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Winthrop to host graduation ceremonies in-person
(Rock Hill, S.C.) -- Winthrop University's first in-person commencement ceremony since December 2019 is set to take place with five separate ceremonies that will span three days from May 6-8. Each ceremony will have a capacity of about 1,400 people in the Winthrop Coliseum, with an allotment of four guests per graduate. The Palmetto Report's Kristal Herrin speaks with Tim Drueke -- assistant provost for curriculum and program support at Winthrop and chair of the commencement committee -- about the plans for the ceremonies and his role in leading their execution.
09:03
April 23, 2021
Winthrop hosts annual LIFT conference to promote student leadership
(Rock Hill, S.C.) -- The Winthrop University Office of Student Activities held its annual leadership conference, which is intended to educate students on leadership skills, provide networking opportunities and create self-awareness. The LIFT Conference -- short for Leadership Institute for First-Timers -- is a student led, one-day professional development seminar held every spring semester for undergraduate and graduate students. The Palmetto Report's Da’Vette Peoples speaks with Calvin Joyner, assistant director for student organizations and leadership at Winthrop, about the conference.
13:34
April 12, 2021
Kings Mountain controlled burns highlight need for prescribed fire
(Blacksburg, S.C.) -- The Kings Mountain National Military Park is conducting a series of controlled burns this spring, which are intended to reduce the risk of wildfires and improve the habit of wildlife. The Palmetto Report's Kevin Seabrook speaks with Jennifer Schafer, an assistant professor of biology at Winthrop University, about the importance of prescribed fires to maintain a healthy environment.
10:57
April 11, 2021
York County groups work to help the homeless
(York County, S.C.) -- Many groups throughout York County are working together to combat homelessness, by implementing programs, such as rent assistance and providing temporary housing, to help the homeless in the county. The Palmetto Report’s Savannah Scott speaks with Leslie Starnes, executive director of Family Promise of York County, about the group's efforts to help families and end generational homelessness.
13:24
April 5, 2021
Winthrop grad works to help students struggling with mental health
(Fort Mill, S.C.) -- As LaJoyce Jones was nearing graduation from Winthrop University in 2018, with a master of business administration degree, things seemed to be going well, as she had just found a job and moved into a new apartment. However, Jones was struggling mentally and emotionally and her closest family was three hours away in her hometown of Charleston, S.C. The Palmetto Report’s Shardai Figgures speaks with Jones about Always and Forever, a group she launched in 2019 that helps connect college students with mental health resources.
09:49
April 4, 2021
Pet adoptions up in Carolinas during pandemic
(Rock Hill, S.C.) -- Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, pet adoption rates have soared across the country, as many adoption centers have reported an increase in people wanting some form of companionship, due to an increased amount of isolation that people have been experiencing. The Palmetto Report's Alex Romano speaks with Katie Harrelson, manager of the Mac Tabby Cat Café in Charlotte, N.C., about how the pandemic has impacted the number of adoptions at the café.
10:32
April 3, 2021
NC natural science museum hosts virtual class on paleontology
The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences has started a virtual class for viewers globally with its ongoing paleontology series "Old News: What’s New in Paleontology." The series began in January of 2019 and goes live on YouTube once a month. The Palmetto Report's Taylor James speaks with outreach specialist Laura Beth Speer and Christian Kammerer, research curator of paleontology, from the Museum of Natural Sciences, about the web series.
11:30
March 28, 2021
Winthrop fans get creative to support teams during pandemic
(Rock Hill, S.C.) -- One year ago Winthrop University fans stormed the court at the Winthrop Coliseum in celebration of the men's basketball program's 11th Big South Conference Championship. Those celebrations were short lived as COVID-19 spread across the U.S. and the world, changing how fans could support their teams. The Palmetto Report's Collins Janus speaks with Winthrop student and fan Mark Laming about how he has followed the team during the pandemic.
11:09
March 28, 2021
Tega Cay fun park hosts only haunted house in York County
(Tega Cay, S.C.) – Mr. Putty’s Fun Park in Tega Cay recently opened its first haunted house, which features a cast of Winthrop University students and alumni. The attraction called the "Frightmare on Dam Road" opened Oct. 2 and organizers say it's the only haunted house in York County. The Palmetto Report's Emily Hildebrand speaks with Robert Casatelli, the general manager and designer of the haunted house, about the attraction.
10:11
October 29, 2020
Rock Hill, SC musician talks about adapting to pandemic
(Rock Hill, S.C.) -- While the COVID-19 pandemic has greatly impacted the lives of most everyone, one group has been particularly affected: musicians. Performing live has become the way that the overwhelming majority of musicians make money and many of them are feeling the financial and artistic consequences of being forced off of the road. Rock Hill, S.C.-based producer and musician Sam Booth, who performs with Texas-based Christian band The Gladsome Light and up-and-coming country artist Kameron Marlowe, said some of his tour dates were abruptly cancelled right as the lockdowns started. The Palmetto Report's Matt Thrift speaks with Booth about the music scene post COVID-19.
28:19
October 13, 2020
Keystone of Rock Hill working to 'shatter the stigma' of addiction
(Rock Hill, S.C.) -- Many have called drug addiction an epidemic in the U.S., which is affecting communities at city, state and national levels. According to the United Health Foundation, drug deaths have increased by 34 percent in South Carolina over the last three years. Additionally, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services estimates 20 million people in the United States have a substance use disorder. "Addiction is a disease, but it's manageable, it's treatable and it's something that people can recover from and still have an awesome life. So we want to shatter that stigma in any way we can," said Alex Greenawalt, prevention director at Keystone Substance Abuse Services in Rock Hill.
12:02
May 7, 2020
Petition calling for 'resignation' of Winthrop board of trustees gains 1,600 signatures
(Rock Hill, S.C.) -- Earlier this year, Winthrop University student Nathan Crunkilton started an online petition calling for the resignation of the school's board of trustees. The petition on Change.org also called for a "vote of no confidence" after what Crunkilton called "alarming and disappointing actions" associated with the hiring of interim President George Hynd. The petition has caught the attention of many in the Winthrop community, collecting more than 1,600 signatures, as of May 6. Crunkilton, who was a guest on the Palmetto Report podcast, said he and many others within the student body felt left in dark about the board's handling of the change in leadership.
16:18
May 7, 2020
Winthrop softball player reacts to cancelation of spring sports
(Rock Hill, S.C.) – The Winthrop University softball team is one of countless collegiate sports teams across the country that saw their seasons end early due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The NCAA announced the cancelation of all spring championships on March 12, but with the fate of regular season games and conference championships in the hands of conference commissioners, many athletes still hoped their seasons were not completely over. Ashley Westbrooks, a senior on Winthrop’s softball team, said she and her teammates tried to remain positive when they first heard the news. “The whole time we were sitting there (telling ourselves) ‘We’re going to come back – they’re just going to let this week happen or however long it is and then you’re going to come back soon,’” said Westbrooks, who appeared on the Palmetto Report podcast. “It just never happened.”
09:41
May 6, 2020
Clinton College shooting draws attention to campus violence
(Rock Hill, S.C.) -- A shooting in February at Clinton College, which is roughly two miles from Winthrop University, has drawn attention to the issues of campus safety and school violence. Feb. 16, two male teenagers, one who was 17 and the other who was 18, were shot at the Clinton College gym in Rock Hill around 1 a.m. WSOC-TV reported the gym was rented for a birthday party by a group that was not affiliated with the school. Neither victim was a student at Clinton College and both were expected to be okay. There were no fatalities and no Clinton College students, faculty or staff were hurt during the shooting, the school said. At Winthrop, the incident generated a discussion about campus safety and school violence. “Continuing to educate students staff on being vigilant of your surroundings, listen to your gut if it’s telling you something doesn’t feel right, and how do you get help if there is a concern,” said Melissa Reeves, associate professor of psychology at Winthrop, who was a guest on the Palmetto Report podcast.
12:28
April 7, 2020
Providing college students with health education
(Rock Hill, S.C.) — Managing personal health among many students can be difficult due to the stress of classes, homework and maintaining relationships and a social life during their time at college. Dr. Shelley Hamill, a master certified health education specialist and professor of health education at Winthrop University, appeared on the Palmetto Report podcast to give her insights on the skills students need in order to preserve their health while in college. She said there are eight basic standards of health education. “The first standard is about content, but every other standard is skill. We teach (students) things like goal-setting, decision-making, making sure that the resources that you’re looking at for information are valid and reliable, communication and being able to stand up for yourself, all of these standards are built around skills,” said Hamill.
12:27
March 31, 2020
Food insecurity a 'huge problem' in Rock Hill, York County
(Rock Hill, S.C.) -- A report conducted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) found approximately 1 out of 9 Americans (11.1 percent) were food insecure in 2018 and according to experts it's a "huge problem" in Rock Hill and York County. One group working to combat the problem is Pilgrim’s Inn, a nonprofit organization founded in 1984, which also strives to help and empower the homeless, families in need and those struggling with food and financial insecurity. According to Juanita Lester, the executive director of Pilgrim’s Inn, food insecurity can be defined in multiple ways depending on every individual’s situation. “In some cases, food insecurity may be defined as not having access to food. In others, it’s not having access to healthy or adequate food. Or it could be not being able to determine what types of food are best for you because of health issues or other types of issues that mandate you eat a certain type of diet,” said Lester. Statistics collected by Pilgrim’s Inn show the food pantry provided food to 3,702 people in 2019. officials said the elderly and disabled are often the most impacted by food insecurity.
11:21
March 26, 2020
Former President Dan Mahony discusses his departure and time at Winthrop
(Rock Hill, S.C.) -- Former Winthrop University President Dan Mahony resigned from his position, effective March 1 after five years of service, in order to become president of the Southern Illinois University system. On Dec. 3, students, faculty and staff received an email from the university's board of trustees informing them about the change in leadership. Mahony -- who spoke exclusively to the Palmetto Report, during a podcast, to discuss his departure and reflect on his time at Winthrop -- said it was difficult for him to leave the school. “I was in the last year of my contract, I didn't expect it to be extended so that obviously had an impact on my decision to look at other opportunities,” said Mahony. "Frankly I was little concerned that people would think I was abandoning them or leaving for reasons that I was unhappy with them at Winthrop, the people, the faculty, staff and students. That was obviously not the case."
12:56
March 25, 2020
Examining the evolving role of women in sports
(Rock Hill, S.C.) -- The world of sports, and the role of female athletes, has certainly evolved since the days of the peach basket hoop and the moleskin football helmet. Nevertheless, while men’s sports have excelled in drawing fan attention and generating revenue, women continue to struggle to garner similar opportunities. Title IX was passed in 1972 to ensure that no individuals, on the basis of sex, could be discriminated against in programs or activities. Lauren McCoy, program director for Winthrop University's Sports and Fitness Administration program and an assistant professor of sport management, is a sports lawyer who has researched the role of women in sports. She was a guest on the Palmetto Report podcast to discuss the issue. McCoy has examined cases associated with Title IX and Title VII, which prohibits employment discrimination, which has allowed her to gain a unique perspective on the issues women face in sports. “I would say that the general status, when it comes to women and girls in sport, is we’ve come a long way, but we still have a long way to go,” McCoy said.
12:06
March 24, 2020
Rock Hill building an inclusive 'Miracle Park'
(Rock Hill, S.C.) – Rock Hill is working to build one of the very first all-inclusive parks in the nation.  City leaders officially broke ground in December for Miracle Park, a 15-acre, $8 million project that has been in the making since 2017. The park is expected to have five ball fields total, with two of them being "miracle fields" designed for anyone to be able to play on, while the rest will be multipurpose. The York County Disabilities Foundation is one of the many groups working on construction of the park. Alice Davis, a member of the group, was a guest on the Palmetto Report podcast to share more information about the park. Davis said that the inspiration for Miracle Park came about after spending a lot of time thinking about a project the foundation could work on using money they had raised. “My brother actually has a nephew in a wheelchair that plays in Greenville on a miracle league and he was telling us about it. We said we wanted to have a miracle league in Rock Hill. We dreamed big and we decided to push forward with our big, big plan instead of just a field,” said Davis.
11:04
March 23, 2020
WU professor encourages civil discourse during political discussions
(Rock Hill, S.C.) -- With South Carolina’s primary out of the way and the November presidential election quickly approaching, politics has been a hot topic lately in many households. Whether it was one of Tom Steyer’s numerous online ads prior to the primary or an uncle that brings it up the election in passing, it’s nearly impossible to escape the conversation of politics. These discussions can be especially hard for students, considering college is a time when people are figuring out their political beliefs, which can mean turning away from the belief system one was brought up in. “I think the stereotype is that a lot of people come to college and become more liberal,” said Dr. John Holder, political science professor at Winthrop University, who appeared on the Palmetto Report podcast. “What we’re trying to teach you to do in college is not to be more liberal, but to be more open-minded. We’re exposing you to things you haven’t heard before and ideas you haven’t heard about before.”
10:02
March 18, 2020
US Census 2020 underway this month
(Rock Hill, S.C.) -- Research by the U.S. Census Bureau shows that over a million children were undercounted during the last census in 2010 and minorities and homeless populations were at a greater risk of being miscounted. The 2020 census begins nationwide this month and the U.S. Census Bureau is working to get an accurate count of every person in local communities, especially those from diverse backgrounds. An accurate count is essential as the resulting data determines congressional representation, federal funding and the locations of new hospitals, roads and schools. “The census is important for multiple reasons, the first being that it’s mandated in the U.S. Constitution that we conduct a census or a count of our population every 10 years,” said Lindy Studds, a media specialist with the U.S. Census Bureau who was a guest on the Palmetto Report. “The real importance I think boils down to two things which is political power and money.”
10:53
March 16, 2020
Media professional shares her experiences with Winthrop students
(Rock Hill, S.C.) — Winthrop University students in the Department of Mass Communication recently were given the opportunity to hear from a media professional who visited the school, as part of an exchange program that connects educators with media organizations.  As part of the program, Tasha Stewart, a senior manager of engagement at WCPO, visited Winthrop to discuss how technology, including social media, is changing the way news is delivered.  “It’s been really fun,” said Stewart. “I’m really surprised by how interested people are in what I do. You kind of get used to doing it and you forget that there are people who want to know about it and that’s been personally fulfilling for me.” Stewart, who graduated from Howard University, began working at the Cincinnati ABC-affiliate in April 2015, after stints at The Cincinnati Enquirer, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and The Detroit News. Stewart shared a number of stories related to her job managing digital storytelling, social media and streaming content for the station.
13:29
March 5, 2020
Winthrop men's basketball coach Pat Kelsey reflects on season, ahead of Big South tournament
(Rock Hill, S.C.) -- The Winthrop University men’s basketball team has experienced great success this season, but not without adversity. The Eagles, who earned a share of the Big South regular season title after beating High Point Feb. 29, experienced several ups and downs on their way to earning the two-seed in the conference tournament. Winthrop began its season on a four-game road trip, returning to Rock Hill with a 2-2 record. However, the stretch was highlighted by a victory over the No. 18 ranked Saint Mary’s Gaels, which drew national attention. “It was a signature win for our program and for our athletic department,” said head coach Pat Kelsey. “Obviously, when you beat a ranked team on their home floor, it’s sort of national news in terms of college basketball.” Kelsey appeared on the Palmetto Report podcast to discuss the season and upcoming conference tournament.
11:29
March 5, 2020
Biden maintains slim lead in South Carolina as primary nears
(Rock Hill, S.C.) -- With the South Carolina Democratic presidential primary just days away, Joe Biden continues to maintain a narrow lead in the state, according to data from the latest Winthrop University Poll. The poll, released Feb. 21, found 24 percent of likely voters said they support the former vice president, while 19 percent said they favored U.S. Sen. (Vermont) Bernie Sanders. "Overall (it's) bad news for Biden," said Dr. Scott Huffmon, director of the Winthrop Poll and a professor of political science. "For him only being ahead by single digits. Now he is ahead by double digits among African American voters, so that's his saving grace at the moment, but he is still far, far weaker than he should be." Rounding out the field, billionaire businessman Tom Steyer garnered 15 percent, former South Bend, Ind. Mayor Pete Buttigieg 7 percent and U.S. Sen. (Mass.) Elizabeth Warren 6 percent. The remaining two candidates each drew less than 5 percent of support.
18:27
February 25, 2020
Australian students at Winthrop react to wildfires
(Rock Hill, S.C.) — The Australian bushfires may be taking place thousands of miles away from Winthrop University, but the campus is still feeling the impact, as there are a number of student athletes from Australia. Currently, there are more than 100 fires burning across the country. Tom Pupavac, a junior member of the Winthrop men’s basketball team, is one of at least a handful of Australian students on campus who are concerned about the disaster his country is facing. “My family has been fine really, most of the damage is caused around my home by smoke. There hasn’t been fires (that have) really struck through my area where I’m living back home,” said Pupavac. Pupavac, who is from Geelong, Australia, spoke to the Palmetto Report about the tragedy and how the Winthrop community may be able to help.
04:28
February 12, 2020
Biden holds lead in South Carolina ahead of primary
(Rock Hill, S.C.) -- As voters in New Hampshire prepare to vote in a primary election this week (Feb. 11) and the results of the troubled Iowa caucuses continue to be scrutinized, soon all eyes will turn to South Carolina and its "first in the South" primary Feb. 29. Dr. Scott Huffmon, director of the Winthrop University Poll, says former Vice President Joe Biden continues to hold a lead in South Carolina. Huffmon spoke to the Palmetto Report to discuss the Winthrop Poll and the upcoming primary. "So far, we’ve only done one and it has been a Democratic presidential primary poll. We’re hoping to do another in a few weeks, but South Carolina, unlike Iowa and New Hampshire, South Carolina has Joe Biden in the lead," said Huffmon. The most recent Winthrop Poll, released Oct. 1, showed Biden (37 percent) leading Mass. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (17 percent) and Vt. Sen. Bernie Sanders (8 percent) among likely S.C. Democratic voters.
04:47
February 9, 2020
Human trafficking a problem in the Carolinas
(Rock Hill, S.C.) -- Human trafficking is a problem that persists in the Carolinas, as North Carolina is ranked 7th worst in the nation for human trafficking, with Charlotte having the most reported cases in the state. The International Labor Organization estimates 20 to 30 million people are trafficked each year. According to experts, Interstate 85 plays a large role in the amount of trafficking that goes through the Charlotte area. Kyle Hern with Justice Ministries -- a nonprofit in Charlotte that serves victims of sex trafficking and sexual exploitation through outreach, emergency services and transitional care -- was a guest on the Palmetto Report to discuss the topic. The National Human Trafficking Hotline is 888-373-7888 or you can text "help" to 233733. The hotline is operated 24 hours, 7 days a week and is available in more than 200 languages, including English and Spanish.
19:25
January 28, 2020
York County offers resources and support for tech entrepreneurs
(Rock Hill, S.C.) -- Rock Hill offers a number of resources to encourage entrepreneurship in technology, as many people are interested in launching their own startup and becoming their own boss. For example, there is the Technology Incubator at Knowledge Park and the York County Regional Chamber of Commerce, which are both available to help entrepreneurs successfully launch their ideas. “Tech entrepreneurship has definitely grown in our community, being that there are a number of resources we have available for entrepreneurs," said Bernice Huskins, associate vice president of the York County Regional Chamber.
14:34
December 17, 2019
President Dan Mahony leaving Winthrop to lead Southern Illinois
(Rock Hill, S.C.) -- Winthrop University President Dan Mahony will leave his position, effective March 1, to become president of the Southern Illinois University system, the school announced Dec. 3. There had been speculation about Mahony’s future at Winthrop, after he told faculty during a meeting Nov. 22 that his contract expired in 2020, but he was unable to discuss his negotiations with the Board of Trustees. Anna Sharpe, editor in chief of the Johnsonian student newspaper, was a guest on the Palmetto Report to discuss her reporting on the situation. "Initially I was surprised, but I don't want to say that I didn't see this coming, because I've looked into (his contract status)," said Sharpe.
10:04
December 10, 2019
Rock Hill hosts S.C. NAACP convention for first time in 25 years
(Rock Hill, S.C.) -- Earlier this year, Rock Hill hosted the annual state convention and civil rights conference for the S.C. National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) for the first time in 25 years. The four day event, Oct. 10-13, was highlighted by a visit from the Rev. Jesse Jackson, who was given the Flame of Freedom Award in recognition of his 50 years of service and leadership. Dorene Boular, president of the Rock Hill branch of the NAACP, was a guest on the Palmetto Report to discuss the convention. Boular said the event focused on the 2020 election and census and included workshops on election protection, gerrymandering and voter registration.
14:57
December 9, 2019
STEM career fields struggle to attract women of color
(Rock Hill, S.C.) — STEM career fields — science, technology, engineering and mathematics — have long had difficulty attracting women, especially women of color. For example, Forbes reported that women held just a quarter of the 5 million tech jobs in 2015 and women of color, especially African-Americans and Hispanics, represented less than 10 percent of those positions, according to the nonprofit Computing Technology Industry Association. Additionally, only 2.9 percent of black women, 3.6 percent of Latinas and 4.8 of Asian women earn STEM degrees in the U.S. This is also an issue at Winthrop University, despite the school’s efforts to promote diversity among its faculty, where there are only two African-American women among the faculty in Arts and Sciences. We spoke with Dr. Takita Sumter, dean of the college and professor of chemistry, about the issue.
16:34
December 7, 2019
Advice on preparing for final exams from an academic coach
(Rock Hill, S.C.) — Students at Winthrop University, and across the country, are beginning to prepare final exams as the fall semester is quickly coming to an end. At Winthrop, exams are scheduled from Dec. 4-10 and the school’s Academic Success Center is available to offer students academic guidance and tutoring as they prepare for finals. “Throughout the semester, as a student you’re doing what you can to make sure you’re understanding the material, asking questions when you aren’t (understanding it), then as it comes closer to exam week it’s more about refreshing the information, than learning it for the first time,” said Jasmine Howze, an academic coach with the Academic Success Center. Howze, who was a guest on the Palmetto Report, said students should study for an hour at a time, rather than trying to cram a semester’s worth of information into a few hours, and take breaks.
14:34
December 3, 2019
Childhood obesity a 'serious problem' in the U.S.
(Rock Hill, S.C.) -- Childhood obesity is a "serious problem" in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), including among very young children. According to research published in the journal Pediatrics in 2018, 26 percent of children ages 2 to 5 are overweight and more than 15 percent are obese. Researchers, looking at data from 1999-2016, also found more than 40 percent of 16 to 19-year-olds are obese. “Children born in the year 2000 and since...will have a shorter life expectancy than their parents”, said Elizabeth Weikle, a licensed registered dietitian and adjunct professor of human nutrition at Winthrop University.
15:53
December 2, 2019
Mary Cain's story raises concern about treatment of female athletes
(Rock Hill, S.C.) -- Former elite runner Mary Cain, who trained with Nike’s now disbanded Oregon project from 2013 to 2017, recently made allegations in an op-ed for The New York Times of mental and physical abuse that she experienced during her time at the training group. Cain, 23, said coaches, lead by head coach Alberto Salazar, convinced her that she had to keep losing weight, ridiculed her body and weight in front of her teammates and other athletes at competition and ignored her when she expressed feelings of depression and self-harm. Dr. David Schary, sports psychology professor at Winthrop University and consultant for Winthrop Athletics, appeared on the Palmetto Report to discuss the topic. He said the double standards for men's and women’s bodies in sports are a reflection of the double standards placed on bodies in society.
16:35
November 27, 2019
New Winthrop program geared toward adult students
(Rock Hill, S.C.) -- Winthrop University is launching a new degree program, which is geared toward adults, including military veterans, who are at least 25 years old and have attained an associate degree or have at least 60 transferable credits. The new bachelor of professional studies program will launch in spring 2020 after it was given the final approval by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). Dr. Scott Amundsen, associate professor and director of the professional studies program, said the program is flexible and affordable, because it includes a special tuition rate that is 30 percent lower than the regular rate.
12:22
November 21, 2019
Rock Hill homeless shelter closes due to lack of funds
(Rock Hill, S.C.) -- Renew Our Community (known as the ROC), a nonprofit homeless shelter in Rock Hill, shut down its operations last month due to a lack of funding. The ROC, which was founded by Dale Dove, opened its doors in 2011 as a center that assisted the homeless and others in York County gain access to shelter, clothing, food, training and spiritual support. Over the years, the number of clients has grown tremendously from 10 a day to 125 a day, according to Iris Smalls-Hubbard, executive director of the ROC. She said the number of homeless living in York County is estimated to be around 500 people.
15:45
November 14, 2019
Thrifting a growing trend in fashion
(Rock Hill, S.C.) — In the last three years, the resale market for clothing has grown at 21 times the pace of the mainstream apparel market, according to research collected by the online thrift store thredUP. This growing market is predicted to reach $51 billion by 2023, in part because of millennials and Generation Z, who have really turned thrifting, which has been around for a long time, into a fashion trend. According to Dr. Jane Thomas, a professor of marketing at Winthrop University, thrifting has become much more socially acceptable than it was 30 years ago. “Today it’s something people, a consumer, would brag about and say ‘I got this at a thrift store and let me tell you about the great bargain I got,’” said Thomas, who was a guest on the Palmetto Report to discuss the trend.
12:13
November 8, 2019
Winthrop Anthology offers students a chance to get published
(Rock Hill, S.C.) — Winthrop University provides many opportunities for its students, including the chance to get published in the school’s literary magazine. The Anthology, housed in Winthrop’s office of student publications, is published once per year and focuses on literature, photography, design, art and poetry. The publication has been the university’s literary magazine for about 100 years, according to its website, and since the 1990s, The Anthology has also featured visual art. The Palmetto Report's Matt Thrift spoke with the people behind the magazine, including editor-in-chief Téa Franco and faculty adviser Jason Tselentis, to get a look at how the publication is put together.
11:05
November 8, 2019
South Carolina to play a key role in 2020 presidential race
(Rock Hill, S.C.) -- South Carolina will soon play a key role in the 2020 presidential election, as the state will host the "first in the South" primary Feb. 29. As a result, a number of Democratic candidates have been traveling to the state to campaign and reach out to voters. Most recently, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren made stops in Rock Hill. Additionally, Sanders, in September, and California Sen. Kamala Harris, earlier this year, visited the Winthrop University campus for campaign events. "Nationally, I think the 20-some candidate Democratic field is going to narrow. Not everybody is going to be able to raise enough money to get to stay in the race, to run the advertising and the things they need to do," said Dr. John Holder, an adjunct professor of political science at Winthrop. Holder, who is teaching a class this semester on the presidency, was a guest on the Palmetto Report to discuss South Carolina's role in the presidential race.
13:27
November 8, 2019
Preparing for academic advising & graduation
(Rock Hill, S.C.) -- Academic advising for the spring 2020 semester has begun at Winthrop University and with that comes many questions and concerns for students at every level of the school. Dr. Adria Belk, director of student services for the College of Arts and Sciences, spoke with the Palmetto Report to discuss advising and preparation for graduation. Belk says students should be prepared when going into an advising session. “Advisors are definitely there for guidance, but I always recommend students look up course offerings and see what they can take and try to put a schedule together themselves," said Belk. "Also look at Degree Works and see what requirements they need to meet.”
13:36
November 4, 2019
Many states, including SC, propose to ban hair discrimination
(Rock Hill, S.C.) -- A South Carolina lawmaker plans to file a bill later this year that would ban discrimination based on wearing hair in a natural style, which could included curls, dreadlocks, twists or braids. Rep. Kambrell Garvin (D-Richland) will file the "CROWN Act" (Create a Respectful and Open Workplace for Natural Hair) to ban discrimination of facial features, hair textures, hair types, hairstyles and protective hairstyles. The bill is similar to laws that were passed earlier this year in California and New York, which prohibit race-based hair discrimination, and a number of other states have proposed similar legislation. “My definition of natural hair is hair that has not been altered, it operates in its natural state in a sense that hasn’t had any chemical sort of application,” said Jennifer Dixon-McKnight, an assistant professor at Winthrop University. Dixon-McKnight, who teaches a course called Black Women in America, was a guest on the Palmetto Report to discuss the topic.
14:06
October 31, 2019
Charlotte group actively investigating the paranormal (part 1)
(Rock Hill, S.C.) -- The Charlotte Area Paranormal Society (CAPS) has been investigating unexplained activity across the Carolinas since 2005. The non-profit group’s goal, according to its website, is to document and prove the validity of haunted places through research and investigations. In the spirit of Halloween, the Palmetto Report spoke with Tina McSwain, founder and executive director of CAPS, about hauntings, some the group's investigations and her favorite ghost stories. "I wanted a more scientific approach to the study of paranormal activity, so I formed CAPS," said McSwain. The group uses digital voice recorders, thermal imaging cameras and electromagnetic field detectors to document and search for evidence of the paranormal. "We believe ghosts are actually energy, so if you're looking for energy, then you would see that," she said, of the thermal images the cameras can produce.
15:22
October 29, 2019
Charlotte group actively investigating the paranormal (part 2)
(Rock Hill, S.C.) -- The Charlotte Area Paranormal Society (CAPS) has been investigating unexplained activity across the Carolinas since 2005. The non-profit group’s goal, according to its website, is to document and prove the validity of haunted places through research and investigations. In the spirit of Halloween, the Palmetto Report spoke with Tina McSwain, founder and executive director of CAPS, about hauntings, some the group's investigations and her favorite ghost stories. "I wanted a more scientific approach to the study of paranormal activity, so I formed CAPS," said McSwain. The group uses digital voice recorders, thermal imaging cameras and electromagnetic field detectors to document and search for evidence of the paranormal. "We believe ghosts are actually energy, so if you're looking for energy, then you would see that," she said, of the thermal images the cameras can produce.
12:20
October 29, 2019
SC one of the worst states for domestic violence
(Rock Hill, S.C.) -- October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and South Carolina is now ranked the fifth deadliest state in the nation for women who are killed by men. According to the Washington, D.C. based Violence Policy Center, there were 52 women killed by men in the state in 2017, which was a rate of 2.01 women per 100,000 thousand men, based on an analysis of homicide data. South Carolina has been in the top ten for women murdered by men for the past 20 years. Myesha Belcher, volunteer coordinator for Safe Passage in Rock Hill, was a guest on the Palmetto Report to discuss the issue. “The causes for domestic violence are power and control; that’s the two main things that people want when they are abusers,” said Belcher. Safe passage offers support to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse in York, Chester, Lancaster and Union Counties.
10:21
October 23, 2019
Exploring the history and likelihood of impeachment
(Rock Hill, S.C.) -- Democrats in Washington are calling for President Donald Trump's impeachment after a whistleblower’s complaint that Trump pressured the president of the Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden, a potential rival in the 2020 election. Considering this is such a rare occurrence the Palmetto Report explored the topic of impeachment with Dr. John Holder, an adjunct professor of political science at Winthrop University who is teaching a class this semester on the presidency. Holder spent 10 years in Washington working for three members of the South Carolina congressional delegation and he is the former secretary of the York County Democratic Party. Only two American presidents, Andrew Johnson and Bill Clinton, have been impeached by the U.S. House of Representatives, but both were acquitted in the Senate, which requires a two-thirds vote for removal from office. Richard Nixon resigned before a vote on impeachment was taken, thus, no president has been removed from office by impeachment. "There was never a two-thirds majority (in the Senate) to impeach Clinton (and remove him from office). Andrew Johnson was saved by one vote. That is the closest it has ever come," said Holder.
15:48
October 20, 2019
Educating students about financial literacy
(Rock Hill, S.C.) -- Student loan debt, at about $1.5 trillion, is now the second-largest debt market in the U.S. behind home mortgages, with the average student carrying more than $33,000 in student loans upon graduation. Additionally, a national survey of more than 18,000 undergraduate students at 52 colleges and universities, conducted by Ohio State University, found 70 percent reported feeling stressed about their personal finances. Earlier this year, the U.S. Financial Literacy and Education Commission, part of the U.S. Department of Treasury, issued a report that recommended that colleges and universities start to require financial literacy courses. Dr. Jimmy Cheng, an assistant professor of finance at Winthrop University who who specializes in financial planning, was a guest on the Palmetto Report to discuss the struggles students face managing money.
11:40
October 19, 2019
Journalists using big data more often in reporting
(Rock Hill, S.C.) -- The use of big data -- including information from maps, spreadsheets and large databases -- is becoming more important in the field of journalism. That was the message Gavin Off, data reporter at the Charlotte Observer, gave to students during a presentation last month at Winthrop University. "We're still journalists, we're still reporters, but we want to ask the data questions, to pull out information, to write better stories," said Off, who was a guest on the Palmetto Report. The Guardian's reporting on NSA files leaked by Edward Snowdon, Bloomberg's story on the deadliest jobs in America and the San Francisco Chronicle's examination of the effect of Airbnb on the city's housing market are often cited as some of the best examples of data journalism.
14:07
October 16, 2019
News anchor shares his experiences with Winthrop students
(Rock Hill, S.C.) — Brandon Taylor, a news anchor in Columbia, S.C., told students at Winthrop University the news business isn’t as glamorous or lucrative as some might think, during the school’s annual Mass Comm Week. The three-day event, hosted by the Department of Mass Communication, included a series of speakers and panel discussions Sept. 30 to Oct. 2. Taylor, who was part of a panel of alumni working in media, graduated from Winthrop in 2007 with a degree in journalism. He is currently the co-anchor of News 19 This Morning at WLTX-TV, but he has also worked as a reporter for the CBS station in Myrtle Beach and as an anchor for the ABC affiliate in Madison, Wisconsin. “It’s so good to be back at Winthrop. You know it’s kind of a surreal experience to be back where it all started,” said Taylor.
14:11
October 12, 2019
Winthrop to ‘Weigh the Waste’ to limit food waste
(Rock Hill, S.C.) — To kick off campus sustainability month, Winthrop University’s Office of Sustainability is hosting an event called Weigh the Waste, in order to draw attention to the issue of food waste. It’s estimated that 30 to 40 percent of the food supply is wasted, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which means billions of pounds of food ultimately ends up in landfills. Chris Johnson, Winthrop sustainability coordinator, said last semester the school collected over 300 pounds of food during the Weigh the Waste event. “It sounds like a lot, but at the same time it’s just bringing attention to it, that is the most critical part of the program,” said Johnson.
13:38
October 9, 2019
Charles Perry, SC Journalist of the Year speaks at Winthrop
(Rock Hill, S.C.) — Charles Perry, the 2019 S.C. Press Association Journalist of the Year and a Winthrop University alum, told students they need to acquire a myriad of skills to work in the field of journalism, during the school’s annual Mass Comm Week. “Students need to be able to not only write clearly, write powerful stories, but they also need to be able to take compelling photographs, shoot and edit video. They really need to be generalists,” said Perry, who spoke with the Palmetto Report about his career. He was the keynote speaker at the three-day event hosted by the Department of Mass Communication, which included a series of speakers and panel discussions, Sept. 30 to Oct. 2. Perry, who graduated from Winthrop in 2005 with a degree in mass communication, was honored as the department’s distinguished alumnus. He serves as the editor of myhorrynews.com and the Carolina Forest Chronicle, a weekly newspaper in Horry County, where he covers county government, the justice system and agriculture.
19:59
October 9, 2019
Hispanic students at Winthrop share their experiences
(Rock Hill, S.C.) — National Hispanic Heritage month is Sept. 15 to Oct. 15 and Hispanics represent about 5 percent of the population in South Carolina. According to the U.S. Department of Education, undergraduate enrollment for Hispanic students has doubled to 3 million from 2000 to 2015. However, Hispanic students only represent 4.8 percent of those enrolled at Winthrop University, as compared to about 62 percent for whites and 29 percent for African-Americans. The Palmetto Report spoke with two Hispanic students to learn more about their experiences at Winthrop.
14:34
October 8, 2019
Vaping a concern in York County schools
(Rock Hill, S.C.) — An Alabama man has become the state’s first death related to lung disease associated with vaping, officials announced Wednesday (Oct. 2). It’s the 17th vaping-related death in the U.S. after officials in Virginia and New Jersey announced confirmed cases the day before (Oct. 1). Amanda Harris, reporter for The Herald in Rock Hill, spoke with the Palmetto Report to discuss the issue and its impact in South Carolina. Harris covers health and education in York, Chester and Lancaster counties. In February, she reported on students in Clover who were caught vaping in school. So far, vaping-related deaths have been reported in 14 states, including California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, Nebraska and Oregon. Harris said she thinks the recent deaths may encourage people to think twice about using electronic-cigarettes. “I think more awareness is needed, so people understand that these (e-cigarettes) are not safe, even though they’re not a regular cigarette,” she said.
09:59
October 3, 2019
Suicide 'an issue at Winthrop'
(Rock Hill, S.C.) -- September is National Suicide Prevention Month and the World Health Organization calls suicide a “global crisis," as the group estimates a person dies by suicide every 40 seconds. According to the Centers for Disease Control, there were 47,000 suicides in the U.S. in 2017, which is a rate of about 129 per day. The CDC estimates for every one suicide death, another 280 people seriously consider it. Among college students, suicide is the second leading cause of death, with roughly 1,000 suicides on college campuses per year. "That is staggering," said Dr. Gretchen Baldwin, a licensed psychologist and the clinical coordinator for counseling services at Winthrop University, who appeared on the Palmetto Report to discuss the topic. Additionally, a recent survey, by health researchers in Boston, found 20 percent of college students have thought about suicide and 9 percent have attempted. "It's an issue here at Winthrop," said Baldwin. "Almost 40 percent of our appointments in counseling services, that we saw last year, were with a student who was considering suicide at some level."
12:51
October 1, 2019
Winthrop esports team begins season
(Rock Hill, S.C.) -- Winthrop University has joined the growing number of schools to host a varsity esports program. Esports, which is competitive video gaming, has grown in popularity in recent years with international tournaments, millions of viewers worldwide and millions of dollars in prize money. Josh Sides, the head coach of Winthrop’s esports team, appeared on the Palmetto Report to discuss the new program. Sides is also a founding member of an advisory committee for the National Association of Esports Coaches and Directors. As of February, there were roughly 125 colleges in the U.S. that have an esports program, including five schools in South Carolina.
15:56
September 26, 2019
Free bus service comes to Rock Hill
(Rock Hill, S.C.) –- In July of this year, Rock Hill began its free public bus service called My Ride Rock Hill that includes seven all-electric buses that follow four fixed routes around the city. It's the first bus service in the country to be completely electric from the beginning and the buses feature USB charging ports at every seat, free Wi-Fi and screens that run community messages. My Ride Rock Hill currently averages 4,000 riders a week, according to Katie Quinn, communications manager for the city of Rock Hill. Quinn, who was a guest on the Palmetto Report, said the community has reacted positively to the service.
15:30
September 23, 2019
Maintaining a healthy body image can be a challenge
(Rock Hill, S.C.) -- Maintaining a positive body positive, especially on a college campus, can be difficult, as negative feelings can lead to anxiety, depression or eating disorders, such as bulimia, anorexia or body dysmorphia. Dr. Gretchen Baldwin, licensed psychologist and clinical coordinator for counseling services at Winthrop University, appeared on the Palmetto Report to discuss the topic of body image. She often works with patients dealing with mental health issues and eating disorders.
13:12
April 21, 2019
Outdated software can be problematic for users
(Rock Hill, S.C.) -- How many times a week do you get a notification that a new update is available for a computer, mobile device or app you use Updates are a constant part of our technology driven lives, with new versions constantly adding new features, fixing issues and improving security. Richard Tyner, instructor and lab coordinator at Winthrop University, joined the Palmetto Report to discuss the challenges of keeping software up to date.
15:07
April 17, 2019
Winthrop police chief addresses safety concerns
 (Rock Hill, S.C.) -- This semester, rumors have circulated among students at Winthrop University that Campus Police have been losing officers to the Rock Hill Police Department, which has led to a decline in services. However, Chief Ken Scoggins, who has worked at Winthrop for 18 years, said there is only a small grain of truth to staffing rumors. “Staffing issues is a problem that is not only affecting Winthrop University, it's affecting all of our colleagues and all of our colleague law enforcement agencies across the nation,” said Scoggins.
15:10
April 10, 2019
Winthrop working to improve attendance at sporting events
(Rock Hill, S.C.) -- Winthrop University is one of several NCAA Division I schools throughout the country experiencing a decline in athletic attendance, especially in men’s basketball. The Winthrop Coliseum holds up to 6,100 fans, making it one of the larger arenas in the Big South Conference, however, the university fails to fill the seats on a consistent basis. Winthrop averages 2,121 people per men's basketball game and the Big South as a conference is ranked 29 out of 32 in terms of attendance when compared to the other Division I conferences.  Matt Martin, associate athletic director for external affairs, spoke to the Palmetto Report about Winthrop's efforts to improve attendance.
15:10
April 8, 2019
Winthrop design students prep for senior portfolio show
(Rock Hill, S.C.) -- Winthrop University students in the Department of Design are preparing to present their senior portfolios, which will showcase their work over the past four years. The senior portfolio show has traditionally been the capstone activity for graduating illustration and graphic design students, but this year it will also include interaction design and interior design students.
15:55
April 7, 2019
Winthrop working to increase study abroad, recruit internationally
(Rock Hill, S.C.) — Winthrop University is working to increase the number of students who study abroad and recruit more international students to the school. The move comes after the number of international students at Winthrop has steadily declined in recent years and the number of students who study abroad has remained stagnant. The Winthrop Plan, put forth by President Dan Mahoney, includes a stated goal of increasing diversity by expanding student recruitment internationally.
11:30
April 2, 2019
Winthrop President Mahony responds to student safety concerns
Many Winthrop University students have expressed concern about campus safety after a female student was held at gunpoint and sexually assaulted outside her apartment building on the edge of campus Feb. 15. Winthrop President Dan Mahony and Wes Wiles, assistant chief of Campus Police, spoke to the Palmetto Report about the assault, student concerns and how the university is responding.
14:35
March 25, 2019