4 Jacob Hallex / The Johnsonian The damp hallway in the basement of LeeWicker residence hall. mytjnow.comServing Winthrop since 1923 theJohnsonian Index: News 3 | Science & Tech 5 | Sports 6 | Arts & Culture 8 | Opinion 10 INSIDE NEWSMSNBC’s “The Rachel Maddow Show” airs live in McHale’s on Main St. Thursday night. PG 4 see PAUL pg. 3 Winthrop student receives $25K on The Ellen Show PG 4 Jacob Hallex hallexj@mytjnow.com Senator Tim Scott and Representative Trey Gowdy hosted a town hall style event with GOP Presidential candidate Kentucky Senator Rand Paul. across campus in Byrnes Auditorium at a socialism as an evil economic system. dealer and walk the other way.” The Kentucky Senator was also quick to Jacob Hallex / The Johnsonian Republican Senator and presidential hopeful Rand Paul speaks to the press before an event on Friday. GOP Presidential candidate Sen. Rand Paul comes toWinthrop “BIPARTISAN EXTRAVAGANZA” Wednesday, November 11, 2015 Winthrop University Reactions to Winthrop’s newly-claimed national attention on MSNBC Mikayla Catoe Staff Writer The national attention drew out many Winthrop students see FORUM pg. 3 Jacob Hallex / The Johnsonian Bakari Sellers, a former South Carolina State House representative, speaks to Hillary Clinton supporters on Byrnes Lawn. PAGE ONE DESIGN PORTFOLIO OpenDivision
  56. 56. TABLOID PAGE ONE DESIGN PORTFOLIO OpenDivision THIRD PLACE RoddeyMcMillanRecord,Winthrop University Katherine RhodenTHE RODDEY MCMILLAN RECORD Serving Winthrop University and Rock Hill, SC since 1986 September 23, 2015Rock Hill, SC roddeymac.com| @The_RMR GraphGrapGraphiGrapGraphraphhihiiaphiiGrapGraGrap iaGrappGrapGraphiphiGrapGrapphGrap cccccccc by Kby Kcc bc bycccccc by Kat RhoRhoat Rhodenden sssuuuiiiiisssssssJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJ PA JJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJeee sssssssssssuuuuuuuuuuiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiisssssssssssss PPPPPPPPPPPPAAAAA SSSSS eeeJJeeeee ss RRARRIS Je suis PARIS THE RODDEY MCMILLAN RECORD Serving Winthrop University and Rock Hill, SC since 1986 November 18, 2015Rock Hill, SC roddeymac.com| @The_RMR Graphic by Kat Rhoden
  57. 57. SECOND PLACE PacerTimes,USC Aiken Brooke Clark ’ @pacertimes @pacertimes facebook.com/uscanewspaper Vol. 52| No. 13November 10, 2015 University of South Carolina Aiken SERVEE.. F LSE AL A R M ? F LLL L AA R M PG 3 PPG 7PG 7PG 7 VETERANS FEATURED PAGE 4 ’ @pacertimes @pacertimes facebook.com/uscanewspaper | No. 8October 8, 2015 University of South Carolina Aikeny causes travel and electricity issues EmergencyPreparedness TipsPreparedness TipsrrPPPrrrr EEmeeeeeeeeeeeeeerrrrrrrrrggggggggggggggggggeeeeeeencEmeeeeeeeeeeeeerrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrgggggggggggggggrrrrrrgggggggggg Hazing AllegationsPG 2 PG 3 Pg 7 Pacer Times mayoralhosts Debate TABLOID PAGE ONE DESIGN PORTFOLIO OpenDivision
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  59. 59. SPECIALTY PAGE DESIGN OpenDivision THIRD PLACE TheJohnsonian Winthrop University Carolyn Rennix April 23, 2015 Carolyn Rennix | News Editor rennixc@mytjnow.com 3 According to Gibson, it would be good for subsidized and unsubsidized loans. “A subsidized loan is where the government will pay your interest while you’re in school versus an unsubsidized loan in which your interest is ac- cumulated on your loan while you are in school,” Gibson said. These student loans come at a price, which is the interest that has to be paid on that loan. and default on their loans. “[Defaulting on loans] can destroy your credit, get out of student loans,” Gibson said. “During the period in which you’re not paying you are accumulating interest. You are liable. So your wages can be garnished and you can possibly lose your home.” measures to chip away some of their debts in paying interest on those loans. Any extra money that we have goes towards that, and we are very committed. We have a strong budget that we both According to Gibson, how students manage their loans while they are in college can have a have after graduating. He believes that while student loans may be viewed as taboo they aren’t a bad debt to have. “It’s the irresponsible use of student loans that is bad,” he said. - tion or a car,” Gibson said. “Just things that are needs is a way to avoid using loans irresponsi- bly, which is covering tuition, housing and other school related expenses. For anything else get a part-time job to pay for it.” Consolidating loans as a recent graduate could payments toward debt. “With loan consolidation you could get a low in- terest rate and extend the repayment of this loan over a longer monthly period, which would result in lower monthly payments,” Gibson said. The website of The Project On Student Debt, a - fordable, reported that 71 percent of all students graduating from a four-year college in 2012 had student loan debt. “We are at this point in society when a lot of people go to school and the majority of people graduate with some debt,” McCraney said. of college outweigh the costs. “College and the expenses from those four years is so astronomical now, yet it so imperative to your life after graduation,” McCraney said. “It comes down to the value of education. Even though college is very expensive it is something that is priceless because no your education from you.” While these loans burden col- lege graduates, they students the op- portunity to go to college who may not have otherwise been able to. “Student loans can be viewed as you borrowing against your future income. It provides someone who may not have the means available to go to college to borrow from their future income,” Gibson said. time.” EDUCATION from front The true cost of education Even though college is very expensive it is something that is priceless because no one can ever take your education from you. Blair McCraney Winthrop Graduate “” WorldWideWinthrop Day 2015 On Saturday, April 18 incoming Winthrop freshman were given a crash course in what life as an Eagle will be like. The day started off with tours of campus and students being introduced to major professors. After lunch, the Class of 2019 met with current students to learn about student organizations and on campus activities. Where is your point A? 6:14 a.m. 9:23 a.m. 1:5 p.m... 3:14 p.m. 12:39 p.m. 2:30 p.m. August 26, 2015 Christine Buckley | A&C Editor buckleyc@mytjnow.com 8 Kali Coleman | A&C Editor colemank@mytjnow.com Christine Buckley buckleyc@mytjnow.com “A semicolon is a pause in a sentence, not the end of one,” is the concept behind the mental health awareness campaign Project Semicolon. Countless individuals have gotten a tattoo of a semicolon, either temporary or permanent, dedicated to those who have struggled or are struggling with depression, self-harm, addiction and suicide. Since a semicolon represents a pause in a times of hardship are only a pause – not the end – of one’s life. People have posted pictures of their semicolon tattoos on social media to spread this message to all those with mental health struggles. The movement began in April 2013 and was created by Amy Bleuel. She lost her father to suicide and wanted a symbol to help honor his memory, according to the Project Semicolon website. “As the days passed and the project was developed further, it became clear that this symbol was not just about one person,” Project Semicolon website stated. “We heard from people longing to continue their story and live a life that would inspire others to continue on as well.” The most recent data from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that suicide is the 1oth leading cause of death for all age groups, the third leading cause among 15 to 24-year-olds, and the second leading cause among 25 to 34 year-olds. The CDC says that 7.6 percent of Americans who are 12 years of age or older have depression symptoms that last more than two weeks. organization, estimates that around two million This disease varies from one person to another. It can be triggered by stress, illness or, for some, can happen daily for no apparent reason. It can be a constant mental fog that makes boredom with everything, even once beloved activities. Sometimes depression is chronic and can bring the feeling of being trapped with no escape. Depression can result in self-harm, addiction and suicide if left untreated. The idea behind Project Semicolon is to empower a community, and its goal is to lower suicide rates in the U.S., according to the organization’s website. “We envision a revolution of love and declare that our stories are not over yet,” Bleuel wrote on Project Semicolon. For more information about Project Semicolon, go to projectsemicolon.com Small punctuation makes big difference Carolyn Rennix / The Johnsonian A temporary tattoo of a semicolon, which represents people struggling with depression. Christine Buckley buckleyc@mytjnow.com with rainbows while thousands came to support the LGBTQ community. Charlotte hosted their annual Pride festival on South Tryon Street on Aug. 15-16. The event consisted of many vendors, entertainment and a parade. This year’s event was especially memorable because same-sex marriage had been legalized in all 50 states over the summer. Daquan Green came to the event from Columbia, South Carolina, to support his sister. “I just screamed, and my sister screamed because she is a lesbian so we were all, ‘Yes, there is going to be a marriage! She is getting married!’” Green said. “I am so happy, because I knew so many people who wanted to get married.” getting to the festival due to parts of the LYNX Blue Line Train being closed for construction. To alleviate these issues, Charlotte sent buses to transport people from all around the city. Festival-goers could buy pride memorabilia from many of the local vendors and participate in games such as mini golf and a maze that ran on Oculus Rift. Entertainment included a drag show, music from musicians Dust & Ashes, Billy Gilman and The Reason You Stayed, as well as a burlesque from Big Mamma’s House of Burlesque. Cameron Haley of Charlotte, North Carolina, said one of the most important aspects of the festival is its freedom. “Everyone feels comfortable, as it should be,” Haley said. Not everyone at the festival was supportive. Religious protestors were present with signs that said “Homosexuality is demonic” and “Homo sex The protesters were not ignored, as many supporters of the festival posed in front of these signs and then posted their photos on social media. The parade was hosted on the second day of “Rocky Horror,” “Sidelines” and “The Cupcrazed Cakery.” The parade ended with marching band Carolina Gold Drum and Bugle Corps playing songs such as “Uptown Funk” while the rainbow “My favorite part of the parade is meeting really cool new people, the whole community in general, the whole LGBTQ community and seeing more diversity, meaning it is being noticed,” said Nikki Huch of Charlotte, North Carolina. Photos by Christine Buckley / The Johnsonian Cupcrazed Cupcake Bar shows their support during the pride parade with rainbow themed float. Participants in the parade present the pride flag during Charlotte’s 2015 Pride Festival. Thousands flock to Charlotte pride festival
  60. 60. SPECIALTY PAGE DESIGN OpenDivision SECOND PLACE TheCollegian Bob Jones University Elizabeth Brown Plan to nap. If you know you’re going to be up late, plan a time to redeem some of that sleep the next day. Try drinking a cup of coffee right before your nap. If you drink the coffee quickly enough, you’ll finish your nap just as the caffeine starts affecting you, giving you an extra boost of energy when you wake up. SLEEPING APPS Although one of our tips is putting away your cellphone before bed, your phone can still be useful in your quest for a better night’s rest. There’s a whole slew ofappsthatyoucanrunduringthenight to track your sleep. At the top of the app heap is “Sleep Better with Runtastic.” This app boasts the ability to track sleep and dreams and makes predictions for how to improve your rest. Just turn on the app, place the phone near your pillow and find out how you could be sleeping better. Other app options that track your sleep include “Sleep Cycle,” “Sleepbot”or“Sleep Time+.” SLOW DOWN It’s a tall order to ask college students to put down their phones, computers, homework and coffee, but the key to getting a good night’s sleep is letting the mind slow down before trying to fall asleep. Try replacing the items mentioned above with activities like reading a relaxing book, meditating on Scripture or showering. AVOID Experts recommend making your pre-bed routine as relaxing as possible and suggest avoiding the following things approximately 30 minutes before going to bed for the night: WEEKENDS Also, try to avoid oversleeping on the weekends. It’s tempting to stay in bed until noon every Saturday, but oversleeping can actually make you more tired than you were before. If possible, try getting consistent amounts of sleep every night, even on weekends. Sleep is a strange thing. Scientists have spent years trying to figure out why we need it, and while they are obviously positive we need sleep, there is still little understanding of why that is the case. Of course as a college student, you may feel like you’re in some kind of science experiment to see how little sleep a human being can experience. But here are some tips on how to get more sleep and how to maximize the sleep you do get. Find a cool, dark place where you know you won’t be disturbed. NAPPING TIPS Naps aren’t for everyone; for some people, napping makes them more tired than before. But for the majority of people, catching a few minutes of sleep can provide the perfect jolt of needed energy. The National Sleep Foundation has a complete online guide to napping, but here are some of the highlights: Aim for 20-30 minutes of sleep. The National Sleep Foundation recommends that people 18 to 25 years old get seven to nine hours of sleep each night. caffeine Art on the Trail at Trailblazer Park in Trav- elers Rest is a fun, seasonal way to usher in fall. Featuring arts and crafts, music, food trucks and kids’activities, Art on the Trail is sure to have something for everyone. So keep your schedule open Saturday, Oct. 24, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. There is nothing quite like visiting a corn maze after dark. Denver Downs in Anderson has a fantastic corn maze that gives you options depending on if you want to go when it is staffed with costumed actors, whether you want to race against the clock or take your time and do the trivia along the way. Courtney Sturgis, a senior exercise science major, says it is fun going with a group of friends; she likes the challenge of getting lost and hav- ing to find her way out. Denver Downs is open until Nov. 1. General admission is $14, which includes the corn maze, hayrides, games and many other activi- ties. Check out their website (www. denverdownsfarm.com) for times ofopera- tion. With fall comes pumpkin every- thing. If you are looking for a pumpkin of your own this autumn, visit Mini Miracles Farm in Taylors. Whether you plan to carve your pumpkin into a Jack o’Lantern, use it as an ingredient for pie or just for decoration, you will want to check out Mini Miracles Farm. Admission is $5 and includes parking and a hayride. But you may want to bring a few extra dollars if you want to purchase concessions or items from the store. Mini Miracles Farm is open from Sept. 26 through the end of October.“I think it would be a really good stress reliever to do something totally separated from school. Just to take a break from school and to go make fall memories with your friends,”said Emi Bradley, a senior journalism and mass communication major. SkyTop Orchard in Flat Rock, N.C., may be a familiar name if you’ve spent time in Greenville, but maybe you’ve never expe- rienced it personally. At Sky Top, you can stroll through the orchards and pick your own apples or choose from those already bagged in the store. You can also enjoy freshly made apple cider doughnuts while sipping on cold cider and visiting with the barnyard animals. Those who have gone love it and usually end up return- ing. Michelle Banton, a senior elementary education ma- jor, said, “I really enjoyed my time at Sky Top orchard. I think it’s a great place to get away from homework and the craziness and just be able to spend time with friends, and it’s the perfect way to bring in the fall season.”Sky Top opened in August and is open until Dec. 1. Parking and admission are free, and apple prices vary on the variety. Debit and credit cards are not accepted.
  61. 61. SPECIALTY PAGE DESIGN OpenDivision FIRST PLACE TheCollegian Bob Jones University Dayun Shin Creative, yet tells a story. Coffee design is standout. Very well done! Now, the upstairs of the Student Center is home to the executive offices, including the office of BJU President Dr. Steve Pettit. The Student Life & Discipleship offices now occupy an area down- stairs, where students can chat with the dean of students or get passes approved. Upstairs in the area above the Den, are various offices for Financial Services (formerly the Business Office), the Financial Aid Office, and the Registrar’s Office (formerly the Records Office), where students can ask about changing classes or majors. Student Center:t tuden Cen e :n BeforeandAfterfo AftB an BJU faculty and staff members are also feeling positive effects from the new setup. Kristopher Endean, who works in Student Life & Discipleship, said communication has been enhancedbetweendepartmentsbecauseofthecloseproximity. Across the walkways from the Edwards Game Room was the Riley Reception Room, a uniquely furnished room used by students to hold functions or by various groups for small conventions. Bob Jones University has turned the Student Center into a centralized hub for student services and activities set to open in October. The primary reason for the big overhaul of the Student Center was for the convenience of the students. Dr. Eric Newton, dean of students, said the administration wanted to bring all of the student services together into one location so they could help students more effectively. Before the Student Center had its overhaul, if anyone needed to go to both Student Life & Discipleship and Financial Services (formerly the Business Office), they would have to face the time- consuming walk across campus. With the new setup, students can visit a different department without leaving the Student Center. Students like the modern look that the new Student Center brings. In the walkways, there are sofas and tables for people to study or relax. Some chairs come equipped with a small desk and an outlet to plug in and charge devices. Dr. Newton notes that it will take some time but strongly feels that the new Student Center will be effective in building relationships with students and better aligning student services. rmor RoomRR Barista There comes a point each semester when you find yourself desperate for more energy. You don’t have time for a nap, and energy drinks are too unhealthy. Your 8 a.m. class starts in 20 minutes. You’ll need something to keep you awake for that class, and getting back to bed isn’t an option. Why not a cup of coffee? It’s fairly inexpensive, doesn’t take long to make and—as long as the coffee isn’t loaded down with too much cream and sugar—is actually fairly healthy. Sadly, res hall room coffee has the reputation of being com- parable to caffeinated asphalt. But it doesn’t have to be that way! You don’t have to be a barista using thousand dollar equipment; all you need is a little knowledge and patience, and you’ll be brewing the perfect cup of coffee in no time. king a cup of coffee: Beans, grind,There are four important factors to keep in mind when you’re ma s: just run hot water over coffeewater and brew method. Coffee-making a fairly simple process By adjusting a few small variablesgrounds to extract the coffee flavor and release it into your mug. quid gold or a cup of sludge. Let’sin the process, you can make the difference between a cup of liq start with the obvious: what kind of beans will you use? Beans & Grind: eans or pre-ground beans. BuyingThis is fairly straightforward.You can buy either whole be f. This step adds time to the brewwhole beans will require you to grind the beans yourself - ing process but will give your coffee a fresher flavor. The best advice is to experiment.As far as what coffee to buy, the possibilities are endless. into the mindset that buying exTry a variety of brands, roasts and flavors, but don’t fall - ut $50 beans into a cheap coffeepensive beans equals expensive tasting coffee. If you pu maker, you probably won’t notice a huge improvement. w much of them you use. HavingAlso, just as important as the kind of beans you get is ho the right ratio of water to beans is key. In general, aim to have about two tablespoons of coffee for every six ounces of water. Water: This may seems like the most obvious step of the process, but it’s a very important one. Ideally, your water should be purified and heated enough to start bubbling but not boilingIdeally, your water should be purified and heated t will scald the grounds, but water that is(between 195⁰ F and 205⁰ F). Water that is too hot he grounds. Once you have your groundsnot hot enough won’t release all the flavor from t and water ready, you’re ready to brew. Brew Method: Now you have your water and grounds, but you’re not done yet. While most students are familiar with the usual drip coffee makers,these alternative brewing methods will produce slightly better coffee than what a traditional machine dispenses. Aeropress: A favorite among coffee enthusiasts, the Aeropress is unlike any other coffee maker on the market. This inexpensive ($30), cylindrical device uses total-immersion to force the water past the beans, providing an excellent cup of coffee in roughly 30 seconds. French Press: Maybe you’re ready to upgrade from that $15 Mr. Coffee maker you got at Walmart freshman year. A French press might be just the thing for you. First, put coffee grounds in the bottom, then pour hot water on the grounds, After abouut four minutes, use the press (a wire mesh circle with a slim rod running through its center) to force the coffee grounds down through the water, leaving you with a filtered, delicious cup. Also, unlike an Aeropress, you won’t need to use paper filters; this saves you money but makes cleanup a little more time-consuming. Here’s the link with the info for a chart: https://blackbearcoffee.com/resources/83 We don’t need to copy the whole thing, or if it’s too complicateed, don’t worry about including it.
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