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Department of Mass Communication to host journalism terror tactics

Nearly 60 journalists have been killed globally this year, including American reporters James Foley and Steven Sotloff.

Both of these journalists appear to have been beheaded by the militant group Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

In a video released earlier this year, Sotloff was pictured wearing an orange jumpsuit, similar to those worn by prisoners in Guantanamo Bay. As he kneeled, he was coerced to read a statement about “paying the price” for U.S. airstrikes against Islamic militants.

On Nov. 18, 7-8 p.m., a panel will speak about the dangers of reporting abroad, how the killings impact media coverage and how terrorists are using journalists as political pawns in Owens Hall G02.

The panel includes international journalist, reporter for WFAE-FM and former NPR reporter Tom Bullock.

Two Winthrop professors, Guy Reel and Chris Van Aller, will also speak at this event.

Those in attendance will receive both cultural and global credits.

For more information contact Aimee Meader at meadera@winthrop.edu.

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Flags fly high on Veterans Day

Veterans Day is a time to remember and honor the U.S. soldiers who dedicated their service for this country and to celebrate those who continue to serve.

The American flags flew proudly as hundreds of Winthrop students gathered at the steps of Byrnes Auditorium Nov. 11 to pay their respects and remember all of the United States veterans.

Army veteran and honorary speaker Sgt. Ken Hood spoke on behalf of the men and women he fought along side in the Vietnam War and for those who serve this country today.

“On this day, I remember the veterans that I served with and the veterans standing here today,” he said. “This is a day where I still stop and think about all of the men and women who were courageous and served for all of our communities.”

Hood also thanked all of the active-duty military men and women present.

“It is an honor to see all of the different uniformed here today,” he said. “You all deserve to be honored and thanked for your service and to not be ashamed of the uniform you proudly wear.”

The Resource Center for Adult Students and campus organization Student Veterans of Winthrop hosted the event.

The Student Veterans of Winthrop University strives to ensure that veterans are successful in their transition from combat to the classroom by developing programs and policies that help veterans with the transition, centralizing the critical resources that student veterans need to graduate, and advocating on behalf of the student-veterans of Winthrop.

At the closing of the event, students and military men and women read aloud the hundreds of names of the South Carolina and North Carolina soldiers that passed away this year.

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
Photo by Matthew Lee

True Gold discusses how to “turn up”

“I don’t want to see any of you end up on Worldstar Hip Hop,” said panel speaker Khoi Tran Nov. 6, when the new campus organization True Gold hosted “The Turn Up Event” in Dina’s Place. 

The event featured a panel of speakers, Aaron Eichelberger, Kechara Dewalt and Khoi Tran, who took turns answering various questions about partying, drinking and turning up. True Gold, the event sponsor, is a new organization that was chartered last semester. True Gold aims at providing the campus with more unity and school spirit and to ignite a true sense of Eagle pride. 

“’The Turn Up Event’ is a great opportunity for an open discussion,” Eichelberger said. “It’s a great way for True Gold to let people know about them and will give a broad perspective view on turning up.” 

The event kicked off with each panelist playing a game of charades with his or her section of the theater. The auditorium was full of laughter as each section yelled out answers as the panelists acted out party scenes of drinking, chugging, passing out and twerking. 

The panelists drew topics from a bucket and shared their thoughts, experiences and advice on attire, pre-gaming, babysitting and “panties or nah.” 

The theater continually broke out in laughter. Stories about Jamaican Clubs, long lines, pre-gaming and the question of “Can you be too turnt?” made the event a hit. 

While the stories and discussions were fun and humorous, the panelists also attempted to teach the audience about various do’s and don’ts in regards to turning up. 

“It was a very interesting event and was very informational. The panelists were hilarious, and I think I actually did learn a lot,” said freshman Babafemi Sowande. 

“The purpose of ‘The Turn Up Event’ was to bring together a diverse audience and to talk about something that we all do,” said True Gold co-president Victoria Wiley. 

True Gold will have open meetings every Wednesday at 8:30pm in Digs 221 and will host numerous events in the spring.

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Fall Into Fashion

Bright patterns, chic styles and bold accessories.

These are only a few words to describe the Winthrop fall fashion show Nov. 4. “Fall into Fashion: Worn, Tossed and Found” gave student stylists an opportunity to showcase their trendy talent with clothing items found at Plato’s Closet.

Hosted by Professor Bonnye Stuart’s public relations class, the committee transformed Richardson Ballroom into a high-fashion runway. The class stuck to the “thrifty” theme and decorated the room with recycled material, including glass bottles, newspapers and cans.

This event was the main fundraiser for the mass communication department to raise money for their annual recognition dinner in the spring. The competition consisted of four categories: casual, business, wildcard and Eagle pride.

Each designer styled two outfits for every category and presented them to the judges.

Sophomore English major Candace Livingston, a competing designer, said that her style comes from ‘90s hip-hop styles, and she had outfits that ranged from old school to hipster.

“When I see things with a rougher look, I tend to gravitate more towards that and then put my own twist on it,” she said.

Livingston said she wants to write for a fashion magazine after graduation. With her sophisticated yet urban taste, she said feels she can become a successful fashion writer.

Senior business administration major Jamal Mitchell said he gets his inspiration from actors, GQ magazine and men’s fitness. He created classy and urban designs.

Mitchell said that this show was his first time showcasing his designs publicly, but fashion has always been a hobby.

“I’ve always been that friend that people ask for advice, but I’ve never had the opportunity to really show off my style like tonight,” he said.

Senior integrated marketing communication major Julia Saunders also had the opportunity to show her classmates her personal style.

Her fashion motivation comes from style icons online, but her biggest inspiration comes from Natasha Lillipore.

“I just love being a little weird. I think it’s more fun that way to be a little different and stand out,” she said.

Saunders said she loves to try different styles and does not like to stick to one type of look.

“One day I’ll look like a total Goth girl, and the next day I might be wearing Lilly Pulitzer,” she said.

Winthrop’s fashion show was not the first experience for Saunders. Over the summer she had the opportunity to intern with local fashion designer Tara Davis and helped her with two fashion shows.

Saunders plans on going into the fashion industry after she graduates. After visiting New York City three times this past summer, she fell in love with the lifestyle. “I feel like as long as you’re really determined and passionate then you’ll make it happen,” she said.