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VOLUME 2 Fain 993 

Lincoln illegitimate! 

Distant relative of 
dead president dis- 
covered atUSCS; 
scandal ensues 

at H-PAC, 
dead, one 

Administration har- 
vests grass on the 
quad; details inside 

Speed demon security officers on golf 
carts liarass students. Students re- 
spond witti angry words of protest 





By Jim Pennington 



Welcome to the first Fall issue of 
the Powderhorn. The staff and I have 
worked very hard to give you the best 
possible product we could. While it 
has been a challenge, I think we have 
all learned from this experience. 

I'm very proud of my staff for 
their hard work and determination. 
We have taken what was done in the 
last two issues and improved it. 
Hopefully, you will agree. 

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Copyright 1993 by The Powderhorn and the University of South Carolina at Spartanburg. The Powderhorn 
is published every semester by the students of the University of South Carolina at Spartanburg. 
Opinions expressed here are those of The Powderhorn staff and contributors, and they do not necessarily 
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Registration Blues 



CAB: Not just free food 


To the Blue Ridge 


Reach Out And Touch 

North vs. South 

The Blood Is The Life 


Balancing Your Time 






Parking Stress 


Fear To Cheer 

Ape in Hodge 


The Old Ball Game 

Quad Grass 


uses FAMILY 

Lilie Mae Nance 


Christmas Movies 


President Lincoln? 




Jim Pennington 


...Managing Editor 
...Features Editor 
...Campus Life Editor 
...Sports Editor 
...Photo Editor 
...Business Manager 
...Faculty Advisor 

Tangela Rice 

Lauri Sacco 


Adam Stover 

Ella Bennett 

Lisa Painter 

Dr. Nancy Moore 


A special thanks to all who contributed to this making 
of this publication. The editor would like to extend his 
gratitude to the following: 

Joanne Montague 

Dr. Ray Merlock 

Frances Brice 

Katrina Ramsey 

Travis Henson 

Katherine Young 

Becky Gray 


li\ Adiiiii Stover 

As ail incoming frcsiiman, I wasn't sure 
whether or not getting registered would be 
dilTicuil. I came to freshman orientation in 
July and scheduled four classes I wanted 
without much trouble. 
Paying my tuition, how- 
ever, was not so easy. I 
went to the Administra- 
tion building in late 
August to settle my 
account. Due to problems 
about whether or not I would receive a 
stipend, I ended up getting about four 
different bills and waiting a week to finally 
get my tuition paid. 

When I started asking other students if 
they had any problems with registration, I 
received so many complaints and sugges- 
tions that I couldn't fit them all in this 
article, but here are two typical answers I 
received. Sophomore Tre Orvin said. "I 
didn't get registered until last because 
freshmen were registered during the sum- 
mer." I knew that was true since I was one 
of those freshmen, but didn't mention that to 
Tre. Another Sophomore, Hollie Israel, 
said, "I wasn't even notified about registra- 
tion until two days beforehand." 

Yvonne K. Gilliam, an Admissions 
Counselor here at USCS, gave tips on how 
to avoid these and other hassles that may 
occur when signing up for classes. 

"Get advisement and information on 
deadlines earh . and ask questions before the 
day of registration." 

USCS Financial Aid Counselor, Bobby 
Holcombe, gave the following advice about 
paying tuition: 

/ wasn 't even notified about 
registration until two days 
beforehand. " 

"if everybody meets the given dead- 
lines, financial aid will be processed on 
time, and everything will fall into place." 
Holcombe also told me about a program 

being tested at Columbia 
in the spring of 1994 
which should alleviate 
long lines and the frustra- 
tion of registration. 
Under this new 
.system, each student will 
have an account. All business transactions 
(loans, stipends, etc.) will be done on a 
credit/debit basis. In other words, students 
won't have to come to the financial aid 

Financial Aid Counselor Bobby Holcombe 

office unless they have a problem. If all 
goes w ell at Columbia. Spartanburg will 
implement this plan in the fall of 1994. It'll 
make it a lot easier on all of us. 

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By Katrlna Ramsey 

It's fun, it's jokes, it's music, it's homecoming. It's CAB. 

The Campus Activity Board is ready for 
the new school year. They are here with 
fresh faces and new ideas. 

The board, which consists of ten 
people, has undergone a new image. Gone 
are the days of the checkerboard sign. CAB 
President Lisa Richards said, "People 
thought it was cab drivers on strike. It 
wasn't representative of what CAB was 

This semester CAB put on events like 
the drive-in movie shown at the beginning 
of the semester and the lunchtime activities 
such as comedians. Other events are yet to 
come. This year, passes are being sold to 
help override budget slashes they received. 
The passes are for all semester, allowing 
students to get in free at paid events. The 
money will go for upcoming events and 
performances and cover the costs of food 
and drink. 

CAB is planning events for every 
student, even the non-traditional ones. The 
students at Rifle Ridge are a special con- 
cern. Some do not have cars, and all are 
stuck there for the weekend with nothing to 
do and nowhere to go. CAB is all for 
entertaining the Rifle Ridge crowd. 

Hospitality Chair Stacey Mills says the 
events are also planned for the high school 
crowd. He agrees with Richards that certain 
events would serve as an open house for 
high school students to come and take a 

look around and see if USCS could 
possibly be their place for higher learn- 

CAB is a way for students to break 
the monotony of the school day by 
coming to lunchtime events to eat with 
friends and have a good laugh. 

In order to get these acts, a national 
conference is held where colleges come 
to see the talent. They then decide who 
they want to come to their school. 

These conferences are an annual 
event. The conferences are sponsored by 
the National Association for Campus 
Activities. NACA involves schools from 
all over the country who gather and try to 
get the best talent for the money. 

The board listens to tapes and 
watches videos. They then converse and 
decide who would be best suited for the 

Richards said, "We talk to managers 
to see how much the talent costs and 
maybe strike a bargain." 

Sometimes USCS, Wofford, and 
Converse join together to buy talent. The 
act, in turn, visits all three schools. This 
way, no school has to pay the full price. 

When asked about complaints, 
Richards said, "Suggestions are wel- 
comed and encouraged, but if you come 
just to complain, please don't come." 

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by Ella Bennett 

On a cold and loggy October morning a group ol' nine sludcnls and their instructor 
took a trip to another world. This world, right up the road from school, is the Mlue Ridge 

The day began wilh a hearty breakfast at a local restaurant. There iJr. Gillian 
Newberry treated the group to a discussion about new treatments for diabetics. 

They then stopped at Craggy Valley on the Parkway. Dr. Newberry stopped every now 
and then and pointed out different plants and wildlife. One discussion centered around red 
berries on trees. The berries are caused by disturbances such as roadside construction. 

Students found the trip both fun and educational. Amy Carr enjoyed the time off from 
work. Science Club member Lyttia Stone has always enjoyed Dr. Newberry's trips. Every- 
one came away from the trip with something new. 

Stiident.s about to embark on their journey 

Gillian Newberry explores the area 
surrounding the parkway on this 
mountainous adventure 

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bv Joshua M. Hatchell 

The adaptation of Draciila that was two hundred productions, Mary took a small 

presented by the Shoestring Players was a part and made it come alive. The show was 

refreshing theatrical journey. The Crane a team effort that required the efforts of the 

Johnson version of the script, freely adapted entire department to produce the high 
by Jimm Cox, is an original 
change to the melodramatic 
versions of screen fame. 

As the plot builds the audience 
is given new plot twists that 
continue to astound. The innova- 
tive use of a monochromatic 
design gives the feel of an old 
black and white honor movie. 
The fact that Professor Van 
Helsing's role was played by a 
woman (Jennifer Lowney) was 
particularly astonishing. 

The characterization in 
Dracula was superb, but the most 
notable performance was given by 
Joy Sieg as Abigail. Abigail was 
one of only two identifiable 
straight parts. The audience knew 
what to expect from the character, 
and Joy delivered. Abigail was an 
amusing diversion during the most 
serious scenes and always ap- 
peared on stage exactly when a 
laugh was needed. After all, one 
of the most memorable scenes was 
Abigail twittering about the stage, 
turning on the lights. 

Another memorable perfor- 
mance was given by Mary Sparks. 
Although it would be expected 
from someone who has done over 

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Dracula (Bud Holland) feasts on Lucy (Paula McWhite) 

qiuilily show. The scl's monochromatic 
design showed die many hours that went 
into eonslruclion. And the actors hard work 
was evident in their flawless performances. 

Top: The cast of Dracula, Bottom: Pro- 
fessor Van Helsing (Jennifer Lowney) 
and Dr. Seward talk 

photos courtesy of Rick Sowsky 

Dracula Cast 

Lucy. Paula McWhite 

Dr. Seward. Jeff Newman 

Dracula Bud Holland 

Abigail. Elizabeth Joy Sieg 

Van Helsing Jennifer Lowney 

Mrs. Marker. Mary Sparks 

Renfield. Joshua Williams 

Jimm Cox: Director 
Dr. Raymond Lee: Technical advisor 
Rick Somsky: Set design and construc- 

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by Lisa Painter 

It's Monday. You have an English 
paper due Wednesday. You work until 
eleven o'clock on Monday and Tuesday 
nights. Your classes take up most of your 
free time. What are you to do? Stop 
eating? Move into the library? Lose what 
little bit of sanity you have left? 

Has this happened to you before? If 
you are a full time student and have a job, 
you've probably been faced with this 
problem more than once. 

Lisa Burrell, a full time student at 
uses, works a full time job at Cannon 
Roofing in Spartanburg. Lisa is a junior 
majoring in Business Management. Lisa's 
position at Cannon's Roofing is Payroll 
Clerk in the Accounts Payable/Accounts 
Receivable department. She is also a 
member of the USCS dance team. 

"My job gives me a lot of experience 
in the Business field," Lisa says. Lisa 
works after her classes, a stress which 
gives her very little time to study. When 
asked how she keeps up with her studies, 
Lisa replied, " I study right after I get 
home from work." 

The real reason why most of us are 
going to college is to earn a degree so that 
we will hopefully get a better job when we 
graduate. In order to succeed, you must set 
your priorities. What is more important, 
going out on Friday night or getting an 
"A" or "B" on your English paper? What 
would benefit you the most in the future? 

Craig Martin, a full time student, 
works as a lifeguard at the Spartanburg 

Swim Center. He is a junior majoring in 
communications. He says that the best way 
for him to keep up with his job and 
schoolwork is to use a daily planner. His 
planner helps to keep him organized. Craig 
says, "I have a few hours in between my 
classes and work to catch up on my studies. 
I also have my books set out for studying 
when I get home from work at nine o'clock." 
So, on his days off, he catches up or gets 
ahead on his studying. 

Better ways to better deal with 
stress and set aside time to study: 

1). Study the days of your classes while 
the information is still fresh in your 

(2). Take your books to work and study 
during your breaks. 

(3). Take your books with you when you 
are traveling long distance. While 
someone else is driving you could be 
getting a little studying done. 
(4). Don 't procrastinate 
(5). Become a bookworm 
(6). Always plan ahead! 
(7). Study, study, study! Work, work, 

Okay, now that you've got some ideas, 
things can still get pretty rough by the end of 
the semester, and most of us are completely 
stressed out. But the Christmas break is just 
enough time to rejuvenate ourselves to jump 
back into the fast-paced world. 



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Lcl's liice it, school cosls 
money. And il'you arc 
among ihc luilucky lew (and 
I'm sure there are more than 
a few of us), you have lo 
work lo pay your way 
dirough school. All of this 
hard work can't be a waste. 
it will pay olT in the future. 
When you feel like you're 
losing it, look back at my list 
of ideas for helping with the 
stress and studying. 

Always remember, 
SURVIVE. Make yourself 
believe that you are strong, 
and you will be. 

Craig Martin 

Lisa Burrell 

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by Katherine J. Young 

When I leave USCS I will take with me a 
bachelor's in computer science, a phobia of 
parking places, and a deep murderous hatred of 
little golf carts. I will have obtained my degree 
after five or six years of hard study, concentra- 
tion, and work. I contracted my two other dis- 
turbing mental phobias in my junior year. 

I came from a small high school, which sat 
in the middle of a cow pasture in Greer, South 
Carolina. Parking was never a major problem. 
For the few students who drove cars, the park- 
ing lot was the biggest thing about the school. 
There were rows upon rows of empty parking 
spaces because half the student body either 
walked or rode some four legged creature to 
school. The major problem at my high school 
was keeping your shoes clean. 

After high school I went to a small two- year 
community college where every one knew not 
only your name, but the car you drove. Like 
high school parking was never a problem. There 
was always an empty parking space nearby. 
Every thing and everybody was orderly and 

My orderly "hcissle free" parking world came 
to an end when I came to USCS, the land of no 
parking. I was warned about the horrors of 
USCS parking, but I did not listen. I had to 
finish my education . How bad could a school 
with four letters for a name be anyhow? So, off I 
drove down highway 85 into the setting sun to 
finish my college career. 

Since I was a rather bright student, I quickly 
noticed there was a big problem . Over half the 

parking spaces were reserved for either the 
faculty or the staff. The parking sticker I was 
forced to buy read STUDENT, not faculty or 

According to the layout of the parking lot, 
USCS had more faculty and staff than they had 
students. On the first day of class, when I tried 
to park my car, I knew this was not the case. 

In fact, out of class, I hardly saw any faculty, 
and I have yet to see an actual working staff 
person. Yet those faculty and staff people had 
all the best parking places. In fact, those guys 
had better parking spaces than the handicapped. 

The faculty and staff people either resigned, 
car pooled, or rode the bus because their cars 
were never in those glorious parking places. It 
was disgusting. While you cruised up and down 
the lot for a place to park in order to catch the 
last twenty minutes of class, the only spaces 
available were for the faculty and staff. 

If you even looked like you were going to 
park in one of those spaces, some old guy in a 
golf cart armed with a tablet loaded with pink 
and yellow tickets would magically apfjear to 
warn you off. This is when my hatred for golf 
carts started. 

I had no problem with them before I came to 
USCS. In fact, golf carts were my best friends. 
They helped my poor father get around the golf 
course with his limited walking, and this was 
good. But the campus police using golf carts to 
uphold justice and fight crime-that was bad. 
The thought of fighting crime in a golf cart just 
did not satisfy me. The campus police were 
supposed to be like regular police, right? I don't 

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Ihink so! I can Just picture a criminal robbing the 
bookstore, and the campus police in hot pursuit 
in their mighty goll" carls. That criminal does not 
have to run to gel away. He just has to walk 
briskly, and he is home I'ree. Some of these carts 
do not even have doors. So if they even catch 
someone, what's to slop the criminal from simply 
hopping out and skipping away? 

However if you, as a student, would like to 
park, you must go to the woods and take a left. 
They are not loo far olT, but come thirty minutes 
before your class, and bring comfortable walking 
shoes. You will be taking the scenic road. 

uses has gotten new "super duper" goll' 
carts with little yellow sirens and doors. Also to 
show uses is one for advancement, I saw two 
real police cars the other day. 

Link (/III. shidciiis. I'm cominf> after you. 





Westside Wal-Mart #1035 supports USCS 

The Carolinas 
welcomes the NFL. 
Jerry and Mark. 

Tlie Powderhoni I J 


by Tangela Rice 

What does a gorilla have to do with a rifle?— Nothing at all! USCS sports are recog- 
nized as the "running rifles," but some students couldn't help but notice that a monkey has 
been running loose at our basketball games. This scenario tends to puzzle students because a 
monkey is so often seen as a playful animal with good intentions. As soon as a rifle is put 
into play, thoughts and feelings of violence erupt. A monkey provokes spirit, but a rifle 
sounds intimidating. 

Some students feel that both the monkey and the rifle or rifleman should get the boot 
in order to find a more consistent mascot . "I am not exactly sure what the mascot should be, 
but it needs to be something that evokes more spirit within the students. I don't feel that a 
rifle or rifleman could do that," said USCS junior Rebecca Jordan. It is evident that there 
needs to be some kind of compromise or resolution involving the representation of our 
school. If the students are confused about our mascot, then obviously our visitors and fans 
have noticed this, too. If the school should decide to replace the mascot, it should be voted 
upon by the students since it is for the students. Let's put an end to the monkey business. 

Keep the rifle or the monkey but not both! 

We Say... 

At Spartanburg National Bank 
We Sav Yes To You! 


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the quad— what's it for? 

by Amy M. Ellwanger 

Have yoLi ever been on your way lo class or the library here a( USCS and lo(jked 
longingly al the luscious quadrangle of green grass? Every time I stroll past. I 
wonder.. .Why doesn't anybody ever 
use it? It is sheer beauty at waste. 
Nobody lies on it. Nobody plays on 
it. Nobody even walks on it! 
Speaking for myself, each time I 
hurry past it on my way to Calculus, 
I have the strong urge to throw 
myself on it and roll around until 
my heart's content. Call me crazy, 
but it just might help some of us 
make it through a rough day. 

At times, we tend to forget 
our carefree youth. While we sit 
here every day and find derivatives 
of functions, proofread essays, and 
spend hours pulling our hair out in 
the labs, wouldn't it help just a little 
bit to kick our shoes off and mn 
through the grass with wild aban- 
don? It would help us remember 
how easy it was to be young and 
tiiat it's not too late to immerse ourselves in childhood, even for a little while. 

I cannot think of a better study break than ignoring my age and doing something 
simple that used to bring so much joy. Besides, I can hardly see myself sitting in class and 
sucking my thumb or singing my ABC's! In times like these, when we are too big to sit in 
Daddy's lap or have our "boo-boo's" kissed, at least there is something we can do to re\isit 
that ultimate period of life, childhood. 

It is for this reason that I suggest that USCS take a designated time w here no classes 
are scheduled. This could open the door to new activities on campus. Students could use 
this time to plop down in the grass and relax or play Frisbee. "Take-up" games of soccer 
or football could be started. Perhaps, for those who just cannot teai" themsehes a\\a\' from 
their books, study groups could meet. I cannot think of a better way to absorb class mate- 
rial than to lie in the arass and bask in the sunshine! 

TJie Powderhoni J 3 



by Katherine J. Young 

The life of my grandmother, LiUe Mae 
Nance, was a perfect example of the term 
poetic justice. My grandmother was born in 
1907 in NewbeiTy, South Carolina. Lilie Mae 
was a beautiful, intelligent child with one 
major flaw; she was too brown. 

Lilie Mae's mother, Rosa Nance, was a 
pretty petite woman who wanted the best life 
had to offer. In order to fulfill her dreams, Rosa 
crossed both the Mason Dixon and the color 
line. Rosa went up North and passed herself as 
a proper white woman. Rosa had removed her 
self from the country, yet she was unable to 
remove the country from her heart. She made 
frequent trips "back home" to visit her "South- 
ern Kinfolk." 

On one particular visit, after Rosa was 
engaged to a certain white gentleman in the 
North, she was reunited with an old black beau 
from Greenville. One thing led to another, and 
my grandmother was the result of Rosa's little 
folly. In 1907 it was certain damnation for a 
girl to get in trouble . It was bad enough for a 
single woman to be with child. For a passing 
engaged white woman to be carrying a black 
man's seed jeopardized her new found social 
standing. Rosa did the only thing a woman in 
her condition could do. Rosa took a nine month 
extended vacation to settle her family affairs. 

When my grandmother was born, Rosa 
gave her away to her darker relatives. Rosa 
then conveniently removed herself from 
grandmother's life and continued with her 
plans. My grandmother was considered the 
black sheep of the family. Because of her 
father, she was darker than the rest of the 

Nances. Because she was illegitimate, my 
grandmother was a disgrace to the family. 

Lilie Mae was not treated as an exten- 
sion to the Nance family. Instead, she became 
the Nance's little black housekeeper. When 
Lilie Mae's cousins were told how smart and 
light their eyes and skin were, Lilie Mae was 
refeired to as "a curly headed, black eyed, blue 
gum monkey." The rest of the cousins were 
sent to school to prepare for their futures. Lilie 
Mae was sent to work. 

Lilie Mae escaped her situation when 
she married Lum Burton. Like Lilie Mae, Lum 
was also a family outcast. Lum's mother was a 
Cherokee Indian, and his father was black. So 
Lum Burton was too black to be an Indian, and 
too red to be black. He was the perfect match 
for Lilie Mae Nance. 

Together, the Burtons had eight chil- 
dren in "stair step order," and the family was 
happy. This happiness did not last long. Lum 
died of a stroke, and Lilie Mae was left with 
eight children to raise alone. Lilie Mae could 
not receive help from her family, because her 
children were darker than herself. So Lilie Mae 
relied on something she had done since she 
was a child. She went to work as a maid. While 
the older children went to school, the younger 
two went to work with her. Lilie Mae would 
awaken at 5:00 a.m. to get her family off to 
school. She would arrive at work by 6:00 a.m., 
and work until 8:00 p.m. 

Once, after Lilie Mae had cooked 
breakfast, lunch and dinner; cleaned the house; 
waxed the floors; washed and ironed the 
clothes, Mrs. Annie, the house owner, claimed 

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dissalisfaclion. .She clitl not pay Lilic Mac lor the 
work. Lihe Mae did not become biller. Instead 
she made a mental note not to work for Mrs. 
Annie again. She also passed this information 
along to her friends. 

Lilic Mae was a strong believer in what 
went arc)nnd came around. She was confident 
"God did not like ugly," and knew one day she 
would receive her ultimate reward. 

For over fifty years, Lilic Mae scrapped, 
struggled, and prayed. Alone, she was able to 
raise those eight children. From these eight 
children, Lilic Mac iiad 45 grandchildren and SO 
great grandchildren. 

Toward the end of her life, Lilic Mae 
suffered from a series of strokes. She was unable 
to care for herself, and was in need of constant 
medical attention. Because Lilie Mae's late 
husband was a veteran of the great war and 
worked for the railroad, she was entitled to his 
social security. With her extra income Lilie Mae 
was placed in an exclusive nursing home where 
she would receive constant care. Lilic Mae was 
now living with the people she worked for. In 
fact, Lilie Mae roomed with Mrs. Annie, the 
woman who didn't pay Lilie Mae for her work. 

Mrs. Annie was punished more than one 
way for her treacherous deeds. Her family had 
dumped her in the nursing home and all but 
abandoned her. Mrs. Annie depended on Lilie 
Mae's family for companionship and her daily 
necessities. For the five years Lilie Mae stayed 
in that home, not a day went by where Lilie Mae 
did not remind Mrs. Annie what came around 
went around. Lilie Mae's life had come to a full 
circle. Lilie Mae went from an abandoned 
unwanted child to honored patron of an ever 
growing family. Lilie Mae was surrounded b>' 
"her people". She got the privilege of meeting all 
her grand and great grandchildren. 

The day Lilie Mae died she was sur- 
rounded by the people who loved her the most. 
Her family. 


Lilie May Nance, a heroine for our times 

Hie Powderhom •'•? 


by Jim Pennington 

There have been many fine fihns made 
about the joyous time of the year named 
Christmas. Whether it's George Bailey 
begging for a second chance at Ufe, or Kevin 
McCallister home alone, these films I've 
chosen are touching and memorable. 

I thought I would give my favorites 
with the reasons I enjoy them. It might even 
enhance your viewing of these films. I've 
also included some television specials that 
appear every year and are available on 

What better way to begin than with It 's 
A Wonderful Life . This is the classic 
Christmas movie. It's the perfect mix of 
warmth, humor, unforgettable characters, 
and most importantly Christmas. 

James Stewart plays George Bailey, a 
man who feels life passed him by. Because 
of incidents like a substantial loss of money, 
the pressures of raising a family, and 
missing out on college because of the 
business, George feels useless. His life gets 
to the point where he feels he has nothing to 
live for. At the last possible moment, an 
angel named Clarence rescues him from a 
fatal mistake. He shows George what his life 
would be like if he were never born. 
Throughout the rest of the film, George is 
shown his life has made a difference on the 
little town of Bedford Falls. 

Vintage direction by Frank Capra 
makes this an unforgettable holiday treat. 
Stewart and Donna Reed are perfect as the 
troubled couple. Henry Travers is lovable as 
the life saving inhabitant of Heaven. 

This film runs an average of fifty times 

each year. People love it, and it's easy to 
see why. 

Christmas Eve : This television movie 
made in 1986 still shows up on cable 
stations every year. It stars ageless Loretta 
Young in her first television role in years. 
Young plays Amanda Kingsley, a spirited 
and eccentric millionairess who only 
wants to spend the holidays with her 
grandchildren. Her son is jealous of her 
power in the company, so he alienates his 
children. She never gets to see them. 

Her urgency for a Christmas with her 
grandchildren is prompted by an illness. 
She has only months to live. 

She hires a private detective to help 
track them all down and invite them to 
Christmas. One by one they all agree to 
come, and they show up on Christmas 

This is a good old fashioned holiday 
tear jerker. I wouldn't want it any other 

National Lampoon 's Christmas Vacation : 
Chevy Chase may be in a rut with his 
canceled talk show and lousy movies, but 
he struck gold with this laugh- filled joy. 
The Griswolds are back with one of their 
usual bumbling vacations. The first two 
were chaotic, why should Christmas be 
any different? 

Clark (Chase) decides he wants to 
have a "Griswold family Christmas" at 
their home. The strangest family ever 
captured on film shows up to celebrate the 
season as only the Griswolds would do it. 

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The (ICC calclics on lire, grandma's cat is 
elcclrocLitcd in a very lunny scene, Clark 
gets loci<ed in the attic while the rest of the 
ramily is shopping. It's one liin gag after 
another. Yule love it. 

Scroof^cil : This 1988 retelling oi'the 
Charles Dickens' classic A Chnstnias Carol 
could jingle the hells of even the coldest 

Bill Murray stars as Frank Cross (great 
name), who is the meanest, crudest person 
to fill the screen since Scrooge. Frank shows 
everyone how much he hates Christmas by 
firing a co-worker and refusing a raise for 
his poor secretary (Alfrie Woodard). That 
night, he is visited by the three Christmas 
ghosts. The ghost from the past is a cab 
driver from New York, who reminds 
Frankie of his humble beginnings. He is 
shown the many heartless Christmas Eves he 
spent in front of the television. That's a 
subtle hint to kids. 

Christmas present is a fairy, brilliantly 
played by Carol Kane. She shows Cross the 
grim residence of his underpaid secretary, 
and how his brother still loves him. Kane 
also reminds him of the one that got away, 
Claire (Karen Allen). 

Christmas future is a tall, ghoulish 
creature who shows Cross his lonely fiery 
funeral. This gruesome image changes Frank 
and prompts him to give a touching 
soliloquy during the final moments of the 

An all-star cast has made this a classic, 
at least in my household. Karen Allen. John 
Forsythe, Kane, MuiTay, and Alfrie 

Woodard are all memorable in ihis hilarious 
Yuletide comedy. 

I can't end this without talking about a 
couple ol classic holiday specials. 

Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer : Who 
hasn't seen this jewel from the sixties half a 
dozen times? True, this has turned into the 
Rocky Horror of the holidays. The story 
and animation are still a delight. 

Everyone knows the story, so J won't go 
into it. Rudolph sounds like he's got a cold, 
and Hermie is annoying. Hey, it's tradition. 

A Charlie Brown Christmas : My best friend 
would hurt me if 1 didn't mention this 

Charlie is picked to direct the annual 
Christmas play. They need a tree for the set. 
so Charlie and Linus are sent to pick one 
out. They bring back a real but pitiful tree. 
The gang ridicules him until Linus reminds 
him that the first six letters of Christmas is 

The real star of this one is Snoopy, as 
always. He enters his doghouse in the lights 
and displays contest and wins first place. If 
Charlie really got a normal dog. he wouldn't 
be as lovable. 

Special movies have been made about all 
the holidays. I know I've left out some 
classics like White Christmas and A 
Christmas Stan-. If you haven't seen the 
ones I've mentioned. I urge you to rent or 
catch them off cable this year. It's beginning 
to look a lot like Christmas. 

TJie Powderhoni 1 / 



by Craig Martin 

My family's name on my father's 
side is Martin. The Martins came from 
Scotland and Ireland. They are tall, dark 
haired, with large noses, sometimes called 
the Martin nose. The really interesting part 
of the family's history is a Martin that does 
not claim to be one, Abraham Lincoln. 

As the story goes, Nancy Hanks, the 
mother of Lincoln, lived in Rutherford 
County in North Carolina. She was a maid 
for a plantation owner. Another owner in 
that area had an overseer named Richard 
"Dick" Martin. He was the brother of 
Jeremiah Martin, my great, great, great 
grandfather. Many of the townspeople 
knew that Nancy and Richard were seeing 
each other. At some point, Nancy became 
pregnant, and the plantation owner was first 
thought to be the father. 
Nancy's father was very 
upset and did not want 
anyone else to find out that 
Nancy was pregnant. Her 
father took her out of town 
to have the child. After she 
gave birth, she was 
brought back to town. The 
plantation owner's wife did 
not like Nancy. So, they 
paid a traveling salesman 
$25 to take her away and 
marry her. That man's 
name was Thomas Lin- 

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Many people still believe that 
Abraham Lincoln was Richard Martin's son. 
There is also a place in Rutherford County 
named Lincoln Hill, the alleged site of 
Lincoln's birth. 

Years later there was even a story of 
a visiting preacher at the home of Richard 
Martin's grandson. The preacher and 
Martin's grandson were looking around the 
farm when the preacher says, "That's inter- 
esting to have a picture of Abraham Lincoln 
above your fireplace. You don't see many 
Southerners that would do that." 

The grandson replied, "That's not 
Abraham Lincoln, that's my grandfather, 
Richard Martin." 

And so it goes. 


hv Ixniri Scitco 

Every day I come home 
from school, I pass by a sweet 
old man who siLs in his 
wheelchair outside his 
apartment door. More often 
than not, I'm usually in such a 
hurry that I have only time to 
say hello as I'm running up the 
stairs to my apartment. I can 
immediately sense his feeling 
of loneliness as he tries to ask 
me a question before I can 
close my door. I answer him 
abruptly and then hurriedly go 
in to get ready for the next 
endeavor of the day. Before I 
leave my apartment again, I 
always find myself hoping that 
he won't still be sitting out there, because I'd 
feel bad having to ignore him once again. I 
remember one afternoon when I started to 
sneak by him and he called out my name. 
When I turned around, before I could utter a 
single word, he looked at me with such a 
sympathetic face and told me that someone 
had stolen his dog. Days before, he was just 
telling my roommate how that dog was his 
best friend and how he'd feel so empt\- 
without him. My heart felt so sad for this 
man. That's when I began to thmk, just how 
happy I could make somebody by just giving 

My Great-Grandmother, Maria Cenlore 

a little of my time. 

There are a number of 
elders that long for some 
attention. Many of them 
ha\ e families. They could be 
somebody's parents, 
grandparents, aunts or uncles. 
So why are they left so lonely 
in what is supposed to be their 
"golden years"? 

The senior citizens are a 
large part of our population, 
and yet they are treated as 
though they were the plague or 
something. They are p)eople 
too, only older. They have 
more experience and wisdom 
than we so often gi\ e them 
credit for. They ha\ e feelings and w ant to be 
touched too, whether it's simply holding their 
hand or even giving them a hug. We should all 
remember that aging is incMtable. Think of how 
you would like to be treated when you become 
old, if you are so luck\' as to make it to such a 
point in your life. 

I know that days can get hectic and the 
simplicities of life can easily be forgotten, but 
think of the smile you could put on someone's 
face just by taking time to say hello. Think about 
the self gratification if you took just a moment to 
reach out and touch someone. 

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by Laiiri Sacco 

By attending college here in 
Spartanburg, I have been introduced to a 
new cultural world 
compared to that of my 
hometown, Syracuse, New 
York. The cultural 
differences between the 
North and the South go far 
beyond the accents we 
hear when a Northerner or 
a Southerner speaks. 

I asked a few dozen 
people how they perceived 
the culture of the North 
versus that of the South. 
When I asked the same 
question to both groups of 
people, their responses 
about these opposite 
cultures were very similar. 
They all seemed to agree on the basic 
generalizations about the apparent 
differences in religion, environment, 
food, language, and attitudes. 

Although Catholicism is the 
primary religion practiced in the North, a 
wide range of other religions are also 
accepted. Here in the South, the Baptists 
dominate and outweigh any other religion 
by a landslide. Although the North takes 
religion seriously, the rules which they 
abide by aren't as strict as those in a 
Baptist community. The Baptists hold 
strong to the belief that Sunday is a day of 

20 The Powderhorn 

The war is over.... 

We unite, art by T. J. Sacco 

rest, and they acknowledge this by 
postponing business hours to after church 
and by prohibiting alcohol 

Rocky Clark, a 
construction manager, said, 
"I have been kicked off job 
sites because of Blue Laws 
that state this type of work 
is not allowed on Sundays." 
Up North, these laws do 
not exist. 

The number of retirees 
that move from the North 
to the South can tell you a 
Northerner's perception 
about the South's 
environment. Now that I've 
lived in both areas, I will 
admit that the South's 
surroundings are much prettier. The grass 
is greener, and the winters don't get as 
cold, but the North's skiing conditions 
can't be beat! The North is more 
metropolitan with a fast paced life-style, 
whereas the South is more suburban and 
more rural. 

One thing I did notice immediately 
during my cultural transition was that for 
the most part, the foods are similar. I do 
miss certain items, like Coneys, which are 
white hot dogs, and Headlights, which are 
a certain type of doughnut. I suppose 
adding Grits and barbecued pig could 

replace these things in my diet... hut that's 
a little hard to swallow. 

Both the language and the 
vocabulary of these two cultures is 
probably the strongest obvious difference. 
Each group of people believes the other 
has the accent. The vocabulary varies as 
well. I think you all will agree that the 
greatest slang word that the South is 
known for is "ya'll." Words like "fixin" 
had me a bit confused when I first moved 
to the South, but I suppose "you guys" 
didn't seem appropriate to address some 
of my new friends, who were girls! 

Where "ma'am" and "sir" are said 
to be courteous to one another here in the 
South, a Northerner may take it as an 
insult. Calling a woman in her late 
twenties "ma'am" in the North would be 

like calling her an old lady. Many people 
I spoke with about this issue also 
commented that the North uses more 
vulgarity and speaks with an altitude. 

Speaking of attitudes, this was the 
first reply every person 1 talked to had . 
Whether they were from the Norih or the 
South, everyone said the Northerners 
have an attitude. They said the South is 
more Iriendly and accepts people more 
easily. They also stated that the North is 
quick to give someone a dirty look or to 
be inconsiderate. They said that where the 
North is aggressive and frank, the South 
is more hesitant and soft spoken. 

With all the differences these two 
cultures may hold. 1 believe that if we 
look below the surface, we "re all one and 
the same Just in different ways! 



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Apri! McCniw 

22 The Powderhorn 


hy Adam Stover 

Over the past two years, the 
Intiaiiuirals programs at USCS has qua- 
drupled in size. Last spring a count was 
made of everyone who took part in the 
programs of the approximately 3500 
students who attend USCS. When all 
were counted, including students who 
were in more than one event, there were a 
total of 3700 participants. This year fifty- 
one percent of all students are participat- 
ing in the Intramurals program. When 
Intramurals Coach Bobby Youngblood 
was asked why interest in the program 
is so high, he replied, "Most students at 
USCS have sacrificed to be here. They've 
had to work to help their parents or put 
themselves through school, so they seem 
to appreciate the program more than 
students at other schools." 

Intramural softball ended in late 
October. Two divisions make up intramu- 
ral Softball. The first is called the "Fun" 
division. It's made up of different campus 
organizations. The second is called the 
"Open" division. It is open to anyone who 
isn't a collegiate athlete. A team of all- 
stars went to Columbia and won the 
Carolina Classic Tournament. USCS won 
the tournament for the third straight year. 
USCS will host the state co-ed softball 
tournament in late October at Chesnee. 
All South Carolina colleges are in\ ited to 

A variety of other acti\ ities are 
offered in the intramurals program. 
Aerobics and volleyball are held at nieht. 

The Village Greens Golf Tournament is 
held annually at Inman. It's the largest 
single day intramural event. In the past, 
80 to 90 people entered the tournament. 
This year, due to budget cuts, only 36 
people were allowed to enter. The tennis 
singles tournament is down to the champi- 
onship match as of our deadline. A rugby 
club, golf club, and an instructional karate 
course are being developed. We all need 
to relax and take a break from the pres- 
sures of college life, and many of us do so 
by participating in intramurals. If the past 
few years are any indication, the students 
of USCS will continue to support the 
intramural program, and ha\e fun doing it. 

Susan Hall connects for a hit 

The Powderhoni 23 

A Fear To Cheer 

uses athletics face a lack of support. 

by Travis Henson 

Go Rifles, Go! Give me a U! 
These words are seldom heard around the 
campus from anyone other than the cheerlead- 

The students of this institution have 
little school spirit. In fact, the athletic support of 
this school is practically non-existent. Most 
colleges and universities have exceptional 
school pride and are not afraid to show it. Being 
a student-athlete can be hectic at times. These 
athletes need support and encouragement to 

Why is there an obvious lack of spirit at 
uses? One drawback of this school, in terms of 
athletic support, is that USCS consists of mostly 
commuter students. Students who live off 
campus do not want to come back to school to 
show their spirit. Students refuse to drive fifteen 
or twenty minutes back to school to show 
support. They don't live here so they don't cheer 

here. This is 
the wrong 
attitude to 
have. The 
athletes and 
athletic events 
receive very 
httle publicity. 
The athletic 
program needs 
more exposure 
from the 
school news- 
paper, flyers, 
and posters. I 
feel that more 
people would 
attend the 
events if they 



were more publicized. 

Why should students show more school 
spirit? The athletes work and practice daily to 
field a team that we should take pride in. 

Universities...have more 
pride. USCS may not be 
as large in size but we 
can be large in pride." 

These athletes practice an average of twenty 
hours a week and must maintain at least a 2.0 
GPA while taking a minimum of twelve credit 
hours per semester. 

Support and spirit would reward the athletes 
for their hard work. USCS is a member of the 
Peach Belt Athletic Conference. There are eight 
teams in the conference. USCS has won the 
Commissioner's Cup the past two years, which is 
awarded to the PBAC school whose athletic 
teams have the best overall record. USCS has 
won more championships than any of the other 
seven schools in the past two years. 

USCS has also had the greatest number of 
athletes with a 3.0 GPA or higher. You should 
support USCS athletics because the athletes have 
proven themselves to be simply the best in both 
academics and athletics. 

Please show your school spirit by supporting 
our athletes and events here on campus. Larger 
universities that field more athletic teams have 
more spirit. USCS may not be large in size, but 
we can be large in pride. 

24 The Powderhorn 

The Old Ball Game 

a fan's reflections 

hy Jim " Dodiicr liltic "I'cniiiiiiilnn 

Every now and then, sonielliing happens 
that ehanges a person's ways ol" thinking, 
possibly for iii'e. AUhoiigh it may sound silly, 
my life changed in a ball park 
in Atlanta. 

1 attended my first 
Major League baseball game 
in 1981 . I watched in awe as 
"legends" such as Dale 
Murphy, Bob Horner, Chris 
Chambliss, Bruce Benedict, 
and Brett Butler took the 
field before my ten-year-old 

That was when Murphy 
and Butler were at the height 
of their popularity. Every kid 
my age or younger would 
stand at the plate on their 
local sandlot and imitate their 
heroes. I remember pretend- 
ing I was Murphy hitting a 
monstrous homerun. or Butler making an 
incredible play in centerfield . 

Afternoons on TBS during "Scooby 
Doo" reruns, fans could see their heroes prais- 
ing the joys and benefits of drinking milk. Kids 
got the idea from these ads that milk can help 
them become as strong as Murphy or as deter- 
mined to succeed as Butler. That's not a bad 

The sad thing is, you don't see Tom 
Glavine or even Steve Avery ad\ ertising much 
of anything, do you? Maybe companies ai-e 
having trouble finding someone charismatic 
enough to sell products. 

It seemed when 1 was younger more 
people knew more personal details about their 

Brett Butler 

hcidcs. Whenever I tniind ;in article alxml 
Butler or Murphy, I would inhale every 
word. I think that's why I still respect and 
admire Brett and Dale. 
Over the years. I feel as if 
I've gotten to know them. 
I know the names of their 
wives and children. I 
know Brett's right eye 
bears a scar on the blue 
iris from a racquetball 
accident that caused him 
to lose his sight tempo- 
rarily. I also know he 
broke his big toe playing 
shark with his son. They 
are also both embarrassed 
by the amount of money 
they make for playing a 
kid's game. 

I was a 
devoted Atlanta Braves 
fan until 1983. when they broke my heart. 
Butler was traded to Cleveland for a pitcher 
whose name escapes me. Maybe it is be- 
cause he never amounted to an} thing. 

Yes, trades are common in baseball. 
After all, it is a business. Try explaining that 
to a twelve-year-old who just saw his hero 

I ne\ er understood w h\ they dumped a 
guy with a .28 1 average. At the end of the 
season, he had one hundred and fifty -four 
hits, thirty-nine stolen bases and thirty - 
seven RBI's. For a child, the trade of his 
hero is devastating. We didn't get ESPN 
then, so I didn't see an} of the Cleveland 
games. Because of this trade though. I have 
ne\ er rooted for the Atlanta Braves since. I 

The PoMdei'honi 25 

never will again. 

I lost interest in baseball and all sports 
until 1989. That opinion changed when I read 
a book that changed the face of baseball as 1 
knew it. That book, sadly out of print, was 
titled Out Of The Blue. This book, written by 
Orel Hershiser, showed me that not all players 
are in it for the money. Some still do it for the 
love of the game. 

The book also shows that success is best 
enjoyed when it is shared. Happily married for 
twelve years with two sons, Hershiser believes 
he wouldn't be where he is now if it wasn't for 
his wife, Jamie. He fully appreciates the 
support his family and his fans bestow upon 
him. Even if he doesn't win on the field, he's 
always a winner with his fans. 

In 1991 , 1 gained another reason to root 
on the Dodgers. Butler was acquired from the 

Mike Piazza be- 
came the Dodgers 
13th Rookie of the 
Year. He finished his 
first year in the ma- 
jors with the most 
homeruns by a 
Dodger in a single 
season, 34. 

San Francisco Giants. I couldn't believe my luck; 
my two heroes on the same team. 

Butler seems to have the same belief about 
family that Hershiser has. Married with four 
kids, Butler lives in Los Angeles during the 
season. His wife and kids live full time in At- 
lanta as they have for the past ten years. Any 
family that can stay together in that situation is 
fully committed to each other. 

Because I live on the wrong coast, I didn't 
get to see the Dodgers in person until this past 
summer. On August 1 8th, I finally got that 

On a warm evening in Atlanta. I got to see 
Hershiser pitch a beauty against the Braves. He 
only gave up three hits through seven innings of 

We arrived at the stadium early. I wasn't too 

Orel Hershiser 

26 The Powderhorn 

siicccsslul in my (.|ucsl loc aiilogiaphs. Most 
players don't sign bccaiisc they arc loo I'ocusl'cI 
on the game. 

There was one moment that oeeurred that 
night I will never forget. I got elose enough to 
Butler (o get his autograph and say hi. It was an 
exhilarating feeling to be that elose to someone 
you have admired ibr the past twelve years. It 
was also fun to watch the faces of the kids 
around him and realize we shared the same 
expression: respect for a pro. 

Unfortunately, I was too excited and ner- 
vous to say anything but thanks. After twelve 
years, 1 finally got to meet one of the heroes of 

In those few precious moments, I didn't just 
thank Butler for the autograph. I also thanked 
him for giving fans like myself someone to 
believe in. While so many "role models" are 
requesting CEO salaries for playing a kids game, 
Butler kept on playing as he always had. 

Years from now. 1 hope to icii my 
grandkids about my magical night under the 
lights of i'ulton County Stadium, f-or just a few 
glorious seconds, I was transported back lo 
1981, and the magic ol childhood. I guess 
baseball has a tendency lo do that to a person. 

The baseball card I asked him to sign is 
silting right next to me as I write this. It's a 
Score '92 card. Anybody who collects cards can 
tell you it's not wf)rth the paper it's printed on. 
It's funny how a squiggly bit of writing on a 
little piece of cardboard can make something 
that's worthless to the rest of the world ex- 
tremely valuable to its owner. I will gladly show 
this card off to anyone who wishes to see it. I 
guess you really can't put a price on sentimental 

I wonder it Bullcr u ill he remembered in 
twenty years after he has been out of the game 
for a while. He's not a power hitter, so probably 
not many people uill.. I uill. though. I will. 



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