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Eagles prepare for clash with Clemson

Pat Kelsey’s Winthrop Eagles got a big season-opener win against Pfeiffer on Homecoming, but now the team will get its first true test of the season when they travel to Clemson to take on the Tigers.

Quick Details

Time: 7 p.m., EST

Place: Littlejohn Coliseum, Clemson, SC

TV: Fox Sports South, ESPN3 (subject to blackout)

Radio: 104.1 The Bridge

A Rivalry Renewed?

Believe it or not, the Tigers and Eagles have only met 10 times, having last played in 2011. Clemson is 9-1 in the series, with the only Winthrop win coming in 2001 under former coach Gregg Marshall at Littlejohn Coliseum.

About Clemson

The Tigers had a solid 2013-14 campaign, winning 23 games and placing 6th in the deep Atlantic Coast Conference. Falling just short of the NCAA Tournament, Clemson made a deep run through the NIT, making it to that tournament’s final four.

Rod Hall will be a player to watch, as he’ll be directing traffic as a senior point guard while bigs Landry Nnoko’s and Sidy Djitte  dominate the boards.

Clemson got off to a 1-0 start on Friday with a 86-41 win over Florida A&M. The Tigers didn’t allow a single three-point field goal, and shot 43 percent from the field overall.

Keys for Winthrop

Tell Me Moore


Senior Keon Moore was on fire in Saturday’s win of Pfeiffer. Scoring a near-career high 25 points, he was everywhere on the floor. In contrast, the Tigers had one of the best three-point shooting defenses in the country last season. It will be interesting to see how Clemson’s top-notch perimeter defense reacts to a shooter like Moore, who shot 70 percent from beyond the arc last Saturday.

Hitting the Big Time

One of the biggest questions surrounding Winthrop before Saturday was how well the young frontcourt would adapt. With veteran guys like James Bourne and Larry Brown out, several freshman made their Eagle debuts early in the rout.

Redshirt freshman Dube Okeke one of the biggest impacts, scoring in double-digits. Xavier Cooks and Joseph Lopez also provided help off the bench, and will have to limit rookie mistakes when they step on the floor in Clemson.

Luckily, Winthrop also has some depth with their bigs as well. Sophomore Jarad Scott had 10 rebounds last week. He and junior Tevin Prescott will have to set the pace inside early if the Eagles want a chance to upset.

Like Father, Like Son?

Winthrop assistant coach Marty McGillan’s son Riley actually plays for Clemson as a walk-on. The elder McGillan was also an assistant for Clemson head coach Brad Brownell during his tenures at UNC Wilmington and Wright State.

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Winthrop women set to take on Furman

The Winthrop women’s basketball team enjoyed a strong opening day win over Gallaudet on Saturday, as last year’s conference championship team was honored.

Now, the first real challenge of their new season begins, as the Eagles will host Furman tonight.

Quick Details

Time: 7 p.m., EST

Place: Winthrop Coliseum, Rock Hill, SC

TV: Big South Network

A Rivalry Renewed?

The Eagles and Paladins haven’t met in women’s basketball in a decade and a half. The last game between the two was a 82-43 win for Furman, but Winthrop leads the series all-time, 19-13.

About Furman

The Paladins, like Winthrop, were a big success story last season. Head coach Jackie Carson’s squad won 18 games last year, and placed second in the Southern Conference while also earning a trip to the WNIT. Furman was picked to place second in the SoCon preseason poll.

Leading the purple and white on the floor will be senior forward Brittany Hodges, who was voted the SoCon Preseason Player of the Year and turned in a 17-point, 24-rebound performance in a 67-60 home win over Davidson last Friday.

Furman’s leading scorer, junior Holli Wilkins, will also be an threat, averaging just over 15 points per game last year and 8 in the win over Davidson.

The Paladins also have height on their side, with four of their projected starting five being at least 5’9”.

Keys for Winthrop


To match up with a player like Brittany Hodges, the Eagles have junior Schaquilla Nunn, who also turned a double-double in her first outing.

Nunn will have to dominate inside against a formidable opponent in the post, but also against other players on a Furman team that loves to crash the boards.

Along with Nunn, the Eagles also have freshman Ezine Mbamalu, a 6’2” center who put up 20 points and five boards in her debut last Saturday.

Creating a Perimeter

If the battle can’t be won inside, then the Eagles may need to use their sharpshooters to pull out a victory.

Furman lost their highest-percentage long-range shooter last year, so the mid-to-long-range shooting of Winthrop’s Samiya Wright may be a crucial factor in this one.

The senior made all five of her shots from downtown, and had 17 points in the win over Gallaudet.

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Homecoming brings talent to the university

The performers in the Winthrop Homecoming Talent show got the crowd hyped by dancing, singing, rapping and telling jokes.

Every year Winthrop hosts a homecoming talent show where students showcase their talent.
The students that participated in this year’s talent show each brought their own style to their performance, keeping the audience on their toes.

The show was hosted by Jay Dukes, a nationally-known comedian. He had the audience laughing at his jokes and antics.

The performers were not the only students who got a chance to broadcast their talent. Jay Dukes had a segment where the audience was able to participate by dancing on stage and letting the rest of the audience be the judge.

The audience members had a great time, laughing and singing along with the acts.

David Rookard, a junior marketing major said he thoroughly enjoyed the show.
“I really enjoyed the talent in this year’s show, and I am hyped for the rest of Winthrop’s homecoming,” Rookard said.

Ashley Minton, a sophomore dance education major, said that the talent was great.
“I thought that the talent show was awesome and all of the contestant did really well,” she said.

The winner of the Winthrop University Homecoming Talent Show 2014 was Thomas Kelsie, who danced, and the second place winner was Courtney Johnson, who sang.

Courtney Johnson, a sophomore interior design major, wanted to perform in the talent show this year.

“It was exhilarating being on stage. I participated in the talent show, because I wanted to entertain the audience,” Johnson said.


Comedian Jay Dukes hosted this years talent show.
Comedian Jay Dukes hosted this years talent show.
Spoken word artist Timon Ruth performs. Photo by Jacob Hallex.
Spoken word artist Timon Ruth performs. Photo by Jacob Hallex.
Alumnus Ray Singleton performed at the Talent Show
Alumnus Ray Singleton performed at the Talent Show

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Joseph Ferguson performs stand-up comedy.
Joseph Ferguson performs stand-up comedy.

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A Matter of Perspective

Veterans Day, Nov. 11. A time when we make special note of the sacrifices made by the members of the armed forces of our country. When I was a kid the date was called Armistice Day, because the World War I ended at 11 minutes past 11 o’clock on the 11th day of the 11th month. It seems a bit contrived to us now, but back then it was to drill into the minds of all involved the precise date of the armistice. I can’t tell you the exact date or time of the endings of World War II in Europe, known now as VE Day (Victory in Europe) or of the War in the Pacific, VJ Day (Victory over Japan). I recall that they were in 1945, and I even remember where I was when the radio broadcast each of those two momentous events.

But there have been some interesting changes over time in how we know about such things. During WWI all photographs were in black and white. Movies were silent and made with hand-cranked cameras. The films had to be taken back to a lab for processing and were then eventually shown in the newest entertainment venues, the cinemas. Radio broadcasting didn’t exist, let alone television.

By WWII, radio was widely available; local stations did live shows and shut down at around 11:00 p.m. with the national anthem. Short-wave radio made it possible for an entirely new form of journalism to be invented. Edward R. Murrow was a prime pioneer, giving live broadcasts of war action as it was happening. His newscasts began with the signature line: “Hello, America. This is London calling.” Before long reporters were being embedded with the troops both in Europe and in the Pacific, actually going in with invasion forces in places as hostile as Guadalcanal and the Philippines. Cinematography equipment and techniques had improved so that color and sound would be incorporated into films shown in home movie theaters, and the folks at home could feel a sort of participation. Broadcast reports were still limited primarily to the three radio networks, NBC, ABC and CBS. MovieTone News prepared the films seen in the theaters.

Now it is almost 70 years since then, and the news is transmitted via satellite as it occurs and on a spectrum of broadcast TV networks including cable, many of which run 24 hours a day. Casualties are reported on a day-to-day basis and with detailed accuracy impossible three quarters of a century ago. But the result of the reporting of those casualty reports is that the public has become much more sensitive to the numbers of killed and wounded American troops.

In the almost 14 years of the conflict in Afghanistan, there have been 2,144 military deaths. By contrast, during the Battle of the Bulge in WWII, a campaign that lasted 40 days, U.S. casualties included 19,000 killed. Another contrast, traffic deaths in Texas, Florida and California in 2013 have each exceeded the total deaths in the entire Afghanistan campaign.

Until 1980, there was a recognition that people involved in conflicts sometimes developed problems that were mental in nature. The condition was usually called “shell shock.” It was often viewed by military leaders as weakness on the part of the person exhibiting its symptoms, up to the point when on August 3, 1943, Lt. Gen. George S. Patton slapped a soldier who was hospitalized for psychoneurosis, accusing him of cowardice. Now the condition is given the formal title of PTSD – Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and it is becoming more widely

recognized. It is not merely something found among troops involved in firefights. It may be found in support personnel who never get anywhere near the actual combat zones. It may also be experienced in the families of deployed military personnel as they anxiously wait at home. So, this Veterans Day, and every day, please recognize that the freedoms we enjoy and take far too much for granted exist largely because of the services of our men and women in the military. Never miss an opportunity to say “Thank you for serving” to a service person in uniform, and to persons of mature years (that’s code for “old people”) who wear “Vietnam Vet” or other emblazoned clothing and headgear.

May God bless all our service people at home and away for making our freedom possible.

David Birley

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Letter to the Editor

Texts, automated voice messages and emails are the main features that Winthrop University uses to communicate hazardous and potentially dangerous situations to students, faculty and staff. I am sure we can all remember one instance where a WU alert awoke us either in the middle of the night or the early morning. Personally, I remember waking up to a phone call in the middle of night when a robbery took place at the CVS across the street from campus.

Even though some may have complained about being awoken by the phone call, it did not bother me at all because I felt safe; I felt that Campus Police was truly looking out for our safety. However, my opinion has completely changed due to the recent event of a young woman being raped on campus whose crime was simply walking back to her dorm room.

The night that this violation took place, all cell phones remained quiet and did not glow in the dark. There were no automated voice messages or text messages being sent out as students either slept or walked back to their dorm rooms, completely oblivious to the potential danger on campus.

Instead, students were informed about the assault the next day at approximately 11 a.m.. Besides being disgusted that such a horrendous crime occurred on campus, I was extremely disappointed in Winthrop University and Campus Police for failing every single student on campus and not putting our safety first.

A simple automated voice message or text message informing students that a dangerous situation on campus has happened and to stay in your area until further instructions would have been sufficient and would have made students feel safer on campus. Throughout my past three years at Winthrop, I have always been very aware of my surroundings on our ill-lit campus. However, as I walk to and from my evening classes, I now feel the constant need to continuously look around me, being aware of every single person around me, scanning to see if anyone looks as though he does not “belong” on campus.

It simply all comes down to this: it shouldn’t be this way. I shouldn’t have to feel as though I need to walk to my evening classes with a very thick textbook in my arms to use as protection if needed. My friends shouldn’t feel the need to carry pepper spray and wasp spray in their hands, and our parents should not have to worry about us walking alone on campus to the library, our rooms or our cars at 8 p.m. at night.

Unfortunately, this tragedy is not being addressed even though it has affected each and every single one of us. We live in a culture where a victim of rape becomes the one at fault. Now, every single female on campus has also become the victim, with our sense of safety ripped away from us and replaced with fear. What happened on campus was a tragedy, and campus police should be reassuring us that we are, in fact, safe by either increasing security on campus once the sun goes down or working to make campus better lit at night.

Perhaps CSL should hold a panel discussion between students and Winthrop police so they can hear firsthand what areas on campus we do not feel safe as well as our reasons. Instead, Winthrop University and Campus Police are simply brushing this violation under a rug, hoping it will not be mentioned again and forgotten. Next time that you are in class, remember the statistic that one out of every four women will be a victim of sexual assault. How many more assaults will have to happen before action will finally be taken?

Lauren Switzer

Senior class standing

Spanish major

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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.