Housing Hypocrisy: Furman's Policy Falls Short

Written by Evan Myers, News Editor

Furman regularly touts its connection with Greenville, and it should. The community surrounding campus is an enormous asset for students. Greenville offers students the opportunity to work fulfilling internships, eat great food, support worthwhile causes, and meet people that do not resemble the typical Furman student. Furman, on the other hand, brings wealth, reputation, and talent to the Upstate. In short, it’s a mutually beneficial relationship. Furman and Greenville know they are better together, and they support each other. 

Although Furman consistently promotes policies that strengthen ties between Greenville and the University, there is one glaring exception: the four year residency requirement. In enforcing this restrictive policy, Furman limits its students’ relationships with the greater Greenville community. Moreover, in light of the recent decision to eliminate the off-campus exemption for senior students living in fraternity houses, the University seems more determined than ever to keep students within the confines of the “Furman bubble.”

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The Super Bowl Halftime Show Controversy

Written by Onyx Hall, Staff Writer

Shakira and Jennifer Lopez headlined the Super Bowl Halftime Show on Feb. 2. They gave a highly energetic, fun, and beautiful performance embracing their Hispanic heritage. The performance received some backlash from people saying that the performance was not family friendly. They were criticized for the dancing that was said to be too provocative. One tweet said Shakira was dancing like a stripper. Others were calling for the performers to “speak English.” Some went as far as to say that it was “Spanish porn” and criticized them for having the Colombian and Puerto Rican flag. People used all kinds of adjectives to call the performance “trashy” and “disgusting.”

I personally thought the performance was great and I am glad the women took the opportunity to show that part of their culture is beautiful and fun. Many Hispanics get bogged down by stereotypes and feel as though they cannot really express themselves. If a woman wants to be conservative and have a conservative performance she has every right to do that. If a woman wants to have a sensual performance she is also entitled to that as well. Sexuality should not be as taboo as it. It can be brought out as an art form and that is exactly what the women did. They displayed multiple cultures, including their own, to celebrate one of America’s largest cultural events of the year.

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Wellness Concepts Negatively Affects Students

Written by Anonymous, Contributor

Wellness—perhaps one of the most used, and most misunderstood, blanket terms of the decade. It is an entire category of podcasts on Spotify, a buzz-word for boutique workout studios and exorbitantly priced juice bars, and the catch-all term plastered onto the title of the required Furman class, “HSC-101 Wellness Concepts.” The ambiguity of the term cannot be overstated. What one considers “well” could be entirely contradictory to the conception of another. For example, a certain student might think limiting themselves to a single dining hall cookie a day would be the epitome of health, while another might completely avoid the dessert bar on the regular. One might think a nine-mile run seems perfectly acceptable, while their peer consistently gripes about the walk from Furman Hall to South Housing. Basically, wellness is entirely personal…so how can Furman teach a class on it? Well, let’s backtrack. There are certain aspects of wellness that are universal. Getting 150 minutes of moderate exercise a week is generally recommended, as is eating a well-balanced diet of fruit and vegetables. Basically, doing things to ensure your health, i.e. your body and not it’s aesthetics, is functioning at a baseline level so you don’t kneel over while climbing the ever-steepening stairs of your dorm seems like an agreed upon goal. But what happens when this all gets extreme, and conceptions become skewed so that pursuit of wellness actually becomes unhealthy? 

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Furman's Paladin Pitch Competition Announces Finalists

Written by Grace Ryan, Contributor

Furman’s Paladin Pitch Competition is set to occur on Saturday, Feb. 22 and will grant the winning team up to $10,000 to launch their venture. Furman Innovation and Entrepreneurship (FIE) is sponsoring the event to further develop their mission. The office’s Executive Director Anthony Herrera said the competition intends to “build a campus culture of innovation, develop student, faculty and staff talent and contribute to the regional entrepreneurial ecosystem.”  

FIE believes the Paladin Pitch is multifaceted. First and foremost, it provides students a platform to pitch ideas and products that have real marketplace appeal. Additionally, Entrepreneur in Residence Derek Pederson notes, the competition allows students to connect with regional innovators such as “community leaders, Leadership Council Members and Furman alumni that will attend the final pitch.” In that environment, “students will have the chance to hear feedback, build a network and earn potential investments from the audience.” 

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TEDx FurmanU 2020 Features Diverse Cast of Speakers

Written by Helena Aarts and Evan Myer, Contributor and News Editor

Unlike previous years, TEDx FurmanU 2020 had a theme: “Vision.” Organizer Shelby Walcott, a Furman senior, explained that the TEDx team chose the theme ‘Vision’ because they believed it had the potential for “multiple interpretations.” For example, Walcott explained “Vision urges us to tread further than ever before and discover ideas previously unseen. While it can begin blurry, our vision clarifies in time.” She also added, “Vision can perfect our calling, enact health or social change, improve our environment with scientific research, and build communities.”

The conference, which took place on Saturday, Feb. 8, featured ten speakers who examined the concept of vision from different angles. Senior Kenia Flores, one of three Furman students to speak, had a particularly interesting perspective. Blind since birth,Flores shared her experiences and envisioned a world where “inclusion is the norm and not the exception.”

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Spring Showers Make Way for Record Breaking

Written by Kristen Janes, Staff Writer

Coming off their seventh, yes seventh, straight Southern Conference Cross Country Championship title, the men’s and women’s track teams are already starting an outstanding spring running season. 

Seniors Gabbi Jennings and Savannah Carnahan led the women to a ninth-place finish at the NCAA Cross Country Championship this past November, and have continued to dominate in short distance. Jennings, alongside teammates Emma Grace Hurley, Emma Kuntz and Abigail Robertson, knocked off the Paladin’s previous distance medley relay record by more than 10 seconds at the Vanderbilt Invitational, their first meet of the indoor season. 

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Furman Tennis Swinging Into Gear

Written by Darcy Waskiewicz, Sports Editor

Despite slow starts to the season, Furman men’s and women’s tennis teams have bounced back and dominated in recent games. Both teams look to extend their winning streaks even further as they continue their seasons. 

After dropping the first two games of the season, the women’s team bounced back with a strong 7-0 win against Davidson  College on Jan. 20. In the competition, the Paladins won two out of the three doubles matches played, and had victories in all six doubles matches. Sophomore Madison Dillon and senior Danni Vines claimed a 6-3 victory, while juniors MaryAnn Rompf and Georgie Walker won their doubles match 6-1. Later that day, the Paladins defeated USC Upstate 7-0 in another dominant performance, where the team swept in both doubles and singles matches. 

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Influential Paladin: Georgie Walker

Written by Lane Fahey, Editor-in-chief

For the week from Jan. 15-21, women’s tennis player Georgie Walker was named the General Shale Southern Conference Student-Athlete of the Week. Walker, a junior, received the honor based on competition across all sports that given week. 

In that week, Walker went 3-0 in singles play, and 2-1 in doubles play with teammates Danni Vines and MaryAnn Rompf. 

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Looking Back on the Career and Success of Kobe Bryant

Written by Darcy Waskiewicz, Sports Editor

On Sunday, Jan. 26, basketball legend Kobe Bryant passed away in a helicopter accident. Bryant, along with his 13-year-old daughter Gianna and seven others, were traveling through Los Angeles when the helicopter crashed. Known as one of the best basketball players in history, Bryant spent twenty years in the National Basketball Association, all with the Los Angeles Lakers. In those twenty years, Bryant created a legacy that ensured his name will be remembered throughout the sporting world.

Bryant was drafted 13th overall by the Charlotte Hornets in 1996 as a 17-year-old but was traded to the Lakers before he even stepped foot on an NBA court. He debuted with the Lakers later that year at the age of 18, making him the youngest player in the league at the time. After stepping onto the court for the first time, Bryant never slowed down, breaking multiple records and accomplishing much in his 20-year career. 

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Next Up for The Playhouse: "The Bear" and "Afterplay"

Written by Morgan Goldsberry, Contributor

Loss? Lies? Love?! Furman’s beloved theatre department is at it again with their production of “The Bear” and “Afterplay” by Brian Friel. Friel is well known for his re-imagining of Antov Checkhov’s wonderful, classic plays. Set in 19th century pre-revolution Russia, “The Bear” follows Elena Popova, a mourning widow, her wacky servant, Luka, and surly landowner Gregory Smirnov, portrayed by Clare Beth McConnell, Aaron Price, and Jackson Pratt. The humorous story unfolds when Smirnov barges into Elena’s house, attempting to collect the debt  owed by her late husband, inflicting immediate pushback from the widow. Smirnov refuses to leave until his debut is paid, causing the two to butt heads, delving into a ridiculous battle of wits and name-calling. Will these two ever reach peace? Find out in this unexpected and witty comedy!

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