Greek Life Should Consider Fall Rush

Written by Evan Myers, News Editor

This August, before any first year students even arrived on campus, I overheard a sorority president tell another student, “I wish you were on O-staff (orientation staff), it would be great for recruitment, right now it is a Chi-O (Chi Omega) and Pi-Kapp (Pi Kappa Phi) fest.” The comment surprised me. Although I have never been in Greek Life myself, I was under the impression that Furman had deferred (spring) recruitment. On paper, we do.

As Ashley Hall, president of Furman’s Panhellenic Council, clarified, “the University’s administration prefers delayed recruitment… because it allows first-year students the opportunity to settle into college life before adding such a commitment to their schedule.” Ashley Baudouin, Furman’s new Associate Director of Fraternity & Sorority Life, echoed Hall’s message, saying “I am a proponent of deferred recruitment as it allows first-year students to first adjust to the University’s academic rigor as well as explore all aspects of the campus community and involvement opportunities prior to focusing in on the fraternity and sorority experience.”

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Impeaching Trump is the First Step Towards Change

Written by Ashley Frost, Staff Writer

Impeachment is the formal process of inquisition, investigation, and trial (both in the form of voting and formal hearings). 

Donald J. Trump is facing an official impeachment inquiry as a result of whistleblower allegations, incriminating the president with abuse of power in attempting to draw Ukranian assistance in his reelection. According to a non verbatim transcription of a recorded phone call to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, Trump requested investigation into former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter. This information calls into question the validity of the 2016 election, as well as the potential for international interference in the upcoming 2020 election.

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Exposure to Diversity is an Intentional Choice

Written by Anne Kirby, Staff Writer

Throughout our time here at Furman, we are all growing and developing into complex individuals with a wide array of experiences. It is a time where we can discover the things that pique our interest and spark passion inside of us. The goal is to come out on the other side of the four years, a more holistic person— one who knows him or herself and has had the types of rich experiences that “The Furman Advantage” promises to offer to prepare us for the future. But this is not just handed to us. In order to develop into an active contributor to the greater good of the world, we must be intentional about the kinds of situations we put ourselves into. We must open up doors to experiences that diversify our perspectives and force us to consider thoughts and views that differ from our own.  

One of the ways that we as students at Furman have the opportunity to expand our world outlook is through volunteering to serve individuals who do not have the same kind of privileges that many of us do. There are many chances to do this and in various capacities, whether it be tutoring kids after school in a low-income area, being trained to advocate for sexual assault victims, or checking in patients at the Free Medical Clinic. Exposure to others lifestyles and the challenges they have faced is sure to enhance our sense of compassion for other individuals. It also guarantees an understanding that not everyone has the same opportunities that we have had, but that does not make us inherently better than them. Their opinions and thoughts are just as valuable to listen to.  

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Seniors Need to Know We Don’t All Have a Plan

Written by Abbey Morelli, Opinions Editor

Stop asking college seniors what their plans are for next year and deterring those that have an idea from exploring it. We need to be told that everything works out. We want to hear that you support us and that taking time before further education or rejecting graduate school completely is still a sensical and personal choice. We do not care to hear your thoughts about what we should be doing if we already have something in mind that sounds interesting.

Hearing that our plan for the next step is not financially feasible or that we are asking for a career of boredom and dissatisfaction is less than helpful. While being realistic is necessary, it can also cause an overwhelming feeling of disappointment when someone does not think your goal is feasible. It is true that grad school applications will not always result in an acceptance. It is also true that we may apply to over fifty jobs and hear back from none of them. That is where you can help us. We need to hear your support, and we are more than happy to accept your help with connections and application reviewing. We want to hear about your college transition and know that it is not worth spending thousands of dollars on graduate school for something that no longer excites us. 

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Investigation of Swastikas in Blackwell is Finally Closed

Written by Onyx Hall, Staff Writer

Over fall break, there was an incident in Blackwell where someone wrote swastikas and sexually offensive language all over the doors and walls of the dormitory. We received an email about it and were told that the Furman Campus Police were “investigating” the incident. That is all of the information we had received; it has been over a week since the actual situation occurred.

This afternoon, Oct. 28., we were informed that the campus police have found the students responsible and that one “has been criminally charged with vandalism under South Carolina law.” The students say the purpose was “opportunistic and isolated.” One of my classmates made an interesting point that if the people doing this only wanted attention, they could have drawn something completely irrelevant, but they deliberately chose this symbol. The symbol represents an attempted genocide of an entire people and is still used today by people who call themselves Neo-Nazis, keeping the same hateful ideologies over fifty years later. Adolf Hitler used this symbol to represent his control when people whom he felt were inferior were not only put in death camps to be subject to starvation, dehydration, over-exhaustion and, maybe worst of all, gas chambers and human ovens, but he also made them feel inferior by pushing his “aryan” agenda in Germany at the time. Survivors of what we know as the Holocaust are still alive today, and there is an entire museum here in the United States dedicated to telling the horrific and tragic story of the Holocaust.

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Greta Thunberg Represents Our Generation

Written by Abbey Morelli, Opinions Editor

Sweden’s sixteen-year-old Greta Thunberg and her drive to speak out about climate change should be an inspiration to all of us. Her passion is enviable and her dedication is deserving of our respect. In Aug. 2018, Thunberg’s climate campaign began with her school strike. She protested outside of the Swedish parliament for action against climate change and was soon joined by other students and teachers. “Fridays for Future” became a weekly event in which she and others would walk out of school to protest. She soon began receiving responses from numerous other countries and spoke at the United Nations climate talks in Poland in Nov. 2018. In 2019 she was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize and was named by Time as one of  the world’s most influential people. When she was set to arrive in the United States to participate in the UN’s climate summit, she traveled by a ‘zero-carbon emissions vessel,’ truly practicing what she preaches. 

Thunberg represents our generations’ views on climate change; she is taking action to aid the world that we and our children will grow up in. In September, she expressed how the UN leaders had “stolen my dreams and my childhood with [their]empty words.”

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We Are Vital Characters in Greenville’s Story

Written by Sawyer Riew, Contributor

My fellow Paladins, 

I hope you find my words amusing and useful in your pursuit of truth.

Many students are not told of the tumultuous yet triumphant history of downtown Greenville. Furman used to be located near the center of downtown Greenville and stood as a beacon of knowledge and progress. Around the early and mid 20th century, Greenville became a leader in the textile industry. In fact, Greenville was so confident in textiles that they neglected economic diversification. Furman subsequently left downtown in order to make way for this industry. Then, suddenly, the textile business collapsed, and Greenville was left in a massive depression. By then, Furman had already relocated off of Poinsett Highway.  

In the late 1990s, Downtown Greenville was not the charming place we all know today. In fact, it was so unsafe that native Greenvillians would purposely avoid downtown. You can imagine the little restaurants and local retail shops being replaced by empty cobwebbed shells. The Greenville of the early 1990s was a ghost town.

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The Misconceptions about Getting Vaccinated

Written by Onyx Hall, Staff Writer

Medicine has evolved over the past few centuries. It is important to understand why there was and is a need for such drastic advancements in medicine to begin with. Diseases that once plagued us such as yellow fever, smallpox, measles, influenza, syphilis, etc are now able combatable with advanced medical knowledge to stop infections from spreading and/or slow down the toll they take on the body. Vaccinations help build a person’s immunity to these diseases as well as many others.

 In light of recent developments over the past century, there is still room for more advancements. There are so many things that medicine has not yet been able to fight; therefore, there is still a need for medical professionals and scientists to keep working and making more achievements. In contrast, there has also been the development of arguments and conversations against vaccinations. One of the arguments that has been presented in recent times is that vaccines cause autism. In an article published by the US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health, the British former scientist and doctor Andrew Wakefield said that the vaccination created to combat measles, mumps, and rubella is found to have a connection to children having autism. 

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Hatching New Ideas Should be for Everyone

Written by Evan Myers, News Editor

Last issue, I wrote a news article titled “Calhoun’s Vision for Campus Innovation.” AJ Calhoun attended Furman between 2011 and 2015. Early on during his time at the University, Calhoun noticed that there was no organization on campus “to foster creativity and provide a space for students to do their own thing.” Essentially, Calhoun was seeking a platform for creativity that would provide support, community, and funding to Furman students who wanted to bring their ideas to life. 

Today, nearly ten years after Calhoun first observed that Furman lacks a student organization that truly encourages innovation, the University has certainly evolved. However, Calhoun’s complaint remains relevant. Some organizations, Furman University Student Activities Board (FUSAB) and Calhoun’s own brainchild, Furman Creative Collaborative (FCC), can claim to provide an outlet for creativity, but both organizations fall far short of what Calhoun was envisioning. More importantly, they fall short of what Furman needs. 

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A Letter to the Editor

Written By Gary Aten

Two stories in the September 26, 2019 edition of The Paladin caught my attention.  The first was about an incident between alumnus Andrej Suttles and a FUPO officer, and subsequent communications about it.  The second was about Furman’s sexual violence statistics. BOTH stories need further discussion. However, the first story warranted two articles and 46 column-inches plus 8 column-inches for a photo. The second story used 28 column-inches.

The seeming gist of the statistics article was that, although Furman is not perfect, it is not as bad as it appears  concerning other colleges because of the campus housing situation and better reporting. The number of rapes reported in FUPO reports  is 7 in 2014, 5 in 2015, 8 in 2016, and 7 in 2018. I could not find the 2017 number.

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