The Carolinian - Vol. 55, Issue 1 - Aug. 28, 2017


The Carolinian - Vol. 55, Issue 1 - Aug. 28, 2017
USC Upstate's student news-magazine


Aug. 28, 2017 VOL. 55 ISSUE 1


• Exclusive interview with Chancellor Kelly


• Special report on the Solar Eclipse and the Party of the Century


• Important back-to-school information

Meet the Staff

Lucy McElroy, Editor

James Parham, Managing Editor

Asia Suber, Advertising Director

Brandon Pack, Photography Editor

Stephanie Sawaked, Opinion Editor

Whit Sanborn, Director of Social Media

Andrew Becker, Senior Writer

Keondre Jones, Design Editor

Cierra Mills, Reporter

Sydney Foster, Reporter

Erika Hollis, Reporter

Savannah Betsill, Reporter

Zandra Shafer, Travel Reporter

Mary Norris, Arts Editor

Mariana Marsalisi, Photographer

Jim Fair, Faculty Advisor

Bianca Lopez, Reporter

Jay Richer, Reporter

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Commercial Music Students

From one student to another

Studying abroad

Greek life

Q&A with Chancellor Kelly

What happened this summer?

Opinion: Virginia Protests

‘Dunkirk’ and ‘The Ministry of Utmost Happiness ‘ Reviews

Student Organizations

Fall 2017 Academic Calendar

Total Eclipse August 2017






September 21 October 24 November 21


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qualified applicants be given equal opportunity and that selection decisions be based on jobrelated



Student services: Here for you

There are many services available to students at USC Upstate. Below is a

comprehensive list of helpful contacts, offices, and extensions. All extensions start

with (864)-503-XXXX.

Dean of Students Office, Laura Puckett-

Boler, x5108, CLC 303

Campus Recreation, Mark Ritter, x5939,

HEC 3102

Housing and Residential Life, Mandy

Whitten, x5420, Palmetto House

Dining Services, Jim Schecter, x5515,

CLC 121

Health Services, Mary Bucher, x5191,

Health Services House

Disability Services, Wendy Woodsby,

x5198, CLC 108

Counseling Services, Elizabeth Jodoin,

x5358, CLC 224

Office of Student Life, Dr. Krystal Smith,

x5125, CLC 214

Postal Services, Vicky Easler, x5222,

University Services Building

Non-Traditional Student Services, Ellen

Towler, x5195, CLC 224

Greenville Campus, Stacey Mills, x4218,

UCG Suite 627

Student Success Center, Susannah

Waldrop, x5414, Library 224

Career Services, Sherry McAdams, x5393,

Library 203

Opportunity Network (TRIO), Selena Blair,

x5965, Mag House 026

Enrollment Services, Donette Stewart,

x5280, HEC 2058

Information Technology, Luke

Vanwingerden, x5863, ADMIN 109

Photo by Austin Cook | Mary Norris is the Arts Editor for The Carolinian. Norris is studying under

the Commercial Music program at USC Upstate and is an active member of Spartanburg’s

community of musicians.

Commercial Music students release original

music, host open-mic night

Mary Norris

As the Commercial Music program begins another year at Upstate, I am delighted

to provide updates on music events and news happening on campus and around


For those of you who are unfamiliar with the program, Commercial Music is

offered as a major and minor and focuses on more modern music styles (no, not

music on television for commercials). The program allows students to step outside

of traditional music programs as they study and perform a wide range of genres,

including R&B, jazz, rock, Latin, pop, country, funk, musical theater, and some


Music faculty and students are incredibly proud of the accomplishments made

last year, as students participated in research symposiums, showcased original

compositions, performed in downtown Spartanburg and at Spartanburg Regional

Hospital, started an on-campus open mic night, and released music.

Photo from Flickr user Ray Cross | Non-traditional students make up a large portion of students

on campus. There are services available for academic and personal support at Upstate.

Students at USC Upstate are Not as

Traditional as You May Think

Cierra Mills

Napoleon Dynamite coined the idiom “your mom goes to college” in 2004. The

saying brought a dose of reality at a marketing class this summer at the George

Dean Johnson, Jr. College of Business and Economics.

Within a classroom of 20 students, there were six students over age 40. High school

students earning dual enrollment were as young as 15.

Full-time and part-time students at Upstate vary in age, according to USC Upstate’s

website. Non-traditional students make up around 40 percent of the students and

represent the true value of diversity.

Three USC Upstate bands and artists comprised of Commercial Music students

released original music that is available online.

The department’s professors are equally as accomplished. Dr. Nolan Stolz has been

working on his novel, “Experiencing Black Sabbath: A Listener’s Companion”.

To start the academic year, I would like to give a warm welcome to our newest

professor, Dr. Carter Callison. A native of Asheville, N.C., Callison completed his Ph.D.

at the Royal Academy of Music in London.

Callison is also an accomplished double bassist and has had his compositions

performed internationally. Dr. Peter Kay and Stan Wietrzychowski are also new to the

program this year.

Moving forward, I am ecstatic to share our accomplishments and to spread word

of Commercial Music events with you, and I hope to see you at various music

functions on campus.

There are non-traditional student resources and events, such as monthly luncheons

at the Greenville campus. Non-Traditional Student Services is on the main campus,

located in the Campus Life Center.

Contact Doug Peters at 864-503-7454, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m for more

information about resources available to non-traditional students.

4 The Carolinian Orientation Issue

From One Student

to Another

Here’s to new beginnings

Whit Sanborn

As the days get shorter, classes begin

and it can seem as if the days last


Its time to start drinking copious

amounts of coffee, spend all night

writing papers, and complete work due

in an afternoon that same morning. That

all seems good, but there are ways to

minimize stress throughout the semester.

Cutting caffeine may stop the jitters

and definitely cuts your heart rate. As a

non-traditional student, I can no longer

pull all nighters. Not only do late nights

often come with consuming junk food,

but they also increase levels of cortisol

(the stress hormone) in the blood.

Procrastination can seem to be a good

choice in the moment, but when you sit

back and see the big picture, putting off

work has diminishing returns. While we

usually remember this in the beginning

of the semester, we can become lax as

the semester rolls on. Here’s to hoping

that won’t happen. If you’re a returning

student, carry the momentum you had

last year to this year.

New students start strong and create

momentum in a positive direction.

Here’s an idea: try listening to music

while studying – my favorite is “Four

Seasons” by Antonio Vivaldi. My

advice is to not listen to music with

lyrics because it can distract from

attentiveness while studying.

The staff at USC wants you to succeed.

Anywhere from help editing an English

paper to securing a job, there are

resources available.

I come from Buffalo, so I know the

winters here are a tad milder. Use

the break between semesters to get

refreshed and refocused … spring will be

here in no time.

Observe color of decals and

rules of the road

Courtney White

Parking on busy college campuses can

be a hassle, especially if you are new to

the area. Students often complain about

the excessive amount of tickets received

due to improper parking.

Decals received at the Public Safety

building are color-coded based on your

residential status.

Red, on-campus residents

Yellow, commuting students

Green, faculty and staff

Orange lots are for overflow parking

for all students and staff.

Always park in the lot that corresponds

with your decal color to avoid getting

those pricy tickets.

Some rules of the road:

• Don’t back into a parking space

• Decals are placed on the left rear


• Handicap parking permits must be

displayed in rear-view mirror

• Do not make your own parking

space – this includes on curbs, grass,


• Campus speed limit is 25 mph, unless


• Pause for wildlife crossing the


• Yield to students crossing walkways

• You may appeal parking tickets. If

you don’t appeal, pay fines by date

on ticket.

• Three unpaid tickets will earn a boot

to be placed on your tire.

Students have resources to balance wellness with studies

Hailey Davis

Maintaining a balance between classes, personal life, and health is important for

students and there are services at Upstate that make it easier to stay afloat.

Students are provided free access to the campus Wellness Center, a 60,000-squarefoot

fitness facility with equipment for students to use to improve their health,

strength, stamina, and wellbeing. The Wellness Center also offers programs such as

intramural sports, outdoor recreation, group exercise, aquatics, and sports clubs.

Campus Recreation, located in the Wellness Center, is said to, “provide a safe and

accommodating environment for the students, faculty, and staff of the University

of South Carolina Upstate,” according to its mission statement. “We encourage the

pursuit of a healthy lifestyle to enhance the academic and personal development

of the student through physical activity.”

Health Services offers confidential healthcare to all students and Counseling

Services offers confidential psychological services.

Dining Services works with Sodexo to provide balanced, healthy choices for meals

with its dining hall and on-campus restaurants.

Students can find a balance that works while juggling classes, studying, extracurricular

activities, work, socializing and rest. Using available resources and finding

a balanced schedule will promote overall wellbeing, leaving more time to enjoy the

college experience.

Campus Recreation holds Spartan-X Fitness Classes weekly, all focusing on a

workout tailored to the interest of students. Each class includes activities such as

Ab Master, Core Fusion, Cycle45, Dance-X, Grind, Hydro Power, Lower Body Xpress,

Muscle Ballet, Shred and Stretch, Upper Body Xpress, and Yoga. They also offer

personal training.

Enrolling in Spartan-X Fitness classes or intramural sports is made simple by

IMLeagues, an app designed to show weekly schedules and host sign-up lists. The

app is available for download on smart phones and accessible on web browsers.


Studying abroad may seem unachievable to some, but it is entirely possible with a little research and saving. It is an experience that can be worth going the extra mile.

Studying abroad is an invitation to new cultures, languages

Andrew Becker

My study abroad experience didn’t

begin when I hopped off the plane

in Paris, nor after several hours of train

rides to reach my destination in the

Netherlands. It didn’t begin on opening

day at my foreign university, or even the

first day of classes.

It began at Upstate when I decided

to make a simple inquiry when I was

curious and asked for some help. Three

continents, 13 countries, and months

later, I can’t help but feel grateful for my


All it takes is a little motivation and

curiosity. Who hasn’t imagined living in

another country?

Maybe you’re like me and wanted to

follow in the footsteps of famous expats,

such as Hemmingway or Fitzgerald.

Maybe you’re looking to perfect a

second language, or to immerse yourself

in another culture. Or maybe you don’t

know what you want from life at all, and

you’re still searching for what’s important

to you.

A study abroad experience may offer

all these things, and so much more.

Getting in touch with the helpful faculty

at the Burroughs building can get you

started figuring out your options, costs,

paperwork, and accommodations. They

will let you know about scholarships


The application is not an easy process

and will require a great deal of time and

effort, on top of your normal workload.

There are people to help you along the

way, and the more work you put into

the process the more rewarding your

experience can be.

It takes a few hundred dollars to be

painfully realistic, and know the cost of

your trip.

This experience will cost you dearly if

you do not take the time and effort to

do it the right way, so hit the books hard,

pinch pennies, get scholarships and

grants, and spend wisely. If you can do

all of these things, you’re bound for fun

and success during what will surely be a

profound experience.

Studying in London was enlightening

and life changing

Zandra Shafer

It is odd for me to think back on how

nervous I was in the days leading up to

my trip to London.

Tomorrow is my last day here, and I’m

getting emotional thinking about having

to leave early Sunday morning. London

is such an incredible city, and I feel so

lucky to have been able to live here for

a month and to study under Andrew

Kennedy, who taught me so much

about museums and galleries.

I loved London and my course so

much that I’m planning on applying to

graduate programs in Museum Studies

at three schools over here in addition to

the programs in the United States that I

was already planning on applying to.

This trip has certainly expanded

my horizons, and I’ve learned many

lessons both academic and personal.

Interestingly, I feel perfectly at home


I was expecting it to be a little more

difficult to adapt to the English way

of life. While there are some cultural

differences, the most surprising part of

my stay in London is how similar it is to my

experiences with large cities in the Unites


My time here has been incredible. I’ve

learned so much, and I am very grateful

for this opportunity. It has reinforced my

vision for my future, and opened new

doors and possibilities.

It’s been life changing in more ways

than one. I’m so glad that I chose

to study abroad, and would highly

recommend that every student take

advantage of that option.

It has been such an enlightening and

successful trip that I’ve decided that

I’d like to come here to continue my

education. We shall see what the future

has in store for me, but I will never regret

taking this chance.

Photos by Zandra Shafer | Zandra Shafer attended Pride in London 2017 during her studies.

The Carolinian staff interviewed the USC Upstate Shoestring

Players before they traveled to London to perform their

original play, “Tapestry” this summer. The 2017 London

Company expressed their excitement and nervousness

about presenting their brainchild at the Rose Theatre.

Check out the video online at

6 The Carolinian Orientation Issue

Greek Life is a brotherhood, sisterhood that

embraces campus life

Sydney Foster

Joining a sorority or fraternity has no

class or age limit. You can be 56 years

old and can throw what you know.

Potential sorority members must go

through formal recruitment. It is three

days of complete torture. Got ya – I’m

kidding. It’s three days of a wonderful,

nail-biting experience that you’ll be

happy you went through when you run

to your letters on bid day.

“Joining a sorority has been an amazing

experience,” new Zeta Tau Alpha

member, Emily Danielson said. “I have

gained a wonderful support system and

have met some amazing women who

one day will be my bridesmaids.”

I’m sure you’re thinking to yourself,

“school comes first” – and you’re right,

but don’t fret. Maintaining good grades

and a high GPA is an important part of

Greek life. The awesome thing is there’s

always someone you can ask for help

with schoolwork within your organization.

If you still think you’re not ready to go

through formal recruitment, then that’s

perfectly OK.

Some sororities and fraternities have

spring recruitment.

The process for joining a fraternity is

similar. It is a week-long recruitment

of fun, brotherly activities where both

fraternities reach out and try to get to

know you.

“Being a part of such a strong

brotherhood is helping me shape into

the man I aspire to be,” Jamal Smith

said. “I have been a member of Sigma

Alpha Epsilon since my freshman year

and I have loved every day of it.”

Sorority and fraternity recruitment

will teach you about sisterhood and

brotherhood and what makes each

Greek Letter sorority and fraternity


Joining a sorority was the best decision

I have ever made. The ladies in my

sorority make me feel like I can fly and

like I am a part of something so much

bigger than myself.

Don’t be nervous. Here are my five tips

to help you out.

• Attend informational meetings

about Greek life and recruitment

• Go into recruitment with an open


• Relax and breathe (but not too

much, you’ll hyperventilate)

• Be yourself

• Prepare to make friends that’ll turn

into family

Contact John Montemayor, Assistant

Director for Fraternity and Sorority Life

and Leadership Programs, by calling


Photo by Amanda Raines

Mallory Dussault: Making a difference in

abused and neglected children’s lives

Lucy McElroy

Criminal Justice major, Mallory Dussault

has devoted her free time to helping

foster children for years, teaching them

life skills and giving them something they

desperately need – love.

The Delta Zeta Om member, a junior,

aspires to work as a child abuse

investigator and to foster and adopt

children. Dussault’s mother was a lead

child abuse investigator for 25 years and

later recruited by the FBI.

“My family was a foster family when we

lived in Chicago, we had 200-plus kids in

and out of our home in just two years,”

Dussault said. “Some of the kids we lived

with went to a Royal Family Kids Camp

(RFKC) in Geneva, Ill., and I got to see

what amazing things it did for their life.”

The RFKC provides 6- to 12-yearold

foster children with life-changing

experiences, according to

Camps are filled with exciting activities

for children – visits from Santa Claus and

the Easter Bunny, shaving cream fights

that end in being hosed off by firemen,

carnivals with rides, and birthday parties

for everyone.

Dussault has volunteered in four camps.

“On the day of my eighteenth birthday

I sent in all of my background checks

and I’ve been at camp/club ever

since,” Dussault said.

Photos courtesy of Mallory Dussault




Photo by Brandon Pack | The Carolinian staff met with Chancellor Brendan Kelly, Ph.D. on Aug. 17 at the Humanities and Performing Arts Center. Zandra Shafer, Stephanie Sawaked, Lucy

McElroy, and Asia Suber conducted an exclusive interview, asking about his goals for the future of the University.

Chancellor Brendan Kelly, Ph.D. joined

the University in March and is focused on

establishing and nurturing relationships with

alumni, students, faculty, staff, and the

Spartanburg community. He is driven by

Upstate’s ongoing potential for growth after

50 years of existence.

Chancellor Kelly met with The Carolinian

staff to discuss his motivation for success and

his vision for Upstate in the next 50 years.

8 The Carolinian Orientation Issue

Q: What piqued your interest and brought you to USC Upstate?

A: That’s a good question. You don’t

move three children – and one of which

is a junior in high school – because your

interest has piqued. That’s why you go

whitewater rafting. We were at a place

where we were ready to transition. I

started being recruited for this position

last June. Long before any of you were

introduced to me, I was introduced to

the University.

There were three primary elements that

drove that decision for our family, and

I’ll tell you – it was a collective decision.

One, the geography is incredible. And

it’s not just that we’re in one of the most

beautiful areas of the country. We’re

also in one of the most economically

hot areas of the country. When you’re a

public university, that’s a really important

attribute – because the product is you.

And if you were graduating today at a

regional comprehensive university in a

state, or in an area of a state where the

economy was not growing, or it was not

robust, there’s not a lot of choice. We

have a large contingent of alumni who

stay here in the state. In fact, the largest

percentage of any university in the state.

We also have most of those staying here

in the Upstate. That’s a

really attractive quality to me, because

it tells us that we’ve got an economy

where we’ve got the opportunity to

grow as a university, and that the region

is dependent on us for its success. We

have to be a great partner that creates

a lot of opportunity.

The second piece was the structure

of the institution – a regional

comprehensive university. The types

of programs that we host, the types of

students that we focus on – that’s my

interest and passion. I have been offered

positions at many different universities,

many very large, and this is where I’d

love to be a part of the community.

And the third was once I got to come

here – meet the faculty, meet the

staff, and understand better where the

students are and where the institution

was – and it seemed like we were ready

for what comes next as an institution. I’d

been part of that a previous institution

and it is a very exciting time in the life

cycle of a university when you’re a part

of “what comes next,” as opposed to

“this is what we’re doing right now.”

When I saw that that was probably the

opportunity that was here, I got excited

to lead us there.

Q: What would you like to accomplish most while you’re here?

A: I appreciate you already talking

about me leaving. (Laughs) I would

say there are three areas where it’s not

about what I want – it’s about what we

need and what we’re supposed to be

doing for the state of South Carolina

and for the Upstate. I say that because

where I come from in Michigan, I’ve

watched economies fall apart because

we didn’t support

them the right way. And we’ve had

some really great opportunities here.

We have to be a great partner. So,

stationing us to be that is going to

require three things. Many people have

heard me talk about those three things

because I really do believe that those

are the three we have to be focusing

on for the next few years in order to

be that great partner and to provide

every student who graduates from this

institution a maximized opportunity to

go out and have the most successful life

that they possibly can.

First, we have to enhance the resources

of the university. That comes in a wide

variety of different ways, but making

certain we’re focused on enhanced

fundraising, auxiliary income, trying

to operate more efficiently. The more

efficient we are – that’s one way of

lowering the cost of operations, which

either allows to make new investments in

quality and new opportunity, or to lower

operational costs altogether. Enhanced

resources are a key piece, because

we’ve got to pay for the future.

Second is, we have to grow. We have

not awarded enough bachelor’s and

master’s degrees to supply the Upstate

with the white-collar talent that it needs.

And we have to make a change there.

I would also suggest that if I’m a student

at Upstate and I earn a bachelor’s

degree, and a couple years later, or a

few years later, I want to enhance my

prospects, and I need to go and earn

a graduate credential – we should be

positioned to provide you that graduate

credential as well in key disciplines in our

areas of strength. We

have a number of graduate programs

right now, we need to expand that.

That would allow us to provide more

opportunities to people in this region to

earn higher education credentials the

way they need to, and to be part of a

really extraordinary university community

at the same time. That growth is

essential. That ambition comes from,

“We have to do that for our state and for

our region, for all of the people who live

here to enhance the quality of life.”

When I get free time, if I go to Target, I

am wearing a USC Upstate shirt. I went

to Target last Sunday to buy school

supplies for my kids – I’ve got a 17-yearold,

a 14-year-old, and an 11-year-old – I

ran into three people in the store who

did not know me, who were all wearing

USC Upstate shirts. I stopped every single

one of them and told them, “I’m a fan

of your shirt.” I just wanted to know what

their connection was and get them

excited about the university. I did that

on one of the first Saturdays I was here, I

had three hours before I had to be back

on campus. I got my oil changed and

went to the grocery store and I wore a

USC Upstate softball shirt. And I knew

when I wore it that everyone would ask

me about the university, that’s why I

wore it. But they didn’t ask me just about

the university, they asked me if I was the

head coach. So, I was like... “yeah.” And

I told Chris Hawkins. And yeah, you’ve

got to understand – Chris Hawkins is

one of the top 25 coaches in the United

States in softball. We have one of the

finest softball programs in America. And

I had to break it to him that his profile

wasn’t nearly as big as he thought it

was, because people thought I was him.

But that type of storytelling – when we

walk down the streets of Spartanburg or

Greenville, we need to see more of our


We have a lot to brag about and we

don’t do nearly enough bragging and

I’m going to make it my mission to

change that.

Q: What are your plans for fundraising at Upstate?

A: We have a lot of work to do on

that front. We have a lot of relationship

building to do. We have hired Dr.

Meredith Brunen as well. She is absolutely

fantastic, your new Vice Chancellor

for University Advancement. She’s a

very skilled leader in development,

alumni engagement, as well as

overseeing university marketing and

communications. She’s a skilled higher

education leader. She is trying to put

together our organization and our

foundation in a way that people can

have faith in it. If you want to make a gift

to the University, you want to make a gift

knowing it’s being stewarded and one,

in the way you intended and two, in the

most careful hands possible. People who

treat your treasure like it’s your treasure.

We’re setting up that environment

first at the same time we’re building

relationships with people, our hope is

that their faith in this institution and also

the way in which we’ll treat their treasure

will help enliven our outcomes on that

front. I will participate in that on a daily

basis and have been, Dr. Brunen will as

well. We just brought in our new Athletic

Director – Julio Freire. He is absolutely

fantastic. Julio is another one who is

attempting to build relationships now

on behalf of the athletics, but also on

behalf of the University at large. There’s

one thing we know to be true – it

doesn’t really matter where we win in

the institution. If we have the best nurses

in the state, then the whole University

wins. If we win a basketball game, the

whole University wins. If we put out a

great newspaper, the whole University

wins. It’s all of those things connected

together to lift up the institution and we

need all of those things to be elevated

– every single element of the institution.

That’s really challenging. That’s why you

need a lot of enthusiastic people who

are faculty, staff, students, executive

administrations, who are all working for

that one goal. If we do that, I think our

fundraising profile changes dramatically.

We are essential as an institution to

the success of this region and I believe

strongly that people are going to invest

in that.

Q: What was your reaction to the events in Charlottesville?

A: I don’t know if you can have another

reaction than just being disgusted and

sad. Scared, frustrated... very frustrated.

But, there is no place for hatred and

violence and racism and bigotry in

public discourse. There is no utility. It

accomplishes absolutely nothing. It just

destroys the great work of so many

people trying to enliven the human

community. I don’t know what else to tell

you on that front, except that we have

a duty to ensure that we play a role in

making a better human community.

Communications is critical, absolutely

critical. And the type of communication

is even more critical.








University launches new website

The new-and-improved university website launched this summer to better

accommodate viewers, especially mobile users. The university recommends using

internet browsers Google Chrome, Firefox, and Safari for the best experience with

the new design.

First, viewers arrive at the homepage – a screen for prospective students and

parents, displaying photos and videos from around campus. Scrolling down will

reveal links important for new Spartans. The next section is “The Dome,” designed

for faculty, staff, and enrolled students. This section contains the most important

information for members of the Upstate family. There is an informational video on

USC Upstate’s YouTube channel that can further help you to navigate the new


50th Anniversary mural symbolizes tremendous growth

Lucy McElroy

A mural representative of USC Upstate’s humble

beginnings, growth, and success has been painted

across Gallery East’s wall in downtown Spartanburg to

celebrate the university’s 50th anniversary. Alumnus

Russell Bannan’s media company, Bannan Blasko LLC,

was commissioned to capture the university’s spirit.

“I cannot be more excited to have the University of

South Carolina Upstate mural featured in downtown

Spartanburg,” Chancellor Brendan Kelly stated in a

University story. “This amazing artwork encapsulates the

history of USC Upstate, its strong reputation of serving as

a critical force in fulfilling regional and state workforce

needs, and its brilliant future.”

The mural reads left to right, with historical

representations first, followed by images that symbolize

the development into a multi-campus university.

The visual progression creates an active viewing

experience and serves as a reminder of 50 years of


Peaches, mountains, and trees geographically

symbolize the university. The campus was once a

peach orchard and soybean farm until the land

was acquired in 1967 by the Spartanburg County

Commission for Higher Education. The Blue Ridge

Mountains, visible from campus, provide a suitable

backdrop to Upstate’s variety of trees and landscape.

A nurse’s cap is a reminder of USC Upstate’s

foundation – a new chapter of Spartanburg’s nursing

programs that opened after Spartanburg General

Hospital closed its nursing education program.

“I am eternally grateful to Jason Hiltabiddle for

providing such a prominent location for USC Upstate to

share its remarkable story,” Kelly stated. “This is just the

beginning of how USC Upstate intends to approach

deliberate storytelling and branding.” The mural is at

512 East Main Street and a full list of symbols contained

in the mural can be found here. Live video of the

mural’s progress is broadcasted here.

Photo by Brandon Pack | Alumnus Russell Bannan’s media company, Bannan Blasko LLC completed a mural commemorating USC

Upstate’s 50th Anniversary this summer. The mural is painted across the wall of Gallery East in downtown Spartanburg, next to Mellow

Mushroom. A full list of symbology in the mural can be found on USC Upstate’s website.

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Freire named Athletics Director,

replaced retired Lee Fowler

Staff Report

Julio Freire was hired as Athletic Director and Vice Chancellor for Intercollegiate

Athletics at USC Upstate. He replaced Lee Fowler who retired after four years as

athletic director.

The Upstate region and USC Upstate are at a tipping point,” Freire said. “As

the only public comprehensive university in the area, we, the University of South

Carolina Upstate, are the only university that can propel the entire region to the

next level.”

Freire told of the path that led him to Upstate.

“I grew up in Tijuana, Mexico where I lived in a two bedroom trailer with seven

people,” Freire said.

“I became an American citizen by age 14 and consider myself lucky that I

excelled in athletics and was able to obtain an education,” Freire said. “I was

attending a high school where only 50 percent of the freshmen made it to

graduation – an inner city school.

So, because of intercollegiate athletics I had the opportunity to earn an education

– to earn a degree.”

Chancellor Dr. Brendan B. Kelly said Freire was someone who “captures the spirit of

who we are trying to be in Spartan athletics.”

Photo by Les Duggins | The University announced Julio Freire as Upstate’s new Athletic Director

in July. Freire posed at his press conference July 7 with James Parham as Sparty.

Freire ran cross country and track and field for Arizona State, where he graduated

in 1990 with a degree in education. He earned a master’s in counseling from

University of Phoenix in 1997.

Freire was a high school educator and coach. He was in athletics administration,

joined Ohio University in 2000, Tennessee Tech 2005-2007, University of Arizona 2007-

2010, UNLV 2010-2013, and then athletic director at the University of Tennessee-

Martin. He was at the University of Pittsburgh before coming to Upstate.

Freire and his wife, Cherie, have two children, Christopher, 15, and Gabriella, 12.

Dr. Meredith N. Brunen joins fundraising,

alumni relations efforts

Lucy McElroy

Meredith N. Brunen, Ph.D. joined University

staff as Vice Chancellor for University

Advancement July 3. Brunen will further

the fundraising efforts of the University of

South Carolina Upstate Foundation as Chief

Philanthropic Officer and Executive Director.

“She’s a very skilled leader in development,

alumni engagement, as well as overseeing

University marketing and communications.

She’s a skilled higher education leader. She

is trying to put together our organization and

our foundation in a way that people can

have faith in it,” Chancellor, Brendan Kelly,

Ph.D. said. “If you want to make a gift to the

University, you want to make a gift knowing

it’s being stewarded and one, in the way

you intended and two, in the most careful

hands possible.”

Before coming to Upstate, Brunen worked

alongside Kelly at the University of West

Florida in Pensacola, Fla. as Interim Vice

President for University Advancement and

Associate Vice President for University


Brunen is no stranger to advancing a

university’s efforts for alumni relations,

community engagement, and fundraising.

In addition to serving in those aspects at

UWF, Brunen also served as Chief Executive

Officer of the foundation at Northwest

Arkansas Community College in Bentonville,


Brunen works closely with Kelly to bring the

nearly 30,000 USC Upstate alumni closer to

the institution and plays an instrumental role

in the branding of the university.

Meredith Brunen, Ph.D. worked alongside Chancellor Kelly at the University of

West Florida in Pensacola, Fla. before joining him at Upstate. The pair aims to

further alumni relationships and fundraising efforts for the University.


OPINION: America, one nation under controversy

Stephanie Sawaked

If you are slightly out of touch with reality or the social issues going on in our

country, it may come as a surprise to you that over the last few years our country has

experienced what some would call an epidemic.

No, I’m not talking about the opioid crisis or the election of Donald Trump as the

45th President of the United States. It is a nationwide controversy regarding race,

religion, freedom of speech and most importantly, terrorism.

When we think of terrorism, we popularly associate it with historic attacks carried

out by members of international terrorist organizations, such as ISIS. However,

Oxford Dictionaries defines terrorism simply as “the unlawful use of violence and

intimidation, especially against civilians, in the pursuit of political aims.”

Truth is, terrorism knows no boundaries or borders. Domestic terrorism is no exception

to the rule and is rapidly spreading through our nation.

A protest began on the campus of the University of Virginia Aug. 11. Members of

white nationalist groups, white supremacist groups, and the Klu Klux Klan gathered

to practice their First Amendment right and express disdain for the removal of the

statue of Civil War confederate, General Robert E. Lee.

Things quickly began to escalate when counter-protestors such as Antifa and Black

Lives Matter members arrived in opposition.

One person was reported dead the next morning and many small fights broke out,

involving pepper spray and debris being thrown. Members of the Alt-Right groups

began chanting popular Nazi phrases like “blood and soil.”

Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe declared a state of emergency and ordered

protestors to disperse from the area.

A “Unite the Right” rally, expecting up to 6,000 protestors, was planned for Aug.

12 in Emancipation Park by demonstrators who arrived carrying tiki torches, body

armor, and discriminatory propaganda, such as Nazi flags.

Rising tensions between opposing groups led to 20-year-old James Alex Fields, Jr.

plowing into a crowd of counter protestors. Not only did he drive through them, he

put his car in reverse to run through them again. The toll was one dead, 19 injured.

Fields is being held without bond.

Initial lack of media coverage and what appeared to be an insincere apology

from President Trump has resulted in major backlash for both parties.

It seems the media gave no forewarning to the rest of the country about the

decision to remove the statue or the reaction to it, as if they hadn’t known the

protests were planned – given the demonstrators need a permit and go through law

enforcement. Meaning, enough authoritative figures knew the events planned to be

able to inform the public of what was to ensue.

Only when violence erupted and casualties occurred, including two police officers

in a helicopter crash, did the media shift their attention to the chaos.

The situation may have been avoided like the incident at Berkeley College in

California when a planned speech by outspoken conservative, Ann Coulter, was

cancelled due to the amount of controversy it would provoke.

In similar fashion of lacking focus, President Trump has yet to call these white

supremacists just what they are – terrorists. To make matters more interesting, his

statement raised many questions regarding his awareness to the severity to, and his

lack of sympathy for the situation.

In his statement, he describes the events as an, “egregious display of hatred,

bigotry and violence on many sides.” To which he received criticism from members

of both the Democratic and Republican parties.

Once the dust begins to settle and the media moves on to the next headline, who

is to blame for the tragic events happening here at home? Could it be the alt-right

movement for pushing their agenda, or should the government take the blame for

allowing it to escalate so quickly? Or could it be the strong opposition and resistance

movement of the left?

The media plays a hand for not covering the events before it reached this

magnitude and it is not until domestic terrorism gets to its peak that officials begin to

get involved.

These are the issues causing such a rift between generations of all walks of life,

causing our nation to become plagued with controversy.


The views and opinions expressed in this article are solely those of the author and

do not necessarily reflect those of The Carolinian, the University of South Carolina

Upstate, or any affiliated institutions.

Did you know?

New service allows free electronic

access to The New York Times

Lucy McElroy

A new service at USC Upstate allows currently enrolled students, staff, and faculty

members free electronic access to The New York Times.

This service is valid for 365 days after creating a free account at

and can be accessed on- or off-campus.

Photo by Ryan Kelly

for CNN

First, enter “University of South Carolina Upstate - Spartanburg, SC” in the “Find

School” box. Do not abbreviate. Then, sign up for an account with a USC Upstate

email address. A confirmation email will be sent to the address provided.

Members can view all articles at freely and have full access

to associated apps. Services available include English, Spanish, and Chinese

translations, podcasts, videos, newsletters, daily 360 content, a virtual reality app,

and a cooking app.

USC Upstate students, staff, and faculty can also access the article archives

dating back to 1851. This service limits users to five archived articles per day.

Photo by Edu Bayer for The New York Times

More information about this service can be found at:

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Land, sea, and air:

Christopher Nolan’s ‘Dunkirk’

Andrew Becker

The evacuation of forces from the

Belgian beaches of Dunkirk was not an

easy reality for the allied forces of Europe

to face in 1940.

Surrounded by German offensives and

with their backs against the water of

the English Channel, the allied troops

were lacking in air support and transport;

forced to rely on civilians with boats who

would put their lives at risk to save others,

nearly 400,000 soldiers stood in lines

along the beach, taking shelling from

German Luftwaffe.

In the water awaited U-boats, making

the naval destroyers and vanquishers

meant to take them home as dangerous

as the enclosing forces surrounding the


Christopher Nolan delivers a wellmastered

composition in honor of this

difficult point in the War with his film

“Dunkirk”. Told through three equally

important and interweaving threads,

divided by land, by sea, and by air, the

film’s democratic approach explores, at

its heart, themes of bravery and honor

in grave circumstances, which Nolan’s

film accomplishes through powerful

performances, sound, and a balance of

agoraphobic and claustrophobic shots

of cinematography.

The expansiveness of the beach’s

sands, the depth of the Channel’s

waters, and the emptiness of the sky

above are transmogrified into tiny

cockpits, watery hulls aboard sinking

ships, and dense, crowded lines of

people surrounded by weaponry.

Nolan’s direction proves masterful, with

particularly impressive odd angle sea

and aerial sequences. The dialogue is

also sparse throughout, allowing for a

more powerful performance to take

over; as a result, much of the emotion

in the film comes through the actor’s

nonverbal communication.

Though this is not to say that the film

allows for stagnation through silence,

quite the opposite, the film’s minimal

score and steady reliance on practical

sound creates a more engaging mood

throughout the plot.

“Dunkirk” is already one of the finest

films released this year, and it’s a tribute

you shouldn’t miss from one of the most

acclaimed directors of the 21st century.

Photo from The Atlantic

Courage against tragedy in

The Ministry of Utmost Happiness’

Andrew Becker

Photo from Penguin Books

In light of our grieving and enraged

political climate plagued by constant

conflict and tragedy, where protests

have turned violent, and “as always,

everybody (has) believed what they

wanted to believe,” there’s something to

be said of courage.

To have courage — true, noble

courage — is to be devoted by duty to

a purpose or cause valued as equal to

oneself or higher, and to fearlessly risk

danger in its defense. It must be said

that the most courageous experience

the strongest gravitation towards duty,

notably if the devotion is born of their

empathy for others.

With her new book, Arundhati Roy has

built a truly daring if not at times risky


The much-anticipated release is Roy’s

first return to fiction since her highlypraised

debut “The God of Small Things”

won the Man Booker prize for fiction 20

years ago.

What the new novel so often displays is

the power of courage against tragedy.

As readers, Roy leaves us drowning

in a crowded amalgam of disparate

voices all reverberating in and out of

coalescence with one another in a flimsy

echo chamber; admittedly, the novel’s

politics, anachronistic tendencies, and

frequent leaps in perspective often

creates a disorienting and frustrated

fable for readers.

However, the empathy and devotion

demanded of, and displayed to, readers

serves as truly rewarding endeavor.

Take “Anjum, who used to be Aftab”

for instance. She left home young

to live among the other Hijras in the

dream-draped Kwabgah of Delhi,

until tragedy after tragedy leaves

her living in a graveyard plot where

everyone eventually becomes one with


Alienated, pushed to the subaltern

regions of human experience, devoid

of place, voice lost to the toxic winds

and caustic whims of the world, Anjum

manages to strive and survive with

a glowing sense of empathy, one so

strong that when she sees the orphaned

future born of flesh before her, left

abandoned in the hostile multitude, she

seizes the moment and acts dutifully to

save a life other than her own, proving

that no matter one’s gender, race,

caste, or class, if devoted to empathy,

you’re capable of a most noble kind of


And the world is in desperate need of



Student Life offers opportunities for involvement

Stephanie Sawaked

If you happen to be new at Upstate

and looking for a quick way to make

friends with similar interests, or just looking

to add extracurricular activities to your

schedule, the Campus Life Center is your

haven for an abundance of potential

organizations to join.

The Student Life office is open Monday

through Friday from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. The

various groups are sure to fit students

from all walks of life. The following is a

short description of each organization


Academic & Professional | Organizations

in this category are either connected

to an academic department, major

or minor and are advised by a faculty

member or administrator from that

department. Getting involved in an

academic organization is a great way

for you to learn more about your major/

minor, to interact with faculty outside of

the classroom, or to learn more about

an academic area in which you are


Honors | Honors organizations are

student groups that recognize the

academic achievements of USC

Upstate students in a chosen field of

study or academic classification. Some

organizations are connected to a

specific major while others are open to

all USC Upstate students who meet a

minimum GPA requirement. Admittance

into these organizations is by invitation


Faith, Spirituality or Belief-Based Faith |

Spirituality or belief-based organizations

provide a community for USC Upstate

students who share similar worldviews

and ideologies, or who are exploring

new facets of faith or spirituality. Some

organizations are directly affiliated with

local congregations, some are part

of the student organization’s national

network, and others are grassroots

organizations founded to meet the

needs of current students.

Fraternities and Sororities | USC Upstate

is home to 13 fraternities and sororities

that are governed by three councils: The

Inter-Fraternity Council (IFC), National-

Panhellenic Council (NPHC) and

Panhellenic Council (PC).

IFC Fraternities | These fraternities limit

their membership to male students at

USC Upstate.

NPHC| This is the governance council for

historically African-American fraternities

and sororities, membership is limited

to USC Upstate Students. Panhellenic

organizations limit their membership to

female students at USC Upstate.

Performance | Do you like to act or

sing? Do you play an instrument? USC

Upstate has five groups that provide

students with the opportunity to pursue

their interests in the performance arts.

These organizations are advised by USC

Upstate faculty and several provide

scholarship opportunities for their

members. Contact the organizational

advisers for more information about

these scholarships.

Special Interest | Organizations that

do not fall into the categories above

are considered Special Interest (subcategories

can be found online at the

University’s website. These organizational

topics range from social issues to

athletics and everything in between.

The majority of these organizations are

advised by USC Upstate faculty or staff,

some are advised by members of the

local community with expertise in the

related area.

Joining a student organization is a great

way to meet other students with similar

interests or to learn more about a topic

that interests you.

Science Club is more than experiments

Courtney Pitts

The Science Club offers a range of entertainment.

We will open the fall semester with a Nature Hike led by Mrs. Julie Smoak, our advisor

of the Science Club, and a USC Upstate botanist.

She will describe plants that are edible on campus. That is also an opportunity to

learn what plants are edible for survival – if needed.

The next two months will be hands-on science experiments where a description and

demonstration will be provided. No prior knowledge of the experiment is needed.

A Smorez/Hot Cocoa Bonfire is scheduled in November. It’s a relaxing night with the

club right before finals.

The Science Club is not restricted to only science majors. If you have an interest in

science, please come to a meeting and see what the talk is about. We want the

club to be a place to meet friends that may not be in their major – especially for

freshmen and transfer students.

The Science Club hosts an annual nature hike with the organization’s advisor

and Biology professor, Julie Smoak. Smoak leads members around campus,

teaching students about plants on campus.

There is one meeting per month.

The Science Club is about having fun, not about work, and we hope that this year

we can bring that to you.

Participating in student organizations can make a college experience even more

memorable, so it is important to know what is available to you at USC Upstate.

Stay up-to-date on the latest student organization news with The Carolinian

online and in print.

Organization presidents and representatives are encouraged to send information

and news to be published via email to

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The club regularly participates in volunteer work -- for example, picking up litter

around and outside of campus. Photos courtesy of Courtney Pitts

Fall 2017 Academic Calendar

Aug. 24 Thurs | Fall Classes Begin

Aug. 24-25 Thurs-Fri | Continuing Registration;

• Drop/Add through SSC

• Welcome back tables at the CLC, HEC, The George and

Greenville UCG Atrium from 8:30 am-3 pm

Theater show by Shoestring Players, performing “Tapestry” from

8-9pm in the HPAC

• Luau party between the Treehouses from 9:30 pm-12:30 am

Aug. 27 Sun | 2017 Intramural Sports Registration

Aug 28-29

Mon-Tues | Drop/Add through SSC

Aug. 30 Wed | Drop/Add through SSC

• Last day to recieve 100% refund

Aug. 30 Wed | Fees due by 5 pm

• Last day to drop without receiving a “W”

• Last day to change from credit to audit

Sept. 4 Mon | Labor Day Holiday - no classes

Sept. 15 Fri | Last day to apply for December graduation online

Oct. 4 Wed | Last day to drop GRADUATE courses with a “W”

Oct. 5 Thurs | First day GRADUATE “WF” grade assigned

Oct. 19-20 Thurs-Fri | Fall Break - no classes

Oct. 23-27 Mon-Fri | Academic Advisement for Spring/Summer 2018

Oct. 30-Nov. 3 Mon-Fri | Academic Advisement for Spring/Summer 2018

Nov. 1 Wed | Last day to drop UNDERGRADUATE courses with a “W”

Nov. 2 Thurs | First day UNDERGRADUATE “WF” grade assigned

Nov. 6-10 Mon-Fri | Priority Registration through SSC for Spring 2018

Nov. 13-17 Mon-Fri | Priority Registration through SSC for Spring 2018

Nov. 20-21

Nov. 22-26

Mon-Tues | Priority Registration for Direct Connect Students

Wed-Sun | Thanksgiving Break - No Classes

Nov. 27 Mon | Open Registration Begins

Dec. 8 Fri | Last day of class

Dec. 9 Sat | Reading Day

Dec. 11-15 Mon-Fri | Final Exams

Dec.19 Tues | Convocation to honor December graduates

Dec. 20 Wed | Grades due at 9:00 am




Upstate mooned at the Party of the Century

Cierra Mills

Crowds of students, faculty, and staff left their worries behind to enjoy a

highly anticipated two minutes of darkness at the Party of the Century on

Aug. 21.

Spartans kicked off the Fall semester by witnessing a rare moment in history

– a total solar eclipse around 2:39 p.m. Students were given opportunities to

win commemorative T-shirts and received free eclipse-viewing glasses, which

ran out of stock in the first 15 minutes.

The party gave freshman and transfer students a chance to meet new

people while enjoying party refreshments and a front row seat to the eclipse.

Many new and transfer students received T-shirts at recent orientations with

an Upstate-branded hashtag, “#IGotMooned.” More than 800 T-shirts were


Refreshments were eclipse-themed, featuring items like vanilla and

chocolate moon pies, and Sunkist and Sun Drop sodas.

The Solar Eclipse pretty much happens once in a lifetime and I felt honored

to share the moment with my sorority sisters of Alpha Kappa Alpha,” Cianna

Clinkscales, a senior, said.

As the moon began moving across the sun, students competed in historical

solar eclipse trivia in hopes of winning prizes – USC Upstate-branded solar

eclipse T-shirts, stress balls, and USB flash drives.

The DJ kept the crowd entertained with rap, pop, and country music.

Students danced to radio hits while faculty waived their arms to the ‘80s

classic hit, “Total Eclipse of the Heart” by Bonnie Tyler.

During the two minutes of partial totality, attendees erupted in excitement

and gazed through their eclipse viewers at the sky in awe. Students viewing

the eclipse chanted, “This is going to be the beginning.”

Junior, Howard Parham appreciated the positive energy shared by students,

faculty, and staff. “Words cannot describe the experience from today. I got

to experience something that happens only rarely,” Parham said.

The next total solar eclipse visible in the United States will occur in 2024, but

South Carolina will not be in the path of totality. The last total solar eclipse

viewable from South Carolina occurred nearly 50 years ago, in 1970.

This is the last time the Upstate family will collectively gaze at a total solar

eclipse for years to come. The event will go down in history as a story to be

told for generations.

Photo by Cierra Mills | Spartanburg was slightly out of the path of

totality, but party attendees saw partial totality from campus.

Eclipse photos by Brandon Pack

Photo by Cierra Mills | Mylishia Blakely and Deandra Turner show

off their Party of the Century T-shirts. The pair expressed their

excitedness about celebrating the historical event on campus.

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