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2013 SCPA Collegiate Awards Presentation


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See the winning photos, stories, designs and online entries from SCPA's 2014 Collegiate Meeting and Awards. Here are the winners from the 2013 S.C. Press Association Collegiate Contest.

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2013 SCPA Collegiate Awards Presentation

  1. 1. NEWS STORY Under 5,000 Division THIRD PLACE: Old Gold & Black Wofford College Peter Elbaum Back to the Future Math professor wins Google Glass competition by Peter Elbaum,, senior writer Dr. Anne Catlla has brought the future of computing to Wofford’s cam- pus. Catlla, assistant professor of math- ematics, won a competition to become part of a small group of people with the rights to buy a prototype version of Google Glass, a pair of glasses with computational abilities. The glasses have a camera, video camera, and a crystal that allows the wearer to see images and use the Internet. In Febru- ary, Google released a limited amount of information about the glasses, which included a video shot using the Glass from the perspective of a ballerina, a figure skater, a gymnast, and a parent, among others. In February, Google also introduced a competition for their use. Users, called Explorers, had to write a twitter post of 50 words or fewer detailing what their plans would be if chosen. Catlla heard of the competition through her husband, who is a com- puter programmer. He encouraged her to apply after hearing her ideas for Glass use in educational contexts. “The way Glass could be used for education made me interested in it. I’m not a first adopter of technology for entertainment or personal use, but when it comes to use in class, I’ll do it quickly. The thing that made me most interested was its potential for use in an educational context,” says Catlla. She wrote her tweet, and was accepted a month later. After she was accepted, Catlla trav- eled to the Google office in New York to get fitted for and trained on her glasses. Although the glasses were not able to perform in the way Catlla detailed in her tweet — by providing her informa- tion about her students through facial recognition — she started using them in a variety of other educational and everyday contexts. “I went to a wedding, and I record- ed it through Glass. I was able to pay attention and make the recording at the same time,” says Catlla. This is one benefit of the glasses — that the wearer can record their sur- roundings hands-free while being fully present in the situation. Catlla has used this benefit in her classroom. “I’ve used it to record student pre- sentations, so for grading it’s a lot easi- er. To be able to give students concrete feedback is nice,” she says. Catlla also has used the glasses to make instructional videos for her stu- dents and to hold virtual office hours, in which students can email her ques- tions, which she then answers by mak- ing and posting a video of how the problem is solved. “If it’s complicated, I can write the response out as I’m talk- ing and post video for that. I’d love to do a video conference with students in the future,” says Catlla. The glasses, along with other tech- nology, have the potential to vastly change the classroom experience. One way this could be done, aside from using Catlla’s strategies, is to create a “flipped classroom” in which stu- dents spend their time away from class watching lectures and instructional videos, leaving class time for practice, discussion, or questions. “One of the things I like about the inclusion of a lot of technology is that it allows more time to actually work with students in class,” says Catlla. Although Catlla is primarily using Glass for educational purposes, she has heard, through her Explorers commu- nity on Google Plus, of a number of new ways to use the technology. Uses include an app with a sign language da- tabase that would allow people to sign by following the pictures that they see in the crystal. Catlla has also heard of paralytics using the glasses to experi- ence what it’s like to do certain activi- ties. The potential of the technology for diverse uses is great. In I Am Legend, the 2007 movie starring Will Smith, the protagonist uses a pair of glasses with a small video camera mounted on them to record as he does clinical trials to find a cure for a pathogen that has turned the whole Earth into zombies. Although the tech- nological aspect of the movie seemed fantastical at the time of release, we now live in a time where those glasses are a reality. Technology is increas- ingly gaining a central place in daily life, and its limits seem unbounded. Who knows, maybe the future could hold the tanning bed-like machines that cure people of all illness from this year’s Elysium. Only time will tell.
  2. 2. NEWS STORY Under 5,000 Division SECOND PLACE: The Patriot Francis Marion University Nisheeka Simmons SEE INDUSTRIAL ENGINEERING... PAGE 3 Industrial engineering program to be offered Nisheeka Simmons
  3. 3. NEWS STORY Under 5,000 Division FIRST PLACE: The Paladin Furman University Stephanie Bauer “Inside the Presidential Transition: Kohrt takes over as interim president” This writer’s engaging lede is what grabbed me. It was easily the best of the many fine entries. From there, she gave a concise representation of Kohrt and his plans for FU.
  4. 4. NEWS STORY Over 5,000 Division THIRD PLACE: The Daily Gamecock USC Sarah Ellis and Thad Moore
  5. 5. NEWS STORY Over 5,000 Division SECOND PLACE: The Tiger Clemson University Grace Greene
  6. 6. NEWS STORY Over 5,000 Division FIRST PLACE: The Daily Gamecock USC Thad Moore Thiswasafineexample ofan“important”story thatwasalsoreadable.Ileftwithasenseof whatisatstake. arris Pastides had been USC’s president three weeks when the first cut came. Another came in October. One more in December. There were five budget cuts that year, worth $36.9 million on the Columbia campus. More than 23 percent in a year. South Carolina’s tax revenue was falling in 2008, and politicians’ talk of austerity grew. USC’s cuts — real and rumored — formed a bleak backdrop for a budding presidency. “Those were scary times,” Chief Financial Officer Ed Walton said. “People did not know what was coming next.” To compensate, the university froze hiring, losing 273 employees to retirement and other jobs. It brought in extra students: about 5,000 more in five years. It raised tuition: more than 22 percent for in-state students and nearly a quarter for everyone else. Pastides, 59, is credited with navigating the Great Recession, improving key measures of academic quality and posturing it to improve more. But staying afloat had consequences, and the university will feel them for years, officials say. Five years later, USC is forced into a corner. It can’t raise tuition any more, and an already-packed campus can’t handle more students. USC is at a pivot point: It faces big-picture questions of what it wants to be — and what it can afford. How big should it be? How can it grow more? Whom does it serve? And mostly, what’s next? Spencer Scott Nelson / THE DAILY GAMECOCK Thad Moore TMOORE@DAILYGAMECOCK.COM H PASTIDES • 2 Years Statefunding($) Source: USC Budget Office Years Studentenrollment Source: Institutional Assessment & Compliance Years Tuition($) Out-of-state In-state Source: USC Budget Office
  7. 7. FEATURE STORY Under 5,000 Division THIRD PLACE: The Patriot Francis Marion University Nisheeka Simmons Nisheeka Simmons Holden secures career on camera
  8. 8. FEATURE STORY Under 5,000 Division SECOND PLACE: Cistern Yard News College of Charleston Nicole DeMarco
  9. 9. FEATURE STORY Under 5,000 Division FIRST PLACE: Old Gold and Black Wofford College Anna Aguillard Amidst the Beacon Drive-In adver- tisements, coeducation debates, and glee club performance reviews found in the 1974 Old Gold & Black lies a jaw-drop- ping front page news story that many of us here at Wofford have never even heard about – but I think it’s about time that we did. “Wofford streaks its way to glory,” reads the headline, buried in the archives for some 30 years, alongside an actual picture from March 4, 1974 of the streak- ers in action. According to the article, for reasons unknown 125 Wofford stu- dents (all males, as Wofford did not allow women to attend until 1975) “entertained a crowd of 700 Converse spectators by running nude across the Converse cam- pus.” About 60 masked men began the show at 8:15 p.m., and the Converse girls had such a “positive” reaction that multiple groups began following in their footsteps. Local radio coverage arrived at the scene, followed shortly by the Spar- tanburg Police department and even am- bulances. While it lasted Converse girls admittedly did enjoy themselves because the article states, “for once, the usually dull campus came alive” (this sounds a little bit like an understatement to me). The general consensus on Wofford’s end was that it had been “great fun” – fun that incidentally included one dislocated shoulder, one sprained ankle, and one broken toe… thank goodness for that ambulance. Despite the injuries, this unprec- edented display resulted in, when the Wofford men’s pants hit the ground, Wof- ford laying claim to two national records: the first time one college had streaked another and the first all-male college to streak an all female college. When the Spartanburg news media widely broadcasted claims of a return streak by Converse girls, more than 2,000 spectators lined up on Wofford’s campus to watch the “show.” When no girls ar- rived, the Wofford men did not want to let down the Spartanburg community so they disrobed yet again in “an effort to please the Spartans.” This resulted in hate mail. Wofford professor of psychology James Bruce attributed the crowd’s be- havior as, “a collective behavior episode,” proving that educational lessons can be taken from pretty much any event – even naked college boys running rampant. He supports this event as “healthy both physically and psychologically” – an- other round, for the sake of learning, of course? Any volunteers? Ironically, nowhere in this article is the administration mentioned seriously. Wofford security official Chuck Darnell is quoted as jokingly warning, “Three streaks and you’re out!” but apparently this event did not cause too much con- cern with higher-ranking officials at Wofford. In later articles the Converse president reportedly viewed the streak- ing incident “with no particular feeling of alarm.” Which begs the question: can you imagine this happening today, and the participants getting away with it? Say 125 fraternity men were to streak through campus – they would probably be de-chartered, or at least closed down for a year, probably not allowed to have their formals for the next four years. Wofford has been cracking down lately, and when compared to this mini- mal response to such a brazen act dur- ing the 70s, it’s obvious that many things have changed. Raise a glass for that brave group of 125 Wofford men of the past – and ask your dad what he was doing on March 4, 1974. VINTAGE OG&B: A look back at the Streakin’ Seventies by Anna Aguillard, contributor Photo from the March 4, 1974 Old Gold & Black. Veryoriginalingoing backtothearchivesand combiningtheoldwith anupdate.Effectiveflow ofstoryline.Writtenwith agoodfeatureapproach andwasslightlytongue-in- cheek(nopunintended). PhotofromMarch1974 addedtothestory.
  10. 10. FEATURE STORY Over 5,000 Division THIRD PLACE: The Daily Gamecock USC Sarah Ellis here’s not much day-to-day bustle at S&S Art Supply on Main Street. On a weekday last month, owner Eric Stockard helped a handful of customers who dropped in throughout the afternoon — a mother and son buying art supplies to make crafts for their home-school lessons, a retired art teacher looking for some frosted mylar sheets. Swing music plays on a Pandora radio station while Stockard’s wife, Amanda Ladymon- Stockard, amuses their 1-year-old daughter, Lily, near the cash register. Rows of colorful art supplies line the walls below local artists’ paintings. But there are gaps on the shelves left by many of the store’s last remaining items that have been sold at T Main Street mainstay to close Leah Grubb / THE DAILY GAMECOCK S&S Art Supply owner Eric Stockard helps a customer choose supplies. The store will close this month. S&S Art Supply’s last big hurrah will be at First Thursdays on Main this week. Since moving to Main Street in July 2010, S&S has hosted local artists for showings at First Thursdays every month. This Thursday will feature eight local artists on display at the store. The downtown festivities kick off Thursday at 6 p.m. on the 1400, 1500 and 1600 blocks of Main Street. — Compiled by Sarah Ellis, Assistant News Editor S&S Art Supply will shut its doors after 4 years Sarah Ellis SELLIS@DAILYGAMECOCK.COM S&S • 3
  11. 11. FEATURE STORY Over 5,000 Division SECOND PLACE: The Carolina Reporter University of South Carolina Kristyn Winch Tucked in a strip mall beside a Dollar General and a barber shop, 20 teenagers are spending eight hours of their Saturday in a classroom — willingly. They are learning to drive with 911 Driving School, a private drivers education school in Columbia. Classes like this one are quickly changing the way teens learn to drive, which used to mean 30 hours of classroom instruction through the public school system. Two years ago, the state allowed high schools to drop their drivers education programs. Many high schools decided to provide it anyway, but in a survey a year after the change, 18 of the state’s 85 districts acknowledged that they had stopped offering drivers education. Other districts may have dropped it, but no further surveys have been done. By Kristyn Winch Staff Writer Drivers ed. takes new directionAs high schools eliminate courses, private schools profit from a rite of passage Kristyn Winch / The Carolina Reporter Please see DRIVERS ED page 11
  12. 12. FEATURE STORY Over 5,000 Division FIRST PLACE: The Daily Gamecock University of South Carolina Thad Moore and Colin Campbell Keenly observed, funny, insightful. I could read another 2,000 words of this.
  13. 13. SPORTS STORY Under 5,000 Division THIRD PLACE: Old Gold & Black Wofford College Evie Kytan SoCon Mixup Staff WrterEvie Kytan The future of the South- ern Conference is unclear. Within the past year, the Southern Conference has lost three of its 12 member institutions. In October, the College of Charleston accepted an in- vitation to join the Colonial Athletic Association. Then in March, both Appalachian State and Georgia Southern announced their departure to the Sun Belt Conference. So why have three schools left the SoCon in the past year? The answer is simple. The moves will generate more money and publicity for each school. For Appalachian State and Georgia Southern, two of the conference’s top foot- ball programs, the switch will catapult the two schools from the FCS, or the Foot- ball Championship Sub- division, to the top tier of Division I football, the FBS, or the Football Bowl Subdi- vision. Now, App State and Georgia Southern will com- pete in a bowl postseason, rather than a playoff series. “Absent the lure of FBS football, those two schools would not have left,” says Mark Line, Wofford’s as- sociate athletic director for sports programs. “The move was fully football driven.” Moving to the FBS brings not only increased revenues and television exposure; the chance to play in a bowl game offers the schools an advantage in recruiting, as both schools will have a hypothetical shot at the na- tional championship. FBS schools distribute 85 schol- arships to 85 different play- ers. FCS schools, on the other hand, only have 63 scholarships to spread out over 85 players, distributed however their coaches deem appropriate. With more ex- posure and higher competi- tion in the FBS, players also have a better chance of being seen by NFL scouts during their college careers. The Southern Conference is typically viewed as one of the toughest conferences in the FCS. Now with the loss of two of the league’s stron- gest teams, many speculate how the loss will shape the future of the conference. “Ultimately I think that it’s bad that Georgia Southern and App are leaving the So- Con,” says sophomore inside linebacker Kevin Thomas. “They are both very good football programs that com- pete for championships year in and year out, which adds to the prestige of the confer- ence. With them both leav- ing, many of us are afraid that the SoCon’s reputation will be viewed as a weaker conference.” From Wofford’s point of view, it’s a tough loss. Ap- palachian State and Georgia Southern are typically the two biggest games of the year for the Terriers; not only be- cause of the excitement and build up surrounding the game, but also because of the high attendance levels at those games. “We are definitely go- ing to miss the rivalry that Wofford has shared with App and Georgia Southern,” says junior tight end Mi- chael Harpe. “Usually when we played one of those two teams, the game was deter- mining who was going to win the SoCon that year. With these two teams leav- ing it will leave a consider- able gap in the SoCon, and now we are the team that has the target on its back.” Both Appalachian State and Georgia Southern will be leaving the SoCon after the 2013-14 academic year, meaning they get one more round in the Southern Con- ference. But for football, neither school will be eligi- ble for the FCS playoffs this coming fall, as both have added scholarship players in order to meet FBS require- ments. Should either Ap- palachian State or Georgia Southern finish with the top league record in the SoCon in the fall, they won’t receive the league’s automatic berth to the FCS playoffs. Instead, the team that finished with the next best record gets the automatic berth. App State and Georgia Southern will be eligible for NCAA berths in all other sports since the same scholarship rules ap- ply. “I do believe that it will give other schools that have been in that third and fourth place slot over the past few years a chance at making the playoffs, which is good for them,” says Thomas. Wofford players still be- lieve that the SoCon’s repu- tation will withstand this conference realignment. “It’s still going to be a very competitive conference with new teams coming in, and Samford, Furman and Chat- tanooga are still here,” says Harpe. “We will not take these teams lightly, and we will continue to work for our third conference title in four years.” The transition for App State and Georgia South- ern was a long time com- ing. For several years, both schools fan bases expressed interest in moving to the FBS. It wasn’t until three years ago that the Eagles and the Mountaineers both stated their interest in leav- ing the conference. Until their announcement, FBS conferences didn’t know the schools were available. Both schools had to wait to re- ceive an invitation from an FBS conference. “The only reason the Sun Belt invited these schools is because they had holes they needed to fill,” says Line. “This is all wrapped up in the expansion of the ACC and the Big 10. Those chang- es have changed the entire landscape of college foot- ball. It’s all interconnected.” For College of Charleston, the motivation to leave the Southern Conference was the same as App State and Georgia Southern - money and publicity. However un- like App and Southern, Charleston does not have a football program, meaning the athletic department re- lies on men’s basketball to bring in the majority of the revenue. The Cougars are joining a league that some say “puts basketball first.” The CAA is a conference that has be- come a household name in men’s basketball after George Mason and VCU’s runs to the NCAA Final Four in 2006 and 2011 re- spectively. The move gives Charleston higher name op- ponents that they hope will increase their performance and thus exposure. Unfor- tunately the problem with the CAA is the traveling. The league includes mostly northern schools, so virtu- ally every game is a plane ride away. That’s not just basketball that has to travel that far, it’s all sports. “If Charleston moved to the CAA thinking the bigger TV contracts would make them more money, they’ve made a mistake,” says Line. “Their travel budget is going to be off the charts. Yes there will be some money, but it won’t be as much as they thought it was, or it won’t cover what they need it to cover.” A switch to the CAA means a likelier chance of making it into the NCAA A look at what it could mean for Wofford and the conference’s future tournament as an at-large bid, a difficult feat to achieve in the SoCon. While the Southern Conference has been striving to become a conference that sends two teams to the NCAA tour- nament, the conference has remained a one-bid league. The Cougars are also ex- pected to make the move to the CAA after the 2013-14 academic school year. Now, it’s up to Southern Conference commissioner John Iamarino and the col- lege presidents to rebuild the conference. “The good thing is that the SoCon has the right people working down at the conference office. The com- missioner is really smart and balanced. He really knows this level of athletics,” says Line. “We have a lot of con- fidence that he’ll do the right thing.” The future of the confer- ence though is really up to the presidents of each mem- ber institution. The confer- ence holds a spring meeting each year attended by the president and athletic di- rector of each school. Those leaders hold the vote as to who to invite to the confer- ence. For now, there is only speculation about who will join the remaining nine Southern Conference schools. With three leaving now, it’s likely the confer- ence will want to replace those with three more. The schools many people are talking about include VMI, Mercer, Coastal Carolina, Belmont University, Stetson and East Tennessee State. “For Wofford, we’re in the right spot. We’re at the center geographically, and we are surrounded by simi- lar institutions that we can compete with,” says Line. “Our job is to find the right pieces to this puzzle in order to make our league as strong as possible.” While there hasn’t been much movement in the SoCon during the past 10 years, the conference has historically had to reinvent itself. The Southern Confer- ence was at one time home to many current ACC and SEC schools. “Iamarino has been ter- rific,” says Line. “We have to give him credit because he’s working really hard to try and hold this league to- gether.”
  14. 14. SPORTS STORY Under 5,000 Division SECOND PLACE: Cistern Yard News College of Charleston Chopper Johnson “Hustle not enough as App ousts Cougars”
  15. 15. SPORTS STORY Under 5,000 Division FIRST PLACE: The Paladin Furman University Bryan Betts “The search for the perfect walkout song” As good writers do, Betts went beyond the box score to find an interesting little story. Well-written and funny and probably the only sports story I’ve read that quotes Taylor Swift. Well done!
  16. 16. SPORTS STORY Over 5,000 Division THIRD PLACE: The Daily Gamecock USC Isabelle Khurshudyan Site of USC’sSite of USC’s women’s basketballwomen’s basketball NCAA Tournament 1st &NCAA Tournament 1st & 2nd round games2nd round games BARRED& The Confederate flag is not part of Dawn Staley’s history, but it’s become a major issue in her present. The South Carolina women’s basketball coach will never play in Columbia during the NCAA Tournament as long as the flag hangs atop a 30-foot pole in front of the State House. Since 2001, the NCAA has banned the state of South Carolina from hosting postseason events whose sites are predetermined. Because Columbia is not a host, the Gamecocks will travel 1,620 miles to Boulder, Colo., Saturday for their first-round matchup with South Dakota State, despite being the best seed among the four teams assigned to Boulder. Just as Staley’s team loses a competitive advantage, the state misses out on the millions in economic impact that would come with hosting men’s NCAA Tournament games. Even as the national economy has sagged in recent years, cities similar to Columbia’s size have enjoyed financial benefits from hosting. “I understand the history here in South Carolina,” Staley said. “It’s not my history, but it’s somebody’s history. I think it prevents us and it prevents me from doing my job in a place that I choose to call home. If it creates an opportunity for us not to have (an NCAA Tournament game at home), then yes, I’m offended.” ‘Man, that sucks’ Former USC point guard La’Keisha Sutton remembers thinking it was weird South Carolina still flew the Confederate flag prominently, but the New Jersey native had a more animated reaction after hearing USC could not host because of it. “My feeling was like, ‘Man, that sucks,’” Sutton said. “We wanted to play in the South. Columbia has great support, but they can’t come see us play for what we worked so hard for during the season because of the Confederate flag.” Women’s basketball teams that make the NCAA Tournament and were previously awarded a host site are almost always placed at that site. The Gamecocks traveled to West Lafayette, Ind., last season for their first NCAA Tournament trip under Staley. Were Columbia eligible to host first- and second- round games, it wouldn’t be guaranteed to get them. But with the $64 million, 18,000-seat Colonial Life Arena, a nearby airport and ample hotel accommodations, Columbia would have been a strong candidate. The NCAA highly values all three of those factors when picking host sites, said Old Dominion Athletics Director Wood Selig, whose school hosted first- and second-round games last year and will host a Sweet 16 and Elite Eight site this year. If USC makes the Sweet 16, it would play at ODU. “Our philosophy at ODU is we want to host as many NCAA championship events as we possibly can because it’s good for our teams if they are fortunate enough to be participating and able to play on campus,” Selig said. “It’s great for our fans who have been following the team or the sport all year long. We feel it’s good for our community because it brings a lot of economic impact to the area that would not otherwise occur.” Selig said the NCAA gets the “lion’s share” of ticket revenue from host sites, though ODU usually breaks even or makes a small profit from hosting. But he doesn’t mind the NCAA taking a big cut from tickets because hosting allows ODU to enjoy visibility on a national stage. Though USC’s women’s basketball team is most directly disadvantaged by the NCAA’s policy, cities in South Carolina suffer most from not being able Isabelle Khurshudyan IKHURSHUDYAN@DAILYGAMECOCK.COM 1,6201,620 milesmiles Boulder, Colo.Boulder, Colo.** ** Columbia, S.C.Columbia, S.C. STARRED Brian Almond THE DAILY GAMECOCK In the spring of 2000, legislation was passed to remove the Confederate battle flag from the State House dome. FLAG 2 Austin Price THE DAILY GAMECOCK
  17. 17. SPORTS STORY Over 5,000 Division SECOND PLACE: The Tiger Clemson University Gavin Oliver
  18. 18. SPORTS STORY Over 5,000 Division FIRST PLACE: The Carolina Reporter University of South Carolina Erin Shaw Allyoueverneed/wanttoknowaboutthelifeofabaseball! PAGE LAYOUT BY ERIN SHAW Well, you made it this far. You are nestled in a glove, the pitcher’s fingers placed perpendicular to your seams for a four-seam fastball. He winds up and hurtles you toward an aluminum bat. In an instant, you are flying in the opposite direction, landing in the stands. A USC student could pick you up and return you for a free $5 gift card to McAlister’s Deli. Or a child could race to you and claim you for his own. If this happens, you are not coming back. But don’t fret. You are one of about 660 dozen baseballs the University of South Carolina Gamecocks go through each year. One of 7,920. If all of you were lined up end to end, it would be enough to get a batter from home plate to first base more than 20 times. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the No. 1 team in Baseball America’s preseason ranking, goes through half that amount each year. “We do order a lot of balls,” said Kyle Lipsey, the director of baseball operations at USC. “I don’t know if anyone orders the amount that we do.” The reasoning is twofold. For one thing, Lipsey said, Carolina Stadium is not designed for retaining baseballs. If you are rocketed over the third base fence, you will land on a grassy hill and roll toward the Congaree River. Gone. If you are popped on the right side of first base or anywhere over right field, you will smack into the asphalt on Williams Street and become too scuffed and dented to return to play. Gone. And if you are fouled back onto the roof of the press box or coaches’ offices, you will most likely end up stuck in the gutter. See ya. The second reason rests with athletic director and former head coach Ray Tanner, who started the custom of ordering substantially more game balls than practice balls. Generally, teams order lesser- quality practice balls for scrimmages and batting practice, saving the official Rawlings R1 balls for games. “I’m of the mentality that you want to play and practice with the ball you’re ultimately going to use,” Tanner said. “We want players to adjust to real-life conditions, so when you practice, the ball should be new.” The athletics department orders an average of 110 dozen practice balls and average of 550 dozen game balls, according to Lipsey. At around $5 each, the baseball budget for the university would be nearly $40,000, but the SEC gives the university a significant subsidy, Lipsey said, because the balls are mandated by the conference. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. A lot has to happen before you make it into a game. The beginning You start life as a small rubber ball with a cork center. A machine wraps you in four layers of wool yarn to fatten you up and enable you to bounce back after being hit repeatedly. Two figure-eight pieces of leather are then hand- stitched together with exactly 108 stitches to form your recognizable red and white cover. For the Major Leagues, this happens in one special factory in central Costa Rica. You, like the majority of other baseballs, are made in China. By boat, you sail from China to Washington, Mo., a city just outside St. Louis. Around Thanksgiving, you make your way to South Carolina via FedEx truck. You arrive at T and T Sporting Goods, a family- owned establishment across the street from the state fairgrounds. All the Gamecock baseballs are stored here for the year. Carter Ellis, Jr. has been working at T and T for 23 years and stringently monitors the baseballs that come in and out of the store. “Baseballs have a tendency to grow legs,” he said. Lipsey usually keeps one to two cases of baseballs at Carolina Stadium at a time and gets more from Ellis on an as-needed basis. This way, there is more space in the Gamecock equipment rooms and coaches and players are deterred from using more balls than they actually need. The arrangement between the sporting goods store and the university–call it a gentleman’s agreement– has been going on “since forever” according to Ellis, and he alone gives permission for balls to leave the facility. “Nobody knows this little brick building does what it does, but we take pride in doing it,” Ellis said. “We love each and every one of our baseballs.” The middle Once you make it to the stadium’s equipment room, it’s time to get rubbed up with baseball mud. This is meant to remove your raw slickness and pearl-white sheen. Carter Scheetz, a sport and entertainment management student at USC, carefully removes your plastic wrapper. Then he dips his fingers in a tub of Lena Blackburne Rubbing Mud, a unique muck that comes from a secret spot on the banks of the Delaware River in Delran, N.J. It is dark brown, odorless and much more sophisticated than the infield dirt used on baseballs in the old days. At $43 for a standard tub, it’s expensive mud. But a little goes a long way. It only takes a small dab of mud mixed with water to rub up a ball. Normally, Scheetz will rub up five to six dozen baseballs before a game. So now you are game-day ready. You are off-white and smooth, sitting in ball bags in the dugout waiting to be warmed up. This is it. Well, maybe. Sometimes game balls don’t even make it into play. Both pitcher and umpire can throw out balls during play if they don’t like the way they feel. On this season’s team, sophomore relief pitcher Evan Beal considers himself the pickiest about the baseballs he throws. Even the most minor imperfection in a ball can bother him, he said. “If I throw a ball in the dirt and it skips or gets scuffed, I’ll usually throw it to the dugout,” said Beal, who usually tosses out two to three balls per inning. It helps him handle the unpredictability of pitching. Being able to change the balls out “mentally makes me feel more in control.” If you feel OK to the pitcher, there’s still a good chance you won’t last long. In the Majors, the life of a game ball is about six pitches. At Carolina Stadium, a game ball could last one pitch or a whole inning. You never know for sure. But let’s say you make it through a game. Now you become a practice ball. As a practice ball, you are a little damaged and worse for wear, but still valuable. Your job is to help players perfect their throwing and catching. Coaches hit grounders and pop flies to infielders and outfielders to sharpen their skills. You get grass stains. And dirt scuffs. Your ink starts to smudge. The end Eventually, you become too worn to be a practice ball. Your next stop is the batting cage, where baseballs go to die. Every day players come in for hitting time, using you until you start showing your age and fraying at the seams. The synthetic turf grass of the indoor facility is harsh on your already shabby leather exterior. The lip on the aluminum bat slices into your loosening cover. The pitching machine plucks at your red stitches. Such is the life of a baseball. You may be able to endure this for quite some time, but you finish your days scratched, scuffed and busted. They throw you away. You’re out. WEEK OF APRIL 22, 2012 PAGE 5Carolina Reporter The SouthCarolina Vanderbilt NorthCarolina Louisville MississippiState Oregon 7,920 6,000 3,900 2,400 4,500 1,800 5,400 Arkansas 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 7th6th State The University of South Carolina baseball team uses more balls per year than most top-ranked teams in Baseball America’s 2013 preseason poll. Baseball usage Preseason rank Source: Directors of baseball operations at each university Erin Shaw / The Carolina Reporter Thousands of USC baseballs travel a long road before they are used, lost and tossed at Carolina Stadium Behind Seams the By Erin Shaw Staff Writer From start to finish, the lifespan of a University of South Carolina baseball can be long or short, but one thing is for sure: there is no shortage of them. The two-time national championship team orders an average of 7,920 baseballs per season. Life of a Carolina baseball SPECIAL DELIVERY Baseballs are rubbed with special mud prior to play. Doing this reduces the ball’s shine and slickness. Carter Scheetz, a student at USC, has been rubbing up baseballs for the past two years. GETTING MUDDY READY FOR PLAY DEATH BY BATTING CAGE PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT Damaged game balls are reused during practices. Lesser-quality practice balls and recycled game balls are eventually taken to the batting cage, where they fall apart. Gamecock relief pitcher Evan Beal shows how to hold his favorite pitch, a four-seam fastball, which he can throw between 90 and 93 mph. Beal admits to being picky about the feel of the baseballs he throws. Erin Shaw / The Carolina Reporter Baseballs are stored at a local sporting goods store under lock and key before the season. The SEC mandates that all teams use baseballs made by Rawlings. Source: USC Athletics
  19. 19. ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT STORY Under 5,000 Division THIRD PLACE: Old Gold & Black Wofford College Elaine Best If you’re like me and are bad about planning ahead, then you’ve re- alized that Thanksgiving break is farther away this year than it was last year. I know many students are kicking themselves for not bringing more items from home to school, such as more cold-weather clothes, more shampoo, or — perhaps the most important item of them all — more food. Like me, we were all planning on having break to pack up the shorts and bring back the sweatpants. But, seeing as we have to wait until the end of the month and the temperature is dropping like your expectations for your future, I’ve come up with some foolproof ways to survive until Thanksgiving break: 1. Drown your miseries into a Pumpkin Latte. Much like your straight-A midterm grades, they aren’t here to stay: enjoy them while they last. 2. Befriend the squirrels on campus. They have much experience in the art of surviving winter and they are just furry rats. You’re a human — surely you can pick up on some tips from them (if you’re allergic to nuts, you may want to skip this step). 3. If the dining area is chilly, make yourself a napkin blanket. Ca- sually do this by asking someone to pass you a napkin. Continue to do this throughout the meal. If anyone questions what you’re doing, spill his or her drink. Proceed to take more napkins to help clean up the spill, slipping one onto your lap throughout the chaos. If they do not have a drink, randomly tell them a story from your childhood. Tell them your grandmother used to be so poor she would make quilts out of napkins. Your napkin blanket reminds you of your grandmother. How dare this person judge you! 4. Being cold in the classroom is a different story: if you’re in Mil- liken, try to avoid the tears of Bio Majors for those will only make you freeze faster. In Olin, attempt to sit directly under the fluorescent lights — who knows, maybe you’ll get a tan out of it! In Old Main, constantly move in your desk to warm yourself up. The old wooden furniture may make obnoxious creaking noises that could distract your classmates, but it’s only you we care about. Disregard their learn- ing experience for your own personal interests. 5. Constantly borrow items from people without the intention of ever returning them. Do nice things for them on occasion, such as giving them a set of monogrammed coasters or telling them their Sperry’s look extra nice that day. This way, you can keep the Keurig you borrowed for “just that one week” until break. 6. Go to the gym so that you can fit into the only pair of jeans you packed that you haven’t worn since last year. 7. If number 6 doesn’t work out, see Step 1. 8. Find your secret twin from England whom you met at camp and make them go to your classes while you hibernate until break. 9. Print off some power point slides for your class to make yourself feel productive. Quickly grab the warm papers from the printer and place them on your arms and face. Ignore the judgmental looks from your peers — they are simply jealous of your ingenuity. Enjoy the heat while it lasts! 10. For those of you who didn’t pack rain gear and have now dis- covered Wofford’s lovely rainy season, make yourself a raincoat out of plastic bags. Not only will you have a thrifty, recycled raincoat, you will also have endless pockets. Now when your friends want to go frolic somewhere, they will hand all their belongings to you, making you stand off to the sides, covered in plastic bags. In the rain. Watch- ing your friends feel the freedom of packing appropriately. Singing that one part of Katy Perry’s song to yourself: “Do you ever feel like a plastic bag?”… Follow these steps and you’re sure to make it to break! November may seem like the month that will never end, but now there’s a light at the end of the tunnel. And don’t worry — at least if you don’t survive, you don’t have to worry about exams. The foolproof guide for the unprepared student: getting by until break by Elaine Best, contributing writer
  20. 20. ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT STORY Under 5,000 Division SECOND PLACE: The Collegian Bob Jones University Carlie Maldonado A group of contestants prepares to perform during the prejudging round of competition on Feb. 16. Photo: LukeCleland What would you like to see at the tal- ent show? “Are they gonna have magic tricks?” said Dr. Dan Olinger, chair of the Divi- sion of Bible. “Good juggling is always nice.” Seniors on Stage, the first student event of its kind, will take place Satur- dayat 7 p.m. in Stratton Hall.Olinger, one of the event’s judges, is just one of many people on campus who wonder what to expect of the show. He said he will have to get a sense of how to judge the talents as the competi- tion progresses and as he sees just what students have to offer. Dr. Stephen Jones and Miss Jane Smith, a professor in the School of Edu- cation, will also be judging the contes- tants. Olinger wants to see something other than what can be found in a fine arts com- petition. “Creativity is part of the image of God,” he said. “The first thing we learn about God is that he is a creator.” But while Olinger would like to see a talent that is completely out-of-the-box, it would still require some skill and practice to truly impress him. “My inclination is to give out awards that actually mean something,” Olinger said. “Somebody gets to go to Disney World. He ought to have brought the ‘stuff’ to earn the trip.” As for his own secret talent, Olinger said he throws a football left-handed and It’s time for talent Students to contend for“magical” prize in Seniors on Stage By: CARLIE MALDONADO Staff Writer Imagine for a moment that you are a soldier in combat during wartime behind enemy lines. You’re lost from your unit, and you don’t know your exact location. Night is falling, and the enemy is sur- rounding you. It seems like there’s no- where to turn. What should you do? At this point there is only one thing you can do -- or continue to do. Call for help. As Christians constantly engaged in warfare, there are times when we may feel deserted or surrounded by the enemy, but University to break from routine for Day of Prayer we often neglect what should be our greatest asset: communication with our leader. God has promised to deliver his people when they call upon him. He has promised to hear our prayers. Each semester, the University sets aside one day to devote to prayer. On Tuesday, Feb. 19, the university family will begin the day by hearing a challenge from Dr. Bob Jones III. Then the student body will break into groups for a more focused time of prayer, first by society, and then by mission team interests. To end the scheduled activities for the day, faculty and students will reconvene for a time of worship and praise. A half-day of rest will follow this last scheduled meeting. Mr. Kyle Wilcox, special assistant to Dr. Stephen Jones and one of the coordinators of the day of prayer activities, said this day is important to the University’s mission and that prayer is important in every believer’s life. “We’re training students to be disciples of Christ,” he said. “Having a day focused on [prayer] highlights the fact that as disciples, as followers of Christ, communication with our Father is critical. A disciple has to be See TALENT SHOW p. 8 » Janelle Claypool, Rebekah McAnally and Catherine Cleland pause for a word of prayer. Photo: EmmaKlak By: ERIN KIMBRO Staff Writer See PRAYER p. 8 »
  21. 21. ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT STORY Under 5,000 Division FIRST PLACE: Cistern Yard News College of Charleston Christina D’Antoni The writer drew me in from the start and made me desperately want brunch in Charleston, right now! 23232323232322322323232333232333232323332333noveoveoveenov mbermbermberbermberbember 2122121221212121221 here’s to brunch: by CHRISTINA D’ANTONI FlFlFlliiip the page to read about some oooofff Charleston’s best brunches! Lowcountry Style
  22. 22. ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT STORY Over 5,000 Division THIRD PLACE: The Tiger Clemson University Savannah Mozingo
  23. 23. ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT STORY Over 5,000 Division SECOND PLACE: The Johnsonian Winthrop University Jennifer Brown Jennifer Brown Winthrop’s rendition of the Broadway musical, “Urinetown,” opened last Wednesday night to a full house, and despite the odd name, actually did involve urine. The play, directed by Stephen Gundersheim, marks the theatre of the year. The Araea Group and Dodger Theatricals produced the play on Broadway in September 2001. The title “Urinetown” creates some uncertainty. “I know nothing about this. I read the description of what it was about – they have to pay to pee,” sophomore psychology major Mari Reeves said. Some students in the audience, such as junior sociology major Eboni Ford, came as event credit. “I came to the play tonight because it is required of my class, and I’m in script analysis,” Ford said. “In my class, they’ve been hyping the play up a lot, so I’m expecting the play to go really well.” Reeves, however, came out of her pure enjoyment of all things musicals. Despite the advancements made with technology entertaining. “I love musicals,” Reeves said. “I still think live performances like this are awesome.” “Urinetown” gives the audience a glimpse into a small town. President Caldwell B. Cladwell funds his own luxuries by charging his citizens a fee to use the public amenities. Any rebellion, or illegal urinating, is met with a trip to the dreaded and mysterious Urinetown, from which no one returns. Cladwell faces a rebellion from the citizens of the town when his daughter Hope falls in the love with the leader of the pee-for-free rebellion, Bobby Strong. In addition to the unique name, another characteristic sets this musical apart from Lockstock and Little Sally, talk to the audience about the play throughout the entire show, even mocking the name and, at times, the characters’ actions. In theatre, this method of addressing the audience is referred to as breaking the fourth wall. “Urinetown” generated an almost constant laughter from the audience. Cast members told the story of Urinetown through over-the-top, loud songs, paired with choreographed dance routines and facial expressions, ultimately poking fun at the play and giving the audience members even more of a reason to chuckle. Freshman elementary education major Anne Marie Maghakian said she has always had a great appreciation for the arts, but the actors and actresses themselves caught her attention. “The actors and actresses were phenomenal and exceeded all of my expectations,” Maghakian said. “I loved “Urinetown.”’ Although he admits that the play “kinda had a weird name,” sophomore Travis Baccene was surprised by his peers’ performances. “It gives me hope for my generation,” Baccene said. “There’s a lot of talent at this school. It was cool to actually learn that.” The overall consensus from the audience was that “Urinetown” was a hit, or as Reeves said, “I thought that it was freaking amazing.” “Urinetown” wins over audience with royal flush Graphic by Tracy Anderson
  24. 24. ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT STORY Over 5,000 Division FIRST PLACE: The Daily Gamecock University of South Carolina Hannah Jeffrey Star-crossed strangers now connected on Twitter We’ve all been there. You’re walking to class, and you happen to make eye contact with some cutie coming your way, and under your breath you mutter, “Well, hello there.” And then you never see that person again. The soul mate you thought you had for about 30 seconds has exited your life, never to return. All hope is lost. Abandon ship. Your life is over. But before you throw yourself out of your dorm window, you may want to check out a mysterious new Twitter account called @USCCrushes, launched this week. This anonymous account puts the power in Twitter users’ hands when it comes to expressing their true feelings to their secret crushes. The two anonymous founders said they do not wish for their identities to be revealed and would only share that they are both female and both attend USC. They asked to remain nameless and would not disclose any other identifiable information. The Twitter handle was born Tuesday night after one of the founders saw an anonymous crush account from another Hannah Jeffrey NEWS@DAILYGAMECOCK.COM Users voice secret attractions anonymously via @USCCrushes CRUSH ● 2 “To the Amanda in my math class, lord forgive me for the sins I will commit for you” “the little cute in cola hall with the freckles, keep doing what ur doing girl” “The guy that was wearing orange nikes and walking from bates this can get it #hellohottie” “Ashton. Kutcher. Lookalike. Don’t pretend we didn’t make eye contact and don’t pretend you didn’t love it.” @USCCRUSHES Enjoyed this smart, witty writing. Sidebar with tweets is a good addition to the story. Story has depth and detail without running too long and exhausting the humor of the topic.
  25. 25. EDITORIAL WRITING Under 5,000 Division THIRD PLACE: The Skyliner North Greenville University Chelsea Ferguson Call me emoji: Moby Dick More than 160 years after its initial publication, Herman Melville’s iconic novel Moby Dick has been restyled for a younger, more technologically-savvy generation. The 135-chapter novel is still a staple in American literature classes at the high school and college level. Sitting down and reading classic literature word-for-word requires a If actually reading the book does not appeal to you, there is a somewhat pricey alternative. Moby Dick is in the public domain, so the entire text is available online for free. However, you can pay $40 for a softcover black and white or $200 for a hardcover color version of Emoji Dick. This version is comprised completely of emojis. An emoji, according The New Yorker, is a Japanese pictograph that can be used in place of letters or entire words. The whole novel is written in tiny pictures rather than in actual words. It is no secret that the younger generation is glued to technology. Phones, tablets and laptops are almost a part of us, and our social lives hinge on a screen in our hands. Our communication has changed drastically over the last decade, but does it need to extend to literature as well? More importantly, what is the point? The founder of the Emoji Dick project, Fred Beneson, explains his motivations in an email to The New Yorker, “I’m interested in the phenomenon of how our language, communications, and technology. Emoji are either a low point or a high point in that story, soIfeltIcouldconfrontalotof our shared anxieties about the future of human expression (see: Twitter or text messages) by forcing a great work of literature through you have it. The project founder himself is not sure whether or not this is a high or low point for technology and literature. founder should be telling. Taking a greatworkof literatureasBeneson said and forcing it through If readers are not even capable of reading the actual words of a novel in English, then an emoji version does one of two things. If you actually understand them, they dumb the literature down to what is, at best, a massive picture book. If you do not understand them, then the task of translating them is certainly more as they were actually written. of Moby Dick reads, “Call me has a phone, a man’s head, a sail- boat, a whale, and a hand. Even looking at the English next to the pictographs is confusing. If you are going to read the novel, the original version would be easier to understand and certainly cheaper than the emoji translation. Other than being an interesting — if not puzzling — technological experiment, what does a book translated completely into picture-sentences say about the intelligence of this generation? weary argument, “If it leads one kid to pick up some classic Later, in the same article, Ron Hogan writes, “People these days just don’t read much anymore. That’s why newspapers are dying, magazine circulation is drying up, and writing is on the decline. There’s got to be some way to make Herman Melville’s dense, modernist tome Moby Dick appealing Hogan and many others are simply missing the whole point of reading classic literature. The point of reading is not only for entertainment, but also for education. Pictographs simply do not cut it. Yes, reading a long book is time-consuming. So are school, work and relationships. We do not stop relating to people, getting college degrees or working just because it takes up time. If we did, we would have no friends or income, much less be able to speak and write like intelligent human beings. Reading is no different. Dumbing down books and new generation gives people yet another reason to be lazy and attached to technology. Herman Melville was not writing for this generation, he was writing for people in 1851. That does not excuse us from taking time to understand any piece that shaped the landscape of American literature. It is not any more or less important than other classics, but it does not deserve to be watered-down to such a base level. If you are going to take the time to read, do yourself a favor and read the original. You might the words of Herman Melville, “It is better to fail in originality Chelsea Ferguson Assistant Editor
  26. 26. EDITORIAL WRITING Under 5,000 Division SECOND PLACE: The Paladin Furman University Jacob Zimmerman “Community, cooperation and the presidential search”
  27. 27. EDITORIAL WRITING Under 5,000 Division FIRST PLACE: Cistern Yard News College of Charleston Chopper Johnson Well-roundedcolumnwithstrong writingandastrongstance. Writteninawittymannerwithpoints madeinawaythatisnotoverly confrontational;yetthepointofthe editorialstanceisquiteclear. OPINION photo by Colin Johnson In the classic film “Casablanca,” Claude Rains’ crooked police captain shuts down Humphrey Bogart’s bar by announcing that he is “shocked – SHOCKED! – to find that gambling is going on,” as a croupier hands him a pile of money he’s just won at the roulette table. Sitting in a recent international symposium on the impact of cruise ships on local tourist economies, I was baffled at the number of Charleston residents who seem to be shocked – SHOCKED! – that cruise lines are in business to make money. The symposium, hosted by the Preservation Society of Charleston, invited speakers to discuss how cruise ship passengers differ from “land tourists,” and how cruise lines work to maximize profit. For a city like Charleston, which is contemplating footing the bill for a new terminal for Carnival Cruise Lines, the question becomes, “is it worth it?” That depends on who you want to believe. In a 2010 report, the State Ports Authority touted job growth, increased tourist spending and a chance of repeat visitors to the city as plusses for the proposed terminal. But most of the SPA’s math was based on estimates, best-case-scenario math and speculation. A 2012 report commissioned by the Historic Charleston Foundation argued that the SPA’s numbers were completely wrong, and that their estimates, worth-case-scenario math and speculation were much more accurate. What is the truth? Well, cruise lines have gotten rich by scaring cities into building and handing over terminals, with no long-term contracts in place, and then doing everything they can to keep their passengers on board. And, because they are not paying for hotel rooms, cruise ship passengers spend notably less per night than land tourists. But, there is a very good chance that the passengers who come through Charleston to board cruise would not otherwise be here at all, and money they do spend on food, drinks and Market Street souvenirs does not strain the limited number of hotel beds on the peninsula. The symposium did not address how much this actual effect has been, because to the best of my knowledge, no one from a downtown restaurants association, or a representative of the Market Street retailers, was invited to speak. If you live downtown in the summer, you know we have already mortgaged the city to the almighty tourist dollar. It’s interesting that the Preservation crowd draws its line in the sand at cruise ships, and not at, say, a Wet Willie’s in the historic district along East Bay. I have nothing against cruise ship passengers (well, no more than I have against the other 4.2 million tourists that walk past my front door in a given year), but I do believe Carnival wants something for nothing. Lock in a long-term contract, mandate that the ships not serve full meals while they are in port (which causes more money to flow into local restaurants and bars) and institute a voucher system in which each passenger receives, from and paid for by Carnival, a $25 or $50 voucher to spend at local shops. The cruise lines have acquiesced to all of these stipulations before, and they could all work for Charleston if the SPA isn’t afraid to take a hard line. The bottom line is simple: If the figures don’t add up in favor of the city’s economy, don’t be afraid to let Carnival sail its way down to Savannah or Jacksonville. But, in a town that has made its recent fortune by carving up and selling off little pieces of its own culture, don’t pretend to be shocked that other people are just as cut- throat about making a profit as you are. Carnival Conundrum: Who is shocked by the cruise ship debate? by Chopper Johnson
  28. 28. EDITORIAL WRITING Over 5,000 Division THIRD PLACE: The Daily Gamecock USC Max Stolarcyzk Student smokers need not worry about ban USC will be kicking off the New Year on the right note, or so it thinks, by helping everyone make the right choice. Come Jan. 1, 2014, Tobacco Free USC will take effect and all tobacco products will be banned from campus. The much-maligned ban has been in the works for quite some time now, as made evident by our near-weekly lambasting of it. But we have good news, the pitchforks can be lowered. USC left the policy to be communally enforced. In other words, you won’t be getting dragged away by the ear by any campus police or school officials. At least, not necessarily, provided your residual anger over the ban is kept in check. Moreover, there will be no tickets issued or changed patrol habits to enforce the ban. What a relief. This allocation of manpower leaves the enforcement — or complete lackthereof, as evidenced by the current policy — of the ban up to our peers. Should you disturb a fellow Gamecock, they may be inclined to ask you for your name and file a complaint via an online form. As long as smokers listen to their mothers and don’t talk to strangers, the only consequence will be identification of their favorite hang-out as a “hot spot” for smoking. Naturally, frenemies looking to give you a hard time can also covertly turn your name in, but Healthy Carolina is hoping college students will be a little more mature. So, against all odds, your name’s been turned in. Now what? First-time violators will have to report to a workshop for 30 minutes, offered by Carolina Wellness. Upon the second violation, you’ll be charged a $50 fine and have to write an essay regarding the future effects of their tobacco use. If you so happen to have particularly bad friends, or impressively obnoxious tobacco use habits, your third violation will necessitate a $75 fine, probation and required community service hours or a cessation program. That’s not all. If you’re reported, counselors will also ask if you plan on quitting. Should you say no, you’ll be required to begin a cessation program and perhaps watch a documentary that you’ll have to write an essay about. Thankfully, this isn’t anything an innocent smile and nod can’t handle. While all this fuss is a little troublesome, we’re happy USC found an thoroughly ineffective enforcement policy that students can completely ignore. Though they may be angry that the ban is on the books at all, students can rest easy knowing there’s no way they’ll actually face consequences for violating it. The school can tout its tobacco-free and progressive policy, and students just need to make sure they’re not with mixed company before lighting up. ISSUE USC’s tobacco ban will be communally enforced. OUR STANCE Consequentially, it won’t be enforced, so everyone can relax. “While all this fuss is a little troublesome, we’re happy USC found a thoroughly ineffective enforcement policy that students can completely ignore.”
  29. 29. EDITORIAL WRITING Over 5,000 Division SECOND PLACE: The Johnsonian Winthrop University Adarrell Gadsden Winthrop administration didn’t alert students to the discovery of a dead body onWinthrop campus. - Winthrop administration should have alerted students about corpse on campus On Sunday Nov. 7, 2013, the body of a Rock Hill man was found on the outskirts Winthrop near Cherry Road behind Lee Wicker Residence Hall. The man was not a student, and is reported to have died of natural causes after col- lapsing. While many Winthrop stu- dents learned about the discovery of the body through text messages and pictures from friends, Win- throp administration did not relay any message to students about the discovery of the body. While there isn’t much that administration could have done, alerting students later on in the day once the body was removed seems as if it would have been the more proper course of ac- tion. Students sent around - working over the body. This means that students did see the body, and for some, a traumatic experience. If someone did see or stumble upon the body, knowing that there is somewhere they can go to talk about what they saw is important. When the administra- tion elected not to alert students that this happened, students relied on information from friends who weren’t completely sure of what happened. Winthrop has set in place that alerts students via text and through phone calls of happenings on campus or around the campus 365 days a year, such as crimes that have happened on and around the vicinity of the Winthrop cam- pus. Sending out an email under system after the body was removed would have allowed students to receive accurate information on what happened just outside of Lee Wicker Sunday morning. Winthrop administration chose not to alert students for certain reasons unknown at this time about the discovery of the body on it’s campus. It is known that Win- throp campus police assisted Rock Hill Police in securing the area and removal of the body from the campus, so it seems that informa- tion should have been made more readily available to students. If stu- dents do want more information on the situation, they should con- Adarrell Gadsden
  30. 30. EDITORIAL WRITING Over 5,000 Division FIRST PLACE: The Daily Gamecock University of South Carolina Aaron McDuffie Scott’s case highlights government opacity “It’s critical moving forward that our government officials value transparency and remain accountable to the public.” Randy Scott’s tenure as Columbia’s police chief will end May 1, he announced Monday, but too many questions regarding his work and resignation remain unanswered. After three weeks of taxpayer-funded leave and a $50,000 state-sponsored retirement package, Columbia residents deserve more complete explanations than officials have provided so far. O f f i c e r s f i led l aw s u it s a g a i n s t S c o t t t h is year, and crime continues to plague Five Poi nt s. We’re worried there is more to Scott’s d e p a r t u r e t han has been announced so far. Though Scott’s t i m e s h e e t s , his application for retirement and several other documents were released, The Daily Gamecock’s request for emails sent to government officials regarding Scott’s conduct on the job were inappropriately dismissed. We understand some private information is excluded from the Freedom of Information Act, but officials should redact sensitive information, not reject requests altogether. With a First Amendment lawyer agreeing the public deserves to know more, our requests should be reviewed again, and more information should be released quickly so we can understand Scott’s situation. It’s critical in this case and going forward — government officials claim to value transparency, but they need to demonstrate it. Scott cited post-traumatic stress disorder for his departure, but we shouldn’t have to take his word for it. He was responsible for our safety for years, and he’s received lots of public money. He should be held accountable and so should public officials who are blocking information we deserve. The opacity is frustrating, costly and dangerous. This editorial epitomizes the newspaper’s watchdog role in the community. Well-written and straight to the point, the editorial makes a convincing case for why anyone reading the piece - student, faculty member or community resident - should care that government is not completely forthcoming about the police chief’s departure.
  31. 31. COLUMN Under 5,000 Division THIRD PLACE: The Collegian S.C. State University Shanaya Edmunds Everyday some ordi- nary person comes up with a brilliant idea that could possi- bly change the world. Sadly, we never get to experience that life changing idea be- cause that ordinary person thinks they’re too ordinary of such a grand idea. This could not be anymore untrue. The Oprahs and Bill Gates of the world were once “ordinary” people, with a brilliant idea. The difference between them and you is a simple one. They did not let their fears, and the many no’s of others stop them from moving forward. We are so afraid to fail that we don’t even try. What’s the worst that could happen? Yeah, sure it could possibly not work out and you’d go back to liv- ing your normal life. Or, everything could work out and you’d be great! Its all in how you look at things. The one thing the world needs the most (besides love) is people willing to take risks and chances. There is no such thing as living safe. Either you’re living or you’re not. When you are called from this earth, how do you want to be remembered? What do you want the dash between ‘sunrise’ and ‘sunset’ to mean? Do you want to be able to say, “I made it” or “I lived like to the fullest extent?” You only get one chance to do it right. Go out and start that business you’ve always talked about. Apply for your dream job. Move to your ideal location. I intend to use the years that I am blessed with to the best of my ability. God has blessed each individual with a gift that we are obligated to use in positive effective way. Use it. Don’t look up one day and life has passed you by. Don’t be forced to sing your “shoulda, coulda, wouldas.” Get Out of Your Own Way Shanaya Edmunds, Columnist If you would like to contact Shanaya you may email her at or stop by the Student Media Office. Shanaya Edmunds, Columnist About the Columnist: Shanaya is a graduating senior double-ma- joring in Sociology and Psychology. She is a native Philladephia, PA. She has been a productive member of Student Media for three years seving in several capacities including a staff writer for Stated, The Collegian and General Man- ager of We’re Bulldog Television (WBTV). Currently, Shanaya serves as the presi- dent of Student Media, a columnist for The Collegian, a Resident Assistant for Hugine Suites and Vice President of Psi Chi Na- tional Honor Society in Psychology. Before attending South Carolina State University Shanaya graduated from Strat- ford High School in Summerville, SC. As you all may know I am a gradu- ating senior and like most seniors I am preparing plans for my future. My boyfriend and I decided to get our own place, which is a big responsibil- ity. I had been re- searching and finding out tons of in- formation that had never crossed my mind before. Last week, we decided to start shop- ping for furniture. Although a de- lightful experience, I couldn’t help but wonder, why do couches cost so much? Silly, I know, but it made me think of what my cousin describes as “growing pains.” As we grow and go through life, we will often encounter things that cause us discomfort and no matter how well you plan there’s really nothing you can do about it but deal. I’ve learned that most things in life are temporary; whether they are good or bad, they all have expiration dates. As I sat engulfed in my own thoughts, my mind drifted back to the furniture and I smiled. I smiled because I knew that right now the price of furniture makes my stomach hurt but it won’t always be this way. There will come a time when the price won’t matter and that’s what I look forward to. As we attempt to enter the work force, we will run into one problem after another. Some of us will be for- tunate enough to find work almost immediately, while others will be six months post graduation and still looking. This is all a part of the pro- cess. We must remain encouraged. I know that although the job offers are not rolling in for me just yet, soon they will. This too is temporary and will be overcome. Stay positive and stay open. Growing Pains, Shanaya Edmunds, Columnist I’m sure all of my loyal readers will read this and say hmmm, I’m sure she has said this before. This is true. As you know, I always address the graduates and try my best to give them encouraging words. Being that I will be participating in May graduation, I wanted to give the graduates words that I live by and I felt that the letter I addressed to the December graduates was just that. Forgive me if you feel I could have written something else but I wanted to share words from my heart: The time is nearing when you must leave what has been your confront zone of college and begin your journey through life. For the last 4 years or so, you have dedicated yourself to academics, social organizations, community development, etc. Now is the time to begin to create your legacy. Although the years here at South Carolina State University may have been challenging, you’ve overcome adversity and made to graduation. Say hello to the real world. In life there are no do-overs so might it count. No matter where your journey may take you, whether it be to graduate school or the work force remember to never stop fighting and to always give your best. You were designed to succeed. It’s in your DNA. On graduation date you may be caught in an emotional whirlwind. You will begin to think of all the memories you have created here at your beloved alma mater. You will remember your favorite things such as homecoming and spring break. You will laugh at the times you had to run to class in fear of Mr. Meyers locking you out of the class and when you tried not to laugh too hard as he told a student off because they wore shorts to his class. You will also remember the sad moments here when it was pertinent for the students to ban together. Take these memories and store them away. Do not be sad for friends you must leave behind. Just whisper in their ear, “you’re next.” Carry the values instill in you by your experiences at SC State and allow them to continue to mold you. Take this world by storm and when it comes to the success of your future always remember the words of James Baldwin, “Go for broke.” Give it everything you have. See you soon. To the May Graduates of 2013 2
  32. 32. COLUMN Under 5,000 Division SECOND PLACE: The Collegian Bob Jones University Adam Gingery COLUMN By: ADAM GINGERY Sports Editor “Anyone want to play goalie?” Coach’s query met his young audience like a profound question stumps the last section of History of Civ. We were the quintes- sential American junior high soccer team. We had the jocks wearing their Ronaldo jerseys, we had the video gamers who showed up to practice with Hawaiian Punch instead of water, we had those skinny guys whose voices hadn’t begun to change yet, and we had that fat kid whose only reason for being there was that he was the manda- tory 11th player. The fat kid raised his hand. The poor guy, he tried so hard to keep up in practice. He really did. His glasses kept sliding down his round sweaty face and his pink cheeks kind of bounced up and down while he chugged around the field. He would usually finish his half-mile about the time the other guys were getting rushed home by their stressed-out soccer moms who had for- gotten there was a casserole in the oven. I think he was the right choice to play goal- ie. He definitely couldn’t run up and down the field like the other players. I think we won one or two games that season, and I know one of them was against a school that had a carpet basketball court. We also got scored on by a girl. It happened during our first game, and one of our world-class fullbacks caught the ball with his hands in the box. I remember how scared our new goalie looked as he positioned himself for the coming pen- alty kick. The other team’s best player, a girl (who was taller than the rest of us seventh-graders, anyway), calmly stepped up and put the ball past him. He kind of dove at it, but I would put it more in the category of a stop, drop and roll. The thing that really amazes me about junior high sports is that someone had to coach those teams. Can you imagine volunteer- ing to do that? I’m so glad there are some good junior high coaches out there. I’ll never forget that soccer coach, either. He See COLUMN p. 3 »
  33. 33. COLUMN Under 5,000 Division FIRST PLACE: The Collegian Bob Jones University Samantha Loucks COLUMN By: SAMANTHA LOUCKS Editor “I’m dreaming of a white Christmas, just like the ones I used to know.” That’s great and all, but doesn’t this dream set you up for a whole heap of Christmas disappoint- ment? What if it doesn’t snow? And oh, how it teems with nostalgia! It’s notori- ous for making you think that the past was snowy and perfect and a scene from It’s a Wonderful Life. Before you think the Grinch and I are in ca- hoots, allow me to explain my bah-humbug comments with a few stories. Illustration No. 1: Every December, Santa comes to town and pays my family a personalized visit. So yes, I’m proud to say that Santa and I are pals, and I have a number of pictures as proof. For those who are wondering, Santa is tall, not-so-round, and his voice uncannily resembles my grandpa’s. Over Christmas break one year, I was deep in an attempt to be Betty Crocker, Martha Stewart and Rachel Ray by baking a pumpkin roll with peach h fill COLUMN By: SAMANTHA LOUCKS Copy Editor I’ve never been one to go on a “health kick.” I used to hold the impression that people who ate only organic, all-natural foods free of genetically modified organ- isms genuinely thought that high fructose corn syrup was nasty stuff killing our insides. I thought the all-natural idea was too exaggerated. Did it really make people that much healthier? I especially didn’t find this organic idea appealing because I really enjoy my favorite foods, like red velvet cupcakes from the Chocolate Moose and fried mozzarella sticks from a small drive-in back home in Indiana. But about six weeks ago, I was required to drasti- cally change my diet, per my doctor’s orders. I have an extensive list of 26 foods that I can’t even think about eating, ranging from wheat to citrus and from oats to coffee. So those cupcakes and cheese sticks aren’t an op- tion anymore. Neither are Starbucks stops on Sunday mornings or a pint of Ben and Jerry’s after a long day. But instead of pouting about the no-cupcake rule, I figured I might as well fully embrace the healthful side of life. In my six weeks of experience, I discovered a few things about so-called “health nuts,” who really aren’t so nutty after all. No. 1: It’s about knowing what’s good for you. True health-conscious eaters don’t eat a specific diet because they feel like denying themselves of all en- joyable food. It’s usually be- cause they have discovered what’s good for or harmful to their own bodies. Some people can eat all the Red Robin fries they want. Others just can’t. So a person who decides to forego the fries and eat all- natural isn’t on a healthier- than-thou kick. They may just want to take care of themselves. No. 2: It’s about research. If a particular food is harmful to you, you need to know if it’s in the food you eat. I’m now one of those pro food label readers who will pick up item after item from store shelves searching for a product with just the right ingredients. And some of those ingredients can be sneaky, like dextrose, maltodextrin or citric acid. People who have certain intolerances have to do their research about those easy-to-miss ingredients. No. 3: It’s about being adventurous. Admittedly, my desper- ate search for comfort food eventually turned into an adventuresome attitude. Like the time I really missed freshly baked cookies and tried vegan, dairy-free, gluten-free, non-GMO choc- olate chip cookie dough. But it actually did the trick. Now I’m willing to try just about anything. For lunch, sometimes I’ll drink a raw vegan rice protein shake that is free of gluten, solvents, GMOs, See COLUMN p. 3 » Thetwocolumnswere verywell-writtenand hadmehookedinthe firstparagraph.Gooduse ofhumorandpersonal storiestodrawthereader inandhelpthemrelate tothesubject.Keepup thegoodwork!
  34. 34. COLUMN Over 5,000 Division THIRD PLACE: The Tiger Clemson University Robbie Tinsley
  35. 35. COLUMN Over 5,000 Division SECOND PLACE: The Daily Gamecock University of South Carolina Ross Abbott Why not ban students from eating fried fish, too? Ross Abbott Second-year business economics student Hypothetical scenario proves inanity of Tobacco Free USC Battles abroad deserve peace protests US citizens remain oblivious to war effort Ross Abbott First-year business economics student The year is 2008. Billions of American tax dollars are annually poured into military operations to “flush out” guerrilla fighters, but no matter how many of them we take out, more seem to always take their place. Even more importantly, thousands of U.S. s e r v i c e m e n h a v e been killed or injured by traps laid by the enemy in the form of improvised devices of death or manned ambushes. All this occurs while the local populous lives in crippling poverty, praying not for food but avoid getting caught in the crossfire. Too frequently, these prayers go unanswered as pictures of civilians maimed by violence on both sides are circulated daily by world presses. With each day that passes, the war on terror in Iraq and Afghanistan looks more and more like this generation’s Vietnam. And just like with Vietnam, there’s a strong anti-war sentiment, both internationally and stateside. Peace rallies are held almost weekly. Protesters march in Washington, D.C., as well as dozens of other locations across the country. People are tired of the incredibly high price they’re paying in a war that has no end in sight. A man runs for president and earns a Nobel Peace Prize, as well as widespread support from the peace movement, for his promises to bring the troops home and put an end to the war on terror. Fast-forward to 2013. According to data published by the Department of Defense at the end of 2012, the aforementioned man who ran for president has made some progress at following through on his promise to withdraw from Iraq — the 49,800 troops currently deployed there represent about 30 percent of the number deployed when President Barack Obama took office in 2008. Peace lovers should be happy some ground has been gained on that front (even if the complete withdrawal “within six months” that was promised still hasn’t happened). However, they should also feel betrayed. The troops removed from Iraq have not come home. They have been redeployed to Afghanistan (102,200 soldiers currently deployed, up 222.4 percent from 2008) and other countries throughout the Middle East in order to support a continually expanding war on terror. That last part should scare everyone. (Take a second to make a mental list of countries you think execute their citizens without trial. Do you want to be included on that list?) But the surge of troops in Afghanistan and other countries should especially upset those peace protesters who were so active before the 2008 elections. But there are no protests, no demonstrations, no marches — not so much as a rumble from the anti-war movement. Protesters, the war on terror isn’t over, and neither is your war to end the war. Where did you go?
  36. 36. COLUMN Over 5,000 Division FIRST PLACE: The Daily Gamecock University of South Carolina Evelyn Robinson During an average week at my home university in England, I spend around £30 ($48) on alcohol and nights out. I’ll go on two nights out, one with my housemates and the other with my course friends and sports teams. We go to pre-drinks, or we “pre-game” as it’s called in the States, at around 9 p.m., drink for a few hours then pile into taxis that take us to our favorite club. Leeds University Union has a 1,000-person-capacity nightclub scene in the basement and two restaurants serving alcohol on site too. After my last second-year exam, I met the History Society at Terrace and relished the opportunity to let off steam over a glass of wine. Social events usually incorporate drinking, from nights out to pub quizzes to Otley Runs. The Otley Run is one of the country’s most famous pub- crawls that challenges its valiant participants to purchase a drink in every pub along the way. Spanning 16 pubs in just more than two miles, it’s not for the fainthearted. So it’s safe to say that ever since I became a university student in 2011, drinking has always been part of the social experience. Since becoming an honorary Gamecock at USC, I’ve had to find other ways to meet people, make friends and have fun. The legal drinking age in South Carolina is 21, meaning the prospect of venturing to Five Points for casual drinks is filled with the fear of getting arrested and charged $250. It’s not just an empty threat either, as “resident mentors” are employed in university accommodations to patrol the corridors and catch underage drinkers. I’ve heard stories about students jumping from balconies at flat parties to escape the police who were banging on the front door and of students who got caught and had to spend the night in a prison cell. In October, shockwaves rippled through the Carolinian community af ter USC st udent Mar t ha Childress was shot in Five Points and paralyzed from the waist down. It was a massive wake-up call to everyone about the reality of gang violence occurring just a few miles away from campus. Attempting to get involved with the limited nightlife scene in Columbia feels like constantly looking over your shoulder in fear of those on both sides of the law. It’s not an enjoyable experience and is something I ruled out pretty quickly following my arrival here. But despite the occasional pangs of jealousy I get hearing about all the crazy nights I’m missing back home, living a sober student life has opened my eyes to a new way of life at university. All the money I’ve saved from buying pre-drinks, club entrance tickets, taxi fares and drinks at the bar has gone straight towards weekend trips. It’s very easy to cushion the blow of losing nightlife entertainment when America is on my doorstep. I’ve visited Charleston and Alabama and I’m writing this from a 27th-floor hotel room in New York. I came to South Carolina wondering what I’d do about drinking, worrying that it would define my study abroad experience and impact my ability to meet people. In reality, it has defined my university experience, but it has expanded my horizons, forced me to meet more people and get out and about in the states. The nature of social events is also very different at USC. My first week here consisted of “pizza meet ‘n’ greets,” “ice-cream socials” and “sports day bonanzas,” compared to my first week in Leeds that I hardly remember because I was perpetually hungover, exhausted and drunk. But if it wasn’t for the drinking restrictions here, I probably would have been spending my time in bars rather than attending all the weird and wonderful events the university has hosted. I’ve watched live volleyball, American football, the Homecoming Showcase, the Step Show and live acoustic nights. I’ve also attended the 22nd Annual I Believe Anita Hill Party, Columbia’s Greek Festival, a gospel choir performance and had an enlightening evening watching a film about first wave feminism at my tutor’s house. I’ve completed my first Color Run, canoed on the Congaree River, learned how to rock climb and learned how to play volleyball. I’d rather be going home with these unique memories than a hazy blur of alcohol-induced images in my mind that I can’t quite piece together. At a simpler level, being sober has been fantastic for my health. My weight is constant and I’ve had no need for guilt-induced gym sessions. I don’t miss hangovers and get a lot more work done in the time usually spent shriveling up in bed the next morning. But my favorite benefit of sober student life is that I’ve actually become a morning person, waking up naturally at 7:30 a.m. every morning. My head is clearer, my bank account is healthier and I feel more in control of my life than I have for years. I’m going home for Christmas and I may well eat my words. The temptation of white wine, mulled wine and cocktails might just pull me back into that crazy, unpredictable drinking lifestyle. But I hope that at least some of the lessons I’ve learned about sober student life will remain. I’ve loved that the best memories I’ve had here haven’t depended on anything but new experiences, insightful conversations and great company. — Evelyn Robinson, second-year English and History international student Being sober can be fun, too Good memories made without alcoholic haze Since becoming an exchange student at the University of South Carolina, I’ve noticed profound differences between s t u d e n t l i f e i n E n g l a n d compared to the states. There’s been talk of a tobacco ban on campus, but no one has really been sure whether it’s already implemented or if it’s a definite proposal for the near future. Then on Tuesday, students and staff received an email from President Harris Pastides that confirmed our suspicions and brought the ban to fruition. As a non-smoker, I believe that the ban is a violation of rights and a worrying example of how paternalism will continue to encroach upon the experience of students at USC. I agree that USC has made positive changes to life on campus. I take advantage of the fantastic salad bar in Russell House and love working out at the Strom Thurmond Fitness and Wellness Center. I’ve been to the farmers market a couple of times and made some healthy home-cooked meals from the variety of food that it offers. But these changes are giving students the choice to opt in to living a healthy lifestyle, where imposing a ban is taking away their choice altogether. I don’t see how a tobacco ban is “the next step.” Rather, I see it as a step backwards from the positive measures USC has already made to encourage healthy living. I’m interested to see how USC is planning on implementing such an extensive policy. If it’s anything like drinking laws in the states, those who smoke already won’t stop smoking; they’ll just become more careful of getting caught. As a British exchange student, I’m even more shocked by the ban, because it is so alien c o m p a r e d t o e v e r y t h i n g I’m used to at home. If the University of Leeds tried to implement a tobacco ban there would be outcr y f rom t he student body, flyers plastered all over campus, protests outside the Parkinson Building’s steps and online petitions flying into inboxes everywhere. Going to university in the U.K. is about student-based decisions and student rights. The right to make choices defines our entire university experience, because it allows us to be accountable for our choices and learn about the consequences ourselves. Imposing a tobacco ban is taking away the right to choice, something I believe is a crucial aspect — if not the crucial aspect — of going to university in the first place. The ban seems even more nonsensical in light of South Carolina state laws. It will expect students to stop smoking on campus when they can legally light up a cigarette almost anywhere else in South Carolina. Banning the use of tobacco on campus is segregating the university from other aspects of adult life in the state and i s m a k i n g t he u n i ver s it y experience in Columbia even more of a bubble compared to the rest of the city. Going to university is meant to be the linchpin of transition to the real world, not a continuation of hierarchical, paternalistic protection from it. The expectation that students at USC are to stop smoking on campus is a violation of choice in the one place where independent choices are supposed to be nourished. If USC is going to respect their students as legal adults, this must include the right to smoke, regardless of its effects. — Evelyn Robinson, second-year international English and history student Tobacco ban unnecessary, paternalistic Sanction incongruous to college experience Study abroad experience unpredictable When I started applying to study abroad last October, many of my friends looked at me like I was mad. Some of them told me that they couldn’t have done it themselves because they’d miss their families and friends too much, and they couldn’t stop asking, “Won’t you get homesick?” It wasn’t until I attended a pre-depart u re informat ion session at my home university that I started to really think about how much I’d miss home. The Student Counseling Centre at the University of Leeds created a graph that predicted how study abroad participants would feel at various points in the semester, including illusively named “disintegration” phases. I left the lecture feeling pretty intimidated but largely skeptical that someone who had never met me had tried to predict how I would feel six months down the line. Today, I look back on the graph in light of how I experienced culture shock, and its dramatic suggestions still don’t resonate with me. It doesn’t do studying abroad any justice by referring to a brief post-arrival period as a “honeymoon stage.” With America on my doorstep, the buzz I experienced after I arrived lasted far longer than just a “honeymoon.” The prevalence of Southern hospitality in South Carolina has meant that a friendly face and pleasant conversation are always nearby, throwing the counselor’s graph for a loop. That’s not to say hospitality cures everything. I was taken over detail after detail of drinking laws, during which I was particularly shocked to hear I could even be fined $250 if I was stone cold sober but found in the presence of a drunkard. It was the second time I’d left a study abroad “orientation” feeling more like an outsider than ever. A s f o r m y a p p a r e n t “disintegration,” halfway through the semester I wasn’t bundled up in my room looking through nostalgic photos and pulling my hair out for want of a decent cup of tea. I was on a weekend away in the beautiful city of Charleston, sightseeing and sunbathing with a group of 15 internationals. Not once have I felt “disintegrated” or like I wasn’t part of the brilliant institution that’s taken me under its wing. But my biggest issue with the graph is that the “independence stage” is placed right before the coming home stage. The day I waved goodbye to my family and my boyfriend in August was one of the hardest days of my life, and it was from that day forward that the independence stage had already begun. What the graph doesn’t say is that culture shock, homesickness and feelings of independence collide and happen all the time. They never stop. I appreciate that the counseling center was trying to reassure us with the prospect of predictability, but I’ve since learnt that the greatest challenge of studying abroad is being open to the possibility of the unpredictable. I spent months watching YouTube videos of American football games and tourist information adverts in a futile attempt to prepare myself for what I was about to encounter. Little did I know that USC is actually nowhere near the beach and there isn’t a crazy “I’m Shmacked” party happening every weekend. How you feel when you study abroad will depend on who you are, where you go and the people you meet. Every study abroad experience is different, and getting used to its constant ups and downs is all part of the challenge, and part of the fun. The whole point of studying abroad is that it’s an unpredictable experience that will take you out of your comfort zone — one that can’t be plotted on a graph. — Evelyn Robinson, second-year English and history student Phases of assimilation blend together Evelyn’s columns were an exceptional example of using personal experience to not only entertain but also make the reader think - very well-written and insightful pieces.
  37. 37. PAGE ONE DESIGN Under 5,000 Division THIRD PLACE: The Patriot Francis Marion University Tyler Pate Porter crowned Miss Greek 2013 in pageant SEE FAC TRIP TO GERMANY... PAGE 3 SEE NURSING DEPARTMENT... PAGE 2 Robyn McNeil NEWS 1-7 OPINION 8-9 SPORTS 10 SEE PATRIOTS WIN BIG AT SCPA... PAGE 5 Patriots win big at SCPA award ceremony Cameron Leyers Nisheeka Simmons Nefateda Harlee Students study art in Europe NEWS 1-5 OPINION 6-7 SPORTS 8 Bikers raise funds for charity SEE NEW PRINT BUILDING PAGE 3 SEE STUDY ABROAD PAGE 3 SEE MS BIKE RIDE PAGE 2 SEE MILITARY FRIENDLY SCHOOLPAGE 3 Joshua Lloyd Office Services building in full operation Connor Veasey Victoria Briggs Robyn McNeil Study abroad program crosses new border