Furman Students Fight Coronavirus, Call for Compassion

Written by Eleanor Liu, Contributor

The spread of the coronavirus has generated worldwide fear. Although the virus has largely been contained in China thus far, there are already reported cases in America and Europe. While there has been no significant outbreak in America, many of Furman’s Chinese students have been forced to face the consequences of the effects of the coronavirus on their families.

Motivated students have come up with creative ways to help in this time of crisis. Christy Litz, a member of and ally to the Chinese Students Association, has led efforts to raise awareness of the impact of the coronavirus on Furman’s international Chinese students and to collect medical supplies to send to China.

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University to Rename James C. Furman Hall

Written by Haley Horn, Asst. News Editor

On May 18, 2019 the Board of Trustees voted unanimously to change the name of James C. Furman Hall to Furman Hall. The board’s Special Committee on Slavery and Justice recommended this subtle but significant symbolic change. During President Davis’ announcement of the change in May 2019, she emphasized her confidence that the combined efforts of students, faculty, and staff, could make Furman “a stronger community than when we began.”

James C. Furman served as the university’s first president. According to an article published by the Greenville Journal, he “was a slave owner and ardent secessionist.’’ This portion of his legacy is in clear contradiction with Furman’s current goal of creating an inclusive community that takes responsibility for its difficult past, which especially affects black community members. According to Deborah Allen, Director of the Center for Inclusive Communities, “students, faculty, and staff have shared how painful it is to walk on Furman’s campus and engage with effigies, portraits, and other figures in the image of those who actively participated in exclusionary and inhumane practices. I personally have reflected on what it feels like to not see yourself represented in the landscape of campus.”

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Basketball Stays Strong as Season End Approaches

Written by Lane Fahey, Editor-in-Chief

With the end of the season coming up fast, the men’s basketball team will push to remain at the top of the Southern Conference standings. Currently, the Paladins are tied for first with ETSU. Furman won the first match-up against ETSU 65-56. The teams will play again in Johnson City on Feb. 19. 

Currently, the team is on a five-game winning streak and is 20-5 overall on the season. The most recent home game against Mercer was a memorable one for senior Jordan Lyons. Lyons became the all-time record holder for three-point baskets, with 274 in his career. Lyons had 13 points in the game.

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The XFL: What to Know About America’s Newest Football League

Written by Darcy Waskiewicz, Sports Editor

Last weekend, the XFL league made its debut with its first football weekend of the season. The XFL used to be a league run by the World Wrestling Federation and the NBC in 2001, but it only lasted for a season. A few years ago, Vince McMahon, CEO and chairman of WWE, decided that he wanted to reopen the XFL and officially announced its revival in 2018. 

The ten-week XFL season began the weekend after the completion of the National Football League season to avoid competing for viewers and fans. The league decided to award teams to cities with some of the biggest sports markets and NFL teams. The final result was eight teams in major cities: Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, New York, Seattle, St. Louis, Tampa Bay and Washington, D.C. The only city that does not currently have an NFL team is St. Louis after the Rams moved to Los Angeles in 2015. 

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Influential Paladin: Gabbi Jennings

Written by Kristen Janes, Staff Writer

Gabbi Jennings came to Furman as the most decorated distance runner in Louisiana’s history, but that did not make her transition to college life any easier. From a struggling freshman to a team leader, Jennings credits her success to her second family of teammates.  

“I am privileged to go out on runs with my teammates and suffer alongside them in workouts and races.”

Now a senior and three-time Southern Conference Cross Country Champion, Jennings looks forward with hope. Her first indoor meets of the season have produced record-breaking times. Jennings and teammates of the #GirlGang set a new Furman record for the women’s medley relay at the Vanderbilt Invitational in January, and as a lone runner in the Carolina Challenge she placed first in the mile, breaking her own previously held record. Her time of 4:40.51 ranks first in the Southern Conference and ninth in the NCAA. The record breaking performance earned her SoCon Women’s Indoor Track Athlete of the Week. 

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The Kansas City Chiefs: A Season of Comebacks

Written by Darcy Waskiewicz, Sports Editor

After a dominant season full of comebacks, the Kansas City Chiefs are the winners of Super Bowl LIV. Coming back from a ten-point deficit, the Chiefs defeated the San Francisco 49ers 31-20 in front of a lively crowd at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami, Florida. 

The 49ers got on the board first with a 38-yard field goal, but the Chiefs took the lead with a touchdown after superstar quarterback Patrick Mahomes ran to score. The Chiefs extended their lead early in the second with a field goal, but the 49ers came back with a touchdown to tie the game. The 49ers took the lead back with a field goal and a touchdown thrown by quarterback Jimmy Garappolo, making the score 20-10. 

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Seniorities Stories, Vol 10: Did You Hear About The Snow Day?

Written by Maddie De Pree, Columnist

Hello, readers, and welcome to the second week of February! If you’re anything like me, you were equal parts delighted and confused about the surprise snow last Saturday (and also a bit disdainful toward the onslaught of wintry Instagram posts.) Like plenty of Furman students, I grew up in the Southeast—Decatur, GA, to be exact—so any sort of wintry precipitation was always a precious novelty. When I looked out my window that morning and saw that the snow was sticking, I felt that familiar childlike thrill. Snow? From the sky? How unusual! How surreal!

I’ve had a snow day during each year that I’ve spent at Furman. Some have been more memorable than others—for example, the snow day that occurred during finals season in December 2018, the entirety of which I spent in bed due to a wicked hangover-slash-food-poisoning combo. (This I do not recommend.) My favorite snow day was probably the one that occurred during spring semester of my sophomore year. I recall trudging around Lakeside with two of my friends, throwing snowballs in each other’s faces and drawing pictures in the snow with our fingertips. Something about that day felt like a piece of childhood.

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Laura Dern Is A Gay Icon: And That’s on Periodt

Written by William Ridley, Diversions Editor

While debating whether it would be impactful for me to write a review of the 92nd Academy Awards or if absolutely no one would care, I decided to narrow down my focus and celebrate first-time Oscar winner: Laura Dern. We all know her as Dr. Ellie Sattler in Jurassic Park, Miss Riley in October Sky, Frannie Lancaster in The Fault in Our Stars, or Bobbi Lambrecht in Wild. Now, after 40 years of acting, she is making a comeback in more recent films like Star Wars: The Last Jedi as the purple-haired Vice Admiral Amilyn Holdo, Marriage Story as Nora Fanshaw, and Little Women as Marmee March. But regardless of where you know her from and how long you have been a fan, Dern has undoubtedly established herself as a versatile and exceptional actress. Her role in Marriage Story snagged her a third Oscar nomination and the first win of her career for Best Supporting Actress. Previously, Dern had been nominated for Best Actress in Rambling Rose and Best Supporting Actress in Wild. This win was the perfect gift for Dern, whose birthday fell on the Monday following this year’s Academy Awards.

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‘Just Mercy’ Review: It Is Never Too Late for Justice

Written by Caroline Scudder, Columnist

A couple weeks ago I saw the film “Just Mercy” with a discussion afterwards sponsored by the Cothran Center. I had not read the book but heard that it was a heartbreakingly raw story that depicted race, the justice system, and the power of community in an honest light. It quickly became clear that this narrative would invite some tears to the showing when Rolyn Rollins, the Cothran Center Program Coordinator, began to hand out a box of tissues for us to pass around the entire theater. Taking the initiative, I pulled out a minimum of 6 tissues in the case that I did cry or that anyone else needed extra tissues as a means of saving any dry sleeves out there – the tear wiping method I typically employ. 

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Significant Housing Renovations Could be Coming Soon

Written by Will Przedpelski, Content Editor

Last October, the university’s Board of Trustees met to discuss the new Student Life Master Plan, which includes upgrades to most housing facilities. Although this may come as a surprise to some students, Furman’s Student Life Master Plan has included changes to both North Village and South Housing since 2007.  

Director of Housing & Residence Life (H&RL) Ron Thompson and Associate Vice President of Facilities and Campus Services Jeff Redderson revealed that these changes now seem set to begin in the coming months and years. They will primarily focus on creating community spaces in each location.  Thompson also indicated that the new master plan includes “updates to the PAC and library as well.”

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