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  • 2013S.C. Press AssociationCollegiate Meeting & AwardsApril 12 | cLAFLIN uNIVERSITY
  • Election/PoliticalCoverageOpen DivisionThird PlaceThe PantherClaflin UniversityCollegiate Meeting & Awards | Claflin UNiversityElection/Political Coverage -- Third Place -- 2012 S.C. Press Association Collegiate Contestc l a f l i n U n i v e r s i t y, O r a n G e B U r G , s . c .PANTHERThemOnDay, nOvemBer 5, 2012Fatimah Gadson takes part in a non-partisan political rally hosted by Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity on Oct. 3 at Claflin. For moreon the Tuesday, Nov. 6, national election, see Pages 4, 5 and 6. (Panther photo by Kemet Alston)
  • Election/PoliticalCoverageOpen DivisionSecond PlaceThe JohnsonianWinthrop UniversityCollegiate Meeting & Awards | Claflin UNiversity
  • Election/PoliticalCoverageOpen DivisionFirst PlaceThe Daily GamecockUniversity ofSouth CarolinaCollegiate Meeting & Awards | Claflin UNiversity
  • News StoryMonthly/Bi-Monthly or Under 5,000Honorable MentionMelissa RollingsThe PatriotFrancis Marion UniversityFMU Animal Rights Advocatesmeet Ringling Bros. Circus with protestsCollegiate Meeting & Awards | Claflin UNiversity
  • News StoryMonthly/Bi-Monthly or Under 5,000Third PlaceJessica L. TaylorThe PantherClaflin UniversityCollegiate Meeting & Awards | Claflin UNiversityc l a f l i n U n i v e r s i t y, O r a n G e B U r G , s . c .PANTHERThetUesDay, feBrUary 21, 2012Jessica Taylor -- Third Place -- News Story -- 2012 S.C. Press Association Collegiate ContestBy JESSICA L.TAYLORDuring the Christmas break, inboxes sawan influx in messages concerning a new park-ing policy the university said it intended toenforce.Themessagesdidlittlebutserveasmoreemailconsidering that the changes were made whenthepeopletheyaffectedmost,thestudents,wereaway.Even upon students’ arrival back on campusforthespringsemester,thereweremanystillnotphasedtheleastbitbytherecentchanges.TheywerecuriousastohowClaflinwouldensurethatthesenewlawswouldbefollowed.The university had never been known to ac-tually tow cars, so that seemed like a very far-fetchedidea.Itwasatnightabouttwoweeksintothesemes-terwhenstudentsbecameirateaftertowtruckspulled into West parking lot and proceeded totowcarsthatwereparkedonthecurb.Itseemedthisdidnotserveasamajorissueinthepast,andstudents were curious as to why it was an issuenow.Furthermorethereweresomeindividuals’carsthat were towed even though the vehicles wereparkedinaparkingspace.Theviolationwasthattheyhadnoparkingdecal.“Itmadenosenseforthemtohaveallofthosetow trucks outside. I feel like this was an inter-rogationmethodtoforceustopurchasedecals,”seniorJessicaSimonsaid.Theideaofstudentspurchasingaparkingde-calraisesyetanotherissue.ThenewpolicystatesthatifyouintendtoparkanywhereontheClaflincampus,youneedtopurchaseadecal.Beforethenewpolicy,itwasunderstoodthatthoseindivid-ualswhointendedtoparkoncampuswouldneedadecal,butifthelotwaslocatedinthevicinityofthegym,itwasconsideredoff-campus.Thenewpolicystatesthatallpartsofthecam-pusrequireadecal.“I feel like I will be buying a decal to neverhaveaparkingspaceandtoinvitemyselftotick-ets.Thosethatdohavedecalsarealwaysgettingtickets for violations that we are not aware of,”seniorKelshaWashingtonsaid.StudentssaytheparkingpolicyisanotherwaythatClaflinisabletoensureitwillmakemoney.Studentssaytheyareunawareofwhytheyshouldpay to park all the way at the gym when it is themostinconvenientlocation.Theyarealsoconcernedwiththefactthattheyarerequiredtopayforaparkingdecal,butthede-caldoesnotensurethattheywillhaveaplacetopark.Theideaisthattheypurchasethedecalwithintentions of parking in the gravel lot, but oncetheyfindthattherearenotanyspacesavailable,they are forced to park at the gym and walk allthewayback.“Iwouldn’thaveanissuewithpurchasingadecalifIwasensuredaparkingspaceoncam-pus. The fact that I always have to search highandlowforaspaceforcesmetothinkthatthisisonlyanothermethodtogeneratemoney,”se-niorKantiaBrawleysaid.Students also see the parking policy as asafetyissue.Duetothefactthatthereisalimitto where people can park either with or with-outparkingdecals,femalesfeelthreatenedthatthey may have to walk either from the gym orupGoffStreetaloneatnight.“If I buy a decal and I am unable to find aparking space on campus, I feel like securityshouldassistmeinfindingoneaswellasmakesure I get back to my dorm safe if it is far awayfrom my dorm. Where is the concern for thesafety of the students?” senior Dana Bloomesaid.Newparkingpolicydrivesstudentanger
  • News StoryMonthly/Bi-Monthly or Under 5,000Second PlaceSarah SheaferCistern Yard NewsCollege of CharlestonSGA passes resolution in supportof CAA transitionCollegiate Meeting & Awards | Claflin UNiversity
  • News StoryMonthly/Bi-Monthly or Under 5,000First PlaceKayla BetheaOld Gold & BlackWofford CollegeCollegiate Meeting & Awards | Claflin UNiversityWofford’s Charles Smith, assistantprofessor of biology, shook up the sci-ence world with his discovery of thefirst virgin birth found in the wild. Re-searchers have found virgin births tobe an occurrence while in captivity, butnever had there been a case of it in thewild. After snake hunting for 40 years,Smith said that this discovery was a signof pure luck.Smith was out in the field in Con-necticut doing a behavioral study aboutcross fostering on copperheads when hefound the breakthrough. Smith and hiscolleagues collected samples from theirprevious long-term studies of snakesand gathered specimens from 22 littersof copperheads.Smith and colleagues realized thatthere was something strange about oneof the litters; all of the eggs from it hadnot fully developed except one. Theythen decided to analyze the genetic ma-terial of the surviving snake to discoverthat the offspring was solely the productof the mother, with no genetic contribu-tions from a father.From another study they were con-ducting concerning cottonmouths, theyfound a similar finding. Out of 37 lit-ters, only one litter had produced oneoffspring that was also comprised of ge-netic material from the mother.The significance of this finding notonly answered the question, “Does thishappen in the wild?” It also leads to awhole new set of questions.“The most exciting part of this wholeexperience is the questions that will beasked. This discovery leads scientistsinto a whole new realm of curiosity,”says Smith.“There are many theories as to whythis process happens. Perhaps it is outof the desperation of a female to pre-serve her genetic material and start anew colony,” says Smith.The most shocking part of this dis-covery is that the virgin-birthed snakeis male. This means that a female snake,theoretically, could produce a malesnake, mate with it, and start a wholenew colony. This prompts Smith to con-sider more complex questions.“The questions I really want to an-swer are if this snake is fertile and if thisprocess be done again.”As exciting as these questions are,only time and patience will reveal truth.“There is a lot of pressure surround-ing this study. I have to make sure totake care of this snake in order for itto develop properly and mature beforewe can answer any of these questions,”says Smith. “It’s exciting but definitelynerve-wracking”Kayla Bethea Contributing WriterSnakes needno daddy Resident assistawill host a programRAs hope to provday. The event, titprovide hot applesex and Halloween“The event willuntil 7:30 p.m. onassistant Kayla Bwhile they’re walktime.”Resident assistafor their residentsinformation in a f“The motivatinevent is having anthe residents andnot have to put anior resident assisgood, and we wanwhile events.”According to Tesistants sponsoredthe world. They dand shared facts acountries.“We have a qusemesters,” says Bthe summer thatincorporate themdecided to come uloween.”Specifically, the“We thought thhelp people stay“We’re also tryingcialize. It’s nice toand have an oppolaid-back setting.”The RAs wantename, so they caFacts.“Halloween is athe attitude that iplay taboo for a wto see how differenof Halloween sincBethea says thasafe sex on Hallowcostumes often wo“I’m impressedtumes that can besaw a sexy Big Bipeople are really c“I honestly wouCochran. “I don’t“We figure thinTeague.Cochran finds tkeep their residenAccording to Te“I’m going to bea burrito for $2,” sCostumes are ois free.“Every cup of ciHotRAs makKat Kilpatrinewspaper, 30 percent of employersare looking for “liberal arts types” tohire – nearly as many as are lookingfor people trained in engineeringand computer information systems– 34 percent. That’s good news,but for Wofford students, there’seven better news. Nintey-one per-cent of these employers think thatyou should have had an internshipwhile in college. And, that’s whereInterim comes in. With Interim,you have four excellent chances tobuild your résumé with experiencesthat enhance your liberal arts edu-cation and focus on what you wantto do after college – including oneor more internships.When she was a junior at Metropol-itan State College in Denver, CarolJin Evans wrote a poem entitled “ITell Them I’m a Liberal Arts Ma-jor.” In part, she said: “And then,of course, they say: how quaint;and what are you going to do withit?” Her answer: “You don’t under-stand – I’m using every breath totread water in all-night swimmingcompetitions with Hegel, Marx andWittgenstein; I am a reckless diverfondling the bottom of civilizationfor ropes of pearls; I am whisperinglate into the night on a river bankwith Zola; I am stopping often,soaking wet and exhausted, to weepat the Bastille.”a host organization that choosecollaborate with you. And twhen the time comes, you lWofford confident in knowingone-third of those companiesthere are looking for “liberaltypes,” and nine out of ten of thwant just what you have – a succfully completed internship thatcompanies your fine liberal artsucation. Isn’t that just exactly wyou want to be on graduation daDr. Charles Smith’s ground-breaking discoveryKayla Bethea Photo
  • News StoryWeekly/Daily or Over 5,000Third PlaceBrittani ColemanThe Carolina ReporterUniversity ofSouth CarolinaCollegiate Meeting & Awards | Claflin UNiversitywhich lives on door-to-door so Binstock worked for Direct one else would hire me.”Paul Pickens’ OriginalFive Points Wild Irish Band hasa problem, and so do those whomight want to donate to its mis-sion of promoting “Irish musicfree to the public.” Like morethan 4,000 other South Caro-lina charities, it has lost its fed-eral tax exemption.But unlike many of them,the band is trying to get its ex-emption back. It’s been caughtup in the federal government’snew efforts to clear the deadunderbrush from the thicketof nonprofit groups that springup, only to be neglected orabandoned. Despite feel-goodnames like Helping HandsInternational of South Caro-lina, Loving Assistance AdultDay Care and South CarolinaChildren’s Emergency Shelter,many have been dead or dor-mant for years.The 2006 federal lawprompting the cleanup wasdesigned to promote financialtransparency and weed outdead nonprofits for the sake ofpotential donors. For the firsttime, small nonprofits with lessthan $25,000 in annual revenuehad to file electronic returns,known as Form 990s, each year.Jennifer Chandler, vicepresident of the National Coun-cil of Nonprofits, said her orga-nization supports the new rules.Though the revocations initiallycaused anxiety among charityadvocates, Chandler said theywould shed more light on thefast-growing nonprofits sector.“We’re going to have amuch better idea of how manycharities are out there oper-ating,” Chandler said. Manygroups die out because peopleBy Ryan QuinnStaff WriterEDITED BY JOSH DAWSEYdozen feeders in his backyard.“I don’t do it for attention,” he said,reflecting on the bird community he’shelped create by keeping the feeders full.“I know myself what I’ve done, and thatmeans a lot to me.”But he isn’t just talking about feedingthe birds. Price, a former CEO of Budweiserdistribution from Columbia to Asheville,N.C., is one of the most prolific philanthro-pists in the Midlands, a group Mike Gray,vice president of resource development atUnited Way of the Midlands, says can makethe biggest impact because of their effecton other donors.way to give peo-ple a more tan-gible goal to worktoward.”Now 91,Price has contrib-uted to dozens oforganizations, in-cluding ColumbiaCollege, GilbertHigh School, North Central High Schooland Good Shepherd Lutheran Church.Price was also the first chairman of Mid-lands Crime Stoppers, hosted a fundrais-er on his plantation for Meals on WheelsBut Price says he never just givesmoney away. He expects organizations tomeet him halfway. For instance after Priceagreed to donate new cleats to North Cen-tral’s football team, the players agreed tosend their old cleats to Africa.“If there is a situation that the districtsare unable to help with, and if we show weare willing to help with the fundraising,he’s always willing to help,” said Louis Cly-burn, North Central’s athletics director.Price said he likes to challenge peoplebecause a challenge is a good way to createIRS wipes awaythousands of S.C.nonprofits fromits recordsCollege students find success in door-to-door salesDirect selling offers an alternative for the unemployed in the slow job marketBy Chelsey SeidelHop in most Columbia cabsand you might get a mini-tourfrom a friendly, well-dressed driv-er. Jump in Alan Douglas’ taxi,and you’ll get a show.Douglas, with 24 years be-hind the wheel, is the kind of am-bassador city leaders hope otherdrivers will become as he offersriders visitor information whilesinging songs he’s composed.Underneath the banter, how-ever, is tension over the city’s newrules, which drivers say put themat a disadvantage with the compa-nies that own their cabs.Douglas and other driverssay making them get a new chauf-feur’s license every time theyswitch cab companies hurts theirability to negotiate over vehiclequality and leasing ratesA chauffeur’s license isabout $120 and requires a crimi-nal background investigation,medical exam and drug and tu-berculosis tests. Drivers say theydo not understand why they mustreapply for a new license whenthey already have one. ColumbiaBy Brittani ColemanStaff WriterEDITED BY CAM POWELLMallory Cage / The Carolina ReporterLeonard Price enjoysbird watching when heisnt donating locally.Corbin Ensminger / The Carolina ReporterThe Richland Co. Sheriff’s Departmentreceived its first dog donation in 1965.Brittani Coleman / The Carolina ReporterAlan Douglas says his 24 years as a cab driver in Columbia have helped him promote the city. He views him-self as a city ambassador, singing songs to visitors and taking people all over the city.Ryan Quinn / The Carolina ReporterKaren Smith works with the dairygoat association, one of thenonprofits targeted by the IRS.Cabbies say new rulesput them in back seatPlease see NONPROFITS page 6 Please see CABBIES page 7Please see PRICE page 6
  • News StoryWeekly/Daily or Over 5,000Second PlaceRyan QuinnThe Carolina ReporterUniversity ofSouth CarolinaCollegiate Meeting & Awards | Claflin UNiversityNovelist, former po-litical operative and pro-fessor Ben Greer will tellyou he is star-crossed anddoomed for obscurity.But Greer mostlylaughs at what he sees asthe unfairness of the al-most 40 years he’s spentclimbing, and then fallingoff, the precipice of suc-cess.Now, the publisher ofingly hilarious person.Greer sat down with TheCarolina Reporter to talkabout his life and plans.The interview has beenheavily edited for lengthand clarity.Can you describe tome the peaks and troughsof your life up to the pub-lication of your first noveland how they influencedyour writing?Hemingway said thatthe basis of a writer’s lifeis an unhappy childhood,WEEK OF MARCH 22, 2012PAGE 6Carolina ReporterCarolina ReporterTheThe‘Dancing onthe golden rimof success’Retiring USC professor can’tseem to catch a breakBy Ryan QuinnStaff WriterEDITED BY JOSH DAWSEYPriceFrom page 1motivation, even if it is asimple goal.“I told the NorthCentral High Schoolfootball team that if theywon their game I wouldgive them a barbecue.And they won their nextgame,” he said, laugh-ing.Matthew Nelson,vice president of theCouncil on Founda-tions, said that whilethese challenges aren’ttypical, organizationsappreciate them just asmuch as a gift.“It often encourag-es smaller donors to givemore because they feelas though their gift hasbeen doubled because ofthe match,” he said.In December, Far-go, a dog on RichlandCounty’s K-9 Unit, wasshot and killed, the firstSouth Carolina policedog in to die in the lineof duty. When Priceheard the news, he do-nated $7,500 for a newdog.“Having given oneand knowing the bondyou develop with thosedogs triggered the feel-ing that I had to dosomething,” Price said.Price says if hecould he would spendanother 100 years on hisplantation in Kershawgiving back to friendsand the community. Herecalls a conversationhe had with his secondwife, Jewell, before shedied of a heart attack inApril 1992.“One day I said,‘Life has been so goodto me and all my friendshave been so good tome’ and she said, ‘Yes,but you have been goodto them as well.’”underestimate the workneeded to run a nonprofit,she said, but the likelihoodthat most on the list aregone is promising, meaningfew are stuck “trying to fixa very big oops.”More than 275,000nonprofits nationwide losttheir tax exemptions lastyear for not filing returnsfor the previous three years.But while the IRS thinksmost were defunct, some,like Pickens’ group, whichused donations for T-shirtsand sheet music, want to re-gain their exemptions.Until the end of thisyear, The IRS will let smallnonprofits pay $100 to havetheir tax exemption rein-stated retroactively insteadof the typical fee up to $800.Pickens acknowledg-es dragging his feet on theWild Irish Band’s Form 990because at age 88 he wasn’tsure he wanted to continuethe band.But when fans said,as Pickens puts it, “hellno,” he decided to pass thegroup down to two fellowplayers. Until they get theexemption back, state lawrequires they tell donorsany gifts cannot be writtenoff income taxes.Pickens said theywere working on it, but hedid not have a contact num-ber.At least the band isstill registered with thestate. The South CarolinaDairy Goat Association, inGreenville, lost its federalexemption last year and itsstate registration in 2009.Without state reg-istration, the associationcould be fined up to $2,000for asking South Carolinaresidents for money. Ofthe more than 3,000 S.C.nonprofits that lost theirtax-exempt status last year,only about 4 percent wereregistered with the state,Secretary of State MarkHammond said.Karen Smith, the dairygoat association’s secretary,said the person who waspresident of the nonprofitfive years ago handed herthe IRS revocation letterand that it was addressed toan even earlier president.Confused, she handed it offto the current president.She was surprisedwhen told her group wasalso no longer among the8,174 nonprofits registeredwith the state. Calls to thecurrent president, MichaelCasdorph, were unre-turned.The organizationneeds gifts to hold its 23rdAnnual South CarolinaDairy Goat Classic in Clem-son because the $15 annualmember dues will not coverthe show’s approximate$5,000 cost, Smith said.Membership, once as highas 50, has dropped to abouta half-dozen.With some exceptionsfor chambers of commerceand religious organiza-tions, most nonprofits mustfile paperwork each yearto stay registered with thestate. Kim Wickersham, thesecretary of state’s publiccharities director, said non-profits can re-register in10 minutes online at scsos.com and pay the $50 with acredit card.Donors who want tocheck a charity can find thelist of revoked exemptionsat irs.gov, though someorganizations may havesince recovered their tax-exempt status. Calling theIRS at 877-829-5500 is theonly sure way to find out ifa group is tax-exempt, butgroups not in the state’scharity database at scsos.com also should raise ques-tions.More than 4,000 SouthCarolina nonprofits, includ-ing 720 in Columbia, arenow on the IRS list. Mostof their last-listed numbersare disconnected, and whatlittle paperwork remainsoften ends in the 1990s.Some do still operate,however, but are not regis-tered with the state, suchas USC’s chapter of the So-ciety of Professional Jour-nalists. Ernest Wiggins, anassociate professor of jour-nalism and the group’s ad-viser, said it stopped filingreturns for two years be-fore becoming active againin fall 2010. The chapter isworking on renewing itsstate registration, he said.NonprofitsFrom page 1Ryan Quinn/ The Carolina ReporterA friendly greeting from a dairy goat on Karen Smith’s Bel-ton farm. The S.C. Dairy Goat Association needs $5,000 indonations to fund its annual competition in Clemson.A 2010 AmericanEnterprise Institute studyfound the six-year col-lege completion rate forHispanics was 51 percent,compared with 59 percentfor non-Hispanic whites.In South Carolina’s largestuniversities, the rate was57 percent for Hispanicsand 62 percent for whites.Numbers for previous yearsweren’t available.Ayala said learn-ing English is a big hurdlefor Hispanics seeking anAmerican education. Shesaid she learned Englishyoung and actually had toteach herself Spanish.“I still don’t know theaccent marks and all that,”Ayala said.Moder said manyHispanic students can’tget help filing financialaid forms from parentswho don’t speak Englishand don’t have money tohire help. South Carolina’sHigher Education Com-mission has no programstargeted specifically atHispanics but uses federalmoney to help high schoolstudents fill out college ap-plication and aid forms,said Julie Carullo, head ofthe organization. Green-ville and Saluda countyschool districts, which havethe highest number of His-panic students, didn’t re-turn calls.Guillermo Omar Ran-gel Rivera, a second-yearUSC biology student whoaims to be the first in hisMexican-American fam-ily to graduate with a U.S.bachelor’s degree, filled outthe complicated forms him-self. His mother still worksin Mexico, and his father isoften busy doing mainte-nance at a golf course.“I personally wentthrough their taxes,” saidRangel Rivera, who wantsto become a cardiologist,radiologist or medical re-searcher. “That was me,and it was a headache.”Rangel Rivera said hecame to the U.S at 15 andtook three years to learnand build up the courage tospeak English. He said hehad no choice but to com-plete his own forms.“Otherwise, what am Igoing to do, cut grass all mylife?” he said.Michael Marroquin, asecond-year USC informa-tion technology student,is studying to be the firstperson on his father’s sideto get a bachelor’s degree.Unlike Rangel Rivera, hisPhi Iota Alpha Latino fra-ternity brother, Marroquinwas born in the U.S.His El Salvadorianimmigrant parents havetechnical college degrees.His mother is a registerednurse assistant, and his fa-ther is a utility specialist atLockheed-Martin in Green-ville. He thinks college canhelp him get a better job.“I could provide ev-erything that they couldn’twhen I was growing up,” hesaid.Ayala said she wantsto use her success to repayher mother – hopefully witha house in Miami where hermango trees can thrive.“I want her not towork,” she said. “I wanther to live somewhere andnot have to worry aboutthings.”HispanicsFrom page 3This season the University of South Carolina baseball team has a chance to accomplish what only one team inthe history of the College World Series has ever done – win three consecutive championships. Afterfinishing last season ranked No. 1, the Gamecocks began this season ranked No. 2 in the nation.Once... twice... three times a maybePreseason All-AmericansPaul Pickens’ OriginalFive Points Wild Irish Band hasa problem, and so do those whomight want to donate to its mis-sion of promoting “Irish musicfree to the public.” Like morethan 4,000 other South Caro-lina charities, it has lost its fed-eral tax exemption.But unlike many of them,the band is trying to get its ex-emption back. It’s been caughtup in the federal government’snew efforts to clear the deadunderbrush from the thicketof nonprofit groups that springup, only to be neglected orabandoned. Despite feel-goodnames like Helping HandsInternational of South Caro-lina, Loving Assistance AdultDay Care and South CarolinaChildren’s Emergency Shelter,many have been dead or dor-mant for years.The 2006 federal lawprompting the cleanup wasdesigned to promote financialtransparency and weed outdead nonprofits for the sake ofpotential donors. For the firsttime, small nonprofits with lessthan $25,000 in annual revenuehad to file electronic returns,known as Form 990s, each year.Jennifer Chandler, vicepresident of the National Coun-cil of Nonprofits, said her orga-nization supports the new rules.Though the revocations initiallycaused anxiety among charityadvocates, Chandler said theywould shed more light on thefast-growing nonprofits sector.“We’re going to have amuch better idea of how manycharities are out there oper-ating,” Chandler said. Manygroups die out because peopleBy Ryan QuinnStaff WriterEDITED BY JOSH DAWSEYAlmost every afternoLeonard Price settles into hat the back of his house,windows, to watch the birddozen feeders in his backy“I don’t do it for attreflecting on the bird chelped create by keeping“I know myself what I’vemeans a lot to me.”But he isn’t just talkinthe birds. Price, a former Cdistribution from ColumbN.C., is one of the most prpists in the Midlands, a gvice president of resourceUnited Way of the Midlandthe biggest impact becauson other donors.IRS wipes awaythousands of S.C.nonprofits fromits recordsBy Mallory CageStaff WriterEDITED BY CORBIN ENSMINGERCollege stuDirect selling offeBy Chelsey SeidelStaff WriterEDITED BY FRANKIE MANSFIELDCorbin Ensminger / The Carolina ReporterThe Richland Co. Sheriff’s Departmentreceived its first dog donation in 1965.Ryan Quinn / The Carolina ReporterKaren Smith works with the dairygoat association, one of thenonprofits targeted by the IRS.Please see NONPROFITS page 6
  • News StoryWeekly/Daily or Over 5,000First PlaceColin CampbellThe Daily GamecockUniversity of South CarolinaUSC faculty bonuses total $4.1 millionCollegiate Meeting & Awards | Claflin UNiversity
  • Feature StoryMonthly/Bi-Monthly or Under 5,000Honorable MentionVeronica StarkThe PatriotFrancis Marion UniversityProfessor finds herself teaching afterstudy abroad experienceCollegiate Meeting & Awards | Claflin UNiversity
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  • Feature StoryMonthly/Bi-Monthly or Under 5,000Second PlaceKat KilpatrickOld Gold & BlackWofford CollegeCollegiate Meeting & Awards | Claflin UNiversitySeptember 11, 2012OG&B 3Located in the Finger Lakes Region of UpstateNew York, Watkins Glen is home to Farm Sanctuary,a non-profit organization that rescues farm animalswho have been mistreated by the modern factoryso lucky and don’t get rescued.”For those meat eaters out there, the event is stillrecommended by the professor.“It’s a wonderful way to learn about the multifacet-Six Wofford students, accompanied by AlbertOutler Professor of Relgion Dr. Byron McCane,traveled to Israel for one month this summer tosearch for religious artifacts. Their findings includedfeatures from a Byzantine period synagogue. Thetrip, led by McCane, other scholars and professorsfrom other colleges allowed students to experiencefirst hand archaeology and relive history.For junior Tyrell Jemison, McCane’s descriptionof the trip and stories from students who had par-ticipated in previous years was all he needed in orderto decide to go on the trip.“Dr. McCane had approached me about going onthe dig in Israel. I had never done anything of thesort, but it sounded awesome,” says Jemison. “Theclosest I’d ever been to the field of archeology wasdigging a hole in the back yard.”Sophomore Erin Simmonds didn’t let being theyoungest and the only girl in the Wofford groupkeep her from traveling across the world.“I was in Dr. McCane’s New Testament class andJames Ballard came to our class to talk about hisexperience last year and it sounded really interest-ing and exciting. I didn’t have any experience witharchaeology or religion; I just knew that it soundedlike something I really wanted to do,” she says.The six Wofford students and McCane met nearly20 students and 10 supervisors from all over Europe,as well as some volunteers from around the world.The other students were from Romania, the UnitedKingdom, Finland, the Netherlands, Belgium, Ger-many, Israel and Switzerland. The group stayed busywaking up early each morning to begin excavating.“We would get to the dig site by 5:00 a.m. andwork until 8:30. We took a break for breakfast andthen continued working until around 11:30”, saysSimmonds. “The reason it starts so early is because itgets incredibly hot — by 11:30 a.m. it’s ridiculouslyhot.”The group went to the same spot each day, HorvatKur, which is located on the top of a hill overlookingthe Sea of Galilee.“Digging is hard work, but we had such greatpeople on our international dig team that every daywas a lot of fun and filled with entertainment,” saysSimmonds. “Israel is obviously very far away, butexperiencing new cultures and learning more aboutthat side of the world was exciting and eye-opening.”“Once I got to Israel, the most intimidating aspectwas that I was in a totally new place for a month.Everything there was different; the food, the cul-tural and the social norms,” says Jemison. “I enjoyedmeeting so many new people. I’m definitely a peopleperson, and I love the opportunity to meet someonenew and discover their stories and experiences.”The tremendous work and efforts put forth by theinternational group paid off.“We didn’t expect to find as much as we did, andmost of our more important finds came within thelast few days of being on the dig site, “ says Jemison.“There’s a theory in the field of archeology that themost important finds always come at the end of thedig season.”“The team found a lot of interesting things like anoil lamp and a skull of a sheep,” says Simmonds. “Ifound pieces of a glass bracelet. James Ballard exca-vated a cistern and found many nearly intact potteryvessels, which was very exciting.”The largest find of the dig, which attracted nearbyarchaeologists, was a basalt stone that has carvingson four sides and the top.According to Simmonds, “It is a unique find; onlyone similar stone has ever been found in the region.”McCane took the students to Jerusalem two week-ends during the month. For Simmonds, those tripswere what she enjoyed most.“Jerusalem is an amazing city with many ancientand interesting things to see,” says Simmonds. “Vis-iting the Western Wall and the Dome of the Rockwere very moving. Walking the Via Dolorosa wasalso incredible.”For Jemison, the month was extremely well spent.“Not many people can say that they’ve been to Is-rael, spent a month and became close friends withEuropeans, toured ancient holy sites, and have liter-ally helped solidify an aspect of history,” says Jemi-son. “Israel has my heart.”Lessons on veganismDr. Nancy Williams gives insight into Vegan FestivalJennifer Sellers Staff WriterPhotos courtesy of Kinneret Regional Project and Erin SimmondsWofford students experience archaeologyDr. Byron McCane leads students in a dig near Jerusalem; group makes major findKat Kilpatrick Staff WriterFeatures
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  • Feature StoryWeekly/Daily or Over 5,000First PlaceChelsey SeidelThe Carolina ReporterUniversity ofSouth CarolinaCollegiate Meeting & Awards | Claflin UNiversityThe crowd roars, rapmusic blasts, and the Co-lumbia QuadSquad Allstarsburst onto Jamil Temple’sroller derby track in truebad-girl fashion. Fans atthe track’s edge hope for ahigh-five from their favoriteskater.But forget the fishnets,tattoos and leopard span-dex. It’s Sunday afternoon,and these women havecome to play physical, rawroller derby as they prepareto face Virginia’s DominionRoller Girls.Outside the arena,they are teachers, aquaticbiologists, lawyers, moth-ers, But when their wheelshit the track, they morphinto hard-hitting, adrena-line-pumping competitors.‘Mel A-Noma’A co-captain of theColumbia QuadSquad All-stars, Melissa Engle’s blackfishnets and red spandexbooty shorts are far differ-ent from her wardrobe asan aquatic biologist.“I was one of thosegirls who didn’t have a lot offemale friends growing up –you know girls are kind ofcatty, but it’s amazing howwe all get along and how wehave each other’s backs,”says Engle, who has beencompeting since 2007.One of the smallerskaters on the team, her pe-tite frame is outlined withmuscle. The bright stars onher helmet’s sides say she’sthe jammer, the one whoscores by pushing throughthe pack with the help ofher teammates and passingthe other team’s skaters.‘Suicide seats’The QuadSquad beganin March 2007 with sevenwomen. Now there are 55,including the 20-memberAllstars that are the highestskill level and a 20-member“B” team called the MissB-Havers. Dues are $30a month. New prospectsare evaluated during openskates at the Skate StationUSA rink in Lexington. Oneof the requirements: Beable to skate 25 laps in fiveminutes.“Sit along the track atyour own risk! Skaters havebeen known to land in a fewlaps,” the announcer shoutsas people sit in the “suicideseats,” where skaters fly-ing off the track can land inyour lap.As the Allstars warmup for the bout, fans wear-ing T-shirts with their favor-ite skater’s name, childrenwith painted faces, parentsand grandparents fill threerows of folding chairs alongthe track and high bleach-ers along the Jamil Templewalls.It’s Steve Crabbs’ firsttime at a bout. He says hisfriends persuaded him tocome.“They said hot wom-en, hitting each other, skat-ing in circles and lots ofcollisions. And I’m like ‘I’mthere!’” Crabbs says.Less theatrics,more athleticsThis isn’t the rollerderby of the 1960s and‘70s with its staged fightsand planned victories. Thecurrent version that re-emerged a decade ago inAustin, Texas, is less abouttheatrics and more aboutathletics, although some ofthe flamboyant costumeslook like they came straightfrom an old-time, smoke-filled arena.It’s also about tal-ent and empowerment,like giving girls 10 to 17 away to channel aggressionthrough the QuadSquad’sMini Derby League.“I think a lot of timeswhen you hit puberty a lotof that gets pushed out ofgirls,” Engle says. “All of asudden you go from being atomboy to having to be verypolite and proper. I thinkit’s a great outlet to keeptomboyishness alive.”‘A dysfunctionalfamily’Two days after beat-ing Virginia, the derbygirls practice as Beyoncebumps the speakers dur-ing warm-ups. Knee and el-bow pads slam the groundas they practice blockingand jamming. But they allsmile through their mouthguards.Co-captain “HollyHunter” Stacey Russell-Franklin, has been rollerfigure skating competitive-ly since she was 12. Now,at 30, she balances rollerderby with her job at a lawoffice.“It’s a really nicething, and we’re all like afamily, a dysfunctional fam-ily at times at that,” Russell-Franklin says. “I was shybefore I started roller derby,and now I’ll pretty muchtalk to anybody because I’mso used to dealing with peo-ple with different attitudesand backgrounds.”She says the bond issister-like, but stronger.“We spend so muchtime together, we have tolike each other. There willbe helmets flying, and youmight get mad in practice ifyou get hit. But we handleit like athletes instead of 60girls,” she says. “We lovethe sport so much, we don’thave a choice.”It’s a bond on thetrack that remains a mys-tery even to them.“It’s strange,” Englesays, “you just look out foreach other more. PeopleI wouldn’t talk to off thetrack are my best friendshere.”By Chelsey SeidelStaff WriterEDITED BY Frankie MansfieldWEEK OF MARCH 22, 2012PAGE 4Carolina ReporterCarolina ReporterTheTheeducation. I think this is because he is man,” Zarvos said. “They just have to dealBy Jenna KepleyStaff WriterChelsey Seidel/ The Carolina ReporterCo-captian “Mel-A-Noma” laces up her skates as her team gears up for a bout. TheQuadSquad Allstars have won the roller derby state championship the past three years.QuadSquaddeliversathleticismColumbia roller derby team showsthey’re proud to play like girlsBlind man teaches life’s unseen lessonsColumbia businessman George Zarvos is succeeding while helping othersThe game of Roller Derbyevolved from late 1800s skatingendurance marathons. Today’s contactsport features two teams racing around anoval track battling to score points.Long forgotten are the days of staged fights and predetermined winners. Today’sregulated bouts are about real athleticism and passionate competition. Interestedin checking out the ladies of the Columbia QuadSquad? This crash course on rollerderby will help bring you up to speed.How these real derby girls rollSource: Women’s Flat Track Derby Association,Bill RhodesFrankie Mansfield / The Carolina ReporterPlayers: Each teamhas five players on thefloor consisting of onejammer (point scorerwith star on helmet)and a pack of fourblockers. One of theblockers is known asthe pivot (stripe onhelmet) and has thepower to swap roleswith the jammer.Penalties: Body contact from the front orside is allowed, but any contact from behind,above the chest or below the thigh is illegal.Grabbing onto a player, punching, tripping orusing elbows is also illegal. Penalties result inone minute in the penalty box.Both jammersstart out behindthe pack and tryto catch up andbreak through toscore points.Blockers in the packplay both offense anddefense helping theirjammer throughwhile blocking theopposing jammer.Scoring: Derby matches,or bouts, consist of two 30-minuteperiods. Each period is divided into two-minutejams. The pack skates around the track withjammers starting behind them. Once a jammerpasses through the opposing team’s pack, onepoint is scored for each blocker she passesfrom then on.Pivots are blockers whoestablish the team’s gamestrategy during play andcan take over the jammer’sscoring responsibilities.
  • Sports StoryMonthly/Bi-Monthly or Under 5,000Honorable MentionSamuel NorthropOld Gold & BlackWofford CollegeCollegiate Meeting & Awards | Claflin UNiversityDecember 4, 2012 OG&B2America has chosen to re-elect President BarackObama. Of South Carolina voters, 54.6 percentvoted for Romney, 44.0 percent chose Obama and1.3 percent supported a different candidate. But howdid Wofford vote? And what influences the way thatwe vote? The Sociology department’s social researchclass set out to answer these questions before the re-cent election.The pre-election results: 59.7 percent of surveyedstudents said that if the election were held today theywould vote for Mitt Romney, 31.7 percent wouldreelect Obama, 6.5 percent supported a candidatefrom another party and the remaining 2.1 percentchose not to answer. Thus, if Wofford students wereresponsible for the election, Romney would havewon with almost twice as much support as Obama.Interestingly, a higher percentage of women sup-ported Romney (61.7 percent) than men (57.3 per-cent). This comes as a surprise, considering the po-larity of the candidates on issues such as abortionand whether or not the government should requireinsurance companies to cover contraception.Race was an important determinant of votingpreference — as was Greek affiliation. Of the stu-dents who identified themselves as black, 84.8 per-cent supported Obama, 6.1 percent would vote forRomney and 9.1 percent would elect a different can-didate. Of the students who identified themselvesas white, 68.8 percent supported Romney, 23.4 per-cent would vote for Obama, and 5.6 percent wouldelect a different candidate. Our survey was roughlyeven, with 138 students who are in a Greek organi-zation and 140 who are not. Among Greek students,76.1 percent would vote for Romney, 19.6 percentwould vote for Obama and 2.2 percent supported adifferent candidate. In addition, 2.2 percent did notanswer the question. Contrasting these numbers,non-Greek students were equally supportive of bothcandidates as each of them received 43.6 percent ofthe respondents’ votes. As for non-Greeks, 10.7 per-cent supported an unlisted candidate and 2.1 per-cent did not answer the question.Where do Wofford students stand on the issues ofabortion and same-sex marriage? When it comes tosame-sex marriage, the majority of survey respon-dents (57.9 percent) were in favor of same-sex mar-riage. To break the number down, 25.5 percent ofstudents strongly support same-sex marriage, 32.4percent support it, 24.1 percent are opposed, and14.7 percent are strongly opposed. The majority ofboth sexes support same sex marriages, but a higher-percentage of women support it (63.7 percent) thando men (50.8 percent). When it comes to abortion,the majority of men and women identify themselvesas pro-choice at 52.4 percent and 58.5 percent, re-spectively. It’s quite interesting that although themajority of students claim to have socially liberalviewpoints, the majority of both sexes clearly favorthe conservative candidate, Romney.The survey sample consisted of 278 students rep-resenting a range of ages, races and religions. Thepopulations surveyed was chosen by randomly se-lecting rooms within each residence hall on campusand requesting that one resident from each roomcomplete a survey. The surveys were optional and allresults were kept anonymous.During election season, tensions run high. We allhave opinions and politics inherently leads othersto challenge those. During this time of debates, dis-cussions and arguments, there is a bright lining inthis dark, often thunderous cloud. Of our surveyedstudents, 84.9 percent reported that they were likelyto vote, and 74.1 percent said that they were eithersomewhat or very interested in politics. No matterwhere a person stands on the issues, it is importantthat each and every one of us is informed about theissues facing our country and goes to the polls tovote in support of our values in every election year.Ross HillSurvey reflectsWofford’s diversepolitical climateContributing WriterKayla Bethea PhotoWofford  Vote  Students   Obama  (%)   Romney  (%)   Other  (%)  Total   31.7   59.7   6.5  Men   29.0   57.3   10.5  Women   33.8   61.7   3.2      Wofford  Vote  Students   Obama  (%)   Romney  (%)   Other  (%)  Greek   19.6   76.1   2.2  Non-­‐Greek   43.6   43.6   70.7    Wofford  Vote  Students   Obama  (%)   Romney  (%)   Other  (%)  Black   84.8   6.1   9.1  White   23.4   68.8   5.6    Presidential  Vote  Population   Obama  (%)   Romney  (%)   Other  (%)  Nation   50.5   48.0   1.5  South  Carolina   44.0   54.6   1.3  Wofford   31.7   59.7   6.5    Downtown Spartanburg is sporting a new attrac-tion: Skating on the Square, so on a brisk Sundayafternoon in November, I tugged on my fuzzy hat,warm gloves and decorative winter socks to go seea half of free time on the second day, they counted126 people.“We’re hoping to keep coming every winter forthree years — it’s a great way to bring people down-Ice rink opens downtown SpartanburgJennifer Sellers Senior Staff WriterJennifer Sellers PhotoNestor Jaramillo selectedsocoN FreshmaN oF the YearTopping off an outstanding seasonContributingWriterSamuel NorthropWofford’s own Nestor Jaramillowas named as the Southern Con-ference’s Freshman of the Year,becoming the first member ofthe men’s soccer team to earn thehonor in college history. Jaramil-lo scored two goals and tallied sixassists in his inaugural season forthe Terrier soccer team.Jaramillo attended CardinalNewman High School in Colum-bia, S.C., and played for the Co-lumbia United Football Club be-fore coming to Wofford this fall.Jaramillo plays midfield for theTerriers and says that Barcelona’smidfielder, Andrés Iniesta, is hisbiggest influence.“He is a very good dribbler andvery skillful on the ball. He is asmart player that makes good de-cisions and scores goals as well,and I think that I have some ofthose traits,” says Jaramillo.Jaramillo came to Woffordknowing he would be an integralpart of the team.“During the recruiting processthe coaches told me that therewould be high expectations, andthat I would probably get to startas long as I came in and workedvery hard. Being a major influ-ence on the team was one of mygoals for the season and there wasa lot of pressure on me to use mytalents effectively,” says Jaramillo.“I think the key to my successthis season was that I was sur-rounded by other great playersthat challenged me and helpedme to improve,” says Jaramillo.“The team did very well, and I wasable to adjust my style to themvery well.”Jaramillo proved that he wasnot only a talented all-aroundplayer with this award, but thathe was also prepared to step up inhigh pressure situations when thegame was on the line. Jaramilloscored a game-winning overtimegoal during the regular seasonagainst Elon in the 94th minute.“It was overtime, tied andthere was a lot of pressure onwho would score first becauseit’s sudden death in college,” saysJaramillo. “The cross came overeveryone, and Carlos picked itup backside. I was right behindhim and called for it because I sawthat I had space, and once I got it,I just took a touch out and shot it.It was like a reflex. It was definite-ly the best moment of my career.”Despite being named the topfreshman in the conference, Jara-millo does not think of himself asa superior to his teammates.“I actually found out on mytwitter that I was chosen,” saysJaramillo. “I was eating at thetime and got very excited for aminute, but then I just kept eatingand went on with my day. It didboost my confidence on the fieldthough, but more importantly, Irealized that I would have to keepworking even harder to stay atthat high level.”Jaramillo doesn’t plan on slow-ing down in the coming seasonseither. He has high expectationsfor himself in the next year.“I want to score more goalsthan this year for sure and justimprove in every single way. Iwant to only help my team wina game, but also win the confer-ence,” says Jaramillo. “Going tothe finals of the SoCon tourna-ment gave us a lot of confidence,and I want to make sure that itcarries into next year. We have avery talented freshman class, andthere are plenty of players that arecapable of filling the spots of thisyear’s seniors. They are very anx-ious to get their shot to play, and Ithink that we are all ready to haveanother great season.”Mark Olencki Photo of Nestor JaramilloNews
  • Sports StoryMonthly/Bi-Monthly or Under 5,000Third PlaceIndia HillThe PantherClaflin UniversityCollegiate Meeting & Awards | Claflin UNiversityc l a f l i n U n i v e r s i t y, O r a n G e B U r G , s . c .PANTHERTheWeDnesDay, sePteMBer 26, 2012‘New’coach:Woodard says less weight means more lifeBy INDIA HILLClaflinmen’sbas-ketballcoachofnineyearsisstrik-ingabuzzaroundcampus,andithasnothingtodowithsports.RonWoodardisturningheadswithhisweightloss.“ThedoctortoldmepeopleweregoingtothinkI’msick,”Woodardsaid.“Peoplehavebeencominguptome,‘AreyouOK,coach?Yousick?’”Onthecontrary,Woodardsaysheisdoingbetterthanhehasbeeninalongtime.Hehasshed50orsopoundstoim-provehishealth.Whenthecoach’sdoctortoldhimthathewasinagrayareawithcholesterol,Woodardknewhehadtomakeachange.Previouslyweighingataround250,heisnowaround205pounds.“Ididn’twanttogettoapointwhereIhadtotakemedi-cationdaily,”Woodardsaid.“IknewIhadtomakeachange.”Woodardcreditshisweightlosstocuttingbackonfoodin-takeandchangingeatinghab-its.Hechooseswholewheatbreadoverwhite,grilledmeatsinsteadoffriedandsmallerportions.Andheexercises.“TheYMCAisthebestthingtohappentoOrangeburg,”Wo-odardsays.Hegoestothegymforatleast15minutesdaily,doingfast-pacedworksuchasahighinclineonatreadmilltobringaheavysweat.Woodardalsoadmitstocut-tingoutlate-nightsnacking.Hisadviceistoeatfruitbe-foredinnerinsteadofafterandtodrinkwatertofillyouupfaster.Asforsmallsnacksdaily,hesuggestsfruitsaswell.Apartfrombeinghealthy,Woodardsaystheweightgaincosthimmoney. “OnceyougetoutofXLandXXL,clothesstartgettingmoreexpensive.”Ashethinksabouthisoldsuits,hesaysheneverwantstogetbacktothat.“I’mthesamesizenowasIwaswhenIfirstgottoClaflin.”Overtheyears,Woodardadmitstogivingawayatleast30suitsbecausetheyweretoosmall. “Now,IwishIhadthoseback,”helaughs.Woodardsaidtheinterest-ingpartwillbemaintaininghisnewlook,especiallywhentheseasonstartsandthetimecomesforroadtrips.Woodardsaidthebasket-ballteamrarelyeatsfastfood.HewillbeOK,hesaid,sincealotofrestaurantsofferhealthychoices.AnotherreasonWoodardwantedtomakeachange:tobeanexampletotheteam.Butwheredidhefindthede-terminationtotakeaction?Inhimself,hesaid.“Thehardestpartisthestartingpoint,”Woodardsaid.“IhadtomakeupmymindthatthisissomethingthatIwantedtodoformyself.Idon’tneedaworkoutpartner.IfIwastodiefromthis,Iwoulddiebymy-self.Myworkoutpartnerwouldbespeakingatmyfuneral.Idon’tneednobodyspeakingovermejustyet.”Woodardsaidseeingapic-tureofhimselfconvincedhimheneededtoloseweight.“Ididn’tevenrecognizetheguyinthepicture.”Helaughsasheremembershisgrandfatherusinganoldquote:“Youdon’tknowhowyoulookuntilyourpicturegetstook.”Asidefromhavingclosetsfullofclothesthatnolongerfit,Woodardlovesthechange.Coach Woodard beforeand after losing weight.“Iwakeupinthemorn-ingfeelinggood,fullofenergy.”Youcanjusthearhimwhisperingashelooksatanotheroldpictureofhimself:“Whoisthatguy?”India Hill -- Third Place -- Best Sports Story -- 2012 S.C. Press Association Collegiate Contest
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  • Arts &Entertainment StoryMonthly/Bi-Monthly or Under 5,000Second PlaceSamuel FulmoreThe PantherClaflin UniversityCollegiate Meeting & Awards | Claflin UNiversitySpiff Kidz about more than musicBy SAMUEL FULMORETheroadtosuccessisn’taneasyride.Therewillbehaters,non-supporters and toughcompetition.The Spiff Kidz from Dar-lingtoncanrelate.One of Claflin’s very own,Donnie James, is a creator/memberoftheSpiffKidz.Thegroupconsistsofsixmembers,ranginginagefrom18-21.It’s not just about the mu-sic or fame when it comes totheseguys.Gettinganeduca-tionisamajorpriority.All of the group memberseitherattendschoolorworkajob.SpiffKidzbelievesingiv-ingbacktothecommunityaswellasgivingtothosewhoarelessfortunate.Thegrouphashostedsemi-narsattheBillieHardeeHomeforboysinDarlington,talkingtotheyoungmenthereaboutsmartchoicesinlifeaswellasbeingsuccessful.The Spiff Kidz also hostsfood drives and car washesevery quarter of the year toprovide nursing homes in thecommunitywithtoiletriesandotherthingsneeded.The members have startedThe “Ice Cream Tour,” whichstandsfor“IncorporatingEx-cellence through ConfidenceRespect Education Accep-tance and Motivation.” TheSpiffzalsomentortoelemen-tary school students with agoal of getting and keepingthemontherightpath.Approaching this schoolyear, the Spiff Kidz hosted aback-to-school drive duringwhich they gave away schoolsupplies, book bags and toi-letries, and also had a raffleat which a few college fresh-men were chosen to receive acomforter set for their roomupon arriving on campus fortheveryfirsttime.The Spiffz have also beentouring at colleges and uni-versities, including CoastalCarolina, Winthrop andneighboring South Caro-lina State, performing live attheir homecoming shows.They performed at Claflin’sHomecoming for “MidnightMadness.”TheSpiffzhavebeennom-inated and chosen for the“Independent Artist BiggestSong” for the single “TwerkThat,” which is played on103.9 three to four times aday. It is also being playedin Spartanburg, Greenville,Charleston and Columbia,and in the Pee Dee as well asNorthCarolina.The Spiffz also recorded avideoto“TwerkThat,”whichshowed during Bike Week2012inMyrtleBeach.The video has almost90,000 views. The “TwerkThat Commercial Ft. TwerkTeam” has almost 535,000views.TheSpiffKidzmembersre-alize the road to success isn’teasy, so that’s why they “De-mandRespect”notonlyfromother artists but also fromfans.They titled their mix tape“DemandingRespect.”They took the initiative togrind hard and be recognizednationallyaswellaslocally.Anew mix tape is coming soonwith hot music for the fans toenjoy.DEMANDin’RESPECTThe Spiff Kidz can relate to what it takes to find success.They are the Panthers of the Month for December. Thegroup performed at the Nov. 10 concert that followedMidnight Madness. (Photo special to The Panther)c l a f l i n U n i v e r s i t y, O r a n G e B U r G , s . c .PANTHERTheWeDnesDay, sePteMBer 26, 2012Samuel Fulmore -- Second Place -- Arts/Entertainment Story -- 2012 SCPA Collegiate Contest
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  • ColumnMonthly/Bi-Monthly or Under 5,000Second PlaceLeigh Ann MillerOld Gold & BlackWofford CollegeCollegiate Meeting & Awards | Claflin UNiversitySeptember 11, 2012OG&B8I never realized when I graduated in 2010 and started working in theAdmission Office, I would have to tell my “Wofford story” so often. Whydid I choose Wofford? What other schools did I look at? Did I debatebetween Furman and Wofford? I have a standard answer when I get ques-tions about comparing colleges, but if you want to know the real reasonI eliminated Furman from my college list, you might be ashamed. I’membarrassed for myself.I was a reluctant high school junior, cruising through my college tours.UNC-Chapel Hill- check. Wake Forest- check. Wofford was next on thelist. After the standard information session and tour, my mom suggestedwe drive through Furman because it was so close. I was game- I’d heardFurman was a good school, and I didn’t know much about it. As we blast-ed the Best of the 80’s TimeLife CD for the 36 miles to Furman’s campusand finally pulled up to the front gate, I couldn’t help but notice the neonglare from a distance. Blinded by…were those rhinestones? Wait, was thatan electric yellow dress with cutouts? Did they even still make powderblue ruffled tuxedos (note: not worn ironically)? It was high school prom,and some local students decided to take their pictures on Furman’s cam-pus. After evaluating (read: judging) the tragic dresses and suits, I decidedI could never go to a school that supported that kind of fashion trauma.Did it matter to me that the students actually had ZERO affiliation withFurman? Or that my basis for judgment was the shallowest ever? Obvi-ously not, because Furman had instantly become “that school with theheinous prom dresses.”That’s what first impressions can do. Think about what you rememberfrom your campus visits at Wofford. Odds are it’s not hearing the averageSAT scores from your admission counselor. It’s probably something com-pletely random your tour guide said that you identified with or the factthat people were smiling at you when you were walking across campus.First impressions in the college search process are incredibly powerful.And most often, student ambassadors are the first impressions.Wofford Ambassadors are the people you see giving tours, hosting stu-dents overnight, walking people to class, and occasionally rocking thecoveted gold Wofford nametag. But being an ambassador is not just aboutgiving tours. You’re Wofford’s voice to prospective students. I’m mostproud of our program because we simply let our students speak for them-selves. We don’t have scripts you have to memorize or facts you have torecite. You just tell your Wofford story.Sound like something you would be interested in? Become a WoffordAmbassador! Stop by the Admission office or email me (hurdak@wof-ford.edu) to join. Follow @whywofford on Twitter and Instagram andcheck out our brand new admission blog (blogs.wofford.edu/admission).Students in the ambassador program typically join because they had agreat experience with their visit or tour of Wofford and want to shareWofford with prospective students. As an ambassador, you know that youwill be the difference in whether someone decides to attend Wofford.So why did I choose Wofford? It had all of the ticks on my checklist:small classes, accessible and amazing professors, a residential campus,strong study abroad, and some extras that I didn’t even know I wanted(hello Interim!), but what made me ultimately decide to attend Woffordwas the people I met. It was the place I could see myself becoming a betterthinker, writer, scholar, and person. And I did.With the new academic year already in full swing, the ques-tion of academic etiquette is beginning to arise for many stu-dents. Whether you are asking for an extension, missing a class,or walking into class late, there is a proper and courteous way toaddress these issues.However, each professor has his or her own expectations andpreferences. Take them into consideration before you take anyaction. Students are given a syllabus at on the first day, andthose few sheets of paper outline the expectations for the class.Don’t stick it in the back of your binder or throw it away; it maymake or break the class for you.Because all professors have different ideas on classroom eti-quette, I spoke with three professors, Dr. Sally Hitchmough ofthe English Department, Dr. John Lefebvre of the PsychologyDepartment and Professor Ryan Johnson of the AccountingDepartment, to get their opinions on these issues.Asking for an extension can be a sticky situation for the boththe student and professor involved. In the end, the professormakes the decision based on different factors.According to Lefebvre, “the only time to ask for an extensionis when there are significant, mitigating, unexpected circum-stances that will prevent the student from completing the as-signment.”He does say that most students, however, ask for extensionsfor less urgent reasons. He sees students who are given an as-signment weeks in advance but avoid doing it until the last min-ute. At this point, they panic and ask for an extension. Manytimes, the extension is not granted and sub-standard work issubmitted. Lefebvre suggests, in this type of situation, to avoiddenial and get to work early. However, if you do find yourselfneeding more time, ask your professor early and be straightfor-ward about the situation.Hitchmough’s advice is similar. She urges students to be po-lite and to not assume an extension is available.“My advice is to plan ahead, speak to your professor as soonas possible, and be polite. If a student comes to me and explains(in checkable detail) that my paper deadline is particularlyfraught, I’ll give an extension.”Johnson adds to the discussion saying, “Extensions are notalways a bad thing! Handled responsibly, they show a student isengaged and cares about the learning process.”He is open to grant requests if they are legitimate and in-volve unforeseeable circumstances, but he does add that earlyrequests are better.Entering a class late is another situation students commonlyface. The circumstances vary, but at some point, you may befaced with the decision of whether or not to even enter a classbecause of your tardiness.For Hitchmough, she would rather a student come to classlate than not at all.“Again, it is not okay to assume it is okay to be late. I thinkyou should expect to enter quietly and apologize personally af-ter class is over,” she explains.When it comes to missing class, she directs students to thatincredibly important syllabus. It states her absence policy, andshe believes college students can make their own decisions.Johnson sees timeliness as being incredibly important.“It contributes to the collective perceptions of the student asa capable professional. This perception impacts how professorsand mentors receive your work. It may impact them giving youan extension or writing a strong recommendation for you.”He agrees that showing up late is better than not showing upat all. However, if a student makes it a habit, Johnson will speakto them about it.Finally, he says that sending an email after a missed class is agood idea; not only because he is concerned for their academicwellbeing, but also because he is most immediately concernedwith their personal wellbeing.Lefebvre differs from Johnson and Hitchmough in his opin-ion on this issue. For him, anything beyond 10 minutes is toolate.“Students entering late disrupt class, focus attention on them-selves and miss important information. It also shows a level ofdisrespect for the professor and other students. Thus, it shouldbe frowned upon.”He does, however, agree that an email with an explanation isdue. It does not forgive the student, and it should not become ahabit as a means to excuse excessive late or missed classes.Many of us will encounter one of these situations during thisschool year, and it is important for us to remember to conductourselves in an adult and respectful manner. Professors mayhave different policies, but by knowing ahead of time what isexpected of us and communicating with our professors, we canwork towards having a smooth and successful academic year.My fellow terriers —On behalf of the Campus Union, we are pleased to welcome everyone back to school after, what I hope,was a great summer. I would also like to welcome our newest additions to the Wofford Community, theclass of 2016. We are glad to have you all!The Campus Union is excited to begin another year conscientiously working and striving to provide thebest college experience for the Wofford students. We have and we will continue to serve you! The Assem-bly members are passionate and determined to make a positive impact.On behalf of the Assembly, I ask for your thoughts and ideas about what can be done to improve studentlife. We would also like to know what you would like your student government to do for the college andthe Spartanburg Community. We have made significant improvements as an Assembly, but we can domore with your involvement.One of the initiatives that I’m passionate about is to increase transparency about Campus Union. Wemeet every Monday evening from 6:00 – 7:00 pm in Olin 101. Our meetings are open to all enrolled Wof-ford students. Please join us and voice your concerns or learn about what we are currently working on.I look forward to working alongside you! If I could be of any assistance, please do not hesitate to let meknow!God Bless and God Bless Wofford College!Respectfully,RonCampus Union CornerPhoto courtesy of Kayla BetheaThe Old Gold & Black StaffEditorDesign Editors Staff Photographers ColumnistsContributing WritersAssitant Editor Senior Staff Writers Staff WritersLeigh Ann Miller Margaret GodownsKayla BetheaCarlin ConnellyAdam ChristensonDavid MooreTyrell JemisonSam NorthropKat KilpatrickEvie KytanJennifer SellersPeter ElbaumSari ImberJenna KesslerErin SimmondsTravis TrojanThe Old Gold & Black is published by Wofford students for Wofford students, continuing a tradition dating back to 1915. Unsigned edi-torials reflect the opinions of the editorial board, unless otherwise noted. Opinions do not necessarily reflect the views of the administra-tion, the faculty, or the students of Wofford College. Letters to the editor should be emailed to Leigh Ann Miller (millerla@email.wofford.edu) and should not exceed 250 words. The staff reserves the right to edit letters for length and clarity. If you feel the newspaper has beeninaccurate or unfair, please contact the editor.EditorialsSTAFF STORIESWhy Wofford?Etiquettewith theEditorHandling theclassroomwith classLeigh Ann Miller EditorAnna Hurd Wofford Staff ContributerSeptember 25, 2012OG&B8What did we do before cells phones? That was the questionmany people asked circa 2000. Now, the real question is, “Whatdid we do before smart phones?” Although it may be hard tobelieve, mankind lived a quite fulfilling life for the many yearsprior to the invention of smart phones. However, if you look atpeople today who are basically glued to their smart phones, youwould think that these phones are the key to survival.While cell phones can be time-saving, boredom slaying, safe-ty linked devices, they can also be downright bothersome. Howmany times have you been with a group of friends where every-one is looking down at their phone all night? Or even worse,how often have you gone out to dinner while the other personis constantly texting someone else? What is so important that itcannot wait one hour until dinner is finished? There are somesituations that do require a person to be “on-call” for a periodof time, but talking to your boyfriend or girlfriend or discuss-ing last night’s events at the row do not qualify. Put the phonedown. It’s okay, I promise. Life will go on, and the text mes-sage will not disappear even if you do not answer it within 30seconds. Talk to the people around you; that is the purpose ofgetting together with your friends.Another time when cell phones can pose a problem is in theclassroom. The same principle applies to this situation; unlessyou are expecting an urgent call or text and need to respond,turn the phone off or put it on vibrate, and keep it away for 80minutes. Texting during class is disrespectful to the professorand your fellow classmates. In addition, you may miss impor-tant material. I doubt the excuse, “I’m sorry, professor, I wastexting and missed those notes,” will be taken as a valid excusefor missing answers on a test.Trying to hide texting in class is another story in itself. Per-sonally, I find it amusing to watch students trying so hard tohide their texting from the professor. You’ve been staring downbetween your legs for five minutes and sporadically smiling –what else are you doing? Unless you wrote the notes on yourthigh and inserted comical notations, I doubt you are paying at-tention to class related material. I have a feeling professors havemastered the art of spotting rogue texters. They may not callyou out for it, but they notice.In my experience, if you are expecting an important phonecall or text, professors will allow you to have your phone out ifyou talk to them about it before class. There are situations wherewe do need to be able to be reached immediately, and in thosecases cell phones are helpful.Cell phones are a huge part of our culture and an added con-venience in our busy lives, but they can also be detrimental. Goahead, use your cell phone when you need it, but try not to keepit glued to your hand all day. Try this — instead of looking atyour phone as you walk across campus, look up; smile at peopleand say hello!Even a good thing in excess can turn into a problem, so justbe mindful of where and when you use your phone.Campus Union CornerEditorialsA Student’s PerspectiveThe GOP’swar on womenEtiquettewith theEditorAttack ofthe cellsLeigh Ann Miller EditorTaylor BrownMy Fellow Terriers--On behalf of the Campus Union, I am excited to offer you all updates on what we have been working on!To date, we have had two student government meetings. We have challenged ourselves to approve financialguidelines in which to manage our budget. In addition, your delegates are working on operational guidelinesthrough which to focus our fiscal and human resources to support events that are creative, inclusive and ex-citing. When operational guidelines are approved, we plan to hold individuals and organizations that receiveCampus Union funding to a higher standard.I would also like to take the time to thank the Director of Greek Life Brian Joyce for his efforts to chal-lenging our Greek-letter organizations to actively work with his office to create a campus environment thatallows for both fun and safety.As always, our Campus Union meetings are open to the campus community. We hope that you will comejoin us!If I can be of any assistance, please do not hesitate to let me know!God Bless!Respectfully,Ron NormanYou know, it really is a scary time to be awoman and would thus like to address the issueof the so-called “War on Women.” According toObama’s ad, “Mitt Romney opposes requiring in-surance coverage for contraception. And Rom-ney supports overturning Roe v. Wade. Romneybacked a bill that outlaws all abortion, even incase of rape and incest.” And then, “There’s justso much we need to do. We need to attack ourproblems. Not a woman’s choice.”Firstly: there are no issues that singularly af-fect women, and there are no issues that singu-larly affect men. In the spirit of true feminism—equality—both sexes should be concerned overall things in the platform and not be duped bya hypocritical OFA campaign who is preachingsexism by trying to highlight supposed differenc-es—the very things they claim to fight against.Roe v. Wade, insurance coverage for contracep-tion (and sterilization, or ella® also known as theAbortion Pill), and more are not just appliedto women—I’m not sure if many people knowthis, but sex can’t happen with just one person,and as far as I’m aware, the only woman in his-tory to get pregnant without a man’s help is theBlessed Virgin Mary. Men have a stake in whathappens to the woman, and if there was an adthat was run to show how Romney is trying tostifle issues that are just related to men, groupslike NOW would be up in arms over the lackof equality and sexism. There has to be a pointwhere we stop looking at things from only onepoint of view.Secondly the ad in and of itself is mislead-ing and categorically false as Romney said thathe believes abortion is wrong except in cases ofrape, incest, or to protect the mother’s health.strong stance against the wrong, offen-sive, insensitive, and blatantly inaccu-rate statement by Todd Akin—provingthis very point.Thirdly, the woman’s choice is not be-ing attacked by Romney. The womanstill has the choice whether or not tohave sex, and Romney has no prob-lem with an insurance company offer-ing contraception coverage as part ofits plan. He does have a problem whenit is required. The federal governmentshould have no say in mandating whatis or isn’t in an insurance plan. A wom-an’s boss or school, etc. should not berequired to finance the woman’s choiceto have sex. She should be responsiblefor financing her own sexual activity.Two of the many problems that needto be attacked are: the complete lackof truthfulness coming from Obama’scampaign and Super PACs (with therecent ad featuring Joe Soptic), and thesexism that is being used to dupe peo-ple who have no time to research theseissues into believing that their “rights”are being trampled on. Furthermore,Obama is openly supporting his daugh-ter’s “right” to have birth control and,consequently because of the HHS man-date, abortions. Is it really Romney who is “justso out of touch [with women]” or is it Obamawho is using his daughters to further his cause tosquelch religious freedom and capitalism?Come November, I plan to support someonewho won’t use race, gender, and socio-economicclass to divide; someone who won’t step in thepregnancy-ending policies damning freedom ofreligion in the process. I plan to vote for some-one who stands for what is important in Ameri-ca—jobs and economic growth, smaller govern-ment, deficit reduction, returning America toits former splendor, and moral values. We needto be clear that the era of Big Government hasLetters to the EditorKayla Bethea photoPhotos ofthe weekOctober 9, 2012OG&B8After every birthday party Ihad as child, I spent quite a bitof time writing hand-writtenthank- you notes for the giftsI received. The same regimewas, and still is, repeated afterevery major holiday or eventwhere I receive gifts. When Iwas younger, my mother in-sisted I get into the habit ofsending hand-written thank-you notes — complete withpersonal and creative mes-sages, delivered within a rea-sonable amount of time. Thehabit stuck.I’m sure all of us can agreethat hand-written notes canbe tedious to complete andcan sometimes feel unneces-sary. However, I also believemost of us have the sameopinion on receiving hand-written notes – we love it!Opening your CPO and find-ing a hand-written note – nota flyer, a newspaper, or even ayellow package slip is such anexciting feeling. Personally, Ido not get that great feelingwhen I receive an email or atext message. Knowing thatsomeone took the time andeffort to write to me meanssomething, and I appreciate it.Many college students for-get the importance of thank-you notes, but they are a ne-cessity in our world. At somepoint while at Wofford, wewill all likely have to ask afaculty member to write arecommendation for us. Thisgracious service requires athank-you note as soon as therecommendation has beensubmitted. Please do not tryto get out of writing a noteby starting an email with thecommon phrase “Thank youin advance for writing the rec-ommendation for me.” To putit frankly, that is cheating.Another time when it is ap-propriate to send a thank-younote is after an academic de-partment party. A quick noteto the professor who openedhis or her home to the de-partment or who plannedthe event is a proper gesture.Hosting a party, even for easy-going college students, is acommitment, and the hostshould be thanked for his orher effort. Just write a simplenote when you return fromthe party and drop it by theprofessor’s office the next day.It takes less than 15 minutesout of your day and displaysgood manners.Despite dreading the weekafter my childhood birthdayparties because of those re-quired thank- you notes, Ihave now come to enjoy writ-ing them. After I receive a giftor go to someone’s home fora special event, I always senda thank-you note in the mail.Yes, it may be old fashioned.Yes, it may be slow. But, I be-lieve it is a wonderful way toexpress one’s gratitude.Sometimes, sending hand-written notes is not possible,and that is okay, but some sortof effort should still be madeto thank the person. Whetherit is a phone call, an email, orin a dire situation, a text mes-sage, I recommend alwayssaying thank you.Not everyone may enjoysending hand-written thank-you notes, and some peoplemay not even see the point ofthem, but I believe they arean exceptional gesture thatshould be considered moreoften as a means of commu-nication. You can truly makesomeone’s day with a few sim-ple words on a card, and at thesame time, you make a lastingimpression that you took thetime and effort to recognizetheir efforts.Next time you are at home,pack a few note cards to bringback to school. They will comein handy more often than youthink!Campus Union CornerEditorialA Student’s PerspectiveResponse to “the GOP’sWar on Women”Etiquettewith theEditorThe art andimportance of thehandwritten noteLeigh Ann MillerAlex HubbardEditorMy Fellow Terriers--On behalf of the Campus Union, I would like to congratulate the newly electedCampus Union delegates.Freshmen Class delegates: Billy Moody, Isaiah Addison, Jonathan Franklin, Lind-say Uhlinger, McKensie Rogers, and Ryan CarterSophomore Class delegate: Lacey JonesAt-Large delegate: Keller PittsAll students are invited to Campus Union meetings which are held every Mondayat 6:00 pm in Olin Theatre. Please contact one of the representatives if you haveideas about improvements that student government can make at Wofford.God Bless and God Bless Wofford College!Respectfully,Ron Norman, Campus Union PresidentEveryone knows the image of the child withits fingers in its ears. Yelling, “Na-na-na, I can’thear you!” This youngster thinks its personalignorance alters the reality that there is actuallysomeone there. It’s a cute scene for a while, andthen it becomes annoying, perhaps even dan-gerous, like when an adult tries to tell the childplaying in the road a truck is coming and it’sabout to be hit.What I mean to say, Taylor, is take your fin-gers out of your ears, because you’re about to berun over by the Grand Ole Pickup truck.To begin, what constitutes feminism is a con-tested issue. As you note, feminists do wantgender equality, but they want to achieve it bycelebrating differences, not ignoring them, asyou argue. Acknowledging and celebrating dif-ferences, then, is far from sexist, and it allows usto address the fact that men and women do leaddifferent lives and thus are affected differentlyby issues like employment and sexual health.To argue, “there are no issues that singularlyaffect women…[or] men,” is simply incorrect.For example, how many men do you know getpregnant? Yes, men are involved in impregnat-ing women, but they are not the ones who mustcarry a child to term, whose health is directlyaffected by a fetus, and whose careers are oftenaffected by pregnancy and parenthood.The “War on Women” is over these very is-sues. It’s also about acknowledging that Repub-licans are the ones making it increasingly dif-ficult for women to exercise control over theirsexual lives, their health, and their jobs. It wasnot only Republicans like Governors Brewer(AZ) and Perry (TX), but also the Republican-controlled House that tried to defund PlannedParenthood, an organization that helps womentake charge of their health and the size of theirfamilies by screening for and treating STDs,screening for cancer, providing contraception,and, in rare cases, abortion. It is Republicanswho fail to allow for abortions, even in casesof rape and incest; despite Romney’s claimsthat he would make exceptions for abortions,his party’s actual platform – the platform heendorses – makes no such concessions. Andit was Republicans who continued to supportwage inequality; when the Lilly Ledbetter FairPay Act – an act that would strengthen the gov-ernment’s ability to combat sex-based wage dis-crimination – was up for vote, all 36 dissentingvotes were Republicans.To pretend this election isn’t about social is-sues, then, is completely ignorant. This electionis about a woman’s right to earn equal wages tomen who hold the same job, to not be calleda “slut” by Rush Limbaugh for seeking medicalservices, and to use family planning methods– including contraception and abortion – to al-low her to manage both a career and a family.Or to use them during an accidental pregnan-cy when she realizes she can’t afford to have achild. Or to use them after she is forcibly raped.So, just because the GOP has mud on its facewhen it comes to social policies doesn’t meanit gets to pretend that mud’s not there now thatthey’re being called on it.In closing, I invite you and other women tovote for someone who recognizes the strugglesthat women face. Who wants to guarantee thatwomen receive the health services they need.Who signed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act tohelp close the wage gap. Someone who wantsa more socially just world because it’s what weall deserve.In November, get out of the street and intothe voting booth and vote for Barack Obama,because if you don’t, there’s a Grand Ole Pickupcoming down the road, and it will hit you hard.Letters to the EditorPhotoof theweek “One woman hugged a volunteer because she was sohappy we were finally doing this recycling program,” saysPatton. “The fans are very happy. There are people comingup to the booth, asking about the program and taking aRecycling continuedfrom page 1Kayla Bethea Photo
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  • PhotographMonthly/Bi-Monthly or Under 5,000First PlaceTrent BrockOld Gold & BlackWofford CollegeSurf WoffordCollegiate Meeting & Awards | Claflin UNiversitySurf WoffordDaniel Didok ContributingWriterLongboarding. We’ve all seenthem, the longboarders, zoomingin and out of crowds of people inthe morning, blasting down hugehills in the afternoon, and hittingthe ground hard face-first afterlosing control. It seems fun, and itlooks kind of cool, but, why in theworld would someone do some-thing that dangerous?“Danger is part of the fun of it.I’ve had tons of accidents. Whenyou crash and it hurts, you’re like,’Yeah.’ It’s funny. Generally, there’sa cool story behind it. Sometimes,there’s a cool video, ” says WillPhar, the creator of the Surf Wof-ford Facebook group, as he’s lyingback on his couch, taking it easyrecovering from his last majorcrash.Surfing the concrete wave issomething I myself started to getinto a few years back. It was a lateFriday afternoon and classes werejust finishing up for the week.I was walking out of Old Mainspent and ready for some restwhen I noticed a couple of guyscruising along the sidewalk in thewarm autumn sun. Lamar Hunt-er, Cam Kimber, Tyrell Jemisonand a few other guys were flow-ing around on the sidewalk waveand teaching others about howthey could do the same. I asked ifI could try it. I hopped on and fellin love.It was like the first time I heldhands with a girl. I was excited. Iwas happy. It felt to me like snow-boarding on concrete. I had tobuy one.Fast-forward two years later;we have Surf Wofford and a flour-ishing longboarding communityon Wofford’s campus. It wouldbe interesting to try to find outwho exactly was the pioneer oflongboarding at Wofford, butthat’s not really the style of thecommunity. The seeds just kindof fell around campus and startedsprouting up. Phar has an inter-esting way of describing the ap-peal of this magnificent creature:“It’s like eating Skittles. It’s coolto eat Skittles. They taste good.There’s a fun package. They comein many colors. It’s the same withlongboards. They’re colorful,pleasing to the eye. Tasty… Deli-cious.”And, just like Skittles, it’s toogood to keep to yourself. The peo-ple that longboard are adamantabout people joining them. Pharassures me, “People that want toteach are waiting.” He points outthe three longboards behind meand tells me that they are just sit-ting there “waiting for someoneto ride them.”Besides the community aspectand the feel of the low-sittingboard on smooth concrete, long-boarding is practical. A normalstudent can take anywhere fromsix to seven minutes to travelfrom Olin Building to the Cam-pus Life Building. On a long-board, the trip takes two minutes.The boards are creative. A usercan customize wheels, boardstyles, and grip tape to his or herown liking and to terrain specifi-cations. The boards can be takendown huge hills at breakneckspeeds (the current top speed is ataround 82 mph), or you can slidethe board over the concrete like ahot knife through butter.It’s difficult at first like anygood thing, but the experienceis full worth the effort. Phar hasan interesting analogy to apply tothe experience. He says it is likea seasoned basketball player, whofalls during the game and rollsright back up ready to play. Thefirst time the guy fell, he probablyskinned the meat off of his kneesand sat there. With longboarding,the first time you crash, you mayfall and tear half your face off, butyou learn to get up and to perse-vere. The adrenaline rush helpsyou manage the pain.Surf Wofford is active even inits infancy. They are working ongetting sponsorships from skateshops in Greenville, teaching stu-dents and community membersto ride, and encouraging every-one to have a good and safe time.Don’t wimp out because itlooks dangerous. Phar assuresme, “It makes you happy when itall works out.”play professionally until I was around 30, but timingis everything in life. So when Mike Young offeredme the job, I was all over it. My first thought was notto screw anything up and just do any and everythingMike Young asked of me. He was like my daddy as aplayer and still remains so even as I’m his assistant.”In addition, Rundles could not have asked for abetter support base.“Everyone was really supportive of me and thatwas important because giving up playing was one ofthe hardest decisions I’ve ever had to make. Manystill question my decision, but for the most part inthe UK, in Minnesota, and even here, people sup-port me!”According to Rundles, Young is the kind of coachthat other head coaches look up to. He supports hisplayers as if they were his own family. He tries toprepare them for life after Wofford, and many of theplayers from the back-to-back championship teamare either playing professionally or coaching.“This is a testament to Coach Young and his abil-ity to bring of group of young men together for ateam goal and also inspired all of us to continue andTrent Brock PhotoAlso, it’s weird walking on campus and not going toclass. I miss the professors, but not the work,” saysRundles. “Everyone is so close, the students and thestaff and faculty. It’s one big family that you can feelcomfortable with as a student or staff member.”Now that Rundles has become a coach, his objec-tives have changed.“My long term goal is to win a SoCon champion-ship as a coach now that I have a couple as a player,”says Rundles.But the team has changed. With only two membersof the championship group still on the men’s basket-ball team, the new players have some big shoes to fill.“Our team this year is really young and talented.I see some similarities, but the only thing missing is#42 (Tim Johnson). I don’t think Wofford will everhave a player of his caliber! I Love that dude!”In his eyes, Wofford has given Rundles so muchand now he wants to return the favor.“I just hope to bring energy to our teams here atWofford and to be a good positive role model for ouryoung guys,” he says.mark of the first quarter. Wofforddrove the ball down the field ontheir next possession, but WillIrwin fumbled after making afirst down catch and the ball wasrecovered at the 19-yard line byCortez Johnson.with 6:49 left in the third quarter.Furman picked up one first downbefore two penalties backed upthe Paladins. Ray Early punted82-yards and Wofford startedtheir drive on the two-yard line.The Terriers gained one firstNext week, the Terriers begin atough two-game road trip with avisit to Georgia Southern at 6:00p.m. followed by a trip to Appala-chian State on October 20.Wofford vs. Furman Post-Game Notes• Wofford has opened the season 5-0 for the first time since 1991.• The Wofford defense had three interceptions in the game, a season high and the most since at Chat-tanooga (11/19/2011). Interceptions were by Mike McCrimon (second career), Blake Wylie (seventhcareer), and Tarek Odom (first career).• Eric Breitenstein marked his 24th career 100+ rushing game with 158 yards on 21 carries. Eric Breiten-stein stands at 4,588 career rushing yards, currently 540 yards behind Shawn Graves at 5,128 yards inthe school record book.• Injuries have begun to pile up for the Terriers. Mike Niam (knee), Donovan Johnson (foot), Allen Smith (concussion) and Stephon Shelton (concussion) missed the contest due to injury. Anthony Carden(hip), Zach Bobb (knee), and Josh Roseborough (ankle) were hurt in the game.• Game captains were CJ Turner and Josef Grommer.• Attendance was 9,170 at Gibbs Stadium.
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  • General ExcellenceMonthly/Bi-Monthly or Under 5,000Third PlaceThe PantherClaflin UniversityCollegiate Meeting & Awards | Claflin UNiversityc l a f l i n U n i v e r s i t y, O r a n G e B U r G , s . c .PANTHERTheWeDnesDay, sePteMBer 26, 2012By IMARI V. HENDERSONStudents at Claflin University continue awaiting achangeindormvisitationpolicysoughtbytheStudentGovernmentAssociationandothers.Co-ed visitation is not a new issue, but during thepast two semesters, students have taken matters intotheirownhands.Juniorpoliticsandjusticestudiesma-jorDwayneColemanisoneofthestudentswhodecidedtospeakup.“I wanted to change the visitation policy because Ifeel that students do not have the ability to have a pri-vate relationship amongst each other. As Claflin stu-dents, we should be treated as adults and not as chil-dren,”Colemansaid.Colemantooktheinitiativetostartapetitionofsig-naturesfromClaflinstudentswhowereinsupportofavisitationpolicychange.Thepresentpolicystatesthatonly individuals of the same sex have the opportunitytovisitindormrooms.Coleman has spoken with university PresidentHenry N. Tisdale about the issue, but no action hasbeentaken.Assistant Vice President for Student DevelopmentandServicesDevinRandolphsaid,“Asofnow,nothinghasbeensetinplaceregardingco-edvisitation.”The Student Government Association, along withother student advocacy groups, began work toward apolicy change during spring 2012. The proposed newpolicywouldallowco-edvisitationindormroomsfrom7p.m.to11p.m.,andthedoorofthedormroomwouldremainopenduringavisit.Push continuesfor changes invisitation policySGA prez’S 2nd term / mAtriculAtion dAy / StorieS, pAGe 8Financial aid processcomplicated by numbersof students and dollarsBy LARRY BOYD JR., INDIA HILL AND JARED JACKSONAsthecrowdthickens,impatientstudentswaittoseecounselors.The financial aid process for the most part alwaystakestime,butthisyearitseemslongerthanusual.WithClaflin’susuallyhectic“ApprovalProcess”nowavailabledigitally,itseemsthatbeingfinanciallyclearedand getting settled into a dorm and classes would beeasier.Noso.Alotofstudentsarenotfinanciallyclearedbeforear-rival,makingrisingtuitioncostsandlimitedfundingforsomereturningstudentsfactorsinlong linesandanap-provalprocesstheywanttobequicker.Claflin’stuitionforthe2012-13schoolyearis$11,339per semester, which includes housing. The cost of re-siding in SRC buildings North,South,West and East isextra,andhasjumpedto$1,100asemesterfrom$900.See DOLLARS, PAgE 2The SGA officers took the oath of office at Matriculation Day. From left are Miss Homecoming TiaraAnderson, Chaplain Keiko Cooley, Vice President Angelica Moore, Mr. Claflin James Stroman, PresidentMarcus Howard (at podium), Miss Claflin Kristen Bell, Recording Secretary Shanae Neal, CorrespondingSecretary India Hill, Business Manager Kinyetta Campbell and Student Activities Board President VincentPendarvis. (Panther photo by Kemet Alston)See VISITATION, PAgE 2General excellence -- third place -- ScpA collegiate contest 2012 -- editions of 9/26/12 and 11/5/12
  • General ExcellenceMonthly/Bi-Monthly or Under 5,000Second PlaceOld Gold & BlackWofford CollegeCollegiate Meeting & Awards | Claflin UNiversityOld Gold & BlackOctober 23, 2012 Wofford College Vol. 98 Issue 4 Since 191572346What’sInside:NEWSFEATURESARTS &CULTUREWHAT’SUP ATWOFFORDSPORTSPAGEWOFFOrganicsin the GalleriaA housedividedPresidentialScholarHot drinksand hot factsThe tripleoptionTuition at Wofford College has steadily increased in recentyears. For example, for the class of 2014, since their freshmanyear in 2010, the cost of tuition has increased from $40,580 tothis year’s cost of $44,475, a total increase of $3,895. If the trendcontinues for next year, a 2010 freshman can expect to payabout $46,385 for their senior year. Based on those projections,that means that the class of 2010 can expect to pay $174,005 fortheir four years at the college. Without tuition increases, thattotal would be $162,320 or $11,685 less.Not all colleges increase tuition each year. Some stabilize tu-ition so freshmen and their families know what tutition will befor their four years as an undergraduate.“We’re certainly aware that others are doing that. Sewanee is abenchmark college, and we compare with them. They have alsoincreased costs between seven and eight percent, so in cappingtheir costs, they increased their costs by greater percentages. Welook at what other colleges in our peer group are charging. Mostcolleges don’t cap tuition, and one reason is that it takes awayfrom the flexibility that a college might have by setting a pricefor four years,” says Vice President of Enrollment Brande Stille.“Who makes this decision to increase tuition?” and “Whatexactly are these increases covering?”“The board of trustees is the group who approves the tuitionincrease. That’s after information is collected from the staff atWofford who have looked at increasing costs for programs andfacilities,” says Stille.“I wouldn’t say we have new expenses. It’s just general costs.When faculty are promoted or given tenure, they get a slightpay increase, and that’s necessary to retain our faculty. Therehas also been a significant 13 percent increase on our healthinsurance. It’s the nature of the healthcare industry right now.It’s not something we’ve done intentionally. Plus, food costs aregoing up and gas prices are going up, so travel expenses are up.It’s inflation, basically. It also goes towards improving someof our programs and facilities—our buildings are aging. We’rehaving to do some upgrades to get them looking good and feel-ing good,” says Chief Financial Officer Ms. Barbara Jefferson.What happens to the students who receive financial aid whentuition is increased?According to Stille, the calculated average financial aid pack-age for freshmen is more than $28,000, which includes all typesof aid like state-based grants, loans, workstudy, outside scholar-ships, federal scholarships, and athletic scholarships. Stille alsosays that 10 to 15 percent of Wofford students pay the full tu-ition at $44,475, and a larger percentage only receive state aidand not institutional aid.“If students receive need-based financial aid, they have to re-apply each year, and we do have students who receive differentfinancial aid each year. But typically, a family’s finances remainconsistent. Merit scholarships do remain the same over fouryears. We havestudents at Wof-ford who comefrom familieswho can’t affordto pay anythingtowards theireducation, so ifwe raise tuition$1,000, they mayrequire $1,000from FinancialAid, and that’snot always pos-sible. There maynot be another$1,000,” saysStille.“ O c c a s i o n -ally I’ll get phonecalls from par-ents that soundlike, ‘What canyou do? This haschanged; I can’tpay for this.’” Atthat point, I callthe Financial Aiddepartment andsee if we can help.We rally around the student — we don’t want to ignore thosewho ask for help. We try to do everything we can and exhaustevery option,” says Jefferson.Regardless, some students who cannot afford to pay the tu-ition, have had to withdraw from the college.“Our retention rate is strong, but I’ve seen that for the largemajority of those who leave, they are South Carolina studentswho lose their LIFE Scholarship at the end of freshmen year.That difference in cost makes them reevaluate things. It’s an is-sue for some families, certainly. However, we try to do an ef-fective job by explaining to students at the beginning that youshould anticipate that our costs are going to increase, and weencourage you to expect an increase of about 2.5 to four per-cent,” says Stille.A parent, who wishes to remain anonymous, disagrees.“Expecting increases was not made clear to me,” says theanonymous parent during Wofford’s Family Weekend. “Theynever talked to me about that.”Aside from scholarships, many students take out studentloans to help cover the costs of tuition. More than ever, this isa huge concern inthe type of econo-my Americans liveunder today. Buthow much is toomuch to borrow?“It varies fromstudent to stu-dent and dependson what they’recomfortable withas well as whattheir family’s situ-ation is. We havestudents everyyear who wantto borrow largesums of money,but we’ve encour-aged studentsnot to borrowan extravagantamount. Thereare maximumamounts thatthey can borrow,which increasesas they progressfrom freshman tosenior year. Thereare articles all the time about students who are complainingthey borrowed $100,000 for an undergraduate degree and nowcan’t find a job—I don’t think that’s a good decision,” says Stille.According to Stille, Wofford has a stable record of studentrepayment rates. The default rates for last year were at zero per-cent, suggesting that Wofford students are usually able to findwork and repay their loans.“We are conscious of what’s going on in the outside worldand in higher education. Even though we have had increases,we feel like we’re still a good value for what we have to offerstudents,” says Jefferson. “We’re not trying to keep up with theother schools or increase our fee so that we can catch Furmanor Davidson. Even though $45,000 seems like a huge number,that’s just a reality of higher education and the costs that high-er institutions have. We are not for profit; we’re in a differentworld. What we’re charging is allowing us to persist as an insti-tution, grow with the world and remain competitive with theseother institutions.”Wofford’s tuition increaseShould there be a tuition freeze per class?A closer lookat Zach’sBill Grice retires after50 years at WoffordJames William Grice Jr. started his career at Wof-ford on September 1, 1962. Fifty years and onemonth later, he retired as the office manager of thecollege’s maintenance department; a tenure that sawfour Wofford presidents, 10 U.S. presidents, hun-dreds of faculty, thousands of students and a newmillennium.Grice started as a young man and remembers hisfirst day at Wofford.“I went to the superintendent of Buildings andGrounds,” says Grice. “I was in the Navy, and he wasin the Naval Reserve, and he asked me to help outfor about a year. I didn’t realize what it was goingto turn into.”Still, Grice says that his duties didn’t change muchduring that time.“I took phone calls, copied keys, processed in-voices, made schedules, but mostly I just listened topeople complain,” laughs Grice. “It started with 40employees, a typewriter and one phone, and I wasthe one that had to take all of the calls. It was yearsbefore even another phone line was added, and evenlonger before beepers and cell phones.”Even though his job may not have changed much,he remained loyal to Wofford and never took an-other job.“I sat in the same desk since it came over the radiowhen JFK was shot and when 9/11 happened. I hadfun with fraternity boys over the years and watchedWofford grow and students come and go,” says Grice.“I should have quit 25 years ago and gone to WallStreet so I could be living on a Greek Island,” Gricejokes. “I don’t know why I stayed so long. I felt like Iwas part of a community and family. I’ll always haveall the friends I made and remember all the people Ihelped when dorms flooded or they had a flat tire.”Grice modestly described some of the many timesthat he helped people around campus with car trou-ble or moving in and out even though the tasks werenot a part of his job description.“I just always tried to be friendly and keep a goodsense of humor,” says Grice. “I’m just going to sitback now, come to football games and watch as Wof-ford continues to grow.”Zach’s offers a variety of food toWofford students ranging from delisandwiches to sushi to Chick-fil-Ato patty melts. With extensive lines,particularly during meal trade outtimes, things can get hairy and tem-pers sometimes flare on both sides ofthe counter. What students may notrealize about Zach’s, however, is thatmuch of the food is prepared freshdaily, and some staff members haveworked there for longer than 30 years.Carolyn Bonner, Marcelina Robinsonand Eric Lake share their insight.Carolyn Bonner has served at Zach’sfor 35 years, but she isn’t the employeewho has worked at Zach’s the longest.“Mrs. Ellen, who’s out now, hasworked here longer than me,” saysZach’s supervisor Carolyn Bonner.“She had reached 38 years when sheretired, and now she has worked part-time for six or seven years.”“Ellen told me about the job aroundOctober 4, 1976,” says Bonner. “I’veseen a lot of students come and goduring my time at Zach’s.”Bonner worked second shift forabout 12 years, but she now focusesher time on the first shift where sheserves as the supervisor.According to manager Eric Lake,who has worked at Zach’s for eightyears, “Carolyn is a supervisor. She isboss.”During her time at Zach’s, Bonneralso met her husband Russell.“Russell Bonner, who works the grillat night, is my husband,” says Bonner.“We started going out three years ago,and we just celebrated our first anni-versary on September 29.”“We’re the only college in the south-east that has a husband and wife teamthat are supervisors,” says Lake. “Rus-sell is the supervisor the for the secondshift.”Since the couple works differentshifts, they don’t see much of eachother during the day.“I leave at 4:30 p.m. and he comes inat 3:30 p.m., so we work here togetherfor an hour,” says Bonner.Bonner’s shift runs from eight in themorning until 4:30 in the afternoon,Monday through Friday. EmployeeMarcelina Robinson typically worksfrom 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Mondaythrough Friday. Robinson has beenemployed at Zach’s for six years, andcame to Zach’s after hearing of the jobthrough her family member who pre-viously worked there.“I come in and prep everything. Imake the chicken salad, cut meats,cheese, make tea, and then work onthe line at lunch. I mostly toast,” saysBonner. “After lunch I start doing thesame thing all over again.”According to Bonner, chicken saladand turkey are the two main entrees atZach’s.“To make the chicken salad, we haveto come in and cook the chicken, thengrind it all up,” says Bonner. “It’s notpre done. Everything is done freshfrom cooking the chicken. We makenearly 10 pounds each day.”By the time meal trade out begins at11 a.m., Zach’s employees have alreadyspent a few hours in preparation.Each morning chicken salad, tuna sal-ad, turkey salad, chipotle mayo, ranch,and pesto are prepared.“We’ve probably already worked upfrustration trying to get things readyfor the line at 11 a.m. to move that linequickly with a short wait,” says Bon-ner.A common complaint of studentsoccurs due to the long lines in Zach’s.Although students sometimes feel theSamuel NorthropJennifer Sellers Senior Staff WriterSenior Staff WriterKayla Bethea PhotoKat Kilpatrick Contributing WriterSee Zach’s page 8Maintenance Director Tom Rocks (left) thanks Bill Grice for his years of service to the college. Photo by Mark Olencki.Old Gold & BlackNovember 13, 2012 Wofford College Vol. 98 Issue 5 Since 1915As the plan for the new Row progresses, so does the fundfor the project—or does it? Fundraising for the new Row, witha price tag of $3.25 million, is going more slowly than antici-pated. Fraternities are raising the money that will be distributedequally among all of the houses. Some donors are not happywith this structure.“I suspect there’s some reluctance from some donors whohave a specific tie to an organization to donate large sums ofmoney that go to everyone when they would prefer for theirmoney to go to the organization they have ties with,” says Direc-tor of Student Activities and Greek Life Brian Joyce.Do students who are members of fraternities share thosesame concerns?“I can’t speak for the students, but I think generally, peopleare really excited about this,” says Joyce. “I think they see thelong-term investment that the college is making in the fraternitysystem. Even if they’re not here when the new Row is built, theycan come back during Homecoming and see their fraternity ina better position. However, some are not as invested becausethey think they won’t see it in their time here. The vast majorityof our first year and sophomore students will be in these housesbefore their undergrad career is over.”Once funding has been secured, all fraternity houses will bebuilt at the same time with the same basic floor plan and exte-rior design. All funding goes into a general fund for use on allhouses. If one fraternity gives more than another, they only getthe amount required to complete their house to college speci-fications.“I think that the decision was made because some of the fra-ternities would meet their goal, and their houses would be built,but others would never get there. It’s an all-or-nothing thing.Plus, clearly we don’t want one to be a mansion and another bea garage,” says Joyce.One option for rewarding fraternities that raise more moneyis an incentive plan with enhancements to the houses as a pos-sible carrot.“I think the incentive idea is still being discussed. They’re set-ting individual and chapter goals. It could be enhancements tothe interior of the house—like a big screen TV or a grill, some-thing like that,” says Joyce.These incentives and enhancements could appeal to fraterni-ties who remain concerned that the houses will lack individualcharacter.“The students want some individuality, but they’ll be moreuniform than they want. That was decided before I came in.I think we’re trying to offer them some individuality with theoutdoor areas, the different features inside, and the different el-evations on the front. I think it’s cheaper,” says Joyce.According to Joyce, the new houses will be more than twiceas large as the current houses — from 2000 square feet to 4570square feet. They will also meet the fire safety standards and beas energy efficient as possible.“The current houses are over 50 years old. Looking aroundcampus, we’ve got beautiful new buildings. It’s extremely histor-ic and traditional, and everything looks wonderful except thisone area of campus. It looks a little outdated — that’s a lot of theneed for the new Row,” says Joyce.Building the new Row will start and finish “when the moneyis raised,” says Joyce.Fundraising too slow for RowVillage houses honorWofford faculty legendsMs. Rita back in actionRita Rillman, known by many as “Ms. Rita,” was recently admitted to the hospital with a heart condi-tion. Despite the severity of her problem, she is recovering well and has only a few minor procedures to gothrough before making a full recovery.“I’m doing well,” says Rillman, “I had congestive heart failure and was out for about a week. They had toget fluid away from my heart, and I lost about 19 3/4 pounds in two nights at the hospital. I looked like theMichelin man cause my face was so swollen for awhile.”Rillman also is being treated for low hemoglobin.“My doctor asked me if I work, and I said everyday. He was surprised I could even stand up, but when Icome in tomorrow I’ll be doing handstands and cartwheels, and I’ll probably be feeling even better than thaton Monday. But don’t you worry about little old me,” Rillman boasted, “I’ll be just fine.”Sophomore Luke Basha admires Ms. Rita’s positive attitude.“I never would have noticed she was in the hospital recently because she doesn’t let it affect her at all,” hesays. “I don’t go to Acorn Cafe often, but when I do, she always jokes with me and cheers me up even thoughshe hardly ever sees me. Her awesome attitude never stops, and that’s what’s great about her.”Junior biology major Hilary Royer was happy to hear about Ms. Rita’s speedy recuperation.“Everyone on campus loves her,” says Royer. “If I’m having a bad day, I’ll go over there just to talk to her,and I feel that she would go out of her way for anyone and everyone on this campus.”Rillman’s ties to Wofford go beyond her 12-year tenure as an employee here. She actually grew up on theroad that once ran through what is now the Village.“I had a friend that used to run Zach’s, and she told me to put in an application, so I started in the facultydining room and moved to Acorn after I fooled everyone into thinking that I have no sense,” laughed Rill-man. “I’ve been fooling them for the last 12 years because I love it here. There’s always going to be some-thing funny going on or someone that needs some help — so I’m always here.”Rillman wants to make it clear that students shouldn’t just see her as “the lady that makes their coffee,” butrather a source for advice no matter what the problem.“I always look for the positives because there’s something good about everybody — you just have to digdeeper,” says Rillman, getting smiles from those around. “I just want everyone to know that if they ever needto talk about anything free of judgment, I will be here; for a small fee of course.”62345What’sInside:NEWSFEATURESARTS &CULTUREARTS &CULTUREWHAT’SUP ATWOFFORDYear of theLiberal ArtsWoffordfly fishingLetters fromMoldovaGiving thanksfrom afarthe BernieDiariesDuring Homecoming weekend; thecollege dedicated and named three Vil-lage houses for faculty legends Dr. DonDobbs (biology), Dr. John Cobb (Eng-lish) and Dr. Lewis Jones (history).As outlined by the Wofford Board ofTrustees, the Village houses will all benamed exclusively for professors whomade a lasting impact on Wofford duringtheir tenure at the college.“It’s a several step process. There has tobe a scholarship for students named forthem, then after that their names are putbefore the Board,” says Susan Gray, direc-tor of donor relations.Once an endowed scholarship fundestablished in honor or memory of a fac-ulty member reaches a value of $100,000,the professor become eligible to have ahouse named for him or her.By naming the Village houses onlyafter professors, the most scenic area ofcampus becomes a museum for the aca-demic giants of Wofford’s past.“We really don’t think that anotherschool has something quite like this,”Gray says. “[The Village] is beautiful,and this makes it even more distinctive.”According to Gray, the three professorshonored during Homecoming this yeareach left an indelible mark on Woffordand their students. While not a Woffordalumna herself, Gray and her husbandCharlie Gray, a Wofford grad who servesas the director of alumni and parents as-sociations, have worked at the college fordecades, and she has many fond recol-lections about each of the honored men.None, she says, made a larger impressionon her and her family than Jones.“My husband was a history major, soDr. Lewis Jones was probably the onethat touched my family the most becausehe had such an influence on my hus-band,” she says. “He literally opened upthe world to him. I think that’s probablyone of the best things you could ever sayabout a professor, that they opened youreyes to a broader view of the world.”Although Jones takes the distinctionof having the most powerful influencein the life of her family, Gray is quick topraise the other honorees.“I love all these guys. John Cobb wassuch an interesting younger professor— clever, talented, musical; I enjoyedjust knowing him. Dobbs, Cobb, Jones,they’re just all good.”President Benjamin B. Dunlap deliv-ered an address during the dedicationand naming event. Additional speak-ers honored about each dedicatee: Deanof the College Emeritus Dan Maultsbyshared memories of Dobbs. Dr. DenoTrakas, chairman of the English depart-ment, spoke fondly of Cobb, and Dr.Philip Racine, retired chair of the de-partment of history, remembered Jones.Family members, alumni and currentstudents attended the ceremony.“It’ll be a wonderful historical recordof wonderful faculty members at Wof-ford,” says Gray.Samuel Northrop ContributingWriterJennifer Sellers Senior Staff WriterAbigail Hartley Contributing WriterKayla Bethea PhotoKayla Bethea PhotoSusan Gray in front of the Jones house — Abigail Hartley Photo
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