All posts by Kaitlyn Schallhorn

Managing editor for The Johnsonian.

Senior English and journalism majors, political science minor.

In addition to her work at The Johnsonian, Kaitlyn is a contributing writer to The Charlestonion, a satire publication in Charleston, S.C. After completing her degree, she aspires to begin her journalism career in either New York City or Washington, D.C. Kaitlyn loves John Mayer, Lilly Pulitzer, the Michigan Wolverines, sailing and snow. Her favorite meal is peanut butter M&M's. .

“So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.” -The Great Gatsby; F. Scott Fitzgerald

Kappas promote local doctors by providing health care fair for peers

Winthrop students will get the opportunity to peruse a room full of doctors, dentists and more this Thursday in the Richardson Ballroom.

Kappa Alpha Psi, Inc. is choosing to celebrate more than just their fraternity this week as they concentrate on health initiatives as well by putting on a health fair for Winthrop students.  Tim Mention, a business administration major and president of Kappa Alpha Psi, said that the fraternity is focused on “helping those in the community and on Winthrop’s campus.”

The health fair will feature approximately 23 venders ranging from chiropractors to massage therapists and from general doctors to dentists.  Representatives from Keystone Substance Abuse and the Red Cross will also be in attendance.

“The health fair promotes local doctors instead of going home,” said Mention.

Mention, who lived a few hours away from campus before attending Winthrop, used to have to drive a few hours in order to make appointments at his local doctors.  He hopes that the fair will make doctors’ appointments more convenient for students who live far away from Winthrop.

The fair, which will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., will give students a chance to meet with various health representatives during the event.  Students may also pick up coupons and certificates for free massages from local places.

Kappa Alpha Psi is hosting the health fair during “Kappa Week,” a week which promotes their organization as well as one of their philanthropies—St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.

Stabbing incident at Texas college follows 2 months after shooting

At least 12 people were sent to the hospital Tuesday morning after a student at Lone Star Community College went on a stabbing spree, according to the Associated Press.

Dylan Quick, who later was subdued and arrested, stabbed at least 14 people, according to the Associated Press.  Many of the victims were stabbed in the face or neck.

Quick apparently made his way through multiple buildings, swiping at people as he passed them, according to the Associated Press.

Two people are in critical condition at a local hospital, according to the Associated Press.

According to the Associated Press, a police office used a stun gun to subdue the 20-year-old student.

Lone Star Community College is located approximately 25 miles northwest of downtown Houston.

Three months prior to this stabbing incident, a school shooting occurred at a different Lone Star Community College campus in which two people were injured, according to the Associated Press.

NY man gets $1.6 million with frog infestation

One man’s worst nightmare became a reality in New York.

According to the Associated Press, Paul Marinaccio Sr. was forced to face his biggest fear—frogs—after a nearby development created runoff water.

Marinaccio owns a 40-acre property which was turned into more of a wetlands atmosphere due to the runoff water, according to the Associated Press.  Along with more damp features, the water flow brought with it a plethora of frogs.

Marinaccio claimed to not be able to even get into his garage because his property was that overrun with the bane of his biggest fear, according to the Associated Press.

Marinaccio sued the Buffalo suburb of Clarence where he used to peacefully reside.  Marinaccio also filed a suit with Kieffer Enterprises, Inc. which was in charge of building the nearby new development, according to the Associated Press.

While the developer was found to have not acted maliciously, the court did find that Marinaccio had been wronged, according to the Associated Press.

Marinaccio was granted $1.3 million from the town and $328, 400 from Kieffer Enterprises, Inc., according to the Associated Press.

The town of Clarence has also been told to dig ditches around the town to help dry out Marinaccio’s property, according to the Associated Press.

According to the Associated Press, Marinaccio has plans to put cows out to pasture on his land once everything has been restored to normal order.

Afghan women jailed for moral crimes

An Afghan woman has spent the past three months in jail after she pulled the gun on an attacker killing him, according to the Associated Press.

Mariam fled to Kabul in order to escape beatings from her husband that had grown increasingly vicious, according to the Associated Press.

According to the Associated Press, Mariam called her husband’s cousin, the only person she knew in Kabul, once she had escaped the northern Kunduz province.  This cousin, unable to make the trip to Kabul himself, sent a friend in his place.

This man took Mariam to a house where he reportedly held a gun to her head before raping her, according to the Associated Press.

Mariam took a gun from an end table and shot her attacker in the head before turning the gun on her own head, according to the Associated Press.

After a brief hospital visit, Mariam was then transported to the women’s prison where she has been awaiting an indeterminate trial, according to the Associated Press.

Mariam resides in the prison along with 202 other women, many of which are kept there for the crime of leaving their husbands or running off with a man of their own choosing, according to the Associated Press.

Another woman, Adia, is jailed for leaving her husband as well.  Adia’s husband reportedly is a drug addict, according to the Associated Press.

Adia fled to her parent’s home until they pleaded with her to return to her husband.  Adia instead escaped with a man who promised her help but then deserted her, according to the Associated Press.

Adia went to the court in order to make a case against that man as well as her husband but instead was jailed for a moral crime, according to the Associated Press.

Adia, who is seven months pregnant, will have her baby while still in jail, according to the Associated Press.

Rock Hill woman goes on Sunday stealing spree

Several York Co. churches were targets of theft as one Rock Hill woman made her way through five churches on Sunday to steal money, according to the Rock Hill Herald.

Police arrived at Kori Jaynell Wilson’s home after members at the churches described the woman as wearing a pink top and riding away in a burgundy Chevrolet with a handicapped license plate, according to the Rock Hill Herald.

Wilson, 24, apparently started her Sunday robbing spree at Liberty Baptist Church where she is accused of stealing cash and two credit cards from a 63-year-old woman who had been teaching a children’s class at the time, according to the Rock Hill Herald.

A man at Southside Baptist Church in Rock Hill reported seeing the woman during the church’s evening service before leaving in a hurry, the Rock Hill Herald reported.  That same man said that Wilson stole $40 in cash from the youth fund.

At Harvest Ministries Wilson is accused of registering her three children for a summer camp through the church before stealing $60 from a woman’s purse, according to the Rock Hill Herald.

Wilson is accused of stealing $15 from a United Pentecostal Church woman’s purse after breaking into her car.  She also supposedly stole $30 in cash from a person at Neely’s Creek Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church, according to the Rock Hill Herald.

Wilson is charged with one count of giving false information, one count of escape, one count of violating probation, once count of possession of cocaine, three counts of forgery and six counts of petty larceny, according to the Rock Hill Herald.

Wilson is charged with resisting police as well, according to the Rock Hill Herald. According to the Rock Hill Herald, Wilson will wait for her bond hearing while being held at the York County Detention Center.

CSL Debate

CSL debate opens campus elections for students

To kick off campus wide elections, the Council of Student Leaders held a presidential debate which allowed each of the six candidates to address the concerns of the student body. While a live feed displaying student’s comments and concerns were shown on screens in Richardson Ballroom, it was the audiences’ questions that sparked the most attention.

Topics such as campus safety, sustainability goals and Winthrop’s biggest challenges were discussed by the candidates.

Newly nominated candidates Kevin Johnston and John Barrera stressed that the pair had not been a part of CSL prior to the elections but that it gives the two a “fresh perspective.”

When asked about class schedules, Johnston and Barrera were adamant that they could balance both their class loads and leadership of the student body.

Johnston, a freshman business major, made mention of his Human Experience class multiple times during the week.

For junior international business major Chris Aubrie, the first issue that needs to be tackled for the next student body president is communication with incoming Winthrop president Dr. Jayne Comstock.

Aubrie’s running mate, Ian Deas, proposed a weekly meeting with Comstock in order to keep her informed of happenings within the student body and up to date on student concerns.

Many questions asked of the candidates during the debate received very similar answers across the board.

When candidates were asked what they saw as the biggest challenge at Winthrop, Aubrie and opponent Dillon Donolds agreed.

Aubrie said that he saw general student involvement as an issue while Donolds then took it a step further by noting low student attendance at athletic events.

Transparency with the student government organization was yet another issue that all of the candidates seemed to agree upon.

“CSL does a lot right,” Johnston said about the organization that he is not officially a member of.  “We have to start with communication not only to CSL but to you guys.”

However, it was Donolds, a sophomore political science major, who brought a new idea to the table during the debate.  Donolds proposed a new program where incoming freshmen would not only sign up for classes but also for an upperclassman mentor.

Johnston took the time to praise his opponents during the debate by saying that he has a “tremendous amount of respect” for those CSL members.

He then went on to praise himself by declaring that he authentically cares about what the students want.

Johnston released a video Tuesday morning on the first day of voting, in which Barrera went around to students encouraging them to write on a white piece of paper what they value in Winthrop.

Johnston credited much of his qualifications for the student body presidency position on his business experience.  Johnston started his business when he was 16-years-old.

“What we want to work on is effectiveness,” Johnston said.  “My business background gives me this experience.”

According to the freshman candidate, he has handled properties worth “millions” in his business that give him the experience necessary to be able to handle CSL’s budget.

Answers from the candidates began to differ once they were asked but a student in the audience asked how they planned to differentiate their personal beliefs from that of the job.

Aubrie stated that he had made Winthrop’s beliefs his own by keeping with Winthrop’s tradition of challenging its students.  He said that he strives to challenge himself and others on a daily basis.

“I challenge myself everyday to go out there and make somebody smile,” Aubrie said.

However, Johnston’s view of the question differed.  He told students at the debate that he would not be able to separate himself from his personal convictions, such as honesty and respect, if he were to be elected as the new CSL chair.

At the start of the debate, CSL had a live feed projected on the screen behind the candidates where students could text in comments either about the debate or the election in general.

The live feed was soon turned off after students began to mercilessly criticize the candidates and express sexual desires towards the youngest team.