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Members of the 2014 Homecoming Court. Bottom Row (from left to right): Jazmine Linnette, Shartaysia Rodgers, Ali Jensen, Samantha Nance Top row (from left to right): Cameron Benton, Taylor Jernigan, Roberto Avalos, Jamal Tate.

2014 Homecoming Court announced

On Tuesday at common time the members of the 2014 Winthrop Homecoming Court were announced.

Homecoming King nominees are Cameron Benton, Taylor Jernigan, Roberto Avalos and Jamal Tate.

Homecoming Queen nominees are Jazmine Linnette, Shartaysia Rodgers, Ali Jensen and Samantha Nance. 

Students can vote by going here.

For pictures from today’s event see the mini-gallery attached to right of this article.

Jamal Tate receives his homecoming pin from Daisy Burroughs. Photo by Jacob Hallex
Jamal Tate receives his homecoming pin from Daisy Burroughs. Photo by Jacob Hallex
Ali Jensen poses with Daisy Burroughs. Photo by Jacob Hallex
Ali Jensen poses with Daisy Burroughs. Photo by Jacob Hallex
Ali Jensen receives her Homecoming Court pin from Daisy Burroughs. Photo by Jacob Hallex
Ali Jensen receives her Homecoming Court pin from Daisy Burroughs. Photo by Jacob Hallex
Samantha Nance poses with Daisy Burroughs. Photo by Jacob Hallex
Samantha Nance poses with Daisy Burroughs. Photo by Jacob Hallex
Samantha Nance receives a homecoming court pin from last years Queen Daisy Burroughs. Photo by Jacob Hallex
Samantha Nance receives a homecoming court pin from last years Queen Daisy Burroughs. Photo by Jacob Hallex
Shartaysia Rodgers poses with Daisy Burroughs. Photo by Jacob Hallex
Shartaysia Rodgers poses with Daisy Burroughs. Photo by Jacob Hallex
Jazmine Linnette poses with last years Homecoming Queen Daisy Burroughs. Photo by Jacob Hallex
Jazmine Linnette poses with last years Homecoming Queen Daisy Burroughs. Photo by Jacob Hallex
Taylor Jernigan poses with last years Homecoming Queen Daisy Burroughs. Photo by Jacob Hallex
Taylor Jernigan poses with last years Homecoming Queen Daisy Burroughs. Photo by Jacob Hallex
Taylor Jernigan receives his Homecoming Court pin from last years Queen Daisy Burroughs. Photo by Jacob Hallex
Taylor Jernigan receives his Homecoming Court pin from last years Queen Daisy Burroughs. Photo by Jacob Hallex
Cameron Benton poses with last years Homecoming Queen Daisy Burroughs. Photo by Jacob Hallex
Cameron Benton poses with last years Homecoming Queen Daisy Burroughs. Photo by Jacob Hallex
Roberto Avalos posing with last years Homecoming Queen Daisy Burroughs. Photo by Jacob Hallex
Roberto Avalos posing with last years Homecoming Queen Daisy Burroughs. Photo by Jacob Hallex
Roberto Avalos receiving his Homecoming Court pin. Photo by Jacob Hallex.
Roberto Avalos receiving his Homecoming Court pin. Photo by Jacob Hallex.
Jamal Tate poses with last years Homecoming Queen Daisy Burroughs. Photo by Jacob Hallex
Jamal Tate poses with last years Homecoming Queen Daisy Burroughs. Photo by Jacob Hallex
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16 student-athletes to face disciplinary action

Winthrop athletics has released a statement announcing that 16 student athletes will face disciplinary action for the underage consumption of alcohol, the transfer of alcohol to a minor and resisting police.

The following statement was released to media Monday afternoon:

Winthrop athletic director Tom Hickman announced today that 16 student-athletes have been charged with the transfer of alcohol to a person under 21 or the possession of alcohol by a person under 21.

The student-athletes cited include: baseball players John Menken,  Austin Lawrence, Brad Kaczka, Roger Gonzales, Carson Gregory, and Mitch Spires; lacrosse player Alexis Cantwell-Badyna; volleyball players Emily Teelon and Mallary McFadden; women’s track athletes Taryn DeLeon and Sabrena Reid; and cheerleaders Angelika Davis, Erial Maple, Tabitha Owens,  Charnelle Swift, and  Brittani Gunn.

The charges included eight for transferring alcohol to a person under 21; eight for possession of alcohol under 21, and one for resisting police.

“These 16 student-athletes, along with 11 other Winthrop athletes who participated in two separate off-campus social gatherings involving underage consumption of alcoholic beverages, will face disciplinary action from the athletic department, including suspensions from upcoming games. Abusing alcohol will not be tolerated and these students will be held accountable for their actions,” said Hickman.

According to Frank Ardaiolo, Winthrop’s vice president for student life, “All students who face legal charges from violations of city, state, or federal law are also held accountable to the Winthrop University Student Conduct Code. Every such student will be charged appropriately with an alleged violation(s) of the Code, such as violating our alcoholic beverage and/or disorderly conduct policies as their individual circumstances dictate.”

He continued to say, “If a student is deemed responsible, sanctions are imposed to assist the student in identifying acceptable parameters of their activities and consequences of future behaviors; and to protect the campus community from conduct that is detrimental to the educational process of the university.  Sanctions can range up to expulsion.”   

In alcohol misuse violations, students are also typically required to attend an alcohol education program and may also be assessed for signs of possible sustained alcohol abuse.

“Winthrop takes any such incident very seriously as both a matter of law and a matter of student development and safety,” said Winthrop acting president Debra Boyd. “We continue to work with all students to encourage good choices in all aspects of life, and when necessary, we address the behavior of individual students who may err along the way to emphasize accountability, both to themselves and their larger community,” she said.

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WU has talent

Tillman Hall was bouncing Thursday night as the Association of Ebonites and the Gentlemen’s League hosted the “So WU Got Talent” event. The talent show featured dance, music and spoken word acts showcasing Winthrop students’ talents.

Cameron Benton, A member of Spoken, performs at WU Got Talent.The event is used as a fundraiser for the Boyd Hill Recreation Center. The Gent’s League and Association of Ebonites both have mentorship programs and sponsor charity events that give back to the Rock Hill community.

There were two rounds of competition. Round one featured five acts, with the judges narrowing the field to the top three acts. Timon Ruth, or Truth, a spoken word artist made it to the top three.

Ruth won last year and was hoping for a repeat win. This year he finished in third place. In the end, it was all about the experience of sharing his insights with others.

“I brought my A game; I brought the best I could. At the end of the day I’m proud I got to perform. It’s just a beautiful thing to have so many different talented people in one session.”

Taking the top honors was an electrifying dance routine by dance quartet The Circuit.

“We came together as five individuals wanting to come together to do something that we love, which is dance.” said Thomas Kelsie, a member of The Circuit.

Christopher Davis, another member spoke about what it’s like to perform. “When I dance I can’t see anything; I just feel myself moving. ts like an out of body experience.”

Second place honors went to the musical duo of Spoken, comprised of Nia Anthony and Cameron Benton.

The Association of Ebonites and Gentlemen’s League proved that they can host one of Winthrop’s most exciting annual events.