Furman Football Goes Ring Chasing

Written by, Kirsten Janes, Staff Writer

Late in the fall of last year, Furman football team tied for a share of the Southern Conference title with Wofford and East Tennessee State University. This year, they’re not planning on sharing. 

At Chattanooga, the Paladins continued their away-game win streak, beating the Mocs 35-20. In a surprising change, redshirt-freshman quarterback Hamp Sisson came off the bench to pass for five touchdowns, easily pushing the team to a record of 5-1 in SoCon play. Sisson ran in a touchdown to give the squad their first lead of the game and it only continued from there. Sisson was named Student-Athlete of the Week by the Southern Conference, not to mention a number seven finish on ESPN Sportscenter’s Play of the Day after pushing Devin Abrams to a 31-yard rushing touchdown through a pack of Chattanooga defensemen. 

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Cross Country Soars Through SoCon Championships

Written by Darcy Waskiewicz, Sports Editor

The Furman men’s and women’s cross-country teams dominated the Southern Conference throughout the regular season, so it was only fitting that the Paladins continued their success in the SoCon Championships as well. Furman cross-country won their seventh-straight SoCon Championship with victories in both men’s and women’s team titles.

The 15th ranked women’s team claimed seven of the top nine spots with a score of 20 points. Senior Gabbi Jennings, who was named SoCon Women’s Runner of the Week three times throughout the season, took second place in the 5k race. Senior Savannah Carnahan followed with a third-place finish, junior Krissy Gear finished in fourth, senior Emma Grace Hurley finished in fifth, and senior Grace Dwyer finished in sixth. All five runners were named to the All-SoCon first team. 

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One Month In: NHL Bold Predictions

Written by Lane Fahey, Editor-in-Chief

It’s official: the first month of the National Hockey League’s (NHL) regular season came and went, and teams are beginning to get into the groove of the 82-game season. With that, plenty of storylines have already formed that analysts, coaches, players and fans would have never anticipated come puck drop in October. Now that the league has its bearings and we’ve been fortunate to sample some hockey, bold predictions need to be made. 

The Washington Capitals lead the league with a 13-2-3 record and 29 points. This statistic is not too surprising, seeing as the Capitals have been a well-rounded team the past few seasons, winning the Stanley Cup two years ago. The St. Louis Blues are not too far behind, with a 12-3-3 record and 27 points total. The Blues are coming off a Stanley Cup Championship, and the team is one of the favorites to make it far in the playoffs. My prediction is that either the Capitals or the Blues take the President’s Trophy at the end of the regular season for best record in the league. 

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Furman Soccer Continues Legacy of SoCon Success

Written by Darcy Waskiewicz, Sports Editor

Both the Furman men’s and women’s soccer teams are known for their success in Southern Conference play and this season is no different. Following two outstanding 2019 regular seasons, both soccer teams look to continue their victorious SoCon legacies as they enter the postseason. 

The women’s team claimed their ninth SoCon regular season title with a 5-3 win against The Citadel on Oct. 25. The season ended a couple days later with an 0-2 loss to Mercer on Oct. 27, leaving the Paladins with an impressive 12-5-1 overall record, and a record of 7-1-1 in SoCon play. A week later, the Paladins bounced back with a 3-0 win against Wofford on Nov. 3, the 200th victory for head coach Andrew Burr, which advanced the team to the SoCon semifinals.

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Come Along, Ding Dong

Written by Randall David Cook, Contributor

I’m baaaaaaaack! In 2017 I wrote a horror-thriller play called Kappa Kappa Scream for the Furman Playhouse. (Ask seniors about it. They were impressionable and easily frightened freshmen at the time but have hopefully recovered by now.) In that play, a sorority pledge retreat in the woods went terribly, horribly wrong, and the laughs and screams from the audience rose along with the body count.

So when I was asked to write a new play for Furman–and yes, this comedy is brand spanking new–I decided to challenge myself to try to get the laughs without all the mortality.

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‘In the Silence: A New Musical’ Review

Written by Mckenzie Gibel, Staff Writer

In the Silence: A New Musical was written, composed, and orchestrated by Furman senior, Robert Cushing, directed by Katie Jennisen along with Assistant Director Maggie Ramirez and produced by the Pauper Players. Affectionately coined “The Big Sad” by Cushing’s friends in the music department, this labor of love has been in the works for the past six years. With inspiring music, touching scenes and dynamic characters, In the Silence is a moving and deeply meaningful show that fails to leave a dry eye in the audience. The story centers on a family, the Montfords, who live in Sharpsville, Georgia in the 1940s. Mr. Montford is a Baptist minister with a devoted wife (played by Kirby Burgess) and two sons, Sam (played by Raleigh Cothran) and Henry (played by Ethan Durham). When the Japanese bomb Pearl Harbor, Henry, being the older of the two brothers, sets out to join the war effort along with his two friends, Lee Roy (played by Dylan McCormick) and Joel (played by Carter Gravitt). Jumping forward in time, the majority of the play takes place after Lee Roy and Joel have been discharged from the ongoing war effort. The main character, Sam, is just graduating from high school, and one letter, his college acceptance letter, will determine if he will continue his education or enlist in the war effort.

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Senioritis Stories, Vol 6: I Have Been Thinking Hard About Cherrydale Point

Written by Maddie De Pree, Columnist

I am a person who likes mundane things. I don’t know why, but I enjoy the dismal plainness of a good sprawl. A strip mall on an overcast day, a long stretch of asphalt leading to nowhere special—these things make me happy in a specific, gritty way. The Cherrydale shopping center is arguably one of my favorite spots in Greenville simply because it is so dull. It is probably one of the most regulation-grade shopping centers that I have ever clapped eyes on, and that is exactly why I love it.

My infatuation with Cherrydale began during my freshman year at Furman. At some point during my fall semester, I wound up eavesdropping on two seniors who were talking about their ideal date. One of the seniors said he took all of his dates to Cherrydale. When the other senior laughed at him, the first one said, “What? Cherrydale has everything I could ever need.” I have been meditating on the profundity of that statement ever since.

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Students Hope for Return of Black Greek Organizations

Written by Sabria Bowman, Contributor

This September, the Center for Inclusive Communities hosted a meet and greet with local National Pan Hellenic Council graduate charters. This event was held as a part of the efforts to increase the presence of historically Black Greek letter organizations on campus. In the weeks leading up to the event, prospective students were reminded and encouraged to attend as it was important to showcase our community and demonstrate to representatives that Furman is a place where NPHC organizations can thrive. At the event, students were given the opportunity to approach each chapter in attendance, ask questions, and receive information about each chapter. 

The event created increased interest among students and a desire to have more of Black Greek letter organizations on Furman’s campus. However, the event also begged the question of why Furman only has one active chapter on campus and what can be done to get other chapters started. Deborah Allen, Director of the Center for Inclusive Communities, provided insight into this important question, suggesting that “there’s always been an interest in NPHC organizations on campus. Allen also noted that “Alpha Kappa Alpha is currently active on campus, and the University is in discussion with Delta Sigma Theta, Phi Beta Sigma, and Kappa Alpha Psi.”. 

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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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